Scenario:Nezahualpilli - The Flightless Eagle
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The Flightless Eagle
Desperate to prove himself worthy of his title, the winged king Nezahualpilli searched for a cure for his acrophobia. An introduction picked up at the KnickKnack Shack leads (Captain)'s party deep into the forest in search of a certain doctor.
Vyrn: Now, uh... I know what the shopkeep said, but are we sure we gotta slog through a forest to find this doctor's village?
Lyria: That's what I was thinking... you really don't look like you'd be afraid.
Vyrn: You sure we can trust the shopkeep on this?
Vyrn: C'mon... are we sure he really lives here? Like, reaaally?
Nezahualpilli: Ahaha! Be not consumed with doubt! Is it not just so? (Captain)!
(Captain) set out to a find the doctor who might cure Nezahualpilli of his fear of heights.
Though they learned of a doctor who might be able to help, he was said to live in a village deep within the mountains.
Vyrn: Seriously, guys, why would he live here? There's, like, nothing at all!
Vyrn: How the heck're you gonna find work if you're out here in the boonies...
Nezahualpilli: That is certainly a fair point. You've a keen mind, Vyrn.
Nezahualpilli: It is said this doctor is something of a heart specialist...
Nezahualpilli: What would lead one such as that to live in an unsettled wood...
Nezahualpilli: Yar! Curiouser and curiouser!
Vyrn: He's a strange old dude, alright. But whatever floats his boat...
Nezahualpilli: Ahaha! Strange old dude, indeed! And right fascinating!
Nezahualpilli: I'd be most interested in hearing why his boat floats so!
Lyria: There's something I've been meaning to ask, Nezahualpilli... why are you so scared of heights?
Nezahualpilli: Hrm? ... I do suppose I've yet to tell you why high places so vex me.
Nezahualpilli: The reason is frighteningly mundane, I'm ashamed to say.
Nezahualpilli: At what age was it, I wonder... I was naught but a fledgling, to be sure.
Nezahualpilli: I was climbing a tree, you see... and I happened to fall...
Vyrn: What?! Were you okay?!
Nezahualpilli: Well I was blessed with quite the robust body! I managed to escape any grave injury...
Nezahualpilli: But now simply being in a high place fills me with a sense of utmost dread.
Lyria: That does explain it...
Vyrn: I don't blame you, man. Who wouldn't be afraid of heights after something like that?
Nezahualpilli: Ahaha! It would do me no good to say so!
Nezahualpilli: I am a king. I wouldn't deign to stain the pride of my family by presuming to be just another "who. "
Nezahualpilli: I'll not give up. I am not the only one to carry this burden.
Lyria: B-but! You've been such a lifesaver already!
Nezahualpilli: Ahaha! I'll make no claims to lives saved, my lady. I speak not out of modesty, but truth.
Nezahualpilli: One cannot call themselves a winged king when filled with terror at the sight of the ground far below.
Nezahualpilli: I can make no claims to kingship in my current state.
Nezahualpilli: What king cannot protect his own family, I ask you?
Nezahualpilli: Cheer up, friends. I need only find a cure and all will be well.
Nezahualpilli: Right, (Captain)? Make haste! We must find this doctor!
The Flightless Eagle: Scene 2
The party had found the doctor at long last. Yet he refused to take a look at Nezahualpilli. The party made their exit with no small amount of regret, but they hadn't made it far before a scream pierced the air. They turned back to find Erstian troops closing in. The party chose to save him.
Having left the forest deep behind, (Captain) and company find themselves approaching the village.
Hearing a furor from the villagers, the party makes its way back to the doctor's house...
Doctor: An examination? I must refuse.
Nezahualpilli: What?! B-but pray, tell us why would you...
Vyrn: Exactly! You're some hotshot doctor, aren't you? C'mon, take a look at him!
Doctor: You've been led here under false pretenses. I research disease. I am no doctor.
Doctor: Though such things are not beyond my ability...
Lyria: B-but... what about the examination...
Doctor: Did you not hear me? I want no part in it.
Doctor: Why else would I escape to a faraway village such as this?
Doctor: Go. And I'll not have you darken my doorway again.
Lyria: That didn't go well at all...
Vyrn: Who the hell does he think he is?! Crotchety old geezer!
Nezahualpilli: Hrm... I don't doubt there's a reason for him to be in such a foul mood...
