Saturday, April 30, 2011

Night Seven - Tier

Tier: Here you are!
    -What are you doing? Weren't you supposed to stay at the workshop for the rest of the day?

Rif: Sure, but Anise and her gang could be anywhere, planning to capture Murno again, you know.
    -I can't just sit still and do nothing.

Tier: You should stay home and do nothing. Didn't you ever pause to consider you might be causing everyone else a lot of trouble?

Rif: I never meant to do that…

Tier: Oh yeah?! Do you have any idea just how worried I was?

Rif: Oh, well... I guess it would be harder at the Smile Cottage with one less poster girl than you had planned...

Tier: MORON!!

Rif: Wha—what?!

Tier: Quit joking around! I was seriously worried about you!
    -After you fell of that cliff... I couldn't help but wonder if... maybe...

Rif: I'm sorry...

Tier: Are you really reflecting on your actions?

Rif: I'm reflecting! I'm really sorry!

Tier: Okay then. In that case, I forgive you.
    -So from now on, let's pick up a new mindset and plan out our future in earnest, okay?

Rif: Aha… ha, ha…

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Night Seven - Murno

Murno: Here you are.
    -What's wrong? Are you thinking about something...?

Rif: Yeah... I just don't understand how sitting back and not doing anything can be a good thing.

Murno: Miss V.E already told us we could take it easy for the rest of the day.

Rif: I guess a lot did happen in Louise Village. I even got to summon a Phantom Dragon.

Murno: We really did a lot today, and after all the trouble we went through to come back, wouldn't it be all right to take it easy just for tonight?

Rif: Sure, but... we don't know when those guys will show up again...

Murno: I'm sorry. This is all because of me...

Rif: Don't worry about that. I mean, you've gone through so much all this time, so don't over-think all that other stuff too much.
    -You've already spent enough time on the run, so you can just leave the rest up to me!

Murno: Rif...

Rif: Besides, tomorrow we'll be able to explain to everyone how bad those guys are, and then everyone will understand!

Murno: They might if it was you, Rif, but I don't know if anyone would listen to my words...

Rif: What are you talking about? Of course they'll listen. Heck, when you sit down to talk, they'll be tripping over each other just to get the seat next to you.

Murno: Heehee… that's very kind of you to say. Thank you.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Night Seven - Lemmy

Lemmy: So it is you…
    -What are you doing? You're not planning on sneaking out of the town again, are you?

Rif: What are you trying to imply? I was just patrolling the area a bit so that...

Lemmy: Patrolling? What for?

Rif: Right now, Anise and her group could be anywhere, and maybe even looking for Murno as we speak, so…

Lemmy: Hmph… still insisting that they're some kind of comic book villains, I see.

Rif: Are you still saying those guys are your allies? Just because of what Bostaph told you?!

Lemmy: Well… I… haven't been able to speak with Master yet...

Rif: But… the way you reacted just now…

Lemmy: Master is very busy! He shouldn't have to listen to such trivial concerns!

Rif: …! You don't have to get mad like that…

Lemmy: Tomorrow, everyone is going to gather to discuss this matter, correct? Surely then everything will be made clear.
    -And you will see once and for all that you have been gravely mistaken in Master Bostaph.

Rif: …

Friday, April 22, 2011

Night Seven - Killfith

Killfith: Here again…
    -Hmph... is it okay for you to be out here when that woman told you to be good and stay home for tonight?

Rif: But Anise and her gang could be anywhere right now, waiting to get the jump on Murno. I can't just sit around doing nothing...

Killfith: They won't make life very easy for us, but we should be able to expose their true colors in due time.
    -We'll go as far as we have to in order to beat them.

Rif: That's right. One day soon we'll capture those guys and then Murno won't have to worry anymore!
    -Especially now that you can transform, it should be a piece of cake! I'll be counting on you!

Killfith: Tch… Don't get carried away.

Rif: What are you talking about! Hey, you can do it with me now, right? From way back when, with a whole lot of fighting spirit put in!

Killfith: Fighting spirit? You can't mean—

Rif: Exactamundo! You've already learned it, right? Come on, let's yell it together!

Killfith: I knew it...!

Rif: For a Craftknight!
    -A hammer is…
    -... What's wrong?

Killfith: I’m begging you... anything but that.

Rif: (surprised) Huh?! Killfith politely asking me a favor? … I think the world might be coming to an end…

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Night Seven - Jade

Jade: Yo! What's up?
    -What's wrong? Didn't V.E tell you to stay home for the rest of the day?

Rif: I know, but Anise and her gang could be anywhere right now, waiting to strike against Murno, you know?
    -Although I know there's not much I can do…

Jade: Which is why you should just stay home! Or do you actually think you can bolster this town's defenses all by yourself?
    -I’m not gonna let you disappear on us again!

