At first glance, Altair appears to be the standard glasses character: rational, stoic, and pretentious. This is far from the truth; even though he is rational, due to being a talented strategist, he is also a genuinely kind person that enjoys spending time with his fellow crewmates.
Because he used to be a tactician from the nation of Sphiria, he has hands-on experience with dealing with people and, thus, understands the importance of emotions and empathy; essentially, everything cannot be explained with logic and military power alone. In one of his first fate episodes, he states that saving someone’s life was more of a priority than getting back his stolen book.
He likes to encourage and compliment others, saying that Lyria was “a good listener” and “clever as well” after she told the crew to not let their guard down upon entering ruins in one of his first Fate episodes. Altair also shows his warmth towards the captain several times, calling them a virtuous person and offering to spend time with them during Christmas and their birthday.
Altair joined the crew to pursue his passion: books. Even though he was originally a kind person as well, it was clear that he had no interest in becoming friends with the crew; he merely joined due to believing that it would be “quite advantageous” to him in his quest for knowledge. However, through spending time with them, he realizes the importance of his companions. In one of his later Fate episodes he politely refuses to become the military tactician for the nation of Epice, even though it would grant him access to “any texts” that the merchants would acquire. He later states that he feels much more at home with the crew; although books are important to him, he’s also “particular about the place” where he reads them.
Altair’s love for books is well-known. He declares that they can teach people all sorts of things and gets easily excited about the thought of getting his hands on rare books. When he’s particularly interested in a book, he stays up multiple, consecutive nights just to pour over it and even goes without eating for several days! He also has a habit of quoting proverbs from the novels that he reads, often confusing the people around him.
The Silver Strategist can be dense, usually when it involves books. For example, he chases down a man through monster-filled ruins as he believed that he had stolen his recently obtained book. In reality, the man had just dropped a book which contained shared codes of love between him and his girlfriend. Altair then chides himself for his single-mindedness; only to immediately wonder if the letters in the book had something to do with the “historical land” around him. He was also completely unaware that the crew was worried about the possibility of him leaving them.
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No Road Is Long with Company
The crew runs into the Silver Strategist Altair while trying to decipher a rare book. After explaining that the Dainsleif sword is the key, Altair decides to join (Captain)'s crew, who may help in his search for rare books.
Having acquired an ancient book on primal crystals, (Captain) and company waste no time in getting back to their waiting companions.
Vyrn: We risked our tails to get this book, and we can't even read it!
Vyrn: Before we learn any more about primal crystals, we've gotta figure out how to decode this thing.
Lyria: I know! Hey, (Captain). Do you think we have any cipher decoders amongst our crew?
Vyrn: Nah... We can't hang our hopes on them for something like this.
???: In one corner of the turbulent skies, there appeared a blue beacon...
Are you all right?
Vyrn: That sure smarts... What was that?
???: Ow, ow, ow... Pardon me.
???: Heavens... Look at me walking and reading. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson by now.
Lyria: Reading? Then this must be your book!
Hm... There appeared a blue beacon of hope...
???: Ah, it would seem I dropped it in our collision. I must offer my thanks, though I don't know your name.
???: I do hope you haven't suffered any injuries.
Vyrn: I'm fine, but what about you? You've been talking to a statue this whole time!
???: Oops... When my vision gets this bad, it must mean that I've dropped my glasses.
Lyria: Goodness! Now he's talking to a marble column!
Sir, are these your glasses?
???: Ah! Sorry for troubling you. I'm glad to see you unhurt though.
Vyrn: Same here! We weren't exactly paying attention either, so let's both be more careful!
Lyria: You sure do seem to like your books, mister.
???: The more you read, the clearer things become. The knowledge I've gained from not only reading but also life itself is of great importance to me.
???: And here you have a book of your own...
Vyrn: Huh? Oh, you mean this thing?
We heard it's an ancient book about primal crystals.
