Briggs, pictured with son Eoleo
|Japanese name||パヤヤーム Payayāmu|
- Note that several elements depicted in The Lost Age relevant to this subject seem to contradict each other; parts of the following information and some of the ordering of the sequence of events are therefore assumed.
Briggs was presumably born and raised in Champa. In his early life he is described as formerly being a real brat, but in the present age he has become a swarthy middle-aged man who was eventually recognized as the greatest of Champa's sailors, so he was subsequently named the captain of the sailors of Champa. He is also described as having "never been sick a day of his life." While he is recognized as tough and boasts of it, Briggs is also very insecure around those even more powerful than himself, instinctively running away from someone who defeats him in battle.
Champa's survival relies entirely on the sea to run its fish market, and until recent years Briggs worked as a fisherman gathering fish both to sustain Champa in terms of food and to travel to Izumo and sell fish there for trade and commerce. But in recent years, apparently even before the eruption of Mt. Aleph (perhaps this was caused by the first disturbance at Mt.Aleph in the prologue to Golden Sun), the oceans have warmed up and the fish have gradually depleted in number, so Champa's sailors eventually had to resort to committing piracy far abroad to survive. This made Champa feared as a pirate town, and Briggs was the most effective and fearsome of its pirates, so he thus developed the reputation of a dread pirate across the Great Eastern Sea. Briggs kept his craft a secret from his grandmother, the town matriarch Obaba, because she obviously disliked the notion that Champa had to take from other towns in order to preserve itself, so she could never forgive Briggs if it turned out he was among the populace that facilitated piracy.
Eventually, shortly before the end of Golden Sun, Champa's predicament became so unbearable that the Champa elders decided that it was up to Briggs to lead the best of Champa's sailors, henceforth referred to as Sea Fighters, out into the Great Eastern Sea to look for food and jewels to save the village from poverty and starvation, without resorting to piracy like the rest of the town had. Briggs took up the responsibility and brought his wife Chaucha and toddler son Eoleo along for the effort. He left the town in a moderately-sized oar-powered boat.
Despite leaving under this pretense of honorable conduct, Briggs quickly resorted to piracy, stealing from towns such as Daila in his initial raids. He justified his actions by simply claiming that desperate times called for desperate measures, and that the ends justify the means. As the crew searched for more loot to pillage, their travels brought them south towards Madra. It was then that the great Tidal Wave caused by the return of Poseidon occurred within the Great Eastern Sea, and the continent of Indra was shifted downward and was sandwiched between the continents of Gondowan and Osenia. Briggs' boat was swept up in the wave and crashed into the newly formed Osenia Cliffs, wrecking it. While this was a major setback for Briggs and his family (and group of four Sea Fighters), Briggs was still set on the objective of getting food for Champa, and of course they would just have to find another ship somehow in the future.Shortly after crashing into Indra, Briggs was found out by the nearby town of Madra, where he was arrested and thrown into jail. Even as news of Briggs' capture spread across the Great Eastern Sea (and it was much welcomed news indeed, which attests to Briggs' reputation), Chaucha and the Sea Fighters remained out of Madra's reach and were trying to come up with a plan to free Briggs. Unfortunately for Madra, a second group of warriors from the Kibombo tribe, hailing from lower Gondowan, who were under orders by the Kibombo witch doctor Akafubu to acquire any gemstone that would look suitable for a coronation ritual that would take place back at the Kibombo hometown. One night both parties struck Madra simultaneously. The Champa attempted to dig under the Eastern wall and chanced upon the Madra Catacombs allowing them to enter Madra easily. However, they met resistance from the local merchants and failed to reach the prison. The Kibombo meanwhile, discovered a weak point in the western wall where part of the wall was either weakened or destroyed and successfully entered the town through it. As they fought their way through town, they released Briggs from prison and injured the item merchant and a handful of others. Briggs and the Champa eventually retreat across the land-bridge to Osenia while the Kibombo return to the Gondowan Cliffs to regroup.
It is unclear whether the two raids were coordinated or coincidental, as many Madrans are convinced they were working together, while the Champa and Kibombo make no mention of the other party. Initially the Madrans didn't realize that the Kibombo were involved at all. It was only after the eventual second Kibombo raid that the Madrans realized the Kibombo weapons matched those of the western party from the first raid that Kibombo's involvement was discovered.
