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McDohl
03-01-2009, 03:51 AM
It's inevitable that the question comes up, "What is the best game for the Sega Genesis?" Many people will say Phantasy Star IV. They're not wrong, necessarily, but being the opinionated jackass that I am, I politely insert my opinion that the best game is actually Shining Force II. Both games are wonderfully fantastic, and both are RPGs, back when Sonic Team was interested in making quality products that would impact an entire generation of video gamers.

Shining Force II gets my vote, because I had played nothing like it at the time, and I was turned off by Phantasy Star at the time for the incomprehensible spell names (RES, FOI, and XPSD or JASY or something). Shining Force II was so uniquely stylish (so was Shining Force I, for that matter). Fire Emblem wasn't exported at the time, and it's obvious looking back how much Shining Force was inspired by Fire Emblem. The difference between the two though is that Fire Emblem emphasizes much more on strategy (with it's perma-death penalty nonsense), whereas Shining Force is all about the story, characters, and plot, and looking good while doing so.

Anyway, Shining Force II has been completely and utterly deciphered by fans much more hardcore than I. There is not a secret left unfound in Shining Force II. There's something about tactical games in which fans will absolutely devour and analyze anything they can about the game. I digress, however.

In terms of a Let's Play, strategy RPGs aren't exactly all that interactive (despite what certain Fire Emblem commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQS3lq-KZFg) may lead you to believe), and Shining Force is no exception. Nonetheless, I've decided to make it so that all the participants will be able to determine who is in and who isn't in the force. Though, to make sure I'm not stuck with Kiwis or Rohdes the entire time (I do have to win maps, after all), I will nominate people for elimination. Therefore, a participant will determine if they want to replace someone up for nomination with a yes/no vote; and a yes vote will require a replacement nomination. Most votes wins and I'll go that route - almost a metagame, if you will. I'll explain this into more detail when the time comes.

The first maps will be kind of boring, as I won't have a full fledged force yet, so it'll just be a bunch of reading. However, there are forty-plus someodd maps to conquer, so I'm hoping to go through one-to-three maps per update, with about three-to-four updates a week. A steady pace and hopefully we'll be cleared by May/June or so. This is all subject to change, of course. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have no intention of retyping an entire transcript of the game. Why? Because someone has already performed such insanity (http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/genesis/file/563341/28062). So, I will show screenshots of the game as I go, and will be filling in the blanks by copy-pasting from Apathetic Aardvark's transcript, with my own (surely!) witty comments in italics.

I think that covers everything. So, without further ado, Let's Play Shining Force II!

McDohl
03-01-2009, 03:55 AM
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01 - It was a Dark and Stormy Night... (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/01 - It was a Dark and Stormy Night....mp3)

Slade, a thief, brings two henchmen with him into an ancient shrine.

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Slade walks to the right side, trying to find a hidden door.

Slade: Oops, a dead end!

Slade walks to the left side of the shrine.

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Slade: Hey, guys! Follow me!

Men: Alright!

They all enter the lower room.

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Man 1: Where on earth are those jewels?

Slade: I'm not sure.

Slade moves over to the right some.

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McDohl
03-01-2009, 03:56 AM
MEANWHILE!

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Minister: Excuse me?

King Granseal: It's a stormy night.

Minister: It's unusual for this time of year.

Guard: Excuse me, your majesty.

A guard from off the screen runs in

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Guard: Yes, sire.

Minister: It's stormy outside, be careful.

Guard exits.

King Granseal: Hmmm...

Minister: Excuse me, sire?

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A large gust of wind with lightning.

Minister: Oh, a gust of wind!

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McDohl
03-01-2009, 03:58 AM
MEANWHILE!

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Man 1: Ugh... Ugghhh... Phew, I can't.

Man 2: You wimp! let me do it.

Man 1: Yeah, right.

Man 2: Blast! It won't budge!

Slade: You idiots! Let me do it.

Slade fails to get pull the jewels out.

Slade: Well, that didn't work. This time, I'll pull both of the jewels at the same time. One, two, THREE!

Slade pulls both jewels out of the wall, sending him crashing into another wall.

Man 1: Are you ok?

Slade: Yeah, I feel just great.

Man 1: You did it! You have the legendary Jewels.

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Slade: Oh, I got them. I have the legendary jewels. Bravo!

The ground shakes.

Man 2: What's happening?!

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They all exit the shrine safely.

MEANWHILE!

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King Granseal: Oh....the wind blew out all the candles. it's so dark. I can't see a thing.

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King Granseal: What was that?!

Minister: Sire, the Ancient Tower...

King Granseal: What's wrong?

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Guard runs back in.

Guard: Minster!

Minster: What is it?

Guard: The...sealed door... Ancient Tower...

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Guard: It's open!

Minister: That's impossible! It can't be opened!

Guard: I'm sure it was closed before the lightning, but...

King Granseal: Strange.

Minister: Sire, I'm going to go and see what happened. We must know the truth.

King Granseal: Be careful.

Minister: Take me to the sealed door.

Guard and Minister exit. The storm continues.

King Granseal: Strange, strange indeed! Lightning at the Ancient Tower.

King Granseal: Huh? Did I hear something?

King Granseal:A sealed door that is open. An unusual storm. Everything is so strange.

King Granseal:What? I feel as if someone is watching me, it must be my nerves.

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King Granseal: I guess it was nothing, I have to get a hold of myself.

King Granseal: What was that? Who's there!?

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King Granseal: It's not my imagination! Somebody's in this room!

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King Granseal: Hey! Stay away from me! Somebody... HELP!

The being shoots out a magical cyclone, causing the king to spin around uncontrollably.

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02 - Opening Title (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/02 - Opening Title.mp3)
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McDohl
03-01-2009, 03:59 AM
03 - You're Finally Here! (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/03 - You're Finally Here!.mp3)
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Hag: Ah, you look so confused. You don't know why you're here?

Hag: Yes, yes... I used a spell on you.

Hag: Ha, ha. Where are you going? You can't escape from this mystery forest unless you help me.

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Hag: What should I call you?

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Well here we go, tyrants! It's time to name the protagonist. Yeah, that's him, but don't let his skimpy demeanor fool you. His default name is BOWIE, but you can name him anything you wish! Most popular suggestion wins!

estragon
03-01-2009, 04:25 AM
His default name is BOWIE

Ziggy?

Jareth? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth_(film))

Pontius? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Temptation_of_Christ_(film))

Kishi
03-01-2009, 04:48 AM
"Bowie" is the kind of thing I'd want to name him anyway.


01 - It was a Dark and Stormy Night... (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/01 - It was a Dark and Stormy Night....mp3)

Awesome. This reminds me of Metal Gear 2's soundtrack, which is...unexpected, but a very good thing!

Bongo Bill
03-01-2009, 04:52 AM
BOWIE? Seriously?

Will we get to name other characters? 'Cause, if so, a musician theme might work. Otherwise....

PapillonReel
03-01-2009, 04:54 AM
Yeah, there's no real arguing with Bowie here. Put me down for it as well.

JohnB
03-01-2009, 05:12 AM
Best Genesis RPG ever, and I personally find it more fun (though obviously less intricate/intense) than FFT. I probably replay this sucker once every year.

Coinspinner
03-01-2009, 05:35 AM
This and it's predecessor where my second and third RPGs. Those "stand in a row and swing at each other" RPGs seemed kinda lame afterwards. But attempting to replay it is a struggle for me these days.

Anyway, BOWIE is fine.

ProfessorS
03-01-2009, 08:41 AM
This is such an awesome freaking game. I do think you get a few too many characters who are half a step above "completely worthless" but it's just too much fun!

I'm a sucker for default names, but I may be fun to input the rename every character code and create a musician themed force.

Kishi
03-01-2009, 08:43 AM
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Also, this rat guy has the best character design.

McDohl
03-01-2009, 11:49 AM
I'm a sucker for default names, but I may be fun to input the rename every character code and create a musician themed force.

This is certainly do-able if everyone wants it, since I haven't gotten past the naming screen yet.

For all ye who have not previously played SF2: As it stands, you only get to input the name of the protagonist. You have to input a code if you wish to rename everyone on the entire force (about 30 some-odd characters), and once that happens, all decisions are final. If there's overwhelming support, we can do this (though I'm not sure how we'd go about naming 30 characters), otherwise, just BOWIE.

Oh, and for those curious, the default name for him in the Japanese version is ボウイ or bou-i, pronounced the same way, so this isn't a case of translators spicing up a name to please western audiences. Yeah, I know. I thought that was crazy too.

Octopus Prime
03-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Bowie is plainly the best choice.

It's clear from the onset that Sega was making this game right.

Brickroad
03-01-2009, 01:15 PM
I like the idea of a completely musician-named force, but the prospect of naming all 670 characters at the outset causes me to go cold. It also introduces the entire cast before the game even begins.

Clearly the only way to do this would be to have everyone submit a couple of musician names, have McD secretly assign them at his discretion, and go forward like that.

How many letters do we get anyway?

Mightyblue
03-01-2009, 01:24 PM
You know, I'm gonna fight you on Kiwi. If you stick with him long enough (and give him the Power Ring) his promo class is pretty strong for one that can't equip weapons, especially with his fire breath. It's also sort of hilarious that the group you get at the start of the game and within the first few missions are some of the best characters in the game (although Sarah is better as a Master Monk than as a Vicar).

Phantoon
03-01-2009, 01:28 PM
I think we have seven characters.

Bowie for me, too. One of the other characters should be called Iggy.

Bongo Bill
03-01-2009, 03:27 PM
If we get seven letters per name, then we've got plenty.

You can take obvious ones like

JOHN
PAUL
GEORGE
RINGO

nerdy in-jokes like

NOBUO

classical composers like

MOZART
BACH
VIVALDI
ROSSINI
DVORAK

jazzmen and their aliases like

BRUBECK
BIRD
HANCOCK
SATCHMO

or even ancient historical and mythological figures like

ORPHEUS
DAMON

Really, there's a lot to choose from.

Octopus Prime
03-01-2009, 03:31 PM
HUEY
LEWIS
THENEWS

You know you want to!

Or rather, you know I want you to. And that should count as well.

Alixsar
03-01-2009, 04:40 PM
Shining Force II is so great. I'm glad someone's taking the time to LP it. Make sure you never use Kiwi, because I hate him to death. I would love to see Slade get some love though since he's one of my favorites. I also demand that you either make Sarah or Karna into a Monk since they're hot in Monk form. I always thought Monks were better than Vicars anyway, but maybe I'm wrong? I assume that you know more about it than I do.

By the way, if you're curious to see what all the characters look like, you can go here (http://sf2.shiningforcecentral.com/pages/characters_force.html).

Octopus Prime
03-01-2009, 05:02 PM
Hey, Game Players magazine told me that Kiwi ended up being good! And so I always took him along, thinking that he got better if I just leveled him up just a bit more.

And he never did.

But I STILL have faith in him!

Go McDohl! Prove my 14-year-old self right!

Pajaro Pete
03-01-2009, 05:13 PM
So is he better or worse than our lord and saviour Jogurt?

Octopus Prime
03-01-2009, 05:13 PM
So is he better or worse than our lord and saviour Jogurt?

He turns into Gamera, as I recall.

McDohl
03-01-2009, 05:29 PM
Hey, Game Players magazine told me that Kiwi ended up being good! And so I always took him along, thinking that he got better if I just leveled him up just a bit more.

And he never did.

But I STILL have faith in him!

Go McDohl! Prove my 14-year-old self right!

Ugh. Kiwi. In my first ever playing of the game, I stuck with him through and through, all the way to 20, complete with a promotion. I haven't done it since. :p

Anyway, you have 8 characters for a name. It seems like the idea for a musically-named Force is picking up steam!

Brickroad
03-01-2009, 05:37 PM
According to the page Alixsar linked, there are 24 males and 6 females. Here are my suggestions:

Dudes:
BOWIE
OZZIE
YANKOVIC
RINGO
SNOOP

Ladies:
ALANIS
JEWEL
MADONNA
JANIS
LATIFA

eta: I was going to suggest NEILPERT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF-k4wg70rg) but I don't think there's a character who gets 150 attacks per second.

Coinspinner
03-02-2009, 07:56 AM
Three master monks.

McDohl
03-02-2009, 01:56 PM
Okay, I'm gonna need more suggestions for musician names, since it looks like those who wish for a musician named force outweighs the (perhaps silent?) nay-sayers.

I'll assign them quietly and behind the scenes, so no worries about getting spoiled. :P

Octopus Prime
03-02-2009, 02:09 PM
RINGO
LENNON
MCARTNY
HARRISON

Phil
03-02-2009, 02:25 PM
Okay, I'm gonna need more suggestions for musician names, since it looks like those who wish for a musician named force outweighs the (perhaps silent?) nay-sayers.

I'll assign them quietly and behind the scenes, so no worries about getting spoiled. :P

GEORGIA (female)
IRA (male)
JAMES (male)

THURSTON (male)
KIM (female)
LEE (male)
STEVE (male)
MARK (male)

GAHAN (male)
GORE (male)
FLETCHER (male)
CLARKE (male)

and, of course, BELL (male).

Don't ask why I think Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth should be first names and Depeche Mode/Erasure last. It's just the way it should be.

Lucas
03-02-2009, 02:35 PM
MORRISON
DENSMORE
KRIEGER
MANZAREK

HUBBINS
TUFNEL
SMALLS

Kirin
03-03-2009, 07:34 AM
Priss / Lina / Nene / Sylia?
...ok, maybe not.

Basara. Minmei. Sharon.

I'm such a nerd.

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:09 PM
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I've never actually noticed a difference in difficulty, but maybe that's just me. Oh well. OUCH! Setting it is!

Hag: Now, good luck! You have no time to waste!

04 – Bustling Town.mp3 (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/04 - Bustling Town.mp3)

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And here he is, in all his glory, our little protagonist, BOWIE.

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Heading downstairs instigates a conversation with his mother.

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Well, we can't keep LATIFA waiting, can we? But, along the way, BOWIE decides he's thirsty.

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On the way to school, BOWIE stops by the chapel to talk with the local priest.

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o.o

And BOWIE runs away as fast as possible from the creepy priest to school, where presumably he'll be safe.

Upon arriving, we see BOWIE's best friends, KANYE and LATIFA.

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Oh, SATCHMO! You always sleep in!

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LATIFA: Sir Astral is in the basement, but he looks strange today.

She moves out of the way, and BOWIE heads downstairs to talk to Astral.

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ASTRAL: Is it time to start school? OK, I'm coming up soon.

As BOWIE tries to go back upstairs, Sir Astral calls out.

Sir Astral: By the way, BOWIE, what did you think of the storm last night? Did you feel something evil, or anything? No, Nothing?! Perhaps it was just
my imagination. Sorry.

But, before we head upstairs...

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Score!

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:11 PM
We head back upstairs and take our seat next to KANYE (I'm going to typo this more than once, I can tell.) Astral comes up a few minutes later.

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Astral begins the lesson. A few moments later, a guard comes in, interrupting the lesson.

Guard: Sir Astral! The Minister would like you to come to the castle!

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Guard: The King. He has fallen down and is in great pain!

Sir Astral: What?! The King? OK, I'm coming! Sorry, kids. I have to go to
the castle. Stay here.

Sir Astral and the guard leave the school.

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KAYNE: But, I think it must be something else! He was acting so strange!

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LATIFA: Great! Let's go right now! Hurry!

KANYE: What? BOWIE, are you going? I'm going too!

27 – Joined the Force! (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/27 - Joined the Force!.mp3)
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You get bonus points if you can figure out a "KNTE" is. That includes the "E", all of you who are going to smugly say "Knight".

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And so, our merry band of heroes goes off to sneak into the castle, because Astral is there so that's a free ride. Apparently. But as they are about to enter...

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Guard: Why?

LATIFA: We're his pupils. He left a package behind, and....

Guard: You want to deliver it to him? Well...OK, go ahead. (cough!) Be good
in the castle, OK?

Quick thinking there, LATIFA, though it kind of makes you wonder why nobody has tried this in the past. You know? "Oh, yeah. Astral sent us. What rocket launcher? This is a chicken."

Anyway, the threesome enters the castle.

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:14 PM
05 – Regal Castle (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/05 - Regal Castle.mp3)

Before we find Astral, here are just some little snaps of inside the castle.

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Make your own joke here.

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Anyway, after some fun and exploration in the castle (as BOWIE, KANYE and LATIFA are prone to do), we're off to find Sir Astral. And nobody seems to notice (or care) three kids walking right into the king's private chambers.

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King Granseal: Mmmm... Hmmm... mmmm...

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That there is Princess Elis.

Sir Astral: Hmm, Nothing is wrong with his body, but...

Minister: He is suffering badly from something.

Sir Astral: Perhaps...it might be... Well?

Sir Astral spots Bowie and company.

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KANYE: Sorry, sir!

LATIFA: Well, we just followed you...

Sir Astral: Don't lie to me. You wanted to see the castle, didn't you?

Minister: Sir Astral, who are they?

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Minister: So they are. They look like good kids. You must have a special reason to have them here, right?

Sir Astral: Um... I didn't mean for...

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Yipes!

Sir Astral: (cough) You said the door of the Ancient Tower is open. There must be a connection between the open door and the King's sickness. I called there here to help me investigate the tower. Now, pupils. Follow me. Don't give me any more trouble!

Astral leads you downstairs.

Sir Astral: I didn't want to involve you, my children...but this might be a good opportunity for you to learn how to properly serve your King. Are you ready, BOWIE?

BOWIE chooses yes.

Sir Astral: Good! Let's go to the tower! Follow me.

And so, BOWIE, LATIFA, and KANYE all head to the mysterious, enigmatic tower that everybody knows about, but nobody knows why it exists!

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But, before we go inside, BOWIE snoops around behind the tower...

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Hurray! Our first Mithril piece! That will come in handy much later.

And now, we enter the tower.

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:15 PM
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The screen flashes.

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Sir Astral: This doesn't look good. We'll stop the evil Gizmo here. BOWIE, defeat these fiends!

Gee, thanks Astral. I'm sorry I won't namedrop your name again and enter the castle! Yeesh!

But it's time for our first battle, hurray!

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:17 PM
06 – March of the Devils (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/06 - March of the Devils.mp3)

Okay, first things first, let's look at our comrades.

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BOWIE has a spell called Egress, which escapes you from battle at any moment. This is handy, since you keep any and all experience/gold gained, but the battle refreshes as if though nothing happened. If you're feeling particularly grindy, this is the way to do it. Anyway, as the protagonist, BOWIE is a SDMN, or a swordsman. His primary weapons are, not surprisingly, swords (1-square range).

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LATIFA's a PRST, or a priest if you prefer. Her job is to heal and support comrades, and she gets EXP doing it.

(LATIFA's original name is SARAH)

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KANYE is a centaur (KNTE), the most common non-human species in the Shining Force series. They vary wildly (in terms of stats) throughout the games, but I often use them as tanks. In SF terms, that means they're used to draw out the enemy and take a hit or two. Their weapons are lances (1-square range) or spears (2-square range).

(KANYE's original name is CHESTER)

And, our enemy du jour is...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1060.png

Gizmos!

They have 5HP, and the rest of their stats don't matter.

The game cycles through a round, in which agility determines when you go in the round. At the end of the round, the cycle starts again. This means that there is no strict player phase/enemy phases, but one gigantic loop. Bosses usually get two turns, regardless of agility.

Note to self: Make sure to get better map pictures, and not just really cool fight scenes.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1155.png

Now, don't let this map fool you. It's actually a pretty difficult map for the first one! As you can see, there are six gizmos, and we only have 3 team members, one of which is a healer (Sir Astral is an NPC, despite the green-dottedness)! That means we have to use all of our guys equally and practically. We also should not be afraid of using the medical herbs we've picked up along the way.

If BOWIE dies, it's game over. You lose half your gold if that's the case and have to start at the last place you saved.

Anyway, Gizmos can fly, so strategic placement is almost next to nil. And they get the first strike, against BOWIE no less.

08 – Enemy of the Force (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/08 - Enemy of the Force.mp3)
This battle theme is played for any enemy.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1064.png

Yes, BOWIE looks like a twig. Have faith.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1087.png

07 – Ally of the Force (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/07 - Ally of the Force.mp3)
This battle theme is played for any ally.

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BOWIE wastes no time in smashing down the Gizmo that hit him.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1069.png

As you can see, no hiding behind the back lines for the healers this battle. LATIFA does her part in fighting Gizmos too.

What has happened (and probably poorly illustrated since I didn't take movement pictures), is that BOWIE and KANYE got bum-rushed by the gizmos, and are attempting to surround them.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1073.png

So LATIFA supports KANYE with HEAL 1, a one-square recovery up to 15HP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1074.png

And BOWIE heals himself with one of his "special" herbs.

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:18 PM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1079.png

With our force at full again, they go after the gizmos that attacked them. It's not enough to kill all them, and they decide to go after BOWIE, in Fire Emblem-esque fashion, leaving him with 3HP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1093.png

But LATIFA offers a HEAL1 to BOWIE, brining him back to full.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1095.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1097.png

KANYE also heals himself to full with his own herb.

This go-around, the force is able to off the remaining gizmos, which triggers a level up for BOWIE!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1101.png

And LATIFA!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1102.png

But not for KANYE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1103.png

Anyway, congratulations! We've won our first battle!

McDohl
03-04-2009, 02:20 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1104.png

Gee, don't hurt yourself there, Astral.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1105.png

...way to go there, chief.

The Gizmo vanishes again.

Sir Astral: It disappeared again. There it is!

The Gizmo vanishes again, this time out of the tower.

Sir Astral: We must hurry to the King!

Leaving the tower.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1107.png

Egads! We better be quick! To the king's bedroom!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1108.png

King Granseal: Guoooooorrrr!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1109.png

The King knocks Sir Astral down, but he gets back up.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1114.png

Astral releases the fireball, striking the king. The king falls over.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1116.png

I love how Astral asks, like he's unsure. "I either exorcized the king, or I just KILLED HIM, and I don't know which!"

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1117.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1125.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1119.png

DUN DUN DUN!

Mazian
03-04-2009, 02:25 PM
You get bonus points if you can figure out a "KNTE" is. That includes the "E", all of you who are going to smugly say "Knight".
Knight-errant.

Lucas
03-04-2009, 02:44 PM
Knite.

Wait, Centaur? That doesn't make sense.

Mightyblue
03-04-2009, 03:53 PM
Why not? They're dudes (and dudettes) with bodies of horses and torsos of people.

McDohl
03-04-2009, 04:00 PM
Knight-errant.

Except that most of the knights in SF2 aren't exactly errant...ish.

Knite.

Wait, Centaur? That doesn't make sense.

If you're talking about class names, we've only just gotten started! Wait until the more fun ones come along!

(KNTE doesn't mean "Centaur"... I don't think!)

Also, I suddenly can't write sensibly anymore. "We've one our first battle"?

Lucas
03-04-2009, 05:09 PM
Why not? They're dudes (and dudettes) with bodies of horses and torsos of people.

Not so much that they're called centaurs as the idea of abbreviating centaur as KNTE. If you go back to the original Greek, KENT would be the first four letters (if you're spelling the Greek words with the Roman alphabet, anyway), but there's no E after the NT, so that kind of invalidates that idea.

Sorry if I'm getting a bit wordy here, but I've taken this KNTE thing as kind of a personal challenge.

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:25 PM
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Minister: That's all the info I can give you about the mission.

Soldier leader: So, all we have to do is find the evil Gizmo and kill him.

Minister: That's right. Kill him before he possesses somebody else. You may go.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1122.png

Soldier leader: Let's go and defeat the evil Gizmo. Forward men!

The soldiers leave the throne room.

