- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Olivia: Sky-High Dancer, Sumia: Maid of Flowers, Maribelle: Dire Damsel, and Libra: Fetching Friar.
Libra: Are you certain, Sumia?! Unknown forces have set fire to a village and are marching to this tower next?!
Sumia: Yes! I can see it clearly from atop my pegasus. They're heading this way now!
Olivia: Oh no... We're about to face another battle, aren't we?
Maribelle: Judging by the direction they're heading... Do you suppose their goal is the village near this tower? I shall not allow them to do as they please within the borders of Ylisse. We must intercept them at once.
Sumia: But their numbers are far greater than ours. If we face them head-on...
Anna: You'll be just fine... Because we're here to lend a hand!
Olivia: Huh? Who are you?
Alfonse: We are the Order of Heroes, of Askr.
Sharena: Like the enemies who march this way, we come from... Well, we're from another world. It's a long story.
Libra: If you're here to help, it matters not where you're from. We thank you for your aid.
Anna: Just leave it to us. Our numbers may be few, but we pack a punch! Not to mention our legendary Summoner. You can count on us!
Libra: I sent a request for reinforcements to Lord Chrom back in the capital. With our current strength, I'm afraid Sumia is correct... If we attack head-on, we'll be crushed. Therefore, we must focus our efforts on evacuating the villagers. We must buy as much time as possible while we wait for reinforcements.
Maribelle: I agree. Furthermore, I am certain we will be able to buy the time required.
Olivia: If it will help protect the people of this village, then I'll... I'll do what I can!
Libra: Does everyone understand our orders? Our objective is to repel the enemy. If they retreat, do not pursue.
Maribelle: But if things continue as they are, we may well be able to push the enemy back even farther. No?
Sumia: We have some very capable backup now, so that may be plausible.
Anna: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We need to wait for Alfonse and Sharena to return with their scouting report.
Olivia: What is the enemy after exactly? The way they're burning the village as they attack... It's horrible.
Sumia: Could it be some grievance with Ylisse?
Anna: I'm afraid I can't say... I don't know their affiliation or their ultimate goal. What I do know is that they appeared suddenly and without warning from another world... and began laying ruin to the people they happened upon.
Olivia: It's all so terrible...
Sharena: Commander Anna! We've got trouble! The enemies we thought defeated have somehow recovered and recommenced their attack!
Alfonse: They may have cast some type of magic upon themselves before coming to this world.
Libra: The defeated soldiers...have recovered? Could they be some manner of Risen soldiers?
Anna: Be careful, everyone... It looks like the real fight is about to begin!
Maribelle: Has anyone sustained any injuries? If your wound is too deep for traditional medicine, please see me for healing.
Anna: This is bad... We're winning the battles, but our line of defense is still being pushed toward the village.
Libra: <Player>... Your precise orders all but ensure our survival, but we need to make up for this discrepancy in strength.
Olivia: If we can't, the village will fall before the capitol's reinforcements get here.
Sumia: We are all the villagers have to rely on. Victory will not come easy... But if we work together, we can do it!
Maribelle: This is not the time for one of your flower fortunes, Sumia.
Sumia: It's not a flower fortune! Chrom has always counted on our ability to work as a team. He relies on us to combine our strength and win the day.
Maribelle: And we always do... That settles it. I shall allow these lawless thugs to do as they please no longer.
Sharena: Let's do everything we can! If we give it our all, I'm sure we'll emerge victorious!
Alfonse: This is the turning point, everyone. Let's hold them off until reinforcements arrive!
Olivia: Y-yes... Let's go!
Sharena: Alfonse! Commander Anna! The enemy is approaching the edge of the village!
Alfonse: Evacuation is still underway… Will the reinforcements make it in time?
Anna: We need to hold out just a little longer… If we don't buy more time, the villagers are done for!
Olivia: We're doing everything we can, but… there's something more only I can do!
Libra: Wait, Olivia! What's gotten into you?! Get back here! You're being reckless!
Olivia: We need to buy more time, right? Oh, this is going to be so embarrassing, but… Watch me dance!
Maribelle: What… in the world? Olivia has just started dancing…right in front of the enemy army?!
Sharena: That's… That's…such a lovely dance! Isn't it simply captivating?
Anna: We aren't the only ones captivated by it… The enemy soldiers have come to a complete standstill! They can't take their eyes off her!
Alfonse: Is it just me, or do they look more… confused than captivated? It's like they don't know what to make of such a strange tactic. Regardless, the enemy has halted their advance!
Libra: Olivia, you… Right. Now is the time. Everyone, continue evacuating the villagers!
