Part 25: In Medius Res
This is about the worst pun in this LP. Im so sorry.
OVERWORLD MUSIC: The Continent of Nadias (Disc 1, Track 15)
So, its back to Balandor now. Cyrus hasnt even made it to Albana yet, and weve already gone to Greede and backon foot, no less!
CUTSCENE: Returning to Balandor
Why do I get the impression were pretty much sneaking back into town? Id say that it might cause the populace a measure of unrest to see the people the Chancellor sent out to rescue Princess Cisna come wandering back into town sans Princess But who am I kidding, no one in this town cares one bit about the world beyond the reach of their arms.
Caesar: So. This is the Kingdom of Balandor, huh?
Caesar: Thanks guys. I appreciate you tagging along.
Even the game has figured out that this is Caesars show now.
Eldore: Whos tagging along, funny man?
Eldore: We all need to find Medius and ask about the Knights.
Caesar: Oh, right. My mistake.
Caesar: So Leonard, since youre the local expert, how about telling us where this Medius guy lives?
Leonard couldnt find his way back to Rapaccis place without a detailed map. And he lives there. Oh Caesar, you still have a lot to learn about being a part of this group. You never ask Leonard anything. Hell only disappoint you.
Leonard: Heck if I know Ive never heard of the guy before.
Caesar: What? Some expert.
Were going to find out in short order that half of Balandor apparently knows who Medius is.
Leonard doesnt know who he is because hes an incurious rube. And also dumb.
Eldore: Alright. Lets start by asking around, shall we?
Thank you, Eldore, for once again suggesting the blatantly obvious course of action, given the situation.
And were walking
AREA MUSIC: Balandor Castlestown (Disc 1, Track 4)
So the game expects you to wander around town and listen to people jabber to put together enough clues to pinpoint where Mediuss house lies in the city.
Okay, so a stylish house on the citys main street. That doesnt really help much, seeing as how this is Blandor and everything is bland. So lets see if we can scrounge up some more details about Von Hoenheims abode before we go knocking on doors like were the goddamn Mormon Church.
As youve probably noticed, between now and the end of the second game, Leonard will only be my party leader from now on in instances where he absolutely needs to be. And thankfully, those instances are few and far between now.
While were here, lets check on Chester to see if hes still perving out over the lady who runs the accessory shop.
Lets see what these folks have to say for themselves now.
Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Game (thankfully).
Actually, its Dame Not-Appearing-In-This-Game. Sils a lady and can actually be found in a dark corner of Greedes Downtown quarter. She also plays a small role in one of the untranslated Avatar Story DLC quests at the end of the second game.
Bingo! House on the main street with a blue roof.
Seline and Palt also play a role in the aforementioned Avatar Story quest. A very minor, non plot-relevant role, but a role regardless.
Thanks folks! Lets roll!
Eldore: Dont assume the town walls will keep us safe.
Leonard: Are you trying to make us paranoid?!
Yulie: Alright, Eldore
Kara: You neednt remind us.
Orren: Heh. Yeah, nowheres safe with Leonard.
Caesar: As you say, my good sir!
Since were passing by, I figured we should stop in and say hello to Rappaci, just to see how business has been keeping up since he lost 100% of his staff.
AREA MUSIC: Rapacci Wine Company (Disc 1, Track 3)
Rapacci: Well look who comes crawlin back here. You rescue that damn Princess yet? Come to get yer old jobs back? And whats with the hot chick and the angry blonde?
Yulie: His names Caesar, Rapacci.
Caesar: So this is your old boss, huh? Nice to meet ya.
Rapacci: Your clothes and androgynous hips are confusing me. Stop that.
Leonard: Were still trying to rescue Princess Cisna, Rapacci.
Rapacci: Then why the fuck have you all come back here?
Orren: Hes failed to rescue her three times now. And got an innocent girl killed in the crossfire.
Rapacci: Well, I always said one of these days I was gonna hear Hey, Rapacci, Leonard got someone killed. Gotta say, it took longer than I thought it would. Im so frickin whats the opposite of proud?
Rapacci: Sure. Why the hell not?
Eldore: Begging your pardon, Mr. Rapacci. But, do you happen to know where a man named Medius lives? We were told we could find him here in Balandor.
Rapacci: Do I look like I give two rips about anything but wine to you?
Eldore: Point taken.
