Scenario:Almeida - Ultimate Weapon

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Ultimate Weapon

The crew stops by the Valtz Duchy where they run into Io's old friend Almeida. She escorts them to the underground factory, explaining her desire to forge the perfect weapon modeled after a certain masked man's scythe. The trip underground ends with Almeida coming upon the idea of imbuing weapons with the power of primal beasts. She asks to join the crew in hopes of one day creating the ultimate weapon.

The crew stops by the Valtz Duchy for a quest.
Io waltzes around town with (Captain) and company, elated to be back in her hometown after a long absence.
Io: Hey, check out this hair ornament!
Lyria: Wow, that's some incredible design work!
Vyrn: It sure is! With the steel industry booming in Valtz, it's no wonder their craftsmanship is some of the best around!
Io: Well, what do you think? Should I take the plunge?
???: Those braids... Could it be?
???: Hey! Io, is that you?
Io: Huh? Ah, it's Almeida!
The girl known as Almeida makes her way through the crowd and clutches Io in a tight embrace.
Io happily snuggles against her arms.
Almeida: You should've let me know you were coming back!
Io: Aw, I'm so sorry, Almeida! Are you heading back from work?
Almeida: Yup. Unearthed some real beauties in the mine today. Maybe I can use 'em to make you something.
Io: Yay! Can you make some for (Captain) and the rest of the crew, too? Oh, that's right. I haven't properly introduced you yet!
Almeida: You were involved in the incident with Tzaka, right? Name's Almeida. Io and I go way back.
Almeida: Anyway, I'm starving! Let's celebrate this little reunion with some food. It's on me!
The crew does some catching up in the mess hall, where they are greeted by a few sturdily-built men.
Worker 1: Hiya, Boss! Done for the day?
Worker 2: Sorry for the trouble today, Boss! I'll pick up the tab!
Almeida: At ease, boys! I'm just passing through.
Lyria: Haha, they really look up to you!
Almeida: They're way too polite around me, no matter how many times I tell 'em to treat me like one of their own.
Vyrn: Well, that's no surprise! You handle weapon forging at the factory too, right?
Io: Haha, isn't she incredible? She's also the youngest to do so in the history of Valtz!
Almeida: What can I say? I love this stuff. Can't get enough of it!
Almeida: Now, back to what we were talking about earlier. How'd you all like to check out that underground factory?
Io: Huh? You mean the one used by the Astrals to create primals way back when?
Almeida: Yup! It's all people talk about ever since Tzaka went missing.
Almeida: He'd always brush me off when I asked him the location. Said it was dangerous and crawling with monsters.
Almeida: But with you guys here, it should be A-OK! So, ready to roll?
Io: Sure, but why do you want to go to such a—
Almeida: Much obliged! Let's head down there after giving our stomachs a rest!
Worker 3: Good timing, Boss! I wanted to discuss the mining on the second block, and—Oh, sorry! Were you in the middle of something?
Almeida: Can you make it quick? I'm chatting with some old friends of mine!
Worker 3: Old friends? Wait, does that include the masked man?
Almeida: Eep!
Lyria: Hmm? A masked man?
Almeida: Gah, don't you go blabbering on about that! Io, we're going!
Vyrn: What was that all about? She turned red as a beet!
Io: Hmm...
The crew fights off the monsters blocking the path to the factory. Upon arrival, Almeida excitedly rummages through the parts lying around.
Almeida: Whoa! This must be where Valtz's steelmaking technology comes from!
Almeida: Can't make heads or tails of this, though. Assuming this is the power source, where do the wires go?
Io: Hey, Almeida! Tell me more about the masked man. We swore to tell each other if we had a crush on someone, didn't we?
Almeida: A crush? N-no, it's nothing like that!
Lyria: But he's important to you, right?
Almeida: Hm, it's more complicated than that.
Almeida: It happened a few days after you left the island, Io. I was working deep in the mines when a bunch of monsters attacked.
Almeida: Suddenly, this masked guy I'd never seen before shows up to the rescue.
Almeida: I had no idea who he was, and he disappeared in the blink of an eye. Doesn't get any better, right?
Vyrn: So it was love at first sight, eh?
Almeida: Love at first sight? Don't be ridiculous!
Almeida: I was referring to his weapon—a scythe with power I never imagined possible!
Almeida: I've been trying out a few things, hoping to create something just like it!
Almeida: The Vaserav Hammer here is my finest work yet!
Lyria: That's one cool hammer! What's Vaserav mean?
Almeida: It's the name of the masked man. I'm still a long way off from making something as awesome as that scythe, though.
Io: Aha, so you named your weapon after the mysterious masked man's—
Almeida: Are you trying to suggest something, Io?
Almeida: Sigh, I wish you guys would stop prying like the boys at the coal mine always do.
Vyrn: Nah, you're just overreacting. What were you looking for down here, anyway?
Almeida: The more I tried forging the scythe, the more I felt it couldn't possibly be any ordinary handiwork.
Almeida: I was hoping to find materials that would get me closer to what I want, but there's nothing special about the steel down here.
Lyria: That's unfortunate. Does that mean the Astrals created primals using ordinary steel?
Almeida: I would imagine partially at least. But the power source must be from the Astrals...
Almeida: Which must also mean it's possible to instill the power of the primals into weapons, right?
Io: Huh? Why are you asking me? You answered your own question, Almeida.
Almeida: Eureka! You're right!
Almeida: I did it, Io! I've figured out the scythe's secret!
Vyrn: Oh yeah? Mind sharing?
Almeida: I have to inject the power of a primal beast into the weapon. Except I have no idea how to do that...
Almeida: Whatever the case, I can tell from looking around the factory that the people of Valtz used to do it all the time. I just have to study up on primal beasts.
Almeida: Hey (Captain), you fight primal beasts all the time, right? Any chance you could take me along with you?
  1. Of course!
  2. What will become of the mines?

Choose: Of course!
Almeida: Thanks a bunch! Tzaka approves of you, so I'm sure I'll feel right at home!
Go to "Continue 1"

Choose: What will become of the mines?
Almeida: No worries. I was only in charge of one block, and Valtz has more than enough talented miners to pick up the slack.
Continue 1
Io: Yay! I get to travel with Almeida!
Almeida: Yay is right! Anyway, I'll be right back. Gotta find someone to take over for me at the mines. Oh man, I can't wait to see Tzaka!
Lyria: Haha, the Grandcypher's going to be full of energy with her around!
Vyrn: That's for sure! I've been wondering, though. Where have I heard the name Vaserav before?
Almeida joins the crew in her quest to create the perfect weapon.
From weapons imbued with the power of primal beasts to a mysterious masked man—much about Almeida remains shrouded in mystery.