Bringer of Dawn
At a theater a young man calls out to (Captain) and claims to know the truth about the Crimson Horizon legend, but his handsome features get him tangled up in a fight. The young man later finds (Captain) on the Grandcypher, and through a memory explaining his goal to defend this world from the beasts of the Crimson Horizon, he convinces (Captain) to let him join the crew. He asks to be called Lucio, but will reveal nothing more about his true identity.
Performer: Ladies and gentlemen!
Performer: Thank you for joining us tonight to witness the reenactment of a bloodcurdling, yet true, tale.
Performer: The story of the bottom of the sky...
The Crimson Horizon!
Performer: Are you ready? Then I challenge you to watch until the very end without once covering your eyes!
Having heard excellent reviews, (Captain) and the crew visit a theater to watch a stage performance.
The play is a terrifying tale based on the legend of the bottom of the sky.
Lyria: Oh w-w-wow! That p-p-play was amazing!
Io: Humph! That show was for babies! I w-w-wasn't scared at all!
Vyrn: Whoa... I'm getting dizzy. Let go of me already.
Rackam: Oh, you're shakin' in your boots! I bet it was too much for you kids, huh?
Rackam: But come on... A world deep at the bottom of the sky? With monsters more terrible than anyone's ever seen?
Rackam: It's total fantasy.
Io: How can you say that? No one's ever come back from the bottom of the sky to say what it's like, have they?
Rackam: Then how'd you figure the place must be a monster-ridden nightmare?
Rackam: Besides, how do you think those monsters know everything that goes on in the Sky Realm?
Rackam: They prey on the wicked, trying to trick their way into our world.
Rackam: But it's all just a bedtime story for kids, you see.
Rackam: Do bad things and the monsters will come for you!
???: But you don't know for sure that's all there is to it...
???: The legends of old have always been based on some truth.
???: It's simply that few people possess the power to peer into the mysteries of the future.
???: Their lifetimes are mere fragments of the grand tapestry, which lies beyond mortal comprehension.
???: So it is. And so it has been.
From the shadows of the theater, a young man walks slowly up to (Captain).
???: In days gone by, a tale of such gravity would never have been made up.
???: Such is the vast span of time that has passed since the beginning of the world.
With sorrow in his eyes, the young man extends his hand toward (Captain).
???: A great crisis is facing us all.
???: If you wish, I will tell you the truth about this world... (Captain).
Rich Lady: ...
A hush falls over the throng of people in the lobby.
Rackam: Uh... nice performance, kid! Are you one of the actors here?
Io: That was amazing! I thought the play had finished already!
???: The play? No, you misunderstand me.
???: Hey there! You!
Manager: You wanna be an actor, son? I could make you the star of my next show!
Rival Manager: Hey! Butt out, pal! I scouted this guy first. He's mine!
Young Lady: What a handsome face! Please accept this flower as a symbol of our meeting like thi—
Young Lady: Aaah!
Rich Lady: No, no, you must take this piece of my handiwork instead. I insist.
Rich Lady: That silly girl must be out of her mind offering you a flower like that!
Young Lady: What did you say?
Vyrn: Oh boy, they're coming at him from all sides!
In a flash, a huge argument breaks out around the young man. (Captain) and the crew can only watch in silent awe.
???: Stop! Please!
Vyrn: Whoa! Don't tell me this guy is going to stop these folks all at once!
Rackam: Yeah, they're all fired up. They're not even listening now.
Io: No! Look! Everyone's so captivated by him that he's got all their attention.
Rackam: Huh? How?
???: My master told me something once...
???: He said I must bring peace and prosperity to this world.
???: So please. I implore you!
???: You must not fight over me!
Silence reigns once more in the room, but only for a moment.
Manager: Take that!
Rival Manager: Then take this!
Rich Lady: You little—
Young Lady: Aaah! How dare you!
Ignoring the young man's plea, everyone begins fighting again.
Vyrn: Oh boy... What's wrong with these people?
Rackam: Come on! We're leaving! Let's go, kiddos!
Io: Now? But what about all these people fighting?
