Part 24: Sekuhara Ojii-sanChapter 23 Sekuhara Ojii-san
Where we last left off, we slew Rauss atop the Wind Tower, Ellsworth, by shooting a laser beam through our sword. With the Aerolith in hand, we now have all three sacred stones, and our last task is to take them to the Demiurge Tower and restore the Source Forge.
But bloody well first, were slacking off!
We start this chapter the same way the last one began: finding Maya in the Phorchoon casino.
Cutie: Ommmmm! Ahem!!....I have seen it. The person you have in mind does not seem to pay much attention to you If you want to make things work, you must take initiative. Be active, and lead. That is the only way.
So I have to be more aggressive .
No prizes for guessing who she was thinking of.
Our next destination is Dareks Haunt.
Whale ? What is that?
Guntz: Youre joking, right?! Im talking about you! Youre huge! You know how to fight, right?
I am a warrior.
Guntz: I knew it! Say, howd you like to join the crew? Do a little piratin?
Lets see what happens if we offer to join ourselves.
Enthusiastic Lang posted:
If youre looking for recruits, Ill join up!
Guntz: You lad?! I hadnt really considered you at all .I wonder what the Boss would say?
The Boss? You mean Sharon?
Guntz: Thats right, the Boss has a thing for Whoops! Id better shut up now! We never had this conversation, OK?!
Sharons affection for Lang is as much a secret as her being a pirate.
The nicest option is technically to insist we need Ayne.
Are you crazy?! Aynes our friend and part of our team! We need him!
(Friend ? Why do I feel all .warm and fuzzy inside )
Right, Ayne? Were friends, arent we?
Friends .Yes, thats right. Im sorry, but I cannot become a pirate.
Now we go to Tanza. We have a .very special scene to witness here.
We go inside the hot spring bath.
If we say no, the scene ends here. It wouldnt be very interesting not to find out whats going on here, would it?
Sure. What is it?
Here. One glance is worth a thousand words.
(!! Thats Maya?)
I just want to take this moment to point out that with Sharon only just arriving, Kazan would have been peeping at Maya, who is not only still 14 but also in a pseudo-familial relationship with Kazan. Nasty.
Hey, Maya! Wonderful! Its great to see you here!
(Now Sharons in there, too )
What do you mean, Sharon? Are you telling me Im fat?
No, not at all! You look sexy! If Lang sees you, hell get excited and get a bloody nose right away!
*COUGH* 14 *COUGH*
Really? But Sharon, youre so beautiful .I envy you.
Stop, Stop it! Sharon! H-hey! Ah! Waah!
(Its getting out of control )
Look at that face hes making.
Were gonna let Kazan go back to peeping. Youll see why very shortly.
Darn! Just when it was getting good! But youre my Master, so I have no choice. Here you go.
Your heart is true, kid.
Oh look, Aynes here. With nothing to say, as usual.
Theres a hole here! Everybody can see inside! Lets cover it.
And thats that. If we hadnt given up our place to Kazan, it would have played out mostly the same, only with Lang getting caught by Sharon. You would also earn the Pervert nickname for Lang.
Way back on Mt. Gabel, I said Kazan reminded me of someone. Can you guess who, after this scene? It should be pretty obvious if you know who I mean.
Its Master fucking Roshi. There is barely a character trait that Kazan doesnt share with what might be the most famous martial arts master in anime. Think about it:
-Theyre hermits at the time they feature in their respective stories.
-They are martial artists who take students.
-Theyre huge perverts.
-Kazan even has a Hyper Art that looks astonishingly like an energy wave straight out of DBZ (youll see it eventually, dont you worry).
-Kazan, on more than a few occasions, counsels Lang not to get too full of himself and be overconfident. Master Roshi participated in Gokus first Tenkaichi as Jackie Chun just to remind him there will always be a stronger opponent, i.e. to not be overconfident in his ability.
Its one thing for characters to share similar features, but this .I think this is indicative of a larger problem with Legaia 2 that Ill lay bare by the end of this.
Anyway, were done putting thought into this silly pervert scene.
Let us stop and camp chat.
It had to be done. It was my responsibility, really. This business of life is one hardship after another, I guess But there are moments of happiness now and then, too. As long as were alive, weve gotta know therell be happy times again someday. Weve gotta believe in that. Like, if I had died, too, when I killed Rauss, I wouldnt be here with you now on this journey. You see?
Huh? Oh, no, I wasnt feeling bad about what happened to Rauss. That guy tried to kill me even AFTER I supposedly cured his bloodthirst or whatever.
