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    I. Basic Information
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      A. Author's Note (Read This!)
      B. Quick Info
      C. Statistics & Probabilities
      D. The Tactics System Explained
      E. The Tactics In-Depth
      F. "Lost-Forevers" (Definitely Read This!)
    
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    II. Characters
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      A. Ragnar
      B. Alena
      C. Cristo
      D. Brey
      E. Taloon
      F. Nara
      G. Mara
      H. The Hero
      I. The UC's
    
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    III. Walkthrough
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      A. Chapter One: The Royal Soldiers
      B. Chapter Two: Princess Alena's Adventure
      C. Chapter Three: Taloon the Arms Merchant
      D. Chapter Four: The Sisters of Monbaraba
      E. The Chosen Ones
      F. The Zenithian Hunt
      G. Quest for the Zenithian Sword
      H. The Center of the World
    
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    IV. Side Quests (The Cascade Cave)
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    V. Little Secrets
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      A. Endor's Treasury
      B. The Burland Treasury
      C. The Hidden Shop at Endor
      D. Gardenbur's Third Basement
      E. The Treasure of Branca
      F. Town Treasuries
      G. The Treasury at Dire Palace
      H. Items From Chests, Drawers, & Other Strange Places
    
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    VI. Level-Up Spots
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      A. Cave North of Endor
      B. The Royal Crypt
      C. Hills Northeast of Gottside
      D. Final Cave, Part Two (Near Last Refuge)
    
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    VII. Concerning Small Medals
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      A. Immediately Available Medals
      B. Magic Key Medals
      C. Final Key Medals
      D. Ruler of Evil Medals
      E. Late-Game Medals
    
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    VIII. Casino Strategy
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      A. The Coliseum
      B. The Slots
      C. The Poker Table
    
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      A. Weapons
      B. Armor
      C. Shields
      D. Helmets
    
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    X. Item List
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    XII. Other Battle Effects
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      A. Basic Non-Magical Attacks
      B. Nara's Tarot Card Effects
      C. Taloon's Battle Techniques
      D. The Chance Spell
    
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      A. The Fate of Rosa
      B. Whatever Happened to...?
      C. The Musical Stylings of Chapter Five
    
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      A. The Branca Tunnel Trick
      B. Surviving Necrasaro's Palace
    
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       Thank you for choosing a BTB FAQ.  From the name of the section, "Stuff You
    Definitely Should Know Before Playing", a few things should be apparent.  Here,
    I shall convey useful information about the game itself which is not readily
    apparent to the player.  This is information that would greatly behoove the
    player to know and does not reveal anything, either story-wise or anything
    that may give you an unfair advantage while playing (for those of you who hate
    that sort of thing).  In short, it is highly recommended that you look this
    section over before you begin playing.
    
       The walkthrough is the "meat" of the guide, containing in-depth strategies,
    directions, and so on.  The appendices, or in other words all the parts
    of the walkthrough that are not the walkthrough, contain supplemental
    information that may be often referenced in the walkthrough.  However, take
    note that during the walkthrough, I generally assume that my reader possesses
    a basic knowledge of the information found within the appendices, so please
    keep that in mind when using the walkthrough.
    
       Lastly, I must stress that in addition to providing help and information
    with the game itself in the walkthrough, I also keep a very good running tab
    on whatever plot may exist, often adding insight and commentary.  This is meant
    to assist you, the reader's understanding of not only the technical aspects of
    the game, but also the finer details (namely the plot).  Many people often say
    that my various commentary makes the game more enjoyable for them, which is
    indeed my intent.  If you do not wish to partake of my commentary, I most
    certainly understand, and hope you at least find the answers to your question
    in the various non-plot-related parts of my FAQ.  If, however, your distaste
    for my writing style leads you to bitch about my "filler-laden" FAQ, then my
    advice to you is quite simply to go fuck yourself and find something better to
    do with your time.
    
    
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      The following list is a quick run-off of general things to bear in mind about
    this game:
    
    
          While you obviously know that every treasure chest should be opened and
       thusly looted, as a general rule, examine every jar, set of chests or
       drawers you come across, as well.  You often find useful items in them, and
       this is where the game's majority of Small Medals can be located, as well.
       Also, some items can even be picked up off the ground.  Think about places
       where people stood, the ends of roads that lead nowhere, or prominent,
       unique, or strikingly out-of-place objects, and use the search command
       liberally.  Alternatively, see section V.H. of this FAQ, which offers a
       list of all the items in the game that can be found in this manner (which
       can help because the majority of these items will not be mentioned in the
       walkthrough).  In addition, section VII. lists the locations of every Small
       Medal in the game, as well as a brief description as to why exactly these
       items can be of use to you throught the game.
    
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          Next, some of the game's treasure is locked up.  Whenever you see a
       locked door, make a note to return later once you have the key.  Doors that
       almost look like normal doors, but with a lock-looking symbol in the middle
       are the lowest level and can be opened with any key.  The ones that are
       pinkish-red with a silver lining can only be opened with the Magic or Final
       keys, and the doors made of iron bars can be opened only with the Final
       Key.  Things to further your quest, great treasures, as well as most Small
       Medals, are all locked up.  For future reference, all of the locked doors
       that are not a part of the game's main walkthrough (e.g., not relevant to
       the plot) will be listed throughout section V. of the FAQ.
    
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          Pay attention to who you're having your character's attack and how much
       damage they're doing.  If a character, by your command, goes to attack
       something that already been defeated, then guess what?  Their turn is
       wasted.
    
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          Direct magic attacks, such as Blaze and Icebolt, all do set damage rather
       than a greater amount to any particular creature that happened to fall weak
       to it.  However, certain monsters may be much more difficult to hit with a
       given type of magic, or may be immune to it entirely.  Note that almost all
       monsters have a small chance to avoid almost any type of direct magic
       attack, however.  The four types of magic are fire, ice, lightning, and
       vacuum.  Fire magic is a bit more complicated in that it consists of three
       different sub-types of magic: blaze, flame, and explosive.  Normally, a
       monster will possess resistance or susceptibility to all three as a group,
       though in a few instances this is not the case...
    
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          While adventuring, remember that you have a greater chance of being
       attacked while traveling through forests and hills as opposed to open
       plains, desert, and light shrubbery.  You'll stand the least chance of
       being attacked while traveling on water- random encounters at sea are few
       and far between.  Traveling at night means you stand a greater chance of
       running into the region's more powerful enemies (not that you won't run
       into them during the day, mind you).
    
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          Aside from affecting local monster activity, time also affects villages.
       For instance, most shops are usually closed at night.  Also, you may find
       out different information from people during the night, as well.  In
       addition, a few places are only accessible during the day/night-time.  Time
       passes only on the world map, and only passes with each step taken.  So
       standing in place does little more than waste time (your time, that is).
    
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          The game takes place in a top-view setting of your characters.  At times,
       what appears to be a solid wall to you may be in reality an opening of some
       sorts.  When in doubt, press your characters up against the walls and snoop
       around.
    
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          Return and Outside are two of the game's most important spells.  When
       traversing dangerous terrain and/or dungeons, it's almost always a good
       idea to retain enough MP to use them if need be.
    
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          Spells that effect a character's abilities, such as Increase or Bikill,
       will last for the remainder of the battle or until that character is
       killed.  Even if that character goes into the wagon, he or she will still
       retain the enchantment.
    
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          Dragon Warrior IV presents the unique "Chapter" system (see section I.D.
       of the FAQ for more details.)  At the end of each Chapter, all the gold you
       have is taken, but all of your items will be retained (excepting the Iron
       Safe which Taloon leaves behind, and the Sphere of Silence, which vanishes
       mysteriously for some unknown reason...)  Use this knowledge to your
       advantage when nearing the end of each chapter!
    
    
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       This is a subject that is mostly limited to RPG's, and deals with the
    random probabilities of things happening in the game and the statistics that
    they are based upon.  Statistics are important in every RPG, and some other
    games as well.  Unfortunately for us, statistics are a far different thing in
    every game we have ever played, and they can often be confusing.  Below is
    listed every statistic in the game, how we get it (and/or make it bigger), and
    what it does (simple enough for ya?):
    
    
          HP & MP are self-explanatory stats.  Your HP/MP maxes will increase with
       each level up, and may also be raised through the use of Lifeforce Nuts
       (HP) or Mystic Acorns (MP).
    
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          Vitality is a stat that poses no real function except to pose as a
       indicator as to how much HP a character will gain at the next level-up (so
       a higher Vitality rating means more HP gain on average at level-up).
    
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          Intelligence is exactly like Vitality, except that it applies to MP, and
       that even characters with no magical abilities may have a little
       Intelligence (we can't have a bunch of imbeciles saving the world, now can
       we?)
    
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          Strength refers to your character's natural fighting ability.  Strength
       has a direct impact on your Attack Power (see below), and is widely
       believed to be the biggest factor in the probability of scoring a critical
       blow.  This will increase at level-up and may be additionally raised with
       Strength Seeds.
    
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          Agility, pretty much, is your character's speediness.  Faster characters
       have a greater chance of making the first strike in battle, and one half of
       your Agility rating is directly added to your Defense (see below).  This
       goes up at level-up and may be further increased with Agility Seeds.
    
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          Attack Power is the statistic that directly effects how much damage your
       character does with his/her "fight" command, and also effects how likely
       your character's attack is to hit its target.  Attack Power is a sum of
       your strength stat plus the equipped weapon.
    
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          Defense effects how easy it is for your characters to dodge incoming
       non-magical attacks, and reduces damage dealt by all non-magical attacks
       that hit.  Your Defense is one half your agility rating plus the defensive
       power of all your armor.
    
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          Luck is a statistic that has a very subtle influence on your characters.
       While its exact roles remain an enigma, Luck is known to affect a
       character's resistance to status change (e.g. Sleep, Poison), and is
       thought to be a factor in the chance of your character striking a critical
       blow, as well.   In addition, characters with a higher Luck stat are
       believed to be more likely to deal high-end damage with their magical
       attacks, and receive low-end damage when absorbing them.  Luck goes up with
       a character's level and may be increased with the notably rare Luck Seeds.
    
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          Equipment Selection, while not a statistic, is a general measure of a
       character's ability to use the game's various weapons and armor.  A
       character with a higher rating in this category may use a wider variety and
       more powerful equipment than one with a lower rating.
    
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          Magic Variety indicates the types of magic that are used by a character.
       The types of magic include direct attack (Blaze, Icebolt), indirect attack
       (Sleep, Chaos), defensive (Upper, Barrier), healing (Heal, Revive), and
       miscellaneous (Repel, Day-Night).   Note that every character that uses
       miscellaneous magic will know at least the Return and Outside spells.
    
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          Level-Up Speed generally refers to a character's ability to gain levels
       quickly.  Some characters generally require far less experience to level-up
       than others do.  Likewise, some characters are very slow to gain levels.
       This effect can be the most pronounced in the later game, where there may
       very well be gaps several levels large between your characters.
    
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       Each character, as well as a breakdown of their particular statistics are
    listed in section II. Of the FAQ.  Each statistic (excepting magic variety)
    will be listed as: Very High/Good, High/Good, Average, Low/Poor, or Very
    Low/Very Poor.
    
    
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       Most every RPG in existence has at least one unique feature that sets it
    apart from the rest of the RPG world.  These features can often add a
    considerable element of enjoyment to the game, and at times can even define
    the game itself.  Dragon Warrior IV is no exception to this rule, boasting the
    highly-prized chapter system which introduces you to all of the game's
    characters on their own separate quests before finally uniting them to kick
    some ass in Chapter Five.  Reaching Chapter Five introduces you to yet another
    interesting element of the game.  After completing their own separate quests,
    your characters are considered experienced enough to act on their own, while
    you, the player, now only directly control the Hero him/herself.  While you
    cannot flat-out tell your characters what to do, you can influence their
    actions via the tactics system.  To begin with, several points must be made
    about the tactics system:
    
    
          The Hero, being the only character under your control, possesses a few
       responsibilities in this respect.  Obviously, you must do certain things at
       certain times that the other characters will neglect to do.  This includes,
       for example, the occasional protective Fendspell, battle-ending Lightning
       spell, or live-saving Sandglass of Regression usage.  However, the biggest
       application of this is for the Hero to "play healer", if you will.  Your
       characters, depending on the tactic selected, will use any available method
       (this usually means Cristo and/or Nara will use their healing magic) to
       heal themselves or each other when someone's HP reaches a certain
       percentage.  When more than one character must be healed, their priorities
       seem random at best, except that your healers, in true selfless style, will
       usually opt to heal others before themselves.  This system has its flaws,
       obviously, aside from Cristo's and Nara's considerable lack of
       self-preservation.  Nara, for instance, much be watched like a hawk because
       even when her HP is at 80%, she's still fairly vulnerable.  Ragnar, on the
       other hand, can go for ages without needing the healing.  This is why you,
       as the Hero, must come to understand exactly how dangerous each enemy is
       and how long you can continue fighting with it before healing becomes
       necessary- because often your teammates seem to disagree with you in this
       respect (and take back what I said earlier- you are a bunch of idiots
       questing to save the world).
    
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          In addition, your characters react to battle in "real time".   Their
       commands will be selected at the time of the command, not at the beginning
       of the turn.  For instance, everyone began the turn healthy.  Then, Brey
       takes a big hit halfway through.  Nara will use her turn to heal Brey, even
       though if she had picked her command at the beginning of the turn she would
       not have known to do so (well, I dunno, she is a fortuneteller...)  Or, for
       instance, an enemy is killed before Ragnar gets his chance to hit- he'll
       just crack something else's skull instead.  Take this into consideration
       mainly when you, as the Hero, are deciding to "play healer" (as mentioned
       above).
    
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          You, as the Hero, may be the leader of the team, but your teammates will
       in no way, shape, or form take your actions into consideration when
       deciding what to do.  They will "play off each other", and combine their
       attacks in such a way as to efficiently deal with the enemy.  You, however,
       do not deserve that consideration.  If you attempt to strike something, and
       your team kills it before you do- tough luck, you miss a turn.  Likewise,
       if you are "playing healer" and using your turn to cast a healing spell,
       your teammates don't seem to realize this.  They may very well heal
       themselves before you get a chance to and then, yes, your turn will again
       be wasted (though if you cast the spell first, they won't be idiots and
       waste their turns if they don't have to, because, as we've already
       established, the team reacts to battle in real time).  What this means,
       pretty much, is instead of your team playing off you, you must play off the
       rest of the team.  Watch them, and learn their tendencies.  I already
       mentioned that your characters will heal themselves when they feel it's
       necessary.  As for their offense, it's a bit different.  First and
       foremost, your team will gun first for the enemy they see as the biggest
       threat, and the work their way down from there (and I'd think they were a
       lot smarter if they didn't see a monster who's asleep or confused as a
       threat...)  Also, your characters will usually try to do as much damage as
       possible to as many creatures as possible.  Mara, for example, given the
       choice of casting Firebane on a large group of foes, or casting Blazemore
       on a single foe, will usually opt for the former.  Likewise, if there are
       several smaller groups of enemies present, she'll probably go with one of
       her explosive spells, like Bang or Boom.
    
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          Lastly, your characters will learn from their actions.   Cristo, for
       example, will only try to cast Beat or Defeat on a boss character so many
       times before he gets it through his head that it isn't going to work.  And
       when a character finds a certain course of action that is particularly
       effective, they tend to take the idea and run with it.  However, some
       things, interestingly enough, your characters know to do by instinct.  For
       example, Cristo knows when Stopspell will be a good idea and will readily
       cast it (he may also know when Increase may be of help, but he apparently
       doesn't seem to care).  Another example would be when Mara automatically
       casts BeDragon when she sees Metal Babbles.
    
    
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       Taking these points into consideration, choose the tactic that best suits
    your needs.  There is no one tactic ideal for the game, or even one ideal for
    a certain area.  You can change tactics from battle to battle, or even in the
    middle of one, to best suit your needs:
    
    
          The Normal tactic is your basic, all-around tactic which is a good idea
       to use at most times.  With this tactic, your characters tend to realize
       that they do, in fact, have teammates.  Your offensive magic users tend to
       lay off the heavy stuff and attack only with what is needed to combine with
       the forces of your other members to efficiently deal with the situation at
       hand.  Oftentimes, when the rest of the team is capable of taking out the
       monsters with little help from the magic-users, indirectly offensive spells
       will be utilized.  On the defensive end of things, your characters will pay
       a moderate amount of attention to their HP (though, as we've already
       established, your characters are generally poor judges of when it's time to
       heal up).  All in all, this is a good tactic to use in general, though
       there are times when it can lead to a battle being needlessly drawn out
       instead of quickly ended.
    
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          The Offensive tactic: for when it absolutely must die now.  Under this
       tactic, your magic-users, especially, don't really care about anyone else.
       They see a monster and they want it dead!  They will cast whatever it takes
       to rid themselves of the offending beasts, but will not indulge in
       overkill.  Your magic users will still use indirect offense spells, but
       will usually only do so when they currently do not possess a spell that
       will kill said monster(s) in one fell swoop (though this will not always
       hold true).  The two drawbacks to this tactic are that it can be a real MP
       drain, and that you must keep an eye on your teammates' HP.  While they
       will not entirely neglect their HP, they will pay less attention to it in
       their battle-driven lust than under the other tactics.
    
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          The Defensive tactic is the antithesis to the Offensive tactic.
       Basically, it's the Normal tactic with a heavier focus on defense.  This
       means that your characters will pay a bit more attention to healing
       themselves (though still not enough in some instances), and may
       occasionally bust out a defensive spell like Increase or Barrier.  The only
       downside here is that the defensive spell usage is far from consistent, and
       is nothing to be relied upon.
    
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          The Save MP tactic is a general call for your team to, guess what,
       conserve MP.  This combines the offensive magic frugality of the Normal and
       Defensive tactics with the healing magic conservation of the Offensive
       tactic.
    
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          The Use No MP tactic is your last-ditch effort in conserving MP.  Under
       this tactic, your characters will only fight and use whatever items are
       available to heal or attack with.  This tactic has its uses, including
       saving that last little bit of MP for when you'll need it, or a clutch move
       to get Nara or Cristo to shut up with the healing magic and fight!  The
       obvious downside here is a stymied magical offense, and the Hero alone (if
       the Hero is even present) is left to act as healer.
    
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          The Try Out tactic calls for your characters to do things that they
       otherwise would not normally do.  Basically, stupid things like offense and
       defense are put on hold in favor of, "let's see what this does!"  Under
       this tactic, the more items a character has in his/her inventory, the more
       substantially useless they will become, as they will spend that much more
       time looking at all of the pretty things that they're carrying.  Also, your
       characters will let loose with spells they would usually not cast.  While
       the drawbacks are readily obvious, this tactic, sadly, is pretty much the
       only way a few spells will ever see the light of day outside of using the
       Transform spell.  Note, however, that Transform is far more reliable.
    
    
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       In most games, normally RPG's, there are an abundance of things to collect,
    acquire, do, find, and see.  While most of these can usually be done at your
    leisure, this section is dedicated to helping you find certain things that can
    no longer be done after a certain point within a game:
    
       * One of the Small Medals at Koneber is a "lost-forever".  You must collect
       it before completing the Lighthouse mission.  For more information on Small
       Medals, refer to section VII. of this FAQ.
    
       * Alena's weapon, the Iron Claw is a "lost-forever".  You must purchase it
       before entering (and winning) the tournament.
    
       * The Sphere of Silence is a lost-forever.  If you do not follow the plot
       as detailed in the walkthrough, you run the risk of possibly bypassing the
       part of your quest where you collect it (again), and should you reach
       Esturk’s Palace before collecting it, it shall become lost forever.
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Very High
    * Strength--------------------High
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---Very Low
    * Luck------------------------Very Low
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------N/A
    * Magic Variety---------------N/A
    * Equipment Selection---------Very Good
    * Level-Up Speed--------------High
    
       A brave and loyal soldier of the Burland Royal Guard, Ragnar is a powerful
    addition to your attack team.  He has an endless supply of HP, easily the
    highest in the game.  The downside is that with his extremely low Agility,
    he's not only slow, but both his Attack Power and especially his Defense are
    highly dependent on his equipment.  The good news is that Ragnar can equip
    powerful stuff, and when he does, he becomes a force to be reckoned with.
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------High
    * Strength--------------------Very High
    * Agility (Defense & Speed)---Very High
    * Luck------------------------High
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------N/A
    * Magic Variety---------------N/A
    * Equipment Selection---------Very Poor
    * Level-Up Speed--------------High
    
       The brash, tomboyish, yet determined Princess of Santeem doesn't take crap
    from anyone- she's got some of the best stats available.  Her advantages
    include the ability to be effective with virtually no equipment, the ability
    to strike hard and strike fast, and lots of critical blows.  Seriously, Alena
    gets an astoundingly high number of critical hits.  Her disadvantages mainly
    involve her lack of decent equipment, but she can still fight with the best of
    them at a good level and with the right equipment.  Other than that, Alena's
    only disadvantage is that her high HP is still far outdone by Ragnar's
    sky-high supply of it.  She's still faster than him, though...
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Average
    * Strength--------------------Average
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---Average
    * Luck------------------------Average
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------High
    * Magic Variety---------------Healing, Defensive, Ind. offense
    * Equipment Selection---------Average
    * Level-Up Speed--------------Average
    
       The concerned chancellor who accompanies Alena is adept in the ways of
    healing and defensive magic and possesses a number of invaluable spells, like
    Healus, that can alone make him worth having around.  His "attack" magic
    consists entirely of his two instant-death spells, Beat and Defeat.  While
    these are actually quite useful against the vast majority of the enemy
    population due to their high success rate, these spells are still a
    double-edged sword.  With only an average attack strength, Beat and Defeat are
    likely the only offensive contributions Cristo can make.  On the other hand,
    for a magician, Cristo at least has pretty good survivalability.
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Low
    * Strength--------------------Very Low
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---High
    * Luck------------------------High
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------Very High
    * Magic Variety---------------All types except Healing
    * Equipment Selection---------Poor
    * Level-Up Speed--------------Low
    
       Alena's tutor and constant companion, old man Brey possesses a myriad of
    wicked bad magic, with all sorts of practical uses.  He wields enough
    offensive magic to be reasonably effective, as well as some kick-ass
    indirectly offensive magic.  Being a wizard and all, Brey naturally can't
    fight worth a crap, but given his magic prowess, this is but a trifle
    weakness.  He's surprisingly nimble for an old geezer, but little HP or armor
    for protection leave him in need of strong companions.  In addition, Brey has
    a tendency to advance in level a bit slower than everyone else, which can be a
    pain at times (especially when he's waiting to learn those damn spells!)
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Average
    * Strength--------------------High
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---Average
    * Luck------------------------Very Low
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------N/A
    * Magic Variety---------------N/A
    * Equipment Selection---------Good
    * Level-Up Speed--------------Very High
    
       Taloon, the loveable and corpulent merchant who wants to buy the world, is
    an alternative fighting choice.  In Chapter Five, Taloon starts doing very
    weird things during battle in addition to his normal fight command.  For the
    entire listing of the things he might do, refer to section XII.C. of this FAQ.
    These attacks are generated purely at random, and naturally, the fault lies
    in their unpredictability.  He can fight well, and his levels will fly way
    past everyone else's, but Alena and Ragnar have him beat in the HP department
    by a long shot.  Either way, kudos to someone with the courage to wear his
    pajamas into battle...
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Very Low
    * Strength--------------------Average
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---Low
    * Luck------------------------Average
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------High
    * Magic Variety---------------All types except Misc.
    * Equipment Selection---------Average
    * Level-Up Speed--------------Very Low
    
       The elder of Edgar's revenge-crazed daughters is a fortuneteller who leads
    her sister on a quest to find his killer.  On the bad side of things, she
    suffers dangerously low HP, and she's slow!  Top this all with the fact that
    Nara's level advancement is the slowest of them all (which will have a huge
    impact later on), and you've got the game's most fragile character on your
    hands.  At least with good armor the effects won't be as bad.  Like Cristo,
    she uses healing and some defensive magic, but just doesn't have a lot of the
    useful spells that he does.  However, she beats out Cristo in the direct
    offense department with some good spells, which are equal in strength to some
    of Brey's, making her a very versatile magician.  It's just durability she
    lacks.
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------Low
    * Strength--------------------Very Low
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---High
    * Luck------------------------Very High
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------Very High
    * Magic Variety---------------Dir. Offense, Ind. Offense, Misc.
    * Equipment Selection---------Poor
    * Level-Up Speed--------------High
    
       Nara's younger, cuter, perkier, dancer sister is a venerable offensive
    powerhouse.  Mara's powerful attack magic rivals the strength of any fighting
    character.  However, she lacks Brey's impressive repertoire of magic,
    possessing mostly spells that do direct damage (excepting Sap, BeDragon, and
    Robmagic), and what big damage they do.  Like Brey, she is quite fast, but has
    low HP and can't wear much armor to protect herself.
    
    
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    * Vitality (HP)---------------High
    * Strength--------------------High
    * Agility (Speed & Defense)---Average
    * Luck------------------------Low
    * Intelligence (MP)-----------Average
    * Magic Variety---------------All
    * Equipment Selection---------Very Good
    * Level-Up Speed--------------Low
    
       The Hero is not only a damn good fighter with a healthy supply of HP, but
    he/she's got some good magic, as well.  He/she learns most of the best spells
    available from all of the magic types, making your Hero a great warrior,
    physically and magically.  To boot, your Hero can equip pretty much all of the
    game's most powerful equipment, making him/her that much more powerful.  The
    only (minor) weaknesses to speak of include an inferiority to the other
    magic-users in terms of Intelligence and Luck, and a slower-than-normal
    level-advancement rate.  Despite this, the Hero is still the best you've
    got...
    
    
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       And lastly, the UC's.  These are characters that join your party, usually
    unsolicited, and fight alongside you.   They aren't members of the "chosen
    ones", you can't equip them with anything besides what they already have, they
    don't level-up, and you still lose the fight if they're the only ones left
    standing.  However, on the other hand, since their lives are of such little
    value, having them revived at a house of healing is outstandingly
    cost-effective.  The following UC's either can or will join your team at some
    point in the game, and all but the last will leave you at some point, as well:
    
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          Healie joins Ragnar halfway through Chapter One.  Healie is a friendly
       version of the healer monster, and is a welcome asset to Ragnar's quest.
       Unfortunately, all Healie ever does is cast Heal, and will run his MP into
       the ground with wanton disregard, so Ragnar should still carry a medical
       herb or two around.  Also note that once he's out of MP, Healie'll probably
       get his big blue ass kicked fairly quickly due to a complete lack of
       equipment or any form of durability, which is why it's useful that he's so
       cheap to bring back from the dead.  Despite this, Healie is one of the more
       useful UC's,  just for his healing capabilities alone.  Healie stays with
       Ragnar clear until the end of Chapter One, and well past that, even.
    
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          Strom is a guard hanging around Endor.  During Chapter Three, Taloon may
       choose to hire Strom to assist him for a brief period during his travels,
       for the low, low price of 400 GP.  Strom is a tough guy who wields an Iron
       Spear, can take a few more hits than Taloon can, and displays the
       intellectual capacity of soup.
    
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          Laurent is also hanging around Endor just waiting for Taloon to hire him
       in Chapter Three.  His price is a bit more steep, at 600 gold pieces, but
       look at what he brings to the party.  Laurent knows the Firebal and Sleep
       spells, and, lacking MP, can still fight halfway decently with his venomous
       dagger.  Of course, his HP and attack power are a far cry from that of
       Strom.
    
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          Orin joins Nara and Mara during Chapter Four when he realizes that their
       group breaks the standard RPG rule of "every traveling party must consist
       of at least one brain-dead muscle head".  He can fight well, and is far
       more durable than Nara or Mara could ever hope to be, which helps.  Stick
       him at the front of the group, let him take all the damage, and carry on.
    
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          Hector is yet another expendable addition to your team, but, like Orin,
       he's someone you're required to get.  You actually really never asked for
       Hector's company- just for his possession.  He just came along, anyways.
       He's useful much like Orin was- another body to absorb damage (on a scale
       about equal to Orin).   He fights well, again much like Orin did (they even
       use the same weapon, as a matter of fact), except that he also has an
       interesting tendency to "save up his strength" in battle to unleash a more
       potent attack the next round.  Of course, with the characters you should
       have with you at that time, it's rare that a battle should go more than a
       round without the complete annihilation of every enemy on screen...
       Anyways, once Hector realizes that you don't need his body as a human
       shield anymore, he gets the hint and leaves.
    
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          Panon may or may not see one battle in your party.  He's necessary to a
       quest you must complete later in the game, but it's a quest that may done
       immediately and bloodlessly after you ask for his assistance.  Some people,
       however, choose to put off completing his quest and exploit him.  Panon's
       chief advantage would be that he wields a Sword of Lethargy, a favorite
       weapon amongst some players.  And if you're only looking for its benefits
       short-term, Panon may be of help. Other than his armament, though, Panon is
       pretty mediocre.  He knows the Sleep spell (and can use his sword to cast
       Sleepmore), and isn't much more durable or powerful than anyone else on the
       team.  And since you've already got eight people on your team, you can't
       really use the "human shield" argument (that at least he fills up an empty
       spot and takes damage...)
    
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          Lucia, while not absolutely necessary to your quest, is still a good idea
       to pick up, if not only for the favor that she will later do for you.  As a
       teammate, she's passable.  She has typical "magician" stats: low HP and
       strength and high MP.  She knows the Healall, Defense, and Surround spells.
       Healall is obviously useful, as can be Surround and Defense because she
       actually uses them!  However, if you follow the plot they way you're
       supposed to, she shouldn't be with you for too long.
    
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          Doran would be the favor that Lucia will do for you.  He is a baby dragon
       that comes along with you on the last leg of your quest.  He can take and
       deal about as much damage as one of your weaker fighter-types (like
       Taloon), but it's his alternate attacks that really make him special.
       Doran is capable of emitting both blizzards and violent blazes.  Doran's
       only disadvantage is his stupidity.  When you pull him into battle from the
       wagon, it'll usually take him a turn to "assess the situation" and figure
       out just what the hell is going on.  Oh, well.  It's either that or he
       torches your party to a crisp.
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Burland
    
    
       The game begins in the kingdom of Burland, where children have been
    mysteriously vanishing lately.  The king, unable to allow this to happen
    anymore, summons his legions of worthless soldiers, as well as the almighty
    Ragnar (that's you).  At the royal court, he informs you of the situation at
    hand.  The king has decided to abandon his previous tactic of ignoring the
    problem (which really hasn't been working out too well) in favor of sending
    his legions of crappy soldiers after the cause of the disappearances.  As an
    appropriate afterthought, he's also decided to send someone who will actually
    be able to get the Goddamn job done (that again would be you).  After a rather
    uninspiring pep talk, he then sends you all off to discover who's been taking
    the children (Michael Jackson?)  Leave the castle, ignoring the crazed mother
    who begs for your help.
    
       Outside the castle, you'll first notice that your crappy paycheck won't buy
    you much, so you'll have to live with what you have for the moment.  You may
    feel the need to level up a level or two before adventuring out (always a good
    idea), and save up a little bit of cash.  However, the most expensive thing
    you can probably afford at this time would be a Wooden Hat (which is the best
    helmet Ragnar can buy in Chapter One, actually).  The local enemies are of the
    lowest quality and are easy to kill.  However, the Babble, which you'll
    probably only run into at night, can poison Ragnar, so be on guard.  Also,
    before setting out, take note of the woman named Flora, whose husband, Alex,
    has gone missing.   Anyways, when you feel ready, head west to the big cave
    that connects Burland to the village of Izmit.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Cave to Izmit
    
    
       The cave is a very small, very harmless dungeon, to say the least.  The
    monsters you face in here will be no different than the ones outside, except
    in here you meet a new enemy called the Healer.  Basically, fights with these
    little bastards are a little more drawn out because they'll keep casting Heal
    on themselves.  So the fight lasts until Ragnar scores a critical hit or it
    runs out of MP, which is tedious to say the least.
    
       Anyways, those players who have IQ's higher than that of an eggplant should
    be able to swiftly make their way past the soldier here that apparently doesn't,
    and out the other side.  Start by heading into the cave and make a right at the
    fork.  You'll end up at another fork.  The right path will take you to a
    treasure chest with a Medical Herb in it, while the upper path takes you to a
    large room and our eggplant-brained friend, who's extreme lack of intellect has
    permanently confined him to this room.  How sad.  Two paths, leading up and
    left, will both meet at a treasure chest containing 40 gold pieces.  From there,
    a path leading up will take you outside the cave.  Then, it's a short walk to
    northeast to a town called Izmit.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Izmit
    
    
       Well, the monsters around here are fairly tame, as they were back in
    Burland.  You may happen upon a Demon Stump, which is just a normal monster
    that carries a Medical Herb.  It's nowhere near as obnoxious as the Healer can
    be in that it only carries one Medical Herb, so killing it just takes twice as
    long as with any other enemy.  On to Izmit.
    
       Snoop around town and see what you find out.  The people here are
    intelligent enough (you'd think they'd be smarter when you consider that Izmit
    is home to the only school in the world), and you can ask around a bit for
    information useful to your quest.  Of course, the only people with useful
    information are the children (the adults just frantically bitch about their
    vanishing kids).  One of the kids at school will tell you about how a kid
    named Pocos flew into the sky, which helps to explain how they're vanishing.
    Come back at night and speak with another local child who has befriended the
    dubious fellow in the jail cell in the back of town.  He informs you that he
    is Alex, the husband of Flora, the woman you met back at Burland (Alex would
    have told you himself, except that he seems to have lost his memory).  So
    return to Burland, speak with her, and take her to see her husband.  She
    speaks with him, and brings back his memory with a good smack to the face.
    Out of gratitude, Alex will let you in on a little secret.  He tells you about
    a secret well hidden in the forest to the east that the children have been
    going to.  Obviously, you need to go there.
    
       First and foremost, heavily consider dropping some coinage on a couple of
    Medical Herbs.  Since you have no other way of healing yourself, and Medical
    Herbs come cheap, you'd either have to be incredibly brave, or incredibly
    stupid to go without them.  Or maybe both.  You may fight around a bit to
    become stronger before the trip, if you'd like.  The monsters down the well,
    while posing no threat to six-year-old children, may decide to open a can of
    whup-ass on you.  If you decide to go shopping for better equipment, here's a
    little something to keep in mind: in a little while, you will be presented
    with a very powerful weapon that far outclasses anything you can buy in these
    shops, but the best armor exiting Chapter One you will have to furnish for
    yourself.  Meh.  When you're ready, head for the well.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Bottom of an Old Well
    
    
       You'll enter a small clearing with a well at the end of the path heading
    north.  Hop in.  Not too far into the well, you'll hear a mysterious and
    substantially creepy voice that will guide you through the well.  As long as
    you stay on the path (the voice will warn you if you're going the wrong way),
    you can avoid enemy encounters.  Step off that path, and you forgo that
    safety.   However, you'll probably end up stepping off the path in order to
    get all the stuff down here, and end up running into a few enemies.  First,
    there's the Sizarmage, which can cast Blaze.  Due to this, whenever you
    encounter one, you should try and dispense with it before it can cast said
    Blaze spell (Ragnar may be slow, but still may get first strike, especially at
    higher levels).  Luckily, the Sizarmage only has the MP to cast Blaze once,
    and is fairly impotent afterwards.  If no Sizarmage is looking to torch
    Ragnar, the only other "dangerous" enemy down here is the Lethal Gopher.  The
    Lethal Gopher can save up its power and attack at double its strength on the
    next turn.  What this means is that you can kill it while it's saving up its
    strength, and escape the battle unharmed (by the Lethal Gopher, at least).
    
       Anyways, at the end of the path is a treasure chest containing... a pair of
    Flying Shoes?  OK...  You should now be on the well's bottom floor.  There
    are six paths down here, three leading left, and three to the right.  The
    upper-left path was what took you to the Flying Shoes, and the bottom-left
    path was the way you came.  The bottom-right path will take you to a valuable
    teammate, Healie (see section II.I. for more on the UC, Healie).  The
    upper-right pathway takes you to a chest containing 600 gold, and the
    middle-right and middle-left paths connect and contain nothing of any
    interest.
    
       Back upstairs, the path going right (before the downward path leading
    downstairs) is a path to a Medical Herb.  Going left and heading back the way
    you came, you'll see another path leading up, which is a dead-end.  Continuing
    back the way you came is another path to the right and another dead-end.
    Lastly, the path going left near the entrance will take you to the well's exit
    (don't forget to take the Medical Herb and the Agility Seed hidden in the
    jars here before you leave).
    
       Back at Izmit, do your shopping (and, if you wish, return to the well and
    level-up to prepare for the trials ahead), and make sure to restock your
    Medical Herb supply.  Remember, Healie does little else besides cast Heal in
    battle, and it's nice to have a way to heal yourself after he's gone and
    stupidly run his MP supply dry.  When you're ready, the next dungeon awaits
    you...
    
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    --- Welcome to: Loch Tower
    
    
      Don the winged footwear and you'll transform into Pauly Shore!  Just
    kidding, it's not that bad.  You are instead transported to the top of a tall
    tower teeming with horribly evil things that want to kill, hurt, and
    inconvenience you.  You'll notice a particularly unsavory pedophile dragging
    an unwilling child into the tower to do... horrible things to him.  Don't
    think about it, and proceed boldly down the stairs and into Loch Tower.
    
       The enemies here are a far cry from the crap that you've been fighting.
    You'll face a brand-new set of creatures, all ready to fold, spindle, and
    mutilate you.  First, there's the Ozwarg, which is essentially a
    harder-to-kill version of the Sizarmage that casts Icebolt instead of Blaze.
    The Lillypa is one of the more irritating creatures here in that it can cast
    the Upper spell.  The Lillypa alone protected by the Upper spell isn't too
    hard to kill, due to a low HP total, but when it begins casting Upper on its
    fellow enemies, it can really begin to piss you off.  Also among the more
    difficult enemies is the Ducksbill, who can cast Sap, making you much easier
    to kill.  Goodie.  The Giant Bantam can be one of the worst in that its
    attacks may put you to sleep, leaving you wide open for an ass-kicking.
    Finally, you may happen upon the Trixie monster.  They can cast Speedup, but
    their ability is negligible compared to that of the other monsters here.
    
       Also, about halfway through the tower you'll locate a weapon called the Sword
    of Malice, which should be a substantial boost to your offense.  Your attacks
    should become powerful enough to deal with most of the creatures here in one
    or two hits, and it also may be used to cast Firebal in battle.  This is very
    useful if you are up against a group of foes, or to eat through the defense of
    any enemy protected by Upper.
    
       Note that if at any point the action here gets too heavy to deal with, all
    you have to do is head for the south end of the tower and jump off.  Don't
    worry, this is a video game, and the drop will land Ragnar and Healie safely
    in front of the tower (note that if you're at the bottom floor, you must step
    outside the tower, use the Flying Shoes to get to the top, and then jump to
    make it over the moat).
    
       Anyways, downstairs you'll see a path going down, and one going up.  The
    path leading up takes you to a Wing of Wyvern, the one going down proceeds
    though the dungeon.  Going down, take the path going right an proceed down to
    the next floor.
    
       Here, you'll have the option of heading up or down.  Going up, you'll see a
    door on the left.  Inside is a chest with 640 gold.  Continuing up, you'll
    see some stairs that will take you to a Strength Seed, and a path going left.
    The path going left will loop around to the bottom of the room (a place you
    could also have reached by going down when you got to this floor rather than
    up).  At the bottom, there's a path leading up that takes you to a chest
    containing a Scale Shield, and the path to the next set of stairs.
    
       Down here, there's a path leading up and one leading down.  Going up (and
    opening the big door in your way), you'll see a two paths going left and
    right.  These lead to the must-have Sword of Malice, and a Luck Seed,
    respectively.  Going down from the original fork, you'll see some more stairs,
    and a path to the left.  The stairs take you to a "pool", which will fully
    restore your HP and MP as many times as needed.  After taking full advantage
    of it, head to the left and follow the path around to the next set of stairs,
    which will take you to the basement.
    
       In the basement, proceed boldly towards the creepy guy who has been taking
    children and announce your plans to purge the world of his presence.  Before
    engaging in combat, however, see to it that you have the full advantage by
    entering the fight fully healed, if possible.  Then, talk to the creepy guy
    and the fight begins.  In this battle, you fight the creepy guy (Saro's
    Shadow), and his pet... Giant Eyeball...  Saro's Shadow is a tough creature
    that can hit hard, cast Blaze and Firebal, and emit fireballs.  The Giant
    Eyeball may also emit fireballs, but usually just attacks (though it also has
    the annoying tendency to occasionally emit hideous shrieking roars).  It's
    most dangerous when its near death, as its expression may change and it will
    start hitting much harder.  To avoid this, don't let it linger too long with
    little HP left.
    
       As for which one to attack first... the Giant Eyeball is easier to kill,
    but Saro's Shadow is much stronger than the Giant Eyeball, and can probably
    deal much more damage over time.   Take advantage of any MP Healie has left by
    putting Ragnar on the offensive.  However, once Healie runs out of MP, try to
    play it safe, using Medical Herbs when needed and fighting when it's safe to
    do so.  After your lemony-fresh battle, the children cheer for you.  They then
    tell you that the creepy dude was looking to kill the Hero, who at this time
    is only a child.  Anyways, head back upstairs and step outside the tower.  If
    you don't have a Wing of Wyvern, you'll have to do that thing where you put
    the Flying Shoes back on to get to the top of the tower again, and then  jump
    off to make it across the moat.  Congratulations, you've saved the children.
    
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       Take the kids back home to Izmit, and they will have a happy reunion with
    their mothers.  As for you, Chapter One is nearing a close.  As mentioned
    earlier, all the money you have will be lost, so go all out and buy things
    (even if you don't need them, you can sell them later) until you're flat
    broke.  Then, make your way back to Burland, making extra sure to stop and
    ridicule the rest of the soldiers, most of which who have yet to even get
    their shoes tied.
    
