Part 10: Chapter Nine: ArgusMusic: 02 My Home Sweet Home
: Oh, Im going to give that rat-face Argus a beating hell never forget!
We start out back inside the Inn, but our real objective is naturally to go and pay Argus a visit back in his office at the Coliseum. Before that, though, its a good idea to take a look at our new party member.
First off, Lin is fast. Very fast. Shes the fastest character in the game and will go first in combat 99% of the time. Shes also very strong physically her Strength is the same as Ryus despite being three levels lower than him. Lins unique in-battle ability is Taunt, where she causes all enemies on the field to focus on her by shouting obscenities at them. This is pretty useless, since Lin has abysmally low defense. We can partially remedy that by withdrawing our money from the bank and paying the Weapon Shop a visit.
I buy her a Hexa Staff, a Catsuit (hurr), a Headband and an Iron Band, raising her paltry starting defense to a far more respectable 32. With our shopping done, its time to return to the Coliseum.
Music: 08 Coliseum
Music: Find the Truth
: Yes, now all the actors have finally assembled on the stage. It seems that none of you cared for the script I wrote. Our God, however, found my offering quite satisfying
: What the hell is this?!
: Everyone, get back!
: But you want our God to starve, and for that that, you will die in the most fantastic display of carnage ever witnessed! What a pity I cant kill you in front of a proper audience!
: Steel yourselves, everyone!
Music: 10 Ill Do It
Argus transforms into a horrible monster and attacks the party. Both Rand and Lin join the fray on Ryus side, and its a good thing they did because Argus is probably the hardest boss so far. Argus does not fuck around he attacks twice per turn and his damage output can quickly overwhelm Rand and Lin, particularly since both are at a lower level than Ryu. Apart from that Argus can also spend a turn charging his attacks before unleashing a devastating attack that can deal up to 50 damage to a single target. This attack can kill Lin in one blow. Since he attacks twice per round that means he can charge and attack on the same turn.
Argus also has a truckload of HP. Now is a really good time to use the Firecracker we found at Mt. Futabi, since Argus is weak to fire and hell take 170+ damage from it. Lin is speedy and can outpace everyone else, so its good to use her to toss the Firecracker and to heal when necessary via items. Rand has some healing magic as well, but hes very slow and will always go last so its best not to rely on him.
The key factor in this fight is whether or not you managed to save Lin from the poison darts. If you did then youll have all three characters for the fight, which makes things a lot easier. If Lin was hit then she wont have recovered enough to take part and itll be just Ryu and Rand against Argus. Although Lin will join after the end of the fight, it makes defeating Argus that much harder since you wont have a speedy herb-thrower for when things get dicey.
: The seed has already been planted! It doesnt matter how many of us you defeat our God shall not be denied!
: Gahahaha guh. I dont have to tell you. Soon, all of you will know His glory It wont be long now Youll wish I had killed you when I had the chance gahahaha ha
: Ugh! He exploded!
: Its like he was some kind of demon or something
: Who knows? Im just throwing things out there. Whatever he was, it wasnt anything we want to be involved with.
: You got that right. Damn, he was a tough one though
: Hey, wait! What about me?
: You go back home, I guess. The battles over, and so is the Show.
: Well there is one thing that I still need help with
: Wow, talk about some uncanny timing! I was just thinking of quitting this showbiz crap and doing some repair work! If your friend needs a hand, Ill be happy to give him both of mine!
: Really? That would be a great help. I mean, hes the sort of guy who really needs someone to keep an eye on him.
: Any friend of Bunyan is a friend of mine! Let me help out too!
: Now that thats out of the way, lets get one thing straight here. This isnt a pleasure cruise. You come with us, you pull your weight. Do I have your attention?
: Sure, sure!
: Uh, right, okay Well, good for you.
And with that, Lin and Rand join the party! Weve had a look at Lin how about Rand?
Rands stats are all above average aside from his speed, which is abysmal. As seen in the previous video, he fights with his fists and will become one of the partys hardest hitters once he gets some decent weapons. His HP growth is also excellent and he learns a few healing and offensive spells. Rands unique in-battle ability is Rouse, wherein he can either wake a sleeping party member or revive a character who has been knocked out with 1 HP. Its less useful than it sounds due to his low speed and the fact that other party members will eventually learn more reliable methods of reviving fallen characters.
Anyway, Rand isnt going to be in the party for very long, so theres little point in buying him any armor.
Lastly, Rand also has a field ability. If the player presses Y with him in the lead
Hell roll up into a ball and move around the world map much faster than normal. There are no random encounters whilst in this form, but hitting an obstacle will stop the rolling. In addition, a random battle will nearly always be triggered once this happens.
Lets skip back to Bosch and Neros hideout on the other side of Mt. Futabi and advance the plot.
: Whoa! Whove you been hanging out with?
: Its a long story, but heres roughly how things went
: Heeeeeeey wait a minute. I thought your name was supposed to be Bunyan? Thats what it said on all the posters, anyway. Maybe your names Ryu Bunyan? Or Bunyan Ryu? Either way, I think its kinda funny
: That big guy there Rand, right? I like the looks of him. Guys built like a suit of armor. If I could just borrow him for a bit, I could have this roof fixed and get out of old man Neros deathgrip in no time. But the girl Lin, was it? Get her out of here. As soon as you can.
: Yeah, I hear you there.
: Bun I mean, Ryu. Whats your friend whispering to you about?
: N-nothing! Uh, heh heh I mean, repair work yeah, thats it. Got a lot of work to do, you see, and I was thinking
: You want me to help, right? Im on it! Im all over it!
: No no no, that, no no! Er, I mean, this is really just a two-man job here, and Rand is all the help Ill need. Ryu, though
: So why dont you go with him? Two pairs of eyesd scout out that bat-winged burglar faster than one!
: Uh, yeah! I could really use your help, Lin.
: Really? Oh yeah! This is gonna be awesome! You hear him, Ryu? Were gonna be real life detectives!
: Uh yeah sure
: Well be back with the crook in tow before you can even blink!
Lin drags Ryu off.
: Soooo where do we start?
: Well, there was no sign of her in Colossea. I suppose theres always the possibility she doubled back to Newhaven to give any pursuers the slip, though. It might be worth going back there and having a quick look around.
: Alrighty! Lets go! Uh just one question wheres Newhaven?
: *Sigh* Follow me
On the way back, I run into another hunting area.
Although Bosch is currently indisposed, Lin can also participate in the hunt by beating the animals to a pulp with her staff. Its more awkward than using Boschs crossbow since the animals have a tendency to run away whenever you get within one space of them, but its useful to have when all else fails.
: This seems like a pretty boring place. So, uh where do we start?
: Well, I bumped into the thief on the main street, so we should probably start there. Lets-
: What the hell was that?!
: My apologies. I meant to aim a little lower.
: Seeing as how you wont take any other hint, youre not leaving me with many options.
: I dont take orders from scum. Now, begone!
: Unless you have little regard for your own life, I suggest you leave.
: Ryu, look! This is the Academy of Magic Arts! The Academy of Magic Arts!
: Yes, I know I do live here, after all.
: I thought we were looking for the thief? Ah, screw it. Those goons were Jokers henchmen. I have no idea what they wanted with that magic instructor, but whatever it is it cant be good.
: Fine, fine. Why do I get the feeling this is only the start of something? *Sigh* Oh well. Lets just go inside already.