The giant Indiana Jones bolder that was keeping Arion trapped in the mine last time revealed another battlefield between Fireburg and the volcano that the Fire Crystal is in when it rolled away. It also opened up a path to something called the Sealed Cave, which is to the south. The Sealed Cave is nothing too special, when you get right down to it. When we get there, the Old Guy is there and wants ten gold for coffee, which I presume Ben gives him, and he flies off. There's chests in there with Heal and Cure potions, and a warp tile that takes the party to a part of the Wintry Cave that wasn't accessible before, so long as they have the Gemini Crest, which was pretty much just given us with no reason or explanation a couple issues back.
The battlefield is inhabited by Red Bones and Mummies, which I think I mentioned before, and Ghosts, which I think are new here. The Ghosts are surprisingly strong against water, given that just about everything else in this area is weak against it, even when they're usually not. The reward is 1200 XP.
The Volcano area itself isn't especially hard or long, really. Just kind of boring. The Gasmask item is in there, but I think there's only like two screens here where it really matters to have it. In the main part of the Volcano, the Lava Dome, I don't think it's really that important to have it, but I really can't comment on the truth of that
The only other thing of note in here is the White spell. I think this is the spell that, in the modern era, has been called the Holy spell. Works pretty good against undead monsters, which there are plenty of here. There's a mini-boss at the top called Medusa. The regular enemies here are the Red Bones and Ghosts from before, plus Were Wolves, and yes, that's the game's spelling of it, and Nitemares, also the game's spelling.
This effectively opens the way into the main volcano, which presumably is meant to be played immediately after the Volcano section. Since I'm doing what I always do, though, and am playing and writing way too late again, I'm gonna go back to town to use the Inn and save and come back to do the Lava Dome later. This next section is kind of a long one by comparison, so either way, I'd probably be saving it until another time. So, until next time, stay safe, have fun, keep gaming, and DFTBA!