AlhafraEditWith Briggs back in the crew, the group traveled east to the town of Alhafra, a wealthy and powerful port town they made sure not to raid or antagonize, and they figured that place was their best bet at acquiring a ship to use to bring their food and jewel stockpile back home to Champa. So after destroying the bridge west of Alhafra so that any possible pursuers from Madra couldn't reach them easily, Briggs and the crew entered Alhafra, where they saw that the town had built and possessed a ship unlike any conventional ship seen before in Weyard: a large, wooden sea vessel that is powered not by the rowing of oars, but by catching wind in the sail hoisted on its mast. It was damaged by the tidal wave, however, so they couldn't use it to sail back to Champa. Despite this setback, Briggs still bought the ship with the gold he had pilfered from Madra. Although Briggs and his crew acted predominantly as brutal pirates, not all of their transactions in Alhafra were illicit, because sometime as they were sailing the seas, they happened upon Treasure Isle to the northeast of Champa, wherein they found some very valuable jewels and some strong weapons as well. While a switch on the ground caused pillars to rise up and block their expedition to retrieve all the treasures the ones they were able to get their hands on were worth enough to buy a huge stockpile of food for Champa. This was then stored within their new sailing ship's storage area. Briggs and his family convened in the interior of the ship while the Sea Fighters tried to figure out how they could get the ship's broken mast back onto the ship, which they deemed possible, had there not been a giant rock pinning down the mast into the water, preventing any movement of the mast at all. For the moment the group was stuck in this position.
Fate throws Briggs' party another curve-ball shortly afterward, a group of Madrans led by the Elder of Madra and the Mayor of Alhafra managed to find their way through Yampi Desert into Alhafra, having been assisted by the Adepts Felix, Jenna, and Sheba, and the scholar Kraden. While one reason they all came to Alhafra was to stop Briggs and get him to answer for his crimes of piracy, the real reason was this: Shortly after Briggs and his crew fled Madra, the townsfolk were in an uproar, and a survivor of the tidal wave, a man named Piers, who was in the area at the time, was falsely detained and imprisoned by the townsfolk because they suspected he was one the Champa, which was obviously untrue to the Elder and the Mayor. Not content with having someone in their jail just because the town needed a scapegoat, the Elder and Mayor came over to Alhafra to get the testimony from Briggs that Piers was not one of his men. Felix's group is accompanying them because they are personally interested in freeing Piers so they can join up with him and be able to use his Lemurian Ship afterwards for their own quest across Weyard.
While the Elder and Mayor of Madra meet with the Mayor of Alhafra in the latter's mansion, Felix's party confronts Briggs inside the ship about Piers, where Briggs brushes them off and shows indifference towards whatever Madra might have done with some uninvolved party. A brawl ensues between Felix's group and Briggs and his Sea Fighters. Felix wins the tough battle, and Briggs concedes, saying even pirates have a code of honor. When the Mayors of Madra and Alhafra arrive, they secure Briggs' vow that Piers is not one of his men. A method to win points with these mayors occurs to Briggs when he clarifies that since the ship was bought with Madran gold, it belongs to the Madrans. The Mayors of Madra are quite pleased with the concept that they will have a ship which they can use for trade between Madra and other towns, so the Mayors agree that Briggs should now be jailed in Alhafra's prison while they await the repair of their new ship to commence. The Mayors stay in Alhafra Manor while the other Madrans return to Madra to give the news concerning Piers. Briggs in the meantime requests that Chaucha and Eoleo can stay inside the ship while it is repaired, which the Mayors grant.
