Want Some Cake?
(Captain) and the crew are walking through town when suddenly a coarse voice brings them to a halt. Surprised, the crew looks back, and sees that the voice belongs to the gaudy Nene, who is stood with her daughter Yae. Nene says that she mistook (Captain) for her runaway husband, who she has been searching for for a long time. Hearing Vyrn's story, however, Nene realizes that this is a case of mistaken identity, and in order to actually find her husband, invites herself to join the crew on their travels.
Walking through town, the party hears an unfamiliar voice call out to them.
???: Hey, you! I finally found ya!
(Captain) turns around frantically after suddenly being grabbed by the scruff of the neck.
Nene: Hey there! I knew it was you! It's me, Nene!
Vyrn: What the—? Have we met? You act like you know us...
(Captain) frantically gestures in the negative.
Hurt by the emphatic denial, Nene raises her voice indignantly.
Nene: Don’t you play dumb with me! I know you haven’t forgotten about your own daughter!
Yae: What? Forgot? ...Daddy, did you really forget about me?
Lyria: What! Daddy? You’re a father?
(Captain) gestures even more frantically in the negative.
Wait a minute Lyria. We've been together a long time. There's no way (Captain) could have gone off and made a family without us noticing.
Lyria: Hm...I suppose that's true. I was just a little surprised.
Vyrn: Sheesh... Whoever she is, she is one crazy momma.
W-wait a minute, Lyria! (Captain) is a woman!
Lyria: Gasp! You’re right! Nene, you must have mistaken her for someone else!
Nene: No, it’s him, all right. You're just the kind of man who’d pretend to be a woman to get away from his family!
Vyrn: Hold your horses, crazy momma, now you're just talking nonsense!Continue 1
Nene: You little lizard! What did you just call me?
Vyrn: Hey, I’m not a lizard!
Nene: And I’m not "momma"! I only respond to "Miss"!
Vyrn: What! Um, okay, if you say so, “Miss”!
Nene: What, you gotta problem with that?
Yae: Ha ha, gotta problem?
Vyrn: I guess not...if it’s that important to you, I’ll call you Miss. ...But you’re not made that I called you crazy?
Nene: You've been very good today, dear. Here, have a candy to suck on.
Yae: Ha ha! Time for candy, time for candy!
(Captain) and the others take Nene and Yae to a nearby pub to hear their story.
Nene: Boy howdy! Y’all really came here on that giant airship?
Her surprise is a little over the top as she gestures out the window toward the Grandcypher in the distance.
Nene: Oh...Estalucia. So y’all are skyfarers, too. No wonder you look so much like him.
Lyria: Look like who?
Nene: A good guy I used to know...
A cloud falls over Nene's bright smile, and she starts to speak in an uncharacteristically sad tone.
Nene: See, I... A long time ago, I was madly in love with a skyfarer. That's when Yae came into my life.
Nene: But then one day, without a word, my husband was gone.
Vyrn: Oh, come on... He didn’t just get scared of you and run away?
Nene: Oh, yeah, I was a real bride from hell! NOT! How could you say such a thing!
Nene: Obviously, you could never find a kinder or more beautiful lady than me!
Vyrn: Sure, if you say so, Miss Nene...
Nene: What, you don't believe me? But now that you mention it, that’s what everyone on the island says—he left you, forget about him.
Nene: But I don't think so. He may have been a yellow belly, but he wouldn’ta run out on us.
Nene: If something came up, I wish he’d just told us... So we’re hopping from island to island, trying to find out.
Nene finishes her water and her smile returns to her face. She makes a nonchalant declaration.
Nene: Hahaha! Alright, then I’ve made up my mind!
Nene: I'll hop aboard your airship and go with y’all to find my yellow-bellied husband!
Vyrn: W-wait a minute! Why would you...
Nene: Don't be so selfish. I have a strange feeling I'll see my husband again if I travel around with y’all.
Vyrn: Sigh... You're a pushy little missy. So, (Captain), what do you say?
Choose: Yer darn tootin'!
- Yer darn tootin'!
- No way, Jose!
Nene: Yeehaw! Then we're all set! I'm lookin' forward to this!
Vyrn: Hey, I wasn’t voting to let you on board! ...She's not even listening to me.
Lyria: This is great. Now we have more interesting people on the team!
Whether they’re dauntless or just plain shameless, our heroes can’t help liking them anyway. They are a mysterious mother and daughter pair, to be sure.Choose: No way, Jose!
