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Drakengard 2

by The Dark Id

Part 20: Episode XVIII: In Which I Suffer

Episode XVIII: In Which I Suffer

So, after the District of Hallowed Water's seal is destroyed and Hanch's lies dead, we are unceremoniously dumped back onto the world map. No, the chapter is not over yet despite beating a boss and completing our Manah's goal for the area. But, before we progress let's take care of a few things in this area.

"The goblins come night after night and steal people away into the darkness! What do we do?!"
"Won't the Knights of the Seal do anything to stop them?"
"Those cowards were the first to run away. Some maniac with a dragon assaulted their keep up the mountain and murdered the lieutenant of the district, I hear. They've gone and abandoned us!"
"The knights used to be so dependable under General Oror."
"Yeah, well a dead man ain't too good at leadin' no army, now is he?"
"W...what if it was like an...undead army?"
"What does that have to do with anything?!"
"Well...alls I'm sayin' is I reckon a dead man ought to be helming a zombie army is all."
"What is it with you young folk and the zombie infatuation?! What is so bloody interesting about shambling rotten corpses tooling about?!"
"Well...ya know... It's fun to 'hink about how you'd survive holed up waiting out the undead hordes an' all. Settin' up barricades and keeping supply of rations, keepin' an eye on if anyone has gotten bitten and might turn and all that kinda stuff..."
"Boy, I ate a soddin' boil rat for breakfast and I've saved its smoked tail for lunch! Ya want me to box yer ears for thinking about this foolish nonsense?! Go jerk off to your ghoul buffet fantasies when we ain't racking mud for bugs to eat!"

So, I went and cheated myself a bunch of cash because I am not grinding and relying on handouts from a RNG for money on weapons I am never using acquired some funds to pick-up that pricey weapon we skipped last time while we were in town. Let's take a look.

Drakengard 2 Weapon Stories posted:


There once was a man, strong of limb, who lived in a poor village. A caring fellow, he decided to join the army and earn a better life for his fellow villagers. Grateful for his gesture, they presented him with a silver club before his departure.

To the kind-hearted man, the battlefield was hell itself. Stunned by the gruesome reality of war, he ran away before even swinging his club. Dejected, he returned to the village.

He returned to the village to find it burned down to the ground; his people massacred. Despairing, he cursed the heavens, cursed his weakness, and pleaded with the devil for more strength.

Back on the battlefield, he swung with the blind fury of a wild animal. In the end, he split his own head open with it, and only the cursed club remained.

Description: The devil's club.
Traits: Breaks the enemy's guard.
Magic: Sonic Burst again!

That has to be the lamest ending to a deal with the devil that I have ever heard. Oh well, I think that is...three on the tally of razed villages?

Anyhow, after the filler aerial free expedition mission, we can now go check out the District of Hallowed Water for a brand new weapon. This is...a godawful experience, to say the least...

We begin the mission way back where we started Verse 2 in this chapter. The area now re-populated with Knights of the Seal err...just kind of hanging out in case Nowe and company show up again. Who knows. The point is, the area is infested with 'em. And unlike the rest of Chapter 4, where the massive map was split into easily digested bits, it is now one gigantic gauntlet of a map combining every Ground Mission stage into one endless twisting grind of misery.

Here's a brief break down of what must be slogged through to finish this mission...

Nothing else noteworthy happens beyond that. Not even any in-game chatter outside:
"Hey, it's one of the weapons!"
"Yes, indeed it is a weapon. It looks pretty strong."

Back to town to give this crap to the merchant...

"By the way, what were all of those knights doing in those caverns? I thought the district was lost to them?"
"Somethin' about recovering the bodies of the fallen from that uprising a couple weeks back to give 'em a proper burial or the like. What? Run into any of their lot?"
"...A few."
"Now about these weapons..."
"Huh, so the rumors were true. Hmm...lemme see... Huh... Where'd you get these toys? What is this rubbish?!"
"Ha! I'm just yankin' your chain. Yeah, this is them. Look at the craftsmanship. See how the blade of the sword shines. The balance is perfect. You can feel the power in the hilt. No doubt about it, these are the legendary Weapons of the Seal."
"Neat. Now I think you owe me some information about the masked man."

"The District of Prec-Manah?! Isn't that where you wanted to go next, anyway?!"
"Wait, I ain't done. Like his name suggests, he always wears a strange mask for to hide his face. They say he should be found around the City of Rust. Shouldn't be hard to find. It ought to be on your map. Only city still standing in them parts."
"Do you...know anything else about him...?"
"They say his mask is blackish... Or maybe purple. Or was it dark blue like... Ah, I forget. Well, glad I could help."

"Huh? Don't you want them?"
"I can't insult such fine weapons by selling them in a shop, no, can I? And of course, I can't use 'em."
"I'm sure you'll see why soon enough. Go ahead, take 'em. Shocked ya actually went and found the things. Was just pullin' your chain, again. Gah hah hah!"
"Well, thanks a lot. I guess this wasn't a total waste..."
"Put 'em to good use now. Right, Lady Manah?"
"Yes, thank you."

Drakengard 2 Weapon Stories posted:


A master blacksmith, embittered by the god's maltreatment of the world, vowed to forge a weapon with which to destroy them.

The power of the seal negates the power of the gods, and the seal derives its power from the goddess... So the blacksmith sealed the power of the goddess into his creation.

The goddess lived for her love. She gave her body for the sake of her beloved. She was a fiery goddess.

Sealed inside was the fire, the spirit that nurtures the life of the red earth...

Description: A legendary sword made by a master blacksmith.
Traits: Unlocks an attack with training.
Magic: "Voltaic Tentacles" - A circling ball of lightning sends enemies flying. From electrical penetration into their nether regions.

Drakengard 2 isn't exactly consistent with the translation its predecessor had in regards to some things. Most of the time when you hear "Gods" they mean "Watchers/Doom Space Babies".

Drakengard 2 Weapon Stories posted:


A master blacksmith, embittered by the god's maltreatment of the world, vowed to forge a weapon with which to destroy them.

The power of the seal negates the power of the gods, and the seal derives its power from the goddess... So the blacksmith sealed the power of the goddess into his creation.

She was a goddess who lived for her depraved love, and was fated to die for it. She was a noble goddess.

Sealed inside was water, the power to make life.

Description: A legendary staff made by a master blacksmith.
Traits: Possesses powerful magic. Training is rewarded with new attacks.
Magic: "Freeze Claw" Giant icicles rain down upon enemies. Ice puns soon follow. Chill out.

So how long until we get Furiae's Dagger of Incestuous Lust?

Anyway... Hey, we got two legendary weapons for that utterly pointless side trip. Surely, it wasn't all a waste of everyone's time, right? Hmm...let's see their stats...

...Why do they have the worst stats in the game?! Wha...? They're gimmick weapons? Like the Wooden Sword in Ninja Gaiden? They turn great after grinding for like 2-3 hours. Each? Oh...that's great...that's just... MOTHERF-

Wha?! Was that another one? The fuck is going on out there...? Eh? You doing alright, dragon? You're breathing kinda funny..."

Yeah, I see you dragon. You're kinda hard to miss. Even with the missing eye... Take it easy, eh?

Yeah... Soon... Listen, Angelus. I'm gonna take off for a while.
I think it's time for round two of killin' time... I think... Right? Is it in the script this chapter? Huh... It is?

Verse 9 Cutscenes

Old Friends Again
(Probably worth watching)

Villager Concept Sketches - The most useless of sketches.