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surskitty ([personal profile] surskitty) wrote2012-04-11 10:16 pm

Let's Play Gensou Suikoden!; GS1 PART 24

Hm. I'm going to actually start my SuikoIV lp on TCoD tomorrow; got any name suggestions? If I don't get anything funny I'm just going to go with Lazlo because I don't have much in the way of IV caps.

LAST TIME: Rocks fall, Futch's dragon dies. Viktor has been kidnapped!

I figured that I might as well do a bit more sharpening in preparation for II, so I went through and got all but one. Good enough for now! Also sharpened up my last unused obligatory party member because I had the potch. Welp, nothing else to do but move on with plot!

☆☆☆☆☆☆ starts walking into his room, but as soon as he steps inside, Mathiu comes up the hallway and ☆☆☆☆☆☆ steps back out.
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, I have an important matter to discuss with you."
☆☆☆☆☆☆ walks into his room and over by his bed and Mathiu follows.
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, it appears that a spy has infiltrated the Liberation Army. While you were away, I sent Kasumi and Krin on a reconnaissance mission into Imperial territory. According to their report, it appears that there is an intelligence leak somewhere in our army. So if you permit, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, I'd like to oversee the military training maneuvers tomorrow." Fun fact: you can actually figure out who said traitor is through clever use of the Tablet. That's probably why SuikoV doesn't have you get the Tablet until 3/4 of the way through the game: your traitor in that game isn't a star of destiny, either. Though your traitor in V isn't really a traitor, either. Aaah, politics.
Sure, why not.
TIR: "As you wish."
MATHIU: "Thank you, sir. You must be tired, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆. I will leave you now."
He starts walking out, then stops at the doorway.
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, the coming battles will become increasingly fierce. I am prepared to do anything to win, no matter what the sacrifice may be." Nuh uh! You wouldn't do anything quite as stupid as Kalekka.
And then he walks out. Fade out! Fade in with ☆☆☆☆☆☆ in his bed.

And then I wander around confused for a minute because Mathiu's not in the war room. Though I guess since they're just doing training...
He's in his room!
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, everything is ready."
Save, plox!
TIR: "Good. Let's go."
[BGM: Gate]
Fade out to Maneuvers Site! It is a green field with nothing of interest in it. ☆☆☆☆☆☆, Mathiu, Flik, Sanchez, Humphrey,and a bunch of minions are there.
MATHIU: "All troops will now head north to attack the Imperial forces." ♥ asshole
FLIK: [bounces] "What?! So suddenly?"
SANCHEZ: "I thought this was just a drill."
MATHIU: "The Imperial Army will think so too. We mustn't miss this opportunity. We will attack the north immediately."
HUMPHREY: "A surprise attack."
FLIK: "No wonder there was so much equipment for a drill." We were just going to test the flamethrowers, Flik! Need to make sure we won't need to go on a sidequest to go find some loser to fix them, you know.
MATHIU: "We will now head north, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆. Please confirm." I like how our friends the tenkai never actually get to make decisions in the main series. Their tenki just goes GO DO THIS and then they do. ... Well, I guess Sieg and Liu don't have that dynamic. But ignoring Liu.

Fade out!

GRIFFITH: "Huh? Yes, I know, I know. They're out training today."
SOLDIER IN GREEN: "They're suddenly attacking us."
GRIFFITH: "Yes, I know, I know... .........! Do you mean to say that our spy was mistaken? My god, what shall I do? How far have the Liberation Army advanced?"
SOLDIER: "They're right in front of our eyes!" Now picturing Tir waving a banner saying WE MOON SCARLET MOON and then a badly-drawn butt. Nah, that's more Viktor's thing....
GRIFFITH: "Hmmm, this is a serious problem. All right, you go report to General Kasim while I try to stall them." I like that he calls Kasim by his first name.
The soldier walks off.

