We’re back on the main quest line. The objective is to investigate the Tartarus region close to the disappeared village of Esta. But we can’t enter there just yet. We need a permit from Queen Noah and before she gives us that she’d like us to first investigate her definitely-not-untrustworthy-in-the-slightest advisor, Mephisto.
Mephisto’s School of Magic can be found just north of Grand Noah here:
If you scouted out this region before entering Grand Noah, the school will have been locked. But now we have the key given to us by Queen Noah. So let’s go and see what nefarious activities Mephisto is up to.
Oh. Hi schoolgirls.
|Seems like a normal school...|
(Who are really monster girl mature students of a legal age. We don’t want to get into any trouble here.)
I don’t suppose you can tell us where to find your headmistre—
Welcome... to the School of Nope.
My notes have “get details of magical bug girls’ Bad Ends to add later.”
Really. I mean, really. Do you really want more of this:
Nope nope nope nope nope nope come-back-Delphinus-all-is-forgiven nopity nope.
At least on the second floor we have some magical elves, succubi and pixie girls that are little less nopey.
|Not all students are nope|
Their Bad End is a group reverse gangbang, because we’re in one of those magical porno schools where 25-year-old porn actresses cosplay as school girls and bang the shit out of the janitor.
|Did you have to bring your friends, succubus?|
(it’s pixels, offendatrons. Pixels. The elf girl is probably over 1,000 years old anyway.)
Most of the student NPCs are doing magical studenty things. There is a battlefucker in the room furthest over to the left. Her name is Rufa and she likes using toys.
|This seems - dare-I-say-it - ordinary compared to everything else in the school|
She also has the correct number of limbs and no insect appendages burst out of her while doing the deed. This counts as unexpected in this place.
Of more surprise is the presence of Alma Elma in a schoolgirl costume on the other side of the first floor. Yes, you did hear that correctly – Alma Elma in a schoolgirl costume.
|Alma Elma, wiping out the audience one fantasy at a time|
She’s in disguise and also here to find out what’s going on with Mephisto.
Unsurprisingly, there are goings on with Mephisto. She can be found in her office in the middle of the second floor. She’s also not alone. With her is the milfiest (and therefore sexiest) shikibus, Lilith.
|Mephisto working with the Bad Guys, who'd have thunk it|
So, Mephisto is working with the three succubus sisters. After noticing us, Lilith can’t let us leave. We’re going to have to wait a little longer for that Lilith fight, though, as Alma Elma shows up and both her and Lilith are spirited off for an epic battle elsewhere.
That still leaves Mephisto, and she promptly transforms into a giant demon lamia for the boss fight.
|Headmistress of Nope|
Mephisto’s attacks are mostly magical in nature. I’m foolishly trying to level all the major characters up through the various jobs and don’t really have anything resembling an optimal party configuration. The fight is pretty much Luka (still over-levelled because you can never remove him from the party) solo-spamming Demon Slicer over and over while the rest of the party tries to stay alive with phoenix feathers and priest magic.
Also, you probably don’t want to lose to Mephisto. Her Bad End is another lamia unbirth scene, but with added cactus-spine fangs.
|It's all gone nope|
Oh right, School of Goddamn Nope.
On the plus side, you could probably stream that segment on Youtube and it wouldn’t need to censor anything other than the boobies.
(If I remember right, there is an actual let’s play series of the original Monster Girl Quest. They made use of a lot of meme-y and similar comedy cut outs to mask all the naughty bits.)
Mephisto fesses up after we beat her. She is still working for Alice 15th rather than the ancient (likely dimension-hopping) succubus trio. It just so happens that their interests are in alignment here. She also reveals that Alice 15th, her boss, is the one pulling the strings behind Grangold and manipulating them into waging war on everyone.
We take her back to make the same confession to Queen Noah.
Meanwhile, Alma Elma and Lilith are still fighting. It looks pretty epic. Go Alma Elma! (But not too hard. We wouldn’t mind... ahem... fighting Lilith later.)
|Alma Elma and Lilith duking it out in an epic battle|
Queen Noah hears Mephisto’s confession in her throne room, but the weird part about it is that, despite working for Alice 15th, Mephisto was totally sincere in her role as advisor. Alice 15th ordered her to help Grand Noah as much as she could, and she’s happy to continue doing this even if that means going against Grangold, who appear to also be following the orders of Alice 15th.
The enemy of my enemy of my friend is also my friend of my enemy of my... I give up.
The net result is nothing really changes. Queen Noah is happy to continue using Mephisto as advisor as she’s pretty damn good at it and seems willing to give her best for Grand Noah, even if her reasons for giving her best for Grand Noah were because she was ordered to do so by the current enemy of Grand Noah, and... no, it’s gotten too complicated again.
Queen Noah also points out it’s probably better to keep Mephisto close anyway, so they can see better what she’s up to.
The Queen is – finally – satisfied we’ve proven our worth. She gives us a permit to join the investigative team at Esta and we can—
Mephisto asks if we can investigate Plansect Village. A civil war has broken out between the plants and insects and the region is in unrest. The village lies on the border and is therefore of strategic importance to Grand Noah.
Oh, for fuck’s sake. We’re never going to get to see this next Tartarus region.
-> Next: Plansect Village.