Oh, welcome back then! It has been several days since I last worked on this update… because I spent literally hours grinding for money for the best equipment… I also gained some levels in there.
Music: Noa’s Dream
Noa’s Father(?): So warm… such a pure heart. She’s growing up healthily. She seems to have made some wonderful friends.
: Who is it? Who’s there?
Noa’s Father(?): Noa… Can you hear me? It’s me… your father…
: My father? Father! Is it you, Father? Is Mother there too?
Noa’s Father(?): Yes. Both of us are watching over you, Noa!
: I… I want to see you, Father! I want to see Mother too!
Noa’s Father(?): And we want to see you. But… We are trapped in eternal darkness. All we… can do… is send you… our words… through your pure heart… in your dreams… It pains me… to send you… our words… like this…
Noa’s Mother(?): Mother… wants to see you too… Noa… We’re… waiting for you…
: Just hang on, Mother and Father. I’ll be there soon!
So here’s the screenshot I took right before entering Jeremi again. Everyone has gained several levels. I probably ground money out for about 4 hours. It… it wasn’t really fun. But it should make the next few hours of gameplay relatively painless in terms of battle.
Everyone has the best armor I can get. Also, please note that everyone has a Forest Amulet equipped. That means I ground out another 6,000G on top of the 15,000 or so I ground out for the standard equipment. But again, I will really appreciate it during the next boss battle.
Music: Mist Covered Town
I’m going right for the big building at the back.
Ozma: It’s a Seru!
: A Seru? I didn’t know Seru could be this weird.
Terra: Have you fogotten? Seru themselves are blameless. It’s all the Mist’s fault. Long exposure to the Mist must have turned that Seru into such a horrible creature.
Meta: It’s clinging to the Genesis Tree to absorb the energy that it emits.
Music: Boss Fight
In a way, I’m glad I did so much grinding, because this fight is pretty rough even WITH all of the equipment I bought and the extra levels. You’re actually expected to come here right after finishing Biron, and I just… I understand why some people never finished this game.
So you can get poisoned in this battle, but luckily, it’s mostly a nuisance, like in most other RPGs. The reason for the Forest Amulets is that this boss can also inflict Rot. Unlike poison, Rot can be crippling. Rot will affect a character’s limbs, and prevent you from attacking using those limbs. If a character’s legs are afflicted with Rot, you cannot use low or high attacks. If a character’s left arm gets affected, no left arm. That means any arts using those limbs won’t work. And it is entirely possible for a character’s entire body to get hit with Rot, meaning they can’t attack unless they use magic.
Which, of course, would make an already difficult battle nearly impossible. Thus, the grind for the Forest Amulets.
HA HA HAAAAA, YESSSSSS. I cannot imagine how the heck butt you are supposed to do this straight from Biron, about 3 levels lower than I am now, and with worse equipment. I mean, I know I did it when I was younger, but I’m pretty sure I died fighting the Berserker several time. I know I also died fighting Zeto several times. And the Caruban.
…Bosses are hard in this game.
Music: Reviving a Genesis Tree
Noa reached out swiftly for the Genesis Tree.
She felt a quiet strength in the palm of her hand.
Gala reached out strongly for the Genesis Tree.
He felt pure joy in the palm of his hand.
Music: Revived Genesis Tree
Man: Was I asleep… Or was I awake? Oh, the Mist came, then…
Woman: Hey, look! The Genesis Tree is changing!
Man: Woah! The Mist is disappearing too! Something is happening! There’s someone next to the Genesis Tree! They must have driven away the Mist! Oh, how wonderful!
The party then proceeds to tell him through pantomime. Probably because they don’t need to recap the whole story up until now because we’ve just played it.
Man: I’ll hurry down ahead of you so I can tell the people of Jeremi about this miracle!
Woman: Some people never change… The Sky Gardens’ plants are even more vibrant than they were before the Mist came. It must be because you awakened the Genesis Tree!
Mayor: The townspeople have rushed over to get a look at all of you! Please, come this way. When I told the townspeople about your brave deeds, they were ecstatic! Oh, come now! The townspeople are so anxious to see you! Let’s go! All right, this way, please! Ladies and gentlemen! Thank you for your patience. Wearing Ra-Seru, these heroes braved the Mist and revived the Genesis Tree! Here they are, the heroes who saved Jeremi: Vahn! Noa! Gala!
Well, that’s it! Jeremi is free of the Mist and we’re allowed to go explore the town. I found a Power Water and a Healing Bloom around the town, which I also could have found earlier, but I’m really starting to get sick of random battles, so I just decided to head right for the boss.
The store doesn’t have anything new. It has a mix of the equipment you could buy in the Ancient Wind Cave and Vidna, which I guess makes sense, since you’re supposed to come here before Vidna. But there is one person/place of interest to battle.
Zalan: I have a favor to ask of you. Will you listen?
Zalan: Oh, thank you! I have a wife and son in Vidna. I don’t know how things are in Vidna, but… If they are alive, I want them to know I am safe. That’s why I wrote this letter. But I can’t deliver the letter because of the Mist outside town. I heard that you can travel through the Mist. All I ask of you… is that you deliver this letter to my wife and son in Vidna. My wife’s name is Yuma. My son is called Pepe. I hope they are safe.
Er, well, about that… y’see… Pepe is fine. Your wife, though…
See, that’s what I WOULD say, but the game doesn’t made a case for the fact that you can visit Vidna before liberating Jeremi. We know that Pepe is fine and Yuma passed away, but the game is like TOO BAD. So next time, uh… I guess we should try and find Hari? I don’t really remember what happens next, to be honest, I kind of did things a little out of order.
So NEXT TIME: A surprise, perhaps?