[BGM: Collision]
Battle at the Northern Checkpoint! It's to the north of Kunan, which is the region Milich is in.
GRIFFITH: "The Liberation Army has no mercy. No time for breakfast?"
MATHIU: "Oh, excuse me. But I must say it's pretty late for breakfast." Breakfast is every meal, Mathiu.
GRIFFITH: "It's not your business. In any case, we're badly mismatched. We surrender." They are: it's 3700 to 15365.
SANCHEZ: "If we can avoid bloodshed..."
GRIFFITH: "Of course, but some soldiers may prefer not to surrender. So give me some time."
MATHIU: "This is a ploy to stall us. We'd better attack at once. Give out the signal!"
GRIFFITH: "Damn, we couldn't fool them. Troops, do the best you can, but don't waste your lives."

This battle is really, really easy, particularly if you have a bunch of ninjas. Aaaaaand I just won in one round.
MATHIU: "Congratulations! We won!"
GRIFFITH: "I thought that if I joined the Imperial Army, I was all set for life. I was wrong."

[BGM: Gate]
Back at the Northern Checkpoint, ☆☆☆☆☆☆, Lepant, Humphrey, Flik, Mathiu, Krin, Kasumi, and Sanchez are barging in!
GRIFFITH: "Hell, I guess we lost. All right, all right, we surrender. Lives are precious things."
GEE, I DUNNO. He lives either way; he just doesn't join if you don't recruit him.
GRIFFITH: "Join you? And betray the Imperial Army? Promise me one thing. Will you spare my troops?" They can join too!
MATHIU: "Of course. I guarantee their lives."
GRIFFITH: "Then I'll agree to your proposition. Whether I'm fighting for the Imperials or the Liberation Army, it makes no difference to me, as long as I can eat."
SOLDIER: "M-Master G-Griffith, we will follow you."
GRIFFITH: "What wonderful men you are! Thank you, everybody."

Fade out, back at the castle! Kasumi, Krin, ☆☆☆☆☆☆, Lepant, Flik, and Mathiu are standing near the fourth floor elevator. Sanchez is off in his room.
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, we will march north before the enemy finds out that we have taken the Northern Checkpoint. Sir Lepant, I'll give you a battalion to attack the Fortress of Duha."
LEPANT: "I understand." TAKE THAT, CLOVER. YOU CAN'T SUGGEST I USE LEPANT THIS ARC.
MATHIU: "Sir Humphrey, I'll assign another battalion to you. Take the Fortress of Rakan."
HUMPHREY: "Uh huh." Oh Humphrey.
MATHIU: "As protector of the north, Kasim Hazil will be forced to send reinforcements to the respective fortresses. Meanwhile, we will sneak into Moravia Castle and rescue Warren and Viktor. This mission will be carried out by yours truly, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, Kasumi, Krin, Griffith, and three others." Yeah, one of my party slots is being wasted with [i]Krin.[/i] Fuck this arc. And yeah, Humphrey and Viktor are busy with plot! So I can't use any of my standard front row characters.
LEPANT: "I don't mind being a decoy, but what if the reinforcements attack us? We'll have no chance of winning."
MATHIU: "If the Imperial troops arrive, retreat immediately."
FLIK: "Then we won't have time to sneak into Moravia Castle."
MATHIU: "Don't worry. We too have asked for support."
FLIK: "Support? The Dragon Knights?"
MATHIU: "No, but they're still a dependable force. Those are the details of our plan. Please take action immediately. Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, please select the party that will break into Moravia Castle."
I went with ☆☆☆☆☆☆ / Krin / Kasumi / Pesmerga / Kai / Clive! Pesmerga because he's the only raised-up short ranged attacker I have who isn't named Hix; Clive because he's kind of badass.
Cut back to the Northern Checkpoint!
GRIFFITH: "What do you want with me?'
MATHIU: "Griffith, you're going to help us sneak into Moravia Castle."
KASUMI: "What do you mean?"
MATHIU: "Griffith, I want you to pretend that you captured me. Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆ will enter the castle with us, disguised as one of your men."
GRIFFITH: "I see, a ruse, eh? I don't mind, but do you really trust me?" Sure, why not.
MATHIU: "Think of the fate of your men should anything happen to me. It's true that I would make an excellent present for your former leader, but you are not a man who would betray your own men." Ouch.
GRIFFITH: "Tsk. You see right through me, don't you. All right. I'm in."
MATHIU: "Now that that's settled, let's hurry on to Moravia Castle, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆."
Griffith leads Tir leads Mathiu offscreen!

