Part 3: Episode III: Local Hospitality
Ugh Hey. No way! Uh-uh. Im not doing an amnesia plotline. Not happening. Where am I?
Music: Feeling of Unease
This is the village of Nive. You were put to sleep and carried back here
*tries and fails to stand*
Hey! Cmon, give it up Theres no way youll be able to move. Youve got the magical energy of two magic users restrainin you, yknow?
Ugh Stuff it, Wakka.
Endir manages to get upright
What the Looks like youre no pushover, eh?
The girl with the frog hood jacket from earlier enters
*shakes head* Ive been here for two weeks now Isnt it about time you remembered my name? Im
A future party member, considering we can change her name. And here I thought she was just a random over-designed NPC.
Sorry, Aeterna. Never mind that, though Look!
What?! How come he can get up?!
A masked tribe who make their living as mercenaries Youre one of them, arent you!? Why did you try to kill Setsuna? Who hired you?
For generations, sacrifices from this village have given their lives in order to protect the world. You tried to kill one of those precious sacrifices Do you even understand just how serious a crime that is?
But youre probably gonna tell me anyway
So thats why you attacked Setsuna. You were unaware of what a terrible mistake you were making
No I did it for the fat payday. I just happened to not be too well informed either.
I will protect Setsuna. I wont let you touch her, no matter what
Aeterna tops off the magical barrier flattening Endir. I guess nobody in this village has ever heard of a jail cell.
And with that, Aeterna storms off. Its going to be real awkward when she inevitably joins our party in two minutes.
*sits up* Your dumb town doesnt even have a jail. You yokels arent running a guillotine. Shut up.
Cmon, at least ACT like you care! Talk about emotionless Anyway, Im kiddin. We dont even have a guillotine here in the village. You got pretty lucky, though Several of the villagers did actually insist that you be severely punished The reason youre still alive now is you had someone to defend you. Do yknow who that was?
*sigh* Lemme guess. Was it the selfless sacrifice in an uncanny act of compassion?
Well, I am surprised Exactly right. Youre a sharp guy. It was Setsuna who protected you. With the sacrifice herself askin us to spare you, no one could exactly argue. What a curious young lady she is Savin the life of the very same person who tried to kill her
Boy, shes one of THOSE types, huh? Look Im wearing a mask and I cant move my arms. Just pretend Im rolling my eyes and making a jerking off motion here
Once Setsuna is safely on her way, well let you go. Thats what the village chief ended up promisin her, ysee. Anyway, until then, you can stay right here.
Music: Deadly Gamble
Its the monsters! The monsters are attacking again!
Forget about that house! The only person in theres the guy who tried to kill the sacrifice!
*sweat* No but still
Come on, we need to hurry up and get all the villagers to safety!
And my name is Villager, so you know Im serious!
Round-Faced Man I cannot reach my shit list right now. But youre going RIGHT at the top of it when I get out of this
The Round-Faced Man abandons his post. Theres immediately a roar so loud it shakes the cottage. So Im just going to assume he immediately was torn asunder by an angry swarm of vicious penguins.
Hey, Setsuna is here and shes going to release us from our magical prison like a dope. Also, apparently those giant rings in her hair are actually chakrams. There has got be a better sheath available for those
And with that Setsuna runs off. Welp, they neglected to disarm Endir when they knocked him out and captured him. I suppose its time for take two on the whole assassination attempt thing, right? But first, maybe lets head outside and see what all the fuss is about
Letting him go
What do you mean!? We cant just set a criminal free!
Hey, innocent until proven guilty, lady.
Were you trying to kill Setsuna?
He has yet to commit any crime. We cant leave him here to die!
Yeah, thats basically murder. Not cool.
A Waloompa slides into frame like Kramer, roaring its head off
See! This guy gets it.
All right If you want to live, draw your sword, and help protect Setsuna!
Fiiiine. I dont get paid if she gets eaten by an off-brand walrus anyway.
And so we gain our first new party member. Setsuna will just be standing on the sidelines for this one dont worry, shell join in five minutes.
Music: No Turning Back
Now then, time for battle. Endir is still a little beat up from his brief trek through the woods. But thats fine. Were not going to be facing anything too challenging initially and we have a second party member. Lets check out Aeternas abilities.
