The Guiding Chains
Ezecrain was pursuing the thug who stole a powerful amethyst from his family. He told (Captain) and company that his amethyst chains were responding to them, and so in accordance, he joined their order.
Hoping to replenish their travel funds, our heroes paid a visit to Siero’s shop in hopes of taking on a request.
Vyrn: Hehe! It’s times like these I’m glad you’re mysteriously everywhere! Sure makes it easy to get jobs!
Sierokarte: Welcome, welcome! Thanks to you, my ratings are sky-high!
Vyrn: But of course! So, what kinda jobs do you have for us?
Vyrn: Let’s see here... Babysitting... Investigating a cheating husband... Hang on! These aren’t jobs for skyfarers!
Lyria: Look at this, (Captain)! I found a missing persons request!
Lyria: Hm... Apparently, they want us to find a con man named Ezecrain.
Sierokarte: Let’s see... Ah, yes! As I recall, this is a request from Drang and his friend.
Sierokarte: Apparently Ezecrain tricked them, or something...
Vyrn: Sigh... Good grief, those two... Why can’t they just solve their own problems?!
Sierokarte: Teehee! I agree completely! Well then... How about this one? It’s a big job I set aside for a rainy day!
Recently, some thugs had been growing their forces. This “big job” involved destroying their hideout, and (Captain) and company agreed to do it.
With only this small bit of information to go on, our heroes made their way into the hideout and succeeded in cornering the thugs.
Thug 1: GAAAHHH!!!
Thug 2: EEEGH...!!!
Vyrn: Alrighty! That takes care of the weaklings! Let’s keep on going and destroy the whole damn hideout!
???: Who are you people...? And what are you doing here?
Vyrn: Whoa! We missed one!
Vyrn: Let’s go, (Captain)! This guy looks a lot tougher than the guys we left in piles over there...!
???: Listen here, brats. Do you understand just what this place is?
Vyrn: Of course we do! We took on a request to destroy these thugs and this whole hideout!
???: I see... Then you were responsible for all this damage.
???: Looks like I won’t be getting any information now... Good grief. Why did you have to go and do this?
Vyrn: Are you their buddy or something, wise guy? If so, (Captain) here will totally take you on!
???: Don’t make me laugh. I don’t have time to sit around and play with brats like you... Now move!
Vyrn: Ack! HEY! Wait up, you swine!
Vyrn: Damn it... I can’t believe we lost one of ‘em.
Vyrn: Good grief... What was the point in defeating all those weaklings if we let that one get away...?
Sierokarte: Hm... Amethysts on chains and a bejeweled forehead, you say... Based on that description, I’d say that’s Ezecrain...
Lyria: What?! Ezecrain, as in, the conman that Drang is searching for?
Sierokarte: Yes, indeed! That being said, the only people who speak badly of him are powerful villains and other shady individuals...
Vyrn: Huh? What's that supposed to mean?
Sierokarte: Well, you see... Ezecrain is somewhat... misunderstood, shall we say...
There was once a time when Ezecrain and his family lived a happy life under the protection of a powerful amethyst.
But dark forces stole the amethyst and used it to leave deep scars on everyone, telling them that their era of peace was over...
Sierokarte: Sooo, yeah... Ezecrain is searching for the organization that took his family’s peace away...
Ezecrain: Hey, shopkeep! Stop right there... Don’t tell them more than they need to know.
Vyrn: Whoa! Speak of the devil... It’s the man in chains!
Ezecrain: You people again...
Ezecrain: Hey, shopkeep! I’ve retrieved the valuables the thugs stole from you. Consider your request complete.
Sierokarte: Oh my! Great work! Now for your reward!
Sierokarte: Heehee! As you can see, Ezecrain is no villain. He’s an ally of the oppressed!
Ezecrain: Hmph... Don’t get the wrong idea. I only accepted the request to further my own goals.
Vyrn: Still, I wish you would have told us that from the start!
Ezecrain: Why should I have to explain my circumstances to a bunch of strangers?
Ezecrain: Have you come to pity me after what the shopkeep’s told you?
Vyrn: Wha?! That’s not it at all! B-But... We might be able to help you...
Ezecrain: Hah! Ignorant fools.
