Child In Tow
In this town, the party met Agielba, a master agent, and his daughter Ardora. The party undertook the monster hunting that had previously been contracted to Agielba, and found themselves sucked into an unexpectedly difficult struggle. The party was almost about to break their contract, when Agielba and Ardora appeared to bail them out. The two of them were impressed by the kindness of the party, and joined with them.
Our heroes dropped into a town along the way during their travels.
The town had become as still as death. When the party entered it, the townsfolk were squaring off against a giant Draph.
Draph Giant: So you think you can do whatever you want with me?
Draph Giant: Yes, but aren’t you already under contract?
Townsperson: We know it seems impossible. But we cannot think of anyone else strong enough to defeat a monster like that!
Draph Giant: Not a good idea. Forming a contract with a rich man from Auguste.
Draph Giant: I’m not gonna get stuck here!
Draph Giant: Can you even scrape together the money to hire me?
Townsperson: I... well...
Vyrn: Wait a minute! Don’t tell me there’s some point of contention?
Katalina: You’re right. They seem to be raising quite a ruckus.
Vyrn: Hey! What are you fellas quarreling for?
Lyria: Don’t fight!
Katalina: Hey, where are you going? You’re going to pry into their affairs...
Katalina: Good grief... I can’t believe we’re already in trouble right after landing on this island. We’re outta here, (Captain)!
A powerful monster had appeared in the once-flourishing and vibrant town...
The townsfolk revealed that people were living in fear in the desolated town.
Lyria: That’s terrible... I hope the townsfolk stay safe!
Katalina: Hmmm. It seems to have not been a mere quarrel after all... This is going to be a real problem.
Townsperson: Yeah... So we gotta take care of that monster somehow before this all gets out of hand!
Townsperson: I’m begging you, Agielba! It was fate for you all to have come to this island... Please save our island!
Agielba: Well, therefore, you’d better not be late with the next contract.
Agielba: If there’s no one else you can ask for help then you’d better get my fee ready to pay. I’ve always been dependable as long as I get paid, right?
Townsperson: Uh. . um...
Katalina: Hm... If it isn’t Agielba, the Great Blade of Daybreak. Looks like the rumors about the man are true.
Lyria: Katalina, do you know of this Agielba?
Katalina: This if the first time I’ve come upon him. He’s a master agent who’s made quite a name for himself.
Draph Girl: Father! A ship has arrived! Time to take off!
Agielba: Yes, let’s go! Wait, little Ardora!
Katalina: Surprising... He’s taking a little kid with him on his dangerous journey...
Katalina: Ahaha! What a cutie! How old are you?
Ardora: Um... One, two... Four years old!
Katalina: Aww, so you are four? What’s your name?
Ardora: I’m Ardora. I’m helping out daddy because he’s so busy.
Agielba: Haha... That’s right. Sadly, someone else is going to have to take care of the monster hunting.
Vyrn: What the... hey! Your daughter’s attitude is totally different from your own... You’re going to refuse even though they’ve relied on you up until now?!
Vyrn: Then I guess we will have to take out that monster ourselves! Right, (Captain)?
Lyria: Exactly! The townsfolk are in trouble! You can’t just blow them off!
Agielba: Whaaat?! You haven’t even been asked! Are you out of your minds?!
Townsperson: However... I am pleased to hear you can help, but... Is this a monster you can handle?
Choose: I want to save the people of this town!Choose: If someone doesn’t do it...
- I want to save the people of this town!
- If someone doesn’t do it...
Katalina: That’s right. If Agielba doesn’t do it, we have no choice.
Vyrn: We can do it, and do it well! Monster extermination? Just leave it to us! Let’s go, (Captain)!
In high and proud spirits, our heroes went out monster hunting.
However, the monster was more powerful than anticipated and the party found themselves sucked into a difficult struggle.
Vyrn: Damn it... It’s stronger that I thought! Maybe we should regroup and then try again...
Ardora: What?! I found them!! Daddy, over here! Over here!
Agielba: H-Hey! It’s dangerous to go scampering through caverns! You might get hurt...
Vyrn: What?! The monster is going after that little girl...
Agielba: So, you want to escalate this?! You think I would let you lay a finger on my precious Ardora?!
Katalina: Hm! We struggled so much with that monster, but with just one blow you...
Agielba: Hahaha! This monster is no match for me!
Ardora: It’s no match for my daddy!
Agielba: Still... You trouble me with this. What would you have done if I hadn’t come? Yes?
Vyrn: No... Normally you can do more, right? Eh, (Captain)?
