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A Holy Knight Indeed
The Holy Knight Baotorda saves (Captain) and company from the Erste Empire. He shocks them by saying he left his order to help them, and that justice required it. But when he sees how worried they are, he volunteers to join their crew.
Imperial Soldier: Hey! Stop! Where do you think you're going? Stop! Fugitives!
Vyrn: What a pain! Aren't they ever going to stop chasing us?
Lyria: Over here, (Captain)!
???: Pardon me... Are you hurt, young lady?
Lyria: Sorry... I'm in a bit of a hurry, and—
Imperial Soldier: You! Don't move!
Vyrn: Lyria! What are you doing? You'll be caught!
Lyria: Whoa! You're right!
Lyria: Sorry! We really are in a hurry... Forgive me!
???: Hmm... Why are those kids being chased by imperial soldiers?
Knight: I suspect that they're members of the fugitive crew being hunted by the Erste Empire.
???: I see... You mean the ones who allegedly stole the empire's experimental test subject?
Knight: That's right... As knights of the order, we should probably stay out of it.
???: What? Are you seriously telling me to ignore a bunch of children who are being pursued by imperial troops?
Knight: But they're fugitives... We shouldn't do anything to damage relations between Lumiel and the Erste Empire...
Knight: Besides, the letter has been safely delivered, and we should get back to Lumiel as soon as possible...
???: If that's how it is, I hereby resign from the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights.
???: Please inform Captain Charlotta upon your return to Lumiel.
Knight: Wha? But, Officer Baotorda!
Vyrn: Ugh... This isn't good. We're getting further and further away from the Grandcypher.
Vyrn: It looks like we have no choice but to take them on...
Lyria: But if we fight here, we'll endanger the townspeople!
Vyrn: And if we don't, we'll be caught...
Baotorda: This way! Hide here! Quickly!
Lyria: Wha? Didn't we meet earlier?
Baotorda: Hmm... There are no signs of anyone. Looks like we've given your pursuers the slip.
Lyria: Thank you. Mr... um...
Baotorda: How rude of me. I still haven't introduced myself.
Baotorda: My name is Baotorda. I'm a member of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights...
Baotorda: Or I was until a few minutes ago at least.
Baotorda: Now... well... I'm no longer a member of any order. I'm just a simple knight.
Lyria: Did something happen?
Baotorda: No... It was nothing really.
Baotorda reveals that he voluntarily left the Holy Knights to save (Captain) and company.
Vyrn: No way! But why would you do something like that so suddenly?
Baotorda: I couldn't just leave you in such a tight spot, could I?
Vyrn: Well, we appreciate that... but you don't even know us...
Baotorda: A group of armed soldiers pursuing a group of mere children...
Baotorda: Would you be able to watch that and think it justice, whatever the reason?
Baotorda: I would offer up my cherished sword and even my body in the name of justice... I am always ready to do whatever justice requires.
Baotorda: Weak I may be, but if there is any way for me to help thwart evil, justice requires that I do so.
Lyria: But surely you didn't need to leave your order...
Baotorda: Oh, but I did. The Holy Kingdom of Lumiel currently has a reasonably cordial relationship with the Erste Empire.
Baotorda: If I were to start a conflict, it would cause great difficulty for the leader of my order and for His Eminence.
Baotorda: So the only way I could see justice done was as a simple knight, not as a member of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights...
Lyria: That's awful...
Baotorda: Young lady, when you see my sword, what do you think?
Lyria: Huh? Um... I think it's pretty...
Baotorda: Yes, it certainly is a beautiful sword. And the reason it's beautiful is because it never wavers.
Baotorda: It unerringly follows the way of justice. Nothing could be more beautiful. And that's why I never waver from that path.
Baotorda: Forever pure, forever righteous. The motto of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights...
Baotorda: But simply having an ideal is not enough. It needs to be acted upon.
Baotorda: Do you think position or affiliation is required for that?
