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                 |     Title: Final Fantasy XII                |
                 |     Guide: Game Script                      | 
                 |     Created: Late October                   |
                 |     Author: piecemealcranky                 |
                 |     Feedback: piece_meal_cranky@yahoo.com   |             
                 |     Last Updated: 24/11/2006                | 


Update: 24/11/2006

Checked partially for errors, and fixed a few. There still are mistakes 
around the guide, so if you spot any, you can forward your feedback to my 
email addy (see above).



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|  TABLE OF CONTENTS  |

Note: CTRL + F and search the keywords in brackets next to the corresponding 
area from the game script section to get there.


1. The Guide   

2. Legal Notice

3. The Format

4. Game Script

    I. The Prologue [title_prologue]

   II. The Tutorial [title_tutorial]

  III. The Royal City of Rabanastre [title_rabanastre]                        

   IV. The Garamsythe Waterway [title_waterway]

    V. Nalbina Dungeons [title_nalbina_dungeons]

   VI. Barheim Passage [title_barheim_passage] 

  VII. The Skycity of Bhujerba [title_bhujerba]

 VIII. Lhusu Mines [title_lhusu_mines]
  
   IX. The Dreadnought Leviathan [title_leviathan]

    X. Ogir-Yensa Sandsea [title_ogir_yensa]

   XI. The Tomb of Raithwall [title_raithwall_tomb] 
 
  XII. Jahara - Land of The Garif [title_garif]  

 XIII. Golmore Jungle [title_golmore] 

  XIV. Eruyt Village [title_eruyt]

   XV. Henne Mines [title_henne_mines]

  XVI. Mt Bur-Omisace [title_bur_omisace]

 XVII. Stilshrine of Miriam [title_stilshrine_miriam]

XVIII. Phon Coast [title_phon_coast]

  XIX. Tchita Uplands [title_tchita]
  
   XX. Old Archades [title_old_archades]

  XXI. The Imperial City of Archades [title_city_archades]

 XXII. Draklor Laboratory [title_draklor_lab]

XXIII. The Port at Balfonheim [title_balfonheim]

 XXIV. The Ancient City of Giruvegan [title_giruvegan]

  XXV. The Ridorana Cataract [title_ridorana_cataract]
  
 XXVI. Sky Fortress Bahamut [title_fortress_bahamut] 

  XXV. The Epilogue [title_epilogue]

5. Credits

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                           |   THE GUIDE   |


As the name states it well, this guide's purpose is to provide you in          
the in-game script, be that the CG or the cut-scenes. It is yet to cover any 
further sections in the game, or dialogues by NPCs. This means, only the 
subtitles for the cut-scenes and the CGs are written for. This does not 
include any dialogues with other characters, although sometimes when there 
is a need to, I may include it as I see fit. I may include further sections 
in the future.

Mistakes might be present from time to time, so therefore I accept 
corrections by my readers. However, errors which are ridiculously provided 
(e.g. a missing comma or similar errors) will be ignored. If you want to 
point me on these, then do it with other errors you provide as well. Clearly 
direct me on which passage/sentence spoken or which section the error(s) can 
be found. Either way, emphasize on your correction carefully before you hit 
the send button, and make sure your spellings and/or grammar are proper. 

If you haven't already known, you may turn on the subtitle option in the 
Configuration menu (or when you begin the game). The speaker's name cannot 
be turned on.

The game script is taken from the game's subtitle. Take note that several 
lines in the game are added on by the voice actors themselves, and they do 
not appear in the subtitle. In this case, when the words are not written, I 
will not add-on the lines spoken by the voice actor(s), only the subtitle, 
as mentioned that the script follows the subtitle. For this, look out for 
the * sign before the name of the speaker, denoting the change.

The scripts are written in order of course, area by area and as the story 
advances. As mentioned earlier, corrections are accepted and contributors 
may be credited. If the errors are vague, please include them only when you 
have noticed other larger errors or the ones more conspicuous or either. 
There isn't a need to correct a missing comma, unless the line or sentence 
itself is written wrongly where you may correct the sentence as a whole.  

Furthermore, I use nicknames to represent characters whose names aren't yet 
spoken in the game. I assume you know who I refer to at most times (later at 
least). It doesn't matter however, since most of the time characters are not 
referred to during the prologue and thereafter only. General nicknames such 
as "man" or "woman" or similar are commonly applied in the guide.

And remember; some spoken words are not written, but in this case, if the 
whole sentence isn't written as a subtitle, I will include it, together with 
the "*" sign. 

I assume you have read this at least once and you are clear of the terms. 
And finally, this guide contains SPOILERS! I don't have to remind you of 
that. 

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                         |   LEGAL NOTICE   |


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the following address:

piece_meal_cranky@yahoo.com

Please include a proper title (with proper grammar) in the subject column 
associated with the game Final Fantasy XII. The author may discard 
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                          |   THE FORMAT   |


T h e  F o r m a t
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The basic scripts are written as usual, with the name of the speaker 
followed by his/her line. They are written in capital letters to 
differentiate them with the scene guides. The scene guides are encased in 
the brackets "[]". They are there to guide the reader where the scripts 
start or where it is headed to. Example of the basic script:

SPEAKER: HIS/HER SPOKEN LINE.

In cases where the line is interrupted by a scene guide, a "-" sign is 
included later to continue the order of the spoken line. Example of this:

SPEAKER: HIS/HER SPOKEN LINE

[A scene guide appears]

        - THE SAME SPEAKER CONTINUES HIS/HER LINE HERE.

Other times, the words used in Final Fantasy XII are unique and lean towards 
the "Old English" usage of words. You may come across words such as 
"Magicks" or "Technicks". This is not a spelling error, and therefore need 
not be corrected. 

Note: Remember the * sign before the speaker's name denotes that part of the 
line spoken is either not written in the subtitle or completely left off. In 
other words, that line spoken does not correspond to the subtitle. 

Keep these in mind to make use of the guide to its fullest. =)

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                          |   GAME SCRIPT   |




T h e  P r o l o g u e                                     [title_prologue] 
- - -  - - - - - - - - 

- YEAR 704 OLD VALENDIAN 
- KINGDOM OF DALMASCA - THE ROYAL CITY OF RABANASTRE

[The prologue starts with a high view of the blue sky, soon watching over 
the Royal City of Rabanastre. Merchants are seen around town, with the area 
bustling with people with many races. A tolling bell is seen from a close 
view, and the camera switches to a wedding ceremony with a loud music 
playing on a march. A woman and a man are pulled on a red stage by the 
chocobos. The man waves to the cheering crowd and the woman smiles looking 
towards the man. The scene then switches to a cathedral where the wedding is 
to be formalized]

PRIEST: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND IN THE PRESENCE OF THESE HOLY RELICS... 
I HEREBY PRONOUNCE YOU MAN AND WIFE FROM THIS TIME FORTH. MAY THE BLESSINGS 
OF THE GODS LIGHT YOUR PATH TO ALL ETERNITY. FARAM.

[The couple then kisses each other and the scene switches to an outside view. 
Later, the camera slowly fades to a man, moving swiftly in his metal armor 
on a corridor. A faint voice can be heard as he advances]

*MAN: IF ARCHADIA SHOULD LAUNCH AN ATTACK BY BOTH LAND AND AIR, OUR KINGDOM 
WOULD STAND LITTLE- 

[The man pushes the door open, interrupting the spoken line. The attention 
turns to the man with the blonde hair]

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: NABUDIS HAS FALLEN!

KING: IMPOSSIBLE!

[A stream of shock spreads across the room]

GREY-HAIRED MAN: MY FATHER?

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: I KNOW NOT. I AM SORRY.  

MAN: IF NABUDIS HAS INDEED FALLEN, IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THEY 
REACH THE BORDERS OF DALMASCA. THERE IS NOTHING TO HALT THEIR ADVANCE.

KING: SECURE NALBINA WITH ALL HASTE.

[The blonde-haired man quickly answers to the call]  

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: I WILL GO.

GREY-HAIRED MAN: AND I WILL GO AT HIS SIDE.

[The grey-haired man leaves the room. Later, the scene switches to a large 
area outside, with chocobos seen on the ground together with the army as the 
camera switches onto the King and the grey-haired man]

KING: GALTEA STAND WATCH OVER YOUR LIFE.

[The King offers a sword by his two hands to the man. Confidently, the man 
grabs hold of the sword]

GREY-HAIRED MAN: THAT I BE CONSIDERED WORTHY.

[The man takes a few short steps back, places his arm on his waist and later 
silently looks at his wife. The camera shows a few short seconds of the lady. 
Upon walking forward facing the crowd below, the man draws the sword and 
raises it in the air, giving a loud cry to the army as they heed his call]  

- THE DALMASCA - NABRADIA BORDER

- NALBINA FORTRESS

[Airships now ply the sky, with a war raging down below and up above. The 
camera switches into a first-person view from the inside of an airship, 
later exploding upon impact. The army of Archadia marches towards the 
defenders down below, with fights to continue and deaths inevitable. Two 
soldiers on a chocobo riding swiftly can be seen]

SOLDIER: DECURION! 

SOLIDER 2: SIR!

[Shortly afterwards, they are stricken down. The blonde-haired man and the 
grey-haired man can be seen on a bridge riding on chocobos. They are 
striking down the enemy surrounding them]

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: THE FORTRESS IS LOST, WE MUST WITHDRAW!

GREY-HAIRED MAN: NO! THE PALING STILL STANDS.

[The scene quickly switches to a few mages murmuring magical words]

MAGES (TOGETHER): SHIELD BEYOND SIGHT, NE'ER FAILING LIGHT.

[The enemy soldiers appear and slay them down. The scene switches back 
outside, where the barrier that secures the area disappears]

GREY-HAIRED MAN: THE PALING'S FALLEN.

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: THEN IT'S OVER.

GREY-HAIRED MAN: FOR MY FATHER. FOR MY FATHER!

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: LORD RASLER! 

[The blonde-haired man shoots an arrow towards an enemy archer across the 
bridge but the enemy has already released an arrow towards Lord Rasler 
before he goes down. Lord Rasler is hit and the arrow is stuck to his chest, 
penetrating his armor. The blonde-haired man goes up to him and carries him 
on his chocobo, but put to halt by the surrounding enemies. An airship falls 
and its pieces created a distraction for him to escape. He slices through 
the enemy and the camera goes into slow-motion. The view then switches to a 
farther view, showing the fall of a structure from a distance. Later, the 
game switches to a scene in a cathedral. The woman earlier is seen mourning 
over her husband's death]

PRIEST: BLESSINGS OF THE GREAT FATHER DESCEND AND GUIDE YOUR BODY'S RETURN 
TO THE EARTH. GREAT FATHER... GUIDE YOUR SPIRIT'S RETURN TO THE MOTHER OF 
ALL. THERE YOU SHALL FIND PEACE. FARAM.

[The camera switches in the day view of the battlefield, rainy. Many have 
lost their lives and died; their bodies crowded with birds feeding upon 
their rotting flesh. The screen turns black and "Final Fantasy XII" appears 
on the screen]

Narrative: 

THE DEATHS OF LORD RASLER HELOS NABRADIA WAS BUT ONE OF MANY TRAGEDIES TO 
BEFALL THE KINGDOM OF DALMASCA.

THE AIR OF HOPE THAT HAD SURROUNDED HER ROYAL HIGHNESS (H.R.H.) PRINCESS 
ASHE'S WEDDING WAS NOW QUITE LOST: DALMASCA HAD BEEN SET ADRIFT, AT THE 
MERCY OF HISTORY'S RESTLESS TIDES.

AT THIS TIME, THE GREAT EMPIRES STRUGGLED FOR DOMINIONS OVER IVALICE: 
ARCHADIA IN THE EAST, AND ROZARRIA, THE WEST. THE INVASION OF THE KINGDOM OF 
NABRADIA WAS ARCHADIA'S FIRST STEP IN ITS WESTWARD MARCH.

WITH LORD RASLER'S BELOVED HOMELAND CONSUMED BY THE HELL-FIRES OF WAR, IT 
SEEMED CLEAR THAT ARCHADIA WOULD SOON METE OUT A LIKE FATE TO DALMASCA. THE 
FALL OF THE FORTRESS AT NALBINA TOLLED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GREATER PART 
OF DALMASCA'S FORCES.

A COUNTER-ATTACK WAS MOUNTED BY THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF DALMASCA, EVER 
BRAVE AND FAITHFUL, BUT AGAINST THE MARTIAL MIGHT OF THE ARCHADIAN ARMIES, 
THEY STOOD LITTLE CHANCE OF VICTORY. 

INDEED, THEIR DEFEAT WAS TO BE ABSOLUTE.

SOON THEREAFTER, ARCHADIA CAME FORWARD OFFERING TERMS OF PEACE. OR, AS ONE 
MIGHT RATHER PUT IT, TERMS OF DALMASCA'S SURRENDER.

LORD RAMINAS, KING OF DALMASCA - AND MY DEAR FRIEND - HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO 
ACCEPT THESE TERMS. IT WAS, THUS, ONLY WITH RELUCTANCE THAT HE SET OUT FOR 
NALBINA FORTRESS - NOW UNDER ARCHADIAN OCCUPATION - TO AFFIX HIS SEAL TO THE 
EMPEROR'S TREATY OF PEACE.    

THE KING HAD SCARCE DEPARTED HIS ROYAL CITY OF RABANASTRE WHEN THE REMNANTS 
OF THE ORDER MADE THEIR RETURN. AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON, FOR A TERRIBLE 
REVELATION AWAITED THEM. 

THE TREATY WOULD BE SIGNED WITH STEEL AND WRIT IN ROYAL BLOOD. 

                                        ~ MEMOIRS OF MQS HALIM ONDORE IV
                                        CHAPTER 12: OF THE FALL OF KINGDOMS   

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T h e  T u t o r i a l                                    [title_tutorial]
- - -  - - - - - - - -

[The image is dark. Nothing can be seen, only a faint voice of a man growing 
louder can be heard. The tutorial starts with a vague image of the blonde-
haired man]

???: YOU THERE. CAN YOU HEAR ME?

MAN #2: IT'S AS I FEARED. THEY'RE SLOWING US DOWN.

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: DO NOT SAY THAT. NOT ALL OF US ARE HERE FOR LOVE OF 
BATTLE. HE FIGHTS TO DEFEND HIS HOMELAND.

[Man #2 walks away from the view]

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: YOUR NAME?

INJURED SOLDIER: REKS, SIR. MY NAME'S REKS.

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: GOOD, REKS. YOU BORE A FEW CUTS, BUT YOU ARE STILL WHOLE. 
WELL, CAN YOU STAND?

[The blonde-haired man offers his hand to Reks. Reks quickly grabs his hand]

- NALBINA FORTRESS - NORTH WARD

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: THINK YOU CAN FIGHT?

REKS: I'M FINE, SIR. 

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: HOW OLD ARE YOU, REKS?

REKS: SEVENTEEN, SIR.

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: YOUNG. FAMILY?

REKS: MY BROTHER IS ALL I HAVE LEFT, SIR. HE'S TWO YEARS YOUNGER THAN I, 
LIVING IN RABANASTRE.

BLONDE-HAIRED MAN: SO YOUNG. YOU'RE BARELY OLD ENOUGH TO BE A MAN. YOU 
SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO WIELD A SWORD. 

REKS: NO, SIR. I WANT TO FIGHT. FOR MY HOMELAND, AND FOR MY PARENTS.

[Man #2 quickly interrupts their discussion]

*MAN #2: IT'S TIME, BASCH! SAVE THE DISCUSSION FOR LATER. WE MUST REACH THE 
KING BEFORE THEY ACT! OR ALL OUR EFFORTS WILL BE IN VAIN. 

BASCH: I'M AWARE OF THE SITUATION.

[Suddenly, a group of enemy soldiers appear in numbers]

ENEMY SOLDIER: WE'VE FOUND THEM!

ENEMY SOLDIER: OVER THERE! 

[Basch readies his sword]

BASCH: VOSSLER, GO AHEAD! I WILL HANDLE THIS RABBLE. 

[Vossler looks at Basch, and holds his fists together]

VOSSLER: GODSPEED.

[Basch attacks and kills the enemy soldiers alone, Reks watches 
undisputedly]

BASCH: STEADY, REKS. KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU AND YOU'LL MAKE IT. WE MOVE!

[The training tutorial begins. Player simply learns how to navigate through 
the area, talk to the NPCs, confronting objects and enemies. Basch and Reks 
together with a number of men come to a stop. Reks looks at Basch]

REKS: CAPTAIN?

[A flying airship of the enemy stands in their way and forces them to fight. 
Battle with Air Cutter Remora begins. After a moment, Basch uses his "Mist 
Quickening" to damage the airship severely]

ENEMY AIRSHIP PILOT: ANTLION, THIS IS TONBERRY! MY ENGINES ARE HIT. SHE'LL 
NOT HOLD MUCH LONGER!

ANTLION (RADIO): WE RECEIVE YOU, TONBERRY. YOU'VE LEAVE TO RETIRE. WELL 
FOUGHT.

TONBERRY: MY THANKS, ANTLION! TONBERRY DISENGAGING!

[They later make their way towards the building]

BASCH: VOSSLER, WHERE ARE YOU?

REKS: WHAT IF CAPTAIN AZELAS HAS FALLEN?

BASCH: DON'T TALK SUCH NONSENSE! VOSSLER'S LAUGHED IN THE FACE OF DEATH FAR 
TOO MANY TIMES FOR HIM TO STOP NOW. MEN LIKE HIM DON'T DIE IN PLACES LIKE 
THIS. 

[Basch starts walking forward]

      - WE MUST MAKE HASTE TO REACH THE KING. WE WILL TAKE HIM TO SAFETY.

REKS: IS HIS MAJESTY UNHARMED?

BASCH: HE'LL AGREE TO AN UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER. THEY WOULD NOT DARE TOUCH 
HIM UNTIL THE WAX ON HIS SEAL IS DRY.

REKS: BUT IF WE ARRIVE AFTER HE SIGNED THE TREATY-

BASCH: WAIT. 

[Basch hears footsteps of soldiers drawing near]

      - QUICKLY, REKS!

[Basch and the others make through the area up the stairs. Enemies appear]

SOLDIERS: INTRUDERS! DON'T LET THEM ESCAPE!

REKS: SIR! WE HAVE LITTLE TIME! YOU MUST GO TO THE KING! I'LL HANDLE THESE!

[Basch looking doubtful of the situation]

BASCH: FIGHT WELL.

[Basch then leaves with the rest of the group. Later, Reks draw closer to 
the King's room, where he found many are slain and killed, including none 
other than the King himself]

REKS: YOUR MAJESTY...

[Out of nowhere, Basch appears from behind Reks, and as Reks turns around, 
he strikes a sword right into his stomach. The camera shows both men looking 
at each other, with Reks looking overly shocked and in great pain]

     - CAPTAIN, WHY? OUR KING- 
       WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

[Basch begins to speak, his voice different]

BASCH: THE KING INTENDED ALL ALONG TO SELL DALMASCA TO THE EMPIRE. HIS 
MAJESTY WAS A TRAITOR.

REKS: CAPTAIN, I-

[Reks falls down to the ground]

MAN: SEIZE THE INSURGENT!

SOLDIER: M'LORD!

[Reks is losing consciousness, vaguely capturing pieces of discussions 
between a mysterious man and Basch, now held tightly by the soldiers on his 
knees]

MAN: WELL, SO MUCH FOR PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS.

BASCH: WE'LL NEVER SURRENDER TO YOU! WE ARE NOT CATTLE TO BE SOLD TO A 
TRAITOR-KING!

MAN: BUT THE WAR IS OVER, MY DEAR CAPTAIN. YOU HAVE LOST. DALMASCA IS THE 
PROPERTY OF THE EMPIRE, NOW. AND TO THINK, WE INTENDED TO LET YOU KEEP SOME 
OF YOUR SOVEREIGNTY, OUT OF RESPECT. BUT NOW YOU'VE GONE AND RUINED THAT, 
HAVEN'T YOU CAPTAIN?

BASCH: WE WILL NEVER BOW TO YOU!

MAN: AND THE PEOPLE OF DALMASCA WILL HATE YOU FOR IT. TAKE THE CAPTAIN AWAY.

*SOLDIER: OFF YOU GO!

[Reks begin to lose consciousness terribly, whispering one final word...]

REKS: VAAN...

NARRATIVE:

PRETENSES LEFT BY THE WAYSIDE, THE ARCHADIAN FORCES RESUMED THEIR ADVANCE 
TOWARD RABANASTRE. DALMASCA'S DOOM HAD BEEN DECIDED.

TO MAKE RESISTANCE WOULD SERVE NO END. WITH THIS FOREMOST IN MY THOUGHTS, I, 
TO THE PEOPLE OF DALMASCA: "SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF DALMASCA, I BID YOU LAY 
DOWN YOUR ARMS. RAISE SONGS OF PRAYER IN THEIR STEAD. PRAYER FOR HIS MAJESTY 
KING RAMINAS, EVER MERCIFUL. A MAN DEVOTED WHOLLY TO PEACE.

"PRAYER, TOO, FOR THE NOBLE PRINCESS ASHE, WHO, WROUGHT WITH GRIEF AT HER 
KINGDOM'S DEFEAT, HAS TAKEN HER OWN LIFE."

"KNOW ALSO THAT CAPT. BASCH FON RONSENBURG, FOR INCITEMENT OF SEDITION AND 
THE ASSASSINATION OF HIS ROYAL MAJESTY (H.R.M.), KING RAMINAS, HAS BEEN 
FOUND GUILTY OF HIGH TREASON AND PUT TO HIS DEATH.

"THEY WHO AT THIS LATE HOUR CHOOSE STILL THE SWORD ARE CUT OF THE SAME CLOTH 
AS THE CAPT.: TRAITOR'S WHO WOULD LEAD DALMASCA TO HER RUIN."

DALMASCA'S SURRENDER WITHOUT TERMS WAS SOON TO FOLLOW.

                                        ~ MEMOIRS OF MQS HALIM ONDORE IV
                                        CHAPTER 13: THE PROVINCE OF ALLIES   

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T h e  R o y a l  C i t y  o f  R a b a n a s t r e       [title_rabanastre]
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[The scene switches to what appears to be an underground sewer at first. A 
boy holding a blade is seen standing in the center. He stays silent. The 
camera moves to a smaller boy overlooking the boy with the blade]

SMALL BOY: VAAN! HURRY IT UP OR THEY'LL FIND US!

VAAN: I KNOW, I KNOW! JUST A LITTLE MORE. YOU KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ME UP 
THERE, KYTES!

[Vaan begins counting the number of rats surrounding him. He readies his 
blade]

     - ONE... TWO... THREE MORE. RIGHT. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE.  

[Vaan kills all the rats]

KYTES: WOW, VAAN. YOU GOT 'EM ALL YOURSELF? GUESS I KNOW WHO TO CALL WHEN 
SOMETHING BIG COMES ALONG!

VAAN: HEY, IT'S GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE DESERT. I'M READY FOR ANYTHING NOW. 
THAT'S ENOUGH FOR TODAY. YOU SHOULD GET BACK TO MIGELO'S PLACE, KYTES. 
AREN'T YOU RUNNING ERRANDS FOR HIM?

KYTES: OOPS! HEH, TOTALLY FORGOT. YOU SHOULD COME, VAAN. HE'S BUSY TODAY. 
MIGHT HAVE SOME WORK FOR YOU TO DO, TOO.

VAAN: I GOT OTHER "WORK" TO DO. HEY, LOCK THIS PLACE UP FOR ME WILL YOU? IF 
MIGELO FINDS OUT WE'VE BEEN DOWN HERE, HE'LL TAN OUR HIDES.

[Vaan and Kytes walk up the stairs to the upper level]

- THE ROYAL CITY OF RABANASTRE

- YEAR 706 OLD VALENDIAN 
- TWO YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF DALMASCA

[The scene switches outside on the town, where business is heating up. Vaan 
gets a bite from a fruit. He stares at a scene. Two imperial soldiers are 
seen harassing a merchant]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: HUH? WHAT'D YOU SAY?

MERCHANT: SIR, YOU HAVEN'T PAID, AND-

[The soldier chokes the merchant as he says the following line]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: WHAT? HAVEN'T PAID?

MERCHANT: ON SECOND THOUGHT, PLEASE, SIR. TAKE IT. IT'S A GIFT.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER 2: LEAVE THE POOR SOD BE WE DON'T WANT TROUBLE TODAY. 

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: YOUR LUCK, PEDDLER.

[Vaan bumps into one of the Imperial Soldiers]

VAAN: OOPS, SORRY.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER 2: WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING, CHURL!

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: WHAT? MY POUCH! IT'S GONE!

IMPERIAL SOLDIER 2: THE BOY!

[The soldiers chase after Vaan. He couldn't be seen on the screen any longer. 
A few citizens block the soldier's path, and they couldn't keep up]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: GET OUT OF THE WAY! 

[Vaan reaches the other end, and slows down. He appears to be holding a 
pouch. As he looks behind, a mysterious hand from his back grabs the pouch 
away from him]

*VAAN: WHAT? 

[A girl looks up to Vaan. She appears to be displeased by Vaan's actions]

      - HEY, THAT'S MINE!

GIRL: WHAT DO YOU MEAN "YOURS"? YOU'VE BEEN STEALING AGAIN. WHAT HAPPENS IF 
THEY CATCH YOU? WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE FOR US, VAAN. YOU'RE NO GOOD TO 
ANYONE IF YOU'RE LOCKED AWAY IN A DUNGEON!

VAAN: OH, WHAT, AM I THE LEADER NOW? WE'RE ORPHANS. THE FIRST THING YOU 
LEARN IS YOU GOTTA WATCH OUT FOR YOURSELF. C'MON PENELO. YOU KNOW IT AS WELL 
AS I DO. HEY, YOU GIVE THAT BACK! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?

PENELO: I THOUGHT THAT THIS MONEY WAS THE PEOPLE OF DALMASCA'S PROPERTY. THE 
IMPERIALS STOLE IT FROM US, SO IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT WE TAKE IT BACK. IT'S OUR 
DUTY AS DALMASCANS. WELL, WASN'T THAT WHAT YOU SAID?

VAAN: YEAH, BUT I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT TAKING IT BACK FROM ME!

[Vaan recovers his pouch from Penelo. She appears to be holding some coins 
on her hand]

PENELO: THIS IS FOR THAT BREAD YOU TOOK THE OTHER DAY. JUST BECAUSE I HELP 
MIGELO OUT EVERY NOW AND THEN... IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU GET TO EAT FOR 
FREE, TOO, YOU KNOW.

VAAN: I KNOW THAT. YOU THINK I LIKE LIVING LIKE THIS?

[An airship flies delightfully on top of them. Vaan looks at it with a heart 
burning with passion]

     - ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'LL FLY AN AIRSHIP OF MY OWN. I'LL BE A SKY 
PIRATE, FREE TO GO WHERE I WILL. 

PENELO: WELL, BE CAREFUL. YOU'LL NEVER FLY ANYTHING IF YOU'RE ROTTING IN A 
DUNGEON! 

[Penelo starts to walk off in a distance. She halts and turns around]

       - OH, MIGELO HAD SOME ERRANDS THAT NEED DOING. HE WANTED YOU TO DROP 
BY HIS PLACE. IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO LEND A HAND!

[Vaan approaches Migelo outside his shop sometime later]

MIGELO: AH, VAAN, I WAS WAITING. 

VAAN: PENELO SAID YOU NEEDED SOMETHING?

MIGELO: AH! HAD ME SOME PACKAGES SUPPOSED TO BE ARRIVING BY COURIER IN THE 
MORNING. PERHAPS HE RAN INTO SOME TROUBLE OUT IN THE DESERT. NOW I'VE NO 
FOODSTUFFS TO PREPARE FOR THE BANQUET TONIGHT! 

VAAN: SO YOU WANT ME TO FIND THIS COURIER? HEY, NO PROBLEM!

MIGELO: NO PROBLEM? THE DESERT TEAMS WITH TROUBLE. I'D BE SENDING YOU TO AN 
EARLY GRAVE, M'BOY. NO, I'VE ARRANGED FOR SOME REPLACEMENT GOODS FROM TOMAJ 
OVER AT THE SANDSEA.

VAAN: SO YOU WANT ME TO GO TO THE TAVERN TO PICK 'EM UP.

*MIGELO: ACTUALLY, I ASKED KYTES TO DO THAT. WOULDN'T YOU KNOW HE'S GONE 
MISSING ON ME, TOO. BAH! I CAN'T LEAVE MY SHOP, AND I'VE PENELO ON ANOTHER 
CHORE AT THE MOMENT, YOU SEE. WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS TO RUN OVER TO THE 
SANDSEA AND FETCH KYTES BACK. WHAT DO YOU SAY?

