Part 7: In the Hall of the Mountain MorgChapter 6 In the Hall of the Mountain Morg
Last time, we met Kazan, who tasked us with reaching the summit of Mt. Gabel and dying against the Mountain Morg. No, really.
Once we exit the gate, were put on the narrow path to facing our death at the hands of the Morg.
But what if we just turn around and go back?
Kazan offers to use his shack as a place to rest and heal. As we cant actually leave Mt. Gabel until were done, this is the only place to do so.
Mayas inside the shack, doing nothing significant. Theres nothing else to do but rest, so we go back outside
Now Playing Already Rented
If youre ever in need, just let me know! I just know Ill be able to help you out!
All for a modest fee of course! Ha ha ha ha!
So, Kazan, when do you think youll be ready to ?
Dont you ever give up? Ive already said no.
Rejection is all part of sales, my friend.
Im not leaving here today until you sell me that pot you like so much, Kazan!
Hmph! Stay there all week if you want. I dont care.
If it wasnt obvious from the way he talks, Kenjiro is a travelling merchant. His function here is to let you buy items and combine stuff while you cant leave the mountain. He will also be a significant character going forward, for more reasons than just showing up to sell things.
Anyway, now that weve established our base camp, I think its time we actually climb Mt. Gabel.
Spike Lizards are the first enemies in a trend of foes that cause you to miss certain strikes due to their stature. Remember I mentioned that way back in Chapter 1?
These things also introduce the Venom status effect. Its like poison, but apparently you cant recover HP while it affects a character. I say apparently because these things are too weak to actually warrant healing during their fights and the effect wears off after battle, so I never really knew it was a thing.
Its incredibly easy to miss, but if you stand on a wee bit of land in this lake, you get to stare up at the summit of Mt. Gabel.
If you squint, you can make out our quarry, waving at us (no, its not actually waving).
This is a palette swap of the Flytrap enemies from Hunters Wood. At least its a little longer ago than the Baki.
This is the entrance to the Mountain Morgs Cave.
And this is the inside of the Mountain Morgs Cave. The Japanese comes out as Yama no Shu no Dokutsu, or Mountain Lords Cave. I guess Mountain Lord is a bit nondescript, but what the heck is a Morg anyway?
We get a sense of how big it is from here. Theres no way it fit in that tiny cave. Did it drop in from above?
They say you are what you eat, and the Morg is an example of this.
If you hadnt been playing a Cocky Lang so far, youd get a different piece of dialogue here. No Morgie and more GULP THIS SURE IS INTIMIDATING BUT I GOTTA DIE!
Maybe we can take this thing. The game let us win a technical victory against Elliott and Marienne, remember?
Or its a repeat of Gold Eyes and you literally cant hurt it.
Lang, Kazan made this very clear. Youre here to get beaten nearly to death.
The Morg has a handful of generic attacks that do a bit of damage, but nothing life threatening.
Its when he does this that the end is nigh.
Not even guarding can save you from this wiping Lang out.
Another power..lies within me
Our Origin has awoken.
We now have access to the Origin slot in our action menu.
Its entirely possible to lose here. Morg wont go down in a single Origin attack. When I was a kid, I think I severely underleveled for this segment, and couldnt kill Morg with the amount of Origin attacks you can make here (2).
But in this playthrough, 2 is enough to win.
Click below to watch Lang awaken his Stand and defeat the Morg.
Now Playing Going to My Hometown
Are you Are you the Origin inside me?
Yes. Galeas the name. I am the Origin of Fire.
If you had waited any longer to awaken me, youd have been dead for sure!
Note Kazan has a sword on his belt.
Is that your Origin?
(Such power ! Who would have thought the kid had this kind of power inside of him )
Youve finally awoken the giant within, Lang..
Is that why you brought me here, Maya?
Yes I hoped that you would realize your potential as a Mystic.
Your Origin may be awake, but youre still a novice. Youve got a lot to learn about fighting and Origins. Come with me.
Kazan finally joins our party.
The two others walk out of the cave ahead of Lang.
Hey, get a move on, will you? The masters already leaving.
Its better than calling him pops, dont you think?
If it werent for him, I never would have woken up and youd probably be dead!
He means Kazan, of course.
Kazan joins at level 25 and is far stronger than Lang. He will make battles a lot easier from here on out.
And speaking of battles .
Were immediately ambushed outside the cave.
Despite coming with a sword, Kazan fights with fist and foot. This means he never actually needs a weapon, so we dont have to spend money and resources to improve his combat ability (outside of accessories and other items).
