Scenario:Vermeil - Enigmatic Tears

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Enigmatic Tears

Rumors that a famous entertainer is in town turn out to be true. The allure of a good show is too good to pass up. The somber performance jars Vermeil's memory, offering a clue to his past. Before he has time to think, the ticket money is stolen, and the crew chases after the thief.

The party stops at an island for the night. There are rumors that a famous performer is in town.
Vermeil's eyes light up like a child's upon hearing the news. He makes a rare request.
Vermeil: I have a favor to ask. Would it be all right to go watch this performance?
Vyrn: Huh? You want to go see something artsy?
Vermeil: Is that so strange? Go ahead and laugh if you want.
Vyrn: No, it's not what I meant. I didn't think you were interested in that stuff.
Vermeil: Hm, my teary-right eye would certainly stand out a little amidst a cheering crowd.
Vermeil: But when I'm watching something compelling, I feel a warmth in my chest and it puts me at ease.
Vermeil: I know it sounds strange, but it lets me forget about my eye for a while.
Lyria: Hey, don't worry about that. It sounds like fun. Let's go (Captain).
The party reaches a bustling square. A cheerful, boisterous voice rings out over the din of the crowd.
Ulamnuran: Attention! A fantastical, magical performance is about to begin!
His comical antics and light-hearted words draw in large audiences.
The Harvin performer commands the enthusiastic applause and cheer of the crowd.
Vermeil: Hahaha! Splendid. This is more than I had expected, bravo!
Ulamnuran is a crew member

Ulamnuran: Hey, Captain! Hey, everyone! Did you come to see me?
Lyria: Oh my, so the famous performer was you, Ulamnuran.
Ulamnuran: Ah, I guess I forgot to tell you. While I'm docked here I decided to promote myself.
Ulamnuran: Well then, let's get this show on the road!
Lyria: Huh? Look at that, Vermeil.
Vermeil: What is it, Lyria?
Lyria: You're certainly in high spirits, Vyrn.
Faint streaks of tears can be seen in Ulamnuran's makeup, just below his right eye.
Ulamnuran not in crew

Vyrn: Whoa, he's really popular. Now I get how crybaby Vermeil feels.
Lyria: You're certainly in high spirits, Vyrn.
Lyria: Huh? Look at that, Vermeil.
Vermeil: What is it, Lyria?
Lyria: He has a right eye that is crying just like yours. See?
Streaks of tears can be seen distinctly in the performer's makeup, just below the right eye.
Lyria's observation hit Vermeil just as the soft timbre of music reaches his ears. With a flourish, the performer launches into a soliloquy.
There once was a legendary jester whose performances always sold out.
He never cared for anyone, except for one lone woman sitting in the third row.
He had fallen in love with her. In order to make her smile, he would do his best to act the fool.
One day she went to speak with the jester. She wanted to confess her love, but alas, it was not to him.
What to do, what to do? His heart ached but he kept smiling.
"Bring him to the stage. I will fill him with laughter and then surely your confession of love will be a success."
The woman did as she was told and, sure enough, they lived happily ever after.
Ever since that incident, no matter how much he dried his eyes, a tear would always remain.
Lyria: What a sad story.
Ulamnuran: Yes, yes, I think so too. It's tragic.
Ulamnuran: But you know, as an entertainer, I have a different interpretation.
Vyrn: A different interpretation?
Ulamnuran: You see, a true entertainer brings happiness to others, even if it means sometimes sacrificing your own.
Vermeil: More important than your own happiness...
Ulamnuran: Yes. I believe from the bottom of my heart that he willingly sacrificed his own happiness so that she could continue smiling.
Vermeil: Urgh!
Ulamnuran's words hit Vermeil like a bolt of lightning.
A long forgotten memory comes racing back to Vermeil.
A beautiful woman that I have never met before but at the same time seems so familiar...
I understand now. She is the one I am sworn to meet.
A woman with eyes, green as jade, whose tears cannot stop flowing...
Lyria: Are you ok? Say something, Vermeil!
Vermeil: I see. Your smiles... and mine. Ah, what am I saying?
While Vermeil recovers, Ulamnuran lets out a shriek.
Ulamnuran: Oh my goodness! The box with all the ticket money is gone!
Vermeil mutters to himself amid the confusion.
Vermeil: Just as I thought. Everytime I'm happy, something bad happens.
Vyrn: Did you say something?
Vermeil: It's nothing. We must hurry and catch the thief.
As he speaks, the party's gaze fall onto a suspcious man slowly slinking away.
Suspicious Man: What are you looking at? It wasn't me, go away!

