Update 41: Gaze Into the Face of an Uncaring Labyrinth



Vince? Is everything okay?
No.









Um...
If you're about to ask what all the sandwiches are for, it's my way of working out stress.
Yes, um, those sandwiches are...stacked quite high.
I've been at this since midnight. That stupid new stratum's got me scared.






Do you want some help...?
I've got like ten balls of lettuce that could use chopping, if you wanna join me in stress-food prepping.
Well, the time has come. Let's start the postgame.
Those of you here to see the LPer suffer, welcome to prime time. Also how dare you.


First, though, Quinn has something to say to us.
Regeneration using Yggdrasil... I never knew the Chieftain was devising such a thing... To be honest, it is such a bizarre story that I do not think I can fully understand it even now. However, one thing is for certain. The Chieftain is gone... I believe that it is now my responsibility to do what is best for the town.
Debatable, but go on.
People come to this town for the Labyrinth, leading to further development of the city itself... But what happens once the mystery of the Labyrinth is solved? People will begin to leave... I must take this into consideration. Don't get me wrong, I still want you to find all the answers to the Yggdrasil Labyrinth. I believe...that is for the best. Here. This is to show my gratitude for finding out about the Chieftain. Take it.


...Well, thank you.


So the Town Medal is really fucking good? My eyes actually bulged out of my head when I first got it. 200 HP is an incredible amount of survivability in EOU, and 100 TP is humongous for any class, even Alchemists.
Most Etrian games do this, giving you an accessory that gives you a ton of HP and TP when you beat the main game. Some games also attach a boost to all stats to it. It's always a top-tier accessory for general purpose use.

Vince puts it on, since more TP to use shield skills and more HP for Bravery's Gift tanking is very, very good.


I grab him a set of Galvorn Armor, too. His HP is incredibly high now.


This should be the spot...
Believing everything to be over, you're surprised to see a man-sized hole in the floor. As you peer into it, you realize it leads to another Stratum you have never seen. It seems your adventure has not yet ended! Your heart racing in your chest, you stand poised to explore the unknown Stratum!
Be on your guard, everyone.







...I'm...going to be ill...
Hi yeah we shouldn't be down here.
The floor's-- Urp-- It's soft...
...
I suspect no human was ever meant to tread here.
Welcome to Claret Hollows. Here is where the game gets mean.

And that should say something after some of the damn encounters in S3 and S4.
this such a cool stratum thematically

oh btw this is uncharted territory for me so i don't have experiences to share about it

...
Doc?
These walls... They're comprised of blood vessels...
Everything up until now was at least kinda normal and now it's all gone to shit.



Great way to start.


It...tore through my armor...

Sawfish

HP: 815STR: 62TEC: 42VIT: 42AGI: 45LUC: 35
EXP Given: 9200

Damage Vulnerabilities:
50% 100% 100%
100% 50% 150%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
50% 100% 100% 50% 100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
100% 50% 50%
  • Saw Slash: Deals severe cut damage to one row of party members. Reduces hit targets' physical defense by 40% for 4 turns. Fast.
  • Saw Slash: Deals 120% melee STR-based cut damage to one row of party members. The damage ranges from 353 to 426 on average. Reduces hit targets' physical defense by 40% for 4 turns. Has a 120% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99%.
  • Sawfishes are more likely to use Saw Slash when they're at 50% HP or lower.
  • If the Sawfish's HP is at 50% or lower:
    • 59% chance to use Saw Slash.
    • Else, Attack.
  • If the Sawfish's HP is at 100% to 51%:
    • 29% chance to use Saw Slash.
    • Else, Attack.
  • Saw Slash: Deals cut damage to one row of enemies. Reduces hit targets' physical defense for 4 turns. Fast.
  • Saw Slash: Deals melee STR-based cut damage to one row of enemies. Reduces hit targets' physical defense for 4 turns. Has a 120% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99% at all levels.
Drops:
  • Normal: Sawfish Scale. 30% chance. Sells for 598 en.
    • Spangen (+42 DEF): Made from 1 Sawfish Scale. Costs 11700 en.
    • Giant Axe (+166 ATK, bash+fire normal attacks): Made from 5 Sawfish Scales. Costs 47020 en.
    • Safeguard (+52 DEF): Made from 10 Sawfish Scales. Costs 15600 en.
  • Rare: Saw Fin. 10% chance. Sells for 733 en.
    • Winged Spear (+155 ATK): Made from 3 Saw Fins. Costs 39500 en.
Sawfish already hurt on their own, and then they just add an extra defese debuff for extra fun. They're fast, too!

Oh yeah, compare its STR to the rest of its stats. Get used to that in the postgame, a lot of enemies have their STR hiked up, making them extremely dangerous.
These things are the worst. They're my least favorite enemies in the entire game. There's honestly even worse in S6 but these things have a special place in my heart.
rea i hate these things

who gave them permission to have only one skill, which hits multiple targets hard and then makes them take more damage

that's a very specific and mean-spirited permission that i want rescinded

Gck... Here goes nothing...
Vince, I do not recommend--


Sor...ry...
Don't use Bravery's Gift on these things. Your Protector will die.

Well, I at least know what to expect now...


Sawfishes are on the low scale of threatening, as far as Claret Hollows go. Make of that what you will.


Yep, don't like that.
schloorp

What an ominous light.
Don't think we've got much choice but to roll the dice here.


Oh, wonderful, it's the teleportation from the Sandy Barrens all over again.


...Turtle? Here? Huh? Turtle? Wha?
Nether Tortoises patrol a set path two tiles at a time, until they aggro on you when you get too close, at which point they will chase you one tile at a time.

For the record, this room is where you get sent to for taking a "wrong" teleporter.


