On their way to the wind shrine, Faris explained to Bartz that their must be a problem with the wind crystal, as the winds have been weakening (another reason why she wanted to get out of the pirate business) and the sheer number of monsters in the region has grown dramatically.
So what do you expect to find there?
Well, I think that if there is something wrong with the wind crystal, it's important that someone finds out what's going on. First we need to get some information from an old man.
As they approached the stony field, they found a portal to Ghido's cave. There they found the poor being being held captive by a horde of goblins. They were easily dispatched, though, since they were ambushed by Faris's arrows.
Why have you come to help an old miserable man like me. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful, i'm just not sure why you are even out this way. It's a long way back to the rogue encampment.
We're on our way to the wind shrine. I've heard legends about you, sage. Ghido, right?
Ha. I haven't heard that name in ages. Most people just call me Deckard Cain in these parts. I think I originally came up with it to fool all of my old enemies. I know that if ExDeath ever came swingin' this way he would want me dead. . . Anyway, what is it ou want from me?
I want you to join us on our quest. You know lots, and you're not safe out here on your own, anyway. I figure if anyone knows anything about the wind shrine, it's probably you.
ahh, Yes. Stay awhile and listen. . .
They did. He told them of the weakening winds, and the magnificent aura that had been shadowing the region, as though they somehow didn't feel it themselves. He also told them that he too believes something to be wrong with the wind crystal. That he's sure of it.
So. . . what good does us going tot he shrine do, aside from plenty of potential treasure?
That's a good question, and I was hoping Ghido would know the answer. . .
Well, if the crystal is damaged, I don't know.
And if it isn't?
Well, then we just move on and assume that everything that's been gonig on these past few weeks is an illusion
I signed up for an adventure, Faris. Not some quest to find out if some crystal is broken after thousands of years of just sitting there.
Quiet Bartz. There will be treasure. I'm sure there will be tons. Let's go, I think we have more responsibility than is evident.
It didn't take more than a few hours to make it to the wind shrine, but that was the easy part. Travelling through the cellar was strange. It felt like there was an infinite amount of wind, coming from multiple directions. Bartz fell over several times, and after awhile it just seemed like he was doing it to get attention, so Faris stopped helping him back up. They did find one treasure chest along the way, too, though it was guarded by the countess of the tower. After defeating her, gold was flying about (probably due to the wind, Bartz thought), and they picked up as much as they could carry. Then Ghido found something. . .
Ghido the mortal sage. It's been many years since you've been here. These travellers don't carry that evil aura.
No they don't, and that's why I've come with them here to see what the hussafuss is all about.
The demon, Andariel, came with hordes of goblins and drained most of our power. You must stop her. It's not only wind that is in danger. the Fire, Earth and Water crystals are no longer safe. It is only a matter of time until their powers are taken as well. Travellers, will you destroy Andariel? She's a master of poison and wind. You will need to be more powerful than you are, to stop her.
Aye, Wind, we will do our best.
An adventure is an adventure, and I am looking for a challenge, after all. I need something to do while Boko recovers.
Bartz, I award you the job of the SwordMage, and Faris, that of the ranger. Bartz, with a bit of practice you can now enchant your blades with elemental damage such as fire, ice and bolt. Faris, you can also now enchant your arrows with elemental damage, as well as lower enemy's defense by magic. You are no longer limited to the surprise onslaught of a pirate.
Wow! I can feel the elemental potential in my sword already.
Thank you for your blessing, Wind. We will destroy Andariel.
Ghido, your wisdom will carry them far. You must keep the SwordMage focussed.
I'll do my best, though he does seem a bit dim-witted. . .
What was that, Ghido?
I was just saying I will do my best to focus your energies onto mastering sword magic.
There's no time to waste. Return to your town and prepare to fight Andariel. *town portal* you will need all of the resources you can muster.
Of course. Let's go, Bartz, Faris. . .
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Tifa had enough of listening to Bugenhagen (Deckard Cain) in the slums of midgar. Barret was also being a bit of a bum, lately, and so she left on her own to go sabotage a reactor.
When she got there, she ran into one of the turks, Elena
I've been expecting one of you rebels to come up here, eventually. Took you long enough. I wouldn't dare enter the slums, myself, unless I absolutely had to.
