It's possible I could cram these two segments together into one entry, but in the end I decided to split them up, in part because I know I'm going to tl;dr like crazy for the second half SO WHY NOT DEDICATE A WHOLE ENTRY TO THAT, MAKE IT ULTRA FOCUSED
So these next two are going to be a bit shorter than the others BUT STUFF STILL HAPPENS, SO
WHERE WILL OUR GROUP HEAD NEXT?
Chekhov's Hole, finally!
AFTER ALL THIS TIME
Rope Snake you're sort of an odd duck aren't you
NO DON'T GO COME WITH ME
TWIRL AROUND DUSTER'S ARMS LIKE YOU'RE CONSTANTLY DOING WHENEVER I SEE YOU
WHAT IF I NEED TO CROSS A TWO FOOT GAP
YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME LIKE THIS
Weirdly, Mapson's gone. :o
No more writer conferences!
Gettin trickier eh
ALEC HE'S RIGHT BEHIND ME
Unless this is about Claus? Alec what is your deal
ACTUALLY let's take this opportunity to go on a speculative tangent, as usual. This is the first time Duster's been back in town since he got his memory back, so this is also the first time that he's seen that his house was demolished to make room for an old folk's home. Which means that Duster is actually homeless now, which is kind of messed up. Can you imagine how surreal that'd be, to come home after being gone for three years and your house is just gone?
Not only that, but unless Wes stashed it all somewhere when the house got destroyed (heh, maybe behind the house with that thunder bomb box), all of Duster's stuff is gone too. Clothes, pillows, toys, souvenirs, books (?),
pictures of his mom, all gone. Man, can you imagine who weird it'd be to go in here as Duster? Just have practically nothing left of your old life at all? You wake up one day and poof, it's all just gone. And no one else seems to notice or care, like it's always been gone. You didn't even get to see it happen or do anything about it (there's that helplessness theme again!). And it's not like he can stay with Wes like he used to, he's not old enough for the home. It's not a problem so much since as it is he's on a quest with Lucas and all and I bet Lucas would let him stay in his house, but still man, what a terrible situation to be in.
Related, I also wonder if Duster had a weird feeling of deja vu if you come back here in chapter five when he still has amnesia. Walks in and just feels strangely sad and he can't place why, a weird feeling of loss that he can't source. Not to mention how strange new Tazmily must look to him after he gets his memory back in general. Lucas just explaining all this stuff to him that he saw get built, how it all came to be over time and to Duster all this just happened all at once. Not unlike how the player experiences it, haha.
HEY WES HEY WES HEY WES HEY WES
GUESS WHO I FOUND
i'm gonna project my personal theories all over this conversation, i apologize in advance
WHAT COULD BE HAPPENING IN THIS PAUSE
Personally I picture Wes sort of startled and studying him to see if he's acting like he used to, and Duster with no idea what to do or say so he's just standing there feeling/looking awkward which incidentally is exactly what proves to Wes that it's really him this time.
OR I'M A DUMB NERD AND THEY COULD BOTH BE ALL :D AT SEEING EACH OTHER AGAIN, IT'S UP TO YOU!!
duster just WOW YOU DIDN'T CALL ME A MORON MAYBE I'M NOT IN TROUBLE :D
or wes being happy to see him is contagious, or duster just missed wes and is happy to see him again, so many options here
I wonder if Wes just snaps out DUSTER! like a command on instinct since he does it a lot.
That's right Wes I trapped you in a corner now you HAVE to admit you're happy to see him again and care about him where he can see it, IN YOUR FACE
True again - Just like the other convo in chapter five, this is totally optional! You can skip this entirely if you want (or just didn't think of bringing Duster back here), which would make it so that Duster and Wes haven't seen or spoken to each other at all for the past three years+current game and they didn't exactly part on the best terms. Keep this in mind for the upcoming segment.
