Suikoden 4 Graham Cray Iluya
After you flee Obel, things calm down and you are on the ship. You can talk to Nico here. Try to enter your ship.
Chiepoo sees a ship. It is the Pirate Kika. She tells you to come with her to her home. Might as well, no other real leads around.
First of all though, anchor your ship. Rest in your room then try to exit - Tov is on the other side of the door and talking about a Forbidden Room.
Go down the stairs and talk to Adrienne on the third deck corridor. With the Iron Hammer, she can sharpen your weapons to level 9. Unfortunately, your money will fly away doing this. Still, you probably have a good deal of potch saved up so feel free to use it on your main character's notably Lazlo.
Down to the fourth floor corridor and you can take the northeast door to the library area. Oleg is in here and another automatic recruit is here, Haruto. Go down the stairs once again to the fifth floor corridor. Here, you can talk to Lilin to have her create Accessories with your materials. Also, Pablo is here in the Rune Cannon Control Center.
Check out the forbidden room. Ask to come into the room...into Mao's room. Mao likes mushies. Back to your room and rest and leave again. Tov tells you again that something weird is going on. Back to the fifth floor corridor at the bottom. Inside the Forbidden Room is Nao, a friend of Mao it seems. He has mints as opposed to mushies. Talk to them if you want either.
Talk to Perrault at the top of the saloon. Look at his newspapers, specifically the article about Bartholomew, who is wanted by Kooluk. Remember him at Nay Kobold Village? You have to head to Nay anyway.
Nay Kobold Island
Check the beach. You will find a message bottle. Go to Items - Other, and you will find the Message Bottle here. It says Coral...Donuts...small island. That's your hint for now.
Make your way to the Nay Kobold Village. As you get near the bridge, Viki comes in. Leave and talk to her and allow her to join. She gives you the Glowing Hand Mirror (previously he Blinking Mirror) which in this case allows you to return to your ship from any island.
Nay Kobold Village
Take that narrow path going up. Enter Bartholomew's residence, and if you've read that newspaper you are allowed to 'take a gamble' and allow Bartholomew to join your army.
Back to the initial area of Nay Kobold Settlement, and talk to Bang the lottery guy. Recruit him to your party and now you have a lottery ticket dealer in your ship. Leave and get Viki if you have not already, or just use that Glowing Hand Mirror to return to the Obel Ship.
Teleport with Viki to the Na-Nal Harbor. Speak with Ugetsu by the trading shop. This fisherman will join you.
Go to the town part of Na-Nal. Go to the Rune Master, and specifically ask for the Rune Master. Ask her to join you aboard the ship. Jeane is one of the most valuable characters in this game - she is weak physically, but she is unrivaled with her magic not to mention she can act as a Runemaster.
Check the town square part of Na-Nal to find a strange looking lady named Maxine. She is a Wind Rune specialist and she battles you upon speaking with her. Use Soaring Bolt with Jeane and your other elite magicians. Despite being a Wind Rune specialist, Maxine can use Earth Rune to protect herself as well (though it's a waste of a turn if she does this). Use level 1 Rune of Punishment as well. You'll gain a few levels once she goes down, and then she disappears.
Go to the Trading Post here and buy a Flower Seed. Rest up in the Hot Spring, then go off to the StoneCutter's Field. See that figure by the tree in the middle? That is Maxine again. She is tougher this time, with more HP and higher defense. Not to mention she will slaughter your allies with Wind magic. Maxine can also heal herself or do physical attacks. Her highest level Wind attack will kill your party in one hit, almost assuredly.
Obel Ship Rear Deck
Use the Glowing Mirror, then go to the Rear Deck. Talk to Ugetsu, and you will catch Shiramine. Allow him to stay and fish with Ugetsu.
Go to Nay Island Harbor, then get back in your boat and anchor. To the Rear Deck you go, and talk to Shiramine. Cast the net where you are now, then depart.Sail east towards Na-Nal, and when you get near Na-Nal harbor, anchor and go back to the Rear Deck. Pull up the net, and you will catch Lilan, a friend of Lilin. Lilan joins you.
From Nay Island, travel southwest towards the south end of Middleport. About 1 / 3rd the way there, you will come to the Deserted Island you were once stuck at. You will likely also run into a powerful Metal Crab along the way (expend your Lightning Rune Magic).
Check out the cave. Taisuke is here taking a bath. Go up and talk to him and rest yourself at the spa. Then as you are leaving, he says to get his clothes. Grab Taisuke's Clothes at the entrance of the cave, then go back in to give it to him. Of course he needs you to walk all the way out of the cave and then re-enter for him to put his clothes on. Thankfully he has his clothes on and will join your army and start making baths in your ship.
