Hey guys, sorry about the late update. I blame the fact that school's coming up. And that I keep half-writing my bizarre fanfic ideas. >>
- Last time on Last Scenario, three-fifths of our party was captured. The other two are currently sitting in a clearing somewhere and bonding. Yay.
Ethan: Yes, a long time ago. Before I was imprisoned.
Lorenza: Where? What were they like? Did... did you see my grandfather there?
Ethan: Your grandfather... He is Barasur the Elder, isn't he? I've seen him, yes, but I've never spoken to him in person. The real leader of the Havali is a man named Ortas. Even I don't know much about him.
Lorenza: But now... I'm not sure anymore. The more I hear about them, the more I understand why my father left them. Are they really trying to revive the demons?
Ethan: I don't know. The demons in the legend are not something they can just control. There's something more that they're hiding. Maybe...
Lorenza: What's wrong?
Ethan: Someone's here.
- Meanwhile, back in a slightly different part of the copper mine...
Soldier: One of them ran away! Find 'em!
Matilda: You hear that?
Thorve: Did Hilbert try to break out?
Matilda: We've got no choice. If we're going to try anything, we have to do it now. Let's go!
Matilda: This will have to do.
- You're stuck fighting with no equipment but the weak spear Matilda just stole. Fortunately, this enemy is really weak as well.
- Hilbert and Joanna are both gone...
Matilda: Just like I thought, they're not keeping our equipment here.
- But I thought everyone kept their prisoners' equipment in badly-guarded chests!
Matilda: Their leader is probably guarding it himself.
- Meanwhile, back at... where Ethan and Lorenza are...
Ethan: Someone's here.
- Oh, great. Just what we needed, more old buds of Ethan's.
- Oh, okay, so you're not here to attack us?
Ethan: Don't tell me to relax. I know why you're here. It's not just to talk.
- Or maybe he is...
Earp: I heard you escaped, but I didn't think I'd run into you all the way out here.
Ethan: Did you know? About what happened to me? I met Zawu, and she thought I was dead. What did Castor tell you?
Earp: Yeah, I knew. All of us did. He just kept it a secret from Zawu because he knew she wouldn't accept it. What can I say? You brought it on yourself. I got nothing against you, but that's just how it is. You're the one who betrayed us.
Ethan: No one deserves what you put me through. No one. I can't forgive him.
Earp: Hey, I'm not asking you to. If you hate all of us now, nothing I can do about it. What's done is done. Anyway, I'm not here for you. I thought I was lucky when I saw the girl here, but if you're with her that makes it a bit more difficult.
Ethan: I won't let you have her. If I lose her, then Hilbert and his friends are fighting for nothing. I'll protect her with my life.
- I'm not sure how much she needs protection; I mean, you saw what she did to that Riftgate thing.
Earp: They've gone to rescue her, huh? I don't give them much of a chance, not against Helio. As for me, well... You were always the strongest one of the team. But an order's an order, you know? I can't go back without at least trying.
Ethan: Come and try, then.
Earp: That's what I wanted to hear!
- Meanwhile, back in another part of the copper mine...
Helio: If you tell me where Lorenza is then I'll let your sister go, of course.
- I think Hilbert just attempted to attack Helio unarmed.
Helio: Oh? Is that how desperate you are? You want to fight me unarmed? Haha, you're welcome to try.
- No weapon, no armor, no spellcards, no healing items... Hilbert has guts, I'll give him that.
- But it's still an idiotic move.
Matilda: Have you gone crazy? What are you trying to do by yourself!?
Hilbert: It's okay... Even if I die, Joanna won't be involved in this anymore... You'll all be able to live normal lives.
- Hilbert really needs to warn people before he goes all emo.
Matilda: What are you talking about!? We're coming over to help!
Hilbert: Did you rescue Joanna too?
Matilda: I didn't see your sister anywhere. Isn't she with you?
- You know, I don't generally take the screen shaking to be a good thing...
- ...but I'll make an exception here.
Joanna: Quick, come over! All your equipment's in here!
Hilbert: Joanna!? You did this?
Joanna: You can't give up now, Hilbert! I'm sorry for what I said to you! It's true that you've caused me trouble and I was angry with you, but... You're my only family! If you died, I wouldn't know what to do!
Hilbert: Joanna... I understand!
- God, is that grin permanently fixed on his face or something?
Helio: Having your weapons back won't change anything. I'm the Omega Team's Number Two, after all. Be good boys and girls and go back to your cells.
- Meanwhile, back at the Ethan-Lorenza-Earp clearing...
Earp: That's what I wanted to hear!
- You get special boss music whenever you're fighting an Omega Team member, I think. Very catchy.
- Earp just uses physical attacks and is pretty slow. I'd say he's the weakest member of the Omega Team... hm, maybe they're numbered in order of how strong they are?
- He can also counter both physical and magical attacks, but this fight still isn't hard in the slightest. I'm just sad I don't have a spare Steal spellcard -- it'd be nice to steal from both him and Helio.
