Scenario:Athena - Fated Reunion

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Fated Reunion

(Captain)'s crew arrives at a town upon hearing rumors of its citizens being turned into stone, suspecting the primal beast that Athena has been searching for to be involved. After saving a knight whose armor was turned into stone, they learn that the culprit was a girl with a giant serpent. Lyria uses her powers to track down the primal beast into the forest.

Rumors of certain incidents have brought (Captain) and the crew to a new town.
The incidents may be connected to the primal beast that Athena has been searching for, and so they have come to confirm the rumors for themselves.
Vyrn: What... What the heck happened here?
Upon taking a closer look around town, (Captain) and the crew find the streets lined with what appear to be statues of knights.
Lyria: I can feel a primal beast's power still lingering here... That's what must've turned these knights into stone.
Athena: Dreadful... Those poor souls.
Placing her hand on a statue, Athena lets out a remorseful sigh.
Knight: Wh-who's there!
The Three: ...!


Vyrn: D-did that statue just s-speak?
Knight: My apologies! Didn't mean to scare you like that, ma'am. Just my armor was turned to stone, see. My body's still fine, I just can't get out of this armor!
Athena: She's really done it this time... Hold still—we'll free you soon enough.
The crew breaks the knights' suits of armor, freeing them from their stone prisons.
Knight: I can't thank you enough. This all happened when a girl suddenly showed up in town with a giant snake.
Athena: It must be her—only she is capable of causing such chaos.
Athena: There's no doubt in my mind after seeing the state of this town.
Athena: My greatest fears have finally been realized. I started my journey with your crew to prevent such a tragedy, but alas.
Lyria: I can still feel the primal beast nearby. I think we might be able to catch up if we start following her now.
Athena: You're right. This is no time to lament the past—she still must be stopped.
Their spirits filled with determination, (Captain) and the others follow Lyria into the woods.
Vyrn: So the primal beast headed off somewhere this way, right?
Lyria: Yes. I can feel its presence growing stronger.
Athena: Then let's find her and put a stop to this as soon as we can!
Vyrn: That's the plan—but watch out! I heard this area's chock-full of monsters!

Fated Reunion: Scene 2

The crew follows the trail into the forest and soon encounters Medusa, the primal beast Athena has been searching for. Athena attempts to reproach Medusa's actions, as she has done time and again since their first encounter many years ago, but Medusa refuses to listen. Unable to show mercy as the guardian primal beast of the aegis, Athena points her spear at Medusa.

Athena: Seeing everything here reminds me of when I first encountered her.
Athena: That was several decades ago... I've tried to reason with her many a time since.
Vyrn: Decades? Now that's what I call tenacity.
Athena: I am the guardian primal beast of the aegis. Therefore, I cannot rest while the flames of battle are ablaze.
Athena: Unless we do something about her now, a terrible fate surely awaits another town just like this one.
Athena: I must be the one to stop her.
Lyria: You may get your chance... I can feel it. A primal beast is drawing really close!
Athena: Get behind me, everyone. Only my shield is capable of protecting you from her power.
???: Sigh... Well, this island turned out to be a total bust too, huh?
???: ...
???: If you're gonna fight me at all, then come at me like you mean it!
???: Every time things start to get a little fun, everyone scatters as soon as I start turning stuff to stone. What's the big deal?
???: ...
???: What now, Medusiana?
???: I'm not upset or anything... It's not my fault those stupid townspeople blew everything out of proportion.
Athena: ...
???: It's you!
Athena: Long time no see.
Lyria: Wait... Is she the primal beast you've been looking for?
Any version of Medusa (Promo) is a crew member

Vyrn: Wait, you've been looking for Medusa this whole time?
No version of Medusa (Promo) in crew