Rackam: Leave 'em to it. Nothing good's gonna come from getting involved.
Rackam: And, besides, there's something about that guy I don't like.
Io: Really? He sure seemed nice to me...
Rackam: Yeah, yeah, yeah! You kids wanna think everyone's your friend...
Rackam: Now let's scoot out of here! Before we get hit by a stray punch...
Io: Oh! Wait for me! Hey!
At that moment, the young man's voice can be heard clearly above the din of the crowd.
???: Wait! There's something you have to know!
???: I must tell you the truth about the Crimson Horizon!
Vyrn: Huh? What's the matter, (Captain)?
(Captain) turns to look back at the young man.
But the theater's security arrives and surrounds the brawling crowd. The young man vanishes from sight.
Vyrn: Hey, (Captain), you know what? Something keeps bothering me...
Vyrn: How come that guy Spangles knew your name?
Lyria: Gosh, you're right! That's sort of strange.
Rackam: Come on, it's not such a stretch.
Rackam: After all our struggles with the Empire, we're a pretty well-known crew now.
Rackam: It's not too hard to imagine that some people might know our captain by name.
Vyrn: Maybe... But it's still weird the way he walked up to (Captain) like that.
Vyrn: And then the bickering started before he had a chance to finish what he was saying.
Io: I wonder what he was trying to tell you, (Captain)...
Io: Maybe it was something super important.
Rackam: Yeah. Maybe something like asking to join our crew, right?
???: Indeed, that's an interesting idea!
Vyrn: Huh? It's you! What are you doing here, Spangles?
???: What am I doing here? You mean, why have I come?
???: To finish giving (Captain) my message, of course.
Rackam: No, we mean how the heck did you get here!
Rackam: You just stay right where you are, buddy!
Rackam: What makes you think you can just breeze in after all that craziness before, huh? Just who are you anyway? Answer me!
After a brief pause, the young man lets out a heavy sigh.
???: I didn't expect it would be so hard to get to talk to you, (Captain)...
Rackam: Hey! What'd you say?
The young man murmurs, and the world starts to warp strangely before (Captain)'s eyes.
???: There's no cause for alarm. What you are about to see is a scene from my memory...
???: Of how the world looked at the very start.
(Captain)'s eyes flutter open.
A sea of clouds covers the world.
???: In the beginning there was only the void.
???: But after an immeasurable amount of time, a being of great power arrived.
???: And life blossomed on the land that this great being created.
???: This, (Captain), was the dawn of the world.
???: It was yet undivided. And there was an era of great happiness.
???: But then the gods rent the great being in two. One half fled this world, and at the bottom of the sky the Crimson Horizon was cast open.
???: The Crimson Horizon.
Another plane. The source of chaos in all its many forms.
???: And once the otherworldly beings of that plane began to plot against the sky realm, a gate began to open as well.
He points to a parting in the sea of clouds through which an ominous-looking tower slowly comes into view.
???: It is called... Pandemonium.
???: The Astrals, who came from beyond the stars to rule this world, sent it down to where it now floats.
???: First they used the power of the gods to seal the terrible beasts inside it. Then they buried it all at the bottom of the sky.
???: But little by little, the otherworldly beings, with their sights set on power, began to breed...
???: And after ages of imprisonment in the Crimson Horizon on the edge of this rift in the sky...
???: They're trying to spill out of Pandemonium into the Sky Realm, having amassed unimaginable power.
???: That is why I've come to this world. To give you this message.
???: Will you help me, (Captain)? Will you lend your strength to the battle against these terrible fiends?
Choose: All right. I'll do all I can.
- All right. I'll do all I can.
- Just what are you exactly?
His tale is full of unanswered questions and powers unthinkable...
But (Captain) knows deep down inside that it's the truth, and there's no avoiding the fight ahead.Choose: Just what are you exactly?
???: You want to know more about me, do you? I'm afraid the time is not yet right...
???: Even if I were to tell you now, it would slip from your memory without a trace.
???: One day when you've surpassed the skies... When you've ventured beyond the stars...
???: Then I will tell you my real name.
???: Will you accept this answer for now?
