After spending two months spoiling myself with lighter stuff, it’s time for me to go back to long adventure games. ヽ(。・ω・。)ﾉ This is a must-play if you’re a fan of the series, but do keep in mind that Elkrone is a visual novel. It’s not an RPG, so don’t expect battles or free item creation.
Meriel, or Meri for short, is a young alchemist living in the city of Elkrone. Following her dream to help people with her alchemy, she reopens her late grandmother’s atelier after graduating from the academy. The first client who comes to seek Meri’s help is a fairy named Popote, and he wants her to make an item called “Aoi Wakkakka” until the Spirit Festival. Popote will pay for the request by helping Meri in the atelier, and so it marks the day they became partners.
The game opens with Margret, Meri’s grandmother, finding a young Meri hiding in her atelier’s cupboard at night. Meri says she couldn’t sleep earlier, and she remembered that Margret has a picture book filled with difficult symbols inside.. so she came here hoping the book will make her feel sleepy. Margret jokingly replies the book is her treasure, and anyone who takes it out without permission will be cursed. When Meri panics and puts down the book, Margret says she’s a very bad liar. Since her eyes are red and swollen, Margret knows that Meri hid in the cupboard so her father, Mathias, won’t see her crying. She then teaches Meri that everything in this world has a heart — including water, rocks and wind. In the ancient times, there were alchemists who can hear voices of those hearts. When those alchemists sang along with the voices around them, their alchemy materials will move and synthesize items by themselves. Those alchemists are known as the “singing alchemists”. Whenever she’s feeling lonely, Meri should listen and let those voices reach her heart. Everything around her will surely sing for her, letting her know that she’s not alone.
A few years later, Meri graduated from Elkrone’s academy and reopens Margret’s atelier.
Today is the grand opening of Meri’s atelier. As she gazes at Gem Lupe — a pendant Margret gave her a long time ago — Meri asks her grandmother to watch over her from heaven. After spreading promotion flyers all around the city, Meri returns to the atelier and waits for her first client to come. However, the first person to enter the atelier turns out to be Ralf — her former classmate back in the academy. Different from Meri, Ralf is currently resuming his studies by taking the Meister Rank. Meri finds it awkward to face him since they had a huge fight before their graduation, but Ralf actually comes to check if she’s doing fine on her first day of work. Noticing that Meri is extremely nervous, Ralf says she won’t be able to greet her clients with such a face. He knows that synthesizing items makes her feel calmer, and so he tells her to make some Krone Water to ease the anxiety. Ralf then gives Meri a bouquet from his mother, saying it’s a present for her atelier’s grand opening. He also teases her by asking if she does her promotions properly since her atelier is so empty today, but when she turns (´・ω・`), he immediately comforts her saying her atelier will surely gain popularity from now on. xD
Just then a voice surprises them with a loud “DOOON!!”, and before they could grasp what’s going on, a fairy enters the atelier saying he has a request. Meri and Ralf are shocked since fairies are really rare — even more than dragons — and yet her first client turns out to be a fairy. When Ralf starts slapping his own cheek to make sure he’s not seeing things, Meri does the same thing out of disbelief.. and by “the same thing” I mean slapping Ralf’s cheek LOL. This really amuses the fairy, who then introduces himself as Popote. He also calls Ralf “shoe sole”, saying it’s because his face has been trampled by Meri. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Popote then gives Meri a recipe for an item called “Aoi Wakkakka”, and he explains that his dream will come true if she can make it until the Spirit Festival — one of Elkrone’s summer festivals which will start on July 1. While the recipe only looks like a bunch of doodles, Meri thinks Aoi Wakkakka might be related to the ring on the last page of Margret’s picture book — “The Tale of the Blue Moon”. It was the ring worn by the first alchemist, also knows as the blue ring. Even though she has no idea about Aoi Wakkakka, Meri then decides to accept Popote’s request. Sadly he doesn’t have any money, so he decides to pay for the request with his body. ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ Starting from today, Popote will live with Meri and help her run the atelier.
