Part 74: Stratum 2: RedemptionThe deserts of Besek are parodies of those in the real world. While a natural desert is hot and dry due to simple climate, Beseks deserts are lava-filled wastelands.
- excerpt, Legends of Besek, Vol I
The Land of Fire
The previous battlefield overlooked a wide area of Besek. There seemed to be an easy path through the burning mountains.
The Majin were there, of course.
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Weve got our normal group of mercenaries this time, were unlikely to change unless we do some crazy joke fight where I use a Koona or something.
Weve seen this map before and weve seen the Majin setup before. Theres a Thielfer, two Laquo Magus, two Hecta Gigas, two Velox, and three Armatus. Its a pretty versatile group but theres no healers so theyre pretty vulnerable.
We want to do the same thing we did with Ashleys party, were going to push hard into the Majin.
- Just kick Majin ass.
My Koona scouts report that the Princess is in the area.
She was kidnapped by the Majin, right?
Dont believe everything you hear, my dear hero.
If were fortunate, we might come across her out here.
Hmph, thats not important to our mission.
There could be unexpected gains in meeting her.
Rondemion is able to push far enough forward to batter the Hecta Gigas in front of us with his Earth magic so we do that.
Now I start pushing everyone else forward. The near Armatus didnt activate on its first turn, which gives us a full cycle before we need to worry about it. The Hecta Gigas ends up moving in to Hecta Crush the Count and Rondemion, which sort of sets it up nicely to die.
In myyyyyy stomach!
The Count and Rondemion team up for a Combo on the Hecta Gigas, but its not quite low enough to Overkill for them. Oh well. The near Armatus is moving now, so we need to deal with that. We also want to push ahead with anyone we can to deal with the Thiefler.
Falsin! Food! Hungry!
*sigh * These Majin are so excruciating to talk to.
We push the Count forward and cast on the Laquo Magus, its vulnerable to Wind and doesnt really have much magic defense. Everyone throws some offense into the Armatus in the backfield to get it down to Overkill range. An Armatus is coming in ahead of the group as well, so I need to get Laquo Magus out of the way. Rondemion cuts it down with his Heroic Slash, a good use of our powerful technique. The near Velox starts shooting at Rondemion, but hes got a pretty deep well of health and its no big thing. Armatus also attacks him, which is good because it was otherwise in the way of my efforts to kill Thiefler. The Count then moves up to make it harder for Thiefler to pass. The Majin upfield make a nuisance of themselves while we finish off the back Armatus, who falls to a Combo from Yuri and Alexei. This is a good thing, because a Hecta Gigas is coming that way. The Count then drops the Thiefler with Grand Design, and Vivian levels up from casting on the Armatus upfield.
Vivian just became pretty awesome. She went up to A rank in Fire, which makes her Pyro I a lot more effective, and she got the powerful Meta II spell. Meta II can sometimes Confuse targets, which is a good addition to our set of options. Since the Armatus in the back is down, I start pulling everyone back towards the group slowly but surely. I want to drag the Hecta Gigas back towards my support lines. Meanwhile, I get a real start on the Armatus upfield with Nena.
Hmph, nothing was ever gained by hesitating.
I start caging up the upfield Armatus while weakening it and the Velox now. We need to just tolerate their attacks a bit, because I want to take advantage of the experience I could gain from them. Alexeis been getting beat up by the Hecta Gigas pretty badly, but hes finally got something to show for it as he levels up. As Im messing around milking these guys for experience I realize its possible for me to Overkill the Armatus with Nena, so I start setting that up. We hold the line everywhere else, getting valuable experience from weakening what we can. Nena blows up the Armatus and the Hecta Gigas backs off due to low health, so suddenly Velox is all alone. Velnor levels up from a buff as we surround the Velox, giving it no targets in its bow range. I set up a Combo with Rondemion and Nena, which doesnt end up being enough for an Overkill but does get the big man a level.
Rondemion gets Quad Resist as a Crusader at seventeen, which gives him no magic weaknesses at all. Thats because Rondemion owns. Now we can go turn everyone around but Vivian and go for the Hecta Gigas. Vivian is going to open the chest behind us and then wait for us to meet her as we swing around the other side.
You arent going home now, are you?
Dont fret. Ill make sure we finish the task at hand.
We hit the Hecta Gigas hard and fast, and get it low enough that Nena can Overkill it with her Malus magic. We now secure the chests and start swinging around to engage the last three Majin. We push to the far bridge, which lures an Armatus in a bit and allows us to start barraging it with firepower. We drag it down low then flank with Vivian, who downs it with her Meta II. Weve now got the Laquo Magus in as well, but its no threat at all. Capturing the Armatus gets Nena a level.
