Part 12: Choral lock (Part I)

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Last time, we were acquiring ready come raid this lovely small location.
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Choral Castle, at the very least in my opinion, is wherein Abyss finally takes the training wheel off and lets you just play the cursed game. It"s the first true “dungeon” that needs actual puzzle solving, we have a complete party, and the enemies take a noticeable run in difficulty. There"s even an really boss here that we fight without the assist of a level 45 demigod.

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: “Does the bring back any memories? like from once you to be kidnapped?”
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: “You can"t remember noþeles from her childhood, deserve to you, Luke?”: “Well... Mine memories really only start native the allude I got ago to the manor seven years ago.”: “That"s therefore sad... I"ll aid you gain your memories back!”: “...Something"s not right. No one"s lived below for ages, yet there are indicators of recent activity.”: “Monsters... I can feel them.”: “The chef engineer should be inside. Let"s take a look.”Skit: Who requirements Memories?: “Man, ns still can"t psychic anything.”: “Oh well. Perhaps something will certainly come ago to friend while we"re wandering around.”: “It"s not choose it yes, really matters anyway. I"m not absent anything.”: “Really? I"d have actually thought it would certainly bother you more. I need to admit I"m impressed.”: “Why? things were probably simply as boring because that me once I to be a kid.”: “...Poor Princess Natalia.”
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Hidden turn off of a side route is our first stat booster item. Sage
permanently increases a party member"s max HP by 10. There are a most others too that raise other stats, yet honestly I commonly forget around them for 10 hours, climate peek in my inventory to find a dozen of lock that i parse out all in ~ once. Lock don"t give enough of a boost to warrant that lot worry.Skit: Dream Plans: “Wow... My future country home...”: “Did you say something?”: “Luke! This is her estate, right?”: “Yeah... Well, it"s my dad"s, anyway. That"s all i know about it.”: “Actually... I don"t think this place has actually been supplied in ages. Close come a generation, is what ns heard.”: “So why execute they still stroked nerves to hold on to it?”: “I doubt it"s also that... An ext like they exit it. Doesn"t expense anything to keep it the way.”
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: “Great! Okay, this is walk to it is in Anise"s private Resort!”: “Huh...? Why"re you always talking to yourself all the time, anyway? Weirdo.”: “Oh, no! my dream plans are in danger!”Fucking hell, Anise.
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: “Luke, don"t stray too far from the group.”: “I know, ns know. Shut increase already.”
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: “Luke!”
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: “Luke, behind you!”: “Huh?”
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Surprise Encounters
room a new addition to story of the Abyss, and also as far as ns remember were eliminated from future gamings in the series. Usually what wake up it that as soon as a monster comes into call with girlfriend from behind in a dungeon or on the map, her party gets scrambled around. May party configuration is Luke, Tear, Jade climate Guy. Now it"s Luke, Anise, Tear climate Jade. It also randomly starts systems in different positions on the battle field 보다 they"d generally be as set up by her strategy food selection settings. Honestly, it sound a lot more terrible than it is. Really surprised encounters space nothing much more than a mild irritant since of the party dynamics in abyss. Much more on that when we gain our last party member.
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These golems space the main opponent we"ll be encountering in Choral Castle, i m sorry is a shame due to the fact that they"re annoying as hell!
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when they"ve bring away a decent pounding, the optimal of the statue jumps off its base and also they end up being two enemies. Both adversaries do pretty great damage and absolutely refuse to flinch in ~ all. It"s in ~ this suggest in the video game that i remember I"d bumped the difficulty up, since enemies in Choral castle take a large leap in state of damage output, and also suddenly Luke is almost dying every the time.
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: “Because you were careless, our formation was broken, and we didn"t have time come prepare for battle. I hope girlfriend learned your lesson.”: “Shut up! exactly how was I an alleged to recognize that?! and what the hell was that thing, anyway?!”: “It"s a fontech doll draft to eliminate intruders. This is a reasonably recent model, despite it looks choose it has actually seen much better days.”: “Ohh, Luke! ns was so scared!!”: “With monsters prefer that around, you"ve got to salary attention.”