Since the Spirit Festival is still two months away, Meri and Popote decide to focus on running the atelier for now. Today Meri wants to greet her neighbors in Realm Street, but she panics when Popote reveals that he’s planning to cry and beg money from them. Σ(・д・ﾉ)ﾉ He flees before she could stop him, and she has no choice but to chase him around. The list of shops in Realm Street are as follows:
The Singing Bird Inn
Ralf’s house, located right beside Meri’s atelier. Ralf’s father, Carl, is the chef, and his mother, Carla, is in charge of customer service. When Meri thanks Carla for the bouquet, Carla reveals that it was actually Ralf who chose and bought the bouquet for Meri. (๑´ლ`๑)♡ Popote came and helped Carl in the kitchen earlier, but he left after gulping down 10 portions of food. Meri feels really bad because of this, but Carl doesn’t mind since Popote already paid for his meal by helping out in the kitchen — impressing Carl by how well he handles the knife.
Three-Star General Store
The general store sells anything, ranging from daily needs to imported goods. The owner is a woman named Anna, who tends the store with her baby Monika. Earlier Popote also came to play with Monika and fell asleep, but he’s already gone when Anna goes to wake him up. He only left a letter saying they shouldn’t look for him, and that they should give Meri some jobs if they want to save him. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Anna doesn’t mind since she enjoys his company, but she notices that Popote was looking at her and Monika with lonely eyes.
Oyaji’s Weapon Shop
Just as the name says, it’s a weapon shop run by a blacksmith named Oyaji. It literally means “old man”, but I’ll refer to him as Oyaji since that’s what everyone calls him. The weapon shop is also where the adventurers take requests from the citizens, and Oyaji is the one managing the requests for them. Upon entering the weapon shop, Meri is welcomed by the sight of Oyaji talking to a black-haired adventurer. The adventurer leaves after asking Oyaji to upgrade it for him, and Meri can smell the scent of red tea from his cape. Oyaji can’t give her any information about him though, aside from the fact that he won last year’s battle tournament. As for Popote, he did come to the weapon shop earlier. Popote said he’s working for a great alchemist, and Oyaji paid 10 cole in advance for a certain something. Most likely.. or rather, definitely, related to Oyaji’s shiny bald head. He refuses to reveal the details though. xD
From Oyaji, Meri learns that some people witnessed “Elkrone’s beast” lurking outside the city. The latest rumor is that a purple fog appeared in the nearby forest, so Oyaji wants Meri to be extra careful. Meri runs into Ralf after leaving the weapon shop, and he mentions that he saw Popote walking towards the Austen Gate earlier. Thinking that Popote wants to return to the Forest of Fairies, Meri rushes out of the city and searches for Popote in the Sunlight Forest — a forest located just outside of Elkrone. Soon she hears him screaming for help, and she finds him beside a poisoned bird on the ground. Meri cures the bird by using the Krone Water she made yesterday, which really impresses Popote. He also explains that he came here to collect ingredients for her, and not because he wants to return to the Forest of Fairies. However, a thick purple fog suddenly appears in the forest. Meri tries to escape with Popote since the fog is clearly poisonous, but sadly it’s too late. A giant poison dragon comes down from the sky, and Meri’s consciousness is fading away thanks to the poisonous fog. It was then when the black-haired adventurer from earlier comes to save them, and he slays the dragon in one hit.
After the dragon and the fog are gone, the adventurer quickly gives an antidote to cure Meri. She then thanks him and introduces herself, but he simply says it’s his job as an adventurer. It appears that Ralf asked Oyaji to send someone to protect Meri, and he was the one who took the request. The adventurer walks Meri and Popote back to the city after that, but he vanishes before they knew it. When Meri thanks Ralf for worrying about her, he blushes and covers it up by acting マジツンデレ 1000% — telling her to jump to the bottom of the sea and get eaten by a giant fish LOL. Meri angrily answers that she’ll bring that black-haired adventurer again if she needs to leave town, mentioning that he’s strong enough to slay a dragon. Meri then runs into her atelier and slams the door, leaving the shocked Ralf outside.
