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Eternal Blessed Winds
The morning after calming Tiamat's rampage over Port Breeze, Lyria awakens to find the primal beast in skydweller form. Acting as an interpreter, Lyria conveys Tiamat's gratitude and desire to join the crew.
A cool wind blows in the skies above.
The primal beast Tiamat has always watched over Port Breeze Archipelago.
But unbeknownst to anyone, the price to be paid for her blessed gales has been steadily accruing.
It finally comes due. Provoked by the empire's hand, she loses herself to madness.
Thankfully Lyria is able to quell the violent gales of this Astral creation and restore peace to the islands.
Having pacified Tiamat, the crew sets a course for their next destination: the Valtz Duchy.
Katalina: What's the matter, Lyria?
Katalina: You know you can always speak your mind with me.
Katalina: I'll do whatever it takes to keep you smiling.
Lyria: Thank you.
Lyria: I just wish I knew what this power inside me is.
Katalina: I must confess; that thought has crossed my mind as well, but unfortunately I can't give you an answer.
Katalina: But do know that I will always protect you from the empire. That is my promise.
Katalina: It's going to be all right. We've got a lead to follow, don't we?
Lyria: You mean the Island of the Astrals?
Katalina: Mm. I know we'll find the answer there.
Katalina: So there's no need to rush, Lyria.
You're right! Because it's not just me and you. Everyone's here too!
Katalina: That's true.
Lyria: Oh, and Tiamat says she'll help me too.
Katalina: The great primal beast? You can hear her voice?
Lyria: Well, it's not so much her voice. I would call it... feelings.
Lyria: It's like she's nestled inside me.
Katalina: Hm... That's curious but reassuring, I guess. Having power isn't always a bad thing.
Lyria: Snore... So full... Zzz...
Lyria: Huh? Is this... Port Breeze?
Sensing that someone is calling to her, Lyria turns toward the voice.
She is met by Tiamat's dignified face staring back at her.
Lyria: Huh? Oh, hehe...
Lyria: We just felt we should do whatever we could for you.
A warm smile of gratitude spreads across Tiamat's lips.
Gratitude for soothing her renegade tempests.
Gratitude for showing her a new world after hundreds of years tied to Port Breeze.
Lyria: I know just how you feel.
Lyria: I had no idea what the world was like until Katalina rescued me from the empire.
Lyria: They're still chasing after me right now, but I'm sure that someday I'll be free.
Lyria: Free to go wherever I want. Free to learn whatever I want.
Lyria: That's my dream.
Tiamat acknowledges Lyria's dream with a small nod before dispersing into a soft breeze.
Morning arrives soon after.
Lyria: I'm awake... right?
Beside the wide-eyed Lyria is Tiamat, now no bigger than your average skydweller.
Lyria: Haha, good point. Now you can travel all over the skies with us!
Lyria leads Tiamat out onto the deck. The primal beast gazes up into the wide blue yonder.
She inhales deeply as if to feel the wind in her lungs and exhales onto the vista below.
Lyria: I did the exact same thing too. Each full breath I took felt so refreshing.
Vyrn: What's up, Lyria? You're a regular early bird today!
Vyrn: Are my eyes playing tricks on me? That looks like Tiamat only shrunkified!
Lyria: Your eyes are just fine, Vyrn!
Vyrn: Heh... Those wacky primal beasts...
Vyrn: So, uh, can you understand what she's saying?
Lyria: If you mean her words, then it's still kind of hazy to me. But I can understand her feelings well enough!
Lyria: Um... It seems like she has something to say to all of us.
Lyria: Thank you... for stopping... my rampage...
Vyrn: Hehe! It's all good. Right, (Captain)?
Choose: Care to sail away with us?
- Care to sail away with us?
Lyria: She said she'll definitely return the favor!
(Captain) and the others circle around Tiamat to welcome their newest member, when another arrival barges in.
Rackam: Look alive, you guys! Valtz just came into view—
Rackam: Huh? Y-you again...
Vyrn: Get your jaw off the floor, Rackam! From now on, Tiamat's one of—
Vyrn: Hm? S'matter, Tiamat?
The primal delivers Rackam a begrudging glare before becoming one with the wind and vanishing.
Rackam: Uh... Was it something I said?
Lyria: A true denizen of Port Breeze would have remembered the god of wind.
Lyria: Is what she said.
Rackam: Hey, that's... that's not fair. Who else believed in that old wives' tale?
Vyrn: Maybe you oughta just say you're sorry, hm?
Rackam: But why do I gotta...
Rackam: Ergh, fine!
Rackam looks all around for Tiamat, who is still hiding in the wind, and calls out to her in a loud voice.
Rackam: Ahem. Um... O great Tiamat, if you're out there! Sorry for all that stuff back then!
Rackam: I promise not to forget you ever again! I mean, you're pretty unforgettable anyway.
Rackam: Thanks for protecting Port Breeze for all these hundreds of years. 'Preciate it.
Rackam: What'd she say?
Lyria: She's still a little pouty.
Lyria: But she says not to worry about it. It looks like you're off the hook!
