Part 6: The Wrathful Side of the Great Spirit (DX)Part XVII: The Wrathful Side of the Great Spirit (DX)
The big step
It sounds like there's been a development from their investigation.
What kind of development?
Central didn't know much about the eastern continent before But after reading some of Solle's report on your investigation, they're interested in Faav Village.
Now?! What kinda timing A little late, isn't it??
Yeah, but Government work has so many procedures I'm sorry.
Oh, no! I'm not trying to blame you for this
Yeah, research about the ties of past civilizations to the Dusk.
Wait a minute Isn't the Dusk a natural phenomenon? Why would it be related to a civilization created by people?
Well that's Er, probably
You're saying the Dusk might not be natural?
I Uh don't really know But I do have ideas. You know where Im from, right? Colseit?
What of Colseit?
There were floating ruins in the sky above Colseit, of an ancient alchemic facility called Geosis, that nobody could reach. Logy and I were the first to successfully reach Geosis, and there we met Flameu, the facility's administrator.
Administrator so Flameu managed that entire facility on her own?
Yeah! We were able to find her because another friend of ours spent a few years as another ancient facilitys administrator.
Oh! I remember Logy bringing you something from Flameu not long after he arrived here. A seed she gave you two?
Thats right. Flameu knew that the land was growing less fertile, and that the earth was dying, and sought to revive nature. Geosis was the fruit of her labors. She learned how to make a special fertilizer, but despite her warnings, the ancient civilizations humans overused it and exhausted nature's power even further and so she became disillusioned with humanity, took Geosis, and flew into the sky so nobody could reach her.
That all sounds very sad
Before Flameu left humanity behind, she gave Clone, my familys automaton, a seed, which grew into my familys apple orchard after a few centuries. And when Logy, Clone and I met her, we were able to reconcile with her. We restored her faith in humanity. And thats how we inherited that seed you saw. Its an emblem of our promise to her.
Promise or not, the story of Flameu and Geosis tells us something: that the ancient civilization knew the Dusk was coming, and didnt just accept their doom. Even if one or two of their solutions ended up making things worse in the end
Anyway, enough of that! We should ask Solle!
Water, water, everywhere? (DX)
Hehe! We're doing great!
Solle, we heard there was a message from Central
Yes. And it's related to the drought we're experiencing.
What did they say?
There wasn't any sign of drought in Faav Village yet, right?
Well, there wasn't exactly an abundance of water, but they weren't having any troubles, either.
That's what got Central's attention, honestly. There's a difference in the rate of Dusk expansion region to region. Knowing why may be the key to the cause.
How would we investigate that?
We could compare investigations of the water management here to the water sources in other areas.
And that could be helpful as evidence for the historians' new theory?
Yes. However, they're still working to verify. Don't get your hopes up.
Making a careful comparative analysis is necessary for reaching a more accurate conclusion, after all.
Trial and error is only natural to reach such a point. Besides, theres no other method available.
But if it helps us with the drought even a little bit, then we need to do it.
Yeah, we need to do everything we can, no matter how small.
We can do it! This could be a way to save Stera's village!
No, Lotte, not just my village Stellard, too!
They seem to be having fun.
Yeah, youre right.
Stera and Lotte?
Sounds like they've finally grown up a bit.
Get ready, Escha and Logy. Well be joining them shortly.
I remember a well in the Solice Trading Camp
Here we go! Though this is pretty anemic compared to Stellards water supply.
Whod have thought thered be this much clean water underground?
I wonder what else is buried beneath the surface near Stellard
Especially since theres no shortage of contaminated water on the surface, where the Slags roam oh!
This counts as a water source, even though I wouldnt drink this
Were doing pretty good for time, and weve found quite a bit in the Baskes region alone! So where should we go next?
I think the islands south of Stellard may be a good bet. We were sent there to survey the land when we first arrived in Stellard, and I remember the area being relatively verdant.
