The Wandering Chef
In a certain town, (Captain) and company visit a food stall run by a wandering chef named Elmelaura. Always on the hunt for rare ingredients to use, she decides to join the crew in hopes of finding something she has yet to encounter.
On a certain island, the crew arrives at a food stall that is currently the talk of the town.
Vyrn: Whoa... Look at this line...
Lyria: Wow... What kind of food could possibly be this popular?
Elmelaura: Welcome! Welcome to the food stall of the one and only Elmelaura, the wandering chef!
Vyrn: Yikes! Check out that huge knife!
Elmelaura: With this knife, passed down over the generations from my ancestors, I'll prepare a feast that's simply to die for!
Elmelaura: Now, tell me! What would you like?
Once she receives the crew's orders, the small Harvin starts waving her enormous knife around as though it weighs nothing.
In no time, she produces dishes that the crew find every bit as scrumptious as they had heard. However, it appears that not everyone is so impressed.
Man: Hmph! This food's no big deal!
Vyrn: You say that, but you licked your plate clean...
Man: Hah, a feast simply to die for? What a joke! All lies, I'm tellin' ya!
Elmelaura: Oh? Was my cooking not satisfactory for you, sir?
Man: Of course it wasn't! I wouldn't pay a single rupie for this slop.
Lyria: How can you say such a thing! That's terrible!
Vyrn: Hey now... You're not plannin' to dine and dash, are ya?
Elmelaura: Oh dear... I'm terribly sorry that I failed to meet your expectations!
Vyrn: Hey! Shouldn't you be at least a little upset at this guy?
Elmelaura: Hmm, well... it does injure my pride as a chef.
Elmelaura: But it wouldn't be very professional of me to say that a pig like you isn't even worthy of my most toxic slop!
Elmelaura: How about I prepare another dish for you? Perhaps you'll find it more to your liking.
Man: Really? Interesting. Let's see what you can do.
Elmelaura gives a deep bow and proceeds to whip up another entree as fast as lightning.
Elmelaura: I'm staking my good name as a chef on this! My treat!
Man: Hm, we'll see...
The man takes his first bite of the new dish. His eyes open wide and he starts shoveling the food into his mouth.
Man: This... This is amazing! I just can't stop!
Elmelaura: Hehe... How do you like it?
Vyrn: Haha! So, pops, are you gonna clear your plate again? Why don't you just admit that it's deli—
Vyrn: Whoa! The guy just collapsed!
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for those who plan to dine and dash!
Vyrn: Wha? Did you serve him poison or something?
Elmelaura: Don't be absurd! All I did was add a hefty dose of my special spice, but not quite enough to be lethal... Probably.
Vyrn: Say what! You sure have some nasty ideas up your sleeve...
Elmelaura: For such miscreants, I serve exactly a feast to almost die for!
Soon, guards come running in and haul away the dine-and-dasher.
Vyrn: Why do you use such a gargantuan knife anyway?
Elmelaura: Oh! You clearly have quite the discerning eye! This knife was handed down to me by my grandmother!
Elmelaura: The bigger the better—that's what my grandmother taught me!
Elmelaura: The bigger the pot, the better the soup!
Elmelaura: Which means the more steel in your blade, the better!
Vyrn: I see... I guess I kinda get it... and kinda don't.
Vyrn: But you're pretty tiny for someone who uses such big tools!
Elmelaura: Saying things like that is strictly forbidden!
Elmelaura: You leave me with no choice but to slice you up and serve you to my customers!
Vyrn: Hey! Wait a minute, knife girl! I was just joking!
Elmelaura: I've never used a talking lizard as an ingredient before... Get ready!
Vyrn: Do something, (Captain)!
Elmelaura: But wait... An ingredient I've never tried... Hmm.
Vyrn: What's with you all of a sudden, knife girl?
Elmelaura: Hey... You're the captain, right? Do you think you'll meet any other rare life-forms during your travels?
Elmelaura: Seems likely, since you're already accompanied by a talking lizard...
Vyrn: Th-that's right! We've seen a ton of things that are a lot stranger than me!
Elmelaura: If that's the case, then I want to go with you, too!
Vyrn: You can't be serious!
Elmelaura: The reason I wander across different places is because I'm always looking for new ingredients!
Elmelaura: During my time with you, I'll prepare feasts that are simply to die for! A fair bargain, I'd say!
Vyrn: You know, I'm not exactly thrilled about this... What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: Make soup for us every morning!
- Make soup for us every morning!
- Just don't eat Vyrn.
Elmelaura: Hmm, you mean you want something you can look forward to every morning?
Elmelaura: That must mean you think me capable of such a thing... Wonderful! I'll do my best!Choose: Just don't eat Vyrn.
Elmelaura: Understood! In that case...
Elmelaura: I hope you'll take me to find lots of ingredients that are rarer than a talking lizard!Continue 1
Elmelaura: It's decided then! Everyone, I look forward to journeying with you!
Elmelaura: Hehe... You know, all my traveling up until now involved transferring again and again between airships.
