The Let's Play Archive

Dragon Warrior VII

by MaskedHuzzah

Part 65: Post 57: In which we discover that there is a small world after all, and a party member is quite insulting.

Post 57: In which we discover that there is a small world after all, and a party member is quite insulting.

Let's swing by Dharma for a moment before moving on, shall we? There's something I want to do...

Yes... yes I do.
...What? Why?
You'll see... you'll all see. But I wonder if anything is going on downstairs.

Right! Right!
(Head Priest) You can't leave while monsters are running loose outside!
Well, then, go out and get rid of the monsters already!
Right! Right!
(Head Priest) If you don't want to die, you'd better not leave the Temple! The monsters would overwhelm you in an instant! I won't stop you, but you'd better be prepared... (He walks off)
Hey, wait! I can't stand this place anymore!
Exactly! Running away is for cowards!
I know it won't do any good to bother the Priest, but I'd go mad if I didn't say anything!

here. Of course, the Spirits' true power only when all four are alive. I can only hope they're all gathered here soon!
Oh yeah! I should get back on that. On to the wind gate.

This was the Fane near Gorges, wasn't it? It's been a while since we were here last.

Do you have any idea what happened to the sky? The change was almost instant.
What? What is that?

Just another common enemy swoopin' on down to terrorize the populace... with limited success.

Mmm... I think I'm okay. Thanks. I nearly got killed out there. I've never seen monsters around here before. Could the dark sky have been a sign of their arrival? So, what's going to happen to the world now?
That was amazing! You're so strong! I didn't know there was anybody like you left!
'The trees forgot the whisper of the wind, and the dark cloud seeped the color from the sky!' That's from a poem passed down throughout our people's literary history. I hate the idea, but maybe it was prophesying what's going on now.
Restoring the great Firia to perfection will awaken the sleeping Spirit. This is another legend of the great Firia. But 'perfection'... What's missing from her now?
I can't see anything wrong with her... I wonder what needs to be done?

These writings Firia left us may hold the key to this entire predicament. 'Guided by the voice from heaven, climb the rock that towers above the southern lands. At the peak of the rock is the holy altar?' That's what it says, anyway.
Right! And I believe that the tower to the south is the Wind Tower.
In other words, the Wind Altar is on top of the Wind Tower.
That's got to be it!
Hold on! I don't have any proof to back that up.
I'm not making this speech without good reason! This is an emergency! There's no time to prove everything I say! As long as the potential for survival exists, we must quickly settle upon a course of action.
That is true, but we can't forget about the monsters. Who could we possibly ask to go into the Wind Tower?
No one! That's the problem! It would help greatly if I could tell this to the Pendragon.
I'll take the case! To Gorges!

The General seems to be an advanced Dumbira who got in shape then grew an awesome beard. Similar attacks, overall statistics, etc. And if you don't know what a zombie is, then you need to be given a good shaking.

I'm going to bring the Pendragon. Stay where you are.

all this. I expect some of you are surprised to see me like this. But before I explain, I see some new faces here. Can I have your names? I am Sefana. Welcome, and thank you for your presence here. I am Sefana, the Pendragon of the Lefa tribe. As you well know, our peaceful land is being slowly taken over by vile monsters, and the sky has grown dark and hideous. I do not know the cause of this, but I am worried. It would pain me deeply to lose even one of my subjects to this scourge. I implore you, stay in the valley until some sense of order returns to this chaos. I am going to find out what caused these events, and I will do everything I can to protect you. For two months now, I had hidden myself away. My body, as you can see, has grown wings. During my seclusion, I tried to figure out what caused this change. I believe it is connected in some way to the malady we currently face. I ask anyone who has confidence in their skill as a warrior to please present themselves to me. That is all. May the divine protection of Firia shine upon you, and give you peace. (Sefana returns to her home, and the crowd disperses.)
Hey, are you guys confident of your skills as warriors?
I mastered the Warrior class.
So did I!
I didn't but I'll bet I can kick their asses, even though I'm a FloraJay.
Then I suppose we'll take her up on her request - it's not like anyone else can do it.

