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Lady of the Flowers
The crew encounters Lennah, a woman with the power to create magical flowers, but cursed to never stop using her powers lest she be transformed into a plant. In hopes of someday finding the one who cursed her, Lennah accepts Lyria's invitation to join the crew.
The crew visits a town to get the Grandcypher serviced.
While Rackam and the others are away procuring parts, another group visits the market to stock up on food supplies.
???: Greetings. Would you like some flowers, dear?
Lyria: Wow! They look lovely!
Lyria: Can I buy some, (Captain)?
???: Oh my, what a lovely smile! You know what, dear? Here's a few on the house.
The woman tells the crew her name is Lennah, and that she travels the world, selling flowers wherever she goes.
After finishing her introductions, she produces a wreath of flowers from a basket.
Lennah: Here you go, dear. In return for showing me that wonderful smile of yours.
Lyria: Wow, look at all these flowers! I think I'll wear a few in my hair! How about you, Vyrn?
Vyrn: Um... I'll pass.
Lennah: Hahaha, how adorable! Seeing your smiling faces fills me with such joy.
As Lyria attempts to decorate her hair with the flowers, and angry roar erupts in the distance.
Vyrn: Hm? A fight? This early in the day?
Ruffian 1: Say that one more time! I dare you!
Ruffian 2: Don't mess with me, jerk!
Vyrn: This looks like it could get bad in a hurry! Let's stop 'em, (Captain)!
Vyrn: Time out, time out! No swinging weapons around in the middle of town!
Ruffian 1: You want a piece of this too?
Ruffian 2: Out of the way, lizardbreath!
Vyrn: Uh-oh, they're coming this way!
Before the ruffians have a chance to attack the crew, a powerful wind suddenly kicks up.
Countless flower petals dance through the air as if to chase the wind, forming a swirling vortex around the ruffians.
The ruffians stand stock-still in stunned silence.
Ruffian 1: What're these flowers?
Lennah: This won’t do—won't do at all. Why, you're scaring everyone in town.
Ruffian 2: Oh? Who the hell are you?
Lennah: Inside voices! You'll scare the children.
Lennah: "Make love, not war," as they say. Come on, gentlemen, I'm sure there's a civil way to settle all this.
Ruffian 2: Get off the pulpit, flower girl! If you mess with me, I'll just have to deal with you first!
Lennah: All that anger and frustration is only going to make you unhappy, you know? Just relaaax, why don't we?
Lennah: Surround yourself with flowers, put your mind at ease, and... Just watch. Heehee.
With a wave of her staff, Lennah fills her surroundings with flowers. No one can move.
Ruffian 1: What the hell's going on? Ngh... Can't... move...
Ruffian 2: Rghgrgh... Give me a break...
Lennah: Wonderful! Let's all shake hands and make up, shall we?
Ruffian 1: Stop talking nonsense!
Ruffian 2: Shake hands with these idiots? I think I'm gonna barf...
The ruffians can't help but voice their displeasure. (Captain) doesn't seem particularly happy about the situation either.
As Lennah places her hands on theirs, however, they suddenly find themselves unable to resist. Everyone is soon shaking hands happily.
Lennah: There we go. Everyone's friends again!
Vyrn: Ugh... I feel dirty...
Ruffian 1: N-no way I'm going along with this fakey friends stuff!
Ruffian 2: You won't get away with this next time!
Lennah: Aww, no need to be bashful... Heehee.
Vyrn: That sure was something with those flowers back there. That's not the kind of magic you see every day!
Lyria: That was amazing! There were so many of them! And all so pretty too!
Lennah: This? Just a little trick I learned when I was a girl.
Vyrn: You learned to do that when you were a kid? That's some serious talent!
Lennah: Heehee... Beautiful, aren't they? By the way... You're travelers, correct?
Vyrn: Not just travelers! Skyfarers!
(Captain) tells the mysterious flower vendor about the purpose of their journey.
(Captain) explains that they left their hometown on a journey to the Island of the Astrals, battling the powerful beings known as primal beasts along the way.
Lennah: My goodness. It sounds like quite an adventure.
Vyrn: Primal beasts are a piece of cake for me and (Captain)! Except for those times we almost died... Those don't count!
Lennah: You must be very brave! After all, you're fighting against primal beasts...
Vyrn: Hm? Something on your mind?
Lennah: Hehe! Well, it’s no big deal.
As she says this, Lennah rolls up her sleeves to reveal something to the crew.
Vyrn: Y-you've got something growing out of your arm...
Lyria: Oh my gosh. Is that a tree branch?
Lennah: Yes, that’s right. A most mysterious happening befell me when I was young.
Lennah: I was born on a desert island incapable of sustaining plant life. I had no idea that flowers even existed.
Lennah: But then I saw a painting of a flower garden in abook, and I was completely bewitched by its beauty.
Lennah: Those powerful feelings granted my younger self a mysterious power.
Vyrn: That's a pretty weird turn of events, right there. You just woke up one day and boom, flower power?
Lennah: Yes. Isn't it all so very romantic?
Lennah: Before I knew it, I was creating flowers indistinguishable from the real thing.
Lennah: I used those powers to turn my desert island into a flower garden.
Lennah: My desolate world was transformed into a place of dreams.
Lyria: Wow, just like a fairy tale!
Lennah: Anyway, after this mysterious happening occurred...
Lennah: An equally mysterious person appeared before me. I couldn't even tell if they were a man or a woman.
Lennah: They gave me a piece of fruit and told me that I would be able to make even more beautiful flowers blossom if I ate it.
Vyrn: That sounds more than a little suspicious...
Lennah: Oh my! Thinking back on it now, it certainly does seem dubious!
Lennah: The fruit delivered as promised, but not without a price.
Lennah: If I don’t continue creating flowers, my body itself will turn into a plant.
Vyrn: That’s messed up! Sounds like some kinda curse to me!
Lennah: Heehee, yes indeed... I won't be able to move once I turn into a plant. Quite the problem!
Vyrn: You seem awfully at ease about this whole thing.
Lennah: That's why I'm searching for the person who gave me that fruit in the first place. Maybe there's a way to stop the transformation!
Lennah: I don't clearly remember what they looked like...
Lennah: Maybe they weren't a person at all. Maybe it was a monster... or some kind of demon?
Lyria: You don't think it was a primal beast, do you?
Vyrn: Hmm... Whatever the case, it seems like one might be involved here.
Lennah: Oh my... I’m so sorry. We only just met, and here I am going on and on about my personal problems.
Vyrn: Hm? Something up, (Captain)?
Choose: If you're looking for primals, we'll help.
- If you're looking for primals, we'll help.
- Let us help you search for a cure.
Lennah: This certain someone I'm searching for may not be a primal beast, but if you're willing to help...
Lyria: I approve! Let's look for them together, Lennah!
Lyria: Even if the person you're looking for isn't a primal beast...
Lyria: If we visit lots of places and talk to lots of people, we might just find some clues on how to cure you!Choose: Let us help you search for a cure.
Lennah: Oh my! Why are you offering so much help to a stranger like me?
Vyrn: Heheh, it’s one of (Captain)'s bad habits!
Lyria: Vyrn! It’s not a bad habit! It's good!
Lyria: (Captain) never ignores a person in need, and that's just the best! Right, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Yeah, you're right.
Lyria: I approve! Let's look for them together, Lennah!
