Part 63: Chapter Forty Seven: Trace MemoryMusic: 04 Dungeon
The Tower of memories is an interesting place with a number of gimmicks. First up, whats with the weird circle surrounding our characters that obscures our vision of the dungeon?
In other words, thats the puzzle for this floor.
Im not sure if its a glitch or not, but after talking to the old man the screen becomes wholly visible again. The effect lasts until the first random encounter. It only works once and talking to the old man again wont trigger it, even if you exit and then re-enter the dungeon.
Unlike the hodgepodge of enemies outside, Memory Tower has some new enemies to do battle with.
Power Eaters are nothing special as far as Im aware. They do middling damage with their physical attacks and occasionally run away. Aside from that theyre pretty standard enemies.
Lord Slugs are dangerous foes who love to spam Jolt and Lightning at your party. Though frail they are also fast and can usually cast their spells before your party can react. Take these guys down as fast as possible.
Army Men are another enemy with insane physical defence. As usual Nina can bust out Slice to take them down.
Theres no way to get past the beginning of this dungeon without talking to this old man.
Hell take us to the small chamber with the ladder leading up we saw when we came in. However, thats not the only thing he can do
The old mans eyesight is so bad hell end up taking us to the treasure chests instead. The chests contain an Auto Bow, a weapon for Bosch that hits all enemies on the screen, and a set of Earth Armour.
Going back and taking the ladder up leads to another small room. The old man in here is worthless
But some clever positioning reveals a ladder near him.
Going all the way down and then left from the starting position leads to this chest with a Miso Stew in it. I feed it to Nina, since shell benefit most from the Wisdom increase.
Some fumbling around quickly reveals the path to the next ladder up.
It may look like theres a door to the south in this room, but there isnt. Its another case of finding the next ladder up, and in such a small room its not hard even with the obfuscating circle.
The party ends up in this maze-like area.
Its annoying but worthwhile to find all the treasure chests here.
The Courage Belt increases Attack by ten points. I immediately equip it on Ryu.
Alloy equipment is always welcome.
Thankfully theres only one more floor after this.
All three old guys in this room say the same thing.
: The centre of the distortion lies within the next room. Be ready for anything.
: Huh? Another old man?
: Wait. That one is not a part of the Elder Tree. Reveal yourself, demon.
: Why have you done this? To destroy such a priceless store of knowledge and memories what possible justification could you have?
: Oh, here it comes. The big old Durr hurr I am evil and literally drink orphans tears. speech. Same old, same o-
: What? Ive never seen wait a minute. You destroy memories and knowledge no it couldnt be
: Heh heh yes think back
: It was you you took away everyones memories of me, didnt you?
: You you it was all your doing
: Hey, buddy! Keep it together!
The old man suddenly undergoes a demonic transformation!
: I never forgot that day, you know. My father and sister vanishing and everyone forgetting who I was it destroyed me. And now you turn up and declare proudly that it was your fault? Heh. You folks like to mouth off about your God, dont you? Well now might be a good time to pray to him, because you just made this personal. After all this time I have a face to put my troubles to. I hope youre ready to face a decade of anger and sorrow, monster!
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
Alzheimer can be summed up with two words wasted potential. He actually has a really cool gimmick in that he has an attack that causes your spellcasters to forget their magic, greying it out in the Special menu until the end of the fight. Its done in increments from the latest spells to the earliest, slowly locking you out of your best magic.
The problem is that Alzheimer will happily spam this move for almost the entire fight. Since it causes no damage this means you can simply beat him to death with physical attacks with almost total impunity. He does have a physical attack that deals 50 60 damage but he uses it so rarely that its a complete nonissue.
: He grew up. Found friends who supported him. Became a better, stronger man than he thought he could ever be. Ironic, isnt it? If you hadnt erased everyones memories I wouldnt even be here today. The fact that Im standing here now is all thanks to you.
: Its enough knowing you wont be around to hurt people anymore.
: Thank you, Ryu. With the parasite destroyed the Elder Tree should have recovered at least some of his wits.
He has indeed we can speak to the old men outside and theyll have new things to say.
: I recall the story of the Dragon Warrior who led seven heroes to save the world from darkness But the details They are lost.
: But I also seem to remember that there is a master whom these demons serve, a being of illimitable wickedness If only I could remember the name
: The rise of a Dark God is an ominous portent there is but one who could inspire such reverence among demons
Thats all the old men have to say. Theres nothing more we can do for the Elder Tree, so its time to hop back to reality.
Until next time