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The party are on their way back from an exciting and thrilling venue from the Tales of Festival 2014. However, Lippy's smartphon indicates there's a large number of monsters nearby! They follow the signal to find a lone woman struggling against the horde! The party rushes in to assist!
|Party Till You Drop!|
|1||Hurry to the Venue!||5||5|
|2||Where's the Source?||5||5|
|3||Repel the Monsters!||6||5|
|The Sealed Doom|
|4||Little Big Dark One||6||5|
|5||Howling Monster Herd||7||5|
|6||Size Matters Not||8||5|
|Heroes and Heroics|
|7||Hands Off the Sword!||8||5|
|9||Go! I've Got This!||9||5|
|The Dark One's Scheme|
|11||Ballet of Blades||11||5|
|12||Fight for the Future!||11||5|
|13||On the Stage of Battle||12||5|
|14||The Dark One Returns!||12||5|
- Yumu's Ark is awarded after stage 8.
- Ange's Mic 2014 is awarded after stage 11.
- [Ultra-Hot Emcee] Ange is awarded after stage 15.
|[Ultra-Hot Emcee] Ange|
|Ange's Mic 2014|
|After filling an arena of cheering fans with joy and excitement, the curtain has fallen on Tales Fest 2014.|
|But the story that follows is not about Tales Fest...|
|It's about the late-night festival that transpired on an empty stage afterwards.|
|Sara|| Wow, what a blast!|
Tales Fest was great this year!
|Lippy||The performers were exceptional, and the enthusiasm of the crowd was most infectious. I couldn't help but let it sweep me away!|
|Sara||Yeah, you sure looked like you were enjoying yourself! But man, now that it's over, it sure feels quiet.|
|Lippy||Indeed. After all that excitement, it's certainly hard to adjust to solitude again.|
|Lippy||Experiencing the quiet of normalcy after being immersed in such fervor... It's as though Tales Fest was but a dream from which we've just awakened.|
|Sara||Yeah, it really has gotten quiet. I mean, this is a pretty bustling city, but there's no comparison.|
|Lippy|| I suppose we should be on our way—hmm?|
|Lippy||Lady Sara, my smartphon readings indicate the presence of monsters!|
|Sara||What? From where?|
|Lippy||It appears to be—can this be right?! They're coming from the Tales Fest arena! And in massive quantities!|
|Sara|| No way!|
We gotta get back there!
|Lippy|| Let us make haste, Lady Sara!|
Follow me, Great Savior!
|???||I don't know how much longer I can hold out against this horde of monsters!|
|Sara|| Guys, look!|
Monsters are attacking someone!
|Lippy|| So now they've left the confines of the arena?!|
Lady Sara, we must help her!
|Sara|| Darn right!|
Come on, (user)!
|???||I was beginning to worry I'd never get away, and I doubt I would have if it weren't for you. Thank you.|
|Sara||No need to thank us. We were just doing what anyone would have done.|
|Ange|| I doubt that. You're very kind.|
My name is Ange. Might I ask yours?
|Sara||I'm Sara, that's Lippy, and that's (user).|
|Ange||It is a pleasure to meet you all.|
|Sara|| So what happened here, Ange?|
Where did these monsters come from?
|Ange||I wish I knew.|
|Ange||Tales Fest ended, the arena emptied out, and then suddenly...|
|Ange|| ...monsters were pouring out from the stage. They attacked us...|
we were overwhelmed, fighting just to survive.
|Ange||Before I knew it, I'd been driven out of the arena. If you hadn't saved me, who knows what might have happened.|
|Sara||"We"? So you mean...|
|Ange||Yes. There are others inside, still fighting. I need to save them, but I'm not sure how much use I'll be alone...|
|Sara||We'll go help!|
|Ange||Are you sure? I cannot stress more strongly how many monsters there are in there. It's incredibly dangerous!|
|Sara||All the more reason we can't let you go back in there alone. We're going too.|
|Ange|| Very well.|
You have my heartfelt gratitude.
|Ange||This makes no sense... This arena was full of monsters a few minutes ago. Now there's no trace of them at all.|
|Lippy||The readings have disappeared from my smartphon as well. This is quite perplexing!|
|Sara||Whatever the reason is, let's stay on guard here.|
|???||You dare to set foot in my throne room, little girl?|
|Sara|| Who the...?!|
|???||Can you not perceive me? What a pity that you are unable to bask in my regal, beautiful presence.|
|???||My name is Geo. I am what you humans would call a greater demon.|
|Sara||A greater demon...?|
|Geo||I've been sealed here for decades, but your little ritual earlier has finally loosened my bonds. You have my gratitude.|
What are you talking about?!
