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Fungal Laughing Fit
The crew heads out to investigate creepy laughter emanating from a nearby mountain. There they find Ludmila, a small gun-toting girl with a love for laugh-inducing mushrooms.
Lyria: Eek! Something slimy just touched my leg!
Vyrn: What? You probably just ran into some wet leaves.
Lyria: I'm scared, (Captain). Can I stand closer to you?
(Captain) and the crew find themselves tied up in a new assignment after visiting a town to refill their supplies.
Beseeched by the townspeople, the crew heads out to a nearby mountain to conduct an investigation of an unsettling, ceaseless laughter.
Vyrn: How are you supposed to investigate creepy laughing any—
???: Aaahahahaha! Hehehe. Hahaha!
Lyria: Th-that laughing. It must be a ghost!
Vyrn: Wh-what if it's a—
Lyria: No, I don't hear it! I don't hear the laughing!
Vyrn: It didn't sound like it came from too far off. Must be close.
(Captain) nods in agreement.
Choose: Let's check it out.
- Let's check it out.
Vyrn: Yeah, let's hop to it! The villagers are going to worry until we do something about it.
Lyria: Waaait! Vyrn, (Captain)! Don't leave me behind!
Vyrn: Hmm... I know I heard it coming from around here.
???: Ha! Hehe! Hahaha!
Vyrn: There it is again.
Vyrn: Look! Over there! Someone's on the ground!
Lyria: You're right! Hurry! Let's help them, (Captain)!
Lyria and the others rush over to assist a fallen girl.
???: Hahahah! Thank you for helping me. Haha!
???: Hehehe. I guess I haven't said my name yet. Hahaha.
Ludmila: I'm—haha—I'm Ludmila. Hahaha!
Lyria: Uhh... Why are you laughing so much?
Ludmila: About tha—hah. Hahaha. Hahahahaha!
Ludmila: Haha. It's no good! I can't stop laughing! Ahaha!
Lyria: Did I do something to make her laugh at me?
Vyrn: I don't think so. She's the one acting funny.
Vyrn: She keeps laughing, but she doesn't look like she's enjoying it much.
Ludmila: Ahaha! I'm so sorry! I don't mean to make fun of you! Hehe.
Ludmila: It's just that I ate this mushroom, and now I can't stop laughing! Hahahaha!
Vyrn: What the...
Lyria: So that's what happened. That sounds awful.
Vyrn: You kiddin'? This is way beyond awful!
Ludmila: Ahah. So I'm not mocking you. Honest. Hehe.
Vyrn: If a weird mushroom did this to you, then there should be medicine or something in town.
Ludmila: Hahahah! I doubt it. It was a new breed of mushroom. Hahahah!
Ludmila: So I don't think—hahaha—there's a cure for this yet. Haha.
Ludmila: I thought I would go to a different town for treatment. Hehehe.
Ludmila: But everyone's so creeped out by this laugh, no one will talk with me—hahaha!
Vyrn: Whoa... Rough...
Ludmila: Can't blame them! Haha! I hate this laugh too! I've got to get my hands on some medicine! Hehe...
Lyria: Well, if that's the case...
Lyria: (Captain), can't we help Ludmila search for some medicine?
Ludmila: Hahaha! What a helpful bunch you guys are!
Ludmila: But after all you've done, I couldn't ask you to stick your necks out for me like that. Hahaha!
Ludmila: Bwahaha! If I go with you guys, this laughing will—hahaha!
Ludmila: People will be creeped out by you too! Hahaha!
Ludmila: I'd be so sorry to cause more trouble for you, so—hahahaha!
Choose: It's really okay.
- It's really okay.
- I think you'll fit right in.
Ludmila: Hahaha! Didn't you listen to me? You won't—hahaha!
Vyrn: Don't worry about it. Captain (Captain) said it's okay, so it's okay!
Lyria: Yeah! Won't you come with us?
Ludmila: Hahaha! Okay, I'll tag along. I guess you guys got the last laugh—hahaha!Choose: I think you'll fit right in.
Ludmila: Ahaha! What do you mean? Hehehe.
Vyrn: Hmm, if you think about it, I guess she's not such a bad fit for our crew.
Lyria: Haha. It's true.
Vyrn: Hey! What're you lookin' at me for, Lyria?
Lyria: What? You were looking at me first, weren't you?
