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An Archer, Mix-Up, and Nushi
Upon learning of a bird called the Nushi, Sutera figured it must be a powerful creature, and so invited (Captain) and company to come and challenge it with her. The Nushi was indeed a beautiful bird, and it flew away without any battle. Sutera felt bad for misjudging the creature, and she joined the Order with the goal of finding her older sister.
On a visit to a village, (Captain) and company met an Erune woman trying to enter a mountain.
Vyrn: Hey, you! Where ya headed? Something interesting up on the mountain?
Sutera: Well... I suppose you could say that. You see, someone in the village told me of a bird called Nushi...
Lyria: Really? Nushi... What kind of bird is it, exactly?
Sutera: To be a bird worth talking about, it must be very noticeable. I bet it's really large.
Lyria: Wow...! I wanna see this Nushi birdie!
Sutera: Would you like to come with me to see it? As they say, “Good company on the road is the shortest cut. ”
Vyrn: Sounds great! I’m Vyrn, and this is Lyria. Last but not least, this is (Captain)!
Sutera: It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance! With all these people, the great Nushi will be worthy training for us!
Lyria: What?! This Nushi isn’t just big, but strong, too?
Sutera: They say it is the king of birds!
Vyrn: Even the name Nushi sounds regal! It must be very impressive! Now I’m itching to find this thing, (Captain)!
Sutera: Well then, let’s be off. We must engage with this Nushi as soon as possible!
Lyria: Oh, I see... So you’re looking for your big sister, huh, Sutera?
Sutera: Yes. My sister is brilliant, but supposedly she wanted to test her strength, so she left the village all of a sudden...
Sutera: And she took Father’s savings with her. Naturally, Father was furious...
Lyria: Oh dear... That doesn’t sound good...
Sutera: My sister may even be charged with theft!
Sutera: Before that happens, I want to bring her home and make her apologize to Father.
Lyria: Teehee! You must really love your big sister, Sutera!
Sutera: She’s always causing trouble, but at the same time, she’s taught me so much. I have a deep respect for her.
Sutera: And I’m learning even more, now that I’ve left the village to find her. Turns out there’s an upside to running away from home.
Vyrn: I see, I see... Yeah, I’d say there’s an upside to pretty much everything!
Lyria: ?! Did you guys just hear that?
Sutera: Hear what?! Is it Nushi...?!
Sutera: Those bushes just rustled. Let’s move, everyone!
Sutera: Nushi! I challenge you to a fair fight!
Sutera: Wait, what?
Lyria: Wow...! What a pretty birdie! Don’t you think so, (Captain)?
Sutera: It’s... It’s gorgeous! I’ve never seen anything like it!
Vyrn: Ack! Wait...! Aaaand it’s gone.
Sutera: It’s quite the graceful flier, too...! It may not be large or powerful, but it is spectacular.
Lyria: You're right! I’m glad we came to see it!
Sutera: Well... It looks like I jumped to conclusions... Ooh, I can’t believe I had the wrong idea about it... How deluded I was...
Sutera: In the end, it seems I have misled you all... I can’t begin to apologize...
Vyrn: Aw, don’t worry about it! All we really needed was to see it for ourselves!
Sutera: You think so...? Well, it was certainly worth the trip up here.
Lyria: Teehee! I wanna see it again...
Sutera: I’m glad I made this detour. I feel like I’ve gained something valuable.
Sutera: And if I hadn’t had this misunderstanding, we probably wouldn’t have come here together.
Vyrn: Yeah! You’re right, lady!
Lyria: Detour? Come to think of it, where are you headed next, Sutera?
Sutera: Well, let’s see... Right now, I’m looking for anyone who might have heard anything about a woman resembling my sister.
Sutera: She’s talented with flight magic, so I tried to pursue her on an airship, but she’s always one step ahead of me.
Sutera: The other day, we crossed paths, but I haven’t been able to track her down at all...
Lyria: What?! It sounds like you've had it tough...
Lyria: I know! Hey, (Captain). Why don’t we ask Sutera to join the Order?
Sutera: Wha?! But... Won’t I just get in your way...?
Choose: It will be easier to find your sister.
