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Quintessentially Katalina[edit source]
One day, the party witnesses a wedding ceremony in town. Watching the parade, Lyria casually asks Katalina if she has any interest in marriage, but Katalina chides her for acting so carefree in the circumstances. That night, while camped in a forest, the party comes under siege from an ambush of Imperial Soldiers. When Lyria is subsequently captured, the party attempt to rush after her.
One day, when stopping in town to replenish supplies, the party encountered a wedding procession.
Lyria: Wow! Look at that, Katalina! The bride looks so beautiful!
Katalina: Yeah, she does.
Katalina: Looks like they're going to cross in front of us. Let's wait on the side of the street.
The party waited and watched the procession, allowing it to pass in front of them.
Lyria: Hey, Katalina.
Katalina: Hmm? What is it?
Lyria: Have you ever thought of getting married?
Katalina: Eh? M-married? Me?
Lyria: Yeah! I was just thinking how well a dress would suit you…
Katalina: I… I don't think a dress would suit me much…
Choose: You'd look cute in one.
- You'd look cute in one.
- Invite me to your ceremony, OK?
Katalina: Wha? Cute, me?
Katalina: …look here. You shouldn't jest with adults like that!Choose: Invite me to your ceremony, OK?
Katalina: Ce-ceremony? As if! Do I look I'd have a partner?
Katalina: Honestly… Where do you come up with jokes like this?Continue 1
Vyrn: Heh heh. It's pretty rare to see you all flustered like this. Guess you have a soft side after all!
Katalina: A-Ahem. Vyrn. I'm hardly what you would call flustered.
Katalina: We're currently being targeted by the Empire. This surely isn't the time to be exchanging such idle chitchat about marriage.
Lyria: Um… Is it really "carefree"?
Katalina: Now now, let's not forget why we're here! Provisions! Provisions!
Lyria: …Oh! Wait a minute, Katalina!
In the middle of shopping, Lyria had stopped to look at a certain piece of armor on display in a shop front.
Lyria: Hey, Katalina! Why don't you try this armor on?
Katalina: Hm? Armor, huh? But we didn't come here for that today.
Lyria: I think it'd really suit you, though. What do you think, Vyrn?
Vyrn: Well, I guess the one she's wearing now does look a bit clunky…
Vyrn: If you had this armor, you might look a little more delicate!
Katalina: M-more "delicate"?
Katalina: Allow me to show you the elegant art of sword fighting!
Katalina: Take this! Icicle Nail!
Katalina: …But you know, Vyrn. The main purpose of armor is to protect one's body in battle.
Vyrn: Well, I guess you got a point there…
Katalina: In any case, there are many Imperial agents around these parts. I wouldn't want to risk Lyria's safety with unnecessary shopping.
Katalina: Come, let's go. Lyria, (Captain).
Lyria: Oh… Katalina.
Katalina hurriedly moved past the armor shop.
Just then, a pair of Imperial Soldiers passing close by espied the party.
Imperial Soldier 1: Hey, look over there! It's those…
Imperial Soldier 2: Uh! The former Lieutenant Katalina and that girl!
Imperial Soldier 1: Yeah, no doubt about it. You go and inform our superiors. I'll tail them for now.
Imperial Soldier 2: Got it. Be careful!
That night, the party had set up camp in the forest.
Katalina chanced to notice Lyria wearing a rather sad face.
Katalina: …Lyria? Are you scared of the forest at night?
Lyria: Eh? Um, yeah. It's scary, but I'm OK with everyone around.
Katalina: Then, what's wrong? If you're anxious about something, don't hold back. Just tell me.
Lyria: Er… Well, you see…
Lyria gazed softly at Katalina before starting to speak, choosing her words carefully.
Lyria: If was just wondering if you would have been more free if it wasn't for me…
Katalina: …Hm? What do you mean by that?
Lyria: You see… I've been thinking about it all day.
