Part 17: Chapter Fourteen: The WellMusic: 04 Dungeon
: Alright then, priest lead the way.
: Look out!
: Damnit, theres more of them?!
Ray will proceed to indefinitely fight the Godiv, conveniently obstructing the way in and railroading us into exploring this particular section of the well. Mercifully there are no random encounters down here, so theres little danger of running out of healing supplies.
: I can hear water dripping down somewhere up ahead
: Thats not surprising this used to be a well after all.
This part of the cave involves using the turtles to ferry the party over a series of platforms.
Theres also NPCs scattered here and there throughout this dungeon.
The northern platform leads to another battle with a Godiv. It can be taken down using the same strategy as the previous one.
Defeating him lets us access the island with the treasure chest, which contains a Vitalizer, an item that restores 120 HP to the entire party. And boy, will we need it soon.
: Theres the mans son!
: Dont be frightened, child! Were here to help you. Just wait and well get you home safe and sound.
We could save the child now by hopping over to the other turtle or we could wait and let it take us further north to a chest guarded by a third Godiv. The party fights and defeats the beast, causing Lin to gain another level and learn Blizzard, her second unusable spell. As for the chest?
It contains an Amulet, an accessory that prevents the Curse status effect.
: Of course not. Dont worry, child. Youre safe now.
Suddenly the ground begins to shake!
: Whoa! Earthquake!!
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
This aquatic monstrosity is Goncharo. Goncharo is equivalent to Gremlin from the first Breath of Fire in that he will utterly wreck your shit. To compare Argus could mess you up if you went in unprepared. Goncharo will mess you up even if you are prepared. He has three special attacks that make him an absolute pain. The first is Fire Breath, an attack that hits everyone in the party for 20 30 damage. The second is Spirit Wave, a special move that lets him take control of a party member and have them attack themselves or another party member. Finally, once he gets low on HP he occasionally unleashes an Earthquake-type attack that deals around 40 damage to every party member.
Goncharo also has a physical attack that deals damage in the mid 20s, but thats just an annoyance. Spirit Wave in particular is incredibly dangerous, and God help you if he targets Ryu, who can oneshot any party member aside from himself if he crits. Oh, and naturally he loves to spam it incessantly throughout the battle.
The best strategy is to have Ryu and Lin attack, with the latter also providing speedy heals via items whenever necessary. Sten should cast Simoon until his meagre AP is depleted and then attack or heal. Ninas spells are all equally effective, but Cyclone costs the least AP so its best to stick with that. If a party member goes down they need to be revived ASAP via an Ammonia, and its a sure bet the Vitalizer will have fulfilled its intended purpose by the end of the fight.
I use this fight to show off some of Nina and Sten's spells. Goncharo really begins to ruin my shit after the two minute mark, busting out Fire Breath and then forcing Ryu to kill Lin with a crit before quaking everyone down to critical health.
: What the hell was that thing?!
: Whatever it was, its dead now.
: The ground is still shaking. I, uh I think we should leave this place as soon as possible.
: Right. Back to the exit, everyone!
Ray has finally dealt with the same monster he managed to casually oneshot in the previous update.
: Hey, theres that priest guy!
: Get behind me, everyone!
Like a badass, Ray proceeds to erect a barrier and stop the whole flood by himself.
: Urgh this is the best I can do, but its holding. Quickly, rescue the villagers imprisoned in the cave! This wont hold forever!
: Alright! Lets go go go!
: Is the priest really going to be alright?
: His magic is very strong. Im sure he will be able to hold back the water for long enough.
Now its time to explore the caves we passed by previously. Despite Rays words theres no actual time limit to this section hell keep holding back the water for however long it takes.
: Look, theres someone in here! Excuse me sir, are you-
: Heh, he -is- ugly and slimy though.
: Look, theres another guy! Excuse me sir, I think you should-
: OH GOD!!
Unfortunately, the villager turns out to have a dreaded notFacehugger clamped over his head. The Tyrol, as it is called, is actually a separate entity from the villager. This means the player must be very careful not to attack the villager instead of the monster. Thankfully their attacks are weak, doing in the region of 15 20 damage, plus their HP is fairly low. Once the Tyrol dies the fight ends automatically, meaning you dont have to worry about queued-up attacks hitting the villager.
: First mutant insects, then monstrous firebreathing terrapin things, and now mindwarping parasites? Just what the hell is going on down here?
Entering the eastern cave immediately throws the party into a battle with another Godiv. The villager also has a Tyrol stuck to his face.
: All in a days work for ace detectives like us!
: Were detectives now?
: Looks like Lins still living the dream
The western cave leads to a dead end, so its time to head back to the first room we found ourselves in.
The villager in here has another Tyrol on his face, so we kick the crap out of it pronto.
: There is no cause for worry. We will not let a single one of those creatures harm any of you.
The northern cave leads to a small area with nothing but another Godiv inside, so theres no point in going there unless you want the exp.
: Just how many of these damn things are there anyway? Argh!
: Who cares? Lets just beat the crap out of all of them and be done with it.
You guessed it another Tyrol. We smash it into paste with no difficulties.
: No need to worry there, pal! The kids safe and sound!
This is the last villager in need of rescuing. Unlike the others, he isnt troubled by notFacehuggers. There are a total of six villagers, and its actually possible to screw up and have some of them die if you either accidentally hit them during battle or return to Ray prematurely. The number of villagers the player saves will have consequences further down the line.
: Its alright. Everyone else has been rescued you can return to the surface now.
: Guess we better tell that priest weve rescued all the villagers.
: Did you find everyone?
: We sure did, now lets get out of here!
: Praise God. My strength is nearly exhausted
: Hey, priest, are you sure youre going to be okay? You look pretty tire-
: Alright, lets move!
: Oh noooeeee!!