(Captain) and company climb an icy mountain to vanquish the snow queen but are soon surrounded by monsters. The girl who saves them turns out to be Izmir, a misunderstood sorceress and the alleged snow queen, who sees their kindness and asks to join them.
Vyrn: Wow... This place is covered with snow!
Lyria: It feels like we're in a fairy tale! You could get lost in all this snow!
(Captain) and the crew stand before a silvery mountain, admiring its beauty.
The snow continues to fall upon the mountain. It fills the air with silence and creates a majestic white landscape.
Having accepted a mission from the nearby village, the crew begins to make its way up the mountain.
Lyria: Umm... Okay, so we have to take care of the ice blocking the way up the mountain. And we have to get rid of the snow queen.
Lyria: I get the part about the ice, but who exactly is this snow queen they're talking about?
Vyrn: Huh? It's a person? If we're supposed to get rid of her, are you sure she isn't a monster or some kinda creature?
Lyria: You think so?
Vyrn: No clue. But if we look for her, I'm sure we'll find her! Let's start by lookin' for those ice blocks she made!
Vyrn: Ow! The heck? What's the deal with this ice?
Lyria: Aah! Vyrn, are you okay?
Giant blocks of ice impede the crew's path. Looking ahead, the crew sees that the road is littered with tons of other ice blocks.
Vyrn: Ow... Everything in front of us is so covered in snow that I couldn't even see! Hey, wait a sec. Isn't this the ice the villagers were talking about?
Vyrn: And look at this thing! There's a monster frozen inside!
Lyria: Oh, wow! How did it get like this? Could this be the work of the snow queen?
Lyria: They said that the snow queen uses her powers of ice and snow to instill fear in others. Looks like she even freezes monsters right in their tracks!
Vyrn: They also said she appears in front of men and kisses them. Then they become frozen solid! The sound of this woman gives me the creeps!
Vyrn: Monsters? Where'd all these come from? There's too many!
It seems that in the midst of the blinding snow, a horde of monsters has snuck up on (Captain) and company.
Standing at Lyria's back, (Captain) barely manages to fight off the monsters when they suddenly hear a voice.
???: Red Blast.
Vyrn: What the?
Out of nowhere shards of ice fly in, instantly obliterating the wave of monsters.
Vyrn: W-who did that?
Vyrn: Over there!
A woman appears before the crew. With pale skin and hair the color of snow, she is the true embodiment of all that is winter.
Without so much as lifting an eyebrow, she turns her frozen gaze toward the crew.
???: Dear me... You look shocked. It seems I'm the woman you've been looking for. I hope I've adequately given you the creeps.
Vyrn: What? That was you just now?
???: Hello there. Were you referring to... this?
With that the woman gives a flick of the wrist, showering down icicles before the crew.
Vyrn: That power! Are you the snow queen?
(Captain) and the crew draw their weapons in preparation for a fight.
???: How rude. Now you've made me sad... and angry.
The woman bares her feelings of malice toward the crew. Unsure of what she'll do next, the crew has no choice but to remain on guard.
???: I saw the fear in your eyes and saved you from those monsters...
But perhaps you didn't want my help?
Vyrn: What? You... uh... saved us?
Confused, Vyrn and (Captain) look at each other.
Vyrn: Oh, sorry. I guess we were just a little paranoid. Thanks for the help!
Lyria: S-sorry that we were afraid of you. We were just startled by what had happened...
???: In any case, what are you doing here? I suppose I don't have to sacrifice you just yet...
Vyrn: We're, uh, a crew! We came up here to take care of some business.
Vyrn: Y-yeah. We're supposed to get rid of some ice blocks and a snow qu—
I mean, just doin' some ice removal! Isn't that right, (Captain)?
???: Someone asked you to come here? It wouldn't happen to be those villagers from the foot of the mountain, would it?
???: I see. Those villagers will go to any length to take my home away. How very... infuriating.
Vyrn: Uh, about that. Who are you exactly? And what are you doing up here?
???: I am Izmir. And what am I doing here? Well, I live here.
Vyrn: You live here? So that makes you...
Izmir: Makes me what?
Vyrn: Uh, nothing. Never mind.
So what's the deal with those frozen monsters?
Izmir: So many questions...
Izmir: They were making a ruckus. They were also going to run amok and clutter up my home.