What, no thanks for Boney this time?
or i swear so help me
ALL THAT TRAINING WAS JUST FOR THE EGG AND NOW THAT WE GOT IT WE'RE PRETTY MUCH DONE WITH THE WHOLE THIEF THING
WASN'T IT ALL WORTH IT
I-IT'S NOT LIKE I LIKE MY STUPID SON OR ANYTHING, BAKA~!
duster like wow that went way better than i expected
Beautiful. And sort of reminiscent of the For Sale sign message in EarthBound after you finish the game. :o
Haha so THAT'S why the mole was in such a bad mood last time.
NO I WANT TO WATCH THE LATEST CHIMERA FLICK
old dude stop popping up in my hot springs
Haha wow I didn't even know these guys were back here.
ALL MY FONDEST DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE
don't give me the cold shoulder, pigmasks
ANYWAY, LET'S ACTUALLY GO IN THE OCEAN
as the crab said, you just walk right into it
Oh wow a... mer... man, huh, I thought it'd be mermaids, oka-...
takes a step back
WELCOME TO MOTHER 3 MERMAN OXYGEN KISS WORLD
The theme for the ocean being Oxygen of love, sort of bubbly and weird as usual. Note the meter at the bottom of the screen! That keeps track of your oxygen, so this area means you need to keep an eye on that meter and refill before it gets too low, which makes it way more annoying than it would be otherwise.
Also, while you're down here, everyone's bobbing and floating around, and they shift from side to side like there are tides pulling you, which is a really cool detail but also makes it kind of annoying to get around at the same time.
BUT HAVE SOME GIFS!
i don't know about this
there's a MERMAN here
wow what a terrible angle for that shot self, way to go
BLUSHES FOR EVERYONE i cannot get over how adorable these blush sprites are
I MEAN JUST LOOK AT BONEY
I actually thought for a while that Duster didn't blush (which would be sort of... odd), but he does! He just flushes all over his face instead of on his cheeks because he's a big weirdo apparently.
anyway time to fight some beachballs
For Kumatora only! Maybe she's a Virgo. :O Incidentally, only Lucas can equip the Gemini bracelet, which could mean he's a Gemini or maybe it's just SYMBOLIC who knows. I went and looked but Duster doesn't have any specific zodiac bracelet only he can wear so I guess we will never know.
As a side note it costs you precious oxygen to pin down these fish to talk to them since they're moving and you're constantly drifting all over the place. BUT I NEED TO TALK TO EVERYONE
EYE FOR AN EYE
NO I SPENT TOO MUCH TIME TALKING TO THE FISH WHYY
ocean just ptew
What would a siren beetle even sound like underwater?
uh no it's okay i'm just passing through NO IT'S FINE AAAAA
never trust a jellyfish
HEY RED THINGY CAN I SEE THAT PRESENT
You know I picture roe and I picture like... little balls like you get on ikura sushi. I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS KIND OF ROE
A STRANGE CREATURE, YOU DON'T SAY
Be warned if you decide to take this guy on (this miniboss is optional) - he can hit really hard, and hit multiple people at once. IT IS NOT A PUSHOVER
nooo stop dancing on me
A TERRIBLE WAY TO DIE
Awww yeah, so worth it. This is probably the best hat you can find for Lucas, so it's worth going out of your way to get it. KING LUCAS, RULER OF ALL HE SURVEYS
A mix of dread and relief when an oxygen machine comes into view when you're about to die
Itoi just cackling to himself
WE SHOULD BE BROTHERS
Suddenly I miss the Spathi.
NO YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'VE JUST UNLEASHED
don't look at me like that pigmask
I swear this machine is broken just to mess you up, it takes time and air to get to these and finding this broken one MIGHT TAKE TOO MUCH TIME
THEN YOU HAVE TO START OVER
More cackling from Itoi
LOOK HOW MUCH OCEAN THERE IS gee golly
paint my rock lobster PRUNE COLORED please!!
EEEEY EEEEEYYYYYY says the rock lobster
don't look, it just encourages him
Practically everytime I do this I never go back to give this back since it takes forever to move around in the ocean and backtracking here is really annoying BUT I WANTED TO COMPLETE THE EXPERIENCE
So for the first time I went back.
