Episode 32: The Long Awaited Return
Hello everybody and welcome back to another exciting episode of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.. The game about a couple of kids going on an exciting book mystery, recovering lost books because scientist just play pranks on each other instead of doing other things, like important experiments.
In our last episode, which I had to go back to and read because I forgot where we were, had our kids complete said book mystery for our librarian because she couldn’t be arsed to do it herself. We also explored a tower and found some mean spirited chests there. So very, very mean.
But with that, all available side quests are completed, so now, to mark the return to his series, let’s kick back in on the main story and see where we go from here.
As a reminder, we have to speak with the factory chief in Zeiss to figure out what the hell this Black Orbment is. We head to the factory to speak with the receptionist, Hazel. She recognizes the kids as the ones coming with Tita. She asks what they want because she’s very busy doing important receptionist stuff.
That’s an unusual pause to add. You have a cold, Estelle? Joshua asks if they can see the factory head. Estelle... doesn’t help matters.
I don’t even know what you’re doing anymore, Estelle. Hazel doesn’t know how to react so she falls back on her standard operating procedure, but then walks away to use the intercom.
This is why you have to do things normally, Estelle. You don’t want people thinking your weird. Hazel is speaking with a person on the intercom, and apparently, said person was expecting them. After a pause, she walks back to the kids and tells them that Factory Chief Murdock will see them now.
Estelle didn’t think they would be seen to so quickly. With Joshua urging haste, we take the elevator to the second floor. We pass by the archives, keeping an eye on that place, before heading to the office to meet...
Hey, you don’t look like Murdock at all! He greets the two. They apologize for disturbing him but it says he’s fine, he doesn’t have anything important to do at the moment. He mentions that the guild, along with Cassius, have done a great deal for him in the past, so it would be rude not to treat his kids with respect.
I’m starting to wonder who doesn’t know Cassius at this point. Murdock says that Cassius was his benefactor. He goes on to say that the Central Factory produces the finest orbments in all the land, but then adds that the confrontations over their craft never really stopped. So when trouble started happening, they’d contact the Rolent branch to send Cassius.
So, yeah, it’s all this guy’s fault. He better be paying out of the nose for this! Murdock asks what he can do to help. They begin to explain the story about the Black Orbment. After hearing it, he asks to see it. Estelle hands it over, and after a moment, Murdock notices something odd. Mainly, the caliber isn’t inscribed anywhere on it.
Estelle is confused, but Joshua fills it in for us. It’s the numbers carved into an orbment’s frame. Like a serial number. Murdock explains that it’s unheard of to make an orbment without one, and this is an accepted practice all over the continent, dating all the way back to the invention of said orbment fifty years ago.
Well, it’s not like anybody is going to go looking for them right away. Unless they’re a collector or something like that. Still, is it really that strange to be missing the caliber? Murdock says as much, saying that it’s part of the production process. He states that maybe the orbment is a prototype. And if that were the case, it wasn’t made to entertain at birthday parties.
I would say that is accurate. Murdock says that he can’t really say anything for certain without cracking it open, but apparently, he can’t find the maintenance cover. Actually, taking a closer look, it appears that the orbment has no seams at all, making him wonder how it was made to begin with? As a result, he can’t open it up, so he has no way of checking the inside out.
Estelle’s answer to everything is to either smash it, burn it or cut it. Murdock seems to think that may be possible in this case, but he has issues breaking something that belongs to Cassius. After a moment Joshua suggests letting the professor handle it. You know, the one that was mentioned in the note.
Murdock is confused, naturally, so Estelle explains that there was a note included with the orbment. She shows it to him, and after reading it, is asked who this Professor R is. After a moment, Murdock deduces that it would have to be Professor Russell, since Cassius knew him as well. Joshua seemed to think as much, but Estelle, apparently not knowing many of her father’s friends, asks who Professor Russell is.
But then she recalls something else.
Joshua explains that he doesn’t know him, but knows of him. Apparently Professor Russell is the person responsible for bringing orbal technology to Liberl. Murdock then goes into a history lesson. As you kids know, orbments were invented by Professor Epstein and Russell was one of his disciples. Thanks to him, forty years ago, he brought orbments and knowledge of orbments back to Liberl, which is why they’re an advance nation. Murdock mentions that, in a way, Russell is the father of the Orbal Revolution.
