The Life of the Vice
Mina reunites with Albert and informs him of the desperate situation in their hometown of Levin. When the crew accompanies Albert on his way there, Mina becomes concerned about the reliability of the crew and asks to join them.
The Kingdom of Levin is on the brink of destruction. With the kingdom at stake, Mina, vice leader of the Sky Knights, sets out to find their leader, Albert.
After reuniting with Albert, Mina informs him of the situation in Levin and urges him to return.
And so, with the crew by his side, Albert departs for the Kingdom of Levin.
Lyria: Hey, Mina, what kind of place is Levin anyway?
Lyria: I mean, is it beautiful there? What's the weather like? I really want to know!
Mina: What? Uh, well... The city there is bustling with life.
Mina: It serves as a junction between several skydoms after all.
Mina: But there are numerous mountains surrounding Levin, and the winds can be rather harsh. These factors combined cause frequent storms and high rainfall.
Lyria: Wow! So we're going to need umbrellas!
Albert: Yes. And the fact that it's so close to the Grim Basin makes the climate rather unstable. Clouds often pass through and reach Levin brimming with lightning.
Vyrn: Huh. Sounds like living there would be kinda rough.
Albert: Hah hah hah. I guess so. It sure makes it hard to grow crops anyway...
Albert: Still, the port in Levin plays a big role in attracting thriving merchants. It's not the most pleasant place to live, but life there isn't exactly hard either.
Vyrn: Really? Now I've gotta see it! By the way, what exactly is Levin famous for?
Albert: Hmm... What is it famous for? I suppose you could say it's famous for massages and hot springs.
Lyria: Oh wow! They have hot springs? That sounds wonderful!
Vyrn: And massages too... I've never had a massage before...
Mina: (Our kingdom is in danger, and yet they're all talking about it so casually.)
Thinking only of her homeland, Mina finds herself unable to sit still.
Albert: Levin harnesses the power of electricity to create the most advanced healing methods available. You should try it sometime. I'm sure you'll like it.
Lyria: Hey, (Captain), after we get everything settled in Levin, can we go to a hot spring?
Vyrn: Yeah! And I wanna get a massage!
Mina: I can't believe you two! How can you talk like that when our kingdom is on the brink of destruction!
Albert: Mina, calm down. Getting upset here isn't going to change anything back home.
Albert: If we don't keep our cool, we're not going to be able to handle whatever trials come our way.
Mina: Yes, sir...
Lyria: We're sorry, Mina. It's our first time going there, so we just got a little excited...
Mina: No, I think it's great that you're interested in going. I'm the one who should be sorry. I didn't mean to get so upset like that.
Albert: All right, then. After we take care of whatever is going on in Levin, we'll be sure to give you the tour. I know a few nice places around town.
Vyrn: Okay! It's a deal!
Mina: (Why does Albert put so much faith in this crew?)
Mina lets out a sigh as she watches (Captain) and crew jabbering away.
Later that day Mina stands alone on the deck of the Grandcypher and stares up at the sky.
Mina: (I never thought we'd put the future of our kingdom in the hands of random skyfarers.)
Mina: (As the leader of our order, Albert must have left Levin for a reason. I can't help but wonder if it had something to do with me.)
Mina: (I guess I'm just not strong enough to be the vice leader.)
Mina: (But this crew... They look like children. What kind of power could they possibly have?)
Mina: (How could they possibly have earned his trust? How?)
Lyria: Oh, Mina. What are you doing out here all alone?
Mina: Nothing. I just came out here to think for a while.
Mina suddenly turns and stares right at (Captain).
Vyrn: Huh? What's wrong? Is there something on (Captain)'s face?
Mina: Hey, (Captain). Would you let me be here with you?
Lyria: What? Why would you ask something like that?
Vyrn: Oy, oy, that's a pretty weird thing to be askin' all of a sudden!
Choose: I appreciate the thought, but...
- I appreciate the thought, but...
- Uh, sure.
Mina: What? What is it? Why are you acting so awkward all of a sudden?
Mina: I didn't mean it like that!Choose: Uh, sure.
Mina: Thanks. Hey, wait. Why are you acting so awkward about it?
Mina: I didn't mean it like that!Continue 1
Mina: I asked because I want to know why our leader trusts you so much!
Mina: I thought maybe if I learned more about you, then I'd understand why!
Mina: You don't have to be so weird about it!
Lyria: Oh, I get it now. You had us going there for a minute...
Choose: So that's what you meant. Sounds fine to me.
- So that's what you meant. Sounds fine to me.
