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The Witch in the Wood
Deep in the woods, the crew finds Anna, a shy girl clutching a cat plushie. Eager to see the world outside her woods, she asks to join the crew, and she offers knowledge the crew can use.
: The crew is deep within a forest of twisted trees.
: (Captain) and company pay a visit to a witch rumored to know just about everything.
Lyria: Hey! I bet a brilliant witch would know all kinds of stuff about me, primal beasts, and everything else!
Vyrn: Yeah! And it'd be great if she could tell us about (Captain)'s old man!
Vyrn: All right then! This the place? The, uh, witch's house? How about we knock, eh?
Lyria: Hmm... No answer. Maybe she didn't hear...
Nightmare: Welcome! Glad you're here!
Vyrn: Eep! Er... Is that a plushie? Maybe that's the witch?
Lyria: Wow! It's so adorable...
Anna: Um... Hey... Hey!
Anna: Er... you guys are real. Aren't you?
: The crew enters the witch's house.
Anna: Oh gosh! I totally didn't mean it that way...
Anna: It's just that it's been years since I last had any visitors. I thought you might be more of the usual... hallucinations.
Lyria: Don't worry about it. I hear it happens all the time! Right, (Captain)?
Vyrn: I dunno about that... If you're confusing reality and hallucinations, there might be a—Ack!
Lyria: Anyway! We thought you might be able to tell us a bit about primal beasts...
Anna: Primal beasts, eh... Well, uh... I know they're strong. Like... boom?
Vyrn: Uh, yeah... not quite what we were looking for. But you're probably right.
Anna: I-I'm sorry... I really don't know all that much about them... so, uh...
Nightmare: Buncha clowns is what they are!
Anna: It's like... what the Astrals do... It's nothing like the magic we have here.
Lyria: Oh, I see... Well, thank you anyway.
Anna: But you came all the way out here... I'm so sorry...
Vyrn: Don't sweat it! We'll find what we're looking for on some other island, is all!
Vyrn: Heh heh! That's what skyfarers do!
Anna: A different... island? You, uh... you crossed the sky to get here?
Lyria: Yup! Flying on an airship can be kind of tough, but the fun more than makes up for it!
Anna: I... I've been here as long as I can remember.
Anna: I guess I'm kind of... envious.
Vyrn: There's no need for envy! Why don't you just come with us?
Anna: Wha? Can I really? I don't know if I can...
Nightmare: Third wheel, baby!
Lyria: Don't say that! It's not like we know everything.
Lyria: Think of what we could do with a witch on our team! Right, (Captain)?
Choose: The more, the merrier!
- The more, the merrier!
- We need a teacher.
Anna: Well, I'm not sure how useful I'll be, but I'll do my best...Choose: We need a teacher.
Anna: Teach? Sure, I could definitely do that...Continue 1
Anna: Thanks, (Captain)... I'm glad you'll have me...
Anna: I mean, I've never been on an airship before... but how hard can it be... right?
Lyria: I'm looking forward to it, Anna! And you as well, plushie witch!
Anna: Er, uh... I'm the witch? I think?
: And so the witch decides to travel the skies with (Captain) and the crew.
: A twitch of a smile crosses the cat's face, as if it has given its blessing.
One day something strange happens to Anna's partner, Nightmare. The cloth on his stomach is torn. The crew decides to go to a village that makes special cloth to help the saddened Anna.
Vyrn: What's the matter? Did you see some monsters?
Lyria: What happened, Anna? Was there a ghost or something?
Anna: Sob... (Captain)... What should I do? Nightmare... Nightmare won't...
Anna: Nightmare won't make it if we don't do something.
Vyrn: Uh-huh... So Nightmare has a tear.
Anna: Yeah... I don't know when it happened, but the stomach part is...
Anna: At this rate Nightmare's stuffing will all come out... Sniff...
Vyrn: Um... It's just a stuffed animal, so why don't you stick some more cotton into it and sew it—Argh!
Lyria: This is terrible... Nightmare is a close friend to you, right?
Anna: Yes. Nightmare and I have been together as long as I can remember...
Anna: After my grandmother passed away, he was the only friend I could talk to...
Anna: No one would come to the forest... When (Captain) and everyone else came, I was really surprised.
Lyria: I see... Then we better fix him right up!
Anna: Yeah, but Nightmare's a doll created by magic, so he can only be fixed with a special kind of cloth...
Anna: The village that makes this cloth is deep inside this forest.
Vyrn: Hmm... Now I get how important Nightmare is to you, Anna!
Vyrn: All right! In that case, we'll deal with any monsters that show up!
Anna: Thank you... I-I'll try my best, too... Let's do this, (Captain)...
Nightmare's Nightmare: Scene 2
The crew arrives at a village to obtain the special cloth. While the shy Anna is doing her best to talk to the villagers, monsters come out of nowhere to stop her.
Vyrn: Over here! Hey, look! There are people! Looks like this is the village!
Anna: Ugh... U-um...
Lyria: Hm... We have to ask a villager about the cloth... Wonder if there's anyone easy to talk to...
Anna: Wait, Lyria... I'll talk... to them.
Lyria: Hm? But Anna... I thought you weren't good at dealing with strangers...
Anna: Thank you... I'm sorry... I know I'm not good at it... but I just have to...
Anna: But I'm not sure if I can do this on my own, I would... prefer you to stay by my side...
Anna: But this is something I have to do myself!
Anna: Nightmare... I can do this... for you...
Villager: Oh? Are you people travelers? Are you customers?
Anna: Eek! Oh... Um... Well...
Anna: Watch out!
