The Guiding Chains
Ezecrain pursues bandits who stole a powerful amethyst from his family. Ezecrain's own amethyst chains beckon him to join (Captain) and the crew.
To replenish their travel funds, the crew visits Siero's shop to take on a request.
Vyrn: It's times like these I'm glad you're mysteriously everywhere! Sure makes it easy to get jobs!
Sierokarte: Welcome, my friends! And thank you for always keeping my business buzzing!
Vyrn: No problem! So... What kinds of 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)! It's for a missing person!
Lyria: Hmm... They want us to catch a con man named Ezecrain.
Sierokarte: Let's see... Ah, yes! As I recall, this is a request from the Drang duo.
Sierokarte: Apparently Ezecrain stole something from them.
Vyrn: Seriously... Can't those two just solve their own problems?
Sierokarte: My sentiments exactly! Well then... How about this one? It's a big job I set aside just for situations like this!
The crew agrees to handle the job, which involves stopping a growing number of bandits and destroying their hideout.
Although the crew does not have much to go on, they manage to make their way into the hideout and succeed in cornering the thieves.
Thug 1: Gah!
Thug 2: Aah!
Vyrn: Alrighty! That takes care of the weaklings! Now let's tear this place apart.
???: Who are you?
What business do you have here?
Vyrn: Whoa! Looks like we missed one!
Vyrn: Let's get 'em, (Captain)! This guy looks a lot tougher than the others!
???: Do you even understand just what this place is?
Vyrn: Of course we do! We're here to tear this hideout to the ground!
???: I see... Then you were responsible for this carnage.
???: This was none of your concern. Now I have lost any hope of attaining the information I seek.
Vyrn: Are you their buddy or something, wise guy? If so, (Captain) here will totally take you on!
???: Your humor exceeds your wit. There is nothing to be gained from fighting you. Step aside.
Vyrn: Ack! Hey! Wait up, you punk!
Vyrn: Ugh... I can't believe we lost one of 'em.
Vyrn: What was the point in beating all those losers if we let that one get away?
Sierokarte: Hmm... Amethysts on chains and a bejeweled forehead, you say? I'd say that's Ezecrain.
Lyria: What? You mean the con man Drang is looking for?
Sierokarte: That's right! That being said, only people of questionable character speak ill of him.
Vyrn: Huh? What's that supposed to mean?
Sierokarte: Well, you see... Let's just say that Ezecrain is somewhat misunderstood.
According to Sierokarte, Ezecrain and his family once lived a happy life under the protection of a powerful amethyst.
But that all ended when a secret organization stole the amethyst and left only deep scars behind.
Sierokarte: So... Ezecrain is searching for the organization that took his family's peace away.
Ezecrain: Sierokarte, rest your tongue. You have already shared far too much.
Vyrn: Whoa! Speak of the devil... It's the chains guy!
Ezecrain: You people again...
Ezecrain: Sierokarte, I've retrieved the stolen valuables, so consider the request complete.
Sierokarte: Oh my! Great work! Now for your reward!
Sierokarte: As you can see, Ezecrain is no villain. He's an ally of the oppressed!
Ezecrain: You have the wrong idea. I only accepted that request to further my own agenda.
Vyrn: I wish you had told us you were one of the good guys from the start!
Ezecrain: Why would I waste words on you?
Ezecrain: Have you come to pity me after what Sierokarte's told you?
Vyrn: No one said anything about pity! We... might be able to help you though.
Ezecrain: Ha! Beyond your dim wit lies delusion.
Ezecrain: I had intended on infiltrating the hideout. As a camouflaged comrade, I would have gathered the information I needed. Truly regrettable that you came along...
Vyrn: Come again! What was so bad about us showing up?
You cost me the opportunity to secure the most crucial piece of intel.
Ezecrain: I've no more time to waste on you people. Clear a path.
The amethyst chains entwined around Ezecrain suddenly begin moving by themselves.
Vyrn: Hey! What's up with your chains?
Ezecrain: Absurd. Why would my amethysts react to you fools...
Sierokarte: Well, I'll be! Your amethysts always guide you in the right direction, don't they, Ezecrain?
Sierokarte: How about it? I'm sure (Captain)'s crew will prove a highly valuable resource in achieving your goals!
Vyrn: Hey! Don't we have a say in this too!
Sierokarte: You have nothing to worry about! I can vouch for Ezecrain's ability.
Ezecrain: Interesting. I suppose you may have some use to me after all.
Vyrn: Use? How rude!
Ezecrain: The amethysts guide my every move... I will reel in the chains of fate.
Ezecrain: You will be a means to my end.
Choose: We'll show you how tough we are!
- We'll show you how tough we are!
- I don't know how useful we'll be...
Vyrn: Hang on! Let's not make any hasty decisions here!Choose: I don't know how useful we'll be...
Vyrn: This guy's the rudest person I've ever met!Continue 1
Vyrn: Good grief, (Captain)... Once you agree to something, there's no changing your mind.
Okay, fine! We'll help you out, Mr. Chains.
Ezecrain: Be at ease. I don't expect much from this crew. Now lead me to your ship, and make it quick.
Vyrn: Hey! Wait! We're not done talking!
Ezecrain: Is this some sort of joke? You call this a ship?
Vyrn: Stop talking and start listening, buster!
With Ezecrain joining the crew's ranks, everyone boards the airship and sets off into the sky.
Will Ezecrain's chains be the key to his salvation?
An Old Map's Temptation
(Captain) and company arrive at the forest on Ezecrain's supposed treasure map. Ezecrain warns them that the lost never escape this forest. Suddenly the crew hears a scream and rushes to help.
