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surskitty ([personal profile] surskitty) wrote2012-04-02 04:22 pm

Let's Play Gensou Suikoden!; GS1 PART 18

LAST TIME: GTFO TEO

Back in the castle, no music. I head up to the fourth floor! And it's This is Just a Rumour.

MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, the soldiers are exhausted. We'd better rest."
SANCHEZ: "Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, your bed is ready. Please clear your mind and rest."
VIKTOR: "What the hell is that? Our attacks are useless!"
FLIK: "Armored cavalry."

☆☆☆☆☆☆ walks into his room.
[BGM: Touching Theme]
Fade out.

LEKNAAT: "... ☆☆☆☆☆☆... Wake up, ☆☆☆☆☆☆."
WHAT THE FUCK, LEKNAAT. KNOCK FIRST. IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHY ARE YOU IN MY ROOM GLOWING AT ME DO YOU DO THIS OFTEN WTF (yes. yes she does.)
LEKNAAT: "☆☆☆☆☆☆, you are lost and confused." Thank you for informing me.
LEKNAAT: "Gremio's death, your battle with your father. But you must go on."
Amusingly, Leknaat's response is exactly the same regardless. She just could not care less.
TIR: "Perhaps, but..." I'm crawling in my ruuuuuuuuuuune.
LEKNAAT: "It is about time I tell you about myself and my older sister Windy." ... Leknaat. Leknaat did you just teleport into his room in the middle of the night to go talk about your family issues. What is this that you are doing.
LEKNAAT: "My sister Windy and I are survivors of the Clan of the Gate." Obligatory 'fuck Harmonia'.
LEKNAAT: "☆☆☆☆☆☆, look at the rune Ted gave you, on your right hand." As opposed to the one in his pants.
☆☆☆☆☆☆ turns around and then turns back. I don't even know.
LEKNAAT: "That rune, the Soul Eater, is one of the 27 True Runes." Wow, really? Man, no one has ever said this before in the game.
LEKNAAT: "There are many runes in this world. But they were all born of the 27 True Runes. Therefore the 27 True Runes hide terrible powers within them." I don't think that logically follows. Are you high, Leknaat? You are, aren't you. Luc put something in your tea.
LEKNAAT: "That Soul Eater you carry has yet to unleash its true potential." I never would've guessed that, given that it's only got level 1 and 2 spells so far and it unlocks a spell level every time someone ☆☆☆☆☆☆ loves dies. Except for Pahn. Pahn's death doesn't unlock a spell level. I guess ☆☆☆☆☆☆ doesn't count Pahn as one of his loved ones.
LEKNAAT: "My sister Windy also carries one of the 27 True Runes, the Gate Rune. The Gate Rune is terribly powerful, but she wants something greater. That is why she is after you." ... Wait. So Soul Eater powers up whenever someone the bearer loves dies, right? ... Does Windy actually HAVE any loved ones? If she stole the rune somehow, which is ridiculous because one can only have one true rune at a time, she'd probably be stuck forever without even Finger of Death. I mean, she might count Leknaat as a loved one, but I ... sort of doubt it.
LEKNAAT: "If my sister obtains two True Runes and uses them for revenge, it will be catastrophic for this world." But you can't have two true runes. That's the whole reason Hikusaak cloned himself. Windy's plot is stupid. ... Also I'm a-okay with Windy getting revenge on Hikusaak the dude totally deserves it.
LEKNAAT: "The True Runes are far too powerful to be used by humans. Only you can stop my sister." ... So does that mean she doesn't count ☆☆☆☆☆☆ as a human? Or does she figure he doesn't actually use it? Because like Black Shadow and Judgement are awesome omg inflicting magical death on EVERYTHING.
LEKNAAT: "Time is running out. Do not lose your confidence. Be brave." I have no idea what you're talking about.
Fade out.

Tir wakes up in his bed! No music.

MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, I was ... saved by Odessa."
SANCHEZ: "Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, good news. Flik..." ... isn't wearing underpants.
VIKTOR: "Hey, I had an idea while you were sleeping."

FLIK: "Hey, listen up, leader! I have a great idea!"
VIKTOR: "What is it? Tell me!"
FLIK: "Fire Spears. Remember?"
VIKTOR: "Sure, we delivered the blueprint to Sarady."
FLIK: "If we can get those things, we should be able to defeat the armored cavalry. After all, the Fire Spear was Odessa's final gift."
SANCHEZ: "I don't know. When the old Liberation Army's hideout was attacked, it seemed that other hideouts were destroyed as well. We don't know if the secret factory survived." Fuck off, Sanchez.
MATHIU: "But we have no choice but to find out."

VIKTOR: "For the moment, all we can do is go north where the secret factory was. We'll have to travel by water, of course..."
FLIK: "But to get to the secret factory in the north..."

To the boat!
Well, that's different.
GEN: "Hey, Boss."
KAMANDOL: "Not Boss, Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆."
GEN: "Shut yer mouth. Anyway, take a look at this. A high-speed boat I made. Well, that old geezer helped out too. We're about to have a launching ceremony. Care to take a ride in it?"

TIR: "Correction Maybe later." What.
GEN: "Of course. Besides, a novice can't possibly control this thing. It needs an experienced pilot."

KAMANDOL: "What a filthy mouth this fellow has."

This looks like a job for ... Tai Ho! Yeah, idk either. Current party is ☆☆☆☆☆☆ / valeria / tai ho / yam koo / kai / cleo. A bit more male than I'd like, but I do need to raise up Yam Koo and Tai Ho is currently required.

TIR: "Yes, I'll take a test ride."
TAIHO: "Wow, this is really something. Everybody hang-on! Let's go!"

[BGM: Blue Ocean, Blue Sky]
Eeee, the boat moves twice normal speed. And can pass whirlpools like the one in front of Kirov. Speaking of which~

[BGM: Dancing Girl]
Welcome to Kirov! Land of people who cook stew and do laundry.
MELODYE: "I'm Melodye. Who are you? Wow, leader of the Liberation Army? I'm nothing compared to you. But a Runemaster once told me that I have a special power. To use it, though, I need a rune." Melodye needs a Sound Crystal to join.
The building next to the boat is empty. "That big house over there belongs to Kun To, the Boss of Kirov." ... Kun To. KUN TO. What is this I don't even
Random woman: "There was a terrible battle up north in Kalekka. I don't even want to remember it."
GEORGES: "My name is Georges. My occupation is -- free man, you might say. To put it simply, I'm an idler. Why don't we play a game? If you beat me, I'll join you." It's an irritating matching game!
I like that his cards have the Liberation Army's wheat thingy on them.
GEORGES: "You win. As I promised, from now on I'm one of you."
... Tir, don't taste random people's stews.
... Didn't Gremio teach you any manners? Don't TASTE RANDOM PEOPLE'S STEWS.
Suddenly, random chef!
LESTER: "Oh my, you've gone around tasting all my stews. You must be someone special if you appreciate the taste of my stew." Eh, Gremio's is better, even if he does put mayonnaisse in it. At least I hope that's mayonnaisse.
LESTER: "I see, the leader of the Liberation Army -- no wonder. Well, then, I'll join your entourage." Thanks, miniGremio!
Hi, Sarah! My laundry dude died horribly. Can you pick up the slack?
SARAH: "The Liberation Army? That should be plenty of laundry. OK, I'll join. But only if you go get me some soap. I just ran out."
"Sure, I have some soap, and I'll gladly lend you some. But I'm out of soy sauce. Will you get some for me?"
"Soy sauce? Sure. But only if you get me some salt."
"Salt? Sure, we've plenty of salt. But first, can you find me a yardstick? I seem to have misplaced mine."
"OK, OK, I understand. A yardstick, right? I've got one. But you do know that I need sugar, right?"

