Last time, the witch will revive.
We join the loose ends in the chapel, where Rosa is dragging Maria along as she attempts to pilfer a gold bar from the corpse table, because priorities: Rosa has them.
Maria just creepy-laughs as Rosa tries to lug a gold bar out of the church.
Upstairs, Bea seems to be beating Kinzo at chess.
Kinzo: “……How pleasant! Truly an elegant night. Ku-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah-ha…!!”
Genji: “………Master, Beatrice-sama. It will soon be time for the banquet.”
Kinzo: “Already? ……That’s fast. Every night I pass with you goes by fast, the moon falls like an apple, and the sun leaps out of the river like a small fish.”
!!!!! Whoa, that really mirrors the language in the epitaph.
Behold the sweetfish river running through my beloved hometown.
You who seek the Golden Land, follow its path downstream in search of the key
So if Kinzo is using the same metaphor, the ‘sweetfish river’ is just a body of water in/on the island that reflects the sun brightly. Hmm, or maybe it’s any light, or any reflection. I could see is being will-o-the-wisps on a moor, if the island has moors. A place where the sun is reflected brightly. I’m not sure if we’ve seen anything like that; or at least if we have, I don’t remember. Regardless, I may be interpreting it wrong, but this feels like too specific a metaphor to be a throwaway detail.
Actually, let’s look at the rest of the epitaph, which I haven’t in a while:
As you travel down it, you will see a village.
In that village, look for the shore the two will tell you of.
There sleeps the key to the Golden Land.
The one who obtains the key must then travel to the Golden Land in accordance with these rules [the deaths]
The witch will praise the wise, and should bestow four treasures.
One shall be, all the gold from the Golden Land.
One shall be, the resurrection of the souls of all the dead.
One shall be, even the resurrection of the lost love.
One shall be, to put the witch to sleep for all time.
So once you solve the opening, you have to complete the ritual, which… is a hard sell. But! You also revive everyone and put Bea to sleep, so it’s kind of a wash. Still, I feel like there won’t be many volunteers for sacrifices. But I also have no clue what the key is yet so it’s kind of moot.
Actually, one of the reasons I haven’t thought about the epitaph again ’til now is because meta!Bat has kind of lost sight of it, too. I wonder if and how it fits into the metagame.
Well, regardless, let’s keep moving.
The witch was relaxing elegantly, her feet thrown out from the sofa and sitting on top of a footrest. …However, the footrest wasn’t a part of the sofa, ……it was a human. Which was down on all fours……
So she turned Bat into literal furniture. Hah.
It’s interesting, that in the Natsuhi timeline, he keep his head through the end, but in the Rosa one he’s so broken down by the end he can’t take it any more and just submits to Beatrice. Natsuhi made some questionable choices but she was by and large trying to do what she thought was best for the kids, especially Jess. Rosa just browbeat everyone until they were puddles of desperation, which isn’t super conducive to surviving a magic murdergame.
Anyway Genji tells Bea to get dressed for the banquet and Bea’s into some kinky shit:
Beatrice: “Do you know why I am not embarassed to show myself to you naked? It’s because you are furniture. Fu-rniture. Understand? Furniture, just fu-rniture! Who would feel shame at exposing their body to furniture? So there is no reason for me to feel shame because of you. …*cackle*cackle*cackle*cackle*cackle*!”
When the witch stood up, her jacked slipped off, just from her shoulders. ……After that, the jacked fell to the ground with a thump. When the furniture respectfully approached to pick up those clothes, the witch gave it a small kick and it fell over. …The furniture was afraid of what misconduct it had shown…
This whole epilogue feels like Beatrice’s personal noncon fic, tbh.
But they all had one thing in common, and that thing was exceedingly bizarre. …Because all of them… had goat heads. I don’t know whether it was a goat mask masquerade, or whether they really had goat heads. It probably couldn’t be the latter, but in this bizarre world, I really didn’t know which was true…
I feel like Beatrice wouldn’t throw herself a party and only invite furniture. It’s got to be a mix of both.