Vyrn: Hey, what exactly did you steal from Drang?
Ezecrain: Drang? You must mean that imbecile Erune.
With that, Ezecrain takes out the map he stole and spreads it out in front of the crew.
Vyrn: Could this be... a treasure map?
Shall we find out?
Lyria: Wow! A real life treasure hunt! This is so exciting! Right, (Captain)?
The crew sets out for the dense forest marked on the map with high hopes.
Vyrn: What's up with this? There's no treasure anywhere!
Ezecrain: I do not recall saying this was a treasure map. So presumptuous...
Vyrn: Then what's the map lead to?
Ezecrain: Unfortunately, this only takes us to a place of historic interest.
Ezecrain: In any event, this map is of little value to us now.
Vyrn: And we came all this way... But wait, isn't this the map Drang had?
Vyrn: Maybe the treasure's hidden deeper in the forest...
Ezecrain: This forest is extremely complex, almost as though it's intended to protect the historic site. No one who gets lost here ever returns.
Vyrn: Then it's a good thing we have the map!
Ezecrain: I don't have time to waste with your little games.
Vyrn: Wait up, Mr. No-Brows!
???: Aaah! Save me!
Vyrn: Uh-oh! Did you hear that, (Captain)? It came from deep in the forest!
Lyria: Ezecrain! Wait for us!
Vyrn: Mr. No-Brows likes to act all mean, but deep down he's a softie.
Vyrn: All right! Let's get a move on it, (Captain)!
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 2
(Captain) and crew help Drang who is being attacked by monsters. Afterwards, Drang demands Ezecrain return his treasure map, but Ezecrain declares the treasure liberated.
Vyrn: Phew... Was that the last of the monsters?
Drang: Bravo! Just as strong as I remember!
Vyrn: Hey! What are you doing here?
Drang: What a coincidence! I'm so glad you've come to save me! Lady Luck must be on my side today!
Vyrn: You're such a pain. Can't you handle a few monsters on your own?
Drang: What's with the cold shoulder? I thought we were friends?
Vyrn: Whoa there! We're not friends!
Drang: Oh? And who's that with you? Well, if it isn't Ezecrain, the map thief!
Drang: Thanks to the little kindness you did me, I'm utterly and hopelessly lost now.
Ezecrain: Tch... Why do the fools multiply?
Drang: Why don't you give me back my treasure map? I'm sorta stuck here without it.
Ezecrain: Treasure? Unfortunately for you, there is nothing to be found in these ruins.
Drang: What! You've got to be kidding me! What did you do with my spoils?
Ezecrain: Enough with the theatrics. I know you hid the stolen goods...
Ezecrain: But I have already recovered it all. Coming here was effort wasted.
Drang: No way! How could you? Gimme my treasure!
Lyria: Ahhh! Monsters! They're all around us...
Drang: Eek! Looks like you guys are up! Go get 'em, tigers!
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 3
Drang uses the map to leave the forest while the crew fights monsters. To escape the labyrinthine woods, Ezecrain is forced to seek guidance from his amethysts.
Vyrn: Whoa! Nice job defeating all those monsters, Browless Wonder!
Lyria: Yeah! You and (Captain) were so awesome!
Lyria: You know, we're pretty deep inside the forest... I wonder where the exit is.
Vyrn: I'll lead the way! The map says... Huh?
Vyrn: Hey! The map's gone!
Lyria: Umm... Drang said something about holding onto the map earlier...
Vyrn: I can't believe it! He just took it and ran!
Vyrn: Ugh! Why would he leave us here!
Ezecrain: Are the problems you all cause
Ezecrain: We do not have other options... Follow me.
Ezecrain: Amethysts... Guide us!
Lyria: Wow! That's amazing! Amethysts can give directions?
Ezecrain: Yes, but they can't recover stolen maps...
Ezecrain: Monsters may be lurking nearby. Do not fall behind.
An Old Map's Temptation: Scene 4
As word of Ezecrain's willingness to recover stolen goods becomes known, requests come flooding in for him. One of them includes information on the group he seeks, and the crew decides to help him.
Vyrn: Phew... I'm glad we escaped the forest in one piece.
Lyria: We owe that to Ezecrain!
Ezecrain: Don't ever make me use the amethysts in such a way again!
Ezecrain: I won't be a part of any frivolous adventures again... Do you understand me?
Sierokarte: Hey, guys! I know you haven't had a moment's rest, but...
Sierokarte: There are actually lots of requests being sent to you, Ezecrain!
Lyria: Wow! Look at all these!
Sierokarte: Word's gotten out that you'll retrieve stolen treasure.
Vyrn: I get it! So that's what you did with the treasure you took from Drang!
Ezecrain: So what if I did? What I do always serves my own interests.
Vyrn: Look! Your amethysts are reacting to something again! What's going on?
Lyria: Maybe there's some information you need among the requests.
Ezecrain: This one...
Ezecrain: It appears there's a group of scam artists in the western skies. Victims have come forward.
Vyrn: Say what! Maybe they're enemies of your family!
Vyrn: Hey! You're gonna go check it out, right?
Ezecrain: Of course. I go wherever my amethysts guide me.
Vyrn: All right! Then leave it to (Captain)!
Vyrn: We'll help you achieve your goal!
You all love playing the role of hero...
Ezecrain: Do what you want. Just don't get in my way.
Shouldering the fate of his family, Ezecrain moves as his amethysts direct.
His new allies watch over him as Ezecrain's path to redemption begins.