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The Calm Before the Storm
It was in this country that our heroes met Lancelot, the knight who led the Order of the White Dragons that protected the royal capital. Lancelot took an interest in (Captain) for being a captain of an order at such a young age, and the party invited Lancelot to join their order.
During their journey, the party visited a most exceptional country that was said to be prospering thanks to the supernatural protection provided by the primal beast Sylph.
The party joined an extermination squad in order to eradicate Fafnir, who had devoured the primal beast Sylph.
The party put off their monster hunt until the following day. They were guided by Lancelot of the Order of the White Dragons throughout the interior of the Royal Palace.
Lyria: Sir Lancelot... What sort of place is this?
Lancelot: This is the palace’s banquet hall. It is used for a variety of events held year round, such as balls and ceremonies.
Vyrn: Hey hey... Lyria! Lancelot is probably pretty busy, so don’t pester him.
Lancelot: Hahaha! Don’t worry about it. I’ll be fine.
Just as the party came close to the guards’ station, an angry voice could be heard.
Soldier 1: Hey you! Draw your sword!
Soldier 2: I would be more than happy to fight you! Come here...
Lancelot: You guys! Be aware of just where you are!
Soldier 1 & 2: Sir Lancelot! This guy is no good!
Lancelot: Bloodshed in the royal court is strictly forbidden.
Soldier 2: But this jerk challenged me first!
Soldier 1: That’s not it! He badmouthed me first!
Lancelot: This is no good. The rules must be obeyed. No exceptions.
Thus disciplinary measures were handed down to the soldiers from Lancelot.
Lancelot: (Captain). I am sorry for showing you such an unedifying spectacle.
Lancelot: We will hold off on exterminating Fafnir until tomorrow. The soldiers are also probably pretty tense.
Vyrn: Whoa, Lancelot surprised me by suddenly making that scary face and then coming to a stop.
Lyria: Yes... Leading an order seems to be a terribly difficult proposition!
Lancelot: The Order of the White Dragons also has a lot of members. Everyone must abide by common rules to maintain order.
Lancelot: In particular, members hurting one another is absolutely forbidden.
Lancelot: That rule is absolute, even for the Captain. Anyone who throws our military discipline into disarray will face judgment and be expelled, no matter who they might be...
Lyria: And the life of a knight is no picnic either, is it.
Lancelot: Sorry for frightening you! But...
Lancelot: That said, it was pretty difficult for you to have put together an order, wasn’t it? Right, (Captain)?
Choose: Maybe not...
- Maybe not...
- I’m relatively free, maybe...
Lancelot: Hm... So there was some leeway.Choose: I’m relatively free, maybe...
Lancelot: One certainly has much freedom in the skies.Continue 1
Lancelot: However... You must be pretty popular, to be leading an Order at your age.
Vyrn: You know it! I think you would know the reason why if you came along with (Captain)’s Order.
Choose: You are always welcome to!
- You are always welcome to!
- However, this Order...
Lancelot: Hahaha, what fun! You are inviting me, too?Choose: However, this Order...
Lancelot: That's it! So you are now sending me on a mission to eradicate Fafnir as the Captain of the Order of the White Dragons.Continue 2
Lancelot: Ah... Here’s the guest room. Aren’t you tired from your long journey? You should get enough rest so you’ll be ready for tomorrow.
Vyrn: Ohh! Thanks for making the effort to guide us!
Lyria: Good night! Sir Lancelot.
Lancelot: Good night...
Lancelot: (An Order, huh? I wonder what sort of missions they have gone on? They certainly are interesting!)
Thus the eradication of Fafnir that had been close at hand was delayed. That night passed quietly.
To prepare for the battle that tomorrow would bring, our heroes took a brief respite.
Lancelot is ordered by King Carl to accompany (Captain)'s party for the sake of the kingdom's development. In order to develop a better kingdom, he sets out on a quest to see these fabled "countries without kings" with his own eyes.
Lancelot, the captain of the Order of the White Dragons, was ordered by King Carl to accompany (Captain) and the others to learn of the world outside his kingdom.
King Carl: For the betterment of the kingdom, I want you to gain new perspective by traveling the wide world.
