Scenario:Ejaeli - Spun Spoken Word
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Spun Spoken Word
Ejaeli, (Captain), and crew visit a magician specializing in the removal of curses. The specialist explains that this curse's power comes from the caster and that even if this curse is lifted, there is no guaranteeing Ejaeli's safety.
Quite some time has passed since the girl with the cursed mask, Ejaeli, joined the crew.
(Captain) and the crew hear of a magician specializing in the removal of curses and decide to pay them a visit.
Vyrn: Heh-heh! Maybe the magician can help Metal Mask get that thing off her face!
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (Awesome!)
Lyria: Hehe. Ejaeli, what's the first thing you want to do when you get the mask off?
Ejaeli: Mmph! (Let's see... I want to sing! And then I want to eat!)
Ejaeli: Mmrm... (Because of the curse, I won't die even though I can't eat...)
Lyria: That's so sad... I can't imagine what it's like not being able to eat.
Ejaeli: Mmmp... (I don't even remember the tastes of my favorite foods anymore...)
Ejaeli: Mmrm... (Actually... What are my favorite foods? I can't remember...)
Lyria: Hehe. When we get your mask off, let's make sure you eat a whole bunch.
Lyria: Oh! And then I would love to hear your singing.
Ejaeli: Mmmp! (Okay. Once this is off, I'll sing you something special!)
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (Something I've saved since before I was cursed!)
Ejaeli: Mmph! (You just wait!)
Vyrn: Hey! Look over there... Do you think that's where the magician lives?
Vyrn points to a lone house in the forest.
Vyrn: Let's check it out.
(Captain) nods and the crew heads towards the house.
Lyria: Excuse me. Would you happen to be the magician who helps with curses?
???: Give me a moment...
Magician: Hello there, skyfarers. What can I help you—
The magician opens the door and is taken aback when she sees Ejaeli's face.
Lyria: What's wrong?
Magician: Is that really Ejaeli?
Lyria: Gasp... Do you know her?
Magician: Y-yes... I once heard Ejaeli perform...
Magician: I've been a fan ever since...
Ejaeli: Mmmp... (Y-you're... making me blush...)
Vyrn: What? The last time Metal Mask sang was a real while ago.
Lyria: Hmm... And you don't look that old...
(Captain)'s crew examines the magician more closely.
Magician: Hehe. I look young, but I'm really not.
Magician: With the power of magic, I'm able to keep myself looking like this.
Vyrn: Hey, Metal Mask, I didn't know you were so famous.
Magician: Hehe. Back in my day, skyfarers from all sorts of skydoms would gather together just to hear Ejaeli perform.
Magician: Everyone says that hearing Ejaeli's songs brings happiness.
Vyrn: Dang... That's pretty cool.
Magician: If you could hear her sing, you'd understand just how amazing she really is.
Magician: She even stole my heart with just one song.
Ejaeli: Mmph... (I... did I really...)
Magician: That's why everyone was so sad when they heard that Ejaeli had passed away.
The magician looks at Ejaeli in disbelief.
Magician: Are... are you really Ejaeli?
(Captain) and crew inform the magician of the curse that was placed on Ejaeli.
Magician: I see. So you came looking for a way to break this curse...
Magician: Now that I have the full story, I would love to help.
Ejaeli: Mmmp. (Thank you.)
Lyria: Hehe! She's saying thank you.
Magician: Hehe. It's my pleasure. As long as I have the power to help, I will.
Magician: After all, I am who I am today thanks to you.
Ejaeli: Mmrm? (Hm? What do you mean?)
Magician: When I saw the light you brought to all of those around you, I realized I wanted to do the same thing...
Magician: I wanted to be someone who brought happiness to others, someone who could help them...
Magician: That's why I use my magic to free those poor people who've been cursed.
Lyria: Hehe! So you looked up to Ejaeli.
Magician: Yes, that I did...
Magician: Please come inside. Let me examine this curse more closely.
The crew nods and enters the magician's home.
The crew stares on as the magician inspects Ejaeli's curse.