Felix's party decides to try and fix the ship themselves with their Psynergy powers, so that they could conveniently sail back to Madra on it afterward with the Elder and Mayor of Madra to return to Piers, but the boulder pinning down the mast proves too much for even the Adept's considerable talent, and are forced to travel back to Madra on foot. Before leaving, they see Chaucha and Eoleo visiting Briggs in the jail, where they remark about how the gruel Briggs and his men must eat is disgusting. Eoleo fiddles around with a nearby key with Psynergy power, to Felix's considerable surprise. Briggs realises that Felix can sense Eoleo's power and scolds his son, as he had come up with a plan for escape that involved Eoleo using his Psynergy to get his hands on the cell's keys, something which he had to be sure Felix wasn't going to interfere with. This escape plot would only occur in the future, however, because as it turns out, the greedy Mayor of Alhafra resents the Madrans owning the ship Alhafra built, so he holds off on repairing the ship and instead used the funds to repair his town, which had suffered considerable damage in the tidal wave. This is not only to the chagrin of just Briggs and Chaucha but the Mayor of Madra as well, especially considering that the Alhafran Mayor is using Madran Gold to fund his greedy ambitions.Much later on, having joined up with Piers and travelled across the Great Eastern Sea, Felix's band returns to Alhafra to remove the boulder pinning down the mast for good, using their newly acquired Burst Psynergy. This was simply done on a whim, as Felix had a hunch that doing so would help these towns out immensely. The town takes immediate notice, to which the townsfolk rally together and raise the mast, finally fixing the ship. This is Briggs' cue to bust out of jail; Chaucha subdues and blindfolds the guard standing watch while Eoleo uses his Psynergy to get the key and unlock the cell doors. Briggs, his family, and the Sea Fighters all then escape together, by secretly tunneling into the wall behind them that leads into the Alhafran Cave underneath the Mayor's mansion and escape into the surrounding forest. They then stealthily make their way to the ship behind the buildings along the beach. After assaulting the Mayor of Alhafra who was on the pier inspecting the ship, they hijack it for themselves and flee Alhafra. Felix arrives too late to stop the pirate, and Briggs taunts Felix for the time he was bested in battle with a "neener-neener-bleah" routine he perfected in prison. Briggs and Chaucha also declare that it's the Mayor of Alhafra who is guilty of trying to steal the ship that they paid for. While this is technically true, Briggs' taking the ship for himself can easily be considered wrong in this case because Briggs was saying previously how the ship they bought with gold stolen from Madra belongs to the Madrans. But to Briggs, returning to Champa with the food and jewels his group has collected over their expedition to save the town from starvation is what is most important. Either way, after saving Champa Briggs claimed that he was planning to return to and repay all the towns he stole from and make amends for his piracy.
Briggs triumphantly returns to Champa with the food and jewels, on a bigger ship than what he left Champa with, no less, and the town is completely revitalized, so much so that the once-starving citizens become self-indulgent and lazy, gorging themselves on food and riches. Briggs is viewed as a hero for his deed of saving the town, and the townspeople heavily appreciate that they do not have to resort to piracy across the seas anymore to survive, so the elders consider appointing Briggs the first-ever chief of Champa. Of course, none of the Champa, particularly Obaba, are aware that Briggs had heavily employed piracy himself to acquire the ship, as Briggs, Chaucha and their crew keep it a secret from Obaba and the townspeople. Briggs does tell the townspeople, however, that it was "some amazingly tough thug named Felix" that captured him at Alhafra, and makes Felix sound like a really bad guy interested in stealing the jewels he acquired.But Felix and his band of Adepts most certainly are aware that Briggs has committed large-scale piracy, and they arrive at the town to (among other things) confront Briggs and set him straight. When Briggs sees him in town, he flees inside the cliffs of Champa in terror while Felix pursues. Within the mountain at the Forge of Ankohl, Felix stands opposite of Briggs and Obaba. Obaba is not impressed at Felix's looks, saying that he does not appear to fit Brigg's obviously one-sided description. Briggs pipes up and exclaims that Felix will take him far away if Obaba doesn't destroy Felix now, something Obaba doesn't believe at all, but regardless, Briggs wins her over by saying how "poor Eoleo will be so sad" when he does. Obaba, unable to deny her great-grandson, takes out a pet lizard and throws it into the forge, imbuing it with great power and transforming it into the Avimander. Felix's party engages in a battle where the overgrown salamander is slain.
At a loss of words over the power of Felix's group, Obaba tells Briggs he must now fight them himself, as she has done everything she can. Quickly, Briggs protests that he can't, saying that they are bad guys too strong for him, even resorting to the Eoleo gambit again. It is only then that Felix's side of the story is told, when Sheba pipes up and says she doesn't like hearing a pirate call them the bad guys in this scenario, to which Jenna elaborates, explaining that the ship from Alhafra - the ship they fixed for the town - was stolen by Briggs. Thunderstruck by the extent of Briggs' crimes and how it plays into the status of Briggs' return to Champa, Obaba lashes out at her grandson in a rage, calling him a scoundrel. Chaucha butts in and says he only did it for Champa, and clarifies that they had stopped the piracy once they found the jewels from Treasure Isle, and that Briggs always had the full intention of repaying every town they "borrowed from". Obaba forgives Briggs for that, citing that she's "too old for grudges". Briggs agrees with Chaucha that they ought to make amends with all the towns they caused trouble for. Briggs then pretends to catch a cold, and goes into bed to rest, claiming that he'll set out on the voyage to make amends with Daila and Madra (as well as look for more jewels in Treasure Isle) once he's over his cold, though it's clear to almost everyone in Champa that he doesn't have any illness at all and is merely trying to buy time before having to go out and complete his promise.
