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The Bandits of Dacia/Script

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The following text is an unofficial translation by fans. There may be stylistic differences with official sources and other unofficial translations.


Having seized the infamous Fort Dundrum, Leif's Liberation Army was keenly aware just how little time remained before the Empire launched its assault on Tarrah. Scarcely taking a moment to catch their breath, the Liberation Army kept marching well into the evening, determined to come to the city's defense before it was too late. When they finally arrived at the edges of Dacia Forest, which extends around Tarrah's eastern border, it was the dead of night. The thick foliage obscured what little moonlight had been illuminating their path, and the forest was now blanketed in a deep, foreboding darkness...


(Next to the Dandelion's hideout)

Salem: Perne, your shift is done. Let me take over for you on lookout.
Perne: It's already past dusk, Salem. How can you be this energetic now, especially with how bad you were roughed up?
Salem: Come now, it was all thanks to you that I managed to survive. I'll be fine.
Perne: Still, those Loptrian lunatics are a sadistic bunch, ain't they? If we hadn't happened to pass by, you'd have been a goner for sure.
Salem: ...The Loptrian Order never forgives betrayal. That is one of their highest tenets...
Perne: "Betrayal" is a bit of a stretch, ain't it? I mean, you just said you wanted to leave the Order, that's all. It ain't right to kill a man just because he wants to go his own way. ...But I gotta ask you, why'd you want to leave in the first place? I hear the Loptian bishops have even more power than the Emperor now. That's an awful luxurious position to just walk away from.
Salem: I... no longer understood the Order. That was my reason - nothing more, nothing less.
Perne: Hmm... Simple as that, huh? I like the cut of your jib, kid. How about you join up with me and my crew? We could use someone like you. If you're up for it, that is.
Salem: I admit, your... unusual sense of ethics hasn't gone unnoticed by me. You're bandits, true, but you do not kill, and you refuse to steal from the poor. So long as you continue to abide by that code, I'll agree to stay here.
Perne: I'm not in the hobby of murder, myself - but our crew has swelled in number lately, and I can't say the same for the new folks. Especially this one hothead, Cullough. Him and his lackeys are gettin' antsy about how I won't let them drop any bodies during a heist.
Salem: It's more than that. Cullough and his followers are truly wicked men - they've been attacking travelers and passing merchants.
Perne: Ah... So you already heard about them, huh? I'll get right to the point, then: I'm plannin' on cuttin' ties with the lot of them. Long as Troude comes with me, I can manage just fine. Of course, I'm hoping you'll also come along, Salem.
Salem: Don't forget about Tina. See that you're mindful of her feelings, and don't be too harsh with her - she's little more than a child.
Perne: Hah... All right, all right. Anyhow, I'm headed back inside. Looks like you get your wish, cuz I'm trusting you with guard duty. Don't say I never did anything for you. Just be on the lookout for the Imperial Army. With all the troops they're sending to Tarrah, they might come through the forest. If they find us, we'll be sitting ducks.
Salem: Not to worry. If anyone draws near, I'll use my Sleep staff to send them into a deep slumber.

(Perne enters the Dandelion's hideout and leaves the map in the process)

(Inside the south-western house)

Saias: ...Well, I must be off. I do apologize for burdening you so, but please, for my sake, watch over the child.
Elderly Woman: Yer more'n welcome, Bishop. Just leave everything to me, and don't you fret about it fer one moment longer.
Mareeta: Bishop Saias... Are you leaving already?
Saias: I'm afraid so - I must return to Grannvale. I regret having to leave you behind like this, but you seem to have recovered nicely. You'll be just fine on your own.
Mareeta: ...I don't know how I can ever repay you, Bishop. If not for you, I-
Saias: You certainly don't lack for gratitude, but everything else about you - your stance, your face - is marred by regret. However, you'd do well to put the memory behind you. What happened was unavoidable - your will was pitted against darkness itself, and the Shadow Sword's influence was strong indeed. But if my words alone cannot convince you, I offer the sword itself as proof: I've dispelled the curse placed upon the blade. Now I offer it to you, as a symbol that no darkness is impenetrable, and no regret is irredeemable.
Mareeta: Y-You want me to use that damned sword?! I'm not laying a finger on that foul thing ever again!
Saias: You wish to carry on your mother's legacy and become a Swordmaster, do you not? If that's your goal, you must learn to understand weapons in a different light. Just as holy blades shine from their bearer's righteous deeds, no cursed blade will ever be more wicked than its wielder. The legacy of the Shadow Sword does not have to remain mired in evil. You can choose to alter its course, by asserting your will over that which once robbed you of it. And so, you must learn to cherish all blades, for they are the tools that allow you to unshackle yourself from the past, and carve your own fate. Any sword can be used for your purpose, and if you believe otherwise, then you won't ever truly be a Swordmaster.
Mareeta: I... think I understand. I'll wield the sword, and cherish it as a symbol of how not even the foulest magic could overcome my mother's love for me.
Saias: Very good. If you have the resolve to keep that sword in hand, I've a feeling that the gods may reunite you with your mother someday. With that, I'm afraid I must be going. I've lingered here much too long. I doubt that we'll cross paths again, but I pray you find happiness.
Mareeta: The same to you, Bishop Saias. Be well. ...Thank you for everything.

