I Will Protect You!
The crew revisits memories of their time on Port Breeze and Valtz Duchy when Lyria realizes that she is always the one being protected. She vows to protect (Captain) by fighting on the front lines just as the other crew members do.
The Grandcypher rides the winds, tearing through the clouds as it presses on.
(Captain) and company revel in the refreshing breeze, reminiscing about their many adventures.
Lyria: This feels so good. It reminds me of our time on Port Breeze.
Vyrn: Hehe, that takes me back. We beat Tiamat thanks to Rackam's heroics.
Lyria: Yeah! Rackam was so cool!
Rackam: Geez, do we gotta bring that up again? Give it a rest already. It's embarrassing.
Tiamat: My... winds...
Rackam: There are things I want to protect... that I have to protect. So I'm not backing down anymore.
Rackam: I'm not gonna run, and I'm not gonna hide. Neither of us can afford to compromise, can we?
Rackam: So we're gonna have to butt heads... with everything we've got.
Rackam: Let's do this fair and square! I don't know if you're a god or a primal beast or what, but I don't care. No holding back!
Rackam: Argh, I said quit it! Damn, I'm all sweaty now...
Lyria: But we couldn't have made it this far without you at the helm.
Lyria: Because... um... Katalina's flying is a little scary...
Katalina: Ngh... It's not like we had many options at the time.
Vyrn: Hah! Crashing and landing are two completely different things.
Katalina: Not you too, Vyrn...
They all burst out in laughter. Katalina, feeling slightly chagrined, quickly fast-talks her way onto the next topic.
Katalina: Speaking of which, that reminds me of something Io did.
Io: Huh, huh, huh? Why are we talking about me all of a sudden?
Lyria: You wouldn't leave us alone at Valtz Duchy if I remember correctly.
Io: N-no, I just... wanted to find a clue about Master. That's all.
Vyrn: Nah, you were pretty cool too. Your determination put Rackam's to shame.
Tzaka the Great: This is all I've ever wanted. My kinsmen died, full of regret, and this was their dream.
Io: Then... it's a nightmare. And I'll crush it!
Io: Today I will surpass you! I'll crush the nightmare that ties you to this place.
Io: And then... I'll release you from the tragedies of the past!
Io: Aaah! C'mon, that's so embarrassing!
Vyrn: Hehe, what're you talkin' about? You're the one that stopped Colossus.
Lyria: Mm-hm. Everyone's really awesome.
Lyria: Katalina, Eugen, Rosetta... Everyone came to (Captain)'s aid.
Lyria: Hmm, (Captain)'s aid...
Lyria's own words suddenly give her pause.
Contrary to her jovial laughter earlier, Lyria now looks at the ground in despondence.
Vyrn: What's up, Lyria? Something on your mind?
Lyria: Listening to everyone's stories gives me a strange feeling.
Katalina: What do you mean by strange?
Lyria: It's like there's a fluttering sensation in my chest. I don't think it's bad, but it's a little hard to handle.
Lyria: I couldn't understand it at first, but I think I get it now.
Lyria: It means I want to help (Captain) too.
Io: Huh? You want to be helpful?
Rackam: Now see here, Lyria. You've always been a great help.
Vyrn: That's no joke. I mean, you've got the power to summon primal beasts and\u2014
Lyria: That's not what I mean! I want to fight alongside (Captain) just like Rackam and Io do!
Vyrn: What? Like kicking and punching?
Katalina: Wait, Lyria. It's not necessary to put yourself in danger like that.
Lyria: I'm the only one who's always being protected. I haven't been able to do anything for (Captain) at all.
Lyria: That's why I want to protect (Captain) just like everyone else does!
Katalina: Well, we know what Lyria thinks about this, but what about you, (Captain)?
Choose: It's fine. I'll even give you a hand, Lyria.
- It's fine. I'll even give you a hand, Lyria.
- I'm worried. Maybe you should reconsider.
Vyrn: You can't be seriously thinking about letting her do something that dangerous!
Lyria: Teehee, thanks for agreeing with me. Watch me do my best out there!Choose: I'm worried. Maybe you should reconsider.
Vyrn: See? Even (Captain) says so. Just let it go.
Lyria: No, I won't give up. I've made up my mind to help (Captain) and that's final!Continue 1
Rackam: Yeesh, we just gonna let her do this?