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: “Okay, okay! I"ll it is in careful! Jeez! Enough!”
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At this suggest a ghost floats past with one ominous red eye. This is a "hint" for the main puzzle the this area, yet it"s sort of obtuse.
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To the phibìc is this study.
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: “It looks prefer it"s to be sealed through special fonons. Ns wonder if there"s something essential inside.”It"s additionally purple. Again, a hint.
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Luke additionally picks up Steel
which offers him a temporary rise to his crucial chance. Right now it"s quite lame, yet there"s a tiny trick we deserve to work later on to turn this right into one of Luke"s finest moves.
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Jade also takes a action towards unlocking his fon slots through the arte Stalagmite
which, favor in every various other Tales game, is an earth basted arte that sends up spikes of absent for great consecutive damage.
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At the finish of this hallway is the red-eyed ghost.
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However he has no desire come fight us, and also just runs. It s okay then.
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So we work-related a little block advertise magic and...
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Got ya, punk.
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So if you didn"t get the hint: the door is blocked by a purple orb, for this reason we need to make our very own purple orb. Whatever. We"ve got the first half.
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The blue eye"d ghost additionally runs, however there"s nothing come block him.
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The trick is in reality to shooting him with Mieu fire, which freezes him in place. This actually uses to most adversaries you accomplish in dungeons, too.
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Yoink.
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Treasure round up, Chain Mail and Silk Robe
are much better armor because that Luke/Guy and also Jade, respectively. Additionally note the overview of the ghost in the above shot: There"s a eco-friendly eye"d ghost hanging roughly in this room, and he"s the just one the tries to strike you. His environment-friendly orb is great for nothing, and if he pressures you into a fight he breaks one of the orbs you"re holding and also you obtain the useless green orb, which pressures you to do the whole puzzle over again.
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The door takes united state to a strange underground cavern that looks favor it"s been carved out that the cliff-side the castle"s sit on. Keep in mind the sea water coming in.
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: “Is this...?”: “Colonel, execute you understand what this maker is?”: “...No. I can"t it is in sure.”
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It"s subtle, but Jade throws a look towards Luke because that a break-up second.: “And also if i were...”: “Wh-what? has actually it acquired something to carry out with me?”: “...I can"t be specific yet. Give me a little an ext time come think about it.”: “I think this is the first time I"ve ever before heard friend sound nervous around something.”
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A bat cries out.
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: “Uh- I...”
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: “I"m sorry. Mine body simply reacted...”: “Sorry about that Anise. Are you every right?”: “Y-yeah.”: “Did miscellaneous happen? the didn"t look favor a just aversion to females.”: “I"m sorry... I really don"t know. I wasn"t choose this as a kid. But there"s a part of my memory that"s fully missing. The cause my lie there...”I swear to god, I"m going to begin an amnesia counter gag at this rate.: “Your memory is messed increase too?”: “I don"t think it"s the same thing. I"m only lacking the memory from a solitary moment.”: “How perform you understand it"s just one moment?”: “I know. The just thing that"s lacking is the memory of when my household died.”: “Enough around me. I desire to hear what"s on your mind, Colonel...”: “Just as you"d quite not talk around your past, there are somethings ns wish no to talk about as well.”
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Hmm...Skit: Guy"s Feelings: “So Guy"s parents space dead...”: “You didn"t recognize either?”: “Nope. I might"ve heard around it once I was a kid, but I can"t remember anything from prior to I to be kidnapped. And Guy doesn"t talk around the past much, anyway.”: “Well, favor the Colonel said, everyone has things they don"t desire to speak about. You should probably let the be till he decides to lug it up.”: “I don"t require you tellin me exactly how to resolve Guy! stop lecturing me!”