Rif: Why would you say it like that?

Jade: Because of you! The way you're acting! Don't you think you've worried us enough for one day?!

Rif: I… I'm sorry…

Jade: Wait—no, I'm sorry. I didn't to mean to get mad like that… Heck, I don't even have the right to be angry…
    -Back when you guys fell off that cliff, I couldn't even save you... I just…

Rif: Hey! That wasn't your fault! If I had been able to keep my grip on Murno—

Jade: No... if Rob was there, I'm sure he could've done something...

Rif: Master Rob...

Jade: Anyway, you're not the only one who knows how to be stubborn! Patrolling is my job!
    -You just head back to the workshop.

Rif: I understand... I'll go back.

Jade: Good! And as long as I'm patrolling, I might as well escort you there myself.

Rif: No, that's okay! I can head back by myself!

Jade: Can it! I'm going with you whether you like it or not!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day Seven, Part Thirteen

(Side Conversation)
Rif: Now that things have calmed down, I'm getting really hungry. Let's hurry back to the Town of Prosban.

Murno: Heheh, that’s so like you. But actually, I seem to be running on empty, too.

Killfith: Tch… you guys are too optimistic... that Benson menace is still there in that workshop.

Rif: When you put it like that, I actually do get kind of scared…

Near the exit of Bayreat Forest...

Eliez: Ah, there they are! Big sisters Rif and Murno!

Murno: Thanks for coming to welcome us, Eliez.

Zakk: Are you guys all right?

Rif: Sorry, Eliez, Zakk. Seems we made you worry, too.

Zakk: Can you blame us? Disappearing out of nowhere like that…
    -I mean, I wasn't! I wasn't worried or anything like that, not really!

Killfith: Hmph... you haven't changed, have you.

Zakk: By the way, when Lemmy came back just now, he was acting kinda weird.
    -Did something happen? Did you guys...

Tier: It’s just something that happened when we found Rif. It’s a long story.

Zakk: Um, uh, okay... if you say so…

V.E: Well then, we're going to report everything you've told us.

Jade: Be sure to look after Eliez.

Rif: Right.

(Benson's Workshop)

Eliez: I'm home! And look, so's everyone else!

Rif: Um... I'm really sorry for any trouble we might have caused.

Benson: Hm!

Rif: Um... you're not angry, are you?

Benson: …

Killfith: Tch…

Eliez: Master's really happy.

Benson: Nn?!

Murno: Heheheh… he's just shy…

Benson: Hm!

Rif: ... I don't get it at all.


-Master and the others came back that evening. They told us that everyone's going to gather at the Council of Gold tomorrow to discuss what's happened.
-I guess there's no way around it, but if we don't catch Anise and her accomplices as soon as possible…

Rif: Master said that while we were in Louise Village, no one saw Anise's comrades anywhere near the town.
    -Which leaves the question of where on earth they could be hiding…
    -(?) Huh? Looks like someone's there…

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day Seven, Part Twelve

(Everyone gathers together)

Rif: Everyone...! Even Lemmy!

Lemmy: I wasn't looking because I was worried or any such nonsense, it's simply that Zakk…

Jade: Sounds like someone's grasping at straws.

Tier: I'm just so glad!

V.E: Thank you, everyone…

Rif: (...) Um... Really, thank you.

V.E: Hey.

Rif: Yes!

V.E: As touching as this reunion is, I think it's about time for you to explain to us what exactly you've been doing for the past couple of days.
    -(with a pleasant smile) And don't leave out any details, okay?

Rif: Weell…

(fade to black)

Rif: … And that's when we started heading back this way.

V.E: That's an awful lot to take in, but I think I got the gist of it. All that's left is to figure out what to do about it.

Jade: If Govan's Demon Stone was put back, the Stray Summons that've gotten out of control might settle down, but if those people are still aiming to get it...

Tier: They definitely want to use it for something bad! We've gotta track down those guys!

Lemmy: (...) So I gather that everyone else here believes their story?

Rif: (annoyed) Excuse me? Are you saying that we're lying?

Lemmy: Those people have a binding contract with Master Bostaph to exterminate Strays for the sake of this town.
    -And yet you seem to be implying that they were looking for the demon stone in order to bring Stray Summons under their heel.
    -Are you trying to tell me that the contract is false? Are you accusing Master Bostaph of being a liar?!

Killfith: If the shoe fits.
    -Why else would he screw around with those cretins if not to obtain the demon stone's powers?

Lemmy: Don't you dare insult Master Bostaph!

Rif: But—I'm telling you, we're not lying!

Jade: Knock it off! Calm down, you guys!

V.E: Why do I get the feeling this is one fight we won't be able to stop?

