Snow Queen of Summer Sea
Izmir's body is weakening because she has no outlet for her ice magic, but she hides this from the crew. With summer vacation around the corner, she fights through her pain in order to make the most of her time on the beach with her crewmates.
There's a cave in a snowy mountain that remains perpetually frozen. The appointed guardian of this cave is a woman named Izmir.
Given the moniker snow queen by nearby villagers, they placed a bounty on her head. The crew took this request, and that's how they first met the snow queen.
Izmir: I saw the fear in your eyes and saved you from those monsters...
But perhaps you didn't want my help?
The snow queen was responsible for freezing anything that drew near the ice cave, earning the fear of the villagers.
In actuality conversing with the snow queen reveals not an icy terror, but a kind, pure-hearted woman.
Izmir: You're the first ones. Ever since that person passed away, you're the first ones to heed my request.
Izmir: And that's why... I'll let you live.
Although she dislikes the cold, her duty keeps her bound to the mountain, never knowing the world outside. She is alone.
What keeps her going is the need to fulfill a promise she made to a certain important person.
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?
(Captain) isn't sure what to make of this woman who wishes to join the crew while simultaneously safeguarding her promise.
But it's clear to (Captain) that refusing this woman who has nowhere else to turn to is impossible.
Izmir: Oh, well thank you. You're so kind. I like that.
And so Izmir finds a new home aboard the Grandcypher.
It turns out that Izmir is a name of destiny—a name that is bestowed upon the one chosen to protect the ice cave.
Her real name is Larana, though only (Captain), Lyria, and Vyrn know this.
And despite the ice magic she possesses and the title of Izmir conferred to her, she is simply a normal person.
Izmir: Huff... Huff... Nngh!
The sun has yet to rise, though daybreak is approaching. Izmir groans distressfully in her sleep.
Tears stream from her closed eyes, freezing into droplets half way down her cheeks before breaking off onto the bed.
Izmir: Huff... Huff...
Izmir silently clutches her shoulders with both arms in a desperate attempt to prevent ice from shooting out of her body.
Izmir: Huff... This is exactly what happened to that person...
Izmir: Ungh... If I don't use my ice magic, my body will become nothing more than my coffin.
Izmir: Huff... Huff...
Without an outlet for the ice magic accumulating inside her, Izmir's body is slowly crystallizing from the inside out.
Izmir: I have to go back... to my sanctuary...
Izmir: Huff... Huff...
Vyrn: Nice one! Hehe! Good to know you've got our backs, Winter Wondergirl!
Lyria: Yeah! And we want to help you protect what's important to you.
Izmir: Vyrn... Lyria... (Captain)...
Izmir: For just... a bit longer...
Izmir: I want to stay here...
Izmir: I'm sorry... (Captain)...
Lyria: Good morning, Vyrn! (Captain)!
Vyrn: Mornin'! You're up already—
Vyrn: Brrr! Why'd it get so cold?
Izmir: Good morning, everyone...
Vyrn: Hey, Winter Wondergirl! It's super chilly! Your face is all blue too... You all right?
Izmir: I couldn't sleep, but it's nothing to concern yourselves with. I'm fine.
Lyria: Well, if you say so. You know you can always talk to us if something's bothering you.
The changes to Izmir's body occurred some time after she joined the crew.
Living with skyfarers is quite different from living alone on a snowy mountain, and the opportunities for venting her ice magic are few and far between.
However, she keeps this all to herself so as not to scare off her compatriots.
One day (Captain) makes an announcement.
Carren: We're vacationing in Auguste this year? Woo-hoo!
Korwa: I haven't been to Auguste in forever! I'm looking forward to stretching out on the beach once I get all my work done.
Everyone in the crew delights at (Captain)'s choice of this year's vacation destination.
Carren: If we're talking Auguste beaches, that means we gotta get our swimsuits ready! I wanna wear a cute bikini!
Izmir: Auguste? Swimsuits?
Carren: Swimsuits are outfits that you wear for hanging out at the beach! Oh, this'll be your first time, right?
Izmir: Yes... My first time to the sea...
