By Jordan Carmack
First, note that this is a very detailed, handholding walkthrough/FAQ
written for players just beginning their first game. I will submit
another for those of you who have played through once or twice and just
want quick reference material. Second, note that it is in the order that
the story mode list is, not chronological.
Table of Contents:
Important notes before you begin
Chapter 1 - Beginnings
Verse 2 - To the Castle (ground)
Verse 3 - Dragon (movie)
Verse 4 - The Way of the Sword (ground)
Verse 5 - A Pact (movie)
Verse 6 - Shared Battles (aerial)
Verse 7 - Quarry Chosen (aerial)
Verse 8 - Hate's Strength (ground/strafe)
Verse 9 - Pact Price (event)
Verse 10 - Infestation (ground)
Verse 11 - A Goddess Saved (event)
Verse 12 - Inuart's Song (movie)
Chapter 2 - Complications
Verse 1 - The Voice (event)
Verse 2 - To the Elf Village (aerial)
Verse 3 - The Untrod Path (ground/strafe)
Verse 4 - Despair (event)
Verse 5 - Ominous Words (event)
Verse V - A Distant Sound (event)
Verse 6 - Last Words (event)
Verse 7 - A Hidden Shrine (aerial)
Verse 8 - A Secret Plan (ground/strafe)
Verse 9 - The False Country (event)
Verse IX - Liberation and Slaughter (event)
Verse X - A Lonely Battle (aerial)
Verse XI - Leonard's Lament (movie)
Verse XII - Mockery (event)
Verse XIII - After the Torching (ground)
Verse XIV - Feeling in the Dark (event)
Chapter 3 - Chance Encounters
Verse 1 - Reunion (event)
Verse 2 - To the Dungeon (aerial)
Verse 3 - Prisoners (ground/strafe)
Verse 4 - Verdelet Released (event)
Verse IV - Regret (event)
Verse 5 - The Temple in the Desert (aerial)
Verse 6 - The Seal (ground/strafe)
Verse 7 - Dark Creatures (event)
Verse 8 - Sacred Remains (ground/strafe)
Verse 9 - The Harp (event)
Verse IX - An Unquiet Voice (event)
Verse X - Gaol (aerial)
Verse XI - Laughter (event)
Verse XII - An Invitation (movie)
Verse XIII - Release (aerial)
Verse XIV - Found (ground/strafe)
Verse XV - Arioch Lives (event)
Chapter 4 - Betrayal
Verse 1 - Inuart's Confession (event)
Verse 2 - Pride (movie)
Verse 3 - The Holy and the Profane (event)
Verse 4 - Strength Remains (aerial)
Verse 5 - Violent Lands (ground/strafe)
Verse 6 - Caim's Past (event)
Verse VI - Seere's Sister (event)
Verse 7 - Forbidden Places (ground/strafe)
Verse 8 - The Last Seal? (event)
Verse 9 - Voice of Stone (ground/strafe)
Verse X - A Mother's Farewell (event)
Verse XI - Survivors (movie)
Verse XII - Seere's Friend (event)
Chapter 5 - Destruction
Verse 1 - War (movie)
Verse 2 - Turning Point (aerial)
Verse 3 - Rapture (ground/strafe)
Verse 4 - A False Peace (event)
Verse 5 - Pandemonium (movie)
Verse 6 - The Gods Speak (event)
Verse 7 - Emergence (ground/strafe)
Verse 8 - Menace (aerial)
Chapter 6 - An Old Enemy
Verse 1 - Love Debased (event)
Verse 2 - A Black Dragon (aerial)
Verse 3 - Destiny (aerial)
Verse 4 - Unholy Prayers (ground)
Verse 5 - Mute (event)
Chapter 7 - Tragedy
Verse 1 - Realization (movie)
Verse 2 - For Her (event)
Verse 3 - A Decision (movie)
Verse 4 - The Sorrowful Sky (aerial)
Chapter 8 - Seals
Verse 1 - Things Inhuman (aerial)
Verse 2 - Living Myths (aerial)
Verse 3 - The Capital (aerial)
Verse 4 - Joy Unknown (ground/strafe)
Verse 5 - A Peaceful Casket (ground)
Verse 6 - Struggle (movie)
Verse 7 - Unrelenting (aerial)
Verse 8 - Sin (event)
Verse 9 - A Soul Sealed (movie)
Chapter 9 - Requiem
Verse 1 - Dragonfire (aerial)
Verse 2 - In the Name of Love (event)
Verse 3 - Sowing Seeds (aerial)
Verse 4 - Encounter (movie)
Verse 5 - The Demon's Wings (aerial)
Verse 6 - Goddesses (movie)
Verse IV - Sleep (event)
Verse V - Providence (event)
Verse VI - Under a Dark Sky (ground)
Verse VII - Light (movie)
Chapter 10 - Astray
Verse 1 - Barriers (aerial)
Verse 2 - Ark (aerial)
Verse 3 - A Lull (ground)
Verse 4 - To Drink Poison (event)
Verse II - Hear the Ocean (ground)
Verse III - The Gods' Will (event)
Chapter 11 - Partings
Verse 1 - Maze (ground)
Verse 2 - Dreams and Truth (event)
Verse 3 - Falling Petals (movie)
Verse 4 - Anger Checked (event)
Verse II - Hide and Seek (ground)
Verse III - Betrayal (event)
Verse IV - Loved (movie)
Verse V - Paradise (event)
Chapter 12 - Chaos
Verse 1 - A Little Thing (movie)
Verse 2 - Extermination (aerial)
Verse 3 - Toward Truth (ground/strafe)
Verse 4 - Gaia's Laughter (event)
Verse 5 - Different Endings (movie)
Verse 6 - Abnormal (ground/strafe)
Verse 7 - The Great Time (event)
Verse 8 - A Little Hero (event)
Verse 9 - Awakening (aerial)
Verse 10 - Seere's Solace (movie)
Chapter 13 - Truth
Verse 1 - A Journey (event)
Verse 2 - New World (movie)
Verse 3 - The Greatest Battle (aerial)
Verse 4 - Recursion (movie)
Leonard's Regret (takes place between chapters 2 and 3)
Verse 1 - The Forest of the Seal (aerial)
Verse 2 - Smells (event)
Verse 3 - Grief (ground)
Verse 4 - Uncommon Mercy (event)
Verse 5 - The Memories of the Faeries (aerial)
Verse 6 - Gleanings (ground)
Verse 7 - Dragon's Rest (event)
Arioch's Madness (takes place between chapters 3 and 4)
Verse 1 - The Soughing of the Waves (aerial)
Verse 2 - Her Favorite Things... (event)
Verse 3 - Lantern Fishing (aerial)
Verse 4 - Playing Alone (event)
Seere's Prayer (takes place between chapters 4 and 5)
Verse 1 - A Stony Path (event)
Verse 2 - Remote Giants (ground/strafe)
Verse 3 - Tossed About (aerial)
Verse 4 - To A Friend (event)
Verse 5 - A Journey (ground/strafe)
Verse 6 - A Silent Place (event)
Verse 7 - Gone without a Trace (aerial)
Verse 8 - Pursuit (ground)
Verse 9 - A New Sword (event)
Verse 10 - Coliseum (ground)
Verse 11 - Gratitude and Carelessness (event)
Free Expedition Mode
I. Legal Crap
First off, I want to say that legality means nothing to me. Take this
FAQ/Walkthrough and do whatever you want with it, so long as it remains
whole and unchanged, and you must remember to leave my name on it,
because taking credit for someone else's hard work and spent time is
just plain dirty. Now that that's said and done, let us begin.
a. Important notes before you begin:
Only Caim's Sword can be used in event missions.
Most weapons must be obtained on Normal difficulty.
You will never need to erase your game and start from scratch for any
reason. You can go back if you missed something.
Your dragon WILL NOT LEVEL UP BY EXPERIENCE. The dragon grows at set
points in the game, no matter what experience it has.
The enemies with sixty-second timers over their head do not give
experience. When killed, they drop an orb that adds a certain number of
kills to the weapons you are carrying, perhaps every weapon you have
obtained, I'm not sure. Use physical attacks when they are blue
(remember to use a finishing blow if the weapon you are using is fast
and weak, since they will deflect normal attacks and counter them after
too much pounding), and magic when they are red (spells such as that of
the Butcher's Joy or the Skull Banquet are all but useless against them,
as they do negligible direct damage and your physical attacks will be
blocked by a barrier.)
Missions numbered with Roman numerals will lead to endings other than
the one in chapter 8, and can only be played after meeting certain
The difference between Easy and Normal difficulty is that on Normal,
enemies have more health and deal more damage per attack than on Easy.
Also, in Easy mode, enemies drop only health orbs, and the length of the
chains required to get enemies to drop the orbs is smaller. In normal
mode, enemies drop health orbs if you are not at 100% health; otherwise,
they drop orange orbs that explode on contact, damaging all enemies in
the blast radius with damage equal to one attack from your weapon,
doubled, tripled, etc. according to the length of your chain when the
orb was dropped. At the moment your chain length reaches 100 hits, a
black orb will appear that greatly increases your attack strength for a
period of about 30-45 seconds (probably because if you can get a 100-hit
chain, your weapon is way too weak and the strength increase is almost
necessary for your survival).
The level 3 dragon's locked shots reach much farther than the Chaos
Finishing blows are performed by pressing Triangle on the swing in which
an orange orb of light bleems off your weapon or the swing immediately
after. Either way, there will be one more normal attack after the orange
light before the finishing blow is performed, and the blow will be
considerably slow, so watch out when enemies are all around you; you may
Attacks do not harm you while you are casting magic, but will return to
dealing damage as soon as you can attack again.
Events in which you can take no action can be skipped by pressing Start
twice, the same as movie scenes, though I do not recommend this, since
you will miss much of the story by skipping scenes and events.
Enemies impervious to magic will receive full damage from allies' magic
with no return fire.
Some enemies are more susceptible to jump attacks than they are to
Increasing Caim's level will only increase his hit points and
consequently the dragon's. It will not cause attack strength to
Once a weapon reaches level 4, it can be equipped and/or viewed on any
Weapon weight determines attack speed. The heavier the weapon, the
slower Caim will swing it.
When using slow weapons, it sometimes helps to begin attacking before
the enemy reaches you, that way they have less chance of hitting you
before your first swing.
To make things easier, once you get to the middle of the game and pretty
much all after that, take the stronger weapons that you find and go back
to one of the earlier missions, such as chapter 1 verse 2, and kill all
the enemies you can, ignoring the fact that you only have one hour to
complete the mission. Usually these weapons will destroy such weak
enemies in one hit; thus making kills and consequently weapon levels
easier to obtain. There is no truly fast method to strengthen your
weapons, but this one is the fastest way. This will make combat in the
later missions much easier.
Max level for Caim is 99, achieved at 2,000,000 experience.
The dragon also maxes out at 2,000,000 experience.
Utilize dash attacks when facing groups of powerful enemies.
In aerial missions, locked shots can still miss, and they do less damage
than a dumb shot even if they all hit, but are preferable for use
against large groups of relatively small enemies, since one shot, even
locked, usually kills these, and locked shots build up your magic gauge
In aerial missions, magic attacks may and likely will seek out enemies
not even on your radar if they destroy all the ones on radar before they
In ground missions, magic attacks from the dragon attack the entire
radar area, though the torch portion of the attack focuses only on the
half in front of you.
Enemies with dots by their health bars are leaders of a unit. Killing
them will make the enemies around them weaker and less intelligent, so
take them out ASAP.
Treasure chests that do not appear as a result of something you did, but
are there from the start of the mission, contain orbs that fully restore
your health. Search for these when in bad need.
Now then, that's done and gone, so, what say you to moving on to the
actual walkthrough? That's what I thought.
Chapter 1 - Beginnings
Verse 1 - The Blooding
Simple, just watch and enjoy the battle FMV, but be prepared to take
part in this awesome combat.
Verse 2 - To the Castle
All right, your very first mission. For now, you don't want to seek out
every enemy on the map. You can come back when you have more HP and do
that. This time just cut a path forward and eliminate the targets in
front of the bridge. I suggest you use finishing blows whenever
possible. Now that you've had your first taste of blood, cut your way
through to the next to targets; knights on horseback. Jump attacks are
the way to go here. When you have killed those, two more targets will
appear by the front gate of the castle. Fight your way to them, keeping
in mind that you want to keep as much health as you can. This pair is
quite nasty. Unusually large heavy infantry brandishing great swords and
tower shields. Again, finishing blows are recommended, and you would do
well to take them on one at a time, since they have this talent for
knocking you down. Once you have destroyed these nuisances, a treasure
box will appear in the vicinity of the front gate, but not exactly close
to it. Check your map and go to the blue box. Touch the chest to open
it, then grab the key and go back to the gate. Congratulations, you have
successfully completed your first mission. This will earn you a new
weapon, the axe Bonebreaker. This will be your best tool against
stronger enemies such as black soldiers, heavy cavalry, and knights for
Verse 3 - Dragon
If you want to see a very frightening individual, do not skip this movie
scene. You will see how Caim's hate for the Empire was sown in his
heart, and he makes quite the intimidating face. This is also the first
you get to see of the dragon.
