Part 4: The Close Side of the Two Friends (DX)Part XV: The Close Side of the Two Friends (DX)
The elusive alchemist
The opening is the same: Solle forwards the Shallies to Perriend regarding Keithgriff
who in turn gives them Keiths profile and mentions Nady. Moving on to the meat of the changed material for this chapter
Music: Droplets of Time
The only thing we really found out was his name.
Hes an amazing alchemist, and he has an automaton following him That might be enough information.
Yes, although We dont even know where to go and meet him
What!? Shallie, are you intending to go looking for him?
Y-yes I thought you would intend to do the same
Its true I thought that at first, but But you even said so yourself. We need to continue our investigations on our own.
Even though we might figure everything out if we meet Keithgriff?
You say that, but we dont even know where he is. Also, always relying on others will never solve anything. Its more important to do something, with our own strength
I never said that! Ugh, why do you always have to take things so negatively?
Im sorry. But I really do want to search for Keithgriff. This is the first real clue weve found to solve Lugion Villages problems, after all.
I knew youd say that. Well, I guess I cant help it.
Cant help what?
In the end, you see the issues facing this town as someone elses problem.
Why would you say something like that? Thats terrible!
What!? When did I ever say that !?
You heard that a little issue happened in Stellard, and then, you had to rush back from the Eastern Continent My village has been affected by drought for a long time already. Everyones barely hanging on.
I know that, but
No, you dont know. Theres no way you could understand People living in such a blessed land could never understand our suffering.
Youre acting like youre the only one suffering! How stupid! Its true that Stellard is blessed from your viewpoint. But that doesnt mean that everyone living here is happy or blessed. My mom and I have had to work hard to get by. Yet something like that happened to her, and I have no idea what to do
Something like that? Did something happen to your mother? That reminds me, back at Mr. Perriends place you
Yes. If our goals differ, then there's no need to force ourselves to work together.
Yeah, thats right. I agree. This is where we split up.
(That's right, my situation is totally different from hers She doesn't have any burdens. I'll definitely save Lugion )
Same as base game. Stera looks for Keithgriff
A new direction?
While Lotte looks for work around town.
Wait, are you okay!? Don't worry about me, just get some rest!
Don't worry, I'm sure I'll feel better in a little bit But since you're home, would you mind talking a bit?
(No, I need to stay cheerful like always! I can't cause mom any worry.)
I can tell that youre feeling down, you know.
Its I need to get work from Raoul, Mom. Ill see you later. Now rest up!
A brave face
You're alone today? That's strange.
That doesn't matter More importantly, do you have any work?
Hmm, let's see What about a survey of the open sea? That sounds ideal for you.
The sea? Uhm, you need a ship for that...
Of course you do. That's why I asked you.
Um, Solle? I wasn't in town for a while, so I really want to do something in Stellard!
Work in the city ? I wasn't expecting that. I'll need some time to make changes. I'm sure I'll find something. Mind waiting a while?
I didn't expect you to say you won't work out of town. Did something happen?
No I'll do some work that uses the ship again soon!
Leads and Feelings
Rosemia Oh! Maybe you'd know!
I'm searching for an alchemist named Keithgriff Hazeldine. He came to town recently. He helped fix Stellard's water supply the other day, and he's supposed to be really smart. Since you always stay by the harbor, maybe you saw him, and
Hmm, so apparently this guy is a really great alchemist, huh? What was his name again?
Keithgriff. Have you met him before?
No, I haven't.
Was there something weird about him?
He should have an automaton following him That's it, really.
An automaton, huh
Yes. Do you know about automatons?
Of course And actually, I have an idea about the person you mentioned.
Yes, I think he went to the Union.
Thank you so much! I'll check it out right now!
I hope to meet you again, before you die.
Maybe you should ask Escha.
Well then, lets get to it!
Really? Do you know where he went??
I don't, but he said he was going to be checking out the area for a while. I'm sure he'll be back at some point
Some point? But
Oh uh, yeah, he gave me this alchemy recipe. He said, "Make this", but I have no idea what it's for.
...Uhm, may I take it?
Huh? Um, sure! Im not sure what he needs, and I have other things to attend to, so you can have at it.
Thank you so much!
Now then, I can tell that Keithgriff isnt the only person on your mind.
I how do you mean?
Shallie, your mood seems a bit different from usual.
Um, was I wrong?
You might be right. I did something like THAT, after all Can I talk about it?
Sure thing! Have a seat.
I had a huge fight with Shallie earlier today.
