Part 39: Chapter Thirty: Devil May CryMusic: 02 My Home Sweet Home
: Hmm monsters and demons, they are appearing everywhere it seems
: I have a terrible feeling that this is only the beginning.
: Lets forget about that for now. We should go back to Township and figure out what to do next.
: Oh, hey Sylvia. Hows the Guild holding up? Sorry I havent been around for a while, Ive been busy with stuff.
: Hey! Whatever happened to welcome back? Even a glad to see youre not arrested would be nice
: Cmon Bosch, it sounds pretty serious. Uh, sorry but would you guys mind waiting around for just a minute?
: It is no problem. I will say au revoir for now.
: Take care, you two.
Music: You Must Live
: Hey, whats going down, Powell? This doesnt sound like the usual occupational difficulties
: No kidding.
: It must be pretty damn terrifying if the entire guild is afraid to tangle with it. So, whats the story?
: Gate!?! Did I hear that right? Ryu! Thats the place where you and I met for the first time!
: Yeah. I grew up in that place. I havent been there in damn, over ten years now though.
Three of the rangers walk out the door.
: Hold the carrier pigeon! Why are you people saying give up all of a sudden?
: Yeah. I mean, sure the monster might look tough, but if we all plan out how best to take it down
: Youve already heard most of the details. Bud, John, Powell and Wally went to investigate the disturbance near Gate and encountered a powerful monster. Given the choice between certain death and retreat, they escaped to tell the tale.
: We dont have the strength to deal with a threat of this magnitude All we can do is cross our fingers and hope someone takes care of that monster before the situation gets out of hand
: Never fear, pops! Youve got two A-class heroes right here!
: Yeah, well see what we can do about this monster of yours.
: John and Wally are top-class rangers, and even they saw only madness in fighting the beast.
: Even so, Gate is my hometown. If theres some sort of huge monster skulking around there, then wait a minute. A huge monster skulking around near Gate too big to fight, too strong to defeat could it be ?
: Hey buddy, youre not thinking of ?
: H-how did you ? You knew about this monster? Blast it all, why didnt you say so sooner?
: We had no idea it was still around. We only saw it once, a long time ago. It only clicked that they might be the same monster just now.
: Almost killed us, too! I still dont know how we made it! And theres more where he came from
: What ?
: Thats right. You see, when I was looking for the thief, I came across a number of-
: Yeah, thats the short version. Its not just Trout, either I found other people in various towns and cities who also turned into monsters.
: And Ill give you one guess who kicked Trouts ass! Heres a hint us!
: *Sigh* I dont think Ive ever been surprised this much in one day before Since when did you two become so accomplished?
: S-Sylvia! I didnt well, I never Gosh, I think Ive got a fan now! Heh heh!
: Someone better check downstairs, cause I think Hell just froze over.
: S-Sylvia! The smooching can wait until later! Do you hear me, young lady?
: *Sigh* The impertinence of youth In any case, through some curious twist of fate, it appears you two are the only ones capable of handling this job.
: Hear that, partner? The dynamic duo is back in action!
: Sure seems that way. I bet you could do it alone, though. One flex of your mighty biceps and that demon will probably flee in terror.
: I guess that is true Oh, but dont worry, buddy. Ill try to leave some for you.
: How very gracious of you.
Music: 27 Breath of Fire
: Whatever monsters youve fought before now havent even been practice compared to this one. This is the genuine article, and he wont fall easily.
: Be careful
: Well have to be, wont we? Theres so much we still dont know about this demon, not least of which how hes managing to drain the vitality from the area around Gate.
: Have you heard of the race of Grassmen? It is said that the Grassmen can commune with plants
: If we could find one, we might be able to enlist his aid in divining how this demon is troubling the forest
: Well keep that in mind, Chief.
: We need Rangers more than we need dead heroes. Keep both eyes open and come back in one piece!
: Do I see a little dab of ladys rouge upon your noble brow? For shame, thinking you could hide your exploits from moi! Ah ha ha!
: Well, what can I say? The ladies know a real man when they see one, heh.
: We shall do honour to that title!
: You said it, partner. Lets get moving.
And that's that for the time being. In five day's time I'll be heading back to University to finish my Master's degree, so expect the pace of updates to slow down over the next few months. Aside from that, I'll just reiterate my previous post and wish everyone a happy new year once again.