Sumia: Look! Up in the sky to the west! The reinforcements are here!
Olivia: Oh, thank goodness! Now we can save the rest of the villagers!
Maribelle: Excellent work, Olivia. One wrong step and you would have been a prime target for the enemy archers. Your newfound bravery is most admirable.
Anna: Phew… The evacuation is complete. Let's join up with the reinforcements and send the enemy packing!
- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Celica: Warrior Priestess, Veronica: Brave Princess, Ephraim: Sacred Twin Lord, and Hector: Brave Warrior.
Anna: "Surrender Veronica..." Whoever sent this letter is backing the unknown army. I recognize the crest that sealed it... It
comes from one of the worlds invaded by the Emblian Empire.
Veronica: They want me?
Celica: This Veronica is lending her strength to the pursuit of peace. We will not simply hand her over to the enemy.
Anna: That may be the case, but all the enemy sees is the face of the princess who invaded their home. Even if we try to explain that she's a completely different person, it's unlikely they'll listen.
Sharena: Commander Anna, the enemy is nearing the tower!
Veronica: A battle is about to begin simply because of my presence... I do not want this.
Hector: That right there is exactly why we will not let them take you.
Ephraim: You have committed no offense, Princess Veronica, so we will not allow you to be punished. You were summoned here along with the rest of us. That makes us allies.
Celica: Everything will be all right, Princess Veronica. It is a mere misunderstanding. I'm sure they'll listen to reason. We must at least try speaking with them.
Anna: Well, this calls for our special Order of Heroes persuasion technique. It'll take some time, though.
Anna: Until then, we must keep Veronica safe inside this tower!
Alfonse: Princess Veronica? You look troubled.
Veronica: The other me...the me of this world... Her blood binds her to wage war against Askr. Yet I am the one who has been swept up into this battle... Am I destined for war? Is that fate dormant within my blood?
Hector: With all due respect, Princess, that's nonsense. We each forge our own destinies, plain and simple. If I had just followed the path laid out for me by the house I was born to, there's no way I'd be here today. The only force that decides who you are and what you stand for is you.
Alfonse: I'm inclined to agree. You're[sic] relation to this world—how you view it and its people... You are the only one who can decide that vision, Princess Veronica.
Veronica: Only me...
Anna: Everyone!, rejoice! Your fearless commander has managed to talk some sense into Veronica's pursuers! It seems they've come to accept that this Princess Veronica is not the one that invaded their homeland.
Sharena: That's great news! That means we're back to focusing our efforts on just a single enemy army.
Anna: How are you feeling. Princess Veronica?
Celica: Princess, would you mind if we chatted for a moment?
Veronica: Celica... I've caused you so much trouble.
Celica: You have done nothing of the sort. I fight of my own free will. Truth be told...before coming to this world, I had come to wield a great power. And I found my sword crossed with that of my closest friend. Against my will, I fought and hurt the people dearest to me. I caused them all so much grief...
Veronica: Even you?
Celica: I will never be able to erase that truth. However, I can atone for it. That's why I continue to fight. Now, I know your situation is quite different... You do not need to atone for the actions of the other Veronica. But what's clear to me is that you're struggling to find your own purpose for fighting. So as long as you fight for the justice that you yourself believe in, you'll have no reason to fret!
Veronica: ...How did you know? How did you know that I've...felt so lost?
Celica: Heh... Oh, I just picked up on your feelings. You're an important friend to me now, after all.
Veronica: Thank you, Celica... You are right. I can fight for what I believe in. I must. And what I believe in... is my dear allies.
Veronica: I am my own person. Even if I share a face with Princess Veronica of this Emblian Empire...we are not the same. By my own will, I shall do all I can. I shall do what I must. But the biggest difference between the two of us...is the fact that I have allies by my side.
Celica: Oh, Princess Veronica... You have become one of our dearest allies. We will fight for you always.
Veronica: Even if my blood should one day scream for war, I will not allow that tragedy to unfold... No matter what happens, I will forge a destiny of my own choosing.
Hector: That's the spirit, Princess.
Ephraim: If you stay the path you choose for yourself, I am certain it will lead you away from conflict. The sky of your future will be bright and blue, unclouded by bitter war.
Celica: Well, it's time we get going, Princess. We're in this together, so let's move out.
Veronica: Yes... If i'm with you all, I will not fall victim to my own loneliness. Let us go. Let us extinguish the flames of war. That is my reason for being here... That is my destiny.
