Alright, so I beat the game last time in Chapter 5, Ruche's turn. I quickly found out from the credits and later from checking 2ch/wikis that there's much more to go than just the six chapters I expected (one for each Demon Lord). The requirements for getting the True End are still slightly unclear at this point, but one thing that is 100% required is continuing to lose until the very last chapter and then finishing Trillion off with the last character's dying attack. Besides that, getting everyone to 100% affection, getting over 1,000,000,000 total feelings points, giving both of their 'favorite' presents, using each type of dying attack at least once, and seeing all CG-containing character events may also be needed (unconfimed). I'll do them all to be safe. I used my inherited power from New Game+ to beat Trillion to an inch from her life with my first two characters so that she can be finished off by a dying attack at any time, so now I can just focus on raising affection and unlocking events. The stomach-churning part is that I have to purposely lose each fight and send everyone to their deaths. Picking up from where I won last time, this time I have Ruche step into one of Trillion's attacks on purpose and get obliterated. She puts on as best a brave face as she can, and is happy that she'll be able to see her sister and dad soon, at least, in between all the awful dying sound effects.
Our last hope is Zerbolos' own older sister, Fegor, the last remaining Demon Lord in the underworld. She was sleepy most of the first half of the game, but she's finally waking up and getting mad, and you don't want to see big sis Fegor when she's mad. From the way the characters talk about her, it sounds like she's probably the second strongest demon in the underworld, next to Zerbolos before he got his body wrecked. Her initial stats support this - she's strong, incredibly so. Her initial stat allotment is perfect for defeating Trillion's last form, she already comes with the first level of Immovable Determination learned and she's a melee attacker, just what you need for the last form. For people playing this game normally, if they haven't won by now, they probably end up winning with Fegor.
Fegor has a somewhat subdued presence in the game until Chapter 5 when she woke up a bit and started helping Ruche train, but now that it's her turn, she's actually a pretty likable character. She tends to fall asleep randomly and cause people trouble that way, but she's always looking after her little brother Zerbolos and little sister Elma. She's very absentminded still, but when she gets serious nobody can stand up to her, which everyone is hoping also includes Trillion. Normally this would probably be true, but I'm losing on purpose here, I'm sorry Fegor. When the fight with Trillion begins, I whittle Trillion down a bit more accurately to 0.1% and then step in one of its attacks to be killed. Fegor apologizes to Zerbolos as she's dying, she's sad that he had to see her this way since she was always proud of looking so peerless on the battlefield.
It's all over back at the castle - Zerbolos is in shock, it's the end, Trillion's going to devour the underworld and everyone's going to die. Nobody has any ideas, everyone's just in shock and they call it a day as Zerbolos storms off to stop by the graveyard and grieve some more. When they meet back up the next day, Elma, who has spent the last two chapters lamenting over how she can't do anything to help with her frail body, suddenly senses a warm glow from Faust's grimoire - it's her dead brother Astaroth's soul. She reaches out to touch it despite everyone telling her not to, and after a bright glow envelops the room and settles down, she's received his Demon Lord mark and his power. His soul reacted to her despair at wanting to be able to be of use to everyone and gave her his power.
Obviously everyone is a bit hesitant about this - especially Uriel who has fallen for Elma so hard, but there really is no other choice, if the new Demon Lord Elma isn't sent out, everyone will die anyway so the result will be the same. Elma on the other hand is incredibly happy that she can finally be of use, instead of having everyone else watch after her like she's been used to her entire life, and insists on being given just as hard, or even harder a training regimen as the real Demon Lords got. Unfortunately for me, I already know that this isn't another chance, but yet another corpse to throw on the pile since I have to keep losing until Chapter 10 for the True End. Sorry Elma, this is going to be heartbreaking.
Anyway, being able to focus completely on character events instead of training let me unlock more scenes for all the Demon Lords, especially Levia and Perpell who I didn't spend much time doing things besides training with on my first playthrough, so that was nice. It's going to be a sad road to Chapter 10 from here on.
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