[Vaan shakes his head]

VAAN: SOUNDS WILD.

MIGELO: IT'S EASY WORK, AND YOU'LL THANK ME FOR IT SOMEDAY.

[Migelo leaves the scene. Later, Vaan enters the Sandsea to find Kytes 
standing in front of a billboard]

VAAN: THERE YOU ARE, KYTES. STOP LOAFING AROUND!

KYTES: LOOK, VAAN, LOOK! THIS IS IT! THIS IS WHY MIGELO'S COURIER DIDN'T GET 
HERE ON TIME!

[Vaan reads the headline content of a poster]

VAAN: "CREATURE SPOTTED IN THE ESTERSAND". WHAT IS THAT THING?

[A man interrupts their conversation from behind]

MAN: AH, VAAN. MIGELO SEND YOU, TOO, DID HE? HE'S A BUSY MAN THESE DAYS, 
THAT MIGELO, IF I DARE SAY SO MYSELF. I DON'T ENVY HIM THE WORK, THOUGH. NOT 
A BIT. QUITE THE AFFAIR THROWING A BANQUET TO WELCOME THE IMPERIALS, EH?

[Vaan seems irritated by the thought of the imperials]

VAAN: WELCOMING? WE SHOULD BE- AH, WHATEVER. SAY, TOMAJ, WHAT'S THIS?

TOMAJ: DON'T REMIND ME. GOT SOME NASTINESS OUT THERE IN THE ESTERSAND WHAT'S 
STOPPING OUR COURIERS... AND THAT MEANS SHORTAGES ALL AROUND. THOUGHT I'D 
PUT UP A BILL... OFFER A REWARD TO ANYONE WHO CAN KNOCK THAT NASTY BACK IN 
ITS PLACE.

VAAN: NOW 'THAT'S' WORK. SOUNDS TEN TIMES BETTER THAN RUNNING ERRANDS FOR 
MIGELO.

KYTES: THAT'S RIGHT! VAAN, YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A SHOT! 

VAAN: AND YOU SHOULD BE GETTING BACK TO MIGELO. NOW, KYTES. HE WAS WAITING 
FOR YOU.

KYTES: OH! RIGHT, RIGHT.

[Tomaj explains the details on the License Grid and the Hunts. Players can 
always come back to him to check on how the system runs again in case they 
forget. Tomaj hands Vaan a writ of transit, and Vaan makes his way to the 
Eastgate. He is stopped by an Imperial Soldier]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: YOU THERE! LET'S SEE SOME PAPERS, BOY. NO PUBLIC PASSAGE 
ON ACCOUNT OF THE LORD CONSUL'S PARADE.

VAAN: OH, GEE, THAT'S TOO BAD. YOU SEE, IT JUST HAPPENS THAT YOUR 
PROVISIONER  FOR THE FETE TONIGHT... HE SENT ME TO PICK UP A FEW CHOICE 
MORSELS FOR THE, UH, CONSUL'S DINING PLEASURE. HE WANTS 'EM QUICK. I GOT THE 
WRIT OF TRANSIT RIGHT HERE. SEE? SIGNED: MIGELO. I'D JUST HATE TO SEE THE 
CONSUL UPSET BECAUSE HIS FOOD WASN'T READY ON TIME. AND I'D SURE HATE TO SEE 
HIM TAKE IT OUT ON YOU.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: THE LORD CONSUL IS A GREAT MAN... AND NOT ONE TO TAKE 
OFFENCE AT SUCH TRIFLING... MATTERS...  

[Two other Imperial soldiers approach the two. The first Imperial Soldier 
looks at both of them]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: MOVE ALONG, BOY. WOULDN'T DO TO KEEP THE CONSUL WAITING. 
RIGHT! GATES ARE CLOSED AFTER THIS!

[The gate opens for Vaan to pass through. Vaan later starts hunting for the 
Rogue Tomato in the Estersand, and engages it in battle. Vaan injures it, 
and it runs down. Vaan chased after it and finally vanquished the Rogue 
Tomato]

- ROGUE TOMATO VANQUISHED

[Vaan sees a pair of flowers growing wild in the desert]

VAAN: GALBANA LILIES? 

[Vaan approached the flower]

     - NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THEM GROWING OUT HERE.

[Vaan plucks a pair] 

     - This'll make a nice souvenir. Time to call it a day.

- A HANDFUL OF GALBANA LILIES OBTAINED

[Vaan returns to Rabanastre to find the gate has been closed. He finds Kytes 
before the gate]

KYTES: AH, VAAN! I GUESS I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO GOT LOCKED OUT OF THE CITY. 
I TOLD PENELO ABOUT THE MARK YOU WERE GOING AFTER, AND I GUESS I GOT HER 
WORRYING. SO THE TWO OF US HEADED OUT HERE TO FIND YOU. AS SOON AS I STEPPED 
OUT, THE GUARDS CLOSED THE GATES AND THINGS GOT CRAZY. I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE 
TO FIND HER SINCE. 

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: STAND BACK, THERE! BACK! THIS GATE'S CLOSED UNTIL THE 
CEREMONY'S OVER, DO YOU HEAR?

VAAN: NOW WHAT?

[A big chocobo moves pass Vaan. He is startled]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: OPEN THE GATE! ALL RIGHT, OUT OF THE WAY!

VAAN: WAIT A SECOND! HOW COME YOU LET THESE CHOCOBOS THROUGH THE GATE AND 
NOT US?

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: WHAT OF IT? THIS HERE IS A PEDIGREED PARADER, BOY. COST 
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GIL, THIS ONE DID. A PRETTIER PRICE THAN A HUNDRED OF 
YOU PROVINCIALS WOULD FETCH. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! WE DON'T WANT THE CHOCOBOS 
STINKING OF PEASANT. 

[Vaan is enraged]

VAAN: WHAT DID YOU SAY?

[Before he could act, a second soldier pushes him away]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER 2: STEP ASIDE!

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: RIGHT THEN, MOVE 'EM IN!

[Vaan looked to the ground. The Galbana Lilies is squashed]

VAAN: THAT DOES IT.

[His is stopped by a familiar voice coming from the other side of the gate]

???: HO HO! A FINE, FINE CHOCOBO YOU HAVE THERE. YES! TCHITA DOWNS STOCK, IF 
I'M NOT MISTAKEN.

[It's Migelo. He walks through the gate slowly as he speaks]

MIGELO: CHANGE THE SOIL, CHANGE THE CHOCOBO. AM I RIGHT?

[Penelo appears to be sneaking from behind Migelo to Vaan's side]

       - YES, YES. DIFFERENT SOIL MEANS DIFFERENT BOUQUET, TOO. TAKE A 
DALMASCAN BAROSE WINE, EH?

[Migelo offers a bottle of wine to the Imperials]

       - IT MAY LACK THE FLAVOR AND DEPTH OF SOME OF YOUR ARCHADIAN WINES... 
BUT IT HAS A CERTAIN STRENGTH OF CHARACTER. IT'S NOT BAD, REALLY, ONCE YOU 
GET USED TO IT. CARE FOR SOME, SIRS? THERE'S MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ALL TO 
COOL THEIR THROATS, OF COURSE.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: YOU, LET THESE CARTS THROUGH THEN WE CLOSE THIS GATE AS 
ORDERED. MY MAIL'S CHOKED WITH THIS SAND. 

[Migelo approaches Vaan and Penelo]

MIGELO: DON'T GIVE ME A SCARE LIKE THAT! YOU'RE LUCKY THAT ENDED WHERE IT 
DID.

[Penelo holds Vaan's arm]

PENELO: RIGHT. NOW'S OUT CHANCE TO GO THROUGH.

MIGELO: AH, THE CEREMONY'LL BE STARTING SOON. I'D BEST BE HURRYING.

PENELO: OKAY, WELL -

[Vaan dashes off through the gate] 

PENELO: VAAN, WAIT! WHAT IS IT? VAAN?

[They both run up the stairs. A CG plays. Vaan and Penelo are seen running 
through the streets; Vaan trying to catch up with the new Consul, now being 
carried away on a moving stage. He couldn't catch up and slowed down]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: WE WILL HAVE ORDER! I GIVE YOU YOUR NEW CONSUL... HIS 
IMPERIAL HIGHNESS LORD VAYNE SOLIDOR... COMMANDANT OF THE ARCHADIAN EMPIRE'S 
WESTERN AR- YOUR EXCELLENCY!

[Vayne walks alone, disliking the way he is introduced, addressing the 
people of Rabanastre himself]

VAYNE: PEOPLE OF RABANASTRE. IS IT WITH HATRED YOU LOOK UPON YOUR CONSUL? 
WITH HATRED, YOU LOOK UPON THE EMPIRE? 

*RABANASTRANS: SPIT ON YOUR EMPIRE! GO ON BACK TO ARCHADIA! LOOK AT WHAT THE 
EMPIRE'S DONE!

VAYNE: THERE WAS LITTLE POINT IN ASKING. BUT KNOW THIS: I HARBOR NO IDLE 
HOPES OF FRUSTRATING THAT HATRED. NOR SHALL I ASK YOUR FEALTY. THAT IS THE 
DUE OF YOUR FALLEN KING AND RIGHTLY SO. KING RAMINAS LOVED HIS PEOPLE. 
STROVE TO BRING YOU PEACE. HIS WAS A RULE WORTHY OF YOUR DEVOTION... EVEN 
NOW, HE REMAINS AMONG YOU, PROTECTING YOU. HIS ARDOR FOR THE PEACE AND WEAL 
OF DALMASCA FALTERS NOT. I WOULD ASK ONLY THAT YOU DO YOUR KING HONOR. 
TOGETHER, LET US EMBRACE THE PEACE, HIS MAJESTY WOULD SURELY DESIRE. TWO 
YEARS NOW DIVIDE US FROM WAR'S BITTER END, YET STILL ITS SHADOW LOOMS OVER 
ALL, STIFLING THE INFANT PEACE A PALL ONLY YOU MAY CAST OFF. ACHIEVE BUT 
THIS ONE THING AND YOUR HATRED OF ME AND OF THE EMPIRE WILL GRIEVE ME NOT. I 
WILL STAND FAST, I WILL ENDURE YOUR HATRED, SUFFER YOUR SLINGS AND ARROWS. I 
WILL DEFEND DALMASCA! HERE I WILL PAY MY DEBT! I SWEAR IT NOW! THOUGH KING 
RAMINAS AND LADY ASHE BE GONE, THEY STAND EVER AT THE SIDE OF THEIR PEOPLE. 
IN HONORING PEACE... YOU DO HONOR TO THEIR MEMORY, AND TO DALMASCA. WHAT I 
ASK, I ASK PLAIN. MY HOPES, NOW REST WITH YOU.

[Vayne holds his hand to his chest and bows down to the people. The crowd 
cheers for his believable speech. Later, he comes down from a set of stairs]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: IS RABANASTRE TO YOUR LIKING, M'LORD?

VAYNE: IT IS MAGNIFICENT! TAKE THIS CATHEDRAL, FOR INSTANCE. ELEGANT, YET 
WHIMSICAL IN ITS EXECUTION. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF GALTEAN ARCHITECTURE. I 
HOPE LORD GRAMIS MIGHT ONE DAY LOOK UPON IT HIMSELF.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: THE PATRON OF THIS EVENING'S BANQUET, MAY IT PLEASE YOUR 
EXCELLENCY.

[Migelo appears shy and respectful towards Vayne, being careful as he 
speaks]

MIGELO: I AM MIGELO, YOUR HIGHNESS. IT IS TRULY A PROFOUND HONOR TO MAKE THE 
ACQUAINTANCE... OF OUR FUTURE EMPEROR, HIGHNESS. THE PEOPLE OF RABANASTRE 
JOIN ME IN WELCOMING-

VAYNE: THAT'S ENOUGH OF "HIGHNESS". THOUGH INDEED I AM OUR EMPEROR'S SON, I 
AM NO PRINCE. ARCHADIA'S EMPEROR IS FREELY CHOSEN BY HER PEOPLE. I AM BUT AN 
ELECTED OFFICIAL AND NOTHING MORE.

*MIGELO: I MEANT NO DISRESPECT.

VAYNE: NOW THAT I THINK OF IT... I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU ADDRESS ME AS LORD 
CONSUL, FOR THAT MATTER. 

*MIGELO: OH?

VAYNE: HENCEFORTH, I AM A CITIZEN OF RABANASTRE. WHY DON'T YOU CALL ME 
VAYNE?

MIGELO: EH, I COULD NOT. THAT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT.

VAYNE: YOU ARE OVERLY FOND OF FORMALITIES. I'VE JUST THE REMEDY FOR THAT. 
TONIGHT YOU WILL JOIN ME, AND WE SHALL DRINK UNTIL YOU CALL ME BY NAME. 

[Camera switches to Vaan and Penelo overlooking Migelo and Vayne]

VAAN: HOW CAN HE STAND TO BOW TO HIM LIKE THAT?

PENELO: VAAN, YOU JUST DO NOT GET IT, DO YOU. HE'S NOT DOING IT BECAUSE HE 
WANTS TO. YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF HE DIDN'T?

VAAN: I KNOW. IT'S JUST-

PENELO: SO, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENT?

VAAN: I DON'T KNOW. 

[Vaan gets on his feet]

     - WELL, I'D DO SOMETHING.

[The screen is blank, and Penelo's voice can be heard] 

PENELO: VAAN? VAAN! YOU HAVEN'T HEARD A SINGLE WORD I'VE SAID, HAVE YOU. 

[The picture returns normally, with the two of them walking at the streets 
of Rabanastre]

       - THIS PLACE HAS CHANGED SO MUCH. IT'S LIKE IT'S NOT EVEN RABANASTRE 
ANYMORE, LIKE THE EMPIRE SWALLOWING IT WHOLE.

[The camera shows a view of the castle from afar]

VAAN: HEY, PENELO. THAT FETE TONIGHT. YOU THINK THEY'LL LET US IN?

PENELO: ARE YOU CRAZY? IT'S IN THE PALACE, AND WE DON'T HAVE AN INVITATION, 
IF YOU HADN'T NOTICED.

VAAN: SO... HOW ARE WE GETTING IN?

PENELO: AS IF I'D KNOW. WHY NOT ASK MIGELO TO LET YOU IN? OR GO SEE OLD 
DALAN IN LOWTOWN. WHY THE SUDDEN INTEREST, VAAN?

VAAN: I TOLD YOU! I'M GOING TO TAKE BACK WHAT'S OURS! GIVE BACK TO DALMASCA. 
C'MON, WHAT DO YOU THINK? IF I FIND SOMETHING AND IT FETCHES A GOOD PRICE, 
HOW 'BOUT I, UH... I BUY YOU ALL DINNER!

PENELO: OH, PLEASE! YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THE FIRST THING YOU'D BUY IS AN 
AIRSHIP! ALL HAIL VAAN, SKY PIRATE OF DALMASCA. IT'S GOT A NICE RING TO IT. 
STAY OUTTA TROUBLE!

[Penelo leaves the area. Vaan is left standing alone]

VAAN: HMM. AN AIRSHIP. I DUNNO. MAYBE. BUT NOT THROUGH MIGELO. TIME TO PAY 
OLD DALAN A VISIT.

[Vaan visit Old Dalan in Lowtown, and underground quarters for the poor]  

- YOU ARE NOW FREE TO ENTER LOWTOWN AND LEAVE RABANASTRE

[Vaan steps inside and walks towards the camera. Old Dalan greets Vaan]

OLD DALAN: AH, IF IT ISN'T VAAN RATSBANE. COME FOR A TIP ON HOW TO SKEWER 
SOMETHING BIGGER AND IN ARMOR? BY THE EAST GATE?

VAAN: WHAT, YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT THAT?

OLD DALAN: WISE I MAY NOT BE, BUT WELL-INFORMED I AM.

VAAN: THEY'LL GET WHAT'S COMING TO THEM SOMEDAY, BELIEVE ME. BUT THAT'S NOT 
WHY I'M HERE.

OLD DALAN: DO TELL.

VAAN: I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO SNEAK INTO THE PALACE. THEY'VE GOT TO HAVE SOME 
GREAT STUFF IN THERE! THOUGHT I'D PARTAKE.

[Old Dalan chuckles, almost laughing]

*OLD DALAN: NOT ONE TO MINCE WORDS, ARE YOU BOY. THE EMPIRE PROTECTS WHAT'S 
HERS. THAT MEANS THE PALACE AND ALL THE TREASURES INSIDE.

[Vaan immediately cut into Dalan's line]

VAAN: THAT'S WHY I'M GONNA DO IT! TO TAKE BACK WHAT'S OURS! 

*OLD DALAN: SO OUR CHAMPION OF THE SEWERS ASPIRES TO NOBLE ACTION. ADMIRABLE. 
PERHAPS I CAN HELP YOU. AH, NOW THAT I THINK ON IT, THERE WAS A RUMOR, YES. 
A SECRET PASSAGEWAY INTO THE PALACE VAULTS, A DOOR, AND A MAGICKED STONE TO 
OPEN THE WAY.

VAAN: THAT'S IT! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I CAME HERE TO TALK TO YOU FIRST, DALAN. 
SO... WHERE'S THIS, UH, MAGICKED STONE?

OLD DALAN: EH? OH, I'VE HAD IT FOR YEARS. IF I CAN REMEMBER WHERE I'VE 
TUCKED IT AWAY...

[Old Dalan later explains that the Crescent Stone that he bears has lost its 
power, and to restore it, Vaan has to travel to the Giza Plains and receive 
the Sun Stone. This is not spoken, rather a dialogue but I would include it 
anyway]

VAAN: I'VE HEARD ALL I NEED. SO THIS, UH, CRESCENT STONE. CAN I HAVE IT? 
THEN I CAN FIND THAT SECRET PASSAGE INTO THE PALACE, RIGHT?

OLD DALAN: NOT MUCH OF A LISTENER, ARE YOU... THE CRESCENT STONE HAS LOST 
ITS MAGICKS, WITHOUT THE POWER OF A SUNSTONE, IT WILL BE OF LITTLE USE.

VAAN: RIGHT. SO, WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE SUNSTONES? 

OLD DALAN: YOU SEEK GIZA PLAINS. SPEAK WITH THE NOMADS THERE. YOU WILL FIND 
YOUR SUNSTONE. LEAVE BY SOUTHGATE AND CONTINUE SOUTH. THEIR VILLAGE IS NOT 
FAR. THERE ARE LIKE TO BE BEASTS ON THE PLAINS, SO BE CAREFUL, M'BOY.

VAAN: YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ME. I'LL BE BACK BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.

[Vaan leaves Lowtown and makes his way to the Nomad Village in Giza Plains. 
He approaches a group of kids and noticed Penelo's presence]

VAAN: PENELO? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

PENELO: I COULD ASK YOU THE SAME! THOUGH THE ANSWER'S PRETTY CLEAR: NO GOOD. 

VAAN: WHAT? I'M BEING GOOD.

PENELO: HMM. IS THAT RIGHT? SO THEN. YOU WOULDN'T MIND IF I, SAY, TAGGED 
ALONG, WOULD YOU? 

*VAAN: HUH?

PENELO: OH, DON'T WORRY. MIGELO'S BUSY WITH PREPARATIONS FOR THE FETE AT THE 
PALACE. WHY, I'M FREE FOR THE WHOLE DAY. WELL? LET'S GET GOING!

*VAAN: HMM.

- PENELO JOINS THE PARTY!

[Before they head out, Penelo hands over 3 potions and 2 tufts of Phoenix 
Down]

- YOU CAN NOW CHANGE LEADERS AND ISSUE PARTY COMMANDS!
- GAMBITS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE PARTY MENU!

[Both travel to find the small boy, Jinn. The boy explains that they needed 
the power of light from the Dark Crystals all over Giza Plains to entrap the 
light into the shadestone of which he gave them. This will result in the 
production of the sunstone. Thereafter, they leave the Nomad Village and 
both went to see Old Dalan. Penelo stopped before they reach the entrance]

PENELO: HEY, VAAN?

*VAAN: HMM?

*PENELO: IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE DID ANYTHING TOGETHER. TOO LONG. I 
HAD A REALLY GOOD TIME. WELL, I SHOULD PROBABLY GET BACK TO THE STORE. 
ACTUALLY, I WAS KIND OF SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING THE PLACE FOR MIGELO. AND, 
VAAN-  

VAAN: I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. OKAY?

PENELO: THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO HEAR. SEE YA LATER.

[Penelo starts to walk away]

VAAN: SORRY, PENELO.

- PENELO LEAVES THE PARTY

[Vaan enters Old Dalan's place and talks to him]

OLD DALAN: NOW YOU'LL BE WANTING TO KNOW HOW TO SNEAK INTO THE PALACE, EH? 
FIRST, YOU GO TO STOREHOUSE FIVE. YOU KNOW THE ONE. TWO DOORS SHE HAS. NOW 
THE RIGHT TAKES VAAN RATSBANE TO HIS TERRITORIAL HUNTING GROUNDS IN THE 
SEWERBOTTOM... BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY YOU'LL GO, YOU'LL TAKE THE LEFT DOOR, 
DOWN INTO THE GARAMSYTHE WATERWAY. THE WATERWAY LEADS TO A STAIR, THE STAIR 
TO THE PALACE CELLARS. THAT'S YOUR WAY IN. BUT DON'T GO COUNTING YOUR GIL 
JUST YET, M'BOY. GETTING INTO THE PALACE WAS THE EASY PART. THE WAY INTO THE 
TREASURY IS CAREFULLY HIDDEN. THAT'S WHERE THIS CRESCENT STONE COMES IN. THE 
MAGICKS IT BEARS CAN OPEN THE HIDDEN DOOR TO THE TREASURY, YOU SEE. LISTEN, 
VAAN, FOR THE WORDS I SHALL SPEAK ARE MOST IMPORTANT, AND NOT TO BE 
FORGOTTEN. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? "THE SIGNET YEARNS FOR SUNSTONE'S STRENGTH, TO 
LIGHT THE CLOUDED WAY". ONCE IN THE PALACE, YOU'LL FIND THE SIGNET TILE. 
VERY IMPORTANT. GIVE TO IT THE SUN'S POWER, AND IT WILL LIGHT YOUR PATH. 
VERY WELL. OH, A WARNING: BE AWARE THAT IF YOU'RE CAUGHT... YOU'LL SPEND THE 
REST OF YOUR SHORT LIFE ROTTING IN THE NALBINA DUNGEONS. SO LOOK SHARP, 
M'BOY. AND DON'T GO RUNNING OFF BEFORE YOU'RE READY. PLANS FRESHLY HATCHED 
HAVE A HABIT OF TUMBLING FROM THE NEST... STRAIGHT INTO THE HUNTER'S STEWPOT.

[Old Dalan gives a cynical laugh, and hands over the stone]

- YOU OBTAIN THE CRESCENT STONE

[Shortly, the scene switches to an underground waterway].

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T h e  G a r a m s y t h e  W a t e r w a y               [title_waterway]
- - -  - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - -

- BENEATH RABANASTRE - THE GARAMSYTHE WATERWAY  

[A group of people can be seen on camera, with a familiar face on-screen]     

SOLDIER: SQUADS 3 THROUGH 6 ARE IN PLACE. THEY STAND READY. SO FAR THE 
IMPERIALS HAVEN'T NOTICED A THING.

VOSSLER: THEN GO NOW AND HURRY THE OTHERS. BY NIGHTFALL, WE MUST ENSURE ALL 
OUR MEN ARE IN PLACE. 

[The soldiers leave the area, leaving Vossler alone. As he angles his body 
behind, the camera partly reveals a woman in a red skirt walking slowly 
towards the camera, and then fades. The scene reverts back to Vaan. He made 
his way through the waterway, and to a staircase leading up. He successfully 
entered the palace. Soon, a CG plays, revealing a man and a Viera-female on 
a motorcycle-like vehicle. The man jumps off and strikes a pose in front of 
the camera. From here, Vaan makes his way through the palace and 
successfully finds the secret passage into the hidden room. The camera roams 
about the room as Vaan accidentally pushed a switch, activating a mechanism. 
A statue opens its head and a shiny object is revealed. Vaan grabs hold of 
the object, when his succession's shared with another]     

MAN: QUITE A PERFORMANCE. 

[Vaan looks behind. He sees a man shown earlier in the CG walking towards 
him]

VAAN: WHO ARE YOU? 

MAN: I PLAY THE LEADING MAN, WHO ELSE?

[As the next line is spoken, the Viera woman appears from behind Vaan]

    - FRAN, THE MAGICITE. 

FRAN: NOW THEN, I'LL TAKE THAT.

VAAN: NO YOU WON'T. I FOUND IT. IT'S MINE.

MAN: AND THEN WHEN I TAKE IT FROM YOU, IT'LL BE MINE.

[Fran, the Viera woman moves to the man's side. Soldiers can be heard 
coming]

MAN: EXIT STAGE RIGHT.

FRAN: THE GODS DO NOT SMILE ON US.

MAN: I LIKE IT BETTER THAT WAY.

- YOU OBTAIN THE GODDESS'S MAGICITE!

[Vaan runs outside an exit, and sees a couple of guards on the move. He 
retreats, and makes his way up to the top. He looks down and the camera 
reveals a war raging between the soldiers]

VAAN: WHAT'S GOING ON?

[A large airship on top of him fires a cannon and explodes on the ground, 
throwing Vaan backwards. He is then greeted by the man]

MAN: THE IFRIT, EH? IMPECCABLE TIMING. IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER, I'D SAY THEY 
WERE WAITING ALL ALONG. 

[The airship fires another cannon. An explosion is heard, and the camera 
shows the woman in the red skirt earlier, battling the soldiers on the 
ground. Vaan makes his escape from the man]

MAN: STOP RUNNING!

[Fran quickly emerges from behind Vaan with the vehicle, blocking his way]

MAN: END OF THE LINE! YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT BELONGS TO ME.

[Immediately the enemy soldiers appear from behind them. The man tilts his 
head behind]

*MAN: DAMN!

ENEMY SOLDIER: MORE THIS WAY!

MAN: FRAN! LET'S MOVE!

[He starts sprinting towards Vaan, and forcefully grabs him and jumps down 
the ledge]

    - OFF WITH YOU!

[He jumps straight to the vehicle which now hovers above ground. Vaan 
screams as he falls separately from the man. He is then barely held by the 
man by his hand, his body literally hanging on air]

VAAN: LET GO OF ME!

MAN: KEEP THIS UP AND I WILL!

[Fran seems to have difficulties driving the vehicle]

    - WHAT'S GOING ON FRAN?

FRAN: I DON'T KNOW. IT'S NOT HEEDING ME!

MAN: I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS!

VAAN: I-I'M SLIPPING!

MAN: NOT GOOD!

[They start to decrease in height towards the battleground, and later the 
screen fades. They are later shown in the Garamsythe Waterway]

FRAN: WHAT HAPPENED? OUR HOVER DIDN'T JUST DROP- IT DISAPPEARED.

MAN: BAH. FORGET IT. EVEN IF WE COULD FLY... THE IFRIT'S PLAYING WITH FIRE, 
AND I'D RATHER NOT GET BURNED. WE'LL GO THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY. 

[The man comments on Vaan's peculiar look by Fran's presence]

    - NOT MANY VIERA WHERE YOU COME FROM, THIEF? 

VAAN: IT'S VAAN. SORRY.

MAN: WELL, FRAN IS SPECIAL... IN THAT SHE'D DEIGN TO PARTNER WITH A HUME. 

FRAN: OH? LIKE A SKY PIRATE THAT CHOOSES TO STEAL THROUGH THE SEWERS?

VAAN: PIRATES? YOU'RE SKY PIRATES? SO YOU HAVE AN AIRSHIP?

[The man cut short Vaan's excitement]

MAN: IT'S BALTHIER. 

[Balthier gets on his feet]

    - LISTEN THIEF- VAAN. IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEE YOUR HOME AGAIN, YOU DO 
EXACTLY AS I SAY. MYSELF, FRAN, AND YOU. WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER NOW. 
UNDERSTOOD?

[Balthier catches a glimpse of the Magicite that Vaan holds]

VAAN: DON'T EVEN THINK YOU'RE GETTING THIS.

BALTHIER: THE THOUGHT NEVER CROSSED MY MIND.

- BALTHIER AND FRAN JOIN THE PARTY!

