Part 15: Pirates of Darek's HauntChapter 14 Pirates of Dareks Haunt
As suggested by Seraphic Neoman, I decided to give the Dein side jump another go with the slowdown function. I didnt do this before because 1: Im not very smart, and 2: I plum forgot this was something I could do. I wasnt sure it would work at first, but
It made all the difference. I guess it just allowed me to overload the game with input? You could call it cheating, but I was working with a handicap to begin with. Obviously none of this reflects the reality of playing on console but as everyone says, its easy to cheese that too. I honestly cant remember how I did with it years ago on PS2.
Anyway, since we actually beat him, Ill tell you about these juicy end game items Ive been hinting at the existence of this whole time. Heavens Secrets are like these little tokens the game gives out for completing certain events, or else having enough money or finding them in certain locations. What they do is they allow to combine for end game weapons and armour. Once you combine a certain weapon or armour enough, youll get to the point where you need just one Heavens Secret to turn it into the best thing it can be.
However, these are useless to us right now because you cant get to the point where Heavens Secrets can be used until you get through all the other combining recipes, which Im pretty sure all require rare, end game materials that we wont see until, of course, were at the end of the game.
Now, moving on, we have more side junk to see before we move on with the plot. Isnt it fun?
We hand in those tea cakes to the guy that asked for them. This allows us to pick up our reward from the guild.
Whatever quests we complete, we must return to Sonnet in the guild to get our reward. This will sometimes involve a bonus.
Anyway, now that the quest is officially completed, all our characters go back to their positions and scenes are re-enabled. We start with Darakin.
Leon: Nice and browned on top like this is the best.
Sharon, what are you doing?
It smelled so good, I just had to learn how to make it! Mm! My, that smells great! I cant believe Ill be able to make something this good!
This teaches Sharon the Shrimp Au Gratin recipe.
In the upper crust district, we see someone crying in the corner. Its Nils, the son of the innkeeper, Sabrina. Its hard to make out, but theres actually a gap between the hedge line and the wall you can move through to reach him.
Whats wrong, Nils?
Nils: Waah! *Sniff!* I followed a strange man *Blubber!* and ended up here! Waaah!! Mama!!
We get to choose to either take him home, tell him how to get home, or just leave him there. Cocky Lang may be up his own ass, but hes not an asshole.
Dont worry! Ill take you home!
Nils: *Sniffle* Really ?
Sure! Come on. Its this way, Nils!
Nils: Okay! Thanks!
Nils: Okay, I promise. Thanks! Here, you can have this. Some guy gave it to me.
We acquire a Doplin Lunch, a consumable that is in a lunchbox shaped like the Bishop himself. How disturbing.
(Maybe I should warn Sabrina about strange men giving gifts to her son ?)
We leave Darakin in search of more side content. Its at this point I remember camp conversations are a thing too. Did I mention some only occur when stopping in specific areas? For instance, we get this camping in Yuno
Youre cold because youre dressed like that! Put on some more layers!
But, bundling up just doesnt look sexy! Didnt you know that? Aah Atchoo!
Really? Is that really true?
No, Maya, it isnt. Not at all. And even if it were, you wouldnt want to catch cold, would you?
Who Whos caught Ah! ATCHOO! Caught a cold? Oooh
I guess YOU did, Sharon
Sharon I have some medicine
Ooog Do you? Really Maya? Thanks! Youre my savior! Thanks .HATCHOO!
We head back to Nohl.
(Whats this about ? Better drop some eaves )
I know exactly what you mean. Waiting is tough but Theres also a certain joy in it, too.
Theres joy in waiting?
While youre waiting, that person lives in you. It means that whoever you care about is with you all the time.
Hmm I dont know if I get it.
Well, perhaps you dont feel that strongly about the person yet! Not that I would feel strongly about HIM.
Sharon, Do you have one?. A person like that?
Hah! Of course I do, as many as the stars! Im a professional in the field of love.
(A professional in the field of love?!?)