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       Upon returning to Burland, you receive a peasant's welcome, and should
    immediately head to see the king.  Ragnar informs the king that he'd like to
    go on a journey to find and protect the Hero, who is still a child.  The king
    gives Ragnar a going away present (in the form of a strict training regiment
    heavily condensed into about five seconds' length resulting in Ragnar gaining
    3,000 experience points almost instantaneously), and then bids Ragnar (and his
    country's safety, for that matter) farewell, and so concludes Chapter One.
    
    
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       Chapter Two begins, I'm guessing a number of years later, far away from
    Burland in a country called Santeem.  Inside Santeem Castle, you (now assuming
    the role of Princess Alena) wish to embark on a journey to prove your
    strength.  However, you are denied permission from your father to leave the
    castle.  Apparently, he thinks you're going to go off, smoke pot, and get
    drunk.  Hanging around up here, is your tutor, Brey, who yells at you for
    wanting to leave.  Now, go downstairs and converse with everyone here (this is
    imperative).  You find out very little from the local peasants, though the
    priest mentions something about a "dark, ominous cloud heading toward the
    kingdom..."  Meh.  Probably rain.    The chancellor, Cristo, also expresses
    his opposal to you leaving (he likes you...)  Anyways, head back upstairs to
    your room.
    
       First of all, check Alena's drawer for a Feather Hat- the best helmet
    Alena can equip in Chapter Two, and a great help early on in your quest.
    Anyways, if you talked to everyone, repairs should now be complete on a hole
    you had earlier kicked in the wall.   Hell, someone as strong as Alena doesn't
    need to prove her strength- she kicked a hole through a brick wall!  And if
    that's the case, the boards now covering the hole shouldn't even faze you.
    Kick through and drop two stories to your grisly death.  Wait a minute, no,
    apparently you can survive this, being superhumanly powerful and all.
    
       Upon leaving, you won't get far before you are approached by your two
    bitches, Cristo and Brey, who insist on going along to protect you.  To be
    perfectly honest, someone as powerful as Alena has absolutely no need for
    protection from these two, but being the nice lady she is, she lets them come
    along anyway.  Your first stop on this wonderful journey is the town a few
    tiles over called Surene.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Surene
    
    
       Surene is pretty much a safe haven for your party to rest between battles
    with the local flora and fauna.  You may have already realized that even
    though you have three characters in your party, they hardly amount to just one
    of Ragnar.  This is partly due to the fact that your characters are armed
    mainly with their sense of justice and a sunny smile.  Sure, it helps to have
    these things, but smile or no, you're still getting your defenseless ass
    beaten out there.  It would behoove you greatly to fight around and level-up a
    little bit, and at least buy a few pieces worth of equipment.  Unless you have
    a lot of patience, though, you can't really buy all of the best stuff here,
    but just a few items will do you.  Also, to save money, incorporate the
    hand-me-down system.  For instance, when you buy Cristo a better weapon,
    instead of buying another for Alena, just hand Alena the Club that Cristo was
    using.  This helps because, as I've already mentioned, money doesn't grow on
    trees.
    
       Whenever you feel that you've become powerful enough, a nun at the local
    house of healing had mentioned that there was a town in the mountains to the
    northeast.  What better place to begin Alena's quest to prove her strength
    than a mountain town in the middle of nowhere?  Well, seeing as it's on the
    map, it obviously has something quest-related in it, so you might as well go
    there.  Head north towards the mountains and then east through the hills until
    you arrive at the little mountain town of Tempe.
    
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       Well, apparently Tempe has a little problem...  Some asswipe is threatening
    to destroy the place if young virgins aren't systematically offered to him.
    Could this be the work of Michael Jackson again?  No, wait a minute, it's
    young girls he's after...  What to do?  Naturally, being the heroic type and
    all, Alena volunteers to be offered so that she may thoroughly kick some
    serious pedophile ass.  Do so by speaking with the priest.  Alena and her two
    bitches will all be placed inside the casket together...  A fact that still
    amazes me, and brought out to where the monster appears.  Then, the fight
    begins...
    
       This fight consists of a guy named Chameleon Humanoid (who is pretty much
    Saro's Shadow in a bad-looking outfit) and his two pet Rabidhounds.  The
    Chameleon Humanoid can use healing magic, so his destruction should be a
    priority.  Brey's Sap magic should make all three enemies easier to deal with,
    and Icebolt is a passable attack once that job is done.  Likewise, Cristo's
    Upper spell can really help the party out against these powerful enemies, and
    the Heal spell is an obvious asset.  Anyways, with the battle won, a new hope
    arises in Tempe, and the town's back exit will now become available to you...
    
       One of the local villagers tells you about a tournament being held in
    Endor, which is reachable via a shrine to the southeast (now there's a way to
    prove your strength).   So thus begins your quest again...  Exit through this
    wondrous new back entrance and head northeast to a town called Frenor.  On
    your way, you'll probably meet a number of new and interesting enemies that
    can pound and pulverize you.  Apparently, you can kick through a brick wall
    and survive a two-story fall, but you can also get your ass pureed by what
    appears to be a Venus Flytrap on growth hormones.  Hurry to Frenor to avoid
    incurring the wrath of the Venus Flytraps on growth hormones.
    
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       When you arrive in town, you'll discover that the princess of Santeem is
    currently staying at the inn here.  This is impossible, seeing as you are the
    princess of Santeem, or at least you're assuming the role of her.  Go to the
    inn to check on this only to discover the alternate princess's abduction.  Oh,
    well, at least it wasn't you.   The town is grief-stricken afterwards, so
    what's a selfless heroine like Alena to do?  That's right, save her!  You'll
    learn from talking to a local child that the abductors were after a little
    something called the Golden Bracelet.  You'll find out that the Golden
    Bracelet, the town's treasure, is located in the Cave South of Frenor.  They
    will meet you at night at the graveyard in Frenor.  Which night?  Well,
    apparently they will continue to go there every night in hopes that not only
    had their ransom note somehow been conveyed from a child's dog to you, but
    that you would for some reason decide to give in and go fetch the Golden
    Bracelet for them.
    
       Outside town, however, you may have already noticed the increase in the
    difficulty of the local monsters.  Our Venus-Flytrap-on growth-hormones
    friend, for instance, is a creature known as the Carnivorous Plant.  They
    have a tendency to attack in large groups, and may summon Healers to their
    aid, as well.  As for dealing with them... Surround helps, if Cristo knows it
    (Surround is very helpful in early Chapter Two against virtually any large
    group of enemies).  Also native to this region is the Demon Toadstool, who
    may poison you.  Either use Cristo's Antidote spell, return to Frenor to
    detox, or carry an Antidote Herb or two on you at all times.  Brahmirds are
    large donkey-like creatures that may begin the fight asleep, but are just as
    dangerous as they can roll over and cause damage.  The Somnabeetle also has a
    tendency to start a fight asleep.  They're fine this way, but if they awaken,
    they are capable of casting Sleep and Sleepmore, which can be a real pain in
    the ass.  Lastly is a thing called the Blazeghost.  These things can cast
    Blaze once, like the Sizarmage,  The difference is that the Blazeghost is
    quite resilient to physical attack.  Sure, one or two hits may kill it, but
    there's a good chance that it may avoid the attack altogether, or, when hit,
    split into two Blazeghosts, which can become extremely counter-productive, not
    to mention outright aggravating.
    
       A level-up or two may be in order before attempting to make the journey
    into the cave.  As for equipment, you can shop around Frenor or you can make
    the treacherous journey south to a little desert oasis called Bazaar (a
    villager in Frenor will tell you about it).  The monsters there are much
    tougher (note that going anywhere past the Cave South of Frenor means you'll
    be fighting stronger monsters), but the weapon and armor sold there is quite
    good.  When you feel ready to venture into the cave south of Frenor, rest up
    and move out.  As for preparations, the only things you should need are maybe
    an Antidote Herb or two if Cristo does not yet know the Antidote spell (or
    maybe just for in case he dies or runs out of MP).  Also, a Medical Herb or
    two in your inventory never hurts, because as I've said, Cristo may die or run
    out of MP, and you don't want to find yourself screwed.
    
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       The monsters in the cave aren't really that bad.  The Somnabeetle, while a
    rare happenstance outside the cave, appears here quite frequently.  Also, you
    may meet a Vampire Bat or two, a creature that is known to enter a battle in a
    confused state.  Leave them alone, and they'll aid you in your fight.
    
       The battles at first are easy, so try to conserve the MP of Cristo and
    Brey.  For one, the battles get tougher on the bottom floor, and secondly, if
    Brey knows the Outside spell, you'll need 8 MP left over to use it.  And trust
    me- you don't want to find yourself at the bottom floor of this cave with no
    MP left.
    
       From the start, you'll see a path going down and one going left.  The
    downward path leads to a Wing of Wyvern, while the left path continues on to
    a big room with a chest in the middle of it.  This chest contains an Agility
    Seed, and from this room spawn two more pathways, going up and left.  The
    pathway going up will lead you to a chest with 360 gold in it, while the left
    path takes you to a set of stairs leading down.
    
       Now, downstairs, you'll fight some considerably stronger monsters (which
    some may recognize as the same monsters that hang around Bazaar).  The
    Kordra, a dinosaur-creature, is a powerful enemy with a high frequency for
    striking critical blows.  The Sand Master is a worm creature that usually
    attacks in large groups, and has attacks that lower your MP, as well.  If
    you're really pulling for MP, consider running from them. If not, Surround is
    a big help against these things.  The Orc is another creature that likes to
    attack in groups, and they like to cast Surround.  This is probably another
    fight that probably isn't worth the hassle to fight out, but if you decide to,
    cast Surround at least to level the playing field, and realize that Brey's
    Icebolt becomes the most accurate attack you have.  The Armor Scorpion enemy
    has a higher defense than most, but Brey's Sap spell can alleviate this
    problem.  Lastly, the Crested Viper is another dangerous enemy that not only
    may poison you with their attacks, but has the really annoying tendency to
    cast the Defense spell, which can spell doom for you pretty quick especially
    if there's a large number of these things attacking you.  A good idea to use
    in this fight (besides Surround, of course), is Brey's Bounce spell.  Not only
    will it protect him from Defense, but it will bounce back and affect the
    caster, as well.
    
       Anyways, from the stairs head down to a down/right fork in the road.  Go
    right.  You'll end up in a room with a path leading left, and one going  down
    (covered in underbrush, so it may not appear to be a path at first).  The left
    path leads to a Magic Potion, which can be a real asset if your MP supply is
    fading fast.  Anyways, take the path heading down and go through the little
    maze that follows to reach the chest containing the Golden Bracelet!  Return
    to Frenor with it, and wait for night to fall.
    
      Head to the graveyard, Golden Bracelet in hand, and speak with the grossly
    unhygienic kidnappers, who angrily request it in return for the "princess's"
    life.  Sadly, you can refuse him all you want, but he won't take no for an
    answer, insisting that if you say no, the "princess" will be harmed.  Even
    after you've told him no for the hundredth time, his peanut-sized brain still
    won't comprehend the fact that you don't give a rat's ass if this bitch dies.
    After potentially hours of fruitless bargaining, fork it over and save the
    princess, who reveals a potentially shocking secret, (gasp) she's not a real
    princess!  Well, duh.  In return for saving her sorry ass, the actress gives
    you a key.  Oh, goody!  Just what you've always wanted!  Take your booby prize
    and head to Bazaar.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Bazaar
    
    
       As you should know by now, the monsters around here are fairly tough
    (they're the ones you found on the bottom floor of the Cave South of Frenor).
    However, at this point, you should be at least used to dealing with them.
    Still, waste little time in heading to Bazaar.
    
       If you already haven't, head to the western area of the bazaar, where
    you'll be approached by a castle guard who tells you to quickly travel back to
    the castle.  Sure, why not?  I mean, it's not like the king is trying to trap
    you there, is he?  Actually, he's not, so go home immediately (via the Return
    spell, if you've got it).  Back at the castle, you'll discover that the king
    has lost his voice!  After being treated as shabbily as Alena had been by her
    father, any other person would tell him to eat it, but not our valiant
    heroine!  Alena rushes from the castle in an attempt to find a cure for her
    father's condition.  The king's counsel suggested that maybe the guy living in
    the shed out back would know of a cure.  This may be true because, as we all
    know, creepy old hermits always have the best information in RPG's.  Head out
    back by jumping off the roof and break into his shed with your key.  He tells
    you that the poet, Marone, once damaged his voice, but now he has a very good
    one.  Maybe Marone would know what to do...   A few tiles over, in the town of
    Surene, Marone will inform you of the steps he took to improve his voice.  He
    drank Birdsong Nectar, which only comes from Birdsong Tower, which is
    conveniently located southwest of Bazaar.  Guess where you get to go?
    
       Before rushing straight to Birdsong Tower, realize first that the creatures
    there are another step up from what's hanging around Bazaar.  A level-up or
    two may help out, and if you haven't been to them already, the weapon and
    armor shops in Bazaar sell some powerful stuff.  A final note is that Brey
    will learn the Snowstorm spell at around level ten, which will be a huge asset
    in making it through Birdsong Tower alive.  Rest up, make any preparations
    (like maybe a few Medical Herbs, and possibly an emergency Antidote Herb or
    two), and head southwest towards Birdsong Tower!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Birdsong Tower
    
    
       God, this place can drive a guy crazy.  The monsters here are quite
    difficult, to say the least.  Expect to see tough creatures like the
    Pteranodon, who can cast the Firebal spell (ouch!) on occasion, and the
    Flythrope, which usually attacks in large groups and can seriously hamper
    your abilities with the Stopspell spell.  Then there's the Grislysaber, which
    is a particularly nasty creature in that it is virtually impossible to hit
    with any kind of directly offensive magic, and that it can summon more of
    itself to fight.  Razor Winds are another common creature.  They have the
    capability to cast Infernos, but they really don't do it that often, and are
    at least a little easier to deal with in that respect.  The Poison Lizard,
    while not one of the more threatening creatures down here, can emit poisonous
    gas, which can poison multiple characters at once.  This is more of an MP
    drain in Antidote costs than anything.  Lastly, there's the Butterfly Dragon,
    who can emit fireballs.  This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact
    that they have a tendency to attack in large groups, and use the fireball
    attack quite often. If you're unlucky, a happenstance encounter with four
    Butterfly Dragons can decimate your entire party in one fell swoop, so be
    careful, and keep your HP up as you venture through the tower.
    
       Also,  Brey's Snowstorm may be a great tool to use in ridding yourself of
    these pests, but it is also a real MP drain, so try and restrict Snowstorm's
    use to the dangerous enemies and/or large groups of enemies.  Make note,
    however, that Brey doesn't need to leave enough MP lingering to cast Outside.
    You can cast Return from the top floor of this tower, but you can negate the
    casting cost of even that with the Wing of Wyvern you'll discover somewhere in
    this tower.  This ensures that Brey's MP, while limited, is all freed up for
    offensive purposes.  Cristo's MP has to last, too, but should be used mostly
    for healing purposes this time around.  Surround isn't nearly as useful in
    Birdsong Tower, as the majority of the enemies have attacks other than a
    direct attack (as we've already established).  Cristo should by this point
    have taken weapon and joined Alena on the front lines in cracking some skulls.
    
       On the bottom floor, you'll see first and foremost a creepy jailbird
    wandering around.  He whines that the door leading upstairs is locked (gee, I
    wonder why he wants up there...)  The path on the bottom floor wraps all
    around, but goes nowhere.  There is a path leading up from the entrance
    leading to a stairwell heading into the basement.  Located in the tower's
    basement is a brain-dead retarded man who thought it a good idea to build an
    inn down here.  If you don't mind being devoured by bloodthirsty creatures in
    your sleep, go ahead and take a nap...  Actually, all kidding aside, it's
    probably a good idea to tackle this tower freshly restored, so go ahead and
    set a spell.  As for the door leading upstairs (which is clearly visible to
    the left of the entrance near the creepy jailbird guy), the key given to you
    by the bitch back at Frenor unlocks it and grants you access to the upper
    levels of the tower.
    
       On the second floor, you'll see three paths.  The path leading down (on the
    right-hand side) is a dead end, and the other path leading down (the one on
    the far left) takes you upstairs to a small room (which you can enter from the
    bottom) where you'll discover 1,200 gold and a Strength Seed.  Finally, the
    path leading right takes you to yet another three-way fork in the road.  Three
    paths, side by side, all lead down.  Only the path on the left is not a
    dead-end., and it leads to a set of stairs going up to the next floor.
    
       On the third floor, a Wing of Wyvern is located at the end of the path
    leading up (you can use the Wing of Wyvern to escape Birdsong Tower on the top
    floor), and the path leading to the left will take you an a roundabout trip to
    the next floor.  Watch out, though.  You can fall through the holes in the
    floor here, and it can be very annoying if you accidentally do so.
    
       The fourth floor... you're almost there.   From the stairs from the third
    floor, head down and around to the last set of stairs.  You'll emerge at the
    top of Birdsong Tower, where you'll discover elves, who quickly run away from
    you and back to Santa's workshop.  Maybe you were hallucinating, I don't know.
     You really didn't see the elves, now did you?  Search the area you saw them
    in to find the Birdsong Nectar, and then leave via either Return or the Wing
    of Wyvern.  Failing either one, it's a long trek back down, but at least you
    can jump though the holes in the third floor to accelerate your trip from this
    wretched place.
    
       Back at Santeem, give the Birdsong Nectar to the king, who immediately gets
    his voice back.  He informs you that he was having nightmares and then lost
    his voice after he decided that he was going to tell someone about them.  The
    nightmares involved monsters rising up from the underworld to destroy the
    kingdom, so now the king encourages Alena to continue her adventure so that
    she can find out just what the hell is going on and how to stop it from
    happening.  Most normal kings would have sent his legions of guards, but this
    wise man instead sends the super-powerful Alena and her two bitches!
    Southeast of Bazaar is a shrine containing a portal to the castle-town of
    Endor, which has now been opened by the decree of the king.  Pay it a little
    visit.
    
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      The portal will teleport you to another shrine like it, where an inn has
    been established by yet another aimless entrepreneur.  It seems that even
    though the portal had been completely shut down and unused until just
    recently, this dude receives an unusually high amount of business.  In fact,
    if you happen to show up at nighttime, you'll run into your old buddy, Ragnar.
    During the day, you'll happen upon a traveling merchant who heard of "some
    portal" around here, but just can't find it...  Take some time to belittle and
    berate him, and then head south.
    
       You'll notice yet another increase in the difficulty of the monsters you
    face around here, but at this point they shouldn't be too difficult to deal
    with.  There's the Rogue Knight, who usually attacks in large groups and can
    summon Healers to their aid.  The Skeleton usually doesn't attack in such
    large groups, and can't summon anything, but they can cast Defense, meaning
    they can put the hurt on you if you're not paying attention.  You'll still see
    a few Pteranodons (from Birdsong Tower) hanging around, and, if you're lucky,
    you may even happen upon a Metal Slime!
    
       Metal Slimes are creatures that offer very high experience, and they only
    have about three to five HP.  But, they are very hard to hit, have defense so
    high that each attack only does one point of damage, and they run away too
    damn much.  In addition, they are completely immune to any and all magic
    attacks.  They can cast Blaze, but consider it a blessing when they do (hey,
    at least they're not running).  If you happen upon one, just have the whole
    team attack.  If you're really lucky, Brey may paralyze it with his Venomous
    Dagger (assuming he has one), or Alena may get off a critical hit.  Don't be
    too let down if it gets away from you, though...  Just continue south to
    Endor.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Endor
    
    
       When you arrive in Endor, many things are abuzz.  For starters, the
    tournament to find the strongest person in all the land is conveniently being
    held at the exact moment you happen to show up, whenever that might be.
    Equipment-wise, the Half-Plate Armor is available here, and is the best armor
    available for Cristo exiting Chapter Two, so you might as well nab him some.
    Before you buy him an Iron Shield, however, take a step into the one and only
    casino, located underneath the inn here.  Though casino strategy is covered in
    full in section VIII. Of the FAQ, realize that all you really need is a small
    amount to start off with, and right here, right now, you can earn all the
    coins here you'll ever need!  Earning at least the Metal Babble Shields at
    this point will give you a huge advantage in early Chapter Five, so you might
    as well do it now (because, interestingly enough, the other characters will
    have full access to Alena's casino account).  Spend enough money to get a fair
    amount of coins to start out with (a few hundred is plenty), but save a little
    over 1,500 gold pieces, as you'll be needing them when you enter the
    tournament.
    
      Oh, yes, I mentioned the tournament.  With your gambling cravings settled
    for the moment, traipse into the castle of Endor and have a little chat with
    the king, who seems to be upset with a promise he made to the winner of the
    tournament.  The princess here then informs you that whoever wins the contest
    will get to marry her.  However, if the winner is female, they won't be
    required to marry.  The princess has nothing to fear, for the brave and
    selfless Alena is around to save the day!  Translation: you'll be entering the
    tournament...
    
       Travel to the arena located behind the castle, and head up to the front
    desk.  The dude there tells you that all people wishing to participate should
    head left, while all viewers should head right.  If you do go right, you'll be
    presented with a nosebleed section seat surrounded on all sides by sweaty
    freaks of nature who all seem to be watching the same two imbeciles beat the
    living hell out of each other for all eternity.  Go left.
    
       In the fighter's quarters, you'll be able to purchase a much-needed Iron
    Claw for Alena at the low, low price of fifteen hundred coins (for so many
    reasons you should by the iron claw, one of them being that it will be Alena's
    best weapon well into Chapter Five and also because it is one of the game's
    "lost-forevers" mentioned in section I.F. of the FAQ).  Also, you should give
    Alena all the Medical Herbs she can carry (so try and free up her inventory
    space by letting someone else carry the Goddamn key for awhile).  However, if
    you have already procured a couple of Metal Babble Shields for your
    spellcasters, consider letting Alena carry one into battle.  While she cannot
    equip it, she may still use it to alleviate the difficulty of one of her
    following battles.  Anyways, Taking no heed of the advice of every fighter
    here torn asunder by a guy named Necrasaro, head up to the tournament.
    
       The tournament proceeds simply enough- beat the living hell out of five
    jackasses and then proceed to the final jackass.  You'll get to use Medical
    Herbs between fights, so don't use them during one if you don't have to.
    After each fight following the first one, you'll receive a Medical Herb, but
    if you can't carry it, it will be lost.  So try to use them wisely, K'?
    
       The first two fights are laughably easy.  The third fight is against a
    magician named Vivian.  This is actually the easiest fight if you have a
    Metal Babble Shield with you.  Use it to cast Fendspell, and then just wail on
    her ass.  The fourth fight is against Samson, who's only advantage includes
    being twice as hard to kill as most of the other fighters (you'll likely end
    up using a Medical Herb in this fight).  The only fighter here who should give
    you much trouble is the fifth one- Linguar.  He'll split up into four at each
    round, and you'll have to guess which is the real one.  Sadly, there's no
    trick to this- you have to guess.  Fortunately, you only have to hit him two
    or three times to put him out for good.  After you beat him, it's time for the
    final battle with Necrasaro.  Naturally, he seems to have disappeared, so
    Alena wins by default.  Feel lucky for this, because Necrasaro is the game's
    final boss and would have separated our heroine's spine from the rest of her
    body had he been there.
    
       Following the tournament, step outside Endor castle where you'll be hastily
    approached by a guard from Santeem, who tells you to come back home and then
    dies mysteriously.  Sure, go back home, it seems safe enough.  You can attempt
    to teleport home to your own death, but the game won't let you.  At any rate,
    before you take off, do that thing you do where you spend all your cash on
    things before you leave (assuming you have any cash left to spend...)  Exit
    Endor, then once in the field, cast Return and go back to Santeem.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Santeem (Again...?)
    
    
      You'll enter the castle and make a horrifying discovery- someone left the
    cake out in the rain!  Oh, yeah, and the entire castle is completely abandoned
    because everyone there seems to have mysteriously vanished likely due to a
    horrible and unknown death.  Look all around, and then exit in the same manner
    you had at the beginning of Chapter Two- off the roof.  This will end Chapter
    Two not because a two-story impact finally sustained some form of injury with
    the almighty Alena, but because she decides to set off once again, this time
    to discover what happened to her people.  This woman just can't leave well
    enough alone, can she?
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Lakanaba
    
    
       Immediately following the events of Chapter Two begins Chapter Three, which
    is radically different form the first two.  No longer are you an all-powerful
    warrior with or without a couple of bitches in tow.  No longer can you strike
    down all who oppose you with one swipe of your powerful blade.  Nope.  Now,
    you're just a loud fat man.  Chapter Three begins with Taloon's wife handing
    him lunch and sending him to work at a nearby weapon shop.  It's simple: you
    arrive late every day and go behind the counter.  People come in talk to you
    like pages from an instruction booklet, and you can respond to them in
    generally any way you wish.  Really.  You're unsupervised, so you can tell
    every customer to sod off, if you'd like.  But since you get paid on
    commission, this strategy is not recommended.  All in all, this is an easy job
    to do, though.  All you have to do is keep saying yes to people (put a brick
    on the controller, if you want) until your boss shows up, pays you, and sends
    you home.  The next day, you do it all over again.
    
       Work is pretty boring, mind you, but it's a necessary evil.  Besides the
    obvious benefit of earning money without having to kill for it, you might be
    at work one day when someone sells a kick-ass Sword of Malice to you (which
    you should fondly remember form Chapter One), and it will thusly be added to
    the shop's inventory.  If this happens, do not sell it!  Come back near the
    end of Chapter Three only to discover that your boss has yet to sell it
    himself (some businessman he is) and purchase it for yourself, easily the best
    weapon you can get your hands on in Chapter Three.
    
       Anyways, you'll want to save your money and purchase something from the
    armor shop in town (because, as we've already learned from Chapter Two,
    adventuring without armor is a good way to get your pasty ass kicked).  The
    quality of the armor you purchase will be directly related to your level of
    patience in working at the weapon shop.  Low-budget, "get-me-the-hell-away-
    from-this-damn-job" armor includes the Wayfarer's Clothes, Leather Hat, and
    Leather Shield.  Those with more patience may decide to save up for Leather
    Armor, or better, even.
    
       As far as a weapon goes, you find a good one not too far into your journey,
    so just buy a Club from your boss on the day you plan on leaving.  Your boss
    apparently doesn't seem to care that you're quitting with absolutely no
    notice, and will let you come back and work anytime you want.  One good reason
    to do this is that, as we've already established, you just may earn a Sword of
    Malice through your daily bargaining.
    
       Lastly, Taloon has no healing capabilities, and, like Ragnar, must rely on
    medical herbs to heal himself.  So be sure to always keep one or two on hand
    at all times.  However, every time you return home, Neta gives you a lunch
    which will serve essentially the same function as a medical herb except that
    it's free.
    
       Anyways, Taloon, tiring of this life, wants to start his own shop, thus
    forms the basis of your journey.  The owner of the weapon shop, if you visit
    him at night, will tell you that Endor would be a good place to open up a
    shop.  The owner of the inn will tell Taloon of the Iron Safe that is rumored
    to exist in the Cave North of Lakanaba, and also take note of poor Grandpa
    Tom, who eagerly is awaiting the return of his prodigal son.  And when you're
    ready to abandon your wife and kid, take that first dangerous step outside
    town.  Actually, if you're decently armored, you shouldn't have many problems.
    Of course, don't get cocky in this respect- you're still a neophyte.  Play
    with the monsters a bit, and a level-up or two never hurt anyone, you see.
    When you feel up to it, head towards the Cave North of Lakanaba to see about
    that Iron Safe the innkeeper was telling you about...
    
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    --- Welcome to: Cave North of Lakanaba
    
    
       This place shouldn't be all that difficult.  The monsters are no better in
    here than they are outside (though, in Taloon's case, this may still be a
    problem...)  As an added bonus, any room inside the cave involving a puzzle
    (which most of them do) are free of enemy encounters.
    
       A little ways into the cave you'll see a door guarding a reservoir of
    water.  Press the button on the door to receive a free ride to the stairs
    below (and when you come back, the water will have gone back to where it
    belonged and the door will be reset.  Cool!  Follow the stairs to the next
    room.
    
       You'll see another reservoir here, but this one is different.  This one can
    only be activated once.  Before you press the button, though, go around to the
    left and take the Chain Sickle from the chest.  With this, Taloon should
    prove a much more formidable opponent in battle.  Anyways, the Chain Sickle in
    hand, press the button and enjoy the ride.
    
       Where you land, you'll see a fork in the road.  The right path will take
    you back to reservoir from which you came (this is the only way to get out of
    the cave), and the left fork takes you to the next puzzle room.
    
       In this room, continue around, enjoying the freedom from random encounters.
    you'll see some stairs, but they're unnecessary to use.  You'll end up
    downstairs if you screw up the next puzzle and this is how you'll get back up.
    A little to the left is a door with a giant boulder behind it.  Continue down
    the path leading down, and the boulder escapes and comes after you.  Don't
    sweat it, though.  This is an intelligent boulder that will not only wait for
    you to move, but will follow you wherever you go!  If that's not the work of
    Satan, I don't know what is.  Anyways, from here, go down and then take the
    first right you see, then go down again and take the first left you see, and
    then turn up.  The boulder will roll forward and plug up a hole in the floor
    (there is another hole in the floor, but all it leads to is yet another
    stairway leading to that room below you with nothing in it).  Anyways, there's
    a set of stairs over here that will take you to the room where you'll find the
    Iron Safe.
    
       On the cave's bottom floor, begin shoving the first rock you see.  A 'la
    Indiana Jones, you will be trapped forever if you take the Iron Safe from it's
    chest without replacing it with an object of similar weight.  Push the rock to
    the chest, take the Iron Safe, shove the rock onto the chest, and then be on
    your merry way.
    
       Taloon returns to Lakanaba triumphantly with the Iron Safe.  Worry not
    about getting killed in battle now, for the Iron Safe prevents any and all
    money loss due to death.  Yes, in Chapter Three, they may have your life, but
    they'd better damn well keep their hands off your cash.  The innkeeper now
    asks you if you've ever been to Endor...  Endor, you should recall is the
    trade capital of the world, and what better place to set up shop?   Head south
    now, taking with you the Iron Safe.  Taloon, who doesn't appear to be in very
    good shape as is, apparently gets to lug around a sixteen-ton safe with him
    wherever he goes.  Good.  The fatass looks like he could use the exercise.
    Anyways, as you travel south through the dense forest, you may happen upon a
    small village in the middle of the woods.  Stop by and pay it a visit, why
    don't you?
    
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       Well, there's something very creepy about this village.  The beginning
    loops around endlessly, and there's no way to leave!  Furthermore, the item
    shop here will swindle you out of your money, and all of the villagers end
    their sentences with, "Yelp!"  All except for this guy named Da Gardi, who
    happened upon this village and fell in love with one of the yelping villagers.
    Taloon really can't convince this guy of what it should have taken you no
    longer than a few minutes to figure out: there's something seriously wrong
    about this place.  Oh, well.  His funeral.
    
       There's still the little matter of getting out of this village...  The only
    way to exit is to see the guy living in the northwest corner of town.  He asks
    you if you'd like to spend the night.  Agree, and you will wake up in the
    middle of the forest, alone and scared, but at least away from that damn
    village.  Oh, well.  At least with your trusty Iron Safe, nothing was stolen
    from you.   Leave now.  Head south and leave this unsettling experience behind
    you.
    
       However, upon heading south, you'll discover something you probably knew
    from Chapter Two- the bridge is out.  Under normal circumstances, I suppose
    you could swim, but we all know that RPG characters are afraid of water (and I
    guess that sixteen-ton safe doesn't help much, either).  So, the point now
    becomes to fix the bridge so that you may travel to Endor (and what surprises
    me the most is how Endor became the trade capital of the world when it is
    obviously isolated from all of the kingdoms surrounding it).
    
       Not too far from the bridge is the castle-town of Bonmalmo.  The answer to
    getting this bridge fixed perhaps lies somewhere within...?
    
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    --- Welcome to: Bonmalmo
    
    
       You hear a few things of interest here.  A man staying at the inn will shed
    some light onto your recent situation by telling you that foxes live around
    here and like to trick people...  A dog could get rid of them, he says...
    Foxes... Foxville... see the connection?  Neither do I.  Also, one of the
    castle's guards will tell you that a man in Endor is looking to see his old
    shop... this should now cement your desire to find a way to get there.   Maybe
    the king knows something?
    
       The king is whining because his invasion of Endor is hampered by the bridge
    being out.  Bonmalmo has a strong military, but apparently is not much of a
    major naval power...  Anyways, the king claims to have hired someone to fix
    the bridge, but that his lazy ass has yet to get to work.  Da Gardi was his
    name...  Sound familiar?
    
       While you're trying to figure out what to do, another villager tells you
    that a man from Lakanaba is in the jail underneath the castle.  And wouldn't
    you have guessed it, it's Grandpa Tom's son!  And he wants you to help him out
    by sneaking him a Wing of Wyvern.  Do so, for aiding and abetting known
    criminals is truly the work of a hero.  Just don't be seen by the guards who
    for some strange reason seem to oppose you trying to bust this guy out of
    jail.  With this done, leave quickly.
    
       Now head home to Lakanaba and chat with Tom's son, the guy you busted out
    of prison.  He's playing with his dog, who loves to hunt foxes.  Foxes,
    Foxville...  see the connection yet?  Me, neither.  But borrow Tom's dog, Tov
    (now there's a well thought-out name), anyway, and head back to Foxville.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Foxville (Again)
    
    
       Upon entering the village, Tov immediately springs into action, and
    savagely attacks the creepy dude in the northwest corner of town.  Talk to the
    dude, who pleads for his life.  You may refuse him, but he is such a good con
    man that he can convince Taloon to spare him even if you say no a hundred
    times.  At least in return he forks over a set of Full-Plate Armor that you
    can't even equip.  Oh, well...  At least you can sell it for cash (but wait
    until you get to Bonmalmo to do it).
    
       Now it's time to do the decent thing and bring Tom's dog back to him, and
    then head back to Bonmalmo.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Bonmalmo (Again)
    
    
      You may have already discovered that there is currently an armor shortage in
    Bonmalmo, and there is an old man in the castle who pays top dollar for it.
    He can take that heavy suit of Full-Plate Armor off your hands and instead
    weigh you down with gold.  Don't spend it, for very soon you'll be needing to
    come up with a very large sum of money.  While most of this money will present
    itself at the right time, you'll still have to acquire a good chunk (say,
    10,000 gold pieces) of it on your own.
    
       More importantly, speak with Bonmalmo's maniacal king (this is imperative,
    as it triggers the bridge's repair), who now seems intent on invading Endor.
    Well, the trade capital of the world isn't going to do you much good under
    this bastard's rule, so you, a loud fat man, must find some way to stop an
    army.  And no, you're not that fat.  But this is a video game, and things like
    that are extremely easy to do in this world.  You'll first have to speak with
    the prince in his chambers, who tells you to meet him at night behind the
    weapon shop.  This is before his maid throws your ass out the door to wait
    until nightfall.  Like Frick and Frack from Chapter Two, this dingbat will
    wait behind the weapon shop every night until you show up, and even past that.
    I think someone should check out what's in this guy's dresser, if you ask
    me...
    
       At any rate, meet him and he gives you a letter to give to the princess of
    Endor.   If you appraise it, Taloon will comment on the terrible handwriting,
    even if the prince is still standing right in front of you when you do it.
    Taloon, obviously, possesses little in the way of brains, or at least common
    courtesy.
    
       Anyways, head towards the fixed bridge, and upon crossing, it will buckle
    and again break under the immense weight of your fat ass and your sixteen-ton
    safe.  Well, it should, but it doesn't.  Apparently, this Da Gardi bastard
    really knows his stuff.  As you cross the bridge, you are now entering the
    kingdom of Endor.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Endor (Again)
    
    
       This place look familiar?  It should- you were only here, like, what, an
    hour ago?
    
       Even though the creatures around here are stronger than the ones at
    Bonmalmo, Taloon is damn lucky that they're far weaker than the ones Alena had
    to put up with during Chapter Two.  You should actually recognize all of the
    local monsters from the previous two chapters: the Blazeghost, Demon Stump,
    Lillypa, Lethal Gopher, Ducksbill, and the return of the Venus Flytrap on
    growth hormones!  Even though you should be familiar with these creatures and
    how to deal with them by now, Taloon is still probably pretty weak, so waste
    little time in hightailing it to Endor.
    
       The place hasn't changed much since the last time you were here.  Though,
    sadly, the casino has been shut down.  But you'll find someone down there who
    apparently has a hard time letting go of gambling.  It's Ragnar!  He claims to
    be looking for the Hero.  Yeah, right, Ragnar.  This is exactly where you come
    the world's most righteous and valiant Hero (who's, by the way, still a kid).
    Denial is an ugly thing...  Also, you hear an interesting tale from a man at
    the inn about the Silver Statuette, located in a cave somewhere to the
    northeast...
    
       Anyways, making your way to the castle, read the letter to the princess,
    only to learn that the prince of Bonmalmo wants to marry her.  In this case,
    the king there doesn't need to invade Endor- he'll simply inherit the kingdom.
    The king of Endor writes you a letter to give to the king of Bonmalmo
    (actually, he really doesn't even take the time to write it... he just
    apparently pulls it out of his ass).  If you appraise it, Taloon makes the
    exact same comment about the bad handwriting that he did about the prince's
    letter.  Apparently, all forms of royalty in this game are so damn inbred that
    they couldn't even learn how to write properly.  Sad.  Also, amazingly enough,
    no matter how long it takes you to deliver this letter, war will be averted.
    No matter how disturbingly long it takes your fat ass to go back to Bonmalmo,
    you'll still get there before their soldiers have even set foot out the door.
    Is it me, or does the army of Bonmalmo seem to have the same procrastination
    complex as those losers back at Burland do?
    
       At any rate, you're a hero.  Your reward?  Speak with the king of Endor to
    receive his permission to own a shop in Endor.  Bull!  You need his
    permission?  Worse yet, it's still up to you to raise the money to actually
    buy the damn thing, and the only available one will run you 35,000 gold
    pieces!  Can anyone say, "fundraiser"?  There is a relatively simple way,
    however, to come up with 25,000 thousand of it, and the rest of it shouldn't
    take much time, either...  Remember the Silver Statuette the guy at the inn
    mentioned?  Well, there's an art collector around here that'll pay top-dollar
    for it.  Time to saddle up and go after the Silver Statuette...
    
      But wait.  The Cave of the Silver Statuette is dangerous.  There are several
    treasures there that Taloon cannot equip, such as the morning star, but can
    sell for good money (remember that you've got to come up with the other 10,000
    on your own).   Assuming you have a full set of equipment and the Iron Safe,
    you can only carry three things at a time, so you will obviously be making
    several trips there.  Also note that with the Iron Safe, all you need to do is
    simply collect as much stuff as you can carry, and then die.  You'll be taken
    back to Endor for free, can sell your wares, and then venture back into the
    cave.
    
       I mention this because there are two UC's hanging around Endor, Strom and
    Laurent (see section II.I. of the FAQ for more on them).  They are meant to
    assist Taloon's journey into the cave... for a price.  The prices really are
    negligible, and they can help.  The main reason you would probably want to
    hire them would be if you intend on doing a bit 'o levelling up there, as
    discussed in section VI.A. of the FAQ.  Of course, it's also fairly easy to do
    it alone.  Of course, if you don't hire them because you're stingy, note that
    you're probably just defeating the point by going out and buying a thousand
    bucks worth of new equipment.  Sadly, this whole dilemma could be avoided if
    Ragnar would get off his ass and help you, but, alas, he won't.
    
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       Regardless of your decision, head over the other bridge (the one that
    doesn't lead back to Bonmalmo), and head north.  You'll pass by a very large
    cave, which isn't the cave in question.  In this cave you'll find an old man
    who tried to dig a tunnel to the neighboring kingdom of Branca (because if
    you're gonna be the trade capital of the world, you really need connections,
    you know).  However, he failed and now he's getting old.  Poor guy.  Leave.
    
       Further north, you'll find the Cave of the Silver Statuette.  The monsters
    in here are of a good difficulty.  Expect to see Giant Bantams (a pestilence
    from Chapter One) among other creatures.  You'll also see the Ducksbill in
    here, as well as the Vampire Bats from Chapter Two (which are really more of
    a blessing than anything).  On the bottom floors, you may run across the
    Flythrope (who isn't much of a problem unless Laurent is with you), the
    Poison Lizard (oh, goody), and, perhaps, a Metal Slime (goody!)  Of course,
    the more people that are on your team, the better chance you stand of killing
    a Metal Slime.  The Metal Slimes are discussed in further detail in section
    VI.A. of the FAQ.
    
       Anyways, heading inside the cave, you'll see some stairs and a path to the
    right.  The stairs lead to an area currently sealed off by water, which Taloon
    is deathly afraid of, so go right.  You'll see a ship here.  Get in it and
    follow the path to a hole, which your ship will fall into.   Getting off the
    ship, you will soon reach a fork in the road.  The left path leads to a Wing
    of Wyvern, and then goes further to a dead-end.  The upper path is also a
    dead-end.  Follow the right path a few feet to another fork.  Here, you see a
    path leading up, and two going down.  The path leading down (on the left) has
    a guy lost in it, but nothing else of interest.  The path leading down (on the
    right) continues through the cave (oh, and the one going up was a dead-end).
    A little ways away, you reach some stairs to the floor above.
    
