Child In Tow
The crew meets Agielba, a master agent, and his daughter, Ardora. They accept a request in place of Agielba, who is busy, and end up in an unexpectedly difficult struggle. Luckily Agielba and Ardora show up and bail them out. The two of them are so impressed by the kindness of the crew that they decide to join.
The crew visits a town as still as death.
A townsperson is engaged in a heated discussion with a giant Draph.
Giant Draph: You know I'd love to help you with your little problem...
Giant Draph: But I'm already under contract! What do you expect me to do?
Townsperson: We know we're asking for a lot, but there's nobody else strong enough to defeat a monster like that!
Giant Draph: That's too bad. I already have a contract with a rich fellow from Auguste.
Giant Draph: So I don't have time to be wasting here!
Giant Draph: Besides, do you even have enough money to hire me?
Townsperson: I... Well...
Vyrn: What's happening? They arguing or something?
Katalina: It would appear so. Such a loud pair...
Vyrn: Hey! Whatcha guys fighting for?
Lyria: Fighting is bad!
Katalina: Lyria! Where are you going? We should stay out of their business!
Katalina: What luck... We've only just arrived and already trouble has found us. We should follow them, (Captain)!
A powerful monster has appeared in this once-flourishing and vibrant town.
The townsperson reveals to the crew that he and the other townsfolk now live life in fear.
Lyria: That's terrible... What if someone gets hurt?
Katalina: Hmm... It seems as though they weren't quarreling after all, but this sounds like a real problem.
Townsperson: Yeah... We have to take care of that monster somehow, before this all gets out of hand!
Townsperson: I'm begging you, Agielba! Fate brought you to this island, so please help us!
Agielba: How many times do I have to tell you? I can't keep the client I already have waiting.
Agielba: But if you absolutely insist, you're going to have to pay me for my trouble. I might be able to pull some strings if I get paid.
Katalina: That must be Agielba, the Great Blade of Daybreak. Looks like the rumors about the man are true.
Lyria: Do you know him, Katalina?
Katalina: This is the first time I've come across him. He's a master agent, who's made quite a name for himself.
Draph Girl: Papi! Da ship's hea! Wetts go!
Agielba: So it is! I'll be right there, my little Ardora!
Katalina: Surprising... In spite of all the dangerous jobs he must do, he has a child by his side.
Katalina: Ha-ha! What a cutie! How old are you?
Ardora: Um... Wan, twos... fowa yeas od!
Katalina: "Fowa yeas od"? Aww! What's your name?
Ardora: Ardora! I'm hepping Papi 'cawz he's so bezi.
Agielba: That's right. Sadly, someone else is going to have to take care of the monster hunting.
Vyrn: Hey! How can you be so cold when you're so sweet with your daughter? You're seriously going to refuse when they're this desperate?
Vyrn: Then I guess we'll have to take out that monster ourselves! Right, (Captain)?
Lyria: Exactly! They're in trouble! We can't just ignore that!
Agielba: What! No one even asked for your help! Are you out of your minds?
Townsperson: You know, I'm glad to hear you want to help, but I'm not sure this is the sort of monster you can handle...
Choose: I want to save the people of this town!Choose: Someone has to do it.
- I want to save the people of this town!
- Someone has to do it.
Katalina: That's right. If Agielba won't do it, we have no choice.
Vyrn: Monster hunting? (Captain) knows how to handle a sword! Just leave it to us! Let's go, (Captain)!
In high spirits, the crew head out in search of the monster.
But the monster turns out to be more powerful than expected, and they end up in a difficult struggle.
Vyrn: This one's way stronger than I thought! Maybe we should regroup and try again...
Ardora: Hey! I foun' dwem! Oba hea, Papi! Oba hea!
Agielba: Don't run in caves, my girl! You might get hurt...
Vyrn: Uh-oh! The monster is going after that little girl!
Agielba: And that's one monster down. Like I'd ever let a beast like that touch my precious Ardora!
Katalina: What! We struggled so much with that monster, but you dropped it with just one blow!
Agielba: Ha-ha! Against me, I'm surprised that wimp even lasted that long!
Ardora: Papi neba loesses!
Agielba: Still, what a pain you guys are. What would you have done if I hadn't come?
Vyrn: Um... We usually do a bit better than that. Right, (Captain)?
Agielba: Something must be wrong with all of you. I mean, getting into trouble like this without so much as a contract? What if something happens?
Agielba: Aren't you guys part of a crew? How would your friends feel if something happened to you? Think about them!
Ardora: Yeah! Tink!
Vyrn: I think I get it! The reason you're so worried about contract fees is your daughter, right?