How dare you. You know damn well that it's SHINRA's fault for the condition of this city.
A slum is a slum. You've come to destroy another reactor, dear? We've got them all on heavy lockdown so your friends can't have the fun they used to, I'm afraid.
I wouldn't call you as a guard "heavy lockdown".
Well I'll just have to prove you wrong.
Elena wasn't strong enough to stop Tifa on her own.
I'd hate to blow you up too, Elena, but you're the one who came up here to stop me.
If you make us even think you're up to something, we'll kill the girl
Yeah, that one.
. . .
Elena, grab the bomb. We don't want that lying around. We warned you that you wouldn't be able to hold her off. She's a tough one.
This will be useful. We can bomb the sector and leave AVALANCE to blame.
You said you wouldn't harm ---
We didn't say anything like that. We said we would kill her if you made things difficult. We will, and in front of Barret, too. If you make things easy, everything will go up in flames without him having to witness her death. Either way, the place burns. Especially that damn bar you have down there.
. . .
I thought so. Rufus should be happy about our new advantage over these brats. . .
Kefka and Amplisa travelled to Zozo, where they found Garland. Unexpectedly, Garland was in a cage, surrounded by monsters. Kefka brushed them aside and approached his new friend.
Garland! I've heard lots about you, my friend.
Who are you? Why have you come here?
I'm in need of your wisdom. You see, I've found the crystals of light, and I plan to use their powers to travel to the other fantasies!
Why would I help you do that?
Why wouldn't you? You're a bad man, and I've come a long way to save you from these goblins. . .
You must be delusional! How can you think that saving me is a good thing.
SILENCE! I'm sick of people telling me I'm evil. I don't want to hear it from you, a very bad man. Listen, I need to know how to use the crystals' powers. . .*confuse* *toad*. Damnit, *toad again*. Why do I always do that?
Of course Kefka. . . I'm sorry for ever saying something so terrible. My deepest apologies.
Don't worry, you'll pay for this in due time. Now, what do I do?
There are several hot spots of power in each fantasy. They're usually places of great power. You'll feel the energy when you're near one. The closest one to here is in the tower cellar. That's why I came here. I'm a slave to the crystals' energy. I need it or else i'll go crazy. . .
Stop rambling. What do I do once I'm there?
You need someone such as myself who is deeply connected to the crystals. I will be able to hold your place here in this world while you travel to the others.
Damnit! I don't want to have to drag you around with me.
If you want to experience the power of the crystals, it will take a long time. I spent 2000 years, in a loop, connecting with them.
I don't have 2000 years to wait. I want to begin now, in Nightfish's lifetime. He has to die.
They entered the tower cellar. It felt a bit windy in there, though Kefka didn't know why. . . Once they reached the bottom, they disabled some more goblins and demon archers.
Okay, let's do this. I don't have all day.
Of course, master.
Where am I able to go?
I don't know, yet. We'll have to see. . .
Kefka was transported to the 7th fantasy. This world was bizarre. He was pretty sure he was in a dump, but there were people who seemed to live here. A giant plate was looming overhead, carrying what seemed to be an entirely different city.
Where am I?
Hey there, stranger. My name is Jessie. You must have just been thrown down here. Piss off SHINRA, did you? That's okay, we're very reasonable people down here, if you're kind.
SHINRA, eh? What's that?
Have you hit your head, sweetie?
Kefka could feel the life of the planet in this megacity. It felt like it was being pumped straight out of the planet. . .
What's that you have there?
Oh this? It's just some fire materia. Weak stuff, but it does me good when I'm working on my explosives. Nevermind I said that, eh?
Where can I get some?
Well, you'd have to buy some. *Flips a piece of gil* I'll call up Biggs and Wedge, they've been looking for someone to do errands for them, and you'd be the perfect guy, I think. Want some easy cash, and earn some respect down here?
. . .
I'll give them a call and we'll see if any of the work they have in mind is good for you, uh. . . what's your name? *pulls put phone*
That's a bit girly, si--
Damnit, I'll have to do this myself. . .Amplisa isn't a girly name, and MY name is Kefka. Let your friends know that I'll be here to take their materia soon enough. *Poison Dagger*
Why. . . ?
