Scenario:Pavidus - The Animals' Underling
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The Animals' Underling
While (Captain) and the crew are visiting a mountain in a secluded region, they meet Pavidus, a cowardly Draph who is being ordered around by birds. Pavidus, who was raised by the birds, treats them like royalty and serves them loyally. He listens to the party’s story. Pavidus joins the crew in order to get stronger, and his many animal friends come to see him off. However, they are so worried about him that they end up joining the crew of the Grandcypher as well, and together they leave on the adventure!
One day, when (Captain) and the crew were taking a day off, they heard a tale of an unexplored mountain in a secluded region.
Itching to go adventuring, (Captain) and Vyrn decided to use their day off to explore the mountain…
Rackam: Really? You wanna go and "explore"? What are you, five?
Rackam: Heh. Well I catch your drift. Adventuring's fun, after all!
Vyrn: What's up, Lyria?
Lyria: Erm… I thought I heard a voice coming from somewhere…
Vyrn: What? They said this place was unexplored!
There certainly was a voice coming from the nearby mountain. The curious crew went towards the sound…
They went further up the mountain, and emerged into a verdant clearing, where a strange sight greeted them…
Chick: Ca-caw! (Hey, bird-brain! Hurry up! We're getting hungry over here!
Pavidus: I'm sorry, sir! I'm going as fast as I can! Please don't peck me!
Vyrn: Huh, what's going on? Is he talking to that bird?
Lyria: Wow! He can talk to birds? How amazing is that!
Rackam: Well, it looks more like he's being pushed around by the bird, not having a conversation with it…
Chick: Caw! (Hey Pavi! Someone's coming!)
The man being prodded by the bird looked over his shoulder towards the area where the crew were hiding.
Pavidus: P-people? People with w-w-weapons!
The surprised man took out a dagger and brandished it at the party.
Pavidus: Eeeeeeeeee! D-d-don't come any closer! G-g-go awaaaaay!
The man, on the verge of tears, yelled out, and suddenly several birds flew out around him.
The trees began to shake, and the cries of animals echoed all over the mountain.
Vyrn: Woah! What's going on? What's that guy doing?
Rackam: Whoa there! Hold on a sec! Calm down! We're not here to hurt you!
Bird: Ca-cawww! (What do you want? We don't trust you!)
Rackam: Sigh… Alright…
Rackam signaled, and (Captain) and the crew dropped their weapons.
Rackam: See! I told you, we're not here to hurt you! So call off that animal army!
Pavidus: B-but you're…
Bird: Ca-caw… (He seems to be telling the truth… Maybe we can trust him, Pavi.)
Pavidus: O-okay. Understood, sir.
The man sheathed his dagger. The animal sounds faded from the mountain, and the birds calmed down.
Pavidus: Are you guys bad people?
Rackam: No. We're just passing through.
Pavidus: Sorry about that… I get nervous around weapons…
Rackam: Ah, well… Sorry for sneaking up on you like that.
Vyrn: More importantly, Hood Dude, that was crazy! You can command all the animals!
Pavidus: Oh no, that's not what happened! I could never order my superiors around… I'm the one taking the orders!
Chick: Ca-caw! (Yes. He's like a servant, a henchman and a disciple all rolled into one!)
Vyrn: What? What's the bird saying? Hood Dude, tell us what he's saying!
Chick: Ca-ca-caw! (Oi, Pavi, what happened to the grub? If you're gonna chat, get the food too!)
Pavidus: Y-yessir! Guys… Is it okay if I prepare food while we talk?
Rackam: Sure, we can help you too, if you like. I feel bad just sitting here talking while you're doing all that work…
Pavidus: Really? Thank you!
The crew listened to him talk as they gathered fruit.
The man, whose name was Pavidus, had lived in the forest ever since he was a child. He had been raised by the animals there.
As they continued gathering food, Pavidus explained how he felt that the animals were his teachers and his adoptive parents.
Lyria: I see… The birds and the other animals are very important to you, Pavidus.
Vyrn: Don't you think the animals are a tiny bit strict to you, Pavidus?
Pavidus: No, not at all!
Pavidus: I'm always causing trouble for them, and I just want to repay them for their kindness, and for everything they've done for me.
Lyria: You've… caused trouble?
Pavidus: I'm a coward, and a weakling… When people come into the mountains, or when beasts attack…
Pavidus: I always get scared, and the animals have to come in and help me…
Pavidus: They're nice to me, really. So I don't want to cause them any trouble anymore.