???: Is that so? Then it seems I'm a bit too late...
Lyria: Oh? Were you looking for this book too?
Vyrn: Really? You're trying to find out more about the crystals, Specs?
Altair: My name isn't Specs. It's Altair, the Silver Strategist.
Altair: It's not the crystals themselves that interest me. I consider myself more a connoisseur of world lore.
Altair: And that tome you hold is quite to my tastes.
Vyrn: I've never met a strategist who was into reading!
Altair: Well, books are wonderful things. You can find all sorts of useful tidbits in any subject.
Vyrn: Is that right?
So, uh, can you read this, Specs?
Altair: My name is Altair. Not Specs.
Altair: And if you wish to understand what's inside, you'll need the Dainsleif sword as a key.
Altair: Though I must say, that's a difficult object to obtain...
Vyrn: Dainsleif? I'm pretty sure (Captain) has a sword with a name like that.
Altair: What! You possess the sword?
Altair: You not only have the book, but you've managed to lay hands on the Dainsleif itself?
Altair: Stars alive... Just who are you folks?
Vyrn: We're a crew! And skyfaring's our game! (Captain) here is our captain!
Altair: A crew, you say?
Altair: If I joined you, getting ahold of any manner of legendary books doesn't seem so far-fetched...
Altair: No road is long with company, they say...
How about it? Would you mind if I join you on your journey?
Altair: And I do believe I'd be quite handy in deciphering that book of yours.
Choose: Welcome aboard!
- Welcome aboard!
- Huh? No road is what now?
Vyrn: A strategist, eh? Not too shabby! We'd love to have you come along, Specs!Choose: Huh? No road is what now?
Vyrn: I don't get it either, but a strategist, eh?
We'd love to have you come along, Specs!Continue 1
Altair: Ahem... My name is Altair. Not Specs.
Altair: Avarice knows no bounds. As soon as I satisfy one desire, I'll crave something greater.
Altair: My hunger for books is, shall we say, insatiable.
Altair: Traveling with you will be quite advantageous, I think. I'm quite looking forward to it!
Vyrn: S-sure! All right, Specs... I mean, Altair! Welcome to the crew!
And so, with Altair by their side, they head back to the Grandcypher.
How far (Captain) and the crew advance with the Silver Strategist as their ally would soon come to light.
The Truth of the Stolen Tome
The crew obtains a rare book, and Altair is fascinated by its coded text. The book is stolen by a passerby, and the crew pursues the thief into some ruins.
While visiting a historical site, the crew obtains a rare book.
Although an avid reader, Altair is unable to decipher the text. It only serves to make him all the more interested in it.
Lyria: Altair looks so happy after getting that rare book! He's completely immersed in it!
Vyrn: Hey! Is that book really interesting?
Hey, I'm talking to you!
Altair: Every story begins here, it says... But this is just like...
Vyrn: Hey, Specs! Are you listening to me?
Altair: My name is Altair. Not Specs!
Vyrn: So you're listening after all! You found that book earlier, right? Is your nose stuck in it because it's so good?
Altair: Not exactly... It's the text itself that's fascinating, you see.
Altair: Aside from the text on the cover, it doesn't resemble any language that I know.
Altair: Although this is very interesting, it only brings more questions. What in the skies is this book?
Altair: Ow, ow, ow... Pardon me.
Vyrn: What's his problem? He bumped into you and ran away without a word!
Altair: Ah! This is why we must never let our guard down.
Lyria: Altair, you look really pale! Did you get hit that badly?
Altair: It seems that man just stole my new book.
Vyrn: Say what! That book was pretty rare, right? Let's go and get it back!
Vyrn: There he is! He ran into the ruins!
Lyria: Wait, (Captain)! I sense monsters in those ruins!
Altair: Step aside. We've no time to waste here!
The Truth of the Stolen Tome: Scene 2
After focusing too much on the thief, the crew is suddenly surrounded by monsters. But the Silver Strategist Altair has a plan up his sleeve.