Vyrn: You just want to make sure your daughter is taken care of if something happens to you. It's almost enough to make a grown dragon cry!
Agielba: What are you talking about? I'm more worried about the content of my contracts than the fees.
Agielba: What matters is how highly regarded I am! That's what matters to any first-class agent!
Ardora: Yeah! Papi's firs' cass!
Agielba: Ha-ha! Yep. As long as I'm on the mission, you can bet nothing will go wrong.
Vyrn: You know what? I take back what I said earlier...
Agielba: Still, I'm surprised that you guys managed to chase the monster this far. You're stronger than you look!
Vyrn: Yeah, but it was pretty dangerous for us to come rushing into this without being prepared.
Vyrn: Good thing you showed up when you did!
Lyria: And Ardora looked for us too. Thanks, both of you!
Ardora: Heh heh... It waz nuhchin!
Katalina: But don't you have an important contract, Agielba? If so, you'd better hurry back...
Agielba: Right... That doesn't concern you, so don't worry about it.
Ardora: Conchact beach, waight, Papi?
Katalina: What? A "conchact bweach"? Do you mean a "breach of contract"?
Vyrn: You sure you're okay with that? I thought you were a stickler for contracts!
Agielba: Can't do much about it now.
Agielba: I couldn't just abandon you guys in front of my daughter!
Lyria: Ha-ha. Your dad's a great guy, Ardora.
Ardora: He chur iz!
Agielba: Anyway... Are you guys always like this? I'm not sure whether you're softies or just plain ol' clueless.
Choose: Softy? Stop it. You're embarrassing me.
- I hear that a lot.
- Softy? Stop it. You're embarrassing me.
Agielba: That's not a good thing, you know? I wasn't giving you a compliment...Choose: I hear that a lot.
Agielba: Still, it seems like you're letting a good thing go to waste. I mean, you're obviously skilled, so you could be famous with the right approach.
Katalina: You've got it all wrong. The task of helping others is its own reward.
Vyrn: That's right! And how can you enjoy sailing the skies if you're bound by pesky contracts?
Agielba: A crew, huh? Maybe that wouldn't be so bad. I've already reached my peak in the agent profession after all.
Agielba: I've got a great idea, Captain! How about I sign up with your crew?
Vyrn: Awesome! We'd welcome someone as strong as you anytime! Right, (Captain)?
Agielba: I'll make this crew famous throughout the skies! Sounds good, right?
Choose: That's not really our goal...
- That's not really our goal...
- Sure does! I want to be the best!
Agielba: Never mind the details!Choose: Sure does! I want to be the best!
Agielba: That's my captain! Just leave it to big bad me!Continue 1
Ardora: Weave it to Papi!
Agielba: Okay! Then it's decided! And the first order of business is to earn the money to pay my breach-of-contract fine!
Ardora: Ebibody hewp wit conchact bweach! Come wit me!
Vyrn: Hey! Who said we'd help with that! (Captain) makes the decisions around here!
With the two additional members on board, (Captain) and company set sail.
But it will be a while yet before they're famous throughout the skies.
Ardora has been saving up the allowance she earns for doing chores on the airship to buy Agielba a birthday present. As Agielba secretly watches her, he hears that pirates have boarded the ship and rushes out to defeat them.
Ardora: Skwabby skwabby, squeaky kween! Kween da ship!
Lyria: Wow! What a good girl you are, Ardora! Helping out around the ship, huh?
Ardora: Yeah! If I kween, I get an awowantch!
Lyria: An allowance? Is there something you want to buy, Ardora?
Ardora: Hehehe. Dats a secwet!
Ardora: I can't twell anyone I'm baiwing Papi a birfday puwsent!
Vyrn: Ha-ha! But you just told us!
Lyria: It's okay! I won't tell anyone, so don't worry!
Ardora: Puamiss? You bettah not tell nobwody, okays?
As Ardora merrily does her chores, a looming figure watches her from the shadows...
Agielba: Aw... Did you hear that, (Captain)? Makes me want to cry...
That's my little Ardora! What a good girl she is! You think so too, right, (Captain)?
Choose: She's going to grow up to be awesome!
- She's going to grow up to be awesome!
- Can I adopt her?
Agielba: Huh? Well, duh... Of course that's the case.Choose: Can I adopt her?
Agielba: No way! I won't give little Ardora to anyone! Not even you, (Captain)!
That's my little Ardora! What a good girl she is! You think so too, right, (Captain)?
Choose: I want to give her a hug!
- I want to give her a hug!
- She must really care about you!
Agielba: I bet you do! You should tell her what a good girl she is too!Choose: She must really care about you!
