Part 16: Episode XIII: I Am Activating No-Clip
Music: A Hidden Force
So previously on I am Setsuna, we visited a town where the local head of state turned out to be a bit of a tosser. Then we murdered a werewolf and wrecked an airship while it was still at dock. Also Setsuna managed to get herself plot injured saving a wood elf we found along the way.
...Why do I get the feeling we would have been better off if we had just kept on walking by this town? Oh well. Hindsight and all that. Now were off to get Setsuna treatment at Kirs hometown.
Before we depart, we can speak with the fools that stood around watching while we smacked a plane engine with swords. This is the last well see of Floneia Citadel for some time.
Everything I did... I did to protect this town from the monsters... to protect the people... The hearts of men are weak... and so, I cast away that weakness... So why... why do these tears fall from my eyes... Why, Father... Why...
This is entirely your fault. Later.
Forget about things here, and be on your way! Tut-tut! This airship aint flyin anywhere now! Everyones countin on that girl, aint they? You need to hurry up and help her!
I cannot believe we wasted an entire day walking dozens of miles looking for you...
That nice old man... Is he... dead?
Your first dead body, kid? Ehh... You get used to it. Theres like ten more if you head back into town.
His Lordship is the one who gave me and my daughter a safe haven... He gave us hope for the future... After a long, long journey, I finally thought wed settled here... And now... now this...
Not your day, huh? Well, gday forever.
Well, the airship is trashed. Lets head back into town and grab some supplies before we embark to... Err... Huh... Come to think of it, Kir didnt mention where the hell his village was, did he?
Since were on a new chapter, Weppy & Tallis has updated its inventory with a fresh supply of arms. Were pretty flush on cash at the moment, so we can at least upgrade Endir, Aeterna, and Nidr. Spoilers: Setsuna is out of commission for the duration of this chapter. So we can hold off on her upgrade for a while to save some cash. Indeed, the next upgrade for everyone will be available before shes back in the party. This game is... a wee bit overzealous at offering equipment upgrades.
Endir gets himself a completely brittle looking Light elemental sword. Look at that bit a third of the way up. It looks like it would shatter in half if it fell off a coffee table.
Aeterna gets an ice sculpture masquerading as a dagger. Again, this looks like it could shatter if it was knocked off a kitchen counter.
Meanwhile, Nidr just gets a helicopter propeller with a hole cut in the middle of it. What purpose does the hole serve? If only there was a weapon history tale to inform us how the center bit was carved out, melted down, and poured down the throat of a king or something metal like that. Alas...
Thats about all the shopping we need to do here. So lets head on out to...
Again, Kir completely failed to mention our destination. But we did meet him about to get mugged by penguins back in Mysleigh Woods. So it stands to reason, we ought to head back there.
Music: Waves of Hope
And sure enough, Kir pops up to inform us that this is the correct direction. We would have felt real silly if wed gone back to the Frost Caves or something. Not like I did that by mistake the first time I played because there was a several day gap and I was a bit tipsy the last session... Thatd be ridiculous...
The gang still needs to fight their way through half of the area again. Not that the encounters are remotely threatening at this point. Its more of a nuisance. But, once we reach bridge two of three, Kir pops into existence again to inform us...
*sweat* Path? There aint no path here...
Yeah, there is... a secret one.
Hey, hold up! You cant just walk through the scenery like that. That is illegal! I am calling the police!
...I just walked past some trees. Its a forest. You... you can do that at any time.
Psst. This could be a gremlin trick. Keep on guard.
Sure enough, we can walk through that random patch of woods to find... well... more snowy woods. What did you expect? Its the middle of a forest.
Heading along the newfound path, we come across an edible Ancient Indigo Box. Yeah... You got me as to what the heck sort of ingredients thats supposed to be.
The important part is that cleared out all the Shiny Spots in the Floneia Territories and netted the party and extra 500 EXP for their efforts. Thats a nice little bonus. Thankfully, theres no achievements or trophies tied to seeking out every Shiny Spot. Though there are a few tied to making certain recipes.
In any case, continuing along the path further, we find that blue phantom from our previous walk through the woods.
Music: The Warmth of Life
Dont you think we better take care of him, Endir? Just to be safe...
Yeah, lets waste him before he links to some tragic backstory or turns into a mid-boss.
Or he could turn out to be an innocuous background character that is actually a major villain.
Ugh. Thats always so lame. Alright. Lets wreck it.
*sweats* No! I already said, dont! Hes not causing anyone any harm!
Well, yeah... Dont you think the way he keeps followin us around like this is a lil creepy, though?
Ive been saying that about this guy the whole time!
...I mean the ghost.
Oh. Ehh... Its like 3/10 on the creepy scale.
Dont worry, he wont do anything to us... honestly. Theres... nothing we can do...
Sure enough, a few seconds later the phantom marches off and fades away harmlessly again.
I mean, that Lord Avalo was much more a monster... And he was a human... an intelligent being...
Being intelligent doesnt make you any more human... And not all monsters lack intelligence, anyway...
Yeah, just tak
Endir, stop it. Kirs not a gremlin.
