Part 18: I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take (Story)Update VII: I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take (Story Portion)
Back on the surface, the shaking and roaring that happened last time is repeating.
Damn its happening again.
Doesnt it sound louder than last time?
Wed better check in with Narcisstes and see if hes made some progress on figuring out whats going on.
Sounds good. Lets return to the castle, Itsuki.
Holy shit! Students! Also, that girl on the far right looks like she has some serious junk inside that trunk. Could just be artist laziness I suppose.
Hm? All the Star Maidens are here. Mahirus in the center. Seems like shes doing well as the class rep. Rukie, Furry, and Tar-Tar are with her.
Right, I forgot about your stupid nicknames for them. My stupid nicknames are better (Ruk, Femi, and Tar okay, so not really nicknames, more like image codes).
Lets see whats going on.
We kind of have more important things to do right now, Mana. Narcisstes? Remember?
Cmooon, its only for a little. Arent you curious if Mahiru is getting along with the Star Maidens?
Cmon, cmon, lets go closer. But make sure they dont see you.
Hey! Would you wait for a second? Mana! Damn it
*Shifting over to Star Maiden vision*
Augh Narcisstes got mad at me again today.
It is your fault for brazenly sleeping in class.
Tarua, it happens because of work, right? I know how much you love your job.
Augh I do! The boss is strict when it comes to work, but hes a good guy!
Tarua sums up literally her whole character arc at the moment. Thats kind of pathetic.
Mahiru, on the other hand, is always so serious about class.
Right. That class is so boring, I am surprised at how you can stay focused.
Its not boring at all. Everything about this world is new to me.
Are you sure it is not because you find Mr. Narcisstes so handsome?
Really? Youre in love with the teacher, Mahiru?
You did accept that troublesome role of class rep after all. Now I understand why.
You are blushing.
Youre lying. You cant trick me!
*Back to Itsuki vision*
They seem to be having fun. Shes so different when shes with you.
Thats just how she is. Mahirus always been like that.
Hey, its Itsuki and Mana!
Oh, shit. They really can smell protagonist. Thats unsettling. Its Ellie all over again.
Ack, they found us Taruas nose is as good as a bloodhounds.
What are you two doing hiding in the bushes?
The answer is obvious.
Mana made me do it.
Hey, dont blame me.
I will blame you, because its true. Youre the one that suggested it and then flew off.
The fact still remains that you were spying on us, Itsuki.
Well, I cant really argue with that.
I understand why you wouldnt want to get too close
But if you are a real man, you should just admit it.
I apologize for peeping on you but I still blame Mana.
Now youre just blowing it out of proportion
How rude. There is a fairy here who is not sorry at all.
What is she, an attack dog or something? Aw, who cares? Do it! Do it! Do it!
Im sorry! Really, I am now.
*After some hilarious something. There was a fade to black, hell if I know. Probably Tarua chasing Mana around. Either that or the developers had to exorcise the spirit of 2012 Mahiru again*
So have you learned anything after spying on us?
Well, Im glad to see that youre all getting along with each other.
Thats what you were worried about? Youre so stupid
Worrying isnt stupid!
Never mind that, Mana. We still need to go and check in with Narcisstes.
Youre going to see the teacher? Can you tell him that the secret plan is in motion?
Wh-What are you talking about?
Wait, what about a secret plan?
I think I will excuse myself now! Tarua! You are coming with me!
I need to go as well.
*Femiruna and Ruka book it, while Tarua is dragged along*
Maybe I should go too..
Wait, Mahiru. Whats this secret plan all about?
Ugh Why are you asking me?
Because you totally know something.
Never mind that. Dont you need to go see Mr. Narcisstes? Does it have to do with the ground shaking earlier?
You felt it too, huh? Its the second time this has happened. It was also worse this time.
Something may be going on. You should let Mr. Narcisstes know. Well, Ill see you later.
*Mahiru then finds her own opportunity to escape*
She dodged the question about the secret plan.
Yeah, yeah. Lets just get back to whats important. We need to get to the castle.
After researching the ancient texts some more It appears the Star Chaos also occurred 1,200 years ago.
What?! Way back then too?! Im surprised a record that old still exists.
I turned the library upside down just to find it. Its over 1,000 years old.
Does it say anything about the Star Offerings? Did all 12 fail at the same time back then, too?
Wait, so if this happened once before, how did the Star Offerings manage to get back on their normal cycle? I guess they must have started failing again after 10 years and just knew which order to go in.
Ugh Im not sure I wanna hear it.
