Part 32: Stratum 2: LegendsLittle is known about the chain of events leading up to the time of Beseks return within the Valdian Knights save that the favored choice for the Commanders position was passed over.
- excerpt, The Fall of Valdia
The path through the forest branched off here, there seemed to be a clearing to the left so we went that way.
I think this place is bringing back a lot of bad memories for everyone.
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Stay focused, Olifen.
In times of crisis, your men will look to their Commander for hope and reassurance.
Right now, I think youd depress them even more.
Who the hell cares? Its just us right now.
Olifen, thingsve changed. I think you need to realize your own importance.
Youre the Valdian Commander, or have you forgotten ?
Ha! Commander!? ME?
Dont make me laugh. Im not fit to be Commander!
Of course we all certainly have a lot of them.
Im the guy who couldnt even save his own regiment
On the last mission, I couldnt do anything when the Reev tribe fell to the Majin!
I couldnt save them! I cant save anyone!
Thats not true. You did save one.
I heard a girl from the Reev tribe was found alive after the battle.
A-Are you sure?
Theres a girl out there who owes you her life. You did something good out there.
I I sure hope so.
I think Logues problem is getting worse.
Howre you feeling? You good to go?
Ready for battle, Commander Olifen, Sir.
Know it off
You know, as hard as I try, I just cant do anything right
Im not worthy to be called Commander.
If youre talking about the Olifen I know, Id say youre completely wrong
Hey! We dont have time to sit around and chat about the old days!
Yeah, yeah, were coming, alright?
Im just looking out for your best interests, Boss. You should be thanking me.
Well, I didnt ask you to do that! Now lets get ready to move!
Wh-Whats the matter with him !?
Marie, your directness might be just what he needs to become a better leader.
(What the heck does that mean !?)
We just need to keep moving forward.
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Weve got the same mercs weve had the past few maps, until we get Yuri theres no real point switching things around.
There are a lot of Majin on the map. None of them are new but several are versions of a Majin weve not seen yet. Theres a Thiefler, three Apis, two Aquamote, two Cursed Soul, and two Gripnor. Lets look at the Majin weve not seen in this form yet.
Gripnor has gained Terra II and Fortify with this new version. Its still vulnerable to Fire and Strikes, and those are going to be our best bets against it. We do need to be concerned about Terra II causing Fracture, thats the largest concern.
The high-level Apis is actually quite distinct from the Vespulas we fought in Desert. Its still vulnerable to Fire, and it trades its Disease Attack for physical passives. Its a lot less annoying because of that.
Its possible weve not seen this specific Aquamote yet, so Im going to talk about it. Its quite resistant to Strikes and vulnerable to Fire and Pierce just like all other Aquamotes. Its got a decent amount of Aqua magic to throw around and can heal, its potentially a real pain.
Were far from the Majin and I have a Thiefler to knock the hell out so I want Marie up front and ready to go. She can burn one of the low-level Thieflers out with trivial ease. This map is almost as bad as Deserts maps as far as having annoying impassable stuff and is even worse in having awkward angles on terrain trying to see things.
- Majin weve not seen before
The road to Izel
And weve got our first mention of Izel in Olifens story. I start out pretty simply, throwing buffs around and advancing. An Apis up on the near ledge comes down to shoot Olifen, which is pretty much exactly what we want it to do so thats good. Marie hits is for most of its health with a spell, getting us off to a good start. The enemy Majin that are currently out of range meanwhile throw a lot of their buffs around, its not really a problem because theyre all far away. Logue lumbers up to support Marie, since shes closer than Id like to the Majin right now. Thiefler meanwhile is advancing right into our teeth, as thats the shortest path to the chest it wants.
Princesssss? I dont knooooooooow
Damn! Another dead end!
Apis meanwhile flies out of the jaws of our melee and instead shoots at Stein. This is good because I was worried it might attack someone important like Marie. It also gets it out of Logues way.
Logue spears the Cursed Soul and Thiefler, and then Marie closes the deal on the Thiefler with an Aero II. Meanwhile, we heal Stein up and throw some magic at Apis to take it down into the red zone. Logue levels up under fire from the Majin, which doesnt get him any new skills or anything annoyingly. Meanwhile, Olifen is in a great position to finish the Apis off with a chop from his sword, getting him a level.