- It will be easier to find your sister.
- And you seem strong enough to join us.
Sutera: Indeed... It would be a lot easier to chase after my sister on an airship.
Sutera: Of course, if you let me into your order, I will do what I can to help make your adventure a success!Choose: And you seem strong enough to join us.
Sutera: Compared to my sister, I’ve got a lot to learn, but I wield a bow as a guard.
Sutera: If you let me into your order, you can rest assured that I, Sutera, will protect you!Continue 1
Vyrn: All right! Welcome aboard, lady!
Lyria: YAY! Welcome aboard, Sutera!
Lyria: Gah... My nose is itchy... ACHOO!
Sutera: Have you caught a cold, Lyria? Does your head hurt? How about your throat...?
Lyria: I’m fine! My nose was itching, that’s all.
Sutera: Gasp! That could be a telltale symptom of a serious disease... S-Someone, call a doctor! Oogh... Please don’t die on me, Lyria!
Lyria: Please, calm down! I’m fine, honestly!
Vyrn: Good grief. Hey Sutera, you’re jumping to conclusions again...
Sutera, the serious and optimistic archer with a tendency to jump to conclusions.
Her misunderstandings will one day send (Captain) and company into a tizzy, but... that’s another story for another time.
Sutera has been thinking hard about the red mark on an old map she obtained. While talking it over with friends, Sutera realized that it could be a treasure map. (Captain) and company decide to go treasure hunting.
Lyria: What's wrong? Sutera... You seem to be deep in thought about something...
Sutera: Well, I obtained this used island map, but... there is this strange mark on it.
Vyrn: What? Lemme take a look!
Sutera: Here you go. See this red mark over here?
Vyrn: Uh huh. You mean this? It’s real close to town!
Sutera: I’m wondering about what the mark indicates... It could be where a primal beast is sleeping... or perhaps treasure!
Vyrn: Right! It’d be nice if it was treasure.
Lyria: Haha. Then we can buy lots of candy!
Sutera: That’s not all. We might even be able to hire our own cook.
Vyrn: Whahaha! That sounds great! Lyria is terrible at cooking!
Lyria: Geez! Oh, Vyrn!
Sutera: There are lots of different kinds of apples, too! You can compare them by place of origin.
Vyrn: Apples! Eating and comparing them, huh? Sounds like fun!
Sutera: (Captain)! Let us go to where the map says for some treasure hunting!
Vyrn: Let’s go, (Captain)! Time to eat and compare apples!
Nice one.: Scene 2
The spot the map indicated is a forest with monsters. Sutera says that the monsters may be protecting the treasure. While (Captain) and company try to calm Lyria down for being afraid of the ghosts of people eaten by monsters, the party heads deeper into the woods.
Sutera: It’s a forest with monsters... Perhaps it’s protecting the treasure.
Sutera: The people who came in search of the treasure must have fallen victim to the monsters...
Lyria: Uh oh! Then that means there are ghosts here!
Sutera: Ghosts that came from people who were killed with a grudge... That must be quite scary...
Lyria: Let’s not talk about this! I’m starting to think about it too much!
Vyrn: Oh, fine! Lyria, you’re really afraid of scary stories!
Sutera: But perhaps if there are monsters protecting the treasure, we can expect it to be something good!
Vyrn: Yeah! I’m sure it's going to be amazing treasure!
Sutera: I’m starting to get excited! Leave it the monsters to me! I’ll show off my training!
Nice one.: Scene 3
(Captain) and company arrive at the cave. Lyria is afraid of ghosts, so Sutera tells her of a story about her older sister; about when she was young and also scared. Suddenly, monsters appear and a battle ensues.
Sutera: According to the map, our destination is deep inside this cave.
Vyrn: Hey, Lyria. Give me some space!
Lyria: Ugh... But there might be ghosts... Why is no one else afraid?
Sutera: I was also afraid of ghosts when I was younger. I couldn’t sleep at night because my older sister would tell me scary stories.
Vyrn: Whahaha! That’s a horrible sister you got!
Sutera: I’m sure that my sister wanted me to be stronger. She loved training me in all sorts of ways.
Vyrn: Uh... You sure she wasn’t just messing with you?
