Part 37: Valley: Stray Boss: RondemionMagical theory suggests that all entities have a Nemesis, a being both equal and opposite who stands in opposition of them. This has been found to be demonstrably true for powerful Majin.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
The Hero and the Legend
If youd told me what was going to happen today before we left Isapolis Id have laughed at you.
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Yeah, weve been here before.
Its just like where we fought Morpheus earlier.
Maam, I dont think Sir Logue should continue on
I was almost ready to abandon the search earlier. Even worse, we ended up in that weird space again.
Are you saying that as the Valdian Commander? What do you REALLY want to do?
Weve been friends a long time, Olifen. I know when you arent following your heart.
No! As the leader of this group, these are my orders!
If youre just doing your duty
Im not going to listen to your shallow reasons.
Youre the one who told me to act more like a Commander!
I did, but right now youre not ACTING like a Commander. Youre not even acting like yourself.
Logue, listen to me. You wont last much longer if you stay here!
Youre right! I wont last long! Thats the point!
You have to leave me here. Theres more important things, and you KNOW that.
(What should I do ?)
A human? Whatre you doing here?
As we searched the area, we met an unexpected guest.
Straight to the point, huh? Alright.
I asked you a question! Who are you?
The names Rondemion. Im just a wanderer.
Ron demion !?
(He has the same name as the Hero of Legend But Rondemions dead Is it just a coincidence?)
I can guess who you are
I am Commander Olifen of the Valdian Knights.
Ive heard rumors about the Commander You havent distinguished yourself in battle, and you dont have the Kings favor
H-How do you !?
I wont let some mercenary talk to me like that!
Dont hear the truth too often, do you?
Well, if no ones told you, Ill be the first. You arent worthy to lead the Knights.
Your friend is worthier than you.
Do I look like I need YOU to tell me that ?
I I know the truth!
If you dont deserve your title, you should step down. Or do you like playing hero?
I cant step down, though.
You dont just get HANDED the title. You have to EARN it.
And forget about those legendary heroes. Theyre all just relics now.
The more you try to be like someone else, the less likely youll ever accomplish anything.
If you cant get away from that foolishness, youll never be a good commander.
Whether youre the Commander or a cadet, you cant try to be someone else.
Until you learn to be yourself youll never be ready to lead the Knights
Ill show you !
The time for words is over.
Lets see what youre made of, Commander.
At that moment all I wanted to do was take this old bastard apart.
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Weve got the same team we faced Dahlia Queen with. Were going to need all the healing we can get here.
Were up against Rondemion the Hero and a group of Priests, Priestesses, and Acolytes. Recall that Acolytes are hard-hitting two handed attackers, Priests are light melee with Seal attacks, and Priestesses are healers with Light magic.
Rondemion is a serious threat. Hes got powerful greatsword attacks and his special skill can really wreck us. Hes not particularly resistant to any type of magic were likely to use which is nice, but he does have a solid defense against physical attacks. Ive got a little trick to use on him though, so stay tuned.
Im confident I can slog it out with the enemy here and am planning to just push up the gut. This may or may not have been a good idea.
Logue I was just
Are you taking orders from HIM? Whos the Commander ?
Must be an easy way to run your life, boy.
Do you always wait for other peoples advice?
A knight cant ever lie to himself!
Im not worthy to be Commander.
I shouldntve stayed in this post.
But today From now on
I wont lie to myself an longer!
Ill show you who I REALLY am!
Our first order of business is to lure in the nearest guys and try to put them down fast. We need to get something down really quickly because this is about to turn into a mosh pit really quickly.
Youre in pretty bad shape.
Dont fear the Majin inside you, or hell consume you.
Remember who you are, and you can escape the curse.
Marie set one of them on fire and Logue finished the job, getting us off to a good start. There is a Priest and Acolyte coming on one side and the other Acolyte on the other side, we need to be really careful about when they hit because their Wild Swing skill hits brutally hard.
If youre not the Commander, then what are you?
Ill tell you after you surrender!
We hit the Priest on Olifens side and the Acolyte on Logue and Ares side. Im hoping to wear either of them down to the point where I can finish them off quickly. Worryingly, the casters are starting to get in range to throw stuff at us.
The King sent you on a secret mission, didnt he?
The longer were bogged down with the melee guys the worse this gets, because the casters will tend to focus their fire when they all use the same element.
Could he really be the Hero of Legend !?
Thats impossible, Maam.
That Rondemion died long ago.
I make a big mistake and dont just blow up the injured Priest with Marie, I try to kill him with a Malus II but end up not quite getting it down, letting one of the Priestesses heal it back up with a Prayer II. Olifens taken a lot of hits but its just a matter of keeping his health up while we get things down to manageable sizes.
It means having the strength to protect the people!
Noblemen arent like that anymore.
Now its up to the Knights to take on that responsibility.
It is their duty to resist corruption
Fame and glory alone dont decide who a man is.
I dont need your lectures!
Now the Acolytes come in and smash Ares and Olifen with their Wild Swing attacks. Im seriously concerned now that Olifen could get killed, Ares Im not so worried about because its not like I game over if she dies. I need to do something to deal with this serious problem.