Minister: Sir Astral is still sleeping... Is he alright? The King is upstairs looking in on Sir Astral. I'm worried.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1123.png

KANYE: We...we are...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1124.png

...TWO battles, huh. I certainly remember that first battle going a little bit differently...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1126.png

...fucking harsh, dude!

King Granseal: Minister! Is the Minister there?

Minister: Here I am.

King Granseal: Did our soldiers leave for the subjugation?

Minister: Yes, just a few minutes ago.

King Granseal: Oh, I'm too late. Astral came back to his senses just now.

Minister: That's great! Did you talk to him?

King Granseal: Astral said, he feels an ill omen behind the opening of the tower and Gizmo appearing. We must study the ancient history

of Grans Island.

Minister: How?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1127.png

Astral asked me to send soldiers for him, but...

Minister: Ah, I understand.

King Granseal: What should we do now?

Minster: What should we do?

King Granseal: Oh, yes!

Minister: Ah, yes!

King Granseal: Minister, I have a good idea.

Minister: As do I.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1130.png

I know of you, BOWIE. I heard that you did a very good job in the Ancient Tower.

King Granseal: Why don't you go to Yeel and bring Hawel back here?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1133.png

BOWIE chooses yes.

King Granseal: Thank you. Depart to fetch Hawel immediately.

And thus, the Shining Force was born!

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:29 PM
BOWIE now has complete access to Granseal, including a newly opened pet shop, as well as the regular old fashioned weapon and item shops.

So, we should hit the weapon and item shops.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1156.png

Short Sword for BOWIE, and a Short Spear for KANYE. This allows KANYE to have a two-square ranged attack.

And now would be a good time to save our game!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1134.png

29 - Light Immemorial (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/29 - Light Immemorial.mp3)

Here are some scenes around the town, before we head out.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1135.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1136.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1137.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1138.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1139.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1140.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1141.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1142.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1143.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1144.png

I dunno. I like the little things like this, because they're all over the game.

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:31 PM
Anyway, I think we've had enough fun in our little hometown of Granseal. It's time to depart! But as we do...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1146.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1147.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1148.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1149.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1150.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1151.png

Yay SATCHMO! That puts our force at four, and blows the amount of soul our force has off the charts!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1152.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle1153.png

He's right! Let's!

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:33 PM
09 - Shining Force II Main Theme (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/09 - Shining Force II Main Theme.mp3)
This is the main theme of Shining Force II, it is mostly used for overworld map battles. It is awesome. Love it. Please.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2001.png

And the game wastes no time thrusting us into another battle. This time though, the odds are a bit more in favor of our side. We've got 6 enemies again, but the addition of SATCHMO to our gang makes it 6 to 4. Speaking of, let's take a look at SATCHMO.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2004.png

SATCHMO is a WARR (Warrior), meaning his weapon of choice is axes. He's level 1, but his defense is pretty sturdy, even if his agility kind of blows.

(SATCHMO's original name is JAHA)

And let's look at our enemies this time around.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2002.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2003.png

OOZEs and HUGE RATs.

We have to be careful, since there is an OOZE right above us, and it'll charge whoever is in the way. But if we move to the left, then we'll get ambushed by both the HUGE RAT and that OOZE. So, the best move right now is to try and reposition ourselves and bumrush the OOZE

to the north.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2007.png

And that honor will go to LATIFA. She damages the OOZE for 3.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2010.png

KANYE offers a followup, but it is still not enough to kill it.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2012.png

LATIFA finishes off where KANYE failed.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2014.png

Now that we've got the north clear, we can focus our resources on the west. Rather than sending BOWIE off by himself to the west, we'll hold him back in an effort to draw out the HUGE RAT and the OOZE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2017.png

And our efforts pay off. Not only does the HUGE RAT go after SATCHMO, SATCHMO gets a counter! Way to go, Pops!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2018.png

This is what the immediate battlefield looks right now. So, now we bumrush the two of them, while healing is done along the way.

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:34 PM
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LATIFA levels up to 3, and KANYE finally levels up to 2.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2031.png

KANYE gets another kill, which was softened up by BOWIE and SATCHMO.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2032.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2033.png

LATIFA offers healing to both, as they were damaged dragging out the remaining enemies. If you haven't gotten the idea by now, the best way to level up your healers is to make sure they get kills (you get more EXP for a killshot), and for them to blow thier MP healing people, also for EXP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2034.png

We've got one HUGE RAT and one OOZE left at this point. KANYE starts off the festivities.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2036.png

And finishes the HUGE RAT. He's launched a spear with a ranged attack, so that's why he's not on screen.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2037.png

BOWIE levels up again! Hurray!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2040.png

And SATCHMO finishes off the last enemy, also leveling up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2041.png

Well done, team! Time to go to the conveniently placed village!

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:36 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2042.png

I wish there was something exciting here, but there really isn't! Here are the highlights.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2043.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2044.png

What do I look like, Link? (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=7044)

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2051.png

...and that's it! Sorry, no shops or anything! Let's scuttle on out of here and continue our adventure to find Hawel.

As we exit the north side of the village...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2053.png

I am studying at his house. Please follow me.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle2054.png

So, you have to pretend everything this guy says is in a really cool British accent. Or, if you're British, that he sounds just like you.

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:37 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3001.png

And once again, we're thrust into a battle! It's still just BOWIE, LATIFA, KANYE, and SATCHMO, as RINGO did not join there. We're just following him to Hawel's house. Seriously. Anyway, it's once again 6 to 4, with a much bigger map.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3002.png

The new enemy this time around is the HUGE BAT. BATs in general are very annoying in Shining Force games, because they are unrestricted in their movement, and can inflict various status ailments on your members if they attack them; ailments like sleep or paralysis. Luckily, there's only one of them on this map, and he's off to the southwest.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3003.png

Anyway, we start out moving slowly, but we cannot avoid how close this OOZE is to our force. And it goes right after BOWIE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3006.png

Sending KANYE to fight it hits him up a level, making him 3.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3011.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3012.png

LATIFA takes care of a GIANT RAT, making her also go up a level. She learns the spell DETOX! Which will help all the musicians when they all go their booze and drug benders...

...okay, it actually cures poison.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3014.png

SATCHMO and BOWIE each take a turn hitting the GIANT RAT.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3016.png

LATIFA throws out a HEAL1 at KANYE to pass the time.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3017.png

And KANYE finishes off the GIANT RAT.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3018.png

As tempting as it may be to rush at the OOZE, the secret is that the GIANT BAT has flown into range. So charging up after the OOZE will make the HUGE BAT charge up after it, and the OOZE will attack that force member as well. So, instead, we will move our entire force straight up, rather than separating them.

That is the secret of the OOZE.

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:39 PM
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The OOZE's oncoming attack is unavoidable, so BOWIE and the OOZE take swings at each other.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3025.png

SATCHMO finishes off the OOZE, and gets a level for his troubles.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3027.png

This gives us time to deal with the HUGE BAT, which goes after LATIFA.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3029.png

I'm only posting this screenshot because I took it at a great time. KANYE'S OFFERING HUGS!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3032.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3034.png

BOWIE sets it up and SATCHMO follows through. And the HUGE BAT drops a Medical Herb for our awesomeness!

(This 15 image limit is killing me. Seriously. I thought it was 20.)

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:40 PM
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LATIFA throws around some healing, including some for herself.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3037.png

Most of the map is cleared, so it's time to draw out the last of the enemies.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3038.png

Not surprisingly, BOWIE makes the best bait.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3040.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3041.png

But BOWIE makes short work of it, with an assist by SATCHMO.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3042.png

As you can see, SATCHMO's defense is already pretty high, especially considering he's a level behind BOWIE and LATIFA. This means he'll be

able to draw out enemies and take a few hits.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3043.png

KANYE softens up an OOZE, and hits level 4 for his efforts.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3045.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3047.png

And LATIFA finishes off said OOZE, earning her yet another level. This puts her in the lead at level 5.

Well done, guys! Let's go see Sir Hawel!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3048.png

McDohl
03-07-2009, 01:43 PM
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RINGO: Sir Hawel! Granseal friends are here!

A few moments of silence...

RINGO: Strange... There's no answer. Has he gone somewhere? Well, why don't you just wait for him inside?

RINGO and BOWIE go inside, when...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3053.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3054.png

RINGO: You! What did you do to Sir Hawel?!

The Galam soldiers flee, RINGO tries to chase but stumbles.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3057.png

11 - Tragedy.mp3 (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/11 - Tragedy.mp3)

RINGO: Sir... you're alive!

Sir Hawel: It's no use running after them...

RINGO: Are you OK, sir? Why did they do such a cruel thing?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3060.png

Sir Hawel: They suddenly snatched at them, and...(cough)...

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3061.png

And I bet you all thought he was a mute hero! HAH!

Sir Hawel: Who...is...it? What...did he...say?

RINGO: He's BOWIE from Granseal. He said that the ground seal has opened. And a serious disaster took place! He came to see you for more information.

Sir Hawel: What?! The door opened? Who broke the ancient seal?!

RINGO: Calm down, sir. Why are you so excited?

Sir Hawel: (cough, cough)...RINGO, listen to me carefully. Grans Island is lost! That tower is the sacred seal that confines a terrible devil. Two jewels...(cough)... were... installed to...

RINGO: Stop talking, or you'll die.

Sir Hawel: I'm almost dead anyway... (cough)...(cough)... RINGO, look for the jewels to seal...ancient...

Sir Hawel dies.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3068.png

RINGO: Sir Hawel has passed away. I'm going to seal the tower, it's Sir Hawel's last wish. BOWIE, please! His wish is related to your

mission, right? Can you go with me and seal the tower?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3072.png

28 - Kazin Joins the Force... (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/28 - Kazin Joins the Force....mp3)

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3073.png

You got it, RINGO! But first, in what can only be describe as completely classy.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3074.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3075.png

We loot the newly dead man's house!

Anyway, as we exit Hawel's hermit abode...

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Unknown Soldier: Greetings, Granseal scum!

RINGO: Why did you kill Sir Hawel? How could you be so mean?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle3078.png

Swift thinking there, buddy. You obviously went to the KANYE school of excuse making! (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=417147&postcount=35)

RINGO: Answer me! BOWIE, we must defeat them so we can learn the truth!

Unknown Soldier: Capture them alive!

The unknown Soldier leaves.

Well, leaves us in quite a pickle, doesn't it? Galam is the kingdom to the north of Granseal. They've killed Sir Hawel, presumably because his name wasn't in all capital letters, and now are going to assault the Shining Force! And let's not forget, Ground Seal has broken too! Is it possible these events are connected?!

Seriously. I thought it was 20 images a post. Next time I'll condense it more. I'll also start out with a Status of the Force Agreement in the next post, which will show everybody's current stats.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 5.

ProfessorS
03-07-2009, 03:53 PM
This LP is moving at a brisk pace. I like that.

Phil
03-07-2009, 08:34 PM
That is the secret of the OOZE.

I see what you did there. I actually had the tape of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles band that I got from Pizza Hut when I was a kid. I wish they had released it on CD. I still remember parts of some of the songs. Yeah.

I think the choice of musicians for party members is delicious. The idea of Satchmo beating the crap out of people with his cornet fills me with glee, never mind the big-eared white dude the game mistakenly pictures him as.

What a wonderful world, indeed. Carry on!

Mightyblue
03-07-2009, 09:29 PM
Man, if you want some extra nerdy crap in your LP, I can also explain how the first two numbered Shining Force games are linked, and so on.

Alixsar
03-07-2009, 10:11 PM
Man, the town music is going to be stuck in my head forever. Keep going though; each screenshot reminds me of how much I enjoyed this game when I played it. Also, thanks for the shoutout in your post.

McDohl
03-08-2009, 12:55 PM
Thanks for all the comments thus far. I really appreciate it!

Man, if you want some extra nerdy crap in your LP, I can also explain how the first two numbered Shining Force games are linked, and so on.

I would love some extra nerdy crap!

I never played the SF Gaiden games, and I believe that's how they're connected? Other than that, the only thing I could ever find in-game was:

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And since we're on the subject of books...

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Mightyblue
03-08-2009, 07:12 PM
Oh god, this is gonna take awhile. I'll try to avoid spoilers for II, except where relevant I suppose.

Basically, a thousand years before the start of Shining Force I, a race of devils led by a trio of Devil Kings (Iom, Darksol, and Zeon) invade the SF world and attack the Ancients (this may possibly be humans who have migrated to the SF world sometime prior to that depending on whether the Shining Soul games count in canon). The remake of I for the GBA strongly implies that Max and his brother Kain seal away Iom and Darksol after the three Devil Kings fight amongst themselves for supremacy (a fight Zeon wins). Zeon is sealed away in Arc Valley on Grans Island, and Iom (supposedly in the Kingdom of Cypress) and Darksol (???) are not explicitly pointed out as far as their sealing spot goes. Since the Ancients only had access to the separate Swords of Light and Darkness, and the Jewel of Light, they could not effect a more permanent solution for the duo, and with Zeon sealed away by the other two Devil Kings by means of a sparkly doohickey they decided to send Max and Kain into the future while they devised better means of dealing with them.

One of their creations is the Sword of Haija which features in the first two GG gaidens (and the SCD remake as Shining Force CD), and is used to put an end to Iom about twenty years after the end of SF I by the Prince of Cypress Nick, and later (in Gaiden 2/Sword of Haija [us]) by Kain's son Ian. Another invention of theirs is the Ancient forge used to combine the Swords of Light and Darkness into the Chaos Breaker, a weapon with the power to seal away the true embodiment of Darkness, the Dark Dragon from SF I.

Fast forward another five years to the third Gaiden game, Final Conflict (released shortly before SF II, if I recall right). The plot of FC revolves around the return of Max and the possible one of Darksol. After the end of SF I, both Max and Adam have been hanging out around Hassan in Parmecia when the hero of FC and Ian from SoH's Shining Force start hunting down Mishaela (boss from SF I and apparently Darksol's girlfriend if canon is right) who's took Darksol's body to Arc Valley in order to hopefully resurrect it due to its relative closeness to the Devil World. Max eventually joins up and helps the FC hero retrieve the Chaos Breaker, which he uses to put an end to Mishaela and Darksol permanently, but not before a Greater Devil party member named Oddeye makes off with Mish and Darksol's kid (who plays the role of villain in a later Shining game).

Ian apparently settles on Gran and marries late in life (because Hawel, who joins in FC is just a kid in that game) and supposedly has a son named Bowie (although there is quite the resemblance between their character portraits). So there's about a fifty year gap between SF's I and II. And that covers the basics of that chunk of the chronology.

Alixsar
03-08-2009, 08:06 PM
*things*

...

What? Jesus, how did you remember all that?

Mightyblue
03-08-2009, 10:38 PM
I, uh, just do. Part of why I'm good at essay type tests more so than you'd think. Sometimes I'm weak on specifics, but I usually remember general details, drifts of argument, structure and so on.

I did have to read through the Final Conflict material at SF Central again for the details on that though.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:14 PM
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RINGO finally joins up, making this battle 8 to 5. There's a lot of new enemies on the map. The terrain is idential to the previous battle, but we're starting north and going south. First thing's first, let's assess our latest force member, RINGO:

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RINGO is a MAGE. Not surprisingly, his primary form of attack is magic. This is probably a good time to go over how ranges and targets work.

Generally speaking, most physical attacks are one square from the character. Archers can attack two squares away (sometimes three, depending on the ammo equipped), but not adjoining. Spear users can attack either one or two squares away.

For magic users, the range varies depending on the spell. Spells can be adjacent, two, or even up to three squares away. Moreover, the

target can be single target, a 1x1 cross (5 targets), or a 2x2 cross (13 targets), the latter two meaning that they will hit any enemies in range of the target (the center of the cross). There is no friendly fire.

Now that we know all that, let's look at the enemies for this map.

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In addition to HUGE BATs, we have GALAM SOLDIERs and GALAM ARCHERs, and they're no pushovers. GALAM SOLDIERs are the enemy equivalent of SATCHMO.

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We start off by luring out a HUGE BAT, that goes after BOWIE. It very annoyingly puts him to sleep, meaning BOWIE will lose at least one turn, possibly more depending how many turns he stays asleep.

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SATCHMO doesn't appreciate the attack by the HUGE BAT on his little friend, so he charges after him, and gets a level up.

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Since KANYE is equipped with a spear now, he attacks the HUGE BAT at a diagonal, finishing it off.

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LATIFA decides that she'll ease a sleeping BOWIE, and cast a HEAL1 spell on him.

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...dammit. That means he'll lose at least another turn.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:15 PM
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KAYNE and the GALAM SOLDIER exchange blows.

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RINGO finally gets to show off, unleasing a BLAZE1 spell on the GALAM SOLDIER. BLAZE1 is Range 2, Single Target.

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Hurray. BOWIE doesn't get a turn now, but he will next cycle now that he's awake.

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This is what the map currently looks like. We need to do some murdering before we're overwhelmed and potentially start losing force members. There isn't any perma-death in SF2, but they will lose the oppertunity to gain experience points. At this early stage in the game, every kill (and every experience point) is vitally important.

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So SATCHMO steps up to the plate and offs a GALAM SOLDIER.

Skip ahead some, since I don't have pictures for some reason. Some enemies died, RINGO levels up and learns BLAZE2, which increases the target to 1x1.

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LATIFA heals KAYNE.

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Since there is only one enemy left, RINGO moves in range to nuke an ARCHER. The ARCHER fires off an arrow back at him.

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But BOWIE finishes off the Archer, and levels up! Hurray!

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The unknown soldier charges at BOWIE and knocks him down.

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BOWIE blacks out.

Jerk.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:16 PM
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Prisoner 2: I'm a leader of the Galam Army. I disagreed with the war and now I'm here. What did your kingdom do to Galam? What is the reason for this war?

RINGO: What about Sir Hawel? He was killed by Galam! What did Galam want? What is Ground Seal?

Prisoner 2: Ground Seal...do you know what Ground Seal is?

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Prisoner 2: I heard King Galam say those words. I just know that something is being concealed.

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KANYE: Please, join in.

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Rat you say, eh? Hmmm... Well, anyhoo...

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LATIFA: We're not sure. It seems that somebody stole the two jewels.

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Prisoner 2: Oh, you woke up! Are you OK?

Thief: Where...? ...I... why am I...?

Prisoner 2: This is the jail in the basement of Galam Castle. Say, you mustn't move yet!

Thief: Yes, I remember! I was caught by Galam soldiers.

Thief: ...They took my jewels and brought me here!

Thief: They... killed my friends!

The thief tries to walk forward...

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Prisoner 2: Stay here for a while. You need to rest. What were we talking about? Oh, yes. Why is King Galam interested in Ground Seal?

LATIFA: Is it related to the opened door?

Thief: Hey!

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Thief: What?

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Thief: Oh, no!

Prisoner 2: Are you OK? You know something?

Thief: Uhh... Nope!

RINGO: We can't stay here! We must escape!

LATIFA: I know, but how can we open that locked door? Oh, Galam is invading Granseal while we're sitting here!

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Prisoner 2: Oh, yes! You're a thief and you can open locked doors.

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McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:17 PM
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SNOOP proceeds to unlock BOWIE's cell as well.

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KANYE: Thank you! Bowie, let's get back to Granseal!

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SNOOP: Ah, that's because... well...

LATIFA: Is it...? Are you the thief who broke the seal?

SNOOP: I... ah...

LATIFA: You are! Hey, you! Do you know what you've done?

LATIFA shoves SNOOP.

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LATIFA shoves SNOOP again, knocking him against the wall.

LATIFA: I know the thief SNOOP always steals for poor people, but you made a serious mistake this time!! All these disasters... everything is YOUR fault!

SNOOP: I didn't mean to...

LATIFA: That's enough! Bowie, let's go!

Well, before we do...

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Note: All they do is make a chirping sound when you move. They're not all that impressive, but hurray for a secret item!

Anyway, time to leave. And we'll just go right up these stairs...

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Oh yeah, good point.

SNOOP: I know this castle very well. I know a short cut.

SNOOP reveals a hidden way out of the jail.

SNOOP: Now, go out through this short cut!

BOWIE walks up to it, and is about to jump down...

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SNOOP: Thanks, I promise to help you. The tunnel leads to the kitchen, we can escape safely.

The force sneaks through the secret tunnel, and winds up in the kitchen. We see one of the maids eavesdropping...

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Eep! Anyway, let's make our escape.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:18 PM
As we're escaping, we overhear:

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SNOOP: We're too late!

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King Galam: Granseal must have done this. So we're invading them to retaliate!

Murmurs flow through the soldiers, but ELVIS speaks up.

ELVIS: Quiet! Everybody listen to me! I also don't understand this march! But, King Galam must have a good reason! I believe the king! How about you? Anyone disagree? No? Good!

King Galam: Well done, ELVIS.

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King Galam: Guards! Open the gate! Lower the bridge!

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SNOOP: They've gone. The war begins. So, what should we do? Are you still going to Granseal? You're serious? Do you think we can stop the war? I will leave you once I'm outside the gate!

As they try to leave the castle...

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SNOOP: I...

MEANWHILE, OVER THERE

Galam Archer: Wow, great jewel!

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Galam Archer: Because you captured that rat?

Galam Knight: Yes. I presented them to King Galam. He was so kind to give me one of the pair, the Jewel of Light!

The force tries to make a break for it...

Galam Soldier: Wait! How did you escape? Intruders! Intruders! Arrest them!

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:20 PM
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And we're in another battle. SNOOP hasn't officially joined yet, so it's still the previous members from before. In addition to SOLDIERs and ARCHERs, this time around we have...

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There's only one GALAM KNIGHT, and he serves as the map's leader. Meaning that if you finish him off, you win the map. Since he's mixed in with the rest of the troops, he will come charging at you when you're in range. Therefore, this map proves difficult to bilk the EXP on. Moveover, there's a choke point near the middle.

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We lure one of the SOLDIERs easily with our best tank, SATCHMO. Two damage!

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KANYE lures out the SOLDIER and the ARCHER, which means that they line up next to each other.

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KANYE and BOWIE both charge at the GALAM ARCHER.

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This means RINGO can fire off a BLAZE2, since the two enemies are next to each other.

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He takes out the ARCHER, and severely wounds the SOLDIER

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And BOWIE takes out the SOLDIER.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:21 PM
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This is SATCHMO's first shortcoming.

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But, thankfully, LATIFA picks up the slack.

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We move KANYE near the choke point, and the game wastes no time in sending one of it's mages after KANYE, hitting him with a BLAZE1.

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But, as you can see, it makes the mage REALLY vulnerable. We move SATCHMO down into the choke point.

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So, BOWIE kills the mage with an assist by RINGO, and levels up for it.

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And, wow. The GALAM KNIGHT charges right into the choke point, going after SATCHMO. Remember: If we kill this KNIGHT, we win the map.

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This stupid ARCHER got two attacks on SATCHMO. 2 damage each, or 4 total.

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LATIFA comes through in a pinch though, healing SATCHMO.

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As you can see, we've been blocked in by the KNIGHT and the ARCHER, making it impossible to try and take out the SOLDIER and the other MAGE.

This is probably not going to end well if we want to go for a full clear.

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:22 PM
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Yeah, choke points sucks.

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KANYE takes out the archer blocking us in, finally.

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Just to reiterate, again. This KNIGHT is the boss. If I kill him, I win and lose out on any remaining EXP. And he's not being quiet.

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We move RINGO out to a vulnerable position, but he's able to hit both the SOLDIER and the MAGE with a BLAZE2 spell.

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He levels up, but is unable to finish off either of them. This could be bad.

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NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO MISS, KANYE!

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LATIFA slays the MAGE, and levels up! HEAL becomes level 2, which increases its range to 2.

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And SATCHMO kills the SOLDIER, also leveling up! That just leaves the KNIGHT.