Lyria: Ahh! I-I heard something...! I-I-Is it a ghost?!
Sutera: That's no ghost! It’s a monster! Lyria, stand back. I shall fend them off!
Nice one.: Scene 4
(Captain) and company finally arrived at the spot designated by the map. There, they find a worn-out knife and a message that says “In memory of the founding of our skyfarer group and or first adventure. ”Lyria suggests leaving something behind as well, and Sutera heartily agrees.
Sutera: ...!? A dead end... There is no sign of the cave collapsing. It seems that the cave has always been this way.
Vyrn: Hm? Hey, look at that! It’s a wooden box!
Lyria: Wow! You’re right! Could it be... treasure?
Sutera: Let’s open it to find out! Here we go...
Vyrn: Let’s see... Hm? It’s an old worn-out knife.
Sutera: There’s something written on the bottom of the box. “In memory of the founding of our skyfarer group and or first adventure. ”
Lyria: Haha. It sure is treasure, but only for the people who left it behind.
Vyrn: Hmph! We came all the way out here for nothing.
Sutera: It is a little unfortunate. But exploring place with everyone was quite fun.
Sutera: I would love to have experiences like this everyday with all of you!
Vyrn: Oh geez... Well, if Sutera insists, I don’t mind playing along.
Lyria: I know! Why don’t we put up a memorial, too?
Sutera: That’s a wonderful idea, Lyria! But I wonder if I have anything good on me...
(Captain) and company imitate the skyfarers that were there before them and left behind a memorable item.
The adventure of Sutera and the old map came to a close.
Heir of the Magic Bow
Vyrn, concerned about the extremes Sutera was taking in her training, recommended she be more like her sister. Remembering her sister's tendency to pick up strange men, Sutera left in a hurry. Thinking her sister instead sought strong men to duel, Sutera posted a note in a general store calling all opponents. The next day a challenger appeared in the form of a rather rough man.
Sutera has joined (Captain)'s skyfarer crew. Her days are spent in rigorous discipline while her thoughts stay on her elder sister.
Sutera: I'll be heading out for a bit today! I don't expect to be out too late...
Vyrn: Hey, Sutera... This whole asceticism thing... you think you might be overdoing it?
Vyrn: I mean, why can't you try to be more like your sister?
Sutera: More like my sister... I think I get it!
Vyrn: Right? Like, relax a little... have some fun, you know?
Sutera: I see... acting a little more like Metera might bring me closer to her!
Sutera: Okay, then... I'm off to find myself a man!
Vyrn: ...What?! Whoa, whoa! Whaddayou mean find yourself a man?!
Lyria: What's wrong? But Sutera was already gone, clouds of dust in her wake.
Vyrn: This is bad! We gotta go after 'em, (Captain)!
Sutera: Excuse me, sir! Could you spare me a moment?
Man: Hmm? Is something bothering you? I wouldn't mind lending you a hand.
Sutera: Oh, thank you! Thank you so much! We must be off, and quickly!
Vyrn: Hey, I've found 'er! Yo, Sutera! ...Wait, why are you bringing a stranger to a dump like this?!
Sutera: ... Good. I don't think we need to worry about looky-loos here. So...
Sutera: I humbly offer a challenge!
Vyrn: What the... hey! What the hell?!
Sutera: Lord Vyrn? What are you doing here? I'm picking you up!
Sutera: I heard that Metera would challenge men to duels like this all the time!
Man: Hrm... picking me up, you say? I'm afraid I'm more of a business man, not a fighter.
Sutera: Truly? Well you've certainly enough strength to carry your wares... I thought that maybe...
Man: Ahaha! I fear you were mistaken, young lady.
Sutera: Oh... well truly I'm sorry to have wasted your time...
Man: Oh, no need to apologize! But if you're looking for a challenger, I can put up a notice in my shop.
Sutera: You will? Truly?! Oh, what kindness you show a nuisance such as I! Thank you!
With a hearty thank you to the store owner for his kindness, Sutera returns to the town with (Captain)'s party.
And on the next day...
Riffraff: Hey, sister! You the girl what was looking for a challenger on that notice board?
