Part 57: Episode XLV: Diplomacy With Dingus
Democracy dictated that the runner up in the side quest election was our newest and final party member:
Music: Simple Gratitude
This quest takes us back to Gatherington, the Podunk town with the healer failed sacrifice old woman Sayagi, who we bugged a half dozen times during our journey through the region.
We wont be bother Sayagi again during I am Setsuna. Her role in the story is complete. Shes just another NPC there to spout a single line of generic dialog until the game is uninstalled. A harsh fate. But, before we hit our actual side quest trigger, lets pick up another scythe for Dingus. It IS his side quest, after all...
What the fthis is even WORSE than the first one... First of all, a dragon is not that tiny. Even idiot baby dragons that roll around in the mud and urinate for an exceedingly long span. That looks like a like pelican wing. Dingus, why are you wielding a pelican wing on a stick? Thats the stupidest thing Ive heard all day...
This doesnt bode well for this side quest. Poor weapon designs aside, the trigger for Dingus side quest involves talking to the Insufferable Man hanging out in the Gatherington pub. I bet you thought I pointed him out earlier solely because he was a giant piece of shit and had a funny name. Ha! You stupid idiot. Turns out Im better at foreshadowing than this games writing.
What spritnite stone?
Oh? So youre not. I was sure youd come here looking for the spritnite stone...
? What spritnite stone are you talking about!? Come on, tell us!
Was there non-stone spritnite I missed? Why are we all saying it like this? Its like saying paper book.
Well, it was washed in by the sea... Apparently, its a really rare one, and has some mysterious power.
Wow... I like the sound of that! So where is it?
*shakes head* No, youre better off not looking for it... take my word for it!
Then why even bring it up?
Im just making conversation. Youre the ones making a big thing out of it...
Hmph. Really seeing where you got that title...
Because its cursed.
You hear that? Its cursed. Now that the intrigue is out of the way, lets just head back to the Last La
Hey! This is no laughing matter! All right, listen up...
Each person who has owned the stone has since met a horrible end... Its cursed. Anyone who lays hands on it will die.
Brrrr! Scary stuff! All right, count me out!
Pfft. What are you getting the willies over a curse for? Just slap a remedy on that and youre set. No big deal.
*turns to Dingus* Whats wrong, Dingus?
*shakes head* No... nothing.
*turns to Insufferable Man* So who has the stone now?
Who knows... Rumor has it some kid stole it and ran off with it. Someone saw him fleeing to the north, apparently. If you want to know more, try asking around the town.
Kid wasnt carrying around some gaudy badge and claiming to be a hero beforehand, right?
No... I dont think so... Why?
So theres a cursed spritnite an idiot child has spirited away with to the north. Better hit up the town to find some leads...
...Or we can just step outside, where a man marching from the north collapses right next to the party. Thats probably gonna be a lead.
No RIP. False alarm!
The man climbs to his feet.
Well, I heard some caverns no one had entered for years were found in the Fridging Caves... So I went to have a look.
Everyone standing here has been through those caves and picked it clean of loot.
...Oh. I... Oh... That really dampens my exploits.
Its trying times we live in, Hoarse-Voiced Merchant.
There might have been no treasure. But...
Inside I found a lone child. I was concerned, so I called out to him, but he attacked me using a strange spritnite stone! Just my luck, I tell you...
Why is everyone saying spritnite stone now? Why the stone? Theyre ALL stones, right?
That one insufferable man said it and now it just sounds right...
He might have followed me back, so Id get out of here as well, if I were you!
The man runs off out of town.
Yes, it sounds like this is the child who stole the cursed spritnite...
Its a shame hes likely already doomed. So, back to combating the Dark Samsara...
The Fridging Caves...
Music: The Strength of Time
Yes, Dingus. The Fridging Caves. Thats where the next part of this quest takes us! Lets see what this dope child with a cursed spritnite stone has gotten himself into...
