Thoughts so far: (Killian, Delano, Gu, and Alessa’s tales done):
Spoilers for Gu's Tale:
Gu’s tale was just… man. That was dark but in a good way.
I honestly legit panicked when I realized I had to open all the chests that contained items.
I actually thought that the ending of the tale was gonna be them putting Gu down as a mercy-kill while he still had all his mental faculties intact…
I also noticed that Gu doesn’t have his Wife’s Ring anymore either- personally, I like to imagine that it’s because he knew exactly what he was getting into with this… so he left it back at home as a keepsake for Drouin.
I also feel guilty now because, I realized, I missed Drouin’s friend on my run of Call of the Armor… auuuuuuugh. (Because I have a feeling he was recruitable by visiting the arena with Drouin).
Seeing Abdul and Lily again was nice- I liked using them both in Call of the Armor.
That said, though Lily felt really damn cumbersome at first; that 4 range weapon threw me for a solid loop at first.
The beginning of Gu’s tale actually reminded me of something from Lost Light, a comic series I was reading… though with key differences.
Spoilers for Lost Light
In it, one character was going on a rampage similar to Gu’s- tearing stuff up with his enhanced strength unknowingly while he was sleeping, with them having to be restrained by someone else each time.
The main differences are that Gu’s rampages are something he knows he does- the character in question didn’t until someone else told him… and their stories end very differently.
That tangent aside, it honestly hurt to see Abdul like this-
“I burned through the last of my wife’s old tomes… for this?”
God, that went hard; I can feel that anger towards not Drouin himself, but rather, the whole situation- that they fought through all of that for essentially nothing… and that goes double knowing that Abdul I believe dies a year after the events of Gu’s tale.
The whole “Fading Chill” tome is the icing on the cake because I honestly used that thing a lot during my run of Call of the Armor… (I didn’t break it, but it was low on uses by the end…)
The callback to Abdul and Gu’s Talk convo also hit me in the feels, too…
Easily my favorite of the tales so far. 10/10.
This one was okay- though how did that Super Pupil guy get to use Illusion if that’s Drouin’s personal spell…?
Maybe he helped Drouin develop it?
I’m not gonna lie- seeing Smelly Joe die like that at the start was kinda funny.
It took me a hot minute to figure out how the hell Killian was supposed to win for the achievement- I thought anyone going up to him would cause it to fail… serves me right.
Overall 7/10. This was a nice story… the power of friendship cliche and subsequent lampshade hanging had me chuckling.
Delano is good for morale.
This entire chapter felt like a “Me and the Boys” moment- saving all the villages in particular was tricky, but fun… if nervewracking.
Seriously, that lancereaver Hero is a dick move lmao.
I did not get to use the Boss… because I killed everyone else before I managed to get Delano to talk to him.
7/10. Something about this feels like a meme and I can’t figure out why. Not a bad thing; just an observation.
I wanted to see what happened to Alessa- and this was also the first tale I did.
I loved Geirheart, so seeing him again was nice.
He actually killed Sphearo and the final boss in my Call of the Armor run… as much of a pain in the ass he was to get there, but that’s neither here nor there.
Also, I immediately figured out that “Shiva” was Vivek… or at least, I think he is.
8/10. A glimmer of hope ending is definitely nice.
Overall, loving this so far. Snake girl I took with me on Interlude 1- I relate to her so much.
This was worth beating Call of the Armor for so far.
(Accidentally hit send. Paiiiin).
EDIT: Post is now fully cooked. Enjoy!