Solid Lang really feels the need to repeat things he hears, doesnt he?
The scene ends here. Given how Nancys acted so far, and how theres only one person she knows that isnt sitting around Nohl with her, I think you can figure out who shes talking about.
In fact, if we leave and re-enter Nohl, the game will spell it out for us.
Do I Do I have to sit here and just wait for you to come back, Lang? I dont want to! Staying here alone, just worrying all the time Im going with you, Lang!
Nancy is in fact an optional party member. You can only unlock her by having a high affection rating and checking in on Nohl like this regularly. She starts at level 1, but she can become the strongest character in the game if you train her up.
We get a choice on whether to let her come with us, and we choose to have her come along.
Will Kazan and Maya let me go??
Thats a good question
I guess it would be hard And if I saw a monster, I could only try to run away On second thought, I think its best for me to stay here.
You guys knew I was bullshitting, right? Ive said it once, Ill say it again, there are no meaningful choices in this game. Besides, half of you have already played this game.
For some reason, they plum forgot to put any punctuation or anything else here other than Nancy.
Its okay, Lang. Like Sharon said, Ill find the joy in waiting!...so dont make me wait too long. Ill be here til you come back.
Yeah, of course Ill be back, Nancy!
Nancy, thats stupid. Dein would spread rumours about me if I had only lived here for a single day.
Now let us leave Nohl and its legal incest vibes behind. Kravia is our next stop.
Gipelli: Come on now. Dont talk like that! My wares are number one in the world! Take another look!
Take another look? Are you trying to tell me theres something wrong with my eyes? Why you !!
Gipelli: Yikes! Um Now calm down, there
Gipelli: Do something about him for me, will you? Hes trying to ruin my business!
Gipelli actually is something of a shitty, con artist merchant. All his stuff is next to worthless on its own. I think his gimmick is that you can combine his stuff into better stuff, but I cant remember for sure. Either way, hes basically a crook, and were gonna agree with Kazan.
Hes absolutely right!
Thats my boy! My star pupil!
Gipelli: No! Please! Forgive me! Ill sell better wares from now on! Ill even sell them cheap!
Really? I doubt it Well, Lang, Im not so sure hes really mended his ways, but why dont we give him another chance?
Its up to you, Master.
The scene ends here. Its funny to think that Kazan was keen to beat down this crook but when the fate of the world was at stake, nobody ever suggested just taking the Mizel Red Sand back from Kenjiro.
This game wont let minors drink, so we know how accepting would go. We decide to buy her something to curry favour.
Nah, nothing for me, thanks. But Ill buy you a drink, Sharon. Order whatever you want.
Really? OK, lets see Ill have a Colondas and .a Dear Mother .And Ill have some steak. And
Hey! Wait a minute! I said A DRINK!
Come on! Dont be such a tightwad! Lets make this into a little party!
Why are you so glum? This is a drop in the ocean compared to the cash we have!
you know, youre right.
Indeed, this only costs us 10000 gold, and we have far more than that at this point, and can easily replace it with a few battles.
We dropped 10000 for Sharon, why not 30000 for Maya?
You want it, Maya? Why dont I buy it for you?
No, its okay. Really!
We get a Diamond Ring out of it. This is a decorative item for Mayas house.
Try it on, Maya.
Hey, it looks good on you! Its real cute, Maya.
Thank you Lang.
Upon re-entering Kravia
Grr! What a pain you are! If you dont leave me alone, Ill slash you!
Jon: Youve got the greatest voice! Youve slashed through to my heart! Come on, hang out with me for a while!
Naturally, were getting in the middle of this.
Come on, youre bothering her. Leave her alone! Youre making a fool of yourself.
Jon: Who the hell are you? Dont try to weasel your way in between us!
Youre the one thats the weasel! Lang and I have a really SPECIAL relationship! No room for you here! Nothing can come between the two of us!
So What were you saying? Something about a really SPECIAL relationship ?
What-Lang? You WANT a really special relationship with me?
