Part 57: Throwdown at Thabes (Battle)Chapter 23: Throwdown at Thabes (Battle)
Right, then. This map is a little tricky, since it mixes Magical and Physical enemies, meaning high HP is about the only way to tank them.
You will never guess who this is.
: Oh yes. For you to dance around the continent, collecting powerful weapons and killing off my competition. Thanks to you, Camus and Michalis will trouble me no more. You have my gratitude, diligent prince.
Marths comebacks need work. Thats at least worth a dastard.
: Tsk, tsk, dont spoil the moment, now. Youre about to do me one last favor Die, Prince. Heh heh heh!
: Thats what you think. I have something else in mind.
: Heh, is that a threat? If you mean to harm me, first youll have to find me, boy.
: And what is that supposed to mean?
Malledus actually runs onscreen for this scene, for some reason. Hes the Bishop below Tiki on the right there.
: Heh heh! Fight, boy, fight! Wear yourself thin fighting puppets and shadows! But the only way youll claim Falchion is by defeating the real me. Heh heh, ha ha ha ha!
And with that, Gharnef teleports out, and the map starts.
So, normally, youd need to test all three Gharnefs to find the real one, the one who only takes damage from Starlight. The true Imhullu, and the true Falchion, are only on the real thing. However, you can speed this up quite a bit with the help of the otherwise little-used Geosphere.
When you use the Geosphere, the screen flashes and shakes. Its not an effect that comes across well in screenshot form, sorry.
A quick survey of the map shows me that the only unit who took no damage was this Gharnef on the far right. Thats our man.
And that clears up the damage to my team pretty cleanly. Unfortunately, just dispelling Gharnefs illusion doesnt mean Ive won the map already.
The start here isnt too complex, its just a matter of heading to the right, towards both the stairs and the group of spellcasters with Gharnef.
Oh, unlike most Swarm Bishops, the ones on this map move. Theyre pretty obnoxious, but this guys not much to worry about.
Unfortunately, using that Geosphere doesnt do much for me aside from discovering the real Gharnef, since theyve also got a Fortify user. Multiple, in fact.
On the second turn, Malledus speaks up.
: The Tower of Thabes atop this very temple.
: Then we dont need to fight Gharnef If we find that apparatus...
: Gharnefs power- a great deal of power- will be sealed forever.
: Then lets hurry and seize the entrance to the tower!
: A word of caution, sir. Stopping the apparatus will not undo Imhullus power- only Gharnefs.
So, much like Camus, Gharnef is completely skippable. Hes got a better reason for it too, if you didnt get the Light/Starspheres for Starlight, didnt get Starlight itself, or dont have a tome user strong enough to use it, he can be an impossible foe.
Still, its much better to take him down, since hes got Marths ultimate weapon, the Falchion, on hand.
Marths already reached his destination, thanks to the magic of Boots.
Im not sure what this Thief thinks hes doing, to be honest. An Iron Sword in Chapter 23? Cmon, man.
Well, that could be useful if you forgot to bring your own.
Not letting that Devil Sword get close.
I dropped some of my characters who actually have a couple resistance points to toss Javelins at the oncoming casters.
Some things, are unavoidable.
Yikes. This is why enemy mages suck in the DS Fire Emblems. Youre always going to eat close to full damage with most of your units.
Oh, hey, a counter to that very specific problem. I didnt plan this, by the way, Im not good enough at LP for that.
Okay, no more of that shit.
This first treasure is, uh, a little bit disappointing.
Thankfully, Im able to clean up the rest of the enemies outside Gharnefs range. That Bishop shares his attack range. Well need someone else to deal with them.
In the meantime, though, I should clear the steps, since theyre our only way up.
I also gave Linde the Pure Water that just dropped, since itll help her Resistance against Gharnef.
Speaking of Resistance, (i actually did plan this one.), the Talisman is a nice find, especially in Shadow Dragon of all games.
Oh, also, meet the most annoying part of this map.
This bishop just stands on the roof and pelts your units with Swarm. Theres no way to reach him yet without Warp, so were just walking through the barrage. This is even worse than it looks, because there are TWO of them.
