Part 12: My Sharon-aChapter 11 - My Sharon-a
Where we last left off, we just got an almighty exposition dump from Reym, learned the origin of the world, and how Lang was born from a sentient rock formation and the only one with the power to defeat Avalon, also sired by said sentient rock formation. No, really.
We have now been tasked with gathering the sacred stones and using them to restore the Source Forge (the sentient rock formation) to normal, having been corrupted by Avalon.
Were going to piss around on side content. Yunos up first.
Remember Miura? He was the bloke that gave told us about the Forest Maze before we even went to Mt. Gabel. Apparently, despite selling us THE Mizel Red Sand, Kenjiro actually had more of it to shell out to suckers like Miura.
Miura: But Now that Ive used all the Mizel Red Sand how will I get back ?
Miura says this, but you never need to use more of it to get in or out of the Forest Maze.
Cocky Lang is nice to his allies, so we say Its just like home.
Yeah. Ive got my own room here, so it feels like home.
Really? Well, then. Lets live here together! What do you say?
Maya the fucking apocalypse is nigh, what the hell are you on about?
But You just said it felt like home!
I mean its cozy and all, but still, this seems like a BAD time.
Ha! Did you think I was serious? I was kidding! It was a joke!
In case youre wondering, where Ive injected new dialogue, canon Lang just stammers like a moron. Not terribly interesting.
Lets hear some campside chats.
Faldo and Maya
Whats wrong? You always played with him when you were little!
He even told me he would marry you, Maya.
So, whats up with you two? Anything new? You saw him in Yuno, right?
Stop it, Kazan! You dont have to talk about him right now!
We get a dialogue choice. You either dont care, sort of gossip about it, or act like this means Mayas closed off to a relationship with you. Really, Langs all like I got too excited Man, do I feel dumb.
But our choice is to be nonchalant.
So whats going on, Maya? Anything new?
I hate you, Kazan! Just leave me alone!
What? Whyd she get so mad all of a sudden?
Sure you can. The rooms been looking pretty empty ever since we got rid of Kazans furniture.
Im so sad I finally return to Yuno, and I find someone threw out my favourite mask!
Well, it was so dirty, Kazan!
Also, I didnt know when you were coming back. I had no choice.
I cant believe it Lang, youd better watch out, too.
You can actually do this without even seeing this chat, but basically you can get certain items to decorate the room Maya gave you with. Its mostly functionless, except if you gather all the furniture, you get a special end game item out of it. But thats way too tedious for my tastes, and we really wont need the item shes going to give us.
Aah .Atchoo! *snort!* Looks like I caught a cold.
Because youre so lightly dressed. Its snowing. Dont underestimate nature.
I know, but Atchoo! Aargh I have a pounding headache
Hold on I have some cold medicine. Here you go.
Ahhh Thanks, Maya.
Dont push yourself. Keep warm, sleep well, and youll feel better in the morning!
I hope so.
Poor Reym I never thought hed go before I did
But I bet Reym will come back after that black sun is gone and the world is back to normal Dont you think ?
Well be able to see him again, Kazan Right?
Yeah I bet youre right. I dont know if we can do it or not but weve gotta try to fix things. For his sake, and for our own sakes, too.
(I understand how he feels. After everybody was so happy about getting the Aqualith back! Now weve gotta take it away again.)
(Poor Lang !)
We now head back to Nohl.
Fuck you, Dein! Youre making this harder than it already is!
Dein: Wait, shit, did you really bring back another disaster ?
Hawke is the man we need to talk to about taking the Aqualith.
Well, Hawke Actually
The screen fades to black as Lang explains.
Hakwe: And in order to save the world, you need the Aqualith Am I right?
Hawke: So the goings-on at Hunters Wood are happening elsewhere All that destruction
Actually theres not much destruction at all. People just keep whining about aggressive monsters.
Hawke: Lang. As I have said this to you before, the thing that keeps all of us here alive is that lake. And the Aqualith.
Hawke: You know that. That is why you brought the Aqualith back to Nohl. Isnt that right?
