Part 15: Welcome to ThunderdomeIm so tired. We had the festival today.
Video- The Festival
Watch the Festival
Hey Vayne, theres still some time before the battle arena, right?
Yeah. It starts in the afternoon, so
I mean, its a festival. Lets go look around. With everyone else, of course.
With everyone Okay. Lets go.
We got everyone together, but lost Pamela pretty quickly.
Its Pamela Where did she go?
Oh, youre right. Pamela! Where are you?
Isnt this the haunted house?
Could it be
Pamela just cant miss an opportunity to scare people I guess.
Oh my, you all came here, too?
You cant do this! Its not funny when its you.
But, theyre so bad at scaring people.
Well, the fake ghosts all ran screaming
Hmm If we opened a haunted house, wed make a ton of money
Uh, nows not the time for that. Lets go before we get into trouble!
Oh, wait for me!
One of the other classes was running a café.
This ones a mock café.
I wanted to do this.
Yeah, our class chose not to do anything.
This seems like fun
Though, I wouldnt expect much, knowing our tastes.
Thats true Hm?
Yeah Im surprised.
Semi-sweet, yet rich in flavor. Not too heavy, and its perfect with the tea.
Mustve used a special spice for the flavor
Im surprised that youre such a picky food critic.
Youre so lucky. I wish I could try it.
Truly a masterpiece Bring me the chef!
We were all a bit surprised where those cakes came from.
Wha ? The Principal!?
Dont tell me youre the one who made this!?
Hahaha. Its one of my few hobbies. I have every confidence in my baking.
Hmm They say that every man has at least one thing hes good at
But, is this right? I mean, for the Principal to be working at a booth?
Oh, well you see This was an emergency.
Indeed. The Vice Principal was supposed to be baking here, but You see.
Wow Is that charcoal?
Looks more like industrial waste, actually. Haha
Its burned so horribly, its almost like an evil masterpiece.
Exactly. Naturally, the students came crying to me. I couldnt refuse.
Sounds like having serious conversation, Mr. Principal.
V-vice Principal! How long have you been here?
Time for chit chat better spent baking more cakes.
It seems very popular for yours. Mine not so much.
Ah, ow ow ow! Dont pull my ear please.
People have so many surprising sides to themselves
The Campus Grounds were full of people, it was amazing.
Its so lively.
Ah, yes. The festival is a battle of sorts.
I wonder if well find any useful alchemy items
Oh come on! Forget about all that school stuff. Lets have fun.
I guess Huh? Whats that?
Ooh, cotton candy! I love it so much.
Youve never eaten it?
You can eat it?
This is no good Youve been missing out on half your life!
H-half!? Thats a lot
Indeed. So, to cheer you up after this bombshell, Ill treat you to one!
Aww! Flaya, youre so generous!
Thank you, Flay.
Freeloaders! And Pamela, you cant even eat it.
Well, why should I be the only one left out?
Hrmmm fine. Just wait here.
Hehehe. We win.
I feel a little bad, though
While Flay was standing in line, we kept walking around the festival.
Thats the shooting range. You use a toy gun to try to win prizes.
You really dont know anything, huh?
Yeah I lived up in the mountains with Sulpher for as long as I can remember.
Oh sorry. I didnt mean to pry.
Huh, why not?
Well, you know
Oh, whats that over there? Im gonna go take a look.
Hes so giddy today.
I know. Weve gotta teach him the right way to enjoy a festival!
Huh? Whered they go? Are they lost? Hello? Vayne!?
Eventually, though, it was time for the Battle Arena to start.
Video- Dirty Tricks
Watch the First Stage
Good luck. Well be cheering you on!
Tony and Roxis were there, of course.
MC: The main event for your School Festival! I present to you, the Battle Arena!
This tournament will be fought by two-man teams.
The winning team will be presented with a big reward from the school!
Hmph. Guess you didnt chicken out after all.
Im as surprised to see you here, too.
Looks like well meet in the finals. Ill laugh if you dont make it.
Um Lets all do our best.
MC: Here are the contestants for round one!
First, the embodiment of scholastic chaos, Flay Gunnar!!
And his partner/sidekick, the Freshman Phenom, Vayne Aurelius!!