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But BOWIE gets a counter in when the KNIGHT charges him. On the next turn, BOWIE gets the kill, and a level up!

Well done, force! We hit all the enemies on the map, and nobody died in the process!

McDohl
03-10-2009, 04:24 PM
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Well, he does kind of make a good point...

SNOOP steals a jewel from the Galam Knight.

SNOOP: Yes! I found one! Where is the other jewel?

Galam Knight: K... King Galam... took it into battle. Take the jewel. You won't have it long. We'll get it back!

The Galam Knight dies.

SNOOP: This is the Jewel of Light that I stole from the shrine. The other jewel is missing. I'll give you this one now.

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OW. I bet that hurts!

SNOOP: BOWIE, did you use magic? Ummm... I can't remove it! Is it cursed? We'll go to the church later to see if it's cursed. At least we have it now. The knight said that King Galam took the other jewel with him. BOWIE, I'll go to Granseal with you.

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Hurray! SNOOP the THIF has joined!

Anyway, let's SNOOP around Galam a bit before we leave. GET IT? HAHAHA, erm, anyway.

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The priest at this chapel is, apparently, Guy Ritchie

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Okay, that's enough of that. Time to upgrade some weapons

KANYE: Bronze Lance
LATIFA and RINGO: Short Rod

Alright. Let's go save Granseal!

As we leave:

Galam Soldier: Halt! How did you get past the Galam Guards? No one is allowed to leave 'til we conquer Granseal!

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Galam Soldier: And you want to bring it to him? Hmmmm. I don't know....

Galam Soldier 2: What's going on here?

Galam Soldier: They want to deliver a package to the King.

Galam Soldier 2: To King Galam? It sounds important. But he has not rescinded his orders yet.... I had better deliver it. I'll get the package from them.

SNOOP: I think we're in trouble!

Galam Soldier 2: Hand it over. I'll deliver it to...? You!! How did you escape from jail?! Hey, these are the Granseal spies!

Slade: Oops! That didn't work!

Should have let LATIFA try it, SNOOP!

Anyway, as promised, here is our current force list, and their stats: The Status of the Force Agreement.

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CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 6
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 1

Bongo Bill
03-10-2009, 07:48 PM
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I suppose there really is a fine line between genius and insanity.

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:48 AM
Big update, since I don't plan to be here this weekend! So, enjoy!

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Six versus ten. I like those odds!

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And here is our latest member to join, SNOOP the THIF (Thief). SNOOP doesn't have the attack the other members do, so if he wants to see any experience any time soon, we have to let the better attackers of the force soften some enemies up for him. He is, hopefully, worth the payoff.

(SNOOP's original name is SLADE)

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The new enemy this map is a sole DARK CLERIC. His attack is up there, can cast HEAL1, and serves as the map's enemy leader. The rest of the enemies are ones we've fought before, KNIGHTs, MAGEs, and SOLDIERs.

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The enemy wastes no time charging after BOWIE. He's still a bit light on the defense, so he takes a bit more damage than some of the members of the force.

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SNOOP illustrates exactly why it takes a fair amount of investment in getting him EXP.

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LATIFA heals BOWIE, which, in turn, angers a GALAM KNIGHT. She gets a mighty spear thrusted at her.

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SATCHMO shows off his finesse, by taking only 1 point of damage.

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A perfect alignment for RINGO means he lets off a BLAZE2. And hits level 7 for it!

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The AI really understands its win condition, and is really relentless on BOWIE.

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Our gentle finesse pays off, with a nice kill for SNOOPster.

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:50 AM
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KANYE gets a kill in, and a level up.

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LATIFA heals herself, and also nails a level up.

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No reason to post this picutre, other than SNOOP is going to get DEATH BY SNOO SNOO from LATIFA.

...I am such a child, I admit it.

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Erm, anyway. SNOOP hits a level! Well done, SNOOP!

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KANYE hits the DARK CLERIC for 9 points of damage, and only taking 3 in return.

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SNOOP offs a mage, providing another valuable kill for him.

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SATCHMO'S been quiet most of the battle, but he's not going to miss out on an oppertunity to level up.

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KANYE scores a critical hit against a SOLDIER, and wipes him out in one hit. Not only that, but it scores him another level. He's turned into a real beast.

That which does not kill KANYE, can only make him stronger, after all.

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RINGO softens up the CLERIC for SNOOP, so SNOOP can get the kill shot.

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...crap.

OKay, this process repeats for two more cycles. I soften up the CLERIC for a SNOOP kill, and the jackass heals himself. Take my word for it. It's not worth the pictures.

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Persistence pays off, however. SNOOP hits another level on this map.

Alright! Let's go save Granseal!

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McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:51 AM
But before we do...

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Wewt wewt! That makes 2. And that cave looks familiar...

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It's the Cave of Wonders! We take that Power Water SNOOP rejected for ourselves.

Now, here's the thing about stat boosting items. Any time a stat is boosted, pre-promotion, that boost is effectively erased come post-promotion. Smaller items might not make a difference, but for things that increase your movement speed, that becomes quite the bummer. Or so I've read. I don't know if it's true or not, but either way, I'll be keeping the power water safe, and not use it until people start getting promoted.

Now we save Granseal!

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Uh-oh.

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Aw man! All the cute pets!

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Yay. We now have a TORT in the Force.

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Well, if that's the case, then it's best we better go inside the...

...I FORGOT A PIECE OF MITHRIL HOLY CRAP I NEED TO GO BACK AND GET IT.

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Phew, crisis averted. Now where were we? Oh yes, Mr. ELVIS has entered the castle. So, we are as well.

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Sir Astral: Where is King Galam? He went into the tower, Ground Seal, right? Then I must go there!

ELVIS: Please don't move, or I'll have to kill you! Please!

Sir Astral: ELVIS, calm down! You already figured it out, didn't you? We didn't attack Galam. Your King lied! We are allies! Do you believe me? We would never...

ELVIS: Stop! NO! King Galam is my...

Sir Astral: You have to believe me. Your King is possessed by a devil. He is not King Galam!

ELVIS: No!

The Princess of Granseal, Elis, screams from afar.

Elis: No, no! Father! Astral! Somebody please!

King Granseal: Elis!

Sir Astral: He is taking her away! We have no time.

ELVIS: Stop, sir! I can't let you pass!

Sir Astral: Then you come with me! Yes, a good idea! (To guards) You kids, follow me!

ELVIS and Sir Astral head for the tower.

Minister: Oh, it's you, Bowie! King Galam took Princess Elis to the Ancient Tower!

King Granseal: Elis is in the tower. I shall go with you and save my daughter.

The King of Granseal and the Minister follow Bowie into the tower.

Along the way:

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Uh-oh... This can't be good!

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:53 AM
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Let's go in the giant creepy doors, shall we?

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AACK! Jesus crap! King Galam is one scary looking motherfucker!

Though, I just now realized that it looks like the Gizmo's face. So I guess it makes sense.

Yeah, I'm not too swift sometimes.

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King Granseal: Astral, save her!

Princess Elis: Father!

Sir Astral: King Granseal and BOWIE!

King Galam: Blast! Give up now, King Granseal! Do you want her to die?!

Sir Astral: No! You give up! We've got reinforcements! Your magic cannot defeat all of our soldiers!

King Galam: I'll kill you before they have a chance to attack!

Sir Astral: Just try it!

Astral and Galam exchange blows, they both fall to the floor.

King Galam: Astral...

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Minister: Princess Elis, run away!

Princess Elis: I'll try.

Princess Elis attempts to run but is stopped by some devils appearing from nowhere.

Galam Mage: Stop, my dear!

Princess Elis: Oh!

King Galam: Hee, hee, hee... I won't lose her now.

Sir Astral: What should I do? BOWIE, can you hear me? Save her.

King Galam: I've no time to play with these kids. Devils! I summon thee!

Devils: Yeeeeeee!

King Galam: Forget about Astral, I'll kill him! Eat them all up before they reach her!

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:54 AM
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Astral, Elis, King Granseal, the Minister, and King Galam are all incorrectly dotted on this map. None of them do anything. So it's really just 10 v. 7.

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The next tier of GIZMO makes its debut on this map, a DARK SMOKE. There are two of them.

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...and how can we forget about COBAIN the TORT. COBAIN is at the center of many controversies. Some swear by him, while others think he's garbage. His HP growth is the worst in the game, and he doesn't get very much attack. Promoting him involves a lot of hand-feeding him otherwise valuable EXP early on in the game that can go to other force members. But some say that post-promotion, he's quite the monster. Literally. I did it once, and I haven't done it since.

(COBAIN's original name is KIWI)

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The enemy wastes no time charging after my force. These shots illustrate nicely the difference between a tank like KANYE, and a not-tank like SNOOP.

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BOWIE charges after a GALAM KNIGHT, and hits level 8. Booya.

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Fear of becoming overrun and getting some deaths, I decided to let COBAIN get a killshot in. Again, death isn't permanent, but they do lose out on getting EXP and it takes money to revive them.

Yes, COBAIN is throwing his helmet.

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One of the worst things that can happen is a counter attack against BOWIE after he charges against someone. And it happens here. Yay.

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RINGO lights up an ARCHER.

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And SNOOP finishes off an enemy. This is what the map currently looks like. We're chugging along quite nicely, but we've been fighting these same enemies now for three/four maps. They're providing no challenge at all.

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:55 AM
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Even LATIFA and RINGO, two of the more defensively weaker members of our force, are only slightly damaged. Even though the stupid archer got a double attack, so it was really 8 damage and not 4. But anyhoo.

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As you can see, the enemy is trying to rush at us, but their sheer numbers cannot make up for their overall weakness.

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LATIFA takes down an archer with a critical hit.

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And ol' SNOOP takes down a knight, and hits up another level.

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Dance for my entertainment, COBAIN! DANCE!

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KANYE's been quiet most of this battle, but he remains stalwart. He continues taking one damage per attack.

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LATIFA gets around to some healing, starting with herself.

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KANYE gets his first killshot in on the map.

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And LATIFA's healing nets her a level up as well.

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SATCHMO, another quiet stalwart, lures the attention of the DARK SMOKE and gets hit for a big 6 damage. This is quite the hit for our tanks.

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And we still have enemies to deal with. This looks bad. Who's going to be our first death?!

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:56 AM
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SATCHMO takes out the mage, with an assist from BOWIE, and hits into a level up for it.

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Again, fear of being overrun turns COBAIN into a necessary evil. He takes out a weakened GALAM MAGE.

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Yikes! Not even SNOOP can handle the overwhelming noxious fumes of a DARK SMOKE! He's almost down for the count!

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But LATIFA comes through in a pinch! And it could not have come at a better time.

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RINGO and SNOOP team up twice. First it's to make sure they finish off the SMOKE. Next time, they deal with the DARK CLERIC.

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The DARK SMOKEs mean business, that's for sure. They're hitting our best defense guys for big damage, though I think this was a crit hit. Also, they get two attacks a turn for some reason.

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Once again, now is not the time to miss, Force!

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RINGO's had enough of this shit, and nukes them down with a BLAZE2, just to be sure. He levels up, because he's a Starr that way. GET IT? HAHA. Erm, anyway.

That map took a while. A whole 3 posts! And yet zero casualties! Let's go save us some princess.

McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:58 AM
Lot's of dialogue and exposition here.

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Yeah, well done Minister. You sure did kick some ass that battle.

King Granseal: Princess Elis, come here. Come here.

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Princess Elis: (Shriek!)

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King Granseal: Elis!

King Galam: Freeze! Ha, ha! What a good hostage she is! Stay there! Or she'll die!

King Granseal: Stop this, King Galam! Leave her alone! Please!

Minister: Princess Elis... I'll save you!

King Galam begins casting a fireball.

Princess Elis: Watch out!

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King Granseal and the Minister narrowly avoid getting hit by two fireballs.

Princess Elis: Father!

King Granseal: Don't worry... I'm fine.

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Mad King Galam ain't fucking around, that's for sure.

Sir Astral: King Granseal... Galam, please tell me... What's in this tower? In Ground Seal?

King Galam: You really want to know? Ha, ha! OK, I'll tell you.

King Galam shows off the Jewel of Evil.

King Galam: I'll open the door to the Evil World! Observe!

King Galam causes a door to open, creating a small earthquake.

King Granseal: An earthquake!

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Sir Astral: Why? What's inside?

King Galam: You'll find out soon enough.

King Granseal: What's he doing now??

King Galam: Here they come! Ha, ha, ha!

Sir Astral: What?

Two tubes of light appear.

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Heh heh. It always makes me smile when BOWIE speaks.

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Sir Astral: He's using the light tube to go through the doorway! Save her. Save her now!

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I imagine BOWIE going, "I am?" when Astral says that line.

Minister, help me!

Minister: Y... yes... but how?

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Now wait just a damn minute here... Doesn't BOWIE get a say in all of this? You really want to hurl him towards the Mad and Crazy Sorcerer King?

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I guess that's a yes!

King Galam: Too late. You're too late.

The Minister and Sir Astral toss Bowie towards King Galam and Princess Elis.

Sir Astral: Oops, we lost our grip! But...

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McDohl
03-13-2009, 08:59 AM
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Yeah, PRIORITIES, princess! I'd try and get out of the TUBE if I were you!

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The Jewel of Light flares.

King Galam: Whoa! The light... the light!

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Again, OW. This poor boy now has two large gems stuck to his neck. Can you imagine how bizarre that must look to people? That's not something you can easily hide, either.

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And now they're fused to each other on top of that. Great.

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"NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo screw you guys!"

King Granseal: She's gone.... Elis!

Sir Astral: We couldn't help the Princess.

BOWIE: (sigh)

Sir Astral: BOWIE, why do you have two jewels?

BOWIE explains how he got the Jewel of Light.

Sir Astral: Indeed, perhaps... these jewels are the key to solving this....

The ground begins to shake again.

13 - Major Enemy of the Force (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/13 - Major Enemy of the Force.mp3)

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Minister: Wow! It's getting worse!

King Granseal: Whoa!

Minister: Sssiirrr Astral! What should we do?!

Sir Astral: I'm not sure.

Minister: Sir Astral!

Sir Astral: Let's get out of here! We'll come back later with soldiers to rescue her.

King Granseal: But Sir Astral...

Sir Astral: He won't budge. We'll have to carry him.

The Minister nods with agreement and they both lift the King and head to the exit.

Sir Astral: Bowie, you'll be buried in the Tower! Come on!

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McDohl
03-13-2009, 09:00 AM
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Yeah, working on it, thanks Astral!

Outside, we're confronted by two guards.

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Soldiers: We've been waiting for you. Chasms are appearing in the ground. Everybody is on the ship to avoid falling into a hole.

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Sir Astral: That's too cruel.... Bowie, go to the harbor from the east side. It's safer.

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And now we'll just mosey onto the ship and...

JESUS CRAP I ALMOST FORGOT ANOTHER MITHRIL

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Man, that was close. Er. You'll see.

So we head to our ship, and before we depart...

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Yay! Chicken!

Old Man: Sire! Sir Astral! Glad to see you again! Can we put out now?

Sir Astral: BOWIE, are you ready to leave port?

BOWIE chooses yes.

Sir Astral: OK. Let's go!

Old Man: Weigh anchor!

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Sir Astral: This earthquake must have caused damage all over the island.

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Minister: To Parmecia?! Hmmmm....

King Granseal: What? To the mainland? No! What about Elis? No, we'll stay here on Grans!

Sir Astral: It's too dangerous to stay here. Weigh anchor right now!

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o.o;

Eep.

Well, I actually had more planned, but that seems like a decent chunk of updateage for now anyway. Lots of plot and a big battle. Moreover, I'll open this up for discussion.

Do you want me to use COBAIN? I still think COBAIN really sucks, and all the careful planning plus EXP he sucks down to promote isn't worth it at all. However, if there is a desire for me to use him as much as possible, then I shall.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 7
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 4

ProfessorS
03-13-2009, 09:36 AM
Keep Cobain around as a decoy for a few battles, but I'm in the "he totally sucks" camp.

If you're going to spend time leveling up crappy characters, I'd rather see you do that with ELRIC and JANET considering I've heard they actually turn out to be decent if you bother to level them up.

Brickroad
03-13-2009, 12:33 PM
The phrase "TORT COBAIN" on his character sheet really made me giggle.

PapillonReel
03-13-2009, 01:47 PM
I haven't really had the chance to post much in this thread up to this point, but I'd just like to say that I'm really enjoying this LP so far. Good show, McDohl.

Anyway, I'm guessing COBAIN's supposed to be a kind of Magikarp Power? (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagikarpPower) If so, I say give him a whirl again and see if he turns out better, but dump him if he falls behind and out of use.

Mightyblue
03-13-2009, 06:37 PM
Slade, er, Snoop's promo class is pretty awesome. He gets above average attack and one of the highest agility growths, and he learns several varieties of powerful attack magic that resembles high level Mage/Wizard spells although he doesn't quite have the MP to be a real spellslinger. I vaguely remember that he also has better odds to dodge/counter/double-attack than most of the other PC units as well.

SuperRube
03-13-2009, 06:48 PM
Despite the name "TORT COBAIN" being pretty much the best thing ever, I'd drop him as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Yes, I am also anti-skub Kiwi.

Besides, he's just soaking up valuable exp that could be used to help promote SNOOP.

StriderDL
03-14-2009, 07:01 AM
I'm joining the anit-TORT league as well. I brought him up to promotion once, and while I guess it was cool that he is considered a flying unit, he still had crap HP and attack.

Kazin
03-16-2009, 02:25 PM
Yeah, forget COBAIN. His promotion isn't worth it at all. SNOOP on the other hand was the best unit in the game the past two times I played, so... I would recommend him.

StriderDL
03-16-2009, 02:36 PM
That's crazy talk. Our soon to be met PHNK/PHNX is the best member of the force. Though SLADE, sorry, SNOOP certainly comes close.

Kazin
03-16-2009, 02:59 PM
True. For most of the game, he absolutely dominates. But by the time I had reached the area where you get the ultimate weapons, he had already been dealing the most damage for a while (this became even more pronounced once I had gotten his best weapon, too).

SuperRube
03-16-2009, 05:22 PM
Yeah, if you can luck/savescum your way into a Gisarme then SNOOP there basically becomes this games T.G. Cid. Which is doubly awesome when I realized that he looks like what Mr. Humphries from "Are You Being Served?" would look like if he was a rat.

You know, as long as we all are obsessing over this character... I seem to recall that in early previews for this game, they called SLADE "JIPPO" or something for some reason. I wish that they had stuck with that name. It really fit the character better, I think.

McDohl
03-17-2009, 02:26 PM
Smallish update this time around. I keep getting interrupted with things to do, but I hope this keeps everyone entertained in the meantime. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks COBAIN bites!

So, when we last left our merry band of adventurers, their home had been completely obliterated.

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LATIFA: Sir Astral, where should we go now?

Sir Astral: I think we should go to the mainland. Don't you agree, Minister?

Minister: We have no choice.

SATCHMO: Then, let's go to the continent of Parmecia!

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LATIFA: I feel... sick... to my... stomach... ohhh....

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LATIFA: Sorry, COBAIN... I can't do anything right now...

COBAIN: That's not what...

LATIFA: Sorry... ohhh...!

COBAIN: Hooray, land ho!

LATIFA: What? Oh, it's true! Sir Astral, we can see the mainland!

I actually have no idea who LATIFA has this conversation with if you don't rescue COBAIN, now that I think about it.

Sir Astral: Finally we've arrived. King Granseal, can you see Parmecia?

King Granseal: Oh, that's good...

Sir Astral: Minister, we're approaching Parmecia!

Minister: Land the ship, captain.

Captain: Where?

Sir Astral: Anywhere. There! No! There!

Captain: But, the ship will be destroyed!

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Captain: Are you serious? Just don't complain that we don't have a ship later!

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LATIFA: The ship has crashed onto the shore! Oh, no!

Captain: Ouch! Ouch! That's what I call good seamanship!

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Yay! New home!

McDohl
03-17-2009, 02:27 PM
Minister: Everybody, listen up! Let's build a new Granseal here! The ship will be a good source of timber! Break the ship apart and bring the timber onto the land!

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SATCHMO: That means, we can't go back to Grans Island! Hey, listen to me!

LATIFA: Be quiet! We know that. Help me remove this plank!

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ZING!

RINGO: BOWIE, bring that plank above deck.

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Captain: Somebody, take that plank from him!

Man: I got it! Thank you, boy! We need a lot of planks for our new town!

Captain: We can't go back to Granseal without a ship... There's no Grans Island now... I know that, but...

Man 2: Somebody, help!

Captain: What's wrong?

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Captain: This isn't good. BOWIE, did you hear that? Would you go to the North Cliff and check on his friend?

BOWIE chooses yes.

Captain: Oh, you're so brave! Hey, he's going with you!

Man 2: BOWIE, thank you! I'll show you to the North Cliff. Follow me.

SATCHMO: BOWIE, wait. Wait!

LATIFA: Hey, you're all wet. Are you leaving? Say it isn't so!

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I'm glad that they agree that it's too dangerous outside to walk anywhere alone, but I digress. They head off to North Cliff.

Man 2: It's over there! There he is!

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Man 2: He's lying down! Why? What happened?

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Man 2: You! Did you hurt him?

Witch: This is my territory, I protect it. You come here to save him? Ha! Everybody, attack!

McDohl
03-17-2009, 02:28 PM
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This map is a pain in the ass. There are enemies all over the map, and it's split down the middle with a very annoying lake.

The plus side is, it's filled with all kinds of new enemies! Let's take a look.

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We start out moving slowly, but the closest WITCH wastes no time in charging after KANYE, letting loose a spell we haven't seen before, FREEZE1. It is single target, so it only hits him.

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SNOOP charges at the WITCH, and hits a level up.

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Oof. Right from the getgo, it almost seems like we're about to lose.

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But! LATIFA comes through.

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SNOOP finishes off the WITCH.

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But the enemy is relentless. BOWIE is almost on the verge of death again. I told you this map blows.

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KANYE goes after a GREEN OOZE, and hits a level up for it.

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But again, LATIFA saves BOWIE in a pinch.

McDohl
03-17-2009, 02:29 PM
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SNOOP finishes off another enemy, and hits level 10. He's halfway to being promoted!

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A sufficently battered BOWIE hits a level up.

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SATCHMO the stalwart also finishes off the GREEN OOZE that BOWIE softened to hit his own level up.

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But BOWIE is still getting bashed right and left, taking a rather large amount of damage. His defense seems unusually low for being the protagonist this time around. Maybe it's just me though.

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BOWIE and his friends are getting pretty sick of the beating BOWIE's getting through, so SATCHMO, RINGO, and SNOOP all team up to take out the obnoxious hunter goblin, while LATIFA heals BOWIE again and gets a level up for it.

That's what friends are for.

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KANYE finishes off a HUNTER GOBLIN.

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We've killed the immediate enemies, so now we have to decide if we want to go immediately right or up. We head off right.

McDohl
03-17-2009, 02:31 PM
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RINGO puts the finishing touches on an enemy, and hits a level up. He also learns the completely useless spell, MUDDLE!

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COBAIN is so awesome, he's not even visible.

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And KANYE gets a level up!

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And LATIFA gets a level up!

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And SATCHMO gets a level up!

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And RINGO gets a level up!

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And BOWIE gets a level up!

</oprah>

Seriously. With the last 4 enemies on the map, after killing the GREEN OOZE and HUNTER GOBLIN, we veered left to put the finishing touches on the last WITCH and GOBLIN. And everybody leveled up! And I didn't even have to plan it that way!

Anyway! Map cleared!

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Man 2: Huh? Where is it?

Man 3: It's... humph... BOWIE, how come you're here?

