Scenario:Eso - Tragedy in Triumph

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Tragedy in Triumph

Eso, (Captain), and the crew make a long overdue return to his verdant homeland, but they are shocked to find an ashen wasteland on arrival.

Vyrn: Hey, Eso! We're right on schedule, so it'll be just a little longer until we arrive!
Eso: Right. The island is close. We can see it soon.
During their travels, the crew encountered the tribal warrior Eso deep inside a monster-infested cavern.
Eso not in crew

Eso: Monsters don't scare me. What does is... Um...
Lyria: You wouldn't happen to be afraid of the dark... would you?
Eso: I'm not afraid of the dark! I just... don't like it much.
Raised in a remote village, Eso is incredibly brave in the face of monsters and beasts, but terrified in the face of high places and darkness.
All his friends laughed at him for that, but now he intends to show them what he's really made of. With that goal, he's come to this cave in search of a stone described in village legends.
Eso: The legends say that a god sleeps within a special stone. I'm going to find that stone, and then I'm going to show it to those guys from the village.
Eso: That should prove I'm not some coward.
The crew suspects that this stone might in fact be a primal crystal, so they invite Eso to travel along with them.
During their travels together, Eso finds his true strength and gains confidence in himself as a proud, brave warrior.
Eso is a crew member

Burly in physique and direct in personality, yet skittish in dark or high places, Eso was the laughing stock of his tribe.
But during their travels together, Eso finds his true strength and gains confidence in himself as a proud, brave warrior.
Some time has passed since then...
Vyrn: It's been a pretty long time since you've been home, huh?
Eso: Yeah. It's been ages. I haven't returned since I started traveling with (Captain).
The Grandcypher is currently on course for Eso's home island.
Eso's hometown village is on a fairly remote island within the Phantagrande Skydom.
Vyrn: Heh heh! Wait till everyone gets a good look at the new you! I bet they'll be blown away by your coolness!
Eso: You think so? That would be nice.
Eso, who had been looking out in the direction of their destination, suddenly leans over the railing.
Vyrn: What's up? See something?
Eso: There's something wrong down on the island.
Vyrn: Hmm? Island? As in your island?
(Captain) and Vyrn join Eso in squinting at an island floating before a sea of clouds.
Vyrn: Hmm... I can't see it too well from here...
Oh! Huh. Was it always that gray?
Eso: Of course not. My home should be full of green forests!
Vyrn: What... what happened here?
Eso: It can't be...
Disembarking on the island, the crew finds nothing but a bare, desolate wasteland as far as the eye can see.
Vyrn: Hey... Are you sure this is your home island?
Eso: I'm certain. I remember those mountains and hills.
Lyria: So then... How did this happen?
Katalina: This is awful. There's not even a single tree left, nor any signs of life.
Eso: ...!
Startling out of his dumbfounded haze, Eso suddely takes off at full speed.
Vyrn: Whoa! Hey, Eso, wait!
Katalina: After him! Come on, (Captain)!
Vyrn: Pant... Pant... We finally caught up...
Eso: ...
When (Captain) and company come up behind Eso, he is standing still, surrounded by rubble.
Katalina: Hmm? What is this place? It seems different here somehow.
Eso: This... is where my village was.
Lyria: What? Here?
Eso: Sniff... Father! Mother! Everyone!
Anguished, Eso runs through the debris, screaming the names of his family members and friends.
Lyria: Oh no... Eso... Is there anything we can do to help?
Katalina: There is. Let's start by looking for clues.
Vyrn: So what the heck happened to this island? Was there a big storm or something?
Katalina: No. The damage is too severe. A simple storm could never have caused such devastation.
Katalina: If I had to compare it to something... Well, it almost feels like this island was swallowed up by the Grim Basin.
Lyria: Wha? We're in the Grim Basin?
Katalina: No, I was just making a comparison. This is a strange turn of events, nonetheless.
Lyria: Eeek! (Captain)!
(Captain) suddenly trips on something while walking through the debris.
Lyria: A-are you okay, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Whoa there! Watch your step, (Captain).
Katalina: Careful now. It looks like there's a hole in the ground here.
Vyrn: A hole? Here? I guess there's a lot of rubble so it's easy to miss...
Katalina: Hmm? Wait... This hole seems to lead to some kind of basement! Get Eso over here!
Eso: This was the chief's house. I remember he had a basement.
Eso: There might be a clue down there!
Vyrn: All right! Let's go take a look!
The basement is fairly spacious, and although there is some damage, it's in much better shape than anything above ground.
Eso: There's nobody here...
Katalina: Not a soul. But at least a few people could have escaped here to avoid what was happening aboveground.
Eso: It's empty now though. Where did they go?
Katalina: Hmmm. It's hard to say. Some time has certainly passed since this tragedy happened... Maybe they evacuated to a safer place?
Vyrn: Time to search for some clues then!
Lyria: Oh no... There's nothing here.
Vyrn: Yeah, same here. Hey, Eso! Have you found anything?
Eso: No, but... There's something strange about this wall.
Katalina: How so? Oh, I see. It's a slightly different color from the rest.
Eso: Sorry, Chief. I'm breaking this.
Vyrn: Wait, what? Eso!
Eso: Nrrgh!
Eso swings his burly arms and destroys the wall.
Lyria: Oh my gosh, the wall!
Katalina: Look! There's another room beyond the wall! Is that... a box?
Beyond the wall waits an intricately decorated box, seemingly hidden on purpose.
Eso: I've seen this box in the chief's house before. Why is it hidden here?
Katalina: Hard to say. You should try opening it, Eso.
Eso: Okay.
Eso slowly opens the unlocked box.
Lyria: Oh, what is that?
Inside the box, they find a large white cloth and a letter in an envelope.
Eso: The chief wrote this letter. I'll read it out loud.
Eso: "I write this in the hopes that one of our own may find it and know what happened to our island."
Eso clutches the letter in his large hands as he reads aloud.
As you can tell from the state of the island, a large-scale disaster descended upon us.
Perhaps we unknowingly invoked the wrath of the gods, or perhaps it was mere chance... Either way, we had no means to oppose such massive power.
Everything was destroyed. The gods have forsaken this land. Therefore, we will leave.
Katalina: So the survivors have already fled. I figured as much.
Eso: There's a list of people who left... Ah! My parents' names are here!
Lyria: Yay! That's wonderful, Eso!
Eso: Thanks, Lyria. It's a relief to know they're safe.
Vyrn: That's great news! Guess we don't have to worry for now.
Katalina: Yeah. The only piece of the puzzle still missing is what caused this disaster.
Eso: There's more to the letter.
"Whoever finds this letter, if you are a member of this village, then please accept the enclosed robe."
Eso: "It has been blessed with our prayers. May you find fortune wherever your travels take you."
Eso: This robe...
Eso slowly unfurls the fabric from inside the box and wraps it around himself.
Lyria: Wow! The embroidery is just lovely!
The robe is a bright white and covered in intricate needlework.
Eso: This is a traditional design from my tribe.
  1. It's pretty.
  2. What does the design signify?