Lyria: We run into all sorts of mysterious things besides primal beasts, so I'm sure we'll run into this person you're looking for eventually!Continue 1
Vyrn: Whoa, Lyria! You're even more enthusiastic than usual! You like this flower girl that much?
Lyria: I love the flowers she makes!
Lennah: I'm very happy to hear that. I've never been so warmly welcomed before, to be honest...
Lennah: I suppose I'll take you up on your kind offer.
Lyria: Yay! I actually do have one request for you, Lennah...
Lennah: Oh my. And what could that be?
Vyrn: Hold on now. Don't give the flower girl too much trouble, Lyria.
Lyria: Could you make our airship super pretty with your flowers?
Lennah: Heehee... I'd be delighted to. Very well. Let's go.
Lennah: Today is a good day. I've found a little piece of happiness here.
Lennah responded to Lyria’s whimsical with a wink and heads for the Grandcypher. Once there, she waves her staff in front of the ship.
When Rackam returns from his shopping trip to see his airship covered in a mountain of flowers, the shock sends him to his knees.
The Tithe for Magic
During their travels, (Captain) and the others arrive at a town and find the same flowers as the ones created by Lennah's magic. Strangely, the flowers are feared by the townspeople. The group investigates in an attempt to undo the spell that was cast on Lennah.
The crew makes a stop in a town and witnesses something most strange.
Vyrn: Hm? What're these flowers?
Lyria: Oh my gosh! These are your flowers, Lennah! You're not wasting any time in planting flowers here, are you?
Lennah: Dear me... I didn't do anything!
Lennah: How strange! These are the same flowers as mine.
Vyrn: Are flowers made with magic different from normal ones?
Lennah: As far as I know, magically-grown flowers don't naturally occur in the wild.
Townsperson: Hey, you lot. Stay away from those flowers!
Lennah: Oh dear. I don't suppose you know something about these flowers, do you? Would you mind telling us more about it?
Townsperson: All sorta nasty creatures have been coming in to town to eat these flowers, y'see. They're like monster magnets.
Townsperson: But no matter how many times we pull the weeds out, they just keep growing back. The little things are cursed I tell ya.
Lyria: Cursed? I don't believe it...
Lennah: Oh dear. These flowers look the same as the ones I create, but here they're bringing people misfortune...
Townsperson: It's about time for those monsters to show up again. You should head inside. Trust me.
Lennah: Interesting... Actually, I think I'll take a look at those monsters, if it's all the same to you.
Townsperson: What? You thinkin' straight, miss?
Vyrn: Just leave it to us! You don't need to worry about monsters with (Captain) and Lennah here!
Lennah: (Captain) is a skilled skyfarer. There's no need to worry!
Townsperson: Hm... If you insist, I won't stop you, but...
Townsperson: You need to run if things get dangerous. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Some time passes after the man leaves.
(Captain) and company await the monsters' arrival on the now-deserted road.
Lennah: Maybe the monsters attracted to the flowers have something to do with... you-know-who?
Lennah: Perhaps they can provide clues to
Lyria: It sure would be nice if we can find clues on how to cure your condition!
Lennah: Hee hee... How lucky would that be? I'm feeling ever so happy just thinking about it.
Lennah: Oh! Why hello there!
Lennah: Say, mister monster, could you answer a few questions for me?
Vyrn: He doesn't look like the chatty type! Let's go, (Captain)!
The Tithe for Magic: Scene 2
(Captain)'s crew ventures into the mountains in search of the flower-eating monsters. Lyria expresses concern that Lennah may leave the airship once the spell is broken. However, Lennah assures Lyria she has no intention of leaving.
The crew decides to head up to the mountains after hearing from the townspeople that the monsters live there.
The mountain path is perilous, and Lyria's footsteps grow heavier as they ascend.
Lennah: Oh my. What's wrong, Lyria?
Vyrn: Was it something you ate?
Lyria: No, it wasn't! And don't nod to that, (Captain)!
Lyria: I'm just thinking back to the time we met Lennah...
Lennah: Oh? That's rather sudden. Is something wrong?
Lyria: When Lennah came to the Grandcypher,
Vyrn: I remember! Lyria asked her for some decorations, so she filled the whole airship with flowers!
Vyrn: Bwahaha! The look on Rackam's face was priceless!
Lennah: Hehehe! Those were good times!
Vyrn: So why did that suddenly bum you out, Lyria?
Lyria: Well... what are you going to do if you find a cure, Lennah?
Lennah: Hmm... Good question.
Lyria: Will you leave our crew?
Vyrn: Is that what's bothering you, Lyria?
Lyria: Yeah... The thought of you leaving makes me sad...
Vyrn: Now that you mention it, no one's ever left the crew before.
Lennah: You're right. When I leave, likely it'll make everyone quite sad.
Lyria: Oh my gosh! So you really are leaving us?
Lennah: It's been fun! Going around different islands, helping people and making them happy...
Lyria: Sniff... Lennah...
Vyrn: H-hey! Don't cry, Lyria!
Lennah: Oh my! I'm sorry.
Lennah: It was awful of me to make you cry, Lyria. I'm so sorry.
Lennah: I don't think I'm going to leave the crew, anyway.
Lennah: I've made so many happy memories here. Instead, I'll—
Lennah: Hm? What's that smell?
Vyrn: Doesn't look like the same ones we fought in town! Take 'em down, (Captain)!
The Tithe for Magic: Scene 3
(Captain) and company follow the monster trail into a cave, where they find a man with the same curse cast on him as Lennah. He explains that those who eat the fruit they received from the mysterious stranger are doomed to eventually become food for monsters themselves.
Following the monsters' trail, (Captain) and company arrive at a cave in the mountains.
With great effort, the party pries open the reinforced door and steps inside.
Vyrn: Gulp... This sure looks shady all right.
Lennah: It really does... The atmosphere of this place feels... strangely familiar.
Lyria: Look! Your flowers are all over the cave!
???: Who's there?
Vyrn: Don't try to frighten us! Who are you?
Man: It doesn't matter who I am. What matters is whether you know anything about those flowers.
Lennah: They're spirit blossoms. Flowers created by magic. They possess no nectar, and a thin magical film covers the flower, preventing it from wilting.
Man: Who are you really?
Lennah: I'm someone with the power to create spirit blossoms. Just like you, it seems...
Man: Then you've run into you-know-who too...
Lennah: The one who gave us the fruit?
Lennah: Do you know anything about them? I've been searching for their whereabouts for so long...
Man: Looking for a way to cure this, aren't you?
The man lifts up his shirt, revealing his stomach.
Nearly half his torso is turned to tree bark, and it seems to be spreading.
Vyrn: Wh-whoa! Are you okay?
Man: Of course I'm not okay! Those who eat that fruit gain magical powers...
Man: But if one doesn't continue to use those powers, the fruit's seed grows.
Man: You begin turning into a tree. And when the metamorphosis is complete...
Man: You're nothing more than monster food!
Lennah: Prey for the same beasts that feed on the flowers.
Man: That's right. Hilarious, isn't it? Doomed to a life of spreading monster food and trying desperately not to get eaten!
Lennah: Oh my, hold on there. I never ran into flower-eating monsters until I came to this island...
Vyrn: Why don't you come with us and leave the island, chief?
Man: Are you mad! I can't leave this place! Not after it took me so long to find somewhere safe! I—
Man: How did monsters get in here?
