Earthbound – Day 49

–Day 49–

We once again dive into the sewers of Fourside in search of this Monster Rat which Mr. Spoon mentioned seeing. However, we aren’t having much luck. The closest we’ve found so far are a handful of Deadly Mice. Yes, they’re rodents, but they’re not quite the type we’re looking for.

At the very least we can take some comfort in the fact that we get to walk along the platform instead of actually IN the sewage. Sadly, that small comfort is also soon taken from us. With heavy barrels blocking the path, we are given no alternative other than to step down into the waters and trudge along hoping not to get any in our mouths.

The path through the sewers is, if nothing else, a straight forward endeavor. There aren’t any branching paths to navigate, or any maze to solve. The occasional room or bend is the path is the only thing really distinguishing how far we’ve traveled.

After what seems like forever, we finally come to an exit, which is somewhat surprisingly guarded by a My Sanctuary boss. I wasn’t expecting there to be a My Sanctuary location here, but sure enough this is the fifth My Sanctuary Location. It’s also the Monster Rat Mr. Spoon was talking about, or rather the “Plague Rat of Doom” as it’s properly called.

Having already defeated the Kraken, the Plague Rat of Doom seems like a minor annoyance in comparison. Granted, it does have a lot of HP, causing the battle to drag on for quite some time. However, it doesn’t have any attacks that even compare to the Kraken’s Fire Breath. It is capable of poisoning a party member with its bite, but that’s more of an inconvenience than a real threat. Just as everyone’s PP is starting to run out, the Plague Rat of Doom is finally defeated.

We climb the ladder and found ourselves behind the Fourside Dept. Store where there appears to be a giant chunk of metal. As we approach it, Ness has another vision, this time he sees a baby’s bottle, but just for an instant. He then records the melody of Magnet Hill, and we claim another of the My Sanctuary locations.

For some reason, there is also a present here with a “Rabbits’ Carrot inside. Not sure what that’s going to do for us, but it seems like it must be rather important if it was here in the My Sanctuary. Curiosity aside, we’re suddenly overcome we the feeling of dread knowing we must once again go crawling through the sewers if we hope to get back to Mr. Spoon. In retrospect, there was probably enough room there to use PK Teleport β instead. But you know what they say, “Hindsight is 20/20.”

It’s a bit surprising though when we return to Mr. Spoon and he makes no acknowledgement at all of what we just did for him. He just gives a weak request that we come back and visit him again sometime. At least the Photographer knows how important this moment is as he captures our image upon exiting the Museum.

Oh well, you can’t please everyone I guess. But with that whole ordeal out of the way, we really need to head back to Scarabia. So join us next time as we FINALLY get to enter the Pyramids like we wanted to do days ago!

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