To make up for the problems he caused yesterday, Popote gives Meri various kinds of solution agents today. He synthesized them himself, and since the quality is really high, she puts him in charge of creating agents starting from today. Meri also asks Popote to buy supplies from the general store regularly, because they have to make sure all the materials are ready whenever necessary. Popote then goes to see Anna in the general store, and not too long after that, he returns saying he already found a request for Meri. He happily says he’ll guide her to see the client, but since he’s running off at an incredible speed, she ends up losing track of him along the way. Eventually she finds him in front of the academy, though he disappears again as she follows him into the academy. Meri runs into Ralf along the way, who teases her again saying Popote might be running away from her. This obviously makes her sad, and when she leaves to resume her fairy search, he also sighs and regrets saying such a thing to her.
As she searches for Popote in the academy, Meri meets her friends who are still studying in the academy. First is Heidi, her best friend and also her former roommate. While normally cool and blunt, it’s really clear that Heidi cares a lot about Meri. They haven’t met each other since Meri’s graduation, but Heidi is glad to hear that Meri is now living with Popote — that way Meri won’t be lonely. Meri also runs into Marcel — Ralf’s roommate — and Kaya, but none of them has seen Popote. In the lecturer’s lab, Meri finally finds Popote napping beside an odd teacher whom she has never seen before. The teacher then introduces himself as Clemens, and he’s actually the client who requested for her help.. or so Popote thought. He was actually looking for an assistant to help him in the lab, and Popote mistook it as a request. xD Before she could explain that it’s a mistake, Clemens throws a bunch of materials onto Meri’s hands and tells her to synthesize an item and prove her skill. Depending on your choice here, Meri will synthesize either a pair of Escape Shoes or a Knitted Muffler.
Just by looking at Meri’s creation, Clemens can tell that she used to be an honor student in the academy. Clemens then points out that Meri is missing something as an alchemist — ambition. Without ambition, an alchemist will be nothing more than an inventor. In order to see if Meri is fit to become his assistant, Clemens asks her to help him synthesizing by throwing the materials into the cauldron. Clemens then opens a mysterious hole in the dimension saying Meri is about to become a witness of history, but said history ends up exploding instead.. and the explosion blows them away. ＼(^o^)／ Just then Heidi and Ralf comes to see if Meri is okay, and Ralf gives Meri an important piece of advice here: “When you see Clemens-sensei, IGNORE HIM.” ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Heidi actually heard that Clemens is luring a fairy named Popote into his lab with food, and Ralf came to stop Clemens from recruiting assistants (read: victims).. but they were too late LOL. After asking Oswald — Meri’s former teacher — to do something about the unconscious Clemens, Ralf walks Meri and Popote back to the atelier.
In the morning, Popote tells Meri that there’s a hole on his hat. He’s worried since there’s a jinx that either something really good or terribly bad will happen if his hat is damaged, but she tells him not to worry. After all, a jinx will only be a jinx.. right? (○ﾟーﾟ○) Popote also delivers a letter he retrieved from Meri’s maibox, which turns out to be a written order for all the adventurers in Elkrone to protect Meri — signed by the “Kingdom Sword”. The letter is actually addressed to the weapon shop, and there’s a short memo asking Meri to deliver it to Oyaji. Meri then goes to the weapon shop while Popote fixes his hat at home, but Oyaji seems to be away. Instead, she finds two men bickering about the order of their appointment with Oyaji.
Just then an explosion occurs in the middle of the street, and Clemens appears out of the blue. He’s carrying a tiny hat that looks exactly like Popote’s, but he doesn’t seem to remember Meri. Clemens reveals that he created a duplicate of the hat by using a small part of the original, so just in case you’re wondering.. yes, it was him who cut a hole in Popote’s hat. 8D When Meri asks if he doesn’t remember her, Clemens wonders if she’s trying to swindle him or asking him to date her. (○´ﾟωﾟ｀):;*.’:;ﾌﾞｯ Since she denies both accusation, he eventually concludes that she’s lost — just like him LOL. He says people are always lost in a path called life, which is a cool thing to say.. but still doesn’t change the fact that he’s lost. xD Clemens then walks away to “capture” his new assistant, and Meri decides to ask the imperial knights about the letter.
