Part 3: No need to fear me; I did not come to touchUpdate II: No need to fear me; I did not come to touch
Title Song Reference: I Like to Watch (Milo's Night Out) - Prozzak
~Star God Academy Field~
Itsuki, I was waiting for you. Lets go to the Star Maidens classroom.
~Star Maidens Classroom~
There they are. Well, most of them. Mahiru isnt pictured here. Also we seem to be missing the 13th Maiden that was added for Plus. I wonder when she turns up?
Oh, looks like everyone is already here.
Itsuki, these are the Star Maidens. By Universal Law they are each chosen by the citizens and blessed by the Star God.
Just so you know Universal Law refers to the will of the Star God whom we worship.
I am the Scorpio Star Maiden chosen by Universal Law. Come on, Itsuki, say hello. It can be short.
Oh, okay. Uh Hi, everyone. Nice to meet you.
Is that all? Thats rather abrupt.
Hey, you said it could be short. What do you want me to say? I still dont even know exactly why Im being introduced to them. Plus, theyre all staring at me. Im kind of nervous.
Well, all right then.
Looks like everyones here. How about you all introduce yourselves?
I already did, so how about the others? All right, everyone. Lets go in order and be concise.
I serve the church.
Im usually out delivering mail. Nice to meet you, Itsuki!
Oh, I should mention that Lillith has an alter ego
What do you mean by that?
*Mana proceeds to whack Lillith on the head*
Mana, you wench! Whered you even get that damn hammer?! Whyd you hit me anyway?!
This is Lilliths other personality, Lillie. If you hit her upside the noggin real good, Lillie comes out.
You can ask her for more details about that later.
This kind of took me by surprise. Everything Ive seen in terms of promo stuff and the opening and the fact that Gemini is known as the twins led me to believe that Lillith and Lillie were two separate characters that shared the Star Maiden status. I guess thats technically still true, although instead of sisters or something weve got a magical fantasy bipolar disorder.
Also, I could have sworn that the blue haired one was named Lillie and the pink haired one was Lillith. She has bat wings for gods sake! God damn it, now Im going to have to rename the head pictures.
You dont need to remember my name
Great. Ive already got an inkling as to what my opinion of you is going to be.
So long as I am a Star Maiden, world peace is guaranteed! Oh, Gods Gift, you will have nothing to worry about! As for me
Dont you dare fucking do that noble laugh. I swear to god if thats your thing.
Thats enough. I said to be concise. Next.
Thank you, Reo.
Please dont be proto-Ruby. Thats all I ask from you.
I love caring for animals because theyre so fluffy.
Im the Capricorn Star Maiden. I was actually a traveler, but now I work at the tavern! Nice to meet ya, Itsuki!
Im the Aquarius Star Maiden. I hope youll stop by to buy my bread.
Come on, Yuzuha, youre the last one.
Oh! Im um Yuzuha. Im usually painting at home A-And I might be the Pisces Star Maiden
I know what youre probably thinking, what with the look of the hair and her being Pisces (the fish), but I can confirm that she is not a fish person or mermaid. At the very least she has legs, according to her database model. Thats what I originally suspected anyway. Femi seems to be some kind of beast person, so I figured it was possible that Yuzuha was some kind of fish-human.
Not might, you are. Including Mahiru, these are the 12 Star Maidens.
So, about them They were chosen to purge the Impurities and reborn as Star Maidens.
Not my typo, Mana really does say and reborn. I missed you Spike Chunsoft. I thought you had really upped your game by fixing the hilariously bad English in the opening cutscene, but it looks like I still need to keep my wits about me.
Theyre able to create the Star Offering of their constellation just the once And must fulfill their duty for the next 120 years until their powers are lost.
For 120 years?! How are they supposed to do that?
Also, why 120 years? They can only make the Star Offering one time. Do they have other things they have to do as part of this whole Maiden thing?
Maintaining your youth for 120 years seems like a sweet deal to me.
But the previous Star Maidens were different. The Star Chaos three months ago made them lose their Star Offering powers.
Im guessing that has something to do with the fact that I have all the Star signs on me instead of just one. Why Star Chaos?
