Momma-Lovin' Country Boy
After our heroes had accepted the mission to transport cargo from the Knickknack Shack, they sighted Norcel, who had been beset by hooligans. The party trying to help, but the hooligans ran in terror from Norcel’s fears and powers. The interested party attempted to speak to Norcel, who claimed that he was looking for a job to support his bedridden sickly mother, but was having trouble finding one. Thus the party invited Norcel into their Order.
Our heroes undertook a mission from the Knickknack Shack To transport cargo to a different island, and headed back for the airship with a wagon in tow.
Lyria: Don’t overdo things, (Captain). This book is rather heavy...
Vyrn: Good grief... Hey maybe it would be good to have you help us inside our airship?
Someone could be her breathing heavily nearby after pushing a heavy card.
Hooligan: Hey, watch where you’re going! You bump into this injury I have and I’ll have to go see a doctor!
???: A doctor! That must’ve been some injury!
Hooligan: Hm? What do you really mean?! Give us all your money!
???: Money?! I just came back from work, I'm not carrying any money!
Hooligan: What? How are you going to make it up to us?! Then give us that book! We will sell it!
???: Hey! That book ain’t the real thing!
Vyrn: Uhm! They're trying to shake him down! We gotta help him!
Hooligan: Oh shut up! Just shut up and give us the book! Whoa, it’s heavy!
The hooligan dropped the book that he had stolen from the Harvin, and it fell on his foot.
Hooligan: Gah! Ouch! What kind of book is this?!
???: Argh! I dropped it!
???: You’d better go to the doctor. Over here!
Hooligan: Forgive us! It’s a bad idea to try to get that power in that book!
???: Hey! Where you going!?
Vyrn: Whoa, there! You guys are just trying to extort him! Leave him alone!
???: Katalina?! It’s true? Scary...
Lyria: Are you alright? This book for you! I picked it up and it’s very heavy!
???: Hey! So this is a book of magic? It’s heavy!
Lyria: Wha...?! Oh my gosh! Handling such a heavy book so lightly!
???: Oh stop praising me like that, you’re embarrassing me!
???: If you read this book out loud you can use magic. But it’s so heavy it’s a pain in the neck.
Lyria: Pain in the neck?
???: Yeah, you know, it’s bothersome to handle it...
???: I’m from a village in the mountains. It’s snows all the time in this island. I’m sorry I speak with such a thick accent.
Lyria: Don't worry about it. I think you sound cute.
???: Ha ha, you’re embarrassing me by praising me like that! hey! My name is Norcel.
Lyria: Hey! Hey, we haven’t introduced ourselves yet, either. I am Lyria, this is (Captain), and this is Vyrn.
Norcel: You are very kindly people. They say people in the big city are cold, but you guys seem pretty warm.
Vyrn: Right, Norcel. Why did you come from your home all the way to this town? Did you have something you need to take care of?
Norcel: My mother is in a coma. It seems like a grave illness.
Norcel: And when she drank a little medicine she became well enough to work for a bit.
Lyria: I see... You are worried about your mother...
Norcel: Yeah. I think I could help her if I could just find the right doctor.
Vyrn: For sure, just a temporary reprieve from her illness thanks to some medicine wouldn’t be enough.
Norcel: They are not used to seeing a Harvin on this island.
Norcel: I was mistaken for a child and cannot find work...
Vyrn: Yeah, I bet a Harvin would look like a young person if you didn’t know what they were...
Choose: Can I come with your Order?
- Can I come with your Order?
- You, boy? Girl?
Norcel: For real? Well, whatever the case, let’s do it! Though I have never been in a fight before...
Norcel: In the mountains I hundred rabbits, refined metals, made footwear... Maybe I could come in handy doing those things?
Vyrn: Great job, dude! You seem like a pretty useful guy! Welcome aboard!
Norcel: Thank you for looking out for me from now on, (Captain). I will do my best, so I am looking forward to traveling with you.Choose: You, boy? Girl?
Norcel: Wha?! I'm a man, but...
Lyria: Huh? Was that it?! Without a doubt I...
Norcel: Uh... That’s not what I think...
Norcel: All right! Maybe that’s why I always get turned down for manual labor?
Vyrn: Is that so?! That’s just too damn bad...
Norcel: Hm...? What you think, (Captain)? Could manual labor be my strong point?
Norcel: Because of all the snow, I brought back and stacked up some firewood higher than myself.
Vyrn: What?!? Higher than yourself?! That’s a huge amount!
Norcel: Oh yeah? That’s actually the norm in my village... What's wrong, (Captain)?
Norcel: Whaaat?! You’re going to let me into your Order? However, I don’t know if I could be of use to you...
Lyria: You’ll be fine! There is a great variety of work that is done within an Order!
Lyria: Ever since joining our fellowship, it looks like Norcel will take on an ever greater variety of work...
Norcel: Oh yeah? Then why don’t you tell me what I can do?
Norcel: Thank you for looking out for me from now on, (Captain). I will do my best, so I am looking forward to traveling with you.Continue 1
Norcel: So, is that your wagon? Shall I carry something?
Lyria: Wha?! It's dangerous to carry something so heavy on your own!
Norcel: Yeah, you said it! Huh? What did you just say?!
Lyria: You're amazing! You’re so very strong!
Norcel: No need to praise me, I didn’t do anything special. Nothing like the way you make it sound.
Norcel: Ah, what nice weather. It would be nice to go for a walk through the mountains.