The item shop sells, among other things, sacrificial buddhas (THANKS, Kirov, that would've been handy for Gremio a bit ago >E), fire crystals, and sugar.
Delivered sugar "Thanks. Here's the yardstick as promised." Yardstick acquired!
Delivered yardstick "Thanks a million. Here you go!" Salt acquired!
Delivered salt "We promised to trade soy sauce for salt, right?" Soy sauce acquired!
Delivered soy sauce "Thank you, thank you. By the way... I have another favor! Ha ha, just kidding! Here's some soap." Soap acquired!
SARAH: "Oh, you brought me soap? It turns out I had some, but thanks anyway." [HEADDESK.]
SARAH: "My name is Sarah. How do you do?"

The Sirens in the Kalekka area occaaaaaasionally drop prosperity crystals. Super rarely, really. I've seen it happen, what, once? Much better to get one by adventuring with Ted. But it's still worth noting, I guess. I'm currently wandering around half-heartedly looking for prosperity crystals since I want Yam Koo to have caught up before I go into Kalekka. Or at least not be far behind. Eh, 27 to everyone else's 31 is good enough. To Kalekka!

[No music; just the sound of the wind.]
This is Kalekka.
This is one of the dudes responsible for making Kalekka what it is.
LEON: "Be careful. In a war, only the strong survive. That's all there is to it. You must recruit as many soldiers as you can." Thanks for telling me, Leon, I couldn't have guessed that without your help.
I hate Leon. I hate him so much. As a general rule, if someone gets through SuikoI missing a star, that star will be Leon. You have all of, what, two chances ever to recruit him? Mathiu needs to not be in the war room and you need to have castle size four. It is a pain in the ass. And then Leon is an even bigger asshole in II.
He and his grandson with the eyebrows are assholes. ... Note that I sort of enjoy hating Leon and Albert.

There are random encounters all throughout Kalekka. They are rather difficult random encounters, even. High payoff, though, even if their drops are boring.

There is a random dude.
RANDOM DUDE: "Me? I'm the last living resident of this town. This lost town."
Found the Sound Crystal for Melodye!


Don't step on the plants.
BLACKMAN: "What do you plan to leave behind in the wake of your battles? ............. I guess I can trust you. Your eyes, they're honest eyes." ... I'm pretty sure ☆☆☆☆☆☆ has yellow eyes. Well, some official artists draw them brown, but usually yellow. They could be honest yellow, I guess.... Also, [recruit]
BLACKMAN: "Eventually, my seeds will sprout. Perhaps I must fight to protect them."

[BGM: Distant Mountain]
...
...
...
[BGM: Theme of Perversion/Strange Theme]
Hey, it's Ledon and Kessler!
LEDON: "Yikes! How can I be so unlucky? First I get chased off the mountain, and then I get captured by a giant woman."
RONNIEBELL: "What did you call me? 'Giant woman'?" HI RONNIE BELL I JUST GOT THROUGH PLAYING SUIKO III AND I MUST SAY YOUR FUTURE DAUGHTER IS MY HERO ♥
LEDON: "N-no, I-I mean..."
KESSLER: "My luck's run out, getting beaten by this giant woman."
RONNIEBELL: "If you don't stop insulting me, you'll be sorry."
LEDON: "W-wait a minute, p-please. I only called you 'giant woman' once."
KESSLER: "I only said 'giant woman' once too."
LEDON: "Yeah, but Boss Kessler said 'giant woman' twice."
I like how they're insulting the mother of someone who can attack eight times per turn and crit most of them.
RONNIEBELL: "You bums! Calling me 'giant woman' over and over. I'll teach you a lesson!"
... Tir ... [... puts dialogue choice up to vote in #tcod]
TIR: "Hey, giant woman."
Ronnie Bell, Ledon, and Kessler all jump.
RONNIEBELL: "Eeeeeeeeek! Who was it this time?!"
LEDON: "Y-you're the one who was with Lady Odessa."
TAIHO: "Do you know these guys, ☆☆☆☆☆☆?"
On one hand, I could be honest. On the other hand, Ledon gave me poisoned tea.
TIR: "I've never seen them before."
LEDON: "Wh-what do you mean? You and Lady Odessa stayed at my inn. Don't you remember that tea? Urgg... let's forget about that."
RONNIEBELL: "You fellows keep saying Odessa. Are you talking about Lady Odessa Silverberg?" No, they meant Odessa Goldsburough.
RONNIEBELL: "Who are you? Leader of the Liberation Army? Oh my god. I'd better go tell old Mose. You've business in the secret factory, right? Follow me."