(Saias leaves)

(The battle begins)

In battle

On turn 1, enemy phase

Cullough: Look alive, lads! Seems some fresh game 'ave wandered our way! Keep quiet an' move in close, then do 'em in. Whatever valuables they got, we all split equally. ...What? Oh, don't tell me you lot are worried about what Perne will say! Look, don't go thinkin' we need his permission! I'll take care of Perne myself. He won't be a problem no more. The rest of you, while you're dealin' with those travelers, go after the villages an' take anything worth carryin'!

(The bandits start heading toward villages to raid them)

On turn 2, player phase

(Inside the south-western house)

Mareeta: What's all that noise? What's wrong?
Elderly Woman: The villages 'round here are bein' raided by bandits, that's what! Everyone's scared to death that they'll come here next!
Mareeta: Are they the local bandit group I've heard the villagers mention?
Elderly Woman: No, no, no - that's the Dandelion yer thinkin' of, an' they would never stoop to plunderin' a village like this! Matter of fact, they've even helped us when we needed it! Can't be the Dandelion - I'd bet me life on it! It must be them rough types that turned up here not too long ago...
Mareeta: Well, whoever they are, you don't need to worry. I'll protect every last one of you!
Elderly Woman: What in the blazes are you thinkin'?! You... look an awful lot like me daughter, y'know. A pretty little thing like you can't expect to go toe-to-toe with bandits!
Mareeta: No - I'm a swordswoman, a Myrmidon, like my mother before me! I'm the daughter of Eyvel of Fiana! No mere bandit could defeat me!

(Mareeta leaves the village and joins the army)

On turn 5, enemy phase, if Salem is alive and not captured

(Tina appears from the Dandelion's hideout and joins Salem)

Tina: Salem? Er, sir?
Salem: Oh, Tina. What can I do for you?
Tina: I brought you a midnight snack! What with it being so cold out, I figured you could use a nice, hot meal!
Salem: That's very kind of you, Tina, but it gets dangerous out here at night. I don't want you getting hurt. You should stay inside and get your rest. Ladies need their beauty sleep, or so I'm told.
Tina: Aw, you're no fun...
Salem: ...Wait. You're worried about your sister, aren't you? Is that what's keeping you awake? You said her name was Safy, right? Well, you needn't worry one moment longer. You will see her again - I'll make sure of that. Once my wounds have healed, I'll help you find her.
Tina: D-Do you mean it?! Oh, thank you, Salem! You're the best! Well, I'll get out of your hair - how DO you get your hair like that, anyway? - and let you get back to lookout or whatever. Nighty-night, Salem! ...You better not forget your promise!

(Tina enters the Dandelion's hideout and leaves the map in the process)

On turn 20, player phase

Dryas: Dawn is breaking, Prince Leif! Our troops can see clearly once more!

(The fog of war disappears)


The northern house

(If Peter did not escape in Chapter 11x or Chapter 11x was not played)

Middle-Aged Man: Get outta here, you useless sadsacks! Went an' left my boy behind, you did!

(If Peter escaped in Chapter 11x)

Middle-Aged Man: I been waitin' fer you since I heard the Liberation Army was comin' this way! Me boy told me all about what happened. We're mighty indebted to you, we are. Take this staff as my way of sayin' thanks. It can quiet down anyone you point it at. If you ever have kids of your own, it's awful handy fer shuttin' them up when it's naptime.