It is what we are calling that incident. All the Star Offerings suddenly vanished in a single night. The Star Maidens are one with the Star Offerings. Thats why when the Star Offerings lose their powers, so do the Star Maidens. Then, and only then, do they finally complete their role as a Star Maiden.
So far they havent made it clear what exactly losing their powers entails. Do they die? Does father time finally get a chance to swing the chrono bat at them and 120 years of no aging just catches up all at once? Do they just start aging like normal again and live out their lifespans like normal?
The Star Chaos caused all 12 previous Star Maidens to lose their powers. We were chosen next.
They were all chosen to be Star Maidens just over a month ago. They mustve been really confused to see the Star Brand on their bodies!
Didnt you say they were chosen by the citizens? How would it come as a surprise? Or is that chosen by the citizens thing just symbolic feel-good BS?
Being chosen out of the blue must have been nerve-wracking. So much pressure!
Up till that day None of them thought they would become a Star Maiden. But theres no time for that anymore. Even now, the Stardust Labyrinths are beginning to overflow with Impurities.
Gods Gift appears when the Star Maidens are chosen. Thats how you got here.
You are a rare type of Gods Gift with the marks of all 12 constellations.
So does that mean Mahiru has the 12 Star Brands too?
No. She only has the Virgo Star Brand.
It seems? You dont know for sure?
This is the first time in centuries the Star Maidens have been chosen like this.
Same with how two Gods Gifts appeared at once.
So Star God fucked up his count of maidens and just decided to swipe some Earth girl while he was out shopping for a new Gods Gift. Nice work, Star God.
It must have something to do with the Star Chaos.
Usually, only male Gods Gifts are summoned, due to Classmating and all that.
Also, the Star Maidens have always been from this world, chosen by the citizens.
But this time, only 11 were chosen. The Virgo Maiden was excluded.
Thats when Mahiru appeared with the Virgo Star Maiden Star Brand.
There are so many things we just dont know this time around.
When did you get here, Mahiru?
You always appear out of nowhere.
Im always eavesdropping.
I suppose I dont have to repeat my explanations then.
I doubt I can really serve as the Virgo Star Maiden in the first place. But I have to. Otherwise, I cant go back, right?
As expected of an honor student. While Im at it, can I ask you something?
I really wish Reo said that sarcastically. It was begging for it.
Did you spit something out when the Star Brand marked you?
I did. It was this creepy, ugly thing. Ugh I feel sick just thinking about it. Or is it morning sickness?
Mahiru thinks that shes pregnant. We havent actually confirmed that though.
Oh Then you dont need to worry. You simply spat out the Impurity within you.
What do you mean?
The ones chosen as Star Maidens They expel any Impurities from their bodies prior to being reborn. It varies by person, but to some, they show signs of pregnancy.
Then Im not really pregnant?
Yeah, because shes my friend and it was bothering her. Of course Id be relieved for her.
Oh, really? I thought you two would make a great couple.
D-Dont be stupid! Why would I be with Itsuki
Ouch. Didnt realize I was that repulsive.
Aww, youre so cute when youre embarrassed. Just as a precaution, Ill give you a check-up later. I may not look it, but I am the palace physician.
You dont really act like a physician either. At least not a licenced one.
I see So I wasnt pregnant. Thank goodness
So what happened to the Impurity she expelled?
I summoned a glowly sword and cut it in half. It was pretty cool actually.
Amazing. As expected of a Gods Gift. That strength will help you enshrine the Star Offerings the Star Maidens create.
What am I supposed to do? Whats this Star Offering?
Ill teach you how to conjure it later. Its a tiring ritual, but youll be fine. Now, thats about it for the Star Maiden introductions.
Oh damn, I forgot that we did that. Have they all just been standing around in silence this entire time?
Itsuki, we need to talk. Come to the church later.
Oh, okay. See you there, then.
We go back to the city map, but we only have one option on where to go. Well, lets get this out of the way, I guess. Going to have to do it eventually.
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Magic? Am I going to get cool magic? Because that would really help with the whole saving the world thing.
To fulfill your duty, you will need the help of the 12 Star Maidens. Remember what I told you?
You mean that thing about the Star Offerings?