It's been a while since we last saw any butterflies.

Hellfly

HP: 735STR: 58TEC: 49VIT: 41AGI: 42LUC: 40
EXP Given: 9400

Damage Vulnerabilities:
100% 150% 100%
100% 0% 100%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
100% 50% 100% 50% 50% 100% 50%
100% 100% 100%
50% 100% 100%
  • Freeze: Deals heavy ice damage to all party members. Reduces hit targets' evasion by 50% for 4 turns. Average speed.
  • Freeze: Deals 120% ranged TEC-based ice damage to all party members. The damage ranges from 138 to 190 on average. Reduces hit targets' evasion by 50% for 4 turns. Has no speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99%.
  • When they're in the back row, Hellflies will always use Freeze.
  • Hellflies are more likely to use Freeze when they're at 50% HP or lower.
  • If the Hellfly is in the back row, use Freeze.
  • If the Hellfly's HP is at 50% or lower:
    • 79% chance to use Freeze.
    • Else, Attack.
  • If the Hellfly's HP is at 100% to 51%:
    • 49% chance to use Freeze.
    • Else, Attack.
  • Freeze: Deals ice damage to all enemies. Reduces hit targets' evasion for 4 turns. Average speed.
  • Freeze: Deals ranged TEC-based ice damage to all enemies. Reduces hit targets' evasion for 4 turns. Has no speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99% at all levels.
Drops:
  • Normal: Wing Scale. 25% chance. Sells for 606 en.
    • Ebon Glove (+44 DEF, +20 HP, +6 AGI; Dark Hunter only): Made from 30 Wing Scales. Costs 45000 en.
    • Quest Rod (+127 ATK, +100 TP, +5 TEC): Made from 1 Wing Scale (Hellfly/Hazefly normal) and 3 Throbbing Vines (Gasser Tree normal). Costs 23600 en.
    • Blazing Sword (+146 ATK, cut+fire normal attacks): Made from 10 Wing Scales (Hellfly/Hazefly normal) and 3 Blaze Minerals (Flame Ooze normal). Costs 36000 en.
  • Rare: Ice Wing. 15% chance. Sells for 737 en.
    • Papillon Doublet (+56 DEF): Made from 1 Ice Wing. Costs 13600 en.
    • Papillon Mail (+71 DEF): Made from 7 Ice Wings (Hellfly rare) and 5 Haze Wings (Hazefly rare). Costs 19300 en.
Hellflies are dangerous when combined with another enemy we'll meet soon enough. With other enemies, though, they're...still dangerous, because they can finish off weakened party members, or weaken them enough for them to be finished off by someone else.
Do you have a Protector? Good! You don't? Hope you can kill them fast before you get blasted! This is kind of indicative of EOU's postgame balance in general and more evidenece towards Story bias.
rea i hate these things too

how do you fight them without a protector

My armor's...too heavy...
The damage on Freeze is low here because I had Thierry use Forest Guardian.

Infernal Desolation!
God, I love seeing Recharge on the Torrents.






Godsdammit.



NOT AGAIN

Okay, we get it, we're not supposed to be here.


AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!



Well, uh. That happened.
Spangen (+42 DEF) is made from 1 Sawfish Scale (Sawfish normal). Costs 11700 en.
Oh, of course the first item you unlock in here is hot garbage.


Fuck off!
Katya can just. Wipe out encounters. If Act Quick procs.


Progress, at last.



I've got a bad feeling about this...
There's a bunch of small corridors here, with teleporters at the end. One goes forward, the rest send you back to the failure spot.



Gasser Tree

HP: 1155STR: 64TEC: 50VIT: 49AGI: 40LUC: 46
EXP Given: 18000

Damage Vulnerabilities:
100% 100% 100%
150% 100% 100%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
100% 0% 100% 100% 50% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%
50% 50% 50%
  • Toxic Breath: Attempts to inflict poison on all party members, with an all-but-guaranteed chance. The poison deals severe damage. Slightly slow.
  • Branch Flurry: Guaranteed to bind the head, arms, and legs of one party member. Average speed.
  • Toxic Breath: Attempts to inflict poison on all party members, with an 80% base chance. The effective chance ranges from 96% to 126% on average. The poison ticks for 316 to 331 damage. Has an 80% speed modifier.
  • Branch Flurry: Attempts to bind the head, arms, and legs of one party member, with a 100% base chance. The base chance ranges from 120% to 157% on average. Has no speed modifier.
  • Gasser Trees are likely to open with Toxic Breath, if no other enemy has used it.
  • If they don't open with Toxic Breath, Gasser Trees are likely to open with Branch Flurry.
  • Gasser Trees are very likely to use branch Flurry if all party members are poisoned.
  • If this is the first turn:
    • If Toxic Breath was not already used on this turn:
      • 59% chance to use Toxic Breath.
      • Else, use Branch Flurry.
    • 69% chance to use Branch Flurry.
    • Else, use Toxic Breath.
  • If all party members are poisoned:
    • 69% chance to use Branch Flurry.
    • Else, Attack.
  • 29% chance to use Toxic Breath.
  • Else, 30% chance to use Branch Flurry.
  • Else, Attack.
  • Toxic Breath: Attempts to inflict poison on all enemies. Slightly slow.
  • Toxic Breath: Attempts to inflict poison on all enemies. Has an 80% speed modifier at all levels.
Drops:
  • Normal: Throbbing Vine. 60% chance. Sells for 1325 en.
    • Zamiel Bow (+133 ATK, +4 AGI): Made from 1 Throbbing Vine. Costs 29400 en.
    • Squirming Harp (+80 HP, +80 TP, +30% ailment resistance; Troubadour only): Made from 20 Throbbing Vines. Costs 52000 en.
    • Quest Rod (+127 ATK, +100 TP, +5 TEC): Made from 1 Wing Scale (Hellfly/Hazefly normal) and 3 Throbbing Vines (Gasser Tree normal). Costs 23600 en.
You do NOT want Gasser Trees to use Toxic Breath. It will fuck up your party, and good luck surviving if there are other enemies in the battle. Branch Flurry is terrifying too, but at the very least, it only targets one party member.
Well, these are incredibly awful too. Toxic Breath is pretty much a near TPK in a single turn if you don't have any countermeasures. Honestly, this is pretty much the postgame in a nutshell: it wants you on the floor
i hate these things also, but mostly because eou doesn't have prevent order, and troubadours got Health taken away permanently for some reason