Its time for us to take the stage. Come on!
Have your fun while you still can.
Our first round was against some older students.
Vayne, were going full force from the start!
I-Ill do my best.
MC: The body check is done. And now
Battle Arena, Round 1. Ready! Fight!!
But they werent that tough.
Battle: Qualified Students
These two arent particularly tough. You probably wont even need to heal, just smash them down quickly and brutally.
I had noticed during the fight that some people we were expecting seemed missing.
MC: Is there anyone at this school who can beat these crazy outlaws!?
I didnt even get a chance to warm-up.
Youre spacing out on me, chum. Surprised by your own strength?
Uh? Oh, no! Thats not it
Dont be so modest. There arent many Freshmen who are stronger than you.
Although, when I was a Freshman, I was still much stronger than you!
Hmm, wheres our cheering section? Those lazy girls
Theyre supposed to be around here somewhere.
Let me through! Im in a hurry!!
Nikki, youre late.
Nows not the time for that! Its an emergency!
What kind of emergency is it this time?
Look! I found this letter at the workshop, and
Tony wasnt willing to leave this to chance it seemed.
But depending on the outcome, we may not guarantee her safety.
Jess has been kidnapped!! Now what!?
But who would do such a thing?
I dont know. Pamelas already out looking for her
Whats going on, guys? Say, wheres that girl whos always with you?
Thats playing dirty, even for you.
I dont know what you mean Anyway, good luck to us both.
What is wrong with him!? Does he really have to go that far!?
Whats the plan, Flay?
We split up. You two go find Jess.
But the arena
No worries, chum. I can do it alone, no problem.
But, you must get back in time for the finals. Hear me?
Good luck, Flaya.
Where should we start looking?
Lets meet up with Pamela first. She mightve found something by now.
I keep forgetting what sorts of friends Pamela has.
What the hell is that? Are you being attacked!?
Monster: Kyui! Kyuu
Dont hurt him! There, there. Dont cry.
Isnt that an enemy?
Of course not. This is my friend.
You really do have some strange friends
He says he saw Jess get taken away.
So, where did she go?
Monster: Kyuu kyuuuu.
Into the Mana Ruins. I think she was with another girl.
That Renee chick!
Monster: Kyuu! Kyuu!
Youre going home already? Okay, but you better come back to play.
We should hurry.
We headed out to the Mana Ruins, hoping the tip was good.
Mmhm. Thats what he said.
Lets hurry. We need to rescue her.
MC: Huh? It appears that Flay has shown up to the match alone!
Thats right. I am mighty!
MC: That may be, but rules are rules! Its gotta be teams of 2.
Bureaucracy Fine, then. You there.
Youre my substitute partner. Help me dole out righteous justice!
Referee: Okay. I will fight beside you.
MC: Outrageous! Rule breaking referee recruitment! And hes actually up for it!
Thats why you can never write off Flay!
It turned out it was, Renee was waiting with Jess at the Ruins.
Watch the Brutal Showdown
Oops, you found me. I was hoping this would last a little while longer
Give us back Jess!
Uhh, well I mean, its not like I wanted to this, you know?
But if I dont cooperate every once in a while, Ill get in trouble
Is that so? I feel so bad for you
Riiight. Its not as easy as it looks to be me.
Nows not the time to feel pity for the enemy!
Please Renee, dont make us do this.
Sorry, but I have to make it look like I tried.
Now then I suppose I could use the exercise.
You asked for it!
For someone who doesnt like fighting, Renees pretty good at it.
Boss Battle: Renee
If youve been breezing through the game up to now, its about to give you a real kick to the kneecap. Renee is pretty brutal. Her first action will be to summon her Mana, the Azureflame Mana. Once theyre both up, Id suggest taking the Mana first. It can hit single targets quite hard, and hit the whole group with Hellwave. Renee mainly uses a mix of Girl Attack, a moderate sword attack on one character, Big Orange Bomb which damages and sleeps everyone, and Full Power Blade, which takes two turns but heavily damages and breaks one party member. Since youve only got Vayne, Nikki, and Pamela, you need to rely on a mix of common skills and items to stay alive. If you have a silence attack you can make this a lot easier on yourself by silencing Renee before she gets her first turn and keeping her silenced, which prevents the Azureflame Mana from coming out. But wheres the fun in that? Anyway, for winning this we get the recipe for the Misty Curtain, which protects people from magic attacks in battle.