Sutera: Why yes, yes I am! Did you see it and come to see me for a duel?
Riffraff: Hey, now! Bring yer friend, why don'tcha. All I gotta do is give you what for, right?
Sutera: Well he certainly seems confident. Oh, I can't wait!
Vyrn: ... Hey, dude. You do know this is, like, a one-on-one type deal, right?
Riffraff: Hrm? Haha. One, two, it don't matter to me! You're looking at a winner right here!
Vyrn: What?! How 'bout we take this guy to church, (Captain)?
Heir of the Magic Bow: Scene 2
Her challenger rebuffed, Sutera realized she hadn't quite understood what it meant to pick up a man. She decided to take down her notice, but that did little to stop new challengers from popping up. At that time, Sutera received a letter from home. She had been requested to prove her worth as a palace guard, clearing monsters using a sacred magic bow passed down for generations.
Riffraff: Damnit... can't believe I lost! And here I was hoping I'd win your heart... damn shame...
Sutera: Go out? But where? Do you mean to say you want thanks for dueling me?
Riffraff: Be my lady and there will be much hand holdin'... and smoochin'. And oh, the dates!
Sutera: A da... what?! Is that what you mean by companionship?!
Riffraff: Wha?! Dating! That's what companionship means, don't it?!
Sutera: Wh-what?! Of all the shameless... I think I would have remembered saying that!
Sutera: What in the world did that manager put on that notice! I'm going to go and find out!
Sutera: Lord Manager!
Man: Hmm? Hey, you're that skyfarer from before! How'd the notice work out?
Sutera: Indeed I am! Well, it certainly did attract some attention...
Sutera: They... they wanted me for... for... companionship! Why would you write something like that?!
Man: Hm? Well you did say you were looking for men... and that's what I wrote.
Man: I... I thought you might be looking for a man stronger than you to find... a... a suitable companion...
Sutera: Wha?! Wait... is that what picking someone up means?!
Vyrn: Er... yeah... something like that, I guess?
Sutera: No, no, no, no, no! I made a mistake! I didn't know that's what it was!
Sutera: Please, please. Just take down the notice!
Sutera asked the store manager to take down the offending notice after hearing an explanation from (Captain)'s party.
But word had already spread and the days were filled with men coming to throw down a challenge.
In the midst of the madness a letter arrived at the KnickKnack Shack, a letter from Sutera's father.
The letter asked Sutera to return home, and this she did with (Captain) and company in tow.
Mayor: Welcome home, Sutera. And you, dear skyfarers. Thank you for taking the trouble.
Sutera: What could my father want? I... I still haven't managed to find Metera...
Mayor: It was because of her that your mother learned of my... ahem... savings. But this is not about that.
Sutera: Not about that? Then what is it? I can't say I know what's going on, but I would be glad to help in any way I can!
Mayor: There is only one reason why we would summon you. We are considering choosing you as the holder of the sacred bow.
Sutera: ?! The holder?! Me?!
Mayor: Yar. Thus we would like to test you and see if you are worthy.
Sutera: But... I...
Lyria: Wait... what exactly is this sacred bow?
Sutera: The sacred bow uses arrows of great magic. The power resides in our village and the bow is passed down through the ages.
Sutera: Though many generations have passed since we've found a person worthy of wielding it.
Sutera: ...Father. I find it hard to believe that I could be the chosen one. Great honor though it may be...
Mayor: Sutera I know that you have dreamed of holding the bow in your own hands.
Sutera: ... How did you...
Mayor: It would not do for you to underestimate it, Sutera. And it would do you no small good to be reckless once in a while.
Mayor: Though I'm sure you have a different definition of reckless.
Sutera: ... Father!
Sutera: I understand. I will take the test and discover whether I am worthy of wielding the bow.
Mayor: There is only one trial fit for you. A legion of monsters has made their nest just outside of our village. Clear it.
Sutera: A legion of monsters as a trial? They must be quite strong...
Sutera: ...I'm ready to do it!
Sutera: Father. Lord (Captain). I'll not disappoint you! I'll return soon!
Vyrn: Ah! Oi! There she goes... can't say I'm not worried. Eh, (Captain)?
