Princess Dress Up
(Captain) and company intend to go to the Engu festival, but since formal wear is required, Vania returns to Medvecia first in order to retrieve a dress. While in Medvecia, Feldrac claims that the festival involves dancing with spirits. Fact or fiction, the crew rounds up Veight and Malinda before leaving for the festival.
Somewhere in the skies is an island of vampires, a secluded home in which they choose to slowly live out their own extinction while proudly holding on to old laws.
The vampire princess Vania is the lone exception to her fellow kin's way of thinking. She fosters a dragon named Malinda despite the others' cries of heresy.
When Malinda became ill, Vania set forth into the outside world to find a cure, and that is where she met (Captain) and the crew.
After this meeting of mortals and vampire, a primal beast threatened her home island, but Vania and the crew were able to stop the turmoil.
Vania's heartfelt pleas for change are heard by her brethren. With their old customs abolished, the vampires slowly head into a new future.
Vampires abide by laws and old customs that differ from those of other skydwellers.
The vampire princess Vania becomes friends with these mortals, namely (Captain) and the crew.
Vania: Hey, hey, Bloodkin! Where are we going to next?
Vania steals a peek at the map unfurled before (Captain).
(Captain) points to a speck of an island.
Vania: Mmm... Kind of small, don't you think? I don't wanna go somewhere that's ugly or boring.
Lyria: Hehe, not so fast. Siero told us there's a festival going on right now on that island!
Vania: A festival? That sounds like it could be fun.
Vyrn: You know it! It's called Engu, and the whole island gets in on the action.
Vania: Engu? That's a weird name.
Vyrn: Yeah, well, I'm not the one that named it. Everyone dresses up and dances the night away.
Vania: Ooh, is that what they do?
Vania: I can dance too, you know!
Lyria: Really? I'd love to see that, Vania.
Vania: You want to see me dance too, Bloodkin? Heeheehee, you'll have your fill at that Engu thing!
Vyrn: Whoops, almost forgot. Before you get too excited, you'll need something formal to wear. It's kinda like a black-tie affair.
Vania: Something formal...
Vania: Hm, how about a dress? I've definitely got one of those!
Vania: Never mind. I left it at home.
Lyria: Would that be the castle on Medvecia?
Vania: Yep! I keep all of my special stuff in my room!
Vania: Actually, I have an idea. Can we go back and get my dress, Bloodkin? Say yes, okay?
Unable to turn her down, (Captain) cheerfully steers the airship for Medvecia.
Male Vampire: What's all this now? The mortals show their faces on our island again.
Vyrn: Geez, some things never change.
Female Vampire: That's what we should be saying about you people. You come and go from here as you please.
Male Vampire: Sigh... Just do what you've come here to do and leave. An overstayed welcome would be bothersome.
Lyria: Hah hah...
Vania: Stop it! Treating my bloodkin like that is a big no-no!
Vania: Now you've made me mad!
Feldrac: Don't be so hasty, Vania.
Lyria: Feldrac! It's been a long time.
Feldrac: Yes, it has been some time, mortals. I am glad to see you all in good health.
Lyria: Thank you! It looks like we can say the same about you too.
Vania: Booo, why do I have to stop? I'm mad!
Feldrac: Listen to me, Vania. Even sensible individuals may need time to change their hearts.
Feldrac: Not everyone is so quick to make friends with people on the outside as you have.
Feldrac: Haven't you noticed a difference? Your brethren have called out to the mortals of their own volition.
Feldrac: It may seem trivial, but I believe this is a big step for us.
Vania: Um... Huh? I guess so...
Feldrac: With that said, you two could stand to learn how to soften your tone.
Male Vampire: My apologies. I didn't mean to come off that way, but...
Vania: No, no, no! You need a biiig smile! Big!
Female Vampire: Huh?
Vania: Watch me, okay?
Vania starts to show the other vampires what to do, but she stops abruptly.
Vania: Wait a minute!
Vania: The reason why I came back was to pick up my dress!
Feldrac: Your dress? The one from long ago?
Vania: Yeah! It's just the cutest! I'm going to go change right away!
Feldrac watches in bemusement as Vania scampers off.
Feldrac: She has always been fond of that dress, yet she has never thought to wear it even once until now.
Vyrn: It's because we're goin' to this festival called Engu, and she needs something formal to wear.
Feldrac: Hm... I have heard that name before.
Feldrac: Is it that one festival in which the spirits come out to play with revelers?
