At the start of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Adol escaped from the Balduq Prison. He went around the entire second floor and then down through the northeast tower, and then get to the East Dumping Grounds via a ladder. Then he went on to face the first boss of the game, Maretudo and down a broken bridge when the Hieroglyph Knights got to him.
So... what does that have to do with Cloaca Maxima, you ask?
Well.. for those who didn't notice. Cloaca Maxima is where Adol fought Maretudo.
And yes, this is the bridge where Adol jumps down at the beginning of the game.
And if you follow the drain you will arrive at this location that looks like a dead end:
So... that's it? There is no outside view available in this dungeon, so we cannot possible pinpoint where …
Let start from where we left off last time, in Dry Moat Ruins, and take a screenshot at this location:
The tower on the upper right corner circled in red is an important location we will be used to pinpoint various locations later in this post. Take note of that and the exit below it, which is also circled in red. Let's pan the camera to the west and take note of these 3 spires on the left circled in green.
We will also be using these 3 spires to pinpoint our next location. But before we do that, let's glide across the cliff and head to the exit we just marked with red.
OK, now let's fly to Entertainment District. As we get there, we will be greeted with 3 familiar spires:
And if we pan left, we will see the destination of today's topic: the t…
So someone asked a question on Discord, "Does anyone know if the paintings in the Special Sector of the Balduq Prison reference to anything? Or just random European Paintings?"
So I decide to make a research on that. And this is what I found:
Left: A painting by Corrado Giaquinto (Title unknown, I found it
here. Please let me know if you know the title)
Center: Bacchanalian Scene by
Top: Interior of St. Peter’s, Rome by
Bottom: (this picture has 3 versions, this is the third version found in )
Second to the top left: A drawing of Rado's Annex.
- The Drawing Lesson
These are the ones I can find. If you find any other ones, please comment below so I can update the list in the wiki.
When you overlap the maps of Balduq Prison and line them up properly, you see almost all of the structures lines up just as they are in the game. From here, I want to look deeper into 2 specific locations: Hieroglyph Knight's HQ and Beast Enclosure.
If you overlap the maps of these two location in Photoshop and reduce the transparency, you can see this:
Point A is where you enters the prison through Dry Moat Ruins, and B is where Beast Enclosure is.
Now let's look at a screenshot within Beast Enclosure (take note of the windows):
Then let's look at this windows on the outside of Balduq Prison, right under the entrance:
The windows matches perfectly. The location on the map and also matches. But why do I bring up this window? Because if we look at that…
|real = |rel = Cleria }} The Cleria Sword is an important weapon in Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished ~ Omen, Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter, and Ys Origin. A sword made from the eponymous metal, it cuts through the evil power of the Black Pearl. As such, it is capable of hurting powerful demons such as Dark Fact, Dalles, and Darm.
In Ys I, the Silver Sword was the second-best sword in the game, obtained from the southern Roda Tree after eating a Roda Seed (in the remake, there's an additional requirement involving returning the Silver Harmonica to Reah). It grants Adol +40 to his STR stat when he equips it. However, equipping it is the only way to hurt Dark Fact.
In Ys II, the Cleria sword is the best sword in the …
The Cerulean Flabellum is a magic artifact of Ys in the shape of a feather fan. While the artifact allows its user to control wind, its specific use changes depending on the user:
- When Yunica uses the Cerulean Flabellum, it will generate a whirlwind that allows her to float in air for a short distance. The whirlwind will also damage the enemies that it touches.
- When Hugo uses the Cerulean Flabellum, it will spawn a protective barrier around him. It also allows him to float in midair for a short distance.
- When Toal uses the Cerulean Flabellum, it will allow him to blink forward for a short distance. It also allows him to blink pass through some narrow tunnels this way. The blinking also allows him to damage some enemies that are otherwise immune…
The Levinstrike Warhammer is a magic artifact of Ys in the shape of a war hammer. While it allows its user to control thunder, its effects change depending on the wielder:
- When Yunica uses the Levinstrike Warhammer, it will spawn a thunderbolt that breaks walls or damages enemies with a hard shell.
- When Hugo uses the Levinstrike Warhammer, it will allow him to spawn exploding orbs to damage enemies with a hard shell or cracked walls.
- When Toal uses the Levinstrike Warhammer, it will allow his claws to be electrified break through enemies with hard shell. It also allow him to break cracked walls. The skill also absorbs enemy HP to refill his Boost gauge.
Most notably, the hammer is never used as a weapon itself, but instead it empowers the user's…
The Crimson Lotusblade is s magic artifact of Ys kept by House Tovah. It was previously in the hands of Saul Tovah before his death while fighting Kishgal. The fact that the latter said that Saul "...wielded his greatsword as if it were a rapier" speaks a lot about both Saul's strength and the greatsword's weight.
While it allows the user to command flames, the specific use changes depeding on the wielder:
- When Yunica equips Crimson Lotusblade, her weapon and attack pattern will change to those of a blade. When she uses the Crimson Lotusblade, it will shoot out a flame projectile that damages enemies in front of her. It also allows her to light torch switches in the tower to advance.
- When Hugo uses the Crimson Lotusblade, it will allow him to s…