Scenario:Robertina - Tubist Robertina

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Tubist Robertina

Lyria sees Robertina walking outside and, taken with her mysterious behavior, decides to follow along. They arrive at a shrine where Robertina offers a prayer, explaining why she took up the tuba.



The Sky Philharmonic Orchestra is the most influential of all the musical ensembles in the sky.
(Captain) and company are providing security for the orchestra during its 100th anniversary concert tour.
Narita: There are four entrances into the venue: the main and side entrance, and two more in the back.
The crew is being shown around by Narita. He's a disciple of the orchestra's music director and conductor emeritus, Nobiyo.
Vyrn: So we just need to man these four entrances!
Lyria: Hmm... I think we can pull this off if we all work together!
Narita: The back entrances are only for staff, but it wouldn't hurt to play it safe.
Narita: Ah, that reminds me! The rehearsal's about to begin. Would you like to have a look?
Vyrn: Sure, that sounds fun!
Lyria: Ooh, I want to see it too!
Narita: Great! Please follow me.
Narita leads them to the seats with the clearest view of the entire stage.
Orchestra members buzz around onstage prepping for rehearsal.
Vyrn: (Ooh, they're about to start!)
Lyria: (Wow, that's a lot of people!)
Narita: That's Novei. She leads the first violin section as the concertmaster.
Narita points to a girl giving instructions to the others onstage.
Novei: Is everyone ready?
Pamela: Y-yes!
Augusta: Haha, you won't last during the real performance if you're already nervous at rehearsal.
Pamela: Ah... Uh, okay!
Augusta: Well, that's not much different, is it? C'mon, relax, Pamela.
Cecile: I've been ready.
Robertina: How about a snack, then?
Cecile: Hm? Sure, I'll take it.
Novei: Ahem, one last thing before we start.
The others straighten their posture at her serious tone.
Novei: Our performance the other day went well. It was our first time performing under the new system, but we've been getting fantastic reviews thanks to everyone's best efforts.
Novei: The big 100th anniversary concert is next, so let's up the ante and give them a truly unforgettable experience!
Novei: Now, please begin tuning.
The sound of instruments tuning harmoniously fills the tranquil concert hall.
???: ...
Just then, an imposing figure appears before the performers.
Narita: That's Nobiyo, the conductor emeritus of our orchestra.
Vyrn: Hey, he seems like a really nice guy!
Lyria: I thought it would be someone really scary.
Nobiyo's ears perk up at the sounds of the orchestra warming up.
However, the tuning stops when the members notice Nobiyo.
Nobiyo: It's fine, keep playing.
Novei: Um, well, I thought you would be leading...
Nobiyo: Oh? Is it my turn?
Novei: If you would do the honors.
Nobiyo clears his throat.
Nobiyo: Well, if you insist. Let me hear your melody.
Nobiyo flashes a smile at Novei.
Novei: Y-yes!
Nobiyo: All set?
Nobiyo gets into position on the podium and checks with Novei.
Novei lets out a deep breath and begins playing at the exact moment Nobiyo begins waving his baton.
The entire orchestra begins playing in perfect unison, enveloping (Captain) and company in a glorious homophony.
Nobiyo: ...
Novei: ...
The dynamic sounds from Novei's violin serve as a guidepost for the other members.
Nobiyo: ...
Augusta: ...
The gentle and warm accompaniment from Augusta's cello embraces Novei's melody.
Nobiyo: ...
Cecile: ...
Cecile holds a commanding presence with her piercing high notes.
Nobiyo: ...
Pamela: ...
Pamela, on the other hand, fills the concert hall with a soft, pleasant treble.
Nobiyo: ...
Robertina: ...
Robertina supports the others with a rich, deep bass that elevates the performance to heavenly heights.
Absorbed in the beautiful harmony, the rehearsal comes to a close all too soon.
(Captain) and company remain speechless for a few moments, astounded by the breathtaking performance.
Vyrn: Whoa! That was amazing... I don't know much about music, but you guys rock!
Lyria: Wow... Wasn't that incredible, (Captain)? I loved it, Narita!
Narita: Ah, why, thank you!
Nobiyo hasn't moved an inch from the podium.
Novei: Um, Nobiyo?
Nobiyo: Good work, everyone. That'll be it for today.
Novei: Thank you.
Nobiyo: Ah, right. Come see me later, Novei.
Novei: Okay.
Nobiyo walks off the stage with an upbeat smile.
Novei: Great job, everyone.
Novei: All section leaders meet up later backstage.
Cecile: Well, I'll see you guys soon.
Augusta: Today's rehearsal ended pretty fast.
Robertina: My shoulders are stiff.
Pamela: Will you be okay?
Robertina: Yeah, it always gets like this.
One by one, they clear the stage of their instruments and leave the premises.
Narita: Um, do you guys have some time after this?
Vyrn: Hm? Sure, but what for?