Izmir: So I cast my spell and whoosh! I froze them.
Vyrn: You froze them?
Izmir: And you... You came here to fulfill your mission, I take it.
Vyrn: It's not a mission, really. I mean, it's just this little thing we've gotta take care of.
Izmir: Well, I'm afraid this is my home.
Izmir: And I can't allow you to get rid of those ice blocks. You understand, don't you?
Izmir: That being the case, it looks like there's nothing further for you to do here. You're all exempt from being sacrificed, so now you can go out and enjoy the long lives ahead of you.
Vyrn: Oy, oy... That's easy for you to say.
Vyrn: But if we just agree and go home, we'd be going back on our word! It'd hurt our reputation!
Izmir: My, how troubling. Do you intend to further intrude?
Vyrn: Intrude? Not exactly...
Vyrn: Huh? What's that light?
Izmir: It's nothing. Now, time for you to go.
Vyrn: Hey, that ain't no natural phenomenon!
Looking behind Izmir, the crew sees the entrance to a cave. A strange light emitting from within it grabs their attention.
The crew attempts to get a better look at it and begins to move forward.
Izmir: If you take another step, I'll be forced to destroy you.
In an instant Izmir fills the air with a violent aura, causing the earth to shake below them. She hurls a wave of icicles right at their feet.
Vyrn: What's your deal? First you save us, and now you're tryin' to hurt us? Geez. Get ready for a fight, (Captain)!
(Captain) quickly unsheathes their weapon and points it directly at Izmir.
Izmir: Rotten scoundrels. You barge into my territory.
Izmir: You treat me as a villain and try to take my treasure.
Vyrn: Wait, but...
Izmir: And now you say I'm the one causing trouble? Why are you doing this? It makes me sad, though I don't understand why.
Izmir: I don't understand at all. I'm just keeping a promise I made so long ago.
As she mutters her frustrations, Izmir creates a massive block of ice directly above the crew.
Vyrn: Hey, look out!
Lyria: But... Izmir looks so happy all of a sudden!
Lyria: Izmir, wait! We didn't know there was something important in there!
Lyria: What in the world is it? What could be making you feel so sad?
Izmir: My treasure is in there. That's why I want you to stay away from it.
Lyria: Okay, we understand! We won't go near it! So please, stop looking so sad!
Vyrn: We were wrong! We'll stay away from it! Just calm down, all right?
Izmir considers their response for a moment. She then dissipates the ice block above them, scattering it into a thousand snowflakes.
Izmir: You're the first ones. Ever since that person passed away, you're the first ones to heed my request.
Lyria: That person?
Izmir: And that's why... I'll let you live.
Lyria: Whew, that's a relief. Thank you!
Izmir: But you came here to get rid of me, didn't you? I must say, you're all very strange.
Vyrn: Are you saying you knew about our mission here?
Izmir: Dear me... Were you trying to hide it? Sorry I didn't play along, but you can't exactly hide that from me.
Izmir: You should also know that it's not the first time someone has pointed a blade at me. Though it does make me sad to say so.
Lyria: Oh Izmir...
Vyrn: We weren't exactly thinking of doing away with you! We didn't even know who or what the snow queen was.
Vyrn: We were just hopin' to do something about those ice blocks.
Izmir: But those people won't give up so easily. They will act like fools until there is nothing left. And that what's truly terrifying.
Izmir: You have to take my life. Either that, or...
Izmir stands there for a moment, as if devising a plan.
Izmir: Skyfarers. The snow queen those villagers are referring to must be me. If you let me go, you would surely fail your mission.
Izmir: But if you brought me with you...
Well, you could say you captured me. That counts as a success, does it not?
Vyrn: Oy, oy, oy. What are you talkin' about? You're supposed to stay here and protect that thing, aren't ya?
Izmir: I have, in some small way, performed my task. So then will you take me with you at least until your next mission is complete? No?
Choose: You are always welcome here.
- You are always welcome here.
- Weren't you about to crush us?
Izmir: Wow... Well, that... pleases me.
Vyrn: This girl can hardly take a compliment.Choose: Weren't you about to crush us?
Izmir: If you wouldn't have gotten so close to my treasure then none of that would have happened, believe me.
Lyria: Well, you did save us from those monsters before anything else happened! I believe you!