High Tea Jinks
- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Flora: Cold as Ice, Nina: Eye Spy, Ophelia: Dramatic Heroine, and Silas: Loyal Knight.
Silas: Legendary tea? It must be pretty good. And that's really what we need?
Flora: The Order of Heroes has treated us well, so I would like to host a tea party for them. And in order to show proper respect' legendary tea is a must. It will be our way of returning their hospitality. If one drinks just a single cup of this tea, the fatigue of the day will all but vanish. And according to Commander Anna, it grows in this remote region of Askr.
Ophelia: Very well, Flora! I have heard your story, and I feel the devotion flowing from your very soul. You wish to soothe the exhausted spirits of Askr. Your heart sparkles with the..the...sparkles of purity! I can be quite picky, myself, when it comes to tea. And so I, Ophelia Dusk, shall take up your epic quest! It is my personal mission to retrieve this...miracle tea... Hmmm, tea is kind of amber in color, so... I shall retrieve this tea, henceforth known as...Amberacle!
Silas: Right So in other words, we're repaying their kindness? If we can do so outside of battle, I welcome it. Allow me to accompany you. And perhaps Prince Alfonse can lead the way.
Alfonse: You're still unfamiliar with the local geography, so that's a good idea.
Silas: Excellent! We can move out at once.
Nina: Hmm... A knight and prince...roaming deep within a dark forest... The way they help one another over a fallen tree... Oh! But one of them trips! And the other is there to break his fall. I can see it all so clearly! I need to watch this play out without being spotted myself... I'm merely an observer, after all. Maybe I can hide in a barrel to spy on their blossoming relationship...
Alfonse: We're heading into the mountains up north. It's likely we'll run into trouble, so we must proceed with caution.
Ophelia: Worry not, young prince! As long as chosen heroine Ophelia Dusk is by your side, all foes shall perish! Hrk?! The power dusk...within me...It's overflowing! No, Ophelia, contain yourself... Save your energy for when you can unleash it upon your enemies!
Nina: I suppose it's fine... As long as her delusions don't get in the way of my own.
Silas: Well, let's move out. As Alfonse said, it can be dangerous, so stay focused.
Flora: Thank you for your assistance, everyone. We'll soon have all we need for a world-class tea time!
Silas: It's just as Alfonse said. There seems to be no shortage of enemies on this path.
Flora: However, battle is not our goal. We should focus on finding this tea swiftly and with minimal conflict.
Ophelia: Surely this is a trial. If we can overcome these difficulties, our auras shall burn ever brighter! A chosen one such as myself cannot shy away from a difficult path, no matter how challenging it proves. However, do be on your guard... The heavens have afforded me a most unfourtunate premonition. From the very outset of this epic quest, the stars have been restless, screaming a warning to me!
Silas: Spooky premonitions and shouting stars... Is that really something we should be concerned with?
Ophelia: It's unfourtunate premonitions and screaming stars! And yes, we should be very concerned! I've been getting chills all down my spine, and my fair skin has taken to freezing over. There! I feel it right now! It's as if a spirit more wintry...than winter itself passed right through me!
Flora: Oh, um... Excuse me, but That may be at least...partially my fault. Sorry.
Ophelia: Flora?! You've been a foul specter this whole time?! Ophelia Dusk shall avenge your untimely—
Flora: No, no, stop right there. I am no specter, but I am from the Ice Tribe. My body temperature is very low. So low, in fact..it can lower the temperature around me. Here, feel for yourself. Touch my hand.
Ophelia: By the dusk, it's true! Your skin is the very depths of winter!
Silas: So your premonition was just the result of you standing too close to Flora?
Ophelia: Uh, hahaha... Heh... The... The threat has passed! The stars slumber once more, as peaceful and silent as a baby swaddled in the arms of its mother. No specter nor earthly foe shall keep us from our noble task! This is my undying pledge to you, my—
Silas: OK, OK, we get it. Drop the dramatics and...quit striking those poses. Anyway, Prince Alfonse...you look as though you have something on your mind.
Alfonse: Indeed... And it's not just Flora's chill. I feel eyes upon us...
Silas: You're saying you think someone is spying on us?
Nina: ... ... ...
Silas: I don't hear anything out of the ordinary, nor do I see any unaccounted for shadows. Just these old barrels.
Alfonse: Just some old barrels, yes... Perhaps my mind is simply playing tricks.
Nina: (Phew... Thought I was found out.)
Silas: Worry not, Prince Alfonse. On my honor as a knight, I'll see personally to our safety.
Alfonse: Thank you, Silas. With your protection, I will do my best to lead everyone safely.