Yes, but thats not all. The Star Maidens have another important duty. That is Classmating. Even if you are Gods Gift, going to labyrinths alone is suicide. You need allies to join you in the fight.
Whew. Not going to lie, I was a little afraid that you guys were going to make me go in alone. Having 12 other people in my party is definitely reassuring. Dont worry, Ill make sure to defend the Star Maidens in the labyrinths as we fight together.
Unfortunately, they have no direct ability to fight impurities.
Wh-what ? But but, if they cant fight then-
CHILDREN!? Hold on, I am not ready to be a dad! Im definitely not ready to you know with the uhhh I mean, 12 women?!
Pardon me. Star Children to be exact.
The Star Maidens will Classmate with you and create Star Children. Itsuki, youll be surrounded by 12 beautiful girls. Its like your own harem. Isnt that awesome? I bet you cant stop drooling right now.
I JUST WANTED TO BE A HERO! I wanted to fight monsters and gather a party and go adventuring and scream at people for not doing their job right! Since when did the heros job turn into breeding!?
All of these options are basically Uh, beats me. LP Itsuki is not going to be that stupid. How the hell does a guy about to tackle undergrad not know how babies are made?
I mean I know the basics of how it works
When did you ?
Oh ? You dont look like the type though. I guess you know when to get down to business, ya perv!
Listen, that stays between me and my browsactually, never mind. Let me put it this way. I used to help my grandfather a lot with his cattle. I know how to plant seeds.
Oh, I did too.
Wait, you meant you have experience fertilizing plants with cow manure?
Sure, lets go with that.
Whatever. It was stupid of me to ask.
Can we get back to the whole Itsuki becomes a dad thing now? I feel like we havent properly talked about that.
Listen carefully. Gods Gifts go into labyrinths with Star Children to fend off the Impurities. Itsuki, you will create Star Children with us through the Classmating ritual.
Now youre confusing me. Arent you supposed to be a doctor? Just how long do you think it takes to raise a child?! And hold on Why are you talking so casually about making children?!
And so we still dont get any idea of what the fuck the Classmating ritual actually involves. Conception II was very cagey about it as well. From what were told in that game, Classmating apparently just involves Gods Gift holding hands with the girl at an altar and the two of them proceeding to think really hard about each other. Apparently it doesnt even require direct physical contact, as Ellie initially doesnt like touching people and will just hold on to Wakes shirt.
Conception is telling us that the Classmating ritual doesnt involve sex, or at the very least its different from sex. But what does that mean? Do they just dry hump each other? The Conception anime adaption tells us that it isnt sex as well, but-- well, let's save that for the anime discussion later down the road.
Either way, I have a feeling that this game wont be explaining the ritual any farther than what were being told here. I guess well just stick with the assumption that its like CII, which is to say that Itsuki and the Star Maidens will just stand there and think about each other or eye hump each other or something.
Star Children are warriors born to carry out the mission of Gods Gift. Its not the fruit of your loins that youre thinking of. From the moment Star Children are given life They become the only existence, next to Gods Gift, who can purge Impurities. Stardust Labyrinths also have doors that only open with Star Children present. Thats why you need Star Children to fulfill your duty.
Im sorry, but I have no idea what youre talking about.
Same here. Are you really trying to tell me that a bunch of kids are supposed to be my dungeon party? Im so dead
Itll be faster if I just show you. Well conduct the Classmating ritual now to create a Star Child. Come, Mahiru. Ill show you how.
W-Wait, Dr. Reone. A-Are you telling me to make babies with him right now? Haha Youre not serious, are you?
Im sure youre only embarrassed because everyone is watching. Dont worry. Youll get used to it.
People are going to WATCH this!? What the fuck is wrong with this world!?
Get used to it?
Fuehe It only hurts the first time.
Mana, stop teasing Mahiru. But Itsuki, do be gentle. It is her first time.
Be gentle how? What the hell am I supposed to be doing?
Just do as I say, and youll get it right the first time around.
N-No Dont just start going at it!
Mahiru, this is to return to your world. You must accept it.