Rackam: Ha... Haha... Thanks, Tiamat.
The Grandcypher and its passengers continue on their journey, borne forward by a new tailwind.
(Captain) and company are sure to blow past any obstacles that dare stand in their way.
For they carry the blessings of the eternal wind guardian.
Ride Out the Storm
While traveling through a clear blue sky to their next destination, the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse. Rackam tries to fight the winds, but their airship is ultimately sucked into the storm.
Lyria: Whee! Feel that breeze!
The Grandcypher is cutting across the sky on a clear blue day.
But not for long.
Lyria: Huh? The sky's getting dark...
Vyrn: Looks like a big storm's brewin'.
Rackam: Everyone hang on to something!
Rackam: Damn it! Where'd it come from—
Rackam pushes the engines as far as he can to combat the battering winds.
Rackam: Come on!
Katalina: Rackam! Starboard, four o'clock!
Rackam: What is that?
A towering storm cloud looms toward them, threatening to swallow the airship whole.
Rackam: How could I have missed that? The hell is wrong with me today?
Vyrn: Yikes! Punch it, Rackam!
Rackam: Yeah, yeah, I know!
Rackam: Ungh... Ship's not respond—
Tossing and turning, the ship struggles in vain as it's sucked into the giant, black cloud.
Ride Out the Storm: Scene 2
According to Rosetta, they are trapped inside a weather pattern called the storm jar. Rackam asks Tiamat for help getting out, but Tiamat, who considers this storm to be a trifle, challenges him to do it himself.
Thunder roars and lightning flashes intermittently, forcing the crew to stay on its toes.
Rackam: The atmosphere was fairly stable up until just now.
Rackam: A weather shift that drastic feels like the work of a primal beast, don't you think?
Lyria: No, I don't sense any primal beasts.
Rackam: Well... It doesn't feel like a natural storm to me.
Vyrn: Look, can we just get the heck outta here please?
Katalina: Vyrn's right. We're asking to be struck by lightning in this cloud.
Lyria: What is it, Rosetta?
Rosetta: I think we might be inside the storm jar.
Vyrn: Jar? What're you talkin' about?
Rosetta: It's a very, very old tale. One that I haven't heard in a long time myself.
Rosetta: A huge storm cloud called the storm jar is said to drift randomly around this skydom.
Rosetta: If for whatever reason your airship were to slip into the cloud...
Rackam: Yeah, slip into... More like dragged into...
Rosetta: If that were to happen, you'd be cut off from the world, doomed to wander as a ghost ship for all eternity.
Or so the rumor goes.
Rackam: Clearly we're in a bad spot. No arguments there.
A sudden gust of wind sweeps onto the deck, materializing into the shape of a familiar friend.
Rackam: Tiamat! Can you do something about this storm?
Lyria: Huh? Oh dear...
Lyria: She's telling us to prove to her we can overcome a small storm like this...
Rackam: (It's my fault I didn't see this storm coming. And I'll definitely get us out of it!)
Rackam hunkers down to think of a way out while Tiamat observes in silence.
Ride Out the Storm: Scene 3
Rackam devises a plan to ride a downstream current to escape the storm, but a powerful monster attempts to block their way. Tiamat rushes to stop the monster while creating another downward current for the Grandcypher to slip into.
The storm continues to rage around them. Meanwhile the expression on Rackam's face suggests he's hit upon a solution.
Katalina: How's it looking, Rackam?
Rackam: Not good. The gauges are all screwed up, and the engines are already screaming from the strain.
Rackam: But we're not licked yet.
Rackam: Since it's a storm jar, I wouldn't expect it to have a calm spot, like the eye of a hurricane.
Rackam: But the winds should be a little weaker toward the bottom.
Rackam: What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: I believe in you, Rackam.
- I believe in you, Rackam.
Rackam: Thanks, Cap!
Katalina: Wait! Why did you shut off the engines!
Rackam: We're gonna ride the down current.
Rackam: Once we drop into the weaker zone, I'll fire up the engines and blast us outta here!
Vyrn: What is this, an airshow? You sure you know what you're doin'?
Rackam: Strap yourself in, and have faith in your helmsman! Check this out, Tiamat!
Down they go, gradually picking up speed as the ship descends.
Rackam focuses on the howling air currents around him, waiting for the right moment.
At last the ship catches the down current.
Rackam: Heh. Now I just turn on the juice—
But before he can do that, a bolt of lightning grazes the ship.
Rackam: Damn, that was too close...
Rosetta: That was no ordinary lightning. I daresay whatever's targeting us has given itself away.
Lyria squints into the black clouds, trying to make out what appears to be a writhing mass.
Rackam: What in blazes... Is that a monster?
A dreadful apparition hurtles toward the Grandcypher with terrifying speed.
Katalina: Just what we need at a time like this...
Katalina: Brace for impact!
A three-headed dragon manifests around Tiamat, and she leaps off the deck to intercept the incoming enemy.
Lyria: Huh? You'll take care of it?
Tiamat is primed to fight, the heads of her dragons bellowing with anger.
Her power rebuffs the storm's violent gales, altering the airflow beneath her.