(Sefana) come, but I'm afraid you're here at somewhat of a bad time. What is it that brings you here? Have you come to lend me your power as a fighter?
Wait, you said you wanted warriors outside! Lemme check again... I'm a master Fighter.
Me too!
Still a FloraJay.
Yes, we can lend our power as Fighters, and to a lesser extent, FloraJays.
(Sefana) All of you? Oh, thank you! I am truly grateful. In that case, then let me explain the situation to you. I wish to go to the Wind Tower southeast of this valley. What's in there? Well, to tell the truth, I'm not sure myself, but ever since I got these wings, I've had this feeling that someone's calling me from the tower.
What a coincidence! We were going to tell you that there's a Wind Altar at the Wind Tower
(Sefana)What's that? The researchers at the Fane say there's some sort of Wind Altar? Let's investigate it further. That's why I would like you to serve as my guard on they way to the Tower. Can you do that for me?
Wow, the townspeople are trying to do whatever they can for once.
It's refreshing, really.
(Sefana) Thank you, travelers. Shall we go, then?
Let's roll.
(Sefana) All right. Let us be off to the Wind Tower. The Wind Tower is southeast after leaving this valley.

(Sefana) That's right. Please let us go.
Well, I know I can't stop you, but please be careful! If we lose you, we're all done for.
(Sefana) Don't worry. We'll be careful. All right. Let's go.

Yes we would.
Until I get the Pendragon's authorization, I can't let anyone in.
(Sefana) It is me, Pendragon Sefana.
Pendragon? It can't be!
(Sefana) Well, I cannot blame you. Nor, I'm afraid, can I explain my current appearance or my intentions in climbing the tower. There's no time now, but I assure you I am the real Pendragon. Please, soldier, give way for us.
Oh, dear, it really is the Pendragon! I'm sorry, my liege! Please, please go in!
(Sefana) Come on, Link! Let's hurry!

The NumbSlimes are badly named - they were cooler when they were Man O'Wars in the earlier Dragon Warrior games. Sure, they're a re-color of the healer, but the name just sounds silly. But you need to kill 'em quick, because their attacks can paralyze party members.

This place looks more like a cave than a tower - natural rock, odd room placement, and so on.

Evidently, this statue is entirely without significance. Weird. Well, I think there's only the roof above us now.

(Sefana) Is this the Wind Altar? I've heard so much about it.
What should we do here?
What do you think that hole in the middle of the room is for?

(Sefana) Maybe we can climb higher by riding on the wind, just as the Lefans once traveled.
Pardon me if I'm being rude, Sefana, but have you ever tried using thos wings?
(Sefana) I tried flying a few times after my wings sprouted, but I couldn't quite get the hang of it. Wait... I can hear a voice coming from somewhere! Who's there? Who's calling my name? Link! Can't you hear the voice? It's so gentle. I feel like I've heard it before.
I think I can hear it... but where do I know it from... it's familiar.
Sefana, can you hear my voice?
(Sefana) Could it be?
You must fly, Sefana. Let your heart soar in the wind, and you will recover the robe lost for all these years. Our protector must be awoken!
(Sefana) The WindRobe! That will awaken the Wind Spirit!
Link, do you recognize me? It's been such a long time! I'm all grown up now. After you left, I started to study the world. I found out where you're from, what you're looking for, and why I was born without wings. My wings were to be the last pair given to the Lefa tribe. And I, as their bearer, am destined to assist you in your journey. And now Link, it is time for you to save the world. Please, protect my children. (Firia fades away...)
(Sefana) No! We don't have the time to think about it. Link, hang on to me and don't let go!
We're holding on!
(Sefana) Wings of Lefa, give me flight beyond all flight!

(Sefana) We were just following the wind!
Well... this is unique. It's a small, flying... island? But there is gravity on each face, so I can walk from one to another safely.

