|Starting a high playthrough of Mother 3 Fan Translation v1.2|
The first time I played this was like 10 years ago, back when the translation patch first came out... I don't remember much at all except for the major story details.. I've really been looking forward to replaying this.
The naming screen animation is so cute.
Went with all the default character names of course... and fav food noodles and fav thing weed... and grape window color
- Mt. Oriander 1 -
I'm at the home of Alec, Hinawa's father, where Hinawa and her kids Lucas and Claus are visiting...
Claus knocking on the door, telling Lucas to get up so they can go see the dragos.. his mom tells him to go change out of pajamas before leaving
Unlike Earthbound, there are sometimes some unique looking things in houses that you can examine for a bit of flavor text.
Hinawa's dad is outside... both of him and his mom called him sleepyhead...
Alec: "Well, today's the day you head back home."
What the pig next to me says worries me...right pig:
Don't worry about it.cow:
All cows, no matter what they're thinking, go Moo. It'd be handy to remember that.lmao awesome, I guess Lucas has the same abilities as Ness, including his ability to I telepathically talk to animals.
The chickens are too chicken to talk to you, they just run away instead.. you have to run them into something to hear what they say
oh cool... no more skip sandwich nonsense.. now you can just hold B to charge up a run.
There are ants at your feet. You might accidentally step on them, so please don't continue in that direction.
A story is a series of memories. Memories are remembered with other memories, and in turn become memories themselves. If you don't take care to preserve your memories, you'll forget them. So, please tell us frogs your memories of everything so far... That is what people refer to as saving.this is too deep I can't handle it...
West path: Claus is charging and knocking over the father dinosaur...
You should play too, Lucas.>Yes >No
Yeah, let's decline the offer to play with Lucas's brother who I'm sure nothing bad will happen to ever in this game.
Actually it doesn't seem to matter what you pick... Alec comes and shows you how to hold B and ram into things like Claus was doing.
Mole Cricket objects to our play-fighting, and teaches Lucas and Claus real fighting. He doesn't tell you yet, but you can easily find out on your own that with the "Bash" command represented by a music note... in this game you can tap A along to the beat of the background music to get combo hits.
Then Hinawa shows up...
I stepped on a mole cricket. I hope it's all right...lmao wow.. another EarthBound parallel... as soon as the intro barely starts, the tutorial character gets squashed by some woman.
After Hinawa calls them in for noodles, Alec looks at the player and tells you that you should talk to frogs often... this guy replaces the EarthBound dad as the savings/growth info expert character... Frogs replace the telephones, though I don't know if these frogs allow Lucas to talk to his grandpa...
Hinawa is talking about how they'll get home safely, while Alec is talking about how peaceful it is and that there's no danger... Hinawa goes outside to write a letter to Flint, about how this place is so refreshing after being at their sheep farm all the time...
- Tazmily Village 1 -
That odd music from a thing that flew over the house as Hinawa was outside... some pig soldiers came out of it and threw bombs killing a bunch of stuff... someone from Tazmily Village comes and knocks on Flint's door, saying the Sunshine Forest is on fire...
This feels really dire and serious suddenly...
Lucas's father, Flint is level 7, has some useful fighting skills...
geez, who would lock their door in a village as peaceful as ours?Thomas:
I'll follow behind you. What? What's so wrong with that? I happen to like following behind people!
Flint takes a stick from his dog's doghouse... Thomas is like
That'll come in handy as a weapon...in a forest fire? really?
ah sweet... unlike EarthBound you don't have to go to the "status" menu item and hit A to read through the item status dialog... instead the item status dialog is instantly fully there on the screen to read it if you want, as you have the cursor over that item in the Goods or Equip screens... the whole menu interface is just way quicker and easier than the earlier games...
Despite how dire everything is, you can still take the time to talk to all the silly npcs if you want... although most of them are not actually in town right now, they're in the forest helping to rescue people.
Th-th-the Sunshine Fire... It's on forest!! No, wait! The Funshine Sorest is on tire!!Oh and you can easily find out that Thomas is the owner of this town's general store.
If you try to go in any houses: "Now's not the time for that."
Jackie from Jackie's Yado Inn is too busy to help out.
Jill tells Flint not to take Thomas too seriously... what?
Some guy sitting on a bench:
If you need something from the map-loving and map-owning Mapson, it must be a map, yes?He tells me how to use the map...
Fill your right index finger with a wish. or strength. to put it more bluntly, I guess do something R Button-ish?Woah.. Tazmily is actually pretty big... there's like 4 other south Tazmily town sections, in addition to the Flint's house section and the shop/inn section. Flint's house seems to be near an ocean/lakeside cliff, while the 2 south-western sections look like a beach/port and the 2 south-eastern sections look like a mountainside area near a river...
Then up ahead there seems to be some fields/houses and a church, surrounded by a moat from that same river... then the west path from there goes up into Sunshine Forest...
yay weed-induced overly detailed map analysis
Pusher, who is I guess this town's mayor, is telling Flint and Thomas, the only 2 town firefighters to do something...
North! North, I say!oh, so you mean go east of here right?
Flint! The fire isn't that way!
Abbot tells you the directions to the woods, then apologizes for sounding so explanation-like...
Picked up a mushroom in a giftbox and some nuts on the ground... Abbey tells us out of the kindness of her heart to read all signposts so we don't get lost.
South: Tazmily Village, West: Sunshine Forest, North: Sunset Cemetary... oh and there's some blocked off cave path to the east, I wonder when that'll be relevant
- Sunshine Forest 1 -
Lou and Bud escaped, but Bud starts puking... Lou says Lighter and Fuel haven't escaped yet... lol these guys aren't the pig enemies who caused it I hope.
So, sparrows are what replace the EarthBound moles I guess...
The yin-yang altar in this temple place asks the player for their name...
After I count down from three, you will forget you were ever asked this question.
...Have you forgotten?>Yes >No
Ed won't let Ollie and Butch in to see the fire.
Let this slightly unclean and not very tasty cookie be of use.Another sparrow tells Flint about how some people prefer to keep the peace as much as possible, and dash past enemies you can avoid... but if you run away from everything, you'll have a tougher time later on...
Always running off will only lead to regret, my young disciple.I'll usually prefer to just fight any enemy that's in my way.
Walking too close to the fire damages you. The left path leading north to the mountain/Riverside is blocked off by a huge wall of fire... you see one of those pig soldiers open a box to let some flies out, before running through the fire like it's nothing... Lighter is there coughing... he was trying to fight off the pig enemies, but they just kept coming... Fuel is still in the shack up north... Flint inspects some strange dead bug on the ground...
You've never seen a bug like this before.As Flint tries to go further, a bunch more of those strange bugs show up and attack him.
A frog hiding in a barrel of water asks me to save.
|A flying rat... it's the first enemy that does a combo attack on you... with this you should be able to figure out on your own that tapping A along to the beat gets you combo hits... and if you see the enemy do it to you, then you have a better idea of what the timing for the combo hits should be.|
lol I just noticed Thomas stayed behind at some point when Flint went into the burning forest.. how did I not notice the siren noise not being there anymore? I'm way too high.
Um... wtf am I supposed to do on the 2nd floor of this building where Fuel is stuck behind a fallen support beam?
Oh right, the dash ability... you can use that indoors too, and knock away the rubble that's blocking the way.
Abbey was attacked by some enemies... says she's never seen any creatures like this before, some weird hybrid combinations of flies, mouses, and other bugs...
Thomas is near the sanctuary... oh I see he took Lighter here to save him while Flint went to get Fuel.
- Tazmily Village/Sunshine Forest 2 -
It starts raining... back at Tazmily Village, Tessie heals Flint and Fuel at the inn, but Lighter is still in bad condition.
Flint... did you see anything else in the fire besides those weird bugs? Suspicious people with pig-like masks on.Lou says there's yet another guy named Isaac who went out to the woods to pick mushrooms, not sure if he's back yet...
Wow this Innkeeper guy looks perpetually depressed... I guess you've never seen him pre-pig crisis... his wife thinks he's a coward.
Isaac is outside the inn.. asks Flint if he's seen Hinawa and the kids.. He saw Hinawa by the mountain riverside when he was up there picking mushrooms... then he heard Drago screams and human screams off in the distance a bit later.
You still can't go in any other houses in town besides the inn, because it's late out... It seems like you have the choice to either sleep until morning or go looking for Hinawa at night... idk maybe not? Okay yeah, sleeping doesn't do anything but heal you, got it.
During the forest fire, the frog was like "you really should save", but now that it's raining and things are calm, it's like "wanna save? ribbit".. I like how the frogs can all have different dialog depending on the situation.
All of them end by saying
Give my regards to the next frog you meet.
Flint finds a carrier pidgeon with a letter from Hinawa...
Next time we visit, let's ask one of our neighbors to tend the sheep so we can come as a family...
Also you can explore the rest of town now, just can't go in any houses still... sherriff's office is to the west, the sign there says
Sheriff NOT wanted! After all, there's no crime!This map design feels quite a bit different from EarthBound's and Mother 1's giant areas with an angled point of view... This feels kinda more simple, but still has the Earthbound style linearity where the way forward is usually pretty obvious, but if you go exploring for optional goodies it's easy to get lost.
Everyone's searching the forest for Hinawa, Claus, and Lucas.. further up at the mountain...
- Mt. Oriander 2 -
Fuel, Lighter, and Isaac show up, and start trying to push through..
Now some people are gathered at the cliff where the dragons climbed up.. Boney notices something here.. and if you look up you see a red piece of cloth that Flint seems to recognize.
The old man says he can get his son to help Flint up the cliff, Duster... They send Boney to go get him... Duster has the ability to staple soft walls to create a path to climb up them...
Just realized, in EarthBound's Lost Underworld, the place where dragons lived, that's where Ness found his final memory and went to Magicant... and the peaceful (pre-pig crisis) place you start out in has dragons living there...
Up ahead there's this tough cyborg mountain goat thing that the pig enemies activated on us.
After defeating it and chasing the pigs away, my levels are now 12 / 9 / 11
If you try to go back down the mountain after it stops raining, some npc who is slowly trying to climb it blocks you off from returning
Some letter with a pig nose stamp on it:
All the creatures around here suck. We need to make 'em cooler. So the theme will be: Tougher! Rougher! Badder! We'll mix and match this and that to create whole new things no one's ever seen before! I dub it the Fascinating Chimera Project.yikes...
Saw a pig-nosed UFO fly away... can't go any farther due to part of the cliff being destroyed... back down the mountain... the npcs who were at the knocked down trees have finished. One guy finds you and says he found Lucas and Claus, washed up the river.
I wonder what they'll get to eat when their mom gets back.Bronson shows up looking really awkward... he says he found a drago fang... but...
Bronson tells Flint that he can come pick up that drago fang when he gets out of jail... Claus comes and breaks him out.. says Lucas is been at mom's grave crying...
It seems Claus was the first person at Hinawa's grave this morning. When I called out to him as he was leaving, he gave a tiny little smile... and then suddenly dashed off...
Some little girl named Alle says Clause went off somewhere and said "we won't see each other for a while", asks Flint if he knows where he went..
h-he didn't take dad's homemade knife and go to slay the dragoOkay, got the drago fang from Bonson, the only weapon that can hurt a drago... and got some new armor from Lighter... seems like a good place to stop.
|The enemies in this forest seem harder than before.. now that Flint is on his own these snakes and mice make me constantly need to heal.|
lol what's with this walking bush enemy... It follows you around but doesn't actually engage you unless you try and talk to it. then in battle it just uses Lifeup on Flint and does non-hostile things. weird...
Walking Bushie greeted everyone politely and left.These boar enemies are kinda tough, but then I learned the rhythm to get combo hits on them...
Back to Alec's house
According to my froggy intelligence, he's at my friend's house.
My friend is able to talk with frogs, lizards, and what have you.His friend is a Magypsie... The Magypsies have lived isolated from civilization for a long time...
In addition to the save frogs, there's also these weird red "arrow lizards" that point to the direction you need to go...
The magypsies are neither human nor beast, neither man nor woman.Eventually these arrow lizards lead me to...
