Gather 'round, boys and girls, because Uncle Wil has a story to tell:
Tonight, at 74:15 gameplay hours, I finished Ar Tonelico (well, one of its multiple endings anyway) and I got one of those I-can’t-believe-I-beat-THAT-final-Boss moments!!
Spoilers on, of course:
[SPOILER]The last Boss had two forms to fight, with no break between them- no big surprise there, happens in lots of games. Unfortunately, no sooner the fight begins, it used an attack that hit ALL of my characters -INCLUDING MY REYVATEIL, SOMETHING NO OTHER FOE IN THE GAME, NOT EVEN ITS FIRST FORM, HAD DONE- and of course, she was killed right off. WTF?? There went my spells, INCLUDING the resurrection spell. And yes, by that point I HAD used up all my reviving items as well! The attack also killed off two of my other characters, leaving me with only one- Radolf, the Knight (he had a lot of HP.) So, I had ONE character left, with no way to bring back the others, and oh yeah, I couldn’t even use his special attacks since in this game you have to wait until the Reyvateil’s Harmony level rises enough first, and with her K.O. apparently that doesn’t happen. Duhh! (In any case, those attacks use up his HP, so they would only help him die faster. I KNEW I was going to resent the combat specialization in this game at some point.)
I almost turned the game off right then, but after ALL the work it took me to take down Mir’s first form I did NOT feel like giving up. So I just said, “El Martinez is no quitter! Just kill him off already, b*tch!!”
And then, to my amazement, I realized that he was actually SURVIVING her attacks!!
You see, I had equipped him with a regeneration crystal. And since (due to his higher speed) he got two turns to Mir’s one, he actually was recovering ALMOST all of his HP (when she used her less powerful attack) and while the big one lowered his HP down dangerously, I could bring it back up using the healing items I had left (I had about 14 “Dokkoi Sets” left.)
So I wondered: could I actually beat her like this? I realized I could keep him fighting for a while, at least until I ran out of healing items- but with ONLY my spear attack, which did VERY little damage, this could take a VERY long time! Did I have the patience to do it??
Well, yep, I did. It took about an HOUR (total) to beat Mir, but I did have enough patience! Either that or I’m too stubborn to give up. U Decide!
Of course, I was INCREDIBLY lucky to find myself in that circumstance -and the next time I fight her, I’ll be better prepared. Still, this is definitely one of my most memorable game wins ever!
One thing, though: after all that crap about saving Mir, after her defeat she disappears without saying anything?? You’d think there would be a big, sentimental scene there (like all the others the game had.) Maybe the game originally did not have her survive, and they just rewrote it at the last minute?
Oh, I also found out that there WAS an extra level to Shurelia’s Cosmosphere. They try to trick you with a false (and tragic) ending to the story, complete with ending credits! But when I checked again, I found that there WAS a part left to the story, in fact one that actually connected to the main story!! It also happens to be Mir’s only personal appearance -as a character, I mean- in the entire game!) Now THAT surprised me, and I’m again glad I’m so stubborn when it comes to checking everything out before I finish a game, because that led me to find the true ending. Just wanted to give you folks the heads up about that.