(Captain) and company spot Sandalphon making coffee one day and ask him why he enjoys the drink so much. He simply responds that he's forgotten the reason and walks off, but really the archangel reminisces fondly of times past spent with Lucifer.
Some time has passed since an unprecedented catastrophe struck the shrine of Canaan, located in a land that no man had previously set foot in.
As a sense of normalcy gradually returns to the world of the skies, an archangel stands tall on the deck of the Grandcypher one peaceful day.
The archangel's name is Sandalphon, and his eyes are fixed on the azure skies above. He has depleted his power, inherited from the supreme primarch Lucifer, in an earlier battle.
Realizing that he'd be unable to fulfill his promise with Lucifer while in his current state, Sandalphon has decided to travel with (Captain) and company.
Vyrn: Heyo, Sandalphon! Whatcha doin' up here?
Lyria: Um... Would you like to have some tea with us, Sandalphon?
Sandalphon: No, I'm good.
Sandalphon excuses himself from their invitation, preferring to walk off somewhere in solitude rather than partake in the crew's frivolity.
Lyria: There he goes...
Vyrn: Not much point trying to get him to join us. I'm sure he's got a lot on his mind.
Lyria: I know, but it's just...
The party looks on with concern at Sandalphon in the distance.
Days later, a fragrant smell wafts from belowdecks, drawing the attention of (Captain) and the others.
Lyria: Sniff, sniff... I smell something good in this direction...
Vyrn: Must be from the kitchen!
They follow the rich scent to its source.
Sandalphon: You guys again?
Lyria: Ah, so you were making coffee here!
Vyrn: No wonder your eyes light up every time you rave about coffee! You live for the stuff!
Sandalphon: When did I ever rave about coffee? But that's besides the point.
Sandalphon continues walking away after giving the others a sharp glare.
Vyrn: Aw, c'mon now. Do you really have to avoid us like that?
Lyria: H-hey, wait! Can we talk for a bit?
Sandalphon: What is there to talk about?
Sandalphon: Have you uncovered anything about Lucifer?
Lyria: Not yet...
Sandalphon: I'm off then.
Sandalphon: And just so we're clear on this, I'm not trying to avoid you. But also know that I didn't join your crew to make small talk.
Vyrn: Geez, what a way to put us down...
Sandalphon turns around, coffee maker tucked under his arm. (Captain) calls out to him, explaining that the rest of the crew also wish to indulge in a morning jolt.
The archangel's brows furrow in response before he concedes and makes his way back toward the others.
Sandalphon: I'll have my coffee here then. Happy?
(Captain) nods emphatically.
They spend some time chatting while waiting for the coffee to percolate.
Lyria: It's always coffee you're drinking, huh.
Vyrn: Sandalphon's gotta have his cuppa joe.
(Captain) inquires as to the archangel's strong preference for the caffeine kicker.
Sandalphon is deep in thought, staring pensively at the drip-feed coffee.
Sandalphon: Um... Lucifer? What is it that you're doing?
Lucifer: Sandalphon, you've come.
Lucifer: I'm just... brewing some coffee.
Lucifer: Yes. It is a by-product arising from the evolution of plant life, discovered through my extensive research.
Lucifer: A special plant known as coffea gives rise to fruit, from which beans are harvested and extracted.
Lucifer: Then those beans are roasted and ground into a fine powder. Pour hot water over this powder, allow it to percolate, and voila: coffee.
Sandalphon: Sounds like a lengthy process.
Sandalphon: Mm... But I must say I love that smell.
Lucifer: Why not try it for yourself?
Sandalphon: Hm? Would that be okay?
Lucifer: Of course. That's what I called you here for.
Sandalphon: Th-thank you. I'd love to test out this, um, coffee for myself.
Lucifer: Hah... Coming right up.
Sandalphon curiously eyes Lucifer's movements as the supreme primarch pours the coffee into a cup.
Sandalphon: Thank you, I shall.
Sandalphon gently takes the cup from Lucifer and sips it.
