Part 31: Stratum 2: Serenity Part 2 Boss: Manti GigasThe Church of Valdia believed that the Eternal Poison has the power to grant wishes to whoever finds it. The source of this rumor is the subject of great speculation among historians.
- excerpt, Legends of Besek, Vol I
We regrouped at the far end of the battlefield as the Manti Gigas prepared to attack.
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Same team as last time, no reason to switch this time.
Pretty diverse mix of Majin here. Weve got the lower level Thiefler, Acrida, three Gladelashes, two Jade Sylphs, and the Manti Gigas. Weve not seen the higher level Jade Sylph yet so lets do them first.
Theyre even more resistant to physical attacks, even more resistant to everything that isnt Light and Dark, and have more casts of more powerful spells. At least they cant heal yet.
Manti Gigas is a really strange Majin. Its very resistant to Fire and Pierce attacks, but takes at least normal damage from everything else. Its armed with Fire magic and physical passives. Im not really sure what its supposed to be good at, and in practice its one of the least threatening big Majin. Its defense isnt impressive, so go with Strikes for best effect. Hes also the very last Howling Majin we need to count that part of the Lexicon as completed so capturing him is absolutely vital.
I initially had an idea of splitting up and handling the Majin in small groups, but I quickly decide thats a bad idea in practice and get everyone grouped back up more tightly.
- Capture Manti Gigas
Besek is connected to the Netherworld and other realms.
Sometimes it summons Majin from those realms
So Besek brought this thing here for a reason ?
My originally split party has already collapsed a bit in the face of what our actual opposition is going to do. Ive collected up the melee for some buffs, and annoyingly Acrida has Bled Logue. Fortunately, I have lots of ability to cure Physical status. From this more secure core position, Olifen swings out and hits a Gladelash, which is swiftly put down by Marie afterwards. Thiefler advances, and I officially dont want to put up with it so Logue moseys over and puts its lights out in a single blow (killing it but not overkilling it). Logues relatively poor magic defense even with a buff does lead to him tanking a lot of enemy fire, but thats really the point of having him so Im not going to complain.
How do we get through it?
I believe its vulnerable to striking attacks, Commander!
If he was smaller, Id step on him!
So yeah, Strikes are how we break Manti Gigas Aura so we need to get Logue down there. Now Im annoyingly fighting a Jade Sylph and soon a Gladelash on the left and an Acrida and Gladelash on the right. Even worse, the free Gladelash on the left is close enough to walk over and kill the Bound one. Olifen runs over to hit the right Gladelash, because Ares and Marie is plenty for the one on the left and indeed right after see it straight to whatever hell it came from. The Acrida continues to make a nuisance of itself on the right but I dont want to waste anyones time on it because its also out of the way. The last Gladelash goes down to attacks from the support crew, because I just want it gone. Meanwhile I shift Levatte back to the main group, because Marie should be easily able to handle a Jade Sylph on her own now that shes got Malus II. We start weakening it with a Pyro spell. Because I have no luck Acrida manages to Fear Stein with a Malus I, which is going to be important later. With all other enemy melee cleared out, Logue is free to charge the Gigas.
Logue catches some heat and I fortunately have that Cura II from the last map on Levatte, which gives me the range to heal him. Maries Jade Sylph is out of spells and is reduced to walking up and slapping her, which is hilarious every time. Olifen hits the one on the right to get started on weakening it for takedown, and Marie drops hers with a Malus II then starts moving towards the center of the map again.
Its been too long since Ive had a good fight! Lets go!
I know who you are
Logue swings for the fences again and this time manages to Fracture the big guy. Now we just need to make sure his health is low enough and that we have a good Combo ready for him. Acrida, meanwhile, is also out of magic and is annoyingly spearing my support people. Since it cant fight back physically anymore, the Gigas throws its Fire magic around at Olifen. I send Stein over to capture the bound Jade Sylph when his Fear runs out, and the Acrida keeps following and hitting him because its a jerk. But who cares about it, lets deal with its boss. I have Ares use her Fire Attack on it, because I want to do less damage. This takes it down to near single-digit health, and a Combo from Olifen and Logue finishes it off.
The Jade Sylph goes down just after to Maries second Malus II. Now Im going to make that Acrida pay for all the bullshit its put me through. Steins Fear finally ran out, so I was able to start running him back towards the group.
Fear not, Levatte. Well squash him like a bug!
Y-Yes, Commander Olifen!
Marie manages to level up from a buff, no new skills or upgraded magic affinity until next level though. Stein gets BRUTAL REVENGE on the Acrida by Freezing it with an Aqua II, and its all over but the screaming now (though I manage to get Irina and Levatte some easy levels out of dicking around and capturing things at the end).
Dont feel bad. Youre just an insignificant bug to us!
Mark my words! My brethren will avenge me some day!
Just as long as they stay out of my kitchen !
Manti Gigas Lv 12 x 1
Acrida Lv 11 x 1
Gladelash Lv 8 x 1
Jade Sylph Lv 9 x 2
I had been thinking about what happened with the Princess earlier, and decided to bring my question to Levatte.
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(Will I even be able to complete my mission? Im not so confident anymore )
Levatte, can I have a word with you?
C-Commander Olifen? Absolutely, Sir. How may I help you?
Do you think its possible Besek can affect someones personality?
No, thats impossible.
Ive never seen anything like that mentioned in the scriptures!
If Besek could have that effect on people, wed have seen it by now.
Commander Olifen? Do you think Her Majesty was really, well, herself?
