Continuing where we left off, we head to the Altar to see who’s there. I’m going to be limiting the amount of screenshots, and summarizing a lot of the conversations. Mainly to cut down on how much I have to post, but also to ease reading.
Danette: Why are we here?
Reyva: Because there was an earthquake. We need to be sure everyone’s alright.
Danetee: But Lady Layna-
Revya: Would understand if we were a bit late because we were trying to be sure everyone in the Village is alright. Like a Sepp Guardian would do.
Danette:…Fine! But be sure to hurry up!
When we enter the Altar, we’re met with this screen. As you can guess, we can talk to each of the different NPCs. Unlike cutscenes these conversations aren’t voice acted. It’s understandable. They already have voices for most of the actual cutscenes. Can’t expect them to do it for all of them.
For now we’re going to talk to Old Crone Drei. She doesn’t really say much, just stands around being smug and saying that we’re lucky that Lady Layna took us in as babies. Else we would’ve been eaten by wild animals.
Revya: Yes, Drei. I’m as thankful as I was the last 200 hundred times you told me that.
Drei: Well good! Now leave! I need to pray to the gods for help soothing these old bones.
Danette: Why didn’t you tell her off!?
Revya: She’s older than anyone in this Village aside Lady Layna, and has aged far less gracefully. Likely can’t even put on her shoes by herself anymore. It would disrespectful to yell at her for a factual statement.
Danette: Yeah, but she’s a bitch.
Revya: True, but I’m not as petty as you.
After her we meet up with Caretaker Nei.
Revya: 'Fraid not this time Nei. Sorry.
Nei: Oh, it’s alright. I should be able to manage on my own.
Nei explains to us that babies are an important thing to the Village because, well, you need kids to keep the population going after all. However, there have been less babies born recently. And she thinks a major cause is how many of the grown males in the Village leave to see the outside world. While she misses them, she doesn’t want them to come back with strangers and put the Village at risk.
Reyva: Hey, calm down. That’s not gonna happen.
Nei: But what-
Revya: It. Won’t. Happen. Ok?
Nei:…Ok. Thank you Revya.
Revya: No problem. How’s Gaidus doing?
Revya: That’s good to hear. I gotta get going though.
Nei: Alright. Bye Revya.
Next we meet Hamatz Of The Dark. We find him near some memorials and praying areas. We also find out that he’s gone blind, thus the, “Of The Dark” in this name.
He proceeds to lament his aging and how he isn’t as spry as he used to be. Then he says…this:
Revya: Looks to Danette with concern Please tell me he means that in a not creepy way.
Danette: Wha-No! He just helped me learn how to fight!
Hamatz: Damn straight I did! I’m the one who showed her how to shank someone with both arms tied behind her back!
Revya: Wait, how the fuck would she do that?
Hamatz: Wouldn’t you like to know? What else did I teach you Danette?
Danette: Never reveal all your secrets!
Hamatz: Atta girl!
Revya: Urgh. Anyway, how have-
There’s another earthquake and our conversation gets cut short. Hamatz says that they’ve been getting more frequent.
We leave the man to his praying and move to the next area: The Central Field.
Here we meet these characters with very interesting names. We start with “Buff Veteran Ben”.
Danette: Really!? I knew it!
Revya: Thanks for the vote of confidence, Ben.
Ben: No problem.
He then goes on to mention how he’s been alive for 180 years, while Lady Layna has been alive that entire time. In fact, she’s been living as a human for 200 years.
Huh. Anyone else find it weird that the Elder of the Village not only has the same name as King Medain’s daughter, and has been alive for 200 years? The exact amount of time that has passed since the same Layna defeated the leader of the World Eaters?
…The game isn’t really trying to hide this from the players, is it?
Anyway, we move to the next person: Cool Toughguy Van:
Revya: Thanks for just dropping that responsibility on our heads.
Van: No problem dude. I know you’re up for the task.
He then says that Lady Layna goes into a period of rest where she’s completely vulnerable, and thus must be protected by her guardians. Which will now be our characters, who haven’t even been made proper Sepp Guardians yet.
Yeah, Layna’s in good hands.
