Part 38: Chapter Twenty Nine: Shadow HeartsTomorrow I'll be heading up to the north of England to visit family, and it happens to be in a place with no internet. I'll be there until next Tuesday, so don't think I've met with a terrible fate if I don't post an update for the next few days. To tide you guys over until then here's the next update.
: Okay, now!
Music: 07 - Cross Counter
Ryu KOs the guard in one blow.
: That guy was always kind of an asshole, so that was pretty satisfying.
: Sure thing, buddy.
Music: Find the Truth
: Lets just have a general look around first. Who knows what we might find.
: Oh, I was just thinkin that this is just like old times! Just you and me, breaking and entering, just barely scraping by on what we could steal
: The whole us against the world thing is more exciting in hindsight, Bosch.
: True enough, I guess
: Well, heres the basement.
: Doesnt look like theres anything suspicious here to me
: Uh-oh weve got company!
: You sure?
: No time to talk, just get over here!
: A hidden passage behind the mirror?
: Hmm now doesnt that look suspicious. Lets check it out!
: So, theres a hidden basement we didnt get to see. It looks like Kilgore was right on the mark.
The prisoners down here dont have anything interesting to say theyve all been locked up by Trout after he stole all their goods.
: Hey! Its that thief!
: Hey! The name is Patty, not that Thief!
: Thats a bit rich coming from you, isnt it? Neither of you are exactly innocent.
: Hey, I have standards!
: Look, we can talk about this later, okay? Now we gotta get this girl outta here before Trout shows up.
: Crap, were too late! Someones coming!
: Well, well who do we have here? If it isnt the portly pillager himself! Pray tell, what might you be doing in my humble abode at this hour?
: Someone as corpulent as yourself has no business calling anyone elses weight into question.
: Silence, you odious lout! Im speaking to your companion, not you.
: I hear the pickings are slim for ex-convicts maybe youd like to put your pilfering skills to use in my employ?
: Shut up! I know the truth about your little empire!
: Plus trying to convince a guy to be your thief-for-hire inside a room full of people youve imprisoned after being your thieves-for-hire probably wasnt the best idea.
: Is that so? Well, perhaps the young lady will prove more receptive!
: Wont you join me in my quest to capture all the worlds treasures, Patricia?
: Its Patty, dammit!
: Your insolence amuses me but only so far.
: If you wont co-operate, then I have no use for any of you! And when I have no use for something I dispose of it!
: W-w-w-w-w-w-what the hell?!
: Its just like Quadra and Joker and even Argus!
: Aaaaah! Dont let it near me!
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
Trout isnt really anything to write home about. He only has around 600 HP and goes down nigh-instantly if you use your dragon powers. If you chose to only bring Bosch along then hes actually fairly tough, however. Trout can cast Protect to raise his own Defense and every time he attacks he steals zenny from you equal to the amount of damage dealt.
I choose not to use my dragon forms for this battle, but honestly its not exactly hard even so.
: All the worlds treasure, its wealth and glory It was all going to belong to me! Urk
: What the hell was that? He he turned into a monster?
: This isnt the first time Ive seen something like this. Ill tell you more about it when we have time.
: You guys would never make Phantom Thief in a thousand years, but you sure beat up monsters real good!
: Gee, thanks.
: I was gonna give it back to the guy it was stolen from in the first place but I think hed appreciate it if you gave it to him yourself.
: Thanks for something!
: Yeah, yeah. Just dont get into anymore trouble.
: Who are you, my brother? Whatever. Later!
: I dont know if we just got thanked or insulted but damn, she was cute.
: And as with all such women, totally out of your league. Cmon lets get back to Kilgore.
: Sure. Still, that Trout
Music: 02 My Home Sweet Home
: That was the kind of grudge match you only see in those cheesy stage show fights! Only this was for real!
: Disregarding Boschs grossly exaggerated role in the story, thats pretty much it. Trout transformed into some sort of demon or monster and attacked us, but we ended up coming out on top.
: A demon, you say? I have read of such things before
: His fate is a warning we should all bear in mind.
: Hey, before I forget
: Quite the troublesome relic, isnt it?
: Hmph, Ill say
: Ive heard of terrible crimes committed in the name of money, but men turning into demons its the stuff of fairytales.
: Things sure have taken a turn for the crazy lately, Ill give you that.
: No, youre right. Nearly everywhere we went we ended up running into people like that. The manager of Colissea, the head of the Joker Gang, an impostor prince in Fort Nageur and now Trout. There are too many of them for this to be a coincidence.
: You feel it too, huh?
Music: A Voice From the Dark
All of the previous demons the party have encountered begin to scroll across the screen, slowly transforming from human to monster as they move towards the left hand side.
Its impossible to convey in screenshots, but Gate is suffering from a massive earthquake.
Thunder and lightning rend the sky
And there we are.
Were roughly a third of the way through the game at this point. Thus far the driving force behind the plot was the goal of saving Bosch from prison and clearing his name of wrongdoing. There are a lot of complaints that this section of the game is extremely drawn out and badly paced the thief evades you again and again and the party winds up being dragged through some rather tiresome filler before finally catching her. Whilst part of me agrees with these complaints, I also feel that the section is rather effective at slowly introducing the wider plot of the demonic threat behind the scenes. It becomes clear as you play through that something is very wrong with the world and that dark forces are at work in the shadows.
The first stage of the game is now finished. A twisted path lies ahead Township Part II. Highfort. The Wise Tree. The road to the True Ending. Lets see if we can go the distance.