Vyrn: She's right. And if we just let her go, we'd be letting those villagers down. I say we give her a chance!Continue 1
Vyrn: So it's decided! We wouldn't want to hurt you anyway.
Izmir: Oh, well thank you. You're so kind. I like that.
Vyrn: What? M-me?
Izmir: It was very nice of you all to heed another one of my requests. I like... all of you.
Lyria: I like you too, Izmir! We're going to have so much fun together!
Izmir: Yes. I look forward to it.
Vyrn: Oh, that's what you were talking about. You had me goin' for a sec.
Though they don't fully know her story, (Captain) and the crew see that Izmir is a good person underneath it all. And so they decide to take her in as one of their own.
The Icy Smile
The crew takes a job hauling lava stones in the Valtz Duchy, where they become concerned over Izmir's fatigue from the heat. The tides turn, however, as Izmir protects them from incoming monsters. But she takes things too far and (Captain) has to step in.
The crew takes a job hauling lava stones in the Valtz Duchy. They commence their work at a mine near the source of the flow.
The air is filled with intense heat and steam that ruptures up from below.
Merely standing in the mine slowly saps the crew's vigor away.
Izmir: Ah... It's so hot...
Vyrn: Hm? What's wrong? Are you feeling okay there, Winter Wondergirl?
Izmir drifts slowly behind the crew, panting in the intense heat.
Lyria: Maybe Izmir can't handle the heat! It's tough for us too, after all!
Vyrn: Yeah, maybe you're right! She might not be the snow queen, but she looks like she's gonna melt!
Vyrn: Hey, Winter Wondergirl! You can leave the rest to us and head back to the ship!
Izmir: What a delightful feeling. My fingertips, they're... tingling. Hehe.
Brushing the crew's concerns aside, Izmir continues to stare at her fingertips with a smile plastered on her face.
Lyria: Huh? She looks completely fine.
Vyrn: Yeah. She actually looks happy. Like she's excited or something.
No longer concerned, the crew decides to let Izmir be.
Vyrn: Heave! All right, let's put this one on the cart.
Just as (Captain) lifts the red-hot lava stone, a monster suddenly appears and approaches menacingly.
Monster: Graw, graw!
Vyrn: Huh? Oh no! (Captain) has their hands full!
Lyria: Oh no! If (Captain) drops that lava stone, it'll—
Izmir: Red Blast.
Izmir: No one's going to ruin my fun.
Vyrn: Nice one! Hehe! Good to know you've got our backs, Winter Wondergirl!
Izmir continues to blast the area with ice.
Izmir: Red Blast.
Lyria: Wow! Your ice is covering everything! It's actually getting kind of cold...
Vyrn: Yikes! (Captain), we gotta jump in and help before she freezes this whole place!
The Icy Smile: Scene 2
With their mission behind them, the crew goes for dinner before leaving the Valtz Duchy. Izmir decides to order an unusually spicy item, which stirs up a ruckus in the tavern. This ultimately upsets the shopkeeper, forcing Izmir to cool things down.
Izmir: Have I... caused trouble for everyone?
Vyrn: Well, everything still turned out okay.
Lyria: That's right! Hehe. You've saved us again, Izmir!
Izmir: I see. Well, that's good. Being able to help the crew makes me... happy.
Izmir: And it was such exhilarating work.
Despite the minor setback, the crew is able to prevent the mine from freezing and complete their mission.
Lyria: There are some seats in here!
Before heading back to the ship and leaving the Valtz Duchy, the crew decides to go for dinner.
Izmir: I've never been to a place like this.
With a look of excitement and wonder, Izmir glances around the tavern.
Vyrn: There sure are lots of things you've never seen, Winter Wondergirl! You were livin' on that mountain though, so I guess that makes sense!
Izmir: Hehe. Hey, you be nice.
Lyria: Yeah, Vyrn! Be nice.
Vyrn: I wasn't tryin' to be mean! Eh, whatever. Anyway, what do you wanna eat?
(Captain) hands Izmir the menu, and she soon points to something.
Izmir: I'll have... this.
Looking at the menu, the crew sees that Izmir wants the restaurant's special Certain Death Chicken.
Vyrn: I've never heard of anything so crazy!
Lyria: Huh? Do you really want something that spicy?
Burly Shopkeeper: Hah hah hah! You sure you wanna eat that, miss? It's so hot, no one has ever even finished it before!
With their dinner choices decided, the brawny-looking shop owner approaches their table.
