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Final Fantasy V

流砂の砂漠 Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Sandstream Desert

As expected, the flowing sand prevents entry, ejecting intruders back to the entrance.

ガラフ「やっぱりだめか… Galuf: Guess it really is no good...

Cid and Mid arrive.

シド「待て! Cid: Wait!
ミド「あきらめるのは、まだ
   早いよ!
Mid: It's too soon to give up!
シド「橋を作ればいいんじゃ! Cid: We just need to make a bridge!
ミド「ちょっと危険な方法
   だけどね!!
Mid: The method's a bit
 dangerous, though!!
シド「このすずを使って、砂漠に
   すむ、サンドウォームを
   よびよせるんじゃ!
Cid: We'll use these bells to
 call out the sandworm that
 lives in the desert!
ミド「そいつをお兄ちゃんたちが
   やっつける。
Mid: You guys take it out.
シド「それで橋の完成じゃ!! Cid: And that completes the bridge!!
ガラフ「あらっぽいのォ! Galuf: How violent!
シド「おたがいさまじゃろ!
   ハッハッハ!!
Cid: That makes both of us, then!
 Ha, ha, ha!!
シド「サンドウォームを
   よびよせるぞい!
Cid: We're calling out the
 sandworm!
ミド「用意はいい? Mid: Are you ready?

Answer Yes to continue, or No to prepare first.

ミド「サンドウォームに、まとめて
   魔法をかけると、大変なこと
   になるよ!
   気をつけて!
Mid: Things will get ugly if you
 cast magic all over against
 the sandworm!
 Be careful!
シド「行くぞい!! Cid:Here goes!!

They ring their bells, and the sandworm attacks.

Three holes appear in the battle, with the sandworm sticking out of one of them. It periodically switches holes during the battle. Don't physically attack an empty hole, or it will counter with Gravity.

I have no idea why Mid makes what sounds like a warning against multitarget magic earlier, unless he means it gets ugly for the sandworm. The only reason not to cast against all is to avoid diluting the spell's effect. The script for the holes only has a "counter physical" effect, which does not react to any pure spells (besides, of course, the standard Battle command, it also reacts to Items, Kick, Charge, Steal, Mug, Wyrmblade, Jump, Throw, Sword Slap, Coin Toss, Animals, Aim, Wild Strike, Call, Examine, Fathom, Release, Mix, Terrain, and Dance)

The quickest, easiest, and most ruthless way to end the battle is with the Blue Magic skill Aqua Breath. It has 800% power against desert creatures. The sandworm is a desert creature. You're guaranteed a one-hit kill at level 11 and up, and will usually get one even as low as level 6. Overkill, much?

ミド「やったァ!
シド「これで中に入れるぞい!
Mid: We did it!
Cid: Now you can get inside!

They hop up and down a few times.

『シド、ミド。
 おれたちが行っている間、
 森においてきた、黒チョコボの
 めんどうを見てくれないか?
"Cid, Mid.
 While we're away, would
 you look after the black
 chocobo we left in the forest?"

They nod.

シド「気をつけてな! Cid: Take care!
ミド「気をつけてね! Mid: Take care!

The way is now clear to enter the desert and continue south. There's a large pyramid in the midst of the sands, but even if you manage to reach it (tricky but possible), there's nothing to do there at the moment.


ほろびの町 Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Ruined Town

The placement of this town may look vaguely familiar...

Nothing remarkable here, just ordinary ruined buildings.

『これは?
「シドが言っていた、ほろびの町?
"What's this?"
: The ruined town Cid mentioned?

Lenna nods to Butz, who nods back. As they explore the town, the party spots a familiar figure scurrying around.

レナ「今のは…
ファリス「タイクーン王?
Lenna: Was that...?
Faris: King Tycoon?

After following several times, the party finally corners him in one of the ruined buildings.

レナ「お父様! Lenna: Father!
ファリス「………
     お…父さん…
Faris: ...
 D... dad...

Lenna and Faris exchange glances. The party advances, but the floor collapses beneath them. King Tycoon walks forward and gazes into the pit.

The party lands somewhere below, in a more intact part of the ruins, though it's missing parts of the floor. Galuf lands in a different room from the others. Lenna and Faris are the first to get up.

レナ「ファリス!
ファリス「……
Lenna: Faris!
Faris: ...
レナ「やっぱり姉さんだったのね!
ファリス「ごめん…
    言えなかったんだ…
Lenna: So you really are my big sister!
Faris: Sorry...
 I couldn't say it...

And they embrace, or as close as the character sprites allow.

レナ「姉さん!
ファリス「レナ!
Lenna: Sister!
Faris: Lenna!

Galuf gets up, shakes his head clear, and explores the room, but finds no way out. Butz finally gets up.

『ここは?
レナ「変な場所ね…
"Where are we?"
Lenna: What a weird place...
ファリス「ところで…ガラフは?
『そういえば…
Faris: By the way... where's Galuf?
"Now that you mention it..."
レナ「もしや…あの長い穴を落ちる
   とちゅうで、はぐれて…
Lenna: Maybe... we were separated
 on the way down that long hole...

