Noa

THE FINALE – Legend of Legaia Ep. 36

This is it, guys. Last time, we defeated Songi and managed to save the Great Genesis Tree. We also got our characters their ultimate magic (not that I’ll end up using it). But now, with the Great Genesis Tree saved, we can get into Rim Elm/Juggernaut. And then we can… uh…

What the heck butt are we supposed to do once we get in there?

Well, I guess I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it.

SO LET’S GET TO IT.

MUSIC: World Map After Juggernaut

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I think I forgot to show it off before, but here’s what Rim Elm looks like now from the outside. Just a pile of organic mass, surrounded by bone spires.

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Gala: Vahn, are you all right? I understand how you feel. Even if we defeat Juggernaut… your family and fellow villagers may not return to normal.
Noa: Vahn! Vahn… I understand. I understand how you feel, Vahn! So I’ll wait for you. I’ll wait until you feel you’re ready for this. I’ll wait until you’re ready to fight Juggernaut.
Vahn: You guys… thank you. But now, more than anything, I am PISSED. So let’s get in there and finish this once and for all!
Noa: Vahn! You’re all right now? You’re all right, aren’t you?
Gala: Before our own eyes, we’ve seen many towns recover from the ravages of the Mist! We have made many miracles happen! So… so…
Noa: Vahn, you’re not alone! Everything we did together, everything we are going to do… it will never ever, ever, EVER be undone! That’s why…

I actually kind of like how both Noa and Gala’s thoughts trail off here. It’s such a serious situation, and they’re trying very hard to console Vahn, but at the same time… they can both remember what happened to Conkram. The only way to know if Rim Elm can be saved is to try though.

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Terra: Now! Now’s the time to bring forth the power of the Great Genesis Tree!
Meta: Vahn, are you prepared? There’s no point fighting Juggernaut from the outside! Juggernaut’s weak spot is on the inside!
Terra: Are you ready, everyone? We’ve got to cut an opening and crawl into Juggernaut’s body!
Ozma: We must work together! Let’s go!

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Eeeewwwww…

Noa: So, is that it? Are we going to enter Juggernaut’s body through his mouth?
Gala: It sure seems that way! Brace yourselves! It’s gonna be a wild ride!

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Ew ew ew. So this is the last dungeon: Juggernaut. Everything in here is constantly pulsing and moving and gross and ew.

MUSIC: Bio Castle

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On the other hand, it’s a very straightforward dungeon. There’s really only one path to follow for quite awhile.

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The only enemies in here are Level 3 Seru. Nighto, Swordie, Barra… we’ll be seeing almost everyone. The rewards for battles are pretty good, and battles aren’t particularly tough either, though some can be. The biggest problem is that battles take FOREVER. Enemies have so much HP now. I wise up after awhile and throw on the Good Luck Bell to lower the encounter rate though.

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We’re also going to find everyone’s best equipment in here. It’s all scattered around, but I’m going to wait to show it off until everyone has their entire ensemble.

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But as you can see, everything provides quite a respectable boost, at least +10/+15 compared to what everyone already has equipped.

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Battles like these are not an uncommon sight. 3 Level 3 Seru is pretty much the norm.

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This room is particularly unsettling. All the tendrils at the top and bottom of the screen constantly expand and contract and sway.

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We’ve got Freeds all up in here.

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Ew. I don’t even want to know what that is…

Lymph fluid?

OH, MAN, I JUST GROSSED MYSELF OUT SO HARD.

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The Crimson Book is a pretty awesome accessory, but we receive it so late that it’s not even really worth it to equip it.

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Those Mushuras look pretty badass.

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You can see the little “Enc Down” arrow, showing that I equipped the Good Luck Bell. This next part involves a lot of circling around if I want to get all of the chests, and I most certainly do.

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Still managed to run into these guys.

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We find this going left at the fork. That means that we of course have to go right as well.

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That’s all the equipment to be found in this rapids area.

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ON TO THE NEXT!

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Ew ew ew.

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Hunter: Vahn? Is that… is that you? Vahn? Get out! I mean it, Vahn. You must get out of here. This is a hellish place!
Woman: Oh, Vahn! Please help us! Save us from this pain!

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Another Lost Grail, which lets you survive a hit that would otherwise kill you. I wonder if these disappear after one use… I have one in my inventory, but haven’t ever bothered to use it. That would only make sense though. Otherwise that would be kind of broken.

