The Let's Play Archive

I am Setsuna

by The Dark Id

Part 61: Episode XLIX: President Evil

Music: Hidden

We’re chipping along well with this side quest thing. Up next is Aeterna... whose sidequest has almost nothing to actually do with her beyond the contents of it getting her most pissed.

For this quest we’ll be heading back to the refugee camp of Tenderville. Remember, the place Lord Whatshisface was secretly spiriting away innocent people in a pact with the monster mafia to protect the Citadel. Besides his father dying, that jerk really had no comeuppance and nobody really seemed to care he was tossing refugees into a meat grinder.

Strange to see realistic political outcomes in a JRPG.

To trigger this sidequest, we must have Aeterna in the active party and barge into the house of a robed guy near the gates of the town. Originally, this guy would just tow the party line about Lord Avalo being a great guy definitely not selling out immigrants to be eaten by monsters. But now...

Music: Shrouded Fate

*nods* Yes... Why do you ask?
Perfect... I apologize for my impoliteness, but I have a favor to ask of you.
Nonono... Why are we even in this town again...?
A favor...?
That’s right. There is someone I want you to look for.
Sorry, no can do.
Thank you, Endir! Now let’s get it together and focus, guys... Dark Sams—
*shrugs* You really are impatient, aren’t you, Endir! We can at least hear him out, can’t we?
What if he’s paying well? You didn’t even ask.
*rubs chin* Hmm... You make a strong argument that speaks to my relevant interests.
Uggggggghhhh... *briefly blips in and out of existence*

So you will listen to my request. Thank you... As you can see, I am in charge of managing this village... Thus, I cannot simply leave when it pleases me.
You all aren’t still secretly sending people here to sacrifice to monsters... right?
Oh no no. That... unfortunate policy... has been abandoned.
Even if you’re lying, I killed the guy you all had a deal with last week... So maybe rethink that.
I... see... Nothing like that.

Which brings me to the favor I wish to ask of you. There is a person I want you to find... The president of the Magic Consortium.
! What!? The president of the Magic Consortium!?
*nods* He and I are old friends, you see... but I lost contact with him a long time ago. Recently, however, I learned of his whereabouts.
So where is this president, then?
In the Nameless Village.
? The Nameless Village?
I hear it is a village inhabited by only the most lawless of outlaws and thugs...
It’s got that kinda reputation and no name?
No, you misunderstand me... Its name actually IS “Nameless Village.” They thought it sounded tough, I suppose...? Like I said, nothing but crass ruffians.

It sounds like a hazardous place indeed...
A true hive of scum and villainy.
Surprisingly enough, they actually have one of the lowest crime rates in all of the Land of Snow.
Oh... Hmm. Still, a rough place to be sure.

Indeed it is... That’s why I haven’t been able to ask this of anyone else... I can tell just by looking at you, however, that you are very strong.
*satisfied nod of approval*
Wow, the president of the Magic Consortium, eh... I wonder what he’s like...
*holds out arms* If you are able to bring him here, you shall be duly rewarded. In fact, no... it shall suffice if you simply ascertain that he is indeed in the village.
...Now you’re speaking my language.
As a reward, I shall give to you my family heirloom, this spritnite stone.
And now this guy is doing the “stone” thing...? Was there some grammatical edict passed before the land I didn’t hear about...? Whatever. At least it’s a guaranteed payday...
We’ll do it.

Hold on, Endir... Are you sure you’ve thought this through?
Textbook securing a VIP. We don’t even need to escort him? Just confirm his status? That’s like free money in the bank... after we pawn this spritnite “stone”. I’m in.
I dunno... I kinda wanna see the president now!
*nods* Yeah, I’m a li’l intrigued, too...
Ah, I am so glad you came! I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. If you can just have a look for the president when you stop by the Nameless Village...

Alright then. Our goal is clear. Time to set sail clear to the western edge of the map to the Isle of Misfits we briefly stopped by during the first trip world tour on the airship.

Music: Thug Life

The only person of any use in town is that grumpy village chief that told us to get lost the first trip here. Now he’s sub-plot relevant!

Although, it does not appear you are just any old travelers... So, what brings you here?
We’re looking for someone.
Oh, is that so? This is a lawless place... No resistance or knighthood here... Who might you be looking for in a village of criminals such as this, I wonder?
He’s not a criminal. We’re looking for the president of the Magic Consortium.
She has a lot more faith in politicians than most...
The president, eh... He was indeed here in the village.
! Really?
Hand him over!
Do not be preposterous... I am not his keeper!
...Is it you? Are you the president?
What? No! Heavens no... Absolutely not... No... But, as I was saying...