Choose: It's pretty.

Eso: It is. Our Sewsisters spent many years on this embroidery.
Vyrn: W-wow, it makes me light-headed just thinking about it! What's a Sewsister, though?
Eso: They're women of my tribe who put their hearts and souls into crafting treasures like this.
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Choose: What does the design signify?

Eso: This is the island, this is the great tree... and these are flowers.
Eso points at various parts of the robe with the utmost reverence.
Eso: So much of what defined him and his people is sewn into this single piece of clothing.
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Eso: So much of what defined him and his people is sewn into this single piece of clothing.

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Lyria: Hehe. I can tell it's an important treasure from your tribe.
Eso: Yes. In this robe I feel their pride... and their love. I am honored to accept it.
Eso: ...
Katalina: Well, there aren't any clues as to where the villagers went after leaving the island.
Lyria: If only there was another clue of some kind...
Eso: Everyone. I have something to say.
Vyrn: What's up? You sure seem lively all of a sudden.
Eso: I want to search for where my tribe went.
Eso: And also find out what happened to this island.
Eso: So I have to leave you guys now.
Lyria: Huh? What are you saying, Eso?
Vyrn: Good grief. (Captain), will you set this guy straight?
  1. Will you be okay on your own?
  2. We're coming with you.

Choose: Will you be okay on your own?

Eso: I had fun travelling with you and the crew. Reassuring too. So I don't want to say goodbye.
Eso: But I'm a warrior. I can do this alone!
Vyrn: Geez, you're too worked up about this! We're not gonna let you go off by yourself! Right, (Captain)?
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Choose: We're coming with you.

Eso: This is my problem. I don't want to involve everyone else.
Vyrn: Don't be like that. What are friends for? Right, (Captain)?

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Katalina: Exactly. Besides, with a large-scale disaster like this... it's possible we're already involved.
Lyria: You mean a primal beast did this?
Katalina: It's too early to say for sure, but the possibility exists.
Vyrn: That's right! And even if one's not involved, we can't turn our backs on a friend!
At Vyrn's words, (Captain) turns and nods at Eso.
Eso: (Captain)... Everyone... Thank you.
Eso: I'll stay with you.
Vyrn: Now that's more like it! You're one of us, Eso!
Eso: Yeah. I'm going to fight with courage. For the sake of my home and friends.
And so, (Captain), Eso, and the rest of the crew set off once more into the sky.
They don't yet know just how this mysterious disaster will intersect with their own goals.