       Upstairs, there's another fork.  Head to the upper-left corner of the room
    to drain all of the water, and then feel free to loot the place (there are no
    dead-ends up here).  However, realize that you only need 10,000 gold.  What
    this means is that any treasure you don't need to take, you should leave,
    because you'll be coming back by here during early Chapter Five, and any
    treasure left lying around will be of utmost use to the party at that time.
    At any rate, the treasure in this room includes: a Morning Star in a chest on
    the left side of the room (near the stairs that lead back to the cave's
    entrance), the chest in the center of the room has 760 gold in it, the chest
    near the bottom-center of the room contains a Medical Herb, and a chest in
    the upper-right corner of the room holds an Iron Spear.  The stairs on the
    left side of the room take you back to the cave's entrance, and the stairs in
    the bottom-right corner of the room (the way you came) will take you further
    into the cave.
    
       Back downstairs... the whole place has been flooded!  Luckily, a ship is
    conveniently available right next to you.  You can now sail to all of the
    ledges that were previously inaccessible.  In the upper-right corner of the
    room is the guy you met earlier.  He has looted the two treasure chest next to
    him.  Now, there are two more treasure chests down here, and they are ones
    that should really be left for Chapter Five (a Broad Sword and a Half-Plate
    Armor).  Despite what you may think, even if you leave this guy down here all
    the way until Chapter Five, not only will he have not found those treasures,
    he won't have even moved!  Amazing!  Anyways, the decorated platform in the
    upper-middle section of the room will lead you to the Silver Statuette.
    Return to Endor.  Buy your shop.  Rejoice.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Endor... Again...
    
    
       Taloon's ambitions don't stop here though, nosireebob.  Remember the
    half-finished cave you say on the way to the Cave of the Silver Statuette?
    The one that was built by a once young man who is now quite geezerly?  If he
    had 60,000 gold pieces to excavate again, he could finish building the
    undersea tunnel to the semi-distant kingdom of Branca.  Well, it has always
    been Taloon's life long dream to traverse the world looking for treasure
    (actually his life-long dream was to be a contestant on The Gong Show, and he
    did that in 1976), but 60,000 gold pieces!?  That's getting a little pricey...
    Of course, there's always help.
    
       First of all, you'll be needing a small supply of cash, which can be easily
    obtained by giving things to your wife to sell at ludicrously high prices.
    Seriously, Neta sells crap at 150% markup, and that's marked up from the
    retail price...  I'm sorry, but it takes some amount of underhanded deceit, or
    possibly satanic mind-control powers, to sell crap at that rate.  Whatever it
    takes, Neta's got it, by God.  It doesn't matter how bad the prices seem, it
    doesn't matter if you completely lack variety in sales, and it doesn't matter
    if the exact same thing can be bought extraordinarily cheaper a few stores
    down.  None of these things matter, because it seems that your wife could sell
    a refrigerator to a bunch of frostbitten Eskimos.
    
       Head back to see the king, who, if you remember, told you to come visit him
    if you actually got a shop.  Speak with him, only to find out that he wants
    something!  Who woulda thunk it?  He asks you to outfit his troops in exchange
    for 60,000 gold pieces.  How convenient!  Luckily for you, the order is
    relatively cheap to fill: 7 sets of Half-Plate Armor and 7 Broad Swords.  You
    see, now, this is why Endor's army stood such a risk of being overrun by the
    army of Bonmalmo.  Apparently, the entire royal guard consists of seven
    soldiers.  Anyways, the Half-Plate Armor can be bought in town at 1,200 gold
    pieces apiece, and you'll have to head over to Bonmalmo for the Broad Swords,
    which are 2,000 each.
    
       However, you'll also want to leave Chapter Three with some... excess things
    to sell upon entering Chapter Five.  Rather than outfitting Taloon before he
    leaves Chapter Three, why not buy him 7 Broad Swords (or, better yet, 7 Swords
    of Malice), which can be sold for a hefty amount of cash when Taloon joins the
    fray in Chapter Five, and then you can re-outfit him for a fraction of the
    cost (if you even want to do that).
    
       Anyways, here's the math: the total cost of the armor (8400) plus the total
    cost of the swords (14000) is 24400.  Add to this the cost of 7 more Broad
    Swords, or 7 Swords of Malice (24500) to get the total amount of money you
    should scrounge up from your shop before going about filling out the order.
    You'll probably also want to save an extra 100 or so for a few Wings of
    Wyvern, as unarmored travel is, at the very least, annoying.
    
       Anyways, after filling out the order and getting your money, go talk to the
    old man, and he will begin the excavation again.  When you're certain that you
    no longer need to use your shop anymore, go inside and talk to him again.
    This triggers him to send a letter to Neta.  Go talk to Neta, who tells you
    that you should go relax at the casino.  Of course, coins are at the time
    ludicrously overpriced, and Ragnar seems to have been ejected from the place.
    That's what he gets for trying to use royal credit for his gambling problem...
    
       Anyways, how you spend your time now is up to you.  Some prefer to go bonk
    some heads for awhile to bide their time.  However, if you're carrying nothing
    but Broad Swords or Swords of Malice, fighting is probably the last thing
    you're suited to do right now.  So, go to the casino.  Have some fun, watch
    some fights, place some bets....  And, do it all from Alena's account!  Yes,
    my friend, someone who has no relationship to Alena whatsoever has access to
    her casino account.  Does that say anything about the security in these
    places?
    
       Eventually, you can head back to your wife who will tell you, if enough
    time has passed, that the tunnel is complete.  She bids you farewell as you
    leave Endor for the tunnel to Branca.  Enter it, and traverse your creation to
    its other end.  Upon emerging on the other side, Chapter Three abruptly ends.
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Monbaraba
    
    
       From the look of things, Chapter Four takes place a considerable number of
    years after Chapters Two and Three.  However long it's actually been is
    unknown, but, the Hero, somewhere out there, is now almost grown-up.  Chapter
    Four takes you to the southwestern continent that mysteriously resembles South
    America.  Unfortunately, you are unable to get your hands on that great
    Colombian coffee, because in the world of Dragon Warrior IV, the continent of
    South America is tyrannically ruled by the maniacal Keeleon, ruler of the land
    of Keeleon (and such an imaginative name this prick came up with, no?)
    
       Then there's the gypsy sisters, Nara and Mara, who have more to worry about
    than a bastard like Keeleon- the guy they're after is named Balzack.  Chapter
    Four begins with Mara, the dancer sister, giving her last performance in a
    little hot spot to the far south called Monbaraba, before she and her sister,
    Nara (again, that's you) set out on a quest for revenge (with full support
    from your former boss).  Nara, a fortuneteller, apparently only specializes in
    giving vague and/or incorrect information, because you haven't got a clue
    about where to find this bastard.
    
       First things first: Nara and Mara are poorly-armed neophytes.  While a bit
    of leveling-up outfitting is always in order for such a situation, this can
    almost be remedied before you even set foot outside town.  The next town you
    reach sells Feather Hats and the Chain Sickle... which are both good buys in
    the helmets/weapons department.  Here, you can buy some good armor (for
    example, the Leather Dress), as well as the best weapon Mara will be able to
    use for most of early Chapter Four (the Thorn Whip).  Here's a little trick,
    though: with the money you being Chapter Four with, the money you can earn
    selling Nara's Silk Robe, and the money you can earn by selling Mara's
    defensively-bankrupt Dancer's Costume, you are only a few gold pieces away
    from having enough money for two Leather Dresses.  Pretty neat, huh?
    
      Anyways, even after you've outfitted your delicious duo with a bit of
    protection, you still should level-up a level or two outside town.  While
    doing so, you'll probably be making a number of trips to the inn.  This is
    because Nara and Mara are both magicians.  And, outside of Nara's mediocre
    strength, their magic is all they've got.  Needless to say, you'll find
    ourself pretty screwed once their MP supply runs dry.
    
       Once you have gained a level or two and feel confident, you can set out on
    your journey.  Begin by snooping around Monbaraba and see what you can figure
    out (but given the nature of Monbaraba, you only find out the good stuff at
    night).  Edgar, your father, had been experimenting in turning iron into gold
    (back in the day, those folks were known as 'alchemists').  His pupil,
    Balzack, murdered him.  This sorta explains why you're after him.  Also, there
    apparently was a coup at Keeleon Castle and King Keeleon was overthrown.  The
    new ruler is supposedly evil and does... experiments...  Interesting.  But,
    you won't find much else out here.  Leave Monbaraba and head north for a small
    town called Kievs.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Kievs
    
    
       Approaching the small town, you may notice a slight change in the monster
    activity.  Nothing major, but you may run into a Rabidhound (which you may
    remember from Chapter Two).  Obviously, these things are much stronger than
    any other creature around, and should be the first to be dispatched in battle.
    Mara's Sap spell helps Nara make quick work of them, though they may need a
    little "extra" encouragement from Mara's Blaze spell to go down for the count.
    Anyways, hurry along to Kievs.
    
       Well, whaddaya know, it's Nara and Mara's hometown!  The innkeeper will
    recognize you and give you a free night at the inn whenever you want.
    Everyone else recognizes you, too, but don't go expecting any free stuff from
    them, the worthless bastards.  The item shop, as I mentioned before sells
    Feather Hats and the Chain Sickle, both of which are good buys.
    
       What else?  Well, you'll find out a wealth of useful information around
    Kievs.  You hear that Edgar was rumored to have discovered the secret of
    evolution, but subsequently tried to destroy it... very interesting...  You'll
    also hear rumors to the effect of the new king of Keeleon.  Apparently he has
    allied himself with the evil ones and jacked up taxes with wanton disregard.
    Lastly, you hear that Edgar had a second pupil by the name of Orin, who is
    said to be hanging around a cave to the west of here.  Maybe you should go
    check it out...?
    
       Be warned, however, that stepping over the bridge to the west will
    introduce you to a few stronger enemies.  They're good for level-up practice
    and all, but you shouldn't attempt to venture into the cave until you can go
    for extended periods of time dealing with creatures like these.  Among the
    "newer" enemies you meet are the Demon Toadstool (remember them?) and the
    Sizarmage.  While the Demon Toadstool is pretty much the same as ever (watch
    out for the poison), there's a few new points that must be stressed about our
    Sizarmage friend.  First, despite what you may think, Blaze does work here.
    Secondly, while the Sizarmage was always quick to Blaze Ragnar's non-magically
    inclined ass, the Sizarmage is at least a tad bit more reluctant to cast Blaze
    on the gypsy sisters (which is a smart move, when you think about it).  This
    doesn't mean that they won't cast Blaze, just that Blaze is no longer
    consistently their first attack of any given battle.
    
       When you feel ready, and have prepared yourself (with good equipment, and
    perhaps a few Medical/Antidote Herbs) head for the cave...
    
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       The monsters here are no more difficult than those outside the cave- if you
    can deal with them, you'll be fine.  The only new monster you'll meet is the
    Xemime, who really have no powers to speak of besides being adorably cute,
    but in an evil sorta way...  The only trouble you should have will probably be
    with the Demon Toadstools in here (beware their poisoning powers), and with
    the Blazeghosts (remember them?)  While Blaze will not affect a Blazeghost,
    Firebal will still do the trick.  The only thing you do have to worry about is
    your MP.  This is a fairly big cave, and need I remind you what happens to
    Nara and Mara when they run out of MP?  Use it wisely.
    
       Anyways, wander inside the cave until you reach the first fork.  A path
    leads into a room above, which is a dead-end (there should also be a guy
    wandering aimlessly about near here, as well), and a path to the left takes
    you to the next fork in the road.  At that fork, a path leading up will take
    you a chest containing a Wing of Wyvern, and a path leading to the right
    continues to a room at the end of the hallway.  Inside this room, you'll
    discover for the first time the game's version of elevators.  For instructions
    on proper usage, please hit yourself over the head with a hammer now.
    
       Downstairs is yet another fork in the road, with paths leading left, down,
    and right.  The one going left takes you to another elevator.  Taking it,
    you'll emerge downstairs and see two paths, going down and to the right.  The
    path leading down is a dead-end, while the one heading right will take you to
    a chest containing the Lamp of Darkness, and standing next to it will be
    Orin, who happily joins Nara and Mara (interestingly enough, he recognizes
    them despite never having met or seen them).  For more information on the UC
    Orin, refer to section II.I. of the FAQ, but suffice it to say that you'll
    fondly remember having a brain-dead muscle-head in the party, as you've
    experienced pretty much just that for the entire damn game.  He does inform
    you, however, that Balzack has allied himself with the evil ones and that the
    Sphere of Silence (also found here in the Cave West of Kievs) may be of a
    great help against him.  Head back upstairs now.
    
       Back at the fork you came from, there are two remaining paths, leading down
    and right.  The path leading down is a dead-end, and the one leading right
    takes you to yet another fork.  To your right is a room containing some
    Lifeforce Nuts, and the path leading down continues to another elevator, hich
    will lead you to the Sphere of Silence.  Having obtained the Sphere of ilence
    and Orin, your task here is now complete.
    
       North of Kievs is the one and only Keeleon Castle.  Time to pay it a little
    visit...
    
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       Even though Orin is now with you, be careful as you venture north.  The
    creatures becomes much stronger, and Orin or no, you're still gonna get
    bitched if you ain't careful.  You'll see the Xemime creature from the cave
    start to appear in very large numbers, you'll also happen upon newer, more
    dangerous creatures.  Take note of the powerful Liclick, who can cast
    Surround (which can be devastating until you learn some good attack magic).
    Also note the Magemonja, who casts Icebolt (but isn't too dangerous besides
    that) and the Infernus Beetle, which is capable of emitting fireballs (but
    does so rarely).  Last, but not least, beware large groups of Slimes, for
    they can transform into a King Slime, easily the most powerful and dangerous
    creature in the area.  King Slimes are made all the more difficult by the fact
    that they can defend themselves with Fendspell, which it will usually cast as
    its first attack.  If you're lucky, you may be able to get off a Sap spell
    before this happens, and if you're really lucky, Nara may get off a Sleep
    spell in time.  Mara's Firebal does good damage if this happens, if not,
    normal attacks are pretty much your only option (and work better if you cast a
    Sap spell).  But on all accounts, beware the King Slime.  They are very
    powerful and have far more stamina than any other creature in the area, not to
    mention the occasional body attack, which reduces the target's HP to almost 0.
    
       At any rate, you'll arrive in Keeleon and find the place securely locked.
    Don't worry, you actually get to bend the rules of video game logic a little
    bit on this one, as Orin will bust open the locks with little difficulty and
    grant you access to Keeleon Castle.  However, keeping well in touch with video
    game logic, the guard standing on duty outside will take absolutely no notice
    of your flagrant breaking and entering, and should be considered in no way to
    be a threat.  Then again, maybe he just doesn't feel like screwing with
    someone powerful enough to break open the locks here (apparently, all doors in
    video games are constructed of some form of titanium alloy judging from how
    hard they are to destroy).
    
       Though you may have heard a lot about the recent power struggle here,
    there, interestingly enough, is no room for the king!  This seems curious
    enough, but oh, well.  You do hear from someone that the counsel (who sits in
    a room on the bottom-right) is a real wuss and runs scared to the king's room
    every time he hears a loud noise.  Though you'll find yourself somewhat
    incapable of recreating the experience, you'll also hear that the last person
    to scare the counsel was thrown in jail.  So, on that note, leave Keeleon and
    head north to the port town of Haville.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Haville
    
    
       Here in Haville, take note first and foremost of the most excellent weapon
    and armor shops here (stuff it might be a good idea to purchase, given the
    obvious strength of the local monsters).  As always, you may want to save up
    some money, level-up, buy more equipment, etc...  Remember that Nara and Mara
    especially rely on levels, as it is the source of their magic.  At higher
    levels they'll learn (if they haven't already), the Infernos, Firebal, and
    Bang spells, all of which are a great help.  Better equipment can be a real
    asset here.  As for other supplies, even though Nara knows Heal, a spare
    medical herb or two never hurt (though on the next leg of your quest, you need
    not fear being poisoned, so you really don't need any antidote herbs).  At any
    rate, when you feel comfortable with the state of your party, continue on your
    quest for revenge.
    
       Haville is a wonderful hub of information.  This is a port town where, as
    someone will tell you, ships bound for Endor depart.  Endor... God, that place
    sounds familiar...  Anyways, there's more talk of the new evil king here.  A
    soldier at the eatery will inform you that Balzack is the supposed new king of
    Keeleon... now things are getting interesting.  Picking up on the information
    you learned back at Keeleon (about the counsel being such a wuss, that is),
    head to the jail here and speak with the poor guy who's apparently serving a
    life sentence for his heinous crime of scaring someone.  He tells you that he
    scared the counsel with a Gunpowder Jar from the northwestern town of Aktemto.
    
       Now, I know what you're thinking: Nara and Mara are clearly capable of
    making loud noises without outside assistance, right?  I mean, Mara knows a
    spell called Bang for God's sakes.  Despite all this, video game logic
    dictates that there exist an exclusive item in the world whose sole purpose is
    to make a loud noise.  And it's not here.  With a sigh, grumble, and a hearty
    cry of "Goddammit...", depart for Aktemto.
    
       Actually, there is one last side trip you may consider making before you
    head out that way.  Directly east of Haville is a little shrine called the
    House of Prophecy.  The prophetess here gives an interesting foreshadowing of
    Chapter Five by telling you of seven small lights surrounding a bigger light
    and whatnot (Nara will actually steal this speech later on in the game and
    claim it as her own vision).  Anyways, there's not much else besides that
    here, so it's off to Aktemto with ya!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Aktemto
    
    
       Be wary as you travel westward.  A new enemy called the Viceter appears.
    They're not overly powerful, but they are capable of appearing in swarms and
    summoning more of themselves, so a group attack like Firebal and/or Infernos
    is suggested.  Furthermore, your friends, the Liclicks, also appear in larger
    numbers out this way, and are another prime candidate for attacks that target
    the whole blasted group.  Among the other new enemies you'll encounter out
    this way are the Dark Doraid, which may cast Sleepmore, and Weretiger, who
    can roar.  This ability is actually more useful than it seems, as it may
    frighten your characters and rob them of a turn.  However, they usually travel
    alone, and when they do, this ability is next to worthless.
    
       Anyways, far in the northwestern reaches of South America, I mean, the land
    of Keeleon, is the small mining town of Aktemto.  It is a fun and cheery
    place.  So fun, in fact, that a constant rendition of funeral music can be
    heard in the background.  Apparently, poisonous gas or something-rather has
    been seeping out of the mine and killing people left and right.  This
    poisonous gas is so powerful, in fact, that the local priest, whose job is to
    bring people back form the dead, is helpless.  Yes, my friends, this poisonous
    gas is part of the only thing in a video game that can permanently kill
    someone: the plot!  The good news?  This means that Nara, Mara, and Orin are
    pretty much immune to said poisonous gas, and proceed boldly into the mine
    with the express purpose of finding some gunpowder.
    
       However, while the poisonous gas may not kill you (or even poison you, for
    that matter), the monsters inside the mine just might.  You'll meet the
    Weretigers, who now often show up alongside other monsters, as well as a
    number of other new baddies.  The Mad Clown is a dangerous foe that can cast
    Firebal, but thankfully doesn't do it too often  Still, get rid of them with
    the quickness (all magic will work against the Mad Clown, as well).  The Baby
    Salamand down here is capable of emitting fireballs, so is also a worthy
    opponent.  There's also Metal Scorpions down here, whose defense is high.
    While Sap may work, other offensive magic works equally well.  An interesting
    opponent down here is the Rogue Whisper, a distant cousin of the Blazeghost.
    They can be difficult to hit with Mara's fire magic (though Nara's Infernos is
    a sure bet).  Also, unlike the Blazeghosts, direct physical attacks will
    always work, as well.  Lastly, you may run into a Garcoli Rooster or two down
    here, but they have no abilities or resistances worthy of mention.  Nara and
    Mara have the magic capabilities to make short work of all the enemies down
    here, but keep an eye on your MP.  Nara is still the only healer you've got
    (besides any emergency Medical Herbs you happen to be carrying), and Mara is
    the only one who knows the Outside spell.
    
       Anyways, when you first arrive in the mine, there'll be a chest with some
    Mystic Acorns a little bit to your right, and the path leading up will take
    you deeper into the mine.  Shortly ahead will be a fork in the road, at which
    you should go right (as the other path is a dead-end).  A little ways away
    from here, you'll see a path leading right that is an obvious dead-end, so
    continue to the next fork.  Here, the path leading left will take you to
    Nara's Silver Tarot Cards, and the pathway leading right takes you to the
    stairs leading deeper into the mine...
    
       Once downstairs, the path eventually leads to another fork.  To the left is
    a graveyard, but little of any interest is in it, so continue upwards,
    instead.  There, you'll reach the final fork, with paths leading left and
    right.  The former is a dead-end, and the latter leads to a set of stairs.
    
       Down here, you'll see a couple of miners continuing to dig through the
    mines!  Listen up, idiots.  When you're digging through the mines when all of
    a sudden poisonous gas comes out and monster start appearing, I'd take that as
    a pretty good sign to stop.  Someone really doesn't want you down there.  Hey!
    Are you listening to me, you stupid asses!?  God, these guys are so freaking
    stupid...  Anyways, one of them points to a nearby treasure chest that
    contains the Gunpowder Jar, so at least you've got that.  Having retrieving
    your noisemaker, the Gunpowder Jar, whisk back to Keeleon Castle and leave
    these two damned idiots to their inevitable demise.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Keeleon Castle (Smackdown!)
    
    
       Ready to kick some ass?  You'd better be.  You'll notice a small hallway
    near the counsel's room that really leads nowhere...  Well, it was obviously
    placed there because someone who was building the castle knew that you'd have
    to hide there in order to scare the hell out of the counsel.  Head there, and
    set that son-of-a-bitch off!  He'll run down the hallway at roughly the speed
    of a tortoise with two broken legs, so just stick behind him.  As he rounds
    the corner, stay where you are.  He's going to the king's room, but he won't
    go in there if he sees you, so you'll have to stay out of sight and use your
    eagle-eye view to watch as he disappears into Keeleon Castle's northern
    wall...  Hmm...  Check the spot where he vanished and you'll find a small
    button that, when pressed, grants you access to the throne room.  And who
    should you see sitting on the throne that old Balzack himself...?  He doesn't
    look well.  Actually, he looks a lot like a monster to me.  Either way, it's
    time to kick some ass!
    
       Balzack is known to cast magic (Firebal), but using the Sphere of Silence
    on him will shut him up pretty damn fast.  Besides that, however, he can also
    emit fireballs and he hits pretty hard, too.  With the help of Sap, physical
    attacks can be the most effective attacks against Balzack (unless Mara knows
    Firebane, which will take a pretty big bite out of him).  Nara, also, should
    remain vigilant about healing the party.  Remember, as long as someone is
    dealing some damage, you're making progress.  As far as MP goes, you'll be
    getting a free refill after the fight, so worry not about dumping it all into
    wasting Balzack's ass.
    
       Of course, Big Brother is watching you.  And after you pound Balzack's ass
    into creamy cookie filling, the real enemy shows up: Keeleon!  Go ahead.  Make
    his day.  Actually, despite your best efforts, Keeleon will thoroughly
    dominate you, kill you, and hurt you.  Of course, death is only temporary for
    your heroes, and you wake up several hours later in a jail cell underneath the
    castle.  You'll find an old man there, who apparently has been here for a long
    time.  He just happens to have a couple of Boarding Passes for the last ship
    leaving Haville.  How convenient!  Though just how he got his hands on them is
    a mystery...  Don't ask questions, just take the Boarding Passes and leave
    through the clearly marked prisoner escape passageway.
    
       Of course, this prompts about half a million soldiers to come after you.
    Brave Orin throws himself at them, stalling them long enough for you to make
    your escape.  Fun fact: if you leave Keeleon Castle and then come back, you'll
    find Orin on the ground, bleeding to death.  He leaves you with a few last
    words of wisdom and then dies.  Aww....  Go now, to Haville.  Actually, as
    much danger as the game makes it seem like you're in, you can take your
    sweet-ass time in heading back there, but with Chapter Five just around the
    corner, you're probably gonna want to get there as soon as you can.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Haville/Endor
    
    
       Back at Haville, you'll find that the ship has politely waited for you, and
    will set sail whenever you tell them you'd like to leave.  Such service!
    Check around, make sure you've got everything you need (while you should know
    at this point that you should spend all your money before leaving, consider
    picking up some half-plate armor, which may be given to the Hero in early
    Chapter Five), and then, just for kicks, converse with all of the jackasses on
    the ship.  Apparently, over the years, Taloon has grown into a pretty popular
    figure among scumbags and lowlifes around the globe.  All thanks to
    old-what's-his-name who actually built the damn tunnel.  At any rate, speak
    with the captain and set sail for Endor.  With this, Chapter Four draws to a
    close...
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Hometown
    
    
       Well, Chapter Five, which takes place immediately after the conclusion of
    Chapter Four, introduces you to the final and most important member of this
    collection of dopes- the Hero.  The Hero is both nameless and the gender may
    vary so now is a good time to consider having an identity crisis.  Chapter
    Five starts out in a quiet, peaceful, nameless town in the geographical middle
    of nowhere.  You are taking to your father his lunch one day, when everyone
    you talk to seems to feel like bringing up your entire damn life's story.  You
    are the Hero (well, duh...), and these wonderful people have taken it upon
    themselves to train and raise you, all the while keeping you safe from the
    monsters, who you will one day frag, spindle, and mutilate.  Gee, I can't see
    why the monsters would want to get rid of you...  You'll meet a number of
    people like Celia, your best friend, and your magic teacher, who plans on
    teaching you a spell called Zap after lunch.  Well, Goddammit, wouldn't you
    know it, but he just doesn't get around to it.  The spell Zap, which you'll
    learn at level twenty-four, is a good one, and would have rendered you pretty
    damn unstoppable for the first part of Chapter Five.  If he had taught it to
    you...  Bastard.
    
       Also, near the front of the village, you may notice at the local inn an
    "outsider" who wandered into the village the other day.  Against the village
    rules that clearly state that no "outsider" be let into your hidden village,
    the innkeeper let the wandering poet sleep at his inn.  Xenophobia aside, the
    village does have a point, y'know.  The village is supposed to remain hidden
    so all the things that want you dead can't find you.  Now, just how safe do
    you think you are when the only person standing guard at the village's only
    entrance didn't notice the guy in the building right next to him sneak
    somebody in?  And if that's not a disturbing enough notion, think about this
    for a minute: why does a village that nobody is supposed to know about have a
    Goddamn inn in it?
    
       At any rate, after a wonderful chat with your physical trainer, who
    essentially beats the living hell out of you and then chastises you for
    letting him do it, hurry to see your father, who'll probably get mad at you
    because you probably went and ate his lunch for him.  And that old fart said
    you looked hungry...  Anyways, at about this time, a rare occurrence in the
    history of RPG's takes place- monsters attack the village!  Most villages seem
    to have this invisible barrier that enemies will never come past to attack
    you, but it seems that you have monsters of above-average intelligence on your
    hands here.  Well, the town rallies to your defense, selflessly sacrificing
    their own expendable asses to protect you (by the way, you're still a wuss).
    Your father will only manage to tell you that he and your mother aren't your
    real parents, which sorta figured, as you cower in a basement.  At this time,
    Celia will transform into a replica of you and charge onto the battlefield.
    Thinking they've killed you, the monsters will retreat.
    
       Anyways, this begins Chapter Five.  Step out into the vast wasteland of
    death and destruction that was once your home town, quickly express any
    feelings of grief or despair that you may have (oh, and search the area where
    Celia was sitting for a Feather Hat), and then leave indifferently.  You'll
    find yourself on the overworld map in the middle of a forest.  I'm sorry, but
    anyone who didn't know that your "hidden village" actually existed must've
    been some kind of Goddamn moron!  Apparently, people in video games are blind.
    
       Just south of your village is a woodsman's shack, home to a creepy
    woodsman, who lets you rape and pillage his house for supplies (look in his
    jars... you'll be needing the stuff in them).  What you find here (Leather
    Armor, a Medical Herb, and 50 gold) should tide you over until you can get
    on your feet.  You'll soon realize for the fifth time that being at level one
    really sucks, and everyone can kick your ass.  Hurry south to the kingdom of
    Branca.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Branca
    
    
       If you made it here without getting your pathetic little ass kicked, good
    for you.  While the monsters outside aren't very difficult, you're not much of
    a warrior, either.  Your Expel spell may not award you experience or gold when
    you use it, but it's a pretty good way to keep yourself alive right now.
    Also, beware the Babble which, as we should know by now, can poison you.
    
       You may not have a lot of money for equipment right now, so you'll have to
    deal with what you have (but don't worry- an upgrade shouldn't be too far
    away).  As for the Feather Hat you may or may not have picked up at Hometown,
    you may have noticed that your Hero, male or female, is barred from wearing it.
    Because, apparently, it just wouldn't be a good look for the Hero destined to
    save the world to be wearing a Goddamn hat with a feather in it.  However, the
    Feather Hat can be sold for the next-best alternative, the Wooden Hat, here at
    Branca.
    
       Everyone here really believes that the Hero is dead, so a bunch of losers
    are now attempting to save the world themselves.  Sad...  The king here will
    inform you that you must prevent the resurrection of the ruler of evil at all
    costs.  This will pretty much be the basis of your journey for awhile, so take
    heed.  You also learn that one day, a long time ago, a Zenithian woman (for
    all practical purposes, an angel) fell from the sky.  That woman fell in love
    with a young woodsman and they had a baby (which would be you).  The woman is
    dead now, by the way, and one can only assume that that creepy woodsman you
    met back there was your father.
    
       At any rate, you've probably put two and two together by now.  You, the
    Hero, are still very weak.  Your only hope for survival is to seek out and
    join forces with those stronger than you, namely the seven putzes you spent
    the last four chapters dealing with.  You should also remember that about
    three minutes ago, Mara and Nara set sail for Endor, and haven't had much time
    to move far from there, seeing as not that much game time has passed, either.
    Also, in Chapter Three, the fat man built a tunnel connecting Endor to the
    very place you are now standing.  Now, for the mentally challenged: go...
    to... Endor...
    
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    --- Welcome to: Endor (God, this place looks familiar...)
    
    
       Arriving in the trade capital of the world, do with your Hero what every
    eighteen year-old wants to do- gamble!  Screw the world's safety, you wan hit
    the slots!  You'll discover someone hooked to the slots, dropping every last
    dollar to her name into the infernal mechanisms.  This someone is Mara, and
    basically won't give you the time of day because she's so damn addicted to the
    slots.  Since Gambler's Anonymous has yet to be established, it's going to
    take a chewing-out from her older sister to set her straight.  You'll find
    Nara talking to Strom (the big, dumb guy from Chapter Three).  Through her
    psychic powers, she immediately recognizes you as the Hero and herself and
    Mara as two of the seven other chosen ones.  Immediately, she joins you, and
    steers you towards the casino to pick up her sister.  Once there, you realize
    that the two of them are now completely broke and plan to mooch off you while
    hanging around you for purposes of protection.  Ironically, it is they who
    will be protecting you for awhile.
    
       They may be broke, but still have all their items.  Half Plate Armor, if
    they have it, should be handed to the Hero for a somewhat solid defensive
    base, and anything else should be sold for cash (with any luck providing you
    with enough cash for an iron shield for the Hero).  As for as the now-useless
    Gunpowder Jar, the Boarding Passes, and the Lamp of Darkness they still
    possess (interestingly enough, they seem to have lost the Sphere of Silence
    along the way here), head over to see Neta, Taloon's wife.  Bored with the
    life she is now presented with, she has started a vault business with the Iron
    Safe Taloon left behind.  She'll store gold and items for you, and thus
    provides you with a valuable way of getting rid of junk, as well as safely
    storing your money free of cost throughout Chapter Five.
    
       Anyways, with your Hero outfitted with (hopefully) good armor, you've still
    got a long ways to go from here.  The Cave of the Silver Statuette (from
    Chapter Three) is a good place to level-up right now, as the enemies there are
    stronger than what's hanging around Endor (for more information on leveling-up
    here, check out section VI.A. of the FAQ.)  As far as levels go, be warned
    that even though Nara and Mara are with you and both can fight well, the next
    part of your quest will involve the Hero fighting a couple of tough battles
    alone, so get those levels up!  Fortunately, due to a low level, the Hero's
    level should go up pretty fast.
    
       By the by, if you left any treasure behind during Chapter Three (such as,
    perhaps, the Broad Sword on the bottom floor), you might as well go there now
    and pick it all up whilst you level up.  And whatever you can't equip down
    there, you can at least sell, if you'll recall.  If, by any chance, you didn't
    leave the Broad Sword behind in the Cave if the Silver Statuette, you can
    still purchase one from the nearby kingdom of Bonmalmo.
    
       Anyways, with some experience under your belt, and a decent set of
    equipment, you are now ready to resume your quest to locate the chosen ones!
    You can start by heading back to Branca, and then heading east from there.
    Soon, you'll see a small inn near the edge of a vast desert: the Desert Inn.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Desert Inn
    
    
       You'll need to traverse this desert in order to continue your quest to find
    everyone.  The problem is, this desert, you see, has an unusual
    characteristic: it throws your ass out of itself every time you try to enter
    it!  They say you need a wagon to cross the desert, I'm pretty sure all you
    really need is the horse that comes with it, myself.  Of course, the wagon
    comes in handy later on, as well, so you might as well get that now.  The
    problem, of course, is that there's apparently only one wagon in existence,
    and the guy here who owns said wagon isn't about to fork it over.  The owner
    of the inn here is the guy's father, actually.  If you go around the counter
    and talk to him, he tells you that after being stabbed in the back by his
    explorer buddy a while back, this guy doesn't trust anyone anymore.  Lucky for
    you, there's a way to win this dude over, and it lies in a cave to the east.
    The very same cave that the wagon's owner traveled to so many years ago...
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Cave of Betrayal
    
    
       When you arrive at the Cave of Betrayal, you should automatically expect a
    few things from the name alone.  The good news is that there are no random
    encounters in here.  The bad news is that the fights you do get into may prove
    difficult, especially seeing as the Hero must fight them alone.  With the
    combined strength of the Hero, Nara, and Mara, you are now apparently powerful
    enough to destroy doors!  So just traipse inside, only to be separated from
    Nara and Mara (and your ability to break through doors, as well).  The path
    from the point you lose them will be fairly linear, and will lead you to a
    couple of Nara & Mara clones that you must battle.
    
       They, in fact, are Liclicks.  You'll recall that the Liclick can cast
    Surround, which can seriously hamper the Hero's ability to do battle.  Seeing
    as they are not grouped, a physical attack is likely to do more damage, but if
    you find yourself whiffing too much because of Surround, consider resorting to
    Firebal or, in extreme cases, Expel.
    
       Soon after, you'll meet more Nara & Mara clones dancing with a couple of
    demons.  This fight can be a bit trickier, as it consists of two Vampire
    Bats, and two powerful creatures known as Tricksy Urchins.  The Tricksy
    Urchins are by far the more powerful, so take them out first.  Since they're
    grouped, Firebal is actually a pretty effective spell to use here.  Again,
    resort to Expel only in extreme cases, as the Tricksy Urchins give away
    assloads of exp (450 each, man!)
    
       After that fight, you'll run into the real Nara and Mara.  You can probably
    imagine that they're quite skeptical, but they give you a chance to prove
    yourself by asking a question that only the real Hero would know...  Remember,
    Mara was the one at the casino...  Not Nara.  Anyways, the three of you
    reunited, proceed deeper into the cave into a room with a bunch of doors in
    it!  I've never seen such pisspoor designing in my life, I swear.  And what do
    we do to things that don't make any sense (like a bunch of doors in the middle
    of the room)?  That's right, we destroy them!  Oh, and underneath all these
    doors is something called the Symbol of Faith, an artifact which will instill
    people with a great trust in you .  Forgo the burning temptation to use this
    thing to get a date and return to the Desert Inn with it.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Desert Inn (Again)
    
    
       Back at the desert inn, speak with the guy again.  He'll look at the Symbol
    of Faith and have a wonderful revelation (he finds God, or something like
    that... I dunno, I really wasn't paying any attention- I was just glad to be
    getting the hell out of here) and joins your party with the wagon.  Time to
    get the hell out of here!
    
       The desert to the south is a tad more perilous than the surrounding areas.
    You'll encounter stronger enemies out here, though you should recognize most
    of them (Crested Viper, Armored Scorpion, Dark Doriad) from the earlier
    chapters.  The only "new" enemy out here is a distant cousin of the Lillypa
    called the Aarop.  The Aarop is far more obnoxious in that its attacks can
    put you to sleep (at least it doesn't know that damned Upper spell).  However,
    the desert isn't too large, and your trip shall be relatively short.  And with
    Nara and Mara on hand, you should be able to quickly disembowel anything that
    dares to challenge your offensive superiority (remember that since your trip
    isn't that long, MP conservation shouldn't be placed too high on your list of
    priorities... hint, hint).
    
       The exit to the desert lies in the southeastern corner; any further west
    and you'll be blocked off by mountains.  Exiting the desert, head west until
    you reach a small town called Aneaux.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Aneaux
    
    
       Besides being a nice place to rest up, Aneaux really serves no purpose.
    Really.  Aneaux could have been left out of the game and virtually nothing
    would have changed.  Other than that, there are a few cute little
    idiosyncrasies about this little spa town.  There are two competing inns here,
    but despite what you may think, the larger, more lavish one is actually
    cheaper.  A guy standing near the front of the town will give you're a
    friendly tour of the place and end it with a cheap sales pitch that never
    fails to make me laugh.  Lastly, there's a fun little story you hear here if
    you take the time to listen ...
    
       A great warrior named Ruvas is buried here, and a statue dedicated to him
    is wearing the armor worn by Ruvas himself... the Zenithian Armor?  You can
    hear the speculations of many a villager that maybe the armor currently worn
    by the statue is fake... but why not hear it from the source?  Go to the
    graveyard at night only to meet up with the ghost of Ruvas himself.  He
    confirms that the Zenithian Armor was, in fact, stolen (though you never do
    find out exactly what happened to the Zenithian Armor- you just eventually
    discover where it ended up).  Cute.
    
       At any rate, once you've had your fill of Aneaux, head south to the port
    town of Koneber.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Koneber
    
    
       Before advancing any further, refer to section I.F. of the FAQ, as Koneber
    is home to one of the game's "lost-forevers".  At any rate, here at Koneber,
    you'll discover exactly what you'd expect to find in a new town you find in an
    RPG- a problem you've gotta fix.  It seems that the light went out in a
    lighthouse to the east, which has been causing ships to burst into flames, or
    something like that.  At any rate, the ocean's been a real bitch since the
    light went out, and restoring it will also reduce the weather conditions to
    navigable, as well.  You'll find two ships here, an old one, and one under
    construction.  The one being built belongs to someone you know (only the three
    dopes you're controlling have never met him before).  Yep, it's Taloon, and it
    seems he decided to go over to the lighthouse and fix the problem himself.
    Other than that, the only other thing of interest you'll hear is that "a
    princess and her two cohorts" had recently been through town, which is an
    obvious indication that Alena's group is somewhere nearby.
    
       Anyways, there's really not much you should have to do to prepare for the
    mission.  If you haven't yet bought a Broad Sword, shame on you, and you can
    buy one here.  The Golden Barrette, which is sold here, is also a nice set of
    headgear for Nara, Mara, and a female Hero.  You're not in any danger of being
    poisoned at the Lighthouse, but if you've developed a habit of always carrying
    a Medical Herb or two on hand in case of emergency need I again state that
    having one around can never hurt.  However, as you progress further into the
    game, and acquire greater MP supplies, more characters with healing magic,
    more ways to keep up your MP, et cetera, you're running a progressively lower
    risk of running out of ways to keep yourself healed.
    
       Head east until you reach a river.  There, you'll have to head north to a
    bridge, then back south to the Lighthouse.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Lighthouse
    
    
       I know we're all probably expecting to see brave Taloon here kicking ass
    and restoring peace to the surrounding area, so that he may join you in
    triumph and you may continue on your merry way.  Well... that isn't exactly
    the case.  Walk around to the back of the first floor (either way- it
    doesn't matter as both sides wrap around to the back), and you'll see Taloon
    come running down the stairs at a high velocity in an obvious state of panic.
    You know, for someone's who's rumored to have been pursued by monsters for
    quite some time now, he obviously has yet to become desensitized to their
    presence.  Anyways, in his state of paranoia, he asks you, the first random
    passersby he sees, to fix the problem for him.  Good tactic, Taloon.  Your
    intelligence stat was what now?  He mentions the evil fire burning atop the
    Lighthouse, and the Fire of Serenity located somewhere else in the Lighthouse
    that should be able to destroy said evil fire.  He then runs away like a
    chubby, frightened MaCullay Culkin.  Before you go upstairs, note that you
    can enter the middle section here from the upper-right part.  There are two
    treasure chests inside, containing 400 gold and a Luck Seed.
    
       Oh, yeah.  The monsters here are mostly Chapter Two rejects, excepting the
    Rogue Whisper.  The Rogue Whisper, by the way, is now nearly entirely
    worthless, despite appearing in very large numbers.  For some reason, during
    Chapter Five, the  Rogue Whisper will usually spend the entire fight doing
    absolutely nothing.  So you're free to kill them at your leisure.  You'll also
    see what appears to be a rotten version of the Venus Flytrap on growth
    hormones.  It's now called the Vileplant and can cast Stopspell, which can
    make it a nice big pain in your ass (luckily it'll only appear on the higher
    stories of the Lighthouse).  But the good news?  Yeah, there's good news here.
    Metal Slimes.  They're here.  In hordes, man!  Hordes!  And they show up
    quite often, too, so expect to go up a level or two while fighting here.  It's
    too bad the experiece they offer becomes negligible before long, else this
    would be a pretty kick-ass place to level-up in the next few stages of the
    game.  Anyhoo, Nara and Mara again should make short work of anything here,
    just make sure they don't run their MP into the ground before the big boss
    fight at the top (and someone needs to keep enough MP around to cast Outside).
    
