Scenario:Lily - Ice Crystal Hospitality

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Ice Crystal Hospitality

After receiving a request for assistance from Erin of the Crystalia, (Captain)'s crew heads to the Ice Crystal Palace, which is preparing to host peace talks between people, Crystalia, and Souval for the first time. Upon arriving, the crew members are greeted by the Crystalia princesses Tia and Erin. Lily is particularly ecstatic to be reunited with the two.

A while has passed since (Captain) and the others met the Crystalia girl Lily.
Lily has experienced a major change of scenery on her journey, and she is still traveling with the crew.
Having received a letter from Erin of the Crystalia, (Captain) and company make a side trip to the remote island where the Ice Crystal Palace is located.
That night, they dock at the port in the city-state of Torwa and head to a tavern to relieve stress from the long journey.
Lily: Munch, munch... Your stew's so nummy, Ganba!
Lyria: Nom, nom... I could go on eating this forever.
Ganba: Haha, you two sure have an appetite. Next up is our new specialty: pie!
Lyria: Thank you! Wow, that must be what smells so delicious!
Vyrn: Must be! But... hold on, Lyria. You already got everything you ordered.
Lyria: Hmmph?
Lily: Hmmph?
Vyrn: You're already eating it... Didn't we do this before?
Ganba: Hahaha, that really brings me back. This time's on the house, so chow down.
Santos: Quite a bit of time's passed since then. You see the Souval and the Crystalia in town more these days.
Milko: And after mooching off your parents for so long, you finally took over their carpentry business. You're still living with your mom, but, eh...
Roddy: Hahaha, you haven't lost your edge, Milko!
As the spirited conversation progresses, (Captain) thinks back to the island's former troubles.
Previously, this remote island was divided by a conflict between three rival factions.
There were the four main types of people; the Souval, a kind of fiery beastfolk; and the Crystalia, with their icy aura.
The Souval chieftain's death under suspicious circumstances escalated tensions, bringing the three groups to the brink of war.
But Lily and (Captain)'s crew narrowly averted a war and opened the way for peace talks.
Lily: Fwoo, fwoo... Your special pie's super dewicious...
Lyria: That's right! The meat, squash, and nuts all make a delicious harmony in your mouth!
Lily: Harmon-eating!
Ganba: You're really gobbling it down like there's no tomorrow. Here, have another slice on the house.
Lily: Yay, hooray! Thank you, Ganba!
Milko: Hehe, don't overdo it. You've got an early start tomorrow.
Santos: Since you mentioned it, what's your business at the Ice Crystal Palace?
Vyrn: Well, as a matter of fact—
(Captain) takes out the letter from Erin.
It states that the regular peace talks are going to be held at the Ice Crystal Palace for the first time.
The letter also asks that (Captain) and crew help the Crystalia prepare for the historic event.
Roddy: The peace talks are just taken care of by one delegate from each faction, right? I'm not sure that we need to be oh-so formal.
Vyrn: It says they're not the only ones invited this time. Look like they're shakin' things up a bit.
Ganba: Well, this is the first time we're hosting the meeting locally. I guess the new Crystalia delegate is really going all out.
Santos: Ah, she's just so engaged in the talks. And the kind of beauty you can't miss—perfect ten!
Lily: Miss... Perfect Ten?
Milko: Don't tell me you haven't heard of her! The Crystalia princess who's been taking part in the regular talks.
Lily: Huh? Is that Miss Ten you're talking about—
The following morning they leave Torwa and head for the Ice Crystal Palace.
Vyrn: Heh, it's coming into sight. Looks just as frosty as ever.
Lyria: There's someone at the entrance. I wonder if they've come out to greet us.
Lily: Ah! Is that—
Lyria: L-Lily?
Lily: Tia!
Tia: Eep!
Lily: It's really, really you, Tia! It's been such a long time! I wanted to see you so bad!
Tia: Gweh... Wheeze...
Erin: Lily, I know you're happy, but you're crushing Tia!
Lily: Oops! Sorry!
Tia: Phwuuh! How many times do I have to tell you to let me know before you hug me?
Lily: Ehehe... Guess I was too happy, and I got carried away!
Vyrn: Hey, what the heck's going on here?
Vyrn: Hm, is that who I think it is?
Lily: Tada! It's the greatest princess of all the Crystalia, Delegate Tia!
Tia: Are you all really the spring...
Tia: Ahem...
Tia: Jingle-jangle-twinkle, Tia's here's to mingle!
  1. Chime-a-ding-ding, I'm your captain!
  2. ...

Choose: Chime-a-ding-ding, I'm your captain!