We leave Sharon be and go check out the guild.
Well you know what Cocky Lang is saying, dont you?
I dont want to brag, but Im pretty good.
nah, thats bullshit, I WANT to brag! I have been kicking ass from Mt. Gabel to Tanza, dude!
Hmph. So youve got confidence in yourself, huh? Watch it, confidence is a killer.
Yeah, my Master keeps saying that, and I keep proving him wrong.
Speaking of Tanza, lets go there, shall we?
What do you think, Lang? Dont I look different after taking a bath?
We get to choose our response. Im going to show you one I didnt pick before I show you my canon choice.
Dense Lang posted:
Hmm Maybe youre right Why dont you take care of me at that inn, Lang?
Oh, nothing. Nothing! Ha ha ha! I love hot springs!
Sharon, the 20 year old competing for the affections of a 17 year old with a 14 year old. Only in Japanamine.
I choose to have Lang say shes sexier, if only for what happens next.
Now that you mention it Your skins all pink, and kinda .Sexy!
Yay! ♪ So you can tell, Lang..! A soak in a hot spring can make a woman feel 100000 times sexier! From now on, men will
The game does objectify Sharon a bit, but shes usually entertaining during these moments.
Mayas usual hang out in Tanza is right in front of the hot springs. Remember how she judged us for riding the sheep in Nohl? Well
If we try to enter the ladies bath in front of her, she suddenly runs away. We can find her elsewhere in Tanza.
I decide to joke about it.
Heh heh! You caught me!
What in the world were you thinking?
Aaah, I didnt mean it I didnt know it was the wrong side! Ha ha ha!
Youre so silly, Lang.
No matter what option you pick, Maya will not genuinely realise Lang might have been trying to perv. She is an honest and innocent creature. Once we leave, Maya will go back to the bathhouse, and will never react to attempts to perv again.
We find Kazan in the hot spring. We will occasionally find party members in here. Although we wont see the girls in here for a long time. Yes, like that.
Now were finally done with the side content here. Let us move on with the plot. Dareks Haunt was our destination, where the pirates hang out.
Dareku no Kubi(?) Im not so sure about this one because that is clearly the Kanji for neck and other related meanings and Im reasonably sure that cant be interpreted as haunt in the sense of a place where people hang out or live or what have you. Maybe the intent was it related to the peninsula looking like a thin, neck like place rather than being where someone is, but I wouldnt know. Perhaps someone else can give some Japanese context?
Guntz: This aint no place for kids! Be off now! If you want to keep your head on your shoulders that is
Now Playing Pirates Pride
If my father were still here, hed have cut off one of your arms I bet! Isnt that right, Guntz?
Guntz: Not that! Please, boss, I didnt know! Im sorry!
Guntz: You got it, bo-I mean, Captain!
The two run off.
Why do they call you boss, Sharon?
Heh heh heh heh Ha ha ha ha Ahem
And Captain of the strongest pirate ship in the world The Blood Hawk!
Let me just show you what happens if we choose to burst her bubble
Blunt Lang posted:
Why would we be surprised?
I Ive been waiting for this moment with such anticipation! You have no idea! This This was supposed to be the big event when I finally tell you who I really am! A NORMAL person would freak out! Here I am acting as if my life depended on it and I get nothing from you! Youve got no heart, people, no heart! Sheesh!
Oh well! Forget about it! Come on! Let me show you around the hideout!
Like I said, Sharons piracy is a secret only to her, and her crushed reaction is priceless.
Cocky Lang chooses to humour Sharon and let her believe shes a master actor.
Its Its not that were not surprised Were still in shock .It hasnt sunk in yet.
Whew It was worth it! You dont know how hard I tried to hide it! Maybe I should become an actress ♪ Well, dont just stand there! Come on! Let me show you the hideout!
Despite being ushered towards the hideout, we can now move freely.
This guy on the Blood Hawk would have taught us the Thunderflash Art, but we learned that back in Gale Canyon.
We now head inside the hideout.
