In this update, I completely waste the extra time Mammon bought me. It's Ashmedia's turn and I had things all planned out on how to raise her to battle the last form of Trillion, but it didn't quite work out the way I hoped. Anyway, about Ashmedia, she has some amusing events if you take some time out of training to talk with her, but mostly she's a one-gag character like Perpell was. During her training time we also get some new scenes with Faust where Zerbolos finally asks her who or what exactly she is. She's not an angel or a demon and doesn't seem to be a human either, and she knows about the whole 'multiple dimensions existing' thing which even Zerbolos as Great Demon Lord didn't know about, but she's not in the mood to answer. Ashmedia has taken a liking to Faust and sits around watching her research in the lab a lot and asking questions, apparently Ashmedia used to spend most of her time bothering Levia instead, but since she's dead now Faust will have to do.
Once again Ruche gets the lion's share of character development even though it's not her chapter, dealing with her dead sister and dad. I know the game is pushing her hard but I can't help but take a liking to her anyway. Uriel continues on his so-far mostly unsuccessful quest to win Elma's affection and helps train Ashmedia - he unlocks a new training option that raises all stats instead of just one, but also heavily increases fatigue. There are items that remove fatigue without resting, so if you have some saved up you can probably raise power pretty effectively with his training. I didn't expect Ashmedia to be able to finish off Trillion though, I was expecting that task would fall to Ruche, so I ended up saving most of my good items and dungeon tokens for the next run.
I thought I maybe had a chance to end it with Ashmedia, though. I had what I thought was a good plan from what I observed fighting Trillion's final form briefly with Mammon. Problems: Trillion has too many attacks to reliably dodge them all, and it's incredibly hard to get close to her. Solution: Have Mammon seal off Trillion's main body section to get rid of the biggest area attack, and turn Ashmedia into a sturdy character who can take some hits, but attacks from range with magic. It sounded like a good plan, but one detail completely ruined it all - this plan relied on using the main ranged magical attack for damage output, but Trillion has an ability where any after using any special attack on her twice, it stops doing any damage after the second time for the rest of the fight. I only hit her once with Mammon so I didn't know about this. So in other words, the only thing it seems you can actually rely on is your regular standard melee attack since that never stops doing damage. Also, with Trillion's main body section sealed off, it is actually perfectly feasible to dodge everything else, so the points I spent raising Ashmedia's HP, DEF, RES were all wasted too. I had a magical attacker with high defense and low firepower, the exact opposite of what I needed. I tried my best with what I had to work with, but in the end Ashmedia only took off about 2.6% of Trillion's health with her pathetic physical attacks before running out of mana and dying. For her dying attack, I chose the option that powers up the next Demon Lord's weapon, since it seems like having a strong normal attack is the key here.
The castle's gotten pretty quiet, the only Demon Lords left are Ruche and Fegor. Trillion's messenger from earlier crashes the party again to tell us that resistance is futile, blah blah, but this time Ruche openly asks the messenger if he's her dad, Astaroth. I guess this really was supposed to be a huge surprise to everyone - I won't even say 'I called it', it was obvious from the start, but the characters are all shocked and don't believe it. Ruche insists that she knows her dad's mannerisms and that it's him inside there, but Zerbolos and Fegor can't tell that it's their brother and the intruder himself is staying quiet and refusing to answer.
Faust offers to check it herself - she carries around a grimoire that she can use to confirm the identity of any soul she's seen before, and she was there watching when Astaroth died so he should be in her book too. Sure enough, she confirms it's Astaroth and now Zerbolos and Fegor are in a panic too (well, maybe not Fegor, she can't seem to get too excited about anything, sloth and all that). He still insists he's just a representative of Trillion though, and Faust thinks he's just a mind-slave of Trillion (yeah yeah, called that too) and there's probably not much of him left in there. Astaroth leaves with everyone except the player recovering from the shock of the revelation.
Anyway, Ruche is up next. Since fighting Trillion also means fighting her dad by proxy, Zerbolos and Fegor ask her if she's still okay with it, and she is. She'll end her dad's suffering herself, and points out that Fegor would be fighting family too just the same as her since Astaroth is her brother. So there's no point changing the order, she'll do it and become the next Great Demon Lord. The game's really built hype for her turn up a lot - she's the one who appears to actually want the position of next ruler of the underworld the most. Her attribute is Pride, and she's suffered a lot of blows to that what with her dad losing to Zerbolos in the contest to become Great Demon Lord, then her dad losing to Trillion and becoming his puppet, and then her younger sister Perpell dying too.
I'm cheering for her. I'm at a point in the game where if I fail to kill Trillion with Ruche, I'm going to feel just awful about it. I think that's what the game has been aiming at this whole time, but the first few Demon Lords it doesn't really work that well because as the player you know it's not really your fault, it's not reasonable to expect to beat Trillion that quickly. So when they die, it's the game's fault, the player doesn't really feel that personally responsible. I'm well aware that if I hadn't screwed up so badly with Ashmedia I could have maybe already ended this though, so if I fail here it will be my fault if Ruche dies. This is looking difficult, though - Trillion still has 32% health remaining and what I need is a physical attacker to get in there and smack Trillion around up close, but Ruche's initial skills and stats indicate that she's more of a magic attacker. Also, my training with Perpell and Ashmedia was mostly magic stats, so she'll be counting mostly on the inherited physical attack power from Levia and Mammon. On the positive side, I've saved up most of my gold so far and I have lots of dungeon diving coins saved up that I didn't use on Ashmedia last time. So I've got to transform Ruche into a melee attacking beast who is good at breaking Trillion's parts. I hope my next update is of victory in her fight against Trillion and not a postmortem, but it's going to be rough.
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