Started book three, A New Challenge. The game asks if it is a sequel to a saved book two game and then to a saved book one game. I said yes to both so I assume that means all the characters will be imported. I read that for characters that appeared in both the game would transfer over the stronger version. I wonder if that includes Nick or if the game only takes the Nick from the first book. When I chose easy for the difficulty the game said "as usual." I thought that was pretty rude.
The game starts like book two with the same characters who failed as sentries then coming back for more. Fortunately instead of enemies busting through the walls Deanna and Natasha show up to attend Nick's crowning. So Nick is becoming King. Does that mean he is marrying Anri or is she Gardiana's Queen? After Deanna and Natasha go through an old woman named Dava shows up with three underlings, two of them are Chu Rao and Bulldor. Dava's name is sometimes shown in all uppercase so I wonder if she will join the Shining Force. She seems to be the main antagonist of this book so maybe that just made a typo. She easily removes Eric, Luke, and Jaha from her path and enters their castle where there are like 40 warriors. Who all just stand aside as she walks through. She then easily captures Anri, again, and taunts Nick as she teleports away.
We are then treated to a scroll that says "Final Chapter." Which is not true since there is a book four and I believe there is a third Game Gear game also. The first battle starts with a humorous scene involving zombies scaring Luke and Eric. Mayfair and Gyan are both in this scene, but neither are playable. Mayfair was playable in the first book and Gyan was playable in both books! Why not just make Lowe the advisor so you can fight with Mayfair? The game gives you Nick, Deanna, Luke, Claude, Eric, Dawn, Sarah, Ruce, Jaha, Wendy, Natasha, and Shade. They all have new weapons also. Buster Swords for the heroes and birdman, Misty Knuckles for the monks, Large Axes for the front line guys, Hyper Cannons for the archers, Javelins for the centaurs, and Great Rods for the magic users.
The enemies are all "new" too. By new I mean that put the word Dava in front of Zombie, Bat, Born, Ghoul, and Pixy. These new enemies are definitely harder than their non-Dava versions. The fight starts out with lightning destroying gravestones and making enemies appear. This lightning keeps coming back during the fight to bring in more enemies. Eventually it stops doing this, but there are two graves that continually respawn. This fight is tough. I lost plenty of people including Nick once. I could have played it safe and moved slowly and walling off my magic users, but that would have taken too long. Eventually I cleared everybody out and surround the respawn graves to do some leveling. I got every character still alive up to level 19 and then egressed and replaced just about everybody and went back at leveling. I did lose a few again, but everybody that was left made it to level 19. I decided not to fight the Dava Ghoul yet so I could level some more people. I am going to try to get everybody to 19 before I finish off this fight.
There are a ton of hidden items in this battle hidden in the graves. I found a Medical Herb, an Evil Ring, Mithril, a Venom Javelin (which is cursed), a set of Giant Knuckles, and a Running Pimento. I looked online for information about the Mithril and it looks like it is only good for money. I gave the Giant Knuckles to Sig and the Running Pimento to Shade. I searched every grave that I could so I think I got all of the secret items.