Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day Seven, Part Four

(At the end of the level, Tram and the others are waiting)

Tram: Seems you somehow managed to muddle through after all. This is the Time of Judgment.

Rif: This is...? Isn't it just a big, open space?
    -Why did we have to come all the way out here, specifically, just to have a match?

Tram: Legend says that a match held here during this time of day will only allow the righteous to come out victorious.
    -For that and various other reasons, we decided that this would be the best place for the match.

Killfith: What an idiotic superstition.

Tram: This is also where trespassers would face judgment, which makes it an even more suitable place to hold a match with you.
    -Of course, since you're not a trespasser, you don't have to worry that we'll drop you into the lava in the event that you lose.

Rif: Saying you drop trespassers into the lava is just a joke, right...?

Gallahan: It is almost time, Tram. Is it really a good idea to scare her off before we’ve even gotten to the match?

Tram: Ah, my apologies. I should have been more careful.

Rif: (annoyed) What was that?! I'm not afraid of anything!

Killfith: Calm down. Don't you want to win this thing?

Rif: That's right… sorry, I almost lost my cool.
    -Thanks, Killfith.

Gallahan: Hoho... you certainly look fierce enough.
    -However, both parties may only use one weapon in the match, so you must choose one before we can begin.

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The time has finally come for the one-on-one match with Tram! I have to choose my strongest weapon and prepare as thoroughly as I can!

Killfith: We've already come this far. Rather than waiting for you to lose, I don't see what's preventing me from getting rid of those two myself.
    -I could end this in the blink of an eye.

Rif: I'm going to pretend that you're only saying such disturbing things because you're worried about me!

Once Rif is equipped with only one weapon and four items for use in battle, she steps up to the plate.

Gallahan: Seems you have all your preparations for the match in order.

    -You've got that right!  >Let's Go
    -Erm, hold on just a minute longer.  >Wait

Gallahan: Very well... although I hope you'll be able to get ready in short order.

Let's Go
Gallahan: Then let us begin…

(Rif and Tram face each other with everyone else on the sidelines)

Murno: (...) Rif...

Killfith: Hmph... you know, if you wear such a concerned look on your face, it'll probably only
make her more anxious...

Murno: Ah, I'm sorry, Killfith...
    -That's right... I just have to believe in Rif...

Rif and Tram: ...

Gallahan: All right... then...

(Rif and Tram fight)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day Seven Side Quests


Do they have mountain springs in Lyndbaum?
(Brown-haired kid next to the blacksmith shop)
Child: Holy moly, you’ve got some durable bark there!
    -I’ll give you somma my Mountain Spring Water for it, whaddya say?


(Obtained Crystal Clear Water!)

Child: Heehee... and the winner is me.

Accepting the Quests

Maybe he’s into the black arts
(Dude to the right inside the shop)
Salesman: Excuse me, sorry to bother, but could you come here a moment?
    -If you go knocking around the local ruins, would you mind looking for an Ore of Darkness for me?
    -I'd be sure to give you something good in exchange.

Why does everyone want a weapon from you?
(Further down the area outside the blacksmith shop is a man with dark hair)
Man: You're a Craftknight, right?
    -Hmm, maybe I should order a weapon from you.
    -I really want this ax called a Common Ax...
    -But to make it, you know, you need some Common Crystal, first.

(Accept order?)

(Received an order for a weapon!)

Man: Have fun and don’t fall off any cliffs, okay?

Oh Infamous Kitty
(Blond ponytail girl inside a house to the right of the screen)
Cat-Lover: Hey, have you seen a white cat anywhere?
    -Wherever she is, I'll bet she's purring right now, so please save her for me.

Completing the Quests

Maybe he’s into the black arts
Salesman: Ooh! That's it. Would you please give me one?

(Hand over Ore of Darkness?)

Salesman: Thank you. Please take this in its place.

(Obtained Cute Crystal!)

Salesman: Isn’t it a beauty?

Why does everyone want a weapon from you?
(After giving the man a Common Ax, which is a #17 Ax)

Man: Mm-hm, as I thought, compared with Gallahan's work, this thing feels downright dreadful.
    -So instead of money, this should work as payment, right?

(Obtained Cute Crystal!)

Man: Still, if I had the chance, I might ask for another weapon from you.

Oh Infamous Kitty
Cat-Lover: (to cat) Welcome back, Killfith!
    -Hm? Oh, Killfith is her name, doncha know.
    -Here, take this as thanks, okay?

(Obtained Cute Crystal!)

Cat-Lover: (to cat) Now, no more running off into the dangerous unknown for you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day Seven, Part Three

(Gumag's Blazing Ruins)

Rif: Geez...! What is this? This time it's ridiculously hot.

Killfith: Tch... we're in the middle of a lake of lava, of course it'll be sweltering.

Tram: If you can't even bear this level of heat, there's no way you'll manage to get all the way to the Time of Judgment.
    -Lately, the Summon Creatures that protect the ruins also seem to have gotten much more vicious.

