Nashmeira's Plea - Aht Urhgan Whitegate Naja Salaheem: Are ya sure nothin' happened while I was away?
Abquhbah: Yes, President Naja, it's been perfectly peaceful and quiet.
Abquhbah: I don't think there's a single person in Aht Urhgan who would be foolish enough to make trouble for Salaheem's Sentinels.
Naja Salaheem: Hmmm...
Naja Salaheem: I rrreally thought the Immortals would've been breakin' down the door by now.
Abquhbah: Th-the Immortals!?
Abquhbah: Great Walahra!
P-President Naja! What on Urhguum happened to you!?
Naja Salaheem: Hm?
Player name! What on Urhguum happened to ya!?
Naja Salaheem: You've been gone so long, I was startin' to get worried.
Naja Salaheem: I wouldn't want anythin' happenin' to such an important investment.
Naja Salaheem: I mean, after the debt ya rrracked up out there, your welfare is of prrrime importance to my purse.
Naja Salaheem: So...you're fine. I'm fine. We're all fine.
Naja Salaheem: It all just seems a little bit too perrrfect.
Naja Salaheem: I'm half expectin' a squad of Immortals to drrrop down on us from the ceiling...
Abquhbah: Ah, th-that reminds me, President Naja...
Naja Salaheem: Rrreminds ya of what?
Abquhbah: I completely forgot to mention...Lady Aphmau is waiting for you in your office.
Naja Salaheem: Ya forgot to...Lady Aphmau is here!?
Abquhbah: A thousand pardons!
She said she wished to speak with you directly, so I asked her to take a seat and served her some chai...
Abquhbah: Why...why is she trying to force the door?
It's not locked...
Naja Salaheem: ...
Nashmeira: I need to speak with you, Naja...
Naja Salaheem: Abquhbah...show some respect.
Oh, o-of course!!
Naja Salaheem: Not to me, ya grrreat blockhead!
Nashmeira: It's not his fault, Naja.
Abquhbah was never told.
Naja Salaheem: That's no excuse.
He deserves to be flayed for showing such a lack of etiquette towards a guest of noble blood.
I beg your forgiveness, Your Magnificence.
Abquhbah: Y-Your Magnif...?
Naja Salaheem: Pull it together, Abquhbah!
Naja Salaheem: (I know, it's a shock--even I was overwhelmed the first time I met the Empress.)
Naja Salaheem: (I mean, it's Her Magnificence!)
Abquhbah: (Y-yes, ma'am...)
Naja Salaheem: (But when this slip of a girl changes the tone of her voice from teenager to all-powerful Empress rrright before your eyes...)
Abquhbah: (So the Royal Puppeteer Aphmau is also--)
Naja Salaheem: (None other than the benefactor of Salaheem's Sentinels and the beloved leader of Aht Urhgan!)
What are you two whispering about?
Nashmeira: Well? Out with it, Abquhbah.
Abquhbah: Y-yes, Y-Y-Your Mag...!
Naja Salaheem: Nothing to be concerned about, Your Magnificence.
Mercenaries are trained to sleep anywhere, anytime if the opportunity presents itself.
Nashmeira: How curious. Mercenaries really are quite amazing.
Naja Salaheem: Not to change the subject or anything, Your Magnificence, but I thought the Salaheem Officer Academy might be the safest place for you to take refuge...
Nashmeira: I'm sorry, Naja, but I couldn't just hide and cower while you were risking your life.
I'm glad you're okay...
Naja Salaheem: You are too kind, Empress.
Nashmeira: I feared for you as well, Player name...
Naja Salaheem: If I hadn't run into him/her on Nyzul Isle, there'd be one less mercenary on the company roster right now.
Why were you even on Nyzul Isle, Player name?
Naja Salaheem: Allow me to explain.
Naja Salaheem: As we discussed at the academy, the block we believe to house the iron colossus was under heavy guard with restricted access.
Nashmeira: I wonder if that's where they've moved Luzaf...
Naja Salaheem: After scouting the place myself, I believe it to be so.
Nashmeira: I see...but why was Player name there?
Naja Salaheem: Well, I located a single, unguarded passage and, thinking a patrol had gotten careless, took the opportunity to proceed...
Naja Salaheem: That's when I found Player name in a standoff with an Immortal.
Nashmeira: Player name was already there...?
Naja Salaheem: Searching for Luzaf without my authorization!!!
