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A Shy Dance
A fight breaks out, and a beautiful dancer emerges victorious. The dancer then decides to join the crew in search of a new, less womanizing partner.
(Captain) and crew arrive on an island with a bustling marketplace.
The crew enjoy themselves, moving from one stall to another. But the amiable atmosphere is soon broken by a voice—a voice that sounds rather irate.
Riffraff: Hehehe... Come on, baby. What've you got against me?
Gayne: Enough! There's nothing worse than a man who simply doesn't know when to give up!
Vyrn: Whoa! What's happening? They fighting?
Riffraff: Whad'ya say to me! Here I was trying to be a nice guy... Well, no more o' that!
Vyrn: Whoa! He's taking out his sword!
(Captain), we gotta stop him!
Vyrn: Hey, you! You'd better not lay a fing—
Gayne: Haven't had enough? Let me make this clear: You lack the ability to keep up with my swordsmanship.
Gayne: If you wish to become my partner, come back when you're ready to put up a proper fight!
Vyrn: Not bad! She's got some serious skills!
Who is she?
Gayne: The better question is, who are you?
And what shameless staring! Some would take that as harassment!
Vyrn: Er... I don't know what you were expecting flashing your sword around like that.
Gayne: Silence! I'm quite done with excuses!
Gayne: Hold on... There's something off about you. Perhaps that man is a friend of yours...
Lyria: Wait just a minute! (Captain)'s not a bad person!
Gayne: Aahh! A g-girl mixed in with all of you!
Gayne: Wh-what... What on earth is going on! Explain yourself!
Vyrn: Right, right. And so some things happened and, uh, (Captain) and Lyria kind of went halfsies on a soul.
Gayne: I see... Shared souls, flying lizards... Quite the fascinating tale...
Gayne: Hm... Perhaps you're not the evil bunch I had thought... Maybe all of you could...
Vyrn: Um, lady... would you mind speaking up...
Gayne: Well, that's that! (Captain)! Lyria! Er... Mr. Lizard...
Gayne: I beg you. My sword is ready! Become my partner!
Vyrn: What! Hey! I ain't no li—
Gayne: I could not have found a more perfect match! Let us go. We shall climb to the very heights of dance!
Vyrn: Whoa, there! What d'ya mean by partner? And climb what?
Vyrn: Try making some sense! How about you start with your name, lady!
Oh, how rude of me. I may have gotten a bit ahead of myself.
Gayne: I am Gayne, a traveling dancer. I had actually been traveling with a partner of mine. A swordsman...
The dancer Gayne begins to recount a tale. She and her partner had set out on a journey, dreaming of being a household name on every island.
But this partner of hers has quite a serious problem. When it comes to the ladies, he just can't help himself.
One night, he'd been at a tavern and managed to blow every last bit of the money they'd saved up on the local ladies. Once Gayne found out she...
Gayne: So I gave him a beating and threw him out.
Vyrn: Dang... A beating...
Gayne: Best decision of my life! That sword of his was the only thing he had going for him, anyway!
Gayne: Though he was quite the partner. I must give him that...
Gayne: In any event, since then I've been looking for someone to join me in my sword dancing.
So you thought you'd roll out the carpet for us.
Vyrn: Hey, lady. We've got stuff we gotta do too ya know. Right, (Captain)?
Choose: We're busy people.
- We're busy people.
- Dancing? Sounds fun.
Vyrn: Yeah! We're skyfarers trying to collect all the pieces of the Sky Map!Choose: Dancing? Sounds fun.
Gayne: Really? Then let's begin this instan—
Vyrn: Hey! Were you not listening earlier? Sky. Map. That's what we're after!Continue 1
Gayne: So you're saying you travel throughout the skies?
Vyrn: Exactly... We're travelers looking for something, just like you.
Gayne: Well, then! (Captain)? Perhaps you'd allow me to come with you and your friends?
Vyrn: Wait a second! What happened to the dancing?