Lennah: Oh my! Did it follow me inside?
Lennah: Sorry, dear. I know you must be hungry, but we're a little busy right now!
The Tithe for Magic: Scene 4
The man completely turns into a tree, and (Captain) and company leave the mountain. Lennah accepts that she will meet her end one day and has resolved to make as many people happy as she can in the meantime.
Lennah: I'm sorry, mister monster. It's not your fault.
Vyrn: H-hey guys! He's getting worse!
The man's transformation quickly accelerates, turning his entire body into tree bark. Only his head remains intact.
Man: Dammit... Am I gonna be monster food too?
Lennah: Why did you-know-who do this to us?
Man: I don't know, but remember this.
Man: When the mood strikes him... you'll be next.
Vyrn: Say what?
Man: When I finish turning into a tree... burn me. I don't want... to be eaten...
These are his last words.
The petrification spreads from his chin to his nose. Eventually his pleading eyes turn to wood as well.
The party leaves the cave in a grim mood, sealing the door behind them tightly before heading back down the mountain.
Vyrn: He asked us to burn him, but there's no way we could do something like that.
Lennah: I'll end up like him too, one day...
Vyrn: You're super good with magic, so you'll be okay, right?
Lennah: Oh, well, you know... I'm sure I'll be fine for a while!
The party makes its way down the rest of the mountain in silence.
Seemingly unable to take it much longer, Vyrn asks Lennah a question.
Vyrn: Hey, you okay?
Lennah: Just peachy. I do feel bad about that man, though.
Lennah: I'm still okay, and that's worth being thankful for. Another one of my many blessings.
Vyrn: Glad to see you're back to your cheery self!
Lennah: And I just remembered what I was thinking about when I first started this journey.
Lennah: I knew I would end up like him one day...
Lennah: That's why I want to bring happiness to as many people as I can!
With that, Lennah straightens her back and strides on with renewed purpose.
Lennah will create even more beautiful flowers, bringing joy to countless people across the skies.
A Time to Sow
The crew travel to an island upon Lennah's request, though she herself does not know why. There they find a man in danger. A man, it seems, who is somehow connected to Lennah.
Much time has passed since Lennah first joined the crew.
One day Lyria, Vyrn, and (Captain) find her standing alone on the deck.
Lips pursed and brows furrowed, she waves her staff in the air.
Spirit blossoms fill the deck and are soon riding on the wind, off into the depths of the sky.
It's beautiful! You're amazing, Lennah!
Hehe, I'm glad you liked that.
You've sure gotten better at summoning flowers. You can make so many of 'em now.
Hehe. Seems my powers have been growing stronger ever since I joined the crew.
Sensing something behind Lennah's smile, (Captain) asks her if anything is amiss.
It's just that lately no matter how many flowers I make, my body's curse only seems to be progressing faster.
There's been bark on my stomach ever since yesterday.
Hehe. I might not have much time left. Quite the bind.
Hey, don't say that...
Hehe, only joking!
As they engage in their usual banter, something in the distance catches Lennah's eye.
Land ahoy, friends.
Is that the place you said you wanted to go to?
Without a doubt. I'm sorry for bothering you with this little detour though.
Not at all! Anything for you, Lennah!
Oh, how wonderful you all are. I'm lucky to have you. Hehe.
By the way, why do you want to visit this place?
I wish I knew myself. All I can say is that I just felt like coming here for some reason. Strange, isn't it?
As they approach, they find the island obscured by some sort of smoke. They decide to land on one of the few visible rock banks.
Lennah: This place...
Vyrn: Not a spot of green in sight. What're you supposed to do here?
Lyria: Lennah, are you okay? You seem down.
Lennah: I was just... reminded of my days as a child.
Lennah then creates a small flower in the palm of her hand.
Lyria: That flower looks sort of different from the ones you usually make.
Lennah: That's right. I made this with my original powers, not the curse of the spirit blossoms.
Lennah: My home was a place not too unlike this one. A desert. Yet more than anything I longed to be where flowers bloomed...
Lennah: The day I first made a flower, I was overjoyed.
Lennah looks down at the flower, but her eyes seem to be staring into a completely different time and place.
Lyria: It's pretty... in a simple, innocent sort of way.
Lennah: Do you like it? Here then, Lyria, a present from me to you.
Lennah smiles and places the flower in Lyria's hair.
Lyria: Hehe. Thanks, Lennah.
Lennah: You look wonderful, dear. And thanks to you I'm feeling better already.
They exchange smiles. Lennah closes her eyes as if wishing for the moment to never end.
Lennah: The resemblance this place has to my homeland is uncanny... Perhaps something here called out to me.
Though the crew wonders what could possibly call out to her on this deserted and barren land, they concede to stroll around the vicinity for the time being.
Lyria: There's something kind of strange about this island...
Vyrn: Yeah. Don't know why but something about this place feels off somehow.
The entire island seems to waft an eerie air. They tread with caution, when suddenly—a scream.
Lennah's expression is one of shock.
Lennah: It sounds like someone's in trouble. Perhaps monsters.
Vyrn: We gotta go help him then! C'mon, (Captain)!
Monster Horde: Groaaar!
Man: H-how can there be so many of them!
Lyria: (Captain)! Quickly!
A Time to Sow: Scene 2
The man brings the group back to his home as thanks for saving him. In his abode they find tree-ified victims of Lennah's curse. Questions lead to a horrifying answer: the creator of Lennah's curse—a being known as the mother-tree—has brought her to this island to be killed and harvested.
Lennah: Take that!
Lennah: Now, now. That's enough of that, little monsters.
Lennah: No need to be afraid. Let's all get along now.
The monsters flee one after another.
Man: You... You're!
The man turns pale at the sight of Lennah, but the woman herself remains silent.
Vyrn: Are you okay, guy? What're you doing out in a place like this?
Man: I live on this island. For research purposes. I don't know how to thank you for saving me back there.
Lennah: (Captain), it's dangerous here. We should get this man somewhere safe.
Lyria: You're right. We don't know when monsters might strike next.
Unable to simply abandon the man, they make their way to his residence.
The man leads the way, but (Captain) and crew do not let their guard down.
Man: We should be safe here. Please bear with the darkness a moment while I provide some illumination.
The man lights a lamp, and the room fills with light.
But an empty room is not what greets them. They are joined by a host of humanoid figures, or more precisely, trees in humanoid form.
Vyrn and Lyria: Yikes!
Lennah: People turned to trees by the spirit blossom curse... Is that your research?
Man: Correct. And my studies often require me to leave the safety of my home.
Man: You see, those monsters eat the spirit blossoms, or should I say harvest them.
Man: And while I don't have the power to create spirit blossoms myself, those monsters still attack me all the same.
Lennah: I see...
Vyrn: That still doesn't explain why you've got all these tree-people here.
Man: This island attracts those with the spirit blossom curse.
Lyria: It attracts them? Why? What's on this island?
Man: Because this island houses the mother-tree of the spirit blossoms. The histories call it Jinkazouki.
Lennah: So that's what called me here.
Vyrn: Jinka-what? Never heard of it.
Man: It was used during the War to create and store magical energy. It seems it still does so to this very day.
Man: It plants its seeds into its prey and forces them to create spirit blossoms.
Man: It then collects the magic from the flowers through its servants, those monsters you saved me from.