Lyria: It's because of me that you're being chased by the Empire, right?
Katalina: That… That's not your…
Lyria: So if it wasn't for me, you wouldn't have to worry about them.
Lyria: And then you wouldn't have to act so strong and tough for my sake all the time.
Katalina: That's not true at all! Lyria, this is just how I've always been…
Katalina started to lean forward toward Lyria…
…But at that moment, the party were suddenly set upon from the side.
Imperial Soldier 1: Go after the girl! Ignore the others!
Vyrn: Wha-what! Where did these guys come from?
Katalina: An ambush! (Captain)! We must repel them!
Imperial Soldier 2: You're mine!
(Captain)'s crew prepared to confront the sudden raid.
Amid the confusion, however, Lyria was abducted.
Vyrn: Hey! Lyria's been kidnapped!
Katalina: Ugh! I know! But we can't do anything until we take care of these Imperial Soldiers!
Katalina: Let's go! (Captain)!
As a result of the sudden attack, Lyria was abducted from (Captain)'s crew.
Was the party able to get her back safely?
A Vow as Vast as the Sky[edit source]
The party frantically pursue the imperial soldier who has abducted Lyria. Guided by her voice, the party catch up with her captor, and succeed in freeing Lyria.
After setting up camp in the forest, the party had come under attack from imperial soldiers.
To get back Lyria, who had been abducted by a soldier, the party followed in hot pursuit.
Katalina: Lyria, where are you? If you can hear this, answer me!
Lyria: Katalina! (Captain)!
Imperial Soldier 1: Hey, quit your struggling! Be a good girl now!
Vyrn: That was Lyria's voice! It sounds like she's not too far away!
Eventually, the party caught up with the imperial soldier who had captured Lyria.
Imperial Soldier 1: Huff... huff... persistent fools...
Katalina: Curse you... Return Lyria to us!
Imperial Soldier 1: Huff... Idiot! I have a hostage right here. No sudden movements, you hear?
Katalina: Blast it... You coward!
Imperial Soldier 1: Hm... Hold on. Where's the other one of you?
At that moment, (Captain) jumped out of a nearby thicket, knocking the soldier off their feet.
Imperial Soldier 1: Argh!
Seizing the opportunity, Katalina rescued Lyria.
Vyrn: Nice one, Katalina!
Katalina: Lyria! Are you hurt?
Lyria: No! I'm fine!
Imperial Soldier 1: Heh... You don't know when to give up, do you?
Imperial Soldier 2: Are you all right? I'll back you up!
Imperial Soldier 1: Yeah. Just don't let them get away!
Katalina: Can you fight... (Captain)?
(Captain) nodded at Katalina's words.
Katalina: All right! Let's cut our way through!
A Vow as Vast as the Sky: Scene 2[edit source]
The crew take care of the imperial soldiers in front of them, but are overwhelmed by waves of reinforcements. To save the group, who is trying to find an opening in the troops maneuvers through which to escape, Lyria announces she will return to the Empire. Katalina, however, pulls her back, admonishing the girl for her recklessness. (Captain) and Katalina prepare to confront the soldiers in a do-or-die battle.
The party took care of the imperial soldiers in front of them, but were soon overwhelmed by fresh waves of enemies, more efficient than the last.
The crew were forced into a tight situation, constantly dodging through the encircling net of enemies.
Katalina: Ugh... The movement of these soldiers... It seems strangely well-organized.
Vyrn: Hey, Katalina! We're gonna get trapped at this rate!
Katalina: I'm aware of that! We have to forge an opening...
Lyria: Katalina... (Captain). It's all right.
Katalina: What is it, Lyria? Bear with us just a little longer, OK?
Lyria: No, it's not that.
Lyria: If I return to the Empire now, they won't have any reason to come after Katalina and everyone any more.
Katalina: ...Huh? Lyria! What are you saying?
Lyria: I'll be OK. Everything will just go back to the way it was, that's all.
