V.E: Did you finish preparing for the match?
-I’m all ready! >Fight
-Actually, there’s something I forgot… >Not Yet
Not YetV.E: Hurry up.
FightRitch: All right, let’s do this! I’ll win and then get it into your head that I’ve got some merit of my own.
-And then you’ll become a blacksmith’s assistant!
Ritch: Geez, this silent treatment is driving me nuts…
(Ritch and RUN-DOR fight)
Ritch: How’s that! Will you acknowledge I’ve got some merit after all?
RUN-DOR: If I had been able to switch to my adjacent Battle Mode, I would not have been defeated by you.
V.E: Still, a defeat is a defeat.
Ritch: Are… you crying…? Wow, how embarrassing…
-Negative. My lens became dusty. I was merely cleaning it.
V.E: Washing your lens, huh… where do you keep the cleaning fluid?
Ritch: In any case, I’ve shown how strong I am! Therefore, I can protect Murno! And therefore you can become assist me in the forge!
-All right, RUN-DOR!
Murno: Please, RUN-DOR.
Ritch: All right! Starting today, you are going to be my apprentice!
-(gets smacked over the head)
-Owwwie! What was that for?!
V.E: It’s a hundred years too soon for a half-baked novice like you to have an apprentice!
Ritch: Don’t call me half-baked!
V.E: Quiet, you! RUN-DOR is your associate. No, rather…
-RUN-DOR is your partner!
V.E: Got that, Ritch?
Ritch: Yes, ma’am!
V.E: How about you, RUN-DOR?
RUN-DOR: … Affirmative.
V.E: Remember those words! A Craftknight’s promise is stronger than steel. From today onwards, both of your training begins in earnest!
Ritch: Let’s do our best together, RUN-DOR.
RUN-DOR: Yes. Agreed.
That was how RUN-DOR and I began our training as Craftknights!
(Cut to introductory movie)
V.E: Hey, what’s with the dramatic pause? Quit posing already! You’re starting intensive training immediately!
Rif: Whaaat?! You mean now?!
V.E: What do you mean, ‘what?’ Thanks to this injury, I won’t be able to work, no matter how determined I am!
-Even if he’s only able to learn a little at a time, we need to train RUN-DOR as soon as possible! Without his help, we won’t be able to earn a living!
RUN-DOR: Your urgency originates from those circumstances?
V.E: I’ve got my eye on you! A million hammer swings!
Ritch: A mi…
Murno: A million hammer swings?
V.E: This is the only way to achieve such a huge goal in any decent amount of time! I want to see you both putting all your fighting spirit into it!
Ritch: Ju… just hold on a second!
V.E: And after that… In order to forge a good weapon, it is essential that partners have a close camaraderie.
-That is why, from today onwards, the two of you will be living together in the workshop.
RUN-DOR: With… him…?
V.E: What are you complaining about? I said you’re partners, didn’t I? You need to deepen the bond between you as soon as possible.
V.E♡: I remember, Pike… with you, training every day was the sweetest toil… it made me feel as if I would burst into flames, so enchanted was I…
RUN-DOR: What occurred just now?
Ritch: Ah, well, she gets like this from time to time. You get used to it.
V.E: Hold on, RUN-DOR! As Ritch’s partner, you should refer to me as Master from now on!
-Got that? MA! STER!
V.E: Then the two of you should meet me in the workshop! Hop to it!
Ritch: Guess it can’t be helped. Let’s go, RUN-DOR.
-Honestly, I was surprised to find out that I would have to live in the same room as RUN-DOR, but I was happy to finally have a partner.
-But I still don’t know why either him or Murno came to this village… and, well…
-That’s when I thought a walk might help me out…
Ritch: No matter how much I think about it, I still don’t get it. Maybe I should just head back home…
-Hm? Is someone there? It couldn’t be…