Along the way, our heroes met the Zeyen pilgrim Sophia. The party learned that the Zeyen holy grounds had a connection to the Astrals. The party proposed to the naive and scatterbrained Sophia that she join them on their journey.
During their journey, the party visited a most exceptional country that was said to be prospering thanks to the supernatural protection provided by the primal beast Sylph.
The party carry on with their quest together with Sophia, a priestess they had met while heading for the Royal Capital Feendrache.
Vyrn: A moment ago you said you were on a pilgrimage to the holy grounds, but why are you actually doing that, Sophia?
Sophia: In truth, my journey on a pilgrimage to the holy grounds was an ordeal imposed upon me by grandfather, a high priest.
Lyria: Um... What is this “Zeyen” faith, anyway? Hehehe.
Sophia: Huh? (Captain)’s party doesn’t know about the Zeyen faith?
Sophia: Then I will explain!
Sophia: The Zeyen faith is a major creed that ties the Sky World with the World of the Astrals.
Sophia: A sign left in this world. That is, by intensely studying the power of the Astrals, we endeavor to understand their intentions...
Sophia: We believe that the souls of those who believe in the divine protection of the Astrals can eventually obtain eternal life...
Vyrn: Got it! The Zeyen thing is right on the money! Thanks for explaining!
Sophia: At any rate, I must overcome the ordeal of the pilgrimage to the holy grounds that has been borne by all Zeyen high priests for generation.
Lyria: Whoa! I don’t understand that too well, but it sounds terribly difficult...
Lyria: And... What of this holy grounds that you mentioned a moment ago, Sophia? What might that be?
Sophia: That’s a good question! The holy grounds, as defined in our Zeyen doctrine, is a war-torn place during the War.
Sophia: That is, it was the site of many intense bloody battles repeatedly fought between the Astrals and the people of the sky.
Vyrn: Hmph... You say it was the site of bloody warfare, but wasn’t that centuries ago? What do you do there?
Sophia: That involves the mysterious power bestowed upon those who take up the role of Zeyen high priest.
Lyria: A mysterious power?
Sophia: Yes. I can use that mysterious power to view the lingering power of the Astrals that still sleep in the holy grounds.
Vyrn: A power left behind by the Astrals... Does she mean primal beasts?
Sophia: Exactly. I can see the power of the primal beasts.
Lyria: Wha... wow! You can talk to primal beasts too, Sophia?!
Sophia: Wha?! So you can talk to primal beasts as well, Lyria?
Lyria: Yes! I can separate powers from primal beasts and then take them on myself!
Sophia: Amazing... I wonder what my grandfather would say if he could hear of that?
Sophia: I do not possess Lyria’s innate ability to actually negotiate with primal beasts. All I can do is bear witness to their power...
Vyrn: Hey hey... Why’d you get a little sad then? Even though you’re amazing!
Sophia: Y-Yes. Thank you.
Lyria: I thought this was important for you. Is it really okay for you to make a detour to Feendrache?
Sophia: Hahaha... That’s right. You touched a nerve with that.
Sophia: Perhaps due to the teachings of my grandfather, I find myself unable to abandon those in trouble once I find them.
Vyrn: Therefore I am setting aside my pilgrimage to the holy grounds for now so I can head for the capital and make a direct appeal for the sake of the villagers.
Lyria: So, once you take care of the immediate problem, you will return to your trip to the holy grounds?
Sophia: Yes. I’ve decided to next go to a nearby island... Uh, what?
Vyrn: Sophia... What's got your pants in a twist?
Sophia: I... I can’t find it! I lost my map that shows the way to the holy grounds! That map was very important!
Lyria: Wha?! Are you all right? Miss Sophia!
Vyrn: Ack... Just when I thought you had it together, you start acting like a total birdbrain.
Sophia: No... no... What will I do without my map?
Lyria: Keep calm, Sophia! Check your satchel and your pockets again!
Sophia: No no no... It’s nowhere to be found...
Vyrn: Tsk... Well then I guess you’re outta luck!
Vyrn: So why don’t you come with us?
Vyrn: We are also traveling to an island rumored to be the home of primal beasts in order to gather Sky Map fragments.