Snags fire materia. Goodbye! *Disappears* *Materia falls onto the ground*
Jessie? What's happened? My god! Somebody call Biggs. Get Barret! Oh my. . .
Kefka did this to me. . . I think he was from another world, or something. . . He just. . . blinked out of existence. . .
Wedge! Jessie's been poisoned. . .
It was a man named Kefka. She said he just blinked in and out from another world.
Maria and Gwinnin had passed along through the dark woods again, and it seemed like the place was full of monsters again.
Sheesh, I can't believe how fast all of these goblins are being spawned. The gargantuan ones are a real pain. . .
They continued through to the black marsh, where the came upon the tower Gwinnin previously spotted.
That's some fancy vision you have there, Gwinnin. It doesn't take an eagle's eye, or even yours to see the monastery gates from here. The air is shimmering, that way. It must be the barrier.
This tower cellar may prove more useful than we thought; It feels like the monsters were coming directly from here. Perhaps this is some sort of spawning location.
You're probably right. Let's check it out.
They travelled down to the bottom, and it didn't take as long as they thought it would. They met many enemy archers, though. Some were awfully tough, too. At the bottom they found a demon spawning goblins and archers, and they quickly locked down the room from both entrances. When the countess was alone, she spawned firewalls to prevent their escape, and then charged Maria, sword high in the air. Gwinnin took aim and shot the demon's hands, and as the demon's sword was falling from it's grip, Maria kicked it's other hand, carrying the buckler. She was much too close to use her bow, and was caught off guard by the charge. The demon used it's good hand to reach for the sword, but it was too late. Gwinnin got a shot into the demon's throat, and Maria stomped its hand, just in case.
I owe you one. That would have been a close call without your shot. Nice one, too. You're really improving your aim.
That one was a magical arrow. They're a bit easier to direct. I bet you're glad you taught me, now
Of course. . .
Just then a chest popped open, and gold flew out. A few other random goodies, too. With nothing else to spot in the cellar, they headed back outside, and climbed on top of the tower for a good view.
Wow, this view really is a huge advantage. You can see our camp from here!
I could do that on the ground
Well, good. Not everyone in the camp can, though, so I think they'll appreciate this.
Look! The Gates are opening.
Do you think that chest was responsible? I mean, it's far away, but I don't think magic knows any bounds.
I think the chest opened when that demon died. She was probably the gate's guardian. She did seem to be given responsibilities for covering the region with demons.
I bet Andariel knows we're on our way, then.
Let's head back to the camp, now. Perhaps Deckard is less crazy now.
Back at the camp, they told everyone about what happened, and Deckard wasn't any more use. He was napping, which they thought was a good sign. Akara drugged him well. In the morning, Deckard was well enough to travel with them, and so Akara, Deckard, Maria, Gwinnin, and several other archers traveled to the tower. There were less monsters, so it was relatively easygoing. When they got near the tower, however, they noticed monsters beginning to come out through the gates. It seemed Andariel had taken up spawning more monsters, now that she had to. They all set up a post at the tower, and the archers had more than a sufficient vantage point to prevent any form of surprise attacks. Tomorrow they plan to pass those gates.
Arc travelled found the tower cellar, where he slowly cleared of all demons.
There are just so many monsters. . . *sigh*
He did push on, though, emptying a hole in the ground of monsters, and clearing the jail level, where he met the demon smith. His wolf almost died several times, but then he reached level 18, and learned his first wind based attack, as well as a stronger wolf, which will clear the field of corpses for him, too. The twister he has is pretty weak, but he found it more useful than artic blast, because it could be used to stun enemies while his archer and his wolf killed his foes. He made it to the outer cloister, where he reacheed level 19.
It seems like most of the monsters are coming from here. . . Hopefully I can stop whatever force is in there without Luneth's assistance.
Don't forget me! I've got your back, Arc.
I know you do. I'll be sad to leave you here.
I can't leave my home, Arc. I have faith in you and Luneth, though. You'll have each other's back. Plus, your skills are improving. You seem to feed off of the elements, whereas the rest of us are badly damaged by any elemental attacks.
Yes, this wolf head has boosted my cyclone armor an incredible amount. Well, only one place left to explore, before returning home.