Agielba: Ha, the very idea of me coming running to your rescue like this without even forming a contract first. What were you planning to do if something bad had happened?
Agielba: Aren’t you guys an order? Don’t you need more allies? Think about those that are waiting, too.
Ardora: That’s right! Think about it!!
Vyrn: Gasp! Were you so hung up on your contract fees for your daughter’s sake?!
Vyrn: So, in your dangerous line of work, you were particular about your contracts so that even if something happened to you, Ardora wouldn’t ever have to work hard? Why, it’s enough to bring a tear to your eye!
Agielba: Hm? What I am particular about is the content my contracts.
Agielba: The regard in which I am held is important! This is only natural for a first-class agent!
Ardora: Hehe! Yeah! My daddy is first class!
Agielba: Hahaha! They know they can rely on me alone!
Vyrn: Wha...?! Quit raining on our parade!
Agielba: However, just by being able to chase down the monster this far really shows what you guys are made of!
Vyrn: Yeah, but it was pretty dangerous to come rushing into this ill-prepared.
Vyrn: But you came and saved us!
Lyria: And Ardora also looked for us. Thank you.
Ardora: Hehehe, that was a piece of cake!
Katalina: However, Agielba. Didn’t you have an important contract? If that’s the case then you’d better hurry back...
Agielba: Ah... That has nothing to do with you. It’s not something for you to be worrying about.
Ardora: Daddy you will have to pay a penawlty for bweach of contwact, right?
Katalina: What? “Bweach of contwact”? Do you mean “penalty for breach of contract”?
Vyrn: Whoa! Even though you were such a stickler for contracts?!
Agielba: There’s nothing I can do.
Agielba: I can’t let Ardora see me just cast you all aside!
Lyria: Haha, little Ardora’s father is a great guy.
Ardora: Hehe! That’s my daddy!
Agielba: So are you always like this? An easy mark, or just stupid...
Choose: Well, maybe not...
- I’m called those things a lot...
- Well, maybe not...
Agielba: No, I’m not praising you. Still...Choose: I’m called those things a lot...
Agielba: Still, it would be a waste, wouldn’t it. You’re highly capable, skilled, and renowned.
Katalina: No, it’s not like that. But there’s nothing wrong with helping others out, either.
Vyrn: You know it! If you’re bound by a contract you can’t just go gallivanting about in the skies however you like!
Agielba: An order... No, there’s nothing bad about that. And I’ve already reached my peak in the agent profession...
Agielba: Right, Captain? Maybe I’ll go ahead and sign up with your order after all!
Vyrn: Awesome! We’d be thrilled to have someone as amazing as you on board! Right, (Captain)?
Agielba: I will make this order famous throughout all the skies! And that ain’t no crime, eh?
Choose: Our goals are different, but...
- Our goals are different, but...
- I want to be the best!
Agielba: Never mind the details!Choose: I want to be the best!
Agielba: Gah! Leave it to my own bad self!Continue 1
Ardora: Leave it up to my daddy!
Agielba: Okay! Then it’s decided! Now, first of all, I have to go earn money to pay my breach of contract fine.
Ardora: We’re going to go earn the bweach of contwact fine! Everyone! Wisten to Ardora!
Vyrn: What the... hey! You can’t just decide that arbitrarily on your own! (Captain) is our leader!
They were accepted into the welcoming fellowship, and our heroes then set out for new skies.
But the party was still not renowned throughout all the skies...
Ardora has been saving up the allowance she earned from doing chores around the airship, so she can buy Agielba a birthday present. As Agielba watches her in hiding, he hears news of pirates boarding the ship and rushes out to defeat them.
Ardora: Scrubby scrub, squeaky clean! Clean the tub till it's nice and sparkly!
Lyria: Wow! What a good girl you are, Ardora! Helping out around the ship, huh?
Ardora: Yesh! I get an allowance when I do chores!
Lyria: An allowance? Is there something you want to buy, Ardora?
Ardora: Hehe! It's a secwet!
Ardora: Don't tell anyone that I'm buying daddy a birthday pwesent!
Vyrn: Haha! You just told us your secret!
Lyria: I-It's okay! I won't tell anyone, so don't worry!
Ardora: Nyuu... Pwomise me! You better not ever ever tell anyone!
As Ardora merrily does her chores, a looming figure watches her from the shadows...
Agielba: Awww! Did you hear that, (Captain)!! Makes me wanna cry...
That's my little Ardora! What a good girl she is! Ey, (Captain)? Don't you think so,too?
Choose: I can't wait to see her to grow up!
- I can't wait to see her to grow up!
