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Obel Lake on the World Map

Obel Lake (オーベール湖, Ōbēru-mizuumi) is a location in Final Fantasy VIII. It is located north of Timber. It is a horseshoe-shaped lake with a small ledge, and a river flowing northwards through Vaulny Canyon.

Obel Lake is the location for a sidequest that requires Squall to travel all over the world in search of rare items and hidden locations with a guide from a friendly black shadow. The sidequest is best done earliest after the player obtains the spaceship Ragnarok, or latest before the player enters the Lunatic Pandora at the end of Disc 3, before Time Compression begins. The player may opt to get the ability Enc-None to avoid random encounters.

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The player should travel to the inlet of the lake, and press the File:X-button.png button. An option will appear:

This is Obel Lake
  • Throw a rock
  • Try humming

Selecting "Throw a rock" causes the rock to skip a certain number of times. For this part, the option is only "the rock x"; x being either "sank", "skipped once", "skipped twice", "skipped 3 times", "skipped 4 times" or "skipped 5 times".

Selecting "Try humming" causes a black shadow to rise on the surface. Options will appears again; "Throw a rock" causes said shadow to disappear, while "Try humming again" will initiate a conversation.

  • Shadow: "...Hello human. What a lovely tune."
  • Squall: (There's something large there...)
  • Shadow: "Thanks for speaking to me again. Can you do me a favor?"
  • Squall: "What is it?"
  • Shadow: "It's my friend, Mr. Monkey... Can you find him for me? Please... Mr. Monkey should be in a forest somewhere. Keep walking around, and I'm sure you'll find him. If he's not around, perhaps he took a train towards Dollet?"

At this point, the player should start looking for Mr. Monkey at Roshfall Forest near Dollet. Walk around and an option appears.

There's the monkey!
  • Throw a rock
  • Sing

Selecting either option prompts:

  • "You suck!"
  • The monkey disappeared into the forest...

Once Mr. Monkey is found, the player should return to Obel Lake. After Squall "relayed the whereabouts of Mr. Monkey", the black shadow will thank him. The first part ends.

Black Shadow's clues

If Squall decides to stay and chat, the black shadow will relay random statements. Each statement points out clues to a hidden draw point, messages regarding two rare items in the game and some random trivia.

Random Trivia

"Back in the day, south of here, there used to be a small but beautiful village surrounded by deep forests. Everyone lived a happy life there."

This statement points out to a location near Almaj Mountains in Centra. If the player goes there, they should find a forest with clearing within. If the player presses File:X-button.png, a message prompts out:

  • Squall: ...This place just has rubble lying among the grass... Absolutely nothing...

This perhaps refer to one of the many Centra ruins found around the world.

Take a break

"Oh yeah, do you know what? Take a break at the railroad bridge. I wonder what it means?"

Points out a hidden Draw Point for the spell Break. The player should head towards the railroad bridge found at the river near Dingo Desert.

Take time off

"Oh yeah, do you know what? Take some time off at Eldbeak Peninsula. I bet it's a wonderful place."

Eldbeak Peninsula, which is located north of Balamb on the Trabia continent, contains a clue to a rare item. Walk towards the tip of the Peninsula, and a message prompts:

  • There is a stone pillar. If you look closely, there's something written on it.
"TRETIMEASUREATMINOFFDEISLAND"

Following the shadow's clues, remove the phrases "TIME" and "OFF" to reveal "TREASURE-AT-MINDE-ISLAND".

Minde Island is located between Kashkabald Desert and Esthar's West Coast. Walk around the place while pressing File:X-button.png, and the player may receive a Luck-J Scroll.

Rocks

"...Is this ....part of something?"
—Squall thinks as he receives the first clue

Next, the black shadow mentions "something" found at three different locations. Walk around while pressing the File:X-button.png button, and a message may prompt out to show the player has received the item.

"Oh yeah... You'll find something on an island east of Timber, too."

This refers to Nanchucket Island. The message goes:

  • You found a piece of rock by your foot... It looks man-made, and has some carving on it...
  • R E A I D R
"Oh yeah... At the beach in Balamb, something special washes ashore at times."

This refers to Rinaul Coast, the only beach in Balamb. The player may have to try again and again. The message goes:

  • You found a piece of rock by your foot... But it was just a rock...
  • You found a piece of rock by your foot... It looks man-made, and has some carving on it...
  • S T S L R M
  • Squall: (...Seems like the same rock I picked up before...)
"Oh yeah... There's also something on top of a mountain with a lake and cavern."

Here, the player should travel to an area called Monterosa Plateau where there is a cavern with a river flowing out of it. Land the Ragnarok on top of the plateau and walk towards the ledge. A message will be displayed:

A bird is warming an egg
  • Check it out
  • Leave it alone

Selecting "Check it out" prompts a battle with two Thrustaevis. Defeat them and Squall receives this clue:

  • You found a piece of rock by your foot... It looks man-made, and has some carving on it...
  • E A S N P D
  • Squall: (...Seems like the same rock I picked up before...)

This is yet to be complete. For the fourth piece, travel back to Obel Lake.

Mr. Monkey

When the player returns to Obel Lake, s/he can try "throwing a rock" again. At some point, they may come across the message "The rock skipped many, many times." This should be the moment at which they return to where Mr. Monkey is.