Vyrn: This little girl here?
Athena: Medusa! It appears you are still up to no good, aren't you!
Medusa: Pfft, what's your problem! Did you come all the way out here to sound off to me?
Athena: No, please don't take this the wrong way. I would like to end this encounter peacefully.
Medusa: Geez... You're a real pest, you know! Just how many decades do you plan on chasing me for?
Athena: I am the guardian primal beast of the aegis. There's no way I could stand by idly while you wreaked havoc across the skies.
Athena: Why do you continue to be a threat to these skydwellers? Why do you continue petrifying them with your gaze!
Medusa: Wha... I haven't done anything that bad!
Medusa: I was just trying to have some fun, and those idiots called their troops on me anyways! So this was just payback!
Athena: Your very power threatens the skies, and this is why the skydwellers fear you.
Medusa: Shut up about that already! Why is it that every time I see your face, you're harping on about the same dumb thing!
Athena: As a being who can put a stop to your power, I am merely doing what I must.
Medusa: Hah. Medusiana and I really have you scared stiff, huh?
Athena: I know I can stop you. In fact, I've already done it before. And I can do it again.
Medusa: Y-you think you've seen everything we can do when we actually try? Grr... Just stop bullying us already!
Athena: I wasn't bullying you!
Medusa: We'll show you! Come, Medusiana!
Athena: Aigis!
A burst of light flashes from the great serpent's eyes, but is ultimately deflected by Athena's shield.
Athena: ...
Medusa: ...
Athena: It looks like sharing a dialogue with you is impossible this time as well.
Medusa: Humph. You think I'm just gonna stand here and take your insults?
Athena: Very well. You have shown your power. Now I shall show you the power of the flames.
Vyrn: Yikes! Athena looks pretty mad!
Vyrn: H-hey, both of you! An all-out battle between two primal beasts could put this whole island in peril!
Athena: I, Athena, the guardian primal beast of the aegis, cannot show mercy to those who cannot be reasoned with!
Medusa: Humph! We'll see about that—Medusiana! Heh, we'll fight you off again just like we do every time!
Vyrn: This doesn't look good, (Captain)! Let's get outta here!
Athena & Medusa: Hraaaugh!

Fated Reunion: Scene 3

Upon absorbing some of Athena's power, Lyria is able to quell the battle unfolding between the two primal beasts. Athena is finally able to speak openly to Medusa, who reciprocates her concerns as another primal beast. The two quickly take to each other, each having found a new companion for eternity.

