I think this is about when I started really figuring out Chain Attacks… and still nearly lose to Jimmy because spike effects are the true enemy.
Afterwards, I head to Temperantia to stop Jin and get the last party member, Zeke, on the team. I give him Praxis and get him one of my favorite Blades, Adenine.
While I was trolling my labyrinthine mess of a computer for files to delete, I found some old pictures of my past cats. One was a picture of Cera from before age made her all skin and bones, when she looked like a little matryoshka doll. She was just filled with a generalized malice towards all things instead of more dolls.
So I made a new cat character: a matryoshka doll based on a real one that I have (complete with crack) that’s filled with a grumpy smoke cat.
After helping to rebuild Colony 6 a little, I return to Satorl Marsh to climb up the Sororal Statues because the elevator doesn’t work and the Coming-of-Age ceremony was completely pointless. Entering Makna Forest afterwards, we get a brief introduction to our next party member, Melia.
Having saved directly in front of the Deku Tree, the game traps me in both of the cutscenes for the Trial of the Sword DLC.
In this episode, I do the Beginner level of the Trials, fail once, and make a Moblin dance (re: set it on fire and play jaunty music while it flails around) during the second.
Completely dominated by cutscenes, this episode provides: me giggling like an idiot at Sheba and her flying bathtub, a discussion on the effects of war and the ease to direct your anger at closer targets, Rex seeing similarities between Amalthus and Malos via a strange television effect, edgelord Jin trying to incite war between Mor Ardain and Uraya by commandeering a Titan weapon, and numerous discussions about the past.
I finished this finally after starting it a year ago. It’s taken this long because I stopped working on Zeke and Pandoria for months.
Regardless, I drew all the main characters of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There’s a number of things that I could have done better… but nah.
After grabbing the other three plot items, I finish some side quests and kill some Uniques before doing the two Heart-to-Hearts at the refugee camp and taking a detour to Colony 6.
And, I’ll say it: I HATE how the game’s trying to force a “romance” between Sharla and Reyn. Hate that.