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The Book Hunting Librarian
When the party went to Sierokarte’s Knickknack Shack, they met Arusha, who carrying a large quantity of books. Arusha worked in a great library that was renowned as the “Hall of Knowledge. ” Her goal was said to be to own books from Estalucia. Arusha knew that the party was skyfarers who were headed for Estalucia. She would join the party in their travels.
Our heroes went to the Knickknack Shack to find work. There they deal with Sierokarte.
???: Shopkeep! Could you arrange these for me?
Sierokarte: OK, OK, OK! Leave it to me!
Vyrn: Huh? Man, you have so many books! It’s amazing! Like I’ve not seen before.
???: Agh! These 25 volumes are headed for the Hall of Knowledge?
Lyria: Aah?! You tripped and fell! H-hey! Are you all right?!
???: Ugh, I tripped on something... Hey! A book! Our precious materials!
Vyrn: Hey, girl. That was a spectacular tumble. Are you hurt?
Our heroes help to gather up the books that had been scattered on the floor of the shop.
???: Sorry about this! You’ve been a big help! Okay, all our books are in mint condition!
Sierokarte: Hahahaha... Arusha, as always, you’re more interested in books than even your own affairs!
Arusha: Yes! That’s only natural for a librarian at the Hall of Knowledge!
Lyria: Um... “Hall of Knowledge?" You are Arusha, right? What sort of place is this “Hall?"
Arusha: The Hall of Knowledge is a library with the goal of collecting together all the books that exist in this world!
Arusha: It has every book you all have ever read, from academic books to children’s picture books.
Vyrn: Hm... That’s awesome! Do you even have materials from Estalucia? I wanna go take a look, (Captain)!
Arusha: Are you all interested in Estalucia?
Vyrn: Oh, no. Yeah, the purpose of our travels is to reach Estalucia!
Arusha: That’s a most auspicious goal! My dream is to have books from Estalucia in the collection of the Hall of Knowledge.
Arusha: There is an extremely limited amount of extant materials involving Estalucia or the Astrals...
Arusha: In particular, there are no materials whatsoever in the Hall of Knowledge that were actually written by the Astrals themselves. But maybe... one day...
Lyria: Wow...! What a wonderful dream! We cannot fail, either. Right, (Captain)?
Arusha: Ah, the end of the sky, Estalucia! I wonder what sort of books are written and read there?
Vyrn: Hm? What’s wrong? You got that troubled look on your face all of a sudden...
Arusha: It is... You must pass the Grim Basin if you wish to reach the end of the sky.
Arusha: That is very dangerous... It would be difficult even for the Knights of the Septennial or an imperial warship.
Arusha: I’ve toiled and struggled to collect books just from different Skydoms.
Lyria: Of course it’s a difficult undertaking. Going to Estalucia...
Lyria: Right, (Captain)? Let’s hang in there and gather those Sky Map fragments!
Arusha: The Sky Map fragments... Yes, I think collecting them would be the most certain way to go!
Arusha: In order to do that, you are going to have to fight and defeat great primal beasts. None of this would be easy.
Vyrn: Haha, well! Yeah, it ain’t easy to fight with primal beasts!
Arusha: ...?! Wait, don’t tell me! You already possess some of the Sky Map fragments?!
Lyria: Okay! Um... Let’s see, how many have we already gathered?
Arusha: Um, um! It’s impudent for me to ask, but could you show them to me? The Sky Map fragments!
Vyrn: No... it's fine. Right, (Captain)?
(Captain) showed his Sky Map fragments to Arusha.
Arusha: Those are the Sky Map fragments! This is the first time I’ve seen them, but they are just as they are in the literature. Wow, you guys really mean business.
Vyrn: Yeah, that’s it! When I get there some day, I’ll bring you back a book as a souvenir!
Arusha: Oh, I am so happy to hear that. But...
Arusha: H-hey! It is a bit rude for me to ask, but... Could I go with you on your travels?
Arusha: Until now, obtaining an Astrals’ book has been a mere dream. But if I got with you...!
Choose: Of course!
- Of course!
- Would that be bad?
Arusha: I believe that you can make it to Estalucia.
Arusha: I believe in you, (Captain)! Let me use my knowledge to help your order!Choose: Would that be bad?
Arusha: Estalucia is a land of illusions. I am well aware that making it there will not be easy!
Arusha: The goals that until now I had only dreamed about will finally be in reach if I go with you. I really think that!Continue 1
Arusha: I’m begging you!
Vyrn: Haha. You look like you are thinking that there’s no way we could refuse after you told us all that! (Captain).