Korwa: Auguste is a tropical island. The heat goes without saying, but it's a place where even the people and everything else are burning with zest.
Izmir: A place of warmth... How wonderful... I'd like to see the sea too.
Korwa: Then I'll take extra care in designing a swimsuit that's perfect for you! I hope you'll like it.
Izmir: Thank you, Korwa.
And so the long-awaited day finally arrives.
(Captain) and company rush to Venera Beach as soon as the Grandcypher touches down on Auguste.
Izmir: Mmm... Hot...
Izmir: So this is Auguste...
(Captain)'s eyes are transfixed on Izmir, dressed in Korwa's tailor-made swimsuit.
Izmir: Hm? What is it, (Captain)?
Choose: You're stunning!
- You're stunning!
- So cute!
Izmir: Huh, wha? You think I'm stunning? Thank you.
Izmir: I think you're great too, (Captain). You're... scorching.
Izmir: But could you maybe not look at me with such intensity? It's a little embarrassing...Choose: So cute!
Izmir: Cute? I guess I'll allow that if it's coming from you.
Izmir: Hehe... Thank you. It makes me feel warm inside.
Izmir: But the cute one is you, (Captain). Not to mention lovely and sweet.Continue 1
Dude 1: Dude, check her out.
Dude 2: Holy... She doesn't belong among us, man. She's a goddess!
Dude 1: Somethin' 'bout her's different. Like, divine, you know?
Izmir's snow-white presence is not something oft seen on the shores of Auguste.
Her overwhelming aura turns heads, but none are courageous enough to do more than whisper.
Vyrn: Ugh! I bet these people are gossiping about Winter Wondergirl!
Lyria: They're all looking at Larana...
Lyria: Gasp! Could they be trying to get a date with her?
Vyrn: Just ignore 'em! We're too busy having fun!
Carren: Hey! What are you slowpokes doing? We rented the yacht! Get on already!
Lyria: Oops! Let's go, Larana!
Izmir: Yes, let's enjoy ourselves!
Giving the glances and whispers the cold shoulder, Izmir instead focuses on the exciting memories that will be created on this vacation.
She sets sail on the high seas with her trusty friends.
A Midsummer Night's Freeze
(Captain) and company are having a blast being pulled through the water by trained sea creatures, but Izmir starts to feel woozy soon after. She insists that she's fine, adding that she simply needs a quick break.
Swimmy Wrangler: Now hold on tightly, everyone!
Vyrn: My body is ready!
Izmir: Like this?
(Captain) and company are floating in their inflatable swim tubes. Their hearts beat faster and faster as they're about to be taken for a ride by swimmies.
Swimmy Wrangler: Good, good! Remember not to loosen that grip! And awaaay you go!
Vyrn: Hehe! Go easy on us!
Lyria: Nice to meet you, Mr. Swimmy!
Water sprays every which way as the swimmies suddenly lurch forth into the waves.
The crew is yanked along behind them, their inner tubes hopping and skipping across the water's surface.
Vyrn: Yaahooo! Awesome!
While the swimmies swim happily, the riders continue to be pelted with sea water as they hold on for dear life.
The swimmies pick up speed, and the inner tubes smack the water even harder. The riders are having a blast.
Vyrn: Ahahaha! What a splash!
Lyria: Whoa! I feel like I'm slipping! Larana!
Izmir: Are you okay, Lyria? Hang on to me.
Swimmy Wrangler: Oho? You're pretty good, miss. All right, time to show you what these guys can really do!
With a flick of the trainer's finger, the swimmies accelerate even faster.
The burst in speed throws the inner tubes up wildly into the air before crashing back down on the whitecaps.
Vyrn, Lyria, and (Captain) give everything they have to keep from slipping into the sea.
But Izmir has expertly maintained her balance on this thrilling ride since the very beginning. She soaks up the delightful experience.
Izmir: Aah, that was entertaining.
Lyria: I was trying so hard not to fall off at the end there!
Vyrn: Geez, that trainer guy and his swimmies were going overboard!