Lyria: Hey!! (Captain). Maybe we should sneak after her... you know, keep her out of any major trouble!
Sutera: Hah... hah... quite a few of you, aren't there! And no slouches at masking yourselves!
Sutera: ?! Blast it! Right in my blind spot!
Sutera had not even enough time to nock her arrow.
(Captain), having followed in secret, flew out to provide a bit of backup.
Sutera: (Captain)?! What are you do... no, no! First we must defeat these knaves!
Heir of the Magic Bow: Scene 3
The first stage of the trial complete, Sutera hesitated, wondering if her sister might be a more fitting wielder of the sacred bow. But Sutera's primary concern was to defeat the monsters and bring peace of mind to the people of her village. Sutera and (Captain)'s party fought together to take care of the remaining monsters.
Vyrn: Gotcha! Well that takes care of the ones here!
Sutera: My apologies, Lord (Captain). I must still be wet behind the ears to get all of you involved.
Sutera: ... It's as I've known all along. My sister is much more worthy to wield the bow than I...
Lyria: Is... is that why you tried to say no the first time?
Sutera: ... . It is. A prodigy worthy of wielding the bow appears only once every century. My sister seems much more suitable.
Lyria: But your father knows your sister's strength and still offered the bow to you, Sutera.
Lyria: He must have a reason!
Sutera: Lady Lyria...
Vyrn: Er... hey, Sutera. Sorry we stuck our noses in. You want us to leave and let you take care of this?
Sutera: Of course not! My trial isn't what's important here. I need to clear these monsters and bring peace to my village.
Sutera: I hate to ask, but would you be able to help me get rid of these monsters?
Vyrn: You got it! That ship's already sailed eh, (Captain)?
Lyria: Let's go! You're right, Sutera. Let's give those villagers some peace of mind!
Heir of the Magic Bow: Scene 4
Sutera has defeated the monsters plaguing her village. But her inability to handle the task alone has left her inheritance of the bow in question. However, according to her father, that is exactly what makes her a suitable candidate. The trial is intended to test the weak... to see if they would rely on the strength of others. Sutera was chosen to be the master of the sacred bow.
Sutera: ...Father. I've returned!
Mayor: I'm glad to see you home safely, Sutera. You did a splendid job ridding us of those monsters.
Sutera: Yes. But it wasn't only I who did it. I had the help of (Captain) and the others.
Sutera: I couldn't have done it by myself. I don't think one person is strong enough to protect the entire village.
Sutera: I'm not strong enough. I've known it all along. I would like to be withdrawn from consideration.
Mayor: ...Is that so? Even when you're exactly what I've been searching for?
Mayor: The goal was not to fulfill the task by yourself, but for you to work with others, turning your weakness into strength.
Mayor: That's exactly the sort of spirit a wielder needs. And it's one that dwells within you, child.
Mayor: ... So take the bow. Take the bow and become our guardian, Sutera.
The mayor extended a hand to the bow. With great reverence, Sutera picked it up.
Sutera: The... the sacred bow! I've wanted to hold it ever since I was child...
Mayor: Yar. There is no reward without effort. I want you to remember that, Sutera!
Sutera: ...I will! I'll work hard to be the best I can be!
And so Sutera became the wielder of her village's sacred bow.
Such a bow would not be easy to master, however. Sutera's success would depend on her own efforts.
The two sisters visit a dining hall along with (Captain) and company. Hearing that the occasionally rambunctious spirits protecting the town have begun to summon monsters, Sutera suggests that she might be able to use her bow to stop the rampageA report of monsters in town reaches the party. They spring into action.
Sutera followed the rumors to a town where she was finally able to meet her sister, Metera.
(Captain) and company decided to stop in the dining hall for a short talk...
Sutera: But Metera! You ran off with his savings! You have to apologize!
Sutera: He's well and truly angry, Metera! He might even punish you as a thief!
Metera: Okay, okay... I got it, jeez. What's so great about the village, anyway? I'm not going back just to get yelled at.
Sutera: Metera! You sound like... like some brat! Don't expect me to stick up for you when you're acting like this.
Sutera: Don't you realize how it hurts me to see this rift between you two? At least say you're sorry! Please!