Grasping her hand tightly, Katalina pulled Lyria back as she tried to hand herself over to the soldiers.
Katalina: Don't say such foolish things. As if I'd let you do that!
Imperial Soldier 1: There they are! After them!
Imperial Soldier 2: Don't worry. However much skill they may possess, we have the strength in numbers!
Katalina: Don't underestimate us!
Katalina: I AM KATALINA ARYZE! AND I WILL NEVER ALLOW THE LIKES OF YOU TO BEST ME!
Vyrn: (Captain)! Back her up!
A Vow as Vast as the Sky: Scene 3[edit source]
Thanks to the willpower behind Katalina's desperate assault, the crew are able to break free from the encirclement of imperial soldiers. The party have no time to rest, however, as an imperial captain appears before them. The captain, who is revealed to have served under Katalina in the past, offers to reinstate Katalina in exchange for handing over Lyria. When Katalina rejects the proposal, he identifies Lyria as the cause of Katalina's personality change, and becomes determined to put her to the sword. Katalina and (Captain) refuse to let this happen and jump into battle with the crazed captain.
Thanks to the willpower behind Katalina's desperate assault, the party were able to break free from the encirclement of imperial soldiers.
Katalina: That did it! We got through!
Vyrn: You did it, Katalina!
Katalina: Yes... We should be safe now.
Katalina: Lyria... You did well back there.
Lyria: Yeah. You held my hand the whole time, Katalina, so I was able to be strong.
Before they even had a chance to recuperate, a shadow appeared before the party.
Imperial Captain: Heh heh heh... What a pitiable figure you cut right now, Lieutenant Katalina.
Katalina: Who are you, you wretch?
Imperial Captain: Now now, such language. Surely you remember me, Lieutenant Katalina?
Katalina: Fortunately not. And I've already renounced that particular title.
Imperial Captain: Feh. Whatever happened to the Lieutenant Katalina I used to serve under?
Imperial Captain: I see no trace of that cold, distanced beauty from before...
Katalina: My apologies, but I've no time to entertain your disillusioned reminiscences right now.
Katalina: If you won't move aside... I'll just cut you down where you stand.
Imperial Captain: Ah... That's it! Those are the eyes! That chilling expression. You see, you can do it if you try!
Imperial Captain: If you only return the girl to us, I'll see to it that you're reinstated in the Empire.
Katalina: Ha! Spare me your jests.
Katalina: It's all right, Lyria. Stand behind me.
Imperial Captain: Heh heh... That's right... That girl was the cause of it, wasn't she?
Imperial Captain: After you met her, you changed your stripes...
Imperial Captain: Ha ha ha... Of course! If you are rid of that girl, you'll surely return to your good old self!
Katalina: You fiend... What are you muttering about?
Vyrn: H-hey... This guy looks like he means business!
Imperial Captain: Yes, that's it! Well then, let's have the girl perish here then, shall we?
Katalina: As if I'd let you lay a finger on her!
Vyrn: (Captain)! We gotta protect Lyria!
Imperial Captain: Ahhh... The thrill of facing Lieutenant Katalina in battle... I shiver at the prospect...
Katalina: (Captain)! Let's take him head on!
A Vow as Vast as the Sky: Scene 4[edit source]
After taking care of the imperial captain, the crew return to the airship. Seeing the wounds Katalina has sustained for her sake, Lyria breaks down in tears. Katalina comforts her, and renews her vow to protect the girl from here on. A few days later, the group revisit an armor shop they had noticed a while back, and Lyria uses her savings to buy Katalina a new suit of armor as a present.
Imperial Captain: Ahahaha... You really are... a strong one...
Imperial Captain: But... don't think you can defy the Empire and live on like this for much... longer...
Katalina: Feh... I'll take on as many of your ilk as I have to.
Evading the Imperial Soldiers, the group fled the area.