Lily: Ding-a-ling-a-ling, Lily's at the door!
Lyria: Dong-a-long-a-long, it's Lyria!
Tia: Ooh, this is just the reaction you said I'd get, Erin!
Erin: Yeah. Lily gave us a class about how to communicate with different factions.
Tia: Let me introduce myself once more. I am Tia, princess of the Crystalia. It's a pleasure.
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Choose: ...

Tia: Erin! This isn't the reaction you said I'd get! You said my song was okay!
Erin: Sorry, it was, um... Lily's idea.
Lyria: It just sort of came out of nowhere, so we didn't know how to react. Isn't that right, (Captain)?
Lily: Tia, you did perfect! Nice and cheery, so you get a gold star!
Tia: Groan... I am Tia, princess of the Crystalia. It's a pleasure.

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Once everyone has said their greetings, Tia stares at (Captain).
Tia: What a surprise. Are they really spring?
Lily: Yeah! I completed my mission.
Tia: How impressive... You've done what was beyond me, an imperial princess. Excellent work, Lily.
Vyrn: Oh, okay. So your role was to hunt down spring, huh, Princess?
Tia: Yes. Since I journeyed so far, I didn't have a chance to call the Snow Maiden in time, but...
Tia: When I got back, the peace talks were taking place, the Snow Maiden had gone into hibernation, and Lily had gone on a trip to learn about the spring...
Tia: It was such a surprise. Everything had changed.
Tia: But Lily, where did you and the spring—
Erin: Eh, we can get into all that later. What do you say we go inside for now?
Tia: Ah! That's just what I was thinking! We'll have to show you some hospitality.
Lily: Go, go inside!
Tia leads the party into the Ice Crystal Palace.

Ice Crystal Hospitality: Scene 2

The party is guided to a chamber of the Ice Crystal Palace. Tia and the others explain that they would like to hold a party after the peace talks but aren't sure of how to express their hospitality. After some discussion they settle on serving the others pie. In order to practice their culinary skills, the Crystalia have a trial pie-making session.

The party members are guided to a room in the Ice Crystal Palace, and there they soon ask about the preparations for the peace talks.
Vyrn: Ice Crystal Palace hospitality?
Tia: Yes, that's right.
Tia: This will be the first peace talk held at the Ice Crystal Palace, so we want to make sure everyone gets a welcome worthy of this historic day.
Erin: That's right—you said that you wanted to make more friends too.
Tia: A-ah, that was just a figure of speech...
Lily: Ahaha! Tia, your cheeks are bright red!
Tia: A-anyway! We were all talking about how we could be most hospitable.
Tia: And we thought we'd have a party after the peace talks wind down.
Erin: But we didn't know what everyone would enjoy...
Erin: You've met a lot of people out on the skyways though, so we thought you might lend us your wisdom.
  1. Let's make use of the Ice Crystal Palace!
  2. Let's have a sing-along!

Choose: Let's make use of the Ice Crystal Palace!

Tia: Interesting idea... We could do something here that wouldn't be possible in another region.
Erin: Hm... Well, we've got lots of snow and ice.
Lily: Uh, snow and ice...
Lily: That's it! How about you decorate with ice sculptures, Erin? The whole palace will look great!
Vyrn: Yeah, that could do it! They'd make good conversation pieces too!
Lily: That's right. It'll give the conversation a kick like, pow, pow!
Erin: You've made a wonderful offer to help decorate. But this is a party we're talking about, so maybe we could do a little more...
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Choose: Let's have a sing-along!

Lily: Ding-a-ling-a-ling, Lily's at the door!
Lily: We can all sing our hello songs. Nothing's more important than saying hello!
Erin: Greet each other after we're done negotiating? Don't you usually do that beforehand?
Lily: Ah—you're right!
Vyrn: (Captain)'s saying we should all sing one song together. Isn't that right?
Lyria: Nothing's more fun than a sing-along!
Tia: Interesting idea... But I don't know if there are any songs we all know.
Lily: Aww, too bad... I should've written a long song together with Lyria.
Vyrn: I don't think that's the issue...