Vyrn: Well, you're the one who eats the most in the crew.
Vyrn: Just the other day everyone was staring at you as you stuffed your face at that restaurant! They couldn't believe their eyes!
Lyria: Hey! That was... I was just...
Lyria: But, but you—everyone calls you a flying lizard!
Vyrn: I ain't no lizard!
Ludmila: Haha—bwahaha! You weren't joking!
Ludmila: No one's going to think I'm weird if I'm around you guys! Hahaha!Continue 1
Lyria: What? Then you'll...
Ludmila: Hahaha—gasp—hahaha... I'll accept your offer!
Ludmila: This laughing will probably get old, but I'm counting on you guys! Hahaha!
Lyria: Glad to have you with us! Welcome to our crew!
Vyrn: Oh yeah, why did you eat that weird mushroom anyway?
Ludmila: Hahaha! What can I say? I just love mushrooms! Hahaha!
Ludmila: So whenever I spot a tasty little morsel I've never had before, I've just gotta—
Vyrn: Hey, hey! What's the matter, Ludmila?
Ludmila: Hahaha... Wheeze—hahaha... Gasp—hahaha...
Struggling to draw in air through fits of frantic laughter, Ludmila falls to the ground convulsing.
Lyria: Aah! Ludmila! Are you okay?
Vyrn: Get ahold of yourself, Ludmila!
Lyria: Aah! Her face is going purple!
And thus (Captain) and the crew welcome another lively member into their group.
Her addition would bring laughter to the Grandcypher.
But the crew would soon learn that adventuring with her would be no joke.
The crew gathers to discuss Ludmila and her propensity for causing trouble. Rackam recalls the time her laughing revealed the crew's location to a bandit group, a situation that ultimately culminated in a nasty shoot-out.
Katalina: We have to hurry and find a cure for Ludmila. I can't take much more of this.
Vyrn: Yeah, I ain't having any more of Ms. Not-So-Fungi and her laughing.
A few days have passed since Ludmila joined (Captain) and the Grandcypher crew.
Everyone gathers at a village inn, visibly exhausted looks plastered on their faces.
Rackam : I'm all for it. I can't stand another episode like the other day.
Vyrn: Huh? What happened the other day?
Rackam : You know—we took on that assignment to go get that vase from a clan of mountain bandits.
Vyrn: Ah, gotcha! That really got out of hand, huh?
Rackam : Crud—just look at how many of them there are.
Rackam : Tch. Looks like a change of plan's in order: we get in, get the vase, and get back to Lyria and the others.
Ludmila: Hahaha—got it. We're outnumbered otherwise.
Vyrn: Yeah. Running away means you can fight another day.
Ludmila: Heh. Heh-heh. Hahaha...
Vyrn: Huh? Hey, you all right?
Ludmila: Sorry, I just—haha—can't hold it—hahahaha!
Ludmila: Ahahaha! Bwahahaha-gwahahahaaa!
Vyrn: Hey, hey, hey! Shut your trap! They'll spot us!
Ludmila: Hahaha—I'm try-trying—hahaha!
Bandit: Hmm? You over there! Show yerself!
Vyrn: Ah! This is bad! They found us!
Ludmila: Ahahahaha! Bwahaha! Hahahahaha!
Rackam : Tch! Only one thing left to do now!
Ludmila: Hehehe! I'm sorry!
Ludmila and the others ready their weapons.
Bandit: Over there! Take 'em out!
Rackam : (Captain), Ludmila, let's give them something to laugh about!
Rackam : Hey! That was close! What the hell are you doing?
Ludmila: Haha, sorry! The laughing makes my aim a litt—ahaha!
Rackam : Aah! Th-that one grazed me!
Rackam : These guys don't let up!
Vyrn: Huh! Watch out!
Vyrn: Eee! A bullet just scratched my wing!
Bandit: These guys, what the hell are they doing?
Bandit: Are they firing on each other?
Rackam : Wheeze. Whose side are you on? H-hey! Just stop shooting!
Ludmila: I'm so sorry! Hahaha!
Rackam : What the hell! I said stop shooting!
Vyrn: Eek! Too close!
Ludmila: It's no use hahaha! My body—haha—just isn't listening to me!
Rackam : Ah! Hey! That was my hair!