Lyria: That's strange. Siero didn't mention anything about spirits to us.
Feldrac: Well, it was merely something I heard ages ago. Perhaps my memory is not what it used to be.
Feldrac and the crew continue to chat away with delight. Eventually Vania returns.
Vania: Ta-da! What do you think, Bloodkin?
Choose: Looks good on you.
- Looks good on you.
- About what?
Vania: Heeheehee! Thanks!
Vania: Frilly on the bottom, cutie hat on top—yeah, yeah, it's the best!
Lyria: Teehee. It's totally you!
Vania: Heehee, that's right!Choose: About what?
Vania: Grrr! Pay attention!
Vania: How can you not notice what cute clothes I'm wearing! That's not nice!
Vania: Let's see if you notice me chomping on you! Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Vyrn: Whoa, whoa. Don't get all batty. I think (Captain) here gets it.
(Captain) nods and apologizes, placating the angry girl with a compliment and a reassuring pat on the head.
Vania: Heehee, that's right!Continue 1
Vania: Feldrac bought these clothes for me.
Vania: They're so cute that I had to save them for just the right occasion.
Vyrn: Oh, so that's why.
Feldrac: I purchased them from a traveling merchant.
Feldrac: I guess it was a worthy exchange given how smitten you are with it.
Vania: Heeheehee! Thanks, Feldrac!
Um, and I want to take Malinda with me to the festival.
Feldrac: A fine idea. I'm sure Malinda would be pleased as well.
Oh, wait! Just one
last thing! Veight should come too!
Feldrac: Hmm... Yes, this is a good opportunity for him to interact with the outside world. Feel free to call for him.
Vania: Yay! Festivals are way more fun when everyone's together!
Lyria: We should ask the locals about the spirits Feldrac mentioned when we get to the island.
Vania: Spirits? What spirits?
Lyria: We might get to play with spirits during the festival. Apparently that's what Engu's all about!
Vania: Okay... I wonder what these spirits are exactly...
Vania: I can't wait!
Feldrac: It was a tale I had heard from traveling adventurers when I was younger. I cannot say whether it still holds true.
Feldrac: As you said, your best option would be to ask the inhabitants of that island.
Feldrac: It is a festival after all, so please make the most of it.
Vania: Yeah! I won't stop having fun even if my legs fall off!
Vania: I'll tell you and everyone else all about Engu when I get back!
Vania: So see you then!
(Captain) and company bid Feldrac farewell and set a course for the island on which Engu is being held.
What lies in store for the crew at the festival?
The vampire princess leans over the side of the Grandcypher, looking out into the sky toward the fun times ahead.
Vania in Wonderwood
Arriving at the island where Engu will take place, Vania is saddened to learn that no one has ever heard about dancing with spirits. Vania then runs off with some eavesdropping children into a forest, revealing themselves to be shape-shifting animals. They tell her that clothes-wearing animals used to attend Engu, and that's how the tale of dancing spirits was born.
Vania is decked out in a new outfit so that she can join the Engu festival.
She hops off the airship with irrepressible excitement as soon as they land.
Vania: Yaaay! It's festival time! Let's go, Malinda!
Veight: Good grief. You put on something nice, but spoil it by acting like the same old Vania. Can't you be a little more dignified?
Vania: Why are you being such a poopyface?
Vania: It's a festival! Wet blankets aren't allowed!
Vania: Right, Bloodkin?
Choose: Yep, no wet blankets.
- Yep, no wet blankets.
- Vania? Dignified?
Veight: Ugh... Not you too, (Captain)...
Vania: Try to be jolly, okay? At least just for today.
Veight: Sigh... If (Captain) joins in, then I guess I can follow suit to a certain degree.Choose: Vania? Dignified?
Vania: Hey! I get the feeling you don't think I'm dignified either, Bloodkin!
Vania: I am so dignified! A princess is always dignified no matter what!
Veight: Uh-huh. I think you're just proving my point...
Lyria: But I like you the way you are, Vania. You keep our spirits up when we travel together.
Vania: Oh yeah? So I don't have to change, Bloodkin?
(Captain) nods and Vania beams.
Vania: Yaaay! See, Veight? (Captain)'s on my side!
Veight: Pfft...Continue 1
Vyrn: Haha! Yeah, it's not like you get to go to a festival every day. Who cares about the small stuff.
Vania: Come on, Veight!
Veight: Good grief... Fine, whatever.
