Scenario:Yngwie - The Full Metal Man
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The Full Metal Man
Eugen leads the crew to meet Yngwie, a legendary skyfarer who once explored the farthest reaches of the sky. He joins the crew in a quest to find his long lost daughter, who appears to have sent him a letter from another skydom.
On a faraway cliff, a boy looks up at the sky and wails.
His eyes seem sad, regretful, and a little resigned.
Boy: Sob... This sucks... I suck...
Boy: And the sky sucks most of all!
Boy: Huff... Sob...
???: What are you up to?
Boy: Huh? Who are you?
???: That's beside the point. I asked what you were up to.
Boy: It doesn't have anything to do with you, Gramps.
???: It does. I'm about to board an airship, and I'm not interested in making the skies angry.
Boy: Angry? Pft, you talking about a storm or something?
Boy: Don't be stupid. The sky doesn't have moods. It's air currents that make the weather! Air. Currents. Get it?
???: You're a smart aleck, but at least you know a thing or two about the sky.
Boy: Listen, I... wanted to become a skyfarer.
Boy: But everyone told me I couldn't. Not with my bad leg.
???: So you're complaining to the sky. Call it a hunch, but I don't think it cares.
Boy: Oh, shut up! What do you know, old man?
Boy: This isn't a joke! Do you know how much I wanted an adventure?
Boy: It was my dream to soar the skies. Just like the man, the myth, the—
Around the same time, Eugen leads the crew to a distant island.
He anxiously explains why they're here.
Rackam: Yngwie? The one and only Yngwie?
Eugen: The one and only. Shocked me to hear from him. Says he's got something to discuss.
Rackam: With us? Like what?
Eugen: Hard to say. Been decades since I saw him last. Not since he hid himself away on some island.
Vyrn: So who is this guy, anyway? Some kind of famous skyfarer?
Eugen: Guess the word doesn't get around anymore. How times change.
Eugen: Way back when I was cloud hopping, a skyfarer took the world by storm.
Eugen: His name was Yngwie, and he captained a crew of adventure-crazed maniacs across the sky.
Eugen: He up and crossed Phantagrande, blazing one trail after the other.
Rackam: From what I hear, he cleared most of the routes we use today.
Rackam: That's how the stories go, anyway. He never left any clear records.
Vyrn: Sounds like we owe this guy big time! He must've been a real hero!
Eugen: Hero? Don't get the wrong idea, Vyrn.
Eugen: He had something of a heroic period after clearing the skyways, where he saved countries and slayed monsters.
Eugen: But he was always crazy for adventure first and foremost. Said being a hero was a pain, ditched his crew. And he was their captain!
Eugen: Instead, he set his sights on lands unknown, crossing the Grim Basin to explore new skydoms.
Vyrn: Alone? This guy sounds like a nut!
Boy: And then! And then! Yngwie had all sorts of grand adventures in faraway skydoms!
Boy: They say he found hyper ancient ruins! Saved a hundred beautiful princesses from a hundred dark dungeons!
Boy: And when he finished blazing a path across every skydom in the sky, he returned to Phantagrande!
???: Heh. Every skydom, huh?
Boy: What, you saying it's a lie?
???: No comment. Wasn't a hundred princesses, though. It was a thousand.
Boy: A thousand? Now that's just crazy, Gramps.
Boy: Yngwie never talked about what happened, so nobody really knows for sure. But still...
???: That's right. Whatever people tell you, you just keep believing what you want to believe.
Boy: Humph, like I even need to be told.
???: You sure? Everyone told you to give up on being a skyfarer, so you did.
Boy: Rgh... That's because of my leg, okay?
???: So when they told you it was impossible, you believed them?
Boy: No! I never wanted to give up on myself!
???: Heh. Yngwie didn't, either. He believed in his dreams like a silly little kid.
???: So rest easy. The sky's more than big enough for your foolish flights of fancy.
Boy: Wait a sec... Are you the man, the myth, the legend—
???: Yngwie is in your heart.
???: It's past your bedtime, kid. Follow me back to town.
