Scenario:Noa - The Vessel of Wishes
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The Vessel of Wishes
(Captain) and company stay in Golonzo to continue servicing the Grandcypher, but they suddenly hear a commotion at the airship port. Some skyfarers are trying to destroy everyone's ships, so the crew rushes to the aid of the shipwrights.
Rackam: All right! We've replenished all of the supplies, so we're all set to go!
Noa: Hee-hee... Thanks to you, everything's as shipshape as ever. I can tell the Grandcypher is pleased too.
Rackam: Heh-heh! Well, we're going to be relying on her for some time to come, so I can't slack off now!
(Captain) and company have resurrected the Grandcypher with their new vow to it.
They have stayed on Golonzo to inspect and service the revived airship.
Lyria: Hee-hee... Thanks to its revival, the Grandcypher is almost like a brand-new ship!
Vyrn: Yeah, almost. It still looks the same though, so it doesn't really seem like it's been reborn.
Noa: I know what you mean. It would have been nice to renew its appearance as well.
Noa: But I like how Rackam has patched up the old Grandcypher.
Noa: I think even the tracks and scars left by shoddy repair jobs are beautiful, so I prefer the ship as it is.
Rackam: Hey, watch it! You got some nerve calling my work shoddy with a straight face.
Noa: Hee-hee... I never said anything about your repairs.
Vyrn: Heh-heh... Noa, you really like the Grandcypher, huh?
Noa: I guess so. For me, the Grandcypher is—
Rackam: What was that? I think I just heard a gunshot from over there.
Shipwright: Help! Some skyfarers are attacking the port! They're smashing up everyone's ships!
Noa: That sounds serious. (Captain), we should lend a hand.
The Vessel of Wishes: Scene 2
The skyfarers rampaging in the port are about to smash up the warships and other heavily-armed craft, in order to rid the skies of war. Although Noa shows some sympathy for the skyfarers' claim to righteousness, he points out to them that the important question is not whether the airships should exist, but to what use they are put. His argument falls on deaf ears however, and the crew faces off against the skyfarers.
(Captain) and the crew face off against the skyfarers who were about to start doggedly smashing up the ships in the port.
Rackam: Hey! Stop that! What do you think you're doing?
Noa: We cannot just stand by and let you destroy these ships.
Skyfarer 1: Why you... You think you can save these ships? Are you really so deeply in love with war?
Noa: What are you trying to say?
Skyfarer 2: Damn it all... These are warships loaded with weapons, and we won't stand for it!
Skyfarer 1: That's right! We're the good guys here! To free the skies of war, we must be rid of these infernal machines!
Noa: So in other words...
Noa: You're saying that you're going to destroy all warships and any ships that have armaments to rid the skies of fighting?
Skyfarer 1: You got it. Ours is the side of justice!
Rackam: Perhaps, but that doesn't give you the right to just smash up these airships.
Noa: He's right. Though of course airships have on occasion fanned the flames of war.
Rackam: Hey, Noa! Whose side are you on?
Noa: I too once harbored doubts about the way airships are used.
Noa: But when I first came to Golonzo, I met a boy who taught me something important.
Noa: Each one of these airships is built so beautifully, with such passion and yearning. An airship itself knows no sin.
Noa: The important question is not whether an airship should exist but rather how it is used.
Noa: I think you skyfarers already understand that, do you not?
Skyfarer 1: Enough! Our cause is just! That makes us the good guys, and we'll crush anyone who disagrees!
Vyrn: Sheesh. There's just no reasoning with these guys.
Noa: So it seems.
Noa: I feel sorry for them. But it seems that to protect these blameless airships, we will need to subdue these skyfarers by force.
The Vessel of Wishes: Scene 3
Having handed the skyfarers over to the port guards, the crew listen to the story of what happened leading up to Noa's first meeting with the young Rackam. Back then Noa was shaken by the thought that the ships he had built had been used in wars that had brought misery to many, and he lost faith in his abilities. At that point he met Rackam, who was still a child then, and it was the young boy's words that convinced Noa that there was a future for him as a shipwright, and his self-belief was restored. Noa smiles as he recalls these memories.
(Captain) and the crew capture the marauding skyfarers and hand them over to the guards.
Lyria: Hey! What you were saying earlier, you know, about the boy you met on Golonzo...
Vyrn: Heh-heh! You were talking about Rackam, weren't you?
Noa: Yes. Just before I first met him, I was struggling with some serious self-doubt.
Noa: As a ship-building primal beast, I had made lots of ships and entrusted them to all kinds of people.
Noa: But the ships I made were being used in the War and other conflicts. They brought misery to so many people.
Noa: I was a ship-building primal beast who hated ship-building, and I was losing faith in my abilities and my very existence.
Lyria: How awful... But you're not responsible for what happened in the War.
Noa: Yet if it weren't for my ships, they would've had no way to reach the battlefield. The whole war could've been avoided.
Noa: The Grandcypher was one of those ships.
Noa: It was wrecked in the War, but I'd lost so much faith in my abilities that I couldn't even repair it to my satisfaction.
Noa: That was when I decided to join a crew. We were visiting Golonzo...
Noa: And I encountered Rackam. He was so tiny back when he was a child, but he still spoke like he had an old head on his shoulders.
Noa: Even though the Grandcypher was just a shipwreck back then, Rackam told me that it was still beautiful.
Noa: Hearing that made me so glad, from the bottom of my heart.
Noa: I decided that one day the Grandcypher would sail through the skies once more, this time to help people instead of hurt them.
Noa: And I once again believed that there was a way forward for me, so I resolved to go back to being me.
Noa: That's how I ended up here on Golonzo waiting for Rackam. I just knew that he'd become the pilot of the Grandcypher.
Vyrn: Of course! I can't blame you for waiting!
Lyria: Me neither! That resolution must have been really important to you, Noa.
Noa: I owe everything I am to Rackam. I would have simply faded away without him.
Noa: Rackam... For me, you are truly irreplaceable.
Rackam: Oh, for cryin' out loud. I don't think I can listen to much more of this.
Noa turns away slightly, but keeps his eyes on Rackam, and smiles cheerfully.
Of all the events in Noa's long life as a primal beast, he is profoundly thankful for his chance encounter with Rackam.