King Carl: Lancelot. I trust you will bring great changes to our land upon your return.
Lancelot: Aha! I, Lancelot, devote myself to the good of the kingdom!
Lancelot: I've received a direct order from His Majesty the King... but where to begin...
Vyrn: Yeah, working for the betterment of the kingdom is good and all... but he didn't exactly say how.
Lancelot: Perhaps he means for me to figure it out on my own.
Lancelot: ...I know! First we'll go to other lands and observe.
Lyria: I see, you want to learn from other countries!
Lancelot: Exactly. You can't learn from a place without seeing it and experiencing it yourself.
Vyrn: Hm, is there anywhere in particular you want to go then?
Lancelot: Let me think... I was once surprised to hear there are countries without kings ruling over them.
Lancelot: I would like to see how such countries are developed...
Vyrn: A country without a king huh? That's quite a change from your kingdom.
Lyria: We haven't decided our next destination yet so why don't we go there, (Captain)?
Choose: Why not? This is a good opportunity!
- Why not? This is a good opportunity!
- Maybe there will be jobs for us!
Lancelot: I heard it's a peaceful place, so it may be a good chance to get some rest.Choose: Maybe there will be jobs for us!
Lancelot: Isn't it rare to find a nation in the skydoms that doesn't need help from a skyfarer?Continue 1
Lancelot: Sorry to drag you all into it. And thank you, (Captain).
Vyrn: Alright, then let's see the nation Lancelot was talking about!
Study Abroad: Scene 2
Lancelot arrives at a country without a king with (Captain)'s party. He is surprised by the way the country is run and as he worries about the inexperience of the militia, the town is invaded by monsters.
(Captain)'s party arrive at a small country without a ruling king.
Since there were no knights in the country, (Captain)'s party is greeted by the volunteer members of the militia.
Militia Captain: Oh...! You must be Sir Lancelot! I've heard much about you.
Lancelot: I've heard of your country without a king, and wanted to see for myself. My apologies for the sudden visit.
Militia Captain: I see, our ways must be very foreign to you, Sir Lancelot.
Militia Captain: Here, any citizen can participate in council meetings. Because of this, everyone strives to become somewhat knowledgeable.
Militia Captain: What's more, every child has a duty to attend school.
Lancelot: Every child attends school!? Not only those who wish to become scholars...!?
Lancelot: But wouldn't those who seek professions like knights or artisans have less time for training...?
Militia Captain: Yes, you're right... between the literary and military arts, you could say we put emphasis on the pen rather than the sword.
Lancelot: (I see... the members of the militia here seem somewhat proficient in combat, but they're not as reliable as the knights of my kingdom. )
Lancelot: (Time is limited. How to decide... it's a tough choice. )
Lyria: I-It looks like Lancelot and the others are talking about some important stuff...
Militia Captain: Ah, sorry we took so long. If you'd like, one of us could show you around the town as we go on patrol.
Lancelot: I appreciate it. Please...
Militia Captain: This is bad! Captain! Monsters... a group of monsters destroyed the city walls!
Militia Captain: What!? Impossible...!
Lancelot: What's the status of the wall? Can it be repaired? Where are the monsters heading, what were they doing after breaking down the wall?
Militia Captain: W-Well... the monsters, they entered the town after breaking the wall down...we can't repair the damages because there are too many...
Lancelot: I see... then we must first take care of the monsters inside the town. Can we lend you a hand?
Militia Captain: I would be most grateful! We will focus on the invading monsters. Please take care of the monsters near the wall!
Lancelot: Leave it to us! ...I'm sorry for making this decision, (Captain). But I must protect the townspeople...
Vyrn: Don't worry about it! (Captain) won't abandon people in need. Right?
Lancelot: ...And that's why I stay with you skyfarers.
Lancelot: Now, let's go! We mustn't let anyone be harmed by those monsters!
Study Abroad: Scene 3
(Captain)'s party defeat the monsters that appear. The country's militia valiantly fights to protect the people from monsters, but struggle due to lack of experience. The party, along with Lancelot, hurries over to assist them and face off with the monsters.
