The cyborgs are coming! The cyborgs are coming!
In the end, I chose to marry the object of Rhys’s affection from the start of the game, Maia. Was there ever really any doubt?
Doing so got me an offspring named Ayn, who looks a lot like a palette-swapped Lyle. He also has some magical capabilities–in fact, his magical power is stronger than even Mieu’s. This is pretty nice, as it means I can put all his power into Gires and get some cheap healing of the entire party.
Speaking of the party (And of the plot), it seems cyborgs are running riot on the landscape. Now-King Lyle has asked for our help in combating them, and Rhys tells Mieu and Wren (Both of whom retained their equipment and levels. Ayn also inherited the equipment Rhys was wearing at the end of the previous generation) to help me out.
Here, from a plot-meets-gameplay perspective, was the weakest part of the game to date. Essentially, I’ve gone town-hopping, ultimately ending up back in Cille, where there are no more people and the castle has been overrun by monsters (No cyborgs, oddly. Just spiders and something called a “Blink” which is physically weak, but can Gires the entirety of the enemy party). Agoe, the Orakian town near Shusoran (Now-Probably-Dead-King Lyle’s town), claims that no one is sure who’s behind the cyborgs…which means there is a 99% chance that Agoe is behind the cyborgs.
The plot now is kind of confusing, in that people seem to think the Orakians are behind the cyborgs. Basically, I now seem to be aligned with the Layans, even though Ayn is half-and-half by blood. Also, the people who were routed from Shusoran and Agoe ran off to Aridia…where the only village I currently know of is populated entirely by cyborgs. That, I’m sure, ended very well.
I’ll keep going to see if this ever sorts itself out.