Part 9: Chapter Eight: Coliseum Heroes
: Okay, time to talk to the manager.
Music: Find the Truth
: Hello, Mr. Argus.
: Your first opponent is a petite young maiden that is to say, a girl. Sounds easy enough, doesnt it?
: What are you saying?
: Despite her feminine wiles she nonetheless possesses the fighting instinct of a wild animal. Shell be quite the challenge.
: Thats true. Looks can be deceiving.
: Indeed they can.
: The script?
: Thats right.
: In this corner Bunyan! A warrior with a mad gleam in his eye and an unquenchable thirst for blood!
: And finally, the audience! Cheering with the force of a storm as the maniacal Bunyan mercilessly crushes the life out of the girl!
: Now hold on a second-
: No matter how bad your stage fright gets, Ive taken measures to ensure that my script is executed flawlessly!
: Hey, thats-!
: Of course, theres always the chance -you- might get hit by accident but thats entertainment!
: Its deadly work, but I assure you, youll be richly recompensed for your performance!
: Listen! Im really not okay with this!
: Think of the money, dear boy!
: This is insanity. I have to warn the other fighter somehow.
The chest contains 1000 zenny. Thats a lot, particularly considering how little you get from fighting random encounters. Now, before anything else, its very important to go back to the Bank and deposit all of your funds. ALL of them. The next scene doesnt trigger until you try to go through the door, so theres enough time to go back.
: You look white as a sheet. Didnt peg you as the type to scare easily!
: Oh, Rand! Listen, we have to stop the fight! Argus is planning to shoot poison darts at the girl its some sort of demented scheme hes concocted!
: No, its true!
: Its the Battle Show, for crying out loud! Nobodys supposed to get killed! Its all just fun and games!
: Argus told me all the details of the plan himself. He offered me 1000 zenny in order to go through with it. The manager himself is the one who thought it all up!
: All right. Lets try this.
: Take it. Im not touching any blood money.
: If you and the girl each swig one before the fight, those poison darts might as well be spiny spitwads. How about that?
: Yeah, alright. I hope you can convince the other fighter Argus seemed to think she was a real firebrand.
: Im sure shell be reasonable about this. Ill go and see her right now.
: H-hey! Are you alright?
: You were right about her being a firebrand!
: So, what now? The odds of getting her to listen are just about those of me winning a beauty contest
: All you gotta do is throw yourself in the line of fire and take the bullet er, dart! Of course, theres still the problem of her ripping you apart before you can save her
: Somehow I doubt itll be that simple.
: Pearls of wisdom indeed
: Ill be right there.
Alright! Ordinarily, Rand would have taken all of Ryus money and used 1000 of it to buy the antidotes. However, since the scene with Rand doesnt occur until the player tries to walk through the door, its possible to game the system by putting all your money in the Bank. You dont lose any money, and Rand buys the antidotes with imaginary cash.
: Just make sure you shoot one of the fighters before the curtain falls!
: But what if we miss and hit the other guy, sir?
: What? No, it doesnt matter which one you shoot! As long as we end with one corpse and one champion, all the other variables are meaningless! Gahahahaha!
: Ugh, what a din
: Hey! Listen to me! There are snipers in the audience! Theyre going to fire poisoned darts at us! We need to stop the fight!
: Pfft! Yeah, right! You think Ill believe you just like that?
: Im dead serious! Argus is a psychopath who wants one of us dead, and he doesnt seem to care which of us it is!
: If youre trying to psych me out, youve failed big time! Youve just earned yourself one A-Class butt-kicking!
Music: 29 Dramatic Battle
The fourth boss fight of the game is against Lin, named Katt in Capcoms original script. Lins difficulty can vary wildly depending on what she chooses to do. She has two abilities a physical attack with a high critical chance that can strike for around ten damage per hit, or a taunt that has the potential to drop Ryus attack down to almost nothing for the next attack. Lin is also very fast and will always attack first. Her taunt has a chance to fail, so if she uses that a lot the fight will be easier. However, if Lin spams her physical attack and gets lucky with her criticals she can put Ryu in a world of hurt.
At this point the players objective is to push Lin back into the door she walked out of when the fight began, thus shielding her from the poison darts. It is possible to fail here, and there will be repercussions if the player does not succeed.
: Ah! Damn, I got hit!
: I guess Im sorry would be a good start or maybe thanks for saving me? Im no good at this apologizing stuff
: I am awake, you know.
: Sorry I didnt believe you about those poison darts
: Its fine. Itd be a pretty crazy story to believe at the best of times.
: But risking your life for someone you dont even know? And not getting paid for it? Now thats really crazy!
: Less crazy than allowing an innocent person to die without doing anything to try and save them.
: I wont say I understand why, but you risked your life to save mine, and for that I owe you.
: You dont have any problems with that, do you?
: Not at all. We need to do something about that monster.
Lin joined the party! Next time we confront Argus and I finally put that Firecracker to good use.