[The party walks a few meters, and Balthier begins to explain Gambits to the 
player. Later they spot dead bodies lying about]

BALTHIER: INSURGENTS. MOST LIKE THEY THOUGHT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A LAX 
WATCH WHILE THE FETE'S ON. ...TO FEED THE GOOD CONSUL A LENGTH OF STEEL FOR 
HIS SUPPER. I SHOULD THINK VAYNE USED TO SUCH HOSPITALITY. CLEVER. HE USED 
HIMSELF AS THE BAIT TO DRAW THEM NEAR, AND THEN SENT IN THE AIR BRIGADE. A 
FINE, BLOODY BANQUET. HMPH. I DARESAY I'VE SOILED MY CUFFS. IF A DUNGEON'S 
WAITING FOR US AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, IT HAD BEST HAVE A CHANGE OF 
WARDROBE.

[The party continues through the underground waterway, and comes to a stop 
in front of fight. The camera reveals a few imperial soldiers attacking a 
woman, and she defends herself fairly well. It appears to be the same woman 
in the red skirt]

*IMPERIAL SOLDIER: NOW WE HAVE HER!

[The lady slashed a soldier and he drops from the ledge]

WOMAN: WHO WOULD BE NEXT?

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: CLOSE RANKS! BRING HER DOWN!

[The enemy soldiers start to approach her in a group, forcing her to jump 
down from the ledge onto the ground below. Vaan runs closer to the scene]

VAAN: JUMP DOWN! HURRY!

[The woman jumps down and is saved by Vaan. He puts her back on her feet]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: SHE'S NOT ALONE!

FRAN: OUR RANKS GROW BY THE HOUR. 

BALTHIER: AND OUR TROUBLES WITH THEM.

[The imperial army engages them in battle; four against four. They quickly 
emerge victorious]

VAAN: YOU ALL RIGHT?

WOMAN: THANK YOU.

VAAN: I'M VAAN. AND THIS IS BALTHIER AND- HEY!

[Balthier silently faces the opposite way]

     - WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

WOMAN: AMALIA.

VAAN: AMALIA, HUH? NICE TO MEET YOU.

AMALIA: THERE WERE OTHERS WITH ME.

FRAN: I'M SORRY.

AMALIA: NO...

[The magicite in Vaan's hands start to glow quickly, radiating a bright 
light]

VAAN: HUH?

BALTHIER: OH, NOW ISN'T THAT IMPRESSIVE.

VAAN: DON'T GET ANY IDEAS. I SAID IT'S MINE.

BALTHIER: I'M AFRAID THE JURY'S STILL OUT ON THAT ONE.

AMALIA: YOU STOLE THAT?

VAAN: YEAH!

FRAN: HAVE YOU FINISHED? WHEN THE GUARDS DON'T REPORT IN, THEY'LL COME 
LOOKING FOR US. 

BALTHIER: IF THEY AREN'T ALREADY.

VAAN: YOU SHOULD COME WITH US. RATHER THAN BEING BY YOURSELF.

AMALIA: VERY WELL.

[Amalia walks pass the others in front of them]

VAAN: WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER?

BALTHIER: YOU HAVE A LOT TO LEARN BEFORE WE EVEN GET STARTED ON YOUR 
THIEVERY.

VAAN: WHAT'S THAT MEAN?

[Amalia stood still in the front, when the party soon approached her]

AMALIA: THE SITUATION REQUIRES I ACCEPT SUCH HELP I CAN FIND. THOUGH IT BE 
FROM THIEVES. I SHALL ACCOMPANY YOU UNTIL WE FIND MY COMPANIONS. NO LONGER.

BALTHIER: LET'S THINK OF HER AS A "GUEST", THEN. UNLIKE FRAN OR MYSELF, OUR 
"GUEST" PROBABLY WON'T BE TAKING ORDERS FROM ANYONE ANYTIME SOON. AND SHE'LL 
LEAVE WHEN SHE PLEASES. SO, WE KEEP TO OUR AFFAIRS AND SHE TO HERS. I DOUBT 
WE'LL FIND HER WANTING IN VALOR... BEING SUCH AN UPSTANDING MEMBER OF THE 
INSURGENCE.

AMALIA: RESISTANCE.

- AMALIA JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

       - WELL, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

[With Amalia in their party, they continue their objective to escape from 
the sewers. The party engages a group of Flan in battle, and later defeats 
the Firemane. As the battle is over, a voice is heard]

???: STAND WHERE YOU ARE!

[The party tilt their heads up. An army of imperial soldiers have already 
surrounded them from the upper floor; Vayne Solidor is gradually revealed 
from behind the soldiers. Balthier quickly holds Amalia back]

BALTHIER: NOW IS NOT THE TIME.

[The imperials approach them closer, as Amalia's eyes burn with rage as she 
stares into Vayne's face. Later, the scene switches to a section in Lowtown. 
The party is arrested and their hands are cuffed]

RABANASTRANS: THEY'RE THE THIEVES WHO STOLE INTO THE PALACE. IS THAT THE 
COMMOTION LAST NIGHT WAS ABOUT?

AMALIA: THEY THINK ME SOME COMMON THIEF.

BALTHIER: BETTER THAN COMMON A ASSASSIN.

[An imperial soldier started pushing Amalia away from the rest]

AMALIA: THESE PEOPLE HAVE DONE NOTHING. RELEASE THEM.

VAAN: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

AMALIA: DON'T INTERRUPT ME, I'M THINKING.

[Vayne Solidor crosses his arms, and started to walk away. In an instant, a 
familiar voice can be heard]

???: WAIT!

[The camera reveals the voice to be Penelo's]

PENELO: HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING! YOU HAVE TO LET HIM GO! YOU HAVE 
TO!

[Penelo struggles by the guard as they keep her at bay]

VAAN: PENELO! SORRY. THAT DINNER'LL HAVE TO WAIT.

PENELO: I TOLD YOU!

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: THAT'S ENOUGH!

[An imperial soldier hits Vaan on the head, knocking him unconscious]

PENELO: LEAVE HIM ALONE!

[Penelo break pass the soldiers holding her and started running towards Vaan, 
when she is stopped by Balthier. He offers her a piece of cloth]

BALTHIER: HOLD ONTO THIS FOR ME, WOULD YOU? JUST UNTIL I BRING VAAN BACK.

[He hands her his handkerchief]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: ON YOUR FEET! YOU, OVER HERE!

BALTHIER: ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT. EDGY, AREN'T WE?

[The scene switches to two bangaa, watching Balthier and company from a 
corner]  

BANGAA #1: IT'S BALTHIER, MY BROTHER.

BANGAA #2: WHAT DOES THAT PHILANDERER THINK HE'S DOING? I WAS TO KILL 
BALTHIER, NOT THOSE ADDLE-PATED IMPERIALS!  

[The screen fades to black. The scene switches to an inside of a hospital, 
it seems. The background is filled with bright light. It appears to be some 
sort of Vaan's dream while he's unconscious. As he speaks, Reks can be seen 
sitting quietly, as if to make no notice of Vaan's presence; dead]

VAAN: I BROUGHT YOU SOME OF THOSE FLOWERS YOU LIKE: GALBANA LILIES. 
REMEMBER? YOU ALWAYS SAID HOW THEY SMELLED NICE, AND HOW PRETTY THEY WERE. 
REMEMBER? THE KING- DID YOU? WERE YOU REALLY A PART OF IT? EVEN IF- EVEN IF 
YOU WERE- CAPTAIN BASCH MUST HAVE TRICKED YOU INTO IT!

[Vaan gets a hold of his brother, whom diffuses into air... and towards the 
light. The scene later fades. A view of a round structure is then shown; 
sand seeping through the holes on the ceiling towards the ground. Vaan 
regains consciousness]

BALTHIER: YOU'RE AWAKE. 

VAAN: WHERE ARE WE?

BALTHIER: PRISON, WHERE ELSE? MORE A DUNGEON, BUT IT'S REALLY ALL THE SAME. 

[Vaan gets on his feet, looks outside and hears a loud cry from afar. He is 
afraid, and starts to retreat. He almost trips on a dead body on the ground, 
and is startled]

*BALTHIER: RELAX, IT'S JUST A CORPSE. JUMP AT EVERY LITTLE THING DOWN HERE 
AND YOU'LL WEAR YOURSELF OUT. 

[Balthier yawns as he speaks]

          - IT'S NOT EVEN A PROPER DUNGEON. THEY JUST SEALED OFF THE BOTTOM 
LEVEL OF THE FORTRESS. TAKE A LOOK AROUND. WE'RE NOT THE FIRST THEY'VE 
THROWN DOWN HERE.

VAAN: WHERE'S FRAN?

BALTHIER: SHE'S OFF TRYING TO FIND US A WAY OUT. 

[Vaan steps outside, and hears more screams coming towards him]

         - REMEMBER WHAT CURIOSITY KILLED. JUST A FRIENDLY WORD OF ADVICE. 
THIS IS ALL THE WATER WE'VE GOT.

[Balthier shows Vaan a pouch containing water]

         - I'D SAVE YOUR STRENGTH IF I WERE YOU.

[Vaan seems to ignore Balthier's advice and continues forth]

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N a l b i n a  D u n g e o n s                    [title_nalbina_dungeons]
- - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - 

[Vaan exits the first area and reaches a second area. He walks along a wall, 
and looks up above. He sees a hollow hole with light shining through, and he 
continues forward. He sees many prisoners are chained. As he eyes around, a 
bangaa dropped from above, giving him the scare. Following the bangaa are 
two seeq with weapons, and later started to beat the bangaa]

VAAN: NO, DON'T!

[One of the seeq felt badly interrupted, and tilt its head back. Both of the 
seeq approaches Vaan slowly]

     - HE WAS DEFENSELESS...

[Vaan retreats and the seeq mutters something out of the ordinary. As he 
Vaan moves backwards, another seeq jumps from up above and knocks Vaan 
unconscious. As he regains consciousness, and as the camera recovers from 
the blank screen, Vaan is being pulled by one of those seeq into a circular 
pit. Vaan tries to balance himself on his two legs and attempted an escape. 
The gates suddenly close themselves and came another two more. Vaan is 
surrounded by three seeq, trying to beat him to a pulp. A familiar voice is 
then heard]

BALTHIER: SOMETHING STINKS IN HERE ALL RIGHT. I'VE CHANGED MY MIND. THIS IS 
NO DUNGEON, IT'S A STY. 

[Balthier emerges from outside the pit, overlooking the seeq. He spits and 
crack his knuckles]

         - I SAID YOU'RE THE ONE THAT STINKS, HAMSHANKS. HEAR ME NOW?

[Balthier jumps into the pit]

         - YOU ALL RIGHT, VAAN?

[Vaan nods, and the two of them are against the three seeq, using their bare 
hands. They both defeated them, and the prisoners start to gather around the 
pit. Seconds later, a scene showing the imperials marching towards the area 
is shown. The prisoners quickly dissemble themselves away out of fear of the 
imperials. The imperial leader walks in between the army towards the pit, 
and starts looking around inside it; the pit now empty. The camera then 
slowly reveals Vaan and Balthier taking cover behind a wall. The imperial 
leader looks behind him, nods and a green-skinned bangaa walks inside the 
area]

BALTHIER: GREAT. THEY JUST DON'T GIVE UP, DO THEY?

[The green bangaa forcefully pushes the imperial leader aside, and two of 
his comrades arrive]

         - NOW IS LOOKING LIKE A GOOD TIME FOR US TO LEAVE.

[Fran silently emerges from Vaan's left]

FRAN: THROUGH THE OUBLIETTE, THERE'S A WAY OUT. ONLY-

BALTHIER: ONLY YOU SENSE THE MIST. 

[Balthier goes under the opening of the gate to the other side, Vaan 
following behind]

         - THEN WE'LL NEED WEAPONS. 

[A voice from the back interrupts]

IMPERIAL LEADER: WHAT DID YOU CALL ME? SAY THAT AGAIN!

GREEN-SKINNED BANGAA: WHAT, YOU COULDN'T HEAR? I MERELY SAID THAT THE LOT OF 
YOU ARE INCOMPETENT FOOLS. IF YOU'VE THE SKY PIRATE IN YOUR HANDS, WHERE IS 
HE? 

IMPERIAL LEADER: YOU'D HAVE DONE BETTER, BA'GAMNAN. BY YOUR OWN WORDS, IT 
WAS THE IMPERIAL ARMY WHO CAUGHT THIS SKY PIRATE OF YOURS. WE'VE DONE YOUR 
JOB FOR YOU! WE DON'T REQUIRE THE ASSISTANCE OF FILTHY HEADHUNTERS. THE 
EMPIRE WILL RESTORE ORDER HERE.

BA'GAMNAN: EH? WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY NOW? MAYBE I'LL WHET MY BLADE ON YOU... 
BEFORE I KILL BALTHIER.

[He threatens the imperial leader, and the rest of the army ready their 
weapons, when suddenly a voice stopped them]

??? THAT'S ENOUGH, BA'GAMNAN.

FRAN: A JUDGE.

[A judge walks into the room covered in full armor, slowly and gracefully]

VAAN: A JUDGE?

BALTHIER: HMPH. THE SELF-PROCLAIMED GUARDIANS OF LAW AND ORDER IN ARCHADIA. 
THEY'RE THE ELITE GUARDS OF HOUSE SOLIDOR, WHICH EFFECTIVELY MAKES THEM THE 
COMMANDERS OF THE IMPERIAL ARMY. 

[The judge continues advancing forward with two men by his side]

         - IF YOU ASK ME, THEY'RE MORE EXECUTIONERS THAN JUDGES. NOT A 
FRIENDLY LOT, AT ANY RATE. WHAT ARE THEY DOING HERE?

JUDGE: THE EMPEROR IS WILLING TO OVERLOOK RACE FOR HIS MORE TALENTED 
SERVANTS. HOWEVER, THOSE THAT DO NOT SHOW RESPECT WILL RECEIVE NONE IN KIND.

BA'GAMNAN: YOUR HONOR...

JUDGE: YOU TRAVEL FREELY THROUGH OUR LANDS BECAUSE THE EMPEROR WILLS IT. AM 
I CORRECT?

*BA'GAMNAN: BAH!

[He starts to walk away, as if admitting defeat]

JUDGE: WHERE IS THE CAPTAIN?

IMPERIAL LEADER: WE HAVE HIM IN SOLITARY, YOUR HONOR. WE'RE READY TO BEGIN 
OUR INTERROGATION. 

JUDGE: THIS DOES NOT CONCERN YOU, BOUNTY HUNTER.

BA'GAMNAN: HE'S IN HERE SOMEWHERE! FIND HIM!

BANGAA #1: BWAGI, THAT WAY!

BWAGI: I WAS GOING THIS WAY!

*BANGAA #1: AH, WHAT'S THAT?

BALTHIER: TIME FOR THE HARE TO FOLLOW THE FOX.

*VAAN: HUH?

FRAN: THE MAGICKS BINDING THE DOOR TO THE OUBLIETTE ARE QUITE STRONG. TOO 
STRONG EVEN FOR MY TALENTS. 

BALTHIER: THAT'S WHY WE'LL GET THEM TO OPEN IT FOR US.

VAAN: HOW IS GOING DEEPER INTO THIS PLACE-

BALTHIER: WHAT'S WRONG? YOU DON'T TRUST HER? VIERA'S NOSES ARE SHARP. IF SHE 
SAYS THERE'S A WAY OUT, THERE'S A WAY OUT.

[They move out, and the camera shows the other bangaa moving out as well; 
the place now empty. As the party tails the Judge, they found their stash]

FRAN: LOOK.

BALTHIER: AH! THE PRISON REPOSITORY OF WRESTED RELICS AND RAIMENTS.  

VAAN: SO OUR THINGS ARE IN HERE?

BALTHIER: THAT'S WHAT I SAID.

- YOU RECOVER YOUR LOST ITEMS AND EQUIPMENT!
- YOU OBTAIN A MAP OF THE NALBINA DUNGEONS! 
YOUR LOCATION MAP FOR THIS AREA IS COMPLETE!

[The party barely escapes through a closing gate in time. They then see the 
judge walking through the area, and the whole army along with him]

BALTHIER: THERE ARE MORE TURNKEYS THAN CUTPURSES DOWN HERE. I'VE HAD MY FILL 
OF CHAINS. LET'S TREAD LIGHTLY, SHALL WE?

[The party finally reached the door held tight by the magick. The judge 
approaches the door and utters a magick word]

*JUDGE: AMARULSIVADUSHKU...

[The magick binding the door releases itself, and the judge goes through. 
The party follows behind, and a new scene rolls in. The judge approaches a 
rather familiar face, locked in a cage. The judge removes his helmet]

JUDGE: YOU HAVE GROWN VERY THIN, BASCH.

[Vaan is surprised at the mention of the name, silently the party watch]

      - LESS THAN A SHADOW. LESS THAN A MAN. SENTENCED TO DEATH AND YET YOU 
LIVE. WHY?

BASCH: TO SILENCE ONDORE. HOW MANY TIMES MUST I SAY IT?

JUDGE: IS THAT ALL?

BASCH: WHY NOT ASK VAYNE HIMSELF. IS HE NOT ONE OF YOUR MASTERS? 

JUDGE: WE'VE CAUGHT A LEADER OF THE INSURGENCE. SHE IS BEING BROUGHT FROM 
RABANASTRE. THE WOMAN AMALIA. WHO COULD THAT BE? SUCH A FAITHFUL HOUND TO 
CLING TO A FALLEN KINGDOM. 

BASCH: BETTER THAN THROWING IT AWAY.

[The judge puts his helmet back on]

JUDGE: THROWING IT AWAY? AS YOU THREW AWAY OUR HOMELAND?

[The judge and the imperials walk off. The party approaches the prisoner]

BASCH: WHO'S THERE?

[Balthier looked underneath Basch, hanging on air in the cage]

BALTHIER: THIS THE PLACE?

FRAN: THIS MIST IS FLOWING THROUGH THIS ROOM. IT MUST BE GOING SOMEWHERE.

*BALTHIER: HMM.

BASCH: YOU! YOU'RE NO IMPERIALS. PLEASE, YOU MUST GET ME OUT-

BALTHIER: IT'S AGAINST MY POLICY TO SPEAK WITH THE DEAD. ESPECIALLY WHEN 
THEY HAPPEN TO BE KINGSLAYERS.

BASCH: I DID NOT KILL HIM.

BALTHIER: IS THAT SO? GLAD TO HEAR IT.

BASCH: PLEASE, GET ME OUT. FOR THE SAKE OF DALMASCA.

[In all of a sudden, Vaan jumps towards the cage with an angry look, holding 
it tightly]

VAAN: DALMASCA!? WHAT DO YOU CARE ABOUT DALMASCA!? EVERYTHING THAT'S 
HAPPENED  IS BECAUSE OF YOU! EVERYONE THAT'S DIED, EVERY SINGLE ONE! EVEN MY 
BROTHER- YOU KILLED MY BROTHER! 

BALTHIER: QUIET! THE GUARDS WILL HEAR.

FRAN: I'M DROPPING IT.

[Fran kicks a switch and the chain released the cage downwards]

BALTHIER: PIRATES WITHOUT A SKY. 

[Balthier jumps for the cage and the three of them, along with Basch still 
trapped inside, goes downwards. The judge and the imperials' come, but they 
could only look. Sometime later, they reach ground. As Basch is free and 
begins to feel his bones again, Vaan immediately grabbed him, gives a loud 
cry and tried to punch him. Balthier held him back]

BALTHIER: SPARE US YOUR QUIDDITIES! 

VAAN: YEAH, BUT- BUT HE'S A-

BALTHIER: A TRAITOR, I KNOW. STAY HERE AND FIGHT, IF YOU WANT. IF YOU CAN 
WALK, LET'S GO.

VAAN: YOU'RE TAKING HIM WITH US?

BALTHIER: WE COULD USE ANOTHER SWORD ARM.

[Basch gets on his feet]

BASCH: AND YOU HAVE IT.

- BASCH JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

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B a r h e i m  P a s s a g e                        [title_barheim_passage] 
- - - - - - -  - - - - - - -

[The heroes go through with Basch in their party. They managed to restore 
power to the area, but they face a problem as they go through a gate. They 
realize the lights are getting dim]

VAAN: HEY! WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS? ONE OF THOSE?

[The camera focuses on a type of monster; sucking the electricity from a 
circuit]

BALTHIER: I'VE HEARD OF THESE: MIMICS. THEY DISGUISE THEMSELVES AS ALL 
MANNER OF THINGS, THEN STRIKE WHEN YOU'RE LEAST WARY. SOME OF THEM HAVE A 
FONDNESS FOR ENERGY, I'M TOLD. THEY GORGE THEMSELVES ON THE STUFF TILL 
THERE'S NAUGHT LEFT. 

VAAN: SO... WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

[A scene shows a ghostly-figure walking through the dark area]

BALTHIER: LIGHTS OUT. AND IT'S WORST IN THE DARK. MUCH WORSE. SO, LET THEM 
GET TOO CLOSE TO ONE OF THOSE CONDUITS AND THEY'LL SUCK IT DRY. BUT DON'T 
WORRY. IT'LL GIVE THE ENERGY BACK IF YOU ASK NICELY. STICKING IT WITH A 
SWORD HELPS TOO. CLOCK'S TICKING!

[The party goes through the Barheim Passage and through a gate. Here, they 
take a short break]

FRAN: THE MIST SEETHES.

BALTHIER: IT REEKS. SOMETHING'S CLOSE.

[Basch is putting some clothing on from a wounded enemy. He picks up a sword 
and starts practicing a few moves. He is secretly watched by Balthier]

BALTHIER: NICE MOVES THERE, CAPTAIN.

VAAN: YOU MEAN "TRAITOR".

BALTHIER: SO THEY SAY. BUT I DIDN'T SEE HIM KILL ANYONE. 

VAAN: MY BROTHER DID.

BASCH: REKS. HE SAID HE HAD A BROTHER TWO YEARS YOUNGER. I SEE. HE MEANT YOU. 
YOUR BROTHER. WHAT BECAME-

VAAN: HE'S DEAD. 

BASCH: I'M SORRY.

VAAN: IT WAS YOU WHO KILLED HIM!

BASCH: I GIVE YOU MY WORD: THAT WAS NOT THE WAY OF IT.

[A man is seen panting, running wildly; his vision is severely disturbed. 
Flashbacks recurring to Basch]

REKS: REKS, SIR. MY NAME'S REKS.

[Basch is then seen held down by the imperials]

     - HE'S TWO YEARS YOUNGER THAN I, LIVING IN RABANASTRE. 

VOSSLER: IT'S TIME, BASCH! SAVE THE DISCUSSION FOR LATER.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: WE'VE FOUND THEM!

REKS: BUT IF WE ARRIVE AFTER HE'S SIGNED THE TREATY-

[Basch is seen surrounded by soldiers at the King's room]

     - SIR! WE HAVE LITTLE TIME! YOU MUST GO TO THE KING!

VOSSLER: IT'S AS A FEARED. THEY'RE SLOWING US DOWN.

[Basch can be seen held down by the army]

REKS: CAPTAIN, WHY? 

[A man dressed almost exactly as Basch from head to toe, appears before the 
real Basch himself. The real Basch appears in a state of shock before the 
imposter]

     - OUR KING- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

???: HIS MAJESTY WAS A TRAITOR.

[The real Bach screams from a corner as the fake Basch stabs Reks. The scene 
reverts back to the Barheim Passage] 

BALTHIER: A TWIN BROTHER? FANCY THAT. HMM. BUT STILL, THE PIECES FIT. I'LL 
GIVE YOU THAT MUCH. AND HE DID LOOK LIKE YOU.

[Basch appears sitting against the wall; Vaan looking the other way around]

VAAN: I DON'T BELIEVE YOU.

BASCH: OF COURSE NOT. IT WAS MY FAULT THAT REKS WAS THERE. I AM SORRY.

VAAN: MY BROTHER, HE TRUSTED YOU. HE TRUSTED YOU AND HE LOST EVERYTHING. HOW 
CAN I BELIEVE YOU?

[Basch gets up on his feet]

BASCH: NOT ME THEN. BELIEVE IN YOUR BROTHER. HE WAS A FINE SOLDIER. HE 
FOUGHT TO THE LAST TO PROTECT HIS HOMELAND. NO. SURELY HE FOUGHT TO PROTECT 
HIS BROTHER.

VAAN: YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING!

BALTHIER: BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TO. WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. 
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE.

[The party continues south exiting the passage and engaging the Mimic Queen 
in battle. They destroyed it along with the place. The area collapsed and 
they head for the exit in time. They reach the desert]

BASCH: TO THINK DALMASCAN AIR COULD TASTE SO SWEET.

VAAN: WHERE ARE WE?

BALTHIER: THE ESTERSAND, BY THE LOOK OF IT. LET'S BACK TO RABANASTRE BEFORE 
WE SHRIVEL UP. BY YOUR LEAVE, CAPTAIN.

BASCH: YES, THE HOUR OF MY RETURN IS ALREADY OVERLATE. THE PEOPLE MAY HATE 
ME, BUT DOES NOT FREE ME OF MY CHARGE.

[Fran, Balthier, Vaan and Basch head back to the city of Rabanastre]

BASCH: I THANK YOU.

BALTHIER: I'D AVOID CROWDS, IF I WERE YOU. IN THIS TOWN YOU'RE STILL A 
TRAITOR, YOU KNOW. 

BASCH: THE RESISTANCE WILL SURELY FIND ME SOON. FATES WILL WE MEET AGAIN. I 
WOULD PAY MY RESPECTS TO YOUR BROTHER. 

[Basch walks away]

BALTHIER: YOU'RE A FUGITIVE NOW, TOO. STAY LOW FOR A WHILE.

VAAN: WHAT ABOUT THE STONE?

BALTHIER: DO AS YOU LIKE. THAT STONE'S ILL-FAVORED. 

FRAN: WE FEEL REGRET. WE SOUGHT THAT STONE AND FOUND OURSELVES ONLY WORRY.

BALTHIER: YOU OFFERING IT?

VAAN: IT'S MINE!

BALTHIER: THEN WHY DO YOU ASK? OUR REGARDS TO YOUR GIRL.

FRAN: WE STAY IN RABANASTRE A WHILE.

[Balthier and Fran walk away. Vaan seems to be talking to his late brother, 
while holding the magicite]

VAAN: WHAT DO YOU THINK? CAN I TRUST BASCH? I GOTTA GET RID OF THIS THING. 
BUT MAYBE I SHOULD SHOW IT TO PENELO FIRST. SO SHE KNOWS I GOT SOMETHING. 
SHE'D BE AT MIGELO'S PLACE THIS TIME OF DAY.

- BALTHIER AND FRAN LEAVE THE PARTY.

[Vaan enter Migelo's Sundries. He finds Kytes standing about]

KYTES: VAAN, IS IT REALLY YOU? I HEARD YOU GOT TOOK OFF TO NALBINA!

VAAN: THE IMPERIALS'LL NEED MORE THAN A DUNGEON TO STOP ME. 

KYTES: YOU BROKE OUT OF A DUNGEON? WHOA!

VAAN: HEY, TRY AND KEEP IT DOWN, WOULDYA? PENELO ISN'T HERE, IS SHE? OUT ON 
A DELIVERY, MAYBE?

KYTES: NOPE,, HAVEN'T SEEN HER ALL DAY. NOT LIKE HER TO UP AND SKIP OUT ON 
WORK LIKE THAT. MIGELO'S NOT HERE, EITHER. HE WENT RUNNING OFF SOMEWHERE A 
LITTLE WHILE AGO. 

VAAN: SO MUCH FOR MY BIG WELCOME. GUESS EVERYBODY'S BUSY. 

KYTES: I GOT MY HANDS FULL WATCHING THE SHOP... AND OLD DALAN HAD SOMETHING 
FOR ME TO DO, BUT I CAN'T GET AWAY.

OLD DALAN, HUH? TELL YOU WHAT. I'LL GO SEE HIM FOR YOU.

KYTES: REALLY?

VAAN: WELL, NOTHING BETTER TO DO.

[Vaan goes to see Old Dalan]

OLD DALAN: WELL, WELL. LOOK WHO WE HAVE HERE! HEARD YOU WERE SENT OFF TO 
NALBINA? 

VAAN: AND I GOT OUT OF THERE AS FAST AS I COULD. BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT, 
DALAN. HERE, LOOK AT THIS!

OLD DALAN: MY, MY, MY. QUITE A TREASURE YOU'VE GOT THERE.

VAAN: WELL, YOU KNOW, I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP. 

OLD DALAN: SO, THERE IS MORE TO THIS GUTTER-CHURL THAN FIRST MEETS THE EYE. 
VAAN, I'VE AN ERRAND: A SIMPLE FAVOR TO BEG OF YOU. I WAS GOING TO ASK THAT 
KYTES TO GO, BUT I SHOULD THINK THAT YOU OUGHT TO DO. NO- NO I THINK YOU'RE 
JUST THE ONE. 

[Old Dalan grabs something from behind him]

          - THERE'S A FELLOW BY THE NAME OF AZELAS, AND I NEED YOU TO BRING 
THIS SWORD TO HIM.