Bingo! Now, should we cross the Dusk Sea?
We should. While we didnt exactly see an abundance of water in Faav Village itself, we may see more abundant water sources if we travel beyond the village.
Okay lets set sail!
No, just a simple chat. Have you grown accustomed to this place yet, Logy?
Yeah, in terms of work at least. I know two people here, so that really helps.
I see, thats good. Just keep in mind that there could be unexpected obstacles in your work. Please be careful.
Huh!? What do you mean, obstacles?
True, I never expected that Id have to learn management after coming here Thats an unexpected obstacle.
Thats not what Id call an obstacle.
What!? There are even scarier obstacles than that!?
Thank you. Heres your compensation.
Formality. No need. Between us! Ask again anytime.
What was that?
Occasionally we get documents from other regions we cant understand
I think thats beyond the level of a simple obstacle
There may be more beyond this point, but thats enough for now. Lets report back to Stellard!
The rogue alchemist (DX)
Escha! Thank you very much for before!
What is it, Escha? Do you have a secret or something?
U-um, you see Youre about to go to the Union, right?
What about it?
Well, this is probably the case, but I think theyll mention Keith.
By Keith, does she mean that one very skilled alchemist? The one who helped make the medicine
Yes. I was very surprised to meet him here. Him and Ayesha
Well I want you to keep the fact that Keith came here a secret.
How can I put it Youll know once you get there And I hadnt reported about Keith either
Uh, this is getting even more confusing.
Ahaha Youll know when you go. I didnt think it was a big deal Uu, theyll get mad if they find out
What was she talking about? Guess well find out soon enough time to report!
Alright then What should we do?
There's something I want to ask.
What would that be?
I want you to figure out where Keithgriff went.
He is, in fact, a Class 1 wanted criminal in Central
Listen to the whole story.
Due to his contributions to the city water equipment, he's been guaranteed freedom in Stellard.
Uh, why is Keithgriff wanted?
He's wanted for the destruction of ancient relics. He's put alchemy research back for years.
But he's a skilled alchemist, isn't he?
Yes, that's why it's so hard to understand his crimes. However, the irresponsible destruction of ruins and relics under research is still a crime.
I kinda get it But I kinda don't
In any case, Keith is probably the man closest to knowing the truth behind the Dusk. Seeing as Central's decided to recognize his actions here, we can't miss this opportunity to get his cooperation.
I guess we can ask Keith for help, but I don't know if he's someone we should rely on...
We need to do something about the drought. We'll use anything we can get.
I get what you're saying, but
Lotte, I think everyone wants to do something about the Dusk. The goals of Stellard and Central are finally coinciding and they're trying to cooperate, even just a little. Maybe we should be the ones to lead everyone by example.
I guess if you're going that far, we can try finding this rogue alchemist.
Thanks, Lotte! Solle, we'll go find Keithgriff.
Don't get too far ahead of yourselves There aren't even any clues to where he is.
You should ask at the Corporation The chairman might know something.
Yes! Perriend, do you know where Keith is?
There's no way I would know that. I care about criminals' whereabouts as much as I care about Slag tears.
Maybe he's on the eastern continent?
When Keithgriff visited the Corporation the other day, he hinted at an interest in the ruins around Faav Village.
Ruins? Around Faav Village?
Yes, he's studying the legends surrounding them. I'm sorry I don't know more than that.
No, that's alright! Thank you, Linca!
Let's go, Lotte!
Um, I may be speaking out of place, but Please try not to take the Chairmans response too negatively. If you wish to know, find out for yourself The Chairman simply wishes for you to learn that. Thats why, at least
No, its exactly as Mr. Perriend says. We still have a habit of overly relying on other people. Mr. Perriend, well do our best. Im sorry about today !
You neednt thank me. Now that you know what to look for, I trust that you know what steps to take next.
Are you going east as well? And Why?
