Chat Noir Steals the Show!
A security detail is assigned to Vyrn, but then a second, identical (Captain) appears. Vyrn fools the fake (Captain) with a trick question, after which the fake reveals himself to be Chat Noir.
The Grandcypher is currently moored in a harbor, for even airships need to rest their wings.
Swans slumber away by the lake shore, indifferent to the white fog that surrounds them.
Meanwhile, the crew is lost in dreams of their own as they lie in their warm, down-filled beds.
It's a peaceful morning scene that could put a smile on anyone's face.
Morning eventually passes. The crew, trying to suppress their yawns, awake to the afternoon sun.
Vyrn: Morning, Lyria. We slept in pretty late today.
Lyria: Good—yawn—morning, Vyrn. I still feel sleepy for some reason.
Lyria: Ah, good morning, (Captain)!
(Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria exchange pleasantries on the deck, when they spot a scrap of paper on the ground.
Lyria: What's this? There's something written on it.
I will be paying Vyrn a visit in the evening.
Phantom Thief Chat Noir
Vyrn: Huh? Is that all it says?
Lyria: Oh! This must be a letter about Chat Noir's next target!
Vyrn: Now wait a minute, just wait a minute here! Why am I the one he's after?
Lyria: I don't know! But if we don't do something, you're going to get kidnapped!
Just then, a shadow appears behind the group.
Katalina: And just who exactly is going to kidnap Vyrn?
Vyrn: Katalina! You scared me!
Lyria: Eep! Where did you come from, Katalina?
Katalina: Vyrn? Kidnapping? Don't make me laugh!
Katalina: None shall lay a single finger upon Vyrn for as long as I, Katalina Aryze, draw breath!
Vyrn: Hahaha! With you around, I've never felt safer, Katalina!
Vyrn: Well... We don't have much of a choice, do we? I guess we'll have to see what Chat Noir wants.
Lyria: Yeah! It should be fine if everyone shows they mean business!
Katalina quickly takes charge as Vyrn's bodyguard.
Night falls and the crew waits on the deck of the Grandcypher, where a trap net has been set.
Katalina: It's late. When is he going to show up?
Lyria: Yawn. He needs to hurry up. It's already bedtime.
Vyrn: Sigh. Why does he have to make this such a hassle?
Katalina: Heh, perhaps he's scared of my perfect bodyguard detail.
Katalina: The day is almost over. Our victory is close at hand!
Just then, the door of the cabin slowly begins to open.
And who should appear from the cabin but (Captain).
Katalina: Huh? (Captain)?
Lyria: Oh my gosh! What's going on?
Vyrn: No matter how you look at it, this has got to be Chat Noir's handiwork!
Two (Captain)s stand on the deck of the Grandcypher.
Both of them face each other and accuse the opposite person of being a fake.
Katalina: Confound it! Which one is the real (Captain)?
Vyrn: They're like mirror images! There's gotta be some way we can tell them apart.
Lyria: What do we do? Um, let's see... The real (Captain) is...
Vyrn: Is it the (Captain) who's been here with us the whole time, or is it the (Captain) who just came out of the cabin?
Katalina: Hold on, you two! You're trying too hard to make judgments using your instincts.
Katalina: Vyrn. Ask (Captain) a question that only you and the real (Captain) would know the answer to!
Vyrn: That's one way to do it!
Lyria: It's a test of the memories you two share, Vyrn!
Vyrn: Okay, here goes! Ready?
Vyrn: What's my favorite way to eat apples?
Vyrn: (I'm countin' on you, (Captain). The real you should know the answer.)
Choose: Apple juice!
- Apple juice!
- Apple pie!
- Apple jam!
- Candied apples!
Vyrn: Well, you did make it for me that time I got sick.
Vyrn: I was really touched by your kindness.
The (Captain) who had been with them since the beginning answers Vyrn matter-of-factly.Choose: Apple pie!
Vyrn: That's true. You did learn how to make apple pie from that super-skilled granny.
Vyrn: You've been baking pies for special occasions ever since!
The (Captain) who had been with them since the beginning answers Vyrn matter-of-factly.Choose: Apple jam!
Vyrn: I don't remember when exactly, but we got too many apples once, so you made them into jam.
Vyrn: And it was so good on freshly-baked bread!
