The Fisherman's Tales
Lost, the party rested at the waterside. An elderly man suddenly appeared, and invited (Captain) and companions to come and fish. And so the party went fishing. Able to divine Katalina's confusion through the shaking of her rod, the old man was certainly no normal person. After fishing together with the old man for a while, the old man announced that he wished to leave the area, and asked (Captain) and companions if he could ride on their airship. Leaving no room for refusal, Yodarha joined the group on their journey.
The party continued through the mountains, but after accidentally stumbling across Imperial troops carrying out military maneuvers, they were forced to flee.
Wandering at random, the party was lost. Spotting a river, the party soothed their parched throats and had a short rest.
Vyrn: I thought we could stay for a while, but...
Katalina: Ahh. Yes. But its run off further than I thought...
Vyrn: Hmm... if we tried to go back to the town now, there'd be some broken bones that's for sure.
Lyria: B-but... it's alright! We weren't caught...
???: Hey, over there, isn't that...?
Lyria: Ack! I-Imperial soldiers!?
Yodarha: Kehehe... I'm just a fisherman.
Lyria: Whew... Th-that surprised me...
Yodarha: Hmm... there's something odd about you. You seem troubled... are you lost?
Katalina: Uh... um... actually... If you could tell us how to get back to the town, we'd be really grateful...
Yodarha: Hihihi... are you in such a hurry?
Yodarha: Take a moment to relax... Will you join an old man in going fishing?
Choose: Sounds good! Let's do it!
- Sounds good! Let's do it!
- We've got no time for that!
Yodarha: Hihihi... that's the right answer! Just this once, I'll let you borrow some rods!
Vyrn: What the... hey! (Captain), what are you so excited about?!
Katalina: Geez... nerves of steel perhaps?Choose: We've got no time for that!
Yodarha: Hihihi... what's the rush?
Yodarha: Just sit down here for a while and all your cares will float away.
Lyria: We're sorry... but we don't really have time...
Yodarha: Haste will only dull your swords, don't you think?
Yodarha: Hihihi... though I don't really know anything about swords. It doesn't matter whether it's a sword or a fishing rod. If it wavers, training is needed.Continue 1
Yodarha: It's alright, there's no need to worry. In the middle of nowhere like this, the only people here are you and me.
Yodarha: If you hurry off and make the wrong move, they'll find you, right?
Katalina: Gah... you've got a point there...
Yodarha: And if you want some training in how to use a rod... you've come to the right place! Come on! Give it a try!
And with that, (Captain) and companions were pressured into doing some fishing.
Lyria: Mmm... I don't think I'm any good at fishing...
Katalina: But... do we really have time to do this?
Yodarha: Kehehe! I'll show you the secret to fishing!
Yodarha: It's simple! Just throw the hook at the place where all the fish gather! Like this!
Under the watchful eyes of the fisherman, the hooks were cast. And the fish began to bite...
Yodarha: Did you see that?! Just like that!
Lyria: Wow! That was amazing!
Vyrn: What the... hey! Watch out, that's a monster!
Katalina: Lyria! There! I'll get this...
Yodarha: Kehehe! If we pull together, well be able to reel it in! Look, here it comes!
Lyria: Ah! The fish flew away!
Imperial Soldier 1: Hm? Hey, there they are!
Imperial Soldier 2: Heh! They're just sitting there fishing without a care in the world! I'll go gather the others while you stay here and keep an eye on them.
Imperial Soldier 1&2: Urk?!
Yodarha: Just forget about it for now and relax! You can think about it later! Ok, let's do it!
And so the party relaxed and fished for a while. The old man laughed at Katalina as she rushed to draw her sword every time they hooked a monster.
Strangely, during that time the Imperial soldiers failed to appear, just as the old man had said.
Lyria: Hehehe... we caught lots of fish!
Yodarha: Kehehe! Of course you did, because I was here!
Yodarha: But you, girl, you didn't really look like you enjoyed yourself very much.
