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The crew visits a small island on a request to hunt monsters, but they've already been beaten there by a man said to possess strange powers. When the crew finds him, he seems to be arguing with someone, but there's no one in sight. Suddenly monsters appear.
(Captain) and company visit a small Erune town on a request to hunt monsters.
But there are no signs of monsters in the town. According to the residents, a single man defeated them all in the blink of an eye.
Vyrn: We come all this way, and now you're telling me the monsters have all been defeated already?
Vyrn: And all it took was one man to do it? You can't be serious!
Townsperson: But I am. In fact, he was so strong with that strange power of his that I assumed he was a member of your crew.
Vyrn: But we just got here. Whoever he is, he isn't with us!
Lyria: Well, I'm sure relieved all the townspeople are safe at least! Right, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Still, he must be one heck of a fighter!
Vyrn: Hey, (Captain). Aren't you a little curious about what kind of guy he is?
Townsperson: I didn't get much of a chance to talk to him, but—
Townsperson: Oh, speak of the devil! There he is. Right over there!
Sarunan: I hear you... But what about... No, that's not what I mean...
Vyrn: Huh... I was expecting more of a hulking bodybuilder type...
Lyria: Yeah, me too. But he looks like a nice guy!
Sarunan: Oh, just forget it! I refuse to put up with all your petty demands!
Lyria: Eek! Me? Petty?
Vyrn: Relax! I really don't think he was talking to you, Lyria.
Vyrn: But wait just a second... Don't tell me he's talking to himself!
Sarunan: Why won't you understand? I'm only thinking of you...
Sarunan: What? What do you mean you hate that about me? That's just cruel!
Lyria: Um... Sir?
Sarunan: I don't want to involve you in any more stupid skydweller conflicts! Haven't we talked about this?
Sarunan: Can't you just listen to me once in a while? And you know what else—
Vyrn: Um... Erune dude? Who are you talking to?
Sarunan: Where did you people come from all of a sudden? And what's with the lizard?
Vyrn: Well, I thought you were arguing with someone at first, but it turns out you were just talking to yourself, and quite dramatically at that!
Sarunan: What a rude little lizard you are! Please pay us no mind. Now, if you'll excuse us, we will bid you good day.
Vyrn: Hey! Hang on! And who's "us"?
Vyrn: Wait... I'm sensing something! Monsters!
Sarunan: And here I was thinking I'd taken care of them all. Oh well. Back to work!
Sarunan: Stand back, please. Honey and I will handle this.
Vyrn: I'll have you know that we've been asked to hunt down the monsters in this town! We'll handle the ones over here!
Vyrn: Let's go, (Captain)!
Vyrn: Whoa there! They weren't kidding when they said you were strong!
Vyrn: And what's with your weird techniques? That doesn't seem like ordinary magic.
Sarunan: Why should I tell a group of strangers all about my private affairs?
Vyrn: Huh? Private affairs?
Lyria: I see... So Sarunan's lack of people skills has got you worried... But he seems like a really kind person!
Lyria: Huh? Overly nice people are annoying, you say? I guess kindness can be pretty complicated...
Vyrn: Lyria? Who in the world are you talking to?
Vyrn: Don't tell me you've caught his Dramatic Monologue-itis!
Lyria: I think strawberry jam goes great with grilled fish, but everyone says I'm weird!
Lyria: What? Strawberry jam over rice? If you say so... I'll have to try that sometime!
Vyrn: Lyria! What's the matter with you? And grilled fish only needs salt by the way!
Sarunan: What the? I can't believe there's someone other than me who can converse with Honey...
Sarunan: You there, girl! Show some respect when you address my Honey!
Sarunan: And how is it that you even understand what Honey's saying? Who exactly are you?
Lyria: What's that, Honey? You want to know more about us?
Lyria: We're skyfarers! Me and (Captain) are on a long journey to the end of the sky!
Vyrn: We're trying to get to Estalucia!
Vyrn: Wait, hold up. You were talking to a spirit this whole time, Lyria? Not yourself?
Lyria: Exactly! Talking to Honey is so much fun that I got kind of carried away!
Lyria: What's that? You and Sarunan are trying to get to Estalucia too?
Vyrn: I guess we're not the only ones, huh?
Sarunan: The home of the Astrals, who left legends and stories all over the world. The island of mystery, Estalucia...
Sarunan: Yes, we're trying to get there as well. I doubt it's that uncommon of a goal.
Lyria: What's that? Sarunan wants to use a secret Astral technique to give you a new body?
Vyrn: Come again? Is that even possible?
One fateful day, Sarunan met a beautiful spirit who would change his life.
But the spirit had lost its corporeal vessel and was doomed to disappear before long.
Having fallen in love with the spirit, Sarunan sealed her into his staff and tethered her to the world to try to save her, if only for a while.
Sarunan: Now then, I'm all out of time for chitchat with you people.
Sarunan: I must seek out clues to Estalucia's location as soon as possible!
Sarunan: And one day I'll be able to walk hand in hand with my beloved Honey! I will make it so!
Sarunan: What? You want to travel with these people? Don't be absurd!
Lyria: That's a great idea! We're heading to the same place anyway, right? What do you say, Sarunan?
Sarunan: What? Um... I'll pass, but thanks anyway.