While our heroes protest and get really creeped out, the game informs us that Reone will be choosing our Star Children classes this time. However, after the tutorial team is made well be free to chose what we want. Or rather, the thread will be free to choose what they want. Ill go into more detail about that a little later.
Every time you Classmate, there is a little scene that will play which shows the spectral Sailor Moon body of the chosen Star Maiden suggestively moving around. These get more elaborate and more suggestive as the game goes on. Ive edited this screen shot to make it acceptable for an LP that might be read in the presence of prying eyes. If you really want to see the unedited shot, then here it is. Its only Sailor Moon style nudity, but youve been warned regardless.
Now, Im going to pause things for a moment to highlight a little something about these scenes. The scene youre seeing above is actually from the PS4 version, which was censored in North America. A handful of people on message boards went absolutely apeshit over this when it was announced. There was a lot of complaining about Spike Chunsoft capitulating to Sonys recent censorship policies in regard to Japanese games.
For those who dont know, Sony has recently changed gears and enforced a censorship policy on Japanese games and the sexual content they may possess. People have been bitching about it for a while, but the basic idea behind it is that Tokyo is about to host the Olympics in 2020 and like every country that gets the honor of hosting that gigantic waste of taxpayer money, Japan is doing everything it can to polish its image for the easily impressed/offended tourists that they hope to attract.
Anyway, got a bit off track there for a second. So, the PS4 version of Conception Plus was censored for North America. How was it censored?
There. Here is the unedited. Yes, that is the change that was made for the North American release that caused some people to shit their pants in rage, spam Spike Chunsofts Twitter with complaints, vow to vote with their wallets, and take a stand against censorship. Oh, also some people were hoping for Spike Chunsoft to go out of business as a way to make them pay for this egregious transgression.
I want to reiterate. The censorship that Sony allegedly imposed on this game for North America was not to cut out these weird sexy scenes entirely, nor was it to even make them slightly less suggestive. They CHANGED THE COLOR OF THE BODIES AND SHOWED THE FACE. For those of you who read the CII thread, the censored version of these scenes is basically identical to the scenes in CII. CII went further and made the ladies bodies neon colors. And that wasnt even censorship! It was just the way that CII did it.
Jesus Christ guys, its a color change. Not like youll be watching these more than once anyway. I made my love of transformation sequences very clear in the Conception II LP, and even I didnt watch those damn things every single time they showed up.
Anyway, it turns out the Steam version was left uncensored, just like the Japanese version. The message board people declared victory in their ongoing Holy War against censorship and acted like they had achieved a great victory. Meanwhile, the more likely explanation is that Spike Chunsoft was lazy and didnt bother censoring the PC version because Valve doesnt give a shit, unlike Sony.
What were we doing again? Oh, right. Star Children. Yeah, so here are our first two Star Children. Every time you make a Star Child, they will pop out of their little Matryoshka dolls holding a card. These cards give different bonuses. These two little tykes have 10% off BP cards, which means that it took 10% less Bond Points to create them. Well be introduced to Bond Points later. All you need to know about it now is that we need to use the points to make Star Children.
We also get another two Star Children to round out the team. They also pop out with the 10% off coupons. This is a tutorial, so the cards will always be the same, but once we start making our own, these cards can have a range of effects. Sometimes its cash, sometimes its a boost to the Star Maidens mood, those kind of things.
Also, it should be noted that this is a special tutorial Classmating. Unless things are different in this game, then twins are the best you can do in a single Classmating ritual (and twins are pretty rare). You cant get quadruplets like what happened here. This is simply to give us enough Star kids for a full team.
What what just happened ? Im so tired
My mind is going blank I dont really remember what happened during the ritual.
But wasnt it easier than you thought? Now you all know how to do the Classmating ritual.
You gotta do that with all 12 Star Maidens from now on. You better get training to increase your stamina, if you know what I mean. You gotta take the initiative. All the Star Maidens are virgins after all.
Please stop talking
One condition to be selected as a Star Maiden is keeping your virginity intact.
Normally Id ask why Star God would make that a prerequisite, but apparently sex in this world is a source of monster juice, so I guess that makes sense.
