Part 45: Stratum 1: AshesThe magic of Zalis, the Dark Realm, is hereafter forbidden in the Kingdom of Valdia.
- Royal Proclamation, unknown year
The Wolf, the Witch, and a Child
Now where was I last time? Oh yes, Besek returned.
Video- Thage Lead In
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Besek the unholy realm.
There was a human child inside Besek.
(I wont last long at this rate!)
Whats a child doing here ?
Wh-Who are you guys?
Hm, how interesting
Huh? Wh-What ?
Whats your name?
Dont people normally introduce themselves first?
Im Thage. And this is
Ranunculus. Raki, for short.
A-A talking dog!? Y-Youre a !
The phrase youre looking for is wolf Majin, I believe.
Now whats your name?
I think children should learn something every day. Todays lesson was about talking to strangers.
A contract? But why?
Are you ready?
Wait, what are you doing !?
Beckoned by the Dark Queen, secured by the spirit, and bound by flame
I hereby forge our contract of body and mind.
Wh-What !? Aaaaargh! It burns!!!
Oh goddess, bow before me.
I mean youd think it was the end of the world the way he screamed. But thats still at least a week off.
Our bond has been sealed.
*pant pant pant *
Thage, theres Majin approaching.
Whats going on !?
Things got off to a really strong start I think.
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Lets take a quick look at our core team. First is Thage.
Thage is our main character in this story. So the first thing to note about Thage is that she is totally immune to anything magical. No magic can hurt her nor land a status effect on her. At the same time, no magic can heal her, buff her, or remove something from her. Make sure you keep items around to make up for this, or youll be in some shit. Thage can use Staves and Librums from the start, letting her theoretically use any type of magic. More than that, in the long term shes at least A rank with every type of magic but Light, so shes actually awesome with every type of magic for the most part. Once Thage starts rolling level wise shes simply unstoppable.
Raki is a pretty special party member. Hes a Majin, but he doesnt follow the normal rules for one. He can level up and store actions like a normal character. Instead of weapons he gets a Claw and Bite attack, allowing him to do either Slash or Pierce damage. He cant equip armor either, which does kind of suck. Hes got Air magic and the awesome Martyr skill, which allows him to take hits for allies within two squares. Hes mainly vulnerable to Fire, Light, and Pierce attacks at this point.
Retica is an archer with healing and support abilities. Hes pretty vulnerable at the start but as he levels up hes going to get seriously powerful. For now we want to keep him back and safe so he can use his heals and plink away with his shortbow.
Weve got four level two Caprus and two Pyromotes here. Lets look at the lowbie Pyromote.
As youd expect, this Pyromote is nearly immune to Fire and Strike and very vulnerable to Pierce and Water. Its also pretty vulnerable to everything else, which is nice. Weve got lots of Pierce, so its easy to bring him down.
We want to keep our party together, we outclass the Majin but were outnumbered. The only way we can lose is if they can bring their numbers to bear.
- Get the chest
- Capture the pathetic Majin
The Oath of Obedience. You are now my servant.
Oath of Obedience? S-S-Servant!?
You really wanna talk right now ? We have company.
This is Thages Tale and we dont fuck around here in Thages Tale, so we start the map out by charging Raki straight into the near Caprus and doing more than half its health. Retica then takes a shot at it too.
Huh? Izel ? What are they saying?
These Majin dont pose us any real threat.
And then we blow the Caprus up with Thage. Boom.
Dont worry. They dont stand a chance.
Ha, fitting words from my master.
We capture it then get ready to go for the next one.
Are you scared? How pathetic.
I-Im not scared!
Whyre you shaking?
We keep getting our positioning right to hit the next Caprus, no point taking hits we dont need to.
Zalis!? The forbidden sorcery!?
Hm, youre more informed than I thought youd be.
Now that everyones in position, we can get started on the next guy.
Yeah, I know.
Beseks upper Strata prey on the mind and materialize it.
This place must be an illusion from my past.
Hey, what are you two talking about?
Hahaha, dont worry about it.
Raki runs up and bites it, were going to use the same routine on this guy because we want some easy exp for Thage.
Huh!? Of course they will!
Retica takes a shot at it now too, taking it down to easy Overkill range.
How annoying. Ill trap you in this librum soon enough.
I dont know what youre saying
But lets not make this more difficult than we need to.
Why do they keep talking about your librum?
We conjurers use librums to cast our spells.
But that librum is feeding on the Majin!?
Theres no other librum like this one in the whole world.
Ill seize all the Majin. Thats why Im in Besek.
We blast this Caprus the same way we did the first. Then we start moving our party over to hit the side that has the chest.
You must be out of your mind
And just whatre YOU doing in such a dangerous place?
Hahaha, I see
The Caprus does move up and attack Raki, which is fine really, he can take it.
If you tell me, I might let you live
Did she just mention the Eternal Poison!?
So that Raki and Retica can potentially get experience I have Thage burn the Caprus nearly down with a spell.
Are you referring to this? You want to taste its power?
Iste librum frange.
Pyromote moves up now too, and does quite a lot of damage to Raki. Its quite a hassle, especially since we need to deal with Caprus first.
It cant be helped. These Majin dont know anything.
They probably dont know what the Eternal Poison is
Raki finishes the job nice and easy on the Caprus, getting a level in the process. His stats and resistances improve a little bit, about what youd expect.
Hahahaha Youve already seen so much.
What else do you need to know?
Wh-Whats that supposed to mean?
Raki needs healing, so we do that now.
Those who tread on it will disappear into the librum.
Dont lose focus. Ill take care of these Majin.
I want to destroy anything that treads on this illusion.
(I-I hope she isnt referring to me )
The Pyromote then casts on Retica, which isnt so good for him. Raki gives it a savage bite while Retica heals himself back up.