VAAN: THAT'S- THAT'S A SWORD OF THE OLD ORDER.

OLD DALAN: SPEAK MY NAME WHEN YOU ARRIVE. THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GET IN TO 
SEE HIM.

[Old Dalan hands over the sword to Vaan]

          - I'VE MADE A NOTE ON YOUR MAP SHOWING YOU WHERE HE CAN BE FOUND. 
MIND YOU, YOU ARE TO DELIVER THE SWORD TO HIM PERSONALLY. 

*VAAN: I WILL. HEY, DALAN? COULD I GET YOU TO DO SOMETHING FOR ME? I NEED TO 
FIND OUT WHERE PENELO IS. I WANTED TO SHOW HER WHAT I GOT FROM THE PALACE, 
BUT I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND HER ANYWHERE. CAN YOU LET ME KNOW IF YOU 
HEAR ANYTHING?

OLD DALAN: YOU CAN JUST LEAVE THAT TO ME.

VAAN: THANK, DALAN.

[Vaan walks away; the camera focuses on Old Dalan as he speaks to himself]

OLD DALAN: AND SO IT IS DONE. BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH TO REMIND HIM OF WHAT 
THE ORDER ONCE MEANT?

- YOU OBTAIN A SWORD OF THE ORDER!

[Vaan goes to the hideout on the North section of Lowtown. He speaks to the 
name and utters Old Dalan's name. He is then allowed to enter. The scene 
later switches to an argument of three men inside a room]

MAN: THEN WHAT OF ONDORE'S PROCLAMATION? DID THEY FOOL EVEN THE MARQUIS?

MAN #2: WHAT IF A JUDGE KILLED THE KING, NOT THE CAPTAIN? THAT WOULD EXPLAIN 
EVERYTHING WOULDN'T IT?

MAN #3: THEN THE CAPTAIN WOULD BE BROTHER TO A JUDGE! HOW ARE WE TO TRUST 
SUCH A MAN?

[Basch appears through a door, shaved and tidied up with new clothes. He 
draws the attention of everyone in the room]

VOSSLER: NOW THERE IS THE BASCH I REMEMBER.

BASCH: THEN WILL YOU FIGHT AGAIN AT MY SIDE?

MAN #1: HIS WORD ALONE CONVINCES ME OF NOTHING!

MAN #2: I'D TAKE HIS WORD OVER THAT OF A MOUTHPIECE MARQUIS!

MAN #3: THEN YOU NAME REKS LIAR WITH HIM.

[Out comes Vaan on the camera]

VAAN: MY BROTHER WAS NO LIAR!

BASCH: JUST THE OPPOSITE. REKS WAS THE WITNESS THEY NEEDED. THEY HAD TO MAKE 
IT APPEAR AS IF I'D KILLED THE KING- REKS BEARS NO BLAME. THE FATES HAVE 
WILLED IT. 

*VOSSLER: SO THIS IS REKS'S BROTHER.

[Vossler takes the sword from Vaan]

         - YOUR WORDS MAY CONVINCE THIS CHILD, BUT THEY WEIGH TOO LIGHTLY ON 
THE SCALES FOR MY TASTE. OUR PATHS WILL REMAIN SEPARATE.

BASCH: DO YOU NOT THINK AMALIA WORTH SAVING?

VOSSLER: I HOLD MEN'S LIVES IN MY HANDS. I MUST SEE FOES IN EVERY SHADOW. 
THE NIGHT WE MOVED AGAINST VAYNE, HE KNEW. I WILL NOT CHANCE SUCH 
DISADVANTAGE AGAIN. I MUST TREAT YOU AS I WOULD ONDORE- AS I WOULD TREAT ANY 
ABETTOR OF THE EMPIRE.

BASCH: THEN WHAT WILL YOU DO? HOLD ME HERE IN CHAINS? 

[The screen splits to two; both men stare at each other's eyes. Vossler 
tosses the sword over to Basch. He catches it firmly]

      - SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE. DO THEY.

VOSSLER: LISTEN TO ME, BASCH. YOUR CAGE MAY HAVE NO BARS, BUT IT IS A CAGE. 
THE EYES OF THE RESISTANCE WATCH UNBLINKING.

BASCH: LET THEM WATCH. I KNOW SOMETHING OF CAGES.

[Basch heads for the exit. Vaan hesitantly follows him outside]

VAAN: THAT'S RIGHT... AMALIA'S IN THE RESISTANCE.

BASCH: THEN YOU KNOW HER.

VAAN: SORT OF. WE MET JUST BEFORE WE GOT SENT TO NALBINA. I'VE KNOWN NICER 
PEOPLE.

BASCH: OUR PATHS KEEP CROSSING, YOURS AND MINE. IT'S MORE THAN COINCIDENCE.

VAAN: IT'S ANNOYING. 

BASCH: I'M SORRY. ALLOW ME ONE LAST ANNOYANCE: A FAVOR TO ASK. I WANT YOU TO 
TAKE ME TO BALTHIER. EVEN CAGED BIRDS NEED WINGS. 

VAAN: THIS MAKES US EVEN.

BASCH: EVEN?

VAAN: FOR NALBINA. WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. 

- BASCH JOINS THE PARTY!

[BOTH OF THE MEN APPROACH THE SANDSEA LOOKING FOR BALTHIER, WHEN BASCH SLOWS 
DOWN AS HE STARES AT THE CHILDREN ON THE STREETS]

VAAN: A LOT OF KIDS LOST THEIR PARENTS IN THE WAR. MINE- MINE HAD ALREADY 
DIED BEFORE THAT. THE PLAGUE TOOK THEM BOTH.

BASCH: I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T KNOW. 

IT'S OKAY. IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS NOW. AFTER THAT, I LIVED WITH MY FRIEND 
PENELO AND HER FAMILY. THEN... THEN THE WAR CAME. 

BASCH: I AM SORRY.

VAAN: YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP APOLOGIZING. REALLY, IT'S ALL RIGHT. I KNOW IT 
WASN'T YOUR FAULT. I SEE THAT NOW. YOU DIDN'T KILL MY BROTHER. IT WAS THE 
EMPIRE. MY BROTHER TRUSTED YOU. AND HE WAS RIGHT.

[Vaan and Basch gone up to the second floor of The Sandsea. There, they spot 
Migelo talking to the pirates]

BALTHIER: AS I SAID, A MISUNDERSTANDING.

MIGELO: MISUNDERSTANDING!? WHAT I AM UNDERSTANDING IS THEY TOOK PENELO 
BECAUSE OF YOU! 

VAAN: WHAT? WHAT ABOUT PENELO?

MIGELO: OH, VAAN! THEY'VE TAKEN PENELO! AND THERE WAS A NOTE- A NOTE FOR 
THIS BALTHIER! COME TO THE BHUJERBA MINES, IT SAID.

FRAN: IT'S BA'GAMNAN. HE WAS IN NALBINA.

MIGELO: IF ANYTHING WERE TO HAPPEN TO THAT SWEET CHILD- WHY, I'VE HER 
PARENTS' MEMORY TO CONSIDER! YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO HER AID, AND THAT'S THAT! 
IT'S WHAT YOU SKY PIRATES DO, ISN'T IT?

BALTHIER: I DON'T RESPOND WELL TO ORDERS. YOU DO KNOW THAT THE IMPERIAL 
FLEET IS MASSING AT BHUJERBA?

VAAN: FINE, THEN I'LL GO! YOU AT LEAST HAVE AN AIRSHIP, DON'T YOU? JUST GET 
ME THERE, AND I'LL FIND PENELO MYSELF.

BASCH: I'LL JOIN YOU.

*VAAN: HUH?

BASCH: I HAVE SOME BUSINESS THERE AS WELL.

BALTHIER: AN AUDIENCE WITH THE MARQUIS, BY CHANCE? 

VAAN: BALTHIER, JUST TAKE US AND THIS IS YOURS.

[He shows him the magicite]

FRAN: THE GODS ARE TOYING WITH US.

[Balthier gets up from his chair, followed by Fran]

BALTHIER: MAKE YOURSELVES READY. WE LEAVE SOON.

VAAN: RIGHT! 

- BALTHIER AND FRAN JOIN THE PARTY!

[Balthier briefs Vaan of the plan. This is a dialogue however, but I shall 
include this nonetheless]

BALTHIER: BA'GAMNAN'S NOTE CAN ONLY BE REFERRING TO THE LHUSU MINES IN 
BHUJERBA. WE'LL LEAVE AT ONCE. WHEN YOU'RE READY, MEET ME IN THE AERODROME. 
I SHOULD IMAGINE IT'S STILL BY THE WEST GATE... WE WEREN'T IN NALBINA ALL 
THAT LONG. DO BE QUICK. I'D LIKE TO SAVE YOUR GIRL AND BE RID OF THIS 
HEADACHE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  

[Vaan goes to see Balthier in the Aerodrome at the West Gate]

          - BHUJERBA'S ON THE SKY CONTINENT OF DORSTONIS, AND THE MAGICITE 
MINE WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS IN BHUJERBA. IF WE'RE GOING TO SAVE YOUR GIRL, WE 
START THERE. YOU READY TO LEAVE

[Vaan answers "I'M READY"]

          - YOU DO REALIZE THAT ONCE WE'VE LEFT, YOU MAY NOT SEE RABANASTRE 
FOR A WHILE. ONCE WE LEAVE, THERE'LL BE NO LOOKING BACK.

[Vaan answers "I'M REALLY READY"]

          - WE MAKE FOR THE LHUSU MINES IN BHUJERBA. SEEMS I TOOK ON MORE 
BAGGAGE IN RABANASTRE THAN I'D PLAN... WELL, LET'S SAVE YOUR GIRL AND BE 
DONE WITH IT. COME ON.

[Balthier, Fran, Basch and Vaan walk up to the airship]

*VAAN: WHOA!

BALTHIER: THIS IS THE STRAHL. SHE AIRSHIP ENOUGH FOR YOU?

[Vaan starts running closer to the Strahl, admiring it]

VAAN: THE STRAHL... YOU REALLY ARE A SKY PIRATE!

BALTHIER: WELL, THE HEADHUNTERS SEEM TO THINK SO. WHAT'S THE GOOD WORD? IS 
SHE READY?

[A few moogles jump out of the airship's steps. They signal to Balthier]

VAAN: SO, IS SHE ARMED? HOW FAST IS SHE? COULD SHE TAKE THE IFRIT? 

BALTHIER: I SUPPOSE I COULD TELL YOU, BUT... WOULDN'T YOU RATHER SEE IT FOR 
YOURSELF?

*VAAN: YEAH!

[They're in the airship]

BALTHIER: FRAN, OUR COURSE.

FRAN: THE SHORTEST WAY'S OVER DORSTONIS. 

BASCH: HOW FLIES BHUJERBA?

*BALTHIER: OH, SHE'S FREE AS CAN BE, FOR NOW. THE EMPIRE TOOK NOTICE WHEN 
THEY ANNOUNCED THE PRINCESS'S UNFORTUNATE SUICIDE AND YOUR UNTIMELY 
EXECUTION.

BASCH: IF IT BECOMES KNOWN THAT I AM ALIVE, THE MARQUIS WILL LOSE THEIR 
FAVOR.

BALTHIER: I TRY TO STEER CLEAR OF SUCH THINGS. RIGHT. IT'S TIME TO FLY. AND  
NO WAGGING TONGUES OR YOU'RE LIKE TO BITE THEM OFF. 

[Vaan speaks to himself]

VAAN: I'M COMING, PENELO.

[The Strahl makes its way to Bhujerba. Meanwhile, a cut-scene shows Penelo 
in a confined room. She appears to be alone and chained]

BA'GAMNAN: YOU'VE SEEN TO HER FEEDING, YES?

BANGAA: I HAVE, MY BROTHER. SHE EATS WELL.

[The three bangaa approach Penelo]

BA'GAMNAN: SEE THAT SHE DOES. WE NEED HER ALIVE. BALTHIER'S BAIT MUST BE 
FRESH.

PENELO: I KEEP TRYING TO TELL YOU! I BARELY EVEN KNOW WHO BALTHIER IS!

BANGAA #2: MY BROTHER! A MESSAGE COME FROM RABANASTRE. THE STRAHL, SHE'S SET 
SAIL! SHE MAKES STRAIGHT FOR THE SKYCITY OF BHUJERBA! 

BA'GAMNAN: BARELY KNOW, WAS IT? YET AT A TRICE HE GOES BOUNDING OFF FOR YOU! 
TELL ME, HOW COULD THAT BE?

PENELO: THAT'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO KNOW! I JUST MET HIM THAT ONE TIME (AND 
THAT'S IT)-

BA'GAMNAN: DOES THAT TONGUE NEVER STOP? WHAT IF WE PLUCKED IT FROM YOUR 
HEAD? AS FOR YOU! WE NEED BALTHIER ALIVE! HIS CORPSE FETCHES BUT HALF THE 
BOUNTY! 

[Ba'gamnan starts to leave the room, followed the by rest]

BANGAA #2: A TENDER BEATING, MY SPECIALTY!

BANGAA: THERE'S NO FUN FOR IT IF WE CAN'T TEASE OUT A SCREAM OR TWO!

[The group gives out a loud, evil laugh from afar, as the camera focuses on 
Penelo alone in the room, looking outside the window to the light]

PENELO: WHERE ARE YOU?

[Later, a CG plays showing the Strahl making her way to the Skycity of 
Bhujerba. Right after they land at the aerodrome in Bhujerba, they seem a 
few Imperial guards running about]

BALTHIER: EASY.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: NO GOOD. HE'S NOT HERE.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER #2: KEEP SEARCHING.

*IMPERIAL SOLDIER #3: THIS WAY!

BALTHIER: YOU'RE A DEAD MAN. DON'T FORGET IT. AND NO NAMES.

BASCH: OF COURSE.

[The party steps outside the aerodrome]

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T h e  S k y c i t y  o f  B h u j e r b a                [title_bhujerba] 
- - -  - - - - - - -  - -  - - - - - - - -

BALTHIER: THE LHUSU MINES ARE JUST UP AHEAD.

BOY: YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY TO THE MINES? THEN PLEASE, ALLOW ME TO ACCOMPANY YOU. 
I'VE AN ERRAND TO ATTEND TO THERE.

BASCH: WHAT MATTER OF ERRAND?

BOY: WHAT ERRAND? I MIGHT ASK THE SAME OF YOU.

BALTHIER: RIGHT, COME ON THEN.

VAAN: WHAT?

BOY: EXCELLENT.

BALTHIER: DO ME FAVOR AND STAY WHERE I CAN KEEP MY EYE ON YOU. SHOULD BE 
LESS TROUBLE THAT WAY. 

BOY: FOR US BOTH.

VAAN: SO WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

BOY: OH, I'M LAMONT. 

VAAN: DON'T WORRY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN THAT MINE, LAMONT. YOU'RE IN GOOD 
HANDS. RIGHT, BASCH?

[Balthier is surprised by Vaan's words, but it appears that he's holding 
back any sort of anger]

- LAMONT JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

[The party then head towards Lhusu Mines. They approach the entrance]

BALTHIER: THE LHUSU MINES: ONE OF THE RICHEST VEINS IN IVALICE. 

BASCH: UNDER IMPERIAL GUARD, NO DOUBT.

*LAMONT: ACTUALLY, NO. WITH BUT FEW EXCEPTIONS, THE IMPERIAL ARMY IS NOT 
PERMITTED WITHIN BHUJERBA. WELL, SHALL WE PROCEED?

[Basch and Balthier look at each other in surprise. Lamont continues alone 
forward. They then entered a few meters in afterwards. As they see shadows 
in a corridor, they hid themselves. A judge, and elder man with two 
attendants can be seen in the corridor, walking steadily but slowly 
altogether]

JUDGE: YOU WILL FORGIVE ME FOR ASKING, BUT YOU ARE DIVERTING THE PUREST OF 
THE MAGICITE-

ELDER MAN: I CAN ASSURE YOU IT REACHES LORD VAYNE MOST DISCREETLY.

JUDGE: YOU WEAR YOUR SADDLE WELL.

ELDER MAN: BE THAT AS IT MAY, I HAVE NO INTENTION OF BEING BRIDLED, YOUR 
HONOR. 

JUDGE: THEN YOU PREFER THE WHIP? STUBBORNNESS WILL SEE NOT ONLY YOU BROKEN, 
EXCELLENCY, BUT BHUJERBA AS WELL. 

[Lamont comes out of hiding]

LAMONT: HALIM ONDORE IV, THE MARQUIS OF BHUJERBA. THE MARQUIS SERVED AS 
MEDIATOR AT THE NEGOTIATIONS OF DALMASCA'S SURRENDER. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT 
HE IS SOMEWHAT LESS NEUTRAL NOW.

BALTHIER: THEY SAY HE'S BEEN HELPING THE RESISTANCE.

LAMONT: THEY SAY MANY THINGS.

BALTHIER: YOU'RE SERIOUSLY WELL INFORMED. WHO DID YOU SAY YOU WERE AGAIN?

[Balthier's question is interrupted]

VAAN: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? WE HAVE TO FIND PENELO.

LAMONT: AND PENELO IS YOUR-

VAAN: SHE'S A FRIEND. SHE WAS KIDNAPPED AND TAKEN HERE.

[Vaan starts running forth; the party follows]

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L h u s u  M i n e s                                 [title_lhusu_mines]       
- - - - -  - - - - - 

[The party continues inside the mines. A cut-scene plays when they reach a 
mining site]

LAMONT: THIS IS WHAT I CAME HERE TO SEE.

[He holds something in his hands]

VAAN: WHAT'S THAT?

LAMONT: IT'S NETHICITE. MANUFACTED NETHICITE.

VAAN: NETHICITE?

LAMONT: UNLIKE REGULAR MAGICITE, NETHICITE ABSORBS MAGICKAL ENERGY. THIS IS 
THE FRUIT OF RESEARCH INTO THE MANUFACTURE OF NETHICITE. ALL AT THE HANDS OF 
THE DRAKLOR LABORATORY. 

[Lamont gets up, and starts walking further ahead. Balthier smells something 
fishy]

       - SO THIS IS WHERE THEY'RE GETTING THE MAGICITE. 

BALTHIER: ERRAND ALL ATTENDED TO, THEN? 

[Balthier starts to walk towards Lamont]

LAMONT: THANK YOU. I'LL REPAY YOU SHORTLY. 

BALTHIER: NO, YOU'LL REPAY US NOW. WE HAVE TOO MUCH ON OUR HANDS TO GO ON 
HOLDING YOURS. SO WHERE DID YOU HEAR THIS FAIRYTALE ABOUT "NETHICITE"? AND 
WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SAMPLE YOU CARRY? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DRAKLOR 
LABORATORIES? 

[Balthier walks closer to Lamont, touches the wall and keeps him in place]

          - TELL ME: WHO ARE YOU?

VAAN: BALTHIER-

*BA'GAMNAN: YOU KEPT US WAITING BALTHIER!

[Ba'gamnan emerges from behind them in a group. They ready their weapons]

          - YOU SLIPPED AWAY IN NALBINA. WE MISSED YOU. FIRST THE JUDGE, AND 
NOW THIS BOY. THE WHOLE AFFAIR HAS THE SMELL OF MONEY ABOUT IT. I MAY HAVE 
TO WET MY BEAK A LITTLE. 

BALTHIER: KEEP YOUR SNOUT IN THE TROUGH WHERE IT BELONGS. THIS THINKING ILL 
BEFITS YOU, BA'GAMNAN.

BA'GAMNAN: BALTHIER! TOO LONG HAVE I GONE UNPAID! I'LL CARVE MY BOUNTY OUT 
OF THAT BOY!

VAAN: WHERE'S PENELO? WE'RE TAKING HER BACK!

BA'GAMNAN: THE GIRL? WHY KEEP THE BAIT WHEN YOU'VE LANDED THE FISH? WE CUT 
HER LOOSE ON THE WAY HERE AND OFF SHE RAN, CRYING LIKE A BABE!

[In an instant, Lamont throws the nethicite to Ba'Gamnan's face; he loses 
balance. Lamont recovers the nethicite and Balthier pushes Ba'Gamnan aside, 
followed by Fran who steps on him. The party runs for it]

VAAN: HEY!

BA'GAMNAN: AFTER THEM!

*VAAN: HEY, WAIT UP!

BALTHIER: WE'LL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THEM ALL! FIGHT WHO WE MUST, LEAVE THE 
REST.

[The party plays a little cat and mouse game. The bangaa group chase after 
the heroes. Ba'Gamnan's team later loses track of the party]

FRAN: IT WOULD NOT SEEM THEY FOLLOW. WE'VE LOST THEM.

BALTHIER: MUCH MORE RUNNING ABOUT WITH BANGAA AT MY HEELS... AND I'M APT TO 
GIVE UP SKY PIRATING ALTOGETHER.

[The party heads back towards Bhujerba. Later, they spot Lamont and a couple 
more surprises in the way]

JUDGE: I SEE YOU'VE BEEN OUT WALKING WITHOUT THE COMPANY OF YOUR CORTEGE... 
LORD LARSA.

[Vaan and Balthier look closely at the situation]
       
      - WE CAUGHT HER WONDERING OUT OF THE MINES. YOU MUST TAKE CARE WITH 
SUCH UNDESIRABLES ABOUT.

PENELO: I WAS KIDNAPPED-

JUDGE: SILENCE!

LAMONT: IF IT IS A CRIME TO WONDER ON ONE'S OWN... THEN I, TOO, AM GUILTY. 
MARQUIS. I TRUST THAT YOUR ESTATE CAN ACCOMMODATE ANOTHER GUEST?

MARQUIS: WHY NOT?

LAMONT: JUDGE GHIS, I SHALL HEED YOUR COUNSEL. I WILL NOT TRAVEL 
UNACCOMPANIED ANY LONGER. 

[Lamont grabs Penelo's hand and guide her away]

JUDGE GHIS: THAT WAS UNEXPECTED.

LAMONT: THANK YOU, PENELO.

PENELO: O-OF COURSE.

VAAN: WHAT'S PENELO DOING? AND WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THAT LAMONT?

BALTHIER: THAT'S NO "LAMONT". LARSA FERRINAS SOLIDOR. FOURTH SON TO EMPEROR 
GRAMIS... AND BROTHER TO VAYNE.

VAAN: WHAT? THAT KID!?

FRAN: DO NOT WORRY. I BELIEVE HE WILL TREAT HER WELL.

BALTHIER: NOBODY KNOWS MEN LIKE FRAN DOES.

BASCH: OUR PURPOSES LEAD THE SAME WAY: TO ONDORE. WE MUST FIND MEANS TO 
APPROACH HIM.

BALTHIER: THE MARQUIS IS CHANNELING MONEY TO ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSING THE 
EMPIRE. WE'LL START THERE.

[The party leaves Lhusu Mines, and they walk up the stair]

BASCH: MARQUIS ONDORE ANNOUNCED MY EXECUTION 2 YEARS AGO. IF NEWS OF MY 
SURVIVAL WERE TO SPREAD, THE MARQUIS MAY FIND HIS POSITION COMPROMISED.

BALTHIER: THE MEN HE'S FUNDING BEAR LITTLE LOVE FOR THE EMPIRE. THEY WON'T 
BE THRILLED TO DISCOVER THAT THE RUMORS OF YOUR DEATH WERE, IN FACT, GREATLY 
EXAGGERATED. IF WE WERE TO RAISE A CLAMOR TO THAT EFFECT, WE MIGHT JUST GET 
THEIR ATTENTION.

VAAN: NOTHIN' TO IT! I'LL JUST GO AROUND TOWN SPREADING THE WORD. HOW 'BOUT 
THIS?

[The player pressed the square button on the controller]

     - "I AM CAPTAIN BASCH FON RONSENBURG OF DALMASCA!"

[Everyone around stares at Vaan's words. The "testify" bar raises 5%]

     - WELL? WHADDAYA THINK?

BALTHIER: THAT CERTAINLY QUALIFIES AS A CLAMOR. ALL RIGHT, VAAN, GET TO IT. 
FOR THE GIRL'S SAKE, EH? OH, AND THE MORE PEOPLE AROUND TO WITNESS YOUR 
LITTLE PERFORMANCE, THE BETTER. IF WE'RE GOING TO REACH THE MARQUIS, IT'S UP 
TO YOU. WE'LL BE WAITING HERE, IF YOU NEED US. 

[Vaan goes around testifying. Some of the lines spoken are "I'M CAPTAIN 
BASCH!" or "DON'T LISTEN TO ONDORE'S LIES". They are repetitive. Once the 
bar reaches 100%, a few men gather around Vaan]

???: YOU. BOY. YOU WILL COME WITH US.

[The scene switches to an unknown area. Vaan is brought inside by a bangaa]

BANGAA: THIS IS THE ONE, HAVHARO. SAYS HE'S CAPTAIN BASCH HE DOES.

HAVHARO: HE WOULD SOONER PASS FOR THE KING.

BANGAA: I KNEW HE WEREN'T NO CAPTAIN! THAT WAS A MEAN TRICK TO BE PLAYING.

HAVHARO: IF AT TRICKERY IT ENDED, IT WOULD END WELL ENOUGH. BUT WHY THIS BOY, 
AND WHY CAPTAIN RONSENBURG? AN EXPLANATION IS DUE, AND I WILL HEAR IT. THE 
EMPIRE'S HANDS GROW PASSING BOLD INDEED. 

[Balthier's voice can be heard off-screen]

BALTHIER: A SHAME IF THEY LEARNT THE MARQUIS TRAFFICKED WITH THE LIKES OF 
YOU. AGENTS MASQUERADING AS GUIDES. A HIDEOUT AT THE BACK OF A TAVERN. NOT 
EXACTLY EARNING HIGH MARKS FOR ORIGINALITY, ARE WE?

BANGAA: NOW YOU'VE DONE IT!

HAVHARO: WAIT! 

[Basch emerges on screen]

        - SO BASCH FON RONSENBURG DOES YET LIVE.

[The scene switches]

- THE ESTATE OF MARQUIS ONDORE
- DRAWING ROOM

[Penelo can be seen sitting alone on a couch]

PENELO: SO VAAN REALLY IS ALL RIGHT. I DIDN'T THINK I'D EVER GET TO SEE HIM 
AGAIN.

LARSA: YOU WILL JOIN HIM SOON. AND UNTIL THEN, I SHALL SEE THAT YOU'RE KEPT 
FROM HARM.

PENELO: THANK YOU.

LARSA: I AM TROUBLED. THE RABANASTRE IMPERIAL GUARD APPEAR TO HAVE 
OVERSTEPPED THEIR BOUNDS. I INTEND TO SPEAK ON THIS WITH THE CONSUL.

PENELO: WHAT?

LARSA: VAYNE SOLIDOR, THE CONSUL, IS MY BROTHER.

*PENELO: HUH!?

LARSA: THE FIST DUTY OF THE CONSUL IS TO MAINTAIN ORDER IN DALMASCA. MY 
BROTHER- MY BROTHER IS NOT ONE GIVEN TO FAILURE. PERHAPS THINGS AREN'T GOING 
AS WELL AS THEY MIGHT BE... BUT GIVE HIM A LITTLE TIME, AND HE WILL PUT 
THINGS TO RIGHTS. BE NOT TROUBLED. MY BROTHER IS A REMARKABLE MAN. 

PENELO: HE FRIGHTENS ME.

LARSA: WHY?

PENELO: I'M SORRY. HE IS YOUR BROTHER. IT'S JUST- YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW 
MUCH WE LOST TO THE WAR. MY FRIENDS, MY PARENTS. 

LARSA: SO, YOU FEAR THE EMPIRE?

[Larsa goes over to Penelo, and kneels down before her]

      - LISTEN TO ME. THE MEN OF MY FAMILY, WE ARE TAUGHT TO PLACE THE NEEDS 
OF OTHERS BEFORE THOSE OF OUR OWN. I WILL SEE THAT YOU ARE KEPT FROM HARM. 
IT IS MY DUTY TO HOUSE SOLIDOR.

PENELO: BUT HOW- HOW CAN I TRUST YOU?

LARSA: BECAUSE I GIVE YOU MY WORD. MY BROTHER WOULD DO NO LESS.

[The scene switches back to the hideout where the party's at]

HAVHARO: I KNEW THERE MUST BE MORE TO IT, BUT TO FIND YOU AT THE END OF THIS 
TALE... AH, TO SEE THE MARQUIS' FACE WHEN HE LEARNS OF IT.

BASCH: I SHOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE. I WOULD MEET HIM, AND SEE FOR MYSELF.

HAVHARO: HOW SAY YOU, MY LORD?