Also, does that mean that Maidens need to maintain virginity for their 120 years of service, or is sex okay after theyve already been made into Star Maidens? Because if its the former, then that is some serious monkeys paw shit, You shall receive 120 years of life without aging, maintaining your youthful beauty for over a century! But you also cant have sex! Star God, out!
Arent you happy? You can get with all 12 of them. You gotta be grinning deep down.
Oh yeah. Nothing beats getting blue balled and whatever the female equivalent of blue balls is.
Mana, what are you whispering?
Oh, sweet nothings is all.
Someone please make it stop.
Now, this is important, so listen carefully.
How well you interact with the Star Maidens is key to your mission. I can tell youre not that good at winning over the ladies. But you really gotta be on the prowl when you interact with the Star Maidens. Being a bit forceful is necessary at times too Guehe
Has everyone grown attached to Mana yet? Huh? Let me get a shout out from all the CII LP people out there that loved Chlotzs creeper antics and were desperate for more.
(I cant believe this This is nothing like what I imagined Well, Im still supposed to be a hero. If I dont give this my all, then me and Mahiru wont be able to go home and also well probably die here when the monsters kind of overrun the entire country. Stay cool, Itsuki. You can do this probably )
Lets make Star Children
Itsuki, thats not very manly.
He doesnt have it in him to stay that with pride
It doesnt actually matter what you say here. The responses from Reo and Mahiru dont change for this choice.
Oh, one more thing, Itsuki. Theres actually one more thing about the Classmating ritual.
Theres more?! Are you kidding?
Hehehe Itll be like a dream come true for you, Im sure. You can actually take in two Star Maidens at a time
Oh, thats great As if I wasnt under enough pressure as it is.
Yeah, really taking one for the team on this.
Nar, you came at just the right time.
There isnt some insane version where I have to take all 12, is there?
Not to worry, I will tell him that when the time is right. Theres something else you must know first. Will you hear me out?
I kind of want to sit down for a bit, but I guess its better to get this all out of the way at once. So, go for it.
All right. Time for the next step. Lets talk about Party Formation.
Oh, okay. That sounds cool, actually.
This is a bit different from Conception II. Our Star Children teams will be groups of 4 for this game instead of the groups of 3 that CII used. This is the same as it was in the PSP version of Conception.
Speaking of Party Formation, here is what weve been saddled with for the tutorial team. Its not bad, but also nothing special. Weve got two boy fighters (Pit and Arthur), a mage girl (Vanessa), and a healer girl (Natasha). Wheres our Tank, Reone?! I thought you were going to choose a balanced team. A party of four is 1 Tank, 1 Healer, and 2 DPS.
Here are the database entries for the individual classes we have:
Also, yes, boy Clerics always have that expression. Its creepy.
Thats all there is to it. After the Star Chaos, creating new children has been banned in this nation. That is only a temporary solution however.
Yyyeah, good luck trying to enforce a nationwide ban on sex for very long, even with the world at stake.
At this rate, the species will be unable to prosper. So I thank you, Itsuki, for accepting this mission, whatever your reasons.
Not like I have a choice.
Okay, I guess were skipping to the next day.
Yesterday must have been crazy taxing from all the info you had to process. But now you have a general idea of the situation this nation is facing. Were going to the shop today to gather some fighting equipment for you.
Oh, cool. I can get behind that. This is more the kind of thing I expected. But, how are we going to buy that stuff?
This is from the king. His orders are for you to prepare for you mission.
Oh, hell yeah! Thats what Im talking about. Its about damn time we see a ruler thats willing to take the no expenses spared route for the one person that everybodys life depends on. Shit, in CII our boy Wake was stuck having to earn AngelMarker fun bucks by fighting monsters.
Its a check.
Hes giving me all of this?!
The fate of the world rests on you. You can buy up the entire shop if youre so inclined.
I am indeed so inclined.
Okay, lets not go crazy. I love me some cash, but I draw the line at being a douche about it.
What do ya think, Itsuki? Doesnt it feel great to be rich?
To be honest, all of this pressure is kind of making me sick
Youre so pitiful Anyway, lets go shopping. Its too dangerous to explore the labyrinths without the proper equipment.
I will rarely ever agree with Mana, but in this case Mana is right. Stop being a loser, Itsuki. Lets go make some poor shopkeepers month and kit out our kiddos.
