Part 8: Episode VII: Dont Fear The Reaper
Freyja and her gang of interchangeable redshirts have gone out on a final patrol before she is set to join our party. She did tell us we could crash at her pad until she returns. So we may as well take her up on that offer.
Not that we really have time to be sitting around...
Weve still got a long way to go... We need to take every opportunity we can to rest.
Oh well... Looks like weve got no choice.
Stop saying that! We absolutely have a choice. And the consensus is were gonna sit on our butts until Captain Ancientinanimeyears returns.
Some time passes...
Maybe something happened on the pilgrimage...
You mean Nidr?
Yes... Say, how about we try asking Nidr to join us, too?
Why are you so interested in him? Because he has experience as part of a sacrifices guard?
Well, there is that, of course... I dont know... theres just something about him... like he needs our help, almost...
*nods* All right. Lets think about it when the captain gets back.
Hey, why arent any of us using the chairs...?
Some more time passes...
Music: Feeling of Unease
Yes, youre right... She said she was just going to go on a final patrol...
I cannot believe the chairs were literally nailed to the floor. Why? Who DOES that?!
Has something happened?
Apparently so... That voice sounded like it was coming from the entrance to the village.
Welp, I know where this is going. RIP the captain.
Endir! How could you say that?
This aint my first rodeo with this sort of thing...
The gang, of course, immediately rolls out to investigate the source of the cries for help.
Told ya so.
Shut up, you jerk! Shes not dead.
Well, shes not going to be joining us doing her best Yamcha impression.
*motions to soldiers* And dont worry about them, theyre just shook up.
*nods and tends to Freyja*
A short while later, Freyja has been taken away by Lutius and the random villager...
A man carrying a huge scythe suddenly attacked us!
Wait hold up... This scythe wielding jerk... He didnt happen to look like Vampire Piccolo, did he?
...I have no idea what that combination of words is meant to mean.
Phew. Okay. Wont need to power level just yet. Carry on.
The cap protected us... and now...
I was just passin by, and I found the captain all beaten up! So I carried her on my back, and dragged these three back here as fast as I could.
Dammit! Why did you run away!? You should have fought him! Youre supposed to be a hero, arent you!?
*shakes head* I barely managed to run! Theres no way I woulda stood a chance against a freak like that!
Forget it! Its me whos the fool for thinking that youd help! That man might still be in Serendale... Ill avenge the captain... I swear it on the name of the resistance!
The Shrewd-Eyed Young Man runs off...
*shakes head frustrated* Dammit...
*turns to remaining soldiers* You two treat the captains wounds. You can manage that much, cant ya?
The two soldiers run off into town...
It seems that freak was after the sacrifice...
*turns to Setsuna* And thats you, aint it, miss?
*navel gaze* So you mean... because of me, the captain...
Dont let it get to ya. Thats just the way the sacrifices journey is.
It could go far worse. Ive heard of this one sacrifice that was caught up with a creeper who desperately wanted to marry her. It was this whole thing.
...Really? What happened?
Well, she killed him. Then married him. Then killed him again. Three more times, in fact. It... was a long story.
Lets try to stay focused.
So someones trying to get in the way of the pilgrimage, eh?
*glances at Endir* Sounds a little like someone else I know...
*rubs chin and ponders*
Competition...? Aww hell naw. Weve gotta roll on this fool.
*shakes head* Even if we wanted to leave, before we can go anywhere, we need the entrance to the caves unlocked... And also, the captain said she was coming with us, because our guard was too small.
No chance... Shes gonna need complete bed rest.
So what are we supposed to do? She said she wont let us through unless we upped our numbers.
So we go loot her corpse for the keys. This isnt a big deal.
For the last time, shes NOT DEAD!
Nidr... I hear that you once successfully accompanied a sacrifice on her pilgrimage.
Cant you help us, too?
