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The Midnight Prowler
The crew meets a mysterious guy named Elmott when putting out a fire. The next day, they see him defeating the true arsonist, but the villagers suspect the crew of the crime. Elmott offers to buy them time to escape, but Lyria convinces him to come along.
Late one night, (Captain) and company return to a certain village to report the completion of a monster hunting mission.
Just as they're about to return to the airship, a villager comes running out of the forest, white as a sheet.
Villager: Aah! Fire! The forest is on fire!
Vyrn: Say what! Then again, now that you mention it, it does smell like something's burning...
Lyria: Look! There's smoke rising from the forest!
Vyrn: This could be trouble... Let's help put out the fire!
(Captain) and company rush into the fire-swept forest.
As they search for the cause of the fire, a suspicious young man appears.
???: What the? What are you all doin' here? Run along to bed now, kiddies.
Vyrn: Excuse you! Don't judge us by our looks! I'll have you know we're perfectly capable skyfarers!
???: Like I care, kid. Listen, you won't grow up big and strong if you keep walkin' around at this time of night, if you know what I'm sayin'.
???: Hang on... Just one thing... You there, what's your name?
Vyrn: Hm? This is (Captain), the captain of our crew!
???: I see. Your scent is like mine. I'll try to remember your face at least.
???: Now then, run along, little kiddies. It's not safe around here. Fires tend to pop up, you see, and how beautifully they burn...
With that, the young man disappears into the darkness.
The fire is doused before it gets out of hand, and the cause of the fire has apparently vanished... but the villagers have other ideas.
Villager 1: Hey, have you heard? There was another fire scare in the forest yesterday.
Villager 2: Yeah. Four days in a row, huh? Rumor has it there's an arsonist in town. I bet there'll be another fire tonight.
Vyrn: Hmm... Say, do you think it could be that shady guy from yesterday?
Lyria: I'm not sure about that. He didn't seem like such a bad person to me...
Do you smell that?
Vyrn: Look! There's smoke coming from the forest again! C'mon! We'd better hurry, (Captain)!
???: Listen up. I happen to like your fires, but this is going a little far for a prank.
Fire Monster: Grrr...
???: There are a ton of people here who'd prefer it if the forest weren't on fire. So, yeah, I'm gonna need you to stop.
???: Relax... It won't hurt a bit. My flames can turn any monster to ash in an instant!
The moment he unleashes flames, the monster vanishes, and silence falls over the forest.
Vyrn: That was incredible... Did he really just do that?
???: Hm? You're the kids from yesterday...
???: What are you doing here? Didn't I warn you not to walk around out here? It's unsafe, remember?
Lyria: Um... Was that monster behind all the fires?
???: Maybe. So what? What do you care?
Lyria: Then that means you aren't the arsonist... In fact, you're the hero...
Elmott: Ha! Like I care about that! I, the great Elmott, simply burn things as I please... That's all there is to it.
Elmott: That monster earlier was simply trespassing on my turf, and I didn't appreciate it. That's all.
Elmott: Besides, the villagers all have it out for me anyway.
Villager: Hey! Over there! Look at those suspicious people! I bet they did it!
Elmott: Just great. Here comes trouble.
Elmott: Okay, kids! You better get away from the village before you get involved in this mess.
Elmott: You're skyfarers, right? I'll buy you some time, so take your ship and get out of here... fast!
Lyria: Huh? But what about you, Elmott?
Elmott: Well, as you can see, this misunderstanding isn't likely to get cleared up. I'll have to leave the village, assuming I can get away.
Lyria: In that case... why don't you just come with us?
Elmott: What? Don't be ridiculous!
Lyria: But you'll be charged with a crime you didn't commit if you don't!
Elmott: But why would I go with you guys?
Choose: Can you really escape on your own?
- Can you really escape on your own?
- We can't just abandon you here.
Elmott: Huh? Don't underestimate me, kid... As if anyone from the village could give me trouble.
Vyrn: Whoa! They're coming from over there too! They've nearly got us surrounded!Choose: We can't just abandon you here.
Elmott: Like I care... I'm not so weak that I need some kid worryin' about me.
Lyria: But I refuse to just abandon you!Continue 1
Elmott: What a pain! Fine, whatever! Let's go, Captain.
Elmott: But I don't want to hear about it if you end up regretting bringing me with you.
Lyria: Everything will be fine! Right, (Captain)? Now let's go! This way!
Vyrn: Can we cut the small talk and just get out of here already?
And so, under the cover of night, (Captain) and company leave the village behind.
With Elmott newly counted among their number, the crew resumes its journey.
A Boy Alone
(Captain) and company are enjoying a town festival. Elmott plays with children there while calling them names. Attracted to the commotion of the festival, monsters appear, and the crew has to take them down.
(Captain) and company stop by a town and are enjoying a festival that happens to be going on there.
Elmott: You little brats!
Child 1: Look at that! He's mad now!
Child 2: Ha-ha! Neener neener! Catch me if you can!
Elmott: Heh... You got guts taunting me, I'll give you that.
