Keeper of Balance
The party runs into a mysterious girl with beautiful silver hair. Her mission is the expulsion and erasure of that which would throw the world off balance. (Captain) and company catch her attention when she finds them looking to stop the almighty primal beast Akasha. She goes by the name Zooey and asks to join the crew as one who shares common goals.
One day, (Captain) and the crew are in town for some shopping.
They finish and are about to head back to the airship when Lyria suddenly stops, tense.
Lyria: ...! I sense a primal beast... Huh? Is it a primal beast...?
Vyrn: Hm? What's got into you? What about a primal beast?
Lyria: Um, well, I thought I felt the presence of a primal beast... but maybe not...? Anyway, I know I feel something!
Lyria points toward the town's tavern. Though somewhat puzzled, the party decides to go in.
Vyrn: Oh... Wow.
Inside, (Captain) and the crew freeze, captivated by the sight in front of them.
And it's not only (Captain)—everyone in the tavern is staring at the same thing.
Silver-haired Girl: Om nom nom... Mmm... It really is very tasty, human food.
Blue Dragon: ... ...!
Silver-haired Girl: Haha, good point. It's not fair for me to enjoy this by myself. Open your mouth.
A girl with beautiful silver hair and a blue dragon seem detached from the world as they enjoy their meal.
The party watches the mysterious girl, fascinated. She notices them and smiles.
Silver-haired Girl: So we finally meet. Lyria, Vyrn. (Captain).
Lyria: What! How do you know our names?
Silver-haired Girl: Let's go, (Captain). I wouldn't mind chatting over a nice meal, but...
Silver-haired Girl: It's not a very pleasant topic ...Not something to talk about in public.
Though they can't help but be suspicious of the girl, the crew follows her outside the tavern.
Silver-haired Girl: I'm glad you came. I was starting to think I was waiting around for nothing.
Silver-haired Girl: I've been trying so hard to find you. I mean, I could have found you right away if I'd really wanted to, but...
Silver-haired Girl: I wanted to look around the human world. It's so full of allure and temptation. So, our chance encounter got put off.
Vyrn: Uhh...so...huh? Wait a second, Miss Flippy-Hair. You keep talking like we all know what's going on...
Vyrn: But how do you know our names? And you said you were looking for us...?
Silver-haired Girl: I'll answer your questions order. How do I know you? Well...
Silver-haired Girl: When I was looking at the world, your crew caught my eye. I took an interest in you.
Silver-haired Girl: You dared to oppose the unopposable. Hee hee, I find that fascinating.
Vyrn: O-oppose...? What are you talking about?
Silver-haired Girl: You know what I mean, don't you, (Captain)? The primal beast...Akasha.
The primal beast Akasha. The party turns tense the moment the name leaves the girl's lips.
Silver-haired Girl: It's impossible to fight against that beast. Just one awakening of Akasha destroys the world's balance.
Vyrn: H-how...can you know that...?
Silver-haired Girl: It's part of my mission. I am aware of all things that could possibly throw the world off balance.
Silver-haired Girl: The expulsion and erasure of that which would throw the world off balance... That is my mission.
Lyria: So you're... a primal beast? But what I feel from you isn't...
Silver-haired Girl: Hm, what am I... I never even thought about that little detail.
Silver-haired Girl: But if I have to be something...then I'm an ally of the world.
The girl spoke boldly, with an air of dignity. She looks intently at (Captain).
Silver-haired Girl: Let me answer your other question. Why I was looking for you? It's simple—because I'm interested.
Silver-haired Girl: Interested in (Captain), that is. So...I want to know more about you.
Silver-haired Girl: I want you to tell me everything about you.
Zooey gazes earnestly at (Captain).
At that moment, (Captain) feels a strange sensation and shudders. It's as if this girl can see into the mind—into the very soul.
Silver-haired Girl: Yes, yes. Very interesting. So you are planning to confront that beast. What a curious human...
Silver-haired Girl: ...So I have a proposal. I too want to stop Akasha from activating.
Silver-haired Girl: Will you let me go with you? I want you to fight with me.
Vyrn: Now just a darn second!
Silver-haired Girl: Hm? You don't like my proposal, Vyrn?
Vyrn: Well...I wouldn't say that, but... It's just all so sudden.
Vyrn: I know you said you're an ally of the world, but... What exactly are you?
Silver-haired Girl: That's...a difficult question. I told you before... I've never really thought about who I am.