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The discussion continues, but no decisive conclusion is reached.
Erin: Something everyone would like—something that would help them get closer...
Tia: That's a tough one... It can be a tall order to help people cross faction lines...
Lily: I don't know, Tia. Maybe they have differences, but they're still the same.
Tia: Huh?
Lily: I learned that from traveling with (Captain)!
Lily: There are lots of people and not-people in the crew, but they all get along!
Lily: So, uh, that's why the differences aren't important.
Tia: Really?
Lily: Yeah! Just yesterday Ganba gave us some pie for free, and it was so hot and nummy we harmon-eated it all up!
Lyria: Teehee, that's right! His thoughtfulness really came through—it was such a nice, warm feeling!
Lily: Uh-huh, uh-huh! We could tell how much he cared about us, and it really made us happy!
Lily: It feels great when someone's putting their heart into something. People and Souval and Crystalia are all the same like that!
Tia: ...!
Erin: You're right... So what's important is that we let everyone know how we feel...
Tia: Hey, Lily. We Crystalia don't really have much in the way of cuisine.
Tia: Something tells me that if we made pie, it might not be very tasty in the end.
Tia: But do you think people would still understand how we feel about them?
Lily: Yeah, it'll be fine! Even if we don't make it very well...
Lily: Everyone will still be able to see how we want to be their friends and entertain them!
Tia: ...
After a moment's thought, Tia nods in agreement.
Tia: Okay, it's final then. We'll all make pie together for Grueler and the others!
Erin: All right then. That'll show some nice, heartfelt hospitality.
Lily: Yay, yay! I'm gonna do my bestest too!
Tia: In that case, we're going to need some practice! Let's give this pie-baking a try...
Erin: What are we going to do about the ingredients then? And there aren't any utensils in the palace...
  1. Sounds like a job for us!

Choose: Sounds like a job for us!

Lyria: Teehee, you said it! We'll gather up everything you need!
Lily: (Captain)! Lyria!
Lily: Thank you! I super-duper-duper-duper love you guys!
(Captain) manages to catch Lily as she flings herself forward for a bear-hug.
And so the Crystalia agree to have a trial pie-making session.

Ice Crystal Hospitality: Scene 3

Several days later, a practice pie-making session is held in the Ice Crystal Palace. Seeing Lily enthusiastically pitch in with Lyria and the others, Tia remarks on how much the young Crystalia has grown. While everyone is waiting for the pie to finish baking, the all-too-delicious scent attracts monsters to the palace. Assisted by Lily, (Captain) and the others attempt to chase the beasts away.

Several days later, the trial pie-making session takes place at the Ice Crystal Palace.
The Crystalia split up the tasks necessary to make enough pie for a crowd.
(Captain) and the others supervise the operation and give advice as necessary.
Vyrn: Hey, watch out! You gotta mix the ingredients together better than that!
Lyria: Oh no! Measuring is important! Don't skip that step!
Allie: Oops! I messed up the order of the ingredients...
Lily: It's okay to make a little mistake!
Allie: Mmph... Cooking is harder than I thought...
Lily: But! But! It'll be so nummy and fun once it's ready.
Allie: I wonder if it'll taste any good...
Lily: Yep! Just imagine everybody smiling because it tastes so good, and it'll definitely come out okay!
Tia: Lily used to be so afraid of everything, but now she's always cheering everyone on. She's grown so much.
Erin: Things aren't so different now. Last night she snuck into my bed again.
Erin: I think she was nervous that the pie wouldn't turn out well.
Tia: And yet she's still here helping everyone...
Tia: Sigh... I need to step my act up—I'm five years older than her and have the title of Imperial Princess but still...
Erin: You can't be serious. Without you here, we wouldn't have been able to stay so positive.
Erin: The Snow Maiden's hibernation was a shock for all Crystalia...
Erin: I didn't know if we'd be able to keep things together.
Tia: Erin...
Tia: We only managed to get this far because we cooperated.
Tia: I feel like if we all pitch in, we can really make something big happen. It's just like working in the kitchen.
Erin: Tia...
Tia: That's why I have to keep trying just as hard as Lily!
Lily: Oh no! Tia? We're running out of space for pies!
Tia: I'll be right there!
Tia: Aaah, I can't tell whether she's completely changed or completely the same...
With a rueful smile, Tia hurries over to assist her friend.
The pie-making continues, and in the end all that's left is to put the pastry in the oven.
Everyone gathers outside the Ice Crystal Palace.
Erin: I'm glad we could start a fire. Now all that's left is to watch and wait.
Lily: They smell great! I can't wait till they're done baking!
Monster: Grrrrrr...
Vyrn: Whoa! The smell lured 'em here!
Tia: This close to the Ice Crystal Palace? I wonder if the fire damaged the forest's frost?
Lily: Oh no! (Captain), help me chase them away!

Ice Crystal Hospitality: Scene 4

After beating back the monsters, the Crystalia partake of the surprisingly scrumptious pie. Later, on the day of the peace talks, they serve it to the other delegates. Grueler and Hassan are delighted, and the peace talks come to a successful end. After the delegates leave, the Crystalia receive notification that monsters have entered the palace, and the ice cave collapses.