ONDORE'S ATTENDANT: THERE IS LITTLE TO BE SAID. I SHALL ARRANGE A MEETING 
WITH THE MARQUIS. WE SHALL EXPECT YOU AT THE ESTATE.

[The party head to the estate, where they would meet the Marquis by sunset]

MARQUIS: SIR BASCH FON RONSENBURG. IT WAS NOT SO VERY LONG AGO THAT I 
ANNOUNCED THAT YOU HAD BEEN EXECUTED. 

BASCH: AND THAT IS THE ONLY REASON I DRAW BREATH.

MARQUIS: SO YOU ARE THE SWORD HE'S STRUNG ABOVE MY HEAD. VAYNE HAS LEFT NOT 
A THING TO CHANCE. AND?

BASCH: A LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE HAS FALLEN INTO IMPERIAL HANDS. A WOMAN BY 
THE NAME OF AMALIA. I WOULD RESCUE HER, BUT I NEED YOUR HELP.

MARQUIS: THIS RESISTANCE LEADER- THIS AMALIA. SHE MUST BE VERY IMPORTANT. 

[Basch bows his head to the Marquis]

        - YOU UNDERSTAND I'VE MY POSITION TO CONSIDER.

VAAN: WOULD YOU LET US SEE LARSA? HE'S GOT MY FRIEND WITH HIM.

MARQUIS: I'M AFRAID YOU'RE TOO LATE. LORD LARSA'S CORTEGE HAS ALREADY 
REJOINED THE IMPERIAL DETACHMENT. I AM TOLD THEY WILL DEPART FOR RABANASTRE 
UPON THE ARRIVAL OF THE FLEET THIS EVENTIDE. 

[A CG shows a few small airships flying about, they appear to be 
battleships]

VAAN: WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR!?

BALTHIER: FOR YOU TO CALM DOWN.

MARQUIS: CAPTAIN RONSENBURG. SURELY THE EXIGENCIES OF POSITION ARE NOT LOST 
ON YOU. WHY INDEED, YOU SHOULD FIND THE ENEMY'S CHAINS... AN EASY BURDEN TO 
BEAR.

BALTHIER: WAIT!

BASCH: SORRY. CAN'T BE HELPED.

[Basch draws his sword to the Marquis]

MARQUIS: SUMMON THE GUARD! THEY'RE TO BE TAKEN TO JUDGE GHIS.

[The guards take them all away. The scene later switches to Rabanastre]

- THE ROYAL PALACE OF RABANASTRE
- CONSUL'S CHAMBERS

VAYNE: THOSE DECREPIT, BASKING FOOLS IN ARCHADES TIE MY HANDS, AND LOOK WHAT 
HAPPENS! I TELL YOU, THIS COUNTRY'S OBSTINACY KNOWS NO BOUNDS. 

JUDGE: THE INSURGENTS IN RABANASTRE OPERATE ALONE AT PRESENT. HOWEVER, 
SHOULD THEY GARNER EXTERNAL SUPPORT, THE SITUATION COULD WORSEN. WE HAVE 
FOUND THE COUNTER-IMPERIAL ELEMENTS IN BHUJERBA TO BE CONSPICUOUSLY WELL-
FUNDED. NO DOUBT MARQUIS ONDORE IS BEHIND THIS. ONDORE MUST BE REINED IN. 

[Vayne pulls out an envelope]

VAYNE: BY THE WAY, THE MARQUIS HAS WRITTEN US A LETTER. HE CLAIMS THAT HE'S 
RECAPTURED OUR RUNAWAY. HE'S GIVEN HIM TO GHIS. 

[Vayne walks to a table and places the envelope on it]

JUDGE: HE WILL DIE BY MY HAND.

VAYNE: YOUR FRATERNITY IS MOVING. 

[Vayne takes his seat]

      - AH, GHIS RETURNS WITH LARSA. TOMORROW MORNING THEY WILL LEAVE 
BHUJERBA. SEE HIM HOME SAFELY, GABRANTH. NOW, I'M EXPECTING DOCTOR CID. YOU 
MAY LEAVE.

[The judge pays his respects, turns and leaves]

???: WE MUST SEE THE REAL THING TO BE SURE. NABUDIS TAUGHT US MUCH! YES, 
IT'S WELL HIDDEN. THEY'LL BE OFF CHASING SHADOWS, THE FOOLS. AH, YES! THE 
REINS OF HISTORY BACK IN THE HANDS OF MEN.

[The judge who was walking away halts and suspiciously looks at the 
mysterious man. It appears to be Doctor Cid Vayne was referring to]

DOCTOR CID: AH, VAYNE! YOU SEEM TO BE ENJOYING YOUR JOB AS CONSUL.

VAYNE: I WAS KEPT WAITING FULLY 2 YEARS. WHAT NEWS OF ARCHADES? OUR HONORED 
MEMBERS OF THE SENATE?

DOCTOR CID: HARD AT WORK AS ALWAYS, TRYING TO FIND A DAGGER FOR YOUR BACK.

VAYNE: HMPH. THEY ARE WELCOME TO TRY.

[The scene switches to a CG, showing the party chained as prisoners and 
being carried away into the Dreadnought Leviathan, an airship]

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T h e  D r e a d n o u g h t  L e v i a t h a n            [title_leviathan]
- - -  - - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - - 

[They are carried into a room]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: THE PRISONERS, MY LORD.

[Amalia can be seen on screen. She is shocked at the presence of the group. 
Within seconds, she walks straight towards Basch]

BASCH: MAJESTY-

[She slaps him on his left cheek]

AMALIA: AFTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE! HOW DARE YOU! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD!

JUDGE GHIS: COME NOW, COME NOW. HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YOUR MANNERS? THIS IS 
HARDLY THE COURTESY DUE...THE LATE PRINCESS ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA.

VAAN: PRINCESS?

[Balthier and Fran give the same expression as Vaan; a puzzled look]

JUDGE GHIS: TO BE SURE, SHE BEARS NO PROOF OF HER FORMER STATION. NO 
DIFFERENT THAN ANY MEAN MEMBER OF THE INSURGENCE.

ASHE: THE RESISTANCE.

JUDGE GHIS: THE CONSUL ASKS THE MINISTRY OF THE DISTHRONED ROYAL FAMILY IN 
RESTORING PEACE TO DALMASCA. THOSE WHO FOSTER INSTABILITY AND UNREST, WHO 
CLAIM ROYAL BLOOD WITHOUT PROOF... THEY SHALL MEET THEIR FATE AT THE GALLOWS. 
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

ASHE: I WILL NOT PLAY PUPPET TO VAYNE.

BASCH: KING RAMINAS ENTRUSTED ME WITH A TASK. SHOULD THE TIME COME, HE BADE 
ME GIVE YOU SOMETHING OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. IT IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT: THE DUSK 
SHARD. IT WILL WARRANT THE QUALITY OF HER BLOOD. ONLY I KNOW WHERE TO FIND 
IT.

ASHE: WAIT. YOU TOOK MY FATHER'S LIFE! WHY SPARE MINE NOW? YOU WOULD HAVE ME 
LIVE IN SHAME!

BASCH: IF THAT IS YOUR DUTY: YES.

VAAN: STOP BEING SO STUBBORN! KEEP ON LIKE THIS AND YOU'RE GONNA GET US ALL 
KILLED.

ASHE: DON'T INTERRUPT!

*VAAN: WHAT?

[The magicite shines again]

BASCH: VAAN. THAT STONE.

VAAN: IT WAS IN THE PALACE TREASURE.

JUDGE GHIS: WELL, WELL. 

[...says the judge, laughing as he does]

           - SPLENDID! YOU'VE BROUGHT THE STONE WITH YOU! THIS SPARES US A 
GOOD DEAL OF TROUBLE.

ASHE: DON'T GIVE IT TO HIM!

[Ashe is held by the Imperial guards. Vaan looks over to Balthier and Fran. 
They give him the signal to hand it over]

VAAN: YOU HAVE TO PROMISE: NO EXECUTIONS.

[Judge Ghis takes the magicite from Vaan]

JUDGE GHIS: A JUDGE'S DUTY IS TO THE LAW. TAKE THEM AWAY. LADY ASHE IS TO BE 
QUARTERED SEPARATELY. 

[The party, chained and secured by the guards, leave the room. Judge Ghis 
takes a look at the magicite]

           - VAYNE SOLIDOR, WHAT FASCINATION DOES THIS HOLD FOR YOU?

[The scene switches to the party walking along a corridor. They are being 
carried by the imperials but nevertheless they seem to ignore them and 
interact]

BASCH: SO YOU WERE CARRYING IT ALL ALONG? THE FATES JEST. 

BALTHIER: TELL THESE FATES OF YOURS TO LEAVE ME OUT.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: KEEP QUIET!

BASCH: THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE THAT I COULD DO. YOU KNOW THAT.

BALTHIER: OH, I UNDERSTAND. HONOR, DUTY, AND ALL THAT. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE 
THAT WAS THE PRINCESS.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: I SAID KEEP QUIET!

[The soldier strikes Balthier, whom, as fast as lightning, dodges it and, 
together with Basch, strike the soldier with their legs. Another imperial is 
then kicked by Fran. The camera focuses on another imperial guard, now 
attacked by another man in the imperial armor. He opens his helmet. It is 
none other than Vossler]

BASCH: THE MARQUIS HAS BEEN BUSY.

VOSSLER: NOT LIGHTLY DID I BEG HIS AID. LISTEN, IT HAS BEEN A FULL TWO YEARS. 
I ALONE HAVE KEPT HER MAJESTY SAFELY HIDDEN. 

[Vossler unchain the cuffs on Basch's hands]

        - I DOUBTED FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE. I COULD TRUST NOBODY.

BASCH: YOU DID YOUR DUTY. AND MINE FOR ME.

VOSSLER: I'M GETTING HER OUT. I NEED YOUR HELP.

BASCH: OF COURSE.

- VOSSLER JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

- YOU OBTAINED A MAP OF THE LEVIATHAN.
YOUR LOCATION MAP FOR THIS AREA IS COMPLETE!

[The party goes through the only door outside. There, as they move alone 
until Vossler stops the party leader, whoever it may be]

VOSSLER: WAIT. A WORD OF CAUTION BEFORE WE SET OUT. SEE THAT RED WEB OF 
LIGHT SPANNING THE PASSAGEWAY? IT IS A MECHANISM TO DETECT INTRUDERS WITHIN 
THE SHIP. BREAK ONE OF THOSE BEAMS AND THE ALARM WILL SOUND, SUMMONING THE 
GUARD. THE ALARM SHOULD CEASE AFTER A TIME, BUT IT'S BETTER TO AVOID DRAWING 
UNNECESSARY ATTENTION. COME, HER MAJESTY AWAITS.

[The party made their way into the Central Block. There, they face 4 
imperials and two judges as a sub-boss battle]

        - FEAR NOT THEIR NUMBERS! TAKE DOWN THEIR LEADER AND THE OTHERS WILL 
FOLLOW.

[The heroes defeated them and obtained the key to the cells. There, they 
release Ashe]

VOSSLER: YOU ARE UNHARMED.

ASHE: VOSSLER! I-

[Ashe almost falls to the floor, but caught fast by Vossler]

VOSSLER: MAJESTY!

ASHE: IT'S NOTHING. I'LL BE FINE.

[Ashe stares at Basch with a dry look]

     - YOU.

VAAN: COME ON, COME ON! LET'S GO! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? PENELO'S STILL 
OUT THERE!

BALTHIER: WE SHOULD HURRY. THEY WON'T BE LONG.

VOSSLER: WE WILL TALK LATER.

[Ashe nods in agreement]

- ASHE JOINS THE PARTY!

[The party walks outside. The alarm goes on]

BASCH: MAJESTY. WE WILL CUT YOU A PATH.

ASHE: I WILL NOT PLACE MY TRUST IN THE SWORD OF A TRAITOR!

VOSSLER: YET TRUST HIS SWORD WE MUST, TRAITOR OR NO. I SEE NO OTHER WAY. WE 
TRACK BACK, COMMANDEER A SHIP AND MAKE OUR ESCAPE!

[The party runs along, leaving Basch and Vossler behind]

VOSSLER: HER MAJESTY CANNOT ABIDE WEAKNESS, LEAST OF ALL IN HERSELF. WE MUST 
MAKE HER CONFRONT THE REALITY OF OUR PLIGHT!

[The make their way back to the starting point, and halfway there, they bump 
into Larsa and Penelo]

PENELO: VAAN!

[They hug each other]

VAAN: IT'S OKAY. WE'RE OKAY.

LARSA: GHIS KNOWS YOU'VE ESCAPED. YOU MUST HURRY. YOU ARE CAPTAIN AZELAS. 
YOU MUST FOLLOW ME. WE MUST REACH THE AIRSHIPS BEFORE THEY DO.

VOSSLER: YOU WOULD LET US LEAVE KNOWING WHO WE ARE?

LARSA: LADY ASHE. BY ALL RIGHTS YOU OUGHT NOT EVEN TO EXIST. THAT YOU AND 
CAPTAIN RONSENBURG WERE MADE TO APPEAR DEAD... IS LIKE A HIDDEN THREAD LAID 
BARE. YOUR ACTIONS HEREAFTER WILL PULL AT THAT THREAD... AND WE WILL SEE 
WHAT IT UNRAVELS. THIS IS OUR CHANCE. WE MUST SEE THIS THROUGH, AND GET TO 
THE BOTTOM OF IT. I BELIEVE 'TIS FOR THE GOOD OF DALMASCA, AND THE GOOD OF 
THE EMPIRE.

ASHE: VERY WELL, THEN.

VAAN: THANKS "LAMONT".

LARSA: I MUST APOLOGIZE. PENELO, FOR YOU. MAY IT BRING YOU GOOD FORTUNE.

[He hands her the nethicite]

PENELO: THANKS.

LARSA: LET US GO.

[Vossler looks at Basch; he nods and Vossler leaves]

- VOSSLER LEAVES THE PARTY.
- PENELO JOINS THE PARTY!

- YOU OBTAINED A PIECE OF MANUFACTED NETHICITE!

[The party goes through a door to the starting area. There, Judge Ghis 
awaits them]

JUDGE GHIS: SUCH A GREAT SHAME. I MUST CONFESS: I THOUGHT YOU THE ONE WHO 
WOULD HELP US RESTORE PEACE TO DALMASCA.

[The guards appear behind the party]

           - NO MATTER. WE HOLD THE PROOF OF YOUR ROYAL LINEAGE. A MAID OF 
PASSING RESEMBLANCE WILL SERVE OUR PURPOSES NOT.     

[Judge Ghis creates a fireball on his hand, throwing it on air as he talks]

           - AS FOR YOU, MY DEAR... THE EMPIRE REQUIRES YOU NO MORE!

[The fireball creates a spiral-like blaze, and strikes for the party. The 
nethicite absorbs the attack] 

PENELO: WHAT WAS THAT?

BALTHIER: THE NETHICITE.

[Ashe runs towards Ghis]

JUDGE GHIS: YOUR MAJESTY DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! EVER QUICK TO SPURN AN 
HONORABLE SURRENDER, AS WAS YOUR FATHER.

[Ghis readies his weapon]

ASHE: YOU KNOW NOTHING OF MY FATHER!

[The battle commenced. The party fought halfway and Ghis was defeated. He 
dropped his helmet, revealing his face to everyone. Vossler enters the room]

VOSSLER: WE'VE SECURED AN ATOMOS. COME!

BALTHIER: AN ATOMOS? ALL SKIFF, NO SHIP. HARDLY FIT FOR A LEADING MAN.

VAAN: SO I CAN FLY IT THEN?

FRAN: ARE YOU MAD?

[Vaan grunts and follows the whole party outside. A CG plays]

PENELO: CAN'T WE GO FASTER?

FRAN: NOT YET.

ASHE: THEY PASSED.

*FRAN: ANY FASTER AND THEY'D HAVE NOTICED.

[The scene later switches to the aerodrome in Bhujerba]

PENELO: BALTHIER, YOUR HANDKERCHIEF, I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT WANT IT BACK.

BALTHIER: I SHALL WEAR IT CLOSE TO MY HEART.

[From a distant, Vaan watches both of them]

ASHE: PERHAPS YOU FORGET THAT ALL OF ONDORE HAS WROUGHT.

BASCH: I DID NOT FORGET, YOUR MAJESTY. IT WAS BY HIS COUNSEL, DANGEROUS 
THOUGH IT MAY HAVE BEEN, THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FREE YOU. YOU MUST MEET WITH 
HIM YOUR HIGHNESS, AND GIVE EAR TO HIS WORDS. HE MAY ACT IN LEAGUE WITH THE 
EMPIRE, BUT HIS HEART IS NOT.

VOSSLER: IT IS AS HE SAYS. I OUGHT NOT HAVE KEPT ONDORE AT SO GREAT A 
DISTANCE FOR SO LONG A TIME. I HAVE PLAYED THE FOOL!

ASHE: YOU WERE ONLY BEING CAUTIOUS.

*VOSSLER: I WOULD ASK YOU FOR SOME TIME ON OUR OWN. WE STRUGGLE IN VAIN TO 
RESTORE DALMASCA. I MUST SEARCH OUT SOME OTHER WAY. UNTIL I SHOULD FIND IT, 
I WOULD HAVE BASCH REMAIN AT YOUR SIDE. DOUBT HIM YOU MAY, BUT I MEASURE HIS 
ROYALTY TO DALMASCA NO LESS THAN MY OWN.

ASHE: I KNOW YOU WOULD NOT SPEAK SO LIGHTLY, VERY WELL..

VOSSLER: KEEP HER WELL. GO TO ONDORE, AND THERE AWAIT MY RETURN.

[Vossler leaves. Soon, the part heads out to the estate to see Marquis 
Ondore]

*ASHE: WHEN VOSSLER LEARNT MY FATHER HAD BEEN KILLED... THE NIGHT OF THE 
TREATY-SIGNING, HE RETURNED TO RABANASTRE TO AID MY ESCAPE. THERE WAS STILL 
TIME BEFORE VAYNE'S SEARCH EXTENDED TOO FAR, WE THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD 
PROTECT ME.

MARQUIS: HOWEVER, WHEN I HAD MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT YOU HAD TAKEN YOUR 
OWN LIFE... I MUST HAVE SEEMED A MODEL CITIZEN OF THE EMPIRE. THE 
ANNOUNCEMENT, YOU SEE, WAS VAYNE'S SUGGESTION. OF COURSE, AT THE TIME I WAS 
RELUCTANT, BUT I COULD NOT PERCEIVE HIS REASONS. NOW IT IS CLEAR: HE MEANT 
TO DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN US.

ASHE: HALIM, WE ARE PAST ALL THIS. BHUJERBA MUST STAND WITH US. WE CAN STOP 
VAYNE

[The marquis stands on his feet]

MARQUIS: I ONCE KNEW A GIRL WHOSE ONLY WISH... WAS TO BE CARRIED IN HER 
UNCLE'S ARMS. YOUR MAJESTY IS A WOMAN GROWN NOW.

ASHE: THEN BHUJERBA WILL AID ME?

MARQUIS: SUPPOSE FOR A MOMENT YOU WERE TO DEFEAT VAYNE... WHAT THEN? YOU 
CANNOT SIMPLY REBUILD YOUR KINGDOM WITH THE ONLY PROOF OF YOUR BIRTHRIGHT 
STOLEN. THE GRAN KILTIAS ON BUR-OMISACE CANNOT RECOGNIZE YOU AS THE RIGHTFUL 
HEIR WITHOUT IT. YOU MAY YET BE A PRINCESS, BUT WITHOUT PROOF OF YOUR 
IDENTITY, YOU ARE POWERLESS. YOU WILL REMAIN WITH ME. WE DO NOTHING TILL THE 
TIME IS RIGHT.

ASHE: I CANNOT JUST WAIT!

MARQUIS: THEN WHAT DOES YOUR MAJESTY PROPOSE WE DO?

ASHE: UNCLE HALIM-

BALTHIER: INCIDENTALLY, WHAT IS THE GOING RATE FOR RESCUING PRINCESSES THESE 
DAYS? FOOD WOULD BE A GOOD START- THE GOOD STUFF, MIND YOU.

MARQUIS: THIS CAN BE ARRANGED, THOUGH IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME.

BALTHIER: TIME ENOUGH FOR A BATH, I HOPE. DIRTY BUSINESS, YOU KNOW. AH, BEST 
BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES TOO. 

[The scene switches to the inside of the Strahl. Ashe can be seen sitting on 
the pilot's seat]

VAAN: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? THIS IS BALTHIER'S SHIP.

ASHE: I'M GOING TO RETRIEVE THE DAWN SHARD. IT'S THE PROOF THAT I NEED. I 
KNOW WHERE IT'S HIDDEN. I'LL RETURN HIS AIRSHIP LATER.

VAAN: ARE YOU CRAZY?

ASHE: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE TO DO! FOR MYSELF AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE 
FALLEN. I WILL NOT BE MADE TO HIDE! I'LL FIGHT ALONE, IF I MUST. 

VAAN: YOU STILL HAVE BASCH, RIGHT? BESIDES, YOU CAN'T JUST GO AROUND 
STEALING PEOPLE'S SHIPS. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?

ASHE: I'M TRYING TO CONCENTRATE!

[A voice comes from behind]

???: THAT'S QUITE ENOUGH YOUR MAJESTY! 

[Balthier uses a device to alter his voice]

BALTHIER: WHAT DO YOU THINK? A BIT OVER THE TOP? IN MY LINE OF WORK, YOU 
NEVER KNOW WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS MIGHT COME IN HANDY. 

[Balthier mimics Ashe's voice]

         - I'M TRYING TO CONCENTRATE! I'M LEAVING YOU WITH THE MARQUIS.

ASHE: YOU CAN'T.

BALTHIER: TRUST ME, YOU'RE BETTER OFF STAYING HERE.

ASHE: SUPPOSE YOU KIDNAPPED ME INSTEAD. YOU'RE A SKY PIRATE, AREN'T YOU? 
THEN STEAL ME, IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK? 

BALTHIER: WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT I WOULD WANT?

ASHE: THE DYNAST-KING'S TREASURE. THE DAWN SHARD IS BUT ONE OF THE RICHEST 
THAT LIE WAITING IN KING RAITHWALL'S TOMB. 

[Balthier whistles]

BALTHIER: RAITHWALL, YOU SAY?

BASCH: KIDNAPPING ROYALTY IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE. IT WON'T DO MUCH TO LOWER 
THE BOUNTY ON YOUR HEAD.

BALTHIER: HOW MUCH IS THE PRICE ON YOUR HEAD THESE DAYS, I WONDER?

BASCH: ALLOW ME TO ESCORT YOU IN VOSSLER'S PLACE.

FRAN: WILL YOU BE JOINING US?

VAAN: WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING? I DON'T WANNA STICK AROUND THIS PLACE.

PENELO: THEN I'M COMING TOO!

VAAN: PENELO?

PENELO: DON'T LEAVE ME HERE.

VAAN: OF COURSE NOT.

FRAN: THEN IT'S SETTLED. WE SHOULD LEAVE BEFORE THE MARQUIS REALIZES SHE'S 
MISSING. LIKE PROPER KIDNAPPERS.

[The scene switches to a CG, showing the big imperial city, sky-view]

- ARCHADIAN EMPIRE
- THE IMPERIAL CITY OF ARCHADES

[A judge walks out of the airship, along a corridor to meet the emperor]

EMPEROR: DOCTOR CID DOES THIS AT DRAKLOR?

JUDGE: I HAVE CONFIRMED HE RECEIVES FUNDS FROM LORD VAYNE. HIS AGENCY IN THE 
FALL OF NABUDIS IS ALSO CERTAIN... YET WITH JUDGE ZECHT, WHO LED THE ASSAULT, 
MISSING... THE TRUTH REMAINS DIFFICULT TO ASCERTAIN.

EMPEROR: THE LONG, COLD YEARS HAVE CLOUDED MY EYES. I CANNOT SEE MY OWN 
SON'S HEART.

[He coughs continuously]

JUDGE: MY LORD.

EMPEROR: THIS ILLNESS... WILL CLAIM ME. SO THEN, WHO IS TO BE MY SUCCESSOR? 
THE SENATE FEARS THE CAPABLE PEREGRINE VAYNE. THEY PREFER A YOUNG, PLEDGING 
EMPEROR. GABRANTH. ONCE IN THE PAST, I LAID SIEGE TO YOUR HOMELAND.

GABRANTH: THE REPUBLIC OF LANDIS IS LONG SINCE GONE. MY ALLEGIANCE LIES 
WHOLLY WITH THE EMPIRE. 

EMPEROR: PERHAPS, BUT WHAT OF YOUR BROTHER? HE DID NOT ACCEPT US AS YOU DID. 
HE FLED TO DALMASCA. DID YOU NEVER THINK TO FOLLOW HIM? 

GABRANTH: I FOLLOW HIS EVERY MOVE. HE IS AN ENEMY OF THE EMPIRE. HE WILL BE 
CUT DOWN.

EMPEROR: SO YOU WOULD KILL EVEN YOUR OWN BROTHER FOR THE EMPIRE. BE THAT AS 
IT MAY, GABRANTH. YOUR RUTHLESSNESS IS NOT WITHOUT MERIT. BUT IT MUST NOT 
BECOME THIS WAY WITH LARSA. YOU MUST ENSURE THAT IT DOES NOT.

GABRANTH: SO THEN, YOU ASK ME TO BE HIS SWORD, TO STRIKE WHERE HE MIGHT NOT? 

EMPEROR: RATHER BE HIS SHIELD. GABRANTH, KEEP YOUR CLOSE WATCH ON VAYNE. HIS 
IS THE KEENEST BLADE OF ALL. 

GABRANTH: MY LORD.

EMPEROR: DO THIS FOR ME, GABRANTH. I COULD NOT- I COULD NOT BEAR... TO SEE 
MY SONS WAR WITH EACH OTHER AGAIN.

[The emperor starts coughing... the screen fades]

- DALMASCA WESTERSAND

[The camera focuses on the Strahl, now on air, turning invisible to the 
naked eye]

*PENELO: WHOA!

ASHE: THIS "COME IN HANDY" OFTEN?

BALTHIER: IT'S TOUGH BEING POPULAR. WOULDN'T WANT ADMIRERS DROPPING IN WHILE 
WE'RE AWAY. WELL NOW, THAT'S AS FAR AS SHE GOES. WE'LL BE IN THE JAGD FROM 
HERE ONWARDS.   

ASHE: ACROSS THE SANDSEA, TO THE VALLEY OF THE DEAD. AND TO KING RAITHWALL'S 
TOMB BELOW. 

[In the background...]

VAAN: SO, WHEN YOU'RE IN THE JAGD, SKYSTONES DON'T WORK AT ALL. THAT'S WHY 
WE GOTTA HOOF IT THE REST OF THE WAY, YA SEE?

PENELO: HAPPY YOU GET TO TEACH ME SOMETHING FOR A CHANGE?

*VAAN: WELL, IF YOU WANT TO BE A SKY PIRATE, YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR- HEY!    
WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "FOR A CHANGE"?

*PENELO: COME ON!

BALTHIER: AT LEAST WE THOUGHT TO BRING ENTERTAINMENT.

*VAAN: OH YEAH, SAYS WHO?

*PENELO: I WOULDN'T BE SO CONFIDENT.

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O g i r - Y e n s a  S a n d s e a                      [title_ogir_yensa]   
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[A CG shows Vaan overlooking the sea of sand. He takes a little on his palm, 
and let them run down his hand]

*PENELO: VAAN!

[Penelo meets Basch]

        - SO, WHERE EXACTLY IS RAITHWALL'S TOMB? 

[As Basch elaborates, a map is shown on screen]

BASCH: FAR TO THE WEST. WE MUST FIRST CROSS THE OGIR-YENSA, AND BEYOND THAT 
THE NAM-YENSA BEFORE WE REACH THE TOMB. AN EXPENSE OF DESERT LARGER STILL 
THAN ALL OF DALMASCA. WE MUST PACE OURSELVES. IF YOU GROW TIRED, WE STOP AND 
TAKE REST.

PENELO: YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ME. I'M TOUGHER THAN I LOOK.

BASCH: YOU ARE AT THAT.

[The party make their way through the Ogir-Yensa. Once they pass through the 
structures, a cut-scene plays]

BASCH: A CONSTRUCT TO DRAW OIL FROM THE GROUND. ABANDONED MANY YEARS NOW, IT 
SEEMS. 

VAAN: DID DALMASCANS BUILD THIS?

BASCH: NO. THE ROZARRIANS. THEIR EMPIRE LIES FAR TO THE WEST, EVER AT WAR 
WITH ARCHADIA. HEEDLESS OF THE KINGDOMS CAUGHT IN THEIR MIDST. DALMASCA. 
NABRADIA. LANDIS.