...I was going to mention the wolf baron. Who was intelligent enough to get a sweet cape and ascend to baronhood. But fine. I wont say anything.
And what about us... We arent either...
Huh? Did you just say something?
*shakes head* No... nothing. Anyway, we need to hurry on. Setsuna looks like shes in pain.
It is... OK... Dont interrupt your discussion... on the nature of humanity and sapience on my account...
*turns to Setsuna* Once we get through here, it wont be much further. Hang in there, Setsuna!
Im fine... Im so sorry... You said you didnt want to go back to your village, and now...
Its fine! You dont need to worry about that, Setsuna. Are you all right? Can you walk?
Kir helps Setsuna out of the area while Nidr escorts them. Aeterna follows, but notices Endir is staring off into space...
Do you think hes human?
Like I mean obviously not *human* human. But like it used to be human and is now some kind of extra-dimensional anomaly leading a tortured existence outside the realm of time and space?
No... But I cant be certain. It was only faint, but for a moment I thought I could sense something human about him...
...Thats a really mixed signal response.
What do you want out of me? I dont know!
*turns toward the horizon* Either way, though... It seems Kir knows something.
...Do you think thats his Stand?
Im walking away now, Endir.
New Music: Walking the Walk
Alright, were now out of the Floneia Territories and into the Northern Frontier. Turns out its still snowy. Whod a thunk?
Theres only a short patch of barren wasteland between with some Shiny Spots and not a whole lot else going on before we reach a new mountain range. No convenient cavern tunnel system to bypass this time. Were gonna have to do some good ol fashion mountain climbing up the Morbrise Mountain.
New Music: Secret Passage
*looks around* Looks like weve hit a dead end... You sure theres really a village here? You havent gotten us lost, have ya?
Just be quiet and follow me.
Okay, see your reaction before with the hidden path, Endir? NOW is the appropriate time for that.
Dammit! See what happens when you let a gremlin travel with you? Now our whole journey is tainted by flagrant cheat code use!
...Im not even sure what that means. But no.
Hmm? What is this, magic?
Its to stop creeps like you from getting in, old man!
*shocked* Whore you callin a creep!? Damn smart-ass...
Come on, lets go! Its not far to the village now.
Sure enough, we can just turn on No Clip and phase through this rock face to continue onward. Youd think the blizzard swept mountain would be enough of a deterrent on its own.
Thats not to say crappy weather is the only hazard on Morbrise Mountain. We do have some new enemies to contend with on the climb. Well... new enemies...
The Pengy have finally gotten an upgrade after being so weak as to be incapable of hurting our party for a solid chapter now. Meet the Hoppy its a black shaded version of em with angry eyebrows like American Kirby.
Clearly the eyebrows make it far more aerodynamic in addition to raising the rest of its stats. The Hoppy has all the abilities of its predecessor with one new addition.
It can basically do a Penguin Psycho Crusher. Its not super damaging. But the trauma of having a penguin do a flying head-butt at them lingers with adventurers for years to come.
Joining the Hoppy on the mountain, we have one actually new monster: the Roly-Poly. Its that large snowball being pushed by a twin-tailed squirrel. It took me a few fights to realize what the hell these were, since they introduced the first few of em from the front, so it just looked like a sentient snowball.
Speaking of snowballs, Roly-Poly are rude boys and will bean our party members with a snowball while safely hiding behind their icy orb. This is somehow more damaging than a penguin hurling its entire body at us. But thats not their only trick.
These jerkass squirrels can showboat by riding atop their snowballs as it spins in place. This display of acrobatics make them able to completely evade physical attacks for the duration of their snow orb mounting. They... cant actually do any other attacks during this time. Its solely to be a dick. And I can respect that.
Those two monsters aside, this is the only landmark on the way up the mountain. This looks kinda familiar, but I cant quite place it...
Beyond that, its just a rather uneventful spree of murdering penguins and squirrels until we reach the end of the trail, where...
Hmm? Ive never seen any monsters like that before...
Its one of those squirrels pushing a snowball. Weve killed like eight of them. My pocket is overflowing with snowballs dropped from em.
...Why are you stuffing snowballs into your pockets?
Those weirdos at the Magic Consortium will buy anything. Im not going to question it.
...Okay. But no. This one is different. Its freaky looking.
Theyre Spritnite-Eaten Monsters. You see them every so often... When monsters are exposed to powerful spritnite for too long, it affects their bodies... Theyre much stronger than regular monsters, so if youre not careful you can easily end up badly hurt.
I see... Well, lets just stay well clear of em, then. What would anyone bother messin with monsters like that for?
Well, youd be surprised... Apparently they drop very rare materials, so some reckless people do attempt to defeat them...
*sweat* What? N-no thanks...
Endir. Its up to you if you want to fight them. But as a member of Setsunas guard, her safety needs to be your top priority.
You said Setsunas injuries werent life threatening, shes just kinda messed up until she gets em fixed right?
Well, yes. Thats the case. But...
*draws sword* Lets kick its ass!
