New chapter, new area, new playable character. This time we are joined by the heroine of the Japanese fairy tale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter"; Princess Kaguya.
She is basically a mix of Hilda and Bernadetta; lazy as hell and she refuses to leave her room even when the others ask her for help. Her reason for being this way is everything but funny, though:
Another aspect of the game I haven't talked about yet is that it takes Etrian Odyssey's concept of enemies that chase you through the dungeons and takes it to its logical extreme: what if the F.O.E.'s were actually invincible? In Mary Skelter, creatures known as Nightmares roam the dungeons and their appearance is usually marked by a really unsettling noise, then everything goes dark and a truly hideous monster jump-scares you.
Something like this.
You can fight them, but these things will resurrect themselves constantly, so the game advises you to run away as soon as one appears. But the caviat is, these things move in real time AND the minimap vanishes when a chase begins. If you manage to put enough distance between you and the Nightmare, then everything goes back to normal, if it catches up to you, you can fight it and break its body parts to momentarily stun it, then run away, but they hit like a truck, so unless you want to risk one of the girls going all Blood Skelter on you due to the massive damage they take (if they can survive the damage in the first place, that is), it's better to just get the hell away.
If you get in a battle during a chase, the Nightmare will not stop chasing you and can even attack you during the battle. And may some deity come to your aid when one of these catches you in a dead end. Paranoia fuel, indeed.
The worst part about these things chasing you is all the terrifying noises they make while they do it. It's really freaking creepy.
You can beat them up for real if you manage to find and destroy a dungeon's core, though. This is how chapters have ended so far.
Fight a boss -> destroy the dungeon core -> Nightmare appears -> kill Nightmare.