Sarunan: I'd prefer to travel alone with Honey. Spending long hours together, through the good times and the bad, and deepening our mutual understanding...
Sarunan: Then at last our carefully-tended love will bear fruit! Honey will finally obtain a physical form!
Sarunan: When our dreams finally come true, we'll weep with joy as we hold each other! Oh!
Vyrn: What's with this guy? I think he's missing a few marbles...
Lyria: Honey says she knows he's strong, but she's still worried that the slightest accident could crush their dream.
Lyria: She's right! Anything can happen on a journey through the sky. That's why we have to help each other!
Vyrn: Maybe fate brought us together. You seem like a competent guy, so I say welcome aboard!
Sarunan: Honey... If protecting our future together means that much to you... then I...
Choose: Welcome aboard, lovebirds!
- Welcome aboard, lovebirds!
- Let's just take Honey.
Sarunan: Don't embarrass us, please!Choose: Let's just take Honey.
Sarunan: Hey! I won't let you tear me and Honey apart!Continue 1
Sarunan: Very well. Then if you insist, let us make our way through the skies together.
Vyrn: Now you're talking!
Sarunan: However... If I decide you people are slowing us down, we'll leave your airship in a heartbeat.
Vyrn: You've got nothing to worry about! Right, (Captain)? You're in for a wild ride, friend!
Lyria: Exactly! I'm sure there are many chance encounters and fateful events just waiting for us out there in the big, blue sky!
Lyria: Let's find Estalucia together!
Welcoming their two new friends, the crew sets off once more into the skies.
Off in their own little world, Sarunan and Honey begin a new chapter of their story.
Guided by the spirit Honey, the crew visits the small island where she and Sarunan's relationship started. In a nearby forest, Sarunan's reminiscences are interrupted by monsters. The crew takes them on to save the local villagers.
Led by the uncharacteristically frantic Honey, the crew lands on a small island populated by Erunes.
Sarunan: This brings back memories... The distinctive smell of the woods and grass... It hasn't changed one bit.
Vyrn: What? You've been here before, Sarunan?
Sarunan: I have. This is actually where Honey and I first met. I could never forget this place.
Sarunan: What? Wait, Honey! Is that how it was? Really?
Sarunan: Are you serious? You must be teasing me! Please say you're just teasing!
Sarunan: Never mind then! Your jokes can be in extremely poor taste sometimes, Honey.
Sarunan: I hope you realize it's my easygoing personality that enables us to stay together. You can't treat others like this, you know?
Lyria: Honey says we should go towards the center of this island.
Sarunan: I didn't hear anything about this...
Vyrn: Hey, why'd Honey bring us here, anyway?
Sarunan: What! What am I sensing?
Sarunan: There are far more monsters here than there should be.
Sarunan: This could be bad... There's a small Erune village up ahead.
Vyrn: What? Then we have to move! We need to go check on that village now!
Sarunan: Indeed. This place has sentimental value for me. I won't allow monsters to run roughshod over it.
Vyrn: All right! Let's head through the forest and go to that village!
Enshrined: Scene 2
In the village, an Erune man tells the crew that his brother went to a nearby monster-infested temple to protect a spirit. (Captain) and the others offer to rescue him.
Sarunan: How terrible... This forest used to be beautiful, but just look at it now.
Vyrn: Let's hurry to the village! I hope it's not too late...
Erune Man: Excuse me! Have you seen a young boy around here?
Lyria: A young boy?
Erune Man: My little brother ran out saying that he had to protect the spirit, and he hasn't returned!
Erune Man: There have been violent monsters wandering around the forest recently... I'm so worried...
Sarunan: Calm down. What's this about protecting a spirit?
Erune Man: We have a temple dedicated to the spirit Kazann, who has protected us since time immemorial.
Erune Man: Because of the recent dramatic increase in monsters, villagers keep leaving the island.
Erune Man: And my brother thinks it's because Kazann's power has weakened, so he headed for the temple in the forest alone...
Sarunan: I see.
Vyrn: How can you be so calm? We need to hurry to that temple!
Lyria: We have to save this guy's brother and the spirit! Let's go, (Captain)!
Erune Man: Really? Thank you!
Vyrn: We're on it! We'll help both of them!
Sarunan: This certainly brings back memories. Honey and I met here.
Sarunan: Unlike the forest, this place is still beautiful. Did that man's brother really come here?
Lyria: You feel the presence of someone deep in the temple? That must be him! Let's hurry.
Vyrn: All right! We're coming for ya, kid! Let's go, (Captain)!
Enshrined: Scene 3
The crew rescues the trembling boy deep in the temple. He insists that he must protect the spirit Kazann even at the cost of his life, but Sarunan tells him that there's nothing the boy can do.
The crew reaches the temple's inner sanctum and finds a boy at the altar of the spirit Kazann.
Erune Boy: I'm not scared... I'm not scared... I'll protect the spirit.
Lyria: There's the boy! What a relief... It looks like he's safe.
Erune Boy: Eek! W-Who are you people?
Vyrn: Calm down, little guy. We're here to help you. Are you hurt?
Erune Boy: No... I'm fine, but...
Erune Boy: I came here to protect the spirit... But after seeing the monsters in the temple, I got scared, and...