Lancelot: ...Hmph... Good, the area around the wall seems clear.
Lancelot: Gather some of the militia here, and have them stand watch. That should be more efficient.
Lancelot: We're more experienced then they are. Let's hunt down the monsters in the town!
Militia Captain: Don't panic! Please follow our instructions and calmly evacuate the area!
Militia Captain: Ugh... the monsters got in this far...? Men! Get in position!
Militia Captain: Protect the citizens! Go!!
The militia fight hard to protect the citizens of the town.
However, due to their lack of experience, they eventually begin losing ground to the monsters.
Militia Captain: Ugh...! We must protect them...! We can't afford to lose...!!
Lancelot: Are you alright!? We're here to help!
Militia Captain: Sir Lancelot...! I'm fine, but we haven't finished evacuating everyone...
Lancelot: Understood. First, we evacuate everyone that's left! One squad head to the walls, do not let any more monsters inside!
Militia Captain: Yes sir! ...But, what should we do about the monsters already inside...?
Lancelot: Leave that to us! (Captain), I need your help for a little while longer!
Vyrn: Of course! Let's show them our power, (Captain)!
Study Abroad: Scene 4
(Captain)'s party successfully fend off the monster invasion. Impressed with Lancelot's competence, the militia captain asks him to become their advisor but he refuses out of loyalty to his own kingdom. Lancelot promises to send one of his men in his place, a proposal that would strengthen the diplomatic relationship between the two lands.
With the help of (Captain)'s party, the monsters were repelled from the city and the repair of the walls begins.
Militia Captain: Thanks to all of you, we were able to keep the damages to a minimum.
Militia Captain: I don't know how we can thank you... now I see how painfully unprepared we are...
Lancelot: I was impressed by you and your men's strong will to defend the town. Now all you need is the training.
Militia Captain: Yes... but sadly, we do not have an instructor to train us. ...Sir Lancelot.
Militia Captain: It would be an honor if you could stay with us and become an advisor for the militia.
Lancelot: An advisor...!?
Lancelot: ...No, I cannot do that. I'm truly honored that you would ask, but my devotion belongs to King Carl.
Lancelot: I'm here on orders from King Carl himself. I cannot betray his trust.
Militia Captain: ...You're absolutely right. That was shameless of me... Please forget I mentioned it.
Lancelot: ...I can't stay here, but...
Lancelot: What do you say to the idea of bringing in one of my trusted men as an advisor for the militia?
Lancelot: In exchange for teaching the military arts, we would like to learn of your ways of building and running schools where children can learn.
Lancelot: It would be great if we could work together as this would be beneficial to all involved. Do you agree?
Militia Captain: Oh...! I couldn't ask for anything more! Our countries would have much to gain from this.
And so, (Captain) and the others return to the airship with the gratitude of the militia and the townspeople.
Lyria: You were so impressive back there, Lancelot! Just as expected of a captain of knights!
Lancelot: Haha, I'm flattered but I have a long way to go. I must continue to devote myself to my duties!
His journey to learn more of the world outside his kingdom continues.
And so, Lancelot continued to further his knowledge through his travels.
The Dedicated Knight Falters
The royal capital of Feendrache has now twice been saved from catastrophe by Lancelot, (Captain), and the crew. The crew are visiting the capital once more to attend a ceremony of recognition being held in their honor. The crew are delighted to be publicly lauded for their deeds by King Carl, but that evening, Lancelot and the King ask (Captain) to help out with a monster-hunting raid in order to help cheer up the citizenry.
Previously, Lancelot, (Captain), and the crew had twice saved the royal capital Feendrache from a seditious plot.
The crew are visiting the capital once again to attend an awards ceremony that has been arranged to thank them for their deeds.
Lancelot: Thank you for coming out of your way to visit our capital.
Lancelot: His Majesty insisted that I convey his gratitude to you, (Captain), and your crew, in person.
Vyrn: Heheh! What an honor!
Lancelot: The people are still anxious over the two calamities, so this awards ceremony is also to soothe their worries.
Lancelot: Nonetheless, you really have very little to worry about, (Captain).