       Anyways, upstairs, you're treated to a lovely five-way fork...  Paths
    branch out to the upper-left, lower-left, down, lower-right, and upper-left of
    you.  I'll begin by stating that both the upper-left and upper-right paths are
    dead-ends.  That said, the remaining left path will take you on a long trip to
    a Magic Potion (you can decide for yourself if it's worth it), and the other
    path going right will take you on an equally roundabout trip to a chest
    containing a Strength Seed.  The path leading down takes you to the next
    floor.
    
       On the third floor, watch those holes in the floor (you can fall through
    them, y'know).  The room you are in has two exits, going right and down.  If
    you take the exit to the right, you'll meet a really pathetic little demon
    creature who seems more interested in Taloon than he is in you.  Coming to the
    conclusion that Taloon when back to Koneber, this sad little fellow will run
    his stupid ass directly into the ceiling, and then fall back onto the floor
    unconscious.  Taloon's fear is made all the more pitiful by the fact that this
    is the kind of trash that's trying to kill him.  Anyways, back in the room you
    came from, the southern exit takes you to the right and around to the northern
    end of the tower, where you'll see a fork in the road.  The path on the
    right-hand side will net you a Full Moon Herb while the path on the left will
    take you to another fork.  Here, you'll see three paths heading up, and one to
    the left.  If you continue to the left, you'll see two treasure chests lying
    side-by side.  The one on the left contains a Boomerang, whilst the one on
    the right is a Man-Eater chest that will try and kill you, so it's probably
    best to avoid opening it.  Of the three aforementioned paths leading up, only
    the middle one is not a dead-end, and it will lead you to the stairs to the
    next floor.
    
       Emerging on the fourth floor, you should immediately spy a treasure chest,
    which contained the Fire of Serenity that Taloon spoke of.  A chest... that
    has a fire burning inside it... that you can pick up and take with you...
    Logical, no, beneficial, yes.  There are three stairways on this floor leading
    to the top floor, but the only one that won't take you to a tiny empty room is
    located in the upper-right corner of this floor.
    
       Upstairs, make your way down to the southern end of the tower, and then
    proceed up to the middle, where you'll discover little demons performing a
    strange dance around where a new, evil fire burns.  Strange... but what you
    can't understand, you can at least kill.  Oh, and for the full advantage going
    into this fight, heal your wounds before attempting to fight these guys.
    
       This fight will consist of one Lighthouse Bengal, flanked by two Flamers
    (who are really a couple of bad jokes waiting to happen).  The Flamers are by
    far the more dangerous creatures in this fight.  They can cast Firebal, and
    its effect will truly be felt with four members in your party.  You're gonna
    want to try and rid yourself of at least one of these little bastards as soon
    as possible, and the best way to do so is a couple of direct physical attacks
    from the Hero.  Mara and Nara can help, but Nara isn't necessarily the best
    offensive fighter and will probably spend most of her time healing and/or
    trying to induce a narcoleptic attack on the opposition, anyways.  As for
    Mara, her Bang spell will see limited success versus the fire-based Flamers,
    and she will deliberately refrain from using blaze and flame-based spells
    against the Flamers as they are entirely ineffectual against them.  So, like I
    said, direct physical attacks are the best way to take out the Flamers (and
    who better to make them than our intrepid Hero?)  As for the Lighthouse
    Bengal, we're looking at a relatively easy creature with average power and no
    special abilities or resistances to speak of.  And, as a nice little bonus,
    you'll get a little over 2,000 experience for the fight.
    
        The fight won, approach the center of the room, toss the good fire into
    the bad fire (by selecting it from the menu and using it), and watch the
    amazing results.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Koneber (Again)
    
    
       Back at Koneber, speak with Taloon at the harbor where his ship is being
    built.  He continues to whine about being chased by monsters and asks if he
    can come with you so he doesn't get his ass kicked.  Let him come along,
    because at least he brings his ship with him when he joins up.  Now, Taloon
    may supposedly be a very rich man, but apparently "saving the world" isn't a
    good enough cause for Taloon to open his purse strings to.  Sadly, the only
    "riches" Taloon brings along would be the contents of his inventory (which may
    consist entirely of expensive things you can sell if you thought ahead during
    Chapter Three, meaning you can at least make a quick ten grand off him).
    
       Taloon also suggests that you head south to the kingdom of Mintos.  Sure,
    it's not like you have anything better to do anyways, like save the world or
    anything.  Luckily for you, Mintos is a short sail directly south of Koneber.
    The high seas, you'll learn, are very safe for the traveling.  You'll rarely
    get attacked, if at all, and the monsters, while all having some aquatic theme
    to them, are quick and easy kills.  The only remotely problem you may
    encounter would probably be with the Plesiosaur, who is difficult to hit with
    fire magic of any sort (excepting blaze magic).
    
       Other than that, enjoy the reprieve of the high seas, and sail south until
    you hit land.  Assuming you traveled directly south from Koneber, a very short
    journey to the east will take you to Mintos (and no, it's not the
    "freshmaker").
    
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    --- Welcome to: Mintos
    
    
       Another land, another shift in monster activity...  As we've already
    established, however, when Nara and Mara can pulverize them before they get a
    chance to move, you're really probably not even going to be paying much
    attention at all to whatever it is whose ass you happen to be kicking.  Hell,
    by this point in the game, I've started fights with road signs and cardboard
    boxes and messed them up pretty bad before I even realized that they probably
    weren't going to fight back.  Despite the likely current "kill everything in
    sight" mentality of your team right now, here's a couple things to think
    about.  You're still at this point fighting trash recycled from the first four
    chapters, but you may happen upon a nasty little creature called the Mage
    Toadstool.  These things can cast Icebolt (which can be amplified by their
    ability to attack in large groups), and can be difficult to hit with nearly
    any kind of magic, excepting Nara's Infernos spell.  So, against large groups,
    you can't immediately assume that Nara and Mara will decimate them in one fell
    swoop.  There's also a new enemy called the Conjurer, but since it usually
    attacks alone, it'll taking a dirt nap in no time.
    
       At the town of Mintos, the most prominent building is the huge inn here.
    Apparently this here hotel is the hotel to end all hotels.  Before you check
    in, however, take a look around town first.  The shopping here is OK, but you
    should at this point really start looking at the increasing size of your team,
    the rising prices of equipment, and put two and two together- money doesn't
    grow on trees.  However, the Iron Helmet, which is sold here, is the best
    helmet Taloon can equip in the game (besides the Metal Babble Helmet) and is a
    nice step up from the Wooden Hat he's probably wearing now.  As for everything
    else, it's a "think before you buy" deal.
    
       What else?  Taloon wanted to come here to speak with an old merchant named
    Howden.  He'll give you a little quiz, but the more disinterested you act, the
    better chance you have of passing his "quiz".  As a reward, he'll give you the
    Treasure Map, which basically is an undetailed map of the world with Elfville
    (a place you'll head later) marked off.  Other than that, it has no practical
    application whatsoever, and really probably wasn't even worth the effort to
    get.  Thanks, Taloon.  We really needed to come all this way for this piece of
    garbage, you jackass.  Anyways, ask around town and see what else you can come
    up with.  You hear that a chancellor staying at the inn has fallen ill.  And
    since Hitler isn't in this game, we can only assume the chancellor in question
    is Cristo.  Lucky for you, everyone else apparently can sense that you intend
    to help him out, so you'll hear a lot of talk about the cure-all herb known as
    the Padequia that is, conveniently enough, located in a country shortly
    southeast of here.  Before leaving, stop by the inn and see Cristo.  Only Brey
    is with him, however.  Apparently Alena rushed off to find the Padequia
    herself.  Brey will offer to come with you, though his motives seem, strangely
    enough, more inclined towards finding the princess than in finding a cure for
    Cristo.  Priorities, old man!  Priorities!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Soretta
    
    
       Take your budding party southwest of here to a kingdom called Soretta,
    where there grows an all-purpose heal-all herb known as Padequia.  Of course,
    when you show up, all you find is a very, very poor country.  This is the DW4
    equivalent of Africa.  Apparently, the drought wasted all of the Padequia,
    reducing the economy to rubble, resulting in a country so penniless that even
    the king is working his royal ass off in the fields.  He'll tell you that a
    former king had hidden a seed in the cave to the south in case of emergency.
    Well there, Sparky, I'd call this an emergency.  Not for the country- you
    don't care.  This is about Cristo, dammit!
    
       The seed's been in the cave for years, but no one's gone to get it because
    they were afraid of getting eaten by monsters or something... what a bunch of
    pansies.  They must not be that starving if all it takes is a bunch of
    bloodthirsty monsters to scare them away from their ticket to salvation.
    Hell, you've got a team full of people that pick fights with monsters for
    kicks!  On  that note, you've probably realized that if you don't head out to
    the cave and get that seed, it's never gonna get freakin' done.  Take your
    time, though.  It's not like Cristo's gonna die or anything, regardless of how
    long it takes you to get back to him.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Cave of the Padequia Seed
    
    
       This is the first dungeon that not your entire party may enter.  There are
    six of you in all, but for some strange reason, only four of you may enter.
    Why, I don't know.  Suffice it to say that if you all tried to enter the cave
    at once, the universe would collapse upon itself and things would not be
    pretty.  As for who to take with you, it's really a matter of personal
    preference more than anything.  The dungeon isn't too long or treacherous, but
    you may take the local enemies into consideration when deciding who to take
    with you.  There's the Infernus Knight, which is a pretty nondescript enemy,
    to say the least.  There's also the Ice Sloth, an enemy that can emit
    freezing winds and is immune to all forms of ice magic (which sort of means
    that Brey is pretty much worthless when fighting one or more of these).
    
       Inside the cave, you'll see another first: floor panels with little arrows
    on them!  I really think their only purpose is to annoy you, but whatever.  As
    you enter the cave, you'll see a chest that you can't reach, because the
    arrows to the right of it point away from it, and walking against the arrows
    is against the rules.  If you'd like the treasure (an Agility Seed), you'll
    have to approach the chest from the bottom, where the arrows are conveniently
    pointed towards it.  Also, continuing on the rather straightforward path
    you're on, you'll reach a set of stairs taking you deeper into the cave.
    
       Hmm...  Down here, you'll see a big, empty room where you'll meet up with
    Alena and a small group of ilk.  She refuses to join up with you, preferring
    to instead walk around in circles with her friends.  Her father was right- all
    Alena wanted to do was run off and get high somewhere.  I guess this explains
    why he always sent Cristo and Brey after her...  At any rate, the only way to
    advance is to head to the upper-left corner of the room.  You'll see two
    arrows leading up, side by side.  The one on the left is shorter, and will
    drop you off at a chest containing some Mystic Acorns.  From there, you'll
    have a chance to get on the set of arrows on the right, which will take you on
    a long trip to the upper-right corner of the room.  Here, you'll see two more
    sets of arrows.
    
       The set on the right will take you to an empty room (which I call "the
    pit").  The only exit here ultimately dumps you off right back off where you
    started (where Alena and her "friends" are), so taking the right set of arrows
    here probably isn't too bright of an idea.  The left set of arrows takes you
    to two more sets or arrows, plus a small path leading to the right which
    contains no arrow tiles (note that this path is the one that takes you to the
    stairs leading to the Padequia Seed).  As for the two sets of arrows: the
    right set will take you to "the pit", and the left set will take you to a new
    path altogether.  On this path, you may head up and to the right, stepping on
    a set of arrows that take you to a chest containing 800 gold.  Doing this,
    the set of arrows leading away from said chest drops you back off at the fork
    located in the upper-right corner of the room.  However, if instead of going
    to the chest with the 800 gold in it, you continued on the path you were on,
    you would go up and around to a large door.  Behind said large door is a small
    room containing the Robe of Serenity, a nice little piece of armor for
    whomever you deem worthy to wear it.  The exit to this room  leads you to yet
    another set of arrows.  The one on the left is a quick route back to the
    beginning, while the one on the right takes you to the pit.
    
       When you're done collecting treasure, you'll notice that somewhere back
    there was the route to the Padequia Seed.  Go there now.  It'll take you to a
    set of stairs to the bottom floor.  The bottom floor has about as many arrow
    tiles as the floor above does, only smashed into a much tinier area.  There
    are two chests down here, and the one in the center of the huge cluster of
    arrow tiles contains what you're looking for.  The other is a Man-Eater, so
    you're advised to stay away from it.  Anyhoo, getting to the chest isn't that
    hard- it's all a matter of looking at the floor and trying to determine which
    tile to step on to take you there.  And no, I'm not figuring this one out for
    you.   Grab the Padequia Seed and leave.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Soretta/Mintos (Again)
    
    
       Back at Soretta, provide the king with the seed, which sprouts instantly.
    Amazing.  Anyways, you'll get the Padequia Root, which you'll need to cure
    Cristo.
    
       Back at Mintos, you'll find Alena and Cristo in their room.  Use the
    Padequia Root to instantaneously cure Cristo, an action which will unite your
    team with Alena's (Some advice: don't put the Thief's Key in storage- you'll
    need it soon).  Your goals at the time actually happen to be worlds apart,
    interestingly enough.  You are trying to prevent the resurrection of the ruler
    of evil and save the world, and they are after a guy named Necrasaro.  Maybe
    it's because they think that maybe he had something to do with the incident at
    Santeem, but I think that Alena's after him purely because she can't stand the
    idea of someone out there stronger than she is.
    
       Moreover, as you leave your room, a dude will come up to you and tell you
    of a traveling soldier who has been looking for the legendary Hero.  And a
    damn good job he did of finding you, might I add.  He started when you were a
    kid, and you're now eighteen.  Methinks Ragnar spent just a little too much
    time at the casino...  Anyways, he supposedly headed off towards the southwest
    continent, South America, Mara and Nara's homeland, the land of Keeleon,
    whatever the hell you wanna call it...  Just go there.  If you start out from
    Mintos and just keep sailing west, you'll eventually dock on Keeleon's east
    coast.  You also may want to make a stop by Burland now for reasons mentioned
    in section V.B. of the FAQ.
    
       Oh, and Hector leaves you now, by the way, to stay here and study hotel
    management under that Howden imbecile.  Not that you care.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Keeleon Castle
    
    
       I suppose we could only assume that Ragnar was going to try something
    stupid like try and take on Keeleon alone.  That's why Ragnar does the
    fightin' and not the thinkin'.  Talk to the local trespasser outside Keeleon
    only to find out that it's... Healie?  Yes, through some strange means, Healie
    has finally fulfilled his dream to become human.  I don't know how it
    happened, it just did.  Kinda like a demented Pinocchio...  Anyways, Healie
    lets you know that Ragnar was arrested and asks you to please free him.
    Unfortunately, you can't just break the locks like you did earlier.  Maybe the
    folks here got wise and sprang for some better ones, I don't know, but the
    point is, you'll be needing a key.  A Magic Key.  Head for Haville.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Haville
    
    
       The first thing you'll probably notice about the land of Keeleon is the
    vast increase in the difficulty of the monsters since the last time you were
    here.  For the first time since entering Chapter Five, you're treated to
    brand-new wave of creature features.  Of course, none of them really have any
    powers worth mentioning.  The Bisonbear is a common creature around here and
    can save up its strength, but all that means is that when you kick its ass in
    one turn, you suffer no damage at all.  Then there's the Dragonpup, an
    obnoxious little creature that gets two attacks every round and can summon
    Butterfly Dragons to its aid.
    
       The rumor floating around here is the existence of Magic Keys, which were
    only made by alchemists.  Well, if you'll recall, Nara and Mara's father,
    Edgar, was an alchemist.  And their hometown, conveniently enough, is just
    south of here.  Maybe that's were you should head, eh'?  Oh, and if you speak
    with the poor guy who's still serving jail time for scaring the counsel, he'll
    tell you about the time he met Ragnar and told him to go kick Keeleon and
    Balzack's asses.  The idiot Ragnar is, he left to do it.  Thanks, you
    imbecile, we really needed that.  Just for that, we're letting you stay here
    and rot.  Go to Kievs.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Kievs
    
    
       Mara and Nara still get a free night at the inn.  Groovy.  You'll also meet
    the dude who was holding the Bazaar during Chapter Two.  Apparently, he was
    hoarding all the good wares then, but he has no qualms about selling them to
    you now.  He has some good wares, including the Iron Mask (Ragnar's best
    helmet excepting the Metal Babble Helm), and the Cloak of Evasion (excellent
    armor for your weaker characters).
    
       But you'll also hear rumors of a secret laboratory Edgar had in the cave to
    the west.  Someone is also nice enough to tell you that the button revealing
    its entrance is said to be found at the bottom of a treasure chest...  Well,
    under normal circumstances, you'd be forced to guess, but we can only assume
    that Orin probably knew about the lab, seeing as he was living in the cave and
    all.  Also, it's probably a good guess that the whole lavish area where he was
    standing was probably a good indicator that the lab was somewhere near.  Now,
    head back to the Cave West of Kievs and make a beeline for the treasure chest
    where you found the Lamp of Darkness.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Cave West of Kievs
    
    
       Since the cave's entrance is large, your entire wagon fits inside, allowing
    for a full-party expedition to the lab.  The monsters in here are more
    difficult (you'll probably have already run into a few of these guys if you
    tried to head to Aktemto or Monbaraba).  First, there's our old friend, the
    Flamer, as obnoxious as ever.  Next, there's the Phantom Messenger.  These
    guys are a bit more tricky for a few reasons.  First and foremost, they cast
    Beat and Sap.  This alone is reason enough to dispatch them quickly (and be
    thankful you have a few members in the wagon to replace the ones who die).  In
    addition, they can also summon Phantom Knights to their aid (the Phantom
    Knights have the ability to cast Healmore, but little else).  Lastly, they are
    difficult to hit with magic of any sort, and are completely immune to fire
    magic.  But perhaps the most formidable opponent you will face is the Mystic
    Doll.  Mystic Dolls are evil little bastards who appear in groups and cast
    Chaos.  And like the Phantom Messenger, the Mystic Doll is difficult to hit
    with any kind of magic and is completely immune to fire magic.  Thankfully,
    the Mystic Doll only appears on the bottom floor of the cave.
    
       Well, you should remember the path to the chest well enough.  If not, refer
    to the earlier section in the walkthrough (section III.D. of the FAQ)  Search
    the chest and press the button on the bottom of it to make a set of stairs
    appear.  These stairs take you to Edgar's secret lab, and if Alena still has
    the Thief's Key, she can enter and pilfer the Magic Key, rendering her key
    useless.  At any rate, you've got what you came for; head for Keeleon!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Keeleon Castle (Smackdown!, Part II)
    
    
       Arrange your best team to storm Keeleon.  It's at this point where strategy
    really comes into play, and the proper team organization can make or break
    you.  Cristo is a good call for this fight, because Surround and Stopspell are
    both excellent spells to have on hand versus the tyrannical overlord.  If Mara
    knows Blazemore, or if Brey knows Bikill, both can be valuable assets, as
    well.  As for your fighters, they can be a big help, too.  Despite any magical
    assistance you may have, the easiest way to claim victory in this fight is
    with superior weapons.  First, there's the Sword of Lethargy, which is a
    favorite weapon amongst some players.  Despite the 8,000 GP price tag, with
    this weapon equipped, Keeleon will probably spend the majority of the fight
    asleep, and therefore will be very easy to beat.  Another consideration is the
    Sword of Miracles, given to you by the Small Medal King (he lives in a den in
    the northeastern corner of the world).  What you get with the Sword of
    Miracles is an uber-powerful weapon at literally no cost to you.  All you have
    to do is scrounge up six Small Medals for payment (see section VII. Of the FAQ
    for more on Small Medals).
    
       Anyways, take your selected party to Keeleon Castle and approach the king's
    chamber.  From around the corner, you'll spy two guards hauling Ragnar off to
    see the king.  Seeing you gives him some sort of energy rush, as he quickly
    wastes his two adversaries and approaches you.  Together, you all enter the
    king's chamber.  Ragnar takes care of the guards, while your party receives
    the honor of fighting an incredibly cocky (aren't they all?) Keeleon.
    
       Let's begin by saying that Keeleon is a very powerful creature, to say the
    least.  He gets two attacks every round, and hits for a very high amount of
    damage.  In addition to his powerful attacks, Keeleon may also cast Firebal,
    and emit fireballs and freezing winds.  This is where Cristo can actually be a
    big help.  Assuming you're using the offensive, normal, or defensive tactics,
    Cristo will stymie Keeleon's offense considerably with Stopspell, then
    Surround.  Don't get cocky just yet, though.  He can still attack twice in any
    given round, and still has attacks that target the entire group (emitting
    fireballs and freezing winds).  And even though you may have lowered his
    accuracy, he still likes to take swings at your characters.  While he'll
    usually whiff and cause you no damage at all, just one direct hit is all it
    takes to ruin your day if you're not watching your HP levels (on that note,
    the Hero must keep a close eye on everyone's HP levels during this fight to
    assure their survival).  Believe me when I say if you don't keep an eye on
    your HP during this fight, you will end up with somebody dead by the end of
    it.
    
       At any rate, after you frag his ass, Ragnar ends his long search for the
    legendary Hero by joining you, thus completing your team.  With the eight
    chosen ones at last united, the a new quest begins...
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Keeleon Castle (haven't left yet)
    
    
       Now that the gang's all here, you just might consider doing a bit of
    leveling up.  First of all, it's your first chance for all your characters to
    gain experience at once, and secondly, Ragnar's level right now is probably a
    far cry away from everyone else's.  If you feel up to it, you might try
    heading to the Royal Crypt to set a spell (see section VI.B. of the FAQ for
    more information on leveling-up at the Royal Crypt).  Equipment is another
    issue.  You'll probably notice lots of expensive, shiny equipment out there,
    but not nearly enough cash in your pocket to buy it all.  While leveling-up
    may help you out, it still helps to be frugal.  A common solution involves
    shopping only for those characters that you use a lot, and one idea is to
    assemble a well-balanced team and proceed to use them exclusively for the next
    portion of the game.  If you decide to go this route, realize that Ragnar
    right now isn't nearly as useful as he will be once you get him some decent
    equipment (and, of course, he's pretty much the most expensive character to
    outfit).  Also, in Ragnar's case, the hand-me-down system is an excellent idea
    to incorporate, seeing as he and the Hero use the same equipment and the
    Hero's about to get some kick-ass equipment in this next leg of the quest.
    
       As far as equipment goes, you have numerous options available to you.  The
    secret shop at Endor (see section V.C. of the FAQ for details) is now
    available to you, as is pretty much anywhere in the world you can sail to.
    Most of the good stuff can be found either at the hidden shop or at Rosaville,
    a place you'll head to a little later in the game (though only Riverton
    carries Dragon Shields).  Seaside Village and Stancia are both a little less
    out of your way, but their selections are not as good.  At any rate, some good
    equipment to consider includes the Dragon Mail, Dragon Shield, Sacred Robe,
    and the Cloak of Evasion.  Other equipment that may prove beneficial, but can
    also prove exceedingly costly, includes the Metal Babble Armor, Dragon Killer,
    Stiletto Earrings, and the Sword of Lethargy.  Before you go and blow a hole
    in your wallet, however, realize that a few powerful weapons are coming your
    way relatively soon, and the best part is that they're all free!  These
    include the Magma Staff, Fire Claw, Ice Blade and the Metal Babble Sword
    (though you'll have to wait a bit longer for the Metal Babble Sword).  If you
    are truly determined to get a hold of some decent bladeage, the Small Medal
    King offers the extremely powerful Sword of Miracles for the small price of
    only six medals.  If you haven't already been there, consider making a stop
    by his place (it's a small shrine-like settlement located on a tiny island in
    the far northeastern corner of the world).
    
       Oh, and you might also have noticed the catchy new theme that plays on the
    world map as you adventure.  Check out section XIII.C. for a bit more
    information on the subject.  As for now, let's continue on, shall we?
    
       Anyways, after you've diffused the aforementioned problems, you can begin
    your adventure again.  Taking it from Keeleon Castle, you may have decided to
    ask around a bit about recent going-ons.  If so, you'd have learned that
    Balzack has left for Santeem.  Since he apparently didn't get enough of an
    ass-kicking from Nara and Mara back in Chapter Four, it's time to once again
    lay the smacketh down on Balzack.
    
       Using Haville as a staring point, sail north until you reach a small island
    inhabited by an old man and his pet ghost.  He won't tell you much except that
    the ancient ruler of evil (Esturk) was imprisoned underground a long time ago
    in his palace and that it was located somewhere around here.  Anyways, from
    there, sail west until you hit another landmass, and then head north.
    Eventually, you'll see a small town on the coast called Seaside Village.
    Seaside Village is not relevant to the plot in any way, but it is where the
    game's side quest originates (see section IV of the FAQ for the full scoop on
    the side quest).  Of course, you can't go through with the side quest right
    now, so Seaside Village is pretty much a place to rest and shop at this point.
    Not too much further north from here is the country of Santeem.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Santeem
    
    
       To refresh your memory, when you left this place, the castle was completely
    devoid of any life whatsoever except for the cat.  Despite what you think, no,
    the cat did not eat everybody!  Let's see what's happened since you left...
    Well, for starters, a horde of monsters has taken up residence here.  Luckily,
    the most powerful ones here are ones you've dealt with before (the Phantom
    Messenger and the Mystic Doll).  The Bengal makes its first appearance here,
    but is at best annoying with its Stopspell spell.  The treasury, located near
    the back of the first floor, is guarded by this... flaming spirit... thing.
    Unfortunately for you, there's really no way to kill it except to kill the
    more powerful force that guides it... video game logic...
    
       As for who should come along...  This fight is strikingly similar to the
    one you had with Keeleon, so use that as a basis to decide who comes along.
    One important note, however, is that Cristo's Surround and Stopspell won't
    affect Balzack like they did Keeleon.  While Cristo was a big asset versus
    Keeleon, that may not be so much the case now.  Especially if he knows Beat,
    Cristo will stupidly cast it on Balzack about fifty times before he gets it
    through his head that it isn't going to work.  Oh, well.  It's only fitting
    that Nara and Mara be the ones to kill Balzack, right?  Whatever.  Whoever.
    Just go.
    
      In the throne room, you'll meet up with an old adversary, if you happen to
    be Mara or Nara, that is.  Like all video game characters, death wasn't much
    of a major setback or anything for old Balzack.  In fact, he looks and is
    about twenty times tougher than he was before.  A bit could be said about his
    appearance, however...  Balzack goes on and on about how even Keeleon could
    destroy him now (of course not, you imbecile- he's dead).  He even asserts
    that he's stronger than Necrasaro.  Cockiness, as you can tell, is a fairly
    standard trait amongst evil monsters.  After your friendly hero/villain chat,
    the fight begins.
    
       Good lord, Balzack looks ridiculous.  Seriously, if there was a line
    between menacing and hilarious, Balzack crossed it a few steps ago in the
    evolutionary process.  As for his fighting skills, lets not underestimate
    those.  Even though he doesn't get two attacks like Keeleon did, remember that
    you don't have Surround or Stopspell to protect you in this fight.  Worse yet,
    Balzack's chosen spell is Snowstorm rather than Firebal, which means you can
    expect some trouble here.  The Sacred Robe (worn by Nara and Cristo) is an
    excellent piece of armor to have in this fight, as it will reduce the damage
    done by Balzack's Snowstorm spell.  The Dragon Shield or Dragon Mail will
    reduce the damage done by Balzack's freezing wind attack, but the damage it
    does is negligible compared to that of Snowstorm.  You may opt to protect
    yourself from Snowstorm via the Hero's Fendspell spell.  However, realize that
    anyone protected by Fendspell may only be healed by their own healing magic,
    meaning that casting Fendspell on Mara, for instance, may not be such a hot
    idea, after all.  Cristo, Nara, and the Hero are all prime candidates for
    Fendspell, however.  Anyways, as with the Keeleon fight, keep an eye on your
    HP during this fight, and you should be fine.  Luck willing, you will emerge
    victorious, and Balzack will be dead once and for all.  Hooray!  Great!
    Because if I have to type the word "Balzack" one more ****ing time, I'm going
    to stab somebody.
    
       When you win, his bitches arrive...  Talking amongst themselves and
    apparently completely unaware that you are actually listening to them, they
    divulge some useful information.  What happened to Balzack, it seems, is that
    someone was experimenting on him by speeding up his process of evolution.  And
    since you kicked his ass to kingdom come, the experiment was a failure.  The
    problem was that his evolution couldn't be completely perfected because wasn't
    wearing the... Golden Bracelet!  Goddammit, Alena, you see what you've gone
    and done!?  And guess who has the Golden Bracelet now!?  Yes, the bastard
    pulling the strings behind Keeleon, Balzack, these three bitches, and the
    resurrection of the ruler of evil... Necrasaro.  Necrasaro... let's just think
    of him as the Anti-Christ (since he fits the image to a "T").   Isn't it nice
    to know that Alena's ass caused this whole mess?  I mean, you'll notice that
    it was only shortly after she forked over the Golden Bracelet to those creeps
    that Necrasaro surfaced in Endor and started kicking ass.  Well, she wanted an
    adventure, and now she's got one.  Like I said before, nice going, Alena!
    
       Seeing as everyone here is dead except the cat, go see the cat, then.  The
    cat, surprisingly enough, divulges some useful information supplied to him by
    his Slime friend.  He tells you that someone in the neighboring village of
    Surene may know something...  OK...   Before you leave, by the way, head down
    to the treasury and claim your prizes; among them... the Magma Staff.  This
    not only serves a quest purpose, but it is also any magic user's most powerful
    weapon.  You'll also discover the Flute of Uncovering, which serves no
    apparent purpose outside of playing an unsettling melody.  Ugh...  Leave.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Surene
    
    
       Well, what with neighboring Santeem Castle being overrun with monsters and
    such, I guess we can sort of guess what the big news story around here is.
    However, with the Magic Key in your possession, you can now investigate that
    mysterious locked door just behind the unlocked one on the right side of the
    big building occupying the back half of the town.  Behind it, you'll discover
    yet another one of the game's ingenious salesmen!  It seems this exceptionally
    brilliant fellow doesn't realize that no one can buy things from him when he's
    inconveniently located behind an impassible magically locked door!  I swear,
    how do these people stay in business!?  Interestingly enough, there's a second
    shop back here that's only open at night...  I suspect the black market has
    some involvement here...
    
       Further back here, you'll meet an old man who tells you that all of
    Santeem's former kings had the ability to foresee the future, and wonders if
    the current king has that same ability.  Correction there, pruneface, he was
    the current king until he pulled a Jimmy Hoffa, but you're probably right in
    your assumptions.  Break and enter another geezer's house back here, who tells
    the story of the king pleading with him one day to put up a signpost to help
    "his daughter who was in trouble".  Of course, Alena is just fine, but the
    point is that since the king foresaw the future a long time ago (translation:
    he saw the present), the sign is sorta meant to help her out now on her
    glorious quest to save the world.  Creepy.  Of course, the old fart doesn't
    remember where he put the sign and, judging from where it is, I'd say he's got
    the mentality of one of the game's many brainless entrepreneurs.  Travel the
    close perimeter of the large building up and around it to the northwest corner
    of town.  The sign tells you what you need to know...
    
       Okay, so there's this dude called Master Dragon, okay?  Essentially, he
    represents God.  He rules in a place called Zenithia high above the rest of
    the world.  This is the game's equivalent of Heaven.  Anyways, a long time
    ago, he sealed the ruler of evil (we'll call him Satan) away, never to be seen
    again, or so we thought.  It appears his resurrection is imminent, and you,
    the selfless Hero (and let's not forget about Alena) get to stop that at all
    costs.  Since this is pretty basic information, you are fortunately pointed in
    the direction of better advice, as well.  The sign suggests you seek the help
    of the people of Stancia, an island kingdom in the far northwestern corner of
    the world.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Stancia
    
    
       Now, it's time to head out to the kingdom of Stancia.  Located on the
    center island of a circular archipelago, Stancia is a pain in the ass just to
    reach.  You'll have to get a good overhead view of the whole place and
    actually map it out before you try to wedge your way in (hint: you'll have to
    park your ship southeast of Stancia and walk around the entire island just to
    get in).
    
       On your short walk to Stancia, you may happen upon a couple new enemies,
    actually.  First, there's the Lethal Armor.  These are tough guys who may
    show up in groups and can cast Sleepmore, making them that much more annoying.
    Also, there's an enemy called the Bomb Crag.  These can be some of the
    scariest enemies in the game, because they just sit there during a battle, and
    you're constantly expecting them to explode or something and screw your world
    up.  Lucky for you, this never happens.  They just sit there and do nothing.
    So kick back, relax, grab a beer, and hang out for awhile.  And then go to
    Stancia.
    
       When you arrive, you'll discover a place very similar to Venice, Italy,
    only the people in Venice are much less visually unpleasant.  You can't move
    around on land much; you traverse most of the city via boat.  The shopping
    here's good, but the shops are interestingly located either on other boats
    floating around or in buildings built in the water.  Try checking out the
    half-submerged late-night restaurant, where that's probably not water you're
    floating in...  I tell ya, Aquaman would clean up in a place like this.
    
       Anyways, the dude who gave you the boat you're floating around in mentioned
    that the king was having some kind of contest.  As in all video games, this is
    one of those contests that seems to have come into existence solely to help
    your cause, and also is one of those contests that you and only you can win.
    Beats the hell outta real life, doesn't it?  Sail into the castle, which is
    not only huge compared to the rest of the game's royal dwellings, but is also
    a wealth of information pertaining to your quest.  An old man tells you that
    in order to go to Zenithia, you must first collect the Zenithian Helm, Shield,
    Armor, and Sword.  Since you'll be needing the help of Master Dragon in this
    whole fiasco, your quest for the next sizeable chunk of the game is to collect
    this equipment.  This same old dude tells you that the Zenithian Helm is a
    royal heirloom here.  Getting an idea yet...?
    
       As someone else here will tell you, the king's proclamation is simple.
    Make him laugh and you will receive anything you desire, even if that
    something is a family treasure like, oh, say the Zenithian Helm?  However,
    your exceedingly boring party doesn't contain a single personality between the
    eight of 'em, and each will fail to solicit so much as a titter from the king.
    Lucky for you, there's hope.  One of Stancia's extremely helpful citizens
    claims to have seen a comedian named Panon at one point, but he doesn't know
    where Panon is now.  Well, think there, Sparky.  What is the only town you've
    ever been to in which you can correctly assume that someone might be
    performing there?  Back at Monbaraba, speak with Panon, who agrees to come
    along with you (by the way, while you're here, you may hear an interesting
    tidbit of information concerning a palace of monsters on the southeastern
    continent that's unreachable by boat...)
    
       Panon is a UC (for more information on Panon, refer to section II.I of the
    FAQ).  Some prefer to use him, and if that be the case, skip the next step for
    now.  However, if you prefer to rid yourself of him, continue on.  Drag
    Panon's ass back to Stancia to talk to the king.  Well, it seems Panon is
    about as entertaining as a piece of wet cardboard.  But even though he doesn't
    make the king laugh, he manages to convince him to hand over his family's
    treasure for generations.  Not caring one way or another, you should leave
    Stancia, prompting Panon to leave you (and I thought we had something
    special!)
    
       You now have one of the four required items to enter Zenithia, but where do
    you begin looking for the rest of them?  Well, one of your friends back at
    Stancia Castle is helpful enough to inform you of the Zenithian Shield's
    whereabouts: Burland Castle.  Well, with Ragnar with you, this should be easy,
    right?  I mean, it's not like the king would be bitter about losing his one
    and only soldier who stands a chance against anything more powerful than a
    retarded paraplegic on LSD...  Sail to the river that separates Burland and
    Izmit, and exit your ship on the Burland side.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Burland
    
    
       Well, it's official: you've ended back up exactly where you started.  While
    you may be much stronger this time around, so are the monsters here.   Among
    the newbies you'll meet are the Skullknight, a fairly tame monster that
    possesses the ability to cast Healmore (though only enough MP to cast it once)
    as well as the ability to summon Phantom Knights (whom you should know to cast
    Healmore, as well). Then there's the Beleth.  The Beleth is a bit more
    formidable in that it knows both the Firebane and Bounce spells.  So unless
    your characters have the advantage in the speed department, offensive magic of
    any sort really isn't such a hot idea to use against these guys.
    
       Anyways, return to Burland and head for the castle.  You keep hearing more
    crap about the resurrection of the ruler of evil here, but it's nothing you
    haven't heard at least fifty times already.  Head to see the king, who
    actually tells you something you don't already know.  It seems that a hundred
    or so years ago, the king of Burland gave the Zenithian Shield to the queen of
    Gardenbur.  The counsel tells you that Gardenbur is a country to the east of
    here that has been completely isolated due to volcanic eruptions, but that you
    may be able to melt your way through with the Magma Staff. Seeing as you have
    the Magma Staff in your possession, that should be a piece of cake, now
    shouldn't it?
    
       In other news around Burland, people from the nearby village of Izmit have
    reported having some strange recurring dream.  Since there's a high
    probability of this relating to your quest in some way, head for Izmit.
    
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       Well, let's get started, then.  Head to the inn and take a nap.  The dream
    goes a little something like this: a young girl, an elf, actually, resides on
    the top floor of a tower, looking out the window.  Her name is Rosa.  Soon, an
    unsavory fellow named Saro shows up.  Saro is the little cretin you see here,
    and Necrasaro is the highly evolved freak of nature who's trying to resurrect
    the ruler of evil...  Now, admit it, you didn't realize that until I pointed
    it out just now.  Yeah, that's right.  Anyways, "Saro", plays a very
    unsettling tune, revealing a stairway at the foot of the tower.  And yes, you
    do currently possess the item capable of producing this melody.  Unless, of
    course, you already threw it off a bridge, angrily yelling, "to the hell from
    whence you came, devil-instrument!"  You probably didn't do that yet.  Saro
    reveals his plot to Rosa, which is strikingly similar to that of all
    criminally insane supervillains.  Apparently, he wants to exterminate all of
    mankind or something, same old, same old...  The dream ends with Rosa pleading
    to the dreamer (that would be you) for help.
    
       Anyhoo, after this rather disturbing experience, set sail for the eastern
    mountains.  And beware the powerful monsters that dwell there...
    
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    --- Welcome to: Gardenbur
    
    
       You're gonna have to dock your ship a good deal north of Gardenbur and hoof
    it the rest of the way out there.  You'll meet a number of monsters here, both
    familiar and new.  Some of them are fairly tame, like the Archibison, and
    really have no powers to speak of.  Others, however, are much more powerful:
    namely the Chillanodon and the Great Ohorus.  The Great Ohorus is a big fat
    thing that can take a lot of punishment, gets two attacks every round, and is
    immune to ice magic.  The Chillanodon is just nasty.  It can emit freezing
    winds and it can also emit much more powerful blizzards.  Needless to say, the
    Chillanodon can be very deadly in large numbers, and is also immune to ice
    magic.  Hurry south to the mountain range that cuts Gardenbur off from the
    rest of the world.
    
       While Gardenbur is surrounded by mountains, there is a lone spot that looks
    like it had once been a path (actually, it was a cave)... the barrier at this
    point is only one mountain tile thick.  This is where your lovely little Magma
    Staff comes into play- melt the son-of-a-bitch!  Feel free to prance into
    Gardenbur, a country populated and ruled only by women.  The only man here
    works at the house of healing.  Considering that this country has been
    isolated for years, yet still manages to retain a population, this dude looks
    just a bit unhappy.  Would it have been too hard for the programmers to give
    him an ear-to-ear grin?  Anyhoo, the queen here isn't one of those pesky
    "cooperative" types you've been dealing with lately.  She's actually just a
    little pissed that you melted through her country's natural defenses.  It
    looks like someone needs some Midol...
    
       Continuing on your quest to find out all you can, continue searching the
    castle for information.  You'll hear that the place has three basements, but
    you can only find two.  You can go ahead and loot that third basement right
    now... if you can find it, that is.  Alternatively, just look up its location
    in section V.D. of the FAQ.  You'll also meet a prophetess who tells you about
    the lovely Bronze Amulet that the queen gave her.  What this basically means
    is that her Bronze Amulet is in some way related to your quest.  Indeed,
    you'll soon happen upon a thief, who sees you as little more than a scapegoat.
     While your lead character stupidly searches the drawer he stole the Bronze
    Amulet from, the thief makes with the fleeing the scene of the crime.  Before
    you know what happened, your party is captured by the intriguingly responsive
    police force here and brought before the queen.
    
       Now, you may think for a minute that you're screwed.  You're not, believe
    me.  Even if you want to fess up and admit to committing the crime, the queen
    seems to know, deep down, that you're innocent, and will mercilessly poke,
    prod, and harass you until you break down and admit that you didn't steal
    anything.  She then gives you a chance to clear your names by finding the real
    thief and kicking his ass into another dimension.  So, basically, even though
    she thinks you're innocent, she also realizes that she has the power to make
    you rid her kingdom of this guy rather than sending her own soldiers in to do
    it themselves.  What a conniving bitch...  And to make sure that you do her
    bidding, she will hold someone in your team as a hostage.  Luckily for you,
    you can choose your hostage.  While one may consider leaving Taloon, the fat
    man, to rot while you skip town...  Alas, no.  You're after the Zenithian
    Shield, remember?
    
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       Your quest to find the thief is short.  Just south of Gardenbur is a cave.
    Y'know, for an area where for generations the castle and the clearly marked
    "Thieves Den" were the only accessible places, those guards at the castle sure
    are a brain-dead bunch.  At any rate, you will be thoroughly introducing the
    thief's ass to your foot, so it's time to think about who gets to do it.  The
    fight isn't utterly difficult, but our thief friend does know the Increase
    spell, so you'd be wise to have one or two offensive magicians on hand when
    you venture inside.  As for the local monster activity, the cave will contain
    mostly the monsters that hang around Gardenbur (which are nothing to scoff at,
    actually).  On the lower floors, however, you will start to encounter
    Dragonits.  If you've done any sort of leveling-up at the Royal Crypt, you
    know what to expect from these bastards.  They like to attack in large groups,
    are resistant to fire magic of any sort, and can emit very deadly scorching
    breath.  While the severity of these attacks can be lessened with Dragon Mail
    or a Dragon Shield, this equipment is available only to your stronger
    characters who really don't need that kind of protection, anyways.  Keep a
    close eye on your weaker characters on the lower levels, as losing someone
    that deep into the cave can be quite devastating (as, as we've already
    established, your magicians will be some of the most valuable fighters in the
    big fight at the bottom).
    