The (Captain) who had been with them since the beginning answers Vyrn matter-of-factly.Choose: Candied apples!
Vyrn: That takes me back. We bought it from a stall at a festival.
Vyrn: I accidentally dropped mine in the mud, so you gave me yours instead.
The (Captain) who had been with them since the beginning answers Vyrn matter-of-factly.Continue 1
On the other hand, the (Captain) who came from the room has not yet answered and continues to stand in silence.
Vyrn: Ahahaha! I've figured it out!
Lyria: So who's the real one, Vyrn?
Vyrn: Ahem. The real one... is you!
Vyrn points to the (Captain) who had come from the cabin.
Katalina: Huh? That's the real (Captain)?
Lyria: What makes you so sure?
The (Captain) who had come from the cabin finally speaks.
The answer to Vyrn's question is silence.
Vyrn: Yep! (Captain) passed the test without saying a thing!
Vyrn: You wanna know what I like the best? Raw apples!
The other (Captain), the one who been there the whole time, shows no surprise at Vyrn's answer.
Vyrn: The jig is up, Phantom Thief! Show yourself!
As soon as Vyrn finishes, the other (Captain) leaps into the air before alighting nimbly on the edge of the airship.
Chat Noir: Heh heh heh. Well done. I must commend you on seeing through my ruse!
Chat Noir: You were able to see through my disguise... Hm, perhaps I've underestimated you.
The crew gathers around the real (Captain), and they all turn their attention to Chat Noir.
Lyria: Thank goodness. Are you all right, (Captain)?
(Captain) reassures Lyria with a nod.
Katalina: There's still something I don't understand. We were with (Captain) the entire time!
Vyrn: That's right! When did they switch places?
Chat Noir: Very well. Allow me to explain.
Chat Noir begins to reveal the whole story.
Chat Noir: To answer your question, I had switched places with (Captain) from the very beginning.
Vyrn: How's that possible!
Chat Noir: What a wonderful reaction. I filled the ship with sleeping gas earlier this morning.
Vyrn: Aha! That's why we all overslept today!
Chat Noir: Once I had you all in a deep slumber, I donned my disguise and infiltrated the ship.
Chat Noir: Then I tied up the real captain and locked them up in the bilge.
Chat Noir: Finally, with the switch complete, I placed the letter for you to find with everyone none the wiser.
Katalina: But if your goal was to kidnap Vyrn, why didn't you do it when we were all asleep?
Chat Noir: Heh heh heh. My goal was never to kidnap Vyrn.
Chat Noir: My real goal was to confirm the capabilities of your crew, (Captain), with my own eyes.
Chat Noir: Based on what I've seen from this little exercise, I would say that your capabilities are the real thing.
Vyrn: Uh, I think you might have just pulled a fast one on us, to be honest.
Lyria: Yeah. We were completely fooled.
Katalina: Indeed. We'll have to beef up security around here after this.
Chat Noir: No, wait. Your defenses are adequate. If you're careful, that is.
Chat Noir: But above all else, I'm most impressed by the way your captain managed to get out of my trap and escape from the bilge.
One has to wonder why Chat Noir's being so nice to the crew.
Chat Noir: Heh heh heh. I'm honored that you acknowledge me as your rival.
Chat Noir: I predict many more mysteries coming your way. Heh heh heh heh.
Chat Noir: Bwahaha! Bwaahahaha!
Chat Noir leaps off the side of the airship, his wild laughter growing fainter as he descends.
Vyrn: Hey! Wait, Phantom Thief!
Like a fleeting scent on the wind, the Phantom Thief disappears.
Then, they see him flying away in a small airship.
Chat Noir: Ladies and gentlemen, I bid you adieu! We shall meet again!
(Captain) and company can only stare as the ship disappears into the horizon.
Lyria: That was something. He's more interesting than I thought!
Vyrn: I bet he rehearsed that exit.
Katalina: But he said more mysteries are to come. It's not over yet, is it?
Vyrn: Sigh. I bet that guy's just an attention seeker.
Vyrn: Geez, and now he's got his eyes on you too, (Captain).
(Captain) lets out a deep sigh.
And that's how (Captain) came to be followed by Chat Noir.
