Scenario:Ippatsu - Ramen Perfected
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Ippatsu considers using chicken broth at first before settling for exquisite gara-gara broth—but they must hunt the wild bird themselves.
The time has come to show the people of this island the amazing heights that ramen can reach.
And Ippatsu is ready to go all in to do just that.
Vyrn: So what kinda ramen are you gonna make, Ippatsu?
Ippatsu: I'm thinking chicken broth ramen.
Branch Shopkeep: Chicken broth? That doesn't sound much different from what we already use...
Ippatsu: Yes. I figure that'd be more palatable for the people here.
Branch Shopkeep: True, true. Perhaps the enhanced flavor of the ramen will stand out that much more if we stick with the same type of broth!
Ippatsu: Yes. The impact will be that much greater indeed. You know, I did consider pork broth as well.
Ippatsu: However, the smell might be a bit much for some. Nothing wrong with playing it safe, I say!
Vyrn: All righty then! Let's go find ourselves some chicken breasts from the local market!
Branch Shopkeep: Just to be clear, we actually only need the bones.
Lyria: Oh? What do you mean?
Ippatsu: We don't need any of the actual meat. We only need to let the chicken bones simmer in the soup.
Lyria: Ah, I see! So the bones are good for adding flavor even if we can't eat them.
Vyrn: Okay, chicken bones coming right up!
Ippatsu: I was hesitant to go this route because of the time it might take...
Ippatsu: But let us go with gara-gara bones!
Branch Shopkeep: Are you serious? Using... gara-gara?
Vyrn: Gara-gara? You trying to tickle our funny bones?
Ippatsu: The exquisite taste of gara-gara broth must be experienced firsthand to know its superiority...
Ippatsu: But they are such turbulent birds that breeding them is nary an impossibility.
Ippatsu: Meaning we'll have to capture them from the wilderness.
Ippatsu: I know full well that it's not something they serve regularly in the shop...
Ippatsu: But I want everyone to taste it for themselves!
Ippatsu: I shall be back soon enough with gara-gara fresher than fresh!
Vyrn: Whoa, slow down there! (Captain), I think we'd come in handy here!
Vyrn: Heh-heh, we ought to tag along to any islands populated with gara-gara!
(Captain) nods in agreement and sets out for the Grandcypher.
Ippatsu: Sorry for all the trouble, Captain. Really appreciate it though.
Ippatsu: I'll pay it forward by making sure this island gets a taste of the best ramen it's ever had!
The crew departs on a hunt for the elusive gara-gara.
Ramen Perfected: Scene 2
With gara-gara in hand, Ippatsu sets to making various flavors of ramen. Lilele joins in on the taste-testing fun. While the crew is very much pleased, Ippatsu feels that something is missing.
The crew returns to the island with a gara-gara in hand.
Ippatsu: We've got one fine gara-gara here to turn into broth!
Branch Shopkeep: I'm all ready!
(Captain) and the others see Ippatsu and the shopkeep to the kitchen.
Lilele not in crew
???: Hello! Is Ippatsu here by any chance?
Lyria: Yes! Oh, but he's got his hands tied in the kitchen right now...
???: Oh, really? So Ippatsu's taken on the challenge of ramen preparation himself!
Vyrn: Huh? So you already knew about that?
???: Of course! He asked me to be his taste tester!
Lyria: Ah, that explains it!
Lilele: Teehee, I almost forgot to introduce myself. I'm Lilele.
Vyrn: Nice to meetcha! Hang with us a for a bit—shouldn't be too long till the ramen's ready.
Lilele is a crew member
Lilele: Hm... Is this the shop Ippatsu mentioned? Oh! (Captain)!
Vyrn: Huh? Whatcha doin' here, Lilele?
Lilele: Ippatsu called me out here to try his ramen.
Vyrn: Yeah? Hang with us for a bit—shouldn't be too long till the ramen's ready!Continue 1
(Captain), Vyrn, Lyria, and Lilele take it easy while waiting for Ippatsu and the shopkeep to come out of the kitchen.
Vyrn: Sigh... It's taking 'em forever to get the broth ready.
Lilele: I'm sure it'll be worth the wait!
Ippatsu: My apologies for the delay, everyone!
Lyria: Yay! So the ramen's ready?
Ippatsu: Well, not quite...
Ippatsu: But the broth most certainly is! Here, I'd like you all to take a sip!
Vyrn: Slurp... Wow, I didn't think soup by itself could be this good!
Lilele: My turn... Sip... Ah, this is incredible! There's no odor at all coming from the broth either!
Lyria: Hm... I'm not sure if sweet is the best way to describe this... Smooth maybe?
Each in the crew praise the savory goodness being served to them.
Ippatsu: Whew, what a relief to know I've got the soup right!
Ippatsu: Now to figure out which seasoning works best with it...
