The party meets Aoidos, a musician who has lost his memory. Though Aoidos has been successful as a musician, he worries that his music is missing something. In his search for answers, he hears Rackam play the bass, which awakens something inside him. Aoidos then realizes that forming a band was just what he needed. He makes Rackam join the band, and in turn, Aoidos joins the crew.
At a venue on an island somewhere... Blaring music and shouts can be heard as the audience works itself into a frenzy.
Female fan: Aoidos! Take me to your haven!
Male fan: Wooo! Haven, haven, havennn!
When the song ends, the man onstage pauses to catch his breath and then turns to the audience.
Aoidos: I can... I can still feel it.
Aoidos: There was a cold wind that day. I was at my favorite restaurant.
Aoidos: It's a nice little shop. The kind of place that could heal a broken wing.
Aoidos: But that night they were taking forever with people's orders.
Aoidos: One or two of the other customers got up and left... Finally, the owner saw me and laughed.
Aoidos: She was like, "You're still here?"
Aoidos: It's a cruel world out there. It's constantly kicking you out, cutting you down, and mocking your hardship.
Aoidos: Heh...but I feel awesome right now.
Aoidos: And why wouldn't I? Pain, despair, and loneliness are my bread and butter... They give me the strength to keep coming back on this stage!
Aoidos: All right! Ready to destroy the world with me? Time for "Judgment Night"!
The boy goes wild on his guitar, then the music explodes and rocks the venue. And then...
Aoidos: It's the night of the end, and I sit, just staring at a red rose.
It's time for judgment, you gotta hunt them out before they hunt you down.
Eyes darkened by terror are a sign of my spoils,
Piles of dry, empty husks are the coin of the fallen
In a sepia-toned world, you will be my judge. I’m wrapped in your embrace.
Meanwhile, the party heads for the market to buy supplies for the airship.
Vyrn: Ooh! Can we get some apples, too?
Rackam: Sure, go ahead. It'll be awhile before we get to the next island anyway.
Vyrn: Cool! Lyria asked me to pick up a few things, too.
Rackam: Whoa! What’s that racket?
Vyrn: Maybe the guy on that poster over there? Let's see, it says “Aoidos"...on the "Haven of the Eternal" Tour...
Rackam: Jeez, that's a long name. Well, whatever. Let's head to the market.
Manager: Good job, Aoidos. Another great performance!
Aoidos: No greater than usual. I mean, it's hard to beat perfection.
Manager: Well then, let me rephrase that. As usual, it was the best performance in the skies.
Manager: Hm? What's wrong, Aoidos? Is the exhaustion starting to get to you?
Aoidos: I just...I really feel like...something's missing from my music.
Manager: Oh, not this again! How many times do I have to tell you, you are—
Aoidos: I know, I know, I'm a genius! I have looks AND talent. Even the gods must be jealous!
Aoidos: But my music... It's not there yet! It doesn't satisfy my soul!
Manager: Aoidos... You are the perfect solo artist.
Manager: Your incredible music and the way you work the crowds have attracted fans all over the world. There isn't a soul on the planet who doesn't know your name!
Aoidos: But no one knows the real me. Heh...not even I do.
Manager: ...Ah, you mean the amnesia.
Aoidos: I guess it's been a year now, since you found me wandering around town. You saved me.
Manager: You saved me, too. Thanks to you my company's production department is booming!
Aoidos: Those memories are the key! They have what my music needs!
Aoidos: But I can't remember a thing! How am I to endure this fleeting reality!
Aoidos: I, I...
Manager: W-wait, Aoidos!
Vyrn: Hehe! If it isn't Siero!
Sierokarte: What a lucky coincidence. I decide to do some business on this island, and now look who shows up.
Rackam: It's lucky for us, too! And it looks like you have quite a selection, too! What's that big thing over there?
Sierokarte: That's a "bass." It's a rare musical instrument from an island far to the west.
Vyrn: An instrument? Whoa! Then how do you play it?
Sierokarte: Interested, are you? Here, Rackam, just put this strap over your shoulder...and then pluck these strings like so.
Rackam: Ah, I see...you mean like this?
Aoidos: ...Wh-what's that sound!
Rackam: Huh? Who the heck are you?
Aoidos: Ah, that sound... That’s the sound I've been searching for!
Vyrn: H-hey! You okay, red-haired dude?
Aoidos: Ngh...uh... What...what am I seeing?
Aoidos: A...a trio? Did I used to rock out with two other people...as a trio?
Rackam: Hey, can you stand up, man? You look white as a ghost.
Aoidos: Oh, I'm fine... But what was that sound?
