Twas the Night Before
Clarisse accepts an invitation to compete in a special holiday duel held by the Jewel Resort. As she practices her lines for the grand entrance, Sierokarte brings her a special costume for the event. That evening Clarisse reveals her anxiety to (Captain), who responds with some words of encouragement.
A special holiday duel is scheduled to be held at the Jewel Resort soon.
In a cavernous old building, Clarisse confronts Lyria in an officious manner.
Clarisse: Uh... Ahem.
Clarisse: Heheheh... Well, well, what do we have here? Skyfarers enjoying themselves? Without me?
Lyria: Um... Who are you? I, the... um... Love Guru, will allow no one to interrupt our duels!
Clarisse: Heh heh. Listen up, Love Guru. You better be able to back up those words...
Clarisse: Vyrn, (Captain). Maybe we could rework the scene a bit to make it easier to understand?
Vyrn: Heh heh! Really? That was pretty good, if you ask me!
The revered casino-liner duelist Ladiva has invited the crew to participate in a special holiday duel event.
Scheduled to crash the opening ceremony in spectacular fashion, Clarisse is practicing her lines for the grand entrance.
Clarisse: Hmm... If I shorten my lines a bit and emphasize this a little more...
Clarisse: Okay! Lyria, do you mind running through the lines with me one more time?
Lyria: Of course! It's just that...
Lyria: I'm really getting hungry. Can we take a lunch break?
Clarisse: Oh, right! I'm sorry! I guess we have been going at it for a while now. It's probably time we took a break.
Sierokarte: Hello! How is everyone? How's the rehearsal going?
Clarisse: Siero! Wow, you came to check up on us? How thoughtful!
Sierokarte: Of course! But that's not all.
Sierokarte: I'm actually here to deliver something, courtesy of Ladiva.
Sierokarte opens her basket to reveal a mountain of sandwiches.
Lyria: Wow! They look so tasty!
Clarisse: That's just like Ladiva! I could stand to learn a thing or two from her.
Vyrn: She's so thoughtful!
Sierokarte: Oh, I almost forgot. I'm supposed to give you this as well, Clarisse.
Clarisse: Me? What could it be?
Sierokarte hands Clarisse a pure white fur costume.
Clarisse: Wow! That was fast! I didn't think this would be ready for a few days yet!
Sierokarte: Hee hee! Sounds like someone underestimated the Knickknack Shack.
Sierokarte: The luxurious quality is sublime—all eyes will be on you with this, even at the Jewel Resort!
Clarisse: Really? I suppose if you say so, Siero, then it must be so! I'm gonna go try this on right now!
Lyria: Munch, munch... Siero, what was that you gave to Clarisse?
Sierokarte: Just her costume—it's a special costume for her to wear at the holiday duel.
Vyrn: So that's why she was so excited.
Clarisse shows up in her new costume as the others continue chatting.
Clarisse: Voila! The cutielicious holiday Clarisse has arrived!
Clarisse: Well, this costume is certainly something else. It's very attractive... almost aggressively so.
Clarisse: Well, (Captain)? What do you think? Am I not more cutielicious than ever?
Choose: The cutielicious-est.
- The cutielicious-est.
- It's not bad.
Clarisse: Okay! Spoken like a truly stylin' captain!Choose: It's not bad.
Clarisse: Hey, what're you trying to say now? You don't think it looks bad on me, do you, (Captain)?
Vyrn: I-I dunno about that... (Captain) looks pretty pleased with your get-up.
Clarisse: Are you sure? Are you really, absolutely sure?
Clarisse brings her face close to (Captain)'s and stares deeply into the captain's eyes.
Clarisse: Well, I can see that at least part of you likes it, so I'll let you off the hook this time.Continue 1
Vyrn: Say, isn't the duel supposed to be outside though?
Vyrn: Don't you think you're going to be a bit cold in an outfit like that?
Clarisse: Hmm... I guess I'll just have to focus on something else to stay warm!
Sierokarte: Hee hee... Now that's someone you can count on!
(Captain) and company spend the rest of the day practicing for the opening ceremony, continuing to take occasional breaks.
It's the middle of the night, and everyone is sleeping. While out enjoying the evening breeze, (Captain) finds Clarisse on the deck.
Clarisse: Huh? Oh, (Captain), I had no idea you were still awake. It's not good for you to be up so late, you know.
Clarisse: Not that I have room to talk.
Clarisse: Say, (Captain)... Do you think everything will go smoothly?
Clarisse: I couldn't bring myself to say this in front of the others...
Clarisse: I thought nothing of it when I accepted, but everyone else is really giving it their all, aren't they?
Clarisse: Ladiva, Sierokarte, and the people at the Jewel Resort, I mean.
Clarisse: (Captain), can I really do all those people proud?
Choose: You'll be amazing.
- You'll be amazing.
- We're all rooting for you.