Our new companion is the speedier but somewhat physically weak female party member archetype. She attacks with twin blades. Thats two hits for 9 HP of damage each displayed above, not 99. For reference, Endir is doing around 25-30 HP of damage a strike with his physical hits.
Despite displaying an affinity for magic in literally both cutscenes weve seen her in thus far, Aeterna does not, in fact, have any magic attacks in battle initially. Her only Tech is Charge, which is a physical attack where she err charges into the enemy. This attack will hit all enemies in a line between Aeterna and her target. But the damage isnt remarkably high. Charge will also shift Aeternas position to right in front of the enemy she has targeted.
While Charge isnt particular noteworthy, what is special is that Aeterna can team up with Endir to do a combo attack X-Strike. I am Setsuna just straight up has dual-techs from Chrono Trigger. And this was the same exact first dual-tech unlocked in that game. Just swap out the Ye Olde English speaking frog knight with an anime girl in a frog hoodie.
X-Strike is by far the strongest attack well have access to for the first few chapters. Especially if its buffed with Momentum. Poor monster walrus didnt know what hit him! Although, I could do without ever seeing Overkill for wrecking enemies again in my life
*turns to Endir* You help, too!
Hmph Good. At least youre not arguing back.
Meh Youd just get pissy and insist I have to help anyway. Lets just cut to the chase.
Anyway Im afraid saying no isnt an option.
Ill help, too, Aeterna!
No. You stay hidden, Setsuna!
Dont worry, its fine. Im going to protect you!
Lets go! If you try to run, Ill kill you so watch your back!
Uh-huh Try to pull that again when youre not in a cutscene.
What was that?
Our goal now is to run around town taking out all the marauding penguins and walruses trespassing on private property. Theres not really a lot of urgency here because I mean cmon. Teens trampling in your yard due to Pokémon Go is probably more of a threat. None of these enemies are any more resilient than the ones Endir was soloing back in Dazzshire Woods earlier.
A half dozen dead Pengy and one more slain Waloompa later
*looks around* Phew Seems there was no real damage to the village, either.
No! Dont say stuff like that. Thats just gonna make the bos
Music: Deadly Gamble
You just HAD to be all I guess its over, didnt you?
These are real battles. Not some cutscene crap where I get owned in a fade to black. Ive got this.
What are you even going on about?
Forget it! Im fine. Lets go.
*nods* Hmph Glad to hear it. Get yourself ready this one isnt like the others. Being a little tired out is no excuse, either We must protect Setsuna, even if it costs us our lives
Id debate that but nows not the time.
Dont say that!
Setsuna rolls in with the full party HP/MP restore that only occasionally exists in cutscenes. That sure would be a nice ability to actually learn in any RPG.
*nods* Thank you Now I dont have to worry about anything except fighting.
*shakes head* I dont want you risking your lives! Im going to fight, too!
What are you talking about, Setsuna!? Ill protect you, so just
Thats right, Aeterna. I need you to protect me.
So if you die here, how will you be able to do that? In order for you to be able to protect me, Aeterna right now, I need to protect you!
Dont be ridiculous!
Ive made up my mind.
Looks like nothing I say is going to make any difference Just promise me youll run away if it gets too dangerous.
I will together with you!
Yeah, great. Either you two make-out already. Or you get in here and be the partys white mage. Lets do this thing.
And now we have our second addition to the party, just in time for this chapters first boss battle.
Music: Relentless Advance
Meet the first proper, non-tutorial boss of I am Setsuna: Whitewind. It comes sporting around 300ish HP and is by far the strongest creature weve faced thus far.
Right off the bat, Whitewind can use Wingslice which will hit twice for 15-20 HP of damage. The initial spacing in this battle is a bit weird. Aeterna is considered to be far enough to the left of Endir that any attacks striking her will miss him.
But an attack targeting Endir or Setsuna will likely hit both of them, since theyre considered bunched close enough together to be on the same plane. We could adjust Endirs position by using Cyclone but ehh thats a waste of MP.