They hold their breath, waiting in both fear and anticipation as she works.
Magician: Sorry to keep you waiting.
Lyria: So... what do you think? Can it be removed?
Magician: I'm sorry to say that the curse placed on Ejaeli is extremely powerful and will not be lifted easily.
Ejaeli: Mmmp... (Is that so...)
(Captain) and crew can't hide their disappointed faces from the magician.
Magician: But there may be a way to remove it.
Ejaeli: Mmph! (R-really!)
Magician: Yes... You must destroy the root of this mask's curse.
Lyria: But... We already defeated the monster that gave the curse power...
Magician: How can that be? I still feel the power of the curse lingering on her...
The magician considers Lyria's words and thinks calmly.
Magician: Then... could you tell me more about how this curse came to be?
Magician: The solution may lie in the method.
Lyria interprets as Ejaeli tells her story to the magician.
Magician: So that's what happened to you...
Magician: Then I believe the source of the curse is the old woman.
Lyria: But she doesn't hold a grudge anymore.
Vyrn: Yeah. She even apologized and everything.
Magician: What if she regrets what she's done?
Lyria: W-what do you mean?
Magician: A curse's power comes from the negative energy the caster feels toward the castee.
Magician: Once a curse is cast, it will never fade unless those feelings fade too.
Magician: And when I say negative energy, I'm not just talking about jealousy or hate.
Magician: Regret is also very negative energy.
Magician: So long as that emotion lingers, this curse will not end...
Ejaeli: Mmmp... (That can't be...)
Magician: By the same token, if the emotions fade, then the curse and its effects will too.
(Captain) and company consider the magician's words.
Vyrn: So basically, that old granny is responsible for this?
Magician: Correct. I don't have evidence, but that seems to be the case.
Ejaeli: Mmph... (Maybe we should go back and talk to her.)
Ejaeli: Mmrm... (It's not like there's anything else we can do.)
Ejaeli: Mmmp. (And I want to know more about how she felt too.)
Choose: Good idea.
Lyria: I think so too!
Ejaeli: Mmrm. (Thank you.)
Lyria: Off we go...
Magician: Please... wait.
The crew's newfound hope is stopped short.
The urgency in the magician's voice brings them back to uncertainty.
Magician: You must not break this curse.
Vyrn: What? How come? That's the whole reason we came...
Magician: But the curse allows Ejaeli to live. What if it's the only thing that's keeping her alive?
Magician: If the curse were to be lifted, she might...
Vyrn: Y-you mean...
Magician: I can't be sure. She might remain as healthy as she is or she may age in the blink of an eye, and then...
The crew's hope is extinguished, and now only fear consumes their hearts.
Spun Spoken Word: Scene 2
The crew visits the town where the caster resides, but cannot find her. As it so happens, to free Ejaeli from her curse, the castor agrees to merge her life with a monster. Ejaeli's mask falls to the ground and she regains her voice, but she wants to save the castor by fighting the monster.
In order to find out more about the curse inflicted upon Ejaeli, the crew visits the place where it all began.
Lyria: Ejaeli... are you sure you want to lift this curse?
Ejaeli: Mmmp. (Yes.)
Choose: But if you lift the curse...
Lyria: We... We don't know what will happen to you. The magician said...
Choose: We'll help you.
Lyria: But if you lift the curse, then...Continue 1
Ejaeli: Mmph... (I want to sing the way I used to...)
Ejaeli: Mmrm... (It's all I've dreamt of for so long...)
Ejaeli: Mmmp. (I need to wake up from this nightmare.)
Ejaeli: Mmph. (We won't know what will happen to me unless we try.)
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (I can only hope for the best.)
Ejaeli looks straight into the crew's fearful eyes.
(Captain) and crew are left speechless, but uncertainty lingers on their faces.
After arriving in the town, the crew heads straight for the old woman's house.
They knock, but no one answers the door.
Ejaeli: Mmrm... (Maybe they're not home.)
???: Oh, hello again...
