Search for Purpose
When the Black Knight leaves Orchid in Mephorash to journey alone, Orchid befriends a golem named Lloyd. Orchis awakes and begins restoring Erste with Adam, leaving Orchid feeling useless. After learning that Akasha is causing problems, Orchid convinces Adam and Orchis to put Akasha inside Lloyd and allow the two to travel while guarding each other.
Black Knight: I'm sorry, but... there's just something I have to do. You understand, don't you?
Orchid: Yes. Take care, Apollo...
Black Knight: What is it, Orchid?
Orchid: I really want to be with you.
I want to go with you...
Black Knight: Orchid...
Orchid: But I understand. You have things you have to do. And I can't go with you...
Black Knight: I'm sorry, Orchid. I guess I'm always testing your patience...
Orchid: That's not true. It's okay. You don't need to be sad.
Orchid: And I don't want to get in your way... So I'll wait for you. I'll wait for you to come back.
Black Knight: Yeah... And I'll return. You'll see.
Black Knight: Here, Orchid. I'll give you this.
Orchid: A ring?
Black Knight: Yes. I once received it from Orchis as a sign of friendship. This is a replica of that same ring.
Black Knight: On this ring... I vow that I'll return to both of you one day.
Black Knight: So... this isn't goodbye.
Making her vow, the Black Knight closes Orchid's hand around the ring.
Orchid: Apollo... You're always giving me something. But I want to give you something back.
Black Knight: You've already given me something I treasure above all else.
Black Knight: Just knowing you're alive is a miracle to me. And that's the greatest gift of all.
Orchid: That makes me happy. But I want to do something to thank you...
Black Knight: Humph. If that's what you wish, then I'll just have to look forward to it when I get back.
Orchid: Look forward to it... Yes. I understand. I'll think of something by then.
Black Knight: Good. Now it's time for me to go...
As Orchid watches her leave, silent tears begin to fall gently to the ground.
After some time has passed, Orchid wanders the Palace of Elijah Chelm alone one day.
Orchid: What's in here, I wonder...
Orchid: It's so dusty. Has no one ever cleaned this place?
From androids to the amorphous, a motley assortment of golems lie strewn about the room.
Just as she starts to look around, she finds herself stopping in front of one of the golems.
Orchid: This one looks like Apollo... But just a little. It's all in black...
Orchid sees that something is inscribed on the golem. She peers in for a closer look.
Orchid: Lloyd? It says Lloyd right here. Is that your name?
Orchid: My name is Orchid. Nice to meet you.
From that day forward, Orchid befriends the silent golem, Lloyd, and frequently visits him at the storage facility.
Several weeks pass and one day, Orchid decides to accompany Adam on his duties.
Orchid finds herself staring off into the distance when suddenly something strange happens.
Adam: What's happened with Orchis?
Orchis, the last of the Erste Royal Family, opens her eyes after existing in nothingness for so long.
Orchis: Am I... back? This isn't a dream. But it feels unreal...
Orchis: Orchid! I'm so glad to see you again, Orchid!
The moment she recognizes Orchid, Orchis hugs her lovingly.
Orchid: Orchis... Yes, I'm happy to see you too.
Orchis and Orchid embrace each other tightly, both sharing the joy of their reunion.
In the coming days, Orchis works with Adam to rebuild the Erste Kingdom.
Orchid: Orchis is amazing. She already knows the things she must do.
Orchid: But what can I do?
Orchid: Isn't there some way I can help the people who created me?
Adam: Our soldiers are fighting in vain to maintain order. Akasha has become difficult to contain.
Orchis: That's troubling... But surely we can find a place to contain such a powerful primal beast.
Adam: If there's a place away from the fearful eyes of the people, then that would be an option.
Adam: But Erste lacks such a felicitous solution...
Orchis and Adam are still discussing the problem when Orchid enters the room with a quiet determination about her.
Her eyes shine with unusual courage as she fixes her gaze on the two.
Orchid: Well... if you put Akasha inside Lloyd, do you think he would turn on?
Orchid, just how did you find out about him?
Orchis: Wait! Who's Lloyd? Do you know something about this, Adam?
Orchid: Follow me, Orchis. This way...
Orchis: This golem is Lloyd?
