East Voz Forest – Legend of Legaia Ep. 9

Welcome back!  Last time on Let’s Play Legend of Legaia… this game has a lot of tragedy, doesn’t it? Well, let’s not dwell on it, let’s fix it! Today we’re going to East Voz Forest to revive the Genesis Tree and repair as much of the damage as we can!

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Now we’re on our way to East Voz Forest. On this side of the river, we run into tougher enemies.

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I mean, they’re just pallet swaps with different names, but they’re still tougher!

Music: Voz Forest
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Gala: “I feel something… I feel Songi’s presence! Songi is here! Vahn, Noa, I need you two to promise me something! Even if Songi appears before you, don’t fight him. I know this is asking a lot, but… If a Seru possesses his soul as you say, then I want to be the one to take care of him. I will detain you no longer. Come, let’s hurry!”

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There’s some grass in the way, so we can’t get that treasure yet.  I’m in that log tunnel instead.

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Here are some new enemies.

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Healing Flowers are the next step up from Healing Leaves. 800 Hp to a single character. Kind of overkill right now, but sometimes 200 HP doesn’t really cut it anymore either.

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Hey, a new Seru! This one is Water Element. Something we haven’t seen yet.

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NICE! First try! I’ll show off some Seru magic later this update.

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uh…

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Noa: “Gala, what’s a Weed Hammer?”
Gala: “It’s something used to break Crystal Grass and other types of hard grass.”
Noa: “Oh.”

…deep. man. Deep. Sometimes I praise the game for its explanations, but sometimes they just… aren’t necessary. I could just go into the menu to find out what the Weed Hammer does.  I don’t think this conversation was necessary.

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I still need a Nighto for either Vahn or Noa! (Preferably both). And I would like Vahn to get that Gizam.

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Well, one is better than none!

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Vahn gained a level too!  Nice!

So now we can break through the Crystal Grass. It’s an interesting idea, but it isn’t explored at all beyond this dungeon.
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Oh, hey! Gala gained a level! And FINALLY, at LEVEL 6, he can do a basic 3 input Art without using Spirit! Friggin’ FINALLY.

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Treasure! I don’t really know what the Amulets do… I should probably check them out. I AM GOOD AT VIDEO GAMES.

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This seems like a good opportunity to show off some Seru magic.

Gizam
Unfortunately, Seru Magic doesn’t really scale up throughout the game, unless you spend a LOT of time leveling it, which I usually don’t bother to do. It’s pretty useful right now though.

Theeder
Here’s Theeder being used in a different battle. The animation is… well… it’s something, all right. Let it no longer be said that you have never seen a monster shooting lasers out of its dick horn. You’re welcome.

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More treasure! The Antidote is whatever, but the Survival Club is pretty nice.

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+15 to Attack is pretty awesome.  It’ll definitely help Gala suck less.

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I managed to snag a Gizam for Vahn working my way through the forest.

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And some more treasure. I’m sorry, but the Voz Forests are just not that exciting. They have a stupid high encounter rate, a lot of treasure, and that’s basically it. I could show you shots of Vahn running through the forest, but what would be the point, really?

But eventually…
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Noa: “Look, everyone! It’s the Genesis Tree! And it’s alive! Yeah! Vahn! Gala! It’s still alive! The Genesis Tree is still alive!”

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Gala: “Did Songi find this Genesis Tree? Or did the Genesis Tree mislead him into taking a wrong turn somewhere?”
Meta: “Vahn! An evil presence draws near! Hurry! Let’s revive the Genesis Tree!”
Gala: “So this tree possesses the power to push back the Mist?”
Noa: “Yippee!”

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Buh?

Music: Songi’s Theme
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Songi: “Gala! I knew you would come! You’re so predictable! How thoughtful of you to come all the way here to check up on me! I’m flattered! But don’t worry about me! I’m the picture of health, physically and mentally! I may be wearing a Seru, but I haven’t done anything stupid like let it control me! This is a special Seru! It gives me pure energy, extraordinary power! Gala, you’re no match for me now!”

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Noa: “That’s it! I’m gonna knock your block off, Songi! Let me at him!”
Gala: “Noa, you promised to leave him to me, right?”

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Gala: “You… you are not the Songi I know! You’re nothing but a bloodthirsty beast! I don’t know what happened to you, but you are obviously devoid of a human spirit. If you want to fight me that badly, then I’ll fight you! I”ll beat the evil out of you and return you to normal! Now fight me!”
Songi: “You hopeless simpleton! You still don’t understand the situation! Well, I’ll show you! I’ll hammer it into that thick skull of yours!”

