Scenario:Shao - Healer's Miracle

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Healer's Miracle

The traveling healer Shao prescribes the proper treatment for (Captain)'s mysterious fever. From charging exorbitant rates as a joke to angering fraudulent thugs and using the crew as a decoy against them, no one can guess what's on his mind. Nonetheless, (Captain) and company see his gift as a healer to be genuine and invite him into the crew.

Lyria: Hold on, (Captain)!
When (Captain) suddenly comes down with a mysterious fever, the crew makes a stop in a town to seek treatment.
Although they have already consulted a doctor, (Captain) has been in a bad shape for several days.
So, once again, they take (Captain) into town for an examination, and return with medicine.
Vyrn: Well for now, let's hurry back to the Grandcypher so (Captain) can rest.
Lyria: Yes, let's go. Just a little further, (Captain), hold on!
With the crew's encouragement, (Captain) takes slow steps forward, before keeling over in a feverish haze.
Lyria: Eeep! (Captain)!
???: Oh dear, that was a close one.
A young Erune man catches (Captain).
Vyrn: Whoa, are you OK, (Captain)?
Thanks for your help.
???: It was nothing. Anyway, is your fainting friend here OK?
???: You're looking off color, and that fever is very high. Shouldn't you see a doctor?
Lyria: We saw a doctor, but it's been several days and the fever just won't go down...
???: I see. Do you mind if I take a look?
Vyrn: Huh? You a doctor or something?
???: No, I am but a humble purveyor of medicine... but I may be able to help a little.
The medicine seller checks (Captain)'s pulse and mouth, before tilting his head to one side.
???: ... So, are you travelers?
Vyrn: Sort of. We’re skyfarers, and (Captain) here is our captain.
???: Ah, skyfarers? Well, it's no wonder...
Lyria: Oh, did you think of something?
???: This medicine won't work. If you like, I can prescribe something different.
Vyrn: What? Are you saying the doctor gave the wrong diagnosis?
???: It's not something you see on this island, so the doctor wouldn't have recognized it. Your friend must have caught it elsewhere.
The man mixes a new prescription for (Captain).
???: Drink this, and rest this evening. Your fever should be down tomorrow.
Vyrn: That's great news, thanks! Oh, how much do we owe you for this?
???: Hmm... Let me see...
The man presents the crew with an outrageous bill.
Vyrn: WHAT? This is way too much, right, (Captain)?
  1. We'll figure something out.
  2. This is extortionate!

Choose: We'll figure something out.
Vyrn: Hey, what are you saying? We can kiss goodbye to our journey if we spend this much.
Go to "Continue 1"