Ippatsu: What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: Roll in the salt.
Lyria: Salty ramen is the way to go if you want to emphasize the taste of the broth!
Ippatsu: A generous helping of salt coming right up!
Ippatsu goes away briefly, only to return shortly after with a bowl in hand.
Ippatsu: I present to you ultra-deluxe salty ramen!
Ippatsu: This is no plain old salt either—it's grade A stuff gathered from the salt farms in Auguste!
Ippatsu: Relish in the all-natural goodness as it plunges down your larynx!
Lyria: Wow! I love salt as much as anyone else! Slurp... The broth is so much better with it!
Lilele: Aah! The saltacular sensation as it caresses my tongue is so refreshing! I could go for infinite refills!
Lyria: This is amazing! No, you're amazing, Ippatsu—for being able to make this on your first try!
Choose: Good ol' soy sauce all the way.
Vyrn: I'm with ya, (Captain)! Ramen and soy sauce go together like two peas in a pod!
Ippatsu: Indeed! Let us proceed with the tried-and-true then!
Ippatsu: I'll be back in a jiffy!
Ippatsu goes away briefly, only to return shortly after with a bowl in hand.
Ippatsu: I present to you ultra-deluxe soy sauce ramen!
Vyrn: Mm! You've got my mouth watering from the sweet scent of the soy sauce alone!
Lilele: Slurp, chew... Mm, the flavor is so much richer this way!
Ippatsu: Adding dried mushrooms into the mix brought the ramen into a whole nother dimension!
Ippatsu: Ah, the holy matrimony between the gara-gara and the mushrooms that dwell within the same region—truly a match made in heaven!
Vyrn: Erm... I dunno about this marriage stuff, but yeah, it's pretty good! Color me impressed, Ippatsu!
Choose: I'm craving the richness of miso.
Lilele: The broth itself is already very thick, so something equally thick like miso would complement it well.
Ippatsu: Gulp... You speak of the forbidden pairing... Will our palates be able to withstand the big bang of flavors?
Ippatsu: But enough talk! We shall let our taste buds do the testing!
Ippatsu goes away briefly, only to return shortly after with a bowl in hand.
Ippatsu: I present to you ultra-deluxe miso ramen!
Lilele: Nom, nom... Is this... butter and corn? Your idea of toppings is most refined!
Vyrn: Chomp... Nice! The tender crispiness of the corn is the best part about it!
Lyria: Wow, the flavors of the broth and the miso blend together surprisingly well... It's delicious!
Ippatsu: I've brought upon the full force of chopped onions to awaken the miso's inherent properties.
Lilele: What a wonderful smorgasbord of flavors! The broth, miso, and onions all complement each other really well.
Lilele: Bravo, Ippatsu! That was delicious!Continue 2
Ippatsu: I won't rest easy yet! This was only a trial.
Ippatsu: Ramen has so much more potential just waiting to be unlocked!
Branch Shopkeep: All right! Let's try and see how we can bring this ramen to the next level!
Ippatsu: Challenge accepted!
The two return to the kitchen and promptly begin cooking their next batch of ramen.
Ippatsu's endeavor continues for days on end, with (Captain) and company present to taste-test.
Ippatsu: Hold it right there!
Vyrn: Whoa! What's up with this ramen? This mountain of veggies and meats are practically burying the noodles!
Lilele: The pork-flavored seasoning matches the vegetables to a tee!
Lyria: Teehee, I like the overwhelming presence of these chunks of meat. Wonder if I can finish it all...
Ippatsu: Feast your eyes on my latest creation!
Lyria: Huh? The soup is all white!
Lilele: Hm, there must be milk in here! Is this some kind of stew?
Vyrn: This is pretty neat! The saltiness just kinda mellows out with the milk!
Ippatsu: Brace for the impact of this next one! Here's a few glasses of water too!
Vyrn: Whoa... This thing looks like a mini-volcano...
Lyria: Yikes! I think I'll be breathing fire after just one sip!
Lilele: Hm... I think I could get used to this! The explosion of spicy and umami on my taste buds feels really nice!
Ippatsu goes on to test out different types of ramen. But he is not fully satisfied with any single one.
Ippatsu: I need something impactful that also conveys profound tranquility—the type perfect for daily consumption!
Ippatsu: I am most certain the possibility exists for ramen! And I am going to discover it!
Ippatsu: Oh, my precious ramen! I'm going to dedicate everything I have to you!
Ippatsu: Please watch over me, Ramen Master... I can do this... I will do it!
Ramen Perfected: Scene 3
Sierokarte points out how the myriad of rare ingredients in the experimental ramen makes it unsuitable for mass production. Disappointed, Ippatsu walks out in a daze and happens upon a smaller ramen shop. Impressed with the taste, he introduces the shopkeep into the ramen chain from earlier. Magic happens and the joy of ramen spreads through the island.