And I dont even know why youre rambling about how you MIGHT have died. What has that even got to do with us beating Rauss?
Hmm. If I didnt know better, Id say this was a choice that ought to affect the ending. Keep this one in mind, since Ill definitely refer to it again.
Cocky Lang wants adventure, not pissing about with the incompetent Vigilance Corps.
There are still all kinds of worlds I havent seen yet. I think Ill go out on another adventure!
Yeah, thats the spirit! I know just how you feel! The thrill, the excitement! Nobody can resist the call of adventure for long! And when it comes to adventure, nothing better than a ship! Like MY pirate ship! Howd you like to travel the world together? Like and death battles against unknown monsters along the way! Going to unexplored regions and meeting the people there! Yes! Just think of the thrill! Adventure is the life! Ah, adventure!
Hmph! Youre just trying to make it sound good, because what you REALLY want is to rope Lang into being a pirate!
And we all know being in a pirate crew would be the worst thing in the world, dont we Nazak? Especially Alphis pirates.
No, thats not it at all! Im just saying itd be fun to follow the call of adventure together, thats all!
Sorry, Sharon. I guess I cant give you an answer yet. Ive still got things Ive gotta do first.
Damn! And I almost had him right where I wanted him! Oh, well. Im still not gonna give up!
Tch! I never wouldve thought it was YOU guys that were the peepers! If you were REAL men, you wouldnt be so sneaky about it. If you wanted to see, youd just SAY so!
Really? And youd let us ?
Hey, come on! I didnt say itd be FREE! Lets see I couldnt POSSIBLY let you gaze upon this perfect, gem-like skin till you gave me at least ..10,000,000 G
What? Thats way too expensive!!
Too expensive, he says. Thats not too expensive at all, IS it, Maya?
It really isnt, a few round trips from the Secret Market to Jinga would get us that much pretty quickly.
What was seen
Hey, Lang You remember what happened at the hot springs, right ?
Oh, that? Yeah
So .what did you see, anyway? I couldnt see much, what with the steam and all
We get a choice. Im going to go ahead and select telling Kazan we could see plenty.
I could see everything! The images are BURNED into my brain!
You ? WHAT?! You mean ? I cant believe it! Damn! How come I couldnt .?
Nah, Im just kidding. The steam was so thick, I couldnt see a thing. I Hey, whats the matter ?
Yeah? I think it was hilarious! And your freaking out is even funnier!
Kazan will also freak out if you act like you dont want to tell him. Creepo wants to perv vicariously via Lang or some shit.
Didnt you keep saying it was calling to you earlier?
Uh, yeah, I just wanted to make sure?
Yeah. And we can probably count on that guy with the Supreme Origin Avalon, being there too!
So its the final battle, huh?
Dont get nervous now! Itll be all over after this last dance. Weve gotta jump in with both feet!
Youre absolutely right. Yes. The final battle!! Weve gotta be ready!
Notice that during this big psyche-up for the final dungeon, Ayne didnt say jack shit.
Now that were done chatting, let us go .do some guild quests.
Our first quest comes from Joe, the information guy in Darakin.
Joe:Im asking ya to get me some Golden Groneh from a guy named Rindo in Tanza.
The hells a Groneh?
Rindo: Heh, heh. So you came here on behalf of Joe, huh? Sorry. I havent made the Golden Groneh yet. Im short of some ingredients for it.
For some reason, they bother making us ask either when it will be ready or what he means by short of ingredients.
What ingredients do you need?
Rindo: Golden Apple + Magic Potion. Golden Apples grow on a tree in The Forest Maze, but theyre not in season. Magic Potion is illegal, so nobody else will make it for you. It can also be made from Magic Powder. Hey, maybe you can find those for me! Ill pay you!
We get another choice, but who would refuse now?
All right, then. Ill find them. A Golden Apple and Magic Potion, right?
Rindo: Really? Thats great, Im counting on you. And hurry, if you can! Golden Apples grow in The Forest Maze, and Magic Powder can be made from Magic Potion.
Magic Potion isnt nearly as rare or illegal as Rindo suggests. Theres actually legit stores that sell them, and its very easy to have one on hand when you meet Rindo. You can also combine for it easily enough.
The Golden Apple is easy enough to find in The Forest Maze, especially since the encounters are non-threats. Just looking at it, youd think it was ready to take, given its a golden apple, but you have to ripen it with Rivas first.
Now it looks more like a regular apple. You then have to have Ayne smack the tree to get it down.