Lyria: Ride the air current down, she said!
Rackam: Yep, that's the plan!
Rackam skillfully steers the ship into the current created by Tiamat.
Vyrn: Yaaah! Aren't we falling a little too fast!
Rackam: We've got no choice. That lightning's probably still after us, and we need speed to break out!
Rackam: Thanks for the assist, Tiamat!
The Grandcypher continues to fall through the storm jar, achieving terminal velocity.
Assured that the ship is clear, Tiamat turns her attention back to the unknown enemy.
Ride Out the Storm: Scene 4
After the crew and Tiamat escape from the storm jar, the primal beast blows it away with her powerful wind. Tiamat reveals that she helped the crew because they were facing an enemy that mortals couldn't handle. The predicament they've weathered has strengthened their bonds—bonds that will continue to deepen as their journey goes on.
(Captain) and company have successfully escaped from the storm jar. All that's left is to wait for Tiamat to return.
Vyrn: I hope Miss Breezy's okay.
Rackam: That's the best we can do for her: pray that she'll make it out.
Lyria: I can feel her!
No sooner has Lyria spoken than Tiamat comes flying out of the dark cloud.
The sight of the graceful wind god calms the roiling anxiety in the hearts of the crew.
Katalina: Hm? What are you—
Tiamat does an about-face, and with all her might, blows away the menacing storm cloud.
Katalina: Aha-hah... I'm glad she's on our side...
Vyrn: Phew... Got that right.
Rackam: Yeah, just thinking about what would've happened if we didn't have her around makes me shiver.
Vyrn: So what's the deal, Tiamat? You told us to figure it out for ourselves. Why'd you step in?
Lyria: Oh, that's why!
Lyria: That monster in the cloud was too powerful for us skydwellers to handle. She had to help us.
Vyrn: Yeah, that was one freaky customer on our tail...
Rackam: The point is we escaped the storm jar. Isn't that good enough?
Rackam: Whaddya say, Tiamat? Will you keep watching our backs?
Thanks to Tiamat's power, the crew breaks out of a tempestuous predicament.
So there you have it. From their humble beginnings in Port Breeze...
Rackam and Tiamat's entwined paths stretch far into the future, promising to deepen the bond between them.
But that is a story for another time.
As the Grandcypher sails between islands, Tiamat senses a grave threat to Port Breeze. They find the archipelago engulfed in miasma-filled clouds that return no matter how many times Tiamat blows them away. The crew lands on the main island, Port Eingana, to discover the cause of the uncanny weather.
The Grandcypher cuts a swift path through the clouds, course set for the crew's next adventure.
Tiamat floats restlessly through the air above its deck.
Lyria: Oh... Is something wrong, Tiamat?
???: It's been so long since I saw the sun...
???: Nn... Hngh...
???: Tiamat, please...
Tiamat's mind is suddenly inundated with fragmentary images.
Their import is clear: Port Breeze is in danger.
Lyria: What! Oh no, that's awful!
Vyrn: Hey, why the long faces, you two?
Lyria: Well, Tiamat just told me...
Lyria relates the threat Tiamat has just sensed looming over the Port Breeze Archipelago.
Rackam: Must be more than just a little summer rain, huh?
Rackam: Sorry, (Captain), but we're makin' a detour.
Choose: Yeah. We need to help them.
- Yeah. We need to help them.
Lyria: Tiamat's going to summon the wind. Please steer the Grandcypher into it!
Rackam: Roger that!
With Tiamat's divine wind filling its sails, the Grandcypher speeds toward Port Breeze.
Rackam: What's with these clouds? I can't see anything in front of the Grandcypher's prow. And the wind is blowing every which way.
Lyria: It's hard to believe the skies were so calm just a little while ago.
Vyrn: Hey, isn't Port Breeze under Tiamat's protection? This kinda thing isn't supposed to happen, is it?
The crew's surprise is understandable.
The entire archipelago has been swallowed up by towering black thunderclouds.
Vyrn: It feels like they're tryin' to coil around us like a snake... Freaks me out.
Lyria: I think there might be miasma inside them.
Rackam: Which means we really need to be careful.
Rackam: Tiamat, can you lend us a hand?
The words have hardly left Rackam's lips before Tiamat rockets into the air above the ship.
She summons her three-headed dragon.
With its assistance she calls forth a fearsome gale.
They direct all its power toward the massive clouds.
The clouds disperse, leaving not a wisp behind.
Rackam: Haha! That's Port Breeze's guardian deity all right!
Vyrn: That oughta sort out all this crazy weather! Case closed!
It does indeed look as if the danger has passed.
Lyria: The clouds! They're coming back!
Vyrn: But how? Tiamat just blew them to kingdom come!
The clinging black clouds re-form all around Port Breeze, threatening to swallow it once more.
Tiamat rises into the air and pits her winds against the dark clouds a second time, tearing them apart so they fade out of existence.
Just as before, the clouds re-form and envelop the archipelago.
Rackam: Figures it wouldn't be that easy. Tiamat sensed the danger all the way out where we were, so this is no ordinary bout of nasty weather.
