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A Man's Dream
On a rocky mountain covered in gushing hot springs, our heroes met “Rockfisted Soriz. ”Soriz, who had conquered many fighting competitions, was pursuing his ideals. Soriz was a known flirt, and when Rosetta turned up, he enthusiastically offered to join (Captain) and company on their journey.
During their travels, our heroes stopped at a certain island, where a dangerous rumor was making everyone uneasy.
Apparently, this rocky mountain had been gaining popularity for its gushing hot springs, but people had started hearing frightening noises.
Upon request by a townsperson, (Captain) and company embarked on a quest to investigate the mountain...
Vyrn: Whoa! What was that crash?!
Lyria: Wah! That scared me...
Lyria: M-Maybe this is what that rumor’s about...? You know, the one the townsperson was talking about?
Katalina: It would seem so. Are monsters behind it...? It’s possible a primal beast could be involved, too.
Katalina: All right! For now, let’s proceed with caution so nobody gets hurt. Let’s hurry on, (Captain).
Vyrn: Whoa! Looks like we’re getting really close.
Katalina: Yeah... Remember, proceed with caution, (Captain)!
Soriz: Whew... Huh? Who are you people?
Lyria: AAAH! Some old guy just came out of a rock!
Vyrn: No he didn’t! He punched through it with his fists!
Vyrn: Hey, Beardy!!! How the hell are you able to crush boulders like that...?!
Soriz: Whoa there! Stay back! It’s not safe!
Soriz: This is really no place for a bunch of kids. You’re getting in the way of my training. Get lost.
Vyrn: Wha?! Don’t treat us like kids, dude! We’re perfectly competent skyfarers!
Vyrn: There’s a creepy noise coming from this mountain that’s got all the townspeople freaked out.
Vyrn: So we’re here to investigate, just in case there might be monsters up here!
Soriz: I see... So my training is frightening the townspeople. I feel bad for upsetting them.
Katalina: Still... If you can crush rocks with a single punch... You must have some truly masterful hands.
Soriz: Hmm. Yeah, I suppose they’re not half bad. But it’s still not enough. They need to be more...
Katalina: Hm? Not enough, you say...?
Soriz: Oh, it’s nothing. Anyway, I’m Soriz. And I’m sorry for causing trouble.
Katalina: H-Hang on... That name... I feel like I’ve heard it somewhere before...
Katalina: That’s it! Excuse me, but are you Rockfisted Soriz?! The winner of all those fighting competitions?!
Soriz: Haha! That brings back memories. But... I’ve put my past behind me.
Soriz: Now I’m just an old man who’s trying to exceed the limits of his own body through vigorous training. They say the body is the ultimate weapon!
Vyrn: This is incredible! Who knew you were so famous?! I’m honored to meet ya, gramps! Aren’t you, (Captain)?!
Vyrn: Hey! Then, does that mean this rubble is just bits of rocks that you punched?
Soriz: Whoa...! Wait! Don’t! Don’t take one single step further!
Vyrn: What’s your problem?! What’s got your pants in a twist?!
Katalina: Don’t tell me...! Are there monsters lurking up ahead?
Soriz: Yes, precisely. You kids couldn’t possibly stand a chance against them. Just quit while you’re ahead...!
Vyrn: Heheh! I don’t appreciate you underestimating us! We can totally handle a little monster extermination, no problem!
Vyrn: (Captain)! Let’s show ol’ Beardy here what we’re made of!
Soriz: H-HEY! I said wait!!!
Katalina: What’s... going on...?
Soriz: Heheh... Oh well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag. What do you think, lizard?! Nice view, ain’t it?!
The rock wall had collapsed, thanks to (Captain) and company’s enthusiasm... As for the scenery that lay beyond it, well...
It was the mountain’s famous “VIP Open-Air Bath”...
According to Soriz, only the hot springs could relieve the fatigue of his training. But... he was clearly sneaking in without paying.
Vyrn: Whoa whoa whoa! What the hell is this...? Here I thought we met an awesome guy, but you’re just a sneaky old geezer!