Felix, in the meantime, consults with Obaba about forging the Trident of Ankohl, which is necessary for his party to battle Poseidon and gain entrance to Lemuria. After the finale of The Lost Age sees the return of Alchemy to Weyard, it is assumed that Briggs is now traveling to each of the towns he stole from to repair and repay them and patch things up, and his popularity with the Champa has most likely prompted the elders to appoint him the town's first-ever chief. By Dark Dawn his son Eoleo has become prince of Champa, what this means for Briggs is unknown.
In Golden Sun: Dark DawnEdit
In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Briggs is encountered in Port Rago after the party receives a letter asking for help in Border Town. The letter was originally intended for Kraden, but as the border between Border Town and Bilibin was closed, Briggs' men deliver the letter to Matthew instead. Briggs is waiting to have his ship (seemingly the same ship he stole in The Lost Age) repaired, so that he can rescue his son Eoleo, who is held prisoner in Belinsk and will be executed by boiling at the full moon. Briggs asks Matthew to find a way to rescue Eoleo. When Belinsk is overrun by monsters after the activation of the Luna Tower, Matthew (now with Eoleo) and the party head to the docks to try and escape - where they find Briggs' ship, with Briggs lying on board. After bidding Eoleo to take care of his mother, Briggs dies on the deck of his ship in his son's arms. He is then given a burial at sea, which according to Eoleo, is what he would have wanted. Eoleo then joins Matthew's party in order to avenge his father's death.
As a bossEditBriggs is fought as a boss early in the game when the party is on the continent of Osenia. Since it would take place after the boss fight against the King Scorpion in the nearby Yampi Desert, Briggs can be considered the "big boss/final boss" of the continent. The boss fight with him and his Sea Fighter minions is much tougher than anything else thus far in the game. Due to the non-linear layout of the game at this point, Briggs can be fought much earlier in your exploration of Osenia or at the end of it, or any time in between. It is hugely recommended that you complete all other activities in Osenia first before fighting the battle - completing the immense Air's Rock dungeon, buying the powerful equipment available at Mikasalla, completing the Garoh segment of the game, getting all of the Djinn available on the western portion of the continent (One Mars, two Jupiter, one Mercury) as well as the Megaera and Flora Summon Tablets - because all that can be done anytime before or after the boss battle, and doing all that before it will make the battle much easier. To initiate the battle, enter Eastern Alhafra, enter the ship, and trigger a cutscene with Briggs.
The battle starts with Briggs and one Sea Fighter underling as the opponents. Briggs carries 984 Hit Points, 129 Attack, 29 Defense, 76 Agility, and 42 Luck. In terms of resistance, he has a Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury resistance rating of 100 each and in regards to his battle commands he uses his available Mars-based attack with a Mars power rating of 100.
Briggs can use the following battle commands:
- Echo Cut: Used 5 out of 8 times, this is a monster skill that attacks a single Adept with a tackle-sword-slash, dealing an attack equal to Brigg's normal physical attack with an additional 30 damage points.
- Attack: Used 2 out of 8 times, this is his standard physical attack.
- Defend: Used 1 out of 8 times, Briggs has the ability to use the Defend command to cut all damage he would take a particular turn by 50%.
Briggs also carries the following consumable items, which he may use in place of a move from his normal move list each time it acts:
- 1 Herb: An item that restores 50HP to either himself or another enemy on his side of the field.
- 1 Nut: An item that restores 200HP to either himself or another enemy on his side of the field.
- 1 Oil Drop: An item that emulates the Psynergy spell Flare Storm, dealing a Mars-based attack with a power rating of 80 and a range of 3.
- 3 Signal Whistle: A unique item that when used summons an additional Sea Fighter unit to join the battle.
When Briggs is felled, the party gains 333 EXP, 891 Coins, and a guaranteed Vial.
Each Sea Fighter features 197 Hit Points, 119 Attack, 28 Defense, 61 Agility, and 26 Luck. In terms of resistance, they also have a Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury resistance rating of 100 each and in regards to their battle commands they uses their available Mars-based attack with a Mars power rating of 100.