Sierokarte: That was my bass. You're Aoidos, aren't you? Are you planning to form a band?
Aoidos: "Band"? What does that mean?
Sierokarte: You mean you've never heard of a "band"? That's when three people perform together with a guitar, bass, and drums.
Aoidos: Three people? Of course...that's it!
Rackam: Um, are you sure you're all right? I know a doctor if you need one...
Aoidos: Be in my band, Vermillios.
Rackam: What the hell! Why would I—and who are you calling "Vermillios"?
Aoidos: That's your stage name. Now all we need is a drummer... What about you? You look like you could play the drums.
Sierokarte: Heh, heh, heh. I do have a bit of experience with the drums to tell the truth. But I'm afraid my work keeps me quite busy...
Aoidos: Humph... So destiny is not so kind to me after all.
Rackam: Hey! I'm the one being treated unkindly here! We're skyfarers, not musicians!
Aoidos: Skyfarers? Now that's a good idea! We can sail the skies in search of a drummer.
Aoidos: ...So you're the Captain? I want you to make some space on your ship for us to rehease. The ensigns can freely take haven there.
- What does 'haven' mean?
Aoidos: Wonderful. You'll be the first to hear my next song.Choose: What does 'haven' mean?
Aoidos: Hah... Only you can find your haven.Continue 1
Vyrn: Wow, this guy is really deadset on traveling with us...
Rackam: I don’t know if this is such a good idea.
Aoidos: So...I'm putting my tour on hold while I go on a quest to find a band.
Manager: You're hopeless... Just promise me an intense haven when you get back, okay?
Aoidos: Heh, believe in my pathos.
Manager: Captain, look after Aoidos for me, all right? And, one more thing, if you don't mind...
Manager: Maybe I'm being paranoid, but...I don't want him using any sabre type weapons. I'm not sure why, but once before—
Aoidos: Captain, are we ready for take-off yet? I am a sail that yearns to feel the wind!
Manager: ...Just keep that in mind, okay? And have a good trip!
And thus Aoidos embarked on a journey to form a band.
His shouting voice and blaring music rock the skies now and into tomorrow.
Despite Rackam's disinterest, Aoidos continues to make him practice the bass. But suddenly, they are attacked by a group of outlaws who recognize Aoidos as one of the Vicious Three. Though the outlaws have hinted at Aoidos's forgotten past, for now, the party has to fight them off.
As our heroes continue their journey, Aoidos convinces the crew to stop at an island with a booming music scene.
He makes Rackam bring the bass so they can practice there, but...
Vyrn: Haha, what was that supposed to be! You totally suck!
Aoidos: Try it again, from the top. You need more practice, Vermillios!
Rackam: What do you expect from me? I'm busy trying to drive this thing!
Aoidos: Well stop it.
Rackam: Sure, and we'll all crash! And I never wanted to join your band!
Rackam: Ugh, why me?
Aoidos: Hm, good question. You clearly don't have any musical talent.
Aoidos: But you do have a nice vibe. A certain quality that's way harder to master than any musical skill.
Rackam: A nice vibe?
Aoidos: You're ready to fight against the crowd and stick to your convictions... You radiate that rebellious spirit.
Rackam: Huh. You really think so?
Aoidos: It's worthless in mainstream society, but your vibe is exactly what I need in my music.
Rackam: What do you mean "worthless"! Is that supposed to be a compliment or an insult?
Vyrn: Hee hee, don't let it bother you. You can do it, Vermillios!
Aoidos: Now get practicing. You debut tomorrow.
Rackam: You're not the boss of me!
Vyrn: Whoa! Wh-what was that!
Thug: Ha, ha, ha! This ship is ours!
Rackam: Crap, pirates! They were hiding in the clouds!
Aoidos: Leave this to me. You just keep practicing.
Thug: Hee hee! You think you can take me on all by yourself? Go ahead—but prepare for a bloodbath!
Thug: ...W-wait! He's one of the “Vicious Three"!
Thug: Time to bust out the big guns! Or we're all dead meat!
Vyrn: Crud! He's gonna get walloped!
Aoidos: It's been a while since I was surrounded by people who weren't fans.
Rackam: Stop making stupid comments and fight!
Bloody Garden: Scene 2
Aoidos is fixated on what the bandits had said, calling him one of the Vicious Three. Before Aoidos could finish thinking about it, Vyrn brings in a drummer that wants to join their band. During the course of conversation, Aoidos and the drummer get into an argument, which then turns into a fight.
Having taken care of the outlaws, the party reaches their destination and breathes a collective sigh of relief.
Rackam: Hey, what's wrong? You're looking pretty depressed, man.
Aoidos: ...Am I?