Theres actually quite a few residents of Nohl missing from this picture.
Hawke: It concerns Lang taking the Aqualith with him.
Koko: Is all the water going bye-bye?
Monde: And what is your opinion on all this, Hawke ?
Jill: Well have to go through a drought all over again?
Elukk: No, Lang! Dont take our Aqualith!!
But our sun I need the Aqualith. The world wont return to normal without it.
Dein: Dont you see?!?! This guy here, loooooves to make people really happy, and then screws them in the end.
Dein: Only thinking about himself He doesnt care about you or me, as long as hes happy. Thats who he is!
Hawke: Dein Were you not rescued from Hunters Wood by Lang?
Hawke: What did you do after that man seized the Aqualith? What were ANY of us doing then?
Hawke: Nothing! We had all given up. We always let it be, saying that it was meant to be.
Hawke: But Lang You were different. The morning after you heard that the Aqualith had been stolen, you left Nohl to get it back all alone.
Hawke: You didnt know how it would end. But you didnt fear the unknown. You kept your faith. I admire that.
Hawke: That black sun To get rid of it, you need the Aqualith .that is what you said, right?
Hawke: Of course, it is hard for us to lose the Aqualith But perhaps it is time to stop fearing change, and stand up to it, boldly.
Turns out Galvan and Nancy were just waiting for the right moment to make a dramatic entrance.
Thats right! Anyone got a problem with that, youll settle it with me!
Dein noticeably jumps at Galvan palming his fist.
Lang, there are certain things that only you can do, right? Well then, go do them!
No, as is typical in this game, you cant actually refuse. The other option just has Lang dither.
This is the stupid decision I mentioned last update. Everyones acting like its not that big of a deal, but this just seems ridiculous in the face of how bad it got when the Aqualith was first taken. The game went to every length to illustrate how Nohl needed the Aqualith, even making it clear that it just doesnt rain much in Nohl. We heard about how the crops were dying, and everyone had to ration water. How can we be expected to turn around and act like its no big deal?
This is all exacerbated by the Eclipse. Hunters Wood is now full of super charged monsters, the same kind that are allegedly threatening Darakins walls and causing much grief for Yunos hunters. It will only be harder for Nohls Vigilance Corps to get to other sources of water. In theory, they should be lucky just to defend their wimpy palisade, let alone do everything while the town dehydrates to death.
Now of course we do need the Aqualith eventually, but do we need it now? Theres two other stones we need to get, and theyre all in different parts of the world. We are going to have to go on an epic journey to search for them, and all that time, the Aqualith is just going to sit in our hyperspace pockets with all the Heal Leaves Ill never use again. Its not like travelling back and forth is presented as difficult; all we need to do to go from Nohl to Yuno, which is technically the span of the continent, is click on the map. Why couldnt we just come back for the Aqualith later?
The best reason to do this I can think of is to keep the Aqualith safe. Avalon gave it away, but we dont know if hell change his mind. Velnas also keen to kill us, and she can teleport. Doplin is also still interested in getting the stones to become a god. But this isnt even brought up. The game just acts like you must have the Aqualith on your person to proceed.
The villagers lives are at stake here, and no real thought it put into the dilemma. They just decide theyll gung ho their way through the crisis.
But in order to stop the black sun, and return the world to normal, I I need the Aqualith!!
Jill: This is hard on us but its even harder on you, Lang.
Yes, its very hard for him to jeopardize the entire village so he can put the Aqualith in a sack for a year.
Joanne: Not having the Aqualith is a problem, but if the world disappeared there would be no point in having it anyway
Koko: Lang, take care of the Aqualith, okay?
Monde: We cant fear change You know what, thats true. We cant just sit around and mope!
Elukk: Lang! Youll come back, wont you?
Galvan makes an extremely subtle head gesture thats hard to adequately convey via screenshots.
Hawke: Thats a reflection of your consideration for this town, and for all who live in it
Hawke: Come back whenever you want to. This is your home
And now were free to leave.
We find Galvan making Dein do some work.
Im not worried at all. Thats because I know youll fix the problem, Lang.
