Part 23: Stratum 4: Sovereign Boss: ???While the chain of events is unclear, it is commonly agreed that a Majin attack caused massive damage to Castle Valdia.
- excerpt, The Fall of Valdia
I thought I was prepared for anything we could have found in Besek. I was wrong.
Video- Sovereign Lead In
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Whys the deepest part of Besek connected to this place ?
I never thought I would find YOU here.
Of course I knew who it was. I just didnt want to believe it.
Who wouldve known you would find your way here?
Father Whats going on?
Why does the deepest part of Besek connect to Castle Valdia!?
I have no reason to answer you, now that youve lost your claim as Izel.
I Im not Izel!
No, youre a disappointment!
The only usefulness for you is to resurrect Izel.
But youve given up that great honor. Youre worthless to me now!
Wheres my sister?
She has already been given over to the ritual
But the truth was plain. Father had gone mad.
Izel will descend upon Lenarshe! She will grant your sister her divine power!
Is that ? Is that the Eternal Posion ? It cant be !
Father, why are you trying to resurrect Izel?
Hahaha its quite simple
If I can absorb her power, then NOTHING will stand in my way!
Being King isnt enough for you?
Im worthy of greater things than sitting on the throne of a pitiful kingdom.
Father I cant let you do this!
You will go against me then, Ashley? My own flesh and blood?
Youve become cold and unloving! You have no sense of right and wrong Youre barely even a human anymore!
Hahaha, youll regret those words soon enough!
Hed become just like all the other Majin, obsessed with the power of Izel
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Our starting group is going to be Ares, Irina, and Yuri out of our mercenaries and a Scytodida. The Scytodida gives us a hard-hitting and tough melee fighter. Ive got King Bellion on deck in case we lose anyone, which is very possible given how brutal the Majin are in this map.
King Valdus is accompanied in battle by two each of Zerda, Chiroptera, Aquamote, and an all new Majin, Garuda. Lets look at our new enemies.
Garuda is a brutal Majin that only appears in the final map. Its fast, its powerful, and it can heal. Its very hard to capture as well. Dark attacks are its only weakness, and we dont have any. Getting one now would be nice, though, if only so we dont have to try ever again.
Heres King Valdus Majin form in Ashleys story. Here hes a Water and Dark user that is only really vulnerable to Fire and Slash attacks. Hes got a massive load of health and very tough defenses, so hes definitely not going down quickly. His Aqua III and Malus IV are potentially very damaging, so we need to be careful who he can reach with them.
Were going to deploy off to one side. The Majin on this map are super aggressive, so we cant really fight them in small numbers. The best we can do is delay the first wave by activating them more gradually.
How did a Majin disguise itself as King!?
Imbeciles! Fear the true form of the King!
King Valdus has Majin blood
Thats why he can control the Majin.
The same blood runs in your veins, my dear!
You are as much a Majin as me, daughter!
But I havent forgotten what its like to be human!
Ha, such foolishness!
Holy Atona, please guide and protect us.
Allow me to end this tyrants life!
Prepare yourself, Father!
We start out the show by advancing on the near Zerda. It shoots at Scytodida, who is vulnerable to Pierces but cant be Bled. As long as we can keep it alive itll pretty much make the Zerda inconsequential.
Please, make this interesting!
If you harm my sister !
Can you control your own power?
After all, you gave up your claim to become Izel
Unfortunately for you, I can!
I start throwing everything Ive got at Zerda and send Ashley towards the middle of the map. I cant avoid attracting the Majin in that area, so I might as well get someone there to meet them.
Aha, its Letos servant Hahahahahaha!
Keep only those that are of use! Thats the Kings way!
We almost manage to take the Zerda down, but one of the Garudas comes over and heals the damned thing. Their Prayer II is a seriously large heal and we need to either full kill Majin before a Garuda gets to act or run them out of heals to make any real progress.
Ashley, how do we break it!?
Its no match for my strongest attack
Just like Doom Shades Aura we need Punishment to break Valdus Aura. We definitely want to kill as much as possible before we do it, though. I throw yet more at the Zerda and it gets healed once again by the other Garuda. Even worse, the first Aquamote and Chiroptera are also coming in now. Ashley throws a Sacrasphere out to get started on one Garuda and the Aquamote, and we try to keep the same Garuda busy by moving into its face. Glynne nearly takes the Aquamote out, and Ares finishes off the Zerda with a Dual Attack. Aquamote annoyingly manages to Freeze Ashley, but fortunately Scytodida is doing a good job tanking both Garudas. Reyna finishes off the Aquamote, but ended up in a very bad position doing it. Chiroptera manages to get a hit in on him, and I dont even see that a Garuda can reach him as well and one unlucky crit later hes our first casualty for the map. As the second Aquamote engages we bring the Chiroptera down in hail of Light magic from Ashley, Yuri, and Irina. This leaves Glynne in a good position to get started on the remaining Aquamote while Ares and Scytodida work on one Garuda and Ashley tries to keep the other one busy.
