Part 1: In Which Will Forgets Something
My name is Will. A year has passed since I went to the Tower of Babel with my father. My father and his party met with disaster. Somehow I made it back to South Cape but I still cant believe my father is gone. Ill never believe it. When I grow up, Ill be an explorer and see the world. Somewhere, I will meet my father
You four do your best not to fall behind. Demons have appeared outside of town. If you go very far, you must go with your parents.
Umm.. about that
If you dont hurry home, your mother will think that you were kept after school heh heh heh.
Way to rub it in. Hey, just speaking hypothetically, but wheres the usual place?
If its not clear, conversations are color-coded. Each person in a conversation is assigned their own color, which helps keep them distinct between screens.
The world shines on brightly through eternity
You just keep doing that. I think Ill just be going now.
For the curious, in the Japanese version the teacher is leading Will in prayer. Nintendo of America strikes again. The statue behind him was also originally a cross.
Okay, thats new.
The strange doorway leads to Dark Space, which is an area where we can save, among other things. This first time comes with an explanation
Wait, YOURE the source of all life?
Ya man. Only one with the Dark Power can see this space. You are the chosen one.
I just cant get over the dreads. Seriously, have you always
Not really. Only for about the last couple hundred years. I like to think that hes going through a phase, because the alternative is that this is a permanent change.
Cool, cool. This is just a little bit weird.
You get used to it, trust me.
In the dark space you can record a travel journal. Stop there before you depart.
Yeah, Ill just be going now.
Obviously one time too few.
This is probably some kind of sacrilege, but Im okay with that. Yoink!
This is the major side quest of the game, collecting Red Jewels. There are a total of 50 in the game, and its a bit of a kick in the nuts since you actually cant revisit most of the early game areas once you leave them. Ill be getting all of them one way or the other, but its an easy thing for a first time player to miss.
Now that weve got an item in our inventory, it provides a reason to look into it. Right off the bat you can see that we only have 16 inventory spaces. Items dont seem to stack, so inventory management is a major issue as we continue to gather more items.
We can also take a look at our stat screen from here. HP is pretty self explanatory, but well have to tackle DP later. Strength and Defense are also pretty self explanatory, referring directly to our capabilities. Right now were about as dangerous as a baby duck, but that will change relatively rapidly once the game gets properly started.
South Cape - The Town by the Sea
They dont even pretend to hide behind a fourth wall. I can kind of respect that. Either way, this wont be important for a little while.
Didnt your teacher warn you not to leave town without your parents?
Pfft, demons.. who even believes in that kind of nonsense anymore?
So, got anything for me?
We may live in troubled times, but I wont sell a weapon to a child.
Oh, come on! Im like sixteen. In some places Id be working on my second kid by now!
And you still wont have your first weapon. Tough luck, kid.
Jumping down to the rooftop, we can meet our good buddy Jeweler Gem. Hes got a hunger for Red Jewels, and were the only cure. He can show up in disguise, and we can send jewels back to him as we find them. This is pretty important, since we need to keep our inventory clear.
Trading Red Jewels provides a number of benefits, none of them inconsiderable. Even the herb reward is worthwhile, since there are a limited number of herbs in the game. Defense force, life force, ands strength are all essentially free level ups, while Psycho Power and Dark Power are upgrades that can possibly be obtained early if we collect sufficient jewels. As for Gems secrets, well tackle those when we get 50 gems.
I understand why. He hates to see his parents fighting every day.
Yeah, it must be rough actually having parents who can fight on a daily basis.
On second thought, Ill retract that statement.
Not even going there. You guys just go ahead with your thing.
Doesnt seem that strange to me. Theres falling stars all the time, so they have to get here somehow
It seems like only yesterday
Thanks. So, you dont mind if I look around your basement?
Um I guess thats okay.
Dont know how they got it, but Im pretty sure that Lancell forgive me if I share some of that herb with him.
I am pretty fabulous, but youre the one whos wearing that scarf. Taking it off is always an option.
Just to the east of that woman we can actually see a boarded up entrance, which well be visiting.
This is the biggest house in South Cape. I kind of envy the people born to rich families. Families who didt have their parents vanish on an expedition a few years ago.
Its nothing. We moved to this town before anyone else. Its natural that wed have a bigger house just for that reason.
Other people dont understand, but I think Ive gotten used to it. I cant help but think that Im forgetting something
Oh dammit, theyre waiting for me at the cave!
Ha ha. Excellent! Even if a boy cant study, he should show a little initiative.
Whatever you say, gramps. Ive got to go see some guys in a literal hole in the wall.