Erune Boy: What's wrong with me? My legs keep shaking, and they won't do what I tell them to...
Sarunan: Hey, boy. Is the spirit still here?
Erune Boy: Yeah! Grandpa said that the spirit of the temple is always watching over everyone in the village!
Erune Boy: But even though there are monsters attacking this temple, all anyone in the village has done is run away.
Erune Boy: And that means I'm the only one who can defeat the monsters and protect the spirit!
Sarunan: I see... I commend your bravery. It's certainly something to be proud of. But there's nothing you can do here.
Vyrn: Hey! Did ya have to put it that way? He's just a kid.
Sarunan: Before you go off trying to protect the village, you need to learn to protect yourself.
Sarunan: If you can't even protect yourself, how can you protect the spirit, your village, or your family? You need to know your limitations.
Erune Boy: Shut up! As long as everyone else is okay, I don't care what happens to me.
Sarunan: Kids these days...
Sarunan: Do you think the spirit would be happy about you putting yourself in danger?
Erune Boy: Maybe not... But I—
Vyrn: Hey! This doesn't look good, guys. This monster is huge!
Vyrn: It must be mad because we beat up its friends!
Erune Boy: Aahh!
Sarunan: Protecting the spirit Kazann... If I'm the one who caused this mess, then I had better clean it up.
Vyrn: What do you mean by that? On second thought, it can wait!
Vyrn: Hey, kiddo! That monster's more than you can handle! So just stay hidden where you are!
Vyrn: Move it, (Captain)!
Enshrined: Scene 4
Sarunan had a reason for using magic to take Kazann away from this land, but it's not something the young boy can understand. The boy vows to protect the village so that Kazann can return to the island one day.
Sarunan: How dare these monsters defile this special place? I'll show them the power of the love between me and Honey!
Erune Boy: Hey, what was that? Was that the spirit fighting at your side?
Sarunan: That's right. Honey—or rather the spirit Kazann—is with me.
Sarunan: I was the one who took Kazann from this island.
Sarunan tells the boy how he met his destiny in this beautiful land blessed with natural abundance and happy residents.
But the beautiful spirit's life was coming to an end, and she was about to fade away from this world.
Sarunan: I came to this temple every day to see Honey. Perhaps it goes without saying, but I was in love with her.
Sarunan: I only had a little time with her each day, but I enjoyed every moment. I wanted it to last forever.
Sarunan: And then I learned that Honey's long life as a spirit was coming to an end.
Sarunan: I couldn't let that happen. Luckily, I was good with magic, so I used a certain spell and prepared to leave the island.
Erune Boy: I heard about that... A man was cursed after using a forbidden spell and got exiled from this island...
Sarunan: The spell was a success. To put it in simple terms, I sealed Honey into this staff to bind her to this world.
Vyrn: A-are you holding Honey in there against her will?
Lyria: She's not saying anything!
Sarunan: She must be so overcome with emotion that she's at a loss for words.
Sarunan: I still remember it clearly. She played hard to get at first and tried to resist the spell...
Sarunan: But I wasn't about to give up. I kept trying until I managed to seal her into this staff... The joy I felt then... Oh!
Vyrn: Yeah... I'm pretty sure this guy's a creep.
Erune Boy: So you're the guy who took away the spirit of the temple!
Erune Boy: Give her back! Give us back the spirit!
Sarunan: You're clearly not hearing me... If I had not sealed her in the staff, the spirit Kazann would no longer exist in this world.
Erune Boy: Ugh... But...
Sarunan: But I suppose there's one way for you to get her back. Just become strong enough to take her from me.
Erune Boy: Really? Then that's exactly what I'll do!
Sarunan: Very well then. Give it your best shot.
Sarunan: I can't save her on my own...
Erune Boy: I'll protect this island so the spirit can come back at any time!
Sarunan: I'm sure Honey will be watching over you as well. Even though I don't like it one bit.
Erune Boy: Do you mean what I think you do?
Vyrn: That's right! Honey is the one who told us the island was in danger.
Lyria: What's that? You look forward to meeting this boy again? I'm sure you do!
Thus (Captain) and company take flight in search of Estalucia once more.
Though Sarunan is agitated at the thought of Honey watching over this land from afar.
Sarunan: It's my job to protect you, Honey! I can't just give up on that!
Sarunan: The forbidden spell to share a person's life span... If we are to reincarnate you, it would seem we have no choice but to get to Estalucia.
Where to Next, Honey?
After leaving behind a record on how to extend Honey's life span, Sarunan stops by a local shop to look for clues concerning the Island of the Astrals. Learning from the shopkeep that someone outside of town is looking for him, the mage pursues the lead, encountering monsters on the way.
Aboard the Grandcypher, Sarunan writes intently in his notebook.
Sarunan: "I will record here the spell for sharing a person's life force with the spirit Kazann, who resides in my staff."
Sarunan: "First, drip some of the spellcaster's blood onto the staff in order to forge a connection between Kazann and the caster."
Sarunan: "Next, recite the incantation noted below. The incantation is written in an ancient Erune language, but it isn't necessary to understand the meaning."
Sarunan: What am I doing? I'm writing down the method for extending your life span.
Sarunan: It's just a bit of insurance. I simply want to make sure you'll be all right if something happens to me.