Murno: (...) For even the Summon Creatures out here to become so ferocious...

Rif: Well if that's true, how are you holding up, Killfith?

Killfith: Don't be an idiot. It would only affect the weakest among us. Obviously it wouldn’t even touch me.

Rif: What on earth are the Summon Creatures here supposed to be protecting?

Tram: If you want to know that, you'll just have to win against me in a match.

Rif: Have it your way.

Tram: Now, I will serve as Miss Murno's guide until we arrive at the Time of Judgment.

Rif: (annoyed) Hold on a minute! Why should you be her guide?!

Tram: What’s wrong? I can’t be your guide as well. Or can’t you make it to the Time of Judgment on your own?
    -If not, we won't be able to have our match.

Rif: Cripes, you're annoying!

Murno: I'll be fine. I don't want to end up a burden for you two.
    -So, please…

Rif: I understand... we'll make it to the Time of Judgment for certain, and once we get there, I'll definitely win!

Tram: Then, we'll go on up ahead without further delay. Be sure to arrive fully prepared.

Gallahan: You may use the workshop as you need, but use utmost caution with the tools. Dismissed!

Rif: All righty! Let's get going!

Killfith: Whatever you wish.

When you come to the first obstacle…

Info: If you hit the switches on the floor with your hammer, it will cause the plates floating on the lava to move.
    -Which direction they move depends on which way the switch is pointing. The maximum number of switches that you can operate at a time is four.

At the end of the hall…

Info: In order to open the door, hit the switches with the weapon that corresponds to the picture.

(Side Conversation)
Rif: I know we have to get all the way to the Time of Judgment, but I still can't believe how hot it is in Gumag's Blazing Ruins. How are you holding up, Killfith?

Killfith: ... ......... ...........................

Rif: Umm, Killfith...? Maybe you're really not feeling okay?

Killfith: My element is water. For me, it’s hot even under normal circumstances… but don’t think for a second that’s enough to make me ‘not feel okay.’

Rif: (S… scaryyy… although the chill that glare sends down my spine is pretty refreshing.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day Seven, Part Two

(Side Conversation)
Rif: I've gotta make sure I'm all ready to fight Tram, and then we're headed off to the plaza in front of the ruins where everyone is waiting.

Killfith: Has it occurred to you that you're going to have a match inside some ancient ruins just to look at enchanted crystals inside the same ruins?

Rif: I've already decided to give this match everything I've got. There's no point nitpicking at the details now!

(In front of the ruins)

Tram: Assuming you aren’t all here to play a game of poker, aren’t there quite a few more non-competitors here than we had originally planned?

Gallahan: Yes... they claimed that they wanted to preside over the match as well.
    -What is your opinion on the matter?

Tram: But... Gumag's Blazing Ruins is a place where, originally, even the villagers are forbidden from entering.
    -Even if we are only going to hold a match, it may create a problem...

Rif: What's the problem, exactly? Once I win you'll have to show us around inside anyway.

Tram: Heh... you honestly believe you're going to win against me, don't you? How pitiable.

Rif: What's that supposed to mean?

Tram: You seem to have such high hopes, yet in the end you won't be able to see even a glimpse of the crystals. I'd say that's pitiable.
    -But I suppose there's no harm in it. You all have my permission to be present for the match.

Murno: You'll really let us? Thank you so very much!

Tram: There's no need to thank me. The enchanted crystals you want to see so much are much deeper in the ruins than the Time of Judgment.

Killfith: So if we don't win, we won't be able to see them, huh... he's also pretty confident, isn't he?

Rif: Just leave it to me. I'll definitely beat him!

Gallahan: (...) All right, it's settled. Now I will once again confirm the conditions of the match.
    -It will be a one-on-one battle between Rif and Tram. During the fight, only one weapon may be used by each opponent.

Rif: Just one weapon, huh...

Gallahan: A competitor loses either when their weapon breaks or they are no longer able to continue fighting.

Tram: And of course, if you cannot manage to get to the Time of Judgment, that also counts as a loss.
    -Within the ruins, a great many Summon Creatures exist in order to repel intruders.

Murno: (...) Rif…

Rif: It's okay. Don't worry about a thing.

Tram: Well, let's not waste any more time. Shall we, Miss Murno?

Murno: Ah, wait…

(Tram drags her along, much to Killfith's indignation)

Killfith: Tch... grabbing Murno... Hey, pick up your feet already! We're going!

Rif: Uh... r-right!

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The Time of Judgment within Gumag's Blazing Ruins...

Killfith: Quit dragging your feet! We've got to catch up to them.

Rif: He’s always the same whenever it concerns Murno, isn’t he…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day Seven, Part One

Rif: So it's finally time for the match with Tram, huh? He won't know what hit him!

Killfith: How exactly are you planning to win against him by yourself?

Rif: What do you mean? You're not worried about me, are you?

