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Longing for Adventure
One day, an energetic girl named Carren came aboard the Grandcypher. Carren claimed that she had grown bored with her days spent engaged in nothing but research as a mage, and now wanted to become a Skyfarer and travel the world. Eugen was a relative of Carren and could not leave her behind. Thus Carren joined our heroes on their journey.
One day, after completing a mission, something happened as the the party boarded the Grandcypher and was about to happen.
Rackam: Shall we take off then? Call for us if something happens in the engine room.
Something happened when Rackam headed for the engine room and tried to start the airship’s drive...
Girl's Voice: Waaait!
Eugen: Shut up... What? That girl?
???: Wait! Isn’t there someone called Eugen in this order?!
Eugen: Hm? I am Eugen, but...
???: For real?! I am Carren Estapera!
Eugen: Ho...?! Estapera? A second cousin?
Rackam: Hey hey... You know this girl?
Eugen: Based on her apparent age, I think she might be either the daughter of a second cousin or perhaps their grandchild.
Eugen: What do you want?
Carren: I actually have a favor I would like to ask you, Eugen...
Thus the party would hear of the life story of the girl who called herself Carren.
Carren: I would like to see the world! However, my parents want me to take up the family business...
Carren: My family have been mages for generations, but I feel I have been doing nothing but research forever...
Eugen: I see. So you’re sick of being cooped up inside all the time
Carren: That’s right! I like to be active outdoors! Therefore I definitely think that I am cut out to be skyfarer!
Carren: Hey, my relative is a skyfarer! He does so with this island as his base of operations! I am cut out for skyfaring I’m sure!
Carren: Don’t get me wrong, I also think that magic research is important. But as far as I’m concerned, becoming a skyfarer and visiting various worlds is more important to me!
Carren: And the wealth of knowledge I would gain from this might be useful in my magic research? Nonetheless my parents say tell me to give up on that because it’s too dangerous...
Rackam: I see... Still, it ain’t easy being a skyfarer. Being one puts you in all kinds of dangerous situations...
Carren: I’m fine with that! Swordsmanship is my specialty! With my combination of sword and sorcery, I can take on four or five ruffians at once!
As she said this a vivid red flame swirled around her unsheathed sword, wrapping around the blade like a snake.
Rackam: Whoa. . That’s amazing...
Carren: I can take care of myself... I have what it takes to be a skyfarer, and I think I’m on the right track.
Carren: I will become a skyfarer, and travel to so many places...
Carren: I will complete missions, and eat delicious foods from exotic islands... And maybe buy some cute clothes too, heehee...
Rackam: Hey hey... Have you confused our journey with sightseeing?
Rackam: Ack... Even her parents were opposed...
Eugen: But she won’t listen even if they tell her to stop...
Eugen: Oh well. Time for you to go home, Carren.
Carren: No way! I don’t want to go back!
Leaving the party behind in the Grandcypher, Eugen dragged Carren by the hands to her parents’ house.
A little bit later...
Carren: Hehehe... I’m home!
Rackam: Hm? Didn’t you go back home?
Carren: That’s what you told my parents!
Carren: It’s a good thing my parents were also acquaintances of you! I was somehow able to get permission to go on an adventure!
Eugen: Good grief. Well, on the condition that I look after you.
Rackam: Hey, now! Are you serious?
Eugen: When I look at Carren I am reminded of my own daughter’s rebellious phase.
Eugen: It can’t be helped. It’s obvious if that if I just leave this tomboy go at her age it won’t result in anything good.
Carren: What? Eugen, did you say something?
Eugen: Hm? It’s nothing. Introduce yourself (Captain). He’s our Captain.
Eugen: Do you mind if I take off with Carren afterwards? I can’t just let her go off on her own.
Choose: Do what you have to do
- Do what you have to do
- First you have to clean up the deck
Carren: Hahaha! Yay! Nice to meet you, Captain!
Eugen: Hey, that went well. Sorry about everything, (Captain). I owe you one.Choose: First you have to clean up the deck
Carren: What?! You’re going to make me clean all of a sudden, without even a welcoming party?!
Eugen: Hahaha! I got her to do it! Now try to focus on your cleaning!Continue 1
Carren: So you are the captain? Aren’t you about the same age as me?!
Carren: Since you were in charge of Eugen’s group I figured you would be a more sinister chap!
Eugen: Hm? Say what?! A sinister chap?!
Carren: Yeah, with an eye-patch, scary looking, and brawny! No matter how I look at you, you look like a boss of knaves, Eugen!
Rackam: Ahahaha! Hey, looking like this serves (Captain) well!
Carren: I’m amazed that you’re a captain at your age... Maybe some day soon it will be my turn to be a captain!
Eugen: Hey hey... It’s a little soon for you to be saying that...
