Cain, (Captain), and the others are gathering mountain herbs in response to an apparently selfish request from Pholia. They run into some refugees from the Rhem Kingdom who lost their right to practice medicine there. Some thugs then show up who kidnapped some of the refugees' friends.
Vyrn: Hey! Isn't this it? This must be the herb Pholia mentioned!
Lyria: Hmm... All of them are starting to look the same to me...
Choose: That's definitely the one.
- That's definitely the one.
- Let's just assume that's the right one.
Vyrn: Yep! Hehe... Looks like we finally scored one!Choose: Let's just assume that's the right one.
Lyria: Hey, you can't just take any old herb! Pholia will get mad!Continue 1
Cain: Hey! How's it going? You find any of those herbs?
Cain: Check this out—I already found a bunch! How'd you do, Reinhardtzar?
Reinhardtzar sighs heavily in response to the carefree Cain.
Reinhardtzar: Um... You know, you really don't have to take this so seri—
Leona: Found you!
Leona: Hey, Cain! Look! This is the herb, right?
Leona: Yep... I knew the trick to finding these herbs was to bend down and keep your eyes nice and close to the ground.
Cain: Leo! There's no need for you to waste all that energy on something so pointless!
Reinhardtzar's sigh fades into the idyllic forest.
Cain, (Captain), and the others have received a royal decree directly from Pholia, the sovereign of Idelva.
They've been commanded to go get some herbs deep in the mountains.
Vyrn: Still, a general gettin' sent to the mountains for some fancy weeds...
Vyrn: Doesn't it seem like sort of a gigantic waste?
Choose: Yeah, what's with this monkey work?
- Yeah, what's with this monkey work?
- Well, work is work.
Cain: Now, now... I know I didn't explain before, but this is actually an important job.
Cain starts to explain the nature of his position to the doubtful (Captain) and company.Choose: Well, work is work.
Cain: Yep! That's the spirit! No matter what kind of work you're given, you just gotta give it your all.
Cain starts to explain the nature of his position to the doubtful (Captain) and company.Continue 2
Cain: I'm certainly a general and all, but my role's just a bit different than those of other Idelva generals.
Cain tells the crew that he belongs to what is essentially a raid unit that directly answers to the sovereign.
Cain: And that means we do as the sovereign wishes, no matter how unreasonable or capricious the wishes might be.
Vyrn: So... um... you basically specialize in doing monkey work for the sovereign?
Leona: Hmm... We can't really deny that.
Reinhardtzar: But still...
Reinhardtzar takes the herbs from (Captain) and company and has a good look at them.
Reinhardtzar: These aren't exactly rare herbs. You can buy them at any market.
Cain: Hey, I didn't expect you to know so much about herbs. You into cooking or something?
Reinhardtzar: Sheesh... Can we at least try to stay on topic?
Reinhardtzar: There's no way the sovereign sent us all the way to the mountains just to pick some herbs.
Choose: So we're here for something else?Choose: So the sovereign has another purpose?
- So we're here for something else?
- So the sovereign has another purpose?
Cain: Very perceptive of you. But requests like this are yet another part of what I do.
Cain: Still, when the sovereign hides her true purpose, it usually means trouble for—
Surprised by the voice, (Captain) and company look around and find themselves surrounded by an armed mob.
???: What's your business here?
No, actually we don't care about that. Just get out of this forest. Now!
Cain and the others don't seem especially bothered by the weapons directed at them.
Reinhardtzar: You guys probably shouldn't be playing with those things. You don't pick up weapons often, do you?
Cain: We're here under the direct orders of the sovereign as members of Idelva's standing army.
Cain: We didn't come into these woods to cause trouble for anyone.
Cain: So why don't you just tell us what's going on?
Though the people don't at first seem sure how to respond to Cain's words, they lower their weapons one by one.
The crew is invited to the citizens' settlement deep in the woods.
There the citizens reveal that they fled from the Rhem Kingdom.
Cain: You fled?
Rhem Doctor: Yes... We once belonged to a house that was distantly related to the royal family and specialized in medicine.
Rhem Doctor: But one day I accidentally splashed a bit of hot disinfecting water on the sovereign, inflicting a minor injury.
Rhem Doctor: The result? I lost my right to serve as a doctor for the court and was stripped of my title.
