Part 47: Try Not To Die This Time (Part 2)
CUTSCENE: Confronting Belcitane Again
The group presses on, nearing the Farian camp
But the Archduke suddenly collapses. Methinks some Final Destination shit is about to catch up with us.
Orren: Oh come the fuck on already.
Dalam: It feels as a great weight is staying my feet.
Orren: Its called stupidity. Power through it.
And of course, Leonard remembers too late that Belcitane has access to an airship, so of course he would be able to parachute down right in their path.
Keep in mind, by the way, that by this point in the evening, King Valtos is dead and Cisna has already been kidnapped. Its not in any way relevant to whats happening right now, mind you; I just dont want you to forget what a giant utter fuck up Leonard is.
Belcitane: At last, the mouse wanders home.
Leonard: Just as annoying as ever.
Belcitane: I will admit, you got the best of me at the castle. But youre going to get the WORST of me now, I promise you that!
Once again Belcitane is the unironic best part of the game.
BOSS FIGHT: Becitane (& Betaena Gigas) (with commentary by nine-gear crow and Blind Sally)
CUTSCENE / BOSS BATTLE MUSIC: A Worthy Opponent Draws Near
So here we go, fight #3 with Belcitane. And much like the first time we fought him hes got a retinue of soldiers with him that are also going to cause you some trouble. Though unlike last time, these soliders are actually kind of tough to deal with.
Theres four swordsman and two wizards. One of these assholes also turns into a gigas when you defeat him, so be on the lookout for that.
Now this is where you whip out the White Knight, right at the start of the battle.
Now, theres one really beneficial aspect to transforming into Knight mode that I really havent covered yet, and that has to do with the accessories you have equipped on the Incorruptus itself.
Certain accessories which can be bound at an Incorruptus Mechanic grant temporary bonuses to party members upon transformation. Right now the White Knight has a Saints Grace and a Knights Awakening accessory equipped.
The Saints Grace grants a slight boost to everyones overall stats for about a minute or two after you transform. The Knights Awakening heals all party members a small amount after you transform.
The only person in the party these bonuses dont apply to is the person who transformed into the Knight itself, for the obvious reason that youre using a Knightthats your transformation bonus right there.
I start thing off with a Strong Slash attack to take out most of the soldiers in one hit and knock Belcitane off his feet for a few moments.
But in doing that, I trigger the trap soldiers gigas transformation, so now I have to content with a Betaena Gigas in addition to Belcy.
You all know what to do against a gigas now, right?
Stabby stab stab.
At this point in the fight, I turn the White Knight over the AI and hop into the Avatar in order to break the shit out of the gigas and Belcy.
This is where being an axe player tends to bite you in the ass. The inherently terrible accuracy of the axe catches up to me at the worst possible time and miss like three consecutive Arm Shatters in a row, taking a significant bite out of my MP. Because the game counts both miscast and interrupted skills as having fired and takes away the MP used to cast them anyway.
Because this game hates you.
And then to make matters worse, the gigas belches a bunch of black smoke at me, and what limited accuracy Orren had to begin with is pretty much erased now that he has Blind status on him and I dont have any items or skills to remove it.
Regardless of that, however, I at least get an Armour Shatter off on the gigas
And on Belcitane, so I just increased everyones damage potential against both of them by 1.5x, though at the cost of all my remaining MP.
Meanwhile, in the background, Leonard was absolutely useless in the hands of the AI, and spent all his MP using anything but stabbing attacks on the gigas.
I hopped back into him to use a last minute Mana Potion on him to keep the White Knight in the fight, but the game went no, fuck you. And his MP bar hit zero right as I got control over him again.
The only saving grace of the matter was that the gigas had been brought down to a quarter health thanks to Eldore, Miu and Dalam wailing on it, AND the transformation stat bonuses from the first time Shit-for-Brains transformed were still in play.
Next, I hop into Eldore and break Belcys magic attack power to cut down on the damage his spells had been doing. He has the same skills he does when you fight him at the Bunker Lode Ruins: tier 2 elemental spells which have a random percentage chance of inflicting specific status ailments, and a Poison-inflicting spell.
I also try to break his magical defense so that Dalam can get a few good hits on him too.
I also score a break chance on the gigas left leg
But it spins its whole body away from me instantly, and by the time I get around to try and strike its knee again to get to fall, the break icon vanishes. See, I told you this shit was going to start happening more often when we hit game 2.
But in time, the gigas goes down, and now its just us an Belcitane, 5-on-1.
So I let Eldore take a few crazy swings at the uppity midget with the sword that is nearly his own height long.
Slashing attacks are the big thing with longswords. Any variation the Fang attack, Dual Fang, Triple Fang, or Deadly Fang are multi-hit attacks that compound their damage dealt with every successful hit.