Rackam: Which means we need to root out the source of the problem.
(Captain) and the others land on Port Eingana, the main island of the archipelago.
It seems they have some investigation ahead of them if they're going to get to the bottom of this.
Absent Winds: Scene 2
The citizens of Port Eingana have evacuated to a shelter on higher ground to escape flooding from severe rains. They are all suffering from the effects of the miasma. Tiamat feels helpless in the face of their suffering but is bolstered by their conviction that the guardian goddess will save them. The crew seeks clues.
Port Eingana is the main island of the Port Breeze Archipelago.
It seems entirely changed by the influence of the black clouds massed around it.
Not only is the island mired in darkness—it is tossed by incessant, violent rainstorms.
The town and much of the beautiful natural landscape surrounding it are flooded.
One wall of Ungud Castle, which had been undergoing renovations, lies in ruins.
Vyrn: Yeesh... This place is practically underwater.
Lyria: I hope the residents are all right...
Rackam: They probably evacuated to the big hall located on higher ground. We should head there first.
As Rackam guessed, the townspeople are holed up in a hall built at the highest point of the town.
The evacuees are suffering from a variety of maladies caused by the miasma and seem to be sapped of all their energy.
Tiamat remains frozen in place at the sight of the beleaguered residents of her archipelago.
Old Man: ...
Doctor: Here, drink this.
Old Man: Ngh... Thank you...
Doctor: Don't mention it. That's what I'm here for.
Doctor: Oh, Rackam! When did you get back?
Rackam: We just made port. Couldn't stay away, knowing Port Breeze was in trouble.
Rackam: Are you the only doctor taking care of all these people?
Doctor: Everyone's overworked to the point of collapse. I'm the only doctor in town still on my feet.
Vyrn: What! Geez, you guys are in rough shape!
Doctor: Yeah, you ain't just a whistlin' pixie. We could really use some extra hands on deck, if you can spare 'em.
Choose: You got 'em!
- You got 'em!
- Even if we don't know what we're doing?
Doctor: I really appreciate it.
Lyria: Just tell us what to do, Doctor. I think you could use some time off your feet too.
Doctor: Thank you, young lady. Really glad to have you.Choose: Even if we don't know what we're doing?
Doctor: I've already examined pretty much everyone. It'd really help me out if you could handle some of the simpler tasks—changing bandages and the like.
Vyrn: Yeah, we can do that! Just point us in the right direction!
Doctor: That'll be a huge help. Thank you.Continue 1
Rackam: While we're helping out, let's see if anyone knows what might've caused all this.
(Captain) and the crew talk to the townspeople as they help tend to their injuries and ailments.
Old Man: Well... All of a sudden, this doozy of a storm whipped up...
Old Man: Before I knew it, the miasma had knocked me clean out.
Vyrn: Did anybody pull somethin' shady right before that? Wreck a holy sanctuary or something?
Old Man: I can't say for certain, but I haven't heard anything like that from the people here.
Lyria: I see...
The crew members talk to everyone they can, but in the end, there's no compelling information to be gleaned.
As she drifts through the hall, Tiamat's gaze is arrested by a young girl suffering from a high fever.
Little Girl: Ngh... Hnh...
Lyria: Has she had her medicine yet?
Doctor: Yeah. But that fever's a stubborn one.
Despite her position as the island's guardian, Tiamat can think of no way to help this little girl.
Rackam: Hey. You may be a primal, and a guardian goddess, but you're not omnipotent. This isn't your fault.
Rackam: Still... I know how you feel. It's killing me too.
Little Girl: Tia... mat...
Doctor: Don't worry. Tiamat will save us.
Doctor: Not just us. She'll save the whole archipelago. All you need to do is rest up and wait for her.
Little Girl: O... kay...
Reassured by the doctor's gentle smile, the girl sinks back into sleep, breathing more easily.
Lyria: Everyone here believes in Tiamat, don't they?
Doctor: Of course we do. It's thanks to her protection that our home has flourished for so many years.
Doctor: Young and old, everyone knows how much we owe her.
Doctor: This too shall pass. No one is in any doubt of that. We have faith in Tiamat.
The man's words of earnest belief stir Tiamat from her dejection and rekindle her resolve.
Rackam: You're right, Doc. These piddlin' clouds are no match for Tiamat's divine winds.
Rackam: Am I right?
Rackam looks at Tiamat as he finishes speaking, and she nods, determination blazing in her eyes.
(Captain) and the crew set out to chase down whatever leads they can find.
Absent Winds: Scene 3
Tiamat heads out into the storm alone to seek more information on the abnormal weather in Port Breeze. She finds miasma spewing from deep fissures in the earth and cliffs. A sudden earthquake rocks the island, prompting her to return to the evacuation shelter. On her way back, Tiamat saves a man.
Alone, Tiamat leaves the evacuation site and ventures into the raging storm to discover the cause of the unnatural weather plaguing Port Breeze.
As she explores, she finds fissures opened in the earth and the cliffs all around Port Eingana.
She descends to the flooded ground to investigate the cracks spreading in every direction.
The miasma damaging the island is spewing forth from the cracks in the earth.
