Judah Ronway- 52 Years Old: Former lord of Amorika Castle. Walstanian. Since the minor Valerian war, he became leader of the Walstanians, a minor ethnic group that consist of only 10% of the Valerian population. He has been resisting the Gargastan oppression for over half a year, but the movement was a failure. He was imprisoned in the Gargastan occupied Amorika. He was rescued by a group of Walstanian guerillas and became leader again.
Guerrillas, game, not "guerillas!"
I train everyone up to level 15. Sisteena and Forcas have chain mails; I give them to Belgger and Area.
Some filler before the final two battles of this chapter.◊
"What do we have here?! It's the kid that is worth 30,000 Goth! I've been a bounty hunter for so long that I have become jaded. But I guess Zapan was telling the truth. I hate to do this to you kid, but I have bills to pay. Sorry..." Ramidos the summoner, the boss of this battle, says. He can summon skeletons, so bring Presance,
Belgger kills the boss.
Ramidos: I guess I'm not as fast as I used to be...defeated by a kid like you...
I get 2120 Goth, more Goth, and more importantly, the Revivify spell.
Meanwhile, in Coritani, Ronway asks what is going on.◊
"The Bacrum Army! The Bacrum Army is invading!" the soldier responds.
"What?! That can't be...!"
Wait, you actually trusted Lans Tartare? What a moron.
"It's true. Our army is fighting against the Bacrum Army in Rime."
"Has the City of Rime fallen?"
"No, my lord. The Knights of Zenobia are stationed there. Thanks to them the City is still holding. But it won't last for long. They need reinforcements."
"Call Leonard!" Ronway shouts.
"Sir Leonard left for Amorika..."
Uh oh. He's in Amorika too?
"Oh, that's right. Uh...then send a letter to Leonard! Dispatch a messenger to him and prepare the fastest and strongest horse for him!"
"Yes, my lord." Once the soldier leaves, Ronway starts to ponder to himself.
"Lodis...what are you up to?! Now that Barbatos is gone, my work here is done. Did they think our treaty was to be terminated?"
The scene cuts back to the world map
Let's finish up this chapter.◊
Our position.◊ Presance is at 1, Canopus is at 2, Aloser is at 3, Bruno is at 4, Freesia is at 5, Orcus is at 6, Area is at 7, Belgger is at 8, Byan is at 9, and Hogan is at 10.
Let's fight it out.
Zapan and an army of physical attackers confront us.◊
"Good boy! I knew you would make it. I knew Ramidos was no match for you," Zapan says.
"Zapan, where is Kachua?!"
"She's in the castle. If you want her back, you're gonna have to do it the hard way."
There are two ways to go about this battle; attack each enemy one by one, or focus on Zapan and kill him quickly. I'm doing the latter.
Try to keep Orcus in good condition.
As you can see, I killed the ninjas in the first turn,◊ leaving only heavy physical attackers. Note Aloser is dealing around 106 damage to weak enemies now. Damn, she's a monster.
That plan is kind of ruined when a line of knights block our way. I strategically heal just the right people, have just the right people walk out of the formation, to kill all the knights and golems.
Finally, Canopus reduces Zapan to 30 HP.
"Damn! I can't believe this is happening... stay back! Or else I'll..."
He uses and escape crystal.
"Stop!!! Bring back my sister, you bastard!!" Orcus screams.
We get 2450 Goth.
Another battle comes right after this, so the game brings us to this screen.◊ I give Orcus a cure leaf and replace his short bow with a crossbow. You'll see why.
The hell!? Vice? Zapan!?◊
"Y-you...traitor! What are you doing?!" Zapan shouts.
"Stupid retard! You have to use the hostages in an efficient way!" Vice shouts.
He ends Zapan's life◊ and looks at us. "Now it's your turn, Orcus."
"Vice, where is my sister?!"
"Vice! Release my sister!"
"I will. After I split your body in half!"
"Are you serious, Vice? We were fr..."
"Shut up and fight me! One on one!'
Yep, this is a solo battle with Vice. If you trained Orcus as a warrior, you shouldn't have any problems; if you trained Orcus as a wizard, however (as I did my first time through), you'll have... more problems. I had to cheat in that play-through.
On our turn, we ask, "Why do we have to fight, Vice?!"
"Why you? Why does everyone like you? Since we were kids, everyone liked you, but not me. I was always the outcast! Do you know why? Damn it! It's because of my father! Your father was a respected priest, but my father was just a scrubby alcoholic. Plus, he used to always beat me! Still, everyone just hated me! I'm nothing like my father, nor do I want to be...you always had it easier!"
"But, I still treated you like my own brother!"
I shoot Vice with my crossbow, hitting for 84 damage.
He attacks me, and I kill him on a counter-attack. Too easy.
However, more dialogue plays out if we fought longer. Here it is.
Orcus asks: "We were best friends! What has happened to us?"
"That's what you thought! I hate you! It's not fair...people loved you. You had a great father and a beautiful sister..."
"She thinks of you as family as well!"
"No, she doesn't! You don't know anything!! She only has you on her mind. She doesn't care about me! Can't you see?! Kachua didn't even love your father. She only loves you!"
I think all of Vice's talk about dying on his feet and sacrifices and a better world for Walsta is a sham. He's simply jealous. He's driven by pure envy.
"It's not too late to fix everything. Let's be friends like we used to be!"
"Don't try to bend the truth! You're a traitor! I have my own comrades now. Even Duke Ronway and Leonard believe in me."
"That is not true! They are taking advantage of you! Once they are done with you, they will kill you!"
"You're such a baby!! They're not taking advantage of me! I'm the one who is taking advantage of them! I'm the one using them for my own benefit!"
The door opens.
Leonard.◊ Long time no see.
"Leonard, why are you stopping me?!"
"Don't you know what's going on?! Relax Vice!"
"You were the one who said to kill him! Why did you stop..."
"Listen to me! Orcus, you too! The city of Rime has fallen! The Bacrum Army is coming this way!"
"No!!! What happened to Sir Lans? This can't be happening...!" Orcus shouts.
"We don't know what happened to the Holy Knight! He is either dead or he could have escaped. Anyway, this is not the time to fight between our own people. Let me explain... Orcus, obey the Duke. We will forget about the past! Come fight with us against Bacrum!"
"This is bullshit!" Vice shouts. "I'm not talking to this traitor!"
"Quit acting like a baby, Vice. Why can't you listen to me?! Orcus, what do you plan to do? No, you don't have to tell me... No matter how sacred the ideal may be, if it is not achieved, then it is meaningless. Do you want your ideals to end up as a dream? Weren't you supposed to avenge your father's death? Come, join us."
We are presented with a choice.◊ What do we do? Forgive the Duke and join him, or hold on to our ideals and refuse?
Note picking to join them makes Aloser leave, so I'd rather not do that.
But still, I'm leaving it up to you. What does Orcus do...?