The Art of Thievery
The crew tackles two simultaneous requests to recover stolen jewels for the countries of Akoku and Ukoka. Chat Noir offers his services and takes them to a location that might provide clues to help them complete their tasks.
Some time later, (Captain) and company receive two requests of a peculiar nature.
The first request comes from the country of Akoku. Their national jewel has been stolen by their neighboring country, Ukoka, and they want it returned.
The second request comes from the country of Ukoka. Their national jewel has been stolen by their neighboring country, Akoku, and they want it returned.
These incidents threaten to trigger a conflict between the two countries, who already have a history of animosity.
Lyria: Hrm. Doesn't it seem strange to get two requests that are almost exactly the same?
Vyrn: Obviously. There's gotta be a reason for this.
Chat Noir: Heh heh. That's quite a conundrum, I dare say.
Lyria: Yeek! Chat Noir?
Vyrn: Whoa! Where did you come from?
Chat Noir: Wherever enigmas appear, I shan't be far behind.
Lyria: That's amazing! How do you do that?
Chat Noir: Ahem. I can't tell you that, Lyria.
Chat Noir: Now then, I believe I have a clue for you. Would you be so kind as to follow me?
(Captain) nods in approval.
Chat Noir: Thank you. Let's be on our way.
The Art of Thievery: Scene 2
They arrive at a hideout used in underworld affairs. Two suspicious men appear with the stolen jewels, and the crew moves to take them back.
Chat Noir leads the party to an empty room that seems to be purposely hidden from the public.
Vyrn: What is this place?
Chat Noir: This is a hideout used by people in the underground world.
Lyria: This is kind of exciting! I wonder what we're going to find here.
Chat Noir: Well, we'll have to wait and see. Hm? Sounds like we're not alone.
The party hides in the shadows and watch as two suspicious men walk into the room.
Suspicious Man 1: Hehehe! I can't believe how great this is going!
Suspicious Man 2: Yeah, I never thought we'd get our hands on these treasures!
Each man pulls a jewel from a pocket hidden in their clothing.
Vyrn: Don't tell me those jewels are—
Chat Noir: Yes, those are the stolen jewels we're after.
Lyria: But how did you know they would be here?
Chat Noir: Oh, I have my ways.
Chat Noir: Now then. What say we get those jewels back, shall we?
The Art of Thievery: Scene 3
Chat Noir believes the mastermind behind the theft is his former master, who taught him how to be a phantom thief. For the time being, the crew sets out to return the stolen jewels.
Suspicious Man 1: Grr... Who are you people?
Suspicious Man 2: And what are you doing here?
The crew gets the jump on the men and apprehends them before they have a chance to act.
Vyrn: You jerks! Are you the jewel thieves?
Chat Noir: No, these are just lackeys. The real mastermind is somewhere else.
Chat Noir: Now then, I've got a question for you. Who are you working for?
Suspicious Man 1: Look, we were only told to deliver the goods!
Chat Noir: Calm yourselves. We don't intend to harm you. That is, of course, if you tell me what I want to know.
Chat Noir: And I only want to know one thing: the name of the one pulling the strings.
Suspicious Man 2: I don't know anything about the boss! Please, ya gotta believe me!
Chat Noir: Humph. I knew it'd be pointless to ask. Our opponent isn't one to be caught so easily.
Chat Noir: (Captain), let's depart for now.
The crew returns to the airship upon Chat Noir's request.
Vyrn: So do you have any idea who this mastermind is?
Chat Noir: Judging from what I've seen, it's probably the one who taught me how to be a phantom thief.
Lyria: You had a teacher, Chat Noir?
Chat Noir: We no longer have ties.
A rare serious expression crosses his face.
Chat Noir: In any case, we must return these jewels at once.
Chat Noir: Heh heh. It's so easy to slip through security and pilfer these days. Let's go, (Captain).
The Art of Thievery: Scene 4
When the crew arrives to return the jewels, they're already too late; the two nations have already fired shots. Chat Noir succeeds in defusing the conflict, but when he's lauded, he states that he helped simply because the theft didn't match his style.
(Captain) and company race against time to return the stolen jewels.
But the first shots of battle have already been fired along the border of the two nations.
Vyrn: Shoot! We're too late!
Lyria: But they should stop if we give them the jewels. Isn't that right, Chat Noir?
Vyrn: Oh great, he just got into his airship and flew off somewhere!