Gayne: I can't do anything of the sort without a partner...
Gayne: So I wonder if a journey throughout the skies might help me find a new one.
Gayne: And should you change your mind, (Captain), I will waste no time taking you for myself! You would be fantastic!
Choose: We'd love to have you!
- We'd love to have you!
- Fine, fine...
Gayne: Truly? Oh, thank you!Choose: Fine, fine...
Gayne: ...!Continue 2
Gayne: Prepare yourself for a lesson in the true beauty of sword dancing!Continue 3
Lyria: Wow! I can't wait!
Vyrn: (Ya know... I get the feeling only her previous partner has enough patience to deal with her...)
Gayne: What was that?
Vyrn: Huh! Nothin'! Nothin' at all!
And so the crew continue their journey, finding a new friend in a rather passionate sword dancer.
The story of her being reunited with her freewheeling former partner is something for another time.
For Whom the Blade Dances
Upon Gayne's request, the crew stops by a city of the arts to see a performance. But when monsters attack, Gayne draws her sword to stand up to them.
Lyria: Wow... I can't wait, Gayne!
Gayne: Nor can I! I've always wanted to watch them perform live...
Gayne: This is it! The stage of the Azalea Dance Troupe! Let's find the best seats possible quickly!
Vyrn: Oh, brother... How many hours do you think it'll be till it starts?
The crew descends upon a graceful town known for its performing arts.
The crew hears that a performance of a famous dance troupe is to be held in the town.
This excites Gayne and she insists the crew attend, but...
Receptionist: Like I just said... The performance is canceled...
Lyria: What? Oh no...
Gayne: And I'm asking you why that is! We were all looking forward to it!
Receptionist: Please, just trust me! It's for your own good! Run away while you can!
Katalina: Huh? Run away? Why would w—
Lyria: Look, (Captain)! There are monsters over there!
Vyrn: Whoa! There's a lot of them! Why are they just showing up in the middle of town?
Gayne: There's no time for questions! Let's defeat them!
For Whom the Blade Dances: Scene 2
The crew is informed that the monsters were set loose by a wealthy man hell-bent on keeping the performance for his eyes only. Gayne becomes infuriated, and resolves to take down every last monster.
Rackam: Hm... I heard this was a peaceful town, but what's with these monsters? Is that why the performance was canceled?
Receptionist: N-no. That's not it...
Receptionist: Well... To tell you the truth. A very wealthy man has moved to the outskirts of town.
Receptionist: And he has taken a very strong liking to the troupe. He said that he wanted to have the performance all to himself.
Receptionist: Then... he threatened to send monsters unless the performance was canceled everywhere except his manor...
Katalina: What? That's outrageous!
Gayne: He wants to keep it for himself? I won't stand for this!
???: Why, you! Nooo!
Katalina: What was that?
???: Damn it all! My... my precious monsters!
???: You! Are you the one that bullied my beloved pets?
Receptionist: Eeep! It's him! That's the guy!
Greedy Rich Man: How dare y-y-you defy me! My pretty's will tear you apart!
Gayne: You will pay for this in blood...
Vyrn: Whoa! Gayne...
Gayne: For trying to keep the performance all to yourself, for ruining all the joy it brings...
Gayne: And for not thinking about the dancers... You. Will. Pay!
Gayne: Let's go, (Captain)! My blade will cut through this heartless greed!
For Whom the Blade Dances: Scene 3
After punishing the greedy man, the crew is rewarded with the best seats to view the performance. Afterwards, Gayne laments not being able to perform, but vows to return to the stage when she finds a suitable partner.
Greedy Rich Man: Waaaah! My precious!
Gayne: Now then... I'll have you pay for trying to keep the stage to yourself.
Greedy Rich Man: Eek! W-waaaah! I'm so sorry! Please forgive me!
Greedy Rich Man: Gasp! Your dress... Miss, are you a dancer? You're so beautiful... Please come to my manor an—
Greedy Rich Man: Ahhh! Urg...