Wrong. I am the wrong frog.
Right. Right! Right!! Frog!! The right frog!!
These magypsie people live way longer than humans, and didn't care about Clause going to risk his life to fight the Dragos and get revenge.
It's dark in here, but never fear. I've been through here many a time. Just leave it to me. But more importantly, that super serious look on your face will only bring us trouble.For some reason, Alec keeps telling Flint to relax as they go through this cave, and he's acting all weird and making jokes while giving him the directions to the Drago's home.
Some more pig soldiers were up here, and they ran away in their pig UFO just as they saw Flint...
The baby dragon was there, as well as Claus's shoes... and then, as I thought, one of the Dragos has been turned into an evil Mecha Drago...
Alec stopped Flint from killing this Drago parent... Suddenly you see Clause passed out down beneath the cliff they are on. Flint and Alec don't see him though...
- Chapter 2: Thief Adventure -
The plot takes a complete different turn all of a sudden...
One thing I'm noticing about this game in comparison to Earthbound, its cutscenes are a lot more lengthy and serious.. and a lot more animated too... There's a lot more to take in besides just text.
Hidden inside the castle is a treasure with the power to change the fate of the world. Back when the king of Osohe still lived in the castle... I hid this treasure where no one would ever lay eyes on it.So that's what we're doing now... Wess leaves Duster a bunch of enemy debuff tems he can pick up. I guess Duster is supposed to be this game's Jeff... Also you can examine the other stuff in their house, it says "It appears to be empty. Or at least that's what's written here, so it's probably best not to touch it."
The map doesn't tell you where to go until you talk to Mapson... Mapson is the "Hint guy" of this game.
Met a strange traveller and his monkey friend in Tazmily at night...
This fat kid Butch, from the pig farm was introduced to money by some guys in pig costumes. He traded his pigs for it. Then he goes and hides the money in the town well.
The ants that keep arbitrarily stopping me... Now whenever I come across them, they start telling me about timed rhythm hits. These are like weird invisible NPCs that randomly interrupt you. This one ant after sneaking into the castle tells me about how putting an enemy to sleep lets me hear the rhythm better.
Wow, the enemies here are really hard. Duster doesn't have anything that attacks all enemies, so he easily gets overpowered by groups. there's also a bunch of different ways to go and no way of knowing which way is the right way... Yep this is a Mother game alright.
The Artsy Ghost spoke passionately about art! Duster had difficulty understanding.
A ghost told me about this room that has an optional fight against a ghost knight, as well as a ghost sword and ghost shield.
All of these ghost enemies are quite tough with solo Duster, even when I can 16-combo them. I'm dying a lot here, but I can get back to where I was easily if I focus on avoiding battles.
Some red haired girl is in the upper floor of the castle before Duster.. Duster picks up a pendant that she dropped.
Duster started this chapter at level 10, now he's at level 16.
Finally got the treasure Duster was sent here for... There's another one of those weird walls with the dance pictures and a face wall with the sound of wind beyond it...
Back in Tazmily, I could go straight back to Wess but I'll talk to everyone again first...
That traveller with the monkey from last night, he seems to be staying in the middle room in the inn, next to where Lighter/Fuel and the homeless people are staying... He's introducing more people to money...
The gossiper ladies are saying Flint has gone missing... Fuel says he hasn't seen Lucas come out of his house either... Duster saw Lucas outside his house last night, hanging out with Boney cuz he couldn't sleep... He's in his house now, wondering if he should've gone with Claus.
That old dying man in the west part of town, he senses something bad happening to the village... The farm where Butch lives still has its pigs and cows..
...That's not actually what Wess wanted either.. but he recognizes that pendant as belonging to the princess of Osohe Castle.
Wess joins Duster to go back to the castle.. you can talk to all the NPCs again and most of them have different dialog when Wess is with you. including this girl "Nana" who looks a lot like Paula.
|Osohe Castle is now being raided and wrecked up by the pig invaders... All the ghosts are hiding in the kitchen and the unfriendly ghosts have all been killed.|
Wess does an embarrassing dance to open that mysterious door.. he's disappointed at Duster for not being able to figure this out.
Now we're in the top floors of the castle... This seems to be like the EarthBound "sanctuary path" sections... As in, the same sort of vibe of a strange cave that is isolated from the main villain's influence.
After that, Wess and Kumatora got washed up on the shore back at Tazmily... Duster is somewhere else. By this point, Duster was at level 18 and Kumatora at level 14... oh and Kumatora got a fever and learned Thunder and Lifeup.
Wess and Kumatora go off to look for Duster... Kumatora got another fever.
When Kumatora goes to visit Scamp, that dying old man, he says that something that was going to happen to the village, that was Kumatora coming here. He says that something good will happen to the village now...
Everyone's in the middle of the village.. Butch is making a big fuss over his money having been stolen... He accuses the thief family. Chapter 2 ends on that note...
|Chapter 3: The Suspicious Peddler|
The pig ship has landed.
Alright monkey! Listen up! If you don't do your job... then this girlie monkey is as good as dead.
The monkey gets zapped whenever he disobeys his commands... He makes the monkey, dance, laugh, and backflip... and when the monkey starts crying...
Hey, you stupid monkey! You only get to cry when I tell you to!
No... stop this.
You wound up being taken with Fassad.
I'm playing as the monkey right now... I'm in control, well not really... If I go anywhere besides where Fassad wants me to go I get zapped.
The monkey, Salsa, has monkey skills...
- Apologize to an enemy to stop it in its tracks.
- Perform various tricks to stop an enemy somwhat.
- Perform various dances for different results.
- Counter an enemy with its own attack.
Talked to a frog in a barrel... defeated a dung beetle and picked up a "Dung" item...
Gave him sum dung and he gave me some experience points.
You can easily get Salsa leveled up a lot here, just by guarding and letting Fassad kill everything. Some enemies often give you healing items for killing them too.
Found a luxury banana... but Fassad eats it. Oh... maybe it's better to stay away from collecting useful items if the enemy is likely to take the important ones.
The frog... in exchange for saving him, he lets Salsa save.
... Frogs in the desert? It's not as crazy as you might think.
After that, I went around collecting more dung to prepare for the Cactus Dog fight.
When an enemy confuses Salsa, Fassad immediately zaps him back to obedience... Sometimes Fassad doesn't attack during battle. I think if Salsa doesn't attack once in a while, then Fassad will stop attacking too.
Fassad put his finger on the punisher button.
This part of the game is really neat actually... like I wouldn't be staying here grinding for so long if I didn't think it'd be more fun then just charging ahead as soon as possible... I like how Fassad is just barely not strong enough to defeat most of these enemies on his own in one turn, but with the help of level 8 Salsa, every single enemy battle can be won on the first turn. Salsa's growth in this short time period seem very noticeable... Now I'm at the point where I longer need to guard against these desert enemies.
Hmm... the water near that Wan Sum Dung guy has gotten all dungy now... you can still drink it...
Oh wow... I just realized dancing is a VERY good tactic... it just does a random buff/enemy debuff each turn. There, that Cactus Dog was easy with Salsa only at level 8
Oh man this creepy music section...
lol nah that's not what happens, that'd be cool though.
Wow this is creepy... it's like these enemies are already infiltrating the world in various ways that you had no idea about. This kinda reminds me of EarthBound when Giygas's forces infiltrated Winters and Threed via the cave below Stonehenge, except this time you get to see some of it from the enemy's perspective.
This tall man never leaves this spot... and I've never seen him talk with anyone, either.
I'm not sure why, but this stuff is incredible... Just having lots of it can get you anything you want!
Fassad runs into Duster...
Butch to Duster:
What? You don't know what money is? ...Actually, I'm not really all that sure, either. After all, we've never had it in Tazmily Before.
He gave it to me in exchange for some pigs. Yeah, he really took a liking to those pigs...
Yeah, probably to make weird hybrid monsters out of.
Oh damn wait... is it showing me... yeah it's the scene from Chapter 2 when Duster sees Butch hide the money... wow... So this whole chapter 3 is actually chapter 2 from the monkey's perspective.
Fassad tells Salsa to go deliver these people their Happy Boxes... With a 23 minute life threatening time limit... Now he's zapping the monkey even for obeying... damn.
Is my Happy Box ready yet? I'm really looking forward to it.
Oh wow... that tunnel where the pig tank dug through on the way to Osohe castle in chapter 2... That's where Fassad and Salsa came from just now... That path to the desert is now gated off. Only the secret graveyard path connects the desert to Tazmily.
I explored all of the town and found the 4 characters before going to the cemetery to find out I was supposed to grab each Happy Box from there first to deliver them... and also Mapson marks their locations on the map for you.
Abbey canceled her order when she saw Abbot getting one. I'm done I guess...
We can't let criminals run amuck in Tazmily! We must all seek happiness... or this village will be in grave danger!
This scene is awesome... Lucas comes and saves Wess and the others with the baby Drago and his parent.. Wess tells him about what happened with Duster...
|- Chapter 4: Club Titiboo -|
- Tazmily, 3 years later -
Lucas remembers his mom whenever he looks in the mirror...
The Happy Box is giving off light of some sort.
Got a trivia card... it says try using it on human enemies...
Some of the characters still haven't gotten brainwashed, and their homes have been struck by lightning repeatedly because they are the only ones without happy boxes... There's also the Happy Cooling Box... Happy bear... etc...
wtf, opened a gift box and found... a reggae rhythm...
A pig lying at the beach... a man and woman looking at each other from a distance...
No drinking! No swimming! No swimming! No drinking! And swimming while hallucinating is absolutely out of the question!
lol wow... it's like... Pokey's effects on the world made everything more weird and silly like it was in EarthBound... although maybe it's a bit more grim than that.
Out taking your dog for a walk? You must really think you're someone special. Seriously, you don't even work. Even kids are working at the factory nowadays, you know.
Do you know what a trumpet is? I was actually thinking about learning how to play the trumpet... but I didn't. It's not that I was bad at it or anything. That's just how it was destined to be. Do you know what destiny is? Destiny. If you do, then that's cool. My destiny just didn't cross the destiny of trumpets. That's all. But thanks to my not taking up the trumpet, I can use the time I would've spent practicing it on other things. That's one way of looking at it. It's not like I'm doing something wrong here. Yeah. I'll start something else, and who knows, maybe that'll turn out well. Like maybe I could start practicing the yanopi... Do you know what a yanopi is? It's the proper term for a piano. What if I start practicing the yanopi now and wind up being the greatest yanopist ever, charming the hearts of men the world over? If that happens, it'd mean I was right about everything, wouldn't it? My fate still hasn't kissed the yanopis' fate at a crosswalk just yet, but nobody knows what the future holds. Not even mole crickets, water striders, or horned owls. Hey, you. Smile. Yes. You have a really cute smile, you know that? So, anyway, basically...
Visited Mike in the nursing home... he's Lucas's other grandfather apparently?... some sexual harassment joke that I'm sure won't be there in the official Mother 3 translation that eventually comes out.
Wess seems unaffected by the Happy Box.
Alec says lightning destroyed his mountain home and was forced into this nursing home...
That old dying man is gone now...
I'm not stuffed! I'm alive! I'm plenty alive, dagnabbit!
The pig farm is now the pig army's training facility.
Met some characters Lucas knows at the train station... they're coming back home from work at the factory... I guess the factory is probably in the Sunshine Forest or at Mt. Oliander. Jackie is convinced Duster is at Club Titiboo, playing the drums...
That tall guy who was always standing tat Cross Road is gone... I wonder if he'll be relevant later.