Lennah: So the curse isn't a side effect, it's to force victims to keep generating magic for the mother-tree... or else.
Man: That's right. It also serves another purpose...
According to the man, one's magical energy increases each time a spirit blossom is made.
Those who have reached the limits of their magical potential feel compelled to return to the island.
Here, whether they continue creating spirit blossoms or not, they are turned to trees and harvested for their magic.
Man: Jinkazouki enriches its pool of magic and grows stronger with each person it harvests.
Lennah: Turn people into magic farms, gather the flowers they make, then harvest the person itself.
Man: A hideous cycle. We no longer know if it was created by skydwellers or Astrals, but one thing is for certain: it should never have been.
All Three: ...
Lyria: So the real reason why you're here is...
Lennah: Because I'm ripe for the harvest...
The group is at a loss for words. The man turns to the tree-figures in the room.
Just then, sounds of little footsteps echo in from the adjoining corridor.
Boy: Papa! You're back!
Man: Yes, this is my son.
Lennah: I see...
Boy: Papa, who are they?
Man: They saved me from some monsters just now. Aren't you glad they did?
Boy: Really? Thanks for saving my papa!
Lennah: Hehe. It was nothing. I'm glad we were able to keep him safe. Wouldn't want you all sad and alone, now would we?
Boy: Um, please take this, miss! As a thank you!
Lennah: Aww, how wonderfully sweet of you. And what might it be?
Boy: It's super special! Watch, okay!
Lyria: Th-that's a...
Lennah: A spirit blossom!
A Time to Sow: Scene 3
Another revelation is made: the man himself was the one who had given Lennah the curse in her youth. Lennah lashes out in anger at him. To the group's surprise, however, she seems to forgive him the moment he apologizes. Not only that, but she proceeds to take his son's curse upon herself, and goes on to fight a horde of monsters despite the strain of her new burden.
Lennah: A spirit blossom! But how?
Man: My son's had the ability from birth. I've gathered these individuals to study them in hopes of finding a cure.
The man looks to the still figures that once were human.
Lennah: Did he inherit it through blood? Your blood? But why...
Lennah: Even though I've been paying the price for your curse!
Man: I knew it. I had a feeling you were that girl from all those years ago...
Lennah: Yes. Indeed it's been a while.
Vyrn: Wh-what? You guys know each other? I don't understand...
At Vyrn's words the man casts his gaze to the floor. His lips give a slight tremble before he speaks.
Man: Years ago I ate the fruit of the spirit blossoms. Little did I know that I'd be plagued with that terrifying curse. But then one day I met her.
Man: She was a magical prodigy, able to create flowers of her very own. When I learned of her, I made contact with her and... passed on my curse.
Vyrn: Y-you what? But I thought Lennah said it wasn't a person that gave her the curse. That it coulda been a monster.
Lennah: That's why I'm searching for the one who gave me that fruit in the first place.
Lennah: Who's to say it's even a person. Why, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a monster or some kind of demon.
Lennah: Well, knowingly giving a curse to an innocent child? I think monster and demon are rather fitting descriptions, wouldn't you agree?
Lennah: Thanks to you, I've been suffering all these years. Oh, it sure was tough. But you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
Man: The thought of what I did to you haunts me every night. I know it was a wretched, cruel thing to do. I was just so scared... I wasn't in my right mind...
Lennah: Hehe. It must have all been the spirit blossoms' fault. They manipulate their hosts into coming to this island, don't they? They must have been controlling you the same way.
Lennah: After all, you've come to live on this forsaken island all for the sake of your son. You can't be completely evil.
Lennah: But I wonder... what makes the younger me any different from that child.
There are no words...
Vyrn and Lyria: ...
Everyone is left speechless seeing this whole new side to Lennah.
Man: Please, will you let me atone for my sins? If I can find a cure for my son, I'm sure we'll be able to cure you as well...
Man: Though I may not have the right to say this, I've longed to tell you this ever since that horrid day...
Man: I am so truly sorry...
Lennah: I see.
Lennah: Hehe. In that case, consider yourself forgiven.
All Three: Huh?
Lennah: I was wronged, I vented my anger, and you apologized. It's all water under the bridge now.
Man: Wha... Huh?
Lennah: I'd love to stay and chat, but we haven't time.
The group seems puzzled as to what she means, but Lennah just stares off into blank space.
Lennah: Ahh, I see the monsters from before have come to harvest me. And they've brought their friends.
The house shakes with the roars of monsters uncountable.
Lyria: It sounds like we're surrounded!
Boy: Papa, is the house gonna break? Are the monsters gonna eat us?
Lennah smiles and walks quietly to the boy.
Lennah: No, they won't. Don't worry. I won't let them.
Lennah: I promise. But you'll have to give me something in exchange.
Boy: Like what?
Lennah: The power that lets you make those pretty flowers. Let me take it.
Lennah lays a gentle hand on the boy's cheek.
The curse within the boy responds to Lennah's magical energy and manifests itself as a spirit blossom fruit.
Man: Wh-what're you doing?
Lennah: The spirit blossom fruits are drawn to those with magical gifts, aren't they?
Lennah: It's all right. The boy will never have to worry about the curse again.
Lennah: I can't save myself, but with this I can at least save him and all of you.
She bites into the fruit.
Man: Why would you do such a thing!
Lennah: Hehe. What a silly question. If one doesn't eat the fruit, it just returns to the host's body. That wouldn't solve anything, would it?
Lennah: You might be able to find a cure someday, but I don't have long. It's fine though; I'm not afraid of what's ahead of me.
Lyria: But, Lennah, you look like you're in pain!
Lennah gives no response to Lyria's concern, hobbling instead toward the shelter's exit.
(Captain) and the group follow after her.
Lennah: My, my, look at all these monsters.
The horde of monsters stretches for as far as the eye can see. Yet Lennah simply smiles and looks on.
Vyrn: Lennah! Don't tell me you're thinking of taking all of them on alone!
Lennah: I am.
Vyrn: Why're you doing all this? I thought you hated that guy?
Lennah: That's not true at all.
Vyrn: Huh? But all those things you said...
Lennah: Honestly, I let go of my hatred for him a long time ago.
Lennah: But sometimes you need more than just simple words of forgiveness to get closure.
Vyrn and Lyria: ...
Lennah: All I want to do now is to take care of these monsters before anyone else gets hurt.
Lennah: Scars are the worst part of getting hurt, you know. Long after the wound itself has healed, they'll continue to remind you of the pain every single day.
Lennah: I decided long ago that I'd bring joy, and only joy, with my flowers. That I'd do that to the very end. And that's a promise I never want to break.
A Time to Sow: Scene 4
Consuming two spirit blossom fruits has given Lennah fearsome power. She defeats the horde of monsters, but the burden of two curses proves too much for her body to handle. She collapses, turning into a thousand spirit blossoms before the eyes of (Captain) and company.
With a swing of her staff, flowers bloom all around the monsters' feet.
Lennah: Hehe. Eating two spirit blossom fruits has really opened my eyes to how the blossoms work.
Lennah: My blossoms, I bid you bring joy.
Lennah closes her eyes. The flowers turn into light and then dissolve into a great wind.
Lennah: L'Enfer des Fleurs.
The flowers begin to blossom and burst into a raging cyclone, unleashing magical energy greater than any one individual can bear.
Lennah: Spirit blossoms are stores of magical energy...