Vyrn: Wow, (Captain)! That monster was no match for you! Now let's hurry!
Lyria: These ruins are like a maze. To make sure we don't get lost, we must never let our guard down!
Altair: Indeed. Not only are you a good listener but you're clever as well, Lyria
Lyria: Oh wow! Thanks!
Altair: Hm? I sense a presence...
It seems that we focused so much on the thief that we're now surrounded by monsters.
Vyrn: What! How are we supposed to fight in a cramped spot like this?
Altair: There's no need to worry. (Captain), simply follow my instructions.
Vyrn: I gotcha! The Silver Strategist is gonna show off his moves!
Vyrn: If Altair and (Captain) team up, we have nothing to fear! Go get 'em!
The Truth of the Stolen Tome: Scene 3
Altair sees that the writing on the floor matches the letters in the stolen book. The thief may be the clue in deciphering the book, but first the crew must rescue him from monsters.
Vyrn: That's why they call him the Silver Strategist! You drew out (Captain)'s strengths in your strategy!
Altair: It's all thanks to (Captain)'s help. It was a piece of cake... Oh?
Vyrn: Hm? Why are you looking down at the ground, Altair?
Altair: The letters on the floor... They're the same as the ones written in the book from earlier.
Vyrn: Really? Then these ruins have something to do with that book?
Altair: Well, I can't say that they're unrelated at least. Exploring these ruins may be key to deciphering that book.
Altair: We should look around to see if there are any more of those letters around here.
Lyria: But I feel the presence of the monsters getting stronger...
Altair: Hm... That man from earlier ran into a den of monsters without hesitation.
Altair: He must know his way around the ruins. He might know something about the writing carved into the floor too.
Vyrn: That means he knew it was valuable when he stole it!
Altair: I'm concerned about the whereabouts of the book. But with this many monsters around, I'm concerned about that man too.
Altair: Saving a life is our priority. Let's hurry.
Vyrn: Always the nice guy...
Lyria: But Altair is right. I'm worried with so many monsters around!
Lyria: (Captain)! There's trouble! That man is being attacked by monsters!
Vyrn: Well, well, that's our man!
All right, here's our cue!
Altair: I see... The mysterious text and the key to deciphering it.
Altair: (Captain) and I shall defend both with all our might!
Vyrn: I'm counting on you, (Captain)!
The Truth of the Stolen Tome: Scene 4
Thanks to Altair's tactical brilliance, the crew is able to rescue the man from the monsters.
With Altair's sense of strategy, (Captain) and the crew rescue the man from the monsters.
When Altair asks about the book's mysterious writings, the man lowers his head and answers him in a quiet voice.
Everyone is dumbfounded to hear the truth.
Vyrn: So you're saying that book was just a notebook shared between you and your girlfriend?
Lyria: Oh dear! So the letters in the book and on the floor were a secret code of love between you two.
Vyrn: And this spot in the ruins is where you two would secretly meet, right?
Altair: I don't believe it... I was dragged around for this?
Altair: I couldn't see the forest for the trees!
Altair: I've become so simple that I can only view things from my own frame of reference, it seems.
Altair: I thank you for making me realize that.
Vyrn: Come on, don't feel down! You'll find another rare book in no time!
Altair: Still... Despite the coincidence, how could letters created from scratches resemble ancient writings so much?
Altair: Perhaps there's some sort of deep connection with this historical land...
The tender notebook that caused this great misunderstanding is returned to its rightful owner.
To fulfill his never-ending intellectual curiosity, Altair immerses himself in the historical texts of this land.
But (Captain) and the crew manage to tear him away from the books before taking to the skies once again.
Where He Truly Belongs
Altair receives a letter from Epice inviting him to become their military tactician. (Captain) and the crew set off for Epice so that he may answer the offer directly, but his decision remains uncertain.