With both ingredients in hand, we can return to Rindo.
If we get too greedy and ask for the most, Rindo will balk at the suggestion and give us 1000. Asking for 10000 gets us what we ask for.
You then take the Groneh to Joe, and go back to the guild to get paid.
The next quest were doing is called Reik Flowers. Its calling on us to help some guy bid on a painting at the Phorchoon auction house.
David: What I really want is the painting known as Reik Flowers. It will be mine! That guy over there! That one! He will not snatch it from me! Do you understand, hmmmm? Here, you take this 50,000 G. If you can bid successfully for cheaper, I shall pay you handsomely .Ah. The auction is about to begin. Let us go and take our places.
The gist is this is a normal auction, but you have this douchebag with you rather than Sharon.
The game makes it seem like you can bid on the other items, but even if you try, David stops you. Your only choice is to wait for Reik Flowers to come up.
Once it does, it becomes any other bidding match. Im pretty sure its somewhat scripted, as I ended up forced to the 50000 limit no matter what I did.
When you do hit the limit, David simply ponies up another 25000 so you can keep going. We end up getting it for 73300.
David gives us a Resurrect Bottle. I dont know if thats for getting it for less than 75000 or not, because one walkthrough I looked at reported it going up to as high as 100000. Either way, were finally free of this tedious side quest.
Our next quest is Writhing Monster in the Dark. Apparently, growling noises can be heard coming up from Doplin Castle. Gee, I wonder where that could be? Somewhere under the castle
Oh, great, its the lunkheads.
That quest you just accepted It looks pretty interesting.
Huh? You, small guy-you take quest? Oooooooo! Dangerous monsters there! You go, you no come back!
Only really experienced Hunters like us would be able to handle it. Right, Balzac?
Right! My golden muscles SMASH! SMASH THE UNSMASHABLE! *gunt!*
*sigh* Are you even LISTENING? Anyway Ahem! Were declaring war on you, right here, right now! Were going to complete that quest before you, thank you very much! Ah ha ha!
Right! Beefy-B use muscles! Muscle always win! MUSCLE!!
Hmm, wonder who gave them information? Joe?
Anyway, thankfully this doesnt take place in the sewers, but in the Kabel Ruins. In the chamber we fought Slogar, no less.
Aaaaand that is a pallet swapped Zoan Stoara.
By logical deduction, Kenjiro must have been their secret source. Birds of a feather
Whatre you talking about?! Pull yourself together! We cant turn back now!
Thats right! I shelled out a lotta money to get the lowdown for ya! Lets see, with the guide fee Thatll be 1,000,000 G total! Cmon! Time for ya to pay up!!
Kenjiro displays his business genius by demanding payment from the only people that could stand between him and a vicious monster right now.
A, a million G!? We wont make that kind of money even if we manage to take the monster down!
Like I said, its just Zoan Stoara again, He lasts 3 rounds before we wipe him out.
This one is an extra-non-choice, because no matter what you say, it works out the same. Well be honest for Cocky Langs sake.
Yeah, I took him down!
Thats impossible! You must be lying!! Im sure its just unconscious or something! I bet its still alive!
Whoooaaa! Danger! Danger! Phanta, Balzac run!
And they run.
Hey!!! Wait up!! Ya still owe me!
And Kenjiro chases after.
The stupid end.
We get a Raging Axe as a bonus. A decent weapon for Ayne.
Now that were done wi-
Oh, were not done. Well, at least it probably wont invol-
Oh, you again? Dont try to steal our work! Muscles make the REAL man! Hmph! Well be waiting for you at the north entrance to Gale Canyon! Make sure you show up!
And so we go.
The team that kills the most monsters on the wanted list in the canyon gets the money! Well, times awasting!
Me kill more. Me smash more! Me do push-ups! Make muscles! Man must be strong. Must smash! Need muscles to smash! Lang! Do push-ups with Balzac! Make more muscles for smashing!
Just ignore him. Hell go on like that for hours if you let him. Dont take this the wrong way, but that Guild moneys mine! See you at the Guild!
Anyway, the challenge calls on us to kill monsters running around on the field.
Pretty sure these are just Corroded Tusks from when the Eclipse started in Hunters Wood. Also believe they mean Larva Beast.
When you kill one, they leave a corpse confirming the kill. Youll find some corpses that are presumably courtesy of Balzac and Phanta. Anyway, just clear the canyon
Rather than finding the lunkheads, you just go back to the guild.
And we are finally done for today.
Join me next time, where we brave Demiurge Tower.