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The Book Hunting Librarian
While visiting the Knickknack Shack, (Captain) and company meet Arusha, a librarian of the Hall of Knowledge who dreams of one day adding books from Estalucia to the hall's collection. She joins the crew in pursuit of this goal.
(Captain) and the crew visit the Knickknack Shack in search of work. There they find Sierokarte speaking with another customer.
???: Shopkeeper! Could you have these delivered for me?
Sierokarte: No problem! Leave it to me!
Vyrn: Huh? Look at the mountain of books that lady's carrying! Can she even see where she's goin'?
???: Let's see... These twenty-five volumes are headed for the Hall of Knowledge... Whoops!
Lyria: Oh no! She tripped and fell!
Hey! Are you all right?
???: Urgh... I think I stepped on something... Oh no! My book! My precious book!
Vyrn: Hey, that was a pretty big tumble you took there! You okay?
The crew helps gather up the books scattered on the shop floor.
???: Sorry about that! Thank you for your help! It doesn't look like any of the books were damaged in the fall... What a relief!
Sierokarte: Hehehe... I see you're still more worried about books than yourself, Arusha.
Arusha: Of course! That's only natural for a librarian of the Hall of Knowledge!
Lyria: Um... The Hall of Knowledge? What sort of place is that?
Arusha: It's a library with the goal of collecting copies of every book in the world!
Arusha: We already have copies of just about every book you've ever read, from academic books to children's books.
Vyrn: That's awesome! Do you have any stuff from Estalucia? Might be worth takin' a look, huh, (Captain)!
Arusha: Are you all interested in Estalucia too?
Vyrn: Yep! It's our final destination after all!
Arusha: That's a magnificent goal! It's my dream to one day add books from Estalucia to the hall's collection.
Arusha: There's just so little information on Estalucia or the Astrals...
Arusha: In fact, there's nothing in the hall written by the Astrals themselves. But I hope to change that someday!
Lyria: Wow! What a wonderful dream! We're going to keep chasing our dream too. Right, (Captain)?
Arusha: Ahh, Estalucia, the legendary land at the end of the sky. I'd love to know what sorts of books are written and read there!
Arusha: But then again...
Vyrn: What's wrong? Why the gloomy face all of a sudden?
Arusha: Sorry, it's just... You have to cross the Grim Basin to reach the end of the sky.
Arusha: And that's incredibly dangerous. Aside from the Seven Luminary Knights, it would be all but impossible for anyone—even an imperial warship.
Arusha: Those of us at the Hall of Knowledge have struggled just to collect books from different skydoms.
Lyria: I see... I guess getting to Estalucia will be pretty hard...
Lyria: But we just need to hang in there and gather those Sky Map pieces! Right, (Captain)?
Arusha: Sky Map pieces... Yes, collecting those would probably be the most reliable way to go!
Arusha: But to do that, you'll have to defeat primal beasts. That certainly won't be easy.
Vyrn: Hehe, you got that right! It hasn't been a walk in the park, that's for sure!
W-wait, don't tell me... You already possess some of the Sky Map pieces?
Lyria: We do! Let's see... How many are we up to again?
Arusha: Um... Maybe I'm overstepping my bounds, but would you mind showing them to me?
Vyrn: That'd be fine! Right, (Captain)?
(Captain) shows the Sky Map pieces to Arusha.
Arusha: So these are Sky Map pieces! They look just how the literature described them. You all must really be serious about this.
Vyrn: Yeah, we are! When we get there someday, we'll bring you back a book as a souvenir!
Arusha: Oh... It's kind of you to say that, but I actually have another idea...
Arusha: U-um! Perhaps it's rude of me to ask, but could I accompany you on your travels?
Arusha: Up until now, obtaining a book of the Astrals has been nothing but a dream. But maybe it could be more if I go with you!
Choose: You're quite welcome to come!
- You're quite welcome to come!
- It will be a hard journey...
Arusha: You're confident that you can make it to Estalucia, right?
Arusha: If you believe that, then I believe in you, (Captain)! Please let me put my knowledge to work for your crew!Choose: It will be a hard journey...
Arusha: Estalucia is a land of myth, so I'm well aware that making it there won't be easy!
Arusha: But if I go with you, my dream will finally be within reach. I just know it!Continue 1
Arusha: So please... I'm begging you!
Vyrn: Haha! That look on your face is sayin' you can't refuse, huh, (Captain)!
Arusha: Does that mean... I'm in?
Lyria: Welcome aboard, Arusha!
Arusha: Marvelous! I look forward to journeying with you! I can't wait to see what kinds of books we find!
Thus Arusha, a cheerful librarian of the Hall of Knowledge, joins the crew.
