Chapter 3

A Flower
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Following a cutscene, you'll receive some Energy Hexes and a new story mission becomes available for the new chapter.

Contents

[edit] Story Mission

[edit] For Art Enthusiasts Only

Reward N/A
Location Garigliano (Level 3 - Garigliano's Manor)
Objective "Those who appreciate beauty, come to my manor in Chandelier! I have a job fit for only those who truly understand beauty! Show me beauty, and the job shall be yours!"

To meet this objective, simply ride the Core Lift to Level 3 and travel to Garigliano's Manor. You'll need to clear the way using brown Energy Hexes. When you have done so, enter the building to trigger a cutscene. You'll receive credit for clearing the mission once that cutscene concludes.

Head next to the Guild and you'll receive several optional missions to keep you busy throughout the remainder of the chapter.

[edit] Side Missions

[edit] Rebel Suppression

Reward 6 Hunter Points, 1000 Rubies, Hollow-Point Rounds(15)
Location The Cardinals
Objective "A group seeking to overthrow the world order has arisen. They have become increasingly active with many sightings reported around the Core Lift on Level 4. The terrorist threat must be neutralized. Hunters in the area are to aid in their suppression."

This mission is automatically open to all Hunter characters such as yourself. To complete it, all that you need to do is defeat the enemies that appear on the red tiles near the elevator leading to Level 6 (southeast of Ebel City). You should have no trouble defeating them using the same general strategies that have allowed you to reach this point in the game.

[edit] A Father Missing

Reward 5 Hunter Points, 4000 Rubies, Compact Scope ß
Location Familiar Staffer (Level 4 - Ebel City)
Objective "My dad's gone missing! Wanted: Hunters to conduct a search. For details, come see me in person. I'm the dude always standing in front of the Guild."

Talk to the Familiar Staffer in the usual spot. He'll mention that his father, Allcott, has gone missing. You're supposed to find the man and to ask him to return home. The staffer mentions that he spends a lot of his time in the town's shop but hasn't been spotted there lately. Enter the guild and talk to Adolfo who stands just to the lower side of the bulletin board. He'll mention seeing an old grandpa type at Cafe Chelsey, which is where you should head next. When you arrive, you'll see the old man looking at the skyline. Talk to him and he'll tell you to report back to his son. Return to Ebel City and do so to receive your reward.

[edit] The Effort to Stand

Reward 8 Hunter Points, 4000 Rubies, Foregrip
Location Burnell (Level 4 - Ebel City)
Objective "I'm looking for an engineer. Someone who can build devices for rehabilitating the young miss's legs. I'll be waiting at the Ebel City Guild in the daytime."

Talk to the gentleman who needs your assistance in the guild. He'll be standing by the table along the bottom edge of the screen during daytime. He'll offer you his business card, which you should accept to add Business Card (Eng) to your inventory. Your task is to pass it along to a top-class engineer. The engineer in this case is Izzy, who you should be able to find by heading up the ramp just to the right of the Guild. Near the top, you'll find Izzy standing and looking out over a railing. Talk to him and hand over the card. That's all there is to the quest. You'll receive your reward immediately.

When you're ready, travel to Core Lift 1 and use that to ride up to Level 3. There, you can travel toward the left and place some more hex pieces to map a way to Garigliano's Manor. The manor can't be entered until you place some of the brown hex pieces. Once you do, you'll gain access to the location. Enter the building.

You'll now witness another cutscene. This one lays out your real quest in this chapter. You're expected to go to a nearby forest to retrieve something for your sponsor. When the cutscene concludes, you'll receive your new objective in a formal format, along with six Energy Hexes to assist you on your way.

[edit] The Search for Beauty

Reward 30 Hunter Points, 30000 Rubies
Location Garigliano (Level 3 - Garigliano's Manor)
Objective "Go to the Forest of Idols on Level 5 and find me a female mannequin. It must be beautiful, mind you. If you find one, deliver it to my Open Air Studio. The studio is also in the Forest of Idols. Let us meet again there!"