Orren: Hey, Ogrim Doomhamer. Do we still have jobs if we come back alive after this is all over? Because if it means I have to work with this idiot a day longer than I have to, Im burning this place down when I get back.
Rapacci: Hah. You should. I need the insurance money. That asshole Sarvain hasnt even paid me my restitution for letting you three go on this stupid quest.
Caesar: And on that note, were outta here. Catch ya later, pops.
Rapacci: Who the fuck is this guy?
Orren: Count Caesar Drisdall, ruler of Greede.
Rapacci: Fuck me. How do you keep meeting all these people?!
And its cutscene time!
CUTSCENE: A House with a Blue Roof
Leonard: So, a house with a blue roof
Yulie taps Leonards shoulder to draw his attention away from CISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNACISNA
Yulie: There! Is that it?!
Sure. Why not?
Leonard: Fits the description. And looking around, its the only blue roof.
Eldore: Seems worth a look.
So funny story, theres supposed to be a people in this little yard, including a pair of kids who were literally running around in front of Caesar the second before I took this screeshot. However, at this point in the video, the game started loading the custcene, so the kids and everyone else in the yard literally blinked out of existence.
White Knight Chronicles! Because we just dont give a shit any more.
There doesnt appear to be anyone home.
However, at this moment a kindly woman stops what shes doing and decides to chat it up with this eclectic group of strangers who are pounding on the door of the most Interesting Man in Balandor, apparently.
Woman: Are you looking for someone?
Leonard: We heard a man called Medius lives here.
Woman: Oh dear. I suppose you didnt know
She puts down her laundry basket. Drama is about to happen, folks.
Woman: Medius passed away this last year.
Caesar: Hes dead?!
Orren: Sheesh. We talked to half the town about this guy. SO WHY THE HELL DIDNT ANYONE BOTHER TO MENTION HE WAS DEAD?! Fuck this stupid place, lets just go back to Greede.
Caesar: Well, guess Im never gonna find out where I came from.
Woman: Yeah, the plague got him. He was such a good man.
Caesar: Pfft. Talk about a big old waste of time.
Orren: Youll get used to it, buddy. On the plus side, though, at least we cant directly trace his death back to Leonard. Or can we?
Dun dun DUUUUUUUUUN!!!
Woman: Are you folks friends of Medius?
Orren: Lets go with yes, just for speculations sake.
Woman: Maybe youd like to meet with Setti, his son?
Eldore: He had a son?
Yulie rushes forward.
Yulie: Do you know where we could find him?
Because everyone else in this game has to pick up the slack for Leonard. Everyone. Even the Avatar, eventually.
Woman: Gods, who knows? He might have gone to the cave in the south looking for rocks.
Woman: But, hes been gone this past two, three days I do hope hes alright.
Woman: Oh nah. I neednt worry about that one!
Eldore: By cave, maam, you mean the one on Balastor Plain?
Woman: Aye, thats the one.
Woman: Oh, now listen to me gab away like I-I dont have a thousand things to do!
Woman: Well, best of luck finding him. Good day!
So she promptly bolts while Leonard and Yulie wave goodbye, even though she cant see it.
Caesar: A cave? Doing what? Lookin for rocks?
Caesar: Come on! I bet hes inside the house right now havin a good laugh.
Eldore: No. I can tell you no one is in that home right now.
Caesar: You sound pretty sure about it.
Eldore: Indeed I am.
Caesar looks at Eldore intently and we get a weird and dramatic BA-DOOM! sound effect and magic ripples appear around Caesars eyes for a second that you cant see in the screenshot at all.
Even Kara cocks an eyebrow at this little aside.
Leonard: Come on. The caves not far away.
So off to the waterfall cave on Balastor Plain, on the word of a woman who was making a guess that Setti might possibly be there, but hasnt been seen for three days, so who knows if hes even there. God, if we find him, that would just be the biggest
Eldore: Was I too late, then?
AREA MUSIC: Balastor Plain (Disc 1, Track 5)
Eldore: I dont know what to make of this.
So weve got to head for the mountains on the eastern side of Balastor Plain, toward the place on the map I posted way back at the start of this LP that says To Waterfall Cave.
Caesar: Now, see, Settis just missing because he wants to protect my secrets!
Orren: Twenty guilders says we come across his corpse in that cave and nothing else.
It might not seem like it, but the cave is very close to Balandor Castletown, so theres not that much running around involved. This time.