Adam: Lloyd was an attack golem in Mephorash, specially developed with intense battle power.
Adam: It was the pride of Erste craftsmen. They combined their skills to create all the production technology required.
Adam: In other words these golems were killing machines designed for war.
Orchis: But... Orchid said she wanted to put Akasha inside that thing.
Orchid: I come here and talk to him all the time. I'm pretty sure we're friends...
Adam: It is theoretically possible to seal Akasha within Lloyd and power him that way.
Adam: However, at the same time, we would be imbuing an uninhibited killing machine with an eternal soul.
Adam: It would become a war machine capable of destroying entire islands in the blink of an eye.
Orchis: We can't possibly agree to make something so dangerous...
Orchid: But... I can keep it under control. I'm the only one that can restrain Akasha.
Orchid: If we seal Akasha within Lloyd, I can be there to make sure it never falls into the wrong hands.
Orchid: And if Lloyd had power, then I could travel the skies.
Orchid: I would be able to go out and see all there is to see.
Adam: Yes... I suppose you could seal Akasha within Lloyd and create your own guardian.
Adam: That being said, you would also be creating a guardian that brings danger to you.
Adam: In avoiding such danger, you wouldn't be able to stay in one place for very long. And it would certainly be a lonely journey.
Orchis: Hold on a second. Orchid, are you saying you're going to leave our kingdom?
Orchis: How could you!
Orchid: But I won't let anyone see me leave. No one would even know I was gone. There would be nothing to—
Orchis: That's not what I'm worried about!
I'm worried about you going out there all by yourself...
Orchis: I mean, I would miss you terribly...
Orchis: And you'd be in constant danger!
Orchis: Why are you asking this all of a sudden? You know I can't possibly let you get in harm's way!
Seeing Orchid willingly choose a life of isolation, Orchis can't help but feel anxious.
But Orchid doesn't show any doubt in her decision. Instead she gazes confidently at Orchis.
Orchid: I've always wondered what I can do to help others.
Orchid: I know I can't be the queen that Erste needs to help them rebuild.
Orchid: And I can't possibly become the Adam that helps such a queen.
Orchid: I'll never be one of the Seven Luminary Knights who protect the skies. I'll never be the captain of a crew...
Orchid: And I'll never be able to fight for Erste, like Freesia...
Orchid: I'll also never be able to stand in place of those who created me. And there are so many things I don't know...
But I finally found something that only I can do.
Orchid: If Akasha is a threat to you, then I'll stop it. That is something only I can do.
Orchid: I won't let it hurt anyone else...
Orchid: And this isn't all of a sudden. Everyone's always protecting me, but that's not what I want...
Orchid: I want to protect those dear to me. I want become strong. For them.
Orchid: That's why I want to go.
Orchid's eyes reflect her conviction. Her will is unwavering.
Hearing all the thoughts Orchid had kept inside her heart for so long, Orchis knows she can't stand in her way.
Orchis: You really are stubborn, Orchid.
Orchis: I'm sure though... that makes you the same as me.
Orchis: We're stubborn. Once we've made up our minds, we'll never back down. I guess it only makes sense, being sisters and all.
Orchid: You and I are... sisters?
Orchis: We haven't really been able to talk about it...
Orchis: But for a long time now, we've known each other like best friends. We're practically family.
Orchis: I mean, we were born into the same body. So I guess we might be closer than sisters.
Orchis: Yes. You're not alone. I'm here. Adam is here. And so is everyone else. Even Apollo.
Orchis: Never forget that. And promise me you'll come home safe. You have to promise!
Orchid: Okay. I promise.
Orchis: Remember, this is your home, Orchid!
Orchid: Yes. Thank you, Orchis.
Orchis: Nope... That's for me to say.
Thank you, Orchid.
Orchid reaches into her pocket and pulls out an object.
Orchis: But that's...
Orchid: With a ring, Apollo said she would always be with you. And I have one now. That means I'll always be with you too.
Orchid holds out the ring the Black Knight had given her before she left.
Orchis: Wow, you're right! That's exactly what it means! You'll always be with me...
Orchid: So we'll always be together...
Orchid: And... I haven't forgotten that you love happy endings.
Orchid: I'll work to create a future where everyone can be happy. With this ring I vow to you...
