Part 37: Chapter Thirty Seven: Time Hollow
: Ugh ow. Huh? Oh, thats good looks like I didnt break anything important. Is everyone alright? Is everyone-
: Where is everyone? Are they alright? Did they make it out alright? No, I wont think about that. We probably just got separated. Ill go back to Carmen and ask Alan if hes seen them.
We are now controlling Ryu alone. This makes the random encounters much harder, especially since some of the monsters are M.Fleas who love to spam Shock.
: Hmm, what an odd tree. This whole area is ruined, and it looks like a destroyed town is nearby, but this tree is untouched. Well, whatever I better get a move on.
: That didnt take long, thank goodness.
: Thank goodness my worries were unfounded. Whats the situation right now?
: Come inside weve been speaking to Alan and you need to hear what he has to say.
: I hear that they were childhood friends.
: Is that so? She certainly seemed to recognize you.
: Cerl is a friend. I know that shed never help the Dark Dragons.
: I am sorry to say that she is, Alan. She was the one who is using the TmKey to stop time here in Carmen. We were there when she stole the key from Tunlan on Zogs orders.
: No, that cant be right!
: You dont know her like I do!
: Hey, wait up!
: Its not safe to go alone. Well come with you.
: Too late hes already gone. Well, time to catch up I suppose.
: Back again, hm.
Theres nothing new or different here from the last time we came, except Nina levels up and learns CuraX, a spell that heals every party member for 250 HP.
: Hey, fearless leader? Ive been wondering something
: What is it, Karn?
: We havent seen Alan yet, and this is the last floor before we see Cerl again. So how did Alan make it up there without any weapons or knowledge of how to solve this places puzzles?
: Good question. Perhaps he is exceptionally talented.
Music: 51 Alan and Cerl Forever
: Why arent you saying anything, Cerl?
: Yes I do!
: Just as I thought it is you, Cerl!
: I left Carmen and searched everywhere for you, but no matter where I looked, you werent there but now I-
Cerl lashes out at Alan.
: Cerl why
: My childhood was full of pain. Why should I remember it fondly? And you! Where were you when the villagers threw me out and left me to die like an animal? Those days were a living hell, but they taught me an important lesson!
: Ive learned to be tough in order to survive. Ill destroy anyone in my way.
: Look out! Shes using the power of the goddess!
: Ha goddess? No. This is my own power. Unlike the others, my strength belongs to me and me alone!
Cerl transforms into a lion crab praying mantis thing. Honestly, shes pretty easy though. She only has physical attacks, one that hits a single target for 40 odd damage and another that hits the entire party for a similar amount. Once she loses enough HP the fight automatically ends.
: As long as I have the TmKey I can still win!
: Carmen again?
: Why so surprised? All I did was advance their time by a dozen years. If you dont leave this place right now
: Itd serve those vile animals right, too.
: Shes got us! We have to retreat.
: Urgh, this again !
: Are you alright, Nina?
: Yes. A bit bruised, but I am mostly unharmed.
: Thats good. But where are we?
: Enough talk, monster! Let us finish this here and now!
: Dont you dare call me a monster!
: Only a monster would butcher an unarmed man, and a friend no less!
: I was ! Oh Whatever. Im going inside. Dont bother following me.
: Is it really impossible to get in?
: The seal is very powerful. I doubt any of us could break it immediately.
: Good idea. We need to come up with a plan of some kind if we're going to get the TmKey back.