No matter how she tries to blow away the miasma, she can't get at the source, and more only billows forth to take its place.
As Tiamat considers this, the ground begins to shake.
With an earsplitting rumble, the cracks delve deeper and farther into the island, belching dirt and mud that rains down over the town and verdant forests.
The fissures reach as far as Ungud Castle, the very symbol of Port Eingana. The walls seem to cry out as they give way.
Tiamat clenches her fists as Port Breeze is ravaged before her very eyes.
Remembering the citizens who have evacuated to the hall on the hill, Tiamat turns back.
On her way there, she spots something.
A lone man battles his way through the elements toward the shelter of the hall.
Carpenter: Huff... Pant... Damn it! Nearly there... Just... a little... further...
Tiamat hoists the unconscious man over her shoulder and hurries toward the shelter.
The tremors have collapsed one section of the hall, and (Captain) and the others are leading the evacuees to a safer part of the building.
Vyrn: Phew... Is the ground done shaking?
Rackam: Everyone okay? No one was caught in the collapse, were they?
Doctor: Only some light injuries. That was a stroke of luck.
Lyria: That was a really big quake just now.
Doctor: There have been a lot of them at that intensity lately. I don't know how much more this hall will stand.
Rackam: Miasma-filled clouds, typhoons, and serial earthquakes?
Rackam: This can't be a coincidence. What's causing it all?
Vyrn: I hope Tiamat found some kinda clue.
As the crew rack their brains, the hall door bursts open.
Rackam: Oh, you're back. What'd you find out there—
Rackam: What's up with that guy? Is he hurt?
Doctor: What're you standing around for, Rackam? Help me treat him!
Rackam and the doctor rush forward to take the injured man into their care.
Absent Winds: Scene 4
The man Tiamat saved turns out to be a carpenter working on the Ungud Castle renovations—he'd fallen into a hitherto undiscovered cave below when they demolished a wall. Thinking the cave may lead deep enough to investigate the source of the miasma, the crew decides to go spelunking.
Carpenter: Huff... Huff...
Doctor: It's all right now. You're safe. You can relax.
Carpenter: Heh... Heh heh... I owe you one, miss. If you hadn't found me out there, I'd be a goner...
The exhausted man's legs give way, leaving him in a heap at Tiamat's side.
Doctor: I'll take it from here. Vyrn, get me that first aid kit!
Rackam wrests his attention from the doctor tending to the injured man.
Rackam: Tiamat... Did you see anything strange out there?
Tiamat nods, then turns to Lyria to explain.
Lyria: Huh? Miasma was coming out of them?
Rackam: What? You found the source of the miasma?
Lyria: Um, well... She says there were big cracks in the earth and the cliffs, and miasma was pouring out of them...
Vyrn: Hmm? So the miasma wasn't coming from outside the island...
Rackam: But inside. All right...
Vyrn: Say. Are there any tunnels or caves that lead all the way to the island's core?
Rackam: I mean... we've got caves, sure. But all the way to the island's core?
Rackam: Never heard of anything like that. Not even in legends.
Vyrn: I guess if we wanna get to the bottom of this, we're gonna hafta literally dig.
Carpenter's Voice: Won't be any need for that.
The crew turns around to see the man Tiamat saved, fresh from his emergency treatment.
Rackam: Hey, you'd better lie down before you pass out again.
Carpenter: All I've got going for me is my resilience. Don't take that away from me.
Carpenter: More importantly, let's get back to what you were just talking about.
Carpenter: You said there weren't any caves leading all the way to the core of the island.
Carpenter: I didn't think there were either, but I was wrong.
Carpenter: There's a huge one right below Ungud Castle. Incredibly deep.
Rackam: Under the castle? First I've heard of it.
Carpenter: Not surprising. I only found out about it a few days ago.
The workman haltingly begins his tale.
Carpenter: I'm a carpenter, you see. I was working on the Ungud Castle renovations.
Carpenter: That day, we'd suspended work on the south wall because there was even more deterioration than we'd expected.
Carpenter: After some discussion, we decided the best course of action was to completely demolish it and build a new one from the ground up.
Carpenter: So we set some charges and kaboom! We took the wall down all right.
Carpenter: But the explosion caused a cave-in right under our feet...
Vyrn: Oh boy...
Carpenter: We fell through and found ourselves in this huge cave.
Carpenter: I was hurt all over and separated from my team... I didn't know what to do.
Rackam: Hang on. Are you saying the cave you guys fell into was under the castle the whole time?
Carpenter: Yeah. Had to be.
Carpenter: The place we blasted happened to be where the cave came closest to the surface. I think it goes pretty damn deep.
Carpenter: I don't see why anyone would wanna build on a hollow foundation like that though.
Rackam: Yeah, and I get the feeling there's some reason why no one in the present day knows about it.
Lyria: She says the miasma might be coming from deep in that cave.
Vyrn: Well, that's a clue, anyhow! All we gotta do now is check it out!
Carpenter: Hey. You all are heading into that cave, right? Can I ask you a favor?