~Granvania Shopping Center~
We got plenty of money to blow!
That doesnt mean we should waste it. Im all for buying up useful stuff like items and equipment, but Im not blowing money on getting drunk.
Youre such a square! Youre no fun at all!
Gonna side with Itsuki. Spend much but spend wisely. Also, what the hell even is the drinking age in Granvania? How do you determine legal drinking age for beings like Mana? Theres another question that will come up
*Douchebag outta nowhere*
Who was that? A drunk this early in the day?
Forget that. What was with that stupid getup? Who walks around in a bird mask and skin tight spandex?
The bums are really crawling about everywhere.
Says the one that wanted to go get hammered after shopping.
Anyway, lets go cash that check, Itsuki!
I could have sworn I had it in my pocket
Wh-Wh-Wh-What?! Whered it go?!
Maybe its wait, theres a hole in here!
Wh-Wh-What did you say?! G-Go look for it right now!
*One fruitless retracing of steps later*
Wait Maybe it was that masked man from earlier who bumped into you?! Did he pickpocket you?!
WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT GUY GOING TO DO WITH A CHEQUE?! It was written by the King of Granvania specifically to Gods Gift and has 9,999,999G as the amount! What bank in the world is going to cash that shit without verification?! Especially when the dude handing it over is wearing a goddamn bird mask!
This entire hero thing has gone to hell Im really starting to hate this place.
Whatre you gonna do, Itsuki?!
I guess we better go tell the king that we lost it. Maybe he can cancel it or something and write a new one.
You cant do that! If you do, who knows what punishment hed dish out to me!
Well, I was the one that got pickpocketed.
I was ordered to be your babysitter! That definitely wont fly! Ugh, Ill be punished dearly for this This is the end for me
Not gonna lie Mana, you kind of have it coming to you. Itsuki wasnt the one out there on the street loudly proclaiming how loaded you were. Seriously, you couldnt just keep your mouth shut until we were done shopping?
Ugh fine. Well keep it a secret. Ill figure something out with the supplies.
Itsuki, heres my life savings. Try to get what you need with this.
Your attempt at making amends is like poison to my veins Get that pocket change away from me!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Of course not! But we dont have any time to save up the money! Taking too much time will make Nar super suspicious.
I guess youre right.
Were in this together, at least for now. Im prepared to do what I need. I didnt think wed trip up so early though. Once youre done preparing, itll be time to head into the Stardust Labyrinths!
Fuck you, Mana! Take your 2,000G and choke on it!
Son of a Alright, its okay. Im calm. Its only 9,997,999G less than expected. Lets just lets see what we can do. The Shop is up first.
Here is everything you need to know about shopping. Ive never found Bulk Buy particularly helpful, personally. I prefer to equip on an individual basis.
Lets take a look at what we can do, if anything.
Items are all standard stuff. Potions are for HP, Mana Stones are for MP, Star Drops revive, and everything else is for curing various status effects. All of these are far too expensive for the pittance we got from Mana. Thats okay, though. If this game is anything like CII then were going to wind up getting most of our items from dungeon runs. Whats the scene like over in the equipment isle?
Jack shit. That figures. The one upgrade for Itsuki is beyond our newly reduced savings account.
Also, Im sure the game will do it at some point, but heres a run down of the stats since theyre here in front of us:
ATK Physical Attack Power
TEC Accuracy (has an impact on critical hits)
DEF Physical Defense
SPD Speed (affects turn order and dodging)
MAT Magic Attack Power
MDF Magic Defense
LUC Luck (affects stuff like critical hit chance and item drops)
Unless things have been greatly revamped in this game, then Speed will be the most important stat. Speed determines how quickly your characters turns come around. The faster you are, the more turns you get. Having more turns than the enemy gives you more flexibility in healing and responding to attacks.
Other than that, we cant afford any new armor for Itsuki. None of the accessories are worth it. We only have enough cash to give one of our tutorial kids an upgrade, but I pass on doing that because we havent gone dungeon exploring yet. We'll get upgrades for them from there.
Might as well check out the Tavern before moving on.