You were looking for Luzaf, Player name? Thank you!
Naja Salaheem: You are too generous with your praise, Your Magnificence.
Naja Salaheem: Neither Player name nor myself succeeded in rescuing the Admiral...
Nashmeira: But still, you both put yourselves in harm's way and did what you could.
Nashmeira: You have no idea how much that means to me.
Naja Salaheem: Once again, you are too kind, Your Magnificence.
Naja Salaheem: Empress...
What shall we do?
Naja Salaheem: Even if I marshal the full strength of Salaheem's Sentinels in an effort to destroy the colossus, or rescue Luzaf...
Naja Salaheem: I don't think we can force our way past those defenses...
Nashmeira: There is another way...
Nashmeira: Once, when I was a child, my mother took me on a trip into the depths of Nyzul Isle.
Naja Salaheem: You went to that insanely dangerous place on a mother-daughter excursion!?
Nashmeira: I was never in any danger.
It's nothing more than a single hop if you know how to use the transporters...
Naja Salaheem: But why would you want to go there at all?
Nashmeira: It was a special place to my mother and father... I'm sorry, I don't really remember much of that time.
Naja Salaheem: !?
Naja Salaheem: So, all you do is hold it up in the transporter?
Nashmeira: As far as I know.
And since my mother said it was our little secret, I'm fairly sure my brother isn't aware of it.
Nashmeira: But if you should use the transporter and suddenly appear in the midst of a battalion of Immortals, you would all be captured.
Nashmeira: That's why I never mentioned it before.
Naja Salaheem: Salaheem's Sentinels laugh in the face of such peril!
Naja Salaheem: We could even rescue Luzaf while we were at it!
Nashmeira: If only we had time to prepare for such a mission...
Naja Salaheem: This wouldn't have anything to do with foreign airships exploding over the Wajaom Woodlands, would it?
Nashmeira: Yes, that airship was likely struck by the legendary Divine Spear of Alexander...
The Age of Judgment is almost upon us.
Naja Salaheem: Then, what do you propose we do?
Nashmeira: I will go myself and attempt to persuade my brother to disable the colossus.
Naja Salaheem: !!!
Naja Salaheem: I am your humble servant, Your Magnificence.
But are you sure of this plan? Perhaps it would be safer if you were to extricate Luzaf, instead...?
Nashmeira: If I fail to convince my brother, the only other way to shut down the colossus is by using the external controls.
Nashmeira: And I am the only person trained in operating such controls--thanks to my mother's education in automaton programming.
Naja Salaheem: It was as if she knew such a day would come...
Very well, it will be as you command, my Empress.
Nashmeira: I am the Empress no more.
Nashmeira: Yet even without that authority...
Nashmeira: Will you come with me, my mercenary?
- Go with Nashmeira?
- Of course!
- ... <----- Chose this option!
Naja Salaheem: Mercenary rank Player name!
Answer the Empress!
Naja Salaheem: Weren't ya payin' attention!?
It's your duty as a Salaheem's Sentinel to aid our benefactor!
Naja Salaheem: I've seen the steel you're made of, Player name.
Naja Salaheem: It's time to show that spirit to the Empress!
- Go with Nashmeira?
- Of course! <----- Chose this option!
Nashmeira: I knew you wouldn't disappoint me...
Nashmeira hands you the mythril mirror!
Naja Salaheem: Now that that's settled, let's see about averting this catastrophe!
Nashmeira: Yes, there's no time to lose.
Nashmeira: The iron colossus should be found in the place encompassed in the energy of the astral candescences.
Nashmeira: Let's go, Player name!
Nashmeira: (Watch over us, Ovjang...Mnejing...)
Nashmeira: (And Rishfee, lend us your courage...)
Nashmeira's Plea (pt.1) - Alzadaal Undersea Ruins Raubahn: We have received an update from a patrol boat in the Gugru Blue.
A force of close to fifty airships has been sighted advancing on Aht Urhgan.
Razfahd: So...they have come.
Razfahd: This would explain the appearance of the cluster of dots on the control panel display, wouldn't it, Ghatsad?
Ghatsad: Yes, Grand Vizier.
They appear to be moving slowly, and keeping some distance from each other. They obviously fear the destructive power of the main cannon.
Razfahd: Can we handle them all?
Ghatsad: We focused the energy of the cannon when destroying the previous target, but perhaps this time we should lure the enemy vessels as close as possible and then fire in a diffusion pattern. There's a good chance the entire fleet will be obliterated...