The crew is dragged off into town with a little persuasion.
Lyria: Wow! Look at all the food stands!
Lyria: We'd better stick close or else we might lose someone in this crowd.
Vania: Hm? I thought this was a dance festival, but I don't see anyone dancing.
Vania: Hello? Where's the dancing? Where's your outfit?
The confused vampire bombards those passing by with questions.
Townswoman: Well, aren't you precious! It's only the eve of the festival. You must be really excited to be dressed up already.
Vania: The ebe of the festival? So it's not today?
Townswoman: That's right. The dancing takes place tomorrow night. Why don't you take a look around the stalls in the meantime?
Vania: Hm... Then there are no spirits here either because it's not the ebe yet?
Townswoman: Er... spirits? Sorry, I don't follow you.
Lyria: Um, we heard that Engu is a festival where people and spirits dance together.
Townswoman: I think you might be mixing this festival up with another one. Ours has nothing to do with spirits.
Vania: I see...
Well, a festival is still a festival. Isn't that right, Vania?
Vania: Yeah, yeah! Bloodkin, Malinda! Festival fun time is a gooo!
Vyrn: Whoa, stop! Are you trying to get yourself lost?
Townswoman: Hahaha. Please enjoy your stay here.
Lyria: We will, thank you!
Vania's shoulders slump momentarily when she hears the bad news about the spirits, but she perks up again and heads for the food stands.
Veight: So it's not just food that is being sold at these carts. There are all kinds of novelties to be found.
Malinda: Gyoo, gyoo!
Vyrn: I spy apples! Hey, (Captain), I'm gonna get me some of that!
Vania: Hm-hm-hm... Where to, where to...
Vania: Huh? Is someone calling me?
Small Boy: Yep, right here! Heard you talkin' 'bout them Engu spirits.
Small Girl: We know about them actually. Want us to tell you more?
Vania: Would you? I'm listening! Tell me, tell me!
Small Boy: Heh! You asked for it. Follow us!
Malinda: Gyoo... pu? G-gyooo!
Lyria: Hm? What is it, Malinda?
Vyrn: What! Vania's missing!
Veight: Huh? When did she... We have to look for her!
The crew split off in all directions, frantically searching for their lost vampire princess.
Small Girl: La-la-la! This way, big miss!
Vania enters a forest at the children's beckoning.
Vania: Isn't it time you told me—Huh?
Vania stops midsentence when she notices the throng of animals circled around her.
Vania: Wooow! Animals everywhere! Are they your friends or something?
Small Boy: Yeah. We all wanna go to the festival, but we can't.
Vania: Why not?
Small Girl: Well, in the beginning Engu was a festival for all the animals and all the island people to become friends.
Vania: Aha! I see! Oh, but... Isn't there something about dancing with spirits?
Small Boy: Those "spirits" were probably what the islanders called the animals who showed up to the festival in their nicest clothes.
Small Girl: But that's all been lost in the past. It's just a regular old dance festival now.
Small Boy: Basically we're uninvited. That's why we can't go...
Vania: Uninvited? Like, they won't ask you to come play?
Vania: But if they did ask, would you be able to go?
The small boy and the other animals nod in unison.
Vania: Then I'll just spread the word for you! It should be easy enough.
Small Girl: Hehe, thanks! We were right to come to you!
Small Boy: Awesome! You deserve something for your troubles. This is from us. Here ya go!
Vania: Oooh! What a cute flower barrette! Thanks!
Vania: Um, how do you know so much about the animals and everything anyway?
Small Girl: Teehee... Well, you see...
Light shines from the smiling girl, and she instantly transforms into a little squirrel.
Vania: Wah! Cool!
With another bright flash, the small girl appears once more.
Small Girl: Heh heh heh. As you can see, we're spirits too.
Vania: You're kidding me! I didn't know spirits could do that. Can you change into all kinds of stuff?
Small Boy: Oh, sure. Shapes, faces, you name it...
Vania in Wonderwood: Scene 2
Vania awakens in the forest surrounded by relieved crew members, but she wastes no time in rushing back to town to tell the townspeople the truth about Engu. The townspeople remain skeptical about inviting animals to the festival, but agree to do so if the crew keeps watch for monsters.
Meanwhile, the crew's search for Vania eventually extends out to the nearby forest.
Lyria: There she is!
Sigh... Talk about deja vu...
Veight: Nap time's over, Vania.
Vania: Nngh... Mm? Why's everybody...