Man 2: What a fool. We came to help you! You would be dead if we hadn't come.

Man 3: What are you talking about? Oh, yeah! I remember. A huge rock fell on me after you left. It must have knocked me out. Anyway, thank you. Look at that! The tunnel is blocked by a rockslide.

MEANWHILE, OVER THERE

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MEANWHILE, OVER HERE

Man 2: Oh, what a pity. Treasures may lie within.... I guess we'll never know. BOWIE, let's go back to the ship.

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Man 2: Look at that, BOWIE! They've finished breaking up the ship.

Man 3: Wow, there's our new town! But our Granseal was much more beautiful. Cheer up!

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THE END!

Well, okay. Not really. But this is a decent stopping point, I think. Are my battle updates too dense? They seem pretty thick. I can try to edit them more if it pleases everybody.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 7
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 4

PapillonReel
03-17-2009, 02:40 PM
Well, okay. Not really. But this is a decent stopping point, I think. Are my battle updates too dense? They seem pretty thick. I can try to edit them more if it pleases everybody.

Seems fine to me. It's no denser than the Fire Emblem LPs at least, if not less so than that.

Mightyblue
03-17-2009, 02:57 PM
Some of the later maps get pretty challenging with the layouts, although SFII has nothing on FE games in terms of difficulty though, unless you're playing on the hardest difficulty.

McDohl
03-19-2009, 10:56 AM
Decent update this time around, in which McDohl is reminded that you should never fill up a character's inventory.

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Minister: But, we will be better off if there are no accidents. You're too young to spend your time guarding our new home. You are the soldiers of Granseal! Do your best to improve our new home! King Granseal! (cough)... (cough)... King Granseal! All the people of Granseal have been working hard for an entire year. Please thank them for their hard work.

King Granseal: Ah... I have nothing to say.

Sir Astral: Ummmm... Ok, I got it. One year has passed since we came here. The castle, the town... Everything is coming along nicely. But we lack something. What is it? It's trading! We need to make alliances with other towns.

Minister: Indeed, indeed. Thank you, sir! That's all for today. You may go now.

Upon talking to Sir Astral:

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Okay, that is totally not what the game said. It didn't say "fused to the chain around BOWIE's neck". But. Y'know. Whatever.

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I know I would like some Cheerful Bread.

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Hmm!

14 - Headquarters (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/14 - Headquarters.mp3)

A quick stop in our headquarters for now. I'll save this for a slow update day, since it really does require almost an update all to itself. But...

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34 - Item Get! (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/34 - Item Get!.mp3)

BAM! Our first Super Promotion item! This is probably an oppertune time to talk about promotions.

When characters reach level 20 in Shining Force II, they can be promoted. Promotions vary from class to class, but generally speaking they get access to the second tier of weapons, and get better stat boosts when leveling up. There is a slight drawback, in that when a character gets promoted, their stats decrease slightly. This "promotion sickness" usually wears off after three or four levels. You also don't have to level a character immediately when they hit 20. The maximum level pre-promotion, I believe, is 40. The drawback to this, though, is that they cannot equip better weapons since they are unpromoted. Each class has one promotion class.

That is, unless, they have access to a "Super Promotion" item. It's kind of a misnomer, since the alternative class isn't always necessarily better. Anyway, if a character has the correct Super Promotion item in their inventory when they get promoted, they can promote to an alternate class. In the case of the Warrior Pride, it allows for WARRs, who would normally promote to GLDTs, to promote to BRNs instead. These items are extremely rare, and usually only one per class can be found. We've found the one Warrior Pride in the entire game, so we should save it for our favorite WARR, whoever that might turn out to be.

(That sound byte actually plays for every single item you get. I saved it though for something as important as this.)

Anyway, time to take what the Minister said to heart. Let's go find us some other towns!

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As we head outside, there seems to be some kind of gathering...

Man: Oh, Bowie. Good timing. There's a strange animal in town. It's very exciting!

The man makes his way to the castle, Bowie goes to the bird to examine it.

Kid 1: Oooo... it's big! I want to touch him!

He runs to the bird, but it moves.

Kid 1: Ooops!

Kid 2: Ha, ha! You missed. Let me try.

He runs to the bird, but it moves again.

Kid 2: Wow, he's fast! Hey, he's over there!

Kid 3: OK, my turn!

He runs, but the bird moves out of the way.

Kid 3: Gosh, he's quick!

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Kids: Amazing! He speaks!

Bird: Of course I do. Is this how you greet strangers?

Kid 2: Shut up, bird!

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Kid 3: What?

Minister (from afar): Those boys are about to hit the bird.

The kids trap the bird.

Minister (from afar): Stop! What do you think you're doing? (To the bird) I'm sorry. I must apologize for their actions. Welcome to Granseal. I am the Minister. We just settled here. We're strangers here.

Bird: Ha, ha! You're right. But I'm very happy to meet a man like you!

Minister: Please stay here as long as you like. Let me introduce you to King Granseal. Follow me, please.

Seriously, I think the Minister really deserves a face portrait. But, hey, whatever. Let's go see what's up.

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Bird: Y... yeah, I'm a phoenix. But... legendary? I don't know about that.

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SINATRA: over us, nothing can break the peace of Parmecia.

Sir Astral: Volcanon? The great being who created the Earth? Oh this is the happiest day of my life! Please let me go with you and meet Volcanon!

SINATRA: Ummm... OK. To tell you the truth, I hurt my wing during this trip. I stopped here to ask for help. But, I don't want to trouble you...

Sir Astral: Don't worry. These lads love trouble. BOWIE! Why didn't you tell me you were here? Did you listen to our conversation? You know, it's time for us to set out! We're going to Mt. Volcano with SINATRA. It's in the far east!

Minister: Sir Astral! You said, you're going too? No!

Sir Astral: Wh... why not?

Minister: We came here just a year ago. We're still learning about this country. You're needed here.

King Granseal: He's right. You must stay. BOWIE please take your party and go with SINATRA. Astral, do you agree?

Sir Astral: Hmmmmm.... Y... yes.

SINATRA: Then, they are my companions! I'm SINATRA. I really appreciate your kindness. Mt. Volcano is in the east.... It's very far away.

King Granseal: Minister, bring the gift!

Minister: Yes, sir. A parting gift. Take it.

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...Hundred coins... yeah. Sure. Okay.

Sir Astral: Good luck, BOWIE. Find as many friends as you can on your journey with SINATRA.

We head outside, and start moving eastward. We luck ourselves into a battle!

McDohl
03-19-2009, 10:58 AM
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Okay, this map is seemingly huge, even though it's not so bad. I also didn't take a snap of SINATRA's character sheet for some reason, but it's not too important. SINATRA hasn't joined yet, but he acts as an active NPC for a few maps. This means I do not control him, but the AI does. He will actively go and charge at any nearby enemy. More often than not, this works against us, since strategic plans for getting killshots for other characters can be, and are often ruined by SINATRA. It adds an interesting little quirk on the difficulty.

Also, SINATRA's class is "PHNK". Phoenik? Phonik? Phunk? Who knows.

(SINATRA's original name is PETER)

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Ad the new enemy on this map is the VAMPIRE BAT. He has enough MP to let off a charge of BLAZE2, so we should start worrying about positioning to avoid that.

But I forgot to get upgrades for my force members, so...

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BOWIE casts EGRESS and we do some light shopping!

BOWIE -> Middle sword
KANYE -> Spear
SATCHMO -> Hand Axe

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Stupid HUNTER GOBLIN, going after BOWIE.

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SATCHMO takes off exactly half of the HUNTER GOBLIN'S HP!

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This illustrates my earlier point nicely. SINATRA, being controlled by the AI, goes immediately after the HUNTER GOBLIN that attacked BOWIE and was weakened by SATCHMO. He's basically going to be doing his own thing, and I have to account for it.

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So KANYE finishes it off.

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SNOOP and LATIFA take care of a GREEN OOZE.

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And SATCHMO takes care of a GOBLIN!

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Right, at some point, LATIFA learned the spell BLAST. It costs two MP, and hits an immediate target with a very small amount of damage. It is completely pointless at this level, since LATIFA will do more damage hitting an enemy, but there you go.

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...Oh crap. I totally forgot about the VAMPIRE BAT and BLAZE2. This might sting a little!

McDohl
03-19-2009, 10:59 AM
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GAH!

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EEE!

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OOH!

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DAH!

Yeah, that was nasty. Thankfully, this bat can't do that again.

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SATCHMO takes out the BAT, and nails a level up.

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Again, SINATRA decides to go off and do his own thing.

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Current map layout. The HUNTER GOBLIN is clearly going after RINGO.

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KANYE nails a level up while weakening this GOBLIN.

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...and SINATRA finishes it off. I guess it's okay, since he's almost two levels behind everyone at this point.

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And BOWIE finishes off a WITCH, softened up by the mighty SATCHMO. He levels up!

McDohl
03-19-2009, 11:00 AM
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...stupid VAMPIRE BAT.

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KANYE's defense is really good at this point.

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Even on what is clearly the toughest enemy on the map, SATCHMO is still able to deal double-digit damage at this point.

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Which KANYE is able to finish off.

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SNOOP takes care of a GOBLIN.

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LATIFA has been quiet for the most of the battle, but has been doing a lot of behind the scenes healing.

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SATCHMO softens up the WITCH, and RINGO her takes out. He levels up!

And that clears the map! Eastward, ho!

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McDohl
03-19-2009, 11:03 AM
As we enter a village...

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...again? I don't remember... Oh forget it. Let's go to the Mayor's house and sort this mess out.

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Mayor: You're so persistent. What do you want?! You suddenly appear in Parmecia, and build a castle? I don't know who you are, but all big cities like war! I've never seen such impolite guests!

Man: He's right! You came here to capture Parmecia!

Mayor: We'll never obey you! Go away!

I'll let this conversation sink in just a little bit.

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SINATRA: I can't stand this! Hey, you! I think I understand how you feel, but listen to me!

Mayor: Why?

SINATRA: I'm not from Granseal. I just visited there.... You think they came to Parmecia to conquer it? We'll you're wrong. They were forced to leave their island due to a disaster. They're good people! You don't have to be so paranoid!

Mayor: Who are you?

SINATRA: I'm SINATRA! I'm a phoenix that lives in Mt. Volcano.

Mayor: A phoenix? The legendary bird?

SINATRA: I don't know if we're legendary or not....

Mayor: I'm very glad to meet you! Oh, they're friends of yours. My, my!

Man: Of course, we of Ribble will become allies of Granseal. I promise that we will welcome you when you visit us again!

...Well, alright then. Too bad diplomacy isn't always this easy.

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Only one thing to buy in the weapon shop here. We buy SNOOP a muchly needed Dagger.

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Alright. Good to know.

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Hurray!

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HAY YOU LOOK DIFFERENT LET'S CHAT.

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-sigh-. If picking up women were as easy as this...

Anyway. We're done in Ribble for now. Let's head east..er.

McDohl
03-19-2009, 11:04 AM
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And in doing so, we get smashed with another battle! It's another huge map, with some enemies being in really far-off places.

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Our latest recruit is CYNDI, a RNGR (Ranger). She's a centaur, but she uses arrows to attack, making her our first truly ranged unit. Her defense is extremely low, so we're going to try our best to keep her out of the front lines.

(CYNDI's original name is MAY)

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The new enemy on this map is the DARK DWARF. They're slow, but their attack and defense are monstrously high. We should proceed with caution in dealing with such enemies.

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Any dedicated, strategy RPG player will tell you to always look at all the enemies on the map. Shining Force II is no different, as we notice that this WITCH has a very valuable Power Ring in her inventory. Now, an enemy can drop anything in their inventory at any given time, including weapons they have equipped. However, items will not drop if a unit's inventory is full. Therefore, it is in your best interest to never have more than three items in a unit's inventory.

A quick Egress sorts out that problem.

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BOWIE still seems to be taking a decent amount of damage. This might prove to be highly frustrating later!

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SINATRA hits level 10. Congratulations, SINATRA.

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A kill is only getting SNOOP 28 EXP. This seems to be the average for all my level 11 members. This means that they're actually somewhat overleveled. It would be prime for us to get anyone who isn't level 11 to catch up. Incase I haven't mentioned it, it takes 100 EXP to level, and the average kill nets anywhere from 46-50EXP.

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CYNDI's debut, and she takes out a HUNTER GOBLIN.

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Not even SATCHMO's great defense can protect him from a FREEZE1.

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But SINATRA comes charging at the WITCH. Next cycle, he charges at the same WITCH and nets a level up for the killshot.

McDohl
03-19-2009, 11:05 AM
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SINATRA charges at the closest possible enemy, which happens to be a DARK DWARF. The DWARF gets a counter, but SINATRA successfully dodges it.

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LATIFA has been quietly healing people behind the scenes. Since kills aren't going to net her that much more EXP, this is probably the best course of action for her.

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SINATRA's bloodlust, having yet to be quenched, has gone off on his own to deal with a VAMPIRE BAT all on his own. All we can do is wait and see the outcome.

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Meanwhile, another VAMPIRE BAT unleashes a BLAZE2, which nails KANYE and COBAIN. Congratulations, COBAIN! The first death of our force goes to you! This also illustrates very nicely how crappy COBAIN actually is.

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SINATRA hits another level up all on his own. This fight with VAMPIRE BAT has become almost epic.

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SATCHMO and KANYE hit a level up as well, also fighting a VAMPIRE BAT.

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SINATRA wins! But is poisoned in the process. He will take 2 damage every turn until he's cured.

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OR he could just get blasted with a FREEZE1 from a WITCH. Oh well. Sorry Sinatra, but that's what you get for not listening!

McDohl
03-19-2009, 11:08 AM
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Go go RINGO! The enemies have set themselves up nicely for a BLAZE2. And RINGO nails a level!

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BOWIE gets a level of his own when he takes out the HUNTER GOBLIN.

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Looks like all kinds of win for CYNDI. We got the power ring, and she gets a level!

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And RINGO takes out the final DARK DWARF.

Map cleared!

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The Power Ring serves two purposes. The first is that it bumps up a member's attack by 5. The other is that, when used in battle, it casts the spell ATTACK. Not surprisingly, it increases everybody's attack if they are in range. A great all item all around. A quick look over shows that CYNDI's attack is somewhat low, so we'll give it to her for now for the quick bump.

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DING! No, I have no idea how you're supposed to find something like this without checking every single square on the map, or having a great memory.

Anyway, let's head back to New Granseal for now.

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30 - Light Restored (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/30 - Light Restored.mp3)

You know, I've never really given it much thought, but how cruel is this? "I'll bring back your friends and comrades, but only if you give me enough money. The more valuable they are to you, the more gold I want." Talk about corruption.

Anyway, we revive COBAIN's worthless TORT ass so he can be nice and crappy for the next battle too. SINATRA doesn't need to be revived, since he auto-revives between battles.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 8
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 6

Bongo Bill
03-19-2009, 05:46 PM
Hee hee, "Mt. Volcano"

PapillonReel
03-19-2009, 05:49 PM
I think Cyndi might be my favourite of the characters so far. She's just so... cheery.

Hee hee, "Mt. Volcano"

Ha! I can't believe I didn't notice how ridiculous that is until now. Oh RPGs, don't you ever change.

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:36 AM
So, we head back east. And what do we find? A cave! According to the RPG book of laws, we have to enter it. And enter we shall!

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Voice: Yes, it is!

SINATRA: Wh... Who said that?

Voice: Me! The hobgoblin! Welcome to my home. Enjoy your visit, because you're not leaving!

And thus, a battle was born.

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This map is curious, since although it takes place in the dark (only the cursor is highlighted), you can move the cursor around to get a general feel for the terrain. Not to mention, going to the battle map shows all of the units on the map. This map is actually pretty easy, considering our force is maintaining a good level, and these are all enemies we've dealt with now for about 4 maps.

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Here is SINATRA's character sheet.

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And here is the enemy leader of the cave, the HOBGOBLIN. I know. That must come as a big surprise.

Anyway, at the start of the cave, it splits into a one-square passage on the right side, and the left side. We send one of our better tanks up through the right side, namely KANYE.

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And we'll send everyone else left.

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And this is why we sent KANYE west. Er. East. We sent Kanye east. The epic fight of KANYE versus the DARK DWARF begins!

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RINGO nukes out a DARK DWARF softened up by SATCHMO.

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KANYE launches an all out assault, which is backed up by LATIFA!

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SNOOP is actually doing extremely good damage for this part of the game.

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And CYNDI comes in for the kill! Good job KANYE, LATIFA, and CYNDI!

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This WITCH wastes no time going after CNYDI, nailing her with a FREEZE1.

That's just cold.

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SATCHMO softens up this WITCH nicely, which will made good EXP fodder for one of our...

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...dammit SINATRA. Oh well.

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:37 AM
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Here's what the current terrain looks like.

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...and history repeats itself.

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Stupid SINATRA jeopardizes both himself and RINGO with his poor positioning.

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RINGO: "Was that BLAZE2? Let me show you how!"

Erm. Sorry. Wrong LP.

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SINATRA! COME ON!

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CYNDI nails a level up!

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...

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Yeah, you better hide. SINATRA takes out the VAMPIRE BAT on the next turn anyway.

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Anyway, SATCHMO, KANYE, and RINGO all take out the HOBGOBLIN!

Map clear! Let's mosey on out of here.

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McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:39 AM
But first...

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It's another Super Promotion item! The Silver Tank promotes our ACHRs to BRGNs instead of SNIPs!

Actually it sucks giant donkey balls. I'll go into it later when we need to, but right now, we're just going to sell it, especially since we have no ACHRs in the force right now. No worries, we can always buy it back later in the deals section of any store.

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It's a town! Let's go in!

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...okay, crazy guy with a face portrait.

Yep, this is Polca, the village of the beastmen. They're all hairy wolf guy things. It's at the bottom of Mt. Volcano, so we're almost at our destination! Unfortunately, that's all there is really going on in this town.

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Alright, let's just move on out of here.

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Okay, the screen is totally supposed to be flashing and shaking here. Turn your monitor on and off and move it around to reproduce a similiar effect. Please.

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It's... a boy in a straight jacket?

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Mayor: He must have been caught in the eruption....

Wolfman: He needs prompt treatment!

Mayor: Yes, bring him into my house!

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Yes, bring random kid in a straight jacket into your house. I bet that's a good idea.

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Anyway, let's resume up to Mt. Volcano! We exit eastward.

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SINATRA: They're looking for something.

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Hobgoblin: There are marks of a battle here and there! Against the birdmen of Bedoe?

Death Archer: Could be... see those volcanic rocks?

Hobgoblin: Nobody but Volcanon can do that! He has never before killed birdmen, but...

Evil Cloud (Sees the party): Who's that? Stupid Polca kids!

Death Archer: Polcan people are cowards that live in peace. They shall never return alive!

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:40 AM
18 - Determined Advance (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/18 - Determined Advance.mp3)

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There are no enemies on this map!

Okay, I took the picture at a bad time, and instead I didn't get any of the dots (they blink). But that's what the terrain looks like. I took some really shitty pictures this time around, so you'll have to bear with me for this one.

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DEATH MONK! DEATH ARCHER! EVIL CLOUD!

There's some mighty... evil going on here!

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RINGO levels up immediately by nuking the closest HOBGOBLIN. He learns a new useless spell, DISPEL!

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KANYE also levels up on the HOBGOBLIN.

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The STUPID HOBGOBLIN got a double attack on BOWIE.

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BOWIE doesn't this sitting down, and gets a level up for fighting back.

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See, this is where SINATRA really gets annoying. The levels of my force members are really starting to spread out because SINATRA's insistance on KILLING ANYTHING NEARBY.

Enjoy level 14, jerk.

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LATIFA heals BOWIE.

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CYNDI takes out a WITCH.

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:41 AM
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KANYE and CYNDI team up to take out a HOBGOBLIN, and CYNDI gets a level for it!

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Not even the magic fingers of the DEATH MONK can faze ol' SATCHMO.

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Current map layout. The HOBGOBLIN and DEATH MONK block both of our paths.

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A quick swapping of places with SNOOP so he can get the killshot on the weakened MONK, but... well, yeah, you see. DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MISS, SNOOP?

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Here, CYNDI uses the Power Ring on SNOOP. SNOOP's attack is appropriately increased for a small duration, and CYNDI gets EXP for it.

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LATIFA continues to quietly heal the force, and levels up for it. DETOX has leveled up to 2, which I assume increases the range of it.

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SATCHMO takes out the MONK, I believe, and also levels up for it.

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We're still fighting WITCHes, even 5 maps later. And they still cast FREEZE1.

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SNOOP takes her out though, and nets a level up.

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:42 AM
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KANYE wins a fight with a DEATH MONK, and gets a level.

See? It's nice when SINATRA is all lagging behind and unable to catch up.

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SATCHMO and CYNDI team up to take out the EVIL CLOUD. CYNDI nets yet another level up! She has caught up to the rest of the force quite nicely.

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KANYE and BOWIE team up as well, taking out the DEATH ARCHER. BOWIE nets a level up as well!

Well done, force!

Death Archer: How can you defeat devils? Ah! You have the Jewel of Evil around your neck. It's you BOWIE. We've been waiting for you.

SINATRA: BOWIE, did you hear that? He said, he had been waiting for you. Why do the devils want you?

Gee I can't imagine why the devils would be after BOWIE. Nosiree.

Anyway, to Bedoe!

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Bird Man 2: Bedoe is only for birdmen!

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You tell 'em, SINATRA.

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Volcanon is waiting!

SINATRA: That's strange... I just realized... Why are you flying guard? Did something happen?

Bird Man 1: Well, the devils invaded recently.

SINATRA: Devils?

Bird Man 1: Yes, the Devil Army. Strong greater devils broke Volcanon's sacred barrier. But don't worry, Volcanon defeated all the devils.

SINATRA: The devils we fought must have been part of that army!

Bird Man 2: You met some other devils?

The Birdmen rush down the mountain.

SINATRA: Stop, stop! We already defeated them.

Bird Man 1: That's great! But...

Bird Man 2: We'll go and make sure... Just in case.

Bird Man 1: We're going to Polca Village to patrol. SINATRA, please see King Bedoe.

The Birdmen exit.

SINATRA: BOWIE, let's go. I'll introduce you to King Bedoe.

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After some exploration of Bedoe...

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Yay! The Quick Ring boosts the agility of one member by 5. I'll let BOWIE hold it for now.

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...moving on.

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Cute.

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:44 AM
The king is giving orders to some birdmen.

Birdman Leader: yes, the greater devil was very strong. But, God Volcanon swept away all the devils.

King Bedoe: What about the greater devil?

Birdman Leader: He fled.

King Bedoe: Can't you track him? We must capture him before he regains his strength.

Birdman Leader: Did they come from Grans Island?

King Bedoe: I think so. Maybe he died. But beware of another attack. Watch carefully!

The Birdman army leaves.

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King Bedoe, you look well.

King Bedoe: SINATRA, my friend, how was your journey?

SINATRA: Let me introduce my friend. This is BOWIE, he's from Grans and...

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SINATRA: What?! Did you go to Granseal?

MARTIN: As Volcanon's messenger.

King Bedoe: And I heard that somebody unsealed Zeon. Grans people caused a big problem. Zeon might destroy the world...

SINATRA: Sorry to interrupt, but is he that strong?

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...oh dear.

Birdman Leader: SINATRA, you had better go see Volcanon.

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SINATRA: Oh, is he angry? Maybe later...

MARTIN: Never mind later. He has been waiting for you.

SINATRA: Oh, yeah? OK, I'm going. BOWIE, follow me.

King Bedoe: SINATRA, are you taking BOWIE with you?

SINATRA: Of course. Why not?

King Bedoe: He thinks people of Granseal are...

