Scenario:Cagliostro - The Alchemist's Melancholy
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The Alchemist's Melancholy
When Cagliostro tells the crew of the seal eating away at her body, they immediately decide to help her find the material that would break the seal.
Cagliostro drags herself about the Grandcypher with a heavy heart.
Cagliostro: Huff... Huff... Damn it all to hell...
Cagliostro: Hell... I'm almost impressed at how meticulous they were... or is it tenacious?
Lyria: Yikes! Cagliostro, is everything okay? You look like you're in pain...
Cagliostro: Ah... this is unfortunate. (Captain)... if I could speak with you for a moment...
Lyria: Cagliostro! W-what's wrong? Cagliostro!
Cagliostro: Hmm? Where—
Lyria: Cagliostro! You're okay! Good to see you awake!
Vyrn: You threw us in for a loop when you collapsed all of a sudden, (Captain) especially!
Cagliostro: Ah... It's more powerful than I had anticipated. That means there's not much time left...
Lyria: Cagliostro... What's wrong?
Cagliostro: Do you recall... the day we first met?
Vyrn: Yeah! You were sealed in those ruins!
Cagliostro: That's right. And it was Lyria's power that obliterated the seal.
Cagliostro: Those scum left an additional seal in my body.
Lyria: Another seal?
Cagliostro: Uh-huh... And if we don't take action, it'll continue to corrode my body. Won't be long before I'm paralyzed.
Cagliostro: Stupid hacks sure did a number on the cutest body in the word. Ugh, walking around sick isn't what I signed up for.
Vyrn: Paralyzed? Shoot, that can't be good!
Cagliostro: Guess they don't want me walking around free.
Cagliostro: And with the seal placed directly on my body, escape's out of the question.
Cagliostro: But don't forget I am a genius. Breaking this seal would be a cakewalk, but...
Cagliostro: We need the proper materials to do so—and I'm not talking about random knickknacks you might find lying around in any ol' shack.
Cagliostro: I think I might know where we can find them though.
Lyria: Then let's go there! C'mon, (Captain).
Cagliostro: Now hold on a second... I haven't even finished. Don't blame me if you go running into trouble!
Choose: Anything for my crew!
Cagliostro: Heh... Spoken like an adorable little tyke...
Cagliostro: But that passionate look in your eyes is exactly what I love about you!
Choose: Anything for you!
Cagliostro: My, my! You're just bursting with affection for me, aren't you, (Captain)?
Cagliostro: Eh heh heh... You just can't help it, can you? I am a knockout cutie after all.Continue 1
Vyrn: Whatever. Let's go already! You know where the stuff is, right? Then the faster we get there, the better.
Cagliostro: Guess I'll be in your debt when this is all over... I'll show the way then—full speed ahead!
The Alchemist's Melancholy: Scene 2
Cagliostro launches an attack on the Erste Empire Alchemical Labs, overrunning the imperial troops. Yet slowly but surely, the seal continues to eat away at her.
Cagliostro: Bah, is this all of them? This doesn't even qualify as a snack for Ouroboros!
Cagliostro: Cagliostro, the genius goddess of alchemy, has come to pay you a visit! I expected a more proper welcome!
Imperial Soldier 2: Cripes... How do they not realize they're the ones being chased here?
Lyria: Ah... Ahaha... That's a good point...
The crew makes way for the location said to house materials that will help unbind the seal on Cagliostro's body.
And that location just so happens to be the Erste Empire Alchemical Labs.
Cagliostro: Hahahaha! How about I grade you on your research?
Cagliostro: I'm giving you all a big fat zero! And that calls for detention. Get ready for—Ngh!
Cagliostro: Cough... Cough... Crap... I won't last like this...
Lyria: Cagliostro! It's okay to take it easy!
Cagliostro: Oh, relax! I'm just going to have a little fun with these delightful playthings here!
Cagliostro: Now show me some spunk, and I'll show you a good time!
The Alchemist's Melancholy: Scene 3
When the party shows concern over Cagliostro's condition, she tells them of her past and expresses her conviction to push past it all.
Cagliostro: Huff... Huff... Why the heck do you need all these big, fancy buildings for such measly experiments anyway?
Cagliostro: Like I said, the materials we're looking for aren't in any ol' shop, but they're not exactly rare either. Was expecting to find some lying around here, but—
Cagliostro: Geh... Koff... Ugh...
Vyrn: Uh-oh! You okay? We'll be sure to find the stuff; you just take a break!
