Part 43: Stratum 3: Arbiter Part 2 Boss: LuxaphelAnd so Blessed Saint Luxaphel, the Archangel, did rise up against the powers of darkness and cast them back to their grim home. His task complete, he returned to the side of Holy Atona once more.
- excerpt, Valdian scripture
The Right Hand of Izel
It doesnt matter if theyre demons, angels, or gods. Ill kill anything that stands between us and the Princess.
Video- Arbiter Part 2
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Our same old group of mercenaries, theres a lot of powerful Majin out here and well need the healing.
This is actually the nastiest group of Majin well see in Olifens Tale. There are two Lapis Sylphs, two Zyr Phantasms, two Unseelie, and two Garuda joining Luxaphel. Well need to push through most of the Majin on one side to even get to the big guy.
And here he is. Luxaphel is a nasty Light caster, he can heal and even has a special spell called Sacraspire that does a bit more damage than Sacrasphere and can Seal instead of Confuse. Luxaphel is resistant to all types of magic save Dark, but unlike King Bellion hes actually vulnerable to physical attacks. This makes him a bit easier to Overkill, but do keep in mind hes got a really tough base defense.
Theres no way up without passing through one whole set of Majin so you absolutely need to try and force one side without getting the other. If youve got two Garudas at once youre in really, really deep shit and need to pull out all the stops to make that not the case.
- Capture Luxaphel
We start out with our normal set of buffs flying around. We push quickly to the side to ensure we dont have some buffing Majin from the other side wander into us while theyre moving around looking for friends to buff. We even give Logue a Magus Wall buff so he can take a first strike from the near Lapis Sylph, which turns out to have been a decent plan because it does indeed cast on us with an Aerosphere. We quickly cure bleeds from Olifen and Ares, heal Ares, and get ready to engage our first Majin.
The scriptures say man is born in the light.
And when he dies, he returns to the light.
I wonder if its the same for Majin ?
Levatte, stay focused!
Whether youre angel or demon, it doesnt matter!
Ill strike down anything that stands in my way!
You think you stand a chance against your own gods!?
As your master, I shall educate you in such matters!
We start the show off with a slash to the Lapis Sylph. Were definitely going to have to deal with the Garuda soon, and Unseelie is a real possibility as well. Zyr Phantasm not so much, it generally wont move to cast on us.
Sh-Shut up! Im not listening to you
You treacherous Falsin Your soul is tainted
And your life is a failure.
We keep throwing everything weve got at the Lapis Sylph, short of using Malus II. Were going to need that here in a bit. Lapis Sylph is almost down, itll just take a bit more to bring things over the top.
Keep it together, Levatte!
B-But, Maam !
Levatte does a good thing, killing the Lapis Sylph with a Sacra. We even get a good status restoring item from killing it, a Remedy. Now were getting ready for the incoming Garuda and potentially an Unseelie.
Luxaphel is a Majin of Light.
If we use Dark magic, we should get through the aura!
Logue whacks the Unseelie since the Garuda isnt nearby yet. It then runs up and nearly kills Ares in a single hit, because Garudas are stupidly overpowered. We start healing up and trying to get started on the thing, but annoyingly it just keeps evading all the attacks Im sending its way. It takes a spell from Marie to get a proper first blood. Logue is able to get around to its side and block it off from my weaker characters, making things a bit easier. After a few more attacks Marie finishes the job with a Delirium. I also put a Magus Wall up on her, because I want her to be the vanguard of my offensive on Luxaphel. Well just have to see how that works in practice. Unseelie meanwhile has decided to finally start fighting and starts shooting at my back ranks. We do it the same way we do all Unseelies, weakened then burned down.
Weve moved into range and Luxaphel starts casting with his big gun, Sacraspire. Logue takes a ton of damage, the chances of him surviving this whole map are slim. The Zyr Phantasm also started casting, but its running away at the same time. Itll soon be out of range to do anything so were not so worried. Now we just need to get Marie into range to break the damn Aura on the boss.
She wouldnt take peoples lives so violently like you.
Y-Youre right I think
With an S rank in Dark spells breaking the Aura was never really in question for Marie. Now we just need to try and finish the job without getting the Majin on the other side, or well be in for a real hassle here soon.
Dont tell me youre scared, old friend.
Im only scared that you wont be able to handle him.
Ha! Ill order you to stay back so you wont get hurt!
Zyr Phantasm takes a parting shot at Levatte and then leaves the sphere of the world forever as far as Im concerned. Now we get started on hitting Luxaphel. We do a lot of damage to it but the problem is that it keeps fleeing towards support. At this point Im sure I will at least have to fight a few of the Majin on that side.
Theres no time for that! Concentrate on the battle!
Right, lets finish this quickly.
We finally get Luxaphel down low, and the goddamn Garuda comes in and heals it. Even worse, I just plain havent been paying proper attention to Logues health and totally forget when he gets hit by a spell for a moderate amount of damage. I get Luxaphel down quite a lot again and then in a desperate attempt to distract the Garuda from healing I run Irina over to shoot at it. It doesnt end up working, he heals the thing. Yuri levels up, she gets Prayer II this time. I get started on the Garuda, though its a bit too late to really help now. Then I get punished for not topping Logue off earlier because Luxaphel drops a Sacrasphere on him and Ares, confusing her and leaving him low. Zyr Phantasm still has an Aero II, and finishes the job with it. It then moves up next to Olifen, which is actually super bad because it means he cant move. While confused Ares does a good thing and stabs Luxaphel anyway, so were still keeping his health low. Then things get even more annoying.