Elmott: But you'll soon regret trying to make a fool out of me!
Child 3: Ha-ha! Run away!
Elmott: Wait up, you filthy brats!
Vyrn: Man, who would have thought Elmott would be popular with kids?
Lyria: They must be able to tell how sweet he is.
Vyrn: Seriously? Have you seen that guy's face? He looks like a low-level goon no matter how hard you squint.
Elmott: Hey! I can hear you, lizard...
Vyrn: Whoa! Aren't you supposed to be playing with the kids?
Elmott: What? What time do you think it is? I sent the kiddies home.
Elmott: It's grown-up time... Don't you agree, Vyrn?
Elmott: I could take a cheeky little lizard and roast, char, or burn it... and not a single kid would be scarred for life!
Vyrn: Eep! Wait! My tongue just slipped back there, and—
Townsperson: Whoa! Somebody help! Monsters!
Elmott: Maybe they're here for the festival too.
Elmott: But whatever! Bring it on! I'll take care of the lizard after I deal with them!
Elmott: Let's do this, (Captain)! I'll burn all of them to a crisp!
A Boy Alone: Scene 2
The crew defeats the monsters. Later that night, they find a child trying to leave town alone. As they try to take the child back to safety, they end up fighting more monsters.
Elmott: That's about it... Now it's your turn, lizard...
Vyrn: Hold it! (Captain)! Elmott! You see that?
Elmott: All I see right now is a soon-to-be barbecued lizard.
Vyrn: Cut it out for a second! Over there! There's a kid!
Lyria: Oh? You're right. What's that boy doing out at this hour?
Elmott: There are still monsters around here. What's wrong with that brat?
Elmott: Too bad getting hit by a monster ain't gonna knock the stupid out of him!
Elmott: Let's chase away those monsters and bring that brat back into town! C'mon, (Captain)!
A Boy Alone: Scene 3
The boy wants to leave town because of how different he is from everyone else. Elmott tries to coerce the boy into changing his tune, but monsters suddenly appear.
Elmott: All right, boy. What's in your head?
Erune Boy: Eek! Who are you?
Lyria: Look, it's dangerous out here. Let's go back to town, okay?
Erune Boy: No way... I just can't deal with the people there.
Vyrn: What? You don't want to go back?
Erune Boy: No... Everyone there is so different from me... That's why I can't make any friends...
Elmott: That's enough out of you, you little brat—
Erune Boy: Shut up! I'm not going back just 'cause you're mad at me!
Elmott: You know, I really loathe brats like you.
Elmott: Just shut up and go back. Keep throwing your tantrum and I'll burn you.
Erune Boy: Eek!
Elmott: Besides... You're probably the only one who even cares that you're different.
Erune Boy: Huh?
Elmott: Looks like more monsters. You stay back, brat.
Elmott: I'm in a bit of a bad mood right now, so I won't be holding back.
A Boy Alone: Scene 4
(Captain) and company safely return the boy to town and then leave the next morning. Vyrn and Lyria finally learn how caring Elmott is, but he denies it profusely.
(Captain) and company take the boy back to town and then leave the next morning.
Vyrn: You don't look like it, but you're just a big ol' softie, aren't you, Elmott?
Elmott: Say that again and I'll burn your mouth shut.
Lyria: But you persuaded that little boy.
Elmott: So what? I just hate kids like that.
Elmott: They remind me of myself as a brat.
Lyria: So you were like that when you were little? How cute!
Elmott snarls the word and then turns away.
But Lyria sees his cheeks flush red for just a moment.
Teacher vs Midnight Prowler
That night Elmott returned home to get an earful from Suframare. She’d been up half the night worrying herself sick. Suframare decided to tag along the next night and found that Elmott had been using this time to do a little monster hunting and keep the kids in town safe. Their fondness for the youngster’s wellbeing helped a little to bridge the gap between them. No sooner had Elmott returned home than he and Vyrn began to bicker. Suframare appeared, ready to give another sermon. Elmott sighed. He still had a long way to go with this partner of his.
On a certain island. Ever a fan of his nightly constitutionals, Elmott strolls through the forest at a leisurely pace.
As usual, Elmott had himself a late dinner and prepared to get himself a bit of shuteye. However...
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! Where exactly did you get off to?
Elmott: Wha? I go where I want and do what I want.
Suframare: Goodness... do you realize how worried everyone is?! Especially Vyrn!
Elmott: Sigh... even the lizard’s worried about me. I’m gonna lose my edge...
Suframare: Hey! You keep changing the subject!
Elmott: (Hah. You know... she kind of looks like... )
Elmott: (Snkkt... she moves just like that monkey doll I had when I was a kid... )
Suframare: Hey! Would you care to tell me what’s so funny? Everybody is worried sick about you! And I won’t have it!
Elmott: Damn... you know what, kid? You’re a real pain in the ass. The lizard’s already on my list. You wanna be on there, too?
Suframare: What?! Who exactly are you calling “kid”? I’m 22 years old, I’ll have you know! I’m a fully grown adult!