Nothing has changed in the enemy layout of the Fridging Caves. The party can absolutely steamroll everything in a single turn. Which is good, since we have to do the entire dungeon again returning to where the party fought the Aurorean Tiger.
Returning to the old boss arena, we find a cowering child. And as we approach him, it turns out weve seen this boy before...
They neglected to give him a proper name, despite the whole chapter he was centered on, which is something this game is REALLY bad about. But this is Beetle Boy from back in Juliennes introductory chapter.
Oh! Its you! Im so glad to see youre all right!
...Do we know this kid? Kir, was this one of your friends...? No... theres no tail... Umm... Nah. I got nothing.
Its the monster boy.
*blank stare and shrug*
The one Julienne had... issues with and Dingus... Err... Oh boy...
*snaps fingers* Ah. Right.
Its all thanks to you... Since then, Ive...
*notices Dingus* ! Y-youre...
Ahhh! Now I see what you were oh boyin about, Aeterna. Pfft... This is gonna end well...
This is someone else.
Nuh-uh! Hes wearing the same clothes! And hes got... well... not the SAME scythe, but STILL a scythe!
Purely coincidence, kid. Just happens to have the same bad fashion sense and questionable choice in weaponry.
No! I dont believe you! I remember his face!
No, its all right... Dingus is on our side now... and hes a very strong ally.
Who KILLED MY MAMA!!
Yeah, geez. Insensitive much, Setsuna.
I feel as though some context is alluding me again.
What the... AND HER! She tried to kill me! Youre friends with HER too?! I thought you were nice! Liar!
Oh... She had drank monster blood. It made her get mean. Shes nice now! Really. *smile*
She DRANK one of my kinds BLOOD?!
Setsuna... maybe just stop...
*screams* No! I dont believe you!
Dingus steps forward and addresses Skinny Child*
I am here for one reason only... Give me that spritnite.
*screams* Say youre sorry, then! Say youre sorry for what you did to my mama!
Go on, apologize to him.
Lets see your diplomacy in action, Dingus.
I... cannot do that.
I will not deny my past... I will not apologize for it, or regret it... If you wish to feed on hatred, so be it. It matters not to me. You must choose your own way of life. You are free... However, I shall use that spritnite. Give it to me.
Nailed it! Hit up the nearest Land of Snow embassy. Youre a fit for ambassador.
Dingus, wait! Hes just a child, you cant threaten him like that...
It is a waste of time, true. A better tactic would to have been to taken it by force before talk.
Ya, you had that problem pretty bad when you fought us.
I am working on it.
I see... I get it now. Youre all after my stone!
*shakes head* No, thats not true. Listen... That spritnite is cursed. If you keep it, something terrible will happen to you...
No, I can tell... this stone is really powerful... As long as I have this, I can even beat HIM! I can get revenge for Mama!
*holds out arms* If you will not give it to me, I shall take it by force.
Go on then, just try! Ill... Ill...
Beetle Boy charges up and starts lobbing Hadokens at Dingus. Good for him. Thats about what Reaper deserves.
Ive been all by myself... It was hard... and lonely... But I didnt give up. I believed what you said... I believed that one day Id be able to make friends... But whenever they realize Im not a human, they all run away!
I say hey wanna see a neat trick and turn into my real form and they ALWAYS scream and run away. It IS a neat trick! They cant do it.
Oh... sweetie... No.
I hate them! I hate everyone! And I hate you most of all! DIE!
*Hadokens Dingus a few more times*
Dingus, whatre you doin!? You aint gonna be able to take this for much longer...
You aint got that boss HP anymore. You cant hold out like this.
It cannot be helped.
Not with that attitude.
I swore to Aeterna that I would lend my strength to the sacrifice... I cannot die here.
...That was Eutess, my creator but... Yeah, sure...
Dingus draws his scythe.
No! Stop it, Dingus! Endir! Make him stop!
Go ahead, do what you want.
I thought you would say that...
Endir, what the HECK!?
Guy clearly didnt spec for Charisma. Who am I to tell him to re-roll this late on...?
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