Enigmatic Tears: Scene 2

The thief confesses the whereabouts of his gang's hideout after a quick interrogation. Vermeil thinks he should leave the crew, believing that misfortune always strikes whenever he's happy. Lyria and Vyrn try to reassure him but he continues to brood.

(Captain) and crew stop the suspicious man but can't find any money.
After some tough questioning, the man lets slip that a gang of pickpockets have a hideout nearby.
The party hurries toward the hideout.
Vermeil: I'm sorry. This is all my fault.
Lyria: Why? You're not the bad guy, the bad guys are the pickpockets.
Vermeil: That's not what I mean.
Vermeil: Whether it's fate or karma, I've always been the harbinger of misfortune.
Vermeil: Whenever I laugh, someone always loses their money.
Lyria: Why are you saying this all of a sudden? You shouldn't worry about that.
Vermeil: No, it's all right. I'll take my ship and leave this island, alone.
Vermeil: I'd thought that this ever-smiling crew could finally change my fate.
Vermeil: Perhaps it was a little too much to ask for. I can't keep troubling you any longer.
Lyria: It's not like that. No one thinks you're responsible for any of this.
Vyrn: That's right. Besides, small stuff like this is nothing to (Captain)!
Vermeil: What are you saying. I'm causing you trouble right now, just like I said.
Lyria: When someone's in trouble, we should all bear the burden.
Vyrn: That's right, Lyria. A huge problem can be solved if we break it down into smaller pieces, right?
Vermeil: Is that so...
Lyria: Yep, that's what it means to be our comrade. (Captain) won't let you shoulder everything yourself.
Vyrn: If there ever comes a day for you to leave the Grandcypher, it'll be when your tears stop and you have a big smile on your face.
Vermeil is taken aback for just an instant but quickly recovers.
Vermeil: Hehe, like I said before, you're a one of a kind bunch.
Vermeil's face suddenly turns grim as he knits his brows in concentration.
Vermeil: We should be careful. It seems they know we're here.

Enigmatic Tears: Scene 3

The party defeats the gang and returns to the Grandcypher. Vermeil reconsiders his role and joins the crew. He has tears in his eyes, but this time they are tears of joy, for he knows that someday, his true smile will return.

The party defeats the pickpockets. After giving back the money to Ulamnuran, they return to the Grandcypher.
Vermeil, who had earlier vowed to leave the group, stands on the deck of the ship.
Vyrn: Oh, you're still here? Didn't you say you were going to leave?
Vermeil: ...
Lyria: Vyrn! Don't tease him like that!
Vyrn: Come on, it was just a joke. He wasn't saying anything so I wanted to wake him up.
Vermeil: Everything has a cause and effect, but it seems my right eye is a liar.
Vermeil: It'll be hard to break old habits but I've decided to join you on your journey.
Vyrn: Hehe, I thought so.
Lyria: What made you change your mind?
Vermeil: It's because of all of you that I was able to remember something from a long time ago.
Vermeil: You don't have to be sad in order to cry.
Large drops of tears fall from his right eye, as well as his left.
His smiling face shows no trace of sadness whatsoever. These are tears of joy.
Lyria: Hee hee, that's a wonderful smile Vermeil.
Vermeil: I don't know when I'll be able to lift this curse.
Vermeil: But when that day comes I have a feeling that all of you will be at my side.
Vermeil: Let me say it once more: I, the teary-eyed knight Vermeil, shall accompany you on your quest.
From that day on, no one in the crew thinks of Vermeil's tears as tears of sadness.
As for Vermeil, he no longer envies (Captain)'s smile.