Secret of Mana - Part 78: Dyluck's Final Act

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I continue from my save state and have Pidge cast a barrier on all of us...but she's low on MP!

We run away from the Master Ninjas, restore Pidge's MP, and cast the barrier!

We keep a distance away from the ninjas, knowing how dangerous they are!

ninja masters take 2

We nearly get finished...

Cutting through the crystals now...

...and three Terminators block our way northward!

They cast more barriers on themselves to repel our physical attacks...

We run ahead, warping to a higher part of the fortress...

penultimate area

Another warp...


...where we meet Thanatos and Dyluck!

thanatos again

The conversation begins...

for ages

Thanatos: "...for a human with the power to conquer this world...one born in the shadow of darkness, and raised in the light of Mana."

i can't wait

So that's why he chose him!?

Thanatos: "It is time! Using his body, I will take the Mana Fortress, and rule the world!" Oh no, you don't...

Pidge tells Dyluck to fight him...

resist

Then she steps in and attacks Thanatos!

attack thanatos

Uh oh...

Thanatos vanishes...

Pidge asks Dyluck to wake up, and asks if he's alright...he asks where he is...


laugh

But the transformation is complete...

i feel strong

Pidge says he's lying...no, it is Thanatos!

liar

can't move

Then we hear Dyluck's voice, as "Fond Memories" plays again...

it's me dyluck

Dyluck: "He's too strong...I'm finished, but I can help you...Thanatos is an ancient sorcerer who sold his heart to the underworld. Though his life force is eternal, he hasn't his own body. His life force is growing darker. He feeds on hatred and destruction!"

Thanatos tries to shut him up...

dyluck won't see again

No...

Dyluck tells Hero his parting words...

take care of pidge

stop it!

No...

The body of Dyluck (or Thanatos himself?) begins to transform...

i must withdraw

Thanatos: "Give me your bodies!"

The theme's fast-paced, with remnants of creepiness from Thanatos's theme...


We're now up against the Dark Lich!

As I analyze the Dark Lich, he vanishes!

Like most monsters like him, he's weak against Lumina!

His skeletal hands peer out!

I have Pidge enchant Hero's sword with light magic.

enchant sword

As soon as the Dark Lich's face surfaces, I strike! But it does little to no damage on him!

When the Lich makes fists with his hands, my allies go down!

I have Hero charge the Sword to full power...and it's super-effective!!!

Now the Dark Lich rises...

...and casts a Balloon Ring on Max!

dark lich face

Now the Dark Lich starts casting Dark magic on Max!

He hides underneath the floor again...

I repeat the charging strategy...

...he resurfaces, blowing out Poison Gas and more dark magic on Pidge!

He sinks once again...

...eventually Pidge and Max get KO'd again by the Lich's hands, even as I switch their AI to keep away from the boss!


I eventually recover the party and use the last Walnut to restore Pidge's MP!

I resort to using two Lucent Beams on the Dark Lich, which are super effective, but take a chunk of MP!

Now it's a spellcasting exchange between the Dark Lich and Max!

He vanishes once again, but I charge and strike once his head is visible!

Another spellcasting duel, where I spam Fireballs until the fireworks appear for the Dark Lich! Goodbye, Thanatos...

goodbye thanatos

No celebration music...

But we get something even better...

dryad powers back

But there's someone missing...

ooh dyluck

pidge falls Poor Pidge... ☹️

Here's the map for the Mana Fortress.