Part 47: EpilogueEpilogue
Last time the game ended, but theres a little more I want to touch on before I put Rune Factory to bed.
After the credits roll, you just get dumped back in your house, and the game continues as normal.
The villagers have some new things to say, but theyre pretty much all just like this, or talking about how peaceful things are.
Heres one of two actual new pieces of proper postgame content only available after Grimoires defeat.
Jean will sell all kinds of new, rare flowers. Some of these make good gifts,or are just for selling/ bragging rights. What they all have in common is that they take way too long to cultivate. This Emery Flower is the most drastic example at AN ENTIRE YEAR. Mist likes them, though there are easier ways to raise her LP.
You also cant marry Mist until after the ending, for some reason.
They arent all 120 days...but even 60s totally ridiculous. Youd need some serious dedication for very minimal gain.
Theyre available for all seasons, in case you want to torment yourself in non-Spring caves too.
Nothing too interesting in the accessories, but the idea of Donnel wearing these shades and never taking them off entertains me.
The other piece of postgame content is a new villager, Lynette!
Lynettes hard to find, she changes locations each day of the week. Her home is Mists house, though.
Also, she is the spoiler Marriage candidate. To marry Lynette, you need to have everyone in the village at 8 FP or higher, which is literally the only use of FP on some characters.
Her food gift is Apple Pie, and Lotus was nice enough to include a Lynette marriage portrait!
She had two eyes the whole time!
Also, thanks to AbstractBlacksmith, we have Lynette's nickname selection: "She will call you Raguna, Dear, or Raguna Baby. She also offers Honeybuns but won't do it."
Otherwise, the game continues as normal, just no more caves to unlock. So you can continue to the highest tiers of Forging and stuff if youd like.
Jasper will say this for eternity now.
Speaking of Food, Im upset we never got Donnels Cooking skill up, so Im doing this.
And so Donnel made like 17 loaves of bread.
(somehow despite me having an 82% success chance on this Butter, it took me 4 attempts. Dont play with RNG, kids.)
Thankfully Milk is easy to come by if you just buy some from Camus.
Also worth mentioning, since I forgot to during the main LP, Apples, Oranges, and Grapes can only be bought from Neumann.
Finally, my gambit pays off.
BUT CAN I GO FURTHER?
The coveted Choco. Cookie is mine.
Oh, heres a fun bug with Lynette, she hangs out at the beach on fridays, but she has the dialogue for Beaches Open Day every time shes here. Maybe shes just very uninformed.
Also, its a rainy holiday, so Im kicking myself for not initiating this sidequest. There was one we missed, and its Wesleys.
If you talk to him at Melodys bathhouse on a Holiday, hell tell you Nicholas has stolen his Holy Book. Hunt down Nicholas, and hell tell you hes hidden the Holy Book in the womens side of the bathhouse. Youve then got to ask Melody about it, and for some reason she wont just go get it for you, but demand you come back on a rainy holiday, when she doesnt have customers, to go and fetch the book
Once youve done all that, Wesley will reward you with the Rosary, which is a decent accessory that boosts your crit rate.
Oh, also on rainy holidays, Lynette hangs out in Sabrinas house. Even when Sabrina...isnt around. Thats a little creepy, Lynette.
Time for a highly condensed look at the festivals I missed.
Finally, I can give cookies to people. Look at how much Donnels grown.
look sharron doesnt have to know about this
Lets win us an Egg Show. The Large Egg gives you the best chance (note that I said chance) of winning.
Donnel has the best legs in town.
Heres how you get the fourth bottle.
: An empty bottle?
: Dont just think this is an ordinary empty bottle! Its a very useful item!
: Oh really?
: Hey, I cant wait for next year!
...I think were disposing of evidence for Jasper. I dont know evidence of WHAT, but...anyway.
I couldnt do the Cook-Off because he asked for ingredients I dont have!
Lynette doesnt have any dialogue for the festivals, she hides in Mists house and says this. I think Lynette is anti-social . Or shes terrified of the villagers enacting their revenge.
Time to get revenge for Camus beating us last year.
Even if you submit the best quality item possible, you still have a chance to lose. So, well take this like adults, because I got sick of reloading.
After this, Donnel began a long period of hibernation...he slept for many weeks.
And on this day, 150 days on the dot since his wedding...he stopped chain sleeping by pressing left on the d-pad and the A button, over and over and over
So five months after you get married, your wife will have a child. She carries this baby around forever and it doesnt ever actually do anything. But, I mean, its there!
: So cute! Im gonna work hard for all of us now!
Netflix was my savior here.
: Donnel, were married and have a beautiful baby. Im so happy, are you?
: Yes, of course Im happy!
: Great! I hope we can always be this happy!
He really was Ivans brother all along.
: Thanks, Donnel! Im...so happy I met you!
And so marks the end of Rune Factory, for real this time. Id like to give a huge thanks to everyone who posted in the thread, contributed monster names, voted in the marriage poll, and everything else. This one took some stamina to get through, and seeing the thread active always makes that easier. Yall propelled me through this.
Super special thanks to Lotus for contributing the portraits you saw throughout this whole LP (except the bad ones, those were mine), and Wayne for providing the banner picture for the Marriage Poll post.
EDIT: Also want to provide shout outs to AbstractBlacksmith for giving me info on the different nicknames the different wives can give you (R.I.P. Honeybuns), and the Fogu Rune Factory site, just like, in general. Seriously, there's not a better place for information on this game.
In the end, if youll permit me to nerd out just a little longer, Ill talk about the game a bit here. Rune Factory was my first game like this, and I have a lot of fond memories of it from when I was younger. Going back?
This does not hold up. The combat feels old and clunky, the farming is far too tedious to feel fun or rewarding, the characters are bland, the story is basically nonexistent until the last two caves barf it up at you, and there are so many bizarre design decisions. (Crafting recipes that require a higher level to make the prerequisites than to make the item they compose, the tedious pain of the Wood Grind, every fuckin thing about Misty Bloom Cave.)
But it still feels like a framework or a proof of concept for a cool idea. And, from what Ive heard, and now played a little bit of, they really did improve on this game. Rune Factory 3 and 4 are apparently some great games, and they wouldnt have existed if this game wasnt out. Plus, I cant hate it. Theres still some charming and fun moments, and I have too many good memories to toss it out entirely.
So, with this last shot of Donnels final skill levels, I hope youve all enjoyed the LP. While I cant go nuts recommending this one like I did with the last LP I did, I can certainly recommend checking out the sequels, or Stardew Valley.
Thanks for reading.