Soriz: What’s the big deal? I guess a lizard like you wouldn’t understand what it means to chase your dreams!
Katalina: Ugh... You’re so masterfully skilled, yet completely lacking in moral fiber... What a waste.
Soriz: Heh! You wanna know what’s a waste? You, being a total stick in the mud!
Soriz: A pretty girl like you should relax and have a little fun once in a while! Now lend me your wallet!
Katalina: HEY!!! Y-You swine! G-G-G-Give that back...!!!
Soriz: Nope! This money’s wasted on a stiff like you! Hahaha!
Katalina: Give it back! I mean it! Y-You insolent churl!!! I’m gonna beat some common decency into you!!!
Vyrn: Siiigh... We always seem to find the weirdos, don’t we...
Vyrn: Oh hey, it’s Rosetta. Aren’t you supposed to be watching the ship...?
Rosetta: Teehee! It was getting late, and you guys weren’t back yet, so I got worried and decided to come find you.
Rosetta: Hey, Captain. This place is famous for its hot springs, right? Aren’t you a little curious?
Soriz: Hey, now! What the hell is this?!
Soriz: Hey, lizard! Is this lady with you?
Vyrn: What is it now?! Rosetta? Yeah, she’s one of us! She’s our friend!
Soriz: Ohohoho... You should have told me you had such an exquisite flower in your group!
Rosetta: Oh my, Leader. Is this bearded gentleman a new friend of yours?
Soriz: If the stunning lady so wishes, I would gladly join your little group of friends!
Choose: Teach me how to chase my dreams!
- Teach me how to chase my dreams!
- Teach me some fighting techniques!
Katalina: Oh no you don’t! He’s the last person you should be asking, (Captain)!Choose: Teach me some fighting techniques!
Vyrn: Yeah! It’ll definitely be reassuring to have you on our side! Even if you ARE a scumbag...Continue 1
Soriz: Well then, it’s decided...
Soriz: I’m in your care, Ms. Stick in the Mud! And especially yours, Ms. Radiant Flower!
Soriz: Now, let’s see... Since I know all the hot springs in the area, why don’t I show you all around?
Rosetta: Teehee! I look forward to it! Come on, Leader. It’s good to take a nice, hot bath and relax from time to time!
And so, (Captain) and company befriended the sleazeb... i mean, Soliz, and they departed for the skies once more.
The party arrives at a small island. Without any break to enjoy the natural beauty, Soriz forces everyone to train. A young man of the local militia checks to see what is going on, but Soriz forces him to train, too. Suddenly, monsters appear and the young man escapes.
(Captain) and company arrive at a small island full of nature with Soriz.
The party intends on enjoying the beautiful waterfront area, but the only thing waiting for them is physical training from Soriz.
Soriz: Put some heart into it! If you can’t even complete this training, you have no right to talk about masculine romanticism!
Rackam: Wheeze... Wheeze... I thought he was just some dirty old man... But he’s ruthless...
Vyrn: Huff... Huff... I-I don’t really care about masculine romanticism...
Vyrn: Hey, (Captain)! Don’t just sit there and laugh... Help us!
Soriz: A man’s romance is not built in a day! Nurturing a strong mind is required to fully appreciate it!
Vyrn: I told you I don’t plan on appreciating romance or any other nonsense!
Soriz: No way! A healthy man is always interested in that!
Soriz: Hey! Young man! Don’t just sit there and watch! Why don’t you come here and train with us?
Man: ...! I-I’m...
Vyrn: Looks like the training has to be cut short! Those monsters look strong...
Soriz: Hmph... Young man! From the way you look, you must be with the local militia. Help us fight the monsters!
Man: I-I’m not in the militia anymore...
Vyrn: H-Hey... He’s gone... Anyway, let’s fight the monsters here and now! Let’s go, (Captain)!
Passionate Gaze: Scene 2
The young man is reconsidering his life as his efforts in the militia are not recognized. Soriz tries to tell him what is really important in life. At that moment, a monster’s growl and a woman’s scream echo.
Vyrn: As expected from Soriz and (Captain)! Those monsters are no match for you guys!