Garnet and Tot's first order of business was to enter his tower cellar, where they were hoping to find some runes to boost their magic. It was obvious it had been awhile since he had been in there, as the place was infested with demons. They eventually cleared the place of enemies, and found some for the runes they were looking for. They actually cleaned the place twice just to be sure.
Garnet, look. This Tal and Eth rune will make you cast faster, and regenerate mana more quickly, too.
What is this ral good for?
That goes with thir tir. You aren't able to use it yet, so we'll just put the tir in your staff for now. Thsi will make your fireball much stronger.
Awesome. I can't wait to be able to use it.
In the meantime, the tir will give you mana back for each enemy you kill. Perfect for an explosive fireball that kills severeal enemies at once.
So. . . Where do you suppose we should go from here?
I think we may be able to find some of our answers in the Gizmaluke Grotto. I've heard rumours of a very powerful demon residing in there. The mist seems to seep from that region, as well. It looks as though the monsters come with the mist, after all.
Alright. Let's go identify some of the goodies we found in your cellar. You still need to tell me how you wound up with a stripping job. . .
Kefka traversed the catacombs as fast as he could. Stabbing everything which slowed him down. He just wanted to get to the hot-spot as quickly as possible. At last, they made it.
Garland. Does this lead to that fantasy with the materia?
I can't tell, but it's unlikely.
Put me through.
Of course, master.
Kefka was transported to the 4th fantasy, where he found himself within the castle of Fabul.
He was actually within the study of the king himself, it seemed.
This place reminds me a lot of Figaro. There's bound to be goodies here.
Kefka hears footsteps, and hides behind a mirror. Yang enters with the king of Fabul.
Yang, you know I brought you here to tell you something of grave importance. A letter has just been received from your ally, Kain Highwind. Would you like me to read it, or would you prefer to do so?
You can do so, your majesty. If it's important for me to know, it's important for you, too.
Very Well. Ahem.
Yang, surely you've noticed the change in monster density as of late. I now know the cause of this. This letter reaches you from mount arreat, where I have spoken with the worldstone. Here, I found Zeromus Jr. Who was trying to acquire it's energies. Presumably to unite the moon and earth, and revive his father to rule both realms. Fortunately, my fellow dragoons were enough to stop him, so I think we are finally rid of that evil. . .
I'm not sure what the bad news is, in that! He solved a problem we didn't even know how to start to fix.
. . . Unfortunately, there is a much greater evil, which comes not from land nor moon nor underworld. There is a lunatic, from another world who seeks to rule all realms. Not just our own. For now we have the upper-hand, because he has yet to develop his powers. I need you to come to the worldstone immediately. I am sending the red wings airship to pick you, and all of our other friends up. They all have received this letter, as well. I know it's hard to understand now, so I need you to come to the worldstone. From here we cna try to stop Kefka, our new villain. . .
Villain! How DARE he call me that! *Stab* I swear I'll destroy this Kain.
Kefka. . ?
That's my name, don't wear it out!
Oh raspberries. *Confuse*
Ahsab, stop! As the royal king of Fabul, I order you to destroy this lunatic.
I'm no lunatic! You'll wish you never said those words. Ahsab, kill him! I'm your new king.
How is that poison, Yang?
. . .
HA! My poison is becoming too strong. I can't hear my enemy squeak his last breath!
Come, Ahsab, you're with me, now.
*Vanishes with Bloodthief and Swordback Hold in hand*
Someone isn't familiar with the healing abilities of the monk. . . The king!
Yang, you must rule Fabul in my place. . . But first you have to defeat this monster.
I will. I swear on it. . . Kain won't be happy to hear about what this man has already accomplished.
Kefka, Ahsab reappeared before Garland and Amplisa.
What a rush! Garland, they're aware of my powers in that fantasy! They were going to try and kill poor ol' me. Can you believe it?
Yes, I saw the whole thing.
Amplisa, give him a good whacking.
Where am I? My god, I remember killing my own sister! How could you make me do such a thing, you monster!
Ahsab, use your shiny new weapon to kill her. It is much better than your old useless spear, that's for sure.
Of course, my king.
Wait, where did she go?