Estelle is impressed that Cassius knew somebody that important. That said, Murdock is concerned about letting the old professor handle that orbment. Mostly because they don’t know what it really is. Estelle catches on to the hesitation in the chief’s voice, so he explains that while Russell is a genius, it’s just that when he gets an idea for an invention, there’s no way of guessing what he’ll really do. He then goes on about a story involving Russell trying to develop the first orbal airship, but then sighs at the memory.
I don’t think the kids know what they’re in for. Murdock apologizes for mentally leaving and assures them that Russell will be able to figure out this thing.
That doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence. Joshua asks where they can find the eccentric professor, which causes Murdock to realize he doesn’t exactly know where he is. He walks over to the intercom and speaks with somebody there, asking them to come to his office. Estelle wonders if maybe he did call the professor, but no, that isn’t the case. Russell has a private workshop in town and has all the latest technology at his disposal, so he will be able to figure out that Black Orbment.
I’m glad you asked that question, because I was going to ask it. The person Murdock called is actually Russell’s granddaughter, who happens to work in the factory. Oh, and she’s a child, too. Wait, granddaughter? And said professor is a bit eccentric? Don’t tell me it’s...
And suddenly the naming convention makes sense. Hello, Tita! Estelle and Joshua express as much surprise as Tita does, leading Murdock to be surprised they know each other. After explaining how they met, Murdock instructs Tita to take them to her house. She has no issues doing that. But before they leave, Murdock asks the kids to tell him of anything new, since he’s an engineer and he’s curious to know more about this orbment.
Outside of the office, Estelle expresses a happy surprise that Tita will be joining them and that she’s the granddaughter of a famous professor.
Oh my god she’s so adorable I want to take her home with me!
...Right, moving on. Tita asks the kids if they have business with her grandfather.
I think that’s putting it mildly. Joshua says that they’ll explain everything once they see Tita’s grandfather. She explains that her house is in the southwest corner of town and provides directions on how to get there. But before we do that, let’s unlock your orbment slots. Though surprisingly enough, I only have to unlock two.
I try to get more orbments for my team and see about upgrading the current lot. I give Estelle an HP 3, replacing her HP 2. I then give her an EP 2, replacing her EP 1. I don’t touch anything on Joshua’s slots and move to Tita. She has an all purpose slot and a space only slot. I also give her a Deathblow 1, giving her more spells. I also give her an Impede 2, leaving me with this as her setup.
If you have any recommendations, let me know. So we head for Tita’s house and find a little girl by a bed. We talk to her and find her name to be Yuriel. Tita is happy to see her and surprised to see her out of school, but apparently, it wasn’t Sunday School today. The young girl tells Tita she really needs to rest. Poor Tita.
On the second floor is a girl named Louise. Tita is surprise to see her as she’s suppose to be working in the design room, but apparently they, I guess the factory, wanted her to finish calibrating the orbal guns. She asks if Tita is showing the bracers around, which she confirms as she’s taking them to her house. Oh, so this isn’t her house. Okay. Louise mentions that it has been quiet there as of late.
So, yeah, this is one of those professors, isn’t it? Well, that was certainly interesting. So I leave that house and continue west to finally find the Russell House and Factory. It looks normal.
Inside a cutscene activates.
Stop being so adorable, Tita! Estelle compliments the place before Joshua asks if the professor is available. Tita thinks that he’s in the workshop, looking at a door to the right of the entrance. Estelle suggests going in to say hi.
No sign of the good professor on the first floor, so what about the second floor? There a cutscene activates with Tita announcing her return home.
Looks like the professor is hard at work. He’s vigorously... uh, working on a piece of equipment. Look, I know what it looks like, but he honestly isn’t doing that you think he’s doing. Sure, he might turn out to be the dirty old man, but I honestly doubt they won’t go for that here.
The professor continues his vigorously work, causing Estelle to question the kind of friends her father has. She tries to introduce herself, but the professor ignores her. Then, quite suddenly...
Watch out for flying glass! Russell announces that he’s finally completed it.
What you don’t see is Tita face palming in the background. Russell says that he needs to test this at once, quickly jumps off the chair and runs off, causing Estelle to spin right round like a record player.
Tita apologizes, stating that her grandfather goes into these kinds of trances when he’s working and tends to block out the background noise. Apparently whatever he was working on for the past few days has been completed. Joshua seems to think he’s really something.