Rhem Doctor: To make matters worse, the royal army started harassing us.
Rhem Doctor: So my family and I fled here to Idelva, bringing whichever retainers were willing to come with us.
Leona: I can't believe the Rhem Kingdom would do something like that...
Cain: It is indeed strange. I heard that Rhem took care of anyone with royal blood.
Reinhardtzar: Still, you guys seem awfully cautious considering all you're trying to do is lie low.
Rhem Doctor: Well...
Rhem Citizen 1: About that... W-we've actually got a bit of a request for you...
Thug 1: Oho... I can't believe you guys were dumb enough to stay here.
Thug 2: The losers we kidnapped must mean a lot to you, huh?
Vyrn: Whoa! Who are these guys?
Rhem Citizen 2: Th-these guys... They came after some of the people we fled with.
Rhem Citizen 2: They took advantage of the fact that we're outcasts to kidnap our friends!
Rhem Citizen 1: I know we might be barking up the wrong tree, but please!
Rhem Citizen 1: You gotta help us here!
Choose: No problem.Choose: Of course we'll help.
- No problem.
- Of course we'll help.
Cain: Yeah, I'm sure these thugs will assume we're with the rest of these guys anyway.
Thug 1: Huh? Looks like this lot found some new friends.
Thug 2: Not that it makes a difference. Let's grab as many of these guys as we can!
Brothers' Conviction: Scene 2
(Captain) and company repel the thugs, but the older brother of a young refugee has already been kidnapped. The crew tracks the kidnappers to a cave and finds members of Rhem's standing army talking about selling the victims. Cain readies his weapon to face the cruel soldiers.
Thug 1: Oof!
Thug 2: Wh-who in the world are these guys? They clearly know how to use their weapons!
Thug 3: Damn! Retreat, boys! We need to report this! Fighting can wait!
The thugs flee into the woods, scattering as they go.
Cain: Phew... Kidnappers going after refugees, huh? What a nasty bunch.
Choose: They're despicable!
- They're despicable!
- Let's annihilate 'em.
Vyrn: Yeah! How dare they prey on people who are already so down on their luck?Choose: Let's annihilate 'em.
Reinhardtzar: Yeah... It's not like anyone would ever voluntarily give up their home.
Reinhardtzar: Going after outcasts is just unforgivable.Continue 1
Cain: Well, at least we managed to protect everyone from the kidnappers' attack.
Cain: Still, if they already kidnapped someone,
A scream? I think it came from beyond those bushes!
(Captain) and company dash over and find a young boy weeping with his head down.
Young Boy: Ugh... Big Bro... I'm so sorry.
Lyria: What happened? Are you okay?
Young Boy: I'm fine... but my brother...
Young Boy: He tried to protect me, and they hit him. They knocked him out, and then they... they...
Reinhardtzar: So they dragged him off, huh?
The young boy nods weakly in response.
Young Boy: Sob... I'm sorry! Forgive me, Big Bro! This is all my fault...
Cain bites his lower lip as he looks at the sobbing young boy.
Cain: It's not over yet.
Young Boy: Huh?
Cain: Your brother. He might still be okay, so don't give up.
Choose: Let's go help him.
- Let's go help him.
Cain: Yeah... It's not too late. Now's not the time to stand around and mope...
Cain: But if we don't do something fast, we really will have something to cry over.
Cain bends down and looks the shocked young boy in the eye.
Cain: We'll bring your brother home to you. That I can promise you.
Young Boy: Really?
Cain: Really. So you head on back to your friends and wait for us to return with your brother.
Young Man: W-wait! I'll go too!
Reinhardtzar: No, you just stay here. That's your only job right now.
After promising the young boy to bring his brother back, the crew goes back to the settlement and finds out where the thugs' hideout is.
(Captain) and company soon find themselves outside a silent cave that's dark even during the day.
Thug 4: ...
Thug 4: Ugh...
Leona: Phew... Looks like he was the only one guarding the entrance.
Cain: Yeah, but we have no way of knowing how many more are inside. You see anything, (Captain)?
Choose: No, it's too dark.Choose: I think I hear someone.
- No, it's too dark.
- I think I hear someone.
The crew stares hard into the gloomy cave and can just make out the kidnappers talking to another group.
