Part 14: Chapter Twelve: Twilight PrincessMusic: 04 Dungeon
: Theres a gate around the corner. The guard should let us in since we have Mina with us.
The secret tunnels dont really qualify as a maze there are a number of branches, but none of them are very complicated. There are also no random encounters, which is good because there is an actual reason to explore down here. A number of NPCs inhabit the maze, some of whom have interesting things to say.
: Hey, I hear voices coming from the south. Lets check it out!
: Huh? Hey, wait up! Dont just run off!
: Huh? There are jail cells down here? Wha?
: What what is this place? I was never told about this.
: Thats not surprising. This isnt a regular prison. Its where enemies of the Royal Family are held. Those who hold knowledge that is considered treasonous or embarrassing to the royals are locked away down here.
: What is she talking about? Black wings ?
: What nonsense. Theres no need to listen to this mad womans ramblings. Come, everyone, let us continue on.
: Huh. More voices, this time coming from the north. Lets check it out!
: Huh? An old woman in bed?
: But fate was not kind unto her. You see, the girl had wings of the purest midnight black and it is said that the Black-Winged One is the harbinger of the destruction of all of Wyndia.
: In the end the King chose the lesser of two evils and had his own daughter banished. His own daughter
: But what a terrible burden it must be, to be forced to choose between ones country and ones family
:...Mother and father exiled you?
: Thats right.
: I-I see. But but! Its been a long time since then, right? Im sure it would be okay if you came back now.
: Yes, I suppose so.
: I will try, Mina. I cannot promise any more than that.
: Hey! Theres a staircase here!
: The castle is just above us. Come, sister its time for you to return home.
Music: 12 The Kingdom
: You have my sister to thank for my safe return.
: We are but humble travelers on a journey. The princess was set upon by bandits. We encountered her purely by chance, and offered to escort her back to the palace.
: S-sister? What are you saying?
:(Psst! Ryu! Whats going on?)
:(Im sure Nina will clear everything up for us later.)
: It seems these humble travelers have gone out of their way to aid my daughter. Give them their due gratitude and show them out, immediately.
: Im sorry, sister.
Music: 15 A Long Time Ago
: If youre heading east, youll have to detour across the cliffs to the south. Theres a spot where the divide is narrow enough to cross.
: I thought Nina was a princess! Or some other royal-type celebrity! What gives?
: How come she acted like she didnt know you, then? Thats mean of her!
: Its the black wings, right?
: Yes. Thats the long and short of it.
: Wyndians tend to be like that towards outsiders
: Hey, no biggie! Im more worried about you!
: Its true. You dont have anything to be ashamed of, Nina.
: All these years Ive wished they were white, so I could live without being feared by my own people
: Thank you. Thank you greatly.
We regain control of the party now. Not for long, though, because walking south triggers a scene.
: Nothing in my hands, nothing up my sleeves!
: A stage magician? Heh, this seems like the sort of thing Bosch would like.
: Then, with the merest flexing of my superhuman abilities, I will make them vanish into thin air!
: Hey, sounds exciting! Go on, Ryu! Volunteer for it!
: Wait, what? Why should I be the one to-
: Aha, I see we have a volunteer!
: Wait, no, I dont-
: Oho, theres no backing out now, sir! You dont want to look like a coward in front of these lovely ladies in the audience, now, do you?
: Hey-! Stop it-! I-
: Okay, now everythings set for your grand debut! If all goes well, youll be the star of the show!
: And there we have it, ladies and gentlemen!
: Wow! Amazing! He really vanished!
: Uuuuuh where am I?
: Isnt this magic act supposed to end with your volunteer coming back or something?
: Oh, that! Well, you see, thats a little
: Thats enough charlatanry for now. What did you do with Ryu?
: Oh! Hes your boyfriend, isnt he? My mental powers never fail me!
: That thats none of your business! This disappearing act of yours is trying my patience! End it now, or Ill show you some real magic!
: You see, while Ryu did indeed vanish, Im afraid the trick itself didnt quite go as I planned. It pains me to say this, but your boyfriend is now adrift in a dimensional vortex!
: There, there, sweet girl. Its not the end of the world, just the end of the affair?
: Hold it, hold it! What the hecks a diversional vorpal-thingy?
: Is there anything we can do?
: Ill just brew up a nice pot and I can explain to you my cunning plan to rescue your boyfriend over tea and crumpets!
: Im not thirsty, thank you. Can you bring Ryu back or not?
: It smells like dirt in here. My surroundings feel crumbly. Just what the hell did that monkey freak do?!
: Y-you! You talk funny!
: I quite agree. This caddish monkey is no help at all.
: Hey now, slow down a minute!
: Once Ive had my fill of this sweet flowers company, Ill gladly help you find your friend wait, hes not your boyfriend too, is he? Mmm, I smell a love triangle!
: You have a very active imagination. Come on, Lin. Lets hmm? Whats that?
: Hmm, just looking at you gives me the most wonderful ideas! If your friend has any qualms, Id be open to the idea of taking you with me instead
: Itll be a night to remember!
: Urgh! *Cough* *Cough*
: Oh my! Ryu, are you alright?!
: Youre such a perfect matched set! Refined calm versus brash brazenness! Youre both coming, or the deals off!
: Enough talk, you simian rube. Your ruse has been revealed. Ryu was underground all along!
Lin bashes Sten with her staff, causing him to hurtle backwards.
: Aha! Is that the dimmy-whatsit you were talking about?
: So, where would you like me to start? Your fingers? Your kneecaps? The ol family jewels?
: He-heeeeelp! F-feral catgirl!
And with that, Lin beats the shit out of Sten as the screen fades out. Because thats how we deal with sleazy jackasses in this game.