Haha got to get back into the groove of this after Tanehineri. IT'S JUST SUCH AN INTENSE SEQUENCE
Actually a few other things occurred to me after posting that I may go back and add to the original entry later, but might as well toss them here as well.
-It's possible that some of the repeating dialogue from the visions is because the person in question is trying to respond, but the vision isn't listening. Specifically I'm thinking of the Wes that keeps asking "You haven't eaten?" - it could be that he keeps repeating himself because Duster is trying to respond to him but Wes keeps repeating himself, and Duster keeps getting more and more agitated and the others are like DUSTER WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO, CALM DOWN
alternately, it could be that the visions repeat themselves because the person is NOT responding, again using Duster as the example, Wes could just keep asking in an increasingly angry tone of voice and Duster could just be covering his ears and trying not to listen. YOU COULD GO EITHER WAY but it's a possibility.
It could be that the people who are hallucinating are talking to what they see the entire time, but the player just can't hear them. This is probably most likely for Lucas since he's the silent protagonist and the others can talk on their own. But what could he be saying? THAT IS UP FOR YOU TO DECIDE
Anyway, things get a bit lighter from here on out! Well, as light as Mother 3 can get anyway. The amount of caps for this segment add up a bit too high so I'll probably split this into two smaller pieces, why not.
A yoyo for those sick of playing around.
Another zodiac bracelet for everyone! No thief zodiac sign so no special bracelet for you, Duster.
Aw yeah, still comboing like a pro.
Oh wow, dang. These gloves are a rare drop off the Monkalruses and I've never found them until now. :o They're Kumatora's ultimate weapon I think, haha. AWESOME
I'M FEELIN LUCKY
The mushrooms are gone! No second trip for anyone today.
Forever afterward all of them are super cautious about eating any kind of mushroom
FILLED WITH ROCK LOBSTERS
LET'S DO THESE someone brought up the absolutely horrifying image that the battles on Tanehineri are just for the player's benefit and don't actually happen to the characters themselves, meaning they might just have to beat a defenseless phantom loved one to death for no reason. Or that the visions say their creepy things, follow them around, and then just vanish on their own. Brrr.
It does make you wonder. When you fight the visions, do they turn into a giant face like so? Or does that person just take on this face instead of their own? And what happens when the vision starts to slip and the enemy looks like itself again? Does that person slowly transform from a human into a Monkalrus or whatever? Does it happen instantly in a blink, or gradually over the course of the battle? Either way, when the battle's over, they return back to their human form again. WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT IT'S DISTURBING
Speaking of disturbing, these chimeras lead horror filled lives, don't they? INNOCENT ANIMALS MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS UNTIL
There we go
I GOT TWO MYSTICAL GLOVES???
man I am SUPER lucky this time around wow
It's a good idea to wander around long enough to learn this because it'll come in super handy in a sec.
Anyway enough wandering, time to go find Mixolydia's needle!
Aw yeah, you got nothing on me, Titanys.
Hey, a new enemy!
A wedge of cheese in a tornado, hmm.
JUST WHAT I WANTED
There we go. Constantly going "fsssh"
Anyway after a bit of walking what the
LET'S FIND OUT
Lookin good guys
This boss will mess you up if you're not careful.
One trick you can do to keep the Barrier Trio from attacking is to lower their defense a few stages. For some reason, the Trio will usually try to reraise it back to its original level, thus wasting their turn. So if you're taking too much damage or having trouble, keep lowering their defense and hope they keep raising it.
The other thing you want to throw up as fast as possible.
this battle gettin hot
Awww no bear this time. The bees do around a hundred damage, not great but eh.
Each barrier pose has a different specialty and a different weakness! So one is fire, one is thunder, one is freeze as you can probably guess.
