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Hoooooookay. Thanksgiving is coming up and after that I'm going to be pretty busy, so I'm going to TRYYY and get this done before then. SO IF YOU FOLKS DON'T MIND I'M JUST GOING TO SLIP INTO TURBO MODE FOR A LITTLE WHILE because in between studying and visiting family and friends and Christmas shopping and drawing obsessively I'm not gonna have a lot of time for this so I thought I should get it done early and okay now I'm just going in circles

SO

LET'S DO THIS

When we last left off we whacked Yang over the head with a frying pan (probably not speeding up the healing process), got the Excalibur Excalbur, went to the Moon, met FuSoYa, learned that Golbez was being controlled by some bloke named Zemus, learned that Cecil is half Lunarian (ALIEN OMG), aaannndddd now we have to go back to Earth and do something about the whole "Tower of Bab-il being reactivated and destroying us all" thing. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN MAN

Previous episodes





SO BEFORE WE GO BACK TO EARTH HEY HOW ABOUT ANOTHER SIDE-QUEST
Illusionary World plays here DID I PLUG THAT ALREADY I FEEL LIKE I DID BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER I need to keep better track of these things.




FuSoYa has AAAALLLLLLLL White/Black magic spells, including Meteor, as you can see. It'd be nice if he had more MP, but hey! He's still really useful.



It'd also be nice if his DEFENCE WASN'T SO LOW LOOK AT THAT OH MY GOD. You really have to keep an eye on FuSoYa because that man will die at the drop of a hat.



For Eeeeedgggggeeee



For Ceciiilllllll since Edge can't use shieeeeellldddddsss





Also for Eeeeeddddggggeeee




As you proceed through the cave, you will sometimes step on certain squares, which will trigger BEHEMOTHS :O These guys mean business, as you can see by the ridiculous amount of damage it is doing to Cecil, there. JESUS.
The good thing about Behemoths is that they rarely attack unless you attack them (they automatically counter, see). So if someone is hurt, you can stop battling, tend to them, then resume when you're ready. Very considerate of those Behemoths :B
There's a trick you can do to avoid their physical attacks, though, and that is to cast Blink on everyone. I think I may have mentioned this before, but Blink makes your party members near impossible to hit with physical attacks (I don't think this works for magic attacks, but I'm not totally sure). So you can just cast that and attack as much as you want. The downside to Blink is that it wears off after a while, so you have to keep an eye on your party and make sure EVERYONE IS BLINKING before you attack (Behemoths will attack randomly when they counter, by the way. They don't always attack their attacker).



Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa I just burst out laughing whenever I look at FuSoYa's dead sprite. WHY IS IT SO FUNNY TO ME







I also decided to test out some spells while I was at it






You get a nice reward for your trouble |3



MORE WALKING
MORE BEHEMOTHS



This only did 1 damage, but I casted it anyway because it drains the target's HP :B Good for when you need to take a minute to restore your health.





Holy, which is hard to convey with screenshots and also kind of hard to explain. Those little orbs of energy just sort of zigzag from either side of the screen until they meet, then they combine and zip at the enemy and explode. IT'S COOL




I STOPPED ATTACKING FOR A WHILE, AS YOU MAY HAVE GUESSED
GOD I HATE STORM SO MUCH AND ALL THE BOSSES LOVE TO USE IT ARRRRGH







oh god that path just looks nauseating



This thing POISONS YOU CONSTANTLY ARHNADK



OH BOY ANOTHER BEHEMOTH






And after much walking...








YAY BAHAMUT WOOOOOO
Bahamut is, I believe, the most powerful summon you can get in the game. He's also very easy to beat, if you know what to do.



The countdown started at five, but I spaced out and didn't take a screenshot. Durrrrr
Anyway, Bahamut only has one attack and it's a real doozy hoo boy I tell you what. Luckily, it takes a while to charge, so this gives you some time to get ready.
Have FuSoYa and Rosa cast Wall on each member of the party.









Hahahaha OOPS I guess Cecil's Wall wore off :B YOU ALRIGHT THERE, BUDDY? ...CECIL?