Sandalphon: (Wh-what is this foul bitterness! I may as well be drinking mud water!)
Lucifer: Well, Sandalphon? How do you like my homemade coffee?
Sandalphon: I-it's delicious...
Lucifer: I'm glad to hear it.
Lucifer's countenance breaks into a soft smile.
Lucifer: I could not be more pleased with our mutual satisfaction of its taste.
Sandalphon: A-and I could not be more pleased for the opportunity...
Lucifer: That was actually my first time making coffee for someone else, but I'm relieved it went well.
Sandalphon: (I don't know if I'd say it went well...)
Lucifer: I'll call you back again the next time I acquire a fresh batch of coffee beans.
Sandalphon: O-of course! I look forward to it!
Sandalphon: (Oh no... I'm not sure I'll be able to pull the wool over his eyes next time...)
From there on, the shared coffee-sipping time between the two had become a custom of sorts.
Although Sandalphon could not stand the taste at first, he gradually grew accustomed to the pungent bitterness.
The topic of coffee became one way for Lucifer and Sandalphon to communicate with one another.
As the coffee finishes percolating, Sandalphon focuses his attention on (Captain).
Sandalphon: You know, I can't really remember why I like coffee so much.
Sandalphon: Anyhow, I'm done here.
Sandalphon begins to walk away, coffee cup in hand.
But (Captain) calls out to him, hoping for hands-on advice on how to make good coffee.
Sandalphon does not offer a response and continues on his way.
Vyrn: Geez, what's up with him?
Lyria: He seemed kind of lonely.
Vyrn: Meh, let's not get too worried about that.
Vyrn: Hey, we ought to have some coffee ourselves!
Lyria: Okay! I'll make some!
Vyrn: Thanks! I like mine with lotsa milk and sugar!
Lyria: Sounds yummy! I'll probably go for the same!
(Captain) and the others feel a bond with Sandalphon over their mutual appreciation of coffee.
But not wanting to come off as prying, their relationship with him changes little in the end.
Two Millennia of Coffee
When prompted for advice on making quality coffee, Sandalphon shrugs off (Captain) and company in an effort to keep his distance. But because the party used up all his coffee beans, Sandalphon ends up accompanying them to buy some more.
Sandalphon appears before (Captain) and others one day while they are making coffee.
Vyrn: Hey, bud! We were just talking about you!
Sandalphon: Hm? What is it?
Lyria: Um, well... We were wondering if you could show us how to make really tasty coffee!
(Captain) follows up with a similar request.
Sandalphon: Why is it suddenly my job to teach you how to brew coffee?
Lyria: Ahaha, I guess it's too much to ask...
Vyrn: C'mon, it's not like we're asking you to fork over all your rupies. Can't you just give us a few pointers?
(Captain) remarks that having more crew members who can make delicious coffee will lessen Sandalphon's workload in the long run.
But he simply smiles.
Sandalphon: That's not really an issue.
Sandalphon has already taken out a coffee brewer from the shelf and is making espresso.
Vyrn: Whoa... When did he even get that out?
Sandalphon: Singularity. Why don't you tell me what happened to the coffee beans I put here?
Vyrn: Ah, we ran out of our own, so...
Lyria: W-we borrowed some...
The party apologizes for the minor offense.
Lyria: W-we're so sorry!
Vyrn: It's so my fault! I mean our fault!
(Captain) offers to go buy another batch of coffee beans as an apology.
Sandalphon: No need for that. It was my fault for leaving my beans out here in the open anyway.
Vyrn: Really sorry about it either way...
Vyrn: (Strange how he's actually kinda understanding for a change.)
Sandalphon: I just didn't think there'd be any thieves aboard the Grandcypher.
Vyrn: Aack! That's not it at all!
Lyria: (Captain), Vyrn. Let's go buy some coffee beans to make it up to Sandalphon!
Choose: Great minds think alike!
- Great minds think alike!
- I dunno...
Sandalphon: How many times do I have to tell you, Singularity? That's not necessary.
Vyrn: Aww, give us a break. We're just tryin' to do you right here.Choose: I dunno...