Nina: (Oh, the bond between these two men grows ever thicker as the share the hardships of common goal!) (This is exactly the sort of camaraderie my heart longs to see!) (At this rate, things will really start to take off soon... Hehehe!)
Nina: Hi, Ophelia. Got a minute?
Ophelia: Whoa! Nina?! Have you been hiding in that barrel this whole time?! Gosh, you looked so casual climbing out of it. Is that a regular habit of yours?
Nina: Yeah, don't worry out it. I have a favor to ask. I've heard talk of you being able to swap the minds of two people... Is this so?
Ophelia: Oh, well... Yes, but what do you want with that?
Nina: I'd like you to switch the bodies of those two.
Ophelia: Huh? Silas and Alfonse? But why? As strong as the dusk within me is, I fail to see your intentions...
Nina: It's the classic "he is me and I am"! A body-switching story as old as time itself! Wouldn't you want to experience one in person?
Ophelia: What exactly are you getting at here, Nina? This secret art must be used responsibly. Besides, I can only use it to switch someone's body with my own. I'm sorry, but I can't use it how you want.
Nina: Is that so... That's too bad. I guess I'll just go back into my barrel and keep watching their story unfold. I trust I can count on your discretion.
Ophelia: H-hey, wait! Nina, don't just climb back in there so—
Flora: What's going on here?
Ophelia: Oh, um... Ahem, I was just...touched by a most devilish energy! My dusk nearly overflowed, so I—
Silas: Ophelia, we talked about those weird poses of yours. I swear I heard two voices... But it's just you and these barrels again.
Alfonse: Yes, these barrels... Is this the same one from before?
Nina: ... ... ...
Silas: Anyway, Flora, just why do we need this legendary tea? Will a regular and safely obtained tea not suffice?
Flora: Actually, I will be asking my sister Felicia to host this tea party. I fear confidence as a maid may be shaken as a result of her many accidents. However, if she were to properly serve a legendary tea and entertain guests such as Askran royalty... Then perhaps she will regain some of the confidence I know she still has.
Alfonse: So you're going through all this for your sister. I understand fully, Flora.
Silas: Yes, what a thoughtful sister you are. All right, then. Let's get to finding that tea. Lead the way, Alfonse?
Alfonse: Certainly. We're not far now. Let's move out, everyone.
Nina: (Yes, onward to the legendary tea...and to a thrilling conclusion for my little show!) (Oof, this barrel's getting heavy...)
Silas: Oh no... Everyone, be careful! The flames are still spreading! Is anyone injured?!
Alfonse: It seems everyone is safe thanks to <player>'s directions. But we just barely escaped that blaze...
Silas: What sort of cowardly foe would set tea trees aflame and then scurry off?
Ophelia: We traveled so far on this epic quest only to have the legendary tea burnt to a crisp... This foul act shall not be forgiven! It shall not go unpunished! I, Ophelia Dusk, vow here and now! Harsh and swift judgement shall be passed upon the perpetrators of this heinous act! This judgement shall be delivered by my own hand... By my supreme secret weapon... Missiletainn...of PURGATORY!
Flora: Ophelia, there's no time for this. The flames are drawing closer. We must worry about our own lives for now.
Ophelia: But we've come so far... Flora, we can't let you down!
Flora: Everyone's safety is far more important than some tea leaves. Now, come. Allow me to lead the way.
Silas: So this is it, huh? All we have to show for our efforts is a handful of burnt-up tea leaves...
Flora: It would seem so...
Ophelia: We united our spirits as one and arrived together at the promised land, and yet...our epic quest has failed!
Alfonse: What the... It's that barrel again. I thought it was just a coincidence, but now I'm certain. This barrel has somehow been...following us this whole time...
Silas: Well, let's settle this. I'll just pop the lid off and,— Wh-whoa! Hey, look! It's stuffed full of tea leaves! Are these the leaves we've been looking for?
Flora: Could it be?!
Ophelia: The luxurious aroma that rises from the leaves to tickle my nostrils... No doubt, it's the amber miracle. The... What did I call this stuff again? The...Amberacle! Truly the stuff of legend!
Alfonse: How in the world... Did you gather all this, <player>?
Flora: But if not you, then who?
Silas: Let's not worry about it. Everyone is safe, and we have the tea leaves in hand.
Silas: You're right. And that means we've accomplished our mission.
Ophelia: ...Wait a minute... That was the barrel Nina had been hiding in...
Flora: Well, whoever our unknown patron is, I would like to thank them. Because of you, my sister will be able to serve up a most luxurious tea time. And I would like to thank the rest of you as well. You risked so much to assist me. I will repay your kindness.