As a Momentum buffed X-Strike will do way the hell more damage than Endir or Aeterna can pull off with any singular attack. So their strategy for this fight will be to just build up their SP and perform X-Strike when both are ready.
Two X-Strikes is enough to take Whitewind down to 50% health, at which point itll buff its attack power with Inhale.
From there, the overgrown pigeon will start breathing fire. This will hit either Endir and Setsuna or Aeterna and Endir, as it moves in a half-circle arc. Our party might be getting a bit beat up by now. But thats what Setsuna is for
Setsuna comes equipped with a potent Cure spell, because of course she does. Being the female healer archetype, Setsunas physical attacks are complete crap but shes good with magic. For the duration of this fight, Setsuna will just hang out building up her SP gauge and casting Cure accordingly. Momentum boosted Cure spells will boost Setsunas ATB gauge, she can continue the healing train as Endir and Aeterna keep up the X-Strike parade.
And thats just about all there is to this battle. Whitewind did have one more attack where it dive-bombs the entire party for about 40-50 HP of damage but I killed it too quickly. Whoops!
The Boss Bird gives enough experience to boost both Setsuna and Aeterna to Level 3 while Endir jumps to Level 4. And that nicely restores everyone to full after the battle. Plus weve got a handful of feathers and an egg for a future omelet. All in all, good work team.
Music: Feeling of Unease
Dont bother trying to resist.
Hmph. Really? Were still doing this?
Murder of a sacrifice is a very grave crime. Even if it was only an attempted murder, we cant just let you walk. The only reason youre alive now, rather than inside a monsters stomach
Is that I helped stab all the monsters to death? Like we just did?
Is that the sacrifices keep the monsters at bay, and stop them becoming more ferocious. If it wasnt for them Everywhere would have been overrun by monsters a long, long time ago. You almost doomed all of mankind to certain death!
Thats not my problem.
Heck, that sounds like more work for me. Mercenary has gotta eat.
No, of course it isnt. You are welcome to live out your life in your own narrow little world. Just as long as you dont get in Setsunas way, that is. If youre still think about trying something, youll have me to deal with.
*shakes head* There is no way you could possibly understand The ritual of sacrifice is repeated over and over again, in order to bring us into the future
The village elder wanders over to defuse the situation. And look, hes brought pleasant music with him
Music: Tender Glow
Before anything else, let me thank you, on behalf of everyone in the village. Now, with regards to what we shall do about you Truth be told, I too am at a loss.
He needs to be kept restrained until the sacrifice has set off from the village.
Yes better safe than sorry, I suppose
Hey, do I get a say in this ?
What is it, Setsuna?
Its me who he tried to kill. Please, hear me out. I want you to make him a free man.
Let him go, you mean ?
Hey, shes the sacrifice lady. I think we should listen to h
No, not quite. Id like him to join my guard.
We cant do that Hes too dangerous!
*sucks teeth* Yeaaaaaah. Im pretty dangerous and that sounds like a REAL bummer
If hes so skilled that you think hes dangerous, surely hell make a very reliable companion The sacrificial pilgrimage is not an easy journey. The more people we have on our side the better Right?
I mean technically I guess? Meeeeh
No matter what you say, Im still against it Wed be putting ourselves close to a man whos even more dangerous than the monsters
If its my life youre after, then please see the pilgrimage through to its end. If I complete my duty as a sacrifice, that should also fulfill your goal My death.
So? What say you? In light of your having protected our village from the monsters, we shall respect your decision. Will you remain here in the village until Setsuna departs on her pilgrimage Or will you leave on her journey together with her, as part of her guard. There is still time until their departure. Once you have made up your mind, come to my house. Mine is the northernmost house in the village. I shall be looking forward to hearing your reply!
Hmm A swordsman in an unfamiliar land not quite sure of what is going on being pressed into becoming a guardian for a selfless teenage girls pilgrimage to a distant forbidden land on a suicide mission to ward off monsters. I Wait Fuck I know this one
Shit! Abort the LP. I already did this one! Im out! Im turning back!
Aeterna Character Art The frog hoodie is cute and all, but maybe you could have invested in a jacket with sleeves instead of strapping several layers of shit to your arms? Just a thought.
Video: Whitewind Boss Battle