Part 28: Welcome to Lucretia.
Oh boy, here we go.
Its been a long, long time since weve heard the games opening track. And look, a standard medieval setting! Its almost like were playing a normal JRPG.
In the West Er Whats your name again?
It turns out that some goons are about as subtle as sledgehammers, so were sticking with Oersted.
In the west, its Oersted versus Armstrong!
...Oh dear. I hope this tournament isnt to the death!
Oersted starts at level 1, and his basic techs are very straightforward. Cut One Way is weaker and can target in eight directions, while V Shine is stronger but can only target a foe in the cardinal directions.
Armstrong dies in two hits from V Shine; all he can really do is poison Oersted with Monkshood, aka. Wolfs Bane. Miiiight want to get that treated later.
And in the East
...Coming out of the Mecha chapter, that feels just a little bit on-the-nose, yknow?
Now then, before the finals, a word from the King!
Remember, to the winner
Ah yes, none of this marrying for love nonsense when it comes to royalty.
Even though we may be friends Ill never forgive you if you go easy on me!
Now then, its Oersted versus Straybow in the final match! Begin!!
Our long-haired pal is a level 1 wizard, and therefore could be easily killed by a kitten as per D&D tradition. I do hope you enjoy the proper battle theme for this chapter though.
Come forward, Oersted!
You certainly seem to be VERY strong.
To Oersted goes victory, and the hand of Princess Alicia! In celebration of these two, on whose shoulders Lucretias future rests A feast! Let us all eat, drink, and be merry!
Father overdid it a little at the feast, admittedly, but hes happy to have an heir such as you Of course, Im happy too.
From this day forward, even more than Father
Also worth noting is that Oersted is a silent protagonist; even when he was clearly supposed to have said something, we didnt get to hear it.
Ack, random encounter!
The Dragnon can spit poisonous fluid to lay down poison fluids, but dies into two hits. Mainly because
It was just a distraction!
Couldnt even hold onto the princess for a single night.
There resides, in the Western mountains, a Hero fated to destroy the Demon
How is it that the Demon could have come back to life? We have little hope. The brave Hero Hash slew it last time But hes closed his heart now, and is living as a hermit in the mountains.
Make your own jokes, people. Meanwhile, back at the plot
Thank you, Oersted. I hereby proclaim you the new Hero! Please! Destroy the Demon, save Alicia and return peace to this fair land of Lucretia!!
Im counting on you, Oersted! I believe in you!
...What a wordy old man. But yes, of course Oersted is going to slay the Demon and rescue the Princess! I mean, she is his wife and all
It abducted the Queen, who was pregnant with Alicia at the time. The Hero Hash joined forces with a monk named Uranus to fight the Demon, emerging victorious. His Majesty rejoiced, granting unto Hash the title of Hero. Despite all this, he still set forth on his self-imposed exile Uranus left for parts unknown as well. We havent the foggiest where he could be.
Thank you, Minister of Exposition. Also, Id say something about living in Lucretia requiring you to have a ridiculous name, except that Alicia and Armstrong are reasonably normal.
All of the guards come in pairs; the guy directly to the right will say the same thing.
A pair lower down say:
Were trusting you to save the Princess!
Now, there are a pair of side rooms here. They have items in them.
However! I will not be taking them. Indeed, Reasons suggests that we take almost none of the items available to us in this chapter. (Dont worry, well manage.)
To be fair, it both created a distraction and chose a method of escape that Oersted couldnt possibly follow. At least we know where it went though.
The lower of the two doors leads out onto the balcony; moving to this corner will actually make the whole kidnapping scene replay in sepia tone.
Like so. We will be seeing flashbacks a fair bit in this chapter.
Gee, its like one thing is on everybodys minds. Almost like treasure on the west bank.
On the left side of this area is the prison, and the right side has the armory.
Dont forget the swords and shields hanging on the wall!
Theres a whole lot of nice stuff in here, but again, were not taking it. Not needing to gather treasure actually cuts down on time spent in this chapter a fair bit.
