Part 52: They see me walk; They hear me talk; I make them feel; Like theyre on Cloud NineUpdate XVI: They see me walk; They hear me talk; I make them feel; Like theyre on Cloud Nine
Song Title Reference: Sexy Boy By Shawn Michaels
This update is short. Very short. I basically only have a boss fight to show you as far as main content goes. The rest will be something a little bit different.
The Summer Labyrinth is complete, which means were moving on to Autumn. First up is Scorpio.
Its definitely not as fancy to look at compared to Virgo. It has the colour scheme of Reone and some of the columns have that headlamp/doctor thing that that Reone wears on her head, but thats it. The columns have a black chain hanging from them for some reason. Not sure what the connection is to Reone there.
The enemies are largely made up of the Rhino/Warthog looking types, as well as the usual Bootes variants. Other than that, Aquila types show up on some earlier floors and those ghost/skeleton looking dudes will pop up occasionally on later floors. Those floating elemental skull enemies tend to act as backup for everyone else, but they dont seem to roam around on their own.
The difficulty level has not caught up to our Star Children, so I mostly avoided fights. Were stomping everything that shows up, largely thanks to Chain skills that everyone has. Heres the current flow to every battle:
Itsuki uses Blitz Blow to boost the CD gauge.
Team FlyingNeoRaiPol Team B, lets just stick with Team B. Team B usually gets the next turn, in which they hit with Gran Chain to boost the CD gauge more (targeting a different enemy than Itsuki did).
At this point I either mash the physical attack button until all the enemies are dead, which they always are before the Chain wears off. Or, if Im especially bored, I have Team A(wful) MECUNITE and just dust everything at once.
Its all about whether or not I want to bother getting any more bonus Exp. I probably should not bother getting any more bonus Exp.
The only thing to happen in terms of equipment upgrades is that Mokino gets a Light Ninja Garb, which is ever so slightly better than the Wind Clothes+ he had been using.
Most of the other equipment pickups in this dungeon are specifically for Sorcerers, Clerics, and Grapplers (of which we have none on the team). We snagged various types of Claw weapons, but none of those were better than the Storm/Death Talons that our Ninjas already have.
Lets just end it. Im not even sure why Im trying to drag this out.
Its a big-ass scorpion. I think this is tied with Cancer as being the most obvious boss design, although I dont think weve seen Pisces yet.
Oh, you poor bastard.
We all know how this is going to go down. Dark offence element might be fairly effective against our teams, but Dark defence doesnt stand a chance.
In case you end up fighting Criminatores without the use of devastating Light magic, like we have, then heres a look at its stat sheet. The stats are pretty evenly spread out, except for the noticeable spike in physical defence. If you have been relying on physically oriented teams, then this is probably not going to go well for you. As Mana said, Criminatores is able to cause Poison, so even if you have great defence, you wont really have the time to spend chipping away at the boss little by little. This is not the time for a turtle strategy.
Also there are two Crater D enemies here. As usual, deal with them first. Dark enemies are not ones that you want hovering around. Well, unless every one of your teams has Light element defence I guess. Even then, they will still probably be a danger to Itsuki, so its best to just clear them out.
Criminatores attack is decent. It doesnt look like much in this screenshot, but thats because Team A(wful) has Light element as their defence. Team C gets hit later on and takes about 2100, which is still not something to worry about, but it is slightly more dangerous at least.
Unfortunately for Criminatores, its dungeon didnt come along until after we formed the final teams for the game. Dark Element used to be scary, but now everybody has the Photon Driver team skill, sooo
We get some experience, some of the Star Children snag a level and break into the 50s, and we also score 2 Knowledge Fruits (which I actually give to Isabel because Itsuki doesnt really use Magic).
Then we seal the big screw in the ground and go home.
So, what now? Well first of all Ill mention that those exclamation points you see in the screenshot are all a load of nothing worth talking about. Day Camp is just informing me that some Star Children I dropped off ages ago have finished their training regime. The Tavern is for turning in that boss we just killed. Finally, the shop just updated their selection with shit thats been outdated since 2 dungeons ago instead of 3.
Ive shown off just about everything I can think of in terms of random side content. Everything that would be slightly interesting to see anyway. The only thing of substance I could do is show off some generic Maiden events, but weve been through enough events lately as it is.