Medusa: Come on! That can't be everything you've got!
Athena: I do not wish to fight you! Yet you persist!
Medusa: Yeah, right! How can you even say that after chasing me around the skies for seventy-nine years with the same prattle every time!
Athena: That's because you won't listen to me!
The sheer force of the battle erupting between two primal beasts starts to wreak havoc on the immediate surroundings.
Trees and shrubbery are reduced to ash as the flames of battle begin to rampage wildly.
Vyrn: What do we do, (Captain)! At this rate the whole island's gonna get destroyed!
Medusa: Medusiana! Come on, we're still raring to go!
Athena: Ngh...
Lyria: Athena...
Lyria begins to notice something upon seeing the pain in Athena's eyes.
Lyria: Athena... She looks really distressed.
Vyrn: That might be on the account of fighting toe to toe with a primal beast...
Lyria: No, it's not only that. Don't you think she looks a little... sad?
Taking a moment to gather her resolve, Lyria looks up at (Captain).
Lyria: (Captain)... Can you help me try something? I don't think it'll be easy, but we have to stop Athena from fighting.
Lyria turns to face Athena, her eyes aglow with determination.
Athena: Flames!
Medusa: Eeyah! Medusiana, look out!
Lyria: I know what Athena meant now when she said she didn't wish to fight.
Lyria focuses her power to interfere with Athena, no matter the cost.
Lyria: (Athena, please stop!)
Lyria struggles to hold on, barely able to control Athena's unruly power.
Athena: ...!
Athena's flames die down, finally giving way to tranquility.
Athena: ...
Medusa: ...
Athena: We... we've stopped fighting.
Medusa: What? Is that all?
Athena: ...
Athena: Ngh... Oh, thank goodness...
Medusa: Hey... What's the big idea? Aren't you gonna try to get the job done like you always do?
Lyria: Athena... While you were fighting, I absorbed a little bit of your power.
Lyria: You said it yourself. As the wielder of the shield, you cannot show mercy.
Athena: That's right.
Lyria: You weren't just saying that, I realized... As a primal beast, you actually can't stop fighting until the battle has settled.
Lyria: While you were fighting, I could feel your anguish coming from within.
Athena: ...
Medusa: Then why do you keep trying to follow me if this is what happens to you every time?
Athena: I was hoping to share a longer dialogue with you. After all... this is the longest I've actually ever known someone.
Medusa: ...
Athena: Whether in times of peace or war, skydwellers eventually meet their end after a few decades.
Athena: In my never-ending pursuit of you, I often imagined us sharing a conversation peacefully, as two primal beasts enjoying each other's company.
Athena: I have my duty to fight and maintain order. But I could never give up on the hope that one day, maybe we could...
Medusa: So basically... You were just looking to kill some time?
Athena: I suppose I was.
Medusa: ...
Medusa: Yeah, well... That's fine, I guess.
Athena: Hehe... Sniff...
Medusa: Sigh.
Medusa: Well, if that's what this was about... I guess I can stop messing with skydwellers for a while. If that's what you want, I mean.
Athena: Huh?
Medusa: D-don't get the wrong idea! I just don't wanna have to deal with your crying every time I do something!
Medusa: More importantly! I'm giving up one of my favorite pastimes here for you, so you'd better provide me with some quality entertainment!
Athena: Hm...
Medusa: Well? Got anything good?
Athena: Yes, well then... How about devising some battlefield strategies?
Medusa: No way.
Athena: Oh, hmm... Maybe coming up with traps to capture the enemy together?
Medusa: Is this all you can come up with? How about something that's fun?
Athena: As the wielder of the shield and the aegis, I must admit I don't often think about... other things.
Medusa: Despite meddling with their business all the time, you haven't really learned anything from the skydwellers, have you?
Medusa: That's okay. I'll just teach you how to have a good time, so you'd better get ready to learn!
Medusa: Heh. I mean, since you're always fighting to protect ones in trouble, I bet you don't have much of an idea what a regular peaceful town looks like, do you?
Athena: Now that you mention it...
Medusa: They celebrate the silliest things, like making chocolates for each other on Valentine's Day, and all kinds of other stuff—Skydwellers never get boring to watch!
Athena: Is that so...
Medusa: Yep! How about we start off by watching the people on this island?
Athena: All right, I'll do my best.
The two primal beasts continue making lighthearted conversation as if the nearly catastrophic battle between them had never occurred.
Vyrn: Uh, well... I guess that settles that then.
Lyria: It looks like Athena and Medusa are friends now, aren't they?
Athena: Words cannot express my gratitude to your crew, (Captain). Thanks to you, I have fulfilled my wish at long last.
Medusa: You'd better not bore me, you hear! I mean it!
Athena: I promise. But before that, um...
Athena: Medusa. I want you to promise me that you will no longer bring harm to the skydwellers of this island.
Medusa: Huh?
Athena: We can start by apologizing to the people in town. And with an earnest, heartfelt apology.
Medusa: Whaaat?
Athena: The path to conflict is forged from fear. So it is only right that we prevent the flames of war from rising once more.
Medusa: No way! Why do I have to do something so lame for them?
Athena: Did you not wish to initiate a proper dialogue with them?
Medusa: Ngh... Fine, fine! I'll do it!
Athena: Hehe. Allow me to accompany you as well.
Despite her sheepish demeanor, Medusa makes her way to town to apologize together with Athena.
Medusa and Athena are seen beaming, each having made a new companion to spend eternity with.