Rackam: So they were calling you one of the “Vicious Three.”
Rackam: It's too late to ask them what they meant...but maybe we could ask around town if you're curious?
Aoidos: Oh, please! You think I care what a bunch of thugs with no ear for music calls me?
Aoidos: I’m more interested in hearing your thoughts on the new piece I've been working on.
Rackam: Oh, sure, I'll have a listen...
Aoidos: It would be a lie to say I have nothing left from my old life.
Aoidos: According to my manager, I always had this guitar with me... It's the one thing I still own from before I lost my memories.
Aoidos: This guitar is the source of all my music. And if it connects me to my past...
Rackam: Then you're gonna have to face it, if you want to keep being a musician.
Aoidos: I guess I am...
Vyrn: Hey! I found someone who can play the drums!
Drummer: I've been dying for a chance to show off my skills! You're that Aoidos guy, aren't you? If it's rhythm you need, I gotcha covered!
Aoidos: Oh really. I'll be the judge of that.
Aoidos: When I'm onstage I expose the world for what it really is. So what I need in a gig is pathos. Now how would you send the audience to their haven?
Drummer: Ah, um... What do you mean by "pathos"...and "haven"?
Rackam: Wait, you mean that's not music jargon?
Drummer: Look...I have more experience in the music industry than you. Isn't that enough?
Aoidos: Heh, taking pride in your past. I can see your future.
Drummer: Why you little—! You wanna piece of this, punk?
Aoidos: That does sound amusing. Show me your pathos!
Drummer: Oh I'll show you, all right! Let's take this outside!
Vyrn: You dummies! Why do you have to fight over this?
Bloody Garden: Scene 3
Just when Aoidos has finally formed a band, its members start to leave, causing his hopes to fade like a dream within a dream. Aoidos then decides to wander through the forest, where he is attacked by a monster. Picking up a sword that comes out of nowhere, Aoidos suddenly goes crazy. After Rackam brings Aoidos out of his trance, they fight off the beast.
The party fights off the drummer. Aoidos approves of his physical prowess and concludes that the band is ready to make its debut.
Aoidos: I was always...I was always so alone.
Aoidos: But with my new band...sometimes we butt heads, and sometimes we lift each other up. They fill my sepia world with new color.
Aoidos: On bass, we have Vermillios!
Aoidos: On drums, we have Gigantios!
Drummer: Y-yeah, man!
Aoidos: All right! Let's destroy the world together with "Bloody Garden"!
The band members play like their lives depend on it. Their explosive sounds begin to combine...
Before long, their sounds begin to meld together. Hearing the music, a grin of confidence creeps over Aoidos's face.
Aoidos: Cerulean blood fades over the sky, I close my eyes
Too tired to sigh, I strain to hear you
So why are you smiling?
Aoidos: The freezing winds piercing, that is my punishment
The hot sun burning, that is my sin
The performance is a huge success, but when it's over, the drummer complains of physical pain.
Aoidos: ...You want to quit the band?
Drummer: Sorry...but my back is killing me...
Drummer: I love the song...but no human being could ever handle the drum part!
Drummer: I don't wanna be a drummer bad enough to kill myself over it. But I wish you all the best. See ya!
Vyrn: Hmm...well, it is a pretty intense song.
Rackam: Even I could tell it was dangerous. Nobody could play that without getting injured. So what do we do now, Aoidos?
Aoidos: Heh...so we can't play...
Vyrn: H-hey! Where are you going off to now? Rackam, what are we gonna do with this guy!
Aoidos: Haha... So the music of my dreams is just that—an impossible dream.
Aoidos: So should I take it down a notch? ...But would that fill the void in my soul?
Aoidos: I just don't know. If only I had my memories back...
Aoidos: Well, well. Is this a random act of fate, or is it the jealousy of the gods?
Aoidos: Come on, then. I'll dance the endless waltz with you.
Flash and sword sound effects
A sword comes flying out of nowhere and sticks into the ground at Aoidos’ feet...almost as if to say "pick me up."
Aoidos: Who did that? Show yourself! What is the meaning of this!
Vyrn: Aoidos! Where are you!
Rackam: Did he get lost? Sheesh, this guy is really a handful!
Vyrn: Look, someone's there! Hey, you! What are you doing?
Rackam: ...Wait a minute, Vyrn!
Aoidos: Ha, ha, ha...
Vyrn: H-hey... Seriously, what are you doing, man? Is that a...monster?
Rackam: That thing is really mangled... I think you're taking this whole bad boy image a little too far!
Vyrn: Whoa! He-he's coming this way!
Rackam: Something's wrong with him... Snap out of it, man!