*turns away* Sorry... But my journey ended a long time ago. Once the captain wakes up, you get her to unlock the entrance to the caves, and then be on your way. Now, I have some business to attend to in Serendale, so excuse me...
Nidr walks out of town towards Serendale...
You know damn well that the captain wont wake up until we go fight whatever dick owned her out on patrol. And I sure as hell aint letting some jackass poach my assassination contract if hes after the sacrifice.
Well, maybe youre right. I wasnt too sure about him when we first met him... But the way he brought the captain and the others back like that... Hes strong, and he can obviously keep his head in an emergency. But even if we do go after him, you think hell agree to join us?
*navel gaze* I want to talk to him more. Its like hes carrying some sort of burden... Thats the feeling I get... And I think that might have something to do with why he wont join us.
Ugh... The great thing about this mask is nobody can tell when Im spacing out once the tragic backstories kick in...
Like you did back at the Monument?
That was deep reflection on past events. Totally different.
Anyway, if we dont do something, that man who attacked the captain will hurt more people. I know Nidr said what he did... But I dont want people to suffer because of me. Sorry for being so stubborn...
...I said we should follow him in the first place and you are agreeing with me.
Tch. She was talking to me.
How like you, Setsuna... All right, lets follow after Nidr.
Alright, then. I guess we have no choice but to follow Nidr back to Serendale and see whats up with this mysterious scythe wielding man in the woods.
Music: A Poignant Reminder
Dude that ruled! Jumping with a sword...? Why didnt I ever think of that?
You dont think the fact there arent many monsters around here could be...
Thanks to Nidr.
JUMPING with a sword. It make SO much sense. Im kicking myself for wasting all this time just spinning with one.
*nods* Yes, I think so too.
So thats why he was so tired the first time we met him... Is this what hes been doing ever since he came back from the pilgrimage?
But why would he do that?
To hide something.
Nobody just power levels for no reason. At least not anyone mentally sound.
The people of the village think that their peaceful lives are thanks to the sacrifice. Nidr never went back home, and stayed here fighting off the monsters... Could that be because he didnt want anyone to doubt that the sacrifice was protecting them? If so... that might just mean...
...Im not following.
Well need to check that last part with the man himself.
*nods* Yes, right... Lets go, Endir.
*narrows eyes* ...I suppose Ill come too. Not that anyone asked.
On our second trip to Serendale, the area is far more infested with monsters crawling around since Nidr was too busy to clean up the town this go around. There are several new battle spots and the old ones have higher concentrations of stronger enemies (the woods are LOUSY with exploding fat walruses now.)
But since we already took a mid-afternoon stroll through the area in our first visit and lowered both the draw bridges, we can just skip past the entirety of this segment and go straight to the boss. I am Setsuna is very good about putting a save point just prior to every boss. Indeed, thats the only location well find one in most combat oriented areas.
Since were undoubtedly about to fight a boss, we may as well put one of those meals we obtained to good use. Most boss encounters dont have item drops that can be missed, if they have any at all. But more EXP and physical attack power? That sounds worth it. Lets pitch a tent, cram that stew into our partys faces, and get ready to rock.
Cmon, theres no need to be like that. A man can take a walk, cant he?
What exactly is it youre always doing, anyway? Wandering around the fort like that... Hero? HAH! You should try taking a leaf out of the captains book!
Shes got TWO huge swords. TWO. Thats a real hero...
Ha ha... Ygot me there, kid. Cant argue with that.
The captain once said you were the most trustworthy man she knew... I trusted you, too... I looked up to you... but now...
Trustworthy, eh? Nah, that aint me, Im afraid...
The party runs up to Nidr...
What is it? Is the captain awake?
Please, let me ask you once more... Please join us on our journey...
*shakes head* I already told you my answer... Sorry, but no can do. My journey is over.
*shakes head* Thats not true. If it is, then why didnt you return home after the pilgrimage?
Why didnt I return home...?
He probably just didnt feel like it.