I say we remodel the old ruins of Osohe Castle and turn it into a Tazmily resort facility. (Anonymous)
If you wanna ride the train, go to the station! You can ride the train if you go to the station! The train speeds along! Along speeds the train! Let's go-go-go to the factory on the train! (Train Station Attendants)
Is the lightning helping us? Thanks to the lightning, all the dirty, old houses are being cleaned away. So, in a way, the lightning is helping all of us. That's what I think. (From a popular citizen)
Happy Boxes are the greatest! Now to develop even bigger screens! (Abbot and Abbey)
I want too bee a Pigmask too. How can I bee wun? I no I can bee a gud wun. Pleese let me bee a Pigmask. Also, I thought Omelets is good. Well, gudbye. (Fried Pork Kid)
After a hard day's work, there's only one thing to do: spend every last DP you own at Club Titiboo! Club Titiboo is a paradise of music! And other stuff, too! Come see the DCMC in concert, live! (Club Titiboo)
I have sand in my shoes, and I don't know what to do. Somebody do something! (Nana)
Why not consider working at the retirement home? Veterans of life are waiting for your kindness. But please stop quitting one after the other. (Retirement Home Director)
Who in the world IS Leder? Try as hard as I might, I just can't remember anything about him. It's keeping me up at night. (Mike)
We've been slowly running out of friends at the castle lately. People of Tazmily, please pass away at a faster pace, if you would be so kind. Thanks. (Anonymous Ghost)
Notice. Scamp has died. That is all. (Staff)
Select, cheerful police officers wanted. Start a new career as an officer of the Tazmily police force! Do well, and you could even make some Pigmask friends! (Pusher, Tazmily Police Dept.)
Watch out for Chimeras. Strange animals known as Chimeras seem to be increasing in number lately. They are dangerous. Be careful of them. (From a brave person)
Show courtesy to Mr. Fassad. There are many ignorant people who complain about him. I think that is a very bad thing to do. "Tazmily is nothing without Mr. Fassad." Please take this to heart. (Isaac)
DCMC to debut a new song soon?!
No one can stop the DCMC's momentum now!
Stopping here for now, in Sunshine Forest... Lucas and Boney are level 12 and 13... the enemies up ahead get quite hard.
|- Chapter 4: Club Titiboo continued -|
Okay so Sunshine Forest isn't where I'm supposed to go. The enemies here are way too strong for Lucas and Boney... back in the town, Wess is yelling at Fassad, saying he's he's doing something to this town and is the one behind the lightning strikes... Wess asks Lucas to go find Duster, who I gathered is at Club Titiboo...
Where is this Club Titiboo, anyway? No idea... then I happened to come across an NPC who says you need to take the train to get there... I don't have a ticket though, and the train isn't running... the train guy suggests walking along the tracks...
The enemies along these tracks are kinda tough... I got killed by one of them that kept calling for help... Got a bit further... these butterflies are not useful at all because Lucas doesn't have any PSI moves yet... found a magic butterfrog... oh, the Magypsie person here teaches Lucas a bunch of PSI moves by drowning him in the hot spring...
A sign warns me to stay away from the camelsnakes...
Youngsters! Here's you're chance to sweat beautiful sweat! Part time help wanted at the factory.
Sweet, there's a frog, now I can try and fight that camelsnake... in fact, with the frog being the respawn point, there's no downside to getting killed here. You just respawn right there at the frog again but with all your HP and PP maxed out, and you keep whatever stuff you got before you died... wow this almost feels like cheating, but I guess it's a fair strategy...
Yep, as I thought, the camelsnakes are way to strong for Lucas and Boney, I died against them and respawned right where I was at full health.
Signed up for part time work... "Sign your name on this document... no not your name, the name of, uh, you know... the person pulling the strings, I guess you could say?"
oh yeah the game has this thing going on... last time I inputted the player's name, it was with Flint at that temple...
After I finished with that, I'm able to go to Club Titiboo... gotta find it first... tried exploring but the enemies around here are very tough and respawn quickly...
My levels now are at 17/16...
wtf, I died, but then instead of respawning at the frog in front of the factory, I respawned at some hot spring, in some area I don't have a map for, and there's super strong enemies everywhere.. and there's a chicken that can give you free eggs,,,
You smell underage... you smell like an underage kid and a dog!Then Violet comes out and seems to recognize us and lets us in...
DCMC FAN CLUB
We're looking for help for the cheering squad.
Violet tells Lucas she's actually Kumatora...
For some reason the drink/food stand sells Doggy Biscuits in here... another place that sells DCMC merchandise...
All the waitresses here giggle at the end of everything they say... I really wish they'dget rid of that rule, though. It's so stupid. *giggle*
Boney suggests we go sit down so the encore can start.
"OH MY PORK. It looks like our time is up for today."
Kumatora leads Ness down the secret underground tunnel to her room, they have a long discussion, trying to figure out what's going on... This is where Lucas starts to grow from a worthless crybaby into more of a hero character.
Kumatora: "We'll never figure out what happened to that hummingbird egg until Duster regains his memory."
She then shows Lucas the secret attic passageway to Duster's room. Kumatora's room is like a ninja house lol
These mice having dinner... um... come again? They're saying something, but I'm not sure what...
This place they described just now... Lucas recognizes it as that place he saw through the optional binoculars... the unknown valley just beyond the Club Titiboo ropeway...
Now he isn't sure which one he wants to be...
Duster or Lucky... One of them will cease to exist after today...woah... this is some deep existential crisis stuff going on...
The rest of the band members convince him to go with his destiny... "If destiny decides it, I'll say goodbye to you with a smile on my face."
Stone-Sheet-Clippers... have to defeat 5 in a row... well technically with a frog right there I can do that no problem in time...
OJ Last... says he ties with Magic and Baccio
Magic says he always ends up tying against Shimmy... wants to go first...
Baccio says Shimmy uses stone, and he should go a little later...
Shimmy Zmizz says Baccio loses to Magic... wants to go...
Lucky says him, Magic, and OJ play, they always tie... doesn't want to go yet...
Nope, I'm too high to figure this out... just winged it for some of them... lol if you choose the wrong thing against the band leader, Neckbeard comes and distracts everyone and you get to go again...
when the band leader sees Lucas do what he told him, he conceded that Duster's destiny must be to go with Lucas...
As soon as Kumatora realizes she's done with this job, she starts acting angry and aggressive again like usual...
I'm not sure if I understood that puzzle just now... I think you were only supposed to trust the members that seemed trustworthy, maybe?
|Duster and Kumatora joined the group.|
Lucas/Duster/Kumatora/Boney's levels are now 20/19/16/18
Next destination is the area just passed the mountain on the opposite side of the Club Titiboo mountain... I just realized that tower is the thing that is causing the lightning attacks... a bunch of Claymen working there... that's where Duster hid the egg...
But first I'm gonna backtrack and explore the area around the base of these 2 mountains... Now with 4 party members all those monsters that were around the ropeway area and that other unknown building I respawned near that one time for some reason... I can storm through this area easily now and see what's around here while also gaining a few levels.
There's something insignificant written here, but because it's insignificant, you didn't read it.
lmao another fireworks present
Went back to the hot spring... may as well take as many eggs as I can carry... Actually nah, not if you gotta stay in the spring again before he'll give you another one... in fact it turns the eggs your carrying into hot spring eggs. I guess those are useful to have...
The combo system is really fun sometimes when you get like a whole combo rally going for the whole turn.
huh... there's a man climbing up the cliff here.
Now after that pointless backtrack my levels are 22/22/20/21
Both Lucas and Kumatora are getting a lot of fevers and learning a bunch of new PSI powers...
Finally heading towards the tower...
The enemies here are a bit harder than the ones back in the factory area, but again I'm killing it with the combo attacks...
There's a whole bunch of holes now where Duster buried the egg... have to go through a mole tunnel maze...
In actuality, mole tunnels are more than just places to live; they also serve as traps intended to confuse and capture food, such as insects. In other words, the moles' tunnels act as literal dungeons.
These moles are falling into the same pattern as Tazmily Village... except these moles seem to be REALLY proud of their hole... that has gotten so much bigger these past 3 years...
May the ground everywhere become a complex hole!
One of the moles dreamed about noodles...
once upon a time, there was a lazy mole who lived in a hole. this mole would never, ever dig on his own. Instead, he would stand by holes that others dug and say *dig* *dig* *dig* *dig*.
What happened to that mole you ask? No, uhh, I don't know this story very well.
Finally found the right hole to drop into... made it to the area where Duster buried the egg...
Woah this tower looks huge up close... I thought there might be another town or something soon to stop at, maybe not...
|Sweet... was JUST about to use a tart, but then I found a butterfly in a present box|
With Lucas and Duster at level 23 now, and me having mastered these combo beats... those kangashark enemies are nothing now...
Got to a frog... gonna keep going for a bit cuz I'm on a roll with this game... I still don't want to stop yet.
woah... The pigs in this tower mistake Lucas for Claus, and treat him like their general... I guess this is sort of like a town area then.
Got off the Pork Bean and walked around in some of these areas because I wanted to check out the battle sprites of these weird looking chimeras on the highway... there's rhinocerocket... atomic power robot (I remember that thing), and there's also this strange creature...
Almost at the garbage dump... got to a place with a carfrog and a bunch of other stuff at the garbage dump parking lot... There's also a cafe, and new equipment to buy...
So far I found 3/7 of those mouse children... I could continue towards the garbage dump, but instead I'll explore the highway some more and try to find more mice...
You can actually take the pork bean all the way back to that secret tunnel that Fassad and the monkey took in the 3rd chapter... you can get a super bomb and luxury banana there... but you can't go out through the door to the tazmily graveyard or back to Death Desert.
My levels are now 24/24/23/23
Further up on the highway, passed the cafe, found a little cave with a guy named Leo-Leo, surrounded by a bunch of gift boxes. He says he got these presents from some girls, and tells me not to open them... then I talk to him a few more times.
You naturally try to open a gift box the instant you see one, don't ya? But too bad! These ones belong to me!
You look like you're thinking to yourself, "Come on, just one box.", Well too bad!
I really doubt you're popular with the girls. You don't seem like a very bad dude, either. I dunno, should I let you open one...? Nope, not gonna happen!
Okay, okay! You can have one, and only one. Even a bad dude like Leo-Leo has a nice side... That's why the chicks dig me.Hmm... this is mysterious... I wonder what would've happened if I had just taken all the presents first and then talked to him.
Opened a present.. got the "Knit sweater" with Leo-Leo's name knitted onto it... oh I see, and if you try to open more than that, the guy stops you... this wasn't very exciting...
I also found another hidden mouse kid in this room... one more to go... and the last mouse is just out in the open on the side of the road.
Went to the junk yard, where the defective clayman was dropped off... got attacked by a Junk Heap.
This boss was pretty easy. Lucas used shield on everyone and went on healing duty, Duster tried out all his abilities until I found that tickling to lower his DEF works best, Kumatora used fire every turn, and Boney just attacked along with Lucas whenever I didn't need healing... Junk Heap also constantly uses shield, healing, and DEF buffs on himself so it took a while, but I never even came close to being in danger.
Then a pigmask shows up and gives us a lift straight to Thunder Tower...
Finally reached that ominous tower that has been destroying people's homes with thunder strikes.
If this catfish doesn't work hard, we'll run out of power! And if that happens, our mean, scary boss will get mad. And if that happens, I'll get lumps on my head. So please work hard, catfish!
Oh yeah and that Whatever enemy reacts to you very strangely, and only fights you if you talk to it or another nearby enemy fights you.
The tower part of Thunder Tower is full of areas that are always short-circuiting. It's really dangerous, so please don't go up there.
No problem here.
...is what I'd like to say, but the generator defense system partway up the tower is really buggy. We'd be in such huge trouble if any bad guys snuck in!
Yeah, the generator defense system further up the tower... Things could get ugly real quick.
If the generator is destroyed, Thunder Tower will collapse! So a special type of trap's been installed in the generator! I suppose in RPG terms, it would be your so-called "mid-boss"!
The catfish in the center room are much bigger... pigmasks are trying to scare them into working harder... their boss, a huge DCMC fan, is up ahead... good thing I didn't sell all my DCMC merch yet.
My levels are now 28 / 28 / 27 / 27
Next is just an easy linear path up the tower, fighting a bunch of "screwloose" enemies... and I eventually get to a room with a fancy star shaped hot spring and a bunch of kid's toys and stuff...
All of the items in this room can be inspected for some extra lines of dialog...
Sweet, the jukebox switched the music to the EarthBound shop music...
Wait wtf, she can still attack while paralyzed most of the time? This is tough... She gets even harder in her 2nd form.
YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW SO SEW SO-SO
GREETINGS CHEESE POPSICLE
THE NUMBER YOU HAVE DIALED IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PORK CHOPS
FROM EAST TO WEST IT GOES GOES
OH SO SOW SEW BROKEN
*whir* *clank* *clunk*
Further up... closer to the top of the tower generator...
Who the hey are you?! Actually, I guess it doesn't matter, huh? Just the fact you were able to come this far is awesome... which makes YOU awesome! I think I might be in love! My name is Sheep. Don't ask any more than that. Trying to seem mysterious is my hobby.
Whoa this is weird... i get the feeling some of these pigmasks aren't actually people, they might be sheep or pigs, secretly giving the good guys advice on purpose... I've been seeing a few of these strange pigmasks lately that have blatantly hinted they are secretly siding with Lucas. I wonder if this is what the "We pigs know all the secrets of Mother 3" hint from way earlier in the game is all about...
PSI Shield on Boney first of all... then I'll try Siren Beetle, Paralysis, and Sniff... weak against ice... good thing Kuma just learned PK Freeze beta
It unleashes a big attack on all of us, then runs out of energy and I easily heal boney on time and now it's a harmless pile of junk that everyone can wail on. It does eventually regain energy and charge up its big attack again, but it's very easy to predict and survive to the next round of wailing...
My levels are now 30 / 29 / 29 / 28
An alarm going on as the dead robot yells out "IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU'D EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!"
Fassad shows up...
You! How dare you destroy this vital system of ours!
Hmm, I guess this is a case of "Fools, like smoke, enjoy heights."
What's funny is that happiness could've been yours, had you simply stayed in Tazmily and lived quietly, without a care in the world.Then he's on the phone, being like "I'll be done here soon, so leave the Mother Porkship on standby above."
*eats banana*Sheesh, this sounds really ominous...
The Thunder Tower is unusable, but this is the perfect chance to eliminate the whole lot of you in one fell swoop.
It's a bit much for three lousy rats, but our king just loves being flashy. So I've decided that you and Thunder Tower can disappear flashily together.Then Fassad slips on his banana peel and falls off, and Duster uses his rope snake so everyone can grab onto the UFO's ladder...
The good news for me, is that although we haven't known each other long, I'm now a major character in the story, thanks to you. And the bad news for you... is that my jaw isn't sturdy enough to support the weight of three people and one dog. In other words, my jaw... It's.. at... its... limit... This is... literally... jaw-dropping!
Everyone falls off to their doom.
Chapter 5 End
TIME 21 : 25
- Chapter 6 - Sunflower Fields -
|- Chapter 7 - The Seven Needles -|
Tazmily Village 5
The 4 split up... Lucas and Boney land in some hay near the Tazmily old folks home where Wess and Alec are living... meanwhile a scene shows the commander leading some pigmask soldiers into a building...
Alec says his Magypsy friends might be able to help find Duster. So I guess I know where I gotta go next, but first is another big town completionist npc dialog segment.
One of the guys there isn't even talking about the magypsy...
Can I say something off-topic?He tells you anyway regardless of which option you pick.
I picked up this doorknob the other day, but I was irritated at the time, so I threw it to the east as far as I could. I wound up dislocating my shoulder as a result. Actually, no, I was just fibbing about that last part. Hahaha.
This magypsy realizes Lucas is the one they've been waiting for for tens of thousands of years...
Can't you sense it, too? Can't you feel "the time" drawing near? It's okay if you can't. I'm not entirely sure about it, either.Ionia wonders if the others are alright, but can't fly back without his makeup on. but he can walk... then one of the townspeople says they can show us how to go up the river easily... but before that I gotta talk to everyone else in the town.
It seems the factory's been closed down. So I expected my little Biffy and Butchy to come back home, but they wound up going to some New Pork Something-or-Other instead.
Jackie, the innkeeper:
Visitors from the big city have really dropped in number. Conversely, people wanting to leave this village for the city are on the rise. In which case, it would be best to move our hotel to the city. Right? Well, that's what I think, at least.
Attention, guests staying here on group work retreats: Please talk in whispered voices when conducting meetings. Thank you.lol if you keep listening to the whispering conversation through the door, the dialog keeps changing a bunch of times, until this npc finally gives up on trying to stop you from eavesdropping.
A guy staying in one of the hotel rooms says:
I've been staying here a long time, pretending I have money, but I actually don't. I dunno what to do, so I'm gonna stay in here again today. I'm afraid. Every day I'm so afraid. I can't leave my room, I'm so scared they'll demand that I pay up.yikes
The pigmask hanging out near Lucas's house thinks the frog is suspicious, but doesn't think it's up to anything bad so he leaves it be.
Time certainly flies, doesn't it?
The sheep that still has its fur is jealous of the other 2 that had their fur charred off.
The sherriff isn't locking people up anymore, just hanging out with a dog...
Bud and Lou are doing a comedy routine next to a sign that says
NOTICE! Beware of snakes. Please refrain from practicing comedy routines in this area. Greetings, lumber people.Seems all the people still obsessed with money are the ones that want to move to the city.
I just thought of something. I do nothing but think about myself, so I think that might make others not like me... But if other people would think about me even more, it would all balance out. Why won't other people think about me more?Bob:
Lucas! I like you. You come to talk to me every once in a while. I could make you my successor, if you'd like. But it's lonely living my kind of life...
Each time my old man gets a year older, his "me"-ness gets worse and worse.... deep
A sign next to the ocean cliff:
There's something across the sea... Do you ever wonder about such things? Please call me anytime.I bet Nana wrote that, that Paula-looking girl who's always staring out at the sea...
I've figured out what my bad habit is. I'll put it in one sentence. I never shut up.
This cape's suddenly real nice and quiet, now that everyone's gone. But it's also kind of lonely now. The only thing to hear is the sound of the waves.I bet she's the one who wrote that sign lol
Guess I'll sell Lucas's rubber cape and exchange it for the fire resistant Aloha Coat at the sea shop. I don't know if I need it but whatever...
lol the central town message board has a bunch of propaganda ads, and also a message from Nana saying "I have sand in my shoe. Somebody do something!"
Another one says: "We've been running out of friends at the castle lately. People of Tazmily, please pass away at a faster pace, if you would be so kind. Thanks. (Anonymous Ghost)"
And one from Isaac warning everyone that they should all be kind towards Mr. Fassad...
Deposited all these "Dolphin Ossicle" things at the item guy, because I don't know what they're for and they seem worthless but who knows.
I'm still holding onto these 2 "Trivia Card" items that I'm supposed to use on human enemies but I've never fought any (besides possibly pigmasks?)
Cool, you get a flashback scene when Lucas inspects his mom's grave again for the first time in a few chapters...
Hmm, I dunno if I could try and get through Sunshine Forest on foot and ignore the NPCs offering me a boat ride... I'm guessing the chimeras in that forest are no longer too hard for level 30 Lucas and Boney...
A woman at the Sanctuary:
Oh, a kid from the village. You're so nice and unsophisticated.
And yeah there are arrow lizards in the forest, so it does seem like you have the option of taking the boat or not. guess I'll take the boat then.
Bronson's house (I think it's his house? the same guy who is sunbathing on the beach), has a notice saying he's moved out and is planning on moving to the big city.
Lighter is still living in his house that got partially blasted by lightning.. and the mouse who is secretly living in the attic is still there...
Decided to take the boat ride... the bridge raises up to get out of the way...
Back to Mt. Oriander for the first time since like... Chapter 1 I think?
Wow lol I can't believe I spent an hour and a half just on this optional "talk to all the npcs again" segment. like the frog from earlier said:
Time certainly flies, doesn't it?
|After taking Ionia to Aeolia's seashell house, and untying her... suddenly an earthquake occurs, and then Aeolia starts to disappear... |
Does this mean that...The table moves, and reveals an underground path that leads directly to the Osohe Castle courtyard. Before Aeolia completely vanishes, she says she wants us to find out who pulled the needle.
The Needle in Osohe Castle that I've protected for so long... Someone has pulled it. Someone able to pull the needles... has finally appeared. The Dark Dragon sealed away by the seven Needles will awaken...
The answer to that may change the fate of the world completely.
Received Aeolia's memento, a razor and lipstick... is this a battle item or what? It's not in my key items.
The Dark Dragon's heart will become as light or as dark as the person who pulls it... That's what is said, anyway, but I don't sense anything here at all. I don't sense a heart of good OR evil....
There's one other legend... it says only those with the power of PK weed can pull the seven Needles.
C-c-commander! Please hurry here! We've located the next Needle! But but but the monkey! We need the monkey!Tells us to come to the Chimera Lab... I know where that is. Near the factory.
Lucas keeps the phone, so that the pigmasks can tell him more useful info.
Another ladder from here leads to a door in the Osohe Castle basement that was locked before.
Lucas meets Nippolyte at Hinawa's grave... he talks about how Flint is always doing nothing but searching for Claus and visiting Hinawa's grave... Flint told him to give Lucas this Courage Badge. This one actually IS a key item.
First there's a fire, then lightning, and now earthquakes?! Why does this have to happen to us? Actually, when I think about it, I somehow get the feeling this is all your fault. Please stay away from us, if you'd be so kind!rude...
... I'm sure he's fine.Wess:
Every time I see you, the expression on your face gets more and more gallant. But each time you see me, I haven't changed at all, huh? That is quite something.
There's a legend about mermaids. I've heard a little bit about it. The legend says that mermaids use the power of love to rescue people who're drowning. Isn't that such a lovely story?
Jonel is talking about this island across the sea, known as Tanetane Island, or "Spooky Island" as he sometimes calls it... They say the only way to get there is to dive to the bottom of the ocean.
Okay, I guess now I'll take the train to the factory/Titoboo area... oh hey, there's a more expensive "Green train" I can ride for 200 DP, what's that do?
... I dunno, it's just a normal green train. I guess they painted it and jacked up the price.
Lucas experienced the joy of riding a green-colored train.
Or you could just walk there for free, there's nothing on the tracks except weak enemies you can avoid battling.
Murasaki Forest 2
lol I could've gotten to the Chimera Lab like 5 minutes after this chapter started if I hadn't been so intent on re-exploring the starting area and talking to everyone again... let's check out the Factory/Club Titiboo again too, why not?
That blue pigmask who is friends with Lucas, says the factory is shutting down because they don't need claymen anymore...
I'm being sent to New Pork City when this place shuts down, too. Thanks for everything.Nothing else in the factory...
Club Titiboo... oh, this place has been shut down as well... nothing here except a guy looking through the binoculars... and a Tick... and there's that vending machine that cells "Big City Cola" for 10 DP, and you can sell it to other shops for 30 DP to make free money.
This Mole Cricket village is weird... a bunch of paths are blocked by lotus nests...
Here are the rules for our match. If by chance, a conclusion hasn't been reached after 10 minutes... we'll go into overtime, and fight for 5 more minutes. And if a conclusion still isn't reached after that, our elder will decide who the winner is.The Elder Cricket asks if we really want to fight this mole cricket, and gives us a chance to run away... nope let's do this.
Alright! I guess you have no care for your own life!... The Mole Cricket attacks first, does 1 HP to Lucas, then Boney takes him down in one hit.
The Elder Cricket decides to be friends with us after that, and Lucas asks him about the Dark Dragon Needles...
We mole crickets aren't very knowledgeable creatures. But, call it a hunch, I think there could be a clue to these mysterious objects on the mountain on the far end of this mole cricket hole.The mole crickets help Lucas some more by eating the lotus roots blocking the path...
I've learned so much today! A dragon that sleeps underground, needles that seal it away, us being surprisingly weak... Living a long life is worth it. Do you suppose you could tell us mole crickets about even more things?lmao
Said yes, and then I got a ton more dialog...
Oh yeah, if you're gonna go through this mole cricket hole, you should take my little bro with you. If you get lost in this hole. Just ask my little bro and he'll take you straight here. Right, little bro? C'mon, bro! Get your act together! The bad news is he's kinda lame and hates the sunlight more than anything else in the world.
WTF @ THIS MAP
This Mole Cricket hole is REALLY big, you know. You're gonna get bored fast if you don't do pointless chit-chat with us.One of the mole crickets is green, and lets me save.
