Part 81: Stratum 3: HavocIt is rumored that Morpheus may have had far greater motives than simple death and destruction for his actions in Westmoor.
- excerpt, The Saga of Rondemion
The Dark Lands
We continued on through the darkness.
As always the Majin were waiting.
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Weve got our normal mercenary team today, since weve got no need to use Majin here.
This map has a similar Majin mix to the last one. Weve got a Thiefler, two Heefler, two Caer Lumen, three Chiroptera, and three Zerda. Again we need to watch for executes and Releases here with this mix.
Were set up to push forward hard and fast, I need to get to the Thiefler pretty quickly to save the chests.
- Get the chests.
Majin of their stature are usually more intelligent.
But this ritual seems to be making them more savage.
Theyre always savage.
The powerful ones have the ability to reason, though.
We start out pushing towards the Chiroptera across the bridge as aggressively as we can. We need to kill him super fast to ensure we get to the Thiefler.
The Princess shall be sacrificed for Izel!
Sacrifice the Princess ?
Too late! Izel shall be reborn!
We get a bunch of buffs down as Chiroptera comes in. Weve already hit it with some magic by then, so its going to drop as soon as Rondemion gets a turn.
You, wheres Morpheus?
Izel shall be reborn again!
Tch! Useless Majin
Chiroptera falls to an axe strike from Rondemion, clearing the way for us to push forward.
Thats why theyre spouting nonsense?
Ah yes, but its also making them more powerful.
We push ahead quickly. We expect to end up fighting a Heefler, a Chiroptera, and a Zerda while also getting ready to drop the Thiefler before it can get the near chest. Thats going to be tricky but its very possible. Heefler hits the Count with a spell, and luckily were able to get a heal on him before Chiroptera also goes for him. Rondemion moves up to flank around the two of them, and Fractures the bat with a Terra II. We take this opportunity to move the Count around to a better position, and then we drop a Meta II on the Heefler and Confuse it. We weaken the Chiroptera down to Overkill range with Alexei and potentially could Overkill the Heefler after a greatsword slash from Rondemion. Meanwhile Zerda is active and shooting, its bad but with only it really in play its no real threat. When Thiefler arrives on the scene, I have an Aerosphere all ready to weaken it.
Oh dear, are your old wounds causing you trouble ?
We chop the Thiefler in half with a Heroic Slash from Rondemion, which means weve got to consider the Heefler now. I really want this Thiefler and its not worth risking an Execute from the thing and I fry it with Vivian, who levels up. Alexei then knocks the Chiroptera to the moon, which gives us another potential problem because a Caer Lumen will be here soon. I plan to have the Count get Thiefler and the chest and everyone else is working on Zerda right now. The Count levels from the capture, and even with Caer Lumen coming in I risk potential releases by dropping Zerda with an Alexei/Rondemion Combo that gets Alexei a level. I get both captures off, but it does get Nena hit by the Caer Lumen and our progress has led a fresh Zerda to the party. After a bit of weakening we Combo the Caer Lumen down with Rondemion and Vivian, and in a crazy turn of events we get through the heavy resistance of the Zerda and Bleed it with an Aerosphere. It later falls to a Combo just like Caer Lumen did, and healing Vivian up gets Yuri a level.
Yuri and Nena are both getting close to unique skills, its super exciting. I start the Count towards the second chest, which lures a Chiroptera in towards him. I shift the whole party over to deal with it, no point crossing to the last set of Majin while its up.
I say, a Majin is insulting me ?
Your words were ill-chosen, you vile creature.
It is time for you to perish.
Chiroptera gets Fractured by Vivian and then Confused by Yuris Sacrasphere, after which I put it out of its misery with Rondemion, who levels up. Now its time to move across the bridge and deal with the last few Majin.
Izel means Goddess in the Majin tongue.
It is their greatest desire to see her reborn.
Im going to split the party for the remaining Majin. The Count and Alexei will go to fight Heefler while Rondemion leads the fight against Zerda and eventually Caer Lumen. Heefler puts up a good fight but falls eventually to a Bonecrusher followed by a Grand Design on the now-Fractured enemy. Zerda falls to a Combo from Velnor and Rondemion, but Caer Lumen Releases it right away. While we struggle with the two of them, Velnor and Vivian get levels and Vivian gets Sealsphere. We Combo the Caer Lumen down with Rondemion and Vivian and the Zerda down with Nena. And thats all she wrote.
The Majin are too focused on the rebirth of Izel.
They arent using their full mental faculties.
Theyre blinded by the ritual.
Its made them primitive.
Thiefler Lv 16 x 1
Heefler Lv 18 x 1
Chiroptera Lv 17 x 2
Zerda Lv 19 x 3
Caer Lumen Lv 17 x 2
The Count is suspiciously well informed.
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What is Izel? Why are the Majin so excited?
Izel is the Goddess of the Majin.
Shes their creator and their protector. If she is reborn, it would be the ultimate source of delight for all Majin.
How does Besek fit in with her resurrection?
Now that is a separate matter altogether.
Izel created this realm, and without her presence in it, the Tetractis feels a great void.
That is the Majin word for Besek. It means the Path to the Goddess.
