Say Goodbye to the Past
Acting as nurse for the ill Sara, Volenna revealed her innermost thoughts to (Captain)'s party, who had come to visit Sara. (Captain) and companions reassured Volenna, who was caught up in her past and worried about her inexperience. Volenna said that once Sara was well again, she was thinking about joining (Captain)'s party on their travels.
Priestess of the Dunes Sara and her escort Volenna had previously attempted to seal a primal beast that had been causing floods on Sable Island.
On their way to the shrine to seal the primal beast, the two met (Captain)'s party, and together they succeeded in sealing the primal beast.
The two set out on a journey, but Sara fell ill and they were forced to return to Sable Island for her to recuperate.
Worried about Sara, (Captain) and companions went to visit her during her long period of recovery.
Sara: Thank you for coming to see me... It was really good to see Lyria and (Captain)... Cough...
Lyria: Yeah! I really wanted to see her too! When we heard she'd been ill for a long time, we were really worried...
Sara: Ah, s-sorry... sorry for worrying you...
Sara: Hehe... 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 go and 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 went to lie down, and (Captain) and companions left the room with Volenna.
Lyria: Are you alright, Volenna? You don't look so good...
Volenna: Ah, no, 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 too, 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 feel like I can't take proper care of Sara. I'm just useless.
Vyrn: Hey, stop being so down on yourself! You're doing your very best to care of Sara!
Volenna: This is 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 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, it would have caused her even further pain if she had any regrets.
Volenna: With that in mind, I distanced myself from Sara...
Volenna: Up until then she had restrained herself and refused to rely on other people.
Lyria: But...! That sounds so lonely...
Volenna: Yes. Now, released from her mission, Sara was free to act more like a child, to be a bit more selfish.
Volenna: But Sara... even though she was ill, still refused rely on anyone, even me. She carried on alone.
Volenna: I know she's not used to relying on anyone... or is it because I'm not reliable?
Vyrn: No, of course not! Jeez, Volenna, you've probably just gotten down because all you've been doing is nursing.
Volenna: Perhaps... It's not really like me to be like this...
Volenna: But when I saw Sara talking to Lyria and (Captain) so freely...
Volenna: I thought that if I was more like (Captain), Sara and I might be closer.
Choose: It was because of the bad environment
- It was because of the bad environment
- That's good
Lyria: Yes! Sara and Volenna both have bad memories of Sable Island...
Lyria: So, being here brings back bad memories and you're just getting stuck in a vicious cycle.
Lyria: It's not good. With your mind being trapped here...
Volenna: My mind... trapped?
Volenna: I... I think you're right.Choose: That's good
Vyrn: Yup, that might be it!
Volenna: Vyrn... even you agree?!
Vyrn: Hehe... 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 it's not going to get any worse!
Vyrn: Anyway... well I don't really understand it but, it's better to think that way, isn't it?
Volenna: I suppose what you say might be true...Continue 1
Volenna: In the past I've felt depressed and guilty, but from now on, I'm going to start thinking more positively!
Volenna: You guys have really helped me feel better. Thank you.
Lyria: Hehe... it was nothing, really.
Volenna: Well, you might say that, but it's the kind of thing that can really help someone like me make a change.
Volenna: When Sara is better... it might be good to join you on your travels.
Volenna: I certainly don't think we'd be bored.
Lyria: Wow... That sounds good! I think that sounds like a great idea!
Volenna: I think having that to look forward to will help Sara get better...
Vyrn: Yeah! It's easy to get down when you're ill for a long time. If you've got nothing to look forward to that is!
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 just need to go and get some water. Wait here.
Vyrn: Haha! Sara's escort... She's really changed. She seemed really worried about Sara.
Lyria: Maybe... but maybe rather than saying she's changed, maybe she was always a kind person.
Lyria: Mmm... well Volenna was the one who was originally assigned to that mission for the Priestess of the Dunes too.
Lyria: I hope Sara gets better soon.
Despite her tough appearance, Volenna had begun to truly want to protect Sara, beyond what duty required of her.
She had been trying to help Sara ever since she was struck down by 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.