The party returned to the Airship, where Lyria tended to the injured Katalina.
Lyria: Katalina... You're covered in wounds.
Katalina: It's fine... As long as you're safe.
Lyria: Why is it... Why do you do so much for my sake?
Katalina: Why, you say? Well... I haven't given it much thought before, to be honest.
Inclining her head toward the sky, Katalina gave utterance to her feelings.
Katalina: Well... If I had to say...
Katalina: ...It's because I promised I'd show you the sky, Lyria.
Katalina smiled gently, a soft expression on her face.
Lyria: Uhn... sniff... sob... Katalinaaaa!
Katalina: Ha ha ha, there there. It's all right to cry if you're happy.
Katalina gently consoled the weeping Lyria.
Katalina: Before, you were saying I'd be more free without you... Something along those lines, right?
Katalina: But that's not true. This is the person I chose to be.
Katalina: So you see... The's nothing for you to worry about. Nothing at all.
Katalina: Whatever happens from now on, I swear I'll protect you.
Lyria: Katalina. Thank you.
And thus, the fierce conflict with the imperial forces died down for the moment.
Some days later, at Lyria's insistence, the group revisited an armor shop they had seen before while shopping.
Lyria: Oh, look! You have to try on this one, at least. It'll suit you, Katalina!
Katalina: Well, I don't know... My armor serves me perfectly well, and I see no need for adjusting my attire...
Vyrn: Jeez, Katalina... you're so stubborn sometimes. What's wrong with a little change?
Lyria: Come on! Just try it on, for now!
And with those words, Lyria coerced Katalina into changing...
Katalina: Hm... yes... This armor is surprisingly easy to move in!
Katalina posed for the group, in a seemingly good mood.
Lyria: It really is! That's great!
Katalina: ...Uh! Wait a minute!
Katalina: (This armor... It's quite expensive...)
Lyria: Hee hee hee... You don't have to worry about the price!
Overflowing with pride, Lyria took out her piggy bank.
Katalina: What? Lyria! That's the money you've been trying so hard to save up all this time!
Lyria: That's right! I've been saving up... for your present, Katalina!
Katalina: Wh- what? You mean to tell me you've saved all your pocket money until now... for my present?
Lyria: Hee hee... well, actually, my savings alone weren't nearly enough, so...
Lyria: In the end, I got (Captain) and everyone in the crew to help out a little!
Vyrn: Lyria told us she wanted to buy a present for you...
Vyrn: ...so she asked us all to chip in!
Katalina: Thank you... Lyria.
Lyria: Once they heard it was for you, everyone was happy to contribute, Katalina!
Katalina: Is that right? Then I'll have to give my thanks to everyone in the crew...
Vyrn: Yeah! When they see your new armor, I bet they'll fall for you all over again!
Katalina: Ha ha ha! Vyrn, you're quite the little flatterer!
Vyrn: Huh? I'm not flattering you... You might not have noticed, but you're pretty popular with the guys, you know?
Katalina: Come now, Vyrn! If you keep this up, you won't be getting any apples for a while...
Vyrn: (Jeez... She'll never get a guy at this rate...)
Lyria: OK, let's unveil the new armor to everyone right away!
Katalina: Ah, er... could we perhaps, um... hold back on the unveiling for a little while?
Vyrn: Huh? Why's that?
Katalina: Well, I just have a few butterflies in my stomach, you see, and I think it would be far better to wait until I feel?
Lyria: It's fine, it's fine! It suits you perfectly!
Katalina: Y-you're being truthful, now? You're not just saying that?
Choose: Well, it DOES suit you...
- Well, it DOES suit you...
- What would your father say?
Katalina: Really? You didn't say that with a lot of conviction, though...Choose: What would your father say?
Katalina: Huh? What do you mean by that? Tell me at once!Continue 1
Lyria: Come on, (Captain)! Don't play games with her!
Katalina: Ugh... So I was being made fun of, after all...