Gayne: You best have learned your lesson and never try anything like this again!
Receptionist: Thank you! Thank you so much! Now the show can go on!
Receptionist: Wait... It's not much of a reward, but would you like to watch the next performance from VIP seats?
That is how (Captain) and crew come to enjoy the graceful performance of the dance troupe from the best seats in the house.
Lyria: That was a really beautiful dance... I want to be a dancer who twirls like that too!
Here I go!
Lyria: Uh oh!
Ugh... My head is spinning...
Katalina: Haha. Are you all right, Lyria?
Vyrn: What's the matter, Gayne? You look like something's bothering you. Let me guess. You wanna go back on stage?
Actually... I guess that's a lie. I do want to, just a little bit.
Gayne: But I'm fine. I will return to the stage when I find a proper partner for my sword dance.
Gayne: Either that, or when that fool finds himself and comes back to me.
Child: Hey! It's the sword lady! Miss!
Child: Thank you! You went and punished the selfish rich man, right? Please come back anytime!
Gayne: Being thanked for fighting isn't half-bad.
The time for the strong and beautiful dancer Gayne to charm the audience on stage will come a little later.
Until that day, her sword will be wielded for the sake of her comrades.
A Tale of Two Dances
During their travels, the crew stops in a town where they find two feuding villages in preparation for a dance-off. Seeing Gayne's beautiful moves, they ask Gayne for help. The conversation quickly escalates, and the entire restaurant erupts into a brawl.
In search of a new sword dance partner, the beautiful Gayne travels the sky with (Captain) and crew.
During their travels, the crew stops in a town one night for a bite to eat.
Rowdy Guy: Heh, heh... Wee! Whoa! Hey, hey!
An intoxicated man tries to entertain his friends at dinner by dancing around wildly.
Annoyed with the man's poor dancing skills, Gayne stands up to halt his foolishness.
Gayne: I can't take this anymore. You there, you need to pay more attention to your core!
Rowdy Guy: Huh? My core?
What the heck are you talkin' about?
Gayne: Like this. Here, I'll show you. Watch closely, now.
Rowdy Guy: Dang, that's somethin'! It's so beautiful I sobered right up.
The men who were rambunctious only moments ago are now completely entranced by Gayne's dancing.
Gayne: Hehehe. Anyone can pull this off. This is what true dancing is all about.
Rowdy Guy: Wow, that was so beautiful! I've never been so impressed in all my life!
Young Man: I've seen all I need! Please, you've gotta dance with me!
Rowdy Guy: What? No way, kid! I got first dibs. You stay outta my way!
Young Man: Why you—
You were staring off into space! You snooze, you lose.
Gayne: Sigh... Not this again. Must they always fight over me...
Gayne: Praising me isn't enough to qualify anyone to be my partner.
Vyrn: Hey Twirlie Girl, I don't think that's what they're after.
Gayne: What? That's not... what they're after?
Gayne: But isn't it? You all want to be my partner, don't you?
Rowdy Guy: Huh? Whaddya mean, your partner? I don't care about that.
Lyria: Well, umm, if that's not what you all are after, then why are you fighting?
Rowdy Guy: You don't know? We want you for the annual harvest dance-off, of course.
Vyrn: What? A dance-off? The heck is that?
Rowdy Guy: Every year, the two villages choose representatives to go head-to-head before the great spirit.
Young Man: The village that wins gets to use the best soil on the island for a whole year.
Mountain Villager: Hey, riversider! Don't go cuttin' to the chase like that! I'm talkin' here!
Riverside Villager: You watch your tongue, mountain troll. While you were off starin' into space, I was setting up our village to win this year too!
Mountain Villager: Hey! You can't talk to me like that. I'll put you in your place!
Riverside Villager: Oh yeah? Bring it on, old man!
As a sign of their ongoing feud, other people from the two villages join the fight and the restaurant erupts into a brawl.
To make matters worse, a group of tipsy, trouble-seeking men decide to wade into the fray as well.