Carpenter: I thought I'd find my boss and the rest of my team when I got here, but I don't see 'em...
Vyrn: Say no more, Pops! We got this, right, (Captain)?
Hoping to cheer up the dejected carpenter, (Captain) stands as straight and tall as possible and declares the other construction workers are as good as saved.
Carpenter: Thank you, skyfarer!
With no further ado, the crew heads to the south side of the castle to investigate the cave beneath.
Always at Your Back
The crew ventures into the cave beneath Ungud Castle, where the miasma is thicker than on the surface. They hear strange groans from deeper down and as they search for the source, they discover artificially made stairs carved into the rock.
The ground beneath the south wall of Ungud Castle has caved in, revealing a cavern beneath.
(Captain) and the crew venture inside to see how deep it goes, and what they can discover about the miasma ravaging Port Breeze.
Rackam: I never expected to find a cave this size under the castle.
Vyrn: There wasn't a trapdoor in the castle leading down here or anything was there?
Vyrn: I mean, if you're not gonna use the cave, what's the point of building right above it?
Rackam: They might not've realized it was down here...
Rackam: But I've got a feeling there's more to it than that.
Lyria: The miasma seems thicker here than it was on the surface.
Lyria: If the other workers are still down here, we need to get them out as soon as possible.
Tiamat gauges the air currents carrying the miasma and points out the way they must go.
Rackam: That's the way down, huh?
Vyrn: All right! Stay sharp, guys! Never know what might pop out at us!
(Captain) and the others cautiously make their way deeper.
But trekking through the seemingly endless gloom begins to sap their stamina.
Vyrn: Yeesh. Just how deep does this cave go?
Lyria: The miasma gets thicker as we go. It's starting to get hard to breathe...
Rackam: Let's take a break, (Captain).
Rackam: At this rate, we'll peter out before we find what we're lookin'—
Just as Rackam is about to sit down, (Captain) spots a group of workers ahead, dragging themselves along the rock walls.
Lyria: Are you all okay?
The crew hurries over to the construction team and begins distributing the medicine and food they received from the doctor.
Boss: Wheeze... Pant...
Are you ever a sight for sore eyes. I thought we were done for.
Rackam: One of your buddies got out ahead of you and told us you were still down here.
Boss: Haha... Can't tell ya how grateful I am.
Lyria: You're all right now. We'll get you back to safety.
Boss: Thank you...
Boss: Come on, guys! Just hang in there a little longer!
The crew escorts the stranded workers back toward the surface.
Exhausted by their injuries and the miasma, it is all they can do to stay upright, and progress is slow.
Vyrn: What was that? Did that sound like a monster to you guys?
Lyria: It must just be the wind... Yeah, I'm sure it is...
Rackam: If it's a monster, we've got a problem on our hands. Might be better to go make sure.
When they see the crew peering into the darkness, the construction workers exchange a look.
Boss: You all were in the middle of a mission, weren't you?
Boss: Don't worry about us. Go do what you have to do.
Boss: We'll be all right. We got our second wind thanks to the supplies you brought us. We'll make it to the evacuation site on our own.
The workers pound their chests and grin bravely.
Choose: All right. Thanks.
- All right. Thanks.
- Are you really gonna be okay?
Boss: Hey, we're the ones who should be thanking you. We're grateful.Choose: Are you really gonna be okay?
Boss: You said one of our team already climbed his way out, right? We can't let him show us up!
Rackam: Haha! Stubborn old cuss, aren't you?
Boss: Heh! That's what it takes to work in this business!Continue 1
Vyrn: The evacuation site is the hall up on the hill. There's a doctor there, so make sure you get checked out properly!
Boss: We will!
The workers stride off, looking more sure-footed than before. When they vanish around a bend in the tunnel, (Captain) and the others resume their journey into the island's depths.
Lyria: Huh? Stairs? Here?
Rackam: Hey, now... Are you tellin' me this cave isn't natural? It was carved out?
Lyria: Um... She says thinking about it won't get us any answers, so we should keep moving.
Rackam: Haha, you've got a point, Tiamat. Maybe there's an explanation waiting down below.
More cautious than ever, (Captain) and the others proceed down the stone stairway.
Always at Your Back: Scene 2
At the bottom of the stairs are the ruins of an ancient civilization that Tiamat says must have been buried when Port Breeze was created. The rest of the crew succumbs to the miasma and loses consciousness, leaving Tiamat to face the creature they've been hearing. She realizes the castle was built there to seal it and the miasma away.
(Captain) and the crew descend a clearly carved staircase into the depths of the cavern. They are struck speechless by what they find at the bottom.
Rackam: Ruins... I never would've expected something like this to be buried under Ungud Castle.
Lyria: Cough, cough...
I feel like the miasma suddenly got thicker...
Tiamat summons the wind to blow away the miasma pooling among the ruins.
Rackam: Thanks. That's a lot better.
Vyrn: Hey, you guys! Take a look at this wall!
The crew joins Vyrn to peer at a dirt-smudged wall.
Rackam: Looks like this used t'be a mural... or somethin'.