Silver-haired Girl: ...A mediator for the world... Or should I say preventive force...? No, that doesn't sound right either. Hmm...
Silver-haired Girl: I'm sorry... I can't give you an answer to that question yet...
Vyrn: Like an apology will help... Hrrm. Well, she doesn't look like a bad person. What do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: Sure. I think it'll be fun.
- Sure. I think it'll be fun.
- You start as an underling, got it?
Silver-haired Girl: Fun? Is that so. Haha, okay.
Silver-haired Girl: I think it'll be fun to be with you, too, (Captain).
Lyria: Hee hee. So do I. By the way... you haven't told us your name yet.Choose: You start as an underling, got it?
Silver-haired Girl: An underling... Yes, you have a point. I am new here, after all.
Silver-haired Girl: That makes sense. Thank you for having me, Senior Companions. Or should I call you something else?
Vyrn: You actually believed that? And you just roll with the punches, don't you? (Captain) was just kidding with you!
Silver-haired Girl: I see. So that was a joke... Something only a mortal can do. You little trickster! You had me completely fooled.
Vyrn: Heh heh... I guess Miss Flippy-Hair takes things pretty seriously...
Vyrn: Hey. I just realized you haven't told us your name yet.Continue 1
Silver-haired Girl: Name...? Name... Right, I need a name. Hrrm... What should I do...?
Vyrn: Huh? You mean...you don't have a name?
Silver-haired Girl: Well... I do, but...I don't know how to explain... Zee... No, Zoo...ey? Hrrm…
Lyria: Umm... Was that...Zooey? I'm sorry, can you say that again?
Zooey: Zooey. Zooey... Yes, that will work.
Vyrn: What?! Y-your name's really Zooey? What do you mean "that will work"?
Zooey: Yes, it's fine. My name isn't very important, anyway. Call me Zooey.
Lyria: Well, if you say so... I will call you that. It's nice to have you, Zooey!
Zooey: Thanks for letting me join you. Let's do everything we can to stop Akasha from activating.
Zooey smiles gently. Little does the party know how this mysterious girl will affect their journey.
Still, they are drawn to the girl with the mysterious charm and accept her as a new member of their crew.
Ally of the World
One day, Lyria finds Zooey on the deck frolicking with the two blue dragons always by her side. Lyria asks for their names, but it turns out they had never been given one. Suggesting that simply giving them a name would provide a warm, fuzzy feeling, Zooey names them Dyrn and Lyrn. Seeing her inexperience in the ways of the world, Lyria decides to show Zooey around town for some good times.
One day, some time after Zooey's arrival, the crew finds her on the airship's deck.
Blue Dragon 1: ... ...
Zooey: Hm? You want me to play with you? Come here.
Blue Dragon 2: ... ...!
Zooey: Hey, don't tug on me like that. I'll play with you later, okay?
Zooey frolics with two blue dragons flying in the air around her.
Vyrn: You know, Miss Flippy-Hair. I've always wanted to ask you this—are those dragons your pets?
Zooey: No. My magic power exists independently from me in the form of these dragons. Normally, they completely obey me, but...
Blue Dragon 1: ... ...
One of the dragons gets playful and bites Zooey's hair.
Zooey: ...As you can see, it's hard to keep them under control when I'm in human form.
Zooey gives a wry smile, then glares at the offending dragon.
Blue Dragon 1: ...!
Frightened, the dragon abandons its mischief.
Vyrn: Haha... It looks like you have pretty good control to me.
Lyria: By the way, Zooey... What are their names?
Zooey: Names? Names... Hmm...
Vyrn: So I'm guessing they don't have names.
Zooey: Do they need them? I can tell them apart by which one has a ribbon.
Lyria: Of course they need names! Names aren't just for knowing who's who!
Lyria: They're for, um... I-I can't realy explain it, but...Having a name makes you feel very warm inside!
Zooey: ...Haha. I see. Warm, huh?
Zooey: If you say so, then it must be true.
Zooey: ...Dyrn and Lyrn. Those are their names.
Vyrn: Hey... Those sound an awful lot like my name...
Zooey: You have a very good name. It makes you feel warm inside, somehow... Like Lyria said.
Vyrn: Heh heh. Okay. In that case, I don't mind.
Dyrn: ... ...
Lyrn: ... ...
Zooey: Hee hee. Dyrn and Lyrn look happy. I guess it is pretty nice to have a name.
Vyrn: So, Miss Flippy-Hair... You really don't get how people do things, do you?
Zooey: Well... This is the first time I've taken human form...