Honey casts her eyes downward. As she does so, a strong gust of wind blows in from the window.
The wind—summoned by Honey herself—causes the pages of the notebook to flip backward.
The notebook opens to a page where a short poem has been scribbled down.
Sarunan: "My eyes were clouded until that moment when I first beheld your radiance."
Sarunan: "Everything around me had become dull and lifeless, but suddenly my world was full of color. That which brought light to my life I shall call: love."
Sarunan: "Sarunan's Ode to Love, Part I..." That brings back memories.
Sarunan: Now this is a surprise. Were you trying to cheer me up?
Sarunan: Well then. Thanks to you, I think I have the energy to head back into town and gather information.
Closing the notebook and putting it into his pocket, Sarunan leaves the Grandcypher.
Sarunan: Did you happen to find any information about the Island of the Astrals?
Man: A bit... But I guess it's more rumors than info. Still interested?
Sarunan: Yes. At this point I'm grateful to find even a single clue. You have my thanks.
Sarunan takes the document from the man and hands over his payment before heading out of the general store.
Sarunan: (There are rumors about the island floating around everywhere, and it was mentioned in that letter (Captain) showed me as well...)
Sarunan: (The information I've collected about the Island of the Astrals while traveling with (Captain)'s crew has made me all the more certain it really exists.)
Sarunan: (However, we have yet to discover the way to the Island of the Astrals. I may not be able to hold on long enough to make it there...)
Man: Excuse me, sir! I have one more piece of info for you!
Sarunan: Hm... That would be helpful. What is it?
Man: A person showed up saying they wanted to help you or something. They're waiting for you outside of town.
Sarunan and Honey make their way toward the meadow outside of town.
Sarunan: Whew... That breeze feels nice, but the sunlight certainly is strong.
Sarunan: Don't worry about me. I feel fine thanks to you.
Sarunan: There's just one thing that concerns me...
Sarunan: What nerve, setting up a trap like this at our meeting place.
Sarunan: Honestly... Just what is this so-called helper of mine thinking?
Where to Next, Honey?: Scene 2
The monsters were sent by a boy from Sarunan's hometown who underwent rigorous training to recover the guardian spirit Kazann—also known as Honey. Sarunan is ready to give up without a fight but asks the boy whether he is prepared to give up the greater portion of his life for the spirit.
Sarunan: Well then. Now that you've had the chance to gauge my true strength, I implore you to show yourself.
Sarunan: So it was you.
He could never forget that face—the face of the boy he met while visiting his home island.
The boy had learned of Sarunan's deeds while searching for the missing guardian spirit of the island, Kazann—also known as Honey.
Erune Boy: I've been looking for you forever! I came to take back the spirit!
Sarunan: Hmm... Is that so? I gather that means you've become strong enough to defeat me?
Sarunan surrounds his body with an enormous amount of magic power in an attempt to intimidate the boy.
Erune Boy: Urgh!
Sarunan: Why, you're frozen stiff. Weren't you going to take Honey from me?
Erune Boy: Y-yeah! That's right! I'll show you just how strong I've become!
Refusing to be outdone, the boy releases his own magic power and assumes a fighting stance before Sarunan.
Sarunan: You must have trained hard to be able to use such strong magic.
Erune Boy: Yeah! I've been protecting the island ever since you left!
Sarunan: I see. Well, I suppose you win.
Erune Boy: Huh?
Sarunan: Do you know why the spirit drove away monsters and protected the townspeople?
Sarunan: Because that's just who she is.
Sarunan: Just as she was born to make water flow and make the wind blow, she was born to love and protect the people of the island.
Sarunan: Being the way she is, I'm certain she doesn't wish to see us fight. In that case, I lost the moment you challenged me to battle.
Erune Boy: D-does that mean I can take the spirit back to the island?
Sarunan: As long as you're prepared to sacrifice the greater portion of your life for her sake.
Erune Boy: ...!
Where to Next, Honey?: Scene 3
Honey prevents Sarunan from giving the boy the notebook with instructions on how to extend her lifespan. In lieu of returning, she transfers some of her power to the boy so that he can protect the island, who in turn thanks Honey and leaves without looking back.
Sarunan: As you know, the spirit is reaching the end of her life span.
Sarunan: Someone needs to continue sharing their life force with her, or she'll disappear. Are you prepared to shoulder that responsibility?
Erune Boy: W-well, I—
Sarunan: You don't have to answer right away. But I'd like to at least give you this.
Sarunan pulls the notebook out of his pocket.
Sarunan: I have written the method for becoming Honey's vessel in this notebook. So if you're ready—
A strong gust of wind suddenly blows.
Sarunan: Hey! My notebook!
Sarunan's notebook is blown from his hands and tumbles across the grass.
Sarunan: Was that wind your doing, Honey?
Sarunan: I shouldn't be putting strange ideas into a child's head? Don't say it like that! Someone's going to get the wrong idea!
Sarunan: And you don't want anyone to see all that embarrassing poetry in my notebook? I wrote those for you, you know!
Erune Boy: ...
The boy watches the exchange between Sarunan and Honey, dumbfounded. Finally he realizes something.
Erune Boy: Does the spirit not want to go back to the island?