What happened to your manners, Commander?
Shut up! Ive got no reason to be polite to you!
Ha! Some Valdian Commander YOU are.
But at least you arent lying to yourself anymore!
We give the Priest a good whack as we pull Olifen back a bit, though it doesnt quite die and gets a retaliatory shot in on Olifen.
It doesnt matter Just be careful who you trust.
Logue spears the Priest to death, taking another annoying and dangerous enemy down. Im really worried about the casters right now, so I just have Marie use an item to heal Olifen. Im proven correct, because all three remaining enemies go right for him. Luckily he manages to Evade the last hit anyway, keeping him well alive to be healed back up. I also throw a heal on Ares so she can get back to the fight next turn.
And if I tear your uniform to shreds, what then?
I dont need it.
Is that so? What good is a knight with no clothing?
All he needs is the will to protect people!
Logue gets Fractured by an Acolyte, always annoying. Olifen gets started on the last Priest but gets Countered, and after a hit from his Acolyte Im officially starting to get worried. I run Ares up so she can take some spells instead of Olifen, shes much more vulnerable and if shes got to die so he can survive so be it. Im sick of messing around now, and blow up the injured Priest with a Delirium from Marie. The Priestesses focus in on Ares as wed expected, taking her out but keeping Olifen alive. We heal up Olifen and Logue and cure his Fracture. I try to take down the most injured Acolyte with a Combo from Olifen and Logue, but when it doesnt quite die Logue is doomed to be dragged down by every single enemy focusing on him. Now, though, its time to strike back. Marie burns both Acolytes and a Priestess, killing the most injured Acolyte and putting the Priestess down low enough that Olifen can kill it when his turn comes back up. I also am able to throw all my firepower out this turn, because nobody is hurt. Marie smokes the last Acolyte, and the Priestess follows soon after to a slash from Olifen and an arrow from Irina, who levels up.
Irinas getting almost useful now, its quite good. Marie hits the last Priestess with a spell and then Olifen chops it down, leveling up in the process.
Olifen gets Evade II here, so now with skills and his accessories hes got 25% evasion. Now its time to deal with Rondemion, and I do it with brutal effect. I buff Olifen up, and then he runs up and uses a Curse Attack on him. Rondemion gets Cursed, and the battle is over as soon as it happens. See, Curse status means that you can never activate your passive skills and enemies will always activate theirs. Since Olifen has passive Evade, Rondemion can NEVER hit him as long as hes cursed. I pick him apart at my leisure, finishing him with an Everthrust because I might as well.
Youre too old for this.
I dont know who that old man really was, but Im glad I met him.
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I guess I should thank you, old man.
Hey, shouldnt you respect your elders?
What can I say? Im just being myself.
Maybe I shouldve just kept my mouth shut
So whatll you do next?
Im going to rescue Princess Lenarshe!
After that, Im gonna find a way to break Logues curse.
I cant help you with the first one
But I might know something about the other.
I dont know how he knows so much about Majin and if it means theres hope for Logue I really dont care.
Umbras enemy is the Shade Dragon, Penumbra.
Ah! I see.
Then we must find the enemy of the Majin who cursed Sir Logue.
Well find him, but howll we know where to look ?
Penumbra is found somewhere in the Third Stratum.
H-How do you know that, Sir?
Thats not important.
If you stick to the light, youll find your prey.
Were in your debt Rondemion.
Hey, Im just here to make sure the Valdian Knights dont fall apart.
Stop worrying so much. Youll see.
*smirk * I probably wont. See ya, kid.
Take care of yourself, old man.
Rondemion left. Somehow I get the feeling well meet again, someday.
Dont worry. Hes trustworthy.
Hm So youre gonna follow your intuition?
So are we gonna go find the Majin he mentioned?
Arent you here to find the Princess? She could be in trouble. Shouldnt we hurry?
We will, and while we search for Logues cure, well find the Princess too.
What!? Thats optimistic, Boss.
Perhaps, but I think we could use a bit more of that.
How can we follow a leader whos so blindly optimistic?
Marie, I cant do this without you. I need your support. Please
Huh!? This new act doesnt fool me !
Look, if we dont remove the curse soon, well have an even bigger problem on our hands.
Without Logue, well never get to the Eternal Poison. You know that, right, Levatte?
Y-yes, youre right
The Third Stratums pretty big. Theres no guarantee well find Logues Majin any time soon.
Levatte came through again.
They say hes the darkness who dwells in the light with the apostles. I dont know what it means
Neither do I but Sir Logues time is running short
Levattes right. Lets move now and talk later.
Hey, wait a minute.
The Princess is our priority. Dont worry about me
Were you listening to what I just said? Theyre BOTH our priorities.
Besides, we need all the manpower we can get, or we wont be able to rescue Her Majesty.
So if you want to be of any use to us, we need to find that dragon.
Its a waste of time, Logue. Once hes made up his mind, theres no stopping him.
Okay Im at your command.
For the first time in a long time, theres hope now.
Muse: I played Iryths game
But shes so crafty! I couldnt win, not even once!