Veight: Sigh... Why is right. Come on, get up. You've got dirt all over your dress.
Vania stares blankly at Veight as he brushes the dirt off her. Suddenly her eyes snap back into focus.
Vania: I remember now!
Vania: I learned all about the spirits!
Vania: So the animals, they, like, went poof! And then the spirits were right in front of me!
Veight: Uh, what are you talking about? Sounds like you were dreaming it. There aren't any animals around here at all.
Vania: What? But? Was it just a dream?
Vania rubs her still groggy eyes.
Vania: The flower barrette!
Vania: I have to hurry back to town and let everyone know the real festival! Get bigger for me, Malinda!
Malinda: Gyoo? Gyoo, gyoo!
Vyrn: What's the deal? Hey, don't leave us hanging here.
Vania: Hurry, hurry! Everybody on Malinda!
Lyria: Eep! O-okay! You don't need to push like that!
No one is sure what's going on, but they can see that Vania means business. They all climb onto Malinda's back.
Vania: Aaand we're off!
Once they arrive back in town, Vania flits from person to person, telling them about the true purpose behind Engu.
Vania: So that's why everyone has to call out to the animals!
Vania: Say it out loud so that the animals can come out to play!
Townsman: Hm... That's quite a story. Are you sure it wasn't just a dream, little lady?
Vania: It wasn't a dream! It's the honest truth!
Vania: See, see? This is the barrette they gave me!
Townsman: Oh, how nice. It's very cute.
Vania: That's not what... Why won't anyone believe me?
Tears well up in Vania's eyes. The confused townspeople are at a loss as to what to do.
Vania: Bloodkin... You believe me, don't you?
Choose: You bet I do.
- You bet I do.
- It'd be fun to party with animals.
Vania: Thank you! I knew I could count on you!Choose: It'd be fun to party with animals.
Vania: Right? Riiight? That's why everyone needs to get their act together!Continue 1
Spurred by Vania's white-hot enthusiasm, (Captain) and company suggest a proposal to the townspeople.
Townsman: I don't see the harm in humoring her.
Townswoman: Yes, all we have to do is ask some animals to come out. That's no big deal. Whether it actually happens though is another matter entirely.
Townsman: Yeah. All right, let's go with the proposal then.
The townspeople agree to invite the animals to the festival if the crew keeps watch for any monsters.
Vania: Really? We'll definitely take care of it!
Vania: Right, Bloodkin?
Veight: Humph. Why do I feel like we're the ones getting the short end of the deal here?
Vania: Let's go, let's go!
An ecstatic Vania takes charge in leading guard duty for the townspeople.
Vania in Wonderwood: Scene 3
The night of Engu arrives, and true to their word, the townspeople yell out invitations to the animals. Much to their surprise, animals in outfits stride into town, and the Engu festival is restored to its long-forgotten glory.
After a night of monster guard duty, the promised day of Engu arrives.
Townsman: Good work out there. We're a bit shorthanded on account of having to setup the festival.
Vania: Heheh! That was a piece of cake.
Vania: Anyway! Now it's your turn! Hurry up and let the animals know they're invited!
Townswoman: All right, all right, hahaha. Here goes nothing. Oh, animals! Come out to plaaay!
Vania: Huh? They didn't come? That's weird...
Townsman: Bwahaha! All's not lost, little lady. There's still a whole festival for you to enjoy!
The pounding of taiko drums reaches Vania's ears, signaling the start of the festival.
The true festival.
Townswoman: Gasp! I-is that a... rabbit with a top hat?
Townsman: Egads! It's a... bear... wearing a tie!
Animals in all forms of attire march into town as if being ushered in by the
thump-thump-thumping of the drums.
Vania: Hahaha! What did I tell you?
Veight: This is shocking to say the least. I guess Vania didn't dream it after all...
A smidgen of doubt still lingers in Veight's voice. At that moment a squirrel adorned with the same flower barrette as Vania scurries in front of the crew.
The squirrel performs what some would consider a curtsy, and the vampire princess returns the courtesy.
Veight: Huh? What just... What just happened?
Vania: Oh, don't just stand there with your mouths hanging open. Let's get out there and dance!
Vania: Tonight is Engu!
With a grand smile, Vania rounds up her crewmates and the townspeople to join the animals in mirth.
Astonishment gradually gives way to merriment, and that year's Engu is the biggest success yet.
And that's how a vampire princess came to restore an island's olden festival to its former splendor.