Lyria: Uh... but... um... well...
Baotorda: Hmm... I see. How about if I put it like this?
Baotorda: Position and power are not needed to dispense justice...
Baotorda: But I'm not arrogant enough to think that my sword alone is enough to overcome evil.
Baotorda: So... I'd like to request that you allow me to join your crew.
Baotorda: Forever pure, forever righteous... Would you help me continue to uphold the ideals of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights?
Choose: Of course!
- Of course!
- I don't know...
Lyria: Great! I'm happy to have you too!Choose: I don't know...
Vyrn: Wait a minute! Isn't that a bit harsh?
Vyrn: He saved us! Don't we owe him for that?Continue 1
Baotorda: Thank you. From now on, I fight alongside (Captain) in the name of justice!
Baotorda: And it looks like I don't have to worry about food or accommodations after all.
Vyrn: Huh? What's that supposed to mean?
Baotorda: Exactly what it sounds like! I didn't expect to have either after resigning from the Holy Knights...
Baotorda: And as Holy Knights, we didn't have any personal items or private funds.
Vyrn: Hey... Wasn't that going a bit far?
Baotorda: But don't you think voluntary poverty is a wonderful thing?
With the noble knight as their new companion, (Captain) and company continue their journey.
For some time after he joins, his frugality has an effect all over the Grandcypher.
A Willingness to Learn
Upon reporting to the Knickknack Shack, Baotorda, (Captain), and the others receive a request to train some new soldiers. They head to the forest to do so and find a group of people hardly better than thugs. They brace themselves and get to work.
(Captain) and company visit the Knickknack Shack to report a successfully completed monster-hunting mission.
Baotorda: Well, (Captain)'s sword skills certainly are something to behold.
Baotorda: The result of innate talent and a beautiful heart devoted to training...
Baotorda: (Captain)'s swordsmanship reminds me of the current captain of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights, who is said to be the strongest in the history of the order.
Vyrn: Heh-heh! Did you hear that, (Captain)! That's quite a compliment!
Choose: You're overestimating me...
- You're overestimating me...
- I'm just that good.
Baotorda: Oh, there's no need to be modest.
Baotorda: Humility is a beautiful thing... but it's important to understand the extent of your own skills as well.Choose: I'm just that good.
Baotorda: Ah... So you're confident as well. You seem to have everything necessary to achieve success, (Captain).Continue 1
Baotorda: I know you train every day, but your skills are truly incredible considering your young age.
Sierokarte: I'm so sorry I kept you waiting!
Sierokarte: Thank you for completing that mission so quickly!
Baotorda: A good deed is meaningless unless done in a timely fashion.
Baotorda: Not a moment can be wasted if the innocent are being threatened by monsters.
Sierokarte: Tee-hee! I'm glad you feel that way.
Sierokarte: To tell you the truth, I have another job for hard workers such as yourselves...
Vyrn: Hmm... Training soldiers, huh?
Baotorda: Apparently the soldiers are engaged in practical training in this forest, which is full of monsters.
Baotorda: And as seasoned skyfarers, they want us to oversee the training.
Lyria: Hee-hee... I wonder what they're like. Isn't this exciting?
New Soldier 1: Hey! You just stepped on my foot!
New Soldier 2: Huh? Why the hell would I care? It's your own fault for not standing still!
New Soldier 3: Hey, you're a cutie! You want to go get some coffee with me?
Lyria: Ha-ha... This doesn't look so good...
Vyrn: It looks terrible! It's pretty much a group of thugs!
Baotorda: This might be harder than I thought...
Baotorda: But teaching them the ways of a noble soldier is a very important job. Let's begin the training.
A Willingness to Learn: Scene 2
During their training, a soldier says that Baotorda must be stronger than (Captain). But Baotorda replies that he will always be one step behind because all he's capable of is training.
Vyrn: Nice! Good job, (Captain)!
Baotorda: As always your swordsmanship is a cut above the rest...