Rackam: Oh, boy... What a feisty old man.
Soriz: Hey, kid. Why’d you run away earlier?
Soriz: I thought you were part of the militia that protected this town. You look the part, but it’s all for show?
Man: I’m... going to quit the militia.
Man: It’s hard work and it’s totally thankless! Who would want to do it?!
Soriz: Come on. You’re protecting the town because you want to be thanked?
Soriz: If you’re really like that, then you should quit just like you said.
Vyrn: Hey, you didn’t need to go that far...
Soriz: Don’t be stupid. Right now, he can’t protect squat.
Soriz: Sometimes you need to go further than mere words to thank someone.
Soriz: Well, if you can’t even see what’s really important, then it’s useless no matter what I tell you.
Girl: Ahhhh! Somebody help!
Vyrn: Oh, no! I heard a scream from over there!
Soriz: We gotta move! We’ll talk later! Hop to it, (Captain)!
Passionate Gaze: Scene 3
(Captain) and company save a woman from monsters. The young man feels depressed for not being recognized for his work in the militia. Soriz shows him the way in what he should be protecting. The young man renews his resolve as he watches some girls playing by the water and starts to feel newly protective.
Erune Girl: Thanks! Skyfarers are can be relied on! Unlike the militia here...
Vyrn: Um... I think the guys in the militia work hard, too...
Soriz: This is a nice place... I’m glad we came here...
Soriz: Kid... You don’t even know what you have to protect?
Man: Strong people like you would never understand...
Man: I go through harsh training and I fight monsters... But they still say I’m unreliable...
Soriz: It’s not about being strong or weak. Open your eyes and look!
Erune Girl: Kyahahaha!
Draph Girl: Hehe.
Soriz: The girls can enjoy the sun and get a tan. They can do that because you protect this island!
Soriz: You... You want to let peace and happiness go?
Man: You’re... right!
Man: I finally remember thanks to you. I want to protect this town... This forest...
Man: I want to protect the ladies!
Soriz: Well said! Now you sound like a man!
Soriz: Hey, kid. You got some potential in you.
Soriz: Good! I’ll retrain you so you’ll never say something cowardly again!
Man: Yes, sir! Thank you!
Soriz: Hahaha! Good answer! Hey! Lizard and Rackam! You can learn from him!
Rackam: Blegh... Gimme a break...
Soriz: Geez! You’re so pitiful!
Soriz: Kid, I believe that you will be able to grasp what it really means to be a true masculine romantic!
Man: I’ll... I’ll definitely live up to your expectations!
Man: And I’ll definitely protect the ladies!
Soriz: Yeah... Protect the women here so that they’ll still by playing by the water the next time I come!
Vyrn: What the... hey! You make it sound like a touching story, but that’s all you want to see!
Soriz’s passionate gaze passes through the young man and hesitates on the beautiful women playing by the water.
(Captain) and company decide to shake off the dust and visit a craggy mountain hot springs where Soriz used to train. Katalina rebuffed Soriz's request for a private rendezvous, despite his begging. But along the way, the party was stopped by a band of hooligans.
(Captain)'s party has been working their hearts out. They're more than a little tired.
As they talked, they finally reached the hot spring gushing forth from the mountain. Soriz's old training grounds.
Katalina: Jeez... I don't think he's even listening. Soriz!
Soriz: Okay, okay! I hear you loud and clear! We'll not share a bath!
Rosetta: Wow... are you going to back down that easily?
Soriz: Hm? What is this "backing down"?
Katalina: What in the... did you NOT hear what I just said?!
Soriz: Oh, you are frightening! Such beauty is not meant to look so terrifying!
Katalina: Sigh... I'd really love to relax just once without you hitting on me, Soriz.
Soriz: But how could I not?! Request anything you want of me but that...
Soriz: What is a man if not one who, from the day he was born, seeks out romance?
Soriz: And why does he seek it, you ask? The reason is simple; because romance is there.
Io: Sigh... and here I was looking forward to a nice, relaxing dip in a hot spring.