Killfith: (blushing) Wh—who in their right mind would worry about you! It's just that if you lose, we won't be able to examine the enchanted crystals and it would be unnecessarily bothersome…

Rif: I see, so you want me to win for Murno, right? I'll do my best.
    -Speaking of which, while I'm busy with that, what are you going to be doing?

Killfith: … It's a pain, but I doubt you'd be able to win without me tagging along.

Rif: Killfith...

Killfith: Not to mention you'd run off with your tail between your legs without me there to stand guard.

Rif: Not much one for pep talk, are you… but thanks anyway.

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The time has finally come for the match with Tram.

Killfith: It'll be a nuisance otherwise, so you better win.

Rif: Yeah, I know, for Murno's sake, right? I'll do my best.

(Outside the workshop)

Murno: Ah, Rif.

(They walk up)

Murno: Um...

Rif: You don't have to wear that worried expression, you know, because I'm going to win no matter what. Just leave it to me!

Murno: But a match… you’ve already done so much for me, and doing this too, I just…

Rif: It'll be all right. I wanted to have a match with this guy, so you don't have to over-think it.

Killfith: Hmph… At any rate, you're the only person she wants to put on a happy face for.
    -So try not to worry too much.

Rif: (blushes slightly) Don’t put words in my mouth.

Gallahan: (enters)
    -If you're ready to depart, Tram is already waiting for us to proceed.

Rif: Huh? You're coming too?

Gallahan: Indeed. I will be serving as a witness.

Rif: A witness? What for?

Killfith: Tch… someone has to be there to witness the results of the match to make sure it’s a fair game.

Gallahan: Indeed. For any match that makes use of the Time of Judgment, it is necessary that someone be there to represent the village to ensure that there is no foul play.

Murno: Excuse me... but would it be all right for me to be a witness as well?

Gallahan: What are you saying! There are many dangers in the ruins where the Time of Judgment takes place. If you are not also a Craftknight, then…

Murno: I understand, but... I would really like to go with you.

Rif: Murno…

Gallahan: (...) Hmm... I see... well, I suppose there's no harm in asking Tram.

Murno: I'm sorry for the trouble, and thank you very much!

Killfith: If Murno is allowed to go, then you shouldn't have any complaints about me joining as a witness as well.

Gallahan: Very well, you may ask him. Anyway, we have to go.
    -The Time of Judgment is located in Gumag's Blazing Ruins, which are set above Requiem's Submerged Ruins. But first, we shall gather in the plaza in front of the ruins.

Rif: Requiem's Submerged Ruins... the place where Lord Nushi's from, right? Gotcha!

(Murno and Gallahan depart)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Night Six - Murno

Murno: Rif, here you are.
    -What are you doing here?

Rif: Um, yeah, I was just thinking about the match tomorrow.

Murno: I'm so sorry... it's only because I made such a selfish request that you're forced into yet another match…

Rif: You shouldn't worry about that, it's fine! It’ll be interesting to see if they're hiding some kind of secret with those enchanted crystals, don’t you think?
    -And besides, this didn't turn into a match because of Murno. That was all Gallahan's idea, right?

Murno: Thank you, Rif. You're really very kind...

Rif: Wha! Um… it's nothing like that…

Murno: But today, you battled with a huge Summon Creature just so you could save me...

Rif: Except the truth is that we were completely fooled... guess that's pretty uncool...

Murno: That's not true at all! I was really happy when I heard that you did all that just to protect me...

Rif: Murno...

Murno: But you don't have to do anything too reckless. I'm happy just knowing that you're safe.

Rif: I understand. I'll be careful.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Night Six - Killfith

Killfith: Tch... here you are.
    -Catch any flies with your mouth gaping open like that?

Rif: No… I was just thinking about the match tomorrow.

Killfith: If it's thinking you're doing this late at night, you must have realized that you don't stand a good chance of winning by yourself.

Rif: What are you talking about! I could win against that guy with my eyes closed!
    -... Well, I'd like to say that, but I’m a little nervous about fighting by myself.

Killfith: Hmph... didn't think I'd hear something so disgustingly meek from you.

Rif: Yeah, but you know, you seem pretty unaffected even after pulling such an amazing transformation and saving me.

Killfith: Transformation? I hope you're joking! The form I have now barely has any power at all. I still can't believe I have to go around looking like this.

Rif: Y—yeah, I guess that's true. Sorry, I forgot. But I'm glad that you were able to return to your original form.

Killfith: Tch… I just can't believe I was able to pull that power out of me for something like that…

Rif: Something like what?

Killfith: (blushing) None of your business!

Rif: Huh? There's no need to get angry… and why are you turning red?

Killfith: I'm not turning red! And if you keep mocking me, I'll kill you!

Rif: What, you wanna fight? Hey, I’ll bet with you transformed in front of Tram, he’d be so scared stiff that the match would be a piece of cake!

Killfith: Transformed… … Tch… Forget it.

Rif: What the heck… man, that kid is really hard to understand.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day Six, Part Thirteen

(After Anise has been taken away)

Tram: I can only offer you my deepest apologies for all that has transpired. I will have the demon stone returned to you forthwith.