And this, kind sirs, is how you beat Bahamut. Just keep reflecting his own attack against him. And the only way you could've known to do this is if you read that one book in the library in the Town of Monsters that said something like "the only way to defeat the Master is to use his own powers against him" or something along those lines. You all remember that, don't you? That vague little token of advice that you could only get if you bothered to read the stuff in the library, IF you even did that side-quest, and also despite the fact that about 98% of the time, everything you read in fictional libraries is useless (CHOCOBOS ARE CUTE HURRRRR) and most likely forgotten? You made sure to write that down or something, right?



Seriously, I would like to know one person out there who made the connection between the garbled advice in the book and Bahamut's inane intro and went "OH, I GUESS I HAVE TO CAST WALL ON EVERYBODY" and won the battle the first time they played. I want to shake their hand.






HAM



Cecil glances at Bahamut, Bahamut flutters his eyelashes




So anyway after that INFURIATING SIDE-QUEST just teleport out and zip back to Earth.





They really make traveling between the Earth and the Moon look so easy. Like it's something you could just do on a Sunday afternoon or something.




DUNDUNDUNNNNN




I LOVE THIS GAME SO MUCH








IT'S APPEARIN'










This goes on for three and a half hours










[insert Red Wings theme here]








I LOVE YOU GUYS




The Sylphs didn't let him go unsupervised, I see 8D




Suddenly, a different round of explosions!



AIRSHIPS :O







CIIIIIIDDDDDDD just don't pass out again



so hey
hey
are you guys ready for the next screenshot
are you sure
'cause you better get ready
YOU BETTER GET READY BECAUSE...



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




PALOM AND POROM ARE ALIIIIIIIVVVEEE YAAAAAYYYYYY except I thought you couldn't remove their petrification because they sacrificed themselves by their own will? Hahaha, maybe Palom and Porom's spirits were like WAIT MAYBE THIS WASN'T SUCH A GOOD IDEA and let themselves be revived or something. Either that, or Tellah just sucks.





EVEN EDWARD CAME TO THE PARTY









Robots can be intimidated?




Edge: :B



wait what



Cecil's call is answered as an airship goes flying over to the Big Whale.





"FuSoYa From the Moon" sounds like an indie/lo-fi song of some sort.



CID, THE MASTER ENGINEER







VROOOOOOOMMMMMMM





No penny whistle this time. DARN.





And we're in!
Within the Giant. This started playing at some point during that last cutscene, but I couldn't remember where so HERE IT IS NOW :B




I HATE THESE THINGS




Hey this reminds me of that one episode of Magic School Bus where like everyone except that one kid go on a field trip and that one kid is sitting in the classroom like I HATE FIELD TRIIIIIPS and the "field trip" wound up being the rest of the class shrinking the bus and flying into the kid's mouth and screwing around with his organs and stuff.

It was awesome.





woooooooo Rydiaaaa except I think that's another useless spell :B






WOOOOO ROSA LEARNED HOLY YESSSSS












...well, that was easy.




OH GREAT WHAT NOW



Rubicant?!




Valvalis?!




Kainazzo?!




Milon?!





They're baaaa~aaack




Because together the weak become strong, right? |B




DAMNIT I wasted a cabin at a save point back there >( STUPID RUBICANT WITH YOUR HEALING




Alright. LET'S DO THIS. First up is Milon.




Wooooo curing undead things. ...though shouldn't all the Fiends technically be undead at this point?









Next up is Rubicant. WHY ARE WE FIGHTING THEM ALL OUT OF ORDER this bugs me >(






WOOOOOO LEVEL THREE SPELLS YEAAAAAHHH



I'LL GET YOU, MANADILLO
Despite Kainazzo's water thing constantly being up, lightning did not make it go away and he never summoned a tidal wave or anything. Huh.





By the way, I'm not defeating all the Fiends this quickly, I just don't wanna show every last part of each of the battles because I'm lazy :V




CRAP
CRAP
CRAP








AND OF COURSE EDGE WOULD DIE AFTER I WENT THROUGH ALL THAT TROUBLE TO DEFEAT EVERYONE, OF COURSE.