For now, however, its time to take on Gharnef.
: Cower before the might of the dark magic Imhullu!
Thankfully, Imhullus not the mightiest magic here with Starlight around.
Would be nice if she had just a little more Magic or Speed though. This is going to take slightly longer than Id hoped.
This guy basically just burns two uses of the tome.
Well, thankfully, this should be the end.
Alright, got him that time. Look at that victory shine.
: Still, you are a fool Your power is not enough to defeat Medeus I shall be waiting in the pits of the inferno for when he sends you to join me Heh heh, ha ha ha!
Could have used that Magic earlier!
Its been a long time coming, but weve finally got Marths signature weapon.
Compared to some other Lord Swords in the series (Ragnell, Siegfried, Ryomas fuck you Katana), the Falchion really isnt much to look at. It has no durability and its effective against Manaketes, and most importantly, the final boss...but otherwise its just a Silver Sword.
Now then, as Linde was fighting Gharnef, the rest of the team was climbing the tower, and Abel, naturally, takes the lead and downs this curate.
This mostly just reminds me that I forgot to bring one of my own Barriers.
I might burn Gradivus up before the final map even starts.
It will also be entirely worth it.
So this is what the combat forecast looks like against one of the fake Gharnefs, without Starlight. Itll still tell you that you cant damage them until you start combat
However, its lying.
Unfortunately, the Falchion was also lying. You only get one, the rest just have these.
Abel really is the MVP here, but what you arent seeing is that the Swarm Bishops just will not stop casting their magic at Wolf. Which is okay with me, since its not on Abel that way!
I just talked you up, you asshole, and you do this to me.
This is all youre missing in the shots Im not taking, by the way.
Okay, no more of this.
So, with that done, everyone managed to reach the towers summit, and I prepared for the reinforcements.
About 10 turns later I stopped waiting for the reinforcements. I think they only show up if Real Gharnef is alive.
Theyre Bishops and Mages, if you were wondering. This is also another reinforcement of how lucky I was getting the closest Gharnef to be the real one. Shades of Roro, there
Anyway, I had Marth solo the rest of the map. He could use the experience, since were almost done and he hasnt capped level yet. The next map should be GREAT for him, though.
This is also a very welcome prize.
Somehow, throughout all of this
Although I cant get a good shot of Imhullu
And the first level isnt great
He never got hit once. Im calling it, this is good luck for the rest of the run. Good omen.
: Sire! We found Princess Elice up in the Tower of Thabes! Shes on her way to see you right- Ah, here she is!
Malledus wasnt even important enough to show up for this, it is a faceless goon.
: Sister, I was so worried. None had seen you since the castle fell. I...I feared the worst.
: I was prepared for the worst, if that was what it took to ensure your safety. But they did not kill me. Gharnef spared my life.
: Why would he spare you?
: Marth, have you heard of the staff of Aum?
: The staff that brings back the dead? It was lost to the world long ago, or so the legend goes.
: Yes, but Gharnef found it in the Resurrectory.
: None could believe the Resurection Staff was in the Resurrectory. It was the discovery of the century.
: The Resurrectory? What was it doing in a temple in the middle of Dolhr?
: I could not say. But that was why Gharnef kept me alive: he wished me to wield it.
Who did Gharnef want to revive? Why was he after the Staff?
This game will never mention it again. Thats Shadow Dragon!
: The staff of Aums power can only be channeled by women of royal blood. Marth, you are going to Dolhr, are you not?
: Yes, I must settle things with Medeus.
: Then take me to the Resurrectory along the way to claim the staff. Aum works but once, but I will use it to revive a lost comrade.
With Elice now in our party, we can move on to the penultimate map.
Next time, the Reinforcement Zone.
Art Gallery VI
We just got Elice, and shes...technically a character?
Elices Cipher Card doesnt really do her any favors in not looking like a generic damsel in distress. Her artwork in the Complete art book is a little...odd too. Not just because of my bad cropping.
She was briefly an 80s pop star in the anime adaptation.
I like her Fire Emblem 3 artwork a lot, however.