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Noa: Maya! Are you all right? Are you in pain?
Maya: Don’t worry. I’ve still… got some fight left in me!
Gala: Just hang in there! We’ll save you! I promise!
Maya: Okay… Oh, I’m sorry… I’m so… tired…
Noa: Maya?
Gala: Come on, let’s go! It’s time to take out Juggernaut for good!
Noa: Hang in there, Maya. We’ll get Juggernaut!

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Vahn: I’ve been looking for you, Mei.
Mei: Oh, thank you. I knew you would come, Vahn! But please… don’t look at me. I must look horrible. Don’t look at me! I look awful…
Noa: That’s not true! You look the same, Mei! Just as pretty as ever!
Mei: You’re so sweet, Noa. Thank you so much. And I told myself… that I wouldn’t cry. I told myself… I’d be strong!
Gala: Hang in there, Mei! We’ll finish off Juggernaut! Then we’ll rescue everyone!
Mei: Wait, Vahn. Take this… with you…

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Mei: Promise me, Vahn. Promise that you’ll come back… alive!

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Nene: Am I going to die? Tell me! Am I going to die like this?
Vahn: No! I’ll save you!
Nene: Okay, I’ll wait for you. I believe you…

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Vahn: Destroy Juggernaut!
Val: I see. I’m sure you can do it. Take this with you. Vahn, I’m so proud of you.

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All right, we’re getting deeper now, and… ugh, what are those balls in the background of the battle screen? Blech!

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In this hallway, there is a semi-hidden item that would certainly behoove you to find it.  Walk against the right wall, and mash X constantly, until you find…

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Noa is the REAL Juggernaut here.

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Sorry, I missed a shot of the Ra-Seru Club’s stats 😦 It’s for Gala though.

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Ep. 35.mp4_20150726_175833.809Well, it’s not the last fight yet, but everyone’s final equipment set is complete. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Here’s Vahn:
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Noa:
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And Gala:
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Gala wins this round. He looks insanely metal.

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Noa: I feel a breeze! There’s a breeze coming from over there!
Gala: W-What’s that?
Noa: Ah! Waaaaaa!
Gala: What’s wrong, Noa? What are you shouting about? H-Holy…

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Gala: Y-You!
Noa: Are you all right, Gala? Please, don’t let go!
Gala: I’m trying, but… my hand… I can’t get a good grip! We’re slipping…

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WELP.

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Gala: Noa! Where do you think you’re going on your own? Vahn, we have to follow Noa!

MUSIC: Cort’s Theme

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Gala: Just as Songi said, Cort has fused with Juggernaut and is still alive. But how horrifying. How bizarre… He couldn’t be human anymore.
Noa: No! No! Stop! Stop it! Cort, come back! Turn back into a person again! Why did you do it? You’re my brother! You’re supposed to be human! I’m a human! I know about love! I am human! I hate being alone! It’s good to be human! So Cort, be human again!

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Noa: Cort!
Cort: Human? Humans are weak. Humans are dirty. I gave up being human to become a mighty being. I am a being that transcends humans! Even the Seru! A perfect entity! A perfect entity! Perfect entity! Humans are imperfect. I will use all my powers to destroy them!
Noa: No! You’re wrong, Cort!
Cort: Who interferes?!
Noa: It’s me, Noa!
Cort: Noa? Who is Noa? I know no Noa!

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Cort: I NEED NO NOA!

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Noa: Cort…
Cort: I sense the presence of humans! Weak, dirty humans! I do not need humans! I must destroy the humans here!

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OH SNAP, HERE WE GO!

MUSIC: Final Battle

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THIS IS IT. The final battle! Against… Cort? Juggernaut? JuggerCort? I’ll just go with Cort.

As usual, first order of business is Spirit.

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Cort hits pretty hard, but not as hard as Songi did, surprisingly. Plus, the party is decked out in the best equipment possible.

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He definitely hits harder when you haven’t used Spirit though.

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Of course, last boss has to have a full party attack.

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I’m surprised at how short the animation is. I mean, damn, when we fought Cort the first time, I had to split his Evil Seru Magic into 3 .gifs.

And like the older bosses, he charges up before using this, which allows you to basically halve the damage, which helps a ton.

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I think Noa takes less damage from Cort.

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We’re pounding out the damage pretty hard though.

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This is actually a pretty easy fight. Like I said, Songi is much more difficult. I think the equipment makes a big, big difference in this battle.

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Meta: We all did the best we could.
Terra: Now the human world will return to normal. However… Hari did the best he could, but I think Noaru Valley is done for. The age of Seru… Our era is over.