Cagliostro: Enough outta you... This isn't the first time I've been stuck in such a rut...
Cagliostro: Ugh... Just remembering the crap I used to go through pisses me off...
Lyria: You mean you've been in similar situations?
Cagliostro: It was a hell of a long time ago... And I'm not talking metaphorically either.
Cagliostro: I was born terribly sick in a small village with no doctors around.
Cagliostro: Everyone around said I wouldn't live past my teens.
Cagliostro: Back in those days—two millennia ago—it was a regular thing, you know?
Cagliostro: So many families had a sickly kid like me, with nothing that could be done about it.
Lyria: But you're pretty well off now, Cagliostro...
Cagliostro: Hah... I'm just lucky I happen to be a genius.
Cagliostro: That's why I pushed myself in every way possible to chuck away my old body using alchemy.
Vyrn: So that's how you turned out the way you are. It's all coming together now.
Cagliostro: Heh, no need to pity me. I'm a genius, remember?
Cagliostro: Every genius needs a good trial to prove their intellectual chops—and that just happened to be mine.
Cagliostro: And what's happening to me now is just another one of those trials.
Cagliostro: I'll show you just what a lovey-dovey cutie genius alchemist like me is capable of! Watch and learn!
The Alchemist's Melancholy: Scene 4
Cagliostro loses her life in the search for alchemical materials. The crew stands dumbfounded as she rises again, a fearless smile on her face as she dispatches the troops with ease.
The party find themselves in what seems to be a storage room for alchemical materials.
Lyria: Ah! Cagliostro! I think this is it!
Cagliostro: Oh... Hahaha! That was fast. With this, I'll—
Cagliostro: Watch out! Lyria!
Imperial Soldier 1: Stay out of the way, you!
Imperial Soldier 2: This is the end of the line! Haaah!
Cagliostro: Tch... As if I didn't have enough to worry about...
Vyrn: Uh-oh... This can't be good...
Imperial Soldier 2: Humph... How dare you make such a mess of imperial facilities.
Imperial Soldier 2: So... Who's the next idiot with a death wish? Speak up now!
Vyrn: Darn it! What are we gonna do now?
???: Heh heh heh... Bwahaha...
???: Watch who you're calling an idiot.
Imperial Soldier 2: Wha! No way... Y-you were just...
Cagliostro: I believe some thanks are in order! Oh, you sad reprobates... I'm feeling quite well, and it's all thanks to you!
Cagliostro: Tiring as it may be, I should have done this from the beginning... I see I still have much to learn...
Imperial Soldier 2: Tsk... I suppose we didn't cut you deeply enough! I'll just have to fix that...
Cagliostro: Fix that? Fix what exactly?
Cagliostro: So tell me—what are you going to fix? Open your damn mouth and speak!
Imperial Soldier 1: Wh-what kind of monster are you?
Cagliostro: Monster? You seem to be lacking in manners...
Cagliostro: Nothing a bit of disciplining won't fix! Any volunteers—step right up!
Imperial Soldier 2: D-damn you... Damn you to hell!
Cagliostro: Hehehe... As if you'd stand a chance against me.
The party fells the troops like so many dominoes thanks to Cagliostro's help. They then leave the facility without any further incident.
Vyrn: Geez... I thought Cagliostro really bought the farm for a minute.
Lyria: I'm just glad she's safe! And the seal seems to be gone. Right, (Captain)?
Cagliostro: Heh. Safe? I wouldn't say that. The death you witnessed in there was real.
Cagliostro: I did indeed die... or, more accurately, my body did.
Vyrn: Wh-what the? What's that supposed to mean?
Cagliostro: I was really planning on just lifting the seal on my old body.
Cagliostro: But you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. I just stopped using the old body and used it as fodder for my new one.
Lyria: Wait... What?
Cagliostro: Well, my alchemic power already exists outside of the physical realm.
Cagliostro: So I transmuted myself outside of the physical plane, created a new body, and then put myself right back in.
Cagliostro: Of course, a soul without a body is a very delicate thing.
Cagliostro: But if you follow the laws of alchemical and magical thought, you can take some of the life energy from surrounding forces.
Cagliostro: Anyways, it all comes down to the fact that I'm the strongest, smartest, and cutest in the world!
Flashing an audacious smile, Cagliostro finishes her long-winded explanation.
No matter the form, the crew is relieved to see Cagliostro back to her normal self.