|Geo||How could you not recall the unsealing ritual that you have only just finished?|
|Ange|| Only just finished...?|
You don't mean... Tales Fest?!
|Geo|| Yes, precisely.|
Your enthusiasm was extraordinary. Thanks to you, here I am.
|Sara|| But I still don't know where that is! With all the echoes, it's hard to even make out your voice.|
Are you, like, transparent...?
|Geo|| Stop! What are you doing?|
Are you trying to kill me?!
|Sara|| Huh? What do you mean,|
I just took one step forward...
|Lippy||Lady Sara, forgive me for not refreshing my smartphon sooner! It appears this Geo is near your foot!|
|Sara||Huh? My foot?!|
|Ange|| What? That tiny monster right there?|
Itt's smaller than an apple gel!
So that's you down there, Geo?
|Geo||I am indeed the great Geo!|
|Sara|| But you're so small, and...|
And they call you a "greater" demon...?
|Geo|| What's that supposed to mean?|
Are you mocking me?!
I will make you regret this!
|Lippy||Lady Sara, I'm getting monster readings on my smartphon!|
|Geo|| I am a greater demon!|
I control all of monsterkind!
|Sara||So you're the one who's behind the sudden monster attack? That's... kinda hard to believe...|
|Geo|| Still you mock me?!|
You will taste my revenge!
|Sara|| Looks like we finally managed to fight off the last of the monsters...|
Are you okay, little guy?
|Lippy||The monsters did not seem to notice Geo. He was trampled repeatedly...|
|Geo|| Damn you, vile mortals!|
You will suffer a dire torment for every time I was trod upon!
|Sara|| What? It's not our fault!|
They were your monsters!
|Geo||Enough! No longer shall I endure the derision of some little mortal girl!|
|Sara||You're calling ME little?|
|Lippy||Human language really is fascinating. How interesting that one can brand a larger being as "little."|
|Geo|| Does your mockery never cease?!|
I withdraw this day, but I will remember every insult, and repay each in blood!
He skittered away...
|Lippy||He is quite spry for so small of a creature!|
|Ange|| That was... exhausting.|
I can't say I enjoy being toyed with by some little runt.
|Sara||He didn't seem like such a bad guy, but he's probably too dangerous to ignore. We should try to catch him.|
|Ange||We'll need to ensure this never happens again. I'll deliver a two hour scolding and then we'll seal him back up.|
|Sara||I'm pretty sure he went this way...|
|Lippy||Tracking such a diminutive creature is like finding a needle in a haystack.|
|???|| I got this area pretty much clear!|
How are you faring there, Cress?
|Cress||Yeah, I've finally managed to get this area under control...|
|???||That really is one heck of a sword. That many monsters slain and not even a nick in the blade! And it can even cut through time and space?|
|???||Tell you what, I'll give you 8,000 gald. And I'm willing to negotiate!|
|Cress|| Rutee, I've told you!|
|Rutee|| "...Isn't for sale at any price."|
Yeah, I figured you'd say that.
|Geo||Intriguing. I will accept this sword as an offering.|
|Geo||I am the Greater Demon, Geo, Master of Monsters and Transcender of Morality.|
|Rutee|| Oh my gosh, he's so cute!|
He's even smaller than my weapon! How are you a "greater" anything?!
|Geo||Such insolence! My stature is a result of your foul seal! I assure you, my true size is awe-inspiring!|
|Rutee||Oh yeah? How big is awe-inspiring, exactly? I mean, demons are pretty big, so a "greater" demon...|
|Geo|| My true form is tenfold this size!|
No, wait... twentyfold!
|Rutee||So that would be the size of, like... a single sack of potatoes or something.|
|Geo||W-Well, stature is far more than size! My greatness manifests in other ways!|
|Rutee|| Sure, I believe that.|
Your ego, for example.
|Geo||N-No! Your petty mortal minds are simply incapable of fathoming the depths of my greatness!|
|Cress|| He sure is sensitive.|
I guess that aspect of him is probably a lot greater than normal.
|Geo|| You... Argh!|
I did not come here to debate with your lesser minds! You, the one called Cress! I will have your sword as an oblation!
|Cress||Huh?! More monsters!|
|Rutee|| Damn it!|
What the hell's your problem?!
|Sara||Cress! Are you okay?!|
|Cress||Sara? What are you doing here?|
|Sara||I'll tell you later—we'd better deal with these monsters first!|
|Cress|| You're right about that!|
Watch out, everyone!
|Geo|| Your strength is considerable.|
Perhaps my minions will not be sufficient to humble you.
Then I shall fight you myself!