Ippatsu continues his research to produce the ideal bowl of ramen.
To gather a greater range of opinions, he consults Sierokarte.
Sierokarte: Wow! This ramen is really something, Ippatsu!
Ippatsu: Aah! Your praise is music to my ears!
Sierokarte: Though I'm not too sure about serving these as regular menu items for the shop.
Ippatsu: Ngh! Why do you wound me so?
Sierokarte: Well, a quick look at the ingredient list you showed me earlier revealed a few not-so-easy-to-obtain items...
Sierokarte: Consistency in taste is key to any successful restaurant—something you'll be hard-pressed to keep up without easy access to key ingredients.
Ippatsu: You make a fine argument!
Ippatsu: In Auguste, we generally only use stockfish in small portions...
Ippatsu: But when we run out, there's no telling when the next shipment might arrive...
Ippatsu: How daft of me! I was too caught up in the creation process!
Ippatsu: Ramen you cannot have when you crave it most is akin to chopsticks in the sky!
Ippatsu: I claim to draw out the infinite possibilities lying dormant within ramen, but look at what it has come to!
Ippatsu: My shortsightedness in this grave matter is most criminal!
Ippatsu: Much obliged for pointing out the fact, Siero...
Sierokarte: Oh, not at all. Just know that I always have been and always will be a fan of your ramen. Consider the tip a friendly gesture.
Ippatsu: You humble me...
Ippatsu eases up and thanks Sierokarte one last time before returning to the Grandcypher.
Ippatsu: Sigh... This is what happens when I get carried away...
Ippatsu: Perhaps I should give it a shot with more easily obtainable fish...
Ippatsu: Or should I go back to pork broth? Mixing it with vegetable soup should suppress the odor a bit...
Ippatsu, his mind abuzz with ramen recipes, stops in his tracks when a voice calls out.
Vyrn: Boy, I'm starving. What are we having?
Lyria: Well, Ippatsu should be coming back from Siero's Knickknack Shack any time now, so let's hold off until then.
Vyrn: I guess it's ramen again, huh? 'Cept I'm really craving some bread right now...
Vyrn: Hey, I'm not saying Ippatsu's ramen sucks or anything, just that it's been so long since I've had some freshly baked bread...
Ippatsu: Oh, no, no...
Ippatsu: (Ippatsu, you callous berk!)
Ippatsu: (They've gone out of their way to help me concoct the perfect bowl of ramen, yet...)
Ippatsu: (I've destroyed their livelihoods with the endless cycle of broth and noodle—day in, day out...)
Ippatsu: (It's no wonder they tire of it! They're not me!)
Ippatsu: (At this rate, it won't be long before they come to see ramen as the most infernal of rancid dregs...)
Ippatsu: How did it come to this...
Ippatsu dejectedly staggers out of the airship.
Ippatsu wanders aimlessly for some time, coming to a full stop when a voice calls out.
Old Man: Hey there, you're lookin' a lil' tipsy. Had a few too many drinks?
Ippatsu: Yes... You could say I've become intoxicated with ramen broth... Intoxicated with my dream...
Old Man: You look like you could use some R and R. Why not come inside my shop for a spell?
Though the old man was just about ready to close shop, he lets Ippatsu in.
Ippatsu: I'm a flop... An utter washout...
Old Man: I don't know what troubles you're facin', buddy, but why don't you put some food in yourself? Can't do much if your stomach's growlin'.
The old man goes off to prepare some food and returns with a bowl he sets in front of Ippatsu.
Ippatsu: Could this be...
Old Man: Mm-hm. I've been makin' ramen here long before it became so well-known.
Ippatsu: Is that so...
Old Man: Meh, don't worry about it. You might wanna eat up before it gets soggy.
Ippatsu: This looks good!
Ippatsu: Slurp, slurp...
Ippatsu: The astringent properties of the chicken broth are effectively mellowed out by the gentle embrace of the vegetable broth!
Ippatsu: Much like the futon I lie on every night, the kindness and tranquility wash over me like a waterfall!
Ippatsu: I've never had anything like this, yet it feels so... nostalgic!
Old Man: Hahaha, you're quite the poet, aren't ya. It's all good with me as long you're enjoying the ramen.
Ippatsu: Slurp, slurp...
Ippatsu: This is it! This is the very taste I've toiled day and night to discover!
Ippatsu: So good, yet so dear—precisely the type of ramen you'd want to eat every day!
Old Man: Yeah? I'm listenin'.
Ippatsu: I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by asking for this favor on top of kindness already received, but...
Ippatsu: Please! Lend me your help!
The old man stares dumbfounded at the overzealous Ippatsu.
Menacing Shopkeep: Tch, youse better have a good reason for bringing me out here.