Once again, please enjoy this somewhat pointless series of still images of Maxwell Sheffield omnislashing the fuck out of Master Shake.
With Eldore Sleepd, Orren nearly out of MP, and not being allowed to control either Miu or Dalam, Im forced back into Leonard for a moment.
Until hes paralyzed and I hop into Orren.
Its at this point in the fight, when Belcitanes nearly out of HP that something curious happens from a narrative standpoint: he screams out Eldores name in frustrated rage.
It seems to imply that Belcitane and Eldore know one another, or at the very least, this isnt this first encounter. Because remember, at this point in the timeline, Belcy has no idea who this dumb kid with the stupid haircut is or what hes doing here thwarting his plans.
Again, this is another something that would make Eldore interesting thats just kind of plopped down with no follow up and goes undeveloped. Plus, shouldnt something have been said during game 1 between them? Eldore and Belcitane exchange only 1 line of dialog directly to one another, and its Eldore mocking Belcy for being an idiot and grabbing Leonards Ark when he knew it would reject him. Hardly enthralling stuff from a characterization standpoint.
Fuck I hate how this could have been a decently written game with just a little more effort.
They say, sometimes, that pure zen is the moment right before impact.
And, just like that, Belcitane is dead.
Did we just kill Belcitane? That doesnt happen in the original timeline.
Orren! Youve changed the future!
YOU CREATED A TIME PARADOX!
Orren: Totally worth it.
CUTSCENE: But the Future Refused to Change
Oh, wait. I guess hes okay then. Nevermind people, false alarm. Final Fantasy XIII-2 averted.
Leonard: Looks like you lost again.
Orren: Moron! Dont start gloating. Horrible shit always happens when you start thinking youve won. Fuck, wheres Shapur when you REALLY need him?
Belcitane: I always have a sharp
Well shit, its a Kryptonite dagger. WATCH OUT SUPERMAN!
Fun fact about this dagger: You cant actually buy or bind it in the base game. I looked for it. It might have been purchasable in the online guild economy, or unlockable after you like cleared a certain quest, bounty or errand, but otherwise no, you cant have thing, and thats awfully rare for this game.
Rare as in youre never permitted the chance to own itthe game CONSTANTLY goes you cant have this thing to you in terms of cool shit, but at least you have the option of one day owning it if you sell enough of your soul to Level-5.
I wonder which of these characters is going to die at the tip of this dagger.
I wonder who.
Is it going to be the young woman with a good moral compass and a throne waiting her back in the present who needs a push to get her to take some responsibility for herself and others?
Or will it be the guy who's already died once before at Belcitanes hand and whose death will literally change nothing anyway?
CUTSCENE MUSIC: Scar (Disc 2, Track 13)
Orren: Holy shit, I was JOKING!!!
Well, congratulations shitfucks, thanks to your involvement and steadfast dedication to competence, you are now directly responsible for Archduke Dalams death, instead of merely tangentially like you were before.
Eldore: Oh no!
Eldore: Do we suck at this or what?
Best. Part. Of. The. Game.
Sadly, because the game hates you, this is the last were going to see of Belcitane ever. Still, its a more dignified exit this time around than getting shanked and left for dead by a potted plant with an eye patch, so at least weve rectified one travesty from the first game.
Leonard: [INEFFECTUAL PANTYWAIST MOAN]
Useless fucking idiots. Every one of you. Even you, Yulie. Im sorry.
Leonard: Im going to charge him blindly with no weapon and not transform because that will fix everything because Im helping!
Yulie: Get back here YOU MORON!
Belcitane: Suck it, bitches!
Look at that smirk. LOOK AT IT!!!
This is the look of a man secure in the knowledge that even from beyond the fucking grave hes still able to make Leonard look like a goddamn tool.
For the final time: Belcitane is LOVING THIS SHIT.
Rest in peace, buddy. Youve earned it.
Belcitane: Ha ha haaah! Now then
Belcitane: If you will excuse me.
And he teleports away.
While Yulie and Orren run after the Human Negative Productivity Score to try and stop from blindly punching the air or something.
Yes, hang your head in shame you idiot. A DEAD MAN just rolled you. And were still not even close to the apex of Leonard Is A Useless Stupid Idiot Who Makes Things Worse, Always moments.
Yulie: I hate that I know you soooo hard right now.
Well, now the only thing left to do is head back and prod the result of their handiwork with a stick.
I swear, the only way this could get any more embarrassing is if the Retrospecticon brought us back to the Numenshrine right now so wed have to explain to a horrified Lorias and Scardigne why weve come back to the present with Archduke Dalams fresh corpse.