His tale is full of unanswered questions and powers unthinkable...
But (Captain) knows deep down inside that it's the truth, and there's no avoiding the fight ahead.Continue 1
???: Thank you, (Captain). For believing in me...
???: It is still some time into the future that these otherworldly beings will make their move.
???: But there is much I must learn about your world before that time comes.
???: So please, (Captain), allow me to join your crew of skyfarers.
(Captain) blinks and looks around to see the deck of the Grandcypher.
The young man is laughing and chatting with Rackam and the others, as if none of the visions were real.
???: Well, thanks to (Captain)'s magnanimous nature, I'm delighted to be able to say that I'll be joining you.
Rackam: Sure! Welcome aboard, my friend!
Io: With a former actor joining the ranks, we've gotten a pretty flashy lineup now, huh?
Vyrn: Hey. What's wrong, (Captain)? You look confused.
Vyrn: Something bothering you?
(Captain) asks the young man what they should call him now that he's a member of the crew.
???: Ah, yes... I should have introduced myself properly before.
Lucio: Please call me... Lucio.
And so Lucio, a former actor perhaps, joins the crew to better understand people and learn about the world in turn...
Radiating brilliance yet shrouded in mystery, like a faraway star in the night sky.
Serpents and Apples
Inside a dream (Captain) visits another one of Lucio's memories and is warned that otherworldly beings have come to this world. Vyrn wakes (Captain) to say that monsters are attacking the Grandcypher.
The dawn of the world.
Even in its infancy, the landscape is wondrous, stretching out as far as the eye can see.
Lucio: Master, I await your command. What am I to do?
Lucio: For what reasons have you bestowed me with life?
The master speaks wordlessly, answering within the young man's heart.
???: Peace and prosperity...
???: To bring harmony and happiness to this realm...
To drive away darkness and the chaos it brings...
???: To be a beacon of light for this world...
Lucio: As you wish! I shall see to it even if it costs me my life...
???: You fool...
???: Do you still call upon your sleeping master?
???: When you ask about your true purpose, have you even once received an answer?
???: Of course you haven't! Your master abandoned this realm long ago!
A scene from the young man's memory plays out, just as it did once before.
As (Captain) realizes what's happening, the young man begins to speak.
Lucio: (Captain), they've come. The otherworldly beings are here...
Lucio: Don't let... out of your sight...
Unable to hear the message, (Captain) calls out.
Lucio: Don't let... out of your sight...
I can't hear you...
Lucio: I'm sorry. There's no time left...
Wake up, (Captain)!
Vyrn: The Grandcypher's under attack and crawling with monsters!
Serpents and Apples: Scene 2
(Captain) and the crew make a supply stop, but find the island is facing a food shortage. Driven by hunger, Lyria and Vyrn are tricked into entering the lair of an otherworldly being. (Captain) and Lucio soon arrive at the ready.
Vyrn: Are you kidding me!
Lyria: Oh no!
The following day the crew stops off at an island for supplies only to find the market completely empty.
Frequent monster attacks have prevented shipments from getting through, leading to a food shortage on the island.
Rackam: Well, we're not getting any supplies here...
Rackam: We'll just have to cut back on rations until we land on the next island.
Lyria: Awww! Do we really have to?
Vyrn: Come on, Lyria. Cheer up!
Vyrn: I mean, if I can manage without any apples...
Lyria: Oh... I guess you're right. You must be feeling pretty down too...
Lyria: I must... be strong...
Lyria: Ohhh... But I'm so hungry...
???: Young lady...
Lyria: Who? Me?
A voice from the shadows stops Lyria in her tracks.
Old Woman: You're hungry, aren't you? You poor thing...
Old Woman: I have a granddaughter just like you, you see. The apple of my eye...
Old Woman: Here, come with me. I'll give you lots of things to eat, my child.
Lyria: Really? Things to eat? And lots of them?
Lyria: But... I can't eat while my friends are hungry too.
Old Woman: Then take some for them as well! I've got plenty. Now come, child. Come with me...
Lyria: Plenty? Well, okay then! So I can get enough for everyone?
