The Agents' Head Honcho
The island on which our heroes landed was quite far off the beaten path. There they met Herja, the top boss of an agent group. She'd once belonged to a family, a family consumed by their hunger for glory. They'd been scattered and Herja dreamed fiercely to one day see their faces again. She set out on a journey, hoping not for marriage but for strict discipline.
On one island, since time immemorial, each generation of the governing clan stood to inherit a cherished primal crystal.
The party had followed the rumor to an island. The welcome they found was less than gentle.
Iron Spear Agent 1: Oi! Hold it right there!
Vyrn: Hm? Not sure I like where this is going...
Vyrn: Aaah! What the hell are you doing?! Watch it with that thing!
Iron Spear Agent 1: Why you little! Nimble, aren't you! Stand still! Geez!
Vyrn: I'll stand still when you listen! We're not-
Iron Spear Agent 2: Why, you little- They day will never come when the mighty Iron Spear is bested by some lizard!
Vyrn: Aw, screw you! Who the hell are you calling a lizard?!
Herja: This seems to be quite the event... care to fill me in?
Iron Spear Agent 2: Ah! Sister Herja! We found these idiots trying to sneak into town.
Herja: Take a good look. The care they pay to their equipment... the abundant magical power...
Herja: If they wanted to break into town, we'd not have had much say in the matter.
Iron Spear Agent 2: !!!
Vyrn: Yup, yup... you got a good head on your shoulders, sister.
Herja: Dear travelers. Forgive my agents for their poor manners. I am Herja, commander of the Iron Spear.
Herja: We rarely see visitors on our little island.
Lyria: Oh... um! We heard that there might be a family here that knows about primal crystals...
Herja: . . !
Vyrn: Wait. Do you know something about that?
Herja: I believe the family you seek is none other than my own. But...
It seemed a storm cloud hung over Herja as she began to speak.
Herja's clan had not only nobility and history, but an unquenchable thirst for glory.
Herja's father had been their leader. No sooner had he died than the family descended into bloody chaos, squabbling over the inheritance. When the dust settled, they'd all been scattered to the four winds.
Herja: I'd been driven out at a young age. The only things I took with me were my father's lessons in the sword.
Herja: As to the legendary crystal? I can't say...
Lyria: Oh, my...
Herja: I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Vyrn: So... you've been on your own every since, huh?
Herja: Please. You need not look so glum. In time I found a new family. My agents...
Iron Spear Agent 1: !!! S-Sister Herja!
Iron Spear Agent 2: Ah... it's as the commander says. But that's all the more reason we understand.
Iron Spear Agent 2: You... don't you want to see your real family again, Sister?
Herja: I... well...
Lyria: I know! Maybe if we can find that crystal we can find your family...
Lyria: Would you come with us? I know I'd feel much better having you around!
Lyria: And you're not the only one who's trying to find someone.
Lyria: Right, (Captain)?
Choose: Lend us your strength
- Lend us your strength
- We'll find our families. Together.
Herja: I see... you... your family...Choose: We'll find our families. Together.
Herja: If you wouldn't mind... I'll be happy to join you!Continue 1
Vyrn: Awesome! That's what I like to hear! Let's head out! Get whatever you need and let's go!
Iron Spear Agent 1: Excuse me, travelers... I forgot to mention... sister Herja is quite, erm, strict in her training...
Herja: Thank you for waiting!
Vyrn: What?! Th-that's a lot of stuff...
Herja: Practice sword, training dummy, weights, and armor.
Herja: You want to be strong? Then train every day. My father taught me that. I'm sure you'll be joining me?
Vyrn: Hah... haha...(dang it, (Captain)...)
Herja's family in arms had gathered to see her off as she sailed with her new friends into the great, big sky.
From the tip of her sword to the depths of her heart, she hoped that on one of those islands her family would be waiting for her...
The Soft-Hearted Swordswoman
Herja acts as a mediator for the agents arguing in town. The agents are all Herja’s former agents. They argument flared up due to their repeated failures to hunt down monsters. (Captain) and company are suddenly roped in to help with the request. That was when the monsters appeared.
On the journey, (Captain) and company head to the island where monsters had started appearing close to the towns.
Vyrn: Hey! For a town that’s supposed to be threatened by monsters, it seems kind of peaceful, don’t you think?
Rackam: It’s not just monsters, but ruffians exist everywhere! Look at the town square.
Herja: It’s a fight... It seems that they are hired agents. I suppose they're among those who were hired to hunt the monsters in town.
Vyrn: Oh? How did you know they were agents?! I thought they were just a bunch of hooligans fighting!
Herja: I used to be like them. They're fighting amongst themselves...
Herja: Full grown men being a nuisance in public is shameful!
Rackam: Leave them alone! It’s best to not get involved... Hey, Herja!
Rackam: She’s gone... Gah. We have to go stop her, (Captain)!
Herja: You lot! Enough with the arguing. You’re causing trouble for the townsfolk.
Iron Spear Agent: What?! You don’t know what you’re talking about... What the...?! I-It’s you, H-Herja! M-Ma’am!
Herja: Oh my! Oh, it’s you guys. What happened? Why are you fighting here?