New soldier: Huh? Aren't you stronger than that kid? You're way bigger too.
Baotorda: Is that how it seems to you? Body size does not matter. I know this better than anyone else.
Baotorda: I am indeed strong. But there's still a crucial something that I'm missing.
Baotorda: There is that level that only a select few will ever reach... A place where training alone will never be enough...
Baotorda: I seek to improve myself every day in hopes of reaching that place... But alas...
Baotorda: No matter how much I push myself... I will always be one step behind.
New soldier: Hmm? Is that how it is? I can't tell, because you both just seem plain strong to me.
Baotorda: That's how it is. Well, that's enough chit-chat for now.
Baotorda: We're here today for your training... Don't let your guard down.
A Willingness to Learn: Scene 3
During the rigorous training, the soldiers start complaining that they'll never find glory no matter how hard they try. Baotorda replies that his efforts have never truly failed him.
New Soldier 1: I can hardly move anymore...
New Soldier 2: Damn it! Screw this! I'm done! Forget this training!
Vyrn: Hey! What's going on?
New Soldier 2: I'm done with this stupid training! That's what's going on!
New Soldier 2: We know how to fight decently already. Isn't that enough?
Baotorda: So what will you do if you run into a monster for which decent isn't good enough?
New Soldier 2: If that happens... I'll just leave it to someone stronger! Whoever people say is the strongest!
New Soldier 1: That's right. No matter how hard we try, we won't ever find glory anyway.
Lyria: Don't say that...
Baotorda: You know... There are certainly times when hard work simply goes unrewarded.
Baotorda: There have been times when I myself was faced with overwhelming brilliance, and my measly efforts seemed completely meaningless...
Baotorda: But if you want something to change, all you can do is put in the effort.
Baotorda: There were so many times when my efforts weren't enough... It seemed so unfair... so futile...
Baotorda: But not once did my efforts betray me... They always added to my strength.
New Soldier 2: ...
Baotorda: And besides... there's something to be said for reaching certain heights through raw effort without the aid of a natural gift.
Baotorda: Allow me to demonstrate. Watch carefully!
A Willingness to Learn: Scene 4
After training the soldiers, (Captain) and company head back to town. Baotorda says the soldiers reminded him of what's truly important, and he renews his resolve to improve himself so he can live in a way that's noble and true.
(Captain)'s crew finishes training the soldiers and is on the way back to town.
Vyrn: Phew... That was a tough mission.
Vyrn: It would have been easier to just hunt monsters, don't you think?
Baotorda: Heh-heh... Who knows.
Lyria: Oh? You seem unusually cheery, Baotorda.
Baotorda: Yes... Watching those soldiers reminded me of what's truly important.
Baotorda: I almost forgot due to spending so much time with (Captain)...
Baotorda: But I must return to my roots and focus on constant self-improvement.
Baotorda: Not to reach some arbitrary milestone or to compare myself to others...
Baotorda: But for myself... To be forever pure, forever righteous...
Baotorda: I look forward to continuing my journey with you, (Captain).
Interacting with the untrained soldiers strengthens Baotorda's determination to continue his own training.
His newfound resolve will surely continue to shine brightly, never to be obscured by even the most brilliant of lights.
A Noble Pair
Though once Holy Knights of Lumiel, Charlotta and Baotorda met once again as members of (Captain)’s Order. They hadn’t ended on the best terms. The air between them had grown stagnant. It seemed that things might stay sour between them forever until a robber burst into the tavern. The two former Holy Knights proved themselves to still be perfectly in sync. All it took was a single battle for Baotorda to realize that, though Charlotta had left the Holy Knights behind, she was still the picture of nobility.
A strange coincidence brings Captain Charlotta and the Holy Knight Baotorda together as members of (Captain)’s Order.
The party sits takes seats in a tavern, but the two don’t seem quite ready to talk.
Baotorda: My word... to think I’d meet you under these circumstances, Captain Charlotta...
