Part 12: Honey For Nothing, Fish For FreeUpdate 12: Honey For Nothing, Fish For Free
Donnels back from unconsciousness, lets do some more Factorying. Im still comfortable with taking my sweet time waiting for some crops to grow before I really try to dive into the depths of Toros, but last time we acquired some Monster partners, and Id like to let them show their stuff.
First, though, Donnel finds religion. I actually came here hoping to start a sidequest, but I got my days wrong, that only happens on Holidays. I think thats really the only thing that ever happens at the church aside from marriage. Poor Wesley. Lets drop by Neumanns, since there are two new items we can snag there.
Uh, what? We had never discussed this, Felicity.
: This is a brush. Press the B button to prepare it and use it to brush the monster. From now on, you should be able to get along with monsters better.
: Thank you very much!
I mean, okay. So, the Brush raises the affection levels of your monsters at the cost of some RP. Affection improves the quality of the products of monsters that make them, and I believe it might also boost combat stats?
Youd be welcome to come with but youre dying of wizard flu or something.
: Its a basket. You can use it with monsters that lay eggs or make honey.
: Thank you very much!
Weve already got a friend who can use this.
Inside PARTS, we have the rare wild Tabatha not standing on a staircase all day.
They really suck, its like 1 Defense, dont even bother, friend.
So uh, heres why Grazing Grass is also a pain. It costs 600 for the 3x3 square. I dont remember if it regrows, if it does, that might be worth it, but you still have to water and chop it every day. Again, maybe better planted in caves.
This is what the inside of the hut looks like. Yes, it is, in fact, bigger on the inside.
I fish for the basket we got from Neumann as Kate holds an arrow to Dantes neck. Dont do that, Kate.
Oh hey, OhGod just gave us some free honey!
Honey is only accessible this way, and it never improves in quality with Affection. That said, 300G is a decent amount early game, and I believe some recipes later require it, so youll definitely want at least one Bee monster on your farm. You can get new honey once every 4 days.
So Im trying to pet my monsters but uh
Its not working.
Im doing something stupid here, see if you can spot it.
Anyway, I think its time we headed back to Toros, with a partner in tow.
When you get a monster to join you, you are forcibly Orbd out of the hut. I imagine this is just to avoid some weird AI bugs or something.
Alright, Kates joined our party.
You can check your current companions stats on the pause screen. HP, ATK, and Def should be pretty self explanatory. The 4 square grid is, I believe, for elemental attacks, although Kate has none. Friendship is how much Kate likes us (not at all.), and the Ability box shows off any special abilities. Kate can inflict a silence with her bow. Allegedly.
Into the Cave!
Ah fuck wrong button.
Okay, trying again.
Kate, thankfully is smart enough not to step on these poison tiles. Shell also sit back and snipe from a range, doing fairly little damage, but it does help.
Im still shitty at fighting the Demons.
Always appreciate more of these.
Just caring for the crops now.
Kate got stuck on a stump.
I wanted to try and show how much damage Kate was doing here but my mad SKILL UPZ got in the way.
While Im here, Im going to get some mining minerals. Always useful, that. Were going to need nicer tools if we want to make a lot of the higher end items.
Still, Scrap Iron shows up, much to my chagrin.
Good shot, Kate.
Now thats how its done.
So, this is the furthest west weve gone in the cave. If people would like me to start making some shitty MSPaint maps of these, let me know, although if youve read the earlier updates you know the quality to expect. But whats in here?
AH FUCK A WIZARD
So, uh, admittedly that was, again, a wrong button. Thankfully it doesnt boot you out of the cave. Also check out the description of that spell. The Grand Mage has a great name.
It turns out Escape-ing also doesnt reset the HP of the spawners, I had it down in one hit and the wizard didnt even show up. Those guys are called Little Mages, and theyre kinda...goat looking dudes? Kinda hard to tell on an early DS game.
Heading North and Kates immediately dashing into danger. Whats she after?
Oh fuck. A laser elemental.
So this is a Shindra, and its hella annoying. They have one attack, a channeled blast of water that goes in a straight line, but it does heavy damage and comes out quick. It can also heal itself. It would be handy if we could turn some of its moves on ourselves .(hinthint im almost definitely recruiting a Shindra)
Yikes, 37 Damage from a single blast. Thats about double the damage of a Demon poke.