Verse 4 - The Way of the Sword
Easy enough. Just kill everything. Switching back and forth all the time
between weapons is not advisable, for it empties your magic gauge. Stick
with the Bonebreaker for now, unless you like a good challenge or are
partial to speed. When every enemy in the bailey has been slain, heavy
cavalry will appear on both ends of the room. Bonebreaker, finishing
blows, magic if and when necessary. Once you're through with them, go to
the head of the mighty but maimed beast. That's two missions down.
Verse 5 - A Pact
Movie time! Now then, let's find out just how a pact is made. Whoa,
sounds like it hurts, huh? Yeah, well, look at the result. Now you have
your dragon! Time for some baptisms by dragonfire!
Verse 6 - Shared Battles
Welcome to the wonderful world of aerial combat. To lock on to enemies
(up to four locks for now), hold down Square and move your crosshairs
over the enemy you wish to lock on to. This mission, however, is ill
suited for locked shots, so stick with dumb fire. R1 and L1 cause the
dragon to strafe right and left respectively, and both together cause it
to whip around and go the opposite direction, a 180-degree turn. Use R1
and L1 to evade incoming cannonballs; the bullets don't hurt you, they
just knock your aim off. If you get into dire straits, try using locked
shots and evading like heck until your magic gauge is full, then unleash
the runic bowels of hell on your enemies. All in all, this mission
shouldn't be too hard. Just make flak out of every airborne enemy.
Verse 7 - Quarry Chosen
Now you get to encounter your first enemy airship, and in this level
there are more than one. Use the same strategy as the previous mission,
with the exception of these airships. To destroy them, you must disable
every pair of cannons on them. Locked shots and magic as soon as it
becomes available will put these big boys down in a heartbeat. Again,
all airborne enemies must be dropped. After that, just go to the spot
marked with the target icon and you've beaten the mission.
Verse 8 - Hate's Strength
This one was my favorite for a long time...then I went back and played
verse 2. Anyway, your first chore will be to go down to the southwestern
corner of the map and lay waste to all who dare oppose you until not one
of the forty is left standing. A treasure box will appear, and within
you will find your next weapon, Skald's Song. Unfortunately, you can't
equip it until you beat the level, so let's hurry up and kill some
Empire scum! The most reliable method for this task is to mount your
dragon, fly to a target, jump off your dragon, waylay anything with your
Bonebreaker that stands between you and the target, it included, hp back
on your dragon, and repeat until there are no more targets. What!? The
army's been reinforced!? Work work work, that's all we get to do. After
killing the last of the five targets, you find that swarms more have
appeared. The Bonebreaker shall live up to its name! Or maybe you'd just
like to stay on your dragon and risk being knocked off by arbalesters
(soldiers with crossbows and flaming arrows) to burn them all to ash as
the dragon suggests. Either way, you should be fine if you use magic
attacks when arbalesters appear. You can regain magic in just a few
shots, so don't be sparing with it. Now that the reinforcements have
been thwarted, fly to the front of the castle, ignoring all else, and
run inside. Congrats on the new long sword.
Verse 9 - Pact Price
Good, you've made it back into the bailey. Kill everything as you
proceed straight ahead, the way you were facing at the start. So THAT'S
why you didn't answer. You couldn't. You are officially mute, and you
have a neat little tattoo branded onto your tongue to show it. Now, on
Verse 10 - Infestation
No dragons allowed in the castle halls, sorry. That's all right, we'll
be fine on foot. First, let's slice our way up to the northeastern most
room with our shiny new Skald's Song and head up those stairs. This
should trigger the appearance of a treasure chest containing your first
spear, Knight's Vow. When it tells you a treasure box has appeared,
check your map if you can't find it. Get the weapon and go back
downstairs, then head to the westernmost room, empty it of the Imperial
jackals, and proceed again to the second floor. From here, you will be
forced to slaughter your way down the hall. Take the only turn available
when you get to the end, then hang another left as soon as you get the
chance. Now you should be in a square pathway with exits on all sides.
In one of these side rooms somewhere you should find four fat silver
enemies. Kill them to get another treasure chest to appear containing
Glory's Bane. It'll show up in one of the armory rooms, but you'll have
to find it on your own, since your map won't show it. Best to use the
Bonebreaker here, due to hefty axe-wielders. Proceed to the north hall,
then go up the stairs. This part might be a tiny bit rough, but not
much. The Bonebreaker should be more than capable of handling the heavy
infantry ahead. These guys have hammers, not swords, and they swing them
faster than should be possible, so I would suggest entering the fray
with a jump attack against one, then getting some distance form them,
and doing it again until only one or two remain. Pick up the key from
the magical-look-at-me-I-can-appear-out-of-thin-air treasure chest and
go forward again. Lots of enemies waiting for you in here, and a good
sum of them are black-armored soldiers, so yet again, it's a situation
for the Bonebreaker and finishing blows. Magic is good for this part,
too, if they start to surround you. When all have been put to rest, go
to the target door. Mission complete.
Verse 11 - A Goddess Saved
Another event mission. Kill the scant enemies that stand in your way,
then run against a wall until you start to dash. Go onward and use your
dash attack as soon as the last enemy is in range, about ten to fifteen
steps before you reach him, otherwise you won't really get to kill him,
though the next scene will still show Caim stabbing him relentlessly.
You can't get to where he is without ending the mission, so like I said,
hit him with a dash attack from a distance. It doesn't hurt to hit the
button to early and miss, but hitting it too late means you don't get to
try again. Ah well, it's only one or two experience.
Verse 12 - Inuart's Song
Watch this nice little movie scene where Inuart plays his nice little
harp and sings a nice little song...NOT! Personally, I think he sucks,
but that's just me.
Chapter 2 - Complications
Verse 1 - The Voice
Woohoo! On to the next chapter! Went by fast, didn't it? Just ignore
everyone else and go talk to Inuart. Mission complete.
Verse 2 - To the Elf Village
Aww, man. The elves are under attack. You now take to the air to get
there, hopefully in time to save at least some of them. Or is it just
that you hope to catch the Empire rats before they move on? Probably the
latter. Use locked shots and magic attacks to take out the giant bats.
Next, follow the white arrow to the enemy airship and blow it apart with
the same method you used on the bats. Looking up and to the left, you
will find two epitaphs with bats wings and three little lights flying
around each one. These lights will deflect your every attack, but one
light is removed for each block. Just keep shooting dumb shots at them,
but watch out for the lights that move faster and turn red, they're
getting ready to launch at you as homing missiles. Wait until they're
just about on you, then strafe to the side they're not coming from, or
dash and strafe either direction if they're coming from the front. Two
more enemy airships. You know what to do. Evade and use those locked
shots and magic. One airship, lots of bats, locked shots and magics all
the way, and a lot of evasive maneuvering. Now speed-fly to the target
and you're done here.
Verse 3 - The Untrod Path
First, use your dragon to get to the ballistae, then either dismount and
kill the soldier working the thing or blow him up, your choice, though
staying on the dragon means increased threat from the arbalesters
surrounding the contraption. I suggest using the dragon and building up
it's magic gauge before you approach, then unleash the rain of fire on
the heads of arbalester and target alike. Don't dismount yet, 'cause
you're not done. Head for the new targets and burn them to cinders, but
don't let them get off your radar if you don't kill them instantly, as
they regenerate, and DO NOT go near or over the bridge until they are
all dead. This should get a treasure chest to appear, containing the
Tyrant's Hammer. Burn the enemies off the bridge, then go over on foot
and head into the forest. Kill only the enemies that get in your way as
you proceed to the flashing yellow icon on your map. This icon indicates
a target location you must reach any time it appears on your map. Once
you get there, mission complete.
Verse 4 - Despair
Another easy-peasy event mission. Just watch out for the five
arbalesters and the fat soldiers and you'll be fine.
Verse 5 - Ominous Words
Almost pointless if it didn't develop the plot further. Just go to the
dead soldier with words by him written in his own blood.
Verse V - A Distant Sound
Just the same as above, but if you have Leonard, he will show up and
give you a new option. Also, you should first check the huts in the
starting area to find the mace called Iron Scraps.
Verse 6 - Last Words
Check the damaged huts to find the Maiden's Kris, a new sword. Then go
to the dying elf.
Verse 7 - A Hidden Shrine
Aerial mission yet again. You should know the drill by now. The first
wave is a mass of those annoying cubes and the equally annoying giant
bats. Locked shots and magic attacks will take care of these in a hurry.
Next you'll come across four of those zeppelins that die with one normal
shot each. Here's a hint; wait until the circle turns red, and then
inside it a smaller circle of illegible runes will appear. This is your
cue that your shot will kill it. This is not always so with some
enemies, but for these and for towers, it always works. After these,
four more appear to the left. Then, you'll encounter a single griffon.
It's easy, locked shots (at least two, more to be sure at least two of
them hit) or normal shots will put this baddie to the ground. Left
again, eight more zeppelins. A little to the right, you'll find a set of
three griffons. No big deal. Kill them off, then head for the target
location. Good job! You have slain a total of 68 enemies.
Verse 8 - A Secret Plan
This one is the first potentially trialsome mission you have come
across. As soon as you start, do a 180 on your dragon and scorch the
arbalesters behind you, then wheel around and lay waste to the enemies
in the area on or off your dragon. If you go on foot, use a fast weapon.
Your Bonebreaker won't come into play this time. Bet you were just
waiting for me to not mention it, huh? Anyway, Caim's Sword, Skald's
Song, Glory's Bane, these are all acceptable weapons to use, though
Glory's Bane is a bit weak at this point. When you get to the end of
this little niche in the mountains, watch out, because there's a huge
catapult waiting to barrage you for not-at-all-nice damage. Also, this
is your first encounter with red-armored foes. DO NOT use magic on them,
and don't try your dragon, because it counts as a magical creature with
magical attacks. These enemies must be taken out with nothing but
physical might, but since they are not heavy in health, light weapons
such as those above will do fine; though they may have a tiny bit more
health than normal silver soldiers. Arbalesters surround the catapult,
so get the weapon with the longest reach and jump attack them to crap
when you get there. Kill the soldiers operating the catapult to disable
it, then head for the next one. Along the way, you'll meet nothing but
red troops and maybe an arbalester group or two closer to the riverbank.
You know how to kill them by now. Take out the second catapult
operators. Now the silver soldiers are coming back into the picture, but
not enough to merit a slow weapon. Stick to a sword and lay waste to the
new targets, but be prepared and try to keep your health as high as you
possibly can. It won't kill you to exercise a little patience and
precaution. There's a full health chest on the closest bridge if you
need it, but I'd save that for what's coming up. A wizard will appear
upon destruction of the targets. Evade his magic balls and kill him. One
hit from anything will do it. Oh no, what's this!? Thirty more of them
have appeared!? Use your longest reaching weapon and pretend they're
rapid-firing arbalesters. Evade and try to single them out, so you don't
get caught in a deadly crossfire. Go back and get the health from the
bridge if you need it, and I think there's another health chest in the
shrine. Don't be ashamed, I'm on level 99 and down to about 51% health
at this point (max 400 HP). Once you've killed them all, go back to
where you found the first one and there you have it, mission success.
Verse 9 - The False Country
Simple event mission. Just bum rush the wizard and hit him one time.
He'll get several in on you, but you should be able to survive if you
just charge him directly.
Verse IX - Liberation and Slaughter
Same as verse 9 above, but this verse leads to a different ending.
Verse X - A Lonely Battle
Aerial time again. Four zeppelins will great you first, though behind
them you can see the hated airship waiting for you. Dumb fire on the
zeppelins, locked shots for the airship. Don't use your magic attack
yet. The next wave of the welcoming committee will be eight zeppelins
(which by now if you haven't guessed is another word for a crude blimp).