They all look downcast. Galuf stands against the wall with his hand raised, as though trying to listen through it.

『ただでは、くたばらない
 じいさんだ。
 またどこかで、再会できるさ。
 しょうがない、先を急ごう!
"That old man isn't about to
 kick the bucket that easily.
 We'll meet again somewhere.
 No other choice, let's hurry on!"

Galuf looks stunned. He starts pounding the wall, but to no avail. Looking around, he spots a hole in the floor, hops in, works his way across what looks like machinery underneath, and leaps out in front of the rest of the party, startling them.

ガラフ「こらー!
    わしをおいて行くなー!
Galuf: Hey!
 Don't leave me behind!
『ご…ごめん! "S... sorry!"

Now reunited, the party resumes exploring. In the next room they find a large platform that begins glowing when they step on it.

『何だこりゃ!? "What the heck!?"

And with that, the party is magically transported...


??? Butz Lenna Galuf Faris ???

...halfway across the world to Crescent Island, going by the panning view of the world map. The destination room looks just like the one they just left, but it starts shaking violently as soon as they arrive.

『危ない! "Look out!"

The party rushes out of the room, which falls apart behind them, and collapses. Fade out.

いっぽう そのころ… Elsewhere, about then...

The black chocobo lands in the forest where Butz and the others found it. Cid and Mid get off.

シド「こいつはこの森にかえして
   おけばいいだろう。
ミド「これでバッツ
   との約束をはたせたね。
Cid: It should be enough to
 leave him in this forest.
Mid: And now we've fulfilled
 our promise with Butz.

But how are they planning on leaving?

The scene shifts back to the party.

『ふゥ… あぶなかった。 "Whew... that was close."
ガルフ「ワープそうちだった
    ようじゃな
Galuf: It seemed to be a
 warping device.
ファリス「長い間、使っていなかっ
     たから、こわれたんだ。
Faris: It broke since no
 one's used it in so long.

The area strongly resembles the one they recently left, with the same distinctive look and machinery running here and there.

A nearby set of rooms offers a place to rest, and an uncooperative switch.

『んッごごごごォォ
 だめだ……
"Ngggggghh
 It's no use...
 ん?
かべにきざみ文字が。
「まん中の部屋の花だんを
 しらべろ」
 Hm?
Writing's carved in the wall.
'Check the flower bed
 in the center room.' "

In the flowers...

メモがある。
「右の部屋のびんせんを…」
There's a memo.
'Papers in the right room...'

In the papers...

「あほーが、見ィーるゥー」 'An id~iot's lo~oking at me.'

Butz looks annoyed. Lenna reaches for him.

『うぐぐぐ……
レナ「まあ、まあバッツ
ファリス「2まい目があるよ
"Urgggh..."
Lenna: Calm down, Butz.
Faris: There's a second sheet.
「つぼをしらべろ。 'Check the pots.'

A frog jumps out of one of the pots, then bumps into a bookcase and knocks a book to the floor.

The message differs depending on whether the book is read from the tile above it or the one below. This is the message if read from above...

「ここから、下8 右4 に
 ある物をひっぱれ!
'Pull what is 8 down,
4 right from here!'

...and this is the message if read from below.

「下6 右4 にある
 物をひっぱれ!
'Pull what is
6 down, 4 right!'

Either set of directions leads to the switch that started all this. Pulling on it opens a small room nearby, containing two Shuriken and the Minimum spell, which fills that annoying hole in the White Magic list.

It's also possible to skip the whole runaround. When prompted to push the switch, answer no, and you'll be prompted to pull the switch instead, opening the room without following the clues. Don't you wish more puzzles let people who already know the solution skip the annoying parts?

A locked door and another switch block further progress. This one doesn't have any silly diversions, but the room does start shaking when you press it.

The shaking extends above ground, to where Cid and Mid stand by the black chocobo. A hole opens in the ground, and the two of them fall in. The black chocobo peers into the hole, looking confused.

Back underground, the door opens, with no other apparent complications. The path continues to what appears to be a dock, complete with a ship.

『ここは…? 火力船!
 ちんぼつしたはずでは……
 ……じゃあ、おくにある船は
 いったい?
"Where...? The steamship!
 But hadn't it sunk...?
 ...so then what's the
 ship behind it?"

You can go back inside the steamship now, in case you missed anything or felt like fighting its monsters.

The dock continues to another ship. This one looks a bit odd.

『船にプロペラが…?
 なんだか変だぞ、この船。
"Propellors on a ship...?
 This's one weird ship."

And just then, a familiar duo falls from above and lands on deck.

『シド、ミド!! "Cid, Mid!!"
シド「いててて…
ミド「ここは…
   バッツ!
   レナ、ファリス、ガラフ!!
Cid: Ow, ow, ow...
Mid: Where the...?
 Butz!
 Lenna, Faris, Galuf!!

Cid looks around as they talk. He appears to be overwhelmed.

『どうやって、ここに? "How'd you get here?"
ミド「あのね…黒チョコボで
   三日月島に帰ってきたんだ。
   そうしたら、とつぜん穴に
   落ちて…
Mid: Well... we returned to Crescent
 Island on the black chocobo.
 Then we fell down a hole all
 of a sudden...
『ってことは、ここは三日月島の
 地下?
"Which means we're underground
 beneath Crescent Island?"