Charlotta: Um... well I can’t say I was expecting this, myself...
Baotorda: From what I’ve heard... you scurried off from the Holy Knights in hopes of growing taller...
Baotorda: And during your travels you met (Captain). You joined their Order and they’ve been taking care of you ever since...
Charlotta: Oh... that sounds about right...
Baotorda: Hrm... well it was no secret to the Holy Knights that you were quite... particular about your height...
Baotorda: But for you to go so far as leaving... what on earth were you thinking?
Baotorda: Though I suppose I’m not one to talk... I’ve left the Holy Knights myself...
Charlotta: I... as Captain, I couldn’t forgive anyone who would try to turn the Holy Knights into a laughingstock...
Charlotta: I felt it my responsibility to grow taller... for the sake of the Order’s dignity...
Baotorda: We chose you as Captain because we respected you from the bottom of our hearts...
Baotorda: How could you even think we’d pay mind to the words of such rabble?
Charlotta: But don’t you see... you chose me. I wanted to live up to your expectations.
Charlotta: I... I just wanted to you understand. I wanted to be a Captain you could look up to...
Baotorda: But... Captain Charlotta...
Lyria: Oh, no... I never know what to do when things get like this...
Vyrn: Well... what else would you expect?
Lyria: What do we do? If things stay like this, they might not ever make up...
Vyrn: Nah... it’ll probably work itself out soon...
Robber: Alright! Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt!
Staff: ... ack! What do you think you’re doing?!
Robber: Ehehe... I think that’s obvious, innit? Just hand over the cash, nice and easy...
???: You stop right there! You’ve done more than enough!
Robber: Hm? What the? Looks like we got ourselves a hero...
Charlotta: As the Captain of Lumiel’s Holy Knights... I will not let such violence go unpunished!
Baotorda: ... so long as I stand, evil shall never prosper! You’ll rue the day you came into this tavern, be sure of it.
Charlotta: Lady Baotorda! With me!
Baotorda: ... understood! ... I hope you’re ready, scoundrel!
Staff: Oh, thank! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Who knows what would’ve happened if you weren’t here...
Charlotta: No, no... we only did what was right!
Charlotta and Baotorda moved as one. The robber was finished in the blink of an eye.
Staff: Hrm... to think such a small child could show such courage...
Staff: ... it’s enough to put us adults to shame!
Charlotta: Hmph! You’re quite mistaken! I know I may look li?
Baotorda: Ah... allow me to say, she is no child.
Baotorda: Hehe... she’s a Holy Knight more than worthy of the words of her Order. Forever Pure, Forever Righteous.
Vyrn: Hah... looks like they’re back to being buddies again, eh?
Lyria: Yeah! I can’t believe I was so worried!
Baotorda: I must say... a good workout always makes me a bit peckish. How about it, Captain Charlotta?
Charlotta: Hm... now that you mention it, I could eat something...
Baotorda: I’ll see if they’ll let me use the kitchen. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a good happy-go-lucky plate.
Charlotta: You don’t say! That’s your specialty! ... I never thought I’d eat it again!
Vyrn: Welp... I guess some things never change.
Beaming and practically skipping, Charlotta followed Baotorda into the kitchen.
And Charlotta wasn’t the only one who was impressed by Baotorda’s cooking, even if it was a kid’s meal.
Lessons from a Veteran Knight
One day, Baotorda is giving Bridgette some sword training, but she soon gives up. During a break, he prepares a children's lunch for her, but she announces she cannot eat it. Baotorda questions the prudence of admitting defeat before even attempting a challenge, causing Bridgette to reflect on her habits. She eats the children's lunch before re-attempting the sword practice in order to surpass her limits.
Bridgette: Pant… pant… Here I… come!
Bridgette: Yah! Huff… pant…
Baotorda: That won't do. Your strokes are crooked.
Bridgette is receiving sword training under Baotorda.