Lennah: Even burgeoning buds can become furious gales.
Vyrn: I ain't never seen anything like this before!
The ensuing maelstrom throws the monsters in all directions.
Lennah: I'm sorry. I know you're only trying to follow the mother-tree's orders.
Lyria: Lennah? Are you all right? You look like you can barely stand.
Lennah: Hehe. I might have pushed myself just a little too hard there.
Lennah: I knew I was. But I still had to do it.
Lennah wipes some of the sweat off her face as she crumples to the floor.
And with a full smile, she heaves a sigh of relief.
Lennah: (The fruit you gave me to eat had an awful smell of rot.)
Lennah: (After all these years, it's finally time for it to return to the soil. And soon that soil will be fertile for more beautiful flowers to grow.)
Lennah: (I didn't want all that time to be... for nothing...)
Lyria: Lennah? Please, say something. Tell us you're okay.
Lennah: Sorry to worry you, dear.
Lennah: Looks like I really kept my promise till the very end. I'm so... happy...
Slowly, Lennah closes her eyes.
Lyria: Lennah? What do you mean? Lennah!
Lennah: Thank you, (Captain), Lyria, Vyrn...
Lennah's body fades away into a thousand flowers. A thousand spirit blossoms.
(Captain) and company can do nothing but stare in silence as the flowers dance in the wind.
A Time to Harvest
Still in shock over the loss of their friend, Lyria, (Captain), and the others gather the blossoms left behind by Lennah. But before long monsters come and begin eating the flowers. The group tries to stop them before it's too late.
Lennah: Thank you, (Captain), Lyria, Vyrn...
Lennah's body fades away into a thousand flowers. A thousand spirit blossoms.
(Captain) and company can do nothing but stare in silence as the flowers dance in the wind.
Vyrn: What's happening! What the heck's happening to her!
Man: It's because she took on my son's curse. She had the power of two spirit blossom fruits in one body...
Man: For a time her power was magnified, but it's more than any one person can bear...
Lyria: No! This can't be right! She... she can't be...
They all stand in silence. Moments that feel like hours pass. Then Lyria bends to the ground.
Vyrn: Lyria? What're you doing?
Lyria: I'm not sure myself. But I feel like I should gather these flowers.
She starts to pick up the flowers one by one.
Lyria: Lennah... Lennah...
Unable to simply stand by and watch, (Captain) and Vyrn join in and help to gather the flowers.
Vyrn: Crud! There're still monsters left!
Monsters suddenly appear and start to eat the spirit blossoms left behind by Lennah.
Lyria: Stop it! Get away from those flowers!
Vyrn: Lyria! Don't go alone! Crud! C'mon, (Captain), before she gets hurt!
A Time to Harvest: Scene 2
The crew—along with the man and his
son—decide to leave this nightmare of an island. But monsters block them every step of the way, as if leading them somewhere. Soon (Captain) and company find themselves before the mother-tree and a sea of her minions rushing to attack.
Lyria: Ohh, those awful monsters...
In her hands Lyria holds the last few remaining spirit blossoms, most of the others having been eaten by the monsters.
Vyrn: I can't believe you guys can live on a monster-infested island like this.
Man: No, I've never seen that many monsters on this island before. The mother-tree must have been creating an abnormally high number of them in preparation for Lennah.
Lyria: The mother-tree... Now that you mention it, I have been feeling a strange, looming presence on this island.
Vyrn: Anyway, looks like this place isn't as safe as we thought it was. (Captain), what do you say we get away from this island for a while?
Lyria: Um, sir, would you like to come with us? It probably isn't safe here anymore.
Man: You'll help me and my son? Would you be all right with that?
Lyria: Lennah said she forgave you. That's all we need to know.
Man: Thank you... Truly.
Once the boy and his father finish their preparations, they all set off for the Grandcypher.
Monsters can be seen here and there.
They walk the desert, being sure to keep their distance whenever they see a monster.
Lyria: Would you happen to know where Lennah grew up, sir?
Man: Oh, I remember. How could I forget...
Lyria: (Captain)... I'd like to plant Lennah's flowers in her hometown. Can we go there?
Vyrn: Yeah... I'd like to do more for her, but I guess that's all we can do.
They decide to mourn their dear departed friend by doing so.
And perhaps that's all that should be done.
Vyrn: Is it just me or do monsters keep popping up right in our path? It's getting pretty hard not to get spotted...
They attempt to avoid the monsters as they head to the airship's anchor point, but all does not go as expected.
Vyrn: Darn it. No matter which way we go, they just keep showing up...
Vyrn: D-don't tell me they're trying to corner us...
That presence I've been sensing has been getting stronger... They're leading us to it!
Vyrn: I don't know what's going on here, but it smells like trouble. Stay sharp, guys!
Not knowing by whose will they are being led, they continue onwards.
Rotted Greatwood: ...
Lyria: The aura is coming from that tree over there.
Vyrn: Don't tell me that's the mother-tree we've been hearing so much about.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
(Captain)! The tree's going to attack us!
Vyrn: Monsters are pouring outta that thing!
Lyria: W-we're surrounded!
Vyrn: Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide...
Vyrn: Let's get 'em, (Captain)! This one's for Lennah!
A Time to Harvest: Scene 3
The group survives the battle thus far, but it's not over yet; a figure appears before the tree. It's Lennah. She seems to have forgotten her friends and is about to attack them, when Lyria speaks to her and causes her to remember. Now in her right mind, she joins forces with the crew to defeat the mother-tree.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
The group retaliates against the
mother-tree's attack and manages to wound the tree itself.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
However, the monsters that ate Lennah's flowers approach the great tree and pour their collected magic into it. In moments the tree's wounds heal.
Vyrn: Darn it! That thing doesn't give up easy!
Rotted Greatwood: ...
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
(Captain) stares at the tree. Before long the tree's knots and wrinkles begin to twist and contort, and a blinding light glows from its body.
When the light starts to fade, a figure can be seen before the tree.
Lennah, eyes hollow and void of emotion, stands.
Lennah: Aa... Nn...
The look on her face is unlike any (Captain) and the crew have seen on her.
Those still, lifeless eyes look up at the sky for a moment, then she turns to face the tree.
Lennah: So you're the spirit blossom mother-tree...
Lennah: Yes... Yes... You called me here to protect you... I understand...
She then turns again to look at the man standing behind the crew.
Lennah: Aah... Ngh!
Man: Little girl, do you like flowers?
Young Lennah: Huh? I sure do! Wanna see me make one? Look, look!
Why, that's amazing... Now I see why the spirit blossom fruit chose you.
The man thinks for a moment. A mix of relief and reluctance play across his face.
Man: Here, have a bite of this fruit. It'll give you the power to make even more beautiful flowers.
Lennah: I remember. He's the one who gave me the curse. The one I hated for so long.
Lyria: Wha! Lennah's pointing her staff at us!
Vyrn: What's that mean! She thinking about attacking us?
Man: The tree has the ability to create monsters. Perhaps after absorbing Lennah's magic she used that very same power to recreate her.
Man: Recreate her for the purpose of defending it.
Lyria: So Lennah sees us as enemies right now?
Vyrn: Crud! If she comes at us full-force, I don't know what's gonna happen!
With a blank stare Lennah steps slowly toward (Captain) and company.
Reluctant to fight a friend, (Captain) tells the group to fall back.