[BGM: Distant Mountain]
But first, to recruit some losers!
LEDON: "Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, please help poor miserable me. All I did was served them a tea and they destroyed my inn. Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, please let me join the Liberation Army." ... Sure. You and Krin can form a tea-drinking club.
LEDON: "I'll go on ahead down the mountain."

KESSLER: "What a disgrace. The Imperial Army began hunting bandits, and we were chased off the mountain. Then I heard that a Liberation Army was formed. I figured I'd join up, and came out here. Guess I was lucky to run into the Liberation Army's leader." Well, actually, I go all over Scarlet Moon....
KESSLER: "I'll go on ahead down the mountain. Take care, Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆."

RONNIEBELL: "You're late. You sure took your time. Mountain paths too rough for you? Old man Mose is in the back."

There's a random ninja in the corner!
KAGE: "My name is Kage. I am allied with neither Imperial or the Liberation Army. I work for whomever is willing to pay a proper sum for my services."
[recruit]
KAGE: "Invite me to join you? My fee is very high. You'll have to pay me 20,000 bits if you require my services until the end of this war. Do you still want me?" Sure, take the damn potch.
KAGE: "Fine. If you accept my worth, my loyalty is yours."

MOSE: "Oh, you must be the new leader of the Liberation Army. We heard that the hideout was attacked, and we were very worried. And what is Odessa doing now?"
he is not good at words, is he.
TIR: "Odessa is... She's... gone."
MOSE: "I see... I see... She was a good girl. I guess that blueprint of the Fire Spear has become a keepsake."
TAIHO: "Fire Spear! Do you have Fire Spears?"
MOSE: "Of course we do. But what about a boat? They can't be transported without a boat."
TAIHO: "A boat? I have an idea." Oh. Great.
TAIHO: "There's an old friend of mine in Kirov named Kun To. He may be able to help." ... Kun To.
MOSE: "After I make some preparations, I'll join you at Kirov."
Obtained Fire Spears!

AND BACK TO KIROV. I could walk, but walking is for people who aren't bffs with Viki.
MELODYE: "Oh, you, you have a rune! The Sound Rune." Oh, good, for a moment I thought you were looking at my soul eater. OM NOM NOM.
MELODYE: "It's calling me! Please, let me have that rune!" I feel it. I feel the cosmos. The sound rune came crashing back. So noisy!
[gives rune]
MELODYE: "Thank you. Now..., my power will come alive. Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆... Please let me join the Liberation Army. I'd like to use this tiny power for the benefit of all." Sure, kid. Why not.

It's Kun To! Worst name.
[BGM: Main Theme ~ Guitar Arrange. KUN TO, YOU'RE NOT GREMIO.]
KUNTO: "Who the hell are you people?" Your worst nightmare!
TAIHO: [walks up] "Don't be such a stranger, Kun To."
KUNTO: "Tai Ho! It's been a while. I heard you moved to Kaku. Have you decided to join up with me again?"
TAIHO: "No, actually I have a request. Do you still make a living with boats, Kun To?" That's a weaselly way to put it...
KUNTO: "Yep, that's my vocation. If I don't work, I don't eat." 'vocation'
TAIHO: "I'd like to borrow ten of your boats."
KUNTO: [paces] "10 boats? Doing that dirty work again, aren't you? The Imperial forces have been on the lookout lately, so I can't do much by way of illegal work."
TAIHO: "Do you mean to refuse?!"
KUNTO: "I guess I owe you one, don't I? I'll get you your boats. Do what you like with 'em."
TAIHO: "Thanks a million."
Kun To joins!
Fade out.