After they die, you'll be heading almost straight up to encounter
another airship and three winged epitaphs. Now would be a good time to
use that magic attack you've been saving up. That should wipe them out
in a hurry. If not, kill off whatever remains. Next wave, six zeppelins
and another airship. Again, you should by now know exactly what to do,
but do try to conserve your health and be sparing with the magic attacks
if you can. 68 airborne scum suckers shot down, and now you're heading
to the target location that heralds the end of the mission. Nice going,
Verse XI - Leonard's Lament
Personally, I think this goody-two-shoes is a coward and a wimp. Coward
for trying suicide, wimp for not going through with it. And just listen
to him whine. Well, think what you want. To each his own, eh?
Verse XII - Mockery
I detest the faerie more even than the man, but this is how Leonard was
forced into a pact with a teeny tiny little faerie pissant. How I loathe
Verse XIII - After the Torching
Ever wonder what goblins are really like? No? Then kill them quickly so
you don't have to find out. This is the same location as verse 8, but
you start at the shrine. Fly to the niche you started in on verse 8 and
kill every single enemy therein to get a hidden treasure chest to appear
by a rock near the northeastern bridge (that is, the bridge on the
northeast part of the map, check the compass-thing on the corner of the
map). The first bunch of groups are arbalesters, while the second are
red soldiers, so go with a light weapon. Once you're done here, go find
your weapon, Wisdom, then fly back and go after the targets. Watch out
for arbalesters near the riverbank, as on verse 8. Go with one of your
light weapons for the first wave of targets, using magic to take out the
one group of axe soldiers. Now, for the second wave, primarily goblins,
stay with something relatively light, but I wouldn't suggest Glory's
Bane or something else with ridiculously weak attack power. Caim's
Sword, Skald's Song, something like that. Back from the dead is the
suggestion of finishing blows, specifically the kind that hurl a ball of
energy forward rather than creating a shockwave, that way you can throw
a finishing blow into them before they ever get to you. Dash attacks are
also highly recommended. Once you've massacred all the targets, head to
the target location and voila! You're home free and you have a new
Verse XIV - Feeling in the Dark
Cut your way along the dirt path. Enemies all have humorously low HP in
event missions, so don't worry about how scary those big guys look, one
or two cuts puts them down like a dog with severe heartworms. Easy
enough. Now you can watch how you get Leonard in the first place.
Chapter 3 - Chance Encounters
Verse 1 - Reunion
You meet with Furiae, she tells you Verdelet and Inuart were taken
prisoner, you stupidly run off and leave her completely alone to go save
them, blah blah blah.
Verse 2 - To the Dungeon
Aerial, aerial, dum dee dum dee dum! First, a pair of griffons. Shoot
them down with dumb fire or locked shots (if you want to build your
magic gauge up), then head for wave two. This will be directly in front
of you, and you will arrive to find yourself facing off against 108
flying cubes in four cube formations. Locked shots and two magic attacks
should rid you of these pests, or darn close, anyway. Next, hang a right
and head to the next batch of dead enemies flying. Griffons, quite a few
this time. Now is a good time to use locked shots on these, since there
are more than usual. Very near to you, there should be a set of two
towers, and then another one nearby. One dumb shot apiece takes care of
that little issue. By this time, more griffons will have close in and
begun trying to attack you. Maneuver out away from them and launch a
magic attack to get the aggravating buggers out of your way. This leaves
the path to the target location open, so go there and relax, 'cause
you've just beat the mission. Easy, no?
Verse 3 - Prisoners
You start out on your dragon. Take advantage of this and go take out
those most annoying ballistae so you can focus on your targets.
Arbalesters plague the ground, so just hop off your dragon once you've
taken care of the ballistae and go to town on anything that gets in
swinging range, preferably with a heavy weapon and finishing blows. This
mission introduces the spear infantry. We don't like those. They have
more health, do more damage, and knock you down a lot. Knock them down
first. Start off with a dash attack, then go in and kill them off as
quick as you can before they get the chance to stand up. If more than
two manage to stand again, use another dash attack. Note the chest on
one side of the prison. Put that health to good use if you have to.
Once you rid yourself of all the present targets, three more will
appear, protected by arbalesters. Mount the dragon and make quick works
of the arbalesters before they can create a problem, then just go back
and forth over the targets with the 180-degree turn, raining dragonfire
down on them with each pass. Mission complete once again.
Verse 4 - Verdelet Released
Go and talk to Verdelet. It's that simple.
Verse IV - Regret
As above. This mission leads to a different ending than verse 4.
Verse 5 - The Temple in the Desert
If you don't like flying by now, you have severe self-control and should
lighten up a bit, 'cause this is just too much fun. First off, give
those cubes and that epitaph a big, warm, fiery hello for me with some
locked shots and magic. Then, slip on over to the right a ways and
repeat the greeting for their identical twins. Another right turn,
another epitaph, a few stationary cubes, and several cubes that drop
from above you around the others and try to ram you. Best not to speed
into the midst of these, rather, hang back and use locked shot, then
unleash the magic attack as soon as you get it. Right turn yet again.
Three epitaphs, lots and lots of moving cubes, though some of them will
die when the epitaphs do. Once again, locked shots, magic attack ASAP.
Now head for the target location.
Verse 6 - The Seal
Fly straight to the targets, burn the silver ones to obsidian oblivion,
then dismount and take care of the red fatties melee style with a heavy
weapon and finishing blows when you can safely perform them. Be warned,
these can be fatal foes if you're not careful, due to their fast and
constant attacks. There are four arbalesters by each corner of the
temple that may create a problem for your dragon, so you might want to
take them out as well, along with a few nontarget foes for experience.
Arbalesters will now appear to the north. Wipe them out on foot with a
light weapon or use your dragon. Either way, fly past the fatties to get
to them. Break out one of your heavy weapons before flying to the next
targets. They are red fat ones, so you'll want to utilize your dash
attacks and finishing blows as much as you can. Now that you've gotten a
little melee training, flee away back to the temple again. Onward and
Verse 7 - Dark Creatures
Before you heed the dragon, go west northwest to find a treasure chest
by a single solitary rock. This chest contains the Swordsmasher, quite a
dandy little blade if you ask me. Now listen to the dragon and cut your
way to the temple.
Verse 8 - Sacred Remains
This will be your first encounter with the undead. Make sure they
remember your name. These foul beasts react to large movements such as
running or walking quickly, and attacking, so sneak up slowly from
behind, strike one down, then get away and repeat. They're pretty
healthy, so you might want to use one of your more powerful weapons.
Once you kill all twenty-four of them, enemy hoards will appear outside
the temple. The targets are obese but elite soldiers, thankfully still
susceptible to magic, while the nontarget groups are axe soldiers and
red fatties. Best advice: wield a large weapon and rely primarily on
dash attacks, finishing off the survivors normally if there are fewer
than three. Or, if you like, you could abuse the gift of the dragon some
more and fry them all like eggs! Most newbies will prefer this method
for its safety, only going to the ground to deal with red enemies, and
that only if you want experience, for they are not targets. Next up,
elite (black) heavy infantry wielding great club and round shield. Only
one word is required to indicate the best strategy here: dragon. That's
right, burn those blundering idiots. Use magic attacks when arbalesters
get in your way. More of these big nasties will appear in the temple
once you've killed the ones outside. No choice but to go melee. Or not.
As you try to go in and fight, you find yourself.... completing the
Verse 9 - The Harp
Go and talk to Furiae. There's nothing else for you here.
Verse IX - An Unquiet Voice
Same as above. This leads to a different ending than verse 9.
Verse X - Gaol
It's pronounced the same as jail, and that's pretty much what it is. In
this aerial mission, you will first run into a mass of cubes, but with
them is an enemy you have not faced before (if you came here early, that
is). These statues can only be destroyed while they are open before,
during, or after firing at you. Get a single lock on each one, one at a
time, and fire when they open. Then, you can take out the cubes in the
usual manner. Next, you'll be heading upward to face off against another
new enemy (only new if you came here early, as before), the wraith.
These are also invulnerable until they perform an attack in which they
hurl their scythe at your dragon. Stay a bit away from them; they'll
swing it normally if you're close enough, and it really hurts. As with
the statues, lock on and wait, holding down R2 to stay facing it even as
it dodges and evades your aim. Next up, six statues and a batch of
ramming cubes. Lock and wait, lock and wait, and of course dumb fire if
you're close to them when they open up. Right around this time, your
dragon gets very upset with you for wanting to kill them all and yells
all intimidating-like. It's cool. Anyway, head for the next group of the
damned, eleven statues and two wraiths, and take them out, using a magic
attack if you become impatient, though the wraiths can block even that.
That's that, you're all done with such tiresome troubles for now.
Verse XI - Laughter
Heh heh heh, funny Imperial soldiers. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh...
Verse XII - An Invitation
Those are the spirits of fire and water, Salamander and Undine. The
chick is Arioch. That one is NUTS, man. Completely, wholly, entirely,
ineffably, kills-and-eats-small-children out of her ever-loving mind.
Whoever wrote her personality has a sick, sick mind and probably
masturbates to beastiality rape stuff. Okay, that's enough ranting for
Verse XIII - Release
Another flying mission to sate your pyromaniacal lust! Meet the Imperial
black dragons. They're big, scaly, fast, and they don't like it when a
crimson dragon uses dumb shots on them. Yet, dragons that they are, they
too can use locked shots, and will do so almost all the time. Serious
evasion is required here. When these six fall dead to the earth, proceed
onward to the six *gasps* zeppelins (been so long since I saw those
things last...) awaiting you. Dumb fire as usual for these. Next up,
four more zeppelin and three black dragons. Easy enough, dumb shots all
the way!! Your next job is an airship guarded by six black dragons. If
you have a magic attack, use it now. After this, you will be pitted
against four zeppelins and another airship. This time go with locked
shots on the zeppelins and hopefully you'll build up a magic attack to
take out the airship with. If not, locked shots on its cannons will do
the trick fast enough. With the last poopheads destroyed, make your way
to the end of the level. Man, we're getting pretty far here, aren't we?
Verse XIV - Found
The first thing you want to do here is kill all the initial targets. The
best way to do this is to use your dash attacks after getting rid of the
arbalesters, because these targets are red big fellas with clubs. When
this is done, more targets will appear. Fly over and kill all of these
to make more appear around the gaol. Kill approximately half of these by
relying solely on your dragon and heavy weapon dash attacks, since they
prove a slight challenge even for me at 100% game completion. This will
cause enemies to spawn in the cave to the west of the inside of the
mountain range surrounding the gaol. Go there and kill the only heavy
knight who is not a target. A treasure chest will appear inside the gaol
on the eastern side, containing the Crimson Hood, quite a mighty axe.
Get it before killing any more targets. Now that this has been done,
finish off the remaining targets. The big red soldiers are weak against
jumping attacks from heavy weapons. Keep this in mind if you cannot dash
attack them. Once all have been killed, go back to the gaol and approach
the front gate. Mission accomplished.
Verse XV - Arioch Lives
First, head southwest to a certain burning building; wherein lies a
chest containing the weapon Wolf's Plague. Now just follow the white
Chapter 4 - Betrayal
Verse 1 - Inuart's Confession
The winky-dink underdog warrior returns. Curse him and double curse him.
Verse 2 - Pride
A really awesome FMV, but there's no way in hell he could've taken Caim,
even with a black dragon in Chaos form for a pact beast. Just wouldn't
happen. Furiae pimped that punk, though!
Verse 3 - The Holy and the Profane
Nothing happening here but Verdelet complaining about being unfit to
preach now and...nothing happening here at all.
Verse 4 - Strength Remains
Darn right it does! Let's go get that son of a [EXPLETIVE DELETED] who
dared kidnap the goddess and kiss her! Now, as you can tell by the dots
around your crosshairs, you have up to six locked shots at a time
available to you. This makes many things much easier. Your first run-in
will be with six zeppelins. Dumb fire is best here, but remember to
dodge the cannonballs. Next, take out the two towers (no, not Orthanc
and Barad'Dum). Now you can safely move on to the airship and three
zeppelins to your right. Oh, I forgot to mention that you have two magic
gauges now, so you can, if both are filled, launch two consecutive magic
attacks. That won't be necessary here. Just do the usual dumb fire on
the zeppelins and use your new and improved locked shots on the airship.
Two more towers to destroy now, one dumb shot each. Now then, on to the
two groups of four zeppelins. Dumb fire or locked shots will suffice
here. If you've been smart, you should by now have both magic gauges
full. Use one on the next enemies, two epitaphs and two groups of four
zeppelins. Go dumb fire on the next two epitaphs, then cut loose some
locked shots or a magic attack on the bats. Now you should be coming up
on four black dragons and an airship. Fill up one magic gauge and
unleash the fury on them. Now you will be able to either go ahead and
finish the level, or seek out the remaining tower and then finish the
level. It's your choice.