Nene: Ooh, your captain is cute, too! Hahaha! Y’all are so congenial!
Nene: Come on, now, don’t be shy. Have some candy!
Whether they’re dauntless or just plain shameless, our heroes can’t help liking them anyway. They are a mysterious mother and daughter pair, to be sure.Continue 2
With the addition of Nene and Yae, the Grandcypher becomes even livelier than before.
Take as it Comes
The crew watches a mysterious exchange between Nene and Yae, and is surprised at the relationship of mutual trust that the two have between them. However, Nene seems to have lost confidence in herself as a mother. (Captain) and the crew head toward a town to help Nene chose a present for Yae, but suddenly, a horse and cart barrels toward the crew, and Nene becomes furious at the man holding the reins.
As the ship sails through the afternoon wind, boisterous chatter echoes across the ship’s cozy deck.
Nene: You gotta be kidding me, Yae! Are you for real?
Yae: Yeah, I thought it was that, but it turned out to be that.
Nene: No, no, it wasn’t that. You mean THAT.
Yae: Huh? It wasn’t that?
Nene: No, not that! That!
Vyrn: This is making me dizzy. A whole conversation about different thats. Do they even understand each other?
Lyria: Hee hee... Nene and Yae are really close.
Vyrn: Well, sure, but that doesn't make it okay! I mean, c'mon!
As the two go back and forth like this, Nene hears the commotion and approaches (Captain).
Nene: My, my, Captain, you have been staring at me for quite some time, you little lech, you!
Vyrn: Nuh-uh! We were just noticing that you two are really close!
Vyrn: Isn't that right, (Captain)?
Choose: Yeah,! And it's cool that you dress the same.
- Yeah,! And it's cool that you dress the same.
- No, it's just that leopard print is...interesting!
Nene: Y’all are right, Yae is the joy of my life. We are very close.Choose: No, it's just that leopard print is...interesting!
Nene: You got a good eye, Captain!Continue 1
Nene: Ya know, this is the traditional garb of people from our home village.
Nene: We wear it to remind us to be happy and strong, like the hearty, healthy animals we have there.
Yae: Ha ha, yeah! Do you like it? Rarr! Grarr!
Lyria: Wow, really? Your home village sounds like very lovely.
Nene: It's a small island off to the west, and everyone there takes pride in where they're from. It really is a great place.
Yae: Yeah, and THAT is the best! And Momma’s is best of all!
Nene: When you say "that," you mean...THAT?
Yae: Mm-mm, no... The only that I can think of is THAT.
Nene: Haha, well yeah, obviously. That’s how I stole your daddy’s heart, too. Your momma’s is the best that in the skies!
Vyrn: Oh geez, not this again! You can't have a whole conversation with just “that”!
Lyria: Um... Nene, what exactly is this "that" you keep talking about?
Nene: Oh, that? It’s one of our island’s traditional dishes.
Nene: You take some flour and mix it up with eggs and seafood stock until you get a paste. Then you sizzle it up in a pan.
Vyrn: Whoa, now THAT sounds delicious!
Lyria: Ooh, I'd like to try it, too!
Nene: Would you now? Hmm, okay...then why don’t y’all come with me?
With that, Nene drags the party to a certain town.
Lyria: But was it really okay to leave Yae on the ship?
Vyrn: Yeah...she was wailing like a banshee.
Nene: We’re better off without her.
Nene: Look, I know we came to buy ingredients for that, but my real mission is to buy a birthday present for Yae.
Vyrn: For real? You should've told us sooner!
Nene: Haha, I’m happy to hear that. Now get over here Vyrnie, and help me choose a present.
Nene: I’m ashamed to say it...but I'm so busy looking for my husband, I have given Yae any of the attention she deserves.
Nene: So I have no idea what she'd like.
Vyrn: Heh heh... So you can have a whole conversation made up of the word “that”, but you don’t know what she likes?
Nene: Haha. Terrible, aren't I? I'm a failure as a mother.
Lyria: No! You're not a fail—
Nene: Lyria, look out!
Nene’s sharp observation saves our heroes from injury, but...
A wagon suddenly comes crashing into the party’s line.
Nene: Ya klutz! Watch where you're going!
Ruffian: Eh? Who’re you yelling at, Granny?
Nene: Who’re you callin' Granny? I'm a nice young woman, I'll have you know!
Her expression suddenly goes dark.
Nene: Ugh, you stink! Totally reek of alcohol! Are you drunk, mister?