Katalina: Sigh... Given the circumstances, all we can do is let her be.
Io: Hmm... I guess we'll just have to do our best to protect her then!
The contrast couldn't be any more different. Lyria is full of enthusiasm while most of the crew is apprehensive.
Lyria tries to learn sword fighting from Katalina and shooting from Rackam, but it goes nowhere. She then asks Io to teach her magic, but Lyria's spells fail, attracting monsters instead.
Lyria is busy getting advice and learning various skills in order to do her part to protect (Captain).
Katalina, with her masterful sword skills, is the first crew member to mentor Lyria.
Katalina: Well, I'll teach you if you want, but...
Lyria: Yes! Please teach me, Miss Katalina!
Katalina: Can you not call me that, Lyria?
Lyria: I'm ready, Miss Katalina!
Katalina: Urk... All right, come! Give me all you've got!
Lyria: Um... Y-yaaah! H-hiyaah!
But Lyria's sword strikes barely make a sound as they hit. Her voice is the only thing that can be heard ringing out in vain.
Katalina: No, that won't do. I can feel your spirit, but you're not lifting your sword at all.
Lyria: Wow. I had no idea everyone was swinging such heavy swords around.
Katalina: Er, that's just a practice sword. It's the lightest one we have.
Vyrn: You know what, Lyria? Something tells me you ain't cut out for sword fighting.
Katalina: I have to agree with Vyrn. There must be something a little more suited to your abilities.
Caving in to Katalina's suggestion, Lyria pays a visit to the ship's expert marksman, Rackam.
Rackam: There you are. I already heard about it from Katalina. You want me to show you how to shoot?
Lyria: Yes. Katalina told me to tell you to teach me using the lightest, simplest gun you have!
Rackam: Yep, I got you covered. I think this pistol should work for you...
Lyria: Oh, what's with this weird feeling? So when I pull this here, there's going to be a big bang...
Lyria: Eep! But I barely touched it!
Rackam: Hey! Don't touch anything until I tell you how to use it!
Rackam: Stop, Lyria! Stop! Put the gun down!
Lyria: Aaah! It won't stop! What's happening?
Vyrn: Yikes! This is outta control!
Rackam: Vyrn! Find some cover behind a tree!
Rackam leaps at Lyria despite the danger and snatches the gun out of her hands.
Rackam: You can't do that, Lyria. You have to listen carefully to every word I say.
Lyria: I'm sorry... I'm sure I took my finger off the trigger, but it wouldn't stop firing.
Lyria: I got really scared, and I didn't know what to do. I'm really sorry.
Rackam: What's done is done. But don't you ever forget this experience.
Rackam: What I mean is a gun can take a life with just the squeeze of the trigger. It's not a weapon to be taken lightly.
Rackam: Just because you didn't know that beforehand doesn't make what you did okay.
Rackam: That's what I wanted you to understand, Lyria.
Lyria: Yes, I understand. I think I've had enough of shooting...
Vyrn: Hm? There's something weird about these bullets. It's like they're all empty...
Rackam: Quiet, Vyrn! That's enough!
Vyrn: You thought of everything, Rackam. Knowing Lyria, you switched in blanks on purpo—Mmmph!
Rackam grabs Vyrn and covers the dragon's mouth. Smiling through gritted teeth, he offers Lyria some advice.
Rackam: Hehe... Firearms aren't up your alley, Lyria. There's gotta be something else that's a better fit for you.
Rackam's words seem to click with Lyria. She gasps with sudden realization and runs off in a hurry.
Io: Mwahaha. Good going, Rackam.
Lyria: Um, what did he do?
Io: Oh, never mind that! So you're interested in magic, huh? You've come to the right place.
Io: All right! We'll start with the basics of spellcasting. Just do what I do.
Lyria: Okay! I'll do my best!
But no matter how hard Lyria copies Io, she's unable to bring forth any magic.
Lyria: Hmm... I'm doing everything you're doing, so why is nothing happening?
Io: Yeah, it's weird... Huh?
Something suddenly catches Io's eye.
Io: Hey, wait a minute! How could this be? Your magic's not gonna to come out if this keeps up!
Io: Geez, what's going on? How's all the magic power leaking out?
Lyria: It's leaking out?
Io: It's leaking from your back, right here! It's like a hole's opened up. Probably because you're not focusing hard enough.
