Part 49: Valley: Stray Boss: MorpheusThe dreaded Demon Lord slew countless noble heroes as though they were mere children. Stories of his dread power spread throughout the land, and the people cried out for a savior.
- excerpt, The Demon Lord
Dreams of Izel
We left the first Stratum, and ended up in an empty space in between the Strata. We werent alone, either, a rat was skulking around.
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How long do you plan on hiding?
I never thought someone like you would be sneaking around
Isnt that right, Morpheus?
Ah, you know of me
I would expect no less from the great Izel and her Guiding Sage.
I enjoy your compliments.
So, what do you want with me?
I want that librum youre carrying.
Do you really think Id just hand it over?
Of course not
Hahaha, then were in agreement.
Mark my words, Ill pry it from your hands by force if I have to.
Rats should really be exterminated.
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Weve added Velnor to the party, so weve got a full team now. Weve got no real choice still, so its no thing.
Were up against the exact same group of enemies we always fight when we fight Morpheus. Lets look at that smooth pimp daddy once again.
For Thages party we want to be really careful about Morpheus getting to Thage, because he can pretty much one-shot her with Primal Slash. Her Fire magic is probably best against him because he does resist Dark a bit.
We deploy in a plug, were going to grind forward at first then spread out to smash the flanks. Once all his allies are dead, we will collect again to fight Morpheus.
- Kill everything.
Will you hand over that librum peacefully?
Hahaha, youre just bluffing.
Fitting words from the ultimate sacrifice!
Have it your way! I shall murder you!
We push up in formation, which draws in a Priest and the only Acolyte on the map. Thats pretty much perfect as far as what we want.
Perhaps, but I must be permitted to link with it.
Link with it? What are you talking about?
Its a talent only I know of. Not even the Silver Wolf
Knows how to unravel a librums secrets.
Raki runs up to hit the Acolyte and warm it up for its inevitable demise. Ive got some stored actions, so Thages turn is going to be quite fun, for me.
This is already a dream, from which I might never awake.
This world doesnt need a Majin like you in it.
I hope youve made your peace with this life.
I lead Alexei to Fracture the Priest that advanced up to him and get some healing done, then Thage moves up and blasts the Acolyte down.
Kid, this isnt the time to start daydreaming.
I dont take orders from you, Majin!
Retica moves over and shoots the Fractured Priest, killing it. We then move up to start drawing in another wave on the right while Raki runs to the left to smash a Priest there. The close Priest on the right moves up and hits Komori for a bit.
Hmph I thought you perished long ago.
Nothing is impossible in Besek. You should know that.
Your desires arent part of my mission. Begone.
I decide to tickle the Priest that just hit Komori with a spell from Thage, which turns out to not so much tickle it as kill it in one hit. This also gets her a level.
Komori pushes up to the right even farther and heals himself back up, getting a level in the process. He doesnt gain much out of this level, though. Raki meanwhile takes a minor hit from the Priest he had engaged.
Dont want it anymore ? Typical
I already linked with the librum, and now I know
Link with it, huh?
The librum has entered Besek from the outside world.
A lot has transpired, as of late.
Raki finishes the job on the Priest and moves back to the right to help out there.
I know of its existence, but it is of no interest to me.
If you tell me everything you know, you might live.
Hahaha, what an interesting Falsin.
You and my former self would have really gotten along
A pity you have nothing useful to say.
Now I start pushing to lure in the right Priestess and Priest with Komori. Then I can blow them up with everyone else.
Oh my, are you looking for something, little boy?
Next time, try asking your questions before attacking!
You attacked us!
Sorry Retica, but Morpheus cant hear it when losers talk. Anyway Komori does indeed manage to lure the Priestess in, and we have gotten people into good positions to fry it in just a sec.
I have nothing to say to a Majin!
Hahaha, how bold of you.
It must be unbearable knowing that you have no future
Thage throws some magic at the Priestess, I intentionally go easy on it though so Retica can finish the job for the easy exp. I then move Komori up to draw the Priest in as well.
H-How do you ?
There is always a reason behind each choice we make.
What makes you think you know me, you filthy Majin!
Be careful not to become that which you seek
Hahaha, Besek. I wont be a pawn to your whims.
Retica runs over and shoots the Priestess in the face, killing it quite dead. Meanwhile, Alexei and Yuri are on the left to try and draw the other Priestess out of hiding. We also send Raki over to start hitting it with some magic, which should get its attention. The Priest moved up to hit Komori, and I bring it down low with some fire magic from Thage.