Lyria: Look, you should have more confidence in yourself, Katalina! Come on, let's go!
Katalina: O-OK, fine! Lyria! I can walk by myself, you know!
Vyrn: Hahaha! It's hard to tell which one's the guardian right now!
Pulled along by Lyria, Katalina proceeded toward the airship
In the end, Katlina's reservations proved groundless, as her new suit of armor was a big hit among the crew...
For Whom the Sword Swings[edit source]
Katalina has just finished having her weapon serviced and is on her way to meet Lyria, Farrah, and Vira at a cafe, when an imperial soldier confronts her. Katalina immediately readies her sword, but the soldier is suddenly struck down from behind by Katalina's former superior, Captain Galatea.
Imperial Captain: Heh... Hehehe... I won't let you get away from me, Lieutenant.
Imperial Captain: You'll show it to me again, won't you? That icy beauty of yours in all its twisted glory.
Imperial Captain: Ah, yes... The sheen of pure ice shines brightest when smashed into pieces.
The Erste Empire has established a garrison within a forest, where one man is murmuring to himself as if in a trance.
This soldier of the imperial army used to worship Katalina, his former superior officer.
Although Lyria was briefly captured by the imperials, the crew quickly rescued her. The man has been plotting his revenge ever since.
Imperial Captain: What's the status of the replacement personnel and equipment I requisitioned?
Imperial Soldier 1: Sir! All active personnel have been reoutfitted.
Imperial Soldier 1: They are ready to be deployed to the front on your command.
Imperial Soldier 1: As for reinforcements, a company from the nearby expeditionary division is en route and should arrive by midday—
Messenger: Who's the CO here? I have an urgent message!
Imperial Captain: Calm down, son. I'm in charge. What's the message?
Messenger: Sir! There's a problem with the expeditionary division...
Imperial Captain: A problem? As in they can't send me reinforcements?
Messenger: Actually an insurgent escaped from the division, and they're asking for guidance on how to proceed...
Meanwhile in a town not too far away, the crew shops for supplies.
The resupply takes less time to finish than expected, so Katalina visits a blacksmith to have her weapon serviced.
Lyria, Farrah, and Vira decide to accompany Katalina back to the Grandcypher when she's done.
The three ladies wait for her at a cafe, swapping tall tales of the knight.
Vira: Heehee. Where do I even begin?
Vira: She was always turning heads whenever she walked through the halls of the academy.
Vira: That raw beauty of hers was a blend of danger, evanescence, and purity.
Vira: Chirping birds danced overhead, flowers burst into bloom as she walked past, and wilted branches sprang back to life.
Lyria: Gosh! It all sounds so magical!
Farrah: Oh, puh-leeze! How does beauty make flowers bloom or bring dead branches back to life!
Vira: I call it as I see it. Do you have a problem with that?
Farrah: Gulp. Well, if that's how it plays out inside your head, then I guess it's not my place to judge...
Farrah: But looks aren't the only thing Katalina has going for her!
Farrah starts into an anecdote of her own about Katalina's imperial army days.
Farrah: Just the sight of Katalina slicing and dicing monsters like a bladed whirlwind scared the fur off other monsters.
Farrah: I swear she even knocked out an airship-sized monster with a single punch!
Vira: Farrah. There's stretching the truth, and then there's what you just said.
Vira: Katalina is a skyfarer of refined elegance. She wouldn't stoop to such savagery.
Farrah: Well, I heard it with my own two ears. And you know for a fact no monster is a match for her!
Farrah: Ooor... Are you saying that Katalina would lose to a cowardly monster?
Vira: Tch... I'll concede to your point since you put it that way.
Not wanting to fall behind her fellow Katalina admirers, Lyria weighs in.
Lyria: Sometimes I think Katalina can be real motherly.
Lyria: Her cooking always has such interesting colors, and it's tasty too!
Vira: Hahaha. You're too cute, Lyria.
