Martel Temple (マーテル教会聖堂 Māteru Kyokai Seido?, "Martel Church-Cathedral"), also sometimes referred to as Iselia Chapel, is an area in the world of Sylvarant and the place where the Chosen receives his or her Oracle in Tales of Symphonia. Later in the story, it also becomes the home for the Summon Spirit of Heart, Verius.
Tales of Symphonia
The group first visits the temple when the Chosen's Oracle arrives. When Lloyd Irving, Colette Brunel, and Genis Sage arrive, the temple is under attack by soldiers appearing to be Desians. At the entrance, they find Botta threatening Phaidra, Colette's grandmother. When the trio is discovered, Botta sends Vidarr to fight them. Just when it seems as if Lloyd and his companions are about to be killed, Kratos Aurion appears and saves them. After the battle, Kratos introduces himself as a mercenary, and Phaidra hires him to guard Colette on her way to the Oracle. Lloyd insists on following, but Kratos tells him to return home, which angers Lloyd. Regardless, Lloyd and Genis venture inside with Kratos and Colette, where the four overcome a trial of golems and obtain the Sorcerer's Ring, which allows them into the room with the seal.
Inside, Lloyd notices a shining gem in the middle of the altar and assumes that it is the Cruxis Crystal. Colette confirms this and states that she has been told she was born with it in her hand. Suddenly, there is a flash of light, and they meet an angel, Remiel, who claims he is an angel of Cruxis and is to give the Chosen her power and send her to the Tower of Salvation. Colette accepts her duty, and Remiel gives Colette the Cruxis Crystal. This causes the Tower of Salvation to appear, which serves as a symbol that the Journey of Regeneration has begun. After this, Colette is officially titled the "Chosen One" and begins her journey to regenerate the world. Later in the story, Sheena Fujibayashi claims to hear Corrine within the temple. The group ventures inside to investigate, and when they arrive in the room of the seal, it is revealed that Corrine evolved into Verius, the Summon Spirit of Heart, through Sheena's love after sacrificing his life for her.
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, the Martel Temple is known for being the place that started the last Journey of Regeneration. The new protagonists, Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi, travel to the temple to speak to Dirk, who is performing repairs there for the moment. When they ask if he is Lloyd's father, Dirk confirms even though they are not related by blood. Emil then asks why he is not ashamed over raising Lloyd. Dirk, however, says that he did not raise a man who runs from his own responsibilities, thus he is sure that Lloyd has a reason for not saying anything on the matters at hand.