Part 15: Stratum 2: Oblivion Part 2 Boss: GergedeusGergedeus is the master of the wastelands of Stag, and both fire and darkness are his constant companions.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
A Chance Encounter
The Guardian of this Stratum was a horrible bat-thing named Gergedeus.
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Same as normal, this is especially important because we really might have some Mental status to restore with Velnor.
The enemy are pretty harsh on this map. There are two Exo Machina, two up-leveled Armatus, three Vespula, a Pyromote, and the big guy himself, Gergedeus.
These Armatus are no joke. The Curse status is ruinous, as it both seals active skills and negates our passive skills. Theyre very hard to overkill and its probably not worth it to try when were on the clock.
Heres our boss, Gergedeus. Hes big and slow, he hits hard with his Fire and Dark spells, and he can hit a whole four square arc at his front with Terrastorm. Hes nearly immune to Fire and totally immune to Dark. Only Water and Light are really great against him. Hes going to be a tough nut to crack, and hes the only target on the map we really care about capturing.
We deploy far to the left of the zone. I dont want to push up the right, because thatll mean Im up against two Exo Machina, two Armatus, and probably at least one if not two Vespula. If I go left, I can take the first Exo Machina and have it dead or mostly so by the time the Armatus engage (theyre very aggressive and will come straight for us no matter what we do). Then we just blow through them and were almost at the boss.
-Complete the sweep of Desert bosses by capturing Gergedeus
-Smash everything else
We start to execute the plan, pushing towards the Exo Machina while buffing. I give Ashley Salva to give her some healing even if she does get Cursed by an Armatus. Exo Machina moves in, so we start hitting it with everything weve got.
Gergedeus, the guardian god of the scarred lands
Light magic should break his Demon Aura.
Fortunately Light magic is something we have in excess. We keep throwing everything weve got at the Exo Machina while the two Armatus finally catch up. Theyve got themselves in a nice little cross formation thats pretty convenient here in just a sec.
I promise, its not a sign of good luck for you !
Were going to crush you!
A Sacrasphere kills the Exo Machina and bloodies both Armatus, additionally confusing the back one. We keep the heat on, literally, with a Pyrosphere from Reyna. Yuri throws a Sacra II at the near one, Irina shoots it, and then Glynne finishes it off by spearing them both. He levels up and doesnt get anything obvious on the skill screen. I think he got an extra use of Crows Beak or something, which we wont be able to use this fight anyway. We start getting a combo ready with Ares, hoping to take the Armatus down as soon as Ashley has a turn.
Vespula comes in and shoots at Ares, which she evades. Still, she manages to level up. She gets a skill called Dual Attack, which lets her attack a target two times in a row. We send Ashley in and she joins Ares against the Armatus, but sadly we miss the Overkill by about three points. On the plus side, though, Ashley levels up.
Between her heavy resistances to elemental attacks and her significant raw physical defense Ashleys getting pretty damn tough to kill. We start throwing everything weve got at the Vespula, which is barely able to respond before we finally overkill it with a Crows Beak from Glynne. We quickly capture it while pushing ahead to draw in the last few enemies, one of the two remaining Vespulas and the second Exo Machina. We start throwing fire on the Vespula and hit both it and the Exo Machina with a Sacrasphere.
Your Falsin myths are both truth and lie, in one.
Are you ready to fight the truth before you?
We drag the Vespula down to critical health, but it moves away from the combo that was supposed to overkill it. I end up just having Ares cut it in half. The Exo Machina walks right into the combo intended for its friend, so we kill it too. Now theres nothing in between us and Gergedeus.
Ashley, if its too much, fall back!
Glynne, worry about yourself! Im fine!
Ashley breaks the Demon Aura with a Sacra. Gergedeus responds with a Malus IV, though Ashley is largely unaffected by even so powerful a spell. The Pyromote joins in, which is worrying because it does have Release. Ares moves up to Bleed Gergedeus. This is a better choice than Fracturing him overall, because hes actually got a pretty low Overkill threshold. Now all weve got to do is throw some shots at him and make him bleed all his health away. He does respond with the powerful Terrastorm special for a lot of damage on Glynne and Ares, but as soon as I landed a Bleed on him it was all over.
Have you seen a man whos dressed like us?
If there was one, I would have crushed him!
We quickly capture the big guy so he cant be released, finishing the map.
Submit to me and die!
My greatest wish has been granted! Izel returns !
Vespula Lv 15 x 1
Gergedeus Lv 17 x 1
Reyna seems worried about me.
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(If thats true, things are about to get even more complicated )
Is everything alright?
Yeah, howre you holding up?
No, you are not.
Huh? Whos there!?
I certainly didnt expect to see her here.
Reyna, can you leave us alone for a bit?
You going to be alright, Ashley!?
Ashley, its good to see you. Its been far too long.
Yeah Hello, Lenarshe.
You sure have matured since last time.