Verse 5 - Violent Lands
First and foremost, skip ahead, ignoring all enemies until you come to
the place on your map where there is a narrow path next to a lone hill.
Kill all enemies in the path. This will earn you a chest containing
Fheng's Glaive, a nifty poleaxe. Check your map if you can't find it.
Now, I suggest going back to the beginning of the enemy line where you
started from and blazing away with your dragon. If you decide to go on
foot, use a light weapon and lots of dash attacks. More and more enemies
will appear as time passes even if you kill every single one on the map
before more show up. The second wave will come in from behind where you
started. Again, the dragon is suggested, but if you choose melee, repeat
the above process. The third wave must be battled on foot, for it
consists of pig-men toting cannons, and red goblins, both well prepared
to defend against a dragon attack. The pig-men with cannons can only be
hurt by dash attacks, magic, or from behind. I'd go with the behind
option, and use dashes against the red goblins. The fourth wave appears
near the third, and is best dispatched by the dragon, or dashes and
magic. The fifth and final wave is definitely one for the dragon, since
these commanders swing fast, hit hard, and love knocking you down. I
would not recommend hand to hand with them, but if you truly must, go
strictly magic until you run out, then try to dash attack and get out
quick. Proceed to the target location, and you're done here.
Verse 6 - Caim's Past
Cut your way through the pig people with dashes and magic.
Verse VI - Seere's Sister
Do the same as in verse 6 only AFTER getting the Ravenfeeder to the
upper left of your starting point between some trees. Different ending
than verse 6.
Verse 7 - Forbidden Places
Take your dragon and run along the enemy line until it is gone.
Arbalesters will pose a problem only if you neglect the use of magic
attacks when they show up. Once all the targets in the line have been
destroyed, head to the new row that appears on the other side. Wipe
these out on foot with a heavy weapon, using dash attacks against the
goblins. The trolls can be dealt with now by simply hitting them with
finishing blows from a distance. Now get back on your dragon and fly to
the ogres attacking the village. Use a magic attack to get rid of the
arbalesters, best used directly over the camp/village thing. Then, just
burn down the ogres at your leisure. Congratulations on getting here!
Those are the spirits of fire and water, Salamander and Undine. The
chick is Arioch. That one is NUTS, man. Completely, wholly, entirely,
ineffably, kills-and-eats-small-children out of her ever-loving mind.
Whoever wrote her personality has a sick, sick mind and probably
masturbates to beastiality rape stuff. Okay, that's enough ranting for
Those are the spirits of fire and water, Salamander and Undine. The
chick is Arioch. That one is NUTS, man. Completely, wholly, entirely,
ineffably, kills-and-eats-small-children out of her ever-loving mind.
Whoever wrote her personality has a sick, sick mind and probably
masturbates to beastiality rape stuff. Okay, that's enough ranting for
Verse 8 - The Last Seal?
Verse 9 - Voice of Stone
Go up the row of targets and enemies on foot; these are basic enough to
allow it, and by now Caim is hurting for experience. These you can kill
however you like, but try jumping attacks and dash attacks on those
annoying arbalesters. Once you take these out, head north and go inside
that narrow, winging path through the mountains. I would not suggest the
dragon here, since goblins aren't that big a deal to worry about and the
wizards come only one at a time and resist magic. When you first get in,
follow the river straight ahead, then turn right when it is no longer
possible to go straight. From here, head due south and taken the second
available left turn, then hang the next right. Go south again and take
the second right turn, then a left and another left directly after that.
South yet again, then hit up a right and stick to that path without
turning again. This will take you to the target, a giant stone golem.
Evade his projectiles and kill the wizards nearby to get a clean
opening, then mount your dragon and take him out, since nothing else
works on him. Once he goes down, dismount where he was and continue
south through a thick concentration of enemies to the final target
location. Take the first right turn after the left for less resistance.
Verse X - A Mother's Farewell
This is your introduction to your final ally, Seere. Listen to how his
mother dotes upon him before she dies. Seere must be the spoiled child.
He does have a tendency to use the "poor me" attitude to relinquish
himself of responsibility, but then again, he's only six years old.
Verse XI - Survivors
Is that another golem? Oh wait, this is a good guy, and he's made a pact
Verse XII - Seere's Friend
The dragon seems to know this golem as...Golem. Looks like Seere gave up
his ability to age for this pact. Oh well, on to the Empire.
Chapter 5 - Destruction
Verse 1 - War
Look at how they run so nice and disorderly, only to turn and flee
before ever getting to the enemy! Ha ha! Looks like you and the dragon
have some serious work to do.
Verse 2 - Turning Point
The very first thing to do is dive down and use locked shots on the
batch of cubes to build up your magic gauge. The cyclops will be in
attack range, but though these big nasties pose a lethal threat to the
Union infantry, they take forever to fire and only get one ballistic
shot each time, so just evade him for now and kill the cubes. Once you
do this, turn to the cyclops. He can only be damaged from the back while
building up a shot, since his charge deflects attacks from the front, so
speed-fly behind him and use your 180 turn to get off one or two dumb
shot to the back of his ugly head and repeat this until he dies. If you
worked this out right, you should have a pair of full magic gauges.
Unleash one on the next set of enemies, a cyclops and some flying squid
things which are normally handled much the same as griffons. You won't
take out the cyclops, but his annoying guardians will fall so that you
can do as you did to the last one and break him down without much
trouble. Now you'll be heading up high again to try your skill against
the flying squid things. Locked shots will make quick work of them and
help build back your magic. Descend once more to low altitudes and
unleash another magic attack to clear away the squids and cubes, then
use your 180-strafe strategy again to kill the cyclops. Now just go on
over to the target spot and you win this one.
Verse 3 - Rapture
Talk about a battle! This is one for those of you who've been waiting to
kill lots of things, but it may be a good idea to go back and build up
your weapons in early verse such as 1:2 (over 1500 enemies) and 1:8
(1081 enemies and 2 timed enemies). First, find the catapult in the
southeastern portion of the map and kill the operators. Best to fly to
save time. The next catapult is in the north central area, and the last
is in the southwestern vicinity. Once you've killed these, presumably on
dragonback, proceed to slay anything and everything as quickly as you
possibly can, amassing a kill total of at least 200 before ten minutes
of play time on this mission pass. In other words, if you kill the
catapult operators and amass a kill count of 200 all in under ten
minutes, a chest will appear containing the Holy Mace, and trust me, you
want this weapon (personal note: I got 427 kills in under ten minutes by
taking out the catapult operators and then going straight back to the
targets, dismounting, and waylaying the targets and any enemies in my
haphazardly ordered but direct beeline to those targets). Now that you
have it collected, fly back to the area where your targets are waiting
and dismount. There are too many arbalesters to fly safely here. I
recommend use of a medium-weight, decently powerful weapon here, such as
Knight's Vow or Fheng's Glaive. Try to split yourself about 50/50
between melee with finishing blows, and dash attacks, throwing in
jumpers for the arbalesters. Proceed in this manner and eliminate all
targets. Keep in mind that these foes are, though similar in abilities,
much stronger than the ones in the earlier chapters. More than likely
you will not have the time, the health, or the attack power to take out
more than a third of the enemies in this mission, so try not to engage
in unnecessary combat if you can safely avoid it. When all the initial
targets are gone, new targets appear in the southwest corner of the map,
so fly straightaway over to them. Stick with Fheng's Glaive or Knight's
Vow and dismount to engage these red axe soldiers with dashes, maybe
finishing blow combos, but mostly dashes. Again, try to avoid
unnecessary combat if you can safely do so. You may try the Tyrant's
Hammer, but I suggest going with what has worked thus far. I can
honestly say that, for the 99 hours 6 minutes 58 seconds I've put into
this game, I have never once used the block function, but for you the L2
button might come in handy once in a while, so remember that. It's
better to evade, but block if you can't. Now then, once you've
eradicated the targets from this area, still more will appear around the
hill in the center of the map. These are not, however, resistant to
magic, so mount your dragon and, keeping a close eye out for
arbalesters, turn them from soldiers into charred racks of flesh in
melted armor. They're the fat black ones, so they will take two to four
shots each depending on your aim and your dragon's attack power. When
these nuisances have been sent to the afterlife, the enemy commanders,
elite (black) knights, will appear in the east central area, surrounded
by arbalesters to make a strafing run nearly impossible. You can either
show them up with a magic attack, or go on foot and use jump attacks
against the knights with Knight's Vow or Fheng's Glaive, but since
dragonfire doesn't do a whole lot to these, I suggest the latter. Take
out the arbalesters on foot with light weapon dashes if you want to
strafe the knights. There is a health chest in between the rock and the
bush in front of the middle knight if you need it. If you want to take a
little time to test your limits, kill all but one knight, then go around
killing everything else by fire or on foot to gain some much needed
experience, but be sure to head back and finish off the knight when you
only have two or three minutes left if you can't kill all the enemies
(note that, with Caim, the dragon, and every weapon in the game maxed
out, killing all 2281 enemies in this mission took me 44 minutes 8
seconds on Easy difficulty). When you're ready, dispatch the final
knight and this one's finally over with.
Note: I have been informed that I neglect the use of allies. I would
suggest using Seere if you have him, just for his magic (because his
physical attacks do pitiful damage). If you don't have him, go with
Arioch, and if not her, then certainly you must at least have Leonard.
Verse 4 - A False Peace
Nothing to do here but go and talk to the target soldier, then watch as
this chapter lives up to its name in...
Verse 5 - Pandemonium
Holy crap! That's just awesome, even if it is raining down on your
army!!! Look at those explosions... Whoa, I can tell you I won't be
messing around with the Empire any time soon. Fortunately, Caim doesn't
feel the same way.
Verse 6 - The Gods Speak
Talk to the soldier sitting on the ground directly in front of you twice
and he will cause a chest to appear containing Nobuyoshi, a very useful
katana that you should take back to 1:2 or 1:8 and level up, maybe even
max out, before continuing. But in order to do that, you have to pick it
up and go talk to Verdelet.
Verse 7 - Emergence
First off, check your map. The red dots that aren't strewn with flashing
yellow target circles are arbalesters and should be destroyed with your
new Nobuyoshi. Once this is done, go ahead and keep that sword out,
assuming you leveled it up a bit before coming here, and go lay waste to
the target soldiers in each of the four groups. Conserve your health,
for with every group of targets you kill, a group of undead spear
soldiers will appear in their place closer to the hill. These are best
dealt with using the weapon with the highest attack power, by way of
dashes and finishing blows from as far away as possible. Take out the
undead soldiers as soon as they appear, before moving on to the next set
of silver targets. This helps to keep your HP up, since you can get
chains on the weakling normal silver and red soldiers and make them drop
health orbs if need be. But be aware that these undead enemies have very
high HP and should not be dealt with up close if it can be done any
other way. Once the last of the undead soldiers returns to the dust,
you're done here. There's health by the crater in front of the southern
Verse 8 - Menace
Here you will begin by going almost dead ahead. Kill the strange eye
creatures with locked shots, but beware of incoming fast homing
projectiles when they die. Destroy the squids next in the same way,
locked shots. More strange eye things. Kill them with locked shots and
evade when they die (these projectiles go a long, long way before
dispersing, so you may be hit from behind a while after dodging). Next
is a mix of squid and eye things, so master that evasion and work those
locked shots. Magic is ill-advised due to problems with dodging so many
incoming projectiles at once. You'll now find a mass of bats, which you
haven't seen in so long, but don't really care to see again, so give
them a magic attack. Now for some more bats and eyes. This time it's
safe, so go with locked shots until you get a magic attack, then use
that and be ready to dodge. Now the enemy should be behind you, but if
not, just follow you radar. Peek-a-boo Squids, bats too. I predict
locked shots from you. Let them know just who is who. A magic attack or
two? No harm t'will do, so go ahead and make them shoo. Now they're all
dead, no boohoo.
Chapter 6 - An Old Enemy
Verse 1 - Love Debased
Just watch as Inuart seemingly forgets who Furiae is. Funny, he wanted
power to win her love, and now that he has, he doesn't know who she is
anymore. What a knucklehead!
Verse 2 - A Black Dragon
This will be your first encounter with Inuart and his black dragon in
the air, but there will be plenty more. This guy just refuses to die.
Locked shots are all but useless against him, so just evade his attacks
until he puts himself in a bad spot and then give him a dumb shot right
in the mouth for Furiae! He is especially vulnerable when he jolts
almost straight upward and prepares to fire his own dragon's magic
attack, so try to hit him at least twice at these times, but keep
evasion in mind as well. He's pretty mean. As long as you keep getting
him with the dumb fire, and maybe a magic attack if you get lucky, he'll
go down soon enough; before you if you remember to dash and dodge at the
same time (this increases the distance that you dodge and makes it much
harder for homing projectiles to hit you).