We can infer we just exposition dumped Sharon.
Ive got to tell you though This Avalon guy And the Source Forge
Could have left a few parts out though. Did I really have to hear about the sexy gorilla?
Every last one of my exploits deserves recognition.
He was my father.
The game hovers over Kazan. What could it mean?
But something happened His first mate left, and then one by one, others started to leave too Now the few of us that are left spend our days hiding away in this hole like rats
No matter what it takes Were going to have a fleet again and rule the open seas! In order to do that, Ive got to do something really big! Something thatll shock the entire world! Something Something that will make Sharon Blade so famous that people come here begging to join us!
Hmm Theres no guarantee that people will thank you for helping us. All our efforts may come to naught.
Thats true. But Im sick and tired of hiding out here like a stinking rat! Its times like this, I know Im my fathers daughter. Just talking about doing something like this has my blood pumping!
Well theres no way I cant show you what happens if youre an asshole here, can I?
Jerk lang posted:
*GASP* Are you saying that you dont need me?!
Lang nods dramatically here, FYI.
And you dont want me?! *sniff* How can you be so cruel?! You You son of a
She might not let us use her ship if you make her too angry. I think you should reconsider. Okay?
Shar, Sharon Im so sorry. You can I mean, I want you to come with us. We cant do it without you, Sharon! Please! Ill get on my hands and knees and beg if you want me to!
We want your ship I mean, we want you and your men to help us, Sharon!
Hmm You want our help, is that it? Well, we may not be able to do much, but well give it our best shot!
Obviously, we choose to be nice and accept her help.
Thanks, Sharon. Were going to win this fight and were going to do it together!
Well, lets not quibble! Were going to make a big splash!
Hmm? Did you know my father?
Well thats believable.
Thats right! See, he knows what to say! My father was a man of the sea! And Im a woman of the sea! All right you scoundrels! Get ready to weigh anchor! Come on now! Put some spring in your step!
Guntz: You got it, boss!
The scene ends and were free to move. Were supposed to go outside, but we go upstairs real quick.
We cant get inside, but surprisingly the most entertaining option is to give up.
OK. Can you at least tell me why I cant go inside?
Jane: Because Um Because its my sisters room, thats why!
(Gee, thats a great answer but a good question is why the heck I think Im entitled to enter?)
Anyway, we head outside.
Just where are we off to, Lang?
Im pretty sure that the Pyrolith is on the Volcanic Isle.
The Volcanic Isle? The only Volcanic Isle in these parts is Dupon!
Dupon: But just what are we supposed to be looking for there?
Um Actually, were looking for the Pyrolith.
Pyrolith ? Is that some kind of humongous ruby? I bet its big enough to make us all rich!
Dupon: Captain I hate to spoil this little party, but the ship wont budge.
What?! Whats wrong with it, Dupon?
Dupon: The ThunderWind Stone is dead. Without a replacement, were dead in the water.
The ThunderWind Stone?
Its a rock that moves the ship. Dont ask me how it works, but it lets us conjure up the wind whenever we need it. The Blood Hawk isnt like other ships. We use that stone to create wind for our sails. Its been used since my fathers heyday I guess it finally wore out.
So what do we do now? Can we get another one?
Dupon: The ThunderWind Stone isnt something you just find on the beach. Its rarer than gold and silver Maybe even more than diamonds. I think they used to mine them in the northeast canyon on Tanza A place called The Thunder mine, if Im not mistaken.
We might just find one if we look there!
*SIGH* Thats quite a detour. We might go all that way and find nothing.
But the ship wont work without that rock, right?
Were not going to get anywhere with that attitude, Kazan! I thought this was urgent!?
We should just go to the Thunder Mine!
And theres our next objective. This is the second arbitrary search for a plot coupon in a row. Heck, they werent even plot relevant, were just getting what we need to get to the plot.
This is where we shall leave things for now.
Join me next time, where we brave the treacherous horrors of the blandest, most irrelevant dungeon ever.