Leave the Subterranean Lake area (not the entire cave, just that last part), and re-enter. You will see Lilen here - tell her you are a friend of Lilin. Lilen is recruited.
Teleport to Mordo Island, then get in your boat. Go a tad south for Mordo and then head due east - take this route all the way until you are directly south of Na-Nal Island. Tougher enemies are around here, like those Demon Hairball's and Spiny Gecko's. Eventually you will see a small island.
Rene is here. She knows a lot about those Treasure Maps you have been gathering. She gives you a Treasure Map and joins.
Be prepared for this trip by bringing Mizuki, and remember that Flower Seed you bought at Nay-Kobold Settlement? You will need it now. Use the Glowing Mirror / Viki to get to Nay Harbor, and then start sailing north. Once you get to the rainy area (near Iluya) the monsters will get much more difficult. Might want to have extra ship parties made out, or rest often in your bed.
It is rainy on Iluya when you land at the Iluya Island Harbor. Search the nearby treasure for an Ocean Rune Piece and a Treasure Map. Further ahead for a Chinchilla Stand, then head north to a new area.
Kooluk Advanced Base
As you head along, ignore the chest by the Kooluk Army Advanced Base (Indoor) area. It is another Angel Hairball that will tear you apart right now. Do grab the Treasure Map on the crates on the other end, and inside for an Ocean Rune Piece and another Treasure Map. Search the corners to find a Simple Wallpaper in the northeast.
Next area is the Destroyed Town of Iluya. Enemies are all around including a Bloody Behemoth. In the northeast is yet another Angel Hairball that you should not encounter (or run if you do). Nataly is on the other end, thinking about the window that used to be there. Ask her to join and Nataly will join the 108 Stars of Destiny. Further south at this point to go to a new area.
Run straight north to Izak. Izak is the guy who is looking for a Flower Seed. If you already brought it, just talk to him again and he'll be impressed. He plants the Flower Seed, then joins your army. Search the area around him in the various paths. Some areas are blocked off, but you'll find your way. Grab the Old Book Volume 7. In the east part, you meet a ninja it seems. Say that you are Lazlo, and then Mizuki recognizes her as Kate. Kate recognizes Mizuki thankfully. Ask her to join and she will.
Nest of Pirates
You have to travel a good deal southwest from Obel / Mordo Island, but the monsters are not too difficult. Kika tells you to come in once you get to the Nest.
Take the far west path for Pirate Bracers. You can sharpen your weapons to level 9 here, if you want.
Inside, you meet some unfriendly pirates. Talk to Phil the tailor, ask him to join and he happily will. Rest and save if you want, then talk to Kika at the table. The pirates and Lino are pretty sure that Kooluk and Cray Trading Company are allying, and will be a tough force. Ask Kika for her help. She agrees that it would be best for you to join forces. Kika, Sigurd, Hervey, Dario and Nalleo all join your party. Before you leave, check Kika's room for a Treasure Map and Ocean Rune Piece.
Kika's ship now follows the OBEL ship from now on. Try to build up the pirates (Kika, Dario, Hervey, Sigurd) since they become vital in later battles. Also, build up Kate the ninja friend of Mitzuki.
Mountain Mass Island
If you really want to go on a journey, head straight north of Razril. The voyage is long but the enemies are the same as the ones by Iluya, so it's a good place to build up. Anyway, a good deal north of Razril and you will reach Mountain Mass Island. Rene can treasure hunt here after you have visited with her at the OBEL ship.
Nest of Pirates
Return to the Nest of Pirates. A 'guest' washes up to shore. Inside, it is none other than Katarina. Speak with her a bit to learn that Snowe is Captain of the Razril Knights now. He also sold Razril out to Kooluk.
Get in your ship, and you will see Snowe pursuing you. It is time for battle.
Naval Battle against Snowe's Army of Kooluk
Snowe has two ships, while you have two also. Snowe has a ship with Lightning / Earth Rune Cannons, and one with Fire and Wind Rune Cannons.