Hahaha, that was easy. Let's move on!




Anyway. We're here!






The big one is the CPU, the orb on top is the Attacker, and the orb on the bottom is the Defender. And, sure enough, the Defender will use Remedy on the CPU over and over, which heals 2k each time.



Unlike when you cast Wall on a party member, when an enemy casts Wall it lasts FOREVER >( So you can't use magic on the CPU, which is really annoying.




The Attacker does this, which really isn't that bad. Just have Rosa heal everyone up.




If the Attacker and Defender die while the CPU is still standing, it'll do this on two party members. Very annoying.



After killing a few of your party members, it brings the Attacker and Defender back to life, and the Defender immediately starts healing the CPU. ASDUFGH



And here is me forgetting that the CPU has a Wall on it :B
Anyway, kill the Defender and leave the Attacker, then start pummeling the CPU until it dies. Have FuSoYa and Rydia just help Rosa with healing or something.



FINALLY











Thankfully, you get one heck of a reward for your trouble. Edge even gained two levels, as you can see.








GOLBEZ :O





Yeah! You go, FuSoYa! You march right up there and give that ruffian a piece of your mind!














does laughing at this make me a terrible person



YOU TELL US >(




GASP
The Lunarians kicks in, I believe.









Golbez finally catches on to the conversation.





Didn't get a shot, but Golbez turns and starts walking away.


















Rydia: Very good! Good job, Cecil!




rumblerumblerumblewhydidn'tthishappenwhenthecpuwasfirstdestroyedrumblerumble




"WHAT'S THE MATTER" Edge durrs, like we didn't just learn that Cecil has been fighting his brother all this time.




KAAAAAAINNNNNNN





Yeah you guys really need to get out of there
or something
I mean it's kind of blowing up

















"We'll put the marshmallows back--"
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO"







IS Cecil's brother.








Touched, Cecil looks at Kain, wibbling uncontrollably







IT'S JUST THIS URGE I GOT, MAN, GOTTA GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM









God, Cecil, you're about as bad the king in Fabul and his Office of Relief.






Rosa steps back. I imagine her doing this with a sort of shocked look on her face.






Studio Audience: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

























BADING




How did she do that, anyway? I thought that was the exit.







CUE THEME OF LOVE









SPIN SPIN





YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY




Aaaaaaand I'm gonna leave off. WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT? FIND OUT NEXT TIME!

MUST WORK HASDFNDF

Date: 2007-11-19 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neutraltwin.livejournal.com
FuSoYa: Time for my 10 o'clock appointment...with death. X_X
Cecil: Goddamnit...wait what the heck happened to his body

OH FRICK BEHEMOTHS! These guys are right up there with Malboros in the "OH FUCK RUN AWAY RUN AWAYYYYY!!!" stakes for me. :B

Hahaha, oh my god. FuSoYa's critical-health sprite is so "angst in my soooouuulllll"

Mmmm. I could go for some Baham right now.

I honestly can't see Rydia doing the horror-move 'aiiieee!' scream there. She's entirely too hardcore for that. Rosa would just faint. Cecil...actually, Cecil I could see screaming like a girl. XD

I love how the Giant of Bab-il looks like it should be in an entirely different game. GIANT SPITS ON YOUR WORLD MAP STANDARDS

Oh shi- everyone's back! I thought that was just an addition to the GBA version, all your old team-mates coming back from the dead. Apparently I was wrong. :B But yaaayyy anyway because Edward <3
Still a giant 'haha screw you for feeling sad you were SUCKED IN SUCKERS' from Square, I feel.


BEST SCREENSHOT EVER
This looks like the cover of Silverchair's last album. For some dumb reason I want to make this into an icon. OKAY SELF, WHATEVER. :B

"A Lunarian called Zemus controlled Golbez from the moon. So Golbez went to the moon with FuSoYa to defeat Zemus."
I love that this is a perfectly rational statement in this game. :D

I'd totally forgotten about that part, so for a moment there I was all "ASDHJS WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU DID YOU JUST SEND YOU HEALER AND YOUR BLACK MAGE SUMMONER AWAY SO YOU CAN TAKE ON THE FINAL DUNGEON WITHOUT THEM?!?!?"
Then they came back. So, :B for me.