You see, the Majin are a part of this realm. The absence of their Goddess preys heavily on them. They need her
And the Eternal Poison?
Ah, the Eternal Poison
Even he doesnt know much about the Eternal Poison, though.
Grant you power, huh? Havent heard that one before.
That is how the Church of Stag views the Eternal Poison.
Why does Eriel want it?
Shes from Stag. Somehow, I dont think getting strongerll bring those villagers back to life.
Oh, my, that IS a curious state of affairs.
So the Majin want the power of their Goddess
And humans want the power of the Eternal Poison.
I guess power is all anyone wants these days.
Its odd how Besek serves both purposes at once.
Such an interesting observation. I guess thats one way of looking at things.
But why do they need to sacrifice the Princess?
I wonder whos behind this
Still, this is a perfect opportunity.
Your conjecture is entertaining, but I believe you draw conclusions rather hastily.
Hes a sly Majin.
He may want to keep Izels power for himself.
But the rebirth of Izel is the shared desire of ALL Majin What you suggest would be unthinkable.
Theres always one black sheep in the herd.
(Such impressive insight )
(But Im afraid hes a bit single-minded. Its a shame he isnt more flexible )
The Count is at least pretending to look into Morpheus for me.
Have you obtained any information about Morpheus?
I have asked the townsfolk about him, but no one appears to know anything.
Komoris concerned about his daughter, which he should be in this terrible place.
Komori: Nenas been looking troubled lately. What should I do?
And they say we shouldnt try to pry details from our daughters either.
No matter how much a father wants to know Hm, parenthood can be so hard.
I think Alexeis just too hungry to die.
Alexei: The food here is delicious, but I must admit I could go for some home cooking.
Ares is considering leaving, I wouldnt blame anyone who did at this point.
Ares: This place is starting to get a little boring
Ive been here too long.
It was exciting, but I cant stay in once place for this long
Im not leaving quite yet, dont worry. Im sure well see each other again
Amelie went home. There was really never anything in Besek for her.
You come to a decision?
Amelie: Ive decided to get out of here.
Youve helped me open my eyes.
I believed that if I came to Besek, I could somehow find a way to Well
I wanted to save everyone in my homeland.
But I couldnt. I thought I was doing good by staying here
But that was just an illusion. Ive got to face reality, right?
Amelie: My sword isnt rusty yet, and Ive definitely got some fight left in me.
Well, take care of yourself, okay?
Amelie: Yeah, Ill be alright!
Oh, and would you please accept this?
Feinnes Notes: This Gladius isnt so much awesome in its own rights as it is a source for the incredible Blademaster skill, which makes swords more powerful for the user.
Amelie: Its a gift for you.
Thanks Ill put it to good use. Farewell, Amelie.
Amelie: Goodbye, Mr. Rondemion!
Misty also returned home.
Hey, something on your mind?
Misty: Um, well
The Baron sent me a letter to come back to the estate
What about the idiot son?
Misty: Uh, hes already back there.
How brave Left his loyal maid behind to save himself.
Misty: Its just how he is. You get used to his ways after a while.
Well, Im going back now but I wanted to say goodbye to you first.
You didnt need to wait for me.
Misty: No, I must!
Thank you for everything, and please come visit us at the estate sometime!
Misty: I got something for you
Feinnes Notes: Ensorcelled is an awesome rapier for the Count, and it looks totally bitching.
Misty: I must be going now. Take care, Mr. Rondemion!
Nolstein also left, fortunately.
Eriel told me youre leaving.
Nolstein: My servants have arrived to bring me home. You wish to bid a fond farewell?
Nolstein: Well! I guess you werent taught how to behave in the presence of nobility!
And no one taught you to respect your elders!
Nolstein: Allow me to show you the integrity of my upbringing.
Feinnes Notes: Flail is a male-only mace thats just sort of okay.
Nolstein: Take this present and feel graced by my boundless generosity.
Nolstein: Now, if youll excuse me, I must return to my estate. Goodbye.
Shanglons getting better.
Howre you feeling?
Shanglon: A little better. You seem like youre pretty busy.
Why do you say that?
Shanglon: Well, you have that girl with you and the Count.
I cant help but sympathize.
Its alright most of the time.
At least Eriel LISTENS to me!
The Count says and does whatever he wants, though.
Who knew that adults could be even more trouble than children ?
Shanglon: Hahaha! It sounds like a fun group, though.
Shanglon: You gotta learn to enjoy your hardships! Then they wont be so hard!
Try it! Go out there and enjoy it a little!
If it were up to me, I wouldnt be caught up in all this
I have no idea how this kid got into Besek.
What is it?
Fungus: I-I want to thank you for saving me
H-Here Th-This is for you
Feinnes Notes: Aristocrat is an awesome pair of male-only shoes that are a solid upgrade to Sabatons in every way, and theyre going on Rondemion right now.
Hey, if youre gonna be a man, you better start acting like one.
If you want to be stronger, start with the way you speak! Be more confident!
Once you fix that, you can start moving on to your other problems.
(Kids these days )
Fungus: I-Ill try my best! I do want to be stronger!
Good. You can start by going outside and swinging this sword 1,000 times!
Just do it! Now, go!
This isnt a game. This is deadly serious.