#8 - Chapter 4: Field Study

Class VII is off to Heimdallr! I’m still bothered with what happened during that golem encounter but I guess the story just has to proceed.

Minor note: I’ve actually played ahead of my writing quota at this point, so uhh, my memory is somewhat blurry at this point to explain everything in detail. I hope the one-liner quotes are enough.

Heimdallr, the Vermillion City

RMP says hi! Governor Regnitz wants to meet you all.

At this point, I’m not surprised that he’s another board member at Thor’s. It’s nice to see him being down-to-earth as I hoped to be while showing that strong air of competence and capability.

Welcome to the City

Holy cow, they actually managed to portray the size of Heimdallr the way I imagined it while making it feasible to look large enough gameplay-wise and at the same time feeling disappointed for how small the accessible areas are.I can’t blame Falcom for that though, they’re good at worldbuilding and details all, but their strengths lie in the characters and stories that live in them.

Either way, I’m excited to at least see how HUGE Heimdallr is compared to Grancel where you could travel by foot. In Heimdallr, the tram actually feels like a necessity and they’ve managed to drive the point across with the Orbal Transportation Act (or whatever it’s actually called) as to why roads are meant purely for orbal vehicles.

Alto Street

Nice to see where Elliot lives. His household is exactly what I thought it’d be – a cozy house on an art-inspired alley (gee, it’s called Alto, come on) and with his sister keeping things in check.

Field Study Day One

The Bracer Guild

Man, oh man. This game is really driving it in with the Bracer M.O. since Celdic. After all the menial tasks we’ve done from Celdic, Bareahard and Nord, now we’re in the city in an actual Bracer guild. Too bad the place has closed down (seriously, Bracers and the empire’s strict and overpowering stance just doesn’t mix, I mean heck, the Royal Army had been a pain in the ass to work with in Trails in the Sky!

The quests for this day is mostly getting around to places here and there. As I said with how the city’s portrayed, it’s really great to see all sorts of districts with varying levels of wealth and status all in Heimdallr. It feels somwewhat cramped to visit the actual district, but it drives the point for Falcom to let you fill in the blanks on the city and just keep the relevant parts as it is.

Besides, it makes questing easier this way.

  • Went off to find a rare record for the Concert Cafe in Alto.
  • Saw the sights of Dreichel Plaza and even met with the other group.
  • Holy shit, Anton’s here again.
  • Went off looking for the owner of the hat.
  • Did some comment hunting for the Imperial Chronicle in Vainqueur Street.
  • Nice shopping at Plaza Bifrost.
  • Met up with the team while the hotel owner was out.

After that, we’re off to monster hunting in the underground passage in the hotel.

City Sewers

Oh, this certainly feels like Grancel all right. At least you get to have maps here compared to the long and somewhat confusing dungeons in Trails in the Sky. Just like the Grancel sewers, Heimdallr’s sewers tend to have various hidden passageways as well, and it’s somewhat cool to see this quest ending on Mater Park to meet with Elliot’s friends with their music – instead of the typical fast-forward to the hotel to get your reward.

Nighttime

Elliot and his Family

There’s nothing much for me to say here to be honest. We simply get to learn about Elliot’s past and the pressure that comes from his highly-successful military dad, the music that was with him as he grew up and his reasons to joining Thor’s while reflecting on seeing his peers at Mater Park earlier in the day.

Totally expected. I can't blame the father for it, honestly. It's really apparent how highly valued the Military is in the Empire, especially as a career choice. That and you get to have the borderline cheating crafts to boot. Totally expected. I can't blame the father for it, honestly. It's really apparent how highly valued the Military is in the Empire, especially as a career choice. That and you get to have the borderline cheating crafts to boot.

Fie and Laura

Same goes to Fie and Laura. I’m mildly annoyed on why they’re silently against each other, and that got worse when it turns out that Laura’s simply not comfortable with Fie hiding stuff. Gee, I’m guessing this is what would’ve happened if Rean didn’t apologize the day after he scoffed off his ties to the Eight Leaves One Blade school. At least it wasn’t as toxic compared to Machias and Jusis, I guess, but at least their arguments are connected to their affiliations and past.

