Thursday, March 17, 2011

Text Play: Breath of Fire (SNES): Issue #14: Little Miss Sorceress Edea?

What, I can't make a Final Fantasy 8 joke in spite of it being my least favorite game in the series?

Anyway, the Sorceress. She's kinda like Gobi was back in Auria. Only in this case, we get to find out her name before she joins us. Her name's Bleu. Kinda like the cheese. Or that blob from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Should I be ashamed of myself for knowing that?

This wasn't really what I'd call particularly hard, exactly. Just tedious. On the one hand, the Moving Village really isn't that different from anyplace else we've already been. Only thing is, this is a ghost town, both figuratively and literally. The place is abandoned, except for ghosts who say that they're hanging around to protect Bleu, but they'll let you in because you look OK. No, really, that's pretty much an exact quote. They'll let you in because you look OK.

The most difficult part of this is the tunnel that goes between the main part of the town and the temple Bleu is sleeping in. There's some good stuff in there, but there's a ton of fighting to get to it. And that's nothing to say of the walls you need Ox to break.

The most common monsters in the tunnel are Red Slimes and Choppers. It's not so much that they're difficult as much as it is that they tend to come in groups of three and won't let you run. Then again, it's not like I couldn't have used the extra XP and gold from it all.

The good news is that there's a Spring right in the door of the temple. Of course, there's a three-part boss fight on the next floor, against the Cloud and the Wisp that we fought before, along with their friend the Myst. It's pretty much just a matter of wailing away on them until they go down. Magic does help a little bit, too, I think.

So, kick their asses, and they'll wake Bleu up. The standard gentle wake-up doesn't work, so they hit her with a bolt spell and then go away.

Bleu thinks for a bit and gives you an Old Egg, which she tells you will turn into something called the Typhoon Bug if you throw it into the undersea volcano north of Prima. This bug will supposedly sink the Dark Dragon ship menacing the town.

Thing is, though, we've actually gotta go into the volcano to deliver the egg by hand. Since it's a maze and a little late right now, that'll have to wait until next issue. Much as I'd like to make a Joe Vs. The Volcano joke in the title, it's not coming to mind. Unless that changes between now and then, I'm thinking I'll just call Issue #15 Oh Bugger!

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