Part 4: 4/11: That's Gonna ScabPart 4: 4/11: That's Gonna Scab
When we last left them, Maaku and Vulgar Boy were just entering this castle.
It should be It said Shujin on the gate Whats goin on here?
The sign was for the school, right?
Look at this weirdo in the knight costume. Real fuckin elaborate, you dork.
Whore you? You a student? Man, your costumes impressive Is that armor real? Cmon, dont just stand there. Say somethin.
...This shits real.
These cut-ins are a really great addition. I wont be able to show them all off because theyre pretty frequent but Ill try to at least grab one if I see its new.
We gotta run!
Stop standin around and run!
Oww Y-Youre gonna break my bones, dammit! The hell you think youreAagh!
Take them away!
Maakus vision goes dark...
Hey! Wake up!
Yeah, more or less. Looks like this aint no dream Ugh, whats goin on!?
Dammit, where are we!? Is this some kinda TV set ?
In the distance, more cries of agony can be heard.
Whoa Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa Youre shittin me, right ?
Isnt there some way outta here!? Cmon, we gotta do something!
We get a brief moment to interact with the cell here. Emphasis on brief.
Hey, should we hide in here and trick the guards? It prolly wouldnt work like it does in the movies though Huh? You hear that?
Your charge is unlawful entry. Thus, you will be sentenced to death.
Huh? Wait Is that you, Kamoshida?
Are you trying to disobey me again? It looks like you havent learned your lesson at all, huh? And you brought a friend this time because you cant do anything for yourself.
This aint funny, you asshole!
Is that how you speak to a king? It seems you dont understand the position youre in at all. Not only did you sneak into my castle, you committed the crime of insulting methe king. The punishment for that is death. Its time for an execution! Take him out!
Sakamoto shoves one of the soldiers over...
I aint down for this shit! Cmon, were outta here!
...and promptly gets punched by another.
Maaku makes a valiant effort to fight the knight off, but to no avail.
Just go! Get outta here ! These guys are serious!
Oh? Running away, are we? What a heartless friend you are.
He aint a friend.
Look, you hurt Maakus feelings. You should apologize, Sakamoto.
Cmon! Hurry up and go!
Whats the matter? Too scared to run away? Hmph, pathetic scum isnt worth my time Ill focus on this ones execution...
What an amazing, despicable, punchable face.
Awakening (Absolutely watch this)
A peasant like you isnt worth beating. Ill have you killed right now.
Music: Blood of Villain
No, I dont wanna die!
The voice calls out to us again, and we see the butterfly once more
(I totally forgot about this scene when I said Philemon only makes one appearance)
Another voice, deep and male this time, rings forth in Maakus head.
Are you forsaking him to save yourself? Death awaits him if you do nothing.
Everything turns purple, and Maaku starts screaming in pain.
Vow to me. I am thou, thou art I
Maaku stops screaming...
...because theres a fire in his eyes.
What was that ?
The blow knocks off Maakus glasses...
A burst of wind through the room knocks the knight off balance before he can strike.
Suddenly, a strange mask is attached to Maakus face.
Music: Awakening (Listen to this)
He tries to rip it off...
Blood becomes flame, and flame becomes the stuff of nightmares.
The fire rises from Maakus body and becomes a figure of its own, standing behind him.
Its got a cravat and a dope top hat, and its here to party.
With a wave of his hands, Maaku sends the guards flying.
...Holy shit, Maaku.
Music: Will Power (Listen to this)
If you so desire, I shall consider granting you the power to break through this crisis.
Hmph, very well...
Who the hell are you...!? Guards!
The guards turn into strange pumpkin creatures.
Youll learn the true strength of my men!
Lets use a skill. Arsene knows a light Curse skill, Eiha, right off the bat, so lets use it. It costs 4 SP, but we don't have to worry about skill costs right now at least.
We can also attack with our physical weapon. In Maakus case, its a knife.
It did a good deal less damage, you probably noticed. While our starting weapon isnt great, melee attacks are generally inferior to physical and magical skills of appropriate strength. There are certainly times to use melee attacks, but those moments are rather infrequent.
Sweet, Maaku leveled up. He can now cast Eiha a whopping eight times from full SP. If that seems low, just wait. This game somewhat radically shakes up the SP economy established in Personas 3 and 4. Running out of SP is a much greater concern, but we'll get to that later.
Maaku examines his sweet new duds.
What was that just now ?
Sakamoto just runs up and bowls him over.
You like that, you son of a bitch!?
OK, its locked!
Hey ! What was that just now!? And your clothes !
Kamoshida startles the two by slamming the bars.
God, thiss effin nuts! Anyways, lets scram! You lead the way!
Sakamoto hucks the keys as far as he can.
Goddamn thieves...! After them! Dont let them escape!
You think you can get away with doing this to me?
Cmon, lets get outta here!
Lets turn around and talk to this Kamoshida fellow. What sage words does he have for us?
Hey, we gotta ignore him and look for a way out!
Okay then, lets go.
Our only way forward, however, is blocked.
It aint openin!? Dammit! Lets try and find another way through!
Wait, think we can jump across?
Indeed we can.
Further in, we encounter more obstacles that must be jumped or crawled past.
Theyll prolly call for backup if we try and take em on. We should go some other way !
And so were forced to turn around and take an alternate route.
Over there Theyre lookin for us, right? I aint playin along with this anymore! We gotta find a way outta this goddamn place!
The enemies are now blocking the path behind us. No way to go but forward.
Hey, lets get the hell outta this place!
This aint the exit!? What the hell is this place!?
Is, uh Is he OK ?
Figures wearing strange masks are locked in cages. Thats troubling.
We cant do anything to lower the bridge for now, so lets continue forward.
Dammit! How the hellre we supposed to get outta here!?
Look, the keys right there!
Were trying to get the hell out of here ! I mean, you obviously look like an enemy too!
Im locked up here, so how can I be your enemy!? Help me out!
In the distance, the shuffling of guards can be heard.
Theyre catchin up already !
How the hell do we get out !?
Hey, you two! You wanna know where the exit is? Let me out and Ill take you there. You dont want to get caught and executed, right?
I never go back on my word!
This thing sounds like its all talk...
If you guys think you can get out on your own, then be my guest!
Whadda we do ?
The shuffling grows closer.
Are you seriously not messin with us!?
If you dont hurry, theyll catch you.
Now, wheres the exit, you monster cat!?
Dont call me a cat! I am Morgana!
Shuddup and hurry it up! You wanna be locked up again!?
A-All right, sheesh! Follow me, and stay quiet!
Sakura-san said that Hamiru-kun left the house this morning. Should I contact the police ? No, thatll just be more of a hassle *sigh* What did I do to deserve this ?
So, we finally met our starting Persona, and it only took four updates! Arsene is based on Arsène Lupin, a fictional gentleman thief from French writer Maurice Leblanc (yet another connection I just now noticed). The first Lupin story, The Arrest of Arsène Lupin, was published in 1905. Lupin was a force for good in that he exclusively targeted worse villains than himself, which is absolutely relevant to the themes of this game.
As our starting Persona, Arsene learns physical and Curse skills. Also, I really like that we now have a Persona thats not mythological or anything, its just straight-up fictional.
Arsene and the protagonist are both voiced by Xander Mobus (and Jun Fukuyama in Japanese), whose most notable role prior to this was the announcer in Smash 4. Huh.