Farrah: I love Katalina as much as anyone, but I'm going to have to say "no comment" about her cooking.
While Lyria and the others continue to fangirl over Katalina, the lady of the hour is walking through the streets in high spirits.
Katalina: Oops. That took longer than I'd planned.
Katalina: I feel bad for making Lyria and the others wait on me. I hope they found something to keep themselves busy.
Katalina: (I lost track of time chatting with the blacksmith. Old habits die hard.)
Katalina: (But this sword polish makes my blade absolutely radiant! And the design on the cross guard looks nearly brand new.)
Katalina: (This town has an amazing blacksmith. I'll be sure to make a recommendation to (Captain).)
Katalina gazes happily at her sword, but she jerks her head up when she notices someone standing in front of her.
Imperial Soldier 2: Former Lieutenant Katalina, I presume?
Katalina: An imperial!
Katalina leaps back in an instant, her sword leveled at the enemy.
Katalina: (They must be after Lyria. She should be with Vira and Farrah.)
Katalina: (Those two are capable of handling any soldiers that come their way.)
Katalina: (Good. That frees me up to fight here!)
Imperial Soldier 2: No! W-wait! I'm just here to talk!
Imperial Soldier 2: I know about the relationship between you and the captain. You might be able to do something about—
Imperial Soldier 2: Urgh!
A blue blade sprinkled with red flecks sticks out of the soldier's body.
As the blade withdraws, the soldier's lifeless body clanks against the ground.
???: My, my. Did you really think you'd get away? But thanks for giving me an open shot at your back.
The killer, muttering with some incredulity, wipes the blood from her sword.
Katalina: Captain Galatea!
Galatea: If it isn't Katalina. Long time no see.
Katalina's eyes grow wide with shock at this unthinkable reunion.
On the opposite spectrum, Galatea's smile of utter delight shows just how much fun she's having.
For Whom the Sword Swings: Scene 2[edit source]
While Farrah, Vira, and Lyria secretly tail Katalina and Galatea, Farrah tells the girls that Galatea had been assigned to an imperial expeditionary division because of her numerous questionable actions. Meanwhile Galatea and Katalina enjoy reminiscing about their army days, when they're suddenly surrounded by imperial soldiers.
Katalina: Sorry to keep you waiting, Captain.
Galatea: Haha! Even you clean up well in a uniform. Imagine that.
Galatea: I see you have the "competent-but-way-too-serious" commissioned officer act down pat.
Katalina: Thank you, Captain.
Galatea: Come on, lighten up. I bet you've got a witty retort waiting to fly off the tip of your tongue.
Katalina: No, ma'am. I would not talk back to a superior officer in such a manner.
Galatea: Sigh... Yeah, that's not annoying at all. But I guess that's the good thing about you.
Galatea: That is to say, I'm not praising your blind obedience to the organization, understand?
Galatea: Your mouth might say one thing, but in your heart, you refuse to compromise your values.
Galatea: It's obvious you don't get hung up on the little things thanks to those bigger values you have to guide you.
Galatea: As well you shouldn't. Especially if you want to get off the battlefield in one piece with no regrets.
Katalina: Yes, ma'am. I will remember what you have taught me today.
Galatea: You've been reassigned to Pommern's unit.
Galatea: That old goat's uncompromising like you, but in a different way. Oh well. I hope you're not wasted on him.
Galatea: Anyway, I've still got some time until then to mold you some more.
Galatea: Up and at 'em. We've got a lot to get through if I'm going to teach you everything I know.
Galatea: Burn this stuff into your memory and your muscles so you don't even have to think about it when you need it most.
Katalina has run into someone she never thought she'd see again: her former superior officer, Galatea.
The two women move to an empty part of town where they won't attract the attention of pedestrians.
As it so happens, Lyria, Farrah, and Vira exit the cafe at just the right moment to spot Katalina and Galatea.
