|Eastern Gaia Lowlands|
A stray comment by an otherwise unimportant NPC much later indicates that this entire region, centered around Gaia's Navel and including Potos Village, the Water Temple, and several other locations we'll be visiting in due time, is called the Gaia Lowlands.
As near the falls, "The Boy Heads for the Wilds" plays here.
Bud Flowers (Lullabuds) and Myconids (Mushbooms) join the Rabbies here. Be careful, since the flowers can cause Poisoned, and the mushrooms have a dust cloud attack that inflicts Asleep. Neither should cause much trouble if you take proper advantage of the sword's range and keep out of reach between attacks.
A sign just outside the village begs for attention.
Cannon Travel Center!
That sounds peculiar. Let's investigate. The screen to the right has a large cannon mounted on an elevated patch of land. A stubby character who looks like a caveman with goggles stands nearby.
|: Gu hu hu, welcome. Me?
I'm part of the network of Cannoneer Bros
that links the whole world! Gu hu hu hu.
| Hi! We, the Cannon Travel
brothers are building
a global network!
Each cannoneer has a different peculiar laugh, and most also have other strange quirks of speech.
|: You're heading for the Water Temple?
Mister Gemma's already gone ahead.
: It's a quick hop to the temple by cannon!
I've already received payment for you
from mister Gemma. Want to ride?
| Going to the Water Palace?
Jema's already left. He
paid your way, too! Hop in!
|（ たのむ ことわる ）||( Make the request Decline )||(Thank you! No thanks!)|
"By cannon"? Does he seriously mean...
|さあ、大砲にはいっとくれ！||Now, get into the cannon!||Just slide into the cannon!|
Apparently he does. The Boy gets in and is launched out of the cannon to land near the Water Temple not far to the west.
As far as I'm concerned, the strangest thing about cannon travel is that no one seems to find it strange.
Of course, you could also decline (or just not come here in the first place).
|: Aw, really? Just head west if you're
going to the Water Temple on foot.
| Well, if you want to walk
to the Water Palace, head
It's not far, and there are more signs along the way.
|「きけん！ ゴブリンにちゅうい」||"Danger! Beware of Goblins."||DANGER! Beware of goblins!|
All right, but there don't seem to be any around.
"Welcome to Nikita's!"
Welcome to Neko's!
Nikita, who carries a large bag and seems to be as much feline as human, runs an overpriced store (charging twice what other merchants do for the same items) and an inn that usually ends up being largely pointless. Just past Nikita's lies the passage to the Water Temple, which also serves as The Boy's landing spot if arriving by cannon. Four generic soldiers and a blond man who seems to be their leader stand here.
|: We're a witch subjgation force from
Pandora Kingdom. We're going to
take out the evil witch in Imp Forest.
|We came from Pandora to
fight Elinee, the witch in
the Haunted Forest!
|That's Dirac, our commander.
He's steadfast despite his youth.
We might not come back alive from
this mission, but you'd never guess
it from his expression...
|That's Major Dyluck.
This mission will be full
of danger. But we'll do our
"Dyluck" works well enough, but this may be a reference to Paul Dirac, a theoretical physicist who, among other things, predicted the existence of antimatter. This may have some relevance. If nothing else, it's a real name that's rendered as ディラック and dominates search results.
|The warp ahead is a shortcut to
Imp Forest, but it leads to a cliff.
You can cross it with a whip, though.
|We need a whip to go through
the short cut to the castle
of Elinee, the witch.
After speaking to either of the soldiers who introduces Dirac, speaking to one of them again or to Dirac prompts them to leave.
Between his unique appearance and the fact that the game apparently wants you to know his name (since it's not until after you've seen it that they leave), it's a safe bet that he'll be important to some degree. Too bad he's on what sounds uncomfortably like a suicide mission.
|: Major Dirac!
|: Good! Don't get careless!
|Dyluck:Right! Let's go!|
They exit to the left, with an odd noise offscreen. Following them reveals a teleporter to a dead end in a misty forest. So we'll head north instead.
|水の神殿||Water Temple||WATER PALACE|
Appropriately, water flows from, and pools around, the temple. Gemma waits by the entrance, as he said he would.
|Gemma: I've been waiting for you!
