Saga of the Skyserpent - Aht Urhgan Whitegate []: Saga of the Skyserpent: Part 1 - Aht Urhgan Whitegate Biyaada: You found something!?
Biyaada: Yes...that ribbon...
I have often seen the general gazing contently at that strip of cloth.
Biyaada: Thank you.
This must be the item he dropped.
Fari-Wari: Did I not tell you?
You could expect nothing less from an attendant to Fari-Wari the Eloquent!
Biyaada: So it seems.
I believe I owe you a tale, then.
Biyaada: It was the events of a single night that would change General Rughadjeen's fate forever...
Biyaada: Almost two years ago now, the western arm of the Imperial Army was under the sole command of General Missahd, a member of the royal family.
Biyaada: Assigned to this general was one Captain Rughadjeen...
(Cut to flashback. Two soldiers are walking down a hallway in the palace.)
Missahd: Hmph. I see.
I will pass your proposal on the Operations Staff for due consideration.
Rughadjeen: There is no time for that!
There are signs that the beastmen are missing for a full-scale assault!
We cannot wait for reinforcements!
Missahd: <Sigh>... Captain, have you seen the fortifications on the Balrahn Defense Line?
And the number of our solders that man those walls?
Missahd: Our enemies are nothing more than mindless beasts that will break themselves against our stalwart defenses. It matters not how many pigs come for the slaughter.
Rughadjeen: At the very least...
Rughadjeen: We will approach under the cover of darkness this very night and blunt their desire for battle.
Rughadjeen: We will break the spine of this newly formed army before it even begins to move.
Rughadjeen: If all goes well, we will sow chaos among their disorderly ranks, and buy time to bolster our defenses.
Missahd: Captain Rughadjeen...
Rughadjeen: If we allow them to reach the capital with an organized army, they will break through any holes in the line and rain destruction on the lightly defended city streets ...
Missahd: You speak above your station.
I don't have time to listen to a lowly captain with delusions of strategic brilliance.
Missahd: I will not stand for this disrespectful attitude.
From this day forth, you are relieved from the position of captain.
Missahd: After receiving the punishment of ten lashes for disrespecting a senior officer, you are to return to your unit and follow the orders of the newly appointed captain.
A simple captain attempting to lecture me on strategy...
(Rughadjeen walks out of the palace into the streets.)
Rughadjeen: An attack?
Vatharad: Where are they!?
Yamuld: The West Gate!
Rughadjeen: What befalls!?
Yamuld: Captain Rughadjeen!
It's absolute chaos!
Yamuld: The Balrahn Defense Line has been breached...
Yamuld: And the capital is surrounded by an army of Troll Mercenaries!
Yamuld: The savages have brought siege weapons. It won't be long before the streets are swarming with them...
Rughadjeen: What of the soldiers along the defense line?
An army of that size could not have been swept aside so easily.
Vatharad: The defense forces are engaged with a horde of Mamool Ja that arrived on the heels of the Trolls.
Rughadjeen: Then we are too late...
Rughadjeen: The beastmen have outmaneuvered us...
Yamuld: Our unit is forming up as we speak.
Yamuld: What are your orders, Captain?
Rughadjeen: Forgive me...
Rughadjeen: General Missahd just relieved me of my post.
I have no authority...
Vatharad: Isn't that the general over there...?
(General Missahd walks into the streets. Then prompty runs away.)
Vatharad: Why is he running that way? The front line is...
Surely he doesn't intend to abandon the citizens to their fate?
Rughadjeen: I shall assume temporary command of our forces.
Rughadjeen: Ready arms!
Rughadjeen: This will be a bloodbath...
(Scene changes to Al Zabhi)
Rughadjeen: Hold ranks!
Rughadjeen: The enemy is just as exhausted as you.
Rughadjeen: If we can hold but a few moments more, they will break.
This battle is ours!
Rughadjeen: Let them tire themselves destroying our buildings--it will help prevent the spread of fires.
Rughadjeen: Your main objective is the safety of our citizens.
The future of this city rests on your shoulders!
Yamuld: For Al Zahbi!
(Rughadjeen spots a puppetmaster dressed in white running on the walk way above.)
Rughadjeen: You! You can't go that way!
Rughadjeen: You'll get yourself killed!
Rughadjeen: Sajalda, take command of the troops.
(The puppetmaster and her red puppet stop in front of a burning building.)
It's worse than we heard.
(They see a small girl trapped on the balcony.)
Aphmau: She didn't get out in time...
Ovjang: Follow me!
