Scenario:Izmir - The Icy Smile
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The Icy Smile
The crew takes a job hauling lava stones in the Valtz Duchy, where they become concerned over Izmir's fatigue from the heat. The tides turn, however, as Izmir protects them from incoming monsters. But she takes things too far and (Captain) has to step in.
The crew takes a job hauling lava stones in the Valtz Duchy. They commence their work at a mine near the source of the flow.
The air is filled with intense heat and steam that ruptures up from below.
Merely standing in the mine slowly saps the crew's vigor away.
Izmir: Ah... It's so hot...
Vyrn: Hm? What's wrong? Are you feeling okay there, Winter Wondergirl?
Izmir drifts slowly behind the crew, panting in the intense heat.
Lyria: Maybe Izmir can't handle the heat! It's tough for us too, after all!
Vyrn: Yeah, maybe you're right! She might not be the snow queen, but she looks like she's gonna melt!
Vyrn: Hey, Winter Wondergirl! You can leave the rest to us and head back to the ship!
Izmir: What a delightful feeling. My fingertips, they're... tingling. Hehe.
Brushing the crew's concerns aside, Izmir continues to stare at her fingertips with a smile plastered on her face.
Lyria: Huh? She looks completely fine.
Vyrn: Yeah. She actually looks happy. Like she's excited or something.
No longer concerned, the crew decides to let Izmir be.
Vyrn: Heave! All right, let's put this one on the cart.
Just as (Captain) lifts the red-hot lava stone, a monster suddenly appears and approaches menacingly.
Monster: Graw, graw!
Vyrn: Huh? Oh no! (Captain) has their hands full!
Lyria: Oh no! If (Captain) drops that lava stone, it'll—
Izmir: Red Blast.
Izmir: No one's going to ruin my fun.
Vyrn: Nice one! Hehe! Good to know you've got our backs, Winter Wondergirl!
Izmir continues to blast the area with ice.
Izmir: Red Blast.
Lyria: Wow! Your ice is covering everything! It's actually getting kind of cold...
Vyrn: Yikes! (Captain), we gotta jump in and help before she freezes this whole place!
The Icy Smile: Scene 2
With their mission behind them, the crew goes for dinner before leaving the Valtz Duchy. Izmir decides to order an unusually spicy item, which stirs up a ruckus in the tavern. This ultimately upsets the shopkeeper, forcing Izmir to cool things down.
Izmir: Have I... caused trouble for everyone?
Vyrn: Well, everything still turned out okay.
Lyria: That's right! Hehe. You've saved us again, Izmir!
Izmir: I see. Well, that's good. Being able to help the crew makes me... happy.
Izmir: And it was such exhilarating work.
Despite the minor setback, the crew is able to prevent the mine from freezing and complete their mission.
Lyria: There are some seats in here!
Before heading back to the ship and leaving the Valtz Duchy, the crew decides to go for dinner.
Izmir: I've never been to a place like this.
With a look of excitement and wonder, Izmir glances around the tavern.
Vyrn: There sure are lots of things you've never seen, Winter Wondergirl! You were livin' on that mountain though, so I guess that makes sense!
Izmir: Hehe. Hey, you be nice.
Lyria: Yeah, Vyrn! Be nice.
Vyrn: I wasn't tryin' to be mean! Eh, whatever. Anyway, what do you wanna eat?
(Captain) hands Izmir the menu, and she soon points to something.
Izmir: I'll have... this.
Looking at the menu, the crew sees that Izmir wants the restaurant's special Certain Death Chicken.
Vyrn: I've never heard of anything so crazy!
Lyria: Huh? Do you really want something that spicy?
Burly Shopkeeper: Hah hah hah! You sure you wanna eat that, miss? It's so hot, no one has ever even finished it before!
With their dinner choices decided, the brawny-looking shop owner approaches their table.
Burly Shopkeeper: What the? You're just a bunch of kids! Well, as long as you've got the rupies, you're welcome here! Hah hah!
Vyrn: Don't go mouthin' off! We're a crew! You can't talk down to us!
Burly Shopkeeper: Hey miss, I like the cut of your jib. How's about we make a wager on this meal?