Killfith: Is that all you have to say? You don't honestly think we'll forgive you with a mere apology, do you?

Gallahan: Tram had a duty to protect Lord Nushi, so much of this could not be helped.

Killfith: Couldn't be helped? Don't even try to screw with me, geezer!

Gallahan: Watch your language, young man.

(Rif notices Murno staring off towards the left)

Rif: What is it? Is there something there?

Murno: The mounds of crystal in this place... although they seem to be broken here... they look the same as the ones from my village…

Tram: Ahh... do you mean the enchanted crystals?

Rif: Enchanted crystals...?

Tram: There’s a possibility that the person who founded this village originally came from your village.
    -Above these Submerged Ruins is another set of ruins where there might still be some enchanted crystals left intact, but…

Murno: Would you be able to show them to us? I want to see if they’re the same as the ones I know.

Tram: Unfortunately, no one is allowed to enter Gumag's Blazing Ruins.

Rif: Are you serious? After everything you've put us through, letting us go there would be the very least you could do!

Tram: That is not a good enough reason to allow entry into a place that is strictly prohibited. Even aside from that, just going in there…
    -The ruins are filled to the brim with Summon Creatures. I don’t see how you would be able to fight your way through them just to reach the crystals deep within…

Rif: Excuse me?! Are you calling us weak? You wanna take us on and find out for yourself what we're made of?

Gallahan: (!) That's it, a match! Since you're a Craftknight, there's no reason why we can't settle this by way of a match!

Rif: You know, I wasn't really serious…

Gallahan: In this village, I believe the most suitable place for such a match to be held would be in the “Time of Judgment”…
    -And once there, how about you compete one-on-one with Tram?

Rif: You want me to fight in some place called the Time of Judgment?!

Gallahan: That's right. Mano-a-mano between you and Tram, with no interference from any Summon Creatures. If you win, then as part of our apology to you, we shall guide you through the Blazing Ruins.
    -But if Tram wins, you'll all float back down the stream where you came from without complaint!

Tram: (panicky) But, Gallahan! I don't think a match just now is well-advised.

Gallahan: I'm tired of all this endless prattle, so it’s settled!
    -Be sure to prepare yourself!

Tram: Please hold on just a moment! First and foremost, the Time of Judgment is in the Blazing Ruins, so doesn’t that defeat the purpose a little...!
    -(runs after)

Killfith: Will this really be okay?

Rif: Why wouldn't it be? Anyway, let's head back.


-After some more debate, we set the match with Tram for tomorrow.
-We also decided that we would be staying in Gallahan's house for the night.
-But none of that really matters, because either way I’m going to win!

Rif: There's not really that much to think about concerning the one-on-one match with Tram.
    -Instead, all I can think is that no one knows where we are right now or what kind of mess we've gotten into. I wonder if they're worried…
    -I wonder what everyone's doing now…

    -Some of Master's stew about now would really hit the spot.
    -I miss seeing Aniki's scary face.
    -I wonder what Tier’s been up to lately?

Rif: (?) I wonder if someone's there... could it be—

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day Six, Part Twelve

(After the Phantom Dragon is defeated)

Phantom Dragon: Mraaahh…

Rif: Looks like it's settled down.
    -Uh... Killfith, why did you change back?

Killfith: … I'm tired.

Anise: Why?! Why did you go so easy on them? Why didn't you kill them?!

Tram: Lord Nushi was testing them. He has no desire to exercise his full power on those who are not evil.

Anise: What are you trying to say?! Would you actually believe this Summon Creature's verdict over mine?!

Tram: ‘This Summon Creature,’ is it…

(The path returns and a several people run into the underground palace)

Rif: Murno!

Murno: Rif!

Tram: Gallahan... why did you bring that girl here?

Gallahan: No, you see, she was in such a state, asking so desperately, that I, well...
    -In any case, I don't think they're bad kids, do you?

Anise: That's not for you to decide...!

Gallahan: Why don't you try listening to their story, if you feel that way?
    -Well, Miss Jail-Breaker, are you going to explain to us why you came all the way out here?

Rif: Of course!

(fade to black)

Rif: … And that's it, I think.

Anise: Are you actually trying to say that I'm the one who orchestrated all of this? Ha! That's ridiculous.
    -First and foremost, why do you automatically declare me to be the only suspect? If you ask me, Gallahan seems rather suspicious, as well.

Gallahan: What did you say? That’s outrageous!

Anise: Is it? For someone who lives in this village, you seem to be awfully close to these children. Not to mention…
    -If I’m not mistaken, you’re the only one in this village who would have had the time and opportunity to use a Sleep Bomb to knock the Prison Guard unconscious!

Gallahan: What are you talking about? I did no such thing!

Tram: Hold on a moment, Anise… how would you know such a thing?

Anise: What thing? What are you talking about?

Tram: That a Sleep Bomb was used. How would you know that?

Anise: Wha—what do you mean, this kid just said…


Anise: Kh...!