       The layout of this cave is just cruel, I swear.  There are more forks and
    breaks in the path here than in just about any other dungeon in the game
    (except maybe the Final Cave).  Just inside, you'll see two paths, leading
    right and left.  Go left.  The next fork has paths leading left, down, and
    right.  The path leading down is a dead-end, the path leading right will lead
    you to a chest containing a Small Medal, and the path leading left continues
    to the next fork.  At that fork, go down, as the path leading right is another
    dead-end.  This leads you to the next fork in the road, with paths leading
    right, and ladders leading up and down.  The path leading right will take you
    to an Agility Seed, the ladder going down takes you to a lovely dead-end, and
    the ladder leading up takes you to the next fork in the road.  At the fifth
    fork, the right path will take you to a chest containing 1,200 gold, and the
    path leading down brings you the stairs to the next floor down.
    
       Just downstairs is another fork in the road.  You'll see two ladders
    leading down; take the one on the left-hand side.  At the next fork in the
    road, you'll see two ladders leading up and down.  The ladder leading down
    will take you to the treasure of a Strength Seed as well as the next fork in
    the road.  At this next fork, you're presented with a path going down and one
    going left.  Heading down takes you to the stairs to the bottom floor, while
    heading left takes you to another fork in the road: a ladder and a path
    leading to the left.  Both paths will meet at the next fork in the road, which
    is yet another ladder and a path leading right.  The path leading right, and
    the ladder will take you to a fork leading up or down.  Proceed up to a chest
    with an Iron Mask in it, while either of the paths leading down from here
    lead to a Dragon Shield.  If your brain isn't completely destroyed by this
    point, backtrack from here a little bit to the path that leads down to the
    bottom floor.
    
       Once you get to the bottom floor, heal your characters' wounds, because a
    fight is about to start, and you want to be fully-healed for the ass-kicking.
    Down here, you'll see Bakor, the thief, sleeping soundly.  Since it's pretty
    much his fault that you've had to come all this way to kick his ass, I imagine
    you've probably got some pent-up aggression to release here.  After waking him
    and chasing him around the room in a comical Three-Stooges-like manner,
    proceed with the ass-kicking.  As we've established before, Bakor knows the
    Increase spell, and all it takes is one casting of it to render physical
    attacks next to worthless against him.  If the Hero is toting a Sword of
    Lethargy, Bakor will likely spend most of the fight asleep (he may not even
    get a chance to cast Increase on himself).  However, even if he does manage to
    get the spell off, Zap is a nice alternative to fighting him.  Mara's
    Blazemore spell will also shine in this fight (if she's with you, that is).
    On the offensive end of things, Bakor isn't much to worry about.  His attacks
    aren't too powerful, and the worst thing you have to watch out for is his
    Snowstorm spell.
    
       As you kick him while he lies on the ground bleeding, you'll meet up with a
    guard from the castle who followed you just in case.  This country apparently
    has some serious issues with trust...  Really makes you wonder about the old
    king of Burland, doesn't it?
    
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       Anyways, back at the castle, the queen more than generously rewards you
    with the Final Key, which renders your Magic Key obsolete.  She also suggests
    that you may find something of interest in a town called Rosaville, to the
    south.  Why the queen suggests this, I do not know.  Maybe she's receiving
    kickbacks from Rosaville's tourism industry, I can't say.  But despite
    whatever crazy reason the queen has for suggesting that you travel to
    Rosaville, the mere fact that she mentioned it to you means that there's
    obviously something vital to your quest to be found there.
    
       Before you take off, however, you can use the Final Key to get the
    Zenithian Shield out of one basement, and your teammate out of the other.
    If you'd like, free all the other prisoners while you're at it.  Of course,
    they'll still sit in their cells with the door wide open in front of them.
    Not too intelligent today, are we?
    
       Anyways, before you head for Gardenbur, there's one last trip that needs to
    be made first.  Leave Gardenbur and head north to your ship.  From there, sail
    east and around the northeastern corner of the continent.  You'll see a small
    island with a small den situated on it, and a small cave on the coast shortly
    to the north of it (the cave is nestled in the mountains in the center of the
    claw-shaped tip of the landmass).  One of these places is a dungeon, and one
    is a safe haven.  Since in this case it's not readily apparent (unless you
    already happen to know where you are), go to the island first.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Castle of the King who Collects Small Medals
    
    
       Even though there's a very likely chance that you've already been here
    before and know all about this place, just humor me, please.  In the small
    dwelling that he likes to call a castle, you'll come across the home of a
    rather hermitly guy who thinks he's a king.  Okay...  He doesn't seem to have
    much of a kingdom, or much of a population, for that matter.  Plus, the
    official name of this unincorporated hamlet sounds like the name of a bad
    Pearl Jam song...  Of course, it could be that he rules over the vast
    uninhabited areas to the west and south, in which case, we'll refer to it as
    "Montana".
    
       Anyhoo, king Ted Kazynski here collects Small Medals, as you've probably
    guessed, and offers powerful equipment in return for them.  Actually, come to
    think of it, isn't it illegal in the real world to supply dangerous weapons to
    any random person who happens to stop by and offer you a couple of cheap
    trinkets?  Regardless, the king offers some very useful equipment here.  Even
    if you've already had dealings with him before (which you likely have), the
    acquisition of the Final Key opened up many more opportunities for you to
    collect Small Medals, so be aware.  As always, section VII. of the FAQ covers
    Small Medals in full detail, but you do have another reason for visiting this
    place.
    
       A knight staying at the inn (you'd really think that this place wouldn't
    get enough traffic to necessitate an inn...) tells you about the mysterious
    cave up north.  It's called the Shrine of Breaking Waves, and this traveling
    soldier suggests that the Zenithian Armor can be found there.  Now, just how
    it ended up there is a mystery...  Moreover, it's a mystery that the game
    doesn't really even bother to explain for you.  So, I'll offer my humble
    theory: goblins.  Goblins did it.  It was all the goblins' fault.  Now set
    sail for the Shrine of Breaking Waves to reclaim the Zenithian Armor from the
    goblins!
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Shrine of Breaking Waves
    
    
       The good news is that you can just sail your happy ass into the Shrine of
    Breaking Waves, and as long as you remain on the boat, you'll have the full
    party at your disposal.  Furthermore, the Shrine of Breaking Waves is a
    relatively small place.  Now for the bad news: you're introduced to a slew of
    new and dangerous creature features that can really screw your world up.  The
    powerful new hordes of monsters you'll meet in here include the Dragon Rider,
    Necrodian, Plesiodon, Snowjive, Karon, Podokesaur, Maskan, and Fury Face.  The
    Dragon Rider is a tough enemy that gets two attacks every round and can emit
    scorching gas- a deadly combo.  To make them all the more difficult, they are
    evasive of fire magic of any sorts, and are entirely immune to explosive
    magic.  The Necrodian isn't much of a threat, but is resistant to all forms
    of magic attacks.  The Plesiodon, judging from the amount of punishment it
    can take, must have skin made up of some form of titanium-adamantine alloy.
    Lucky for you, the Plesiodon isn't much of an attacker, and the only type of
    magic that it is in any way evasive of is ice magic.  The Snowjive is the
    first creature you'll meet capable of casting the powerful Blizzard spell.
    While these things are bad enough alone, they're just nasty in groups.  And,
    as one would expect, Snowjives have a bit of resistance to ice magic.  The
    Karon is a creature who is resistant all magic except fire magic and attacks
    with the Staff of Thunder (which produces effects similar to that of the
    Firebane spell).  This alone isn't too bad, but what's really obnoxious about
    these little bastards is that they also know the Vivify spell (and they
    usually travel in pairs for just this reason).  The Podokesaur is one of the
    more obnoxious creatures you'll encounter.  While it's offensive capabilities
    are little to speak of, the mere fact that it knows the Healus spell should be
    enough for you to put it to the blade with the quickness.  The Maskan is
    another of the more aggravating creatures here.  It may travel alone, but
    don't be fooled: these things have the reproductive powers of a redneck on
    Jerry Springer, and will summon as many of themselves that can fit on the
    screen.  So, if you don't kill these things the second you see them, be
    prepared to fight an army of them (luckily they're not one of the more
    dangerous creatures abound).  They do, however, know the Infermore spell, and
    can be all the more difficult to deal with in large numbers in that they are
    completely immune to blaze and explosive magics, and are resistant to flame.
    Lastly, the Fury Face is probably the most God-awful hideous sight you've
    seen since you happened upon those naked pictures of Bea Arthur.  Ugliness
    aside, these little bastards know just about every breath attack known to man,
    and can emit fireballs and freezing winds, too...  Thankfully, the majority of
    their attacks won't screw your world up too badly, but some of them can be
    pretty harsh.  Get rid of them any way you can, but know that they do have a
    resistance to fire magic.
    
       One point I should go ahead and make is that the majority of the monsters
    here have a resistance to one form of magic or another, as we've already
    established.  But since you've got your full party on hand, it's all a matter
    of knowing who to use and when, and switching them out at the proper times.
    You have the "switch" command for a reason, y'know.
    
       Anyways, the trip is actually fairly short.  From the entrance, you'll see
    three ways to go, but only the path to the right isn't a dead-end of sorts.
    As you head right, you'll round a corner and begin to sail upwards.  As you
    do, you may notice small pathways on the banks to the left and right of you,
    with stalagmites separating them.  Stalagmites abound, they will create seven
    rows of paths.  In the middle row, the fourth, there is a path leading to the
    left into the next room (but due to your eagle-eye view, there's really no way
    that you could tell that it was a path unless you knew where to look) where
    you may liberate a Small Medal from its chest.  Continuing to sail upwards,
    however, you'll soon round another bend and head to the left.  You'll reach a
    point where you'll have the option to disembark, or continuing to sail
    downwards.  Since disembarking is a fruitless venture, sail down and into a
    large room.  This very large room has a bunch of rocks sticking up out of the
    water that make a fun little maze.  It's very easy to navigate, though, and
    the exit is on the left side of the room.  Exiting the maze room, head down
    until you see a small island with a set of stairs in it.  These stairs will
    lead you to a small room containing two chests.  In one chest is yet another
    Small Medal, while in the other you will discover the legendary Zenithian
    Armor!  Only the sword's left...
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: Rosaville
    
    
       Well, wouldn't you know it?  The sword is by far the most difficult and
    painstaking piece of Zenithian equipment to obtain.  And it all starts by
    heading to a little place called Rosaville.  While it is south of Gardenbur, a
    quicker way to reach it is from Koneber (remember that place?).  Sail east a
    bit and then head north along the river until you come across a town near the
    coast.  This is Rosaville, an area populated by the same monsters you've been
    fighting around Gardenbur.
    
       By the by, since it takes you just south of here, now is an excellent time
    to perform the game's side quest (see section IV. in the FAQ).  Since you
    recently acquired the Final Key, you should now have the Ice Blade in your
    possession (see section V.F. of the FAQ for details on locating it).  And the
    side quest, should you choose to accept it, will net you the Metal Babble
    Sword.  With these two weapons on hand, not to mention the kick-ass equipment
    located here at Rosaville (and at Riverton), that you should now be much more
    likely to afford, you just might want to become a little spendy.  For
    instance, outfitted with some decent equipment, Ragnar should now prove to be
    much more effective in battle than he was before.
    
       Anyhoo, Rosaville is the certified home of dwarves (or "little people").
    What you'll quickly notice about Rosaville is that it just happens to be the
    site of that freaky-ass dream you had at Izmit.  Talking to the people here,
    you learn that Rosa cries rubies instead of tears.  For this reason, people
    were complete bastards to her.  Naturally, you, the Hero must investigate, but
    there's sadly very little that you can actually do.  There's a knight hanging
    around here that is trying to find Rosa so he can get rich off her, but
    unfortunately for you, the game programmers forgot to include a "kill
    civilian" command, so you've sorta got to let him go.
    
       Anyways, play the Flute of Uncovering in the proper spot, thus granting you
    access to the tower.  Well, it seems that Rosa has a bodyguard called the
    Saroknight.  He'll attack, and he can silence your magic users with the
    Sphere of Silence (remember that?)  You'll just have to fight him instead.  If
    you have any problems, you can bring along Taloon, Ragnar, and Alena (then
    again, if this fight is giving you trouble, you have bigger problems to worry
    about...)  Beware, however, of the Saroknight's ability to summon
    Chillanodons.  Anyways, frag his ass and loot back the Sphere of Silence he
    was holding.  Now just how in the hell did he get his hands on it?  At any
    rate, it's yours now (again).  And I bet ya didn't even know that this time
    around, the Sphere of Silence is a lost-forever, as mentioned in section I.F.
    of the FAQ, and that had you not beed following the walkthrough, you might
    have missed it.
    
       Rosa is startled, but seems to realize that you're on the level.  She'll
    again tell you that she wants you to stop Necrasaro.  Sadly, for the time
    being, you've got to lay off searching for the Zenithian Sword for awhile in
    favor of stopping Necrasaro's crazy ass.  Rosa suggests you sneak into the
    monster's base of operations and listen in on them.  In order to blend in,
    you'll be needing the Staff of Transform, which her slime friend will inform
    you lies in the Royal Crypt, just south of Endor.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Royal Crypt
    
    
       This place, like the Shrine of Breaking Waves, is locked up for no good
    reason.  I dunno, maybe they think that the dead people are going to escape or
    something.  The monsters here are relatively difficult, but if you leveled-up
    here at any point, you should know what you're dealing with.  The Dragonits
    from the bottom floor of the Cave South of Gardenbur are probably the worst
    things you'll deal with.  In addition, you'll meet the Hambalba, Tyranobat,
    Bebanar, Hemasword, and everyone's favorite, the Metal Babble.  The Hambalba
    and Tyranobat are both relatively tame monsters, except that the latter can
    frighten your characters with a loud roar, and the former has a very small
    chance to paralyze one of your teammates.  So, if Nara isn't amongst your
    numbers, you may consider having a Full Moon Herb on hand just in case.  The
    Bebanar is a distant cousin of the Phantom Messenger that casts Firebane and
    is resistant to all forms of fire magic.  The Hemasword is also kin to a
    familiar foe.  And, like its cousins, the Hemasword has a high resistance to
    any and all magical attacks.  As for the Metal Babbles...  think of the Metal
    Slimes, only they appear in larger numbers, have more HP, and can cast
    Firebal.  For more information on Metal Babble huntin', check out section
    VI.B. of the FAQ.  For now, proceed into the Royal Crypt.
    
       Taking the stairs to the next floor down, you'll see some arrow tiles to
    your left (but they take you nowhere seeing as they are pointed towards you).
    Head up a little ways to some arrow tiles- both will take you to the same
    destination, which leads to a set of stairs going down.
    
       Downstairs, you are again presented with two arrow tiles, both of which
    will take you to another set of stairs.
    
       On the next floor, hop on some more arrow tiles, which will lead you to the
    Staff of Antimagic and ultimately, another fork in the road.  The right path
    leads back to the beginning, and the left path takes you to the next fork in
    the road, with paths leading down and right.  The right path leads to a Small
    Medal, and the path leading down goes to the next fork.  The left path here
    takes you back the way you came, and the right path takes you to another set
    of stairs.
    
       Downstairs, there will be another fork in the road.  The path leading up
    takes you to a "pool", that will fully restore everyone's HP/MP.  Down leads
    to a small maze of sorts.  The stairs leading back up are in the lower-left
    corner of the room.
    
       Upstairs, you'll see the final fork in the road.  Up is a dead-end, and
    going down will take you to the Staff of Transform.  It's off to Dire Palace,
    now!  Hop on your boat and set sail for the Southeastern continent.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Riverton
    
    
       Well, as you may have already learned back in Monbaraba, Dire Palace is
    surrounded entirely by mountains and is inaccessible by ship.  The only way in
    involves a bit of a detour that takes you first to the town of Riverton.
    Riverton is located along the river that flows into the southeastern continent
    from the north.  It actually doesn't appear on the map- but if you take the
    right path when the river forks and keep sailing, you just sorta run into it.
    On a related note, the southeastern continent will henceforth be referred to
    as Australia, as it a small island/continent that is mostly wilderness full of
    things that can kick your ass.
    
       Anyways, welcome to Riverton.  You've probably already been here to do some
    shopping, but the only good piece of equipment here that can't be found
    anywhere else (yet) is the Dragon Shield.  Other than that, you hear a bunch
    of rumors and stuff floating around here, blah, blah...  Why do they even call
    them "rumors" in RPG's?  Every rumor in every RPG is a universal truth,
    anyways...  Anyways the universal truths, I mean, rumors, around here involve
    that giant colossus to the south of here.  Someone here says the giant statue
    move!  By the way, guess how you get to cross that tiny little lake to the
    south?  Here's a hint: you ain't swimming it.  Also, the owner of the item
    shop is sitting around wishing he could discover a gas lighter than air.  Make
    a note of this,  and insert a Taco Bell joke if you'd like.  When you're ready
    to move out, sail away through Riverton's southern exit.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Shrine of the Colossus/The Colossus
    
    
       Now, it's time for another physics lesson- RPG style.  What we have here is
    the Colossus (an enormously large structure) and a shrine dedicated to it
    inhabited by a mysterious hobo (a comparably miniscule building, not counting
    the resident hobo).  Now, of these two, guess which one is visible from the
    world map?  Hint: it ain't the one that looks like it beat Oprah Winfrey in a
    butter-eating contest.  The point I'm trying to make here is that when you
    travel to the small shrine-like structure to the south of Riverton, don't be
    surprised to see a gigantic statue five hundred times bigger than the shrine
    mysteriously appear out of nowhere.
    
       I suppose we should go over the local monster activity before actually
    venturing inside.  A few familiar faces and a few new ones... (déjà vu?)  On
    our returning contestant list we have such obnoxious pains in our ass as the
    Karon, Fury Face, and Bebanar.  Now for the new meat...  The Rhinoband is
    a tough character that gets two attacks every round, casts the Upper and
    Defense spells, and has a resistance to all fire and vacuum magic.  The
    there's the cousin of the Flamer, the Blizag. In addition to annoying you
    with its freezing winds attacks, the Blizag may also further annoy you with
    the spells Beat and Defeat.  And trust me when I say the only thing more
    annoying than getting killed is a Pauly Shore movie.  Last on the docket is
    the Leonar, a powerful lion creature who gets two attacks every round and is
    capable of saving up it's strength (but with two attacks doesn't need to wait
    that pesky "whole turn" to attack).
    
       Now, the Colossus can move, but you've still got to go inside it to get to
    those controls (interesting side-note: the controls or "brains" of the
    Colossus are located in its crotch).  Entering the Colossus at its knees,
    you'll see a myriad of paths spring from around the entrance.  But, since the
    they're mostly erroneous, head towards the stairs directly in front of you
    (note that there is a small path that wraps around behind these stairs and
    leads to a chest containing a Small Medal).  Having or having not collected
    the only treasure on this floor (the Small Medal), proceed downstairs to the
    feet of the Colossus.
    
       Downstairs, you'll be given the option of going left or right.  If you head
    left, then to the bottom side of the room, you'll find a chest containing 640
    gold.  Conversely, if you go right and then up, you'll find a set of stairs
    leading up.
    
       Back upstairs, you're faced with a little maze.  From the beginning, go
    left, down, then right.  This lands you at a down/right fork in the road.
    Going right will take you to an Agility Seed, while continuing downward
    ultimately leads you to another set of stairs.
    
       Um... let's not think about what part of the anatomy of the Colossus we've
    reached and just continue along, shall we?  There's a path leading up, and one
    going down from the stairs.  Go down.  As you round the bend and begin to head
    right, you'll pass up not one, but two paths going up.  Both are dead-ends.
    Continue around the bend until you reach a set of stairs along the path.  The
    stairs will lead you to a chest containing the cursed Demon Hammer, and
    electing to continue along the path you were on you will ultimately end up
    inside the big room in the middle of this floor.  You'll pass up a dead-end
    road heading to the left and eventually find the stairs leading up.
    
       Upstairs, in the chest of the colossus, you'll find some more stairs and a
    treasure chest.  Since the chest is a Mimic, just continue upstairs.
    Welcome to the head of the Colossus.  Interestingly enough, it's completely
    empty.  There are two places here you can jump from (it's eye sockets, to be
    precise).  If you jump out of the one on the right, it takes you back to where
    you found the Demon Hammer.  So, unless you really hate yourself, avoid that
    ledge and jump off the one on the left, instead.
    
       You're now in the Colossus's left hand (actually, if you want to be
    technical, it's the right hand).  From here, enter the Colossus and go
    downstairs.
    
       Voila!  You're in the control room!  It really doesn't take a brain surgeon
    to figure them out, thankfully, and even someone as simple-minded as Ragnar or
    Taloon can get the thing working in no time.  Watch as through some rip in the
    space-time continuum, the Colossus appears on the map and transports your
    party safely across the scary puddle in the road.  While you watch this, think
    for a second about how ridiculous this is.  You risked life and limb to fight
    and scrape and claw your way to the top of this huge structure so it could
    transport you across something you could have just as easily hopped across.  I
    tell you, your average video game character is fearless for the most part, but
    they're all a bunch of pansies when it comes to water.
    
       Anyways, with this done, you can exit the Colossus from either of the side
    ledges that are clearly marked "jump".  And personally, when I jump out of the
    third story of a tall building, I'd actually prefer I have something
    underneath me to break my fall... like water, for instance.  But your party,
    frightfully scared of the water, is quite content to have its fall broken by
    the ground, instead.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Dire Palace
    
    
        You'd think that after you just commanded your characters to jump to the
    ground from about a hundred or so feet into the air, they'd be about ready to
    stop taking orders from your evil, twisted ass.  At the very least you'd
    expect them to stop and take a moment to tend to their profusely bleeding
    wounds, bruised, broken and mangled limbs, and other fractured and/or missing
    body parts...  They don't even do that.  They just pop right back up and keep
    going as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened...
    
       Shortly to the east of here is Dire Palace.  You don't have your wagon
    handy, but the trip shouldn't be too danger-filled.  The Rhinoband (from the
    Colossus) is the toughest thing you'll fight out here, though it may come at
    you with a Mighty Healer in tow.  The Mighty Healer is like a Healer, only it
    casts Healmore instead of Heal, and seems to prefer launching itself towards
    you in a pathetic attempt to attack you over actually healing its teammates
    (or itself, even).  All in all, it should be a short and relatively easy walk
    to Dire Palace (note that this will be added to your Return list in case, for
    some unknown reason, you actually wanted to come back here).
    
       As you step inside, you will not be attacked unless you attempt to converse
    with monsters.  Hell, you can just waltz inside and then use the Staff of
    Transform and they won't even know the difference.  I suppose that the
    monsters shouldn't have any more intelligent of a royal task force than the
    humans do.  Of course, the Staff of Transform will turn you into something
    random every time you use it.  Experiment to see what you like.  Of course,
    some transformations are ones monsters would attack just as they would you.
    So, let's say you used the Staff of Transform and it turned you into four Hero
    clones.  You'd wanna try it again before walking too far.  The same goes for
    kittens.  Try for something just a little menacing?
    
       At any rate, once you're satisfied with whatever the hell you've gone and
    turned yourself into, scout around (you might want to check out the treasury
    here, which is mentioned in section V.G. of the FAQ).  Among the new and
    useful information you'll discover here is the rumor that humans used to fly
    in balloons...  And remember what we've learned about rumors in RPG's?  Also,
    you may discover the local jail cell where the humans are being kept.  Despite
    your obvious ability to rescue them, you instead decide to leave them to get
    eaten by monsters.  Some Hero you are...
    
       Also, apparently, the ruler of evil isn't far from resurrection at all, and
    there's a meeting about to start on the second floor.  Isn't it convenient how
    you always show up just in time for events like these?  Attend the meeting.
    You won't be sitting there long before Necrasaro's ass shows up (wouldn't want
    to keep you waiting, now would he?)  Of course, at the moment, he is simply
    Saro.  I guess the evolution is a bit unstable, and they go back and forth
    between each other.  Of course, while you're pondering this, Saro tells
    everybody that the miners of Aktemto have run across something very
    interesting, and that the monsters should head there immediately.  If you
    recall stopping by the small island near Seaside Village and talked to the old
    hermit there, you may remember him telling you that the ruler of evil was
    banished a long time ago, and his castle was buried deep underground with him.
    The castle was located somewhere in that area...  Somewhere... close by...
    Oh, hell with it.  It was located near present day Aktemto!  Why are creepy
    hermits always the most helpful/informative people in video games?  But, the
    point is, you need to get your ass to Happy Land, I mean, Aktemto, and fast!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Aktemto/Esturk's Palace
    
    
       I suppose all of the people here now have some sort of explanation for that
    poisonous gas they struck earlier.  Amazingly, this fatal gas, rather than
    causing them to quit digging as I wisely suggested they do earlier, inveigled
    them to stupidly continue digging further until they unearthed a true evil,
    and the obvious source of the poisonous gas.  Say it with me, now: "what are
    they, a bunch of damned morons!?"  In the true spirit of heroism, you must
    now set out to fix that which others have royally screwed up.
    
       With a huge boss fight pending, you need to seriously consider who comes
    along.  You're probably going to want some healing power along, so Cristo,
    Nara, or both can help.  If Cristo knows Healus, actually, there's no better
    time for it to shine.  As for Mara/Brey, realize that indirectly offensive
    magic really gets you nowhere in the upcoming battle, so Mara would be the
    choice pick here (especially since she probably knows that lovely little
    Blazemost spell by now).  Fighters, as always, are really more a matter of
    personal preference.  Lastly, Carrot Top will prove to be indispensable.  And
    on a final note, if Cristo is for any reason not included in your party, be
    sure to bring a backpack full of Antidote Herbs with you... hint, hint...
    
       The first half of the Aktemto mine should be familiar, except for the part
    where you kick the enemies' asses so hard their noses bleed because they're
    the same damn ones you fought in Chapter Four.  The next part, the freshly dug
    part, is about as difficult as everything else.  Taking it from there, now...
    
        Remember those blasted Dragon Riders from the Shrine of Breaking Waves?
    They're here.  Then there's the Chaos Hopper, an evil little bastard that can
    cast Chaos.  The most obnoxious thing down here though is the Ryvern, whose
    attacks can poison you, and tend to do so quite frequently.  Worse yet, the
    Ryvern can summon those aggravating Podokesaurs (from the Shrine of Breaking
    Waves) and is resistant to fire magic and entirely immune to lightning magic
    (which is very annoying if you've subscribed to the "annihilate everything in
    sight with the Lightning spell" strategy).  Truth be told, on everything else
    down here, Lightning (if you know it) is a really easy way to eradicate
    anything you really don't feel like dealing with.  You don't even have to
    worry about MP, because there's a "pool" that restores your HP/MP as soon as
    you reach Esturk's Palace.
    
       In addition to the monsters I've already mentioned, once you near Esturk's
    Palace you risk battling Eigerhorns and King Healers.  The King Healer is a
    rare occurrence, and their powers... well... should be obvious.  The
    Eigerhorn, however, is a different story.  They have a very high amount of HP
    and can cast Snowstorm.  In addition, when their HP gets too low, they can
    "get scared"...  When scared, these things are far more dangerous than before,
    mainly because they start tearing through you with body attacks (which, as you
    may know, will reduce anyone it hits to critical damage).
    
       For what it's worth, when you first enter the new part of the mine, you'll
    see monsters walking around. Remember, if you want to converse with the
    monsters here, you'll need the Staff of Transformation.  Ignore them
    otherwise.
    
       The first (new) fork in the road has path leading left and right.  Go left.
    At the next fork are paths leading up and right.  Go right.  Lastly, there's
    another up/right fork.  Again, go right.  You'll find some stairs leading down
    to the next floor.
    
       Downstairs, there's a path leading left, and one going up.  Go up.  The
    next fork is a right/left fork, and you've gotta go left.  At the last fork,
    there's paths leading right and up.  Going right takes you to a seemingly
    dead-end, but if you search the ground in front of the puddle, you'll find a
    Small Medal.  Going up, of course, will take you to Esturk's Palace (though
    on the way you'll see one last dead-end path going left).
    
       You'll appear outside and to the left of Esturk's Palace.  Your first stop
    may want to be in that little building just ahead of you, as it contains the
    "pool" I mentioned earlier that restores your HP/MP.  Then, walk around to the
    front door of Esturk's Palace and enter.  Just walk through the first room to
    reach a small hallway.  This hallway, which leads to the left and then down,
    has four small rooms attached to it, not counting the end of the hallway,
    which has the stairs leading up.  The rooms contain, in order from first to
    last: a chest containing a Small Medal, a Mimic chest, a chest with 2480
    gold inside, and the last room (which is accessible from the hallway when it
    turns downward) has two chests inside, which contain a Strength Seed and an
    Agility Seed.
    
       Upstairs, walk up, and around to the right to reach a set of stairs leading
    up.  These lead nowhere, really, so continue down to reach a set of stairs
    leading down.
    
       Downstairs, continue to another fork in the road.  Both the paths, leading
    up and to the left, will merge at this room's exit, but only the path leading
    left will take you by the entrance to the room with the two treasure chests in
    it.  The chest on the right is a Mimic, but the one on the left does contain
    a Small Medal.  Also, there's a big area in the middle of the room with a
    treasure chest in it, but the entrance is being faithfully guarded by a
    skeleton.  And like that flaming spirit back at Santeem, you can't just kill
    it, you've got to kill something much more powerful than it to make it go
    away.  Video game logic...  Anyways, as you exit this room, you'll go down a
    small hallways that leads you to a set of stairs leading down.
    
       You'll emerge downstairs in Esturk's throne room.  There are some monsters
    hanging around him and waiting for him to arrive.  Even though their primary
    mission in life is to kill humans like you, they politely give you the option
    of leaving when you speak to them.  In turning them down, you'll have offended
    them, and they attack.  But personally, I've had stronger assaults from my
    little brother.  But, when you waste them, you get to deal with the real
    evil...
    
       Esturk may start out the fight asleep, but he's just as dangerous asleep
    as he is awake.  His attacks can strike the whole party at once for high
    amounts of damage, and he's also got an attack that erases the effects of any
    spell in effect.  So, in some respects, your strategy should be a fairly
    simple one: wail on his ass!  Let loose with everything you have, while
    keeping a close eye on your HP (Cristo's Healus spell may be a valuable asset
    in this fight, but the Hero still needs to keep an eye on everyone's HP).  Oh,
    and good luck.  This fight may be quite difficult, but it's really nowhere
    near as difficult as one would expect when picking a fight with the ruler of
    all that is evil...
    
       Sadly, after his ass is dominated, the game is not yet over for you.  You
    still have Necrasaro to deal with, right?  By the way, Necrasaro shows up
    right about now and comments on the inferiority of Esturk's evolution...
    Apparently it wasn't quite complete, which is why you were able to defeat him.
    I suppose he would try and kill you or something, but someone arrives to
    inform him that his precious Rosa has been abducted by humans (ever wondered
    why Saro has a burning desire to exterminate all of mankind?)  At any rate,
    Necrasaro is out of the way for the moment (and if you're really itching to
    figure out what happened to Rosa, check out section XIII.A. of the FAQ).  You
    are now free to continue on your quest to reach Zenithia.  On your way out of
    Esturk's Palace, stop by the formerly guarded room and nab the Gas Canister.
    What do you do with the Gas Canister?  Okay, the Taco Bell jokes are getting
    old now.
    
       Now, you can't just cast Outside from this place like you normally can.
    Some strange force contains it here, so you'll have to make it back to the
    mines before it'll work.  Once there, whiz outside and head for Riverton.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Riverton (Again)
    
    
      Take the Gas Canister to the guy who was looking for it and impatiently wait
    for him to build a hot air balloon for you... A balloon.  Most games give you
    an airship, or a bird to fly on, or something else cool like that.  Not Dragon
    Warrior IV.  They give you a balloon.  A Goddamn balloon!  Sigh...  At any
    rate, now that you have it, you can freely explore the entire world.  Why
    don't you start by getting your hands on the Zenithian Sword?  But where's it
    at?
    
       Remember the Treasure Map you got in Mintos?  Pretty worthless, I know.
    But it does provide a clue as to the Zenithian Sword's whereabouts.  In fact,
    it tells you exactly where to look- Elfville!  Get in your hot air balloon and
    set a course for this previously inaccessible town in the middle of the
    desert.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Elfville
    
    
       Remember how when you went to the Shrine of the Colossus I warned you about
    the gigantic statue that would suddenly appear out of nowhere?  Well, brace
    yourself.  When you enter Elfville, you will bear witness to the Giant World
    Tree: a gigantic freaking tree that puts General Sherman to shame.  Another
    fun fact to consider is that you are currently in the middle of a desert,
    which is a place where trees normally aren't supposed to grow.  And when they
    do, they don't look like normal trees, are called cactuses, and have thorns
    growing all over them.  Now I could understand jumping off of a three-story
    building while sustaining absolutely no personal injury, and I can even see
    giant structures appearing out of nowhere, but trees growing in the middle of
    the desert?  By this point I was beginning to think that the game programmers
    were just blatantly mocking the laws of nature.
    
       The shops in Elfville sell two really kick-ass pieces of equipment, but at
    a ridiculously high price.  However, money probably isn't much of an issue by
    this point in the game, so go ahead and snatch up what you want.  A couple of
    locals are claiming to hear voices from the top of the Giant World Tree,
    telling people to come up in groups of three.  Remember what we've learned
    about groups large than four causing a collapse in the space-time continuum?
    This obviously means that there's someone up there who wants to come with you.
    This someone is the UC, Lucia (for more information, refer to section II.I.
    of the FAQ).  While it's not required that you rescue her, she's probably
    worth it if not simply for the favor that she later does for you.  However,
    your trip up the Giant World Tree will be relatively difficult, especially if
    you've only got three characters on hand.
    
       Expect to see Green Dragons up here, who actually should be the least of
    your worries.  The Red Cyclone is another new enemy who can cast the
    Infermost spell and usually attacks in groups (thankfully they don't cast
    Infermost that often).  Then there's the Infernus Sentinel, a cousin to the
    Beleth that can cast Blazemore and Fendspell.  In addition, the Infernus
    Sentinel is resistant to all forms of magic.  Oh, yeah, and that obnoxious
    Ryvern creature from Aktemto is back.
    
       But also base your party on a few other things.  First of all, it's
    impossible to become marooned in the Giant World Tree, as whenever you get
    into trouble, all you have to do is just jump off (this is actually more of a
    hindrance, as you're more likely to accidentally step off than you are to run
    out of MP at this point).  Furthermore, revival comes at a cheap price here in
    the Giant World Tree, because all you must do is yank up one of its infinite
    leaves to revive a character for free, which is pretty cool when you think
    about it.  So arrange whatever party you feel comfortable bringing into these
    conditions and move out!
    
       Just inside three tree, you see two paths.  The path leading up takes you
    upstairs to a chest containing the highly-useful Staff of Healing, while the
    path leading right will take you upstairs and to the next fork in the road.
    
       Upstairs, there are paths leading up and down.  The path leading up will
    take you on a nice round trip of the tree and eventually leads to the stairs
    going up to the next level.  Oh, and watch your step here- falling off really
    sucks.
    
       On the next floor, head up to a left/right fork and go left and around
    until you are heading right.  There are two paths heading down that you will
    pass, but both are dead-ends, so continue right to the next and final set of
    stairs.  Oh, and need I repeat that you watch your step?  Falling off this
    close to the top really sucks.
    
       You're on the top of the tree, which is the most branch-bare of them all.
    If you fall off up here, you're really going to be kicking your ass.  Anyways,
    head southwest from the stairs to the center of the tree to meet Lucia.
    She's a Zenithian who fell from Zenithia and broke her wings, hindering her
    return trip home.  Say, you're going that way, aren't you?  Well, you will be
    if you could ever find that damned sword!  Oh, it's right over there.
    
       Grab the Zenithian Sword from a nearby chest (it should be somewhere to the
    right of where you are now) and leave.  By the way, you now have all of the
    Zenithian equipment!  Methinks it's time to pay a little visit to Master
    Dragon...
    
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Center of the World/Gottside
    
    
       Okay, you might notice that the power of the Zenithian Sword isn't quite
    what you hoped it would be.  That's okay, just equip it anyway, for it will
    soon be a weapon of unsurpassable power.  But the question still remains:
    where the hell are you supposed to go from here?  I mean, you've heard all of
    this crap about the Tower of Zenithia, which will take he or she who possesses
    all of the Zenithian equipment to the kingdom of Zenithia.  But... where the
    hell is it!?  Well, as the name of this section has already tipped you off,
    you need to head towards the center of the world.
    
       Close to the geographical center of the map is a tiny island that remains
    inaccessible by ship because it's completely surrounded by... this black
    crap...  It might be corral, it might be explosives of some sort; whatever the
    hell that crap back at Stancia was seems to have proliferated here.  At any
    rate, only your balloon can take you past the indestructible barrier of black
    crap and onto the tiny island.  Of course, when you land, it's not so tiny
    anymore.  Zoomed in, you'll see that even the tiniest island is a sizeable
    chunk of land.  Your balloon can't get you around anymore, sadly.  If you get
    back on, it takes you right off the island.  Because, apparently, flying isn't
    allowed here...  Much to your dismay, this is one of those video game logic
    flukes that can rather really inconvenience you.  From here on out, you're on
    foot only.
    
       Oh, yeah.  There's a whole new slew of monsters here.  Not really dangerous
    so much as they are new.  The Infernus Sentinel, which you may remember from
    the Giant World Tree, appears here.  Though they can be irritating, their
    pain-in-the-assness is challenged by another local resident, the Wilymage.
    The Wilymage's usually travel in pairs and carry and endless supply of leaves
    from the World Tree.  What this means is unless you kill them both at once,
    you're really accomplishing nothing and succeeding only in further irritating
    yourself.  In addition to their infernal survivalability, the Wilymage is also
    resistant to fire magic and can cast Firevolt.  The Ogre is a fairly
    mentionless foe...  Oh, yeah, there is another creature around here called the
    Noctabat.  But, it is fairly rare (given the name, it usually will only show
    up at night, as well).  It's chief ability nullifies any spell being cast in a
    battle with it.  Any spell.  So just kick its ass without using magic- it's
    not that hard to do, y'know.
    
       I should also mention the prevalence of the King Metal creature in the
    hills northeast of Gottside.  They boast the Firebane spell and two attacks per
    turn, making them twice as likely to turn tail and run from you.  However, the
    frequent occurence of them does make these hills a favorite level-up spot of
    some players, and is discussed in detail in section VI.C. of the FAQ.
    
       From where you landed, head east (and avoid going south for the moment) to
    a town called Gottside.  This town is also home to a number of elves and
    prides itself on being the town closest to Zenithia.  At any rate, talk with
    the people here, and learn very little except that you are (obviously) very
    close to the Zenithian Tower.  You'll also meet a "fallen angel", who sees the
    Her and tells you to hurry your ass up to Zenithia.  Let's get going now,
    shall we?
    
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    --- Welcome to: Shrine of the Horn
    
    
      Now, there, Sparky.  I know you've got your sights set to the sky, but
    there's one important stop you need to make first.  East of Gottside is a ring
    of mountains that is only broken on its east side.  Inside the ring of
    mountains (enter it from the east) is the Shrine of the Horn.
    
      Lucky for you, this place is very small, and your stay here brief.  The best
    news?  No enemy encounters!  There are two items here you'll want to grab.
    One is a great piece of armor called the Dress of Radiance, and the other is
    an artifact called the Baron's Horn.  It has no apparent use, but you want
    it. Why, you ask?  Because this is a video game, and you are intended to pick
    up everything that isn't nailed down, especially if that particular item has
    it's own little building that's named after it.  Remember, in video games, all
    priceless artifacts and items exist solely for your exclusive use, except, I
    guess, the Golden Bracelet.  Which reminds me, Necrasaro is still out there,
    don'tcha know?   Head to the Zenithian Tower...	
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Zenithian Tower
    
    
       The Zenithian Tower is a short walk south of Gottside and will take your
    party to Zenithia (assuming the Hero comes with you).  You don't have to take
    Lucia with you if you don't want to, as the wagon will re-appear at Zenithia.
    As for who should come on this trip...?
    
       You'll see a lot of the creatures from outside roaming around in here
    (including the Noctabat, despite it not being nighttime in here), plus a
    several new ones.  There's the Ferocial, which is little more than a stronger
    version of the Leonar from the Colossus.  The Beastan is also of little
    mention, and is nothing more than a cheap Hambalba knock-off that can't even
    paralyze you.  The Pit Viper is a little pain in the ass that it can paralyze
    you with its attacks and isn't affected by the Hero's kick-ass lightning
    magic.  On the higher levels, the enemies get a little more dangerous,
    however.  You may run into the Rhinoking that you may or may not remember
    form Esturk's Palace (he was the one guarding Esturk).  There's also the
    Demighoul which brings old problems back to you in spades.  Remember the
    Blazeghost and how you could never hit those little bastards with weapons, and
    sometimes they'd even split?  Say hello to the Demighoul.  Another pest
    roaming around up here is the Master Necrodian.  Though you may laugh at the
    pathetic little Rogue Whispers he summons, beware his mighty Defeat spell.
    