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Noa: No! Terra, don’t leave me alone! Don’t leave me!?
Terra: Noa, your parents were killed by a Seru. Yet, you want to be with me, a Seru? And besides, you’re not alone. You have Vahn and Gala.
Gala: Ozma, we have experienced life and death together. How can you leave me now?
Ozma: Oh Gala, has your dependence on me caused you to forget your own abilities?
Meta: Vahn, your heart is so full of warmth.

MUSIC: Noa’s Dream

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MUSIC: Juggernaut Clears Away

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… and brought to humankind a new world of true peace, completely free of the Mist. Children of Rim Elm! Be proud of Vahn, whose home is our village!

MUSIC: Rim Elm Rebuilt

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Dr. Usha: I have a Soren take me all the way here only to find that the biggest hero, Vahn, is about to leave!
Nene: W-Who… is this person?
Vahn: Dr. Usha, a brilliant scientist.
Dr. Usha: Correct. I am Usha, veritable warehouse of knowledge. Well, never mind that. Vahn, I want you to tell me why you are leaving.

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So, I have to admit, I don’t know if it makes a difference or not, but I tried to make it seem as though Vahn and Mei would end up together. But out of all the choices here, only the third one really makes sense to me. Beyond that, I pick it for reasons you’ll see soon anyways.

Dr. Usha: Oh, I see! How forward of me to ask such a question. Yes, well, if those are your intentions, then it’s fine with me. Here’s what I’ll do! I’m going to write a book about the life of our great liberator! I will remain in Rim Elm to gather material for my book until you return, Vahn. Those two there. They must be your family, Vahn? Pardon me for disturbing your saying farewell to Vahn. Tell me everything outside.
Val: What a character you are, Dr. Usha! Ha ha! Very well. I will tell you what you want to know.

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Nene: I’m sure you’ll be all right, but take care anyway! Good luck!

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Maya: But it’s out of my hands. I hope everything works out well for the both of you. Good luck. Let me worry about things here.

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Hey, Zalan’s here!

Zalan: My son, Pepe, and I are traveling the world together on a jewel buying trip!
Pepe: I’m learning the secrets of the jewelry business as we travel. Vahn, if you ever need a wedding ring, I’ll give you a good price!

There are a ton of people around Rim Elm now.
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Val: We were talking about how the Ra-Seru’s amazing powers healed my legs, and how everyone in the village feels as if they’ve been reborn. The Ra-Seru have given us a new lease on life. It’s a miracle we’ll never stop talking about.
Dr. Usha: Fascinating. A most fascinating story. Vahn, Val is a wonderful father, and Nene is a wonderful sister. But Vahn, your face says you want to ask me about the world outside the village. My intuition was right, as usual. Well then, I will make it brief. First of all, you do know that no more Seru will be created anymore, yes? Our good friends in Sol are still experimenting, but it’s no use. With Uru Mais destroyed and the Seru-kai gone, no new Seru will ever appear again. What’s more, the Seru already here are gradually losing their power. My calculations show that most of the Seru will die off in the next year or so. We avoided the Seru in the age of Mist, but losing them completely is another matter. The Soren, the flying carts and others who relied on the Seru may return to the Stone Age. But Vahn, I have faith in human potential! The human race will never die out, as long as we have people like you to carry on Tieg’s wishes.

That’s a pretty good epilogue, actually.

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Mei: Vahn, I’m engaged to marry Ixis.
Vahn: Ixis… Ixis… who is that again?

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Vahn: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Er, uh, I mean *ahem* That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

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Mei: Vahn, you love Noa, and you’re going to tell her that, right? Maybe the four of us could have a double wedding! I’m so happy right now! Tee-hee! Be careful, Vahn. I’ll be waiting for you to return.

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Village Elder: After the village was rescued from Juggernaut, and Noa left the village, Noa was carrying a baby, wasn’t she? Noa refused to tell me who the baby was, but that was her brother Cort, wasn’t it?
Vahn: Yes, I think that was Cort.
Village Elder: As I suspected. Cort, too, must have been reborn when we received new life from the Ra-Seru. I know that it was Cort who brought the Mist into the world. And I also know that Cort is Noa’s only blood relative. Noa must have been trying to leave with Cort unnoticed. She must have decided to raise Cort by herself. Noa is quite a young woman. Hmm… Vahn, are you about to leave Rim Elm? Have you said goodbye to everyone?
Vahn: No, but there are WAY too many people to talk to.
Village Elder: Good luck to you. See the distant lands, the rich world for all humans!

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Well, I talked to ALMOST everyone, actually. I forgot about Tetsu, and apparently Luctes was there in town. I must have missed him though.

MUSIC: Ending

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And that’s it! We did it, everyone!

