Previous Part: The Search

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Final Fantasy VI

Cave West of Thamasa  | | |

The cave entrance does not exist until this point in the game, preventing you from entering before the game is ready for it.

Most monsters in the area are tougher physical specialists with a relative weakness to magic.

Don't miss the Heal Rod here. It's useless for attacking enemies, since it heals the target of its attack, even if undead, but it's a free way to recover HP, and an interesting novelty at the very least. There's also another purpose it can serve later on.

Let a Poison Bennu survive a few rounds with at least two enemies alive to see White Wind, a useful healing skill for Stragus to learn.

After some spelunking, and glimpses of what appears to be a certain young girl following them, the party finds a chamber with three golden statues prominently displayed. Stragus is astonished to see them.

{ストラゴス}「こ、これは……
 三闘神の像!?
{ティナ}「三闘神?
{Stragus}: Th-these are...
 statues of the Three Warring Gods!?
{Tina}: Three Warring Gods?
{STRAGO}: I can't believe it...
The Statues...!
{TERRA}: "The" Statues?!

Lock takes a closer look.

{ロック}「石像の表面に細かい
 文字がほられているな。
{Lock}: There's writing finely carved
 into the surfaces of the statues.
{LOCKE}: Some faint letters are carved on the back of the stone figures...
{ロック}「で、じいさん、
 三闘神っていうのは、何のことだい?
{Lock}: So, old man, what are these
 Three Warring Gods?
{LOCKE}: Say, old man, what else can you tell us about these goddesses?

Relm wanders in as they're talking, then notices them and rushes back to crouch in the doorway.

{ストラゴス}「三闘神とは、はるか昔
 この世界に魔法という力を生み出した
 伝説の神のことじゃ。
{ロック}「魔法の神様、ということか?
{ストラゴス}「そう言ってもよいゾイ。
{Stragus}: The Three Warring Gods are the
 legendary gods who long ago gave birth
 to the power of magic in this world.
{Lock}: So, the gods of magic, then?
{Stragus}: That's one way to put it.
{STRAGO}: They quite literally created magic, as we know it.
{LOCKE}: So, they're the goddesses of magic, then?
{STRAGO}: You could say that.
{ティナ}「すごい魔力を感じるわ。
{ストラゴス}「三闘神は魔法の神。
 ということは、幻獣の作り主とも
 言えるわけじゃ。
 幻獣達は、三闘神の像を作って
 聖地にまつったという伝説がある。
 きっと、ここがその場所なのじゃ。
{Tina}: I sense incredible magical power.
{Stragus}: The Three Warring Gods are the
 gods of magic. Which means you could
 also call them the creators of the Genjuu.
 There are legends that the Genjuu made statues
 of the Three Warring Gods and enshrined them
 in a holy land. This is surely that place.
{TERRA}: I can feel their power...
{STRAGO}: The Statues are the source of all magic.
It's said the Espers made these images, and put them in a very special place.
These represent power beyond all comprehension...
{ティナ}「きっと幻獣達は
 この像の魔力に引きよせられて
 この島にたどりついたのね。
{Tina}: The Genjuu must have been
 drawn to this island by the magical
 power of these statues.
{TERRA}: Our Espers no doubt came to this island to bask in all this magical power!
{ロック}「ところで、じいさん
 その三闘神とやらは、幻獣を生んだ後
 どうなったんだい?
{ストラゴス}「戦いにつかれた三闘神は
 おのれの体を石化させて
 永遠の眠りについたという。
 その場所が、封魔壁の奥であると
 伝説は伝えとる。
{Lock}: By the way, old man.
 What became of those Three Warring Gods
 after they gave birth to the Genjuu?
{Stragus}: Weary of battle, the Three Warring
 Gods turned their own bodies to stone
 and entered an eternal slumber.
 Their location is told in legend to be
 beyond the Mystic Barricade.
{LOCKE}: Say, old timer,
what happened to the stone goddesses?
{STRAGO}: Legend has it that they're hidden somewhere beyond the reach of humans.
I'd say they're beyond the sealed gate...
{ティナ}「封魔壁が幻獣界との接点で
 あるのも、三闘神の魔力によるもの
 なのかしら?
{Tina}: Could it be the magical power of the Three
 Warring Gods that makes the Mystic Barricade
 the only point of contact with the Genjuu World?
{TERRA}: I wonder if the barrier that protects that place is generated by those stone goddesses?
{ロック}「な~るほどね。
{ティナ}「幻獣達が像の魔力に
 引きよせられたのなら、あの奥に…?
{Lock}: Makes sense.
{Tina}: If the Genjuu were drawn by the magical
 power of the statues, then they're in there...?
{LOCKE}: Phew...what a story.
{TERRA}: If the Espers were attracted here by these statues, they must be around here somewhere!