Kazan comes with his own slew of Arts to perform. You know what that means!
Click here to watch Kazans Art exhibition.
Of course we now also have the ability to use Origin attacks with every party member. We could have used Mayas this whole time, but I figured Id save it until we had the whole gang.
Click here for an exhibition of our first Origin attacks.
(The reason why some of it is from different areas is because I needed to re-record for it. It also gives you a sneak peek of how the Forest Maze will go)
In any case, the battle against these Stone Beasts is easily won, especially with Kazan in the group.
Click below for to hear Kazan explain why he doesnt use his sword.
Ive always preferred to use my fists.
I can feel the battle with more clarity.
Only learned how to use a sword cause I needed two jobs, anyway. Doplins taxes were and are a bitch.
Yes. And in it thrives the spirit of my former student, Rauss Which is why I must never ever lose it. For to lose it is to forget him.
Golly, I wonder if Rauss is ever going to be important to the game?
The scene ends, and we begin our descent down Mt. Gabel.
But halfway back to Kazans shack, he stops us.
This is the Cave of Trials. I trained here in my younger days.
At the very back of the cave, there is a scroll that reveals a secret sword technique. I want you to get that scroll.
You want me to get a scroll?
It may sound easy, but trust me, its not. This cave is filled with monsters.
You wont be able to get the scroll by yourself. Youre going to need the cooperation of your Origin.
Stand over there.
Deva boosts us up to the entrance.
Origins can do things like this. Im certain that your Origin has the power youll need to accomplish the task.
Whether you make it through the caves alive or not depends on how you use your Origin.
Ill wait here with Maya. Good luck.
Once again alone, on our way into a new cave.
Now Playing Training Cave
We dont get far into the cave before were stopped.
I wonder if Galea can do something about it?
The game now tells us we can use our Origin with a touch of the square button.
Galea breaks the boulder with one punch.
From outside Hey La-ng!
I dont think youre strong enough to make it through the cave by yourself yet.
Okay first, bullshit, second, you think Mayas the solution?
Dont answer back boy! Maya can heal you with Rivas!
Didnt need her to take down a giant crab, a sexually suggestive gorilla, and the MIGHTIEST knight in Darakin, but okay, sure
With Maya in the party, we can now cycle between characters to use different on-field Origin abilities. We can also run around in dungeon areas as other characters if we feel like it.
The Japanese means Training Cave, like the name of the song playing. I guess they felt it was a bit on the nose for English?
The Cave of Trials is basically a big tutorial on how puzzles work in Legaia 2. Oh yes, were getting puzzles from here on out. They all involve using the various Origin powers at your disposal to get past obstacles and find optional treasures.
We know Galea is used to break boulders and stuff, but Rivas has uses here too
Rivas makes plants grow, for one. This lets us make a vine ladder to reach that chest up there.
You can also see an odd patch of dirt. That one requires Deva, Kazans Origin. Yes, that means if we want to see where that leads, we need to come back here with him. Theres a lot of things in dungeons you need later characters to get to.
These are the enemies we fought in the last update, back at Kazans shack. Theyre no more fearsome here than there. They can cause Blindness, a status effect that causes some attacks to miss. They dont miss the way some directional attacks do and instead just cause no damage.
Dino Gols are the worst enemy here. They dont do too much damage, but they can cause the Beserk status. In Legaia 2, that means your characters will attack randomly. Not only does this mean they probably wont execute Arts, or will attack only once, they can also target allies, and here Lang can easily kill Maya.
As for the puzzles, heres a few of them
Here all you have to do is break the rocks to step on a switch.
Here you just have to light a torch, then step on a switch.
Here, the tablet in the corner says There is only one truth. So I light one torch and the doors open.
The Cave of Trials is a pretty banal dungeon overall. The puzzles arent even complex. All you have to do is use your Origin on a painfully obvious prompt and you will get through. I dont think even children would struggle with these.
Once you get through all the puzzles, you get the scroll Kazan mentioned. This scroll teaches you a Hyper Art, which we first saw during Elliott and Mariennes battle.
Lang also got 5 Art Blocks as I traversed this cave. Time for another exhibition!
Click here for Langs 5 Block Art Exhibition and his new Hyper Art.
Hyper Arts are unlike other Arts because rather than performing a succession of strikes building up to one Art attack, they perform a predetermined attack in one go. Raging Fang takes up 3 Art Blocks, but does not perform two regular attacks and then another, but instead performs its own attack sequence. Fortunately, this is far more powerful than regular Art use, so the attacks arent wasted.