Date: 2007-11-20 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
HIS BEARD JUST ENGULFS HIS ENTIRE BODY I SWEAR

Behemoths have never really bugged me, actually 8D Though that's probably mainly because of the "don't attack unless you attack them" thing. BEHEMOTHS ARE AAAAAALLLLLLLRIIIIIGHT

Cecil would probably scream AND faint, knowing him XD

EVERYONE JUST POPS UP FROM THE GRAVE like an episode of Dragonball Z.

DO MY SKILLS NOT AMAZE YOU
Dude, you should totally make an icon. 4059834 filters and songs lyrics optional.

Hahahahaha oh wow, I didn't even notice that XD I think it's a sign that I've been playing RPGs for too long when that sort of statement doesn't strike me as odd at all.

THAT'S STILL SUCH A RETARDED THING TO DO, THOUGH, I MEAN THEY'VE HELD THEIR OWN AND HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM AND RYDIA'S SPELLS ARE STRONGER THAN HE IS HE'S JUST LIKE "DURHFUSFH IT'S TOO DANGEROUS GET OFF THE WHALE" AND GOD
GOD

Date: 2007-11-19 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melaniedavidson.livejournal.com
SIDEQUESTS wooooo :D

FuSoYa has AAAALLLLLLLL White/Black magic spells, including Meteor, as you can see. It'd be nice if he had more MP, but hey! He's still really useful.

Oh, wow. :O ...How much MP does Meteor cost?

Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaa I just burst out laughing whenever I look at FuSoYa's dead sprite. WHY IS IT SO FUNNY TO ME

BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE HE MELTED INTO A PUDDLE heeeeee

This only did 1 damage, but I casted it anyway because it drains the target's HP :B Good for when you need to take a minute to restore your health.

...And Behemoths don't attack if you don't attack them. :O So, theoretically, you could cast that, defend against whatever attack it threw at you, and then just wait for Virus to sloooowwwly kill it. Unless it can heal/cure itself, I guess. But if it doesn't then you could go off and make some coffee or something and have the easiest battle ever, with no risk.

And naturally, you have to prove this by fighting him. :B how does that prove ANYTHING anyway

They really make traveling between the Earth and the Moon look so easy. Like it's something you could just do on a Sunday afternoon or something.

Wouldn't that be awesome? HEY HONEY I'M GOING TO THE MOON TO PICK UP SOME MOON-BREAD, SHOULD I GET ANYTHING ELSE WHILE I'M THERE?

Hoo boy. Hahhaha it's like the game's saying, "Hey, you know how all the enemies, even the humans, even the bats are so much bigger than you? WELL TRY THIS AHHAHAHAHAHAHAAH"

PALOM AND POROM ARE ALIIIIIIIVVVEEE YAAAAAYYYYYY except I thought you couldn't remove their petrification because they sacrificed themselves by their own will? Hahaha, maybe Palom and Porom's spirits were like WAIT MAYBE THIS WASN'T SUCH A GOOD IDEA and let themselves be revived or something. Either that, or Tellah just sucks.

NO KIDDING I don't know whether to be happy or feel like it's a cheap trick. What the heck, I'll just be happy. :B REVOLVING DOOR TO THE AFTERLIFE AMIRITE?

CID CAN DO ANYTHING ♥

So it's a giant robot that has other giant robots inside it to guard against intruders.

Hey this reminds me of that one episode of Magic School Bus where like everyone except that one kid go on a field trip and that one kid is sitting in the classroom like I HATE FIELD TRIIIIIPS and the "field trip" wound up being the rest of the class shrinking the bus and flying into the kid's mouth and screwing around with his organs and stuff.

Hahhahaha I think I remember that one. :D Except for the "screwing around with his organs" part but whatever.

...And the other three still don't look familiar. D: Even the battle sprites! Except maaaaaaaybe the yellow one. :X I think maybe I missed one of these, or something.