...Dont tell me I have to make sprites for all these people. Theres like, eight different people in this crowd of eighteen (which I think makes the population of Lucretia at least half soldiers). And at least two of these people are always obscured by trees.
Haha, disabling background layers to the rescue! Thats the first time Ive ever done that on purpose.
Going from left to right, top to bottom:
Oersted! Take care!
You must be the new Hero!
Thats our Oersted! So manly ! Tee hee!
This sword has been handed down through many generations of my family. Please, take it.
Go on! Destroy that Demon!
Dont let some nasty Demon get you down!
This might come in handy
You like it? Go on, have another! Have as many as you like!
You can use This Thing (the RPGC shrine calls it BlueGate) as an accessory, for a whole +1 Vt. Still, might as well get twenty.
I gathered this in the southern woods
Save the Princess!
The Naorigosa is our staple healing item of the chapter, and unfortunately is single-target. Can boost all your stats though.
I dont have anything for you Oh, wait, I know! How about this?
Cant really afford more than this, sorry
...Thats okay, really. Please put your pants back on.
My sisters live in the village of Familia, to the southwest.
The name rings a bell. ()
Its my treasure, but Since its you, Oersted, you can take it!
It was a present from my woodcutter daddy!
The Joshua Seed is also single-target, but can be used on someone other than the person selecting it. It cures statuses as its added benefit.
I-i-i-i-its Oersted! Cooool!!
Im the woodcutter. I picked up some seeds out in the woods.
The mountain in the southeast is known as Devils Peak. No ones ever been up there except Hash and Uranus
Im the woodcutters wife. Roundabout the time Id left to bring my husband his lunch
Oh no, Ive completely forgotten! Give me a minute Im going to be up til three in the morning worrying about this if I cant Oh hey, wait, three reminds me of tree, so Tree, tree Oh, right! See, my husband brought that home, and Theres an old man in a nearby village who spent all day sitting in the sun. Now, lets see, what was the name of that village? Errr Ill think of it eventually
Goddamnit, woman! This is what I get for trying to scam items out of NPCs.
Theres a snowy peak to the West of here called Heros Mountain.
We cant fight, but we still believe that you can bring the Princess back!
Please save the Princess and all of Lucretia!
Grownups are sneaky! They dont fight, they just lay it all on the Hero!
...How very perceptive you are, kid.
Be sure to bring back the princess!
Well, thats all the chatter done and a few bits of gear gotten. Lets actually get this show on the road!
Literally everyone else in town just gave Oersted a fond farewell. I dont think you can really say that.
If its a Demon were up against, then it only makes sense
I wasnt aware the man who got second place could call themselves a champion too.
Straybow is very much your typical spellslinger; completely unable to take hits, but with tons of damage-dealing potential. His moves are actually mostly instant-cast too.
Once we step outside of Lucretia, the music settles down into a much more chill and peaceful track. Yoko Shimomuras best of album, Drammatica, had two songs from Live-A-Live; one was the Kung Fu chapter theme linked during that chapter, and the other was Forgotten Wings, a slight remix of Wings That Dont Reach.
Heres a Tindeck version too.
Navigation is pretty straightforward, especially since everything is signposted.
But because this chapter is the most like a traditional JRPG, we have good ol random encounters for the first time!
Indeed, this chapter actually requires us to do a little bit of grinding.
Straybow and Oersted can handle the forest creatures, but heading straight for Heros Mountain would result in a swift asskicking.
So before getting stuck in on slaughtering local wildlife, lets take a peek at Familia village.
...Its all of two houses, apparently.
Oh, that must be that one ladys sister.
Are you really Oersted?
My sons a huge fan!
Aside from meeting some of Oersteds adoring fans, this tidbit is good for letting you know you can take the orange flowers. (Theyre Naorigusa.) Well be leaving those alone too, though.
What a lovely day
Ah, you must be the old man who likes sitting in the sun.
Neat shield hes got too.
But enough of that. If we head back to the first signpost, this path north leads to Heros Mountain.
Which means that we have to take some time to grind now, unless we want to flee our way up and down the mountain. (The slugs are Thing Eaters. They drain HP, but are squishy.)
...Why are there tiny men riding whatever the hell those are?