(Captain) and the crew are picking up supplies they ordered from the Knickknack Shack.
Vyrn: All right! Did we get everything, (Captain)?
Vyrn: I guess it's time to head back. Are you ready, Specs?
Altair: To say the least, these can only prove...
Vyrn: Hello? Specs?
Vyrn: It's too late. He's already buried in a book.
Vyrn: Gee whiz... As soon as I heard his book order had come in, I knew it'd come to this.
Lyria: Altair! Siero forgot to give you this letter.
Altair: The results of which point clearly and concisely to...
Lyria: Hm... I guess there's no competing with that book.
Vyrn: Oh well. Let's just hold on to the letter for now. We can give it to him once we're on the airship.
Lyria: Good idea. Let's do that!
As Altair pores over his new possession, (Captain) and the others tug him back to the airship.
Vyrn: Did you read your letter yet, Specs?
Altair: Indeed I have. Thank you for getting it to me.
Lyria: Oh, it was no trouble at all. But if you want to send a reply, we'll need to visit Siero again.
Altair: A reply? No, I think I should go visit in person.
Vyrn: No time for a reply, huh? Then the Grandcypher will get you there in a jiffy!
Lyria: Of course! Right, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Now where do you need to go?
Altair: Epice, the nation of merchants.
Altair: It seems I've been invited to become their military tactician.
Vyrn: Invited you? As a tactician? That's some big news!
Altair: They wish for me to visit them regardless of whether I accept or decline. Captain (Captain), could you take me there?
(Captain) nods reluctantly, and Altair returns to his room to finish reading.
Lyria: Could it be?
Do you think Altair will leave the crew?
Vyrn: Hm... When it comes to Specs, who knows?
Still uncertain of what might happen during their visit, (Captain) and the crew set off for Epice.
Where He Truly Belongs: Scene 2
Before joining the crew, Altair served the nation of Sphiria, home to the Hall of Knowledge. He visited the Hall freely but left Sphiria after the power struggle there threatened his reading time.
Vyrn: Hey, Specs. Before you joined our crew, where did you do all your tactician stuff?
Altair: Oh, that's right... We haven't talked about that before, have we?
Altair: I was in service to the nation of Sphiria in which lies the Hall of Knowledge. It's a grand library with the goal of collecting every book in the skydom.
Altair: It was quite easy to visit the Hall of Knowledge while in their service. Benefits of the workplace.
Lyria: It sounds like the perfect assignment for you!
Lyria: But wait... You decided to leave your position with Sphiria anyway?
Altair: The heir to the throne passed away, you see. A power struggle gripped the court, and I feared becoming engulfed myself.
Vyrn: I gotcha. That must've been rough.
Altair: Indeed it was. It cut a great deal into my reading time!
Vyrn: I had a feeling you'd say that! Anyway, it's too bad that happened, but think of it this way: we got to meet you because of it!
Altair: I believe I'm more suited to a position with a crew that can move freely from place to place.
Altair: The Hall of Knowledge is a splendid library. But there are many books it has yet to acquire.
Altair: Now then... I'd better finish up that book from the Knickknack Shack before any monsters can interrupt me.
Without a moment's hesitation, Altair pulls out his book and begins to read.
Vyrn: Gimme a break. As long as he's got something to read, this bookworm couldn't care less about monsters!
Lyria: You might be right. But he should worry about catching a cold out here at least.
Lyria: (Captain), you'll be on the deck keeping a lookout, right? I'll bring you two something warm to drink!
(Captain) warms up with a cup of tea before readying the defenses.
Where He Truly Belongs: Scene 3
Altair, (Captain), and the crew meet with Epice representatives who confirm the offer in their letter. To test the skill of their convoys, Altair challenges them to a mock battle.
(Captain) and the crew arrive in Epice where the letter's sender eagerly welcomes them.
Merchant Head: Well then, Silver Strategist. What do you make of our request?
