Say Goodbye to the Past
Volenna, who's nursing Sara back to health, tells (Captain) and company how worried she is about not being good enough, but they reassure her. She considers joining the crew once Sara recovers.
Sara and Volenna, the Priestess of the Dunes and her bodyguard, decided to seal away a primal beast that was flooding Sable Island.
On their way to the shrine where they intended to confine it, the two met (Captain) and company. Together they successfully seal away the beast.
After a bit of travel with the crew, Sara falls ill and is forced to return to Sable Island with Volenna to recuperate.
Worried about Sara, (Captain) and company go to visit her during her long period of recovery.
Sara: Thank you for coming to see me. I'm so glad to see you, Lyria. And of course you, (Captain)... Cough...
Lyria: Yeah! I'm glad to see you too! We were worried when we heard that it's taking so long for you to recover.
Sara: Oh, sorry... Sorry for worrying you...
Sara: Hee-hee... Seeing you guys has really cheered me up. I'm sure I'll be better soon. Cough.
Volenna: Sara. Please rest. I know you're excited about your friends coming to visit, but you'll make yourself worse if you get too excited.
Volenna: (Captain) and the others will still be around for a while yet. You can talk again once you wake up.
Sara: Yes... Cough. Sorry, Lyria. I'm just going to lie down again for a while.
Lyria: Oh, please don't worry about it! Let's talk again another time. Have a good rest, Sara.
Sara goes to lie down, and (Captain) and company leave the room with Volenna.
Lyria: Are you all right, Volenna? You don't look so good.
Volenna: Oh, it's nothing. I'm just thinking is all.
Lyria: Um... I know you're really worried about Sara.
Lyria: But you've got to take care of yourself. You won't be any good to anyone if you get ill too.
Volenna: Yes... You're right. Burning myself out wouldn't do anyone any good.
Volenna: But I don't feel like I can take proper care of Sara. I'm pathetically inept.
Vyrn: Hey, don't be so hard on yourself! You're doing your very best to take care of Sara.
Volenna: Well, it's the least I can do to atone for my past sins.
Volenna: I met Sara just after the previous Priestess of the Dunes passed away, back when she was still just a young child.
Volenna: That child had to take up a heavy and fatal duty. She was chosen as the next Priestess of the Dunes.
Volenna: It was cruel, but I, like everyone else, thought it was necessary for the protection of Sable Island.
Volenna: Parting is painful if you know someone well. And as she was destined to die anyway, any relationships she had would have only caused her more pain.
Volenna: With that in mind, I distanced myself from Sara.
Volenna: For her part, she restrained herself and refused to rely on other people.
Lyria: But that sounds so lonely!
Volenna: Yes. Now that she's been released from her duties, I want her to be just a bit more selfish—you know, the way children are supposed to be.
Volenna: But Sara still refuses to rely on anyone, even me, in spite of her illness. She continues to carry on alone.
Volenna: I know she's not used to relying on anyone, but perhaps she senses that I'm just not reliable.
Vyrn: No, of course not! Sheesh, Volenna, it sounds like all that nursing is really taking a toll on you.
Volenna: Perhaps... This really isn't like me.
Volenna: But when I saw Sara talking to Lyria and (Captain) so cheerfully...
Volenna: I thought that things would have been easier for Sara if I were more like (Captain).
Choose: It's all because of the bad environment.
- It's all because of the bad environment.
- Good for you.
Lyria: That's right, Volenna! Both you and Sara have bad memories of Sable Island.
Lyria: So being here brings back those memories, and you end up stuck in a vicious cycle.
Lyria: It's no good to have your mind trapped here like that.
Volenna: My mind trapped?
Volenna: I think you guys might be right.Choose: Good for you.
Vyrn: Yep, (Captain) might be on to something!
Volenna: Vyrn... Even you agree?
Vyrn: Heh-heh... Don't you see? You're right down at the bottom of that hole right now, so there's no way to go but up!
Vyrn: So right now you might be nursing Sara and worrying, but things can't get any worse!
Vyrn: Or at least I hope they can't... Well, I can definitely say you're better off being optimistic, right?
Volenna: I suppose you might be right.Continue 1
Volenna: It's hard to do much about guilt related to the past, but I need to keep moving forward.
Volenna: You guys have really helped me to bring things into focus. Thank you.
Lyria: Hee-hee... It was nothing really.
Volenna: That attitude of yours is probably the reason you can help people like me.
Volenna: Once Sara recovers, I think I just might join you on your travels.
Volenna: It would definitely keep me entertained at the least.
Lyria: Wow, that sounds good! You'd be most welcome!
Volenna: I think having that to look forward to will help Sara get better too.
Vyrn: Yeah! It's easy to get bummed out when you're ill for so long. You need something to look forward to!
Volenna: I'll talk to you about this properly when the time comes, (Captain).
Volenna: Uh... I need to give Sara her medicine when she wakes up. I'm gonna go get some water, so wait here.
Vyrn: Ha-ha! Volenna seemed different from before. She was just plain concerned about Sara.