However, monsters swoop in to block their exit.
Lennah: Yes, Mother... As you command.
Hear my call...
Vyrn: She's comin' right for us!
Lennah: Petals of war, scent of blood,
strike my foes with storm and flood.
The spirit blossoms respond to Lennah's words and melt into light. The light turns into a sharp cone of whirlwind.
Lennah: End this war with your demise.
End this war with their cries.
Lennah continues to chant the incantation. Suddenly, Lyria steps forth.
Vyrn: Lyria! What're you doing!
Lyria: Lennah, look at this. We didn't manage to save all of them, but we gathered the flowers you left behind.
She says this and walks slowly to Lennah, flowers in her outstretched hands.
I see. I'll take them back then.
Lyria: The flowers are disappearing! No, Lennah, didn't you say you'd never use your powers to hurt others?
Lyria: You promised yourself to use your powers to bring nothing but joy! Don't you remember?
Lennah's gaze starts to flicker. Her eyes finally settle on the little flower in Lyria's hair.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
Teenage Lennah: Another branch is growing!
Teenage Lennah: Why's this happening to me! Why me!
Teenage Lennah: If only I'd never eaten that awful thing!
Lennah: You... made... me... eat it...
Prompted by a vision from the mother-tree, she redirects her gaze to the man.
Lennah: Spirit blossoms...
Vyrn: Darn it! She's not listening! Get away, Lyria!
Lyria: No, Lennah! Don't!
Lennah: Hear my call...
Lennah's magic gathers in a whirlwind around her. The spirit blossoms begin to glow in response. And then the unexpected.
Lennah: I bid you bring joy.
L'Enfer des Fleurs.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
A giant tornado consumes the mother-tree, stripping it of its leaves and branches.
Vyrn: Wha? But I thought you were on the tree's side!
Lennah: Sorry for worrying you. I'm still a little drowsy after waking up.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
In a panic, the tree bombards Lennah with another memory.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
Teenage Lennah: No, no, no, no! I don't want to be a tree. I don't want to die!
Teenage Lennah: Please, please, please...
Please, oh please, oh please!
Teenage Lennah: Please... Somebody... Help me...
The cursed tree brings back the bitter memories of her youth.
Lennah: I can tell you've been trying to control me with memories of the worst times of my life.
Lennah: But I've long since grown bored of those memories. You don't need to remind me of anything. They come back to me every time I close my eyes.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
Lennah: Overcoming those memories took years upon years... But I did it in the end. I'm at peace with them now.
Lennah: If I hadn't been so drowsy moments ago, you wouldn't have been able to do a thing to me. Sorry.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
Lennah: My apologies for scaring you, (Captain), everyone. But don't worry. I'm all right now.
Lennah: So do forgive my language, but I think it's time we brought this bad mother down. What do you say?
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
A Time to Harvest: Scene 4
The crew has defeated the accursed mother-tree and is reunited with Lennah. They find that her new body is free from the curse, though this would technically mean she is now a monster. Lennah herself doesn't seem to mind, however, and is more than happy to simply be rid of the curse once and for all.
Rotted Greatwood: ...!
Lennah: Ahh, finally. Now we don't have to worry about being hunted down anymore.
Lyria: Um, Lennah... It really is you... right?
Lennah: Oh, I'm sorry for just now, Lyria. I must have given you quite a scare.
Vyrn: You had me sweating buckets back there... I thought we were goners.
Lennah: And with good reason. Why, if I hadn't woken up when I did, no doubt (Captain) would be a soggy heap of red right now. Frightening thought. Hehe.
Lyria: Oh my... I'm glad it never came to that...
(Captain) winces. Lennah's unique brand of humor seems especially disturbing today.
Lyria: Lennah? Is something bothering you?
Lennah: I was wondering... What am I right now?
Lennah: I remember that after I ate that boy's spirit blossom fruit, my body turned to flowers.
Vyrn: Oh, uhh, about that. The man told us that the tree-thing probably recreated your body the same way it makes monsters.
Lennah: Oh dearie me, I guess that makes me a monster then.
Lennah's body is no longer human; the body's owner, however, doesn't seem to mind in the least.
Lennah: I don't seem to look any different though.
She looks at herself and feels around for abnormalities.
Lennah: Oh? What's this?
Vyrn: Wh-what's wrong? Don't tell me you've got a tail now or something.
Lennah: Hehe. No, silly! My body's completely rid of bark or branches!
Lyria: Could that mean that your curse is gone?
Lennah: That's right. And it makes sense if you think about it—I was brought back to protect the mother-tree, not to be a magic farm like all the others.
Lennah: And I certainly wouldn't be able to protect her if I turned into a tree someday.
Vyrn: Hmm, I think I get it. I don't know if we should be happy or not though, what with you technically being a monster and all.
Lennah: No, it's wonderful. I don't have to worry about becoming a tree anymore. Being a monster sure is great! Hehe.
Lyria: That's... very positive of you, Lennah.
Lennah: Didn't I tell you? As long as I can bring joy to others with my flowers, I don't need anything else.
Lennah: Not to mention I can keep traveling with you and the crew. I couldn't be happier!
Lennah: Here's to many more adventures together, (Captain).
Through these events Lennah has overcome her curse, but not without a price.
To one who's experienced hardships as hers, however, the payment may as well mean nothing.
With her usual smile and carefree demeanor, she once again boards the Grandcypher.
Curse These Curses!
A chance meeting brings Gawain and Lennah together to talk about their curses. Lennah says it's given her an appreciation for what many take for granted, while Gawain believes there's no upside whatsoever to their situation. Eventually he admits her words ring with a certain truth and starts to see his life in a different light.
Lennah is strolling around town one day when sounds of a quarrel enter earshot.
Lennah: Oh? And what do we have here?
Hooligan 1: Some fancy armor y' got there, bud. Bet you're loaded with gold. How 'bout I help take some of that weight off you?
Gawain: Begone. Why should I give coin to the likes of you?
Hooligan 2: Heh. Looks like this one's a little slow. Let's knock some sense into 'im!
Lennah: Now, now, boys. Let's all get along.
Lennah's wand traces a curve in the air and a strong wind follows. The men suddenly find themselves buried in a sea of flowers.
Gawain: Hm? Flowers? What's the meaning of this?
Lennah: Pretty, aren't they? Doesn't it just make you oh-so-happy?
Hooligan 1: What the? The heck are you doing!
Lennah: Oh, don't be angry. Try smiling instead!
Gawain: Wait, I recognize you... You're from my crew.
Lennah: That's right. And you should try smiling too, Gawain. It's good for you.
Hooligan 1: Tsk. Called your friend, did ya? This ain't worth it. C'mon, we're getting out of here.
Lennah: Aww. Going without saying goodbye? And here I thought we were friends.
Gawain: Stop right there, fools! Don't think I'll simply let this slide!
Lennah: That's right. You should shake hands and make up.
Gawain: What're you talking about? A beating is what they need! A beating!
Lennah: Now, now. Watch that temper, Gawain. You're scaring them. Here, just relaaax.
Hooligan 1: Yeeep! I... I can't move! I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I'll apologize!
Lennah: Hehe. I'm glad you're seeing things my way. Now the two of you just need to shake!
Gawain: I'll never join hands with this filth!
Lennah: Gawain! No need to be shy. Let's put this all behind us.
