Part 34: Stratum 2: Mirage Part 2 Boss: TrinityIn the land of Stag some believe that death is not final, that Trinity, God of Rebirth, will grant a new life to the faithful after their ends.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
Snake in the Grass
Three heads, five heads, a hundred heads, well cut down any Majin that gets in our way.
Video- Mirage Part 2
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Our familiar group of mercenaries is back again for the last time, because well be getting a new one after this map that well be using.
There are two Jade Sylphs, two Heeflers, two lower-leveled Aranea, and Trinity on this map. Lets take a look at the new Majin.
The level 14 Aranea is just like every other Aranea, its a physical attacker that has attacks that cause Mental status, do Dark damage, or drain health. Light attacks are best in theory, but Fire and Pierce are much more accessible to our party so thats what well be doing.
Trinity is a really interesting Majin. Its a Fire/Earth/Dark caster, and resists all those elements. Its vulnerable to the other three, however. Its resistant to Slash and vulnerable to Pierce. Its also very fast. The tricky thing about Trinity is that its max health is pretty low relative to its Overkill HP, so we need to be careful we dont kill it accidentally. Also its Demon Aura is potentially ruinous, as well see later.
The actual deployment zone for this map is huge, and theres really no reason to choose one side over the other here. Were going to push this side and kill the Majin on it really quickly, and try to avoid as many of the others as we can. Heeflers are aggressive enough that we expect to see both of them but the others are pretty dozy so well probably be able to skip them.
- Capture Trinity
Levatte, Marie, we better finish this quickly!
We push forward to lure in the Aranea and throw some buffs around, we need to be cool here and not go too fast because there are a lot of powerful casters around and theyll batter people down in a heartbeat. We toss a Pyrosphere at Aranea followed by a sword slash and already have it in a good position to take it down. Both Jade Sylph and a Heefler are coming, so we need to be ready to deal with Aranea then capture it right away.
Umbra: (When you are overcome with rage, we shall become one!)
D-Damn you! Sh-Shut up!
Logue tries to spear the incoming Heefler and annoyingly it manages to dodge the blow. Marie makes up for it by cooking the Aranea, which I rush Irina up to capture. She even levels up, but doesnt get anything really impressive out of it. She catches some heat from the Jade Sylph but weve got someone to heal her on deck so its no big thing.
Do you know how to destroy it?
I remember reading that hes weak to Wind magic
But no small breeze will do. We need a powerful spell.
Yeah heres one of the biggest dick moves of the game, Trinitys Demon Aura requires a powerful Air spell to break. For Olifens party thats simple, we just throw an Aero II from Marie and call it a day. Everyone else either needs Aero II from a Skill or a Majin, and if you dont have it you get to see Trinity leave in disgust eventually. Even worse, youll have to replay the front end if you dont have a Skill or Majin for it because you cant go back to Isapolis in between the two-parters. Now I want to deal with the Jade Sylph and Heefler. I weaken the Sylph with Logue and then Stein, who is about to get very unlucky sadly. The Jade Sylph decides hed make an excellent target for an Aero II, and while Olifen does Lead Marie to take it down with a Malus II this is of limited consolation to Stein, who was doomed as soon as the Jade Sylph decided to attack him. She does level up, though.
Marie gets her amazing unique skill, Delirium. Its a short ranged Meta attack that requires an equipped librum, and its great for Overkilling Majin that otherwise wed have problems with. We capture the Sylph with Olifen to make sure Heefler doesnt kill it. It sure kicks the hell out of Stein, though. It also runs away a bit, so we might as well engage Trinity. An Aero II from Marie breaks its Aura and takes off a full third of its health. Now I need to try and get Trinity into a good position to be Overkilled while also ensuring it wont be killed by a Heefler before we can capture it. This is especially complicated by the fact that the second Heefler, who still has spells, is also coming.
A Majin with the same name as a god!? Its no coincidence.
But do we really want to find out the truth here?
So our plan now is to just kill the stupid Heeflers while keeping whoever Trinity is attacking alive and also getting the positioning and actions set up for the Combo thatll overkill it.
And theres a Majin with the same name!?
Wh-What does this mean?
Levatte does something seriously right, though, and levels up from casting on the Heefler. Even better, he gets his Class Change, becoming a Prophet.
Theres no skill he gets specifically for becoming a Prophet, itll be a few levels before we see the real benefit. Its coming, though, and its worth it. We quickly take Trinity down to a good health level, so weve just got to get through the Heeflers. Olifen chops down the first one, leveling up in the process.
Olifen is at least getting a lot less vulnerable to magic as he levels up. Itll be a bit before we see him get a new skill. Ares levels up shortly after, not really getting anything new out of it. Shes tanking most of the fire on the map at this point, and actually is doing pretty well at it since she doesnt take enough damage in between my chances to heal her to die. She eventually finishes the job on the second Heefler, and we Combo down Trinity soon after.
Impossible! How could we !
Your arrogance was your downfall.
Only death and despair await you on you journey
Trinity Lv 15 x 1
Jade Sylph Lv 14 x 1
Aranea Lv 14 x 1
Were moving faster than we can sustain and weve still made no damn progress.
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(I cant get distracted. The Princess has to be close !)
Hey, can we talk to you?
Whats the problem?
Levattes exhausted. He needs to get some rest.