Arusha: Okay then!
Lyria: All right, welcome aboard! Ms. Arusha!
Arusha: Yes! I look forward to journeying with you! Haha, I wonder what kind of books are waiting to meet me in my travels? This is so much fun!
Thus Arusha, the librarian of the Hall of Knowledge joined the party.
The bright and cheerful librarian would learn about things during her travels that would be a fair bit different from what she had gleaned from books.
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?
The party arrived at a mountain on a mission to hunt a monster. Lyria is startled by a kitten that suddenly appears from the bushes. She hands the kitten over to Arusha, causing her to sneeze uncontrollably. The kitten is startled and runs away, and the party attempts to find her.
(Captain) and company arrived at a mountain on a mission to hunt a monster.
Arusha: Whew, these are some big mountains. I can't really see ahead... We should be careful...
Lyria: Yes... Ahh!
A kitten jumps out of the bushes and bumps into Lyria.
Lyria: Stop it! You scared me! You're a naughty cat!
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! Okay, come with us. Do you want to hold her too, Arusha?
Arusha: Oh, I uh... Achoo!
Lyria: Huh?! Ah! W-Wait! Don't run!
Arusha: Ohhh, I'm sorry! I scared the kitty with my sneeze... L-Let's go catch her!
Vyrn: H- Hey! Wait, librarian girl! We have no choice, let's go after them, (Captain)!
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?: Scene 2
Although she loves cats, Arusha can't help but sneeze when they're nearby. She explains that she summons cats with her magic since the real thing is out of her reach. Suddenly, Arusha starts to sneeze and notices the kitten is stuck up in a tree.
Arusha: Hmm... I can't find the kitty... This isn't good... I hope she's not in danger...
Arusha: Sigh... I love cats, but for some reason I can't stop sneezing when they're nearby.
Arusha: Even though I adore them... And they're so cute... Aww...
Vyrn: Huh? But you always summon cats with magic, don't you?
Arusha: Those aren't real cats, so they don't make me sneeze.
Arusha: I can't touch real cats, so I thought I could at least summon magic ones...
Lyria: Hm... I wonder why you can't stop sneezing...
Arusha: This feeling...! The kitty must be nearby! Let's look around!
Vyrn: Really? You sneeze if they're anywhere near you? That must be a real pain...
Arusha: Achoo! There she is! Up in the tree!
Arusha: Looks like she can't get down... Ohh, but I'll sneeze if I try to carry her...
Vyrn: Leave it to me! I'll fly up there and bring her down!
Lyria: Monsters! Now?!
Arusha: Ugh, you monsters have such bad timing! (Captain), let's take them down real quick for the kitty!
Just a Tiny Cuddle!?: Scene 3
The party defeated the monsters and take the cat back to the village. They managed to find the cat's grateful owner, and Arusha gives it a farewell hug. Sure enough, she couldn't stop sneezing.
Vyrn: All right, I got the kitten! Hold her, (Captain)!
Lyria: Hehe, she sure is cute! Huh? Why are you all the way back there, Arusha?
Arusha: I'll scare the cat with my sneezing again if I get too close...
Arusha: We're done with our mission, so I'll just try to stay far 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: Thank you! Thank you for bringing my cat back... I was so worried!
Arusha: Hehe, we knew where she lives thanks to the collar on her neck! Achoo!
Villager: Thank you... He was about to run off to the mountains to find her.
Arusha: Oh, my! I know you were worried about her, but your parents would be worried sick if you did that.
Child: Sorry... Did you hear that, kitty? Don't go wandering into the mountains by yourself again!
Lyria: Hehe! That sure is a cute kitty though! She's so docile!
Child: Hehe. Right? Do you want to pet her too?
Lyria: Sure! Then just one more time... Ohh, she's so fluffy... I'm sad to see her go.
Arusha: Ahh! I can't hold it in any longer! Hey! C-Can I touch the kitty too?
Child: Of course! Here, why don't you hold her?Look at that!
Arusha: Wah! Hehe, you're right Lyria... She's so fluffy and warm and...
Arusha: So cute... A-Achooo!
Arusha: Achoo! Aaah-choo! Uggh...
Lyria: Wha? Are you okay? Here, use my handkerchief!
Arusha: Achoo! Augh, I can't stop sneezing... Hachoo!
Child: U-Um... Are you okay...? Hope you feel better...
Arusha: Y-Yeah... Achoo! Here's your kitty back. Thanks for letting me hold her.
Arusha: Uugh... 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. It's a real tragedy that she can't be near them.
Will she be able to find a cure to her condition 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.