Part 17: Chapter Seventeen: Battleships
We begin this update exploring Auria Tower. To be honest, its not so much exploring as it is walking up two flights of stairs. There are no random encounters and the key isnt protected by anything. Theres a single F.Stone to collect on the way up and thats it.
: Ugh the light so bright
: Dont look directly at the key!
: Hurry up and take it before we all go blind!
: Ah, thats better.
: This key wasnt even guarded. It would have been childs play for one of the Dark Dragons to fly in here and make off with it.
: I see you have the LtKey. Very good youll do far better at keeping it out of Zogs hands than I would. Please, go down to the docks and speak with the captain. Ive informed him to take you wherever you wish to go.
: So, fearless leader Ive been wondering whats your beef with the Dark Dragons? I mean, sure, I dont like em either, but you seem really driven. Like you really enjoy kicking Zog in the gonads.
: I guess itd be wrong to keep it from you guys any longer. The truth is, the Dark Dragons took my sister.
: Losing a sibling is always hard. I lost many brothers in arms when the Dark Dragons came, although its not exactly the same.
: Sara is the reason I came all this way. I know its foolish I dont even know if shes still alive
: I am sure she is, Ryu. If she is half as strong as you are, I am certain she is still alive and waiting for you.
: Thanks, Nina. That really means a lot to me.
: Ahoy there, you lot!
: If youre gonna get rid of em, do it fast before more arrive and blockade the port!
: So what if we do, tinman?
: Ah, some slime from Bleak. I will take great pleasure in wiping you from the soles of my boots after I take the LtKey from your corpse, worm.
: Im afraid thats not going to happen. Stand aside before you get hurt.
: Oh, I see how it is now a mewling Light Dragon whelp from Drogan, eh? I burned a good number of your kinsmen to ash that day! I am pleased to have the chance to do so again!
: You were there, that day?!
: Sorry, no time to reminisce about how many pathetic maggots I may or may not have crushed under my heels. Theres the LtKey to consider, after all!
There are two enemies in this fight the Knight and his companion, Archer. Neither are very tough and only use physical attacks aside from the occasional weak T.Bolt from the Knight. They go down quickly and it is entirely possible to win the fight just by turning on Autobattle. For this reason I wont be including a video of it.
: It seems that fat old man has more guts than I gave him credit for. Perhaps well get to see them before the day is out!
: Archer! Signal the fleet to prepare for bombardment!
: Be a good little maggot and stay here until the main invasion force arrives. Well see how well you do when youre facing down one of Emperor Zogs legions!
: Argh! Curse those Dark Dragons!
: Captain we sincerely apologise if we had not asked Ross to grant us passage, then
: Bah, its not your fault. It was only a matter of time before they moved to blockade the port. Still it looks like you wont be seeing Scande after all. Im sorry about that Id have enjoyed hearing news about the trouble youd cause over there.
: I dont believe this. Im beginning to think reaching Scande is going to be impossible.
: Impossible, you say? Oh, no, no, not at all!
: What do you mean, main camp?
: Why, the camp the Dark Dragon Knight is using as a staging area, of course! Its where his ship is moored.
: You could steal the Knights ship and sail it right down to Scande without anyone challenging you.
: Is that so, fish man? Its rather convenient that you just happen to have a solution to our problems right when we needed one. What do you get out of this, huh?
: For once, I am in agreement with our disreputable companion. This Manillo seems to be a very suspicious character, particularly as he shows up right when we need him.
: Your accusations wound me, good woman. I am Gobi, a simple businessman willing to lend you a helping hand. Your companions visited my item shop here in Auria a number of times, as a matter of fact.
: Ah, now I remember. We had to purchase the G.Bar from your shop.
: Indeed. As for how I managed to be so prepared, word of your deeds reached me before you did. You have a reputation for defeating the Dark Dragons at every turn, and I thought such a string of victories would prompt Zog to take more decisive action this time. A naval invasion seemed inevitable given Aurias status as a major harbor.
: It seems you were correct in that.
: I simply anticipated something like this would happen and planned accordingly call it an investment, a gamble if you will. Thankfully it paid off and you are now in need of my help. Of course, I am a businessman my services wont be free.
: G.Bars, again?
: Oh, yes. Gold is a wonderful metal and having more of it is always an advantage in the financial world. Would you like to purchase one from my shop and simply give it back to me now, or did you perchance run across another somewhere in your travels?
Luckily, we already have a second G.Bar from our explorations after recruiting Karn.
: Ugh, fine. Here, take your gold.
: It was a pleasure doing business with you.
: I wonder if I could steal it back
: Theres no point. Lets just go.
With the GnPwdr we can now open up the blocked passage in Cape Cave.
It explodes and the party can pass through.
: This area is sheltered by cliffs and hidden by trees and shrubs. No wonder the Knight chose to hide his ship here.
: The ship looks deserted.
: We should proceed cautiously nonetheless.
The Dark Dragon ship is a fairly small place but the fact that its split into many different areas make it feel bigger than it really is. There are no random encounters, but the party periodically runs into Dark Dragon patrols. They arent anything to write home about, though.
: Hmph. So, the Light Dragon pup has made his way here, has he?
: Ill have to upgrade you from maggot to rat. Congratulations on becoming a higher class of vermin. It doesnt matter, though
: Youre good but Im better!
: Thats funny, because Im pretty sure I remember you running away with your tail between your legs last time we fought.
: Oh, dont worry. That first fight was just a test. This time Ill be using the full power granted to me by Emperor Zog, Lord Jade and the Goddess Tyr!
Just like the General, the other Knight also transforms into a powerful beastie before fighting the party. Luckily the Squid isnt nearly as deadly as the Gremlin. He has a strong attack that hits all party members, but hes also very weak to lightning and takes 150% damage from all attacks with that element. That includes Ryus basic attack whilst in dragon form, so he goes down very quickly.
: Ugh I was meant for better things than this!! You scumbags you scumbags!!
: How pathetic.
: Sad that he wasted his last breath on a curse.
: Hey, the ships treasury! Im sure the Dark Dragons wont be needing any of these
The chests contain two Acorns and two Herbs. Not much, but they can still be useful.
: This must be the ships magazine.
: It doesnt look like any other Dark Dragons are on board. We should go back to Auria and inform the Captain that we have a ship ready and waiting for him.
And thats the end of todays update. Next time we'll be fighting some proper naval battles.