Birdman leader: King Bedoe, I think BOWIE has to see Volcanon. He should talk to him.

King Bedoe: Hmmm... you're right. SINATRA, go ahead.

SINATRA: OK. Anyway, let's go.

Alright, ol' blue eyes. Let's go see Volcanon.

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SINATRA: Yes, I am! This trip was very interesting.

Volcanon: That's good. What made it interesting?

SINATRA: I met a lot of people that live on the ground. They help each other. I made some friends.

Volcanon: Wonderful. It must've been a good experience for you.

SINATRA: I've brought a friend.

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Uh-oh... I think we made it mad!

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SINATRA: Volcanon?

Volcanon: They awakened Zeon, the legendary devil! I've been protecting all the ground-dwelling people. I can't forgive them for this!

McDohl
03-21-2009, 11:45 AM
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BOWIE is not the person who did it!

Volcanon: Everybody who lives on the ground is responsible. They have to solve this by themselves.

SINATRA: What should BOWIE do?

Volcanon: My protection ceases now! He must face the devils on this own.

SINATRA: But... Even the greater devils are as strong as you!

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Some god you are. Your bird rage is annoying.

Volcanon: I want them to show me courage. They must reseal the devil again.

SINATRA: Then, please give some advice to BOWIE.

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...and the heart of the cards. And in yourself.

Volcanon: It belongs to both the light and the darkness. It shows its true power when the light and the darkness are as one. You may go now. I don't want to see anybody until Zeon is defeated.

SINATRA: Volcanon! BOWIE, we'll defeat that devil by ourselves! I didn't know he was such a cold-hearted god. Ok, I'll help you! I'll go with you to reseal the devil!

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HURRAY. Finally. No more annoying AI bird sniping all my kills!

Don't worry, Volcanon. We'll show ourselves out.

Bitch.

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In the throneroom, we talk to King Bedoe again.

King Bedoe: God Volcanon has forsake the people of the Earth. Are you going to kill Zeon as he demanded?

BOWIE chooses yes.

King Bedoe: You're a man of honor! Why don't you go see Creed? He's an ex-greater devil. He may give you some information. You must travel along the river to get to Creed's mansion. Maybe Polca has a raft for you. Tell the mayor to prepare a raft.

MARTIN: Yes, sir!

MARTIN exits Bedoe.

King Bedoe: SINATRA, please help BOWIE. BOWIE, good luck!

Anyway, as we're leaving Bedoe...

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...okay!

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Right! Serious gear upgrades here.

BOWIE -> Long Sword
SATCHMO -> Middle Axe
KANYE -> Steel Lance
LATIFA -> Bronze Rod
RINGO -> Bronze Rod
CYNDI -> Iron Arrow

We don't really need the upgrade for RINGO, since he nukes, but I like completion for completion's sake.

As we're leaving...

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You're welcome, bird woman with a hatchling whose name is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Hmm.

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So, we have our marching orders from really annoyingly asdolescent bird-rage god. Gotta beat Zeon, the king of the devils. This will be easy.

Here is the current Status of the Force Agreement.

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Anyone specific whom you think should get the Quick Ring? I transfered the Power Ring to LATIFA, so her attack is now comparable to the rest of the force. Should that change?

Don't worry! We're getting to the point where we can start fighting about who's in the force and who's out of the force, promise!

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 9
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 6

Mightyblue
03-21-2009, 12:03 PM
I don't know if its the same case in II, but I know in the original US version of I they cut out a lot of Max's dialogue for whatever reason. It's why he speaks in the GBA version, because they restored his lines.

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:28 AM
I don't know if its the same case in II, but I know in the original US version of I they cut out a lot of Max's dialogue for whatever reason. It's why he speaks in the GBA version, because they restored his lines.

Here I thought Max was just a flat out mute hero, save for his last moments in the ancient castle, and it was something they just added to the GBA remake.

The more you know.~

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:32 AM
Well, I hope everyone enjoyed that small break. There certainly are a lot of LPs going on right now. I hope you keep reading along. Anyway, we press onward!

Incase you don't remember, the angry teenager god Volcanon threw us out on our ass and refused to help us. King Bedoe suggests we find the retired greater devil Creed, thinking that he could help us. So, off we go.

We go through Polca village, because, well, that's how logic works. Can't leave Mt. Volcano without going through the village at the base of the mountain.

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But some kind of kerfluffle has broken out!

Devil: Bedoe soldiers are cowards!

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The devils defeat MARTIN's men.

MARTIN: My comrades!

Devil: You're our captive. Don't force me to kill you. No more funny business you can't resist us. Now, give me that injured boy!

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OZZIE: (sees BOWIE) You!

MARTIN: Oh, BOWIE, SINATRA!

SINATRA: MARTIN. Why are you here?

MARTIN: I came here to get a raft for you. The people of Polca are being controlled by these devils. They deceived me!

OZZIE: Prince MARTIN, I'm sorry. Polcans will not fight. Please, let me join you!

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MARTIN: Great! Don't forget me!

MARTIN is knocked out by a devil.

Devil: You still dare to resist us?! For that, you shall die!!

It's Battle Time!

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We're getting to the point in the game now were maps are going to just start throwing all kinds of enemies at us. This map has sixteen enemies on it, as well as 10 force members. For now, I've been keeping battle recaps to a three-post absolute maximum, and I'm going to try my best to keep it that way. If anything, battles will now be my best to be a highlight reel of goings on - kill shots, level ups, deaths, item acquirings and cool setups/critical hits. I think everybody has a general idea of how the game flow goes, and it just becomes pointlessly pedantic to go over every little step of the way.

We start off in a bad place, as there's three choke points, and all of them have enemies waiting on the other side of them. Like always, it is in our best interest to let the enemies move towards us, as we inch along to them.

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Here is SINATRA's character sheet proper, now that he is a full-fledged ally of our force.

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And here is our latest recruit, OZZIE the WFMN (Wolfman, or possibly Woofman). He uses no weapons and magic, so he's basically your average beast-fighter.

(OZZIE's original name is GERHALT)

Several new enemies on the map too.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13014.png

Plus DEATH ARCHERs, HOBGOBLINs, and EVIL CLOUDs.

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SATCHMO is still one of our better fighters, but as we can control SINATRA now, you see that his free-range movement (flying units do not suffer terrain setbacks) plus high attack makes him a highly valuable ally for any runthrough.

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And SNOOP goes in for the kill!

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:33 AM
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RINGO lights one up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13025.png

and CYNDI shoots one down.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13027.png

Giving the Power Ring to LATIFA pays off, as she takes down an EVIL CLOUD for some valuable killshot EXP.

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Yeouch! The ZOMBIE goes after LATIFA, scores a critical hit against her, and poisons her too. She's going to have to blow 3MP on a DETOX now to make sure she doesn't collapse from the poison.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13033.png

SNOOP gets a kill against the ZOMBIE with an assist by KANYE, and levels up for it!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13037.png

LATIFA successfully DETOXes herself, and then on her next turn, HEALs herself as well. She hits a level up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13038.png

A DEATH ARCHER gets a critical hit against SATCHMO. Yeah, that's critical damage.

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OZZIE's debut is taking damage from this HOBGOBLIN for four damage.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13044.png

Current map layout. I think I forgot to mention that the MASTER MAGE is the boss for this map.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13048.png

OZZIE punches a HOBGOBLIN and kills it! That's some pretty good damage too.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13052.png

And LATIFA takes down a ZOMBIE!

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SATCHMO finally scores! Well done, pops!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13056.png

And there goes COBAIN, running off, being emo, and probably shooting up heroin. Man he sucks.

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:37 AM
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Swingandamiss! These cloud-type mobs really do have high frickin' evasion.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13062.png

RINGO lights up another CLOUD, and gains a level!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13064.png

KANYE scores a critical hit against this DEATH ARCHER!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13068.png

and SINATRA takes him out!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13070.png

CYNDI takes out a CLOUD and also levels up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13072.png

Uh-oh! This could be bad for KANYE! He's on the verge of death!

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And LATIFA couldn't care less! She wants another level up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13075.png

And SATCHMO takes out the ZOMBIE!

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RINGO sees an opening and fires off a BLAZE2, hitting a DEATH ARCHER and a ZOMBIE!

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And SNOOP gets yet another killshot for this map.

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BOWIE's HP drops into single digits! Could this be it? Will we have to start all over again?

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:39 AM
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RINGO continues with the BLAZE2 antics, getting in a rare double killshot!

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SINATRA gains a level while attacking this DEATH ARCHER! And a healed BOWIE finishes it off to gain a level as well!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13095.png

Ouch.

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SATCHMO takes care of the MONK though, and nets level 15! All that leaves now is the MASTER MAGE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle13105.png

And SNOOP gets the final killshot of the map, and hits level 15 as well.

MAP CLEARED!

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I'd say MARTIN croons more than he squawks... but, hey, whatever.

Where are the devils? BOWIE, did you defeat them? Nobody in Bedoe can fight like that. Thank you.

SINATRA: He's a great fighter. Volcanon doesn't know how good he is!

MARTIN: He'll learn. Let's go see the mayor and get a raft!

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Alrighty then. Let's just go quickly talk to the mayor, see if we can't get that raft.

Mayor: Pl... please... take that boy with you! Ddddd... don't kill me! Please, take him! Heeeeeeee! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! Don't possess me!

SINATRA: What's he talking about?

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MARTIN:C'mon, mayor. We're alive!

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o.O

Mayor: I really regret all of this.Suddenly, the devils appeared. We had no power to resist them. They promised they would do nothing if we gave Oddler to them.

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Mayor: I'm sorry, please don't tell King Bedoe!

MARTIN: Alright, I won't... If you prepare a raft for BOWIE.

Mayor: Oh, thank you! A raft, OK. (Walks outside) Hey, Ripster!

Ripster: Yes.

Mayor: Prepare a raft for Prince MARTIN.

Ripster: But, it's the last one we have...

Mayor: I don't care! You can make another if necessary, can't you?!

Ripster: Y... yes, sir!

Mayor (to MARTIN): A raft will be waiting for you on the river. Why don't you take a look at it right now?

SINATRA: He wants to get rid of us.

MARTIN: You're right. Anyway, now we have a raft! Let's go!

There's something odd and bizarre about ships in the SF2 world. Apparently they're REALLY SCARCE.

Anyhoo. Let's take a look at our new raft!

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:40 AM
As we leave town...

Mayor: Just a minute. If it's possible... Please take this boy with you.

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This is actually a really funny line if you imagine Mr. Worf saying it.

MARTIN: You don't want to take care of him!

Mayor: I... er....

SINATRA: BOWIE, will you take him with us?

BOWIE chooses yes.

SINATRA: Are you serious? BOWIE, you're too nice.

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Oddler walks towards the party but trips.

SINATRA: Watch out! Be careful.

Oddler: Yes, I will....

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Oddler follows the party around. The party leaves Polca to find the raft is waiting for them on the river as promised.

MARTIN: Now, let's go to Devil's Tail to see Creed!

SINATRA: I sounds like MARTIN is going with us.

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SINATRA: I didn't know you were such an adventurer!

MARTIN: Alright! Wow! Let's go!

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McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:42 AM
Now, this is the part of the game where the suddenly very linear plot becomes immediately, absurdly nonlinear. There's a small subplot if you talked to some villagers about how some archaelogist named Petro stole some orb thing from his grandfather or something and it all reeks of some kind of bad Indiana Jones plot.

I always screw this part up, since we've been ordered to go find Creed. If you don't do this right now, you have to fight an extremely difficult boss fight, which will make sense later when I get to it. If you beat said boss, you find yourselves on completely the wrong track, and become quite overgeared and overleveled, which is what we don't want do do. Instead, we head east to find the grandfather of Petro.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14001.png

That's where we needed to go. Also, fun fact about this map, it's a faux "random battle" map. Meaning you step on a trigger square, and a battle happens. This fight always occurs if you step on the trigger square, and is like this throughout the game. The enemies on the map scale up depending on what I assume is BOWIE's level.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14004.png

This map is a giant pain. The desert in the middle, like a forest, cuts everyone's movement in half, save for fliers. Therefore, crossing it means everyone will slow to a crawl.

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Here is our latest recruit, MARTIN the BDMN. I'm assuming BDMN means "Birdman" and not something like "Bird Demon", but I don't know if he actually is a birdman necessarily, even though he has two arms and two legs. His attack is actually really low, even with a Long Sword, and his defense is paper thin. He's actually currently weaker than LATIFA with a Power Ring.

(MARTIN's original name is LUKE)

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GOLEMs are the new enemy on this map. They have high attack and high defense, and having three on this map makes them a considerable nuisance. There are also BLACK MONKs, DEATH ARCHERs, MASTER MAGEs, and EVIL CLOUDs on this map as well.

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MARTIN's debut, and he hits the mage mob for only eight damage. We might have to give this guy the Power Ring later if we ever want to have hope at making him useful.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14011.png

KAYNE's first attack of the map, and he nets a level up against the MASTER MAGE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14015.png

As you can see, we're trying to avoid going through the desert as much as possible.

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BOWIE finishes off the MASTER MAGE, and levels up to 16.

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OZZIE bites the head off of the BLACK MONK, and gets his first level up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14028.png

KANYE takes out a DEATH ARCHER.

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RINGO gets a killshot on an EVIL CLOUD and levels up to 15.

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Current battle layout.

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:43 AM
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Great dodge by SINATRA. These GOLEMs hit hard.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14051.png

SATCHMO takes down the GOLEM, and hits level 16!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14055.png

CYNDI takes down a DEATH ARCHER, and hits level 16 as well.

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OZZIE also takes down a DEATH ARCHER!

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MARTIN finally takes down a ZOMBIE, and levels up for it!

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LATIFA heals an injured OZZIE, and also hits level 16! BLAST becomes level 2, which increases its range to two squares. This makes the spell much more useful.

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SINATRA is in trouble, and is about to go into single digit HP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle14070.png

As evidence how annoying GOLEMs are, here is one hitting SATCHMO, our best defensive character, for double digit HP.

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SINATRA levels up to 16 while fighting a BLACK MONK.

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RINGO fires off a well-placed BLAZE2, and kills of a GOLEM in the process.

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KAYNE finishes off the BLACK MONK, and levels to 16 too.

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SATCHMO takes out a golem.

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OZZIE takes out another EVIL CLOUD, and hits level fifteen. He's catching up quite nicely.

McDohl
03-28-2009, 11:44 AM
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And RINGO finishes off the last golem, leveling up to 16!

MAP CLEAR!

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Now let's go to that cave!

10 - Hallowed Sanctuary (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/10 - Hallowed Sanctuary.mp3)

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The Sky Orb is OUR treasure! Give it back! Say something! Petro! Oh, you're not Petro. Who... are you?

Bowie walks up to the old man

Old Man: Ancient stone? Yes, my family had it for a long time. But, it was stolen. His brother, my grandson, took the stone, the sky orb, when he left. I think he went to Grans Island to operate an ancient vehicle. I've lost my purpose to live.

I spy with my little eye a treasure chest!

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As tempting as it is to give to BOWIE, we'll give to MARTIN for now to make him marginally less crappy. It boosts his attack up to a respectable number.

Anyway, resuming our conversation with the old man.

Old Man: I cam here looking for ancient treasure, and found the sky orb. Also, I discovered how to use the ancient tunnels. But, most of them are useless, except for the one to Grans.

SINATRA: To Grans? Can we get to Grans Island through it?

Old Man: Yes. Do you want to go there? Really? You'll go to Grans with me. Let's go now! All I want is the Sky Orb. Just help me get that, and then you can leave.

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And so, we travel over the river, and through the woods, to the tunnel to Grans Island we go!

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And what lies beyond the door? Will our steadfast heroes be able to get back to Grans island? And if so, why were they ordered to go visit Creed? Tune in next time to find out!

Things are going extremely well for our force, I must say. Only two deaths so far. One belongs to COBAIN, since he sucks, and the other belongs to an AI-controlled SINATRA. So that might not even count.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 11
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 6

Also, can anyone figure out what the hell Oddler is actually wearing? For years, I've simply called it a straight jacket.

Kazin
03-28-2009, 11:51 AM
I'm glad that Creed's name fits in with your musician theme.

I welcome this revelation with arms wide open.

...Sorry.

PapillonReel
03-28-2009, 04:11 PM
I'm such a nerd. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw Ozzie's name wasn't the singer, but this guy:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee231/PapillonReel/Ozzie-Crank.gif

I'll just show myself to the door, thanks.

McDohl
03-28-2009, 04:32 PM
I'm glad that Creed's name fits in with your musician theme.

I welcome this revelation with arms wide open.

...Sorry.

Dammit. I was saving that joke...

I'm such a nerd. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw Ozzie's name wasn't the singer, but this guy:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee231/PapillonReel/Ozzie-Crank.gif

I'll just show myself to the door, thanks.

That's okay. I believe Osbourne's name is actually spelled Ozzy. Unless there's another music-type named Ozzie I don't actually know about.

Kazin
03-28-2009, 05:20 PM
Dammit. I was saving that joke...

Man, I'm sorry... I couldn't resist. Luckily, they have plenty of crappy lyrics, so I have faith you'll usurp my goofy joke.

Bongo Bill
03-28-2009, 07:15 PM
Heh heh, the musician brigade came to a town called Polka.

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:18 AM
As you probably expected, you enter the map and see monsters! Surprise! It's another battle!

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A pretty standard map, but with some new enemies on it.

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Also on the map are MASTER MAGEs, BLACK MONKs, and GOLEMs.

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RINGO wastes no time in nuking out a GOLEM.

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GARGOYLE's hurt, as evidenced here of OZZIE losing almost half his HP.

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So CYNDI takes one out.

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SNOOP and MARTIN each take out one enemy, and both hit level 16!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15012.png

Grrr.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15016.png

So, I said BLAST2 increases it's range by 2. Well, as it turns out, it also increases its targeting to 2, exactly like BLAZE2. So, LATIFA takes this oppertunity to screw over a BLACK MONk and a GOLEM, and gets a level for it.

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SINATRA gets a nice critical hit against a MASTER MAGE, and hits a level as well.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15020.png

And a follow-up by BOWIE nets him a level too.

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:19 AM
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MARTIN takes out a monster as well. Note: MARTIN is showing unusual amount of grit in this runthrough. Usually the birdfighters suck hardcore, but MARTIN is proving his worth this time around.

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SATCHMO hits level 17!

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CNYDI takes out that GARGOYLE SATCHMO leveled up on, and also hits level 17!

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KANYE has been taking a lot of hits this map, and is at 10HP. He could be in trouble!

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But SNOOP takes out the GOLEM for KANYE.

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OZZIE nets level 16!

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LATIFA again casts BLAST2, and takes down a GOLEM this time!

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Hey look, TORT COBAIN still sucks!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15037.png

But for some reason, SATCHMO doesn't take that sitting down, and subsequently crit hits the BLACK MONK.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15039.png

And MARTIN levels up on... something! I think it was a GOLEM.

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RINGO nukes out the BLACK MONK, and levels up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15043.png

SNOOP levels up too!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15048.png

Here's what's left of the enemy. Not shown: SINATRA takes out the GARGOYLE.

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And KAYNE finishes off the ARROW LAUNCHER, and hits 17 as well!

That clears the map!

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:20 AM
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Oh well, let's go in.

The Old Man fails in opening the door with a spell.

Old Man: What? Let me try again.

The old man tries to force the door with a spell a second time, this time much stronger, but again fails.

Old Man: Petro, my grandson, locked the door. Sorry, guys! We can't go to Grans Island this way.

Oh well. LET'S LOOT THE PLACE!

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Wooden Panel, you say... Hmm!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15058.png

And Power Water!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle15059.png

TORT COBAIN: Still sucking.

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Remember this? Well, we'll just put this panel in the hole here, and...

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BOWIE'S FOUND A SECRET PASSAGEWAY!

</the wizard>

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The Achilles Sword can only be equipped by BOWIE. Therefore, we give to BOWIE.

Anyway, we're now out of areas to go to, so let's go south.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16003.png

SINATRA: Wow! What's that? BOWIE, look there!

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SINATRA: M... monster! It appeared from the river!

Oddler: It must be the monster they mentioned in Polca. Watch out!

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:22 AM
So, I mentioned last update something about a boss battle and stuff. Well, here is that boss battle. This fight happens whenever you get the raft from Polca and try to head south with it.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16012.png

Make no mistake, even doing these series of events correctly, this battle is probably one of the hardest in the game. For starters, we have nowhere to run to. We are confined to, more or less, the center of the map, while the KRAKEN can move anywhere on water. Only our flying units can move onto the river. Moreover, the AI acts incredibly defensively at first, and will go into an all out assault once a few of the KRAKEN tentacles are dead.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16011.png

One head, two arms, eight legs.

The LEGs hit hard. The ARMs hit harder, and have a two range attack. The HEAD hits the hardest, and has a three range attack. Also, the HEAD, being a boss, gets two turns in a round.

Death is inevitable.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16013.png

This is how hard the legs hit.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16017.png

But it is still a map with valuable EXP, and we waste no time taking advantage of it. OZZIE levels up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16018.png

And KANYE finishes off one of the LEGs.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle16019.png

The fasincation with COBAIN is something I completely don't understand. Even a little bit. But there you have it.

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/facepalm. /facepalm so hard. In order to do any damage, the LEGs have to be up against the side of the boat. BOWIE has set himself up to be ravaged by the AI.

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Like this.

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MARTIN takes out a LEG though, and hits a level.

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LATIFA hits a level up healing BOWIE.

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SINATRA is near death. Being a flying unit makes him even more exposed than our allies on the raft.

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And CYNDI gets pulvarized by an ranged attack from an ARM.

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And SINATRA gets CRITICALED by an ARM, even after being healed by LATIFA.

This map blows.

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:23 AM
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But SINATRA gets a slight revenge, leveling up off an ARM.

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Not that the kraken likes that.

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MARTIN takes out one of the ARMs, thankfully.

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Even good old SATCHMO gets hit hard.

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OZZIE and KAYNE each take out a LEG, and KAYNE levels up for it.

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SATCHMO levels up while taking on a LEG.

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Close-up of the terrain. The center of the center of the raft is blockedoff.

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BOWIE takes out a leg and levels up to 18.

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With some assistance from SINATRA and MARTIN, OZZIE takes out the other arm, and levels up!

That just leaves the one LEG and the KRAKEN HEAD!

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This is how the HEAD attacks. Every time.

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Ow.

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:25 AM
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Yeah, saw that coming.

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MARTIN takes out the last LEG, and levels up again!

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We make LATIFA use the Power Ring on BOWIE, which boosts up his attack. You can guess what we're getting him ready for.

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Glerkgloopbladoooh!

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That's MARTIN and SINATRA so far. Bad times for the Rat Pack... Bird Pack? Rat Flock maybe?

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And BOWIE takes out the HEAD! That's level 19, and a map clear with minimal casualities!

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Let's head to that town, shall we?

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Smells like TORT spirit. Also, MARTIN is alive and well too.

Okay, first thing's first. Let's go... SHOPPING!

RINGO -> Power Stick
LATIFA -> Power Stick
SNOOP -> Thieve's(sic) Knife
SATCHMO -> Power Axe
CYNDI -> Steel Arrow

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Hmmm.

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Dr. CASSIDY, you say?

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Yes, we killed the KRAKEN. Thanks for the welcome to Hassan.

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So, here's the thing. A million times I've played Shining Force II, and almost a million times I've played Shining Force. It wasn't until I started doing this LP with the comments being made that I started to actually connect the dots and doing things like listening to the NPCs and looking at the book titles more closely.

Rune is the name of the original continent in Shining Force.

McDohl
03-31-2009, 09:26 AM
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But whatever, right? MOAR MITHRIL.

