Unraveling Reason - Ru'Lude Gardens Naji: Player name!
Naji: <Huff>...You're about to enter the council?
Glad to see you made it in time.
Naji: Right, then! This way to the meeting room!
Naji: But before you go in, why don't you take a few moments to gather your thoughts?
Naji: I mean, they've been going at this for hours--I doubt they'll miss you a couple minutes more.
Volker: As I've already stated numerous times, it is in our best interests to prevent the completion of the Empire's secret weapon, this "iron colossus" of theirs.
Volker: Bastok is prepared to employ military action to accomplish this goal--without your support, if necessary.
Shantotto: I am in full agreement with the captain in this case.
The Empire's intentions are clear--we must not lose this race.
Trion: But if we mobilize our forces, we will be giving the Grand Vizier and his supporters just the ammunition they need to fuel a full-scale war.
Trion: The Empress yet retains loyal subjects within Her realm. I believe we can still avoid open confrontation.
Shantotto: Ohohoho...so unlike you, my dear prince.
Your sentimental view of the situation is making me wince.
Volker: If I'm not mistaken, Your Highness, wasn't it one of your agents that described the Empress's position as little more than a puppet on the throne?
Wolfgang: This will be a conflict of epic proportions. Perhaps we should strive harder for a diplomatic solution...
Volker: While I agree with you in theory, we walk a dangerous line.
Volker: Despite its state of constant warfare, the sprawling Empire commands staggering resources. If we fail to make the first move, we could face casualties on the scale of the Great War.
Shantotto: The Great War? Surely you jest?
The carnage from this apocalypse will be far greater than all the rest.
Wolfgang: Worse than the Great War?
Shantotto: You all know of the Gordeus, I presume?
It is best we're all aware of this potential source of doom.
Trion: One does not lightly forget such an object...
Wolfgang: You speak of the sacred artifact kept within the Walahra Temple?
Shantotto: An amazing creation worthy of mention.
Shantotto: But that is not the phenomenon to which I wish to draw your attention.
Shantotto: I refer to an event from nine hundred years before...
Shantotto: The supernova that was born from the earth and stole the night sky for an entire year, as was passed down in lore.
Trion: Ah, now this I recall from my lessons!
This was the miracle bestowed by the Goddess that marked the beginning of the Crystal Era.
Volker: After the glare finally faded, this star of the first magnitude became part of the Alexander constellation, correct?
Shantotto: It was merely a coincidence that the supernova's trajectory passed in front of that star.
The truth of the matter is more fascinating by far.
Volker: The trajectory? I don't understand.
Shantotto: I discovered an ancient papyrus in the extensive vaults of the Opistery.
Shantotto: The following was written in a script bold and flowery:
Shantotto: "When the light deity clashed with the dark, rent in twain were the heavens, and devastated was the earth by as storm beyond comprehension."
Shantotto: I must admit to feeling a degree of shock,
for this simple passage described the arrival of Ragnarok...
The northern legend that tells of the twilight of the gods?
You mean to tell us that this supernova was in fact the aftermath of a battle between divinities?
Shantotto: Oh, so close to the mark.
Shall I endeavor to bring you out of the dark?
Shantotto: This is my hypothesis based on the facts at hand...
Shantotto: The old Empire of Aht Urhgan launched their iron colossus, imbued with the spirit of the light deity, high into the air, and attempted to dominate the entire land.
Shantotto: The nation that revered a rival deity was unsurprisingly not amused.
They sent up their Dark Rider born from sacrifice and with utter darkness infused.
Shantotto: A fierce battle raged in the skies, and eventually both combatants fell to earth--the giant in pieces, and the rider with grave wounds to his material form.
Shantotto: But this titanic struggle had blasted the land into ruin, and left a void in the heavens that spawned a cataclysmic storm...
Wolfgang: An apocalypse...
Volker: What a ridiculous story.
How could an iron colossus be made to fly?
Volker: And what does this have to do with the name of the Gordeus?
Shantotto: We Tarutaru have always been notoriously fussy about our cuisine.
The name was probably heard from a trader in foreign goods, is what I mean.
Shantotto: The name of the colossus's heart, given to a star...
Trion: We have let ourselves be distracted by the candescences. The Gordeus should have been our true concern.
Shantotto: We can only hope that the Grand Vizier has failed to notice the true value of the treasure under his nose.
We must hurry to bring this matter to a close.
Naji: Naji reporting in!
I've brought Player name back with me!
Ayame: You're late. Where in Altana's name have you been!?
Wolfgang: Take it easy, Ayame.
Trion: Player name, we are grateful you could come.
Your insight will be invaluable.
