Part 44: Chapter Thirty Four: Endless OceanLast time we woke up Grandpa the whale by defeating the stone doll embedded in his stomach. It goes without saying that were about to gain the ability to sail across the sea on his back.
Music: 16 Sleeping Beauty
: Huh. Well, I guess there are less useful things in the world than a whale that can take us anywhere with a beach.
: Were pretty spoiled for choice, then!
: If thats the case, then our next destination is clear. We should immediately set off for Melodia.
Music: 02 My Home Sweet Home
The game automatically transports the party to the beach in question. Lets check in the cave and see if Malliol is at home.
: Hey, old man, we managed to wake up your whale. Hes swimming around the cape right now as we speak.
: Incredible! The whale is finally awake again, after all these years! Now I can commune with the great sea creature, just as I used to so long ago
: Uh, scuse us, but wed like to borrow your Whale Bell for a little while. Is that alright?
Alright, with the Whale Bell in our possession our horizons have been significantly expanded. All we have to do is go outside, move down to the waterfront and press A.
Music: 27 Breath of Fire
Grandpa appears and you can then press A again to hop on his back.
Music: 11 Its a Whale
We can now cruise around the oceans of the world. There are a number of things we can do before we advance the main plot.
Filling out what we can of the World Map is one. But theres another thing we can do thats far more important. Now that we have the whale, we can recruit Breath of Fire IIs secret character. Part of me wanted to hold off a bit until we got a little further in the game, but the completionist side of me demanded they be recruited immediately.
First of all its necessary to swim to this exact location on the World Map. Basically you start at Township and hug the coast downwards until you round the bottom and start going up again.
The very first beach you arrive at is the one you want to disembark at. Once you do, take SIX steps up and ONE step right. This is important because this area is full of high-level encounters that will happily slaughter you if you run into them.
Doing so brings the party to an underground dwelling inhabited by Wisps similar to those found in the first game.
: If youll be kind enough to leave a message, she may get back to you sometime next century.
Both of the Wisps say the same thing.
: Has Lady Deis hit on you yet? Dont worry, she will eventually
Thats a lot of bottles. The chest contains a Token, which we cant actually use since we picked the normal carpenter. Anyway, now that weve talked to all the Wisps its time to Warp back over to Newhaven.
Our next stop is the magic school. Im sure those of you who have played the first game can see where this is going
We go upstairs
Remember when I said to remember this particular NPC? Youre about to find out why.
: The legendary, beautiful sorceress oh, and one-time co-saviour of the world? Eh, never mind, that was before your time! You people look like an interesting bunch. I think Ill hang around with you for a while!
Thats right, its Bleu from the first game, back and ready to kick ass again. How ready, you ask?
Uh well Jesus Christ. Deis joins at level 35, fourteen levels higher than Ryu and with some rather high level gear right off the bat. She starts off with an enormous compliment of spells and a titanic AP pool means she can keep slinging them around for a long time. Shes also not a squishy mage, since she has 199 HP and her battle ability, Shed, lets her recover all of it at once in exchange for a small defence debuff.
Deis only has four more spells left to learn, and shell learn all of them before level 40. In addition, whilst most characters hit a ceiling and start getting only marginal stat gains on level ups past a certain threshold, Deis will continue getting full level up bonuses until she hits level 99. There are a few spells that Nina will learn that Deis wont, but for the most part Deis will eventually turn out better than her.
So yeah. At her current level any battles from here on out until around the end of the game will be a complete joke, which is why shes going to be spending quite a lot of time benched. Sorry Deis, but for the time being youre just too good to use.
Oh yeah, thats right Deis also has a field ability. Like Bosch and Lin, she can take part in the hunting minigame.
Unlike the others, Deis doesnt have to be directly in front of her target. Just press Y as soon as she enters the screen.
Deis raises her staff high and the screen turns red.
Every animal on the screen is slain in one blow by Deis's magic. Now to harvest those sweet, sweet Roasts.
Anyway! There are a few other things we can do with our newfound freedom, but for now lets get on with the story. Our true next destination is this island right here. The tent proves that the carnival is here, so without further ado
Music: 14 Crazy Dance
: Hey guy, wed like to buy some tickets, please.
: Oh non! I do not like the sound of that
: Yeah, what the hell?
: Damn, thats sick. But it looks like theres no other way to get to the back room. Dammit, were gonna have to buy a ticket.
Oh dear. We only just arrived and already the Grassman is in danger of being eaten. Will the circus master be reasonable about this? Of course not, but well have to press on anyway, particularly since the hardest boss in the game is coming up very soon.