Scenario:Eso - Inconceivable Calamity

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Inconceivable Calamity

The crew travels to the island nearest to Eso's homeland and inquires about the whereabouts of Eso's people.

Eso: I see something. An island.
Vyrn: Ooh! So that's the closest island to your old hometown, yeah?
(Captain) and the crew have left Eso's home island, which has been reduced to a barren wasteland following some kind of disaster.
Searching for any traces of the survivors who had left the island, the crew decides to start by visiting a neighboring island.
Eso: My tribe does not usually bother with other islands. But they may have come here in order to escape.
Lyria: Maybe! Here's hoping we find some kind of clue!
Elderly Villager: Well now, it's not often outsiders come to visit us!
The crew finds a small village on the island. As the village doesn't receive many visitors, they give them a warm welcome.
Lyria: Um... Did any other people happen to come to this island before us?
Elderly Villager: Let me think... Well, sometimes merchants and the like come here, but...
Elderly Villager: Oh, that's right! About three months back, we had quite a few visitors.
Elderly Villager: Now that I think about, their clothing was very similar to what you happen to be wearing, young man!
The elderly woman gestures at Eso with a smile.
Eso: Similar to me? That must be my tribe! Where are they now?
Elderly Villager: They already left, I'm afraid. I don't know where they were headed.
Eso: I see...
Elderly Villager: Oh, but that reminds me. While they were here, they went to see the damage from the storm.
Vyrn: Hmm? Storm damage?
Elderly Villager: About that...
The woman explains that just before Eso's tribe arrived on their island, they were visited by a large storm.
Elderly Villager: No one here in the village was hurt, but the other side of the island is a total mess now. The storm even changed the land itself.
Vyrn: Say what? It changed the land?
Elderly Villager: Yes, indeed. That storm tore it right up and made cliffs.
Lyria: Whoa! Cliffs? Where are they?
Elderly Villager: They're on the opposite edge of the island, over that way.
Eso: Over that way? Wait a second, that's—
The direction she's pointing at is the same direction as Eso's home island.
Katalina: Yeah. The "storm" that hit this island may have been a remnant of whatever hit Eso's island.
Vyrn: Seems like an understatement, considering it tore chunks out of this island, though...
Katalina: I wonder if it was really only a storm?
Elderly Villager: Who can say? My husband said it was as if the Grim Basin itself was spreading!
Katalina: What? The Grim Basin?
Elderly Villager: That's right. He used to be a skyfarer, you see.
Katalina: ...
Eso: I want to see those cliffs. Let's go where my people went.
Vyrn: Yeah! Let's go have ourselves a look!
The further they go from the village, the more apparent the storm's damage becomes.
Eso: Not as bad as my island. But still very bad.
Lyria: Yeah... All the plants and trees have been destroyed...
Eso: Wait. I sense a monster! (Captain), get ready!

Inconceivable Calamity: Scene 2

The crew reach the area most affected by the recent storm, which had enough destructive force to change the entire landscape. There, Eso finds signs from his people.

Vyrn: Whew, we've been walking for a while now. Are we close?
Eso: Over there. The island just splits off. These must be the cliffs.
Katalina: Okay, that woman wasn't kidding when she said, "cliffs."
Vyrn: Holy smokes... The shape of the island really did change.
Lyria: Uhm, Eso's tribe came to see this too, right?
Katalina: Yeah. I wonder what went through their minds when they saw this...
Eso: Hm? Is that—
Eso gasps as if noticing something, then suddenly takes off in a run toward the cliffs' edge.
Vyrn: Whoa, wait! Don't get too close to the edge! That's dangerous!
Eso: I knew it!
Eso sinks to his knees at the very edge and stares intensely at the ground.
Katalina: What's the matter? Did you find something?
Eso: This is a sign from my tribe!
Lyria: Huh? A sign?
Katalina: You say a sign, but it just looks like a branch impaled in the ground, next to a rock.
Eso: When we go hunting, my tribe uses signs like this. It's to tell others where prey or traps might be.
Vyrn: That's interestin'. What's this sign say then?
Eso: It's pointing somewhere. This way!
Under Eso's guidance, they follow several more signs and arrive at a small cave.
Eso: The signs point inside.
Vyrn: Uhm, Eso... Are you gonna be okay in there? It's pretty dark.
Eso hasn't quite overcome his fear of the dark yet, but he nods in response to Vyrn's question.
Eso: I won't let my dislike stop me. Besides... I'm not alone. So I'll be fine
Katalina: That's the spirit. Let's go then. There might be monsters in there, so stay on your guard, everyone!
Monster: Groar!
Eso: Out of the way! I... I'm with my friends! We won't lose!

