Tortoise in Time

Featurequest1 Icon.png Lv. 70   Tortoise in Time
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Rewardsicon.png Rewards
Gil Icon.png4,500
Optional Rewards
Super-Potion Icon.png x3 Super-Ether Icon.png x3 
Informationicon.png Description
Bunchin has not heard from Soroban in quite some time...
Objectivesicon.png Objectives
  • Quell Sorobon's aramitama.
Issuing NPC: Bunchin
The Ruby Sea -Rasen Kaikyo -Tamamizu (27.8-16.4)
Type: Chronicles of a New Era
Misc Reward: Unlocks The Swallow's Compass (Duty)
Unlocks: Sidequest1 Icon.pngThe Fire-bird Down Below
Quest: Sidequest1 Icon.pngAn Auspicious Encounter
Required Items
Tamate-bako of Geomancy Icon.png
NPCs Involved: BunchinGenbuKamaitachi
Mobs Involved: Soroban (Mob)
Items Involved: Tamate-bako of Geomancy
  • When last you left Soroban, he was undergoing strenuous training under the tutelage of Genbu, one of the Four Lords of legend, in Reisen Temple. It would seem that since you delivered news of this development to Bunchin, he has heard nothing further regarding his kinsman. Coincidentally, the moment the Kojin chieftain voices his concern, you are contacted by Tataru, who is bound for the temple to deliver a treat to the hardworking Soroban...
  • Though Soroban is not without potential─as is evidenced by the simple fact that he has yet to run screaming from the temple─Genbu is concerned that he will not be strong enough to aid in the great battles to come against Seiryu and Suzaku. Therefore, to accelerate the training process, he would have you retrieve a relic known as the tamate-bako of geomancy, which has the power to manipulate time itself, and transform Soroban into an auspice─albeit until the magicks dissipate. The box can be found deep within the Swallow's Compass, the ancient mausoleum of Ganen, the founder of the Kingdom of Doma and father of Far Eastern geomancy. Given the nature of the task, it would be prudent to call upon several of your allies.
  • "You journey unto Yanxia and arrive at the tomb to find Kamaitachi, who has already dealt with the wards sealing the entrance. The grand mausoleum was long ago abandoned to the shikigami forever bound to its halls, who will doubtless do their utmost to bar your way. Nevertheless, you and your comrades must overcome these guardians and whatever other trials you encounter, and lay claim to the tamate-bako of geomancy.
※The Swallow's Compass can be accessed via the Duty Finder."
  • After braving the myriad dangers of the tomb, your party at last comes upon the relic and its final guardian, an auspice far more formidable than those who preceded him. Yet, in the end, he and his golden-hooped rod are no match for you and yours.
  • Genbu is quite pleased to receive you and the tamate-bako of geomancy, and immediately calls for everyone to prepare for the next stage of Soroban's training, in which the Kojin is to bathe in the temporal magicks of the box and temporarily transform into an auspice. The process is not without its risks, however, and despite Tataru's assurances that she can bring her arcanima to bear in an emergency, it will likely fall to you to deal with any dangers that may arise...
  • After all save Soroban withdraw to a safe distance, the Kojin opens the box, from which pours forth an endless fount of smoke. All observe in silence...until Tataru, growing impatient, declares the box to be a fake and runs to gaze inside. Genbu quickly pushes her aside, but too late to spare her entirely, as she is transformed into a hideous crone...for some few moments. Alas, her reckless actions serve to distract Genbu from Soroban, whose prolonged exposure to the smoke leads him to transform into an auspice already consumed by the aramitama. As feared, you will need to call upon your martial prowess and subdue the rampaging Soroban before Reisen Temple is destroyed.
  • Though the battle is not without its twists and turns, it ends in your victory, as is usually the case. Genbu, briefly incapacitated, has fortunately recovered, and regards Soroban with a mixture of surprise and exasperation...
You'll begin alongside Genbu, Tataru, and her Carbuncle. Carbuncle will immediately run off and Tataru will be about as useless, while Genbu contributes with moves he used during Hells' Lid. Unfortunately after the first phase Genbu will no longer be helping you, leaving just you and your perpetual burden Tataru.

Soroban uses the following moves and mechanics:

Water: Magical "auto-attack", he'll just regularly use this.

Eddy: Physical circle AoE based on his target that deals damage and Down for the Count. He occasionally does this repeatedly and follows his target.

Great Flood: Wipe mechanic. The sole way to survive this is to hide within Genbu's barrier. This triggers his transition into phase 2.

In phase 2 Soroban will keep his old moves aside from Great Flood, with a few new ones:

Blessed Bubbles: Four Monkey Magick bubbles will tether to Tataru and begin chasing her. After a while they will ready Spirit Burst, doing AoE damage in a circle around them. Run away from Tataru so you're both out of range of them.

Water Drop: Heavy AoE damage in a circle around Tataru. She'll gain a red marker and have an AoE marker around her to signify this. Run away from her to avoid this.

Whitewater: Four line AoEs will appear across the arena, two vertically and two horizontally. Inflicts moderate damage and Down for the Count.

Whirlwind: Two Font adds will appear and regularly use Upwell, a conal AoE. They have low HP so take them out ASAP.

Essentially, all you need to do is pay attention to AoE indicators and run away from Tataru when she tries to drag stuff onto you.

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