Megaten Monday Digital Devil Saga Part 2

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Alright so here we have it, the first dungeon of Digital Devil Saga. We’re going to interrogate Harley.

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So the three Embryon members head out to Harley’s lair.

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I really like the concept that they don’t have any idea what the concept of fear actually is.

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But something that is kind of amusing about the concept of them not knowing fear, is that Heat does know the word fear. It’s almost like as they gain humanity they discover things that their previous human counterparts would have known.

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Upon entering the building they find Harley terrified of the group, stammering such things as “don’t eat me.” this is our third thing that the tribes don’t understand. First was curiosity on the part of Heat, then we got worry from Cielo, and now we’re seeing true honest to god fear.

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The party doesn’t yet understand exactly what’s going on. Or what he’s yammering about.

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Of course he gets pretty blunt from there. Though murder is another interesting word for them to know. They’re continuously engaged in tribal warfare to the death, and as emotionless dolls how often could the concept of murder actually arise?

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As we saw vague hints of in last weeks footage.

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So….are you alone here then….?

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Yeah dude we were there….
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Wouldn’t everyone include you Harley? Why exactly does he remember all this when no one else does?
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Again using the word everyone. This heavily implies your own involvement.
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As well as claws, teeth, and blades.
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Let me guess you ate them…

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Argilla simply doesn’t want to hear anymore, and really can you blame her?

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And here we have another interesting concept, the belief in some form of divine being. Or again maybe it’s like Heat talking about fear, a word they’ve heard but don’t really understand.

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The atma brands on each of the present individuals begins to glow and throb.

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And Argilla throws out another helpless denial.

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She already thoroughly doesn’t want to believe she’s a monster, and throughout the first half of the game she shows the 5 stages of grief really well. As you read through the next few weeks keep in mind. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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And another interesting thing to note is that their eyes change colour when summoning forth the power of their atma.

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That has got to hurt.

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And thus we see the party transform into truly horrible monsters/

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Because there is nothing in the world scarier the a woman who’s boobs can bite you.

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And Serph turns into this big scaly guy named Varuna. I’ve always been pretty fond of this guy.

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So after the dramatic transformation scene we find our selves in our very first fight. It’s against two of the Vanguards who have been turned into generic ghouls.

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After the rather simple tutorial battle Heat tells Argilla to just get over herself and eat.

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And is really quite blunt about the reasons why.

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So from there Harley runs off and the entire dungeon turns into one giant game of cat and mouse as walls are lowered and raised. It’s kind of fun trying to catch this guy.

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We also run into our first mini boss here. So mini in fact that this guy doesn’t even get a name.

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He is in fact a cockatrice, soon to be a very dead cockatrice.

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One of the longstanding things that I’ve loved about Megaten is their amazing ability to let you know you’ve just found a boss fight.

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A cowering, pansy of a boss fight but a boss nonetheless.

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Harley decides to just play it dumb, should have at least come up with a lie about tricking people with flowers so you can take over the world or something.

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Heat never being one for small talk figures the best way to get answers is to go with immediate threats of violence.

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Of course Harley had thought the exact same thing about the weird tentacle egg on the battlefield so it’s really not much of a stretch.

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Dammit answer!

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Perhaps it’s even a little stronger then curiosity.

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Harley continues to deny having anything to do with anything.

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That  your going to die here cause you aren’t in my party and you have an amazingly generic name?

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Oh yeah or that.

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No wonder he’s so scared. His demon form is an armless zebra.

He is worshiped as the God of knowledge and wisdom, with a human body and a horse’s head, brilliant white in color, with white garments and seated on a white lotus. Symbolically, the story represents the triumph of pure knowledge, guided by the hand of God, over the demonic forces of passion and darkness.

Ironic…

 

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What’s really awesome is I don’t think they even bothered eating him.

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Next week we’ll go check in on Sleeping Beauty and see how things are going at the Embryon headquarters.

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About Tekizen

I am a thirty two year old fujoshi. I adore Aniplex and Capcom both to a near criminal degree. I love cosplaying. Some of my favorites to date are Miles Edgeworth and Chrollo Lucifer. I am also currently working on Tatsuya Suou. My absolute favorite genre is mystery. I LOVE a good mystery. I have a varying degree of fandoms. I love a lot of different anime, but I can honestly say I love old school american cartoons just the same. My favorite book is The Bacta War in the Star Wars X Wing novel series. I finally beat the Demi-Fiend! He was freaking hard!. I think that's all for now though.
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