Mole Crickets know everything. Just about everything ever. Like how to dig holes and how to win fights.
Whenever there's a turn, turn. Always turn. Absolutely turn. That's the trick to getting through this mole cricket hole.
This is hilarious... but man... this looks like it goes on for a while, I wonder if I'm even supposed to go here yet, or if I should go to the Chimera Lab first...
Yeah I'll save the rest of this section for later. Chimera Lab first.
|Murasaki Forest 2.5|
Okay I'm gonna leave a save state here, cuz I'm not sure if you're supposed to go through the mole cricket hole first or go to the Chimera Lab first... I bet it probably doesn't matter, but just in case one of them leads to a temporary point of no return or something...
Let's check out the rest of Murasaki Forest first... oh yeah there's that dance door. That must be the next magypsy Needle location... I get it now... that's what these weird dance doors are for. At that dance door, I get another call from the Pigmask. He says the monkey is the key to getting passed this door, and he's running around causing a disruption in the Chimera Lab, and wants us to come help...
Yeah, I'll help the monkey.
It's still the same enemies around here as before, and they're still kinda tough with level 31 Lucas and Boney...
The guard at the door to the Chimera Lab wants Lucas to take his place guarding the door. He still recognizes Lucas as the part-timer from the Factory.
If you try to go through without putting on the pigmask disguises:
I'm so ticked off cuz the part-timers who are supposed to come today are late. You're in the way, so go on, get outta here. And don't you even dare think about checking inside the lockers and putting on any pig masks you find.All the pigmasks are being forced to work overtime to capture the 2 monkeys.
Now I'm just snooping around this whole place...
Squawk! I'm not stuffed! I'm alive! I'm plenty alive, dagnabbit!huh... interesting... a parrot in Tazmily says this same thing.
Even when stuffed, a frog is still a frog.
A skull of a young Drago.
Some bones. Who knows.
Various bones.Bones bones. Bone bone bone.
Coonwel toc sidemoo.
There are many unidentifiable objects here, all preserved in formaldehyde. Full bodies of animals large and small are being preserved in chemicals. You get the feeling that staying in here for too long will make you lose your appetite.
They warn us that there's another one running loose somewhere, a red one with a giant mouth, that's even stronger.
Listen, now, if you run into a red, huge-mouthed Chimera, do absolutely NOTHING to it. Got that? I've warned you. And while I'm warning you like this, I should add that it'd be even more dangerous not to take the time out to talk with that frog.
Suddenly I hear some loud giant monster noises, as well as a bunch of oinking noises...
No idea which floor to go to next... I'll try 3F.
But how DO you get to the basement?Well obviously you go into that left elevator on 1F that only has a matching elevator on B1F. First I gotta explore more of 1F.
That red one'll stand right outside the room if you start to panic... But I bet you could lure it into a trap if you used that to your advantage. I'm so smart! I can't believe how smart I am! Ouch
Dr. Andonuts is in the trash can on 2F...
I'm being forced to conduct various sorts of research by a certain man. Currently, though, I'm trying to conceal myself for certain reasons.
I'm a bit occupied at the moment. Could you come back at a better time?
No problem here. No problem here... Just leave it at that, would you?
lol, I went up to 3F again via the other elevator, and now that pigmask I saw on the other side of the glass before is now back on the side I was at earlier.
Back to 1F... only other place left to go is the rooms to the left, but now that red monster is roaming the halls...
My Secret Life, chapter three.Yeah, it's the same story as the one from the crappy real estate agent's house in EarthBound.
Speeding ticket... wife is in labor... no, I don't want a ride... this baby is a demon child!
And a door leading to the outside area that is encased in the walls of the lab. Not sure what this area is for.
The monkey... It let the red one out of its cage... We're done for now...Found the monkeys in the basement, then they ran off again.
Emergency MeasuresAt least he's very easy to calmly walk away from as long as he doesn't corner you or spawn right where you come out the door.
Should the Ultimate Chimera escape from its cage, seal all entrances and exits immediately. In the unlikely event that it gets outside, use full force... to feign ignorance and pretend nothing happened. In the event that the Ultimate Chimera is seen by civilians, ...
The rest has been erased and is unreadable.
I think walking around instead of running makes him less likely to spawn right in front of you like that.
Where the heck did those monkeys go this time? wtf I've been literally everywhere...
After searching the basement and freezer room again, I come out into the 1F hallway and NOW the monkeys are there. I guess I had to lure the red monster somewhere else first.
Woah I just realized... if Andonuts is here, then this monkey and his gf... they're totally the same monkeys as the ones from Winters! Andonuts and some other characters must've came here with time travel after Pokey... (or they just lived through the whole thing and this game isn't that far ahead in the future).
lol, after Lucas and his animal friends leave, the yellow bird that was riding the red monster around hits its switch so it can resume its pig rampage.
|Murasaki Forest 3|
it's like the magypsies have some kind of special power that lets them just know certain things... like I'm pretty sure Alec is one of them cuz he saved Lucas and Boney that same way.
I guess I'll take the chinese slave laborers.
Also if you try to go back right towards the entrance of the forest during this part, a dialog box says "It's not nice to leave your friend behind."
I bet it's gonna end up being that the entire island itself IS the dragon...
Kumatora joins Lucas, and Salsa and his gf stay behind at Doria's place.
Mole Cricket Hole
Now that the Chimera Lab part is done, no reason not to check out this place...
Sometimes there's a random old man npc bathing in the hot springs. If you talk to him he's just like "...what?"
You want to get to what's on the other side of this mole cricket hole? Everything over there is mysterious for some reason. I'm not brave at all, so I'm too scared to go.
If there's a turn, turn. Even if you don't want to. Do that, and you'll eventually reach the other end of this mole cricket hole. Have faith in yourself, and proceed NOT straight ahead! Time for another song!
It's a twisty, turny road
but it's not the path I chose
But don't complain, just grin and bear it
as you go down that twisty, turny road
It's not the path I chose
Who did choose it, I wonder
That map is actually totally useless. It doesn't show any of the path... but fortunately the directions to get through are incredibly simple.
Also, this isn't quite the same look as the weird glowy Stonehenge/Threed caves from EB. Just a similar color.
Winters music yay
This area is just a very short linear path with talking snowmen made by Lydia... snowboarding yetis... frozen wolves... I guess the chimera stuff isn't going on in this area so it's just normal wild animals attacking us now.
Got to Lydia's house... a mole cricket sold me some new armor... jeez hot springs and frogs are practically everywhere in this game.
Too late... the pigmask army commander came and pulled out the Needle before Lucas could. Got attacked by the Steel Mechorilla.
|Chapter 7 - The Seven Needles continued|
Okay, so to recap what's going on... so far 3 of the seven Magypsie needles have been pulled out... one in Osohe Castle pulled out by the Pigmask commander, and one in Murasaki Forest pulled out by Lucas... and 1 in Snowcap Mountain that the commander got to before Lucas could. Each time a needle is pulled out, the Magypsie who is gaurding that needle fades out of existence... The Magypsies have lived for a long time guarding these needles, waiting for the prophecized one to come and pull them out in order to save the world... they have lived for a long time guarding these needles, and they've long since accepted the fact that they will disappear when their needle is pulled... But there's also another part of the prophecy that says if one with evil intentions pulls out the needles, the world will fall to evil. At the 3rd needle in Snowcap Mountain, at that point I got stuck at a really hard boss that I might need to grind a bit for...
I forgot I had this "Enemy Wimperizer" item... maybe you're meant to start using this on bosses if you don't want to grind.
...or not. It doesn't even work on this Steel Mechorilla. oh and it's one-use then it's gone, regardless of whether it worked or not... wow what a great item.
Could it be maybe Kumatora's lightning attacks that are making him "short circuit" and go berserk? I'll try not using that anymore.
Like, I don't think you're meant to be able to survive for more than a few turns when he goes berserk... that's just insane. Even after a few Defense Up buffs on the whole team and Offense Down on it, it still isn't enough to survive a few turns without everybody being on healing duty every turn... I have no good "heal all" powers yet, and only PSI Shield alpha that only works one at a time and doesn't last long...
I can beat this thing easily if it never short circuits though... so just in case attacking is what triggers that, I'll do all the buffs/debuffs I can while guarding with Boney before I start attacking...
Ha! I was right... no short-circuit + going buff/debuff crazy at the start = ridiculously impossible boss battle turns pathetically easy
Oh yeah, Right before the boss battle, Lucas and the commander had an epic staredown... I think it's obvious by now who this commander guy is.
That masked man... Could he be the one pulling the Needles?!
Kumatora doesn't let you continue north without going back to check on Lydia first.
Lucas... someone besides you has pulled the needle. Whatever is inside that person's heart has been passed on to the Dark Dragon... You MUST pull the rest of the remaining Needles from here on out...Lydia tells us about the white box at the top of the mountain that they can ride back down on.
Also go and ask my little Pigmask friend what he wants to do now.
When I went back to talk to the Pigmask guy, who now has his helmet off... oh wait, is this the kid in Tazmily who got introduced to money, and hid it in the well? I think so...
I secretly listened in on your conversation. Me and you are enemies. Don't bother with me. Just go do what you need to do. I have no intention of helping you guys out. That Magypsy helped me out, though. Even though I'm a complete stranger. So I'm gonna stay here and look after his rabbits. Then we'll be even.
Get going already! Before another Needle gets pulled!I wonder if there are any other recurring Pigmask characters like this who turn out to be a character I know.
Tazmily Village 6
Wow... this part of the game is weird... it's like, are the Mr. Saturns trying to direct you toward the secret highway passage that Fassad came out of in Chapter 3... They're trying to keep you on the track towards racing to the next Needle instead of wasting time in Tazmily... but I'm gonna waste time in Tazmily anyway just in case there's some new dialog I might miss.
The gods are watching over you guys. You're incredible. You're amazing. Seriously, you're a real inspiration. We're right behind you, supporting you 100%, from the sidelines.I wonder if this guy is actually Flint in disguise, secretly following Lucas around everywhere and helping him on the sidelines the whole time... lol nah, that's unlikely...
I'm so glad they gave me train station patrol. This way, people like you can come talk to me. Had I been on mountain patrol instead, I'd only meet bears and stuff.
Ol' Beanstalk is gone, but sometimes I think I can still hear the sound of his bell.
At Mayor Pusher's house... it's mostly the same as before... I just realized "the sidest of side-characters" guy is constantly pacing from side to side in the hallway...
You know, however depressed you may get, as long as you have hope, there'll always be tomorrow. So try not to give up hope.some guy in Pusher's house:
And what's also important is humor!
I'm the one teaching Master Ollie about humor. Though I may not look it, I've been known as "Huck the Huckster" since childhood.
I'm not sure if all this dialog is "new" or if I just glossed over it before at the beginning of this chapter, but I'm really enjoying getting to know these side characters better.
That waitress from Club Titiboo, who complained about having to giggle at the end of every sentence, now she's looking for work in Tazmily, complaining about this village being boring... Everyone in Yado's Inn is set on moving to the big city now... and Abbot and Abbey are already packing to move...
Someone says the old woman who used to be in the retirement home has moved to New Pork City... high theory just now... maybe that old man who got taken away by the Pigmask army, screaming "I'm plenty alive, dagnabbit", maybe was also taken to New Pork City, against his will.
Only one of the dogs is left in the sheriff's office... The others all moved to New Pork City. This one dog who stayed is the only one who still prefers Tazmily.
|Underground Highway 2/Highway 2|
what the pork is this now...?
Do I read the jar that is too hard to ignore or get on the coffee table that is too hard to ignore?
When you answer "don't read" the jar looks sad.
When you read it:
atta@KED. vERy BaD.
@@mE t@ tHUnDER aREa. tHanKS tHanKS.
and getting on the coffee table... okay cool so it's like a pork vehicle except it's a table.
Oh wait... I just noticed the south path from this tunnel... it leads out to the Tazmily-Factory railway... The path to the highway from that railway tunnel is now opened up... I already revisited the Factory and Club Titiboo earlier in this chapter and I'm pretty sure there's no new flavor text to check out there at this point.
