Part 19: Only a Sibling ElegyChapter 18 Only A Sibling Elegy
Where we last left off, we were sent on yet another diversion to get a plot coupon from Jinga that would let us actually go to Drokonia properly. We also picked up Sile-I mean, Ayne, our 5th party member, one of the giants of Jinga.
We are now finally set to go to Drokonia and get our hands on the sacred stone weve been seeking 7 chapters ago.
.but you know what we must do first.
First, lets talk about Jinga.
As mentioned by Chief West Wind last update, Jinga runs on a barter economy and you have to trade items to get items. Its all very much worth it, of course, because the stuff you get in Jinga is some of the best in the game. From Summer Sunlight here, you can get Monster Meat, which is the rarest ingredient needed to make the Atomic Heat dish. As Ive mentioned, Atomic Heat is the absolute best cooking recipe in the game that can let you trivialise even the worst parts of the game. The kicker is we need items that wont be found until the final dungeon to trade for it.
Jinga is also home to this games most simple and profitable money cheat. Weve discussed some of those in thread already, but Jingas one is easy to pull off and makes a lot of money at a time money starts being more useful. However, we cant do that either yet because the necessary item is held in a secret shop we wont see until later.
Jinga itself is not actually home to a lot of content, and thankfully so because its stupid large and hard to navigate. But we will return later for this and that.
For now, we shall leave Jinga and seek content elsewhere. Ill show off some camp chats first.
(This takes place if you camp on Phorchoon, naturally)
What a great place! Gorgeous! Full of life! The perfect place for a girl like me!
Were not here to have a good time, you know. You DO know that, dont you?
Come on, dont be so stuffy! Youre having a pretty good time at the arena, yourself!
What, that? Thats just you know! To gain fighting knowledge and experience!
Cocky Lang loves having fun.
Of course! The auction! The arena! The casino! I cant get enough!
Thats just how I feel! Lets stay here and have fun to our hearts content!
Ho! Ayne You are HUGE !
Thats for sure! One of your hands is about as big as Mayas head!
Um Make sure you dont crush it, OK ?
Dont worry. Im always very careful when I sit.
Anyway, Ayne. Is that mark on your shoulder the birthmark?
I think he means his Mystic mark.
Its a tribal emblem proving Im a warrior. Its not the birthmark.
Hee hee! Now I get it! You Youre too embarrassed to talk about your Origin! Aha! Your Origin must be a squid or something!
A Squid Origin ? Whats that?
A weird, wriggling creature with ten tentacles!
Theres no such thing!
I think hes denying that he has a squid Origin more than hes saying theres no such thing as a squid.
Dont you worry! Were all friends! You dont have to hide your true self!
I said theres no such thing.
Just so its clear, Ayne is actually not a Mystic, and his tattoo is just that. He doesnt have an Origin, and instead has a different ability you will see this chapter.
Now that were done chatting, lets take Ayne into Phorchoon, shall we?
This dialogue plays every time we talk to Ayne here, but for some reason the game will treat it like a scene every time, giving us this unique shot of the arena.
But Aynes not the only one watching the arena.
By the way, Lang, I tried the Seafood Pizza a while ago. Crispy baked squid and shrimp .delectable seafood goodness! Ill cook one up for you one of these days.
And of course Kazan learns the Seafood Pizza recipe.
Were done with Phorchoon, so lets go to, I dunno, Nohl?
Elukk: I wanna go next. Me! Please?!
Kids are so innocent.
Ayne gets the Mr. Giant nickname. Guess he left his xenophobic douchebag attitude behind on Jinga.
Also new in Nohl is this guy, Monjiro. As you can guess, hes related to Kenjiro, and serves as a peddler. As you can tell from his dialogue, his services are not yet available. Why they bothered having him show up before he can do anything is beyond me, but here he is. He will also give us the location of something special when he does open up.
To the best of my knowledge, this is where content ends for Nohl. I never got Nancy or Galvan to say anything unique again, they just comment on Monjiro showing up until the end of the game.
Lets go somewhere with more content. Darakin, this time.