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Up ahead us briefly gain a glimpse the Arietta and also a Liger, however they easily run off. Get ago here!Skit: The secret Machine
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: *sigh*
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: “Colonel, you"ve to be thinking about something ever due to the fact that we experienced that fon machine...”: “Hmm? It"s not choose you to pry, Anise.”: “Well, you looked so serious.”: “What room you talking about? I"m always serious.”: “Huh?!”: “Hah hah. Don"t worry, I"ll talk around it when I"m particular of what it is. Until then, let"s leaving the subject alone. Okay?”: “Okay.”You"ll learn easily that as soon as Jade is unsettled, you need to be unsettled too.
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There"s a healing save circle here, i beg your pardon pretty lot screams that a ceo is comes up.
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The Shakujo
it out on a balcony"s chest. Ns must have actually missed a mace update purchase, since this is offering a substantial boost.
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: “There"s one!”: “Luke, let"s follow it!”: “I"m walk too!”: “Wait! you re welcome don"t ache Arietta!”
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: “My, my. Over there they go. Impetuous little things, aren"t they?”: “They could really stand to usage their top a little.”
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All right, the was cathartic.
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: “Owww! not funny, Arietta! that hurt!”: “You ache me first! You took Ion far from me!”: “Arietta. That"s not true!”: “It wasn"t anything like that. The factor you to be distanced indigenous the Fon understand Guardians was-”
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: “Honestly... If just he"d to be a little an ext careful.”
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: “Oh no!”
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: “Dist is associated in this too? oh brother.”
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: “Oh... What space we going to carry out now?!”: “...Hm? Tear, walk you speak something?”
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: “N-no. It"s nothing. Let"s hurry up and also rescue Luke and the chief.”: “It"s mine fault... Ohh, ns can"t believe I allow this happen! the stupid Arietta!”: “Now now, calm down. If they"re going come this lot trouble, ns doubt they intend to take his life. And also the one they really want, Ion, is still through us.”
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: “That"s not important. We have to erase the data before they come back.”
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: “If the data below is the important, you shouldn"t have had actually Asch use Choral lock in the an initial place.”: “That idiot came below on his own. We"ll have to have Van punishment him later... Oh, look. This idiot below is lastly coming around.”: “No matter. I"ve currently opened his synchronized fon slots.”
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: “What the hell go you perform to me?”: “I watch no reason to answer the question.”
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: “No!”
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: “Guy! What is it?!”
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: “Damn it, they"re here!”
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Anise and also Tear run as much as where Luke and also Guy are, if Jade runs straight for the console Dist to be sitting in ~ a minute ago.: “This to be an innocuous mission. It"s too bad I can"t kill you myself, but I"ll leave it in Arietta"s qualified hands. She"s top top the roof v the hostage, hope you enjoyed our small game.”
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: “What is it, Guy?”
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: “Let"s have Jade look right into it later.”: “Are you okay, Luke? What in the human being did they want to kidnap friend for...?”: “How need to I know?! Why the hell walk this stuff constantly happen to me?!”: “It"s Arietta"s fault! She"s going come pay!”
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Pretty lot sums increase my thoughts on the matter nicely.Skit: What room the 6 God-Generals After?: “What room the Oracle Knights up to, anyway? There was talk about them starting a war, but...”: “The Oracle Knights aren"t do the efforts to begin a war!”: “No... It seems more like the six God-Generals room moving independently under someone else"s orders. Perhaps Arietta can tell united state more.”: “I doubt Gloomietta knows anything. She doesn"t to win me together a secret-orders type of human anyway.”: “Well, she did speak she was following Asch"s instructions ago in Kaitzur.”: “Asch... You median Asch the Bloody, that the six God-Generals? ...Ah well, it"s not prefer we"ll figure this the end ourselves.”: “Yeah, and besides, if we have the right to just obtain Ion and also the Colonel come Baticul prior to the war can break out, castle won"t have the ability to do anything anyway.”: “Yeah.”
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Take two.
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: “Heh heh! I"m no falling for the again!”: “Luke, you"re amazing!” : “Not bad, for you.”: “Oh give it a rest!”: “You shooting fire... At my friend! I"m really going to make you salary now!”: “Shut increase already! You"ve caused sufficient trouble, you tiny brat!”: “I don"t care! I"m going to death you all and take earlier Ion! You killed Mommy! Now, girlfriend die!”