Ludmila: Ahahahaha! My finger! Haha! I can't take it off the trigger! Haha!
Lyria: Vyrn, (Captain), Rackam! Are you okay?
Vyrn: Lyria! Why are you here? You're supposed to be waiting outside!
Lyria: Everyone was screaming, and there was gunfire—I was worried!
Ludmila: Hahaha—bwahahahaha! Mwahahahah!
Lyria: Umm... So... what's going on here?
Rackam : No time to explain! First we gotta deal with these bandits!
Vyrn: Eek! Lyria, watch out! She's trigger-happy!
Ludmila: Hahaha—bwahahahaha! Mwahahahah!
Portobello Problemo: Scene 2
Katalina continues the discussion with a story of her own: while on a mission to clear out a monster nest, Ludmila becomes enthralled with a type of mushroom she's never eaten before, and in the process, causes calamity for the crew.
Rackam : Wheeze... Pant... We got through that somehow.
Vyrn: Who knows how?
(Captain) and the crew stand victorious after defeating the bandit clan.
However, their victory is tinged with the many wounds that Ludmila inflicted upon them.
Vyrn: Isn't Ludmila awfully quiet? She was laughing so hard before.
Rackam : Now that you mention it...
Ludmila: Haha... Hahaha...
Lyria: Ah! Ludmila's face is totally purple! And she's foaming at the mouth!
Rackam : What? H-hey, snap out of it! Lyria, water! Get some water!
Rackam : Sigh... What a nightmare... One wrong move and someone could have ended up knocking on death's door.
Vyrn: Gulp. Just thinking of it makes my heart leap into my throat.
Katalina: You have to admit, though, that today's monster nest extermination was far more irritating than your brush with the bandits.
Lyria: Yeah, to think that Ludmila likes mushrooms that much.
Katalina: The monster nest should be in this area. Stay on your guard, everyone.
Vyrn: We know, we know! H-hey! Ludmila, where are you going?
Lyria: Huh? Ludmila, it's dangerous to go off by yourself!
Ignoring Lyria's question, Ludmila ambles forth to some unknown destination.
Katalina: Tch. Come on! Follow her! We can't let her go off on her own!
Ludmila: Hehe. Found you, tasty little morsel. Hehehe.
Ludmila is crouched over, suspiciously giggling as she fidgets with something in front of her.
Vyrn: Hey! What's the big idea going off on your own, Ludmila! We oughta—huh? What are you doing?
Ludmila: Hehe. I've found mushrooms that I've never seen before. I'm just harvesting them. Hahaha!
Lyria: Pant, pant. Don't just leave me like that, guys. W-wow, Ludmila, you really like mushrooms, huh?
Ludmila: No, I love them! Haha! Mushrooms just taste so great! Haha!
Ludmila: But—hehe—you wouldn't believe how many are poisonous! Haha!
Ludmila: Haha! If you're not careful—hehe—you'll end up like me! Bwahaha!
Lyria: L-Ludmila! What's wrong?
Ludmila's face rapidly changes from red to purple as if all the blood were suddenly drawn from her face.
Vyrn: H-hey, are you all right? Your face looks like a blueberry! And you're shaking!
Ludmila: Seems like that last tasty little morsel was a little poisonous—hahaha! It's making my body convulse all over! Haha!
Vyrn: You actually ate that mushroom? Didn't you say you'd never seen it before?
Katalina: Eating a mushroom without knowing whether it's poisonous or not—how reckless can you get.
Ludmila: Ahahaha! Bwahaha!
Lyria: Aah! Ludmila, get a hold of yourself!
Katalina: Lyria, stay calm! If you raise your voice...
Katalina: Tch! We're surrounded!
Vyrn: This happens to us way too often!
Ludmila: Hahaha! Hehehe! Bwahahaha!
Lyria: Aah! Katalina, Ludmila's getting up like a zombie!
Katalina: Save the talking for later! Let's take out these monsters first!
Portobello Problemo: Scene 3
Ludmila finishes preparing dinner for the crew just as discussion about her dies down. She happily describes her past as the exiled daughter of a bandit leader but also reveals she is apt to repeat the same mushroom-made mistakes that got her exiled in the first place.
Katalina: Huff... Huff... Seems like that was the last one.
(Captain) and the crew finish cleaning up the last of the monsters that attacked them.