There's no double the ignore that
Boney's sniff command can really come in handy here if you can't remember which pose has which weakness. :B
EVERYBODY GUARD FOR YOUR LIVES
this is one reason why psi shields are reeeeeally handy for this
Alright with that out of the way LET'S GET NEEDLE PULLING
QUICK PULL THE NEEDLE
QUICK PULL THE NEEDLE
the moment's gone isn't it
You may recall a similar grey flash between characters with Kumatora and Salsa where she sort of read his mind! Maybe.
duster honey you okay
NO NO NOOOO
I do like how the Masked Man pulls the needle with only one hand.
Duster's first up for once!
Mixolydia you're so harsh. Although I guess if you think about it it makes sense. Mixolydia lives on an isolated island away from most humans, and the few humans that DO come over tend to eat the mushrooms and hallucinate themselves into terrible suicides. No wonder Mixy thinks human lives are short and pointless, all the humans she's seen just suffer horribly and die.
The darndest thing.
Hurraaay I don't have to go through the ocean agaaain
Although hmm I should try that at some point just to see
Man I could go for some pickles.
Another Magypsy gone, sob.
who are you masked man
who are you
Probably nothing to worry about.
A spare magic butterfly in Mixolydia's house! I somehow managed to not get a clean shot of the outside because I'm an idiot. WHICH MEANS I might as well tell you the weird lotus root outside while you're hallucinating is actually a mole cricket shop. ALL MAKES SENSE NOW, EH?
sup ocho, there in a sec
Not the conclusion I was expecting!
Need to confront my fears
then i missed the other half of the line because I'm a moron
FEEL FREE TO FILL IT IN WITH YOUR OWN ENDING
THE MERMAID MACHINES ARE SENTIENT?!?!
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING or does it
Studiously avoiding eye contact
Ocho says tersely, man his beautiful master got vanished by some punk weirdos who ate the mushrooms like saps, now what is he going to do with himself
Bronson do you need some sunscreen
If you're going through the ocean, resting with Bronson can be pretty handy.
The Navy Squeals! THE MYSTERY FINALLY SOLVED
Hey, the vendor's gone!
And Bud and Lou are gone!
ALEC YOU'RE FREE!!
GO HOME ALEC, GO HOME! oh wait your house was destroyed
NO NO WHY DOES THIS TOWN KEEP DYING
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING
Back before everything I love was systematically destroyed by forces outside my control for no reason, yes.
COME WITH ME ALEC
TELL ME WEIRD PUNS
IT HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY
Man it's been a while since Mapson marked my map. MEMORIES
Way on up there
Possibly while you were standing on the cliff staring out at the sea for hours
where is everyone, noooo
Oh dang, I should do some music, let's see
Is it just me, or are you gorgeous? is when you're in Mixolydia's house while all high and such. Come to think of it, Mixolydia and Ocho's dialogue is completely coherent and understandable compared to everything else. Only their appearance is off. Could it be the influence of Mixolydia's shell house, sort of cutting back on the mushroom's effects? The general magic PSI of a Magypsy making them/their home immune? Though some of the enemies you encounter otherwise can use PSI, so hmm. You could say Mixy was using their PSI to communicate more clearly, but Ocho was also pretty coherent and he doesn't have any particular PSI powers. HMM.
The mushrooms are supposed to make you see weaknesses, wounds or scars. Pusher was sort of a weakness, even as the item guy, and the lotus root was as well, albeit sort of vaguely. Why would a pretty lady Magypsy/handsome man Ocho manifest as a weakness? Is someone in the party uncomfortable with how the Magypsies look normally, or wants them to be a typical human lady? Or even attracted to Magypsies in general? Is it
Thinking about the lotus root/mole cricket, there's no real weakness associated with lotus roots unless Lucas was really disturbed by seeing them get eaten alive by mole crickets, it's just that the two are associated together. Could it be something like that, just an association with pretty women and Magypsies? But then where does Ocho come in?