With that the two girls go their separate ways...
For each of them bears their own distinct path.
And until the fateful day that they meet again, each of them will continue their struggle alone.
Adam: She's truly gone away.
Orchis: With her, Apollo, and everyone else leaving, it seems kind of lonely... But we still have work to do!
Orchis: Because one day... we're going to welcome them all back with a smile!
Orchid and a young girl are captured by a man who plans to cash in on their rare and curious features. Orchid calls Lloyd to help them escape.
Orchid: Next we'll be going to this island.
Orchid: I can't wait to see what's there...
With Lloyd by her side, Orchid continues her wandering journey to create a future where everyone can be happy...
Though this is not the only reason for her quest.
She also wishes to see the world that Apollo protected.
Everywhere she goes, she witnesses rare and fascinating things that captivate her.
She thinks of everything she sees as something that Apollo protected...
And she can't help but be filled with joy.
Orchid: Let's go, Lloyd.
Everything on her solo journey is going great.
Or so it seems...
Orchid finds herself in a land where golems are unheard of.
But a person who knows the rarity of golems captures Orchid. She is locked up in a dark cell.
Orchid: This... can't be good.
Surrounded by cold, hard walls, Orchid stands there, peering through the iron bars at the rest of the prison.
Orchid: Someone's coming.
Fearsome Man: Bein' difficult, huh? Guess I'd better teach ya a lesson!
Girl: Please, no... I just want to go home...
Fearsome Man: Well, ya can't! Yer mine, ya hear?
Suddenly a man and a small girl appear through the doorway. As he yells the man violently shoves the girl into a cell.
Fearsome Man: Get in there! And quit yer cryin'! No one's gonna want you with all that blubberin'!
Girl: No! Let me out! I'm so scared... Please!
Orchid: She's... yours?
Fearsome Man: What? Yeah, ya heard me right! She's mine and so are you! And I'm gonna sell ya to the highest bidder at the show!
Fearsome Man: A talkin' doll and a sparkly-eyed girl... I'm gonna make a fortune!
Orchid: A show? But I can't do anything interesting...
Fearsome Man: Huh? You ain't gotta do nothin'! Just keep yer trap shut so I can sell ya off!
Fearsome Man: Man, yer creepy. Just stay in there and keep yer mouth shut 'til nighttime!
Girl: Sniffle... Sob...
Daddy... Daddy, I'm scared! Daddy!
Girl: Sniffle... Aren't you scared too?
Orchid: No. I know much scarier things than this.
Orchid: Never mind. Now, do you want to get out of here?
Girl: You mean, you know how to escape? Sniffle... How?
Orchid: It's easy. Just stay quiet for a second.
Following Orchid's command, Lloyd appears from out of the darkness.
Orchid: Please stay quiet...
Girl: Aaahhh! Stay back!
Fearsome Man: Hey! Is that the whiny brat from earlier? What a pain in the neck...
Fearsome Man: What's this!
Fearsome Man: Who are you? And how'd you get in here?
Orchid: He's been with me the whole time. So... he came in through the front door, I guess.
Fearsome Man: You watch yer mouth, freak! And you, just what are ya doin' in here?
Girl: Eep... You're scaring me! You're scaring me!
Fearsome Man: Hey! Someone get over here! We've got an intruder! I'm gonna need backup for this one!
Orchid: If you're going to cause a fuss, then I'll just have to deal with you.
Orchid: We'll get you out of our way in a flash... and make our escape in a cinch.
Orchid: Time to go, Lloyd...
Innocent Doll: Scene 2
Orchid helps the young girl return home, but monsters soon catch up with them.
Orchid: If we've made it this far, we must be safe.
Orchid: I had really wanted to sneak out quietly and see more of this place. But oh well...
Orchid: Still I think... that was the most exciting thing we've done in a while.
Girl: You're so amazing...
Orchid: You think I'm amazing? That was nothing. Lloyd's the tough one here.
Girl: You and Lloyd... You have my thanks.
Orchid: Your eye is so sparkly and beautiful. Like a gemstone...
Girl: It's kinda weird. That's why scary people try to take me away.
Orchid: You think your eye is weird? No. It's beautiful.
Orchid: Look at this.
Orchid reveals the joints in her legs.