The screen pans briefly to the far exit.

{ロック}「行ってみよう。 {Lock}: Let's try going. {LOCKE}: I think it's worth a look.

Each of these statues has an inscription.

    魔導の始まり……
  天からおりたてし3人の神
  互いを恐れて戦いを始めん
  戦いにまき込まれしものは
   幻獣へとその姿を変え
 神のしもべとなりて永き時を戦う
The dawn of sorcery...
Three gods who descended from the
heavens began a war in fear of each other.
Those caught in the fighting transformed
into Genjuu and became minions to
the gods, who battled at great length.
The birth of magic...
3 goddesses were banished here. In time they began quarreling, which led to all-out war.
Those unlucky humans who got in the way were transformed into Espers, and used as living war machines...
 争いを呼ぶ、おのれの強大な力の
   おろかさに気づきし神は
 互いの力を中和させることにより
     自らを封印せん
 そして最後の力で幻獣に心を与え
    自らを石に変化せしむ
  神が幻獣に残した最後の言葉
  「われらを永久に封印せよ」
Realizing the folly of their own
immense power which brought forth war,
the gods sealed themselves away by causing
their powers to neutralize each other.
Then, with the last of their strength, they granted
minds to the Genjuu and turned themselves to stone.
The gods left these final words to the Genjuu:
"Seal us away for all eternity."
The goddesses finally realized that they were being laughed at by those who had banished them here.
In a rare moment of mutual clarity, they agreed to seal themselves away from the world.
With their last ounce of energy they gave the Espers back their own free will, and then transformed themselves...
...into stone.
Their only request was that the Espers keep them sealed away for all eternity.
  永き眠りについた神をあがめ
その力が再び用いられぬことを願いて
    この像を作らん
   かつて神が天よりおりたてし
 地にまつりて、後世への警告となす
We build these statues in reverence of the
gods in their eternal slumber, and with the hope
that their power will never be used again.
We enshrine these here on earth as an
admonition to future generations of the gods
that once descended from the heavens.
The Espers created these statues as a symbol of their vow to let the goddesses sleep in peace.
The Espers have sworn to keep the goddesses' power from being abused.

Let's see... there's nothing about a banishment or anyone laughing at them, the bit about their powers neutralizing each other is lost, and of course anything that smacks of worship is censored. Though not as evident here, there's also the issue that the NA version has a tendency to confuse the distinction between these statues, made to represent the gods, and the gods themselves, which rest elsewhere and possess quite a bit more power. Since both sets are referred to as "statues" this confusion is understandable to an extent, but the difference matters.

The NA verison also has an unfortunate tendency to call them "the goddesses" when not calling them "the Statues". I believe a more recent remake uses the name "Warring Triad" instead, an accurate, concise phrase that also has a nice poetic sort of sound to it.

The party tries to move on, but a familiar eight-legged purple character drops in, landing on them and taking a few extra spiteful hops on Lock before going to look at the statues.

オルトロス「へへへ、このキンピカの像は
 おれ様のものだ~。
 これでジークフリードの兄貴に
 顔向けできるよ~ん。
Orthros: Heh heh heh, these glittering
 gold statues are all mine!
 I'll be able to show my face
 to boss Siegfried now!
ULTROS: G'heh, heh...these shiny statues are all mine!
These'll get Ziegfried's attention!
オルトロス「お~、ひかってる
 ひかってる。すん ばらしい~。
Orthros: Ohhh, they're glowing,
 glowing. So wooonderful!
ULTROS: Oh!
They're glowing!!
They're...beautiful!
{ロック}「てめえ、オルトロス!
 二度ならず三度までも!
オルトロス「これがホントの
 三度目の正直 だよ~ん。
{Lock}: Dammit, Orthros!
 Three times? Wasn't twice enough!?
Orthros: Oh, but this is all about
 "third time's a charm"!
{LOCKE}: Hey, squidball!
Don't you ever learn?
ULTROS: Uh, well they always said I was a slow learner...
but I eat FAST!!

Hey, another battle with seafood.

また出ちゃった しつこい?
だって、タコだもん。
I'm back again. Stubborn?
Well, I am an octopus after all.
I was just thinking about you!
I've more lives than I do arms!

He has relatively low physical defense and the usual weaknesses to Flame and Thunder, so use the corresponding swords and rods for plenty of damage. He also has 'levitate' status in this battle for whatever reason, so Lock's Hawkeye can be very effective as well. Finally, Orthros is vulnerable to 'slow' and 'stop' status, so that can work to your advantage.