Branch Shopkeep: Aw, c'mon! You're off for the day anyway!
Ippatsu invited the two to the old man's place.
Ippatsu: I appreciate you coming all the way here!
Menacing Shopkeep: It'd better be good if youse don't want a face full o' ramen!
Ippatsu: What say we have a bite first before jumping to conclusions?
Ippatsu: One bowl of ramen for everyone here, mister!
The old man comes out ready to serve.
Menacing Shopkeep: Tsk... And I thought my chain was the only one to serve up the stuff...
Ippatsu: Actions, not words, please! The ramen awaits you!
Menacing Shopkeep: Heh... If youse say so... Chomp... This is...
Menacing Shopkeep: Damned good! Look—I can't take my hand off the chopsticks! It's that good!
Branch Shopkeep: Mm! The meat and the egg nearly melt in my mouth... But they don't! Ah, their overwhelming presence cannot be understated!
Ippatsu: Now you're talking my language!
Menacing Shopkeep: Humph... I'll admit youse done some good work here... I bet your secret's in the ingredients.
Old Man: Not really. I use the run-of-the-mill stuff you can buy anywhere. It's all in the cook's skill if you ask me!
Menacing Shopkeep: Youse tryin' to mock me? No way in hell can—
Old Man: Hehehe... I'll admit there are little things to watch out for here and there. Just small stuff really.
Ippatsu: I sincerely apologize for my most discourteous language the other day.
Ippatsu: There is certainly nothing wrong with serving food cheap and fast.
Ippatsu: But would it not be so much better to have the customers genuinely enjoy what they're eating?
Menacing Shopkeep: Heh... Youse soundin' as snooty as ever. It's not like I go out my way to serve lousy ramen, you know?
Menacing Shopkeep: 'Sides, if the rupies ain't flowin', then my staff ain't gonna be workin'.
Menacing Shopkeep: But you know... I'm thinkin' a change of course might be in order... Heck, this bowl of ramen sure did a number on me.
Ippatsu: Then that means...
Menacing Shopkeep: How'd you like to be an advisor at my place, mister? Cheap and fast, but delicious—with your help!
Old Man: Oho, sounds like fun! Count me in.
Ippatsu: I look forward to whatever ramen you come up with!
Menacing Shopkeep: Hah! Your stomach's gonna be growlin' non-stop when you get a whiff!
As Ippatsu will learn soon enough, bringing these individuals together was the key to birthing new ramen on this island.
Lilele: Hi, hi! Affordable yet tasty ramen for all! One sip and you'll be singing its praises for days on end!
Lilele helps in her own way by spreading word of the ramen across town.
The public perception of ramen takes a drastic turn. No longer just cheap and fast—it is also delicious.
Boy: Heheh, Mommy! Let's go for ramen!
Mother: But I thought you hated ramen? You must've really taken a liking to the new kind.
Boy: Uh-huh! It's so much better! So can we have ramen, Mommy?
Mother: Sure. Might as well since we're already out here.
Vyrn: Haha, the ramen lover count goes up by the day!
Ippatsu: I couldn't have done it without their help.
Ippatsu: I must say... This whole incident really drove home my suspicion that I'm better at eating ramen than preparing it!
Lyria: You think so? I really liked the different types of ramen you made though.
Ippatsu: Thing is, I lose sight of everything around me when it comes to ramen.
Ippatsu: But that is no way to prepare it well!
Ippatsu: I've learned so much these past few days!
Vyrn: Mm-hmm, glad to hear it.
Vyrn: You know, all this ramen talk has gotten me kinda ramen crazy.
Lyria: Teehee, ramen for dinner tonight!
Ippatsu: Truly? Are you two sure about that?
Vyrn: Hm? What's the matter, Ippatsu? Lemme guess: you're sick and tired of ramen?
Ippatsu: Poppycock to the nth degree!
Ippatsu: It's just that after having you all taste-test my ramen this whole time...
Ippatsu: I thought you might be the ones sick and tired of ramen.
Vyrn: Haha, there's no way I'd be able to stomach it for every meal like you though!
Vyrn: I do like ramen though!
Lyria: Me too!
Ippatsu is most elated to see their cheerful grins as they wax lyrical about ramen.
Ippatsu: Sniff... I have no words for your kindness!
Vyrn: Hahah! You're bein' over the top as usual! Let's go ramen-ing already!
Ippatsu: Ramen-ing? Ah, yes. Let's!
Ippatsu: To fill our palates with pure joy!
Ippatsu excitedly leads the others to the nearest ramen shop and triumphantly passes through the curtains at the entrance.
Although Ippatsu may not have been able to create truly satisfying ramen by his own hand...
His inordinate passion for the treat brought rise to a new type of ramen on the island.
And that passion is what drives Ippatsu to continue to get his fill in the days to come.