Previous Part: Falls and Falling

Storyline text and attempted translations from...

聖剣伝説2

  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.


「大砲屋!」

"Cannoneer!"

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.

「ぐふふ、いらっしゃい。ワシ?
 世界中をネットワークでむすぶ
 大砲屋ブロスさね!ぐふふふ
: 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.

「水の神殿に 行くんだろ?
 ジェマさんなら 先に行ったよ。
「大砲で神殿まで ひとっとび!
 ジェマさんに おまえのぶんも
 お金をもらったよ。のってく?
: 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).

「おや、そうかい?あるいて
 水の神殿に行くんなら 西の方に
 向かって行けばいいよ。
: 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
 west.

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.


「ニキータの店へようこそ!」

"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.

「われわれは、パンドーラ王国の
 魔女とうばつたいだ。妖魔の森の
 悪い魔女をたいじしに行くんだ。
: 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!
あの方はわれわれの たいちょう
ディラックさんだ。
若いのに、しっかりしているよ。
こんどのにんむは 生きてかえれ
ないかもしれないのに、少しも
いやなかおをしないし‥
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
best!

"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.

この先のワープで妖魔の森に近道
できるが、がけになっている。でも
ムチをつかえば わたれるんだ。
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.

「ディラック少佐!
 じゅんびできました!
: Major Dirac!
 Preparations complete!
SOLDIER:Major Dyluck!
 All set!
「よし! ゆだんするなよ!
 しゅっぱーつ!!
: Good! Don't get careless!
 Move out!!
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.

ジェマ「待っていたぞ!
 さあ、行こう、[BOY]!
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.

『ルカさまは、どこに?
 あ、あの女の子に聞いてみよう。
 ねえ、きみ、ルカさまは?
『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.

ジェマ「これ! しつれいな!
 ルカさま、おひさしぶりです。
娘「ふぉふぉふぉ、よくきたな!
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
 again.
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.

『えー? じゃ、この子が
 200さいの おばあちゃん!?
『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.

ルカ「ほほう、おぬしが聖剣を
 抜いたのか!これはおもしろい。
 ふぉふぉふぉ。
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.

ジェマ「ルカさま、魔物たちが
 村々をおそいはじめております。
 先ほどもこの少年の村に‥
Gemma: Lady Luka, monsters have
 begun to attack villages. Just earlier,
 in this boy's village...
JEMA:Luka, monsters are
 invading villages.
 He just fought one!
ルカ「ふん、知っておるわ!
 水の流れを通して、世界中の
 事が わかるのじゃ。
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.
「マナの力が 弱まっておる。
 だから、その少年なんぞに聖剣が
 抜かれてしもうたのかもしれん。
: 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.
「その時、このあたりの マナの
 バランスがくずれ、魔物たちが
 あばれはじめたのじゃろう。
: 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.
「世界には 聖剣の力を封じている
 邪悪なモンスターたちが
 いるようじゃ。
: 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
 回復し、きたえなおすことにより
 さらなる進化をとげるじゃろう。
: 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.
「先ほどの マンティスアントも
 そのひとつじゃろう。聖剣の力が
 少し回復しておるようじゃ。
: 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.
「モンスター以外にも剣の進化力を
 回復する封印があるかも知れぬ。
 それを見つけるのじゃ。
: 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
 もとで 修行をしていたことが
 あるのだ。
Gemma: I once studied under Lady Luka. JEMA:Once I was one of
 Luka's followers.
「その時に、この世界をささえる
 マナの力の事をおそわった。
 それがいま失われつつある‥
: 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.