He's pretty fast!
|Geo||Now you see the folly in mocking a greater demon! I shall claim this as recompense!|
|Geo|| Bwa ha ha!|
It's my sword now!
|Rutee||Wow, you're as dumb as you are small. What do you think you're gonna be able to do with that giant sword clenched between your teeth?|
|Cress||You've had this one coming, pal.|
|Rutee||Whoa, you sent that thing flying!|
|Geo|| Are you out of your mind?!|
You could have seriously hurt me!
|Ange||Have you forgotten about all the things you tried to do to seriously hurt us?|
|Geo||Well, what do you expect from a greater demon? Alas, it seems I'm running out of minions. Revenge will have to wait!|
He got away again!
|Ange||Is it just my imagination, or has he gotten a little bigger since the first time we fought him?|
|Sara||Has he? I hadn't noticed...|
|Rutee|| That little son of a...|
Looks like he left us some going-away presents.
|Cress||There's no ignoring these monsters, Sara! You guys pursue the demon!|
|Sara||Sure! What about you, Cress?|
|Cress||I'll mop up here.|
|Sara||What? You can't handle all those monsters by yourself!|
|Cress|| Well, it won't be an easy fight, but... I'll figure something out.|
You go on ahead!
|Rutee|| Ugh, enough with the idiotic gallantry!|
You're as bad as Stahn!
|Cress||Stahn? I don't doubt that if we were here, he'd do the exact same thing!|
|Rutee||Yes, and one Stahn is more than enough. I don't need another on my hands!|
|Rutee|| Fine. I'm staying, all right?|
I'm not gonna let you get yourself killed.
|Rutee|| Thank me after it's done!|
And the rest of you, stop dawdling! Go catch that so-called greater demon!
Take care, you guys!
|???|| Reala, where are you going?|
That's the way to the stage!
|Reala|| My monster sense is tingling...|
There's great and powerful evil in this direction...
|???||Oh yeah? We'd better check that out, then! Let's hurry!|
|Geo|| So you're capable of sensing my true nature, are you? I cannot allow that.|
I'm going to need you to die.
|Geo|| I am the true darkness at the heart of the shadow. The drover that guides monsterkind.|
The Greater Demon, Geo.
|???|| G-Greater Demon?|
But you're so...
|Reala||Asbel! Do not be deceived by its outward appearance! I sense great power from this monster.|
|Geo|| Strike, my minions!|
Tear them to pieces!
|Asbel|| He's summoning monsters!|
So he's the one responsible for the sudden monster attack here!
|Geo||Bwa ha ha! I will enjoy seeing how long you two can survive against my deadliest minions!|
|Asbel|| There's too many of them!|
We can't handle them all...!
|Lippy||According to my smartphon readings, he should be right around here...|
|Sara||Where did that little critter go? Maybe around this corn—bwah!|
There's other people here?!
|Ange|| Is that you, Asbel?|
Oh! And Reala!
|Reala|| Ange! Thank goodness you're safe.|
Say, did a small monster come this way?
About as high as my hips...
|Sara||A small monster? That Geo guy who keeps saying he's some sort of "greater demon"?|
|Reala||Yes, I do believe that was his name. You two are acquainted?|
|Sara|| We've been chasing him too!|
Ange let us in.
|Asbel||All right, then we should join forces. He ran off with his monsters after we fought him earlier, so they should still be nearby...|
|Sara||You were fighting him earlier? Just the two of you against Geo and his monsters?|
|Asbel|| Fighting might be overstating it...|
Most of them sorta...
took themselves out.
|Sara|| Took themselves out?|
What are you talking about?
|Reala||They were very strong monsters, but he wasn't able to control them, and they ended up turning on one another.|
|Geo|| Heh heh. Yes, that was quite the unpleasant surprise. It may have been a mistake to summon such powerful monsters.|
They just don't listen!
|Sara||Again I hear Geo's voice, but don't see him anywhere.|
|Geo||Here, I'm right here!|
|Asbel|| His voice is coming from under that fallen bear-like monster...|
Could he be beneath it?
|Geo|| You finally figured it out!|
I promise I won't run or hide anymore, so get this thing off me!
|Sara|| Why do we have to do it?|
Why don't you just... Oh...
|Ange||He must be trapped beneath it.|
|Geo||Th-That's absurd! I'm not trapped! I'm merely using its body as a shield!|
|Sara||We're not falling for your lies again! You want help? Withdraw all the rest of the monsters from the arena first!|
|Geo||You think a greater demon is going to surrender so easily?! If those are your terms, I choose to fight!|
|Asbel|| Uh-oh. More monsters coming...|
Even more than last time!