Again, she’s facepalming, you just don’t see it. With the eccentric Professor heading downstairs, we follow suit to get another scene. He’s working at a table as the kids approach him. Tita explains that they need to talk to him. Russell finally turns around and tells his granddaughter that she came at the right time. He needs her help compiling the data from these tests he’s running.
Russell keeps going about this new invention of his that will block a biosensor orbment’s detection faculties. It emits a unique orbal force field that deflects the energy that a biosensor sends out when it scans. This catches Tita’s attention, allowing Russell to brag a bit.
It’s time to do the testing now! Tita, forgetting why she’s there, goes about helping. They began working with some complex-looking equipment, at least, according to the narration, leaving our two bracers to wonder just what happened.
Russell suddenly turns around and calls out Joshua, calling him that guy with the black hair. He instructions Joshua to go upstairs and get a book called “Orbal Energy as Applied to Force Fields.” Now get on it! And with that, he’s off like lightning, leaving Estelle alone. What madness is this?
That’s when she realizes she lost her chance to run.
I don’t think he is, so you should go ahead and make the coffee, Estelle... then spill it on him. That’ll teach him to not treat you with respect! And with that, she’s off, leaving the two brainiacs to work on the experiment.
Suddenly, lights and sounds are going off, but this is a good thing as Tita calls it perfect. She tells Russell that it’s ready, much to his delight, but then Tita realizes that something is missing.
Vaguely? Russell seems to think Murdock sent some fresh faces, leaving Tita to be embarrassed by the whole thing. The narration states that Estelle and Joshua wound up becoming assistants for the experiment.
This does not sound like a good thing. When the scene comes back we see the four sitting at the table, Russell apologizing for treating the bracers so poorly. He laughs it off, though.
Though in your case, said banging is how to break it. Joshua calms her down a bit, saying that they got some valuable experience out of it. After all, how often can they participate in startup tests on brand-new type orbments? Russell is impressed with Joshua and tries to employee him as an engineer, but Tita puts him in his place. She then apologizes to the bracers again for also getting caught up in it, too.
Old men asking for stuff rudely? They will be destroyed. Cute young girls asking for stuff? Forgiven! She goes on to mention that her image of the “Father of the Orbal Revolution” being shattered as being some guy with attention issues, but Russell takes it as a compliment.
Though he knows Cassius and is surprised to be visited by his children. Apparently Russell has known Cassius since his army days, some twenty years ago. Even Tita has met the man, complimenting him on his mustache being nice.
Estelle’s always finding a way to put down her dad. Still, if Russell has known her father for so long, then it looks like they can entrust him with the black orbment. Russell is confused so Estelle explains the story to him. Some parts required finger puppets because of how complicated they were, ending with Estelle showing off the black orbment.
Both Russell and Tita are impressed with it. The professor immediately picks up on no caliber or seams. He then takes out a cutting tool and examines the frame, which includes pushing the blade’s edge against the outer shell. This concerns Estelle at first but Joshua explains that it’s a special alloy steel cutter.
After a moment, Russell shows them the orbment had no scratch on it. He concludes that the frame is made from some type of metal he’s never encountered before and that opening it up for a closer look is going to be quite the task.
Joshua laments that, if they can’t open up the orbment, they’re back to square one. Russell offers to keep at it but recommends putting it under a measurement scan first. You know, the machine they were using before? That. Tita mentions that it can gauge orbal energy activity in real time.
Poor Estelle. Russell puts it simply. They’ll be able to see what the orbment does. They won’t draw definitive conclusions from just the measurement, but it’s a start. He’s ready to do the scanning but Tita suggests lunch. They invite the bracers to join them.
Food makes everything better. They’ll help with the prep, but Russell does have something he wants to do, making Tita upset.
After a fade, we’re back with the machine in the lab. Russell asks Estelle to place the orbment on the stand. After doing so, he and Tita begin running the scan on the Black Orbment. Apparently that will be the official name of the black orbment.
Because it brings doom to it’s users? Russell argues that simple is better and that anything longer than Black Orbment would be annoying to say. That’s why we use acronyms. Tita, however, is getting impatient.
I think Estelle is going to take her home before too long. Russell decides to begin the scan now. Ten bucks something explodes.
They first calibrate the measuring equipment. Since they didn’t detect any direct input or output, they’re going to measure the central crystal circuit. Estelle notes the professor is in a good mood, and now, the scanning begins.