- Sure. Whatever you want.
Mina: Well, yeah!
Mina: Wait... So that's a yes? Oh, thank you!Choose: Sure. Whatever you want.
Mina: What? So it's okay? You sure calmed down quickly. You were so worked up a second ago...Continue 2
Vyrn: Hehe. Well, if that's what you want, then welcome aboard!
Mina: I never thought you'd let me join just like that...
Vyrn: You didn't? But I'm sure (Captain) put some thought into it. Isn't that right?
Mina: (Perhaps it was just a sign of hospitality. They might not have anything in mind for me, but I'm sure there's a lot I can gain here...)
After being allowed to join the crew with ease, Mina finds herself surprised by (Captain)'s kindness.
She had originally asked to join in order to learn more about why Albert trusts the crew.
But when (Captain) allows her to join even after she blurted out her request, she can't help but take an interest in (Captain).
Mina: Gulp. Okay then.
Mina: I'm Mina, the vice leader of the Sky Knights of Levin. And I look forward to working with you all.
Mina: As repayment for allowing me to stay on the ship, I will provide support for (Captain) and the crew.
Mina: With that in mind, I offer my expertise as a team leader. It was a position I became accustomed to while Albert was absent.
Mina: I will fulfill any request you have for me. I believe my two sisters may also accompany us later. Please treat them with the same kindness you've shown me.
And with that, Mina became the vice leader of (Captain)'s crew.
Eyes for the Leader
When the crew and Mina's sisters joke around about Albert, Mina gives them a fierce tongue-lashing. As the second-in-command of the Sky Knights, Mina explains to the crew why she holds Albert in such high regard.
Mona: You'll be fine! Quit acting like such a scaredy-cat! Okay, are you ready?
Choose: Yeah, I'm ready.
- Yeah, I'm ready.
- Just do it already!
Mona: That's the spirit, (Captain)! All right, here goes...Choose: Just do it already!
Mona: Hahaha! That's the ticket! Now just sit there and relax!Continue 1
Mona: Zap, zap, zap! Can you feel it? That's electricity surging through your shoulders and relieving your pain! Feels good, doesn't it?
Lyria: Oh dear! Are you okay, (Captain)?
Mena: Mona! Can't you see the look on (Captain)'s face? You're obviously giving it too much juice!
Mona: You think so? But if it stings just a little, it feels good too, don'tcha think?
Mina: I agree. It's not working unless you can feel it. Getting that done every now and again makes everything better.
Vyrn: Hehe! Well, at any rate, (Captain) sure looks happy with it!
Lyria: Wow! Was it that good?
(Captain) nods in agreement.
Mona: Isn't it great? Okay then! For one special energy zap, your total comes to one hundred rupies!
Mona: Thanks for stopping by! I can see you enjoyed my sparks. Come back any time you need a recharge!
Mina: All right then. Just take it easy on the crew. If you do too much, you're bound to hurt someone.
Mona: Got it! I'll tone it down next time!
Vyrn: Haha! Speakin' of electricity, I heard Lightning Boy is good with sparks too!
Mona: You mean, Albert? I bet if we started a massage parlor together, it'd be a shocking success!
Vyrn: Hehe! Good thinkin'!
Mina: Watch your mouth! I know you think you're having fun, but you've crossed the line!
Mina: Albert is not to be used like some kind of massage chair!
Mona: Mina, we were just joking...
Mina: That goes for the rest of you too! I've held my tongue this whole time, but I can't take it anymore!
Mina: Listen up! I don't know what you knew about Albert when you first met him.
Mina: But any fighter in Levin worth one's salt knows of Albert's reputation.
Mena: Great, not this again... Mona, just let it go!
Mona: What? Are you saying this is my fault somehow?
Vyrn: No, this is our fault too. We should've realized you felt that way about Lightning Boy...
Mina: Well, yeah! I have great respect for Albert!
Mina: Even the word respect can't fully describe all that I think about Albert.
Mina: I became the vice leader of the Sky Knights just to be by his side!
Mina becomes so worked up that she finds herself with tunnel vision. She then launches into the story of her past with Albert.
The story begins some time after Mina has joined the Sky Knights.
Being a wielder of water magic, Mina can't help but feel out of place among a group of lightning users.
Mina: I might not be able to char my foes to a crisp, but I'll find some way to make myself useful!
Mina: Umph! Hraaah!
Albert: Wait a sec...
Albert: Hey, isn't that girl in our order? What is she doing out here swinging a sword by herself?