Miu: No. I wont lose you. Not when Ive finally got you back!
Miu is understandably devastated by not just having to re-live the death of her grandfather, but to re-live it in person this time. So now you can add compounded the emotional turmoil of an innocent teenage girl to Leonards long list of crimes against competence.
Dalam: I am so glad you are safe, little princess
Dalam: Do not grieve, child. Dying is not the same as parting. I will stay with you always, no matter where you go.
Dalam: Miu. Listen to me. The enemy seeks to possess a great power. And I fear they will soon have it.
Dalam: Neither human nor Farian can hope to stand against it, so long as we still stand against each other.
Orren: If youre talking about the Sun King Grazel already has it.
Dalam: Fuck me, really? Urgh. You people really do suck.
Dalam: You must unite our peoples. Promise me.
Has someone realised that she needs to get off her dainty ass and take a little charge of things around here?
Miu: But Gradfather I am not a leader like you.
Oh, nevermind then.
Dalam: Ha ha ha.
Dalam: Which is why I know you will be the one to succeed. You are kind, Miu, and wise. And you will never be alone.
Dalam: Already, you have found companions who will help you fulfill your purpose.
Miu looks up at Yulie.
And Yulie nods supportively.
And then FINALLY the lightbulb goes off in Mius head.
CUTSCENE MUSIC: Mius Theme (Game 2 OST, Track 7)
Miu: Grandfather! You said my purprose!
Dalam: And yours alone.
Dalam: My brave Miu. This belong to you.
Dalam summons a strange magic something-or-other from the ether.
Within its swirling energy, the symbol of the Archduchy of Faria appears.
This is the first of this games McGuffins that we will spend the next 20 hours collecting to do Plot bullshit with.
Dalam: This is the Sylvan Insignia, which only Farias monarch may bear.
Miu: So this is what it feels like to be Queen Cisna.
Dalam: I believe in you Miu
And then he died Again
Now, I don't have a humorous re-edit of this scene ready, mainly because I like Miu and Dalam too much to make fun of them. However, PoptartsNinja stepped up to the plate in my stead, drawing a fairly salient connection between Dalam's passing and the death of another wise, noble leader.
Miu: Thank you Grandfather.
Yulie smiles, happy that Miu has found her purpose after all and that, even after all this, something productive was able to come out of their latest fuck up after all.
Its not quite a Caesar gets the Dragon Knight-level Im actually okay with this development, but its up there.
Where will YOU be when the acid kicks in?
Green time shit starts flying by, signalling the partys time inside the Retrospecticon is over now and its time to head back to the present and awkwardly explain to Ban Lorias why his best friend is still dead.
Orren: [ROUNDHOUSE KICK]
Yay. More useless items!
CUTSCENE: Snap Back To Reality
Lorias: Should I even
Miu: Im sorry. We werent able to save Grandfathers life.
Lorias: I see.
Miu: However, this experience has shown me what I must do.
CUTSCENE MUSIC: Archduchess Miu (Unreleased Track)
Father Yggdra: You have obtained the Insignia then, Little Miu?
Miu: I have, Father Yggdra.
Miu: I will not forget the service you have done me and my country. Please tell Queen Cisna that I will rule in Archduke Dalams place, as he intended. Once I have restored peace in Faria, we will fight at Balandors side and battle the Yshrenian Empire.
Miu: On that, you have my solemn oath.
Leonard: Thanks Miu. Ill pass the good news along.
Miu: Not so fast, dipshit. You, if you ever step foot in the Archduchy again, Ill have you executed, just because you, you know, got my grandfather killed twice now.
Miu: Yulie, thank you so much. I hope you find your big moment.
Yulie: You too, Miu.
Theyre just so together. Yulie and Miu have known each other for three days now and theyre better friends to one another than her and Leonard have been since they were 7.
CUTSCENE: Secret of the Insignias
Aw fuck, is this chapter not over yet?
Father Yggdra: At last we can set about the task of restoring order to Faria.
Father Yggdra: You have my thanks, White Warrior.
Orren: Please, sir. Dont encourage him.
Leonard: Hey, it wasnt just me, sir.
Orren: Keep the rest of us out of this, you chode.
Leonard: I may be the tallest guy out there, but Im not the only one.
Leonard is the shortest party member. Im serious. Even Yulie and Kara are taller than him. Even the White Knight is on the short side compared to the other Knights.
Father Yggdra: Let me share a secret with you. Ten millennia ago, in the Dogma Age, a long and brutal war was fought between the Athwani Queen, Mureas, and the Yshrenian Emperor, Madoras the Dogma Wars. You know the tales?
Orren: More than I even want to.
Eldore: Theyre not just tales, Father.
