Part 16: Escape
Chapter 16 - Escape
"That's right! Pilika! We have to save Pilika!"
"They're going to all rendezvous in South Window. I'm getting ready to get out of here! You should escape too. A boat runs from Coronet, south of here, to South Window. What are you waiting for? Hurry up and run!
"How many times have we run like this... Wait, Pilika! We can't go back!"
"It's okay... It's okay... Pilika honey... Jowy will be fine... We can't go back..."
"Hey... Riou. Is it true? Did... Jowy really... do that to Anabelle...? No... he would never do such a thing. So what are we going to do now? Do you know what I want? I want to go somewhere far away. Far away from all this war, somewhere in the mountains maybe. We could live a quiet life. We could farm a small fiend, just the three of us... I'm sorry... You're right. That will never happen now. Forget about Jowy... I'm tired now, I'm going to sleep. Goodnight, Riou."
"Good morning, Pilika. We'll go after you wash your face. Hey Riou, you go wash your face at that stream too."
"A cute young mapmaker I met told me that. What's wrong Pilika, are you sleepy?"
"Err, umm, err... I thought we could book passage on one of your ships."
"No way. Lord Luca Blight ordered that no ships are to leave the port. Go on home, kid!"
"Waaah! But we can't get to Kuskus without a boat...!"
"I should say the same thing. I'm Eilie. I'm the person who saved Riou's life. Well, anyway, come over here. You must have lots of stories to tell."
"Have you been well?"
"Oh, so you're with your girlfriend now?"
"You've got it all wrong. I'm Riou's big sister."
"Oh? Good news... right, Eilie?"
"Shut up, sis!"
"Hoo hoo hoo. By the way, what are you doing here, Riou?"
"So you've been through a lot too. Out story is pretty much the same. Business was no good in Highland, so we decided to move elsewhere."
"In that case..."
"Yeah, but the Highlander (I have no idea why this says Highlander) Army will punish anyone who takes their boat out. So nobody will do it for us.
"What do you mean 'Any way the wind blows and dice rolls?' How do I get across the lake?"
"Hey, that guy's talking about crossing the lake."
"Hey, big brother, it's another customer."
"Who are you guys?"
"We, ah... we want to go to South Window..."
"Ha, not again. Sorry, but I don't feel like it. Go on home. Hmm... hey, you, come here."
"Okay, here's what I'll do. We'll roll the dice for it. If you win, I'll take the boat out. If I win, I'll keep your gold." (This really ought to say Potch, but no, it says gold.)
The dice game isn't quite as horribly broken in Suikoden 2 as it was in 1, but hey, that's okay. There are other ways to make money.
"Hey, what a surprise. You're pretty lucky."
"Big Brother... no. You're not thinking of taking your boat out, are you? THose Highland soldiers mean business..."
"Yam Koo, get the boat ready. The dice never lie. We're taking him across. You don't mess with fate, y'know."
"Really? Really? You'll take us? Okay, just wait a minute, okay? Hey, Riou, let's take the others with us too. It'll be safer for all of us. These two are kind of... um... I don't know... unsavory."
"...What did you say, girl?"
"Oh! I said... you're doing us a real 'favor!' But could you just wait a little bit? We have some other friends we want to bring. Let's go, Riou."
"Well hurry up. I don't want the Highland Army finding out about this."
"I see... great going, Riou. Win a gamble, get a boat, huh.
"But... I wonder if it's okay... there may be pirates..."
"We've got no other choice. But we should be okay with his many people."
"Don't worry about it."
"That's right. Well, Riou, it looks like we'll be travelling mates again."
"Okay, let's go!"
"We're so grateful to you for letting us board your fine ship."
"Huh? Oh, leave it to me, missy. Everyone, get on board."
"My brother's got a weakness for beautiful women..."
Ha ha, Sheena got left behind.
BOATS! Alas, there were no pirates. (I don't even think this game -has- pirates...)
"Thank you very much."
"Okay. So let's head for South Window. South Window is ah..."
"South Window is just south of here."
"Let's go, Riou."
"Who's that speaking in such a loud voice over there? Is that person a friend of yours, Riou?"
"The others that escaped from Muse scattered all over the place and I'm having a hard time finding 'em... Hey hey hey! Riou! How did you ever meet such beautiful ladies? You're pretty good with women, I see."
"Hey! How dare you!"
"Hoo hoo hoo."
"Huh? What? Beautiful? Do you mean me?"
"...........So where's Jowy? ...I see. I heard that Anabelle was assassinated, but...I couldn't believe that... Well... there must be some explanation. Anyway, come over here. Flik is in the tavern too. We'll have a reunion."
Hey, it's Clive!
"I know she fled to Lakewest, but I have no way to get there. I've got no time to mess around with you guys."
"Sorry to be so sudden, but I've got bad news. Come this way. Well, anyway, listen to my story."
"Because this guy wanted to make a lot of side trips."
"Well we got here, so you can't complain. Anyway, I was just waiting for everyone else to arrive."
"What about Leona and the others?"
"Nope, not here yet. We were the first and then you arrived."
"Everyone else will probably be here soon enough."
"I hope they're all okay."
"Well it's time for us to meet the mayor of this town, Granmeyer. Riou, I want you and your friends to come along with me."
"You're planning on making the Mayor your client?"
"That's about it. I'm going around trying to collect friends that have scattered all over the place. After I've collected them, we'll need a place to keep them. We'll also need money to feem 'em all."
"I'm going too!"
"I think I'll stay here and enjoy my tea."
"I don't want to be so formal..."
"Glad to see you're well also, Lord Granmeyer."
"Muse has fallen to Highland and South Window is now in peril. Your reputation precedes you and I'd like to retain your services."
"But of course, my lord. I'd be proud to help. Right now, I'm gathering lost colleagues who fled from Muse."
"Yes, I understand. By the way, you were born in North Window, weren't you?"
"Yes. Recently, there have been several incidents involving young girls dissapearing near North Window. Troops we've sent to investigate report that some type of monster is living in North Window."
"Viktor. You know North Window better than anyone. I know it will be hard for you, but please investigate the village for me."
"...Well... ah... I guess so."
"My assisstant, Freed, will accompany you. Please find out what happened to those poor girls."
"I'm Freed. Viktor, thank you for agreeing to help the city of South Window. Let's fight together. I'm at your service."
"Well, ah... yes... no problem."
Freed is another one of those average characters the game likes to throw at you.
One thing before we're done, in case anyone is thinking "I swear I heard North Window before..." this may be why:
Next time: Chapter 17 - Northwind(ow)