Soriz: Be at ease, dear lady! There is more than enough Soriz to go around!
Io: Hey! What the heck is that s'posed to...
Soriz: Go softly... (Captain), you wouldn't happen to feel a set of prying eyes, would you?
Choose: Maybe somebody likes us
- Maybe somebody likes us
- Indeed I do...
Soriz: But these are not the eyes of a lovesick admirer. Oh, no...
Soriz: This is something more disturbing and decidedly more unrefined...
Vyrn: Er... I think I'm more creeped out by the watching itself...Choose: Indeed I do...
Soriz: Oh... I can feel it. These eyes intend to bring us mortal harm... but who do they belong to?Continue 1
Hooligan: Oi! This spring's members only. Scamper off back where you came from.
Soriz: Hrm? What's this, now? Since when do you need a membership?
Hooligan: You got a problem? We got our reasons. Not that you need to hear 'em.
Soriz: Oh, that just won't do... as if we'd hand this place over to the likes of you.
Soriz: My blood is running hot from rigorous training... and my companions would certainly welcome the chance to let their hair down...
Soriz: Time and time again we've been pushed to the brink... and you would deny them their bath...
Soriz: I tempered my fists, driven by that beautiful view! And you think I'd let YOU have it?
Vyrn: Hey, Soriz... that's some pretty cool stuff you're saying but, uh...
Rosetta: Hehe... well everyone has their passions.
Hooligan: Damnit! I gave you your chance... don't say I didn't warn you!
Soriz: What's this... are you looking for a fight?
Soriz: You've found one, then... perhaps you'd like a taste of what a beautiful view can do for you!
Unforgettable Spot: Scene 2
(Captain) and company arrive at the hot springs, but are greeted by less than enthusiastic staff. It seems the property had been purchased by a greedy landlord, who's now threatening to push the staff out. Soriz declares he shall teach the landlord's skyfarers the true meaning of romance. The fight begins.
(Captain)'s party chases off the hooligans and finally arrives at the hot springs lodge.
Lyria: Wow...! Look at the size of that bath!
Katalina: Hehe... It'd have to be pretty good to be so famous. You have a wonderful place here.
Staff: Ah... thank you for your kind words...
Soriz: Hrm? A bit of a humbug, aren't you...
Io: Hey, um... we ran into some ne'er-do-wells on the way here. Is something going on?
Staff: Ah... well, you see...
Soriz: ...!? A gunshot... and it came from the building!
Skyfarer: Oi! We told you, didn't we! Go on and get!
Clerk: But we can't just leave... and we had a contract...
Soriz: You haven't given up already, have you? Tell me exactly what's going on.
Skyfarer: Hmm? What's your deal?
Soriz: Ah... I am but a passerby on a quest for romance.
Soriz: But more importantly... couldn't you be a bit more careful? It's dangerous to fire a gun all higgledy-piggledy.
Skyfarer: Sigh... what d'you want me to do? They're the ones who won't leave.
It turns out the skyfarers had been hired by the landlord to evict the lodge staff.
As the story went, the property had been bought by a landlord who wanted to use the spring water for an industrial venture.
Clerk: N-no... you've got it wrong. He tricked me... and then he started in with the threats...
Soriz: So it could be that this lord of land might have gained this land through less than legal means...
Soriz: Excuse me, sir. Perhaps you could listen to their side of the story?
Skyfarer: I'll pass, sorry. A job's a job.
Skyfarer: And if you won't scoot... I'll just have to show you out!
Soriz: Tsk... a better man would stand in awe of these springs...
Soriz: I pity you, truly... Is there not a shred of the romantic in you? Where is your passion, man?
Soriz: You're in need of a lesson, then... there's no romance purer than that of the fist!
Unforgettable Spot: Scene 3
Soriz protected the lady from the shells of the skyfarers and fired a sermon back in their direction. Soriz had finally opened the skyfarer's eyes to the true meaning of romance. Katalina was less than pleased.
Skyfarer 1: Damnit! What the hell is going on?! You're OLD!
Soriz: Hey, now! What happened to you youngsters today?