Well, since I'm in the Moravia area anyway, I'm levelling up a bit in the hopes of getting something rare to drop. I forget offhand what I wandered around for hours looking for was. I think it's dropped by the golems? I know the rabbit birds drop sacrificial buddhas.... At the moment, I figure that even if it doesn't end up dropping, it'd be nice to have Krin vaguely near the rest of my party's levels so he's almost vaguely not useless. Welp, got Krin to level 51 and it hasn't dropped. I just gave Kasumi the gi that ☆☆☆☆☆☆'s been holding onto for an arc or two. Somehow I think she'd approve. Also just got my party actual equipment. Well, got them most of the way to actual equipment, and then needed to play against Gaspar a bit to finish. But close enough.

Ah! Found one while walking from the Northern Checkpoint to Moravia. Turns out the golems drop master garb, which is awesome equipment for ☆☆☆☆☆☆ and some other characters. Looks like Clive can wear it, too.

[BGM: Intrusion]

☆☆☆☆☆☆ hops and bolts to hide behind a wall while they move out. I really like that the water there reflects the building.
ARMOURED SOLDIER: "Why, Sir Griffith. I'm glad you've survived. We heard you were attacked."
GRIFFITH: "It was hell. But they shouldn't have underestimated me. Look at who I have here. This is Mathiu, Military Strategist of the Liberation Army. I took him prisoner. Let me in. I'd like to report to General Kasim."
SOLDIER: "Yes, sir. I will inform him immediately. Please wait a minute." He walks in.
KRIN: "Is this really going to work? If it doesn't, I'll escape by myself, hee hee."
KASUMI: "What a thing to say, Krin. You'd leave Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆ behind?"
KRIN: "Hee hee, I dunno."
The soldier comes back. "Please enter and proceed to the waiting room."
Everyone walks inside!
MATHIU: "Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆, while Griffith and I are in the waiting room, you must get Viktor and Warren."
GRIFFITH: "The prison should be on the top floor of the castle. You must hurry. I'm not sure how long I can fool General Kasim."
Mathiu and Griffith walk up!
KRIN: "If they capture us, we're dead. Let's hurry, ☆☆☆☆☆☆."
Hello, Mr Save Point! That door right there is where Mathiu and Griffith went. I need to go down and left.

The ... whip masters, I think, the wolf things? They drop rage crystals verrrrry rarely. I think it's them, anyway. Either them or the magi.
Sneaking along on roofs...
Can't you jump it, Miss Ninja?
KRIN: "Hee hee, I'll take care of it."
Krin goes over and sets up a rope.
KRIN: "There we go, hee hee."
Gee, ☆☆☆☆☆☆, that looks safe.
☆☆☆☆☆☆ walks over to between Warren and Viktor and Krin and Kasumi get to work on the cell. And no, they don't give a shit about Vincent.
KASUMI: "We did it, Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆. This must be it."
VIKTOR: "You're late, ☆☆☆☆☆☆. I've been waiting forever for you to show up." At least you have company!
KRIN: "Hee hee, why don't you stay a little longer and cool off?"
VIKTOR: "What did you say! Who do you think you're talking to!"
KRIN: "Hee hee, catch me if you can."
KASUMI: [opens the cell door] "Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, I've opened the lock."
KRIN: "Yikes!"
Viktor steps out and walks to Krin.
KRIN: "Whoaaa! I-I was just k-kidding."
Warren walks out!
WARREN: "You must be Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆. I am Warren. Thank you for coming for us."
VIKTOR: "Didn't I tell you they'd come, Warren?"
WARREN: "You certainly did."
KASUMI: "We don't have much time. Let's hurry."
Fade out, ignoring the chest and imprisoned star of destiny! Warren joins!

