Part 55: Stratum 2: Sacrifice Part 2 Boss: ArkanosThe deepest darkness is that of the Bound Usurper, who suffers eternal punishment for his endless sins.
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The Darkness of the Depths
Arkanos. A shadow from the past.
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Same group of allies as last time, were going to need the healing and really only Thage has a chance at Overkilling Arkanos.
The enemy group is small, but its rock hard. There are two Laquo, two Sprites, two Dawnwalkers, and the big man himself. All of these are newish combinations.
This Sprite is like the last one but more, really. Its got more uses of its skills, more skills, and higher stats. Its just as vulnerable to its weaknesses, though. Strike it or burn it or send it to hell, theyre all effective.
This Dawnwalker works just like the Nightwalkers we just fought in most ways, but instead of having two casts of Sacra magic its actually got Seal as its other spell. Since our most important caster is immune to magic, this isnt so much of a problem. Annihilate it with Dark magic.
This Laquo has a Fear Attack. This is very bad because Fear is a real pain in the ass. Its a lot like every melee Laquo, it hits super hard but is vulnerable to magic.
Arkanos is a real bastard. Hes only really vulnerable to Dark and Fire magic, though if you need to use physicals Slash will work. Hes got powerful Air and Water magic, a brutal physical special, and can dish out powerful physical attacks. Even more annoying, his Reinforce skill makes him take less damage from critical hits. Realistically we need magic to Overkill him.
Weve got no real options with our deployment here. We need to deploy as far forward as we can in order to get to Arkanos before he leaves.
- Capture Arkanos
We advance Raki up to get the Majin drawn in as quickly as possible. He catches a lot of bad attention, though. The two Sprites shoot him with Light Attacks for quite a lot of damage. I do manage to get started on them with a spear from Ares and a spell from Raki, though.
You cry out from the depths where light cannot reach
And yet your soul still shines brightly.
The dragon who beckoned me into the darkness
We were drawn to each other, Thage!
We manage to get Raki some support, getting a Fortify buff on him and healing him. We then manage to get Alexei into position to block off the Laquo from reaching our party. The Sprites keep barraging Raki with arrows, but its getting to be time to fight back.
I see your soul is stronger than before!
Give me your power!
Sinful ancient, come and get what you deserve.
We keep Raki healed and throwing attacks at the Majin weve got engaged, which is now two Sprites and a Laquo. The Sprites flank us on either side, while the Laquo is on the left. We manage to land a bleed on the left Sprite with Ares, which pretty much guarantees we can Overkill it soon. Even better, weve got the other Sprite on the ropes a bit with Thages magic. Raki levels up from being shot, and Ares levels up from a Bleed attack on the Laquo.
We need to use a combo attack on his Demon Aura!
It was difficult last time
But this time, I shall put an end to him once and for all.
Thage, what is your history with this wretch?
Hes the one who introduced me to the power of darkness.
So yeah, we need to use a Combo to break his Demon Aura, which is no trouble at all really except that we do need to get two guys up to him. Thage throws out some fire at the Bleeding Laquo, which gives us two Majin in the red.
When I saved you, you had never felt the light before.
All you did was imprison me and feed on my power.
This time, Ill capture you in this librum, forever.
Laquo then annoys me horribly by Fearing Ares. It does nearly bleed itself out doing so, though, so its not that bad. Now its time to strike down some filthy Majin.
Shut up! I wont let you harm Thage!
Accursed one, you know nothing.
Alexei clocks the Sprite, dealing out an Overkill on it. Weve gotten far enough from the other Sprite that it is going to need to move a bit to catch up, which is great. Then Thage blasts Laquo into ash with a Pyro II. Now the Dawnwalker near Arkanos pushes forward, which is actually great because we can pound it incredibly fast. We capture the Sprite thats in our way and then get ready to pound it.
Foul? Nonsense! I am the one who awakened Thage!
I discovered the light of Izel among the darkness!
You dare to say you awakened Thage!?
Raki and Alexei throw attacks into the Dawnwalker, and then Thage blasts it straight into oblivion. Now we quickly scoop up the Majin that we have found and get ready to engage Arkanos.
A mere Majin cannot awaken Izel on his own.
But there is no flaw in Izels light.
(Is it possible that Thage has always been No )
The other Sprite has started moving in and shoots at Komori. Meanwhile I start getting people moved around to try and trap Arkanos, if he runs too far itll be very hard to get two sides of him. Then we get Alexei and Raki into position and crack his Demon Aura like the rotten egg it is.
Wouldnt you like to know?
I will steal your power. That is my only use for you!
Arkanos then starts blasting Ares with powerful Water magic. We start trying to drag Arkanos down and land some kind of status on him, though its hard to do that. Sprite has also joined the fun, which is bad because its going to eventually heal Arkanos. Even worse, Ares gets Countered by Arkanos when she tries to Bleed him. I to terrible damage to it with Thages magic, but it drops Ares in return. I realize the Sprite is going to try and heal Arkanos and desperately try to kill it with Reticas Rapid Fire, but its just not enough. Some Dark magic from Thage ensures it wont be doing so again, though, and also gets her a level.
Thage is very close to getting the ultimate attack, but she merely gets stronger every level for now. Theres not too much left now, just need to drag Arkanos down and finish him with a Malus IV.
Raki, what are the Majin trying to do to Thage?
There is no time for this, kid.
If you wont tell me, then maybe the dragon will!
We need to get him below about 30 hit points, because Thage hits it for about 230 with Malus IV. Fortunately its got such heavy defenses that its easy to surgically lower its health.