Elmott: Hm? That’s not far off from me. You know, it’s hard to tell with Harvin...
Suframare: Wha? You’re in your 20s? Hehe. I could’ve sworn you were younger than me, given how you look...
Elmott: Wow. That’s a first. People usually think I’m older.
Suframare: Hehe. Well it’s quite the shock!
Suframare: ... wait a second! Did you just try to change the subject?! Hey! What kind of way is that to treat your teacher?!
Elmott: (... dang. So close... )
Suframare: Goodness, me... do you understand? If you’re going to be out late, you need to let me?
Elmott: Hah! You think I’m so kinda juvenile delinquent, don’tcha?! Fine, fine! I got it. I’m gonna hit the hay. Night.
Suframare: Hey! ... I’m not done talking!
Elmott decided he’d had enough for tonight. He went back to his room.
Suframare wasn’t quite satisfied with that, but what could she do? She took a dip in the bath and went to bed.
And the next night.
Elmott: Alright. I know you gotta eat like everyone else...
Elmott: But towns are for people. They’re off limits. You know what happens if you step foot in town, don’t you?
Elmott: Tsk... what? The damned lizard is worried about me? Who the hell does he think he is...
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! I was wondering where you went! And I find you here!
Elmott: What?! You followed me?!
Suframare: Gracious, me... this place is dangerous, you know! Just a little while ago, monsters came down from the mountains and attacked the children!
Suframare: I told Vyrn the same thing I told you! Practicing magic at night can get you hurt. Just don’t do it!
Elmott: Sigh... nothing’s gonna hurt me. You said monsters, right? Look over there.
Suframare followed Elmott’s finger to a pile of smoldering flames. Words failed her.
Elmott: Heh... you see that? You don’t need to worry about me.
Suframare: ... so you heard about the monsters in the forest and decided you’d protect Vyrn... and the children...
Elmott: Hah! You’re reading way too much into this. I wanna burn things... so I do.
Suframare: I see... so I guess I can tell Vyrn it’s safe now. He’s been wanting to work on his magic.
Elmott: Just wondering... why do you gotta teach him magic?
Suframare: Because he said he wants to learn, of course. I couldn’t have asked for a better pupil! Hehe...
Suframare: Hehe. Didn’t you come to me because you wanted to learn, Elmott?
Elmott: Nah. Old Elmott here’s been able to use fire since the day he was born. I just needed to figure out how to control it.
Suframare: I see... it’s natural for you. You’re a bit like Lily in that respect.
Elmott: Hm? What’s that supposed to mean?
Suframare: Lily is a princess of the Crystalia family... born with an innate and powerful magic. In fact, everything around her freezes...
Suframare: She needed something to keep her power in check... she went out all alone in search of spring. And she’s still so young...
Elmott: Come again? No one stopped her? They just let a kid wonder out alone? Can’t say I like the sound of that...
Suframare: Of course I thought to stop her. But by the time I knew it was already too late... how could such a thing happen...
It happens to lots of kids... you got ones who can control fire, lightning, you name it. They get chased out to who knows where...
It happens to lots of kids... like with Alec...
Elmott: Tsk... makes me sick.
Suframare: It does indeed... I hope one day to be someone that can help Lily and children like her...
Suframare: But it’s so wonderful of you, Elmott! You use your anger for the sake of the little ones!
Suframare: Hehe. I knew you were a much sweeter child than you let on! I understand now!
Elmott: Wha? For the love of... what part of me looks sweet to you?
Suframare: But you know... the way you worry yourself over the children is the way everyone else worries about you.
Suframare: Listen, will you? You don’t have to face the danger alone! You hear?
Elmott: (Here we go again... what a pain in the ass... )
And so, with his work finished, Elmott followed Suframare back to the inn.
Vyrn: Hey! Didn’t expect you to be back so early!
Elmott: Wha? What d’you expect... can’t take a walk with some little bug buzzing in your damn ear...
Vyrn: Hm? Bug? You mean Suframare?
Elmott: Who else... you’re telling me being around her all day doesn’t get to you?
Vyrn: What?! You can’t talk about her like that!
Elmott: Huh? C’mon. She’s a real pest, right?
Vyrn: GRRRR! You’re gonna eat those words, guy!
Suframare: Hey! Vyrn! Elmott! You musn’t fight!
Elmott: (Wha?! There she goes again! Some teacher I’ve got here... )
Suframare: Gracious... I’m you’re getting along, but no fighting! Ever!
Vyrn: But you heard how he was talking about you...
Suframare: No means no, Vyrn! No ifs, ands, or buts!
Elmott: (Hah... how about that. She’s the spitting image... )
Suframare: Hey! Elmott! Would you care to tell me what’s so funny? I’m quite angry, you know!
Elmott: Snkkt... nothing.
It seemed that, in spite of her severe demeanor, even Suframare could show a bit of kindness to a student as rambunctious as Elmott.
And so the day finally came when they realized they had a shared interest in the well-being of children.