[Vossler makes his appearance from behind]

VOSSLER: 'TIS THE SMALL CRAFT'S FATE: TO WATCH THE LIST OF GALLEONS AND PRAY 
FOR LIGHT WINDS.

BASCH: VOSSLER! WHY ARE YOU HERE?

VOSSLER: IMAGINE MY SURPRISE... WHEN UPON MY RETURN TO BHUJERBA, I FIND BOTH 
YOU AND THE LADY ASHE HAVE VANISHED. I THOUGHT YOU ABOVE CONSORTING WITH SKY 
PIRATES.  

BASCH: BALTHIER IS A MAN WORTHY OF OUR TRUST. AND IT WAS THE LADY ASHE'S 
DECISION I AM CONTENT TO LEND MY ARM. AS I COULD NOT WHEN RASLER DIED, WHEN 
HER THRONE WAS TAKEN. NEVER AGAIN. I WILL DEFEND HER THIS TIME.

VOSSLER: YOU WALK THE KNIGHT'S PATH. THE LADY ASHE?

[Vossler meet up with the princess. The camera focuses on Balthier and Fran 
in the distant]

FRAN: WE SHOULD LEAVE THIS PLACE.

BALTHIER: LET ME GUESS: SANDSTORM?

FRAN: SOMETHING FAR WORSE.

[The camera focuses back on Vossler and Ashe]

*VOSSLER: I SEE... SO THE DAWN SHARD DOES LIE IN KING RAITHWALL'S TOMB. THE 
MARQUIS SYMPATHIZES WITH YOUR PLIGHT, YET THE EMPIRE WATCHES HIS EVERY MOVE. 
HE CAN KEEP THE WHISPERS OF YOUR "ABDUCTION" SILENT FOR ONLY SO LONG.

ASHE: YES, BUT TELL ME, VOSSLER, WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED?

[Balthier comes running to them both]

BALTHIER: WE LEAVE AT ONCE! THIS IS URUTAN-YENSA TERRITORY... AND THEY ARE 
UNFOND OF VISITORS. 

[Fran looks out to the desert sandsea. A CG plays, showing the Urutans 
making their way toward the party, riding some sort of a monster]

         - LOOKS LIKE WE'VE ATTRACTED THE WRONG SORT OF ATTENTION. LET'S 
QUIT THIS PLACE WHILE WE STILL CAN. MOVE!

ASHE: VOSSLER! HAVE YOU FOUND THE MEANS TO RESTORE DALMASCA? 

VOSSLER: FIRST, WE MUST CLAIM THE DAWN SHARD. IT ALL BEGINS WITH THAT.

- VOSSLER JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

[The party head west through the Ogir-Yensa, and beyond, the Nam-Yensa to 
the Valley of the Dead. There, a CG plays showing the tomb of Raithwall. The 
party continues forward to engage an Avion (Garuda) in battle. It is then 
defeated, and an ancient device is activated. The party walks up the set of 
stairs to the tomb's entrance]

*ASHE: LONG AGO, THE GODS GRANTED THEIR FAVOR TO KING RAITHWALL... WHO WOULD 
OVERSEE THE SUBJUGATION OF A VAST TERRITORY SPANNING FROM ORDALIA TO 
VALENDIA. HERE HE FORGED THE GALTEAN ALLIANCE. THOUGH HE IS CALLED THE 
DYNAST-KING... UPON ESTABLISHING THE ALLIANCE, HE (DEMONSTRATED) SHOWED 
COMPASSION FOR HIS PEOPLE, AND DISDAIN FOR (NEEDLESS) WAR. A PHILOSOPHY 
PASSED ON TO HIS SUCCESSORS. ONE THAT WOULD BRING PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR 
HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO FOLLOW. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME OF PEACE THAT THE CITY-
STATES OF ARCHADIA AND ROZARRIA... EACH MEMBERS OF RAITHWALL'S ALLIANCE, 
TOOK ROOT AND FLOURISHED. RAITHWALL LEFT THREE RELICS SIGNIFYING DECENT FROM 
THE DYNAST-KING. OF THESE, THE MIDLIGHT SHARD WAS GIVEN TO WHAT WOULD BECOME 
HOUSE NABRADIA... AND THE DUSK SHARD TO MY ANCESTORS, THE FOUNDERS OF 
DALMASCA. THE LAST OF THESE RELICS WAS THE DAWN SHARD. IT REMAINED HIDDEN 
HERE, KNOWN ONLY TO THOSE OF ROYAL BLOOD. 

VOSSLER: AS THOUGH THE DYNAST-KING FORESAW THE VERY PLIGHT BEFORE US NOW.

*ASHE: ONLY HIS DESCENDANTS ARE SUFFERED WITHIN. IF WE ENTER WITHOUT PROOF 
OF SUCH LINEAGE-

BALTHIER: THERE'S NO GUARANTEE WE'LL MAKE IT OUT ALIVE. VICIOUS BEASTS. 
FIENDISH TRAPS. SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

[Ashe nods]

ASHE: BUT YOU MUST CONSIDER THE PRIZE. THE DAWN SHARD LIES WITHIN. AND 
RAITHWALL'S TREASURE.

BALTHIER: AND THERE WAS I THINKING THIS WAS GOING TO BE HARD!

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T h e  T o m b  o f  R a i t h w a l l               [title_raithwall_tomb]
- - -  - - - -  - -  - - - - - - - - -

[The party uses the ancient device and they are teleported inside]

VAAN: WHAT WAS THAT THING?

BALTHIER: A CONTRAPTION YOU'D FIND IN ALL BUT THE MOST RUDIMENTARY ANCIENT 
RUIN. ONE TOUCH, AND OFF YOU'RE WHISKED TO YOU KNOW NOT WHERE. THE FINER 
POINTS OF THEIR OPERATION ELUDE ME, BUT THEY'RE HANDY ALL THE SAME. WHAT 
MORE NEED A SKY PIRATE KNOW?

[The party walk along a corridor, and a wall behind them quickly awakens and 
engages them in battle]

VAAN: FIGHT OR RUN, WE BETTER DECIDE FAST!

[The party goes through the door, and yet another similar wall monster 
awakens and starts approaching them]

FRAN: THE WALL COMES. WE MUST BE QUICK! TOGETHER WE CAN BRING IT DOWN!

[The wall monster is defeated, and the party goes through the door. A cut-
scene shows the interior area, where it appears to be some sort of an 
ancient area with many levels and doorways, including stairways]

VOSSLER: INCREDIBLE... 

[Vossler stares at both Balthier and Fran with abomination]

        - IT WOUNDS ME TO LOOK ON AS THEY PILLAGE SO SOLEMN A PLACE.

ASHE: YET WITHOUT HELP, YOU AND I ARE AS NOTHING. IS THIS NOT SO? HE THINKS 
EVER AND ALWAYS ON HIS OWN PROFIT,. ASSURE HIM OF IT, AND HE SHALL REMAIN 
TRUE TO OUR CAUSE. 

VOSSLER: I DO NOT SHARE YOUR MAJESTY'S TRUST.

ASHE: WE WILL CONTINUE THIS LATER. NOW WE SHOULD CONCERN OURSELVES WITH 
FINDING THE DAWN SHARD. 

[Ashe looks ahead]

     - IT SLEEPS, IN WAITING. SOMEWHERE DEEP WITHIN. 

VOSSLER: HOW CAN YOU BE CERTAIN?

ASHE: I CAN HEAR ITS CALL.

[The party goes through a blocked path, and opens an ancient door. A cut-
scene shows some sort of "fog" surrounding the area]

PENELO: FOG? UNDERGROUND?

FRAN: NOT FOG- MIST.

PENELO: YOU CAN SEE THE MIST? WITH YOUR EYES?

FRAN: WHERE IT IS THICK ENOUGH, YOU MAY. THE NETHER RUNS DEEP IN THIS PLACE. 

PENELO; SO, IS THE MIST DANGEROUS?

FRAN: YES, BUT IT IS ALSO AN AID. A DENSE MIST ALLOWS THE WORKING OF 
POWERFUL MAGICKS.

PENELO: I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND.

[Penelo looks at Vaan, talking to Ashe and Vossler in a group]

       - CAN'T COUNT ON VAAN TO KEEP TRACK OF THOSE THINGS. THAT'S FOR SURE.

[The party later find themselves in a heated battle against the Esper Belias, 
whom they defeated eventually]

FRAN: IN VAINGLORY THEY AROSE, SHOUTING CHALLENGES AT THE GODS. BUT PREVAIL 
THEY DID NOT. THEIR DOOM IT WAS TO WALK THE MIST UNTIL TIME'S END. A LEGEND 
OF THE NU MOU. 

ASHE: MY FAMILY TELLS A STORY OF THE DYNAST-KING AND AN ESPER. THE STORY 
GOES THAT IN HIS YOUTH, THE DYNAST-KING DEFEATED A MIGHTY GIGAS... FOR WHICH 
THE GODS TOOK HEED OF HIM. THEREAFTER, IT WAS BOUND TO HIM IN THRALLDOM. 

BALTHIER: SO ALL THIS TIME IT'S BEEN HERE GUARDING THE DYNAST-KING'S 
TREASURE.

[Ashe walks gracefully alone forward, leaving the rest behind]

ASHE: NOT SO. THE ESPER IS THE DYNAST-KING'S TREASURE.

BALTHIER: THAT'S YOUR TREASURE?

ASHE: IN THIS ESPER WE NOW COMMAND RESTS A POWER WHOSE WORTH IS BEYOND 
MEASURE.

BALTHIER: CALL ME OLD-FASHIONED, BUT I WAS HOPING FOR A TREASURE WHOSE WORTH 
WE "COULD" MEASURE. 

[The party continues forward, through the door; descend a set of stairs and 
up to an altar chamber. There a shiny object is seen; the dawn shard]

BASCH: WHAT'S WRONG?

VOSSLER: YOUR MAJESTY, WE MUST GO.

[Ashe blinks and nods. She begins to walk forward alone to the dawn shard. 
As she approaches the dawn shard, it shines brightly]
 
ASHE: WHAT?

[Rasler, her late husband appears before her. He appears to be in a 
projection-like state]

     - RASLER...

[The rest of the party sees nothing but Ashe herself. Vaan starts to move 
closer to Ashe from a distant. Rasler starts to move away; Ashe tries to 
grab his arm, but to no avail. Rasler moves further down the stair]

     - YOU WILL BE AVENGED.

[As Ashe looks over at Vaan and as Rasler walks away, the dawn shard in her 
hand shines again]

- YOU OBTAIN THE DAWN SHARD!

[The party makes their way back to the entrance. A larger airship hovers 
above them, and few smaller ones surround Vaan, shown in a CG. The scene 
later switches to the inside of the airship. Judge Ghis greets them]

JUDGE GHIS: SUCH A TREMENDOUS HONOR TO AGAIN BE GRACED WITH YOUR PRESENCE, 
MAJESTY. YOU LEFT US WITH SUCH GREAT DISPATCH UPON OUR LAST ENCOUNTER THAT I 
MUST CONFESS... I HAD BEGUN TO WORRY THAT WE MAY HAVE GIVEN SOME CAUSE FOR 
OFFENCE.

ASHE: SUCH A HEARTFELT DISPLAY OF REMORSE. NOW WHAT IS IT YOU WANT?

JUDGE GHIS: I WANT YOU TO GIVE ME THE NETHICITE.

PENELO: THE NETHICITE?

[She holds the nethicite behind her]

JUDGE GHIS: THAT IS A BASE IMITATION! WE SEEK RAITHWALL'S LEGACY... THE 
ANCIENT RELICS OF THE DYNAST-KING: DEIFACTED NETHICITE. DID YOU NOT TELL 
THEM CAPTAIN AZELAS?

[Vossler approaches Ashe from behind]

VOSSLER: MAJESTY, HE SPEAKS OF THE DAWN SHARD. THAT IS THE NETHICITE.

BASCH: ARE YOU MAD, VOSSLER?

VOSSLER: IF WE ARE TO SAVE DALMASCA, WE MUST ACCEPT THE TRUTH. I WILL FIGHT 
THIS PROFITLESS BATTLE NO MORE!

[Basch grunts]

JUDGE GHIS: CAPTAIN AZELAS HAS STRUCK A WISE BARGAIN. IN RETURN OF THE DAWN 
SHARD THE EMPIRE WILL... PERMIT LADY ASHE TO RECLAIM HER THRONE, AND THE 
KINGDOM OF DALMASCA WILL BE RESTORED. THINK ON IT. AN ENTIRE KINGDOM FOR A 
STONE, YOU MUST ADMIT, 'TIS MORE THAN A FAIR EXCHANGE.

BALTHIER: AND WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, YOUR MASTER WILL HAVE ANOTHER PET.

JUDGE GHIS: LADY ASHE, LET US TAKE HIM FOR THE PEOPLE OF DALMASCA. YOUR 
MAJESTY WALLOWS IN INDECISION ON PERIL OF THEIR HEADS!

[Ghis raises his sword to Balthier's neck]

           - AND HIS SHALL BE THE FIRST TO FALL. 

BALTHIER: WELL AT LEAST YOUR SWORD IS TO THE POINT.

[Ashe hands over the dawn shard to Judge Ghis. A look of regret scars her 
face]

JUDGE GHIS: TO THINK THE RELICS OF THE DYNAST-KING WERE DEIFACTED NETHICITE. 
DOCTOR CID WILL BE BESIDE HIMSELF.

BALTHIER: WHAT DID YOU SAY?

JUDGE GHIS: CAPTAIN AZELAS, TAKE THEM TO SHIVA. THEY SHOULD HAVE LEAVE TO 
RETURN TO RABANASTRE SOON.

[The guards together with Vossler follows the party outside]

           - I WANT YOU TO ASSESS ITS POWER.
 
ASSISTANT: DID OUR ORDERS NOT SPECIFY THAT WE RETURN THE STONE FOR TESTING? 

JUDGE GHIS: I WILL NOT CHANCE RETURNING WITH A STONE THAT IS YET UNPROVEN. 

[Ghis holds the dawn shard and hands it over to his assistant. Later, a CG 
shows an airship departing]

- THE 8TH FLEET OF THE ARCHADIAN EMPIRE ARMY
- LIGHT CRUISER CLASS AIRSHIP SHIVA

[The party is shown walking, bounded to chains, with Vossler accompanying 
them in the ship]

VOSSLER: WHEN WE RETURN TO DALMASCA, WE CAN ANNOUNCE THAT YOU ARE ALIVE AND 
WELL. I WILL THEN CONTINUE OUR NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EMPIRE. I BELIEVE LARSA 
IS THE KEY. HE'LL LISTEN TO US. WE SHOULD TRUST HIM. 

ASHE: WHO ARE YOU, VOSSLER, TO TALK OF TRUST?

[Ashe walks away, leaving Vossler to himself]

VOSSLER: A SON OF DALMASCA.

[Back with Judge Ghis, his scientists put the nethicite into a capsule in an 
experimental ground]

ASSISTANT: OUR EQUIPMENT HERE IS LIMITED, SO WE'LL BE USING THE SHIP'S DRIVE 
TO MAKE OUR ASSESSMENT. ONCE WE'VE CONNECTED THE STORE, THE REACTION SHOULD 
BE EASILY MEASURED.

JUDGE GHIS: METHODS DO NOT INTEREST ME. ONLY RESULTS.

[Back with the party in Shiva, Fran seems to be in pain]

VAAN: FRAN?

FRAN: SUCH HEAT. THE MIST- IT'S BURNING!

[Back with Judge Ghis...]
  
ASSISTANT: SIXTY-EIGHT HUNDRED, SIXTY-NINE HUNDRED, SEVEN THOUSAND! THIS 
MUST BE DEIFACTED NETHICITE! THE COUNT STILL CLIMBS!

JUDGE GHIS: AH, WE'VE FOUND IT AT LAST: TRUE DEIFACTED NETHICITE. THE POWER 
OF THE DYNAST-KING IN MY HANDS. BLOOD ALONE DOES NOT AN EMPEROR MAKE, VAYNE.

[In a sudden, an alarm sounds]

ASSISTANT: WHAT IS IT? SOMETHING'S WRONG!

JUDGE GHIS: WHAT IS IT?

[Scene switches back with the party. Fran is panting on the floor]

IMPERIAL SOLDIER: YOU! STAND!

[As the guard touches Fran, he is thrown away by a powerful force]

VOSSLER: HOLD HER DOWN!

[Fran starts scratching the floor, and goes on berserk, assaulting all the 
guards around her]

PENELO: WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER?

BALTHIER: I ALWAYS KNEW FRAN DIDN'T TAKE WELL TO BEING TIED UP. I JUST NEVER 
KNEW HOW MUCH.

[Balthier untied himself. He looks over at Ashe]

         - HOW ABOUT YOU?

ASHE: I LIKE FRAN'S IDEA. LET'S GET OUT OF HERE!

[Balthier helps untie Ashe. Vaan starts to run, but is halted by Vossler]

VOSSLER: NO FARTHER! SKY PIRATES! THE FUTURE OF DALMASCA WILL NOT BE STOLEN!

[Basch walks to the front, staring at Vossler, and Vossler to him]

        - WHY DO THIS, BASCH? THIS STRUGGLE IS FUTILE. YOU MUST KNOW WHERE 
IT LEADS!

BASCH: I DO KNOW. ALL TOO WELL.

[The battle begins between Vossler and the party. He is defeated and falls 
to his knees. Basch stands before him as the scene switches to Judge Ghis]

ASSISTANT: ENGINE POWER FALLING RAPIDLY! IT'S... NEGATIVE? IMPOSSIBLE! WE 
CANNOT MAINTAIN HOVER! 

JUDGE GHIS: I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED!

ASSISTANT: THE NETHICITE'S DRAINING THE SHIP'S POWER!

JUDGE GHIS: DISENGAGE IT AT ONCE!

ASSISTANT: WE'RE TRYING. IT'S NO GOOD! IT'S INFLECTED! 

[The tube containing the dawn shard is shown at her final moments. Meanwhile, 
the scene switches back to the heroes]

BALTHIER: ASHE, LET'S GO.

[Ashe starts to move away, but stares at both Basch and Vossler behind the 
others]

VOSSLER: ALL I HAVE DONE- I'VE EVER THOUGHT OF DALMASCA FIRST.

BASCH: I KNOW YOU DO. I WOULD NE'ER GAINSAY YOUR LOYALTY. 

VOSSLER: LOOK ON WHAT MY HASTE HAS WROUGHT. DID I ACT TOO QUICK? OR WAS YOUR 
RETURN TOO LATE? I CAN SERVE HER NO MORE. YOU MUST TAKE UP MY CHARGE.

[Basch turns away and joins his party. Vossler is left alone on his knees. 
The scene then switches to Judge Ghis, whom upon the explosion of the 
nethicite, did not budge and is seen dodging the fire. Meanwhile, the ship 
crumbles as Vossler takes his final breaths... Later, the party escapes and 
taken control of an airship. A CG plays, showing an explosion on air]

BALTHIER: THIS MIGHT GET A LITTLE DICEY!

FRAN: THE MIST. IT MANIFESTS NOW. 

VAAN: IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL THIS?

PENELO: WHAT'S THAT?

[A ball of fire runs across the screen, growing ever smaller]

ASHE: I THINK IT'S THE DAWN SHARD.

BALTHIER: THEN WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

Narrative (The Marquis):

THE DREADNOUGHT LEVIATHAN IS SUNK. THE 8TH FLEET OF THE ARCHADIAN IMPERIAL 
ARMY, LOST.

AS WORD OF THE EVENT IN THE JAGD SOUNDED THROUGHOUT THE EMPIRE, QUIT I 
BHUJERBA, CITING SUDDEN MALADY.

MY TRUE MOTIVE: TO BRING THE VARIOUS COUNTER-IMPERIAL FORCES SCATTERED 
THROUGHOUT IVALICE TOGETHER IN UNIFIED RESISTANCE.

BY THIS TIME, LADY ASHE HAD MADE HER RETURN TO RABANASTRE. SHE HAD NOT, 
HOWEVER, MADE KNOWN HER PRESENCE. RATHER, SHE WAS CONTENT WITH KEEPING BOTH 
HER OWN WHEREABOUTS, AND THOSE OF THE DAWN SHARD, CONCEALED. 

HAD SHE CHOSEN THEN TO GO BEFORE HER PEOPLE, MY ERROR IN ANNOUNCING HER 
SUICIDE WOULD BE KNOWN, TO THE GREAT DETRIMENT OF MY EFFORTS TO ASSEMBLE A 
RESISTANCE. 

IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES AS THE LADY ASHE HAD FOUND HERSELF, EVEN WERE SHE TO 
PROCLAIM DALMASCA RESTORED, IT WOULD SERVE ONLY TO INVITE THE EMPIRE'S WRATH.

THOUGH ARCHADIA HAD LOST HER 8TH FLEET, SHE REMAINED, AS EVER, A MILITARY 
POWER WITH WHICH TO BE RECKONED.

                                           ~ MEMOIRS OF MQS HALIM ONDORE IV
                                           CHAPTER 16: BIDING TIME

[A CG shortly plays showing Rabanastre with magnificent structures and 
flying airships all about]

- THE IMPERIAL CITY OF ARCHADES
- THE SENATE

SENATE MEMBER: THE ROZARRIAN EMPIRE ASSEMBLES A VAST HOST UNDER GUISE OF 
MARTIAL EXERCISES. IT IS OUR BELIEF THEY WAIT FOR THE PROPER PRETEXT... THE 
SOONER TO MAKE THEIR STRIKE AGAINST ARCHADIA. THE LOST OF LEVIATHAN AND HER 
FLEET AT SUCH A TIME COMES AS A MOST GRIEVOUS BLOW. WERE ROZARRIA TO INVADE, 
THAT BATTLE WOULD BE HARD-FOUGHT. HAD LORD VAYNE NOT DEPLOYED THE FLEET SO 
CONSPICUOUSLY... WE WOULD NOT NOW FIND OURSELVES IN SUCH PERILOUS 
CIRCUMSTANCES.

SENATE MEMBER: LORD VAYNE SHALL BE MADE TO ANSWER FOR HIS ACTIONS. IT IS THE 
WILL OF THE SENATE. EXCELLENCY, THOUGH HE BE YOUR SON, JUSTICE MUST BE 
SERVED.

EMPEROR: A CONVENIENT THING, JUSTICE. AND SO I MUST NOW MAKE A CHOICE... 
BETWEEN MY THRONE, AND MY SON. 

SENATE MEMBER: A MOST LAMENTABLE SITUATION FOR US ALL. 

SENATE MEMBER: OH? FOR LORD VAYNE, PERHAPS, YET SURELY LORD LARSA WILL MAKE 
FOR A FINE EMPEROR. 

EMPEROR: LARSA SO ADORES HIS BROTHER, AND HE IS YET YOUNG.

SENATE MEMBER: BUT HE WILL NOT REMAIN YOUNG FOREVER. ALREADY HE BUSIES 
HIMSELF UNRAVELING LORD VAYNE'S TANGLED SKEIN. LORD LARSA HAS FOUND HIS ROLE 
TO PLAY, AND PURSUES IT WITH SOME ENTHUSIASM. 

EMPEROR: AH, YES... AND WHO WOULD SET HIM AT SUCH TASKS?

SENATE MEMBER: WHAT MATTER? LORD VAYNE HIMSELF ONCE SAW HIS ELDER BROTHERS 
BROUGHT TO LIKE JUSTICE, DID HE NOT? AT YOUR EXCELLENCY'S BEHEST, AS I 
RECALL.

[The emperor starts coughing]

SENATE MEMBER: YOU MAY PUT YOURSELF AT EASE, LORD GRAMIS. SO LONG AS THE 
SENATE WATCHES OVER HER... ARCHADIA'S WELL-BEING WILL EVER BE ENSURED.

EMPEROR: BY YOUR WILL. I SHALL BID VAYNE'S RETURN TO ARCHADES.

[The scene later switches to Ashe, in her dreams. There, stood Rasler, 
handing her over the dawn shard, and quickly disappears from sight. Right 
after, Vaan appears on-camera, and the screen fades. Soon after, the camera 
focuses on Ashe, sitting as Basch speaks]

BASCH: SO IT WAS THE DAWN SHARD THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE IMPERIAL FLEET.

- THE ROYAL CITY OF RABANASTRE
FOUR DAYS AFTER THE SINKING OF LEVIATHAN

BALTHIER: YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF.

BASCH: DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF SUCH FORCE- I'VE SEEN IT ONCE BEFORE. LADY ASHE, 
YOU KNOW OF WHAT I SPEAK.

ASHE: NABUDIS.

*BASCH: THE CAPITAL OF OLD NABRADIA- LORD RASLER'S FATHERLAND. DURING THE 
INVASION, A DIVISION OF IMPERIALS ENTERED THE CITY- THERE WAS A MIGHTY 
EXPLOSION. FRIEND AND FOE DIED ALIKE. SOMETHING WAS THERE- ONE OF THE 
DYNAST-KING'S RELICS. THE MIDLIGHT SHARD WAS IN NABRADIA.

BALTHIER: MORE NETHICITE. WELL, NO WONDER THEY INVADED.

ASHE: THAT RIDICULOUS WAR, THE TRAP OF THE TREATY-SIGNING- ALL BECAUSE VAYNE 
WANTED POWER. 

[Ashe holds the dawn shard in her hands; with its magicks all withered] 

     - HE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO CLAIM THE NETHICITE. THE EMPIRE MUST NEVER 
HOLD IT.

BALTHIER: OH? THEY ALREADY DO. THE DUSK SHARD, MOST LIKELY THE MIDLIGHT 
SHARD, TOO. BESIDES, CAN'T THEY MANUFACT NETHICITE NOW? 

[Ashe gets on her feet]

ASHE: VERY WELL, THEN THE PATH SET BEFORE US IS CLEAR. WE'LL USE THE DAWN 
SHARD TO FIGHT THEM! DALMASCA DOES NOT FORGET KINDNESS NOR ILL DEED DONE. 
WITH SWORD IN HAND SHE AIDS HER ALLIES. SWORD IN HAND, SHE LAYS TO REST HER 
FOES. THIS NETHICITE I HOLD MUST BE MY SWORD. I WILL AVENGE THOSE WHO HAVE 
DIED. AND THE EMPIRE WILL KNOW REMORSE.

VAAN: YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE IT?

ASHE: 1-

FRAN: THE GARIF MAY KNOW. THE GARIF PEOPLE LIVE BY THE OLD WAYS. MAGICITE 
LORE IS A PART OF THEIR CULTURE. THEY MAY HEAR IT. THE CRY OF THE 
NETHICITE'S POWER. WHISPERS OF THE STONE'S MENACE.  

ASHE: DANGEROUS THOUGH IT BE, WHAT WE NEED NOW IS POWER. SHOULD WE DECLARE 
DALMASCA FREE WITHOUT THE MEANS TO DEFEND OUR CLAIM... THE EMPIRE WOULD 
CRUSH US. YOU MUST TAKE ME TO MEET WITH THE GARIF.

FRAN: THEY LIVE BEYOND OZMONE PLAIN.

BALTHIER: NOT EXACTLY CLOSE.

ASHE: COMPENSATION- IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?

BALTHIER: STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, AREN'T WE. I LIKE THAT. COMPENSATION? HOW 
ABOUT THAT RING.

ASHE: THIS? ISN'T THERE SOMETHING ELSE?

BALTHIER: NO ONE'S FORCING YOU.

[He lends his hand towards her. Ashe hesitantly places the ring on his palm]

         - I'LL GIVE IT BACK TO YOU. AS SOON AS I FIND SOMETHING MORE 
VALUABLE.

[Ashe walks away. Vaan approaches]

VAAN: WHAT DO YOU MEAN "SOMETHING MORE VALUABLE"?

BALTHIER: HARD TO SAY. I'LL KNOW WHEN I FIND IT. WHAT IS IT YOU WANT, VAAN? 
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

[The party starts to leave Vaan alone in the room, one at a time]

VAAN: ME? WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR? I GUESS- WELL, I- YOU KNOW...

[The scene later switches outside the room at the Bazaar]

BASCH: THE GARIF ARE SAID TO DWELL IN KERWON.

BALTHIER: SO THEY DO. WE'LL NEED TO HEAD SOUTH, PAST THE GIZA PLAINS. 

BASCH: IT IS THE RAINS NOW IN GIZA- THE WADIS WILL BE SWOLLEN WITH THE 
DELUGE. PASSAGE MAY BE DIFFICULT. 

BALTHIER: BUT THOSE SAME WATERS MAY ALSO LAY OPEN NEW ROUTES TO US. 

ASHE: REGARDLESS, WE MUST HEAD SOUTH, YES?