no, recovery aria doesn't count

basically if your party is slow you're fucked

Mrrph?! Mrrrrrgph!
Never seen a branch grow like that...
Yeah, that's probably what'll happen with Branch Flurry.

...Using a whip while completely restrained is impressive.
Thrrrs.






Looking up, you see that the droplets are falling from the tree that forms the ceiling. You touch the water droplet and find that it seems too viscous to be ordinary water. But given that the investigation must go on, you may wish to drink what you can while the opportunity presents itself.
...It seems safe...
Just... Ugh, lemme try it.
You bring the meager amount of water to your lips, but it is as flavorless as you feared... However, to your surprise, it does wonders for your weary bodies and replenishes your stamina!
It's safe. Drink.


Having found such a useful healing point, you decide to mark its location for later before resuming your journey.
is it just me, or did that restore exactly and precisely, no more and no less than a whopping one cast of a Torrent for katya

Not gonna fuckin' risk a gathering blindside. Here's the table for it:
B26F E5 Take Point



Progress!

Now it's time for a maze with teleporters that we have to snake around, figure out which ones are traps, and which ones put us forward.
y'know what? nah. angel's good out here


This teleporter takes us forward.


One of these things is gonna kill us, I swear.
As does this.


...Giant white blood cells?
Where in the hell are we?!
alright, that's weird enough that i'm gonna come back in

Leukocyte

HP: 665STR: 61TEC: 42VIT: 44AGI: 41LUC: 42
EXP Given: 9600

Damage Vulnerabilities:
10% 10% 10%
100% 100% 100%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
100% 100% 100% 100% 10% 50% 100%
10% 50% 10%
100% 100% 100%
  • White Plasma: Deals severe stab damage to one party member. Guaranteed to inflict petrification. Average speed and pretty inaccurate.
  • White Plasma: Deals 150% melee STR-based stab damage to one party member. The damage ranges from 424 to 507. Attempts to inflict petrification on the target, with a 200% base chance. Has no speed modifier and a base accuracy of 60%.
  • Leukocytes are less likely to use White Plasma when their HP is at 50% or lower.
  • If the Leukocyte's HP is at 50% or lower:
    • 29% chance to use White Plasma.
    • Else, Attack.
  • If the Leukocyte's HP is at 100% to 51%:
    • 69% chance to use White Plasma.
    • Else, Attack.
  • White Plasma: Deals stab damage to one enemy. Attempts to inflict petrification on the target. Slightly slow and extremely inaccurate.
  • White Plasma: Deals melee STR-based stab damage to one enemy. Attempts to inflict petrification on the target. Has an 80% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 30%.
Drops:
  • Normal: White Crystal. 35% chance. Sells for 612 en.
    • Dispel Arm (+32 DEF): Made from 1 White Crystal. Costs 9750 en.
    • Topaz (+2 TEC, +50% volt resistance): Made from 10 White Crystals. Costs 34000 en.
    • Angel Helm (+55 DEF, +30 TP; Medic only): Made from 20 White Crystals. Costs 54000 en.
  • Conditional: Shrunken Cell (Kill while afraid). 50% chance. Sells for 1875 en.
    • Nectar II (Revives one dead party member at full HP): Made from 1 Shrunken Cell. Costs 3500 en.
Big damage, big petrification chance, not-that-low accuracy. Remember how I said Hellflies earlier make other enemies extremely dangerous? These are one of two enemies that applies to.
These are incredibly dangerous, but they're honestly one of the lesser threats on the floor considering that they don't cut straight to blowing up your entire party.
Thematically speaking, these enemies are awesome. Mechanically speaking, I really hate these things. Again, you don't have ailment blocking skills, aside from that one Seven Kings Grimoire skill that you might not even know exists. For what it's worth, Survivalist with Trickery will a little over third the accuracy of their skill, but...


Poor guy...


Need some red? I'll turn you red!



I used a Formaldehyde to log the conditional.



This teleporter is a trap. At least it doesn't send us back too far.


Yggdrasil's fucking with us.
Don't you just hate it when a tree hates you?


This one's a shortcut? Kinda?


Here's how I get through most encounters: Phoenix Wings, and a Torrent. Wipes out most encounters before they can potentially cause a wipe.
in which katya becomes iwaoropenelep


Oh, c'mon. That's just mean.
That yellow hole is the stairs.
oh come on


The teleporter blocking the stairs advances us.


...Right into a loop.


Rule #1 of Claret Hollows: do not get greedy. The game will punish you for it.


That teleporter there takes us to where we actually need to go.

...Curse me and my faulty memory.
GUESS I GET TO WALK ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE START
You'd think twenty-five floors later we'd always remember. No, we all forget them at all times. Sometimes twice in a row.

sometimes four times in a row

Phew...


Let's, uh, rest and save.
Quest Rod (+127 ATK, +100 TP, +5 TEC) is made from 1 Wing Scale (Hellfly/Hazefly normal) and 3 Throbbing Vines (Gasser Tree normal). Costs 23600 en.