Silas: It's my pleasure. We're here to support one another, and I'm sure the others would agree. Right, Alfonse?
Alfonse: Absolutely. Now then, let's return to the castle and enjoy the excellent tea leaves! Oof, this barrel's heavy...
Nina: (Yes! Exactly how I envisioned it! By overcoming this hardship, their bond has deepened even further!) (I sure was lucky to be able to gather these tea leaves before they all burnt up.) (Days like this make the life of a thief totally worth it!) (I wonder how much closer they'll become on the journey home... Further observation is required.) (Although...) (These tea leaves do smell awfully nice, and I'm beat. Might as well take a quick nap while I'm carried home.)
- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Loki: The Trickster, Aversa: Dark One, Owain: Chosen One, and Kliff: Curious Spirit.
Aversa: What a beautiful day! I know...now's my chance to get to know <player> better... A lot better.
Loki: Oh, <player>... I can't find you anywhere! You should know better than to try and hide from me, dearie. How naughty you are!
Kliff: Are you two...sisters? Cousins maybe?
Aversa: There must be something wrong with your eyes, little boy. We don't look a thing alike.
Kliff: It's not your looks, exactly... But there is something about the two of you. It's eerie.
Loki: Oh, my. Is that so? I think you'll find there's one big difference between us. You see...<player> likes just ONE of us.
Aversa: And I imagine you think that it's you... What a show-off.
Loki: We're like two peas in a very cozy pod, <player> and I... I'm much more charming than you are, dear. And I'm obviously so much stronger. We make a perfect pair.
Aversa: Stronger? I think we had better see about that.
Loki: You want to fight me? How adorable. I'll just have to kill you, then... Too bad, I suppose, but I must do what I have to...for <player>.
Owain: Ladies! We are allies here, bound by fate! You must not quarrel! And you certainly can't kill one another!
Aversa: Owain. So you were summoned too. Sniveling as usual, I see.
Owain: Sniveling? The chosen one does not snivel! Now, as we have gathered under one flag as allies, it makes no sense to fight each other! I have an idea... If you would fight, prove your worth on the battlefield. Surely THAT would impress <player>!
Loki: You do have something there, dear... I can prove just how strong I am. That sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?
Aversa: I accept the challenge!
Owain: Then so it shall be! And I, Dark Swordsman, and Kliff, Villager Ablaze, shall decide!
Kliff: Me? Don't try to rope me into this. And "Villager Ablaze"? What is that?
Owain: Only a village-dweller of the utmost consequence, snagged in the skein of fate, could be...Villager Ablaze! Your portentous utterances touched off this contest of wills! You must see it through to the bitter end!
Aversa: Look at their disarray! It's as if they are begging for me to annihilate them.
Loki: That can't be all of them... Where are the rest? I want to linger over this... and destroy them all, one by one.
Anna: These two are really something. It's almost like they're competing!
Alfonse: They are, in fact, in a contest to see who can accomplish more on the battlefield.
Sharena: They're fighting for the affection of <player>!
Anna: They what?! When did this start? No, never mind... The upshot is that two powerful Heroes are motivated to give their all. That's not a bad thing. OK! Let's see where this goes. Don't tell <player>!
Alfonse: I don't like the way the enemy is moving. We'd best be wary of any tricks.
Anna: We can't let our guard down. We must advance cautiously!
Kliff: Owain... What did you get us into? If they can't get along, let them fight.
Owain: The power of this pair... It's like a volcano spewing scaling lava on our enemies! This competition...it has drawn out an all-consuming hunger for triumph! Our enemies will be trampled! This devious tactic could only have sprung from beyond the veil of shadows...the mind of Owain Dark!
Kliff: Using <player> as bait... This could backfire.
Owain: Battle demands sacrifices! Like any true warrior, I have no doubt that <player> understands.
Kliff: You may have no doubts, but I have plenty.
Loki: Well, well. That's all of them, isn't it?
Aversa: And now for the verdict. Who's better?
Owain: The stars are misaligned. A cosmic miasma grips my brain... I cannot choose a winner! Villager Ablaze! Fate calls upon you. Proclaim the victor!
Kliff: What? Me?
Aversa: Let us hear it, then. The result should be clear.
Loki: Tell us, dear. Just let one little word fall from your lips... It's not hard, is it?
Kliff: Get back! Both of you!
Sharena: I need you to listen! Something terrible has happened!
Aversa: Something terrible is about to happen here, too... Maybe. Hee-hee.
Sharena: They have <player>!
Aversa: What did you say?!