Oh. So thats why youre alone today
I accused her of not caring about the burden I carry or the suffering of my people. I told her that someone from a place like Stellard could never understand what my people and I have been going through with the drought in Lugion. But when I think back on our fight, Shallie has burdens of her own, and I just couldnt see that or see how that would cause our priorities to differ.
That was the first time I ever had an argument like that What should I do?
Um, is fighting really that bad?
Its nice to get along with someone forever, but I think thats actually pretty rare. Everyone has their own point of view. If theres a difference in the way you think, you cant get along forever.
That sounds very sad.
Thats right. And thats why you talk to people, to get even a little bit closer to them.
But I I said such awful things to Shallie.
People cant get truly serious with someone they dont care about. Getting mad at, or sad about someone Is probably because you really cherish that person, Shallie. I think thats way more wonderful than just going along with someone, and only appearing to be friends on the surface.
I always thought I had to be gentle with others. Because Im a chiefs daughter. Because I dont want to hurt anyone
Shallie is the first person youve gotten serious with. Im sure shell understand.
Escha Yes, thank you! Now, time to see what Keithgriff wants
Ugh, Im still feeling rotten about earlier! I cant focus on synthesizing at all! Guess Ill go crash at Mirucas for a bit
Be quiet, Shal.
Did something happen?
Yeah, to tell the truth I got into a huge fight with Shallie earlier today. I told her she always relies on others, and accused her of not caring about the issues facing Stellard, and I even called her a spoiled little princess it got REALLY heated, and its casting a cloud on everything I do now.
Yeah, I know, but Ive never had an argument with Shallie before. Everything was always kind of fun when we were together This is kind of a shock. Also, Shallie looked like she was really hurt
Then just go apologize.
But what should I apologize for?
What do you mean?
What I told her back then was how I actually felt. Those were my honest feelings. I asked her why she was always trying to rely on people she doesnt know. I was really frustrated, and sad
I thought things would never change, that we would get along forever But it seems like I didnt actually know anything about Shallie.
My sister gave me some good sweets. You should have some.
Okay Sorry, Miruca And thanks.
Meeting him (DX)
Shallie was right Why did it turn into an argument ? I wonder what she's doing She probably hates me Anyway, I should be helping however I can right now!
Hello, is Shallotte here?
Ah, no She's not.
I see. How troublesome I can't go visit her home myself...
She didn't tell you? I guess that's not too surprising Nady, Shallie's mom, is terminally ill. Has been for a very long time
Shallie's mom is sick?!
The chairman found an alchemy book to help ease her condition, even if it's just a little bit I need to get this book to Shallotte without Nady seeing it.
This is a recipe to make heart medicine Right?
I believe so.
Why cant you let her find out?
Nady is still hiding something from her daughter. She was even hiding the fact that she worked as the chairmans secretary in the past She laughed and said the past is all in the past, but her greatest fear was likely her illness coming to light
I see Then that means your predecessor was
Yes, thats right. Thats why shes very important to us as well. Nady is the type of person who tries to carry all her burdens by herself She could have relied on us more
(No, Im sure thats not the only reason But Im sure its related. Shallie is the type who tries to carry all her burdens by herself, too ) Shallie
If Shallotte happens to come by, could you tell her to come visit the Corporation and pick this up?
Umm, if it's okay I could give the book to her.
Really? That would be helpful. Besides, Im sure shell be happier receiving it from her friend
Please lend her strength. We wish to help her in whatever way possible, as well. Ill be around if you need me.
Oh I know I heard Shallie talking about her mom with Mr. Perriend Part of me probably just Didnt care. Or thought there wasnt time for that.
(Did I just want to find someone reliable to shove my responsibilities onto? No wonder Shallie would start to despise me ) Its no good Right now, theres no way I can go and give her this book But maybe if I was able to synthesize the medicine in here
Ah, right! I just synthesized the item from Keithgriffs book. I should show Escha!
Oh, Shallie, hi.
(Huh? This person I've met them before ) I finished the recipe you gave me.
Wow, you must've worked really hard! Keith, this girl is an alchemist, too.
Keith? You don't mean Keithgriff?
Yes, this's him!
Hm. So, you Synthesized this?
Yes. I asked Escha to let me make this.
Hmm... I can use this. You have my thanks.
AH! Uhm, you fixed this city's water supply equipment, right?
Fixed? Haha, ah, don't make me laugh. That's just a temporary measure.
That's good enough for me, please, teach me! The water in my village is drying up, just like it is here. Do you know how to save this city and my home village?
And even if I did, there's nothing I can do. My only goal is to find the truth behind the Twilight.
