Part 92: ErkSupport Conversations: Erk
C - Defense + 1, Avoid + 5, Critical + 5, Critical Evade + 5
B - Defense + 2, Avoid + 10, Critical + 10, Critical Evade + 10
A - Defense + 3, Avoid + 15, Critical + 15, Critical Evade + 15
: Oh, hi there, Erk!
: You should be thanking me. Im the one who got you into this outfit. In fact, you should be terribly grateful to me!
: ...Well, you did introduce me to Lord Eliwood... But thats about it, really. I owe you no special obligation.
: Thats the most ungrateful thing Ive ever heard! You know, Erk, Ive been with them longer than you have... So you really should treat me like your superior!
: ...As usual, you use entirely confounding logic. Doesnt Lord Eliwood decide such matters?
: Well, he hasnt mentioned it yet, but Im sure he would agree. After all, I am his close friend and Hectors fiancée!
: ...Well, Ive heard enough. Talking to you is just a never-ending headache...
: Hold your tongue, servant! You would speak thus to your lady and liege? ...Hey! Erk, wait up!
: Hi, Erk.
: Mm? You again?
: What have you been doing? Youre supposed to protect me! So hurry up and start protecting!
: Why should I have to protect you? I have not been ordered to do so.
: Pfff! What are you talking about? My orders are good enough!
: Look, I dont think you understand...
: Well, someone would have ordered you to eventually, anyway... Both Lord Eliwood and Lord Hector are captivated by my charm... So, wait...wouldnt that make me this armys...leader? Wow, I didnt even know I had that kind of power!
: Ahem... You are a member of House Ostia, are you not? So why are you putting on such airs? In some ways... I actually envy you...
: Oh, really? Well, its always nice to receive compliments...
: I really do envy you...
: Serra, could you please stop moving around so much? Its hard enough protecting you when you stand still...
: Whats the matter, Mr. Frumpy-Face? Well, at least youve started taking my orders...
: ...Look, it wasnt your order... I was actually instructed to guard you by someone in authority. And nothing else, got it?
: Oh, dont act like you dont love the chance to stay by my side! Come on, dont fight it...
: I knew it! My beauty should be a crime! Ah, but poor Erk, it must be hard to be you... Surely Eliwood and Hector despise you for getting the chance to be with me like this... They might send you to the front line to die, even!
: I am not too worried about that.
: ...Hm. Now what kind of an answer is that? You must not understand the power I have over men! Now listen closely, and Ill explain from the beginning...
: Thats enough! Why do you pester me constantly!? If you hate me so, why be around me!?
: Dont say that! Im the only here who understands your dark, secretive personality! Youre likely to starve to death or get hurt and die if I dont look after you! I just stay by your side to make sure that doesnt happen!
: Its the same with me. People find you so annoying, they probably wouldnt look for you if you disappeared... So I stay with you to make sure you dont...
: You...dont mean that...
: Its no worse than what you said!
C - Attack + .5, Defense + .5, Accuracy + 2.5, Avoid + 2.5, Critical + 5, Critical Evade + 5
B - Attack + 1, Defense + 1, Accuracy + 5, Avoid + 5, Critical + 10, Critical Evade + 10
A - Attack + 1.5, Defense + 1.5, Accuracy + 7.5, Avoid + 7.5, Critical + 15, Critical Evade + 15
: Lady Priscilla, are you all right?
: Ah, Erk. I am fine. Thank you for checking on me.
: Not at all. That is my duty! You... are not tired?
: No... No, Im quite fine, really.
: Your feet, they are not weary? Your shoulders, are they not tense?
: Theyre fine, really.
: And your belly, is it full? Your throat...dry? Are you sleepy? Or bored?
: Ah...yes, sorry. Hard to break old habits.
: My last lord was a very willful child, you see. He would call me over the slightest things... That is past now, though... of course.
: I see... Should...I be asking you to do more, then?
: Oh no, no, this is just fine.
: Lady Priscilla, might I have a word?
: What is it, Erk?
: It has been long since you left Etruria... Is your family not worried for you?
: Yes, I suppose they are... But now that Lord Eliwood is looking out for me... I think I shall stay here a while longer.
: Understood. If that is what you wish, I have no complaints.
: Thank you, Erk. By the way...
: About your former employer... Was it...a woman?
: Eh? Ah, yes, she was. She certainly thought of herself as one.
: She was young?
: To look at her, she was no younger than you or I, Lady Priscilla. But Im afraid she was no where near as mature. But why do you ask? Its not something I like to think of much...
: No... No particular reason. It was just something on my mind. Perhaps... Were you...and...um, your employer...close?
: Hardly! If that was a jest, I fail to see the humor! It makes me shiver just to think of it...
: Of course!
: I see. Thats fine, then... I had no particular reason for asking, mind you.
: Lady Priscilla? What is the matter? You seem ill at ease.
: Erk, Id like to thank you for your service.
: I hired you to protect me... And, your contract ends today.
: Eh? Ah...now that you mention it, I suppose it does. But, what do you plan to do now, Lady Priscilla?
: I...am in debt to Lord Eliwood. I intend to follow him until his expedition is ended.
: Perhaps, you might extend my contract...?
: No... Regretfully, I cannot. I left on this journey without my familys permission. Even were I to keep you on with me... Im afraid I would have no gold to pay you.
: I see... Then, there is nothing to be done about it. My contract with you ends now, Lady Priscilla.
: Well, then. Shall we be on our way?
: What...? But, Erk, you...
: I have decided to join this troop to further my own training. I shall guard you, Lady Priscilla, as part of that training. ...If it is not an imposition?
: Erk... Of course, it is no imposition! But...but then, I should think it odd... Um, perhaps, you could not call me Lady?
: Well, then...Priscilla?
: Yes... Yes, that sounds much nicer.
: As you wish.
: Now, Erk, I trust you will do your duty well!
: As always, Priscilla!