Sarunan: Hm... You'd rather die than use the life of any more islanders?
Erune Boy: B-but then who's going to protect the island?
Honey places her hand on the boy's cheek, and a faint glow flows into him.
Sarunan: What exactly are you thinking by giving him a portion of your power, Honey?
Sarunan: I see. You gave him something to take back to the island in your place. I can't say I approve though.
Erune Boy: What! But I've been working so hard in order to bring the spirit back to the island!
Sarunan: But Honey doesn't intend to return. In that case, shouldn't you be the one to protect the island?
Erune Boy: Huh?
Sarunan: With the power Honey gave you, you should more or less be able to drive monsters away from the village.
Sarunan: And on top of that, you've worked hard to become strong enough to face me—all for the sake of protecting the island.
Sarunan: With Honey's power and your own strength at your disposal, you ought to be able to handle most anything that comes your way.
Sarunan: Rather than pursuing wishes that won't be fulfilled, why don't you try figuring out what you can do on your own?
Erune Boy: ...
Erune Boy: Kinda harsh, don't you think?
Sarunan: Humph. In a situation like this, I've no choice but to be blunt.
Erune Boy: Okay. If the spirit doesn't want to come back, there's nothing I can do about that.
Erune Boy: But thank you for not abandoning us, great spirit.
Having received a portion of Honey's power, the boy turns and leaves without looking back.
Sarunan: Thank you, Honey. If that boy had become your vessel, he'd only have ten or so years left to live.
Sarunan: You were destined to leave the island one way or another—whether because of me, or because you reached the end of your life.
Sarunan: All things considered, this is definitely the preferable outcome.
Where to Next, Honey?: Scene 4
Sarunan and Honey reflect on their own situation. Realizing that reaching the Island of the Astrals with their current life spans may be an impossibility, they decide to simply make the most of what they have.
Following the boy's departure, Sarunan and Honey stand in the meadow, caressed by a gentle breeze.
Sarunan: What's that, Honey? You're worried that giving the boy your power is going to have a negative effect on me?
Sarunan: Don't worry about that. I don't have much time left as it is anyway.
Sarunan: And besides, I realized something as I watched that boy walk away.
Sarunan: I think the words I said to him may have been the very ones I wanted to hear myself.
Sarunan: My dream has little chance of coming true. There's simply too great of an obstacle standing in my way.
Sarunan: Now that I've accepted that fact, perhaps figuring out what I can do on my own is the best course of action.
Sarunan: It's strange. By simply freeing myself from that obsession, everything around me suddenly looks different.
Sarunan: Ah... It reminds me of when I first met you.
Sarunan: The moment I laid eyes on you, my world was suddenly full of color.
Sarunan lets his eyes wander across the meadow, his expression one of longing.
Sarunan: I quite like it here. What about you, Honey?
Sarunan: It might not be so bad to live out our final days here together in peace.
Sarunan has always been willing to do anything in his power to extend Honey's life span.
However, he can no longer ignore the fact that his dream is crumbling before his very eyes.
After the boy's departure, the couple take a walk through the meadow and think back on the time they first met. It was love at first sight when Sarunan bumped into Honey during a patrol.
Following the Erune boy's departure, Sarunan and Honey stroll through the meadow.
As they walk along, Sarunan gazes at the endless sky above, lost in thought.
Sarunan: Perhaps it was silly for me to dream of reaching the end of a sky so vast.
Sarunan: My face looks pale?
Sarunan: Yes, I'm a bit tired from walking.
Sarunan: What do you say we rest for a moment? There's a nice shady area here.
Sarunan sits down on the root of a tree.
Sarunan: This place reminds me of our island somehow.
Sarunan: It really takes me back. Do you remember when we first met?
Sarunan: Hm... There are traces of monsters in this area as well.
Sarunan: It seems as though monsters have indeed started wandering from their territory and attacking people.
Sarunan was once renowned on his home island for his magical expertise.
Confident in his abilities, he used to patrol the island in search of anything out of the ordinary.
Sarunan: Humph. I expected I'd find you here. But you've no chance against me.
Sarunan raises his staff with a laugh. But just as he's about to cast a spell, he sees... her.
Monster: Grrr... Graaah...
The spirit pats the monster gently, and it immediately becomes docile and wanders off.
Sarunan: Who... are you?
The spirit watches curiously as Sarunan gazes at her with rapture.
Sarunan: What beauty!
The strange young man falls in love for the first time at the age of eighteen. However, his first love is not a person, but a spirit.
Accursed Lovers: Scene 2
Sarunan continues to visit the ruins where he met Honey. Upon learning that she has little time left to live, he uses a forbidden spell to give her some of his life force. Other islanders deem this act blasphemy and exile him. Sarunan then vows to find the Island of the Astrals where he can give Honey a physical form and marry her.
From that day forth, Sarunan continues to visit the ruins where he met the beautiful spirit.
Sarunan: Oh Kazann, great guardian spirit of the island! Please wait! Don't be embarrassed! Just listen to what I have to say!
Sarunan: I haven't finished telling you how I feel about you!
Sarunan: Please hear me out!
Sarunan: I've never wanted to talk to someone so badly before!
Up to this point, she has always run away from Sarunan.
However, thoroughly worn-out by his unyielding persistence, she finally gives in.