Pavidus: Well, that's all there is to know about me! What about you guys? Where have you come from?
Pavidus: We hardly ever get anyone coming to these mountains from outside, so I'm interested to hear more about you!
Lyria: Oh, okay! We'll tell you all about ourselves! Right, (Captain)?
The crew talked about their journeys up to this point, and explained the goal of their journey to Pavidus.
Pavidus: Wow! You guys are amazing!
Pavidus: If I were to go on a journey like you, do you think I'd be able to become stronger… and more brave?
Vyrn: Hood Dude… You wanna get stronger?
Pavidus: Yes… If I get stronger, I won't be a burden on the animals, and I'll be able to live happily!
Lyria: In that case, how about coming with us on our journey?
Pavidus: B-but… Erm…
Pavidus: I've got to stay here and look after all the animals!
Suddenly, the birds spread their wings and flew away from the clearing.
Lyria: Ah! What happened? What are the birds doing?
Pavidus: I-I don't know… They didn't say anything…
Everyone thought it was strange that the birds had flown away so suddenly, but they continued gathering the fruit.
When they had finished gathering, Pavidus took them to the place where he lived, further into the mountains.
When they got there, they found that Pavidus' birds had packed a suitcase and left it outside of the house!
Pavidus: Wh… What? What's going on! Are you trying to bully me again?
A bird landed on Pavidus' shoulder as he ranted, and pecked him on the cheek.
Bird: Ca-caw! (Saying you have to take care of us…)
Bird: Caw caw ca-caw! (What kind of excuse is that! Stop being such a darned wuss!)
Vyrn: What in the blazes is going on with those two?
Lyria: I have no idea. But I feel like they're having a really important conversation.
Bird: Cawww! (We'll be fine without your help, you ridiculous ape!)
Pavidus: R… really?
Bird: Ca-caw! (So go off with them! You really want to go, right?)
Pavidus: Is that really OK with you?
While Pavidus was talking to the bird, the trees nearby began to shake, and a trampling sound approached them.
Everyone looked towards the sound, and a giant wild boar emerged from the woods!
Pavidus: Mr. Boar! You came to see me too!
Vyrn: Woah! You know this boar, too?
Boar: Oink! (Looks like it's time for you to strike out on your own.)
The boar grunted and brought Pavidus back over to the crew.
Boar: Oink… Oink oink. (You may be a cowardly helper, but we appreciate you.)
Bird: Squee! (We're counting on you. Don't let us down!)
Pavidus: …Thank you, everyone!
Rackam: So… I think this means that…
Pavidus: They said… They said to go, and that they were counting on me!
Vyrn: I see. Heehee! They don't just boss you around, they care about you too!
Vyrn: Well, we'll welcome you in with open arms! Right, (Captain)?
Pavidus: Thank you so much!
Pavidus: Animals! I'm going now, but I promise I'll be back! I'm going to get stronger, then return to help!
Boar: Oink. (Yes. Go! Don't look back, and return when you're ready!)
Boar: Squee! (Good luck on your journey, Pavidus!)
Pavidus: Thank you!
Pavidus nodded firmly, took his luggage, and moved off down the mountain with the crew.
When they arrived back at the Grandcypher…
Bird: Caw! (Comfortable place you've got here!)
The animals were all around the ship, relaxing on the deck.
Pavidus: W-what are you all doing? I thought you were…
Boar: Oink. (Hehe… Well, we were worried about you, Pavidus!)
Rackam: Well, I guess this means that the animals are along for the ride too!
Pavidus: Don't worry, animals! I'll still be taking care of you!
Rackam: Sheesh… What should we do?
Choose: The more, the merrier, right?
Rackam: Okay… Well, the captain's word is law on board! Roger that, Captain (Captain)!
Pavidus: Really? Thank you!
Choose: This is a bit too much…
Boar: Oink-oink! (It's hard to ask this of you, but I hope you'll reconsider.)
Boar: Squeeeeee! (If we leave this lump on his own, we're worried about his safety.)
Pavidus: (Captain)! I beg you! Please let them come!
(Captain) was won over by the passionate pleas of Pavidus and the animals, and agreed to let them come.Continue 1
Rackam: Alright then, I guess they can all come… But make sure you clean up after this crazy menagerie!
Pavidus: I promise I will! Thank you so much, everyone!
Bird: Caw! (Thanks for letting us on board!)
And so, the weak-willed Pavidus and his happy assortment of animals joined the crew.
The Grandcypher became a much livelier place, thanks to the presence of many birds, and, of course, a large boar.