Burly Shopkeeper: If you can finish this whole thing, I'll let you have it for free! But if you can't...
Burly Shopkeeper: Then you'll have to pay me a hundred thousand rupies!
The other customers overhear this wager, and soon the entire tavern erupts with energy.
Vyrn: What did you say? Hey, are you all right, Izmir?
But Izmir thinks nothing about what's happening around her. Neither Vyrn, nor the owner, nor the other patrons seem to faze her in the least.
Izmir: This is what I want.
Lyria: Are you sure?
Izmir: Yes. You see, I'm... very hungry.
Burly Shopkeeper: Tch. Heh heh, I gotcha. I'm lookin' forward to seeing your hoity–toity face turn red after you take a bite!
Burly Shopkeeper: Well, here ya go! If you think you can eat it, go ahead and give it a try! Don't go dying on me though!
Vyrn: Hey, what the heck is this! It looks like it's on fire!
Lyria: My mouth is on fire just looking at it.
Izmir: Time to eat.
And so Izmir begins to eat the fiery red food that barely resembles chicken.
The crew looks on in horror, but Izmir just sits there quietly enjoying her food.
Izmir: Hmm... Nom, nom... Mmm... Gulp.
Izmir: Ahh... This is good.
Izmir: Om nom. Mmm.
Burly Shopkeeper: Little miss, your face, it's...
The sound of Izmir's breathing and the color of her face attract the looks of the men in the tavern, who cannot help but turn their attention to her.
Realizing that everyone around is watching her, Izmir stops for a moment and smiles.
Izmir: Oh. Do you all want to try some too?
Vyrn: Huh? N-no, we're okay! My mouth is burning enough just from watching...
Lyria: Uh, yeah. I'm okay too.
Izmir: You sure? I guess I'll just eat it all then.
Vyrn: How does it taste?
Izmir: If I were to put it into words, I'd say it tastes... passionate, stimulating, and very... intriguing.
Vyrn: I have no clue what you're talking about, but as long as you're happy with it.
Izmir: Thank you for the food.
Burly Shopkeeper: She actually finished it! But no roughneck has ever even finished it before.
Lyria: That's amazing, Izmir!
Izmir: Amazing? What do you mean?
Vyrn: You're the first person that's ever finished that crazy dish! That's legendary!
Izmir: Oh, really? It wasn't even as spicy as I thought it would be.
Burly Shopkeeper: Unbelievable... Your senses must be broken or somethin'!
Vyrn: Hey, musclehead! I told you to watch your tongue!
Izmir: He must be very lonely. That's why he makes food like this.
Burly Shopkeeper: What did you say? And here I thought you were just some girl. If you're gonna talk like that, you better be ready for a fight!
The shopkeeper abruptly draws his saber.
Lyria: Calm down for a second! There's no need to—
Izmir: Step aside, Lyria.
Izmir: I can't stand hot-headed fools.
As Izmir mutters this, a cold smile draws upon her face.
The Icy Smile: Scene 3
As they return to the ship, Izmir opens up to the crew about her real name—Larana—and a person very important to her. But when pressed, she refuses to say more. Just when mixed feelings are lingering in the air, ice crystals and monsters from the mountain suddenly appear on deck.
Izmir responds to her foes by freezing the entire tavern.
Izmir: Looks like you aren't so hot now.
Burly Shopkeeper: Arg... You better remember this day.
Izmir: No. I don't think I will.
Izmir: People who are all talk make me... angry.
Soon after the battle ends, a crew of enforcers arrives on the scene to arrest the shopkeeper for multiple accounts of suspected fraud.
Lyria: Hehe. You look like you're in a good mood, Izmir.
Izmir: Well, we did go to a hot place. And we tried some stimulating cuisine. I'm very pleased.
Lyria: You mean you like things to be hot and spicy?
Izmir: Yes. Very much so.
Izmir: They all remind me of that person.
Lyria: That person?
Izmir smiles and considers her next words carefully.
Izmir: Someone who gave me... so many things.
Izmir: There were once despicable people that gave me a terrible name. They made me... angry.
Izmir: But that person made that name into something good. They made it into something to be proud of.