Both are in the Order of Holy Knights, but they had only just met each other in person a short while ago…
Catching sight of a certain person as she cleans the deck, Bridgette's eyes open wide and she drops the cloth she's been holding.
Bridgette: Oh, my! Y-you're… th-the commanding officer, Baotorda?
Baotorda: Yes… and you are?
Bridgette: I'm Bridgette, I used to be a rookie in the Order of Holy Knights, but had to resign under certain circumstances!
As Baotorda is taken aback by this rather abrupt self-introduction, Bridgette explains her situation in detail.
After he has understood, Baotorda seems persuaded by her story, and gives his own in turn.
Bridgette: I can scarcely believe it. To think that you, the commanding officer, would be forced to withdraw from the order also…
Baotorda: Yes. I do not regret the decision. I have maintained my conviction and principles to the end.
Bridgette: Goodness! J-Just as one would expect from the commanding officer. Yes, indeed!
Bridgette: Um! I'm rather ashamed to ask this of you in such a forthright manner, but… I'd like to receive training from you, if I could?
Baotorda thus gave his consent to Bridgette's request, and in this way, the training begun…
Bridgette: Urgh… I feel I've reached my limit… I can't go any further…
Baotorda: Hmm… You do realize you've only made five sword strokes so far? You should aim for at least 100…
Bridgette: Guh? A h-hundred? I could never manage that! Impossible!
Seeing Bridgette tremble as if in terror, Baotorda lets out a small sigh.
Baotorda: Honestly… very well, then. Let's take a break.
Vyrn: Jeez… Your limits aren't exactly the highest, are they?
Bridgette: Oooh… I know, I'm such a disappointment, aren't I? But limits are limits. I am but a poor weak thing…
Lyria: Don't worry about it. Come on, let's look forward to the meal Baotorda's preparing for us!
Vyrn: Well, you're right there. No point in lookin' back in regret when we can look forward… to food!
As the party waits in expectation, Baotorda appears, bringing the meal to the party.
Lyria: Wow! It looks delicious!
Bridgette: Huh? Wait… Is it just me, or is mine a little… different to everyone else's?
Baotorda: It certainly is. For you, I've prepared a special children's meal.
Bridgette: Umm… a… a "children's meal," you say?
Lyria: Oh? Don't you like children's meals, Bridgette?
Bridgette: Erm… well, no, but more to the point, I'm… I'm already 19 years old…
Bridgette: This is rather embarrassing… in fact, it's too embarrassing… I c-can't bring myself to eat it… Impossible…
Baotorda: Hah… nothing to be embarrassed about! This dish is Captain Charlotta's favorite, I'll have you know!
Bridgette: Huh? Captain Charlotta's favorite, you say? But… the captain is younger than myself, so…
Baotorda: That's true. But a person is free to eat whatever they please. Just as you're free to decline this dish.
Baotorda: However… I'd question the person who calls a challenge "impossible" before even attempting it, wouldn't you?
Baotorda: …Through admirable hard work and perseverance, Captain Charlotta overcame the disadvantages presented by her short stature.
Baotorda: I'm sure there were many around her who mocked her, called her efforts "impossible"… Yet she was able to take the seat of captain.
Baotorda: Therein lies the result of effort… being told of the impossible… attempting the impossible… conquering the impossible.
Baotorda: That is the kind of person we aspire to be… and the kind of person you seek to fight alongside.
Bridgette: Yes, I… yes, that's right.
Baotorda: You yourself understand the extent of your own efforts more than everyone. That is precisely how you can say what is impossible.
Baotorda: That is a wise decision. But you are wont to label something as impossible before you even exert any effort, like just now.
Bridgette: That's… that's certainly true. I shall… I shall have to reconsider my actions…
Baotorda: Heh heh. The ability to recognize your own habits is the first step toward improvement.
Baotorda: And by the way, I didn't just make this lunch for the sole purpose of lecturing you.
Baotorda: This stuff is full of nutrients, and it's perfect for building up your basic strength.