Kinzo was among those goat nobles, greeting them. Kinzo’s greetings were more respectful than would have been expected, as though these were all honored guests. At that time, Genji’s voice rang out through the hall.
Holding my commentary on Genji for the ending of the route as a whole.
Anyway, he announces Beatrice and her revival and everyone applauds.
So it does look like it’s at least partially a masquerade.
Bea greets Rika, and Rika looks at the Bat-on-a-string and is like, “How gauche,” and walks away and Bea’s just like, what a sore loser.
Bea cackles and says LET US FEAST.
When the witch proclaimed the beginning of the banquet, the large clock pointed to 24:00, and the sound of a bell began to ring out…
Beatrice: “Come……, now is the time!! Open the golden door…………!!!”
[…] Amidst the goats’ delighted voices, the mansion of the human world and the mansion of those not human overlapped… and the members of the household that praised the resurrection of the Golden Witch scattered into gold butterflies, and poured out of the depths of hell… It was… a golden tornado. A rondo of golden demons.
“Come, tonight we will put aside rank. Throw open the wine cellar, drop the snake’s head into the liquor pot, throw cows and chickens into the furnace alive, drink and eat and sing and dance, sneer and kill and desecrate and degrade!!”
Kinzo runs up shouting that he wants Bea to whisk him away to the Golden Land! He’s quickly surrounded by furniture.
The goat nobles were suddenly crushing in around Kinzo. …Almost like they were kids demanding the signature of some famous movie star.
There were two differences. First, they were witches, not kids. And second, what the witches demanded were not signatures.
The sea of goat nobles began to drown Kinzo. Only Kinzo’s laughing voice echoed throughout the area.
And then —
Well, I take it Kinzo didn’t realize this was the thrust of the whole thing.
Anyway, this confirms my suspicious that the Golden Land is more hell than heaven, and explains Maria’s desperate letter.
But, uh, not what I expected, even so.
Something of note thought — the narration seems to be distinguishing between the goat furniture and the goat nobles. Is it the people in costume, the actual guests, doing the consuming? Or is it furniture and demons? If the former, why?
Anyway, Bea then lets them devour furniture!Battler. You really should have seen this coming, furniture!Battler. Incidentally, where is meta!Battler? Bea strikes me as someone who’d like to make him watch.
Back with Rosa and Maria, the whole place is swarming with butterflies, and Rosa is trying to force Maria to run, presumably to the boat launch or something.
Yesyes, we all know the priority list for Rosa is money > violence > herself > Maria.
Rosa sees the butterflies and goats chasing them.
A goat grabs Maria from behind and Rosa shoots it in the face.
She tells Maria they need to just head for the water and try to swim across. She shoots goats while they try to run.
As they run for their lives, Rosa has a crisis of conscience:
…Why am I running with a gun in my right hand and the gold in my left? Why don’t I let go with one hand and grasp Maria’s hand…?!!
I can’t let go of the gun that protects my body. I can’t let go of the gold that protects my future. But even so, I let go of the hand of my daughter, the person who is my future…?!
This doesn’t actually affect her behavior, though — she hangs on to the gold and the gun and leave Maria to her own devices as the sprint for the beach.
As they’re heading down the stairs to the shore, Rosa trips and falls. The gold bar goes flying away, out of her grasp. She can’t believe her whole life was for nothing.
Meanwhile Maria screams and cries, saying she can’t leave Mama behind. Rosa tells her to just go, but Maria won’t. Rosa doesn’t understand. She’s been a terrible mother.
I think it’s interesting that the game makes sure to note there’s no way to recover the gold at this point — on the surface this looks like a breakthrough, but the fact is Maria only entered the scene after the gold left and a space opened up.
Maria continues to refuse to leave Rosa’s side, and the scene fades out with Rosa firing wildly at the goats.
I may be missing something, but if I recall correctly, there’s no letter from Maria washed up on the shore this time. Does that mean that Rosa living til the end also causes Maria to not be able to survive in the Golden Land? Because that’s kind of funny in a horrible way.
Anyway, we’re not done yet! Time to get our meta on. Next up is the Tea Party, and then we get to visit with Rika again <33333