In front of the knights’ headquarters, Meri finds one of the men who were bickering in Realm Street earlier. When she asks if he’s a member of the knights, he instantly rages saying he’s a proud adventurer of Elkrone.. but then he introduces himself as Fren and takes Meri to see a knight named Dirk, who turns out to be the man he argued with earlier. When Meri shows them the letter, both Fren and Dirk are surprised to see the Kingdom Sword’s name. Dirk immediately says the knights are going to protect Meri, but Fren argues saying the order was sent for the adventurers. They start bickering about who should protect her, but soon an explosion stops their fight.. and Clemens suddenly appears to make the situation even more complicated. xD It turns out the new assistant he wants to capture is Meri, and that’s why he keeps teleporting to her location. He still can’t remember her face though. ＼(^o^)／ This causes Fren and Dirk to think that they have to protect Meri from this weirdo, and Meri decides to flee before things get even more messy.
Sadly that’s not the end of Meri’s bad luck, since before she knew it, all the adventurers and knights in Elkrone (plus Clemens) are chasing her around the city. The reason is because they want to protect her — that’s all. ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ Eventually Meri finds Ralf at the fountain plaza, and he goes Σ(`д´ﾉ)ﾉ!! upon seeing what’s happening to her. Just before a war breaks out between the adventurers and the knights, the black-haired adventurer — whom Fren calls as Johann — appears to stop them. Upon reading the letter, Johann says the order is clearly addressed to the adventurers.. but suddenly a voice replies that it’s a knight’s duty to protect women. The owner of the voice soon reveals himself on the top of the church’s roof, proudly introducing himself as Erhard — captain of the 13th division of Schlissel’s Imperial Knights.
Fren: “The worst and the strongest problem kid in the knights’ history..!”
Erhard: “Non non! The hero!”
Ralf: “It’s Elkrone’s ‘Red Demon’..!”
Erhard: “Non non! Red Flash!”
Dirk: “Captain! What are you doing up there! What about your job!?” ヽ(`Д´#)ﾉ
Erhard: “Non non! You shouldn’t bring that up here, Dirk-kun.”
..and when he jumps down..
Johann: “Hello, delinquent knight.”
Erhard: “Even if you’re insulting me, can’t you at least give me a better name?”
Johann: “I’m sorry, my naming sense is quite lacking. Let me fix it then.”
Johann: “Elkrone’s Red Tomato-kun.”
Erhard: “You have such a refreshing expression, but..”
Erhard: “You’re doing this on purpose, aren’t you?”
Since none of them wants to give up on protecting Meri, Erhard and Johann eventually decide to settle things with a duel. Both of them are incredibly strong, and it appears that they always face each other in Elkrone’s battle tournament each year. The duel continues until Johann and Erhard knock each other out, and Oyaji comes to rage at them for fooling around LOL. He then drags them to the church, where Father Niklaus gives them a super painful wound treatment along with a sarcastic prayer — asking God to do something about these fools. xD
Today Meri receives another letter in her mailbox, but unlike yesterday, it’s actually a request to make an eternal flower for a loved one. The sender didn’t state her name, but the letter was clearly written by a woman with a high social standing. After asking Popote to investigate the sender’s identity, Meri goes to buy the necessary materials. Unfortunately, the general store is closed today. When Meri wonders out loud if she has to gather the materials out of the city, a girl who has been watching her from the street suddenly tells her not to leave the city alone. It’s too dangerous, and Meri should know that better than anyone. Just then Fren and Dirk — who just happen to be passing by — offer to guard Meri to the forest, but sadly Dirk ruins the whole thing by asking Meri to date him once as the reward. This causes the girl to get angry, and she tells Meri to stay away from these “insolent” guys. Even though poor Fren is innocent. ( ﾟ∀ﾟ)ｱﾊﾊ八八ﾉヽﾉヽﾉヽﾉ ＼ / ＼/ ＼ After directing Meri to visit Alois Bar in Stolz Hill, the girl chases after Fren and Dirk saying they need to get lectured by Niklaus lol.