Zooey: Before I met all of you, I wandered around the world, learning about different languages and cultures...
Zooey: But there's still so much I don't know.
Lyria: I see... Then why don't we go have some fun together?
Zooey: Have fun...?
Lyria: Yes! We can go into town and go to all kinds of places! I'll show you around!
Vyrn: Heh heh. Maybe she can learn some new things! I'll go with you!
Zooey: Thank you. I think I'll take you up on that offer.
And so the crew decides to take Zooey to an island with a big town.
Ally of the World: Scene 2
The crew invites Zooey out for a tour of the town, giving them the chance to show her various places and things. As they feast on their lunch, Zooey shares her concern: "People can be so warm... But learning any more about humans could end up frustrating my mission..." For them to truly understanding the meaning of those words, she invites them to come along to a certain place.
Once they arrive, they decide to start out by taking Zooey to a clothing store.
Zooey: Hmm... I see a lot of clothes on display.
Lyria: Oh, look at this one! It's so cute! See?
Zooey: Cute... Do humans usually look for cuteness when choosing clothes?
Lyria: Umm... Haha. Actually, I don't know too much about clothes, myself...
Lyria: But it's really fun to wear cute outfits and pretty dresses!
Zooey: Cute... Fun... Okay, then I'll try one on. Lyria, can you help me?
Next, the crew takes a look at the weapon shop.
Vyrn: Whoa! Look, (Captain)! This weapon is super awesome!
Zooey: Hmm. But it doesn't look very useful...
Vyrn: Who cares! It's all about the heroics! Don't you think it looks awesome?
Zooey: Awesome... Hmm. Well, I do feel a strange thrill of excitement when I look at it...
After the weapon shop, the party stops at a small theater to watch a puppet show.
Lyria: Hnnh... Oohhh... That was such a beautiful story...
Zooey: ...Why are you crying, Lyria?
Lyria: The story was really moving... It touched my heart.
Zooey: Touched... You're right. I feel warm inside. I see. That was a good story.
After taking Zooey around to various establishments, the crew goes to a restaurant for lunch.
Zooey: This thing called pie... It's really delicious... Nom nom...
Zooey: ...So where do they grow and harvest these pies?
Vyrn: No no, they don't harvest pie. They make pie by baking it in in a crust.
Zooey: Oh, how interesting. No wonder it doesn't look or taste like something found in nature.
Lyria: Hee hee. So, Zooey. How have you enjoyed your day?
Zooey: It made me think...it's not fair.
Vyrn: Not fair...? Did we do something to upset you?
Zooey: No, I had a lot of fun. Thank you, Lyria, Vyrn, (Captain).
Zooey: You skydwellers have so many emotions and know so many things. You're such warm people.
Zooey: ...But learning any more about humans could end up frustrating my mission...
Vyrn: What do you mean by that...? What exactly is your mission, Miss Flippy-Hair?
Zooey: ...Yes. Will you come with me? It will be faster to show you.
Zooey: ...Let's go right away. The world is in danger.
Zooey sounds serious. Trusting her, the crew returns to their ship and she leads them to a particular island.
Ally of the World: Scene 3
As soon as they reach the island, the party feels the sinister hostility of its monsters. They cautiously move on, and arrive at a place with several cages containing giant monsters. According to Zooey, the shady men guarding those cages plan on causing chaos on a global scale by unleashing the monsters on the more powerful nations. The crew challenges the shady men to battle.
As soon as they reach the island, the party feels the sinister hostility of its monsters.
They cautiously move on, and arrive at a place with several cages containing giant monsters.
Vyrn: Don't tell me these monsters the danger you were talking about...?
Zooey: No. To be precise, the monsters are not what's putting the world in danger.
The crew is puzzling over Zooey's words when a group of suspicious strangers appears, weapons in hand.
Shady Man: Who the hell are you? What do you want!
Zooey: ...They are the real danger. Their plan is to cause confusion setting the monsters loose in the more powerful nations.
Shady Man: Wha—! How do you know that...!
Zooey: The confusion caused by this plan won't be serious, but it will snowball... And the world will come to an end.
Vyrn: What?! How do you know all this?!
Zooey: I told you before, didn't I? I am aware of all things that could possibly throw the world off balance.
Shady Woman: You... Who ARE you!
Zooey: I'm an ally of the world.
Shady Man: T-try making some sense! Hey, bring everyone here! Release all the monsters!
Vyrn: So all we have to do is capture these guys, right? Let's do this, (Captain)!