Soriz: Romance stands fast against all assaults! That's what it means to be a man!
Soriz: Nothing is stronger than he who follows the passions of his heart! Nothing!
Skyfarer 2: Hey! Why don't you try talking a little sense?!
Skyfarer 2: Damnit! You keep this up and we're going to take out the whole thing!
Soriz: You... you stonehearted fools!
Katalina: You've gotta be kidding me... he did that to protect some lady and a hot spring?!
Vyrn: H-hey! You okay?! Soriz!
Soriz: Gah... might have overdone it a little...
Skyfarer 2: You... why would you...
Soriz: Hey! You! Strike two! You dare call yourself a man?!
Soriz: The first strike was leveling a gun at the lady. The second was underestimating the heart of a true man!
Soriz: And you... you cannot even call yourself a man. I'll have to beat it into you! Time to show you the ways of the old school!
Skyfarer 2: Gah!
A few hours later...
Skyfarer 1: Thank you! I've seen the light and it's all thanks to you!
Skyfarer 2: Oh, man! To think we'd almost...
Soriz: Stop right there. All I require of you is understanding!
Vyrn: Ah... and now he has more converts to his cause...
Rosetta: Hehe... don't worry yourself too much. He saved the hot spring, didn't he?
Io: So... uh... that means it's over, right?
Katalina: Sigh... I hope we don't have to worry about even more wanna-be Casanovas...
Despite a few reservations, the hot springs still stood, thanks to (Captain)'s party.
And so they enjoyed a nice, warm soak, washing away all of the hardships of their journey.
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Guardian of Dreams
Katalina, Io, and Rosetta enjoy their bath while (Captain) and company prevent Soriz from making any unwarranted advances. But the night brought monsters.
Rosetta: Whew... there really is nothing better than a nice, long dip. You can just feel the tension melt away...
Io: Hrmmm... don't you think this water is a little hot?
Rosetta: Well, well... I did hear the the water here does wonders for one's skin.
Io: Hah... well I guess now I HAVE to get in...
Rosetta: Hehe... don't forget to count to 100, young lady.
Io: You! I am not some kid!
Rosetta: Oh? What's the matter? I can't imagine anyone making a face like that in a hot spring...
Katalina: No, it's just... you remember when we split up? Soriz was smiling, right?
Katalina: I'm finding it hard to believe he'd just leave us alone.
Rosetta: Hehe... why don't you just relax for a bit, Katalina?
Katalina: Wha?! B-but what if he's out there... plotting and planning. Ack!
Rosetta: Haha... It's a hot spring. It's okay to let your guard down, you know.
Rosetta: We'll be fine... just fine. The little ones will keep him from getting up to any shenanigans...
Soriz: Laaa dee da dee deee~
Vyrn: Hrm... he's in a good mood. But he's not doing anything too suspect... yet.
Lyria: Yeah! But we still need to keep an eye on him... make sure he stays out of trouble!
(Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria stuck to the singing Soriz like glue, making sure he kept away while the women bathed.
Soriz: Ah... the very heavens shine down on us. What a man could do on a day like this!
Vyrn: Hey, hey. Where are you taking us, old dude?
Soriz: Hm? What's this, then...
Soriz: I believe we've found ourselves a dancing partner!
Soriz: A nice warm up before the main event! Show them who you are! (Captain)!
Guardian of Dreams: Scene 2
Soriz followed his heart, leaving the cave and continuing down a mountain trail while (Captain) and company attempted to keep him out of trouble. They happened upon a troop of Imperial soldiers on the search for Katalina, threatening to disturb her rare moment of peace.
(Captain), Vyrn, and Lyria leave the cave along with Soriz to find themselves on a mountain trail.
Vyrn: Gotta say... I'm almost impressed...
Lyria: Um... so is there some place we're going to, or...
Soriz: Lyria... I'm going to tell you something. All men pursue romance. Yes, every one of them.
Soriz: Nay, more than just pursue. It is no less than a way of life! MY way of life!
Vyrn: What the... hey! You're taking us back to the hot spring so you can bother them, aren't you!