And it appears to be inhabited! Let's talk to some people, shall we?

from the Wind Spirit. Unfortunately, it was stolen long ago by a monster. We haven't seen it since. That's all I know about it, but perhaps the Pendragon knows more. Try talking to her. I'm sure she'd want your advice.
(Sefana) Wait, what?
This seems... odd.

below, aren't you? This village is the origin of the Lefa tribe. It has been quite a while since we've had visitors. I bet the people down there don't even remember our history. Am I right?
Not even a little, it seems.
The Lefa tribe was born here, but sadly, divided into two sects. Those who remained here preserved our tradition, while the rest chose to explore the ground. After the schism, the Wind Spirit gave each sect a gift. We above received the WindRobes, those below received the Statue. When they are put together, the Spirit will awaken and lend us her strength in our time of need. When I heard the lower tribe lost their wings, I thought the Spirit would never reawaken, but I'm overjoyed to know that I was wrong. Maybe I was a fool for taking everything that Pendragon said at face value.

What? Am I all right? I think so. Sigh... This room was so messy, so I started cleaning it. I guess the smell made me faint halfway through. What? You want to tell me something? Well, I'd like to get this room clean first. It'd sure be nice if I had someone to help me out.
Well, this is the third least dignified "quest" I've ever done.
What were the first two?
Bringing my dad his lunch, on two separate occasions. And why do you guys keep following me around as I do this? Why don't you help pick up, instead?
Stop whining and clean!

so much! I forgot to tell you, but I'm the village Pendragon. You're from down below, aren't you? You must have traveled a long way to come here. What do you need? The WindRobes? As much as I'd like to give it to you, I cannot. Sadly, it was stolen long ago by the monsters who inhabit the WindRobe. Our ancestors were too weak to fight them, so they locked the door instead. The monsters were trapped inside. You look strong enough to go in. I'll give you the SealKey. If you can retreive the Robe, you deserve to have it! That SealKey opens the shrine door that leads to the maze. Let me know if you manage to come back alive. The WindRobe is teeming with monsters! You'd best be careful in there!
Wait, the robe *itself* is teeming with monsters? That might be a bit to deal with, but I think we can take it.
(Pendragon) Oh! That's right! Wait just a second! I'd forgotten about this. Go ahead, take it. (Link received the Halo Orb!) Using the Halo Orb, you can go between here and the lower world in a flash! Use it in the Lefan plains to warp back up here. Well anyway, sorry to keep you for so long. Good luck!

This dungeon is all on the surface, and you move around just like you did on the... "island". But those little pads are teleporters, so you know what that means... a teleporter dungeon!

Unfortunately, while this is some of the best dungeon design in the game, it's almost impossible to capture in screenshot form.

Humans, in a place like this. That must mean I can finally escape. What? My robe? Don't make me laugh! Surely you must be joking! I would never give up my most precious possession! Hmm. Oh, I know! How about I eat you up instead?

Sadly, the original pic for the Nengal fight is MIA. Here is a picture of the monster:

Nengal here is big, fat, and obnoxious. He does lots of strong physical attacks, and has spectacular HP. He loves using SwordDance which does moderate damage to the entire party, but occasionally just performs an EvilSlash which one-shotted Gabo at one point.

Go on, take the WindRobe! I don't care anymore. Sniff... Waaaaaaaaahhh! (He expires. Link obtained the WindRobes.)
Let's talk to the local Pendragon again, shall we?