Tram: On the contrary, from my understanding of her story, one would need to be at the actual scene of the crime in order to know such a thing…
    -Sorry, Anise, but I'll need to hear a detailed explanation for all this.

Anise: Tram...!

Tram: I want you to think before offering any resistance. I don’t want to force my men to handle you roughly.

Anise: …
    -(resigned) All right. But don't think I've lost to you just yet…

Tram: I expected better of you, Anise…

Anise: As did I. I made just one false step and my entire strategy came crashing down...
    -(to Rif) I'll be sure to kill you for this!

Rif: Wha! Wait a sec!

(Murno, infuriated, runs up to Anise and slaps her across the face)

Murno: Why you...! It's because of you that we were—

Anise: Ha! So it’s the victim’s turn to stare down the villain, huh? I guess as long as you have these people to protect you, you don’t have to worry about not being able to handle that demon stone of yours…

Tram: (...) I really did expect better of you. Your heart is truly dyed in Voijin's colors…
    -Enough of this! Take her to her cell!

(Anise is escorted away)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day Six, Part Eleven

(Side Conversation)
Rif: We've already been held back by so many fakes! And the real Murno...

Killfith: She should be down just one more level! And if we don't get there fast, she might already be that Summon Creature's dinner!

Rif: There's no way we'll let that happen!

Finally, our adventurers come upon a chamber with symbols scrawls on the floor. Oh yeah, and the bad guys are there, too.

Rif: (!)

Anise: Ha... what's this? Exactly what do you think you're doing in a place like this?

Rif: It... it's you...!

Tram: Seems you've managed to overcome the illusions up till now... although I imagine someone must have helped you out of your cell.

Rif: Why you...! Give Murno back!

Tram: Murno...? Wasn't she returned to the prison a short while ago?

Rif: What?! No, you guys are here because you were going to feed Murno to that Summon Creature Lord Nushi and…

Tram: Feed her, were we...?

Anise: Ha! If that's your excuse, I wonder what kind of a creature you think Nushi is!

Rif: Excuse?!

Anise: You two came all the way here looking for Lord Nushi. Is that correct?

Rif: … What are you talking about! Where's Murno...?!

Anise: Silence, thief!

Rif: Thief?! Why am I a thief all of a sudden?!

Killfith: I see... we were played for fools.

Rif: N… no way, are you serious?!

Anise: It’s clear now more than ever that you are a part of the group that once attacked this village.
    -That you escaped from prison just to find Lord Nushi is undeniable proof of that!

Rif: No, I told you already, we thought Murno was...

Anise: (...) Surely you understand now, Tram.

Tram: Yes, thank you. If not for your intervention, I might have been in danger of believing that girl...

Rif: (annoyed) I don't believe this...!

(He takes something off an altar and turns back to Rif)

Tram: After the attack on this village and seeing how far you would go to get at Lord Nushi, I cannot simply send you back.
    -Given how much effort you've put into finding Lord Nushi, it only seems fitting that he himself should be the one to judge you!

(The floor plate leading to the exit disappears)

Rif: The path...!

(A sphere of purple light appears)

Tram: Respond to my voice. Break through this earth and bestow thy judgment upon these fools. I summon thee...
    -Phantom Dragon!!!

Oh crap

Phantom Dragon: MRAAAARR!!

Rif: Crap it's big...!

Killfith: Phantom Dragon... so I guess this is this village's Summon Creature Lord Nushi, huh…

Rif: This is dangerous... I wonder if I'd even be able to survive a battle with this thing…

Killfith: Heheh... there's no place to run to.

Rif: (...) Killfith…

Killfith: What is it?

    -Please, take care of Murno.  >Fight to the Last
    -I'll win this.  >Fight to the Last

Fight to the Last
Killfith: Rif... no way, are you...

Rif: Killfith! I've already decided for myself, so let me do this!
    -(steps toward the dragon)

Killfith: Dammit...! Have I sunk so low that even this child has to protect me?!
    -What a sick joke! If I had my spiritual powers back, this fight would be nothing… I need power!

Anise: Tram, quickly!

Tram: Face judgment!

(At the last second, Killfith pushes Rif out of the way)

Rif: Eiaaa!!

Killfith: Rif!

(Once the light clears, we see Killfith in his original form)

Rif: Killfith! You're...!

Killfith: Seems that my powers did return, just so I could… tch… unbelievable…

Rif: Killfith, you're… that's so cool!

Tram: He transformed?!

Anise: Don't lose your head, Tram! Him transforming doesn't change anything! Just hurry up and deal with them!

Tram: Ah, right! Go!

Killfith: I'll make you regret crossing me.

(Killfith fights the Phantom Dragon)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day Six, Part Ten

The Friend
Rif: Understood... let's head back...

Murno: Thank goodness.

Killfith: (...) I see... so in the end, you didn't believe me.

Rif: It's not that, but... can you really prove that she's an illusion?

Killfith: You want me to prove it?

Rif: If you can't do that, then I don't think I should leave Murno in a place like this.