Vyrn: Maybe that will help you with your pilgrimage to the holy grounds? Eh, (Captain)!
Sophia: May I go with you? Please?
Lyria: Of course! I’ve got a lot of different things I would also like to discuss with you, Miss Sophia!
Sophia: Wait... Is this it? The map!
Vyrn: Ah! That’s a relief! This is irreplaceable!
Sophia: Oh wait... It’s actually a flier I had received from a street performer before.
Vyrn: Oi! What? Just as I expected!
Sophia: No... no...
Vyrn: All right then. So why don’t you just come with us? Okay?
Sophia: Ahhh... Thank you.
Sophia: Once we take care of this country’s problems, please let me join your Order, (Captain)...
Vyrn: All right! It's on!
Thus the party had a fated encounter with the priestess Sophia.
(Captain) and Sophia’s journey had only begun.
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.
- Let's do something about it.
- Let's get more information.
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.
Redluck finds himself kneeling before Sophia, the grandchild of a Zeyen archbishop. He says he owes the Zeyens everything, for it was a Zeyen monk who saved his life. From his story, Sophia learns of the other purpose of her pilgrimage. Though once troubled from always getting lost, she realizes that it can lead to saving more lives, and regains her confidence.
There are many followers of Zeyen who go on a pilgrimage of the skies.
They consider the remains of the war to be sacred grounds and meet many a traveler and skyfarer on their travels.
In that way, the coincidental meeting of two Zeyen acolytes, Sophia and Redluck, along with the crew, arises.
Redluck: Could it be... You must be Sophia!
Sophia panics when she sees Redluck addressing her, with a bended knee on the deck.
Sophia: Ah... Please stand up! I'm not one to kneel for!
Redluck: That will not do. You are a high priestess of Zeyen, are you not? I am duty-bound to honor you.
Sophia: Huh, so you know about me?
Redluck: How could I not! You are the granddaughter of the Zeyen archbishop! It is truly an honor to meet you.
Redluck: Gwahahaha! Bless the stars for guiding me here! You guys are my saviors!
Sophia: But unlike my grandfather, the archbishop, I have never done anything worthy of such praise...
Redluck: It is thanks to the teachings of Zeyen that I was able to cleanse myself of my criminal past.
Still down on his knees, Redluck begins to tell his life story.
He was severely injured during a fight, when a Zeyen acolyte saved him. He's been a changed man ever since.
Sophia listens to him intently. When he finishes speaking...
Redluck: That makes you all my saviors. You have shown me the path!
Sophia: No... The one that saved you was the mother and child, and you yourself.
Sophia: All I've done out here is get lost... I haven't even made it to any of the sacred grounds yet.
Redluck: That's exactly what I'm so grateful about.
Redluck: It's because you guys are always helping those of us in need that the number of Zeyen acolytes keeps growing.
Redluck: One of those you showed the light to in turn saved me, and here I am now.
Redluck: Haha, by the way... Did you know that the archbishop you look up to so much had an awful sense of direction way back?
Sophia: No way! My grandfather...?
Redluck: Come now, you really didn't know? Word is he took ten times longer than everyone else to get anywhere!
Sophia: My grandfather always looked toward the future and spoke little of the past...
Redluck: What a shame that is. They say his getting lost all the time actually helped spread the teachings of Zeyen.
Redluck: So do you get it now? It's precisely because of how you and the archbishop get lost that someone like me gets saved!
Redluck: Hehe, that's why I see you all as my saviors...
Redluck: Whoa, it's almost time for the eating contest! I gotta run!
And with that, Redluck runs off the deck toward town.
Sophia: So grandpa used to be just like me... getting lost and saving people...
Sophia: I was uneasy about setting off for the pilgrimage on my own, but now I feel a bit braver.
Sophia: I'll do my best! It might take years, even tens of years, but I'll see this pilgrimage to the end!
The most unexpected encounter with the Zeyen monk and the lesson about her grandfather comes to pass.
She has a long way to go before reaching her grandfather's heights, but it's reassuring to know that they started out the same way.
Determined to become the archbishop of Zeyen one day, Sophia continues the pilgrimage with newfound vigor.