Kotsujiki (+181 ATK, +3 VIT) is made from 1 Blue Crystal (Bladefish normal). Costs 53000 en.

Zamiel Bow (+133 ATK, +4 AGI) is made from 1 Throbbing Vine (Gasser Tree normal). Costs 29400 en.

Papillon Doublet (+56 DEF) is made from 1 Ice Wing (Hellfly rare). Costs 13600 en.

Dispel Arm (+32 DEF) is made from 1 White Crystal (Leukocyte normal). Costs 9750 en.

Nectar II (Revives one dead party member at full HP) is made from 1 Shrunken Cell (Leukocyte/Red Corpuscle conditional). Costs 3500 en.
Having Nectar IIs available is great, but things hit so hard in this game that it's cold comfort. Plus, it's a pain to farm.


The townspeople have new things to say.
I get a sense of pride just knowing that you were the ones to discover the new Stratum.
We last stayed here over a year ago, but go off, I guess, brain genius.



Now I can tell everyone t'at me and mine supplied t'heroes of t'Labyrint'! To say true, I worried about what'd happen if anyone ever found t'bottom o' t'at place. I t'ought maybe t'fun and games might be over for Etria t'en. Wit' t'Chieftain gone, and no more mystery of t'Labyrint', I didn't see what we'd have left. But I worried for not'in'! Radha Hall has a new Chieftain, and t'ere's a fresh crop o'explorers. Even if we close t'book on Yggdrasil, t'adventures will still keep on. And Shilleka's Goods will still be open t'serve you, Tenebris!
God her dialogue is so hard to read in large blocks.
How do the characters even parse what she's saying? How does it not sound like tbhpthbbthphpthphthphbtbhpht- ow, my tongue.


I'm beginning to think that the forest is something akin to a playground built just for you. A perfect amusement, designed to constantly draw your interest. Well, have fun, then.


I don't know why, but it cheers me to know that there are more adventures I can assist you with.
We welcome your assistance for as long as you'll offer it, Rosa.



To think I'd see the day... Heh. Congrats, kiddos. You're the heroes of Etria! And if you complete all my quests, you'll be my personal heroes, too.
...You sure about the "heroes" bit?


Leggy dark hunter:
...*sigh*... Oh, if it isn't Tenebris. Do you want to know what I'm looking at?
I think we already grabbed that, but sure.
This is Shrunken Cell. Scared Leukocytes drop it... Only sometimes, apparently. My guild is taking on that new Stratum that you found. Even with all those strong monsters, my alchemist is trying a bunch of stuff to get me things like this. He's so silly. I told him that I'm taking a break from exploring... Hm hm hm.
Odd-clothed mixer:
Oh, Tenebris, you came at the perfect time. Can I speak with you? There's one last thing I want to tell you.
Last thing? Sure.
The shop's hired an excellent mixer. If you bring him Monotropastrum, he'll make the ultimate Medica. Also, if you bring him Ambrosia or Shrunken Cell, he can make Hamaoprime or Nectar II... I don't work at the store anymore, but I hope you continue to do business there. Please help him out.
Angry-looking alchemist:
The Gasser Tree not only poisons you, but can bind your arms, legs, and head... A party-wide attack is tough enough, but a Hellfly can also lower your evade rate... Our leader hasn't told me to do anything special, so why am I pushing myself this hard?
A very crushing question.
...Dr. Hannighan...
You can't fault me for trying, Sigrid.
Er, well... It's not like I don't do anything unless I'm specifically told to... I hope she cheers up.
Small old lady:
That young man with the spectacles in the Hall is working quite hard. Ever since Visil passed away, some have been saying that the Hall is unreliable. Of course, Visil was a great man. He helped me so much... But the young ones left behind are doing their best, too. It's not fair to them if we keep complaining. That, and the man with the spectacles is quite handsome. Ho ho...
I mean, I don't see it, but that's just me.



...
...Don't say it, I know. It's something like a nervous tic now.



I feel that we will finally be able to move on. It is now our responsibility to run this town.
Please reconsider your laws about officiating genocide.



Alright, what quests've we got at the outset of the postgame?

Official business II:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping you would. The Hall sent out a notice asking specifically for you. It would seem there's been another emergency. It seems that the device you found in the deepest part of the Labyrinth has stopped moving. The people of the Hall are troubled. They thought that since you discovered it, you might know something. So can you go to check on that device on B21F? Lend them a hand, would you? We're all counting on you.
We gotta check out the elevators. Wonder what's up.

Song from the depths:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. The voice of a diva echoes from deep within the forest...or so they say, as the voice hasn't been heard in decades. But, apparently, the singing has started up again.
Wait, what? How does that work? We first reached Lost Shinjuku just a fwe months ago...
Even if it's not the same person, it's kind of weird. Whatever it is, find out the truth for us. And... If you really do hear a voice singing, use this to send the sound back to town.


I borrowed this from the Hall. It's called a Vox Stone, and it can transmit sound to distant locations. I don't know how it does it... But it was found deep in the Labyrinth. Good luck.
This built from some old world tech? Whatever, we'll find that voice, I guess.
Remnants of an age past:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. More and more guilds are exploring the deep Stratum you discovered, and our investigations are slowly progressing. The Hall recently sponsored a small exploration and discovered an ankh- shaped object. But, some of their members were injured in the exploration, and they can't continue their search. That's why they posted this job. They want to see if you can locate any more ankh-shaped pieces. From the shape, they believe it has something to do with the lift on B21F. They are asking for five of these objects. Have you found any of them previously in your explorations? It may take you a while, but I wish you luck.
Good thing we already mapped those out!



