Hi-ho, Hi-ho…

Why do they have a Rogue? There aren't any doors to unlock...

Why do they have a Rogue? There aren't any doors to unlock...

I mean, the Fairy kind of makes sense, as there are a number of damaging-floor areas, and the Dwarf makes sense as this is the only area I’ve seen which uses the special ability to break rocks, much like the Hunter and tracking in the Wood of Ruins. The Warrior works everywhere as almost everything can be melee’d to death, but the Rogue? There are no pickable locks!

Guaranteed weapon?

Guaranteed weapon?

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this every single time I visited the area previously, as it’s mentioned on the map and all, but the chest here is a guaranteed weapon; later on, there’s a chest with a guaranteed piece of armour for whoever opens it, too. They’re both similar to those two chests in the Volcano, but they contain pathetic stuff.

The area's puzzle for the bonus multiplayer treasure

The area's puzzle for the bonus multiplayer treasure

The multiplayer puzzle for this area is interesting; it’s the only one I found that actually depends on some semblance of skill. If you take the glinting item at the end of the pier, it collapses, leaving whoever took it floating across the lake towards a waterfall. The other player has to hop across the rocks in the water so the first player doesn’t get pulled off the raft with the camera, and make it to a switch that lowers a bridge in time for the first player – with the key – to jump to that. Falling in the water loses the key.
I’m not sure what’s in the chest. Unlike the one in the Old Palace, there’s no chance of a single player somehow managing to complete this, as there’s nowhere safe to leap without the bridge, and you can’t reach the rocky outcroppings if you’re on the raft.

This makes less sense than the rest of the floor.

This makes less sense than the rest of the floor.

You’ve heard me rant about this floor before; the one with the bottomless pits. This thing, whilst a nice-looking method of transportation over an inexplicably-deep small body of water, makes no sense as something that would be built in a mine. Where the threat of demons or cave-ins is great enough that they don’t need the risk of drowning on top of it.

Looks like its not just available from the Volcano, after all...

Looks like its not just available from the Volcano, after all...

Incidentally: hey, looks like I hadn’t necessarily visited the Volcano before, anyway.
Not that I got anything from finding it there.

So the baby dragon is still a baby...

So the baby dragon is still a baby...

Odd death animation, though. I can’t remember if any other bosses do the same. I know the Troll erupts in a fountain of blood, and that no other boss does that, to my recollection.
Hum. I wonder if all bosses have unique death animations? I suppose I’ll have to go check, now.


Water Necklace
Water Necklace [Accessory]
[Int.14, Water.24]
Wearer is protected by the powers of water.

Minotaur Horn
Minotaur Horn [Accessory]
Said to give the bearer great strength.

Resist Cloak
Resist Cloak [Accessory]
[Def.12, MDf.24]
Cloak that protects against magical attacks.

Pandora's Box
Pandora’s Box [Object]
Brings both hope and despair.
(? ? ?)

Misty Pendant
Misty Pendant [Accessory]
Mysterious locket with misty swirling surface.

Who knows what the Misty Pendant does; no stats, no defense, no elemental affinity… its description fits, at least. It’s probably one of the ‘protects against [status]’ accessories that never mention what they do. Likewise Pandora’s Box; the description is not illuminating and I don’t really want to open it.
The other items I picked up today were, happily, much more obvious in their usage. Mostly. The Water Necklace naturally boosts your defence against water-element attacks, but also has an unmarked boost to Intelligence, making it a fair pick for magic-users when not going to the Volcano, though you should have better things by this point. The Minotaur Horn provides a hefty boost to Strength, and would be great for anyone planning on melee, whilst the Resist Cloak gives a small boost to Defence, and a larger boost to Magic Defence.

Item of the Day

Earth Tiara
Earth Tiara [Accessory]
One of a pair of tiaras created long ago.

I said I’d get it.
And it only took… how many reloads? Ten? Twenty? At least four passed-up Robes of the Elder, at any rate. I’m very lucky there’s that savepoint sitting nearby. Almost as if they expected people would want at least one item from that chest.
The Earth Tiara is, like the Misty Pendant and the Pandora’s Box, another of those ‘what on earth does this do?’ items. It has no stats, not even any points towards defence. I stumbled over the use of the thing by accident; it, and presumably the other tiara, the one I never found, provide defence against certain elements. Rather than do this conventionally, through elemental affinities, it just… nullifies a sizeable portion of the damage from certain elements. Get both Tiaras and wear them, and… I don’t know. Might make you invincible to any form of elemental damage. Might clash and do nothing. Who knows.
I consider this one to be the more useful of the pair, as it works on a certain optional boss and it’s the only one I ever tracked down, anyway.



  1. blazse said,

    June 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    you have been busy!

  2. lioleus said,

    June 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    And all of that isn’t going into how I… uh… immediately went after the Fire Dragon and got nuked because I forgot it also had at least one of the Forbidden Spells on it.

  3. Scott Carmichael said,

    June 11, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Hey – I haven’t been to your blog in awhile – I’m so glad you started posting pictures for your posts! Now I can actually tell what you’re talking about (w/o doing a lot of research on my own). Keep up the good work!

    • lioleus said,

      June 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm

      Well, I finally got off my butt and found a nice program for screenshots, since ePSXe – unlike a few modern games recently – won’t notice you hitting print screen and dump the image into a folder.
      Blaze & Blade is essentially the proto-PSO, or my version of such. I spent ages playing this game.

      I also hadn’t been posting for ages, anyway. It’s been a stressful term.

  4. blaze said,

    June 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Yeah, he’s one tough cookie. Especially for sorcerers!
    You’ve found some great items so far.

    • lioleus said,

      June 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      He’s just tough in general. I’m thinking about going all the way back to the Troll and getting that robe before whenever I take him on. The orcs/min-trolls/giants are still great for experience, and there are still lots of items in that area as I ended up dropping a lot in favour of the ones I picked up.

      Sure. ‘Great items’. Guardian Armour isn’t so great when you’re a Sorcerer.
      Hey, interested in getting that through auction if I ever get netplay working?

      • blaze said,

        June 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

        that might be an idea =] I’m using epsxe if that makes any difference. I have some very rare items in my inventory at the
        moment including the apollo wand which i could sell, have to work it out some time.

      • lioleus said,

        June 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm

        That’s what I’m using, too. I haven’t found any other emulator to work as well. ePSXe is the only emulator I thought had netplay, through CyberPad, but last time I attempted it, it just kept crashing.
        That said, I’m willing to do as much work as I can to get it working. Blaze & Blade is just as fun with other people.

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