The crew turn to face the voice and see the granddaughter of the old woman.
Lyria: Oh, why hello. Would your grandmother be around by any chance?
Granddaughter: About that—you have to find her! Please!
Vyrn: What the heck? Where's the fire?
Granddaughter: It's my grandma... She's gone.
Ejaeli: Mmmp! (What!)
The girl explains the circumstances of her grandmother's disappearance.
Granddaughter: She... She was so distraught after everything was settled.
Lyria: What do you mean?
Granddaughter: She became lost in thought. And she kept reading these diaries she had. She'd even forget to eat and wouldn't sleep sometimes.
Granddaughter: Then yesterday she just said she had something she must do...
Granddaughter: She said it was her only way to make up for what she did. Then she left and hasn't come back.
Granddaughter: She's all the family I have... Please find her...
Choose: Leave it to us.
Granddaughter: Oh... Thank you!
Lyria: Don't worry. We need to talk to your grandmother anyways.
Vyrn: But how exactly are we gonna find her? We don't have any leads...
Choose: There must be something she left behind...
Granddaughter: Something she left behind... No, I don't think...Continue 2
Ejaeli: Mmph! (Lyria, would you please interpret for me?)
Lyria: Hm? Yes, of course.
Ejaeli: Mmrm. (If she left after reading her diaries, then there must be a clue in one of them.)
Ejaeli: Mmmp? (Otherwise, why would she have been reading them so obsessively?)
Ejaeli: Mmrm? (Would you let us read her diaries?)
Granddaughter: Right. That makes sense. I'll take you to her room!
Ejaeli: Mmph! (Thank you!)
Vyrn: This diary is just full of apologies. It's kinda hard to read, ya know...
Lyria: These diaries are the same.
The crew splits the task of reading the numerous diaries amongst themselves.
What they find among the pages is heart-wrenching pain and guilt.
Lyria: This page seems like it's talking about the time we met.
I saw Ejaeli and felt the weight of my sins pierce my very soul.
I knew then the evil that I had done.
To repay my debt, I must give Ejaeli her voice back.
Ejaeli: Mmmp... (This is what was running through her mind...)
Vyrn: Hey! Look at this!
Vyrn shows the crew a page from one of the diaries.
Ejaeli: Mmrm? (What? She found a way to lift the curse?)
Ejaeli's surprise grips her as she continues to read the contents of the diary.
Ejaeli: Mmrm. (Long ago when she learned how to perform the curse, she also learned how to undo it.)
Ejaeli: Mmph. (She didn't think it would be necessary to lift the curse, so...)
Ejaeli: Mmmp. (She left the method of reversal in one of her diaries.)
Ejaeli: Mmrm. (After all these years, her regret... her remorse... Finally it will all end.)
Vyrn: Hey! Which diary has what we want?
(Captain) and the others frantically begin checking all the diaries.
Ejaeli: Mmmp? (Could this be it?)
Ejaeli finds something in one of the diaries and begins to read.
Suddenly Ejaeli's calm expression shifts into panic and she dashes out of the house.
Vyrn: Hey! Wait up! What happened?
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (She plans to end the curse by ending her own life!)
Ejaeli: Mmph... (That's what it said in the letter I found in her diary...)
Ejaeli: Mmmp! (To stop the effects of this curse, the caster must die!)
(Captain) and Lyria shoot each other a worried glance before following Ejaeli.
Elderly Woman: Hehe. Well then. It's time to finally end this once and for all.
Ejaeli: Mph... Mph... Mmmm! (Huff... Huff... There you are!)
Elderly Woman: Ejaeli! What are you doing here? What are all of you doing here?
When they arrive at the location detailed in the diary, they find the elderly woman—and a gigantic monster looming behind her.
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (We were looking for you!)
Ejaeli: Mmph! (Please stop! You can't do this!)
Elderly Woman: Sorry, dear. I can't understand a thing you're saying.
Ejaeli: Mmrm! (Lyria, help me!)
Vyrn: Uh... I think we have bigger problems. Like that monster...
