Scenario:Niyon - Magical Tuning

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Magical Tuning

Sierokarte tells the crew that she's received a mysterious request for help from a nearby town and suspects Niyon's ability to hear the emotions of others will be of help.

On a day like any other, Sierokarte suddenly tasks (Captain) with a strange request.
Vyrn: A request from an anonymous client? What's that about?
Sierokarte: Well you see, I found a letter with some of the goods I was stocking yesterday.
Sierokarte: It simply had the word help scribbled on it.
Lyria: Ooh... That's kind of scary...
Sierokarte: So I thought it might be a request from someone!
Sierokarte: I don't know who the letter's from, so I was hoping you could investigate.
Vyrn: But without any clues, where would we even start?
Sierokarte: The product in question comes from a specific village!
Sierokarte: So maybe you can find something there!
Vyrn: Hm... This sure doesn't sound like it's gonna be easy.
Sierokarte: Hehehe... Niyon's special sensing ability should come in handy here!
Niyon: ...
Lyria: Her power to hear the emotions of others as a melody?
Sierokarte: Yup! It should be perfect for this investigation!
Niyon: I... can't talk to strangers.
Sierokarte: Hehehe... You won't have to worry about that if you're with (Captain) and the others.
Vyrn: Y-yeah... Just stay behind us and we'll handle it.
Niyon: Okay.
Sierokarte: I'm well aware of how difficult a request this might be.
Sierokarte: Even if you don't complete it, you'll get your payment for trying!
Sierokarte: Okay then! Best of luck everyone!

Magical Tuning: Scene 2

(Captain) and company question the townspeople but can't seem to find any new information. Sensing something odd going on, Niyon plays a melancholy tune to match the peoples' emotions; the citizens sadly explain that they're suffering under the oppressive rule of the local knight order.

Vyrn: Well we're here, but...
Lyria: Hmm... Where do we even start looking?
Vyrn: Had a feelin' investigating without clues was gonna be a non-starter.
Niyon: ...
Lyria: Hm? Niyon, what's wrong?
Niyon: I don't like this town.
Lyria: Really? It's awfully pretty and doesn't seem to have anything wrong with it.
Niyon: There's a harsh dissonance here. The town itself is out of tune.
Vyrn: You've noticed something off?
Niyon: That beauty Lyria mentioned is just a facade. A sad melody is all I hear from the citizenry.
Vyrn: Hm... Not exactly something we can understand for ourselves.
Lyria: Maybe the sadness you're hearing has something to do with that letter Siero got?
Vyrn: Well we won't get anywhere just thinking about it. Let's try asking around!
Townsfolk 1: Discontent? Sadness? In a beautiful town like this? Haha, of course not!
Townsfolk 2: I've been living here a long time, and I've never felt a single twinge of regret. It's a beautiful town, after all!
Townsfolk 3: Hehehe... Isn't this just an adorable little hamlet? I love it here. You should move here too!
Townsfolk 3: What? You got a rescue letter from this town? Hahaha! Must've been a kid's prank!
The crew questions the citizenry, but the investigation goes nowhere.
Lyria: Maybe it really was a prank...
Vyrn: I didn't find anything suspicious either.
Vyrn: The only thing is... everyone kept mentioning how clean and beautiful the town is.
Niyon: ...
Lyria: Is something wrong, Niyon?
Niyon: Let me try playing something.
With a hesitant air, Niyon touches her fingers to the strings and begins playing a somber tune.
As the people around Niyon hear the melody, they suddenly stop. It's almost as if their feet are rooted to the ground.
Vyrn: What did you do, Harp Girl? The town looks... different.
Niyon: I'm playing a melody that matches the emotions of the townspeople.
Niyon: When they hear a tune that synchronizes with their mood, it amplifies those feelings. So if they're sad... the sorrow will become unbearable.
Niyon: So long as they hear this song, they won't be able to hide their true feelings.
Niyon: Try questioning them again.
Townsfolk 1: Those knights tax us like crazy... They say it's to maintain order in town, but if we dare to refuse...
Townsfolk 2: I've lived here for a long time, but the knights only recently started oppressing us...
Townsfolk 3: Someone sent a letter asking for help... Oh, if only someone would save us...
Niyon: ...
Vyrn: H-hey, are you okay, Niyon? You're lookin' real pale all of a sudden.
Niyon: I'm sad.
Niyon: I can feel the despair of the townspeople coursing through me.
Niyon: I want to go home. Let's defeat the knights and bring this sad melody to an end, shall we?
Vyrn: You want to take on all of 'em? The whole knight order?
Niyon: I'm an Eternal. And (Captain)'s with me too. Let's go.
And so the crew heads to a tavern where the knight order is rumored to gather.

