Part 21: Stratum 3: Anathema Part 1Beware the fallen angels and their terrible leader, who seek to lure the faithful into the darkness! Only the light of faith can shine through their lies!
- excerpt, Valdian scripture
We encountered a third huge gate deep within Besek. I started to feel strange as we approached the area.
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I dont feel right
Are you okay? You dont need to keep pushing yourself so hard
I dont remember anything of what happened next.
Reyna, get back!
Somethings not right. I think she might be under some sort of spell.
What!? I thought that
What do you hope to accomplish with your sinful massacre? Why do you slaughter my kin?
Huh? Is that the persona ?
I think its something else. Somethings controlling her
What gives you the right to murder other living beings? To trample life?
Whoever you are, were on a mission. The Majin we encountered were in our way.
We didnt come here just to kill Majin.
Hahaha! What a way to talk with their blood still fresh on your hands!
Heed my warning.
You are not permitted to taint this place with your presence.
We arent asking for your permission.
The choice is yours to make, but know that one false step will bring your ruin.
It sure wasnt pleasant, though.
Are you okay?
Y-Yeah What happened?
Nothing, but if youre alright, I think we need to keep moving.
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This is a large map with very sparse Majin presence, so Im going to use my normal mercenary group here. Velnor might not be useful for anything but some buffs but at least he wont disappear 1/3 of the way into the map.
Weve got three of the ever-present Zerda, three Scytodida, and two high level Chiropteras. Theyre all nasty physical threats, but luckily theyre very spread out.
Heres the big daddy of Chiropteras, its like the level seventeen one but better in every way. Deal with it the same way you would that one.
We deploy all to one side, it doesnt matter so much but wed like to deal with the Zerda sooner rather than later and this gets us into them. Were going to circle around the map and deal with the Majin in a cold, methodical slaughter.
Be quiet, or youll get us killed!
Maybe youre worried, but I can take them down.
Hmph, well see about that.
Stop your bickering!
Holy Atona, please guide and protect us.
Majin, say your prayers!
You will not disrupt the ritual!
Well see about that.
The Princesss soul is ours now!
We start out pushing towards the near Zerda. For at least a moment well be able to fight it alone, but were going to have a Scytodida soon as well. These Majin come in groups of about two, and the first is Zerda and Scytodida.
Ashley!? M-Maybe you shouldnt be fighting.
No, Im fine
I just felt some. Theres a powerful presence here
I can feel the presence too
Are you afraid, Glynne?
Im not like you.
God, Glynne is such a dickbag. We surround the Zerda and hit it with everything weve got to bring it down into Overkill range, and as expected the Scytodida moves in as well. Im not too worried about it as long as I can keep it out of my ranged group. Velnor manages to level up, though hes still pretty useless. We set up an Ashley/Ares Combo and Overkill our first Majin, which makes Ashley level up.
We quickly move on to the Scytodida and get it down into Overkill range too. We drag it down and then Overkill it with a Combo from Ashley and Reyna, which lets us start pushing towards the next Majin duo. This one is going to be Chiroptera and Zerda.
We arent your food.
You arent fit to eat dirt off the ground.
Chiroptera is really fragile compared to Zerda, so its an obvious first target.
Their master is getting closer
Ashley moves up to both block Chiroptera off and Fractures it. We move on and start throwing everything else at Zerda, because now that its Fractured Chiropteras easy to deal with. Were able to get some pretty decent damage on it with Reynas Pyro, were getting close to being able to seriously Overkill it with a spell. Ashley gets another action before the Chiroptera and Overkills it with a Punishment from behind. We throw a bunch of firepower at the Zerda and eventually it falls to a Combo from Ares and Ashley.
Eternal Poison? Never heard of it.
You Falsin spread nothing but lies and corruption!
Our third pair of Majin will be Scytodida and Chiroptera, which is by far the easiest group because theyre both pretty vulnerable to physicals. We start on Scytodida, Fracturing it with Ashley and weakening it, then pounding it with a Combo from Ashley and Reyna. This lets Reyna level up.
Reyna gains Pyro III, a Fire spell that does serious damage. Hes still not S rank in Fire, though, so hes not quite as good as he could be. Chiropteras only now even reaching our party, and we rain blows on it as soon as it engages. We also managed to get close enough to start the last Zerda up, though thats not much of a problem. Chiroptera falls to a Punishment just like his friend, leaving us with a Zerda and Scytodida. The nice thing is that this Scytodida is positioned such that wed have to fight it and Zerda approaching from that side, so we can actually fight this Zerda without it engaging at all. We throw everything weve got at the fox and manage to bring it down to the teens.
Then, we will have no use for you anymore.
No use for us ? What do you mean!?
Your ignorance is pathetic!
Reyna burns the Zerda down with her new Pyro spell, Overkilling it.
Even Falsin should rejoice!
Somehow, Im not so sure about that
With just a Scytodida left, the rest of the map is a foregone conclusion. Glynne does manage to level up Comboing it down, though. Amusingly he advances to S rank Air magic, which is a kick in the teeth since he has yet to naturally get an Air damage spell.
Chiroptera Lv 20 x 2
Scytodida Lv 20 x 3
Zerda Lv 20 x 3
And just as before defeating all of the Majin called the Guardian.
From that door there!?
Hmph, well take care of this Majin quickly!
But to think a Majin would have that name!
The sky will turn to ash, the land will crumble
Your Goddess will forsake Alea and everyone in it
For you are doomed.
I am King Bellion, the ruler of darkness!
When you are in my realm, you will bow to me.
(The angel Bellion, who fell from the heavens ?)
Izel, why do you wish to pass through here?
No time to waste wondering how this made sense, though.
And you would sacrifice us for this purpose?
If we need to survive, then yes.
What a foolish answer, Izel!
Im not Izel!
Your sins run deep, Izel.
And you will pay for them with your life.
Sorry, but not today.
We had a fallen angel to purify.
- journal entry