Or also known as what Duster doesn't have anymore! Ha ha, just kidding Duster! You are homeless though.
Sort of handy, meh.
After much longer than these screencaps make it look
THE ROCK LOBSTERS HAVE TAUGHT ME A VALUABLE LESSON
HA HA HAHAHAHA okay fine i'll give it back
Another reason I don't bother - this reward kind of sucks. Money really isn't a big deal. AND YOU DON'T EVEN GET A WARM FEELING IN YOUR HEART FOR IT
ah well, a good deed is its own reward
and thank YOU says the merman
then he was suddenly attacked by an octopus
everyone fidgets silently
the possibilities are endless
HANG IN THERE, SAVE FROG
purin purin pu
CMON GET OVER HERE, I JUST GOTTA GIVE YOU KIDS A HUG
This boss can be a serious pain in the butt depending on how long you've been wandering around. There's no place to heal in the ocean and it's easy to run out of PP or items dealing with all the other enemies, so by the time you reach this guy, you could seriously be real drained. I think this may have happened to me the first time, haha. AS A RESULT, TRY AND BE CONSERVATIVE WHILE GOING THROUGH the hot spring egg trick is a good idea to fill up everyone's pockets cheaply
This attack really sucks because it hits multiple people and also offense down won't affect it, it'll still do a big ol chunk of damage. MIGHT HAVE TO SHIFT UP YOUR STRATEGY A BIT or at least try to make this real quick
Duster's thief tools coming in handy yet again
YOU ARE NOTHING TO ME, RHYTHM MECHANIC!
And I missed it like an idiot but as you can probably guess Lucas lost all his items and health too. NO YOU JERK I WAS GOING TO TREASURE THOSE TRIVIA CARDS FOREVER
The mermen helped me after all! THE LEGENDS WERE TRUE
Kumatora ain't got time to mess around
It's sort of hard to catch this but when Boney got up he shook himself dry, awwwww
Which wakes up Duster, haha
Or Tanehineri island in Japanese, which still tends to be what I default to when I think of it, durr durr.
WE'RE ABOUT TO DIE hey want to go get a burger or something
kumatora as usual throwing out plans while the others just stand around going dumb-looking rock again
DROP ALL YOUR VALUABLES IMMEDIATELY
THE FROG WAS TELLING THE TRUTH!
ALL MY ITEMS NOOOOOOOO
tho i've still got all my key items at least, so if we find a cliff by god i will staple the heck out of it
Looks promising! The theme here is Tanetane/Tanehineri Island, just fairly chill with heavy emphasis on the rhythm, island-y if you know what I mean.
how dare you sir
let's just say i lost a bet
SOMETHING BAD'S GOING TO HAPPEN, ISN'T IT
whatever gets you through the day
or keeps you from being digested alive i guess
HEY DANCING MUSHROOM
YOU LOOKIN AT ME
YOU LOOKIN AT ME
you look sort of unhappy to be here
NO WAY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED
But hey, let's do something else!
I'm picturing it just diving underwater and vibrating a lot.
WILL I SEE PAISLEY HORSES?
He's not a palette swap shhh
THE MR SATURNS ENDLESSLY IMPRESSED WITH HUMAN BRAVERY
Get cool gold stripes, not so bad.
I DEMAND AN ANSWER
my job sucks
god i'd eat that, i'm so hungry. i need to stop doing these when i'm hungry
A mushboom! Or perhaps a Puffstool? It even spreads spores!
Let's also check the memos! while I avoid the inevitable
So sayeth the prophecy
What, nothing about the Saturns themselves? WHAT A RIPOFF
Did the mole cricket write this entry
Get outta here
SUCKERRR YOU'LL NEVER FIND IT
Alright here we go
SAY NO TO DRUGS
well in that case
i don't know kumatora i'm like 12
i'm not a mycologist
WILL I EAT THE MUSHROOMS???
I GUESS YOU'LL HAVE TO FIND OUT NEXT TIME! when mother 3 decides to get real.