Burly Shopkeeper: What the? You're just a bunch of kids! Well, as long as you've got the rupies, you're welcome here! Hah hah!
Vyrn: Don't go mouthin' off! We're a crew! You can't talk down to us!
Burly Shopkeeper: Hey miss, I like the cut of your jib. How's about we make a wager on this meal?
Burly Shopkeeper: If you can finish this whole thing, I'll let you have it for free! But if you can't...
Burly Shopkeeper: Then you'll have to pay me a hundred thousand rupies!
The other customers overhear this wager, and soon the entire tavern erupts with energy.
Vyrn: What did you say? Hey, are you all right, Izmir?
But Izmir thinks nothing about what's happening around her. Neither Vyrn, nor the owner, nor the other patrons seem to faze her in the least.
Izmir: This is what I want.
Lyria: Are you sure?
Izmir: Yes. You see, I'm... very hungry.
Burly Shopkeeper: Tch. Heh heh, I gotcha. I'm lookin' forward to seeing your hoity–toity face turn red after you take a bite!
Burly Shopkeeper: Well, here ya go! If you think you can eat it, go ahead and give it a try! Don't go dying on me though!
Vyrn: Hey, what the heck is this! It looks like it's on fire!
Lyria: My mouth is on fire just looking at it.
Izmir: Time to eat.
And so Izmir begins to eat the fiery red food that barely resembles chicken.
The crew looks on in horror, but Izmir just sits there quietly enjoying her food.
Izmir: Hmm... Nom, nom... Mmm... Gulp.
Izmir: Ahh... This is good.
Izmir: Om nom. Mmm.
Burly Shopkeeper: Little miss, your face, it's...
The sound of Izmir's breathing and the color of her face attract the looks of the men in the tavern, who cannot help but turn their attention to her.
Realizing that everyone around is watching her, Izmir stops for a moment and smiles.
Izmir: Oh. Do you all want to try some too?
Vyrn: Huh? N-no, we're okay! My mouth is burning enough just from watching...
Lyria: Uh, yeah. I'm okay too.
Izmir: You sure? I guess I'll just eat it all then.
Vyrn: How does it taste?
Izmir: If I were to put it into words, I'd say it tastes... passionate, stimulating, and very... intriguing.
Vyrn: I have no clue what you're talking about, but as long as you're happy with it.
Izmir: Thank you for the food.
Burly Shopkeeper: She actually finished it! But no roughneck has ever even finished it before.
Lyria: That's amazing, Izmir!
Izmir: Amazing? What do you mean?
Vyrn: You're the first person that's ever finished that crazy dish! That's legendary!
Izmir: Oh, really? It wasn't even as spicy as I thought it would be.
Burly Shopkeeper: Unbelievable... Your senses must be broken or somethin'!
Vyrn: Hey, musclehead! I told you to watch your tongue!
Izmir: He must be very lonely. That's why he makes food like this.
Burly Shopkeeper: What did you say? And here I thought you were just some girl. If you're gonna talk like that, you better be ready for a fight!
The shopkeeper abruptly draws his saber.
Lyria: Calm down for a second! There's no need to—
Izmir: Step aside, Lyria.
Izmir: I can't stand hot-headed fools.
As Izmir mutters this, a cold smile draws upon her face.
The Icy Smile: Scene 3
As they return to the ship, Izmir opens up to the crew about her real name—Larana—and a person very important to her. But when pressed, she refuses to say more. Just when mixed feelings are lingering in the air, ice crystals and monsters from the mountain suddenly appear on deck.
Izmir responds to her foes by freezing the entire tavern.
Izmir: Looks like you aren't so hot now.
Burly Shopkeeper: Arg... You better remember this day.
Izmir: No. I don't think I will.
Izmir: People who are all talk make me... angry.
Soon after the battle ends, a crew of enforcers arrives on the scene to arrest the shopkeeper for multiple accounts of suspected fraud.
Lyria: Hehe. You look like you're in a good mood, Izmir.
Izmir: Well, we did go to a hot place. And we tried some stimulating cuisine. I'm very pleased.
Lyria: You mean you like things to be hot and spicy?
Izmir: Yes. Very much so.
Izmir: They all remind me of that person.
Lyria: That person?
Izmir smiles and considers her next words carefully.
Izmir: Someone who gave me... so many things.