Mid nods. Cid disappears below deck.

『だから火力船がここにあるのか。
ミド「どうやら、古代人のつくった
   せつびらしいですね。
"So that's why the steamship's here."
Mid: It would seem that the ancients
 built these facilities.
『このプロペラの船は?
ミド「さあ? おじいちゃんなら
   くわしく……
   あれ? おじいちゃんは?
"And this propellor ship?"
Mid: Who knows? Grampa might
 know more about...
 Huh? Where's grampa?

Mid looks around, then heads below deck. The party looks rather confused, but follows. Cid marvels at a room full of machinery like that in the ruins.

シド「これはすごい!! Cid: This is amazing!!

He walks off, looking around.

『シド!
シド「話はあとじゃ!
"Cid!"
Cid: We can talk later!

He keeps looking, and seems to find what he was searching for.

シド「ここをこうすれば… Cid: If I do this here...

The ship starts shaking. Cid hops up and down with excitement.

シド「やったぞい!! Cid: That did it!!
『なんだ!? "What!?"
シド「出発じゃ! Cid: And we're off!

Fade out. A hangar of some sort opens where the steamship sank—but whose idea was it to build this place in the open ocean, anyway?—this ship rises to surface level, the propellors start spinning, and it lifts into the air! Everyone stands on deck.

ミド「うわァ
 すごいな すごいな!
Mid: Whoa!
 Amazing, incredible!
『シド、これは? "Cid, what is this?"
シド「たぶん、飛空艇じゃ!
   古い本で読んだことがある。
   まさか本当にあったとは!
Cid: It's probably an airship!
 I've read about them in old books.
 But who knew they really existed!

The ship starts shaking with a jolt.

『なんだ!? "What the!?"
シド「飛空艇が下にひっぱられて
   いるぞ。
Cid: The airship's been grabbed
 from below.
『魔物が船ぞこにとりついている! "A monster's clinging to the hull!"

Boss time. It's quite weak to Thunder, though, so use of appropriate magic and weapons like the Coral Sword, Trident, and Shock Whip should make short work of it. You can steal a Coral Sword if you like, and it drops an Ice Bow for your trouble.

シド「よっしゃー! Cid: All right!
『やったー "We did it!"

Cid takes the wheel and lands. Some time later...

シド「はそんは、たいしたこと
   なかった。火力船のパーツで
   間に合わせたよ。
Cid: The damage wasn't too
 bad. We've made up for it
 with steamship parts.
『シド…… "Cid..."
シド「礼は聞きあきたわい。 Cid: I'm sick of hearing thanks.
ミド「ぼくらは、ここに残って
   土のクリスタルのありかを
   しらべます!
Mid: We'll stay here and look into
 where the Earth Crystal is!
シド「大空は、お前たちのもの
   じゃ!
   飛び立つんじゃ!!
Cid: The skies are yours!
 Fly off!!

Cid and Mid step off the ship. Butz works his way toward the helm, pausing along the way to speak to the others.

ファリス「邪悪な暗黒魔道士
     エクスデス…
Faris: The evil Dark Mage Exdeath...
レナ「その復活をそしする
   ために…
Lenna: To prevent his revival...
ガラフ「残るは土のクリスタル! Galuf: The Earth Crystal remains!
『よし!行くぞ! "Okay! Here we go!"

Wheeee, airship! It's a little like the black chocobo, but lands on plains instead of forests. It also flies higher and faster, so even the tallest of mountains are no longer an obstacle, and it's never taken so little time to travel. Thanks to using the system's Mode 7 abilities, the world even appears in a perspective view that offers vastly increased visibility. And just in case you missed the sea monsters, the airship can also land on water and sail around just like the steamship could. Incidentally, you can also still ride the black chocobo, but the airship can get you essentially anywhere the bird can.


タイクーン城 Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Tycoon Castle

This trip is still entirely optional, and the contents of the visit still vary after a certain event later on...

A soldier stands watch at the castle gate. He spots Lenna.

よくぞ、ご無事で!! It is good to see you well!!

The soldier opens the gates.

大臣がお待ちしております The chancellor awaits.

The chancellor is shocked to see Lenna, and so are the guards inside.

大臣「レナ様!
レナ「心配かけてごめんなさい。
大臣「とにかく、城に
   おもどりください!
Chancellor: Lady Lenna!
Lenna: I'm sorry to have worried you.
Chancellor: In any case,
 please return to the castle!
大臣「魔物との戦いで兵士も
   ほとんど残っておりません。
   姫がいなくては再建も
   ままなりません!
Chancellor: Few soldiers remain
 from fighting the monsters.
 With the princess away, the
 rebuilding isn't going well either!
レナ「行かなくてはならないの…
大臣「それではこの国は
   どうなります?
Lenna: I have to go...
Chancellor: Then what will
 become of this kingdom?
レナ「この国だけではないの…
   世界すべてにかかわる事が
   起きようとしている…
Lenna: It's not just our kingdom...
 something that will affect the
 entire world is about to happen...
レナ「…… それに……
   お父様は生きています
Lenna: ... Besides...
 Father is alive.
大臣「わかりました。
   この国は必ず、われわれで
   守ります!
Chancellor: Understood.
 We will make sure to protect
 this country ourselves!
レナ「必ず、お父様をつれて
   もどります。
   それまで、みんなで
   がんばってください。
Lenna: I will be sure to
 return with my father.
 Until then, everyone
 please carry on.