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: "Come on, Gloomietta! reduced this out!": "No! You cut it out, Anise! Hand end Ion!": "Ion would certainly never approve of someone who went versus him.": "Aaaaaaaaah! close up door up, shut up, shut up!": "Geez! friend shut up!": "I really don"t wanna execute this.": "Don"t let her acquire to you.": "She can look favor a child yet don"t discount her capability to usage monsters.": "I dislike you all! go away!": "You"re the one who should shut up and withdraw already.": "Hmph! possibly we should have actually killed her.": "Damn you"re a pain!": "I"ve had enough of you! Die!"So: our first boss battle. And also boy is that a bit of a doozy. Arietta is a squishy spellcaster, but she"s accompanied by two friends. Her liger hits choose a truck and her bird likes to run to the back row and pick on your spell casters.
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Anise additionally loves come spam Barrier, which sends her physics defense through the roof and also makes her immune come staggering.
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In suitable world, you"d desire Tear and also Jade to focus on Arietta if Luke and also Guy lock under the 2 monsters, however the difficulty is the Arietta is a problem. Not just does she love to throw attack artes around, but she can likewise heal her monsters. So Arietta has to go under first, while every the while her monsters wail ~ above you.
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Arietta also has an unfavorable Gate
a high level dark arte the Anise won"t gain until the so late game. The fucking hurts.
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She goes down, however, and also after that the fight is simply mopping up.
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And there we go.
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Over Limit
is a ability that every the bosses deserve to use, and all of your party members have the right to learn the too. When in over border you are completely immune come staggering, take less damage, and can use mystic artes. Us haven"t learned those just yet.: “I knew letting she live would come back to haunt us.”
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: “So please, don"t take she life...”: “Yes, that would certainly be best.”
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: “There to be no word of the Fon Master"s arrival in Kaitzur, so ns came here just in case.”: “I"m sorry, Van...”: “There"s no point in dwelling on what"s already been done. I"ll take Arietta right into my custody. Is the all ideal with you?”: “Yes, please do. And please, treat her wounds.”: “How carry out you arrangement to explain her crime to His Majesty and also the military?”: “We will certainly follow proper Order procedure: punish her, then concern a report. That"s exactly how lawful society operates.”...Is it simply me, or did Ion the all world get an
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in?: “I have soldiers and a coach from count Almandine, the Kaitzur commander. I"ll escort the maintenance chief as well. What will you carry out Ion? I"d choose you come come v me but...”: “It seems some the us space interested in this lock but...”
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Taking the coach would conserve us the walk back to Kaitzur, and also it would likewise be an ext in character since Luke would never turn down a possibility to be with his priceless master. However there"s miscellaneous we desire here, so no.: “I want to walk back. As soon as we get on the ship, we"ll be ago in Baticul in no time anyway, right?”: “Well, the route does have us avoiding in Chesedonia along the way.”: “It sounds like we"d choose to walk, therefore we"ll record up with you later.”: “Understood. Please take care.”
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The "recommended" level because that this side-quest is 15, so ns think we"re in the ballpark. Walking back through the lock nothing seems strange, until-
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: ”Have you the power I desire...? The toughness to complimentary me?”
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: ”If friend do, then rotate that toughness upon me.”
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At critical we watch our mysterious opponent, sword Dancer.
This man is another Tales tradition. Together per usual knife Dancer is a recurring optional-boss. He"s much stronger than other bosses in the area, and also he"s always hiding in one obscure ar that you have to go browsing for. Additionally like Abyss"s various other side-quests, sword Dancer is very missable. Friend don"t have to kill him now, exactly, but the just other opportunity you get prior to the search expires many players would never ever think to come ago to Choral Castle.
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Jade picks up Splash
i m sorry is functionally identical to Stalagmite other than that the goes down instead of comes up, and also is water element.
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Sword Dancer is interesting: he"s an extremely slow and also easy to cost-free run around, and he"s not that tough to stagger. The trouble is the he has an extremely fast reaction time and almost no cool down, for this reason the moment he has actually an opened he"ll fight you through a deadly combo the will more than likely drop Guy and also leave Luke on an extremely low health. Ns really should have carried Anise, due to the fact that she"s the just party member in ~ the minute who can use this guy"s weakness: Light.