Lyria: You can't! You need to just stay away, Soriz!
Soriz: Gah! No need to be such a stick in the mud, Lyria!
Soriz: It's just words! What's the problem? Am I right?
Choose: I have to say I'm a bit curious...
- I have to say I'm a bit curious...
- Well, I'm rarely on the receiving end...
Soriz: Dahahaha! What would a young lady know of such things? Am I right, (Captain)?
Soriz: No, wait... a sense of the romantic is not bound by gender...
Soriz: I seem to have forgotten that in my pursuits...Choose: Well, I'm rarely on the receiving end...
Soriz: Dahahaha! Let them come! I welcome any and all advances!
Soriz: No lady should feel too shy to profess her love! And if the mood should hit you, my lady...Continue 1
Lyria: A-anyway! I think you should just let them be!
Vyrn: That's right! Welp... that cat's out of the bag...
Soriz: Hark! Over there, (Captain). Do you see it?
Imperial Soldier 1: Hm... that's the one, alright. You see her?
Imperial Soldier 2: Indeed... our dear perpetrator is soaking in a hot spring. Couldn't be more perfect.
Imperial Soldier 1: Hmph... former First Lieutenant Katalina. I can almost smell the promotion...
Soriz: I'll stop you right there! You dare do this on such a wondrous day?!
Imperial Soldier 2: Wha?! Who the hell are you?! And what are you doing here?!
Soriz: Hot springs, and I want you to dig the wax out of your ears and listen to me closely...
Soriz: Hot springs are for ladies to wash away their troubles... and for them to wash away mine...
Soriz: Romance is man's paradise. And that paradise is this hot spring.
Soriz: I'll give no quarter to those who seek to disturb it!
Imperial Soldier 2: Hey! You're the skyfarers that the First... er, former First Lieutenant was with!
Soriz: Indeed we are! But as of right now I am just another man on a quest for romance!
Soriz: There's only one language aspiring thieves of tranquility would understand... that of the fist!
Guardian of Dreams: Scene 3
Vyrn opens his mouth to tell Katalina of their encounter but Soriz stops him, saying it would only bring her unnecessary stress. But it was all in vain. Katalina's scream as she caught sight of Soriz headed to the spring in his skivvies was a sound they wouldn't soon forget.
Having driven away the soldiers, (Captain)'s party makes their way back to the hot spring.
Vyrn: Oh? Looks like they're about done with their bath!
Katalina: Lyria, Vyrn... and you, (Captain). I know it must've been a pain in the butt trying to keep an eye on him.
Katalina: But we've got him now. You guys get in there and enjoy a nice bath.
Lyria: Yeah! Let's go! (Captain)! Vyrn!
Katalina: Oh... one more thing. Soriz, he... he didn't try to come back here, did he?
Vyrn: Hehe! Nah, we made sure to keep him busy!
Vyrn: Oh, and we met some guys looking for a girl... Imp-
Soriz: I'll have to stop you right there...
Soriz: How do you think she would feel if she knew that the Empire had followed her all the way here?
Soriz: And we chased most of the Imperials off, did we not?
Soriz: So keep whatever happened there a secret between us men.
Vyrn: Hrm... can't say you don't have a point...
Katalina: What's up, guys? Vyrn looked like he was about to say something...
Soriz: Oh, it's nothing! Nothing at all! Right...?
Soriz: Nothing quite like a nice, long soak to wash away the dust of the road. Am I right, ladies?
Katalina: Hm? I can't say about the dust, but I do feel... lighter, somehow?
Soriz: Hehe... that works, too. And your forehead is so much less wrinkly now!
Soriz: Well, then... I'd better pop in there and wash off all this sweat!
Soriz: Whoo! You too, lizard! I'll treat you to a very special Soriz-style back scrubbing!
Katalina: Ohmygodohmygod?! Wh-why do you have to have to get undressed right here?!
Soriz: Bless your heart... but muscles are meant to be seen!
Soriz: These pythons simply cannot be tamed! Eh? Eh? Feel free to take a squeeze!
Katalina: H-hey! You stay right where you are!