I’m sorry... The thing is, there’s someone who really wants to know where the president is. He asked us to bring him back with us, if possible.
You’re the first travelers who have passed through here in a long, long time...
It’s been weeks since we saw the last ones...
Pretty sure that was also us...
Well, there you go!

I really would like to help you... but I’m afraid that will not be possible.

The president was indeed here... He was carrying out research into a type of spritnite, I believe... But he is no longer.
*sigh* Just give us the location so we can get this over with... We do have MUCH BETTER things to do. *judgmental glance at companions*
To put it frankly, there is no use searching for him now... he is no longer in this world.
So he’s dead, y’mean?
A little while ago, this place was attacked by a huge monster. He lost his life trying to protect the village. A heroic death indeed... No body remained, so there is no grave...
What did he like get vaporized?
Devoured. Whole. One bite. Very messy. No body.

If he is now deceased, then our search is truly futile...
Indeed it is... I am sorry that you have wasted your time, but I would advise that you simply be on your way.
Welp. Job’s done. Let’s bounce...

Everyone shuffles back outside.

Well, we ain’t got no way of knowin’ that, do we...
He said there was no grave, too... *sigh* ... I was looking forward to seeing what he was like...
Yeah, well. That’s life. We’ve filled the parameters for the job. Let’s go get paid...

...What was that? It sounded like a monster’s howl...
Let’s go check the watchtower!
Wait... no. The job is done... We don’t need to get involved. Again... The pay is just waiting for us. Aeterna, what happened to you being all “oh guys let’s get back on track”?
Would our next destination be the Frozen Lands to finish things responsibly...?

Alright, fine... Let’s go up to the watchtower. Where we find...

I think you took a wrong turn, guy. They’re filming Catherine on the next island over. Look for a bunch of sliding blocks. Can’t miss it.

It’s HUGE! I’ve never seen anything like it before...
Tch. We fought that exact same thing a month or so ago. It just had white fur then.
I don’t recall such a creature.
It was when you were having your episode... It attacked your town. It was no big deal.
...The monsters assaulted Royburg?!
Oh, yeah... Guess we forgot to mention that, huh? Oh well. Ancient history.

Perhaps this is the monster that slayed the president...
! Hold on a minute! Is that...
? What’s the matter, Aeterna?
So you have realized, too, Aeterna...
Whoa. He talked again.
Yes... I didn’t think it could be... but...
What the hell are you two talkin’ about?
First of all, we need to make certain...
Eh? Make certain of what?
*shakes head*

That is my conclusion also...
Come on, you two! Stop leaving us hanging and tell us what’s going on!
Yeah no magic fake people alliances here. What’s the deal?
*shrugs* We’ve found the president of the Magic Consortium...
! Really? Where is he, then?
He’s right in front of us... or what’s left of him, at least.
What? You don’t mean...
That’s right, Setsuna...

That monster is the president.
Wh-what!? How the hell do you now that!?
At the center of that monster, I can sense a human consciousness. Even though the consciousness of any regular human would have long disappeared...
Wait... since when can you do that?
I could always do it. It just... never came up. It’s a very limited use case power.
Well... I guess...

So you mean the president is alive inside that thing?
Like in its stomach...? I don’t like where any of this is going...
*shakes head* Dingus and I... What we sensed was a tiny fragment of human consciousness... I wouldn’t say he’s “alive” ...but something of his consciousness does still remain. The president didn’t fight that monster, or get eaten by him... That monster IS the president...
...I thought I already stated as much?
Yes, I know you did. But your credibility is still lacking after... you know... everything you did earlier in the journey.

Whadd’ya mean... Is that even possible?
*ponders* I don’t know how it happened... If we’re going to find out, we need to find someone who does know.
Ask that old man.
You seem committed to pulling off the mask of whoever is behind this caper. So fine... It’s always the old shady guy you first meet when entering a new town. Always.
*nods* Yes, good idea. He seems the most likely to know something.
All right, let’s start with that smug old man... I’ll make him talk, just you watch...
Nidr! You mustn’t do anything rough! You’ll only make matters worse!
*sweat drop* Yeah, yeah... all right...
I’m gonna kick that geezer in the dick.
Endir! I just said...
*already walking off* Not listening!