OR IS IT ALL JUST FOR THE SAKE OF A JOKE AND I'M OVERTHINKING IT
SO MANY QUESTIONS
what was i doing, oh yeah
And Then There Were None is for the now abandoned Tazmily, and it's the same basic Tazmily/Duster theme you may remember, although much sadder and slower.
Is Anyone There? actually played before Chapter 7, but I'm just getting to it now. I think it plays in Lucas's house from Chapter 4 onwards. Which fits, considering you never see Flint there. Just sort of sad and a bit melancholy I think.
THE FEW REMNANTS OF A ONCE HAPPY PLACE
PROCRASTINATION PAYS OFF
an inspiring story
This is sort of interesting - Flint getting completely absorbed in his own grief to the extent of forsaking everything else but his self-destructive obsession with finding Claus might have saved him from falling for the same Happy Box tricks as everyone else. He never listened to Fassad or anything like that, and his house didn't change or modernize at all despite the lightning strikes. In a way, his unhealthy coping mechanism protected him from what happened to the rest of the town, and in a small way, might have protected Lucas. Though I don't think Lucas would look in a Happy Box either way, knowing what he does about the pigmasks and all. Though now I wonder.
On the other hand, Lighter resisted the Happy Box and the modernization and the lightning strikes without abandoning his family or getting lost in his own grief, so. Though I do wonder about that theory one of you guys threw out of Lighter and Flint being brothers, which would make a lot of sense. But Flint's method was a lot more unhealthy and messed up, though both of them managed to get through it without giving in.
If Flint looked in a Happy Box, would he ever stop? Does he know what he might see, and therefore vowed to never do it?
Idle thoughts, haha.
CAN'T MOVE TO THE BIG CITY
IT'D CUT INTO MY OBSESSIVE SELF-FLAGELLATION TIME
I remember someone wondering why Pusher just didn't ditch everyone, so here you go.
WHY DID ANY OF THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN
Kumatora nudging the others
secret's safe with me
WE CAN BE DEPRESSED TOGETHER
The rowers are gone! No more shortcut to Aeolia's house.
HEY BY THE WAY YOUR SON YOU THOUGHT WAS DEAD FOR THREE YEARS/TWICE IS STILL ALIVE
JUST THOUGHT I'D MENTION IT
I don't remember if Wes says anything different if you didn't do the two optional convos earlier, but if not, wtf. If you consider what Duster just went through on Tanehineri with his issues with his dad, he finally actually sees him for real after three years and Wes pretty much just ignores him? Ice burn.
THE NEWSPAPER WON'T LET THIS SLOW THEM DOWN
The one in the jail, or the one that said he'd make a castle in the city? HMM
Man even the Pigmasks are ditching the place
And the big ol pile of hay is still here. Haha hey, Alec and Wes both stuck around after everyone left. OLD MAN FRIENDS
Tazmily gasping its last breaths, what can you do? Nothing. There's nothing you can do.
LIGHTER NOT YOU TOO
Or Que sera sera as one translation put it. At least Lighter's a bit conflicted BUT NO YOU WERE ONE OF THE LAST REMNANTS OF WHAT THIS PLACE USED TO BE
Hinawa's grave remains as before! With new flowers, as always.
No more trains! Hope you rode one while you got the chance.
And the angry mole is gone as well!
Haha so that leaves Flint, Lucas, and Duster as fans of cheese.
The two pigmasks here are gone as well!
And so's the merchant and everyone in the cafe! Although that does mean I can run around in here with impunity, haha.
And the bathrooms are finally open.
Leoleo's still around though, basking in his own greatness.
And all the Mr. Saturns are still here! <3
The Black Beanling's a super rare enemy that I've never actually seen before until this run. :O I was just checking around Lighter's house and BAM THERE IT WAS
Not too tough, but Fire Beta can mess you up depending on what level you are.
And the real reason to try and fight these! They give you an INSANE amount of exp. It's not worth the wait trying to find em though. I have terrible luck with rare enemies most of the time. :B
SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN
huh i guess we never do get to see the observatory
Pssshhh like what
also when you're clumsy
Oh Duster you always make sure to include Boney, don't you.