Izmir: Until then, no one had ever made me smile before. But that someone could and always called me by that name.
Lyria: Izmir, can I ask what your real name is?
Izmir: It's... Larana.
Izmir: Izmir is... my destined name, you could say.
Izmir: That someone... taught me everything with fervorous warmth and kindness, even showing me how to use my powers.
With a flick of her wrist, Izmir causes snowflakes to fall from the sky, cascading around the crew.
Izmir: They called me Izmir and showed me everything. How to fight... and how to protect myself.
Vyrn: Oh. We might not know much about you, but now we can start to see where you're comin' from.
Lyria: Larana, you were all alone on that mountain. Does that have something to do with that person?
Izmir: You know, Vyrn, Lyria, and (Captain)... I like that you're all so kind.
Izmir: But if I tell you any more, there will be no more reason for us to continue our journey.
Izmir flicks her wrist again and the snow suddenly stops.
Vyrn: You might be right.
Izmir: Don't be sad. It's not like I want to hide anything from you. It's just that... I made a promise.
The crew returns to the ship, but an unpleasant air lingers among them.
Vyrn: Hey, something's coming toward us!
The crew gazes upon the deck, where ice crystals have begun to pour down silently.
Vyrn: That ice looks just like Winter Wondergirl's!
Seeing this, Izmir's expression changes and she begins to rush toward the ice.
Izmir: Agh! Are you going to follow me everywhere? Be gone!
Lyria: How did the mountain beasts get here?
Vyrn: I'm not sure what's goin' on, but we gotta help fight those things off!
The Icy Smile: Scene 4
After defeating the monsters, Izmir approaches the core of the ice crystals and hears a mysterious voice. Despite its warning that both she and the ice cave are in danger, Izmir begs (Captain) and company to let her stay with them—to which they gladly accept.
Lyria: What's going on here?
Vyrn: Does this have something to do with that ice? Winter Wondergirl's got a funny look on her face too.
Just as the crew defeats the monsters, Izmir approaches the core of the ice.
Vyrn: What is that?
The crystals emit a powerful white light, encompassing the surrounding area.
Mysterious Voice: Larana. My dear child. The tranquility of the ice cave is threatened.
Mysterious Voice: You are in danger. You must... take the crystal.
With a bright flash, the mysterious voice disappears and a silence falls upon the deck.
Lyria: Was that...
Vyrn: That thing was talking to you, right? But what is the ice cave? Hey, hey, are you all right?
Vyrn looks at Izmir, who stands there with a blank look upon her face.
Lyria: Um, Larana?
Izmir: Izmir is the name given to the protector of the ice cave.
Vyrn: So does that make you the protector of that place?
Izmir: Yes... It does.
Vyrn: That reminds me. When we met you, you said you were protecting something important. Was that thing the ice cave?
Izmir: Everyone, please... Let me continue traveling with you, even for just a little longer.
Vyrn: But wasn't that thing sayin' you have to get back or you'll be in danger?
Izmir: Vyrn, please. Don't say any more. All I ask is that you let me stay here a little bit longer.
Izmir: I put you in danger... and I apologize for that.
Izmir: But I will always protect you. Even if I lose my life, I will protect you.
Izmir: So please... Just let me be here.
Izmir looks at the crew as they become filled with complicated feelings.
Vyrn: Sigh. Well, Winter Wondergirl. You're here with us now.
Vyrn: Of course you can stay! You don't have to ask us twice!
Lyria: I know there are things you can't talk about. But this crew is filled with all kinds of people like that!
Lyria: So whatever you're thinking of doing, just do it!
Vyrn: But don't think about throwing your life away! We'd get pretty mad at you if you did!
Lyria: Yeah! And we want to help you protect what's important to you.
Lyria: You don't need to worry anymore. Just stay here with us!
Hearing Vyrn and Lyria's kind words, a stream of tears begins to fall down Larana's face.
The crew begins to wonder why she lived alone on that snowy mountain for so long.
And they wonder what it is that drives her to pursue an adventure in the skies.
Larana reaches out her hand to (Captain), who grips it tightly.
Izmir: Thank you.
Larana smiles in her own way, her hand reminding (Captain) of the sensations of winter.