Lemmy: Shut up! If you won't take back what you said of your own accord, then I will silence you by force!
    -(takes out his sword)

(Rif and Lemmy fight; Rif wins)

Lemmy: Dammit...! Why...?!

V.E: After fighting personally with Rif, I'm sure you understand just fine. They're not lying to us, you know.

Lemmy: So Bostaph is connected with a group of people who attacked a village...? Something like that, I just can't...

Rif: (...) Lemmy…

Lemmy: (!) That's right...! They must have tricked him!
    -If I don't tell him right away...!

Rif: Wait! Just what are you—

(Lemmy leaves)

V.E: (...) Good grief... he's already gone...
    -Somehow I get the feeling his association with those people isn't a simple matter of not asking enough questions.

Jade: It doesn't exactly look like there's anything we can do, though, is there?
    -If Lemmy let himself doubt for once second, the reality is that it’d be impossible for him to do anything.

Killfith: Tch...! What a simplistic way of thinking.

Rif: So, what should we do now?

V.E: After the day you've had, you kids should just head back to Jade's place for some well-earned rest.

Rif: Seriously, that's it?

Jade: Sure, why not? Just leave the rest up to us.

Murno: ...

V.E: It's all right. That alone would take a load off of everyone's mind, trust me.
    -Just do like Rif does and don't over-think all these complicated problems.

Murno: ... All right...

Tier: Come on, let's go back already!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day Seven, Part Eleven

(Side Conversation)
Rif: I really don't want to go through Master's wrath, so I'm really not looking forward to going back to the Town of Prosban…

Killfith: Aniki will probably want to give us a scolding as well. Hmph… delightful.

Murno: (while looking at Rif) Tier is sure to be just as scary as both of them. She would have been really worried about you.

Rif: (Right now Murno is scarier than all of them combined...)

(Bayreat Forest)

???: Hey…! Rif…!

Rif: (?) Wasn’t that voice—?!

(Side Conversation)
Rif: It sounds like someone's looking for me. I wonder who…

Killfith: Probably Master. I don't even want to think of what'll happen if she finds us. Hmph… just wonderful.

Rif: W-when you put it like that, it makes it even scarier… but if it was Aniki, he'd definitely put us through the wringer…

Murno: And who knows what Tier would do…

Rif: Yeah... we better make sure we're fully equipped.

As soon as you walk up the stairs, someone appears.

If last night you lamented missing V.E’s stew,  >Redhead
If you wanted to see Aniki’s scary face,  >Tough Guy
If you wondered about Tier,  >Genki Girl

(Enter V.E)

V.E: (!) Ah…

Rif: Uh, Master!

V.E: You kids...! What on earth have you been doing, this is...!
    -(steps forward)

Rif: Eep! I'm sorry, I'm really sorry!

(V.E wraps her in a hug)

Rif: Huh...? Um...? Master...?

V.E: You had us worried out of our minds...
    -(lets go and smacks her over the head)

Rif: Youch!!

V.E: Killfith! Murno! You too!

Killfith and Murno: (panicked) ...!

V.E: (turns away) (sigh)
    -Gee whiz, after all this time wandering all over the place…! Everyone has been worried sick looking for you!

Rif: Everyone else, too...?

V.E: Hey! I've found Rif and the others!  >Reunion

Tough Guy
(Enter Jade)

Jade: (!) Huh...?!

Rif: Ah, Aniki!

Jade: Y... you guys...
    -(annoyed) We've been worried out of our minds looking for you. Tell me, have you put some thought into an excuse that'll explain where you've been all this time?

Rif: No... I mean... tha—wait I'm not ready!

(While she panics, Jade walks up and puts a hand on her shoulder)

Rif: (!)

Jade: I'm sure there'll be plenty of time to hear all that later. Just be sure you’ve got something to say.

Rif: Er...? Um...? Aniki...?

Jade: Murno, Killfith… You guys too.

Murno and Killfith: (surprised) …

Jade: (turns away) Honestly... worried half to death...
    -Anyway, we'd better let everyone else know you're all right so they can have some peace of mind.

Rif: Everyone else...?

Jade: Heey! I've found Rif and the others!  >Reunion

Genki Girl
(Enter Tier)

Tier: (!) No way… Rif...?

Rif: Tier...!

Tier: IT'S RIF!
    -(runs up to Rif and gives her a hearty glomp)

Rif: What the—?! Hold on, what just happened?!

Tier: Rif! Rif!
    -(hugs tighter)

Rif: Urk…! Wai… can't… breathe…!

Tier: Oh thank goodness! What on earth happened with you?! I was so worried!

Rif: We... were... ......... ............ ghk...!
    -(convulses slightly)

Murno: Tier, wait! She's suffocating!