Carren: Yeah... That's right. Right now I should focus on being the captain’s agent!
Eugen: Good grief... You just don’t get it do you...
Thus yet another new member joined (Captain)’s order.
Even while the party was feeling a bit uneasy about the girl calling herself an agent of the captain immediately after joining, the Grandcypher lifted off for the skies.
Duties as Acting Captain
Carren joins (Captain)'s order of skyfarers, and accepts a mission from the Knickknack Shack as the acting leader for the day. The party set out to find the pirates' airship to get the stolen goods back for the client.
Inspired by skyfarers, Carren joins (Captain) and company to become one herself.
Hoping to eventually become a leader of skyfarers, she grabs (Captain)'s sleeve one day and starts pestering him.
Eugen: What's going on? What are you bugging the leader for, Carren?
Carren: Ah! Eugen! Help me convince him. I want to be the acting leader of the skyfarers!
Eugen: Huh? Are you troubling the leader with your nonsense again?
Carren: I'm not troubling you, right, (Captain)? I'm pretty trustworthy, right?
Carren: Come on, why not? Pleeease! I can do missions too! I want to do leader things! Come oooon!
Eugen: Oh for crying out loud... Hey, (Captain). She's not gonna give up until you let her do it.
Choose: Fine, I'll leave it to you.
- Fine, I'll leave it to you.
- Carren can't handle it.
Carren: Yay! Don't worry, you know how good I am! You can leave everything to me!Choose: Carren can't handle it.
Carren: You don't know that until we try! Why nooot?! I wanna I wanna! Let me let me let meee! *Screech*
Eugen: Good grief... She's not gonna back down until we agree...
Eugen: Hey (Captain). Do you think you could let her try it just this once? Maybe she'll understand how hard it is.Continue 1
Carren: I'm Carren! As you now know, I've been elected to be the acting leader for the day!
Carren: Oh, there's no time to lose! I need to go get some missions! As the acting leader, that is!
Eugen: All right, we'll leave it up to you! There she goes... I wonder if she can handle it?
Carren headed to the Knickknack Shack and picked up a mission right away.
Carren: And so I, the acting leader, Carren, accepted a mission for us!
Eugen: Oh, not bad. So? What kind of mission?
Carren: Well, the request was made by a merchant that had his merchandise stolen by pirates.
Carren: Our mission is to get those goods back.
Carren: They gave me a description of the pirates' airship! We're gonna head out right away! Follow me, men!
Duties as Acting Captain: Scene 2
(Captain) and company successfully cornered the pirates with Carren's help. However, the pirates continue to resist by playing their trump card and releasing monsters on the party.
Carren: Don't think you can get away! Hand over the goods, or we'll bring down your whole airship!
Pirate: Damn that woman! Is that the leader of those skyfarers?!
Carren: ...! Hey, did you hear that? (Captain)! I'm being a leader!
Carren: I knew I could do it! Looks like things are going my way! Alright, let's get this mission over with!
Henchman: Ahhhhh! Hot! It's hot! What's with that flaming sword?! It's too much...
Carren: Have a taste of my magic sword and atone for your crimes!
Carren: Hmph! Now, surrender and hand over the merchandise!
Pirate: We have no choice... Hey, open the cage! Sic the monsters on 'em and let's get out of here!
Carren: Whoa...?! They had a trick up their sleeve?!
Carren: Hmph! Don't underestimate the (acting) leader! You won't get away from me! Let's go, (Captain)!
Duties as Acting Captain: Scene 3
(Captain)'s party retrieves the merchandise and successfully completes the mission. They even manage to get a bigger reward than normal thanks to Carren's negotiating. The party was surprised by Carren's abilities, and her day as the acting leader ends in a great success.
Carren: Oh good, the merchandise is safe! Now, put your hands where I can see 'em!
Pirate: This isn't over! Next time I see you...
Carren: Hmph. We won't be meeting again. I'm taking you in to the town guards.
And so, (Captain)'s party successfully completed their mission under Carren's leadership.
Carren: ... And here's the reward for completing this mission! Come on Eugen! Hold up the bag!
Eugen: Huh? What? Don't make an old man work like... whoa, that's heavy!
Eugen: What's going on? This is a big reward for just capturing some pirates...
Carren: Well, the client seemed rich, so I thought I'd negotiate for better pay!
Eugen: Hey... don't tell me you threatened them...
Carren: Of course I didn't!
Carren: I only act that way to (Captain) anyway. ... and maybe to Eugen and Rackam.
Carren: Hey, let's all go eat something tasty! It's on me! Okay?
Eugen: Hah! Looks like I underestimated Carren...
Eugen: Haha! She's good with money and has negotiation skills... She might do well with her own order of skyfarers.
Eugen: She did well. I'm impressed! I can't say this to her face because she'll get carried away though.