An expectant hush fills the great hall where the Crystalia are gathered around the dinner table.
A long row of pies sits before them.
Tia: Now then... Let us eat.
Allie: ...!
At Tia's prompting, they all bring forkfuls of pie to their mouths.
Vyrn: Gulp...
There is a moment of silence.
Allie: It's delicious! The meat, squash, and nuts all blend together so perfectly in your mouth...
Lily: Uh-huh! Harmon-eating, right!
Allie: Yeah, that's right!
Exclamations of delight resound throughout the hall.
Erin: I'm tasting the flavor of satisfaction... And feeling a sense of completion. Plus by sharing food, we're all experiencing connection.
Erin: I'm starting to get a better sense of concepts I've only read about in books.
Lily: Fwoo, fwoo... It's so warm and nummy!
Tia: Teehee, yeah. We made it with lots of warmth in our hearts after all.
Lily: Uh-huh! This will make Grueler and his friends happy, won't it?
Tia: It will. We'll keep practicing till the big day so our hospitality is second to none.
Tia: I think it could be a bit sweeter, myself...
Lily: You really have a sweet tooth, don't you, Tia? You even have candy secretly supplied to you from the Torwa market, right?
Tia: Huh! H-h-how do you know my... Don't tell me Erin was spying on me?
Erin: Hehe, who wouldn't be interested in what a princess is doing?
Lily: Ahaha! Erin, you've got such a big, glowing smile on your face!
Tia: You two are terrifying!
Everyone is satisfied with their trial pie-making session.
And the Crystalia continue to make ever more delicious pies through the process of trial and error.
The day of the peace talks arrives.
Lily: Dear men and gentleladies, it's the most greatest honor to offer you this banquet!
Grueler: Just get started.
Gile: Ha... That interaction really takes me back.
Ginta: Heh, it's a bit of a relief to see nothing's changed.
Linus: ...
Hassan: Hm? Linus, are you feeling nervous? Thought I heard you'd been here before.
Linus: Y-yes, I have, but...
Allie: Ah! You're that scout, aren't you!
Linus: Dung-a-lung-a-lung, Linus is my name!
Tia: (It's his hello song... Everyone's really singing one!)
Erin & Allie: ...
While the peace talks progress, Erin and the others watch the great hall from behind an ice pillar.
Lily: And now I know how I can adjust the frost a little bit at a time.
Grueler: How about that... You really seem to have learned about spring.
Tia: You might not need to bring so many Souval warriors just to stay warm the next time you visit.
Hassan: That's true... The day might come when it's easier for all the factions to interact.
Erin: (The conversation's come to a natural stopping point...)
Erin: Excuse me, everyone, I hope you'll all partake in some lunch.
Seizing the opportunity, Erin and the others enter the room and lay platters on the table.
Ginta: Is this pie? Pie made by the Crystalia?
Tia: Teehee, we're going to show you some hospitality.
Lily: We all did our best to make it. Eat up, eat up!
Gile: Hm, I suppose I'll partake.
All assembled raise forkfuls of pie to their mouths.
Hassan: This is—
All Three: Delish!
Grueler: Everything in the filling harmonizes perfectly... This is a culinary triumph.
Linus: It's packed with ingredients from the forest, and it looks amazing too. It has a whole different flavor from the pie we ate in the tavern!
Hassan: Mm-hm! The crust is crispy, and the inside is so fluffy.
Tia: Oh, good. Everyone's enjoying it...
Lily: Teehee, it's a big success!
Lily smiles broadly as the function continues.
The talks end without incident. After the Crystalia see the guests off, they begin clearing the table.
Lily: That was fun!
Erin: Everyone enjoyed their after-dinner candies too.
Tia: Of course, they're my favorite type of—ah, I mean, they're pretty fancy.
Tia: But you're the reason it went so well, Lily. Thank you so much.
Lily: Hurray, hurray! Tia complimented me!
Lily: Did I do a good job? Congratulate me more!
Tia: Teehee, okay, let me pat your head.
Lily: Ehehe, it feels so nice and cool!
Lily: We should have another pie party sometime!
Tia: We had peace talks today, not a party, but... Teehee, all right!
Allie: O-oh no!
Erin: Allie? Why the big panic?
Allie: There are monsters in the Ice Crystal Palace! If we don't hurry—
Tia: Monsters in the Ice Crystal Palace? But we've got the Snow Maiden's frost. They shouldn't be able to—
Lily: ...!
Just then, Lily feels a northerly wind.
It is cold—cold, but somehow mysteriously warm as well.
Snow Maiden: ...
"Spring has come."
The moment Lily hears this voice, the Ice Crystal Palace shakes violently.
And the ice cave crashes in on itself.