There is a common problem where after you defeat the Koolook fleet and hear about the Rune of Punishment there doesn't seem to be any way to advance the story.
There's a hidden objective, recruiting Cedric
(or 2 other optional recruits, but this thread is about Cedric)
There are two different ways to recruit Cedric. The first:
- when you are recruiting people onto your ship while escaping from the island (the same time as when you're recruiting Dr. Yu) find Credric (large blonde hair boy) and recruit him
The other option:
- make sure Louise is not
in your party (as support)
- stay at the inn in Obel and talk to people standing around outside
- learn that Cedric skipped out on paying his bill
- trigger various cut scenes showing him running away until you chase him all the way back to the cave/headquarters
- once in the headquarters talk to Louise (the bartender) and she should reveal that he's there
Now you should be able to go to the war room and continue the plot.
For more information you can visit/post in the following thread:http://www.suikosource.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=3290
Thanks go out to Angelis_Taleria and Chris_Lightfellow for helping with the information found in this sticky.