A fool attempts a Shadow Dragon Hard 5 Iron Man in Let's Play/Streams Posted November 29, 2020 · Report reply Replies Spoiler 4 hours ago, Eltosian Kadath said: I kinda like how you decided on a story reason for warp skipping this chapter. It's more fun than just saying the same for every chapter. 4 hours ago, Eltosian Kadath said: Complete overkill. Having this magedragon boss immediately after the last just emphasizes how much easier the gaidens are to the normal chapters... They are supposed to be beatable for less fortunate players after all. We have finally reached the endgame. Many comrades were sacrificed to get us here. Marth grips the fake Falchion tightly, readying himself for his final battle. Malledus keeps a safe distance from the battle. Our strategy will involve the tried and true method of Warping. Current death count: 43Names of the fallen by chapter Chapter 2: Draug and Castor.Chapter 3: Cain, Lena, Julian and Abel.Chapter 4: Ossa, Matthis and Merric. Chapter 6: Wolf. Chapter 8: Nabarl, Ida, Zas, Barst and Jagen. Chapter 9: Jeorge, Wrys and Ogma. Chapter 10: Cord, Roshea, Wendell and Bantu. Chapter 11: Bord, Roger, Sedgar, Shiida and Jake. Chapter 12: Vyland, Linde and Hardin. Chapter 13: Midia. Chapter 14: Astram. Chapter 15: Beck and Dolph. Chapter 16: Arran and Samson. Chapter 17: Horace and Gordin. Chapter 17x: Darros. Chapter 18: Est. Chapter 19: Caesar and Tiki. Chapter 20: Lorenz. Endgame Spoiler This is it, the final chapter. All should go well.... There's just one problem. Or two, in fact. We cannot one-turn this map. We need three Warp users and one Aum user to pull that off. We have Tomas and Radd available for Warp while Elice is around for Aum usage. As such, one turning is impossible. So, we could go for a two turn strategy instead, having Xane transform on the first turn to give us the last Warp user we need. Seems good enough, right? The problem is this ballistician. He'll oneshot Elice. ...And Marth. So, this ballistician has to die. I thought of something. It's still a shaky plan to say the least, but we don't really have a choice. We must use the Geosphere. There's just one problem... Elice and Xane cannot survive all three uses, even with the healing from the Fortify Staff. So, we can only use it twice. Still, this should be enough to bring the ballistician in range to be killed with the combined efforts of Minerva and Ymir. Macellan was originally deployed for this chapter, but I want him to live, so he's been sent to the bench together with Etzel. They get first-row seats to this disaster.... And so, it finally begins... Let me be real here, our chances of victory all depend on the RNG. There's no backup plan if we fail. Our journey would end, just moments before we reach the ending. This is Nagi, our savior. She'll be the one to slay Medeus. She's the only one who can, after all.... Her bases 32 HP 8 Str 2 Mag 12 Skill 14 Spd 10 Lck 6 Def 10 Res I don't have much to say. She'll 2 hit KO Medeus, though I am unsure if she would be able to accomplish that if we factor throne healing in. She has to defy death itself to bring us to the end. Her growths 90% HP 50% Str 10% Mag 80% Skill 80% Spd 90% Lck 20% Def 2% Res Her growths are top tier for this game. We won't be seeing them in action, though. Or, not much at least. First use of the Geosphere, all is well. Second use of the Geosphere, the earth shook once more. Elice used Fortify, healing everyone again. We're almost ready to attack. Xane transforms into Elice in order to be capable of using the Warp Staff on the coming turn. Ymir and Minerva work together to defeat the ballistician. Our strategy can continue as planned. Ymir and Minerva might not live to see the end, however.... Everyone moved out of the danger zone as much as they were able to. Boah consumed a Vulnerary to prepare himself for his battle with the manakete on the coming turn. There was no other way.... Losing Minerva does sting the most, she helped us get so far only to fall in the final battle. Their sacrifices are not in vain. We reached turn 2 and are now ready to end this once and for all! Tomas warps Boah over to the one manakete standing between us and Medeus. Well, isn't this convenient? Exact damage, no risk of getting crit in return. You truly are our legend, Boah. We send Nagi over to chip Medeus. Those two have some history together. It's curious, isn't it? She just has to hit. This. Is. Terrible. She missed. I jokingly predicted this before, but this crushes my soul. Still....There might be another way.... I found another way to win. Though it involves more sacrifices. Marth has the weakened Falchion. It's not strong enough to defeat Medeus on its own, even with chip damage from Nagi. However, Maria is capable of dealing just enough damage with the Parthia for Marth to finish Medeus off. She'll die, though. It's terrible. Rickard won't even be able to hold her hand during her final moments. This enemy hero will kill him before she makes her last stand. Still, I will keep my promise. I will