WWCLS: What Would Cocky Lang Say?
Of course not. I will do something about it. Just relax and leave it to me.
Wow, youre pretty confident, Are you 100% sure, Lang? Its not like you!
have you had you had your head up your ass this whole time?
*giggle* Im only kidding!...Were counting on you, Lang.
Leaving triggers a scene with Maya and Kazan.
I dont know about the Aerolith but the Pyrolith is a volcanic rock, right? Its probably on Drakonia
Hmm Ive heard that to the southwest lies the volcanic island, Drakonia Lets go and take a look.
First, well need a boat. South of here, there is a port city called Tanza. Well pick one up there.
Kazan doesnt bother mentioning thats where hes from, despite doing so earlier.
For that well have to pass south of Darakin, through Kravia.
We can have another camp chat after leaving.
Dont worry so much, Lang. People are stronger than you think. Im sure theyll find a way to survive on their own.
And if we dont do something about that black sun, everybody will die sooner or later, anyway.
Yeah I know that But still
Lets go back to Nohl for a quick bit.
Yes, but this way it soaks up the flavour, and tastes better.
Hm. But too much flavour isnt always a good thing either.
It wont be too much, itll just be richer. Unless you understand that difference, you wont make a good cook!
I still think my way is better.
Well! Youre quite stubborn, arent you, Maya?
Right. Its best to ask a third person at times like this.
The screen turns black like its a blind taste test.
(gobble, gobble Did Maya make this one? The taste is subtle, but you can tell a lot of work went into it.)
*gobble* *gobble* ( and this one must be Nancys. It tastes stronger, but its pleasant somehow Maybe because Im used to it )
Unfortunately for Nancy, Maya is a party member.
Hm lets see I guess it would be Mayas dish?
What!! Whats wrong with mine? Im the one who feeds you every day!
B, b, Because! Mayas tasted as if a lot of effort went into it. Like she takes cooking seriously
Hmph! If I actually put effort into it, I could make something really amazing! Youll see!
I could too! Youll see!
Whatever is chosen, Maya gets the Dogged nickname, described as being for someone who is focused on winning. Now the plain interpretation of that is that she wants to win the cooking contest, but given how much both girls want to jump Langs bone, well
We now decide to move on with the plot.
Jiyuu Toshi Karabia. The translation is accurate. Worth noting that despite being a Free City, Kravia is very obviously controlled by Darakin.
Guard: By proclamation of the new bishop!! From now on, we cant let you through this checkpoint without a Kravian Pass from the new bishop!
Gunther: Youve gotta be kidding!! To hell with this new bishop! Why cant we just use our permits like we used to?!
Guard: These are the new bishops orders!! We cant let anybody NOT A SINGLE PERSON through this gate without a Kravian Pass!
Jon: Hey, come on! You know me! I work at the inn. You can let me through!...Cant you?
Guard: No one goes through without a Kravian Pass!! Kravian Passes are issued at Doplin Castle, in Darakin! If you want to go through, youve got to get a Kravian Pass!!
Alright, lets bust through
Lang, no! Weve been over this!
Do NOT tell me youre bringing up the overconfidence thing again!
We must do this legit. We must go and get a pass.
I swear, if we end up carving a bloody path through the castle AGAIN
Our only choice is to leave for Darakin.
Male Voice: I never said any such thing! Give up on it!
We hear this exchange as we pass the Green Lynx Inn. For now, we decide to ignore it.
Guard: You want a Kravian Pass, too? But even if you apply for one now, itll take 2 or 3 years Maybe even longer !
Guard: Hey, you! Dont fool around chatting! Just do you duty!
.should I even bother suggesting?
We MUST play it safe! The ruins are the ONLY way!
Fine, whatever, I guess Ill look forward to killing another big knight guy .
As you might have guessed, our only choice is to go visit the inn.
Male Voice: Damn it, woman! Stay there if you want. But get it through your head that I just cant get one for you!
I presume they wanted to make sure the player couldnt forget the inn was the place to go.
Whats going on?
