Scenario:Colossus - A Command for a Giant
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A Command for a Giant
After the excitement on Valtz, (Captain) and the crew arrive on Auguste and get caught up in another mess. They set their sights on stopping Leviathan, who is rampaging because of the empire's experiments. Heading for Leviathan leaves the town vulnerable to attack, but the crew has another ally who's willing to help.
Imperial Soldier 1: It's... It's here! Raise the airship up!
Imperial Soldier 2: We won't make it in time—
The beautiful waters of Auguste are second to none, drawing countless tourists to its natural attractions. On this day, however, its splendor is marred by the screams of imperial soldiers.
Io: Hey, Lyria. Do you know why the empire's airships are getting swallowed up?
Lyria: From what I can sense, primal beast Leviathan, the incarnation of the waters here, is starving so it's eating them...
Eugen: Is that because of the pollution from the empire's experiments?
Lyria: Yes, I think so. Leviathan is at its limit.
After the fight with Colossus on the Valtz Duchy, the crew traveled to the Auguste Isles.
They're now wrapped up in stopping the primal beast currently rampaging due to the Erste Empire's experiments.
Io: What the heck are they doing! Don't they know they're putting the people of this island at risk?
Vyrn: Now's not the time for chitchat! We gotta get a move on and stop Leviathan!
(Captain) nods in agreement, and the crew rushes toward where Lyria senses the primal beast, but they don't get very far.
Io: Those monsters that just popped out of the water are headed for the town, aren't they?
Eugen: They're what? You're kidding me, right?
Man 1: Yikes... Those high waves came out of nowhere. Is everyone okay?
Woman 1: Nobody got swept away, I think. We should probably head for higher ground though.
The people of Auguste climb to the tops of buildings and other high ground, reaching what they believe to be safety.
Man 2: Wha... Monsters! There are monsters coming out of the water!
A tumult arises among the people at the man's surprised voice.
Man 1: We can't stay out here! We've gotta take shelter inside sturdy, tall buildings!
Eugen: You don't think this is all Leviathan's doing, do you?
Lyria: It seems really hungry and hurt, so it's hunting the people that the waters can't reach...
Eugen: Then it's usin' the monsters to grab some people for food, huh? Things are gettin' worse by the minute.
Lyria: What should we do, (Captain)? Leviathan is really suffering.
Lyria: It's hurting a lot and struggling to the point where it has to swallow up all the life that was raised in these seas...
Io: It doesn't have to do that though, right? I'm sure it doesn't want to at least.
Lyria: Leviathan doesn't have a choice. It has to keep living, no matter what.
Io: Is that why it started going wild?
Vyrn: So... What should we do? Do we head over to the town? They won't stand a chance against that many monsters.
Eugen: No, we have to focus on Leviathan. Let's head to Auguste Falls.
Eugen: Don't get me wrong. I'm worried about the town, but if we don't take out the problem at its source then it's just gonna keep happenin'.
The crew can't keep their surprise from showing.
Eugen: I'm sure they'll be fine. Hired agents are there watchin' over the people.
Eugen manages to get the words out despite the pained expression on his face.
To save the town, there must be sacrifices; that seems to be what he's saying.
Soon after, angry roars and gunfire can be heard in the distance. The monsters have arrived at their destination.
Eugen: Let's move, (Captain). A couple hundred monsters are nothin' for 'em. They're pretty strong.
Eugen: They'll be fine. They have to be...
With clenched fists, Eugen trudges forward. (Captain) follows after, heart tugging in pain.
But Lyria comes to a stop.
A light suddenly shines outward from Lyria's chest.
Io: Lyria? What's wrong?
Lyria: A voice is calling out to me...
Lyria: U-uhm... I think the townspeople really will be fine.
Eugen: Huh? Whaddya mean by that?
Lyria: It wants to help. That's what it's telling me from within.
Lyria delivers this message with a hand over her chest. From her expression it is clear that she isn't merely trying to put everyone at ease with words alone.
A Command for a Giant: Scene 2
The townspeople of Auguste are driven into a corner by the attacking monsters. With things looking grim, the sudden appearance of an iron giant turns things around. However, Colossus struggles between the need to protect and doing what's expected of it.
Agent: The monsters are here! Fireee!
The agents unleash a hail of bullets into the incoming monsters.