In case youre wondering how standing pans out
Jerk Lang posted:
Not exactly. Actually, you have to stand on it.
Really? But Ive never seen anyone do that .
If you were hoping for the chairs to break in comical fashion, you must be as disappointed as I was.
The niceness caveat of Cocky Lang still applies to Ayne, even if he was a bit of a dick on Jinga.
Ah. You sit on it .But maybe itd be tough for you, Ayne.
I guess so .Ill stay like this for now.
If we go to Darakins snobby clothes store
Hmm, something for Lang Lets see How about this? This would look good!
No, no. This one would look best on Lang! No question about it!
That ones too gaudy for Lang! Hed look awful in it!
What do you know? That boring thing youve got wouldnt bring out Langs charm!
Thats not true! This one is the best one, I tell you!
No way! Im telling you, this one is perfect!
We dont even see what theyve supposedly picked out for Lang, so its just a choice of favouring one character over the other or dithering to avoid offence. Were going with Sharon, since shes the better character in every way, and that scene is the most interesting of the three.
Huh? Me ?! Um I like the one Sharon picked out.
How could you ?
Just look at Lang, being intimidated by how much Sharon revels in this victory.
Theres more scenes to experience after going out and in again.
Nils: Lets go that way now! I want to see the castle!
Ahh children, such fun
Joe: Nothing wrong with my life! Ive always been this way, I dont need anything, and nothing ties me down. I cant change the way I am now Its too late for that.
Ya cant jush spend your whole like like .some kind of stray dog! There mush be some kinda better work for ya than thish!
Joe: What kind of work is there for me? In a world like this ?
I know! We could be pirates! Hic! Man, thatd be fun You and me an our henchmen having lots of fun every day !
Joe: I wonder just how serious she was about that
Well she made me the same offer while sober
Joe: Oh, hi, Lang .Hey, this wasnt what you think Shes out of it, and wanted to pick a fight. There isnt any special meaning to it Hey, Sharon, wake up!
*groan* Hey, wheres tha thing I ordered .? *snore*
Were done with Darakin. Lets hit up Kravia.
What is it, Ayne?
I need some money.
Whats up, all of a sudden?
In Jinga, we dont need money. I wanted to see what it was like to actually use it.
We get a choice. Not giving him money ends things here and isnt very interesting, so we fork up 10000 for Ayne.
OK, sure. Lets see .Is 10000 G enough?
I dont really know how much that is But thank you.
We give Ayne the money and he vanishes, presumably to go shop around. We dont see him again until .
I want to give this back to you.
Ayne returns our 10000.
Didnt you go shopping?
Yes. I looked at the stuff, and took out the money. But they said I didnt have to pay.
You can see why Ayne would scare people, but Cocky Lang has killed bigger things than him single handedly.
Really? Thats good!
The scene ends and we exit Kravia. Lets head to Tanza.
We advise Ayne to just give it a try.
Havent you tried it, Ayne? Why dont you try it. Youll see why.
Um But Theres people in there. I dont feel comfortable getting naked in front of them.
Youre worried about that? I didnt expect that from you, Ayne. Dont worry, Ill be with you.
A cool looking accessory! I thought it would suit you. Go on, try it on!
The screen fades to black, but nothing visibly changes about Lang.
Okay, how do I look?
I knew it! A perfect match! By the way, the previous owner was some guy lying in the dirt. I was thinking to sell it, but then I thought itd be perfect for you, so
We get a choice. Rebuke her for stealing, take it with gratitude, or politely refuse. We choose to take it.
Really? Are you sure, Sharon? It looks pretty valuable.
What?! Y-y-you really think so? Um Hey, Lang? Can I have it back? Ill give you something else, okay? Please?
We get nothing out of this, implying Sharon took it back.
Tanza is done, so we go to Dareks Haunt.
The ships here to hide, so
Because its a pirate ship. If it were out in the open, it would draw too much attention and that would be bad.
Ayne gives the same one word response no matter what you say. Very uninteresting.