My ankle! Kill her, damnit! How did she get me!?
I know this place like the back of my hand! You'll never get me alive, demon.
We can't go back to Narshe. She'll get there before us. There's nothing left here for us, for now. We'll be back to burn the place to the ground and get my revenge.
You're lucky this is only a small puncture
No, she's lucky, or we'd be chasing her down right now! We'll do our best to track her down and make her suffer on our return.
Of course, master.
Let's get out of this place, Garland. I don't want to have her catch me off guard again. Lead the way.
Kefka reached level 20 against the king, but couldn't figure out why he didn't gain any experience from that Yang fellow.
Faris, Ghido and Bartz made their way through the catacombs. There was a really close call against the demon known as Pitspawn Fouldog, before they even got to the catacombs. He had many ghosts and dark clans with him, and it took a lot of running around to defeat them safely. On the way, Bartz found Deathspade, right around the time he reach level 18, when he first learned Vengeance. (4MPK is perfect when I 1-hit all the weaker enemies, and vengeance costs 4 mana!)
Most enemies can't handle more than one swing of my blade! I can't thank the wind crystal more than enough for this!
Bartz, eventually you must focus on only one or two elements, to truly make the most of its power.
Don't worry, gramps, I will. For now, though, it feels great the way it is!
Bartz also found a unique mace on the way down, which he decided to use against Andariel. They made it to her, and proper focussing of cleansing, holy fire, and whacking away brought her down swiftly. She dropped many pretty gems, as well as a crystal.
Heros of Light. You must go to the earth crystal. It lies west of here. Its power is being drained by its new keeper, Duriel, and the surrounding lands are already crumbling. The people who were once its keepers are now suffering from the sudden earth tremors. I will lend what power I can. . . *Faris gained the dragoon weapon mastery* I did not have enough power to give you the full Dragoon job, but you will have found some mastery of spears from my power.
The people of the west focus their resources towards spear class weapon. We'll gather our new weapons when we get there. For now, they bow should serve you well enough, Faris.
What about me?
You'll be fine! Don't be so greedy. If you really feel the need, grab a spear while you're we're out there. You're probably better off witha sword, though.
Who is this Duriel?
It is one of EX-Deaths's minions. He has returned, and is seeking the crystal of water as we speak. You must stop him from taking the crystals' powers, or else he will find the strength to reach the Worldstone Chamber, and rip apart our world.
Well that doesn't sound too nice at all, does it, Ghido?
Obviously not. Let's hurry. The more time we waste, the closer he gets to corrupting the Worldstone.
Let's. . .
Before they left the Rogue Encampment, Bartz gave Boko plenty of treats, and imbued a new shield he found, which was the perfect replacement for his buckler of deflecting;
Chance to Block: 35
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 13
Required Strength: 26
Item Level: 22
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Hit Recovery
+30% Faster Block Rate
20% Increased Chance of Blocking
Cold Resist +14%
All Resistances +7
Lightning Resist +28%
Fire Resist +8%
Damage Reduced by 1
The moment they left her alone in the jail, someone piped up int he cell beside her.
Tifa, is that you?
Yeah. I'm glad they caught you. Break us out.
Of course. *Unlocks door without key, and unlocks chest without key to retrieve inventory*
Marlene! I'm so glad you're safe. They threatened to kill the two of you. . .
Well, we're fine now! They'll have no idea we're ditching them. I would like to find a safe cell for Marlene. . .
So we can screw them up with her out of harm's way!
Right. Let's explore some of the other jail levels. Quickly, though. We need to get back to the sector to stop them. They plan to bomb to whole place, and blame it on us!
Damnit. . . We don't have time, then. Marlene will have to go with us. Let's just get out of here, and head back tosector 7.
They climbed their way out of the jail levels, and found pluckeye from a chest on their journey. Too bad it's completely useless. . .
On the support tower which holds the plate above the sector 7 slums is where they saw a chopper. The Turks were just getting out of it.
We have to get up there. Look! Biggs and Wedge are there!
*Wedge is thrown from the top of the support tower*
Tifa. . . Stop them. They're going to destroy the sector. . .
We know, don't worry, we got this. Biggs! Hold them off! We're on our way!
