Part 41: Stratum 3: Bastion Part 2 Boss: PenumbraThe Shade Dragon is a creature of unending darkness, yet it is rumored to reside in the realm of the angels. The theological implications of this still provoke arguments to this day.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
With our quarry in sight, there could be no hesitation.
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Were going to bring our familiar team in, we need the heavy healing because things on this map can hit HARD.
There are just eight Majin, but theyre serious business. Theres two Aquila, two Armatus, two higher-level Cephalocthon, a Garuda, and Penumbra himself. Lets take a look at the things weve never seen before.
This Cephalocthon is like the lower-level one, but better. It takes less damage from the things its vulnerable to, and is even more resistant to the things it isnt. You can still kill it with Fire.
Penumbra is really interesting. Its a powerful Dark caster and a truly brutal physical attacker as well. Its Tailstrike special hits a whole arc with a Fracture attack. Its very vulnerable to Fire and somewhat vulnerable to Earth and Slash, but everything else isnt very effective. Surprisingly, it doesnt even take much damage from Light. In Olifens Tale Penumbra has no Demon Aura at all, so thats no issue. Penumbras Overkill HP is a lot lower than Doom Shades and Fire tears him up so capturing him isnt nearly as much as an issue.
We deploy hard to one side, were going to try to ignore as many of the Majin as we can because everything on this map is potentially very dangerous, Garuda and Penumbra especially.
- Capture Penumbra
We start out as always with buffs. We want to push towards the right hard and fast to ensure we dont get the left Armatus or Cephalocthon. This is going to throw us up against an Aquila first, which is probably the least threatening thing on the map right now. We are able to get some people in position to meet and greet it.
Umbra: W-With this body !
I must kill you and consume your soul to resurrect!
We get started on the Aquila with some attacks from the weaker casters. The middle Armatus is coming, so Irina shoots at it then backs to our main group.
I dont know, but Sir Logues dragon seems afraid !
We start hitting the Aquila hard and fast to get its health down to Overkill range, then we set up a Combo to finish the job. Marie is already moving ahead to start on the Celphalocthon after Aquilas gone. It also stops the Aquila from fleeing in the air.
Umbra: H-His energy is engulfing my soul!!!
The dragon inside Logue is in pain!
Logue and Ares land the Combo, and Olifen quickly captures the Aquila so we can move on without any more time wasted. We also move everyone into positions that will lead to the Armatus not flying into our midst.
Ill tenderize your bones with my teeth!
Then Ill rip off your flesh one piece at a time!
Itll be a magnificent victory!
Ive got Olifen up front now to catch the Cephalocthon. I want to try and get through this hallway as soon as possible but I really want to capture this Cephalocthon because Ive not seen the level 20 one yet.
Penumbra is the Shade Dragon
If he captures you, hell drag you into the darkness!
We now get started on Cephalocthon. Olifens pretty insulated against magic thanks to a buff and his new armor from last time, so it actually goes for Marie, whos got solid defenses in that regard anyway. I dont really think through my assault on it, I probably could have taken it out much faster. As it is I manage to Curse it with Olifen and slap it with Maries librum to bring it down without risking killing it.
Umbra: D-Damn you !
We manage to Slow the thing with a Sacra II from Yuri, and Irina levels up from a heal. Now were getting close to seeing this thing off.
Everyone, lend me your strength! Logue needs us!
We give it one last slash with Olifen and then run him up past it to meet the Armatus thats coming. Marie then finishes the job with a Pyro III. We start pushing everyone else up, and the Armatus engages soon after. We get it with a Dual Attack in the back and then start setting up the Combo that will end it with Logue.
After a bit more heat on it Armatus falls to a Combo from Olifen and Logue, which gets Olifen a level. He doesnt get anything new in the way of skills, but its nto really a thing.
Maybe the blood of its natural enemy can remove it.
So how do we bring those two elements together?
Perhaps Logue should drink his blood
Shouldnt you be a little MORE certain first !?
Marie levels up from a buff shortly after, not really getting anything new out of it. Olifens moved up, and Garuda hits the absolute crap out of him. This is actually my biggest worry of the whole map, because Im also very close to Penumbra and both him and Garuda are total beaters.
Well get rid of that curse, I promise! Just hold on!
We start throwing everything we can at Garuda for now, I have no concern about trying to capture it. Logue spears it and I throw one of Maries Malus II spells at it. Now Penumbra terrifies me by throwing a Malusphere at Olifen and Logue, nearly killing Olifen.
Ultimate destruction is my greatest joy!
Is that the best you can do!?
I am able to throw him some healing fortunately, keeping him alive and well. Yuri even levels up, though she doesnt get anything new out of it. Im worried about time, so I rush Olifen up and hit Penumbra with a Dual Attack. It Counters him, though, and now Im worried again. Garuda simply HAS to die or Olifen is history, and I make it happen. Logue joins the fight against Penumbra next, but we get punished with his brutal Tailstrike attack in return and Logue is Fractured. Penumbra then starts running away, which is bad because it could potentially wedge itself into a corner. My problems are even more complicated, because the other Aquila has flown in too. I get Olifen and Logue healed and cured and send Ares to block off Penumbra so Marie can start blasting it. Penumbra does exactly what I was worried about soon after, though, and gets itself into a corner while running away.
If we didnt, we wouldnt have come all the way here!
Dont underestimate us!
