Scenario:Eustace - All for Peace and Quiet
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All for Peace and Quiet
Lyria and Vyrn have learned that they are nearing a village where you can pet lots of dogs to your hearts content, and they decide to invite Eustace, who loves dogs, with them. The usually indifferent and taciturn Eustace shows a rare display of interest, but get a little carried away.
Lyria: Hey look, look! (Captain)! Vyrn! There's a giant bird over there!
Vyrn: Woah! It's huge!
(Captain) and the crew call out to Eustace who is watching their conversation with a gentle expression on his face.
Some time has passed since the usually silent Eustace had joined the crew, and he has gradually become more sociable.
Lyria: Eustace! Eustace! Come over here! We've got something to tell you!
Vyrn: …He's not coming? But, I had something important to say… And he loves dogs…
Lyria: Vyrn just spoke to you…
Lyria: The nearby island is full of doggies, I heard there's a village there where you can pet them as much as you want!
Vyrn: I thought we were going to go to that village after our break, but is Sourpuss coming too?
Eustace: I promised I would.
Lyria: Heehee, he remembered!
Vyrn: Right! Then it's decided, let's go!
Vyrn: In any case, Sourpuss managed to say something friendly after all. He remembered that he promised.
Eustace slowly draws his gun, and pulls the trigger.
Vyrn: W-w-whoa! That's dangerous! And after we just praised you…
Vyrn: Monsters? When did they get aboard?
Eustace: It is fine to be in high-spirits, but take heed… more are coming.
All for Peace and Quiet: Scene 2
(Captain) and the crew reach the village where you can pet dogs. The places is packed to the rafters and many a person and dog alike gambol around joyfully. Vyrn worries that Eustace hates hustle and bustle, but calms down after Eustace deflects (Captain)'s joke. Suddenly, the group hear a shriek, and they notice that a dog has bolted off toward the forest. As many monsters inhabit the forest, the crew rush after the animal.
The crew visit the village. The villagers have gathered their dogs that have come from many islands and Skydoms near a landmark.
Seeing the raucous situation, Vyrn whispers to an uneasy looking (Captain)…
Vyrn: Pssst, Hey, do you think this is OK? I mean, Sourpuss doesn't really like noisy situations…
Lyria: Maybe, it's OK?
Vyrn: But doesn't he always say, "I wish for tranquility and stillness." It's like his catchphrase.
Lyria: You know, I think he means annoying noise not just busy noise…
Hearing Lyria's words, Vyrn takes a quizzical glace at Eustace.
Eustace was standing in the shade of a tree, polishing his gun while watching they villagers pet the dogs.
Vyrn: As expected, he's the same as ever, so gentle and tranquil. Or maybe it's just my imagination…
Lyria: No, it's not your imagination. Eustace is just nice.
Smiling happily, Lyria bends down and pets the nearby dog, who was wagging it's tail.
Lyria: Awwwwwww, it's sooooo cute! Let's pet it together, (Captain)!
Choose: Pet Lyria.
Lyria: Eek! W-what are you doing, (Captain)! Please don't pet me!
Lyria: Here, doggy, doggy, doggy! Let me pet yoooou!
Lyria: Ohhh nooo. Look. Everybody is laughing at Eustace! Oooooh, I'm so mad!
Vyrn: Hey now, take a chill pill. This is really not out of the ordinary, is it?
Lyria: Well! Yeah, I guess that true…
Seeing the crew's exchange, for a moment, a gentle smile floated on Eustace's face.
Choose: Pet Eustace.
(Captain), stealthily extends their hand, and slowly pets Eustace on the head.
Eustace: What… is this?
Eustace: I am not a dog. Even though my ear may resemble theirs.
Eustace: Go and pet the dogs. They are much more pleasing to stroke than me.
Vyrn: It was super funny of (Captain)to pet Sourpuss like that, but he didn't even seem phased.
Lyria: Erm, (Captain)? Did it feel nice to pet Eustace's head?
Lyria: R-really? Euuuuustaaaace! Can I pet you tooooo?
Eustace: Pet the dogs. That is why we came here.
Lyria: I guess you're right! Teehee!
Lyria: O-oh no! But, I feel like I've missed out on a life experience.
Eustace: It is your imagination.
Turning away from the conversation, Eustace's usual sullen appearance is replaced with a gentle smile.Continue 1
Seeing Eustace who was watching calmly over the scene, leans her head to one side, puzzled.
Lyria: Eustace, are you not going to pet the doggies?
Eustace: Stop. For both our sakes.
Lyria: For both our sakes?
As Lyria is questioning Eustace, a shriek pierces the air.
Dog Lover 1: EEEEK! Mr. Woofwoof! He's heading toward the forest!
Dog Lover 2: What! There's monsters in there!
Lyria: Oh no! (Captain)! Let's go help that doggy!
(Captain) nods, and breaks into a run, weapon in hand.
Eustace: Hm. Softhearted.
Murmuring this, Eustace's face breaks into a smile and he dashes after (Captain).
All for Peace and Quiet: Scene 3
(Captain) and the crew scatter the monsters they find to the wind, and search the forest for the missing dog. Eustace asks Lyria why they are searching for the dog even though it didn't ask to be helped. She quickly answers that they cant just leave it be, because they have to think not only about the lost dog's feelings, but also about the dog-loving villagers and their pets' feelings too. Eustace accepts this answer and readies his gun to fight the nearby monsters.
