Happy new year! I'm back with some questions about progression to Helly or anyone who got further than me in the game's first act.
1) After attempting the mine's boss many times, I resigned myself to the fact that this dungeon wasn't meant to be the first one in this chapter and I loaded an old save back in Dome (losing some 10 levels in the process...). It definitely helped, since I found my way to Pergamos and breezed through the castle dungeon there, as convoluted as it was.
After Pergamos, the party talked about getting information in Dome's library, but unless I'm mistaken there's nothing to be gained there - bookshelves are empty, there is no progression with the NPCs and books in the game are still in Japanese so I wouldn't able to peruse them regardless.
Since going to the mine is still a no-no until I get much better equipment to avoid getting stuck at the boss another time, I went to Answers, but I had the same issue Lunairetic mentioned in the previous page.
Basically, there are plenty of hooks there: two medics missing, an NPC mentioning a mysterious treasure and two NPCs in the tavern providing some more details, another NPC mentioning a mysterious visitor to the lord's mansion with a dog freaking out just outside it... Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any way to progress further, since the Inn can't be used and the harbor office doesn't have any ship for rent, nor is there some event in the mansion.
Am I expected to go somewhere else and leave Answers for later? Aside from Pergamos and the mine, which other destinations with active quests are open in this part of the game?
2) Where are the saves stored, exactly? I can't seem to find the folder to backup them, and the save folder in the main Arcturus folder is empty.
3) In Merhem I did most of the bar girl's quest, up until she disappeared the morning some documents were stolen. Where did she go? An NPC mentioned she liked walking outside the town, but she doesn't seem to be in the areas nearby.