Thug 1: And that concludes my report on how the plan's gone so far.
???: Well done. Now what about the ones who met with resistance earlier?
Thug 2: Based on what we heard from the ones who were attacked, the enemies were probably with the Idelva military, sir.
???: The Idelva military, huh? Their queen must have noticed what we're up to.
???: But no matter. Let's worry about dealing with the people we've snatched first.
???: We can't just keep them locked up forever. You guys have the ship ready, right?
Thug 1: Yes, sir! The buyers are waiting on their ship at the outer edge of the island.
Reinhardtzar: Looks like these guys plan to sell the people they kidnapped.
Lyria: That's horrible. We have to stop them.
As (Captain) and company continue to spy on the evildoers, they suddenly hear a familiar voice.
Young Boy: Let me go! Damn you... Get your hands off me!
???: What do we have here?
Thug 3: After our meeting with the buyer, we came back and found him lurking around here, sir.
Young Boy: Give back my brother! I know he's here!
???: You've got spirit, boy, but we don't need that pesky rebellious streak. How about we take care of you right—
Thug 1: Hey! Where'd you come from?
Rhem Soldier: Huh? Is this kid with Idelva?
Cain: You! That armor... So you're a member of Rhem's standing army, huh? Why would you do this?
Rhem Soldier: I see the intruder brought some friends.
Rhem Soldier: Too bad we can't let any witnesses leave here alive!
Cain: And we can't leave here without dealing with you!
Cain: I'm not sure what's going on, but these guys are clearly behind the trouble.
Cain: Let's put an end to this now!
Brothers' Conviction: Scene 3
(Captain) and company free the captured refugees and interrogate the restrained Rhem soldiers. The soldiers reveal that they were acting on royal orders and set a golem on the crew. Cain protects the young refugee as (Captain) and company face the golem.
(Captain) and company cut down the Rhem soldiers and thugs in the cave.
They then find the kidnapped people deep within and free them.
Cain: Hey... I distinctly remember telling you to wait, so why'd you come here?
Young Boy: Sorry...
Cain gently places his hand on the dejected young boy's head.
Cain: Still, I understand how you feel. You wanted to help your brother, right?
Young Boy: Yeah...
Cain: Of course you did! I guess if I were in the same situation, I'd probably...
Cain: Well, the thing about my big brother is that...
Young Boy: ...?
Cain: Oh, forget it. Just keep taking good care of your big brother!
Young Boy: Thanks!
The young boy nods and then races to his older brother's side.
Cain: Thank goodness. Seriously.
Cain: Huh? Oh, I'm fine. You don't have to say anything.
Cain turns to the restrained Rhem soldiers next.
Cain: All right, why exactly were you guys doing this?
Cain: You do realize that your victims fled from Rhem to come here, correct?
Cain: Why were you trying to sell them instead of just extraditing them back to Rhem?
Rhem Soldier: ...
Reinhardtzar: These guys have definitely been listening, but they don't look like they plan to respond.
Cain: That's too bad... I guess we'll just have to bring them back to the palace and—
Vyrn: Whoa! The whole cave just shook!
Lyria: Oh! (Captain)! Look!
Leona: A golem! But why's it here?
Rhem Soldier: Why? Well, nothing could be simpler.
Rhem Soldier: It's because we're acting based on the direct orders of the sovereign of the Rhem Kingdom!
Rhem Soldier: And we were told to dispose of every last citizen who fled if we run into any trouble!
Rhem Soldier: Crush 'em, golem!
The golem prepares to bring its fist down on the former prisoners.
The two reunited brothers happen to be right in the path of destruction.
Young Boy: Eek!
Cain leaps in, bracing himself to take the hit aimed at the young boy.
But the golem's unyielding arm never comes down on them.
Choose: You okay?
- You okay?
Vyrn: Hehe! Nice one, (Captain)!
Lyria: Yeah! But if that golem starts throwing its weight around, this cave could collapse!
Lyria: We need to stop that golem!
Brothers' Conviction: Scene 4
After the refugees are saved, Leona criticizes Cain for putting his life at risk, and Reinhardtzar asks him why he's so reckless, but Cain doesn't respond. Cain later laments the loss of his brother and resolves to continue working with (Captain) and the others to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
(Captain) and company stop Rhem's golem.
