Scenario:Diantha - Promised Letter

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Promised Letter

The crew stops by an island to investigate the legend of a silver dog. Seeing how the island's residents speak of it as a terrible, rampaging beast, Diantha begins to speculate that it might not be Xolotl after all.

Diantha: Dear Linaria,

Are you well?

I'm doing great, and I make sure to practice my instruments every day!
Diantha sits at a table within the Grandcypher.
She is busy writing a letter to Linaria, as promised.
Diantha: It's so different outside of Xochitl Island that I'm learning new things every day.
Diantha: I now see why Xolotl wanted me to leave the island.
Diantha: I learned so much about Xolotl when we stopped by this island the other day.
Days earlier...
Diantha is eager to pick up everything she can to become the next head priestess.
The crew comes across a most curious rumor at one of their pit stops.
Vyrn: Hm, an old legend?
Diantha: Yes. The tale of the bronzed man and his silver dog is pretty well known in these parts.
Diantha: They say that the man rode off on the back of the dog after the battle with the Astrals.
Diantha: What concerns me is the part about the silver dog. They describe it as so large it devoured even dragons.
Vyrn: Yeah, they say the same thing in Xolotl's legend.
Diantha: Exactly, which leads me to believe the entire story is actually a reference to Xolotl.
Lyria: Sounds interesting! We'll just have to dive deeper, then!
Diantha: Umm, (Captain)... Can I stay on the island a bit longer to look into this?
  1. Of course!
  2. Absolutely not!

Choose: Of course!
Diantha: Yay! Thanks, (Captain)!
Lyria: Haha. Let's do what we can, Diantha!
They decide to stay on the island and begin asking around about the island's past.
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Choose: Absolutely not!
Diantha: Huh? But... why not?
Diantha: What am I going to do...
I left the island hoping to learn new things, and now... Sob...
Diantha: I won't be able to return to Xochitl at this rate...
Vyrn: Why are you making her cry, (Captain)!
Lyria: Don't joke around like that! Diantha takes this seriously, you know!
  1. Sorry...
  2. I don't want you to go!

Choose: Sorry...
(Captain) is quick to console Diantha after the scolding from Vyrn and Lyria.
Diantha: Ahaha, so glad you changed your mind, (Captain). I'm sorry but I couldn't help myself.
Vyrn: What! You were only pretending to cry?
Diantha: Haha, I figured (Captain) has a soft spot for tears.
Vyrn: Geez, you know (Captain) way too well!
They decide to stay on the island and begin asking around about the island's past.
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Choose: I don't want you to go!
Diantha: Huh?
Lyria: What's wrong, Diantha?
Diantha: So that's how (Captain) sees me.
Diantha: As a maiden, I was never able to make any friends outside the island.
Diantha: So I thought it would be great if I could become friends with (Captain).
Diantha: Haha, knowing how (Captain) feels about me makes me feel much better!
Lyria: Teehee, don't forget about the rest of us! We're all your friends, too!
They decide to stay on the island, and begin asking around about the island's past.
Continue 1
Townsperson 1: Ah, the silver dog? You must be talking about the really vicious dog that wreaked havoc across the island with its master.
Townsperson 2: Around here, the words silver and bronze together stand for the trouble-making duo.
Diantha: If the silver dog they speak of is Xolotl, it's amazing how the legend has been passed down.
Vyrn: You know, what if the silver dog they keep talking about is actually some other pup?
Diantha: But it has so much in common with Xolotl. I want to find out just a little bit more.
The sun begins to set as the crew walks around gathering info. Just as they decide to return to the inn...
Girl: Waaah! I'm scared!
Woman: Honey, there's nothing to be afraid of. It's only a saying.
Vyrn: Hm, what's up with the kid?
Woman: On this island, we tell the kids that the big bad silver dog eats all the naughty children.
Girl: Eeyaah! Too scary!
Woman: I didn't think she'd get so scared. What should I do.
Diantha: Well, there is one thing we can do.
Diantha: Did you know there's a song that can calm down the silver dog?
Girl: Huh?
Diantha: If you sing this song, you can become friends with the silver dog!
Diantha sits down next to the little girl.
Diantha: Thank you for everything!
You are my most cherished treasure.
One, two, I love you!
Diantha begins to sing quietly. As if by her powers as a maiden, the little girl's tears stop flowing.
Diantha: A long time ago, the silver dog calmed down after hearing this song.
Diantha: So even if the silver dog comes, all you have to do is sing this song.
Girl: Wow, that's amazing! Thanks!
Woman: Thank you so much. I've never seen her so afraid before.
Girl: Hey, can you try singing that song in the forest? It's right over here!
The girl runs off with surprising speed.
Diantha: The forest? Hey, wait!
Woman: Oh no, why is she going to the forest again? I just told her to stop going there because of the monsters!
Vyrn: No time to waste! Let's go get the kid back, (Captain)!

Promised Letter: Scene 2

A little girl the crew meets on the island leads Diantha and crew deep inside a forest, where they find a giant stone statue of a silver dog. Diantha suspects that it might be related to Xolotl and decides to console it with song and dance.