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And a VERY DELICIOUS Running Pimento. This increases the distance a PC can walk on a map!

Anyway. Somebody said something about talking to Dr. CASSIDY.

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...alright, you prick. Then we'll just take our leave.

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You're an adventurer, right? Don't you need a vehicle? Huh? You can get the Ancient Caravan with that sword!

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CASSIDY: I was busy and... Let me join you! I'm the only one who can drive it! You are going to get the Caravan, aren't you?!

BOWIE chooses yes.

CASSIDY: Great! Good lad! Let's go!

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That's all for this update, folks, but things are about to get really good. Our entire force at this point is teetering on promotion. BOWIE and MARTIN are both level 19, and the majority of everyone else is level 18, except COBAIN because all COBAIN can do is cry, shiver, and be emo. We've made really great progress, but it might turn out to be a problem! We've only got a lone Warrior Pride for a Super Promotion right now! We're still missing out on about three or four items! What's a SDMN to do?

And what about the rest of the cast? We still only have 11 force members!

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 11
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 8

PapillonReel
04-01-2009, 10:42 AM
Yeah, I've been noticing that a lot of the force has been leveling up like crazy over the past while. I'm guessing that, once they reach level 20, you'll focus more on raising the other recruits with the later maps?

In any case, so long as you keep on using Cyndi, it's all good.

McDohl
04-01-2009, 11:09 AM
Yeah, I've been noticing that a lot of the force has been leveling up like crazy over the past while. I'm guessing that, once they reach level 20, you'll focus more on raising the other recruits with the later maps?

In any case, so long as you keep on using Cyndi, it's all good.

Possibly. I haven't decided how I'm handling the later recruits. I'm thinking possibly Survivor-style elimination, where the majority votes off a member, but I haven't locked that down yet.

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:35 AM
Huge update today, but it's chock-full of goodness.

As soon as we exit the town and head left, we step on a trigger square, thus initiating a battle!

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Unlike the KRAKEN HEAD battle, this is fairly easy in comparison. Sure, the desert is a pain, but that's nothing in the long run. Especially since the enemies move to me.

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The only new enemy on the map, the SOULSOWER. It's a fish. Otherwise, we're looking at ARROW LAUNCHERs, MASTER MAGEs, BLACK MONKs, and GOLEMs.

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We start off with a nice BLAZE2 pyro-fest from RINGO, who levels up! He learns his last useless spell, DESOUL! Seriously, the only spell worth using from RINGO is the BLAZE line.

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OZZIE!

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CYNDI levels up!

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LATIFA levels up healing SATCHMO, and learns her last spell SLOW! This spell decreases an enemy unit's AGI, so their turn happens later in the round.

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And MARTIN HITS LEVEL 20 while taking out a GARGOYLE! He's our first character elligible for promotion now!

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KAYNE hits level 19!

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SATCHMO takes out an ARROW LAUNCHER!

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SINATRA hits level 19!

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And SNOOP takes out a GARGOYLE!

Seriously. We're mowing down this map.

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:36 AM
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Er. We'll just skip over this. Heh heh.

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Why do you hate me, BOWIE? I've been so good to you...

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SNOOP picks up BOWIE's slack, and levels up for it.

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OZZIE punches this ARROW LAUNCHER, and levels too.

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Yeesh. About time, BOWIE.

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Damn these SOULSOWERs hit hard.

SINATRA takes it out. I don't have a picture for it. But he does!

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CYNDI...

</Mike Brady>

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And SATCHMO takes out the GOLEM and levels up!

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SINATRA HITS LEVEL 20!

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CNYDI recouperates and takes out a MASTER MAGE.

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BOWIE HITS LEVEL 20!

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...SATCHMOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Good job, SNOOP.

MAP CLEAR!

That was easy!

</Staples>

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:37 AM
Well, BOWIE, SINATRA and MARTIN are all able to be promoted now. It doesn't cost anything, and all we have to do is visit a priest. So let's get cracking!

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Yes. It says "the a fighting class". It does this for every character that can be promoted. It hurts me every time I read it.

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33 - Heroic Pledge (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/33 - Heroic Pledge.mp3)

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To me anyway, there's few things more rewarding in a Shining Force game than watching your members promote. Also, the way the text can be read, I always had a lingering fear in the back of my head that promotions could fail, leaving them in some kind of awful, bizarre pergatory state between classes; and in the case of those who metamorphize as well as promote (like BOWIE); a very nightmarish, mutated mess.

But the Light doesn't let us down, and that can't happen.

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Also, I'd like to point out that Shining Force II doesn't have promotion weakness (stats going slightly down after promoting), as I originally thought it did. You can look at BOWIE's before-and-after character sheets as evidence of that. I know for a fact Shining Force I does though.

Yes, that is our leader, BOWIE the HERO. He's one of the few characters that undergoes a complete and utter metamorphosis when being promoted. You'll see what I mean later, incase his character portrait isn't enough to sell you.

What BOWIE gains via promotion to HERO: MP stat ups. You'll see.

Oh, right! Let's not forget about our favorite bird pack members, SINATRA and MARTIN!

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It looks like SINATRA finally promotes from a Phoenik or Phonick or Phunknik or whatever he is to a Phoenix proper. PHNK to PHNX. Still looking for an explanation on that one. Honestly.

What SINATRA gains via promotion to PHNX: I kind of want to say better DEF stat ups, but I honestly don't know!

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And MARTIN promotes from a BDMN to.... a BDBT. Assuming that we believe BDMN to be "Birdman", what exactly does he promote to? BDBT? Birdbot? Birdbattler? Birdbutt? Birdbutt would just be kind of insulting, I think.

What MARTIN gains via promotion to BDBT: I don't usually get enough steam out of MARTIN to promote him, so I guess we'll be pleasantly surprised!

Anyway, that's all the promoting we can do for now! Onward!

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Hey this looks like a cool old shrine that CASSIDY is looking for let's go to it yeah good idea!

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SINATRA: Who IS that big guy?

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SINATRA: What should we do?

CASSIDY: The Caravan is there, behind him. We must have it!

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...Taros clearly graduated from the Elmer Fudd of Cartoon Villainy. I mean, really. "Time's up! Now we fight!"

But hey, whatever!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:38 AM
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God dammit. I did it again. Sorry.

Anyway, if the dots were there, you see that would have a middle passage blocked, and would have to split our force into two groups and try to outflank TAROS, which is pointless. I'll explain why in a bit. I've done a lot of Fire Emblem name dropping (and slight teasing) throughout the LP, but I've never talked about Shining Force's actual and much more strategic brother, Langrisser (also known domestically as Warsong). This map is a vintage Langrisser map where it requires you to divvy up your troops to each take a path, and to eventually reconverge in the middle.

Of course, we're going to have none of that. We'll just let the enemy come to us, which consists of SOULSOWERs, MASTER MAGEs, BLACK MONKs, ARROW LAUNCHERs, GOLEMs, and GARGOYLEs.

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The only new enemy of the map (and the subsequent boss), TAROS. The only way he can be damaged is with the Achilles Sword (hey, remember that?). He does not and cannot take damage any other way. And, like all bosses, he goes twice in a round.

15 - Hero of the Force (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/15 - Hero of the Force.mp3)
This music plays when any promoted character on our force attacks an enemy. If you'll allow me to sidetrack a bit...

I'm a bit of a video game music connoisseur. I love collecting video game soundtracks, and it's probably what I listen to the most in terms of music. This might be, if pressed on the subject, my favorite song in all of videogamedom. This probably has a few of you raising your eyebrows, and that's understandable. For one thing, I love the Shining Force II soundtrack. I think it's amazing, which is amusing since the guy who composed it is someone I had never heard of. It's one of the few game soundtracks I played as a kid where I said to myself "Wow, I want to listen to this over and over and over and over again." As for the track in question, when I first played SFII, I wasn't expecting the battle music to change for an a PC. Also, it's incredibly epic. I'm a sucker for epic music. It's also extremely hopeful and cheery.

It certainly doesn't vary wildly from the rest of the soundtrack. It reuses the main melody, like a few of the other tracks. It also doesn't really break that much ground musically, since it falls into the standard of being only forty or so seconds long and repeating. Even despite all that, I just love this track so much.

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It's also apropos at this time, I think, to let BOWIE have the first strike of this map. Oh yeah. That's BOWIE, as a HERO. That shrimpy kid who had trouble wielding a sword? Yeah, long gone. I wasn't kidding when BOWIE is one of the few characters who undergoes a complete metamorphosis. I have no idea where that long hair and those muscles came from. And his cape always flutters in the wind. Even if the force is in inside.

I told you to have faith.

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And here is SINATRA. That goofy looking birdchickenphonicks no more. He attacks with a cyclone, and absolutely wallops the SOULSOWER.

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And here is MARTIN, whose attack now is to swoop down in everything he does. This will be more amusing later.

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BOWIE takes out the ARROW LAUNCHER by himself. This is normally not very good strategy, but BOWIE can handle it, at least for now.

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SNOOP takes out a GARGOYLE, and levels up to 19!

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As does OZZIE!

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As you can see, only our flying units may pass through the middle. The rest of us normally would have to go around, but instead, we're all just going to go to the left side.

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:40 AM
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SNOOP solos a GOLEM, and only gets 1 EXP for it. Yeah, the GOLEMs are completely worthless this map, since we've been fighting them for almost 6 maps now. Quick and speedy kills to get them out of the way.

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CYNDI scores level 19!

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RINGO nukes a MASTER MAGE and hits level 19 as well!

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SINATRA takes out a GOLEM.

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KANYE has taken out a BLACK MONK here. Hence the explosion.

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SATCHMO HITS LEVEL 20!

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SNOOP HITS LEVEL 20!

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LATIFA heals BOWIE and HITS LEVEL 20!

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CYNDI demolishes a SOULSOWER!

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...yeah, crit hit by a GOLEM. Really need to do something about BOWIE's defense. Some Defense Milk may be in store for him. BOWIE returns the favor and obliterates the GOLEM.

All that's left is TAROS! As BOWIE is the only one that can damage it, it is in our best interest to isolate the rest of the force away from it. TAROS can use his sword (named, of all things, the Taros Sword), which casts BOLT2, a 3-range, 3-cross area of damage. So, best to prep BOWIE up.

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Yeah, that's MARTIN swooping in, sword first, to use the Power Ring.

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:41 AM
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We send BOWIE in, and doesn't do too bad damage. Take that FEET OF TAROS.

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This is why we keep everyone else out of range.

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And don't forget, TAROS can attack act twice per round.

We retreat BOWIE for now, and let LATIFA heal his wounds for a few turns. We send BOWIE back into the fray quickly!

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Yeah. BOLT is awesome. And our force leader, BOWIE the HERO, can cast it.

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Yeah, attacking twice in a round bites.

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We foolishly send in LATIFA to heal BOWIE. TAROS is on the brink, and as long as he doesn't use his sword twice, LATIFA should be able to survive it.

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HAHA. SUCK IT, TAROS! TIME TO EAT HOT... ACHILLES SWORD!

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Erm. Cool.

Nobody can equip the Taros Sword, unfortunately. That also means nobody can use it to cast BOLT2 with. But it's a nice rare drop, and we can sell it for 7,500G. Which is exactly what we'll do.

MAP CLEAR!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:43 AM
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Clearly, CASSIDY hasn't seen BOWIE's new muscles.

CASSIDY examines the Caravan.

CASSIDY: It's so small. I'll just try to... get inside...

CASSIDY enters the Caravan and leaves the shrine with it.

SINATRA: Oh, he's gone! I hope he comes back. Did CASSIDY lie to us?

The Caravan comes back.

CASSIDY: I never lie!

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Yes. You done good English.

No wonder the Caravan is so small, it carries miniaturized people and items. I can drive this excellent vehicle. May I go with you as a driver?

SINATRA: You're kidding, right? Well, at least we can bring a lot of soldiers with us.

CASSIDY: But soldiers in the Caravan can not enter battle 'cause they've been miniaturized.

SINATRA: We'll just have to see. Humph. I don't like this guy.

CASSIDY: I wonder what adventures we'll find with this Caravan!

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Caravan GET! This is great, since it allows us to deposit all our crazy inventory (INCLUDING MITHRIL) into the caravan and not worry about item space! Hurray!

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YAY LOOT!

We're just going to stop in Hassan quickly...

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Boy. Hah!

Centaur: I got to Hassan thanks to you. I didn't know this was such a dull town.

The centaur sees the Caravan.

Centaur: Wh... what's that?!

SINATRA: It's the Caravan... an ancient vehicle found in the shrine.

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Yes, we just let CLARKE the KNTE join the force because he has an interest in shiny things.

We really need to have higher standards, BOWIE. But no matter.

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This merchant popped up out of nowhere, which means it's time to BUY NEW WEAPONS! Hurray!

BOWIE -> Broad Sword
KANYE -> Power Spear
CLARKE -> Power Spear

Now, we head east! Hurray!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:44 AM
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The caravan can ride on shoals! Hurray!

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A cave! Hurray!

16 - Plucky Little Village (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/16 - Plucky Little Village.mp3)

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Dwarves! Hurray!

...someone let Gon (http://scibbe.com/stash/suiko/) in here, I think.

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COBAIN? Is that you?!

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...Yay! MOAR THINGS!

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We head south of the cave, and we find... A SECRET VILLAGE! OOOH!

17 - Sacred Ground (http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/17 - Sacred Ground.mp3)

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BOOYA! Vigor Balls promote PRSTs into MMNKs instead of VICRs!

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Mithril hooooooooooo!

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Well, LENNON always did have a big heart like that.

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BOOYA TWO! The Secret Book promotes a MAGE into a SORC instead of a WIZ!

Let's PROMOTE THE FUCK out of the force!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:46 AM
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Our first Super Promotion! PRST LATIFA is now a MMNK (Master Monk)!

LATIFA's gain: She can now equip gloves and fight with her fists, instead of using staves. Attack boost UP!

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Quickly followed up by our second Super Promotion, SATCHMO the WARR is now SATCHMO the BRN (Baron, I think, and not Barn)!

SATCHMO's gain: He can now equip both swords and axes.

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All that investment into SNOOP pays off, as he promotes to a NINJ (Ninja)!

SNOOP's gain: He can equip swords and cast magic now.

...Well, that's everyone for now. That means I have to go buy some other weapons...

LATIFA -> Leather Glove
SATCHMO -> Broad Sword
SNOOP -> Broad Sword

Anyway, as we start to head west and possibly try to find this LENNON fellow looking for a fairy to help a dwarf, we step on a trigger square and initiate a battle!

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I get a picture of the map later in the fight, because I completely brain-farted and didn't get one right away. I should really get better at doing this.

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Here are our enemies for the map. They're deliciously new, which means we haven't surpassed the range from getting good EXP from them. Also that particular HIGH PRIEST has a Shining Ball. I think it's a one-time use of BLAZE2.

Anyone else find the title of "DARK MADAM" to be particularly provocative?

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And here are our promotes! I didn't get a character sheet of CLARKE for some reason. Oh well. He's level 19. Let's get to killing!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:47 AM
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Amidst all the promoting, I hope you didn't forget about CLARKE! Here's his debut, attacking a SOULSOWER.

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RINGO takes out said SOULSOWER!

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Kapow! LATIFA's debut as her new the a fighting class!

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SNOOP's debut as a NINJ, and what a debut. He attacks twice, offing the ARROW LAUNCHER!

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CYNDI takes out a SOULSOWER, and HITS LEVEL 20!

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I decided to illustrate how crappy RINGOs other spells are. This is DESOUL1, not working. It's an instant death spell, and unsurprisingly, it doesn't work.

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CLARKE gets in his first kill!

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And BOWIE lets loose a BOLT1. BOLT starts off as a 2-cross with 2 range. He levels up for it! That's all he can cast now for the time being. Hopefully we won't have to cast EGRESS!

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OZZIE takes out a GARGOYLE and HITS LEVEL 20!

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DARK MADAMs hit hard...

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:48 AM
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KANYE HITS LEVEL 20!

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Yes, BOWIE's less than stellar defense is still annoying...

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Ugh. SOULSOWERs only give BOWIE 1 EXP on a kill. His level is too high!

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SATCHMO's debut! He's hardly recognizable, but clocks that ORC good!

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RINGO HITS LEVEL 20!

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SNOOP hits level 2! You'll notice his MP bar has started growing.

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Here's that map I promised. It's big, but our force is so strong at this point, they're just mowing down enemies.

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CLARKE HITS LEVEL 20!

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Ouch. We got hit by a BLAST2 from this HIGH PRIEST. I forgot they had that spell.

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MARTIN takes out the priest though, and we get that Shining Ball!

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SINATRA gains a level!

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LATIFA gets a critical hit and wipes the floor with a GARGOYLE!

McDohl
04-03-2009, 10:50 AM
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And SNOOP finishes off the map!

MAP CLEAR! Time to get promotin'!

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Yeah, have you seen his spell list? Trust me. Promote away, dude.

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RINGO's gain: He's now a summoner. Foregoing BLAZE is worth it.

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BWNT? Bownut? Bowknight? Browntaurus?

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WFBR? Wolfbird? Wolfbarker? Wolfbarter? Wolfbaron?

And here... we slam the brakes!

That makes almost everyone in our force promoted. In fact, the only three characters who aren't promoted right now are COBAIN, KANYE, and CLARKE. It's time to make a decision, Tyrants!

The KNTE Super Promotion item is still about 7 or so maps away, but as of right now, we have two KNTEs who are both eligible to be promoted. The regular promotion path for a KNTE is KNTE -> PLDN. But it also seems like a potential waste of a promotion item to not be able to use it. So, my proposal is to promote one of our KNTEs now, and wait to promote the other KNTE until we get that item.

Who should we promote now? KANYE or CLARKE?

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 12
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 9

alpha jammer
04-03-2009, 04:20 PM
Personally, I never found the Super promotion for Knights all that useful. Also, upon taking your advice to me, I've used Clarke in my most recent run and he turned out to be pretty great. SO, I vote for Promoting CLARKE to PLDN and leaving the Super promotion for KANYE

Kazin
04-03-2009, 09:28 PM
I agree with alpha jammer. Promote Clarke and save the super promotion for Kanye!

The music for Shining Force II is fantastic. It's what I think of every time someone says the Genesis sounded "tinny" or whatever - SF2 sounds great to me. The overworld theme, the theme you mentioned as being your favorite, and the theme from the last battle are 3 of my favorite three tracks from videogames, ever.

SuperRube
04-04-2009, 02:56 AM
Shining Force ones unrepentant march of infinite horsepeople kind of put me off on using them in the sequel. Thus, I've only really messed with Chester when it comes to the whole Pegasus thing. Giving him the ability to fly is pretty bad ass, but he's still kinda dull overall. I guess I'll vote for whats-his-face, CLARK there, just for a personal change of pace.

Man, horespeople are dumb. I can't even be assed to remember his fake name.

On a less rambling note, I believe that promoting a WARR to a BRN also gives them an extra point of move. So all the more reason to do it I guess.

PapillonReel
04-05-2009, 04:10 AM
I'll have to echo the request to promote Clarke first, mostly since Kanye's been around since the beginning and maybe he deserves the super-promotion more I suppose?

WreckTheLaw
04-11-2009, 09:08 PM
I have all sorts of KANYE jokes here. None of them are any good. Promote him second that way I have more time to find a decent joke.

McDohl
04-14-2009, 09:18 AM
Hey guys. Possibly pointless bump.

Just informing everyone I'm not dead, and the LP is still going. Things have just been kind of hectic and stressful the past few weeks, and that will hopefully calm down some by next Monday.

I'll try and organize a small update before then though.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:23 PM
Yay. An update. Shit's still pretty stressful for the time being. Hopefully updates will become more regular in the future.

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The Force has spoken. KANYE, gets to sit out a promotion. CLARKE, time to step up to the plate.

CLARKE will be able to equip better weapons. KANYE will get 48EXP per killshot due to underpromotedness. So there you have it.

Anyway, time to head west...

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Oddler: Somebody is crying for help... from... over here.

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???: My dinner is escaping!

SINATRA: Who said that?

Harpy: That pond catches my food. Hey elf boy, good trap, huh? Those who get stuck in the pond are mine. It's my rule.

Elf: Then, all the missing people were eaten by you?

Harpy: They were in my pond. And this elf is my dinner tonight. Got it? Did you guys bring the ketchup? No? Oh, well.

It's BATTLE TIME!

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We're surrounded! By harpies! Also DARK MADAMs, ORCs, HIGH PRIESTs, and ARROW LAUNCHERs.

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Here are our newly-minted promoted comrades. As you can see, OZZIE underwent a metamorphosis.

Also, as promised, RINGO lost all his spells, but now he can cast DAO! All summons are 1x1, and do more damage the fewer targets that are hit.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:24 PM
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And here are the wonderfully annoying HARPYs. They can cast DISPEL, are flying units, hit extremely hard, and can poison you with their attacks.

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Here's an example.

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SORCs are awesome.

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MARTIN levels up on a DARK MADAM.

Which sounds a lot more perverse than it actually is.

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This is the start of a lot of MISSING this update. I WISH I WAS KIDDING HOLY CRAP.

Erm, you'll see.

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Newly minted CYNDI's opening shot, and she takes out the MADAM.

I should also add that her weapons now have a 3-range on them, meaning she can attack enemies three squares away.

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And here's CLARKE's redebut... which I somehow missed. Oh well.

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Yes. This particular HARPY dodged all of the other PCs to ATTACK COBAIN.

I guess they hate COBAIN as much as I do.

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Can't forget about KANYE. He gets a kill in! Yay!

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:26 PM
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RINGO takes out a HARPY!

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MARTIN takes out a HIGH PRIEST!

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LATIFA levels up off of a harpy, and learns HEAL3! HEAL3 is 3 range, and heals up to somewhere between 35-50HP.

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SATCHMO takes down a HARPY.

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Map view thusfar. Also, here's CYNDI's 3-range attack.

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God I love that.

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CLARKE takes out an ARROW LAUNCHER.

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CNYDI takes down a HARPY, and hits level 2!

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And CLARKE takes down an ORC!

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Here's OZZIE's debut on the map. Yeah, HARPYs suck.

I think I say that about every enemy though.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:27 PM
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CLARKE and KANYE team up on a HARPY; CLARKE hits level 2, and KANYE finishes it off and hits level 21!

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MARTIN finishes off a DARK MADAM.

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LATIFA casts HEAL3 on BOWIE. Yay for healing fairies!

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Ouch. The HIGH PRIEST lets a BLAST2 rip.

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And this stupid ORC gets in a stupid bullshit Critical Hit against SNOOP, taking him out.

Total bullshit.

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SATCHMO takes out the PRIEST and hits level 2.

And... someone took out the ORC too. I don't have a picture of it, for some reason.

Oh well. MAP CLEAR!

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...I think that is how yaoi fanfics are born.

Dialogue like that.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:29 PM
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Some quick maintenance to revive SNOOP and COBAIN.

Oh man, I've been waiting to do this for half the game.

COBAIN, the Force has spoken.

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It's time for you to go. To the Caravan.

The rest of you? Grab your weapons and head to the next battle.

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LENNON: Got it! Thanks, fairy! BOWIE, come on.

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Secret passage, you say?

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Woo! Mithril!

As we exit, we hit a trigger square and into a battle!

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This is the territory of Mr. Creed. Go away!

SINATRA: But we have to see him. Please let us pass!

Skeleton: No! Leave now!

More enemies appear.

Skeleton: Never mind. Get 'em boys!

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:31 PM
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Now, LENNON starts out at level 21. I wasn't going to promote him right away, but I realized that means he only starts with a Steel Arrow instead of a Robin Arrow. Considering how stupidly low his attack is...