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We get a shot of Noa in Jeremi with her baby brother.

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Gala has returned to his position as Master Teacher at Biron Monastery.

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Cara and Grantes are still happy together in Buma.

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Saryu apparently snagged himself a regular bride, rather than a Seru bride.

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Sol is still a bustling town, as always.

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With Dr. Usha visiting Rim Elm, it looks like Mrs. Usha has taken over his experiments. They seem to be going… not so well.

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The Flying Seru is still in operation, but who knows for how much longer?

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The Soren are going to have to leave their camp soon, as their Seru Wings will soon start to fail.

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And on top of Conkram, a pair of flowers begins to bloom.

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And we get a final statistics screen! 40 hours of gameplay, not too bad. 10 or so hours of that was probably grinding though. ~750 battles, and everyone topped 4,000 damage. I slacked off on gathering magic near the end of the game, and I missed a bunch of silly side games, but no real side quests.

Well, everyone, that’s it! That was Legend of Legaia. I’m going to make a retrospective, wrap-up post as well, so join me next time for the LAST Legend of Legaia episode by Save File, before I move onto the next Screenshot Let’s Play! Thanks for reading everyone, I really hope you enjoyed it.

Jette’s Absolute Fortress (Pt. 2) – Legend of Legaia Ep. 33

We are getting alarmingly close to the end of the game now, dear readers. Last time, we managed to take out Jette, and now, we’re going to take out the final Mist Generator of the world. Once it’s destroyed, there will be no more Mist! It’s been a long time coming.

LET’S HOP TO IT.

MUSIC: Mist Generator Fortress

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Now that Jette is gone, we can finally head off to the left using the platform.

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This next part of the fortress is very straightforward. You just keep ascending trying to get to the top.

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Another Warrior Icon is pretty cool. I wonder if they stack. I don’t think I end up trying it though.

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I realize here that I forgot to show off the new weapon I picked up for Gala. It’s pretty cool looking.

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We’re up at the top now!

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DUN DUN DUNNNNNN

MUSIC: Young Nobleman of the Mist

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Meta: We’ve got to work together! Attack!

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Uh oh.

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Noa: My head hurts! Oohh!
Gala: Hang in there, Noa!
Noa: Aarrggh! Shut up! Be quiet! Shut uuuupp! Get out of my head!

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????:  Little sister… my dear sister…
Noa: Who are you?
Gala: Noa! Are you alright?
Noa: It stopped hurting.

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Cort: I must punish you, little sister, for trying to destroy the Mist Generator. Bad girl!
Gala: C-Cort?
Cort: Good to see you all again. You were so good to me in Conkram… so long ago. Noa, I didn’t know it was you. Who would have thought I was your brother!
Noa:  Ooohh. You’re wrong, Cort! You’re not my brother. If you’re my brother, how could you be so bad to Mother and Father?
Cort: Noa, you are such a foolish little girl. The Mist is our salvation. Our parents are happy the way they are.
Noa: Ooohh!
Cort: Rim Elm, that puny cave, East Voz Forest… I underestimated you. I was trying to lure out Ra-Seru to make the Mist Generator. But I never thought you would come this far. That was a miscalculation. But no matter. Once I kill you, everything will be right again. Hee hee hee! I will kill you gently, little sister! I will send all of you to a world free of pain and suffering.

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Well, shit. Here we are. Cort is the big bad. And it’s time to take him down. It’s not too tough of a fight, but there are a few things to be aware of.

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The first thing Cort does is summon a Mystic Shield. The Mystic Shield blocks all damage that is not caused by Arts. So any attack that is not a string of Arts will cause no damage. Luckily, Cort’s defense is pretty abysmal, so Arts do as much damage as a full string of attacks would. It also helps him to resist Magic. Arts are pretty much the only way to go.

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That’s about as much as full on attacks do, so not too shabby.

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Mystic Circle causes ~1,000 damage. Not too scary, but make sure to keep your HP pretty high up!

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But with the party pounding out ~10,000 damage per round, I feel like we’re sitting pretty here.

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Guilty Cross is Cort’s standard single target attack. It’s not too bad.

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Eventually the Mystic Shield will shatter. When that happens, heal as quickly as possible, the use Spirit. Use it OVER AND OVER AGAIN until Cort uses his Evil Seru Magic. Otherwise, you WILL be dead.  I had to wait a couple of round, but I figured better safe than sorry, because at this point in the game, battles take ASS LONG to complete, especially boss battles.