If you're an alchemist, you should look for the truth yourself. Not for the sake of others.
You said there might be clues about the Dusk in the relics and ruins of this region Right?
If you study relics from the past, maybe you can find the reason for the droughts?
Maybe I'm heading out, so how about I pay you for that Synthesis
You don't have to pay me. But, I would like you to teach me one thing... How to synthesize the items in this book
For a kind of heart medicine. Its for my friends terminally ill mother, so I surmise her heart is weakening
I see. Read this book a little bit more, and then come meet me at the City Water Source.
Keithgriff, I learned more about that heart disease we discussed ! Could there be a way to cure it!?
Tell me more about what youve come up with. Then I can assess your conclusions.
Reading this book more closely I can tell that the recipe herein will be severely inadequate for treating what was described to me. At best, it can only pause further deterioration
It seems highly likely that its a disease of the respiratory and circulatory system.
So, why did you decide to come straight to me?
Huh? Well, because
This is your friends mothers illness, right? Youre an alchemist, why dont you try to find a solution yourself? Its true that the recipe you showed me before is useless in that state. Itll only make her breathing easier, at best. However, now that you know details of her condition, shouldnt there be a way to improve the recipe?
Im sorry. I got too impatient
First, you need to think of ways to improve her condition. You could come to me after trying that, at least.
I understand. Ill try and think up a solution with alchemy on my own before asking you again.
Very well. If your desire to learn turns out to be real, Ill lend you my strength when the time comes. And once you have taken that next step, you know where you can find me.
Keithgriff said that synthesizing it with so little information would be very difficult Who could I ask to learn more ? Oh, I know, maybe Mr. Perriend would know!
Tell her. She's her friend's mother. It won't hurt if she knows.
Very well, chairman. Nady's illness is a disease of the heart. It could be described as a weak heart. One that cant pump enough blood to her lungs, impairing her breathing. When she was with the Corporation, she was fine so long as she didnt exert herself but judging from what Shallotte told us the other day, even low-stress tasks can overload her heart now.
Thank you very much for telling me. If left alone, itll just keep progressing, right ?
It's difficult to slow its progress, let alone cure it, even with alchemy. It's quite unfortunate
Im sure the medicine recipe you gave me will be helpful. If I use that as a base, I know itll work Thats why Ill keep looking for a way to save Nady!
Id like to ask that as well. I cant bear to simply sit by and do nothing
That goes for me, too. Nady is Like a mother to me.
Shallistera. I may be speaking out of place, but
I asked questions about many things to learn about my current work. Please, dont be afraid to do so as well
Linca Thank you very much! (I should start with Teo. Lugions medical tradition may have something that could help cure Nady )
I know about medicine, but not much about illnesses themselves. According to your diagnosis, this medicine might form a proper foundation
Thank you, Teo !
But the disease sounds quite complicated, so I'm still worried, even with the medicine.
No, thats fine! Ill use this, and think about it more myself! Hmm who else do I know who might know something
If I do this Then this becomes like this Okay! (This is everything I can come up with right now Hopefully this brings me closer to the answer.)
Its done! Just wait, Shallie. Lets see if Keithgriff thinks thisll work
By the way, I wonder if Nio managed to meet up with her older sister yet?
Shes an herbalist I know from Colseit. Shes about the same age as me, but shes really smart and reliable.
According to Nio, her sister was going to head toward Stellard. Maybe theyre traveling separately?
Do you two know this sister of hers?
Nope. According to Nio, shes the apprentice of an alchemist named Keithgriff Hazeldine. Apparently shes investigating ancient ruins with him, but this Keithgriff guy is actually
Escha, do you know something?
I heard about him in Central. Hes a highly skilled alchemist. Hes also wanted for destroying facilities.
Um, I think Ive heard that name before That reminds me, Nios sister was also wanted for destroying ruins
Like master, like apprentice.
Right Anyway, Escha, you were saying?
Uu Um, well A little while back, a traveling alchemist named Keithgriff visited me. He asked me to synthesize something
Escha. I think thats something you should have immediately reported to Solle
I didnt think it was a big deal Im sorry!
Its fine! I wont tell anyone about it.
To tell the truth, Keiths apprentice is a friend of mine. But I hadnt even heard rumors about her. Shes supposed to have come here, right? And if that stubborn old man is here too You might unexpectedly run into them.
(So Keithgriff is I cant let that stop me. I have to get his input on this medicine!)
Many parts arent optimized, but the plan itself is fine.
However, this still cant be used on a patient.
I-I see. So its no good
I dont like people who give up easily. I told you, the plan itself is fine.