Vyrn: Cut it out, you guys! Settle down!
Lyria: Oh no! We better put a stop to this before someone gets hurt!
A Tale of Two Dances: Scene 2
Gayne decides to help both parties with the dance-off. She begins with the mountaineer who is particularly bad at dancing, but nevertheless Gayne advises him to move freely. This causes her to remember a certain someone.
(Captain) and crew step in to put a stop to the fighting.
The villagers begin to calm down. They realize that they were acting rashly, and so apologize to the crew.
Seeing that the two sides are very passionate about helping their villages, Gayne smiles and proposes a solution to their problem.
Gayne: Hehehe, I understand your dilemma. If it's a dance you want, it's a dance you'll get.
Gayne: I'll teach the both of you my art. After all, if I only taught one party, that wouldn't be fair, now would it?
First the crew and mountaineer make their way to a nearby forest to begin practicing.
Mountain Villager: Sigh... I have no clue how to dance. I only got chosen to compete because of a lousy draw.
Vyrn: Hey, don't go sayin' that now.
Lyria: Vyrn's right! You're about to learn some great moves, so think positive and do your best!
Mountain Villager: Yeah, but I'm not very good at stuff like this, and I don't think I can remember anything too fancy, and... and...
The villager goes on making excuses one after another. He talks himself down until he has no confidence left.
Though Gayne is annoyed with the man's attitude, she encourages him to try anyway.
Gayne: Is that all that scares you? Listen to me: You have nothing to worry about.
Mountain Villager: Really? Nothin'? But I can't do anything right...
Gayne: Well, there are some kinds of dance that require advanced skills.
Gayne: But you won't need to learn anything like that. Just feel the music and dance.
Mountain Villager: Oh... Just feel the music and dance... Wait, but that can't possibly help me improve.
Gayne: Yes, it can. You live in this beautiful place blessed with the riches of the mountains, don't you?
Gayne: If you feel its majesty with all your being, then express those feelings before the great spirit. Would that not please it?
Vyrn: Oh, I get it. So that's why we came all the way out here.
Mountain Villager: Maybe you're right. But all we've really got to be proud of here is our potatoes...
Gayne: But aren't potatoes beautiful? Just think of the potato. Be the potato. Bud, grow, and extend your roots! Burst and sprout forth...
Gayne: All right, now feel the potato deep in your soul and... Hey, why are you just sitting there? Get over here and do it!
Mountain Villager: Uh... Okay! Like this?
Gayne: Yes, like that. That's much better. Keep it up!
Mountain Villager: Hey, this is gettin' fun! Moving around like this is kinda nice. I feel so free!
Though new to dancing, the man soon starts to enjoy himself. Watching him reminds Gayne of someone from a time long ago.
Gayne: Move freely. Just feel the music...
Gayne: Oh no... Why am I thinking of him... Why does my mind enjoy torturing me...
Lyria: Hm? Who do you mean? Your old partner?
Vyrn: It must be! Hey Twirlie Girl, you're thinking of the guy you tossed out a long time ago, right?
Gayne: What? I... I never said it was him!
Lyria: Wow! Vyrn, look! There's a giant potato growing over here!
Gayne: Lyria! Are you even listening to what I'm saying?
Gayne: Wait! That's not a potato! Get away from that immediately!
A Tale of Two Dances: Scene 3
After Gayne teaches the man from the mountain village to dance, he asks her not to help his competitor. She rejects his request in a dignified tone, stating that it would be unfair. The crew then heads to the riverside, where the other man waits.
With some hard work, the man from the mountain village begins to feel the music, learning one of the core elements of dance.
In doing so, he becomes a little more confident, and even begins to look forward to the competition in the days ahead.
Mountain Villager: Thank you so much. After all your help, I think I can finally pull something off!
Gayne: Good. That's all that matters.
Mountain Villager: So, now that that's done, I have a little favor to ask. Can you skip helping that riverside jerk?
