Degenerate Body and Mind
One day, Zehek suddenly became a shut-in. This is because he was worried that rampant use of magical powers may have hurt our heroes. Once he learned that (Captain) and friends were concerned about him, he realized that friends were there to support each other.
One day, Zehek suddenly became a shut-in.
The party was worried about Zehek’s well-being. They held an emergency meeting to ascertain the cause of his troubles.
Vyrn: So what’s going on? Have you seen Zehek recently, Lyria?
Lyria: Seems like he wants to avoid me for some reason...
Lyria: It’s weird... It even seems like you were even having your meals in your room, and never left it at all.
Vyrn: Yeah... Not just me and (Captain), but also Lyria...
Vyrn: For now, Zehek is going to have to try to find out what was the cause of all this...
Lyria: Yes... Yesterday when I passed in front of your room, Zehek, there was something...
Vyrn: Hm? What’s wrong...?
Lyria: We heard a voice that sounded terribly angry coming from your room.
Vyrn: Hey hey... We better hurry up...
Lyria: I’m worried... Let’s go visit Zehek and see how he’s doing.
The party gathered in front of Zehek’s room. They began to call out to him.
Vyrn: Zehek! Why don’t you come out of your room for a little bit? There is a nice breeze today!
Lyria: Zehek! Why don’t we have a snack together?
Vyrn: Whaaaaa! Look... Zehek... These snacks look crazy delicious!
Lyria: Hahaha... Zehek... I want to give you some special snacks that I set aside just for you!
They all tried telling him how they felt, but no response was forthcoming from his room.
Vyrn: Hey hey... He has to be in there...
Lyria: Maybe we should be more stern with him?
Vyrn: Nah, with someone like this isn’t it best to be more lighthearted than expected?
Vyrn: Hey! Zehek! What are you doing in there? Please answer us!
Zehek’s Voice: Nothing at all! Just leave me alone!
Vyrn: Oh? It seems like Zehek is in there!
Lyria: Um... Zehek? Are you avoiding us? Just show us your face, at least...
Zehek’s Voice: *Cough* *Cough* I’m fine... Stay away from me!
Vyrn: Hey... Are you sick or something?
Lyria: What’s wrong?! Zehek? Can I come in?
Zehek’s Voice: Ugh... Cough... Knock it off! Get away from me!
Lyria: This is bad! (Captain)! Something is wrong with Zehek in there...
Vyrn: What’s going on?! I’m going in there!
Our heroes forced their way into Zehek’s room.
Zehek: Ugh... Ugh... Don’t come any closer!
Zehek was squatting in his room, trying to resist an out-of-control magical power.
Lyria: Aaah! Zehek’ magic powers...
Vyrn: H-hey! You okay?! Zehek!
Zehek: No-Nooo! Ugh... Ugh...
Zehek passed out into (Captain)’s arms.
The party nursed Zehek and he regained consciousness in his bed.
Lyria: Oh good... He woke up...
Zehek: Didn’t I tell you all to stay away?
Vyrn: What? What else can we do? We heard you moaning in your room, so...
Lyria: Oh good... Zehek is okay...
Lyria: But why did you try to avoid us by staying cooped up in your room?
The ashamed Zehek finally began speaking with resolve.
Zehek: I was afraid that I might hurt you all with this magical power...
Zehek: So I stayed cooped up in my room. But I cannot trouble you anymore with this...
Zehek: I want to get off this ship and go off on my journey alone again...
Choose: So don’t try and stop me!
- So don’t try and stop me!
Zehek: (Captain)... You...
Vyrn: Hey now! Why so stuck up? I thought we were all friends?
Zehek: Friends, eh? You think it’s okay to trouble friends like this?
Vyrn: Ah! If your magic powers were out of control you should have just said that! Got it?
Lyria: Exactly! You were trying to avoid us...
Lyria: Because of that, I was worried that you are angry about something, Zehek!Choose: Jackasses!
Zehek: ...?! (Captain)...
Vyrn: Wha?! (Captain)! What's wrong?!
Lyria: I think that (Captain) is angry because you didn’t rely on us.
Zehek: Angry because I didn’t rely on you?
Lyria: Yes... Even though you are our friend, you tried to handle the matter all by your own, Zehek...
Lyria: Therefore I think that (Captain) was sad because you did not have faith in us.Continue 1
Zehek: You were that concerned about me...
Zehek: (Captain)... I’m sorry to make you worried. Can I rely on you in the future, then?
Thus Zehek’s ties with the party were made stronger than ever.
The following day, the party set out for a nearby town to purchase an herb that could be used to help Zehek.
Ill Fighter, Small Hero
Still not able to fully control his magic, Zehek made every effort to avoid the public eye. On their way to the village, they happen to come across someone being attacked by a monster.
The party searches for a nearby village where they can take a rest from their journey.
Still not able to fully control his magic, Zehek avoided being seen by anyone other than the party.
Zehek: Hey... (Captain). On second thought, why don't we go back to the airship and rest?
Vyrn: Well... I understand how you feel, but we can't go back now...
Lyria: I'm sorry, Zehek... Would you mind if we rest at a nearby village today?
Zehek: Aw... I guess not. I'll be hiding behind you guys, so I'll leave the rest to you, (Captain)...
