When we last left off, I died. Ya, that sucked. But luckily I got better. Not much better, but still better. It seems though that I explored the island enough to find out the truth about the ghosts. There are no ghosts on the island but instead spirits. Don't ask me what the difference is between a ghost and a spirit, but there must be a HUGE one. So the first big goal of the day that we have is to turn in that job, and get our selves a reward. What kind of reward, I'm clueless on because Sierra never actually said she was going to give us one.
It turns out though that Sierra is hanging out in the Inn, so this works out perfectly for us because we are already working with a shortened day having woke up at 10am. Sierra is bummed out that we didn't find any ghosts, but is hopeful for a future island filled with the spooky. As a reward she gives us five servings of Sardine Sashimi, and wishes us luck in finding more interesting things. Talking to her more gives us a reminder that the Cherry Blossom Festival is coming up, but more than that we really don't learn anything cool.
Lily happens to be on duty at the moment so we take a moment to talk with her. Lily mainly talks with Yivvy about what it's like being in Syntic's body, and Lily talks about how it must be nice to not have to worry about tripping (Lily that's just you, that's not a problem Yivvy has). Yivvy on the other hand points out that Syntic doesn't let her have control ever, even in things like cooking, meaning that she has to suffer through Syntic's poor cooking. To finish up the conversation, Lily mentions how she recalls hearing about someone in a similar situation but she doesn't recall more right now. She does promise to tell us more if she remembers.
We finally make it to the board, and see a number of new quests. Joe of course still wants to have a fishing contest with us, while Kelsey is still hoping to get some grass (we can actually do that now as one of the monsters last night dropped some green grass). Lily has our next story job and it has to do with a mysterious sea chart that she's found. She has a second job, and that's her asking if we can gather some ingredients for her. Lastly Bacchus wants us to fight some more monsters.
So to start things off, I sign myself up for Lily's quest to get her some ingredients, just so I can figure out if this is going to be easy as can be, or if it's going to involve me jumping through a number of hoops. What she wants is a squid, a strawberry, and an apple. I'm fairly sure I could catch a squid if I go fishing, but as for the strawberry and apple... well I've no leads on that right now so I pass on doing this quest for now.
Canceling that quest for now, I sign up for Kelsey's quest, and then head to the monster barn to make sure I get my daily chores done. As it turns out my cows are starting to get happy enough that I'm even starting to get some star milk. I must admit I am curious if star milk is more likely to produce star hot milk. Meanwhile over on Spring Island, all my crops have grown to maturity netting me mostly potatoes, but I do get a few Moondrop flowers. It takes a bit more time than I wanted to get everything replanted, and I'm a bit surprised that as soon as I finish planting some some flowers, that they bloomed instantly allowing me to harvest them over again. I'm not sure if this is a glitch or just luck. Either way I gladly take the new flowers and move on.
Going back to the mainland, and opening my map, I see that Kelsey and the birthday girl are both in the same area. This should help a bit on making sure I give both of them something. As a reward the kid gives me a single small fleece. Oh what a thoughtful kid, giving me something that I already produce. When I track down Electra and give her the gauntlets she is over joyed to receive them, and even acknowledges that they are her birthday present from me.
An interesting thing to note, when I talk with her again she is actually wearing them, so that's fairly cool to see. As she happens to be in the church when I'm talking with her, I ask to see what she's selling and have to hit my forehead because she's selling grass. I could have finished that kids request so easily before now.
While going around town talking with people, I happen to find Elena the blacksmith who demands that I bring her one toyherb and one moondrop. When I ask why she says, and I quote “Just shut up and bring them.” so I of course insist that she's going to have to tell me more if she wants me to bring what she wants. She then goes on about how she took a small sample of Delzbin, and used that sample to design some decorative parts. So it seems as if I bring her those flowers, that she'll let me customize Delzbin.
Well I don't have the toyherb, but I do have the moondrop, and as this isn't an actual job I go ahead and give her one. From there, I head to the store and am surprised to see that there is now increased stock here. I suspect that it's because it's Sierra running the store right now and not her brother or Electra. One of the items she's stocking right now is a yarn ball, and as I've been hoping to get one of those for awhile now I snatch that right up.
