Not much has happened since my last entry. Having successfully discovered the cave that allowed me to progress, I went through it, and discovered something that previous dungeons lacked: new equipment! Primarily, a Force Sword with enough power (I can do close to 500 damage on particularly weak enemies) that it made me abandon the dual-Royal Needler strategy, since the rest of my party has enough power that it doesn’t really matter. I also obtained a Force Claw for Mieu, which made her even stronger as well.
Exploring the rest of the cave and re-emerging on the other side, I found I was on the other side of a cave that was previous blocked in the first generation, and I ended up back in a village in the first generation. Next time, I’ll explore a little more, and try to find Lena’s daughter.