[BGM: Dancing Girl]

Ronnie Bell loading fire spears into the boats.
MOSE: "There, that's all of 'em."
RONNIEBELL: "The old man's a mean one. Making a woman like me carry this load."
MOSE: "Ha ha ha! I guess it's a bit much for a skinny one like you."
RONNIEBELL: "Really."
KUNTO: [walks out of house] "Tai Ho, these people..."
TAIHO: "Yup, they're the Liberation Army."
KUNTO: "And you're a member?"
TAIHO: "Just for fun. We're just about ready. ☆☆☆☆☆☆, let's get going."
MOSE: "Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, I'll come too."
RONNIEBELL: "Oh, well. I guess I'll keep you company."

And I have somewhere to go before back to the castle! Saving first. ... The dude at the inn says, 'Yo! Wassup?' I might check to see what dialect they speak in Japanese in a bit. ... Either way, Gremio presumably lost his accent.

Remember these guys? I have Tai Ho and Yam Koo raised up, so as good a time as any.
LEONARDO: "We run things around here."
KANAK: "Hi there."

TAIHO: "Hey Anji, you're just wasting away. Why don't you give us a hand?"
ANJI: "Wasting away? Me? Watch your mouth! I'll show you who's wasting away! Get ready to fight!"
FAITO
ANJI: "All right, then! Leonardo, Kanak, don't pull any punches!"
BOSS FIGHT
ANJI: "Not bad, Tai Ho. Sounds like fun! I understand how you feel. Let's teach those Imperials a lesson. What about you two, Leonardo, Kanak?"
LEONARDO: "If you go, we go too."
KANAK: "Of course."
Pirates get!

To the war room!
GEN: "The Fire Spear is all set and ready to go."
CLEO: "Master Teo..."
FLIK: "This is the Fire Spear that Odessa left us. With this, we're sure to win!"

[BGM: Theme of the Advancing Army]
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, we should be able to defeat the armored cavalry with the Fire Spears. Please give the order to advance."

TIR: "Order all troops to advance."
MATHIU: "Yes, sir. Tell all the troops. The fate of the Liberation Army depends on this battle. We must each do our best."
Fade out.

BATTLE WITH TEO
Once again near Kouan!
TEO: "You're wasting time. Do not waste any more lives."
TAIHO: "Hah! We've got a secret weapon!" WELL IT WAS A SECRET UNTIL YOU SAID THAT
Our army now is holding flaming sticks.
SEE THE POWER OF THE SCIENCE
Charge vs Armoured Cavalry isn't quite one-sided, but it sure is in my favour 8) I love watching the little Liberation Army soldiers shoot fire at things. Smells like ... victory.
... Hee, Commander's Team ended up dealing the finishing blow to Teo's army.
MATHIU: "Congratulations! We won!"
TEO: "Incredible... I do not believe this..."

