Luck of the Draw
Richard, an ace gambler, gets the crew out of trouble. He demands money for his services but soon finds himself asking the crew for help instead. In the end, he ends up as a member of the crew.
The crew finds itself in a tavern playing a game of cards.
Little do they know that a diabolical trap has already been set.
Vyrn: Hold up! You're trying to scam us! And no one said we're playing for money!
Card Shark: Heh-heh. A little late for that now. Pay up. A cool million rupies.
Katalina: What? You can't expect us to pay—
???: Aw man. Nipping at the small fry? Not too cool, buddy.
???: What would your mother say about running a game on a bunch of out-of-town rubes?
Card Shark: Mind your own business! Or do you want this to get ugly?
???: Chill out, buddy. No need to go all alpha male on me. You are an up-and-coming gambler after all.
???: Forget the kids. How about you try your luck with me?
Vyrn: Careful, dude. This one's a shar—
???: Relax... Just watch.
The crew watches with bated breath. The man takes his seat at the table, his lips cocked in a confident smile.
And the game is decided only moments later.
Card Shark: Oh, c'mon! Something's up... Why'd you get every good card?
Richard: I hate to break this to you, but I'm one of those rare guys who can swim in a shark tank and not get bit.
Card Shark: No way... You're Slick Rich?
Richard: Nice to know I have a fan. Took you a bit too long to notice though. Game's over.
Richard: Your money, shoes, and jacket should just about cover it. Set 'em down and skedaddle.
Card Shark: Damn it... I won't forget this!
Richard: Take care now! Come see me any time!
Vyrn: That was really something! You saved our butts!
Richard: My pleasure. And since you're so satisfied... hand it over.
Vyrn: What do you mean? Hand what over?
Richard: A man's gotta eat. I saved you, so pay up.
Vyrn: What? You're gonna take our money?
Richard: It'd be wrong not to, baby. That's how the wheels stay greased. It's all about that give and take.
Richard: Don't wanna get cooked? Then don't sit in the pot.
Vyrn: You're as bad as the shark!
Vyrn: Stuff like that is just exhausting...
Katalina: Let's just treat this as a lesson well learned. It's cheap compared to a million rupies.
Katalina: Sorry, (Captain). I would've stopped you if I knew what kind of place that was...
Richard: Hey... Hey, buddies! Yeah, you! Slow it down, will you?
Vyrn: Isn't that the guy from the bar? What's the deal?
Richard: Help a guy out! They're gonna kill me! You gotta help me hide!
Vyrn: Are you kidding?
Katalina: And why would someone want to kill you?
Richard: It's a bit of a long story. Happened after you folks left.
Richard: So anyway... You left, and then one of the waitresses slipped and spilled milk all over me.
Richard: And then, when I wasn't looking, someone stole my money. I ran outside in pursuit, only to be chased by a starving stray dog...
Richard: Ran myself right into the hideout of that shark from before. Guy jacked me for the rest of my stuff. I got out before he finished me off.
Vyrn: Whoa... That's...
Lyria: Oh my... Talk about unlucky! But you seemed to be doing pretty well at the bar.
Richard: Same mess, different day is all. The more I win, the worse my luck gets. It's karma, I guess.
Richard: But you saved my skin. So I guess I'm the one who owes you this time.
Richard: And since you saved my life, it seems I owe you one in return.
Vyrn: What are you saying exactly?
Richard: I'm saying I'll join you. I mean, based on your clothes, you're obviously skyfarers. I got a few tricks up my sleeve you might like.
Richard: C'mon. I gotta pay you back or who knows what'll happen to me...
Vyrn: What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: Well, we're not going to leave him here.
- Well, we're not going to leave him here.
- His bad luck might be contagious...
Richard: Aw, man! Thanks! You'll see. Cards aren't the only thing I'm good at.Choose: His bad luck might be contagious...
Richard: But even if it is, I'll help you win enough to more than make up for it. Trust me!
Richard: And if you don't trust me right now, let me come with you and prove that you should. Please! You gotta let me do this!Continue 1
Vyrn: Fine, fine.
Card Shark: Hey! Any of you guys seen that scumbag Richard around here? Wait a minute...
Card Shark: There he is! Right there! Grab him!
Vyrn: What the? You sure aren't lucky for long...
Richard: Is the ship that way? We gotta get out of here!
Katalina: Wait! Well... I guess he was telling the truth!
Thus the crew somehow manages to get off the island, with Richard the gambler among them.