As you can see in that video, Hyper Arts dont have to be used alone. You can chain them with other Arts. All Arts can be chained together with the right sequence. Here, the sequence for Raging Fang is [up, down, up]. The sequence for Thunderflash is [down, up, up, up]. The first two parts of Thunderflash are contained in the last two parts of Raging Fang. Thus, by entering just two more [up]s, we perform both Raging Fang and Thunderflash.
Hyper Arts take more AP than Super Arts to pull off, so chaining them with a regular Art helps offset the cost.
Anyway, were quite done with the Cave of Trials.
I told you to get the scroll. I didnt say anything about reading it. Someone needs to learn some patience.
Kazan says this because we actually checked the scroll before leaving the cave. Although he acts like hes admonishing us, nothing bad comes of this.
Its a style of sword fighting that I mastered. It allows you to infuse your sword with your inner fighting force.
Since youve already looked at the scroll, you know that it contains the secrets to a technique called Raging Fang.
Like the smithy tempers steel, so too must you temper your mind. Devote yourself to mastering this technique.
It looks like youve learned Raging Fang quite well. In that case You shouldnt have any trouble learning more advanced techniques in the future.
Okay, then. Lets all head back to the house!
And so we head back to the house.
Lets see It floats in the air Its very shiny and water comes out of it. Oh, and its a rock!
A shiny rock that floats in mid-air and water comes out of it? You wouldnt try to fool an old man now, would you?
Master, we have magical spirits living inside our bodies. Why does this sound so fantastic to you?
You know of it?
Yes. When I was held captive in Doplin Castle, I remember the Bishop bragging about it.
Funny that Rivas says I when it was more Maya that was captured. I guess Rivas was stuck too, but does it count when you can just vanish into some spiritual void?
Doplin Castle Thats where they locked me up! Youre sure thats where it is?!
Hmm But why did Gold Eyes steal it from your village? What does he plan to do with it?
If we find that stone, we might find Gold Eyes too
Let me tell you something, Lang
But I cant enjoy the sunset anymore. The eerie mist covering the mountain has made it impossible.
In order to get back the mountain I love I plan to fight this gold-eyed devil thats disrupting the balance of things.
You fight to protect your village Maya and I to protect nature
We fight for different reasons, but our targets the same. How about it, Lang?
Master! Lets go to Doplin Castle!
Well leave right away.
Yes. And I dont think that Ill be coming back.
Thanks for all youve done for me over the years, Kenjiro.
You wanted that pot, right? Take it. Take everything in the house. Its all yours.
Really?! Youre going to give me the pot?! Even the hanging scrolls?
I wont have any use for them where Im going. Anything you think is valuable, you can buy
But Kenjiro runs off before Kazan can finish.
Hmm I was hoping to get some traveling money, but never mind. All right then, shall we go?
You know, we could just go tell him hes not getting it all for free?
Too much effort.
This is plot relevant.
But with Kenjiro pillaging Kazans shack, we are free to leave Mt. Gabel.
Oh whoops, were not actually done with the tutorials. Silly me.
Oh well. Well rest here for tonight.
Now Playing Paying the Worthless War
(This is by far the goofiest name for a song that mostly plays around a campfire)
Introducing the Camping/Cooking system. As it says, you can make camp at certain points, both in dungeons and on the world map. On the camping screen, you can access various functions, such as saving, combining items, and of course cooking.
Cooking is as you would expect: you make dishes that are available to the party using the ingredients you need and have on hand. These dishes boost stats in different ways. You will learn a variety of different dishes through the game, and they all do different things. I must admit, however, that youll only find so many of them genuinely useful.
Our only option in the tutorial is to make Kazans signature curry.
.Kazan!....Im crying, cause my mouth is on fire!!!!
Fool! Its not curry if it hasnt got a little spice!!
Whats the matter, Maya ?
I guess its so hot, she doesnt want to eat it, Kazan
Thats strange I thought it was pretty good
This is what Kazan Curry does to a person. Despite Lang and Maya hating it, this dish is very useful, and well get a lot of mileage out of it.
The final function of the campsites is to let you have the characters talk to each other. You typically get a few good conversations out of every new site you find.
Heres a selection of the ones we hear here:
Hey, tell me a little about your past!
Hm Lets see I I was fighting all the time.
I just wanted to test how strong I was Thats all I wanted to know
Youve got to get out and try things while youre young. Sitting around doing nothing is the worst!
The worst thing is to regret not having done something.
