Lacrima Castle (Black Demon Castle ラクリマ - Rakurima) is the second stage of Riviera: The Promised Land. It was once inhabited by demons, but since Ragnarok, it was looked after by the Arcs. Ein, Lina, and Fia came here to investigate the Arcs' sudden disappearance without the Elder's consent. The Castle is perpetually bathed in the light of the full moon. Entering this stage marks the beginning of Chapter 2 - Pursuit of Truth.
"A cliff on the eastern land of Riviera. Migrating birds enjoy the warm weather there."In the first area, medicinal herbs can be found in the Wet Grass; it is said that Wilhelm Bluff is renowned for its herbs. Afterwards, the Chipped Dagger will appear and Lina will give it to Ein if he praises her for spotting it. Both events require TP (Trigger Points).
In the second area, a single Triffid is encountered. S Ranking it will reward you with a Rose Whip; this is easily done by simply using Ein's Overskill Lightning Call with Naga's Fang. After the battle, inspect the grass in Look Mode to find a rock. It has a use later, though depending on your preferences, it's either good or bad.
In the third area, if Ein checks the Briars, Ein and Lina's MAX HP will be decreased by 5%, because the Briars have thorns. Don't waste a Trigger Point on this event.
"A stone bridge leading to the castle. The moonlight creates a mysterious shadow on the water."
In the first area, the Fia felt an evil presence within the castle Fia also sensed that someone's watching the party. If Ein checks the gargoyle statue, Ein and Lina will say that the statue is eerie. If checked once more, a Luna Vampire will appear. This is potentially the first time the player gets to decide the formation for battle.In the second area, if Ein checks the Gargoyle statue, there is nothing in it. Lina hoped that there was something in it. If Ein says that he wanted the same thing, Lina will hit the Gargoyle statue and the statue will shoot at the party, triggering a quicktime minigame.There is also a booby-trapped chest containing a Longbow or Rapier.
There is a demon encounter in the third area consisting of an Evil Mage and a Gladiator, both of whom are The Gatekeepers. This battle can be fairly difficult since, at this point, your party is still bare bones and lacking in experience. Also, if the Evil Mage lasts long enough (roughly 5-7 turns), he will summon a Skeleton, which will only make the battle much worse. Take advantage of positioning and the targeting system to prioritize the Mage; beware of the enemy Break Outs, as they are heavy damage dealers. A form of healing is highly recommended. After the battle, the party can advance into the Castle. Don't waste a Trigger Point on the gargoyle statue in this area.
"In the castle's courtyard, stone pillars and small shrubs line a garden path."
Upon entry, the team will have to hide from a patrol squad that was headed toward them. If the player messes up the minigame, Lina will trip trying to get away, resulting in the party having to fight them instead of hiding. After defeating the demons, move forward into the second area.In this room, the group runs into a lone Viper Rachet. During this encounter, Fia will introduce the Position Change feature. Though the battle itself is fairly tame, after the fight, the girls will be relieved that there was only one. Fia will suggest that in order to move forward, they must hone their skills. This is where the Practice feature is introduced, and it is the game's grinding method; it is available henceforth. There is also an optional blue chest, though it is not booby-trapped. This room forks to the right, or forward.
If you choose the right path, you'll be taken to a dead end. If you inspect the tree, Lina will spot a fruit, and she will want Ein to get it for her. If you choose yes, you will have to shake the tree back-and-forth. If successful, you then have to choose who gets to eat it, or simply keep it, though not giving it to Lina will sadden her. For the best results, let Lina have it; it will please her and she'll get a permanent HP increase. Plus they can be found in the Grove of Repose once this stage is completed. TP is needed, as usual.Moving forward is the way to progress. In the fourth room, there are a couple of hidden demons in the nearby bush, but you have to spot them in Look Mode in order to avoid the fight; trying to move forward will make them detect and attack you. If you do examine the bushes you will have more options:
- Eavesdrop - If you pick this one, the team will devise a plan to use one of the girls (player's choice) as a decoy while the others attempt a sneak attack with the nearby chest. Who you pick doesn't matter, as if you succeed, both of them will be pleased. Failure results in a physical encounter.
- Sneak past - You can attempt to sneak past them, but they will remain there on subsequent visits. If you fail, you have to battle.
- Ignore - Worst option, as Ein will decide not to do anything, and you will be attacked anyway if you try to move on.
Once this is over with, the player can go into the next area of the Castle. If the chest remains, you can collect the item within it. You will likely revisit the Moonlit Garden multiple times.
"A tower located in a corner of the Moonlit Garden. The spiral stairs lead to the top."Once you enter Sentry Tower, there will be a stack of bones that can be examined wih TP. From there, you'll have options on what to do with it.
- Leave it to Fia - The best option; Fia will pray for the soul of the corpse, and if successful, you'll get the best result, and the corpse will disappear; Fia will lose 5% of her HP. If unsuccessful, the corpse will still disappear, Fia will still lose HP, and 2,000 points will still be rewarded, so it makes little difference.
