Part 18: Episode XV: Pillar Man
Lot of running around this collection of tents they call a village up in this chapter. Fine... Back to Hydors sorry excuse for a house we go.
New Music: The World of Snow
Setsuna is back up... sort of... Theyve not really been able to decide if Setsuna is barely conscious and ready to keel over or if shes just kind of winded and could use a good nights rest.
As your guard, your life is more important to us than anything else... Even our own lives...
*disapproving grunt* Ehh...
You would be wise to stay lying down... While the monsters are gone, I shall go and gather some medicinal herbs.
I hope youve got a license for that, pal.
Falls under religious practices. Completely on the level.
*walks toward the exit* I shall return before long.
*shakes head and leaves*
Kir... Thank you. This is all thanks to you.
Just a minute ago you were ready to burst into tears!
*stunned* What!? No I wasnt! Youre the one who was getting all worked up, old man!
*raises arm to protest*
Music: Deadly Gamble
What was that!? Wasnt that Hydors voice!?
It was. Id recognize that AUGGHH anywhere!
A random villager bursts into the tent...
They attacked Chief Hydor! I think he managed to get away into the forest... but...
What!? You mean monsters showed up again already!?
They were lying in wait just outside the village? I think they were waiting there to ambush anyone who came out!
! To ambush them!? But nothing like that has ever happened before!
Hey kid, you ever done a speedrun before?
What? No... Why?
The villager is done delivering his lines so he wordlessly exits the scene...
Its like somethings starting to change... and if it is... Then it might mean that youre no longer safe even inside the village...
Rotten timing to come here the day the whole hiding in tents plan fell apart.
*navel gazing* Just because our life spans are short, we live hidden away like part of the forest...
Music: The Warmth of Life
Is staying alive really all thats important? If we live our whole lives in fear, mightnt we just as well already be dead?
I left this village for the outside world because I wanted to change things here. I thought that what I needed to do was find another way for us to live longer... But I was wrong. Even if I do find a way, it wont change anything...
First, you need to change yourself.
*nods* Yeah... Exactly, Endir... If I want this village to change, first of all, I need to change...
The important thing is that you follow your own heart, Kir...
Yeah, youre right. Meeting all of you helped me make up my mind. So thank you... I know what I need to do now. First of all, I need to change myself.
Endir! Everyone! Theres something I need to ask of you!
You want a mask, right?
Hey, youre the one who wants to change yourself. Step one: sweet mask. This whole owl boy hair and thick glasses thing you got going on? Lame. Its lame. You look lame, kid. Now, you slip on a badass mask over that whole nerd kid face and thatll be a start.
No... Im good. And I need my glasses.
Thats the beauty of a good mask built in glasses. Vision impairment is no joke.
Yeah I... Maybe some other time, Endir... What I really need is...
Theres somewhere I want you to take me...
Where do you want to go?
Gonna be honest, I dont think theres many good maskologists in these parts.
To the place where my true power lies sleeping! The Spritnite Pillar! Im gonna get back my magical energy!
! But you cant... If you do that, your life spanll be shortened!
I dont care. Ive realized something... Whats important isnt how long my life is... Its how I use it! I want to use my life the way I want... I want to use it to help all you!
...With sick magic spells?
*sagely nod* Youre learning, kid.
Youve sure taken a 180 from the gremlin business in a hurry.
Hey! I was wrong about that and apologized. Ive only got a bit of speciesism bias, not racism. Give me some credit.
*nods* All right.
Lets turn you into a goddamn wizard.
Thank you, everyone... Theres a path behind this house that leads to the Spritnite Pillar.
All right! Lets do this!
Say ...Didnt Hydor get attacked?
We aint got time to be worryin about that now.
*turns to Setsuna* You rest here, Setsuna.
Dont worry, well be back in no time at all.
The party shuffles out to go cheerfully help Kir halve his lifespan. But...
Music: The World of Snow
What is it? Im in a hurry.
Either that kid is going to turn into a rad wizard or hes going to die in a spectacularly over the top way. Either way, Im not missing out on that show.
Sorry... I know youre in a hurry... but I wanted to make sure I said this to you.
(Oh boy... I dont like where this is heading...)
But you werent there, Endir. I called your name... Endir... But you didnt come. I felt so sad, so lonely... and then I opened my eyes. So now... even at a time like this... as long as youre here, I feel safe. I feel like youre protecting us all, Endir... So please... Please see my journey through to its end... Please stay with me... until the final moment...
