Scenario:Alistair - Small Debater

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Small Debater

The crew visits the Hall of Knowledge in search of information regarding Estalucia, Island of the Astrals. It is there they meet a student by the name of Alistair engaging in an open debate. His provocative arrogance breeds open hostility, but the crew is there to save him from a group of ruffians. When Alistair discovers the crew's destination to be Estalucia, he pleads to come along in order to prove the hypothesis his father never could.

According to rumor, there is a building where one can find information on Estalucia.
(Captain) and the crew are visiting this Hall of Knowledge, which houses the biggest library in all the skies.
Arusha not in crew

Arusha: Welcome to the Hall of Knowledge. I am Arusha, the librarian here. Which tome do you wish to find?
Vyrn: Huh? You're here to help us? I'm not sure you can, this book might be difficult to find, you see...
Lyria: Errrm, we want to find a book about Estalucia...
Arusha: Hmmm, I see. Estalucia, is it... Yes, that is problematic...
Arusha: I have been curious about that subject too, and have scoured the library shelves myself, though I haven't ever found anything.
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Arusha is a crew member

Arusha: Ooooh my, isn't this wonderful. After being away so long, the smell of pages... it's like I'm home!
Vyrn: Hey, hey! We came here looking for a book, remember! There's no time to be soaking up the atmosphere, you have to help us!
Arusha: Heehee, indeed. Please wait here a moment, I'll go an have a quick look.
Arusha: No luck, I'm afraid... It seems the tome on Estalucia still isn't around...
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Vyrn: Awww, that sucks, (Captain).
Lyria: I guess it can't be helped. I guess we will just have to find the Sky Map Pieces and get there the hard way...
Lyria: Huh, what's that? I just heard a voice over there, it sounded... boisterous?
Arusha: It's one of the students here... This library is also an academy that nurtures talented students. They all have brilliant minds.
Arusha: Erm, right now they are having what's called an open debate. This academy is well known for its discussions.
Vyrn: An open debate? What's one of those? Why hasn't anybody closed it already?
Arusha: Hmmm, how do I explain... They pose arguments and answers to an academic question. Kind of like a knowledge fight.
Arusha: Heehee, it seems it is reaching its conclusion...
Alistair: Hmm? Is that all you have to say? I wonder, is it embarrassing for a senior to lose to a freshman like me...
Older Student: You... You might be clever, but you sure are cheeky for a freshman...
Alistair: That's just wrong. Do you not understand? I am Alistair Alethea, and you'll never find a mind more brilliant than mine in the sky!
Katalina: W-what that? Alethea? Could he be a son of the noble house of Alethea?
Lyria: Katalina? Do you know something?
Katalina: No, not really... Just that the house of Alethea have produced many great scholars...
Alistair: That woman over there seems like she might know a little something... Hey, why don’t you try and learn from her, "senior"?
Katalina: But, you know... I have also heard the story of the noble family of Alethea's unfortunate downfall...
Alistair: H-how dare you! Who even are you! Are you one of the participants in this debate? If so, I accept your challenge!
Katalina: W-wait, I didn't come here to debate...
Alistair: Ergh, how boring... I never wanted to come to this stupid place... I hate this library...
Alistair grumbles under his breath, and while pouting, he sulks off.
(Captain) and the crew give up on finding a book about Estalucia and leave the Hall of Knowledge.
The crew wanders about the town, buying things and eating. They decide to return to the airship when...
Lyria: Huh, that voice... It's Alistair. Is he having another debate?
Vyrn: Maybe, but, it sounds kinda weird...
Older Student: Hehehe, you really got embarrassed back there, and in public too... I bet it can't feel good to become a "common person"...
Alistair: That is unjustified resentment through misunderstanding. It's OK, I'm sure you'll understand if you study a little bit, "senior."
Older Student: Why you... You're sassing me again! Maybe I can fix your cheek through a little pain...
Ruffian 1: Gehehe, you tired of this chump? You gonna pay us if we rough him up a bit?
Ruffian 2: Gahaha, easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy. If it's a shakedown you want, you've come to the right men.
Older Student: I will excuse you if you apologize. Come on now, freshman, speak up, admit you were mistaken...
Alistair: Are you really sure that's OK? I mean, even if I apologize, it doesn't prove that I was wrong...
Older Student: W-why you! Correctness isn’t the point! I will win this "debate," one way or another...
Vyrn: Hey, I can feel something bad's about to go down... Let's go help out, (Captain)!
(Captain)'s crew rushes over to stand in front of Alistair, each member putting their hands on their weapons.
Such an extraordinary show of fighting spirit strikes fear into the ruffians.
Ruffian 1: W-what! Is this a joke? Nobody told us about any skyfarers!
Ruffian 2: Blast! This isn't worth getting hurt for! I'm outta here!
Older Student: H-hey! Where are you going, cowards! You can't just change your tune like that! Wait!
Alistair: (Pant... ) Haaah... Haaah...
Katalina: Are you OK? You got a little cocky there... You know, even if you're correct, being so critical and one-sided will never end well.
Katalina: Heh, but I think it'll be OK if you study some more... You have to think of your opponent's feelings and have an open mind.
However, Alistair does away with meekness and is straight on the defensive.
Alistair: I understand, but you are wrong. The way I am is normal in my world.
Alistair: Always be strong, always be correct, then you will have no problems. That's why my father—
Lyria: Huh? Your father? What's he got to do with this?
Alistair gasps, surprised, then falls silent. But then, his eyes widen with resolve, and he begins to speak from his heart.
Alistair: My father was a brilliant scholar. But at an academic conference, his thesis was met with animosity and complete condemnation.
Alistair: But Father never gave up! He tried to prove his hypothesis alone, throwing all his funds away, gathering airships and skyfarers.
Alistair: Then he left. He set off for an island. It was his grand experiment, the one that would finally prove his hypothesis was correct.
Lyria: (An island... could he mean... )
Alistair: But, his grand experiment was a huge disaster. He lost not only his fortune and zeal, but the trust of the academic congress too.
Alistair: So, the House of Alethea has big hopes for me. I dream of restoring my family and I am willing to risk everything to achieve that.
Alistair: I have to find the answer! No matter how much I am resented, or how strong the objections. I will prove the hypothesis correct!
Katalina: Of course, I understand now, that’s why you've been working so hard... I'm sorry I admonished you so carelessly.
Lyria: Erm, one moment! Before, when you mentioned an island... were you talking about Estalucia?
Alistair: Now? What? No! You're wrong! Why do you know about that place! Why!
Vyrn: We don't really know anything... We were just on a journey to get there, right, (Captain)?
Alistair: You're lying! Really? I can't believe my luck! Hey, take me with you!
Vyrn: (Sigh) I'm not sure we can do that... Hey, (Captain), what do you think?
  1. It's fine. Come along!
  2. We can't take you, you're still a student.

Choose: It's fine. Come along!
Alistair: Of course, you understand me! Man, you're really cool!
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Choose: We can't take you, you're still a student.
Alistair: That doesn't matter! I can just submit a leave of absence form.
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Vyrn: Are you sure... You really do have an answer for everything, don't you...
And so, the somewhat impertinent student, Alistair Alethea joins the crew.