Elderly Woman: This monster won't hurt anyone so long as it is not attacked.
Vyrn: And how do you know that!
Elderly Woman: Because I summoned this monster.
Elderly Woman: I summoned it in the same manner as when I cast my curse on Ejaeli.
The crew is shocked by the elderly woman's words.
Elderly Woman: Hehe. Didn't I tell you?
Elderly Woman: I borrow power from the monsters I summon. I used this beast's power to curse you.
Elderly Woman: I can summon as many of these as I like.
Elderly Woman: So long as I'm prepared to pay the price, that is.
Vyrn: What are you talking about! I thought you wanted to help Metal Mask!
Elderly Woman: I do.
Lyria: But... You just said you borrow power to curse people...
Elderly Woman: This time I'm going to borrow my monster's power to break a curse...
Ejaeli: Mmph! (But if you do that, then you'll...)
Elderly Woman: This is my apology to you, Ejaeli. I have walked down the wrong path for far too long.
Elderly Woman: Had I not cursed you, you would have been the most famed songstress in all the skies.
Elderly Woman: I stole all the happiness that awaited you.
Elderly Woman: So let me pay for what I did.
Elderly Woman: My jealousy is the reason your voice is gone. But I'll get it back for you... No matter the cost...
Elderly Woman: So please... Bear it just a little longer...
The elderly woman approaches the monster.
Elderly Woman: Now... Lend us your power to remove the curse on Ejaeli!
Elderly Woman: Of course I'm prepared to pay. Take my life in exchange!
The monster prepares to strike the elderly woman, but Ejaeli rushes to stop her.
Ejaeli: Mmph! (Stop!)
Elderly Woman: I've lived... such a long life...
Elderly Woman: So let this be my finale. I want to let go of my regret. I want to be free of this guilt.
Elderly Woman: Let me be free from it all...
Those are her last words as she becomes one with the monster.
Ejaeli's mask falls to the ground below.
Ejaeli: My mask...
Lyria: Ejaeli, your voice...
Ejaeli: My... voice... It's back...
Ejaeli: But not like this...
Ejaeli: This isn't how it was supposed to be!
Ejaeli bears her weapon against the monster before her.
Ejaeli: (Captain), please lend me your strength!
Ejaeli: I want to help her! I want to talk to her! I have to...
Ejaeli: Thank you!
Ejaeli: I... I will save her!
Ejaeli: There is so much I have to tell her!
Spun Spoken Word: Scene 3
Having been freed from the monster, the castor awakens and asks why Ejaeli saved her. Ejaeli explains that the caster is still a dear friend to her and bears her no ill will. After being trapped behind the mask for so long, Ejaeli is finally able to have a meal again and is left in tears of joy.
After the crew defeats the monster, the elderly woman emerges from its corpse.
However, she lies on the ground unconscious.
Ejaeli: Please! Wake up!
Ejaeli: I have so much to share with you! You can't leave me yet!
Ejaeli's voice breaks as she tries to reach the elderly woman.
Elderly Woman: Ah... Where am...
Ejaeli: Thank goodness!
Ejaeli takes the elderly woman in her arms.
Elderly Woman: Ejaeli?
Elderly Woman: How am I alive? I gave my life to that monster...
Ejaeli: We saved you.
Elderly Woman: What! Why would you do such a thing!
Elderly Woman: Why won't you just let me die in peace!
Vyrn: Hey! Come on now...
Elderly Woman: I can't live like this. The weight on my shoulders is too much to bear and you hate me. I can't go on!
Elderly Woman: That is why I gave my life!
The elderly woman's misery comes bursting out of her like an erupting volcano.
Ejaeli slaps the elderly woman in a fit of rage.
Elderly Woman: E-Ejaeli...
Ejaeli: How dare you!
Ejaeli: Did you think about how I would feel if you died for my voice?
Ejaeli: You never considered that, did you!
Ejaeli: If it had cost your life to free me...
Ejaeli: How do you think I could have lived with myself!