Tier: Huh?! Oh...!
    -(lets go)

(Rif, literally blue in the face, takes deep breaths)

Rif: Oh boy... I thought I was a goner...

Tier: Well... that's what you get for worrying me half to death!

Rif: Ah… yeah, about that...
    -I'm sorry.

Tier: You should apologize to everyone! Murno and Killfith should, too!

Murno: (while Killfith looks depressed) Yes.

V.E: (from off-screen) Hey! Tier, did you find something?  >Reunion

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day Seven, Part Ten

(In front of the prison)

Rif: Geez... if I'd only been paying attention then...

Tram: It's not your fault.

Gallahan: Indeed. The three of you did well today. You should be proud. It was a long, hard day!

Rif: ...

Tram: (to Murno) By the way, were you able to learn anything about the enchanted crystals?

Murno: They looked exactly like the ones in my village… they emanated such an immense power... and then, the Summon Creatures that began acting out...
    -The crystals released such a strong power in response to the demon stone that it caused Magdorad to act strangely.
    -That power is the same as the one Killfith felt when we fled from Mishews Village…
    -I wonder if any of this would have happened if I hadn't taken the demon stone from the village…

Killfith: Murno—

Rif: That couldn't be helped, though. Anise and her people were trying to take it.

Murno: And yet, while they were going after the demon stone so relentlessly, I couldn't do anything…
    -Only, father… he told me that only I could protect it, and that I shouldn’t let it pass into anyone else’s hands…

Tram: According to the stories you have told us, it seems that a long time ago the people of Mishews Village came here to build Louise Village.
    -I can only surmise the reason has to do with Govan's Demon Stone, but I wonder about that detail of how it “possesses great power”…
    -It makes me think that Anise may have also known about the story, even those small details…

Rif: But... if we just put it back where it came from, wouldn't everything go back to normal?

Murno: I don't know if that would work... even if it would, I don't know if that's an option at this point…

Tram: That's right… they may still be keeping an eye on Mishews Village. That in mind, you should immediately begin preparations for departure.


Rif: Huh? You mean you're letting us go home?
    -But what about what you said before, about keeping the village's secrets...?

Tram: (smiles) After all you've done to help save our village, there's no reason to be suspicious of you anymore. We are forever in your debt.

Rif: Wow, thank you.

Tram: Truly, we should be the ones thanking you.
    -The exit is just up ahead. Let us know when you're ready to depart.

(Side Conversation)
Rif: Tram and Gallahan are waiting at the exit to the village. I've gotta say, I'm more than ready to go home.

Killfith: It's about time. I'm sick of this village.

Rif: Still, I can’t believe we let Anise slip away from us…

Murno: Don't be so hard on yourself, Rif. Even with all the terrible things going on, you still did your best...

Rif: Thank you, Murno.

(At the village's exit)

Tram: Are you ready to leave Louise Village?

    -All set and ready to go!  >Outta this loony bin!
    -I think there's something I forgot…

Outta this loony bin!
Tram: Is that so? But first, take this.

Rif: What is this? A scale?

Tram: It's a scale from Lord Nushi himself. You can keep it as a sort of protective charm, if you will.

Rif: A protective charm, huh... thank you. I'll be sure to keep it safe!

(Obtained Phantom Dragon Scale!)

Tram: I suppose this is where we part ways, but please feel free to return any time you like.

Rif: I will! So stay safe while I'm gone!
    -You too, mister… stay strong!

Gallahan: (smiles) I will.

Murno: Be sure to look after yourself.

Gallahan: I will…

Killfith: Hmph... guess this is goodbye…

Gallahan: Indeed…

Rif: Hey, mister…
    -Thanks for listening when I said I was a Craftknight. It made me really happy.

Gallahan: Huh?!
    -(turns away)

Rif: (?) Mister, are you crying?

Gallahan: Bah! Don't poke fun at your elders! You should be on the road already!

Rif: Okay, I'm going! Bye then!

(Tram steps out of the way and the three children walk through the exit)

Gallahan: (watching them go) … They're gone…

Tram: Gallahan… I see, you were thinking of your daughter...

Gallahan: What nonsense is that? I'm going as well.

(The Flawed Caves)

Rif: Wow! To think we ended up here... I didn't see that coming...

Killfith: Hey. What are we doing now?

Rif: Good question... What about Murno's Village? Should we try to return the demon stone?

Killfith: First we have to think of a way to dispose of Anise's gang.

Murno: He's right... they already know about Mishews Village…
    -In the meantime, I'll bet Miss V.E and everyone else is worried about us.