She breathes a small sigh and listens to what he has to say.
Strange as he may be, he is still one of the islanders that she has vowed to protect.
Sarunan: Huff... Huff... I was so excited to talk to you I forgot to breathe.
Sarunan: But that's enough about me. I'd love it if you could tell me about yourself.
The spirit begins talking about herself for the first time.
She has always used her power to drive monsters away from the islanders. But as she approaches the end of her life span, her power continues to weaken.
At this point, she is no longer able to subdue the monsters unless she interacts with them directly.
Sarunan: I can't believe I somehow managed to stumble upon the reason behind the strange occurrences on this island.
Sarunan: But more importantly, what did you just say? You're reaching the end of your life?
Sarunan: What a tragedy it would be for the protector of the island—a vision of love incarnate—to disappear!
Sarunan: You're not love incarnate? You're a spirit? I know. It's just a figure of speech.
Sarunan: What is love, you ask? Why, it's the feeling I have for you.
Sarunan: Combine a bit of this and that and a few other things, and you have the magnificent emotion we call love.
Sarunan: Wha... That's a lousy explanation? Well, it's not something so easily expressed in words!
Sarunan: Very well. I shall take my time teaching you what love is.
Sarunan: Please don't worry about your life span. I'll share some of my life force with you.
Sarunan: It's fine. It won't take that long. I won't need to lose much of my life force.
Sarunan: Heh. I'll let you in on a little secret. I'm known for being skilled with magic, but I have a knack for poetry as well.
Sarunan: So perhaps teaching you what love is will be a fairly quick endeavor.
Sarunan: You don't want me to do it? There's really no need for concern. How should I put this... You could call it a sacrifice for the sake of love.
Sarunan: From now on we'll be connected as one! As a sign of my affection, I shall call you Honey!
Sarunan: Oh, Honey! You're running away because you're so embarrassed? That's just too cute!
Following a pursuit lasting several days, Sarunan at last manages to seal the spirit Kazann into his staff.
Villager 1: Sarunan! Did you really use a forbidden spell?
Villager 2: You're taking the great spirit away from the island? How could you do such a thing!
The villagers are horrified by Sarunan's deeds.
He is exiled from his homeland as a criminal who used a forbidden spell and deceived the guardian spirit of the island.
Sarunan: My eyes were cloudy, but your radiance... No, my eyes were clouded over... That's not quite right either.
Sarunan: What am I mumbling about? I'm coming up with a poem to present to you. My first work to commemorate such a joyous occasion.
Sarunan: What's that? You're fretting over the fact that I was exiled from the island?
Sarunan: Heh. It wasn't your fault. It was all my doing.
Sarunan: Actually, for you to understand what love is, it might have been necessary for you to spend time off the island anyway.
Sarunan: That being said, I suppose we should figure out what to do next.
Sarunan: Why don't we head for the Island of the Astrals?
Sarunan: Well, just think about it. At this point, we've basically no choice but to get married.
Sarunan: But then there's the whole issue of me being a person and you being a spirit...
Sarunan: It could take up to a thousand years for me to become a spirit. So we'll just have to give you a physical form instead.
Sarunan: I imagine that only the Astrals would be privy to such a spell. That being the case, we should make the Island of the Astrals our destination.
Sarunan: What? I've got it all wrong? So much that you don't even know where to start?
Sarunan: Heh. Dreams are meant to be big, Honey. If you just keep working toward them, they'll eventually come true.
Honey's shoulders slump, and she lets out a heavy sigh.
Sarunan: A dream, huh. I've never said one of my dreams out loud before. Heh... I can't say I mind this feeling.
Seeing the hopeful expression on the face of the islander, Honey strangely feels no displeasure.
Sarunan: Oh... I wonder how beautiful Honey's physical form would be! Just imagining it... Ah!
Accursed Lovers: Scene 3
Weary from looking back on memories past, Sarunan falls into a slumber. Honey enters his dream, using the opportunity to have a heartfelt conversation with Sarunan and express her love for him.
Sarunan soon gives in to his exhaustion and drifts off to sleep beneath the shade of the tree.
Sarunan: Heh heh...
He's probably dreaming about the time he and Honey met.
Honey guesses as much from looking at the slightly creepy smile on his sleeping face.
She continues gazing at his face for some time, and then gently places her hand on his cheek.
She then begins to alter Sarunan's dream. There is something very important she wants to tell him.
Sarunan: Oh... Honey... How long was I asleep?
Sarunan: Honey? Where are you?
He looks around, but Honey is nowhere in sight.
Sarunan: What happened? What's going on? Where are you, Honey?
Sarunan hears a woman's laughter coming from the other side of the tree he is sitting under.
Sarunan: Who... are you?
???: Whoever could I be!
Sarunan: I-it's you!
Sarunan: You're... Honey!
Kazann: Hehe. Correct.
Sarunan: How do you have a physical form?
Kazann: I used a tiny amount of your life force to enter into your dream.
Sarunan: Oh... Haha. A dream. I see, so this is a dream... But even so!
Sarunan: I can't believe I get to look upon your physical form!
Sarunan: Oh, Honey! I'm so happy! This is amazing! I didn't know you had this type of power!
Kazann: Okay, that's enough. Don't you have anything to say to me before you start freaking out?