Metera: Wow, you sure do talk a lot... guess who's growing up to be like dear old dad?
Sutera: Do you really mean it?! Perhaps some of his thoughtfulness rubbed off on me...
Metera: That's not what I meant, you dweeb! You're such a dork, I swear. Excuse me, miss! I'd like to place another order!
Waitress: And what will you be having?
Metera: Hrm... like, a salad? And maybe one of those sandwiches... and, umm...
Metera: Hey, what's with that guy with the poopy face? That's no way to eat a meal.
Dejected Man: Damnit... what am I to do now... 'ey, miss! Gimme another ale!
Waitress: Oh, my... please forgive him. A group of spirits caused quite a clamor recently and his... his house was destroyed.
Lyria: Wait, what does that mean? What sort of clamor?
Waitress: Well... this town has been home to some, uh... rather energetic spirits for a pretty long time. Occasionally they like to run wild.
Waitress: But now they've got monsters joining the party. It's like a tornado went through here.
Waitress: Usually the ghosts work to keep the monsters away... We've all been thankful for them, but now...
Lyria: I see... it must be terrible.
Metera: I mean I haven't, like, seen them? But maybe these spirits are, like, full of energy and they have to let off steam every once in a while?
Metera: Get someone to seal that energy off and they'll probably stop, right? Not that I'm gonna do it.
Sutera: ... A seal, you say? I could perhaps apply one with my bow...
Metera: I mean, you can try. ...You think I should get some cake?
Townsperson: Oi! It's horrible! Terrible, even! Monsters! Monsters in the town! ...And I think the spirits are here, too!
Sutera: ! This sounds serious! We need to run those monsters off, (Captain)!
Waitress: We would be so grateful if you could! You'd be rewarded handsomely!
Metera: ...Psh. There goes your "time to work" face, (Captain). Jeez, what a pain in the keister!
Metera: How 'bout you and me make a bet, Sutera? Whoever finishes last has to do what the winner says, 'kay?
Metera: And if I win I want you to STOP asking me to say sorry to dad!
Metera: ...And the bet is on! Let's get this party started, shall we?
Sutera: Er... Metera?! This town is in grave danger and you're making bets?!
Sutera: ...But first thing's first. We must get rid of the monsters and appease the spirits. Let's hurry!
Autobiography: Scene 2
A group of angry spirits surrounded (Captain) in the heat of the battle. Seeing (Captain) in grave danger, Sutera readied her bow and fired a shot to seal them. Feeling Sutera's need, the bow sealed a portion of the spirit's power. But their anger was not yet quelled. The party was forced to fight on.
Metera fired off a barrage of arrows, each one hitting a wild spirit and stopping it in its tracks.
Sutera: That's the Metera I know! ...If only I had her skill. So many have suffered needlessly...
Sutera saw the true difference between her and her sister's prowess in battle. It was an uneasy realization.
Concerned for Sutera, (Captain) failed to notice the appearance of the spirits.
Vyrn: Whoa?! What d'you think you're doing jumping out like that?! Careful, (Captain)!
But the party was too late. (Captain) was cut off.
Sutera: (Captain)! If only I could seal them!
Sutera: Oh, sacred bow... Please... I need you to help me protect (Captain)!
Sutera: Time to hit them with the seal!
Sutera released her arrow, successfully sealing a portion of the spirit's power.
Sutera: Hah... wait. Is the bow responding to me?!
Lyria: Be careful, now! The spirits aren't giving up yet! Ready your weapon, (Captain)!
Autobiography: Scene 3
The sheer power of the bow caused Sutera to faint. They carried her back to the inn. Sutera's eyes opened to find not (Captain)'s party, but her sister Metera watching over her. The conversation they shared before Sutera drifted back to sleep was more than a little enlightening.
Lyria: Eep?! She... she fainted! Sutera! Are you okay?!
Metera: You'll be fine. You fired the bow full blast since you couldn't control it is all. All you need's a little rest.
Lyria: We're so happy to hear that! And you too, (Captain). Great work. How about we visit the dining hall one more time?
The hall erupted with cheers of thanks as (Captain) and company entered. The townspeople recommended they stay one more night.