The chancellor and soldiers present show their agreement.

大臣「とりあえず今夜はこの城に…
レナ「ええ。
Chancellor: At least stay the night here...
Lenna: Yes.

Fade out, and scene change to a sleeping room. Faris wakes and turns to Lenna.

ファリス「レナ、起きてる? Faris: Lenna, you awake?
レナ「ええ。
ファリス「おれ、小さかったし
     海に落ちたショックで
     わすれてたけど…
Lenna: Yes.
Faris: Being little and all,
 I forgot from the shock
 of falling in the ocean...
レナ「姉さん…
ファリス「今、この部屋見てて
     思い出した…
Lenna: Sister...
Faris: But now, seeing this
 room, I've remembered...

The screen pans to another room. It's daylight, and a girl sits at a desk while an older woman paces nearby.

サリサ「ケアル…
     ケアルラ…
      ケアルガ…
Sarisa: Cure...
    Cura...
     Curega...
サリサ「ケアル…
     ケアルラ…
      ケアルガ…
Sarisa: Cure...
    Cura...
     Curega...

The woman walks closer.

ジェニカ「はいっッ今日はそこまで。
サリサ「ふァーあ。つかれちゃった
Jenica: Okay, that's it for today.
Sarisa: Fwaaaah. I'm exhausted.
ジェニカ「お母様からレナ様を
     ねつかせるよう
     言われております。
Jenica: Your mother has
 asked that you put
 lady Lenna to bed.
ジェニカ「テストのさいてんをして
     いる間に、行ってきて
     ください!
Jenica: Please go and do
 so as I grade your test!
サリサ「はーい! Sarisa: Okay!
ジェニカ「すぐに
     もどって来るのですよ!
サリサ「えーッ
Jenica: Come right back!
Sarisa: Aww.

Sarisa leaves the room. She then arrives in the sleeping room, where she places a small child in one of the beds.

サリサ「レナ……私、明日やっと
    飛竜に乗せてもらえるの。
    お父様といっしょよ。
レナ「ぱぷ ぱぷゥ
Sarisa: Lenna... tomorrow, I'm
 finally getting to ride the wyvern.
 With father.
Lenna: (baby noises)
サリサ「空高く飛ぶのは
    すんッ……ごく気持ちいい
    って、お父様が言ってた。
Sarisa: Flying high through
 the sky feels soooooo
 good, father said.
サリサ「上から見ると人なんか
    レビテトをかけたよう
    だって……
Sarisa: He says when you look
 from up above, it's like people
 have Levitate cast on them...

She looks confused.

サリサ「あれェ?ちがったっけ?
    トード? テレポ?
    うーん……ミニ……
Sarisa: Hmm? Or wasn't that it?
 Toad? Teleport?
 Umm... Mini...?

Sarisa runs over to the far side of the adjacent bed. The view pans back to the classroom, where Jenica is looking impatient.

おそいわねェ。 She's late.

Pan back to the bedroom. Sarisa has pushed the beds together, and is sleeping next to Lenna.

Return to the present.

レナ「姉さん
ファリス「何?レナ。
Lenna: Sister.
Faris: What? Lenna.
レナ「大臣にはしばらく、姉さんの
   こと、だまっときましょう。
   それと知れたら、よけいに
   ひきとめられてしまうもの。
Lenna: Let's keep quiet to the
 chancellor about you for now.
 If they found out, we'd just be
 detained that much longer.
ファリス「そうだね… Faris: Right...
ファリス「父さんは、おれたちの力
     でさがしださなきゃ
     いけないからね
Faris: We've gotta search
 for dad ourselves, after all.

Lenna nods, and the scene fades. Everyone gets up normally in the morning.

Sorry, Butz doesn't make a fool of himself any more. Everything else is as before, though.


Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Near the Ruined Town

Let's get back to the main plot now, shall we? Approach the town, by land or by air (it doesn't matter which, beyond determining whether the airship or the ground appears as the backdrop), to hear a sudden loud rumbling.

『あれは!?
ガラフ「町が…!!
"What's that!?"
Galuf: The town...!!

Making a mess of the ground, a large object that looks more like a massive fortress than a town lifts into the air, quickly rising beyond the reach of even the airship.


Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Airship Hangar

This area has no in-game name as far as I know, so we'll just call it the airship hangar.

As the party starts to leave the airship, Cid and Mid arrive.

『シド、ミド、じつは… "Cid, Mid, we've got to tell you..."
シド「ゼエゼエ…わかっておる。
ミド「遺跡が、浮上するのを
   ぼうえん鏡で見ました!
Cid: *pant* *pant* ...we know.
Mid: We saw the ruins rise
 through a telescope!

