Part 19: Chapter Nineteen: Into the MistsThey returned to the depths of the Ocean Mist forest, where the Empire had recently abandoned a fruitless search for the Gardo.
Looks like the coast is clear.
I dont even see the Crimson Azoth.
Then what are we waiting for? Lets go.
The mists cleared on a very strange place indeed ahead.
They found themselves in a forest far removed from the rules of reality, where rocks and trees floated unsteadily in an endless fog. In some ways it came as no surprise that one of those strange lithographs was here.
And as the map had suggested, there was a Workshop deep within the mists.
Video- The Workshop of Poison
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Ill be right back.
Just wait for me here.
The workshop was undamaged, which made what needed to be done quite simple.
Azure Azoth: I agree.
This maintains the lower side of Eden. It should restore Aquitto Spring.
Lets get to it, then.
There was a larger issue to consider, though.
What are you talking about?
Azure Azoth: The other workshop was severely damaged.
It is of grave consequence that it was destroyed.
Chaos and the Crimson Azoth!
Azure Azoth: !
That door wasnt broken from the outside.
Only an alchemist like me could get inside to bust that door open.
Azure Azoth: Precisely.
The Azoth is the key to these workshops.
He is the only other being who can enter them.
This established, Felt returned to the others.
Howd it go?
Looks like it went well.
We should have Viese check on things in Eden.
So, what should we do then?
Do you think we should head to Grand?
Yeah, it makes up the majority of this region.
I think we definitely need to stop by there.
Well, if you think its that important, well go.
Whats wrong, Noin?
Nothing! Nothing at all.
We just need to head down the southern edge of North Grand Plain.
But first, we have to reach North Grand.
Iris had a question for Viese meanwhile in Eden.
Oh? Are you interested in alchemy too?
Thats great. But, I think itll be too hard to learn at your age.
It turned out that Aquitto Spring, home of the Poison Mana, had indeed returned.
Whats going on our here, Coco?
The Aquitto Spring has reappeared.
It appeared right before my very eyes.
I was so surprised, I dropped everything!
The owners gonna be so mad at me.
While on the way out to investigate, Viese stopped in to apologize to Yach for the other day.
Hello, Yach. Sorry about the other day.
Dont worry about it. Really.
Im just worried about my decrease in profit since the wholesale price went up.
Youre very mature
Ive always dreamed about being the worlds greatest merchant and having lots of money.
I cant be hung up on my parents forever.
What I can worry about is my decrease in sales.
So if youre really worried about me, please buy more stuff.
Viese headed to the poisonous swamp of Aquitto Spring, but it seemed she was not in luck this time.
Jiptus: It looks like the Mana youre looking for isnt here yet.
Shes pretty fickle, so Im sure shell be back soon
Viese happened to be in the library at Eden Temple and caught Lutanus reading on the job.
Ah I can never read enough.
You sure do love books. What do you plan to do with all that knowledge?
Theres something I want to know, but I havent found what Im looking for.
And with a lot of books, I can tell they wont have what I want to know, but they hook me with other stuff
Dont you feel that way, too?
Huh Well, sometimes I guess
And with so many books here, how long do you think itll take me to read all of them?
Well, what is it you want to know?
Hehe, thats a secret.
Aww, come on!
No, youd think Im too weird if I told you.
No I wont. I promise.
No. Well, maybe later
As Felt and his group returned to the normal area of the forest, they found someone was waiting for them.
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Tolena, one of the three Imperial Champions.
Couldnt get a certain boy to notice you?
Sometimes I think you care too much!
Whoa, what a beautiful girl!
Who is she? Do you know her, Noin?
She is Tolena, one of the Imperial Champions.
Youre joking, right?!
What are you doing in a place like this?
Oh, I heard the Imperial Army was chasing after Noin
So, you came to arrest us.
No, thats not it at all.
I came to give you this.
What is it?
Tolena handed them a letter.
It says to let Noin travel freely throughout the Empire.
System Message: Received [Tolenas Letter]!
Be extra careful with it. Dont damage it.
Wait, we dont need this.
Well, I gotta go.
See you later, Noin.
What just happened?
Is she really part of the Empire?
Well, shes um different.
But there still arent any good people in the Empire.
And so they headed back to North Grand, where hopefully Tolenas pardon would get them past the checkpoint. Next time well learn what happened there.