Not much to report from Olifen, its really Marie and Levatte that are about to get some good skills. Logues taking some heat from the Cursed Soul and Aquamote, so I pull him back a bit to get him healed up. Marie smokes the Cursed Soul and starts on Aquamote with a Pyrosphere. Ares scoops up the Apis, and Olifen moves up to grab the Thiefler. Aquamote casts on Olifen, and he responds with a sword slash as I start moving the rest of the party up to bring them to bear. A Pyro II from Marie ends the Aquamote before it can heal itself back up. Olifens moved up far enough that the Apis on the ledge is provoked into advancing, which is again a good thing because now its in range to be swatted.
What do YOU want!?
You smell pretty tastyyyyyy! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!
Hahaha, well I know Im tastier than any of you!
Seriously these conversations with the Majin in this story are hilarious and if youre skipping past the map part of the update youre missing out. Anyway, Marie smacks the near Apis with a Pyro, and levels up.
This level turns Marie from merely powerful to crazy, over the damn top powerful. Shes gone up to S in Fire, and shes gained Pyro III. When Reyna got Pyro III, it was cool and gave him a Fire spell that could reasonably Overkill things sometimes. Maries Pyro III can potentially one hit overkill Majin that are vulnerable to Fire, straight up. Scooping up some bound Majin also gets Stein a level, as long as Im being forced to use him I might as well try to get him some new skills. Alack a days mischief, though, it came to naught.
Its alright, Levatte. Were all watching your back!
We capture Aquamote, and then slap the Apis down with a brutal combo from Logue and Olifen. We have started to attract some attention from the path to our right, though, and the Gripnor there is using its Earth spells on us. To me that says I need to hit that path next, Im not going to take that shit from a bunch of Majin. Fortunately, two of us can play that game and Marie nearly smokes the Gripnor in a single spell thanks to her new S rank power as the melee advance to enter the path.
Yessss! Ill destroy them AAALLLLL!!!
Im really worried Olifen will kill the Gripnor but not Overkill it, so I have Olifen charge the Apis in the path. He takes some heat from the Apis and Aquamote, but when I get Ares in to weaken the Gripnor a bit more I pretty much guarantee shell be the new target. Gripnor actually fires some magic at Irina, who I guess must be the most vulnerable to Earth of anyone in range, and then backs off annoyingly high up the path. Marie isnt able to reach it with a spell where it is, so she starts following the rest of the group. Fortunately Marie is very fast, so this isnt a real problem. Apis gets weakened a bit more, then becomes the first of the three Majin to fall, dropped by a Combo from Olifen and Ares. She levels up, though she doesnt get anything really notable. Gripnor is next, falling to a Pyrosphere from Marie. Aquamote drops to a spear attack from Logue, a rapier stab from Olifen, and a truly apocalyptic Pyro III from Marie that would have killed it in a single hit. Im down to just two Majin, but there are some real concerns right now. Im down to my last few heals, so I need to be smart about how I play the rest of the map.
Okay I lied. What I actually need to do is one hit overkill half of the remaining Majin with a Pyro III from Marie. Then Olifen levels up from scooping the thing up.
Olifen gets Mental Resist II, which is really nice for him because he can remove them himself and Mental status can actually be really bad for him later on, since Curse is a Mental and would really screw him up. Hell, Curse alone is worth going Consumed for Logue in some ways, as well see in a few maps when I completely disable a boss with the Curse status. The chests in this map had a Teardrop, a nice healing item that cures Physical status, and a librum with the Accelero skill on it. Never a bad thing. Gripnor goes down humiliatingly easily, and now I milk the map for levels on Marie and Levatte because I might as well.
Maries gone up to A in Dark now, which is awesome. Theres a Demon Aura well need a Malus spell for much later, and Marie can easily break it now. Now for Levatte.
Levatte gets the universal status cure spell Divinus now. Its awesome and it makes Levatte much more awesome and useful, because it gives us someone who can cure Mental status now. Anyway lets end this.
Commander Olifen ?
Hm? Oh Its nothing.
Aquamote Lv 13 x 2
Thiefler Lv 7 x 1
Cursed Soul Lv 10 x 2
Apis Lv 12 x 3
Gripnor Lv 12 x 2
Levatte lagged a bit behind as we returned to town, not sure why.
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(Maybe if we can find Princess Lenarshe )
Ah, and how is your investigation proceeding, young Levatte?
Im simply amazed by your eagerness to study at such a young age. It must require sterling discipline
N-No, Sir, I just know that I have a lot to learn still
Hahaha For the Popes prodigal student, you certainly are quite humble.
It is no wonder you are considered such a sure candidate to take over His Holinesss position
Thank you for the compliments, but there are many candidates for Pope.
I dont think Im worthy to be singled out from the rest.
I believe youre much too hard on yourself.