[BGM: Theme of Tension ~ Ensemble Version]
Viktor is very mature.
MATHIU: "General Teo McDohl, your army has been defeated. Please surrender yourself."
ALEN: [steps forward] "How dare you! My army will never surrender, even if it's down to the last soldier." Somehow I think I see why Alen is a fire type.
GRENSEAL: [also steps forward] "I sacrifice this life to the Empire and to Master Teo."
TEO: "Alen, Grenseal, stand back."
They turn to him.
ALEN: "What do you plan to do, General Teo?!" idk my bff single combat
TEO: "Alen, please stand back."
They do, and Teo slowly walks forward.
TEO: "☆☆☆☆☆☆ McDohl, traitor against Emperor Barbarosa. The most wanted criminal in the land. I, Teo McDohl, shall punish you in His Majesty's stead. Will you accept my challenge?" Why is it that no one in this series has a healthy relationship with their family?
☆☆☆☆☆☆ steps forward.
VIKTOR: "☆☆☆☆☆☆!"
MATHIU: [steps forward a little] "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, don't be foolish. Viktor! Cut off that man's head!" HEY. VIKTOR IS NOT ALLOWED TO KILL TEO 8(

TIR: "I accept."
TEO: "Good. On guard!"

[BGM: Tense March]
Teo starts the fight at 50% HP.
TEO: "I never thought I'd see this day. But I'm fighting for the Empire, and you are fighting for the Liberation Army." Really? I never noticed.
"My sword is the Emperor's sword. I'll show no mercy!" Oh, Teo, telegraph your attacks more.
...
...
... Did Tir just kill him in one blow.
... ... ... gj, Teo.
TEO: "Forgive me." Damn right you need forgiving.

[BGM: Theme of Sadness ~ Guitar Version]
Notice Pahn's not here. That's ... probably because he's very likely dead and they didn't care enough to give him more lines.
ALEN: "Master Teo!"
TEO: [looks at Tir] "☆☆☆☆☆☆ McDohl, my son. You have become so strong." Well, yeah, I just killed you in one hit that's pretty classy, dude.
TEO: "I lived for what I believed in. And I have no regrets. You must also live for what you believe in. I give blessings to your choice."
CLEO: "Master Teo!"
ALEN: "Master Teo, don't die. What will happen to the Empire without you?" Well, if you don't want him to die, the smart thing to do would be get the avatar of the death away from him. ... But that would probably defeat the point.
TEO: [turns towards them] "Alen, Grenseal, I have a request."
GRENSEAL: "Yes, Master Teo."
TEO: "I fought for the Emperor, and the Emperor alone, out of stubbornness. But there is no need ... for you two ... to follow my every whim. The flow of time... cannot be reversed. Alen, Grenseal, I'd like you two to ... join the Liberation Army, and help my son. That is the best thing for you two." I like how he doesn't actually ask them about this at all. He just goes 'okay you two are traitors now'. Teo's an asshole.
[pause.]
ALEN: "Master Teo!"
TEO: [slowly raises his left hand] "☆☆☆☆☆☆, my son, I am happy. The greatest happiness... a father can experience... is to see his son... surpass himself." Somehow I don't think the hope is usually for that to be in single combat. Just. As a guess.
TEO: "Good luck, my son, ☆☆☆☆☆☆.... ☆☆☆☆☆☆...."

He's dead, Cleo.



[Received Item jingle!]

[No music.]
TIR: [looks down more.]
CLEO: "That light, in the Soul Eater."
Fade out.

STATS:

- STARS RECRUITED: 58.5 + Sarah + Georges + Lester + Blackman + Ledon + Kessler + Ronnie Bell + Kage + Mose + Kun To + Melodye + Anji + Kanak + Leonardo + Alen + Grenseal = 74.5 / 108
- Game Overs: 1 total
- BOCCHAAA~~~N: Gremio: 75.5, Pahn: 8, Cleo: 14, other: 4, total: 101.5
- TALENTED MILITARY SURGEON: Mathiu: 2, everyone else: 2, 4 total
- Bathrooms: 0

NEXT TIME: SUDDENLY, SPARKLEPIRES.
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-07 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I have no idea if you actually get notifications/check for comments on these, but I wanted to say that these recaps have me laughing my ass off (and tearing up, in the case of Gremio, sob) and I read bits out loud to [personal profile] mithrigil all the time. I'm in the middle of reading through your Suikoden II recap now, and the Jowy Points are possibly my favorite thing ever (that, and you throwing in Homestuck terminology!). Jowy, you really need to treat your boyfriend better. :( And naming Riou Odessa really does make certain lines hysterical.
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Re: ... almost responded with the wrong account, haha

[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-07 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Fair enough -- it has gotten pretty pervasive. And fff, so many people in the Suikoverse need moirails.