Exhausted from fighting the multitude of monsters shorthanded, the crew takes a moment to rest after the last one falls.
Lyria: (Captain), Katalina, are you all right?
Katalina: Pant. We're okay, but she, on the other hand...
Lyria: Ah! Th-that's right! Ludmila! Are you feeling okay?
Ludmila: Ahaha! Bwahaha—gasp—hahaha!
Ludmila: Hehe—haha—gwahahaha! I'm losing it! Hahaha!
Lyria: Aah! Katalina! Ludmila's shaking! And she's turned purple!
Katalina: Stay calm, Lyria. First we'll need to get her to throw up what she ate.
Ludmila: Ahaha! Sorry for being such a bother! Haha!
Ludmila turns to face (Captain) and deeply lowers her head in apology.
Vyrn: Sigh. It's fine. Next time just try to be careful, would ya?
Ludmila: Hahaha! I'll definitely give it a shot! Hahaha!
Vyrn: Hmm... That didn't sound very encouraging. But why would you eat a mushroom without knowing if it's poisonous or not?
Ludmila: Hehe. Ahaha! It's just—haha—whenever I see a mushroom I've never seen...
Ludmila: The temptation's just too strong! Haha!
Vyrn: What? That's ridicuous!
Lyria: Hahaha... Y-you sure do love mushrooms.
Vyrn: So I've been thinking...
Vyrn: Our problems would be solved if we could get her to lose interest in mushrooms, right?
Katalina: Hmm... It's possible. But I can't say I want to think about what we would have to go through.
Ludmila: Hahaha! So there you guys are! Hehehe! Dinner's almost ready!
Vyrn: Okay, we'll be there soon.
Lyria: Wow. Ludmila, you're such a good cook! This is so delicious!
Ludmila: Hahah! Thanks! I put my heart and soul into it to make up for all the trouble I've caused!
Ludmila: I'm so sorry for today too! Hahaha!
Vyrn: Don't worry about it. Just be careful from now on and we'll be fine.
Ludmila: Thank you! Haha! I'm so hopeless!
Ludmila: My father got upset with me in the past, because I just can't help myself! Haha!
Ludmila: I guess I've just never learned my lesson! Haha!
Ludmila: Hehehe! And eventually they even kicked me out of the clan! Hahaha!
Vyrn: Huh? Kicked out of a what?
Ludmila: Haha! I'm the daughter of a bandit clan's chief. But I did something unforgivable! Haha!
Ludmila: It was so bad that I got the boot! Haha!
Vyrn: What? Unforgivable? What did you do?
Ludmila: Haha! Well, I made dinner with some mushrooms I discovered that morning. Everyone, after one bite—they all went down! Haha!
Vyrn: You're kidding, right? Using mushrooms that you've never seen before!
Lyria: Umm... You were harvesting mushrooms this afternoon, weren't you? Oh no, not in this food too...
Vyrn: H-hey! No! Don't tell me!
With Ludmila's laughing ringing in the air, (Captain) and the crew's faces begin to turn a peculiar blueberry shade of purple.
Ludmila, foolhardy connoisseur of fine fungi.
Her condition would only improve upon dealing with her habit. Probably.
Live and Let Laugh
Ulamnuran learns of Ludmila's inability to stop laughing and takes it upon himself to cure her. Although he ultimately fails for the time being, his efforts have opened up new avenues for his street performances.
Ulamnuran: Good, good. This new technique'll do just fine! I'm a genius if I do say so myself.
Ulamnuran is practicing his craft on the deck of the airship.
Ludmila: Hahaha, new mushrooms! Huh? Mmpftt... What's with that hat... Snort.
And who else should pass by but Ludmila.
Ulamnuran: (Oh? A spectator?)
Ulamnuran: (Well, I can't let her leave disappointed! Time to put on a show!)
Ludmila: His hat... All it reminds me of is that mushroom. Hahaha.
Sensing Ludmila's gaze on him, Ulamnuran beautifully performs difficult tumble after difficult tumble.
Ulamnuran: Ta-da! What do you think?
Ludmila: Heh heh. It was great! You're a street performer? Haha...
Ulamnuran: Hiyah! I can do things like this too!
Ludmila: Well, isn't that something? Hahah... Ahaha...
Ulamnuran: Dun-dun! This spectacle featuring the great Ulam is just getting started!
