Part 39: Post 33: In which we rescue Loomin from the depradations it suffers.
Post 33: In which we rescue Loomin from the depradations it suffers.
Okay, we're taking the upper right pedestal in the Fire Room! Let's see what's in there.
Okay, this island is pretty small, there's a hill, and ooh! A town!
Soorek! Who are you? Where did you come from? This place is sealed! No one may enter! You look suspicious to me. I'm going to report you to Borunga! Don't move!
Kreee! What are you doing? I'm going to wipe the floor with the human's innards! We may even get a reward from Borunga if we play our cards right!
Ah, yes. I am in need of a little exercise.
Anyway, human. Forgive me, but it is now necessary that I separate your vertebrae from your chewy flesh.
Two attacks later...
And they fly off. Let's get the word from the people.
It looks like you've gotten involved with the monsters. I advise you to flee quickly before their leader finds you.
Hey, have you been in this town before? You look familiar, but I don't remember you. Hmm. Never mind. Hey! If you don't fix something to eat soon, I'm going to eat you instead!
I can't believe it. Every day, it's the same thing. I must prepare food for the monsters. Even worse, I have to use my beautiful pots and pans to cook them their spiders and lizards! Whew! If this is how things are going to be, maybe getting eaten by the HellVine wouldn't be so bad.
(Torii) One day, I was pursued by a terrible monster called a HellVine and fled to this town to escape it. Just when I thought I was safe, the town fell under this endless night. I tell you, I must truly be the unluckiest man in the world!
It looks like the Demon Lord has begun to extend his foul influence over the world.
Welcome, stranger. I wish I could sell you some weapons, but everyone in town is being watched. Look behind me. I can't talk very loud, so listen carefully. This place is crawling with monsters, so watch your step. More importantly, don't go near the large house at the end of town. That's where their leader is.
Screeech! I've never seen you around here before. You look a little suspicious to me.
Another brief smackdown later.
Wow, I'm impressed! Such bone-crushing strength! You shouldn't be so eager to flex your muscles around here, though. It's best to keep a low profile. You can't get out of here anyway, so your best bet is to just sit tight. If you see anything you'd like to have, feel free to take it. There's no one else around here to sell weapons to, anyway.
Sigh... I wish the darkness would have beset the town sooner. If it had, my father wouldn't have lost his life to the HellVine. I can at least take solace in the fact that it, too, has returned to the earth from whence it came.
I wonder what's happening to my house... It's the big one on the other side of the wall. Monsters have taken up residence there. You know what else? Their leader is in there, too! Their leader! All I can do is watch and worry about it from the outside.
How did you manage to get to this city? Ah, never mind. With the city in such a state, trouble seems to have found us all. Climb into this well before the monsters find you. Hurry!
When the DarkDraco flapped its wings, a curtain of black enveloped the sky, and the town was covered in darkness. Then the DarkDraco landed upon the tower that the monsters built in the west. It perches there even now. We are helpless before it.
This is Loomin, the city without light. How long has it been since the veil of darkness covered us? It probably doesn't even matter. We are a people without a future.
tower to the west of this town?
There's a tower? AWESOME!
I built...cough! Monsters built this wonderful tower. I heard that it took only three days and nights to build. There's no way for humans to do something like that. It's amazing! (The Old Man turns into a Pigmon)
Hee hee hee! You thought I was a human, didn't you! Our boss, Borunga, has a room above here. If you want to go upstairs, you're going to have to go through me first! Hee hee!
It's funny how you think you matter.
(Borunga) Hey! Wash my back for me now, will you? Huh? Who the hell are you? From the way you're dressed, I'd wager you're not from around here. No ordinary human could find his way through that veil of darkness. It's best, then, to take precautions now against any future interloping. I, Borunga, will... Ahhh-choooi! Urrr. Damn! I've caught a chill after my bath! Now you've done it! I'm going to start with your toes, finely slicing your flesh into ribbons. Then, I'll wear your entrails as a bathrobe.
this one before we can get into the Tower of Darkness.
Hmph. This is one of those times when you can't let down your guard just because you're tough.
All right! This will be a nice little workout before I eat!
It's a giant moose-man carrying a flail. A giant moose-man, carrying a flail. A GIANT MOOSE-MAN, CARRYING A FUCKING FLAIL. WHAT THE FUCK?