Ezecrain: My goal was to deceive the thugs, infiltrate their hideout, and gain information... But I was hindered by a certain group, wasn’t I?
Vyrn: Say that again?! You think WE hindered YOU?!
Ezecrain: Hmph... Thanks to you, I lost out on that crucial information.
Ezecrain: I have no more time to waste on you people. Now move.
One of the amethyst chains entwined around Ezecrain’s arms suddenly started to move by itself.
Vyrn: What the?! Wh-what’s going on with that chain?!
Ezecrain: Absurd... Don’t tell me it was reacting to these brats...
Sierokarte: Oho! Your amethysts are always shockingly accurate, aren’t they, Ezecrain?
Sierokarte: How about it? I’m sure (Captain) and friends will prove a highly valuable resource in achieving your goals!
Vyrn: Hey! Stay out of this, would ya!
Sierokarte: You have nothing to worry about! I can vouch for Ezecrain’s ability.
Ezecrain: Hmph... Interesting. It appears you people will be of use to me after all.
Vyrn: Wha?! “Be of use?!"
Ezecrain: Everything is as the amethysts foretold... I will reel in the chains of fate.
Ezecrain: I will make use of your strength in order to achieve my goals.
Choose: You’ll see how strong we can be
- You’ll see how strong we can be
- I think you’re overestimating us...
Vyrn: Hang on! Let’s not make any hasty commitments here!Choose: I think you’re overestimating us...
Vyrn: What the... hey! That wasn’t a compliment!Continue 1
Vyrn: Good grief... Once you agree to something, there’s no budging you, (Captain).
Vyrn: Oh, fine! We’ll help you achieve your ends, Mr. Chains.
Ezecrain: Relax. I don’t have excessive expectations for you brats. Now, lead me to your ship, and make it quick.
Vyrn: Ack! Hey! Wait! We’re not done talking!
Ezecrain: I see... So your ship is over here.
Vyrn: Hey! You're so rude! Listen when someone’s talking to you!!!
With Ezecrain newly added to their ranks, our heroes boarded their airship and set out into the sky.
Would Ezecrain be able to achieve his goals by following his chains?
An Old Map's Temptation
(Captain) and company have come to the forest on Ezecrain’s map, which they think could be a treasure map. Ezecrain warns them that once they get lost in this forest, there is no escape. Suddenly, the party hears the scream of someone being attacked by monsters. They head there to help.
Vyrn: Hey, what did the browless guy steal from Drang?
Ezecrain: Drang...? Oh, you mean that careless Erune.
After saying that, Ezecrain takes out the stolen map and spreads it out in front of the party.
Vyrn: Could this be... a treasure map?!
Ezecrain: Beats me... You want to confirm that yourself?
Lyria: Wow! It’s a treasure hunt! This is so exciting! Right, (Captain)?
The party heads to the dense forest with high hopes in their hearts.
Vyrn: What!? There’s no treasure anywhere!
Ezecrain: No one ever said this was a treasure map. You people get ahead of yourselves...
Vyrn: T-Then what kind of map is it?
Ezecrain: Unfortunately, the only thing there is a place of historic interest.
Ezecrain: Either way, this map has already served its purpose.
Vyrn: But we came this far already... But isn’t this a map that Drang had?
Vyrn: Maybe if you go deep in the forest, we’ll find treasure there...?
Ezecrain: This forest is on a very complex terrain as if to protect the historical site. Once you get lost, you will never escape it.
Vyrn: Haha! That’s where the map comes in!
Ezecrain: I don’t have time to waste with your little games.
Vyrn: Hold on! Hey, browless guy!
???: Whoa! Save me!
Vyrn: Oh, no! Did you hear that, (Captain)?! I heard a scream from the forest...
Lyria: Oh, Ezecrain! Wait for us!
Vyrn: Heh! After all he said, the browless guy can’t ignore someone in need!
Vyrn: All right! Let’s go, too, (Captain)!
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 2
While (Captain) are attacked by monsters, Drang comes to help. He confronts Ezecrain to return his stolen treasure map. But Ezecrain states that he has already collected the treasure hidden in the historical site as written on the map.
Vyrn: Phew... Is that the last of the monsters?