Luring out the attack and strafing is about the only way to gain any ground on these foes.
One room north we get a nice little iceberg, but Im more concerned with something else right now.
RETURN OF LITTLE MAGE
I fucked off into the corner and decided to let Kate duel it.
Shes hitting for about 14 on this guy, which is respectable. Still, I never saw him get Sealed, sadly, that would have ruined him.
Kate killed one, but another immediately spawned and this time the tactical retreat was entirely on purpose.
Well, that was a productive trip.
Farewell, Kate. Thanks for your assistance.
I stopped by Leos to sell off some stuff, and to check something.
Still staring longingly at this thing.
I would like a better ammer. We could use one to find the Crystals that are useful upgrade materials and gifts for a certain NPC people in the thread seem to like.
I have 3 Iron. Dammit.
Heres a prime shot of Rosetta looking into my shipping box and being disappointed yet again.
Well, lets while away the rest of the day with our friend the antisocial specter.
Some things will never change.
I am the most skilled fisherman.
I am so skilled I collapse into Sharrons model as I faint from exhaustion out of just how skilled I am.
Also you clipped through someone that was fucked up
Okay, sure, but Edward
Wanna buy some fish?
Since its a Holiday, Ivans in town.
He doesnt seem to be a fan of small talk.
Ivans stock changes each week in a month.
The Shelves will store items for you. This is critical later, but right now, Donnels inventory is large enough that I really dont care about it yet.
As for the table set, I think its literally useless. Just decor.
So I bought nothing from Ivan. NOW, though, I can start that sidequest.
To the church!
Toris not involved, but weve seen so little of her I figured we might as well get some dialog from her.
Its Neumann we want.
: If I could have done that, Sabrina wouldnt be so angry!
: Did you anger Sabrina?
What the fuck does this even mean
So, anyway, that kicks off the longest side quest in the game. Also one with a pretty interesting payoff. For the next step, well need to coax Sabrina into giving us some information, but she wont do it for just anyone.
Alright, now Im brushing properly. If you didnt notice before, I was trying to brush these guys with the Friendship Glove earlier, and that doesnt work. Whoops.
OhGod is going to join me this time.
Interestingly, his stats are flat out better than Kates. He can also inflict poison and get crits. Not bad at all.
this goes poorly
Off to Carmite to water the ol cucumbers first, and since weve seen so many interesting monsters in Toros, Id like another hut So Im going to chop some stumps as well.
Also this orc archer hit me with one arrow, did 1 damage, and Sealed me again. Perhaps Donnel was simply never meant to be a wizard.
Yeah, chopping wood still beats the hell out of my HP/RP. I cant decide if I want to prioritize upgrading the Axe again, Hammer, or Fishing Rod first.
...Donnel what are you even talking about?
Oh. Yeah, you cant take monsters into town. Well need to go back for OhGod before heading for Toros.
Chatting with Camus outside the bathhouse wields...little information.
Post bath, holy shit its Lara outside of the Clinic. This is a day for rare villager sightings.
Alright, cool, Lara.
Okay, so, uh. I walked in here without the sword equipped and backed off to grab it. The satans aggrod onto OhGod and decimated him. Farewell, insect pal. Hes not permadead or anything, just back at the hut.
Still hate fighting those damn demons. However, I am on a quest for a rather valuable monster, and I must press on, even without my buzzing buddy.
Back in the first room to the west, this breakable rock hides a passage
Also a Skill Up.
But more to the point, hot damn, look at this field. So much nice shit in here.
Ill definitely be back, but first, in the top right...a passage to a room with a one of a kind enemy.
Sheep! Theyre called Woollys in this game.
They just kinda...flop at you. I just went ahead and cleared them out this time, because Im missing something crucial before I recruit one. A name. Submit your best sheep jokes.
The rest of my HP bar was invested in choppin
And I think thats enough for now. I know these are sort of slow, plodding updates, but this is kinda how Rune Factory plays if you dont rush it. If people would rather I try to speed things up, let me know.
Also we missed Neumanns birthday.
Marriage Poll is still open, and Now accepting names for Little Mages, and ESPECIALLY Shindras and Woolys
Thanks for reading another of Donnels amazing adventures, like getting a basket.