Baotorda: And for someone of small stature like yourself, the children's lunch provides just the right quantity. It's the logical choice.
Bridgette: I understand! Then I shall take on this culinary challenge! And I most certainly won't utter the word "impossible"!
Bridgette appears to ready herself, and begins to sample the children's lunch.
Bridgette: …Oh my goodness! This is impossibly deli? I mean, it's thoroughly delicious! Absolutely…delectable!
Baotorda: Heh heh… then we'll take a short break after eating, and get back to training.
Baotorda: The same rigorous training you've been calling "impossible" until now, that is.
Bridgette: Oh, absolutely! Yes sir!
Om nom nom… Delicious… (munch)…
Smiling gently, Baotorda watches over Bridgette until she finishes the children's lunch.
Afterwards, the two train together, and Bridgette is finally able to surpass her limits…
Bridgette: I've done it! Seven strokes! Seven sword strokes in a row!
Vyrn: Really? That's amaz?
Vyrn: …Hold on, just seven? What the heck!
It seems like the future in which Bridgette can fight alongside the captain she so admires is still just a little way off…
Feel the Love!
Baotorda helps boys and girls working near a treacherous mountain road, but their father is furious at him for interfering with their upbringing. Baotorda is badly shaken, but Ghandagoza cheers him up, and the two of them level out the mountain road, much to the delight of the children.
(Captain) and company, who are on a mission to transport some goods, are walking down a steep mountain path.
Vyrn: Pant... Wheeze... Are we ever gonna get to that village? I'm starving.
Baotorda: Heh-heh. I know it's hard, but try to tough it out just a little longer. We're almost there.
Vyrn: Really? All right, Lyria! Let's find something to eat as soon as we get there!
Lyria: Yeah! Just hearing that makes me feel a bit better! Let's hurry!
But just as the reinvigorated crew is about to get going, the unlikely sound of wood splitting echoes from the nearby forest.
Baotorda: Huh? Let's go see what's going on.
Boy: Ugh... Hyah!
(Captain) and company head into the forest and find a boy struggling to split firewood with an axe that's too big for him.
Vyrn: Yikes! What's he thinking? He's wobbling all over the place with that thing!
Baotorda: Hold it, young man. It's dangerous to lift an axe that's too big for you. Let me take care of that.
Boy: No, thank you. This is really something I have to do myself. If I don't—
Baotorda: Heh-heh... Don't be silly, little one. Now hand me that axe.
Baotorda takes the axe from the boy.
The boy's eyes sparkle as he watches Baotorda make short work of the firewood.
Boy: Ha-ha! Thanks a lot, man!
Baotorda: No trouble at all. Do try to use an axe you can actually lift next time.
Lyria: Hee-hee. Baotorda sure looks pleased.
Vyrn: Heh-heh. Well, helping people is a hobby of his, right?
The crew resumes its journey down the steep mountain path toward the village but soon sees a girl washing clothes in the river.
Baotorda: Oh? What's a little girl doing in a monster-infested place like this?
Lyria: Whoa! There he goes.
Vyrn: Sheesh... What's the big hurry anyway? Well, Lyria, we better help out too!
Lyria: That's right!
As the crew continues down the mountain, Baotorda helps other boys and girls as well.
By the time all this work is done and the goods are finally delivered, night has fallen.
Vyrn: Oh, an apple!
Baotorda: Sorry, guys. I didn't really mean to rope you into all that and make you wait so long to eat.
Lyria: Munch, munch... Oh, it's nothing. Everyone seemed so grateful after all!
Vyrn: Munch, munch... Yeah! I mean, I was hungry and all, but there's nothing wrong with doing a good deed!
Baotorda: Heh-heh... Well, food always tastes better when you work for it. Let's take our time with dinner!
But someone interrupts (Captain) and company as they enjoy their meal.
Father: Hey! You're the ones, right? The guys who were helping kids in the mountains.
Baotorda: Indeed. Those mountains are dangerous, and those kids were having trouble.
