Part 31: Relying on miracles instead of beating your insecurities!
Anyway, time to get to this mission about something at this desert.
Some Ivalicians walk like this...
And some Ivalicians walk like this!
Notice that Doned is in fact walking. Two guesses as to why he wants to stay in Ivalice!
He's also selling Ramza out.
The asshole calls all of his friends. He has six of them so We're one man down.
Not that it matters. Clan Beoulve is violent to extremes.
The battle is over in a flash.
Welp, so much for that.
Two deserts in a row.
"The river's flowing wrong!" "The volcano's hot!" "There's a g-g-g-ghost!" "Barking sands aren't barking!" They aren't really trying to conceal the crystal missions, are they?
The other Gaol missions have popped up.
This is the strongest sword in the game. It's still not worth that much.
I hate it when this happens.
The fight with the really strong swordsman who is offering the Chirijiraiden should go much better.
"Really strong" is relative. He's 10 levels below the foreign fiends and he can't even use the sword he's offering. The Bone Plate is fun so I'm going to steal it.
It doesn't matter if you don't use swords against him. He taunts you the same way.
A high-level Fighter still has some oomph.
Between two jackasses with Quickening effects and Ramza's stealing powers, he can't keep his stuff.
Lini blows him up and it's done.
I stripped him of his valuables, though. That doesn't seem honorable to me.
The Bone Plate has the highest defense of clothing and absorbs darkness. The Judge Coat has significantly higher Resistance so unless you're abusing Lv.? S-Flare there's better choices.
The wyrms that awakened have been sitting on Baguba for days now.
Ramza. They're already at Baguba. They've been in Baguba.
Norma's Last Breaths are very good at eliminating dragons now.
Between that and the other examples of absurd violence, nothing can quite survive.
The Wyrmstone strengthens fire and has another semi-unique character attached. It's also a prerequisite for...
This mission, which is offering a very valuable staff.
We get a dumb scroll that clutters up my inventory for a few hours.
The Ally Finder drastically increase the recruitment rate after missions. It's skewed towards basic classes.
Ghhk, both of those? I'm sending someone right now.
It's amazing how much stronger I've gotten since I started saving Lutia Pass.
I get this bow which makes Ramza an even better Hunter...
...And the strongest greatbow in the game!
It's time to reclaim a stolen jewel (which Ramza never returns. I still have it.)
Blah blah. Every thief I've encountered is either this or really overconfident.
Ramza falls into overconfident.
The battle starts of normally. (look at that damage holy crap)
Then Carson gets charmed! It's telling that the most dangerous thing these guys can do is turning my own Jumplar against me.
I try this but it doesn't quite work. Eventually he just gets Thundered and it works.
Norma ignores the whole charm fiasco and just kills people.
Norma turns the Thunderwyrm into an ornate statue and the battle ends.
Now to get that Cheer Staff...
Unique armor, huh? Worth it. Anyway, it's time to find the people who will stop the dragons of Roda Volcano from rampaging ever again...
Not you guys!
There, that's better.
He gets robbed of his (very good) armor and then blown up.
I wish convincing people in real life worked that well.
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF AWW YEAH
For some reason I get another plains. Note the arrangement.
Norma is now officially bonkers.
The cool shit won't stop rolling in! The Light Robe teaches Half MP to Illusionists, Summoners, and Bishops. Moogles are the only ones who miss out.
WE'RE MAKIN' IT HAPPEN! The Gastra Bow is a very strong bow. Not quite up there with the Oathbow, but it's non-elemental (Oathbow is dark) and has a seven-panel range. Norma uses this one because she doesn't have any elemental abilities like Ramza does.
Here's Stardust from that rod I got way back when.
Still don't have the semi-unique guy yet...
You're pitifully low level...
Norma instantly removes all of their MP. All of it. Take that, dark dud!
Then she snuffs him out with an Ultima Masher. Note that the Zanmato has 18 attack.
I... never use the Ally Finder. At all.
After 17 long millenium, I can finally help out this youth who must by now be a very old man learn to appreciate homework.
And I'll send Carson to do it.
And I'll give him a magic stone that lets him breath bigger fires.
Of course, I lack the bread. The bow he gives isn't in as good as my Oathbow or Gastra Bow.
"Why do you have a corset?"
"I never talk about my clients' personal lives."
Ramza assumes that this Thunderwyrm must be the an ancient demon because it hisses at him. I think.
