Part 78: Stratum 2: Oblivion Part 2 Boss: GergedeusGergedeus, the scourge of the desert, proved no match for the might of the Hero, Rondemion.
- excerpt, the Saga of Rondemion
It Came From The Desert
It feels like a lifetime ago when I slew Gergedeus the first time.
Video- Oblivion Part 2
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Standard team, we need all the help we can get.
Same as last time we did this, Gergedeus is joined by two Armatus, three Vespula, two Exo Machina, and a Pyromote. Lets look at the boss.
Gergedeus is seriously tough. Its immune to Darkness, nearly so to Fire, and its somewhat resistant to every form of physical attack. Water and Light are slightly better than normal against it, but overall its pretty tough to hurt.
Were doing the same thing we did with Ashleys party, were going to go around the side instead of trying to push up the gut of the map because we just wont be able to survive such a direct confrontation with all of the Majin here.
- Complete the map
We push on a bit, for once the Majin dont start in range in this positioning so we have to cede the first hit to them. Fortunately Rondemion is largely immune to Phys status like the Fracture we see coming in here and takes it pretty well. Theres also an Armatus coming in with much more dangerous Mental status, but we should have this guy dealt with before that. We toss a bunch of magic into it, weakening and even Confusing it as we set up the Combo thatll send it packing.
Im here to find Morpheus.
A battle between ghosts. That would be quite a spectacle.
Gergedeus says some hilarious stuff this time. Anyway, lets get ready to kick some Majin ass.
Why should I tell you?
I need to solve the mystery of Besek.
If you refuse to answer, you will die just as before.
A Combo from Rondemion and Alexei puts Exo Machina down, and just in time because well have an Armatus to play with soon. Pushing ahead this far has also started attracting not just the other Armatus, but also the Vespula nearby. We spread our fire out among all three, but our first focus is going to be on Vespula because its a real pain in the ass. We drag it down low pretty quickly and brutally.
You are powerless, Falsin. What recourse have you?
Hmph. Light magic.
Rondemion then knocks the Vespula from the sky, getting a level in the process as well. We fight the two Armatus for quite some time, weakening them both mainly with magic while also enduring their annoying Curse and Fear attacks that keep afflicting Alexei. When the first gets low, it runs away from the party, leaving its friend alone to die a horrible death.
How do you know of him?
Ive spent a great deal of time researching Majin
After a bit more effort, the second Armatus is just as badly hurt as its friend, and is ready for a brutal takedown.
I live to crush Falsin. I cannot see ghosts.
Armatus falls to a Combo from Alexei and Rondemion just as the Exo Machina did earlier. The other Exo Machina and another Vespula have engaged, and I start throwing stuff at them. Im currently planning on killing the other Armatus with Nena for the experience. After a quick barrage Exo Machina eats the dirt when struck by Rondemion. Vespula tries to make this as annoying as possible by flying around my lines and Slowing Nena, but it just delays the inevitable.
If you value your life, you will surrender the librum.
Your idle threats do not sway me.
Then I will break every bone in your brittle Falsin body!
Armatus falls to Nenas magic, and then Rondemion sends Vespula down hard enough to Overkill it after a bunch of magic weakened it. Now we start maneuvering to break Gergedeus Aura and start bringing him down. Once we have everyone far enough forward, Alexei runs up to block it and Yuri breaks the Aura. On Rondemions turn I lead Alexei and his Bonecrusher Fractures the big bat and seals its fate long term.
Im not using my full strength. Youll see.
Hahaha, and what difference will that make, I wonder?
Nena levels up after capturing the Vespula in the back but is Slowed, so shell not really get to do much for the rest of the map. The Pyromote to the side hits Vivian and Alexei with a Pyrosphere, and this leaves Vivian low enough to be dropped by Gergedeus brutal Malus IV spell. Pyromote is quickly cut down by Rondemion and Velnor, but while Im setting up the Combo to drop the boss he unleashes his powerful Terrastorm, which fears Rondemion and delays me a turn. Velnor levels up as we mess with curing things and the Vespula whos here now, but its all over in the end and the big bat falls.
You will soon face the vengeance of Izel
Youve been beaten, Majin.
How could long-deceased Majin come back to life?
Anythings possible in this place
Yes, I suppose so.
But the mystery remains unsolved.
Were finished here.