(The two run into the building)
(Several minutes later, Ovjang exits carrying the girl-- alone.)
Rughadjeen: Where's the girl?
(Ovjang collapses non-functional)
(Rughadjeen runs into the building. He finds the puppetmaster unconscious and carries her out. He lays her on the ground)
Nateeyu (the girl from the building): Please wake up...
Rughadjeen: She'll be fine.
Just a bump to the head.
(She wakes up.)
Rughadjeen: You're safe now. Can you sit up?
Aphmau: She is...unharmed...?
Aphmau: I'm so glad...
Aphmau: You...rescued us?
Aphmau: Our thanks...
Rughadjeen: Reckless child.
You could've been killed!
Rughadjeen: But I commend you on your bravery...
You must go now...
Aphmau: We'll be fine...
You must return...
Aphmau: There are still many...who need your help...
Aphmau: So go...and help them...
Rughadjeen: I can't just leave two children--
(A Blue Mage runs up.)
Rishfee: Lady Aphmau!
Rishfee: Thank Walahra!
Are you injured!?
Aphmau: I'm fine.
Rishfee: Well, that's good to...
Rishfee: No, this is terrible!
What if something happened to you!?
You must be more careful!
Aphmau: I am sorry...
Ovjang: (You worry too much, Rishfee.)
Rishfee: Lady Aphmau, who is that person?
Aphmau: He risked his own life to...
Aphmau: Your arm...
Rughadjeen: This scratch? It's nothing.
Ovjang: It looks bad.
You shouldn't ignore your injuries!
(Aphmau undoes the purple ribbon in her hair and binds his arm.)
Rughadjeen: Thank you...
Aphmau: Would...would you tell me your name?
Rughadjeen: I am Rughadjeen.
- ...A soldier in the Imperial Army.
Biyaada: Rughadjeen then returned to the front line, gathering the scattered soldiers to him as he leaped into the fray...
Biyaada: The Troll and Mamool Ja armies were beaten back by the invigorated defense, and the capital was saved from destruction.
Fari-Wari: The words of that young lady had instilled him heroic valor!
Biyaada: It may be as you say.
Fari-Wari: And then?
I assume the valiant Rughadjeen was handsomely rewarded for his deeds?
Biyaada: Despite the desperate circumstances, Rughadjeen's actions overstepped the bounds of his authority
The military is unforgiving when it comes to such transgressions.
Surely that nasty General Missahd interfered in the proceedings!?
Biyaada: Who can say?
The result was that Rughadjeen was confined to the barracks--a punishment accepted without a single word of protest.
Fari-Wari: How tragic!
Are the fates so cruel!?
Biyaada: Then one day, a messenger arrived with a summons to the Imperial Palace.
Fari-Wari: He was to have an audience with Her Magnificence?
Fari-Wari: Wh-what became of Rughadjeen!?
Biyaada: Well, you see...ah.
My break time is over.
I must return to my post.
Biyaada: I'm sorry, but we must continue this another time.
(Biyaada runs away)
Fari-Wari: Biyaada! How can you torture me so!?
Saga of the Skyserpent - Al Zahbi - Dialogue Biyaada: I'm on duty.
Biyaada: (Wait at the teahouse. I'll make my way there once my shift is over.)
Saga of the Skyserpent: Part 2 - Aht Urhgan Whitegate Fari-Wari: Aha, my loyal attendant!
Fari-Wari: I've had word that Biyaada will soon be here to conclude her tale!
Biyaada: Ah. I see you've been waiting.
Why must the sun crawl through the sky at such a leisurely pace!?
The story, my dear, the story!
Biyaada: Yes, the story...
Where was I...?
Fari-Wari: Such cruelty!
Our hero was about to meet the Empress, as the audience turns blue holding its collective breath!
Fari-Wari: That's where you were!
Biyaada: Oh? The Empress?
Biyaada: Ah yes, the Empress addresses...
(Flashback opens as Rughadjeen kneels before the curtain-draped thrown. Razfahd stands to the right of the thrown.)
Word of your valor on the field of battle has reached the palace...
Rughadjeen: Your Magnificence is too kind.
Razfahd: You have been confined to the barracks until now...?
Rughadjeen: Yes, Grand Vizier...
Nashmeira: You have been done a great disservice.
Rughadjeen: Your Magnificence need not apologize...
Do you know why Her Magnificence is aware of your deeds?
Rughadjeen: I am sure I do not--
Razfahd: You are beloved by the soldiers.
The palace has been inundated with requests for release.
Nashmeira: We sympathize with their outrage.
