Part 6: Slowly Onwards to Mt. GabelChapter 5 Slowly Onwards to Mt. Gabel
Where we last left off, Sabrina had offered Lang and Maya a room at her inn, sheltering them from the evil Doplin soldiers we had just escaped.
We awake the next day, and head downstairs.
I might have a bit of a sleeping problem.
Sabrina: Things have finally calmed down quite a bit outside.
Sabrina: So What do you plan on doing now?
I dont I dont really know
I have to find that guy, the one that stole the Aqualith from my town But I havent gotten any leads!
Sabrina: What kind of man was he? This guy youre looking for?
Hes no human man, thats for sure! He had gold eyes
Someone reacts upon hearing that.
Joe: Its no place for people to get anywhere near
Sabrina: So maybe Maybe Maya is trying to tell us that a mountain has something to do with the fellow youre looking for ?
Joe: Hey, wait just a minute! Dont tell me youre planning on going there!!
You get a dialogue choice, but as usual, it amounts to dither like a moron or just fucking do it.
I dont know if theres any connection, but Ill find out when I get there. Im going!
Joe: Hmph! Its not like going on a picnic, you know! Its dangerous, I tell you!
The scene ends there. We are now free to go. But first, lets chat with the inn people, I guess?
Sabrina gives us a Heal Leaf and a Venom Cure.
We get a dialogue choice where we can be pointlessly suspicious of the woman who helped us a great deal up till now, and is even helping us more for free. Thats stupid, so we just thank her plainly.
Thank you, Sabrina.
Sabrina: Think nothing of it. Just make sure you look out for that sweet girl, lover boy!
I just want to take this moment to point out that Maya is canonically 14 here. With Lang at 17, hanky-panky would only be legal in very specific countries (or US states with Romeo and Juliet laws). That wont stop the game from shipping them, however. Whether they can actually be a couple, well, youll find out
Cocky Lang has no interest in being a bad guy.
No, no. Im a good guy.
The best of guys, you might say.
Nils: I think people are usually more Whats that word? Hum humble.
Only because they didnt take down the MIGHTIEST knight in the kingdom!
The others dont have anything particularly interesting to say, so we decide to head out. The castle will still be looking for us, so were bound to need to be stealthy. Perhaps we should acquire some hooded robes, or maybe scale the walls
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Or we could just walk outside unmolested.
The Japanese comes out to Jousai toshi Darakin, or Fortified City Darakin. Citadel is perfectly fitting here.
This dude isnt even trying to capture us. Also he missed the memo that two Mystics escaped the castle.
This guy serves as a tutorial for the games combat functions. Probably would have been more useful if he was in Nohl.
He can also teach you an Art, but you can easily learn said Art long before you meet him, so its only useful if youve been playing without looking up all the Art combinations. If you already know it, he is impressed, but you get nothing else.
Darakins shops introduce us to a new function: combining items.
You can combine just about any type of item in the game. Weapons, armour, accessories, even healing items.
For weapons and armour, you use materials you get from random encounters to strengthen them. Weve been getting item drops marked with a jewel symbol occasionally, and these are what you use to improve your gear. Eventually, combining will let you get the best weapons and armour in the game.
Accessories are unique insofar as combining them will create a new accessory with some of the skills of the accessories used to make them, as well as some new ones, potentially. This will let us break the game later on.
Items are far simpler. You can just make stronger ones by combining lesser healing items, like using 2 Heal Powders to make a Heal Leaf.
Miura: Its called the Forest Maze, and no one who entered has ever made it out.
We heard earlier that Maya was found near said Forest Maze.
Miura: But someday, Im going to try it! Because Im the worlds greatest adventurer!
Miura: Oh, and before I forget, heres my book! Dont worry, its already signed!
We get another readable item, like the Darakin Rag.
On the road again: I have made many attempts, yet have failed each time. Here, I will record the paths I have traversed so far.
On the road again: To overcome all obstacles, that is the essence of an explorer!! Give up? Never! Not I!!
(I do like this guys moxy.)
You wouldnt know it, but this woman tucked away in the back of the town is critical to the plot.
Seeing as she mentioned nobility, why dont we go have a look at the rich district?
As you might expect, its full of obnoxious jackasses. There isnt a single person here that doesnt look down on you.
And yes, thats a statue of our favourite Fascist-Theocratic monarch Doplin in the fountain.
Not even the rich asshole guards actually realise were the ones theyre looking for.
Not even the ones who bring up that theyre looking for us.
Will we ever learn what the Holy Order of Banderas is actually about?
You poor, poor boy.
Barton: Maybe I should bring a little ray of sunshine into your drab existence. Its just a cheap card, but its yours!
Barton gives us the VIP Card. This is an extremely useful item that makes a whole bunch of stores in the game give us access to better gear. Barton might be a rich jackass, but at least hes good for something.