But only a small fraction of the monsters are felled by the onslaught. There are simply far too many of them.
Agent: Damn it! Pull back! Retreat!
Agent: Looks like we all somehow made it.
There is little relief in the agent's expression, as their lives depend on the single iron door that guards this auditorium.
The monsters that the hungry Leviathan sent will surely break the door down in no time. Will the agents be able to hold out when they do?
???: Help! Help us! Someone let us in!
Agent: What? Did we leave someone behind out there?
The agent peeks out through a small window in the door.
Imperial Soldier 1: Please! They're almost here!
Agent: Imperial soldiers! They've got a lot of nerve coming here!
Soldier's Voice: Please, I'm begging you... Please... They ate all our comrades...
Agent: You've gotta be kidding me! You know this is all your guys' fault in the first place, right!
Man 1: Yeah! You're the ones who messed up the sea with your experimentation! I say you should enjoy your just deserts!
Soldier's Voice: We'll do anything... Anything you want, so please... Don't let them eat us alive...
Soldier's Voice: ...
He grows silent after that point.
The monsters' roars draw closer. Through the small window, the agent confirms their approach.
Child: Hey, mister. You're not gonna let them in?
Woman 1: ...
Child: Are they gonna get eaten by the monsters? Hey...
Man 1: ...
Imperial Soldier 1: Sob...
Monster Voices: Grrroooaaar!
Imperial Soldier 1: Aahh...
Imperial Soldier 1: I don't wanna die...
The soldiers simply fall to their knees and wait for death from the unimaginable number of monsters before them.
Agent: Damn it all!
With barely a moment to spare, the agent darts outside and yanks both of the imperial soldiers inside the auditorium.
Agent: Pant, pant... Don't think you got in for free! Get up and get ready to fight! We're gonna protect everyone in here!
Imperial Soldier 1: A-a-all right...
Soon enough the monsters reach the auditorium door and begin to slam into it with a horrible clamor.
Agent: Here they come!
Imperial Soldier 1: Pant... Pant...
The agent and the soldiers ready their weapons.
The door breaks, and the monsters surge inside. With fingers shaking on the trigger, the combatants prepare themselves for one last stand. But their fears are soon overturned.
A colossal suit of iron comes crashing through the auditorium's ceiling.
And with a single stroke of the blade clutched in its hand, the monsters are cleaved in half.
Agent & Soldier: ...!
Upon confirming that there are no monsters remaining, it hunches over and exits the auditorium doors.
Agent: What in the world was that?
Imperial Soldier 2: Sir! The detector is going off!
Imperial Soldier 1: What? You're kidding! That's a primal beast?
Eugen: So, Lyria. Mind explainin' what exactly that giant is?
Lyria: It's a primal beast named Colossus. It was created a long time ago on Valtz...
Io: My master finished building it after a whole bunch of things happened. So you know it's super strong.
Eugen: A primal beast, huh? I guess I shouldn't have much to worry about if it's the one protectin' the town...
Io: There's just something I don't get.
Io: Colossus was created to fight against primal beasts, right? Why is it protecting the town then?
Vyrn: Now that you mention it, shouldn't it be trying to go after Leviathan?
Lyria: I don't really understand it either. But I think something's changed within Colossus.
The monsters take in the enormous iron giant before them.
Very quickly all the monsters turn their focus away from the people. Their new target is Colossus, an object with tremendous amounts of energy.
Its primal crystal still defers to the top-level priority command in its memory.
Faithful to its orders, Colossus heats its blade and prepares to melt through the horde of monsters.
A Command for a Giant: Scene 3
Io's magic from the incident in Valtz has scrambled parts of Colossus's memory. The command given by the Draphs of yore mixes with Tzaka's sentiments to form a new command: "Use your power to make people happy." With this in mind, Colossus prepares to protect the town against a copy of Leviathan.
Colossus swings its red-hot blade at the attacking monsters and vaporizes them with each swing.
Eventually silence envelops the town.
Agent: Th-the monsters are all...
Imperial Soldier 1: Completely wiped out...
As (Captain) and the crew move farther and farther away to Auguste Falls, the power Colossus is siphoning from Lyria grows progressively weaker.
It decides to save energy by shifting into standby mode upon confirming the safety of the people.
Io: Something's changed within Colossus? Is that even possible?
Io: Because it doesn't look like Leviathan's changing anytime soon.