       From the beginning, you're given the option to go left or right.  The right
    path is the one that takes you further up the tower.  That being said, the
    left path will also take you to a set of stairs.  Up those stairs, you'll see
    a path leading down and some more stairs.  The path leading down is a
    dead-end, while the stairs going up will take you to a chest containing a
    relatively worthless Magic Potion.  This trip really wasn't worth it, now was
    it?
    
       Taking the right path at the original fork takes you upstairs and to the
    next fork.
    
       Upstairs, you'll see a path going left, and one heading up into a small
    room.  Inside the small room is a chest containing some Mystic Acorns, and
    the path going left will take you to small room.  Inside this small room are
    three sets of stairs: one on the right side of the room, one on the left, and
    one in the upper part of the room.  The right one leads to a dead-end.  The
    left one leads to a Small Medal.  Only the one in the upper part of the room
    will continue you through the Zenithian Tower.
    
       On the next floor, you'll see a room that looks like one of the "pools"
    that restores your HP/MP, but isn't.  Exit the room through the bottom and
    continue to the next fork.  You'll see a small room and a set of stairs going
    down.  The room only leads to a dead-end, so go downstairs.  Making your way
    through this room, you'll see a path going down and a set of stairs to the
    left.  If you take the path down, you'll find the Mysterious Bolero.  Finding
    this, head back to the fork and go upstairs.
    
       As you emerge on the next floor, you can go either left or right.  To your
    right is a chest containing a Dragon Shield, and to your left is a roundabout
    path that will take you around to another fork.  From this fork, go down and
    around to the right side of the room.  From here, you should be able to locate
    the stairs leading up to the top floor.
    
       The top floor is pretty simple.  Ascend the altar and fly up to Zenithia!
    
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    --- Welcome to: Zenithia
    
    
       Like, wow man!  We're in the clouds and stuff!  You've got your wagon back,
    and you see a big castle in front of you.  We can only guess that this is, in
    fact, Zenithia.  Put Lucia (if you have her) in your party before entering.
    And, when you enter Zenithia, if Lucia is with you, she'll run off.  Don't
    worry about her- snoop around...
    
       Talk with the angels and the elves here (you'll actually meet the two elves
    from Birdsong Tower here).  There's also a demon watering the plants who gives
    you the very useful Dew of the World Tree, which restores everyone's HP and
    MP.  Unfortunately, you can only carry one at a time, but there's an endless
    supply from this guy!  Another angel tells you about what really happened so
    many years ago.  One of the "angels" here went to Earth, fell in love with a
    young woodsman, and had a baby.  The woodsman, interestingly enough, was
    struck dead by a bolt of lightning.  Conversely, the angel, whom we all
    thought had died, was brought back up here to Zenithia.  However, she is dead
    now, so you never get to meet her, which kinda sucks.  A nun will tell you
    that Necrasaro moved to the underground and fortified his palace with an
    indestructible barrier of sorts, which really sucks.  Also, an extremely
    grateful Lucia will grant you the aid of a baby dragon named Doran for the
    rest of your quest: a valuable asset, indeed.  Lastly, someone here explains
    that they were nice enough to summon your wagon using a little item called the
    Baron's Horn.  So the Baron's Horn summons your wagon, 'huh?
    
       After exploring a bit, enter the castle and speak with the big cheese
    himself- John Candy.  After chatting with him, say hello to Master Dragon.  He
    explains a few things, most of which you already know.  He does mention that
    you need to go defeat Necrasaro (which you know already).  Problem is that
    after this little "ruler of evil" fiasco, Necrasaro has retreated to the
    underground, a place where he has far much more control.  Also, he's renewed
    his vow to exterminate every living human following Rosa's abduction...  At
    any rate, Master Dragon then grants the Hero a small bit of experience and
    blesses the Zenithian Sword...  This renders it an unstoppable weapon (it also
    unequipped it from you- put it back on).  After this, someone at the edge of
    town is nice enough to point you towards a hole in the clouds you can jump
    through in order to reach the Final Cave, which will lead you to Necrasaro.
    You may ask yourself what good you'll be against the forces of evil after
    you've died from falling ten thousand feet out of the sky.    But, if about a
    zillion three-story drops didn't kill you, what makes you think a
    three-hundred story one will be any more damaging?  Remember, this is a video
    game.  Only local wildlife and prolonged exposure to marshy terrain can kill
    you- not a ten thousand foot impact, never mind what'll probably land on top
    of he/she who lands first.  Video games...
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Final Cave (Part One)
    
    
       I hate this place...  If the layout doesn't confuse you to the point of
    insanity, the monsters will drive you that way, anyways.  Among the little
    hellions that will try and kill you are the: Red Dragon, Bezzable, Bharack,
    Fairy Dragon, Spite Spirit, Bull Basher, Ogrebasher, and Master Malice.
    
       The Red Dragon makes its first appearance here.  They can cast Surround,
    Infermost, emit scorching gas, and possess an immunity to blaze and flame
    magic.  The Bezzable, actually, is pretty much the tamest thing here and does
    seemingly little else besides showing up in large numbers.  But, if you let
    them live while killing off all their friends, you soon learn that they are
    capable of casting the Farewell spell, meaning that you should probably get
    rid of them as soon as you can.  The Bharack, besides showing up in large
    numbers and being able to summon more of themselves, are resistant to ice and
    explosive magics and can summon Curers (little pains in the ass that can cast
    Healall), as well.  The Fairy Dragon is actually less threatening than its
    cousin, the Dragonit, was at the time.  Still, beware the sweet breath of the
    Fairy Dragon, as well as it's Chaos spell.  Spite Spirits can produce effects
    similar to the Bounce spell, so be careful when attacking them with magic.  In
    addition, the Spite Spirit knows the Stopspell spell, and can reproduce like
    nobody's business (though not nearly as bad as that damn Maskan could).  The
    Bull Basher is one of the tougher foes around here.  For starters, they
    usually travel in pairs and can cast the Revive spell.  Not only that, but
    their HP is kind of high, and they are also resistant to all forms of magic.
    Their method of attack is usually the Blizzard spell.  Next, the Ogrebasher.
    The good news is that they're pretty much big, dumb guys who always travel
    alone and smash things with their big sticks.  The bad news is that what they
    do do, they do well.  In addition to being good fighters who often strike
    critical blows, they have around 900 HP to back it up with.  Cristo,
    interestingly enough, will actually cast Surround on these things (which
    pretty much debilitates their offense, actually).  The whole place would
    actually be a walk in the park if not for the last enemy here...
    
       Lastly, we have Master Malice.  The single most obnoxious, aggravating,
    and irritating thing down here is this little bitch.  The good news is that,
    like the Ogrebasher, Master Malice always travels alone.  Also, Master Malice
    is the only enemy in the game who conforms to a specific attack pattern.
    Master Malice begins the fight with Explodet, and then cats Fendspell, next
    comes Upper, Blazemore follows, Esturk's "freezing waves" attack that
    eliminates the effects of any spell affecting any of your characters comes
    after that, and finally, Master Malice attacks.  Then, the whole pattern
    starts over.  And you should expect fights to be considerably long, as well,
    considering that Master Malice's HP breaks 1,000, giving her more HP than any
    regular enemy, and more than most bosses, as well.  God, I hate this place...
    
       From the beginning, you may head up two rooms to a chest containing a
    Dress of Radiance.  Either the path going left from the first room or from
    the room just above it will take you to a hallway that will lead you to
    another fork in the road.  Here, there's a path going right, and one going
    down.  The path going right takes you to a room where you some more of those
    arrow tiles on the floor.  The one you see going left takes you right back
    where you started. You'll see two below you, though only one of them points
    away from you.  This one leads to a chest containing a Small Medal.  Now,
    head back up and hop on the arrow tiles that lead back to the room's entrance.
    At the fork, the path leading down takes you down a large set of stairs that,
    in fact, takes you down to the floor below.
    
       While you may not realize it, in heading down, you're going down a floor.
    I tell you this, because  the rooms down here overlap with the rooms above
    you, and it can get very confusing if you don't realize that you've gone down.
    The hallway will lead down, right, up, left, and finally down again to
    another down/left fork directly below the one upstairs.  The left path here
    actually takes you further through the cave, while the bottom path takes you
    to a few treasures.
    
       Going down from this fork, you're going down another floor, and along
    another hallway that leads you down, right, up, left, and down to...  a path
    going left directly underneath the two down/left forks above you.  Go left
    into a very large room with a big lake in the middle of it, and a generous
    portion of swamp tiles surrounding the outskirts (think "Stepguard").  Go left
    from the entrance, and in the far upper-left corner of this room you'll find
    chest containing some Lifeforce Nuts.  Walk down to the bottom of the room
    and start to head back right.  You'll see some arrow tiles on the floor
    sending you on a one-way trip back to the right side of the room.  They'll
    stop at a chest containing some Water Flying Clothes, though.  Anyways,
    having collected both treasures down here, head back upstairs to the down/left
    fork and take the left fork to continue through the cave.
    
       Back at the second down/left fork, the left path will continue through the
    Final Cave.  It leads you to a small room with exits leading down and to the
    left.  The left exit leads to a small room with a Staff of Jubilation in it.
    The exit leading down takes you a large swamp-filled hallway.  The chest you
    see in the far reaches of the swamp is a Mimic, so just walk past it until
    the hallway finally takes you to a set of stairs leading back up to the first
    floor.
    
       Upstairs, you'll see some more arrow tiles.  The ones to your right will
    just take you the hole you're standing next to and dump you back at the feet
    of the stairs, so they're really counter-productive when you think about it.
    Head down and around the arrow tiles you see until you come across two
    arrow-tile paths leading down.  The one on the right just takes you in a loop,
    so take the one on the left.  It leads you to a chest containing the cursed
    Demon Armor.  From here, however, you should be able to step on some arrow
    tiles leading right.  From there, it's a short walk to a set of stairs leading
    down.
    
       Downstairs you'll be in a small room with lotsa treasure!  Liberate the
    chests here of their contents: 3280 gold, an Agility Seed, some Lifeforce
    Nuts, and a Strength Seed.  The stairs leading down to the next floor are
    only a few tiles away from the treasure horde.
    
       Downstairs again, you'll find yourself on a small island in the middle of
    that big lake you may have seen in that really big room.  Right next to you is
    a boat, which you'll be needing to sail a few tiles to the right to another
    set of stairs leading down.
    
       On this floor, simply head left and then down from where you start to yet
    another set of stairs going down.
    
       You'll see a big door down here that takes you to the second half of the
    Final Cave.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Final Cave (Part Two)
    
    
       OK, this isn't necessarily the second half of the Final Cave.  That
    insinuates that you're only halfway through.  Don't fret- you're actually
    pretty close to the exit.  This is considered to be the second half of the
    Final Cave because, first of all, there's a distinct change in scenery.
    You've now entered a castle-like setting of sorts, which is actually a prelate
    of things to come.  In entering the "castle", you have crossed the line that
    separates the world above with the evil word below.
    
       Anyhoo, along with the new settings comes to you a new set of monsters,
    though you'll still see a few favorites left over from the first part of the
    Final Cave, like the Red Dragon, Spite Spirit, Bharack, and the Bull
    Basher.   One new addition, the Big Sloth, was intended mainly as a joke.
    They have little powers to speak of besides that, when hurt badly enough,
    they tend to "get serious".  By "getting serious", I'm not sure what they
    mean, but they do start trying to cast spells that they don't even have enough
    MP to cast (Blizzard), and they usually just end up running away.  Also,
    expect to see hordes of Metal Babbles here (yay!) along with the occasional
    King Metal, whom you may or may not remember from the hills of Gottside.  For
    this reason, this place actually makes a damn fine level-up spot in the late
    game (see section VI.D. for more on leveling-up here), though some still
    prefer to stick with Gottside for all their level-up needs.
    
       Anyways, your trip through the castle is relatively short.  From where you
    start off, follow the path to a room with a big-ass hole in it, and some
    stairs behind that hole.
    
       The floor below this contains two treasure chests.  One, in the middle,
    contains the Mirror Shield and is only accessible by jumping into the hole in
    the floor above.  The other chest, conversely, is only accessible by taking
    the stairs and contains Lifeforce Nuts.  You can advance to the floor below
    this one either by taking the stairs or by jumping into the ring-shaped hole
    in the middle of this room.
    
       The next floor down, there ain't much but another set of stairs leading
    down.
    
       On the ground floor, exit the "castle" only to emerge in the evil world...
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Evil World/Last Refuge
    
    
       Congratulations!  You are now in the evil world (Hell, essentially).
    Hmm... I didn't know there was vegetation in Hell, let alone trees.  Flora
    aside, the local fauna is a brand-new experience, as well.  We've got
    Swingers, Impostors, Guardians, Ryvernlords, Leaping Maskans, Lethal Armors
    (what in the hell are they doing here???), Great Ridons, and the Duke Malisto.
    
       Swingers, besides being the most poorly-named enemy in RPG history, are
    essentially rip-offs of the Ogre that possess no special power whatsoever
    besides being really damn strong.  Impostors appear here, and can turn
    themselves into members of your current team, but are severely handicapped
    otherwise.  There can only be one clone of each team member at a time, and the
    only attack that the Impostor is capable of is the Transform spell (they can't
    even attack!)  They appear in fours, but in four separate groups.  Still,
    Explodet and/or Lightning makes very short work of them.  If you actually have
    the Mirror of Ra, it will revert their transformations, as well.  But, kicking
    their asses is still much easier.  The Guardian is the Dragon Rider creature
    to the next power.  They get two attacks every round, are immune to explosive
    magic, and can emit blizzards, as well as sweet breath.  Ryvernlords are an
    example of an enemy gone a step down.  They cannot poison you like their
    predecessors can, making them bearable.  Their only real strength is their
    tendency to show up in groups, and they can occasionally summon Bharacks (you
    may remember them from the Final Cave).   Then we have the Leaping Maskan.
    If you at all remember the Maskans from the Shrine of Breaking Waves, you
    should understand why these things must die as soon as possible and in some
    horrible fashion.  Even though their only alternative attack targets the whole
    party, and ends up killing the attacker in the process, these things still are
    a pain in the ass.  As with just about everything else out here, though,
    Lightning and Explodet will see to it that their reinforcements never see the
    light of day.  The Lethal Armor, for some reason, makes its home down here,
    too.  You may remember these things from Stancia, actually, and be wondering
    why in the hell they're hanging out with things five times stronger than they
    are...
    
       The last two creatures are rare occurrences out here, but are probably the
    most difficult fights.  Great Ridons can emit violent blazes, which can be
    damaging.  They are resistant to all forms of magic, and are entirely immune
    to blaze and ice spells, to boot.  Duke Malisto is the badass cousin of the
    Beleth and Infernus Sentinel.  In addition to being resistant to all forms of
    magic, Duke Malisto has a wide library of spells including Stopspell, Beat,
    Firevolt, and Blazemost.
    
       All in all, the fights out here should be very easy (excepting encounters
    with the Great Ridon and Duke Malisto), because of the Lightning and Explodet
    spells.  Explodet, and especially Lightning, makes pretty much short work of
    anything you come into contact with, as I've sort of already mentioned.  Feel
    free to use these spells to annihilate anything that comes near you, as MP
    conservation should be the least of your worries right now.  To learn why,
    keep reading.
    
       Directly outside of and right next to the exit of the Final Cave, you'll
    see a little shrine.  Enter it, for this is the Last Refuge, a place run by a
    rather unfortunate angel, where you can rest up for the upcoming battles.
    Despite what you may think, if there's anything you still need to do, the
    Return spell will, in fact, take you to and from this place.  If only getting
    out of the real Hell were so easy...  Like I've said, video games don't obey
    the rules of simple logic.  They just don't, kay?
    
       In the center of Hell stands Necrasaro's Palace.  But, according to the
    angel at the Last Refuge, you can't just barge in.  No, no...  Necrasaro's too
    smart for that.  Before getting in, you've got to deal with his four very
    stupid, very pitiful lackeys!  Yes, every super-villain like Necrasaro needs
    lackeys!  And they're just the kind of lackeys you'd expect a guy like
    Necrasaro to have: blindly loyal, needlessly aggressive, virtually brain-dead,
    and easy to kill.  Each hides out in a hovel-like setting on the four corners
    of "Hell".  You are to enter each dwelling and kick the ass of the inhabitant.
    After doing this for each of the four lackeys, the barrier is broken and you
    are granted access to Necrasaro's Palace, got it?  Good.
    
       Before you begin these lackey fights, there is a point I must stress.  As
    we've already established, MP conservation shouldn't be much of an issue in
    the Evil World, due to the Last Refuge.  As for the lackey battles, you can
    return to the Last Refuge and heal up after each fight, so, naturally, it
    would be in your best interests to dump all of your MP into disposing of the
    lackeys in such a way that an open-casket funeral would be out of the
    question.  Hit those bastards with everything you've got, and don't hesitate
    to use the Hero's Healusall spell to keep your own HP in the green.  And, as
    always, a Sword of Lethargy can pretty much negate any difficulty these fights
    have to offer (excepting Anderoug, for obvious reasons).  Now, it's off to do
    battle with the lackeys!
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Den of Infernus Shadow
    
    
       We'll start with the lackey to the northwest: Infernus Shadow.  Though it
    really doesn't matter which order they're defeated in, I choose to do this one
    first because this particular lackey will yield a Sword of Miracles when
    defeated- a pretty good haul, if you ask me.  Anyways, enter the northwestern
    hovel and face lackey number one.
    
      Infernus Shadow's attacks include a normal attack, emitting a blizzard, and
    the Explodet spell.  If you've ever cast that deadly freaking spell, you'll
    know what to expect.  One way to go about it is to just wail on his ass with
    everything you've got before he can do much damage, while yet another is to
    constantly keep maxing out your HP with Healusall while the rest of the team
    does the dirty work (though most people will find some sort of happy medium
    here...)  However, if you're really that worried about his Explodet spell, you
    can either deal with it via Fendspell, or just waltz in there with the Sphere
    of Silence and show his miserable ass who's boss.  Either way, when you win
    the fight, you earn the Sword of Miracles, and it's on to the next lackey.
    
       Also please note that due to a disturbance in the Force, you must step
    outside before your Return spell will work.  We apologize for any
    inconvenience.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Den of Gigademon
    
    
       The den of Gigademon is located in the southwestern corner of Hell.  It is
    also the only hideout that is in any way guarded.  For starters, the entrance
    is difficult to reach (you've gotta crawl through some underbrush to reach
    it), and there's a set of stairs leading nowhere that you must descend simply
    because that stairwell stands in the way of the set of stairs you must
    actually use.
    
       Just inside, there is a room full of strange clay dolls that will mirror
    your every step.  If you touch one, you will be thrown out of the den.  The
    idea is to move in such a manner that the dolls become trapped behind the
    stones scattered throughout the hideout, and then continue to Gigademon.
    Gigademon will laugh, and then ask you to check the ground behind you.
    Whether you turn around or just talk to him again, the fight will ensue.
    
       Gigademon gets two attacks every round and can cast Defense on your party.
    If you at all remember the Ogrebasher from the Final Cave, you'll know what to
    expect from Gigademon, actually.  If Cristo happens to be around, this is
    another time that he will miraculously remember knowing the Surround spell and
    use it with impressive results.  Anyways, wail on Gigademon's ass, and then
    leave for the next lackey's hideout.
    
       Oh, and the ban on the Return spell inside each lackey's hideout is still
    in effect.  Please step outside before teleporting back to the Last Refuge.
    Thank you.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Den of Anderoug
    
    
       The next lackey can be found in the den to the southeast.  You know the
    routine, walk in, take either the left or right path to the throne room, and
    pick a fight with the third lackey, Anderoug.
    
       Anderoug alone is pretty much the weakest lackey, by far, with both low HP
    and no noteworthy or dangerous attacks.  The problem is that there's three of
    him, and they are all capable of summoning replacements should one die, so the
    point is to take them all out together.  The good news?  Just cast a few
    spells (Lightning, Blizzard, Infermost, Explodet... and even Defeat works),
    and you can easily end this fight in less than one round.  After the fight,
    however, feel free to stop and laugh at the pathetic lackey that couldn't even
    go one round with you.  I swear, how did this imbecile even make it on the
    team, anyways?  For a lackey, even, he sucked.
    
       In compliance with the "no Return spells inside the lackey's dens" rule,
    step outside and carry on to the hideout of the final lackey.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Den of Radimvice
    
    
       Big Bad Radimvice is the fourth and final lackey, found in the hideout to
    the northeast.  Inside the hideout, on the second floor, you'll see two
    stairwells.  The one in the upper-right corner will lead you to the Zombie
    Mail, virtually worthless armor, while the stairs in the bottom-left corner go
    upstairs to the throne room.  You'll approach the throne room from the left,
    and may continue right to collect a Small Medal, and then head into the throne
    room itself and speak with Radimvice.  In compliance with the rule that states
    that all evil villains must reveal their nefarious plans before attempting to
    kill you, Radimvice reveals that he, in fact, was the one who ordered the
    abduction of Rosa (gasp)!  With a new sense of reason to kick his ass, do just
    that.
    
       This fight will play a bit differently than the previous three.  The fight
    consists of Radimvice and her three pet Demighouls.  You'll recall that the
    Demighouls are highly resistant to physical attacks, but before you whip out a
    Lightning spell to take care of them, realize that Radimvice begins the fight
    protected by the Bounce spell.  And if you were to use the Zenithian Sword to
    remove that spell, not only would he probably just put it back up again, your
    team, regardless of who is with you, will have by then likely dealt with the
    Demighoul situation.  And since Radimvice is completely immune to all magic
    except lightning magic, anyways, it's probably not worth the bother.  As for
    Radimvice's offense, he knows the Blizzard and Infermost spells, and will get
    two attacks every round to use them.  On the other hand, Radimvice is also a
    very crappy fighter, so the magic is all you have to worry about.  Fendspell
    is a good call for your healers in this fight, while your fighters will
    probably have the HP base needed to see this fight through to the end (though
    you should still keep an eye on their HP).  Mara and Brey contribute very
    little to this fight, actually, besides easy kills for Radimvice (though Brey
    may actually decide to cast Bikill on someone, it's rather unlikely).
    
       Anyways, with the fourth and final lackey destroyed, the barrier is broken.
    Exit the Den of Radimvice and then head back to the Last Refuge.  The angel
    there will heal you up, and will also remind you that you should take the
    Baron's Horn with you into Necrasaro's Palace.
    
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    --- Welcome to: Necrasaro's Palace
    
    
       Necrasaro's Place really isn't that difficult.  Despite only being able to
    have four members with you, you still have access to everyone back at the
    wagon (though someone with you still needs to have the Baron's Horn when you
    exit the place).  The monsters here are a "greatest hits" series from the
    Final Cave and the Evil World.  You'll also run into Duke Malisto and the
    Great Ridon in here much more than you would outside.  Of course, the fights
    here can be the easiest of them all if you know exactly why.  For a really
    cheap trick in getting through Necrasaro's Palace with minimal difficulty,
    refer to section XIV.B. of the FAQ.
    
       Arriving at the front gates, just step inside the place.  In the first
    room, you'll see more of those dolls from Gigademon's hut guarding the place.
    Only these things won't kick you out- they'll fight you!  Aside from being
    impossible fights to escape from, the Clay Doll also casts Defeat with wanton
    disregard, so you're advised to avoid these things.  To make it through this
    room safely, head right directly from the entrance (with the protection of
    Mara's Stepguard spell, preferably), and up along the wall until you reach the
    exit in the upper-right corner of the room.  Follow this path to a set of
    stairs.
    
       Upstairs, you'll come across another fork in the road.  You'll see stairs
    leading up, stairs leading down, and a pit.  The pit and the stairs leading
    down both go to a swamp-filled room with a chest containing a Small Medal
    somewhere in the bottom portion.
    
       Taking the stairs up, you'll eventually reach an elevator, as well as some
    more stairs.  Going up the stairs takes you to a room with an exit in the
    lower-right corner of it (also, directly above the stairs, is a concealed path
    leading up and to the invaluable Sage's Stone).  The exit in the bottom-right
    corner of the room will take you to chests containing a Small Medal and the
    Staff of Thunder.
    
       Back at the elevator, hop on and you'll see that it takes you to the floor
    below, covering up the pit that was once there.  Heading up takes you back the
    way you came, while heading right takes you to a room with some stairs in it.
    
       Go up these stairs to find an elevator blocking a stairway leading
    upstairs.  Take the elevator to the floor below, and then climb back up here
    and go upstairs.
    
       Upstairs, there's a small pathway that leads to a big room with a pool in
    the middle.  The exit is in the lower left corner of the room and leads
    outside.  Out there, the palace's back exit is clearly visible, and that's
    where you'll be wanting to go (make sure that someone's got the Baron's Horn
    before leaving).
    
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    --- Welcome to: Necrasaro's Mountain
    
    
       You can try and take Necrasaro on now, but you might stop and realize that
    half your damn party is missing.  Try using the Baron's Horn to summon them.
    Your party whole again, walk up the mountain and approach the evil
    son-of-a-bitch...
    
       Actually, despite the overall scarcity of random encounters on this
    mountain, you just may run across the last normal enemy to appear in the game,
    called the Flamadog.  I swear, these things would make the most kick-ass
    pets!  Against you, however, they're relatively harmless, they're only attacks
    being emitting scorching gas and no resistances to speak of (not even against
    fire!)  More than anything, the Flamadogs are just a reprieve before your
    fight with Necrasaro who, as you should have figured out by now, is sitting
    atop this very mountain.  Go after him!
    
       First of all, a Sword of Lethargy can make this fight disturbingly easy,
    and likely negate the need for any kind of strategic thinking.  Either way,
    you still need to think about who you send in first, because you're only
    allowed to change members one at a time when you begin fighting.  Cristo,
    Nara, and Brey are all good choices due to their Increase, Barrier, and Bikill
    spells.  Of course, we all know how reluctant they are to use them.  However,
    it's about this time that it might actually just be worth it in the long run
    for the Hero to use the Transform spell, cast the spell, and then use the
    Zenithian Sword on him/herself to revert back.  The disadvantages are that the
    Hero will not be able to retain any spell effects, and about halfway through
    the fight you may find yourself having to re-cast said spells.
    
       Whether or not you decide to go with the Transform spell, the Hero does
    have several responsibilities in this fight.  Even if you have Cristo and Nara
    in the fight, you still need to watch everyone's HP like a hawk.  Combine
    characters who already don't know when it's time to heal up with a creature
    that deals big damage every round, and you sorta get the idea.  Don't be shy
    to cast Healusall if need be, but keep an eye on the Hero's MP while you're
    at it, though.  If you picked up the Sages Stone back at Necrasaro's Palace,
    this fight is prety much what it was meant for.
    
       Overall, the Hero will probably get a lot of chances to attack, but with
    all the things I've already mentioned, the Hero is more of a utility in this
    battle than anything.  Your fighters more than anyone should shine in this
    battle (especially with Bikill cast).  Mara's Blazemore can compete with the
    damage output of your fighters, but the disadvantage is that her magic will
    occasionally miss, whereas a physical attack will always hit.  Also, the high
    durability of your fighters will be a big plus, especially in the later stages
    of the fight, so keep them alive and healthy throughout it!
    
       At any rate, the fight proceeds a little like this...  Necrasaro has seven
    forms in total.  He begins the fight in his first form, and as you continue to
    deal damage, he will go though each succesional form until he reaches his
    seventh and final form.  Defeat the seventh form, and you've won the fight,
    got it?
    
       Necrasaro's first form is simple enough.  You'll first learn exactly how
    much it hurts to get hit by him (ouch!)  The fact that he gets two attacks
    every round isn't making things any easier.  If you're going
    Bikill/Increase/Barrier, the earlier you cast them, the better.  Increase and
    Barrier are big assets, but make sure not to cast it until you have all the
    members you want to use for awhile out on the field.  Bikill, on the other
    hand, is a big help, as well, but it's really only worth it to cast this
    spell on characters whose damage output is already high (like Ragnar, Alena,
    and Taloon).  Due to Necrasaro's high defense, Cristo and Nara, even with good
    weapons equipped, aren't going to be doing that much damage with them.
    
       After a short fight, Necrasaro's arm will fall off.  In his second form,
    Necrasaro battles you with one arm...  Basically, this is the same as the
    first form except that he's no longer getting two attacks.  Since this is
    pretty much the least threatening of all of his forms, now is probably a good
    time to make sure that your team is comfortably situated, because the upcoming
    forms are going to get much more difficult.
    
       In his third form, Necrasaro's other arm falls off...  Despite not having
    any arms, Necrasaro continues to battle you, however.  As you might expect,
    his physical attacks, if he makes any at all, will be substantially weak, due
    to a lack of any kind of limb that would inflict much damage.  However, it's
    about this time Necrasaro will begin attacking with the Firebane and Snowstorm
    spells.  True, they may be painful, but coming from the game's paramount boss,
    I'd expect much better.  All in all, consider these two spells a blessing.
    But since they're the only offensive spells he casts, and he stops casting
    them in his next form, it's not at all worth it to try and find some way to
    counter them.  Also, you may find that he casts the Increase spell.  This is
    extremely detrimental to your progress, so counter this spell immediately with
    the Zenithian Sword.  Lastly, probably his most irritating attack in this form
    is his gales of sweet breath.  In a fight like this, asleep is one of the last
    things you'd want to be.  If you find that someone in your team has been
    affected, the Hero's Awake spell should do the trick (unless the Hero is among
    those affected).
    
       And after more fighting, you'll knock his head off...  You knock his
    freakin' head off...  What's even more ridiculous is that this still does not
    stop Necrasaro from fighting you.  He just grows a new head out of his chest,
    turns green, and launches himself at you.  After your laughter subsides, you
    should probably sit up and realize that this is one of his more difficult
    forms.  For starters, he is capable of doing that "freezing waves" crap that
    erases the effects of all the spells affecting the members of your party.  The
    good news is that this attack is just one of many this form possesses, and if
    you hurry up and make with the ass-kicking, you may be able to get away
    without him using this.  If he does however, you'll have to decide whether or
    not it'll be worth it to re-cast your spells, seeing as they will be erased
    again in his seventh form.  Another ability Necrasaro possesses in this form
    is the ability to meditate and restore his health (thankfully, this ability is
    possessed only by this form).  However, the two most common attacks you'll
    find Necrasaro using in this form (besides his normal attack, which is now
    back to its normal strength) are scorching gas attacks and violent blazes.
    
       Further along, Necrasaro will grow a giant pair of hands...  Personally, I
    don't think he looks any more cartoonish in the entire fight than he does in
    this form...  A guy with hands bigger than his entire body...  Good lord...
    The bad news is that with his hands back, he's going back to getting two
    attacks in every round.  The good news is that besides attacking, his only
    other attack in this form is scorching gas (yes, no more of that "freezing
    waves" crap for the moment).  If you want to (and have to) re-cast
    Increase/Bikill/Barrier, you had better do it now, because you're not going to
    get much more use out of them past this point.
    
       To compensate for his gigantic hands, Necrasaro will grow gigantic legs in
    his next form.  At least now you're not getting you ass whipped by something
    half your size...  Anyways, this form is in every way identical to the
    previous one.  Keep fighting!
    
       I don't even know how to describe this last form.  He grows... a new head,
    it looks like...  Despite having his face in his stomach, this is just getting
    hilarious (actually, it was getting hilarious about five forms ago, now it's
    just getting freakin' scary).  Despite your best efforts, Necrasaro will make
    heavy use of the freezing waves attack in this last form, so it's time to give
    up on Bikill/Increase/Barrier.  Also, some bad news for your magic-users as
    Necrasaro will automatically cast the Bounce spell upon entering his seventh
    form.  Mara will probably cast BeDragon on herself if she's still around, but
    take heart, brave warriors.  The battlefield just became an extremely
    dangerous place for your weaker characters.  Necrasaro can now emit violent
    blazes and icy gusts, and when you consider that he gets two attacks in one
    turn, his potential damage output just shot up pretty damn high.  So even
    though you can counter Necrasaro's Bounce spell with the Zenithian Sword,
    he'll probably just put it right back up and still have one attack left over
    to kick your ass with.  So Mara and Brey at this point really have no more
    business on the battlefield.  And while Nara does have healing capacities,
    she's the most at-risk character of them all with her low HP.  If Cristo is
    still alive at this point, now is an excellent time to drag his ass into the
    fray.  As both the healer with the most HP and the wielder of the Healus
    spell, he's a good idea to have around.  The Hero, of course, needs to be
    extremely vigilant in watching everyone's HP at this point, because the Hero
    seems to be the only one aware of Necrasaro's potential damage output in just
    one round.  Lastly, Ragnar, Alena, and Taloon are the best characters you can
    have in the fight right now.  With their high HP and fighting abilities,
    they're not only damage-absorbing tanks, but they'll also pose pretty much as
    your main offensive unit.
    
       Anyways, eventually, the fight ends and you will have saved the world.  The
    ending, as in most NES games, is simple and rather unrewarding.  So, I'll take
    it upon myself to make you feel better: good freakin' going!  I hope you get
    promoted as a result of this monumental achievement!  I bow before you as a
    gesture of ultimate respect...
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Ending
    
    
       For the purposes of completeness, I feel compelled to include the ending in
    my walkthrough.  This is an obvious spoiler, of course.  But, without further
    ado...
    
       As you stand atop the mountain having defeated Necrasaro, the mountain
    begins to collapse for some unknown reason.  Maybe the only thing keeping the
    mountain standing was Necrasaro's own sense of evil determination, I don't
    know.  But, the point is, that the mountain is crumbling and you're still on
    it.  Luckily, Master Dragon shows up and whisks you back to Zenithia.
    
       Back in his throne room, he'll revive any of your slain allies and then
    congratulate each member of your team separately, except that he jointly
    thanks Cristo and Brey as Alena's two bitches, and really can't tell Nara and
    Mara apart that well, either.  He offers the Hero the opportunity to stay here
    in Zenithia, but the Hero declines, opting to head back to Earth, instead.
    You can now walk freely around Zenithia and talk with everyone here (and you
    finally start to get some damn respect from those elves from Birdsong Tower).
    
       Leave Zenithia, and everyone hops on the balloon.  Now, in every RPG there
    always lingers that question about whether or not the team members end up
    going their own separate ways when the storm clears.  Dragon Warrior IV
    answers that question as ambiguously as possible.  The balloon expertly
    navigates the world, and brings everyone back to their respective homes.
    Alena, Cristo, and Brey first return home to a now-repopulated Santeem Castle.
    Next, Ragnar returns to Burland where we can only assume that he is knighted
    and promoted to captain of the royal guard.  We'll never know for sure because
    your characters stopped being able to talk about five minutes ago when the
    ending music started.  Next, Taloon is brought back to Endor.  While we'd
    assume that he'd head directly to the king to inform him of his pursuits,
    Taloon instead heads home to his family in a touching reunion.  The Hero then
    leaves indifferently to take Mara and Nara home.  First, the three go to
    Kievs.  After paying their last respects to Edgar, Nara and Mara head for
    Monbaraba to resume Mara's dancing show.
    
       Exhausted, the Hero returns to the ruins that were once Hometown.  The Hero
    replants a couple of the flowers in the center of the village that were
    destroyed and revives Celia.  As they embrace, they hear someone entering the
    village...
    
       Ragnar, Alena, Cristo, Brey, Taloon, Nara, and Mara...
    
       The game abruptly ends without much of an explanation here.  I'd really
    like to know what happened here, actually.  But, alas...
    
    
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       Well, there's only one quest in this game you don't necessarily have to do,
    but it will net you the Metal Babble Sword.  This means you'll probably want
    to do it.  It starts in the town of Seaside Village.  As mentioned earlier in
    the walkthrough, the Return spell won't remember this area; even though it can
    take you to and from Hell, it won't take you here.  So, you'll actually have
    to get off your ass and go there!  You'll hear from the Village about the
    Sandglass of Regression, the Stone of Drought, and the Cascade Cave.  All
    three are related.  The Cascade Cave is where your side quest will take place
    and is where you'll find the Metal Babble Sword.  It is also where you'll find
    the Sandglass of Regression, which will turn back time a few rounds during a
    battle.  It's useful, but keep in mind that you can only get one use out of it
    per day, so make it count.  The Stone of Drought is what dries up the
    waterfall that blocks the entrance to the Cascade Cave.  Essentially, it's the
    key.  I know, I know, you shouldn't have to stop the waterfall to get in,
    right?  Well, remember that this is a video game, and more importantly, an
    RPG.  And all characters in RPG's are scared of the water, remember?
    Actually, in some cases, water is fatal to a character in an RPG.  And we
    thought water pollution was a problem in the real world.
    
       The Stone of Drought can be found here, by the way.  Someone here will tell
    you a rousing pirate story, sending you to the beach with a metal detector.
    There's an easy way to do this, though.  The Stone of Drought tends to detract
    water, right?  Someone here tells you that the tide comes in at night...  Come
    here at night and look for the one panel that is untouched by the water.
    Since you're too much of a pansy to wade through ankle deep water to retrieve
    the damn thing, just come back during the day and search that spot for the
    Stone of Drought.  If you're wondering why no one else thought to do this
    already, just remember that not everyone around here is as brilliant as you.
    You at least likely have a kindergarten education.
    
       Now, it's time for you to head to the Cascade Cave, which you'll find
    slightly to the southeast of Rosaville..  Keep in mind that you must have the
    Final Key in order to enter, which means you must have at least reached the
    point in your quest where you received the Zenithian Shield.
    
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    --- Welcome to: The Cascade Cave
    
    
       The monsters in the Cascade Cave are all different from the normal ones
    you'll find on your quest.  They are like the aquatic-themed monsters you
    battle at sea, only more powerful.  The Minidemon is the one non-aquatic foe
    in here, and can cast Blazemore and emit freezing winds.  The Balakooda also
    casts Blazemore, and will occasionally cast Increase, as well.  The Doolsnake
    in here will cast Stopspell, the Raygarth may emit scorching breath, and the
    Tentagor really has no powers to speak of besides getting in two attacks
    every round.
    
       The first part of the Cave is painfully linear.  Walk up to the "door" and
    use the Stone of Drought to reverse the water flow, thus ensuring you don't
    get any of that deadly "water" on you when you enter the cave.  You'll enter
    the room that is locked up with a Final Key door.  Make sure to grab the
    ~Sandglass of Regression while you're in here, as well.
    
       Leaving that room, you're treated to the first actual "maze" part of the
    cave.  The first fork you reach will have paths leading up and down.  Go down.
    Very soon afterwards, you reach the second fork, which is also up/down.  Up
    will lead to a Small Medal, and down will take you to the stairs leading to
    the next floor down.
    
       On the next floor, you may either go down or right.  If you go all the way
    down, ignoring a second path to the right (which is a dead-end), you'll find
    the Mask of Corruption.  From the beginning, if you go right and follow the
    path, you reach another up/down fork.  Down will take you to a chest with
    1040 gold in it, and going up will take you on a path to another fork, with
    paths leading down and right.  Go right, and then follow the path all the way
    down to the bottom of the room.  From there, the path will lead you all the
    way to the left (long path) and to a set of stairs leading down to the next
    floor.
    
       On the third floor down, you will discover the one and only Metal Babble
    Sword!  You are now the proud owner of the strongest sword in the game.
    That's about the end of your side quest, as well.  Enjoy the rest of the
    game... or don't, I really don't care.  Actually, I do.  Please have fun.
    Please?
    
    
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       Endor doesn't have much along the lines of a treasury- it's basically one
    treasure chest big.  But it is quite well hidden.  As you are heading down the
    left hallway in the castle towards the coliseum, you will see a small exit to
    your left, this exit will take you just outside the castle.  Step any further
    away, and you will enter the world map.  If you scale the castle down (back
    towards the town), you'll run into a stairwell which will take you there.
    There's a chest here with some Lifeforce Nuts.  That's about it.
    
       Well, that's not true.  The king keeps the good stash of equipment in his
    room.  Later, when you have the Magic Key (and it seems you can only do this
    at night), return and loot his room only to find... a Feather Hat and a Pink
    Leotard... ok...  I am now genuinely and greatly disturbed...
    
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       Not much of a secret, but Burland possesses a treasury just like every
    other castle in the game.  You'll need the Thief's Key to enter and Mara's
    Stepguard spell if you have any hope of reaching the treasure alive.  The
    treasure here consists of 480 gold (total), an Iron Helmet, some Lifeforce
    Nuts, an Agility Seed, and a Strength Seed.  Quite a good haul, if I do say so
    myself.
    
    
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       You'll notice a building at Endor that is locked up entirely, and you'll
    need the Magic Key to get in.  Inside, you'll find a guy who does a bustling
    business despite the fact that he keeps his shop off limits to the general
    public.  This is where the infamous Metal Babble Armor may be purchased, as
    well as the powerful Cloak Of Evasion, and extremely crappy Swordedge Armor.
    
       Also, there is a back entrance to this shop that'll let you loot those
    treasure chests behind the counter.  It's located in the castle (by the way,
    while you're in the castle, feel free to stop by the king's room and loot it,
    as mentioned above in section V.A.).  One the first floor of the castle,
    underneath the throne room, obscured from your sight against the back wall,
    there's a door you should be able to open with the Magic Key.  From there, you
    should find a path that takes you high into the sky.  From there you can jump
    and will land in the secret shop behind the counter.  Unfortunately, the loot
    kinda sucks (Multi-Edge Sword, anyone?)
    
    
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       The legendary third basement at Gardenbur is home to Alena's powerful Fire
    Claw.  It's entrance is in a small room cleverly concealed just behind the
    stairway leading up to the queen's room.
    
    
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       Also note that Branca has another, more well guarded treasury than
    Burland's (you'll be needing the Final Key, here).  However, the hazardous
    terrain surrounding the treasure here is thankfully at a minimum.  Among your
    loot is a Small Medal, so don't miss it!
    
    
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       Two towns in the game, Lakanaba and Koneber, also possess little treasuries
    of their own, which are both guarded by Final Key doors.  Lakanaba's is in the
    basement of the weapon shop and contains, among other things, the Ice Blade,
    whereas the one in Koneber is in the inn, and houses the cursed Sword of
    Decimation (which is still useful, despite its curse).
    