Norcel had wondered about aimlessly since leaving the countryside, but after his chance encounter with our heroes he joined their fellowship.
If he goes so far to help his mother, that he would probably do the same thing for his friends.
Agony of the Magic Tome
As (Captain)'s party discusses their next destination, Norcel tells them he would like to send out a letter to his mother. The party agrees, and heads for the Knickknack Shack to drop the letter off.
Norcel: Scuse me, (Captain). Do ya have a min'?
Norcel appears while the party is deciding on their next destination.
Norcel: Will we be goin' to the Knickknack Shack anytime soon? I wanna send a letter to my mum.
Lyria: Oh? Then why don't we go to the Knickknack Shack now, (Captain)?
Lyria: We have some free time too, so we could check if there are any new requests.
With Lyria's suggestion, (Captain)'s party starts heading toward the Knickknack Shack.
Lyria: What is it? You've been all smiles today!
Norcel: Ah! Well, this is kinda embarrassin', but...
Norcel: I was just thinkin', I'm glad to have such kind people as my friends.
Vyrn: Wha? F-Flattery won't get you anywhere, you know?
Lyria: Hehe, are you blushing, Vyrn?
Norcel: It ain't flat'ry. I really think y'all are good people.
Norcel: When I'm travelin' wit' you guys, I'm reminded of the ol' stories of my ancestors.
Norcel: My mum's always happy to read my letters 'bout our adventures.
Vyrn: Hehe, glad to hear that!
Norcel: And now, mum can get her medicine so she's feelin' a lot better...
Norcel: The medicine lady told her that she'll be cured if we find a doctor, too.
Lyria: Really? I'm happy to hear that! Let's find a good doctor for her!
Norcel: Thanks, Lyria. And (Captain)... I don't know to thank ya guys...
Vyrn: Good for you, Norcel! But you should save the tears for after your mom gets better!
Norcel: Yeah! First, I gotta write send out a letter for mum!
Agony of the Magic Tome: Scene 2
After dropping off the letter, (Captain) and company stay at an inn for the night. While they sleep, a thief sneaks in and attempts to steal Norcel's magic book. The thief gives up after realizing the book is too heavy to carry, and the party chases after him as he tries to get away. .
Norcel drops off the letter for his mother at the Knickknack Shack.
Without any missions to work on, (Captain)'s party decides to leave the island after a good night's rest.
(Captain) and company rent a room at an inn and decide to have dinner at the dining hall downstairs.
Norcel: I'm still not used to eatin' other people's cooking like this. There weren't any places like this in my village.
Vyrn: Hm... Is it even smaller than the village of Zinkenstill?
Norcel: Yeah. It snows all year and we don't really get no visitors.
Norcel: It must be way different in big cities where there are kings and princesses.
Lyria: I see... It must be hard dealing with snow all year long. Oh, but maybe you'll be okay with your magic book?
Norcel: Yeah, this book is mighty useful. I'm grateful to my ancestors for bringing it back.
Lyria: Hm? I didn't know it had a history like that... That book must be very important to you then!
Norcel: Yeah. I gotta be thankful to my mum for giving it to me.
Vyrn: A book that lets the reader cast magic... That's quite a book you've got there.
Lyria: It is. I wonder who wrote it?
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Norcel: But I get tired whenever I read it, and I get real dizzy if I use it too much.
Norcel: And it's a bit heavy, too... Makes me trip a lot.
Vyrn: Hm, so it has its downsides too.
(Captain) and company enjoy their dinner, then decide to rest in the room they rented. That night...
Norcel: Aaahhh?! W-What're ya doin?!
???: Agh! This book is too damn heavy to carry!
Vyrn: What's going on?! Are you alright, Norcel?
Norcel: Aiieee! A thief j-just tried to steal my book!
Vyrn: Say what?! Where is he?!
Norcel: He went out the window right before I turned the light's on!
Vyrn: He won't get away with this! Let's go get him, (Captain)!
Agony of the Magic Tome: Scene 3
After capturing the thief, (Captain) and company hand him over to the guards. Norcel stares at his book and begins wondering if his ancestors had stolen it. In response, Lyria suggests that they look into the magical book's origin. Norcel agrees to her suggestion and makes it his new goal for his journey.
(Captain) and company capture the thief and hand him over to the guards.
Lyria: Hmm... I wonder why he went after your book... It just looks like an ordinary book on the outside.
Vyrn: He might have been listening in on our conversation at the dining hall... We should have been more careful!
Lyria: Um... Are you alright, Norcel? You've been staring off into the distance... Did the thief scare you?
Norcel: Oh... Well that too, but... I've been thinkin' about this book.
Norcel: My ancestors brought it back from... somewhere... But I thought, what if it was stolen?
Norcel: Then I would feel bad for the owner...
Vyrn: But no one ever came to claim it, right? It should be okay then.
Norcel: Maybe... But... if the real owner is somewhere out there...
Lyria: Umm... Then why don't we find out who wrote that book? Maybe the author gave it to your ancestor.
Lyria: We can look into it while we search for a doctor. How does that sound?
Norcel: Yeah. ! It sure beats sittin' here wonderin' about it.
Norcel: I can go apologize to the author if it's stolen, and I can go say thanks if it's a gift!
Lyria: Yeah! Sounds good!
With the prospects for his mother's cure looking brighter, Norcel finds a new goal for his journey.
The journey with his magical book still seems to have a long way ahead.