Elmelaura: This will save me so much on travel expenses, which means I can use the budget on even higher quality dishes!
Thus the wandering chef Elmelaura joins the crew on their journey.
Elmelaura: Hmm, rare ingredients... I look forward to them!
Vyrn: Hey! Don't look at me when you say that!
The Miracle Ingredient
The party comes across a family suffering from poverty. As a cook, Elmelaura couldn't stand by as a child suffered from hunger. She decided to treat the family to a delicious meal using monsters as ingredients.
The party arrives at a village on their travels. There was nothing in particular to see at this village, but...
Woman: Oh my...
Vyrn: Mmm? Are you okay, lady?
Seeing the woman's pale complexion, Elmelaura realizes what's wrong with her.
Elmelaura: Miss, are you suffering from a food problem?
Woman: What? How did you know...?
Elmelaura: I may not look it, but I'm a wandering chef...
Elmelaura: I can tell if someone is having food-related problems just by looking at them!
The woman guides them to her home. There, they find her wounded husband and a hungry daughter.
The husband supported his family by hunting, but was injured when attacked by the monsters that have been growing in numbers
Woman: I'm doing the best I can, but...our savings are dwindling away little by little...
Little Girl: Ooh... I'm hungry...
Elmelaura: Ahhhhh.... As a cook... I can't sit by and watch this!
Elmelaura: "The bigger the better!" This is the principle I live by!
Elmelaura: A wandering cook cannot ignore these hungry people crying for help!
Vyrn: You say that, but... there's not much we can do...
Elmelaura: If there are too many monsters around and not enough food... we simply need to turn monsters into food!
Vyrn: Say what!? Can you even eat monsters!?
Elmelaura: Hm? What do you think you were eating last night?
Vyrn: H-Hey!? What did you just say, knife girl!?
Elmelaura: Hm? Did I say something?
Elmelaura: Anyway... leave it to me! I can take any ingredients and make it tasty! I'll present to you, a feast fit for a king!
Elmelaura: I'll put my pride as a chef on the line! I won't stop until you're all full and satisfied!
The Miracle Ingredient: Scene 2
Vyrn is still skeptical about turning monsters into food. However Elmelaura explains the importance of turning monsters, which sit at the top of the food chain, into food.
Vyrn: I can't believe you're going to make a meal out of monsters...
Elmelaura: Hmm... monsters aren't at all a bad ingredient, you know?
Elmelaura: Speaking as a chef... it's an incredibly interesting ingredient that really brings out the characteristics of an island!
Elmelaura: Eat the monsters, and you'll understand the island! That may or may not be a famous saying by a chef!
Vyrn: Hmm... I sort of get what you mean... I think...
Elmelaura: Furthermore! Inside the body of a monster, which reigns supreme at the top of the food chain...
Elmelaura: There are aaaall sorts of nutrients that are needed by those who live on the island!
Elmelaura: Therefore! If you want to heal someone's wounds... Eating monsters would be most beneficial!
Vyrn: Boy... knife girl sure is pushing the idea of eating monsters...
Vyrn: She hasn't really been feeding us monsters, has she...?
Elmelaura: Oh? Could that be...?
Elmelaura: Everyone! There it is! That's what I was looking for!
Vyrn: What the...hey! That thing is huge!
Elmelaura: Hehe! I can't wait to put my knife to use!
The Miracle Ingredient: Scene 3
The family expresses their gratitude to (Captain)'s party for the tasty and nutritious meal. Elmelaura is asked whether she should have charged for the service. However, she happily replies that she currently doesn't need the money and the joy her cooking brought everyone made it all worthwhile.
And so, (Captain) and company feasted with the family on monsters they'd hunted down.
Elmelaura: How did you like my monster meal?
Vyrn: Whew... I guess eating monsters isn't so bad after all...
Man: Oh... how can this be... I can move again...
Woman: Careful! Don't strain yourself, dear!
Man: No, I'm really okay. The pain is going away...
Elmelaura: Hehe! Not only did I use nutritious monster meat...
Elmelaura: I included loads of herbs and nuts with medicinal effects!
Elmelaura: There are plenty of leftovers too! It'll last you a long time!
After they finished eating, (Captain) and company left the house as the family saw them off.
Vyrn: I was wondering... Are you sure you didn't need to charge for your work, knife girl?
Elmelaura: Hmm... before, I ran a food stall to fund my journey's expenses...
Elmelaura: But now I ride with you all on the airship... I don't really need the money...
Vyrn: Well as long as it's okay with you! Today's meal was delicious as always!
Elmelaura: Hehe! It's all worth it when people enjoy my cooking!
Elmelaura: I can't wait to see what kind of ingredients we'll run into next!
Elmelaura: Even if we don't find anything... We still have Vyrn... right?
Vyrn: H-hey! You still haven't given up on me!?
Elmelaura: Eat plenty of my cooking and get nice and plump, then eventually...
Vyrn: Wait just a minute!
With her wealth of knowledge on food, the miracle chef Elmelaura even cures wounds.
It seems that her passion for food knows no end.