Part 17: Questing on the sideChapter 16 Questing on the side
Where last we left off, we had just braved the dull terror of the Thunder Mine, slain the Storm Idol and claimed the ThunderWind Stone we needed to reach the isle of Drokonia, where the Pyrolith lies.
Heading back to Dareks Haunt and setting sail on the Blood Hawk would be a normal persons objective.
But were going sidequesting instead!
There are a few new quests since we last checked. This will be the trend from now on: we pass plot milestones and unlock new quests. New ones will also unlock from completing certain side quests.
We take up the one about finding the Lypster.
I pointed out Fujima before. Kenjiro knockoff.
Fujima: Im Fujima, the one that sent the quest in to the Guild. Glad to meet you! What I want is a Lypster. Got that? NOT a Lyps! A L-y-p-s-t-e-r! Its not a living creature. Its an item. In this business, you need something to soothe your spirit and make your calm. I hear all the Lyps get together and have a party Oh, yeah! I just remembered! My peddler buddy gave me a good piece of information! He said the Lyps gather in the forest just beyond Gale Canyon. You might find one there!
Theres only one forest beyond Gale Canyon. He means Hunters Wood.
In the Woods, we find Lyps running around the same way we do. Touching them leads to an encounter. These are easy to win, because were even slaying the upgraded Lyps faster than these things can act.
None of these normal Lyps have what we want. Where can we find the Lypster were after? Where do you think?
Thats right, exactly where everything happens in Hunters Wood! Where we fought the Gather Crab, Avalon, and saw the Eclipse start!
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You cant tell at a glance, but one of the Lyps running around in the Gather Crab grove is the special one were looking for. Touching it starts an encounter with a special Red Lyps and one regular.
The Red Lyps can take a beating. I have to have all of my characters attack to bring it down in one round. But nonetheless, it goes down in one round. This does give its buddy the chance to run away, but that doesnt matter.
Obtaining the Lypster causes all the other Lyps to despawn, meaning we just have regular random encounters to deal with on the way out.
Unlike many guild quests, theres a camp chat associated with getting the Lypster.
Dont sell it! Weve got to take it with us, or we cant complete our quest!
Why not?! We might get more money selling it than from the Guilds reward.
No way! Look, this is a Quest! Weve got to turn it over!
Now lets do as Maya says and turn in the Lypster.
Despite claiming the Lypster isnt a creature, its actually moving here. What is it, a mechanical doll?
Fujima: Than you for everything! Please take this as a small token of my appreciation. But you get your real reward money at the Guild.
He gives us a Vaccine Syringe. This is a usable item that prevents status ailments on one character for a battle. This will be very useful at certain stages of the game.
Fujima: What a great thing the Guild is! Im happy! Youre happy! What could be better?
We return to the guild and collect our 60000. The next quest on our list is My Daughter is Lost! Sonnet informs us that Count Lonatello, the quest giver, is staying at the Three-Star Hotel in Darakin. Does that name sound familiar?
Yes, thats right, this is the same room with the sewer entrance. I think you know what this means.
All the people in the hotel have something to say about Cammies disappearance, but its just stuff that makes it clear shes gone through the sewer grate. So down we go!
As far as I know, theres no hints as to where in the sewers this Cammie has run off to, so you get the delightful task of wandering aimlessly until you find her. Yay!
Here are the Necroskels I mentioned getting pallet swapped in the Thunder Mine.
And in the corner here is an Evil Jelly, the pallet swap of the Jelly Melts we fought here before and in the Thunder Mine. Better in every way, but they decided not to use them in Thunder Mine.
Around where we found Kazans Hyper Art scroll, we find Cammie.
I assume shes doing her own dramatic narration here.
Cammy: This is like a bad play! Stick around for act two!...Assuming I make it out of here. Since Im already in character, lets try a cute, girlish scream
Cammy: Goodness! I can do better than that!
Unlike everything Ive faced to date, these Warmongers are actually a threat.
To start with, their ambushing us gives them a free shot at us. Furthermore, due to sucking at remembering which of my keys aligns with which PS2 button, their Hate Force attacks often do upwards of 2000 damage, which is most of our characters health right now.
This attack causes the Spellbound status, preventing us from using Arts. Arts have long since replaced Origins as our greatest damage dealer, so this is a huge hindrance.
Of course, struggle as I might, I come out on top. This ends up being more endurance match than actual problem.
Yes, this is basically the same fight, but with no ambush, despite them attacking from behind. We dispatch them somewhat easier this time.
Cammy: Hmm Not quite what I wanted on my headstone, but
Cammy ? Did you try to smoke the glowing moss?