And the next day.
Sutera: Mm... unh... wha?! Wait... where am I?!
Sutera: I... I fainted after we found those spirits... is this an inn?
Sutera: Oh... (Captain)? Lady Lyria? Lord Vyrn? Have you been sleeping on the floor?
Sutera: ...You've been taking care of me... Thank you.
Metera: Y'know... you've always had a ton of friends. Not that I care or anything.
Sutera: Oh! Metera, you... you nursed me back to health, didn't you? Thank you!
Metera: Pleaaaase. I mean you did, like, crush the leaders and all. Thought I should probably keep an eye on you.
Sutera: Even after a battle like that... Thank you, everyone. And Metera. You must be exhausted...
Sutera: I... I don't think I'll ever be as graceful in battle as you, Metera...
Sutera: I mean, I was able to shoot the arrows. I just don't know how I managed to do it...
Metera: I don't know why you have to talk about me like that, Sutera.
Metera: You think that maybe you could use the bow because you let go of yourself for a minute?
Sutera: Let go... you might be right. All I could think of was saving (Captain)...
Metera: You can't do what you need to do if your head's full of all that unnecessary stuff. All you needed was a chance.
Metera: Are you kidding me?! Why do you always have to be such a pain in the butt, Sutera?!
Metera approaches the bed and peers into Sutera's eyes.
Metera: You're you and I'm me. We want different stuff. We do different stuff.
Metera: ...D'you hate me just 'cause I can't live like you?
Sutera: Why would I hate you?! You're my sister! I love you no matter what!
Metera: ...Then the same goes for me. You don't need to be like me.
Sutera: ...Metera... Thank you! I love you so much!
Metera: Aw, jeez! ...That is so like you! ... Go on and get some sleep! And don't get up until you're better!
Sutera: ...Well, I am a bit tired... I guess I should get some sleep...
But Sutera had already drifted to sleep, knowing her sister was watching over her.
A few days later, the crew set off once again. The town was sad to see them go.
Vyrn: Tell me something, Sutera. You won the bet and all. Why didn't you drag your sister back home?
Sutera: It's fine, Vyrn. I carry her words with me.
Sutera smiles. In her hand is a piece of paper with one word hastily scribbled on it. "Sorry. "
Sutera: Hehe. Father should really see this... I probably should give him the letter... but considering all I've been through...
And so Sutera's journey was complete.
But having seen the world beyond her village and learning of her place in it, she had no intention of stopping there.
What sort of life could she lead on a journey with (Captain) and the crew... her future was a blank slate laid before her.
Stella and the others had joined Metera on one of her spur-of-the-moment shopping trips. Ever restless, Metera flitted from shop to shop, painting her plain little sister with makeup and satisfying any whim that came to mind. Completely exhausted by the crush of people, Sutera needed a break. She said as much before taking her leave. She came back with a pastry for her big sister, bought at some bakery or another. Despite her little sister’s interest in food over romance, Metera couldn’t help but smile will something like approval. It would seem two birds of different feathers could get along, after all.
It was late into the night before (Captain) and company finished the mission they’d picked up in town.
The client couldn’t have been more pleased. They’d prepared a room in the inn for our heroes to relax and put their feet up.
Lyria: Munch munch... gulp. Thank you so much! That was delicious!
Vyrn: Hehe! We even get food! Now that’s what I call service!
Metera: Whew... well look who’s back.
Vyrn: Wait... it’s almost noon, right? How the hell do you call that early?!
Lyria: Huh? Now that you mention it, I haven’t seen Sutera around today. Did she go out?
Metera: Nah, she’s still holed up in her room. Probably still knocked out. She never was much of a morning person.
Lyria: What?! Sutera... really?! I had no idea...
The party shared a pleasant conversation while they waited for Sutera to wake up.
Sutera: Sorry for being so late! You must have been waiting for so long... I don’t know what to say...
Vyrn: Haha! You’re always so dramatic, Sutera. You work your butt off all the time! You’re allowed to slip up once in a while.
Metera: You have GOT to be kidding me! You’d never let me slide if I did something like that!
Metera: Oh! Hey, Sutera! You got a bad case of bedhead. I can’t believe you let yourself go out like that...