Parts of what look like a mural and writing carved into the wall have been rubbed away and gouged out. Some pieces lie crumbled and fallen in the dust. The original contents are hard to discern.
Rackam: This is one strange mural...
Rackam: Dunno what era it's from, but it sure doesn't look modern.
Rackam: You've got a weird look on your face. What's up?
Lyria: She thinks the ruins this civilization left behind must have been buried when Port Breeze was formed.
Rackam: When it was formed? I thought god created the world and the islands, or whatever.
Rackam: If this mural got busted when that happened...
Rackam: That'd mean it was here well before god created the world...
Rackam: That's above our pay grade, you guys. Makes my head hurt just thinkin' about it.
Lyria: Ahaha... She says you should give your grey matter a workout every now and then.
Rackam: Tch... Thinking isn't really my strong suit, you know tha—
Lyria: D-did you hear...
Rackam: Yeah. Wasn't the wind, that's for sure. That was a living creature.
(Captain) and the crew cast their eyes toward the center of the ruins.
The dense miasma rolls in to envelop them once again.
Choose: Lyria, stay with me!
- Lyria, stay with me!
Vyrn: Dang it! I got a double lungful of it, and now my wings feel like lead...
Tiamat pits her winds against the miasma.
Rackam: Huff... Huff...
No matter how many times she blows it away, the thick, cloying vapor only floods back thicker.
Tiamat's friends succumb to the miasma one by one until only she is left upright.
As she watches (Captain) and the others suffering from the miasma's effects, Tiamat comes to a realization.
Ungud Castle was built above these ruins like a seal.
It was there to protect the islanders from the miasma and whatever it is that lurks in the deeps.
Over the long years that followed, the castle's original purpose must have been forgotten.
And the people went about their renovation efforts ignorant of what lay beneath.
They broke the seal.
The long-contained entity lets loose a roar redolent of the predator's elation upon sighting its prey.
Tiamat feels other eyes on her and turns from her confrontation with the creature.
The ruins are suddenly filled with strange beings.
Tiamat's mind races, searching for a solution as she is completely surrounded.
Always at Your Back: Scene 3
Tiamat manages to escape from a horde of evil creatures and flies toward the surface to get (Captain) and the others to safety. With the crew out of harm's way, Tiamat returns to battle, even though she is gravely injured. The people of Port Breeze lift their voices in prayer to spur Tiamat on. Their faith gives her the strength to turn the tide.
Tiamat stands alone amid her fallen friends in the ruins beneath Ungud Castle.
She attacks, determined to protect the crew.
Unable to fly freely in such a cramped environment, Tiamat is forced onto the defensive.
The battle threatens to stretch long, and Tiamat worries for (Captain) and the others' safety if she doesn't get them out of there soon.
Tiamat decides that should be her first priority.
(Captain) & Lyria: ...
Rackam & Vyrn: ...
The primal envelops her friends in a gentle breeze and bears them toward the exit, picking up speed as she goes.
However, the creatures surrounding her have no intention of letting her escape, and Tiamat begins to flag under their onslaught.
Tiamat grits her teeth and flies onward, shielding (Captain) and the others with everything she has.
At last, she outpaces their pursuers.
She bursts out of the cave into the open air.
Before the creatures can catch up, she speeds toward the evacuation site.
Port Breeze's guardian goddess is covered in wounds by the time she sets her charges safely down in the hall.
Doctor: Wh-what on earth happened to you? And to (Captain) and the others?
Doctor: Hey, you lot! Come help me!
Boss: You got it!
The workmen carry (Captain) and the others to the nearby beds and begin preparations for their treatment.
Doctor: Hey, hold your horses! You're seriously wounded. You need immediate treatment!
Doctor: I don't know where it is you want to go, but as a doctor, I can't allow it!
Doctor: Calm down a second! At least let me treat you before you go off half-cocked!
Little Girl: ...
From her own bed, the little girl treated earlier by the doctor now gazes vacantly at Tiamat. Suddenly a sense of deja vu brings the girl to attention.
Little Girl: That lady... She looks like Tiamat...
Boss: Huh? You think?
Hm... Now that you mention it, I guess... Sorta. In the right light.
The little girl's observation spreads gradually among the other evacuees, and murmuring fills the hall.
Carpenter: Yeah, she does. She does!
Carpenter: I was really out of it when she saved me, but now I remember it clearly.
Carpenter: She flew from Ungud Castle all the way here carrying me over her shoulder!
Boss: Wait, are you serious?
Carpenter: As a heart attack! That woman... That woman is Tiamat!
Old Man: Hm? Oho... I see, I see.
Old Man: I always picture the goddess with her three-headed dragon, but look closely.
Old Man: Those noble features could belong to no one else!
As more people raise their voices, the evacuees realize that the woman they had thought merely resembled their goddess is in fact the goddess herself.
Boss: Ahahaha! She's come for us! Tiamat is here to save Port Breeze!
Little Girl: Yeah!
The hall rings with joyous voices, elated that their guardian goddess has manifested in their darkest hour.
Doctor: Hey... Are you really Tiamat?
Conflicted, but thinking a frank answer may bolster her people's spirits, Tiamat gives a firm nod.