You have the Ship of OBEL and the Grishend (the pirate ship). Fill the fourth fighter slot for the Grishend, and take Nalleo out of the rune cannon slot (her power is only 4 for her runes). Instead, put Kate on this ship. For the Earth / Lightning Rune Cannon enemy ship, you need a quality Earth Rune user and Kate qualifies. The other Rune Cannon slot can be a weak Fire Rune Cannon user like Tov, in case the other ship engages the Grishend. For your ship, you will have three Rune Cannon slots if you got Lazlo to level 40 or higher (possible). Pablo definitely should be with this unit as the Fire Rune Cannon user (which you should be using all the time against the other Gaien ship). Jeane is generally the most powerful but it remains to be seen how useful her runes are in this battle (Lightning is a risk to use since it doesn't match up with the enemy). Try to fill one of the other two or three Rune Cannon slots with a weak Earth Rune, in case Snowe engages your OBEL ship.
So, the strategy above calls for the Grishend to engage Snowe and Lazlo to work on the other Gaien Ship. However it is likely that Snowe's Ship attempts to double-team the large OBEL Ship (which is why you should have put on a weak Earth Rune like Desmond as your other Rune Cannon user). Keep in mind though, if you attack the enemy when both are positioned in front of you...they both attack back. Thus it is a very risky proposition to be attacking in this position, you are better off standing by and just countering each enemy attack one by one with their weakness. The battle may be a stalemate for a while if Snowe cancels out your attacks, but just stick with the runes that will either match up with the enemies weakness or result in a canceled out attack.
Keneth says that you should follow Snowe after this defeat. As you see, the blue marker is on Razril.
Head towards Razril, with a competent party. Tough enemies are along the way but just sail into Razril. As you get there, the Razril citizens have an uproar with Snowe's return. He cannot even land. Some strange Captain is at the top of Razril, where Glen used the Rune. Lots of scenes here, as Snowe leaves Razril.
Eventually, Lazlo and friends capture Snowe. You have a choice here - if you execute him, he's gone forever. And he won't join you (option 2). Just let the sea decide his fate.
Now, don't think you can just go to Razril. Or Middleport for that matter. Return to the Nest of Pirates.
Nest of Pirates
One of the pirates on the shore saw a mermaid the other day. Get on the ship after this, and re-enter the Pirate's Nest. You will meet Big Sister Lilon. Of course, Lilin knows her. Lilon joins you
Take the Glowing Mirror to Iluya. Go down the nearby stairs in that dead end area - but you will see Liloon hiding. Liloon is one of the tougher recruits to find, but she joins easily once you talk to her.
Use the Glowing Mirror to the Pirate's Nest. Hermitage Island is your next destination as Elenor Silverburg lives here. Hermitage Island is a stone's throw northwest of the Nest of Pirates. Dario, Sigurd and Hervey join you for this excursion.
You get off at the Hermitage Harbor. Go through a few areas and you will have a cutscene. The pirates talk to some mysterious girl. She is Agnes, Lady Elenor's pupil.
Everyone gets put to sleep, but Lazlo talks with Elenor more inside. She has an errand for you, and seems to be willing to join your cause if you do this for her.
Leave the house to the forest, and get the Mega Medicine x3 and Skunk Orb. Head on out now towards the cave. Lazlo is stopped by a Horned Behemoth. Use Eternal Ordeal, level one Rune of Punishment. This does roughly 300 damage while the enemy does 50. Three turns should do this enemy in - grab the Earth Rune Piece and 3000 potch for victory. Go into the cave now.
Get the Green Bottle and Crest at the back of the cave. And search the back (right side) for a Treasure Map.
Back to Elenor's Room. Return the Crest and Green Bottle, and after some confirmation Elenor decides to join you against Kooluk and Cray Trading Company.
Go to the Dirt Floor Room in the Hermitage - search the kitchen area for a Crab Bun, plus you can rest for free in the bed. Go out to the Forest and search the well for an Earth Orb. Also, a Copper Hammer in the nearby chest. You can sharpen your weapons to level 12 now! Another Treasure Map in the little building by the Hammer. Go out to the forest and head back to the ship. You cannot use the mirror.
As you get back to the harbor and onto the ship, you see Lino. Go to the War Room and everyone is gathered. Elenor makes her way here. She decides that to be able to go up against the Kooluk nations, you will need to win the support of the nearby Island Nations. To do so, you need a unified crew. So, Lazlo duels Lino En Kuldes. He went ahead and used two specials right away so it may be a good idea to defend to be safe, unless you know for sure he is defending (like when he says ' I think I'll save my energy a little'). You are probably used to these duels not to mention Lazlo probably has a level 12 or so weapon.
Afterwards, Lino En Kuldes gives up and tells everyone that Lazlo is the new leader. Lino hands off the Golden Seal to you as you seem to be the new King of OBEL now. Then you get to name the ship of OBEL. Choose Chicken to make Chiepoo happy. Then you can name your army. All hands, launch the Chicken.