I suppose I can leave him alone
Retica shoots the Priest down right after that. We manage to drag the last Priestess out into the open and start mugging it down, but any desire to milk it for experience goes away when Morpheus runs up and nearly kills Komori in a single Malus III. Our desperate efforts to drag him back up get Retica a level, though he doesnt get any new skills out of it. I set up my melee to keep Morpheus from running right into the casters, then Raki runs up and I manage to land a Bleed on the big guy. It does reduce the amount of experience I can drag out of him but reducing risk is worth it.
Wouldnt you like to know
What would you say if it was summoned by my hand?
Id have to thank you, for giving me just what I needed.
So selfish. No regard for other beings.
This place is a Majin hunting ground. Thats all.
Ah yes. Besek has a way of granting ones desires
Let us fight, and to the victor go the spoils!
I keep pouring attacks into Morpheus and eventually he bleeds down to one health and ends up next to Alexei. So as to end this with CLASS, I seal the deal with a Combo from Alexei and Thage.
What an unoriginal thing to say. How disappointing.
Hahaha, you amuse me, Izel.
Im not sure what Morpheus was up to, especially as it seemed like he didnt even need to attack us to find out what he wanted to know.
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Say what you must.
The librum you hold is incomplete. Its not worth taking.
This is the Librum Vespera.
Its incomplete now, but soon, itll take on its true form.
And Ill be back to claim it from you.
You try that, and Ill capture you inside it.
Hahaha, I look forward to it.
Let me tell you something interesting, before I go.
The unholy mix of human and Majin blood
will bring ruin to this world. I know the prophecy. Its meaningless, right?
You are walking the path of destruction. The unholy blood will beckon you deeper and deeper
Hahaha, Ill try to keep that in mind.
It seems even the poorly informed know of the Demon Lord.
Could that Morpheus be
Hes the Majin that the legendary Rondemion once fought.
Hows there a dead Majin here ?
History and truth dont always tell the same story.
Morpheus is alive, and hes here.
Thats all there is to it.
Lets hurry. Nows not the time to talk.
Beseks started shaking. Raki assures me its nothing to worry about, which makes me worry.
Raki, whats happening?
Besek is trembling.
Its almost like Beseks soul. Its guiding voice.
It trembles because the path to the next Stratum is open to us.
We must proceed, deeper into Besek.
*pant pant pant *
(This air The pain ! Should I really not be worried about all this ?)
The Count seemed somewhat concerned that wed encountered Morpheus, which makes sense really since hes trying to act like hes Lord of Besek.
My word, you saw Morpheus out there!?
I had thought he was slain by the Hero of Legend!
Well, Im pleased you managed to return safely. Please take care.
Is something the matter? If you require anything, please dont hesitate to ask.
Some of these mercenaries are easy to have fun with.
Komori: Isnt my Nena lovely? Shes going to be a beautiful woman someday
Wh-Why are you looking at me like that!?
How dare you accuse me of having such thoughts! I-I demand an apology!
Fine Anyways, I only hope she can overcome her hatred of the Majin
Then she could find a good man to settle down with and be happy
One of those little Koona bears asked to join up, its got a hilarious little sword that Im sure is terribly ineffective but I said yes.
Toma: Ti wonk i Anook stae Master D.
Ni em tnuoc annaw uoy? Anook! Anook!
Uoy htiw krow ot desealp! Emosewa!
Lots of people with odd motivations around here.
Ares: I dont know how he sits around here all day Wheres the thrill?
That general eats all the time. Im shocked he can still move.
Alexei: The food at this tavern is very good!
And no matter how much I eat, Iryth never complains!
What a generous woman!
Hahahahaha! Oh, all that laughing is making me hungry again
Im annoyed because Elizabeth was actually right about, well, anything.
Thats a pretty ungrateful way to talk to someone who saved your life.
I could tell the whole world about the counts daughter who cried for help.
Elizabeth: Y-You think Id fall for a threat like that!?
You wouldnt dare.
Youre far too proud to be caught slandering a noble lady like me
You couldnt live with yourself.
I think I shall have to excuse myself. Good day!
That shes not worth my time, that is. Shockburt annoyingly doesnt know anything about the Eternal Poison.
Im just passing through.
Shockburt: I can see you long to stay, though. Please, have a seat.
Shockburt: Aha! Youre intrigued, arent you? I apologize for being so charming.
Shockburt: Hey, wait! You came here to ask me something, didnt you?
In Besek, did you see or hear anything about the Eternal Poison?
Shockburt: Eternal Poison? Hm, I dont recall anything like that.
May I perhaps offer you some tea, though?
Im fine. I only wanted to ask about the Eternal Poison.
Shockburt: Ah, but I did find the Jewel of Besek!
The Jewel of Besek? Never heard of it.
Shockburt: I think youre quite familiar with it. To find it, just look in a mirror
Its you, my lovely Jewel of Besek.
Im out of here.
Maybe well find more information about it in the second stratum, the path should be open now.
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