So, I finally got back to this, and the issue title is another Indiana Jones reference.
It took me awhile to get to this for a couple reasons. One was
what I've been saying for awhile now, and I suspect that my levels
are a tad low for where I am. Even with a little grinding along the
way, my Hero is only at Level 34, and that only happened after quite
a lot of level building before I actually got through.
The other is that I've got some fall allergies that have been
really bad this year, making it miserable to do just about anything,
especially if I actually need to keep my eyes open to do them. Good
news is I think I'm better now.
As for what I actually got accomplished this time around, I
finally got to the bottom of the Gayas Island Cave. Turns out,
Brandt's not actually there, which kind of sucks, considering all the
trouble I had getting down there. The good news, though, is that his
buddy Clank is down there instead. Even better is that Clank makes
it worth our while. He reminds us of where the Dual Blade is and how
to get there. To do it, of course, we still need to get some Alumina
and fix that fancy ship that Professor Shaia gave us.
Clank continues explaining by telling us that Brandt has actually
gone to visit his girlfriend in a place called Marse, which, if I
understand, is close to the Fargo Islands, where there's still a
decent amount of Alumina to be found. He adds that there may be some
Alumina in Gayas Cave, too. I'm hoping there's just the one piece
they made obvious is the only one in there. Now that my levels are
decent for a change, the monsters shouldn't be all that hard. I'm
just hoping that this one piece is the one we need to flash at Brandt
to make him help us find the rest we need to take to Shaia so he'll
help us fix the ship.
There's one more thing that Clank gives us before we go. He takes
us back to a room he's got set up to live in while he works in the
cave, where he's got an artifact from Maxim. It's an accessory
called the Wave Ring. It looks like everybody can equip it, but from
the dialog, I think it's intended for the Hero to have it for the
final battle, along with the Dual Blade.
Funny thing about this game. I'm finding that it's starting to be
a lot like the original Final Fantasy, in that we're hitting a point
now where a lot of the best equipment is found in chests or dropped
by monsters. In this case, I found a Silver Sword in a chest partway
through the cave, and then won a Buster Sword from a sword-themed
monster in the dungeon. In both cases, I gave the new thing to the
Hero and transferred his old one to Aguro, so now both have about the
same attack power. And this is a trend that's likely going to
continue for the rest of the game, if memory serves. For now,
though, our hero reminds me of another, similar hero
with a military background we'd meet on the PlayStation roughly
four years later.
But anyway, with all that set up, it's time to head back to Linze,
stock up on a few things and save before heading on to MARRS...
er, Marse to see if we can catch up with Brandt and get the rest of
the Alumina we need to get on with our mission.