Lyria disappears into the shadows, as if swallowed up by the darkness itself.
Vyrn: Huh? Where's Lyria?
Vyrn: Hey, Lyria! Where are you?
Vyrn: Say, (Captain), I better go look for her!
Vyrn zooms off, but suddenly a lone apple rolls across his path.
Vyrn: Wow! It's an apple!
Vyrn: Hm? But that's weird... What's an apple doing here?
Vyrn: There wasn't a single apple at the market...
The apple suddenly starts rolling, picking up speed before disappearing down a dark alley.
Vyrn: Hey! Not so fast, juicy!
Vyrn: Huh? What's this place?
Vyrn: Oh! Lyria!
After chasing the apple, Vyrn finds Lyria in a peculiar place.
The old woman then appears before the astonished pair, a warm smile on her face.
Lyria: What's going on?
Old Woman: I'm sorry, child. I don't bear either of you any ill will. It's just...
Old Woman: I was promised. If I brought you here, then I'd get to see my granddaughter again. She passed away, you see...
Vyrn: Who promised you... exactly?
???: At last... At last you're in my clutches!
Vyrn: We're in deep trouble here!
Lucio: Gracious me... You're as unsightly as ever.
Vyrn: Whew! Thank goodness you found us, (Captain)! And... Spangles?
Vyrn: What'd you bring him along for, (Captain)?
Lucio: Vyrn, I understand your passion for apples. But please remember...
Lucio: You mustn't let your stomach do the thinking or you'll fall into peril!
Vyrn: Yeah, I know...
Vyrn: No, wait! That doesn't explain what you're doing here!
Vyrn... Behind you...
Vyrn: You win! No more questions! Just hurry and save us, (Captain)!
Serpents and Apples: Scene 3
The otherworldly being is defeated, but the old woman who lured Lyria and Vyrn to the lair is consumed by her desire to see her granddaughter again and turns into a monster. Lucio explains that her wriggly extensions must be removed in order to save her as (Captain) and the crew prepare to fight.
Old Woman: Dear me... This wasn't our agreement... I was supposed to see my granddaughter...
Old Woman: Even though I did my part...
Ah, I see now.
Old Woman: It's all your fault! You're all wicked!
Her body starts to twist and contort as monsters emerge from within her.
Old Woman: I bet you're wondering how I got this power...
Old Woman: Well, you see, I practiced witchcraft once when I was younger.
Old Woman: Yes, it wasn't long after I lost my dear granddaughter.
Old Woman: After I shut myself in the attic, I began to hear it... A voice from an ancient magical seal!
The old woman recalls the voice whispering to her.
Bring me the girl with the blue hair and the little dragon, and I will grant you any wish...
Any wish at all...
Yes, I'll even allow you to live once again with your beloved grandchild!
Old Woman: Can you imagine how overjoyed I was to be given such an opportunity?
Old Woman: So listen well...
Old Woman: I won't let you two slip away with my chance!
Lyria: Please! Don't do this!
Lucio: I'm sorry, but she's now beyond anyone's reach...
Vyrn: Wait! You can't seriously be thinking of fighting an old lady, Spangles!
Lyria: You can't! The poor woman only wanted to see her granddaughter again!
Lyria: Do we really have to go up against her like this?
Vyrn: Yeah! There's gotta be another way. Right, (Captain)? Spangles?
Lucio: There is no cause for worry!
Lucio: These hideous beings you see now are feeding on her energy. They are not her true essence.
Lucio: But if we fail to eradicate them, they will simply continue to bleed her of her life force.
Lucio: There is no way to help her other than to exterminate these writhing beasts!
Vyrn: Huh? Uh... So you're saying we'd be doing her a favor if we rid her of the wriggly things?
Vyrn: Then why didn't you say so before! Come on, (Captain) and Spangles! Let's give these worms the chop!
Lucio: To safeguard life's light...
Lucio: And to deliver the innocent from evil...
I shall wield this power!