Now, let's go, [BOY]!
|JEMA:Let's go, [BOY]!|
Gemma continues inside, where The Boy unsurprisingly finds more water, as well as more serene music (track 31 祈りと囁き / "Prayer and Whispers"). Past a series of retractable stairways, The Boy beats Gemma to an aqua-haired, red-eyed woman wearing a golden tiara and a blue flowing dress, and standing by a small stepped pyramid with a large seed sitting on its top. He looks around in confusion, then walks up to the woman.
Oddly, the stairs can only be operated from the outside, which seems like a very bad idea as far as security goes. Even more oddly, not to mention inconsiderately, Gemma seems to have somehow retracted them behind him, despite the lack of any visible controls on the inner side.
|『Where's Lady Luka?
Oh, I'll try asking that girl.
Say, you there, where's Lady Luka?
|[BOY]:So? Now what?
Hey, you, where's Luka?
Gemma now approaches.
|Gemma: Hey! How rude!
Lady Luka, it has been a long time.
Girl: Ho ho ho, I'm glad you're here!
|JEMA:Hey! How rude!
Luka, it's nice to see you
LUKA:Ha ha ha...welcome!
The Boy is astonished.
Also note that what he said isn't particularly rude... as long as he's talking to someone of no special importance, and around his age or younger. He seemed to think he was, but it appears he's wrong on both counts. At least she doesn't seem to mind. Maybe she thinks of it as a compliment. Also of interest is that, while she may look more like a teenager than a centuries-old probably-not-human being, she talks very much like a wise old woman.
|『What? You mean this girl is
the 200-year-old granny!?
|[BOY]:What? You mean this
girl is 200 years old?
A break in the conversation here allows for an optional side chat with Luka.
|Luka: Oho, so you drew the Holy
Sword! How very interesting.
Ho ho ho.
|LUKA:My, my...looks like
you have the Mana Sword!
How interesting. Ho ho ho!
Talking to Gemma continues the scene.
|Gemma: Lady Luka, monsters have
begun to attack villages. Just earlier,
in this boy's village...
|JEMA:Luka, monsters are
He just fought one!
|Luka: Hmph, I'm well aware!
I can tell through the flow of the water
what happens all over the world.
|LUKA:I know. The ebb and
flow of water brings me
news from around the world.
|: The power of Mana is weakening.
Perhaps this is why that boy was
able to draw the Holy Sword.
| Mana's power is growing
weak. That's why this boy
was able to take the Sword.
|: When he did, that most likely upset the
balance of Mana in this area, causing
monsters to begin running riot.
| When he did, the balance of
Mana in this area shifted,
and monsters revived.
|: It seems that there are evil monsters
in the world that are sealing away the
Holy Sword's power.
| There are evil monsters
working to steal away the
power of the Mana Sword!
|「それらを たおせば 聖剣の力が
|: Taking them down should restore
the Holy Sword's power, allowing it
to further evolve by reforging it.
| By defeating those evil
monsters, you can restore
the Sword's Mana power.
|: The Mantis Ant earlier must have been
one of them. The Holy Sword's power
seems to have recovered slightly.
| The power is kept in orbs.
Looks like it regained some
power from the Mantis Ant.
|: There may be seals other than monsters
that will restore the sword's power
to evolve. Find them.
| There must be more hidden
orbs which hold Mana
power for the Sword.
And you must find someone
who can forge the sword to
release its stored power.
A break in the conversation here allows for an optional side chat with Gemma.
|ジェマ「私は かつて ルカさまの
|Gemma: I once studied under Lady Luka.||JEMA:Once I was one of
|: I was taught then of the power of
Mana that supports our world.
It's now in the process of being lost...
| I studied the power of
Mana, which sustains
eveything in this world.