That said, I do want to use this opportunity to show off Alfies generic bonding events. Alfie was left out of all the side events in this game, because her inclusion seems to have been done as cheaply as possible. The developers were nice enough to throw her a few generic bonding events though (probably because they had to have something to show when the player selected her at the Academy and her route wasnt ready to move forward yet).
So lets have a look at Alfies three generic events, because Alfie fans deserve at least something after being left out in the cold during the Autumn Festival, and Flower Viewing, and Beach, and Starmas, and also the final side-events update that will be happening in the future.
I should note that Beyond the Goodbyes isnt actually a generic event. Beyond the Goodbyes is the event that plays after Alfie dies. Its the one where Itsuki goes to the church and prays to her Matryoshka, which has to be seen 3 times in order to revive her.
Generic Alfie Event 1: For Tomorrow
Also, because these are generic events, youll notice that Alfie is wearing earrings. Gift Accessories are only worn by the Star Maidens during generic events.
All right! Now cool down and stretch! Relax your body while you rest!
Looks like Alfie is as stern as always.
Oh, Itsuki. Hello there! The Star Children are all in tip-top condition!
Good for them! You did tell them that I wont actually be needing any of them anymore, right? There are no more openings on the dungeon express for the rest of this game. I just want to be clear on that.
Are you always this hard on them during training?
Oh, well I guess I should have expected that from you. Well, as long as theres love and passion in it then I guess I should tell you to make sure you keep it up.
Yes! I intend to! Its easy to spoil the Star Children, but that wouldnt be to their benefit. I hope that, even if it [sic] is tougher for them now, they can grow to learn and build confidence. Thats all I think about when I train them!
Good thing Alfie is handling this. Itsuki seems like the type that would cave immediately if the Star Children looked at him with big ol puppy dog eyes. Hed spoil the shit out of them.
Right Sorry I interrupted you, Alfie. Youre a lot better at this than I would ever be. You take so much into consideration when training them.
Just well, promise not to overdo it. Okay?
Hehe, thanks. I feel much better just hearing that! Oh, thats right
I was on my way to get some disinfectant, so I have to get going now! Ill see you later!
*And Alfie darts off to go fix a boo-boo*
Shes really serious about her job I feel like she might be overworking herself sometimes, though. Ill have to keep an eye on her.
Generic Alfie Event 2: Heart-Throbbing Questions
Exposing everything we hold inside is said to lead to friendship and love
Hey, Alfie. Are you taking your break?
Oh, Itsuki! I actually wanted to talk to you about something.
Phrasing kind of.
Uhhh . W-What are we talking about exactly? What do you mean by expose?
U-Um That would be our more shameful parts
Ill answer with full honesty! This is to deepen our bond!
Oh oh! Thats what you meant! The way you said that was really making me nervous. Well, if thats all you mean, then let me think
Weve got three options, none of which stand out as being obviously good. How old are you? and How big are your boobs? are never good questions to ask a lady.
However, I believe the worst option here is actually Nothing comes to mind. Alfie doesnt like us trying to dodge her like that. The neutral answer is Whats your bust size?, to which Alfie just answers that she doesnt know, but she could probably get Reone/Mirei to check for her. Itsuki then backs off on the question because hes a shy boy (sometimes).
Well how about your age? How old are you, exactly?
Yup! People shape their hopes and dreams at that age!
Do they? I dont remember a lot from when I was 16, but Im pretty damn sure I wasnt shaping my hopes and dreams. Pretty sure I was busy being an emo teen that was counting the days until graduation so I could be free of the waking nightmare that was High School.
But you said that you were created 30 years ago. You have to be at least that old.
It sounds like something an idol from Sora would say.
They do say that! Usually when they are hitting 20 and realizing that their expiry date is one or two years away, but they still have that faint hope that their fans wont abandon them for younger girls. This quickly gives way to melancholic acceptance and an attempt to spin off into a new career while theyve still got some popularity to leverage.
I need to stop doing that.
Whew Is this how were supposed to deepen our bonds? How do you do it with the other Star Maidens?
Ill be honest, its not much different than this. We mostly just talk.
I see So communicating is whats important.
What do you mean?