Soriz: Don't be shy! You don't see spectacular pecs like these every day! Ungh!
(Captain) had learned something of Soriz's true gentlemanly nature today.
But Soriz would never show it. His public face would forever remain that of a man endlessly chasing his idea of romance.
The Truth Behind the Truth
While (Captain) and company relax near some hot springs, they hear Soriz has been arrested for peeping. It turns out that the other large man in their party, Hazen, had unknowingly startled some bathers while trying to save some baby birds, framing Soriz for a crime he did not commit.
(Captain) and company take some time off in a hot-spring town famous for its open-air baths.
But one afternoon it seems that trouble has bubbled up from the murky waters.
Vyrn: What! Soriz has been arrested?
Lyria: Oh dear... And they said he made quite a scene as they took him away.
Vyrn: Unbelievable. He wasn't caught peeping or something, was he?
Hazen: Hmm... In any case we would do well to speak with the local officials about it.
So (Captain) and the crew go off to the security post where Soriz is being held.
Soriz: Hold on, now! How many times have I gotta tell ya? You've got it all wrong!
The moment the crew arrives they can already hear Soriz's shouts filling the air.
Officer 1: How much longer are you gonna go runnin' your mouth? You think we're just gonna believe you or somethin'?
Officer 2: Hmm. If we're not going to take him for his word, then we should just leave him here to rot.
Soriz: You scumbags. What's it gonna take for you to get it? Oh good, the reinforcements have arrived!
Soriz: I'm in serious hot water here. These guys think I've been gawking at people while they're bathin'!
Vyrn: That's rough. But... you didn't do it, right?
Soriz: Lizard... If I said I did something, then I did it. But if I said I didn't do it, then I didn't do it!
Soriz: Heh! I'm an honest man. And you darn well know it!
Vyrn: Yeah... I guess you're right! You're not one to go makin' up stories!
Soriz: Heheh! It's like I've been tellin' ya, officers!
Officer 1: Look here, lizard. We can't exactly take your word for it. You weren't even there.
Vyrn: What'd you call me? I ain't no lizard!
Lyria: Oh no... Now what do we do?
With the conversation at a standstill, Hazen decides to step forward and try his hand at speaking with the officers.
Hazen: I believe Soriz's account to be true. He's a man of good nature and would never attempt to deceive anyone.
Hazen: In other words if he's saying he didn't do it, then that is surely the truth.
Hazen: I can vouch for the innocence of this man.
Soriz: Thanks, Hazen. I'm lucky to have such good friends!
Officer 2: But I'm afraid not even the word of a priest is enough to set this man free.
Soriz: Why, you! You just don't get it, do ya? And now you're not even gonna believe a priest?
Vyrn: Hey, Soriz, Hazen's puttin' himself on the line here. So just try to stay calm...
Hazen: Hmm. Where does that leave us now? I suppose that means we'll have to capture the real culprit ourselves.
Officer 1: What? What are you talkin' about? The culprit is right here!
Hazen: No. From what we've just heard, it seems you didn't even catch Soriz in the act.
Officer 2: Yes, that much is true. We received word of questionable activity in the area. When we arrived at the scene, this man was standing around suspiciously.
Officer 2: And that is why we brought him here.
Soriz: Tch! You arrested me just cuz you heard some big guy was standing around looking fishy? And you call yourselves officers...
Officer 1: You got some nerve, pal! Then why were you standing around like that?
Soriz: What? That's every man's dream, ain't it?
Vyrn: Quit it, you two! You're givin' me a headache!
Hazen: Very well, then. I hereby vow in the name of the gods that we will find the real culprit.
Officer 2: I see. In that case I suppose we could give you a chance.
Officer 1: B-but boss! That's a little too generous, don'tcha think?
Officer 2: Though I do think this man is guilty, if a priest is willing to go so far as to vow by the gods, I'd say we can at least give them a shot.
Hazen: We are in your debt.
Soriz: Now it's time to find the real bad guy! I'll go show them how to get to the bath, so you two sit and wait right here!
