Tree of Joy
It's the merriest time of the year, and Walder has designed a tree costume to become one with the forest. However, the children mistake it for a festive tree and start decorating it with ornaments. Walder realizes that it's his mission to bring more smiles to the town.
The day when Santa Claus will give presents to all the good children is drawing near.
Walder is working hard to make sure that he doesn't end up on the naughty list.
Walder: All right! My new costume is complete!
Walder: Hahaha... By putting this on I can become one with the trees of the forest!
Walder: When people see how I've been reborn, they'll call me the Ghillie Ranger!
Girl: Hey... You sure seem busy over here. What's going on?
Walder: How good of you to ask! What you see here is nothing other than—
Boy: Wow! That's a holiday tree, isn't it? Are you gonna put this up in your house?
Walder: Not exactly...
Girl: That's no good! You need to hurry up and decorate! Santa will be here before you know it!
Boy: Okay! We'll hook you up with some ornaments from our house! They're really pretty!
Walder: Um... Could you listen to me for a min—
Walder: H-hey! Watch it! Don't go sticking ornaments on costumes that don't belong to you!
Walder: Oh. You know... This actually doesn't look too bad.
Boy: Heh-heh! Right? You put the star on top!
Walder: Will do! Thanks!
Walder: There we go! Time to go show my new costume to (Captain) and the others!
After watching the children head home, Walder picks up his costume and goes back to the crew.
Lyria: Hey, Walder! Welcome ba—Um... What's with the suit?
Walder: I'm Walder the Ghillie Ranger!
Lyria: Wow! That's adorable!
Walder: Adorable? You mean cool, right?
Vyrn: Um... Cool? Uh...
Walder: What? You mean you can't see how cool I look?
Walder: What do you think, (Captain)? It looks cool, right?
Choose: It's cute.
- It's cute.
- I guess it looks cool... Maybe.
Walder: Oh man... Even you think it's cute...Choose: I guess it looks cool... Maybe.
Walder: Maybe? Tell me you're joking!Continue 1
Walder: After all the sweat and blood that went into this thing, I can't believe you can't see how cool the Ghillie Ranger is!
Rosetta: What's going on here? I heard quite a bit of chatter.
Walder: Hey! Good timing, Rosetta! What do you think of this costume?
Rosetta: Oh? Well... It's quite a glitzy getup. It looks nice on you.
Walder: Grr... That's it! This outfit is definitely cool!
Walder: Come with me, (Captain)! I'll show you how right I am!
An angry Walder heads to the Knickknack Shack, accompanied by (Captain) and the others.
Walder: Tell me what you think of this costume! It looks cool, right?
Sierokarte: Wow... It's really nice!
Walder: Right? You hear that, (Captain)? At least someone gets it!
Sierokarte: You're doing a good job there. May I add some ornaments that we sell here to your outfit?
Sierokarte: Hee-hee... If you walked around town with my ornaments, it'd make for great advertising!
Walder: What? I'm not a billboard!
Sierokarte: I see... But isn't that kind of a waste given how much you stand out?
Walder: Ugh! Why doesn't anybody understand how cool this outfit is?
Crestfallen, Walder leaves the Knickknack Shack alone ahead of the others.
Walder: Why can't anyone see how cool this outfit is?
Walder: Could it be that it's... not cool? No way! Not in a million years!
Boy: Hey! It's you from before! Why the long face?
Girl: Wow! So you weren't trying to make a tree earlier. It was actually an outfit!
Boy: So pretty! Oh my gosh!
Girl: Yeah! It's super pretty! Great outfit!
Walder: You think so?
Girl: Ha-ha... I bet Santa would love to see that! I want to try it on too!
Walder: Heh-heh... I'm sure you would, but this outfit can only be worn by a select few...
Walder: That's right! This outfit was made for me, the Holly Ranger Walder!
Boy: Wow! Amazing!
Walder: That's right.
(Captain) and company follow Walder from the Knickknack Shack and find him chatting with some children with a smile on his face.
Vyrn: We were worried about you, running off on your own like that!
Walder: Oof... Sorry about that.
Lyria: That's fine! You look best when you're happy, Walder.
Lyria: Hee-hee... Your smile really is infectious, you know!
Walder: That's right! The Holly Ranger is a bringer of smiles!
Lyria: Yeah! And being able to make other people smile is the coolest thing ever!
