Part 42: Chapter Thirty Two: A Whale TaleMusic: 02 My Home Sweet Home
: What? A Whale? Whats a Whale?
: Oh, such an amazing animal!
: And their intelligence! They are born with an instinctive knowledge of all human language! This is an unbelievable find!
: Ive tried everything! Pepper, fire, poking him in all the usual sensitive spots, even kicking that great big uvula of his
: Dunno about anyone else, but I doubt Id be much inclined to speak to someone doing the equivalent of repeatedly kicking me in the nads.
: Still, it is strange that such a large creature would show no reaction at all to being the focus of such extensive uh cajolements. I get the distinct impression that the reason for his languor is supernatural in nature.
: Ah, I get it! Its like when you eat something off the ground and then you get all shivery and shaky for a while, right?
: Poe! Sydon! What have you two not been telling me?
Poe? Sydon? Poe Sydon? Poseidon!
As an aside, in Capcoms butchered script these two were called Tree and Ton, another play on words referencing the Greek god Triton, messenger of the sea.
: Ah! There was a statue of some kind in the whales stomach, Im sure of it! But how could that statue be keeping this whale asleep?
: It sounds like a black magic totem of some kind. It could be implanting some sort of subliminal hypnotic suggestion, but its impossible to know for sure without seeing it for myself.
: Ah, apologies! Apologies! Ill be stranded here if you dont give me a ride back!
: I appreciate it, Poe
: Yeah, well get right on that.
: So I guess we just got roped into waking this whale up, seeing as how we now have no way of leaving this place.
: This, uh, this sorta thing happen a lot to you earlier?
: Okay then. Guess we better get right on it, huh.
: Well, here we go
Music: 04 Dungeon
You can get Lin to smack the uvula with her staff, but it doesnt do anything just yet.
Beyond this point the dungeon really begins. New enemies appearing beyond here are as follows.
Hermit Squids arent too tough. They can buff themselves up with Protect but other than that they dont seem to have any special tricks.
Hustlers can be lethal sometimes. Their attacks involve them glowing for a moment and then hitting for 1 or 2 points of damage. They can also very rarely cast Lightning on the entire party, knocking off over half of everyones HP. Other than that theyre fairly tough and can take a number of hits from the partys physical attackers before going down.
Shotgunheads are the next step up from Sniperheads and the third tier of the Gunhead family. Theyre pretty resilient Ryu and Lin will only do around 50 damage to one on a single hit, whereas theyll do double that to any other enemy in the area. They also hit fairly hard, dealing around 30 40 damage per attack
The Earthshaker is an extremely dangerous enemy who rarely appears in this dungeon. He has a fairly large amount of HP, around 250 300, and a fair amount of defence that makes it nearly impossible to take him down in one turn. His attacks do around 30 40 damage, but its his spellcasting you have to watch out for. Earthshaker is capable of casting Quake, and itll ruin your day if he ever gets it off since itll shave at least ¾ of every party members HP off.
Theres another enemy in here called the Champion Slime. It has massive amounts of defence but dies in one hit from Slice. I dont have a picture of it because I ran into one once, fought it to see what it did and then never found another one. The Champions gimmick is that it gives a ludicrous amount of exp, around 5000 or so, once defeated.
Anyhow, on with the main game.
This room is massive. The pink nodules scattered everywhere turn it into something of a maze. The left path leads to a dead end, so the first thing to do is to head right all the way along.
Theres a treasure chest on the right hand side that contains obsolete armor. Eh, we can sell it for cash, so its not entirely worthless.
The next move is to head left and down the middle of the room.
The exit is right there, but theres another chest for the taking should we follow the room around to the left.
Pocket change is still money I guess. Although honestly it wasnt that long ago that Id have been overjoyed to find a whole 100 zenny inside a treasure chest
This next room immediately splits into three branches. The left hand branch quickly ends in a closed sphincter-door-thing that Lin can open by hitting it. However it leads to a dead end. The right hand branch is more fruitful, however
The path takes us through several narrow corridors where we can see the central path but cant reach it.
Hello, Stat-Up item. Power Food increases Strength, and were feeding it straight to Ryu so that he can become even more of a powerhouse.
Time for the central branch.
We are met with another branch. Once again, the left hand branch only leads to a dead end.
This time its important to go left then up.
We come to another closed sphincter that Lin can bash open.
Behind lies a small chamber with a treasure chest containing the Golden Armor. Only Ryu can equip it, and though it raises his defence by ten points it also halves his Vigor due to gold being so heavy.
At the end of the central path lies a rather ominous looking closed sphincter. Well be finding out what lies behind it next time.