Part 32: The Grand Crossover.
The people have spoken. ...Well, goons have spoken. Whether were people is debatable.
Kung Fu Chapter posted:
(Music stops, a familiar rumbling begins.)
To the ones who still embrace their delusions of humanity I invite you to learn the truth
The next thing Li knows, shes in the void.
The new WuTang Master is just as we left her, of course.
After wandering around in random directions for a few moments, we start getting glimpses into each of the times and places Oersted has plucked our heroes from (instead of going with his stone idols plan).
Wander around a bit more, and youll end up finding that a staircase has appeared out of nowhere. Theres no way of telling where it leads, but its probably better than here.
...Well, this is morbid. We not only have to wander around a dead and faded version of Oersteds chapter, but the WuTang inheritor starts by Hashs tombstone.
By the way, I hope you liked City of Hopelessness. Its replaced Wings That Dont Reach as the background music for most of this chapter.
Lis position is slightly advantageous simply because you can easily grab Brion again, which is necessary to get into Devils Peak and show Oersted what for.
And because theres another item right nearby that were going to need later.
Which protagonist you choose determines what they identify this as. Ayla just calls it ????, the Waco Kid and Sonic also call it an iron box, Andre calls it an odd part and Coop correctly identifies it as a Battery.
That reminds me, before we go any further I should mention how the WuTang inheritor is recruited.
Li, Yuan or Sammo will be waiting right where youd begin as the main character.
Geez, dont startle people like that!
But, at least Im not alone in this freaky place. You sure are the odd one though, aint you?
Yep, Li wants a one-on-one fight with your leader. Yuan actually just offers to join straight away, and Sammo wants to be fed. (It takes 19 Naorigusa, which is the easiest thing to get with that respawning grove still around.)
Cube counters everything Li does with High-Speed Op, so its an easy fight.
Youre not too bad.
As you can see, everyone keeps their own fonts and yes/no variations. Aeon Genesis put a lot of work into this patch.
Alright, thats enough messing around in alternate realities. Lets get back to the real Li.
Shes busy with her first random encounter, which reveals two things: One, the battle theme for this chapter is the games main theme, which is kinda but also pretty cool. Two, the enemies for this chapter are all variants of enemies we saw in the previous eight, mixed and matched with little rhyme or reason. Oersted has royally messed up the local area.
EXP values in this chapter are also all over the place; theres a few encounters worth zero or one, a whole bunch of 4-10s, some 11-18s and then three encounters with even higher values (to be revealed later). The encounter list seems to change based on the levels of those in your party, so you cant even see some of the weaker ones without starting as Cube or Andre.
Hashs home is no longer accessible, hence why Oersted was allowed to pick up the Hero Shield inside. But hey, look whos here!
Okay, the spoiler tag in the vote? The one about whos the most hassle to recruit? Surprise surprise, its the Waco Kid. He just wont stop wandering around.
We can find him on the lower half of the mountain, but you have to go nearly to the bottom and off on a sidepath where there was no reason to explore before.
It takes a good couple of minutes to figure out how to even get to him, while Li has to fend off some more of the new local wildlife on her own. (The dog is called Kerberos.)
You want to head east from here; the exit is just offscreen to the west.
And then when you do get over here, he just ellipses at you and walks off again.
The Waco Kid has to be found nine times before he will actually join you. On the plus side, he typically leaves in the direction you want to go to find him.
In a moment of distraction, I also end up busting open a rock with Li. This is not somewhere we want to go right now You see, everyone has a personal dungeon that requires them to be part of the active party to enter. However, the WuTang inheritors also requires them to know their entire tech list before its fully explorable. So were going to have to come back another time.
Once we manage to get off the mountain, we can see that Oersted ruined all the signposts for some reason.
Yes, including that one. The Waco Kid heads toward the castle, which is fortunate. (The remaining six places are all inside Lucretia.)