Gayne looks slightly taken aback for a moment, but then regains her composure. She responds to the man in a dignified tone of voice.
Gayne: That I cannot do. If I don't help him, too, that would simply be unfair.
Gayne: And if you ended up winning like that, you wouldn't truly be happy, now would you?
The man freezes for an instant, but soon comes to his senses and lets out a chuckle.
Mountain Villager: Hahaha! You're right. I should have expected as much from you, dance master!
And with that, Gayne and crew head to the riverside, where the man from the other village awaits.
Back in Step
Gayne and crew arrive at the river. They meet with the man from the village nearby, but soon find that he is embarrassed about the loach dance he has to perform. When he finally shows the dance to the crew, the Lord of the River suddenly appears.
Gayne and crew come down from the mountain and make their way toward the river.
They go to the riverside village, where the young man chosen from a draw to be a representative awaits his lesson with Gayne.
Riverside Villager: Sigh... This stinks... What am I gonna do?
Gayne: Hm? What seems to be the problem? You look so worried...
Riverside Villager: Crud, I just can't do it! That fish dance is way too embarrassing.
Vyrn: Huh? What are you talkin' about?
Riverside Villager: Ya see, we're fishermen so the only dance we know is the fish dance... Well, more like the loach dance.
Lyria: Loaches? You mean those smooth things in the water?
Riverside Villager: More like slimy things! And that loach dance... I've gotta slide and squiggle all over the place! Like this!
Riverside Villager: Hey, why'd you make me show you! I told you it was embarrassing to do!
Vyrn: You started shaking your keister all by yourself!
Lyria: Hehe, but it sure looked fun!
Gayne: I see. That dance is meant to help you catch loaches, correct?
Riverside Villager: Well, actually... It's not loaches that come when you do that dance.
Vyrn: Wait, what? Whaddya mean, not loaches?
Lyria: Umm... Then what does come?
Riverside Villager: The thing is, if you don't do it just right, it won't come at all.
Riverside Villager: It only appears if you can do the dance well enough for it to feel your plead for help.
Vyrn: Uh... I have a bad feeling about this. Are you talking about the—
Riverside Villager: Yes! The Lord of the River!
Back in Step: Scene 2
When the young man shows embarrassment about his village's loach dance, Gayne teaches him how to stop worrying and instead focus. After overcoming his embarrassment, the man dances magnificently, catching the eye of something dangerous nearby.
Riverside Villager: Huh? I wonder what caught its attention?
Riverside Villager: I mean, I know my dancing is crap, so I wasn't exactly expecting the Lord of the River to come out.
Riverside Villager: Only pros with years of experience can even do that dance right.
Though it remains unclear who or what the Lord was responding to, the crew has warded it off valiantly.
With the danger eliminated, Gayne goes back to teaching the young man how to dance.
Riverside Villager: Like I've been sayin', that dance is just too embarrassing. I don't wanna do it!
The man goes on whining like a child. Seeing his reaction, Gayne tries addressing him in a gentler tone.
Gayne: What does it matter if it's embarrassing?
Riverside Villager: What? It matter plenty... You just don't get how embarrassing it is, do ya?
Gayne: Come now, it's not so bad. Here, watch me do it.
With that, Gayne breaks into a beautiful dance, showing off her majestic form.
Gayne: To be honest... I don't usually... like these moves... or the way... they make me look.
Gayne: But when I'm dancing, I don't have time to worry about things like that.
Gayne: So, if you're bothered by such things when you perform, it could be that you're not focusing enough on your art.
Riverside Villager: ...
Gayne: Hm? Are you listening?
Riverside Villager: ...
Gayne: Stop staring at me like that! It's creepy!
Vyrn: Hehe... I think now he's focusing hard.
Riverside Villager: Oh, sorry. Ahaha... Now I see what you mean about concentration.
Riverside Villager: You know, you're right. That dance is the pride of my village. I shouldn't worry about being embarrassed by it.