Hometowns are a bummer. I havent been back to mine since I became a mercenary.
*looks at current company* Dont see myself going back anytime soon...
*shakes head* No... I dont think so. He wouldnt be putting his life on the line like this for no reason. Theres a reason why you cant go back, isnt there...?
*hangs head* A reason...?
Ever since you returned from the pilgrimage... Youve been driving away all the monsters that go near the fort, havent you? Why would you do that?
He just likes huntin monsters!
Going for one of those rare material drops. Ive fallen down that dark hole, guy.
*shakes head* If that was his reason, why would he fight until he was ready to pass out?
...Youve clearly never gotten on a bad RNG kick.
Its because you needed to do so in order to keep the truth hidden, isnt it?
Keep the truth hidden...?
If the pilgrimage was completed successfully, there shouldnt have been that many monsters. But it wasnt... and thats why you had to keep on fighting them off. And thats because the pilgrimage of the sacrifice that you accompanied...
Ooooh... Thats it. Your last big bodyguard job...
Was a failure.
Really, the pilgrimage was a failure... Thats why you couldnt go back home. So you stayed her, and continued fighting off the monsters... To stop the people worrying, and make them think the effect of the sacrifice was still continuing.
But this is no longer Purikkas problem alone. At this rate, the whole of the mainland will soon be filled with monsters. Dont you want to complete your journey, Nidr?
...Dang, Setsuna. You go in hard with the guilt trips.
Please... We need you. We need your strength.
*shakes head* Cmon, stop it... I aint got no such strength to give. I cant protect you...
Shrewd-Eyed Young Man runs up to Nidr...
You mean youve been tricking us all this time? How low can you get!? Hero? Gimme a break! Youre a COWARD, thats what you are! A coward and a liar!
I... I just...
Nidr draws his sword...
Hey! Wh-whats going on!?
Nidr has been practicing his parrying.
New Music: The Last Mountain
*looks at soldier* Get behind me.
No chance! I dont need to hide behind the likes of
Just be quiet, and do as I say... If you dont want to die, that is.
The soldier books it to the rear of the battle...
You mean this is...
The freak who attacked the captain!
Nidr, get him to somewhere safe! Leave this to us!
! Whaddya mean!? You need to run, too!
No... We shall fight!
New Music: Dance of Death (Its one of the major boss battle themes. You should probably listen to it.)
Who is this man!?
Be careful, both of you!
The only one killing the sacrifice is me. By leading her on an incredibly long journey where she dies at the end.
...That is stupid.
Little bit. But youre getting your ass kicked either way!
Time to battle the mysterious Reaper, a grown man cosplaying as the grim reaper who never learned you can reload guns and twirls around in battle shooting in all directions while screaming DIE DIE DIE like an angsty teenager.
...No wait. Wrong game. I am Setsunas Reaper is a grown man cosplaying as the grim reaper who attacks with a skeletal scythe and... well. Actually, thats all he knows how to do. This is his solitary attack for this battle a scythe swipe which dishes out a good 50-60 HP of damage each hit. While that is the highest damage output weve encountered from an enemy by a good deal, it is also a single target attack.
Weve got Setsuna who essentially has a full heal on any single character with an ATB boost momentum that allows her to nearly do two full heals in a row. And Endir has a full party 200 HP heal as long as everyone stays within range. As long as we quickly top off anyone that falls below 75 HP the next turn, its really hard to lose anyone in this battle.
Momentum buffed X-Strike is still the hardest hitting attack weve got at this point. Especially with that stew bubbling in everyones stomachs. Were doing over 200 HP of damage with each X-Strike. Reaper is only coming to the party with around 800 HP total.
If not on healing duty, Setsuna can also contribute now by dishing out her new Lightning attack. Reaper, being a tryhard edgy darkness type prick has a weakness to Light magic and his resistance will falter even further with the first Lightning strike, allowing a follow-up to deal even more damage.