Lancelot: People have already set up stalls in town ahead of the ceremony, why don't you soak up some of the atmosphere before we start?
Vane: Lancey, you're here!
Vane: You have to get changed into your ceremonial armor! You're running late!
Lancelot: Oh my! You're right!
Lancelot: Vane, can I ask you to show (Captain) and the crew to their places?
Vane: My liege!
The citizenry assembles in the throne room and the ceremony finally begins.
King Carl: Most esteemed (Captain). On this occasion we thank you for your steadfast support during our kingdom's darkest hour.
Vyrn: Heheheh, (Captain) can't resist a kingdom in peril!
King Carl: And our gratitude to you for your dedication to helping people knows no end. Thank you.
King Carl: And Siegfried. Time and time again you have come to our aid.
Siegfried: No, without the redoubtable efforts of these young knights, the capital would surely have been lost.
King Carl: Nevertheless, without you, the capital would have fallen.
King Carl: Feendrache is indebted to you.
Siegfried: Your Majesty! This is the greatest honor.
King Carl: Vane, Percival. We must also express our thanks to the two of you.
Vane: That his Majesty and his subjects got through this unscathed is reward enough for me!
Percival: Anyone would have done the same, considering the circumstances. There is no need to thank us.
King Carl: Haha, is that so? I see you two are the same as ever.
King Carl: …And finally, Lancelot.
Lancelot: …Your Majesty!
King Carl: It's good to see your new armor fits you so well.
King Carl: That armor is a gift from me to show my thanks for your devoted service.
Lancelot: I humbly accept this gracious gift! It has inspired me to redouble my efforts to serve you!
King Carl: Now, my citizens! Acclaim your heroes, the saviors of Feendrache!
In response to King Carl's behest, the crowd breaks out into applause and shouts of joy.
After the ceremony, a banquet is held at the castle, and all present feast and make merry to their heart's content.
That evening, King Carl, accompanied by Lancelot, pays a visit to (Captain) and the crew in their guest chambers.
King Carl: Thank you once again! I trust you enjoyed yourselves at the banquet?
Lyria: Yes, it was a lot of fun, and the food was delicious!
King Carl: Hahaha, well that is good news! I'm glad you were kept entertained.
King Carl: Now, Lancelot.
(Captain), we have another big favor to ask of you.
Lancelot: I think I mentioned this before the ceremony. The people are uneasy after being brought so close to disaster not once, but twice.
Lancelot: So in order to demonstrate the prowess of the Order of the White Dragons, the frequency of monster-quelling raids has been upped.
Lancelot: That way, the townsfolk can feel that the knights are close at hand, and their fears should be assuaged.
Vyrn: Hmmm… Sounds like a plan to me!
Vyrn: So what was the favor that you wanted to ask us?
Lancelot: (Captain), we'd like you and your crew to join those monster-hunting raids.
Lancelot: If they see you and your crew, (Captain)?the saviors of our kingdom?fighting once more, they'll feel inspired.
Lyria: No problem, we're glad to help.
King Carl: Good gracious, once again we are indebted to you. One day we will repay you this favor, of that you can be certain.
Vyrn: Heheh, well it's certainly reassuring to hear that from a king!
Thus it was decided that the next day (Captain) and the crew would join the Order of the White Dragons in hunting monsters.
The Dedicated Knight Falters: Scene 2
Proceeding with their monster-quelling raid, (Captain), the crew, and the members of the Order of the White Dragons reach a small village. The villagers are excited to see Lancelot, (Captain), and the crew, hailing them as the heroes who saved the kingdom. But then Lancelot overhears some villagers questioning King Carl's abilities as a ruler.
Proceeding with their monster-quelling raid, (Captain), the crew, and the Order of the White Dragons reach a small village.
Villager 1: Wait, isn't that the Order of the White Dragon? They're the knights who protect our realm!
Villager 2: And those guys with them are the skyfarers that saved the kingdom!
The villagers cheerfully greet (Captain), the crew, and the knights of the Order.
Vyrn: These villagers love us! They have plenty of love for the knights from the Order too.
Percival: It's because this is such a small village. They aren't able to keep away all the monsters that live in the area.