Riverside Villager: All right then! Time for you to watch me. I'm gonna give it a shot!
Riverside Villager: Ahahaha! How's this? Watch me squiggle here, and squiggle there, and slide left and right, and every which way!
Vyrn: Wow, now you're slithering like a champ! That's way better than last time.
Lyria: Hehe, that looks like fun! You really look like a loach, too!
Riverside Villager: Yeah, and I wasn't embarrassed or nothin'! It's actually kinda nice, like I'm in touch with my true feelings.
Gayne: In touch... with your true feelings?
The man's earnest words suddenly resound throughout Gayne's heart, taking her by surprise.
However, those same words are soon drowned out by screams.
Riverside Villager: Ahh! Oh dang, it's back! Why does this keep happening?
Vyrn: I've got it! We're not connecting with the Lord of the River on some spiritual level!
Vyrn: With those dance moves, it just thinks you're a giant, tasty loach!
Back in Step: Scene 3
The day of the dance-off arrives, but the two men are outdone by a young man named Helnar. Long ago, Gayne threw Helnar out because of his womanizing ways, but after reflecting on his mistakes, Helnar asks for her forgiveness. Moved by his words and actions, Gayne forgives Helnar, and the two perform a beautiful sword dance that enchants all who behold it.
The day of the dance-off finally arrives.
Using what they learned from Gayne, the two men from the villages compete fairly, each putting their best foot forward.
But as it turns out, neither of them wins. Another man bursts onto the scene and takes the competition by storm.
???: Haha! How do you like these moves? And check out this bod!
???: I suppose this proves I'm the right man to be your partner, Gayne.
The man dances beautifully, as if the whole sky were his stage. Seeing his graceful moves, Gayne is caught off guard.
Gayne: Helnar... Why are you...
Any version of Helnar
is a crew member
Haha, you're late, buddy!
Lyria: Hehe, yeah. Vyrn's right! We've been waiting for a while now.
Gayne: What? What do you mean? Was all of this a trick you conspired against me together?
Helnar: Hold on, now. They didn't do anything wrong. I asked them to help me.
Gayne: I... I don't understand. I already told you we were through. But I suppose after all this, I will listen to what you have to say.
Lyria: Helnar, you can do it!
Though seldom nervous, Helnar finds himself tensing up. He takes a deep breath, then walks up to Gayne, looking deep into her eyes.
What the—! How did she know his name? She said Helnar, right?
Lyria: Yeah, it sounded like it! Maybe that means he used to be her partner way back when, right?
Though seldom nervous, Helnar finds himself tensing up. He takes a deep breath, then walks up to Gayne, looking deep into her eyes.
Helnar: I'm sorry, Gayne. There's something I've always wanted to tell you, but I've just never had the courage.
Helnar: I treated you so wrong. And now, I would give anything for another chance to be your sword dance partner.
Gayne's expression eases for a moment. But then, a grim look begins to spread across her face.
Helnar sees the look in her eyes, and without a moment's hesitation, he begins to speak again.
Helnar: It's okay. You don't have to say anything. I already know your answer.
Gayne: Well, that's good to hear. It saves me the trouble of having to reject you.
As she begins to turn away, he says something rather unexpected.
Helnar: The mountain man's potato dance... The riversider's fish dance... And you, the sweet little egg, to top it all off.
Gayne: What? Potato? Fish? Egg? I have no idea what you're talking...
In that moment, Gayne suddenly recalls something very important.
Gayne: My favorite salad...
Helnar: Hehe. So you do remember! I used to make that salad for you all the time. It always had your favorite things: potatoes, fish, and eggs.
Gayne: Wait a second. Why am I the egg? What's that suppose to mea—
It all comes as a surprise to Gayne.
To quell the confusion in her mind, Helnar gives Gayne a delicate kiss upon her forehead.
Gayne: H-hey! What do you think you're doing?
Helnar takes a long, loving look at Gayne, who becomes more and more flustered. He then whispers sweetly into her ear.