Verse 3 - Destiny
Another aerial mission. This one's actually pretty darn rough because
you have to fly through the winding maze that is the sky fortress with
no map and destroy all the cannons. First order of business, get rid of
those enemy dragons so they can't chase you through the fortress. Due to
their numbers, locked shots are the way to go, and you can fire the
magic when you get it. Magic attacks also go through walls, so you may
want to save the second one to use once you go to the cannon left of
where you started. Get right over it and launch the magic, then get to
the center of the fortress and kill the few cannons that remain. That,
my friend, is how you use glitches to your advantage.
Verse 4 - Unholy Prayers
Twenty minutes to get through, enemies everywhere, and a weapon to be
found in this level. First off, just hack your way as hurriedly as you
can through here. You don't even need to kill them, just get them out of
your way and run your butt off all the way around this place and go up
to the second floor. Now, since you've saved some time ignoring the
idiots now below you, have a little fun and kill every single thing that
moves, breathes, and/or blinks on this floor. This will cause a chest to
appear containing the long sword, Flamberge. Now, go to the next set of
stairs leading up and...go up! Now just go to the door and you're done.
Verse 5 - Mute
Proceed onward, cutting through any of the negligible enemies you want.
This part sucks. You've been working your ass off and here you find the
slip dead as a wedge. But how could that little girl have managed to
drive the dagger into Furiae's bosom? Who knows...or cares? It's there,
the goddess is dead, and the last seal is broken. What a...
Chapter 7 - Tragedy
Verse 1 - Realization
Skip this if you want. I find it pointless and worth nothing to the
story. Except that Inuart snaps out of it...kind of.
Verse 2 - For Her
Grown men do cry sometimes...
Verse 3 - A Decision
Verse 4 - The Sorrowful Sky
Remember how I said there'd be plenty more encounters with Inuart and
his black dragon? This is one of them. He hasn't really improved, except
that he dodges dumb shots now, too, and has more HP, so just use the
same method as you did the first time with the exception of firing at
him at any time other than when he is about to launch magic. Tap R2 if
he gets too far away form your crosshairs and hold it until he's back in
or near them. Dodge like you've never dodged before and give him serious
dumb fire when he's using a magic attack and you should crush him again
after several minutes. Patience is the key.
Chapter 8 - Seals
Verse 1 - Things Inhuman
The first thing you'll see that isn't landscape or your dragon is a
hoard of statues, cubes, and epitaphs. Just what you needed, huh? As
previously stated, lock on to the statues and wait until they open, then
let go and watch them drop. Cubes need no explanation; any method is a
good one for these. You already know the drill with the epitaphs, too,
four dumb fire shots each, or wait until they launch the light, evade,
then give them one shot. Magic attacks with go about 60% wasted here,
but you're free to try it and hope it's your lucky day. The next wave is
high up, so go ahead and gain yourself some altitude before you head
their way. I suggest rising in a circular motion so you don't get too
close or too far away. These skulls don't really seem to react to locked
shots, so give them dumb fire. I really hope you've been saving up your
magic attacks. You'll need maybe two here, but use no more than that.
The next group will call for one, too. Bats and cubes. Next is a single-
file tower of statues guarded by dragons and skulls. Take out the skulls
first, then the dragons, leaving the statues for last. Dodge a lot,
since the statues will constantly be launching their homing projectiles
at you. After the skulls and dragons perish, take care of the tower of
statues with dumb shots as they open, starting from the top and working
your way down. That's it, you're done here.
Verse 2 - Living Myths
The little bug enemies do almost no damage. He'll usually call all his
little minions to him and form a small orb after being hit with enough
ballistic attacks, but without his buggies he just forms the orb. Give
him locked shots until he opens back up, and be ready to dodge anything
he throws at you. More little bugs will be spawned each time he reopens
if you killed any, so just ignore them and focus on the big guy himself.
Once I learned that ballistic fireballs do more damage than locked shots
do, this mission went, for me, from near impossible to almost
ridiculously easy. You just have to evade. As with all aerial bosses,
patience is the key. He'll die soon enough.
Verse 3 - The Capital
Three aerial missions in a row. Very good for the dragon. Start by
locking on to as many bats as possible and repeat this until your magic
gauges are all three full or all the bats are dead (that'll probably be
the case). You have eight locks available if you haven't noticed that
already, so this should be gravy. Once your magic is full or all the
bats have been burned, bust one loose on any remaining bats and/or head
for the next wave. Use locked shots on the squids and ballistics on the
epitaphs for best results. Next wave: statues, squids, and eye
creatures. With a bunch like that, the strategy should be obvious.
Locked shots all the way to hell and back. Another wave awaits you, so
go on and face the dirty bats, statues, and epitaphs. A magic attack
would serve well to soften them up, possibly ruin the bats and epitaphs
so you can focus on the statues. Buckle up and drop down on the statues,
skulls, and wraiths waiting beneath you. I did best taking out the
skulls, statues, and wraiths in that order. Dumb shots for the skulls,
locked shots and waiting on the statues and wraiths, but you might try
busting off whatever magic attacks you have left, since this is the
final wave. Now head for the target location and your home free...in
Verse 4 - Joy Unknown
Lots of arbalesters and red spear knights at the start, so dismount and
get one of your medium speed, good strength weapons and break through
the enemy wish dashes to get to the targets, but watch out, because
before you can get to them, you have to go through or around a pair of
dual-wielding ogres who just hate heavy weapons that knock them down.
Four target undead knights will appear at each spot indicated on the map
as housing a target. These goons are, as usual, quite healthy, and do
perilous damage. Utilize dashes, finishing blows, and magic, avoiding
close-quarters combat as much as you can unless you are using a weapon
that knocks enemies down with each hit. If you need it, there is health
in the first target street to the left, just go onto that street and
take the first available right turn. Once you kill a group, their key
will appear in a chest somewhere very close. Kill the four groups and
get the four keys and another chest will appear in one of the side
streets. It holds the Moonfire, one of the best-balanced long swords in
the game. One you've gotten it, go to the new targets, yet again four to
an indicator. These are packed tightly together, so you'll really have
to be slick here. Suggested is a weapon with a shockwave type finishing
blow that can kick in, at the earliest, on the third swing, meaning that
you should only have to hit square once, then triangle, and your third
swing will be a finishing blow. This should help to keep enemies off
your back, but there is no way to guarantee complete safety. Just keep
at it and look in the side streets for another health chest if you get
too beat up. Pick up the fifth key and head for the target.
Verse 5 - A Peaceful Casket
Hit R1 as soon as this level starts to evade the incoming heavy infantry
soldier. Man, that was unfair. Get out one of your heavy weapons and
jump attack any that approach you, then go and beat each one to death in
turn. Use of a heavy weapon is absolutely necessary so that they don't
counterattack. It's that or use a smaller weapon and rain finishing
blows down on their heads. Whatever you do, keep knocking them down. As
stated in the notes, a dodge can be performed at ANY time, so if you
start to swing at one and find another about to attack from behind, cut
your attack short with a dodge to the direction where the least amount
of enemies are. If you lack dodging skill, you lack life on this level.
There is health to the left of the dancing Manah if you get badly hurt
at any time. The second wave of enemies is six pairs of undead soldiers.
Use the same basic tactics as you did on the heavy infantry to rid the
world of these, but remember if you go combo with them that they will
block the killing blow from anything with an attack power of 32 or less
unless you throw in a finishing blow somewhere or by some freak chance
knock them down before then. The third wave is the same as the second,
but they're spawned closer to the middle of the hall. Try to stay on the
outsides and pick them off. Again, the fourth wave consists of six pairs
of enemies, undead and heavy infantry together, but this time they are
in the middle of the hall and in front of the door (as if you'd try to
escape...hah!). Keep it up the way you've been doing, sticking to the
outside and taking them one by one, no more than two at a time if you
can help it. Fifth wave, eight ghosts and two greater wizards divided
equally into two groups. Do your best to ignore the ghosts and kill the
wizards summoning them, though these greater wizards have unusually high
HP in comparison to their lesser counterparts and can counterattack.
Just bust them up with the most damaging weapon you have, and if it's
slow, use jump attacks, watching out for ghosts. Sixth wave, three heavy
infantry by the door that are to be dealt with after the two lesser
wizards in the center of the hall that have drastically lower HP than
the last ones. You know how to kill the infantry by now, so for the
wizards, normal combos with fast weapons, adding a finishing blow when
their ghost buddies get too close. Seventh wave, seven ghosts will
appear, arranged along both sides of the hall rug. You know how to do
this; the same way you did at the desert temple. Slow, small movements,
then spring on them. One at a time is the best plan. Eighth wave
(getting redundant, aren't they?), three lesser wizards with ghosts.
Ninth and, thanks heavens, final wave, two lesser wizards and their
summoned ghouls. Finally!!
Verse 6 - Struggle
Watch as Verdelet becomes the one true blue IDIOT on this planet and
stops you from cutting that little cuss in half, instead trying to seal
the evil within her. No dice, Verdelet, now thanks to you, we go to...
Verse 7 - Unrelenting
Isn't Manah a bit young to be hitting her growth spurts? Oh well, blast
her back down to size. Her fighting style changes as her HP decreases by
33%. DO NOT USE MAGIC UNTIL THIS STYLE. The first is no biggy, just fire
ballistics into her when she isn't encased in a black orb, and dodge her
attacks, but DO NOT USE MAGIC UNTIL THE THIRD STYLE. Simple enough. Her
second style is a bit more challenging. She begins emitting horizontal
rings of runes that damage you pretty heavily on contact. Just fly over
or under these rings and try to keep your distance while relentlessly
pounding her with UNlocked shots. DO NOT USE MAGIC UNTIL THE THIRD
STYLE. Her third style is emitting rings in every direction. NOW USE THE
MAGIC!!! Bust her arse with however many magic attacks you've built up
at this point. If she doesn't die, just try your best to keep out of
range of the rings and hit her with locked shots and magic when you get
it until she dies. Good work, friend!! You got her!
Verse 8 - Sin
Still not dead yet!? Shut up, kid!!! I personally would love to oblige,
but unfortunately, they are not me. Fortunately, the dragon is much
crueler. And, quite kind, actually. Such a nice dragon, to offer herself
as the seal, and if you didn't know, there was some affection for Caim
there, as blatantly shown in...
Verse 9 - A Soul Sealed
Watch the dragon become the goddess seal. Watch Caim cry for the first
time we know of. Listen as the dragon gives Caim her name...finally. AND
CELEBRATE BECAUSE YOU JUST OBTAINED THE FIRST OF FIVE ENDINGS!!!
Chapter 9 - Requiem
Verse 1 - Dragonfire
The first wave here is of dragons, and should be dealt with by unlocked
shots. The second wave is the same and should be dealt with the same.
The third wave is yet again identical, so you know without my saying
what to do. Now just go to the target location. That was way too easy,
Verse 2 - In the Name of Love
Cut your way through, but watch for side streets near the end of this
unusually lengthy event mission. After about two to three minutes, start
checking each side street you come across. In one of them rests a chest
containing the mighty Foul Blade, a potent axe. Once you've found it,
continue on to the end. If you have not found the axe, yet you reach a
very wide-open area, you have gone too far, because that's the end of
the mission. Backtrack and check every little niche for the axe, and
remember, most weapons, this one included, can only be obtained on
Verse 3 - Sowing Seeds
Inuart has gone completely mad. Take him out quick using the same
strategy as always, unlocked fire when he makes himself vulnerable.
Verse 4 - Encounter
In a way, that's cool and ironic because he got what he had coming to
him, but more than that it's just sick and wrong. How could the writers
do that!? It's not fair. And when did that sick necrophiliac change
Furiae's clothes back to her white gown?
Verse 5 - The Demon's Wings
She's not Furiae anymore, so don't burden yourself with grief over
having to scorch the flesh right off that pretty face. This battle is
extremely difficult, however, if your dragon isn't good and beefed up. I
would suggest at least 1.2 million experience before doing this. She
fires, as her normal attack, a set of vertical blades of light, then a
horizontal set, and they really sting. If that weren't trouble enough,
she has another attack in which she creates a ring of swords around her
form, waits for a while, then fires them at you for massive and almost
guaranteed damage. Dodge her light blades and hit her with ballistic
fire until she creates the swords, then use locked shots to take those
out, or a magic attack if you are fortunate enough to have built one up.
If even one sword remains, she'll hit you for the full amount of damage.