Sandalphon: Well then, I'm done here.
Lyria: (Captain)! That's no attitude to have!
Lyria: Would it hurt to show some sincerity? It's our fault that this happened after all!
Sandalphon: Like I said, no need to worry about it...Continue 1
Vyrn: It's settled then! Sandalphon's coming along!
Sandalphon: What? I am?
Vyrn: If you're not along for the ride, how are we gonna know which coffee beans to buy?
Sandalphon: Enough of this madness! Can't you see I've already overlooked the matter?
Sandalphon: And unhand me at once! Do not tug on my arm!
Lyria: Come on, Sandalphon! It'll be fun!
And thus the crew somewhat forcibly gets the archangel to accompany them on a coffee bean shopping spree.
Two Millennia of Coffee: Scene 2
The crew goes around taste-testing various types of coffee at the open market, but Sandalphon laments not being able to savor the very blend of coffee he first had two thousand years ago. Lyria suggests that they ask Sierokarte for advice on where they might find those coffee beans.
The crew takes a peek around various stalls at the open market in search of the ideal coffee beans.
They go around taste-testing various types, but Sandalphon seems disinterested in every one of them.
Vyrn: What's up with the constant sighing from you?
Lyria: Uh-oh, was the coffee we drank in the kitchen made from super expensive beans?
Sandalphon gently shakes his head, wiping the consternation from Lyria's face.
Sandalphon: No, those were beans you can find lying around anywhere really.
Vyrn: What's with the long face then?
Sandalphon shows a bit of hesitation before speaking his mind.
Sandalphon: Here we are trying out so many brands of coffee, but I still can't find it...
Lyria: What do you mean?
Sandalphon: I remember very fondly the first time these lips tasted coffee.
Sandalphon: I've been looking all along for that exact blend but to no avail.
Lyria: I see...
Vyrn: You remember what kinda coffee it was exactly?
Sandalphon: Sigh... It's been over two thousand years.
Sandalphon: But let's just forget about that and pick up any variety of beans for now.
Lyria: Why don't we spend a little more time looking for it?
Lyria surprisingly approaches Sandalphon, speaking in a confident tone.
Lyria: If you feel so strongly about it, then we should definitely try to look for it!
Sandalphon: I fail to grasp your intentions. Why do you care so much?
Vyrn: Yeah, what is this all of a sudden?
Lyria: Erm, well... I don't know how to put this, but...
Lyria: I was so happy to learn more about you, Sandalphon.
Lyria: So I just thought it would be great if we could help you somehow.
Sandalphon: Heh... I always did find you to be an odd one.
Sandalphon: After all the terrible things I've done to you, you still wish to help me?
Lyria: Yes! I was afraid back then, but we're friends now!
Lyria: Besides, I'm sure you won't do anything bad again!
Sandalphon: Fair enough. Let's go find that coffee then.
Lyria: Yay! Thank you so much!
Sandalphon: Save your thanks.
With their next goal now aligned, Sandalphon poses a question.
Sandalphon: So where do we start?
Vyrn: If we can't find it in a huge market like this, then—
Lyria: I have an idea! Let's ask Siero!
Vyrn: Good thinking! We should go right away!
(Captain) and company make for the Knickknack Shack.
Two Millennia of Coffee: Scene 3
Sierokarte introduces the crew to an ancient coffee plantation, where a man planted a special coffee tree two thousand years ago. This tree has long been defunct, but Sandalphon breathes life into it with a mere touch—granting the crew access to its fruit.
The crew pays a visit to Sierokarte to ask about coffee from two millennia ago.
Sierokarte speaks of a primordial coffee tree located in an antediluvian coffee plantation.
The crew decides to seek out this hallowed tree.
Vyrn: Whew! Finally here!
Lyria: This must be the plantation Siero was talking about!
Coffee Farmer: Howdy! Y'all must be from the crew Sierokarte mentioned!
Lyria: Yes! That's us all right!
Coffee Farmer: Welcome to the plantation! We've been waitin' for ya!