Helnar: Gayne, you have always been my sweet little egg.
Gayne: What are you saying! You can't just start saying things like that! Who do you think you are!
Helnar: Hehe. Just like your forehead, your dancing is always perfect, without even the tiniest flaw.
Helnar: But I'm not. When I'm reminded of that, I worry. I've always thought I wasn't good enough for you.
As the words disappear into the air, Gayne finally realizes how Helnar feels for the first time.
Gayne: And since you thought you were never good enough for me, you went looking for other women of your level? Is that it?
Gayne: What am I going to do with you? All right, this is the first and last time, but I can forgive you...
Helnar: Umm... So... you mean that...
Gayne: I have my flaws, too, you know.
Gayne: I have always been deeply enchanted by the freedom in your dance. To think I didn't realize the pressure I was putting on you...
Gayne: Helnar, now that I finally understand, I apologize too.
Looking into each other's eyes, the two grow closer, and in an instant, they begin to move together in beautiful harmony.
As if fulfilling a long awaited destiny, their two majestic sword dances flow together to become one.
The audience can only stare in awe at the beauty of their dance. It is as if their moves are swathed in magic.
Seeing their sword dance, the chiefs of the two warring villages smile and come to an agreement.
Mountain Chief: River chief. Beginning this year, let us set aside the competition.
River Chief: Yes, yes. I agree, mountain chief. Let us take turns using the land between us.
The ultimate sword dance stirs not only the hearts of Gayne and Helnar, but all who behold its mysterious power.
And so it was that Gayne found her true partner. May they dance the rest of their days as one.
So Close, Yet So Far
Helnar and Gayne has a most inauspicious reunion at a town’s harvest festival. Gayne was enraged at her erstwhile partner Helnar and tried to leave him. Though the pair were at odds again, as soon as monsters suddenly appeared they launched into a dazzling sword dance.
During their journey, the party crossed paths with a rather intriguing duo. Gayne the dancer and Helnar, the itinerant entertainer.
The party hoped to reunite the two partners, thinking perhaps they'd share another blade dance. They were missing a key ingredient, however. Helnar himself.
Vyrn: Huh? Where'd that dude get off to? You hear anything, Katalina?
Katalina: Hmm? Helnar, eh? I know he said something about a harvest festival they were doing in town...
Gayne: Bzzt. Wrong. You couldn't wait to leave me on the ship so you could go skipping off to the festival! You could at least look ashamed of yourself!
Lyria: Okay, okay. Just settle down... Helnar had no idea you'd be here...
Gayne: Well, then! Listen up, everyone! I'm going to go and find that chump!
Lyria: Hehe. I just know he'll be surprised to see her.
The party heads to town to find a harvest festival literally in full swing, complete with dances to celebrate this year's great bounty.
There was one circle of watchers in the throng that seemed even livelier than the others. The party decided to check it out.
Dancer 1: Wow! Check out those two! Just look at those moves! They're in perfect sync!
Dancer 2: My, my, my... you're quite quick on your toes.
Helnar: Hehe... the my-my's are mine, my lady. I've never had such a perfect partner in my life.
Gayne: Ugh... men. He leaves me alone to go galumphing around with some other woman...
Dancer 1: I. Can't. Even! Dance with me, Helnar!
Dancer 3: You were so dashing! Pick me! Pick me!
Helnar: Hehe... aren't you a bunch of sweet kittens. There's more than enough Helnar to go around... now let's form a nice and orderly line!
Gayne: Oh, dear... I must say this looks to be quite the lively affair! Would the gentleman perhaps condescend to dance with me?
Helnar: Oh, but of course! If you'd kindly just step to the back of the line...
Helnar: Wait, what? G-Gayne?! What in two hills are you doing here?
Vyrn: Gotta say... Helnar's internal clock must be busted. The guy has no sense of timing.
Gayne: Teehee. And how do you do, Helnar?