Cut to Kasim, Mathiu, and Griffith.
[BGM: Gate]
KASIM: "It's been a long time, hasn't it, Mathiu Silverberg. 3, maybe 4 years. Why did you leave the Imperial Army? Because of that incident?" Nobody likes the thing with Kalekka.
MATHIU: "That is one reason. But more because I dislike myself intensely when I am fighting." Well, you do tend to be an asshole.
KASIM: "And yet you joined the Liberation Army. Strange man. Why don't you come back to us? I'd rather not execute you as a traitor."
MATHIU: "You needn't worry about that."
KASIM: "What do you mean?" He's a Silverberg, dude.
An armoured Imperial soldier walks in! "G-General Kasim! W-we're surrounded by the Liberation Army!"
KASIM: "Ah, I see. Those attacks on the fortresses were a decoy. You're getting rusty, Mathiu. When the reinforcements return, the Liberation Army will be wiped out."
MATHIU: "If they return, that is."
KASIM: "What's that?"
Another soldier walks in! "We have just received word that the troops sent out to protect the fortresses were ambushed by the Jowston Army." Southwind and Tinto: 1. Scarlet Moon: 0. Toran: 5. Jowston unity: -1000.
KASIM: "What! Why those... You did this, Mathiu!" Eh, it's Jowston and Scarlet Moon.
MATHIU: "That is correct. I sent Jowston a letter informing them of Imperial Army plans to invade their land. The City-State of Jowston is hungry for this Empire. It's quite easy to manipulate them."
KASIM: "Traitor! You dare sell out this land to the City-State!" Eh, it's revenge for Kalekka. Sort of.
MATHIU: "I have no such ambitions. I merely manipulated them. In no way have I joined hands with Jowston. It is likely that the City-State will temporarily occupy this region. But the Liberation Army will permit no more than that." It's not like there's any way for this to bite anyone in the ass three years later or anything.
KASIM: "Damn you to hell, you conniving turncoat!" Wow, a Silverberg? Making plans?
Finally got a nice cap of the room! Humphrey and Lepant are walking in.
LEPANT: "Master Mathiu, are you all right? We've pretty much taken care of business outside."
HUMPHREY: "... yo." ... Thank you, Humphrey.
Pan down to Viktor walking up to next to Humphrey and Lepant while ☆☆☆☆☆☆ runs over to Mathiu and Kasim.
VIKTOR: "Looks like we're just in time."
[BGM: Touching Theme]
MATHIU: "General Kasim Hazil. Now it is my turn to make a request. Please surrender. The ideal Empire you once envisioned has changed beyond recognition. The Emperor himself, to whom you pledged loyalty, has changed too. Do you still plan to cling to the past?"
KASIM: "I still..."
Milich walks in!
MILICH: "You are a stubborn man, Kasim. Like the rest of the Five Great Imperial Generals. Think about it. Do you really think that the Emperor is the same man we once knew?"
KASIM: "I don't..."
MILICH: "You know he isn't. You are one of the Emperor's loyal followers. Isn't it your duty, then, to try to convince him to mend his wrongful ways? The Five Great Generals were unable to prevent the Empire from deteriorating. Therefore the time has come to help the Emperor open his eyes. Do you not agree?"
KASIM: "......... All right. I surrender."
MATHIU: "I'm glad you understand, General Kasim."
Kasim Hazil joins!
MATHIU: "We must retreat immediately, Commander ☆☆☆☆☆☆. If we wait around too long, the City-State will attack us." Wouldn't be Jowston if they weren't looking for a fight, ideally with themselves.
VIKTOR: "What? Nothing for me to do? Shucks, I was looking forward to a good rumble."

To the world map!

I walk down to the Northern Checkpoint (don't teleport back!) and ...
Two guys walk in!
MAX: "The time has come to deliver a crushing blow to those despotic Imperials. We must give the Liberation Army a hand. Don't be late, Sancho!" Hello, Maximilian! Looking for windmills?
SANCHO: "Yes, Master!"
MAX: "Ready, charge!"
They walk into ☆☆☆☆☆☆.
MAX: "Who the hell are you? We're in a hurry. The Liberation Army eagerly awaits our help. We must hurry to Moravia Castle!"
SANCHO: "M-master..."
MAX: "What is it, Sancho?"
SANCHO: "Th-this fellow..."
MAX: "I said what is it, Sancho?"
SANCHO: "He's Master ☆☆☆☆☆☆, leader of the Liberation Army."
MAX: "What?! My god! Please forgive my rudeness. My name is Maximilian, former Commander of the late lamented Knights of Maximilian. As my final job, I'd like to lend a hand to the Liberation Army. Please let me join, I beg you."
SANCHO: "P-please grant my Master his wish, sir. Please."
[recruit]
MAX: "Thank you. Please watch me in my final blaze of glory."
SANCHO: "It's wonderful, isn't it, Master."
They join! ... and walk off towards Moravia. There's evil afoot! ... There's evil ahead, too!