There is one other labyrinth besides the 12 we currently know of. The text calls it the Ophiuchus Labyrinth.
I dont want to interrupt Narc talking about important plot stuff, so Ill review what the hell Ophiuchus is at the end of the update for anyone thats curious.
But there are only 12 constellations, one for each Star Maiden. What does it mean?
The text is written in ancient writing, so I havent deciphered all of it yet. Im sorry, but I will need more time.
Then what about me and Mahiru going home? I thought that would happen once I replaced the 12 Star Offerings?
There is something we must apologize to you for, Itsuki.
No Tell me youre not doing this You are not about to tell me that we cant go home!
Do you remember the conversation we held with the king, Itsuki? It was when I reluctantly said "Yes". After defeating your first Impurity God.
Before Flashback Time happens, I'm making an executive decision to rewrite Mirei's line. User Polsy pointed out that Mirei's dialogue (just the stuff in italics) is roughly what Mirei actually says in the original game. In CP (at least the English translation) she says this: "It was when you responded so nonchalantly." That doesn't make any fucking sense and is a horribly mangled translation, so I'm putting my fist down and making this change, accuracy to the original be damned.
*Flashback time! This is actually kind of helpful, because I legitimately drew a blank on what Mirei was talking about at first*
The new Star Offering is absorbing the Impurities just fine. Isnt that right, Mirei?
At this rate, all the Star Offerings will be enshrined in no time.
*End of flashback*
Yeah. What about it?
Its true that Impurities are being absorbed. But the number of them has not decreased.
Gods Gift is the one shouldering our fate. I dont want to cover up the facts. Hiding the truth is the same in principle as lying.
I dont give a rats ass about His Majestys permission! Im Gods Gift! I have a right to know! Now tell me what shes talking about!
Very well Even though we have forbidden intimacy, Impurities still appear.
Im pretty sure this is a fucked up translation. Based on their relation and the following line from Narc, this should read: Even though we forbade intimacy, Impurities still appear.
Theyre also growing at an unprecedented speed. Even if we calculate the amount of those breaking the law, this is unheard of.
Wh-What?! What does that mean?
It likely has something to do with this Ophiuchus Labyrinth.
So then where is it?!
We dont know.
So then everything Ive done has just been a giant waste of time? Its all pointless?
Itsuki, thats not true. Impurities are absorbed when you enshrine the Star Offering.
Our predicament is that more Impurities are appearing than can be absorbed. Sooner or later, the Impurities will overflow from the labyrinths.
Not to take any sides But gates appear every time a Star Offering is enshrined. Maybe this time Maybe once all the Star Offerings are enshrined, Soras gate will appear.
This is a little confusing and I dont know if its because of translation or wording. Official Itsuki really does get upset because he thinks Mirei and Narc are telling him that he and Mahiru cant go home, but what follows is a discussion on Impurities, not the Gate of Light. Mana then mentions that gates appear each time a Star Offering is enshrined, but what I think she means is that that is how it worked in the past and that it hasnt been happening this time. If a Gate of Light really has been opening each time Itsuki replaced a Star Offering, then youd think he would have had some comment about it (also, he and Mahiru wouldnt be chasing after those school rumors in the hopes of finding an alternative. That subplot hasnt stopped by the way).
So what this scene boils down to is: Mirei/Narcisstes originally told Itsuki and Mahiru that they could go home after the Star Offerings were in place, but now they are admitting that they honestly have no idea if thats true, and Mana is just now revealing that Gates always used to appear after a Star Offering was enshrined but they havent been this time. Now that I lay it out like that, I think the problem is that Itsukis You mean I cant go home?! outburst was a little bit too early in the conversation.
But even if thats the case wont this world wind up getting overrun anyway?
Only after you return home. Right, Mirei?
It will happen when it happens.
So , basically.
Even Reone doesnt know. I dont want to give them cause for concern.
Right Yeah. I know.
Mirei, you too.
Of course. But only until we locate the Ophiuchus Labyrinth.
You all right, Itsuki?
No No Im not
You really do have a caring side you know that?
What? Is it that obvious?
Anyway, thanks for worrying. I know how to get up after taking a bruising though. Its just a little overwhelming right now. Thats all.
Wanna go back to the inn? I can comfort you there.
Going back to the inn sounds good. Im Im feeling really tired right now.
~Inn: Itsukis Room~
Augh augh! Congrats, Itsuki!
Huh ? What are you doing here?
Goodness, Tarua! You were too early!
Okay, ready and
Excuse me ?
Oh, come on, youre supposed to look happier.
