A long fetch quest stretches throughout Romancing SaGa. Each of these powerful bosses wants an item that the other has. The last simply wants a sword you can buy in a shop for a mere 30,000 gold. Except when you arrive at the shop with your hard-earned cash, the shopkeep regretfully informs you that the Ice Sword was just sold. A man outside the shop proudly boasts about his new blade.
There are three options.
- Compliment his sword.
- Recruit him into your party.
- Kill him.
I decided to recruit him, take the sword, dump him at the nearest bar and then grab another character who I wanted to add to my party for a while. Once Galahad was in my team, all the barkeeps would do is tell me what a nice group of people my team was. The game was a step ahead of me.
I didn’t want Galahad, however. So I reset and, well, killed him for the sword. There wasn't even a battle. He just went down. Dead. Sad music played. Apparently I can only get the “Evil” ending now. We’ll see what happens. I recruited my sixth character and went to bring the Ice Sword to the fire-dude who wants it for “safe-keeping” I’m sure.
On the way I stopped at a Goldmine and saw dead men strewn throughout the town. Digging my way through the dungeon, I eventually came across a Gold Dragon. Scared shitless, I unleashed what few skills my tattered party had and somehow took out the dragon. Three chests awaited behind it.
Romancing SaGa has a weird mechanic where you can only hold 9999 gold at a time. “How do you afford that 30,000 sword then?” you may ask. Well, there are jewels, each worth 10,000 gold. You can get a jewel at a shop by selling an item to bring you above 9999 gold. I went into the goldmine with less than 600 gold, which was the fare I needed to take the boat to where the Ice Sword would be traded for the next item to pass on.
Well before fighting the Gold Dragon I had 9999 gold. This dragon was guarding three chests - one with a jewel, the other two with gold I could not take. I saved my game, left the treasure room and found myself surrounded by enemies. I didn’t like the fight I got into - and I hadn’t healed anyway - so I reset.
The dungeon was now empty.
Excited, I made my way out of the dungeon ready to get a jewel and head back for those chests. Except as I stepped out of the mine I found an NPC blocking the way. No one said Romancing SaGa was a perfectly crafted game. But now I had 19,999 gold on hand and was ready to continue with my quest. Sell an item for jewel number two and head off to take a boat.
Except the town with said boat is now under attack. So I’m in the sewer that you see pictured above, fighting giant fish with arms and hoping to find what has infested the town so that I can finally get on a boat and continue this quest.