Rif: No doubt about that... but Anise might already be in town, you know, and Master's gonna beat me black and blue after disappearing for so long…
    -So, I'm not too enthusiastic about going back yet…

Murno: But, if we just leave things as they are…

Rif: Yeeeahh... I guess...
    -Well then... we'll get closer to town for now and figure out something from there.

Murno: Heeheehee…

Rif: What? Did I say something weird?

Murno: Yep. It was very Rif-like.

Killfith: Indeed, that response was very like you.

Rif: Heheheh, somehow that doesn't sound very flattering...

Killfith: How lucky to be so simple.

Murno: Anyway, let's start heading towards town.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day Seven, Part Nine

(In front of the ruins)

Rif: Sorry it took so long! We brought Anise!

Tram: Thank you. Now, let us…

(The ground rumbles)

Rif: What is it this time?!

Killfith: Tch! Up there!

(Magdorad stands in a hole high in the wall of the ruins)

Magdorad: Grrroar…
    -(jumps down to the plaza in front of them)

Tram: Magdorad...! Anise!

Anise: Magdorad!

Magdorad: …

Anise: Magdorad… you…

Magdorad: …

Anise: I understand…
    -Now behave!


Rif: What the?!

Anise: Why isn't he listening to my orders?!

(Magdorad spits out a fireball)

Anise: No...! Stop this...! Magdorad!

(He spits out another fireball)

Anise: I said stop this right now!
    -(alarmed, takes a step back) What?!

Tram: (!) Look out!

(He pushes Anise out of the way, taking the hit himself)

Rif: Are—are you all right?!

Tram: Ah... the... Summon... ite... where…

Rif: The Summonite...?! Are you saying you dropped it?

Killfith: (picks up something from the ground) Hey! I've got the Summonite here!

Rif: Right!

Magdorad: Grroaar!

Rif: Oh man...! He's getting another fireball ready...!

Tram: The name...! Lord Nushi—you need to call out…!

Rif: (panicking, holds up the Summonite) Pha—Phantom Dragon!!

(The Phantom Dragon appears, emerging from a sphere of purple light)

Rif: Holy...! Did I summon him...?!

Phantom Dragon: MRAAaahh…

Tram: Don't... worry... after the fight before, Lord Nushi... will be able to communicate directly with your thoughts...

Rif: He... will...?

Phantom Dragon: Rhhaaa...

Tram: He's asking for your help… Rif…

Rif: ...! Understood...!
    -I'll do my best!!

(Phantom Dragon and Magdorad fight)

Rif: (...) Looks like he's quieted down…

(Magdorad disappears)

Rif: Huh?! He vanished...?!

Killfith: Tch... he was probably sent home...

Rif: Sent home... but how did...?
    -(looks around and notices something rather important)
    -Crap! Anise isn't here?! When did she...?!

Tram: She must've taken advantage of the confusion and fled then. It seems she also took back the Summonite...

Rif: She escaped?! We have to chase after her!

Killfith: Knowing her, she’ll probably come back with her friends in order to take away the demon stone.

Tram: I don't think that'll happen...

Rif: Why not?!

Tram: She knows very well what would happen if she gave that group an invitation to come back to this village.
    -Anise might hate this village, and perhaps there is nothing left here that she loves, but…
    -In any case, we need to spread out and search!

(fade to black)
-But in the end, we weren't able to find Anise...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day Seven, Part Eight

(Side Conversation)
Rif: The best way that we can help is to help the prison watchman escort Anise!

Killfith: What I want to know is if bringing that person along will really do us any good.

Rif: I can’t say I know the answer to that, but if this is the only thing we can do right now, then we are going to do it!


Rif: Excuse me! Prison Guard! Mr. Prison Guaaard!!!
    -Don't tell me... he's not here? Where could he have gone at a time like this?!

Anise: If it's the guard you're looking for, looks like he ran out of here.

Rif: (!) He ran away?! You’ve gotta be kidding!

Anise: I told him, “I heard a voice before. Has Magdorad lost control?”
    -Then I mentioned he'd probably come to see how I was doing, and it got quiet all of a sudden.

Killfith: I see... so he ran off.

Anise: Hey, what exactly did you guys do to Magdorad?!

Rif: We didn't do anything! He just suddenly attacked us, without an order or anything!
    -That's why we came to fetch you...

Anise: Then hurry up and get me out of here!

Rif: You say that but... where is the key?!

Anise: How am I supposed to know! If you don't have a key, just use your hammer to break the lock!

Rif: Fine, just stand back...!

(Side Conversation)
Rif: Since we don't have a key to get Anise out of her cell, we'll just have to break the lock!

Killfith: If you want a pat on the head for figuring that out, don’t look at me.

Rif: (smashes the lock) Okay, I broke it!

Anise: (comes out) Took you long enough. We have to hurry!

Killfith: You say that, but how do we know you're not just planning to escape?