Altair: I understand you would like me to manage your convoys...
Altair: As well as coordinate the guards who protect your many caravans and markets.
Merchant Head: Yes, exactly! With you on our side, we can do business in peace!
Lyria: Oh, Altair... He's leaving us...
Vyrn: Yeah... But if that's what Specs wants, there's nothing we can do... I guess...
Merchant Head: Along with your wage, any texts available to us merchants will be handed over first to you, Silver Strategist.
Merchant Head: So how about it? Will you consider our offer?
Altair: I'd like to see how powerful your convoy is first. I may be overseeing them after all.
Merchant Head: Of course! You may have a look at anything to help you in your decision.
Altair: Thank you. Captain (Captain), if you would be so kind as to join me in a mock battle.
Altair: Now that we've changed into much more suitable attire... shall we begin?
(Captain) and the crew, led by Altair, prepare to test the strength of the area's guards.
Where He Truly Belongs: Scene 4
Seeing the strength of Epice's forces, Altair concludes that he is not needed there. He turns down the offer and tells the crew that he feels much more at home with them instead.
Merchant Head: Ah! Well done! The guards couldn't get near you! We'd gladly welcome both you and your crew members in Epice.
Altair: Pardon me, but may I offer an opinion before we continue?
Merchant Head: My apologies! Go right ahead.
Altair: Firstly, if all the Epice guards perform at this level, then I must say your standards are rather high.
Altair: This is quite a gathering of talent. Very impressive indeed.
Merchant Head: Ah, well then...
Altair: As such I don't see any benefit to joining you. It would be superfluous.
Altair: If you're looking for someone to lead your guards, a tactician such as myself wouldn't be a good fit.
Altair: Instead you should hire someone to manage their schedules for training, patrols, and recesses.
Merchant Head: Y-you don't say... I'll take it into consideration.
Altair: Therefore I must decline your offer.
Altair: My apologies for the wait, Captain (Captain). Shall we return to the airship? I was in the middle of reading.
Vyrn: What a trip... We were on pins and needles, you know! But you didn't seem bothered at all.
Altair: Pins and needles? And why is that?
Vyrn: And why is that, he says... Sigh. I'm not surprised to hear that from you, Specs.
Lyria: Um, Altair? Are you sure about all this? You could've gotten lots of rare books if you took the position.
Altair: Oh? Would you have preferred that I left the crew, Lyria?
Lyria: What! No, that's not what I meant! I'm happy you're staying here with us!
Altair: Heh. I'm only teasing you, Lyria.
Altair: It's like they say. A person's feelings, unlike tactics and strategy, cannot be explained with logic.
Altair: As much as I love books, I'm also particular about the place where I read them.
Lyria: You're particular... about the place?
Altair: Indeed I am. And what matters to me is having a place where I feel at home.
Altair returns to his room to read, leaving (Captain) and the others scratching their heads.
Through their journey together, his loyalty to the crew has grown deeper than (Captain) could have imagined.
The Silver Strategist continues his quest for texts as he travels with the crew to the end of the skies.
Read It and Sleep
Altair, (Captain), and the crew accept a request from the Hall of Knowledge to retrieve a rare book inside a cave.
One day Altair approaches (Captain) about a request he'd like the crew to take.
Vyrn: Huh? Specs has a request for us?
Altair: No, the actual request is from the Hall of Knowledge. I received it from my connection there.
Lyria: The Hall of Knowledge is that big library with almost all the books ever written, right?
Altair: Indeed it is.
Vyrn: That means the request is about a book, huh?
Altair: Yes. They would like us to retrieve a book housed in a certain cave, I've heard.
Altair: The cave is strewn with snares and monsters. Only a capable crew can be trusted to handle the journey.
Altair: Hoo-hoo... With that many obstacles in the way, just imagine the kind of book that's waiting there!