Perhaps she'll learn a few things she couldn't find in books during her travels.
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?
While visiting a mountain range on a monster-hunting mission, Lyria is startled by a kitten that jumps out of the bushes. When she hands the kitten to Arusha, the librarian sneezes. The startled kitten runs off, and the crew goes after her.
(Captain) and company reach a mountain range near a village while on a monster-hunting mission.
Arusha: Wow, we're pretty deep in the mountains. I can't see very far ahead... We should be careful.
Lyria: Yes... Eek!
Suddenly a kitten leaps out of some nearby bushes and bumps into Lyria.
Lyria: You scared me, you naughty kitty! Don't think you can cover it up by rubbing against my leg!
Arusha: Aw, how cute! She has a collar on... Maybe she belongs to one of the villagers?
Arusha: In any case, it's dangerous here with monsters around. Let's take her back to the village!
Lyria: Yeah! You're coming with us, okay, kitty?
Do you want to hold her too, Arusha?
Arusha: Oh... I, uh... Achoo!
Lyria: Huh? Hey! Wait! Don't run!
Arusha: Oh no, I'm sorry! I scared the kitty with my sneeze... Let's go catch her!
Vyrn: H-hey! Wait, Library Girl!
Great... We better go after 'em, (Captain)!
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?: Scene 2
Arusha explains that she loves cats but constantly sneezes when they're nearby, so she summons magical cats as an alternative. Suddenly, Arusha starts sneezing and notices the kitten stuck up in a tree.
Arusha: Hmm... I can't find the kitty anywhere. This isn't good... I hope she's not in danger.
Arusha: Sigh... I love cats, but for some reason I sneeze constantly when they're nearby.
Arusha: Even though I adore them... And they're so cute... Urgh...
Vyrn: Huh? But aren't you always summoning cats with magic?
Arusha: Those aren't real cats, so they don't make me sneeze.
Arusha: I can't get away with touching the real thing, so I thought I could at least summon magic ones...
Lyria: Hmm... I wonder why you sneeze around cats?
Arusha: If I'm sneezing, the kitty must be nearby! Let's look around!
Vyrn: Wait, seriously? Cats make you sneeze even when you're not touchin' 'em? That must be a real pain.
Arusha: Achoo! There she is! Up in that tree!
Arusha: Looks like she can't get down on her own. But I'll sneeze if I try to carry her...
Vyrn: This looks like a job for a dragon! I'll fly up there and bring her down!
Lyria: Monsters! And right when that kitten needs us!
Arusha: You monsters have terrible timing!
Let's make this quick, (Captain). That kitty is counting on us!
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?: Scene 3
Having finished their mission, (Captain) and company take the kitten back to the village where they manage to find the owner. Arusha gives the kitten a farewell hug, and—sure enough—she starts sneezing again.
Vyrn: All right, I got the kitten! Hold her for me, (Captain)!
Lyria: Hehe... She sure is cute!
Huh? Why are you all the way over there, Arusha?
Arusha: Urgh... If I get too close, I'll scare her with my sneezing again.
Arusha: We're done with our mission, so I'll just try to stay away from the kitty on our way back to the village.
(Captain) and company head back to the village with the cat and a mopey Arusha.
Villager: Thank you, skyfarers! Now we can put our minds at ease.
Child: Thanks for bringing my kitty back... I was so worried!
Arusha: Hehe... Good thing her address was written on her collar! Achoo!
Villager: You've been a tremendous help. This little one was about to run off to the mountains to find her.
Arusha: Oh my! I know you were concerned about her, but your parents would be worried sick if you did that.
Did you hear that, kitty? You better not go wandering into the mountains again either!
Lyria: Hehe! That sure is a cute kitty though! She's so friendly!
Child: Hehe! Right? Do you wanna pet her too?
Lyria: Sure! But just one more time... Oh, she's so fluffy... I'll miss her.
Arusha: Argh! I just can't hold it in any longer!
Hey! Can I pet the kitty too?
Child: Of course! I'll even let you hold her! Here you go!
Arusha: Oh! Haha... You're right, Lyria! She's so fluffy and warm and...
Arusha: So cute... Achoo!
Arusha: Achoo! Achoo! Aaah-choo!
Lyria: Oh no! Are you all right? Here, use my handkerchief!
Arusha: Achoo! Ugh... I can't stop sneezing... Achoo!
Child: Um... Are you okay? I hope you get over that cold soon.
Arusha: Y-yeah... Achoo! Here's your kitty back. Thanks for letting me hold her.
Arusha: Urgh... I wish there was a book that could tell me how to cure this sneezing...