Maybe I overreacted Im sorry.
Stop apologizing. Youre making me feel Ive done something wrong. Hmm. Id regret abandoning such a promising matter Ill adjust the recipe a little for you. The synthesis afterwards, however, will be dependent on your own efforts.
R-really!? Thank you so much!
I simply dont agree with giving up on something with a chance of success.
(Shallie Im sure your mother will be okay! Ill make sure of it!)
There we go! One Holinica Steel Plate!
Strength and Helplessness
Mom! I told you, you shouldn't be up!
I'm fine, see?
You collapsed the other day, mom! That's serious stuff! Go lie down!
Oh my gosh, you're so scary!
Ah, as I'd expect from my daughter. You've really grown up.
Even the chairman of the Corporation was talking about giving me work
I'm glad you're working hard, but make sure you're taking care of yourself. I know you get hungry really quickly.
Yeah. I know. Ill be going for a walk, Mom.
Make sure to be home before dinner!
Mom was pushing herself to appear healthy She should have just rested in bed! Is there anything I can do for her? I have to know someone, ANYONE who knows!
Yeah I was just wondering if theres anything I can do. I thought I became more capable, but theres nothing I can do myself
Shal Complaining to me wont change anything I dont have the ability to help your mother, either. You should talk to other people Im sorry that I cant help.
Thats not true, Miruca. But youre right! I should talk to lots of people! Its too soon to quit Ehehe.
Do your best, Shal.
(I say that, but who should I talk to? Oh, I know! Escha!)
I didnt know what to do about my moms illness, so I was pretending that I was just thinking about Stellard. No matter how I looked at her, I could see that she was weakening, but she always pretended to be well. After seeing that, I knew that I had to do something I thought you, Escha Youre a great alchemist, so you might know of some sort of way
Uu Id love to help if I could, but I just studied whatever I liked, so I dont know much about illness T-this is no good. I need to study more, or I could never call myself a professional Im sorry, Shallie.
Theres nothing to apologize for, Escha! Its my fault for being so helpless!
Oh, I know. Are there any people around who have known your mother for a long time? Someone like that might have a hint for you, at the very least. Can you think of anyone?
Linca My mom isnt getting any better
I was just trying to act strong last time I came here. But I cant do anything for my mom. I thought Mr. Gerard might know something that could help. Anything would be fine. If I just have a hint, Ill look for the rest. Ill do anything. So please ask him !
Miss Shallie. The chairman is already searching for ways to save Miss Nady.
He is !?
Well explain the situation later. For now, please just make sure Miss Nady has plenty of rest. Also
Please, put your mother at ease.
I believe the only thing that can do that is you continuing to smile cheerfully. Miss Nady is a very strong woman. She wouldnt pass away and leave you alone. Thats why You need to retain hope, and watch over her. You mustnt give up
Okay! I really am useless, arent I Shallie? Oh.
(Shallotte Shallistera I have faith in you both )
No, this isnt the time for saying such negative things. I NEED to make this. *Sigh*. But first, I should eat some meat and get some energy
Ugh, I knew it. Its written like usual. Only I could understand this. Details of materials are the most important part. This medicine is hard to make, after all. Good thing I came here.
Um, who are you ?
Oh, sorry for butting in all of a sudden. This Synthesis will be very difficult, so I came over to help.
T-thank you very much ?
Okay, first Good, you have all the ingredients on hand. The trick with this medicine is when you put in the neutralizers. Thatll bring out the full potential of your materials.
Give me your hand, and Ill help you through the motions. Every move you make must be precise and exacting
Its done! I really made it!
(Was that a dream? Or was she really a fairy ? But its true that she helped me. Her hands were warm The medicine turned out fine, too I really managed to make it !) No time to waste!
Shallie! Im sorry, my daughter is off running errands
Im not here for her today. Im here because I heard about your illness from Mr. Perriend. Take this medicine. Itll help.
Oh! Why, thank you!
I gave her the medicine, but Will it really work? (More importantly Will she really trust me? Shallies mother was smiling, just like before, but I said such terrible things to Shallie Will she just think its too little, too late?)
Wilbell ! To tell the truth I was here for her mom. You know Keithgriff, right?
What does he have to do with Shallies mom?
I got him to help me come up with a medicine for her illness. But even then I still needed help when synthesizing. Thankfully, a blonde, pretty fairy-like woman came to help me every step of the way.
I see. You really did it, Shallistera! Youre pretty amazing!
You think so?
You worked really hard to make that, right? Of course itll work. Itll be fine.