Jowy is my favorite character in II, and possibly my favorite character in the entire franchise (and I am working on way-too-long-fanfic about him because he apparently will not shut up in my head), but boy needs to sit down and examine his life choices. And consider the benefits of honest communication with his boyfriend. Someone in the Suikoverse should set up a couples counseling program, because they'd make a fortune.

(There is a long and different-fandom-related reason why I find characters befriending hysterical to me, but I am cracking the fuck up right now and texting that line to Mith, who will also probably crack the fuck up. But yeah, Jowy might as well superglue himself to that couch. I'm pretty sure he gets a lot of alone time with the couch even after the game ends. Or alone time outside the tent, as the case may be. Maybe he can set the couch up outside the tent.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-07 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
fffffffffff, SNOWE. I kind of love Snowe, because he is that much of a dumbass and everyone kind of hates him and he keeps digging himself DEEPER. But he's getting some nice character development! ...more character development than Lazlo is, arguably! As is probably evident, I'm playing through IV right now (just recruited Ted, and sure, the Soul Eater might visit horrible death on everyone you love, but daaaaaaaaamn is it good to have around in a fight. Ted, you are never leaving my party) and it's not as strong as the others in the series, but it's far from the worst game I've ever played, and I'm enjoying myself. I actually have a whole collection of semi-sober reaction-post-type-things for IV that I should post at some point.

(The theatre minigame was the beeeeeeeeeest. ;_; I wish they'd kept it around. I love IV's confessional, too.)

The fic, uh. Er. ...it has fluff eventually? I got it in my head to basically tell Jowy's side of the entire dang game from right after he kills Anabelle, so I need to go through some pretty not-fluffy stuff before the three of them reunite at the end. But I really do want the three of them to go on dumb adventures together. And somewhere along the way I think Riou and Jowy basically need to have a giant screaming fight (or, uh, as screamy as Riou gets) and get their issues out in the open, and then it probably turns into makeouts at some point because speaking of things they've been holding back, and Nanami is like "you are both so dumb and I am getting a room at the other end of the inn, LA LA LA DON'T MIND ME."

(Nanami basically shouts out what her hand is at the top of each round. Like "WHAAAAT? HOW DID I ONLY MANAGE TO GET A PAIR OF THREES?!?!" But Riou probably still lets her win a lot because he feels bad taking advantage of her.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-08 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
ffff, it would be.

Ooh, he does? :D I knew he appeared in Tactics, but I guess I assumed he'd be like Tir was in II and wouldn't say much. I have heard that he basically breaks the game over his knee. :D I don't want you to textdump the conversations if they're too much trouble, though!

Hopeful and slightly bittersweet endings tend to be my thing, which is part of why I love Suikoden so much. Getting the 108 stars can be a pain in the ass, but you really feel like you've earned that good ending, and it makes the moments where Suikoden stomps on your heart worth it for the eventual payoff. (Mostly.)

Surgery or Nanami literally dragging his ass back to Kyaro and up to Jilia's house, yeah. (SPEAKING OF AWKWARD REUNIONS.) And no, I hadn't seen that art, but alkjsdlfPRECIOUS. The new outfits are so cute, and damn, Jowy looks good with short hair. ...wait, is Jowy wearing jeans? And sneakers? How -- no, no, I shouldn't ask questions about character design in a JRPG.

sorry for the belated response, holiday weekend shenanigans
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-08 03:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I can't imagine playing a Suikoden game and not trying to make it through with all your stars intact, though I heard that Tactics doesn't have a full complement of Stars of Destiny?