Cammy: Huh? How did you know my name?
Thats easy to explain we were "
Theres a cut where Lang presumably explains being hired by the guild.
Cammy: I get it. You were hired by the Guild. Youre a sight for sore eyes. I could just kiss you!
Cammy: I cant wait to get home and take a bath! I must reek of the sewers! You dont mind if I leave before you, right? Thanks!
I mean you could easily get killed by-
and shes gone
We go back to Cammys father.
Cammys just fine, so we head back to the guild.
We get a Lion Heart in addition to the 80K cash reward.
Its armour for Sharon. Since, you know, her outfit is just a bra and pantaloons?
The weird part here is Lonatello had this and, what, figured Sharon needed a new bra? Hopefully this wasnt his daughters
The next quest to take up is The Golden Giant. This directs us to go kill the eponymous Golden Giant in Gale Canyon.
Unlike the Warmongers, Gorgoneon here isnt very tough. He has a lot of HP, but his attacks are all bland and dont hit us hard enough to make us worry.
I told you these two would show up in guild quests, remember?
Stop that, Balzac. Cant you see hes scared?
Scared!? ME!? Those are fighting words! Draw, bitch!
But me want scare boy. Boy kill my monster.
Stow it, Balzac. Come on, Balzac, lets get going. Ta-ta, Lang.
But did you hear that guys? My reputation precedes me!
Stow it, Master.
Why doesnt my reputation precede me!? Im the great, undefeated Sharon!
Can we please just go?
We make our way back to the guild.
We get the Gaia Blade on top of our money. As mentioned, this is an earth based weapon. This will vacillate in usefulness based on when an enemy is weak or immune to earth.
The last quest we have to do at this juncture is Mysterious Contagion. This has us go to Yuno to inquire about a disease that has cropped up there.
That guy dying on the bed is Simba, Kazans old student who he got drunk with when we first came here.
Suda: Its the Apolu Fever that hit us several years ago. The old nightmare has returned to our village We need Gunang Weed to make a medicine for the disease. When this plague last attacked our village, a doctor by the name of Hugo had the herb
Hugo is the bloke in Tanza that buys rare monster parts from us. He is also a medical doctor. So we gotta go talk to him to find out about the Gunang Weed.
By the way, you think Maya and/or Kazan have anything to say about Simba dying and Yuno being in peril?
Nope! Camp chatting just gets us generic dialogue to remind us about going to Drokonia.
Now lets go to Tanza.
Are you Hugo? Listen
Hugp: I see What?! Apolu Fever? Thats terrible! I want to make the medicine right away, but
What is it?
Hugo: Gunang Weed is such a rare herb. I dont have any with me. It might be in bloom now. You can find Gunang Weed in The Forest Maze It only grows near water.
Now our destination is the Forest Maze.
Oh look, its these two lunkheads again.
Its no time for making excuses! And its your own fault for dropping the Mizel Red Sand that we bought from the peddler!
You rush me! Baaaaa! Balzac need food! Badly! No more walk!
We could just walk past them and carry on, but
Im gonna show you the jerk option.
Jerk Lang posted:
But we decide not to be a jerk canonically.
Stop hogging it! Gimme some of that!...Oh!!!! Im not really hungry. I was just joking!!
Your acting is about as convincing as Sharons.
But she isnt convincing at all!
Thats it for the lunkheads. Now we find the Gunang Weed.
There it is, the wee plant next to the water/rocks. We pick it up and head on out.
You can interact with the wee waterfall here to recover HP and MP too. Not all of it, though. But as long as you have camping supplies, you can just rest at the camping spot for full recover instead.
Funnily enough, its not Hugo that needs to prepare the weed. Suda can do that instead.
The lunkheads have managed to get through to Yuno too. If you went to Tanza, youd actually see them standing in their usual spot, and then would find them here, as if they got into and out of the Forest Maze at record speed.
Suda: Simba! Drink this! Its medicine, brought by Lang!
Simba: Unnngh I need to drink this? G-g-gulp.
Suda: It may not take effect immediately, but the fever will break by tomorrow.
Simba: I-Is that so ? Thanks, Lang Forgive me, but let me sleep now
Yes, this whole sequence played out with no visuals. I guess they needed to save the animation budget for Balzacs meat craze?
We are now free to leave.
Simbas son gives us this if we talk to him. Its a decorative item for the house.
And with that, we have completed all available quests at this point in time. More will unlock after certain events, like clearing Drokonia.
At first I thought he was reacting to us being a creepy peeper, but no, hes just using the latest nickname to be acquired.