Talking to Luka continues the scene.
|Luka: Gemma, take heed of the
empire's movements! They're
after the Mana Fortress!
|LUKA:Jema, watch out for the
Empire. It seeks to obtain
the Mana Fortress.
|『The Mana Fortress!?
That thing from the fairy tale
where it destroyed the world?
|[BOY]:You mean the one
that destroys the world in
that fairy tale?
|Gemma: It's no fairy tale. The fortress
really existed. The empire is trying
to revive it.
|JEMA:That's no fairy tale.
The Empire is trying to
|ルカ「帝国は 各地の 神殿にある
|Luka: The empire appears to be trying
to break the seals of the Mana Seeds
in the temples across the world.
|LUKA:The Empire is going to
unlock the seals from the
world's Mana Seeds.
|: Someone seems to be nosing
around this temple already.
| A bunch of strangers have
already started snooping
around this palace!
|Gemma: Trouble seems to be
brewing in Pandora Kingdom.
Could the empire be involved?
|JEMA:Something is very
wrong in Pandora. Could the
Empire be involved?
|Luka: I don't know... Gemma, see
the king and tell him to be wary
of the empire.
|LUKA:I don't know. Jema, see
the King of Pandora and
tell him to be cautious.
I'll go at once.
|JEMA:Right. I'm on my way.|
|: [BOY], head to the cave called
Gaia's Navel. I've heard there's
a dwarven blacksmith there.
: It would probably be a good idea
to have the dwarves reforge the
| [BOY], you go to the cave
called Gaia's Navel.
Dwarves live in that cave.
They make good weapons and
know all about weapons.
They may know somebody who
can reforge and empower
that sword of yours.
|: As the sword evolves and your skill
level increases, you ought to be able
to use more skills. Take heart!
| As your sword's power and
skill level increase, so
too will your ability.
Gemma exits, leaving The Boy alone with Luka.
（ 聖剣のこと 要塞のこと ）
What has you so frightened?
( The Holy Sword The fortress )
|LUKA:[BOY], what are you
so scared of?
(The Sword The Fortress)
Hoo boy. Here comes a sizable dialog tree, the only one in the game as far as I can recall—most choices elsewhere are very basic, while this one has multiple choices, and parts can repeat until she's satisfied. Fortunately, it's not really as complicated as it appears at first glance.
Choosing "The fortress" goes here.
|: Long, long ago, there was a final battle
of the gods. The Mana Fortress is a
divine vessel used then.
| Eons ago the ancients used
the Mana Fortress in their
|: You have most likely heard about it,
as a fairy tale. But the battle of the
gods really happened.
| But even they could not
|: It is held to be the Holy Sword that
at the last moment saved the world
from the brink of destruction.
| In the end it was your
sword that saved the world.
|: Those who survived were protected
by the power of Mana and rebuilt the
world as we now know it.
| Survivors rebuilt the
world to honor Mana.
He nods, and Luka continues. Choosing "The Holy Sword" above jumps straight to this point. Both choices continue below.
|: That sword is indeed the Holy Sword.
However, its light has been lost, and it no
longer has its power as the Holy Sword.
|LUKA: That is THE Mana
Sword, but its power is
|: The Holy Sword seems to have used
the last of its power to choose you.
| It used its last ounce
of power to summon you...
|（ なぜぼくを？ 聖剣の力？ ）||( Why me? The Holy Sword's power? )||(Why me? Power..?)|
We'll start with "Why Me?"
|『なぜ ぼくなんかを‥‥||『Why someone like me......?||[BOY]:Why did it choose me?|
|: I don't know either. But now that
you have drawn it, you must revive
the Holy Sword.
|LUKA:I don't know, but now
you must re-energize it!
|（ まかせろ！ やだ！ ）||( Leave it to me! No, thanks! )||(No problem! No way!)|
And here we'll pick "Leave it to me!"
|『どうすれば？||『What should I do?||[BOY]:What should I do?|
|: You must acquire the courage and
power needed to become a hero
worthy of the Holy Sword.
|LUKA:You must become a hero
who is worthy of the sword!
