Saturday, January 17, 2015

Tales of Phantasia - Session 2

Truly, if there is evil in this world, it lies within the heart of mankind.

Cless is the son of renowned swordsman Miguel. He possesses a pendant given to him by his father for his 15th birthday. One day, he goes hunting with his friend Chester. While out in the forest, they hear their village's emergency bell ring...and return home to utter devastation. The village is a shambles, and no one is left alive. Cless flees to seek safety with his uncle in the nearby city, while Chester stays behind to bury the dead.

But even the city offers no protection for Cless. In the dark of night, he's taken away by black-armored knights, stripped of his possessions, and thrown in a dungeon. With the help of a mysterious benefactor, he escapes, breaks out a young girl he finds there, and they fight their way out through the sewer thick with monsters.

Finally making their way into the wilderness, they're ambushed by a monster. Cless shoves Mint out of the way, and takes the full force of the monster's attack. He collapses, and the monster wanders off. Mint carries him the rest of the way to safety.

They're found by Chester, and brought to the house of Tornix, who tells them that, many years ago, he had been close friends with all of their parents, that the lost pendant is very important, and that it's terrible that it's fallen into the hands of the black-clad knights. He departs to set things right, but forbids them from helping.

Shortly after, the newly orphaned adventurers are met by Master Tristan, Miguel's old friend and mentor, who explains the true weight of the lost pendant.

A scant twelve years ago, Miguel, Tornix, and Mint's mother, Meryl, had sealed the evil sorcerer Dhaos in two pendants. The seal would remain intact as long as the two pendants remained separated. With Cless' pendant lost, though, Dhaos' return was imminent.

Tristan encouraged them to follow Tornix to the mausoleum where the sealing had taken place.

And wow, for such a short span of game, that's an awfully long explanation. This game packs a lot of plot into a small space.

Last time I needed a filler week, it was supposed to have been Final Fantasy II. Sadly, though, my save file just vanished. So I played this instead. And that much happened.

Join us tonight at 9pm ET as we continue Tales of Phantasia!

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