Killfith: And while you're doing that, are you just going to leave the real Murno to be turned into an afternoon snack by that monster Nushi-what’s-his-face?

Rif: Of course not… but…!

Murno: Don’t be fooled, Rif. Look, I can even prove that he is a fake…

(Another Killfith appears)

???: Looks like someone's been running around, trying to copy me...

Killfith: Tch… that's certainly the last thing I expected.

???: I'll make you vanish, you eyesore!

(And thus ensues a fight between two Killfiths)

Killfith: This phony may look like me, but he only has a fraction of my powers.
    -So hurry up and vanish, you eyesores!

(Which they obediently do.)

Killfith: Now do you understand? They were fakes.

Rif: ... I'm sorry, Killfith... I shouldn't have doubted you…

Killfith: I didn’t really think you would believe me in the first place.
    -And considering Murno was the only thing on your mind, I’ll forgive you.

Rif: (blushes) Wh—what is that supposed to mean, Murno’s not the only thing I ever think about…

Killfith: Just shut up and get moving.

Rif: Geez, all right, already!

The Partner
Rif: It's like Killfith said. There's no way that Murno would have ever helped anyone attack a village!
    -So stand aside so we can move forward!

Killfith: Rif...!

Murno: Do you really think that from the bottom of your heart...?
    -In fact... that's only what you want to think, isn't it?

Rif: No, that's what I really think!

???: Ahaha, quit bluffing...

(While our heroes are busy being puzzled, another Rif appears!)

Rif: Aren't you...?! Wait just a... how on earth is that...!

???: I think the only person who's suspicious around here is this girl right in front of me. There's no doubt she's a bad guy…
    -After all the stalling she's done, maybe she actually wants her friend to face punishment…

Rif: Shut up...

???: Hurry and head on home, why don't you?

Rif: I told you to shut up!

(And thus Rif must fight with herself, only not in a metaphorical sense)

Rif: Well, you understand now? Murno is in no way friends with those jerks, and you guys are just fakes!
    -And phonies like you should just disappear!

(And so they do.)

Rif: All right! Let's hurry, Killfith!

Killfith: I can't believe you actually took my word for it.

Rif: Well it was something my partner told me, so isn't it only natural?
    -Come on, let's go!

Killfith: Whatever you wish.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day Six, Part Nine

Deep within Requiem's Submerged Ruins…

Rif: That's...!

Killfith: Murno?!

Rif: Murno, are you all right? You're not hurt, are you? Wait, what happened with Lord Nushi...?

Murno: I... managed to escape...

Rif: You got all the way here? By yourself?!

Murno: Yes... but we have to hurry... we have to go back.

Rif: Y-yeah...
    -Understood! Let's leave immediately.  >No Questions
    -But I want to know something first...  >Hold up

No Questions
Rif: Then let's get the heck out of here.

Murno: Thank goodness. And let's not come here a second time, okay?  >Back to the Beginning

Hold up
Rif: Um, I just want to know... are you really Murno...?

Murno: What do you mean, if I really am? Isn't it obvious?

Rif: It's just that before I met up with someone who looked like Master, but then she just disappeared. This place is really strange.

Murno: Well believe me, I'm the real thing. And we have to go back quickly, before those people have a chance to capture us again...
    -Or else this time, they’ll really feed me to Lord Nushi!

Rif: That's...! Those guys are trying to…

Killfith: Why did you mention your punishment all of a sudden?

Murno: Are you still trying to test if I'm the real thing or not?

Killfith: (scowls) Test you? I don't need to test you to know what you are.

Murno: (...) You should be careful, Rif. Perhaps Killfith is the one who is an imitation here...

Rif: What?! That can't be right…

Killfith: Suggesting I'm a fake... if I hear another bad joke like that from the likes of you, don't think I'll let it slide easily.

Murno: If you’re the real Killfith, then why does it sound like you want them to capture me again?

Killfith: Why you… how dare you say that?

Murno: I suppose there’s no helping it… I can think of a way to prove that I am who I say I am.
    -I just have to reveal the truth…

Killfith: Reveal the truth…?

Murno: The truth that I was one of Voijin’s companions who helped to attack this village!

Rif: Murno was Voijin's comrade...? Wha… what are you talking about...?

Murno: I'm sorry I never told you before, but it's true. I was Voijin's comrade.
    -However, I exposed the fact that they had been dealing in the black market, and so I was labeled as a traitor and pursued by Anise and my former comrades…

Rif: But… saying that you… were their comrade...

Murno: I understand that this must come as a shock to you, but we have no time to lose!

Killfith: Don't be taken in my this idiocy. She's an imitation. A fake.
    -Saying Murno has ever been connected to those cretins... don't think I'll let this end peacefully for spouting those kinds of insults!

Murno: It's no good, Rif. He must be a fake. You have to trust me, and then we have to get out of here right away!

Rif: Killfith, Murno... I... I...!

