Scenario:Sophia - Past and Present
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Past and Present
(Captain)'s party head for one of the Zeyen holy grounds, the ruins of the War. There, the party comes across a slumbering primal beast. The party learns of the primal beast's promise with Sophia's ability, then heads to a nearby village to get more information.
Vyrn: Hey! Are we almost at the ruins of the War we heard about at the Knickknack Shack?
Sophia: Yes, according to the map we got at the Knickknack Shack... huh? Where did the map... huh?
Lyria: Sophia! Over here! You dropped the map!
Sophia: What?! I-I'm sorry! I almost got lost...
Vyrn: Boy... Sophia usually seems reliable, but she can be forgetful sometimes...
(Captain)'s party heads for the ruins of the War with Sophia the Zeyen priestess.
According to the Zeyen teachings, the ruins of the War are considered holy grounds and the successor of the high priest has a duty to make a pilgrimage there.
Lyria: But... what kind of place can the ruins of the War be...?
Lyria: They say it's a forlorn place, as if it forever bears the marks of the War...
Vyrn: Come on... the War with the Astrals happened hundreds of years ago.
Vyrn: Don't you think any remains will be long gone by now?
Sophia: Yes, in some places... but there are always traces of something left behind.
Sophia: We, the Zeyen priestesses, can read these traces and learn of the past.
Vyrn: I don't really get it, but sounds impressive! Don't you think so, (Captain)?
Sophia: Haha... i-if you don't get it, I don't know whether or not I should be happy about that...
Sophia: Huh? What's wrong, Lyria? Why did you stop...?
Lyria: In the ground... I feel... the presence of a primal beast nearby.
Vyrn: What!? There's a primal beast buried in the ground!?
Lyria: Yes... but it seems to be resting... in the form of a primal crystal...
Vyrn: I see... well, it is the ruins of the War. I guess it's possible.
Sophia: But... according to the map, the ruins of the War are past that forest.
Vyrn: Hmm? Then why's that primal beast sleeping all the way over here?
Lyria: Hmm... I can tell it's nearby by feeling its presence, but I don't know any more than that...
Sophia: Hehe... looks like it's my time to shine.
Vyrn: Huh? What are you gonna do?
Sophia: I'm going to read the trace of energy that's left on the land. Then, I'll know everything that happened here.
Sophia: Oh vestiges of astral power resting in the land... through my staff, embody the fragment of time and reveal it before me!
Lyria: H-hey! You alright?! Sophia!
Sophia: Thank you, Lyria... but don't worry, this happens all the time.
Sophia: More importantly... this primal beast seems to have made a promise.
Lyria: A... promise?
Sophia: Yes... this primal beast was not suited for combat...
Sophia: So before the battle, it was told to wait here by the Astral that was its master.
Sophia: And so here it lies, waiting for its master's return...
Lyria: My goodness... that's too sad...
Sophia: Yes... and now that we know, I can't just leave it here...
Choose: Let's do something about it.
Sophia: Yes... I'm sure there's something we can do to help...
Sophia: Then let's go to the village to get some information first.
Choose: Let's get more information.
Sophia: That would be best. If only we can find out more about the Astral that was this primal beast's owner...
Sophia: Let's head for a nearby village first. Someone might know something.Continue 1
Vyrn: Alright! Then it's settled, let's get through this forest first!
Vyrn: I sense a lot of monsters nearby... keep your guard up! (Captain)!
Past and Present: Scene 2
The party arrive at a village and ask the village elder about the sleeping primal beast, but aren't able to get the information they want. Imperial soldiers arrive in search of information on the same primal beast. The party fights the imperial soldiers to help the primal beast fulfill its promise.
The party arrives at a nearby village. They visit the elder who is said to be the most knowledgeable in the village... however...
Elder: A primal beast sleeping outside the village, you say...
Sophia: Yes, do you know anything?
Elder: I'm sorry, but I've never heard of it...
Sophia: I see...
Vyrn: Well, the war is hundreds of years old after all...
Vyrn: Even if that Astral survived the War, it's been hundreds of years... I'm sure he's already...
Sophia: N-No... not yet! There must be something!
Sophia: Besides, I can't just leave him there!
Sophia: There must be something... maybe the owner left something behind!
Sophia: Elder! Anything would help! Any little thing...
Sophia: Is there anything we can tell him after waiting there for so long?
Elder: I-I would help if I could, but...
Imperial Soldier: Hm...? What's all the commotion about?
Vyrn: Ack!? What are they doing here...?
Imperial Soldier: Hm? ...Hey, geezer! Do you know about the rumors of a sleeping primal beast that's around here?
Elder: Huh... a sleeping primal beast you say...
Imperial Soldier: That's right. We, the Erste Empire, are looking for primal beasts that we can use for our experiments...
Lyria: T-Those people are after that primal beast...!
Imperial Soldier: Hm? You know where the primal beast is?