Narita: Well, I was thinking of introducing you all to the orchestra members.
Lyria: Yes, I'd love to talk to everyone!
Narita: Very well, I'll introduce you once they're done.
Narita gives the orchestra members some time to rest before bringing in (Captain) and company.
Meanwhile, the section leaders meet up backstage to reflect on the day's events.
Novei: Again, great job today.
Cecile: You too, Novei.
Robertina: I can have one of those snacks, right?
Augusta: Go for it! I'll grab one too!
Novei: So does anyone have anything to say about today's performance?
Pamela timidly speaks up.
Pamela: Um, not to be a wet blanket, but...
Pamela: Well, I was wondering if we'd really be okay going on like this...
Cecile: What do you mean by that? Our performance today was no different than usual.
Pamela: I don't know how to say this...
Novei: It's okay. Speak your mind.
Augusta: Pamela can be really perceptive.
Augusta: Did you notice something we didn't?
Robertina: You know, I'm not really in the mood for snacks after all...
Augusta: Yeah, you barely touched anything on your plate, Tina.
Cecile: Enough about the snacks.
Cecile: Pamela, tell us what you're thinking. Take all the time you need.
Pamela: Thank you, Cecile.
Pamela: We're rehearsing for a concert tour to celebrate the founding of this orchestra. That's a far cry from our usual performances.
Pamela: I'm really feeling the pressure, more so than ever.
Pamela: Also, it's going be the legendary Nobiyo who'll be conducting us, not Narita like we're used to.
Pamela: I'm kind of scared how this might go. Or maybe, I'm just feeling impatient.
Cecile: Well... The orchestra did feel a little different today.
Augusta: Now that you mention it, the cellos in my section did seem a bit stiff.
Robertina: Ah, no wonder there are so many snacks left over.
Novei is entrenched in deep thought.
Novei: Thank you, Pamela.
Pamela: Huh?
Novei: I know how you feel, Pamela. Touring the skies with Nobiyo has always been my dream.
Novei: We have to do absolutely everything we can to make it turn out well.
Novei: My heart's been racing, telling me we have to surpass our current selves—
Just then, they hear a knock on the door followed by Narita and the crew walking in.
Narita: Oh, sorry. Were you in the middle of a meeting?
Novei: No, it's all right.
Novei: Who are those people behind you?
Narita: (Captain) here leads a brilliant crew of skyfarers.
Narita: They've been assigned to protect us on our concert tour across the skies.
Narita proceeds with the introductions.
Lyria: We watched your rehearsal just now!
Lyria: And it was incredible!
Vyrn: It was so good it brought tears to my eyes!
(Captain) nods in agreement.
Novei: Haha, I'm glad to hear that. Thanks.
Novei: I'm Novei, concertmaster of this orchestra. It's nice to meet you.
Cecile: Greetings, Captain. I'm Cecile and I play the trumpet.
Augusta: Augusta here. I play the cello.
Augusta: It's impressive seeing so many youths as skyfarers!
Pamela: Um, I'm Pamela. I play the flute. It's a pleasure to meet you.
Robertina: My name's Robertina. I play the tuba and love snacks of all kind.
Lyria: Yay! I love snacks too!
Robertina: Really? Would you like one of these then?
Lyria: Hurray! Thank you so much!
Vyrn: Haha, looks like you have a new snacking buddy, Lyria!
Lyria: Yes! We'll do our best to support everyone and make the tour a success!
The crew and orchestra members finish exchanging greetings.
Novei: Do you girls have any plans after this?
Cecile: I'm going straight home. See you all tomorrow.
Robertina: I have something to take care of. Bye.
Augusta: Well, if everyone's leaving, I guess I'm leaving too.
Pamela: Um, I'm going to stay and practice.
Novei: All right, good night everyone. See you here tomorrow.
Narita: Thanks for visiting today, (Captain). Feel free to walk around the premises as you please.
Vyrn: Well, what should we do now, (Captain)?
The crew uses its free time to get to know the orchestra members better.
As they take a stroll through the streets, they spot the tubist Robertina in the distance.
  1. Call out to Robertina.
  2. Quietly follow her.

Choose: Call out to Robertina.
Robertina: Oh, hey. It's you guys.
Robertina: Were you looking for me?
Lyria: Umm... There's something we wanted to ask you.
Robertina: Oh yeah? Here's some snacks for you.
Lyria: For us? Really?
Robertina: Have at it. They're my favorite kind these days.
Robertina passes the snacks over to (Captain) and company.
Vyrn: You're giving me some, too? Thanks!
Lyria: Nom nom nom... Anyway... Chomp... What were you up to out here, Robertina?
Robertina: Chomp...
I was just taking a walk as usual... except I have somewhere to drop by today.
Vyrn: In that case, is it okay if we tag along?
Robertina: Sure, that's fine. It'll be fun.
Robertina: If you need to leave early, that's fine too.
