Part 40: Stratum 3: Bastion Part 1Some scholars try to claim that creatures such as dragons were natural species in order to deny the very existence of the Majin, but this only serves to downplay the horrors inflicted by those creatures and the very real threat they could still pose were Besek to appear again.
- excerpt, Legends of Besek, Vol I
Shadow of the Dragon
Today, we found it.
The Majin we were searching for.
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Our now-standard team takes the field once again, no real reason to change anyone out.
Were up against a more modest number of Majin this time, there are three higher level Aquila, two Unseelies, two Zyr Phantasm, and a Thiefler.
These Zyr Phantasms have an almost identical skill-set to the version we met in Desert. Theyre totally immune to Pierces and take double damage from Strikes. If its not Strike or Slash damage chances are its going to do absolutely nothing to them. The only thing in our favor is that they dont have any depth at all and are slow as can be.
These Aquila are the logical step between the ones we saw earlier and Garuda. They suck almost as much as Garuda does and well want to use similar tactics against them.
We deploy ready for an aggressive push at the Thiefler to stop it stealing either of the valuable chests. Well play it by ear at that point.
- Capture some Majin
Falsin who have made it this far must be quite strong.
If I eat you, I will absorb your strength, too!
Umbra: Not a chance! Ill eat you all!
Umbra: I shall become the strongest Majin in Besek!
Levatte, do you think that Majin is around here?
I can feel a powerful presence further in
But I cant tell what it is, Sir.
Umbra: Whahaha Good, almost there!
I will consume them all, and then Ughhh !
Whats wrong, Logue!?
The dragons control suddenly weakened I dont know why.
Falsin! Ill eat you all!
Boss, we better deal with the task at hand.
May Holy Atona bless our swords with her might.
We shall vanquish all evil, in the name of Valdia!
We as always start by buffing Logues speed and then pushing towards the middle of the map. I move Olifen up so that he can cover almost anywhere the Thiefler could go.
Whyre they so excited ?
Rejoice! Rejoice! HAHAHA!
Thiefler fortunately moves in a good place for me to engage it with Marie at range. I get some magic defense buffs up, because Zyr Phantasm is pretty powerful.
The dragons natural enemy might be close by !?
Olifen runs up and drops the Thiefler with a Dual Attack, getting it out of the way. I also start advancing towards the middle of the map to face whatever the Majin are going to throw at me, which at this point looks like both Unseelies and at least one Aquila.
Im alright the dragon hasnt finished me yet.
I send Logue to get started on the Unseelie to the left, since its about to engage me anyway. The middle Aquila engages, which was what I expected. Im also likely to get the left Aquila any time now, because its started moving.
Umbra: S-Stop it! I-I cant take this No!
I see How generous of you to tell us that!
Zyr Phantasm starts casting on Logue, its pretty much what wed expect. Even more annoying, it pulls back into an alcove. Theres a trick to the Phantasms on this map, we actually need to engage them in melee before they cast or theyll pull back and well never get them out.
Umbra: Ugh S-Stop that
Now we get to work on the Aquila from the middle. We throw a bunch of firepower into it and hope to set up a Combo against it. Logue manages to Fracture the Unseelie, which is always helpful even though it can cure it. Our plan to Combo down the Aquila is dashed when it gets healed by its comrade, so we instead direct the Combo at the Fractured Unseelie. Once again, though, we fail by a few points of damage to Overkill it. Meanwhile, the right Unseelie has advanced to the middle of the map. Levatte does something useful again by Fracturing it with a Terra II. Ares also gets a level, which is nice.
She gets Dual Attack, which is nice. We trade blows with the Aquila and Unseelie, and the left Aquila joins the show as well. We fight with our new addition a bit and then take the second Unseelie down with a dash of Pyro III.
His natural enemy must dwell in this place.
Even a Majin is afraid of death, huh
The middle Aquila follows it, taken down by a Combo from Olifen and Logue. Weve already gotten started on the other Aquila and we continue to do so.
How do we draw him out of his hiding place?
If we defeat all his servants, he might appear.
Its worth a shot
We start dragging down the Aquila were fighting now and get it to the point where Olifen can Overkill it with an Everthrust. Im now too close to the Zyr Phantasm, though, so I rush Ares into contact with it to stop it running away.
Levatte might be right about this
We wont know until we finish them all off. Keep going!
The Aquila from the right has now joined the fight, and with Olifen and Ares engaged with the Zyr Phantasm its actually a real pain because theres only one melee to keep it busy. I send Marie over to help with the Phantasm, because while she cant harm it with magic she can do huge damage with a book bashing. I pull Ares back to deal with the Aquila since I need Logue to Overkill the Phantasm, but Im far too late to stop it from slipping Logue and attacking Levatte. The Phantasm sees an opening and finishes the job with an Aero II.
I-I feel good ! Yes I can do this!
Alright! Lets finish this!
Zyr Phantasm falls to a Combo and I send Olifen back to help with the Aquila, followed by everyone else. I also get access to the first chest now, it contains the leather armor Wyrmskin. This is an interesting piece of armor, its got high magic resistance and comes with the Quad Resist skill, which works a lot like Hexa Resist but doesnt include Light or Dark. The Aquila falls dead to an Everthrust, and I keep my bound ones down so I can grab the other chest. We just straight kill the other Phantasm so we can grab the chest, which contains a Devout robe with Prayer II in it. Logue levels up from a capture after that, and the map ends.
Unseelie Lv 19 x 1
Aquila Lv 18 x 2
Zyr Phantasm Lv 20 x 1
Once wed defeated the Majin, the real show started.
I shall answer to your summoning! Behold my power!
Umbra: (Th-This presence )
(I-I recognize this frightening power.)
Whats happening to Logue!?
Olifen S-Somethings got the dragon terrified!
It could only have been the Shade Dragon, Penumbra.
Umbra: Y-You You are !!!
A dragon who cant keep his mouth shut
How ironic that youll be my food
Umbra: Penumbra !!!
Trapped inside such a puny body, yet still so proud ?
I shall feast upon your soul!!!
Our greatest battle was about to begin.
- operation record, Commander Olifen