ルカ「ジェマよ、帝国の動きに
 気をつけるのじゃ!帝国は
 マナの要塞を ねらっておる!
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.
『マナの要塞!?
 あの、世界をほろぼしたっていう
 おとぎ話の?
『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?
ジェマ「おとぎ話ではない。本当に
 要塞はあったのだ。帝国は要塞を
 よみがえらせようとしている。
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
 awaken it.
ルカ「帝国は 各地の 神殿にある
 マナの種子の封印を とこうと
 しているらしい。
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.
「この神殿のまわりにも すでに
 何者かが ようすをさぐりに
 来ておるようじゃ。
: Someone seems to be nosing
 around this temple already.
 A bunch of strangers have
 already started snooping
 around this palace!
ジェマ「パンドーラ王国で、何やら
 ふおんな動きがあるようです。
 それと帝国に何か関係が?
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?
ルカ「わからぬ‥ ジェマよ、
 国王に会い 帝国に用心するよう
 伝えてくるのじゃ。
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.
ジェマ「わかりました。
 では さっそく。
Gemma: Understood.
 I'll go at once.
JEMA:Right. I'm on my way.
「[BOY]、ガイアのヘソ
 とよばれる どうくつにむかえ。
 ドワーフのかじやがあると聞く。
「ドワーフたちに その聖剣を
 きたえなおしてもらったほうが
 いいだろう‥
: [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
 Holy Sword...
 [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.
「剣が進化し、技レベルを上げれば
 使える技も ふえていくはずだ。
 しっかりな!
: 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.

ルカ「‥[BOY]よ
 何をそんなに おびえておる?
( 聖剣のこと  要塞のこと )
Luka: ...[BOY].
 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.

「はるかむかし、神々の最後の戦い
 があった。その時に使われた
 神の船が マナの要塞じゃ。
: 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
 final battle.
「おまえも おとぎばなしとして
 聞いたことがあるじゃろう。
 だが 神々の戦いは本当だった。
: You have most likely heard about it,
 as a fairy tale. But the battle of the
 gods really happened.
 But even they could not
 control Mana...
「その時 滅びかかった世界を
 ぎりぎりのところですくったのが
 聖剣だったとされておる。
: 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.
「そうして生きのこった者たちが、
 マナの力に守られ、ふたたび
 いまの世界をきずきあげたんじゃ
: 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.

「その剣は まさしく聖剣。
 じゃが、その光は失われ、もはや
 聖剣としての力はのこっておらぬ
: 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
 gone!
「聖剣は その最後の力を使い、
 自らおぬしを 選んだようじゃ。
: 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?
「わしにもわからぬ。じゃが、
 抜いてしまった以上、おぬしが
 聖剣をよみがえらせねば ならぬ
: 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?
「おぬし自身が、聖剣にふさわしい
 勇者となるべく、勇気と力を
 身につけなければならん。
: 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]よ、帝国がマナの
 要塞を よみがえらせてしまうと
 マナは全て失われてしまう。
: [BOY], if the empire revives the
 Mana Fortress, all Mana will be lost.
 [BOY], the Empire must
 not restore the Fortress!
「その前に 聖剣の力を
 よみがえらせねば、世界は
 こんどこそ ほろびてしまうぞ!
: 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).

「さあ、さいだんの マナの種子に
 聖剣をかかげてみなさい。
: 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.

『いったい何が?
「マナの種子と 聖剣が
 共鳴したのじゃ!
『What just happened?
: The Mana Seed and Holy Sword
 resonated!
 For a moment, the seed
 and the sword became one!
 You have sealed the Mana
 seed with your Mana sword.
「これで世界のどこにおっても、
 その聖剣には種子からのパワーが
 とどくはずじゃ。
: 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!
「世界には、ここをふくめぜんぶで
 8つの神殿がある。それぞれの
 種子から力をさずかるとよい。
: 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!
「この先、さびついた聖剣だけでは
 ふあんじゃ。この聖水できよめた
 ブロンズランスも もっていけ。
: 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!
「聖剣とともに使えば、聖剣と同じ
 ように進化していくじゃろう。
: It should evolve much like the
 Holy Sword if used alongside it.
 It will grow and regain
 it's power just like your
 Mana Sword.
 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.

ルカ「回復してやろう。
 セーブもしておくかね?
   ( 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?
  (Yes  No)
ルカ「まずは ジェマもいっていた
 ガイアのヘソ にむかえ。
 そこには地底神殿があるはずじゃ
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.
「ガイアのヘソへは
 南のパンドーラ王国を抜けて
 行くと よいだろう
: Go through Pandora Kingdom to
 the south to reach Gaia's Navel.
 To reach Gaia's Navel head
 south through the realm of
 Pandora.

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 effect. 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 recheck 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.



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