When Lennah lays her hands on the ruffians, they stretch out their hands with unnatural obedience.
A reluctant Gawain follows suit when Lennah takes his hand.
Lennah: There we go. Not so hard, is it?
Hooligan 2: Gods... Why do I gotta shake hands with this scum...
Gawain: I should be the one saying that!
Lennah: What's going on here? I thought we just made up? Maybe we need more flowers to help.
Hooligan 1: Eek! N-no, ma'am. No more flowers! We're sorry! Just let us go! Please!
Gawain: Tsk... Get out of my sight. As much as I hate you, I'm starting to hate these flowers even more.
Hooligan 1: Th-thank you.
Lennah: Hehe. Shy one, aren't you?
Gawain: Wait. Where are you going?
Lennah resumes her stroll as if nothing had happened.
Spreading flowers on the bleak scenery along the way, she is followed by the clanking of Gawain's armor.
Gawain: Just what were you trying to accomplish back there?
Lennah: Hmm? You mean the peacemaking?
Gawain: Yes, that. They were trying to pick a fight with me.
Gawain: I should have taught those two a lesson! Not given them handshakes!
Lennah: Mmm. You may be right. But you never know; maybe they had their reasons.
Gawain: Humph. Reasons? Why should I care? They should have left me out of it.
Lennah: Gawain. You've made peace with them and shaken on it. No need to hold a grudge.
The corners of Lennah's lips pull back into a gentle smile. And in the palm of her hand she makes a tiny flower bloom.
Lennah: Here you go. A brand new flower fresh off the Lennah!
The stunned Gawain receives the flower into his hands without thinking. He stands stock still, contemplating what had just transpired.
Lennah: Hehe. It suits you.
Gawain stares sidelong at Lennah as she goes about sprouting flowers by the wayside.
Gawain: Will you cut that out? This is a road, not a flower garden.
Lennah: Sorry, no can do. If I stop making flowers, I'll turn into a tree.
Gawain: Hm? A tree? Is that supposed to be funny?
Lennah: Hehe. True as true can be, I'm afraid. You've seen the branches on my arms, haven't you? Oh my, I think it just grew a little.
Lennah tells the story of how she contracted a curse that binds her to keep creating flowers, lest she be turned into a tree.
Ailed with a curse himself, Gawain starts to sympathize with her. Soon his temper subsides.
Gawain: Humph. You should have said so earlier. If that's the case, I'll suffer the sight of your flowers.
Lennah: I'm so glad you understand, Gawain. Thank you.
Gawain: Tsk. Don't be mistaken. This doesn't mean I have to like it. I simply know firsthand how terrible a curse can be.
Gawain tells of the sorceress who cursed his armor and condemned him to suffer until the curse is broken.
Lennah: Why, that sounds just awful. Bath time certainly can't be easy.
Gawain: It isn't. I have to sleep like this too. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to sleep in armor?
Lennah: For me I need to wake up throughout the night to make flowers. I haven't had a good, long sleep in ages.
Gawain: I know how you feel.
Lennah: Hehe. But I've gotten used to it. I've had it since I was a little girl, after all.
Gawain: Humph. I hate to admit it, but I've gotten used to my curse as well. I still want nothing but the spell broken though.
Lennah: Oh, yes. That certainly would be nice.
The two continue exchanging their everyday woes and inconveniences brought about by their curses.
Gawain finds a special kind of comradery in his new friend.
Gawain: So... what would happen if you ever do turn into a tree?
Lennah: Hmm, I guess I wouldn't be able to move anymore. Oh, and monsters would eat me. That won't be very nice either.
Gawain: What? So not only do you turn into a tree, but you die as well. That sounds far worse than my curse.
Lennah: Well, I don't know about that; we might be comparing apple trees to orange trees there. You're right though. Turning into a tree would spell the end for me.
Gawain: How can you be so nonchalant about all this? Your life is in constant danger!
Lennah: Hehe. It's a serious problem all right. But it's not all bad.
Lennah: Now I'm able to make lots and lots of flowers. Isn't it wonderful?
Gawain: Are you being serious? Has the constant threat of doom made you lose your mind?
Lennah: Hehe. Who can say? I certainly hope not.
Lennah puts a hand on her cheek and giggles. Gawain stares at that
never-changing smile and ventures a question.
Gawain: Don't you feel any despair at your situation?
Lennah: Hm? Despair?
Lennah gives a blank stare for a moment. Then, realizing the answer he's looking for, she narrows her eyes ever so slightly.
Lennah: It's true; there was a time I cried every day out of fear. For the first few years at least.
Lennah: But I knew crying wouldn't solve anything. The tears stopped eventually.
Gawain: Hm... You just... gave up?
Lennah: I didn't give it much thought at the time, but yes, perhaps I did.
Gawain: But why? Don't you want to find the one who did this to you? Take revenge?
Lennah: Hmm, perhaps. I honestly don't think it matters anymore.
Lennah: But I realized... While it's easy to wallow in sadness when misfortune strikes, it's even easier to just be happy.
Gawain: Hm? Wh-what do you mean?
Lennah: Hehe. Tears come unbidden when you're sad, but isn't it just so tiring? By the time you're done, your head hurts and your eyes are all puffy.
Lennah: But when you're happy, you smile. And when you smile, your heart starts to feel light and all your pains just fade away.
Lennah: Yes, my curse can be troublesome. Yes, it took a few things away from me. But I don't have to let it take my happiness.
Lennah: So you see... I don't think myself misfortunate at all.
Gawain: No, that's the very definition of misfortune. You're suffering more than others are. That's what the word means.
Lennah: Oh, so you regard yourself unfortunate then?
Gawain: Of course I do... Just look at all the humiliation I have to suffer.
Lennah: Is that so? You don't seem that unfortunate to me.
Gawain: Don't be absurd!
Gawain: I have a curse! I'm cursed! What part of that don't you understand?
Lennah: Hehe. I've never seen someone so eager to say they're miserable.
Lennah: You know what's great about my situation?
Lennah: I've learned to appreciate even the smallest things in life.
Lennah: And if I can help someone else appreciate that little bit of everyday happiness, that makes me all the happier.
Gawain: Fool's talk! How can that be happiness! Flowers can't bring happi—ngh!
Lennah: Are you all right? Where does it hurt?
Gawain: Ngh. Pay no mind. It's because of my curse. I'm used to it.
Gawain: Sigh... How can you say any good can come of this.
Lennah: Well, I'm sure there's something that we've realized that no one else has.
Gawain: Whatever that is, I don't know it. There is no silver lining in this, I assure you.
Gawain: This curse has done nothing but make me long for the everyday life I'd taken for granted.
Lennah: There you go! A silver lining if there ever was one!
Gawain: Humph. Maybe you're right. Maybe I have gained something from all this suffering.
Gawain: But if you think I can accept that someone can be happy in this state, that's another matter entirely.
Lennah: Are you saying I'm only pretending to be happy? Just putting on a brave face?
Gawain: No! That's not what I meant! It's just... well...
Gawain: Everyone feels a little bit of negativity toward their situation. Just admit it. It's okay to be a little selfish sometimes.
Lennah: Oh, selfish, you say?
Lennah: Hehe, how kind of you, Gawain. Seems there's a warm heart pumping all that hot blood.
Gawain: M-make no mistake! It's just because I can't stand seeing you act the way you do!