Garuda moves in and one shots Yuri. This was officially the Last Straw. Olifen hits the Zyr Phantasm since he cant even move to reach the Garuda, and Luxaphel heals itself. I cure Ares Confusion and then finish the second Garuda with a Delirium from Marie and a Terra II from Levatte, who levels up.
He gets his unique skill, Souls Cry. Its a powerful Staff based Light attack that can Seal. The Zyr Phantasm hits Olifen with a Malus that diseases him just to annoy me, but then it backs up allowing me to move again. But now things are looking good, no Garuda and weve got Luxaphel at a pretty good health level.
Ive never read about Majin who call themselves gods
Levatte, what are you talking about ?
We cure that disease, and then the game as always makes an awesome suggestion.
Wrong, Falsin! Your souls will be mine!
Youve underestimated us Now youre in for a surprise!
I throw a Combo at Luxaphel and manage to Overkill it by one hit point, getting Ares a level as well. And thats all she wrote.
My only regret is not being there to witness it
But I have served my role in this grand process
Archangel or not, youre headed for the Netherworld!
The path to the Throne of God is open to you
You unworthy creatures may get to see Izels rebirth
But it will be the last thing youll ever see!
Shut up and die with honor, Majin!
Luxaphel Lv 23 x 1
Unseelie Lv 19 x 1
It was time for the truth.
Video- Arbiter Lead Out
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His powerful aura his words Do you think he really WAS Archangel Luxaphel?
As a priest of the Church, I dont think we can deny the possibility
Im afraid we may be making a serious mistake
You think it was a mistake to kill that Majin ?
No, its not that I just feel theres something deeper here Something were not seeing
Im more worried about the rebirth of this Izel What is that?
And it seemed Levatte had been holding out on us even earlier.
I guess this isnt the time to feign ignorance anymore
A small group of Valdian priests has been studying Besek for some time now.
Just as I thought
Theyve been collecting information while they suppress the heretics
And youre a spy sent by the Pope, arent you?
Levatte, you dont have to answer that.
Anyone working against Valdias interests must be executed. As a Knight, Id be forced to carry out my duty.
Levatte, everyone has their secrets, and Im not about to lose a member of my team for this. Especially not right now.
Marie, youre okay with this?
If you say so, Commander.
Still, I need to know what were about to walk into.
Well, tell me whatever you can disclose, that is.
As you know, the Pope and the royal house have been competing for power.
When Besek emerged, and the Princess disappeared, the Church panicked.
They suspected the disappearance of the Princess had something to do with the Eternal Poison, huh?
But that contradicted the Kings announcement that she was kidnapped by Majin and taken to Besek.
If her disappearance had been orchestrated, he wouldnt tell people to look for her.
As the Pope saw it, there were two possibilities
Either the Kings announcement was genuine, and there was no connection between the royal family and Besek
Or else the timing was too convenient to be coincidence, and the Princess was indeed after the Eternal Poison.
The Popes a bastard !
Marie? Whats wrong?
Im going to be having words with the Pope after we get back.
So the Popes determined to kill the Princess whether or not shes after the Eternal Poison.
N-No the Princess is the divine reincarnation of Holy Atona
The Pope wouldnt dare
But you had some doubts about the Princess earlier, Levatte.
Th-Thats not true. I believe in her And thats why I was suspicious of the way everything connected.
You and I are the same.
No matter what you hear, you dont let it affect your belief in Her Majesty.
Everyone, please help me.
I need all of you if were going to finish our mission.
You dont mind that Im loyal to the Pope ?
As long as hes doing his part, I really dont care what Levatte might also be up to.
Youre a pretty good guy, Boss, you know that?
Thats why youd go against orders and rescue a platoon that was used as decoys and left for dead.
What are you talking about ?
Im just saying Ill stick around. You need someone to look after you.
Looks like youve finally learned how to hold a team together, Commander.
Im just glad I dont have to continue on by myself. Thanks, everyone.
Now, lets move out! The Throne of God lies ahead!
We returned to Isapolis one last time to rest up for what will probably be the final showdown.
You seem a bit anxious today.
But youve managed to venture this far! Verily, there is nothing to fear!
Now, if youll excuse me, I have some rather mundane matters to attend to
We very well may never see this place again.
Muse: You must be pretty busy. You dont visit me very often.
My dancings really improved since last time! Come see me when you get back!
Anyways, sorry for keeping you when youve got things to do! Goodbye!!!
The towns been pretty dead, it seems like everyone who doesnt need to be here has run.
Basil: Some of the refugees are heading home now.
Im sad that I wont be able to see them again.
But going back to family and friends is a wonderful thing.
The fortune teller is warning us of what may be coming.
Shivan: Yet I cannot see what lies beyond it
Could the end also mean the beginning?
Leon is also running away it seems.
Leon: Im thinking about leaving this town soon
The Count has been keeping his eye on me
Its hard to become a master thief when youre always being watched. Im out.
The Throne of God who knows what well see there.
- operation record, Commander Olifen