We are finally done with all the side content, so lets finally, finally, FINALLY go to Drokonia.
Before we go in, we of course cook. Checking the camp chat at this point yields
No point being a dick about it.
Ayne, you can cook? Sure! It sounds great! What do you cook?
(Dummy! What are you saying? Dont tell him that!)
(Whats the matter, Sharon?)
(Well, just LOOK at him! Who knows what kinds of things he eats!)
(Get real! You make Ayne sound like some kind of monster! Hes our friend, isnt he?)
(Im only thinking of you! Would I give you bad advice? Now Im telling you, youve gotta nip this in the bud!)
What is it, Sharon? Cant wait to try my cooking, huh?
*gasp* I wasnt saying anything, Ayne!
Dont worry. Ill make plenty, so you can have second helpings.
(Lang! This is all YOUR fault! Youve gotta take responsibility and eat it all now!)
(Oh calm the fuck down, Sharon.)
Now to actually genuinely really go into Drokonia.
Youre joking, right?! How are we ever gonna move that?
Hey, youre pretty useful to have around!
We should hurry.
As you can gather, Aynes shtick is hes very very strong, and if theres a puzzle that requires shoving things or picking up heavy shit, Aynes your man.
But now that were in a dungeon, we should actually learn about how Ayne works as a battle character.
The first time I cleared this game, I forewent Ayne in favour of keeping Kazan, both because I was comfortable with him and because Kazan has an Origin, giving him at least two distinct advantages over Ayne. Both for the sake of showing him off for this LP and because he can hit some ridiculous levels of damage output, I bench Kazan for him.
Click here for an Art Exhibition. Havent had one of those for a while, have we?
(And yes, the Spirit part is taken from an end game save because I forgot to use Spirit on Drokonia)
Ayne fights with big weapons: big axes, big hammers. His main advantage is that he hits stupid hard, being able to do more damage than any other character with little extra effort. When we give him some new skills and stuff, hell be hitting even harder. The catch is hes stupid slow, fitting in with his big lumbering giant shtick. Ayne will, at the very least, always act last out of any characters you have fighting, if not last out of all combatants.
As I mentioned earlier, Ayne does not have an Origin, but this does not mean he doesnt have special abilities. Ayne has Spirit instead, which involves calling on spirits of various types to give buffs. Ive never been much of a buffing guy, always preferring to just keep attacking, but Aynes buffs are only used on him too so theyre not very useful outside of special situations. It also means he has no multi-hit attacks like Kazan gets via Deva.
Hell be serviceable, at any rate. This game will never be so difficult that one of the other characters is necessary to overcome the challenges.
Now lets talk about Drokonia.
More pallet swaps.
And even more pallet swaps. I think theres a single enemy thats unique on Drokonia and we wont see it until after a boss encounter.
As for puzzles, as you might expect, its all about introducing Ayne and his strength, so
You push blocks to make a path forward.
And you push these crystals to activate teleporters to move forward.
This one is optional, but it takes a bit more thought than any of the others. You just have to move those big grey blocks around so you can push the crystals onto the red squares. The game tricks you into thinking each crystal corresponds with a specific square, but the solution involves moving one of the side ones onto the middle red square first.
From there you use that crystal to manoeuvre the leftover crystal into the final slot and bam, youre done.
The treasures we get from this one are an accessory I never use and a Life Syringe that gives you the ability to avoid being KOd for a turn (recovering full health if something does kill you). However, it also prevents you from acting for a turn, so its not as useful as it sounds. Not really worth the effort put into that puzzle, honestly.
This campsite (awkwardly camouflaged against the tan patch of ground) indicates a boss is up ahead. Who could it be?
Now Playing Eri and Mari
Oh brother. We all know what this means, dont we?
It has been a long time since these two were so much as mentioned, and longer still since they were on screen. It would be easy to forget they were even part of this game.
Weve heard rumours about you in every town we passed through. Youve been busy. First you steal the Sacred Azure Stone from Bishop Doplin, now youre after the Sacred Burning Stone! Your greed will be the death of you! I dont think I can forgive you now!