Lennah: Well then, because you're so kind, maybe I should indulge you with a selfish request.
Lennah: Get me a teacup. I hear (Captain) needs a new one.
Gawain: Sigh... This is what you call being selfish...
Gawain: Humph. You really are something.
Lennah and Gawain. Each with their own burden, each with their own way.
Having gained new insight into the life of a fellow curse-bearer, they each re-examine the lives they lead, and what they wish to make of it.
The Scent of Happiness
The crew tracks a gang of thugs down to a nearby village that used to be covered in flowers. La Coiffe and Lennah use their powers to strike fear into the hearts of the thugs and return peace to the town.
Lyria: Wow, (Captain)! Look at all the beautiful flowers!
Vyrn: Sure is pretty here! Hard to believe it's a bad guy hideout...
(Captain) and company get a request to deal with some bandits who have been causing problems for travelers near town.
After arriving at a nearby village where the bandit safe house is rumored to be, the crew can't help but admire the greenery before them.
Lennah: Oh my, isn't this wonderful? Such beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see!
La Coiffe: The all-natural design of this place is simply amaaazing! Just looking at it has me feeling super organic!
Lennah: Oh dear... What flower is this, I wonder? I've never seen it before.
La Coiffe: Hm... It's a variety of carnivorous plant. When it goes dormant, adorable little flowers start to bloom all over!
Lennah: So that's what it is. There certainly are a lot of rare species here.
La Coiffe: Hrmrmrm... Do you know what this little guy is, Lennah? It seems kinda like a tree but different.
Lennah: Hee hee... That's a flower that grows big and lives a long, long time. Looks like it's just about to bloom too.
Vyrn: All this flower talk is fine and all, but can we finish that request we got already?
Lyria: There, there, Vyrn. Let's look around just a little more, and...
Lyria: Huh? Why does this spot have so few flowers?
Lennah: Oh my, you're right. I wonder why?
La Coiffe: Hmm... This didn't happen naturally. Seems like someone wrecked everything here on purpose. The flowers got yanked out too.
Villager: Whoa there, folks. Are you travelers? I'd advise against going much farther if I were you.
Vyrn: Why's that? Something bad past here?
Lyria: Actually... we were given a request to apprehend some bandits.
Villager: You're kidding me. A bunch of kids are going to take out those thugs?
Vyrn: Heheh! Judging us by our appeareance, eh? Well, we're stronger than we look!
Villager: Hrm... Do you really have what it takes to drive them out?
The villager looks around, lets out a sigh, and begins explaining the situation in hushed tones.
After suddenly attacking the town a few days prior, the bandits took over the assembly hall just up ahead.
Villager: We don't have anyone here that can keep the peace. Best we can do is keep the plants watered.
Villager: Sigh... But those bandit jerks said they don't care about the plants. If we don't provide the food and drink they're demanding, they'll burn everything to the ground.
Villager: Worst thing about it is we can't even fight back. Our only choice is to give them what they want.
Villager: It's our fault innocent people are going to suffer. Just thinking about it makes my heart weep...
Lyria: That can't happen! We have to stop them from burning down such a beautiful village!
Vyrn: Got that right! Just let us handle it! We'll beat those bandits and save this town!
Villager: Sorry to impose. Just... be careful. Please.
Vyrn: Look at this place. It's cramped to the max, and there's garbage everywhere!
After travelling down the path, the crew finds a plaza where the bandits have set up shop. What they find there takes their breath away.
Bandit A: Huh? Who the hell are you?
Vyrn: You guys are causing a lot of trouble for everyone! Leave now!
Bandit B: You from the village, lizard? Why should we care what you say?
Bandit C: All those village buttheads know how to do is garden, anyway. We should burn 'em to the ground with the village if you ask me!
Vyrn: I'm not a lizard! And if you're not gonna leave on your own, we'll just have to force you out!
Bandit D: Bwahaha! What's a lizard and a buncha kids like you gonna do to us?
Bandit A: Guess we'll just have to do this the hard way!
Vyrn: Gimme a break! If you want to run, this is your last chance!
(Captain) readies a weapon against the bandits, who approach with weapons of their own.
As they reach striking distance, (Captain)'s grip tightens.
Lennah: Now, now, no need to fight!
Lennah throws herself between the two groups, surprising everyone in sight.
Bandit C: What're you tryin' to pull, girl? Get in our way, and you're gonna get a clobberin'!
Lennah: No wonder you're all so quick to anger. There are no flowers here!
Lennah: Add a few flowers, and I'm sure you'll all be much happier. Then we can all be the best of friends!
Vyrn: Is now really the time, Lennah?
Lennah: Hee hee... You were thinking the same thing, weren't you, La Coiffe?
La Coiffe: That's right. If your environment looks nasty, you'll start to feel nasty too!
La Coiffe: Okay then. We'll just go ahead and treat this sickly garden of yours, free of charge!
Lennah: Hee hee... Let's! We'll make all the flowers and plants here just as happy as can be!
Bandit A: What the! Where'd these flowers come from all of a sudden?
Bandit B: For cryin' out loud! I can't pull 'em off! Urghhh!
Bandit B: What's going on here—
Ack! W-what're you planning to do with those huge scissors?
La Coiffe: Hee hee... So unruly! A good old cut could really do wonders!
Bandit D: Aiee! Stop! You wouldn't dare!
La Coiffe: Snip, snip! Hee hee... It's going to be all right, dear. You're all going to feel absolutely fabulous when we're done!
Bandits: Aaaagh! Stop! Please!
The bandits are engulfed in flowers conjured up out of nowhere. The scissor blades La Coiffe weilds dance around the troublemakers.
It doesn't take long for La Coiffe and Lennah to finish their beautifying.
Lennah: Hee hee. All done! Say hello to your beautiful new garden packed with happiness!
Lyria: Oh my gosh... It's incredible! Everything was a mess just a few moments ago!
La Coiffe: What do you think? I don't exactly get to work with magical flowers like Lennah's every day, so I decided to try for something airy and open.
La Coiffe: Hee hee. It really makes the flowers pop seeing them next to the trees and other plantlife.
Vyrn: Hey, you're right. Considering how many trees there are, the flowers really stand out!
Vyrn: Wait! The bandits! What's going on with the bandits?
Lennah: No worries! Look at them. They have such contented looks on their faces!
Lennah: Oh, it's simply wonderful! Feeling relaxed in this wonderful, happy flower garden?
Bandits A & B: Aah! Have mercy! We've had enough flowers to last a lifetime!
La Coiffe: Hee hee. Your clothes are looking super organic too! A perfect match for the flowers!
Bandits C & D: Oh no... The clippers... They're coming this way!
Bandits: We're so sorry! We'll never show our faces in this village again!
Lyria: Wow! They all ran off!
Vyrn: We did it! Nice work you two!
Villager: Hey, everyone! The bandits just came running past, and—wow! What a beautiful garden!
Villager: I don't believe it! You didn't just get rid of those bandits; you fixed up the garden too!
Villager: Thank you so much! Our village is in your debt!
La Coiffe: Hee hee! Hooray! All our hard work paid off, Lennah!
Lennah: Tee hee... It certainly did. It seems these flowers are going to make a lot of people very happy!
Thanks to a little flower power, La Coiffe and Lennah end the crisis without conflict.
The two share a day of satisfied smiles with the rest of the village, buoyed by the fragrant scent of flowers all around them.