In all, this isnt too bad of a fight. With that stew buff we got, its just overkill. But in turn, it did boost the party XP gain enough that everyone jumped up two levels to Level 9. Ill take it!
Music: The Last Mountain
Reaper no-sells the entire last battle, immediately returns to his feet and casts a spell.
I cannot believe Aeterna is frikkin dead. Well, on the bright side... plenty of room for that Nidr guy to join now!
Tch. Im just jokin
No, I mean
Wha? Aww sh
ARGH... I... hate... cutscenes...
*walks toward Endir* This is the end...
*raises scythe* The sacrifice must be destroyed!
Think Im gonna let you!?
*stands up and draws sword*
Hey, gramps. Lemme get a piece of that action...
New Music: Endirs Journey (You should probably listen to Endirs action theme music. Its pretty good.)
Hey, goth shithog! Check it!
SWOOOOOOORD JUUUUUUMP, BIIIIIIIIITCH!
...Yeah, I gotta work on the one-liner for that one. Its a work in progress.
It seems this body is not yet perfect...
And with that, Reaper warps out of the battle before anyone declares it to be 12:00 PM.
Music: A Moment of Respite
Thank you, Setsuna... You saved our lives.
*side-eye one another*
Im so glad youre both safe. I was so desperate... I...
Shrewd-Eye runs up...
Ive got a huge erection right now, even in this cold. Im not sure what that means.
...Thats not something you should share with the class, kid.
*turns to Setsuna* Are you hurt?
No... Thanks to you, Nidr.
Why didnt you run?
*shakes head* I couldnt just run away and leave them behind.
That and Aeterna was carrying all the Fogstones...
Even if your guard are killed, you must save yourself and escape... Thats one of the laws of the pilgrimage.
But they promised me... they promised me theyd see my journey through to its end. So in turn, I must protect them... and to do that, I must fight. I must make sure that we all reach the Last Lands together.
*turns to Endir* Cant be an easy job, guardin a sacrifice like this, eh?
Not even a single word of praise for being a big damn hero with that sweet sword job. No respect...
Anyway, were going back... I dunno what the captaind do to me if any of her precious men were to get hurt!
*turns to soldier* Cmon, lets go!
And so Nidr and Shrewd-Eyed Young Man depart. I suppose we ought to mosey as well.
Aeterna stops Endir after a few steps...
When that man attacked us, you didnt run away. You got to your feet, ready to protect Setsuna to the very end.
Dont worry about it.
Im not getting owned in another cutscene by some dingus that looks so goth he craps out bats.
Well... thanks. It puts my mind at ease a little to hear that.
Mhm. You should probably just go ahead and skip to the part where you begrudgingly come to respect me instead of doing the tsundere routine for another three towns.
...And there comes the regret in saying anything.
Come on, lets head back to Purikka for now.
And thus concludes our time in Serendale. I thought there was a bit more left in this chapter before we hit the next dungeon. Seems I greatly overestimated how little was left. So this last bit was added to close out the chapter.
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Another march back to Purikka it is. Its only been one walk back and forth but it has felt like a marathon trek.
As soon as we enter the center of town we come upon Freyja, who has already recovered enough from her ass kicking to congratulate the party on beating up the guy who ruined her shit.
Im impressed! Perhaps youd be fine without a guard... Although that wont be happening, of course.
Are you all right now? Youre not hurt?
Oh, yes. Im fine... Twenty fractured bones, maybe? Nothing serious.
*sweats* Are you sure youre really what youd call fine...?
What are you all freaking out about? Thats like two potions to sort out, tops.
*turns to Aeterna* I saw that look on your face... Shes only gonna slow us down!
Ha ha ha! Dont worry... Honesty is a quality I admire!
I-Its not like shes worried or anything. Baka!
If you leave the village and head northwest, youll come to the Frost Caves. Floneia is on the other side. Ill be waiting at the entrance, so head there once youre ready!