Arusha: Do you think there's a book like that in Estalucia, (Captain)? Achoo!
Arusha really loves cats, so it's a real tragedy that she can't be near them.
Will she be able to find a cure during her journey for books and knowledge? Only time will tell.
Affection Is Beyond Time
A letter is found in one of the books from Mariah's sister's collection that was donated to the Hall of Knowledge. Mariah can't bring herself to read the letter from her late sister, so Arusha reads it aloud for her. The letter describes Mariah's sister's love for her younger sibling. Mariah is able to connect with her sister, despite having lost her long before.
One day, Mariah decided to pass on her late sister's book collection to Arusha.
Arusha: In- incredible! It's just one rare and valuable tome after another! I'm particularly fascinated by this book on history.
Arusha: But Mariah, these are all mementos of your sister. Are you really sure you want me to have them?
Mariah: It's fine. My parents study a different field entirely, so they've no use for them. It'd be a shame to leave them gathering dust.
Mariah: Besides, I know my sister would be happy to know that her books were helpful to someone else.
Arusha: Well, if you're sure, then I'll gladly send them to the Hall of Knowledge. They'll be well looked after there.
Mariah: I appreciate it. It's a weight off my mind to know my sister's books are going to a good home.
Thus, through Arusha's kind donation, Mariah's sister's book collection found its way to the Hall of Knowledge.
A short time later…
Arusha: Ah, Mariah! Do you have a minute?
Mariah: Sure, what's up? You seem kind of flustered.
Arusha: So you know I donated your sister's books to the Hall of Knowledge? Well, they said they found an envelope in one of the books.
Arusha: Yes, but that's not all. There was a name written on the envelope. Your name, Mariah.
Mariah: It's for me?!
Arusha: Yep! Anyway, here's the envelope.
Mariah: Sorry, I… I can't take this.
Arusha: Huh? Why not?
Mariah: Because I was the one who killed her! We… we tried to kill each other and…
Arusha: But that wasn't your fault! It was the effect of a primal beast; there was nothing you could have done!
Mariah: Even so, primal beasts can't make feelings out of nothing. That anger toward my sister came from within me to start with.
Mariah: I… I was always jealous of her. She was so smart and kind. The primal beast just amplified that jealousy.
Mariah: So, if that's what it did to me, then the same must have happened to my sister. She must have resented me for some reason, too.
Mariah: Maybe that's what's inside the envelope. All her bottled up resentment for me poured out for me to read.
Mariah: I'm sorry, I just can't. I'm too afraid of what I might find.
Arusha was left speechless by Mariah's emotional speech.
She soon regained her composure however, and, with a look of determination, she tore open the envelope.
Mariah: Arusha, what are you doing?!
Ignoring Mariah's outburst, Arusha cast her eyes over the letter.
Arusha: "To my dearest Mariah…"
Mariah: Arusha, stop! I'm begging you, don't read it!
Arusha: Just listen, OK?
Arusha: "I'm so sorry, Mariah. I know I've always caused you worry."
Arusha: "I've always been so obsessed with my research, everything else has fallen to you. I know how much it must irritate you."
Mariah: Sis… That's not true at all…
Arusha: "You're such a kind person, so you always just let it go. I wanted to apologize, and tell you how much I always appreciated it."
Arusha: "But I'm not strong enough to say it myself. That's why I'm writing this now; to say I'm sorry, and to thank you for everything."
Various small, everyday events and other memories were jotted down, as if it was still a work in progress. Arusha read on.
Mariah, who had initially been covering her ears so as not to hear, gradually began to listen.
Arusha: "There is one thing I want you to always remember; I love you, and no matter what happens, I always will."
Arusha: "I think I'll stop here. After all, this is a letter, not a novel!
All my love,
Your big sis."
Mariah: S-sis… She never was any good at letters. (Sniff)
Mariah: Even with her fellow scholars, it always got her in trouble. Always "too" something. Too abrupt, too casual, too much chit-chat…
Arusha: Haha, really? I'm exactly the same! I can't stand writing stuffy old reports.
Mariah: Thank you, Arusha. For reading the letter, I mean.
Arusha: Not at all. Sorry I opened it without asking. I just…
Mariah: No need to apologize. I'm glad you did. Otherwise I would've never opened it, and I'd have spent forever being scared of it.
Mariah: I… I thought it would be full of anger, that she must have resented me for something. I was so afraid…
Mariah: So really, thank you.
Mariah: I love you too, sis. I always have, and I always will.
A single, unexpected letter written long ago helped Mariah finally understood how her sister had felt while she lived.
The pain of her sister's loss stayed with her, but thanks to the help of a friend, Mariah's wounds could finally start to heal.