The Wandering Chef
In that town, (Captain) and company set forth to said cart, operated by an itinerant chef named Elmelaura. Elmelaura was always on the hunt for unknown ingredients. She showed an interest in the talking lizard Vyrn, and asked the party if she could come with them on their journey so that she may discover even rarer ingredients.
Our heroes headed for a food cart that become topical among the people of a town the party had visited.
Vyrn: Whoa... Tons of people are lining up for you...
Lyria: Wow... I can’t believe there is cooking that can when over someone to this degree...
Elmelaura: Welcome! Welcome to the food cart of Elmelaura, the wandering chef!
Vyrn: Ahh! Huh? That huge knife!
Elmelaura: With this secret knife handed down from my ancestors...! I’ll present to everyone, a feast fit for a king!
Elmelaura: Now! Please give me your orders, stat!
When the party ordered their dishes, Elmelaura daintily waved her enormous knife about with her incongruously tiny frame...
The ingredients she would thus find would allow her to create the finest haute cuisine. This was all very enjoyable to the party, but...
Man: Hmph! Your cooking is no big deal!
Vyrn: Hey pal, did you ask to try all of it?
Man: Nah, but calling it “A feast for a king” is a ridiculous exaggeration! She is full of hot air!
Elmelaura: Hmhmhm? My cooking did not satisfy you?
Man: Ah. I wouldn’t pay a halfpenny for this slop.
Lyria: How can you say such a thing! That’s terrible!
Vyrn: Hey hey... You ain’t gonna dine and dash, are you?
Elmelaura: Oh dear... I am so terribly sorry that I was not unable to meet your expectations!
Vyrn: What the... hey! You shouldn’t be apologizing, you should be angry!
Elmelaura: Hmhmhm... For sure what he’s saying wounds my pride as a chef!
Elmelaura: “I have nothing to feed to the likes of you!” I’m not so sure it would be such a hot idea to say something like that!
Elmelaura: This is just one item I offer! I would like for you to try another!
Man: Wha...? Interesting. Go ahead and bring it out.
Elmelaura bowed to the man as deeply as she could, and whipped up another entree as fast as lightning.
Elmelaura: I’m staking my good name as a chef on this! My treat!
Man: Ah... This again...
After taking his first bite of the new dish that was brought out to him, his eyes opened wide and he took bite after bite of the dish.
Man: Agh... This...! I can’t stop eating it!
Elmelaura: Hahaha! How do you like it?
Vyrn: Whahaha! So, pops, are you going to eat all that again? Delicious, ain’t it?
Vyrn: H-hey! The old man collapsed!
Elmelaura: Hahaha! Just deserts for creeps 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 an amount of my special spice that was almost, but not quite, a lethal dose!
Vyrn: Say what!? Don’t do such a dirty deed!
Elmelaura: For such recalcitrants I serve up “A feast fit for a king!2
Afterwards, guards came running in and hauled away the would-be culinary thief.
Vyrn: That notwithstanding, why do you such a gargantuan knife?
Elmelaura: Ooh! Naturally, you have quite the discerning eye! This knife was handed down to me by my grandmother!
Elmelaura: "The bigger the better!"That’s what my grandma taught me!
Elmelaura: If you want to make delicious soup you have to use a big pot!
Elmelaura: Therefore, the more steel in your nice blade, the better!
Vyrn: I see... I guess that sort of makes sense...
Vyrn: Though it’s quite odd for such a tiny person to be saying such things!
Elmelaura: Har har!
Elmelaura: One mustn’t say such a thing! It is taboo!
Elmelaura: I will slice and dice any creep who says such a thing and serve them to my customers!
Vyrn: H-hey! Wait a minute, knife girl! I was just joking!
Elmelaura: Talking lizards are an ingredient that I’m not experienced with... Get ready!
Vyrn: (Captain)! Do something!
Elmelaura: ... hmhmhm? An ingredient I’ve never tried... Hmhmhm!
Vyrn: What’s happened?! Knife girl...
Elmelaura: You were the captain, weren’t you? Perhaps you will meet up with another rare life form?
Elmelaura: After all, you are already accompanied by a talking lizard...
Vyrn: T-That’s right! That's right! The captain has already met up with many beings much stranger than myself!
Elmelaura: Hmhmhm... Hmhmhm! If that’s the case then I want to go with you, too!
Vyrn: Say what!?
Elmelaura: I want to go on a journey to discover new ingredients!
Elmelaura: I provide unparalleled service to everyone with my “Feasts fit for a king”! I look forward to serving you!
Vyrn: Hey hey... I’m am not exactly willing here, but... How about you? (Captain).
Choose: Make soup for me every morning!
- Make soup for me every morning!
- Please don’t eat Vyrn
Elmelaura: Hmhmhm! So you want me to make dishes that you could eat every morning without growing tired of them?!
Elmelaura: Requests are an expression of one’s expectations... I am so pleased! I will do my best!Choose: Please don’t eat Vyrn
Elmelaura: Understood! In place of that!
Elmelaura: Take me to find lots of ingredients that would be even rarer than a talking lizard!Continue 1
Elmelaura: It’s decided! I look forward to journeying with you!
Elmelaura: Hahaha... Until now I had only taken trips that involved lots of flight connections between airships...
Elmelaura: This will save me travel expenses! That will allow me to make even higher-quality dishes!
Thus the itinerant master chef Elmelaura became a member of the Order.
Elmelaura: Hahaha... Rare ingredients... This is going to be fun!
Vyrn: H-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.