Anise: I wouldn't do that at a time when Magdorad needs me! Do you still doubt me?

Killfith: After everything you've done, how are we supposed to believe anything coming out of that ugly mug?

Anise: Ha! You just can’t let go of a grudge, can you? Aren’t you supposed to be my shepherd and lead me out of here?

Killfith: Shepherd? Don’t think you can screw with me, you little—

Magdorad: (from a distance) roaaaarr…

Rif: We don’t have time for this. We have to hurry! You come with us too, all right?

(She holds out a hand to Anise, who slaps it away)

Anise: Don't touch me! I don't want any apprentice of his anywhere near me!

Rif: That again… I guess asking what happened between you and Master Rob will have to wait, though…
    -Let's go!

(Side Conversation)
Rif: Anise, we'll take you to the ruins, and hopefully you'll be able to get Magdorad to settle down.

Killfith: Go ahead and try to run. It'll give me a good excuse to put an end to you.

Anise: If you have the time to make pointless threats, then pick up the pace.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day Seven, Part Seven

Eventually, they enter the room they've been looking for. Killfith pauses.

Killfith: Tch... this room gives me an even worse feeling than all the rest of the place.

(They walk forward and see the enchanted crystals)

Rif: That must be what Murno was looking for.

Magdorad: Grroar…

Rif: And there's Magdorad... just as impressive as I remember...

(Murno takes a few steps forward)

Killfith: Hey...! What are you doing? Come back here!

Murno: It's all right. Although he looks a little scary, I don't think he'll do anything to hurt us.

Rif: Are you sure about that...?

Tram: It's true. Unless a Summoning Master gives him a direct order, he will not commit any violence against us.
    -Or perhaps you're simply frightened?

Rif: What?! I'm not scared at all!

Tram: Then hurry on. Be of some use.

(quick fade to black)

(Side Conversation)
Rif: How am I supposed to help Murno look at enchanted crystals?

Killfith: By not getting in the way.

Rif: All right, I got it!

Once she gets bored of twiddling her thumbs...

Rif: Well, Murno? What do you think?

Murno: These enchanted crystals... I'm still not sure if they're exactly the same as the ones from my village...

Killfith: Tch... I'm getting a really unpleasant feeling. Are they resonating with Govan's Demon Stone?

Murno: With the demon stone...? (looks at it)

Killfith: This feeling... that's right... it's similar to the sense I got when we left the village...

Rif: What...? I don't get it, what's going on?

(Murno looks at the demon stone)

Murno: In the demon stone, there's something...

(flash of light)

Rif: Crap! What is it now?!

Magdorad: (!) Grrroaaarr...

Tram: Magdorad, what's wrong?

Killfith: Tch...! That unpleasant feeling I had just got a lot worse.

Murno: I don't believe... could this have been the cause of all the Summon Creatures becoming violent...?!

Magdorad: GRRAAAAHHH!!!
    -(shoots off a fireball)

Murno: AIEEE!

Rif: Murno! Are you okay?!

Tram: What's wrong with you, Magdorad?!

Killfith: Didn't you say he wouldn't do anything unless a Summoning Master ordered him to?!

Tram: This can't be...! I never gave an order...!
    -It's dangerous here! We must retreat for now!

(Outside the ruins)

Gallahan: Are you all safe? What in God's name happened down there?!

Tram: Magdorad suddenly turned against us. We must notify everyone!

Gallahan: Understood. But what about you?

Tram: If we’re to have any chance whatsoever, I'll have to ready the Phantom Dragon.

Gallahan: I see. Perhaps we should bring Anise along to help, as well.

Tram: Perhaps we should. Calling Anise here might be our only hope.

Rif: (...) What should the three of us do?

Tram: You should escape immediately! I don't know what will happen, so you should flee from here as quickly as you can!

Rif: Run away...

    -Understood! We'll get out of here.  >Following Orders
    -Hold on a minute.  >Not So Fast

Following Orders
Rif: He's right! We should go, Murno!

Murno: Wait! Isn't there anything I can do to help?

Rif: Murno?!

Gallahan: What are you talking about! This isn't a matter for children to get involved in. You need to leave quickly!

Murno: It might have been my fault that Magdorad started acting out. For me to just run away...

Killfith: Murno...
    -I understand what you're trying to say, but you'd only get in the way.

Rif: Wait, Killfith, what are you saying?!

Killfith: (to Rif) Which is why in Murno's place, you'll be helping out instead. Got it?

Rif: Oh... yeah... I got it.

Murno: Thank you, Killfith.

Killfith: (blushes and looks away) Tch... it was nothing.

Gallahan: (annoyed) Listen! This isn't a game!

Rif: I know that... but we are Craftknights, and that means there's something we can do.
    -... Don't you think, Killfith?