I I want to do something about the drought in Stellard, and in Stera's village
Is it something you value so highly that you'd leave your sick mother?
I don't know.
There's nothing I can do to cure my mom's illness. I can't do anything for her. That's why I want to at least show her I'm going to do the things I want to do, without regrets. That's all I can do right now.
Does that satisfy Nady?
I think so, yes.
I see, very well. Be careful on your journey.
Keithgriff wanted to know more about the eastern continent and ruins around Faav Village so our best bet at tracking him down would be to learn more about the lore surrounding them.
Jurie and Rosemia are especially knowledgeable about the legends and lore of this region. And Linca told me herself: it's one thing to just rely on other people, but there's no shame in requesting instruction to get ahead.
Well then, let's go and ask them!
Legends of the Dusk Sea
Yes. You've traveled to many places, so I thought you might know something.
The east was an unknown land for a long time I don't know much about it.
Oh That's right.
But I have heard some old sayings about it.
That the Lord of Water spirits lives on the eastern continent.
Water spirits. We might not be able to see them, but they live everywhere there's water. And that's their Lord.
The Lord of Water spirits I wonder if there's any relation to the Dusk...?
It's just a saying, I don't know if it's true.
Where on the eastern continent should we meet them?
You seem Busy.
Yeah, pretty busy. The officials from Central work people to the bone!
We travel to the east, and study water sources, and visit ruins... We're on the Dusk Sea a lot.
Oh Well, if you have time for a break, do you want to hear an interesting story about the Dusk Sea?
Whoa That sounds exciting!
Right?? The ruin is aptly named the Castle of Mirages.
Mirages That's a strange name.
It's the name used by treasure hunters and adventurers, so it's no surprise.
Why's it named that way?
I don't understand
It's said the Castle of Mirages is somewhere in the Dusk Sea, but no one knows exactly where. It's there, for sure. The ruins are like a dream, though, and nobody knows much about it.
How can you say it really exists, then?
Heheh I wonder why. If you're interested, you should search for a place where you can get a wide, open view of the Dusk Sea.
Whaaa? Where's a high place where you can get a view like that?
Also, both of you.
If you're having trouble, I recommend you listen carefully.
Yes. It's possible that a mysterious singing voice will help guide you
Well keep our ears peeled! Now then, if were looking for Keithgriff, well have to fly out to the Eastern Continent anyway. Lets get going!
To the place of destiny
What is it, master?
There's something I want to ask.
Mhmm, there's supposed to be a place called the Spirit's Altar on the eastern continent. It's north of Faav Village. Could you come with me?
I don't mind But why?
I know you mentioned there's still plenty of water to the east, and I think it's because of that Lord of Water. They seem like they would know something about the water drying up in this town. What do you think?
It sounds plausible a Lord of Water would know a lot about water Good thinking, Wilbell!
Ehehe! It's only natural.
But master, when did you do all this research?
When we went to the east, of course! As you were gathering information on the droughts, I was gathering information about spirits.
Oooh, that's pretty clever!
There's nothing to "Ooh" about. It's obvious. Anyway, let's get going.
Master! You seem really excited!
Why wouldn't I be?!
Lotte... You don't really seem like an apprentice.
Oh ho ho! It's so lively in here!
Oh, hello, Teo.
Sorry we're always barging onto the ship like this.
Haha, don't worry about it. So where're you going today?
The Spirit's Altar. We're going to meet the Lord of Water.
What? The Lord of Water?
Why are you so surprised, Teo
It's said to be especially powerful, even compared to other Lord level spirits.
Is it really that strong ?
How do you know this, Teo?
When I was a child, Lugion Village was still trading with the east. The waters there were ruled by that Lord of Water.
I see, so stories about spirits aren't uncommon there, either.
No worries, people. I've already contracted with the Lord of Fire and the Lord of Wind.
What! You're crazy, master! How could you do all that?!
Huh, I didn't tell you? Oh well. I'll contract with the Lord of Water, too.