I hope so
Hey, quit making such a worried face all the time! Smile more, smile!
Still, to think you managed to catch that stubborn old man, and make him tell you how to make it. Youre pretty good.
Do you know Keithgriff?
From the past. We worked together just a little bit. Hes probably still as hard headed as before Well, theres no harm in meeting him I guess.
Nah, it couldnt be. (After all these years was it really you, Ayesha?)
Its never too late (DX)
Good job! You're alone today, too?
Heh Pretty much.
Huh? You don't normally dodge subjects Did something happen?
Not really Nothing happened. We're fine!
Oh yeah? Well. That's good then
Solle, I sent the documents to Central.
Thank you, Escha.
Oh, hello, Shallie. What're you doing here?
I figured I should get some work done.
Haha, thats good. By the way, hows your mom doing? Any improvement?
No, nothing yet. But I havent given up hope!
The other Shallie was asking Keith about it before, too About her illness.
Shallie was!? ( And by Keith could she mean No way, there wouldnt be a coincidence like that.)
Shallie looked really worried, you know?
Shallie I see
Eh? Go where?
Shallie's place, of course.
It looks like you want to say something.
I said something awful to Shallie That's why I
Don't tell me about it, go talk to her about it yourself!
I'm sure the other Shallie is waiting for you. She was really worried.
She won't turn you away. Get going!
Okay! But first, I should go home and check on Mom
How are you feeling, Mom? I heard Shallie was looking for a way to help you
Much better now. Whatever she gave me, it really helped!
So she really !
Now, Shallie theres someone else you should check in with, right?
Making up (DX)
Music: Aquamarine -Game Version- Annabel
I heard from my mom that you brought her medicine I just wanted to drop by and say thank you.
N-no, dont worry about it. Nady has been doing a lot to help me, too
But she seems to be feeling a lot better because of that Thanks.
A lot of people helped me make it. It wasnt just me, so I really dont deserve any gratitude
Whats that supposed to mean? Im thanking you, so you should accept it Youre acting pretty rotten.
Thats not what I meant !
My mom was suffering, and I wanted to help her! But I couldnt do anything Then you brought that medicine, and I really am grateful about it. You could at least let me thank you!
Im sorry. I didnt mean to hurt your feelings, Shallie
Dont apologize. Even I realize Im just venting my frustration off onto you But we had an argument like that the other day Yet you grew up so much while I was just moping around It seems like you didnt need me after all, and Ive been left behind. I dont even know what to do
Shallie, you big idiot!
You think you were the only one who felt sad? I I was too But I had no choice but to do this alone
Youre the one whos crying, Shallie Sniff Ahem! Ive been thinking all this time. About the other day No, not just that, everything since coming here. I met a girl with the same name in a city I didnt know I felt like the heroine of some storybook.
Thats why I misunderstood. I thought we were special. I thought there was no way we could ever disagree with each other. But that wasnt the case. We just happened to get along, and didnt try to get to know each other more deeply We arent special. Were just normal girls
Is that no good?
Nope And thats why I started thinking about things that I could do to help you.
Yes, same here
I think the fact that were different people Is why being together gives me such a warm feeling I wonder why I couldnt figure this out earlier. I really am an idiot
We were finally able to make amends because of this. I feel like well be spending a lot of time together.
Im still worried about things, but we can finally start moving forward. But first things first should we go to the Corporation? Im sure that Mr. Perriend and Linca will want to hear the good news about your mom.
Alchemist of the Dusk Earth
Music: Swaying Hair Clip for Shallie
Still, youve really grown, Bell.
Heh heh, I know right? You could say Ive become more adult-like.
Do you two know each other?
Ah, Shallies. I might have mentioned this before, but shes an old friend.
You have apprentices, Bell!? Does that mean theyre both magicians?
Nope. Only that ones my apprentice. But theyre both alchemists like you, Ayesha. Well, except less experienced. Also, theyre both named Shallie.
Shallie and Shallie? I see Bells apprentice, huh Im Ayesha Altugle. Ive come to investigate ancient ruins in this area. Its nice to meet you.
Im Shallotte Elminus! Im still just a novice, if you can even call me that. Oh, also Please call me Lotte!
My name is Shallistera Argo Please call me Stera.
Hehe. Thatll be a long story, so lets save it for another time. This citys drought seems to be related to what Im investigating. I think Ill be able to help you.
Lotte And Stera, right? You seem to get along really well, thats nice. Ill be in the area for a while. If theres anything I can help with, just let me know!
Ayeshas a really skilled alchemist. You can rely on her.
Ill be looking forward to working with you, Ayesha!