Not the Guiding Sage!
You need to work on your power of temptation.
Komori and Yuri level up while were beating on him, with Yuri getting Cura II. Then Thage finishes the job, nicely and neatly.
Hahaha, I may have underestimated your power.
Why are you here? Who brought you back?
Life and death have no meaning to a Majin.
We do not live or die by our own will.
When awake, we live to satisfy our hungers !
How were you awakened in Besek?
Im in Besek? The Tetractis? Hahaha, I see now!
You You used me as part of Izels Trial!
Huh? What is he talking about?
Thank me, for I am assuredly the one who awakened you.
Im tired of you. I wont be tormented any longer.
Ill dissolve into the Tetractis. My blood is yours.
Majin blood Poison Pink
Your poison is worthless.
Arkanos Lv 15 x 1
Dawnwalker Lv 14 x 1
Sprite Lv 14 x 2
Laquo Lv 14 x 1
I supposed at that point some slight explanations were in order.
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I knew him since I was a child.
Meeting him awoke the darkness within me.
But I murdered him. I destroyed him with my own hands.
But how was he here, standing in front of me ?
Is it possible theres another force at work?
Perhaps Besek is under the control of someone or something.
Guiding the awakening of Izel within me
Just as I awoke from the darkness before.
We cant deny the possibility of something controlling Besek.
But we cant waste time worrying about it right now.
I know. We cant waste time here.
What exactly IS Besek?
I suppose that is important for him to know at this point.
This realm is separate from Alea, where you are from.
You Falsin call it Besek, but we know it as the Tetractis.
In our tongue, it means the Path to the Goddess.
Ill try to explain
This realm is connected to other realms.
However, it is our homeworld.
The Majins homeworld!?
Why did something like this appear in Alea!?
You want to know who brought Besek to your world, and why?
Hmph, if we knew that, our suffering might be at an end.
We do not fully understand the mysteries of the Tetractis
However, we do know that its very deep.
Though I have no intention of telling him exactly why were here.
No one fully knows the mysteries of this place
But we do know the Eternal Poison is rumored to be in Besek.
So we have no choice but to keep moving onward.
But if Besek doesnt want us going forward
The Tetractis poses no threat.
Only the Majin can harm you.
Are we finished?
We should keep moving.
We cant let someone reach the Eternal Poison before us.
The Count informed us of a rather worrying development.
You might have already noticed that a powerful Majin guards each gateway.
Prepare to face Amirhage, a grand ruler of the heavens.
His judgment is absolute, and his punishments can be most gruesome.
I pray you do not fall victim to a swift execution.
Komoris still a strange guy.
Komori: Young Retica seems to have taken a liking to my Nena.
Im glad. Shes starting to become more social now that shes making friends.
I hope she continues to get better!
If he keeps fighting as well as hes been Alexei can eat all the damn food he wants.
Alexei: You know, eating bread alone would get pretty boring
But, then again, I cant imagine eating a meal without bread! Hmmm
All these deep questions make my head spin! Thats why I stick to fighting!
That seems to be why Ares is here as well. Not eating, that is, but fighting.
Ares: You wanna know why Im here, huh ?
I came for excitement.
Theres no greater feeling than staring danger in the face
One day, you might understand.
But lifes too short without some thrills.
Nobody seems to know anything about the Eternal Poison.
Muse: Do you know anything about the Eternal Poison?
Is it food? Oh, you dont know ?
Well, it must be food then! Is it on the menu yet? I bet its exotic
Im pretty sure you dont want to eat the Eternal Poison. Elizabeth continues to not be dead, which is actually kind of surprising.
Hey, it looks like youre wearing even more makeup than usual.
Elizabeth: Y-Youre just seeing things
Elizabeth: Why are you staring at me like that!?
You seem upset. Things not work out with your friend?
Elizabeth: What are you talking about?
I cant be with someone who doesnt understand my beauty!
It sounds like you were tricked.
Elizabeth: I was NOT tricked!
Why dont you just swallow your pride and tell me whats going on.
Ill be here to listen to a rich girls misery.
Elizabeth: I have nothing to discuss with a child like you!
Have it your way.
Shockburt continues to be equal parts helpful and agonizing to be around.
Shockburt: Hahaha, with an expression like that on your face
I bet youre still trying to discover my secret identity. Am I right?
Shockburt: I am but a simple, wandering doctor. I have nothing to hide from you.
My life is an open book. Please, pick me up and read me.
Shockburt: And how can I help you today, milady?
Retica was playing with the Koona tribe and came back with some injuries.
Shockburt: Hahaha, boys can be so full of energy.
Will you come take a look at him?
Shockburt: Oh, but of course. Let us make our way over to the lad.
We keep saving these total freaks, its sort of strange.
Dylan: Is it you who saved the great and splendid ME?
Dylan: Thats grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!
I almost envy you! Youll remember this day for the rest of your life!
Thats very possible
Dylan: I should perform for you THE AMAZING DYLANS AMAZING SHOW! Free of charge!
Dylan: Lahahahahaha! Dont be shy! I know youre secretly dying to see my show!
Really, Im fine.
Dylan: This is no ordinary cat and pony show! This is DYLANS AMAZING MAGIC SHOW!
If you want to thank me for saving you, how about something tangible.
Dylan: Aha! The lady has good taste, I see. Allow me to present you with THESE!
Feinnes Notes: Prayer is a decent pair of gauntlets that protects us from Light and some physical status.
Dylan: Huh!? Impossible! These are made of the finest materials !
Then I shall pack up my illusions and seek more appreciative crowds
At least he left before he did his show.
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