A SEQUENCE WHERE I GET TO CONTROL BONEY? YESSSS
Like Looking for Dropped Pickles for this silly little sequence, hee hee.
I wonder if Duster likes dogs, though it seems like the old stray dog outside his house didn't like him very much, him being a thief and all. MAYBE HE ALWAYS JUST WANTED TO BE FRIENDS WITH DOGS BUT NEVER GOT THE CHANCE
Lucas as usual says nothing, only kneeling to see what you've got.
this sun in my eyes, it's murder
WHY DO I KEEP DOING THIS
Duster gets bored as I shuffle my inventory
Oh hey, here we go.
Not bad! Each spot on the map has a chance of spawning a rare/unusual item, including a Thud Charm which is probably the best out of all of them, but it's a pretty low chance. You can savestate to try and get them but eh I didn't care so much this time around.
also finding this ends the little sequence, so grab the other spots first. OR DON'T AND BE HAUNTED BY IT FOREVER, AS I WAS MY FIRST TIME PLAYING THIS
I like how this goofy little sequence is just in here for no reason at all. JUST A FUN LITTLE INTERLUDE
HA HA, TRY AND GET AWAY FROM ME, EH
well now i'm a little creeped out
IN SPITE OF THE UNENDING SORROW IT'S STILL A MOTHER GAME
all these sound delicious
ARGH NOT YOU AGAIN
THAT'S NOT VERY TENDER OR LOVING
haha laziest alt sprite
Anyway wandering about the caves looking for Ionia's place
Nooo the drill moles have evolved into mecha moless
uh no that's okay thanks
STILL THE COMBOING CHAMPION
noooo just like the exploding things in Moonside aaaa
Tho just like them, three turns is more than enough time to take them out, suckerrssss
Hey a thing of chewing gum
Hey, just like in EarthBound!
Hey, that's from the Flying Man song!
WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT
As far as I know, there's no way to cheer up Negative Man. You can't really use items or anything (I thought maybe the dragonfly would do it, but nope), he doesn't really drop anything rare or important (meteotites sometimes). He's just there because WHY NOT
However he does have a bit of a use, which is that his theme is Strong One and gd is this song hard to combo. A few enemies coming up also have the same theme so you can practice on it with Negative Man since he respawns and all and it's not like he can actually hurt you.
I LOVE YOU DUSTER
Beyond the horror of the Heftyheads
which by the way have that same Strong One theme I just mentioned, which is SO HARD TO COMBO ARRGHH
as a result I always think of them as Strong One even though that's not their name, that's just the theme, durrr
You will REALLY want to spend the time leveling to learn this before the next bit because it will make things MUCH easier. Trust me.
A beautiful little volcano house!
Haha who knew Ionia loved sour stuff.
YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH
harsh boney diss
haha awww plain looking
duster like :<
or otherwise like WOW NO ONE'S EVER CALLED ME PLAIN BEFORE :D
also possibly joining a band, but that could just be a false positive
Being raised by Ionia would explain a lot, eh? EH? They even have the same hair color. But I'll wait until we're further along before going into this at any length.
I wonder how Ionia lost track of her? I get the impression that Kumatora was wandering around without anyone really knowing where she was from Chapter 2, like Wes seemed pretty surprised to see her even though he also seemed to know her pretty well. BUT MAYBE THAT'S JUST ME
Awwww Kumatora just sulking and crossing her arms
I DON'T WANT TO KILL YOU IONIA
I WANT TO KEEP YOU ALIVE FOREVER
WHY DO I HAVE TO DO THIS
THIS IS TERRIBLE
CAN'T I JUST
kumatora and duster decide to have a moment
NO I WANT TO PROCRASTINATE
I WANT YOU TO LIVE FOREVER
And in that spirit, you'll have to wait until next time to see it in action!