Actually, 'stop' can work a little too well, with the potential to lock out the counterattack scripts that trigger the upcoming events. Relm still joins after the battle regardless, though.

Orthros will gradually advance toward the party, then use Magnitude 8 (67%) or Aqua Breath (33%) after advancing eight times. A few shots of magic, or a larger number of normal attacks, will make him back off a step, but be wary of casting too many spells:

オルトロスの体質が変化した!
3属性の攻撃に注意!!
Orthros's nature changed!
Beware of prime trait attacks!!
Ultros's form has changed!
Beware his tri-elemental attack!

As noted way back in the Beginner's House, the prime traits are Flame, Ice, and Thunder. Attacking with any of these after this point will provoke a counterattack of the matching trait, either ○ Figa, ○ Blizzaga, or ○ Thundaga. Stick to weapon attacks to avoid that, or try throwing a few Reflect Rings into the mix...

After taking 6,640 damage, Orthros casts ◎ Haste and ◎ Protect on himself with the following line:

いま、むかつくタコ野郎と
思わなかった?
ごめんね ごめんね
You didn't just think
I'm a damn annoying octopus, did you?
Sorry, sorry.
Hope I'm not making a nuisance
of myself! So sorry!

After another 5,120 damage, Relm finally gets sick of lurking and decides to jump into combat. "Relm" plays for the rest of the battle.

{リルム}
「おじいちゃん!
来ちゃった……!
{Relm}:
Gramps!
I'm here...!
{RELM}:
Grandpa!
I'm here......!
{ストラゴス}
「{リルム}!
家にいろと言ったじゃろ!
{Stragus}:
{Relm}!
Didn't I tell you to stay home!?
{STRAGOS}:
{RELM}!
I told you to stay at home!
{リルム}
「お絵かきなら、なんでもこいの
{リルム}様、初登場!
{Relm}:
Anything goes for an artist.
The great {Relm} makes her debut!
{RELM}:
I couldn't miss the chance to
practice my drawing!
「ねえねえ、あんただあれ? Hey, hey, who're you? Say, sweetie, who are you?
オルトロス
「だあれとは、失礼な!
このオルトロス様に向かって!!
Orthros:
Who am I? How rude to say
such a thing to the great Orthros!!
ULTROS:
How dare you!
I'm Ultros!!
{ロック}
「{リルム}様に、オルトロス様
なんだか、わけが分からなくなって
きたなあ……?
{Lock}:
The great {Relm} and the great Orthros.
Is it just me, or are things making
less and less sense...?
{LOCKE}:
{RELM} and Ultros......
What ARE you doing......?
{リルム}
「ねえねえ、オルちゃん、
似顔絵かいてあげようか?
{Relm}:
Hey, hey, Or-chan,
want me to draw your portrait?
{RELM}:
Listen, Ulty......
Why don't you pose for me?
オルトロス
「オ、オルちゃん!、失礼な!
このオルトロス様に向かって!!
似顔絵なんぞ、いらんわい!
Orthros:
O-Or-chan! How rude to say
such a thing to the great Orthros!!
I don't need no stinking portrait!
ULTROS:
I'm not one of your kiddy
friends! Don't talk to me as if
I were!!
I don't want a portrait!
{リルム}
「えーん、えーん
あげないんだもん……
かいてあげないんだもん
{Relm}:
Fiiiine, fiiiine,
I won't do it...
I'm not gonna draw you.
{RELM}:
Forget it!
I don't wanna draw it
anymore!
{リルム}
「いいんだもん……
{リルム}ここから……
飛びおりてやるんだもん
{Relm}:
No biggie...
I'm just gonna...
jump off over here.
{RELM}:
It's okay......
I'll just jump down from
here.
{ティナ}
「だめよ!!
そんなことしちゃだめ!!!
{Tina}:
No!!
You can't do that!!!
{TERRA}:
No!!
You can't do that!!!
「ひそひそ…… (whispering)... Whisper, whisper......
{ティナ}
「どーすんの?、こんな小さい
子、いじめちゃって!
何かあったら許さないわよ!!
{Tina}:
What do you think you're doing?
Picking on such a small child!
I'm blaming you if anything happens!!
{TERRA}:
How dare you bother that
little girl!
I'm not going to forgive
you if you hurt her!!
オルトロス
「そ、そんなあ……
じゃあ、どーすりゃいいのよ?
Orthros:
Th-that's not...
Then what am I supposed to do?
ULTROS:
Well, whadduya want I should
do?
{ロック}
「かいてもらえよ
かっこよく、かいてもらえるかも
しれないぜ
{Lock}:
Have her draw you.
Maybe you even could get her
to make you look good.
{LOCKE}:
Ask her to draw your
portrait. She may actually
make you look pleasant!
 {ロック}
「この、この、にくいねえ
{Lock}:
You, you hateful little...
{LOCKE}:
Don't be so heartless!
オルトロス
「…………
…………
…………
…………
…………
…………
…………
…………
オルちゃん
似顔絵
かいてもらっちゃうもんねー!
Orthros:
............
............
............
............
............
............
............
............
Or-chan's
gonna have you
draw his portrait!
ULTROS:
.........
.........
.........
.........
.........
.........
.........
.........
Oh, all right, Uncle Ulty REALLY
wants you to do his portrait!!!
{リルム}
「えへへ
わたしの得意技にまかせていてよ!
{Relm}:
*giggle*
Just leave it to my super skills!
{RELM}:
Hee, hee, hee...
You're gonna love it!
{ストラゴス}
「とにかく、こっちへ!
{Stragus}:
Anyhow, get over here!
{STRAGOS}:
At any rate, come here!