Yeah... Ill do that... Im gonna... go now... Well talk about how Ill make sure you die at the end and how youre kinda into that later... *slowly backs out the door*
As Kir said earlier, theres a path behind Hydors house that leads towards this Spritnite pillar.
It actually briefly pops us back out in the world map with the only path being a small stretch leading to said Spritnite Pillar. I guess its supposed to represent it was a bit of a hike. Ehh...
New Music: Faith
Wasnt the real Sephiroth frozen in this thing at the Northern Cave? Alright, lets get this thing underway.
Its been a long time since I last came here...
So this is the Spritnite Pillar?
Yes, thats right.
Looks more like... I dunno... an orb but stretched... Is there a word for that?
I think its still a spheroid, just a prolate one.
I dunno what any of those words mean. Point is that aint no pillar...
Everyone born here has their magical energy extracted by channeling it into this spritnite... I guess you could say this thing is like a crystallized mass of all that energy. What Im going to do now is get back my magical energy that was sealed away...
*turns to Endir and Nidr* I want you to make sure that no monsters come near me.
Not a problem, kid.
Wait... nobody told me this was an escort mission. This just got decidedly less cool.
Kir approaches the Spritnite Pillar...
You even need to ask?
This is... Augh! This is my... big moment... so dont... get in the way... all right...? Heh... hehehe... Aughhhhhh...
Alright. Got it. Just dont explode, kid.
Well, youre getting pumped with magic energy from a spritnite the size of a barn. Youve gotta be worried it could like overload you and cause you to explode or something, right?
WELL I AM NOW!
Oh... Well, dont worry! Full body explosions are really rare.
It might just blow off both your arms if it goes wrong. You can survive that. Sometimes...
Looks like some monsters wanna rumble. Weird that the magical energy isnt constantly drawing them here. Or maybe has been and the only reason the not-elf village is under constant attack is that they settled directly in the path of the magic beacon like a bunch of idiots. Nah... An elf-esque race would never fuck up that badly by adhering to unwavering traditions...
Were given the chance to shuffle our party consisting of three characters from a pool of three characters... I sort of get the feeling a really shitty, unpowered version of Kir was meant to join and be playable before this segment, but it got cut since... whod want to use a mage who cannot cast magic?
Music: No Turning Back
In any case, theres not actually any danger to Kir being disturbed from his magic power siphoning and exploding. All the monsters showing up are only interested in rumbling with Endir and the active party gang. This is actually just more of a multi-fight gauntlet, starting with a pair of Roly-Polies...
Then weve got a trio of upgraded killer penguins...
After that, a solitary angry eyebrowed penguin joins forces with another pair of squirrels with large snowballs. Oh, collusion.
Following that, they just combine the first wave of Roly-Poly and the first wave of the palette swapped Pengy whose proper name Ive clearly forgotten and dont care enough to look up. Easily dealt with...
For the final wave, we actually encounter a brand new enemy type. One that is not a cutesy mascot critter nor a palette swap of something weve already seen at that. Instead... okay, it looks like someone's furry OC from Deviantart. But ehh... At least its new.
Meet the Versa. They are... actually kind of jerks. To start off, they can use a Powder Cloud to potentially inflict our party with Confusion. Confusion works a bit strangely in this game. It doesnt make characters uncontrollable jerks that strike their own party members like in many RPGs. Instead, it makes it so friendly fire is turned on and AOE attacks will also strike our own party. So if Endir was to perform a Cyclone, hed hit both the Vera but also give Nidr another scar and lop Aeternas arm off in the process.
On top of that, theyve also got some fairly hard hitting Ice magic spells that can do between 70-100 HP of damage on one or two of our party members.
Finally, they can also just slap the shit out of one of our allies, causing a Momentum Lock like the Wolf Baron could. Indeed, knowing the party will be spamming Momentum buffed attacks and locking that shit down seems to be a common trait among Intelligent class enemies. The pricks.
Still, theres two of em and three of us. Vera will be a common enemy in coming areas, so there isnt a significant amount of strategy to dealing with em beyond what works with most cannon fodder.
Music: The World of Snow
Its coming back... My magical energy is coming back! Ill be fine now, everyone! You go back to the village! Ill follow after the rest of you later!
Will you be alright alone?
I mean I could stick around and fight monsters for days.
Ill be fine now... Thanks to all of you. You dont need to worry about me... Please go back to the village.
Be careful, kid! Cmon, Endir, lets go.
And thats it for the Spritnite Pillar business. Tune in next time when the village definitely wont be under attack in our absence while powering up a monster drawing beacon.