At any rate, the encounters around here have EXP values between one and three, and youre getting barely anything once your level matches the EXP value. So level threes where we want to be!
Oersteds level two move is Plus Link, which hits everything around him.
While Straybow embarrasses his friend by learning Silver Wind, a single-target attack that is basically our casters bread and butter.
Alright, good enough. Straybow is going to lag behind Oersted experience-wise by an encounter or two from here on out, because fighting Armstrong gave the knight a headstart.
So off into the rainbow snowdrifts we go!
No, seriously. If you see the Nuggiebear, just flee. It will murder you hardcore.
Its also only got an EXP value of 5, when almost all encounters here offer 4-6. So its not even worth it when you are able to kill one! (Theres an encounter with two Nuggiebears with an EXP value of 15, but thats pretty rare.)
Aside from the Thing Eater already being palette-swapped for the Fang Eater, we have Oersteds level 3 tech, Hammer Power. Its a little stronger than V Shine, turns enemies around most of the time, and it targets diagonally. Between those two moves, Cut One Way is now useless.
Straybows next tech sucks royally by comparison. Blue Gale apparently hits a 3x3 area (despite what the targeting reticle says) and can stun, but its weak and has a charge time. Dont bother with it.
Cool Bulbs are fairly unremarkable beyond having good damage and rarely dropping Ice Helms, which would be a semi-nice find.
By the way, the whole idea here is go north. After the first screen transition, its north and then a little bit west.
Right about here.
Oh, hey there Armstrong. Came back to try that whole wolfs bane business again, I see.
Red Cage certainly looks cool, but unfortunately its damage is highly inconsistent. A random number of flame pillars will be shown in the animation, which means it does a random number of hits. Ive seen it only put out one pillar before, barely managing double digits.
The Freezines are somewhat dangerous to Straybow, but nothing to write home about.
Hey, long-haired hermit guy! Would you happen to be Hash by any chance?
Well, thats a dead giveaway. Wed better schlep back down the mountain and go back to Familia territory.
Examining the shield up in the hermits hut has relocated the old man.
The warmth of the stove is quite comforting
To echo Starkclamp (or Adelheid as theyre now known)
The old LP posted:
I... Are you serious? You just said this, and also you were here looking at this exact one just a short bit ago.
So the Demon has come back
But afterwards, the kingdom had no use for him, and he was soon all but forgotten. Eventually, he hid himself in the northern mountains, and grew disgruntled
Theres a moments pause
Thats right Im the monk who fought alongside Hash all those years ago.
Though rescuing the Princess is indeed important, I dont wish to leave Hash as miserable as he is. If people cant believe in others, then in what CAN they believe ?
Believe is the chapters drinking word, if you hadnt picked up on that.
I still believe that Hash will change his mind!
The Hero Shield is definitely worth grabbing. A minor speed penalty is manageable when it gives +10 defence and +8 IQ.
Oh, and Uranus also steals Straybows Leather Boots. Hes an old man, he needs them more.
As you may expect from an old monk, Uranus is all about religion and healing. Gods Blessing is a 3x3 heal of reasonable potency. Prayer of Healing is single target, very strong and cures status effects. And Voice of God
Hits the whole screen, good chance to stun what it doesnt kill, and makes the same sound effect as Ayla screaming. Uranus is pretty badass.
Okay, lets try this again.
...Hes still not super receptive.
How long do you intend to brood here?
Theres a very, very long pause here.
Before he just turns away.
Youve grown weak, Hash. People are inherently weak, so they have to depend on those stronger than themselves
Thats how they grow strong. Fiercely strong
Another long pause, with no response.
This actually gets him to turn around
...though hes definitely not in a good mood. Once we try and leave though
He stands up.
Im not doing this for people or any crap like that.
Whatever the reason, were glad to have you.
Let us first visit the summit.
Hold on a moment.
Okay, now well visit the summit.
Nice view. Very West Cape.
Hash, if this is where
Oh, you want Oersted to move. Got it.
So that Hash can dig in front of the gravestone.
Not any more. Now hes wide awake and its time for us to go kick that Demons ass!