|Enter The Conqueror, the latest big bad to come on the scene in my|
playthrough of The Last Remnant. I wonder what conditioner he uses for
that glorious mane of hair...
|There's some serious badassery when The Conqueror does|
Rush also met up with his parents, finally. Things were brief with his father, John, because, well, a lot of bad stuff happened. When the two did chat John sure seemed okay with taking everything at face value that his son was working with the Marquis of Athlum. Rush's meeting with his mom, Marina, was a little better. At least she had some interesting nuggets of information about why Wagrum was so interested in Irina, as it turns out Rush's mother is a descendant of Marion Marshall, a figure from ancient times who had the power to bind even the most powerful Remnants. So, Irina also has this ability making her a very appetizing target for particularly ambitious folks. It also seemed awfully convenient that Emma knew exactly where to find Marina, as the two had met once many years in the past. A very weak plot tool to get Rush to his mom, but about on par with a lot of anime out there and pretty much what I've come to expect from The Last Remnant's story. There are just enough underlying hints of epicness for me to let a lot of this stuff slide.
|The Elysion sky as The Conqueror|
binds with the Ark.
|Approaching the Sacred Land looks amazing.|
|So many glowing runes! ♥|
Once the catacombs were done, and a brief interlude of zappy, flashy Wagrum Magical Time, it was off to more poorly lit gray environments, as Emma and Rush went off to find Marina. Here the enemies weren't even all that strong, so it was a bit of a slog getting through the place. There was a pretty neat boss fight at the end of it all, though. A pair of stone golems connected at the shoulder. They weren't very difficult, but I quite liked their design. Very unique.
|You just know something ominous is going down when doors|
open into a totally white room!
After getting all these things done, I decided it was time to take a break from the main story line, and get components for weapon enhancements while maybe doing some rare monster hunting. With that it was back to dank, dark caves, this time running them over and over again in hopes that maybe this time the beast I was looking for would actually spawn. This was in Gaslin Caves, as I was hunting Bluejaws, a particularly powerful rare (in comparison to my group, anyway).
I don't know how many times I had to run through that place before he finally decided to show his ugly mug, but it was a lot. He was not easy to bring down, either. From what I can tell, these rare monsters can scale to your party's level to some extent, so there's no guarantee one will be able to grind for a while, and eventually out level them. Checking online suggests that there is a fairly wide level range for some of these creatures. I was a bit worried that I'd be a lot stronger than Bluejaws, as I'd put off hunting him for quite some time but no, he hit like a truck, and in some cases could one-shot come of the lest resilient unions in my overall party.
|After so much crazy awesomeness, it's back to reality with a dank, dark|
dungeon. ~ Le sigh ~
|These bosses were easy, but I really|
like their design.
Emerging from the mines triumphant, it was time to head back to Athlum and claim my prize from the Golden Chalice, since Bluejaws was on their hunting list (these guys issue all sorts of challenges to would be adventurers that are well worth pursuing). That netted me a new formation for my unions that I can use (no idea if it's any good or not). After this, I went and sold the monster to one of the local merchants in hopes that he would be able to make better weapons from the creature's components. No such luck. I scored a couple thousand gold, and that's about it. Still, it was really nice to defeat the monster. These rare monsters provide a very good challenge, and in many cases it totally feels like you've earned your victory when they finally go down. The whole thing made for a nice way to close up my most recent foray into The Last Remnant.
|Defeating Bluejaws felt so good. Eat it, $@%&!|