Sharena: We noticed that the enemy's movements were unusual... It was all a ploy to capture our summoner! Commander Anna and my brother are chasing them now!
Loki: Oh dear. That IS terrible. We had better hurry after them.
Aversa: We must first consider the situation. Thoughtlessness could prove fatal. Do we have a map of the area?
Sharena: Ye—yes! Right here!
Aversa: Look closely. With terrian like this, a small group could pursue them with ease.
Loki: It seems you have a plan, dear. Shall I accompany you?
Aversa: Yes. And Owain and Kliff—you two are coming as well.
Owain: Uh...yes! Owain Dark stands ever at the ready, his power at your call!
Kliff: I never wanted to be roped into this...but what else am I going to do?
Loki: There...that carriage. We've got them. Things are going according to plan...
Aversa: It's time to move. You'll have ample opportunity to show off after we capture them.
Loki: Just you watch! I need but a moment to concentrate...and to picture dear <player>...
(Loki takes form of <player>)
Aversa: Well! You certainly can be handy to have around. I can't find a single flaw... I'll seize this opening! Now!
Kliff: Whoa! So that's what Loki is capable of... She looks just like <player>!
Owain: Now that Loki has taken the guise of the summoner... The enemy has been thrown into confusion!
Kliff: Maybe they think they have the fake. I wonder...
Owain: The enemy has has stopped! Yes, yes! Things are going to plan! Now's our chance to strike!
Anna: For a moment there, I was worried! It seems as though everything's been brought under control, however.
Owain: The rescue is complete, the enemy has been vanquished, and peace has descended once again!
Kliff: Seeing those two combine their talents to save the day was incredible. Why don't they focus on cooperating? It's the best way to help <player>!
Owain: This all makes choosing a winner impossible... By joining your talents, sisters of the darkness...you have truly answered the call of the summoner!
Loki: I'm not really following you, but I...suppose so. Aversa, I must say...you have impressed me. I acknowledge your strength.
Aversa: I welcome that. I feel much the same. You may not compare to Grima...but you are powerful indeed. I have no choice but to admit it.
Loki: And with that...wouldn't you say we should devote ourselves to being <player>'s favorites?
Alfonse: It seems that it all comes back to Master Snake in the end.
Sharena: Wait a second! If those two are the favorites, what about me? Can I be number three?
Anna: Sharena...this is a delicate situation can't you see that? Now, then! Our mission continues! And if you want to vie for the attention of <player>...do it on the battlefield!
The Sworn Oath
- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Ylgr: Fresh Snowfall, Hríd: Icy Blade, Gunnthrá: Voice of Dreams, and Fjorm: Princess of Ice.
Ylgr: Good morning, Gunnthrá... *yawn*
Gunnthrá: You're up rather early, little sister. Did you have a bad dream?
Ylgr: Not bad just...strange. I was with you, Fjorm, and Hríd... It was night, and we were in a forest around a fire... And there was someone else there. Someone I didn't recognize. They were wearing a hood...
Gunnthrá: Oh! Together around a campfire. That sounds like fun. But who could the mysterious stranger be?
Ylgr: I don't know. They were watching us. It wasn't scary, but it wasn't exactly normal either.
Gunnthrá: I wonder...do you have the same power over dreams that I do? That person... They might be important to us sometime in the future.
Ylgr: Do you think so? If I dream of them again...I'll ask them!
Hríd: Morning tidings, Gunnthrá...and Ylgr, I see.
Ylgr: Oh, Hríd! Good morning! And you too, Fjorm!
Fjorm: Now, this is strange. This early, you're usually still asleep!
Hríd: I need to speak with you, Gunnthrá. It seems that our worries have become reality, my sister. Surtr is coming, with the Fiery Hordes of Múspell at his back.
Gunnthrá: Oh no! I had hoped that this was nothing more than a silly fear of mine... What will this mean for Nifl?
Ylgr: Does this mean there will be a war, Hríd?
Fjorm: You mustn't worry, Ylgr. We are protected by Nifl, the dragon of ice.
Hríd: Our country is ringed by snowcapped mountains. They have repelled invaders for thousands of years.
Ylgr: Really? Then we have nothing to worry about. Right?
Fjorm: You must pray, Ylgr. Pray for the people of Nifl. Pray for our family. Pray for peace.
Ylgr: Of course! I'll do whatever you need me to do. Tell me how I can help!
Gunnthrá: I hope that this storm passes harmlessly by... But I... I...
Gunnthrá: Fjorm...I see that you are training diligently. Please... don't overdo it.