(Borunga) underestimated these humans. But know that my defeat will change nothing. You must slay the DarkDraco that resides in the tower, or you will remain forever trapped in darkness! Ah hah hah hah! Urghhh!
We've got trouble! Borunga's been hit! It is better to retreat for now. Pull back to the Tower of Darkness! Screeech!
Wait for me! Screeech!
Well, then let's go beat up a DarkDraco!
ran right over. Did you fend them off for us?
Well, I'm more of a monster-defeating enthusiast, so while I didn't do it *for you* per se, I did do it.
Words cannot express my appreciation. Now I can go home and live in peace again. It's a dream come true.
are? You have no chance to get through here.
Don't. Even. Try.
They look unhappy for some reason, and the way they're holding those axes is kinda awkward.
He's been out of control ever since Borunga was killed!
This is awful! If it goes on a rampage, the whole continent will be blown away!
Scree! This isn't funny! We're in danger too!
You!? You've made it this far?
What bad timing!
We can try to get on the good side of the DarkDraco later! We'll have to deal with these guys first.
GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY WAY! WE'VE GOT SHIT TO DO! WHY DO YOU EVEN BOTHER WITH ATTACKING!
I suppose you're fellow travelers, too. Well, I give up, DarkDraco. Rampage to your heart's content. Go on, blow away the entire continent! Screee!
The DarkDraco took the light from the human world. Whatever else happens, Link, the light shall not return to the town unless we finish him!
Gulp. This isn't the DarkDraco, is it?
The DarkDraco fights hard, but not smart. He hits pretty hard, but only usually only one person at a time. He also has great HP and defense, and does occasionally bust out a Scorching Breath which deals about 90 damage to everybody. On the other hand, Maribel and Melvin can each heal everybody the same amount for free. So, very soon...
Good, everything should be hunky-dory now. Let's check the town again.
Dragon Warrior 7 posted:
The seal was broken, and the door of darkness vanished as well. The entire area began to brighten!
The sun is so blinding, I've got tears in my eyes.
I'm so happy, my eyes and nose are gushing! Ah ha ha! I didn't know that the light of the sun was this warm!
It's so wonderful to be alive and facing the light of day once again! This means that things have finally returned to normal. I'm glad I lived to see the day.
It's so good to see you! Thanks to you, I was able to return to my home. Is that Bombcrag still there? He seems to have made a home out of my first floor. The loud noises it makes are so unnerving.
Dragon Warrior 7 posted:
BombCrag is sleeping. It seems to be talking in its sleep.
When the HellVine was still around, I resented the sun and didn't want any light at all. However, now that I feel so grateful for its return, I'm ashamed of my selfishness.
Now that everything's fixed, and so quickly too! Let's see what's going in the Loomin of the present!
Let's check out that village, first.
band of traveling fighters, aren't you?
That's us to a T.
Oh! So you've been fighting with monsters, yes?
Well, we're not allowed to fight with people.
Excellent! I've finally found the people I've been waiting for! Assistant! Give these people what I was talking about earlier!
(Assistant) Yes, sir! (Link obtained a bag of food!)
That BeefJerky lets you tame almost any monster you run into. It's powerful stuff! Just one whiff of it turns them into little puppy dogs. Of course, it works best if you use it after the battle is over. I developed it after years of research, so try using it as much as you can! This is all yours. What? Do I want anything from you? Of couse not! Well, now that you mention it... I only ask that you lend a little help, so that I may fulfill my dream. My dream is to build a Monster Park, right here! So if you tame any monsters after a battle, could you send them here? Please, help me make my dream come true!
Sure! It's something to do as I beat up the many monsters I fight on a daily basis.
(Assistant) I heard the Professor's ancestors could actually communicate with monsters. That's why they ended up being drummed out of town. I wonder if that's true.
Now over to Loomin!
Look, Link! The town is totally devastated! Who could have done such a horrible thing? I'm not going to let him get away with it!
What on earth is going on? I thought we saved this town! Let's go back to the past and see if Loomin needs our help again.
I don't believe it! What is happening? After defeating the DarkDraco, how could this happen? Master Link, it appears something must have happened in the past after we aided the town. It would be wise for us to investigate further.
Well, fuck. Loomin has still failed. We've got to go back and fix it again, it seems.
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