Anna: Huff... Huff... Are you all right?
Villager: Thank you! I-I'm fine...
Vyrn: This is bad! The village is surrounded by monsters! Let's wipe 'em out! (Captain)!
Nightmare's Nightmare: Scene 3
After Anna helps defeat the monsters, the villagers reward her with the special cloth. Though she flees to her room to avoid further interaction, she proudly tells Nightmare about her achievements.
Anna: Is it over? Are they gone?
Lyria: Okay! It's fine now, Anna. There aren't any more monsters around.
Anna: What a relief...
Villager: Um... Excuse me.
Anna: Eek! You mean me?
Villager: Yes... Thank you for saving us back there. So please take this.
Anna: Oh... This is the cloth I need...
Villager: Yes, please take it. Didn't you all come this far into the woods for this?
Villager: You saved our lives, so this is the least we could do. Please take it.
Anna: Oh wow! T-thank you.!
Villager: Ha ha... You're very welcome.
Vyrn: Looks like it's all thanks to Anna today!
Vyrn: What the... Hey! Where did Anna run off to?
Lyria: Hmm... She went back to her room saying that she'd talked to enough strangers for a lifetime.
Lyria: Ha ha. But she did look really happy.
Anna: Umm... Okay. All sewn up, Nightmare.
Nightmare: Hurray! I'm back!
Anna: I'm so glad... that I got the cloth.
Anna: Nightmare, you have to know this... You would have been proud of me today.
The little girl tells her stuffed animal all about her adventures.
Her voice is full of pride as she takes one more step into the outside world.
Danua had firmly rebuffed Anna’s offer to fix Hansel. Things between them had come to an awkward standstill. But Anna decided to try again. She learned that Hansel was Danua’s last link to her brother. Though Danua wanted to leave Hansel as he was, Anna was gentle but persuasive. Anna threw herself into fixing Hansel, but her repairs had no effect no matter how hard she tried.
Anna: Hehe... and, you know? I could’ve sworn you guys were some kinda hallucination...
Hansel: You have a point. Guess that’s what happens when you don’t step outside once in a while.
Gretel: Hahaha! I can’t believe it! How the hell does she know what you’re planning?!
Nightmare: Oh, just shut it! Look at you, trying to play it all cool!
Danua: Hahaha! Hehe!
It was another fine day on the Grandcypher. Anna was having an animated chat with Danua and her dolls.
Anna: Hehe... and even after we leave the forest.
Danua: Hehe... hahaha!
Gretel: Hoho! ‘ey, Hansel! Looks like someone’s got the giggles!
Hansel: Indeed. I can’t recall the last time I saw her like this.
Vyrn: Ooooh You two sure sure seem like you’re getting along!
Lyria: Hehe... it’s like they’ve been friends forever!
Gretel: I know, right?! Danua’s usually such a sourpuss, y’know?
Anna: ... really? Hehe... I’m kind of happy to hear that.
Anna: And, um... I’ve been meaning to ask...
Gretel: Hm? Spit it out! Why you gotta be all serious?
Anna: Well, um... it’s your head, Hansel... There’s a little bit of cotton sticking out of it...
Hansel: What, this? No worry. It’s always been like that.
Lyria: Hrm... now that you’ve said it, I can’t stop looking...
Vyrn: Yeah! Why not get it fixed up?
Anna: I... I can do it! I’ve had a lot of practice with Nightmare, you’ll be looking great in no ti?
Danua reached out quick as lightning to slap Anna’s hand away. Her eyes stayed on Anna’s face, round with fear.
Vyrn: Hey! Wait! What the hell is your deal, Danua?
Lyria: I don’t understand... why would you do that?
Hansel: Hrm. I suppose it’s a bit too light out. Is that it, Danua?
Gretel: Ah... and just when you two were getting along so well. She’s probably all ticked off now...
Anna: Um... hey! HEY!
Gretel: You little...
Anna: I-I’m sorry... you don’t like the daylight, right? I didn’t mean to...
Anna: Um... Danua? Are you mad at me?
Danua: ... no!
Anna: Hehe... okay. That’s a relief...
Anna: Tell me... why don’t you want to fix Hansel?
Hansel: Hrm. Perhaps we should handle this.
The dolls explained that Hansel was a memento from Danua’s older brother.
Hansel: Yup. She probably just likes me the way I am, cotton and all.
Anna: But... wouldn’t you want to take care of something that’s important to you?
Anna: You can’t keep Hansel that way... it’s not good for him. ... and it’s not good for you either, Danua.
Danua lapsed back into silence, but this time she held Hansel out to Anna.
Anna: Yeah! I’ll fix him right up in not time. ... d-do you mind waiting a bit?
That night, Anna took a needle and thread in her seasoned hands and sewed up Hansel. Or at least she tried...
Anna: S-something’s not right...
No sooner had Anna finished than Hansel’s rip reopened. It happened again and again. And again.
Anna: I, um... I’m not too sure what’s going on, either...
Anna: But maybe... er... It could be the magic you used to bring Hansel to life, Danua...
Anna: And that, um... that might mean he can’t change...
Hansel: I see. So what you’re saying is a fix won’t work.
Gretel: Hahaha! You’re gonna have to stay ugly, Hansel!
Anna: I-I’m so sorry... I don’t know much about dollcraft...
Hansel: Thanks. She’s saying thanks. You did say you were happy, didn’t you?
Anna: Hehe... I did, didn’t I? It was my pleasure. Really, Danua.
In her own special way, Danua gave an enthusiastic reply.
Though Hansel had stayed the same, Danua was positively beaming with happiness.