The heavy iron doors look the same to you as before. However, the doors won't open, even when you press the button that opens them.
Don't worry, I'll get this open in no time!
You stick your fingers into the crack between the doors and try to pry them open... The doors are heavy, but they slowly begin to open.
Easy-peasAAAAAGH!
When they are about a third of the way open, you can see a giant spider behind the door. The spider attacks before you have the opportunity to react!





AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
Was that a move name, or just more shouting?
Y'know, I'm not sure.



After defeating the spider, you open the door to the lifting device all the way. The inside is filled with spider webbing.
Eugh, groooooss.
You infer that this is the cause of the problems, and remove it. Once the webbing has been cleared away, the lift begins to move once again. However, there is another such device. In order to complete this quest, you must check the other lift device.



Second verse, same as the first.


...Or not.
why did it have to be spiders

Binding Stinger

HP: 1635STR: 63TEC: 35VIT: 44AGI: 36LUC: 36
EXP Given: 12400

Damage Vulnerabilities:
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
50% 50% 50% 50% 100% 50% 50%
10% 10% 50%
50% 50% 50%
  • Double Strike: Deals 2 instances of overkill stab damage to random party members. Slow.
  • Double Strike: Deals 2 instances of 200% melee STR-based stab damage to random party members. Has no limit on how many times one target can be hit. The damage ranges from 616 to 737 on average. Has a 70% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 40%.
  • Binding Stingers become far more likely to use Double Strike when their HP is at 50% or below.
  • If the Binding Stinger's HP is above 50%:
    • 59% chance to use Double Strike.
    • 41% chance to Attack.
  • If the Binding Stinger's HP is at 50% or below:
    • 89% chance to use Double Strike.
    • 11% chance to Attack.
You might expect this spider to bind you. You'd be wrong.

Steel Web

HP: 2200STR: 60TEC: 41VIT: 40AGI: 44LUC: 37
EXP Given: 13800

Damage Vulnerabilities:
100% 100% 100%
100% 100% 100%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
50% 50% 50% 50% 100% 50% 50%
10% 10% 50%
50% 50% 50%
  • Binding String: Reduces all party members' evasion by 50% for 4 turns. Attempts to bind the head, arms, and legs of all party members, with a medium chance. Average speed.
  • Binding String: Reduces all party members' evasion by 50% for 4 turns. Attempts to bind the head, arms, and legs of all party members, with a 40% base chance. The effective chance ranges from 40% to 53% on average. Has no speed modifier.
  • Steel Webs are likely to open with Binding String, if it was not already used on the first turn.
  • Steel Webs are more likely to use Binding String when they're in the front row.
  • If this is the first turn:
    • If Binding String was not already used, 89% chance to use Binding String.
    • Else:
      • 39% chance to use Binding String.
      • Else, Attack.
  • If the Steel Web is in the back row:
    • 19% chance to use Binding String.
    • Else, Attack.
  • Else:
    • 49% chance to use Binding String.
    • Else, Attack.
  • Binding String: Reduces all enemies' evasion for 4 turns. Attempts to bind the head, arms, and legs of all enemies. Average speed.
  • Binding String: Reduces all enemies' evasion for 4 turns. Attempts to bind the head, arms, and legs of all enemies. Has no speed modifier at all levels.
This one does.
This guy, right here. Hoo boy. This is probably one of the most annoying/dangerous quests in the entire game because all this guy tries to do is lock your entire party down over and over.
good lord, at least recolor one of them

Katya chunks them, but not enough to kill them.

V-Vince?!
Just...get me back up...
Bear in mind that was against, by far, our most resilient party member.

Hope it didn't get any web on my whip...


Spider Burnination!



After defeating the spiders, you open the door to the lifting device all the way. The inside is filled with spider webbing. You infer that this is the cause of the problems, and remove it. Once the webbing has been cleared away, the lift begins to move once again. The lift devices are working again! You should report this to the pub.
Stupid spiders.









I heard that chamber stopped moving because there was a monster living in it?
"A monster?" Try, like, four godsdamn spiders.
Defeating monsters is an adventurer's job. It seems they were right to hire you. The people of the Hall all send their thanks for your help. Nice work.











Anyway, Song from the depths. If you were paying attention earlier, you'd remember we heard a voice down here.
As you investigate the room, you notice a small, unfamiliar box hidden in the vegetation. The box is so old and dirty that it seems it might break at any moment, but you should be able to open it.
I'll handle this.
You carefully open the box, but find nothing inside. But oddly enough, the box begins playing music you've never heard before. This must be the singing you heard. If you use the Vox Stone, it should send the music into town.
What's the writing on the outside say?
One moment...









This...
What?
I must be misinterpreting this... "My Family Made Me Think I Was A Vampire for Fifteen Years, But When It Turned Out I Actually Was A Vampire, Girls Started Flocking To Me From Every Angle!! Offical Soundtrack"?
The fuck?
There's more writing on the bottom... "Featuring the Voices of the Manga Authors, Mio Akaneno and Chisa Komori".
The old world sure was ffffffuckin' weird.
You press the Vox Stone against the box as it continues to sing... Is the song reaching town...? You won't find out until you return to the pub and determine whether you completed the quest or not.


I also got all these stupid Ankhs. I marked them with exclamation points on the map.
how efficient of you








I heard that mysterious, soothing song. It was something I've never heard before.
Best music-in-a-box I've ever heard.
But what do you mean, a small box was doing the singing? Was there a tiny songstress inside the box?
...No. Not even close.














You've found five of the ankh-shaped objects. I expected nothing less of you.
Easy to do when you remember where they are.
...Hmm, they look intact. I think the Hall will be satisfied with these. I'll send them over for study right away. Thank you, everyone.