    
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       Dire Palace is home to a treasury, containing the powerful Aeolus's Shield.
    To find it, make your way to the back of the castle and go outside.  Scale
    the outer edge of the castle's northern perimeter to find the treasury.
    Warning: of the four chests here, the ones on the bottom left and bottom right
    are both Man-Eaters.
    
    
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       While the majority of the game's cool items are either bought or found in
    treasure chests, a small minority are found in chests, drawers, and even on
    the ground!  Most of these are not mentioned in the walkthrough, but they're
    all listed here for your convenience.  Excepting Small Medals, which are
    covered in section VII. of the FAQ, the following is a complete listing of all
    the items that can be found in this manner:
    
       * At Burland Castle, search a drawer in one of the rooms for a Medical
       Herb.
    
       * At Izmit, search a drawer at the inn for a Medical Herb.
    
       * At the well east of Izmit village, search two jars near the exit for an
       Agility Seed and a Medical Herb
    
       * At Santeem Castle, search a drawer in the room behind the healing room
       for some Fairy Water.
    
       * At Santeem Castle, search a drawer in Alena's room for a Feather Hat
       (Alena's best helmet in Chapter Two).
    
       * At Tempe, search the platform where the offering casket was placed for
       some Lifeforce Nuts.
    
       * At Frenor, search the bottom-right corner of the priest's garden for some
       Mystic Acorns (Chapter Five only).
    
       * At the Bazaar, search a set of jars for a Strength Seed, and a highly
       useless Gum Pod.
    
       * At Lakanaba, search the jars on the bottom floor of Taloon's house for a
       Medical Herb.
    
       * At Monbaraba, search a chest in the theater owner's room for a Strength
       Seed.
    
       * At Kievs, search a jar in Edgar's old house for some Lifeforce Nuts.
    
       * At Hometown (where the Hero begins), search a jar in the cellar for a
       Medical Herb.
    
       * At Hometown, after the chaos, search the area where Celia was lying for a
       Feather Hat (good headgear for a female Hero, good to sell for money for a
       male Hero).
    
       * At the woodsman's shack south of hometown, search all three of his jars
       for various useful treasure, including some Leather Armor, a Medical herb,
       and 50 gold.
    
       * At Aneaux, search in front of Ruvas's grave for a Strength Seed.
    
       * At Gardenbur, search a drawer near the queen's room for an Agility Seed
       (after already being accused of stealing... tsk...)
    
       * At Dire Palace, search in front of a grave for some Lifeforce Nuts.
    
       * Lastly, searching anywhere leafy at the Giant World Tree will pick you up
       a Leaf of the World Tree.
    
    
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      This is the cave where you find the Silver Statuette in Chapter Three,
    remember?  It's a good place to level-up, both with Taloon in Chapter Three
    and also with the Hero in early Chapter Five.  This is mainly because in both
    Chapter Three and easrly Chapter Five, this is where the most powerful
    monsters around can be found.  This is also because Metal Slimes will
    sometimes show up on the bottom floors.
    
       I'm going to assume that everyone is familiar with the monsters here, but
    here's a quick recap on Metal Slimes.  They are rare creatures that show up
    every once in a while.  Their HP is very low, but attacks towards them have a
    low success rate and only do one damage when they hit.  In addition, they are
    immune to magic of any sorts, and have a tendency to run away very often.
    But, they offer some most kick-ass experience when you kill them.
    
       Taloon, I'm sad to say, stands very little chance of nailing one unless
    Strom and/or Laurent is with him, and even then, it's a long shot.  The best
    Taloon can hope for is Laurent to paralyze the Metal Slime(s) with his
    Venemous Dagger.  All in all, though, Taloon's much better off leveling-up by
    just kicking the ass of everything else in here.
    
       As for the Hero, Mara, and Nara, that's a different story.  To be safe,
    exercise the Use No MP tactic if you run across a Metal Slime.  Sure, Mara and
    Nara usually know what they're doing, but with A.I. this stupid, do you really
    want to risk it?  The Venemous Dagger is a good weapon for either or both
    sisters to be wielding, as it may paralyze the Metal Slimes.  Also, if Mara
    has a Poison Needle, she may even kill the Metal Slime(s) outright!  Anyhoo,
    just fight around here and level the Hero up in early Chapter Five.  If you
    bag yourself a Metal Slime, it alone should probably give you enough
    experience to quit leveling-up.  Of course, you're also quite likely to get
    all the experience you need down here without so much as running into a Metal
    Slime...
    
    
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       Okay, this one's the biggie.  Most of the game's major leveling-up will
    probably take place here.  You can head here as early as the time you get the
    ship (it's that shrine located on the cape south of Endor), but you'll
    probably get your ass beaten so hard it's not even funny.  By about the time
    you get Ragnar, not only will you have a full party to reap the benefits of
    leveling-up, but you'll also by this point likely be able to face the monsters
    here without getting your ass pounded into creamy cookie filling.
    
       As for what exactly you're dealing with?  Well, since you probably haven't
    reached the Royal Crypt at the point in the game you'll likely decide to come
    level-up here, I've excerpted the monster descriptions from the walkthrough.
    The >Dragonits are probably the worst things you'll deal with.  They like to
    attack in large groups, are resistant to fire magic of any sort, and can emit
    very deadly scorching breath.  In addition, you'll meet the Hambalba,
    Tyranobat, Bebanar, Hemasword, and everyone's favorite, the Metal Babble.  The
    >Hambalba and >Tyranobat are both relatively tame monsters, except that the
    latter can frighten your characters with a hideous, shrieking roar, and the
    former has a very small chance to paralyze one of your teammates.  The
    >Bebanar is a distant cousin of the Phantom Messenger that casts Firebane and
    is resistant to all forms of fire magic.  The >Hemasword is also kin to a
    familiar foe.  And, like its cousins, the Hemasword has a high resistance to
    any and all magical attacks.  As for the Metal Babbles...
    
       The Metal Babble would be the primary attraction here at the Royal Crypt.
    They're like the Metal Slimes in every way except that they have a tiny bit
    more HP and that in addition to the Blaze spell, they may also cast Firebal.
    Early on, the Metal Babbles are at a distinct advantagedue to your inability
    to deal with them.  Your leveling-up at this point will more than likely come
    from killing all of the other monsters roaming around here waiting for a Metal
    Babble to show up.  Even though early on a Metal Babble kill can mean a few
    levels-up for each character, don't kick yourself in the ass if one gets away.
    You're doing yourself enough of a favor by hanging around and killing things.
    This also helps in that you'll get a lot of cash from fighting here
    (something you probably need a lot at this point in the game).
    
       But how to increase your chances of killing a Metal Babble...?  First of
    all, the basics.  We all know that our characters "usually" know not to cast
    magic on a Metal Babble, but to be sure, we like to put it on the Use No MP
    tactic?  Well, the only problem here is that any character of yours that has
    an item in their inventory that produces quasi-magical effects when used in
    battle will suddenly remember that they have it under this tactic, and just
    make a bunch of idiots out of themselves under this tactic.  Luckily, this is
    one of those things they learn not to do after screwing up a few times (seems
    like a lot more than a few, though).  Of course, they still might do this
    under the Offensive tactic, so your best strategy is actually take the Goddamn
    things away from them.
    
       Anyways, now for the good stuff.  Early on, you've only got a few tricks,
    so you've got to milk them for all they're worth.  One, of course, is the
    Venemous Dagger/Poison Needle trick.  Both are effective against Metal
    Babbles.  Also, if you've travelled to Rosaville and purchased a pair of
    Stiletto Earrings, Alena can make a kick-ass Metal Babble hunter with them in
    hand.  Even without the Stiletto Earrings, Alena kicks ass at the Royal Crypt
    with her high speed and lots of critical hits, but getting two attacks in eahc
    round only makes things that much better.  Taloon also adds an interesting
    element to the field with his various antics.  Several of them actually have
    effects beneficial to those seeking to destroy Metal Babbles.  As a further
    bonus, you may get lucky and see Taloon swipe a ~Hat of Happiness from one of
    them!  Be warned, however, that his "expel" attack, used at the wrong time,
    will get you possibly more infuriated at Taloon than you have ever been at a
    video game character before.
    
       Later on, as you need increasingly more Metal Babble kills to make it worth
    your while, you have many more tricks up your sleeve.  First of all, anyone
    attacking a Metal Babble with the Metal Babble Sword will do 2 damage rather
    than 1, which is a nice bonus.  But no one kicks more ass than Mara when she
    learns her BeDragon spell...  Upon seeing Metal Babbles, she casts BeDragon
    and turns into a dragon.  While the dragon occasionally makes a normal attack,
    the usual attack of Mara's dragonized for is to emit a violent blaze.  This
    attack hits the Metal Babbles for a guaranteed 1 damage each.  Better yet, the
    Hero can later cast Transform to turn into Mara and mimic this maneuver.
    Under this strategy, any fight lasting more than two rounds is pretty much a
    guaranteed win.
    
    
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       In the hills northeast of Gottside, there is an inordinately high encounter
    rate of King Metals.  This fact makes it a favorite level-up spot of some,
    though others may prefer the Metal Babble-infested Final Cave, discussed in
    section VI.D of the FAQ.  One good reason to choose this spot over the other
    is that Taloon has a chance (albeit a small one) to steal a ~Metal Babble Helm
    from an unwitting King Metal.
    
       I should note, however, that even though you happen upon this spot earlier
    in the game, you are advised to venture onwards and then return to this spot
    after acquiring two very important things that will assist you in killing
    Metal Babbles.
    
       The first is Doran (if you have him), who serves essentially the same
    purpose as Mara does (only he's a real dragon).  The second and far more
    useful object is the Mirror Shield.  Now, as we have established, the King
    Metal gets in two attacks per turn, making it significantly more likely to run
    away quickly.  Add this to the high number of hits needed to kill it, and you
    have a very difficult-to-kill enemy on your hands.  However, the King Metal is
    known to cast Firebane, which, reflected from the Mirror Shield, can be an
    instant kill in the bag (since the damage reflected is proportional to the
    damage delivered, you'd be wise to ensure that whoever bears the Mirror shield
    is not strongly protected against magic (e.g., the Sacred Robe).
    
       Other than that, use all of the knowledge you have garnered thus far on the
    subject of hunting all things metal.
    
       The other note I feel I should make is that this level-up area suffers the
    same drawback of the second one in that you will not be able to take advantage
    of it (at least not very effectively) until very late in the game, and unless
    you are at a very low level, odds are you should be able to go ahead and
    finish up the game with minimal difficulty.
    
    
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       The second part of the Final Cave (the "castle") is completely infested
    with Metal Babbles, as well as the occasional King Metal.  Granted, there are
    far fewer King Metals around here than there are in the Hills of Gottside
    (which is, of course, the level-up area discussed in section VI.C. of the
    FAQ), there are also many more Metal Babbles.
    
       When it comes right down to it, it's a toss-up between this area and the
    hills near Gottside.  And the main issue is, of course, Metal Babbles versus
    King Metals.  The King Metals, as we know, are much more difficult to kill,
    though the Mirror Shield is a big help in alleviating this problem.  On the
    other hand, Metal Babbles can be extremely easy kills for you at this point in
    the game, what with Mara, Doran, the Mirror Shield, and other tactics handy.
    
       Another consideration would be the possibility of using Taloon to grift an
    item from said foes.  Granted, the chances of him doing it are low, but there
    is a possibility that he may steal a ~Hat of Happiness from the local Metal
    Babbles (as opposed to the Metal Babble Helm from the King Metal).  While you
    may get extremely lucky and have Taloon nab a ~Metal Babble Helm from a King
    Metal here, your chances will be much higher in an area where they are more
    common (e.g., the hills northeast of Gottside).
    
       In conclusion, you can't really go wrong with either this area or the hills
    northeast of Gottside if you find yourself in the late-game in need of a bit
    of levelling-up.  However, as I mentioned when discussing the hills northeast
    of Gottside, bear in mind that you are very late into the game, and unless you
    are at a dangerously low level, you can likely finish up the game without
    spending too much time here, if any at all.  I mean, after all, you were able
    to make it this far, right?
    
    
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       Small medals are items that are located all throughout the world, and can
    be brought to a king living in a secluded castle/shrine in the northeastern
    corner of the world in exchange for fabulous prizes.  The following Small
    Medals are not locked up in any way and are basically available to you
    providing you are on Chapter Five and can reach their locations:
    
       * One can be found aboard the old ship in Koneber.
    
       * One can be found aboard Taloon's ship in Koneber before it sets sail
       (this is a "lost-forever"- see section I.F. of the FAQ).
    
       * One can be found at Mintos (find it on the ground to the left of the
       well).
    
       * One can be found at the Shrine East of Mintos (look on the ground for
       it).
    
       * One can be found in "The House of an Island's Old Man" (near Seaside
       Village).
    
       * One can be found in the cannon at Seaside Village.
    
       * One can be found at Riverton (on the center island, search the ground).
    
       * Two can be found at Stancia. (Running total: 9)
    
    
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       The following Small Medals become available to you after acquiring the
    Magic Key:
    
       * One can be found in the secret lab where you find the Magic Key.
    
       * One can be found at Endor (Running total: 11)
    
    
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       The following Small Medals become available to you after or shortly before
    acquiring the Final Key:
    
       * One can be found at Gardenbur
    
       * One can be found at the Cave Southeast of Gardenbur
    
       * One can be found at Branca
    
       * Two can be found at Haville.
    
       * Two can be found at the Shrine of Breaking Waves.
    
       * One can be found at the Cascade Cave.
    
       * One can be found at the Royal Crypt.
    
       * One can be found at the Shrine of the Colossus.  (Running total: 21)
    
    
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       The following Small Medals become available to you upon reaching Dire
    Palace and/or beginning the expedition deep into Aktemto Mine (note that you
    should probably start wrapping things up with the Small Medal King by this
    point, as the endgame is rapidly approaching):
    
       * Two can be found at Dire Palace.
    
       * One can be found at Aktemto Mine (near the very bottom, take a right
       before the exit, and search in front of a pool of water).
    
       * Two can be found at Esturk's Castle. (Running total: 26)
    
    
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       The following Small Medals do not become available to you until
    inconveniently late in the game, and it would behoove you to have everything
    you need from the Small Medal King by this point.  At any rate, the following
    Small Medals are found at the Center of the World:
    
       * One can be found at Gottside.
    
       * One can be found at the Zenithian Tower.
    
       * One can be found at Zenithia.
    
       * One can be found at the Final Cave.
    
       * One can be found at the Den of Gigademon (find it on the ground where the
       swamp wraps back around to the entrance).
    
       * One can be found in the Palace of Necrasaro.  (Grand total: 32)
    
    
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       The coliseum is probably the most entertaining thing at the casino.  The
    monsters here can be either strong or weak, but generally will not be ones
    that you have not fought before, and therefore are out of your area of
    expertise.  It really helps to have prior knowledge of all the enemies
    involved in a fight.  Ones with really low odds usually have them for a
    reason.  However, sometimes, even when a creature has higher odds, it's really
    anyone's fight.  That's where prior knowledge comes in...
    
       Remember that no matter how many monsters are fighting that they can,
    and invariably will, pick on whoever you choose.  In other words, no matter
    what, it always comes down to your chosen one and someone else.  For this
    reason, don't wager on monsters that do little direct damage, especially
    magicians who can use their spells once and then are SOL for the rest of the
    fight.  Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.  For instance,
    two Blazeghosts will usually make pretty quick work of a Brahmird, should they
    both focus their attacks on him.  Also, on that note, be wary of fights that
    consist of two or more of the same creature, therefore forcing you to guess
    between them.
    
       As for your picks, let's go over a few desirable qualities.  Obviously,
    being strong and durable helps, unless, of course, they're up against a bunch
    of magicians.  On that note, high resistance to magic can help, as well.
    Defensive and indirectly offensive magic can be a big asset.  For example, a
    Lillypa can cast Upper, Skeletons know Defense, Ducksbills can cast Sap, et
    cetera.  Of course, don't just base your entire bet on that fact alone.  For
    instance, we all know that a Lillypa, even protected by Upper, is still a bit
    of a pushover.  More desirable traits include other attacks.  The Kordra, for
    instance, gets lots of critical hits, which makes him an excellent choice.
    Lastly, the ability to emit anything is a great advantage.  Spells like
    Snowstorm and Firebane, for example, only target enemy groups.  So any monster
    casting either spell at the arena only targets one other monster.  But any
    "emitted" attacks will target the entire opposition.  The only abilities that
    aren't worth your trouble are those who emit poisonous gas (worthless) and
    hideous shrieking roars (even more worthless).
    
    
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       The casino's rip-off corner is filled with slot machines.  These are about
    the least fun things here and also have the least chances of winning anything
    or any significant amount of money.  At any rate, you can put in up to five
    coins, each successive coin offering you a new line to win on.  Your best bet
    is to always wager your maximum of five coins.  Also, which machine you play
    on makes a difference.  From left to right, I've conveniently named them
    Machines One, Two, Thee, Four, and Five.
    
       * Machine One has good odds to win with three bars.
    
       * Machine Two has good odds to win with three bars.
    
       * Machine Three has good odds to win with three stars, water drops, or suns.
    
       * Machine Four has good odds to win with three moons.
    
       * Machine Five has good odds to win with three sevens.
    
    
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       Pound for pound, this is the best place to win money.  Bet all you want,
    because you can simply save and restart the game when you lose, right?  Since
    you should be wanting four Metal Babble Shields, and likely a Meteorite
    Armband for everyone, you've got quite a hefty order on your hands.  The poker
    table is here to help.  Simply wager your maximum of a hundred coins every
    time you play until you win.  Now, double-or-nothing is the place to win.  If
    you have enough patience, keep at this (you'll be restarting a lot, I can tell
    you already) until you win the maximum amount allowed through repeated
    double-or-nothings.  100,000 coins...  If you can manage to accomplish this
    twice, you'll earn the four Metal Babble Shields.  From here, it's a short
    road to a few other minor wins to earn enough coins for anything else you
    happen to want (eight Meteorite Armbands will run you another 32,000, and
    another highly recommended item, the Wizard Ring, runs at 500 coins per).
    Anyhoo, if you're curious, the poker table does keep a record on you.  When
    you're placing your bet, press (not hold) B, Start, and Select to view your
    running tally at the poker table.  Of course, if you do this too much, the mob
    will come and whack you... just kidding.
    
    
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    Abacus of Virtue
    
    * Power------35
    * Price------1,600 Gold
    * Used By----Ta
    * Location---Endor and Mintos
    
       The best weapon Taloon can acquire at the end of Chapter Three unless he
    can find a Sword of Malice.  It will perform the Expel spell when used as an
    item in battle.
    
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    Battle Axe
    
    * Power------50
    * Price------5,500 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Various Shops in Chapter Five
    
       For the price of this thing, you don't get much more power than a Broad
    Sword or a Sword of Malice...  Before you spend your hard-earned coin on one,
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    Boomerang
    
    * Power------18
    * Price------350 Gold
    * Used By----Everyone
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A little more expensive than the Thorn Whip and a bit more powerful, the
    Boomerang is the only other weapon that may be equipped by every character in
    the game.  If you don't feel like spending a lot of money on a Chain Sickle
    for Alena in Chapter Two, this can be a more cost-effective alternative that's
    almost as powerful.
    
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    Broad Sword
    
    * Power------40
    * Price------2,000 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Bonmalmo, Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       This's a good weapon at a good price for the Hero in early Chapter Five,
    and a highly recommended purchase as soon as you have the cash.  Note that
    Taloon may deal in these during Chapter Three, but he cannot equip them.
    
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    Chain Sickle
    
    * Power------20
    * Price------550 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Taloon gets a free one in early Chapter Three, and can make some good use
    of it for the majority of the chapter.  Nara may choose to buy one for a solid
    physical offense during early Chapter Four, as well.  Also, despite the price,
    this is the most powerful weapon Alena may wield in early Chapter Two before
    graduating to her trademark Iron Claw.
    
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    Club
    
    * Power------7
    * Price------30 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A very basic weapon that's useful because it's so cheap.  It's very early
    in Chapter Three before Taloon can locate a more powerful weapon, and Cristo
    starts Chapter Two with one, as well.
    
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    Copper Sword
    
    * Power------12
    * Price------100 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A good starting weapon for such valiant warriors as Ragnar and Nara... not
    to mention your ever-powerful Hero.  Cristo may decide to pick one up before
    venturing forth, as well.  It serves you well until something better comes
    along.
    
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    Cypress Stick
    
    * Power------2
    * Price------10 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Foxville (As Broad Sword)
    
       These things can only be bought at Foxville (you get swindled, actually).
    They are very weak and useless.  Brey starts with one, and you might as well
    let him keep it until you get something better for him.
    
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    Demon Hammer
    
    * Power------70
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in the Colossus
    
       This thing is moderately powerful but will curse you if you try to use it.
    Besides, you've probably already got better stuff on you by this point in the
    game and should therefore have no use for it, anyways, unless you just really
    hate yourself or something.
    
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    Dragon Killer
    
    * Power------90
    * Price------15,000 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Rosaville, Riverton
    
       These things may be expensive, but they're quite powerful.  The downside is
    that there are several other weapons available, such as the Metal Babble
    Sword, Ice Blade, and the Sword of Miracles, that are either stronger or of
    comparable power, and cost much less.
    
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    Fire Claw
    
    * Power------60
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Al
    * Location---Hidden in Gardenbur
    
       This excellent weapon casts Firebane when used as an item in battle.  It is
    the treasure hidden in the third basement of Gardenbur (see section V.D. of
    the FAQ for details).  However, later in the game, a pair of Stiletto Earrings
    may prove more powerful than this...
    
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    Ice Blade
    
    * Power------75
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in Lakanaba
    
       You can find this thing in Lakanaba as soon as you find the Final Key.
    It's main selling point is that it's a good weapon and it's free!  Though,
    powerful as it is, there're still other weapons available that are much more
    powerful.  Even after (or if) you've outfitted both Ragnar and the Hero with
    better alternatives, you still may want to keep this around, as it casts
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    Iron Claw
    
    * Power------38
    * Price------1,500 Gold
    * Used By----Al
    * Location---Endor
    
       One of the game's "lost-forevers" (see section I.F. of the FAQ) is Alena's
    best weapon exiting Chapter Two.  This is both a vast improvement over what
    Alena already had as well as her best weapon for a long while- a must-buy
    before entering the tournament.
    
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    Iron Fan
    
    * Power------22
    * Price------620 Gold
    * Used By----Ma
    * Location---Haville and Aneaux
    
       Before picking up one of these, realize that the Venomous Dagger is
    stronger, may paralyze your opponent, and costs only a little bit more than
    this does.  On the other hand, perhaps you'd prefer to purchase a Poison
    Needle instead.
    
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    Iron Spear
    
    * Power------28
    * Price------880 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       This is a good weapon, but the problem is that better ones are available.
    
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    Magma Staff
    
    * Power------63
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Hidden in Santeem
    
       Besides being an important quest item, this is the most powerful weapon for
    magic users (excepting the Metal Babble Sword), and will cast the Bang spell
    when used in battle, as well.  This can either be used primarily as a weapon,
    and whomever gets it will then have the ability to cast Bang, or you may
    simply hand it to a character with the express purpose of giving them a free
    Bang spell, not really caring about the fact that it happens to be a weapon.
    Your call.
    
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    Metal Babble Sword
    
    * Power------130
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---Hidden in the Cascade Cave
    
       An entire side quest is dedicated to finding this, and you'll soon see why.
    With it, anyone can become an offensive powerhouse.  You may choose to allow
    the Hero to wield this until the Zenithian Sword surfaces, or give it to
    Ragnar and let him kick some ass.  Still others seem to prefer handing it over
    to Taloon (for those that favor his fighting style), or to Cristo
    (compensating for his one weakness of a poor offense)...  Nara already has a
    good offense with her magic, but some still believe that this completes the
    package.
    
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    Morning Star
    
    * Power------33
    * Price------1,250 Gold
    * Used By----Ra, Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       In the early game, this is a powerful weapon.  Cristo and Nara may very
    well likely find themselves making extensive use of these well into Chapter
    Five, though Ragnar has a better alternative in the Sword of Malice.
    
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    Multi-Edge Sword
    
    * Power------99
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in Endor
    
       Really...  Go ahead and equip this thing.  Just don't come crying to me
    after you do.  It's cursed.
    
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    Poison Needle
    
    * Power------0
    * Price------1,300 Gold
    * Used By----Ma, Br
    * Location---Haville and Surene (Ch. 5)
    
       The Poison Needle, while not offering anything in the ways of offense, at
    least offers the opportunity for an instant kill.  Earlier on, when your
    characters are still weak, the power of the Venomous Dagger is enough to make
    even Mara and Brey somewhat effective in dealing physical damage.  That
    characteristic doesn't last too far into Chapter Five, however...
    
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    Silver Tarot Cards
    
    * Power------21
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Na
    * Location---Hidden in Aktemto Mine
    
       As a weapon, these fail miserably.  They produce random effect when used as
    an item in battle (see section XII.B. Of this FAQ for details), but only Nara
    can use them, and doesn't seem to in Chapter Five unless you're playing on the
    Try Out tactic.
    
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    Staff of Antimagic
    
    * Power------50
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Hidden in the Royal Crypt
    
       The Staff of Antimagic is one of the more powerful weapons for your magic
    users and will also casts Stopspell when used in battle.  Like the Magma
    Staff, you may choose to distribute the Staff of Antimagic based on its power
    as a weapon, or based on the fact that it casts Stopspell in battle.
    
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    Staff of Force
    
    * Power------55
    * Price------2,500 Gold
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location--- Surene (Ch. 5), Stancia
    
       This actually is the most powerful weapon for any magician.  To deliver
    powerful blows, each hit eats up three MP.  You'll have to decide whether or
    not the little extra damage done justifies the serious MP drain it can become,
    however.
    
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    Staff of Healing
    
    * Power------5
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Br
    * Location---Hidden in the Giant World Tree
    
       This is the only weapon that becomes counter-productive when used as such.
    It will actually heal the target, and whoever is using this thing as a weapon
    just won't get it through their heads that maybe they shouldn't be using it on
    the damned opposition.  However, since this does cast Healmore when simply
    used as an item in battle, it's still handy to have around.
    
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    Staff of Jubilation
    
    * Power------33
    * Price------1,000 Coins
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---The Casino
    
       When used in battle, there's a chance that it will smile rather than
    attack.  The success rate isn't terribly high, though.  Still, it's a nifty
    item to have around.  It's a moderately powerful weapon, too (exactly as
    powerful as the Morning Star).
    
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    Staff of Punishment
    
    * Power------35
    * Price------1 Medal
    * Used By----Cr, Na
    * Location---From the Small Medal King
    
       Like many other staves, the best thing about the Staff of Punishment is
    what it does when used in battle as an item.  This casts the Infermore spell
    when used in battle, making it a good bargain buy from the Small Medal King.
    
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    Staff of Thunder
    
    * Power------29
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Ma, Br
    * Location---Hidden in Necrasaro's Palace
    
       This will cast the Firebane spell when used as an item in battle, so is
    pretty worthless by the time you find it.  As a weapon, it blows as well.
    
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    Stiletto Earrings
    
    * Power------5
    * Price------7,500 Gold
    * Used By----Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Rosaville
    
       An interesting weapon, to say the least.  These add little to your offense,
    but allows the user to make two attacks.  Since Alena has a very high natural
    attack power, these can be an excellent choice for her later on, better even
    than the Fire Claw.  Note that the higher her strength is, the more
    exponentially powerful these are, not to even mention that with these in hand,
    the Bikill spell will be doubly effective.  Plus, there's the doubled chances
    for a critical hit.  So, yeah, these things are definitely worth the money.
    
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    Sword of Decimation
    
    * Power------120
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Ra, Ta
    * Location---Hidden in Koneber
    
       This thing is cursed, but, lucky for you, that doesn't apply to using it in
    battle.  Very interesting, to say the least, but it does cast the Defense
    spell, and is therefore worth keeping around.
    
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    Sword of Lethargy
    
    * Power------60
    * Price------8,000 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Stancia, Rosaville, Riverton
    
       Despite it's low attack power and moderate cost, this can prove to be an
    effective weapon in that it randomly puts enemies to sleep when it hits.  This
    even works on bosses, including Necrasaro!  But it's only truly effective in
    the hands of the Hero, as Ragnar tends to stupidly use it to ineffectively
    cast Sleepmore on a constant basis.
    
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    Sword of Malice
    
    * Power------45
    * Price------3,500 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta
    * Location---Mintos, Kievs (Ch. 5), Stancia
    
       This is an excellent weapon in the early game.  Ragnar and possibly Taloon
    should both have one at the end of their respective chapters.  While powerful,
    it also casts the Firebal spell when used in battle.
    
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    Sword of Miracles
    
    * Power------100
    * Price------6 Medals
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr
    * Location---From the Small Medal King
    
       A most righteous weapon, indeed...  Not only is it one of the most powerful
    weapons available, it grants you more survivalabilty because it drains HP from
    the target.
    
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    Thorn Whip
    
    * Power------14
    * Price------200 Gold
    * Used By----Everyone
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A bit stronger than the Copper Sword, but twice as expensive, the true
    strength of this weapon is the fact that everyone may equip it.  Looking for a
    little more power than the Copper Sword earlier on?  You got it.  Looking for
    something a little more frugal than a costly Boomerang or Chain Sickle?  You
    got it.  Looking for the cheapest weapon Mara can get her hands on in early
    Chapter Four?  You got it, my friend.
    
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    Venomous Dagger
    
    * Power------24
    * Price------750 Gold
    * Used By----Ta, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       While a powerful weapon for your magicians, the true power of the Venomous
    Dagger is the ability to randomly paralyze its target.  With this, even Mara
    and Brey can be effective attackers in the early game.
    
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    Zenithian Sword
    
    * Power------65*
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr
    * Location---Hidden in Giant World Tree
    
       Don't be fooled by the low power- this thing becomes an incredibly powerful
    weapon a little later*.  To boot, this is an extremely useful weapon when used
    in battle, as it will remove the effects of any spell affecting a target
    creature.
    
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    Basic Clothes
    
    * Defense----4
    * Price------10 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Surene
    
       A few characters start with some, which help out very early on.  You should
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    Bronze Armor
    
    * Defense----25
    * Price------700 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       The best stuff Cristo can have until he reaches Endor at the end of Chapter
    Two.  This may be good armor, but the Half-Plate Armor is still stronger, and
    when you consider that these will be rather long-term investments well into
    Chapter Five (not to mention the fact that you lose all your money going into
    Chapter Five, anyways), you should probably consider going for the Half-Plate
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    Chain Mail
    
    * Defense----18
    * Price------350 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       This is the best armor Alena can manage in Chapter Two, and serves her well
    until you find something better in Chapter Five.  For anyone else, however,
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    Cloak of Evasion
    
    * Defense----28
    * Price------3,000 Gold
    * Used By----Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       This is terrific armor for your less armor-inclined characters, at a great
    cost no less.
    
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    Dancer's Costume
    
    * Defense----8
    * Price------400 Gold
    * Used By----Ma, Al
    * Location---Gardenbur
    
       Mara starts out with one, but she can sell it for more than enough money
    for something far better.  Later, during Chapter Five, you may choose to buy
    one.  In doing so, you are a dumbass.
    
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    Demon Armor
    
    * Defense----60
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in the Final Cave
    
       Ah, yes, another cursed piece of equipment that no one in their right minds
    would use.  Worthless...
    
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    Dragon Mail
    
    * Defense----45
    * Price------5,200 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Various Shops in Chapter Five
    
       Highly defensive armor for the Hero and Ragnar, though before you spring
    for two pairs you should probably be aware of how close you are to finding the
    Zenithian Armor.  Not only powerful, this reduces the damage done by things
    emitted by the enemy, like fireballs, scorching breath, and freezing winds.
    
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    Dress of Radiance
    
    * Defense----45
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr (F), Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Hidden in the Shrine of the Horn & the Final Cave
    
       Despite being a dress, this is a rather protective piece of armor.  In
    addition to looking good and covering your ass at the same time, the Dress of
    Radiance randomly bounces the effects of a spell back to the caster.  The
    downside is that this applies to healing spells, as well...  At any rate,
    you'll find two in the game, and both are pieces of armor to consider in the
    late-game.
    
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    Full-Plate Armor
    
    * Defense----35
    * Price------2,300 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Various Shops in Chapter Five
    
       Not much more powerful than the Half-Plate armor, but cheaper than the
    Dragon Mail.
    
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    Fur Coat
    
    * Defense----22
    * Price------600 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Bonmalmo, Haville, Aneaux
    
       The best armor Mara can have at the end of Chapter Four, and a
    small-but-cost-effective armor upgrade opportunity when Alena joins you during
    Chapter Five.  For anyone else, however, this is a downgrade.
    
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    Half-Plate Armor
    
    * Defense----30
    * Price------1,200 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Great stuff.  Ragnar, Cristo, and Nara should all have some coming into
    Chapter Five (Nara might also have some for the Hero).  It serves you
    marvelously in early Chapter Five until better armor is located.
    
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    Iron Apron
    
    * Defense----32
    * Price------1,500 Gold
    * Used By----Ta
    * Location---Endor, Mintos
    
       Essentially, this is Taloon's version of Half-Plate Armor.  And excepting
    the Robe of Serenity and Swordedge Armor, the only thing more powerful than
    this that Taloon may equip is the Metal Babble Armor.
    
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    Leather Armor
    
    * Defense----12
    * Price------180 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Br, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       If you're looking for solid early-game defense, you really can't go wrong
    with this stuff (except for maybe Alena, whose Silk Robe offers almost as much
    protection as this does).  In addition, this is the best armor that Brey may
    equip during Chapter Two, so you might as well get him some.
    
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    Leather Dress
    
    * Defense----14
    * Price------250 Gold
    * Used By----Hr (F), Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Leather Armor for women, basically.  This is highly recommended for both
    Nara and Mara before they undertake their quest in Chapter Four.  It's also
    quite obsolete by the time you reach Chapter Five.
    
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    Metal Babble Armor
    
    * Defense----95
    * Price------15,000 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---Endor
    
       What to do with all that extra cash near the game's end?  Buy some of this!
    By far the best armor in the game also has quite a hefty price tag.  If you'd
    like to know where you can buy this stuff, simply refer to section V.E. of
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    Mysterious Bolero
    
    * Defense----37
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Hidden in the Zenithian Tower
    
       For Mara or Brey, this is definitely a piece of equipment to consider.
    Whenever the wearer is struck with an enemy's spell, he/she will gain MP equal
    to the spell's casting cost.  As for Cristo & Nara, the Metal Babble Armor
    offers nearly three times the protection of the Mysterious Bolero, so...
    
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    Pink Leotard
    
    * Defense----40
    * Price------6,300 Gold
    * Used By----Hr (F), Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Gardenbur
    
       The defense offered by this deceptively solid armor may or may not be
    enough for you to consider buying some for Alena and Mara (considering the
    hefty price tag...)  Nara and the Hero, on the other hand, have much better
    defensive alternatives than this (the Sacred Robe and Dragon Mail/Zenithian
    Armor, respectively).
    
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    Robe of Serenity
    
    * Defense----33
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Hidden in the Cave of the Padequia
    
       This is an interesting piece of armor...  It reduces the damage done when
    the wearer's HP gets low.  Even into the late game, this is a good piece of
    armor for one of your weaker characters.
    
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    Sacred Robe
    
    * Defense----38
    * Price------4,400 Gold
    * Used By----Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       The best armor you can get for Cristo and Nara before you get them some
    Metal Babble Armor, and probably one of the most kick-ass pieces of armor
    available.  The Sacred Robe will reduce the damage done by magic spells in the
    fire and ice categories.
    
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    Silk Robe
    
    * Defense----10
    * Price------110 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Monbaraba
    
       Alena starts out with one, as does Nara.  These do their jobs quite well
    until better alternatives are reached.
    
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    Swordedge Armor
    
    * Defense----50
    * Price------9,800 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta
    * Location---Endor
    
       Occasionally, this will return a percentage of the damage done by a
    physical attack to the attacker.  The damage done is actually quite negligible
    considering that the Metal Babble Armor offers nearly twice the protection
    that this does, however.
    
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    Water Flying Clothes
    
    * Defense----41
    * Price------15,000 Gold
    * Used By----Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---Elfville
    
       More good armor for your spellcasters, though a bit pricey...  While
    offering great protection, the chief selling point is that it will reduce the
    damage done by things emitted by the enemy (like the Dragon Mail does).  And
    when you consider how dangerous those attacks can become in the late-game,
    this fact alone can make the Water Flying Clothes some of the best armor
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    Wayfarer's Clothes
    
    * Defense----7
    * Price------70 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Surene, Lakanaba, Monbaraba
    
       Cristo starts out with some, and they serve him well until he finds
    something else more fitting.  The Wayfarer's Clothes also make a good bargain
    buy for Taloon in early Chapter Three.  As for Brey, the Leather Armor is the
    best armor he can equip during Chapter Two, so consider saving up for that
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    Zenithian Armor
    
    * Defense----70
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr
    * Location---Hidden in Shrine of Breaking Waves
    
       Some of the best armor you'll ever lay eyes upon...  The Zenithian Armor
    reduces damage done by things emitted by the foe (like the Dragon Mail does)
    and it also reduces damage done by fire and ice magic (like the Sacred Robe
    does).  Kick-ass armor, indeed...
    
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    Zombie Mail
    
    * Defense----49
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in the Den of Radimvice
    
       Okay, this stuff is cursed and its defense sucks and you don't find it
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    Aeolus's Shield
    
    * Defense----50
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Hidden in Dire Palace
    
       This is a powerful shield that blows all of your enemies away when used in
    battle (an effect similar to the Expel spell).  It's hidden in the treasury at
    Dire Palace (see section V.F. of the FAQ for details on locating the
    treasury).  The reason you might not give this to Ragnar is that the Expel
    effect can begin to seriously piss you off when he starts arbitrarily blowing
    your gold and experience out the window.  The Hero, obviously, has the
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    Dragon Shield
    
    * Defense----30
    * Price------7,100 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Riverton, Gottside
    
       Take everything I said about the Dragon Mail and stick it right here
    instead.  The only difference is that if you want one in the early game,
    you're going to have to go to Riverton for it (it's a town that doesn't appear
    on the map that is located along a river on the southeastern continent).
    
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    Iron Shield
    
    * Defense----12
    * Price------650 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A great piece of equipment spanning all five chapters.  Though Cristo and
    Nara should both get Metal Babble Shields ASAP, they'll both be using these
    until then.  Ragnar, Taloon, and the Hero should all get extensive use from
    these well into Chapter Five, as well.
    
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    Leather Shield
    
    * Defense----4
    * Price------90 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Br
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       A good asset to Taloon in early Chapter Three, should he choose to buy one.
    Ragnar, Cristo, Brey, and Nara may consider saving up for a Scale Shield/Iron
    Shield, however...
    
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    Metal Babble Shield
    
    * Defense----60
    * Price------50,000 Coins
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---The Casino
    
       Not only is this thing kick-ass, but it gives your weaker characters a
    solid defensive base.  If Alena can strike it rich at the casino in Chapter
    Two and earn enough for four, they'll give you a huge advantage early on.  To
    boot, it casts Fendspell when used in battle.
    
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    Mirror Shield
    
    * Defense----45
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Cr
    * Location---Hidden in the Final Cave
    
       Returns a portion of all magic damage to the caster.  This advantage is
    enough to justify the small defensive loss from switching down from the
    Aeolus's Shield; switching up from the Shield of Strength is a no-brainer.
    
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    Scale Shield
    
    * Defense----7
    * Price------180 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Br
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       This's the best thing Brey can get until he gets a hold of a coveted Metal
    Babble Shield, and may serve Ragnar, Cristo, Nara, or Taloon well on their way
    to the purchase of a much more expensive Iron Shield.
    
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    Shield of Strength
    
    * Defense----40
    * Price------13,000 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr
    * Location---Elfville
    
       A good investment for Taloon, at any rate, considering it's his best
    shield.  Good buys for Cristo and Ragnar, as well (though Ragnar may have the
    Aeolus's Shield, and Cristo should have a Metal Babble Shield...).  It casts
    Healmore when used in battle...
    
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    Zenithian Shield
    
    * Defense----55
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr
    * Location---Hidden in Gardenbur
    
       This is a great piece of equipment, offering a high amount of protection to
    the Hero.  As an added bonus, it will cast the Bounce spell when used in
    battle.  One of the better pieces of Zenithian equipment, indeed...
    
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    Feather Hat
    
    * Defense----8
    * Price------280 Gold
    * Used By----Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Great headwear for your female fighters early on.  Alena should both find
    and equip one early on, and Nara and Mara both would be wise to procure them
    early into Chapter Four.  The Hero, on the other hand, should sell the Feather
    Hat he or she finds to earn money for something else, such as a comparable
    Wooden Hat at a decent price.  The Feather Hat is made obsolete by the Golden
    Barrette.
    
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    Golden Barrette
    
    * Defense----12
    * Price------540 Gold
    * Used By----Hr (F), Na, Ma, Al
    * Location---Koneber, Mintos, Gardenbur
    
       Slightly better headwear for your female characters.  It arrives in early
    Chapter Five, and is also the best headwear Alena can equip.  Also, unless
    either of them plan on obtaining a Hat of Happiness or the Metal Babble Helm,
    it's also the best headgear you're gonna find for Nara & Mara.  In addition to
    being nice and protective, the Golden Barrette lessens the chance of a Chaos
    spell taking effect, which is a nifty bonus.
    