Fjorm: I'm fine Gunnthrá. I know my limits. I must be sure that when the time comes, I am ready. What about you, my sister? You have performed the Rite of Dreams many times. Are you not overtaxed?
Gunnthrá: I am fine, Fjorm. though I do appreciate your concern. I am uneasy, my sister. And so, as long as I remain safe...I must continue the rite. For the future of Nifl...
Fjorm: I see. I hope that your anxieties are misplaced, but...I understand.
Gunnthrá: Through dreams, I can meet with one who plays a large part in our fate. If the rite is successful, I just know that I am doing what I can to help Nifl find a bright future. I am no warrior. This is all I can do.
Fjorm: That isn't true! Your magic is without equal. I could certainly not defeat you!
Gunnthrá: I am not so sure about that, my sister. I have seen your strength grow. Remember, I have been watching over you since you were little... I know you will do your best to protect Nifl and its people. I want to see you succeed, Fjorm.
Fjorm: I will do everything I can.
Fjorm: Training went well today, Brother.
Hríd: Yes. The soldiers are making progress, day by day... My concern is that we have lived peaceful lives for so long that out instinct for battle has atrophied. I worry that we cannot make up for that.
Fjorm: Can I ask you a question, Hríd?
Hríd: Why did I give you Leiptr?
Fjorm: Yes. The Lance of Ice... It had remained concealed until now...and so had all of its divine power. Shouldn't you be the one to wield it?
Hríd: I have not changed my mind, Fjorm. The one who must wield Leiptr is you.
Fjorm: Yet when we spar, I never win...
Hríd: It is true that if you compare our raw fighting skill, I am above you. But your will is unbreakable, like a wall of solid ice.
Fjorm: You think so? Truly?
Hríd: Have you ever given up, after the many times I have bested you? You have never skipped a day of training. Your aim is still to win. No matter the odds you face, you never falter...even in the face of Surtr's flames, I'd wager. Your will in unwavering. Your focus is on winning.
Hríd: Fjorm, if something does happen to me, please...protect mother and our sisters.
Fjorm: What? No! I— Nothing like that will happen, Hríd! Why... Why would you say that?
Hríd: Calm yourslef, Sister. How could I not say it? I have no intention of dying. Until Nifl is safe, I will do all that I can to survive.
Fjorm: One that we can agree, my brother.
Hríd: Our scouts have reported back. Múspell's army, led by Surtr is advancing toward the capital.
Gunnthrá: The time has finally come.
Ylgr: Their army is much bigger than ours, isn't it? And Surtr...he terrifies me.
Hríd: On his march, he has already burnt villages to ash. They're gone now...
Fjorm: I cannot stand for this any longer! Let's face them, Brother!
Ylgr: Can we win? Surtr's undying flame... There's nothing we can do about it!
Gunnthrá: Nifl, the dragon if ice, will protect us. Do not be afraid, Ylgr.
Hríd: We must protect this land and its people—no matter what. It is our family's duty as Nifl's royalty. Gunnthrá, Fjorm, Ylgr...grasp my hand in yours. Let us make an oath here and now.
Fjorm: Yes! A sacred vow, as our family has done since ancient times!
Hríd: Nifl, ice dragon... We are your children. We now swear an oath. We will give all we have to be victorious and to protect the people of Nifl!
Gunnthrá: For the sake of the people, we swear!
Fjorm: For peace, we swear!
Ylgr: For our future, we swear!
Gunnthrá: It is done. If we combine our strength, we will succeed. And our mysterious stranger, whom I met in a dream... They will lend us strength too.
Fjorm: It is time. For the future of Nifl, we must win this fight!
Ylgr: Whatever I can do, I will!
Hríd: Whatever lays before us, may Nifl's protection be with us all—always!
Hearts as One
- Note: The Heroes representing this Forging Bonds event are; Tibarn: Lord of the Air; Leanne: Forest's Song, Reyson: White Prince, and Nailah: Unflinching Eye.
Sharena: Aaand that's really all there is to tell you about the castle. If you have any other questions, don't be shy!
Tibarn: If something comes up, we will know where to turn. Thank you for giving up your time for us.
Leanne: Thank you... Very much.
Sharena: Oh, it's no problem at all! I'm just happy to have some more new faces. I'm sure we'll speak again soon.
Nailah: What an honor that the Princess of Askr offered up her time to give us a tour of the castle.
Tibarn: Yes. These people certainly seem much more hospitable than those of most other beorc countries.