I cannot stress enough the importance of the elimination of those
swords. Also, when the swords are around her, she is invulnerable. If
you work this out right, you should be able to silence her, but you have
to be slick with those dodges and when the swords appear, hit circle to
take your lock off of her so your camera will turn with you. This helps
in locking onto the swords, though the camera will set itself on her
again if your crosshairs go too near her. All in all, evade, hit her
with unlocked shots, hit the sword with locked shots, and you should
come out severely beaten but nevertheless victorious, but then...
Verse 6 - Goddesses
It would seem the other Seeds took information from the first and
birthed Furiae-demons of their own. What a lousy way for humanity to
go...but you did get a new ending.
Verse IV - Sleep
Inuart lies down beside Furiae and dies, and then the dragon senses that
Manah is at the altar trying to sow one of the Seeds. Off you go.
Verse V - Providence
Goodbye, Manah. I hope you had a decent flavor.
Verse VI - Under a Dark Sky
This mission is a definite whopper. You face the dragon in the form that
grants it the highest attack power. Woohoo! Finally, a real challenge!
The weapon of choice for this mission is Hymir's Finger, level 4, with a
whopping 62 attack power and 45-kilogram weight. Equip this and bum rush
the dragon, taking cover behind columns when she attacks, then either
run up and jump attack her head or stay behind the column and throw
finishing blows at her, since they go through walls while her fireballs
do not. After a few hits, she'll fly to the other end of the hall.
Follow her and repeat whichever strategy worked better for you. Again,
after a few hits, she'll take off to the other end of the hall. Now
instead of fireballs, she's using a breath attack that sweeps the whole
hall for a troublesomely long way and out to each side, but yet again
she cannot get to you behind the columns. Now it is advised that you
stay hidden and throw finishing blows. It may take a bit longer, but
it's better than ending up barbequed warrior. Once again, she'll switch
ends of the hall after a certain amount of damage has been done, but now
each time she takes off, these very, very, very annoying little balls of
light trace the lines between the floor tiles, seeking you out and
knocking you over if they hit, and that's all she does now; land, wait,
and take off again. To best avoid these nuisances, bunny hop your way to
her and beat her about the head and...head, with Hymir's Finger before
she takes off again. After a while, she'll start using locked shots on
you. Just stay out of the locked shot circle thing that appears on your
screen and keep trashing her out in between her attacks. Eventually
you'll deal enough damage to get her to say, "Forgive me, Caim. It is
for the survival of all life." As I am playing it now, I can confirm
that she is simply standing there, shifting from foot to foot, waiting
to be hit. She may not do this for you, but oblige the dying creature
either way. There is health at the southeast corner of the hall if and
when she breaks you down too much. Keep this up and you'll kill her in
good time. Congrats on yet another ending.
Verse VII - Light
The dragon tells Caim the obvious, then the lights in her eyes go out
and she dies. Caim destroys the wretched seed, then goes out into the
awesome light to face the dragon's kin.
Chapter 10 - Astray
Verse 1 - Barriers
Kill the dragons before you with unlocked shots. Now, either neglect all
else and evade like heck while destroying the towers, or leave them
until last. If you choose the latter, take out the ships with unlocked
shots aimed at their cannons while evading groups of locked shots from
the towers in reach. Dragons should be put down with unlocked shots as
well. Make sure when you dispatch an enemy to hit circle and take your
camera focus off the nearest tower. Once you've taken all the enemies
out, turn to the towers and evade their attacks while aiming unlocked
shots at the shiny things on top of them. When the towers have all
fallen, you may either go straight to the target location, or first
eliminate the dragons with ballistic shots or a nice magic attack. Now
go to the target and you're in.
Verse 2 - Ark
You weren't fast enough. Enemy reinforcements have arrived. As always,
take out the zeppelins with unlocked shots. Now drop down and show the
same "service" to the Imperial flotilla. I hope they like big fireballs
raining down unguided on their cannons. You will find that some of those
ships have six cannons instead of just two. These should be blown to
smithereens first. Once you have thus taken care of the nearby ships,
it's back to the sky for more zeppelins, then immediately back down for
two more six-gun ships. Get rid of them and continue on to the dirigible
waiting for you back in the sky and tear it down with locked shots. Now
then, straightaway back down to the ocean again, you find still more
enemy vessels awaiting destruction. It's rude to keep people waiting.
With these final enemies gone, you've nothing left to do but follow the
white arrow and end the mission.
Verse 3 - A Lull
Completely and utterly devoid of all life. Yet for some reason there are
TWO weapons to be collected here. Run nonstop straight to the stairs to
the second floor, but don't go up. You only have two minutes, and the
first chest will appear containing the axe Poisontongue when you get
near the stairs to the second floor. Check your map and backtrack to it,
then go to the second floor. Here, in most devilishly tempting fashion,
waits the chest containing the poleaxe Widow's Death. Ignore it, you'll
have to play the mission again to have time to get it. Go straight
forward up the stairs to the next floor, then proceed dead ahead into
the hall marked as a target. You win without ever lifting a finger.
Verse 4 - To Drink Poison
...is weird and unhealthy, but anyways. Just run as fast as you can in
the direction you were facing when this mission started. There are still
no enemies. Stupid Leonard, leading you on a wild goose chase that
doesn't even result in a swung blade.
Verse II - Hear the Ocean
Identical to the sky fortress, the place is riddled with vast amounts of
enemies and you only have twenty minutes here. Head to the third to last
room as quickly as you possibly can and eradicate all enemy presence in
it. I suggest using the Moonfire for this task and simply waylaying
everything in whatever manner pleases you. A chest containing the dandy
axe Lovekeeper will appear back at the start of the stage in that small
room with entrances/exits on all four sides. Now proceed hastily to the
second floor and make the fastest work of 42 red map dots you've ever
killed in your history with his game. If all goes well, you should have
time enough to do this with a heavy weapon and lots of dash attacks. I
managed to do this mission with Hymir's finger, level 4, and get both
weapons in 6 minutes 41 seconds, so you should be able to handle it with
twenty minutes available to you.
Verse III - The Gods' Will
The chest containing Sorrow's Companion is directly left of you, staring
you right in the face. Pick it up and cut your way to the door.
Chapter 11 - Partings
Verse 1 - Maze
>From your starting point, equip a weapon with powerful and long-range
attack magic, then check your map, then proceed through the corridor on
the right. Pass through this room, dispatching or ignoring foes at your
own whims, and treat the next the same way. Go north through this long,
narrow hall filled with shield-charging enemies, taking the first
available left, the one that keeps you in the network of narrow halls.
DO NOT go to the northeastern most room yet. Take that left I just told
you about and fight your way to the four-way junction and go right, not
setting foot even one step any other direction. Pass through the next
room and go through the hall on the east side, though there is health in
this room if you need it. Taking this exact path will cause enemies to
spawn in the northeast room that you have now entered. Kill these
enemies to cause a chest containing the infinitely invaluable sword
Kingsblood to appear. Pick it up and head to the next floor, preferably
along the path of least resistance and packing a weapon that has magic
to stop those stinking shield-soldiers in their tracks. Here on the
second floor, just fight your way through with a heavy weapon until you
get to the second narrow hall of considerable length, then use your long
range power magic weapon again to get through the shield soldiers. Try
to clear out all of the enemies along the path you have taken; at least
to the point where you can run through and dodge their lunge attacks
without running into another one. You'll be back. Once you get to the
end, go downstairs and be ready to immediately begin battling against
four heavy infantry soldiers. Dodge left or right to start out with,
then go combo on them, only hitting as much as three times before
throwing in a finishing blow (you'll need to equip a weapon that emits
an orange light on the first swing for this). Eventually this'll take
them out without too much harm done to you, and get the chest with the
key to appear. DO NOT GO THROUGH THE DOOR YET!!! Go back upstairs, check
your map, and proceed to the circle-shaped room to get the treasure
chest containing the staff Edacious, but DO NOT head for the target
indicator on this floor at least until you have the staff. Once you've
got it, go to the target on this floor (Manah) or head back to the last
floor and go through the door. That is the normal way; Manah leads to an
Verse 2 - Dreams and Truth
Keep going northeast until you can do so no more due to a broken
northeast and southeast bridge (upper right and lower right). On the
part sticking out on one of these two is a chest containing the poleaxe
Reaper's Scythe. Pick it up and go on ahead to the end, but watch out
for red shield soldiers.
Verse 3 - Falling Petals
I really don't like this, but suicide is a coward's way out, so thus
Furiae must be a coward in her heart of hearts.
Verse 4 - Anger Checked
If I were the dragon, I would've encouraged you, 'cause I just don't
like that little turd. Time to go stop the sowing of the Seeds.
Verse II - Hide and Seek
This verse is for those of you who chose to go to Manah instead of going
back down to the door, and is fairly simple, but before you go chasing
Manah down, there are two weapons in this level. The first must be
gotten by running your butt off to the south end of the top floor (you
can tell you're on the top floor when there are no more stairs that go
up, goofball), into the large room you started in in verse 1, and then
killing every single enemy in the room before your mission timer reaches
55:00 (get there and kill them all in under about five minutes). Waste
no time on the peons along the way, unless to get them out of the way.
The chest will appear in this room upon emptying it, and it contains the
poleaxe Devilscale. The second chest will appear when fifteen minutes
have passed, not including pauses and map checks, at the room connected
to the south end of the long north/south hall on the east side of the
map (this too is on the top floor), containing the mace Skull Banquet
(this weapon has the single greatest support spell in the game, Demon's
Whisper). Now just equip one of your heavy knock-downers and bash your
way through to the circle-shaped room where you got Edacious, and that's
that. Two more weapons for you.
Verse III - Betrayal
Admit it. For a little guy, Seere's got guts. Even if she is his twin
sister, she's still got that magic and all...
Verse IV - Loved
Well, that's most definitely the end of Manah.
Verse V - Paradise
Inuart still doesn't get it, does he? This guy is, as I have said in
another way before, completely nuts beyond all hope of redemption. A sad
end for Furiae, to be sure, but the writers of this game had apparently
condemned the poor girl to die no matter what you do, so don't mourn too
enthusedly. This is only the beginning of the...
Chapter 12 - Chaos
Chapter note: Be prepared for this chapter to more than live up to its
name. You will see things that managed to turn even my stomach, and if
this chapter alone doesn't prove these people to be the ultimate victims
of Murphy's Law, I don't know anything in the world that does.
Verse 1 - A Little Thing
What in the name of reality and reason is that!? Definitely not a Seed,
that's for sure. Which means Furiae can't possibly be dead. That's
something to keep in mind as you watch the story plummet from tragedy
into just plain wrongness or no other reason that this kind of thing
just shouldn't happen to a guy.
Verse 2 - Extermination
As I recall, you only need to drop fifty of these, but they're quite
dangerous. First, do a 180 and get out of the mix. Now, come back in
SLOWLY and pick them off one by one with unlocked shots. Note that a new
one appears for every one you kill, no telling where though. Just try to
hang around the outside of the mass and take them out one at a time,
dodging their uber potent electric shadow balls until you build up a
magic attack, then cut loose and hope for the best. Usually the magic
attack with put you over the 50 mark, but if not, just stay out of the
crossfire and keep blasting them down one after another until you reach
50 or get another magic attack. Locked shots are fairly pointless here,
since these things neither evade nor do they move of their own will any
Verse 3 - Toward Truth
Dismount at the start. Now, before you go throwing down heavy weapon
judgment on the undead targets, use your map to seek out every single
one of the grotesqueries in the side streets. This will cause a chest to
appear containing the Takamasa, one of my favorite long swords (and I
have them all). In order to battle these, I suggest using the Moonfire
and using nothing but jump attacks. You can use a dash attack to soften
them up first, if you can run around their shadow balls without stopping
your dash, but they are really vulnerable to jump attacks due to their
size, which makes it possible for the attack to hit twice before you
reach the ground if you're facing them right on the money. It is
important to understand that, if you act a fool and try to toy with
them, you WILL be hurt badly. They can counterattack, are impervious to
magic, and though if there is only one they do not attack rapidly, they
have commendable aim and do enough damage per hit to make a smart level
99 Caim worry about dodging. Anyway, once you get the Takamasa, again
hold off on dispatching the undead targets. Go back out into the
courtyard where they await you and take care of the grotesqueries here
first, then fly over the targets to the northernmost area and kill the
grotesqueries here as well. Another chest should appear containing
Balberith's Tears, possibly the best spear in the game. If at any time
you get in a bad way, don't hesitate to summon your ally (Arioch or
Leonard, preferably). NOW you can kill the targets, preferably with a
heavy weapon and/or finishing blows. Don't grab the health by the
northeast corner of the destroyed building in the middle of the
courtyard just yet, unless you have less than 15% health remaining. When
the undead are taken care of, three groups of five grotesqueries will
appear in the next courtyard. As if one at a time wasn't bad enough. Try
using a sword or long sword with jump attacks, but do not under any
circumstances stay in the midst of these for more than two attacks.