I really hoped that we could become friends, you and I Its such a shame.
Give it up, big brother .People of our status shouldnt befriend scum like him! He might have been a subordinate No, a slave No! More like a pet! Or a toy for our amusement!
OH BANDERAS I CAN SEE HER WHOLE UNDERCARRIAGE!
In all my years, Ive never seen something so obscene
That just aint right!
To think outsiders could be this profane
Ooh My head hurts That bold lady just said something Something awful about us.
Oh-ho, youre gonna swim with the sharks for that remark!
What? I didnt say old lady
Not another word, pretty boy, not another word!
Marienne! Shes scaring me!
What did you think youd be able to do with it anyway? Youve seen the black sun. The black sun is going to erase the filthy past and anything else we dont like Wont it be wonderful?! Itll only be a short time before our perfect world is born
Why dont you just hand over the Sacred Azure Stone? Tell you what. Well even let you live. For the short amount of time youll have left on this miserable world! Ha ha ha ha ha!
We get a choice, but its a pick your flavour of refusal choice. Either dont do it or fight if they try to stop you. Cocky Langs a fighter.
I know, Marienne. You have them one last chance. They were just too stupid to take it.
I grow tired of this chatter, my brother. Lets just kill them!
This is basically the same fight as last time, only they have a few new attacks, and we arent being railroaded into losing. In fact, this fight is a complete cake walk and they do basically nothing to us in terms of damage.
With a single Variable Art, we shave off half the health of our target of choice. We start with Marienne.
I will not go back to living in the shadows, cowering because I am a Mystic!
Even our own parents abandoned us!
He was the first one to treat us with kindness And for his sake as well
Enough of this! No more games!
Despite Mariennes bravado, she dies after Lang combos her.
Haha, oh wow, is this your mighty vengeance being wreaked upon me!?
S-shut up! Ill kill you!
Annoyingly, Mariennes corpse persists upon the battlefield, which makes it difficult to take screenshots that dont require censorship.
The fight goes on for another round, mostly to build up AP to unleash another Variable Art on Elliott.
But once we unleash, the fight is over, and the siblings go down without even having unleashed a single Hyper Art.
Last time we fought the siblings, I didnt give you a video due to too much little girl underwear. This time, youre getting one! Heavily censored, mind you, but youll be able to see and appreciate the cut scenes with minimal loss. Ive also included the ones for when you target Elliott first.
Click the image below to see Elliott and Marienne literally die.
Marienne! Dont you die on me! Its almost here Our perfect little world is almost
My .dearest brother I dont want to leave your side
Marienne! Marinenne! *SNIFF* Dont Dont leave me alone!
Did you perhaps think I meant knocked out or some other such non-consequence? No, Elliott and Marienne very much die here. And theyre never seen again .or are they?
So, uh, Langs Gang just kind of stood there watching the siblings dying moments.
I didnt think theyd fight to the death.
We could have reached an agreement We could have all lived together
Maya didnt seem to consider she could have tried healing them as they lay there having a heartfelt moment.
Their own family A place to live .It might have been pride I dont know what, but they had something. And they fought for it with their lives! The same as you! Youre fighting for something that youre willing to die for Its not your fault theyre dead. Two sides, both willing to die for their cause Somebody had to win.
No I was just surprised to hear such a philosophical interpretation
I wasnt trying to be philosophical Thats just how I see it .Nothing more.
Were fighting to protect something important
Thats right. Were protecting something thats even more important than our own lives, right?
Absolutely We cant stop here. We cant quit. If we do, itll bring sadness to a lot more people than this.
Should we do something about their bodies?
Eh, kick em in the lava.
Kicking em in the lava!
By the way, did you notice something about the whole last segment? Something missing, maybe?
No? Well I dont blame you, because as forgettable as Ayne is, who would notice he didnt have a single line of dialogue here? And this will be a running theme going on.
But we wont be going on just yet, as the chapter shall end here.
Join me next time, where we finish the last segment of Drokonia, face down Bishop Doplin and find the Sacred Burning Stone.