I made a slight error here. The Waco Kids next location is just one tile offscreen at the moment, so I dont remember hes by the plant in the upper-left until after I explore the rest of the castle.
First stop, the dungeon.
You know how I said to leave most of the items in Oersteds chapter? Thats because they turn into better items when the finale rolls around, and those can be highly beneficial to our seven heroes. One source Ive read says that supposedly some will still spawn if the old versions are taken by Oersted, but nobody has documented which ones (if its even true). So best to err on the side of caution, Id say.
Seems like Andre decided that the best thing to do when youve been warped to a strange new place is to work out.
Riddle me this, pal Are you my enemy?
If we say yes posted:
Then I will crush you!
I know what youre thinking, its an obvious choice.
Doesnt matter anyway.
But its actually not. Regardless of whether you say yes or no, Andre will still attack!
So he ends up getting a taste of Lis first new personal tech, which for some reason she learns before the Masters FushaNoSha.
Not bad. Im Andre Takahara. Im stuck in this crazy place too.
Hmm Well, Im sure Li could teach you a thing or two.
We dont have a whole lot to give Andre just yet, but he already has tons of health. Hell live through encounters, even if he wont deal any significant damage.
Oh, and I should point something out.
Waco Kids path posted:
I didnt think thered be a gunman in the castle Though guns and I dont exactly get along, now that I think of it.
Cubes path posted:
A robot ? Haha, this things pretty cool.
If you are using the Waco Kid or Cube, Andre will not attack them. He goes straight into giving his name and offering to join after those lines.
He also calls Coop strange, Ayla a child of the natives and, if Sonic turns up, says that hed never have expected to see a ninja in a medieval castle. (Surely thats the point. ) For some reason, meeting Andre is one of the places where the dialogue changes most based on protagonist.
Next stop, the armoury! This place is full of good gear. We have:
- Castella, Giant Meaty Bone, Potion No.9 and Peach Bun in the barrels.
- Unicorn Horn (x2) in the two white pots.
- Silver Holy Robe (x2) and Genji Armor on the armour stands.
- Genjis Gauntlet, Genjis Tabi, Genjis Helm, Nightmare Helmet, Izanagis Scroll and Gatsun Glove in the treasure chests.
- Axian Sword, Marvella Sword, Amethyst Shield (x3) on the wall.
- Izanagis Scroll in the vase.
The Nightmare Helmet has a hefty -20 IQ on it, but gives sleep immunity and one more defence than the Genji Helm. The Amethyst Shields are +15 Def, the best available in the chapter but only usable by Andre, Ayla and Cube. (And Sammo if you chose him.)
As we continue into the castle, we want to turn around here and check out the balcony.
Right after we get rid of more monsters.
Looks like it opens up
Naturally, this is what the iron box is for. Cubes battery somehow managed to get propelled to the top of Heros Mountain during transference.
If you put it back in, Cube whirrs and beeps before waking up and making his happy little burble.
Might as well! Cube works under the same principle as Taro, though He doesnt gain levels (and therefore stats), but some enemies drop Power Parts that can improve his 240 HP.
Check out those raw stats though. Cube can tank a whole lot of punishment, especially with his counters in play. And of course, hes the best choice we have for a healer.
Amusingly, its actually possible to get +127 IQ with certain items in this chapter. So Cube can perform really quite well if youre willing to invest the resources in him But remember, he can use those accessory slots for robot weapons as well!
On our way through the throne room, were attacked by what I can only assume are the time cops looking for Oersted. They have a couple of his moves, funnily enough. (That big moa I showed earlier? It somehow uses Maser Cannon.)
The left room has Holy Armor inside, as well as another Unicorn Horn/Marvella Sword/Amethyst Shield. Holy Armor only offers +12 Def and +5 IQ, but its better than nothing.