Ally of the World: Scene 4
Zooey promises to strike down anyone who endangers the world, even if (Captain) and company should become such a threat one day. But now knowing how warm humans can be, she rejects the notion of such a time ever coming. While not entirely resolved with her inner conflict, she decides to continue adventuring with the crew and learning more about the world.
Once the party neutralizes the monsters and the suspicious strangers, the Crew of Enforcers takes the offenders into custody.
Vyrn: Heh heh. We just saved the world, didn't we? We're heroes!
Vyrn: ...But it felt too easy... They didn't seem like much of a threat.
Zooey: No, I imagine not. Someone would have come along and taken care of them, even if we didn't.
Lyria: What! Wh-what is that supposed to mean?
Zooey: I'm sure you have no way of knowing this, but in the sky, the stars, the world—there's always some kind of peril.
Zooey: But most of the time, that peril comes to a natural end, or someone comes along and solves the problem.
Zooey: The reason I got personally involved this time was so I could show you—so you could understand my mission.
Vyrn: I see... Wait. Does that mean someone will stop Akasha from activating, too?
Zooey: Unfortunately, no. My presence in this world is proof of that.
Zooey: When a major crisis approaches—one that won't go away on its own, or that can't be fixed... That's when I manifest in this world.
Vyrn: Because you're... an ally of the world?
Zooey nods somberly.
Zooey: ...Vyrn. Remember when you asked me what exactly I am?
Zooey: I've been thinking about that all this time, as I learned more about humans. And today, I finally found the answer.
Zooey: I was born from the warm prayers of the people who wish to protect this world.
Zooey: But...I realized something else. I can only be an ally of this world...and nothing else.
Vyrn: Huh? What do you mean? I remember you said something about knowing more about humans frustrating your mission...
Lyria: Does that...have anything to do with what you just said?
Zooey nods quietly, then hesitantly opens her mouth.
Zooey: ...Humans are in danger. Anyone could have a motive for activating Akasha.
Zooey: In other words, anyone could be my enemy...the world's enemy.
Zooey: If that time comes, I will show no mercy. I will strike down those enemies, as I always have.
Zooey: And you are no exception. If it is the world's will, I will have no choice but to fight against you.
Zooey: I don't want that... Now that I know more about humans, I can't help but feel that way.
Zooey: And I wonder... Is it okay for me to have these feelings? Is it good for the world...?
Zooey's question wasn't the kind that had an immediate answer.
Seeing the crew's bewildered expressions, Zooey smiles gently.
Zooey: Haha... Sorry. I know you can't answer to that. Even I can't find the answer.
Zooey: But... You wear cute clothes for fun, and make weapons to look heroic even if they aren't very useful...
Zooey: And make puppet shows that move people's hearts and make delicious pies... Humans are very warm.
Zooey: And I want to protect those warm people with all my strength. That's what I wish from the bottom of my heart.
Zooey: ...Can I ask you a favor? It will be the first time ever I ask for something for myself.
Vyrn: Sure. You can ask us for anything. Right, (Captain)?
Zooey: Haha. Thank you... Well, this is only IF it ever happens...
Zooey: There may come a time when, to obey the world's will, I'll have to fight you.
Zooey: But even if that does happen, I still want to be your ally...I want to stay your ally to the very end.
Zooey: So... Will you be my ally until the end...?
Choose: We'll still be allies, even if we have to fight.
- We'll still be allies, even if we have to fight.
- Do you even have to ask?
Vyrn: Yeah! We'll always be on your side, Miss Flippy-Hair! No matter what!
Zooey: You will...? Thank you. I'm so happy to hear that.
Zooey: Tee hee... You're contradicting yourself...and it's making my heart race, even more than I thought it would.Choose: Do you even have to ask?
Zooey: ...Do I...?
Lyria: That's right! Why WOULD you have to ask? Of course we'll always be your ally!
Vyrn: Even if we end up fighting against each other like you said, we'll always be on your side!
Zooey: Tee hee... You're contradicting yourself...and it's making my heart race, even more than I thought it would.Continue 1
Zooey: Please stay with me. I want you to teach me more.
Vyrn: Leave that to us! You've got a lot more to learn!
Lyria: Of course! We can visit more fun places!
Zooey: Hee hee... Yes. Let's go have some fun again.
Zooey shows a heartfelt smile. She is sure to be their ally no matter what happens...
Feeling a strong connection to Zooey, (Captain) was certain of that.