The Soul Eater ate his verbs because Tir refused to feed it anything else. Clearly. (I was so startled when I dismissed Tir from my party and he actually said something. And then I pictured Riou waltzing around the castle in a daze for the rest of the day going he spoke to meeeeee~. I am pretty sure Riou has a monstrous crush on Tir, I'm just saying. Then again, half the known world seems to have a monstrous crush on Tir.)

Jowy becoming less of a dumbass is practically a 12-step program. Complete with backsliding. He's lucky he has people who will kick his ass about that.

fffff, poor Riou. Honey, you're not recruiting anymore, you don't have to do all the crazy things people ask you to do in order to get them to join your army. He's such a sweetheart, though, even if he is perpetually put-upon.
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-08 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
The minor characters not having eyes thing is kind of creepy, I have to say. (I still have no idea how Rhapsodia's mechanics work, but it's kind of sad -- or hilarious, depending -- to picture Wendel sitting all alone in the corner while the rest of the army chats it up.)

They can, like, argue about who has the nicest butt in their army
Flik. QED. Viktor thinks so, too.

And the silent-conversation thing reminds me of the Futch and Humphrey recruitment sidequest. "Thank you for last night," eh. ;D (juuuuuust kidding. Riou is never going to get laid in II's timeline unless he gets really desperate and tries heterosexuality.)

He'd probably think that they didn't want to join his cause and he messed up in recruiting them, and then he'd get sad. :( And Nanami and Jowy don't want Riou to get sad! So they're making him carry everything for his own good. Totally.

(Riou and Nash can commiserate about getting stuck on baggage duty, I'm sure.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-09 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
Good to know! I haven't played tactical RPGs in aaaaages (I haven't played videogames in general in ages, really; before Mith got me to pick up Suikoden I hadn't touched a console for about three years), but I have fond memories of lots of them. The goodwill sounds like a neat mechanic, too. I love it when you see the members of your party (or army, in this case) interacting and forming friendships. :3

Maybe they're speaking in Morse code?

Eilie's not as bad as Nina (granted, it's hard to be as bad as Nina, Nina is kind of a teenage version of Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction), but still, personal space boundaries, girl. The watching-Riou-sleep thing is bordering on Edward Cullen territory.

(SuikoIII!Nash definitely would. Gaiden!Nash would probably try and have it backfire, because nothing ever goes right for Gaiden!Nash.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-08 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Seriously, what is it with tenkai going off and fishing? (alkjsdfl the beach house, best bad ending ever.)

And you were right. Lazlo is, indeed, a dork. I swear he's practically living on his own planet in half of these. O HAI THAR STRANGERS HELP ME KILL THIS GIANT CRAB BECAUSE I AM HUNGRY KTHX :D But I guess Lazlo being kind of a space cadet explains why he doesn't talk that much.

And oh, Jewel. Snowe is cool? (I do love Keneth and Tal giving Snowe grief, though, because hee.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-08 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha, I got to the treasure chest on the exile ship and I was like SUDDENLY ALL THE FANART OF LAZLO WITH MANJUU MAKES SENSE. There's a moment I just played past, too, where Elenor's talking about retaking the islands and getting Middleport's support and one of Lazlo's dialogue options is "Razril...to be a Knight again..." And I was just like "dude, she told you to go to Middleport and who knows if Razril even has Knights of Gaien anymore, were you daydreaming the entire time she was talking to you."

Tir is a total weirdo sometimes. It's probably a good thing that Gremio's dead by that point in the game, because he'd give himself a heart attack if he saw Tir in a coffin.

Snowe does have a nice butt, I'll give Jewel that. I haven't gotten Snowe back yet (and won't for a while, I'm pretty sure), but I am totally looking forward to everyone on the Good Ship Cocksurfer giving him grief. Snowe, you dumbass. But hey, I apparently really like dumbasses.