I pull everyone back both to finish dealing with Aquila and to try and lure Penumbra back out. We do manage to Overkill it just by sheer luck with a stab from Logue. Then I start advancing cautiously forward, I do expect Penumbra to run into melee if it runs out of spells because it does have serious physical power.
Begone, and well call your debt paid in full.
Umbra: You should be honored to be devoured by ME!
We do manage to lure Penumbra back out and slowly drag its health into the range we want it to be in.
What can a pathetic parasite do against me?
Umbra: When Im fully resurrected, Ill destroy you!
We then blow him up with Marie. Straight up.
I can feel both of the Majin disappointing from here ?
Leave his body forever!!!
Penumbra Lv 22 x 1
Aquila Lv 18 x 2
Armatus Lv 18 x 1
Cephalocthon Lv 20 x 1
We defeated Penumbra, but we had no way of knowing if that would be enough.
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And take your blasted curse with you!
Umbra: Ugh UGH AAAAAAAAAAGH!!!
H-How could I be defeated by Falsin ?
Is it over?
The curse should be broken, Commander
Commander Olifen! Sir Logue He isnt waking up!
Whats wrong with him!?
I I dont know!
Weve removed the curse, right!?
Dont tell me we were too late.
No! Th-That cant be right!
The Majins curse needed Sir Logues body to stay alive and serve as its host! Like a parasite!
Itd never try to kill him
Th-There has to be a reason why he hasnt awakened! I know we can find it!
I have some bad news for you both
Oh no ! Is he !?
Logues going to be just fine.
Logue!? Are you alright!?
While you two were crying over there, he woke up all by himself.
I I want to thank you all For everything
Were just happy to see you safe, Sir Logue.
It wasnt easy, but it was worth it right, Boss?
Thank you, my friend.
Thats not necessary. We didnt fight him. You did.
Now, I can finally relinquish the Commanders title to its rightful owner.
The right man already has it.
Huh!? What are you ?
Im finally free. No more curse, no more of that bastard
I just want to enjoy life for a while.
Id never really realized, but Logue never even wanted the job.
Dont get too carried away, or peoplell start asking me to take over again.
Hehehe That would be nothing new.
Hey! Wh-Why you !
Well Are we ready to resume our mission?
Youre the boss.
Now that Logues back, I figured I should fill him in on what Marie and I have been worried about.
Ive never seen any mention of blood curses in the scriptures
But Levatte seemed to know quite a bit about them.
You think the Church is hiding information about Majin and curses?
If they are, then what if theyre also hiding information about Besek and the Eternal Poison?
Do you think the Church and the Pope could have something to do with Beseks appearance?
It might explain why hes opposed to sending groups into this place to investigate
Ive heard rumors that hes been sending groups of Protectors into this place to investigate
He could be afraid the Valdian Knights might find the Eternal Poison before him.
Thats a possibility
And the Princess stands in the Popes way of gaining more power in the Council.
Is it possible she came here to find the Eternal Poison before the Church does?
I dont have any evidence to back up my theory
But I havent seen anything that proves its wrong, either.
So what now?
When we rescue the Princess, Im sure well find the truth.
I havent quite recovered yet, but you know you can count on me.
Its good to have you back, Logue.
The Count hastened to remind me that the Princess was still missing when we returned to Isapolis.
You look better than usual Perhaps, I daresay, happy even!
It is good that youve found something to be happy about.
But remember, your real mission is to save Princess Lenarshe
It may be a bit early to start the grand celebration ?
Leon had something interesting to say, Im still not sure how it makes sense.
Leon: Try not to take this personally, okay? I heard this rumor
Apparently, your friend Marie has known Shivan for years.
Of course, Shivans been with the Reev tribe for the past century
So as close as they are, Im sure not even young Marie knows all her secrets.
Between how much he eats and that armor Im surprised Alexei can move.
Alexei: A Valdian Knight should never show weakness with all due respect, Sir!
If you arent feeling well, you should eat a lot to recover your strength!
You cant fight when youre hungry! Hahahahahaha!
Muse brought up a good point, were almost to the deepest part of Besek.
Muse: My goal is to become the worlds greatest dancer!
One day, Ill dance my way into the hearts of everyone in the world.
Im still in training right now, but I know my dream will come true someday!
You better make a move no me before Im too famous! You snooze, you lose!
Ares is concerned about things getting boring, but somehow I think theyll stay interesting for a little while longer still.
Ares: Im tired of this place.
Theres not much excitement left for me here
Its about time for me to move on.
Where else could I go for a good thrill?
For some reason the girl we rescued seemed really familiar. Like Id heard a story about her somewhere.
Alice: Thank you so much.
Theres no need to thank me.
Alice: Hahaha, youre so nice.
It was nothing, really.
Alice: I want you to have this, for saving me.
Feinnes Notes: Witch is an awesome female-only librum. Maries getting it immediately, though Im also going to stick a skill in it and sell it to get it in the Uzaporium so Thage can buy it later. Were not going to see a better Librum until we capture Doom Shade.
Are you sure about this?
Alice: Of course. Youre my savior after all.
Alice: Theres something else I want to ask you
What can I do for you?
Alice: Did you see a white Koona around here?
No. I havent seen anything like that. Im sorry.
Alice: Oh, its okay. Nevermind, it was a weird question anyhow.
Well, Im in a hurry, so I have to go now.
I hope Alice doesnt end up being too late for whatever shes hurrying too. Anyway, were resting up for what were all sure will be a showdown with another Guardian soon. What the hell could be guarding a place like this, though?
- operation record, Commander Olifen