Elderly Woman: Then what should I have done!
Elderly Woman: This pain... This misery... You're asking me to live like this?
Ejaeli: I am!
Elderly Woman: W-why would you say such spiteful things!
Ejaeli: I have lived in so much pain for so many years. We're even now.
Elderly Woman: ...
Ejaeli: I didn't want you to die!
Ejaeli: We've overcome so many hardships together. How could you think I'd want to take your life to get my voice back?
Elderly Woman: Ejaeli...
Ejaeli: You've been wrong for so many years.
Ejaeli: I don't hate you. I've already forgiven what you did.
Elderly Woman: You what... You lie... How could you forgive me!
Ejaeli: I'm not lying.
Elderly Woman: But what I did... Who could forgive that...
Ejaeli: My journey has taught me many things. One of those lessons was that hatred doesn't heal old wounds.
Ejaeli: Nothing changes the past.
Ejaeli: So I've learned to accept it and move forward with my life.
Ejaeli: I've learned to let go of my anger.
Ejaeli: That's why I forgive you.
Elderly Woman: Ejaeli... you're such a good per—
The elderly woman begins to cry before she can finish her sentence and falls to the floor.
Ejaeli: If you really are sorry for what you've done, then live.
Ejaeli: See that no one ever meets the same fate as us...
Ejaeli: Let everyone know your struggles, so that no one repeats your mistakes.
Ejaeli: Let them know what it costs to curse another.
Ejaeli: That is my only wish.
Elderly Woman: If that is... what you want...
Elderly Woman: Then... I will live with this regret.
Elderly Woman: I will teach the young the lessons I have learned and do my best to make sure this history doesn't repeat itself.
Elderly Woman: That is what you want?
Ejaeli: Yes. Thank you.
Elderly Woman: It is I who should be thanking you.
Elderly Woman: This conversation has helped me in more ways than you'll ever know.
Elderly Woman: Thank you, Ejaeli.
The elderly woman bows with great respect.
Vyrn: Whoo... That's that.
Lyria: Let's take her back to town!
Vyrn: Yeah. I bet a lot of people back home are worried.
With that, (Captain) and the crew take the elderly woman back to her home.
On the road back to the Grandcypher, the crew chats merrily.
Lyria: Hehe. I'm so glad the curse is finally gone.
Ejaeli: Me too!
Vyrn: Hey, Metal Mask, are you really all right? Your body doesn't feel all out of whack or anything, right?
Ejaeli: I'm fine so fa—
Then Ejaeli falls to the ground without warning.
(Captain) helps Ejaeli to her feet.
Ejaeli: T-thank you...
Vyrn: Whoa! You okay?
Ejaeli: My body... It feels so heavy. My strength has completely left me.
Vyrn: Was that a tummy grumble?
Lyria: I think... Ejaeli is hungry.
Ejaeli: Oh! You might be right.
Ejaeli: It's been ages since I've eaten anything at all. I've forgotten what an empty stomach feels like,
Vyrn: Gotcha. Time to get some grub.
Choose: Let's grab a bite before we go back!
Vyrn: Sounds like a plan. We wouldn't want Metal Mask here to fall over again.
Ejaeli: I'm sorry for the bother...
Lyria: Ahaha, don't worry about it. Besides, if you're hungry, you won't be at your best.
Ejaeli: My face must be so red...
Vyrn: Ahaha! So, Metal Mask, whatcha wanna eat?
Ejaeli: Umm... I think I want some fish.
Lyria: Ahaha... Let's go looking for a shop that sells seafood.
Ejaeli: Thank you, everyone.
Ejaeli thanks the crew before starting her first meal in decades.
Lyria: Ah! Ejaeli! Why are you crying?
Ejaeli: Sob... This... is so good that...
Ejaeli: It's bringing me to tears...
Lyria: Hehe. If you eat it slowly it tastes even better.
Ejaeli eats with blissful tears.
As (Captain) and the others watch her long-overdue feast, their affection for the warmhearted singer only grows deeper.