Drang: Nice! You guys are great!
Vyrn: What the... hey! Why are you here being attacked by monsters?!
Drang: What a coincidence. I’m in luck to have you guys save me!
Vyrn: Geez, you’re such a troublemaker. You should take care of monsters on your own!
Drang: I thought we were friends! Don’t be so cold!
Vyrn: Hey! We’re not friends!
Drang: Oh? I thought I saw a familiar face! Well, if it isn’t Ezecrain, the map thief!
Drang: Tsk tsk… I got lost because of you.
Ezecrain: Ugh... More trouble...
Drang: Hey, you... Can you give me back the treasure map you stole from me? I really need that...
Ezecrain: Hmph... Treasure map? Unfortunately, the treasure you seek is nowhere on this historical site.
Drang: Hey! What’s that supposed to mean?! What did you do to my spoils?!
Ezecrain: Spoils? Don’t make me laugh. You seem to have hidden all the valuables you stole from evildoers here, but...
Ezecrain: I’ve already collected all of them. Looks like you’ve wasted your time here.
Drang: No way! How could you do that?! Gimme back my treasure!
Lyria: Ack! W-We got trouble! We’re surrounded by monsters...
Drang: Eek! It’s your turn! Get ‘em!
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 3
Drang escapes the forest with the map while the party is fighting monsters. In order to escape the labyrinth forest, Ezecrain seeks guidance from the amethyst.
Vyrn: Good job! You defeated all those monsters!
Lyria: Yup! (Captain) and Ezecrain looks really cool back there!
Lyria: We’re pretty deep inside the forest. So… where is the exit?
Vyrn: Leave that to me! The map says... huh?
Vyrn: Oh, no! The map is gone!
Lyria: Speaking of which, I think Drang said he’s holding onto the map...
Vyrn: What?! He just took it and ran...
Vyrn: Damnit! He’s planning to escape the forest by himself!
Ezecrain: Sigh... Do you people just make one problem after another?
Ezecrain: You leave me no choice... Follow me.
Ezecrain: Sigh... May the amethyst guide us...
Lyria: Wow, that’s amazing! Amethysts can give directions!
Ezecrain: Who’s making me do this?
Ezecrain: Geez. We don’t even know where the monsters could be hiding. Stick together.
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 4
Sierokarte brings many requests for Ezecrain. Rumor has it that he will take back the treasures that were taken by evildoers. Among those requests, Ezecrain finds out that there is information of the villain he seeks through the guidance of the amethyst. (Captain), Ezecrain, and the others decide to stick together to achieve their purpose.
Vyrn: Phew... Looks like we managed to escape the forest...
Lyria: It’s all thanks to you, Ezecrain!
Ezecrain: Don’t make me use the amethyst over something stupid like this!
Ezecrain: Don’t ever drag me into your troubles ever again. You got it?
Sierokarte: Hey, guys! Sorry to bother you when you’re so tired!
Sierokarte: There are actually lots of requests being sent for Ezecrain!
Lyria: Wow...! That’s amazing!
Sierokarte: Hehehe! The rumor’s going around that you’ll take back the treasures that were stolen by the bad guys!
Vyrn: I get it! So that’s what you did with the treasure you took from Drang!
Ezecrain: Hmph. I’m only doing this because it’s on the way to fulfilling my objective.
Vyrn: What?! The amethyst is reacting to something! What’s going on?!
Lyria: Could it be that among the requests is information that Ezecrain is looking for?
Ezecrain: I found it...
Ezecrain: It seems that there is a group of scam artists in the western sky causing trouble.
Vyrn: Say what!? And those guys might be enemies of your clan?
Vyrn: Hey! You’re going there, right?
Ezecrain: Naturally. If the amethyst guides me, I will follow it.
Vyrn: All right! Then leave it to (Captain)!
Vyrn: We’ll go with you until your goal is complete!
Ezecrain: Geez... You people are so carefree...
Ezecrain: Do what you want. Just don’t get in my way.
Shouldering the fate of his clan, Ezecrain moves toward the direction that the amethyst guides him.
Watched over by his skyfarer friends, Ezecrain’s journey will continue until the day he completes his objective.