What..? Tifa! Barret! Come quickly! Goddamnitthey'regonnathrowmeofftoo!!
Tifa used quite the burst of speed to get there before Biggs was tossed.
Tifa. We've been very patient with your friends, here.
I wouldn't call throwing Wedge off of this tower patient!
That's fine. We were trying to get your friends to call Jessie. We know she's the bomb expert here. They claim she's been killed by a lunatic from another dimension. We're not idiots, and so we tossed him. Somehow this one is still convinced she was murdered.
Regardless, you're here now, and you know how to set off the bomb. Tell us, or I will throw this guy off.
Biggs, where's Jessie. . .?
I'm not lying! Some lunatic called Kefka came here, stabbed her and tried to steal her worthless fire materia. He claimed to be from another world, and says he will return for more!
This is what I've been trying to put up with. Tifa, just tell me how to set the bomb, or i'll toss him. I don't care about this Jessie anymore.
. . .
Of course, Reno.
Tifa! Are you insane!?
Well, we don't any option. I'd rather not see you thrown off.
You're going to get us all killed!
You're right. Reno, I'm only going to do this if you let go of him. You need to give us a fair chance, here.
I don't have to do anything for you! I'm feeling generous, though. So I'll let go once that clock begins ticking.
Okay, it'll take a minute. . .
Meanwhile beneath the tower, Barret was warning everyone to enter the catacombs beneath the sector, as Tifa suggested. Tifa left her cell phone on for the conversation up there, and it sure as hell sounded like she went insane. Barret knew better, though. He knew she had no choice, and that her best bet was to buy some time while Barret rounded up the folk of sector 7.
Okay Rude, it's set to five minutes -
Perfect. That's enough time to get out of here. But not for you. Hit it.
You got it. Five minutes and counting.
Reno got back onto the chopper with Rude, and they took off quickly.
Biggs, let's get the hell out of here! This sector is screwed, but at least I saved your life!
You didn't save piss! How are we going to survive this!?
The catacombs! Barret is evacuating the sector as we speak. If we want to live we have to get going immediately.
You're a genius. Let's go!
They got to the bottom, and met up with Barret, who was ushering the last few people into the catacombs entrance.
Are we ready?
This is the last of the people here. I think we got everyone. . . Let's go!
They all were exploring the catacombs for an exit to a different sector when the bomb went off.
That was huge! I can't believe i---
Just then, the plate from atop sector 7 crashed, and stuff was falling around them. The catacombs hardly withstood the force of the plate, and the entrance was completely destroyed. After a minute or two, most people were back on their feet, surveying the damages. Most weren't injured severely.
I guess I spoke too soon. I can see why we came down here, now.
It's okay, everyone. We can escape the city, and start new lives outside of Midgar, or in a different sector with your relatives.
Yes. There was no way around it. They were going to blame it all on Tifa and I, too. They were going to kill my daughter. . .
We have to find an exit. They won't expect any of us to have lived, so we shouldn't have to worry about being spotted. They wouldn't recognise any but the three of us, anyway.
In the catacombs they met a vile creature named Andariel. Barret was quick to put fire materia into his gunarm, and Tifa to put bolt materia into her claws. Together they made her fall pretty quickly. One fo the people of sctor 7 was even able to help with a bow, stuffed with weak materia. Andariel was the keeper of the catacombs, which is what kept people in sector 7 from even considering to use it over the years. The crash had waken her up, but thankfully they were able to defeat her.
It soon became obvious that the catacombs converged to a single sector. Once they got to sector 5, they told the people who lived there of what happened. They were easily believed, of course. Everyone in midgar had already heard the news of AVALANCHE the rebels scum who had bombed sector 7. The casualties were actually 0, though, so it was clear that AVALANCHE wasn't responsible. They saved everyone from the Turks.
Barret, we have to leave. Let's find the nearest town and stay there. I don't want to be here, anymore. The turks will eventually hear that we lived. . . This information doesn't just completely escape them.
We need to be safe from them. We need Marlene to be safe. Let's go to Kalm. It's pretty close to here.
Take me with you! We're a team, after all.
Biggs. . . I can't believe Wedge is gone. . . and Jessie. . .
Wait, where is Jessie?