User Polsy noticed that Old Mahiru has a line here in the 2012 version where she gets mad at Itsuki for not being sufficiently excited or something. The reason I point this out is because it was cut from this scene, yet the developers didn't use the fade-to-black cut that they've been using for Old Mahiru in other instances. Mahiru's whole personality change thing just keeps getting weirder and more nonsensical.
What? Todays your birthday?!
No, its not.
This wouldnt have changed if I triggered this in November, by the way. The time system works on weeks, not days. So theres no way to time it exactly. I would be incredibly shocked if they programmed in a dialogue change for this scene happening during the week of Itsukis birthday.
Oh Thought so If its not his birthday, does that mean we cant celebrate it?
That is what a real celebration is!
A birthday party In Sora, they have a custom to celebrate birthdays. I heard that from Mahiru. I thought, with Itsuki
It sounded like so much fun!
Thats right. Its not like were doing this for you.
Itsuki, her, you okay? You look kind of pale.
Hes just tired today. Can you let him rest?
Then well have the birthday party some other time
Hold on. I want to celebrate with Itsuki right here, right now. If Itsuki is tried, we can perk him up with presents. Do you not agree?
Augh! We prepared presents for Gods Gift today.
The world Its in terrible peril.
Hey, everyone. Lets just continue this another day.
No No. Its fine. Im fine. Lets keep celebrating.
Are you really sure? If youre not feeling well, then
Its fine, really! Im just a little out of it, thats all. So, what did everyone get me? Im curious.
All right Lets start this over then.
U-Um Some of us couldnt come because of work But we all pitched in to pick three gifts.
Though they were all pretty much decided by Femiruna, Ruka, and Sue.
Come, Itsuki. Take our presents. Sue picked the first one. My gorgeous gift is fit to be given last.
Here you go
Hes usually mild-mannered, but gets pretty fierce when hes hungry. But its okay. Feed him, and he probably wont eat you. Cute like a teddy bear, right? And he stays still like a teddy bear. But hes not a teddy bear, so he will succumb to hunger
And then he goes chomp.
Wait, this thing is real?! I thought you were being silly!
And like a real bear, he will be spending his time outside in the trees. Safely away from Itsukis bedroom.
Itsuki, happy birthday. I hope you like my present too.
Its not going to kill me, is it?
All right. Im next. Heres something from me. You dont have to force yourself to like it. Oh But please water it.
Im not leaving anything out by the way. Mahiru doesnt actually hand over a gift. I think this is another translation error where shes trying to say that she pitched in for this next gift.
Its called a manena plant. When you talk to it, it will repeat what you say.
Oh, its like a parrot. I knew Ruka would pick something like this. She loves plants.
That sounds fun! Hey, lets make it talk!
Okay. Im home.
[Present B]: Im home. Im home.
[Present B]: Morning. Morning.
Hm What else do I say?
[Present B]: Ruka is cute. Ruka is cute. Ruka is smart. Ruka is smart.
W-Wait, hold on! G-Give that back!
When you brought it home, you must have made it learn those on accident.
Youre so careless
Well then. Here is mine to wrap things up. Itsuki, take my present!
This gift is actually a usable item. It restores 70% HP/MP. Not bad. Also, it appears to have been made by Mirei. That part is a little suspect.
Wait, Femiruna. Didnt you get him some jewel-encrusted armor?
What?! That would have been way cooler! I want jewel-encrusted armor
That was my intention at first But seeing Itsuki so tired, I thought he might like this better.
Well, I am really tired right now. That armor sounds cool, but I cant argue with practicality.
It seems like he likes my gift best. Isnt that right, Itsuki?
Its not a competition Femiruna.
Um Well I mean Right at this exact moment, Id say I like the energy drink the best.
Ohoho! How could you not?
Come on, Femiruna. You were doing so well with not laughing like a dumbass. Dont ruin the goodwill I currently have towards you from your bonding events.
Never. NEVER, ask someone which gift they like best. Thats a major dick move with no possible out for the person being asked.
But why do you even have that?
I got it from Mirei. She said if you drink it before Classmating, stronger Star Children are born.
But it will all be for naught if Itsuki is tired in the first place. It is better for Itsuki to drink it right now.
What of it?
Itsuki, do not drink that. Dont say I didnt warn you. Anything Mirei makes never ends well.
Mana, what are you whispering about?
*gulp* *gulp*Oh man. I needed that. What are we talking about?
Dammit, Femiruna. I want to vote for you now. Stop making me reconsider.