Trion: Please, describe to us you impressions of the events unfolding in the Empire...
???: Thanks to your talents, gaining the program data we needed was far less complicated than expected.
???: But the Empress appears to have only a tentative hold on consciousness...
???: It is nothing to be concerned about. When reading someone's memories with my altered...perspective...it occasionally releases images and thoughts sealed deep within the mind.
???: This state of regression is only temporary.
She will recover in time...
Razfahd: Let us begin.
Mnejing: So...this day has finally come.
Razfahd: That voice!
Razfahd: If it isn't Nashmeira, then who...?
Mnejing: I know not who you are, but it appears you have completed construction of Alzadaal and unraveled the Gordeus.
Mnejing: Congratulations are in order!
You will soon hold the most awe-inspiring weapon in Urhguum in the palm of your hand--the power of light.
Ovjang: But the power of Alexander is a double-edged sword.
Ovjang: The infinite energy of a star...
The legends--not to mention the ruins--speak eloquently of the destruction that will befall should you make a single misstep.
Ovjang: It is not too late.
If you possess a shred of compassion, you will halt the program immediately.
We hope you choose the wiser course...
Razfahd: Hmph...a cunning trick, Nashmeira.
Defiant until the last.
This is the will of Alexander!
Razfahd: I fear no legend or signs of past failures.
I will carve out my own destiny.
Trion: Thank you, Player name.
I am sure we all felt the immediacy of your experiences.
Trion: And if we can believe the words of the Grand Vizier, a war with the Empire seems inevitable.
Wolfgang: I'm afraid I have to agree with you...
Shantotto: Then, a war it shall be.
Preparations must be made with all urgency.
Volker: Bastok's armada is ready to sail.
Once I give the order, the seas will be ours.
Volker: Are we committed?
Our amphibious cardian advance units were already given the order to deploy.
They lay hidden in the Wajaom Woodlands, primed and waiting to destroy.
Volker: Already deployed...?
Was the decision of this council a forgone conclusion?
Naji: N-now hold on a minute!
Naji: From what I could gather from Player name's explanation, this Luzaf character wants to prevent Ragnarok as much as we do.
Ayame: Naji! Remember your station!
Naji: And the Empress is of the same mind...isn't that right, Player name?
Naji: The way I see it, there's no need to go head-to-head with the Empire's forces.
Naji: If we can spirit Luzaf out of their clutches, then we can at least put a stop to this Ragnarok business.
Naji: We might even get a chance to restore authority to the Empress while we're at it.
Naji: Ayame, Player name...we've all been to Aht Urhgan.
Naji: We've seen the lives, the smiles, the tears of her people...
Naji: The citizens of the Empire are as much the children of Altana as we are.
War should be considered only after every other avenue has been exhausted.
A voice of reason from Bastok, the nation of mines and gloom?
Shantotto: And you would plan this strategy yourself, I assume?
Naji: What? Um, y-yes!
Shantotto: Wonderful. I admire your ambition.
I shall offer the latest model of cardian to escort you on this mission.
Naji: Thank you, Doctor Shantotto!
Trion: Very well.
Then you shall have two veteran knights to accompany you as well.
Wolfgang: And from Jeuno, you will have the use of our fastest airship, with an ace pilot at the wheel.
Naji: Prince Trion, Sir Wolfgang...
Volker: It appears I have no choice.
I will inform the president of this operation myself.
Naji: Captain Volker! Then I should--
Volker: On one condition!
Volker: Player name is to go with you.
Will you accompany Naji?
- Join the mission to rescue Luzaf?
- Count me in! <----- Chose this option!
- I just left the Empire...
Volker: It will be dangerous, but I will feel better knowing Naji is accompanied by someone I know I can trust.
Naji: Looking forward to working with you, Player name!
Wolfgang: Excellent. I will have Pherimociel prepare your transportation at once.
- Join the mission to rescue Luzaf?
- Count me in!
- I just left the Empire... <----- Chose this option!
Volker: I see...
I understand it will be dangerous, but I believe you would be up to the task, Player name.
Naji: Well, then, I guess I'll have to make do without him/her...
Volker: No, Naji.
Without Player name, I will not allow this reckless plan to go ahead.
Wolfgang: In any case, Captain Volker, I will have Pherimociel prepare an airship for departure.
Wolfgang: Player name.
Speak to Pherimociel should you change your mind.
You can find him in the Ducal Guard Post.
Wolfgang: I'm sure we all have urgent tasks to attend to.
I declare this session of the council at an end.
Wolfgang: May our actions find Altana's fortune!
- Join the mission to rescue Luzaf?