Ghatsad: In any case, we need to wait for the cannon to recharge.
Razfahd: Very well.
Let us await the arrival of this armada and provide Alexander with a fitting tribute.
Razfahd: We have guests...
Razfahd: You're just in time for the fireworks, Nashmeira.
Nashmeira: I came to speak with you, Razfahd.
Razfahd: Speak with me...?
I see you've brought your pet mercenary along for the "conversation."
Nashmeira: Player name is here as my friend.
Razfahd: As you wish.
Now what is it you wish to discuss?
Nashmeira: I want you to stop using this automaton as a weapon of war.
Razfahd: Hmph, I should have known...
Razfahd: Nashmeira, you looked forward to the completion of the colossus as much as anyone.
Nashmeira: This is true...but that was before I learned more about your intentions from Player name and Luzaf.
Nashmeira: If you use this machine to summon the spirit of Alexander, the world will be plunged into Ragnarok!
Nashmeira: In the space of a single night, the Empire will be reduced to a smoking ruin, just like the Alzadaal civilization before us...
Razfahd: Ragnarok? You disappoint me, Nashmeira.
The servants of the underworld have poisoned your mind.
Razfahd: The might of Alexander will flood Urhguum with divine illumination, and bring about an eternal peace for the Empire.
Razfahd: This will be the true Age of Judgment.
Ragnarok was merely an example of how our ancestors failed.
Razfahd: This time, there is nothing to fear.
Razfahd: The astral candescences that form the heart of this colossus have been created using the latest Imperial technology. We will not repeat the mistakes of Alzadaal.
Do you truly believe you can impose your will on a god!?
Nashmeira: And even if you could, the "peace" such a god would grant us is nothing more than a farce.
Nashmeira: Our nations are formed from a gathering of individuals.
Nashmeira: It's when these nations learn to cooperate and live in harmony that we learn the true value of peace.
Nashmeira: The gods bless us when they recognize the efforts we have made.
Razfahd: Ever the idealist, Little Sister...
Razfahd: Do you not see how our Empire is suffering?
Razfahd: The authority we once wielded has all but evaporated.
Our enemies constantly test our defenses, sniffing for the slightest hint of weakness like a tiger stalking a wounded marid...
Razfahd: Our citizens stand at the brink of oblivion.
Razfahd: And you must learn to accept certain sacrifices in exchange for their salvation.
Nashmeira: Please, Razfahd!
I know that even Player name here would be willing to speak on our behalf.
Nashmeira: We must try to negotiate with the Middle Lands once more!
Razfahd: It is far too late for that.
Razfahd: A fleet of ships from your precious Middle Lands approaches even as we speak.
Razfahd: If we do nothing, Al Zahbi will be engulfed in a sea of flame...
Who knows how many of our people will die?
Razfahd: The cogs of war have begun to turn, and there is nothing either you or I can do to stop them.
Nashmeira: But we can--!
Razfahd: I am resolved to be remembered as the villain in this chapter of history. You need not let it concern you.
Razfahd: But I will tolerate no further hindrances.
Nashmeira: Listen to me, Player name.
Nashmeira: I have failed to persuade my brother to change his course.
Nashmeira: But we cannot allow this colossus to unleash another Divine Spear.
Nashmeira: (Can you see that control box that Ghatsad labors over? I have seen it before.)
Nashmeira: (It's much like one of the animators used to control a normal automaton.)
Nashmeira: (If we can somehow gain access to that box, we should be able to operate the colossus from the outside.)
Nashmeira: (All I need you to do is distract them for a moment!)
Razfahd: What do you think you can do, mercenary?
Your pitiful efforts will change nothing.
Raubahn: Ah, Player name, long have I awaited the chance to devour your essence.
Nashmeira's Plea (pt.2) - Alzadaal Undersea Ruins Razfahd: It...it's not possible...
Alexander! Why do you not respond!?
Razfahd: The control lever...
Ghatsad! What is going on!?
Razfahd: That voice...!
It echoes within my skull!
Ghatsad: I don't understand it.
The colossus is not responding to external commands.
No...it cannot be...
Alexander: I shall ascend to the heavens...
Nashmeira: Ghatsad! Out of the way!
Nashmeira: Ovjang. Mnejing.
Lend me your strength...
- Go with Nashmeira?