We did manage to defeat her, though.
Be glad we didnt finish you off!
Geesh, talk about scary Alright, fine. I was wrong. Im sorry.
Dont worry, shes just a little tranqd. Shell wake up soon enough.
She doesnt seem like a bad person Maybe we can all be friends.
What are you saying!? Shes a kidnapper! A Shanghai Willie!
Jess, are you okay?
Hrm mrnn huhh?
Oh goo morni *yawn *
Good morning! Did you sleep well?
Snap out of it. Jess, did she do anything to you?
Any thing? What?
Renee gave me some cake, so I was eating it and
Didnt anyone ever tell you not to take things from strangers!?
But shes not a stranger. Shes Renee.
Anyway, Vayne, you should hurry back!
Oh, thats right. I gotta go!
Well be right there!
Mnrrr Then just 5 more minutes
No! Wake up now!!
I rushed back as fast as I could to the auditorium to make the finals.
Video- The Showdown
Watch the Finals
MC: From block A, of course, is this man!
With his faithful referee by his side, he is the Duke of Destruction, Flay!
And his opponents, the best Cool & Dirty pair, Tony and Roxis!!
Damn where is Vayne?
Are you sure about this, Flay? Maybe you should forfeit right about now.
Hmph. You really need to work on your follow through.
Whats that supposed to mean!?
Look behind you.
Sorry. They rescued her.
Wha!? What the hell are you doing, you wench!!?
Tony? So there was a setup behind all this?
Whats wrong with that!? This was gonna work out perfectly.
I admire your effort, but the way you focus it is all wrong.
Why do you say these things to me when you know
Ah, there he is
Sorry. I hope Im not too late.
Hmph. You made it just in time for the finals. How hero-ish
I guess Flay had somehow talked the referee into being his partner while I was away.
Referee: I am honored to have fought alongside you. I expect a good fight.
MC: The Duke of Destructions sidekick is back! We can start the final battle!
It seems my superior has caused you problems again.
But whats passed is past. I will give it my all. I wont lose to you.
MC: We can already see the sparks from the Freshmen! We can hardly wait!
And now for the final battle! Fiiiiiiight!!
The time for talking was over.
Boss Battle: Tony and Roxis
This is actually a lot easier than Renee was, which is only fair since you cant save between the two. Id suggest focusing on Roxis first, since he can heal. Roxis uses similar moves to what he used the first time, while Tony will mostly use a single target hit called Hyphen. He does sometimes hit both of you with a decently powerful attack, though, and you want to keep some healing items ready just in case. You get the physical version of the Misty Curtain, the Divine Shield, for finishing this.
And we defeated them!
MC: Can he stand!? Ah! The referee has stopped the fight!!
Its over! The champions have been decided!! They are Flay & Vayne!
The Dukes of Destruction have conquered the school!
We won we did it, Flay!
Indeed. Splended job. As the winners, we must please our crowd!
It was actually mostly Flay But it gave me confidence in myself.
But I still wonder Why does Tony keep messing with us?
And Roxis Oh thats right, hes always
Which meant that Roxis had to join our workshop, as agreed.
*sigh * Okay. Unhand me already!
Oh, there you are.
I see you came. Welcome.
Nice to meet you. Im sorry I scared you that one time.
I hope we all can get along.
I only came because I promised. I dont plan to become your friend.
Youre so silly.
Are you sure this was a good idea?
Im sure itll be interesting. The rest is up to you.
System Message: Roxis has joined your party.
Professor Feinnes Alchemy 101: Roxis
So, Roxis doesnt currently work the same way everyone else does right now, for two reasons. The first is that he hates Vayne, so he wont co-op synthesis with him. The second is that he doesnt have a Mana, so he doesnt have access to all of his skills. The skills he cant use will be white out in the Grow Book. Both of these things will change when we do side quests later.
The terms ending, which means therell be new freshmen soon. I wonder if Flays going to find any new recruits