- Let me have her please!
Agielba: Huh? Hey... don't even think about it.Choose: Let me have her please!
Agielba: Wha...! 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! Ey, (Captain)? Don't you think so too?
Choose: I want to give her a hug!
- I want to give her a hug!
- She must really care about her dad!
Agielba: I know! You should tell her what a good girl she is too, (Captain)!Choose: She must really care about her dad!
Agielba: Yes! 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: What?! 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 continued to do her chores without even noticing the commotion on the airship. Agielba smiles as he secretly watches her, but he finds out that there are still some pirates on the ship and he rushes out to battle once again.
While Agielba and the others are knocking the pirates around, Ardora peacefully continued to do her chores on the deck.
Ardora: Look, Lyria! The ship is squeaky clean!
Lyria: Wow! Good work, Ardora! I'm impressed!
Vyrn: I've got an idea! Hey, can't you buy the present now?
Ardora: Um... I just got this much, so...
Ardora: One... two... thwee... Oh! I have a lot!
Ardora: I can buy daddy a pwesent now!
Lyria: Wow, Ardora! You can add, too?
Ardora: Hehe! Daddy taught me! Daddy is super smart!
Agielba: Did you hear that, (Captain)? S-She might be some sort of genius!
Agielba: Hey! Are you 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: Hmph... The rest of the crew are all out, and we need all the help we can get right now...
Katalina: There are still some 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! Those pirates will be outta here in no time!
Ardora's Quest: Scene 3
Ardora goes to the town to buy a present for Agielba. In order to support his daughter from the shadows, Agielba secretly trailed after her. He is eager to cause trouble for anyone who stands in the path of his precious daughter.
With the pirates defeated, Agielba watches over his beloved daughter again.
Ardora: I'm gonna go buy daddy's present now!
Ardora: Um... Vyrn and Lyria, can you come with me...?
Lyria: Of course! Let's go together, Ardora!
Vyrn: Yeah! We can't let a little one like you go shopping alone!
Ardora: Hmph... Ardora's not little! I can go by myself!
Lyria: Hehe. Then I have a favor to ask you, Ardora!
Lyria: Can you take me and Vyrn to the store with you?
Ardora: Sure I can! Follow me!
Agielba: Hey, (Captain)! Come on! We need to go after little Ardora!
Agielba: Little Ardora... You've grown up enough to go shopping now...
Agielba: Oh my! Daddy is so proud of you!
Agielba: Listen here, (Captain)! Don't let your guard down until little Ardora safely finishes her shopping!
Agielba: We're gonna take out anyone who stands in her path!
Ardora's Quest: Scene 4
Ardora made her way to the store, but the product she was looking for was already sold out. She cries when she's unable to get the present she wanted, but the party cheers her up by suggesting that she make a voucher for a shoulder massage. And so, Ardora deepened her bond with her father with a homemade present.
With Agielba's help from behind the scenes, Ardora avoids danger multiple times and arrives at the store.
Ardora: Huh...? How weird... Umm... Is it over here...?
Ardora: It's not here...
Lyria: What's wrong, Ardora?
Vyrn: Hey kiddo! Which one's the present you're getting for your dad?
Ardora: It's gone.
Lyria: What? You mean... someone else bought it...?
Ardora: Sob... Augh...
Ardora: I worked so hard to get daddy a present...
Agielba: Aw... It's okay... I don't need a present!
Agielba: I'm just happy to know you care, little Ardora...
Agielba: I just want to hug her right now!
Agielba: It breaks my heart that I can only watch her from afar...!
Ardora: Sob... Waaa...
Vyrn: H-Hey, don't cry! It's a shame that it was sold out, but cheer up...
Lyria: We couldn't get the present, but... I think Agielba just wants you to be happy!
Ardora: But... But... Sob...
Vyrn: I-I know! What about a voucher for a shoulder massage?
Ardora: A what...?
Vyrn: Oh, no. I once heard that dads all over the world get super happy when their kid gives them a homemade voucher for a shoulder massage!
Ardora: Really?! Then I'll make him one right now!
Lyria: Yeah! We'll help you!
She couldn't buy her present, but Ardora poured her heart into making a massage voucher.
Ardora: For my super cool daddy! This present is for you!
Agielba: L-Little Ardora!! What a wonderful present... Daddy is so happy!
Ardora: Hehe. Ardora will give you a shoulder massage whenever you want!
Agielba: Little Ardoraaa!!
And so, the bond between father and daughter deepened.
It will be some time later that Agielba will have to suffer through his daughter's inevitable rebellious teenage phase.