    -I believe Murno.  >The Friend
    -I believe Killfith.  >The Partner

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day Six, Part Eight

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The Summon Creature Lord Nushi should be down two levels, so let's hurry and rescue Murno!

Killfith: I wonder if that apparition of Tier will appear again...

Rif: You said it “wasn't a person,” so I wonder if it'll be okay…

Killfith: It doesn't matter what it was. If it shows up again, we'll finish it off again, simple as that.

Further ahead, they come upon an area that appears empty until…

???: Rif...!

Rif: What? Wasn't that Master's voice...?

Killfith: ... Do you think you heard the real thing this time?

Rif: (!)
    -What...? Somebody's there now…

Behold! Two familiar faces this time.

Rif: Master?! Aniki?! What on earth are you doing here?!

V.E: What are you talking about! We'd all decided to come here and rescue you guys!

Jade: Come on, it's our job to protect you! Hey, you're not hurt, are you?

Rif: Ah... no, we're just fine, but Murno...

V.E: What happened to Murno?

Rif: There's this Summon Creature called Lord Nushi, and they're going to give her to him as food…

Jade: I gotcha. You can leave the rest up to us. Meanwhile, you guys head back!

Rif: But...!

Killfith: She's already given her word that she will protect Murno.

Jade: I understand how you guys must feel, but from here on out, it'll only get more dangerous, and I can't just let you go without saying anything.

V.E: You can leave the rest up to us, can't you? You already had us worried enough as it is...

Rif: But I...
    -I don't want them to worry, so we'll go back.  >Obedience
    -We have to keep going so we can protect Murno.  >Disobedience

Rif: I understand... we'll go back. Please, be sure to rescue Murno for us...

V.E: Good! Thatagirl!

Jade: Just leave everything up to us. You guys just be sure not to come near here a second time...

Rif: Aniki... Master...  >Back to the Beginning

Rif: But I would still be worried about Murno! So, let me come with you to save her!

Jade: (narrows eyes) Why you... it sounds like you don't believe we can do it.

V.E: You almost sound like you enjoy making us worry... really, what an awful thing to say…

Rif: N—no, that's not what I—

V.E: Such a disrespectful apprentice needs to be re-educated, don't you think?

(Cue fight with both V.E and Jade)

Rif: (?) What is this...? The feeling I’m getting from these two is completely wrong…

(And thus they disappear)

Rif: What?! You mean again...?

Killfith: I knew something was wrong with the surges flooding this place. Do you think they're what’s causing the illusions?

Rif: I don't have a clue, but whether this place gives us the creeps or not is beside the point. We have to keep moving forward!

(Side Conversations)
Rif: The Summon Creature Lord Nushi should be down two levels, so let's hurry and rescue Murno!

Killfith: Heh… with everything we've faced till now, I wonder what illusion we get to fight next? This should be fun.

Rif: So long as it's someone weak, that's fine with me.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day Six, Part Seven

(Requiem's Submerged Ruins)

Rif: Wow... the air's really cold in here... is it because of the water?

Killfith: What? This surge… something changed with you. What an unpleasant sensation…

Rif: What do you mean? Do I do something weird?

Killfith: No, it’s not that. It's something with you, but I'm already used to it.

Rif: What the heck was that about? Never mind, let's just go!

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The Summon Creature Lord Nushi should be down two levels, so let's hurry and rescue Murno!

Killfith: There’s this strange surge coming from the heart of the ruins… it has a slimy feeling to it.

Rif: So I guess the atmosphere around here is only going to get worse, huh… in any case, we have to be careful.

Info: If you hit any one of the three switches on the floor with your hammer, the plates corresponding with that switch will rise up out of the water.

In the next area, we find a familiar face…

Rif: Tier?!

Tier: Rif!

Rif: Are you all right?! What are you doing here?!

Killfith: Tch… thanks to these unpleasant surges, I can't see her aura.

Tier: Help… I really don't like this place...!

Rif: Are you hurt?

Tier: With all these scary Stray Summons, I thought for sure I was doomed... but then you showed up...
    -So, shall we head back together?

Rif: Wait a minute. Tier, we're—

Killfith: You're not just going to forget about Murno, are you?

Tier: No...! I don't want to go any further into this place... please, let's just go back!

Rif: What should I do...?

    -I'll take Tier back outside!  >Pity
    -Murno's in danger, so I have to keep going!  >Forging On

Rif: I guess I can't just leave Tier all alone here, can I?

Tier: Thank you, Rif! You're the best!
    -Which is why I can't let you come this way…

Rif: Huh? But...  >Back to the Beginning

Back to the Beginning
With a flash of white light, Rif and Killfith find themselves back at the beginning of the dungeon with a touch of amnesia...

Rif: Huh? What was I doing again...? Umm…

Killfith: Tch... what do you mean what were you doing, you were...
    -(frowns) You were...?

Rif: What, don't tell me you don't know either?

Killfith: Quit screwing around! We were looking for her. For Murno.

Rif: Murno...?
    -That's right! We have to get to the heart of the ruins and save her!