The Cheer Staff teaches Summoners Maduin, who deals holy damage. It's slightly stronger that Ifrit/Ramuh/Shiva, but it doesn't get the boost from a Black Robe and costs 36 MP. However, holy does get past all the fire/ice/lightning resists everywhere...
Maduin's appearance is based off of its FF9 appearance, where it's mistranslated as "Madeen".
Of course, not much stands through doublecasting.
"Gaol, welcome... to DIE!"
The other Ayvuir, eh?
Oh those crazy vampires!
I didn't know Gaol was 13, had a giant cowlick, and stole clothes.
This is no problem whatsoever. Eldena still blows him away.
That's the end of the Gaol quests.
The red one is stronger and increases defense and speed.
Nothing special happens if Ramza duel-wields them. Lame.
I have the perfect gun for this!
The feeding ramp has been polished to a mirror sheen. It's not going to have any feeding problems. The slide's been replaced with a reinforced version. And it meshes perfectly with the frame. The frame itself has been iron-welded and scraped down multiple times for maximum precision. The front strap part of the frame has been checkered to make it dig into the hand. That prevents any slipping. The sight system's original, too. It's a 3-dot type. It's got an enlarged front sight, giving it superior target sighting capability. The regular hammer's been replaced with a ring hammer. That enhances the cocking speed and increases the hammer-down speed. They also reworked the grip safety to accommodate the ring hammer. Looks like they eliminated it altogether. This is a tool for pros. The thumbs safety and the slide stop are extended to allow for more precise handling. The base of the trigger guard is whittled down, so you can use a high grip. And the trigger itself is a long type for easy finger access. The trigger pull is about 3.5 pounds. That's about a pound and a half lighter than normal. The magazine well has been widened to make it easier to put in a new magazine. The magazine catch button has been cut down low to make it harder to hit by mistake. The mainspring housing has been changed to a flat type to increase grip. And it's even been fitted with stepping so that it doesn't slip from the recoil when firing. On top of that, they added cocking serrations to the front part of the slide. That lets you load and eject cartridges faster in an emergency. Whoever did this is a professional. No question - this thing could shoot a one-hole at 25 yards in a machine rest.
...The other two Outsiders I have are also cool I guess.
It's a damn fine gun.
Caodan's shop sells the best accessory now that I have so much turf.
Story mission time!
Etirps Euqinu walks on the screen.
I'm glad he gets to the point at least.
Of course, the situation must be complicated somehow.
Ramza has a one-track mind.
Strange guys who want to kill him are an afterthought.
Persistent bastard, huh?
Cid teleports in and uses his law power to forbid Llednar's good skill.
I know, you're left with Bio rip-off #3 and some other generic things.
"He's too foppish!"
Ramza believes otherwise.
Elohssa summons some minions for... some reason.
Llednar is a biskmatar which is ratamksib backwards. I think it's foreign.
He keeps saying stuff like this. He's slower than Ramza so he can't beat him either due to dmg>MP.
Oh, rekcuskcoc is immune to any and all damage. That's why he never shuts up.
After a while this happens.
However, Llednar readies Omega.
Cid arrests him before he uses Omega, a first in Ivalice. This preemptive arrest precedent would lead to the Great Imprisonment, wherein a crowd of 34,000 people milling about Cyril's business district were arrested for looking like they were about to revolt.
Single. Track. Mind.
So, Ramza goes to fight the last Totema.
"The plot is on rails. I don't have a choice."
He turns into Ramza's friends to try and guilt trip him.
Step one: Denial.
Ramza seems to have fun being a bandit lord. I know I have fun doing it.
"I can get to the second floor of most buildings!"
"The second floor, man! It's, like, twice as cool as the first floor!"
Ramza would be serving 6 consecutive life sentences if he did.
I'd like to make a correction: Mr. Raduiji isn't dead at all, just working somewhere off-screen. It really kills the impact of this line.
However, it's necessary for this line to make sense.
Step two: Anger.
I honestly don't get this part.
"You could steal whatever you need!"
"You could steal buildings if you tried hard enough."
"Feel the anger flowing through you..."
I think this qualifies as Step three: bargaining in some sense.
The images turn into vampires. Why not?
It's time for the final Totema, Mateus, the Corrupt!
Mateus' dangerous tricks aren't his Totema stuff, but good ol' Thundaga and Star Cross.
These will eventually get to you, especially with his high Totema magic power.
However, a headshot is a headshot.
With that Mateus is no more.
And with that, the last crystal shatters. Ramza's long journey is most definitely over.
The epilogue and credits, I'd assume. Yeah. Totally.