Taking the Lead at Camp
Our heroes were setting up camp out near a water source. While Katalina was preparing a meal, Volenna went off to collect some water, when all of a sudden a powerful stench rolled in and sent her running back, pale-faced. The source of the stench was, of course, Katalina’s special soup. Baffled by Katalina’s poor life skills, Volenna decided to join our heroes on their travels in order to teach them how to do basic chores.
During their travels, (Captain) and company met Volenna, who was pursuing a certain primal beast.
(Captain) and company needed Volenna’s help, so they were all traveling together.
Katalina: Whew... We’ve walked for some time now. Let’s camp here for the night. It seems we’ve got a water source nearby, too.
Volenna: Hmph... We haven’t traveled very far, but we do have children with us. I guess we have no choice.
Volenna: I’ll go fetch some water. You light a fire and start setting up camp. But be wary of monsters.
Lyria: Yeah! Yay, food! I love food! Say, Katalina, what will you be making?
Katalina: Let’s see... Something to warm us up... Soup, perhaps? Nevertheless, I’ll give it my very best!
Lyria: Good for you, Katalina! I’ll help, too.
Vyrn: Oh, gimme a break! Just one of you is bad enough, trust me...
Volenna: Hey! What’s this stench?! I could smell it from half the forest away!
Lyria: I’m sorry... We were making soup, but we burned it...
Volenna: You burned it...? That’s all it took to make this unbearable stench?! What the hell was even in that soup?!
Katalina: Nngh... I’m so ashamed. I was really trying to make it perfectly, but I’m just so rubbish...
Volenna: NO excuses! Camping is a basic part of being a soldier. Good grief... Didn’t you learn anything in training?!
Volenna: To think you can’t even manage this... Well, I do believe the ingredients were in this bag... Ah! Here’s the leftover dried meat, as well as some root vegetables...
Vyrn: Th-this is amazing! You made a whole meal, just like that! You’re talented, Volenna!
Volenna: Talented? This is nothing that requires any skill. All I did was chop it up and fry it. Now hurry up and eat it while it’s still hot.
Lyria: Thanks for the food! Munch, munch... Mmm...! The more I chew it, the better it tastes...!
Volenna: ...? Haven’t you ever had dried meat before? Hey, don’t eat nothing but meat! You gotta eat a balanced meal!
Vyrn: Siiigh... If only Volenna would join our Order... Don’t you agree, (Captain)?
Choose: She would be a big help, after all
- She would be a big help, after all
- She’s a great cook, after all
Volenna: Hmph... Flattery will get you nowhere with me. Would you like seconds?Choose: She’s a great cook, after all
Volenna: Huh...? Don’t be silly. You’re a perfectly capable chef yourself, (Captain).
Katalina: H-Hang on... Don’t just gloss over me...! I... I...!Continue 1
Volenna: But... I owe you people just as much. I’m more than happy to lend you a hand.
Lyria: YAAAY! After we find the primal beast we’re looking for, let’s just stay together, okay?
Volenna: I hadn’t given any thought to what happens once we achieve our objective, but... Hmph. Sure, that’d be fine...
Volenna: I can’t let you people continue to live like barbarians. I’m coming with you, and I’m gonna drill the basics of chores into you! Cooking, laundry, you name it!
Volenna: You better prepare yourselves!
Volenna proved to be a strict taskmaster, but every now and then, they could catch a glimpse of her inner kindness.
Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of (Captain)’s group, she found her own way of life slowly changing as well.
What Can I Do for You?
One day, a small girl comes to make a request to (Captain). For a small sum of money, she asks them to recover a ribbon that is a keepsake of her mother. But Volenna pushes her away, telling her to look for it by herself.
One day, (Captain) and company receive a request from a young girl.
Girl: Um... will you accept a request with this amount?
Katalina: What’s wrong? Tell us what happened.
Girl: Well... During the picnic the other day... Monsters appeared and I lost my ribbon.
Lyria: I get it... So you want us to look for that ribbon?