Alright, master! Let's hurry over!
How dazzling this forest is bursting with life!
It kinda reminds me of my homeland!
Youre right. I havent seen a place like this in yeeeeeeeears Anyway! Lets push through!
Music: Sanctuary of Water
I can feel it! The spirits power is getting stronger with each step I take!
This area looks otherworldly, too like something which couldnt have been made by human hands.
We can find whale whiskers, see giant whale bones, and even see lots of coral
Just a little further!
Never say never
We're finally here!
This is impossible.
I Can't handle this This great power Great anger
The Lord of Water is nearby?
Just ahead But we can't go any further. We have to go back... It's too dangerous.
You're giving up after coming this far?! Is that okay?!
I'm not stupid. Even I won't try to do something impossible.
That doesn't sound like you at all! You haven't even met the Lord of Water yet!
Shut up! What do you know, you arent even a magician!
Master! I finally found you!
Why did you just leave like that? I was so surprised! The Spirits' Altar sure is a crazy place, though It really felt like a place you can see spirits! Oh right Um.
Do you know how to contract with a spirit?
No. Is there some sort of Really difficult incantation?
No, you show them your true strength. As in, prove to them you're stronger.
That sounds Violent.
You could say it's the capacity for your whole self.
Sorry. I'm actually kinda scared I've never seen a spirit with so much power before. I got overwhelmed before even meeting it I lost before it began. I know I don't act that serious... But I've got a lot of training in magic, at least. But This difference is too much. I am a weakling Could never contract with the Lord of Water Its impossible
I know you're not really one to give up that easily. I'm sure you know from your own experience that you won't be able to beat the Lord of Water. I can't understand myself like that I get carried away and fail, and end up running away. And I do it over and over again.
But I finally understand lately. One step at a time. I started by being a trash picker, and then learned alchemy, and now I'm all the way over on the eastern continent. It's amazing I never would've thought I could do this just a short while ago. Though I still don't get it. I still don't know anything about myself But I'm learning.
What are you talking about ? That doesn't make any sense.
Sorry! But you seem to understand yourself, master. You understand yourself, and that you won't be able to stand up to the Lord of Water. That is the right choice. You don't have to do it now. You can contract with the Lord of Water any time. You just need to take it one step at a time, get stronger, and try again.
Why are you only serious at a time like this?
I'm not serious all the time?
Not At all.
Whatever, I get it.
I actually don't understand myself at all, either. I was just scared by the Lord of Water's presence and tried to run away.
Shallotte. Will you come with me?
Well then this is the moment of truth!
Music: Darkness of Oblivion
Please be careful, Wilbell!
I'm fine, leave this to me.
Leave this place.
Please. Oh Lord of Water, lend me your strength!
The power of water. The source of life. You are foolish to seek such power, human. Your greed pollutes all that is pure. You know only selfish desire. Thirst, struggle, until you wither and die.
Music: Contours of Thirst - ACRYLICSTAB
Here I go!
This is the result of my research!
Know my anger!
A gift from the earth!
FJ: Tausend Blitz
Ill use all my power and put everything behind this technique!
Let's end this now! Take THIS!
Sorry. But theres a place I have to return to.
Master! Wilbell !
The contract is complete.
Everything is clogged, getting dirty and polluted Rotting Drying out? Is this inside of the earth?
Yeah, thanks to you. You really helped out!
I I didn't do much.
Wilbell Are you okay?
Yeah. Sorry about running off before. Are you tired of me now?
I see That's good. Thanks. But more importantly, there's something that's worrying me
What is it?
Just now I saw the Lord of Water's memories They have to do with the water on this continent.
Memories of water ?!
Yes. It could be helpful in finding the cause of the droughts or the Dusk.
Yes. I I want to stop the Dusk. After seeing the Lord of Water's memories I NEED to stop it. But I don't know what to do.
Oh and Shallotte!
Am I still your master?