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I drop in on the Mor Ardain/Uraya summit because Mòrag has gotten news that Bana is planning an attack. We: gather clues; determine that Tirkin are attempting to poison the food; everyone ignores the giant, rattling crate; Rex shouts the word “Poison” really weird; and Bana manages to kill Niall in a last, desperate shot.
Not through any merit of his own, mind you… but because Niall is dumb.
I make my way to Frontier Village, the home of the Nopon, in pursuit of a way to the Bionis’ head. After Shulk and crew learn more about Melia and her reasons for being in Makna Forest, they get introduced to the year’s Legendary Heropon, Riki!
I begin the Final Trial of the Sword late at night and I’m slightly delirious. I do not like the Bone Zone™.
In this cutscene-heavy episode, Amalthus holds a summit between the leaders of Mor Ardain and Uraya to try and stave off open war. Afterwards, Nia and Mythra put the “fun” into Fan la Norne’s funeral.
Shulk and crew encounter the unconscious Melia. When Shulk heads off on his own to find a cure, he meets Alvis and just… falls in love. Then he gets beaten up by some mutant, telepathic birds and unlocks a new Monado Art, Purge.
I continue on! with the Trials of the Sword through the new areas of bottomless pits + updrafts, dark, and robot hell. The dark levels particularly freak me out and I apparently had a near-on panic attack while fighting the Hinox.
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.
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.