With such a learned scholar on the task, well
Im positive the Chuchll obtain the Eternal Poison in no time at all. Wouldnt you agree, my boy?
Verily, I doubt anyone would suspect a child of your age would actually be sent by the Pope
Count Duphaston, Sir ?
Yes, dear boy?
Well Its nothing, I suppose.
Txen stahw? Syug, yeh!
Well now, Levatte, Im afraid I must depart from this place. It was a pleasure making your acquaintance.
(That man )
(Whats he up to ?)
Some of the mercenaries weve met here are pretty nice people.
Nena: C-Could you send Miss Marie my thanks ?
Ummm She She saved me last time
B-But I probably should go tell her myself, right ?
Im sorry to bother you, Sir
Irinas been looking into the Count, I cant say Im surprised shes found some shady rumors about him.
Irina: I recommend you be careful around Count Duphaston.
Before starting my mission, I researched him a bit
My conclusion is he is not to be trusted. Please be careful, Commander.
That girl Muse in town is rightly a bit concerned about whats going on in the Traviata House.
Muse: Isnt the Traviata House really creepy? I hear weird noises coming out of it
Every time I see you go in there, I get really worried!
The Stag people here are really my least concern.
Velnor: You probably know this by now, but Im from a Stag country
To be exact, Im a soldier of Peluna. I guess were supposed to be enemies.
The Majin sure dont care where were from. We picked up another Koona, Im not sure they like the Count that much.
Ossa: Gninethgirf os!
Drah krow lli! Nioj I nac?
Daeha deeps lluf-f-f-f-f!!!
The Count certainly has been getting stranger recently.
You know, Levatte is quite studious for one so young
He has quite a future ahead of him! He could even be Pope someday.
That thief Leon had some interesting information for us.
Leon: A Majin that one ones ever seen before has been sighted in the next Stratum!
It looks like a snake but with three heads!
It doesnt carry weapons but is still extremely dangerous. Was that helpful?
A three headed snake, huh No use worrying about it until were ready to push forward. Mana keeps trying to get me to take strange medicine.
Mana: You dont look so well. I should prepare another analeptic for you
No, no, no! Thats quite alright.
Mana: Hm, I guess its hard for a regular person to stomach the snake blood
Dont worry this time, Ill use a more mild recipe. Youll love it!
No, no, its fine. Dont worry about me.
Mana: But youre the Valdian Commander whos going into Besek to save the princess!
How are you gonna save her if you dont even take care of yourself!?
Its just a lack of sleep. Thats all.
Mana: Lack of sleep?
I happen to know the perfect remedy! Thisll have you asleep in no time!
Mana: Dont worry, this ones only made from flowers! Well, mostly
Its okay, I really dont need it!
I swear shes trying to kill me. Shelayla seems to be hiding a lot of stuff.
Thank you, my lady. Its good to see you.
Shelayla: Well then, what shall we talk about today, hm?
Why dont we talk about YOU for a change?
Shelayla: Fair is fair, I suppose What would you like to know?
Lets see How about the reason you were in Besek?
I came to Besek to find someone.
And you went in alone!?
Shelayla: Of course not! Im not THAT brave !
So you were with someone, then?
I cant give details, but I had someone bring me here with a certain method.
And that is how I came here, Sir Olifen.
A certain method, huh?
Shelayla: I think thats a good place to stop for today.
Also Xiao Mei continues to be crazy.
Hm? What was that?
Xiao Mei: Its my catchy opener! Are you full of Love? It fits, huh?
Xiao Mei: Golly! Youre great at small talk!
Xiao Mei: By the way, your clothes
Oh, this? It is the uniform of the Commander
I dont feel it suits me, but
Xiao Mei: Thats not true! You look great! I love a hero in uniform!
Of course, where Im from, we dont have any guy main characters !
So its nice to see one in such a great ensemble! Really authentic!
Xiao Mei: Anyways, thanks for keeping me company! Youre lots of fun, Commander Hero!
H-Huh? Commander Hero?
Youd have to be crazy to think Im a hero. That girl we rescued last time also woke up, finally.
Oh, you have finally awoken!
Nadesico: Who are you ?
I am Olifen, Commander of the Valdian Knights.
Nadesico: Val dian?
You were lying unconscious out there when I found you. Do you remember?
Nadesico: I cant remember very much
Oh, I see
Well, you still look tired. Why not rest here a while?
Nadesico: Thank you. I humbly accept your offer.
Very good, then
I really feel bad for some of these people, I think Besek must connect to other places or even other worlds because they definitely dont belong here
- operation record, Commander Olifen