You have NO idea.
Its mostly been Ill open the door for you. Thats not advice, its directions.
Yes, just like that.
Travel up the seabed to reach the island of rain, Blester.
I think this is officially one island too many. Especially since its the rainy one.
Were granted a vision of our next destination. Its quite literally a hole in the wall, but what do you expect?
you really, really dont want to know.
I meant right here, behind me when I was guarding the entrance.
Ohhh. Dolphin cave. Youd be amazed.
I guess we really should have had someone guarding the other entrance.
And with that, were pretty much done with our current return trip. Going in search of the next objective brings us to a Hermit Crab lair that releases an Angelfish. Another nearby lair releases another mermaid to further crowd the place up.
Immediately inside the promised cave we have a new phenomenon. This flowing underwater river sends you from left to right, but you can maneuver to reach solid ground and explore as long as youre quick about it.
Ducking in gets us another angelfish, as well as a blue gem from this Seahorse lair that provides a bit of extra XP. This is also an easy way to head back and check on our latest rescues before continuing on.
Getting replacement Medical Herbs in this stage doesnt involve some kind of ridiculous guessing game. This is a substantial improvement.
All that said, all of the other recently rescued undersea creatures are well, extremely useless.
Thats great. Just just keep on doing that.
Our last major obstacle is yet another set of Hermit Crabs. Clearing the lair gives us a staircase directly to the left of where were standing, and leads to
They really werent kidding about this being the rainy island.
Trudging through the rain on this curiously barren island our first significant foe is a gorilla nest that releases another mermaid near the queens handmaiden. At this point, Im almost afraid to hear what she has to say.
Continuing, theres an odd formation on the ground, but right now thats not nearly as important as the Gorilla nest in the vicinity thats holding yet another angelfish. This ecosystem is starting to look dangerously unbalanced.
Heading north weve got a bird nest in the midst of crumbling ruins. Clearing it releases a dolphin, but theres another nest nearby.
Its mostly Rockies, as you can seen if you examine this shot closely. Theyre just slightly different from regular rocks.
Were close enough to get another level, pitching us up to 13. At this rate we dont have that much room to gain more life, and were only in the third realm of six. Clearing out all the Rocky releases another mermaid near the one who initially gave us the bubble armor.
Finally, another lair clears up some of the mystery around these structures. Theres a central one between the other four, but who or what placed them is a mystery.
A nearby bird nest gets us a blue gem with an explanation as to whats going on:
The monuments on this island are lightning pyramids. If you wear the Thunder Ring and touch them, the Master will send down lightning to destroy the monsters.
Yep, pretty much.
If you could do that any time, why didnt you let me know earlier?
You didnt ask. Besides, its more fun this way.
And each day I lose a little more faith in the idea of a benevolent deity.
Im amazed you have any left. Anyway, you remember how often I burned down houses with lightning its not exactly a precision instrument. The monuments help guide it in without setting the entire island ablaze.
The Masters lightning can destroy even metal enemies, but you have to lure them in right next to the monuments to get them. This really only lets us kill enemies in a limited area to progress the story, but its better than nothing. We also get full experience for doing it. Clearing out the metal gorilla nest releases the final mermaids statue and is pretty much the last thing we need to do here.
You can barely see it, but this is actually an angelfish were talking to. Hes purple and thus blends in very well.
Thats not how Ive heard she looks.
It was somewhere near a sunken ship. Please save the Queen!!
Master save the Queen indeed
Wait, are they the reason I need to use magic to protect myself? Ive heard things
The pearls made in the reef are their treasure.
One of the dolphins we rescued is napping, so its time to break out the old dream rod
I am trying to remember something but I cannot.
Did it have something to do with pearls?
When I close my eyes, I see something like a ball, shiny and black
like a pearl?
This is the Coral Reef. I have missed this place.
And with that he swims off, leaving us with a new route opened in the real world as well as in the dream world.
Must have been someone else.
If youre sure but you really do seem awfully familiar.
Ive got one of those faces.
And with that, were on our way to our next island. Hopefully the last, but well see how long this area drags out. Its already feeling like a LONG stretch.
Next update: Urchins and Bracelets.