Earp: If you ever changed your mind... Well, I guess it's too late for that.
Ethan: Yes. Very old...
- Meanwhile, back at the mine again...
- It's important that you remember to put armor and spellcards back on for this fight, because Helio, unlike Earp, is an actual threat.
- Thankfully, he's weakened this time, so you don't have to spend too long putting up with the status effects he inflicts on you.
- All-party slow is still no less annoying, though...
- Limit Break -- how much damage it does depends on how low the character's HP are.
- Thanks for poisoning Matilda and then attacking her the next turn. Really~
- I swear, I don't think it's physically possible to wipe that smile off his face...
Helio: Three against one is... a little too much. I'm out of here.
- Did I mention? This guy is really, really good at escaping.
Hilbert: Did we... did we really make it?
Matilda: I doubt he's got any backup nearby, so... yeah, we're free to go.
Thorve: We should still be careful when we're leaving, though. That man was very cunning; he may have another plan.
Matilda: I don't think so. He never expected to lose, that much is obvious.
Joanna: You actually did it this time, Hilbert. You really saved me.
Hilbert: But... it was all thanks to your help.
Joanna: That's not true. I didn't do much. You're the one who chased him off.
- No, actually, I think most of the awesomeness was on your part.
Joanna: No, it's me who should be sorry.
Matilda: Uhm... We really should get out of here first.
Hilbert: Oh... haha. Right.
Lorenza: All of this happened because of me, so I was really worried.
Hilbert: Well, it all turned out fine in the end. Both you and Joanna are safe now.
- Maybe Lorenza could train Joanna to be a spellcaster, too. Then she wouldn't be stuck as a damsel in distress.
Matilda: That's right, but we still have to be careful in the future. We weren't expecting this kind of thing to happen. From now on, we have to make sure our close relatives are somewhere safe.
Joanna: After this, I wouldn't want to stay here anymore either... but where would I be safe?
Matilda: Valentin is in Lunei village, which is safer than here, but not by much.
- I'm telling you, spellcaster training is the answer...
Matilda: We need to find an actual city that's willing to protect us...
Thorve: I did, but it's not looking good. The rumors we heard are true. The Emperor was found dead, and now the country is on the brink of a civil war.
Hilbert: No way. All of this happened in the time after we left?
Thorve: Yes. After the Emperor's death, princess Helga took the throne and blamed the murder on the Republic.
Matilda: Which is probably all lies, knowing her. I bet she set it up herself.
Thorve: Most likely. And it seems we're not the only ones to think so. The area around the capital is in the new Empress's hands, but the south-west is rebelling against her. Their leader is Helga's younger brother, Wilhelm. They're claiming that Helga had the Emperor assassinated.
Hilbert: That sounds a lot closer to the truth. What do you know about this Wilhelm, Thorve?
Thorve: Not much. He's about your age, so he was just a child when I left the Empire. I've heard that he's an intelligent young man who doesn't appear in public much.
Matilda: Hmmm... That Helga woman is the last person I'd want to ask for help from. What do you think, Thorve? Would it be a good idea to join the other side?
Thorve: Maybe. Before we can decide anything like that, I think we should meet Wilhelm first. In any case, it's the only place we may find refuge at the moment.
Hilbert: I understand. We've got nowhere to go right now, so I think we should at least give it a try. What's the fastest way to get there?
Thorve: We'll have to go by land. The quickest route would be to cross the forests west of Ft. Walstein. If we return to Lunei village, we'll just have to head straight west from there.
Hilbert: Okay, I got it.
Joanna: I'll stay with you, Hilbert.
Hilbert: Don't worry, it's only temporary.
- Let's just check around the town quickly...
Saraswati: So far, I've only been exchanging strategies with this man.
- I enjoy Hex. Especially when I win.
Valentin: Hmm, you're going to the Empire? Well, that's okay. I don't mind leaving.
- I repeat: Valentin is the most chill person on the planet.
- Back to the Empire, I suppose... god, this game likes making me walk back and forth through mountains.
- And forests. Wow, who doesn't love forests?
- Especially forests with exploding fire imps!
- Phew. An area without a boss fight. Amazing.
- But... it's on the overworld! That means it has to relate to me personally somehow!
- Okay, so what's this place? It has awesome music. c: ...oh, excuse me, apparently the door is locked.
- All right, this is a nice town. Maybe I won't get told directly or indirectly to go away this time.
Thorve: Prince Wilhelm has to be in this area, and that fort is the most likely place for him to be.
Matilda: Have you been to this town before, Thorve?
Thorve: This is my hometown.
Matilda: Really? This is where you used to live?
Thorve: It was years ago. I don't think anyone will recognize me anymore.
- As usual, we must explore~
Zela: I don't know who used to live here, though.
- I am happy beyond belief to finally have access to a Hex trading post. Although I'm not sure why they think we'd be interested in throwing knives.
- Now that's one conspicuous gravestone.
Hilbert: Uhm, we're looking for the Prince. Is he in here?