Altair: A veritable treasure tome, no doubt. My chest is pounding with excitement already!
Vyrn: Oh boy. We don't have the heart to say no to him now!
(Captain) nods at Vyrn as the Grandcypher makes its way to their cavernous destination.
Read It and Sleep: Scene 2
Altair shows the crew sheets of paper that give clues to finding and deciphering the book. Lyria seems to recognize the symbols on one sheet of paper but can't recall their meaning.
Lyria: Altair? Is that sheaf of papers some sort of book?
Vyrn: Hello? Answer us, Specs! Is that a book or what?
Altair: Hm? Oh, my apologies. Indeed you could say that this is part of a book.
Altair: From these papers, the Hall of Knowledge became aware of the book inside the cave.
Lyria: It's not a map, right? Just words?
Altair: That's right. Do you remember the Dainsleif sword?
Vyrn: Oh, of course! That sword's the reason you joined our crew, Specs.
Altair: The words engraved in the sword's design was a clue to deciphering the book that day.
Altair: In a similar way, the book in this cave doesn't make sense as a standalone.
Altair: By cross-referencing the writing on these papers, we'll be able to read that book for the first time.
Lyria: Oh really? That must be a very special book, then!
Altair: Exactly, Lyria! It's quite fascinating indeed.
Altair: Especially the last piece of paper in this sheaf... What could the symbols next to these letters mean?
Altair: Honestly, I haven't a clue. We likely won't know until the book is found.
Altair speaks excitedly as he shows (Captain) and the others the curious sheet of paper.
Vyrn: Hm... What could it be? The lines look like a wiggly earthworm... or maybe ocean waves?
Lyria: Wait a sec. I think we've seen something like this before...
Altair: Really, Lyria? Where? You must do your best to remember!
Lyria: Eep! I'm sorry. I might be mistaken...
Altair: It might lead to a hint, so I'd be grateful for your ideas. If you remember anything, please share it!
Altair tosses his calm demeanor aside in the excitement. While Lyria tries to remember more details, the airship lands.
Altair: Now then, let's make our way through the cave. Tread carefully and beware of monsters, but don't fall out of line!
Lyria: Roger! Be sure to watch your step, (Captain)!
With Altair leading the way, the crew sets foot into the cave.
Read It and Sleep: Scene 3
The crew reaches a locked door inside the cave. Lyria realizes that the symbols resemble notes and tries singing them aloud. Her song opens the door, but a golem guards the interior.
(Captain) and the crew fight monsters and sidestep snares as they move deeper into the cave.
Lyria: Uh-oh... What was that sound? Could it be a g-ghost?
Altair: Worry not, Lyria. Merely the sound of the wind passing through the cave.
Lyria: Oh r-really?
Eep! There it is again!
(Captain) gently takes Lyria's hand as they continue through the cave.
Soon they find a giant door in their path.
Vyrn: What's this?
Altair: It would seem the book is housed beyond this door.
Altair: (Captain), could you help me open it?
Altair and (Captain) try pulling and pushing the door, but it won't budge.
Altair: It appears to be locked. But I don't see a keyhole anywhere.
Altair: There must be some special way of opening this door.
Vyrn: Were there any clues in those papers?
Altair: A clue? I didn't see anything about it. But then again there's still this one leaflet...
Lyria: Oh! I remembered something!
Lyria: That page looks like sheet music a bard once wrote for us.
Altair: Sheet music you say?
Lyria: Yes. I couldn't read real sheet music...
Lyria: So the bard drew lines along the letters to show how high the notes were.
Altair: I see. So the lines here indicate the high and low notes. But if it's really music...
Altair studies the paper, deciphering the writing.
Altair: I see now. If we answer the wind in the cave with this song written here, then the door will open!
Vyrn: Really? That's one crazy door opener!
Altair: It's like using a musket to shoot a fly... Could the book possibly be valuable enough to warrant this?
Altair: Ahem... Now then. Let me try to sing this.