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    Hat of Happiness
    
    * Defense----15
    * Price------4 Medals
    * Used By----Cr, Na, Ma, Br
    * Location---From the Small Medal King
    
       It may look goofy, but it has good defensive value and restores MP with
    every couple of steps.  Aside from the Small Medal King, Metal Babbles may
    leave this behind when the die (or, more often, Taloon will outright steal it
    from them).  But, don't count on it.
    
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    Iron Helmet
    
    * Defense----16
    * Price------1,100 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr
    * Location---Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       The best helmet available to Taloon (besides the Metal Babble Helm).  As
    for Cristo, Ragnar, and the Hero, ask yourself how far away they are from
    their respective better alternatives: the Hat of Happiness, Iron Mask, and
    Zenithian Helm.  Note that Cristo may never actually get a Hat of Happiness,
    depending (mostly) on your dealings with the Small Medal King.  If this is the
    case, just get him an Iron Helmet and be done with it.
    
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    Iron Mask
    
    * Defense----25
    * Price------3500 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra
    * Location---Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       Ragnar's best helmet, pretty much (excepting the Metal Babble Helm).  A
    great buy for him, but the Hero has the Zenithian Helm, so consider that
    before buying a second one for your valiant Hero.
    
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    Leather Hat
    
    * Defense----2
    * Price------65 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Not a good buy, generally (given the availability of the Wooden Hat/Feather
    Hat).  But, you may pick one up for Taloon for a bit of extra defense in early
    Chapter Three, and it is the best thing available to Brey until when and if he
    is blessed with a Hat of Happiness, so you might as well get him one in
    Chapter Two.
    
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    Mask of Corruption
    
    * Defense----200
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Ma, Br, Al
    * Location---Hidden in the Cascade Cave
    
       Okay, so you see the two hundred defense mark.  Looks too good to be true,
    doesn't it?  It is.  You are strongly advised against using this very, very
    cursed item.
    
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    Metal Babble Helm
    
    * Defense----50
    * Price------20 Medals
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na
    * Location---From the Small Medal King
    
       If you decide to get this, realize that you're devoting a large portion of
    your Small Medals to it, and that you either won't be getting this until
    inconveniently late in the game, or you won't be getting the other items (Hat
    of Happiness and Sword of Miracles come to mind) until inconveniently late in
    the game  However, if you're really lucky, King Metals may leave these behind
    when they die, or Taloon may just steal them.  If you actually get one, the
    protection offered is quite divine.
    
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    Wooden Hat
    
    * Defense----6
    * Price------120 Gold
    * Used By----Hr, Ra, Ta, Cr, Na, Al
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Great headwear for your male characters throughout a better portion of the
    game.  Ragnar, Cristo, and Taloon should all have one coming into Chapter
    Five, and the male Hero is encouraged to quickly procure one when Chapter Five
    starts.  For some strange reason, however, the Wooden Hat is sold in item
    shops rather than armor shops...  Glitch, maybe?
    
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    Zenithian Helm
    
    * Defense----30
    * Price------N/A
    * Used By----Hr
    * Location---From the King of Stancia
    
       A great piece of Zenithian equipment that offers great protection.  It
    looks pretty snappy, too.
    
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    Antidote Herb
    
    * Price------10 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Cures poison.  A useful item to have around in any area where the local
    fauna is known to be poisonous, especially if Cristo is not with you or does
    not know the Antidote spell.
    
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    Agility Seed
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       Increases the Agility of those who consume it by 1-3 points.  Can be found
    in various locations throughout the game, and may also be dropped by the
    following enemies: Podokesaur, Beastan, and Pteranodon.
    
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    Dew of the World Tree
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a demon in Zenithian Castle
    
       A useful item that restores everyone's HP when used.  You may find some at
    the Giant World Tree, and you'll also meet a demon later has an endless supply
    of it.  He'll only give you one at a time, though.
    
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    Fairy Water
    
    * Price------20 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Mimics the Repel spell, essentially.  Useful in getting things the hell
    away from you if you would rather not be bothered.
    
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    Full Moon Herb
    
    * Price------30 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       If you venture into any area where the creatures are known to paralyze you
    and don't plan on taking Nara along, it would behoove you to have on of these
    just in case.
    
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    Gum Pod
    
    * Price------8 Gold (sells for 1 gold)
    * Location---Foxville (As Medical Herb)
    
       Hmm...  This does absolutely nothing.
    
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    Lamp of Darkness
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---Hidden in the Kievs Cave
    
       This nifty little item will cause night to fall instantly.  This works like
    Brey's Day/Night spell, only it will not change night into day.  And if you'd
    like to turn night into day, just sleep at an inn.
    
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    Leaf of World Tree
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---Hidden in the Giant World Tree
    
       Pick these up all over the Giant World Tree (just "search" to reach down
    and yank one up).  It cures death!  Useful because this's a difficult area,
    but you can only find them here, and carry only one at a time (they must be
    heavy).
    
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    Lifeforce Nuts
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       Increases the HP of those who consume it by 4-6 points.  Can be found in
    various locations throughout the game, and may also be dropped by the
    following enemies: Flamadog, Guzzle Ray, and Tentagor.
    
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    Luck Seed
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
      Increases the Luck of whomever consumes it by 1-3 points.  These are the
    rarest of all the stat-enhancing items, and, besides being dropped by enemies,
    are only found twice in the entire game.  The enemies that may leave these
    include: Red Dragon, Demonite, and Vileplant.
    
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    Lunch
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       A Medical Herb with a different, and considerably more appetizing name.  It
    is also quite amusing to have your characters pause in the middle of a heated
    battle to sit down and eat lunch.
    
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    Magic Potion
    
    * Price------30 Coins
    * Location---The Casino
    
       Cures a minimal amount of MP.  Useful boosts when found, but before you
    actually buy one at the casino, realize that the Wizard's Ring is a lot more
    useful to have around.
    
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    Medical Herb
    
    * Price------8 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Casts the Heal spell, essentially.  While clear up until early to mid
    Chapter Five it's generally a good idea to have one or two of these around
    just in case, there are times when the Medical Herb is not just extremely nice
    to have around, but essential.  This includes the tournament during Chapter
    Two, and pretty much the entirety of Chapter One and Chapter Three.
    
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    Meteorite Armband
    
    * Price------4,000 Coins
    * Location---The Casino
    
       Use it once to equip it, thus permanently doubling your Agility!  Highly
    useful for getting the drop on your enemies, but you should note that these do
    nothing for your Defense.
    
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    Mirror of Ra
    
    * Price------2,500 Coins
    * Location---The Casino
    
       Use this on an enemy who has created a false image of themselves.  The only
    time this will actually work is against Linguar or an Impostor.  As for
    Linguar, this is absolutely worthless because he just splits up again, and the
    Impostor should have had its ass kicked, like, five turns ago.  The point I'm
    trying to make is that besides the novelty, there's really no point in getting
    one of these.
    
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    Mystic Acorns
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       Increases the MP of those who consume it by 3-5 points.  Can be found in
    various locations throughout the game, and may also be dropped by the
    following enemies: Mandrake, Blizag, and Fairy Dragon.
    
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    Sage's Stone
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---Hidden in Necrasaro's Palace
    
       You'll find this a bit late, but it does perform the Healus spell when used
    in battle.  It's a handy item to have on hand for the Necrasaro fight, to say
    the least.  As with most items of this nature, it is best placed in the hand
    of the one person who might actually use it when needed: the Hero.
    
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    Sandglass of Regression
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---Hidden in the Cascade Cave
    
       Turns back the clock a few rounds during a battle.  This is a nice trump
    card to have, but you must take note that it only works once per day, so don't
    overuse it. And as if it needed to be mentioned, an item of such power really
    should not be entrusted to anyone who isn't the Hero, unless you just really
    hate yourself.
    
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    Scent Pouch
    
    * Price------150 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in Chapter Five
    
       This item increases the enemy encounter rate.
    
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    Small Medal
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       Found all over the world, you can collect these and give them to a creepy
    hermit who lives in a secldued castle in the northeastern corner of the world
    and in exchange receive wonderful prizes!  For more on Small Medals, refer to
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    Sphere of Silence
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---Kievs Cave (Ch.4), Rosaville (Ch..5)
    
       An important quest item that stops the affected enemy group from using
    magic...  Find it first in Chapter Four, then it mysteriously resurfaces later
    in Chapter Five (though it is a lost-forever in that respect, as discussed in
    section I.F. of the FAQ).  In the hands of the Hero, it may come in handy
    during a few select fights later in the game.
    
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    Strength Seed
    
    * Price------N/A
    * Location---From a variety of places, really
    
       Increases the Strength of those who consume it by 1-3 points.  Can be found
    in various locations throughout the game, and may also be dropped by the
    following enemies: Lethal Gopher, Brahmird, and Archbison.
    
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    Wing of Wyvern
    
    * Price------25 Gold
    * Location---Various shops in the world
    
       Performs the Return spell.  A useful item in Chapter One and Chapter Three,
    as it's the only method of quick travel.  Also useful during Chapter Two and
    Chapter Four until the Return spell is learned.  Obsolete by Chapter Five.
    
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    Wizard's Ring
    
    * Price------500 Coins
    * Location---The Casino
    
       Unlike the Magic Potion, always try to have one of these babies on you.  It
    restores about twenty to thirty MP and is reusable, except that it breaks if
    used too often.  Of course, you can always buy more...
    
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    Quest Items
    
       Lastly, the following is a list, in attempted chronological order, of items
    that are relevant to the plot.  Some are useful items unto their own (and are
    thus mentioned elsewhere), but most are not, as their function is tied solely
    to the plot.
    
    * Flying Shoes
    * Golden Bracelet
    * Thief's Key
    * Birdsong Nectar
    * Iron Safe
    * Silver Statuette
    * Lamp of Darkness
    * Sphere of Silence
    * Gunpowder Jar
    * Boarding Pass
    * Symbol of Faith
    * Fire of Serenity
    * Padequia Seed
    * Padequia Root
    * Magic Key
    * Stone of Drought
    * Magma Staff
    * Flute of Uncovering
    * Zenithian Helm
    * Final Key
    * Zenithian Shield
    * Zenithian Armor
    * Staff of Transformation
    * Gas Canister
    * Zenithian Sword
    * Baron's Horn
    
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    Antidote
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.8
    * Affects---One ally
    
       This removes poison.  Cristo picks this up early on, and it's quite useful
    to know as it negates the cost and the inconvenience of removing the poison
    through other means, and it can be used anywhere & at any time, assuming
    Cristo is with you and has MP.
    
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    Awake
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Hr: L.17
    * Affects---All allies
    
       Though it's unlikely that you'll ever have to use this spell, it's nice to
    have around just in case.  If anyone in your party gets put to sleep this
    spell will wake their ass up.
    
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    Bang
    
    * MP--------5
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.11
    * Affects---All enemies
    
       This spell hits all enemies on the field with the force of the Firebal
    spell (15-25 damage).  Very useful early on, as most enemies at this time are
    both numerous and weak.
    
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    Barrier
    
    * MP--------6
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Na: L.29
    * Affects---All allies
    
       A late-game spell that protects you from things emitted by the foe.  It's
    one of those spells that would be useful if Nara ever remembered that she knew
    it.
    
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    Beat
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.18
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Instant death.  Doesn't always work though.  This and Defeat are the
    closest things Cristo has to an attack spell, and you'll see that he tends to
    use Beat quite frequently until Defeat shows up.
    
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    BeDragon
    
    * MP--------18
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.30
    * Affects---Caster
    
       Though a bit pricey, this will transform the caster into a violent
    blaze-emitting dragon (see section XIII.A. for more on emitting a violent
    blaze) for a single battle.  Useful as it is, Mara tends to cast this spell
    only when it's wise to do so.
    
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    Bikill
    
    * MP--------6
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.19
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Doubles someone's attack strength for the remainder of a battle.  Great for
    your fighters, and doubly deadly when used on Alena while she is weilding her
    Stiletto Earrings.  This spell kicks so much ass that Brey, obviously, has to
    use it every now and then.  Of course, he will do it randomly at best, and
    usually never when you want him to, making you want to kick his withered old
    ass.  All in all, it's a great spell, but not something you can really count
    on him to cast, especially later on.
    
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    Blaze
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.1, Hr: L.3
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Since Mara's normal attack really blows, this is what she can use in lieu
    of one in the early segments of her adventure.  Becomes pretty much obsolete
    when she can hit for as much damage as Blaze does (about 10-15 damage).
    
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    Blazemore
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.19
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Blazemore sees a lot of action in the mid-game, and makes Mara a powerful
    force versus any enemy, seeing as it deals 70-90 damage points to its target.
    The Hero later learns a spell (Zap) identical to this.
    
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    Blazemost
    
    * MP--------10
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.33
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       As Blazemore's usefulness tapers off, Mara picks up this little baby.  It
    deals 180-200 damage to some extremely unfortunate target, and allows Mara to
    take a great offensive in any of the game's fights.
    
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    Blizzard
    
    * MP--------11
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.32
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       The most damaging spell Brey picks up deals 90-110 damage to a group of his
    choosing.
    
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    Boom
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.23, Hr: L.23
    * Affects---All enemies
    
       Boom is a more powerful version of Bang that deals 50-70 damage to all
    enemies present.  It's useful in both clearing the field of weaker foes, and
    in doing some good damage to the more powerful ones.
    
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    Bounce
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Br: L.8
    * Affects---Caster
    
       Puts up a wall around the caster that bounces back the effects of any spell
    aimed at him/her.  Can be the bane of any offensive magic-user's existence,
    but the downside of this spell is that it blocks all spells, including the
    helpful ones.  The exception is that the caster may still direct a spell's
    effects towards himself.  Also note that this spell will not block the
    quasi-magical effects of items used in battle (e.g., the Ice Blade).
    
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    Chance
    
    * MP--------20
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Hr: L.39
    * Affects---Random
    
       It's hard to justify using this spell, the effect of which is completely
    random, in the heat of a battle, taking into consideration both the high cost
    and the likeliness that the effect may not be very helpful to you.   Of
    course, that doesn't mean that this can't be a kick-ass spell to use.  For a
    full list of Chance's effects, see section XII.D. of this FAQ.
    
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    Chaos
    
    * MP--------5
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.30
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Brey likes to use this spell to confuse his targets.  Even if it doesn't
    end up fighting the other enemies, at least it's out of your hair.  Brey uses
    this spell quite a bit, but usually only against the more powerful enemies
    that Brey can't obliterate in a single hit, anyways.
    
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    Day-Night
    
    * MP--------12
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Br: L.17
    * Affects---N/A
    
       Turns day into night and vice-versa.  Useful if the story insists you do so
    and you happen to be impatient.
    
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    Defeat
    
    * MP--------7
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.24
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       While the chances of this instant-death spell of working are slightly less
    than that of Beat, it does work on an entire group.  For this reason, Cristo
    uses the hell out of this spell, ignoring Beat for the most part (unless
    there's only one enemy he's looking to kill).
    
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    Defense
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.21
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Lowers the defense of an entire group of enemies.  Though the effects are
    less than that of Sap, its larger range of effect makes it more useful.
    Unfortunately for you, this is one of those spells that the Brey conveniently
    forgets that he knows during Chapter Five, though the Sword of Decimation may
    be used to similar effect.
    
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    Expel
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.1
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Expel will rid you of an entire group of enemies, and it has a high success
    rate.   It's quite useful early on when the Hero is still weak.  However, you
    won't get any gold or experience from expelled enemies, so you probably won't
    find yourself using this spell too much later on.  Still, it's a good clutch
    attack to have handy in case you find yourself really screwed.
    
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    Explodet
    
    * MP--------15
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.36
    * Affects---All enemies
    
       Powerful as Blazemost is, it only affects a single enemy, so it's still
    back to using Firevolt on groups.  That's where Explodet comes in.  This
    spell, which does 120-160 damage to all enemies present, will become, along
    with the occasional Blazemost, pretty much the basis of Mara's offense in the
    late game.  However, this spell takes its toll in a high MP cost, and may
    leave Mara with no MP if you're not careful.
    
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    Farewell
    
    * MP--------Maximum
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Na: L.35
    * Affects---All allies
    
       Kills Nara and takes her maximum MP, but fully revives everyone else, and
    restores both their HP and MP.  Given the obvious severity of the cost, she'll
    only cast it in a true emergency (not to mention only if she has her maximum
    MP on hand).  For the most part, the only way this spell will see any use is
    if you're getting your ass kicked really hard and you pull Nara out of the
    Wagon for a second chance at things.
    
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    Fendspell
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.19
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Like Bounce, this prevents all magic, good and bad, from reaching you,
    except by any spell cast by the protectorate him/herself.  Fendspell, however,
    does not return the spell to the caster.  On the other hand, it can be cast on
    anyone and is known by the Hero, making it a good way to protect yourself and
    your allies in certain battles.
    
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    Firebal
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.7, Hr: L.9
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       This spell does about 15-25 damage to a group of enemies.  This is the best
    offensive spell Mara has at the time, either against a group of enemies or a
    lone one.  Of course, the Hero can probably hit for about twice that, even on
    level 9, so should restrict use of this spell to groups or when physical
    attacks are failing you.
    
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    Firebane
    
    * MP--------6
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.14
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       A stronger version of Firebal that does 30-50 damage to a group of enemies.
    Great against a lone attacker until Mara picks up Blazemore, and even greater
    against a group until Boom pretty much obsoletes it.
    
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    Firevolt
    
    * MP--------10
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Ma: L.27
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Does 90-110 damage to a group.  This's Mara's most powerful spell when she
    learns it, only she still uses Blazemore a lot due to a much lower casting
    cost.  It's weaker than both Blazemost and Explodet, but cheaper.
    
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    Heal
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.1, Na: L.1
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Here's a spell you'll use a lot in the early game.  It cures around 40 HP
    of an ally, and essentially keeps your ass alive during a number of tough
    fights as well as a number lengthy journeys.
    
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    Healall
    
    * MP--------7
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.27, Na: L. 26, Hr: L.27
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Cures all of an ally's HP.  By the time you learn this, you'll definitely
    be needing it.  Like the original Heal, this spell keeps you alive during the
    game's toughest battles, not to mention treacherous expeditions.
    
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    Healmore
    
    * MP--------5
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.16, Na: L.13, Hr: L.5
    * Affects---One ally
    
       The transitional spell between Heal and Healall restores around 80 HP of an
    ally.  It's a welcome arrival when you learn it, especially when the Hero
    learns it very early on.  Healall shows up soon enough, though.
    
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    Healus
    
    * MP--------18
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.30
    * Affects---All allies
    
       One of the greatest healing spells cures around 80 HP of all of your
    allies.  This is an especially useful spell during tough battles such as
    Esturk and Necrasaro.  It does take its toll in a high MP cost, however.
    
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    Healusall
    
    * MP--------36
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Hr: L.32
    * Affects---All allies
    
       The ultimate in battle-oriented healing spells restores everyone's HP to
    the max (unless they happen to suffer from a condition called "death").  Of
    course, the high MP cost regulates its use to emergencies.
    
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    Icebolt
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.1
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Essentially, this is a chilled-out version of the Blaze spell (10-15 damage
    to an enemy).  Brey should use it in lieu of a normal attack because Brey has
    the strength of a paraplegic (or at least that of a crippled old man).  Useful
    until Brey gets a good weapon or Snowstorm.
    
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    Icespears
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.27
    * Affects---All enemies
    
       Until Brey learns Icespears, Snowstorm is his most powerful spell.  So this
    spell, which is slightly more powerful version of the Boom spell, will become
    pretty much the basis of Brey's offense (at least his worthwhile offense)
    until he learns Blizzard.  It does 60-80 damage to all enemies on screen.
    
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    Increase
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.14
    * Affects---All allies
    
       This great defensive spell increases everyone's defense, though the effects
    aren't as strong as that of Upper.  It would be a nice spell if Cristo would
    ever actually use it (well, there was that one time I stuck it on the
    Defensive strategy back in '83...)
    
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    Infermore
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Na: L.23
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       The next vacuum spell, like its predecessor, offers good, reliable damage
    at a cheap price.  It does 30-50 damage to a group of enemies.
    
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    Infermost
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Na: L.32
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Essentially, this is Brey's Blizzard spell all over again, only a little
    cheaper, and generally more guaranteed to hit.  It does around 90-110 damage
    to a group of enemies for a decent casting cost.
    
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    Infernos
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Na: L.8
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Nara's vacuum spells offer reasonable damage at a low cost, to help keep
    her MP high for healing spells, if need be.  Another nice bonus is that few
    enemies are resistant to her vacuum magic!  How nice.  Infernos deals 10-20
    damage to a group of enemies.
    
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    Ironize
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.21
    * Affects---All allies
    
       When selected, Ironize will always be the first spell cast the next round.
    It affects the entire party, and makes you immune to any form of attack
    whatsoever for the next three rounds.  Of course, you can do anything during
    these three rounds, so Ironize is useful only as a stalling tactic.
    
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    Lightning
    
    * MP--------15
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.34
    * Affects---All enemies
    
       Are you tired of fighting battle after battle to the day's end?  Then
    Lightning is for you, my friend!  Because, when you're dealing 180-220 damage
    to everything on-screen, chances are that there won't be much of a battle left
    to fight!
    
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    Numboff
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Na: L.10
    * Affects---All allies
    
       Cures paralysis.  A choice few enemies in the game can paralyze you, and
    when they do, it's nice to have Nara around.
    
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    Outside
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Br: L.7, Ma: L.9, Hr: L.13
    * Affects---N/A
    
       Transports you outside of any dungeon-like setting such as a cave, tower,
    etc...  Useful if you're in too deep to walk out manually, or if you're just
    too damn lazy to walk out manually.  Either way, it helps.
    
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    Repel
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Hr: L.11
    * Affects---N/A
    
       Reduces the enemy encounter rate for a short time.  It's nice to have, but
    is nothing to be relied upon, as you can still be attacked.
    
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    Return
    
    * MP--------8
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Br: L.9, Ma: L.8, Hr: L.7
    * Affects---N/A
    
       Thank the Heavens for this spell.  It instantly transports you to anywhere
    you've been to (exceptions: Seaside Village and a few early chapter towns
    during Chapter Five).  Any method of transportation that you have acquired
    will also be transported with you.  Trust me when I say that you'll be using
    this spell a lot.
    
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    Revive
    
    * MP--------20
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.33
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Unlike Vivify, this always succeeds in reviving a dead character.  It costs
    a bit more, but statistically speaking, is worth the 100% chance of success,
    especially in the heat of a crucial battle.
    
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    Robmagic
    
    * MP--------0
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.25, Ma: L.16
    * Affects---One enemy & caster
    
       If either Mara or Brey are hurting for MP, they can always steal a little
    bit from their enemies.  It costs them nothing to use, but since the MP gain
    is small, they use it only as a last-ditch effort (actually, I've never seen
    them use it at all).
    
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    Sap
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.3, Ma: L.3
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Substantially lowers the defense of a single target.  Helps out early on
    when you're up against something really powerful, else it's probably not worth
    the effort.  Later on, during Chapter Five Brey and Mara will pretty much
    forget that they ever knew this spell.
    
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    Sleep
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Na: L.5,
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       This puts a group of enemies to sleep for a brief time.  Useful if you need
    a little breathing room, but believe me, you won't get much, if any at all.
    
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    Sleepmore
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Na: L.16, Hr: L.15
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Though Sleepmore only works on a single enemy, it is generally much more
    potent than Sleep.
    
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    Snowstorm
    
    * MP--------5
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Br: L.11
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Snowstorm deals 30-50 damage to a group of enemies, and serves as Brey's
    best offensive spell in the early to mid-game.  While it's great asset early
    on, its usefulness tapers off long before its obsolescence.
    
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    Speedup
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Br: L.14
    * Affects---All allies
    
       Increases the agility of your party and lets them get the drop on enemies.
    Just one of many spells that old coot will forget he ever knew during Chapter
    Five.
    
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    Stepguard
    
    * MP--------2
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Ma: L.21
    * Affects---N/A
    
       This spell temporarily negates any damage done to you by the harmful
    terrain you sometimes can't avoid.  This is useful, especially if you're
    really hurting and can't take much more damage.
    
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    Stopspell
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.12
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       The affected enemy group of Stopspell can't use magic.  This is a much
    better idea than, say Fendspell or Bounce because not only does it protect
    your entire party, but it also allows helpful spells to reach them.  The AI
    will generally instinctively cast this spell whenever it sees something
    potentially extremely dangerous, though Cristo may occasionally opt for
    Beat/Defeat, instead.  The only downside of Stopspell is that is doesn't
    always work, and that some monsters are completely immune to its effects.
    
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    Surround
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Indirect offensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.6
    * Affects---Enemy group
    
       Can seriously hamper the offense of any creature that relies heavily on
    strong attacks.  Since there are so few of those, and fewer still that can't
    be taken care of in a round or less, you'll very rarely see Cristo use this
    spell (though he still does, at times).
    
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    Thordain
    
    * MP--------15 from each party member
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.37
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Thordain.  Or, as I like to call it: eat it, you bitch!  Thordain seems to
    be the only spell included in the game solely for the purpose of overkill.
    Everyone sacrifices their turn, as well as 15 MP (each), to deal 340-370
    damage to a target enemy.  While, in a way, it is useful as it directs your
    team's focus all on one enemy, it's horribly inefficient for the most part.
    But still, you can't deny how good it feels to massacre a group of hapless
    Slimes with your mighty 340-370 thunderbolt of judgment.
    
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    Transform
    
    * MP--------5
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Hr: L.30
    * Affects---Caster
    
       Transforms you into one of your teammates, but it takes a whole turn to do
    so, and it won't be much of an improvement.  Transform's chief use is to allow
    you to cast one of the "forgotten spells" that would really help you out if
    your idiotic teammates ever remembered to cast them.  Bikill and Increase are
    good examples of this.  Note that once you Transform, however, you're stuck
    that way unless you use the Zenithian Sword on yourself to revert back.
    
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    Upper
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Defensive
    * Used By---Cr: L.4
    * Affects---One ally
    
       Substantially increases the defense of an ally.  Upper is a good asset
    during the Chameleon Humanoid battle, but it really doesn't see much action
    during Chapter Five, mainly because Cristo is a bloody idiot.
    
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    Vivify
    
    * MP--------12
    * Type------Healing
    * Used By---Cr: L.21, Na: L.20, Hr: L.28
    * Affects---One ally
    
       This has about a fifty-fifty chance of reviving a dead teammate, but you
    should try anyways.  Statistically speaking, you should only have to cast it
    once or twice, and you save a lot of revival money in the long run.
    
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    X-Ray
    
    * MP--------3
    * Type------Miscellaneous
    * Used By---Br: L.23
    * Affects---N/A
    
       Cast this when standing on a chest to receive a signal.  Blue is good, and
    red means it's a monster.  But since there are so few monster chests, and
    they're so easy to kill (and I mention them all in the walkthrough), you're
    probably too lazy to use this spell.
    
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    Zap
    
    * MP--------4
    * Type------Direct offensive
    * Used By---Hr: L.24
    * Affects---One enemy
    
       Does 70-90 damage to a foe.  At about this time in the game, it deals a
    little more damage than a normal attack unless the Hero is equipped with, say,
    a Dragon Killer or a Sword of Miracles.  Then the damage is about the same.
    Zap is still useful in any situation where a physical attack just won't do.
    
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       The are attacks that are used primarily by the opposing forces, so it would
    behoove you to know just how badly they can screw your world up.  Also, under
    certain circumstances, some of these attacks may be available to your party,
    as well.
    
       * Summon reinforcements: summons an additional monster(s) to the fight
       (monster summoned is determined by summoner).
    
       * Emit a fireball: 5-10 damage to all opposition.
    
       * Emit freezing winds: 10-15 damage to all opposition.
    
       * Emit scorching gas: 30-40 damage to all opposition.
    
       * Emit a blizzard: 40-50 damage to all opposition (slightly less when your
       team uses it).
    
       * Emit a violent blaze: 80-100 damage to all opposition (slightly less when
       your team uses it).
    
       * Emit icy gusts of wind: 100-140 damage to all opposition.
    
       * Emit poison gas: attempt to poison all opposition.
    
       * Emit gales of sweet breath: attempt to induce sleep upon all opposition.
    
       * Hideous, shrieking roar: attempts to scare all opposition (anyone
       affected will lose a turn).
    
       * Strange dance: reduces target's MP.
    
       * Build up strength: sacrifice turn, next turn's attack deals extra damage.
    
       * Body attack: reduces target to critical damage is successful.
    
       * Eerie mists: nullifies any spell being cast by anyone for the remainder
       of the battle.
    
       * Freezing waves: eliminates the effects of any spells on entire
       opposition.
    
    
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       Nara's Silver Tarot Cards, found in Chapter Four, produce a random effect
    when used in battle.  Sadly, only Nara can use them, and she generally won't
    in Chapter Five (unless you're using that God-awful Try Out tactic).  At any
    rate, there are nine random effects generated by the Silver Tarot Cards:
    
       * The Card of Evil prevents Nara from using magic.
    
       * The Card of Justice casts Expel on all enemies.
    
       * The Card of the Moon casts Surround on all enemies.
    
       * The Card of Perfection casts Defeat on all allies.
    
       * The Card of the Stars doubles the gold and experience gained after the
       fight.
    
       * The Card of Strength casts Bikill on a random ally.
    
       * The Card of the Sun casts the Healusall spell on your party.
    
       * The Card of the Terminator summons a Necrodian to battle you, and can
       only be drawn after all eight other crads have appeared in the same batlle.
    
       * The Card of the Tower attacks all allies.
    
    
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       When you meet fight alongside Taloon in Chapter Five, one thing becomes
    readily apparent- his mercantile lifestyle has begun to affect his fighting
    style.  Not that I'm saying this is good or bad, but Taloon begins doing very
    weird things during battle...  Note that Taloon will often opt for the normal
    fight command, but in addition to this, the following is a list of other
    things the fat man may decide to do in the middle of a fight:
    
       * Taloon trips.  Amazingly, his weapon will strike an enemy, causing a
       critical blow!
    
       * Taloon summons an army of merchants to his aid.  This works a bit
       differently than the monsters' summon commands do.  This army will attack
       three times, and then leave (had this been a real army, they'd be
       court-martialed so fast...)
    
       * He sings a lullaby, potentially putting all enemies to sleep.
    
       * Taloon steals an item from the enemy.  Normally, these are common items.
       However, a few monsters can carry some pretty kick-ass stuff (the Metal
       Babble carries a Hat of Happiness, and King Metals carry a Metal Babble
       Helm!)  Unfortunately, this command is somewhat rare.
    
       * He will do a strange dance, which lowers an enemy's MP (you should
       recognize this one...)
    
       * Taloon will valiantly leap in front of an ally and take a blow for them.
       Too bad this isn't dependant on whether or not the ally really needs
       protecting, or whether Taloon himself can stand the damage.  Notice
       Taloon's lack of an intelligence rating...
    
       * Taloon will throw sand into the eyes of all enemies present, lowering
       their attack percentage (same effect as the Surround spell).  Even if there
       is no sand in his immediate surroundings, Taloon apparently keeps a
       constant supply on hand.
    
       * He will attempt to calm the enemies down, so that the fight immediately
       ends, like Expel.  Also like Expel, you receive no gold or experience for
       the fight, which is why I usually get pissed off when he does this (of
       course he'll pick the most inopportune time, such as right before you waste
       a Metal Babble).
    
       * Taloon tells a really bad joke.  The enemies apparently understand our
       English language well enough to not only get the joke, but also have enough
       of a sense of humor to laugh at it.  This will effect all enemies, and will
       prevent any enemy affected from acting that turn.
    
       * Taloon sweeps legs (trips an enemy).  The enemy's next attack will be
       negated (and read something like, "enemy is withering after tripping.")
       Who says our translation staff doesn't do their work?
    
       * He waves his finger in a hypnotic circle like so...  If successful, one
       enemy will become confused.  Apparently, the enemies in this game are so
       stupid that this is all it takes to confuse them (and maybe Brey could save
       himself some MP and do the same thing.)
    
       * Taloon stands in a daze and does absolutely nothing.  This one is just a
       little too common for my tastes.
    
       * Taloon shouts.  This is identical to when a number of enemies roar, and
       as you should know, if affected, the character's/enemy's next command will
       be negated in favor of, "trembling with fear..."  Taloon's loud mouth has
       the potential to affect all enemies on screen.
    
       * Taloon will build up his strength, and make a stronger attack next turn.
       This is another one you should recognize.
    
       * Lastly, sometimes when a monster attempts to cast a spell, Taloon will
       run and cover their mouth (kudos to him for actually touching some of those
       things...)  The enemy's spell will be wasted.  The nifty thing about this
       is that it does NOT use up Taloon's attack for that turn- it's just a nice
       little freebie.
    
    
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       And, of course, everyone's favorite: the Chance spell.  The Chance spell
    has likely the most devastating of all the random battle effects, one way or
    another.  It also has the widest variety of effects (but note that some of
    these will not occur during boss fights):
    
       * Everyone becomes confused ("everyone" meaning all allies and all
       enemies).
    
       * Everyone becomes confused except our valiant Hero.
    
       * Everyone's spells are sealed due to "eerie mists that engulf the area".
    
       * Everyone is put to sleep.
    
       * Everyone's MP is reduced to 0.
    
       * Everyone's HP is fully restored.
    
       * Everyone "builds up strength".
    
       * Everyone suffers 50-60 damage due to an earthquake.
    
       * All enemies run away.
    
       * All enemies are carried away by a white dragon (same effect as Expel)
    
       * All enemies explode into pieces (same effect as Expel)
    
       * All enemies killed by an earthquake (experience and gold still earned
       after battle).
    
       * All enemies' MP is reduced to 0.
    
       * All enemies are attacked by a laughing giant, whose attacks deal 100-120
       damage.
    
       * All enemies suffer a reduced chance to hit (same effect as Surround).
    
       * All enemies become Metal Slimes.
    
       * All allies' HP is fully restored.
    
       * All allies' defense is increased (same effect as Increase).
    
       * All allies' speed is increased (same effect as Speedup).
    
       * All allies transform into dragons (same effect as BeDragon).
    
       * All allies strike critical blows for the remainder of the battle due to a
       morale boost.
    
       * Random enemy group or all allies lose a turn due to a mysterious
       grumbling voice.
    
       * Hero is struck by a bright light for big damage.  Will transform into a
       blizzard-emitting dragon if he/she survives.
    
       * Time stops for three turns for everyone except the Hero.
    
       * Time reverses (same effect as the Sandglass of Regression)
    
       * Double experience and gold are received after the battle (same effect as
       the Card of the Stars).
    
       * A booming voice echoes.  Any slain ally will be revived to full HP.  If
       no allies are dead, the voice echoes futilely.
    
       * Casts the Return spell, ending the battle.  Destination is chosen at
       random.
    
    
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       Rosa, the elf whom you meet on your quest, cried tears made of rubies, if
    you recall.  And people were always really mean to her so she'd cry, so she
    became a recluse?  Yeah, well.  You meet her in your quest to stop Saro, but
    you'll remember that right after fight with Esturk, Necrasaro arrives, but
    soon leaves once he discovers that Rosa was abducted by humans.  You never
    find out what happened to her, and the next time you meet up with Necrasaro is
    when you kill him...  Ever wonder what happened to her?
    
       Return to Izmit village.  The dream there has changed, and you'll find out
    what became of Rosa.  It isn't pretty.
    
    
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       Whatever happened to...?  Well, most of your characters from Chapter One,
    Two, Three, and Four all meet up in Chapter Five.  But there were lots of
    other characters who went on to meet other destinies, such as Healie from
    Chapter One, who finally fulfilled his dream of becoming human.  Of course, in
    Chapter Five you pretty much hit all of your old haunts from the first four
    chapters only to discover what new things are happening (or what has stayed
    entirely the same).  The following is a short list of people and places from
    Chapters One, Two, Three, and Four that surface later in Chapter Five, but not
    as part of the plot- you'll actually have to make separate trips to go see
    them.
    
    
          Remember Tempe?  The little town you saved in Chapter Two?  Well, the
       couple there are now together and happy, but really not much has happened
       here since Chapter Two (of course, everyone is still quite thankful to
       Alena for what she did for them so many years ago).
    
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          You know the coliseum at Endor?  Well, head there during Chapter Five to
       witness not a fight, but... a wedding?  Yes, that's right, Princess May of
       Endor and Prince Reed of Bonmalmo are now being united in what seems to be
       an eternal wedding.  Seriously, I've never seen a wedding this long
       (months, anybody?  Months?) in my entire life.  And in a coliseum?  Whose
       idea was it to get married in a battle pit?  Methinks the princess had
       little say in this...
    
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          On the above note, due to the union of these two countries, the king of
       Bonmalmo has turned from a raving madman into a happy raving madman (he is
       currently attending his son's eternal wedding- see above).  And the old
       fart there that used to buy your armor for top dollar no longer needs to
       because of the opened trade between Bonmalmo and Endor.  The weapon and
       armor shops here still suck, though.
    
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          Another town from Chapter Three, Lakanaba.  Your old boss at this point
       finally refuses to let you come back to work, mainly because he's already
       hired someone else to help him out.  It's Tom's son!  Remember Tom?  Tom,
       by the way, is now living in Taloon's old house.
    
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          Remember Orin?  That big muscle dude who helped Mara and Nara escape from
       prison?  Well, he got his ass whipped pretty bad, seeing as he's still in
       recovery.  Admittedly, this is a vast improvement over the condition he was
       in when Mara and Nara last saw him (dead).  In Frenor, the town from
       Chapter Two, you'll discover a really hot dancer who found him (how he
       ended up there is a mystery) and is tending to his wounds.  See, things
       worked out for him after all!  By the way, you'll hear a lot about the
       Golden Bracelet in Frenor during Chapter Five, not to mention Orin's
       invaluable advice to you: he claims that Necrasaro is breeding more
       powerful enemies with the help of the Golden Bracelet!  Really, now?  I
       just assumed that Necrasaro thought it would make a fine piece of
       jewelry...
    
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          And lastly, I'm sorry, but you never really do find out what happened to
       all those folks from Santeem Castle.
    
    
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       After Ragnar joins the fray in section III.F. of the walktrough, your team
    will also be bestowed with a spiffy and heroic new theme (as opposed to the
    solemn, lonely tune that opened Chapter Five).  However, you are also at this
    point allowed to bring back any of the previous chapters' themes, as well:
    
       The theme that plays will be from the home chapter of whomever leads the
    party.  Ergo, when Ragnar leads the party, the theme from Chapter One will be
    heard as you march.  Or, if either Mara or Nara leads the party, their catchy
    theme from Chapter Four will play.  As an added bonus, when Mara or Nara leads
    the party, the special Chapter Four battle music will also play during fights.
    To return to the original Chapter Five theme, devise a party consisting solely
    of the Hero.  Adding anyone else to the party (while the Hero still leads the
    pack) changes the theme back to the new Chapter Five theme.
    
    
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       Come a little later in Chapter Five and you're too lazy to manually earn
    or, worse yet, actually buy coins at the casino?  If you have enough time to
    blow to wait on a randomly-triggered event, there's an easy way to net a load
    of free coins at the casino.  Walk completely through the Branca Tunnel a few
    times and, if you're really lucky, you will be proclaimed the 5,000th person
    to enter and receive free coins at the casino.  The keyword here is really
    lucky, though.  You may not win crap.
    
    
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       Having a little trouble getting through Necrasaro's Palace alive, are we?
    Necrasaro's Palace is one of the longest, and probably the most grueling of
    all the dungeons in the game (fitting, as it is the last dungeon in the
    game)...  At any rate, there is a really cheap way to get through: you can
    successfully run away from every fight on the first try.  That's right, in
    Necrasaro's Palace only, you can successfully run from every fight on the
    first try... without exception.  'Nuff said.
    
    
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        B  \ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ / B
        T   /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  /  T
        BTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTBTB
    
    
       Well, this is it, my friends.  This is the official Final version of my
    Dragon Warrior IV FAQ.  Unless someone can point out something that is
    blatantly and horribly wrong within the guide, I am no longer updating it and
    now consider it a finished guide.  I am still accepting E-mails and such
    concerning my guide, however, so shoot me a line if you see anything wrong
    with it.
    
       Of course, I couldn't have done this without the help of everyone on the
    GameFAQ's message boards.  In no particular order, this is a list of people
    who have made my life considerably easier in the past: Muskey38, The Admiral,
    Gallione11, SaltyDogs4884, Rekenner, CatonC, TheInfiniteWeird, MasterHIM, Red
    Scarlet, Seyal, EmailKing, The Magic Pirate, and Robbie Levy.  You guys (and
    the girl) kick so much ass!  I couldn't have done it without you.
    
       And, of course, there's CJayC, in whose presence I grovel like the lowly
    scum that I am.  All hail CJayC!  OK, so I'm not a very good brown-noser...
    
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       Wanna see an uncensored version of this guide?  Wanna see more stuff by me?
    Wanna see pictures of me, presumably for the purposes of stalking me?  You can
    find all this and more by heading on over to my website at:
    
                              www.angelfire.com/comics/btb
    
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       My name is Chad Steele (AKA "BTB").  Those wishing to reach me may do so
    via E-Mail, at BTB_Enterprises@Ev1.net, on AIM (screen name: Billy T Bum), or
    by telepathy.  Feel free to write me with praise, comments, suggestions,
    gripes, insults, death-threats, and marriage proposals.
    
       Oh, yeah?  That whole legal thing?  I encourage the spreading around of my
    guide, so long as I get credit for it and you don't change it in any way.  And
    if you want to host it on your site, I'm all for it.  Just please let me know
    first.  Failiure to inform me that you will be taking my guide is grounds for
    an ass-kicking, so save my foot the hassle and inconvenience of kicking your
    ass and take heed of my advice.  Thank you.
    
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       Anyways, that's all, my friends.  So until next time:
    
    
       "Good luck and good gaming!" -Klaravoyia
    
    
    
    Written by BTB, circa 2002
    Dragon Warrior IV, Copyright 1992, Enix Company (End of file)