You are a mighty warrior that has protected the capital and her people, including--
Razfahd: Your Magnificence...
In recognition of your heroics, you are hereby appointed to the position of Skyserpent General.
Razfahd: I assume you understand the implications of this title?
Razfahd: For the Empire's time of greatest need, Emperor Ulthalam created a title that conferred ultimate authority on the bearer in matters of national defense.
Nashmeira: It is our wish that you devote your life to the defense of the Empire...
Rughadjeen: I am honored beyond words.
I swear to uphold this duty until the last drop of blood spills from my veins.
Razfahd: We have faith in your commitment.
Razfahd: The blade is a gift from Her Magnificence.
Razfahd: It is a national treasure, said to have been wielded by the great hero Balrahn himself.
Nashmeira: We believe you will prove a fitting master...
Rughadjeen: You offer me the algol?
I am speechless...
(Rughadjeen walks over to the sword. Ovjang turns to him and gives him the middle finger.)
(Rughadjeen recognizes the red puppet. He turns back and looks at the curtains.)
Razfahd: Are you ready for your first duty as Skyserpent General?
Razfahd: As you are aware, the Empire stands on the brink of unprecedented peril, beset be enemies from both the east and the west...
Razfahd: This nation needs talented commanders, without concern for lineage or station.
(Camera pans from Razfahd to Rughadjeen kneeling again before the thrown with his new sword on his back.)
Razfahd: It falls to you to gather such leaders, to stand against the coming storm.
Rughadjeen: I will seek out the most valiant warriors of Aht Urhgan and judge their quality with my own eyes.
Nashmeira: We have faith you will not fail us...
Nashmeira: Our mighty Skyserpent General...
Biyaada: And thus Rughadjeen became the Skyserpent General and the protector of Al Zahbi.
So that is the tale of how such a young man came to hold such a heavy responsibility.
Fari-Wari: How does the story continue?
When does he meet the other Serpent Generals?
Biyaada: After confirming that the Trolls and Mamool Ja were too weak to mount another offensive, General Rughadjeen set off to the east...
Biyaada: For some time, the Imperial Army had underestimated the strength of the beastmen in the west, and positioned the great bulk of its forces along the eastern front.
Biyaada: And that is when he encountered the first of his recruits...
(Flashback starts with Biyaada doing a voice over. A Hume mage with a scythe is single-handedly barbequing an entire army of Yagudo.)
Burn! Burn! Burn!
Biyaada: General Gadalar's brigade had fallen into an enemy ambush.
Biyaada And he was single-handedly occupying the Yagudo to give his troops a chance to escape...
Someone's been busy with the egg laying!
That should be enough of you to fuel a decent blaze!
Been a while since the rank and file gave me so much trouble...
(Rughadjeen runs up behind him.)
Gadalar: Who goes there?
Rughadjeen: I am an ally from the western capital! I came when I heard of your plight...
Rughadjeen: I don't...?
Gadalar: Why do my enemies...
(Gadalar spins around.)
Gadalar: ...all try the same trick!?
(Gadalar draws his scythe and leaps at Rughadjeen.)
(Rughadjeen walks in front of her.)
Rughadjeen: There is no time for chai and sweetmeats.
There are reports of Mamool Ja scouts in the city.
Biyaada: In the city!?
(Fari-Wari jumps in the air and claps his hands.)
You...you're General Rughadjeen!
Fari-Wari: You're even more dashing and noble than I imagined!
A fine hero if ever there was one!
(Fari-Wari claps his hands.)
Fari-Wari: You must allow me to immortalize you in verse!
How does "Saga of the Skyserpent" sound for a title?
Rughadjeen: Who...who is this gentleman?
Rughadjeen: Biyaada, were you telling stories about me?
Biyaada: My apologies, sir.
Biyaada: But it was this man's attendant that found your--
Rughadjeen: Ah, that was you two?
Then it is I who must apologize...
Fari-Wari: Nothing to apologize for!
Scrambling up the steep crags of Halvung, battling through a small army of vicious Trolls, facing certain death...
Fari-Wari: These thing are of no consequence. Hardly worthy of gratitude.
Rughadjeen: That day I saw true courage and compassion...
Rughadjeen: And every day now, even in the think of battle, one glance at this ribbon reminds me of the of those things...the things I fight to protect.
Rughadjeen: Will you give me the honor of your name?
Rughadjeen: <Player's Name>...
Rughadjeen: I thank you.
Rughadjeen: And you too, of course, my splendid bard.
Rughadjeen: I am honored to fight shoulder to shoulder with such courageous mercenaries.