It's really easy to explore this highway now with the coffee table horse thing.
I know I'm supposed to go to Thunder Tower, past the junkyard... but what's that southeast part of the highway about again?
Left: To Candrum
What looks like a pigmask traffic director standing in traffic... he's actually immobilized.
Oh it's the back entrance to the Clayman Factory, where I came out of in Chapter 5 after Lucas was mistaken for the commander... I think this also exits out to the Murasaki Forest area, and I think I could get to the Thunder Tower from there... Not sure which is they way you're meant to go... This path has security robot enemies that attack you.
Went to visit the mouse mom by the garbage dump...
Squeak squeeeeak. (Oh, you're that kind person from before. Parenting is indeed difficult. Mice grow exponentially in number, after all. But, but! Having children makes our happiness grow exponentially, too!)
Hot Dog is written on the sign.
This Pigmask says Lucas looks familiar somehow... hmm...
A stray dog smells the Doggy Jerky that Boney is carrying... gave him it, and he says
Bow wow! (I'm exceptionally happy! I want to thank you guys somehow! Oh, I know! You can have this!)Then when you talk to him again:
*gives Lucas a bomb*
Bow-wow! (I'm a carefree stray dog. We couldn't talk when you were riding your vehicle earlier. So let's talk now.)Okay done talking to dogs for now.
Bow wow wow. (Here, YOU start the conversation.)
Preserve our beautiful scenery! Please refrain from posting signs.
Leo-Leo opened all the other giftboxes in that giftbox circle... he says they were all great, and the sweater Lucas took was the suckiest present of all.
|? Highway construction ?|
Okay so the coffee table path to the back of the thunder tower does seem to be the most straightforward way to go... Instead of fighting through all those high level security robots...
But wait... the path to the east of the Thunder Tower's back entrance is opened up now... The road in this direction looks like it's still under construction. I had to get off the coffee table and walk...
Now it transitioned from a road to a cave... I don't have a map for this area, but it's just a linear straight path, with some Filthy Roaches and Naughty Mushrooms...
That red birds here fly away as soon as you try to talk to them.
holy pork... this music, what... the sound that this Frightbox makes is legit terrifying...
The Pigmasks are using this weird brainwashing/torture music to try and get the Saturns to tell them where the Needle is hidden.
Oops, I think this village has started to get to me...
Opened a box that was sitting in the corner of the small valley... *fart noise* *indescribable smell*
There's several of these gag fart boxes here... but some boxes actually have good stuff too.
The Frightbot told a bloodcurdling story.
SlEEP at ElEVEn. tHanK y@U, B@inG.
am REliEfED.At this point the Frightbots' scary stories do nothing to Lucas's team.
By now, the levels of Lucas/Kumatora/Boney are 35/33/35
You'd better tell us where the Needle is, or we'll start tickling your underarms again!The pigmasks are getting so mad at these creatures that don't make sense.
I get the gimmick here... The Frightbots by themselves are harmless to Lucas's team, but when the Frightbots are teamed up with a couple high level Pigmask enemies... they become a huge obstacle to saving yourself with rolling HP because of how much time they take up in their turn trying to frighten you... Also I think they are more effective at causing crying when they have Pigmasks helping them.
Ahh! Our Frightbot! We needed that! We must inform Mr. Fassad immediately!
|Just realized the Saturn Valley music is way more catchy/less anoying than the EB Saturn Village music that was playing near the construction cave entrance.|
Duster rejoined Lucas's team... Now that the four team members are all together the odds have swung way back in their favor. Getting through those security robots in the Clayman Factory will be no problem (idk if that's where I need to go next after this?)
Duster says he managed to keep the Egg of Light safe.
After explaining the story about the Needles that seal the Dark Dragon... He says he'll come with us... then Kumatora is like
Actually, we would've dragged you along with us anyways.
wE aRE @at@HED l@tS. wE aRE mR. SatURn.
Duster asked one of the Saturns about the Needle's location.
D@ Kn@w. D@@@@@ Kn@w.Duster manages to decipher their weird language to find out where to go...
D@ D@ Kn@w.
"That way" means that way. I can tell by their eyes. ...North! They're saying to go toward the volcano to the north.
Sweet, found the Mapson Saturn.
HaVE maP. GiVE at y@U.
wE aRE fUlGRatE.
There are some things I want to forget... and some things I have forgotten... but have you forgotten me? It's me, the Rope Snake. I apologize for the trouble I caused before. No, I'm not depressed. I'm not. Really. I'm not depressed.
Until the day comes when I can be useful again... I'll... I'll... I'll devote myself to being patient!I thought the Rope Snake would rejoin my team again too, but I guess he just hangs out in Saturn Valley for the rest of the game instead...
A sign with a bow on it says
t@ Cliff, and fiRE m@Untain.
The Saturn's shops are open now after you drive away all the Pigmasks... one selling new weapons and armor that get me to spend like everything I have, plus some weird looking battle items... the other selling food (including luck-based food) and Secret Herb.
BiRDiES Play. niGHt GEt latE.
As soon as I try to leave through the cave the sign is directing me to, a Saturn comes out of that last house and says
we aRE fulGRatE
iS miStaKE. wE aRE GRatEfUl.
lol... subtle hint here that I need to go back and convince Rope Snake to come with us in order to progress... but no, nothing stopping you from going up the ladder.
The 5-Saturn ladder:
fall apaRt. fUn.
|- Phrygia's house -|
Wow, this music is nice...
Another merchant mole cricket hanging out near this Magypsy shell house selling stuff...
The boulder moves out of the way from the encouraging words Lucas gives it... then there's a puzzle with horizontal moving boulders and vertical moving boulders... Then the volcano path...
- Volcano -
The Mrs. Lava does a lot to me, only because it attacks first and uses PSI Fire.
The levels of Lucas/Kumatora/Duster/Boney are now 36/34/29/35
Up ahead, a couple of Pigmasks are gossiping about Fassad, who has a huge change in his appearance lately... He has horns now... they're searching for the Needle just to avoid getting yelled at by him some more.
I guess that Alola Coat would've been nice to have here if I had kept it.
This kind of difficulty is really more reminiscent of EarthBound, in terms of both how annoying the enemies are, how hard it is to figure out where to go in this cave with no map.
Died once and had to start the cave over... now at levels 38/36/33/37
There, found the Needle... That wasn't too hard to get through since I already explored all the dead end paths before restarting from death and keeping my level ups.
"I found you. I finally found you. Nwehehehe!"Fassad now has horns coming out of his nose, and is holding onto a jetpack.
is what Fassad says
Just from the shear number of Secret Herbs everyone in my party had, I was able to beat him with everybody still alive... I would've lost a LOT of items if I had died continued.
Fassad has become like Fawful now...
You will pay for this. And he says it with intense emotion. I believe it is an anger-filled emotion.
After pulling the Needle, Phrygia shows up to tell us where the other Needles are before disappearing. Is she still asleep or what?
One Needle is on Tanetane Island, south of Tazmily. I believe Mixolydia is protecting it.She gives Lucas a notebook where she wrote down what she just told us.
Another Needle is in Chupichupyoi Temple, deep in the Oriander Mountains. I believe Iona is protecting it.
I think you already know this, of course, but it's said that the heart of whoever pulls the Needles is passed on to the Dark Dragon... Instill the power of power, the darkness of darkness, and the light of light into your spirit. Let me peer into your eyes.
Thank you. Thank you... Lucas.
And another one... The Needle is said to be sticking out of the Dark Dragon's head... I can't seem to locate it at all. Nor Locria, who's supposed to protect that particular Needle... I'm so picky about details, yet I have no idea where they are... Having to disappear without finding out, it's a little sad.
You can expect to see more of me in your dreams from now on. *giggle* Goodbye!
After beating that really tough boss... my levels are now at 40/38/36/39
Lucas just now learned the upgraded Healing spell that fully revives from incapacitation... and Kuma learned the 3rd level of PSI Freeze.
The 4th Needle has been pulled out... now Lucas and the commander are tied 2-2.
Barely managed to make it back to the frog at Phrygia's house with everyone still alive.
btw here's the map of Saturn Valley I completely forgot to look at, there was no reason to even look at it.
|Chapter 7 - The Seven Needles continued|
I'm actually not sure where to go next. I recall there were 1 or 2 paths that were blocked by ants earlier, but I forget where those are.
Then to make things even worse, a pig UFO comes down and drops a bomb on the entrance to Saturn Valley, making us trapped here... Duster suggests asking the Saturns if they know another way out of the village.
mantiS l@@kS tHiS waY. S@aRY.
R@aStED BaRlEY P@wDER. taStY.
SKY iS SamE. HUH?
These aren't very helpful...
The one Saturn in the house talks about building a flying machine with lots of birds... you gotta wait patiently to catch them.
The pigmasks are already in the ocean floor, on their way to Tanetane... they're using oxygen supply machines, that look like male mermaids, that you gotta kiss to get oxygen from...
With the last of his strength, Master Eddy generated a whirlpool!This boss used one last whirlpool attack that knocked everyone out... they washed up on the shore of Tanetane Island, with just 1HP and no items.
Went to eat some more of the funky mushrooms to heal after that...
Next is Wess... I guess it's same deal as Flint. But this time I answered "No" to going with him, and he just disappeared without battling me.
Same thing with Claus... It's really obvious which answer leads to you fighting them.
The regular enemies here also start out as familiar NPCs, who say some weird nonsense to you before attacking you as a "Weird Smile", and their attacks are all smile-related until half-way through the battle the party sees the true form of the enemy and the attacks they are actually doing... You can actually tell which enemy you are fighting just by the music/background, and by what Boney tells you when you sniff it.
The boy named Lucas is crying at a grave.
The boy named Lucas and his dog are loitering in the forest.
The boy named Lucas is getting into trouble in the mountains.
The boy named Lucas stole Nuts from our garden.
The boy named Lucas is bullying animals.
The boy named Lucas .........
The mailbox let out a tremendous scream.
Inside the mailbox were countless screams.
Inside the mailbox was the sound of yourself crying.
Inside the mailbox was absolutely nothing. Nothing after nothing came bursting out.
Stuffed inside the mailbox was sheer, never-ending darkness.
Inside the mailbox were lots of pretty butterflies.
Someone looked back at you from inside the mailbox!
...Or so it seemed, but you were the one looking from the other side, too.
Inside the mailbox was a pile of rotten, putrid noodles.
Some of the NPC enemies are repeating... but their dialog is always different each time I encounter them.
Go to sleep. In the absolute darkness. Don't do aaaanything. Don't see anyone. Just sleep. It'll be oh, so much fun......! Ohohohoho!
Your mommy's waiting for you. She's waiting for you with fresh-made Omelets. She's waiting. SHE'S WAITING FOR YOU!
Everyone's waiting for you. Everyone's waiting to throw rocks at you, spit on you, and make your life hell. Who's "everyone"...? Everyone you love.
This whole area is just a long, linear path... most of the enemies you don't even have to fight if you don't want to...
A Lotus person standing beside it... and 2 people inside the house that I don't recognize...
Just a tiny bite of those mushrooms will cause terrible hallucinations. Powerful hallucinations that tear at your weaknesses and the scars in your heart. But I'll bring you back to your senses now.She knocks everyone back into their normal state, then tells us about where the needle is, and says her friend, Ocho, picked up all our stuff off the shore...
You can go back through Tanetane Island when you're cured, and all the enemies are gone... also there was actually a clean hot spring right behind the sludge puddle. This path was blocked by a mirror when we were hallucinating.
Game over 3 times in a row... wow, wtf... up until now it seemed like I've been a bit over-leveled for Tanetane Island... all the enemies have been pretty easy... but this Barrier Trio... There's no way I can survive this with only my single-target PSI Shield/PSI Counter abilities... also I'm not sure how you're supposed to figure out which PSI elemental attack Kumatora can use against them each time they make a new formation, other than taking a lucky guess.
|Everyone's levels are now 44 / 42 / 41 / 43.|
Wow... according to a wiki page on this boss, I'm apparently a bit underleveled. The boss is level 48.