Ludmila: Ahaha! P-please continue! Hehe.
Ulamnuran: (Um... I think she's enjoying it, but...)
Ulamnuran: (Something doesn't seem quite right about this girl.)
Ludmila: Hahaha-huh? Is it over already? Pfft...
Ludmila's abnormal way of laughing throws the tumbler off his game, and he stops his practice session.
He approaches the overenthusiastic girl to have a word.
Ulamnuran: Um, thanks for watching my performance!
Ulamnuran: The name's Ulamnuran, greatest street performer in all the wild blue yonder!
Ulamnuran: Wowzers. You're a regular laugh machine, but can I ask you something? Are you actually enjoying yourself?
Ludmila: Y-yeah, I am. Hehehe... I'm sorry—Ahaha!
Ludmila apologizes through bouts of laughter, which only throws Ulamnuran into further confusion.
Ulamnuran: Huh? I don't get it. What are you apologizing for?
Ludmila: Basically I ate a weird mushroom, and now
I—yuk, yuk—can't stop laughing!
Ulamnuran: Ah, so that's the story. Guess it wasn't because my tricks were actually interesting to watch.
Ludmila: Hahaha. No, no! It definitely was! Snort.
Ulamnuran: Hehe... Well, good then. Thank you! Er...
Ludmila: I'm Ludmila. Ahaha. Nice to meet ya-ha-ha.
Ulamnuran: Same to you, Ludmila!
Ludmila: The pleasure's all—Pffft!
Ludmila: Sorry. Haha. Didn't mean to laugh.
Ulamnuran: (I can see she doesn't mean to laugh, but it comes out anyway. That's no fun at all.)
Ludmila: Mmpff... What is it? Hehe...
Ulamnuran: I said I was the greatest street performer in the skies, didn't I?
Ulamnuran: I'll cure you of your laughing fits.
Ulamnuran: That way you can smile for reals when you get a load of my act!
Ludmila: Hoohoohoo. That would be fantastic!
Ludmila: Please—hehehe—give it your best shot.
Ulamnuran: You betcha. I got this!
Ulamnuran: Hm... Wonder if scaring the laughter out of her like you'd do with hiccups would work.
Ulamnuran: Behold! I have in my hand a deck of plain ol' cards. Would the lady kindly choose one?
Ludmila: Bwahaha! Okay, this one—
The instant Ludmila pulls a card from the deck, a bird comes flying out at her from Ulamnuran's hands.
He looks at the startled Ludmila with a victorious smile.
Ulamnuran: Bam! Spooked the laughter right out of you, didn't I? What works for hiccups surely works for the giggles too.
Ulamnuran: See? I don't hear any—
Ludmila: Bwahaha! Ahahaha!
Ulamnuran: Darn. Spoke too soon. Well, how about an awe-inspiring magic trick?
Ulamnuran: Just an ordinary wand, right? A one! A two! And a three!
Ludmila: Mmph... Hnngh... Ahahaha!
Ludmila's laughter shows no signs of stopping but neither does the great Ulam.
Ulamnuran: Nope, that won't do it either. I'm not done yet though!
Ulamnuran: I have here three colored balls. Watch as I toss them high into the air. Hah!
Ludmila: Amazing! Hahahaha!
Ulamnuran: Holy moly! Laughing so hard you're literally shaking! Shoot, this isn't a comedy act.
The street performer grumbles in melancholy.
For all of his talents, the sound of laughter will not abate.
Ulamnuran: Hrrm... All that's left is to intentionally bomb the set with a dad joke.
Ulamnuran takes a deep breath to steel himself. Flames of determination ignite in his eyes.
He casts off his pride and screams out to the world.
Ulamnuran: Ever had toadstool? It stinks!
Ludmila: Huh? Uh, bwuh?
Ulamnuran: Yes! Did it work?
Ludmila: Mmmpph... Hnnk... Huff...
Ulamnuran: Are you kidding me? Ludmila! She laughed all the air out of her lungs!
Ulamnuran: (Captain)! Someone! Help!
Thanks to Ulamnuran's quick response, Ludmila is fine.
He has time to reflect when all is said and done.
Finally the Harvin comes to a decision.
Ulamnuran: I'll do it. I'll come up with a fantastic act to end Ludmila's laughing fits once and for all!