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Best to promote him to SNIP (Sniper, or maybe Snipper), and let him equip a 3-range Robin Arrow.

(LENNON's original name is ELRIC)

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And this is why this area is called the Devil's Tail!

Of course, they probably could have equally called it, like, the Crooked Triangle, I suppose.

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New enemy of the map, SKELETONs. They also hit hard, like HARPYs. Also on the map: DARK MADAMs, HIGH PRIESTS, ORCs, and ARROW LAUNCHERs. Yes, more ARROW LAUNCHERs. We've been dealing with them for, like, 8 maps now.

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And a VERY DELICIOUS PROTECT RING HOLY CRAP I CAN'T WAIT TO GIVE THAT TO BOWIE.

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And this is why.

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Hurray. Finally, one of my guys gets to evade.

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...

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This would be awesome, if everyone didn't have one already. Also, level up for MARTIN.

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SATCHMO takes out the ARROW LAUNCHER.

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LENNON's premiere, and he takes out an ORC.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:33 PM
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KAPOW!

I just realized, looking at this picture, she's kicking. We're equipping her with gloves and she KICKS.

This LP has been full of revelations. All this time I thought she punches.

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Also LATIFA heals BOWIE and gets level 3 for it.

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Dammit.

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Dammit. Counter Dammit.

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Dammit.

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Dammit.

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THANK YOU LENNON. Yeesh. Needs work, Force. Needs work.

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Congratulations, BOWIE. You finally hit something.

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KANYE takes out the HIGH PRIEST and hits level 22.

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Face. Palm. Dammit.

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OH MY GOD EVERYBODY STOP MISSING PLEASE.

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THANK YOU CYNDI MY GAWD.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:34 PM
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See SINATRA? There's a direct correlation here. When you hit things, you can LEVEL UP.

That goes for the rest of you, NOT-REALLY-SHINING-ANYMORE-AS-IT-IS-SEEMS-KIND-OF-DULLENED FORCE.

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At least magic can't miss.

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Screw your critical hit.

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Yay. SINATRA's finally finding his bloodlust again.

Also, at this point, I start freaking out because I remembered that the DARK MADAM that we defeated did not drop her stupid Protect Ring I've been lusting over. So now I'm rushing to clear the map and go check a store's deal sections to make sure I actually get access to it.

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LENNON killed something. I think an ORC.

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And BOWIE kills the final SKELETON.

MAP CLEAR. That's nothing but frustrating.

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SINATRA: Oddler, can you see?

Oddler: No, why?

SINATRA: You're moving around as if you can see.

Oddler: Am I? Maybe my other senses sharpened since I lost my sight.

SINATRA: Oh, I see. Bowie, let's go see Mr. Creed!

But before we go... Gotta get that stupid ring.

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...Well that's interesting.

Well, we waste no time in buying the Protect Ring, giving it to BOWIE, who in turn gives his Quick Ring to LATIFA.

All the way is the Silver Tank we sold, which if we wanted BRGNs instead of SNIPs, I would have used this to promote LENNON, which I totally forgot about. Oh well, no worries. We can still use it later. That third weapon is the Taros Sword, which we sold since nobody can use it.

But what's really interesting is that second weapon over from the left. Occasionally, the deals section throws you a bone and will let you get a really strong weapon early. In this case, the bone we've been thrown is the amusingly valuable Goddess Staff. It's a Mithril-grade weapon, and when used in battle, it casts AURA2 (healing spell that heals everybody in range)

Too bad nobody in our party can use it right now! It's a VICR-only weapon, and we have no VICRs! Oh well. Just going to have to let it sit in there for now.

Oh well. All content now that BOWIE's protected. Let's actually go to Creed's mansion.

McDohl
04-18-2009, 04:35 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle21100.png

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SINATRA: Excuse me.

Goliath: Yeow! Y... yes?

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SINATRA (to BOWIE): We can't see Mr. Creed right now.

Oddler: No kidding! BOWIE, SINATRA, let's force our way into the room!

SINATRA: Oddler, you're getting bold. But it is a good idea.

Goliath: Hmmmmph....

SINATRA: Let's go!

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Goliath: You impolite kids! You can't go in! Mr. Creed is too busy! Go away!

SINATRA: BOWIE, on our left. That door might lead to Mr. Creed! Let's ditch this guy and go through that door.

Oddler: BOWIE, let's do it! I don't want to fail now!

SINATRA: OK, OK. We give up. We'll see Mr. Creed later. Let's get out of here.

Oddler: Yeah, maybe later.

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Well, this can't be good.

The most difficult battle in the entire game is coming up. Plus, the Force has had it's first Tribal Council meeting, and they voted off the mighty worthless COBAIN. So, stay tuned!

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 13
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 10

Mightyblue
04-18-2009, 09:46 PM
You're mostly missing because of the difficulty setting, and is why Bowie's taking so much damage. The difficulty setting ramps up all monster stats, including counters, evades, and crits. I'm not sure if it does the same for HP or not, since it's been a while since I've played through it.

McDohl
04-19-2009, 11:41 PM
You're mostly missing because of the difficulty setting, and is why Bowie's taking so much damage. The difficulty setting ramps up all monster stats, including counters, evades, and crits. I'm not sure if it does the same for HP or not, since it's been a while since I've played through it.

Interesting.

-insert "The more you know" theme here-

It just seemed uncanny all the missing going on.

PapillonReel
04-21-2009, 03:16 AM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle21078.png

THANK YOU CYNDI MY GAWD.

Clearly your solution here to this accuracy problem is to use Cyndi exclusively for the rest of the game, because she's great and I said so.

Bongo Bill
04-21-2009, 03:17 AM
I think maybe "KNTE" refers to Knight-Errant? That is a knight that does not live in a palace, explaining why they'd promote to a Paladin, or a knight that does live in a palace.

Coinspinner
04-21-2009, 08:42 AM
When a friend of mine first showed me this game, his sniper character would only ever do 1 point of damage. He then explained that it was alright, because she never missed. Then she missed. I avoided using snipers every time that I played.

alpha jammer
04-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Very interested to see how you handle the next battle.
Will we see our first loss of the series?
The suspense is killing me!

Alixsar
04-22-2009, 12:52 PM
I totally forgot about the tiny battle. This is going to be awesome.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:28 AM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22001.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22002.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22003.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22004.png

SINATRA: Anyway, we're very small now.

Oddler: Small? How small?

SINATRA: Let's see... now we're on a desk... and it's very large, like a village.

Goliath: Exactly

SINATRA: Goliath! Hey, what did you do to us?

Goliath: I told you not to go in there. You didn't listen to my warning. You guys look so cute! Ha, ha! Bye, little kiddies!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22008.png

Oddler: I agree! We can meet Creed later.

There's something about Desktop Kindgom that stands out with people who play Shining Force II. I'm not sure why. Actually, I have an inking, but I'll get to that.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22010.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22011.png

Deep.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22012.png

Maybe those more versed in Shining Force lore can connects the dots for us here. If there's any dots to be connected.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22014.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22015.png

Character portraits... Interesting!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22016.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22017.png

We head over to the right onto a chessboard... To fight the desktop kingdom chessboard army.

IT HAS BEGUN!

MORTAL KOMBAT!

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:29 AM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22018.png

I'm not kidding when I say this is the hardest battle in the game. There's three reasons why this is. The first is that your Force's weapons are seriously obsolesced for this map -- we've been using them from anywhere between 4-6 battle maps or so now depending on the character. The second is that the enemies are stupidly powerful. The third is that the terrain is all open and flat. You cannot hide or use terrain to your advantage.

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x6

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x2

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x2

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x2

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x3. Yes, THREE QUEENS. Can you imagine the ridiculousness of having THREE QUEENS in a regular game of chess?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22024.png

The KING serves as the map boss. You defeat the KING, you win the map. In my early days of Shining Force playing, I would always, without fail, bumrush the KING for a quick victory. I know now though that you waste what is very awesomely delicous EXP on this map by doing so. Everyone gets full EXP for a killshot.

Which, of course, is what we will be doing.

Really, the only appropriate way to play this map is with the Mortal Kombat movie theme playing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ0fFgU22ls), and to relpace the name of the Mortal Kombatants in the lyrics with members of the Shining Force.

We start off by moving our entire force to the left side of the map. We will be using standard Shining Force II Chess Battle Notation for this map. This is a lot like regular Chess Notation, but customized for Shining Force II and amusement value.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22025.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22027.png

ROOK to BOWIE, Double Attack.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22028.png

BOWIE, Protect Ring. Casts BOOST1 on everyone in range (increases Speed and Defense).

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PAWN to BOWIE, Counter Attack.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22037.png

KANYE takes PAWN.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22039.png

BOWIE, Protect Ring.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:30 AM
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CNYDI to ROOK, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22046.png

LATIFA heals BOWIE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22048.png

LENNON takes ROOK, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22056.png

KNIGHT to SINATRA.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22057.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22058.png

SATCHMO takes KNIGHT, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22065.png

LATIFA heals SINATRA.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22066.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22068.png

CLARKE takes PAWN, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22069.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22070.png

BOWIE, Protect Ring.

The crack means if we use it again, we lose it forever. Have to get it repaired.

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PAWN to SATCHMO.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22076.png

LATIFA to PAWN, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22077.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22078.png

KANYE takes PAWN, Level Up.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:31 AM
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SNOOP takes ROOK, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22085.png

Remenants of the Chess Army.

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KNIGHT to SATCHMO, Double Attack.

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QUEENS to SINATRA.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22097.png

KNIGHT to MARTIN, Critical Hit.

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PAWN to SINATRA, evades.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22100.png

Fish out of water! Wait, wrong game.

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EVIL BISHOP heals KNIGHT.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22106.png

QUEEN takes MARTIN.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:32 AM
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BOWIE Bolts PAWNS, QUEEN, KNIGHT, Level Up.

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SNOOP takes QUEEN.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22116.png

SATCHMO to KNIGHT, Critical Hit.

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SINATRA takes KNIGHT, Level Up.

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EVIL BISHOP heals PAWN.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22122.png

PAWN takes SINATRA.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:33 AM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22126.png

QUEEN Freezes BOWIE, LENNON, takes SNOOP. Check!

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LATIFA heals BOWIE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22131.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22132.png

LENNON takes PAWN, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22134.png

CYNDI takes PAWN.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22140.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22141.png

RINGO takes BISHOP, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22143.png

LENNON takes QUEEN.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22147.png

QUEEN Freezes BOWIE, KAYNE, LENNON.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:34 AM
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RINGO takes QUEEN.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22154.png

EVIL BISHOP Blasts LATIFA, RINGO, CLARKE.

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EVIL BISHOP heals.

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PAWN takes OZZIE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22164.png

CYNDI to PAWN, Level Up.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22165.png

LATIFA heals BOWIE.

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RINGO takes PAWN, Level Up.

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CYNDI takes EVIL BISHOP, Double Attack.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22174.png

KING to CLARKE.

McDohl
04-23-2009, 08:36 AM
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LATIFA to KING. Check!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22176.png

RINGO to KING. Check!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22177.png

BOWIE to KING. Check!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22178.png

LENNON to KING. Check!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle22180.png

CYNDI takes KING! Checkmate!!

Victory!

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Well, I was hoping to keep going, but, the Chessboard Battle took up a lot more posts than I thought it would, and there's a lot of exposition after the next battle. So I think this will suffice for an update today!

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 13
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 10

Mightyblue
04-23-2009, 09:25 AM
There's no mention of the natural disaster in question in any of the other games set in the same relative timeframe, or much of Creed for that matter, so it's a big mystery. TO EVERYONE.

Kazin
04-23-2009, 09:47 AM
That's the one battle in Shining Force II that I've never beaten all the enemies in. I just get tired of all my guys dying, and I usually just rush the King.

When I was a kid, I had trouble even doing that. Someday, Desktop Chessboard Battle, I will defeat you!

ProfessorS
04-23-2009, 01:20 PM
That really is a difficult map. It's obvious the game is a lot more manageable when your enemies are spread out!

alpha jammer
04-23-2009, 02:27 PM
Well played ! That was an exciting post!
I almost never wipe out all their forces.

StriderDL
04-23-2009, 08:42 PM
I get the sense that the majority of us played this game when we were but pimply little teens with nary a thought of strategy. I mean, seriously, fuck that King up. Kudos to eliminating the entirety of the enemy forces. I'll do my best when I get to playing through the Sonic's Greatest version.

alpha jammer
05-28-2009, 06:24 AM
Come on McDohl, finish up FFI and get back to dealing with the Demon King Zeon !

McDohl
05-28-2009, 11:48 AM
Come on McDohl, finish up FFI and get back to dealing with the Demon King Zeon !

See, if I don't deal with GARLAND and CHAOS first, then the time loop will keep repeating and then BOWIE will have to deal with ZEON all over again.

BOWIE's too cool to have that happen to him. So, RUGA has to do her thing first.

You have to do these things logistically, see.

McDohl
10-05-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi everybody!

So, yeah. I installed Win 7RC on my other hard drive. They recommended that you first format the drive and do a fresh install (it originally had Win 7 Beta). I forgot to back up the SF2 rom that had all the save data on it, and it was lost.

But I have my notes, and I still had all the screenshots, so it was just simply a matter of replaying it and getting back up to the same point. Which I am happy to say I am at now. I tried very hard to balance out experience as determined by the LP, so it has mostly worked out and stayed even.

Plus, I now totally have a new KANYE meme at my disposal. Ain't it awesome?

Anyway, rather than jump right in, the next battle is followed up with some heavy plot dumping and possibly a very important decision. So, instead, I'd rather just do a short warm up and instead go over some Headquarters quotes.

One of the staples of Shining Force is the HQ. It's basically where your party chills out between battles, and the hero can talk and chit-chat with them. In SF1, every town had a HQ. In SF2, your HQ is portable, but only New Granseal has an actual HQ where you can enter in and socialize with your troops.

HQ Troop Quotes: Part 1.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq002.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq003.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq004.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq005.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq006.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq007.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq008.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq009.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq010.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq011.png

Kazin
10-05-2009, 05:23 PM
Yes. Glad to see you finish this one out!

Having a HQ in every town in SF1 is missed in SF2, at least as far as I'm concerned. It never really made a lot of sense that there was always a big place for my army to hang out in pretty much every town, but it was nice for character development.

benjibot
10-05-2009, 08:53 PM
I shall go back and read this entire thing. I'm terribly intrigued by this series.

Also, this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/onechordwonder/3097635380/in/set-72157604909659469/).

StriderDL
10-05-2009, 11:20 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/hq011.png

At this point he should really just kill himself. too soon?

alpha jammer
10-06-2009, 08:47 AM
Way to go McDohl! I'm very happy to see you continue this post.
But man, that was a shame that you lost all your data.
Now go show Willard what for!

Kazin
10-06-2009, 02:35 PM
Awesome needlepoint!

Over a hundred hours? That is dedication. I love the character portraits in this game, though - Bowie's promoted portrait is my 1up profile picture, and has been my emblem in whatever game has them (like Mario Kart DS).

benjibot
10-06-2009, 11:47 PM
It's hard to get a sense of scale on those needlepoint. I didn't make it, but I've done similar things because the girl who did posted an excellent tutorial. She's awesome.

Al Baron
10-07-2009, 12:15 AM
I know I'm a few months late with this, but the Chess battle was in II? I thought it was in I.

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:42 PM
I shall go back and read this entire thing. I'm terribly intrigued by this series.

Also, this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/onechordwonder/3097635380/in/set-72157604909659469/).

That's some crazy awesome needlepoint.

At this point he should really just kill himself. too soon?

Not really. COBAIN sucks.

I know I'm a few months late with this, but the Chess battle was in II? I thought it was in I.

Yep. SF2 has the chess battle.

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:44 PM
Last we left our merry brigade; they just battled against the particularly difficult Chessboard Army, and were rewarded with a cotton balloon to visit “floor world” with.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23000.png

How does a balloon made out of cotton pop, exactly?

Anyway, we scroll over to the left and see…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23001.png http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23002.png

Hmm. Interesting.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23003.png http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23004.png

Also interesting: More portraits! There are certainly a lot of them here in Desktop Kingdom.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23005.png

If we need to change party members or visit a clergyman, then we can do it here in this little alcove, which we do, since that last battle took out a decent number of the force.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23006.png

Once that’s taken care of, we set off… into the walls apparently!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23007.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23008.png

SINATRA: Is this the smell of the devils that they were talking about?

Rat: Hee, hee!

SINATRA: What huge rats!

Rat: Welcome! It's dinner time!

BATTLE START!

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:46 PM
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23009.png

This is a very simple map, especially compared to the last battle, and a good one to get back into the swing of things.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23010.png

The map’s boss: A pink rat very amusingly named WILLARD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_%281971_film%29). Things like this fascinate me. Is WILLARD the name of the rat boss in the Japanese version, I wonder?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23011.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23012.png

Also on this map are two new enemies, RATs and BUBBLING OOZEs.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23013.png

So, as you’ll rapidly find out, I’m trying to get back into the swing of screenshoting this as I go. This is either LENNON or KANYE taking a shot at the BUBBLING OOZE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23016.png

I tried hard to balance out levels, but RINGO snuck one by me. So, yeah. He’s up an APOLLO summon now too. As we’ll see here.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/apolloj.png

No, wrong Apollo.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/apollosaga2.jpg

Getting warmer…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23018.png

There we go. Finally.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23020.png

And MARTIN takes out another OOZE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23021.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle23022.png

CLARKE and KANYE each hit a level up. Even though KANYE is not promoted yet (we’re saving it for when he gets the centaur promotion item later), he shows no signs of slowing down.

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BOWIE kills a RAT, and levels up as well.

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Man, there’s something to be said about rat on rat crime.

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:47 PM
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Well hello, Level up!

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This battlefield is a splendid cornucopia of EXP and levels.

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I don’t think I’ve gone over NINJ magic yet, so now would probably a good time to do so.

NINJs eventually learn two spells, KATON and RAIJIN. KATON is essentially BLAZE, and RAIJIN is essentially BOLT. However, they only learn 3 levels of each spell, but start at their rank 2 equivalents. In other words: KATON1 is BLAZE2, and RAIJIN1 is BOLT2.

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And takes out two OOZEs in the process.

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SINATRA hits level 5!

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OZZIE kills… something and hits level 4!

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This is the first time these OOZEs opted for a bubble breath. And got a crit hit with it against SINATRA.

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These two different all black screens represent me taking a screenshot too late of BOWIE and I think LENNON’s killshots.

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And… someone else kills a RAT!

I’m really rusty. Leave me alone.

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See what I mean about rat on rat crime? WILLARD gets a double attack and takes out SNOOP.

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:49 PM
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LENNON takes out WILLARD.

MAP CLEAR!

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We’ll just mosey on like nothing ever happened…

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Goliath: Oh, yes... ah...

Creed: What?

Goliath: No, I... I added to your collection today.

Creed: You did what?!

Goliath: I'm sorry! I tried to stop them, but they jumped through the magic
door.

Creed: You didn't lock the door, did you? I told you to always lock that door! Anyway, I want to see them.

Goliath: Right away, sir!

Creed walks around a bit.

Creed: What? Ah... I heard something.

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Creed: Oh, someone from my collection is talking! You must be one of the people Goliath was talking about.

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Creed: You came to see me? Hmmm... why?

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That’s what she said.

Creed: Oh, sorry.

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McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:50 PM
SINATRA: Wow, we're back to normal! I can't believe we were so small!

Creed: Now, why did you want to see me?

SINATRA: Oh, yes! We want to know about Zeon!

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It’s a fairy!

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Fairy: Did something happen to Zeon? Has he revived?

BOWIE nods.

Fairy: No way! You're kidding! I can't believe it!

Creed: Noisy fairy! Be quiet! Is what you say true?

BOWIE nods again.

Creed: So, Zeon will appear again.... He will destroy everything.
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Creed: I know.

Goliath: How...?

Creed: It doesn't matter how! Now, go away!

Goliath begins to leave, but stops when fairy speaks.

Fairy: Wow! I can't believe this is happening!

Creed: You know, Grans Island is covered by a dark cloud. At the same time, North Parmecia has had no rain. South Parmecia is OK, but....

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So much for being omnipotent…

Goliath: Zeon? Oh, gosh!

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Creed: I have no time to scold you now! The Evil Spirit may know something.

Creed runs off.

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BOWIE and gang runs down the staircase nearby.

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McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:52 PM
Evil Spirit: Creed, what do you want?

Creed: Zeon.

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Creed: Yes. He was unsealed. What is he doing now? What is he going to do? I need to know anything about him. Anything!

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SINATRA: What is he doing now?

Fairy: He's channeling his mind into the nature of all things. Shhhh! Be silent. He's got something.

Creed: What did you find?

Evil Spirit: The barrier around Grans Island is too strong. I can't see anything.

Creed: Please try again!

Evil Spirit: If I touch something of his, maybe I could contact his mind better....

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Creed: Is it true, BOWIE? That's one of the magic jewels used to seal Zeon. Give it to me.

SINATRA: But, we can't remove it.

Creed: I can. Let me see it.

The screen flashes again.

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Creed: What's that light? There are two!

SINATRA: The other one is... ...ahhh... they called it, the Jewel of Light.

Creed: What?! BOWIE, do you have both of the legendary jewels? I can't remove them, the chain is made of Mithril. Show them to him. They might help him.

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Evil Spirit: Yeah, I feel it... I feel it...! I think I can do it now. Let me try again. Hmmmm.... Hmmmm.... mmmm....

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Apparently Creed is tapping his inner Jon Stewart.

Evil Spirit: Zeon's devils are coming to Parmecia from the sky.

Creed: Hmmm... Where are they heading?

Evil Spirit: North Parmecia.

Creed: Something has happened to Mitula....

Evil Spirit: I can't see Zeon.

Creed: What do you mean?

Evil Spirit: He's still in Arc Valley. He has revived, but he has not recovered his full strength yet.

Creed: But, he has already created a lot of mischief on the ground... Is he that powerful?

Evil Spirit: He is. His power...

Creed: His power what?

Evil Spirit: Hi...s...pow...er...

The screen flashes yet again.

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Yikes! Run for it!

Creed: What's this?!

Zeon: Who’s contacting me?

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Creed: He's seeing us through the eyes of Evil Spirit! Impossible!

Zeon: You're BOWIE. I see you.... Listen, BOWIE. Bring that jewel to Arc Valley.

SINATRA: Why should we?!

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Zeon: Come to Arc Valley... Ggggooo...!

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My God! Zeon is so powerful he was able to change the original color palette!

Creed: That's Zeon's power. If he revives fully, his power will be unimaginably strong!

Fairy: Creed, how reliable was he, I mean, Evil Spirit?

Creed: Very. Why does Zeon want the jewel? No more questions... ...without Evil Spirit....

Creed leaves.

Fairy: Creed? Creed! Hey, don't leave me here! Wait for me!

Fairy leaves.

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And talking to the fairy about the sick dwarf…

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We got a fairy!

McDohl
10-07-2009, 02:53 PM
And as we’re exiting…

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It’s time to pick which one of these four gets the honor and privilege to join the Shining Force! Here’s the lowdown.

VIVALDI is a centaur like KANYE and CLARKE, and is pretty average in terms of centaurs.

BACH is a dwarf like SATCHMO, meaning his primary weapon is axes.

MOZART is a mage, like RINGO. Instead of only having one offensive spell and a bunch of enfeebles, MOZART gets the all three elemental spells (BLAZE, FREEZE, and BOLT), plus SLOW.

LEBRUN is a priest like LATIFA. Unlike LATIFA, she learns AURA (heal everybody in a certain radius) and BOOST (def+speed up).