Vyrn: He saw how much fun Winter Wondergirl was having and thought he'd push it to the extreme!
Izmir: How thrilling. And you were all just lovely out there—
Vyrn: Uh... Something wrong?
Lyria: Are you okay, Larana? Do you feel sick?
Izmir: No, I think I might have gotten just a little too jubilant, that's all. I think I'll go sit down for a spell.
A Midsummer Night's Freeze: Scene 2
As the crew tends to Izmir, they hear about a heat endurance contest in which the winner gets to take home a bonito. Izmir enters the contest, battling the heat as the crew cheers her on.
Izmir: The sea is a mysterious place...
Lyria: Larana! I bought drinks for us!
Lyria: Do you want the Blue Auguste or the coconut smoothie?
Izmir: Thanks, Lyria. Either one's fine with me, so you pick first.
Lyria: Oh, okay then! Hm... I think I'll have the Blue Auguste!
Izmir: All right. You can have a sip of the smoothie if you want.
Lyria: Can I? Yay!
Vyrn: Are you feeling any better now, Winter Wondergirl?
Izmir: Yes, much better.
Vyrn: From now on you gotta balance fun and rest while you're out in this heat!
Izmir: Haha... You're right. Thank you, Vyrn and Lyria. And you as well, (Captain).
Vyrn: By the way, the juice lady told us about an event going on right now at a beach bungalow!
Vyrn: The winner gets to take home a bonito! We were just talking about whether we should join!
Izmir: What kind of event is it?
Vyrn: We don't know actually. Wanna head over and check it out?
Izmir: Okay, let's go.
Vyrn: "You will be locked in a room and made to withstand the blazing heat..." So it's an endurance challenge?
Lyria: That's an incredible challenge! Only the strongest can tough it out. I don't think we can compete in this!
(Captain) and the others are not prepared to tackle this competition. They are about to give up on taking the challenge.
Izmir: I like the sound of it.
Lyria: Huh? Don't tell me you're planning on participating, Larana!
Izmir: Yes, I'd like to give it a try.
Promoter: Time's running out to join Auguste's famed Beat the Heat challenge! All aspiring hotshots form a line here!
Izmir: I'll be back with the bonito.
Vyrn: Whoa! You were being serious?
Summer Macho: This where I sign-up? That bonito's as good as mine!
Ayer: I don't know how you can deal with the damn heat.
Any version of Ayer
is a crew member
Wait, is that Ayer? You're signing up too?
Ayer: Nah, I just came out here for a swim. Catch ya later—
Summer Macho: Hahaha! Yeah, a bag o' bones like you would be burned to a crisp, am I right?
Ayer: What was that?
Summer Macho: We sculpted these hard bodies through sheer will for the sake of enduring this hell, brah! If you ain't got the physique, you can't conquer the peak! Gahaha!
Ayer: Sculpted, huh...
Ayer: Yeah, I can tell you're ripped I guess. Don't know if they're just for show though.
Summer Macho: Huh? Hey, punk. You'd better watch what you're saying.
Ayer: What. You know what I'm getting at, don't you? I said that for your benefit.
Summer Macho: You think you're funny? Wussies always bark the loudest. A gutless-punk like you was right to stay out of this challenge.
Ayer: Heh. If that's how you want to play it, I'll throw down.
Ayer: But if all you did was sculpt yourself for this, then I guess you don't got the guts either, right?
Summer Macho: Ugh... You'll pay for this, dirtbag!
Vyrn: Don't push yourself too hard in there!
Lyria: I want you to throw in the towel the second you feel uncomfortable, okay?
Izmir: Hehe. You're both such worrywarts. I know what I'm doing. I'll be fine.
Izmir's fiery zeal is too hot for (Captain) and the others to handle.
They go outside and cheer her on from there.
Izmir keeps to herself, but she clearly sticks out a like sore thumb amongst the burly male competitors.
Izmir: Aah... Hot...
Soriz: Hoho! I spy a beautiful woman thrown into this muscle tank!
Soriz: You're a rarity to be joining this challenge! Gahaha!
Izmir: Good afternoon to you...