You'll need to travel to the Forest of Idols to complete this mission, obviously. Upon arriving, enter the Bronze Forest area and battle through to the end, where you'll defeat a powerful area boss named Caligula. Defeat the boss and you'll receive the Female Mannequin. Take it with you to the Open Air Studio to complete the mission.

Return to Level 4. There, you can head north from Core Lift 1 to find an obstruction in the path. You can use one of the Energy Hexes provided to you by Garigliano's servant just a moment ago. That will allow you to reach the nearby elevator, which will take you to Level 5 where the Forest of Idols waits, though note that you'll face tougher enemies along the way as you pass through the yellow cone, signifying an unavoidable encounter.
On Level 5, you'll need to use a large number of hexes to clear the path to your destination. Note that there are red-hued tiles visible along the edges of this area. Though you can reach them, that's not advisable. The enemies that await are extremely powerful and will likely make mincemeat out of you at this time unless you have leveled up a substantial amount. Avoid them for now and simply focus on your primary mission objective.

When you reach the forest, use some of the beige-colored Energy Hexes to make it rise to the surface, then enter. You'll find yourself on another hex map, this one depicting the dungeon interior. Follow the path toward the upper region. There's an Abandoned Energy Station tile where you can rest and save, making this an excellent area to level up your characters if needed. When you're ready for your proper adventure, head toward the northeast area (labeled as the 'Bronze Forest') and enter to begin a series of battles.

For the fights in this region, remember that you can make things much easier on yourself if you start with a handgun user. Have him or her blast any barrels positioned near enemies, possibly taking out two or three before the fight even begins. Follow that effort up by having your machine gunner weaken remaining enemies, then clean up most of the stragglers with another assault from hand guns. By the time you reach the second round, you'll have pared down your foes enough that survival should be a breeze. The strategy works less efficiently as you progress, but you can still apply its general principles. Some of the enemies also carry explosive tanks on their backs to power their flamethrowers, so you can blast one enemy to inflict damage in an area radius.

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As you near the end of that forest area, you'll run up against a powerful machine named Caligula. He'll give you a lot more trouble than his weaker cohorts that you've encountered up to this point, so you need to play it smart if you hope to win. Start as usual by taking out his companions (first with a round of machine gun fire to weaken shields and then with handgun fire to finish the job) so that they don't demolish your life meters with their flamethrowers. Don't get too close to Caligula as you do so, though, since he can cut you out of the air with his blades even when you're in the middle of a combo. When the flamethrower guys are toast, you're finally free to turn your attention to Caligula himself. Continue to wear him down from a distance with long rushes that end with you outside of easy range of his blades, then perform a crippling Tri-Attack once you have enough 2 or 3 resonance points. After that, it's simply a matter of finishing off any shields that your Tri-Attack weakened.

When you win the fight, you can go ahead and proceed to the last of the hex tiles within this particular area. You'll trigger a cutscene, at the end of which you receive the Female Mannequin.

Now you can head back to the main forest map, where your first stop will likely be the Abandoned Energy Station so that you can rest and save your progress. Once you've done that, you can head to the Plaster Forest for a couple of easy fights and items from chests in the second hex. Then you're ready to visit the Open Air Studio.

You can head off the beaten path if you want to find extra items. (Above Right) Perhaps this fellow should be left alone with his mannequin?

Upon arriving at the Open Air Studio that was located in the southeast corner of this dungeon map as you entered it, you'll trigger a cutscene. When it concludes, you'll receive your rewards for completing the story mission, a Station Hex will be added to your inventory and a note will appear to let you know that you can now purchase and wear B-type clothing articles.

You've now done everything that you need to in order to advance to the next chapter. You can check the crate for an item in the Open Air Studio once the cutscene concludes, but otherwise you should head back to your home base to see a new cutscene and to advance to the next chapter.

[edit] Continue to Chapter 4

Last edited by Izual on 10 May 2010 at 02:23
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