Relm joins the party mid-battle to fill in the empty position. She can Sketch enemies to use their attacks against them (refer to her character entry for details). Successfully using it against Orthros will end the battle immediately (though you can also finish him off normally).

そんな…それじゃまるで……
まるっきり タコじゃん!
Nuh-uh... it's just like...
just like I'm a total octopus!
How can this be?
I...I'm nothing more than a
stupid octopus!

Steal for a White Cape (common). No rare steal or dropped items.

{リルム}「ね? 見てくれた?
 {リルム}も立派に戦えるよ。
 ジジイよりは役立つんじゃない?
{ストラゴス}「ジ、ジジイ!?
{Relm}: See? Did you see that?
 I can fight just fine too.
 Aren't I more useful than the old geezer?
{Stragus}: O-old geezer!?
{RELM}: Hey! Did you see me? I was awesome!
Wouldn't I be more helpful than Gramps?
{STRAGO}: G...GRAMPS!!?
{ティナ}「つれてっても
 いいんじゃない?
{Tina}: Would it hurt to take
 her along?
{TERRA}: I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have you along...
{ストラゴス}「わかったわかった。
 しょうがないやつじゃ。
{リルム}「やったー!
{Stragus}: Fine, fine.
 I don't have much choice.
{Relm}: Oh yeah!
{STRAGO}: All right all ready!
If you insist...
{RELM}: That's better!

Relm remains in the party, giving you a full four members again.

Sadly, Relm's Sketch ability is largely useless given that it uses the opponent's (typically pathetically low) stats, and that many opponents favor attacks that don't affect them anyway (trying to burn fire-based enemies, for example). It helps on occasion if you know there's something available that doesn't care about stats, or that you can teach Stragus. Generally, however, she's more useful for her unusually high magic power, so get her some offensive spells as soon as possible.

Also, remember that Memento Ring hidden in their house? Relm can use it... but she already has one equipped, so that other one still seems kind of pointless.

The next room has weak floors that wouldn't collapse without Relm in the party, so now further exploration is possible. Look around for an X-Potion as well as a Chocobo Suit and Sleepy Cat Suit, peculiar armor that only Strago and Relm can use. Deeper in the cave is an occupied chamber. When the party approaches, the music stops, and "Another World of Beasts" fades in.

{リルム}「これが……幻獣……!? {Relm}: This is... a Genjuu...!? {RELM}: Are these...Espers?!

The Genjuu does something aggressive. Relm jumps back, and Stragos moves to defend her. As more Genjuu approach, the others start to look worried, too.

{ストラゴス}「なんじゃ、こいつら! {Stragus}: What's the matter with them!? {STRAGO}: What about you?
{ティナ}「幻獣がこんなに…… 
{ロック}「じいさん、{リルム}を
 つれて逃げるんだ。
{Tina}: So many Genjuu...
{Lock}: Old man, take {Relm} and run.
{TERRA}: I didn't think they'd look so...
{LOCKE}: Gramps, take {RELM} and clear outta here!

Stragos nods and gets Relm, who also nods a few times before leaving with him. However, they return almost immediately, Relm waving her arms wildly, as several more Genjuu approach from that direction. Tina takes up a defensive position behind them, Lock covers the front, and Stragos guards Relm's exposed flank. Not encouraged by the way things are going, Tina and Stragos began chanting as Lock braces for an attack. However...