Lancelot: That's why they've been looking forward to us coming, and why they're giving us such a warm welcome.
Lancelot: We'll have to do our best not to disappoint them.
Lancelot starts to prepare for the coming expedition against the monsters.
As he is doing this, the chatter of the villagers reaches his ears.
Villager: …We were depending on the Order, but thanks to old King Carl, we got caught up in two major calamities…
Villager: Trouble's brewing again, I can sense it…
Villager: …That's 'cause back in the day, King Carl ascended to the throne right after the last king died.
Villager: He's always been known for his generosity, but I'm not so sure he's cut out to be king…
Villager: I've heard that his older brother always kept a firm hand on the rudder… If he'd stayed healthy, then perhaps…
Lancelot: (…What are they saying! I knew that the people had been shaken by what's happened, but this…)
Lancelot: (…To go so far as to question His Majesty's ability to rule…)
Lyria: Lancelot, what's the matter?
Lancelot: Oh… no, it's nothing.
Lancelot: Let's head out monster-hunting soon!
Vyrn: Leave it to us! (Captain), let's get going!
The Dedicated Knight Falters: Scene 3
Lancelot is disturbed by the extent to which unease with the king's rule has taken hold in the hearts of the people. Percival also overhears the villagers' grumblings, but he sides with them and issues a scathing criticism of King Carl. He questions Lancelot on who it is that a knight should be defending, their ruler, or the people. On hearing these remarks, Lancelot can barely conceal his trembling rage.
Lancelot: (…Even though we have purged the realm of evil, unease has still taken root in the hearts of the people…)
Lancelot: (…There has to be something I can do for the people, for the kingdom… but what…)
Lancelot: Uh, yes! What is it, Percival?
Percival: …What are you doing?
Percival: We don't know which direction the monsters might strike from. You need to stay on your toes.
Percival: I shouldn't have to tell you that.
Percival: We can't afford to slip up now.
Lancelot: You're right. I'm sorry.
Percival: Humph… Were you shocked to hear those villagers questioning the rule of the king?
Lancelot: What! You mean you heard them too?
Percival: I wasn't particularly surprised. That was pretty much what I expected, given the circumstances.
Percival: …It seems his reputation as a soft touch has become a cause of concern for these people out here.
Lancelot: Of all the! You mean that even you would scorn His Majesty!
Percival: Quit yapping. What are you, his obedient little lap dog?
Percival: Humph… "His Majesty this, His Majesty that", you're more lickspittle than knight.
Lancelot: What did you say! You dare question my chivalry?
Percival: Look. If you're going to call yourself a knight, don't mistake what it is you're meant to defend.
Percival: Which do you defend, the person who wears the crown, or the entire populace of the realm?
Percival's words send Lancelot into a barely concealed rage.
Suddenly monsters fly out from a thicket, aiming to strike Lancelot's back.
Percival: If you're gonna mount a surprise attack you'll have to do better than that.
Vyrn: Oh no! They got us surrounded!
Lancelot: A horde of monsters this vast… If we don't hold them at bay here then this village is done for! Let's get to work!
Lancelot: (…I've got to get back into the flow of this…)
The Dedicated Knight Falters: Scene 4
(Captain) and crew help the knights of the Order of the White Dragon complete their monster-hunting duties and they all return to the capital. Lancelot, however, continues to fret over the enduring unrest among the people. King Carl visits him, and orders him to temporarily leave the country and lend his services to the skyfarers. As well as being a much-deserved break from his service to the realm, this sojourn will allow him to find his way back to the chivalric path.
(Captain) and crew help the Order complete their monster-hunting duties, and they all return to the castle unscathed.
Though the monster-hunting is set to continue the following day, Lancelot agonizes over the unrest he observed.
Lancelot: (…At any rate, just defeating monsters and enemies alone is not going to assuage the people's fears…)
Lancelot: (…There has to be something I can do… But what…)
Lancelot: (…According to Percival I'm a fool for being so dedicated to the king…)
Lancelot: (…Hmm? Who could that be at this time?)
King Carl: I'm sorry to disturb you, Lancelot.
