After a lot of distractions, mishaps, and Gorgara’s multi-stage boss fight / chase scene / action sequence / second boss fight, Cal finally crawls back out of the hole and approaches the temple of Dathomir for the third time. Spoiler: He’s still not going to get in.
This time he reaches the front door and finds it can’t be opened.
As the player turns around, they see a meditation circle on the floor. Instead of simply saving the game, interacting with this particular circle will actually launch a flashback. Every single time I go through the game, I automatically click on the circle and get sucked into the next huge block of cutscenes. When it happens, I make a mental note to NOT use the circle in the next game, and instead see how the game responds if you try to leave the temple without meditating.
This was my third trip through the game, and I still forgot. My save reflex is too strong.
Anyway, before we join Cal in his flashback, we need to back up a bit and talk about Jaro Tapal.