Lyria: D-did you hear that scream?! Isn't that the...
Nezahualpilli: Yar! Right from whence we came! We must go! (Captain)!
Doctor: S-stop! Get your hands off me! I'll not go back!
Imperial Soldier: You've caused us quite a bit of trouble disappearing like that, Doctor.
Imperial Soldier: That research of yours is very, very important to the Empire, you know...
Doctor: P-please! Somebody! Help me, I beg you! I will not go back, I swear!
Nezahualpilli: You, there! While you may have business with this man, could you not proceed a bit more peaceably?
Imperial Soldier: Huh? Who in the hell are you...
Doctor: H-help me! I'll explain later, I swear! And I'll give you the examination you require!
Vyrn: Tsk! Guess we gotta save him now, huh?
Lyria: Hehe... don't pretend like you weren't going to already. Right? (Captain).
Nezahualpilli: Yar! That's the (Captain) I know!
Imperial Soldier: No idea what's going on here, but you got some nerve butting in. Hope you're ready to get your butts handed to you!
The Flightless Eagle: Scene 3
Nezahualpilli, having saved the doctor, gets his examination. He learns that his problem is more one of the mind than the body. Nezahualpilli is in low spirits after learning his issue cannot be solved by a doctor. Though they had just left the doctor's house, word reaches them that the doctor has been dragged away to the Imperial battleship. The party boards the battleship to rescue him.
Doctor: You've saved me, though I can't see why you would... you have my thanks.
Nezahualpilli: I find it hard to believe that I would overlook a thing like that.
Nezahualpilli: And who might you be? And what, pray tell, do you mean by "just"?
Doctor: What to say... I used to work for the Empire researching the heart in all its functions.
Once upon a time, the doctor had been a researcher in the employ of the Erstian Empire.
But finding that his precious research had been put to nefarious uses, brainwashing among them, the doctor fled in horror.
Doctor: I never would have imagined they'd have found me in a village this remote... you saved me.
Vyrn: Sheesh... is there anything those Imperial lackeys won't do?
Doctor: And so... You, young man. I believe you were seeking an examination?
Nezahualpilli: Yar... there's one thing in this world that frightens me above all...
Doctor: We can speak more at my house. You must have undertaken quite the journey just to reach me.
Lyria: Thank you so much! We'll be able to figure something out! Nezahualpilli!
Nezahualpilli: Yar! Long though I've relied on (Captain)'s strength, we may have found a solution at last!
And so Nezahualpilli finally receives the examination he'd been hoping for...
Nezahualpilli: Come again?! Perhaps I have misunderstood...
Doctor: The root of your fear is in your mind. You're the picture of health, otherwise.
Nezahualpilli: Do you think me a fool?!
Nezahualpilli: The quests I take are worthy of a king!
Nezahualpilli: That all I have to do is believe that high places do not fill me with fear...
Doctor: No one's more sorry than I, but there's not a thing I can do for you...
Nezahualpilli: I... that's... then what am I to do?
Vyrn: What can you do? You heard the doc.
Lyria: M-maybe you just have to take some time!
Lyria: It's like when you're a kid and you don't want to eat your veggies. You just have to wait until you grow up!
Villager: H-hey, you guys! Wait up! You're not the guys who just chased off those Imperials, are you?!
Nezahualpilli: Indeed we are...
Villager: Well they came back! They snatched up the doctor and carried him off to their battleship!
Vyrn: Say what?! Buncha hardheads, aren't they?!
Nezahualpilli: On the ship itself, you say... then we mustn't waste any time.
Nezahualpilli: (Captain)! Should we not give these scoundrels chase?!
Vyrn: They're in sight! That's the ship, right?!
Nezahualpilli: Yar... the doctor himself eludes me...
Lyria: But look at all of those Imperials...
Nezahualpilli: We've no choice but to board them if we wish to save the doctor...
Vyrn: Are you okay, Nez?! We're pretty high up...
Nezahualpilli: We've no risk of falling... so long as we jump when we're as close to their ship as possible.
Vyrn: Whoa! Slow down there, buddy! What if you, like, freeze up or something?
Nezahualpilli: So long as I don't see the ground I shall stay nicely thawed!
Nezahualpilli: Onward, friends! (Captain)! To me! The future winged king!