Nailah: It's odd—I already feel comfortable here, somehow. I never expected to witness Heroes from entirely different worlds joining together like this. It's wonderful. And being surrounded by so many Heroes... I want to fight them all to put my skills to the test!
Tibarn: Why so grim, Reyson? Is something the matter?
Reyson: No, it's nothing.
Nailah: Well, shall we head out, King Tibarn? Seems like it is about time we show everyone here how we laguz fight.
Tibarn: Something troubling you, Reyson?
Reyson: Hm? I wouldn't say so. Physically, I feel...normal. And the quality of the water and air is good as well...
Tibarn: Right. But the royalty and citizens of this kingdom are all beorc. Could that be what has you worried?
Reyson: Hm. No use trying to hide anything from you, Tibarn. You've seem right through me.
Tibarn: Hm. Just as I thought.
Reyson: I can't help it. I accepted Apostle Sanaki's apology, and I know some beorc, like Ike, can be trusted, but... I cannot forget what their kind did to us. Just because some can be trusted doesn't mean others are worthy. Of course I recognize that the people of Askr are not the same as the beorc who destroyed our home... It's just... I can trust them in my head, but in my heart there is only fire and grief.
Sharena: I'm so sorry.
Tibarn: Princess Sharena? How long have you been—
Sharena: I'm sorry! I didn't mean to eavesdrop! I was just—
Sharena: Wait—Reyson, don't go! I didn't mean to...interrupt.
Tibarn: Sorry, Princess Sharena. Reyson...well, the whole heron clan harbor some ill feelings toward beorc. He's trying to move past it, but it's no easy feat to set aside the burning of your home. Please, forgive him.
Sharena: I'm the one who was eavesdropping! I should be asking for his forgiveness!
Tibarn: Surely you didn't come here just to accidentally eavesdrop... Was there something you wanted?
Sharena: Oh! Right! An enemy army has appeared in a port to the south... I was told bird laguz might have an advantage in battle on the sea, so...I came to ask for your help!
Tibarn: Sounds like a good excuse to stretch my wings. I'll go find Reyson.
Sharena: Thank you, Tibarn!
Tibarn: All right! Time to show these beorc what we can do! Reyson, Leanne—I'm counting on your support.
Reyson: Kepp an eye out for bows!
Nailah: The enemy is on the move! This is where the fun begins...
Anna: We're moving in There are plenty of places to hide around here—don't get caught in an ambush!
Sharena: Understood, Commander!
Nailah: Hm. No shortage of foes here... But I've never been one to turn down a meal for being too large!
Alfonse: Th-they're so fast! Is this how all laguz fight?! Incredible!
Anna: She's the queen of Hatari for a reason! Now, let's get out there and help before we miss all the action.
Leanne: Let's all...show them!
Reyson: Leanne, that's too far—come back! We have no idea where the enemy might be hid—
Sharena: I've got your back, Leanne! Yaah!
Leanne: Thank you... Sharena...you are...hurt?
Sharena: N-no, I'm all right! Are you?
Leanne: Not hurt... Sorry... Will be careful.
Reyson: Princess Sharena! You're wounded! Why would you risk life like that? You could have been killed!
Sharena: M-my friend was...in trouble... Do I need more reason than that?
Anna: You did well, Sharena. Now, leave the rest to us!
Sharena: A-all right... Be careful, everyone...
Reyson: Hm. If these beorc can see a laguz as a friend worth saving, then maybe...
Reyson: Princess Sharena... Hello. I hope your wounds are healing quickly.
Sharena: Oh! I'm fine! Thank you for your concern tough, Reyson. Leanne has been stopping buy every day since I got hurt, so I'd say I am being well cared for. Plus, Nailah brought me some medicine that seems to be speeding the healing process right along. I should be back one the battlefield any day now!
Reyson: That's good to hear... Sharena, I want to...thank you, again. I don't know what I would do without my sister. Thank you for...allowing me to continue without knowing. And I'm sorry for...not trusting you to begin with. I'm ashamed it was I who couldn't see past our differences.
Sharena: Oh, don't worry, Reyson...
Reyson: Sharena, I...I want to join the fight for peace. Am I worthy of being counted among the Order of Heroes?
Sharena: Of course! I mean, we're already friends, aren't we? That's essentially all there is to being in the Order! And it's not just you and me who are friends—Tibarn, Nailah, and Leanne have a place among the Order too! If any of us ever land in a pinch, we can count on each other to swoop in and lend a hand!
Reyson: Well, I don't want you doing anything reckless out there, of course, but yes. Let's have each other's backs. Next time we fight sid by side, it will be as comrades of the Order—but beyond that, it will be as friends.