After two at the most, haul tail out of there and get as far as you can
without letting them out of radar range, zigzagging widely to avoid
being hit. Keep repeating this tactic until at least three are dead,
four if the last two are not both damaged at least 45%, then kill off
the remaining one or two with constant jump attacks back and forth from
one to the other to prevent either one from getting a shot off at you.
If you haven't gotten that health already, keep saving it until either
your health is 15% or lower, or 40% or lower and you're on the last set.
If you did get it already, don't worry too much. There's another at the
northernmost part of the map in front of the stairs to the shrine.
However, since this is only the first wave of target grotesqueries, I
disadvise grabbing these health chests too early. Sticking to the
strategy above should keep you from harm for the most part, save one or
two lucky shots. Once the first three groups are gone, two more sets
will appear to the south end of the map. Again there are five apiece, so
stick with what got you this far and dispatch them. Get health now if
you have a chest left. The third and final wave consists of only one
group, so once you're done with them, breathe a sigh of fleeting relief,
because you're done here AND you now boast two more weapons.
Verse 4 - Gaia's Laughter
Arioch is clearly a very stupid elf.
Verse 5 - Different Endings
This is one of the parts that nearly made me sick. I agree completely
with Verdelet for once. But the dragon makes a good point, too. And is
that...a grown one? Leonard also meets an unjust fate here, but it's
worth it to get rid of that blasted faerie, and I do literally mean
BLASTED...just like all those grotesqueries.
Verse 6 - Abnormal
Each and every single red dot on your map is one or five grotesqueries.
Bearing this in mind, carefully cut them down with jump attacks,
remembering the strategy against groups. Let fifteen minutes pass in
this way. If you get low on health, there is a chest in the southwestern
most side path in the south end of the north/south ministreet crossing
the main one (if you were as far south as you could be and were heading
north, this would be the first available left turn, and then another
left turn into the first short, dead-end street you come to along this
narrow road), and another in the eastern side path that adjoins the
south and central courtyards (the chest is in the middle of the south 4-
way junction). When fifteen minutes have passed, a chest will appear
containing the hammer Souldouser. Grab this and make your way to the
north end of the map as quickly, yet safely, as possible, ignoring or
beating aside grotesqueries as necessary. Don't hesitate to backtrack
and grab a health chest if either remains at this point, because from
personal experience I can tell you that the way one plays this part with
drastically low health, jumpy and overly anxious, causes mistakes. Best
to try and go back for the health. If you die, you probably would have
on the way to the target anyway, and if not, you now have full health
and restored confidence. Run on, able warrior!
Verse 7 - The Great Time
That gutsy little commando! They're going in! Too bad he has to be the
sacrificial lamb, though.
Verse 8 - A Little Hero
This is a neat addition to the story, Seere getting to live his dream of
being the Little Hero portrayed in his mother's tales, but it really has
no bearing on anything, and you can take no action in this event, so
watch or skip as you like.
Verse 9 - Awakening
Don't even bother firing a shot unless there's one right in your direct
beeline to the target location. My goodness, what a belly. Just evade
like you were trying to impress your fiance! I say this because you'll
automatically dodge like your life depended on it, 'cause it does, but
that's not enough. They WILL break you down in less than a minute if
you're not perfectly careful or playing on Easy here (in which case you
wouldn't even really need to dodge). Crush that X button, too. Never let
it go. If you're slick enough, you should be able to span the great
distance between you and the queen-beast alive. At the lowest possible
altitude, I made it through without ever having to touch the L1 or R1
button, and I did it completely unscathed.
Verse 10 - Seere's Solace
Though you, the dragon, and little Seere were all sacrificed in the
process, you did manage to save what's left of the world...and more
importantly, you got the fourth ending. Good job!
Chapter 13 - Truth
Verse 1 - A Journey
If you've gotten this far, you're a freak who is obsessed with this game
and driven to master it completely...welcome to the community! Just
watch this little scene and get your trigger thumb ready.
Verse 2 - New World
...Or maybe it's just modern-day Tokyo? Either way, you and the dragon
somehow chased the queen-beast through a rift in time and ended up here.
Now she becomes a statue. Did you get that thumb nice and loosened up?
Let's hope so, you'll need it for...
Verse 3 - The Greatest Battle
If greatest means hardest, these guys aren't kidding. For a while you
will only be using two buttons, triangle and square. Your dragon is set
on a fixed circuit around the statue, so don't bother trying to move.
You CANNOT speed fly, dodge, 180, face your target (R2 if you forgot),
or un-target the statue (circle). The enemy cannot be attacked, so it
has no health bar, rendering L3 useless, and since this is an aerial
mission, you have no map and cannot use weapons, leaving R3 out of the
picture as well. Select is disabled for obvious reasons, so that leaves
us with Start, triangle and square. Square launches a white runic ring
out from you, while triangle fires a black one. The object of this
mission is to survive until time runs out by blocking the statues white
rings with your white rings, and her blacks with your blacks. Note that
you will be unable to fire for two seconds if you hit her ring with one
of the opposite color, and this will mean death toward the end, since
one hit kills you automatically no matter what. Everything up until the
last 27 seconds or so is simple enough. First, she will fire four whites
in very slow succession, then four blacks at the same speed. Now get
ready, she speeds up just a little here and begins to alternate. She'll
start with a white, black, white, black, white, black combination, then
throw in three blacks in a quick row, and pause for a brief moment,
after which she gets her thinking or whatever done and launches a white,
black, white, black, white, black, white combo, followed shortly after
by a quick three whites. Essentially, this is what I just said:
First wave: w...w...w...w...b...b...b...b...w, b, w, b, w, b, b,b,b, w,
b, w, b, w, b, w, w,w,w. (w = white) (b = black) (... = seconds between
rings where on period is one second) (comma w/space = normal-length
pause) (comma w/o space = shorter pause between shots than comma
w/space) (hyphen w/space = shorter pause than commas with no spaces, but
still a very brief pause) (hyphen w/o space = no pause between shots)
Now the second wave is a bit more difficult, but not too much to handle
if you have average hand-eye coordination and reflexes. She'll wait for
a good while after the end of the first wave before starting, so take
this time to pause, rest your thumb or fingers a bit, and possibly look
ahead a little here to see what's coming up.
Second wave: (from first).....b, w, b, w, b,b, w, w, w-w-w, b, w, b, w,
b-b-b, w, w, w-w-w, b,w,b,w,b,w,w, b,w,b,w,b,w-w-w-w, w, w, b-b-w, w, b-
b-w, w, b-b-w,b-w-b-w-b-w-b-w-w
That one got a bit scary toward the end, didn't it? That's NOTHING
compared to what you're up against now. I think you ticked her off,
getting this far. Now it took me a total of eight hours of trying this
two-minute-twenty-two-second mission to figure out that, unless you have
superhuman hand-eye coordination and equal reflexes to go with it,
there's no possibly way to do this part. It was then that I learned,
hey, if I can't speed myself up, I'll just slow it down. Pause for now
while I show you the pattern and rhythm, then tell you how to beat the
Final wave: (from second)...b....b, w,w,w,b,w,w,w,b,w-w-w-w,w,b,w-w-w-
Holy freaking cow, man!!! Just the continuous chain is forty-nine rings
long without all the stuff before it that throws you off!!! Yeah, so
what if I tried to predict what you were saying. It's what you should be
saying. Well, fear not! Or have you forgotten about that other button
that still has a use. That's right, my friend, I'm talking about Start
and the almighty pause function! My suggestion to you is that you start
using it at the second black ring in this wave (the whole wave, not just
that doozey of a chain). This will give you time to look and prepare for
what's coming. You might try to be brave if you want, but I personally
recommend pausing after blocking the second black of this wave, then
looking at what's next in line before unpausing, firing immediately,
then instantly pausing again. You might take two or three shots at a
time, but any more than that is 80% suicide, a number that grows rapidly
the longer you go without pausing. It's statistics; with no break,
you're bound inevitably to screw up somewhere and I guarantee those
rings won't be far enough away for you to recover. I did it one at a
time myself, and I have no patience whatsoever. However you choose to do
this is completely up to you, though (as if I could make you do it my
way or something...ha!).
Verse 4 - Recursion
That just sucks all kinds of butt cheek!!! Bunch'a knucklehead ingrates!
*fumes* See? This is why no one does good things for strangers anymore.
Well, I guess giving you the privilege of having obtained the last
ending is enough to merit the ignorance...this time.
Verse 1 - The Forest of the Seal
Take out the first group quick, using locked shots on the bats and
ballistics on the griffons, as always, and treat the next ones the same
way. For the three dragons coming up next, go with unlocked shots to put
them down with one or two each, then turn around and give those bats who
dared intrude in your dragon-killing and let loose your magic attack.
Now fly at normal speed once you get to the next group and give the bats
long-distance locked shots to build up your MP and unleash another magic
attack here. Smear the griffons across the landscape with unlocked
shots, then turn on the bats that yet again came in from the side while
you were busy and interrupted. Make them pay in sets of four with your
locked shots, again using the magic attack when you get it. Dragons will
come in at you while you're doing this, but an unlocked shot each will
shut them up.
Verse 2 - Smells
Just chase the white arrow.
Verse 3 - Grief
Pull out a light weapon and take out the arbalesters in front of you,
then evade the ballistae shots as you work up to and kill the operator.
Now turn around, but DO NOT go for the targets yet. Go all the way west
and get out a weapon with high attack power, then use jump attacks to
kill off all the knights in this area. A chest will appear containing
the mace Carrion Maker. Get out a light weapon and fight or flee your
way back to the targets. Use dash attacks and finishing blows against
these, with magic whenever you get enough MP stored up. While these
conscripts have somewhat lesser HP than their adult counterparts, they
are more skilled in attack and defense and can throw three-hit combos.
When the first four trios are done away with, eight more will appear in
two units. Kill one unit of four trios and another will spawn. Ignore
these new targets and finish off the second unit to make yet another
appear. These are the last two, so finish them off and be done with this
Verse 4 - Uncommon Mercy
There's a chest containing the long sword Demonbane out in the open next
to a set of stairs, so get it FIRST and then continue on. Make a fool of
Leonard and slay the ghosts as they come. Since this is an event
mission, one to two hits should make them fade away again. Death to the
undead, a strange but applicable concept.
Verse 5 - The Memories of the Faeries
No new enemies here, so just do what you always do to whatever enemy
shows its face. Don't worry about saving magic attacks. Use them
whenever you want.
Verse 6 - Gleanings
This mission is a good one for Demonbane. Traverse the map with this
your new sword and destroy EVERY SINGLE CHILD CONSCRIPT ON THE MAP to
make a chest appear containing Apostate's Misery (pole axe or spear,
don't remember). Now head to the west section of the map and take out
the heavy cavalry there. The best method is to max out the magic gauge
of a strong weapon and single one out, using jump attacks and magic if
he charges to stop him in his tracks. Take out the ballistae first,
though. Once you kill them all, three more should appear. Take care of
them and yet another wave appears. This is the last group, so make quick
work of them and head for the target location to be done with this
Verse 7 - Dragon's Rest
The faerie king, perhaps even more annoying than Leonard's pact-partner,
tells you in an annoyingly cryptic manner that Furiae has been taken to
Verse 1 - The Soughing of the Waves
First, make ash of the four zeppelins with dumb fire. Now beneath you
there are three small warships that only need two shots each, one for
each cannon. With ships, it is best to stay on one side of them or the
other, but not the front or back, since that leaves you in firing range
of both or all turrets. When you've sunk these, four more pop up a
little ways off. You know what to do. Unlocked shots. Finally you get to
go back into the real sky again, but only for a pair of zeppelins, which
should be downed first, and then a trio of dragons. Three more dragons
await you once you finish these, and when they've been killed, it's back
to the water for three more ships and you're done.
Verse 2 - Her Favorite Things...
Arioch killed all the little kids. What's wrong with this bi....oh.
Thanks, Salamander and Undine, for that little bit of enlightenment.
Verse 3 - Lantern Fishing
First of, use unlocked shots to down the three ships below you to the
right a little. Next, a group of four, and one of them is a big ship.
