Part 82: Orren To The Rescue
7/10. Were almost home folks.
EPISODE SEVEN Soul Eater
So Framboise, though her own stupidity, was sucked into the dark world at the end of the last episode, and its up to us to rescue her.
This is one of the shorter chapters of the Avatar Story, all told. Theres no sub-quests for us to get bogged down with, its just rescue Framboise, the end.
Seems straight forward enough, but this is actually a maze dungeon with a gimmick meant to artificially pad out the run time.
So were back here on the Magic Plane where we fought the Madoras Phantom, and Yulie got the Moon Maiden and Orren got the Arc Knight. Weve long since established that these weirdass folks hail from this alternate reality. So were in enemy territory for this mission officially.
Here at the start of the level, weve got a couple of dormant Skeletons just lying around who we can talk to for reasons. Theyre going to explain the situation and the gimmick of this chapter to us.
Skeleton: Ah. I can smell the stench of human flesh. It lingers here still. Such a rare treat for us. We hunger for it
Orren: Fuck off, skeleton.
Skeleton: This is the realm of the dead. The realm of souls.
Orren: Oh so THIS is what Ive got to look forward to after I die Lovely.
Skeleton: The soul of the woman you seek has not been consumed yet. You can save her, if you hurry.
Orren: Gonna run the clock down on this one, I think.
Skeleton: Youve come and gone from this world alive many time, I see. This should be no problem for you then. Hahahahahahahahahaha
Thanks creepy fuck off skeleton.
So the map for this mission is nothing short of useless thanks to the random teleporter maze thats the gimmick for this level. This platform here is the home platform, for lack of a better term. The objective marker never moves from this platform, so just like in Chapter 5, its absolutely useless.
So each platform we warp down to has a bunch of Shadow Warriors. Thats about it.
When we clear out the enemies and warp up to the next platform, the gimmick of the chapter unfurls before us. Theres two portals on this larger platform, a light one and a dark one. One of these portals advances is to the next portion of the maze, the other one warps us back to the start of the maze. Which one does which changes every time, but the skeletons lying about on the platform give you helpful hints as to which one is the one you want.
Basically, if you know the Kanji for light and darkness, you know what one to pick.
It doesnt respond to you. Apparently its lost its soul to the void already.
You hear a faint voice from the creature's soul.
Skeleton: White light
Orren: Works for me!
It seems the teleportation was successful.
Skeleton: Are you the one responsible for these disturbances? You stupid humans, always meddling in things beyond your understanding. Hahaha. Though were no better, really. Those fools on our side are messing things up too. In the end, it doesnt matter who wins. Nothing changes. All of you running around in the mortal world, you're just spouts in the garden. A garden tended by Death. Ha ha ha haa.
And theres also gigases here too occasionally.
You hear a faint voice from the creature's soul.
Skeleton: Black darkness
And then its a matter of doing this a few more times until you make it to the central platform where the boss for the chapter is waiting.
Nothing to do now but run forward a couple of steps, aaaand
Well, we found Framboise at least.
Orren: Alright, get the fuck up. Were not letting you touch anything that looks important again after this. You hear me?
Framboise: Where are we?
Azel: Finally, youre awake.
Our mysterious Man-Shem, now identified by the subtitles as Azel emerges from the ether before them.
Orren: Hell, at least you talk
Framboise: You Youre
Azel: We are the ones born of this world. Those who are responsible for it, who maintain it. Your mortal world is a world of chaos, chaos you bring with you into our world. We intend to end that chaos, by destroying you.
Framboise: H-how could you possibly
Azel: We will swallow up your world into ours and consume the souls of the living.
Orren: Its always something generic with you people.
Orren: Madoras wanted to rule the world, you fuckers just want to destroy it.
Azel: No no no, you dont understand. Its much more sophisticated than that!
Framboise: You you people Youre monsters.
Azel: Your world will be ours soon.
Orren: My fist will be down your throat soon.
Azel: You will be the first to fall to us, right where you stand.
And now someone is about to get his silver ass ruined.
Behold our boss battle for this chapter: Azel and a group of Ogres. Its not unlike the final battle we fought with Shem in the Nordia Tunnels.
Azel is a bit more of a challenge than Shem was, though he wields the same weapon she did: the Lux Sword.
Taking out the Ogres first is a must, as they respawn every so often, so its best to clear the field and give yourself some breather room to take on Azel.
Just like Shem before him, Azel also transforms into a Knight when you defeat his humanoid form.
Azels Knight, called Azels Knight in-game, sports a slightly modified version of the Khshathra armour set with a halo similar to Shems Knight.
I let it stomp around for a little while as I deal with the Ogres.
Azels Knight, which Ill just call the Onyx Knight, wields the Knight sword Granhades, the big purple evil-looking sword near the end of the Knight sword line.
Orren: Alright, enough of this crap. You wanna destroy our world? Youre going through me first! Or rather
Orren: Youre going through ME!
Round Two! FIGHT!
I dont know what the hell is up with him, but Azels Knight has some kind of massive damage attack that can damn near kill everyone in the party, even when theyre modded out to near invincibility status.
I mean, look at this. Caesar and Kara are in the red. That NEVER happens anymore. Can you imagine playing this mission straight? Its got to be damn near impossible.
Alright, Im tired of this omnicidal jackass. Lets end this.
Orren: Give my regards to Shem, fucker!
Also, heres the official artwork for Azels Knight:
Azel: You two Ugh You dare defy the will of fate?
Orren: Im gonna go with hell yes!
Azel: Its futile. You may have defeated Shem, and you may have beaten me But you cannot stop what is already in motion.
Azel: Your world will burn. My master will see to it
And then he died.
The red Ark Core flies free of his grasp as he disintegrates into energy.
And it rolls across the ground back to Framboise. Christ, this thing is like the fucking One Ring, I swear to god.
Framboise: We We cant just let this happen. Weve got to do something. Weve got to stop it.
Framboise: If theres one person who can save us now, its you, Orren. Im sure of it.
Saving the world three times in a row? Hell yeah, Im down for this. Though Im gonna start demanding an official World Savior discount at every shop I visit now.