Serpents and Apples: Scene 4
After (Captain) and the crew rescue the old woman who tricked them, Lyria and Vyrn are sent back to the market. Lucio warns (Captain) that the otherworldly beings will continue to come after Lyria and Vyrn. Soon they are all reunited at the market and Lucio gives Vyrn an apple. Lyria and Vyrn fight over the apple until the old woman offers them more to eat. The two share apples as she looks on with a smiling face.
Vyrn: We did it! Those writhing worms have gone!
Vyrn: Whew... Whoa! What's going on here!
Lyria: Um, Vyrn? What were we doing here again?
Vyrn: Let's see... I think we were looking for apples, right?
Lyria and Vyrn are transported back, but (Captain) and the young man remain in the eerie realm.
Lucio: To manifest in the world, these otherworldly beings must find people who will answer their call.
Lucio: People who would deceive others...
People who would sacrifice their souls to have their wishes granted...
Lucio: Or even people, like the old woman, whose hearts are hollow from the ravages of sorrow...
Lucio: The otherworldly beings will keep coming, whispering in the ears of victims to manipulate them.
Lucio: They will strike again for the girl with the blue hair and the little dragon.
(Captain) can't help but wonder why Lyria and Vyrn are being targeted.
Lucio: That's because they are of vital significance to the Sky Realm. And to another world...
(Captain) tries to ask about that world, but the man offers no answer.
Lucio: The two of them chose you, which means you are capable of overcoming any obstacle.
Lucio: And that is why I choose you as my apprentice. To fight the hordes of the Otherworld.
Lucio: Those of the Otherworld would see this realm sink once again into darkness.
Lucio: And now you have seen them with your own eyes. Witnessed how they manipulate your kind.
Lucio: So I ask you once again, (Captain)...
Lucio: Will you join with me in the fight? To protect those you hold dear from the clutches of the Otherworld?
Choose: You can count on it.
- You can count on it.
- Why do you fight them?
Lucio: I thank you, (Captain), from the bottom of my heart. You are an uncommon ally.
Lucio: You question so little, yet you take on so much.
Lucio: Yes, I think with you there is a chance. The two worlds may yet return to their rightful form.Choose: Why do you fight them?
Lucio: My master once instructed me to shine a light on this world of confusion. To guide its people.
Lucio: And now as the world struggles against a descent into the darkness, I have come to do my duty...
Lucio: To bring light into this realm and beyond the stars.Continue 1
The world starts to twist and bend before (Captain)'s eyes, signaling an end to their chat.
And yet his voice can still be heard.
Lucio: If it means that I can see my master again one day...
Lucio: There is nothing I would not do...
Vyrn: Ahhh... I'm so hungry...
Lyria: They're not selling apples anywhere, are they?
Vyrn: Ohhh... My kingdom for an apple!
Lucio: Here you go, Vyrn.
Vyrn: Huh? I can't believe my eyes!
Vyrn: You're a good guy, Spangles! Did you go and find this just for me?
Lucio: No, no. It was given to me by that woman over there...
Lucio: But I don't eat such things, you see.
Lucio: So I would be delighted for you to have it.
Vyrn: Oh, I see... You're as nice as ever, Spangles.
Lyria: Wow... That apple looks so tasty, Vyrn!
Vyrn: Whoa! Hold it there, Lyria! This is my apple!
Old Woman: Oh, dear me... You mustn't fight over it now. Come here.
Old Woman: I have plenty more where that came from.
Vyrn: Huh? Is this the woman you saw?
Lyria: Is she the one who gave you the apple?
Lucio: Yes, that's right. Is that... significant?
Old Woman: This really takes me back. I had a granddaughter just like you once. She got ill and passed away, sadly.
Old Woman: But whenever I see a young girl who reminds me of her, I can't help but want to spoil her!
Old Woman: So you take as much as you want, you hear?
Crunch... Why do think... Chomp... Is Vyrn?
Vyrn: Huh? Is Vyrn? Lyria?
Lyria: Mmm! Gulp...
Why do you think it is, Vyrn?
Lyria: That I feel so happy right now!
Vyrn: Mmm! Slurp...
I don't know. But I feel it too!
Lyria and Vyrn blissfully stuff themselves with apples while the old woman looks on with a smile.