Izmir: There were once despicable people that gave me a terrible name. They made me... angry.
Izmir: But that person made that name into something good. They made it into something to be proud of.
Izmir: Until then, no one had ever made me smile before. But that someone could and always called me by that name.
Lyria: Izmir, can I ask what your real name is?
Izmir: It's... Larana.
Izmir: Izmir is... my destined name, you could say.
Izmir: That someone... taught me everything with fervorous warmth and kindness, even showing me how to use my powers.
With a flick of her wrist, Izmir causes snowflakes to fall from the sky, cascading around the crew.
Izmir: They called me Izmir and showed me everything. How to fight... and how to protect myself.
Vyrn: Oh. We might not know much about you, but now we can start to see where you're comin' from.
Lyria: Larana, you were all alone on that mountain. Does that have something to do with that person?
Izmir: You know, Vyrn, Lyria, and (Captain)... I like that you're all so kind.
Izmir: But if I tell you any more, there will be no more reason for us to continue our journey.
Izmir flicks her wrist again and the snow suddenly stops.
Vyrn: You might be right.
Izmir: Don't be sad. It's not like I want to hide anything from you. It's just that... I made a promise.
The crew returns to the ship, but an unpleasant air lingers among them.
Vyrn: Hey, something's coming toward us!
The crew gazes upon the deck, where ice crystals have begun to pour down silently.
Vyrn: That ice looks just like Winter Wondergirl's!
Seeing this, Izmir's expression changes and she begins to rush toward the ice.
Izmir: Agh! Are you going to follow me everywhere? Be gone!
Lyria: How did the mountain beasts get here?
Vyrn: I'm not sure what's goin' on, but we gotta help fight those things off!
The Icy Smile: Scene 4
After defeating the monsters, Izmir approaches the core of the ice crystals and hears a mysterious voice. Despite its warning that both she and the ice cave are in danger, Izmir begs (Captain) and company to let her stay with them—to which they gladly accept.
Lyria: What's going on here?
Vyrn: Does this have something to do with that ice? Winter Wondergirl's got a funny look on her face too.
Just as the crew defeats the monsters, Izmir approaches the core of the ice.
Vyrn: What is that?
The crystals emit a powerful white light, encompassing the surrounding area.
Mysterious Voice: Larana. My dear child. The tranquility of the ice cave is threatened.
Mysterious Voice: You are in danger. You must... take the crystal.
With a bright flash, the mysterious voice disappears and a silence falls upon the deck.
Lyria: Was that...
Vyrn: That thing was talking to you, right? But what is the ice cave? Hey, hey, are you all right?
Vyrn looks at Izmir, who stands there with a blank look upon her face.
Lyria: Um, Larana?
Izmir: Izmir is the name given to the protector of the ice cave.
Vyrn: So does that make you the protector of that place?
Izmir: Yes... It does.
Vyrn: That reminds me. When we met you, you said you were protecting something important. Was that thing the ice cave?
Izmir: Everyone, please... Let me continue traveling with you, even for just a little longer.
Vyrn: But wasn't that thing sayin' you have to get back or you'll be in danger?
Izmir: Vyrn, please. Don't say any more. All I ask is that you let me stay here a little bit longer.
Izmir: I put you in danger... and I apologize for that.
Izmir: But I will always protect you. Even if I lose my life, I will protect you.
Izmir: So please... Just let me be here.
Izmir looks at the crew as they become filled with complicated feelings.
Vyrn: Sigh. Well, Winter Wondergirl. You're here with us now.
Vyrn: Of course you can stay! You don't have to ask us twice!
Lyria: I know there are things you can't talk about. But this crew is filled with all kinds of people like that!
Lyria: So whatever you're thinking of doing, just do it!
Vyrn: But don't think about throwing your life away! We'd get pretty mad at you if you did!
Lyria: Yeah! And we want to help you protect what's important to you.
Lyria: You don't need to worry anymore. Just stay here with us!
Hearing Vyrn and Lyria's kind words, a stream of tears begins to fall down Larana's face.
The crew begins to wonder why she lived alone on that snowy mountain for so long.
And they wonder what it is that drives her to pursue an adventure in the skies.
Larana reaches out her hand to (Captain), who grips it tightly.
Izmir: Thank you.
Larana smiles in her own way, her hand reminding (Captain) of the sensations of winter.