Shouldn’t glowing things be a good sign? Joshua notes that the scanner is putting major strain on the crystal circuit. Russell asks for an update, and Tita responds that she’s getting some weird readings. Apparently, the tachometer needle is shaking like crazy, but now, it’s spinning around the dial. Clearly, it’s drunk.
Russell gets concerned until the orbment starts glowing a darkly black color. Tita is scared senseless and Russell is confused. Estelle and Joshua note that it’s the same black light that saved them a chapter ago, but then, a wave emanates from the orbment, causing Russell to be confused.
We see the result of that wave. Outside, the city of Zeiss basically shuts down. All the lights turn off and the escalator stops functioning. Back in the lab Tita tells her grandfather that the machine can’t take anymore and they need to shut down at once!
Russell, being a man of science, refuses. They just need a little longer...
Estelle comes running back in, I was wondering where you went, and mentions the blackout. After hearing this, Russell ends the experiment, much to his displeasure. With that, the light fades away and the lights turn on.
Tita breaths a sigh of relief as Russell checks the readouts. Apparently, it wasn’t on. Stupid machine!
Actually, it’s suspected that the Black Orbment shut everything down except for the scanner. Joshua comes in to mention the lights coming back on in the city, though the people are still panicking about the random blackout.
This leads to a lot of confusion as to what the hell just happened, but luckily, the professor has an answer. He calls it the “Orbal Shutdown Phenomenon.” This is a bit of a concern since this phenomenon causes orbals to stop working, but he never would have guessed the Black Orbment would have such an extensive effect on the city. This only piques his interest in the thing, though.
Suddenly, a man comes rushing in. It’s Murdock, and just in time, too, as Russell was about to call him. Though the chief is not happy, since his visits to the house means something went wrong. He demands answers as to what caused the blackout this time, but Russell is insulted. He didn’t do anything except scan the Black Orbment.
As soon as he sees it, Murdock backs off from his prepared rant... but decides to go with it anyway and blame Russell for it. Estelle and Joshua wonder if this is always the case with them, but secretly, Tita is facepalming.
After a fade the narration tells us that, on the first day, everybody in Zeiss was kept busy. As a result, Estelle and Joshua decided to spend the night at the lab, given how late it became.
The next day, things have returned to normal. As the camera pans on the Russell House and Lab to show nothing has exploded, we go inside to see Estelle and Joshua talking about last night’s event. The one thing they did get from the experiment was that the Black Orbment was powerful and crazy dangerous. They wonder what the professor will do next when Tita enters the scene. The young girl asks the two if they slept well, with Estelle providing the best answer.
The beds don’t look that comfortable, though. Estelle asks of Russell and we find out that he went to the Central Factory Early in the morning, muttering something about exposing the secrets of the Black Orbment.
I’m sure he just drowns it out. Joshua thanks Tita for taking the time to look over it and for putting them up for the night, but she says it’s fine, mentioning that Russell is investigating it more out of pure curiosity than anything else. She reminders herself that she needs to return to the factory once breakfast is finished and asks what the bracers plan to do.
Why, they’ll be coming with her, of course! Estelle is curious about the orbment, too, and maybe they can help in some way.
But before they do that, Tita needs to get the soup!
Joshua does not approve of Estelle wanting to kidnap cute, little girls. After a fade out the trio are outside and ready to face the day. Before heading to the factory, though, Joshua wants to go to the guild office to check in. Better to give them the heads up now then wait until later.
Entering the guild hall, the trio talk to Kilika, waiting for the full report. While she’s heard the basics from the factory chief, she’d like some first hand details on the incident. Joshua gives the report, meaning that Kilika is up to speed on the situation. After hearing that, she says that they’ll need to continue working with Russell to learn more.
Before heading back there, a quick check at the big board shows no other jobs available. So I think we’ll leave that for now.
It’s good to be back but I do wish I had more time to spend in getting to the gameplay stuff. Still, a major mystery is looked into, but only provides more questions than answers. What could this mysterious Black Orbment be and what else can it do?
I imagine that it won’t play a major role until the Second Chapter, if I get to that, but we’ll see where we go from here.
So once again I like to thank you all for reading this. I know my absence was long but don’t worry, the void you felt with my departure can be filled once more!
Until next time, remember, when performing an experiment with an unknown and potentially dangerous object, remember to throw caution to the wind and go at it with gusto. The worst thing that can happen is it causing a major explosion.