With yarnball in hand I head up the road to the mansion to see about making an item with this ball and my fleece. Even though the Handknit Hat is a difficult recipe for me, I mange to make it without to fail. A quick look at the prices of items involved here, the hat is worth 350G while a single fleece is worth 90G. This would be a great deal if the ball of yarn didn't also cost 240G. This means I'm only getting a 20G profit in addition to the normal sales price of the fleece if I go that route. Now admittedly that's better than nothing, so I'll do it, but I just wish I had a good money maker right now.
Another option to do with the fleece is to make neck towels, but so far I've not found a source of Cheap Cloth. So for now, I rush back to the Inn and boil all my milk then make my way to the store so I can get a bit more yarn. After selling the hot milk, I find that I'm still a touch shy to get all six yarn balls that I want, so I make a quick dash over to my house to see if there are any potato dishes I can make up easy.
So now it's time to do some math with you guys to see if the one potato dish I can make is even worth it. Your basic potato is worth 110G, and this dish calls for a potato and a bit of butter to make a Boiled Potato worth 600G. The only thing butter requires is a bit of milk, and as we know already milk's heated value is only 210G. Butter on the other hand is only worth 120G. So as you can see without to much effort Boiled Potatoes are completely worth it. If I'm out of Potatoes though, then I should be sticking with heated milk because that's better than the butter.
Now comes the tricky part. Can I actually make boiled potatoes. It's listed at a skill level of 40, yet my current cooking skill is only 16. That tells me it's just to risky to even attempt making right now. This though doesn't discourage me. I see I can also make French fries that sell for 380G and are listed at a skill level of 15. The only problem with making them is getting a good supply of oil. I'm fairly sure I saw some in the store, so I guess I'm going to make what hats I can right now, then go back and see if I'm right about the oil.
After making five of the hats, I notice that I'm nearly feinted again so I make a quick trip to the baths to restore myself. From there I jump back to my house and then hop on down to the store hoping that I've not taken so long that they've ran out of stock of yarn. I manage to make it in time, but notice an annoying thing about selling caps and other accessories to stores. They don't stack meaning I have to haggle on the price of each one. I eventually just decide to forget the haggling for these caps and sell them for their base price. I'm not really happy about that, but hearing the little chirping sound every time I fail a haggle attempt gets to be very annoying. I'm just hoping as people start to like me more that they'll be easier to haggle with.
After I've finished selling off my hats, I buy another ball of yarn so I can make one last one. Then I buy up 13 bottles of oil, draining my wallet yet again down to nothing. Rushing back home I whip up some french fries, then sell them at the inn, getting me up to 5898G. Being that I'm completely out of energy though I snag up a couple of dishes of squid before going back to the store to get even more oil. That is the plan at least, but it doesn't end up working out that way.
The inn has a fully different menu and squid is no longer on it. The closest alternative she has now is Salted pike that not only recovers my stamina by 75, but it also heals me by 15 points for the low low price of 160G. Back at the store, I'm able to easily afford the 11 bottles of oil I need to finish turning my potatoes into tasty french fries.
Finally after I've cooked all those fries, made that remaining cap, and selling them all, I am now up to a total of 9378G. Tidy bit of money I've made today, considering I woke up late. This is really handy considering people have been telling me that tomorrow is a holiday, and that the market is open not just on Thursdays but also holidays. I'm tempted to spend my money towards being able to create accessories in my own house so I don't have to go to the mansion for that anymore, or to continue upgrading my kitchen as it seems to be where all the money is at.
So I don't know, you all tell me how you think I should upgrade my house. You've got a bit of time to decide as I won't likely be able to play for a couple of days because I'll be going on a trip. When I get back though fully expect more adventure!
(PS: It's only 5 in the evening in the game, but my character has been staying up late the past couple of nights, so I don't want to take the chance of him getting sick right before a festival.)