Girl: It's this way!
Diantha: Wait for us! Don't go alone!
Vyrn: Geez, does she have any idea how dangerous this is?
The crew follows her deeper into the forest...
And they come out to a clearing where they find something most unexpected.
Vyrn: Whoa! What's this thing?
Diantha: A giant statue... So this is the dog, huh... Seems to be made of marble.
Girl: Ahaha. Isn't it amazing? This has to be a statue of the silver dog!
Diantha: Yeah, you're probably right.
Vyrn: Hm, I'd be scared too if I knew this was going to attack me.
Diantha: ...
Diantha is at a loss for words as she looks at the statue.
Diantha: This is a statue of Xolotl. The silver dog the villagers were talking about was Xolotl after all.
Lyria: Huh, how can you be so sure?
Diantha: I'm not. I just get that feeling.
Girl: Hey, the song! Can you sing it?
Diantha: Sure.
Diantha: This is a fairy tale.
A world where people have forgotten how to believe.
As Diantha sings with her eyes closed, her body gets into the groove and naturally begins to dance.
Diantha: (One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four... Step, step...)
Diantha: (This is strange... It feels so different from when I'm rehearsing for a performance...)
Diantha: (Haha, this is fun...)
Girl: Wow! You're awesome!
Vyrn: Totally! I could watch this all day.
Lyria: Wow! Your singing and dancing are incredible, Diantha!
But here in the forest, the gnarled ground is vastly different from the altar she is so used to dancing on.
Diantha: Aah!
Lyria: Yikes! Are you okay, Diantha?
Diantha: Ouch... Ahaha, I just tripped.
Diantha: This brings back memories... It was a total disaster when I tripped on the altar.
Vyrn: Hahah! I was scared stiff when that creepy statue on the altar started growling.
???: Groar...
Diantha: Hehe, like the growl just now? No, wait...!
???: Groar...
Diantha: Uh-oh, is Xolotl angry that I tripped?
Monster: Grooaar!
Vyrn: Ack, there was something hiding back there? Let's get it, (Captain)!

Promised Letter: Scene 3

The next morning, Diantha returns with (Captain) to the statue's forest. When her maiden powers bring about the shadow of a giant beast, she realizes its connection to Xolotl, and hopes to piece together the deity's forgotten story to pass on to others.

Diantha: Now that was a surprise...
Lyria: Whew, thank goodness it wasn't Xolotl.
Vyrn: If it was Xolotl, I don't think we'd be able to stop it again!
Diantha: Hey, don't say that. I'm counting on you here, you know.
Diantha: Well, now that the silver dog has heard my song, everything should be okay.
Girl: Yeah, that makes Xolotl my friend! I'll come back to play with it again!
Diantha: Haha, just be sure to come with an adult next time. It's getting dark. We should head back soon.
Girl: Yeah! Thanks for playing with me today!
(Captain) and company escort the girl back home and spend the night at the inn.
The next morning...
Diantha: Good morning, (Captain).
Diantha: I'm thinking of going back to that forest from yesterday. Can you come with me?
(Captain) and Diantha head for the white statue they found the day before.
Diantha: I wanted to leave behind a sketch of this statue.
Diantha sits down on a log and begins drawing in her notebook.
(Captain) sits beside Diantha, all the while peering into her notebook.
Diantha: I wonder who made this statue? With how majestic it looks, I can only imagine the people here worshipped it as a god.
Diantha: Just like on our island, Xolotl was never really forgotten—just remembered as an evil being as the years passed.
Diantha: ...
Diantha: You're so sensitive.
You can try to hide it, but we know the kindness in your eyes.
She finds herself humming along as if trying to console Xolotl.
Just then...
Diantha: Hm? (Captain), do you feel that?
(Captain) and Diantha look at each other in confusion.
???: Rrrr...
Diantha: !
The two feel a strong breath from behind them.
???: Sniff...
The one breathing on them turns out to be a giant beast.
Although the beast has no intention of fighting, the two are frozen in place, unable to move.
The beast howls in their presence before finally walking off with heavy footsteps.
Diantha: My goodness, what was that all about?
(Captain) shrugs in confusion.
Diantha: I was only able to see part of its fur, but it looked just like Xolotl! Maybe they're brothers?
Diantha looks up at the statue in front of her.
Diantha: I imagine Xolotl being as big as this statue.
It was no doubt the miraculous power of Diantha's song that brought forth the beast.
But whether the beast was a physical manifestation or a mere vision is another issue.
Diantha: I witnessed something incredible.
Diantha: My training in instruments, and my studies to become the head priestess are going well.
Diantha: There's so much more I want to see before returning to Xochitl. Let's hold a performance together when I get back.
Diantha: Take care, and say hello to everyone for me.


Diantha: Sigh, I hope everyone's doing okay.
Diantha puts the letter in an envelope, and seals it with her insignia.
The letter allows Diantha to keep in touch with Xochitl and provides her with emotional support.
Diantha's journey as an apprentice priestess is only just beginning.
Although the truth behind the legend of Xolotl and his warrior friend lies scattered across the skies, she may one day uncover the truth.