The effects of the magic energy here are draining him. It can be poisonous
Im starting to feel it a little myself.
You seem just fine.
Im from the Reev tribe. We have a natural resistance to magical power.
But what about you guys? You two alright?
I feel fine. Maybe its because of the Counts librum
If Levatte needs to rest, we should rest. Right, Olifen?
Damn! Each minute we spend on ourselves is a minute lost for the Princess!
P-Please dont worry about me, Commander.
Dont be ridiculous. Lets find you somewhere to lie down.
I know we cant push any harder, but still
Youre under a lot of pressure, but you need to give some attention to your men.
I I know.
This isnt like you
Youre the one who always said a leader needs to be decisive, Logue Thats what Im trying to do, here
Umbra: (Look at you Having a serious talk, huh?)
(Its none of your business.)
Umbra: (Hahaha I will consume your body and soul very soon, Logue )
I try to kid myself that Im not tired, but even Im having issues.
Leon: You dont look so good, Commander!
Your face is so pale!
It seems were getting close to the end of this Stratum, which is good news.
Vivian: Please exercise extreme caution.
If you need anything else, come talk to me.
The Majin just get stronger and stronger, though.
Stein: No one speculated there would be so many!
Hahaha Theres nothing quite like the excitement of making a discovery.
Dont you agree?
The Count had some information on the Guardian of this Stratum.
You might have already noticed that a powerful Majin guards each gateway.
Now, youre about to meet Dahlia Queen, guardian of the woods.
She may look quite elegant in her floral array
But remember, the most beautiful of flowers bear the sharpest of thorns.
I pray those thorns dont pierce your brave heart.
We are still managing to find extra help in Isapolis.
Yuri: I was wondering, whats Levatte like?
He could become the next Pope, right?
Thats so incredible Im just a low-ranking priestess!
Sir Logue kind of intimidates me. Hes always alone and brooding!
I wish I could talk to them, but I dont even know where to start!
I wonder why Im so comfortable with you?
You know how Im here to help people? I wanna help you now! What do you think?
Great! Ill do my best!
It seems everyones got problems.
Muse: Logue and Levatte also look depressed!
You guys need a good rest. You should be taking better care of yourselves.
Hey, Im depressed too. Something really tragic just happened to me
I I gained four pounds! FOUR POUNDS!!!
And in this outfit, it must be really obvious! No more snacks from now on!
If I dont get more sleep Manas going to make me drink another horrible possibly deadly thing.
Mana: Hm, you still look pretty tired.
Hm, you still look pretty tired.
No, no, no, Im feeling great today!
Mana: I dont think so. Youre probably just on a second wind !
I better prepare a stronger potion! Hm, you got any snake blood?
Ive already learned my lesson twice that I shouldnt rely on medication.
I will go to bed immediately. Theres no better remedy than rest.
Mana: Oh, thats a good idea.
But, if youre not feeling better afterwards, come see me!
Ill whip up the most amazing potion for you!
Shelayla sure asks a lot of questions about me.
Greetings, my lady.
Shelayla: Hahaha, now its your turn for a tale again.
Fine whatll it be this time?
Shelayla: How long have you known Sir Logue?
Weve been best friends since childhood.
Hes also from a military family. Our fathers fought together many times.
Our families knew each other, so we were always close, growing up.
Though Im sure Ive been more trouble than Im worth for him
But hes always been there, during the hard times.
Shelayla: He sounds like a great friend.
He is. Maybe I should introduce you. Dont tell him I said anything, but
I think you probably shouldnt let him out on the dance floor, though
Xiao Mei continues to be crazy. I think shes making me crazy.
Miss Xiao Mei, what country did you say you were from?
Xiao Mei: I came from the land of Arcanadia.
Ive never heard of it.
Xiao Mei: Thats okay, its kind of niche. I bet youre more into Action/Adventure.
Huh? Tell me about your country. Are those clothes normal there?
Xiao Mei: My clothes? Yeah! There are many other styles to choose from though!
Wh-What? D-Dont you feel a little exposed?
Xiao Mei: Hahaha, so innocent. Golly, youre really good at this hero thing!
But a heroines fashion choices should always show a little bit of skin!
It helps you fight monsters and attract multiple love interests!
Um love interests?
Xiao Mei: Golly! Youll never pass for a hero if you dont even learn these basics!
I think Nadesico is feeling a bit better now, though Im not sure where shes from or how shell ever get back.
You look much better today.
Nadesico: Resting helped a lot.
You have my thanks, Mr. Commander.
I am in your debt.
Nadesico: Whats wrong?
Well, just Your clothes
Nadesico: They are a little different from what people wear around here, huh?
*sigh * I just cant seem to fit in.
Do not worry, Miss Nadesico. Given the situation, you are doing quite well.
As time passes, youll understand our ways.
Nadesico: I am trying to learn more about your culture.
You are doing just fine.
For someone lost in Besek Christina seemed not really to be in much trouble.
That is correct.
Christina: Thou hast my eternal gratitude.
It was my duty as a knight, Milady.
Christina: Of course
I hesitate to ask thee for a favor after thou hast saved me
But might I remember here until my butler cometh for me?
It would be our honor.
Christina: Many thanks, Sir Knight.
Anyway, were getting ready for the next battle now. If the Count is right, we could be in for a hell of a fight.
- operation record, Commander Olifen