So, is there anything you regret not having done, then?
Lets see I should have gone after even more ladies when I was young and handsome!
I know I had what it took to attract the laies! But I ! I !
(Looks like this is a major regret )
Kazan reminds me of someone. Can you guess who before I spell it out for you?
Lang! Youve been practicing the technique I taught you the other day, right?
This chat offers a choice of response. We can either say we dont know what he means, tell him we use it in battle, or that we want to learn something new.
We choose battle.
Sure, I use it during battles.
I see. Using the skill in battle is better than simply practicing it.
The day is coming when new skills will awaken within you. Keep at it, Lang.
Why is Masters cooking so spicy?
Spicy? I held back on the spice for you
You held back on the spice?! How spicy is your REAL cooking?!
That dish is nothing compared to the foods in my home town of Tanza.
Can you guess between Kazans voice acting and his spicy cooking what Tanza is based on?
The Importance of Hygiene
Hm? Whats wrong, Maya? Why are you frowning?
Have you ever washed your clothes before, Master?
Of course! Near as I remember, I washed them a month ago
A month ago?!
Thats right. Anything wrong?
You might want to wash them more often. Look, Maya doesnt like the fact that you smell!
I see. I have lived alone for a long time. I completely forgot about it!
It depends Some become aware when they are born. Some dont realize it till they die.
As for me Im just like you. I felt mine during battle. WE fought together ever since.
Kazan and I share a mutual existence. The death of Kazans soul means the same for my own
Hes more stubborn than I am. Simply put: if I die, so does Deva.
So theyre between life and death
Correct. But even if we share destinies, our souls are separate. So communicate well with the Origin within yourself.
A stone that gushes water, huh? And you absolutely HAVE to have it, you say?
Yes, Ive GOTTA have it! Thats the whole reason I left home!
I see. Well, according to Rivas, it was taken into Doplin Castle.
That castle again, huh ?
What do you mean?
Well, actually that castle is where I met Maya in the first place.
They were gathering up Mystics, and I got caught.
I see. That must be how Maya got caught, too. Mystic hunting, huh? Pretty scary. It reminds me of a time long ago.
This was before you were born. People used to believe that Mystics were the cause of misfortune.
There was a huge uproar and an entire town got destroyed!
We know what hes talking about. End of Chapter 1, remember?
Ever since then, nobody dared say the word Mystic. But I guess history repeats itself.
But the ones making a fuss about Mystics this time are some big shots. They call the Mystics the messengers of the gods.
The messengers of the gods? Thats a little exaggerated, isnt it?
Well, if we got to the castle, I guess we can see these guys for ourselves. These big shots.
Hmm..There must be something big behind this whole thing. I hope not, though
Lang and Mayas Relationship
By the way Whats your relationship with Maya?
We get a choice. Unlike with Nancy, we cant straight up claim to have an intimate relationship, only mess with his head. But we have no interest in playing weird games with our relationship with Maya.
After we escaped the castle, weve just been traveling together. We dont have any special relationship.
Hmm Thats what you SAY, but it seems to me Mayas really opened up to you. And shes such a shy girl, too!
Still not going there, dude.
Listen, boy. Martial arts are all about Discipline. Discipline is the only way youre gonna master your skills. And
Huh? Hey! Are you even listening?!
We get another choice. Be sleepy, actually listen, or say wed rather train. We choose to have listened.
Of course I was listening! It takes discipline to master ones skills, right?
You WERE listening! OK. The 7 martial arts principles are courage, morality, humanity, wisdom, courtesy, integrity and honor .
(*yawn* How long is the guy gonna talk?)
And with that, were finally done with the side conversations. I do enjoy a bit of character building, but its a lot of text to dump on players the first time its available.
But were not completely done. Exiting the menu gives us a cut scene
Hmph Sound asleep
Poor girl. If she werent a Mystic cursed with the blood of her ancestors Shed probably be living a normal life surrounded by family
The blood of her ancestors ?
A long time ago, there was a race called the Kabel.
They might have had human bodies, but they had the power to control everything in the universe. The Kabel called it magic
Maya is from the same blood line. She used to have the same powers
If it werent for those powers Maya would never have
Would never have what? What happened?
Her powers went out of control. If I had only realized sooner, I might have been able to help. She never would have
Kazan says no more, so Lang decides to sleep.
We awake the next day with the ingredients to make multiple Kazan Currys. This will be very helpful in the next segment.
But that will have to wait for next chapter.
Join me next time, where we experience the dreaded SEWER LEVEL.