Sensing that something is awry, Vira and the girls tail them in secret.
Vira: Who is that woman? Judging from her armor, she's probably with the empire.
Farrah: That's Captain Galatea. She was Katalina's instructor when she first joined the army.
Farrah: Galatea's easygoing but highly skilled. Katalina seemed to get along with her just fine.
Vira: Did she now? Farrah, can you tell me more about this captain?
Farrah: It's not like I know that much about her honestly.
Farrah: I heard she got assigned to an expeditionary division out in the boonies because of her numerous questionable actions.
Farrah: That division has a reputation as the go-to place for dumping soldiers with disciplinary issues.
Farrah: "Let sleeping dogs lie" seems to be the general idea when someone gets transferred there. No one ever hears from them again...
Vira: Regardless, this expeditionary division is still part of the imperial army.
Vira: The empire is chasing after Katalina, yet that woman seems to be cooperative. Why is that?
Farrah: Hm... I don't really know...
Farrah: Ah! What if Captain Galatea still sees Katalina as her precious subordinate!
Farrah: They have a special junior-senior bond that can't be broken! That's got to be it!
Vira: I find that really hard to believe...
Vira: Let's just keep observing them some more.
Lyria: (Katalina... I hope you're okay.)
Galatea: Why do you look like you're in the doghouse? This is a joyous occasion. How about giving me a warm smile for old times' sake?
Katalina: Captain, I...
Galatea: Oh. Let me guess: that soldier I stabbed was an acquaintance of yours?
Galatea: If so, then I'm sorry. He belonged to the expeditionary division—right up until he decided to join a mutiny and betray the army.
Galatea: I closed the net quickly on that revolt, but one fishy managed to slip through. Which led me here.
Katalina: Captain. You should know that I'm wanted by the empire as well.
Katalina decides to take a gamble. Ever cautious, she makes her intentions clear.
Katalina: If you've come to eliminate me, then I—
Galatea: Remember what I told you during your training days? The good thing about you is that you refuse to compromise on your values.
Galatea: I know about the fugitive girl incident. I don't even need to cite regulation. As far as the military is concerned, execution is the only thing you can look forward to.
Galatea: But you never gave in, did you?
Galatea: Even if it meant abandoning everything else, you couldn't leave her be. Am I right?
Galatea: Haha! Glad to hear it. That's peak Katalina for you.
Seeing Galatea smile in an upbeat fashion, Katalina finally feels comfortable enough to relax.
Galatea: But out of all the people you could've chosen, it ended up being her.
Galatea: Well, at least you found someone to protect.
Katalina: For me, Lyria and the crew are—
Galatea: Quiet. We have visitors.
Galatea barely finishes her order when a platoon of imperial soldiers appears around them.
Katalina: I can't believe I let my guard down. They have us surrounded.
As if that were his cue, the leader of the platoon steps toward the center of the circle.
Imperial Captain: I've been looking all over for you, Captain Galatea.
Galatea: Sigh... You're late, idiot.
Galatea shows no love for her fellow comrade.
Katalina can only watch in bewilderment at the contention unfolding inside this trap.
For Whom the Sword Swings: Scene 3[edit source]
The commanding officer of the hostile imperials accuses Galatea of wiping out her entire unit the previous night. Galatea suddenly attacks Lyria, who is secretly watching from her hiding spot. Luckily (Captain) and the others arrive to hold off the imperials while Katalina engages Galatea.
Katalina: Captain, please hear me out!
Katalina: I know these soldiers are our enemies, but their kingdom is surrendering to Erste.
Katalina: With this annexation, they will surely become law-abiding Erste citizens.
Katalina: Please reconsider having these prisoners of war executed.
Galatea: Spoken like a true greenhorn. You do understand that looks can be deceiving, don't you?
Galatea: These people will never be citizens of Erste. They're drifters of a fallen kingdom.
Galatea: Or are you suggesting we strip them of every last shred of love for their homeland too?