BALTHIER: FIRST THING'S FIRST. YOU'RE EAGER TO BE ON YOUR WAY, I KNOW... BUT 
WE SHOULD SEE THAT WE'RE PREPARED BEFORE SETTING OUT.

ASHE: I MADE MY RESOLVE TWO YEARS AGO. I SWORE TO OVERCOME ANY HARDSHIP I 
MAY FACE.

BALTHIER: MAN CANNOT LIVE BY RESOLVE ALONE, PRINCESS.

[From Rabanastre, the party set out to the Giza Plain, and continued south 
to the Ozmone Plain. From there, they head out and stopped at the Garif 
Village]

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J a h a r a  -  L a n d  o f  T h e  G a r i f                [title_garif]  
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[Once they arrive, Vaan talks to the Garif Warrior by the bridge]

GARIF WARRIOR: WHO ARE YOU? THIS IS GARIF LAND. NO PLACE FOR HUME-CHILDREN 
TO PLAY AT GAMES. 

???: THEY ARE WAYFARERS. THEY BRING NO HARM. I SAW THEM CROSS THE OZMONE 
PLAIN. THEY ARE WARRIORS OF GREAT DISTINCTION. THE FIENDS OF THE PLAINS 
TROUBLED THEM NOT AT ALL. 

GARIF WARRIOR: YOU VENTURED UPON THE PLAINS ALONE, WAR-CHIEF? AGAIN?

GREAT WAR-CHIEF: ...... WHAT BUSINESS HAVE YOU WITH THE GARIF? 

[Vaan speaks a few words]

                - LET THEM PASS. THE RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE MINE. 

GARIF WARRIOR: IF THIS IS YOUR WISH, WAR-CHIEF. THEN, YOU MAY PASS. THESE 
DAYS SEE MANY HUMES WANDERING THROUGH OUR LANDS. 

[Vaan crossed the bridge and talked to the war-chief]

WAR-CHIEF SUPINELU: AH, I HAVE NOT MADE INTRODUCTIONS. I AM SUPINELU, WAR-
CHIEF OF THIS VILLAGE. WE GARIF HAVE BEEN FRIENDS TO ALL SINCE LONG AGO, 
HOWEVER, LATELY THE HUME WORLD IS IN MUCH TURMOIL. WE MUST PROTECT OUR 
VILLAGE, AND OUR PEOPLE. AS WAR-CHIEF, AND PROTECTOR OF THIS VILLAGE, I ASK 
YOU: WHY HAVE YOU COME TO THIS LAND?

[Vaan explains very shortly]

                   - HMM... I SEE. SO YOU TOO HAVE COME TO ASK ABOUT THE 
NETHICITE. YOU MUST SPEAK WITH THE ELDERS. THOUGH OUR MASKS MAY MAKE IT 
DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO TELL US APART, WALK THROUGH THE VILLAGE AND LOOK WITH 
YOUR EYES, LISTEN WITH YOUR EARS. 

[Supinelu walks away. The party goes around asking the elders, but to no 
avail. They then meet up with the war-chief again to ask permission to meet 
the Great-Chief. Ashe comes up to speak to him personally]

ASHE: I MUST LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NETHICITE, I CANNOT TURN BACK NOW. PLEASE, 
TELL YOUR GREAT-CHIEF THAT I AM OF THE ROYAL BLOOD OF DALMASCA, A DIRECT 
DESCENDANT OF DYNAST-KING RAITHWALL. IF THE GARIF HAVE PASSED DOWN THE 
KNOWLEDGE OF THE STONES THEY MUST KNOW OF THE NETHICITE THAT THE DYNAST-KING 
ONCE HELD.

WAR-CHIEF SUPINELU: DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF YOUR HERITAGE?  

ASHE: I... I DO NOT.

WAR-CHIEF SUPINELU: HRM... I HAVE LOOKED INTO YOUR EYES AND SEEN THAT YOU 
SPEAK THE TRUTH, HUME-CHILD. I GIVE YOU MY TRUST. THE GREAT-CHIEF IS AHEAD, 
ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 

[The party crosses another bridge to the Great-Chief's tent. Ashe walks 
slowly towards the Great-Chief; the others closely behind. The Great-Chief 
holds the nethicite in his hand]

GREAT-CHIEF: THIS NETHICITE- YOU HAVE USED IT.

ASHE: IT WAS NOT I WHO USED IT. INDEED I HAD HOPED YOU COULD SHOW ME HOW. 
THUS I'VE COME.

GREAT-CHIEF: YOU DO NOT KNOW THE WORKINGS OF THE STONE. THEN WE ARE NO 
DIFFERENT.

ASHE: WHAT?

GREAT-CHIEF: IN AGES PAST, THE GODS MADE A GIFT OF NETHICITE TO MY PEOPLE. 
BUT ITS MANNER OF USE ELUDED US. DISPLEASED BY OUR FAILURE, THE GODS TOOK 
BACK THEIR STONES. THEY CHOSE INSTEAD TO GIVE THEM TO A HUME KING. CALLED 
THE DYNAST-KING, HE USED THE NETHICITE'S POWER TO BRING PEACE TO A TROUBLED 
TIME. IT IS A CURIOUS THING. THOUGH THE BLOOD OF KING RAITHWALL FLOW THROUGH 
YOUR VEINS, YOU CANNOT WIELD NETHICITE. 

ASHE: CANNOT WIELD IT? SO THEN, AM I TO UNDERSTAND YOU CAN'T TELL ME HOW TO 
USE THE STONE?

GREAT-CHIEF: THOUGH IT SHAME ME SO TO ADMIT. HERE BEFORE ME STANDS A 
DESCENDENT OF THE DYNAST-KING HIMSELF... AND I CAN ACCORD HER NO HELP AT ALL. 
STILL, EVEN IF YOU KNEW HOW TO USE THE NETHICITE, YOU WOULD FIND IT OF SMALL 
AVAIL.   

[The Great-Chief hands Ashe the nethicite]

            - THE MIST COLLECTED IN THE STONE OVER AGES PAST IS LOST, AND 
WITH IT THE STONE'S POWER. IT WILL BE YOUR POSTERITY WHO WIELD THE STONE IN 
AGES YET TO COME. THIS STONE IS DEVOID OF POWER. EMPTY, YET FULL OF THIRST. 
A TERRIBLE LONGING TO DRINK THE WORLD DRY. 

[The camera cuts outside]

            - THE POWER OF MEN, AND OF MAGICK. OF GOOD, AND OF EVIL. IT IS 
OFTEN THOSE WHO DESIRE NETHICITE WHOM THE NETHICITE ITSELF DESIRES. 

[Ashe looks behind and sees Larsa walking in]

ASHE: LARSA?

[The screen fades. The scene switches to a nighttime, with Ashe standing 
alone by a fire. She recalls the events during the day]

     - TO BUR-OMISACE?

LARSA: I SAY WE OUGHT LEAVE TOMORROW. I WAS GOING TO WAIT FOR MY ESCORT, BUT 
MEETING YOU PRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. THIS TERRIBLE WAR CAN BE STOPPED, 
BUT I WILL NEED YOUR HELP TO DO SO. 

ASHE: A WAR?

LARSA: YOU KNOW THE MARQUIS ONDORE LEADS A GROUP OF INSURGENTS- YOUR PARDON, 
HE LEADS A LARGE RESISTANCE FORCE AGAINST THE EMPIRE. LADY ASHE, NEITHER OF 
OUR COUNTRIES CAN AFFORD THIS NOW. THE ROZARRIAN EMPIRE WOULD STIR. THEY 
WOULD AID THE RESISTANCE AND USE THIS AID AS A PRETEXT TO DECLARE WAR ON 
ARCHADIA... AND ARCHADIA WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ANSWER. LADY ASHE, LET 
US GO TO BUR-OMISACE. WITH THE BLESSING OF HIS GRACE THE GRAN KILTIAS 
ANASTASIS YOU MAY RIGHTLY WEAR YOUR CROWN, AND DECLARE THE RESTORATION OF 
THE KINGDOM OF DALMASCA. AS QUEEN, YOU CAN CALL FOR PEACE BETWEEN THE EMPIRE 
AND DALMASCA... AND STOP MARQUIS ONDORE.

ASHE: FOR PEACE? HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT! THE EMPIRE ATTACKED US, STOLE ALL WE 
HOLD DEAR... AND YOU WOULD HAVE ME SAVE THEM FROM WAR?

LARSA: DALMASCA WOULD BE THE BATTLEFIELD! WHAT IF NETHICITE WERE USED ON 
RABANASTRE? YOU KNOW MY BROTHER WOULD DO THIS!

[The scene reverts back to the present time; Ashe walks slowly alone with 
the stone in hand]

      - FORGIVE ME, I PRESUMED OVERMUCH. I COULD THINK OF NO OTHER WAY TO 
AVOID BLOODSHED. IF YOU CANNOT TRUST ME, THE PLEASE, TAKE ME AS YOUR HOSTAGE.

[Ashe stops walking, looks forward and to her surprise, stands before her 
Lord Rasler]

ASHE: RASLER.

[However, it was revealed to be none other than Vaan himself]

VAAN: YOU SAW HIM, DIDN'T YOU? LIKE AT THE KING'S TOMB. 

ASHE: SO YOU DID SEE HIM, TOO. BUT WHY?

VAAN: IT'S STRANGE. BEFORE, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE. AND THE 
PRINCE- I BARELY KNEW THERE WAS A PRINCE. WHO KNOWS? MAYBE THE PERSON I SAW 
WAS MY BROTHER.

ASHE: BASCH TOLD ME ABOUT HIM.

VAAN: HE ENLISTED, RIGHT AT THE END. BUT FOR WHAT? HE KNEW WE COULDN'T WIN.

ASHE: TO PROTECT SOMETHING.

VAAN: HOW CAN HE PROTECT ANYTHING WHEN HE'S DEAD? WAS IT DIFFERENT FOR 
PRINCE RASLER? DID THAT MAKE SENSE? HATING THE EMPIRE, GETTING REVENGE. IT'S 
ALL I EVER THOUGHT ABOUT. BUT I NEVER DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I MEAN, I 
REALIZED THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO. I MADE ME FEEL HOLLOW, ALONE. AND 
THEN I'D MISS MY BROTHER. I'D SAY STUFF LIKE "I'M GONNA BE A SKY PIRATE"... 
OR SOME OTHER STUPID THING. JUST ANYTHING TO KEEP MY MIND OFF IT. I WAS 
JUST- I WAS RUNNING AWAY. I NEEDED TO GET AWAY FROM HIS DEATH. THAT'S WHY I 
FOLLOWED YOU. KNOW WHAT? I'M THROUGH WITH IT. I'M THROUGH RUNNING. I'M READY 
TO FIND MY PURPOSE. TO FIND SOME REAL ANSWERS- SOME REASONS. IF I STICK WITH 
YOU, I THINK I WILL.

ASHE: I WISH I KNEW.

VAAN; I'LL FIND 'EM. 

[The camera zooms away as Ashe and Vaan stare into the moonlight. The next 
day...]

ASHE: I WILL ACCOMPANY YOU TO MT BUR-OMISACE.

LARSA: I HAD HOPED YOU'D SAY YES. I AM GLAD. 

ASHE: MY HEART IS NOT SET. I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. I HOPE TO FIND ANSWERS 
ALONG THE WAY.

LARSA: I HAD OTHER REASONS TO INVITE YOU. THERE'S SOMEONE I'D LIKE YOU TO 
MEET WAITING ON BUR-OMISACE.

ASHE: WHO IS THAT?

LARSA: AN ENEMY, AND AN ALLY ALSO. YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE FOR 
YOURSELF.

[Larsa walks away, across the bridge. Vaan approaches Ashe from behind]

VAAN: THAT LARSA LIKES HIS SECRETS.

ASHE: HE DOES NOT MEAN ILL BY IT.

VAAN: HE'S NOT BAD. AT LEAST FOR AN IMPERIAL.

[Vaan starts walking away, accompanied by Ashe across the bridge; Penelo 
following closely behind. Meanwhile, Balthier, Basch and Fran are still 
behind the others]

BASCH: HOLY MT BUR-OMISACE STANDS AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE JAGD. RAMOODA. 
ONCE WE'RE IN JAGD, WE NEED NOT FEAR PURSUIT BY THEIR AIRSHIPS. 

BALTHIER: DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP. YOU REMEMBER THE LEVIATHAN SAILED 
STRAIGHT OVER THE JAGD YENSA, RIGHT UP TO RAITHWALL'S TOMB. SKYSTONE THAT 
WORKS EVEN IN JAGD. YOU KNOW NETHICITE'S BEHIND IT. LITTLE WONDER THEY'RE SO 
KEEN ON THE STUFF.  

BASCH: AND WHAT IS IT YOU'RE AFTER, BALTHIER? YOU'RE A WELCOME HAND, AND A 
GREAT AID, BUT WHY?

BALTHIER: WORRIED I'M OUT TO STEAL THE NETHICITE, EH? CAN'T SAY I'M 
UNACCUSTOMED TO PEOPLE DOUBTING MY INTENTIONS. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM 
MY MIND. SHALL I SWEAR BY YOUR SWORD OR SOME SUCH?

BASCH: APOLOGIES. BUT I NEEDED TO KNOW WHERE YOU STAND. HER MAJESTY DEPENDS 
ON YOU. AND YOU SEEMED TO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE STONE.  

BALTHIER: I'M ONLY HERE TO SEE HOW THE STORY UNFOLDS. ANY SELF-RESPECTING 
LEADING MAN WOULD DO THE SAME.

[Balthier walks away, followed by his partner]

- LARSA JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

[Meanwhile, War-Chief Supinelu meets with Vaan the last time before they 
depart]

WAR-CHIEF SUPINELU: SO, YOU WILL LEAVE. TAKE THIS AS A TOKEN OF OUR PARTING.

[He hands Vaan a weapon and the ammunition]

                   - IF YOU WOULD RIDE A CHOCOBO, I HAVE SPOKEN TO THE 
MOOGLE. SHE WILL NOT CHARGE YOU FOR YOUR FIRST USE OF THE CHOCOBOS. TAKE 
CARE ON THE ROAD AHEAD. SHOULD IT LEAD BACK TO OUR LAND, YOU ARE WELCOME 
GUESTS. SPIRITS OF THE LAND WATCH OVER YOU. 

[Supinelu leaves. The party head east, reaching the eastern end of the 
Ozmone Plain. A cut-scene plays]

*VAAN: I GUESS THIS ONE WAS A SUCCESS.

*PENELO: WOW, I'M IMPRESSED VAAN!

*VAAN: I GOT A GOOD FEELING.

[The camera focuses on Basch and Ashe walking closely to each other]

BASCH: AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN DALMASCA AND THE EMPIRE?

ASHE: REASON TELLS ME 'TIS THE ONLY COURSE. WE MUST AVOID WAR WITH THE 
EMPIRE AT ALL COST. YET I FEAR I COULD NOT BEAR THE SHAME. HAD I BUT THE 
STRENGTH-

BASCH: A SHAME PERHAPS FOR ME AND FOR YOU. BUT FOR DALMASCA IT IS HOPE!

ASHE: AND YOU CAN JUST ACCEPT THIS, CAN YOU?

BASCH: AFTER VAYNE'S RUSE I HAD ABANDONED HOPE FOR HONOR... YET NEVER DID I 
FORGET MY KNIGHTLY VOWS. IF I COULD PROTECT BUT ONE PERSON FROM WAR'S 
HORROR... THEN I WOULD BEAR ANY SHAME. I WOULD BEAR IT PROUDLY. I COULD NOT 
DEFEND MY HOME. WHAT IS SHAME TO ME?

ASHE: MY PEOPLE HATE THE EMPIRE. THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS.

BASCH: THERE IS HOPE.

*VAAN: ALRIGHT.

*PENELO: DON'T ENCOURAGE...

BASCH: HOPE FOR A FUTURE WHERE WE CAN JOIN HANDS AS BROTHERS.

*VAAN: LARSA, PLEASE, THIS IS SERIOUS.

*LARSA: OH. I'M... I'M SORRY.

*PENELO: DON'T BE, LARSA. SOMEONE HAS TO PUT HIM IN HIS PLACE.

[The screen fades, and switches to two Judges walking side-by-side; the     
camera in slow-mo]

- THE IMPERIAL CITY OF ARCHADES
- THE IMPERIAL PALACE

MALE JUDGE: THE SENATE MAY PLAY AT INTRIGUE, BUT LORD VAYNE WILL NOT BE 
BROUGHT DOWN EASILY. THE ENTIRE MILITARY WAITS UPON HIS ORDERS, FROM THE WAR 
COUNCIL TO THE RANK AND FILE. WHAT BETTER BLADE THAN HE TO STRIKE DOWN THE 
ENEMIES OF THE EMPIRE?

FEMALE JUDGE: YOUR HONOR REMINDS ME OF ZECHT TWO YEARS SINCE. HE, TOO, PUT 
HIS TRUST IN LORD VAYNE'S STRENGTH, AND WHAT BECAME OF HIM? GONE WITHOUT A 
TRACE SINCE NABUDIS!

MALE JUDGE: I WILL NOT HEAR YOU MALIGN JUDGE ZECHT! HE WAS A NOBLE WARRIOR! 
OR... DO YOU THINK HIS TRUST IN LORD VAYNE ILL-PLACED? 

FEMALE JUDGE: VAYNE TOOK TWO OF HIS OWN BROTHERS' LIVES. HE IS RUTHLESS 
BEYOND CONTEMPT. 

MALE JUDGE: RUTHLESS, YOU SAY? WOULD HE WERE MORE SO! HE GIVES TRAITORS NO 
QUARTER, BE THEY OF HIS OWN BLOOD! HOW FITTING FOR ONE WHO WOULD BEAR THE 
BURDEN OF EMPIRE.

FEMALE JUDGE: BUT COULD WE BEAR HIM? ZARGABAATH, WHAT OF YOU? SURELY YOU DO 
NOT BELIEVE... HIS BROTHERS WERE TRAITORS.

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: SO FOUND HIS EXCELLENCY, LORD GRAMIS. YOU WOULD DO WELL TO 
MIND YOUR TONGUE, DRACE. THAT MATTER IS LONG PAST.

JUDGE GABRANTH: YOUR HONORS, A SUMMONS! LORD VAYNE HAS ARRIVED AT THE PALACE. 

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: WE COME AT ONCE.

[The female judge, Judge Drace, walks together with Judge Gabranth]

JUDGE DRACE: LORD LARSA HAS LEFT FOR BUR-OMISACE. HE HOPES TO ENLIST THE AID 
OF THE GRAN KILTIAS IN STOPPING THE INSURGENTS. I DOUBT THIS WILL BE ENOUGH 
TO DETER ONDORE... BUT EVEN A SLIGHT HINDRANCE TO HIS OPERATIONS WOULD BE 
WELCOME. THIS WILL DELAY THE ROZARRIAN INVASION... AND WE WILL HAVE BOUGHT 
MUCH-NEEDED TIME TO SHORE UP OUR DEFENSES.

JUDGE GABRANTH: JUST AS HIS EXCELLENCY HAD HOPED.

JUDGE DRACE: NO MATTER THE RESULT, I AM PLEASED WITH THE YOUNG LORD'S 
PROGRESS. I CAN ALREADY SEE THE STUNNED FACES OF THOSE MID-WITTED SENATORS. 
THE FOOLS THINK A CHILD EMPEROR'S STRINGS EASY TO PULL FROM THE SHADOWS... 
BUT THEY WILL FIND THAT LORD LARSA IS NO PUPPET.

JUDGE GABRANTH: YES. THE SENATORS WOULD BE MOST PLEASED WITH A PUPPET FOR AN 
EMPEROR. RECALL, DRACE, HOW THE SENATE FEARS AND DESPISES LORD VAYNE'S 
ABILITY? WHEN THEY REALIZE THE TRUTH, THAT LORD LARSA IS NO DOCILE LAMB TO 
BE SHEPHERDED... THEY WILL BARE THEIR TEETH AND DEVOUR HIM.    

JUDGE DRACE: YOU'RE RIGHT. I SHALL SPEAK ON THIS MATTER WITH HIS EXCELLENCY 
AT ONCE. GABRANTH. IT FALLS TO US TO PROTECT LORD LARSA- ARE WE AGREED?

JUDGE GABRANTH: AYE.

[The party then made their way through to the Golmore Jungle]

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G o l m o r e  J u n g l e                                   [title_golmore]
- - - - - - -  - - - - - - 

[The party comes across a barrier as they pass through the jungle, which 
obstructs their passage to Bur-Omisace. Vaan puts his finger through the 
barrier, and quickly pull away]

VAAN: WHAT IS IT?

FRAN: THE JUNGLE DENIES US OUR PASSAGE.

ASHE: WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

FRAN: WE? NO. I.

VAAN: WHAT'S THAT MEAN? HOW'RE WE SUPPOSED TO GET THROUGH THAT?

[Fran walks away, accompanied by Balthier; Vaan, with a clueless thought, 
calls for them; his presence is ignored]

BALTHIER: MAKING AN APPEARANCE?

FRAN: I AM.

*VAAN: COME ON! I'M TALKING OVER HERE!

BALTHIER: I THOUGHT YOU'D LEFT FOR GOOD.

*VAAN: HEY!

FRAN: OUR CHOICES ARE FEW. 

*VAAN: FRAN? BALTHIER!

FRAN: THIS IS AS MUCH FOR YOU AS IT IS ME.

*BALTHIER: OH?

FRAN: YOU ARE ILL AT EASE. THE NETHICITE TROUBLES YOU? YOU'VE LET YOUR EYES 
BETRAY YOUR HEART.

*BALTHIER: RIGHT...

[Fran approaches a dead end, moves her fingers as it glows]

VAAN: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

FRAN: SOON YOU WILL LEARN.

[A greenish path laid open to them]

*VAAN: WHOA...

FRAN: WE GO TO SEEK AID OF THE VIERA WHO DWELL AHEAD. 

PENELO: I BET THEY'LL BE GLAD TO SEE YOU AFTER SO LONG.

FRAN: I AM UNWELCOME. AN UNSOUGHT GUEST IN THEIR WOOD.

[The party continues through the hidden path to the Viera Village. There, 
Fran talks to Vaan]

     - IN THE VILLAGE AHEAD YOU WILL FIND HER: MJRN. BRING HER TO ME. SHE 
WILL KNOW WHY YOU CALL HER. 

[Vaan nods. Two moogles make an appearance from the entrance. As Vaan 
approaches the village, a cut-scene plays, showing the reactions of the 
Viera that reside in the area]

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E r u y t  V i l l a g e                           [title_eruyt]
- - - - -  - - - - - - -

[The party wanders around in search of Mjrn. They made little progress 
however, but as they go deeper into the village, a cut-scene plays]

VAAN: HEY, MJRN LIVES HERE, DOESN'T SHE? WE'RE HERE TO SEE HER. 

[The party looks around them; the Viera stare down at their faces with a 
lifeless look]

???: YOU WILL LEAVE AT ONCE. IT IS NOT ALLOWED FOR HUMES TO WALK ON THESE 
GROUNDS. 

VAAN: WE'LL GO AS SOON AS WE'VE SEEN MJRN.

???: IF YOU CAN FIND HER.

VAAN: WE'RE NOT LEAVING UNTIL YOU LET US SEE HER.

*???: HMPH.

VAAN: FINE THEN. WE'LL LOOK FOR HER OURSELVES.

[Vaan begins to walk away]

*???: AH!

[Everyone gave their attention to Fran, as she emerges from behind the 
party]

FRAN: I'VE HEARD THE VOICE OF THE WOOD. SHE SAYS MJRN IS NOT IN THE VILLAGE. 
JOTE. WHERE HAS SHE GONE?

JOTE: WHY DO YOU ASK? THE WOOD TELLS US WHERE SHE HAS GONE. OR... CAN YOU 
NOT HEAR HER? YOU CANNOT. YOUR EARS ARE DULL FROM HEARING THEIR HARSH SPEECH, 
I THINK. VIERA WHO HAVE ABANDONED THE WOOD ARE VIERA NO LONGER. MJRN, TOO, 
HAS LEFT HER EMBRACE.

BALTHIER: AND YOU FORSAKE THEM IN TURN?

JOTE: IT IS THE WILL OF THE VILLAGE. VIERA MUST LIVE ALWAYS THE WITH WOOD. 
SO IS THE GREEN WORD, AND SO IS OUR LAW. 

VAAN: WE'LL LET YOU WORRY ABOUT KEEPING YOUR LAWS. JUST DO US A FAVOR AND 
STAY OUT OF OUR WAY. WE'LL FIND HER OURSELVES. 

[A magical force of element arose from around Jote, she breathes in, and 
starts to speak]

JOTE: OUR SISTER HAS LEFT THE WOOD AND GONE WEST. SHE WANDERS WARRENS AMONG 
MEN WHO HIDE THEMSELVES IN CLOTHES OF COLD IRON. THUS TO ME HAS THE WOOD 
SPOKEN. 

[Jote begins to walk away, but as Fran mutters her words, she halts]

FRAN: THE VIERA MAY BEGIN AS PART OF THE WOOD, BUT IT IS NOT THE ONLY END 
THAT WE MAY CHOOSE.

JOTE: THE SAME WORDS I HEARD 50 YEARS AGO. 

[Jote walks back inside her sanctuary. The party heads back for the 
entrance]

BALTHIER: NOT BAD, VAAN. DIDN'T THINK WE'D GET ANY INFORMATION OUT OF THAT 
ONE. SO THEN, WHAT WAS SHE SAYING ABOUT MEN IN A WARREN?

LARSA: THE HENNE MAGICITE MINES- MAYBE THAT'S WHAT SHE MEANT. THEY LIE IN 
BANCOUR DOWN AT THE OZMONE PLAIN. THE ENTIRE REGION IS A COLONY OF THE 
ARCHADIAN EMPIRE. THERE WOULD BE SOLDIERS. 

BALTHIER: IS THAT A PROBLEM? LET'S MOVE.

[Balthier and Fran start to move]

VAAN: FRAN!

FRAN: YES?

VAAN: I WAS WONDERING- WHAT JOTE SAID, YOU KNOW? ABOUT HOW YOU SAID THE SAME 
THING 50 YEARS AGO?

FRAN: YOUR POINT?

VAAN: HOW OLD WERE YOU AGAIN?

[Everyone stood silent as the camera is distant away from them. Balthier 
starts to speak to Vaan with a cynical look]

BALTHIER: NICE, VAAN.

LARSA: SURPRISINGLY RUDE.

PENELO: TRY TO GROW UP, PLEASE.

[Everyone passes Vaan and leaves him behind. The party then exits the 
village back to Golmore Jungle, made their way to the Ozmone Plain and to 
the entrance of the Henne Mines. There, dead bodies of the imperials can be 
seen]

LARSA: RESEARCHES FROM THE DRAKLOR LABORATORY. WHAT WERE THEY DOING HERE?

BALTHIER: RESEARCH.

[The party solemnly enters the mines; the Henne Mines]

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H e n n e  M i n e s                               [title_henne_mines]
- - - - -  - - - - -

[Their party goes through the mine, and as they reach deeper and deeper, a 
cut-scene is triggered]

LARSA: LOOK AT THE MAGICITE. THESE MINES MUCH RESEMBLE THE ONES AT LHUSU. OF 
COURSE. DRAKLOR MUST BE SEARCHING FOR NEW SOURCES OF ORE. SHOULD THE 
RESISTANCE FORCES MOVE, THE MAGICITE IN BHUJERBA WILL BE FOREVER BEYOND 
THEIR GRASP.

[They then spot a dead imperial on the floor]

FRAN: IS IT HER? WHAT IS THIS MIST? MJRN!

[Mjrn walks into the room insensibly, as if she is controlled by something]

MJRN: THE STENCH OF HUMES. THE STENCH OF POWER.

ASHE: WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER?

[Her head twitches facing the party. She points her finger to Ashe as she 
shouts]

MJRN: STAY AWAY! POWER-NEEDY HUMES!

[A startled look bewildered Ashe. Mjrn runs away, mentally unconscious it 
seems. The party follows her footsteps and is forced to battle Tiamat, and 
large creature. They however defeated it and a cut-scene plays; Mjrn is 
barely on her feet. She's holding an object in her hand, and she drops it on 
the ground. It rolls around and breaks apart. As Fran tries to approach her, 
a ghostly figure appears above her. She then loses consciousness and drops 
to the ground]

VAAN: THAT THING INSIDE HER. WHAT WAS IT?

[Fran rushes to check on Mjrn. Mjrn opens her eyes to see Fran]

MJRN: IS IT YOU?