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As per the usual big, bad boss fight in any RPG, Evil Seru Magic is the standard, overly-long, super powerful magic attack. In this case, it’s Juggernaut. It’s not as powerful as I thought it would be, but I just started using Spirit immediately without bothering to heal first. I still had enough HP to tank it though.

And from there, it’s not too bad of a battle.
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An interesting touch here is that no matter who wins the battle, it will always go to Noa at the end. Because this battle means so much to her. She even gets a unique victory pose at the end of it.

She is not happy 😦

MUSIC: Soren’s Sad Song

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Cort: The Mist is our salvation. The Mist is eternal. It is perfect harmony… The Mist Generator and I are one. If I die, the Mist Generator dies.

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And he plunges over the edge.

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Noa: Why did you do it? My own brother!

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Noa: Why did this happen?
Gala: Vahn! We’re in trouble! The Fortress is collapsing. We haven’t got much time. If we don’t hurry, we’ll be buried alive! Let’s get out of here!
Noa: Why, why?
Vahn: Noa, if you want to live, hurry!
Noa: Y-You’re right, Vahn.

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Oh, snizzity snap.

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Noa: Vahn, what do we do now? We can’t move this boulder!
Gala: Vahn, I don’t plan on dying here.

MUSIC: Escape!

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Vahn: Aaaauuuuuggggghhhhh!!!!

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Vahn: AUGABLAHGLAUGLAHBLHGLGUALGHLA!!!!!

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OH MY GOD, I AM SO GLAD TO SEE YOU!!!

Noa: Cara?
Gala: Cara! What are you doing here?
Cara: I’ll tell you later. Just follow me!

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Cara: Ha ha ha! What do you mean, nowhere to go? We can go right here!

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WHAT.

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Gala: Well, Vahn, should we jump down like Cara did?
Noa: Get ready to jump!

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Vahn: OH MAN, OH MAN, OH MAN, OH MAN…

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Gala: Cara, I’ll never forget what you did for us. But how…?
Cara: Ha ha ha! Hey, you! Come down here!

MUSIC: The Ra-Seru Speak

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Noa: Is that you, Grantes?
Grantes: Uh-huh.
Gala: Those Seru Wings…
Grantes: The elder gave his permission.
Noa: Hooray! Grantes, I’m so glad you came! Cara, I’m so glad to see you!
Cara: We were worried about you. We were watching the Absolute Fortress from the air. Then we saw this terrific flash of light, so we got here as fast as we could!
Gala: Grantes, that means you’re a Soren again.
Grantes: No, I’m returning these Seru Wings as soon as I’m done with them.

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Grantes: Cara…
Noa: I understand! You’re in love! You’re in love, aren’t you!
Cara: Ha ha ha ha! You have such a pure and honest heart!
Grantes: Cara…
Cara: All right. Let’s get out of here.

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Gala: Ah, it’s good to be human.
Noa: Now all the Mist is gone.
Gala: That’s right! And Juggernaut and the Mist Generator are destroyed as well!
Noa: Let’s go to Conkram. My mother and father are waiting for us.

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Ohhhh… oh man, that does not look good.

MUSIC: Conkram

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Noa: Father… Mother! Mother!!! Faaaatheerrrrr! …Where are you? Where did you go? I destroyed the Mist Generator. The Mist is gone! Mother, father! Now you’re free of the Mist!
Gala: Ozma, tell me! What happened?
Ozma: …the Sim-Seru around Conkram grew in an unstable manner. The Sim-Seru could live only in the Mist. So when the Mist disappeared… The Sim-Seru died, and Conkram with it.
Noa: Terra! Terra! Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you tell me Conkram would die if the Mist disappeared?
Terra:

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Gala: Yet they ordered us to destroy the Mist Generator! So, Noa… don’t blame Terra. There was no other way.
Noa: No! NO! Terra, you lied! I hate you, Terra! Bring my father back to me! Bring my mother back to me!

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😦

What a tragic way to end…

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Village Elder: and destroyed four Mist Generators to save the world from the Mist! Vahn, your deeds are legendary! Your bravery brought the world back from the brink of annihilation! Your determination created hope where there was hopelessness. The world is forever in your debt! Now, children of Rim Elm, Vahn is one of you now! Whatever happens, no matter what troubles you encounter, never forget that!

MUSIC: Rim Elm

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Nene: Gala and Noa are already up and outside! Why don’t you go out too?

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Nene: Talk to everyone before it gets dark outside.

Ah, I guess we’re in the “go talk to everyone before the end of the game” epilogue.  I’M SURE NOTHING BAD WILL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. Poor Noa, though 😦

NEXT TIME: We wrap it all up!