...You're keepin' the Vox Stone active?
It-- It's a nice song...
After doing Song from the depths, the daytime music for town gets replaced by a new song.
Y'know what? Changing the town music in the postgame is a good move. Wish more games in the series did that.


Enough pleasantness, let's go back to hell.
Aww, but I was enjoying not suffering...

I got a bad feeling about this.
One-way shortcuts that lead to teleporters! Let's...map out the corridor first.


Godsdammit.
...Or not. Go me.

Hello, big boy!



You ready to grapple?!
Katya... Oh, never mind, let's just fight it.

Nether Tortoise

HP: 16400STR: 87TEC: 63VIT: 63AGI: 44LUC: 52
EXP Given: 180000

Damage Vulnerabilities:
50% 50% 50%
0% 100% 50%

Disable Vulnerabilities:
50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50%
10% 10% 50%
50% 50% 50%
  • Fire Breath: Deals heavy fire damage to all party members. Attempts to bind the arms of hit targets, with an all-but-guaranteed chance. Slightly slow.
  • Fire Breath: Deals 170% ranged TEC-based fire damage to all party members. The damage ranges from 256 to 355 on average. Attempts to bind the arms of hit targets, with an 80% base chance. The effective chance ranges from 92% to 123% on average. Has an 80% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99%.
  • Nether Tortoises always open with Fire Breath.
  • Nether Tortoises are far more likely to use Fire Breath when they're at 50% HP or lower.
  • If this is the first turn, use Fire Breath.
  • If the Nether Tortoise's HP is at 50% or lower:
    • 79% chance to use Fire Breath.
    • Else, Attack.
  • If the Nether Tortoise's HP is at 100% to 51%:
    • 39% chance to use Fire Breath.
    • Else, Attack.
  • Fire Breath: Deals fire damage to all party members. Attempts to bind the arms of hit targets. Slightly slow.
  • Fire Breath: Deals ranged TEC-based fire damage to all party members. Attempts to bind the arms of hit targets. Has an 80% speed modifier and a base accuracy of 99% at all levels.
Drops:
  • Normal: Millenial Shell. 100% chance. Sells for 8000 en.
    • Ancient Shield (+64 DEF, +20 HP): Made from 1 Millenial Shell. Costs 38800 en.
  • Conditional: Tempered Shell (Kill with physical damage). 80% chance. Sells for 24000 en.
    • Apocalypse (+100 DEF, +4 STR, +3 TEC; Highlander only): Made from 1 Tempered Shell. Costs 96000 en.
Bring Fire Wall when fighting Nether Tortoises, unless you like dying while your arms are bound. Sure, that leaves you open to normal attacks, but one party member dying is better than the rest of them eating heavy damage while having their arms bound!
Big dumb HP sponge with an attack you have to wall spam to get around. It's like I'm really playing EO1!
Wow, I extremely hate these things. They don't even have the decency to have a weakness...

Blocked! Blocked! Blocked! Blocked! Bl-- Oh.
Who needs blocking when you can just dodge?


No more hellfire, please.


Aw man, you couldn't just be a bit weaker to being frozen?


Resillient bastard, ain'tcha?


YEOWCH!


Okay, I get it, I'm tasty, but stop, please!


I'm... I'm okay... For certain values of okay...


Now that the Nether Tortoise is at low HP, it starts spamming Fire Breath, which I can easily negate.

If the Nether Tortoise decides to attack now, it'll deal considerably less damage.

There a hell deeper than this one? Whatever, you're going to it.



Fire Wall trivializes Nether Tortoises, like I said.
How do you fight these without a Protector, anyway?


Apocalypse (+100 DEF, +4 STR, +3 TEC; Highlander only) is made from 1 Tempered Shell (Nether Tortoise conditional). Costs 96000 en.

Ancient Shield (+64 DEF, +20 HP) is made from 1 Millennial Shell (Nether Tortoise normal). Costs 38800 en.
More STR, along with some elemental defense? I am buying that Apocalypse for Afon soon as I use her again.

The Ancient Shield is good for Protectors, too. I didn't grab it for Vince yet, but I will soon enough.


Anyway, let's advance.




...









I wanna fight it.



Ow...


Oh, a wiste turtle-guy, huh...


I'm okay, I'm okay!
Insist that if you want, just hold still...


Easy.


At least it'll die soon...
That was through Front Guard!


Too bad Sigrid missed out on that EXP.


Stupid long corridors.

Oh, look, more one-way shortcuts that go into teleporters.

This place is fuckin' with us.


How do these one-way crevices even work?
Perhaps the fact that we're walking through blood vessels means that we're walking through wounds that close behind us.
I regret ever asking.



Godsfuckingdammit.





Never a bad find.






I am about to scream.
Same.
same

It was at this point that I remembered I had SP to spend.

Katya has literally every skill I could want out of her now. I guess I'll dump points in Focus.


Love trial and error.

The rod-shaped object has a reddish color from its pointed tip to midsection; past that is purest white. Its surface is wrinkly with a slightly slimy sheen to it, giving it a positively unearthly appearance. Given the way it grows and the humidity of this place, you wonder if the eerie thing at your feet might be a mushroom. If your intellectual curiosity trumps your fear, then you can select someone from your party to try eating it.
Well, here goes nothing.
Katya pulls the mysterious object from the ground, takes a deep breath, and pops it into their mouth. After a long moment, they bite down into it...
HOLYFUCKAAAAAAAAAGH!
Katya abruptly spits out the mouthful of the mysterious object and begins coughing violently!
Katy--?! Urgh...!
As you look on in befuddlement, a pungent smell like rotting eggs hits your nose, causing you to gag and retch! The source of the stench is no great mystery; it is clearly the object that Katya just attempted to eat. You care not what such a pungent-smelling thing might taste like, nor what it could be... You know only that you never want to be near it again as you quickly leave. Unfortunately, Katya takes the worst of it, suffering severe mental and physical trauma!
I'll get you someday, mushroom... Blugh...