Sutera: S-sorry, Metere... you’re right. A guard should take better care with their appearance...
Metera: That’s totally not what I... oh, forget it! Hey, (Captain). I’d love to do some shopping.
Metera: How about we go on a little date? It’ll be F-U-N, fun, fun, fun!
Metera: And you. We gotta do something about those clothes. Why don’t you come with?
Metera: Alright, then! I’m gonna go and get ready! You’d better be ready to go too, Sutera!
Sutera: Wha?! No thanks, Metera... I don’t know all that much about fashion. I think I’ll just stay and do some training...
Metera: Let’s go, go, go!
And so the party found themselves half-dragged into the town market on an impromptu shopping spree.
Metera: What?! Oh, wow! You don’t see a color like this every day!
Metera: Tell me, (Captain). Does it make me look wowzers or uggo?
Metera: Oh. But, tsk. This design... Nope! Let’s put it in the no pile!
Metera: Oh! Check out that makeup shop. C’mon, Sutera!
Sutera: Metera! You don’t need to be in such a rush! The market’s not going anywhere!
Metera: How could you say that?! Shops do sell out of stuff, you know!
Metera: Oh, that is just toooo cute! Close your eyes, Sutera! Excuse me! Attendant? I’d like to try this one!
Metera: ... hm... you know, you think you’d worry more about getting sunburned with how pale you are...
Metera: Nope. No good! Get rid of the lipstick! We’ll try this one!
Sutera: Metera... please. I’m not a big fan of makeup...
Metera: Well now’s the time to fix that! And a little foundation! Now what to do with those eyebrows...
Vyrn: Wow... shameless, ain’t she? She treats her sister like a damn toy.
Lyria: Hm... well Metera seems to be enjoying herself. Though I can’t say the same for Sutera...
But Metera hadn’t even begun to shop. She flittle from shop to shop like a hummingbird after nectar.
Metera: This shop is no good! Onto the next one! You hear me, Sutera... Sutera?
Sutera: Ah... I’m sorry, Metera. I’m just a little tired. I need to get away from the crowd and rest for a bit...
Metera: Wait... Sutera?!
Sutera disappeared into the crowd, wobbling on unsteady legs. Metera could only stand there, dumbfounded.
Metera: Oh... tired, eh?
Vyrn: Jeez... what kinda sister are you?! She could barely walk!
Metera: ...I guess we’ve never seen eye to eye... different personalities, different hobbies...
Lyria: Oh... Metera...
Metera: But she’s not a kid anymore. She’ll be fine on her own, right? We’ve still got some shopping to do!
Metera: And I think I know someone who’d make a great canvas... oh, Lyria? I bet you looove to play dress up!
With Sutera gone, Metera set her sights on Lyria. The shopping trip went on unimpeded.
After a short while, Sutera rejoined the company.
Sutera: Sorry to keep you waiting! It was hard finding you guys with so many people around.
Metera: Wait. Did you go back to the ship?
Sutera: ...? I did. I just needed a little break! I’m okay now!
Sutera: Hehe... hey, Metera! Hold out your hand.
Metera: Huh? What’s this...
Metera obediently held out her hand. In it, Sutera placed a small and rather charming box.
Sutera: Hehe... I saw it in a bakery while we were shopping and I thought there was no way I wasn’t getting it for you.
Metera: Wait. For me? Fine... I’ll go ahead and take it since you went through all the trouble, but...
Still half mumbling, Metera opened the box to reveal a beautifully decorated pastry.
Lyria: Wow! It looks like treasure! I don’t think I could ever eat something that looks that good!
Metera: Haha! A pastry. Jeez, you’re always so... practical!
Sutera: Oh... well that is true! But just look at it, Metera! Look at how nicely it’s decorated!
Sutera: And they probably did it all with sugar! It’s not just food, it’s art!
Metera: ... you’re really reaching. But it’s not bad.
Metera: Nope, not bad at all.
There couldn’t be two sisters more unlike one another than Sutera and Metera. And Sutera was completely at the mercy of her older sister.
But only they knew the special bond they shared. A bond that made their relationship that much stronger.