The Tavern is where we pick up quests, although some quests will apparently come to us directly from the Star Maidens. Completing them is how we get new items in the shops.
Also, Farun works here, which she mentioned earlier in the update.
Theres a bunch of quests available right from the start. As far as I can tell, all of the ones we see here are already active. The tutorial card just told us that well get the ability to take on more quests as we complete others, but Im not seeing any way to accept quests. Weird. Oh well, Im not going to complain. Just means that I can tackle all of them at once.
Anyway, off to the Stardust Labyrinths, where there is apparently an event.
~Granvania Shopping Center~
Even if you head to the Stardust Labyrinths, the entrances arent open. To open them, you need the help of all 12 Star Maidens.
Okay, well lets go do that then. Why the hell did you point me here if we cant go?
~Palace Throne Room~
The fate of the world is in your hands. I wish you the best.
Itsuki, I entrust these Star Offerings to you. Enshrine them in the deepest parts of the 12 labyrinths to complete your mission.
Well thats nice. We were actually given the magic doodads that we need to save the world before being shoved into the monster filled death mazes. What a novel concept.
Right, Ruby? You unbelievable dumbass.
Now, take the Star Maidens to the labyrinth entrances. Itsuki, go to the Stardust Labyrinth once youre ready.
Finally. Off we go.
You guys have satellite dishes in this world? Anything decent on TV around here?
So this is where the labyrinth is, huh
These great labyrinths They were constructed by Mireis ancestors to seal the Impurities.
They passed their hopes down to us as I took over their mission. That is why I need your help, Itsuki.
Uh, right. Ill do my best.
All the Star Maidens are here. Everyone, just do it the way we practiced yesterday. Mahiru, you remember, dont you?
Yes Its easier than making the Star Offering.
This gate is the entrance to the labyrinths only to be used by Gods Gift. Its usually locked by the Seal of Thorns. But well be unsealing it right now. Mirei, lets start.
We will now conduct the Unraveling Ceremony on the Seal Gate of the Stardust Labyrinths.
Then we get a little clip of each Maidens face appearing alongside their star sign. It isnt nearly Sentai enough for my liking. I miss the transformation sequences from CII.
Phew Oh, geez
You looked like a sorceress. Wish I could learn some magic like that.
Never mind that. Just be careful out there.
I can do this. You just have to trust me.
Yeah Ill do that.
(At least, I hope I can do this )
I havent slept at all since creating the Star Offering and practicing for this ceremony. I feel bad about it, but I need to get some rest now.
Mahiru, you did well. Thank you.
You dont need to thank me. Its all to get back to my own world.
Itsuki, before you go into the labyrinth, Ill explain the structure of it. The 12 Stardust Labyrinths each have a chamber hidden deep within. But this is the only entrance.
Go through the gates to get to each labyrinth. The labyrinths all go deep underground, and the lowest level is B15.
Not liking the sound of this so far. 15 floors was a pain in the ass to get through in CII. Not to mention boring as sin.
Every five floors, the Impurities energy signatures will become stronger. They basically get harder to fight every five floors. Dont get too cocky. Return to the surface if you sense youre in danger. Also, the labyrinths of the four seasons are of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. When you get to B10, theyll branch out and reveal three more labyrinths. Four labyrinths with three branches make them a total of 12 labyrinths.
Im going to assume that these paths are all locked off behind story advancements. I dont expect well get a choice as to which gate to enter or even which branch to go down.
At the bottommost floor, the Impurity Gods await you. Thats all the dirt Ive got on the Stardust Labyrinths. Itsuki, are you ready? Lets go!
And heres the gameplay loop. Like CII, this game doesnt seem to have any kind of hard limit on time. We can rest and fart around as much as we want, since only the plot can advance story time.
You should start from the Spring Labyrinth. The Impurities there arent as strong. Go to the end of the Aries Labyrinth and enshrine the Star Offering. By then, you should be strong enough to take on the other labyrinths.
Alright, lets do this I guess. Come on uhh kids? Party? Star Children? Not really sure what I should call you. Well, well figure it out on the way.
Have to stop there for now. Next time, we'll check out the dungeon and also the Star Maidens. Decisions have to be made for both.