With renewed zeal, Ulamnuran tackles many challenges to expand his repertoire.
Meanwhile, Ludmila searches for a mushroom shaped like Ulamnuran's hat.
Ludmila: Hehehe. I found it! Hahaha!
She intends to turn it into a dish for Ulamnuran as thanks for his help.
But that is a tale for another time.
Laughter Echoing Down
Ludmila stops by a village where her unstoppable laughter incites resentment. Zaja then tries to come up with a way to help her stop laughing. In return, Ludmila tells Zaja that perhaps his missing friends are the ones looking for him, so he should laugh as loudly as possible to let them know he's okay.
In a remote village terrible things are happening one after the other.
Child: Waaaah! The present my grandma bought me just broke!
The precious toy the boy often played with lies before him in pieces as he cries.
Young Woman: But... why... Why did he leave me... and run off with that other woman...
Sadness consumes the woman as she reads a letter from her lover that has arrived to inform her that their relationship has reached its end.
Boat Engineer: Blast it all... That boat construction deal was all but mine...
Sadly the job that the engineer should have received was stolen by a rival.
Then they hear a devilish sound...
Boat Engineer: Hm?
A woman with a gun appears, laughing uncontrollably. She stops in front of the unfortunate three.
Ludmila: Ahaha! Is there a weapon shop around here? I need bullets... Hehe...
Poisoned by a mushroom she ingested long ago, Ludmila is cursed with laughter that will never end.
Boat Engineer: Are you a traveler?
Ludmila: Hehehe... Yeah. Ahaha! I've come with my crew to get some shopping done. Hehe.
Boat Engineer: Why are you laughing at us? I'm not in the mood to be ridiculed by anyone.
Ludmila: Ahahaha! Right... I don't mean to do that... Tehe... Sorry... I don't mean any disrespect... Hehehe! Gahaha!
Boat Engineer: Why you! You think what happened to me is funny? Is what happened really a laughing matter?
Ludmila: Ahahaha! S-sorry... I can't control the laughing... Hehe! But I'll try!
Ludmila forces her stomach to contract, causing the air in her body to stop flowing and ceasing the laughter.
Ludmila: I can't... I'm really sorry! Bahaha!
Young Woman: Are you laughing at me as well? Do you think less of me for being thrown aside by my love!
Ludmila: Hehehehe! I really don't! I just can't help it! Gahaha!
Child: Then you're laughing at me! Because my very special toy broke, aren't you!
Ludmila: Hehehe! I'm not! Ahahaha!
Boat Engineer: How dare you! Get outta here! We won't stand for garbage like you laughing at us in our misery! Don't show your face here again!
Ludmila: Ahahaha! I'm sorry!
Ludmila's condition creates a terrible impression of her.
On a cliff some distance from the village, a large figure stands.
Zaja: My friends...
Zaja gazes past the clouds below in hopes of one day finding his missing friends.
He hears strange laughter and turns his head to see a small person cradling themselves.
Ludmila: Oh man... Hehe... Sigh... Why does this happen to me... Ahaha...
Zaja: What's wrong, Ludmila?
Oh, it's just you. Why aren't you with (Captain)?
Although the two are part of the same crew, they seldom exchange words.
Zaja: The others said they would be heading into a cramped cave, and as you can see I am quite large, so I would only get in the way.
Zaja: Did I say something strange?
Ludmila: Hehe! Giggle! No... I couldn't go with them for a similar reason.
Ludmila: Haha! There are monsters they need to get rid of that are sensitive to sound... And since I laugh so much...
Ludmila: Ahaha! I decided it's best to stay behind! I'd do much worse than just get in the way! Hehe! The monster would have a field day with me!
Zaja: Then... why not stop laughing?
Ludmila: Tehe! I would if I could... It's a long story...
Ludmila goes into detail about eating a new species of mushroom, and how it's plagued her with unstoppable laughter ever since.
Zaja: I see. I always thought your ability to find everything so funny was a bit strange, but I never would have guessed a mushroom was behind it...
Zaja: But that you laugh so much always makes you seem like you're enjoying yourself.
Ludmila: Heehee! It does cause me trouble though... A second ago I was laughing when it really wasn't appropriate, and I made some people really angry... Ahaha!
Zaja: That does sound difficult...
Ludmila: Wheeze... Wheeze... At least you get it...