Galatea: Conquering lands is one thing; conquering hearts is another. Are you going to be the one to naturalize these prisoners?
Katalina: No, I... Not if that's what it entails...
Katalina: But why must they be sentenced to die?
Galatea: This is me showing them kindness, Katalina.
Galatea: For all intents and purposes, their kingdom is gone. But they still cling to remnants of the past.
Galatea: What do you think will happen if they can't let go of those memories? We'd have living ghosts on our hands.
Galatea: Regret rots the soul. It's easy to blame yourself when you fail to protect something,
Galatea: They will torment themselves day in and day out. You can't run from your own head unless you cut it off.
Katalina: There has to be another way!
Galatea: I'm offering them salvation. Otherwise despair will continue to gnaw away at their sanity.
Galatea: They failed in their duty as protectors, so this is where they will die.
Galatea: Our mortality is inescapable; we all die when we're supposed to. Living past that is meaningless. Absolutely. Meaningless.
Imperial soldiers form a perimeter around Galatea and Katalina.
Their commanding officer barks an order at Katalina.
Imperial Captain: Stay where you are, Lieutenant.
Imperial Captain: We are hunting down a traitor within our ranks. This has nothing to do with you.
Katalina: This must be a mistake! The captain dealt with said traitor just a moment ago—
Imperial Captain: Wrong. The traitor we're after is none other than Galatea herself.
Imperial Captain: Last night Galatea wiped out the company she was assigned to and fled.
Imperial Captain: To avoid further casualties, we were ordered to bring her in quickly.
Katalina: What is the meaning of this, Captain? Why would you do that?
Katalina looks at her former instructor with a mixture of horror, confusion, and disappointment, but Galatea simply smirks.
Galatea: If you want to know, I'll put it in terms even you can understand.
Suddenly Galatea points behind Katalina to a thicket of bushes.
Galatea: Say, Katalina. Isn't that the blue-haired girl peeping on us over there? The one you took off with?
Katalina: (Don't tell me Galatea—)
Suddenly a blue flash flies toward Lyria.
Katalina immediately intercepts Galatea's attack, blocking it with her sword.
Galatea: Nice reflexes. You read my attack all the way. But then how else could you have beaten my speed?
Katalina: Why are you doing this, Captain!
Imperial Captain: Well, isn't this convenient? All troops capture the girl! We have strength in numbers!
Vyrn: Nope! Don't think so!
Choose: Are you all right?
- Are you all right?
Vyrn: We started gettin' worried when you guys hadn't come back yet, but who could've seen this coming?
Katalina: (Captain)! Farrah! Vira! I'll leave the imperial soldiers to you!
Katalina: For whatever reason Captain Galatea is after me and Lyria!
For Whom the Sword Swings: Scene 4[edit source]
Katalina and Galatea are locked in a stalemate until Galatea suddenly starts writhing in pain. She unleashes a powerful attack so ferocious that it breaks Katalina's sword and armor; the force of the blow knocks the skyfarer unconscious.
In the midst of a huge free-for-all, Katalina and Galatea engage in a fierce back-and-forth of clashing steel.
Katalina: Lyria! Don't get separated from me!
Galatea: That's right. If you want to protect her, don't let her—
Galatea: Cough... Hack...
Galatea suddenly stumbles and goes into convulsions. She groans in pain.
Imperial Soldier 1: Got you!
An imperial seizes the moment to attack the weakened woman.
Imperial Soldier 1: Ugh!
Galatea: Huff... Huff...
Galatea slices through the soldier's armor straight down the middle without looking away from Katalina.
Katalina: What's happening to you?
Galatea, as if she's possessed, swings her sword at Katalina.
The blow slams down on Katalina's sword with such force that one would think it came from a wild beast.
The brutal power behind Galatea's attack shatters Katalina's sword and armor.
The shock of the attack rattles through her bones and knocks her unconscious.