Lyria: I'm sorry. I didn't even notice...
Io: Yeah, this is a big problem. It's like when all the air in a balloon escapes out of the bottom.
Lyria: What will happen if all that magic escapes?
Io: We attract some unwanted attention...
Io: (I'm sorry, Lyria. It's all a lie. Everything's been set up against you, but it's all for your sake...)
Irreplaceable You: Scene 2
Later that night Lyria reflects on her failures when a white feather falls from the sky. A mysterious voice helps her remember the time she was attacked at the Hall of Knowledge, providing Lyria with the catalyst to finding her own strength.
All of Lyria's attempts at training have failed. She sits alone and dejected in the breezy night.
The more she thinks about the events of that day, the more she realizes she's not cut out for the front lines.
But then she notices something white falling gently from the sky.
Lyria: Is it... snowing?
Lyria: No... It's a feather.
Lyria: But it's rare for birds to be flying at night...
Lyria scans the pitch-black sky, but there isn't a bird in sight.
She places the feather onto the palm of her hand.
Lyria: It's warm like the sun...
Lyria: Hehe. How mysterious. I feel a lot better now thanks to this feather.
Lyria: Gasp! Is someone there?
Lyria: The girl in blue? Do you mean me?
Lyria: Um... Then what is this unique power you're talking about? Please, I want to know!
Vyrn: Yikes! Guys, that halo thing is aiming for us!
Lyria: No, stop it! I won't let you!
Lyria: I said stop!
Lyria: This feeling is from that time... Yes, if I could harness that power...
Lyria: I think I understand it now! Thank you, Fluffy Feather!
Lyria: Um, actually... Who are you again?
Lyria should have remembered who the person that helped her was, but the memories won't come.
Not only that, but as night turns to day, she even forgets about her failures from the previous day.
In fact the only thing she remembers from that strange night is a vague, familiar sensation.
The crew's journey continues, and a few days later they disembark from the Grandcypher.
Katalina: Here it comes! Stay back, Lyria. It's dangerous.
Rackam: Yep, let us handle it!
Lyria: Um... I want to... help too...
Io: Let's do it, everyone!
The crew makes a valiant stand against the incoming monster hordes.
Irreplaceable You: Scene 3
The crew is surrounded by monsters and is about to fall when Lyria's hidden power flows forth, saving the day. As they emerge victorious, Lyria is ecstatic that she has finally proven herself.
As soon as one group of monsters is defeated, another groups appears, pushing the crew to the limit.
Fatigue from their long flight takes its toll on the crew, and they struggle to gain the upper hand.
Rackam: This is crazy! They just keep coming and coming!
Katalina: Are you okay, Rackam?
Rackam: Yeah, kinda. Whoa! Watch it, (Captain)!
A monster lunges at (Captain) with a hard-hitting attack.
(Captain), exhausted from being in battle for so long, no longer has the energy to meet the attack.
Katalina: No! I'm too far away!
But the attack is interrupted as everything becomes enveloped in a light.
Vyrn: What the? This light...
Io: Am I reading this right? This huge power is magic, but...
Katalina: It couldn't be... Is it Lyria's doing?
Lyria: I understand now there are things only I can do. The things only I can do to help.
Lyria: I don't have to shoot anything. Even if I can't swing a sword or cast a spell, I can still provide support.
Lyria: My voice will be my power, and then I'll make it everyone's power!
Katalina: I feel a tremendous strength welling up inside me...
Rackam: Yeah... I could fight for a million years with this!
Io: It's the real deal! Let's kick some butt, you guys!
The crew is reinvigorated with energy and challenges the monsters once more.
(Captain) also musters strength and unleashes devastating waves of attacks.
Lyria: I did it. I was finally able to help (Captain).
Lyria: I'm so happy I could fight alongside you, (Captain). Heehee...
(Captain) is about to respond to the bashful Lyria, but decides to swallow those words.
(You say you've never helped me, but there's someone I've owed my life to since the beginning of this journey.)
(And that someone's you, Lyria.)
Those words float through (Captain)'s head, but now isn't the right time for them to be said. (Captain) gently ruffles Lyria's hair instead.
Lyria: Teehee... From now on I'm going to support everyone with everything I've got!
Lyria: I'll always be with you, (Captain).
Lyria smiles and laughs in the same happy-go-lucky way she always has.