Girl: Um... My mother gave it to me before she died... So please...!
Volenna: Hmph... I won’t accept that chump change. If it’s that important to you, go look for it yourself.
Katalina: Stop it! She’s only a child. And it’s a keepsake of her mother.
Volenna: That’s stupid. You’re spoiling her.
Girl: Hic... Hic... You won’t...?
Lyria: Oh no! Don't cry. We’ll help you look for it.
Girl: R-Really...? Can I ask you to...?
Katalina: Yes. Leave it to us. We’ll find your ribbon for you. Right, (Captain)?
Volenna: Are you going to accept, (Captain)? You people are a bunch of softies. If you’re going, then make it quick. It’s a waste of time.
Vyrn: Ah! Hey! Wait for us, Volenna! Geez. She’s so unfriendly!
What Can I Do for You?: Scene 2
(Captain) and company accepted the little girl’s request and are now diligently trying to find her ribbon. However, Volenna states that they should not spoil the girl for the sake of her future; that she must learn to be strong.
Katalina: Umm... She must have taken this path when she ran...
Volenna: She was attacked by monsters here a few days ago, right? We don’t even know if the ribbon has been torn to shreds.
Lyria: But... It’s something really important to her...
Volenna: Stop spreading what you assume to be good will like that. You can sometimes cause more trouble that way.
Katalina: What? Why do you always say things like that to push others away?!
Volenna: If you spoil them, they’ll only become more dependent on you. It’s that girl that will suffer the consequences later.
Volenna: Her mother is already dead. That’s all the more reason for her to grow stronger. Helping haphazardly will only become a hindrance to her.
Volenna: What are you laughing about?
Lyria: Nothing... I’m just happy that you care about her, even though our opinions differ on how to do it.
Volenna: Hmph! You’re only talking in general terms. And don’t just look for the ribbon. You have to watch your surroundings, too! The monsters are coming.
Katalina: She always pretends to act that way... All right, (Captain). Let’s beat down those monsters and find that ribbon!
What Can I Do for You?: Scene 3
The party hurries to the girl after finding the ribbon. Seeing the ribbon in pieces, the girl felt ashamed at why she didn’t act sooner. But Volenna says that the dirt and frays can all be mended. She shows the girl that being strict is but another way to show that she cares.
Katalina: I found it! This must be the ribbon she talked about!
Volenna: You found it? Then let’s go back. I want to return to town before it gets dark.
Lyria: Yeah! Let’s get the ribbon back to her!
Lyria: Here’s your ribbon. It’s a bit tattered, but we found it!
Girl: Thank you...! Sniff... It’s because I lost it that it’s so dirty and frayed...
Volenna: The dirt and tattered parts are proof of your weakness.
Girl: Sniff... Yes...
Volenna: Become stronger so that you can protect what you love. You should be able to do that.
Volenna: Come on. Don’t cry. Dirt can be washed off and frays can be mended. It’s a simple fix. Mistakes can always be fixed.
Girl: But... My mom is gone... I don’t know who to learn from on how to sew...
Volenna: Hmph. Is that all? I’ll teach you. If you want to learn, that is.
Girl: Huh...? Really?
Volenna: Hurry up. I hate wasting time.
Girl: Thank you! Miss! I’ll do my best to learn how to sew!
Katalina: Haha... You said all those things to us, but you’re a big softie yourself.
Volenna: Hmph. Your softness was contagious.
Volenna: But... it doesn’t feel half-bad.
Lyria: Ah! I want to learn how to sew, too!
Katalina: Wow! That’s admirable of you, Lyria. Maybe I should take lessons from Volenna, too.
Volenna: Hey, Katalina... You don’t even know how to sew? Don’t get in the way!
Girl: Ahaha! You two are such good friends.
Volenna: Why would you think that after seeing this?
Lyria: Yup! That’s true! We’re all good friends!
Volenna is strict on herself and on others. But that is because she cares deeply for others.
There will be more people who will come to like her for her strength and kindness.