Doctor: Ha... Haha! So you really are! You're Tiamat!
Doctor: You want me to take care of (Captain) and the others, is that right?
Seeing that she's able to communicate with the islanders, a relieved smile softens Tiamat's features.
Alas, she has not long to savor that happiness. A roar from outside rattles the hall doors.
Little Girl: Wh-what was that?
Little Girl: Yeah... It'll be okay. You're here, so I'm not scared at all!
Tiamat fondly strokes the child's head. Her determined gaze swings toward the door, and in the next moment she flies out into the storm.
Pushing her wounded body to the limit, Tiamat uses all her strength to summon a gale.
She unleashes it upon the creature.
???: Grrngh... Grrraaahhh!
Out in the open skies, Tiamat can maneuver freely and use the full extent of her powers.
But the creature is incredibly strong and Tiamat is struck by blow after blow.
Determined to protect the skydwellers depending on her, Tiamat does not falter.
Tiamat braves the roaring tempest to defend Port Breeze.
The islanders in the evacuation shelter watch wide-eyed as their goddess fights for them.
Boss: You filthy monsters! How dare you hurt Tiamat!
Little Girl: Tiamat... You can do it!
Roused by the evacuees' cries, (Captain) and the crew stumble out of the hall.
Rackam: Damn it, Tiamat! Why would you go fight by yourself!
Rackam: The best I can do from this far off is put a little lead in that thing.
Rackam takes aim, but (Captain) holds out a hand to stop him.
Choose: Don't shoot.
- Don't shoot.
Rackam: Why not? I'm no god, but I'm not completely useless.
Rackam follows (Captain)'s gaze and realizes the source of the captain's objection.
Rackam: Tch... I see. Yeah, you've got a point. We've got sick and injured in this hall.
Rackam: They might all get caught in the crossfire if we draw that thing's attention.
Lyria: Tiamat says... She's going to take down those monsters, no matter what...
The islanders raise their voices in prayer to the determined wind guardian.
Islanders: O Tiamat...
No matter how many times the creatures knock her back, Tiamat grits her teeth and returns to the fray.
The people are deeply moved by Tiamat's refusal to give up, even in her injured state.
Doctor: All we can do now is pray to Tiamat!
Old Man: That's right... We have to pray harder! Let her know the strength of our faith!
Islanders: Hear us, Tiamat!
Their prayer is no simple request to a deity.
It is a battle cry to spur on the guardian risking everything for their sake.
The heartfelt prayers, the earnest emotions of all Port Breeze combined, bring about a miracle.
Cruel jaws yawn, and a gaping mouth filled with razor fangs is poised to devour Tiamat.
Before they can close around her, the goddess is enveloped in a faint light.
It is the manifestation of Port Breeze's prayers—the will of the archipelago she is bound to protect.
Wreathed in that light, Tiamat feels something inside her awaken.
Tiamat rises slowly, power filling and overflowing from her. Her diamond-sharp gaze lances through the creature.
Armored in the prayers of her people, empowered by their belief, Port Breeze's guardian begins her counterattack.
Always at Your Back: Scene 4
Empowered by the islanders' faith in her, Tiamat defeats the beast once sealed beneath Ungud Castle. Next she dissipates the miasma-filled clouds enveloping the archipelago. The grateful residents heap praises on their guardian goddess. Watching the scene, Rackam realizes just how lucky they are to have Tiamat on the crew.
Tiamat unleashes a final attack with all her strength behind it.
The fearsome being so long sealed beneath Castle Ungud is obliterated by her power.
Rackam: Ha... Haha! She did it! Tiamat did it!
Tiamat smiles at the islanders and the crew, whose elated voices ring out from below.
Then she turns her winds against the dark clouds hemming in the archipelago.
It is the work of an instant.
The miasma-laced clouds disperse, and the sun bathes Port Breeze in brilliant light.
Old Man: The sun... Haha... I can see the sun!
The islanders rejoice to feel the sun's rays for the first time in what seems like ages. One little girl's eyes are fixed squarely on Tiamat.
Little Girl: Hehe... You're all sparkly in the sun, Tiamat. You're so pretty...
Doctor: You're quite right. I never realized what a vision of loveliness was watching over us all.
Carpenter: Thanks, Tiamat!
Boss: Whaddya mean, "thanks"? Show some manners, man! Try, "we humbly thank you"!
Old Man: Ho ho ho... Take a look at our goddess's smile, and then tell me she's the sort to stand on formality.
Once again, the citizens of Port Breeze offer their prayers to their gently smiling guardian.
They ask her to continue watching over them as she always has.
Observing the islanders' tearful shows of gratitude, the same feeling swells in the crew's hearts.
Vyrn: Hehe, what's up with you, Rackam? You're all smiley.
Rackam: I was just thinkin'... Look how much everyone in Port Breeze worships Tiamat.
Rackam: An' she rides with us. We're pretty damn lucky.
Tiamat, guardian goddess of Port Breeze, has successfully carried out her duty.
Her bounteous winds will no doubt shelter and nurture this archipelago for as long as it floats in these endless skies.