Back to the old man we go...

Music: Feeling of Unease

I hoped that you would have left before the monster came...
Come on, tell us what you know. Everything.
Talk or die!
What fearsome eyes... Are you really human behind that mask, I wonder?
I am human when I’m paid to be. Right now I ain’t...
That monster is the president. We know that.
Well, well... So you have realized. I see... Now I understand... You are a clone of Eutess...
Uhh...? And you know that how...?
Then it is no wonder that you realized the truth... Very well. I shall tell you everything. This is all because of the research the president was pursuing...
The president spoke of it constantly. He wanted to return a certain being to its original self... a being that had changed beyond all recognition... He wanted to rectify the consortium’s past mistakes.
He poured over countless volumes of combat data obtained back during the Magic Consortium’s early days as a pharmaceutical corporation, trying to find an answer while locked deep in his basement laboratory.
And so, he began research into creating spritnite powerful enough to overcome that being. But he failed, and he himself was absorbed by the being’s power.
So that’s how he ended up turnin’ into a monster... Pretty sad, even if he did have it comin’ to him...
*shakes head and yells* How many times must the Magic Consortium make the same mistakes before they realize? There are some things in this world that humans need to just leave well alone. Spritnite contains the power of the laws that govern all creation. No one even knows what ancient civilization created it... Trying to create something like that yourself is beyond arrogant...
I am not asking you to agree with what he did. But all researchers believe that the road to truth can only be found by breaking boundaries...
For every failed mutated affront to the gods breaking out and rampaging across the countryside, there is always a cure to disease or a profitable biological weapon just within grasp...
Well, the result of foolish research like that is on the verge of destroying the world!
And I’m stuck with a bunch of irresponsible fools who keep getting sidetracked instead of stopping it...
Huh... Is she talking about us?
ARGH! And now I’M guilty of doing the same thing because I’m pissed!

I am fully aware that you have no duty to do so... but will you save the president?
And by that, you mean for us to slay that monster?
It’s more politically palpable to say something like “liberate from suffering”.
The president still remains inside it, even if only faintly... That’s why it won’t enter the village. But the last of his senses shall soon disappear, and then the monster will indeed attack this village. Can you destroy it before that happens?
No thanks.

We’ve got absolutely no reason to help fulfill a selfish request like that.
But if we don’t do something about it, won’t the monster attack other towns and village, too?
We’re on some crappy island off the uninhabited half of the continent. I think it’ll be fine, this dump of a town excluded.
I understand you’re reluctant, Endir, but we’ve got to do something...
No we absolutely do not! Stop saying that! Just because you put on an “aww shucks” tone doesn’t make it true! Damn, lady!
I agree with Setsuna.
Oh do you, DAD?

I understand why you’re irritated, Endir... I’d like to just let ‘em rot in their mess, too. But if we don’t do somethin’ about that monster, and people get hurt as a result... I’m pretty damn sure we’ll live to regret it.
You people really don’t know me. I once helped burn down a village to the ground because a client threw in a voucher on free pies for life at this restaurant chain down south.
What? I really like pie... Whatever. Aeterna seems the most ticked off. It’s up to her...

...... *ponders*
Aeterna... Now is the time to cast aside our own feelings, and to do what is just.
All right, fine... Let’s go and take care of the president... or monster, rather.

Music: Thug Life

Alright, then. Time to take on President Black Sheep. To initiate the battle, we need to mosey outside of the town gates where...

Imagine the look on his face if we brought this thing back with us!
Does it count as cannibalism if we have Kir roast this thing and put on a big barbeque?
Consuming monster blood is still poisonous, remember?
I would not recommend such a course of action.
Tch... Fiiiiiine. We’re taking the Trebuchet to a rib shack after this, though...
...I can get behind that.

Nidr draws his log and Julienne her sheep horn on a stick.

Let us dispose of the creature with our own hands.
*draws sword* Tch. At least I’ll be able to pad out my résumé with another high profile corporate executive assassination.
Endir, you’ve really got to stop sharing about your past...

Tune in next time when the gang slays President Lamb Chop and gets to the bottom of the Magic Consortium’s shady dealings that the plot proper never committed to making a real thing until now.

Part 7 - Chapter 3-2 (Castle Sewers to Garden Maze)
Part 8 - Chapter 3-3 (Garrador Cage Match to Luis Death)
Part 9 - Chapter 3-4 (Ashley's Playable Adventure)