We also get this round of Live Talk before we reach the cave.
Eldore: The boy was lucky he left town
Yulie: Are you feeling alright?
Leonard: Im fine. Lets just move.
Orren: Dont think she was talking to you there, guy.
Eldore: Nothing. Just tired, I wager.
Kara: Sorry. Something in the water, I think.
Caesar: Oh, ah, I just get skittish sometimes
CUTSCENE: The Story Starts to Unravel
As the group moves on ahead, Caesar hangs back a little to have a chat with Eldore about Plot and shit.
Caesar: So, Eldore.
Caesar: You, uh, gonna tell us who you are?
If that isnt a look that says shut the fuck up and stop asking questions, I dont know what is.
Caesar: Ever since I got the Ark, things have started to look kind of different to me. Its like I see through dragons eyes now.
See, told ya that thing Yulie said after we fought the Ancient Dragon would be plot-relevant!
Caesar: Mm How do I put this?
Caesar: Its like the dragonsight lets me look inside people to see what makes them tick.
Eldore: And what of it?
Caesar is just saying hes become a human lie detector. This power comes and goes as the plot demands it, by the way, but its just one more thing that makes Caesar cooler than Leonard. Leonard doesnt get any special abilities with the White Knights Ark. Caesar meanwhile turns into Toph Bei Fong, Kamen Raider.
He also gains the balls to finally call Eldore out on the paper-thin ruse hes been stringing Leonard along with this whole time.
Caesar: Well, uh, you sort of jump out at me now.
Caesar: I look at you and theres something about you that just seems out of kilter, you know? No offense.
Eldore: Im just a humble travelling man.
Eldore: And Broadway producer.
Eldore: Youre talking nonsense, my boy. No one has the power to look into anothers heart.
And thats the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so.
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Caesar: Huuh. Thanks a lot
Leonard: Alright. Lets hope Settis in here.
Yulie: While were at it, lets hope hes in one piece.
So yeah, this party set up Ive got here? Doesnt mean crap for this next battle because its a plot battle.
I spent a good five minutes getting everyone healed up and equipped and ready for action with AC refilling Charge Drinks, and none of it mattered.
This gate was locked the last time we were on Balastor Plain, but because Plot happens here, its now unlocked for us. Hooray!
We run down to the open area at the base of the cave, aaaaand
CUTSCENE: The Black Knight to the Rescue (?)
Yulie: Over there!
Never a bloody dull moment, huh?
So Settis running for his life from a trio of angry trolls. Wonder what he did to piss them all off? Well, Im glad we got here at just the exact right moment for this bullshit.
Id like to think that these damn trolls have been chasing Setti around this tiny cave for all three days hes been here so far. Because its fucking hilarious and I need the distraction to keep my mind from melting as I analyse this game to death.
Leonard: Damn! Theres three of them!
Sometimes I wonder why I bother explaining things with Captain Obvious around to do it for me after the fact.
Eldore: Save him!
Orren: Like, FOR REAL this time!
Ah, who are we kidding. Settis about to become Setti-paste on the butt of this trolls club.
Thank god, someone was there to actually remind him this time.
They both spring forward into action
The trolls club thunders down on poor Setti.
Setti looks in up awe. Well, fucking finally. It took you guys long enough, but you finally actually did something heroi
OF FUCKING COURSE!
White Knight Chronicles! Where even the goddamn villains are more heroic than the actual heroes!
CUTSCENE MUSIC: Tense Battle (Disc 1, Track 30)
Leonard: The Black Knight!
Leonard: Why is he here?!
Caesar: Oooh, reinforcements, huh?
Aww, look at how pissed off the Black Knight makes Leonard. Its like hes realised on some level how much cooler every other Knight so far has been than his and hes starting actually become jealous of it.
Caesar, meanwhile, has a different outlook on the Black Knights random plot contrivance of an appearance here for no good reason.
The trolls collapse before it, leaving the Black Knight to its lonesome on the battlefield.
Dragias: Bitch, you WISH you were me.
(USER WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR THIS POST)
So Leonard, in an ignorant rage, rises up to do battle with the Black Knight once again. Yulie, meanwhile, has rushed in and scooped up Setti by herself, doing something actually heroic while Leonard spins his wheels acting like an angry 12 year-old.
Caesar: Wh-woah! Arent we on the same team?!
Now why would you possibly be saying something like that, Caesar?