Choose: This is extortionate!
???: Oh? Well, I'll just have to take that medicine back, then.
Lyria: Oh no! What are we going to do now?
Continue 1
???: Haha... I was joking.
Vyrn: Huh? Joking?
???: Well, of course it's too much. I didn't realize you were all so naive.
Vyrn: What? Hey, don't you think you're being kinda rude?
???: Aw, don't be like that. Here, you can have it for free. A special offer for new customers.
Lyria: Really? Are you sure?
???: Of course. In return, pay me a visit next time you need medicine. You can call me Shao.
Lyria: Thank you so much, Shao!
Shao: Take care, then.
Just as Shao said, (Captain)'s fever disappears the next day.
Vyrn: Isn't that great, (Captain)? That guy was weird, but he knew his stuff.
Vyrn: Hmm... Maybe we should have bought more medicine from him.
Lyria: Well, then let's pay Shao another visit! I'd like to thank him, anyway.
However, when they return, Shao is nowhere to be seen. The crew wanders around the marketplace.
Vyrn: Hey, look. That old guy is selling medicine. Let's ask him.
Merchant: Welcome!
Vyrn: Hey, there was an Erune selling medicine around here yesterday. Do you know where he went?
Merchant: What? An Erune? The one with the medicine box?
Lyria: Yes, that's the one! Do you know him? He helped us out, so we wanted to thank him...
Merchant: What? So you're telling me you know him? Where is he?
Vyrn: Well, that's what we were trying to find out...
Merchant: You better be telling the truth, lizard. If you're not...
Vyrn: Whoa! What's going on?
Merchant: Hey, get them! Rough them up a bit, don't let 'em go until they cough up that medicine man's location!
Lyria: Oh no! What do we do?
Vyrn: This doesn't look good. Let's run for it!
Confused, (Captain) and the crew flee the scene.
Vyrn: Huff... Haaah... Why do we have to run?
Thug 1: Hey, get back here!
Vyrn: Honestly, what did that medicine seller do to have thugs like these chasing after him?
Lyria: Oh, look over there!
Vyrn: There he is! Heeey! Medicine man!
Shao: Oh? Why, you're all out of breath. Is this some sort of training exercise?
Vyrn: Of course not! There are some dodgy guys looking for you.
Thug 2: All right, prepare yourselves!
Vyrn: Whoa, they caught up! Here they come!
Shao: So they're after me? Hmm... I see.
Shao bows his head, and slowly steps out in front of the thugs.
Thug 1: So you're the one? The Erune medicine seller!
Shao: That's right. It appears you have business with me, but I don't believe we've ever met.
Thug 2: Hey, we're going out of business because of you!
Thug 1: That's right. You were trash-talking us to our customers in the next town over!
Shao: Oh, that's right. You were the ones selling fake medicine.
Shao: I only told them the truth, that your wares weren't real medicine.
Thug 2: Hey, where do you get off talking about us like that?
Shao: That medicine was just flour mixed with a few spices. It won't hurt anyone, but it's not going to help them, either.
Shao: It's such a petty thing to do, it's almost laughable.
Thug 1: Damn it... Watch what you're saying!
Vyrn: Hey, don't make them any angrier...
Shao: Anyway, I have no interest in dealing with these pathetic creatures.
He turns to (Captain) and the crew and assesses them.
Shao: So I'll leave this one to you.
Lyria: W-what do you mean?
Shao turns tail and flees.
Thug 2: Hey, stop right there!
Vyrn: Huh? What? Why do we have to fight them?
(Captain) and the crew take off after Shao, with the thugs once again in tow.
Shao: Hmm? What are you following me for?
Vyrn: What do you mean you'll leave them to us?
As they argue, the thugs close the distance between them.
Vyrn: Damn it! Medicine man, don't you know any good escape routes around here?
Shao: Hmm... Well, I suppose there's an alley coming up on the right...
Vyrn: OK! Right it is!
(Captain) and the crew turn into an alley and run down it.
Vyrn: So where do we go next, medicine man?
... Huh?
Lyria: He's gone!
Thug 1: Hahaha, it's no use running! You better be ready for a fight!
Vyrn: Ugh, what do we do?
Vyrn: Haaah... What a hassle this has been.
The crew somehow manages to escape and arrives back at the Grandcypher.
Vyrn: Lyria, did you hurt yourself when you fell?
Lyria: I'm fine. It's just a scratch.
Shao: Ah, welcome back, everyone!
Vyrn: Hey, what are you doing here?
Shao: Oh, I just stopped by to thank you for taking care of those thugs for me.
Vyrn: Hey, we didn't do that by choice!
Shao: Oh, is that so?
Vyrn: I mean, you were the one who told us to take that turn, and then you disappeared off somewhere...
Shao: Hm? I said there was an alley, yes, but I never told you to take it.
Vyrn: Well, I suppose you didn't...
Shao: Anyway, are you all right, miss? Would you like me to take a look at that scrape?
Lyria: Oh, thank you!
Shao: Still, all these illnesses and injuries... You certainly live dangerous lives.
Lyria: Hee hee...
Shao: It's nothing to laugh about. The world is full of con men like the ones back there, and doctors who can't give a correct diagnosis.
Shao: And there's a fine line between medicine and poison. You have to be very careful, and all seem a bit naive.
Lyria: Yes, we'll make sure to take care...
Shao: Anyway, if I were a bad person, I would have given you poison yesterday instead of medicine, no?
Shao: Actually, I'm rather adept at making poison.
Vyrn: Wait, medicine man, you're-
Shao: Aw, I was just joking.
Vyrn: H-hey, that wasn't funny at all!
Shao: You think so? Well, I was just giving you some advice. Here, I finished treating your friend.
Lyria: Thank you!
Shao: Take care! Now, I better get off this island before those con men find me.
Lyria: Oh, you're not from around here, Shao?
Shao: I'm not. I travel all over the place selling medicine.
Lyria: Wow, really? Hmm... I know! Why don't you come with us?
Vyrn: Huh? Lyria, what are you saying?
Lyria: But his medicine really works! He even cured (Captain)'s sickness.
Lyria: And anyway... all that stuff he said about medicine was a little scary.
Lyria: But if we have a great healer like Shao around, then we'll be OK!
Shao: Oh? I'm rather flattered. What does your captain say to this?
  1. Do you want to come with us?
  2. Of course you can come!

Choose: Do you want to come with us?
Shao: Answering a question with another question, are we? Let's see...
Shao: You're quite the amusing bunch. I'm especially intrigued by that talking lizard of yours.
Vyrn: I'm not a lizard, I'm a dragon!
Shao: My apologies. A dragon is much more precious than a lizard.
Vyrn: That's right!
Shao: Why, I could use every part of you to make medicine. Not a scale would go to waste.
Vyrn: H-hey! Cut that out!
Shao: It was just a joke.
Vyrn: Well it wasn't very funny!
(Captain), what are you laughing about?
Shao: Well, I suppose I'll just have to join you, then.
Go to "Continue 2"

Choose: Of course you can come!
Shao: ... You're very eager. Are you sure you want a suspicious stranger like me aboard your ship?
Lyria: Heehee, you cured (Captain)'s sickness, and you took care of my injury.
Lyria: So you're definitely not suspicious!
Shao: Is that so?
Shao: Well, I suppose I'll just have to join you, then.
Continue 2
Shao: ... An airship is certainly a more convenient place to be.
Vyrn: Huh? What was that you said?
Shao: Oh, nothing. Nothing at all. I look forward to traveling with you all.
And so, Shao the healer joins the them as a skyfarer.
However, the crew doesn't yet know what lurks beneath his smiling face.