|（ むりだ！ ‥‥うん ）||( That's too much! ......right. )||(Who, me?! ...Okay!)|
And here we'll stop being so cooperative and pick "That's too much!"
|『そんなのムリだよ！||『That's asking too much!||[BOY]:That's impossible!|
Now it all comes back together. Choosing "The Holy Sword's power?" earlier, or "No, thanks!" after "Why Me?", jumps to here.
|: [BOY], if the empire revives the
Mana Fortress, all Mana will be lost.
| [BOY], the Empire must
not restore the Fortress!
|: The world will surely be destroyed
this time if you do not revive the
Holy Sword's power before then!
| Regain the sword's power
first, or all is lost!
After this, regardless of how it got here, the text jumps back to where The Boy asks Luka what he should do. Choosing "That's too much!" just loops again until finally selecting "...right!", at which point Luka finally continues (and so does the story).
|: Now, hold up the Holy Sword
to the Mana Seed on the altar.
| Enough! Hold the sword up
to the seed!
She steps out of the way to let The Boy approach. When he does, the seed rises into the air spinning, pings a few times, and gives off a light bluish glow that briefly colors the entire area before it settles back into place:
Mana Energy is now 1.
|『What just happened?
: The Mana Seed and Holy Sword
| For a moment, the seed
and the sword became one!
You have sealed the Mana
seed with your Mana sword.
|: Now, no matter where in the world
you go, the seed's power should
reach the Holy Sword.
| Now the Mana power from
the seed will be sent only
to you and your sword.
You'll be able to gain
power from the Mana seed
wherever you are!
|: The world has a total of eight temples,
including this one. Secure power from
the seeds in each.
| The world has 8 palaces.
Visit them all and receive
the power from them all!
|: The rusted Holy Sword alone may not be
enough from here on. Take this Bronze
Lance purified with holy water as well.
|LUKA:Take this Spear with
you. Mana Guardians used
it long ago.
|ブロンズランスを手にいれた！||Obtained Bronze Lance!||Received Spear!|
|: It should evolve much like the
Holy Sword if used alongside it.
| It will grow and regain
it's power just like your
There must be more weapons
like this spear in the
world. Find them!
The Spear doesn't have power to regain, and it's not even all that special on its own. The Holy Sword is what gives it strength.
（ はい いいえ ）
|Luka: I'll heal you.
Would you like me to save as well?
( Yes No )
|LUKA:I'll restore you.
Want to save the game?
|Luka: First, as Gemma said, head
for Gaia's Navel. The Subterranean
Temple should be there.
|LUKA:First, head for Gaia's
Navel like Jema said. Look
for the Underground Palace.
|: Go through Pandora Kingdom to
the south to reach Gaia's Navel.
| To reach Gaia's Navel head
south through the realm of
Luka will continue to provide free healing, save the game, and repeat her suggestion of what to do next when you speak to her.
Which is what makes Nikita's inn mostly useless.
That 1 Mana Energy won't make much difference at this point, but at least it looks nice on the status screen. The most readily apparent effect of Mana Energy is determining maximum spell level, once spells become available. However, it also has a more subtle function. Mana Energy squared adds to effective attack power and spell power, as long as the hit isn't a dud (when attacking, duds occur roughly (100 - hit rate)% of the time and reduce effective attack power to (hit rate)%, with no Mana Energy bonus or random variation).
Anyway, for now, you basically get +1 damage on normal hits. It's not much, and you'll have to open the weapon ring or do something else that makes the game refresh it before you'll get the bonus at all, but at this point that's something like 5% of your damage. Anyone not specifically looking for the effect will likely switch to the Bronze Lance before fighting anything and assume its higher attack power as compared to the Rusted Holy Sword is entirely responsible for the damage increase.
There game also has a related variable for enemy Mana Energy that would give them the same bonuses, but nothing ever sets it, so it's effectively unused. It still works as expected if modified, though. Perhaps there was an idea involving fighting over control of the seeds that was ultimately scrapped, or maybe they just needed a placeholder value to reuse the same damage algorithms.
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