Sophia: Yes, we do...
Sophia: Actually... it seems like we're the only ones in this village that know about the primal beast.
Imperial Soldier: Ah...I see. In that case, lead us to it.
Sophia: No... I can't do that.
Imperial Soldier: What did you say...?
Sophia: He's been waiting for his master just like he promised... I can't hand him over to you!
Sophia: I will protect him! (Captain)! Please help me!
Past and Present: Scene 3
(Captain)'s party defeats the imperial soldiers. The elder recalls a place where the legends of Astrals live on. The party heads there but still can't find any information. Sophia laments her own powerlessness. Lyria comforts Sophia, telling her that there must be something more valuable than the past. Then, the imperial soldiers appear once again.
After restraining the imperial soldiers, Sophia faces them directly.
Imperial Soldier: Ugh... damn you all... you won't get away with this...!
Sophia: Please tell me... why did you all come here...?
Sophia: Do you know anything about Astrals around this village?
Imperial Soldier: Hmph... what are you going to do with that information?
Sophia: I want to know... because I believe this is my duty...
Imperial Soldier: I don't know what you're expecting but... ever since the War, there has been nothing left here.
Vyrn: Stop acting so pompous! What are you trying to say?
Imperial Soldier: Hmph... just that... nothing was left.
Imperial Soldier: The Astrals on this land were all exterminated in the battle near the end of the War.
Imperial Soldier: This place is one of the few battlefields where we, the citizens of the sky were completely victorious over the Astrals.
Imperial Soldier: We were looking for spoils of war besides the primal beast, but nothing has come up so far...
Sophia: B-But! That can't be... there must be something...
Elder: N-Now I remember...
Elder: I've heard of a land of legends in the outskirts of the village where Astrals were once buried...
Elder: B-But this is merely a rumor, and besides...
Sophia: W-Where is it? Please tell me!
Elder: Beyond the forest that way... but that place is...
Vyrn: Oh! Hey! Where are you going?
Lyria: L-Let's go after her! (Captain)!
Imperial Soldier: Hmph...
The party run after Sophia and arrive at the place where Astrals are said to be buried, however...
Sophia: That can't be... there's nothing... nothing left...?
Sophia: Again...? I couldn't do anything... again...
Vyrn: C-Couldn't do anything...?
Vyrn: O-Oh! You can read what happened in the past, Sophia!
Sophia: What would be the point of that...?
Sophia: Even if I do, it's all a tragedy that's long been over... I can't make anyone happy...
Sophia: I'm always too late... the memories I always see seem so close, but they're too far away...
Sophia: I can only watch... That's all I can do... It's all so meaningless...
Lyria: I-I don't think so!
Lyria: Yes, the past is important, and it's something we can't change... but that's not all we are!
Lyria: I don't know my own past. I want to learn more about it but...
Lyria: I don't see myself as unfortunate for not knowing my past.
Lyria: Because, I have all of you... Even without a past, I have a future I can face with my friends...
Lyria: Is that something that can't replace a past that can't be changed?
Imperial Soldier: Hmph... well? Did you find what you were looking for?
Vyrn: Wha!? How did you!?
Imperial Soldier: Unfortunately for you, we weren't the only troop of soldiers. Sensing that we were in danger, they came by to help.
Imperial Soldier: This time we have reinforcements. Now, you're going to tell us where that primal beast is!
Sophia: I still can't tell you that.
Imperial Soldier: I see... then it looks like we'll have to make you talk!
Sophia: I won't let you do that either! Because I found something that I can still do...
Sophia: So I can't lose here!
Past and Present: Scene 4
The imperial soldiers are forced to retreat by (Captain)'s party. Finding meaning in her ability to see the pasts of primal beasts and realizing what she must do, Sophia leaves the land behind with a cheerful heart.
(Captain)'s party successfully drive away the imperial soldiers.
Then, as if a cloud had lifted, she made an unexpected request.
Lyria: That sleeping primal beast...?
Sophia: Yes, I want you to absorb it.
Vyrn: Why all of a sudden? I thought you would be against that for sure.
Sophia: I think... I've been forgetting something important.
Sophia: My ability to see the past isn't to save it, but to guide the future.
Sophia: No matter how tragic, the past can't be changed...
Sophia: But if we keep moving forward...
Sophia: We can guide those we couldn't save in the past.
Sophia: I think the reason we Zeyen priestesses can see the past isn't to mourn what's behind us, but to build a better future.
Lyria: That's it! You're right! I agree!
Sophia: That primal beast, too, shouldn't stay here waiting forever...
Sophia: I think it would be best if we can take him back to his home, the world of Astrals.
Vyrn: Heh heh! Now that's a good idea! Don't you think so, (Captain)? (Captain)!
And so Lyria absorbed the sleeping primal beast, and the party continued on their journey toward the Island of Astrals.
As Sophia left this place behind, her face was cheerful and full of confidence.