Lyria: Maybe... But I'm not sure if she's actually changed. I think she was always a kind person.
Lyria: Hmm... I think Volenna was trapped by Sara's duties as a Priestess of the Dunes too.
Lyria: I hope Sara gets better soon.
Volenna, once nothing more than a tough bodyguard, has begun to change so she can offer Sara real protection.
Surely she'll find a way to save Sara from her illness.
As the party volunteers to slay the monsters in the mountains, a young boy requests that they take him along. He explains that he wants to avenge his dog that was killed by the monsters. However, Volenna dismisses his request and Lyria convinces him to stay at the village.
During their journey, (Captain) and company came across a village suffering from repeated invasions by monsters.
The party decides to save the village by slaying the monsters in the mountain.
Lyria: Now, let's go save those villagers!
Volenna: It's good that you have enthusiasm, but I hope you're ready for this.
Volenna: A battle's outcome is mostly determined by the preparation... Hm?
Volenna: Hey, kid. What do you want?
Boy: Um... Please take me with you to beat those monsters!
Lyria: Wha?! It's dangerous!
Boy: But I want to get revenge! My dog died trying to save me from the boss of those monsters...!
Boy: Please, lady! He was like a brother to me!
Volenna: No. You'll only be a burden.
Boy: But... I'll do my best not to get in the way! So please...
Vyrn: Oh! Ah... He's gone. You didn't have to be so cold!
Lyria: But she's right about it being dangerous for a child.
Lyria: Um... We promise to take care of those monsters. So wait for us in the village, okay?
Intertwined Fate: Scene 2
Volenna dismisses the idea of getting revenge for the dog that died protecting his young master. She explains that risking the boy's life after it was saved by the dog would be an insult to the dog's efforts.
Vyrn: Ugh... There's no end to these monsters... We can't keep this up forever!
Volenna: The problem isn't their numbers... Their strength must be in their boss' leadership.
Volenna: Once we take out the leader, they should be easy to take care of.
Vyrn: I see! Let's go find that boss then!
Volenna: If the boss is the cautious type, it should be in the depths of the mountains protected by its minions.
Volenna: Remember not to let your guard down, (Captain).
Lyria: Earlier... That boy said his dog was killed by the boss of those monsters, didn't he?
Vyrn: Yeah... Let's take out that boss and get revenge for him!
Volenna: How foolish.
Vyrn: Wha?! Why would you say that?!
Volenna: The idea of going to get revenge is foolish in itself.
Volenna: That boy's dog gave his life to protect him.
Volenna: Throwing his life away in an attempt to get revenge would make that death meaningless.
Volenna: Why should we let him to do that?
Lyria: I see... I didn't think of it that way...
Vyrn: Tch! There are nicer ways to say that, you know?
Volenna: Wait... (Captain). Look at these footprints... They're bigger than the other monsters.
Volenna: Hmph, you can hide all you want but I know you're there...!
Volenna: There it is...! That's a lot of confidence. (Captain), let's go!
Intertwined Fate: Scene 3
Volenna speaks to the young boy in front of his dog's grave. As a bodyguard herself, she expresses her pride in the dog for protecting the boy with his life. Next next day, the boy sees the party off and tells them that he would also like to protect someone when he grows up.
(Captain) and company successfully defeat the boss and the remaining monsters.
When they report back to the village, the villagers are elated. Not only do they offer a reward, but they ask the party to stay and rest.
Vyrn: Hey! They said they're gonna give us food at the dining hall!
Lyria: Yay! I'm starving! Let's go, (Captain)! You too, Volenna... Aren't you coming?
Volenna: Sorry, but there's something I want to talk to a villager about. Go ahead without me.
Lyria: Sure! You must be tired, so don't overwork yourself, Volenna.
Volenna: Yes, I know. I'll see you later.
Volenna: There you are.
Boy: It's you...
Volenna: This is for your dog.
Boy: Huh? ... Flowers...? Thank you...
Volenna: Your dog was a loyal bodyguard. He protected you from harm in the face of danger. As someone who shares the same duty, I'm proud of him.
Boy: But... But you know. I wanted him to... Be alive, with me...
Boy: Waah... sob...
Volenna: This dog is fortunate. Not only did he fulfill his duty, but he has someone who cares enough to cry for him.
Volenna: Give him your farewells, and cry as much as you'd like.
Volenna softly pats the boy's head as he cries over his dog's grave.
The next day, the party is fully rested and ready to leave the village.
Vyrn: Well, it's time to go! Hm? That's...
Boy: Pant... Pant...! W-Wait!
The boy calls to (Captain) and company with eyes that are red and puffy from crying.
Lyria: What's wrong? Do you need something?
Boy: Um... Miss?
Volenna: What is it?
Boy: When I grow up... I'm gonna be someone who will protect others, like my dog. No matter what.
Volenna: Hm... Good.
Volenna: You look like a new person today. Don't forget those words.
Boy: I won't!
Volenna's bluntness can be seen as cold by some.
However, the young boy was touched by the kind intentions behind her stern words.