Clarisse: You think so? Well, if you say so, (Captain)... I trust you.
Clarisse, who takes (Captain)'s words to heart, stretches out.Choose: We're all rooting for you.
Clarisse: Hey, no fair! Now I have no choice but to give it my all!
Clarisse, who takes (Captain)'s words to heart, stretches out.Continue 2
Clarisse: Mmm... I feel like it'll all work out in the end after talking with you, (Captain).
Clarisse: Okay! I'm gonna go out there and give it my all! For everyone... and of course for you, (Captain).
Clarisse: Well, I'm gonna try and get some sleep. As I said, staying up late isn't good for you.
Clarisse: Thanks for listening, (Captain). I really do feel a lot better.
Clarisse starts walking back to her cabin.
Her steps are light, buoyed by the anticipation and excitement of the coming fight.
(Captain) and company are eager to join in on the holiday festivities happening in town, but work comes first—the crew heads up a snowy mountain to deal with a band of thieves.
(Captain) and company walk through a town decorated for the merriest day of the year.
The town is not yet covered in snow, which is unusual at this time of year, but everyone is restless with thoughts of the coming holiday.
Clarisse: Wow! Lyria, look over there! That shop is simply gorgeous!
Clarisse: Oh! And that tree over there... I wonder how they get the decorations up so high?
Clarisse: Sigh... And something smells really delicious too.
Lyria: Hee hee... You're really loving this, aren't you, Clarisse?
Clarisse: You've got that right! I've always loved holiday festivities.
Clarisse: I just wish we didn't have to leave so soon...
Vyrn: Nothing we can do about that... We've got a job we need to take care of by the end of the day.
Clarisse: Sigh... Yeah, I get that and all, but still.
The party has received a request to stop a certain band of thieves.
The thieves' hideout is past the town, on a snowy mountain rife with monsters.
Clarisse: Oh, I can hear it now! The town is calling to me... It's telling me to come have fun!
Clarisse: It speaks of cake and pudding... An entire feast for us!
Lyria: Gulp... Cake? A feast?
Vyrn: C'mon, we can do that stuff after we take care of the thieves. Right, (Captain)?
Clarisse: Hmm, well... I guess there's just one thing to do, then!
Clarisse: We'll just have to take out those thieves lickety-split!
Clarisse: Then we'll get right back to the town and celebrate the holiday together!
Lyria: Right! That delicious feast will be waiting for us!
Clarisse: Okay, let's get going then! Leave all those monsters and thieves to me!
For Cover: Scene 2
The crew has reached the thieves' hideout in the mountains. Clarisse and Lyria get into a snowball fight when they're interrupted by the sound of monsters. When they go to investigate, they find the thieves they're searching for under attack.
(Captain) and company trudge up to the snowy mountain beyond the town in search of the thieves' hideout.
They're met with a stark, snowy landscape—a far cry from the multicolored decorations of the town.
Clarisse: Get ready, Lyria! Here I come!
Lyria: W-wait a second! I still haven't made a good snowball ye—
Lyria: Ngh... S-so cold...
Clarisse: Never lower your eyes before the enemy, Lyria!
Vyrn: Hey, I'm glad you guys are enjoying your snowball fight and all, but...
Vyrn: Did you forget why we actually came here?
Clarisse: Don't worry, we remember!
Clarisse: But we've already made our way to the thieves' turf, right?
Vyrn: Well, we should be, but I sure don't see anything.
Clarisse: Yeah... The people in town don't seem to know the exact location either.
Clarisse: Which means the best plan of action is to have a snowball fight until something sho—
Lyria: Eek! H-how did you know?
Clarisse: Hee hee... It'll take a lot more than that to surprise me!
Thief 1: Aahh!
Vyrn: It's coming from over there! Let's go check it out, (Captain)!
Thief 1: Eek! Stay away! D-don't come any closer!
Thief 2: Huff... huff... It's no use... We're done for...
Clarisse: Huh? Are they the ones?
(Captain) takes a glance at the description received, and back up at the men cowering in fear.
Vyrn: They're the ones, right? Why are they being attacked by monsters?
Lyria: For now, let's save them! I don't think they're doing this just for show!
Clarisse: Right... I'll make those monsters go kapow!
For Cover: Scene 3
The thieves explain that they had been stranded on the mountain after a night of heavy snowfall and lacked the strength to descend. Using her own outfit as an example, Clarisse teaches them that resisting the cold is merely a state of mind. With her encouragement, they muster the strength to descend the mountain.
(Captain) and the others save the band of thieves from the attacking monsters.
The crew begins to interrogate the thieves and their activities in the mountains.
Thief 1: Ugh... We never thought that things would end up like this.
Thief 2: Yeah, when we established our hideout on this mountain, it was still lush with greenery.
Thief 1: And people were always passing through. We had no end of targets.
Clarisse: I guess that explains why we were sent after you.