All four have their various strengths and weaknesses. Tell me Tyrants, who should we go with? Most votes wins! Campaign like there’s no tomorrow.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 13
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 10

Mightyblue
10-07-2009, 03:07 PM
This is spoilery, but you can get the other three but far later on (when having new recruits is much less of an issue in terms of manpower and more in terms of levelling them properly). I usually pick the female PRST though, and keep her umpromo'd until you can get the second Vigor Orb to promo her to MMNK. Offensive magic in SFII is great, especially at the higher levels, but it eats up too much MP to be really reliable. Healing magic (and Aura in particular) costs far less in comparison and does a lot more to keep your guys in the game. Plus MMNKs kick a ton of ass as fighters too.

You also get way more offensive spellcasters of various types over the course of the game than healers anyway, so yeah, go with LEBRUN.

ProfessorS
10-07-2009, 07:07 PM
Get the Wizard since you already have a Sorcerer.

Bongo Bill
10-07-2009, 07:43 PM
I tried hard to balance out levels, but RINGO snuck one by me. So, yeah. He’s up an APOLLO summon now too. As we’ll see here.

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No, wrong Apollo.

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Getting warmer…

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PapillonReel
10-07-2009, 07:51 PM
Lebrun's kinda cute. I say we pick her and leave the other chumps for later.

Glad to see this back, by the way. Shining Force are GO

Kazin
10-08-2009, 11:59 AM
What Mightyblue said.

I vote Lebrun.

Ruik
10-08-2009, 07:07 PM
I vote LEBRUN.

WreckTheLaw
10-08-2009, 11:36 PM
Definitely Lebrun. If only by nature of her namesake's relative unknown status among average modern people. Maybe we'll all have to google her and learn something about kick ass 18th century german music.

alpha jammer
10-09-2009, 01:09 PM
You know you want to pick Lebrun.
I usually go with Mozart, but you and Wildvulture have made me see the light.

McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:51 PM
The Force has spoken.

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Also, lest we forget about that ring we saw in floor world…

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This ring increases the movement of whoever wears it by two. It’s actually not an easy ring to find, since you have to be facing a certain direction to obtain it, as opposed to just being on the tile.

Anyway, let’s get the hell out of here! We’ve been here way too long.

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Creed: Won't you, Oddler?

SINATRA: Oddler, is this true?

Oddler: I don't know why, but I would like to stay. No, I must stay here... I must stay here...

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Oddler: Thank you. Please be careful.

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If it was me, I wouldn’t leave the seemingly innocent blind boy with the weird and creepy lavender retired devil pirate, but hey, what do I know?

As we head back…

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MITHRIL, BITCHES!

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McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:52 PM
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Dwarf: Here, please examine him.

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Dwarf: How is he?

Dwarf: I don't know yet....

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Dwarf: Hey, are you OK?

Injured Dwarf: I'm OK. I'm fine. I feel great!

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Fairy: I'm going now. I hope your journey is safe and uneventful. Bye!

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Dwarf: Thanks to you, he recovered. We all thank you.

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Dwarf: We use it to destroy large rocks. OK, Guys! Let's go back to Grans Island! Everybody dig!

Well, that’s swell, we’re up one Cannon. Let’s head back to New Granseal, shall we?

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Hell yes. Have you seen his new muscles?

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Let’s do some seriously needed upgrading, shall we?

Buster Sword -> BOWIE, SATCHMO, SNOOP, SINATRA
Heavy Lance -> CLARKE
Assault Shell -> CYNDI, LENNON
Guardian Staff -> RINGO
Power Glove -> LATIFA

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“Moooooooooom, not in front of the Fooooooorce!”

McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:53 PM
As we enter the castle…

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Guard: I'll go to the castle and tell everyone!

So, into the castle we go!

Minister: Welcome back, Bowie.

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Right. “Allies” to “Trade with”.

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Minister: Great job!

Sir Astral: I heard about everything from Bedoe. I never imagined Zeon could be revived! I understand that Volcanon is angry.

Minister: So Princess Elis must be...

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SINATRA: Y... yes!

Sir Astral: Is it true? Is it true?!

SINATRA: Yes, it is.

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Holy shit, Zeon is so powerful, he was able to change Evil Spirit’s name to Evil Spilit!

Minister: Amazing! BOWIE! And SINATRA... you've experience a great deal.

Sir Astral: Hmmm... mmmmm....

Minister: Sir Astral?

Sir Astral: What should we do now?

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Sure. What’s a little ancient all powerful evil between friends? Should be cake.

McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:54 PM
Minister: Impossible!

Sir Astral: The King is right.

Minister: What?

King Granseal: Astral, thank you. What do we have to do first?

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Astral: We'd better go and see the storytellers in Tristan.

Minister: Sir!

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Bow-chicka-wow-wow.

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Minister: Be careful, Astral. It's dangerous out there.

Sir Astral: I will! BOWIE, I'm going with you as an adviser.

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Well, hurray for us. Too bad he’s not a PC.

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Astral: Maybe we can use an explosive.

Why, I know where we can get an explosive!

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DYN-O-MITE!

McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:55 PM
And as we’re leaving…

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And so, we head east to use the cannon and dynamite to blow up the blocked passage.

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But, before we do, we have one matter to attend to. Yes, it’s time for Force Council.

McDohl
10-12-2009, 12:57 PM
So, here’s the way this works. The maximum number of usable characters in the Force cannot exceed 12. Therefore, I leave it up to the Tyrants to vote who stays and who goes. I’ll put up three characters who are either lagging behind in the force or could be made redundant if need be, as well as the new recruit. You, the Tyrants, get to decide who gets voted off.

This first Council is a unique one, since we’ve recruited two characters before the next battle. Let’s look at them.

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LEBRUN marks our second healer in the game we’ve gotten, and won almost won a clean sweep of the votes at Creed’s Mansion. Her drawback is that even though she’s level 24 and eligible for promotion, she won’t get promoted until very late in the game, for reasons that will be made clear later.

(LEBRUN’s original name is KARNA)

YOKO is an archer like LENNON. Unlike LENNON, she seems slightly weaker (she’s not equipped with an Assault Shell here like she should be, so add +13), but she would make our second ranged unit in the Force. She does have potential to be promoted to BRGN with the Silver Tank, though I’d really ask you why, since BRGNs suck.

(YOKO’s original name is JANET)

Also up for elimination are:

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WFBR OZZIE, like most of the monster classes in the game, doesn’t get the compensatory stat ups when they level up to compete with the heavy hitters in the game that wield weapons. He’s already showing signs of slowing down with a low HP stat, and will only continue to slow down as the game progresses.

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Don’t let MARTIN’S attack stat fool you, he’s actually at 52, since he has the Power Ring equipped. While he has the advantage of flying, his HP is fairly low, and his defense is even lower, making him an easy kill.

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LENNON, while a ranged unit, is also suffering from a low attack stat. A low defense stat shouldn’t matter, since he should be behind people when he attacks, but he also has a really low AGI stat. Further use of Lennon will require him to use either rings or stat-altering liquids, both of which are still being saved for other members of the Force.

It’s time to vote. Please vote for the two you would like excluded from the Force: LEBRUN, YOKO, OZZIE, MARTIN, LENNON.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 15
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 11

PapillonReel
10-12-2009, 01:09 PM
Is Cobain gone yet? Maybe we can throw him to the wolves too while we're at it.

Anyway, the only real ones I want to see gone are Martin and Ozzie, so scrap them I suppose. There aren't many compelling choices this time around.

Kazin
10-12-2009, 08:26 PM
I vote you get rid of YOKO and LENNON. I always find the two of them pretty useless, ranged attack or not. If not those two, my next choice would definitely be MARTIN.

Aquadeo
10-12-2009, 09:14 PM
Wow! I'm glad I caught up with this thread!

As much as I like the design (and name) of OZZY, my lost hours with Blue Magic and Dark Clouds have taught me that harnessing the power of monsters is a fool's game. Sorry, OZZY.

One archer is handy, but two archers just get in the way of the mages. But whom? You're not really excited about LENNON... let's give YOKO the chance to be a half-decent SNIP, then, and see what happens.

(By the way - I'd wager that PHNK was intended to be short for "Phoenix Chick", since it grows up into the real deal. But I think that for this game, it's fairly clear that it stood for PHraNK.)

Kirin
10-14-2009, 08:27 AM
I vote to ditch MARTIN and then either OZZY or LENNON, with the other one probably going next time we find a new recruit. I dunno if YOKO will last long-term, but she's cute and I'd like to see her in at least a battle or two.

StriderDL
10-14-2009, 08:38 AM
I vote LENNON and OZZY. MARTIN at least has the flying going for him.

SuperRube
10-14-2009, 10:00 AM
You so need to drop the bird and the wolf. Those two are dead weight in the late game on normal mode, and I can't even imagine how useless they'll be in the harder versions.

Most play throughs I find myself using YOKO and... uh, whatever it was you named the centaur chick as my main ranged units. Though I don't know if that was because they had better stats or if it was just because I liked having all the cute girls in my unit.

LEBURN is totally gonna crack this game in half. I don't think I've ever not taken her. She's just too damn useful.

Jeanie
10-14-2009, 11:17 AM
(YOKO’s original name is JANET)

Miss Jackson if you're Nasty.

Yeah, Ozzy and Martin should go, and Lennon would be my third choice.

alpha jammer
10-15-2009, 12:49 PM
I'd say drop Lennon and Martin.
In all my play-through's they consistently under perform.

hypharse
10-29-2009, 07:37 AM
You guys play some kickarse games on this section. I can never leave Vivaldi or Ozzy behind. You can follow 40 times and bench press stats all you want, but you don't play the game on a track field. I have played SF2 bunches of times and been in numerous positions where Vivaldi NEEDED to get a double hit or critical to save a certain character or prevent some other bad thing and 9 times out of 10 he'll do it. He's the best centaur, hands down.

McDohl
11-04-2009, 01:19 PM
Hey all. Just posting to say I haven't forgotten.

I got a kidney stone about two weeks ago, and it kind of killed my rhythm. Plus I've got some things backlogged to take care of, but once that's all cleared, I'll post an update.

My apologies.

McDohl
11-05-2009, 06:55 AM
The Force has spoken.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24067.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24068.png

Everybody else, pick up your weapons, head to the next battle.

-insert Survivor theme here-

Anyway, before we go on, let’s make YOKO not completely worthless.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24069.png

We also buy her a bullet, so she can hit up to three squares away.

Now, where were we? Oh, right - heading east so we can blow up that cave entrance.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24070.png

But as we do, we get sucked into a battle… again!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24071.png

If you look at this map, it might just seem a bit familiar to you. Well, that’s because we’ve been here before! (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=426972&postcount=95)

Yes, that’s right. This is the same map. Unlike some other maps, this trigger is unavoidable. It also lays out the enemies in a different manner, so they’re much more centric around the cave.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24074.png

Also on this map: Skeletons

Couple of things to note here. One, at this point in the game, any enemy archery unit will have the Hyper Cannon equipped, which I believe to be the strongest bullet weapon in the game. I can’t remember if it’s true or not, but it sucks and does a lot of damage.

DARK BISHOPs can cast AURA, which is an area of effect healing spell (1x1, 1 square range). It’s a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it doesn’t heal more than 20HP or so, but it can heal a group of enemies.

LESSER DEMONs, well, just suck in general.

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…and we’re not off to a very good start, are we?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24080.png

BOWIE hits a level while attacking this DARK SNIPER.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24083.png

And SNOOPS hits level 6 while fighting a SKELETON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24085.png

YOKO’s debut and… shot something and got some EXP! Hurray!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24086.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24088.png

LEBRUN debuts with a BLAST2 and offs the DARK SNIPER.

McDohl
11-05-2009, 06:57 AM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24093.png

SINATRA and SATCHMO each take out a SKELETON. SKELETONs routinely drop Medical Herbs for reasons that elude me, other than filling up our inventory.

Anyhoo…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24094.png

This spell right here is one of the major reasons why LEBRUN is awesome. BOOST is a 1x1-1 Range spell that will “boost” the defense and agility of all members within the area of effect.

The effect isn’t nearly as impressive though as the EXP reaped from it. You get 5XP per target hit. Even at level 1, this spell will net 25EXP (one-fourth of a level) if you hit five members of the force with it. And it only costsTWO MP!

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24097.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24098.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24099.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24100.png

How sweet it is.

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SNOOP pulverizes a group of enemies with KATON1.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24105.png

And LATIFA levels up!

McDohl
11-05-2009, 06:58 AM
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I hope you weren’t thinking everything was all wine and roses for the Force this battle. CLARKE gets smashed with a crit hit here from a SKELETON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24109.png

Dammit.

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Yay BOWIE! He takes out a SKELETON with a crit hit!

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YOKO also takes out a SKELETON!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24116.png

I forgot to mention BOOST wears off after about three turns or so. This means that LEBRUN can recast it on those people for more XP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24117.png

I had forgotten about this.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/blizzard.jpg

Oh, I only wish. No, this particular Blizzard casts FREEZE2 in battle. I usually forget about such items. We have a Shining Ball too, remember? It casts BLAZE2 in battle, I think. The thing is, they’re onetime use items, and it’s just simpler to build a well rounded Force than have people use items to mimic magic.

There are exceptions to this, rings, weapons and such. But the onetime use items? Not really worth it.

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And SINATRA levels up too!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24120.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24121.png

RINGO blasts a DARK SNIPER with APOLLO1 and levels up as well!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24123.png

Oh shit. This is going to hurt.

McDohl
11-05-2009, 07:00 AM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24126.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24127.png

Really, SNOOP? Really?

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In an unusual twist, RINGO directly attacks a DARK SNIPER and kills it.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24131.png

…I hate these things

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24132.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24133.png

Grumblegrumble…

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Here is a random picture of SATCHMO I took. I don’t remember why. I think he leveled up and I forgot to snap it, maybe?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24135.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24136.png

LEBRUN levels up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24137.png

LATIFA is in danger!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24138.png

YOKO levels up!

Exclamation points are awesome!

McDohl
11-05-2009, 07:01 AM
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CYNDI levels up taking out a LESSER DEMON.

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And LENNON takes out a SKELETON, leveling up as well.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24147.png

Be careful when you snapshot, or you might miss something.

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RINGO levels up taking out a LESSER DEMON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24152.png

LEBRUN cast BOOST again for more delicious XP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24154.png

SATCHMO takes out another LESSER DEMON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24155.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24157.png

I… really hate that spell.

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General map view.

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LEBRUN hits another level taking out a LESSER DEMON. BLAST hits level 3.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24165.png

And CYNDI gets healed!

McDohl
11-05-2009, 07:02 AM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24168.png

BOWIE’s finally turning into the brawler I remember him being.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24171.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24172.png

And LATIFA takes out the trash.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24174.png

CLARKE’s been quiet most of the fight so far, but levels off this DARK SNIPER.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24175.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24177.png

Same can be said for KANYE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24179.png

LEBRUN goes a-BOOSTin’.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24180.png

Erf. Luckily it only hits CYNDI.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24183.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24184.png

But LENNON takes out the BISHOP.

MAP CLEAR!

McDohl
11-05-2009, 07:03 AM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24186.png

CASSIDY: Yes?

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24189.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24190.png

Sir Astral: Perfect! We can now go to North Parmecia.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24193.png

CASSIDY: I can attend battles with this weapon. BOWIE, do you need this anymore? May I use it? Huh? Wow, now I can fight along side you!

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24199.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24200.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle24201.png

But…before we do.

It’s that time again. Yes, already. It’s time for Force Council.

Same rules as last time, but instead, please vote for the ONE individual you would like removed for the Force. This time up for expulsion:

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First is CASSIDY, who is a legendarily shitty BRGN (Brass Gunner, or Bargain, maybe). His movement sucks. His speed sucks. His attack…is okay. His HP sucks. His defense sucks. He’s probably the second worst character next to COBAIN. Not necessarily a fault of CASSIDY, as much as it is his class. He requires a lot of stat boosting items, as well as some of the better rings to make him even semi-useful.

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CYNDI is also on the chopping block. She, like most of the other ranged units, cannot deliver as strong an attack as others, and if she’s ever exposed, she’ll take a lot of damage, due to her low defense.

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YOKO once again finds herself at the forefront of Force Council. She has more agility than CYNDI, meaning she moves faster, but also has a lower attack. However, she is three levels behind her, it could be possible that she could make up the difference, but is it worth spending that much time on her?

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And we also have CLARKE. He’s a bit sturdier in other stats, unlike our archer crew. However, his attack isn’t quite up to snuff. He may be able to take a hit or two, but if he can’t attack, then is it worth giving him a valuable place in the Force to do so?

It’s time to vote. Please vote for whom you would like excluded from the Force: CASSIDY, CYNDI, YOKO, or CLARKE.

CURRENT FORCE MEMBERS: 16
MITHRIL PIECES OBTAINED: 11

alpha jammer
11-05-2009, 08:46 AM
I vote that you remove Cassidy from the force.
He is just not a very good character.
At least Cyndi and Yoko have better movement and Clarke (for now) can take a hit or two till it's time to replace him.

Coinspinner
11-05-2009, 01:16 PM
I like brass gunners more than snipers. Ditch Yoko.

ProfessorS
11-05-2009, 02:16 PM
Get rid of Yoko and Cassidy and bring back Ozzie. He's always a part of my final team! I think he's great!

Kirin
11-06-2009, 07:53 AM
Ditch Cassidy, especially if there's better gunner's coming up later.

Also vote for keeping Yoko, if that's allowed. I'd rather see Cyndi or Clarke go.

Ruik
11-06-2009, 09:09 AM
Kick Cassidy to the curb.

PapillonReel
11-21-2009, 05:59 PM
If you people vote off CYNDI, I swear to God I will murder you all.

(CASSIDY is dumb, so let him go.)

McDohl
06-08-2010, 12:56 PM
So, like, what’s going on in this thread?

Anyway, the Force has spoken:

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Everyone else, grab your weapons and head into the cave; for there is the next map!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25069.png

This is another one of those cave maps, where only the cursor is highlighted. Fortunately for us, the map feature gets to show us the entire cave, so it’s not really that much of a hindrance.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25070.png

Note to self: Fix emulator settings so pictures don’t look crazy.

This is the newest enemy on the map, a DARK SOLDIER. He’s the boss. For those who don’t remember, a kill of the boss means a map clear (usually). There are also SKELETONs, DARK SNIPERs, LESSER DEMONs, and DARK BISHOPs as well.

Note: This will not be my best update. I need to get back into the swing of things.

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And we’re off to the races. I clumsily step too far forward and a DARK SNIPER and SKELETON hits KANYE right off the bat.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25073.png

And KANYE flubs the first attack back from hiatus. Well done, KANYE. (note: this could very well be a THEME)

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25074.png

But LEBRUN takes care of KANYE.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25078.png

CLARKE starts us off a bit better.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25080.png

LATIFA’s comeback kick.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25082.png

BOWIE’s back as well, fishing off a SKELETON and getting a Medical Herb for his troubles.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25083.png

SNOOP the NINJ charges at this DARK SNIPER.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25085.png

LENNON takes out the SNIPER and hits a level up!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25086.png

Ah yes, LEBRUN’s BOOSTing craziness. For those who don’t remember, LEBRUN gets 5EXP per person hit with BOOST. The added DEF and AGI help too, of course.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25088.png

As evidenced here by the stalwart SATCHMO.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25089.png

Even though there’s some double attack bullshit going on.

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:00 PM
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And SINATRA levels up while fighting a SKELETON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25092.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25093.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25094.png

CYNDI takes out a SKELETON with a critical hit, and gets some much deserved EXP for doing so.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25097.png

And SNOOP levels up off a SKELETON!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25098.png

LENNON finishes it off.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25102.png

Seriously. This is the best way to get the easiest EXP for her.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25103.png

SINATRA takes out… something with a critical hit.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25104.png

…I really hate these things.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25106.png

And now LEBRUN levels up for her troubles!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25107.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25108.png

YOKO also returns with a critical hit.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25114.png

And CLARKE takes out a SKELETON!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25122.png

Well, I guess she can only cast BOOST so much…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25126.png

LATIFA takes out a LESSER DEMON with a crit hit!

I forget if I’ve mentioned this or not, but for some reason, when MMNKs critical hit, their animation is different. They punch three times before kicking.

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:01 PM
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Frowny face.

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RINGO has been silent for most of this map thus far, but he literally shakes the earth coming back with a DAO summon, taking out the DARK SNIPER.

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I’m not quite sure how this happened, exactly, but LEBRUN goes twice in one round.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25132.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25133.png

LATIFA heals BOWIE and gains a level.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25137.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25138.png

AURA1 for the enemies, right now, is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it’s got a range of 3 and an area of 2, or what I’m calling R3-A2 (more about my fun new notation later), so it can heal a group of enemies. On the other hand, it only heals up to 18HP and costs more than twice its MP than its regular HEAL1 equivalent.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25140.png

SNOOP takes out a SKELETON.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25141.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25142.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25143.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25144.png

God I love that.

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:02 PM
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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25147.png

BLAST isn’t as impressive of a spell, but I’m not wasting the opportunity when two enemies are stuck together like that.

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SATCHMO takes out the DARK SNIPER and hits level 6.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25152.png

CLARKE!

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CYNDI gets an awesome crit hit though and takes out the DARK BISHOP.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25154.png

Wait.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25155.png

Huh?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25156.png

What the?

Yeah, it’s at this point in the screengrabbing process that Fraps totally and completely shit the bed on me without me noticing, so I missed out on the rest of the battle. The only guy left at this point was the DARK SOLDIER. It seemed completely pointless to go back and restart the ENTIRE MAP just for one kill. Anyway, here’s how everyone ended up:

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25159.png
http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25160.png

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:03 PM
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There is a lone chest in this cave. Normally in a Shining Force game, you can actually loot treasures during the game map. But for some batshit crazy reason about memory issues or some nonsense, that was removed in the localization. This will be a problem for us later on.

But for now, we find a Fairy Tear. We assume the fairy wept at how much Fraps sucks. Anyway, restores 20MP on a map.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25162.png

And we mosey on out to…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25163.png

A town!

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25164.png

A town that is filled with lots of signs

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25165.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25166.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25167.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25168.png

Well, since you asked so nicely…

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25169.pnghttp://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25170.png

Hmm. Interesting. May I propose an idea?

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25172.png

Fine. Be that way.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25174.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25175.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25176.png

So, in as far as I can tell, the devils basically want to create a socialized secular town in lieu of the dirty capitalist one interlaced with religion.

Make your own judgments here.

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:05 PM
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I’m…not quite sure this guy gets it, but hey, whatever.

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25180.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25181.png

Bright Honey increases someone’s MP by up to 5, I believe. It’s prime for someone who doesn’t get great MP-ups like BOWIE or SNOOP.

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http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25184.png

http://www.itadakiproject.com/sf2lp/battle25185.png

And just like that, we’ve opened up the weapons store. Nothing in Deals, though, and the upgrades are minimal at best.

Indra Staff -> RINGO
Javelin -> CLARKE (KANYE can’t equip)

Anyway, we’re done out here, so we step outside and…

Trigger square!

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Paladin: I…Uh…

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Devil: Come on, you half-breed! Are you afraid of me? I'll turn my back to you. Now, run away you cowards!

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The nameless centaur charges at the devil, but he vanishes. A LIZARDMAN rushes at the centaur and strikes him.

McDohl
06-08-2010, 01:06 PM
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IGGY: No, no!

The other nameless paladin tries to rush the devil as well, but is struck down by a LESSER DEMON

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Devil: You look so sad, IGGY.

IGGY: You’re not just a normal devil soldier.

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IGGY: How did you know my name?

Geshp: I know everything.

IGGY: Now, tell me the reason why you're keeping me alive.

Geshp: Ha, ha! You're smart!

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