Orchid: I'm the only weird one here. I'm not even human. That's weird.
Girl: Wow! You really are a doll! That's amazing!
Orchid: Amazing? How is that?
Girl: I have dolls back at home, but none of them can talk.
Girl: But you can! It's totally amazing!
Orchid: Thanks... That's nice of you to say.
Orchid: So where is home for you? I can take you there.
Becoming fast friends, Orchid and the girl chat away as they head toward the girl's home.
Girl's Father: Are you okay? What happened? I'm so glad you're not hurt!
Girl: I'm fine. And it's all thanks to this girl.
Girl's Father: We owe you a great debt! Oh thank you, thank you!
Orchid watches as the father and daughter happily reunite.
But with the dawning of each new day, Orchid finds herself missing the Black Knight more and more.
Orchid: I'm glad you're back together again.
Well, see you around...
Girl's Father: Wait a second! Won't you let us do something to thank you?
Girl: Yeah, come play with me!
Girl's Father: We might not have much, but we have to do something to—
Orchid: No, it's okay. Your gracious words are more than enough. I wouldn't want to put you in danger.
Girl's Father: Danger?
Girl's Father: Eek!
Orchid: Too late...
Girl's Father: Wh-what is going on here?
Orchid: When I summon Lloyd, he stands there for a while. Before long something bad always comes...
Orchid: I should have left while I had the chance. I'm sorry for getting you caught up in this.
Girl: You're in danger! You'd better run too!
Orchid: No. I won't run.
Orchid: It might be... a little scary. But you two should hide so you don't get hurt. I will protect you.
Orchid: Time to go, Lloyd...
Innocent Doll: Scene 3
Orchid and Lloyd leave after defeating the monsters. While Orchid is reflecting on her memories with the Black Knight, (Captain), and the crew, she senses that Orchis is in danger from Freesia and departs the island to find her.
Orchid: That's all of them for now. You can come back out.
Girl's Father: Just... who are you?
And why are you—
Orchid: My name is Orchid. This is the path I chose, and this my role within it.
Orchid: More importantly, I'm glad you're safe.
Girl's Father: But...
Orchid: I have to go now.
Girl's Father: Th-thank you...
Orchid smiles back at the two strangers before disappearing with Lloyd into the dark of the night.
Orchid: You won't get away...
Orchid: We have a lot of work to do...
With monsters all around, Orchid battles tirelessly through the night.
In time the sun again peaks out over the horizon, signaling the end of Orchid's night-long struggle.
She now stands silently atop a high lookout point and takes in the view.
Seeing the whole wide sky before her, Orchid stops for a moment and thinks about everything she's done that led up to this moment.
Orchid: Lyria, Io, (Captain)... I wonder how they're doing.
Orchid: When we were together, every day was an adventure.
Orchid's personality first began to emerge during her travels with the Black Knight.
And she strived to grow ever stronger after meeting the crew in Lumacie.
Orchid: I remember being so happy that they all called me their friend.
Orchid: I wonder if I'll ever see them again...
Orchid: That would be nice...
Several months have passed since Orchid began her adventures with Lloyd.
Battles, loneliness, and her sense of purpose have become her life.
And on every island she's visited, she's made it a point to find a place to stand and take it all in.
Orchid: I wonder what Apollo saw on this island. I wonder if she saw what I see now...
Orchid: If there were some way to make Apollo happy, I would give all of myself to make it happen. I've always thought that. Even now.
Orchid: But if I ever said that... both Apollo and Orchis would be sad.
Orchid: And if they're sad, that makes me sad.
Orchid: But if they're happy, that makes me happy.
Orchid: That's why I want everyone to be happy. I'll do whatever I can to make that happen.
Orchid: I guess I love happy endings too. Hehe.
It's these feelings that are the driving force for Orchid to continue her lonely journey.
Orchid: Strange... There's a funny feeling in my chest.
Freesia: Oh... It would seem that Your Highness has a sharp intuition.
Orchis: What! When did you—how did you get here!
Orchid: What's going on?
Orchid: Orchis is in danger! Freesia is after her!
Orchid: I have to go.
I have to rescue Orchis.
Orchid's fighting spirit burns silently as she departs for the ultimate battle.
But she cannot possibly imagine who or what is awaiting her arrival.