The farmer graciously sees to the guests, guiding them to the primordial coffee tree.
Lyria: Thanks for showing us the way!
Coffee Farmer: Don't mention it. Just doin' my part to help Sierokarte fer all she's done fer me.
Vyrn: So... Can you tell us more about this primordial tree?
Coffee Farmer: Legends say it was planted by a man who dropped by two thousand years ago.
Coffee Farmer: Fella used a special power to nurture the tree and harvested red fruit from it.
Coffee Farmer: He taught everyone in the area how to extract the beans from that fruit to make what we know today as coffee. Then he just up and left.
Lyria: Wow! That's like a legend in the making!
Coffee Farmer: Yep. Ya can trace all the coffee trees sproutin' in this skydom back to the primordial one.
Vyrn: Whoa! That's one heckuva story!
Coffee Farmer: Well, you're lookin' at it. Behold, the primordial coffee tree.
A small coffee tree bathes in the attention of (Captain) and company.
Lyria: So this is it...
Vyrn: It's a lot smaller than I thought it'd be...
Sandalphon: This is two thousand years old...
The crew stares at the tree in awe.
Sandalphon takes a step toward the farmer.
Sandalphon: Would it be okay for me to harvest some fruit from this tree?
Coffee Farmer: The fruit, ya say?
The farmer appears flabbergasted at the earnest request.
Coffee Farmer: I'd love fer nothin' more than that, but the sad truth is this tree don't grow no fruit no more.
Sandalphon: It doesn't?
Coffee Farmer: Yup. Considering it's been two thousand years, it's a miracle the tree's even standin' at all right now.
Sandalphon: Ah, I see...
Sandalphon's shoulders droop in disappointment, but he has no intention of giving up so easily.
Sandalphon: Is it all right if I inspect the tree more closely?
Coffee Farmer: Sure, help yerself. Nothin' wrong wit' that.
Faint light particles appear around Sandalphon as he approaches the tree.
Sandalphon: What is this?
The moment Sandalphon touches the tree...
Brilliant beams of light shoot up from below.
Sandalphon: Could this be!
Vyrn: Holy smokes! You seeing what I'm seeing, (Captain)?
Lyria: Look at all the pretty white petals blooming!
The petals give rise to green fruit before scattering off.
The fruit gradually increases in size, turning to yellow and then red.
It finally becomes bright red, now fully ripe.
Sandalphon: It must have resonated with the power of the supreme primarch lying within me!
Coffee Farmer: Gracious... Talk 'bout a miracle in the makin'...
Vyrn: You archangels are really something else!
Lyria: Mm-hm! I was surprised to see the sudden burst of light!
(Captain) and the others stand awestruck at what has just occurred.
Sandalphon places the deep-red fruit in his palm and turns to the farmer.
Sandalphon: Do you mind if I take this fruit?
Coffee Farmer: It's all yours! Use it as ya see fit!
Sandalphon is most elated to have finally acquired the beans he's sought out for so long.
Two Millennia of Coffee: Scene 4
Using the harvested material, Sandalphon makes coffee for (Captain) and the others. One sip is all it takes for him to look back on good times spent with Lucifer. This delightful episode slightly narrows the emotional distance between Sandalphon and the party.
With the red fruit picked from the primordial coffee tree, the crew returns to the Grandcypher.
Sandalphon processes the fruit, extracting the beans within and roasting them to use in the making of coffee later.
He then calls everyone to gather in the kitchen and prepares to make use of the special coffee beans.
Sandalphon: I'd never live it down if these beans were to go to waste.
Sandalphon: Can't take that chance, so leave this one to me.
Lyria: Mm-hm! Sure thing, Sandalphon!
Vyrn: Heheh! We finally get to sip on the good stuff!
Sandalphon: Here I go.
Sandalphon begins to grind the coffee beans.
Shortly after, the mellow aroma of the freshly ground powder wafts in the air.
Lyria: Wow! It's a really sweet smell, but it's also something else entirely!