Naturally, Cocky Lang is owning his reputation.
Thats me. Whats the matter? Hard to believe?
Stekin: *gasp!* Wow! You must be stronger than you look! You gave me quite a start!
Stekin will keep using your latest nickname when you talk to him here.
Now, lets go see some non-guild side quests, shall we?
As I mentioned before, that Kafil bloke sitting in jail here in Kravia is the subject of a side quest. To start it, you need to grab a note from a table in Doplin Castles dungeon.
Rosemary and Karen are a pair of NPCs living in the Darakin slums. Now that weve read the letter, we can go talk to them about it.
When they mention Kafil in their conversation, Lang will bring him up.
The pair are overjoyed at the news. In any other case, you might think this was the end of it, but we know where Kafil is, dont we?
Now that we know who he is, we can help get him out.
The guard offers to let Kafil out for a bribe. 100000 is pretty steep, more than most of the current guild quest awards. This is why its better to do later when youre flush with cash.
The guard releases Kafil in inky blackness. Legaia 2 once again displays its lack of budget.
Finding Kafil in Darakin nets us the Last Dragon sword as a reward. However, its not as good as the Gaia Blade we got from the guild. But hey, at least were done, right?
Heres another random thing we can experience right now.
After having passed through Kravia, checking this grave will trigger a small event. As you can see, Kazan walks to this grave as part of his little Yuno routine, so if you follow him around, youll find it. Its tucked to the right of Yunos entrance, so its very easy to miss.
After having checked it out, a new camp chat will occur, but only when camped outside Yuno specifically.
Hey Lang. Know what? The grave at the entrance to Yuno isnt normal.
Somebody died there long ago. And everybody saw a spirit wandering around there So the mayor built a grave there. The ghost hasnt been seen since.
But I head this from Rona. There was a man with dirty clothes wandering around there the other night. Do you remember the grave being a bit tilted?
Hey! Stop it! Or I wont be able to sleep tonight!
The other night? Do you mean the night we came to Yuno? I wasnt going to say anything, but I visited Mayas family grave in the middle of the night.
Whew! Thats it! It must have been you, Kazan! Yep! Thats gotta be it!
(So Why is the grave tilted, then?)
Now, if we go to Kravia and camp chat
Hey Lang. Have you heard? .The rumor that the second floor of the bar in Kravia is haunted?
What? By a ghost?
They said someone went upstairs to check on a noise. But nobody was there! Just a cup filled with warm coffee, and some food on a plate
Didnt somebody just run off without paying?
No way! It has to be a ghost! Nobody saw anyone go in! Whats more, the bartender swears nobody was there! Lang, lets check it out!
We get to choose. Yes, no, or ask Sharon along. Well ask Sharon.
Sounds interesting. Can I ask Sharon to join us, too?
Ill pass. I just cant stand ghosts, spirits, or well, anything that sounds scary!
So theres things out there that scare even Sharon All right Ill go.
Great! Thanks! Ill wait for you in front of the bar. Its decided, then!
Entering Kravia gives us this little scene. We have to manually go find Maya in town.
Talking to her here initiates the scene.
Other Mysterious Voice: All that fighting we did All gone to waste !
And I dont think anybody went downstairs
Yikes! You scared me!
Belisia: Years ago, they hunted down all of the Mystics in this town. My husband is just a regular human, but he fought alongside the Mystics. But then he never came home. I can still hear my husbands voice here, though his voice from that time long ago I believe my husbands going to come home someday. I know it in my heart
Belisia: Im sorry. You dont want to hear about all of this! Never mind what I just said. Now then! Lets go downstairs.
We are then teleported downstairs.
Theres nothing more to do or say here. But if we exit and do a camp chat
Whats wrong with you two? Why are you so quiet? Ah, I know! You went to the bar in Kravia to find a ghost, right? Theres no such thing as ghosts! Youre disappointed because you didnt find one, arent you?
How the fuck do you think ghosts cant be real when were all Mystics? Anyway
Actually There was one The raging fury .of a murdered Mystic
Stop! Stop it! Dont scare me, okay? I cant take it!
But its true The workers there still see it to this day.
Eeeek! Cmon, give me a break! Please? Im begging you!
The fury of Kravia, eh? Long ago, many Mystics were
Hey! Why do you keep torturing me? Why?! Maya! I didnt know you liked ghost stories!
No I dont really Im just curious.
This gives Maya the Occult Lover nickname. And thats the only reward. But as I mentioned, nicknames dont actually do anything, so we basically got nothing.
I will leave things here for now.
Join me next time, where we finally go to Drokonia .or do we?