Thief 2: You think we didn't know that? We were ready to fight off do-gooders like you.
Thief 2: But one day, when we woke up and looked outside the hideout...
Thief 1: The whole world had changed. It was like we were on a totally different mountain.
Vyrn: So... Basically it snowed that much in just one night?
Lyria: And I'm guessing you couldn't find your way back after that.
Thief 1: Yeah, that's right. We panicked and tried to get off the mountain, but...
Thief 1: No matter how far we pressed on, there was nothin' but white as far as the eye could see.
Thief 1: And the endless snow just sapped away all of our heat and energy...
Thief 2: All we could do was huddle together and shiver in the snow...
Clarisse: Well, sorry to make you relive such bad memories, but...
Clarisse: Shouldn't you have just worn more clothing?
Thief 1: Are you crazy? This is our uniform? We can't just change it willy-nilly!
Thief 2: And you ain't one to talk, lady—how can you be so lively dressed like that? Aren't you cold?
Clarisse: Oh... You really want to know?
The thieves nod their heads in unison.
Clarisse: It's probably because I'm more dedicated to my outfit than you guys are.
Thief 1: More dedicated?
Clarisse: That's right. Fashion is all about dedication.
Clarisse: If you're really committed to it, you can tolerate any weather in any outfit.
Clarisse: I mean, clothes are chosen either by you or someone who cares about you, right? And that means you gotta believe in your fashion!
Thief 2: Belief, huh?
Clarisse: That's right. You gotta be uncompromisingly fashionable.
Thief 1: ...!
So it wasn't clothes or muscles we were missin'.
Thief 2: We just had to believe... Heh, I guess we did kinda forget about that for a while there.
Vyrn: (Uh... Are you sure that's what the issue was here?)
Clarisse: See, now you guys are getting it!
Thief 1: Whoa... I ain't cold anymore. In fact, my body's practically on fire!
Thief 2: Yeah! Not only that, but I'm feelin' stronger than ever.
Lyria: Hee hee... It looks like the sparkle in your eyes is back!
Clarisse: All right! Then let's get off this pile of rocks!
Clarisse: You guys aren't going to wimp out if we run into more monsters, right?
Thief 1: Right!
Thief 2: Not a chance!
Clarisse: Okay! Well then, let's get back to town already—holiday festivities await us!
For Cover: Scene 4
As (Captain) and company head down the mountain, a snowy avalanche comes crashing down toward them. However, Clarisse utilizes alchemy to turn it into harmless snowfall. Back in town, the townspeople marvel at the sudden snow flurry as they enjoy the holiday festivities.
(Captain) and company descend the mountain together with the newly invigorated thieves.
Things are going soundly until an ominous sound reaches their ears.
Vyrn: W-what was that noise?
Lyria: I feel like the ground's been shaking for a while now too...
Over there! The snow on the mountain!
The party turns around to see a massive avalanche bearing down on them, threatening to engulf them all in mere moments.
Vyrn: Whoa, this doesn't look good! What do we do now?
Thief 1: D-damn... And we were so close to finally gettin' outta here too.
Thief 2: Tch... So this cursed mountain's gonna claim us after all?
Vyrn: Don't just stand there, (Captain)! Run!
Lyria: Clarisse! We have to get out of here now!
Paying no mind to Lyria's words, Clarisse stares at the oncoming avalanche as if lost in thought.
Clarisse: That's it! Okay, everyone, give me some space!
Vyrn: Huh? What could you possibly be trying now?
Clarisse: I'm pulling out all the stops, so consider this your warning—here goes nothing!
Clarisse: Phew... That should do it.
Thief 1: Hey... What'd you just do? Where'd all that snow go?
Clarisse: Huh? Oh, I just used a little bit of my alchemy to blow it up. Way up!
Clarisse: It's not like I made the snow disappear though. See for yourself!
Clarisse points at the sky.
As if on cue, the snow begins to fall from the sky in a gentle flurry.
The crew returns to the town and hands the reinvigorated thieves over to the authorities.
The town is soon covered in a fresh coat of snow.
Townsperson 1: I thought it wasn't supposed to snow for a while...
Townsperson 2: Well, I'm not complaining. It's here just in time for the holiday.
Vyrn: Hey, so what exactly happened earlier?
Lyria: Clarisse, this snow was your doing, wasn't it?
Clarisse: Yep! I mean, the holidays just aren't the same without snow, am I right?
Clarisse: To put it simply, I used my alchemy to make the avalanche on the mountain go kapow.
Clarisse: So all the snow disintegrated into steam, and once it cooled down in the air, voila—snow!
Clarisse: But enough science for today... Let's go party! C'mon, (Captain)!
Clarisse: Your only mission tonight is to have fun with me!
Clarisse grabs (Captain)'s hand and heads into the town.
As the snow turns the whole town white, (Captain) and company enjoy a day of holiday merriment to their hearts' content.