(Pendragon) What? Am I all right? I think so. Oh! You've made it back! I thought you'd come back soon, so I started cleaning up. I started to get quite light-headed, though. Oh, well... I see you have the Robe! Did you beat the monsters in the WindRobe?
Seriously, they weren't in the robe... except maybe the fat guy. I think he was wearing it.
Except while fighting us... (shudder).
(Pendragon) Well, thank you! They've been a thorn in our side for years! You've done so splendidly! I wish I could give you something else, but I can't with the room in this state. Such a shame. If I only had this place cleaned up, I could give it to you, too.
So now, we're cleaning again? This had better be worth it.
(Pendragon) Oh, my! The room's sparkling clean! Thank you so much! Oh, right. I've been meaning to give this to you. (Link received the WindHat!) If the Wind Spirit awakens, be sure to give her my regards. Huh? Why don't I want to meet her myself? Well, to be honest, I don't get along with her too well. She's too stubborn for me. Anyway, enough of this talk! You'll need to hurry! Help our friends below!
Oooh! What a nifty hat! It casts Return whenever used, though that's not working at the moment. Ahhh... that's what's been missing from the statue. We couldn't know because it wasn't there!
I think he means that we need to put the robe on the statue.

(Sefana) If I showed up like this, people at the fane would be shocked. I'll hide my wings until we awaken the Wind Spirit.
Don't bother - nobody's going to notice.

(Sefana) You... You... You're the Wind Spirit, aren't you?
Huh? Wind Spirit? Yeah, that's me. Oh, so you're the ones that woke me up?
(Sefana) O great Wind Spirit, the people of this land want only to live in peace. I beg of you! Please save this land! Save our world!
Oh boy, oh boy. That's bad news for you guys! What if I refuse, huh? Would I be a bad girl, then?
(Sefana) ... Won't you please accept our wish?
Oh, no, no, no. That's not what I meant... Right. I'll do it, but you've got to promise me one thing...
(Sefana) Yes! If there's anything we can do, we'll try our very best!
You'll give me a five-year supply of cute guys.
(Sefana) Um... I'm sorry, but could you say that one more time?
I said, five years worth of nothing but able-bodied, attractive men! I get tired of things easily, especially men. If you can't promise me that, I'm sorry, but I can't do much for you. I'm not the only Spirit around, you know. If you can't cut it with me, go ask one of the others.
Well, the others can't do it without you - God totally freaked out and has banished most of the world. You're kinda the last Spirit we need on board. The Flame Spirit said you were cool!
What? The Flame Spirit told you to wake everyone up? Why didn't you tell me? There must be some kind of huge trouble! All right, all right, I'll give you kids a hand. It looks like you could use this. (Link received the WindCharm!) When you need my help, use that amulet and I'll be at your service. It's like you'll have your own little slave girl at your beck and call! Ha ha ha! So I just head over to the Dharma Temple, right? All right then. I'll see you around. If something comes up, just call me with the amulet. I'll be waiting with bated breath. Especially for you, Gabo! Grrowwll! Hee hee!
(Sefana) O great Wind Spirit, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
That was the Wind Spirit? More like a tornado... Oh, I mean 'slut'.

This sequence is straight from the game, folks - not me this time.

Game time: 295:47

TinyMedal Count: 82

New Items: MiracleSword, AGLSeed x 2, DEFSeed,

New Monsters:

Level: 37-38
Class Titles: ArchMage, Master, Admiral, BigBoss, General, TruTalent, Sea Dog, SheepLord, BeastLord, Faust, Chosen One, HiPriest, Martyr, Avenger, Demigod, Jiggly,

Class Titles: KingSlime, WyvernNite, HellShell, SheepLord, Novice(Thief), Marcolara, Phoenix, Armageddon, EvilDead, Sexy, Pandora, BigDummy, ThorRat, GoldGolem, Drakon, SoulEater, Leviathan, Machinoid, WellDone, FlyTrap,

Level: 32-33
Class Titles: TruTalent, General, Master, HiPriest, Martyr

Level: 33-34
Class Titles: Master, TruTalent, HiPriest, Novice (Thief), Martyr, Minstrel, Fool, Icon, ArchMage, Prophet, Ragnarok, General, Ronin:
New Skills: 2EdgeHit

Class Titles: Minstrel, TruTalent, Fool, Icon, Archmage, HighPriest, Prophet, Ragnarok