Who cares about whos gift was liked best. Its the thought that counts. And since its a birthday party like on Sora
*There are sounds of a commotion outside*
Whats that? I hear some noise outside.
Whats going on? How are there Impurities in town?
Dammit! Which of you townspeople was organizing the illegal orgies?
[Townsperson A]: This is bad! Many have been injured already! Everyone, run away!
Im scared Wh-Whats going to happen to us?
I have to go!
~Granvania Shopping Center~
I was going to ask where the Star Children are, but given that its apparently night, I would assume that its past their bed time.
[Townsperson A]: Gah!
[Impurity B]: Brrrrriiiiii!
[Townsperson B]: Ahhh!
You get the idea. I dont need to keep going with this.
Three impurities! Why are they here?
Does it matter?!
Agreed Ill fight.
Ill help too!
No, everyone! You have to leave it to Itsuki!
Why burden Itsuki so? It is three on three! Lets go! Tarua! Sue!
*Despite knowing full well that they literally cannot dent the monsters, the three Star Maidens rush off anyway. Wake would be proud*
Hey, wait! Leave this to Itsuki!
What the hell are you all doing?! You cant fight them! Dammit!
[Impurity A, B, & C]: Grooooowlll!
Were given a choice as to who to protect, although it doesnt actually have any consequences. I choose Femiruna, although I realized afterward that Sue ranked higher and should have been picked. Whatever. It only changes a single line of dialogue and a name.
Also, out of the three of them, my money would be on Femiruna biting it first.
[Impurity A, B, & C]: Graaagh
[Townsperson A]: Amazing He defeated three Impurities with a single strike.
[Townsperson B]: Hes a Gods Gift after all
He can only be brought to this world by Star God Himself, of course hes a Gods Gift you fucking idiot. Its not like theres a bus service to Sora just outside the city that lets any old person wander over.
Are you okay?
I-I am fine You did not have to save me
Well, he is the savior of the world after all.
Right I hope that really is the case
Ive made a fool of myself.
We are Star Maidens now. We must be more cautious. You may still be able to live your old lives, but we have responsibility now.
Once again, I feel like thats a grammar error. You may should be We may. I dont have a way to prove it though, since it is technically sort of correct (depending on how Reone addressed it).
The people are being attacked. How can we just stand by and watch?
Star Maidens have no power to directly fight Impurities.
If we die, who will protect the Star Offerings?
Thats pretty hypocritical coming from you, Reone. Dont forget that you prevented Itsuki from following you as you left a crowded bar to fight three punks at the same time out in the street because they were being douchey.
The next Star Maiden, obviously.
I mean she has a point. Just saying.
Femiruna, how dare you!
*Mirei comes outta nowhere and lays into Femiruna with a slap*
Wh-What are you doing ?
You shouldnt say things like that. Its disheartening.
I have no intention of dying in vain.
Im sorry This is on me
Its not your fault the Impurities have come to the surface. Besides Tarua, Sue, Femiruna. You are the mainstays of Granvania. Never forget that. Understand?
You are the mainstays of Granvania but we cant afford to guard you or anything, so yeah. Speaking of, where the fuck is the Granvanian Army? No mention of any sort of law enforcement in this country so far.
The tremors from before are caused by some abnormality beneath the surface.
The tectonic movements are causing rifts between the labyrinths and the surface. Thats how the Impurities are appearing here.
The ancients apparently didnt have any knowledge of plate tectonics when they planned out their sex labyrinth.
You neednt worry about that.
But we must prepare for these disasters. They are likely to reoccur. Well have to raise the threat alert.
Narcisstes, Im going back to treat the wounded.
Im going with you.
~Star God Academy Clinic~
Hey, over here.
You guys are here, too?
[Townsperson C]: Reone, will this happen again?
Dont worry. Gods Gift and the Star Maidens will protect you.
[Townsperson C]: How did this happen? I almost died!
Oh, Christ. Here we go again.
[Townsperson C]: This never happened with the previous Gods Gifts!
Im sorry. Its because Im inexperienced as a Star Maiden
[Townsperson C]: No, I will never blame the Star Maidens. The problem is this Gods Gift. Hes come, hes seen, but hes not conquered those Impurities!
Im doing everything I can
[Townsperson C]: You think that excuse will work? The fate of the world is hanging by a thread!
Motherfucker, the fate of your world is hanging by a thread. If you have a problem with how the jobs being done, then maybe the people of this world should get off their fat asses and do something about it themselves.