The room on the other side has yet another Unicorn Horn, Silver Holy Robe, Izanagis Scroll
And this bizarro thing, which is offhand only. It raises eleven different kinds of evasion and gives +20 Pw, but the stat penalties of -10 Sp/Vt/IQ are nasty. (The evasion boosts are for: Rear, Firearm, Strangle, Dull, Sharp, Charge, Foot, Hand, Earth, Wind, and Water attacks. According to the RPGC shrine anyway.)
Alright, lets go back and chase the Waco Kid around.
This is really just silly.
Now, can you guess where the last place he goes is?
You have until Li and Andre kick this awful pun to death to decide.
Got an answer? Okay, here goes.
If you guessed pulling a Straybow, go get yourself a cookie.
Youd better believe it.
Can you tell me where this place is? Im Waco the Waco Kid. So, youre lost too Shall we look for a way out of this place together ?
Easy on the ellipses there, buddy. I think youve used up most of our budget for them already.
Alright, thats a full team at least. How about we go find the others, then get ready to tackle the personal dungeons?
...Those are the ugliest catgirls Ive ever seen.
Moving swiftly along from that, we find Coop lazing around in Familia village. Wakey wakey, sleepyhead!
Of course, Coop thinks all problems can be solved with mind-reading and/or giant robots.
Your name is Li Kuugo? And youre a WuTang instructor?
He only says the protagonists name normally, but the menus are calling Li WuTang, so she gets an extra line.
You just kinda rifled around in her grey matter without asking, champ. If you say no, his only remark is Oh, really?
Yes leads to him getting a Squirrel Kick-based asswhooping.
Not bad The names Coop. You dont look like such a bad sort, you know. Want some help? Ive dealt with shadier folks than you.
Since Cube doesnt benefit from being in combat, well shuffle Coop in instead. Our little robot buddy burbles and runs off back to the castle balcony.
Oh hey, this encounter. Brachiopelta and Entomopilum are turning up, so we must have crossed a level threshold.
The key message here is dont stand on the diagonal. Seriously, standing diagonally to enemies in this game seems like an almost universally bad move.
Gross. (Its an accessory that gives +4 power and +2 speed.)
Our next stop is the Naorigusa clearing, where Ayla is running and jumping around like a lunatic.
He hides in the trees three times, moving further and further left.
Before running out into the middle. Talking to him here will get you thrown into a battle with him unless youre Li.
! L- L- ! Loooove!
(Should I take him with me ?)
Everyone elses assessment of Ayla is He seems slightly agitated. Oh, and since Ayla only knows one proper word, his yes/no choices as protagonist are gibberish.
Well leave lover boy to cool off and go find where our last character is hiding.
We meet the Barbarians along the way; they can use a really weak version of Aylas Gotcha!, but they also very rarely use his Dodegesden.
He hasnt had a chance to level up yet, but you can tell that the Waco Kid puts the glass in glass cannon.
After that mess, we need to come over and examine the Devils Peak sign.
Because this is where Sonic has set up an ambush.
You know how this goes by now.
Shall we join forces?
Sorry, buddy. Id like to hang onto these folks for a little while longer.
Well My apologies, then.
Thats everyones recruitment shown off. I was going to head into Devils Peak to loot the place, but
Bad things happened. Ishtar Well talk about Ishtar next update.
Instead, lets talk about something I completely forgot to mention in the Mecha chapter. See, having Coop in the party replaces the Flee command with Teleport. It works mostly the same, except that it sometimes places you somewhere else instead of wherever the battle triggered.
In Coops chapter, it would place you on the toilet in Chibikko House, or very rarely in the bathtub. (Supposedly this can be used to drop in on Taeko in the bath, but I couldnt find when that was supposed to be possible. I ended up in an empty bathtub at one point, so it must have been only during a specific part of the plot.)
If you use it during the finale, however
Wh-Where is this!?
One of the places it can put you is into Coops personal dungeon, which you cant access any other way and cant leave until its done. So, next time We explore the Dungeon of the Mind!