Oh, its nothing. Just talking to myself. Oh, I have to resume training. I hope we can chat again soon, Itsuki.
Listen, Im sure it must be hard to balance being a Star Maiden with being the Star Childrens trainer, but just know that Im here to support you.
I never thought it was all that tough, you know?
Honestly, it really doesnt sound all that tough. The trainer part is probably the most difficult part. The Star Maidens dont seem to do anything in terms of Star Maiden duties other than hang around Itsuki and occasionally go to a class where Narc lectures them about random topics that dont have any real bearing on their lives (Seriously, Narc. What the fuck good is it to teach them about different Impurities? They cant fight the damn things!).
All right! Ill work hard during training! If youll excuse me!
*Alfie heads out*
One last generic event left. Time for Against the wall!
Generic Alfie Event 3: Against the Wall!
Speaking of, I wonder what type of romance dramas are popular on Sora.
Not sure. Western drama tends to just mix romance in as a side-piece to whatever inane bullshit they came up with for their main premise. Usually hospitals for some reason. Although I guess thats what Romance Dramas technically are when you get right down to it
I know Korean Dramas are pretty big right now, although hell if I know what the most popular ones are. Romance-Drama isn't really my bag.
That doesnt count! It was $2 and I was just grabbing whatever PSP games were left! Also the stuff in my Steam library doesnt count those were from Humble Bundles.
Whats wrong, Alfie?
Oh, Itsuki! You came at the right time. Theres something I wanted to ask you.
I only watched the dramas from 30 years ago, so Ive been wondering about any newer ones.
Im not the person to ask about that. I dont really follow them. I heard that the wall-pounding thing was really popular for a while, though.
No, but that sounds pretty cool.
No, thats not what I meant. How do I explain this I think it was something where the guy backs the girl against a wall and mumbles sweet nothings to her or something like that.
Its called 壁ドン (Kabe-don). Normally it just refers to banging on the wall to get people to shut up, but its also become a thing in the romance genre. Its that thing where a girl (or guy) has their back against the wall and a guy (or girl) slams their palm/fist into the wall next to them. Its normally an aggressively/very forward romantic thing, although sometimes its done out of legit anger/as a threat.
Dont ask how I know that. Its not important.
Sweet nothings Im definitely interested! Itsuki, if you dont mind, can you do that with me?
I guess I can. Theres no wall nearby, though. If thats fine, then try coming a little closer to me.
Y-Yes, of course!
*Alfie moves in a little closer which requires a fade to black transition for some reason*
Okay um what exactly am I supposed to say, though?
This took me a multiple attempts. All of these choices are basically the same, so I had no idea which one was the best choice. Its actually You only have eyes for me!
You only have eyes for me!
Alfie is in to that. If youre curious, You cant get away from me! (Neutral) just has Alfie say Sure, I mean I dont have any intention of running anyway. Let me kiss you. (also Neutral) has her respond by freaking out a little because its so sudden, but then quickly going B-But maybe if we were in another place
W-Wow I couldnt help but say that Huff Huff So this is what the latest romance dramas are all about Theyre so much more powerful
Part of me worries about how easy that was with you
*Another fade to black transition. Probably to shift Alfie further back*
Was that actually helpful?
Yes! I think I understand what this wall pounding thing is now. Ill do it to you this time, Itsuki!
Me? Im pretty sure its usually a guy that does it to the girl, not the other way around
It happens. More than you think.
Theres always a first time for everything! Okay, Itsuki. Look straight into my eyes!
And you ?
Why are you talking that way?
4/10. Too robotic. Not enough passion. Points for the blatant I love you and the stern expression though.
A-Ahhhhhh! Itsuki just stared at me blankly! I shouldnt have done this!
*And Alfie bolts*
I didnt think shed be that forward. That kind of surprised me.
And thats all. Yes, Alfie only has those 3 generic events. The plus side to having so few is that it is easier to give her gifts compared to the other Star Maidens. The other Star Maidens have generic events that dont give you the option of giving a gift, so it can sometimes take multiple tries. Alfie has a 2/3 chance of the event being gift capable.
Next time yes, its the anime again. I have to find some time to watch the next 3 episodes. The whole social distancing thing has given me lots of free time, but its also happening right at the end of the semester when a bunch of stuff needs to be turned in. Fun times.