Izel ek Glenthage?
Its useless. Theyre only good for grinding up.
We whack it with Thages librum next to soften it up a bit more and get her some more experience. It casts on Retica one last time then pulls back, letting us unleash a Combo on it with Raki and Retica, who levels up. We dont see what he gets quite yet, its more casts of his Cura I and Restore. Even better, Thage levels up from capturing it.
Thage hasnt quite gotten a new spell yet, but itll be soon and itll be awesome. We get the chest, which has a Bard ring in it. Its a nice accessory that increases speed and air resistance. Retica heals himself up with his last cast, since hed certainly die if attacked again. Now we just need to deal with the other side. Raki runs up and bites the Caprus, which gets him hit with a Pyro from the Pyromote and then a relatively sad little slash from the Caprus. As the rest of the party advances he bites the Pyromote as well, taking them both down to overkill range and getting him a second level.
Were also getting close to a really useful skill for Raki, but thatll come next time. Caprus and Pyromote both hit him again, taking him down low. Its not going to matter, though, because both of them are doomed. Thage chars the Caprus and then Raki bites the Pyromote, finishing the map.
Hey, I hope you arent talking about me!
Thage, its just a child. You cant expect too much.
The Guiding Sages wisdom such cold logic.
Argh, you two can leave me out of this!
Caprus Lv 2 x 4
Pyromote Lv 3 x 2
Retica doesnt seem to be a good learner, though.
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It turns you into my slave. Wasnt that obvious?
No, I mean, why did you force me under this oath?
Because you were there.
Quit talking in riddles!
If that explanation wasnt enough, then theres no point.
What do you mean by that?
Thage, theres a Falsin nearby.
It means human in the Majin language.
People are of no use to me, Raki. Lets keep going.
Im not sure why but he wanted to save this person the Majin had grabbed.
If someones here, they might need our help! Didnt that ever occur to either of you?
If were not going to help them, who will!?
You arent trying to order me around, are you?
Did it sound like an order!?
Anyway it turned out not to be a hassle to help them.
Truh uoy era? Anook! Anook!
Oh, my, and what do we have here ?
Count eht! Count eht! Ehehehe!
You must be Count Duphaston
I am honored that you know of me, My Princess.
What do you want?
You seem to be in a spot of trouble.
Well, we saved someone in Besek
But we dont know where to take them.
There is no need for worry. A safehaven is nearby.
It can be dangerous here. Let us move on from this place.
If hes going to offer hospitality of course Im only too pleased to exploit that offer to its fullest. Though I have to wonder whether hes thought through this whole lord of Besek thing.
Your surprise is understandable, but here you are safe from harm.
Besek appeared in my domain, engulfing my fair town of Isapolis.
Therefore, I am the lord of Besek and am obliged to greet its guests.
This isnt a safe place to live, dont you think?
I think youll find we are quite safe here in this magnificent town.
I have prepared lodgings for all of you at Twilights Rest. Please, make yourselves at home there.
Thank you very much!
Theres no need for thanks. The comfort of his guests is all the thanks a host needs.
Its not very luxurious, but I guess well try it out for a night.
If you need anything else, I am at your disposal. Please dont be afraid to speak with me.
We wont, and thanks again!
I am but a humble host in these trying times. To do any less would be uncivilized. Now, get some rest.
Retica seemed to think I should treat our new friend with a level of respect hed certainly not earned.
I dont care about peoples social status.
Thats a great way to find yourself in jail one day.
You know, not all aristocrats are as nice as him
Dont worry about me. Ill be fine.
Youre pretty confident in yourself. Howd you get that way?
If you were me instead of you, youd understand.
Hmph, whatever you say
Our illustrious and trustworthy host showed us around the town a bit. The Koona who are working for him are all around.
Toma: Anook deen uoy! Suoregnad Beseks.
As a hint from professional to professional: Dont introduce yourself as a thief.
Leon: Im Leon, the worlds greatest thief! Well, not yet, but Im working on it
Test my knowledge! Just ask me anything! Hmmm the Eternal Poison!?
Well, er, uhhh I dont think I should talk about it
I mean, I could easily get it for you myself, but wheres the fun in that!?
You wouldnt feel any sense of accomplishment, but I can still help.
Im an expert at gathering information. Anything you need? Just come find me!
What a loser. There are some real warriors in town, much more reliable than Retica. Ares the slayer is around but seems to be resting from the trip still.
Ares: Oh, the Eternal Poison ? Sounds like fun.
We did find an old man, though. Hopefully he doesnt have a heart attack out on the battlefield.
Komori: Aha, so youre looking for something thatll make your dreams come true?
Im here with my adopted daughter, Nena.
Hey, would you like to hire us? Nena and I make one tough team!
All we need is food and shelter, and were set. Lets go slay some Majin!
I appreciate irony so Im particularly amused that were also joined by the Beast General.
Alexei: Im here to investigate Besek, under direct orders from the Council!
Your group looks a little thin How about bringing me along?
Hahahaha! Good choice! Now you have the Beast General on your side!
It seems someone in town got lucky and wasnt traveling with the band who was taken.
Muse: Im Muse, and Im a dancer.
I used to be in a traveling band, but I decided to go solo!
I like being alone. It builds character.
Im still inexperienced, but I hope you like my dancing!
Also I need to remember to make Retica pay for insisting we rescue this person.
It was nothing.
Elizabeth: It must have been a delight when you realized who you were saving.
Elizabeth: I am the daughter of the famous Count Modle!
I will shower you with gifts!
Instead of that plain old dress of yours
Ill adorn you with lavish, magnificent gowns!
Even if I say no, thats not going to stop you, right ?
Then again, his continued existence is probably punishment enough.
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