There's the monkey!
  • Throw a rock
  • Sing

Once there, select "Sing" prompts the "You suck!" message. Select "Throw a rock" and Mr. Monkey will respond.:

  • "Ahhh! Damn it! Y-You're just a big loser! I'm able to skip the rock as many times as I want! So there! Ha-Ha! Loser! Moron! Idiot! You mum wears combat boots/a shellsuit!"

"Throw a rock" again

  • "...OUCH!...D-Darn it!...You're gonna pay for that!"
  • The monkey threw a rock at you and ran! ...Upon inspecting the rock, it looks man-made, and has some carving on it... U R H A E O.
  • Squall: (...This must be all of them...)
S T S L R M
R E A I D R
U R H A E O
E A S N P D

(...?)

Next, leave for Obel Lake, and talk to the black shadow for the last time:

  • Shadow: "Hello! ...This must be all the rocks."
[ S T S L R M ]
[ U R H A E O ]
[ R E A I D R ]
[ E A S N P D ]

"I wonder what it means?"

In fact, reading it from top right downwards for each column reveals:

MORDRED PLAINS HAS TREASURE

To Mordred Plains

Now, the player should travel to Mordred Plains. It is an area found North of Esthar, sandwiched between two mountain ranges: Vienne Mountains to the north and Nortes Mountains to the south. The start of this sidequest occurs with this message:

There are many multicolored rocks with faces all over the place...

There are four colored rocks here: blue, white, black and red. They give the player, or rather try to give them, clue to the final item. Pressing the File:X-button.png button prompts messages from the rocks as long as the player is within the area.

The best reference is the blue-faced rock:

The blue-faced rock whispers "I don't know where the treasure is..."
The blue-faced rock whispers "Some of us just say the opposite of what we mean."
The blue-faced rock whispers "Some of us just talk nonsense."
The blue-faced rock whispers "Some of us just repeat the same thing."
The blue-faced rock whispers "People call us 'The Liar Rocks'."

The white-faced rock is the one talking nonsense.

The white-faced rock tells you coldly "It's south."
The white-faced rock tells you coldly "It's north."
The white-faced rock tells you coldly "It's east."
The white-faced rock tells you coldly "It's west."

The black-faced rock is the one that just repeats the same thing.

The black-faced rock tells you sternly "...The treasure is probably in the direction of the North Star..."

The red-faced rock is the one that say the opposite of what it mean.

The red-faced rock tells you angrily "The treasure's to the north!"
The red-faced rock tells you angrily "The treasure's to the south!"
The red-faced rock tells you angrily "The treasure's to the east!"
The red-faced rock tells you angrily "The treasure's to the west!"
The red-faced rock tells you angrily "The treasure's not here!"

Whatever the red-faced rock says, do the opposite. If it says "north!", which refers to the "up" direction in the control pad, press "down" instead. Eventually the player will finally found what they were supposed to find: A Three Star item that enables a GF to learn Expendx3-1 - this means that casting three spells under Triple status will only cost 1 magic spell in stock.

This ends the sidequest.

After Time Compression

The player should do this before entering Disc 4. If not, going to Obel Lake at Disc 4 prompts nothing. No black shadow will rise, only "nothing...".

Trivia

  • The Stone Faces are a recurring element in the Final Fantasy series.



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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Black Shadow is a Decepticon Crossformer from the Victory portion of the Generation One continuity family.
Some people call me the Space Gangster/Some call me the Cowboy of Love...

Black Shadow is a vile gangster. He does most things people would expect from a nasty scoundrel; he robs, extorts and kills for hire. His partner in crime is Blue Bacchus, a gunman with a similar personality and moral fiber.

English-Malay dub name: Thunderwing

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Fiction

Victory cartoon

Voice actor: Yūji Mikimoto (Japanese)

Black Shadow is an outer space gangster who was seen causing trouble along with Blue Bacchus on the planet Micro, but both were defeated and run off by Greatshot.

No, really. HE WANTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE TRANSFORMERS.
I want to tell you about the Transformers!

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Timelines

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See the relevant policy page for the reasons why, and do not add further information pending review.

fan club

Gone Too Far


Toys

Victory

He may not be a mafioso, but he'll still cut off your horse's head.
  • Black Shadow (Crossformer, 1989)
    • Japanese ID number: D-309
    • Accessories: Crossformer shell, 2 large rifles, small rifle
Black Shadow is a redeco of the Pretender Thunderwing, transforming into a Cybertronic jet. His outer Crossformer shell's chestplate/head piece is retooled from Thunderwing's to make it more robotic. However, it still transforms into a larger Cybertronic jet like the original version. The inner vehicle can be attached underneath the nose of the larger vehicle to create a combined starship mode. All three of his guns can be mounted on his shell's vehicle mode.


Trivia

  • In Japanese, Black Shadow's function reads "Uchuu Gyangu" (宇宙ギャング), which translates to "Space Gangster". The common misconception that he is a member of the "Space Mafia" is due to a mistranslation some years ago in which "gangster" was interpreted as "Mafia". Big difference.
  • The Crossformers' ID numbers are actually a huge jump backwards in the numbering system. The other Victory Decepticons' numbers start at D-322. However, Shadow and Bacchus' numbers put them right in the middle of the Masterforce Decepticons' numbers, between 1988's Browning and BlackZarak, even though the Crossformers were released in 1989. What the hell?


External links

  • Black Shadow at TFU.info

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