Jette’s Absolute Fortress (Pt. 1) – Legend of Legaia Ep. 32

Hello everyone. This game makes me feel sad. But we’re in the home stretch. This is the 3rd to last dungeon in the game, and it’s probably got the best name. The Absolute Fortress? I don’t know what it really means, but it sounds pretty cool.

Let’s mosey, shall we?

MUSIC: The Last Mist Generator

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Noa: If we destroy the Mist Generator here, then Conkram will be free.
Gala: Noa, the Nemesis Gem from your parents! Throw it towards the Gate of Hell!
Noa: Okay!

(more…)

Rogue’s Tower – Legend of Legaia Ep. 31

Welcome back! Last time on Legend of Legaia, we finally made it to Conkram! And it was a horrifying alive clam town. From there, we finally ran into Noa’s parents (also somewhat horrifying), and the game fell into the terrible RPG trope of time travel.

Luckily, it’s not for long, and it’s not very convoluted, so let’s get it done!

MUSIC: Conkram

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King Nebular: Cort calls it the Mist. I hereby present this new weapon to the people of Conkram!

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Zeto: Prince Cort and Jette, in the lab under the castle, will now open the door to the Seru world. Using an elixir from the home of the Seru, we have created a new substance. That substance is the Mist. A new weapon that amplifies the power of our Seru. When released into this cylinder, the Mist will turn the soldiers into mighty warriors! Gentlemen! From his laboratory, Prince Cort says he is ready!

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Zeto: Look well at the power of Conkram’s new weapon, the Mist! The pride of Conkram!
Gala: I don’t believe it! They’re going to use the Mist as a weapon of war!
Noa: Vahn… I don’t like this! That person has gone mad!

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Jette: I can’t, Prince Cort! The emergency shutoff switch isn’t working. If we don’t do something, it’ll explode!

MUSIC: Arrival of the Mist

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Gala: The Mist just can’t be controlled by humans!
Noa: Listen, everyone! To the underground! Quickly! We must turn off the Mist! Let’s go to the laboratory and turn off the Mist!
Gala: You’re right, Noa! We can’t desert the people of Conkram like this.

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Of course, Mist means enemies.

We make our way down to the underground, where we met King Nebular in present-day Conkram.

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Gala: There are things that look like Ra-Seru Eggs coming out of that hole.
Noa: Terra, what’s going on? Why are Ra-Seru Eggs coming out of that hole?
Terra: That hole leads to the sealed Rogue’s Tower, on the frontier of Seru-kai. Those are alter egos of Rogues, rebel Ra-Seru. They have the same properties as Ra-Seru Eggs.
Meta: The Mist Generator here is a primitive one. With our strength, we may stop it temporarily, but unless we cut off the flow of that material, the Mist Generator can’t be shut off completely.
Gala: In other words, we have to cut off the source.
Ozma: We must destroy Rogue’s Tower! That will stop that flow, and stop the Mist!
Noa: Rogue’s Tower…
Terra: The Rogues are evil Ra-Seru who plotted a rebellion against Tieg a thousand years ago.
Gala: There’s only one thing to do, Vahn! We must destroy the head Rogue in Rogue’s Tower! We can’t destroy the Mist of the future unless we destroy the Mist here!
Meta: You must be careful. We can’t return here unless we defeat the Rogues.
Ozma: And one more thing, before you go to Rogue’s Tower, make sure you are fully prepared for battle.

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HECK YEAH!

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Noa: It’s a piece of a Rogue.
Terra: That’s right. It’s a Rogue Fragment.
Gala: So that has the same power as a Ra-Seru? I guess I still have a lot to learn about Seru.
Ozma: The Seru-kai is a world beyond human comprehension.
Noa: Is Rogue’s Tower in the Seru-kai? What kind of place is it?
Terra: Rogue’s Tower is part of Seru-kai, but the tower itself is the body of a rogue.
Meta: The Rogues were once Ra-Seru, and they can hear what we say.
Ozma: That’s why we can’t say anything more.
Noa: But…
Terra: Don’t worry. Instead of talking, I’ll concentrate on protecting you from Rogue’s evil.

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So. Rogue’s Tower. An interesting dungeon to play, not an interesting one to look at. There are little insignias on the floor, that transport us all around the dungeon. You need to step on them in order to advance, and figure out where to go. Along with that, there’s another gimmick.

MUSIC: Rogue’s Tower

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Let’s see that in action, shall we?

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Occasionally, the walls and floor will turn into a gross organic mass and start pulsating. If you happen to step on a portal when that’s happening, you get transported all the way back to the beginning. This may happen to me a few times during this playthrough.