A Sea Fighter can use the following battle commands:
- Attack: Used 5 out of 8 times, this is the enemy's standard physical attack.
- Echo Cut: Used 3 out of 8 times, this is a monster skill that attacks a single Adept with a tackle-sword-slash, dealing an attack equal to their normal physical attack with an additional 30 damage points.
A Sea Fighter also carries the following consumable items, which he may use in place of a move from their normal move list each time it acts:
- 1 Herb: An item that restores 50HP to either themself or another enemy on their side of the field.
- 1 Smoke Bomb: An item that envelops a single targeted Adept in a smoke cloud, having a chance to inflict that Adept with the Delusion status condition.
- 1 Oil Drop: An item that emulates the Psynergy spell Flare Storm, dealing a Mars-based attack with a power rating of 80 and a range of 3.
When a Sea Fighter is downed, the party gains 89 EXP and 130 coins.
This is a great battle to unleash the Flora summon on, because she will deal massive damage and possibly inflict Sleep on the opponents as well, and the boss fight will seem much less fierce if the party is both relatively leveled-up and carries the strong equipment found elsewhere in Osenia such as the Storm Brand in Air's Rock and the Hypnos' Sword in Garoh. Regardless, watch out for the Oil Drops they can use, as they are lethal at lower levels. Completing the fight will cause the town of Madra to update, with Piers leaving the town, and you will be able to continue the quest into lower Gondowan.
- At Alhafra:
- Sea Fighter Zack: "You don't stand a chance! We're hardened criminal types! We eat punks like you for breakfast!"
- Briggs: "Watch yourselves, you self-righteous little brats! You're the ones with a lesson to learn!"
- Briggs: "We lost... Even pirates have honor... I'll go quietly. I won't make a scene just because I lost... Go on... Hand us over to Madra or Alhafra or whoever..."
- Kraden: "No crops? So you have no grains? And no meat? It sounds like life in Champa is hard..."
- Briggs: "It's not hard! It's unbearable! Our children can't eat! Our village is dying!"
- Jenna: "Champa's so far away..."
- Briggs: "Well, yeah! You think we could be successful pirates so close to home?"
- Briggs: "I won't run, and I won't hide. ...Actually, I don't feel up for much of anything right now."
- Briggs: "I don't know any Piers! Sounds to me like you've made a pretty big mistake!"
- Briggs: "Oh, stopped by for a visit, did you? (If Felix says yes) I wish that I'd met you under different circumstances... If we had met out on the open seas, you would have seen a different man."
- Briggs: "Did you call me a thief? I paid for this boat, fair and square. I'm no thief."
- Chaucha: "You're the thieves! You tried to take our boat away, after we paid you so much for it!"
- Briggs: "Hey, Felix! You guys take care! And keep Alhafra safe from thieves and pirates! And politicians, too!"
- Kraden: "What!?!"
- Briggs: "I doubt we'll ever meet again, but if we do, remember this! Neener neener neener! Neener neener neener! Neener neener bleah!"
- Chaucha: "That may have been a bit much. If you make him mad, he might chase us right back to Champa."
- At Champa:
- Briggs: "Grandma, what's going on? I thought you were going to protect me!"
- Obaba: "What do you mean? I've done everything I can!"
- Briggs: "Grandma!!! Felix's going to take me away! He's a bad guy! You have to do something!"
- Briggs: "Grandma, we found those jewels ourselves, and we paid Alhafra well for that ship, didn't we?"
- Obaba: (If Felix says no) "So he's lying again?"
- Briggs: "Dang it, Felix, I'm not lying!"
- Even though Briggs himself does not appear to use Psynergy, he somehow can sense Psynergy being used, such as during Felix's battle with Briggs or Eoleo's use of Psynergy. How this is possible is still not known.
A "brig" is a holding cell on military institution, in modern times it generally refers to those on warships.
|Bosses in Golden Sun|
|Vault Bandits • Tret • Saturos • Killer Ape • Hydros Statue • Manticore • Kraken • Toadonpa • Storm Lizard • Tempest Lizard • Saturos and Menardi • Final boss • Deadbeard|
|Bosses in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Chestbeaters • King Scorpion • Briggs • Aqua Hydra • Serpent • Avimander • Poseidon • Moapa and Knights • Karst and Agatio • Flame Dragons • Final boss • Valukar • Sentinel • Star Magician • Dullahan|