Scenario:Eso - Tragedy in Triumph

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Tragedy in Triumph

Eso and the crew make a long overdue return to his verdant homeland, but are shocked to find a charred wasteland on arrival. Exploring the remains of the village, they find a hidden basement beneath the chief's house, and a handwritten letter explaining that the villagers fled whatever disaster befell the island. Eso takes the robe his tribe left for him and begins to search for their whereabouts.

Vyrn: Hey, Eso! We're right on schedule, so it'll be just a little longer until we arrive!
Eso: Right. The island should be coming into view any moment now.
During their travels, the crew encountered the tribal warrior Eso deep inside a monster-infested cavern.
Eso not in crew

Eso: I don't fear monsters. But, ah...
Lyria: Um, could it be that you're... afraid of the dark, maybe?
Eso: I-I'm not scared! This just... isn't my favorite place.
Born and raised in a remote village, Eso is a valiant warrior unafraid of monsters and beastfolk, but has an aversion towards dark places and heights.
His friends all laughed at him, so Eso set out to find a stone spoken of in his village's stories...
Eso: According to legend, the stone houses a sleeping deity. I want to find it and bring it back to them.
Eso: That'll teach them that I'm no coward.
The crew suspects that this stone might in fact be a primal crystal, so they decide to tag along.
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 found his true strength and gained 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 out at the island visible beyond the sea of clouds.
Vyrn: Hmm... I can't see it too well from here... Oh! Huh. Was it always that... gray?
Eso: Definitely not. My home should have green forests that cover the whole island!
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... The layout of the mountains and hills match.
Lyria: Why? How?
Katalina: This is awful... There's not even a single tree left... No signs of life, either...
Eso: No...
For a while, Eso simply stares blankly. Then, all of a sudden, he takes off running at full speed.
Vyrn: Whoa! Hey, Eso, wait!
Katalina: We're going after him! Come on, (Captain)!
Vyrn: Haaah... haaah... We finally caught up with him...
Eso: ...
When (Captain) and company finally catch up to 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 all through the debris, screaming the names of his family members and friends.
Lyria: Oh no... Poor Eso... Is there anything we can do for him?
Katalina: There is. Let's start by looking for clues.
Vyrn: Still, 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: Hmm... It's like someone dug up the Grim Basin and transplanted it here.
Lyria: What? This is the Grim Basin?
Katalina: No, just a supposition on my part. This is all too strange a turn of events, nonetheless.
Lyria: Eeek! (Captain)!
(Captain) suddenly trips on something while walking through the debris.
Lyria: A-are you OK, (Captain)?
Vyrn: Whoa there! Watch your step, (Captain).
Katalina: Careful... Looks like there's a hole in the ground.
Vyrn: Hmm? A hole? I can't see anything but rubble...
Katalina: Hmm? Wait... This hole seems to lead to some kind of basement! Let's call Eso over here!
Eso: This was the chief's house. He did have a basement, if I recall.
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: Yeah... It looks like a few people evacuated here to avoid whatever was going on above ground.
Eso: But there's no one here now. Where did they go?
Katalina: Hmmm... It's hard to say. But some time has certainly passed since this tragedy happened... Maybe they evacuated to a safe place?
Vyrn: For now, let's see if they left behind any clues for us!
Lyria: Awww... There's nothing here...
Vyrn: Hmm... Yeah. 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 afraid I have to break this.
Vyrn: Wait, what? Eso!
Eso: Nrrgh!
Eso uses his burly arms to destroy the wall.
Lyria: Oh my gosh, Eso took the entire wall out!
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: OK.
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. Listen, I'll read it to you.
Eso: "I write this in the hope that one of our own may find it and know what happened to our island."
Eso clutches the letter in his large hands and begins reading its contents aloud.
"As you can tell from the state of the island, a large-scale disaster was visited upon us."
"Perhaps we unknowingly invoked the wrath of the Astrals, or perhaps it was mere chance... We had no means to oppose such massive power."
"Everything was destroyed. The Astrals have forsaken this land. Therefore, we will leave."
Katalina: Aha! I knew it. The survivors have already fled.
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! Glad to hear it, buddy!
Katalina: Yeah. Although, we still don't know what exactly caused this disaster...
Eso: There's more.
"Whoever finds this letter, if you are a member of the village, then please accept the enclosed robe."
Eso: "It contains our deepest hopes. 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 the traditional design of my tribe.
  1. It's pretty.
  2. What does the design signify?

Choose: It's pretty.
Eso: Yeah. Our Sewsisters spent many years on the embroidery.
Vyrn: W-Wow, it makes me lightheaded 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 had been sewn into this single piece of clothing.
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Continue 1
Eso: So much of what defined him and his people had been sewn into this single piece of clothing.
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Lyria: Hee hee, I can tell it must be really important to you and 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 where the people of the village headed after leaving the island...
Lyria: Yeah... If only there was another clue of some kind...
Eso: Listen, everyone. There's... something I need to ask you.
Vyrn: What's up? You're acting real polite all of a sudden!
Eso: I want to search for where my tribe went.
Eso: And after that, I want to find out what happened to the island.
Eso: So... this is where we part ways.
Lyria: What? Eso, don't be silly!
Vyrn: Good grief... (Captain), will you set this guy straight?
  1. Will you be OK on your own?
  2. We're coming with you.

Choose: Will you be OK on your own?
Eso: It's been fun travelling with you. Reassuring, too. So it won't be easy saying goodbye.
Eso: But I'm a warrior. I can do this alone!
Vyrn: Geez... You're too worked up about this! We can't just 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, (Captain).
Vyrn: Oh, please! What are friends for? Right, (Captain)?
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Katalina: Right. 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 they're 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've decided to stay with you.
Vyrn: Darn tooting! You're one of us, Eso!
Eso: Right. I'm going to fight with all my 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 did not yet know just how the mystery of this disaster would intersect with their own goals...