The Let's Play Archive

Shin Megami Tensei 1

by Luisfe

Part 55

Obviously not, crazy disembodied demon head.

Sure, yeah, right. Whatever.

Wikipedia posted:

In the most ancient layers of Greek mythology Echidna (ekhis, meaning "she viper") was called the "Mother of All Monsters". Echidna was described by Hesiod as a female monster spawned in a cave, who mothered with her mate Typhoeus (or Typhon) every major monster in the Greek myths,
the goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin, eating raw flesh beneath the secret parts of the holy earth. And there she has a cave deep down under a hollow rock far from the deathless gods and mortal men. There, then, did the gods appoint her a glorious house to dwell in: and she keeps guard in Arima beneath the earth, grim Echidna, a nymph who dies not nor grows old all her days. (Theogony, 295-305)

Usually considered offspring of Tartarus and Gaia, or of Ceto and Phorcys (according to Hesiod) or of Chrysaor and the naiad Callirhoe, or Peiras and Styx (according to Pausanias, who did not know who Peiras was aside from her father), her face and torso of a beautiful woman was depicted as winged in archaic vase-paintings, but always with the body of a serpent (see also Lamia). She is also sometimes described as having two serpent's tails. Karl Kerenyi noted an archaic vase-painting with a pair of echidnas performing sacred rites in a vineyard, while on the opposite side of the vessel, goats were attacking the vines (Kerenyi 1951, p 51f): chthonic Echidna as protector of the vineyard perhaps.

The site of her cave, Arima, Homer calls "the couch of Typhoeus (Iliad, II.783). When she and her mate attacked the Olympians, Zeus beat them back and punished Typhon by sealing him under Mount Etna. However, Zeus allowed Echidna and her children to live as a challenge to future heroes. She was an immortal and ageless nymph to Hesiod (Theogony above), but was killed where she slept by Argus Panopes, the hundred-eyed giant.

The offspring of Typhon and Echidna were:[citation needed]
Nemean Lion
Lernaean Hydra
Teumessian fox

Some sources[citation needed] also include the Gorgons and the Graeae as her children. Hesiod claims that Sphinx and the Nemean Lion were her children by her son, Orthrus.

According to Herodotus (III.108), Hercules had three children by her:

Ew. I would have expected Zeus to do it with her, but Hercules? Damned greek deities/myth stuffs.

After a couple of rounds in Auto mode (not a scratch! Not a scratch!):

Stat upgrades to the ones with least numeric value.

Truly, one of the most useful spells ever, no need to go back the horrible maze. No sir.

See? Direct transport to the Terminal. Next stop: Shinagawa!

Now, in Shinagawa there's somethign that needs to be done. But first, it is time to improve the Minions. Why? Because they are getting rather weak for the current needs.

Much stronger than the SMT:N version.


Now a 3 Demon Fusion!

Sweet! -Kaja spells!
They are rather important, as they lower the enemy's strenght and defense, respectively.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, go back to the Memory banks of the computer now.

Missed this one last time we visited Shinagawa.
Also, bah.

Not if Stamos has ANYTHING to say about it.

Damn right, Jebusboy, now gimme my reward.

Holy hell, angel out of nowhere.

Hell. No.

Indeed. Mesians are asshats, after all.

I dunno.


Wikipedia posted:

Haniel (Heb. הניאל "Joy of God" or חניאל "Grace of God"), also known as Anael, Hanael or Aniel, is an angel in Jewish lore and angelology, and is often included in lists as being one of the seven archangels. Haniel is generally associated with the planet Venus. The name Haniel probably derives from Hebrew hana'ah, "joy", "pleasure" (qualities associated with Venus) + the suffix -el, "God".

Went down as easily as Echidna.

Two points available, sirs! Two points!

Damn right.

You call it "wicked", I call it "remaining neutral because both Mesians and Gaians are asshats".

Uuuh, Okay.

And with that, Stamos is back on the Neutral path, having destroyed both Echidna and Haniel. Next time: I DO NOT FORGET to get the damn minigun.
Two points sirs, what should be done with them?