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He additionally loves to go into over limit all the time and also spam Storm
, wherein he spins choose a top and also hits everybody roughly him a solid 4 times.
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Despite this, he drops pretty easily and I only have to spend 2 life bottles. Knife Dancer"s real problem is that he move so progressively that that never also comes in ~ spitting range of her casters uneven you permit him. If you desire to know more about the fight, just watch the video. I"m bad at act play-by-play screenshot of boss battles.
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Ahaha, oh wow. Ns forgot around this.So the point is: the devs go not expect you to beat sword Dancer this beforehand in the game. As a result, his endure award is an extremely high, and also that"s before multipliers. If you"re play on 2x endure or, too ~ god, 10x Experience, her party skyrockets in level native this one fight.

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Case in point: everybody has gone up by six levels from one fight. Nice.Skit: was that?: “What to be that, exactly?”: “It certain was a lot more powerful than the other monsters about here.”: “It"s fonons feeling odd... Various from various other monsters.”: “Different...? girlfriend don"t mean... A ghost or something?”: “A ghost? No, that didn"t look at ectoplasmic or anything.”: “No, not prefer a "normal monster" ghost! prefer a "roaming soul of the dead" ghost.”: “Hah hah hah! Oh, that kind of ghost. You can"t actually believe they exist? Besides, we eliminated it already.”: “I definitely hope we did...”: “D-don"t speak things prefer that!That was really the just thing we made decision to walk because that so...
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Next Time: us "finally" obtain on the cursed boat, ns promise this time!Synopsis: Or maybe not. Also after we got to Choral Castle, naught came earlier tome. Oh well, that"s not crucial now anyway--we have to go discover thatmaintenance chief. Let"s head inside and also look because that him. We found a lock ~ above a door that couldn"t have belonged to Father, and also onthe various other side to be a room v a strange machine in it. We were lookingaround make the efforts to figure out what it was, as soon as Anise was startled through a mouseand jumped ~ above Guy"s back. All of a sudden male let the end a destructive scream andthrew Anise off. The really take it me by surprise. Ns knew guy wasn"t great with girls, butI"ve never seen him so scared prefer that. He stated he lost his household when hewas young, and also there was probably something that taken place then the made himafraid that women. I never ever knew Guy had a previous like that... Ns only ever before saw himin the manor. Jade was exhilaration weird, too. He looked favor he known the machine, buthe wouldn"t tell united state anything about it. We ended up just leaving that behind andheading on to uncover the maintenance chief. Us eventually found out the Arietta to be on the roof. But as soon as we reached the roof, one of Arietta"s monsters came andgrabbed me. Ns blacked out, but I thought I heard something around opening mysynchronized fon slots or something... (What the heck space "synchronized fonslots"?) once I come to, ns was lying on that an equipment we saw earlier. Sync,one of the 6 God-Generals, to be there too, however when i was about to asking himwhat was up, everybody came earlier and uncovered me, and also Sync fled the scene. Together Sync to be leaving, he dropped a fon disc. Male picked the up and also said weshould try and uncover somewhere to analysis it. I believed I witnessed Sync"s mask falloff too, but I couldn"t check out his face. Ns wonder if guy did? no that Iactually care what he looks like. Anyway, the maintenance chief is top top the roof, for this reason we"ll have to go backthrough all that again to rescue him. What a pain. Arietta was wait for united state on the roof again, but I wasn"t around to fallfor a stupid trick prefer that twice. We dodged the monsters" attacks andknocked Arietta out. Jade was around to death her again, yet Ion said he"d takeher back and have actually her stand prior to an inquiry. Then, master Van arrived, and also he agreed with Ion. Apparently grasp Van uncovered out that we hadn"t arrived in Kaitzur, for this reason hecame to fulfill us here. I guess we ended up bring about him trouble after all. We handed Arietta end to master Van and started ago for the Kaitzurmilitary port.