- Leave it to Lina - If you select this one, Lina will cluelessly attack the body, provoking the lost soul to attack the party. Bring Einherjar if you plan on survivng this demon. Also note that the S.Nightmare will have Max Rage automatically.
- Nothing - If you're going to pick this, you may as well not use the TP to activate this event to begin with. Ignoring the body will cause a Skull Fencer to attack them next time they pass by this area, angered that they left him there.
Upon proceeding to the next room, a black wyrm will be guarding the path. Its Break Out! will blow away the party; the first encounter with it is an inevitable blow-away, so don't try to avoid it.When you get blown away, Ein and one of the girls will end up on Connecting Bridge. Which girl it is depends on the affection; the one with more affection will be separated from the party. The two will be ambushed by Shadow Dwellers. After the fight, you can bond with the girl some more at the cost of TP, and or Drop Down back to Moonlit Garden, where the group will be reunited.
Make your way back to Sentry Tower and confront the Jet Black Wind again; the damage sustained in previous battles always carries over. This time, it is possible to defeat it and not get blown away again, but if you allow yourself to get blown away once more, you'll be able to get a Key Item that will allow you to get more great items later on, so it is a good idea to get blown away on purpose again. It is up to you, so if you want to simply beat it and move on, you can and it will save a lot of turns.
For those who got blown away again (willingly or otherwise), the group will remain together, but land on the tree in Moonlit Garden. A branch will fall on Lina's head, reducing her HP by 5%. Collect the Mosamo branch (TP), and it can be used later as a torch.After getting past the wyrm, you will finally reach the third segment of Sentry Tower. In the third and final room, there will be a flying bat. If you activate this event in Look Mode, Line will want Ein to catch it for her. Once again, you have the options:
- Catch it - If successful, you will please Lina and obtain the Mr. Bat battle item. If not, it will attack out of rage.
- Throw a Rock - Remember the rock you picked up at Wilhelm Bluff? If you choose to, it gets its use here and now. Successfully hitting the bat will earn you the bat wings key item which can be traded to NoNo in Crystal Cavern. Whether you hit or not, Lina will be unhappy about it. Miss, and it flies away.
- Ignore it - Waste of turn and TP.
Whichever outcome you get is entirely up to you. If you really want the bat wings, select the second one and hope you don't miss. If you'd rather get Mr. Bat, then don't mess up, or else you'll get into another battle instead. Just don't waste your time by ignoring it. There isn't anything else in this room, so move on when you're done.
"A walkway high above the ground which connects two towers. It was reserved for emergency use only."The only thing in the first room is a blue chest. It contains: Longbow, Rapier, Iron Sword, and Coral Staff. Moving along to the next room, you'll be attacked by a bunch of runts; Fia will explain that the longer the bar is under ATTACK, the greater the damage will be. After the fight, a chest will appear. Suspicious? In order to proceed, you must use Look Mode to check Below, which will open a new path in this room; from there, you can either leave the area (you can not return if you do), or explorer the rest of Connecting Bridge.
Let's assume you opt not to leave the area just yet. Use a Trigger Point to examine the chest that spawned, and you'll get a Hell Scythe x15 from it, no traps. Go on to room three, and Lina will be excited about finding yet another chest; if you try to open it, you'll be struck at by an unseen enemy. Dodge it to avoid damage, and the enemies will reveal themselves (see the right).Lastly, go on to the fourth part, where you'll reach the end of the bridge; you will find a large blue chest. If you check it in look mode using TP, the party will be surrounded by ghosts if you encourage Lina to open it. Lina will shoot at them, but it will not work; more will appear, and then suddenly the group is teleported to a dungeon within Lacrima Castle. See Castle Dungeon for details.
In order to move on, you have to Drop Down to a lower part of Connecting Bridge. As soon as you do, you'll be attacked by the Midnight Bats. Afterwards, you can check the Midnight Sky (TP) if you want to, it's actually a little interesting. DO NOT Drop Down unless you for some reason want to revisit the Moonlit Garden; head right.
In the last part of the bridge, you might want to avoid the Cracked Tiles (TP) in Look Mode in order to avoid falling through a hole. If you can't you'll instead fall through the floor, and a mini game to land safely will occur; either way, you'll end up in the next area. For the next area, skip ahead to Castle Chambers.
"A humongous prison beneath the castle. Giant chains are a remnant of the beasts held here."First up, there's a blue chest. There's nothing really special about it, but open it if you're in need of an item. In the next room, examine the wall in Look Mode and you'll find a mysterious message: "--> from heaven fill thyself with v (down), and like A hunting ^ (up) correct what is B...". Take note of this, as you can use it to help Claude once you return to Elendia.
In the third and last segment, you'll reach a dead end with three coffins, each containing a type of elemental weapon.