Once the dust settles, they hand the Rhem soldiers and their lackeys over to the authorities in Luxurios for questioning.
The refugees from Rhem are officially welcomed to the Idelva Kingdom to start new lives.
(Captain) and company bid farewell to the refugees, young boy, and his brother, and they finally start heading back.
Cain: I can't believe the Rhem Kingdom was pulling the strings this time.
Choose: Is it really that surprising?
- Is it really that surprising?
- What's bothering you exactly?
Cain: Of course. I've never heard of such a thing before.Choose: What's bothering you exactly?
Cain: Huh? Oh, right... You guys don't know much about the Rhem Kingdom, do you?Continue 1
Cain: Rhem has valued bloodlines and family status more highly than anyone else since the time of the duchies.
Cain: I mean, that's why Rhem's royal family went easy on the Violet Knight. The knight's a relative.
Cain: I just can't believe they came down so hard on a house of relatives, even if the relation was distant.
Leona: More importantly, Cain... Why would you do something so reckless?
Leona: I know everything happened pretty fast, but to risk yourself for some kid...
Leona: I'm not saying that wasn't impressive, but you could have died if (Captain) weren't there.
Leona: Saving people is good and all, but you have to take care of yourself.
Cain: Yeah, yeah... But at least everyone was all right in the end. Thanks a lot, (Captain).
Choose: It was no big deal.
- It was no big deal.
- Don't worry about it.
Vyrn: Yeah! (Captain)'s always quick to act when stuff goes down!Choose: Don't worry about it.
Leona: Hey! Stop spoiling Cain, (Captain)! He needs to be more careful!Continue 2
Lyria: But I really am glad that neither of you got hurt.
Reinhardtzar: Maybe, but that might not be true next time.
Reinhardtzar: There's no guarantee that every battle will end without someone getting hurt.
Reinhardtzar: That's the nature of battle, so try to be a bit more careful from now on.
Cain: Ha-ha... But still...
Cain: My life would have been a small price to pay to save a young boy like him.
Cain speaks in as carefree a manner as ever.
Reinhardtzar frowns in response, glaring suspiciously at Cain.
Reinhardtzar: Cain, why...
Reinhardtzar: Why are you in such a hurry to die?
Reinhardtzar: Have you really found something so unforgivable within yourself?
Reinhardtzar stares searchingly at Cain.
But Reinhardtzar's words leave Cain speechless.
Cain stands near the edge of a certain island in Nalhegrande Skydom, a place that affords a good view of the sky.
He places the bouquet he's carrying right on the edge, and a few of the flowers sway as if they're playing with the wind.
Cain: It's been too long, bro. Sorry I haven't been able to visit lately.
Cain: I'm doing about the same as ever, but some pretty interesting people are visiting right now.
Cain: They apparently came from Phantagrande, which is on the other side of the Grim Basin.
Cain stares absently at the sky as he rambles on at his departed brother.
Cain: And they aren't the only ones with me right now.
Cain: I wonder if you remember Reinhardtzar. He apparently met you once.
Cain: He actually asked me why I'm in such a hurry to die.
Cain's expression betrays a mixture of resignation and relief.
Cain: And that reminds me of something...
Cain: I still often wish that it had been you who'd survived the fall of the Torhid Kingdom instead of me.
Cain: If you were still around, Leona would probably be more...
Cain can't bring himself to finish his sentence.
Cain: I just can't seem to move forward from here.
Cain mutters these words and then shakes his head as if trying to force himself to change the topic.
Cain: Lately I'm starting to see a lot of signs that something bad is on its way. Almost like there's some kind of gear slowly working itself out of place...
Cain: I'm starting to think that the same sort of chaos as before will once again plague our skies.
Cain: I need to do more to make sure no one else loses anyone as important as you are to me.
Cain: And I'll have Reinhardtzar, Leona, (Captain), and the others right there with me when I do it.
Cain: Cain takes a step back, his demeanor somehow more cheerful than before.
Cain: I think I'll be going now. See you later, Bro.
Without speaking another word, Cain turns his back on the sky and starts walking off.
He still has no idea that his destiny will ultimately affect the entirety of Nalhegrande Skydom.