(Captain) and the others watch as Altair begins to sing.
Lyria: Um... Don't tell me...
Vyrn: Specs is totally tone deaf?
Altair: It's not opening...
Vyrn: Not after a wacky song like that, anyway.
Altair seems puzzled, so (Captain) suggests that Lyria give it a try.
Vyrn: Oh! Oh yeah! Lyria loves to sing! Right?
Lyria: Huh? I sure do!
Altair: It's worth a try, as it may only respond to a female voice. I'll show you the notes.
Altair explains how to read the paper before Lyria takes it in her hands.
Lyria's voice rings through the cave as the wind echoes along in song. The door slowly begins to open before them.
Altair: Excellent job, Lyria. The book is very nearly within our grasp!
Altair is in high spirits as he rushes through the entrance, but soon stops in his tracks.
Vyrn: Whoa... Does he look mad or what?
Altair: It's either upset from being awakened after so long... or from being unsealed.
Altair: Whatever the case may be, it's all that stands between us and that book. So let's hurry and take it down!
Read It and Sleep: Scene 4
The crew defeats the golem and hurries back to the airship with the book. Before they hand it over to the Hall of Knowledge, Altair reads the entire book and collapses from exhaustion.
Altair: Whew... Is everyone all right?
Lyria: Yes, we're fine! (Captain) doesn't seem to be hurt either.
Altair: That's good to hear... That object on the pedestal should be the book we're looking for.
Altair smiles happily as he takes the tome in his hands.
Altair: Now let's hurry back to the airship! I want to get my fill before we return it to the Hall of Knowledge!
Vyrn: Look at you all excited over a book!
You heard him. Let's get going, (Captain)!
(Captain) and the crew tug Altair, whose nose is already in the book, back to the airship.
A few days later...
Lyria: Hm... Altair hasn't left his room for days. Do you think he's all right?
Vyrn: I'm worried too. He's drinking water, but he hasn't eaten anything at all.
(Captain) and the others talk outside Altair's room. Soon enough... the door opens.
Altair: I d-did it...
I read through it all...
Every last letter in the book...
Lyria: Yikes! Altair! Altair, wake up!
Vyrn: Ahhh... What a scare! He's only asleep!
Lyria: Oh dear... Not only did he skip meals, he skipped resting as well.
Vyrn: And he has a smile on his face too! Oh well. Let's get him to his bed, (Captain).
The grin on Altair's face belies his exhaustion.
Though this strategist's thirst for rare books may sometimes prove to be a tactical liability, his quest for knowledge continues with a crew of friends by his side.
A Book by Its Cover
The party arrives at a small bookstore in town, but Alistair is skeptical about finding any book that could satisfy his curiosity. However when he reads a book Altair is carrying, old memories come flooding back, leaving a smile on his face.
The crew, weary from its exploits, stop at a sleepy town for some rest.
Although the other crew members disembark, Alistair remains on the deck of the airship with an open book in his lap.
Vyrn: Aren't you comin' with us?
Lyria: Why don't we go for a walk together? You know, for a change of pace.
Alistair quickly closes his book.
Alistair: Well, if you insist. I don't mind keeping you guys company.
Vyrn: Haha, I knew you were just waiting for someone to invite you along.
Alistair: N-no, that's not true! If you insist on lying—
Lyria: Now, now, let's be on our way, shall we?
And so Alistair joins (Captain) and the others on their outing into the town.
Lyria: Wow! What a charming little place!
Vyrn: You said it! Hey, doesn't that smell good? Let's go check out!
Vyrn: Hm? Hey, what's the matter?
Alistair: Umm... It's too quiet and boring out here. Can we go back to the Grandcypher now?
Vyrn: What are you talking about? I just said we're gonna go grab some tasty grub!
Alistair: What, is that all you ever think about? Eating?
Vyrn: Argh! (Captain), help me out here!