Forging On
Rif: I'm sorry, Tier, but right now Murno will be in big trouble if I don't hurry and find her!

Tier: Does... that mean that Murno is more important to you than I am...?

Rif: What are you talking about? That doesn't have anything to do with...

(Tier pulls out her bow, much to our heroes' surprise)

Tier: I don't want to hear another word! I'll never forgive you!

Rif: Wait, Tier, calm down! Where do you think you're pointing that thing?!

(Fight Tier)

Rif: (annoyed) Honestly! What on earth were you thinking, suddenly pulling that on us like...

(Tier disappears in a flash of white light)

Rif: What?! She just... what's going on?!

Killfith: She vanished without leaving a single trace behind.

Rif: What on earth just happened?! People can't just vanish like that, can they?

Killfith: Indeed. If that was an actual person, she wouldn't have been able to disappear.

Rif: So what you're saying is that... the Tier we saw just now wasn't actually a person...

Killfith: This is neither the time nor the place to puzzle these things out. The most important thing right now is to find Murno.

Rif: Can't argue with that. Let's get a move on!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day Six, Part Six

Outside the prison, if you try to go left…

Killfith: (!) Wait!

Rif: Someone's there... looks like we can't go that way…

//Fortunately, your partner stops you if you’re ever close to being caught by the villagers.//

Killfith: Tch... another human.

Rif: Guess we'll be found out if we go that way... we have to keep an eye out.

(In front of a building with a giant sword for a sign)

Rif: This must be Gallahan's workshop… It'd be really helpful if we could use it.

Killfith: I don't sense the presence of any humans inside...

Rif: Do you think it would hurt to take a quick peek?

(Side Conversation)
Rif: They're going to use Murno as food for some Summon Creature! We have to hurry, Killfith!

Killfith: You said that Murno is in an underground palace on the outskirts of this village, but how are we going to get all the way there without being captured?

Rif: Just leave it to me!
    -But, I’m worried about how our equipment will hold up… Hopefully it'll be okay to use that old man's workshop…

(Gallahan's Workshop)

Rif: Looks like Gallahan really isn't here... I wonder if it'll be okay to borrow some things.

Killfith: Hmph. Don't you mean steal?

Rif: No, I don't! We'll just borrow his forge! And if we need any tools or equipment, we'll just leave some money for it!

Killfith: Tch, how boring.

(Side Conversation)
Rif: We'll use the old blacksmith's workshop so we can be at full power when we rescue Murno!

Killfith: You said that Murno is in an underground palace on the outskirts of this village, but how are we going to get all the way there without being captured?

Rif: Just leave it to me! There's no way I'll let Murno become some Summon Creature's snack!

(Ruins on the outskirts of the village)

Rif: These must be Lord Nushi's Ruins… it's huge...

Killfith: If she's down two floors, we should probably start with the lower door…

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day Six, Part Five

(Outside the cell is the prison guard, unconscious)

Rif: Holy crap, what the—?

Prison Guard: ... (groans)

Rif: (takes a step closer) Is he asleep...? … How on earth?

Prison Guard: Ghh…

Rif: Whatever, we don't have any time to lose. Killfith, what are you waiting for?!

Killfith: This key he slid under the door isn't working! I can't get out!

Rif: All right, hold on! I'll find a way to unlock it!

(She inspects the door)

Rif: Seems it needs a different key from mine… I wonder if my hammer could break this lock.

At the lower left-hand corner of the room lies Rif’s pack with all her stuff. She grabs it.

(Pack returned!)

Rif: (takes out her hammer) Sorry about this, but I'm going to have to smash you!
    -(slams hammer against the door lock)
    -All right, it's open! Killfith!

Killfith: God you're slow.
    -(steps out)

Rif: Now all that's left is to get rid of those handcuffs!

Killfith: Then hurry up already!

Rif: (fiddles with the handcuffs) Oookay, just one more second... okay, so if I do it like this...?

Killfith: …

Rif: So if I... look over here and... huh? How do I…?!

Killfith: …

Rif: (frustrated) This thing is too much of a pain, I'll just break it!

Killfith: Hey, watch where you swing that thing!

Rif: Ready or not!

(A slightly panicked Killfith watches as Rif smashes the handcuffs with her hammer. She's happy, but he is rather exasperated.)

Rif: Well, now that we're done with that!

Killfith: You moron, couldn't you think of a better way to get them off than to just break them?

Rif: We don’t have time for anything else. Murno is being held on the outskirts of this village, in the dungeon of this place called Requiem’s Submerged Ruins!
    -We have to hurry!

(Outside the prison)

Rif: The village must be thataway…

(They look to the upper right-hand corner of the screen)

Rif: Right! Let's hurry!

Killfith: (looks at Rif) …

Rif: What is it?

Killfith: Quit gaping like an idiot. Do you want to be seen?

Rif: What are you talking about, I wasn't gaping at all!

Killfith: Lower your voice already. Do you want to be caught?

Rif: … Right, I got it.