Father: Damn... Why couldn't you just mind your own business?
Baotorda: What do you mean?
Father: Well, I'm their father, and you interfered with an important part of their upbringing.
Vyrn: Huh? What are you saying?
The father stares hard at the crew and then reveals that his wife died the other day.
He adds that he has no idea when he'll follow her, which is why he was trying to teach his children to fend for themselves.
Father: Are you guys getting this? Or do you plan to help my kids with their duties every day for the rest of their lives?
Baotorda: Forgive me. I had no idea you had anything like that in mind.
Father: Don't mention it. Everything's fine as long as you understand. I'm sorry to drag you through this even though you were just trying to be kind.
He sighs quietly and leaves the restaurant.
Meanwhile, Baotorda bites his lower lip and practically collapses into his chair.
That night Baotorda stares up at the sky alone.
Baotorda: Hmm... Forever pure, forever righteous. It seems I still have a ways to go to live up to that. A long ways.
Baotorda: Heh-heh... Mistaken kindness, huh? I'm such a meddler. Ha-ha.
Lyria: Oh dear... Baotorda looks pretty upset.
Vyrn: Hmm... We need to try to cheer him up... Huh?
A gigantic figure approaches the miserable-looking Baotorda, who's practically curled into the fetal position.
Ghandagoza: Ha-ha! What has the world come to when a Holy Knight is reduced to this? Get it together!
Baotorda: Huh? Ghandagoza?
Ghandagoza: All right, tell me what's on your mind.
Ghandagoza sits down next to Baotorda with a thud and stares at the side of the knight's face.
Baotorda: I was only trying to make those children happy. But now I have no idea what to do.
Baotorda: I feel like I can't do anything right anymore. Sigh...
Ghandagoza: Ha-ha! Are you really all the Holy Knights have to offer? You call that righteousness? How disappointing!
Baotorda: Hold it. I won't allow even you to make a mockery of the Holy Knights.
Ghandagoza: Oho? And what do you plan to do about it? You're just a little man who can't even walk his own path of justice!
Baotorda: I'm warning you. Don't make me take up my sword.
Baotorda, who was downcast until only moments ago, rises to bravely face Ghandagoza.
Baotorda: As a defender of justice, I would—
As Baotorda begins his speech, Ghandagoza claps his massive hand against the knight's back.
Ghandagoza: Ha-ha! Now that's more like it! That's the hero I was lookin' for, Baotorda!
Ghandagoza: Giving up doesn't suit you. I know your convictions run a lot deeper than that.
Ghandagoza: I've lived my entire life by my fists, but seein' you this way is almost enough to make me weep into them!
Ghandagoza: And that's why I know you should live for something you believe in! Ha-ha!
Baotorda: Heh-heh... So you say I should follow my path straight to its end. Was a truer maxim ever spoken?
Deeply impressed by Ghandagoza's words, Baotorda's eyes twinkle.
Baotorda: But how am I supposed to do that?
Baotorda's eyes continue to twinkle as he stares at Ghandagoza, waiting for the man's next words.
Ghandagoza: Ha-ha! Follow me!
Vyrn: Phew. It was touch and go for a minute there, but it looks like everything turned out all right.
Lyria: Yeah! But all that suspense made me hungry. Heh-heh.
Vyrn: Heh-heh. Me too. I say we head back to the inn and eat something!
Ghandagoza: With these fists nothing is impossible!
Baotorda: Hyaaah! Forever pure, forever righteous!
Ghandagoza: True greatness is not achieved in a day! Again!
Baotorda: Hyaaah! Forever pure, forever righteous!
Strange scraping sounds reverberate through the air for the rest of that night.
When the children head up the mountain the next morning to go about their duties, the once perilous mountain path is completely level.
Girl: The mountain path... How could this be, bro?
Boy: Ha-ha. Wow! But who in the world could have done this?
No one is there to respond to their questions, but the children find the sun smiling down at them that day.