Yes, I quite agree
Gergedeus Lv 19 x 1
Armatus Lv 16 x 1
Vespula Lv 15 x 1
Exo Machina Lv 14 x 1
The shaking in this place seems to be getting stronger.
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(Thats unsettling )
(This place might be alive after all.)
Are you okay, Rondemion? You dont look so good
Dont worry about me.
No! You look like youre in pain.
Its got nothing to do with you.
Youre so mean! Cant you see how worried I am!?
I didnt ask you to worry about me.
Fine, I wont!
The Count felt like he needed to butt in to this.
You mustnt let all your anger out on Miss Eriel.
What do you want, Count?
My, do I detect a foul mood ?
No. You dont.
I dont believe that for a second, Hero. What has you feeling so impatient? Whats preying on that mind of yours?
Im running out of time
Enough talk. Theres no reason for us to stand here any longer.
(What does he mean ?)
Were taking another break in Isapolis, giant battles with dead Majin take it out of you.
Ares: You really like talking to me, dont you
I should warn you, buying me cider wont impress me.
Im only interested in guys who know how to fight.
By the way, do you take that little girl everywhere?
Shes too cute to be your daughter So whats the story with you two?
Oh, if you dont want to talk about it right now, thats okay.
Ill find out sooner or later.
I think Alexei would eat the Majin if that were possible.
Alexei: All that fighting must have made you hungry. I am, just from relaxing!
I dont scowl too much, thats just crazy talk.
Komori: If you keep scowling all the time, no ones going to talk to you, you know?
But you dont have to worry about Nena disliking you! Shes so friendly now!
And everyone who mentions it is crazy.
If you walk around town with that expression, it will frighten everyone.
Please, use your time here to relax and ease your mind and body.
Amelie seems to want to get back in the fight.
Whats on your mind?
Amelie: Eriels always so energetic and playful. Im kind of jealous.
Well, I wish she were as quiet as you.
Amelie: Hehehe, where would the fun in that be? Shes still a child, after all!
Do you think itd be good if she came into battle with me?
Amelie: Well, if you let her, then you should let me!
I could protect her and you, too!
Amelie: Dont give me that look! I can hold my own in battle!
I know youre a good fighter. I can tell that just by looking at you.
Amelie: Well ? Whats the problem then!?
I can only babysit one kid at a time!
Amelie: Hmph! Why are you so incorrigible?
Im concerned that many worlds connect with Besek. What if Morpheus fled to one of them?
Kuni: So Im starting to realize theres no one else like me round here.
Only those weird beards! And I cant stand them !
Is there just your kind, in your world?
Kuni: Not really.
Theres a lotta humans like you
But theres plenty of cats and sheep and other guys like me!
Oh, I see
Kuni: Ya dont believe me, huh?
I didnt say that
Kuni: You should come visit my world and see for yourself!
Its so much fun! Rollin hills, lovely rivers, talkin flowers !
That girl Misty has been looking into Morpheus while we were out.
Misty: I asked around about that Majin you mentioned the other day.
Misty: Youre welcome.
But no one seems to know anything about Morpheus.
I figured as much
Misty: Im sorry I couldnt find out anything for you.
No, its alright. Its something I need to take care of on my own, anyhow.
Its not your responsibility.
Misty: If I hear anything, Ill let you know.
Nolstein would be almost tolerable if he werent so damned arrogant.
I want to ask you something.
Nolstein: It depends on the question, but I suppose I can spare a few moments.
Nolstein: Well? Out with it. I dont have all day.
In Besek, did you see a Majin named Morpheus?
Nolstein: What kind of Majin is that?
A body of gold and bones.
Nolstein: I havent seen such a thing.
I see Sorry to bother you.
Nolstein: No, Im sorry I couldnt help. Its my duty to assist commoners like you.
I dont know why Marion was here, and shes not explaining it.
Well, well Its been a while.
Marion: Is that all you have to say!?
Where were you all this time!?
Irving and Ive been worried sick about you !
Hm Sorry about that
Dont tell me you came all the way here just to look for me.
Marion: N-No I
So what could possibly make you come all the way to Besek?
Marion: Please, I cant tell you, Uncle.
Hey, lets not start that Uncle Rondemion nonsense again.
Marion: I know youre not really my uncle. Its just so good to see you again!
Hmph, you always were good at changing the subject.
Okay, young lady. Go rest.
Ill interrogate you later.
Marion: Hey, you should be nicer to me
With the stratum ended, Im not sure whats coming next. Whatever it is, we need to be ready.