We need to go back to town. Right now.
I can--
No you can't, Katya.



Winged Spear (+155 ATK) is made from 3 Saw Fins (Sawfish rare). Costs 39500 en.

Safeguard (+52 DEF) is made from 10 Sawfish Scales (Sawfish normal). Costs 15600 en.

Topaz (+2 TEC, +50% volt resistance) is made from 10 White Crystals (Leukocyte normal). Costs 34000 en.





We're...at the other end of the corridor. Huh.


Turtle.
Tortoise.
Turtle.
Tortoise.
...No-one's ever retorted after I assert somethin'. You got spine, Doc, I'll give you that.
Retortoised?
Don't start with the puns, Vincenzo.
I wasn't the one who-- Never mind...


The proper solution to getting around that Nether Tortoise is to take this teleporter after making it chase you all the way to the other side of the map.




Finally, some no-shit progress.


An actual shortcut, thank the gods.




Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
We survived this floor!









We survived this floor...so we can go through another floor.
Best not think about it like that.


Can't see shit.
How about we...go take a break?
this is the most "hahahaha fuck this shit" screenshot I've seen so far, and that's saying a lot considering what we've been through so far in this update alone


I went straight for the quests, because... Y'know, I don't know why.

Chef's latest request:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. Jackson from the restaurant has yet another job for you. If you know how to curse, this'll be easy for you.
My annoyance sense is tingling.
He wants you to get a Cursed Root, which is dropped by Evilroots in the bottom Stratum. I think he said something about using it for a sorbet...
Usin' cursed plants in ice cream? The hell?
I don't understand how a chef's mind works.
You and me both.
Great. At least it's only "kill while cursed," not "kill with curse damage."

The gold enthusia AAAAAAAAAAAGH NOT THIS FUCKER AGAIN:
I'm gonna fuckin' shoot this guy for having the gall to ask shit of us again.
Please don't...
You still got any of those rubber bullets?
Katya.
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. This job was posted by the Golden Baron. Like before, he's looking for something hard-to-find... According to him, he wants a golden feather to use as a decoration for his hat. But, no one's ever found a Gold Feather. Are there any creatures in the Monstrous Codex that have feathers like that? I hope you guys can find it.
Iwaoropenelep.
Has to be.
The legendary bird:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. This time, the task is to search for a legendary bird that's appeared in fairy tales. Isn't it exciting?
It would be if I believed that--
Ooooooh, fairy tale hunting?!
...Well, who am I to spoil a comrade's excitement?
The client is a traveling bard. Why don't you ask her for the details yourself? She's the one with the lyre over there.
Awakening the serpent:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. Thank you for collecting those ankh- shaped objects in that other job. After some analysis, the Hall has created a device that can be used on B21F. This is the Ankh Motor, made from the ankh-shaped parts you recovered.


Use this at the lift mechanism, and see how it reacts. I don't know what'll happen, so be careful.
Nothing good, probably.


Proof of heroism:
Decided to take the request, have you? Good, I've been hoping someone would. The client is a regular here. Do you know him? The man missing an arm.
Oh, that guy!
This job has...something to do with why he stopped being an adventurer. A while back, he ran into an incredibly powerful dragon while on B15F. The blue dragon he saw could turn anyone who faced it to ice with its powerful blizzards. His party courageously took on this dragon...but only he came back, and he lost an arm in the battle. But, here's the thing: Nobody's ever seen a blue dragon on B15F. No one believes his story. Some even say he's lying because he was too ashamed to admit defeat. Even if he wanted to prove his story, there's nothing he can do, maimed and without a group... And so, he was booed down as a liar. Now he's just a drunkard.
Just because no-one's seen it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. This town, sometimes, I swear...
...I suggested that he post a job to get someone else to look into it. With luck, it'll set the record straight. If it's not true, he'll only sink further and further into the bottle... I'm sure you can handle it. Please investigate this. The client's over there. Ask him about how he found the blue dragon.


We got a few people to talk to, I see. Let's start with the optional ones.

Leggy dark hunter:
Hi, Tenebris. Are you enjoying your fights with monsters?
Absolutely not.
Hm hm hm, today was a big day for us. You'll hear me out, right? Of course, with food...
Ah, hm... What nutritious options are on the menu... Forest-grown Tripe? Yes, that should do.
*sigh* This is something you just can't get unless you're near the forest. It needs to be fresh... Hm hm hm. When I first tried this, I was surprised, but sometimes you've got to be bold. Speaking of bold... Severed Stingers. I got mine by cutting a Steel Barb with my whip. It's really hard, and I was about to give up... But I was bold, and stepped up to the challenge! Hm hm hm... I was training in secret on the upper floors. That's how I was able to do this! Oh...but don't tell my guild about my secret training, okay?
Wait, Steel Barbs? Those things that're on the floor we just found? You were training in Claret Hollows by yourself?!
I wish I was that brave...
Seems like Clover Cobb Salad is on the menu today as well. Not the healthiest, but...
Hm hm hm, I love this salad. It's actually pretty hearty. Huh? My diet?
No-one asked about that.
...I think my recent slump was due to that. My hair was getting all dried out, so I decided to stop holding back--on fighting and eating!
Live your best life, I guess.
As long as you aren't overeating.
See this Cursed Root? I got it by hexing an Evilroot. By the way... I've always thought this salad was strange. I mean, it doesn't have any clover in it. But it's delicious... Especially these thick leaves. What vegetable is that...? This isn't... Cursed Root... Is it?
Why the fuck are so many people puttin' mandrake roots in foods they don't belong in?
Starry-eyed boy:
Ooh, Tenebris! Wow, it's really Tenebris! Hey, can I get your autograph?! Please?! All my friends will be so jealous!
Aw, sure, why not?
Ooh...! Whooooooooa...! Th-Thank you! Thank you so, so much!
You can turn him down, but why would you?