Vyrn: Man... Zehek's worrying too much.
Lyria: Now now, Vyrn. We should be considerate of Zehek's feelings.
Vyrn: Well... Yeah, but...
Suddenly, the party hears the sound of a monster's roar and someone's scream.
Zehek: Ugh... (Captain)! Someone's being attacked by monsters! Let's go help!
Ill Fighter, Small Hero: Scene 2
The boy tells them that he was ostracized by the other children for being in poor health. Feeling sympathy for the boy who struggled with his ailment, he joins the boy to retrieve the dragon scale so he can prove his strength. The party arrives at the cave and find the dragon scale, but the dragon awakens and they are forced to fight.
The party saves a boy that was being attacked by a monster.
Zehek hides behind (Captain) so the boy can't see him.
Boy: Mister! Cough... Cough... Thank you for helping me!
Zehek: Come on (Captain), he's saying thanks to you.
Boy: Actually, I'm saying it to the bandaged guy hiding in the back!
Zehek: Wha?! Bandaged guy...? M-Me...?
Boy: Yeah! You were so cool when you took down that monster!
Zehek: Ha, hahaha... I see, I was cool huh?
After receiving unexpected praise, Zehek asks the young boy why he was walking in the forest alone.
Boy: Well, I... Cough... Cough... I've been sort of frail since birth...
Zehek: I see... You're suffering from an ailment too...
Boy: Yeah... but my friends at the village told me they can't play with someone that's weak like me...
Lyria: Aww... That's awful.
Boy: So I asked them... what I need to do for them to play with me. Then they told me to bring back a scale from the dragon that lives inside the cave in the forest.
Vyrn: I see... So you came here by yourself to find that dragon scale?
Boy: Yeah, I thought everyone would accept me if I came back with the dragon scale.
Zehek, who was listening silently until now, speaks up.
Zehek: Hey... How about we help you find that dragon scale?
Boy: Thank you! It would be a big help if you guys came with me!
Zehek: Y-Yeah... but we haven't gotten it just yet. Now come, lead us to the dragon.
Led by the boy, the party steps into the cave of the dragon.
The party finds the dragon scale at the end of the dark cave.
Boy: Yay! Now nobody will make fun of me for being weak!
Lyria: Wow...! It's so shiny and pretty.
Zehek: ...?! I told you guys to keep your voices down...!
Boy: Eek... The dragon...!
Lyria: I'm sorry, Zehek!
Zehek: Tch... Leave this to me! (Captain), lend me a hand!
Vyrn: Yeah! (Captain)! Let's help Zehek!
Ill Fighter, Small Hero: Scene 3
As they arrive at the village, they find the concerned villages waiting for the boy's return. The boy reconciles with the other children, and introduces Zehek as a man of bravery. Afterwards, (Captain) and company leave the village. Zehek remembers his days of solitude, and reconfirms the importance of having great friends.
The party escapes the dragon's cave and the boy leads them back to his village.
Worried villagers are gathered at the entrance of the village and awaited the boy's return.
Boy: Oh! What are you all doing gathered here?
The boy's parents and villagers embrace and cry in joy as they see the boy is unharmed.
Gradually realizing the gravity of the situation, the boy breaks down in tears.
Boy: Sob... Ugh... Waaaaaah! I-I'm sorry...
Mother: Thank you... I don't know how I could ever thank you...
Zehek: Uh... I-It was... nothing...
Zehek: H-Hey, (Captain)! Help me out here...
With that, Zehek tries to hide behind (Captain).
Vyrn: Hm? We haven't done anything. Right Lyria?
Lyria: Yeah! Zehek deserves all the credit today! Right, (Captain)?
Zehek: Y-You guys...
Then, a child that was watching them from nearby appears.
Boy's Friend: I'm sorry for calling you weak... I was wrong... You're amazing for bringing back the dragon scale!
Boy: T-Thanks, but... The bravest person here is that guy in the bandages!
Zehek: Huh... M-Me?
Boy: Yeah! He just used this amazing magic! It was soooo cool!
With the boy's introduction, Zehek becomes the object of envy for the children.
Afterwards, the children throughout the village fight over who gets to play with Zehek.
The next day. After enjoying the village's hospitality, the party says their farewells and leaves the village behind.
Lyria: Hehe... You were so popular with the kids, Zehek!
Vyrn: Yeah! Must be because he's at the same level as those kids!
Zehek: W-What?! Me, at the same level as those kids?
Lyria: Now that you mention it... Zehek does talk to kids like he does with anyone else... He doesn't really treat them like children!
Vyrn: Yeah! Maybe they're happy that he treats them like he treats us!
Zehek: Ha, haha...
Zehek suddenly laughs as he listens to the conversation.
Vyrn: What's wrong? Did we say something funny?
Zehek: No... It's just that when I'm with you guys, sometimes I completely forget about my ailment.
Lyria: Really? We should be happy about that, right?
Zehek: (I wish I could tell myself back then that one day I'll have great friends like this... )
Vyrn: Mmm? Did you say something?
Zehek: No, nothing... Come on, let's get back to the airship!
Due to the suffering brought on by his peculiar ailment, Zehek tends to isolate himself from others.
However, gradually he begins to change through his journey with the party.