The crew swoop down on the monsters and scatter them to the winds, searching for the dog that ran into the forest.
Lyria: Heeeeere, doggy, doggy, doggy! Here boy!
Vyrn: Hmmm, it's nowhere to be found…
Vyrn: Have you noticed something, Sourpuss?
Eustace: Why are you looking for the dog? You were not asked to.
Lyria: Well, if we just leave the little doggle be, it might run into some monsters and get hurt.
Lyria: If that happened, then all the villagers and other doggies would be sad… I can't let that happen!
Eustace: I see.
Eustace draws his gun and shoots into a seemingly empty thicket.
Vyrn: Ahh! You made me jump!
Vyrn: That sounds like a monster…
The crew rush toward the agonized wails of the monster they just heard.
As the crew reach the noise, they see a collapsed monster and the frightened form of the lost dog.
Vyrn: Wow! That's awesome, Sourpuss. You managed to hit the monster from so far away…
Eustace: Yes. The dog is safe.
Lyria: Yey! Come here, little doggle! Here, boy.
Eustace: We shall help. (Captain).
All for Peace and Quiet: Scene 4
(Captain) and the crew bring the dog safely back to the village. The villagers and their dogs come over to thank the group, but Eustace, who has never been liked by animals, backs off. However, after a little guidance from Lyria, Eustace pets a dog for the first time in his life. Eustace, who is wrapped up in the harmonious bubble of the situation, realizes he must protect the true tranquility and stillness, and ignores an order from the Society to assassinate Lyria.
The crew help the dog and return to the village.
Dog: Woof! Woof!
Dog Lover 1: Ooooo! Look, he's safe! Thank goodness!
Lyria: Heehee, isn't it nice, all the villager and doggies are so happy!
As the crew are talking, the rest of the villagers and their dogs start to come toward them.
Dog Lover 2: Thank you! All of you! I think Mr. Woofwoof wants to say thanks too!
Dog: Woof! Woof!
As they are speaking, the villagers and their dogs all reach the crew, and Eustace slowly backs away.
Eustace: My tranquility and stillness is broken. Leave me be.
The crew are puzzled by his reaction, but they notice that one of the villagers small dogs is trembling.
Dog Lover 1: What is it little doggle? Has something scared you, boy?
Eustace: …It is scared of me. Animals do not like me. They never have.
Vyrn: I see… I guess they break your tranquility and stillness.
Lyria: E-Eustace! It's OK, it really is.
Lyria: Eustace… you're certainly a bit scary… But, you're a really nice guy!
Lyria: If you just opened your heart a little more, I'm sure…
Eustace: My heart…
Mumbling, Eustace gingerly approaches the dog.
Eustace opens his hand, reaching toward the dog. The dog looks bewildered, but meets Eustace half way.
The dog licks Eustace's hand. Deeply moved, Eustace starts to pet the dogs head.
Eustace: This is the first time in my life… that I have pet a dog.
Vyrn: Heeheehee! Isn't that great? The dog looks happy too!
Eustace: Good dog. Nice dog.
Lyria: I think I understand… I understand what Eustace means by tranquility and stillness.
Lyria: You mean a peaceful bubble, a personal space with a pleasant vibe.
Eustace: Hehheh, yes. That kind of space is irresistible to me.
Eustace: I want to protect my bubble.
The crew are surprised that the Eustace happily petting the dog is more talkative than his usual self.
Vyrn: Hehehe, hey you guys. I feel like us and Sourpuss are growing closer!
Lyria: Me too! Heehee!
Vibrating Noise: Buzz buzz buzz buzz…
Lyria: What is it? I have a bad feeling…
Eustace: No. Excuse me.
Eustace: This is Eustace.
???: Huh. It's rare to hear from you. Do you have anything to report?
Eustace: What are your orders?
???: There has been an amendment to your previous orders to observe the blue-haired girl and her friends. Active immediately.
???: There has been a meeting and a decision has been reached. The girl has been judged a considerable danger.
Eustace: What? I have not reported anything of the like.
???: We are sorry. The judgement of the meeting is enough. She is becoming too much of a threat.
???: She can freely use the power of multiple primal beasts. This is an extremely dangerous situation. Eliminate her… and her friends.
???: It is your duty to see this happens swiftly.
Eustace: I will preserve tranquilly and stillness.
???: Hmmm? Yes, I understand that, but, why are you mentioning that all of a sudden?
Eustace: …Therefore… I refuse.
???: Huh? D-does that mean you are rejecting the mission! Eustace?
Eustace takes the transceiver out of his ear, cutting off the hoarse shouting voice midway though a sentence.
Transceiver: Buzz buzz buzz buzz…
Eustace crushes the vibrating transceiver in the palm of his hand…
…and throws the no-longer-vibrating scrap metal onto the floor as (Captain) and the crew approaches.
Vyrn: Hey, Sourpuss. So this is where you're hiding?
Eustace quietly looks down at the floor and doesn't answer. He starts to pet the dog that has snuggled up to him.
Lyria: Did something happen?
Eustace: No. It's nothing. Nothing at all.
Eustace murmurs those words and, while quietly smiling, continues petting the dog.
The crew look confused, while Eustace enjoys his bubble of tranquility and stillness for a short while.