Here I am at the Taros Shrine!
|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 the toasty warm
deserts of the Hassan region!
I first heard about this area when I visited Mt. Volcano, which is a ways to the north, but I didn't have time to stop by on that trip. Fortunately, I managed to get back here, and it's definitely worth taking the time to come here!
It can be pretty tough to get to the Hassan region. It used to be a major port, but the water has pretty much dried up by the town, and the only way to get there is by raft. Unfortunately, I got attacked by a Kraken while on the way! It was really pretty scary, especially since I'd always thought Krakens were sea monsters and hadn't seen one in a river before.
Fortunately, I washed ashore not far from Hassan village. There were lots of nice shops and stuff, and they sold some cool rare finds, so you might want to do some shopping. Just be warned, though - it's a pretty long trip from Granseal, and I've always found that, when in Parmecia, the farther from there you go, the more expensive everything is.
I couldn't actually find an inn in Hassan, or even a place that sold tents. They must not get many visitors, huh? Still, the people were really nice about letting me come in their homes and look around, so I just spent the night there. They're really very friendly.
Everyone was talking about the Taros Shrine outside of town, so I figured I kinda had to take a look. This picture was taken in the desert on the way, but it doesn't show all the monsters that were around. If you go into the desert, you should definitely bring your best weapons and plenty of Pheonix Down, or travel in a big tour group for saftey.
I found the Taros Shrine, but Taros, who is this big golem-ish guy, said I shouldn't come any closer! He wasn't very hospitable, but if he wanted to be left alone, I guess that was his business. The Shrine was in pretty bad shape, though - he really ought to let some repairmen come in and make it more homey in there, don't you think?
All in all, I give this place a 10!