Lancelot: Your Majesty! I'm sorry you have to see the knights' quarters in such a state…
King Carl: Hahaha, I see what you mean…
King Carl: I believe Vane was supposed to have tidied all of this up.
Lancelot: I'm sorry.
King Carl: But you must also take some of the blame for allowing your quarters to get into such a state.
King Carl: And just what is it that has you so vexed that you neglect such basic duties?
Lancelot: Forgive me. It's… something too trivial for a knight to be as troubled over it as I have been.
Lancelot: But sire, I have by no means been neglecting my duties!
King Carl: Yes yes, don't strain yourself. Hehe… you really do take things seriously don't you?
King Carl: I've been worried about you for some time now, Lancelot. You work too hard.
Lancelot: I am a knight! Of course I'm going to work hard in service of my king and country!
King Carl: And for that I am thankful. Nevertheless, I'd like for you to stretch your wings every once in a while.
King Carl: How about it? If I were to ask (Captain) in person…
King Carl: It might be good for you to temporarily lend your services to their crew, and get away from your duties here for a while.
King Carl: Hehe… This is an order, Lancelot.
Lancelot: (…Maybe His Majesty is right. Maybe I should take some time away from my duties…)
Lancelot: …I am most grateful for Your Majesty's kindness.
And so it was decided that Lancelot would join (Captain)'s crew, at King Carl's request.
Lancelot is being given the chance to observe his country, and his Order, from a wider perspective.
He will need some time to discover the way back to the chivalric path.
The Loyal Knight's Resolve
Lancelot takes some time away from the White Dragons to the see the world with the crew. He's still preoccupied with his inadequacies as a knight and decides to clear his mind by hunting some monsters.
Lancelot leaves the White Dragons temporarily to travel with (Captain) and the crew.
He agonizes over what he lacks in order to be a better knight.
(Captain) is concerned about Lancelot's state of mind and suggests that he sit out the next mission.
Lancelot: Thank you for looking out for me, but I insist on helping you with the request.
Lyria: Are you sure, Lancelot?
Lancelot: Yes. Seeing as you've invited me on board, (Captain), I'd like to do my share.
Lancelot: Besides, I'll end up with cabin fever if I don't get out and stretch my legs.
Lyria: Really? Well, okay, but don't push yourself too much.
Lancelot: Thank you, Lyria.
Lancelot: Now, we must dispatch those monsters laying waste to the farmlands. To battle!
The Loyal Knight's Resolve: Scene 2
Back on the Grandcypher, Vane visits Lancelot in his room, and they have an open discussion about Lancelot's worries. Thanks to Vane's forthrightness, Lancelot breaks out of his slump, and the crew turns back for the capital.
(Captain) and company complete the request and return to the airship.
Vane: Hey, Lancey, are you in there?
Vane's shoulders sag as he looks around the appalling mess of a room.
Vane! What are you doing here?
Vane: Hehe, it's been so long that I just had to see your face again!
Vane's shoulders sag as he looks around the appalling mess of a room.Continue 1
Vane: Geez, I only took my eyes off you for a second...
Vane starts tidying up the clutter without waiting for Lancelot to respond.
Vane: There. At least I have somewhere to stand now.
Vane: I feel like tea. You want some, Lancey?
Lancelot: Sure, why not.
Lancelot: Heh, you always were a busybody.
Vane: Eh, you might have a point. Can't say I've noticed myself.
Lancelot: Thanks, Vane. I really mean that.
Vane: All right, I'll be in the kitchen.
Lancelot: (You've always been by my side for as long as I can remember.)
Vane returns to the room with steaming cups of tea and a plate of cookies.
Vane: Tea is served! Drink up!
Lancelot and Vane chat idly while sipping their tea.
Eventually there is a pause in their talk, and Vane's expression grows serious.
Vane: Lancey, what's bothering you?
Lancelot: Huh? What makes you say that?
Vane: You can't hide it from me! It's written all over your face!
Vane: Not to mention your room's a disaster area whenever you're bothered by something.
Lancelot: Ugh, am I that easy to read?
Vane: Hehe. Well, I'll leave the jokes at that.