Yulie: Take cover!
Yulie: People tend to die whenever he uses that thing!
Yulie: Caesar, the Black Knights our enemy! You have to help Leonard!
Caesar: Okay. Sheesh.
Caesar: This is getting complicated
I was too late to post this for Chapter 15, but Ill just leave this here now because its appropriate, apparently. This ones for you, Ashsaber!
BOSS BATTLE: The Black Knight (Round Two) (with commentary by nine-gear crow and only nine-gear crow, so its going to sound dull as shit!)
BOSS BATTLE MUSIC: Jet-Black Wings (Disc 1, Track 22)
So this is our first dual Knight battle. Theres a couple of these sprinkled across both games including one triple Knight battle!, and theyre all plot battles.
So because the thread hates Leonard and loves Caesar, I immediately jumped into the Dragon Knight, especially because it was custom-made for ruining the Black Knights shit.
Stabby stab stab. Caesars Wyrm Dance works wonders against the Black Knight. Its multi-hit attack. Caesar strikes like three or four times, and each hit has a percentage of hitting or missing, and depending on the number of hits he lands it does more damage.
I got lucky this time and had him land all four hits, doing a total of 420 damage.
Knocking the Black Knight down to three-quarters health triggers the next cutscene.
Ouch. Right in the chest!
DOWN GOES FRAIZA!
The Black Knight begins to glow, however. Oh shit, its about to reveal its final form!
The White Knight and Dragon Knight start glowing too. Theyre about to digivolve to the next level.
Come on down MegaWhiteKnightmon and CyberDragonKnightmon!
Eldore: The Knights power Its resonating.
Yulie: What does that mean?
Eldore: Theyre making each other stronger.
Orren: HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW THIS?!
Something suddenly catches Eldores eyeor rather, the lack of something.
Kara? Kara? Bueller?
HAVE YOU ALL FIGURED OUT WHO THE BLACK KNIGHT IS YET?!
BOSS FIGHT MUSIC: The White Knight (Disc 1, Track 13)
So with that diversion out of the way, its back to battle. The background music has switched from the Black Knights theme to the White Knights theme to denote the shift in the momentum of the fight even though we were kicking
Also of note: the blue indicator down by the Turn Break trigger has turned from blue to green, indicating a jump from the level 1 to level 2 power level. In the vanilla first game, this would have had an actual noticeable effect, allowing you to use more of each Knights attacks at their higher power levels. Here? Eh, the just do a little bit more damage than before and youd have to be paying acute attention to things to actually notice it.
WOM WOM WOOOOOOM!!!
Leonard: Huh?! Whats going on?
Caesar: Hey, I feel kinda tingley!
Leonard: I feel stronger!
CUTSCENE: Settis Thanks
But theyre not quite ready to let
Oh who are we kidding, theyre going to let
Need I remind you, Caesars Knight is capable of flying. He can very easily chase after the Black Knight
But I guess hes just not feeling it.
Winning sucks when you do it, Leonard.
Caesar: Who was that guy in the black armour?
Yulie: A Magus. But unlike the other Magi, he can turn into a Knight. He murdered Balandors King.
Caesar: Got it. Black Knight, bad guy.
Oh, welcome back Kara. Where were you for no valid reason while the Black Knight was here?
Eldore: I will keep my now-completely warranted suspicions about you a secret from everyone else because Im kind of a dick about these things.
Its okay Kara, youve just skyrocketed into a tie with Caesar for Most Interesting Party Member.
Caesar exchanges glances between Eldore and Setti.
Caesar: Well you lucked out.
Setti: I dont know how to thank you all. You saved me.
Leonard: The Black Knight saved you.
Leonard: Why would he do that?
Setti: Well I certainly dont know. But those Ebonwings. That could only be Dinivas!
Leonard: So you do know about the Knights, huh?
Setti: Yes Quite a bit. And now Ive been rescued by one!
Setti: That day must be drawing near
Setti: The day that father feared so much.
Caesar: Yeah? Tell us more.
Setti: Very well. But first, lets return to town.
So it turns out they werent half-bad at actually rescuing people. They just sucked at rescuing people named Cisna. Well, I was certainly intrigued about what this Setti guy had to say next. Hell, any explanation as to what the hell had being going on up till this point was a welcome prospect.
Then I found out.
You ever get so mad you want to punch History right in the gonads?