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Choose: Quietly follow her.
Vyrn: I'm not sure what she's up to, but it looks fun!
Lyria: Is... is it really okay for us to be doing this?
The crew decides to follow her on a whim.
Robertina: ...
But their cover is quickly blown as Robertina notices something is afoot.
Robertina: Sniff...
Robertina stops in her tracks.
Robertina: Hm, something smells fishy.
Vyrn: (Uh-oh, did she notice us?)
Lyria: (We'd better apologize!)
Robertina turns around in one swift motion.
Lyria: Yikes!
Robertina: Oh. It's you guys.
Robertina: If you were anyone else, I would have to knock you out.
Robertina fiercely swings her tuba around.
Vyrn: (She's stronger than she looks...)
Robertina: No biggie though. Catch you all later!
Lyria: Hey, wait!
Robertina: Hm? Is there something else you wanted?
Lyria: Um, wanna chat a little?
Robertina: Snackie snack?
Lyria: Huh?
Robertina: Just felt like saying that.
Lyria: Snackie... snack?
Robertina: Just giving you a hard time.
Vyrn: Uh... okay?
Robertina: I have something to take care of. But you're welcome to tag along if you want to talk.
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The crew follows Robertina for a jaunt in town.
When they arrive in front of a what seems like a shrine, Robertina slowly gets down in a prostrate position.
Vyrn: Uh, (Captain)? What's happening here?
Lyria: Feeling tired? Are you an early riser, Robertina?
Robertina: No, no. I actually go to sleep pretty late.
Robertina: I get my energy from the mystical power of the land itself.
Robertina: Focus, like this, and you'll feel it too.
Robertina closes her eyes and meditates.
Robertina: See?
With a smug look on her face, Robertina winks at the crew.
Vyrn: Uh... okay...
Robertina: The sky, the tuba, and you... Three entities, once separate, united as one. You can feel it, can't you?
Lyria: Yes! I can feel the power welling up inside me!
Robertina: Heh. You've got a knack for this, Lyria.
Robertina: We're moving on!
Lyria: Right behind you, Robertina!
Robertina: You can call me Tina.
Lyria: Right behind you, Tina!
Robertina: That's Miss Tina to you!
Lyria: Of course, Miss Tina!
Vyrn: Huh? (Why are they getting along so well all of a sudden?)
And so Robertina and Lyria's intense training session begins.
Robertina: One... Two... Three...
Lyria: Four... Five... Six...
Side by side with Robertina, Lyria begins working out.
Vyrn: Um, what am I looking at, exactly?
Lyria: Yikes! This isn't easy, Miss Tina!
Robertina: Good work, Lyria! Let me take it the rest of the way!
Lyria gives up, but Robertina pushes onward.
Robertina: Ninety-eight... Ninety-nine... One hundred!
Lyria: You did it, Miss Tina!
Robertina: Huff... wheeze...
Robertina: Am I good or what?
Lyria: You're good, Miss Tina!
The two hug each other, spirits lifted from their awe-inspiring workout.
Vyrn and (Captain) can only watch quietly from the sidelines.
Vyrn: So, uh, why did Robertina start working out all of a sudden?
Robertina: I have to stay fit to use my tuba. It's the heaviest instrument in the brass family.
Robertina: If I didn't keep up my routine, I'd have trouble just holding it up.
Lyria: You're really something, Miss Tina!
Vyrn: Wow...
(Maybe you should've picked a smaller instrument?)
Vyrn: If you're willing to go that far, you must have a good reason for choosing the tuba.
Robertina: Actually, you could say I never chose the tuba.
Robertina: The tuba... chose me.
Vyrn: Bwuh? What's that supposed to mean?
Robertina: It's a long story, but...
Lyria: Gulp... Is Miss Tina's past about to be revealed?
Robertina: One day, a tuba fell from the skies.
Vyrn: That's it?
Robertina: I've played the tuba every day since then.
Vyrn: That's impressive, but...
Robertina: The voice of the tuba god led me to where I am today.
Lyria: Oh, to speak with the tuba god... How wonderful!
Robertina: Faith and prayer have been inseparable from music since time immemorial.
Robertina: Is there anything you believe in, Lyria?
Lyria: Um, I've never really thought about it, but I definitely believe in (Captain)!
Robertina: Hahaha! Tough to keep you two apart, huh?
Robertina: Anyway, why don't you offer a prayer to the tuba god, too?
Vyrn: Okay! Let's pray for a safe journey!
Lyria: And I'll pray for your successful concert tour!
Robertina: Hehe, thanks.
Robertina shows a perky smile as she saunters into the shrine.
Robertina: Follow me. I'll show you how it's done.
Lyria: By all means!
Vyrn: We should get in there too, (Captain)!
And thus, the first day of rehearsal comes to a close.
(Captain) and company return to the Grandcypher, eager to hear the music awaiting them on the following day.