Ruffian: Guh heh heh, the cat’s out of the bag, eh?
Nene: Ugh, you disgust me! You shouldn't be drinking and driving that wagon! Take that!
Take as it Comes: Scene 2
After the cart driver regains consciousness, he admits that he had a hard time keeping himself awake, because he drank a large cup of delicious hot milk and afterwards he felt so cozy and warm that he fell asleep at the wheel. After being chastised for his silly behavior by Nene, the man reflects meekly and thanks her for scolding him like a mother would. Nene, having regained a little of her confidence as a mother, picks an item from the man's cargo to take back to Yae. But, on the way back, monsters swoop down and attack the crew, trampling all over the present.
Nene: Wow, we really sandpapered him.
Nene: That was mean, Captain, very mean. I know he’s a no-account ruffian, but I think you overdid it.
Vyrn: Come on... What is it this time?
Nene: You’ve been through a lot, Mr. Ruffian. Here, have a candy.
Ruffian: Uh.... Ouch! What the—? What am I doing here!
Ruffian: ...Gasp! ...Don't tell me I did it again!
Ruffian: AAHHH! I'm sorry! I was just sittin' here holding the reins all night, and I had a drink—you know, for a little pick-me-up. And then...
Nene: Are you still half asleep? If a child had been here, she could’ve got seriously hurt! Do you understand me?
Nene: Man up and pull yourself together!
Ruffian: Y-yes ma'am! I feel like my mom just slapped some sense into me...
Ruffian: You're a real nice woman. Something about your voice makes me want to do whatever you say.
Nene: D-don’t be ridiculous! You are hitting on a married woman!
Ruffian: Ga ha ha, rejected.
Lyria: See, even that ruffian thinks you're a good mother, Nene!
Lyria: So please...stop calling yourself a failure.
Ruffian: Hey, I know this won't make up for what I did, but you can take whatever you want from my cargo here.
Nene: We could never do that. You need those goods to sell.
Ruffian: Don't worry about that. I'm really grateful to you, and this is how I wanna show it.
Ruffian: But...all I have is toys and kids' clothes. Not much a grown woman like you would be interested in... Heh.
Nene: Wh-what! Did you just say what I think you said?
Lyria: Go on, Nene. Yae's waiting for you.
Nene: Yeah, but...ah, I don't know if she'll like it.
Lyria: It's okay. She'll love anything her mother chose for her.
Nene: Yeah... Thanks, Lyria. I needed that.
Nene thanks Lyria, then takes the present and walks over to Yae.
Surprised at the sudden attack, Nene drops the present just in time for the monster to trample it.
Nene: You no-good rotten varmint! Don’t move a muscle—I’m gonna make you scream!
Take as it Comes: Scene 3
(Captain) and the crew repel the monsters, but unfortunately the present is completely soggy and crumpled. However, Yae expresses her gratitude anyway. Nene's confidence as a mother is back in full force, and she treats the crew to a delicious recipe that has been passed down in her hometown for generations. And thus, Yae's birthday party is a roaring success, and the laughs of the crew echo into the night.
Nene stands guilt-ridden before the crushed present. Her expression is as crushed as the gift.
Nene: I'm sorry, honey...please forgive me. I’m no good as a mother. I can't even give you a decent present.
But Yae picks up the crushed present and hugs it to her chest like it's the most precious thing in the world.
Yae: Ha ha, thank you! I always knew you were the best momma in the world!
Nene sees the smile light up her daughter's face and returns to her usual cheerful self.
Once the fire is lit under the pan, Nene starts hollering.
Nene: Okay, time for a wallopin’!
Vyrn: Um, what is "walloping" supposed to mean?
Nene: Yae, make sure you wallop those veggies good and proper!
Yae: Ha ha! Already done, Momma!
Nene: Then wallop the eggs! And the meat, and the squid...
Yae: Yeah, they’re all walloped now!
Nene: Oh honey, you are the best daughter in the skies!
Nene: "The pan is sounding, so give it a good pounding!" Everybody give it your best wallop!
Vyrn: But what does "walloping" MEAN?
Lyria: All right, I'll wallop the best I can! I hope I do it right!
Vyrn: Huh? Lyria!
Nene: Ha ha ha... That’s my Lyria! You’re already speaking my language!
The skyfarers' laughter, as pleasant as ever, is carried away by the gentle breeze...
...along with the slightly burnt aroma of Nene’s secret sauce.