Choose: Let's just walk a little more.
- Let's just walk a little more.
- It'll be boring everywhere.
Vyrn: That's right! Maybe we'll see something interesting along the way!
Alistair: Well, if you insist, (Captain)...Choose: It'll be boring everywhere.
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Lyria: Oh! What if we happen to see a bookstore? I'm sure you can find an interesting book in there.
Alistair: Interesting isn't good enough. I'm hoping to find a book that sates my curiosity.
Vyrn: That's why we gotta keep goin', otherwise you might never find it!
Alistair rolls his eyes as the crew members drag him down the street.
Finally they come across a quaint, red brick bookstore.
Vyrn: (Hm... I don't think this place has any books that Alistair would read.)
Lyria: Heehee. I bet you'll find something rare hidden away in there!
Vyrn: Well... Let's just go in and see!
Alistair: Yeah, but... I don't know...
With a wry look on his face, Alistair and the others peek into the bookstore.
Lyria: Oh? It's Altair!
The crew gasps when they see Altair inside the shop happily buried in a book.
Vyrn: I get it. It might not look like much, but this shop's actually famous!
Lyria: Teehee. Look at Altair. He's got a huge grin on his face.
Alistair: Yeah, he does...
Alistair: (Hmm... If even Altair is here, then maybe...)
Vyrn: Why are we still wasting time out here? Come on!
(Captain) and company enter the bookstore.
Lyria: Vyrn! Are you okay?
Altair: Ow, ow, ow. Sorry about that. I saw an intriguing book that I had to stand on my tiptoes to reach.
Alistair: Hey. You know you're talking to a bookshelf, right?
Altair: Oops, pardon me. Well now, I recognize that voice. That must be you, Alistair.
Altair: When my vision gets this bad, it must mean that I've dropped my glasses.
Altair: Hehe. But anyway, I know you and I are the same. We can't pull ourselves away from books. They're a vital part of any journey.
Alistair: Sigh. I'm over here. You're talking to a wall.
Vyrn: Oh, geez. Hurry up and put your glasses on already.
Lyria: Ah, here they are!
Altair: Goodness! Sorry for troubling you, Lyria.
He grabs his glasses and puts them on sheepishly.
Vyrn: What's up?
But Alistair isn't listening.
The book in Altair's hands has grabbed Alistair's full attention.
Alistair: You found a hidden gem in a tiny shop like this?
Altair: Er, no. This is... Oh, how should I put this? It's a picture book my mother used to read to me when I was a kid.
Alistair: Huh? A picture book?
Altair, somewhat embarrassed, shows them the front cover.
Alistair: (Hmm... I feel like I've seen this book before...)
Lyria: Oh my, what a cute little picture book!
Altair: Yes. I enjoyed reading it greatly.
Vyrn: Haha! So even Mr. Specs had a phase like that!
Altair: Of course I did! But the tides of time can't be stopped. Before I knew it I was all grown up.
Vyrn: Are you for real? It's not like you've always been reading challenging books.
Lyria: Heehee. I know. Could this be the first book you ever read?
Alistair: (Hmm... Have I ever read a picture book?)
Alistair searches his memories and thinks back to his childhood.
Alistair: (My father's study was only filled with advanced-level books.)
Alistair: (I wanted to become a great scholar like him so I never wasted time on picture books.)
Alistair then thinks about the time he became a scholar. The cover of a picture book flashes in his head.
Alistair: Say, can I see that book for a sec?
Alistair takes the book. He turns each page slowly, struggling to contain his impatience.
Alistair: (Ahaha! I knew it. No wonder this book was bugging me.)
Alistair: (Hehe. This takes me back. My father read this to me when I was studying entomology...)
Vyrn: Hm? What are you smilin' about?
Alistair: I guess doing stuff like this isn't so bad every now and then.
A smiling Alistair closes the book, his chest swelling with emotion as he reminisces about his father.