Anyway. One-armed drunkard:
Huh? You want to know about the blue dragon's lair? You know I can't be trusted, right? Well, I'm done with people mocking me. You're just another one of them, aren't you?
Dude, we've been listening to you since we started. C'mon.
What she means to say is that we accepted your request.
...I didn't think anyone was gonna take that job. And on top of that, it's Tenebris. Maybe all my bad luck's been waiting for this moment.
Can't tell if that's a backhand or not.
...I saw the blue dragon in a hidden area on B15F. To get there, you'll have to go through the bushes at the end of the straight path on the far west side of B16F. When my buddies and I got to that hidden area... The blue dragon appeared, and then...
It's alright, you don't need to recount the details.
...I want proof. Proof that the battle that took so much from me wasn't a lie. I'm counting on you, man...
Bard with lyre:
...Tenebris? So you're the ones who took on the quest.
Yup.
...There's a fairy tale behind this quest that I'll need to explain. It's long, but don't fall asleep, okay? Ahem. Once upon a time, there was a young orphan who lived in a small village. The child had neither home nor family, and could not so much as afford a loaf of bread to eat. One day, he could no longer withstand his hunger, and he stole some meat that was hanging in front of a store. The shopkeeper chased after him, and the boy fled with the meat all the way into the dangerous forest. There may be no people in the forest to worry about, but there isn't any place to rest easy, either. Before he knew it, the sun had set and the boy was lost. He wept, thinking it punishment for his theft. The sound of the child's crying attracted none other than the shopkeeper. Surprisingly, he was not angry. Instead, he just hugged the crying boy. And he said, "Thank goodness you're safe." The boy's obvious shame soothed the shopkeeper's anger, and the owner's tears of relief comforted the child. Relieved, their stomachs suddenly began to rumble. As a sign of making up, they cooked the meat to share. However, the smell of delicious meat in the forest attracted hungry beasts. The two were pounced on by slavering animals, but just before things could turn any more dire... The legendary bird appeared. The bird's beauty was blinding. It ignored the beasts and asked the two if they would give it the meat. The two agreed, and the bird quickly consumed the meat. It then told them, "I shall give light to the strong, and strength to the weak." The bird then scared off the other monsters and led the two to the forest's exit... And that's the tale of the legendary bird.
Hell of a mouthful. What's that got to do with your request, though?
Isn't it strange? You don't hear stories about gluttonous talking birds every day. But where there's smoke, there's fire, right? I think the bird described in this legend has to exist somewhere.
Pardon?
Phew... All this talking is tiring. At any rate, if that folk tale is anything to go by, the bird should be attracted by the smell of meat. I got some meat similar to the kind in the story, from who I believe is the descendant of the very same butcher.
...Okay. Sure. I've seen and heard weirder.


All that's left is finding where the bird may be... Well, the rumors of the 6th Stratum proved to be true, so... Perhaps it's there. That would explain why no one's seen it all this time. Could you place this meat at a dark place on the 6th Stratum if you feel that a bird is nearby?
Sure, if we're not running for our lives first.



That's fuckin' creepy.
We only stayed here for a few days...
I know many explorers are superstitious, so I guess the Tenebris name is a lucky charm.



T'at's okay witcha, right?
Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh I guess?



It makes me happy to know that there are people out there who care.


Of course, I wouldn't mind as long as my clients' privacy is protected... But there is one other problem. I have no idea if he has the literary talent required to write a book.
Why the heck was he asking, then?



But I never forget to do at least that much... So make sure my prayers are answered, okay?
We've managed to do so thus far, at least.



More and more rookies are showing up. They remind me of you when you first came here. And get this! They say they want to be just like you.
Hey, they've got aspirations! That's good.



I believe that we must stay calm, to set an example for the people.
...



The space is just the size of the Ankh Motor. You insert the Motor, and the button suddenly begins to glow.
Um.
I suppose we have no choice but to press it now.
When you press the button, a strange light shoots out from the mechanism. Somehow, the light forms a pattern, and you recognize it as a map of B25F. However, on the path to B26F there stands a giant golden dragon. The dragon seems to look at you through the projection and lets out a mighty roar. Perhaps because of this, the light disappears. The 25th floor... Where you fought a fiece battle with Etreant. Do you have the courage to take on an even more ferocious dragon? If this map is correct, this dragon is waiting for you...
...The fuck just happened?
Okay. Sure. Dragon outta nowhere. Guess we get to fight a dragon now.
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, so they're not actually ankhs? Is it... Keys? Gears? I don't have a clue man, but ankhs ain't supposed to do that.


Hey again, Iwawhatsit.
Anyway here's a dead bird.

The Iwaoropenelep? Weird definite article.

Well, that was painless.
This must be what the Golden Baron is looking for. You have succeeded in obtaining exactly what your client wants! The Golden Baron will surely be more than satisfied with this. When you have time, you should visit the pub and turn in the Gold Feather.









Welcome back everyone. And good job. Finding what you were hired for without any help is really incredible. If I tell the Golden Baron that Tenebris found what he wanted, he might make golden statues of you. Haha, I kind of want to see that. Sorry about rattling on. Here's the reward for this one.


This is the worst armor I've ever seen.
+1 DEF, immunity to poison. Why.


Well, that's it for now. Next time: we succumb, because we are part of "all that lives."
this is bullshit. i'm gonna go become a zombie first

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