What are you doing in a place like this?
Please, dont ask me that. I mean you no harm.
You should leave this place, Ashley. Its useless to proceed further.
You want me to return, when I havent found Master Leto yet!? I cant!
I know shes just trying to help me, but I cant accept that Lenarshe is right.
Its the truth.
No! I wont believe that!
Youve done all you can!
There is nothing more you can do especially in your condition.
You know its the truth.
If you travel any deeper into Besek, only more suffering will await you
And I couldnt bear to see you in pain.
Youre as stubborn as always.
But Im happy to have seen your face again, even if only for a short while.
(No Master Leto..!)
When I looked up Lenarshe was already gone. If shes really here in Besek, and this deep Thats just one more person I need to rescue now.
Basil: Isapolis was once a lonely place with very few people.
But now, many are passing through here as they journey through Besek.
Im so pleased to meet all these new people.
Im glad the Count has eased up on what he was calling me, right now I dont think I could take it.
Is everything alright ?
If you dont wish to share your troubles with me, I understand.
But you work far too hard. Please take some time for yourself, too.
Maybe Ive been misunderstanding Shivan, could it have never been about me?
Shivan: I see a light, gradually being engulfed by darkness.
The light wishes to reject the darkness, but it needs your help.
Im not even sure she wants to be rescued, though. What the hell is going on in here?
Leon: I heard that if I rescue the Princess, Ill get a huge reward!
I wonder what kind of reward it is
Muse: I have to practice my dancing, and I have to clean my house!
Argh, I wish there were two of me! It would be so much more convenient!
Evan talked with the person I wanted him to get in touch with, but Id forgotten hes from the past when things worked a bit differently.
Evan: I spoke with the priest you introduced me to
Is it true that one must learn magic in order to join the Church?
U-Uh, yeah, youll have to study at least a small amount of magic.
Evan: Are you referring to the power to wield dark energy!?
Thats one way of thinking about it, but
Evan: Are you insane!? How can you study the dark arts!?
But without it, its impossible to defeat the Majin.
Evan: Even so, youre harnessing power from forbidden sources!
I will have nothing to do with it! Its unacceptable! Its blasphemy!
Evan: I am sorry, but I cannot accept your offer to join the Church.
I-I didnt mean to raise my voice, but I just I cant do it.
Yeah, that was really uncomfortable. I decided to just train with Zadikus, since nothing Ive found has been good enough.
I heard youve been training really hard.
Zadikus: I been trainin REAL hard. Hey, howd ya hear bout that?
A lot of people are talking about you!
Zadikus: Wow, theyre all watchin me?
Well, they might-should help out, rather than just standin around!
Ill help you train!
Zadikus: Ya what now!?
Dont get me wrong, darlin, Im extremely thankful
But if I hurt that pretty face of yours, well, I dunno !
Hahaha, dont worry!
Im a trained Protector! I wouldnt be in Besek if I couldnt handle myself!
Zadikus: Well, hey, I guess youre right!
More on that next time. Keikos been talking with Velnor as well I think, had to be someone from Stag.
Well, YOU look happy today.
Keiko: Hehehe, I borrowed another book from someone else!
I talked to this guy from this place called Peluna, and he gave me a book.
Its got lots of stuff in it, too!
Hm, can you read the scriptures of Stag very well ?
Keiko: No, but he taught me what it says.
Keiko: Whats Stag, anyhow?
Its a religion that branched off of the Church of Valdia, long ago.
Well, you should get back to your research.
Ill check in on you later, okay?
Keiko: Ill be waiting!
Since things were getting all nostalgic, I asked Nolstein what he thought about Commander Olifen.
Hi, Mr. Nolstein.
So I heard you grew up with the Commander. Is that true?
Nolstein: Olifen? Yes, thats true.
He wasnt very smart, so everyone had to help him with his studies.
But he was quite the athlete I dont think I ever saw that boy just walking.
He always liked to run around, playing hero.
Nolstein: Do you remember that legendary hero fellow? Rondemion, was it?
He was Olifens idol.
At the time, I thought it was a joke Who knew hed grow up to be Commander?
Whys it so surprising?
Nolstein: If you knew him back then, youd understand.
Poor Olifen, he seemed like a nice guy and I think Lenarshe liked him. Im not sure what the deal with Marion is.
Aw, dont worry about it!
Marion: Hehehe, I hope I didnt cause you any trouble !
No, stop. Its fine!
So what were you doing there, all alone?
I was looking for something to help rebuild my homeland.
Something, huh ?
Marion: The Majin attacked, and I was separated from my traveling companion.
Im so sorry !
Marion: I dont know where he is, now.
Please, if you see him here in Besek, let me know at once.
You got it!
Dont think about him right now. Just get some rest. You need it.
Marion: Thank you
I think she might be after the Eternal Poison. I wish I knew more about that thing. I guess itll all make sense in the end.
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