Laguna Loire's The Travelling Companion

Estard Island

Food: 10!

Lodging: 10!

Service: 10!

Scenery: 10!

Monsters: 10!

Overall: 10!
Laguna in Estard
Here I am in the ruins on Estard Island!
Hey, fellow travellers! I'm Laguna Loire, and I'm really happy to welcome you back to The Travelling Companion. Since my last column, I've travelled to exiciting Estard Island!

Getting to Estard Island can be pretty tough. There's a lot of, uh, I think they called it 'tectonic activity,' around from Islands rising and sinking, and I even encountered some whirlpools on the way. On the plus side, the monsters that my ship ran into were really easy to beat, so there was no real danger.

Estard Island's pretty small, but there's all sorts of neat stuff to do there. My ship landed in Fishbel village, and the people there are really nice. They gave me a nice bagged lunch called an AmitSnack, but I think maybe there was some kind of mistake, 'cause I found a bag of dung that looked exactly the same! There's no inn in Fishbel, though, so don't expect to stay overnight.

I went to the castle town of Estard later that day, and there's even more to do here. I found lots of neat stuff around the town - nobody seemed to mind me going through their things, which I hadn't run into in a while. Anyway, I found a neat cave in the back of town and met a nice old man. He told me to leave, and his dog bit me, but it was still a lot of fun.

Estard Castle is pretty cool, too. I got to talk to the king, and wandered around for a while. They have a bank, a shop, and even a fortune teller in there. Then I found a raft and explored more of the castle. It's too bad the treasure room was locked - they probably had some neato stuff in there.

The coolest thing on the island, though, was the big ancient ruins out by the cove. Some people told me not to go out there, but as a pro Monster Hunter I figured I'd be okay. I was, but there were no monsters around! There were a lot of traps and puzzles, though, so expect to spend quite a while checking the place out. I found some stone tablet shards, but couldn't figure out what the heck I was supposed to do with them!

All in all, I give this place a 10!