Thief Queen: Bwahaha! You're not going anywhere! Now lay out your valuables where I can see them!
Boy: Oh no, we're surrounded!
Thief Queen: The urchin's got nothing, but the old man's shield should fetch a pretty penny!
Thief Queen: There there, nothing to worry about. I'll spare your life, so just—
???: There's always time for love.
Thief Queen: Excuse me?
Thief Queen: Hahahaha! Forget stealing from this fool! I'll put him out of his misery myself!
???: Bravo, baby!
Rackam: He said he'd be here by now. Something must've happened.
Vyrn: You mean like a monster attack? But a legend like him could handle that, right?
Eugen: Right. Still, he went on adventures we can barely even imagine. It's possible he didn't make it back in one piece.
Eugen: I don't like this one bit. Let me take a look around and—
Boy: Someone come quick! Yngwie's in trouble!
Eugen: Gah! Looks like my hunch was right.
Rackam: Let us handle this, kiddo. We're not about to let a legend bite the dust!
Vyrn: Yeah! I'll scout ahead!
???: What's the hurry? Heading to the little dragon's room?
Vyrn: No, I'm heading to save Yngwie, and—
Eugen: Yngwie? Is it really you?
Yngwie: Hello, Eugen. The years have not treated you well, my friend.
Eugen: Hahaha! It really is you! And you've turned into a geezer yourself!
Yngwie: I've heard the rumors. You're still marching along on the front lines?
Eugen: Yeah, guess you could call it karma. Just reaping what I sowed way back when.
Yngwie: You mean that daughter of yours? You and I were both such dogs.
Eugen: Now what exactly do you mean by that?
Rackam: Guys, I hate to spoil this happy reunion, but c'mon!
Vyrn: That's right! Weren't you attacked by thieves? Everything okay?
Yngwie: I took an arrow straight to the heart... from a little guy they call Cupid.
Thief Queen: Oh, you! Stop, you're embarrassing me!
Boy: Aren't you the leader of those thieves? What happened?
Eugen: Heheheh... You haven't changed a bit, Yngwie.
Eugen: Remind me again. Didn't you smooth talk a Luminary Knight to cross the Grim Basin?
Rackam: Wait, you can do that?
Yngwie: Don't get the wrong idea. Nobody was taken advantage of.
Rackam: Then what happened?
Yngwie: Past adventures stay in the past. I promised her that. And besides, we've got minors present.
Vyrn: What kind of adventures has this guy been through?
With introductions out of the way, Yngwie pulls out a letter and begins to explain his reasons for calling the crew to the island.
Vyrn: That letter's from another skydom?
Yngwie: Arrived just the other day. Normally you can't send mail between skydoms, but this found its way to me anyway.
Yngwie: It says it's from my daughter!
Rackam: Which one?
Yngwie: You jealous? Grow a mullet this cool and maybe you'll get somewhere.
Eugen: It says "help me" in kid's handwriting, but the postmark's more than a decade ago.
Eugen: The whole thing's so crumpled I can barely make out a word.
Eugen: Wait. Don't tell me you—
Yngwie: I'm shipless, shiftless, and without connections. Don't know much about today's air currents, either.
Yngwie: But I heard there's a crew crazy enough to search for the Island of the Astrals. One with my old friend in their ranks.
Eugen: You must be joking. That tattered piece of paper isn't enough to go on. What if whoever sent it is just leading you on?
Yngwie: But it reached me, Eugen. It reached me.
Yngwie: Sorry to impose, Captain. This is going to be my last adventure. Willing to help make it one to remember?
Yngwie: You have my thanks. And my years of experience.
Yngwie: Of course, Boss. I'm not interested in rocking the boat.
Eugen: For crying out loud. Got a clean bill of health, I hope?
Yngwie: I fended off those thieves single-handedly, didn't I?
Eugen: Right, right. Fine. We're setting off tomorrow morning, so don't be late!
Yngwie and Eugen exchange a firm handshake, laughing like old friends all the while.
The legendary skyfarer has returned to the fold after a long absence. He's champing at the bit to embark on his final adventure.