finish this run, even if only Marth makes it to the end. Nagi has been resurrected. She's essential for this new strategy. If she misses again, then it's all over. Elice gains another good level. There's this feeling of dread in the air... Radd fortifies the army one final time, then, the turn ends. Palla was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rickard...Rickard was just a small-time thief, he never really had any ambitions other than stealing treasures. Then, he met Zas and he swore to keep her safe. Malledus placed him on the bench one day, and Zas fell in battle. He took up the blade of Vengeance and devoted himself to getting revenge ever since. Later on, he met Maria, the little princess of Medon. She was a cleric at the time, a typical frail princess. But she was tired of being helpless, so she took up the bow and slowly grew stronger. Rickard saw the renewed Maria on the battlefield and got all nostalgic. He promised to keep her safe, as she promised him the same. They have been a tag team ever since and Rickard's heart was slowly starting to heal. Now we're here, in the final battle to save the world. And we're losing. The only way forward is to sacrifice everyone to save the world. Rickard completely lost it when it dawned on him what that meant. Nearly everyone would perish. Including Maria. Just then, Maria shook him out of it. She seemed solemn, having already accepted her role. She found comfort in the fact that she would be joining her fallen sister soon. Seeing Maria having her mind all made up snapped Rickard out of his breakdown. He promised that they would see each other again after all of this is over. He took his blade up for the final time and made himself bait for the enemy hero, all in order to buy Maria and Tomas enough time to finish this once and for all. He died with a smile on his face, knowing that he managed to protect Maria just a little longer. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boah fell by Medeus's hand. Or breath. Our unlikely hero met his end right at the end of our journey. He was the senior that lasted the longest. The speedy Bishop and the master of the sword. His last words were for princess Nyna. She must be strong, even if everyone falls around her. Elice sent Nagi to Medeus. Nagi succeeded. She hit Medeus. And she fell once more. This time, she won't be coming back.... Tomas sends Maria towards her death... I came to a realization. The throne gives Medeus 2 more defense. We cannot win unless she or Marth crits. She did not crit. Maria's legend ends here. Just like how Zas's legend was cut short way back then.... There's nothing else left for us to do. We send Marth to the end. He takes the Lightsphere to nullify the throne's bonus defense. If he just had 1 more strength.... He missed his attack and.... Marth falls in battle against Medeus. Our final foe has slain our hero. And so.... Game Over. This was a "Hard" Iron Man. Meaning that it ends when we get a Game Over. We struggled so much to get here. It's truly cruel to have it end like this. I suppose that I couldn't keep my promise of reaching the end no matter what. Haha...hahahaha.... Let us take a look at the death counter one final time.... Names of the fallen by chapter Chapter 2: Draug and Castor.Chapter 3: Cain, Lena, Julian and Abel.Chapter 4: Ossa, Matthis and Merric. Chapter 6: Wolf. Chapter 8: Nabarl, Ida, Zas, Barst and Jagen. Chapter 9: Jeorge, Wrys and Ogma. Chapter 10: Cord, Roshea, Wendell and Bantu. Chapter 11: Bord, Roger, Sedgar, Shiida and Jake. Chapter 12: Vyland, Linde and Hardin. Chapter 13: Midia. Chapter 14: Astram. Chapter 15: Beck and Dolph. Chapter 16: Arran and Samson. Chapter 17: Horace and Gordin. Chapter 17x: Darros. Chapter 18: Est. Chapter 19: Caesar and Tiki. Chapter 20: Lorenz. Endgame: Minerva, Aenos, Ymir, Athos, Palla, Rickard, Kerkis, Boah, Nagi, Maria and finally, Marth. This brings our total to 54 deaths. This was truly an unforgettable adventure. My first true "Hard" Iron Man. It had it all. Deaths, legends, unexpected strategies, stories. And, a heartbreaking ending. I am thankful to you, the reader, for experiencing this adventure with me. I hope that you had just as much fun reading this as I had making it. A special shoutout to Eltosian Kadath for always replying to the posts of this Screenshot Let's Play. It was very motivating for me to read your fun replies. Thank you. Now then, the end of this post won't spoil what actually happened in this chapter. After all, where's the fun in that? Our adventure finally reached its conclusion. I truly had a lot of fun, even if a daily update schedule could get a little straining. This is where I'd usually say something along the lines of "See you in tomorrow's update!". But, this playthrough is now finished. I'll probably take a little break before trying something else. If you have any ideas or suggestions for my next project, don't hesitate to share them. Well then. This is it for now. Thank you all very much for reading this Screenshot Let's Play.