Part 19: The Cook Off
Man, this game is really taunting the hell out of you with these festivals you can't possibly participate in.
You will enjoy this update then!
Update 19: The Cook Off
Weve got a busy update ahead. Theres gonna be a dungeon (We dont finish.), a festival (We dont participate in.)...fish. Lots of your favorites. Time to get into it.
Headed off to Clemens Cave with egam.
Sharron is still in denial. By the way, this dialogue I think doesnt even show up until AFTER youve saved Cecilia. The Rune Factory script has a...couple hiccups.
With our new Rod, the average levels of fish we catch are way better. This is a 560g Raindow Trout!
Some things, however, will never change.
Also, you can charge the fishing rod.
It makes the bobber go out a little further. I dont think this does anything. I couldnt find out online anywhere if this did anything. So Im operating under the assumption its just there to eat your RP.
I uh, I spent a while fishing. I dont even know where egam went. I think he got stuck on the geometry.
Oh, Sharron was bodyblocking him. Thanks, Sharron.
Its nice to know not everyone is in denial about our heroic rescue.
Rosetta is going to be dead within the month. I dont trust Mist.
Anyway, I wanted to pick something up here.
First though, gotta sell the fishing haul. Theoretically, the mining is still more profitable, but its got issues with costing a lot of RP and RNG deciding to just throw Scrap Iron at you.
This is what I want. 75% reduction to Sealing chance and it goes in one of our empty equip slots? Sure.
I just wanted to show off the tome for Medication to note that our old pal Egam Dnarg is still out there.
Went to check on my Hoe at Leos and heres a place I think the guy converting his dialogue into fake-Scottish made an unfortunate decision. You uh, taint finished?
Lets go somewhere things will be less vulgar.
: Donnel, you visit to talk with me, eh? Come and see me anytime if you want to talk this much!
...Im honestly just here for the bath.
But since weve hit 3 Friendship Points with Melody, shes pretty much given us the keys to her house, and we can get in anytime. All the villagers do this, its required for a few sidequests. Sometimes its just for fun.
Shaun has his wool back, so Im stealing it again.
Some Honey from OhGod too.
Dantes joining us today because he was in front of egam and I didnt notice when I asked. Whoops.
He holds up surprisingly well against the Troll.
Even the Killer Ants were no match for his pointy stick.
Sadly, these rocks yielded only disappointment.
So, instead of going west twice to the area Cecilia was in, I went through the northeast exit in that room west of the start point.
Additional Trolls! But nothing else of note, really.
Just extra fields and disappointing rocks.
More ants, and Dantes stuck behind a fire.
So heres the dungeon gimmick. This wall of fire is blocking our way further into the cave! How do you get past it?
Well, the Watering Can can put it out. Im thankful they didnt make you do something dumb like have to buy and use Aqua Laser or something here.
Also note that Dante is sealed. Status Effects can hit your monsters too.
In this room is a small lake, and a new enemy, this is the Beetle. Not much special about him, he really only has one notable ability.
Which is that his attacks knock Donnel flat on his ass.
Dante finally falls before the insectoid menace, but the threat is cleared and so is this whole room.
Lots of fields here, and right next to a lake for watering. Too bad this is pretty damn deep in the cave.
Also...welp. This looks like a good place to stop exploring for now
This is a dead end, so its time to warp on out.
Its like, 9:00 PM, so I think Sharrons the only person still outside.
Here you go, Sharron.
Were seriously getting to be good pals with the neck ghost. Also, since we can do it now, I dropped by Melodys shop late. Actually, I think this one is always open at 9:00, but Im power mad and Im going to break and enter even when it doesnt really count.
She never leaves that counter.
Sadly you cannot bathe twice a day because of Melodys weird draconian hygiene law.
We can also barge into her room now. Theres nothing really worth mentioning, sadly. You cant take spellbooks from the witch or anything.
Welp, time for bed.
AW HOLY SHIT ITS THE BIG COOK-OFF (It is extremely unlikely you could participate in this during Year 1. It might be impossible. But sshhhh, BIG COOK-OFF)
I also need a kitchen, Russell, and I live in a shack.
Sometimes I think the whole Festival thing is just a racket run by Jasper to accumulate as much free food as possible.
Im just saying its a probable theory.
Does this count as an innuendo?
Lara has character traits?
Im sad we cant buy Melodys weird holistic medicine.
Congrats on your character trait, also your eyes are clipping into your hair.
Jasper is a true master of his craft.
So, heres how the Cook Off works. Jasper names a random dish, and then you have to make it. It could be one of 6 things, and they all require specific ingredients, so hoarding ingredients isnt a bad idea. However, even if you turn in what he asks, theres a chance you wont win. Woo, RNG!
I dont think theres a prize for this aside from bragging rights, though.
So I just decided to help Jasper get more Iron in his diet.
I think he ate an entire stack of 9. Goddamn, Jasper. Or hes just hoarding it to upgrade his tools.
Meanwhile Sharron is busy being antisocial again.
Welp, time to fish.
And fish until my inventory is full.
Then I went to grind on some Trolls. Dont let this image fool you, I was mostly not getting my ass kicked.
But the ants come two at a time...so theyre quicker EXP.
And thats how I channeled my Cook-Off rage into two more levels.
Thats all for now. Next time, more Clemens, probably, and were getting closer to being able to do two sidequests!