Cocky Lang doesnt take this shit.
Are you really a clerk?! Ever hear of customer service?!
Shank: Shaddup! Anyone without money is no customer of mine! In this store, Im God! You got that?
Well God, me and my thousands of gold made from killing Golems in Gale Canyon are walking out the door.
Weve had enough of the rich assholes for a day.
Interestingly, Veska has moved out of her house to come here and look wistfully at where she used to live. Its a point in this games favour that it puts an uncommon amount of effort into random NPCs (even if some are relevant later on).
We decide to leave Darakin.
The Forest Maze weve heard so much about can now be visited. Why not?
This is the first translation thats a bit off, or at least deliberately changed. It comes out to Mayoi no mori Warudo, or Lost Forest Wald. Forest Maze isnt a bad translation, but its clear Wald seems placed here like a name. Its also the German word for forest, so its either a name or a tautology.
(Somethings holding her back Is she scared of this forest?)
The game is clearly making it sound like a bad idea to go further. But whats the worst that can happen?
Ah. Thats what.
Obviously we are very definitely not supposed to try going through the Forest Maze.
We decide to head somewhere nicer. Maybe Nohl?
Or maybe Gale Canyon. Here, we see Bubba really did bury Elfin.
We are also given the opportunity to place the Friendship Ring we got as loot on Elfins grave. Its a sellable item, but we choose to place it here. Because were a nice guy?
We return to Nohl, and a short cut scene greets us as the gates.
Uhhh One thing led to another and we ended up travelling together.
Also she gave me a lead on the Aqualith, so thats good, right?
Deins still here, and still a massive douche.
We give him sass.
Oh, and what have YOU been doing? Must be tough work getting a tan all day then getting your beauty sleep at night.
Dein: Shut up! Ive been working on something that will Damn it! Youre still a loser!
We find Maya in town, communing with barnyard animals.
By the way, remember how we rode a sheep in Chapter 0?
We can do it in front of Maya.
And she judges us.
Friendly reminder that Nancy is our adoptive sister.
If you try to claim youre intimate, Nancy straight up laughs at Lang. Its the most pathetic thing. Fortunately, we didnt vote to make Lang a creep, and choose to say were just friends.
Wha ? We became friends, and it just worked out that way. Its nothing.
Are you sure?
Something seems fishy Whatever! Ill believe you this time! But if youre hiding something from me, youre gonna get it later!
Hey wait a minute, why the hell is it any of your business what my relationship is with her anyway!?
Because of very important reasons that you wouldnt understand.
If we talk to Nancy again, she says:
So what if Im a bossy loudmouth! *hmph!!* What?! Whatre YOU looking at?!!!!
Lang never called her that, so who did?
We have apprehended the culprit.
If only Nancy were a little more feminine Then men wouldnt be able to get enough of her, right?
We get to choose to agree, say Its no use, or say Nancys fine as is. Can you guess what were choosing?
Really? I think Nancys fine just the way she is. At least, thats my opinion.
Huh? Whats the matter with you, boy? Did she knock a screw loose, jolting you awake every morning?
No, you misunderstand me. I dont mean that I like and enjoy how rough she is with me or anything. But thats who Nancy is. Im not going to say she should change to suit my preferences. I wouldnt want anyone to tell me Im NOT awesome.
Also, maybe remember youre her dad, and refrain from commenting on her attractiveness to men? Also also, maybe dont idolise women for being INCAPABLE OF SPEECH.
.maybe I should be more like Maya for a bit
We decide to leave Nohl and its crazy residents behind.
Now you might think we have nowhere to go but Mt. Gabel, but were gonna go back to Darakin very quickly.
Goodness gracious, one of Doplins guards is actually doing his job!
Guard: This girl looks like the Mystic that escaped from the castle. Im trying to question her, but she wont say a word!
We then get a choice: lie to the guard, or lie to the guard. Im only kidding as much as the other option than lying is bluffing where we just tell him a different lie.
Havent you heard ? The one that escaped from the castle was a big, strong soldier!
Guard: What?! What are you talking about?
If you think Im lying, ask at the castle yourself! Ill watch this girl until you get back.
Guard: Hmph! Of all the darnedest Okay, Ill go ask!
Good thing the guards around here a rock stupid, eh Maya?
Lang sequesters Maya in the inn for the duration of their visit to Darakin, but well never have to deal with guards doing their jobs again.
Now were going to Mt. Gabel!
Apparently a Gabel can be either an archaic form of English taxation or a fork in Middle High German. No, I have no idea what the devs were going for here.
Its only been one dungeon since Baki were a thing, and theyre already re-using them. For shame, game.
Mt. Gabels answer to Golems. They hit like trucks, but theyre great for EXP.
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We arrive at this shack, and Maya goes running up to find out if anyones there.