Lyria: Colossus was the same way at first. Fighting made it sad, even though it was forced to attack me.
Lyria: But near the end it didn't see us as enemies.
Lyria: I think when Colossus got hit by your magic and fell down, that's when the change happened.
Io: My magic? I don't remember doing anything special...
Eugen: Look lively, everyone. We're almost at the falls.
Vyrn: Something tells me we're not gonna like what's waitin' over there.
(Captain) and the crew defeat monsters in their way and arrive at where Lyria had felt the presence of a primal beast.
And sure enough, Lyria is right.
Eugen: We finally meet face-to-face, eh? These seas are a vast place, but here we are.
Eugen: I owe you a whole lot, and now's a good time as ever to pay you back some! Let's go, (Captain)!
Monster Pack: Groooaaar!
The battle to save Leviathan commences on (Captain)'s side. Back in the town, Colossus continues its defense.
A second wave of monsters, then a third, comes at it, but it mows down each wave unflinchingly.
Alarm bells go off through its system; the aura of a primal beast grows closer.
Suddenly a whirlpool of seawater sprouts forth, a large snake-like being bursting out and writhing in the air.
Mighty Leviathan itself has appeared, perhaps frustrated with its minions' lack of progress
But it is only a copy of its true form made with the last of its power.
Perhaps it is impatient for more food as it fights with (Captain) and the crew elsewhere.
Though Colossus possesses strength far beyond that of a mortal, its supply of power is running dangerously low.
It has about a good twenty swings or so left with its blade before reaching its limit.
Silently it confirms its top-level priority command once again, almost as if to reaffirm its reason for existing.
Draph Man 1: Colossus, you're strong. You were made to fight.
Draph Man 1: Fight against the power of the Astrals. And then with your strength—
Tzaka the Great: Make people happy.
The command Colossus keeps following is cross-referenced with other information in its memory sector.
However, due to the blow it received from Io that shattered its primal crystal, the order of information permutated.
Whether or not this is simply coincidence or fate, the memory it conjures up from its vast storage is that of Tzaka's declaration.
Obeying its newly acquired duty, Colossus stands tall to face Leviathan's large shadow.
It will act as the people's shield until (Captain) and the crew finish pacifying Leviathan's main form.
A Command for a Giant: Scene 4
The fake Leviathan continues its relentless assault on Colossus, driving it to its knees. Just as the last of the iron giant's energy reserves are depleted, (Captain) and the crew take down the real Leviathan, dispelling the copy. With the people of Auguste safe and smiling, Colossus deems its commands fulfilled.
Colossus's energy is depleted. In an effort to keep fighting, it abandons its blade to conserve enough energy to move.
It doesn't have much longer before its energy is used up, despite its emergency procedures.
Colossus uses its armored body as a shield as best as it can and endures every attack from the large primal beast.
But its limit draws close again. It detaches an arm deemed unnecessary, saving just enough power to keep moving.
With the way its opponent is faring, Colossus judges that it will only be a matter of time before Leviathan is put down by (Captain) and the others.
Leviathan takes it enormous jaws and sinks its teeth into Colossus's torso.
The iron giant does its best to pry the jaws open with its remaining hand, but Leviathan's sharp fangs dig deeper into its armor.
Soon enough Colossus's body begins to split apart as the sound of screeching metal fills the air.
Its primal crystal is on the verge of being swallowed whole.
Leviathan's copy disappears. It appears that (Captain) and the crew have succeeded in pacifying the main body.
The miasma that had covered the town disappears as well, and the seas return to peaceful silence.
Agent: Is it all... finally over?
Woman 1: I think so... Is everyone okay?
The people begin to check on one another, and upon seeing their friends and family unharmed, rejoice loudly and happily together.
Man 1: Phew. This giant really saved us.
They all approach their bruised-and-battered, kneeling hero.
Eugen: Well, looks like the town made it through in one piece somehow.
Their fight finished, (Captain) and the others have returned to town.
Io: Colossus fought so hard that it became damaged like this...
Vyrn: Hm? What's wrong?
Lyria: Colossus seems happy.
Lyria: It's kind of strange... When I look at Colossus, it feels like when I'm talking with Tzaka.
Surrounded by the smiling townspeople, Colossus judges its command to be finished.
It lingers for a while, perhaps basking in the peaceful aftermath and the people's joy and relief.