There's gotta be a way to beat him without grinding... ahah! Here it is.
There is a way to defeat the barrier trio more easily, but it is particularly tedious. From the start of the battle, Duster must use his tickle stick and Kumatora must use one of her defense down moves. If the barrier trio's Defense is low enough, it will use Defense Up to replenish its stats rather than attack. By lowering barrier trio's defense each turn, Barrier Trio will constantly be occupied with using Defense Up, giving Lucas and Boney time to chip away at its health. Eventually, Barrier Trio will use PK Starstorm.
I also learned that you can tell which elemental attack they are weak against, based on which one of them initiates the barrier pose... But now that I know Defense Down is their weakness, I don't even need to worry about that. I beat them this time just by spamming Defense Down and Tickle Stick, and shielding/healing everyone with Lucas, then attacking with Lucas and Boney until they started concentrating to use PK Starstorm... at that point I just used everything I had (highest levels of PK weed and PSI Freeze) every turn to kill them while the PSI Shields on my party were enough to keep us alive.
A bunch of pig UFOs show up... for some reason Lucas just stands there waiting for the commander to come down, instead of just pulling the needle right away. The commander zaps everybody with lightning, and then goes to pull out the needle himself.
I still don't have a teleport ability, so I guess I gotta just walk all the way back through Tanetane Island, and through the Seafloor again...
Tazmily Village 7
Wow, Cerulean Beach is now completely deserted, except for the sunbathing guy, the sunbathing pig, and the frog... oh and the Rope Snake is there too, hiding in a hole, saying he's gonna make it big in the big city...
Alec greets us in the west side of the village... Tells us that Ionia lives in Argilla Pass... not many other people here besides Mapson, that stray dog living in the sheriff's office, Nana, the shop owner, the guy who was scared to come out of his room in the inn, the mayor's family, the 2 people near Lucas's house who became friends, the old guy near Lucas's house... Wess is here, saying he has a bad feeling about this strange occurrence of everyone moving to the big city... oh and Lighter and Fuel are near the train, wondering if they should leave for the big city or not.
This area seems pretty simple... The enemies aren't a problem at all, and I'm getting some quick level ups from them so that tells me I'm not overleveled... There's some really weird enemies here, but they aren't very hard.
It was a good experience.
lol... this pointless battle against the Negative Man... He does only 1HP of damage to you when he attacks, and mostly just complains about his life and asks you to kill him...
Another weird enemy with a hilariously heavy head...
You don't need to say anything. I understand. Five needles have been pulled now. Aeolia, Doria, Lydia, Phrygia, and Mixy... *giggle* I mean, Mixolydia. They've all disappeared, now that "the time" has come... And now it's my turn. That leaves only my Needle in Chupichupyoi Temple, and the one missing Needle...
The temple is covered in vines frozen in time. You can't get inside with them as they are. You'll need to sprinkle these "Waters of Time" on them.
Oh, I almost forgot about this... a Mr. Saturn showed up outside of Ionia Temple to bring me back the Courage Badge that he took earlier, and now it's been polished back to its original form... the Franklin Badge!
The commander and the pigmasks are there, trying to break through the vine wall to get into the temple... but they can't... only the special water that Ionia gave us can get through these vines.
Wow... can I even beat him at my current level? I feel like I need a full-party healing ability in order to get through this.
Also, I finally learned what the Magypsie's mementos are for... Missy's Memento revived Lucas after he died, and then it disappeared after that one use... I've just been depositing all these things into the Item Deposit guy, but I happened to still have this one on me.
Guess I'll stop here for now. I'm probably really close to the end of the chapter.
|Chapter 7: The Seven Needles continued|
I didn't want to grind at all... but man, I really want that Lifeup Omega. Okay there, after walking all the way back through Argilla Pass, and back through the Seafloor and Tanetane Island again, and then turning around and walking back to Ionia's house, my levels are now 51 / 50 / 49 / 50, and I now have Lifeup Omega. This made the commander fight WAY easier.
The commander starts short-circuiting... then he flies away with his mechanical bat wings. The Waters of Time made the vines in front of the temple instantly age and move out of the way.
It was our Magypsy ancestors who sealed away the Dark Dragon. Magypsies have guarded the seven Needles for many generations since. But the Needles will be pulled when "the time" comes. And that time is now... The heart of the person who pulls the Needles will be passed on to the Dark Dragon. And then something big will happen... Something big enough to recreate the entire world.
Before Lucas pulls out the needle, Ionia says she wants to teach Princess Kumatora a very strong power... a lightning bolt strikes her, and she realized the power of PK Starstorm!
Her last words before the Needle is pulled out:
Thanks for the pickles earlier. The dog drool was a bit disconcerting, though. *giggle*
The Earthquakes are getting way more intense now... Lucas learned PK weed Omega.
Oh yeah, of course Ionia has to have another big long speech as she's disappearing.
As I start to disappear, my heart senses an intense disturbance. Locria, the final, missing Magypsy, is rapidly nearing the seventh Needle! That's what I'm sensing. It's coming from... that direction. From a lively, filthy place... Oh! Just when I'm about to tell where it is...! Aaah!
Got Ionia's razor and lipstick... I guess it would be useful to for the party to carry all 7 of these mementos with them going into the final chapter.
Oh wait, noooo! Lucas's inventory is full, so she doesn't give him it... oh well, I probably don't need it.
Suddenly a limousine shows up outside of the temple...
Our great leader and new king of the entire world, Master Porky, cordially invites you to the greatest city in the world: New Pork City.If you say no to the limousine ride offer, the chauffer says
Where Master Porky is concerned, there is no "no".
|Chapter 8 - All Things...|
New Pork City
The Chauffeur gives us a map of the city. Then says
Well, Master Lucas. I'm sure I'll see you again. With a different look.
Oh, Lucas. Did you follow me here for some of my slightly unclean and not very tasty cookies? Because I don't make those anymore. Have you forgotten?Bateau:
Everyone else came to the city, so I couldn't just stay back there all aloNew Pork Cityne... I figured there'd be something here for me if I came, but now I dunno. I'm not really sure... Do you feel the same way, Lucas?
Is that the guy who squatted at the Yado Inn and took it over just a little while ago?
Man, this area stinks. No, it's not me. It's this area.
Great new arrival! You've been waiting for it! "Attack of the Terrifying Raw Oysters"
I don't know if everyone is gathering here in the city, or if they're BEING gathered instead. But if you're here, Lucas, that means everyone really is here now.
If you do anything to defy Master Porky... then you and me'll be enemies!
Walk, stop, sleep, shout... You're free to do it all!
You can go anywhere you want, aside from the 100th floor of the Empire Porky Building. In fact, go have a look around at everything.
Apparently, this statue of Master Porky isn't just something to look at and marvel. More specifically, it's supposedly the divine protector of the city. I also hear some morons somewhere picked a fight with it and wound up in a world of hurt.
The smartest, bravest, and toughest chubster of all time. Here stands a statue of our great leader, Master Porky.
If I were to, say, compare my life to a story, I'd say we're at the start of the 15th chapter, out of 16 total.
This is the big city life! Or is it? It somehow doesn't feel like it.Betsy:
Apparently, all of the waitresses in the restaurant over there are robots made to look like the mother of some really important person.
The lion-ness gushing forth from it! The mask-ness dripping from it! And the nose hair-ness! And the archaicness...? It's so magnificent it's positively frightening!Bob:
Dona's a sucker for art. She's been stuck to this spot for what seems like forever now.
The mole cricket wants Lucas to ask Jackie if he'll partner with the mole crickets...
Jackie... Now that I think of it, he kinda looks like a Magypsy. Could he actually be Locria?
The town's filling up with more and more people, but this shop's still as empty as ever.
Fill yourself up with your favorite food, and nothing else! That's this restaurant's... rule.
noodles Egg Soup
Meh Salad with noodles Topping
Porky Amusument Park, at the top left (the cutscened showed this place earlier), has those 3 slot machine slave laborers from EarthBound.
I'm a broken slot machine. But, the Sanchez Brothers and their friend are a very cheerful trio... They will make you happy.
Everyone convinced me to come to the city, but I feel more dizzy than anything, really.
|Upgraded all my equipment from the pig vending machine... this and the pigmask at the southeast selling dangerous items are the only shops here that matter.|
I still have tons of DP (over 20k) after buying all the best equipment for everyone (except with Lucas I kept the Awesome Crown, since 30 extra PP is better than 6 extra defense)
So... I may as well use up the rest of my DP to stock up on Super Bombs, the strongest consistently working dangerous item (that New Year's Bomb doesn't sound worth it at all)
You buy good things. You have good eye.
Now I'll head into the big building.
This is Empire Pork Building, headquarters of the Porky Corporation. Don't you dare touch it with your filthy, sticky fingers! If you'd be so kind. *smile* *smile*
So you're the ones who... Heh heh heh. No, no, no! It's nothing at all! Never mind me! *Smile *smile*
Empire Pork Building
The first floor of this building looks similar to Monotoli building... lmao I love this relaxed, melodic version of the Porky theme...
So you finally came too, Lucas? Is Flint still out looking for his missing son? If only he'd come to me for serious help, we might've been able to find him... He's an awkward fellow, that father of yours.
Another mole cricket is inside here, selling some useful healing items.
Hot Spring Powder Hot SpringThe Left room has the friendly item deposit guy, without the buggy he always has with him... I realized I still haven't used my 3 Trivia Card items on any human enemies yet... I wanna see what those do, and I also wanna carry around all the mementos now that I know what they do... My inventory is now completely filled with amazing healing items, super bombs, pencil rockets, mementos, equipment, and Trivia Cards... I'll get deposit a couple of the healing items for now just in case I need item slots.
"For our customers' greater satisfaction, we mix in about 20 bags of Hot Spring Powder each and every day."
The elevator is under repair... since I've been everywhere and didn't see anywhere else to go, I'm expecting a cutscene/event to happen...
Now I'm wandering New Pork City again, looking for this cutscene trigger...
oh wait, lul I never actually entered the theater in the southwest side of town...
New Pork Theatre
According to my research, stinkbugs appear to possess a terrific capacity for memorization. I'd love to study them to find out even more, but... they're just so stinky!
Oh, Lucas. Are you looking for something? Whenever you're not really sure what to do, the theater's the best place to go! Yep!
A stinkbug is in the theater, delaying the movie. Also there's a shop here selling some insanely overpriced fake versions of Ness's and Paula's weapons, the Bat and Frying Pan.
As well as a not-so-overpriced Ness-style hat for Lucas and Boney, and an Angel Ribbon for Kumatora...
The movie projector (which some woman is standing right in front of but doesn't cast a shadow for some reason), is showing a slideshow of EarthBound screenshots. Nobody's sitting on the seats because they smell nasty.
Rumor has it whenever you guys do somethin' earthquakes and tremors and stuff happen. What in the world do you guys do?!
Your guys' leader is locked up in an apartment building underground. Huh? You don't know nothin' about no leader? But your leader wants to see you. Here I am, puttin' myself at risk to tell you this, and you honestly don't know the guy?um... is he talking about Mayor Pusher, the leader of Tazmily, or what idk...
I see, so you still don't know about 'im. I dunno, maybe you're supposed to meet him without knowin' who he is or somethin'. He definitely wants to meet you guys, though.
Your leader's bein held in the MT Apartments, but you gotta go through the sewers to get there. As the name suggests, the place is empty. No one lives there at all. It's now a breeding ground for violent attack roaches, stinkbugs, rats, and stuff. So you could probably find your way there by following a stinkbug or something. Only problem is, they smell REALLY, really nasty! I'm talkin' major stinkage here!
Wow. That hole in the speaker leads directly into the sewer system. Absolutely unbelievable. So THAT's why this theatre stinks to high heaven.
Also I get yelled at when I run inside the theater.
The hole in this speaker seems to lead into the sewers. Go through it?"Yes"
It would be a bit difficult for people to fit through this.
lol, okay then.