The Flightless Eagle: Scene 4
The ship they'd boarded was nothing but a decoy. A trick to lure (Captain) to the sky while the Empire made off with the doctor. Steeled by a sense of urgency, Nezahualpilli took wing, leaping from the ship. While Nezahualpilli's bravery saved the doctor, it seemed he was not cured of his fear just yet.
Having repelled the Imperial troops, (Captain)'s party searches the battleship.
Vyrn: I mean, look at this place! It's empty!
Nezahualpilli: It seems to me that those gathered on deck had been the entirety of their company...
Vyrn: There's no one here! And it doesn't look like it's carrying anything. What the hell is going on?!
Lyria: Ah! Look! Look down there! (Captain)!
Lyria's finger pointed toward the village they'd just left.
All signs pointed to the doctor having been kidnapped from the village.
Villager: So... I went ahead and gave those guys the runaround.
Villager: Heeey, looks like you guys won. So where's my reward?
Imperial Soldier: That was some fine work... we'll get back to you on the payment. Just keep your mouth shut.
Doctor: Ack... you scum!
Imperial Soldier: Don't look so scared, doctor... you're worth a princely sum.
Imperial Soldier: Why do you think we've shelled out all that cash for an operation just to sneak you away?
Doctor: Y-you knew?! Damnit... damnit!
Imperial Soldier: Settle down, now... it's no use begging for help. That flock of fools is already in the sky.
Vyrn: Damn it all! Don't tell me they tricked us!
Nezahualpilli: It would seem so, Vyrn...
Nezahualpilli: Even if we were to touch down, we would most likely lose track of them in the forest...
Lyria: But but... What if we landed right away?!
Nezahualpilli: No... actually...
Nezahualpilli: There's something I wish to ask you, (Captain)...
Nezahualpilli: Overcoming my fear... dancing through the sky... do you believe I can do it?
Nezahualpilli: Yar... perhaps I should place my trust in those words.
Nezahualpilli: I am the winged king...
Nezahualpilli: But no more than I am a member of your crew, (Captain).
Choose: You mustn't! It's much too dangerous!
Nezahualpilli: Ahaha! It's no more than a simple display of concern!
Nezahualpilli: If it so, then it is my duty to handle them.
Nezahualpilli: Who are the winged if not the masters of the heavens?!Continue 1
Lyria: ...Nezahualpilli? You wait just one second!
Nezahualpilli: Yes, the heavens... if I am to be taken for a true king, then I must learn to savor their taste...
Nezahualpilli: Yar... a firm heart to turn the fearful into the beautiful...
Vyrn: Hey, dummy! Cut it out!
Imperial Soldier: Alrighty, then... we'd better beat feet. That means you too, doctor.
Villager: Oi! Hold on just a minute! Where the hell is my money?!
Imperial Soldier: Hm? Oh, I almost forgot...
Villager: Eh?! Guh...
Imperial Soldier: A fool and their money...
Doctor: You... you monster!
Imperial Soldier: Oh, doctor... you do realize this man sold you out? It's much, much too late anyway...
Imperial Soldier: Wha?! What’s this?! Is the sky falling?!
???: The gravest sin... such violence will not stand.
Imperial Soldier: What in the...
Nezahualpilli: I order you to release that man in the name of the winged king!
Imperial Soldier: Grrk?! Wh-where did you... did you fly down here?!
Nezahualpilli: There is no sky my wings can't conquer! The skies were made for me! The winged king!
Imperial Soldier: D-damn you... damn you to hell!
And thus, thanks to Nezahualpilli's bravery, (Captain) and company managed to rescue the doctor.
Doctor: Thank you... I can't believe you saved me again...
Nezahualpilli: It is I who should be giving thanks. I never would have mustered the courage had you not examined me.
Doctor: Is that so... well I'm glad to have been of service.
Doctor: My dear village. I must bid you farewell. May we one day meet again.
With those parting words, the doctor left the village to begin a new journey.
Lyria: Hehe... he was such a sweetheart. I hope we see him again someday.
Nezahualpilli: Ah... yes, indeed... we...
Vyrn: What's wrong?! You okay?!
Nezahualpilli: I... my anxiety seems to have gotten the better of me...
Nezahualpilli: It seems my courage has fled...
Vyrn: H-hey now... the least you could do is stand up...
Lyria: Hehe... I guess that means you're going to need a bit more time.
It would seem the days events weren't quite the cure-all Nezahualpilli had been hoping for.
But they were sure proof that he was more than worthy of becoming the winged king.