I head back to Moravia, too. Well, really, first I head back to the castle to see if I can kick out Krin without advancing plot (no), but then I head back to Moravia.
On the top floor ...!
[BGM: Theme of Narcissism]
VINCENT: "Oh ☆☆☆☆☆☆, you've come to save my life. What a beautiful thing friendship is. I, Vansan, shall never forget this day as long as I live." Well, you've forgotten your name, so...
VINCENT: "God, what an awful creature that Kasim is, suddenly locking me up in this place. The Empire is going to hell, I tell you. What? You, ☆☆☆☆☆☆, you're the leader of the Liberation Army?" ... I could've sworn you knew this.
VINCENT: "My my! Why didn't you tell me sooner? I, Vansan, in the name of friendship, renounce my aristocratic standing and swear to fight by your side." Vincent de Boule joins!

STATS:

- STARS RECRUITED: 100.5 + Griffith + Warren + Kasim + Maximilian + Sancho + Vincent = 106.5 / 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: 3, 5 total
- Bathrooms: 0

NEXT TIME: The last of the six -- er, five, since Georg ran off -- great generals, the last star of destiny, and ☆☆☆☆☆☆'s terrible terrible family dynamics! Also, the conclusion of the spy subplot!
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-12 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know if you've started posting the IV LP yet, but in case you haven't and you're still scouting around for Lazlo names, you should totally name him after a My Little Pony. :D Twilight Sparkle probably won't fit, but Fluttershy might...

I kind of love how even the nice Silverbergs are manipulative assholes. ♥ (Well, Odessa's not really an asshole, but she has a manipulative side, I think.) AND YEAH HOW COULD INVITING JOWSTON TO OCCUPY PART OF THE COUNTRY POSSIBLY HAVE ANY UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES. Maybe I should say "foreseen consequences," though, since I can't imagine Mathiu not knowing what kind of can of worms he opened up. Also yay, spelling it Southwind~

I should probably save my comments about Tir yelling YOU'RE NOT MY REAL MOM >( at Sonya for the next recap, but I kind of had to toss that in there given the last line...
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-12 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
YAY! I can't wait. :D

Too bad Mathiu dies before it does, in fact, become an issue. Though the Jowston/Toran war ultimately bit Jowston in the butt more than it did Toran, I suppose. At least they left poor Kalekka alone this time...

Yeah, I think the Jowy/Joey situation is one of the few instances where the fake-ass fantasy spelling actually does look cooler. Though now I wish Konami had switched around Jowy and Pohl's names, although I suspect Frank Herbert's estate would have sued the shit out of them if they'd named one of their heroes Pohl Atreides.

(Tir, your family life is kinda fucked up. Though to be fair, you are responsible for a decent percentage of said fuckeduppedness.)
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[personal profile] puella_nerdii 2012-04-13 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
No worries, I have fallen down the pixiv hole more times than I can count (and as my giant folder of Tir fanart can attest).

Jowston does indeed have unparalleled skill at fucking itself over. It's pretty much the only thing Jowston seems to be good at, but considering the collection of fuckers running that place before II clears them out, hey.

(Yeah, hypocrisy much, dude? On the other hand, YAY RUNNING AROUND GREGMINSTER AGAIN. :D :D :D)

Probably because the most interesting thing Pohl does is die. Oh, and he makes Riou clean up lube.

I officially lost track of how many times I shouted ATREIDES POWER IS DESERT POWER while playing the game. Though man, Jowy would utterly fail at being Kwisatz Haderach. (Not sure if Konami intended Jowy's surname to be a reference to Agamemnon's house or to Dune, but I will always go with the nerdier assumption.)


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