Nena picks up Malus III, which is a huge offensive upgrade for her. We throw a bunch of attacks into the Laquo Magus quickly, which takes it down to very low health. The Velox is making itself annoying, but all alone its easy to heal through its arrows. The Laquo Magus falls to the Count, who levels up but doesnt get a new skill. We drag Velox down and even manage to land a Sleep on it, which leads to a brutal takedown with Rondemion and Alexei. Yuri levels up after everythings dead from a heal, getting the Divinus skill. A pretty easy victory all around.
Hecta Gigas Lv 12 x 1
Velox Lv 13 x 1
Armatus Lv 12 x 3
Thiefler Lv 7 x 1
It seemed the Count wasnt totally wrong, though.
Video- Redemption Lead Out
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I am Lenarshe, Princess of Valdia.
Pardon me, are you Sir Rondemion? The Hero?
(She appears this soon after the Count mentions her Is this just a coincidence ?)
Im a wandering swordsman, nothing more. What does a princess want with someone like me?
Ive come to give you a warning.
Do not trust Count Duphaston. Hes most certainly NOT your ally.
Thats not news to me.
So how do I know YOURE even telling the truth?
As far as I can tell, neither of you can be trusted.
I understand your reservations, Hero.
But theres one more thing I must tell you
Besek began to shudder again.
I ask that you leave Besek at once.
I cant do that.
I thought we agreed I shouldnt trust you
Please listen to me. Something horrible will happen within Besek very soon.
You must leave.
Do you tell this story to everyone in here?
Sir Rondemion, please
The time of destruction is very soon. Please, remember what I said.
Wait, I need to ask you something.
Its about the late Queen of Valdia
My my mother ?
Hm, nevermind. Forget it.
(Whyd I try to ask her ?)
(Ha, just lingering questions Its not like me to get so sentimental )
No point worrying about the past.
Ares: Ive heard its quite dangerous to find. I might start looking for it.
I could use a little more excitement
One of those Koona who work for the Count joined up with us.
Toma: Oot uoy ?
Ni em tnuoc annaw uoy? Anook! Anook!
Uoy htiw krow ot desaelp! Emosewa!
If I ate as often as Alexei I dont know that I would make it out of bed in the morning.
Alexei: You cant wage war on an empty stomach! Let us sit down and eat, my friend!
If the Count is looking for a hot spring, I suspect were close to a good source in this hellish place.
I confess, it could use a nice hot spring to relax ones troubles away.
But alas, some things arent meant to be.
Komori seems happy.
Komori: It looks like Nena and Eriel have become friends.
Nenas always talking about her, which is really encouraging.
It seems like she is opening up to the other townsfolk, as well.
Shes having more fun now. Im still worried about her, but much less now.
Its just one of the challenges of being a parent. Dont you agree?
It must be pretty bad where Amelie lives if this place is more peaceful.
Amelie: This town is nice and peaceful.
Its my first time in a peaceful place, so Im a bit uncomfortable.
Youve never known peaceful times where youre from?
Amelie: No, the war between the winged ones started before I was even born.
How did you hear about Besek?
I doubt word of King Valduss decree reached your homeland.
Amelie: No, I didnt hear about the Kings situation until I came here.
But weve told stories in my homeland about Besek and its mysteries.
Im checking with people to see if theyve seen Morpheus.
Kuni: Thats good, I guess. I mean, ya could be worse off, right?
Though its not as good as good, right? Now Im all confused.
So what can I do for ya?
I need information. Have you seen a Majin named Morpheus?
Kuni: Morpheus Hm Wait, didnt ya kill that guy years ago?
Kuni: Hey, ya got real silent all of a sudden
Nevermind, its not a big deal.
Kuni: Alrighty then.
Sorry to bother you.
Kuni: No bother at all, buddy!
Still not sure why Misty is even in Besek.
I havent found your master yet.
Misty: I see
Misty: No, IM sorry Ive been wasting your time!
I dont mean to be such a nuisance!
Whatre you doing in Besek anyway?
Misty: Well, er, uh
Cant talk about it?
Misty: Its just hard for me to talk about it.
Misty: But I promise that keeping it a secret wont cause you any trouble.
Misty: Thank you!
That guy we saved is some nobleman. We should have let the Majin chew on him a bit.
Nolstein: Hm You must feel so privileged
You can barely stay composed around a nobleman such as myself!
Nolstein: Regardless, I must compliment you for saving me.
Even though a commoner like you cannot fully ascertain its importance.
Not to worry. You will realize my greatness over the coming days.
Nolstein: Because I am staying here until my servants come to bring me home.
You will have the distinct pleasure of entertaining me for as long as needed.
Youre staying ?
Nolstein: Hahaha! You must be overjoyed, I know!
Seeing the Princess threw me a bit, but dredging up the past wont help me now. Just need to keep moving forward, find that bastard Morpheus, and make him pay.