Killfith: Tch... of course.

Gallahan: Rif... you can be awfully stubborn when you want to be, can't you? Tram, what do you think?

Tram: Thank you, Killfith...
    -In that case, please go to the prison watchman and have him bring Anise here.

Rif: Understood!  >Tasks

Not So Fast
Rif: I am a Craftknight! I can't run away just because the going gets tough! There must be something I can do to help.

Killfith: Tch... I thought you might say something like that.

Murno: Rif, Killfith...

Gallahan: Don't spout off the first idiot thing that comes to mind! You kids should hurry and find a safe place!

Rif: No way! There should be something we can do here besides run!

Gallahan: Rif... you can be awfully stubborn when you want to, can't you? Tram, what do you think?

Tram: Thank you, Rif, Killfith...
    -In that case, please assist the prison watchman in bringing Anise here.

Rif: Go to the prison. No problem!  >Tasks

Tram: Miss Murno, you go with Gallahan!

Gallahan: (to Rif) Leave Murno up to me. Under no circumstances are you to do anything reckless! Understood?

Rif: Yes, sir!

Murno: Rif, Killfith, take care, both of you.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day Seven, Part Six

(Side Conversation)
Killfith: Murno's going to look at the enchanted crystals. Why are you moving so slowly?

Rif: But, I was just thinking that if I went to investigate the crystals too, I might just get in the way...

Killfith: ... Tch.

Rif: Haha, I'm just kidding. Let's get going!

Further ahead…

Tram: I was beginning to wonder if you'd gotten lost somewhere along the way.

Rif: We're not lost at all. Right, Killfith?

Killfith: I'm here. Is there someone I have to collect?

Rif: See there! … Wait, what?!

Tram: They have a good relationship, don't they?

Murno: They really do.

Magdorad: (from a distance) Graaarrr…

Rif: What was that?!

Tram: It sounds like Magdorad has gotten a lot better. That's good to know…
    -He was so weak after bringing Anise back that I was worried he might not recover.

Murno: Why do you think he was so weakened?

Killfith: When you all fell off the cliff, he dove in with me so that he could rescue that human Anise.
    -He’s lucky he survived, considering that as a fire-breather, his weakness is water.

Rif: Going that far just to save her...

Tram: Anise and Magdorad are bound in such a way that she can manipulate Magdorad’s thoughts.
    -Perhaps that’s the reason why Voijin led Anise in particular to his side.

Murno: In other words, he wanted to obtain Magdorad's powers…

Tram: Voijin and his companions had heard rumors that a Summon Creature with enormous strength was hidden in this village, and that's what they came looking for...
    -After they had taken the villagers hostage, they threatened to take a life for as long as the Summon Creature did not reveal itself.
    -And then, in order to prove that they were serious… they grabbed one of the villagers… Muzan… and ended his life.
    -That man was not only serving as the village chief at the time, but was my father… they stole his life away, and then…
    -Gallahan's wife and child as well...

Murno: That's awful...

Rif: How could they do that?! That’s completely unforgivable…
    -But, why didn't you use the Summon Creatures to fight? Even with just the two of them, wouldn't you have been able to win?

Tram: Even if we had done that, they probably would have continued picking us off. With things like that, and so many defenseless people already…
    -But even more than that, if they had managed to sow discord in both Magdorad and Lord Nushi, everyone in the village would have been killed.

Rif: (face falls) …

Tram: Therefore, in order to prevent further sacrifices... only the Phantom Dragon came in our defense…
    -Anise… unveiled Magdorad... seeking to sacrifice herself...

Rif: I didn't know that...

Tram: After everything we went through... how on earth did she get trapped in their grasp...?

Murno: …

Tram: Ah, forgive me. Let's hurry on ahead.
    -(leaves with Murno)

Rif: (...)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day Seven, Part Five

(Rif wins the match with Tram)

Rif: I won! I did it, Murno!

Murno: Rif... Thank goodness…

Tram: I lost… please accept my apologies for all the rude things I said before.

Rif: Huh?! No, it's fine, you don't really have to apologize.
    -And anyway, taking a little bit of your sarcasm is really nothing compared to the kind of flak I've gotten from the people in Bostaph's Workshop, you know.

Tram: Haha... Thank you.

Gallahan: You both did very well. It was a good match.

Rif: Heehee.

Tram: Thank you for your hard work, Gallahan.
    -(to Rif) According to our deal, you and your friends have my permission to progress further into the ruins.

Killfith: See there, Murno?

Murno: Thank you. I’m glad everything worked out.

Tram: The enchanted crystals are near an altar up ahead. The Summon Creatures there will be even stronger than those before, so be sure to take care.