Carren: Hey! Come on! You're too slow, (Captain)! What are you doing?
Carren: I'm gonna eat till I'm full!
Carren: You're coming too, Eugen! I'll treat you to that drink you've been wanting!
And so, Carren's day as the acting leader ended in a great success.
Through her travels, Carren will surely improve her skills and become a first-class skyfarer.
Feeling a mite bored, she began to pester him with questions about his daughter Apollonia. Not quite willing to go into detail, Eugen tried to ask Carren how she was getting along with her parents. But it was no use. Carren wouldn’t be satisfied until she knew how things were going with him and his daughter. But Carren took Eugen’s advice to heart. She’d try to meet her parents halfway. But things weren’t quite hunky-dory with Eugen and his daughter, either. He grimaced as his own advice rang hard in his ears.
It had been some time since Carren had taken advantage of her uncle Eugen’s kindness to barge her way onto the Grandcypher.
Eugen was sure Carren would give up sooner or later. If he could just stall for a bit longer...
She was definitely persistent. Eugen wasn’t quite able to hide what he was feeling.
Eugen: Hey, I’m pretty shocked to be one myself... started out transporting freight and ended up here.
Carren: Hehe! Why didn’t you tell me where we’re going? I would’ve picked up a little more work!
Carren: Yeah... there’s just not much to do, you know? C’mon. Not a cloud in the sky? No monsters? Boring.
Eugen: Hey, now... don’t go getting too relaxed. You don’t always get a warning...
Carren: Yeesh, I got it. Nothing’s gonna catch me off guard!
The Grandcypher sailed peacefully, still a ways from its destination.
The two stood on the deck, sharing the silence and the view of an endless blue sky.
Carren remembered something that she just had to share.
Carren: ... actually. How’s Apollonia doing?
Eugen: Hm? ... you mean Polly?
Carren: Yeah, Polly. You know? Your kid? Not that I know much about her.
Eugen: Wait... how the hell d’you know about Apollonia? You sure as hell didn’t hear it from me...
Carren: I dunno... something about your face made reminded me...
Carren: I mean, I met you when I was a kid, right?
Carren: And I’m pretty sure I saw a Polly... Can’t remember if it was a person or a picture, though.
Eugen: Oh? I met you, eh? ... that had to be 10, maybe 15 years ago. Went back to see the family and all...
Eugen: Wait a second?! You weren’t more than a baby back then! What were you? One? Two? That’s some memory you got there!
Carren: Hah! I knew it! So how’s she doing? Good?
Eugen: Er... well... probably, I guess...
Eugen: Hmm... what about you? Are you keeping in touch with your folks? You must’ve written ‘em a few times by now?
Carren: Nah, not really. Why would I? They’re just gonna tell me to bring my butt back home.
Eugen: Yeah... they were always pretty worried about you. And if they hear you’re here with me...
Carren: Hmph! They worry way too much! They nag and nag and nag! It really ticks me off!
Carren: Hehe! I’m glad you’re a Skyfarer! No way you’d chew me out unless it was something really big.
Carren: So, uh... is Polly a Skyfarer, too? Or is she doing something else?
Eugen: Er... well, hm... I wonder...
Carren: She’s probably out there living free and easy. Must be nice to have cool parents.
Eugen: Hm... y-yeah...
Carren: What? What’s with the face?
Eugen: Nothing... I got something in my eye, is all...
Carren: Like, even if I told my parents I was the best Skyfarer ever, they’d just be like, “Sure, wait ‘til you get into some REAL trouble... ”
Carren: So, Eugen... how do I get them to come around?
Eugen: Haha. Don’t ask me. I ain’t your dad, kid.
Eugen: To be honest, I kind of get how they feel.
Eugen: It’s one of those things, eh? They live their whole live on the ground, and their daughter’s running off doing who knows what. They’re worried, I bet.
Carren: I guess you could say that... but it’s not like they don’t know anything, right? I mean, aren’t you a pretty good Skyfarer?
Eugen: Haha! How about that. So you wanna make it as a Skyfarer and your parents should just accept it, right?
Eugen: Well how’re they going to do that if you never actually reach out to them?
Carren: Hm... you have a point...
Eugen: Right? You keep that connection open and you’ll both reach some kind of understanding. One day, at least.
Eugen: (I’m one to talk... )
Carren: Hrm. Keep it open, huh...
Carren: ...I got it! I’ll just go ahead and write ‘em back!
Carren: Wha? You’re making that face. Is it your eye again?
Eugen: ... nah. It’s nothing. Just a little headache, is all...
Eugen’s life had been one spent running away. Carren had no idea how much pain it caused him.
The old soldier and the girl would continue to travel together, but they trouble they carried with them would still be their to rear its ugly head.