Seriously. Fuck all the NPCs in these games. The NPCs in CII were just as bad. These games could really benefit from an Evil Route. At this point Im sort of hoping theres an ending where a gate opens early and Itsuki is able to take the opportunity to bail on this place.
Gods Gift is working diligently to fulfill his duty.
[Townsperson C]: Gah Dont you ever let this happen again.
I hope youre the first to die.
All right, Ill treat your wound now. Can you go home by yourself?
[Townsperson C]: Dont treat me like a child. Im leaving.
Whats with that attitude?
Itsuki, Im sorry that happened. I apologize on behalf of all Granvania.
Its fine Im just not fit to be a hero thats all.
Why so gloomy? I thought you could handle your beatdowns?
This isnt a beatdown, its more like a murder
So that was fun, right? Good times in Granvania. I didnt really think that shit would be going south this quickly. This feels like more of a mid-game event. This is only Offering 2 out of 12. If things like this are happening now, then what kind of destruction is Offering 10 going to cause?
Next time: The Secret of Mana. No, not the game. I wish we were playing that. I mean we'll learn about what the fuck Mana actually is.
~Ophiuchus: The 13th Zodiac Sign~
Im going to steal user AnAnonymousIdiots shtick for a moment because Ophiuchus is going to be plot relevant, so I want to make sure its explained within an update.
Ophiuchus is generally referred to as the 13th Constellation of the Zodiac. Its commonly depicted as a man fighting with a snake or otherwise having a snake in his hands/coiling around him. In Greek, its name means serpent-bearer (Ophioukhos).
I wont get too far into history, but sticking with the Greeks and their interpretation of it, it represents Apollo handling a snake that guarded the Oracle of Delphi (also known as The Pythia, who stayed at the Temple of Apollo and delivered prophecies).
Thats as far as we really need to get into that. Were not focusing on the mythology aspect of this. The main question some people will have is Why is it brought up in Zodiac/astrology discussions?
Heres the deal: The Zodiac is a group of 12 constellations out of the 88 currently recognized constellations. The reason why those 12 constellations make up the Zodiac is because the ecliptic passes through them over the course of a year (the ecliptic is basically the path that the sun appears to take through Earths sky). The star sign dates were determined based on when the sun passed through a certain constellation, but keep in mind that a Zodiac Sign and a Zodiac Constellation are different things. Constellations are different sizes, so obviously the sun doesnt pass through each one for the same length of time. Theres also the fact that thousands of years have passed since the days of the Greeks/Babylonians and a thing called precession has caused the dates that the sun moves through each constellation to shift around a bit because of orbital blah blah blah. You get the general idea of how the Zodiac was conceived.
In case you're curious, many people stick with the astrological dates as originally defined. So what your astrological sign is and what constellation the sun actually passes through on your birthday are different. For example, I was born in May and am a Taurus based on traditional dates. But as far as reality is concerned, the sun passes through Aries during my birthday at this point in time, not Taurus, which means Im an Aries.
Anyway, if the sun does indeed pass through Ophiuchus, then why isnt it typically included in the Zodiac? Its a little tricky. The Babylonians had a lunar calendar and operated on 12 months in a year, so they left Ophiuchus out to maintain a nice even division of the ecliptic into 12 corresponding sections that sort of line up with the months.
Ophiuchus is also in a weird spot where the ecliptic does pass through a tiny part of it, but it overlaps with Scorpio and Sagittarius (Ophiuchus is usually associated with late November to mid-December, which is mostly Sagittarius date range), which is probably why the decision was made to cut it. So Ophiuchus is left as something of a forgotten sign when it comes to the Zodiac. It technically is part of it, but it's excluded by a lot of astrologists/horoscope writers because that's what was done in the ancient past. That's why you don't hear much about it when the Zodiac is talked about.
That being said, it doesnt have any negative connotations or anything. Apollo is a Greek god and one of the Olympians, after all. Well, you know no negatives other than some of the fucked up shit that Greek gods tended to do.
He was also not good at the love thing. One girl turned herself into a tree to escape him, one kept rejecting him, another was actually in love with someone else, a dude he loved fell into inconsolable grief, and he accidentally struck another dude he loved in the head with a discus and killed him. Mythology!
So there you have it. Thats the basic details on where this Ophiuchus thing is coming from. Its not something that Conception just made up for the sake of a final dungeon/boss, it does have basis in history and the constellations.
As for the actual characteristics of Ophiuchus as a Zodiac Sign, Ill leave that to AnAnonymousIdiot. Im only here for the mythology/history aspect. Ill leave the horoscopes to someone that knows about it. The most I know about astrology is which sign I fall under.