Levatte suggested it might not have really been her, but theres no way anyone but Lenarshe could have known to say what she did
Maybe he was disguised as well
As much as Id like to believe that its not the case.
That was the real Princess Lenarshe. Im absolutely certain.
Then why did she behave so peculiarly to you, Commander?
Perhaps she came in contact with the Eternal Poison?
Whats the Eternal Poison?
The scriptures say its a mythical relic deep within Besek that can make your wishes come true.
Id love to see it for myself! If I could get my hands on it, maybe I
S-Sorry, Commander. Please excuse my outburst.
L-Lets continue the search for Her Majesty! Thats our priority, right!?
Hey, Levatte, come back!
Then the kid ran off. Im not certain what hes hiding, but Marie had some ideas.
Rumors about Levatte ?
They say hes one of the Popes favorite disciples. Hes known as the Popes Messenger.
Im sure the Popes the one who arranged for him to be part of our team.
So youre implying Levatte might have ulterior motives for being in Besek?
I wouldnt be surprised, Boss. Maybe its got something to do with the Eternal Poison.
But the Pope was the most apprehensive of the Council about exploring Besek.
Of course. The existence of Besek is a complicated issue for the Church right now.
Since its mentioned in both our scriptures and the pagan scriptures, the Church hasnt taken a firm stance on it.
If they take the wrong stance on Besek, it could be disastrous for the Church.
I see. Thats why the Pope was uncertain about sending a team to rescue Her Majesty.
Actually, hes very curious about Besek and the secrets that lie within it
So its no wonder hed secretly send his most trusted disciple to gather information about this place.
Pope Renart XIV is a very cautious man.
I may not be able to avoid having to deal with this.
Do you think the Popes after the Eternal Poison? What could he want it for?
Any number of ways strengthen his authority, assassinate an enemy, or perhaps something more sinister than that.
After all, this Popes been known for his questionable dealings We should probably expect the worst.
If I were you, Id keep an eye on Levatte.
He may not be our enemy but he may not be an ally either.
As if I didnt have enough to deal with.
Muse: Yeah, the Eternal Poison! Thats it! Itll make any wish come true!
Hmmm But what if you only get one wish?
Thats not enough for me Am I allowed to wish for more wishes?
The Count is back in town, Im not sure exactly where hes been.
Are you enjoying your stay in my town?
As Count of this territory, I must be a humble servant of my people.
And I must make it my duty to learn as much as I can about this realm.
My guests tell me such fascinating tales about their travels!
Komoris been happy recently, at least things are going well for someone.
Komori: You know, my Nena has always been really shy.
But shes become friend with Marie.
Nena seems to be a lot happier now that she has other people to talk to.
Im so happy to see her start to come out of her shell.
Please do whatever you can to encourage her.
Alexeis going to get fat if he keeps this up.
Alexei: The food here is excellent, and I think the next course is on its way!
Why dont we eat some delicious food and swap some war stories?
How about it, Sir? Hahahahahahahaha!
Everyone seems to be talking about this Eternal Poison for some reason.
Ares: Theres a lot of people here for the Eternal Poison, Ive noticed.
Not me. Im here for the danger and the excitement.
I think even that thief Leon is trying to find it.
Leon: What am I doing here?
Thats easy! I want to find the secret treasure hidden in Besek!
Then Ill become a legend among thieves!
Thats my plan, anyway but I dont really know where to begin
Im concerned Mana is testing things out on me.
Mana: You look tired. Would you like me to prepare an analeptic potion for you?
An analeptic, made by a witch Is it made of dragon tails and cat whiskers!?
Mana: Thats disgusting! Now youre just stereotyping!
Hahaha, Im just kidding!
I AM pretty tired, but I dont need anything like that.
Mana: Are you sure youre okay?
Yeah, Im just mentally exhausted. My brain is more tired than my body.
Mana: Which is the perfect time to drink MY analeptic!
Dont you know that youre more likely to get sick when youre tired?
I suppose so.
Mana: Then Ill make you a potion right now!
Hm, I guess I could use one, but dont put any strange animals in there
Mana: Dont worry, its nothing strange. Its just a bunch of snakes!
If that potion was any indication I really, really dont like the taste of snakes. At least Shelayla wasnt trying to poison me.
Then, Im sorry I made you wait, my lady.
Shelayla: Hahaha, yes, of course.
Now, what fascinating tales can I pry from you today?
Shelayla: Ive never been so friendly with a knight before, so Im quite curious.
Well, lets see if I can be of any service. What would you like to know?
Shelayla: Hm Okay, when did you become a knight? And why?
The minimum age for knighthood is 16, and that is when I joined.
My reasons were simple. First, Im from a military family, so it was expected.
Second, Logue joined the knights.
Shelayla: Logue ?
My best friend. He helped me save you.
Shelayla: Ah, yes, I remember him.
So was that explanation satisfactory for you?
Shelayla: Yes, very much. Thank you.
That girl we saved, Xiao Mei, is really, really crazy.
Xiao Mei: You really fit the part of a hero! Strong and handsome! REALLY handsome!
Im Xiao Mei, your newest side character. Thanks for rescuing me.
I am Olifen, Commander of the Valdian Knights.
Are you injured?
Xiao Mei: Couldnt be better! Im not even winded! See how high I can kick?
O-Oh, good. I am pleased to see you are doing well, but I must be moving along.
Xiao Mei: W-Wait! Dont you want to stay and talk awhile? Its backstory time!
Golly, what a cold guy !
I like that in a hero character!
Like seriously crazy. But I guess thats just how things are in Besek.
- operation record, Commander Olifen