|Geo||My monstrous minions! Tear these insolent fools to pieces, then get this thing off of me!|
|Asbel||And now you want them to do it? It's pretty obvious you're trapped there, pal.|
|Reala||I'm beginning to feel that negotiating with this creature is getting us nowhere...|
|Geo||Finally, I'm free!|
|Sara||Bwah! How'd you get out of there? And whoa... when'd you get so big?|
|Geo||You all have done me a great service. The enthusiasm with which you fight and the magic power you command has freed me from the final seal.|
|Geo||Now, all I need to do is return to the stage to reclaim my true form!|
|Reala|| We can't let that happen!|
We have to seal him away again!
|Geo||Bwa ha! I thank you for your efforts, but they're no longer needed. You may now serve me as monster food!|
|Sara||Aw, geez. More monsters...|
|Asbel|| They don't seem too tough, but there sure are a lot of them.|
Too many to try to slip past...
|Reala||Ange, you and the others go ahead! We'll hold the monsters back!|
|Sara|| Thanks Reala!|
Come on, (user)——
we gotta hurry!
|Sara||This is the Tales Fest stage, right?|
|Geo|| You're a little too late.|
Or I suppose, from my perspective, you're right on time!
|Sara||Whoa, I can't believe how big Geo's gotten... He was shorter than me a few minutes ago...|
|Ange|| Geo! Please, withdraw your monsters.|
We can still settle this peacefully.
|Geo|| Spare me your mortal lies.|
I'll not fall for your tricks again! That's what you said to me last time!
|Sara|| Last time...?|
You mean, when you were sealed away?
|Geo|| Yes. I came out to try an offering of vintage wine, and ended up sealed away!|
And I didn't even get the wine!
|Sara||So that's what you're so angry about...|
|Geo||I was sealed away for decades, unable to do anything but breathe, and think, and sleep!|
|Geo|| Eventually even the will to free myself ebbed away, and I thought I'd cease to exist entirely.|
But then I saw your Tales Fest ritual!
|Geo||It looked like so much fun! So many people sharing a genuine experience! I yearned to experience it myself!|
|Geo||But of course I felt that way—human passion is the source of my power! It gave me the strength to break the seal.|
|Geo||But it's still not enough. I want more power! Henceforth you will hold your Tales Fest daily, as an offering to me!|
|Ange||Like hell we will! Tales Fest is a festival for the people—not some offering to a demon!|
|Geo||Even after I've explained my story, you dare to refuse me? Does your impertinence know no bounds?|
|Rutee|| You want an offering so bad, have one from me...|
|Lippy|| Lady Rutee!|
I'm delighted to see you alive!
|Cress||So is that the real greater demon?|
He's way bigger than before!
|Reala|| And the power he commands is incredible.|
Everyone, tread carefully!
|Sara||Everybody's okay? That's a relief!|
|Geo||Even all of you together are no match for me. Yet still you refuse me? Still you deny me?!|
|Geo|| I'll not stand for this!|
You will obey!
You will hold your festival for me one way or the other!
|Sara|| More monsters!|
(user), we gotta stop him for good, before he can do any more damage!
|Sara||Well, we did it... somehow.|
|Lippy||As Geo has shrunk back to his original tiny size, I believe it's safe to say that he's expended all of his power. He won't be summoning anything more.|
|Ange||All right, are you ready for this?|
|Geo|| No, wait!|
I didn't mean any harm, I swear!
I just slipped up a little...
|Ange|| You slipped up more than a little!|
As part of my lecture, we will review every last transgression you committed!
|Geo|| But I was just so lonely!|
Sealed away here and forced to watch so many humans come and go...
|Geo||And then after everyone has their fun, they leave me behind, and I have to wait a whole year for the next Tales Fest!|
|Geo|| It's so lonely. It's so hard.|
I can't bear to watch people having so much fun without me like that...
|Sara||If that's true, Geo, then why did you send all those monsters on a rampage? Why didn't you just enjoy Tales Fest like everyone else?|
|Geo||Because I wanted to see what it was like to be a villain!|
|Geo|| Now that I've mastered the basics, I'll do it even better next time!|
It'll be more intense! More extreme!
|Sara||Can you rehabilitate him, Ange?|
|Ange||Absolutely. I've prepared a lengthy series of lectures about morality and proper behavior.|
|Sara||She's got her work cut out for her! I mean, it'd be great if he could attend the next Tales Fest like a normal person, but...|
|Lippy|| Have more faith in Lady Ange.|
She can lecture the evil out of even the darkest of souls.
|Sara|| Well, I suppose you're right.|
Let's leave her to it, then.
|Lippy||Indeed! I'm happy we can finaly be on our way.|
|Sara|| Me too. But I know we'll be back here again! Until then...|
let's get out of here, (user)!