Part 14: Episode XIV: In Which We Learn of Elvish Cuisine
Episode XIV: In Which We Learn of Elvish Cuisine
Verse XIII: Release
Whelp, they decided to be dicks and throw yet another aerial mission right after the last one. As you can see, this one has dragons.
Imperial dragons breathe fire like Red. But they're greenish-blue, unlike Red. They also suck.
I'm sick of this chapter enough as it is and we just did an aerial mission, so fuck that noise.
Verse XIV: Found
Despite two aerial stages and ending the previous one clearly right over the damn gaol, Caim and Red are tossed all the fucking way back to the first prison they liberated. Some map designer for this chapter must have blown the game's director or something. That's the only thing I can come up with at this point.
Five minutes of the same bullshit in the same place for the fourth time now...
To actually reach the gaol...again... Caim must dismount his flying dragon to walk through a narrow canyon, since Red cannot fit. Think that one over a few times.
"... Light? What is this voice trying to tell us?"
Maybe she's in a dark cell and the burning corpses of Imperial soldiers are casting a light. They do burn so well. You wouldn't think so what with the whole armor thing going on. But nope, they all go up just like a shrieking, agonized furnace. I find the glow pleasant.
"They do ignite surprisingly well, don't they? Much more so than most humans. I hadn't really thought about it until now."
You burninate well, dragon. I'll give you that.
Just to get this straight... This is the same prison that was blown the fuck up by the water/fire sprites or whatever the fuck earlier, right? Just checking...
They don't really touch much on Drakengard's world religion. There are vague gods which I suppose aren't dicks/don't exist. There's some belief in a hell. And if the three seals are broken and the goddess killed, the world is totally fucked. They sort of focus on that last point. A lot.
There's a new weapon to be obtained and it's one of the "how the fuck would you figure that out" variety. Initially, there are only enemy commander targets surrounding the gaol. After taking out roughly half of them, a new group appears to the east and just sort of hangs out. Now, killing both these groups ends the stage.
(Sorry for the upside down map)
But, in order to get the new weapon, Caim has to travel past the second group of targeted jerks and run into an unmarked cavern behind them. He must then kill this single guy. This unlocks a treasure box with our prize.
Then (without killing everyone and ending the stage) Caim must go back to the gaol and scurry around the same three repeating identical buildings to locate the chest tucked behind a house in a random corner of the area.
THEN he can finally go back and kill everyone to end the stage and thank fuck that was the last main stage of this dreadful chapter.
A Jötunn , anglicized Jotunn or Jotun, pronounced is a giant in Norse mythology, a member of a race of nature spirits with superhuman strength, described as sometimes standing in opposition to the races of the tribes of the Æsir and Vanir, although they frequently mingle with or intermarry with these. Their otherworldly homeland is Jötunheimr, one of the nine worlds of Norse cosmology, separated from Midgard, the world of humans, by high mountains or dense forests. Other place names are also associated with them, including Niflheimr, Utgarðr and Járnviðr. In some legends and myths they are described as having the same height as humans.
I don't know what's going on in this picture, but the dude with the mohawk is fucking pissed.
Still not sure about the "Crimson Hood" part has to do with a big ass axe. Perhaps story time can shed some light on the anomaly.
Moral of the story: Wizards are assholes. Don't fuck with wizards. What were you thinking red crystal on my axe? What were you thinking?
Verse XV: Arioch Lives
Just a quick Event Stage before we're done with this chapter. But, there's yet another weapon.
This one is easy enough to find if you like wandering boring copy and pasted landscape. Just ignore the arrow marker and run straight down the street where Caim begins. They reused the same damn map four times and they stuck two out of three weapons in the entire chapter roughly 20 yards from one another... Oh well..
Running to the identical ruined building a block north triggers the cutscene. Gameplay!
"It will be difficult for you to guess her pact price."
"Very difficult indeed."
"It will remain a mystery to you."
"It is very mysterious."
Umm... Lemme guess... I'm good at this... Err... Her hearing! Yeah! I bet she can't hear. Pointy elf ears an all. She probably just read the old man's lips.
"The human cannot speak, but he deduces it to be her sense of hearing."
"You have guessed...poorly."
"Enough of these games."
"Hold! I've got this one. Let me see... Yes... Yes indeed. I have the answer..."
"How did he...? Why would? We are very puzzled..."
"Puzzled we are."
"How did you...?"
"It's a gift. These old eyes can spot a barren pussy from fifty paces."
"Fear not; they have been evacuated."
"So, there are none here? A pity. They're so sweet..."
"It is good your fondness for children remains intact despite your circumstances."
"So very sweet indeed... Small... Young... And tender. But, there's still plenty of meat on that bone. Now you take one home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato. Baby, you've got a stew going."
Arioch tries to go all Mike Tyson on Caim while he's off guard.
Verdelet steps in with some Dr. Seuss Whoville shit or something.
Which, in Drakengard, is deadly to elves and promptly lights Arioch's head on fire.
"I will take her with me for her own good, as well as for others around her."
"So this is what you call human kindness?"
A bloodthirsty chick just tried to tear my throat out. I think I'm in love.
"I will never understand you humans."
Tell Verdelet to hold up... I've got a better idea. Come here.
"You can't be serious..."
And thus the psychotic child eating elf joined Caim's increasingly non-family friendly merry band.
And we got a new poking stick to go along with it. This was a great cap to an otherwise mediocre chapter.
I'm trying to think of something to say here but then...nobody reads this part do they? Here's your damn story...
Unfortunately that didn't help ward off the other eighteen remaining wolves in the pack. The rest of their livelihood soon fell to the wolves and the village eventually succumbed to starvation during a long, cruel winter. The end.
But wait, there's more!
"Oooh! So the dragon grows strong! And as pact partner you too grow stronger, Caim."*
* Caim does not actually grow any stronger.
Arioch Official "Two in the pink one in the stink" artwork
Arioch Pact Partner(s) Concept Art
Arioch Concept Art
Salamander Concept Art
Undine Concept Art
Arioch's Pact Price Seal
Meeting Arioch Official Art
Arioch's Pact Official Art