I told you already. I'm being serious. This lunatic named Kefka came here from another world, killed her in an attempt to take her materia, and swore he'd be back for more. I want to help you stop this man, and the turks, too, for killing Wedge. If I'm stuck here all on my own they'll find me and kill me, I know it.
Of course we'll take you, Biggs. This whole Kefka thing just doesn't make any sense. . .
A lot of this is overwhelming right now. We have to go to Kalm and figure out what our plan of action is.
They went east, to Kalm. Bugenhagen convinced them to bring him, too, as he was longing to return to Cosmo Canyon. He thought he might be able to help with this whole Kefka issue.
Yup. Forced myself to get back to working on this, though it'll probably be a slow effort.
Maria and Gwinnin traveled down into the catacombs beneath the cathedral. They even ran through an old Jail to get there that was filled with ghosts. Maria couldn't help but admire the potential in Gwinnin. She had taught herself to channel her magic arrows to a more fire-based arrow. Not bad at all for a sort of apprentice. she knew she would make it far and has already proven to be of great assistance on their way to the monastery.
They met several tough enemies in the catacombs, the toughest of which being the champion dark shamans. They held up a tiny room, called over a skeleton mage boss pack, and revived the dark ones as fast as they were falling. This fight took a long time, and a bit of hiding (which Maria at first considered cowardice - until their success) which lured out the shamans. After they were dispatched it was easy pickings for the minions. In fact, it appeared the minions just gave up and were heading deeper into the catacombs.
Well I guess it's now obvious why they came down here. . . This stench. . . It must be Andariel's rotting minions. Probably her breath, too.
You're right. look, let's kill the shamans in this room as fast as we can, and pick off as many minions as we can before the open the door to Andariel. . . In fact, why don't you just try to light the door ablaze immediately after the shamans are down? If they can't see it on the other side then that may buy us some more time, as well as cause panic among the smaller goblins.
They counted to 3 quietly and then kicked the door fully.open and began firing. It worked, and as the last shaman was dying, Gwinnin sent a flaming arrow into the door. The rotting wood lit immediately, and the goblins that weren't already shouting battle cries started panicking. One of them even fell into a pit of blood and drowned in it.
There were a few more goblins remaining when Andariel busted the door open. she didn't look happy, or clothed (what do you expect from a demon? But still, those piercings look like they hurt. . .)
Distract her! Try to light that pile of corpses! i'll kill the last few goblins
- It won't work. I'll try to get her nipples!
Maria just looked at Gwinnin dumbfounded, when a goblin almost smacked her. She kicked it and then shot it in the face after it fell.
Gwinnin was joking, but not about trying to hit Andariel directly. She instead aimed for her hair.
Andariel spit a cloud of poison her way and Gwinnin barely dodged it. When she regained her stance Andariel sent a poison missile. Everything went green for her. She could barely see, and screamed to Maria. . .
Get out of this room! Get out now! I can kill her!
Gwinnin, we can save you!
No, Akara is too far away. I can already feel the poison. Just then she ran toward the other side of the room, a little bit closer to Andariel.
Maria ran to the doorway, unsure of what was going to happen next. Andariel sent a poison missile toward Maria and then Maria slammed the door in front of her to try and stop the shot. It seemed to work.
And then it dawned on her - She reached for the door but it was suddenly aflame. It seems that the poison is extraordinarily flammable, and Gwinnin was counting on this. Gwinnin had fired a shot at the door as soon as it was closed. She didn't think it would work out so well (for Maria) but it did, and she was trapped in the room with Andariel, her vision dimming.
Maria knew she was losing Gwinnin. Knew there was no way she could save her even if they could leave immediately. Admired Gwinnin's quick wit and bravery. . .
Andariel charged for Gwinnin, seemingly realizing that all was probably lost for her, and as she spit another cloud when really close to Gwinnin, Gwinnin shot her last arrow
For the REBEL ARMY!!!
and the room was toast. Even Maria could feel the heat through the already flaming door. There was no scream from Gwinnin, but Andariel was clearly dying. A few goblins that were coming down the stairs were wide-eyed and ran back to where they were coming from. Maria didn't even try to shoot them. She ran almost along-side them to get back to Akara and Deckard. Her business here was over. . .