The Let's Play Archive

Shin Megami Tensei 1

by Luisfe

Part 49

Stats updated.

Weapons (bullets) updated so now the game will be pretty much a breeze.
I spent like 50k in the Gaia temple, law alignment still stands. Oh well, I tried :V
Maybe If I had spent another 50k...

Can't find relevant stuff, it either tells me of a Japanese station, or a Prince of Tennis character, neither of them relevant to the thread. Oh well.

As she is Neutral in alignment, she is safe for the party to slaughter (because one wants to go back to Neutrality)


Wikipedia posted:

The term wyrm or wurm is another name for a European dragon.

As it is a Chaotic entity, killing it would only make Stamos more lawful, and that's a no-no.

Sunshine? That sounds nice.

Eeeek, that's not as nice.

Ah hah hah.

Wikipedia posted:

In Irish mythology, the Badb (/baðβ/ "crow" in Old Irish; modern Irish Badhbh /bəiv/ means "vulture" or "carrion-crow") was a goddess of war who took the form of a crow, and was thus sometimes known as Badb Catha (battle crow). She often caused confusion among soldiers to move the tide of battle to her favored side. Battlefields were called the land of the Badb, and were often said to include the Badb taking part as a crow or as a wolf. The Badb is associated with the beansidhe, and is said to have been crucial in the battle against the Fomorians.
With her sisters Macha and the Morrígan, daughters of Ernmas, she was part of a trio of war goddesses. According to Seathrún Céitinn she was worshipped by Ériu, with whom she may be seen as equivalent. She is sometimes the wife of Neit, and may be equivalent with Nemain, Neit's more usual wife.

She is likely related to the Gaulish deity Catubodua, known from an inscription in Haute Savoie in eastern France.

The Badb is not to be confused with Bodb, a male deity.

As a Law demon, she is Stamos' current prey, to get back to the Neutral Path.
SHE is also very annoying in SMT3, with her damned Physical resistance.

Cannot find relevant information about this one.

But again, it is a Law demon. Sorry, Gurr, you are PREY.

Wikipedia posted:

In Babylonia, the month Tammuz was established in honor of the eponymous god Tammuz, who originated as a Sumerian shepherd-god, Dumuzid or Dumuzi, the consort of Inanna and, in his Akkadian form, the parallel of Ishtar's consort. The Syrian Adonis ("lord"), who was drawn into the Greek pantheon, is another counterpart of Tammuz[1] son and consort. The Aramaic name "Tammuz" seems to have been derived from the Akkadian form Tammuzi, based on early Sumerian Damu-zid. The later standard Sumerian form, Dumu-zid, in turn became Dumuzi in Akkadian.

Beginning with the summer solstice came a time of mourning in the Ancient Near East as in the Aegean: the Babylonians marked the decline in daylight hours and the onset of killing summer heat and drought with a six-day "funeral" for the god. Readers in four-season temperate cultures may doubt the god as a vegetation god, through misconstruing this seasonal timing.[2]

Neutral, so fair game.

Googling this Demon's name gives me only Megaten related information, unfortunately.

Neutral, so XP fodder.

Wikipedia posted:

The mythology and legends of many different cultures include mythological creatures/monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed example: the gigantes of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian or Norse. There are also historical stories featuring giants in the Old Testament, perhaps most famously Goliath. They are attributed superhuman strength and physical proportions, a long lifespan, and thus a great deal of knowledge as well. Yet, they are weak in both morals and imagination. Fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, frequently said to eat humans, and especially children. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Oscar Wilde, the giants are both intelligent and friendly.

Law, so DOWN HE GOES. posted:

In medieval demonology, a prince of the hellish realm. He has the wings of a griffin and the tail of a snake. Before the fall of his master Satan, Marchocias belonged to the hierarchy of angels.

Chaos, so the way to deal with it is Savestates, and conversation.

Another Wyvern.

That's the next stop, it is the link between Ueno and Ikebukuro.

Wikipedia posted:

In Greek mythology, Orthrus (also called Orthros, Orthos, Orthus, Orth and Orphus) was a two-headed dog and a doublet of Cerberus, both whelped by the chthonic monster Echidna by Typhon. "Orthus has a phallic name that means 'Upright-erect' and is a herm-like figure; and as for his two heads, presumably one looked backward."[1]

He was owned by the three-bodied Titan, Geryon. Orthrus and his master, Eurytion, were charged with guarding Geryon's herd of red cattle in the "sunset" land of Erytheia ("red one"), one of the islands of the Hesperides in the far west of the Mediterranean. Heracles eventually slew Orthrus, Eurytion, and Geryon, before taking the red cattle to complete his tenth labor.

Orthrus was one among Echidna's fearsome brood listed in Hesiod, Theogony (306ff). He sired with her further chthonic monstrous creatures: the Chimera, the Sphinx (Iliad ix.664), the Lernaean Hydra, and even, Hesiod says, the Nemean lion.

wELL, this one only has one head.

And its neutrality guaranteed his death.

Yay, another red area (just like the grind-a-thon place in the first areas. Actually, JUST like that one, as this one also contains a sealed door, now unsealed due to having the stone. )

Wikipedia posted:

Vaiśravaṇa (Sanskrit वैश्रवण) or Vessavaṇa (Pāli वेस्सवण) is the name of the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings and an important figure in Buddhist mythology.
Other names include:

* 多聞天 (simplified characters: 多闻天): Chinese Duō Wén Tiān, Korean Damun Cheonwang (다문천왕), Japanese Tamonten. The characters mean "Much hearing god" or "Deity who hears much".
* 毘沙門天: Chinese Wèishāmén Tiān, Japanese Bishamonten. This is a representation of the sound of the Sanskrit name in Chinese (Vaiśravaṇ → Weishamen) plus the character for "heaven" or "god".
* Tibetan rnam.thos.sras (Namthöse)
The character of Vaiśravaṇa is founded upon the Hindu deity Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics and epithets, each of them has different functions and associated myths. Although brought into East Asia as a Buddhist deity, Vaiśravaṇa has become a character in folk religion and has acquired an identity that is partially independent of the Buddhist tradition (cf. the similar treatment of Kuan Yin and Yama).

Vaiśravaṇa is the guardian of the northern direction, and his home is in the northern quadrant of the topmost tier of the lower half of Mount Sumeru. He is the leader of all the yakṣas who dwell on the Sumeru's slopes.

He is often portrayed with a yellow face. He carries an umbrella or parasol (chatra) as a symbol of his sovereignty. He is also sometimes displayed with a mongoose, often shown ejecting jewels from its mouth. The mongoose is the enemy of the snake, a symbol of greed or hatred; the ejection of jewels represents generosity.
In Japan, Bishamonten (毘沙門天), or just Bishamon (毘沙門) is thought of as an armor-clad god of warfare or warriors and a punisher of evildoers - a view that is at odds with the more pacific Buddhist king described above. Bishamon is portrayed holding a spear in one hand and a small pagoda in the other hand, the latter symbolizing the divine treasure house, whose contents he both guards and gives away. In Shintō beliefs, he is one of the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune.

Bishamon is also called Tamonten (多聞天), meaning "listening to many teachings" because he is the guardian of the places where Buddha preaches. He lives half way down the side of Mount Sumeru.

Note: If Stamos had been Neutral or of Chaotic alignment, the Bishamonten would have joined the party.

SIX POINTS once more available for distribution, sirs and ladies. Six points! How should they be allocated?

Next time: Visiting Ueno, and maybe going back to Neutrality?
Also, If I manage to go back to Neutrality, I am so getting the other 3 Guardians.