Agielba: You've got that right, (Captain)! You should tell her what a good girl she is too!Continue 1
Agielba: Wait... What was that? I hear some commotion from the stern of the ship.
Katalina: (Captain)! Agielba! There you are!
Katalina: Pirates are boarding the ship! Come quick!
Agielba: No way! I can't have pirates making a mess while Ardora is cleaning!
Agielba: I'll beat 'em to a pulp! Move it, (Captain)!
Ardora's Quest: Scene 2
Ardora continues doing chores without even noticing the commotion on the airship. Agielba smiles as he secretly watches her, but he finds out that there are still pirates on the ship and rushes out to battle once again.
While Agielba and the others knock the pirates around, Ardora peacefully continues doing chores on the deck.
Ardora: Wook, Wywia! Da ship is squeaky kwean!
Lyria: Wow! Good work, Ardora! I'm impressed!
Vyrn: Hey! Doesn't the allowance you got earlier give you enough to buy your dad's present?
Ardora: Um... I juss got dis much, so...
Ardora: Wan... two... thwee... Oh! I hab a wot!
Ardora: I can bwai Papi's puwsent now!
Lyria: Wow, Ardora! You can add too?
Ardora: Hehe! Papi twaught me! He's supaa smawt!
Agielba: Did you hear that, (Captain)? She might be some sort of genius!
Agielba: Hey! Are you even listening, (Captain)?
Katalina: Agielba... I've been looking all over for you, and you're here loafing about?
Agielba: Oh, sorry! I was worried about little Ardora. Just thought I'd check in...
Katalina: That explains it... In any case, the rest of the crew is out, and we need all the help we can get right now.
Katalina: There are still pirates on the ship! If you're worried about little Ardora, we need to get them out of here!
Agielba: All right, leave it to me! They'll be gone in no time!
Ardora's Quest: Scene 3
Ardora goes to town to buy a present for Agielba. Agielba secretly follows and supports his daughter from the shadows, ready to stop anyone who stands in her way.
With the pirates defeated, Agielba starts watching his beloved daughter again.
Ardora: I'm gonna go buy Papi's puwsent now!
Ardora: Um... Vwarn, Wywia, can you come witt me?
Lyria: Of course! Let's go, Ardora!
Vyrn: Yeah! We can't let a little one like you go shopping alone!
Ardora: Hey! I'm not wittle! I can go by myseff!
Lyria: Ha-ha. Then I have a favor to ask you, Ardora!
Lyria: Can you take me and Vyrn to the store with you?
Ardora: Yep! Fowwow me!
Agielba: Hey, (Captain)! Come on! We need to go after my baby!
Agielba: I can't believe she's already grown up enough to go shopping...
Agielba: Ardora... I'm just so proud of her!
Agielba: Listen here, (Captain)! You better not let your guard down until she finishes shopping!
Agielba: We're gonna take out anyone who stands in her path!
Ardora's Quest: Scene 4
Ardora makes it to the store, but the gift she's looking for is sold out. She begins to cry upon learning this, but the crew cheers her up by suggesting that she make a voucher for a shoulder massage. Her homemade gift deepens her bond with her father.
With Agielba's help from behind the scenes, Ardora avoids danger multiple times and reaches the store.
Ardora: Huh? Whea is it? Oba hea?
Ardora: Not hea edaa...
Lyria: What's wrong, Ardora?
Vyrn: Hey, kiddo! Which one's the present for your dad?
Ardora: It's gwon.
Lyria: What? You mean someone else bought it?
Ardora: Bhut... I kweened fwor Papi...
Agielba: Aw... It's okay, my girl... I don't need a present!
Agielba: I'm just happy to know you care...
Agielba: I wish I could hug you right now!
Agielba: It breaks my heart to stand here watching you like this from afar!
Vyrn: Hey, don't cry! It's too bad it was sold out, but cheer up...
Lyria: We couldn't get the present, but all your dad really wants is to see you happy!
Ardora: Buht... Buht...
Vyrn: I know! What about a voucher for a shoulder massage?
Ardora: A swoudder mamage?
Vyrn: A shoulder massage! I heard that dads all over the world get super happy when their kids give them vouchers for shoulder massages!
Ardora: Reawwy? Den I'll make dat!
Lyria: Yeah! And we'll help you!
She couldn't buy her present, but Ardora pours her heart into making a massage voucher.
Ardora: Fwor my supaa cwool papi! Hea you go!
Agielba: Little Ardora! What a wonderful present... Daddy is so happy!
Ardora: I'll gwive you a showder maswage wheneber you want!
Agielba: I love you so much!
Thus, the bond between father and daughter deepens.
It will be some time before Agielba has to suffer through his daughter's inevitable rebellious teenage phase.