Part 24: Chapter Twenty Four: Storm Master
The inside of the sea volcano is a regular cave with some bubble streamers and a wavy-screen effect.
Oh, and some seaweed too. Anyhow, its time to take stock of the areas new enemies!
This is the DogFish, Fishys leaner, meaner cousin. He has high defense but pretty much nothing else, so hes basically just a damage soak that wastes your time.
These nautiloid enemies are called Tentacles. They might do something, but their defense and speed is so low and they get oneshotted by the party so often that it doesnt matter.
AmeblobX, on the other hand, is horribly lethal. Like their predecessors these enemies get smaller as you hit them and can regenerate their HP with healing spells. They can also poison and put your party members to sleep, but thats not the worst they can do. When near death they cast a high-level lightning spell that hits every party member for 100+ damage. You really, really have to take these guys down as quickly as possible.
This dungeon is really short and it doesnt take long before the party reaches the magma chamber.
: So what, we just throw the egg into the magma?
: It does seem a little excessive
: Th-thats what the sorceress said, right? Then thats what well do! Ryu! Throw it in, posthaste!
: Okay then
: Its hard to see from here, but it looks like the egg is getting bigger.
: What do we do now? Nothing is happening!
: Perhaps we should return to the sorceress. She did tell us to come back after we had done this, after all.
: *Sigh*, gather round everybody
: We did as you instructed and dropped the egg into the volcano. Now what?
: Such impatience. That egg will hatch soon enough. First, though, I want to know why it was so important to wake me up.
: The Dark Dragon clan is attempting to revive the goddess Tyr, and has thrown the world into chaos as a result. We were hoping that you could aid us by saving Prima, and after that help us to defeat the Dark Dragons and prevent Tyrs release.
: So, it is happening again. I suppose it was inevitable that someone would try to revive Tyr eventually.
: So youll come with us?
:...Yes. I originally went to sleep with the intention of awakening when Tyr threatened the world once more. If these Dark Dragons really do intend to revive her, I must join whoever opposes them.
: Also it means I get to go sightseeing. Im going to mess with so many people from now on.
: Did you say something, sorceress?
: Nope! And call me Bleu, please.
And with that, Bleu joins the party and we are warped back to Prima and automatically rest at the inn in preparation for the attack.
We now have Bleu in the party as our dedicated Black Mage.
As can be seen, she possesses a large range of attack magic, including some very potent Quake spells that target an entire enemy group. She also has Exit, a powerful utility spell that instantly warps the party out of dungeons. Her large AP pool means she can keep casting over and over until the enemy falls down and bleeds to death.
Sadly her attack and defense are pathetic, even worse than Ninas. As a result, Bleu will be spending all her time in the back row, nuking the enemies from long range. Since thats what she excels at, I foresee no problems in putting her in the active party. Unlike other party members, Bleu has no field ability.
: Theyre finally making a move.
: Alright. Lets see if Bleus strategy works.
: Of course it will! My plans are always perfect.
: Of course! Gelagelagela!
: Her magic is certainly unique
: Hmph! You doubt the great Bleu? I, who personally spanked little-miss-goddess Tyr herself? Ohohoho, you youngsters will see my prowess soon enough.
: Gobi, listen to me.
: Yes, sir. I know!
: Just be careful, Gobi. Getting your license back wont mean anything if you dont come back alive.
: My people made this weapon. It is only right that we help to stop it.
: This rousing speech stuff is all well and good, but how are we going to actually get to the boat once the storm begins?
: Do not worry about that.
: Huh. Welp, alrighty then.
: Its a bit cramped.
: Ow. Who just elbowed me?
: Please stop touching my wings, everyone. They are very sensiti-AAH!
: Okay, who just trod on my tail? Come on, fess up before I turn everyone into toads.
: Stop fussing. The fate of an entire city is worth more than a few bumps and bruises.
: How is it out there?
: Why are the Dark Dragons approaching now? I thought the torpedo was a weapon that could be launched from long range.
: Perhaps there was a problem with the torpedos propulsion system, or maybe the Dark Dragons simply want to be completely sure of a direct hit on the city.
: Regardless, if we time this correctly we can surface, attack the torpedo ship and disable it before the escort ships can fire on us.
: Is everyone ready?
: Urgh! We misjudged our attack!
: Were sitting ducks here!
: We cant run! Bleu, we need some fancy moves!
: Typhoon Bug, do your work!
: Uh nothings happening.
: Well, were still getting shot at. Thats happening I guess.
: OH NO WERE ALL GOING TO DIEEEEE!!!
: Oh, calm down everyone. See? Its here already.
: Such incredible power
: Ahaha! Now do you doubt me?
: It certainly is effective.
: Whered it go? There are still three ships left.
: Its all part of the plan.
: Is that so?
: O-of course! It was obviously on purpose! Now you can have a climactic battle with the enemy leader! Thats the way these things have to be, you know! Come on! Chop chop! Get to it, young man, theres three more ships for you to finish!
: The Dark Dragons are abandoning their ships and diving beneath the waves. They must have Gills as well.
: They probably intend to make a last desperate attack against Prima.
: Lets dive back down to the sea floor and cut them off before they reach the city.
: The Manillo are being pushed back! As long as their commander stands the Dark Dragons morale remains unbroken. We should push through and eliminate him before anything else!
: Agreed. Lets go!
: Very impressive. Your sorcerer must be mighty indeed, to be able to destroy my armada so effortlessly.
: Sorceress, actually. And yes, I am indeed very mighty. Sometimes I surprise even myself.
: Even so, I will not retreat! I took an oath before Lord Zog that I would serve the Empire until my dying breath! You have made yourselves into enemies of the worlds mightiest clan and killed many of my loyal followers!
For this battle the General transforms himself into the Pincher. The Pincher has strong defense but weak attack and will do less than 20 damage to anyone in the party who isnt Bleu. Speaking of Bleu, her magic is very useful as it bypasses the Pinchers high defense. The one thing to watch out of during this fight is that the Pincher will begin to use high-level lightning magic when close to death. He can cast a T.Bolt spell that hits the entire party for 90 100 damage, which can be devastating depending on how much damage he managed to deal before then.
: Stop! Cease this madness and accept your defeat!
: Never! I would gladly give my life for the Dark Dragon Empire! If I cannot serve my Emperor in life, then I shall make my death meaningful by using it to destroy you!
: Get away from him! Cant you see it in his eyes? Hes absolutely serious!
: EVERYBODY RUN!!! NOW!!!
The party flees as the General self-destructs. Did they survive? Is Prima alright? Tune in next time to find out.