Iron Spear Agent: Well... We were tasked with hunting some monsters, but we ran into some trouble... And everyone is on edge...
Rackam: Say, (Captain)... Who is that lady? She managed to put down all those ruffians.
Vyrn: Umm... Herja is a former agent... Although I think she was originally of noble birth.
Rackam: Really? A former aristocrat on top of being a former agent. What’s her deal?! Well, to each their own, I guess.
Herja: I found out why they were fighting. They were arguing over why their monster hunting was not going well.
Herja: (Captain), I’m sorry, but would you please assist them in hunting the monsters?
Vyrn: Not a problem! (Captain) would never forsake your former buddies, Herja!
Herja: Thank you. Now let’s get started and find where the monsters are appearing.
Rackam: Looks like that won’t be necessary. The monsters are here on their own.
Iron Spear Agent: Hey... They got to the middle of the town! They’re not normal monsters! They’re terribly strong!
Herja: It’s fine. Leave it to (Captain) and it’ll be fine. You people go and help the townsfolk.
The Soft-Hearted Swordswoman: Scene 2
The party fended off the monsters attacking the town. In order to destroy the source, they head out to their nest deep in the forest. Finding the monsters nesting near the rocky area, (Captain) and company make a preemptive attack.
Herja: Still... If you can’t even defeat monsters of that caliber, have you been skipping your regular training?
Iron Spear Agent: Well... Ever since you left us, we just don’t feel motivated, ma’am.
Herja: What do you mean?! This is a good opportunity. I’ll train you all!
Iron Spear Agent: Hooray! We get to be trained by Herja! I’m so happy!
Rackam: What’s going on over there? They’re happy getting beat down by Herja... Wait, never mind that...
Rackam: Hey, (Captain)... That’s a monster that lives in the forest. If you don’t rid them of the source, they’ll just appear again.
Vyrn: Yeah. We’re already involved! So we might as well stamp out the monster’s nest anyway!
Vyrn: Sis! I think you should stop giving them pleasure for now, so we can go crush the monster’s nest!
Herja: Men. That’s enough for today. Do not skip out on your training from now on.
Iron Spear Agent: Yeah! Yes, ma’am!
Vyrn: Wow! They’re kind of horrible... (Captain)! Let’s hurry to the forest!
Herja: Looks like that rocky area is the nest of the monsters. The presence of the monsters has gotten much stronger.
Vyrn: This is terrible... It looks a lot more dangerous than I thought. Are you okay, (Captain)?
Herja: Knowing (Captain), you haven’t skipped training at all, so I’m not the least bit worried.
Vyrn: Haha! (Captain) is getting embarrassed!
Rackam: Crap... Hey, I keep up with my training, too! I-I’m serious! N-No need for extra training...
Herja: Haha. I’m not doubting you. I fully trust those who belong to the skyfarers.
Rackam: Y-Yeah! (I better train starting next time... )
Vyrn: Wahahahahahahahaha! It’s probably better if you get trained by Herja once, Rackam! I think it’ll be funny!
Vyrn: Uh-oh... Looks like the monsters spotted us. Launch a preemptive attack!
The Soft-Hearted Swordswoman: Scene 3
After destroying the monster’s den, the party returns to town. There, Rackam compliments Herja as she is well-respected by the agents. Reacting too much to Rackam’s words, Herja falls for him. Unfitting for her military prowess, she has the delicate heart of a maiden.
Vyrn: All done! Now the monsters won’t be appearing anymore.
Herja: I thank you, (Captain). I’m sure the men have learned their lesson and will now continue their regular training.
Iron Spear Agent: You were a big help... I don’t know how to thank you guys. We’ll never forget this!
Iron Spear Agent: To tell you the truth, we’re always worried about Herja... But if she’s with you, we’re okay with that!
Herja: What do you mean? I’ve never made you worry over me even once.
Iron Spear Agent: Well... We’re kind of like family to you. Of course we’d be worried.
Herja: Hah... I suppose. I’m the same.
Rackam: Really? She’s strong, loved by her subordinates, and never spares any effort.
Rackam: I’m so happy such a nice woman is on our side! Right?! (Captain)!
Herja: Nice... woman...? R-Rackam! Not in public! I don’t know how to react when you show your feelings like that...
Herja: Well, if you go that far... Rackam, I suppose I... Well...
Vyrn: Hmm? Something’s wrong with Herja! What’s happened?!
Herja: Oh, no... Having these impure thoughts will negatively affect my sword!
Herja: Rackam... I’m sorry, but stop chasing after me! It pains me, too! I-I’ll be returning to the now!
Rackam: Huh? What? She... what?!
Iron Spear Agent: Uh oh... That's her weakness! She has a soft heart and falls for people easily...
Iron Spear Agent: But it’s fine! She’ll cry out something about training, and once she starts swinging her sword, she'll forget about it in no time!
Rackam: Y-Yeah! Seriously...? It’s not like I let her get to me or anything! No, really!
(Captain) and company is seen off by the agents, and they return to Herja. There, Herja was swinging her sword, trying to rid herself of impure thoughts.
Herja’s heart of a maiden has run its course, and now she is back to normal.
Herja will fall in love again in the next town, but that’s a tale for another time.