Mid pulls out a book.

ミド「土のクリスタルは
   あの空飛ぶ遺跡の中です!
Mid: The Earth Crystal is
 inside those flying ruins!

Galuf looks startled.

ミド「土のクリスタルの力で町を
   浮かせていた…
   クリスタルがくだけちるのに
   気づき、ていしした…
Mid: They made the town float using
 the Earth Crystal's power...
 but upon realizing the Crystal
 would shatter, they stopped it...
シド「急がなくては!
   だれかが、機械を動かしたん
   じゃ!
Cid: You have to hurry!
 Someone has started
 up the machine!

Lenna and Faris look at each other.

レナ「まさかお父様が… Lenna: Father couldn't have...
ファリス「そんなわけない! Faris: Not a chance!
『どうすれば、上空に
 あがれるんだ?
"How can we ascend
 to the upper sky?"

Cid pulls out another book.

シド「これじゃよ!
   これがあれば…
Cid: With this!
 If we had this...
ミド「アダマンタイトです。
   これで飛空艇を強化すれば
   もっと高く飛べるんです!
Mid: Adamantite.
 The airship could fly higher
 if we reinforced it with this!

Galuf looks excited.

ガラフ「知っとるぞい! Galuf: I've got it!
ガラフ「わしの乗ってきたいん石…
    そこで見たおぼえがある!
『本当か!?
Galuf: The meteroite I rode here in...
 I remember seeing some there!
"Really!?"
ガラフ「うたがうのか!?
『記憶は、完全にもどって
 ないんだろ?
Galuf: You're doubting me!?
"Your memory's not completely
 back yet, is it?"
ガラフ「アダマンタイトのことは
    思い出したんじゃ!
Galuf: I remember about
 the Adamantite!
ファリス「とにかく行ってみよう! Faris: Anyhow, let's try going!

Several nods go around, and Cid and Mid pack up their books.

シド「わしらはここで、じゅんびを
   しとる!
ミド「早くアダマンタイトを持って
   きたください!!
Cid: We'll make preparations
 here!
Mid: Please hurry back with
 the Adamantite!

タイクーンのいん石 Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Tycoon Meteorite

Nothing's changed here. Upon arriving at the meteorite, Galuf moves to the side and reaches for something on the stone.

ガラフ「たしかここらへんに… Galuf: Around here, I think...

A doorway opens in the meteorite.

ガラフ「この中じゃ! Galuf: In here!

The meteorite contains what appears to be a warp tile like in the others, but it doesn't do anything. There's also a bluish crystalline stone in the back.

ガラフ「これじゃ! Galuf: This is it!

Galuf takes it.

ガラフ「どんなもんじゃい
    なんという記憶力!
『記憶そうしつの人間の言うこと
 か!?
Galuf: Have I got a great
 memory or what!
"Is that anything for a person
 with amnesia to say!?"
ガラフ「ハッハッハ! Galuf: Ha, ha, ha!
アダマンタイトを手に入れた! Got Adamantite!

As they're leaving, the screen goes dark.

『何かいるぞ!
 気をつけろ!!
"Something's here!
 Be careful!!"

A giant tortoise of some sort. It doesn't take much damage, but has low HP for a boss at this point in the game. Ice is its weakness, so take advantage of that. It drops a Turtle Shell, and you can steal a Protect Drink if you think it's worth the effort.

More concretely, attack with an Ice Bow, Blizzara-enchanted sword, or Blizzara or Shiva with an Ice Rod equipped. Breaking an Ice Rod on it will also deal considerable damage, though it's a bit of a waste. And if you're feeling mean and have Level 5 Death, well... it's level 20. You know what to do. Otherwise, the Time Magic spell Gravity and Blue Magic skill Missile will cut off large chunks of its health, assuming you can get them to hit. The creature has innate 'shell' status, which halves the hit rate of spells than can miss. If you're worried about its attacks, don't be. All it can do is plain physical damage, and while it sometimes attacks twice in one turn, that's frankly dull compared to earlier bosses. No magic, no group attacks, no status effects, no counterattacks, just boring physicals.


Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Airship Hangar

Cid and Mid again arrive as the party prepares to leave the airship. Everyone regroups on deck, and Galuf produces the Adamantite.

シド「おお!アダマンタイトか!
ミド「さっそく、とりかかります!
   バッツたちは
   ベッドの部屋で休んでなよ
Cid: Oh! Adamantite!
Mid: We'll get right to work!
 Butz, you can all rest in
 the room with the beds.

Cid and Mid take the Adamantite and head below deck while the others leave the ship. Fade out, scene change to Cid and Mid working frantically in the airship's machinery room. Fade out again, scene change to the sleeping room. Butz leaps out of bed.

『ふァ… なんか…
飛空艇がもうでき上がってる
夢を見たなァ…
"*yawn*... weird...
 dreamed the airship
 was already ready..."

Cid and Mid walk in behind Butz.

シド「できたぞい!! Cid: It's done!!

Butz looks astonished.

『は、 はやいなァ! "Th-that was fast!"