Just as the name suggests, the bar in Stolz Hill is owned by a man named Alois. Running a bar and dealing with people have given him amazing observation power, and he can tell that Meri needs help to search for someone who can guard her out of the city. Alois then says Meri will find good travel companions in Frasco Cafe, Breeze Terrace and Goddess Closet. Clemens is also present in the bar, though Alois doesn’t think he’s fit to be her guard. xD However, Alois warns Meri to be careful when inviting them to guard her. She needs to make it clear, or else they might misunderstand.. because Stolz Hill is also known as the “Lovers’ Hill” for a reason. No matter who Meri invites, they will misunderstand since Meri doesn’t know that asking a man out in Lovers’ Hill actually means confessing. xD
A cafe run by Elfir / Elie. Ralf is here, tutoring Marcel so the latter won’t have to repeat another year in the academy. If Meri asks him to accompany her, he’ll give her a Four-Leaf Clover and she will make a Fortune Bouquet.
An open terrace by the very edge of the city. Johann is here, helping Kaya to search for her missing pet. If Meri asks him to guard her, he finds a rare No-Doctor Fruit for her. She uses it to make a Health Flower.
A fashionable boutique for women, run by beautiful twins. The manager is Belinda, while the designer is Miranda — the girl who told Meri about Alois Bar. Erhard is here to help them with a fashion show. If Meri takes him along, they will find a Queen’s Rose and she uses it create a Frühling Rose.
Clemens is here talking to Alois. If Meri invites him — much to Alois’ disbelief — he will give her a Deception-shroom.. along with a bunch of colorful, suspicious plants. She uses the shroom to make a Gespénton.
Since Popote has fallen into Clemens’ trap during his client search, Meri has to get him from the alchemy museum after that. It was a trap to literally “capture” Meri and make her his assistant, by the way. xD In order to stop Clemens from bugging them everyday, Meri decides to make a Fine Notebook for him. He’s impressed that she creates items to match people’s needs, and he finally writes her name on the notebook. Now he won’t forget her anymore LOL. Clemens also reveals that the academy actually received the same request for an eternal flower, and he’s handing the task to Meri. He has no idea about the sender’s identity either, but he does know her location — the mayor’s mansion. The sender is someone from the Rosenheim family. They go to deliver the flower after that, but nobody answers when they ring the bell. They can hear a beautiful melody instead, so Popote decides to just walk inside.
Beyond the mansion’s gate, Meri and Popote find a beautiful rose garden. The beautiful melody leads them to a man who’s playing a violin in the garden, and the rosebuds in front of him are blooming upon hearing the song. Popote seems to recognize the song as “a song that doesn’t belong to humans”, and he approaches the man thinking he’s a fairy. Popote is really excited to find a fairy friend, so he turns sad when the man smiles saying he’s not a fairy. He’s honored that Popote thinks of him that way, but he’s just a traveling musician. Just like Margret, the man then says that everything has a heart. People can hear their voices if they listen carefully, and they will answer if people play a song for them — so Popote isn’t alone. Meri is surprised, and she tells the man that her grandmother said the same thing in the past. The young man asks if she’s an alchemist, and when she says yes.. his attitude instantly turns cold.
Soon a young girl walks into the garden, and upon seeing Meri, she politely introduces herself as Laura Rosenheim — the daughter of the mayor. She’s in charge of the mansion when her father is away, and she’s also the client they’re looking for. However, Laura isn’t happy with the flower Meri made for her. It’s not good enough to bring smile to her loved one’s face, and she rejects the flower saying she doesn’t need it. When Popote protests saying Meri did her best to make it, the musician — Stephan — sarcastically says all alchemists are “shameless” and walks away. It’s obvious that he hates alchemist with a passion, and so Meri leaves the mansion feeling down. Laura says the quality of the flower isn’t bad though, so she indirectly asks Meri to give it another shot later.