She decides to check around back when no one answers the door, and finds this guy.
Kid?! Im not a kid!
Hmm, is that a fact ? So Whats your name?
Lang. And you?
Me? My name is
Yes, this is our third main character, but he wont be officially joining us for a wee bit yet.
Kazan. Im just an old man living alone in these remote mountains.
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Its only a matter of time before this place starts dying too.
Another Origin. Lang steps back at the sight of it.
Ive been trying to use my Origin to breath some life into the earth, but
Rivas Its good to see you again.
Anyone can see that somethings wrong. All it takes is one look at the mountains
Well then Are you also aware that this change is the work of just one Mystic?
What?! Thats impossible No one has an Origin that strong!
This Mystic does. He holds the Supreme Origin As the name implies, his Origin has seemingly unlimited power
We heard Doplin mention someone having a Supreme Origin last time. It stands to reason Rivas means the same person.
Dun dun duuuuuuun!
You know about that gold-eyed man?! Where is he?!
Whats your connection to this man, kid?
He He stole the Aqualith from my village!
In order to get the Aqualith back
Youve got to find him. Thats why youre after him.
I choose I dont know because we really dont beyond Mystics have Origins and marks.
I dont know Everyone keeps calling me a Mystic, but I dont know what that means
I guess its safe to say that your Origin hasnt awoken yet.
Hmm Okay, listen up, kid. Ill explain it to you.
Origins are sentient manifestations of the forces of nature.
Origins have a soul that lives inside with the soul of the human host. Those of us with two souls are called Mystics.
The man youre chasing, Gold Eyes, is a Mystic for sure.
And one that appears to have infinite power. Or at least strong enough to affect the entire world.
Hes not just another human. Hes something else entirely. Do you see that now?
I knew that! That may all be true, but Im still going to get the Aqualith back from him!
Tell me where he is! Please!
Jeez, you dont get it yet, do you? Dont go charging off right now. Youll get killed for sure.
But when I charged off from Nohl, I ended up killing the MIGHTIEST knight in Darakin!
Its okay. I just washed the sheets and my cooking has really improved. Ha ha ha!
Hey, wait! I still need information!
Slow down, kid. Youre staying here tonight too.
Theres still a lot you dont understand.
Everyone heads inside, the scene ends, and a new one begins on the dawn of the next day.
We find Kazan practising his punches, overlooking the mountains.
So youre up. Morning, kid.
You know, theres a reason I train like this every morning.
I have to be ready to fulfil my mission in life when the time comes.
Your mission in life ?
Perhaps destiny would be a better word.
About what it means to have this power And why I was entrusted with it.
I finally decided that Origins And Mystics were put here to protect the world. At least thats what Ive come to believe.
Maybe thats hard for you to understand since your Origin hasnt awoken yet.
A destiny for me to fulfill ?
Suddenly, theres a loud roar.
While Kazan takes mummy, we fight bubby.
For the first time, we actually cause a status effect with Red Whirlwind. Bubby Galduke doesnt even get a single attack in.
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Deva blasts Mummy Galduke off the mountain.
What were they doing here ?
Rivas tries and fails to restore the now trampled plants.
Look, they smashed everything. Theres nothing left
I may be able to rip open the earth, but I cant make a single flower bloom I can only help the healing process.
This power we share with Origins Its tied to the will of the host.
It can be used to destroy, or it can be used to help the wounded and those in pain. It all depends on the host.
Well, kid As far as I can tell, youve got a good heart. And youre also a Mystic.
If youre planning to go up against Gold Eyes and his Supreme Origin to get that Aqualith back Your only chance is that other spirit inside of you. Youve got to wake it up.
The other spirit ?
That power is lying dormant inside you. Free your mind and call to it. It will awaken. Im sure of it.
Power..? Inside of me?
In your present condition, you wont get that rock back and youll end up dead.
Then what should I do?! How can I tap the power inside of me?!
There is only one way You must stare into the very face of death. You must push yourself to the brink.
Pretty sure Ive done that a lot. First Gold Eyes demon fingered my chest, then the nauseating siblings beat my ass, and there was a few times against those Golems in Gale Canyon
Eh, well, you know, you need a certain power level, purity of heart, yada yada
Cocky Lang is no wuss.
If thats the only way to awaken the power inside of me then Ill do it! Im ready to try. I have to!
Okay! Follow me.
Youll find a cave at the summit. Theres a spirit called the Mountain Morg that lives there.
Hes usually very gentle, but hell try to kill anything that attacks him.
I know its sounds a bit barbaric, but youre going to attack him.
You will find yourself fighting for your life. Im sure of it. Ill wait here with Maya.
We are now free to go on. Alone once again.
We shall leave things here for now. Join me next time, where we finally get our Stand, our third party member, and finally leave Mt. Gabel.