Scenario:Eahta - Readiness is Half the Battle
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Readiness is Half the Battle
Eahta announces he will be out for a while and leaves for the outskirts of town. The party grows curious and decides to trail him.
(Captain) and company have been completing requests from the Knickknack Shack in rapid succession as of late.
With all of their pending missions completed, the crew decides to take the following day off.
(Captain) and company get a good night's rest at an inn and enjoy a late breakfast.
Lyria: Did you sleep well last night, (Captain)? Oh, that's good to hear!
Vyrn: Whew, it's been a while since we got to take our time and enjoy a meal like that. Looks like the others are doing their own thing too!
Lyria: Huh? Now that you mention it... We haven't seen Eahta all day, have we?
Vyrn: Hey, you're right. Maybe he's still asleep?
Vyrn: Eahta's been a big help in more ways than one, but he's also old. I hope he gets some rest today.
Vyrn: Ack! That was cheap! Quit hiding your presence around us!
Lyria: Good morning, Eahta! Did you just return from a trip outside?
Eahta: Indeed. Outside of town.
Eahta: I'll be away from town a short while, so I came here to let you know.
Eahta: I will return by the end of the day. Farewell.
Vyrn: Hey, guys... What do you think he does on his days off?
Lyria: Huh? Hmm... It's hard to imagine...
Lyria: Oh, wait! Maybe he's buying something for the daughter he gave that mirror to?
Vyrn: I'm really curious now... Let's go see what he's up to!
Lyria: Wouldn't that be an invasion of his privacy? I'm not sure we should...
Vyrn: But we barely know anything about the guy, don'tcha think?
Vyrn: As his crewmates... shouldn't we take the chance to learn more about him?
Lyria: Hmm... Hmmm... I guess so?
Vyrn: Got that right! Let's get goin' before we lose sight of him!
Lyria: Vyrn, wait for me!
Vyrn: There he is! Not that you could miss him. He's huge!
Lyria: Hmm... Should we really be doing this? Oh no, he's leaving town!
Vyrn: Huh? Where'd he go?
Eahta: Explain yourselves.
Vyrn: Whoa! Katana Grandpa?
Eahta: You were following me in town. Why?
Lyria: Oh my gosh... You noticed us in that huge crowd?
Eahta: I didn't realize you intended to conceal yourselves.
Eahta: Hm... Perhaps I should have pretended not to notice.
Eahta: Much like with Fif, I find it difficult to understand the diversions of children.
Vyrn: Hey! Don't treat us like little kids!
Eahta: Am I wrong?
Vyrn: Yeah! We were just wondering what you do on your days off. That's all.
Vyrn: We've been journeying together for a while, but we barely know anything about you.
Eahta: I see. If that is the case, follow me.
Vyrn: Ah! Wait for us! Looks like there are monsters around. Keep your eyes peeled, (Captain)!
Readiness is Half the Battle: Scene 2
When Eahta remarks that he has but a single hobby, the party follows him to find out what it could possibly be.
Vyrn: Hey, Eahta.
Eahta: What is it?
Vyrn: Where are you going? You've been fighting monsters here for ages now.
Eahta: Nowhere in particular. My purpose is to train.
Lyria: But today's a day off! Don't you get tired from fighting all the time?
Eahta: I live as if on the battlefield. Without constant care even the sharpest blade will find itself dull and rusty with wear.
Vyrn: You don't have any other hobbies?
Eahta: Just one.
Vyrn: Oh, for real? What is it?
Eahta: Follow me.
Lyria: W-wait! (Captain), we have to keep up!
Readiness is Half the Battle: Scene 3
(Captain) and company watch Eahta meditate and ponder the merits of doing so. The meditation session comes to an end when imperial soldiers suddenly show up.
Eahta leads (Captain) and company through the forest into an open area.
Without uttering a word, Eahta sits cross-legged on the ground and begins to meditate.
Vyrn: Wait a sec... Don't tell me this is your hobby!
Lyria: Eahta? He's not answering, Vyrn. Think he's asleep?
Vyrn: No. I think he's meditating...
Lyria: Oh, I get it... I'll try it too! Maybe it'll help me understand him better.
Lyria imitates Eahta, sitting cross-legged on the ground.
Lyria: Mm... Hmm? The sun is nice and warm, but...
Lyria: Is this fun to him?
Although slightly perplexed at first, (Captain) and company sit in a circle around Eahta and enjoy a lively conversation.
Some time passes. Hurried footsteps can be heard from within the forest.
Imperial Soldier 1: There they are!
Vyrn: Imperial soldiers? On our day off?
Imperial Soldier 2: So the rumor I heard during my patrol was true...
Imperial Soldier 1: Traitor! You're coming with us!
Before they can react, the imperial soldiers surround (Captain) and company.
Lyria: W-what should we do, (Captain)?
Imperial Soldier 2: Arrest the blue-haired girl! We can deal with the rest later!
Imperial Soldier 1: Get them!
(Captain) tries to protect Lyria from the soldiers, but is gradually worn down by their sheer numbers.
Lyria: Ahh! Behind you, (Captain)!
Imperial Soldier 2: You're finished!
The soldier catches (Captain) off guard and begins winding up a strike from behind... but Eahta interrupts.
Imperial Soldier 1: Agh!
Imperial Soldier 2: Are you okay? Argh... It's all this geezer's fault!
Eahta: I will hear no more.
Vyrn: Now's our chance! Let's work with Eahta to take 'em down, (Captain)!
Readiness is Half the Battle: Scene 4
Back on the Grandcypher, Eahta begins meditating once more. When the crew engages in a delightful conversation about his mannerisms, he simply comments on the fine weather.
(Captain)'s party drives the imperial soldiers away and flees the scene.
After reuniting with the other crew members in town, they quickly return to the Grandcypher.
Lyria: Whew... We should be safe all the way down here... right?
Eahta: I don't sense them coming after us. If we continue on our present course, I foresee no problems.
Vyrn: Whew, that was close... Thanks for helping us, gramps!
Eahta: Make nothing of it. I trust you are all unharmed?
Lyria: Yes, we're all okay!
Eahta: I dislike leaving unfinished business. I shall pick up where I left off before.
With that, Eahta sits cross-legged on the deck and begins to meditate.
Vyrn: Back to meditating again?
Vyrn: Sigh... I have no idea what makes this geezer tick!
Lyria: Whatever the case... I'm sure he thinks of us as his friends.
Vyrn: You think so?
Lyria: Yes! We were talking during his meditation earlier, but he didn't get mad.
Lyria: I bet Eahta can meditate through anything, no matter how noisy.
Lyria: See? I'm talking right in front of him, but he's not moving a muscle...
Vyrn: Hey, you're right.
Lyria: So when he fought the imperial soldiers earlier, he didn't get mad because they were loud...
Lyria: He got mad because we were in danger.
Lyria: You agree with me, right, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Hmm... He does seem like a pretty easygoing guy. Didn't get mad at us when we tailed him either.
Lyria: Hehe... Thanks for everything, Eahta!
Vyrn: Well, he is pretty old...
Lyria: I don't think that's the case!
Lyria: He talks with us all the time! His ears seem fine!
Vyrn: Anyway. I bet he's pretty cold meditating in a windy place like this.
Lyria: Let's go pour him some hot tea, (Captain)!
Eahta: Beautiful weather... Lovely.
Eahta can be difficult to read at times.
Although often misunderstood, he appears to possess his own distinct sense of kindness.