Late at night, Popote wakes Meri up saying there’s a strange box in front of the atelier. Popote can sense a huge power from it, and he knows that it was set so that nobody except for Meri can open it. Upon opening the box, Popote and Meri are shocked to find an unconscious boy inside.. and he’s burning up with a high fever. After taking him into the atelier, Meri stays up all night to nurse the boy back to health.
When Meri wakes up in the morning, she finds the boy from yesterday standing outside. Since Meri is worried about his health, the boy then pushes his forehead against hers to prove that his fever is gone. (❤ฺ￫艸￩) The boy introduces himself as Alexey — Alex for short — but it’s the only thing he can tell her.. because he can’t remember anything else. Alex then asks if he can ask her some questions, and he floods Meri with questions when she says yes: “Is this your shop? What’s your job? What’s your favorite food? Your favorite flower? Do you have a boyfriend?” ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ When Meri says she’s an alchemist, Alex immediately asks her to let him stay with her — promising to do all household chores for her. Sadly that position is already filled by Popote, and soon Erhard comes with Johann to investigate about the strange box. It appears that some of the citizens saw the box last night, and they’re afraid that there might be a dangerous monster inside.. so they want to take the contents of the box for further investigation. At first Meri tries to protect Alex since the poor guy has no memories, but feeling touched by her kindness, Alex decides to reveal everything. They can take him to the knights’ headquarters for further inquiry, but he wants them to leave Meri out of this. He doesn’t want to cause her any trouble.
At noon, Popote informs Meri that they received a request from the church — where they find Alex again. Nobody knows his identity even after further investigation, so in the end they give him the permission to live in Elkrone under one condition — he needs to find a job. Alex will be staying with Niklaus until then, so now Niklaus wants Meri to help searching for a job that fits Alex, as well as synthesizing the tools he’s going to need for the job. The available jobs are:
The Singing Bird Inn
From Ralf: Kitchen Staff. Tool: Kitchen Knife.
Erhard Dirk: Office Staff. Tool: Spring-colored Feather Pen.
From Stephan: Musician. Tool: Twitter Flute.
From Johann: Adventurer. Tool: Long Sword.
From Clemens: Oswald’s Secretary. Tool: Fine Notebook.
Everything leads to the same result.
Right after Meri is done synthesizing, Niklaus comes to inform her that Alex received a letter from the Kingdom Sword. Soon Ralf also comes to the atelier in a panic, telling them that the Kingdom Sword and Alex are currently having a duel with Meri as the reward. At the fountain plaza, they find Alex facing a masked man — the Kingdom Sword. Despite Erhard’s attempt to stop them, Alex bravely accepts the challenge knowing he will never discover his true identity if he runs away. The Kingdom Sword defeats him in an instant, but Alex’s hit breaks his mask too — revealing that he’s actually Mathias, Meri’s father. Σ(・∀・ﾉ)ﾉ He’s infamous as “Demon Mathias” of the imperial army, and he’s definitely not pleased to see the guys surrounding his daughter. In fact, he challenged Alex simply because the latter “spent a night with Meri” LOL. Mathias drags them to the atelier after that, and after interrogating them about their relationship with Meri, he throws them into the kitchen and forces them to cook for his welcome party. xD
In the end, Alex decides to become an adventurer.
That night, Mathias tells Meri to have at least one day off per week. He also wants her to put Popote’s request on hold for now, because he notices that Popote is still confused about his own path in life. Popote will surely lead her to Aoi Wakkakka when he’s really ready, so Meri should trust him and wait until then. As they reminisce about the past together, Mathias says he regrets not returning Meri to Elkrone sooner. She had to move around with him when she was small, but the summer they spent with Margret was everything to her. Sadly Margret died before Meri returned to Elkrone, and Meri’s tears start flowing out before she knew it. Despite her attempt to hide it, Mathias actually knew that Meri cried too on the last day they spent with Margret — the day when Margret found her inside the cupboard. Mathias feels proud to have such a hardworking daughter, but he doesn’t want Meri to hold back in front of him. Meri finally cries in his father’s arms, admitting that she wanted to run the atelier together with Margret.
To be continued to the common route. ヽ(。・ω・。)ﾉ