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Enemies and treasure!

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More enemies and treasure!

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Also, look! Placeholder bosses!

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Not very threatening anymore. Taken out in one round of battle!

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This one is even less threatening than the Berserker.

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Luckily, the dungeon is kind enough to give us a free heal spot at the halfway point!

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Oh hey, Gala leveled up!

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By the way, if you’re wondering what kind of damage these enemies are doing…

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Now, you may have noticed that Gala leveled after the last battle. That was a very important level…

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Well that wasn’t a very good shot of Gala’s Miracle Art. I’ll have to get a better one.

I heal up again, and then head further up the tower.

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Terra:
Noa: Oh, I understand. You can’t talk now.
Gala: Where could that Rogue be? I sense the presence of evil, but the Rogue is nowhere to be seen!

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Gala: This is the head Rogue, the one sealed in the Tower. If we defeat this one, the Mist in Conkram will disappear.
Noa: Let’s get him! Let’s teach this Rogue a lesson!

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MUSIC: Big Boss Battle

That… that’s the actual enemy design. How disappointing. It’s just a crystal. They could have done something so cool here!

Anyways, the Rogue isn’t too tough. It’s a very pattern based fight. Turn 1: Element Shift. Turn 2: Elemental Attack on the entire party. Over and over and over. It’s actually not that difficult.

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Rogue-Flame

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Spoon can easily heal up the damage output.

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There’s a better shot of Gala’s Biron Rage.

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Rogue only used Rogue Flame and Rogue Thunder this battle. Those might be its only two attacks? I’m not sure, to be honest. I feel like it should have at least 3.

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All in all, a very easy fight. Just time consuming.

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Gala: Now we can destroy Rogue’s Tower!
Noa: Oh, wow! Look! Rogue’s Tower is breaking apart! Gala, can I ask you something?
Gala: What is it, Noa?
Noa: Now how do we get back to Conkram from here?
Gala: ! The exit…
Noa: Are we going to die? Are we going to die when Rogue’s tower collapses?
Gala: I’m not going to die in a place like this! Ozma! Can you hear me?

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Gala: Ozma…
Ozma: I’ve been watching you the whole time! Well done, Gala!
Terra: Now that the Rogue is dead, the Mist must be gone from Conkram by now.
Noa: Terra!
Meta: Come, it’s time to return to the human world.
Ozma: Gather together, everyone! We’re almost out of time.
Terra: Okay, here we go!

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King Nebular: Fortunately, the Mist has stopped. That is good. However, the Mist has claimed many lives. What do you think you are doing?
Cort: But, father! The Mist is…
Jette: Your Majesty, this is all a simple mistake. Yes, the experiment was successful, but…
King Nebular: A mistake?! Fool! Does a simple mistake take people’s lives?

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Vahn: I’m back, baby!

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Noa: I’m Noa! Don’t you recognize me? It’s me, Noa!
King Nebular: Noa?
Gala: Your Majesty! You must believe us! We have just been to the Seru world and cut off the source of the Mist!
King Nebular: Is that so? Fantastic! Now I understand everything! You have my deepest gratitude. The people of Conkram owe you their lives! I wish to hear more. Let’s go to the surface for a long chat!

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King Nebular: Cort, that think on your back… You’re wearing a Seru! It matters not. Cort! Jette! Zora! All of you remain there and repent for what you have done!

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Zora: He doesn’t understand the Mist’s possibilities, or your grand plan!?
Cort: I know, Zora. Just forget about it. Besides, I still have time to get a lot done.
Jette: Ha ha ha! You are quite right. Quite right!

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King Nebular: Nemesis Gems are byproducts of the Gate of Hell’s construction. They are refuse. It pains me to give these three such things as a reward, but if that is what they desire, then so be it. Such dignity! I am therefore going to give to them–
Cort: Father! I beseech you! Do not give them the Nemesis Gem!
King Nebular: Silence, Cort! This is my decision! Vahn! Come here.

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That’s really all we can do here in the past. I guess it’s time to head back to the present day.

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Gala: Noa, what’s wrong?
Noa: Cort is my older brother.
Gala: …Let’s go back to the future, Noa. Your parents are waiting for you.
Noa: O-Okay. You’re right. Let’s go back to the future.

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Jette: You will require a device of some size.
Cort: I don’t care! We’ll build a Mist Generator in the Absolute Fortress! We’ll conquer the world!
Zora: Ratayu has a giant Seru and the legend of Juggernaut.
Cort: Mist technology and Juggernaut. What an interesting combination!
Zora: Prince Core, there is no end to your dreams! Ha ha ha!
Cort: Ha ha ha! Listen well! This an an order. An O-R-D-E-R.