The south-eastern house

(If Sera did not escape in Chapter 11x or Chapter 11x was not played)

Elderly Man: *Cough, cough! Wheeze!* It won't be much longer now, Sera... I'll see your face again in the next life...

(If Sera escaped in Chapter 11x)

Elderly Man: Billowin' Bragi! Yer the ones that helped me grandkid, ain'tcha? You've me deepest gratitude, you do. In all my years, I've never- Bah, what am I doin'?! Heroes like you ain't got time to stand around listenin' to me yammer on! Take a gander. This scroll is a family heirloom, but a family heirloom don't mean much without a family, an' you gave mine back to me. I'd like you to have it, I would. Won't take no for an answer!

(Heim Scroll)

The south-western house

(If Rosa did not escape in Chapter 11x or Chapter 11x was not played)

Elderly Woman: Oh, Rosa... What I wouldn't give to see you again... Please, find yer way back here...

(If Rosa escaped in Chapter 11x)

Elderly Woman: We thought the children of our village would be safe from the Empire, long as the bandits stayed here an' made it too dangerous to be worth the trouble. That was before the Imperial Army started showin' up in droves to attack Tarrah... If you plan on makin' trouble fer them, yer a friend of mine. Take this, an' use it to patch yerself up if you get hurt. Hope it helps.


(If Rosa escaped in Chapter 11x and Olwen is the unit visiting the house)

Rosa: Sis, Sis! Come look! I was hopin' I'd get to see you again. This here's my Big Sis. Sis, this is the lady I told you about! I wanted to give you this to say thanks. I found it in the fort, but I was so shook up I forgot to give it to you before you left. Awful sorry about that... But, uh, better late than never, right?

(Magic Ring)

Battle quotes

Cullough enters combat

Cullough: Aw, hell! We blundered into a bunch of soldiers!

Cullough dies

Cullough: Argggh! You... rotten...

Cullough gets captured and released

Cullough: Dammit! I'll remember this!

Salem enters combat

Salem: Begone from our forest, invaders!

Salem dies

Salem: Perne... I don't have any regrets...

Salem gets captured and released

Salem: Is that so...? You're just letting me go? Hmm... What to make of you people?


If the chapter has been completed in more than 20 turns

August: I can hardly believe it myself, but it seems the bandits of this forest only target nobles who've aligned themselves with the Empire. They steal coin and goods from them, and give much of it to the poor. The villagers tell me their leader is a young man named Perne, and say that he follows a strict code of honor.
Leif: Really...? Well, I suppose we'd best leave them be, then. It's already past dawn, in any case.
August: Then we're in agreement, sire. We should march with all haste - we're nearly to Tarrah.

If the chapter has been completed in under 20 turns

Dryas: This seems to be the bandits' hideout, Prince Leif. The night is still young. I advise that we seize this opportunity to purge Tarrah's borders of these vermin.
Leif: I've no objections, but what of our troops? Aren't the men exhausted?
Dryas: I'm afraid so. Between the long march from Fort Dundrum and the skirmish here, our forces have little strength left. At most, we could only spare a small strike team of five soldiers to accompany you. The decision is yours, milord.
Leif: ...I'll do it. If we rout these bandits once and for all, the villagers here will finally be able to breathe easy.

If Mareeta has survived (regardless of the turn count)

Mareeta: L-Leif?! Little Lord, is that you?
Leif: ...Mareeta?! Mareeta, it really is you! How... How did you wind up here?
Mareeta: I'm just as surprised as you are! I never expected I'd see you and everyone from Fiana again so soon! Hah... I'm halfway convinced this is just a dream.
Leif: Mareeta, I... I beg your forgiveness for what happened to your mother. It was my fault that the Commander... that she...
Mareeta: If what happened is anyone's fault, it's mine. I was... I was inexperienced, and weak, and... and I couldn't overcome the power of that sword. I didn't have the discipline to resist it...
Leif: ...Mareeta, this I swear to you: I'll get the Commander back, whatever it takes!
Mareeta: You mean WE! We'll get Mother back together! Please, Leif, I want to be a part of this! I'll be stronger than I was before! You must let me join you!
Leif: Of course I'll have you! Though as much as it pains me, it's not feasible for our army to return to Munster with things the way they are right now... But someday, we'll be able to go back for the Commander. You can count on that. And when that day comes, there's no force in all the heavens that can keep the two of us from getting her back!
Mareeta: Couldn't have said it better myself, Little Lord!