Fie’s past is expected from a jaeger corps, although I guess I’m mildly surprised how casual she met Instructor Sara after her group split up. It does bring to light the Red Constellation though. Oh and she gets to have a fancy title too. (What is it with Bracers and Jaegers and their silly titles?)

Things are clear between the two, at least. Things are clear between the two, at least.

As for the fight, I thoroughly enjoyed kicking Rean and Machias’ ass. I had to retry a few times though because of those annoying delays from Rean, but that got settled in short order with a good whacking from Laura’s ult.

Gladiator Belt GET! I'm glad they're giving this earlier than I previously believed. Gladiator Belt GET! I'm glad they're giving this earlier than I previously believed.

Field Study Day Two

More quests!

And they’re boring, but it is a staple dish of your local bracer guild in anywhere.

  • Laura got to try some Stregas and had to do a set number of steps.
  • One of the many cats in Ost District are gone! But turns out that Top Cat (heh) was protecting Nono all along.
  • More monster hunting! Oh and it leads from the Port District to that blocked door in the Ost District. Huh.

The fights were easy, by the way. Especially with Rean plowing through the crowd with his Force orbment and Gladiator gear rocking with high CP.

Phantom Thief B

Son of a bitch, he’s back.

Here we go again! As expected, he took the very tiara that the owner was proud to display yesterday. Here we go again! As expected, he took the very tiara that the owner was proud to display yesterday.

This quest left me both amused and tired. I’m tired because come on, I’m sick of dealing with Bleublanc with all the shit he did in SC. I’m amused because his clues were too easy. I wonder if I’m just used to dealing with Bleublanc at this point or if it’s because of the new 3D world we’re in which makes things a lot easier to find.

Well okay, except that Bracer table, but I was very close.

Thankfully, Rean wasn't stupid and was able to connect the dots for the Cold Steel players out there. It's high time to catch up with Bleublanc after all. Thankfully, Rean wasn't stupid and was able to connect the dots for the Cold Steel players out there. It's high time to catch up with Bleublanc after all.

I guess we’ll see him from time to time after this chapter. sigh

I would really hope not to, to be honest.

Sankt District

It’s finally nighttime and Instructor Sara has told the group to meet with the rest of the class at Sankt District. It turned out to be Elise’s school and they all met up with her and the royal siblings Alfin and Olivert.

Minor note: I really love references whenever they show up. Minor note: I really love references whenever they show up.

At this point, my thoughts are simply hooooly shiiet Oliver is wearing his original outfit in Liberl.

Oh damnit, Oliver, you brilliant bastard. Welcome back. Oh damnit, Oliver, you brilliant bastard. Welcome back.

Second, I really find Alfin and Elise’s interactions hilarious. I mean, this is highly typical in otaku stuff but it never fails to make me smile whenever Alfin teases her. Things get doubly amusing once they finally got to the topic of inviting Rean to the event. The minor poke done by Oliver on “other girls” that fancy Rean just hits it home.

Putting the Liberl crisis into heart. Putting the Liberl crisis into heart.

Oliver reveals as to why he’s there and it turns out that he’s the one responsible for forming Class VII in the first place – and mostly thanks to the lessons he’s learned at Liberl during Trails in the Sky. It’s really heartwarming to see how your previous successes in Liberl have turned into good things here in Erebonia, and it’s an honestly sensible plan of action from Oliver to do so seeing the various political and cultural issues that we’ve seen so far in various regions.

Oh and finally, Oliver also reveals Instructor Sara as an A-Rank Bracer who used to report in one of the Heimdallr guild branches. No wonder her tasks feel like a bracer’s. She IS a bracer. Damnit, what’s with bracers, excessive drinking and happy-go-lucky attitudes? Hehehe. Well, such is life as a bracer, I guess.

Up Next

This has been a long post, so I’ll be writing Part 2 next with the Summer Festival!