Part 6: Chapter Six: WizardryWere back! Last time we witnessed the Wizard of Karma overpowering Nina and her party. One of her guards escaped by transforming into a giant bird, but was pursued by three black dragons on his way back to Winlan.
: Princess Nina has been captured!
: But the Wizard has the Xeon Gas, which is poisonous to us.
: Argh! All of us here are susceptible to the gas! All of us are wait wait a minute
: Ugh Princess Nina Im sorry to have failed you
Mortally wounded, the soldier succumbs to his injuries.
: What? The Wizard captured the Princess? Okay, just slow down. Tell me what happened, slowly and carefully.
: Please forgive my sudden outburst this is a matter of national importance. In short, heres what happened
: I see. Just to make sure The King has been poisoned by the Dark Dragons, and his daughter, Princess Nina, took it upon herself to find the cure. She made good progress until she reached Karma, whereupon she was captured by the towers keeper, who was the true culprit behind the poisoning.
: Thats the long and short of it, sir. With that said will you help us? Only you can brave the Xeon Gas and rescue our Princess.
: *Sigh* I keep being dragged into situations like this. But if I do nothing, then the King will surely die. I wouldnt wish Drogan or Nanais fate on this city. Very well; I will help you.
: A rescue party has been assembled. Please join them outside.
: Are you serious?
: Watch and learn, kid.
: You guys are just full of surprises.
: Dark Dragons approaching from the north!
: Well delay them you break through with the rescue party!
: Alright. Its all riding on me, huh? No pressure
This is a nice refuge area underneath the rooftop, but we have more pressing matters to attend to, like rescuing a certain winged princess from an insane Wizard.
We pass through familiar locales
: Take care!
: The air its kind of misty in here it doesnt seem to be harming me, though.
Oh, and by the way, there are random encounters down here. With a new enemy, in fact!
Meet the Zard. Zard is a tough cookie, dealing around 10 damage per hit and taking 4 5 hits before biting the bullet. Other than that, he doesnt have any real gimmicks, though.
To the side lies a chest with a Foil tucked inside. What is a Foil, you ask?
Why, its a boomerang that hits every enemy on the screen. Its a great weapon to have and only Ryu can equip it. When combined with another party member using the E.Key, it is possible to do upwards of 70 damage to every enemy on the field. This combination can oneshot most enemy encounters for the next few areas.
But enough of that its time to face the Wizard of Karma one last time.
: But you will soon know the wrath of my magic powers!
Finally, we get to fight the Wizard of Karma in a proper battle. The Wizard has very low defense and takes anywhere from 30 40 damage per hit. However, he has a tendency to buff himself to cover this weakness. There is also the chance that the Wizard may evade Ryus attacks by teleporting away. He attacks by casting Freeze and T. Bolt, and whilst both are damaging theyre also fairly manageable with the proper healing items. Overall hes really not so hard as long as you remember to heal.
(Video Wizard of Karma)
: I was so close so clo se
: Princess Nina! Are you alright, Your Highness?
: Dont worry, Your Highness. Well soon have you out of here.
: Thanks for everything, Ryu.
: It was no problem I simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.
And so Ryu and Nina fly back to Winlan.
: I had better follow her. With luck it wont be long before the King is well enough to grant me an audience.
: Ryu, the Remedy doesnt seem to be working. Were we too late?
: Your Highness maybe it simply needs more time?
Its hard to tell due to perspective, but the King shows his renewed health by using his bed as a trampoline.
: His Majesty is certainly spry for someone who was on the verge of death moments ago.
: Thank you, Ryu. You saved my fathers life.
: Well, there is one thing.
Yes, Ryu does actually speak here! Im not putting words in his mouth this time!
: I need to cross the eastern border into the next kingdom. I would like to request the use of the tunnel beneath Winlan so that I may continue my journey.
: Ryu, Id like to join you on your journey.
: Your Highness is that wise?
: Having witnessed Zogs greed and cowardice firsthand, I can no longer stand idly by whilst his forces ravage the land. I have some knowledge of ancient magics I can promise I will not be a burden.
: Ive made my decision. We cant ignore Zogs power. Im going.
And with that, Nina joins the party for good. Next time we explore the lands beyond Winlan and become embroiled in yet another Dark Dragon plot.