Duel
Well… that could have gone better.

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Songi: “This is ridiculous! Absurd! You need more practice! You’re not even worth dirtying my hands over. I’ll leave you to one of my cohorts! Have a nice, enjoyable, pleasant… death!”

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Oh, crap.

Music: Battle Theme #2

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Say hello to the Viguro.

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They are assholes. I know I talked up Caruban, but this is also a very challenging fight. The Viguro can take off more than half of any character’s HP in one attack. And there are 2 of them. You can see why this would be a reason for stress.

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Thunder Break on anyone BUT Gala causes upwards of 200 HP of damage. The reason it did so little to Gala here is that he had just used Spirit, and just like Vahn = Fire, and Noa = Wind, Gala = Thunder, so thunder moves will naturally cause less damage to him. On top of all of that, I equipped him with the Ra-Seru egg which can be worn as an accessory, which lessens thunder damage. In retrospect, I should have given that to someone else, but Gala’s role in this battle is to basically be the heal bot, and throw in an attack when I feel safe (which is not very often).

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Noa and Vahn are going to use Spirit, and then let loose with their strongest Arts. For Noa, that means Tempest Break. For Vahn, that means Pyro Pummel + Hyper Elbow, or something along those lines.

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And then the group starts to get their collective asses kicked.

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Pretty hard.

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I’m glad I don’t REALLY have to worry about keeping Gala alive, with his equipment setup.

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It’s a good thing I have all of those Healing Blooms. I’ll be putting them to use in this fight!

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I mean, it kind of sucks when my characters get hit for more than the Healing Blooms heal, but it’s my only full-party heal option at this point.

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OH CRAP.

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AUGH.

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NOOOOOOOO!

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OH, COME ON!

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YES. I FINALLY take out one of the Viguro, and suddenly this battle gets much, much easier.

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Of course, even one Viguro is still very dangerous.

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HA HA HAAAA!!! As a side note, the Viguro ARE Seru, which means there is a chance I could absorb them with Vahn or Noa, but it’s very, very unlikely, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to try this fight over to get one of them.

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I really like that this game has different victory poses. If your characters are weak when you win the battle, they show it. I can’t really think of any other RPGs that have unique victory poses. Different victory quotes, maybe, but not poses.

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Songi: “You’re holding everyone down! As a fellow Biron monk, I’m ashamed! You were so bad, I was ashamed to even watch! Oh, I’ve had enough! I’m going home! Let’s play together again another time, Gala… If a wussy like you can manage to stay alive, that is! Ha ha ha!”

OOooooooo, sick burn!

Songi-Flip
And away he goes…

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Noa: “I hate him!”
Meta: “But Songi’s Seru, that definitely was a… Never mind! We don’t have time to talk! We have to revive the Genesis Tree! Hurry!”

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Noa: “Gala? What’s wrong? He won’t say anything!”

Well, let’s do what we came here to do.

Music: Reviving a Genesis Tree

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He feels a gentle warmth in the palm of his hand.

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Noa reached out swiftly to touch the Genesis Tree. She feels a silent power in the palm of her hand.

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And the combined power of the Genesis Trees of Rim Elm, Mt. Rikuroa and East Voz Forest…

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Are enough to thin out the thick Mist in the valley holding the Mist Generator.

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Ewww, it looks like a weird caterpillar.

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Gala: “Ra-Seru! Is it me you have chosen? Very well! I submit myself to you! To defeat Songi, the villain who attacked Biron Monastery… I submit myself to you, Ra-Seru! Take me!”

Music: The Ra-Seru Speak

Ozma: “Gala, I am pleased to meet you. I am Ozma. I am a Ra-Seru. I sense you do not wish to open up your mind to me. Please do not fear me! We Ra-Seru exist only to lend our strength to humans, not control them. Your mind will remain your own. I will not tamper with it. And besides, I have chosen you. Just as you submit yourself to me, I entrust you with my very destiny. Never forget that! Gala, I am counting on you, and the future that you will create for us.”

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Gala: “I feel it! I feel the strength in my arms! The Ra-Seru’s strength! Vahn! We must return to Biron Monastery! I fear for Master Zopu’s safety!”
Noa: “I hope the Genesis Tree’s powers reached Biron.”

DID THE GENESIS TREE’S POWERS REACH BIRON? FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON SAVE FILE: LEGEND OF LEGAIA! WOO!

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