Only fickle lady luck knows how his hand will play out.
What Good Luck is Worth
Richard is down because, even though he won a big gamble, nothing bad has happened. After saying something terrible is in store if nothing unlucky happens to him, Richard leaves town to fight a monster on his own.
Vyrn: What was that? Why the long face? You won big on that gamble.
Richard: There's something weird going on. After that win, something bad should have happened by now.
Richard: Normally I'd be getting attacked by dogs, pickpocketed, or... something.
Vyrn: You know, most people would be thrilled to be so lucky.
Richard: Not me! If good things keep happening, the karmic retribution will be that much worse!
Richard: This is no good... Misfortune... I need misfortune...
Vyrn: Come on now. Aren't you overreacting just a tad?
Townsman: Someone help me! There's a monster outside town!
Katalina: Wait, Richard! You can't go by yourself!
Richard: Getting hurt by a monster is just the kind of luck I need!
Rackam: Hold on! What are you talking about? We better back him up, (Captain)!
What Good Luck is Worth: Scene 2
The crew beats the monsters, but Richard says his injuries are not enough and goes to confront troublemakers in town. He creeps the hoodlums out by telling them to punch him. When the crew intervenes, a fight ensues.
Richard: I'm not hurt enough... Not yet...
Townswoman: Ahhh! Somebody help!
Rackam: W-wait a second!
Townswoman: Let me go! Help! Help!
Hoodlum: Just relax, friend. Stay still or I'll stop being so nice.
Richard: Hey, you!
Hoodlum: What's your problem? You lookin' to get hurt?
Richard: I sure am! Punch me!
Richard: Are you deaf? I said punch me. Face or gut! Your choice!
Hoodlum: W-what kind of freak are you?
Richard: Don't give me that! I'm serious! Now do it!
Hoodlum: Just get away from me... Seriously...
Rackam: Hey, Richard! What are you doing?
Hoodlum: Is he a friend of yours? Get 'em, boys!
What Good Luck is Worth: Scene 3
The desperate Richard tells the crew to let him find misery on his own. The crew says that, as friends, they'll share his good and bad luck with him. Monsters suddenly appear in town, and the crew goes to fight them.
Rackam: What the hell are you doing? Think of all the trouble you're causing us.
Richard: Just leave me alone already!
Richard: There's no need for you guys to be here. I'm the only one who has to suffer bad luck.
Richard: I've lived like this all my life. I don't mind being alone or anything.
Choose: We won't just abandon you!Choose: Cut it out with the self pity already!
- We won't just abandon you!
- Cut it out with the self pity already!
Richard: But why?
Vyrn: Seriously! You're moping around all by yourself when we're supposed to be friends!
Katalina: Yeah. Stop trying to wall us out. Let us share both your good and bad luck.
Richard: Y-you guys...
Townsman: Ahhh! Another pack of monsters! This time they're in town!
Rackam: Come on, let's go. It's not bad if you think of it as helping people.
Lyria: Exactly! Let's do this, (Captain) and Richard!
What Good Luck is Worth: Scene 4
Richard enjoys being part of a group. A townswoman and her dog come to thank the crew. Richard fears dogs and backs away. The man he bumps into steals his wallet, which restores Richard to normal.
Katalina: All right! Seems like that was the last monster.
Richard: Hey, (Captain). About earlier...
Richard: That was the first time anyone has ever said anything like that to me, so I'm not sure how to put this...
Lyria: That's okay. It's the thought that counts.
Lyria: When someone helps you, just say thanks. I guess you'd call that karma.
Richard: Yeah... Thank you, (Captain).
Townswoman: Hey, guy!
Townswoman: Thanks for earlier! I've got a friend with me who wants to say thanks too. Come on, boy! Say thanks!
Dog: Woof! Huff huff huff...
Richard: No, I'm the one who wasn't watching where he was going...
Richard: I'm sorry... But wait... Where's my wallet?
Dog: Woof woof!
Richard: Eek! Stop! Get away from me!
Vyrn: Ha-ha! Looks like his luck's back to normal now!
Katalina: Seems that way! But I'm not sure whether this is hilarious or tragic...
Rackam: Oh, boy. At least we're done here.
Lyria: Yep! All's well that ends well!
Richard, a gambler who's both unlucky and undefeated. The Grandcypher takes off, propelled by the lucky wind he brings.
From now on, the cards dealt to him will be for his friends as well. It seems that Richard's gambling days won't end any time soon.