Scenario:Balurga - Fishing for Trouble

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Fishing for Trouble

While journeying with (Captain)'s crew, Balurga encounters Skull, another traitorously branded member of the Odajumoki Gangsters. Balurga asks him to tell her more about Grutheressa's thought process, prompting Skull to challenge her to a fishing contest. Win, and he'll answer any question she has.



Skull (Event) not in crew

(Captain) and crew spend a few days in a small village as they work on a small job request.
There, they stumble across the one man Balurga desperately wanted to find.
Skull: You swine... So this is where you were hiding...
Balurga: Could you be... Skull? Why are you—
Skull: Do you even have to ask? I'm in the same boat as you, running from your old buds. Naturally, I'm avoiding big cities.
Balurga: ...
Skull: Heh... from the looks of it, you're not here to avenge the Allfather, huh?
Balurga quietly lowers the Vulcan Crow and relaxes.
Instead, Balurga asks Skull for the truth behind why Grutheressa would order a hit on his own right-hand man.
Skull looks up at the sky for a while, pondering, then finally replies in an unsure voice.
Skull: Hmm... Now why would you ask that of me?
Balurga: Well... the Allfather was pretty fond of you, so I thought you might know.
Skull: Pfft! Hahaha! Had a feeling it was something like that...
Balurga: Skull, you know the truth?
Skull: Of course. If that's what you want to know, well... Come with me for a sec.
Balurga: Huh? Go with you? Where are you taking me?
Skull: Don't flip out. Just trust me. I'm a genius, you know! Hahahaha...
Skull (Event) is a crew member

(Captain) and crew are on their way to a small village to work on a small job request.
There, they stumble across the one man Balurga desperately wanted to find.
Balurga: Hey, you... I heard you betrayed us and went off to be a skyfarer, but...
Balurga: I didn't know you joined this crew, Skull!
Skull: Heh... from the looks of it, you're not here to avenge the Allfather, huh?
Balurga quietly lowers the Vulcan Crow and relaxes.
Instead, Balurga asks Skull for the truth behind why Grutheressa would order a hit on his own right-hand man.
Skull looks up at the sky for a while, pondering, then finally replies in an unsure voice.
Skull: Hmm... Now why would you ask that of me?
Balurga: Well... the Allfather was pretty fond of you, so I thought you might know.
Skull: Pfft! Hahaha! Had a feeling it was something like that...
Balurga: Skull, you know the truth?
Skull: Of course. If that's what you want to know, well... Come with me for a sec.
Balurga: Huh? Go with you? Where are you taking me?
Skull: Don't flip out. Just trust me. I'm a genius, you know! Hahahaha...
Balurga: Hey, what's the big idea, Skull? Explain yourself!
Skull: Argh! I don't have a choice, damn it! If you're a North Vast man, then fishing's the only option!
Balurga: Are you kidding me? Quit screwing around!
Skull: I'm dead serious. The Odajumoki are all about fishing, yeah? Then let's put our manhood on the line. Winner take all.
Balurga: Fine. Winner take all.
Skull: I'll tell you why the Allfather did this since you wanna know so badly... If you manage to beat me, that is.
Balurga: You should have said so sooner! Heh heh, it's on, Skull! You're gonna regret challenging me!
And so, the two decide to have a fishing competition at a nearby beach.
Skull: Well, well, well... That was fast! How do ya like that, huh? I already got me some!
Lyria: Wow, that's amazing! Look at all the fish!
Vyrn: Whoa! Lyria, no! I know what you're thinking, but those fish aren't fit to eat!

Fishing for Trouble: Scene 2

Skull and Balurga drop their lines in the ocean and enjoy a moment of rest. Unexpectedly, tensions between the two dissolve into a moment of natural rapport, and the two former gangsters grow to understand each other over a friendly fishing competition.



Skull:
Skull: Yeehaw! What's the matter, buddy? I thought you said you were good at this!
Balurga: Quit showboating. Just shut up and watch me. I'll fish one up in no time.
Under the warm sun, surrounded by fresh ocean air and the sound of the endless waves...
Far removed from their dangerous lives, the two fugitives enjoy a rare moment of respite.
Skull: Hey... Don't you have a grudge against me?
Balurga: Don't make me laugh... I've never in my life entertained something so petty as a grudge.
Balurga: I've just traded in the Allfather's way of life for yours. Pretty straightforward and manly, wouldn't you say?
Balurga: Even the Allfather accepted you for who you were.
Skull: ...
Balurga: If I had to choose one thing to be mad about... it's that you were the one to do him in and not me.
Balurga: Heh heh heh... To think his most loyal son would be the one to steal it from me.
Skull smiles softly, like the weight of the world had been lifted from his shoulders. But just then, he realizes something...
Skull: Hey... Aren't you going to do something?
Balurga: Huh? About what?
Skull: Well, ya know, there's been a tug on your line this whole time...
Balurga: Y-You cheater! You should have told me sooner!

Fishing for Trouble: Scene 3

The fishing contest between Skull and Balurga has ended, but neither can agree as to whether quantity or quality should determine the winner. When things are about to come to a head, a massive fish bites, demanding they work together to reel it in. Exhausted but satisfied, the two recognize their similarities and acknowledge each other as worthy adversaries. Balurga at last realizes Grutheressa's true intentions and vows to surpass him.



Balurga: Get a load of this huge catch! I think we can both agree that I win!
Skull: What? Are you stupid? I'm clearly the winner here! Look how many I caught! I crushed you!
Balurga: Hahaha! With those tiny sardines? They're almost as small as you!
Skull: Whatever, man! I won!
Balurga: No you didn't! I won! Now be a man and admit it!
As they argue back and forth, Balurga's line begins to twitch.
Lyria: Hey, Balurga! There's a tug on your line!
Balurga: What?
Balurga hastily grabs the fishing pole and gives it a hearty tug.
Balurga: Nngh... This feels like a whopper! The line's not coming up at all...
Vyrn: Wait, seriously? You sure you didn't just snag it on something?
Skull: You idiot! Look, you've gotten your line all tangled up with mine! Argh, it won't budge!
Balurga: No... I can feel it through the line... Oh no...
Balurga's face drains of color, and Skull instantly realizes exactly what they're struggling to pull up.
Skull: No way... This isn't just a whopper... This is like, Leviathan-level huge!
After a long struggle, they finally pull up their catch.
Having successfully reeled in the whopper, Skull and Balurga heave a huge sigh of relief before promptly collapsing.
Balurga: Heh... heh heh heh...
Skull: Gahahaha!
Balurga: Now I get why you invited me to go fishing...
Balurga: You were drawn to the Allfather's way of life, and I was drawn to his manly code.
Balurga: We had completely different goals, and yet here we are, looking at the same thing.
Skull: Pfft, haha! Look at you, talking like you understand everything...
Balurga: But... that's what got me this far without me ever questioning myself.
Balurga: The Allfather knew this would happen. That's why he set things up so I'd get driven out of the gang.
Balurga: That's what you were going to tell me, wasn't it, Skull?
Skull doesn't confirm or deny the question. He simply gazes contentedly at the sky and compliments Balurga.
Skull: Hmph! To be honest... If you'd been there, I probably couldn't have done him in.
Balurga: Hah! Listen to you now...
As they joke, Balurga looks up at the sky.
Balurga: (You're a real piece of work, Allfather, using this guy to say what you never could.)
Balurga: (Not very manly of you, Allfather... Not very manly at all...)
Gazing up at the endless blue sky, the two of them make a silent vow in their hearts.
Someday, they would become better men than the Allfather ever was...