The others wake up. Cid raises an arm.

...but the dialog claims Mid speaks, but the style sounds more like Cid, but... well, whatever, the information's fine regardless.

ミド「飛び上がって、さらに
   Aボタンをおして
   上空に上がるほうを
   えらぶのじゃ!
Mid: Take off and press
 the A button again,
 and choose to rise
 to the upper skies!
レナ「これで空飛ぶ町まで
   行けるのね?
Lenna: We can make it to the
 flying town like this, right?

Cid and Mid exchange glances and look downcast.

シド「ところが、そうかんたんには
   いかんのじゃ…
   これを見るとじゃな…
Cid: However, it won't be
 that simple...
 Looking at this...

He pulls out a book, and the party gathers around.

シド「空飛ぶ町は、砲台をすべて
   こわさなければ、中には
   入れん。
Cid: You can't enter the flying
 town unless you destroy
 all the gun batteries.
ミド「本によると、砲台はとても
   強力だと…
Mid: According to the book, the
 guns are quite powerful...
レナ「でも行かなくては!
ファリス「そうさ!
ガラフ「なーに砲台なんてひとひね
    りじゃよ!
Lenna: But we have to go!
Faris: Right!
Galuf: Come on, a mere gun
 battery's like nothing!
『ありがとうシド、ミド。
 土のクリスタルがくだける前に
 空飛ぶ遺跡へ、急がなくては!
"Thanks, Cid, Mid.
 We've got to hurry to the flying town
 before the Earth Crystal breaks!"

Cid picks up the book, and the party leaves for the airship.

『よーし出発だあ!! "All right, we're off!!"

The airship can now fly higher, as described, and the flying town has a number of gun emplacements, also as described.

Some (it seems to be random) are flame guns, giving a quick way to learn Flame Emmision, but easy enough to beat. The others are rocket guns and more problematic since their Rocket Punch causes 'confusion' status. There's an easy way around it, though. Get 'berserk' status on everyone by any means available (like using the Berserker job), and they become immune to 'confusion'. Once that's taken care of, the rocket guns are pushovers, since all their attacks inflict percentile damage, meaning they can't actually kill anyone themselves. The rocket guns are also an opportunity to learn Missile.

Back away from the city at any time to return to normal altitude, a good way to recover and resupply as needed. Also note that the Thief's Dash ability works here.

Once all four gun emplacements are destroyed, the scene shifts to the airship deck.

『よし、砲台は全部こわしたぞ!
レナ「待って、あれは!?
"Good, we've destroyed all the guns!"
Lenna: Wait, what's that!?

With a rumbling, part of the city opens to reveal another, larger cannon.

ガラフ「でかい…!
ファリス「やっかいそうだな…
Galuf: Huge...!
Faris: Looks like trouble...

The massive Sol Cannon and its two Launchers count as a boss. Battle opens with the following message:

拡散波動砲エネルギー充填 Charging diffusion wave cannon energy

Joy. In any case, kill the Launchers immediately. Left alone, they'll attack with rockets that remove half of current HP and inflict 'aging' status, which you really don't want to have to deal with. Level 5 Death will eliminate them easily, but they'll also self-destruct if damaged when under 10,000 HP, and since each starts at only 10,800, that means you only have to inflict a measly 800 damage plus one more hit. The Sol Cannon will also finish itself off (and the Launchers, if they're still present) once hit when below 10,000 HP, but since it starts at 22,500 HP, that's going to take quite a bit more effort.

And let's not forget that diffusion wave cannon either! Further messages follow as the battle continues...

電影クロスゲージ明度20 Lightning cross-gauge luminosity 20
セーフティロックッ解除 Safety lock disengaged
薬室内圧力上昇 Blast chamber pressure rising
対ショック対せんこうぼうぎょオン Anti-shock anti-glare shields on
エネルギー充填128% Energy charge 128%
発射!!! Firing!!!

For the remainder of the battle, the wave cannon will continue to recharge and fire, with fewer preparation steps after the first time. Fortunately, the Sol Cannon can't do anything else, but the wave cannon hits everyone for heavy magic damage and inflicts 'slip' status, which is more than enough to keep healers busy. You did bring healers, right? You win a Dark Matter and two High Potions upon victory.

There's no real quick and easy with this one. The Minstrel's !Hide may come in handy for defense. For offense, the Coral Sword, Trident (if using Normal class), Lightning Bow, and Shock Whip all help, as do Ramuh and Thundara boosted with a Thunder Rod, while Ninjas can throw Raijin no Jutsu. If you have money to spare, buy extra Thunder Rods and break them on it for heavy damage, but that really isn't necessary unless you're playing a low-level game. Speaking of which, low-level gamers should note that you'll get 10 exp from this battle, like it or not.

『あの穴から入れるのか…?
「そうみたいじゃな…
「行こうぜ!!
"Can we get in through that hole...?"
: Looks like it...
: Let's go!!

In order, that's Butz (of course), Galuf, and Faris speaking.


ロンカ遺跡 Butz Lenna Galuf Faris Lonka Ruins

This is possibly the best time to go loot the basement in Worus Castle. Refer to the end of the And Beyond section for details, but in short, a team of Berserkers gets the job done surprisingly well. Equip someone with Alertness and have !White Magic handy to heal between fights.