*sweats* Wait shouldnt we consand hes gone. Why did you give him the choice to go fight that thing?
*sigh* Failed attempt at reverse psychology. Lets go help him...
New Music: Fantastical Encounter (Its a punched up version of the main battle theme. Shame it barely ever gets used.)
Meet the Glowly-Poly, the first of the rare Spritnite-Eaten Monsters we can encounter. These are mostly dark palette swaps of standard creatures with either really high stats or special gimmicks to set them apart from their contemporaries. For instance, Glowly-Poly here only has 38 HP (a normal Roly-Poly has over 100.) However, it has absurdly high evasion... normally. You see, its doing a handstand on its snowball now.
This bout of supreme showmanship gives it evasion against ALL attacks while its performing this feat. Physical, magic, AOE, you name it. It literally cannot be hit while doing a handstand. All we can do there is stand there in awe at its athleticism.
Eventually it will tire out and return to the ground for about 30-40 seconds before returning to hand standing. During this period, it can throw the occasional snowball. But that only hits for the 60ish HP the normal Roly-Poly will do.
The entire gimmick of this fight is just praying RNG sides in our favor and we can actually land *any* attack on the monster. As we are now, this might have taken a good two and a half minutes for me to finally land a blow.
Music: Astounding Victory
However, for our efforts we get a whopping 1000 EXP. For reference, thats twice as much experience as we received for the entire town guard fight gauntlet and both bosses at the end of the last chapter combined.
Its worth mentioning that Spritnite-Eaten Monsters are NOT a one-shot battle. They respawn when we return to the area. And it just so happens that the end of this map is right around the corner. As such, its REALLY easy to come back here and farm Glowly-Poly for experience if need be. Indeed, Ill probably come back here when Setsuna recovers and Kir inevitably joins, just to quickly get them to acceptable levels with the rest of the party in a jiffy.
We find ourselves unceremoniously dumped back on the overworld map. No big boss fight on the way out. Just that Sprite-Eaten Monster optional bit.
If we continue a little ways to the northwest, we find a path leading into the forest to the town of Hiddbury. This had better be Kirs hometown already...
Sure is a quiet village, aint it?
No... its too quiet...
What do you mean?
The rest of the gremlins out on a raiding party against a rival clan?
! Dont tell me the monsters have...
Monsters? Were inside a village...
Dont you folks have anti-monster zoning permits for the town?
Tch. Figures gremlins know nothing of the ways of filing proper paperwork.
Our village has been under attack by ferocious monsters for decades now.
Great. Im glad we brought the sacrifice here.
Didnt you ever fight back?
*shakes head* No, never... This village never fights back...
Hey! Hey! HEY!
*waves* Brother Kir!
The kids run down to greet Kir as the party approaches...
The monsters were here all day today, Kir! They wouldnt go away!
So we kept on hiding! Then the next thing we knew... we fell asleep!
I see... Well, Im so glad to see youre safe.
You have returned, Kir.
Holy smokes! Is that frikkin Jak?!
Long time no see, Hydor...
Hey, wheres Daxter?
...Who is this Jak?
New Music: The Enchanted Sanctuary
I take it your return does not mean that you have changed your mind... Do I assume correctly?
Well talk about that later. Right now theres something I need your help with.
That young lady, I presume... I see... The effects of spritnite... It is causing temporary functional inhibition.
*sweats* So whats that in plain language?
But more pressingly...
It means that the magical energy she was exposed to is now eating away at her flesh. The harmful effects of the spritnite have infected her body, and must be neutralized. If they are not, aftereffects may remain.
Explosive diarrhea for days. Like a great geyser from the earth, but of fecal matter.
Yeeesh! Too much info, chief.
Setsuna shielded me from the spritnites explosion. Please, Hydor... You can cure her, right?
*shakes head* I cannot... I retain the little magic energy that I do in order to help our fellow villagers... It cannot be used on those from outside the village.
Youre kidding me! Nothings changed at all... Fine... Fine! I know what Ill do! I dont care how much magical energy I have. Im gonna use it for what I want! Its my choice, so theres nothing you can do about it!
*turns and shrugs* You may do what you wish.
Im fine... Please...
Hydor walks back into his hut...
*distant stare* That all doesnt sound... that bad...
Dont worry. Ill do something.
Theres a way?
We need to go track down some Precursor Orbs or something? What do we need to do?
Well use the spritnite veins.
Thats right. They flow through the earth around here. Spritnite veins are like currents of magical energy that run under the earths surface. We can use their power to cure Setsuna... But first of all, we need to find one thats strong enough.
None of that sounds remotely safe. But I guess we have no choice.
Well help. What do we need to do?
Spritnite veins react to peoples magical energy and give off light...
*looks around* What we need to do is find the place in the village where that light is the strongest!
So somewhere that gives off a strong light... All right, got it.
Alright, then. Tune in next time when we scout Kirs hometown for a vein of Mako Energy we can dunk Setsuna into to heal her up. Hopefully she wont end up a wheelchair bound invalid mumbling about Xenogears...
Hydor Concept Art Cmon. He even has the Jak 2 facial hair.