I also followed nofakenews' advice and got a Miracle Sword, which is a great weapon for Kurisu. It heals you every time you attack. The Holy Armor is good as well (30 HP heal every turn) but I haven't bought one.
|Henry, Maria, and their 8 year old son|
|Why don't you come with me little girl|
|The cave leading to the "sky" castle|
|The "sky" castle|
Anyway, with the orb destroyed it seems like our only option is to go to the elves and have them make a new one -- finally they can repay me for my service as a child. But how do we get there? There's a forest that supposedly leads to the elves' village but it's just a maze. Until Leto hears a mysterious voice:
Since Leto can see the elf, he decides to lead us to the village.
Everything is exactly as it was when Kurisu was a kid. The leader is happy to help but can't make an orb himself -- he gives us a horn that we can blow in the middle of a lake to make the elf castle appear. I had already found this lake when I was trying to find the forest before, so it was a quick return.
Unfortunately the elf queen is useless too; they can't make any more orbs like the Golden Orb. They tried, but it didn't work. She gives me their failure and seems to think I'll know what to do. Indeed, in the same castle we come across a mysterious picture. Gazing at it, Kurisu is transported to Santa Rosa, in the past. Just as it happened at the beginning of the game, the "mysterious man" approaches child Kurisu, looks at the orb, and switches it out for the failed orb that the queen gave him.
Now armed with the Golden Orb, it's an easy matter to make the castle rise into the sky again.
Some people are also in the castle now, and we can fly it around. None of the people seem to recognize that guy we saved in the mine, though. One guy gave me a stupid clue -- it's time to revive the Master Dragon, which requires going to the Bobul Tower on a Northeastern island. Here's the location of the "Northeastern island":
|We want to go to the elves' village!|
|Bera is still around|
|The mysterious lake|
|Isn't there some rule against doing this in time travel?|
|The castle revived|
|See the little man at the bottom left? That's where the tower is|
|The front door is locked|
|This seems a little unfair.|
In this case the bosses turn out to be Gonz and Gema, the other two members of the trio that killed Kurisu's father.
Gonz is easy, Gema is a little harder but still easy. Ghanima has the Staff of Blessing which can be used to heal a character, so even things he could do weren't that bad. Once you have the eyes, it's annoying to go around in the tower because you have to be careful not to fall off ledges. But finally I restored the eyes and got the Dragon Orb and the Dragon Staff. The Staff is awesome because it casts Dragoram (BeDragon in the English DW3), transforming you into a dragon for a few turns.
With the Orb, I headed back to the sky castle. It turns out that mysterious guy I found in the mine is actually the Master Dragon in disguise. Now that I have the Orb, he gives me the Dragon Flute so that I can call him down and fly around on him. This allows me to go to the other place I've seen for a while in the middle of the map, a large temple at the top of a huge mountain range. Here we find a large group of slaves praying to the Demon God with Martha at the head, and the Bianca statue behind her! Well, it's not actually Martha. After she forces you to pick "yes" to "Will you follow the demon god?" she curses us and reveals herself to be a monster instead. Beating her frees the slaves from their hypnosis, but the Bianca statue can't be restored without beating the high priest Ibul.
One nice touch is that if you talk to the slaves after they're freed, one of them is George, the little boy that got captured during the scene when Kurisu was a statue.
|Now is the time for revenge!|
|The Master Dragon|
|Bianca's home for the last 8 years|
I found a secret stairway where the priest was standing, and descending into the depths, it turns out to be the slave mines where Kurisu worked. I do sometimes think the silent protagonist works well in cases like this -- modern RPGs (or even later SNES RPGs) would have a conversation here, but absent that you almost get to project your own realization onto the silent character.
Deep in the mines is the priest Ibul, the final boss of this section.
Ibul can't be beaten by the method I described above because he uses a move that eliminates all your buffs. However, his actions go on a predictable cycle. Once you figure it out, you can defend during his most damaging attacks, and the debuff move becomes a wasted turn for him that can be used to heal.
Once Ibul is defeated, he tries to use the last of his power to bring the Demon Lord into the world, but something stops him -- it seems that some power is holding back the Demon Lord in the demon world. So he dies, and now we can revive Bianca and head back to Granvania.
So I guess that's the end of the game, why risk everyone's lives further? Kurisu will return to being king of Granvania.
|The family is reunited|
Of course not, we now have the final task to enter the Demon World and defeat Mildras once and for all, and hopefully save Martha as well.