Vane: So why don't you fill me in?
Vane: I probably won't have anything insightful to say, but maybe it'll make you feel better.
Lancelot accepts Vane's kind words.
Lancelot: Yeah, you do have a knack for looking at things impartially.
Lancelot: I've been thinking about what I lack as a knight.
Lancelot: What do you think a knight should protect?
Vane: Huh? Well. Let's see here...
Vane: What should a knight protect... protect... protect...
Vane desperately tries to come up with an answer to Lancelot's question.
Vane: Sorry, Lancey, but I'm stumped when it comes to tough stuff like this.
Vane: I just try to protect the ones I care about with my own two hands.
Vane: I mean, that's pretty much it. King Carl, our friends in the order, the citizens... I want to protect them all!
Lancelot: Heh, now that's a very Vane-like answer. I feel the same way you do.
Lancelot: But what if the citizens are unsatisfied with the king's rule? What then?
Lancelot: When the interests of the king and the people diverge, what is the role of a knight? What is my role?
Vane: Hmm, His Highness is a kind soul who always puts his people's needs first.
Vane: There must be a misunderstanding if the people aren't happy with a king like that.
Vane unfolds his arms and slaps his knee as if stumbling across a revelation.
Vane: That's it, Lancey! We can break that misunderstanding, one piece at a time!
Vane: Our country's full of good people. If we can just show them what the king is thinking, then I'm sure they'll come around!
Vane: After all it's part of our job to make sure everyone lives in peace and harmony, isn't it?
Vane: Now that's a goal worth fighting for. Right, Lancey?
A smile of satisfaction flashes across Vane's face.
Lancelot: Snort... Pfft... Fwahaha!
Vane: What? Was it something I said?
Lancelot: Sorry, I shouldn't have laughed. But you're right, Vane.
Lancelot: You're a true friend I can always rely on.
Lancelot: I feel a burden being lifted thanks to you.
Lancelot: Break time is over. Let's ask (Captain) to fly us back to the capital.
Vane: Nice! Now that's the Lancey I know!
The Grandcypher heads back to the capital at Lancelot's request.
The Loyal Knight's Resolve: Scene 3
Lancelot is about to go to the castle, but Siegfried wishes to know if Lancelot has found the answer he has been searching for. Siegfried challenges Lancelot to a duel in order to test Lancelot's convictions.
The Grandcypher arrives at the port of Feendrache.
Lancelot steps off the airship and is greeted by Siegfried.
Siegfried: So you came back, Lancelot.
Lancelot: Siegfried! Did you come here just for me?
Siegfried: Yes. The king is waiting for you.
Siegfried: But before that, there is something that I have to ask you.
Siegfried: Did you find an answer to what a knight should be?
Lancelot steps off the airship. Siegfried calls out to him before he can continue on to the castle.
Lancelot: What is it, Siegfried?
Siegfried: Did you find an answer to what a knight should be?Continue 1
Lancelot: Humph. You're always in tune with my anxieties.
Lancelot looks at Siegfried with an unshaken gaze.
Lancelot: I have my answer. I'm no longer lost.
Siegfried: Oh? And what is that, if I may ask?
Lancelot brings his fist to his chest.
Lancelot: A loyal subject doesn't blindly follow a king's decrees. Loyalty means correcting the king when he has been led down the wrong path.
Lancelot: A knight doesn't just protect the king from threats. He protects the will of a king who loves his country and is loved by his subjects.
Lancelot: I think that's how true chivalry can play a role in protecting the realm.
Siegfried: I see. That's a good answer.
Siegfried: But to achieve that will take strength wrought from steadfast determination that can withstand any danger.
Siegfried: Allow me to test your resolve, Lancelot. Show me your chivalry!
Lancelot: Very well. I'll meet you head on!
The Loyal Knight's Resolve: Scene 4
After being recognized by Siegfried for his swordsmanship, Lancelot receives an apology from King Carl for his shortcomings. Lancelot renews his pledge of fealty to the king and Feendrache.
Siegfried: Hmm. I detect no hesitancy in your swordsmanship. You've come into your own, Lancelot.