The prizes are so tempting, though, so Im gonna keep trying
But I dont know if Ill ever win Argh, I hate losing
I wonder why the Koona even work for the Count.
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I think people can tell were all feeling a lot more hopeful.
Leon: Hm You look much better now! Resolved all your problems?
Im glad to hear that!
Steins been finding ways to entertain himself off the front lines.
Stein: She is full of interesting information. The Count knows how to pick his people.
Hahaha Ive been enjoying my time here.
This investigation is the most fun Ive had in years!
The Count seemed really interested that wed met Rondemion in Besek.
Rondemion the Legendary Hero? Youve actually seen him?
Ive heard rumors he was alive, and in search of that dreadful Morpheus
Perhaps hes come back for one final battle. What a grand spectacle !
Im glad weve got Yuri along.
Yuri: Whats the reason for my journey?
I want to live a life of purpose by helping people!
Thats it! Pretty simple, huh?
I think everythings starting to come to a conclusion. Manas going to need to leave soon, seems her teacher is sick.
Mana: Theres something Id like to talk to you about
Mana: My teacher has become sick and is bedridden.
I just received a letter to return home immediately.
Thats terrible! You better hurry then!
Mana: Yes, Ive already started packing.
But Im surprised that a witch could get so sick.
Mana: Well, my teacher is very old.
Mana: Wellllllll about 987 years old.
Mana: She was perfectly fine up until now, so I think shell pull through.
987 years old !?
Mana: Well, she is a witch after all!
Shelayla asks a lot of really strange questions.
Hello again, my lady.
Shelayla: If you are of royal blood, you did not need to become a knight.
You could have chosen to live a life of luxury. What made you join the Knights?
I was the second son, not the heir. I had to start my own life eventually
And unlike my brother, I was never very good at academics.
Shelayla: I hear your swordsmanship is even better than Logues. Is that true?
You enjoy teasing me, dont you, my lady?
The way of the sword just seemed like the only option I had, at the time.
Shelayla: Well, its better than having no skill or trade at all, right?
Perhaps theres more to be gained from academics than swordsmanship, though
Shelayla: I think it depends on the person and their path in this world.
Shelayla: Oh, Im sorry. I didnt mean to lecture you.
Oh no, theres nothing better than being lectured by a beautiful lady.
Shelayla: My, my
I had to give Xiao Mei some bad news, unfortunately.
So, are you Full of Love today, Xiao Mei?
Xiao Mei: !?
S-Sorry, I thought that would please you.
Xiao Mei: Commander, you gotta remember to stay in character. Thats rule number one.
Xiao Mei: Well, nevermind, its okay. I slip up all the time too!
Now, in order for me to become the heroine of your party
About that I cant, in good conscience, let you join us.
Xiao Mei: Whaaat!? Why!? This was supposed to be my big chance!
Our mission is too urgent to wait for you! I am sorry.
Xiao Mei: But Ive been practicing my kicks all morning! You cant back out now!
After all, whats an adventure without a cheerful, stylish heroine!?
I am sorry, but it is my duty as a knight to protect you from harm.
Xiao Mei: Nooooo!!! Come back! Ill settle for being a plucky sidekick!
Nadesico asked around about the Princess while we were out.
Hello, Miss Nadesico!
Nadesico: I heard a rumor about you the other day!
Nadesico: That you and the heiress are going to tie the knot!
The heiress ?
Nadesico: The Princess.
And, uh, tie the knot ?
Nadesico: It means get married in my country.
Nadesico: You are engaged, are you not?
Th-Thats not why I want to save her! My duty as a knight is to--!
Nadesico: Oh, youre so flustered! You must really like her!
Nadesico: Romance is a wonderful thing!
I-Is that all you have to say!? I should be going.
Nadesico: Hehehe Sayonara
I think I pissed Christina off. I mean how was I supposed to know?
Christina: Thou are too familiar, Commander.
Wh-What? I am older than you! Dont be ridiculous!
Christina: Older!? THOU art the ridiculous one !
What are you angry about?
Christina: Thou calls thyself a noble!? Thou dost shame thy family!
Christina: I am Lady Christina Semper, of the immortal House Semper!
Christina: I saw thy father when he was a mere infant!
I am sorry, Lady Christina. Maybe I should just go
Kai and Kanat set out again today. I hope theyre staying safe.
How are you both?
Kai: Were recovering quite well. Thank you.
Good to hear. Just take it easy, and youll be healthy in no time.
Wait, youre not planning on leaving, are you?
Kai: This is enough rest for us.
Please accept this as our thanks.
Feinnes Notes: Feather hat is a good accessory for casters, and well give it to Marie for now.
Really, theres no need for this.
Kai: Just an expression of our gratitude, thats all.
Well then, Ill gladly accept it. Thank you.
Kai: I guess its time for us to go.
Are you sure? You can stay longer if you want.
Kai: Dont worry about us. Well be fine.
Kanat: Thank you very much.
Okay take care of yourselves.
Were going to get some quick rest then head out to the Third Stratum. Its time to push even harder.
- operation record, Commander Olifen