ユラ「待て! Yura: Wait! YURA: Halt!

The other Genjuu part to make way as a more distinctive one approaches. Tina steps forward to face him, and some odd sounds are heard.

{リルム}「なに?
{ストラゴス}「{ティナ}に……
 強い魔力を感じる。
 いや……魔導の力と言うべきか……
{Relm}: What?
{Stragus}: I sense strong magical
 power... in {Tina}.
 Or... should I say sorcerous power...?
{RELM}: What is it?
{STRAGO}: I sense some immense magical power in {TERRA}... It...frightens me...

Flashes of light and more sounds.

{ロック}「また、あの時のように
 暴走するのか?
{Lock}: Is she going to go out
 of control again, like before?
{LOCKE}: I wonder if she's gonna go ballistic again?!

More sound and lights, but this time the screen fades out, then fades in to show the two groups facing each other in a more organized fashion.

ユラ「君は…ちょっと違う……
 われわれと同じチカラを感じる。
{ティナ}「ええ。
Yura: You're... a bit different...
 I sense a power like ours.
{Tina}: Yes.
YURA: You're somehow different...
I sense a familiar power radiating from you...
{TERRA}: Yes.
{ストラゴス}「お前達は幻獣界の
 若者なんじゃな?
ユラ「幻獣界には、こちらの世界に
 来てはならぬと言う
 おきてがあります。
でも魔石化された仲間を助けるために
若者達が扉の前に集結したのです。
その時に{ティナ}の姿が…
{Stragus}: So you're the youngsters
 from the Genjuu World?
Yura: The Genjuu World has a law that
 forbids us from coming to this world.
But we young ones assembled by the gate to
rescue our kindred who were turned to magicite.
And just then {Tina}...
{STRAGO}: You're the Espers that fled through the sealed gate?
YURA: As a rule, we are not allowed to visit to your world.
We few had gathered near the gate, and were wondering how we could save the Espers that had been kidnapped.
It was just a coincidence that {TERRA} appeared when she did...
{ティナ}「私も感じました。
 あなた達の想いが扉の中から。
ユラ「{ティナ}が扉を開けてくれた
 事で外に出ることができました。
しかしこちらの世界に出たとたんに
自分の力をコントロールできなくなって
しまったのです。
{Tina}: I felt it too.
 Your feelings, from inside the gate.
Yura: We were able to get out when
 {Tina} opened the gate for us.
But no sooner had we entered this
world but we lost control of our own
powers.
{TERRA}: I felt...
your presence...
through the gate.
YURA: We bolted the moment {TERRA} opened the gate.
But once in your world, we lost control of our powers.
ユラ「そのために、一つの都市を
 メチャメチャに破壊してしまい、
 罪の無い人達まで…
Yura: Because of that we destroyed
 a city, reducing it to a shambles,
 and even innocent people...
YURA: We completely leveled a city...and took some innocent lives...
{ティナ}「私と同じだわ…
 突然手に入れた力をコントロール
 できなくて…
{Tina}: Just like me...
 I couldn't control the power I
 suddenly gained...
{TERRA}: That's what happened to me! I lost all control of my power...
{ストラゴス}「おそらく幻獣はあちらの
 世界では力がある程度おさえられる
 傾向があるのじゃろう。
 それが突然開放されたために…
{Stragus}: Most likely the other world has
 properties such that Genjuu power
 is suppressed to a certain degree.
 Because it was suddenly unleashed...
{STRAGO}: There must be something in your world that allows you to focus your power differently.
You must use caution while in our world...
ユラ「幻獣によっては精神に失調を
 きたし人に危害を加える者も…
 本当にもうしわけない。
Yura: Some among us lost mental stability
 and even caused harm to people...
 this was truly inexcusable.
YURA: We are deeply sorry to have caused you humans such suffering and pain.
{ロック}「帝国も幻獣達との
 和解を望んでいる。
 どうだ? 俺達と来ては。
ユラ「……われわれをゆるして
 くれるのか?
{Lock}: The Empire hopes to come to
 a settlement with the Genjuu as well.
 How about it? Come with us.
Yura: ...they would forgive us?
{LOCKE}: The past is history. The Empire seems to want to talk peace with you. Why not come with us?
YURA: They would forgive us so easily?
{ロック}「サマサの村へ行って
 レオ将軍達と合流しよう。
{ティナ}「そうね。
{Lock}: Let's head for the village of Thamasa
 and meet up with General Leo and the others.
{Tina}: Right.
{LOCKE}: Let's go to Thamasa and talk with General Leo.
{TERRA}: Right!


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