Well, I really didn't want to read all 20 pages of commentary...but anyway, did anyone else find defeating Gyendal really, really hard?
After playing most of the game 3 times (probably an extra 40 hours of play time), I finally got to the part of the game where you can't go back. By using saves you have a choice: going back before the entrance to this area, or after. Unfortunately, I wasn't alert enough to realize that my oldest save was already missing my most important character (because she is required in all battles). Even though I was filthy rich by this time, I still didn't have enough levels to defeat Gyendal. I fought a few battles in the Memory Cave to level up, and then I retrieved Mel, so I could increase her level. At this point you're stuck and you must stay in the cave to do any battles to level up. Of course, the higher the level, the longer it takes to get to the next one. I think at this point, Mel's level was in the high 40's and the others were over level 50. However, no matter what I did, I discovered I couldn't defeat Gyendal. And it took 1/2 hour to an hour to realize this each time I tried. So finally after amassing something like 2750000 gold coins, I was at level 53 or 54 for Mel, and I finally did it after 3 tries at this level. That lightning grid is the worst. I ran out of Tinctura Hypericum then I started using up all my Elixir's. (There's nowhere you can buy the Tinctura, and I had 6 when I entered the cave. I don't remember if I used any earlier in the game.) If the lightning grid struck 2x's or even 3 times before I could restore everyone's health, my characters were dead. Meanwhile, Stella is healing Gyendal, and Gyendal is taking no damage. I ran out of Elixir on my early tries, because I only had 45 of them. If I went back to a save point where I could purchase more, I had to give up all the levels I'd gained in the cave and do it again. If I continued levelling up in the cave, eventually I would run out of resources before the battle even began. Eventually I was about to give up because I couldn't fight any more battles and take damage without losing the things I needed for the battle, when I finally won. Whew.