Katalina: Come again? Me? No, you're wrong...
Yodarha: Both your rod and your sword waver! At this rate, won't you end up missing what you're aiming for?
Katalina: Wha?! He can even tell what my swordmanship is like!
Yodarha: Kehehe! Rods, swords, they both waver don't they?
Yodarha: Girl, you've got skill. Both with fishing and I suspect with a sword too. But something's holding you back.
Yodarha: What troubles you? Are you running from something? Or maybe you're worried about someone you've left behind...
Katalina: What? I... well... But... why...
Yodarha: Kehehe! Your doubt shows through both your rod and your sword! You've got a lot of potential, it's a real waste!
Yodarha: Anyway, moving on, didn't you say that you were traveling to the Island of the Astrals?
Vyrn: Mmm? Hey, old guy. Why the sudden change of subject?
Yodarha: I want to leave this airspace. Would you let me ride with you on your way to the Island of the Astrals?
Yodarha: In return... hmm... I know, how about I teach you how to fish?
Katalina: Huh? Me?!
Yodarha: Girl, you have real potential! With my teaching, you could go even further! It would be a real shame to waste that talent!
Yodarha: Use it or lose it! Here, take this shrimp lure! Use it to practice your fishing!
Yodarha: I think there's more than a few that would jealous if you became my pupil! Kehehe!
Yodarha: Ok, let's find your airship! I don't want to spend a minute longer in the Empire!
Vyrn: Jeez... seems like he's pretty determined to come with us even if we said no...
The group reluctantly allowed the old man to travel with them. After leaving, they discovered that the Imperial soldiers had been defeated.
Katalina: No way... w-who could have...
Yodarha: Kehehe! Looks like someone came by and finished them off!
And so, the fisherman Yodarha joined (Captain) and companions on their journey.
Confused that the old man was able to see right through her sword technique, Katalina remarked that he couldn't be simply an ordinary person.
(Captain)'s party arrives at a certain town. Yodarha notices a young boy looking glum, and begins telling a tale as if for an audience. His tale, told in a clear and unfaltering voice, gets the attention of passersby who stop to listen. However, the ruffians that control the business of the town appears and attempts to bully him into leaving.
The party arrives at a certain town. Noticing a glum-looking young boy, Yodarha walks up and starts telling a story.
This story's called "The Phantasmagoric Fencer and the Dual-wielding Master Swordsman". As he told the tale of their battle, passersby stopped to listen.
Yodarha: Now, the phantasmagoric fencer readies his sword and faces the young master swordsman!
Yodarha: A tense and deadly silence as they circle around each other.
Yodarha: The young swordsman strikes first! Quick as lightning, he unsheathes his weapons and leaps forward!
Boy: Wow...! Then what happened?!
Man: I need to finish shopping... But I gotta hear the rest of this!
Yodarha: The swordsman's weapons are dragon-slaying swords of legend! They slice through the air in a flash and seek their target, but the fencer anticipates the attack!
Yodarha: He evades the strike at the last possible moment, catching the legendary blade with his own...
Ruffian: Stop right there! Hey geezer! So you're the one storytelling in the middle of the street!
Ruffian: Hey... You trying to make money telling stories here? I didn't give you permission... You're done here! Scram!
Yodarha: Hm? I'm just telling this boy about a story I remembered.
Ruffian: Don't give me that! Look at this audience you gathered!
Yodarha: Kehehe... Son, I'm just a fisherman. I'm not gonna take money for a story like this.
Yodarha: Hmmm... Did you actually come here to listen too? You should have just said so.
Ruffian: You think this is a joke, you little geezer?! Looks like I need to teach you a lesson!
Yodarha: Kehehe... What good would you get out of beating up an old fisherman like me?
Ruffian: Shut up! This is my territory! You think I'm just gonna sit by while you make money storytelling here?
Yodarha: I told you already, I'm just a fisherman. See, here's my fishing pole...