Freyja departs out of town...
We dont need anyone holding us up.
Ah, so youre staying behind in town, huh?
*frustrated sigh* ...I walked right into that one.
Everyone in town now knows about Nidrs failed pilgrimage and are varying degrees of disappointed and/or pissed. Nidr himself is nowhere to be found and theres nothing new to be accomplished here.
So, lets just continue our trek northward and enter the Frost Caves...
New Music: Silent Snow
*punches door open* All right!
...Wait, we just had to hit it open the whole time?
It was just frozen shut. Its not like we lock the thing. Monsters cant use doors. Thats ridiculous.
Umm... about that...
Here you are, finally.
Nidr saunters up to the group...
*shakes head* I just came to see them off.
I see. The thing is, though... Theres no longer a place for you here in Purikka. I told everyone the truth, you see! The time has finally come.
Nidr, you have to move out of my basement...
So you knew all along, after all...
Mm... It feels like a great weights been lifted from my shoulders!
Dammit... Howd I end up with such a meddlesome master?
Hah! It is me who has been cursed with a stubborn student! Unable to forgive yourself for failing to protect the sacrifice... You punished yourself by continuing to fight, and fight, and fight...
The regret of having let the sacrifice die keeps you chained to the past. But you wont find the answer you seek by continuing to guard Purikka.
You hit the regional level cap ages ago. You are never going to improve with the local grind.
*shakes head* If there is indeed an answer to be found, you will only find it in the Last Lands. You will only find it once you see the sacrifices journey through to its end... Isnt that so?
One of Freyjas men runs up...
Youre still my... Youre still this villages hero! It doesnt matter if the pilgrimage was a failure or not! Youve been protecting all of us, all this time... Just like now, when you protected me from that man with the scythe...
His name was Reaper.
...When did he say his name?
What else would some goth idiot with a scythe for a weapon call himself?
That... is actually a fair point. Reaper it is.
Youve been fighting alone, protecting us all... And to think I called you a coward... Im sorry...
Its not just this village, either. You wanted to protect your hometown, too... Thats why you stayed here, and continued fighting off the monsters. However, Im afraid holding off the monsters here will no longer suffice. The time has come...
...So is that fort his hometown or was it that ghost town where we met him? Im having trouble following.
Shh... Let them speak.
*shakes head* Hah... Nothin gets by you, does it, Master...
Besides, I know youre not going to let this young lady fight to save everyones future by herself...
HEY EVERYBODY WHATS GOING ON OUT HERE?! ANY OF YOU GUYS PLAY DOTA?!
Music: Path of Redemption
This is the end of your time as this villages hero...
*puts away sword* ......
Yeah, youre right... But Ill still be here in spirit...
*turns to soldier* I want you to pick up where I left off, and keep on protectin the village.
Guarding the village... it is literally my only source of income.
Really, Nidr? Youll come with us?
If you want my help, Ill be happy to give it to you... As long as thats all right with you, Endir.
Do what you want.
Its a free country, man. Or... Kingdom? Confederacy? Principality? Look... Im not really up to date on the local government status...
This sure is a laid-back pilgrimage, aint it... I think Im gonna fit right in.
Well take care of things here, dont you worry. And next time you return, you will have finally finished your journey.
Or die. Closure, either way.
...Thats one kinda way to look at it.
And with that, Nidrs belated but inevitable joining of the party is complete.
Now that we have four playable characters, the old tried and true pointless limitation of a three character active party kicks into play. Naturally, the easiest way to protect the sacrifice is to immediately boot her off the team for a spell.
And with that sorted out, thus concludes our business in the greater Purikka/Serendale area as well as Chapter 3 of I am Setsuna. Tune in next time for exactly the sort of business youd expect to be conducted in an area called the Frost Caves.
Reaper Official Art Even without the name, this guy absolutely looks like he mains Reaper in Overwatch.
Video: Reaper Boss Battle