Before I get to the segment itself, a couple of things.
1 - If anyone has any thoughts to share on any aspect of the game and you want them posted to the blog, please let me know! Seriously! I will share almost anything and everything Star Ocean related in this blog. And you will be credited!!! (dA users, feel free to submit essays to the group with a tagline saying whether or not I can repost elsewhere.)
2 - I'm going to do ONE more Ask the Star Ocean Character segment then I will be tentatively taking the summer off from the series. My little sister graduates high school this year, and I'm going to once again attempt relocating myself in a different city. This is subject to change based on time and whether or not I finally get my own computer. I'll still post as often as I can, be it in revisiting old conversation topics or fanfiction.
3 - TILL THE END OF TIME IS TEN YEARS OLD AND THE LAST HOPE IS FIVE!! LET'S CELEBRATE!!
Want to share your favorite Till the End of Time or The Last Hope moment? I'd love to hear from you!
And now for the Ask the Star Ocean Character announcement. Since I've rebooted the entire series, up next in the queue is Sophia Esteed for Friday, May 23, 2014. Remember to limit yourselves to three questions, keep it clean, and have all inquiries in to me (comment, PM, or email - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com )by midnight of Wednesday, May 21, 2014!
Onwards with Albel! And happy birthday, Noxie!!
Happy birthday, Noxie!
“Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character! I’m your host, Dragonfly Moonlight.
“Now, everyone at home might be asking why is today’s edition of Ask the Star Ocean Character special? Don’t we do this often enough?
“The answer, my friends, is yes. What makes today’s edition special is not that we’re still coming to you. It’s who our guest for today is and that we’re coming to you live from Elicoor II, from the top of the Kirlsa Training Facility. Please give a warm welcome to . . . Albel Nox!”
The moment his name passes my lips, loud and joyous screaming echoes up from the audience surrounding the facility. Albel walks over, a swagger in his hips and a smirk on his lips.
“Welcome, Albel,” Dragonfly says, extending a hand. “We’re glad to have you with us today.”
“So I hear,” he says. The screams have not died down.
“Yeah. We couldn’t avoid the fangirl crowd.”
“It’s quite all right,” he replies. “It’s nice to know I’m more popular than that maggot Cliff.”
“Oh yes. That buffoon thinks because he’s strong like an ox – and he smells like one, too, by the way – that the girls love him more than they would me. This . . .” He grins wickedly. “Is vindication.”
“I see . . . Does this mean you and Cliff are competitive?”
“Only when it comes to women. Since our team has a good portion of females . . .” Albel shrugs. “It was inevitable.”
“So who gets the most attention from the girls?”
“Fayt? But if you and Cliff . . .”
“He and I are not competitive for the women who travel with us. Except perhaps that fool’s female counterpart. She’s a worthy adversary. So is that Aquarian slut. Otherwise, the rest of them are too busy competing with each other for Fayt’s affections. It’s most nauseating.” He makes a face.
“Do you say this out of jealousy?”
“What?” he snarls.
“Are you jealous?”
“Of whom? Fayt? Hardly?”
“What of the women, though? Are you jealous of Fayt’s attentions on them or not?”
“No. Why would you even ask that?”
“Well, because, in part, it’s a fandom thing. Many of the girls love to see you dominating Fayt.”
“Yes, which brings me to a fan question from Dark Signer Yusei – What do you think of the yaoi fan made stuff that’s out there?”
“As long as I’m not paired with that buffoon or that rodent child,” Albel shudders, “it isn’t so bad. Fayt isn’t exactly hideous to look at.”
“This is true . . .” Dragonfly’s expression goes dreamy for one moment. Then she blinks. “Still, it has to be tiresome to see yourself paired with guys an awful lot. I’m sure you do prefer women.”
“I prefer someone strong and intelligent, which most of the women I deal with are not. The only two who even come close to my criteria are Fayt and that Mirage woman.”
“I do like Mirage. She’s awesome. She looks like she could take you in a sparring match.”
“If she and I were to spar, she would prove a challenge, I’m sure. She’s even a decent field cook.”
“Really? Who is the best cook overall out of the group?”
Albel growls a little.
“As much as I loathe to admit as much, the Aquarian scum and the Esteed wench are the best cooks. Fayt isn’t bad, either. Do not let Cliff anywhere near a stove. Everything he tries to cook comes out as blackened wood.”
“That doesn’t sound promising.”
“It isn’t. When it comes to inventing, he’s better suited for blacksmithing and what you offworlders call engineering. He can’t even compound medicines properly.”
“Speaking of inventing, what’s your favorite invention overall?”
“The ducky bomb,” he replies with a wickeder grin than before.
“And what’s your favorite moment from your travels with Fayt and the rest of the group?”
“I honestly can’t decide between kicking Luther’s ass or Crosell’s,” he replies with a casual shrug. “Both were such great challenges.”
“And your least favorite?”
“Again, I cannot decide between meeting that Traydor wench or the Esteed one.”
“Why meeting them?”
“The first wench, while I don’t exactly oppose a woman in command – Aquaria proved their women are more than capable of leading – assumed herself to be a group leader when I first joined them. The buffoon listened only half the time, and only if it didn’t contradict what Fayt said to do.”
“But Fayt doesn’t have as much leadership experience as either you, Nel, Cliff, or Maria. Why him as the leader?”
“I don’t know.” Albel shrugs. “He’s certainly likeable, easy to approach with concerns. He has all the qualities of a leader.”
“So you’re just deferring to him so he can gain experience.”
“Something like that, I suppose.”
“So why was meeting Sophia one of your least favorite moments?”
Albel growls low in his throat.
“For someone who grew up with him and defended him against the Traydor wench’s words, she insisted it was not like him to be so gloomy. How else is one supposed to act when his father dies?”
“I think I can understand why that is.” Dragonfly gives him a moment to compose himself. “We’re almost out of time so we’ll get to the rest of the fan questions. Dark Signer Yusei also asks what do you dream about when you have nightmares?”
“I don’t remember.”
“And the last question from Yusei, what does the Ascension of the Flame ceremony entail?”
“Lots of drinking then wrestling a dragon.”
“No grand words?”
“Mine was too chaotic for me to truly remember. I’ve avoided other ceremonies since.”
“That makes sense. Finally, we come to Mrs. Nox, who is celebrating her birthday to her.”
“Happy birthday, wenchlet.”
“You’re so sweet, Albel. Her first question is about your hair. How is it two-toned? Do you dye it that way?”
“If she’d really like to know, she’s more than welcome to come and visit me. I’d be,” he grins as he speaks, “glad to show her.”
“That’s very . . . salacious of you. Second question. Do you prefer the use of your claw or your katana?”
“And finally, who is the best training partner in the group?”
“Oh, that’s easy,” he says. “Fayt. He’s one of the only other swordsmen in our happy little group. He’s young, he’s spirited, and he proves to be the best challenge. The worm Adray isn’t bad, either, but I prefer to train with Fayt.”
“And there we have it! Thank you so much for joining us today. I have one final thing to say to you, Albel.”
“And what’s that?”
“Run. The fangirls are scaling the walls.”