Izmir: I signed up to win the bonito so that I could have a barbecue with (Captain) and the others.
Soriz: Interesting. You wanna be the champ? But I'm here too, and I ain't gonna lose to you.
Izmir: I see. Well, think whatever you like to get through this because in the end, I'll be the victor.
Soriz: Ooh, you're a tough one! Hits me hard, right in the chest!
Summer Macho: Hehe... I'm still cool as a cucumber.
Summer Macho: You're exhausted, aren't you?
Summer Macho: Why not call it quits if you can't take the heat?
Summer Macho: Grrr! You know how annoying it is getting the silent treatment? Show some spunk, you little punk!
Ayer: Shut up. Wussies always bark the loudest. And you know it.
Summer Macho: Screw you!
Ayer: Do you even get what this challenge is all about?
Ayer: It's about having the discipline to keep your lips zipped. That means no yapping and no barking.
Summer Macho: You son of a... I'll... make you regret this later!
The heat rages on, and each challenger employs his or her own methods for getting through this test of will and endurance.
A Midsummer Night's Freeze: Scene 3
Izmir can stand the heat no longer, releasing her ice magic which flash freezes the entire contest venue. Some time later Carren comes over and drags Izmir away to play a game of volleyball.
As the endurance challenge continues, it becomes harder and harder to withstand the heat.
Summer Macho: Nngh...
Summer Macho: Rrrgh...
Promoter: Aaand the macho is out!
Ayer: Heh. Score one for me...
Any version of Ayer
is a crew member
Oh no! Hang in there, Ayer!
Challengers drop left and right, leaving only two stalwart warriors: Soriz and Izmir.
Soriz: Hngh! Hngh!
Vyrn: Something doesn't look right about Winter Wondergirl.
Lyria: I think you're right! Please don't overdo it!
Izmir: (This is bad... I can't lose control at a time like this...)
The ice magic that Izmir had kept suppressed begins to stir.
Izmir: Huff... Huff...
Izmir: I can't take it anymore...
The bungalow where the challenge is taking place is frozen in a flash.
Izmir: Huff... Huff...
Soriz: Achoo! What is this insanity?
Promoter: Aaah! An ice witch! An ice witch snuck in!
The promoter runs screaming from the iced-over building.
Vyrn: What the heck happened in there, Izmir?
Izmir: I'm sorry. I couldn't suppress my ice magic any longer.
Lyria: Ice magic?
Soriz: Oh! It's
ice to meet such a chilling lady! Gahaha!
Promoter: My beach bungalow is now an igloo...
Izmir: I'm sorry about that. My ice doesn't melt very easily...
Promoter: Ack! Ice witch! P-please don't ice me too! Spare meee!
Vyrn: Oh, come on! Winter Wondergirl wasn't tryin' to scare you!
Izmir: Wait, Vyrn.
Izmir faces the frozen beach bungalow and waves her hands.
Lyria: Gasp! Snow?
Vyrn: What're you doing, Izmir? You're just making things colder—
Beachgoer 1: Whoa! Is it snowing? In the summer?
Promoter: Huh? Um, huh?
Vyrn: Looks like people are coming to check it out.
Soriz: Yahaaah! Snow falls in Auguste!
Soriz: This is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
News of the iced beach bungalow spreads like wildfire, and people flock to see it.
Beachgoer 2: Is it an ice bar? That place looks jumpin'! Is it open yet?
Promoter: So that's what you were up to!
Izmir: I think you can let me off the hook with this, yes?
Promoter: Er, actually there's nothing to forgive you for. I was the one who was wrong!
Promoter: Welcome, welcome! How many people are in your party today?
Vyrn: Whew... Izmir made it out of that jam like a boss.
Izmir: Mm... Mmm... This is delicious. What is it?
Lyria: Grilled squid! I thought you'd like it! There's yakisoba here too!
Vyrn: We've been out and about since morning! I'm starving!
Izmir: This yakisoba is so rich in flavor... What a delightful treat.
Vyrn: Hey, (Captain)! Can I have some grilled corn on the cob?