The architecture should look familiar by now. The Thief's Secret Passages ability helps navigate some rooms here, and you'll want the Geomancer's Pitfall Evasion in a room full of both treasure chests and hidden pitfalls. And do make sure not to miss any treasures, since this is your only chance to get them.

A few enemies here deserve special note. !Control a せんぷうまじん to add the ever-useful White Wind to your Blue Magic collection. Thieves may be able to pilfer a Lamia's Tiara from a Lamia, but it's a rare steal so you're more likely to get a Maiden's Kiss. !Control one of them to learn 1000 Needles. The Hydra deeper into the ruins (not to be confused with the Hyudra) has a Killer Bow for a rare steal (and no common steal, so you can keep trying for it), and will also cast Level 4 Graviga upon dying, which means a chance to learn it (but also severe damage) if anyone has a level divisible by 4.

Deep in the ruins, the party finds King Tycoon. Maybe. He seems to be acting rather oddly.

レナ「お父様! Lenna: Father!
タイクーン王「うぬゥ、あやつが
       じゃましておる!
King Tycoon: Urgh, that thing's
 in the way!
ファリス「お父さん! Faris: Dad!
王「うるさい!! King: Quiet!!
王「あの魔物は、この遺跡を守る
  ぬし。
  自分の弱点を変えてくる…
  早く、たおすのだ!!
King: That monster is the
 guardian of these ruins.
 It changes its weakness...
 Hurry up and beat it!!

And the nearby Archaeo Avis attacks. It actually has five forms, changing from one to the next after taking sufficient damage. The first four forms transition seamlessly between each other, with the only indications of a change being a different set of attacks and different strengths and weaknesses. The varying elements make this a poor time to use Black Magic. Non-elemental physical attacks are probably the way to go.

Note that, as usual, all these form changes are done via reaction scripts, so finishing off any form with anything that prevents reactions (such as a counterattack) will bypass the form changing and end the battle immediately.

After the fourth form is beaten, it appears to die, then comes back as the fifth form.

アルケオエイビスがよみがえった! Archaeo Avis was revived!
タイクーン王「おおっ! King Tycoon: Oh!
「なんという生命力!! : Such life force!!
「ク クリスタルの力なのか……! : Th-the Crystal's power...!?

And now it's time for your Blue Mage to humiliate it with Level 5 Death (the fifth form is level 20). Failing that, keep hitting it with anything non-elemental you have, since it's now immune to Flame, Ice, Thunder, Wind, and Earth.

王「よくやった!
  フ… フ… フ…
King: Well done!
 Hu... hu... hu...

Um. That was creepy. He shoves the party aside and proceeds further in.

レナ「お父様!
ファリス「父さん!
Lenna: Father!
Faris: Dad!
『この先に、土のクリスタルが? "Is the Earth Crystal ahead?"

In the next room, the king stands before the Crystal, and the music is... rather less than cheerful. He turns around slowly.

レナ「お父様!
ファリス「父さん!!
Lenna: Father!
Faris: Dad!!
ガラフ「だめじゃ!
    何かにあやつられておる!
Galuf: Don't!
 He's being controlled by something!

The king leaps down from the platform. Butz and Galuf exchange glances, but Lenna and Faris cut them off before they can take action.

レナ「バッツ、やめて!
ファリス「だめだ!
Lenna: Butz, stop!
Faris: Don't!
『そこをどくんだ "Out of the way."

They refuse. The king draws nearer.

王「4人まとめて
  らくにしてやろう!
King: I'll put all four of you to rest!

That gets their attention. Lenna and Faris turn around, then fall back to join Butz and Galuf. But just then, there's another one of those rumblings, and everyone starts looking around. Yet another meteorite falls from the sky, striking the ruins (judging by the way the party is knocked to the ground and tossed around a bit). A nearby wall blasts open, and Karulu rushes inside and hits the king with something shiny. He's knocked away and falls to the ground. Butz and Galuf get up and shake their heads rapidly as if to clear them. Karulu hops up and down excitedly.

「おじいちゃーん! : Graaampa!

She rushes to his side.

「よかった
 おじいちゃん、無事だったのね!
: Thank goodness!
 Grampa, you're okay!

Galuf takes a step away, looking confused, scratches his head a few times, then appears to have a revelation and casts off the floating '?' bubble.

ガラフ「クルル…クルルか! Galuf: Karulu... Karulu!
ガラフの記憶が完全に
よみがえった!
Galuf's memory has
completely recovered!

Karulu runs around him excitedly and hops a few more times.

クルル「おじいちゃん
    会いたかった!
Karulu: Grampa,
 I've missed you!

Faris and Lenna get up and immediately go to check on the king.

レナ「お父様!
ファリス「父さん!!
Lenna: Father!
Faris: Dad!!
クルル「だいじょうぶだよ。
    弱いサンダーをかけただけ
    だから!
Karulu: He's fine.
 I only cast a weak Thunder
 on him, after all!

The king stands, looking a bit unsteady.