Gayne: You've helped me realize something, you know. I realized that I wouldn't want to dance with a hardheaded dandy like you if you were the last man on earth!
Helnar: Wha?! Wait, wait! This isn't what it looks like! Gayne!
Gayne: We're done here, (Captain)! Fool me once... I knew I should've known better than to trust him!
Dancer 1: Ahhhhh! M-m-monsters! Monsters in the town!
Gayne: Quite the ruckus this is! Hmph... they shouldn't known better than to come out when I'm ticked off!
Lyria: Th-this is bad! First they're fighting, and now monsters! We need to do something, (Captain)!
Choose: Gayne's going to need some help!
- Gayne's going to need some help!
- We can't let Helnar get away!
Helnar: Wait, (Captain)!
Helnar: Could you let me take care of this? I'm begging you...Choose: We can't let Helnar get away!
Helnar: And sorry, (Captain)... Didn't mean for you to worry about me.
Helnar: It's decision time. Gotta show her how I feel.Continue 1
Helnar: And I'll apologize... y'know, for what happened. And I'm gonna say it straight out! I want me and her to travel together!
Lyria: Break a leg! Helnar!
Vyrn: Anyway! Helnar! She's gonna see what a real man can be!
Gayne: Psh. You call that dancing? That takes care of the monsters, at least...
Spectator: Wha?! There's still more hidden monsters!
Helnar: My lovely, lovely Gayne. I do hope you aren't hurt?
Gayne: Helnar... what are you...
Helnar: Hehe... who saves a princess in a pinch but her dear prince?
Gayne: Just stop talking, already. Quit being a clown for once in your life.
Helnar: Haha! Still the same Gayne. May I have this dance? Pretty please?
Gayne: Hmph... fine. But this is the last time! You'd better savor it! Helnar
In an instant, the two stood back to back and launched into a blade dance for the ages. Their steps were perfectly timed.
None could look away from their enchanting, liquid grace, and in that instant the monsters ravaging the festival were gone.
Vyrn: Lord have mercy...
Lyria: It's so... so beautiful...
For a single moment, all was silence.
The crowd quickly regained their composure, breaking out in ear-splitting cheers.
Gayne: Well color me impressed! Who knows when you'll hear applause like THAT again...
Helnar: Haha! Aw, shucks! You hear that? I think they're asking us for an encore? How about it?
Gayne: Don't get the wrong idea, mister. Your name is still mud...
Gayne: But you know, when we dance together... There's really no place I'd rather be. So sure. Just this once...
Helnar: Hold it! I'll let you finish, but there's something I need to tell you...
Helnar: I, er... I realize how much I let you down now... You're my partner, Gayne... my only partner. So, uh...
Helnar: Please... could you give me one more chance? We promised each other when we were kids that we'd be world famous. I want to see that happen!
Gayne: Oh, Helnar... me, too...
Mr. Oblivious: Hey! Mr. Helnar! You wanted to party with those dancers, right? Everything's up and running!
Helnar: That's strange. I don't believe I've ever seen you before in my life. Sure you don't got the wrong guy?
Mr. Oblivious: What? Surely you're joking? You are Mr. Helnar, aren’t you? The same Mr. Helnar who told me to gather, and I quote, “the finest jewels among dancers”?
Helnar: Okay, okay! Just. Stop. Talking! I’m begging you!
Helnar: Gayne... it's not what it sounds like, I swear! I did it before I knew you were here, okay? You gotta believe me... don't you?!
Gayne: I think I've heard enough. All right, everyone!Let’s get back to the ship and leave this... man... to his precious jewels.
Vyrn: So much for making up... You all right, Helnar?
Lyria: H-hey! You alright?! Helnar! (Captain)! Do you think you can carry Helnar? I don't think Gayne is going to wait for us!
Just as it seemed Gayne and Helnar had finally patched things up, a man with an exceptionally poor sense of timing brought it all crashing back down.
But still the journey went on. Perhaps time would heal all wounds. Of course, that's a big perhaps.