Thursday, June 10, 2010
If you don't do what you are supposed to do...
In Hero of Leaf Valley, you will be visited by the Sprites on 2 Winter in the first year. They will beg you to deal with a 'strange bird' who is terrorising the Valley.
Obviously, you need to defeat the Robot Crow, but I always like to find out what will occur if you FAIL to make the proper gestures... Thus, after the Events that show the proper sequence of successful Events, you can find the results of a situation where Freyr did nothing whatsoever while the Robot Crow ate everything in sight. As the conversation between the Funland employees is rather amusing, I am posting it here. All of these Events are included in my HoLV Characters Guide in the section that is devoted to Alice.
Note that, if you DO defeat the Crow as you should, Alice's FP will increase. After the Event, Freyr visited her and found she had gained a heart.
By the way, despite dire warnings to the effect that the Robot Crow, if allowed to roam freely, will consume all the Crops and fruits in Leaf Valley, I did not find this to be the case when I tested the 'bad' result in my game. As a matter of fact, directly after the Event wherein Freyr stood motionless watching the Crow eat all the ftuit, he STILL found Chestnuts and Red Herb in the Items Shop/Florist Shop Square and all the usual items elsewhere on the Map.
Robot Crow Sprite SOS
On 2 Winter, at 6.00 a.m., I experienced a visit from three agitated harvest Sprites:
Nic: Freyr, it's terrible!
Nac: A strange bird is terrorising the town!
Flak: C-Can you do something?!
Nic: I think you should talk to that weird item shop guy. He's sure to know something about something that weird!
Nac: J-Just do whatever you can! Or I'll never be able to go outside again!
Defeat of the Robot Crow
Although Louis' Shop usually would not be open for business at this early hour, I rush immediately to the area where his Shop and Lyla's Florist Shop are located to trigger the next Event in this sequence.
An enormous robotic creature is pecking at some food on the ground. I run into Louis' Shop:
Louis: Oh, Freyr! Did you see that robot crow...?! It just appeared a few moments ago, but it's taking the fruit and... What, how to stop the robot...? I'm not sure I... Let me think about it...... I know, maybe...! I've heard that the robot crow has even been spotted during the night... Which means that it can still operate without the sun to power it or the need to be charged. Which means, I believe that... That robot crow is directly using food as its energy source. So maybe you will be able to stop it if you gather up all the food before it can get to them? J-Just to be clear, this is all just my hypothesis. Be very careful...
I now must search for fruit on the ground, to collect it before the Crow can reach it to 'refuel'. It is not difficult. After collecting three pieces of fruit, the robot crow crashes and disappears underground.
Louuis emerges from his shop.
Louis: Freyr, you did it! I am very glad you were really able to stop it that way. I'm sure the Funland Company built this robot crow. The technology... Is really amazing... I think building such a thing proves how serious they are.
You now spy the Funland crew behind the tree near the flowerbeds.
Alice: H-Hey... It stopped working, what's going on?!
Charles: The robot crow is built to convert the fruit it eats into energy. Basically, it ran out of fuel.
Renton: Which means that we failed.
The angry CEO turns to both of them now, with incredulity.
Alice: Well, you say that pretty casually... Do you know how much that robot cost us?! How about you think about that!
Charles: Boss... You'll ruin your beautiful face if you get so angry.
Renton: It's all that farmer boy's fault.
Alice: Yes, that guy from the farm... What was his name? I'm not going to forgive him for this.
(And after all the gifts I have given her, walking late at night to the Mine to be courteous and friendly...)
Charles: I think it was, Freyr...
Renton: That's right. That was his name.
Alice: Freyr... I won't forget it again. You'll soon find out what happens when you make me angry!
The Event ends. There are two Red Herbs where I stand. Louis has vanished.
Oddly enough, Lyla stands in the middle of the area, as though nothing untoward has occurred, simply exclaiming:
Lyla: Good morning, what a wonderful morning. It may be a little cold, but I like it much better than the heat.
Failure to Defeat the Crow
If I had refused to try to defeat the Crow, simply standing there as it flew from fruit to fruit, refueling at will, it finally would fly away, triumphant.
My character would stand, shoulders slumped in the centre of the little square where the Items Shop and Florist are situated.
Alice, Charles and Renton then would walk up to me. The 'finger-snapping villain' music would play.
Alice: Oh, Freyr. It seems our company's robot has caused you a bit of trouble.
I turn to face them.
Alice: Well, not that you have any right to say what we do on our property.
Charles: It was wonderful, wasn't it? This machine can run forever as long as it has food to feed on.
Renton: that's right. It's got a large appetite like the boss!
Alice: I'm cutting your pay cheque in half.
Renton: Boss, wait! That's too much!
Alice:...But what Renton says is true. That robot has a big appetite. It might eat up all the food around here... I recommend you give up before then and just leave town. Bye then. Haaaaaaa ha ha ha ha!!
The Funland group would leave and the music would change as Louis would walk out of his shop to join me in the square.
Louis: ...that's unfortunate. But I am glad you were not hurt. The technology... Is really amazing... I think building such a thing proves how serious they are. But what they said seemed to support my hypothesis. I think we will be able to manage the next time. ...Most likely. Let's get back to our work for now. Although I believe that we should all be a little careful.
Louis Saves the Day
If your Character does not defeat the Robot Crow, either because he does not encounter it or fails to collect the fruit when he does find it, Louis will appear at your door at 6.00 a.m. on 5 Winter.
Louis: Freyr, good morning. There is something I wanted to ask you... Do you remember the robot crow? I actually saw it again last night. Maybe it was because there was not any food nearby, but it appeared low on energy. Seeing that, I thought this was my chance! So I gathered all the nearby fruit and hid them in my pockets. And then, the robot crow fell towards the beach! Perhaps it ran out of fuel. I still feel I was very lucky. But I believe that this matter is behind us now... Well, I just thought I should inform you... Good bye, then.