Anyway, at the end of the last post I had finished grinding to level 25 in the passageway to the Mermaid's Village. The Mermaids are interesting because they are creatures of the Dark. Even though the Light vs. Dark thing seems cliche, they didn't go with "dark = evil". Once you do a little fetch-questing in the town, the blind leader of the Mermaids lets you go to the tree where you can get the fruit to revive the Phoenix.
|"A person of light tricked my mother. That's why she died, and why I was born blind."|
I also forgot to mention that another "Light of Destiny" joined my party, a dark magician named Torui who doesn't think all light people are bad. I didn't find this out until near the end of the game, but if any of these "Light of Destiny" people die during battle you get a game over. So the revive spells are only useful for the non-destiny people.
Now that we have the fruit, it's an easy matter to revive the Phoenix, who then is reunited with his family.
Since the Phoenix cooled the lava lake he lives in, we can now pass it and make our way to the first main goal -- the castle of the King of Dark. First we travel through the dark forest. This is a huge dungeon that apparently has tough random encounters; fortunately I didn't meet any of them. At the end we fight the monster that had captured Ninfi (the fairy), save her, and then finally it's on to the Dark Castle. I had probably grinded too much because the bosses were pretty easy. The first two are brothers, here's the second one:
|Kurisu getting hit for 77|
|"I am Minea, the daughter of the King of Dark. Dark and Light are front and back, and actually shouldn't be fighting."|
|"Torui...If you are really my disciple, you should be fighting alongside me!"|
|How did they screw this up so much?|
Once you beat him there's a tearful parting scene with him and Torui, and then it's on to the King of Dark.
|The King of Dark|
|In the above picture, only the devil can attack directly. Kurisu and the dog have missile weapons.|
Once again, my characters were levelled too much for him to be a big threat.
|Maryu kidnaps Lefina|
|Minea's resolve to join the party|