Father Yggdra: Ah, as you were there to attest, am I right?
Father Yggdra: But did you know that when Queen Mureas died in the struggle against Madoras
Orren: You mean when her own people murdered her because she was an insane tyrant?
Father Yggdra: Same thing. Anyway
Father Yggdra: She left something behind.
Father Yggdra: Three things to be used in the inevitable battle to come.
Because Mureas is Machiavellian as shit. Also, Eldore was a member of the Athwani Queensguard, and yet this crucial detail of his sovereigns pre/post-mortem planning appears to be news to him.
Father Yggdra: She divided her power and locked it within three insignia, which she then entrusted to three sages.
Yulie: Wait, so the insignia Miu got from her grandfather is a piece of Mureass power?
Again, Yulie is the quickest on the draw of all the party members who have dialog not exclusively written by me.
Leonard: Okay, so where will we find the other two?
Wow, Leonard is capable of basic subtraction. Im legitimately impressed by that.
Eldore: Count Drisdall of Greede would have had one. As would King Valtos of Balandor.
Orren: Oh, thanks for telling us that ahead of time YOU JACKASS. Gods, I thought you were over that.
Father Yggdra: Ohh ho ho ho hoo!
Father Yggdra: Yes, precisely so! And while the Retrospecticon hasnt the power to alter the course of history, it can be used to step into the past and carry back, or forward, rather, the insignia you seek.
Orren: And you didnt tell us you knew we couldnt actually change anything and let us get our hopes up WHY!?
Father Yggdra: Im kind of a dick.
Hey, when youve been stuck inside a tree for 10,000 years, you need to find any form of entertainment you can, even if its something as loathsome as trolling the mentally handicapped.
Orren: Did you not just hear what he copped tah, fuck it. Alright, lets go re-murder Count Drisdall and King Valtos then.
Eldore: Father Yggdra? Might I be permitted one last question?
Father Yggdra: Proceed.
Eldore: The Knight locked within your branches. The Yshrenians will come for it, as you must surely be aware.
Yeah, because they were SOOOOO interested in it the first time they were here.
Father Yggdra: You mean The Moon Maiden? It was her own wish to take no further part in warfare. Let Yshrenia come, and tear me up at the roots.
Father Yggdra: Still, she will not fight for them.
Father Yggdra: And her Ark was never here to begin with.
Scardigne: No one will harm you again, Father. Not while I still breathe.
Father Yggdra: My my, I have certainly talked up a storm today. Perhaps I will have a short nap.
Eldore: Great minds think alike.
Scardigne: Thank you again. I will repay this debt someday.
Eldore: Well then, we are fortunate.
Leonard: Alright. Next stop: Greede.
Miu: Safe journey.
- 5.1 Assassination Averted
- 5.2 Confronting Belcitane
- 5.i Belcitane (& Betaena Gigas) Boss Fight
- 5.3 But the Future Refused to Change
- 5.ii - The Death of Archduke-timus Prime (by PoptartsNinja)
- 5.4 Snap Back To Reality
- 5.5 Secret of the Insignia
BALANDOR UNDERGROUND PASSAGE
nine-gear crow Rants About Time Travel in White Knight Chronicles II
Okay, so this is just my pet theory about what is going on with the alleged time travel in this game, youre free to disregard it or consider it as canon as you want, because the game is done, period, stop telling you anything else about how the Retrospecticon works from this point forward.
Its my belief that were not technically travelling through time. The game is running on the -style Daniel Faraday time travel principle of whatever happened happened. When the party travels through the Retrospecticon, theyre not travelling back to the actual timeline where everything happened, theyre actually travelling to a separate pocket timeline, which is a rough facsimile of the original timeline.
Thats why theres all these inconsistencies like it being overcast on the day of Cisnas ball or rainy the night of the attack or why Lucius knows who Leonard and co. are and what they're famous for, despite them not actually having done any of it yet. And whatever the hells up with Rapacci.
This pocket timeline exists only for the time when the party is inside the Retrospecticon. Its created when they enter it and it collapses when they leave it. Thats why nothing they change through their actions carries over into the memories of everyone else around them outside of the Retrospecticon in the present. Whatever happened happened, were just experiencing an alternate recreation of things, like the Animus simulation from the Assassins Creed games; it looks and feels real, but it isnt.
Of course, that raises all sorts of questions like how are they able to bring things back to the present with them? or okay, then is the insignia Miu received real, or a duplicate, or was the original lost when Dalam/Valtos/Drisdall died or what? or crow, Im worried about your mental health, please stop LPing this game.
I dont have any answers for those questions. In fact Im not even sure if that last one was a question.
The truth, however, is out there
And by that I mean Akihiro Hino is a giant hack of a writer.