Part 43: Chapter Forty Three: Jade Dynasty
Welcome to Pagoda, the penultimate dungeon of Breath of Fire. All the enemies here are ones weve previously encountered. Except two, that is
The oh-so-cleverly named ICU attacks with powerful magic including single target Blast spells dealing over 100 damage and Blizzard spells that deal 50 damage to the entire party. It has a lot of HP and high defense, so expect a prolonged battle with lots of healing.
Ghouls are Zombies on steroids. They seem to have taken a leaf out of the REmakes book since theyre super-fast and always attack first. They can Silence party members and seal their magic, although they have weak defenses and go down in only a few hits.
The staircase to the west of the portal leads to a dead end with a chest containing an outdated piece of headgear.
Stepping on the raised buttons causes a mini-stairway to appear leading up to the raised section. Leaving the room resets this, however. The stairs to the left lead up to a chest containing a PowerAR (Which turns out to be a dress for some reason ).
: A bridge leading to the next tower?
: It reminds me of my trip through Karma Tower.
The purple floor panels dont do anything fancy, but the battle backgrounds they provide are fairly cool.
Theres a chest in here containing the AgileAR, an excellent armor for Bleu or Nina.
This floor is a maze. The doors are controlled by floor switches, and the player must push the right switches in order to reach the next staircase.
Thankfully its not too hard.
: Sara is around here somewhere. I can feel her presence, I know it.
: Alright, well be careful.
: Argh! A shield! Were being pushed back!
This is an understatement the entire party actually gets reduced to 1 HP.
: You can only watch as Jade marches towards world domination!
: Sara! Dont do this! Your will is stronger than Jades! I know you can beat him!
: Nonsense! I am ! I am No, no! I wont let you control me, Jade!
The screen shakes, and Sara is flung backwards!
: Sara! Hold on!
: Quickly before he takes control again
: But I cant just leave you here!
: Ryu! Remember whats important! We have to stop Jade! More than just your sister will suffer if the goddess is released!
: Thats right. Please go, Ryu. Ill fight him as long as I can.
: Yes, what is it?
: Thats why thats why Ill kill you now! For Lord Jade!!!
: Sara, no!
: Its too late! We have to fight!
Tragically Sara succumbs to Jades mind control spell and transforms into a dragon to fight the party. In terms of HP, she has a similar amount to Zog, although since she has no second wind its easier to tell when youre about to win. Sara attacks by spitting energy balls at a single target for around 80 damage. She also has a surprisingly weak T.Bolt spell that deals 50 damage to the entire party. As long as Nina keeps the party well-healed this fight is relatively straightforward.
Some of you might be wondering if its possible to use the D.Hrt on Sara. Unfortunately the woman in Tunlan wont give you more of it after you defeat Zog. However, if you choose not to use it against Zog then you do indeed have the option to use it against Sara. Doing so will drop her down to 1HP, letting you finish the fight in a single turn.
: Ah. At last I can think clearly once more
Music: 06 Sara
: Dont talk, Sara. Nina! Please help my sister!
: Okay, let me take a look.
: Its too late for me now.
: Ryu, Im so sorry her wounds theyre too extensive for me to handle. Im so sorry, but I cant do anything for her.
: I will always be watching over you Ryu
Saras body flickers, then rises up into the sky.
: Ryu are you-
: Come on. Lets go. Now is now is not the time. We have to keep going. Ill Ill be fine. Please. Lets keep going and stop Jade.
: Now were going back to the first tower.
: If you ask me, I think Tyr was a fan of alternative architecture.
A healing spring lets the party heal up after the fight with Sara.
The chest here contains a StoneHT, a helmet for Mogu.
Oh hey, its the return of the invisibility nubs from Mogus dream. Honestly though, this room isnt really that hard, particularly as there are plenty of red nubs that turn the invisibility off.
: I can feel a tremendous power beyond this point. The goddess is in the middle of awakening I fear we are too late.
: I was beginning to think youd died.
: You filth
: I am all-powerful!
: You really have no idea, do you? You think youre in control, but youre just a plaything for Tyr. Shell toy with you until she finds someone more interesting.
: Is that right? Oh, by the way, Id watch where youre standing if I were you.