You should have a magic attack, so use it. This'll soften up the big one
and easily take out at least one of the smaller ones. Dispatch whatever
remains with ballistic shots and proceed on to the fleet of five. Once
again there's a large one here. Kill the small one behind it, then let
loose your magic from where it was. This should destroy 4-5 turrets on
the big one. Finish it off and blast the remaining three with dumb fire.
Now take it back to the sky for four skulls. These are best busted with
unlocked shots, but you'll need to use your R2 button a lot to keep your
aim up with them, as they are quite fast. These are the last enemies, so
head for the target spot and you've beaten this little dainty of a
Verse 4 - Playing Alone
Too late. The seal is already broken, so you just wasted your time in
coming here, except for those who want 100% game completion.
Verse 1 - A Stony Path
This is not an action event. Just watch and you'll see what you're up
Verse 2 - Remote Giants
First, get out of the way of the wizards' magic missiles and check your
map. In the big niche in the hills to the south, you should find a chest
containing the sword Dragonhook. Get this and proceed to the nearest set
of wizards and a golem. Pull out one of your faster weapons with a good
reach (i.e. Kingsblood level 4) and evade the magic missiles of the
wizards to get to the blue one. Killing him should cause the golem to
sink into the ground. Now dispatch the other four wizards and repeat
this process on the other three groups. Simple enough. You're done here.
Verse 3 - Tossed About
Welcome back to the sky. You will notice the massive horizontal four-
line column of cubes before you. Locked shots will do just fine until
both your magic gauges are full, then you can unleash one on them if
enough remain to merit it in your mind. If one doesn't kill them all, go
back to locked shots and fill the emptied gauge again. You'll need at
least one when you reach the end of this column to take out the ramming
cubes and epitaphs there. When they're all finally disintegrated, two
more epitaphs will await you a little to the right (unless your facing
puts them behind you or to the left). Try using locked shots to get rid
of their little lights before they can launch them at you, then give
them each a good dumb blast. Oh my, more ramming cubes dropped in on
you, you say? Give them your remaining magic attack. Now you'll be
heading for a group consisting of epitaphs, one or two dozen stationary
cubes, and more ramming cubes than I care to count. The biggest threats
are the epitaphs, so get rid of the one in front first, then blast off
locked shots relentlessly to get through the cubes to the other
epitaphs, letting loose magic attacks if and when you get them. Now that
the skies are clear again, go to the target.
Verse 4 - To a Friend
Golem starts to act weird for a second, but when he feels Seere's pain,
it snaps him out of the wizard's control. Be ready for some really,
really annoying combat next.
Verse 5 - A Journey
Before you even start this mission, you should make sure you have a
good, strong weapon with decent speed and long to very long reach. I
used Windsinger level 4. Also, have Arioch set as your ally. Chances are
you won't have a good enough weapon if you've not gotten some from Free
Expedition mode, which I will discuss later, so summon your ally
whenever you get in the thick with them. Anyhow, when this mission
begins, equip the weapon you have that best matches the criteria above.
In order to get the weapon from this mission, you must kill all 264
goblins on the map in less than six minutes. As long as you have a
weapon that can kill a goblin in one hit while not leaving you too
vulnerable to the other seven in the group (or less if your swing was
well aimed), and unlike me you remember that you have an ally to summon
whose magic does full damage to red enemies, you should be okay. Just
remember that if the distance between you and the next closest dot on
the map is more than about half an inch, you would do better to fly to
it. Most of your time is lost not in fighting, but in getting to the
fight to begin with. If you manage to kill them all without destroying
all the wizards as well, a treasure chest will appear containing the
staff Philosopher's Staff. Now you can turn your attentions to the
wizards, who are easily enough gotten rid of; just use a weapon with
long or very long reach and evade your way up to them, then cut them
down. When they're gone, three blue wizards will appear, each
controlling a golem. Ignore the big hunk of rock and eradicate its
controller. End of mission.
Verse 6 - A Silent Place
First, head northwest, sticking to the wall and ignoring enemies unless
they get in your way. Eventually the wall will turn east and you'll
notice a big brown rock and behind it there should be a chest containing
the spear Battlelust. If not, just keep following this path until you
find it, though I believe this is where I located it. If all else fails,
just search the whole area. When you find it, kill the enemies and watch
as a griffon captures Seere.
Verse 7 - Gone without a Trace
Start with locked shots on the bats until not one remains. There will
appear another wave of them, but amongst them are four eye monsters. You
might as well use that magic attack now. There should be just enough
bats left to get you another one, so use locked shots on them and then
turn to the next wave. More bats!? Oh well. They're alone this time, so
stick strictly to locked shots and fill up your magic. Bats, eye
monsters, bats, and squids. Sounds like a magic attack would be perfect
medicine for this infection, doesn't it? Go ahead, cut one loose. Use
locked shots on whatever survives and move on. Blast it, it's those
wraiths. If you don't know by now, the two best ways to go are: wait
until they throw their scythe and then try to hit them with an unlocked
shot before they catch it again, or lock onto them as many times as
possible while you wait, then release when they throw. Your choice.
After they fall, take the short trip to the target location.
Verse 8 - Pursuit
The first thing to do is ignore the goblins and take out the ballistae
to the north, then the one to the west. When this is done, you may turn
to the goblins. Kill all the goblin leaders on the map to make a chest
appear near the coliseum gates containing the poleaxe Twin's Fang.
Goblin leaders are identifiable by the dots next to their health bars
and the axes that only they carry. Now to kill off those two target
trolls. These guys are pretty mean, and you are without aid from your
dragon, so instead use a heavy weapon capable of knocking enemies down,
for they can counterattack, and try to take these two on one at a time.
A dash attack is a good way to soften them both up beforehand. When they
die, a chest will appear. Get the key from it and go up to the gate.
Verse 9 - A New Sword
Don't let the name fool you. It's only a metaphor for Caim using his
blade to help instead of destroy. This event is skippable without loss
to the storyline. It's just a pig-man and a goblin showing off Seere as
a prize and then you break in and stop the proceedings.
Verse 10 - Coliseum
This mission consists of ten waves of enemies, which you must defeat in
less than five minutes if you want the weapon from here. The first is
sixteen goblin leaders. A strong but fast weapon is preferable to deal
with these. Wave two is a lone black ogre, best put down by heavy
weaponry that knocks enemies down, finishing blows thrown in to shorten
the process. The third wave consists of five giants who are quite
similar to the black ogre in that they are best killed with heavy
weapons and finishing blows, though they have small enough health to use
a combo from a weapon of 32 attack power and be killed without
counterattacking if one finishing blow is thrown in somewhere. The
fourth wave is ten red goblins and three red pigs with magic missile
capabilities. Kill them first using a weapon like Kingsblood, Moonfire,
Slaughterism, or Takamasa to make things easier on you whilst you
obliterate the goblins the same way you did in verse 5, rememberign that
you do have an ally to summon if you can't take care of them fast
enough. The fifth wave is sixteen goblin leaders and two trolls. Cut
down the goblins with something strong and fast, then switch to a heavy
weapon and do these trolls like you did the ones before. The sixth wave
is more or less just a joke, consisting of three red goblins special
only because they have twice the health of a normal one, so take this
time if you are badly hurt to run straight ahead into the tunnel thing
and grab the full health, then come back and kill off the goblins. The
seventh wave is a black ogre and a giant. You know how to kill both of
these already, so I'll only say that you should try to get them both at
once as much as possible to save time. The eighth wave is made up of
eight red goblins and 12 goblin leaders, both of which can be sent to
oblivion with consistent combos from a powerful light weapon. The ninth
wave is another laughable one, boasting only a troll and a goblin
leader, so you should be fine just killing the goblin and using
finishing blow combos on the troll. Finally, the tenth and final wave is
composed of 16 goblin leaders, two trolls, and two black ogres; the only
formidable wave in this crackpot coliseum. Crush the goblins first, as
they can be annoying interruptions when trying to get rid of one of the
large enemies. Now focus on the trolls to get their fast, heavy attacks
out of the picture. The black ogres should pose little to no threat now,
so kill them as quickly as possible. If you did all this in under five
minutes, a chest will appear containing the MASSIVE long sword Hymir's
Finger and the mission will not end until you collect it.
Verse 11 - Gratitude and Carelessness
In return for saving Seere....you get to watch this little event!!
Free Expedition Mode
The following are ground/strafe missions in FEM containing weapons:
Crimson Mountains - The Impassable Valley: Simply use the method in the
walkthrough above to kill all five black ogres. A chest will appear
containing the long sword Greed's Reward.
Crimson Mountains - The Coliseum: To get the chest to appear in this
mission containing the poleaxe Windsinger, you must defeat nine of the
ten waves of enemies in under nine minutes.
The Forest of the Seal - The Imperial Garrison: After twenty-five
minutes pass, a chest containing the long sword Writheheart will appear
near the last target.
The Ocean - Inside the Ocean Fortress: Throughout this level you will
find treasure chests containing keys. There are seven on the first
floor, two on the second floor, and one on the third floor. Get all of
these and a chest will appear on the first floor containing the spear
The Imperial Capital - The Altar in the City: Ignoring the enemies, run
against the first painting on the right wall, then the first on the
left, then the seventh on the right, and lastly the seventh on the left
to make a chest appear containing the hammer Treasure Builder.
The Imperial Capital - The Destroyed City: Jump on your dragon and fly
dead ahead to the end of the map. A chest will appear containing the
The Sky Fortress - Inside the Sky Fortress: This is an easy one, just
kill one hundred fifty enemies and the chest containing the Sotrmgiver
will appear on the first floor.
The Blue Mountains - The Highlands: Lay waste to twelve hundred fifty
foes to make the chest containing the staff Magi's Sorrow appear.
The Winter Wastelands - The Hidden Mountains: Kill all ten black ogres
in the winding mountain maze to make the chest containing the axe
Executioner's Song appear.
The Desert of the Moon - The Temple of the Desert: After twenty minutes
have passed, the chest containing the mace Spiked Wisdom will appear in
The Silent Forest - The Valley of the Faeries: Upon killing every enemy
around the shrine, the chest containing the mace Dragonstroke will
appear within the shrine.
The Silent Forest - The Elf Village: Checking the map, you will notice a
thin strip of land near the bridge to the south after you cross it.
Killing all the enemies on this thin strip of land will cause the chest
containing the spear Victor's Spoils to appear at the end of it.
The Castle of the Goddess - The Castle Environs: From the start, check
the map and head east. Destroy the line of enemies; including those
inside the mountain pass to make the chest containing the sword Hunter's
The Castle of the Goddess - The Castle Keep: You start on the third
floor. Go all the way back down to the first, where you started in
chapter 1 verse 10. Now, on this floor there are three sets of stairs
upward. Ruling out the one you came down to this floor by, there are two
sets left. One of these leads to a room full of enemies that is your
current target. Try both sets of stairs and kill every enemy in the room
you end up in. One of them will cause the chest containing the spear
Robber King to appear on the first floor.
The Castle of the Goddess: Kill all enemies, towers included, to receive
the sword Deathdance.
The Silent Forest: Kill every last enemy in under two and a half minutes
to receive the "sword" Butcher's Joy (it's really a meat cleaver).
The Desert of the Moon: You must eliminate any and all opposition in
under three minutes without the use of magic attacks at any time to
receive the spear Mermaid's Feast.
The Winter Wastelands: All enemies must fall within three minutes and
twenty seconds for you to receive the long sword Injustice.
The Blue Mountains: Same as the Winter Wastelands, but you cannot use
The Sky Fortress: Just finish the level with at least 75% of your HP
left to receive the spear Broken Dogma.
The Imperial Capital: Maintaining at least 50% HP, kill all enemies in
under five minutes to receive the sword Scream.
The Ocean Fortress: You must have at least 25% HP upon completing this
mission and kill all enemies in under three minutes and forty seconds
before doing so if you wish to receive the mace Pupil's Club.
The Temple on the Ocean: Kill all enemies in under eight minutes,
maintaining at least 25% health without the use of magic attacks to
receive the Dragonstorm.
Forest of the Seal: Complete this mission in four minutes and ten
seconds without using magic to receive the long sword Soldier's Sword.
The Crimson Mountains: Treat this mission the same as the Forest of the
Seal but with the use of magic attacks to receive the mace Mage's
Thanks to James Odonnell for helping me get 100% completion and for the
requirements to obtain the weapons.
Thanks to Square Enix for this most awesome game.
Thanks to GameFAQs for being around to help gamers around the world get
the information they need.
Thanks to Aneesh Roy for reminding me about the availability of allies.
I never use them myself, but don't let that discourage you. It makes
things a lot easier at certain points.
If you have any suggestions, questions, comments, problems, corrections,
or feedback, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Extra special thanks to Revolution reader Jordan Carmack!