- Left Coffin: "-Sacred Sword- Judgment awaits the wielder." Contains the Silver Rapier; pleases Fia if given to her.
- Middle Coffin: "-Sword of Fire- Judgment awaits the wielder." Contains the Flamberg; meant for Ein.
- Right Coffin: "-Thunder Bow- Judgment awaits the wielder." Contains the Lightning Bow; pleases Lina the most.
"Blue-white flames light the dark chambers. Strange statues of knights line the halls."
When you arrive, you'll end up in the first room with the blue flames; this is the second room if you fell through the cracked floor in the previous area. Speaking of blue flames, you can use them to light the Mosamo branch you might've picked up in Moonlit Garden, which will turn it into a torch that will serve its purpose a little later. Alternatively, Ein will gain +1 to his MAG if he holds his hand over any one of them in this room or the next; both of these require one T. Point. You can also check out the statues, though they bear very little significance, so no need to use TP on them if you can't afford it.In the next room, predictably enough, you get attacked by a moderately strong group of demons. Sweeping moves like Slash from Einherjar can make the fight a little easier though. After wards, check out the statues again (TP), and Ein will comment on it; check it once more, and you'll get a nice Gae Bolg spear.
Next, go on to the third and last room. Nothing much to mention, but a common trapped chest and the spiral staircase (which is a waste of TP). Just move along.
"A well-maintained courtyard, complete with a fountain. Beyond here lies the Sealed Tower."We're almost near the end, so hold out for a bit longer. Once the group enters the courtyard, a metal sound will follow their brief conversation, the Ein will be asked if he heard it (you get to choose); afterwards, you'll be asked what you heard exactly. Afterwards, you can use a TP to examine the Purple Flowers; they're actually withering Moon Lilies, and they have a great use if you decide to care for them. Nonetheless, nothing relly happens right away, so just move deeper in.
Immediately upon entering the middle room, you'll get hit with another demon battle, Courtyard Guard Dog. This room has a fork: right (forward), and down. If you head downward, there will be a fountain with which you can do four things:
- Drink From It: Not a good idea, as it costs 5% of Ein's HP.
- Scoop: Doing this will add Water to the Event Items inventory; you can use it to water the Moon Lilies in the previous room, but you must be quick. On your way back, Lina will rush and stumble, giving you the option to save her or not; you can be nice and save her, which will make her happy, but you'll have to go back for more water. If you don't care for Lina much, then save yourself from another trip (and the turns it'll cost) and don't bother. If you make it to the flowers in time, you can water them, and they'll yield a Moondrop, which can bring back Meute's voice. Finally, one more look at the flowers, and Lina will ask if you can pick one; the choice is yours.
- Nothing: This is typically the worst option.
- Immerse the Touch: If you have the Torch, doing this will turn it into Mosamo Ash, relinquishing your chance to get some items and a demon fight that can only be obtained with the Torch.
She will try to end the fight with her Break Out!: Blue Sophia, but Ein will interupt it using his diviner. She gets shocked and panics, forcing her to leave. After a bit of expositing, Serene will become a permanent member of the group. If you chose not to examine the room before triggering this scene, then you missed out, because the other triggers will no longer be available. Progress, and you'll finally reach the home stretch of the stage.
The Sealed TowerEdit
"A tower located deep within the castle. A demonic god is said to be sealed away here."Once you enter, the music changes to D.Sphere, but more importantly, demons! After you defeat them, move on to the next room, which is pitch dark; if you have the Torch and some TP when you reach this area, you're able to light this room in Look Mode, revealing a blue chest. This chest will contain Ogrenium.
The next room is also pitch dark, and something will fire a blast at you, which will trigger another minigame. Getting hit will cost Ein 5% HP. Without the torch, you will be dodging a series of these shots before you can progress; with it, however, and you can light the room to unveil the perpetrator, triggering your final demon fight before the boss. After defeating them, you can reward yourself with the Book of Laura, which is insde the blue chest.
The fourth room has nothing but dialogue between the characters. Advance to the peak of the tower, where you will encounter the second Accursed: Isher. In the first battle, he's invincible, so just bide it out. A scripted sequence will occur and the battle will end with him using his Break Out! Afterwards, you will battle him again, this time he's totally beatable. Click here for details on Isher's stats. Congrats, you've completed Lacrima Castle!
- Iron Sword
- Gae Bolg
- Mr. Bat
- Ivy Whip
- Hell Scythe
- Silver Rapier
- Lightning Bow
- Mr. Bat
- Lightning Bow
- Silver Rapier
- Chipped Dagger
- Black Earring
- Gae Bolg
- Mr. Bat
- Book of Laura
- Mosamo Branch
- Four-Leaf Clover
- Mr. Bat
The name of Lacrima Castle's theme is: Lacrima, the Black Evil Castle (黒き魔城ラクリマ Kuroki Majō Rakurima )