Magical Tuning: Scene 3

Niyon begins performing in front of the knights at the tavern, who grow strangely uncomfortable and ask her to stop. She tells the knights they are ruining the town's melody, and puts up her shield.

Knight Captain: What's going on? There seems to be a commotion outside.
Knight: Heheh... Probably just some drunks fighting.
Knight Captain: Some people just don't know how to control their tempers.
Knight: But thanks to them, we get to live it up! Bwahaha!
Knight Captain: Can't have order without the citizens living in fear of us after all! Gyahahaha!
Niyon: ...
Knight: Huh? Who are you?
Niyon: ...
Knight: This tavern's reserved. Now scram.
Knight Captain: Hold on. What's wrong with entertaining a few guests? Heheh.
Knight Captain: I see you have an instrument... A traveling musician, I suppose. Been begging for money on street corners?
Niyon: ...
Knight Captain: Go on. Play something.
Niyon: ...
The melody that echoes through the tavern fills the knights with an immense feeling of unease.
Although it is an old and well-known song that praises a valorous knight, something feels oddly out of place.
Knight: Hey. That song's getting on my nerves. Play something else.
Niyon: Indeed. It should put you ill at ease.
Knight: What do you mean?
Niyon: You must have a sinking feeling that you're being criticized. And worse... that you deserve it. Isn't that right?
Niyon: It's a song of praise for a valiant knight. The complete opposite of the melody playing in rotten hearts like yours.
Knight: Who're you callin' rotten? How dare you!
Knight Captain: Now hold on. What are you trying to say, traveler?
Niyon: There's a terrible dissonance in this town's melody. And you're the ones creating it.
Knight Captain: Hrmph, what nonsense... Cut her down.
Knight: Sir!
Niyon: Why do you have such an unpleasant sound?
Niyon: No matter. I'll put you back in tune.

Magical Tuning: Scene 4

Niyon drives the knights away, then quickly leaves the tavern as she can't bear to stay there any longer. She tells the crew that she wants to hear something pleasant, and invites (Captain) to play music with her.

The knights lunge at Niyon, but they can't even touch her as she continues to play her harp.
The knights fall to the ground from Niyon's agonizing melody. They attempt to get back up but are unable to fight through the pain.
Niyon: ...
Knight Captain: W-what did you do?
Niyon: I fixed your tuning. Your melody matches the town now.
Knight: W-what is this sense of unease... What should I do...
Niyon: Hearing that song about the valiant knight made you feel uneasy, right? You realized how far the knight's actions were from your own.
Niyon: That unease turned into doubt within you.
Niyon: It made you compare your corrupted self with the valiant knight in the song.
Niyon: If you continue living like this, you're going to suffer. A lot. Anyway...
Niyon: Bye.
Niyon quickly leaves the tavern as if at her wits' end, and (Captain) follows her outside.
Niyon: ...
Vyrn: H-hey, are you all right, Harp Girl? You're lookin' pretty pale again.
Niyon: I'm tired... I was in that awful noise for too long. I just want to go home.
Lyria: Y-you may have overdone it, Niyon! Let's go back and rest.
News of the knight order's near-collapse quickly spreads throughout the town...
The man who sent the letter to the Knickknack Shack eventually appears and thanks the crew for saving the town. The crew leaves after saying farewell.
And so the case of the mysterious letter comes to a close.
Vyrn: Today sure was tiring... Guess I'll go to sleep too.
Lyria: Hmm... Niyon seemed exhausted. I hope she's okay.
Niyon: ...
Vyrn: What's up? Feeling better, Niyon?
Niyon: Not yet.
Niyon: The discord from town is still ringing in my ears. I want to drown it out with a pleasant melody.
Niyon: (Captain), will you play with me?
(Captain) nods and produces the Nine-Realm Harp.
After tuning their instruments, the two begin playing a song they've practiced in the past. Niyon's expression gradually softens.
Niyon: Despite having different tones, you all play such a beautiful melody together.
Niyon: Playing with you is so soothing...
Lyria: Hehe... I love when you and (Captain) perform together too.
Niyon: ...
Lyria: D-did I say something?
Niyon: I'm just a little embarrassed.
Niyon, a member of the Eternals, tends to alienate herself from others due to her brilliant but sensitive nature.
Now that she has friends she can truly trust, however, she is stronger than ever.