Murno: Out of curiosity... what on earth is it that the Summon Creatures are protecting?

Tram: Magdorad, a Summon Creature that possesses incredible power.

Rif: Magdorad... no way, you mean the same Summon Creature that Anise summoned?

Tram: That's right, you already know about him.
    -The Phantom Dragon and Magdorad are the Summon Creatures from whom we borrowed power in order to create Louise Village.
    -Each ruin was supplied with Summonite so that they might fulfill the last part of their duty, which is to protect this village's treasure.

Rif: Does that mean she took it?

Tram: Before you go jumping to conclusions, Anise had taken Magdorad in order to save this village…
    -I still believe that, even now.

Rif: (face falls) …

Tram: But after discovering the secrets of this village, I will not be able to simply send you back.

Rif: What are you saying? Shouldn't it be fine as long as we promise not to say anything?

Tram: Maybe if it was just Miss Murno, but you seem like you might give everything away by accident.

Rif: Excuse me?!

Tram: Well, now that we're done with story-time, let us proceed to the enchanted crystals in the floor below.
    -Magdorad is highly revered by our people, so please take care not to startle him. Now let us be off, Miss Murno.
    -(takes Murno's hand, much to Killfith and Rif's annoyance)

Murno: Wha, wai—!

Rif: Hold on, why does Murno has to go with you this time?!

Tram: You already won against me, so isn't it only fair you indulge me by letting me guide her?
    -Or if I'm not allowed to protect her, perhaps I shouldn't let you move ahead either?

Rif: What on earth does that have to do with anything?!

Tram: Anyway, let's head off.

Killfith: Tch, taking Murno again...! Hey, you, what are you standing around for!

Rif: This again... geez...!

Gallahan: Take care of yourself, young lady!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Prank

(Rif wins the match with Tram)

Rif: I won! I did it, Murno!

Murno: Rif... Thank goodness…

Tram: I can't believe I lost... I guess I'll finally have to admit that potato dumplings are not suitable bait for fishing.

Rif: Huh?! No, just because you lost, you don't have to go that far.
    -Besides, I use potato dumplings as bait all the time! It's not as good as using lobsters or clams, though.

Tram: Haha... we sure know some high-class fish, don't we.

Gallahan: Easy for you to say. If I don't use a wooden fishing pole, I can't catch anything because the power meter goes too fast!

Rif: Speaking of that, do we eat the fish after we catch them or do we sell them?

Tram: That's a good question. They always seem to turn into points after I catch them.
    -Although perhaps the fisherman at the pond simply uses a point system to measure how much you earned per fish.

Killfith: See there, Murno?

Murno: Yes, they really do have a lot of pointless arguments.

Tram: Come to think of it, I wonder why he sits there and lets us use lobster as bait. Does he do that for everyone?

Murno: If that's true, all the fishing being done must be devastating to the local economy.

Tram: Not to mention all the fishing necessary to obtain lobsters and clams to use as bait. By the way, do you think Magdorad eats lobster?

(Group exclamation points)

Rif: Magdorad is the one Anise summoned before, right? Are you suggesting we use lobster to lure him out of Anise's clutches?

Tram: Oh my, no, I was just wondering aloud if he might like it as a treat.
    -But unlike the Phantom Dragon, Magdorad doesn't seem to do so well in water, so perhaps not.
    -I have to find out what kind of food he likes best.

Rif: Are you planning to use him somehow?

Tram: Before you go jumping to conclusions, I would never abuse my powers as a Summoner in such a way.
    -I would only tie the food to a string and dangle it in front of his face so I could get rides everywhere.

Rif: …

Tram: Don't give me that look. Do you have any idea how trying it is to have to walk everywhere?

Rif: Actually, yes. Even though there's a train station at my home town, I can't afford to take it.

Tram: I wish we had a train station in Louise Village. I hate being stuck in the same place all the time.

Rif: Well, you could, you know, leave.

Tram: Anyway, shall we go find a suitable snack for Magdorad?
    -Dragons are highly revered by our people, largely because they often have an intelligence equal to or sometimes greater than our own... so we'll be the talk of the town once they see me and Murno riding around on one!
    -(takes Murno's hand, much to Killfith and Rif's annoyance)

Murno: Why me—?!

Rif: Yeah, why does Murno get to ride on Magdorad? I want to ride on a dragon!

Tram: But you already defeated Magdorad, so there's no way he'll let you get on his back.
    -Besides, Murno's way cuter.

Rif: Hey, I'd be cute if I were a blond!

Tram: Good luck with that.
    -(leaves with Murno)

Killfith: Tch, taking Murno again...! Hey, you! Quit dragging your feet before I drop you off another cliff!

Rif: Why me?

Gallahan: Good luck with that.

//Happy April Fool's Day!//