Zaja: What's happened now? You seem in pain...
Ludmila: Wheeze... Hahaha! I... can't breathe... from all... the laughter... Hehe!
Ludmila: Sigh... Hehe... I wish I could be as relaxed as you are, Zaja. What can I do... Hehe!
Zaja: Hmm... I wish I could help.
Zaja: But all I ever do is search for my friends at the bottom of the sky. What use could I be to you...
Ludmila: Hehe! Huh? Bottom of the sky? What are you talking about?
Zaja tells Ludmila about his quest for his friends and about his delusions.
Zaja: My friends are alive... At the bottom of the sky... I just want to see their happy faces at least once...
Typically anyone who listens to Zaja's tragic tale of his departed comrades is lost for words.
Ludmila: Hehe! I'm sorry! Haha! I don't mean to laugh...
Zaja: I understand. My past is what it is. But I want to help you with your present.
Zaja: If I understand correctly, you can't control the laughter. When I was a leader...
Zaja: I learned that a person in charge must always remain calm. That is why I do not often seem moved.
Ludmila: Wheeze! Hehe! You might not believe this, but at the moment, I'm pretty relaxed.
Zaja: Hmm... What if you try to recall painful memories? It may make you sad, but perhaps the pain will help.
Ludmila: Ahaha! Just a second ago... Haha! Was a pretty painful experience... but no tamale!
Zaja: Right... What if I pinch your arm?
Ludmila: Gaha! I've tried everything. I can't even stop laughing when I'm fighting! Ahaha!
Ludmila: Cough! Hehe! Thanks for thinking of so many ideas just for me.
Zaja: But of course. We're a part of the same crew. Helping each other is the obvious course of action.
Ludmila: Wheeze... Wheeze... You're a good guy, Zaja...
Zaja: I just want to help my comrades. Wouldn't you do the same?
Ludmila: Ahahaha! I would. But I'm just so annoying. I'd think people would stay away from me... Haha!
Zaja: I don't think that's the case. None of our comrades would say such a thing.
Ludmila: Hehe! Yeah... You're probably right... Hehehe!
Zaja: Hm... Still can't get that laughter under control...
Zaja: Heh heh!
Ludmila: Hehe... Huh? What's wrong?
Zaja: I'm sorry... Hearing your laughter for so long... It's infectious...
Zaja: Heh heh heh!
Ludmila: Ahaha! What's with that laugh! Bahaha! Hahahahaha!
Zaja: Heh heh heh! Your laughter continues to escalate...
Ludmila: Hehehe! But this is a real laugh! The sounds you make are just too funny!
Zaja: Heh heh heh... Who would have thought I could make you laugh even more... Heh... Or that you would think my laughter is strange...
Ludmila: Hehehe! You make a good point! Hehe! Hahaha! I'm so sorry!
Ludmila: Hehe... Zaja... I thought of something after hearing your story...
Ludmila: Giggle... If you think your friends are happily living at the bottom of the sky, then maybe they're the ones searching for you...
Zaja: What do you mean?
Ludmila: Hehe! If you try this hard to help me, your friends must love you.
Ludmila: Haha! So who would want to leave you behind? I bet they're trying to find you too.
Zaja recalls, for a just a moment, the time he spent with his friends.
Ludmila: Hehe! Zaja... Laugh a little now and then... To let them know you're okay, got it?
Ludmila: Ahaha! I bet your laughter could reach all the way to the bottom of the sky. Just let them know where you are! Hehe!
Ludmila: Hehe! I want to help you...
Ludmila: Haha! But my laughter isn't really that useful... so... Haha!
Zaja: Heh heh...
Ludmila: Hehe... Laughable, ain't it?
Zaja: Heh heh heh...
Ludmila and Zaja pass their time laughing into the great blue.
Little do they know that they are being watched.
Vyrn: What the heck? A long day's work, and then we find these two laughing their heads off...
Lyria: I wonder what happened...
Vyrn: Haha! Who knows. But looking at 'em makes me laugh too!
Lyria: Hehehe! It does! I feel like all my funny bones are being tickled.
Zaja & Ludmila: Bahahaha!
Anyone who hears those two laughing is drawn in to laugh themselves.
Even (Captain) and the others are not immune. Together, their laughter echoes even to the bottom of the skies.