Vyrn: Looks like we're gonna have to do this on our own!
The crew makes a beeline for the front line, where the two rulers are engaged in a staring match.
Vyrn: Hey, hey! Wait a minute, you guys! We've got your precious jewels right here!
Lyria: Please listen to us, everyone! You don't have to fight anymore!
Bearing the national treasures, the crew attempts to persuade the two kings to stop.
King of Akoku: You're too late. We've already declared war!
King of Ukoka: Verily. And we won't withdraw either!
The crew's pleas fall on deaf ears, and the two armies continue mobilizing for a full-scale war.
Just then, a torrent of flower petals bearing a sweet aroma rains down atop the confused soldiers.
Vyrn: What's going on?
Lyria: Wow... It's so pretty.
Everyone, from soldiers to kings, looks up to the skies to see where the petals are coming from.
Chat Noir: Ladies and gentlemen!
Chat Noir: Who should appear on the battlefield of this idiotic war but Phantom Thief Chat Noir!
Vyrn: Huh? He pops up out of nowhere right in the middle of a war?
Lyria: It's just like Chat Noir to make a grand entrance!
Chat Noir: Heh heh. Sorry to have kept you waiting, (Captain).
King of Akoku: What! Who do you think you are? I will not stand for this interference!
King of Ukoka: All units, capture these fools!
Lyria: Oh no! This is terrible!
Vyrn: Oh for crying out loud! Calm down and listen to us!
The soldiers turn their attention to the crew, ready to attack.
Chat Noir: Could you do me a favor and put those dangerous toys away?
Chat Noir twirls his cane, and the weapons the soldiers are holding instantly turn into flowers.
Akoku Soldier: Yipes! What just happened?
Ukoka Soldier: Urgh! He uses magic?
King of Akoku: Did you use that bizarre power of yours to steal our jewel?
Chat Noir: Incorrect. I present to you the accomplices of the true culprit.
The two suspicious men who were captured earlier are brought before the two rulers.
King of Ukoka: What! Tell me... what's your game?
Chat Noir: If you're asking me what I want...
Chat Noir: This jewel heist doesn't match my artistry, wouldn't you agree?
King of Akoku: Your artistry? What are you talking about?
Chat Noir: A certain phantom thief has fabricated this war so that you two would destroy each other.
Chat Noir: That person is the only one who would be pleased by the onset of war.
Chat Noir: Well? Are you going to continue fighting knowing what you know now?
The two kings are clearly disturbed by Chat Noir's revelation.
Chat Noir: Whichever country falls, the thief plans to oust that country's king and usurp the throne.
Chat Noir shows off his prowess, first disguising himself as one king and then the other.
King of Akoku: This is outrageous!
King of Ukoka: To think that such a thing were possible...
Chat Noir: Heh heh heh. Do you understand now?
Chat Noir: I have faith in your Royal Highnesses to come to an equitable consensus and put an end to this madness.
King of Akoku: Sigh, I understand. Let's do as he says.
King of Akoku: I trust you have no objections, King of Ukoka?
King of Ukoka: I have none, King of Akoku. All units, stand down!
King of Akoku: Soldiers, withdraw now!
Chat Noir successfully persuades both kings to withdraw their forces.
Thanks to his actions, an otherwise certain war is averted.
After returning safely to the airship, Chat Noir is showered with praise by the crew.
Vyrn: You know, I have a totally different impression of you now after what happened!
Lyria: That's right! You're a very kind person!
Chat Noir: Heh heh heh. Thanks Vyrn. Lyria.
Lyria: But why did you suddenly decide to help us?
Chat Noir: You mean, back at the battlefield?
Chat Noir: That heist clashed with my style.
Chat Noir: I had to put a stop to it for my own sake. It's as simple as that.
Lyria: So you were doing it for yourself...
Vyrn: Well, as long as he's helping us do good deeds, isn't that good enough?
Lyria: Hmm... Yeah, I guess you're right!
Lyria: We're counting on you, Chat Noir!
Chat Noir: Hah hah hah! We shall meet again! I bid you adieu!
With that, Chat Noir disappears right before their eyes.
Chat Noir: (It's just as I thought. I need to be more powerful.)
Chat Noir leaves with renewed zeal, preparing for the day when he confronts his former master.