Sarunan: What? Something to say to you? What do you mean?
Kazann: Sigh... You really have no tact. And after I went to all the trouble of taking this form.
Sarunan: Oh! I know! Y-you look beautiful! You're more beautiful than I could have ever imagined!
Kazann: Anything else?
Sarunan: Um, you're gorgeous!
Kazann: Anything else?
Sarunan: Y-you're adorable!
Kazann: That's the best you could do? And here I thought you were supposed to be good at love poems. That was just awful. You get a big fat zero.
Sarunan: What! You didn't have to go and insult my hobby! You're terrible, Honey!
Kazann: Are you feeling better?
Sarunan: Yes. Much better.
Kazann: Then let's go for a walk, shall we?
Sarunan: Of course, Honey.
Kazann: We've seen a lot of places since we left our island, but I think this might be my favorite.
Sarunan: Heh. Then we're in agreement. I feel the same way.
Kazann: Oh. Well in that case, I take back what I said. The view here is positively dreadful.
Sarunan: Hey... Ouch. You're mean.
Kazann: You're one to talk, after you refused to just let me just pass on in peace.
Sarunan: You wish I hadn't?
Kazann: No comment.
Kazann: Hey, I have something I want to show you.
Sarunan: This is the place we met...
Kazann: Yes. Takes you back, doesn't it?
Sarunan: This is where I promised to teach you what love is.
Kazann: Feels like that was ages ago.
Sarunan: Did I keep my promise, Honey?
Kazann: I'm not sure yet.
Kazann: But the islanders and the people we've met on our journey have all had one thing in common.
Kazann: They get upset and fight and argue with each other...
Kazann: But at the end of the day, they're back together like nothing ever happened.
Kazann: Maybe love is something like that. What do you think? Did I get it right?
Sarunan: It's hard to say. But that very well may be one form of love.
Kazann: I see...
Kazann: Then... I love you, Sarunan.
Kazann: You drive me nuts, you're selfish and pig-headed, and you don't have a single ounce of kindness in you.
Kazann: But I don't dislike being with you. Actually, arguing with you is kind of... comforting in a way.
Kazann: Hmm, I suppose I'm usually the one making the abusive remarks though.
Sarunan: Haha. Don't worry. I can take it.
Sarunan: Oh, Honey... I wonder how well I was able to express myself through my poetry.
Sarunan: I've used every word imaginable to try and tell you how I feel.
Sarunan: But alas. At such a critical moment, there's only one word that comes to mind.
Sarunan: I'm so happy.
Kazann: Hehe. Glad to hear it.
Kazann: That last bit is all I needed to hear. Your poetry is simply abysmal after all.
Sarunan: Sheesh. You really are mean.
Kazann: Hehe. Sorry about that. But that was the last time.
Sarunan: The last time?
Kazann: Yes. The last time. I'm glad I got to tell you how I feel.
Sarunan: What are you talking about, Honey?
Accursed Lovers: Scene 4
Honey attempts to break the spell that binds Sarunan to her in hopes that he will live longer. The Erune mage staunchly refuses, but they profess their love for each other once again and come to the peaceful resolution of traveling with (Captain) in the meanwhile until they find a suitable spot to live out the rest of their days.
Kazann: I've been searching for a way to save your life ever since we started on this journey.
Kazann: I've asked the water and wind across all the skies we've traveled through, but the answer has always been the same.
Kazann: Everything that lives must one day die. I have a feeling that not even the Astrals or the Creator could overturn that simple truth.
Kazann: Even if there is a spell to give me a physical form, if it means you have to keep having your life force sucked out, then there's no point.
Sarunan: So you're saying I'm doomed, regardless of whether you're a spirit or a person? What are you planning to do then?
Kazann: I'm going to break your spell. If I'm not around, you'll be able to live a bit longer.
Sarunan: Wait! What are you saying!
Kazann: I'm sorry.
Sarunan: Ngh! My staff just cracked! Are you trying to destroy it?
Kazann: Yes. Before you use up your life completely. You're one of my beloved islanders after all.
Sarunan: Argh! Damn it! I won't let you break it!
Kazann: Please... Can't you understand the feeling of not wanting your loved one to die?
That's not fair! How dare you try to leave my side by using love as an excuse!
Sarunan: Listen to me, Honey! The four years we've spent together have been everything to me!
Sarunan: I don't care if I live an extra ten years! Not if it means losing you in the process!
Sarunan: Even if my dream of getting you a body won't be fulfilled, I'd still rather spend my final moments together with you!
Kazann: But... I...
Sarunan: You can argue all you want! I'll argue right back at you!
Sarunan: I don't like giving up! You know that!
Overwhelmed by Sarunan's zeal, Kazann ceases her assault on the staff.
Sarunan: Huff... Huff... You're as strong as ever, Honey. I thought it was all over there for a minute.
Sarunan: No buts! Honestly...
Sarunan takes Honey's hand and drags her away from the ruins.
Kazann: H-hey! Don't pull me!
Sarunan: That place was putting strange thoughts in our heads. Let's go back to that tree.
Sarunan: You said it yourself. Choosing to be with someone for better or for worse is the form of love that you discovered.