Im not your daughter anymore.
I fight you as a Protector of the Faith!
Glynne finishes off the second Aquamote as we try to drag one Garuda into Overkill range. The other one continues to be annoying but not terribly threatening at the moment.
Even in this form you hold back against me!
Come! You have Majin blood in you, just like me!
The Garuda we have surrounded has gotten low enough to heal itself, and annoyingly Scytodida has Returned now. It cant heal again now, so as we drag it down we arrange for some assistance in keeping his friend busy.
Garuda may be bad, but its a joke compared to the real King. Ashley also advanced to get closer to Valdus and break his Demon Aura, which both draws in the second Chiroptera and makes Valdus start attacking. His stuff is largely ineffective on Ashley, fortunately. I move Yuri somewhere silly not realizing where the other Garuda can move and then manage to Overkill the one I have surrounded. Im feeling pretty good when I break Valdus Demon Aura, which reverses immediately when the other Garuda one-shots Yuri with a lucky crit. King Bellion moves up to support Ashley, and Glynne kills the second Garuda with a Crows Beak, getting him a level. This is when things got scary, because Zerda came up and Bled Ashley. Even worse, I didnt realize how far I was from my support and advanced her to hit both it and the King with a Sacrasphere.
No, he MUST be stopped, no matter what!
I start throwing everything Ive got out there. What I need to do without fail is provide at least two of the enemies with a better target than Ashley until she gets a turn, at which point I can use a Teardrop to heal her and cure her Bleed. Ares provides the distraction to Zerda, and time itself provides it for the Chiroptera whos going after Ashley anyway. The King doesnt manage to kill Ashley with an Aqua III, so I succeed in pulling myself out of the fire. I pour everything Ive got on the Majin to kill them now, ending the Chiroptera and then the Zerda.
I also heard that you were responsible.
Thats one of many burdens
Now the long, slow effort to kill the King begins. I wish here that Id had either of Reyna or Yuri still, because the extra healing or damage would have really helped out. Still, its pretty much a foregone conclusion now.
But the past is gone, and now I see your true form!
Be judged by Holy Atona!
Foolish girl! Do you know the truth of your Goddess!?
OMINOUS. Anyway, we keep throwing attacks Valdus way. Nothings doing particularly much damage, annoyingly.
This is most entertaining.
I might spare you to witness the birth of Izel!
In the end, though, victory was certain when we got Valdus alone. Ashley finishes the job and levels up to boot.
You will regret
You will regret defying me.
You cannot live in this world as a human !
You dont know the truth
Garuda Lv 20 x 1
Still, did I have a right to judge him? Im a Majin too, after all.
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Did we do the right thing?
What do you think? Will you be alright?
It must have been painful for you, having to fight your own father
But still, you did the right thing
Majin blood runs through my veins
I feel so unclean
Ashley will you let me
Will you let me bear that pain with you?
Ashley, your sisters awake!
Were going to need to come up with something to tell everyone about what happened. Thered be chaos if the truth came out.
Ashley, thank you. Thank you for stopping our father.
I had no choice.
As your older sister, I should have been the one to protect YOU
Im sorry you had to suffer for my sake.
My hands are already covered in blood
It may have been a blessing that the Castle was so heavily damaged, though. With all the dead Majin, we can claim they attacked.
Whats that noise!?
The statues crumbling!
No! The Goddess Statue!
Weve got to get out of here! Its too dangerous!
No, we must protect the Goddess Statue!
We dont have time for that!
You need to get out of here. You need to live so you can rule Valdia!
Hurry, both of you!
Im still not sure why Lenarshe was so worried about the statue, we can always have another one made. Im still thinking about what Father said as he died. Could he be right? Is it impossible for me to continue living as a human?
Even if it is, the only way Ill learn it for myself is to try.
- journal entry
Video- Credits, Ashley Version
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Shortly after the Majins assault on Castle Valdia, evidence emerged that Pope Renart had ordered the death of his main rival, High Priest Leto. These shocking allegations were supported by the royal family, and led to his arrest.
There are rumors that agents from the Stag Domain were instrumental in bringing Renart low.
While these rumors persisted, they did nothing to slow the Churchs progress towards the very reforms Pope Renart had ordered Leto dead to defeat.
- excerpt, The Fall of Valdia
You might have noticed a little something after the credits and the notice that we can replay Ashleys story:
Our reward for getting the good ending of any of the three original stories is access to the fourth story, Rondemions Tale. This story is definitely harder than any of the first three and well be doing it after Thages story.