With that the crew heads out to the rocky-mountain hot spring to find the true culprit.
As they walk through the mountain pass, Soriz enthusiastically slaps Hazen on the back.
Soriz: Hah hah hah! You really saved my skin back there, Hazen! I owe ya one!
Hazen: Soriz... You're always doing such strange things, it's easy for people to misinterpret them.
Hazen: I will help you to change your old ways.
Lyria: Wow... You're really putting your heart into this!
Vyrn: I'm sure you can do it, Hazen!
Soriz: Heh heh. If you think you can change my passion for women, go ahead and try!
Vyrn: Hey! Don't act so proud of that!
Soriz: Hah hah hah! If I see somethin' good, I've just gotta check it out! I'm just livin' the dream!
Vyrn: I guess some things might never change... Haha...
But just then Hazen stops dead in his tracks, putting everyone on alert.
Lyria: Huh? Hazen, what's wrong?
Vyrn: Are there monsters?
Hazen: Hmm... Soriz, is the open-air bath you were talking about near here?
Soriz: Yeah. There are some stairs that head into the cliffside. The bath is just down below there, hehe.
Vyrn: You seem awfully relaxed about this whole thing...
Soriz: Gehehe. Just lean over the edge a little and you can get a nice look...
Soriz: Haha! Whaddya think? Isn't that the greatest?
Seeing the bliss in Soriz's face, Hazen turns ghastly pale.
Vyrn: What's wrong? Why're you goin' all quiet on us?
Hazen: Vyrn, just... trust me for a second.
Vyrn: Huh? Whaddya mean?
Hazen: Soriz, when exactly did those men catch you?
Soriz: Uh... Right before the sun went down! If you're gonna look, that's the best time after all!
Hazen: Ack.... Err... (What have I done?)
Lyria: What's the matter? If you're not feeling well, we can go back to the ship!
Hazen clutches his head tightly, unable to hear Lyria's kind words.
Hazen: (Aaahhh! Why me?)
That same sunny afternoon, Hazen had gone for a walk through the mountainside. However in the middle of his stroll he heard something unexpected.
It was the sound of crying baby birds.
Hazen: Hmm? What's going on?
Hazen lifted up his head to get a better listen. He realized the sound was coming from a spot by the cliffside.
Following the sound of the birds, Hazen soon spotted their nest.
Hazen: Hah hah hah. What manner of bird would nest in a place like this?
It was then that Hazen noticed the cracked rock face where the nest was resting. The massive fracture in the rock could send the nest tumbling down the cliffside at any time.
Hazen: Not to fear, my little friends. I'll move you to a safer location.
With a gentle voice and a steady grasp, Hazen reached out and carefully moved the nest.
Little did he realize that in doing so he had startled the women bathing in the hot spring below. He was so focused on his task that he hadn't heard a thing.
Soriz: Hah hah hah! I get it now... So when they said they spotted a large man, they were really talkin' about you, Hazen!
Hazen: What! I wasn't peeping! I was merely helping those poor little birds!
Soriz: Hah. There's nothin' to worry about! You should've just told us the truth from the beginning! You're a sly one, Hazen.
Hazen: Hold on now! I'm not that kind of person!
Soriz: Priest or not, a man's still a man! And every man just wants to enjoy his life!
Soriz: Hah hah hah! You're a stray little sheep, aren'tcha! To think it was you this whole time!
Hazen: Lyria, Vyrn. This is all just a big mix-up! You understand, don't you?
Lyria: Uh... Yeah!
Hazen: Oh no. You didn't sound too sure of that...
Vyrn: She's just tellin' ya to relax. We know what really happened. And while we're at it, we'd better go apologize.
Soriz: You're right. We found the real troublemaker. And that means I'm getting off scot-free!
Hazen: Hey! I said I didn't do anything! It's just a big misunderstanding!
Hazen's flustered outcry echoes across the mountainside. Soriz gives him a big smile and a pat on the back as they return to town together.
After arriving back at the security post, Soriz explains everything. Hanging his head in shame, Hazen apologizes for all the confusion and trouble he had inadvertently caused.