DUN DUN DUN DUN although really I guess I should have guessed, from the cut tag. :B

Annnnnd it just explodes for no good structural reason. :B

THE GANG'S ALL HERE wait no

Date: 2007-11-20 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
Meteo costs 99 MP, I believe :O

Haha, dead sprite. IT KIND OF MAKES HIM LOOK LIKE PILOSWINE FROM POKEMON

Well, sure, theoretically. The thing is is that Behemoths have 16000 HP, and Virus only drains about 2 HP at a time (continually, that is). So that would take a reeeeeeeeeaaaalllly long time, to say the least :O But I guess you could do that if you were severely underlevelled or something.

OH HEY HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOONBUCKS ANYWHERE, I COULD'VE SWORN THEY WERE IN MY WALLET

WHO NEEDS LOGIC WHEN THE TWINS ARE BACK WOOOOO

THEY DID SOMETHING, I KNOW IT. Now I have to watch that episode again.

Date: 2007-11-20 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melaniedavidson.livejournal.com
Oh. :O I was remembering when that other guy cast Meteo even though he couldn't possible have the MP for it and I was kind of wondering if this was like that, if he didn't actually have enough MP for the spell. :B

Oh wow. :O I guess that wouldn't be a great strategy, then. :B Unless you were planning on leaving for a while, anyway.

I THINK YOU LEFT THEM IN YOUR OTHER PANTS, WITH YOUR MOONCARD. AND PICK UP SOME MOONWINE, OKAY? THE JONESES ARE COMING OVER AND I DON'T WANT TO USE UP THE GOOD WINE, YOU KNOW HOW THEY ARE.

YEP :D

Well I'm not denying that it happened, I mean it's been a long time since I've watched that show at all. :O I just don't remember it.

Date: 2007-11-19 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarla.livejournal.com
THIS GAME JUST GETS SO LOOPY SO FAST THIS IS AWESOME moon people and mind control and OMG GOLBEZ BROTHER

also OMG PALOM AND POROM ARE ALIVE :O I did not expect that at all wow.

Date: 2007-11-20 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
I KNOW it just starts out as like this medieval or whatever time period this takes place in quest and then suddenly WOOSH ALIENS

Date: 2007-11-19 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marigold-tales.livejournal.com
XD! Thank you, Rydia, for that. SCREAAAAM.

The Monster of Bab-il (Babel) is a...mech?

PALOM AND POROM YAAAY~ AND EDWARD it's like a big 'ol family reunion!

OH dude I remember that episode. I loved the Magic School Bus. It was the kid with the hat or something right? I haven't seen that show in years.

Oooh. The CPU is very...interesting looking. :o Like, kind of pretty or something. xD

xD hahaha he just kind of...fell. THANKS FOR THE LIGHT SHOW FUSOYA.

Golbez was way too busy to listen to all this talk of being someone's brother wondering how badly possessed he could've possibly been to wear such unFABOLOUS armor.

BROTHERS SHARE ANGST

Kain walks into the room, applause erupts around him.

"A Lunarian called Zemus controlled Golbez from the moon" is the most ridiculous sentence ever. xD

GET OFF THE WHALE WOMEN. It's not like you've been extremely useful all this time!

FOR A COMMON CAUSE!

Date: 2007-11-20 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
Naaah I think it was the kid with the glasses, whatever his name was. HE WAS MY FAVORITE :B

IT IS PRETTY just this big shiny spaceglobe. Now I've got this sudden urge to make a real life replica of it, what.

So much color-morphing in this game, I swear.

THAT CAPE SOOOOOOOOOO DOES NOT MATCH HIS GAUNTLETS

OKAY GUYS IT'S GONNA BE REALLY DANGEROUS FROM HERE ON OUT
THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO GET RID OF OUR TWO MOST VALUABLE TEAMMATES

Date: 2007-11-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puddinchan.livejournal.com
GO RYDIA. THAT WAS CLASSIC. YET ANOTHER INJOKE BETWEEN ME AND MY SISTER :D

Date: 2007-11-20 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
WHICH ONE, THE ROSA THING?

BECAUSE THAT IS PRETTY AWESOME

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