With that incredible weight of responsibility weighing us down, we go talk to the last person: Winged Mariene:
…Is this…is this game actually calling to attention how JRPGs don’t mention the MC’s name if it’s created by the Player? Holy shit was this ahead of its time.
Though while this explains why Danette doesn’t call us by our name, it doesn’t explain why no one else does.
Revya: Nope. I’m still just “you” to her. Despite all that we’ve been through.
Danette: Hey I remember your name!
Revya: Then say it here and now.
Revya: Three strikes, you’re out.
Danette: My memory’s not that bad?
Revya: Then where’s your dairy?
Danette: I have a dairy?
Revya: And there you go.
With that we head back to the travel menu. However, before we head to Lady Layna’s Room, we go to the Gate and try to Leave The Village. When we do, we get new dialogue.
Revya: Hey, Gadius. Nei says you’re kid’s doing well. She telling the truth?
Gadius: Revya! I am offended you even suggest I am in anyway a poor father figure. I demand an apology!
Revya: Woah, calm down. I’m sorry, ok?
Gadius: Apology accepted.
He then explains why he can’t let us go: The Village has something hiding it, but only as long as everyone stays inside. If a person suddenly appeared out of nowhere, everyone would be able to understand that there’s a Village hidden here…including the World Eaters.
Revya: Wait…the other Villages are…
Gaidus: I am afraid so. While some still stand, many have fallen to the monsters outside our Village.
Revya: Damn it…that’s…damn it…
Well, with that…horrifying revelation, we move on to Lady Layna’s room. Revya and Danette enter the room and bow to the Elder:
Danette: We would’ve been her sooner if SOMEONE hadn’t insisted we walk all over the Village.
Revya: Oh yes. Ensuring we aren’t late to a meeting with a person we see almost everyday is LEAGUES more pressing than making sure everyone is alright after an earthquake.
Layna: Now, now, you two. There’s no need to fight. You are here now after all.
Anyone else think it’s kind of weird that Layna has a young looking sprite, but her portrait is that of an old woman? Maybe there’s a story reason for it.
Lady Layna then says she’s going to give us the weapons we will use to protect our home. This makes Danette really excited.
Revya: No, she’s going to give us weapons cause she knows we’ll kill everyone the moment they’re in our hands.
Lady Layna: No one likes a smartass, Revya.
Layna confirms Danette’s guess, saying that we will have the power to protect those who can’t protect themselves. She then proceeds to summon a crapton of weapons out of thin air.
Danette: Ah, you have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this.
Revya: Hey, Danette? You remember what Lady Layna said about us using these weapons to protect those who can’t protect themselves, right?
Revya: That’s a no. Lady Layna, you sure you don’t want to rethink giving the bloodthirsty girl an actual weapon?
Layna: As long as you’re there to reign her in? Yes, yes I am.
Revya: Oh, so I’m supposed to be her Keeper? That’s just great. Thanks. Really.
You get three guesses as to which of those weapons Danette’s going to choose, and the first two don’t count. Go on, I’ll wait.
Of course she picks fucking green double daggers. Did you think she wouldn’t after her sprite used them in the Tutorial?
Revya: First, those are daggers, not a sword. Second, how are they in anyway sickles? They’re not curved enough.
Danette: Giggling while rubbing her new weapons
Revya: Aaaannnnddd you’re not listening to me.
Revya: Weird name for a pair of daggers.
Layna: It’s said that those that die by the blades experience true Tranquility before dying with naught but a whisper.
Revya: Ah, that fits.
Danette: I’m going to kill soooo many people with this.
Revya: Rrrriiiggghhhtttt. So, am I getting a weapon too? I only ask cause you kind of made the selection dis-
Revya: Shut up, Danette! Don’t ruin this for me!
Danette: Hey, didn’t you just get done saying I wasn’t ready to have a weapon?
Revya: Yeah, but that was you. And it was before a big, badass, black sword was on the table! So be quiet and stand there while I get my cool ass sword!
Danette: This isn’t fair!
Revya: Neither is life! Now gimme!
We step forward, grab the sword’s hilt, and-
Ooooohhh. That’s…probably not good.