Knight: She's a water user, sir. The rest of the order is afraid of getting close to her during battle since she's vulnerable to lightning attacks.
Albert: Hmm. A water user, eh?
Mina: A monster? Hah! What good timing! Prepare to eat water sword!
Eyes for the Leader: Scene 2
Detailing her high respect for Albert to the crew, Mina explains that Albert once chose her to accompany him on a mission. Mina was nervous about the mission and trained alone until Albert proposed they devise a combination attack together in order to better face their foe.
One day the Sky Knights receive orders to take down a monster out in the field. Albert selects Mina to accompany him on the mission.
The other members of the order speak out against his decision due to the potential danger. But Albert only scoffs at their concerns.
Mina: Stay calm, Mina. Just stay calm...
After the announcement of her appointment has been made, Mina goes to her old training spot to prepare herself for the task ahead.
Mina: (That was an order from our leader. But what could he be thinking? There's no way I could...)
Mina: It's no use. I can't focus like this!
Albert: Is that because it's too noisy out here?
Mina: Huh? Sir Albert! What are you doing here?
Albert: I should be asking you the same thing. Why do you always come out here to train all alone?
Mina: Sir! That's because my water magic doesn't seem to mix well with the other members of the order, sir...
Albert: I see. Indeed, it does have the potential for disaster.
Mina: Yes, sir...
Albert: But, then again... If used in combination, it could boost the power of our lightning magic, don't you think?
Mina: What? I, uh, follow your logic, but I don't think I can—
Albert: No. I know you can do it.
Albert: The enemy we'll be facing is covered in a special type of protective material.
Albert: Even my Lord of Blitz attack is useless against it. But if we had some way of increasing its electrical conductivity, maybe we'd have something!
Albert: The increase in conductivity would give my electricity a powerful jolt, making the attack unstoppable! It's got to be worth a shot!
Albert: If you want to silence those naysayers, it would be best to speak with your sword.
Albert: And if you don't have anyone to help you hone this new skill, then I volunteer myself!
Mina and Albert quickly go to work as they train up their newfound combination attack.
Mina: A-Albert! I'm so sorry!
Albert: Heh. You should have said something before you did that. I managed to avoid getting shocked—but just barely.
Albert: Anyway, we're definitely making progress. Now let's pick up the pace! Again!
Mina: Yes, sir!
Though Albert finds himself soaked and charred a handful of times, he manages to draw out the great potential within Mina.
The two continue their rigorous training until the day comes when they put it into action.
Eyes for the Leader: Scene 3
Having successfully completed training and the subsequent mission, Mina gained confidence in herself and great respect for Albert. Mona argues that the revealing uniforms chosen by Albert were not a great idea, but Mina refuses to acknowledge Albert as anything but great.
With the resounding success of their training, Mina and Albert go out and dispatch their foe. This experience leads Mina to become more confident in herself.
From that day forward, Mina fights with everything she's got. She soon reaches the rank of vice leader and stands proudly by Albert's side.
Mina: For a long time I was nothing but a burden on the Sky Knights. But Albert's words gave me strength and showed me the way.
Mina: It was those very words that helped me become the person I am today. And it is those words that I will continue to follow.
Vyrn: Wow. Who knew? I guess now we get why you respect Lightning Boy so much.
Mina: Albert really is the greatest. He always knows what to say, and he always knows what to do.
Mona: I see what you mean, but... he definitely does some things that bug me.
Vyrn: Huh? Like what?
Mena: Just look! Look at these uniforms! Albert is the one that chose these things.
Lyria: Oh! I had no idea!
Mena: Though he... did say they were specially designed for battle. And the skintight material does reduce air resistance...
Mona: It might be a revolutionary design and all, but don't you think it goes too far? I bet these even make our enemies attracted to us.
Lyria: Oh dear. I guess if you put it that way, I see how that might be a problem...
Mona: Right? We can't go around dressed like this! I was so embarrassed at first that I flat out refused to wear it.
Mina: Oh, really? But there's nothing to be embarrassed about. I actually find the flexibility rather liberating.
Mina: Wearing a uniform that our leader selected firsthand makes me really proud!
Mina: And you can even show your respect to Albert by wearing it every day. Isn't it great?
Mena: What? You mean, you actually like these uniforms? You can't be serious!
Mona: Mina, just calm down for a second and take a good look at these things.
But looking at the uniforms only further affirms Mina's confidence in Albert.
Though she sees Albert through rose-colored glasses, her vision is sure to change over time with (Captain) and company.
After all, her adventures with her sisters have only just begun.