The Holly Ranger delivers the greatest gift of them all: happiness.
Perhaps someday his name will be known across the skies like Santa Claus.
Vyrn: Hey... What's with the grandiose narration all of a sudden?
Lyria: Ha-ha... But this sort of cheery thinking is the best thing about Walder!
Walder: My exploits have only just begun! Watch over me, Jade!
Though he's not without his quirks, Walder is definitely on Santa's list of nice boys and girls.
Being cool isn't about appearances, for true coolness must come from the heart... Probably.
Breaking the Silence
(Captain) and company have a snowball fight with some children. The kids are amazed by Walder's ability to dodge snowballs even while dressed as a tree. But the fun comes to an end when a stray snowball hits a monster.
In a certain village, (Captain) and company are challenged to a snowball fight by some children.
Since they have nothing better to do, they accept the challenge.
Walder: Is that the best you got? You can't even hit me!
Boy: Dang it! How can he even move in that thing, let alone dodge us?
Lyria: Amazing, Walder! You're so agile...
Girl: Ha-ha! You should pay attention!
Boy: Oh no you didn't! I'll get you!
Walder: Heh-heh! Your wimpy snowballs will never hit me!
Boy: Ugh... Take that! And that! And this!
Walder nimbly dodges the flurry of snowballs.
Vyrn: Whoa! A stray snowball... They need to watch where they're throwing those things!
The children suddenly freeze after a stray snowball sails through the air, hitting an unwary monster right on the head.
Boy: Uh-oh! Th-the snowball... It hit a monster!
Walder: What's that thing doing here? The adults told us there aren't any monsters around here!
Walder: Kids! Get behind me! Let's move, (Captain)!
Breaking the Silence: Scene 2
Given how rarely monsters come near the village, Walder suspects something's up and goes to investigate. He learns that some new monster has shown up in the forest, and the crew ends up taking it on.
After defeating the monsters, (Captain) and the others take the children back to the village.
Villager: Thank you! You saved the children... I don't know how we could ever repay you...
Walder: Monsters have never come near the village before, right?
Villager: Yeah... And the monster from earlier should have been hibernating.
Walder: Be that as it may, we'll look into the source of the problem. Besides, we can't finish the snowball fight until this is taken care of!
Villager: Sorry about the trouble... And thank you.
Vyrn: Hmm... What a quiet forest. Nothing seems out of the ordinary.
Walder: I wouldn't be so sure... All the trees around here have recently been scratched by monsters or animals marking their territory.
Walder: In fact, these marks are all pretty fresh. Maybe a new monster or animal species has come to this forest...
Lyria: Wow! You sure know a lot, Walder!
Walder: Ha-ha! This is nothing for the Ghillie Ranger!
Walder: Wh-whoa! This thing just came out of nowhere... It sure looks angry!
Walder: Judging from its size, it must have made those markings!
Walder: The monsters from this forest must be wandering near the village because this one drove them away!
Vyrn: I see! So if we take this one down...
Walder: Yeah! The monsters should stay away from the village again!
Walder: It's coming, (Captain)! Get ready!
Breaking the Silence: Scene 3
After the crew beats the monster, the children invite them to their snow hut for snacks. Walder regales his audience of bright-eyed children with an enthusiastic tale of the battle.
(Captain)'s crew defeats the trouble-making monster and wins the gratitude of the villagers.
Vyrn: Whew... I'm glad that was taken care of before it got really bad!
Girl: Thank you, mister! You're so strong!
Walder: Ha-ha! Expect nothing less from the Holly Ranger!
Boy: Whoa! How cool!
Girl: Um... We made a snow hut while you were all out in the forest!
Boy: Heh-heh! We wanted to invite you in as thanks for beating the monster!
Walder: Really? I'd love to see it! Let's go!
Boy: All right! That's the spirit. This way!
Lyria: Wow! What a beautiful snow hut!
Vyrn: This is amazing! Wasn't it hard to make?
Boy: Ha-ha! I'm sure it was easier than taking on monsters! Now get on inside!
Walder: Don't mind if I do! Whoa... You even have tables in here!
Girl: Hee-hee... We brought tea and snacks too. Here you go!
Boy: Mister, tell us how you beat the monster!
Walder: You bet! It all started with some strange markings on the trunk of a tree...
The children listen eagerly to Walder's tale.
As he speaks, (Captain)'s crew and the children can't help but smile.