I'm trying to express in words this strange and creepy feeling in the air.
|Hmm... now I'm back to not knowing where to go again... nothing to do but revisit every part of New Pork City, looking for any changes or a cutscene trigger.|
Found a couple new NPCs in the west part of the city.. or maybe I just didn't notice them before... oh! It's that guy and girl who were always standing far apart, facing each other, at Cerulean Beach and Club Titiboo... now they're much closer together.
Oh, you're always such a kid at heart.Linda:
Hey, Paul. It says there's an amusement park this way! Let's go have a look!
And there's a couple people in the elevator room that weren't there before, speculating about what kind of person Master Porky is, and wondering why the statue of him looks like a kid...
Has anyone ever seen Master Porky before? How old do you think he is? He must be amazing to build a city like this.
That statue of Master Porky looks a lot like a kid, don't you think? What do you think's up with that?
btw I wonder what's up with this purple stuff coming out of the mechanical tree in the east end of the city?
Boy, New Pork City doesn't make any sense. I can't tell if it's kiddie-like, creepy, disgusting, flashy, or what...
They say the DCMC are gonna have a concert in this city. I guess in that way, this city might not be half bad at all.
oookay... I've been everywhere again, and now I have NO idea what to do to make progress... For the first time ever in this game, I'm actually legit stuck. Had to look up a guide to learn that you're supposed to check all the seats in the theatre to find the stinkbug that's stinking up the place... oh, of course. I was so focused on that tunnel leading to the sewers, I didn't think of that.
Boney chases the stinkbug in through the speaker/sewer hole.
Some of the NPCs here now have different dialog.
A stinkbug? Yeah, I saw one earlier. Where could it have gone? Some people say that if you take a big whiff of a stinkbug's smell, your memory will improve. If that's true, I'd sniff one without a second thought.Some woman says she recalls another entrance into the sewers, she doesn't remember where exactly, but it's "someplace stupid", and that she used to work part-time there a long time ago...
Tried the game arcade, with all those dumb-sounding games... The guy there says
I've been hearing a dog whimpering for a while. I think it's somewhere right below us. I can't go check it out, though. The reason being that I'm afraid of dogs. Seriously, their noses are wet, they wag their tails, they lick people's faces... Gwah, I TOTALLY can't handle that.He opens the sewer entrance so that we can go check it out.
|New Pork Sewer System|
I think this is the MT Apartments...
oh cool, I finally get to meet/talk to that tall guy that used to stand near the crossroad area of Tazmily.
It wasn't that I couldn't talk all this time. I simply chose not to. As I rang that Cross Road bell, deep inside my heart I had decided I would speak to no one."Yes"
*sad music starts playing*
But the secrets I've been guarding are now starting to leak out.
Lucas. The time has come to tell you everything. What I'm about to tell you, you might not want to know. Even so, you absolutely must hear it.
It will be a long story, but please listen to it all.
Given who you are and how you've lived, what I have to say will tear at your hearts, and there is just so much to tell. So I've decided to have the stinkbug trembling behind me memorize everything I say.
Long ago, there existed a "world". A world different from what the people on these islands think of. This "world" was incredibly big. More people lived on this world than there are grains of sand on these Nowhere Islands. I know it may be hard to imagine, but such a world once existed.
At some point, the world wound up destroyed. Naturally, it was humans who destroyed it. In the back of their minds, everyone had an inkling that it would happen at some point. And then it really did happen. And so, the world is no more.
Everything so far has been about "The End of the World". Did you understand all of it?
Just before the end of the world, a "White Ship" came to these islands. On it were all the people of Tazmily Village. Yes. Aboard the White Ship were those few who had managed to escape the "world". The people on the ship still went by their names from the previous world. This "White Ship" plan had been set in place before the world was destroyed.And, although they're part of the world, these Nowhere Islands are a special place. They were the one place that would remain, even if the world was lost. The one and only place where people could survive. And so the White Ship arrived at these islands.
Everything so far has been about "The White Ship". Did you understand all of it?
The reason these islands are special is because they harbor a giant dragon nearly as large as the islands themselves. Long, long ago, people lived together with the Dragon. However, at some point in time, the people and the Dragon could no longer coexist. So, using the seven Needles, the Dragon was placed into a long, long sleep by the ancestors of the Magypsy people, who have lived here since ancient times. Ever since, the Magypsies have guarded the Needles, in an effort to prevent the Dragon from being woken until its power is truly needed. Thus, until the time of its awakening, the Dragon continued to sleep, as the power of the earth itself. And so, because of the tremendous energy of the Dragon hidden deep below, these islands were protected from the end of the world.
Everything so far has been about "The Dragon and the Magypsies". Did you understand all of it?
Those who came here aboard the White Ship feared another "End of the World" more than anything else. They felt that the world's destruction was a direct result of the way they had lived. The people of the White Ship discussed things at great length. They shared their wisdom and spoke with grave seriousness. And then they arrived at their conclusion. They decided to completely erase everyone's memories of the previous "world" and start their lives over with new rules and new roles.
Yes. In short, everyone would play out the ideal "story" that they had come up with. That is what happened. The people would restart their lives in a simple, peaceful village, in the kind of place they wished they had grown up in. They would erase their memory of everything: the world, their beginnings, their rules... and then they would begin their new lives. Everyone's old memories would be reset and replaced with their newly-created "story". And thus the village of Tazmily came to be.
However, it was necessary to record the fact that the memory replacement had taken place. The Hummingbird Egg was the device used to store the memories of the White Ship people. Wess and his son Duster, both playing the roles of thieves, were set to take action should a dangerous situation occur. Remember when they went to Osohe Castle? They went there to retrieve the secret of the "People of the White Ship".
And there's one other thing. Me. It was essential that one person retain memory of the previous world to sort of "keep watch" over things. I was the only one in the village of Tazmily who wasn't given a role in the new "story". The sound of my bell served as a "suggestion", to keep everyone's fabricated memories from reverting. My name "Leder" comes from the word "Leader". No, no, that doesn't mean I was anyone special. It was just that I was particularily taller than all the others. So, upon discussion, I was selected because it would be easier for me to stand out. Being so tall, people would want to come see me, you know? And so I was given the role of revealing these secrets when the time truly called for it.
Everything so far has been about "Those Who Lost Everything". Although Tazmily Village exists in reality, it was originally created as part of a story. I know this may be difficult to believe, but do you understand so far?
jeez, I wasn't expecting a huge lorebomb that dwarfs the talking rock part of EarthBound... this is insane... lmao the plot pacing of this whole series is like, the work of a mad scientist or some shit.
Something about this story makes me think it's all somehow connected to the Magicant world of M1... Like first of all there's those 7 Magypsy houses that look like the Mother 1 Magicant portals (how many of those were there again?)... and the Dark Dragon might just be the same dragon that teaches you one of the melodies in Mother 1, or related to that in some way... I dunno, maybe I'm thinking too deep into it.
And I'm not sure if Pokey/Porky was one of the white ship people that lost their memories, or if he was primarily the cause of the End of the World and is intentionally looking to end this world as well (probably the latter I'm guessing, after all he still had his time travel powers at the end of EarthBound)
|LMAO, Leder's lorebomb is STILL going... Not that I mind, I'm like, really into this story right now, I don't even care about getting back to the gameplay because this story is so damn good.|
Let me also talk about Osohe Castle. Apparently, long ago, a kingdom existed on this island, centered around the king of Osohe. However, when we arrived on the White Ship, the people of this kingdom were gone. It seems they had left the islands, fearing the Dragon's eventual awakening someday. Before boarding the White Ship, Princess Kumatora was an infant who had lost her mother and father. Upon coming to these islands, she was given to the Magypsies to raise, and given the role of princess of Osohe Castle. Wess and Duster being her retainers was another part of the fabricated "story".
Osohe Castle is one of the few and precious relics of this island's "past". We crafted our story in haste, so the people inside it have very little "past" or "history". Have you noticed no one in Tazmily can talk about things from 100 or 1000 years ago? In truth, we HAD wanted to create an entire plethora of myths and legends... but our story was made in such a hurry that we weren't able to. It's a real shame.
I'm sure that much of what I'm saying, you'd rather not hear, but it's the truth. Have you listened to everything so far?
Truthfully, we had no idea how Tazmily Village would turn out. But things actually went rather well. The people who had arrived on the White Ship had fully taken to their new identies. They believed they had always lived together peacefully. It was when a person by the name of Porky stumbled upon these islands that everything started to go amok. It seems he used a "Time Distorter" machine to travel through time and space at will. However, he was apparently shut out from all other times and spaces and tumbled into this era and these islands. Even worse, he used his Time Distorter to bring many people from other eras here. The Pigmasks, as well as everyone in New Pork City, were all brought here and brainwashed by Porky.
This Porky fellow seems to view these islands as his own personal "toy box", with which he can do anything he wants. He would take animals apart and recombine them to make creepy, new "Chimeras". As a child-like dictator, he began doing whatever he pleased, including building Thunder Tower and forming his own army. Porky eventually learned the White Ship secret because of a traitor among the Magypsies.
Do you understand about the intruder known as Porky?
Wow... I guess all those familiar NPCs that got brought into the game later on after Porky infiltrated, they literally ARE the same characters as from EarthBound.
Also, this Magypsy traitor plot point is really good... I wasn't expecting it at all... Is my theory about the innkeeper being the traitorous Magypsy, Locria correct...? If so, no wonder he looks so ashamed all the time.
This traitor was known as Locria, the seventh Magypsy, and the only one you haven't met yet.Damn, I was wrong?
...Actually, now that I think of it... couldn't Fassad be Locria? That might be it...
After Locria joined forces with Porky, Porky learned about the White Ship people and the secret of the sleeping Dragon. Porky decided to pull the Needles to wake the Dragon, so he could use the power for himself. The Dragon is the power of the very earth itself, you see. It's said that whoever pulls the sealing Needles will become the Dragon's master. However, only a very select few are capable of pulling the Dragon's Needles. Apparently, neither the Magypsies nor Porky have that capability. Yet, the Needles are being pulled now. That means Porky is somehow controlling someone who can control the Dragon's power!
...We have to put a stop to Porky's antics. If we don't, the world will be completely destroyed again, and it will spell the true end for everything. For Porky, that might be the ultimate pleasure, but we can't allow it to happen. We, the last handful of people there are, absolutely can't allow it to happen. Lucas. It seems you're a chosen one, with the ability to pull the Needles sealing the Dragon away. You MUST pull hte Dark Dragon's Needle with your own hands, and pass your heart to on to the Dragon. Let this be my one and only order to you as your "leader".
Do you understand everything about "The Dragon's Awakening"?
I hear that six of the Dragon's Needles have already been pulled. Deep in the earth, the Dragon is likely beginning to stir from its sleep now. Supposedly, the last Needle is somewhere here in New Pork City. Porky has been gathering everything that lives on these islands into New Pork City to prepare for the final Needle's pulling. It's possible that he's planning to hold one final, twisted party. But now is our chance to change this looming crisis into a golden opportunity. All things may come to an end... or new and bountiful things may begin. Wouldn't you like to help that happen?
Lucas. You were once a weak, fragile boy, but now you've been given a tremendous role to fulfill. Now that you know everything, including everything I'm sure you'd rather not know, the time has come for you to save the future of all life as we know it.
"God won't make you bear more than you can carry."
I'm sure you've heard that phrase before. Know that you aren't fighting alone. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, will lend you their support.
That was a long story, but that is the end of everything I have to tell you. Did you understand it all?
Hmm... At first I was thinking the 7th Needle might actually be in that sanctuary temple where you registered your player name... but no it's actually on New Pork City. It seems like Porky already knows where it is, too, and is just saving it to put on a big show? Damn... this is some dire shit.
Only the Magypsies really know the Needles' locations, so I don't know where to find them. But, from the way Porky and the others have been acting, I would say they're now very close to reaching the seventh Needle. Please, Lucas. Be the one who pulls the final Needle. Porky issues his orders from the 100th floor of the Empire Pork Building. Start by jumping into the fray and storming into the building. After that, you can start looking for clues.
It's been such a long time since I've spoken to anyone. And now I'm exhausted. This stinkbug should remember everything I've just said. Take him with you. That way, if you happen to forget anything I've said here, you can ask him to repeat it. Will you go with them, Mr. Stinkbug?