Part 67: Chapter Forty Nine: Harvest MoonMusic: 27 Breath of Fire
Weve cleared out the fog so the way to the southern continent should be clear.
And presto, its all gone. The party now consists of Ryu, Rand, Aspara and Nina. This small area does have some random encounters, but like in the Elder Trees memory theyre a hodgepodge of enemies weve already encountered.
Aside from these Burner Orcs, that is. Burner Orcs hit fast and hard, dealing around 70 damage with their physical attacks. They also have a high counterattack and critical hit rate, as well as the ability to use Fire Breath, so getting into a protracted fight with them is a bad idea.
: Okay, which way do we go?
: South. The eastern path leads to a dead end.
: Okay how did you know that?
: I used to live near here. And thats all I have to say about it.
The party thus emerges onto the southern continent. As usual there are new enemy encounters to catalogue.
This unusual looking fellow is a Gallop. Gallops are physical attackers who hit hard but are also quite frail. They also occasionally use Ice Breath, but Ive only seen it happen once. They honestly arent much trouble.
The horrifying Ayyiyis are weak enemies who like to spam Drain, stealing your HP and healing themselves at the same time.
Marble Golems are slow, but pack a mean punch. Their physical attacks deal over 80 damage to a single target, and they are very resilient to your own physical attacks. Magic is the best way of taking them out.
: Hey, theres a village down there.
: It will be good to stop over and get some rest. Weve been travelling and fighting for quite a while.
: A word of warning? That place is full of hicks. Enter at your own risk.
Music: 02 My Home Sweet Home
: The people here all appear to be physically similar to Rand. Might I assume they are your clansmen?
: You might. *Sigh* I thought Id said goodbye to this place for good. Trust fate to drag me back after all this time
You can talk to the NPCs here with Rand and get a different reaction out of them, but most simply boil down to Rand? Wow, you came back!.
: Hey, Ryu. Do you mind if I go visit someone for a moment? Shed kill me if she found out I had come back without stopping by.
: Sure. No problem.
: Ngh! Watch out!
We dont need your fancy church clutterin up our countryside! Scram! Git!
: Yeah. My mother can get upset about things pretty easily.
: Um how to put this politely maybe we should put this visit off for now? I mean, she cant be in a good mood after that
: Nah. Best to get it over with.
: Hmm. Shes probably in the kitchen.
: Hey, ma. Im home.
Whadda ya think it was for, idjit boy! You havent sent me so much as a wish you were here in goodness knows how long
: Ma, it aint like that I can explain
But no! Gotta go see the world or whatever such nonsense!
Probably got a million hussies out there, every one of them holdin one of my grandkids! It breaks an old womans heart
: And now Ive found these people! Please, ya gotta believe me
Youre going to earn your keep in this town for a change!
: Aw, not that, Ma! Anything but that!
And you! Youre Rands friends, right? You can help him! You start tomorrow!
: Y-yes maam!
Put some elbow grease into it! No supper for slackers!
: Your mother is pretty terrifying, Rand.
: Hmm. The land here is quite fertile. Unfortunately there seem to be a great many obstacles that prevent it from being used.
Okay, now we get to do some ploughing. The objective here is to walk up to a stone, stump or weed patch and press A.
The party will then proceed to beat the shit out of the obstacle until it ceases to exist. This is totally how people in medieval times actually ploughed. None of the obstacles can attack so its just a case of beating on them until they die.
Heres the stone obstacle
And heres the stump.
The only different encounter is with the stone in the upper right hand corner of the field. Trying to get rid of it results in a boss encounter.
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
Marl can be difficult if you arent paying attention or arent expecting it. It usually opens the fight by casting Inferno and dealing over 100 damage to the entire party. Im not sure if he can cast it again after that, but his physical attack is also pretty deadly seeing as it does 90+ damage to Ryu, the most heavily armoured character in the party. The best way of beating him is to spam ice magic at him, since hes weak to it and will take over 200 damage from a single hit of Ice Blast.
: That was difficult
: Do the rocks in your fields normally fight back?
: Yeah. Occasionally.
Now that its cleared, that fieldll make great farmland, just you watch!
: But as long as you do what she tells you, shell warm up to you after a while.
: She seems to be a woman of integrity.
: Yeah, and a dozen other things. Better go see how shes getting on.
Your job today is to go to the Earth Temple and ask Namanda for his blessing!
: The Earth Temple, huh. Its been a while since Ive been there. Follow me, everyone Ill show you the way.
And off we go!