Vyrn: No good, he's not listening! He totally forgot who we are!
Rackam: Hey, remember me? It's Rackam! I'm, uh, I'm in your band...
Aoidos: Ha, ha, ha...
Rackam: C'mon, man! ...Argh, fine! It's me...Vermillios!
Rackam: We've got a gig to prepare for! Or are we breaking up already? I didn't realize your pathos was that pathetic!
Aoidos: Haah, haah... What...what was I...?
Vyrn: He's back! Are you all right, Aoidos?
Rackam: The monster's back for revenge! Aoidos, get up!
Aoidos: Ahh...! I know the gods are jealous, but enough is enough!
Bloody Garden: Scene 4
Without enough band members, Aoidos was in the midst of despair. It was then that Vyrn accidentally hit the drums with his tail, peaking Aoidos's interest. Since no human could play their songs, they made Vyrn join as their drummer. With everything falling into place, Aoidos regained hope once more as the group set out with spirits high.
After dealing with the monsters, the party returns to town to rest.
Aoidos: I just remember the sword coming out of nowhere...and the next minute you were all standing beside me.
Rackam: I see... Well, in any case you need some rest. You probably just panicked because your band members weren't around.
Vyrn: Hey, guess what! That guy left his drum set behind! He said we could have it!
Aoidos: That's nice of him, but...what are we supposed to do with them now?
Vyrn: Well, we can't just throw them away. Let's take them to the airship. Ba-dum-bum!♪
Aoidos: Hey...what was that?
Rackam: Hold it, Vyrn. How did you do that just now?
Vyrn: Hm? I just used my tail. Why do you ask?
Aoidos: How could I have overlooked this? A drum part no HUMAN BEING can perform? Ha! Piece of cake!
Aoidos: Ha, ha! Our band is back in business!
Vyrn: Hold your horses there, buddy! You can't just add me to your band like that!
Rackam: Ha ha! Looks like you're one of us now. But what's his stage name gonna be, leader?
Vyrn: Oh, no, please not that! I am NOT gonna be called “Dandelios."
Aoidos: My goal is to perform at the Auguste Festival! We will turn all of the skies into our own haven!
With the addition of Vyrn, Aoidos finally formed his own band. Now he sets his sights on a major goal.
Little do our heroes know what remnants of his past lie squirming in the shadows of his dreams.
Special Jam Session
Just as he's trying to jazz up his sound, Aoidos meets Mimlemel. The two musicians share a polyrhythmic jam session. Aoidos invites Mimlemel to his next gig, but she declines. The pair's new music confuses (Captain) and the crew.
It's a peaceful afternoon.
(Captain) and Vyrn have gone to buy supplies, while other crew members wait aboard the Grandcypher.
Aoidos: How to amp things up?
Aoidos climbs onto the deck, hardly noticing Mimlemel.
Aoidos: I've really earned my chops during this tour across the sky.
Aoidos: But now that I've got Vermillios and Dandelios, it's time to start playing in a new key.
Aoidos: It's just a matter of how.
Aoidos: I know I can take my sound to the next level.
Aoidos takes his guitar in hand and begins to play.
For a while, Aoidos picks his guitar and hums.
Aoidos: Hmmm... It's not bad, just a little played out.
Aoidos: I don't know. It's like the answer's right under my nose.
Aoidos's eyes dart over to Mimlemel.
The musicians lock eyes and nod.
Aoidos: Okay. And a one, and a two, and a...
Aoidos: That totally rocked! Even the birds were cheering Haven!
Aoidos: Jamming with you was something else. We just gave a whole new meaning to polyrhythm!
Aoidos: Hahaha! I've got to put some of this into my new tracks. It's groundbreaking.
Aoidos: I really owe you one! We've got to play together at my next gig.
Aoidos: Oh? That's a letdown, but I understand.
Aoidos: You march to a different drummer, anyway. I know you'll shine brightest when you go solo.
Aoidos: It's cool! It's cool! The music's already put us in tune with each other.
Aoidos: So what do you say? Willing to harmonize one more time?
Mimlemel: No biggie! Toot-toot!
Aoidos: C'mon, let's jam! It's our time in the limelight, Tinydos!
Aoidos: You ready?
Vyrn: What in the sky's name are those two doing?
Lyria: And what's a polyrhythm?
Vyrn: I don't know. This whole thing has me confused.
Lyria: It looks like Mimlemel and Aoidos are having a great time together, anyway.
Vyrn: They sure are! Talk about your strange musical duos, though.
At first, (Captain) and company are unsure how to react to the peculiar melody.
But as it echoes through the Grandcypher, they can't help but tap their feet.