Vyrn: Whew, coffee beans fresh off the grinder! Now that's what I'm talkin' about!
Sandalphon: That's how you get the most flavor out of them.
Sandalphon: Okay, now for the drip-feed process.
Sandalphon carefully places the coffee powder atop a brewer and pours hot water over it.
Sandalphon: (Can't rush this... I have to get as much flavor out of the powder as possible, or it'll all go to waste...)
Sandalphon: (Okay, it's getting puffy now... Almost there...)
Upon completion of the percolation process, Sandalphon goes on to pour coffee into each cup.
Lyria: Thank you, Sandalphon!
Sandalphon: Don't mention it.
Vyrn: Time to drink up!
(Captain) and the others put their lips to their respective cups.
Sandalphon: Guess I'll have a sip too.
Sandalphon is unusually tense as he raises the cup to his mouth.
Lucifer: How is it, Sandalphon?
Sandalphon: I-it's delicious! The sweet aroma blends extraordinarily well with the mild sourness.
Sandalphon: The bitter mellowness that remains in my mouth is such a savory sensation!
Lucifer: It gladdens me to know you share my thoughts.
Sandalphon: Can you tell me the steps needed to make such remarkable coffee?
Lucifer: I've discovered that the degree to which you roast the beans has a tremendous effect on the flavor.
Sandalphon: Ah, is that so. Coffee can be truly a wondrous thing.
Lucifer: That's for certain.
Lucifer's tone grows serious as he turns to Sandalphon.
Lucifer: As you may have noticed, I've become quite fond of coffee.
Lucifer: It would be a terrible shame to keep such a refreshing drink to ourselves. I'm thinking of spreading it far across the skies.
Sandalphon: I think that's a wonderful idea!
Lucifer: As always, it's a joy to know you share in my thoughts.
Lucifer: I look forward to seeing how coffee will change as its existence spreads throughout the skies.
Sandalphon: As do I...
Lucifer: When the time comes, will you drink coffee with me again?
(Captain) and company are drinking the coffee with somewhat puzzled looks in front of Sandalphon.
Sandalphon: Heh... Perhaps it was too soon for you.
Vyrn: Hey, I can tell just how good this coffee is! Right, Lyria?
Lyria: Mm... It's a little bitter, but I like it this way.
Vyrn: What she said! I prefer mine with some milk and sugar, but this is good in its own way!
Vyrn: I've gotta hand it to you, Sandalphon! You make some mean coffee!
Sandalphon: Thanks. I'll take that as a compliment.
Sandalphon: How about you, (Captain)? Are you enjoying it?
- This sucks.
Sandalphon: Oh? What a delight to know that you too can appreciate this flavor. I'm surprised.
Sandalphon: Here, have another cup.Choose: This sucks.
Sandalphon: Heh... Guess you're still just a kid at heart.
Sandalphon: It's a shame. I appreciate the honesty though.Continue 1
Recalling an earlier conversation, Lyria turns to Sandalphon.
Lyria: So is this the same kind of coffee you had two thousand years ago?
Sandalphon: Oh... That again?
Vyrn: Ah, I almost forgot about all that! But I wanna know too!
The party is on tenterhooks, eagerly awaiting Sandalphon's response.
Lyria and Vyrn: Mm-hm...
Sandalphon: I'll leave it to your imaginations.
Vyrn: Tch! What a cop-out!
Lyria: Aww, I really wanted to know!
(Captain) and the others are flustered to have Sandalphon dodge their question.
Vyrn: Okay, then how about you just tell me! Please?
Lyria: Hey, that's no fair, Vyrn! We all deserve to know!
Sandalphon keeps his cool even as Vyrn and Lyria clash.
Sandalphon: Ever occur to you that having everything laid out in crystal clear detail might be nonsense?
Sandalphon: Anyway, I'd finish up the coffee before it goes cold if I were you.
They continue to sip on their coffee while enjoying hearty conversation.
By reconnecting with fond memories from over two millennia ago, Sandalphon feels his bonds with (Captain) and the others growing ever closer.