Joe: Aw, she wants a Kravian Pass I dont mind her coming to me for help, but in this case, I cant do anything for her
We know he cant give us one, so maybe a little information could be useful.
Whats a Kravian Pass, anyway?
Joe: Its a pass you need to get through the checkpoint at Kravia. You used to have to have a permit, and they were really hard-nosed about it. But now you need a Kravian Pass!
Where can we get one of these Kravian Passes?
Joe: At Doplin Castle. That new bishop supposedly issues them personally.
What do you mean, supposedly?
Joe: As far as I can tell, not one single Kravian Pass has ever been issued Looks like the new bishop is trying to isolate Darakin!
I see Well, that certainly explains why not even you can get your hands one one!
Joe: Exactly. I cant do anything about this one
Thats awful! Why would he want to seal off the checkpoint?
Joe: Who knows? All that trouble to seal the place off Maybe they dont want to let something out ? Anyway, there just arent any passes out there! Its no use.
Joe: Nah, never mind! No need to answer that. Its just that If somebody could get into the castle, they could steal a Kravian Pass! If they exist, that is If the passes dont exist, they could see the bishop directly, make him issue one! Now, who could do that, I wonder ? Its just an idea
Suddenly, theres a thumping noise.
Who are you?
Yes thats right, Sharon here is our 4th party member. In my opinion, shes the best damn party member in the game, both narratively and mechanically. Ill go into more depth in the next update.
Now Playing Pirates Pride
(The titles a technical spoiler, and yet only Sharon thinks her piracy is a secret)
I cant get through the Kravian checkpoint, either. Im stuck here.
I asked Mr. Information there to get one for me, but hes useless
Joe: Yeah, you mightve asked me, but I never said I could do it ! You never give me any respect, but then when you need something, you come running to me!
Are you still mad about that one incident? That was such a long time ago! You sure can hold a grudge!
Joe: Look, Id really like to help you, for old times sake. Really! But I cant get you something that doesnt exist!!
Excuse me, but
Um , excuse me!!
If you dont have a Kravian Pass either, why dont we try to do something about it together?
But she needs help! We have to do something for her.
Why but? I didnt object
Yeah, but We dont have a Kravian Pass, either. Weve got to go the castle and try and see the bishop or something. Weve got to get one of those Kravian Passes!
Let me come with you!
That mark on your chest Dont tell me youre a Mystic, too !
You ! Youre a Mystic, too?
Theres an awkward pause as Sharon realises what she said.
And I really wanted to see it, too .
Anyway You want to come to the castle with us, but its a pretty dangerous trip And you cant promise you wont hold us back
If you dont believe me, why dont you take me along and see? If I do hold you back, just tell me to scram. I wont mind.
Now its not our canonical choice, but let me just show you what happens if we say Better not
Creepy Lang posted:
Nah, shell just cause more problems. Im going to have to say no.
Problems?! I wont cause problems! I swear! Come on!
Oh, okay!! All right! Enough already! You can come with us, Sharon.
Great! Now that thats settled, lets hurry up and go!
One of the worst parts of Sharons characterisation is how sexualised she is. Fortunately, shes canonically 20, so its not as creepy as it could be.
We choose to welcome her gladly.
How are we getting into the castle?
Where was that secret passage ? The first floor of that fancy hotel, wasnt it ?
Thats right! It said, The Three Star Hotel.
Well, if you know where it is, then lets go! Come on! Lets move, people!
Joe: Hold on. If youre going to the castle, you ought to be careful. Ive been hearing a strange rumor. The guards say the new bishop is strong, strong enough to rip up steel with his bare hands. Dont know if you can believe what the guards say, but I still think you should watch it.
Youre giving me free advice? Thats not like you!
Joe: Well, you did come to me for help. I want to be of some use. Be careful, Sharon
oh Holy Banderas, I LOVE you!
I get that a lot!
I am going to leave this update here, as its pretty damn long as is.
Join me next time, where we learn more about Sharon and meet the new bishop.
By the way, care to guess who the new bishop is? Its someone we know.