Part 61: Stratum 3: Perdition Part 1Nobody knows how the first heretics came about, but given havoc these mad creatures wreaked whenever they appeared few particularly cared.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
Legacy of Darkness
We found Reticas Majin in the deepest darkness, as expected.
Video- Perdition Part 1
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Were going to use our standard team, we need to go with our toughest lineup because this map is brutal early on.
Same thing we fought when we were doing this with Ashley long ago, three Armatus, two Lapis Sylph, two Scytodida well never even see, and a Thiefler. Its good to remember that Armatus are actually slightly vulnerable to Darkness, well be using that to our advantage.
Even though I have the Regenerate skill already and could just buy the armor that has Cast Speed II in it, I feel like getting them here and showing you how youd have to do it with this party. I could have saved myself some trouble with a less aggressive deployment, but not that much because the Majin on this map are absolutely insane.
- Capture both Lapis Sylph
Thage, they wont stop you from your ambition.
I grow weary of their interference.
But Ive traversed Besek to restore this librum
And no one is a match for the power I wield.
You are worthy of reaching the depths of Besek.
That is why the Guiding Sage accepts only you as a master.
Those who accept the truth are often rewarded.
Okay, so stopping the Thiefler is much harder this time because we dont have Ashley being all overpowered and invulnerable up ins. The plan is to push forward aggressively and then get Thage into range to Bleed the Thiefler with an Aero II. Then I can throw some arrows at it and finish it with Raki. This isnt entirely reliable, though, because Thiefler Evades quite well. Actually pulling it off took several tries.
Wh-Whats with them!?
The first stages of the plan go very well. We land the Bleed, lead Raki to weaken the Thielfer with an Aero I. and are starting to get set up to throw an arrow its way too. Because theyre crazy aggressive all three Armatus are coming for me, as are the Lapis Sylphs.
We should capture the Lapis Sylphs and use them as bait.
Is it the Majin youre looking for, Retica?
I dont know, but my blood feels like its boiling
Thats your instincts The destruction.
Yeah thats the dick thing about Perdition with anyone other than Ashley, we need to capture BOTH Lapis Sylphs. Good luck doing that with any party other than Thages, its pretty tricky. Raki finishes off the Thiefler, I use Dual Attack to ensure it dies. He even levels up, which is nice. Get ready, though, because the Majin are about to take it out of our asses. All three Armatus rush Ares and between a Curse Attack and two of those horrible Blade Spins they instantly murder her. If not for the Curse she might have dodged one of the attacks but itd still be hard to keep her alive at t his point. Vengeance will be swift, though.
Tell me, and you might live a little longer.
The shrine is ahead, but the way is blocked.
You wont get inside.
I have no more use for you.
Retica caught one Blade Spin too, so we Lead a heal into him and then blast two of the Armatus with a Malusphere. Theyre vulnerable to Darkness, so it cuts through them like a knife and leaves two near death. We start focusing on one of them to try and get it dead, and Irina levels up from an otherwise boring shot. The Lapis Sylphs have meanwhile hit my lines, and one blasts Alexei with a brutal Aerophere. I am forced to have him retreat and use an item on himself to ensure he survives a bit longer. Raki then closes the deal on the injured Armatus, taking some pressure off of me. As long as were forcing them to attack Raki were in good shape, because hes very resistant to Slash. The injured Armatus catches an arrow from Retica and then gets Overkilled by Thages magic, even though its going to get Released its worthwhile to get those out now. The other Sylph keeps up the heat on Alexei, which sucks. He gets some healing, though, and then hammers the hell out of the just Released Armatus and Thage Binds it right back up again. She even gets a level out of it.
At this point Thage isnt really in any danger from most single Majin. Her stats are pretty great all around. Meanwhile I have made a tragic mistake and let my healers all be near each other, and all three of them get smashed and Bled by the other Sylphs Aerosphere. Even worse, after the second Sylph uses its Release the Armatus Fears him with a Fear Attack then does some bullshit flying to bypass him and get next to Thage. The other Armatus, amusingly, assists me in my efforts to recover by Cursing Alexei, which overrides the Fear.
Im not sure. Are you willing to help me?
Ill destroy any Majin in my path.
Then Ill be looking forward to your help, sage.
This let me hammer the one (though it gets him Countered) with a Led action and then blow it up. At this point how late I was up recording this starts to get to me, because Retica gets hit with a spell and I dont even notice hes really low. Alexei goes down to a spell from a Lapis Sylph, and even worse Thage gets hit by an Armatus, sending me into panic mode. I immediately have her blast it hard with a Malus II, which easily heals her back to full, and then pull her back out of its way. I get so fixated on starting on the Sylphs here I forget Reticas hurt badly and he gets dropped by the last Aero II the Sylphs have. Oops. After an intricate ballet of me throwing out spells and Sylphs healing I manage to get one down low enough to Overkill it with a Malusphere while Raki plays with the last Armatus.
More revelations from the Guiding Sage ?
The Eternal Poison and the Princess should be there.
The heart of Besek
The other Sylph has run away and buffed itself with Salva, so I focus on the Armatus (which also has Salva but Im allowed to murder it). After it dies a horrible death and Yuri levels up from some fool thing I eventually blow up the Lapis Sylph. We scoop up the chests and then the last Majin, ending the show.
Lapis Sylph Lv 19 x 2
Armatus Lv 18 x 1
Now at least it all makes sense. Theres only one Majin Retica would want to kill so badly hed risk his life.
Quit hiding from us, Majin!
Its him. I feel it.
Its the same feeling!
This Majin is my father! I can smell him coming!
The Majin responsible for bringing him into this world.
The sin of imitating the great Izel is unforgivable!
You. Ive finally found you
Retica, is that him!?
Ill avenge my mother
My only reason for existing is to murder you!
Kid, are you a heretic?
Im impressed you survived this long!
Prepare for your judgement!
Were ready if you are.
Its all falling into place.
- recovered text fragements