Sarunan: In that case, being willing to sacrifice anything in order to be with someone is the form of love that I discovered.
Kazann: Then consider my feelings too!
Sarunan: I know. But I still won't let you do it. You won't let me die for you, just as I won't let you die for me.
Kazann: You can't just decide that on your own...
Sarunan: Humph. Well you're the one who said I was selfish and pig-headed. Isn't that right, Honey?
Kazann: Sigh. True.
Sarunan: As long as you understand.
Kazann: Say, Sarunan. Can I ask you one favor?
Sarunan: What's that, Honey?
Kazann: About spending our final moments together... I have a lot of things to say on that matter, but I'll accept it.
Kazann: I don't want it to be here though. Let's find an even more wonderful place together.
Sarunan: I see. So you want to continue traveling with (Captain)'s crew?
Sarunan: Very well. If that's your condition, I'll gladly oblige.
Kazann: Thank goodness. I guess you can be sweet sometimes.
Sarunan: I'll have you know I'm always sweet.
Kazann: Whatever you say.
Sarunan: Honestly. You know, it wouldn't hurt you to say thank you once in a while.
Kazann: Before that, aren't you going to give me an answer? I went to all the trouble of telling you how I feel.
Sarunan: Haha. How could I forget? With everything that just happened, it completely slipped my mind.
Sarunan: I love you too. More than anything else.
Kazann: Thank you, Sarunan.
After that, not another word is spoken.
Having told each other everything they had wanted to say, they simply remain there, hand in hand. They want for nothing more.
Within a pleasant dream, the cursed lovers think about the unknown skies that lie before them.
Bet on the Stars
Awaking in the dark, Sarunan sees a small light floating in front of him. The light brings him to an apparition, looking exactly like himself, who proceeds to question his motive and resolve before he blacks out. Awaking once more, this time he is faced with Vyrn and Lyria, as well as the doting Honey. Seeing how worried Honey has been for him, his resolve is strengthened and he vows to never leave her.
Sarunan: Haaah… Haaah… What is this place?
Sarunan: Ugh! This is… no time… for this. I need to find Honey…
Sarunan: Wha-! What was that?
Out of the darkness a small light appears before the stumbling Sarunan.
Sarunan chases after the light like a man possessed.
Sarunan: Wha-! But this is…
Sarunan: Honey! What do you think of this? I bought it from the stall over there.
Sarunan: Heheheh, don't worry, Honey… Of course I bought some for you as well.
Sarunan: Ahahahah! I know, Honey, I know! I know you can't eat the food from this world…
Sarunan: But… I still want to enjoy spending time and eating with you.
Sarunan: I… I want to make the most of the time we have together.
Sarunan: Agh! I can't stand it any more!
Sarunan: Honey! Take this candy as sweet as our love, and bring it to my lips!
The candy that Sarunan had bought at the street stall suddenly floats up and shoots straight for his eyes.
Sarunan: Ugh! Wha-! Honey! What are you—
Sarunan: Are you listening to me? Excuse me, Honey? Honey? Honey!
Sarunan: I'm sorry, Honey… I promise, when we get to the Isle of the Astrals we shall have a normal date…
???: Well, well. Daydreaming again, are we?
Sarunan: Wha-! You!
Sarunan: Humph. Even if we get to Estalucia, do you really think the Astrals will use their power to bring Honey into this world?
Sarunan: Haaah, surely you must sometimes wonder if even they have such power.
Sarunan: Hmm… Well even assuming that power exists…
Sarunan: What will they ask of us in return for such a favor?
Sarunan: What to do… You've done everything you can think of to bring her into this world, our dearest Honey…
Sarunan continues talking to the silent Sarunan.
Sarunan: Yes, that is the biggest problem.
Sarunan: Tell the truth, do you really want Honey to become human?
Sarunan: What! How could you… I mean, it's Honey…
Sarunan: Yeargh! WE can't go on like this! I have to find a way to help Honey…
Sarunan: Cough! Guaaargh… Haaah…
Sarunan: Ugh, Honey?
Sarunan: Wha-! What are you saying? We can't back out of this now!
Sarunan: Ugh! I mean… I'm doing this for you, Honey!
Sarunan: Haaah… Haaah… Please, get out of my way, I need to…
Sarunan: What… What am I saying? Did I just say that to my Honey?
Sarunan: I… Honey…
Seeming to become overcome by the gravity of his own actions, Sarunan's consciousness slips into the enveloping darkness.
Sarunan: Ugh… Honey, I…
Vyrn: Huh? Hey! Sarunan's waking up!
Sarunan: Haaah… Haaah… Honey? What… happened?
Lyria: Ah, erm… I think you just overstretched yourself, and collapsed.
Sarunan: I did? Oh…
Vyrn: Heheh. Honey was really worried about you, she didn't leave your side once!
Lyria: Yes! Honey was beside herself with worry.
Sarunan: Honey… She was? Oh my Honey…
Lyria: Ah! Honey looked away…
Sarunan: Hahah… Ah, typical Honey…
Seeing the female form beside him, Sarunan makes his beloved a promise.
Sarunan: (…I'll never leave you, Honey! I will stay with you, always…)
Sarunan recovers from a coma in which he had fought with a vision of himself.
He overcomes the phantasm, and his resolve has never been stronger.