After leaving behind the icy beach bungalow, (Captain) and company arrive back at Siero's beach house.
Charlotta: Ah, I see this is where Izmir and the rest of you have been staying.
Charlotta: The sea is a mysterious place. I was totally absorbed in the fun of it all, and now I need a break.
Izmir: Yes, the sea certainly is mysterious.
Carren: Heya, (Captain)! Oh, you guys are all here too!
Carren: Get this! I heard they're holding a Flower of Light Festival tonight!
Izmir: Flower of Light?
Carren: Yep! They stuff shells with gunpowder and launch 'em into the sky!
Vyrn: Then they explode into beautiful flowers of light.
Carren: You interested? C'mon, you guys, let's all go watch it tonight!
Izmir: Mm, I'd like to see these flowers of light.
Charlotta: My, that corn on the cob smells scrumptious, Vyrn. I think I'll have one as well!
Izmir: This yakisoba is very good too. Would you like a bite, Charlotta?
Charlotta: You're fine with sharing? Well then, don't mind if I do!
Carren: Ooh, I'm hungry too...
Carren: No, no, no!
Carren: I didn't come here to eat! I came to invite everyone to a game of beach volleyball!
Carren: You're playing too, Izmir! The others are waiting for us!
Izmir: I don't know if I'll be any good...
Carren: It's easy! Trust me, it'll be fun! Let's go already!
Carren takes Izmir by the hand, and they both run off into the sand.
Lyria: We'll join them as soon as we finish eating!
Charlotta: I'll play too!
Friends spending time together in good health and good company. These are the moments Izmir lives for.
A Midsummer Night's Freeze: Scene 4
As fireworks light the night, Izmir's ice magic intersperses with the spectacle—memories of the day's events are reflected in the snowflakes. This is her gift to the crew for showing her a fun-filled summer.
Lyria: It's so pretty!
Vyrn: Got that right.
Each crew member's face brightens, then dims, then brightens again and again as they gaze up at the splendor in the night sky.
Izmir: What a loud bang...
The booms and shockwaves of the exploding flowers echo through Izmir's body.
Izmir: It's a bit alarming at first, but then the dreadfulness gives way to beauty.
Izmir: It's like I'm dreaming...
The impact of this first-time experience is one that Izmir will remember for the rest of her life.
Izmir: I'm glad I was able to create such powerful memories that are burned into my head.
Izmir: I couldn't be happier.
She waves her hands as the next batch of flowers fly up high into the air.
Vyrn: That's amazing! You can copy memories into ice?
Lyria: The flowers of light are being projected in the ice! It's so beautiful!
Izmir: These are my thoughts. My ice magic and I are one and the same.
Lyria: That's the coconut smoothie! It was so sweet!
Izmir: Yes, it was very sweet.
Vyrn: And those are the swimmies that pulled us around! That sure was freaky!
Izmir: Hehe... It was a thrilling experience.
Izmir: Vyrn... Lyria...
Izmir: Thank you for showing me how much warmth this precious world has to offer.
Izmir: And thank you, (Captain), for these wonderful memories.
Izmir: Splashing around in the water, enjoying a meal with everyone... I'll never forget this day.
Vyrn: Why you gotta make it sound like it's over?
Lyria: Vyrn's right! Our vacation's only just begun!
Vyrn: Yeah! You've still got space in your head for more mementos! I wonder what we'll do tomorrow...
Lyria: Hmm, I wonder...
Lyria: Ooh, look! The lights really look like flowers now!
Izmir: They're truly breathtaking...
Izmir's eyes well up with tears, but she's smiling.
The small beads of ice dotting the sand don't escape (Captain)'s sharp eyes.
Choose: Laugh if you're having fun.
- Laugh if you're having fun.
- We'll pack your head with memories.
Izmir: Heh... Yes, you're right.
Izmir: I'm having the time of my life. Thank you, (Captain).Choose: We'll pack your head with memories.
Izmir: Yes... Thank you, (Captain).Continue 1
The normally quiet skies over Auguste rock with delight as the flowers of light continue to bloom.