Guard: Why do you want to know that? Who are you?
Hilbert: We're soldiers. We came here to join you in your fight against the Empress.
Guard: That's great. We need all the help we can get, and I can call an officer to talk to you. But the Prince? You think he'll just meet with any soldier that comes in?
Thorve: It was foolish to think we could just walk in and speak to Wilhelm.
Hilbert: So, should we just go along with this? Or maybe they'll change our minds if we explain who we are.
- "You see, we're actually from the Republic, so you know you can trust us." Wait... that sounded better in my head.
Matilda: Those soldiers aren't just going to believe you if you tell them that you're Alexander's descendent.
Hilbert: I guess...
Thorve: We don't have a choice. We'll have to ask someone for a favor.
Matilda: You have an idea, Thorve?
Thorve: West of here is a research station. I know the man in charge there. His name is Randolph. Since the prince is a scholar, he has most likely met Randolph before. He's well-respected in scientific circles. If we explain our story to Randolph, he may be able to help us.
Hilbert: You know what's going on better than us. We'll follow your idea.
- Great... so I can go into that place now?
Thorve: There's somewhere I want to go first. You go on ahead, I'll catch up with you.
Hilbert: Oh, okay.
- Is it some kind of rule of SCF games that anyone who has a younger portrait has to look like a dork in it?
Wolfram: The Empire is going to attack the Kingdom very soon.
Thorve: Are you serious?
- Felgorn, predictably, looked almost exactly the same fourteen years ago as he does now.
Wolfram: The time's right for it. The Kingdom's in disarray because of Pargon Island declaring their independence. Pretty interesting, huh? What do you think? We've got to do something.
Thorve: You're right. This is our big chance! This is what we've been training for! What are we waiting around for? Let's head to the capital and show them what we've got!
Wolfram: Damn right. We'll rise to the top together. Everyone will know our names.
Felgorn: We'll be famous. Thorve, Wolfram, and Felgorn, the three inseparable friends. We're going to be the heroes of this war for sure.
- Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Empire...
Helga: Oh, it's you, Prime Minister.
Helga: Your flattery won't work on me, Augustus. How do you think I'm doing!? I'm the Empress! The Empire is supposed to be mine! I'm the rightful heir to the throne! How can I be happy when half of the country is rebelling? What do they think they know?
Augustus: Rumors spread easily, your highness. You shouldn't worry about it too much. Once those rebels are crushed, no one will dare say that you killed your father.
Helga: Hmph. I didn't think my little brother would cause this much trouble. What's more, I don't have much faith in our new Chief General. He didn't even want that position in the first place.
Augustus: It would be better if we had General Grauss on our side, but unfortunatley he has chosen to side with Wilhelm. There's nothing we can do about that. He's not the kind of man we could easily convince. We have to make do with what we have. It's only temporary.
- And, once again, the door is locked...
- Still, this is a pretty nice place
Halmann: I've come to realize that the continents of the planets are drifting. Mountain ranges form when they collide. Doesn't that sound plausible to you? It's perfectly clear to me. What the others are skeptical about is that continents would be plowing their way through the oceans. Maybe there's a different explanation?
Lise: He is probably in the examination room upstairs.
Asort: It will probably take years to properly analyze.
Thorve: ...He may not want to see me anymore.
Matilda: What's that all of a sudden? You're the one who said we should meet him. You want to back out now? Get over here! We don't even know the guy!
Thorve: . . . .
Konrad: Let me see.
Randolph: Yes, that's me... but drop the 'Mister'. Randolph is fine. Hmm?
Thorve: Yes... it's me. I didn't think you would still recognize me.
Randolph: What, you think I've gone blind? You look no different than before.
- Actually, that's pretty much true.
Randolph: Look at that. You ran off to another country and didn't come back for over a decade. And now that our countries are at war, you show up again? You have a quaint sense of timing, Thorve.
Thorve: It's a long story... The important part is, we left the Republic behind, and now we have nowhere to go. We want to meet Prince Wilhelm to see if we should offer him our help, but they won't just let us see him.
Randolph: Oh, I see. You want me to introduce you to him?
Hilbert: Please. We're pretty strong, I think we could make a real difference here.
Randolph: Hmm... Well, I'd like to help you, but unfortunately, I've been really busy lately. I have so much to do here, being the chief and all. Everyone's depending on me.
Randolph: But it's infested with dangerous monsters, and the army is in no shape to help us at the moment.
- If you're asking us to explore some more ruins, the answer is no.
Randolph: It's a dire situation we're in. It would be a great help if someone could explore those ruins for us...
- Nope. Not happening.
Hilbert: No problem, we can help! Just tell me what you need done!
- I said no!
Randolph: Why, how nice of you to offer. You'll find the place south of Fardorf, surrounded by forest. My assistant should be there already. Just ask him for the details. Really, all you have to do is go inside and find me some old records.
Well... next time on Last Scenario, we explore some more ruins. Huzzah. I really can't wait.