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Oh… well then.

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Noa: It’s not your fault, Mother! I’m going to shut down the Mist Generator in the Absolute Fortress for good! After that, you won’t have to be alone anymore, Mother!
Queen Minea: Noa, I love you.
Noa: Love… yes, love. I know about love. Mother, don’t give up!

😦

This is not a very feel good game.

NEXT TIME: The Absolute Fortress!

Conkram! (FINALLY) – Legend of Legaia Ep. 30

Hey guys, welcome back to Legend of Legaia! Last episode, we found out that Cort and Songi went to ridiculous lengths to try and kill our party. Also, they failed. So today, we’re finally going to go to Conkram! After 30 episodes, we’re finally going to try and find Noa’s parents!

LET’S GET TO IT!

MUSIC: The Soren Fly

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Luctes: I had lost my pride as a Soren. I was bitter. I was a fool. But you, heroes of Ra-seru, you opened my eyes. Thank you! I am grateful from the bottom of my heart! It’s almost time. Now, shall we head for Conkram, in the North Karisto Mountains? Because of the thick Mist there, you’ll have to parachute in. Here, take this! The Door of Wind is the only way to get back. Use it well!

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Is… is that giant clam?

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Yeah, that is definitely a giant clam.

We enter Conkram… and it’s hard to describe, but this place just… quivers. Luckily, I now how to make .gifs now, so you can experience it!  Seriously, this game gets into some dark shit, and it manages to produce feelings of unease and disgust much better than a lot of modern games. There are a lot of survival-horror elements in this game, which is probably part of why I enjoy it so much.

MUSIC: Mist Infested Area

Conkram

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Noa: I finally made it to Conkram!
Gala: This is Conkram? What a horrible place? Look at this evil, everyone! This is not the work of humans!

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Gala
: What’s the matter?
Noa: I hear a voice! Someone’s still alive! They’re calling for help!
Gala: A human voice?

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Gala: Hey! Are you all right?
Man: Help… Somebody… Help…

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Terra: Noa! Stop it! Noa! If you pull that person out of the wall, he’ll die!
Noa: But…
Terra: Everything here, buildings, people, is all part of a giant Seru! A Sim-Seru! Noa, that person’s body has fused with the Seru. We must leave them as they are. There’s nothing we can do.
Gala: A Sim-Seru? You mean the town itself is a type of Seru?
Ozma: I never knew that humans had built such a huge Sim-Seru. The thick Mist from the Mist Generator to the north must have enabled it to grow so large.
Noa: … I’m so sorry. But I’ll destroy the Mist! Just hang on a little longer!
Gala: Noa! There’s a castle over there! Let’s go investigate! Your parents may be there.
Noa: Yes, you’re right.

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This game gets disconcertingly dark at times.

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The random encounters take a major step up in difficulty from here to the end of the game as well. Enemies hit hard and have tons of HP. Even with the best equipment, and being relatively high-leveled, random encounters are still much more difficult than at any other point.

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Here are some more enemies.

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There are people in the walls all over. Most of them have gone insane. Can’t really blame them.

MUSIC: Noa’s Dream

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Noa: I… I know this place! Vahn, Gala! I’m scared! I don’t know why, but I’m scared… so scared!
Gala: Noa, remember this! Whatever happens here… We won’t abandon you! Vahn and I will always be by your side!
Noa: O-Okay. Vahn! Gala! Remember you promised! Remember you promised never to leave me alone!

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????: I feel your presence, Noa… I know you’re there.
Noa: Mother! It’s my mother!

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Holy crap, what the heck butt is going on here?

Queen Minea: Noa, come here… Let me feel you…
Noa: Mother…
Queen Minea: Noa, I hear you… I feel your warmth… You’re so big now.
Noa: Mother! What’s the matter with your eyes? Can’t you see?
Queen Minea: I’ve been blinded by the thick Mist and the Sim-Seru that surrounds the town. But I can hear your words and sense your presence. It’s my feelings for you that have kept me sane.
Noa: What should I do? Mother, how can I help you?
Queen Minea: Do you all know that Jette’s Absolute Fortress houses the last Mist Generator? The Sim-Seru that surrounds the town feeds on the Mist from the Absolute Fortress. As you know, a Sim-Seru dies when its Mist Generator is destroyed. The Gate of Hell is made of an ancient substance and cannot easily be forced open. To break open the Gate of Hell guarding the fortress, you need the Nemesis Gem.