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Beast That Rules The Palace
Music: Blooming Villain
Ugh, look at it fly about! We cant reach it like this! Weve got no other option. Lets take it down with our guns and skills!
So, this is the real boss this time around. Not Futabas Shadow, because as tsundere as she was, to borrow the phrase from Yusuke, she still wants our help. No, this is a radical part of her cognition thats going to fight us every step of the way.
True to Morganas word, using any type of Physical attack, including skills, is fruitless, as the beast is out of range. We can use guns, but thats rather pointless as well. We havent exactly been upgrading them, and they dont do much in the first place. Hilariously though, Ryujis fucking shotgun can hit while his Physical attacks cant.
Heres our first sign that something is wrong: were doing decent numbers, but the beasts health is barely going down.
For its turn, the beast gets two moves, so it can Slam twice.
It can also use Wing Blast to deal Wind damage and inflict Dizzy. Ryujis Wind weakness means we might have been better off bringing Ann (or even Yusuke) for this stage of the fight if we hadnt already used all her SP healing through the enemy gauntlet, but we want his Tarukaja, and for better or worse this part of the fight doesnt last long.
Morganas Me Patra will clear up that Dizzy easily enough, however.
Dont tell me Is it gonna dive attack us!?
So now we wait.
Yeah, this is pretty much an instant kill if youre not guarding, which is why Im lucky it didnt hit Joker even if he had a Resist Physical Persona equipped.
What do you mean you cant tell!? You gotta tell us, Mona!
I-I cant help it! There are some things that even I cant do!
I didnt think itd be like this...
Do you remember?
This is the suicide note The men in black suits read it right after Mom died
This This is when Mom jumped in front of that car
I dont think Futaba wants to see any more of this traumatic PowerPoint.
Dont run. I thought you made your mind up after you talked to the Phantom Thieves.
OK Ill look. ...Its me complaining. Mom scolded me for bothering her.
I knew it. It was me who killed Mom. I was a bad daughter I weighed her down, and she hated me for it Its just like I remember
Remember everything. Dont avert your eyes. When did this happen?
Just a little before Mom died I whined about wanting to go on a family trip But she scolded me and said no.
Was that all she said?
Mom said Im too busy right now. I need to finish my cognitive research as soon as possible.
And what did you do?
I threw a tantrum. Told her she thought her research was more important than I was. Thats when she scolded me
What did she say afterwards? There was more.
Did she say ? My research is almost over. Once its finished, we can go wherever you like. Im sorry Ive left you alone for so long, Futaba. Please try to understand though. This research is really important. I need to complete it, even if it costs me my life.
Did she hate you?
She didnt ?
Which is true ?
Your memory is...
Futaba hears the cry of the beast from above.
Huh ? Its calling me ?
Futaba runs toward the sound.
The hell!? We aint doin shit to it!
You came into your cognitive world!?
The person themselves coming into their own Palace ? If that happens
The beast cries out.
Its my fault Its my fault that Mom...
You killed me!
Wait, is that monster her mother!?
How is this a twist!? You idiots know what Wakaba looked like!
Futabas desires and guilt mustve distorted her cognition of her. The wish that her mother was alive again is mixed in as well, along with those eerie jeers...
You are nothing but a demon who stood in my way! I wish you had never been born! That way I couldve announced my results without having to waste my time on you! I poured my heart and soul into that research! It wouldve been the discovery of the century!
What does she mean by that?
Could she be talking about cognitive psience?
Theres no meaning to your life! No one needs you!
Nobody cares about me...
It seems you caused your mother a great deal of trouble, Futaba-chan She mustve had some kind of maternity neurosis
So because she thinks she killed her mother and because she thinks she deserves to die Futaba gave birth to a Palace where her mother wants her dead ?
Futaba-chan, look! Theres no way that monster is your mother! Its just an illusion you created!
She never abused you, did she!? Boss told us! He said she did her best to raise you alone!
Isnt this a false memory thats been imprinted upon you?
A false memory ? Aagh...
She had worked so hard on it as well She lost her mind, and its all because of you...
Its your fault!
Futaba Sakura! Remember!
...Because of the note.
Exactly. The men in black suits read her suicide note to you, and what was written on it?
All of her complaints about me.
Yes. The shock and the pain led you to avert your eyes. But they kept reading it aloud in front of your relatives. Think hard. Was that suicide note real? Would the mother you loved so much truly have written that? Did she ever say such horrible things to you?
Music: Swear to My Bones
She scolded me whenever I had tantrums, but she cared for me!
Then what about the suicide note?
A total lie!
You were used! They forged her suicide note and laid the blame of her death upon you! They trampled all over your young heart! Get mad! Dont forgive those rotten adults!
Now, this game walks a delicate tightrope and doesnt always nail the act, and one such example is this, which is downright absurd. I think it actually kind of works in the context of the rest of the game, but at this point its just comical.
Its because I couldnt face myself, or Moms death Even then, why did they have to yell at me like that!?
A curse put upon you by the heartless You knew from the very beginning And yet, you cowered in fear
...Thats right. I knew, but I
Its all your fault ! This time, youll be the one to die!
Will you die as you are told ? Who will you obey ? Cursed words spat out by a seething illusion? Or the truth within your own soul?
And I wont be led astray by others voices either Im going to trust my own eyes and my own heart to distinguish the truth from the lies. Theres no way youre my mom! Youre just a fake created by those horrid adults! Ill Ill never...
Futabas Awakening (Definitely watch this)
...what the fuck.
Music: Blooming Villain
Well, this is certainly some imagery.
Please, help me!
And a cool group pose before the fight.
Futabas Persona is the fucking Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire from the stories of HP Lovecraft, as represented by... a UFO. Sure, why not? Written in the 8th century by the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred (because Lovecraft was extremely racist, natch), the tome details the truth behind ancient cosmic beings that had come to inhabit Earth, influencing humans for their own ends. Those who read it risk going mad from the forbidden knowledge.
Futaba is also our new navigator, seeing as how we need to get an upgrade midway through every one of these newer Persona games. She can do a whole bunch of shit, but if youre familiar with Rises gimmicks from Persona 4 Golden, its a lot of stuff like that. We wont be covering what she can do until much later, but its pretty cool.
Futaba is voiced by Erica Lindbeck, a relatively newer voice actor known for roles like uh Menat from Street Fighter V (to keep things Egypt), Celica from Fire Emblem Echoes, and Magilou from Tales of Berseria. Play that last game, it owns and Magilou owns.