Inconceivable Calamity: Scene 3

Heroically clearing the cave of monsters, Eso follows signs left by his people to find a leaf-wrapped letter from his chief hidden under a boulder.

Vyrn: Whew... That takes care of that. I gotta say, Eso, you've gotten really strong!
Eso: Really? You think I've gotten stronger?
Katalina: Definitely. Even in the dark, you fought valiantly.
Eso: I see... Now I really want find my tribe and show them how far I've come.
Lyria: Yes! I hope we can find them soon! We'll do everything we can to help.
Eso: Oh. The signs point here. This must be the final spot.
Vyrn: Huh? Ain't this just a big boulder?
Eso: I'll move it. Everyone, step back.
Eso: Nngh... Hrngh!
Vyrn: Th-that was awesome, Eso! Oh—
There was something under it!
Eso: This is... a letter.
Hidden beneath the boulder is a letter wrapped in a bright green leaf.
Katalina: That's clever. This way, only a strong warrior would be able to obtain it.
Vyrn: But that's a really convoluted way of giving him another letter. They could have just included it with the first one.
Eso: There must be a reason.
Eso: My tribe does not run and hide. This is not normal.
As Eso's face becomes clouded with anxiety, (Captain) gently pats him on the back.
Vyrn: Heh heh! Chin up, Eso! We're with you, big guy!
Eso: Right. Thank you.
I'll read the letter now.
Eso takes the leaf-wrapped letter from its hiding place beneath the boulder and slowly opens it.
Eso: The chief wrote this one too.
If you've made it this far, then first, allow me to apologize for all the trouble.
There was nowhere to hide this back on our island. Not a single tree.
Katalina: Hmm... So they felt the need to hide it, then.
A tense atmosphere descends on them as Eso continues to read the letter.
Eso: "I will document here what I know of the disaster that befell the village."
It did not occur naturally. Nor was it the wrath of the gods.
No. This disaster was inflicted by mortal hands.
Vyrn: Say what? People did that?
Eso: There's more.
We do not know who is responsible, but whoever they are... Their power is equivalent to those of a god's.
Eso: As powerful as a god?
Vyrn: Come on! There's no way anybody could have that kind of power!
Katalina: Indeed. Are they trying to say a normal person manipulated the Grim Basin?
Eso: Our tribe does not lie. Nor does it speculate.
Eso: They were extremely careful to get this message to me. It must be the truth.
Katalina: Understood. Is that all the letter says?
Eso: No... There's a little more.
If you're reading this letter, you likely have the white robe in your possession.
Surely you understand the meaning it holds... Wear it with pride.
You are now the hero who will carry our tribe into a new generation. I hope one day you will bring us to a new start...
With that, the letter reaches its end.
Eso: The meaning of this robe...
Lyria: Uhm... What is its meaning, exactly?
Eso: This robe is sacred. We pass it down through every generation to use in our rituals.
Eso: Many living things are embroidered here. They represent rebirth.
Eso: My tribe accepts that the almighty power of nature can bring destruction. We do not fight it.
Eso: Because we believe in the rebirth that destruction brings. That, too, is represented in this robe.
Vyrn: Wow... Guess you're responsible for a rebirth yourself now.
Eso: I want to do right by everyone.
Katalina: You will! Still though... This disaster wasn't natural, right?
Eso: Yes. I don't know who did this. But they won't get away with it.
Eso: I will find them. And I will give our tribe its rebirth. Whatever it takes.
Eso's eyes shine with a newfound resolve even in his hated darkness.
Once more, he sets off with (Captain) and the crew on their journey, now in pursuit of the mystery behind this unknown power.