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Wild Arms 3 Part 07: Blame Yourself or Guardians

This is initially being posted on Gogglebob.com on June 6, Alnim Day. Several hundred years ago, monk Alnim, who served in the campaign against the demons, ran away from the army, tired of the long struggle. Alnim was charged with deserting his post and was executed on a small hilltop. A few years after his death, a small white flower grew from the place he was buried. It is said this flower has the power to cure any disease.

Previously on Wild Arms 3: No big deal, really, just learned that the whole of existence is being threatened by some mysterious blue thing, and now we have to go conscript gods into our party via violence. You really didn’t miss much.


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And now we are back at the dungeon previously explored by Gallows. Glad to see the steps are still lowered!


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We do not have to complete the whole dungeon again (though we will do that again later for one lousy treasure chest). We simply scoot up these stairs that were a dead end for ol’ Gallows…


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Now we know what we’re looking at up here.


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“We Baskar consider this a holy site dedicated to worshipping the very beings that maintain this world. But the only decent landscaper we could find was gonna charge us to mow the lawn every week, so screw that noise.”


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“Maybe a doormat…”


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Jet hits the nail on the head: the world sucks, why should the throne of the gods of this world be any different?


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“What’s that, Ark Scepter?”

Wild Arms 3 Part 06: To Grandmother’s Cave We Go

This is initially being posted on Gogglebob.com on May 30, Rose Day. Take a bath with rose petals today and you’ll be healthy for the whole year. But taking a bath with roses reminds me of Count Begucci, so it might creep you out.

Previously on Wild Arms 3: The whole gang finally got together. Now they just have to figure out if there are any epic, world-spanning quests around here.


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It is rather cruel to drop our poor party off in literally the middle of nowhere without so much as a map.


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Head North! If you are abusing your radar system, you’ll find a sign around here that says just that.


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There was no reason to wander further than the Southern/Fallen Sanctuary during Gallows’s introduction, but if you did, you would encounter monsters that would murder you until you turned around.


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But now that we have a full party, Beast Slugs are little more than a bump in the road.


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Lookit that whole party, ma. You can’t really switch party members “out”, so the only way to not receive EXP is being dead at the end of a battle. Which, honestly, is kind of an experience onto itself…

Wild Arms 3 Part 04: Gallows Humor

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Staring at the Rude Boy

This is initially being posted on May 16, Fortune Telling Day. “Read people’s minds and tell them what they want to hear.” Those are the words of a famous fortune teller… Sounds like a scam to me.

Previously on Wild Arms 3:
Clive protected a town against an avian enemy that was filled with poison. Please don’t lick its corpse, kiddies!


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And now we have our final character, a suspicious intruder. Note that you will wind up back at this “character select” screen after completing the other three introductory stories… even though you literally cannot select anything but your final choice.


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The Wild Arms franchise has a tendency to either go with “real” Western names (like Rudy, Brad, or Virginia), or names that evoke weapons (Kanon) or both (Ashley Winchester). Gallows is a legitimate last name (that has fallen out of favor for some reason), but it is going to be a first name here, because I think it is supposed to sound “foreign” (think Tina/Terra here).


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Almost… there…


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I appreciate how the average age of our heroes in Wild Arms 3 is at least old enough to get out of high school. Not that Jet would have passed…


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Gallows Carradine, age twenty-four. He has turned his back on his lineage and destiny, and recently took to the wasteland as a Drifter. Yearning to escape his fate, he harnesses his inherent strength, so that he may live freely. However, he has yet to realize the true meaning of his actions. Little does he know that it is his very lineage and destiny that gives him such strength…

Yes yes, we’ve all heard of the hero’s journey. He’s at the point where he tells Obi Wan he’s just a farm boy. Got it.


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Who cares about Gallows, someone please tell me this is all in English in the original Japanese. Let’s crowd to the wilderness…