As he speaks, Yodarha produces a fishing pole to show the ruffian.
Ruffian: Agh! Ow! Hey! Damn you! You pricked my foot with that needle!
Yodarha: Hrm? Sorry about that. I guess my hand slipped.
Yodarha: Don't worry, I just need to twist this a bit and it's come right out...
Ruffian: Stop that. I'll do it myself!
Yodarha: Oh, that's odd... Just gotta twist it reeeal good like this...
Yodarha: Oh! There, it came right out! That wasn't so bad, was it? Kehehehe!
Ruffian: What's with this geezer?! That's it! Get him!
Yodarha: So dramatic, throwing a fit over a little prick of a needle.
Speak Up: Scene 2
The ruffians gang up on Yodarha, but he evades their attacks with a nonchalant expression. As if to mock the ruffians struggling against an old man, Yodarha begins to tell another story. The story is about a martial arts master's battle to stop his disciple that betrayed his teachings and led a group of corrupted thugs. Yodarha then proclaims that he will re-enact the rest of the story, and turns to face the group of ruffians.
Ruffian: Damn you! Stop running around!
Yodarha: Kehehe! Having trouble catching an old man like me?
Ruffian: What's with him...? It's like he can read our moves...
Yodarha: You'd make a bad fisherman, young one. You won't accomplish anything by swinging around wildly like that.
Yodarha: Now... Are you done? I'd like to finish telling the story.
Ruffian: Enough of this! If you won't shut your mouth... Hey! Get over here!
Yodarha: Hm? You didn't like that story? Then let me tell a different one.
Ruffian: Huh?! That's not what I mean!
Yodarha: Kehehe! Oh, but you might like this one!
Yodarha: Being surrounded by you ruffians reminds me of another story.
Ruffian: You little... You're still talking?!
Yodarha: Ahem... Long, long ago... there was a grand master whose name was well known across the lands!
Ruffian: Hey! You guys, stop that damned geezer!
Yodarha: Day after day, he trained with his countless disciples who upheld a code of honor and justice.
Underling 1: I'll shut you up!
Yodarha: But one day, one of his disciples turned his back to his master's teachings!
Yodarha: The one who betrays him is none other than his most talented and trusted student!
Underling 2: That geezer! How can he still talk while running around like this?!
Yodarha: That disciple leads a band of thugs to terrorize and take over the town...
Yodarha: But the master enters their den alone in order to stop his foolish pupil!
Boy: Whoa...! Amazing! He's slipping away from them like a fish!
Yodarha: What happens next in the story, you ask...? Well, let me show you! Kehehehe!
Speak Up: Scene 3
The ruffians that ruled over the town's businesses were taught a lesson by Yodarha. The young boy with the gloomy expression is now in a happy mood. He states that the master from the earlier story is Yodarha himself, but the old man laughs and replies that he's just a fisherman.
And so, the ruffians that ruled over the town's businesses were taught a lesson by Yodarha.
Katalina: I knew that you're no ordinary man, but... Yodarha, who exactly are you?
Boy: Haha! Isn't it obvious? He's the master from that story!
Yodarha: Hrm? Don't be silly, young boy. That was just an imitation.
Yodarha: The real master is even more amazing! Kehehehe!
Yodarha: Anyways, young lady... You haven't been fishing lately, have you?
Katalina: Uh, you see... There weren't many places to fish, and...
Boy: Oh! If you wanna go fishing, I know a good spot! Want me to show you?
Yodarha: Hrm? Sure, why don't you take us now?
Boy: Yeah! Hey! Can you tell me the rest of that story from earlier?
Yodarha: Kehehe... Sure. Why don't we fish together? With that young lady over there.
Boy: Yay! I'm good at fishing! I love casting the bait! Like this!
Yodarha: Kehehehe! Hey, your form is pretty good!
And so, the party decides to enjoy some fishing with the boy.
As they head to the pond, Katalina can't help but comment.