王「う……ここは…
  レナ…
  サリサ…?
  サリサなのか!?
King: Ugh... where...?
 Lenna...
 Sarisa...?
 Sarisa, is that you!?
王「お前は…
  サリサ!
  生きていてくれたのか!!
King: You're...
 Sarisa!
 You're alive!!
ファリス「とう…さん…
     父さん!
Faris: D... dad...
 Dad!

And while that's surely touching, the screen darkens, and Butz takes a closer look at the Crystal.

『しまった! "No!"

And the Crystal shatters, leaving four shards behind. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, there's a big scary light show where the seal had been. A sparkle rises from the forest and shortly thereafter lands on the Crystal platform.

ガラフ「エクスデス…! Galuf: Exdeath...!

Exdeath materializes from the sparkle. He wears what appears to be dark heavy armor from head to toe, with a dramatic evil cape for good measure.

エクスデス「ガラフ
      私はよみがえったぞ!
      ファファファ…
Exdeath: Galuf,
 I have returned!
 Fwa hwa hwa...

Exdeath raises his arms, and the Crystal shards begin moving. After circling the other six with increasing speed, they arrange themselves some distance away in a semicircle.

「クリスタルよ!
 わが魔力により、わが力となり!
 この者たちを消しさるのだ!!
O Crystal!
By my magic, my power be!
Erase these people!!

Butz takes a step toward Exdeath.

『くっそーっ! "Dammit!"

But energy rises from the shards and blasts him back.

『うっ…… "Ugh..."
レナ「バッツ!
   だいじょうぶ!?
Lenna: Butz!
 Are you okay!?
エクスデス「クリスタルは
      くだけちった!
      次は、ガラフ!
      お前の世界だっ!!
Exdeath: The Crystals
 have shattered!
 Next, Galuf!
 Your world!!

Exdeath warps himself away. King Tycoon steps forward.

レナ「お父様!
ファリス「父さん!!
Lenna: Father!
Faris: Dad!!
王「サリサ
  レナ
  そしてバッツ
  異世界の戦士たちよ!
King: Sarisa,
 Lenna,
 Butz and warriors
 from another world!
王「お前たちにはまだやらねばな
  らぬことがある。
  世界を無にしてはならぬ…
King: There are still things
 you all need to do.
 The world must not become void...

The king raises an arm, and there's an answering glow.

王「土の力よ……
  われにつどい
  その心を取りもどせ!
King: O power of Earth...
 come unto me,
 and regain thy heart!

With a rumbling and a red glow, the shards do some more zapping, knocking everyone back and to the ground. The king gets up and advances again, but the shards just zap him back down.

レナ「お父様!
ファリス「父さん!!
Lenna: Father!
Faris: Dad!!
王「来てはならぬ! King: Stay back!

He advances again, and this time the shards close in and circle around him. He does something, and they fall harmlessly to the ground, but he also collapses.

レナ「しっかりして! Lenna: Hang on!
ファリス「死んじゃいやだー! Faris: Don't die on me!
王「サリサ…お前には…
  何もしてやれなかったな…
King: Sarisa... I couldn't...
 do anything for you...
王「レナ…サリサ…
  2人で…力を合わせ…
  ……
King: Lenna... Sarisa...
 work... together...
 ...

Faris nods, Lenna just looks downcast.

王「バッツどの…
  2人を守ってやって…
  ください…
King: Sir Butz...
 please protect...
 both of them...

Butz nods.

レナ「お父様ー!! Lenna: Father!!
ファリス「死なないてー!!! Faris: Don't die!!!

But he's gone. The shards sparkle and converge on Lenna.

かけらに眠る勇者の心… The hearts of heroes sleep in the shards...
Butz - Samurai Lenna - Samurai Galuf - Samurai Faris - Samurai Samurai
竜騎士 Butz - Wyrmknight Lenna - Wyrmknight Galuf - Wyrmknight Faris - Wyrmknight Wyrmknight
踊り子 Butz - Dancer Lenna - Dancer Galuf - Dancer Faris - Dancer Dancer
薬師 Butz - Chemist Lenna - Chemist Galuf - Chemist Faris - Chemist Chemist

Anyone remember what was keeping this thing in the air? So no one should be surprised when...

...the ruins start violently shuddering.

『なんだ!? "What the!?"

Okay, so Butz can be a bit slow on the uptake at times...

ガラフ「遺跡が落ちる…!? Galuf: The ruins are falling...!?

Galuf too, I suppose... and now I have to wonder if the others weren't expecting it either, but simply declined to open their mouths and remove all doubt.

『脱出だ!
 飛空艇まで急げ!
"We're getting out of here!
 Hurry to the airship!"

Lenna hesitates as the others leave, but Faris goes back for her.

ファリス「レナ!行こう! Faris: Lenna! Let's go!

They rush out through the ruins, as explosions and arcing electricity wreak havoc on the machinery. At the airship, Faris takes the wheel.

ファリス「ゆれるよ!
     しっかりつかまって!
Faris: It's gonna be rough!
 Hang on tight!

The airship flies out of the exploding ruins, which continue to fall.



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