Lancelot: There's still much I have to learn, but I won't be stopped anymore.
Lancelot, victorious over Siegfried, returns to the castle.
King Carl: Siegfried has told me of your troubles. I'm sorry about all of this.
King Carl: My weakness as a statesman has been a great burden on your shoulders.
Lancelot: That's not true, Your Highness!
Lancelot: My indecisive heart was a result of my inexperience as a knight and nothing more.
Lancelot: But knowing my own inadequacies is what drives me forward.
King Carl: I see. Lancelot, your king and your country need you. Please, we must place our faith in you.
Lancelot: I don't deserve such praise. I aim merely to serve the kingdom with loyal devotion.
Lancelot: Should I have doubts about Your Highness's judgment from this point on...
Lancelot: I will relay my opinions unflinchingly at the risk of insubordination.
King Carl: Hmm... That's a terrifying thought...
King Carl: Heh heh heh. Well, try to go easy on me.
Lancelot: Your Highness!
His torment dispelled, Lancelot has turned over a new leaf as a knight.
From this day forth he will be an ardent knight who defends his king and his country; his people and his friends.
Now, Then, and Always
Revisiting the royal capital Feendrache, Lancelot and Vane overhear two maids talking about them in the castle. This sparks a lively conversation between the pair about their childhood days, where each reveals how much he had respected the other, reinforcing their bonds of friendship.
Paid in foreign money instead of alma, the knights of Feendrache's Order of the White Dragons have taken work in other countries.
Meanwhile, Lancelot and Vane have left (Captain)'s party in order to undertake restoration of their country.
During this time, they now return to the capital for the first time in a while, visiting King Carl.
Vane: Ha ha! It's good to see His Majesty looking so well, eh, Lancey?
Lancelot: Yeah! Let's try not to cause His Majesty any more anxiety!
Vane: Yeah, you betcha!
Lancelot and Vane are strolling around the castle exchanging lighthearted banter, when they overhear some maids talking.
Cheerful Maid: Hey! So is it true Lancelot and Vane are childhood friends?
Quiet Maid: Why… yes, it is. Didn't you know?
Cheerful Maid: Really? I never knew! No wonder they get on so well.
Quiet Maid: Hee hee, those two have excelled from a young age.
Cheerful Maid: Wow… that's so cool… it's like a different world from ours!
Lancelot: Ha ha! Hear that, Vane?
Vane: Ha ha, yeah… those girls might've been surprised to see the younger Lancey, though…
Vane: Heheh… you were quite a mischievous rascal back then, man!
Vane: Oh yeah! Remember that time at the festival, when you saw through that stall owner's bogus lottery game and exposed him?
Vane: And when you played the trick at Halloween and got scolded by that old couple?
Lancelot: Ugh… that was… I mean, come on, I've moved on from then, right?
Vane: Ha ha! Good thing you matured fast, Lancey!
Lancelot: Humph… If you wanna play that game, then… you might be a little taller than me now, but remember how small you were back then?
Lancelot: And what a crybaby you were? I seem to remember you were always saying how scary and painful sword training was, hmm?
Vane: Ha ha ha! Did I say that, now? But, well…
Vane: I'll admit I was always a crybaby back then.
…That's why I looked up to ya so much, Lancey.
Vane: I mean, you've always had this strong and reliable vibe going on. Always admired that.
Vane: It was just awesome when you got that recommendation for knighthood, man.
Lancelot: …You know, at the time I became a knight, I actually thought you were better.
Lancelot: You may have been a crybaby and a weakling, but you used your desire to help others to drive yourself toward becoming a knight.
Lancelot: Hah… After all, you were the one who taught me it wasn't one's skill with the blade alone that gives one strength.
Vane: …Heh heh! Guess I am a little useful, then?
Lancelot: Hey, come on now, you're more than "a little." I'm counting on your help from here on, OK, Vane?
Vane: Yep! Right back at ya, Lancey!
Lancelot and Vane from the Order of the White Dragons reflect on their childhood friendship, which has held fast over time.
And when the next disaster inevitably befalls Feendrache, these two will be sure to work together to overcome it.