[Fran blinks, and Mjrn loses her consciousness again. The scene switches to 
a later event that occurred right when Mjrn is back on her feet]

*MJRN: WHEN THE HUME SOLDIERS COME TO THE WOOD, THE VILLAGE TOOK SMALL HEED 
OF THEM. SO LONG AS THE WOOD HERSELF IS SAFE, THE VIERA GIVE LITTLE CARE TO 
GOINGS ON BEYOND. BUT IN ME UNEASINESS STIRRED, I HAD TO DISCOVER WHY THEY 
HAD COME.  

BALTHIER: SO YOU CAME HERE HOPING TO FIND SOMETHING OUT, AND GET YOURSELF 
CAUGHT. YOU'RE AS FOOLHARDY AS YOUR SISTER. 

MJRN: THEY TOOK ME THEN, AND SET CLOSE BESIDE ME A STONE. THEY SAID ITS MIST 
WOULD BE DRAWN INTO ME, THAT THE VIERA WELL-SUITED THIS END. I SAW THE LIGHT 
COMING FROM THE STONE, AND THEN-

FRAN: WE HAVE SEEN THIS. ON LEVIATHAN, THE MIST FROM THE DAWN SHARD DROVE ME, 
TOO, INTO SUCH A RAGE. SHE WAS TAKEN NOT BY THE DAWN SHARD.

LARSA: MANUFACTED NETHICITE. 

[Fran blinks in agreement]

      - THEN THAT MEANS- PENELO, THE STONE I GAVE YOU, DO YOU STILL CARRY IT 
WITH YOU?

PENELO: SURE, IT'S RIGHT HERE.

[She takes the nethicite out of her pocket, and Larsa snatches it away from 
her]

LARSA: THIS IS MORE DANGER THAN I HAD IMAGINED. I SHOULD NEVER HAVE GIVEN IT 
TO YOU. FORGIVE ME, I DID NOT KNOW.

PENELO: I'D ALWAYS THOUGHT OF IT AS A SORT OF GOOD LUCK CHARM. AND EVEN IF 
IT IS DANGEROUS, ON LEVIATHAN IT KEPT US SAFE. 

ASHE: THERE IS A PLACE FOR ALL THINGS, EVEN DANGER SUCH AS THIS.

VAAN: I HOPE YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT.

[The scene later switches back with the party, having arrived back at Eruyt 
Village. Fran and Mjrn walk side by side, and as they notice Jote standing 
watch in front of them, they halted their advance. Vaan later stands before 
Jote]

JOTE: I HEARD THE WOOD'S WHISPERS. TAKE IT. LENTE'S TEAR IS A PERMISSION.

[Her assistant hands the item to Vaan] 

     - PASS THROUGH THE WOOD AND LEAVE. TO OTHER PLACES GO.

[Vaan exhales and turns around]

MJRN: THAT CANNOT BE ALL! I SAW IT WHEN I LEFT THE VILLAGE! IVALICE IS 
CHANGING! HOW CAN THE VIERA STAND AND DO NOTHING AT ALL!

JOTE: IVALICE IS FOR THE HUMES. THE WOOD ALONE IS FOR US.

MJRN: BUT THAT IS WRONG! HOW CAN WE JUST HIDE HERE IN THE TREES WHEN ALL THE 
WORLD OUTSIDE IS ON THE MOVE! I, TOO, WISH TO LIVE FREELY- TO LEAVE THIS 
WOOD!

FRAN: DO NOT DO THIS. YOU MUST REMAIN AWAY FROM THE HUMES. STAY WITH THE 
WOOD. LIVE TOGETHER WITH THE WOOD. THIS IS YOUR WAY.

MJRN: BUT FRAN- MY SISTER!

FRAN: I AM NO LONGER OF YOU. I HAVE DISCARDED WOOD AND VILLAGE. I WON MY 
FREEDOM. YET MY PAST HAS BEEN CUT AWAY FOREVER. NO LONGER CAN MY EARS HEAR 
THE GREEN WORD. THIS SOLITUDE... YOU WANT, MJRN?

MJRN: SISTER-

FRAN: NO, MJRN. ONLY ONE SISTER REMAINS TO YOU NOW. YOU MUST FORGET MY 
EXISTENCE. 

[Mjrn drenched in grief, sobs and runs away. Jote approaches Fran]

JOTE: I AM SORRY TO MAKE YOU DO THIS.

FRAN: SHE GOES AGAINST THE LAWS OF THE WOOD. I THREW DOWN THESE LAWS. IT IS 
BETTER THAT I DO THIS. BETTER I THAN ONE WHO MUST UPHOLD THESE LAWS HERSELF. 

[Jote nods at her assistance, and they nod in return. Her assistances leave 
and she stands before Fran alone]

     - I HAVE A REQUEST. LISTEN TO THE WOOD'S VOICE FOR ME. I FEAR- I FEAR 
SHE HATES.

[Jote, again is surrounded by a magical force as she inhales. The breeze 
blowing her hair. She stops and exhales]

JOTE: THE WOOD LONGS FOR YOU. FOR THE CHILD GONE UNDER HER BOUGHS. 
 
FRAN: A PLEASANT LIE, THAT. 

[Fran turns away]

JOTE: BE CAUTIOUS. THE WOOD IS JEALOUS OF THE HUMES WHO HAVE TAKEN YOU.        

FRAN: I AM AS THEM NOW, AM I NOT? GOOD-BYE, SISTER.

[She turns and walks away, accompanied by Balthier and Vaan. The rest are 
waiting for them]

- YOU OBTAIN LENTE'S TEAR!

[With Lente's Tear, they pass through the barrier in the Golmore Jungle and 
continued to Mt Bur-Omisace. They face the Elder Wyrm defeated it. They then 
pass through Paramina Rift to reach the mountain; short while later, a cut-
scene plays]

BALTHIER: EMPIRES PARADE DOWN CITY STREETS, WHILE REFUGEES WALK BAREFOOT 
THROUGH THE SNOW.

LARSA: AND SO I SUE FOR PEACE TO STOP SHORT WAR AND EASE THEIR SUFFERING. MY 
FATHER WILL CHOOSE PEACE. 

BALTHIER: WILL HE NOW? YOU SOUND SURE OF YOURSELF. YOU CAN NEVER KNOW 
ANOTHER, EVEN YOUR FATHER. 

[Everyone ignores the situation and walked away, leaving Larsa and Vaan 
alone]

VAAN: DON'T TAKE IT THE WRONG WAY, OKAY?

[Larsa grunts. Next, a scene shows Vayne and the Emperor Gramis]

VAYNE: THIS CRISIS WOULD NOT END WERE I GONE. THE SENATE HATES THE VERY FACT 
THAT HOUSE SOLIDOR EXISTS. BY NECESSITY, WE MUST FIND REASON TO SILENCE THEM.

EMPEROR: NECESSITY? AH YES, NECESSITY. DOES THAT WORD FREE YOU, I WONDER? 
YOU SHOW NO HESITATION TO SOLVE MATTERS WITH BLOOD.

VAYNE: THE SWORD OF HOUSE SOLIDOR CANNOT BE LEFT TO RUST IN DOUBT. IT WAS 
YOU, EXCELLENCY, WHO TEMPERED THAT SWORD.

EMPEROR: IS THIS YOUR IDEA OF VENGEANCE?

VAYNE: IT IS MY IDEA OF NECESSITY. IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW, IT IS NOT ONLY OUR 
FUTURE, YOU IMPERIL. 

EMPEROR: SO YOU WOULD DIRTY YOUR HANDS, TO KEEP HIS CLEAN?

VAYNE: MY HANDS ARE STAINED WITH BLOOD. I SEE LITTLE REASON TO STAY THEM NOW. 

EMPEROR: SO THEY ARE. AND SO HOUSE SOLIDOR LIVES ON.

[A moment of silence lingers... and the screen fades. The party continue to 
climb the cold mountain; a CG then plays showing the view of Mt Bur-Omisace]

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M t  B u r - O m i s a c e                            [title_bur_omisace]
- -  - - -   - - - - - - -

[As the party travels further up the mountain and reaching the Gran Kiltias, 
another CG shows the view of the main temple. As they enter the temple and 
approach the Anastasis, Larsa and Ashe move up to him. The Anastasis has his 
eyes shut tight; he appears to be sleeping. A moment of silence struck the 
room]

VAAN: IS HE SLEEPING?

*ASHE: SHHH!

ANASTASIS: NO, MY CHILD. 

*VAAN: WHOA!

ANASTASIS: I DO NOT SLEEP. I DREAM. FOR REALITY AND ILLUSION ARE A DUALITY, 
TWO PARTS OF A WHOLE. ONLY THE MIRROR OF DREAMS REFLECTS WHAT IS TRUE.

[Ashe steps closer to the Anastasis]

ASHE: ANASTASIS, YOUR GRACE- I AM ASHELIA-

ANASTASIS: LAY DOWN YOUR WORDS. ASHELIA, DAUGHTER OF RAMINAS, I HAVE DREAMT 
YOUR DREAM. WHO BETTER TO CARRY ON THE DALMASCAN LINE THAN SHE WHO BEARS THE 
DAWN SHARD? YOUR DREAM OF A KINGDOM RESTORED IS KNOWN TO ME.

[Larsa begins to step forward]

LARSA: GRAN KILTIAS, THEN GIVE US YOUR BLESSING. GRANT THE LADY ASHE HER 
ACCESSION-   

[A man quickly interrupts From behind]

MAN: I DO NOT SUPPOSE THIS IS SOMETHING YOU MIGHT... RECONSIDER?

[The camera follows the view from behind the man. Soon, his face is 
revealed; a man with sunglasses]

    - MY LITTLE EMPEROR-IN-WAITING. YOU CALLED AND I HAVE COME.

[Larsa offers his hand to the man; he instead shakes his palm on Larsa's 
head. Larsa pushes his hand aside]

LARSA: THIS IS THE MAN I WANTED YOU TO MEET. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE IS A 
MEMBER OF THE NOBLE HOUSE MARGRACE, RULERS OF THE ROZARRIAN EMPIRE.

[The man walks towards Ashe]

MAN: I AM BUT ONE OF VERY, VERY MANY. TRY AS I MIGHT, I COULD NOT STOP THIS 
WAR ALONE... THUS I CAME SEEKING LARSA'S ASSISTANCE.

[The camera is directed to the man's face as he removes his sunglasses , 
hands it to his female assistant and introduces himself]

AL-CID: AL-CID MARGRACE, AT YOUR SERVICE. TO THINK I STAND BEFORE THE LADY 
ASHE. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR.

[He gets down on his knees and kisses her hand. Penelo is shocked and closes 
her mouth with her hands]

       - I SEE IT IS TRUE AFTER ALL. AH, STUNNING IS DALMASCA'S DESERT BLOOM. 

*LARSA: URGH!

ANASTASIS: IN ARCHADIA, LARSA. IN ROZARRIA, AL-CID. THEY DREAM NOT OF WAR. 
SHOULD EMPIRE JOIN WITH EMPIRE, THE WAY WILL OPEN FOR A NEW IVALICE IN OUR 
TIME. 

AL-CID: HAH, GRAN KILTIAS! YOU SPEAK MUCH OF DREAM. BUT IN THE REAL WORLD, 
WAR IS UPON US. 

ASHE: GRAN KILTIAS, I WAS TOLD MY COMING HERE WOULD PREVENT THIS WAR. I WAS 
TO ASSUME MY FATHER'S THRONE AND ANNOUNCE THE RESTORATION OF DALMASCA... 
TREAT WITH THE EMPIRE FOR PEACE, AND PERSUADE THE RESISTANCE TO STAY THEIR 
HAND. I HAVE NOT COME ALL THIS WAY TO BE ASKED TO RECONSIDER!

AL-CID: A WORD FROM YOU AND THE RESISTANCE WOULD STOP COLD... AND ROZARRIA'S 
PRETEXT FOR JOINING THE WAR... SCATTERED, OFF TO THE FOUR WINDS. THIS WAS 
WHAT WE HAD HOPED. ALAS, CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGED. A FULL TWO YEARS HAVE PASSED 
SINCE YOUR REPORTED DEATH. WERE IT TO BECOME KNOWN YOU WERE STILL ALIVE... I 
FEAR IT COULD ONLY WORSEN OUR CURRENT SITUATION.

ASHE: BECAUSE I AM POWERLESS TO HELP.

*AL-CID: AHH! NAY, IN FACT IT HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH YOU.

LARSA: THEN WHAT? IS LADY ASHE WERE TO EXTEND HER HAND IN FRIENDSHIP... 
PERHAPS I COULD THEN PERSUADE THE EMPEROR. HIS EXCELLENCY WILL SOLVE THINGS 
PEACEFULLY-

AL-CID: THE EMPEROR GRAMIS IS NO MORE. HIS LIFE WAS TAKEN.

LARSA: FATHER!

[The scene switches to the judges and a few senate members]

SENATE MEMBER: WHAT POSSIBLE CAUSE COULD WE HAVE TO LAY HAND ON OUR EMPEROR?

SENATE MEMBER: A DECEPTION AND AN OUTRAGE! THE SENATE WILL NOT STAND FOR 
THIS!

JUDGE DRACE: A VIPER AMONGST OUR SENATORS!?

*VAYNE: WITH CHAIRMAN GREGOROTH AS ITS HEAD. HE CONFESSED AND PASSED HIS OWN 
SENTENCE.

JUDGE: A VIPER WITH MANY TAILS. MUCH OF THE SENATE IS CULPABLE.

*VAYNE: WE HAD TO STRIP THE SENATE OF AUTHORITY AND ASSIGN POWERS OF 
AUTOCRACY TO MYSELF UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ORDER-

JUDGE DRACE: SPARE ME YOUR LIES! I SEE THE SERPENT COILED HERE BEFORE ME!

JUDGE 2: DRACE, YOU SPEAK TOO FREELY!

*DRACE: ZARGABAATH! DO NOT TELL ME YOU JOIN IN THE MUMMER'S FARCE! 

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: WITH ROZARRIA POISED TO INVADE AT ANY MOMENT, OUR LEADER 
MUST HAVE A FREE HAND.

VAYNE: THE ONCE-GREAT HOUSE SOLIDOR IS NOW REDUCED TO MYSELF AND MY DEAR 
BROTHER LARSA. 

JUDGE DRACE: SURELY YOU WOULD NOT GO SO FAR!

[She removes her sword from its holster and points it towards Vayne]

            - VAYNE SOLIDOR! AS JUDGE MAGISTER AND UPHOLDER OF THE LAW, I 
HEREBY PLACE YOU UNDER ARREST!

[A judge places his weapon from behind Drace]

*JUDGE: YOU MISUNDERSTOOD. VAYNE DID NOT MAKE HIMSELF AUTOCRAT. IT WAS THE 
VERY MINISTRY OF LAW WHICH YOU SERVE. DO YOU SEE IT NOW, DRACE? WHEN YOU 
BARED YOUR SWORD AT HIS EXCELLENCY, YOU BARED YOUR SWORD AT THE LAW.

JUDGE DRACE: YOU WEAR YOUR MUMMER'S MOTLEY WELL, BERGAN.

[She paused her actions... and as quick as possible she turns around and 
ready to strike Judge Bergan. With little strength, Judge Bergan stops her, 
and hangs her on air by holding her face tightly... and throws her to the 
ground]

JUDGE DRACE: SUCH STRENGTH- INHUMAN!

[She appears injured and lay on the floor]

*VAYNE: ZARGABAATH, TAKE THE ALEXANDER. ACCOMPANY BERGAN AND BRING LARSA 
BACK TO ME. 

*JUDGE ZARGABAATH: SIRE. 

[Gabranth steps up to speak]

JUDGE GABRANTH: YOUR EXCELLENCY, LORD LARSA WAS PLACED UNDER MY CHARGE.

VAYNE: OH? PERHAPS YOU MISTOOK YOUR ORDERS THEN. I SEE NO OTHER EXPLANATION 
FOR WHY YOU WERE REPORTING ON MY DOINGS TO MY LATE FATHER.

JUDGE GABRANTH: YOUR EXCELLENCY-

VAYNE: A HOUND, BEGGING FOR SCRAPS AT THE EMPEROR'S TABLE. WOULD YOU SERVE 
ANOTHER MASTER, HOUND? YOU MAY FULFILL YOUR DUTY AS JUDGE MAGISTER BEFORE US 
ALL. SHE HAS BEEN TRIED AND FOUND GUILTY.

[Gabranth turns to look at Drace lying on the floor]

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: YOUR MAJESTY, I BEG YOU RECONSIDER!

[Gabranth walks towards Drace, kneels down, puts down his helmet and grips a 
sword. He places the sword on Drace's neck. He appears to be troubled. 
Bergan smirks]

JUDGE DRACE: DO IT. I CARE NOT. LIVE, GABRANTH. PROTECT THE YOUNG LORD. 
PROTECT LARSA...

JUDGE GABRANTH: FORGIVE ME.

JUDGE DRACE: PRAY BE QUICK.

[Gabranth takes her life. The camera shows Vayne taking his father's hand 
and placing it on his dead body]

VAYNE: AND SO HOUSE SOLIDOR LIVES ON.

[The scene returns to the party at Bur-Omisace]

AL-CID: LET US SUPPOSE YOU APPROACH THE EMPIRE WITH A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION. 
THE LATE EMPEROR GRAMIS WOULD HAVE LENT YOU HIS EAR, THAT MUCH IS CERTAIN. 
BUT WE ARE DEALING WITH VAYNE SOLIDOR. SHOULD THE PRINCESS RETURN, HE WOULD 
CLAIM HER AN IMPOSTER. ALL TO TEMPT THE RESISTANCE INTO BATTLE. VAYNE WANTS 
THIS WAR, THAT MUCH IS CERTAIN. AS OUR ILL LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, THE MAN IS A 
MILITARY GENIUS.

ANASTASIS: THE DREAMS HAVE TOLD ME THUS. TO REVEAL YOURSELF WOULD IMPERIL US 
ALL. I SEE WAR, AND VAYNE'S NAME WRIT BOLD ON HISTORY'S PAGE.

*AL-CID: ARCHADIA'S BANNERS FLY HIGH. THEY ARE MAKING READY FOR THE COMING 
WAR. ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST REPORTS...

[Al-Cid, without turning back, grips a piece of paper from his assistant 
behind him]

        - THE WESTERN ARMADA PREPARES FOR WAR, UNDER VAYNE'S COMMAND NO LESS. 
THE NEWLY FORMED 12TH FLEET HAS ALREADY BEEN DEPLOYED. OH YES! THE IMPERIAL 
1ST FLEET STANDS READY. THEY'LL BE UNDER WAY AS SOON AS THE ODIN'S REFIT IS 
COMPLETE. AND THERE IS MORE: THE 2ND KERWON EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IS BEING 
CALLED IN TO REPLACE THE MISSING 8TH, SO THERE WILL BE NO GAPS. THE LARGEST 
FORCE EVER SEEN!

ASHE: AND THEN... THE NETHICITE IS THE COUP DE GRACE. GRAN KILTIAS, YOUR 
GRACE. I SPOKE TO YOU OF MY SUCCESSION. LET US PUT THAT ASIDE. SHOULD I 
BECOME QUEEN OF DALMASCA NOW, POWERLESS AS I AM, I CAN PROTECT NOTHING. WITH 
A GREATER POWER AT MY DISPOSAL, PERHAPS THEN.

ANASTASIS: IT IS THE NETHICITE OF WHICH YOU DREAM?

ASHE: I REQUIRE SOMETHING FAR GREATER.

[The Gran Kiltias opens his eyes at last]

ANASTASIS: TO WIELD POWER AGAINST POWER. TRULY THE WORDS OF A HUME-CHILD.

ASHE: I AM DESCENDED FROM THE DYNAST-KING HIMSELF.

ANASTASIS: INDEED. THEN YOU HAVE BUT ONE CHOICE. SEEK YOU THE OTHER POWER 
RAITHWALL LEFT.

ASHE: DOES SUCH A THING EXIST?

ANASTASIS: JOURNEY ACROSS THE PARAMINA RIFT TO THE STILSHRINE OF MIRIAM. 
THERE RESTS A GIFT HE ENTRUSTED TO THE GRAN KILTIAS OF HIS TIME. SEEK IT OUT. 
THE SWORD OF KINGS... CAN CUT THROUGH NETHICITE. 

[Ashe starts to turn around but she stops]

          - WHY WOULD HE ENTRUST A POWER TO DESTROY NETHICITE, THE 
INSTRUMENT OF HIS GREATNESS... TO ANOTHER AND NOT TO HIS PROGENY, I CANNOT 
SAY. AWAKEN ASHELIA B'NARGIN AND TAKE UP YOUR SWORD, OR YOUR DREAM WILL 
REMAIN BUT A DREAM.

[Ashe walk pass and look at Larsa as she nods a little, signifying her 
sorrow for what happened. The rest follows her. The Gran Kiltias closes his 
eyes again as he says...]

ANASTASIS: MY DREAM, TOO, FADES INTO DAY.

- LARSA LEAVES THE PARTY.

[The party now travels south to reach the Stilshrine of Miriam]

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S t i l s h r i n e  o f  M i r i a m        [title_stilshrine_miriam]
- - - - - - - - - -  - -  - - - - - -

[The party continues deeper into the area in search of the Sword of Kings. A 
door leads them to a battle with an esper, Mateus. The claimed victory and 
continue forth into the Hall of Worth. The camera shows the sword fixed onto 
a middle of a mechanism with circular objects moving constantly. As Ashe 
steps up to approach it with the nethicite on her left hand, it glows. The 
sword absorbs the magical energy as the circular objects stop moving. The 
sword then floats on the air as Ashe tries to hold it tight, but falls to 
the ground for its weight]

VAAN: YOU SHOULD TRY IT ON THE DAWN SHARD. SEE IF IT CAN DESTROY NETHICITE 
OR NOT.

ASHE: WHAT?

BALTHIER: HE JUST MAY BE ON TO SOMETHING. THE DAWN SHARD'S NO USE TO US, 
AFTER ALL. 

[Ashe places the dawn shard in place as she readies the sword to cut it]

ASHE: THE STONE BLEEDS MIST.

FRAN: IT HAS BEEN ROUSED. IT FEARS THE SWORD.

[The camera reveals Lord Rasler come out of the dawn shard from Ashe's 
perspective. He's shaking his head. Ashe raises the sword nevertheless and 
strikes the stone. The camera reveals she purposely missed. Rasler closes 
his eyes and disappears. 

FRAN: THE STONE IS QUIET.

ASHE: THIS IS THE SWORD. THE NETHICITE DESTROYER.

BALTHIER: SHOULD IT FIND ITS MARK.

[Balthier starts to walk away, followed by Fran and Vaan. Ashe calls out for 
Vaan]

ASHE: VAAN. TELL ME. DID YOU SEE HIM AGAIN?

VAAN: I DIDN'T. NOT A THING. NOT EVEN MY BROTHER. NOT... NOT ANYTHING.

[Vaan walks away]

- YOU OBTAIN THE SWORD OF KINGS!

[The party heads back outside the entrance and proceed further when a CG 
plays, showing a few airships flying toward Bur-Omisace. Judge Zargabaath 
can be seen inside]

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: THE EMPIRE'S DEBTS GROW LEGION.

FRAN: THERE.

VAAN: SMOKE?

ASHE: WHAT COULD IT MEAN?

[The party rushes back to the temple. It turns out the place is under attack 
and brute force. The main temple seems to be covered with smoke. As they 
enter the temple, a judge stands by the Anastasis]

JUDGE BERGAN: AH, OUR VAGRANT PRINCESS. SWIFT HAS YOUR LUST FOR REVENGE LED 
YOU TO THE SWORD OF KINGS. 

[Bergan moves his leg to reveal the Anastasis lying on the floor, appearing 
dead]

             - YOU WILL SURRENDER IT TO ME. TOO LATE, AND TO THEIR SORROW DO 
THOSE WHO MISPLACE THEIR TRUST IN GODS LEARN THEIR FATE.

[A ghostly figure appears above his head, similar to Mjrn's case]

VAAN: THERE IT IS AGAIN.

[Bergan wields a crooked-shaped sword in his hand as he approaches the party 
closer. A powerful energy surrounds his body]

BALTHIER: FRAN, I DON'T LIKE THE LOOK OF THAT.

FRAN: THIS MIST- HE HOLDS A STONE! IT CONTROLS HIM AS IT DID MJRN!

NO. NO, THE POWER OF MANUFACTED NETHICITE IS THE POWER OF MAN! A WEAPON 
FORGED BY HIS WISDOM... WHO WOULD CHALLENGE THE GODS THEMSELVES! A FITTING 
BLOOD FOR A TRUE DYNAST-KING. RAITHWALL DID BUT PRETEND THE TITLE... A CUR 
BEGGING NETHICITE SCRAPS FROM HIS MASTER'S TABLE. HARK! IVALICE HAILS HER 
TRUE DYNAST-KING, VAYNE SOLIDOR! HE SHALL DEFY THE WILL OF THE GODS, AND SEE 
THE VEINS OF HISTORY BACK IN THE HANDS OF MAN! HIS TIME IS NIGH! THE NEW 
IVALICE HOLDS NO PLACE FOR THE NAME DALMASCA. THE STAIN OF RAITHWALL'S 
BLOOD... SHALL BE WASHED CLEAN FROM HISTORY'S WEAVE!

[Bergan pulls out another sword and now wields two swords! The battle begins. 
He is defeated, and goes mad in rampage as he twists and turns his body 
around, swinging his arms. The ghostly figure leaves his body as a shiny 
light explodes from his chest. The next scene shows Balthier examining his 
body]

BALTHIER: HE SET HIS VERY BONES ABOUT WITH MANUFACTED NETHICITE. THE GRAN 
KILTIAS?

[Penelo shakes her head]

PENELO: WAIT- WHAT ABOUT LARSA?

AL-CID: GONE. SPIRITED AWAY BY JUDGE GABRANTH.

[Al-Cid is shown on his feet supported by his assistant. The party 
approaches him]

VAAN: YOU OKAY?

[His assistant puts A-Cid down the ground]

BASCH: SO HE WAS HERE.

AL-CID: AH, AS FOR OUR YOUNG LORDLING, HE WENT ALONG- TO AVOID TROUBLE, YOU 
SEE. BUT JUDGE BERGAN HAD OTHER IDEAS. HE FLEW INTO A RAGE, AND I WAS LEFT 
TO FEND FOR MYSELF. PLEASE, PRINCESS. YOU MUST PERMIT ME TO TAKE YOU BACK 
WITH ME TO ROZARRIA.

ASHE: SO THAT YOU CAN PROTECT ME?

AL-CID: I WOULD LAY DOWN MY LIFE AT A SINGLE WORD TO BE SURE... BUT I HARBOR 
TO MAUNDERING DELUSIONS OF VALIANT GRANDEUR. VAYNE HAS OUR WAR PAVILION 
JUMPING AT SHADOWS. THEY FAVOR A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE. BUT YOU- YOU WILL 
CONVINCE THEM OTHERWISE. YOU WILL SEE THAT THEY DO NOT START THIS WAR.

ASHE: THIS I CANNOT DO. FORGIVE ME. BUT MY ERRAND HERE IS NOT YET DONE. I 
MUST WIELD THE SWORD OF KINGS, AND WITH IT BRING AN END TO THE DUSK SHARD.

AL-CID: AH, THIS STONE. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHERE IT IS?

BALTHIER: I CAN VENTURE A GUESS. THE DRAKLOR LABORATORY. IN ARCHADES. THE 
EMPIRE'S WEAPONS RESEARCH BEGINS AND ENDS THERE. HOW SOON DO WE LEAVE?

ASHE: AT ONCE. AS FOR MATTERS IN ROZARRIA... I BID YOU LUCK.

[Al-Cid stands with the help of his assistant]

AL-CID: SO YOU WOULD LEAVE EACH TO FEND FOR HIS OWN. LT US HOPE THAT YOU ARE 
NOT DISAPPOINTED. AH, THAT'S RIGHT. LARSA LEFT A MESSAGE. "THE DIFFERENCES 
BETWEEN OUT TWO LANDS WILL FADE BEFORE WE SHARED DREAM OF MEN."

[He puts on his sunglasses]

       - MY LEAVE I TAKE.

[Al-Cid walks away. The next scene switches outside the temple]

ASHE: HOW DO YOU PROPOSE WE REACH ARCHADES? ARCHADIA'S BORDERS WILL BE WELL 
GUARDED FOR FEAR OF ROZARRIAN INVASION. WE DARE NOT APPROACH BY AIR.

BALTHIER: AND THEIR NAVY WILL SEE THAT THE COAST IS WATCHED AS WELL... NO, 
WE GO AFOOT. WE'LL CROSS INTO ARCHADIA IN THE SALIKAWOOD. WE CAN REACH THE 
WOOD ANY NUMBER OF WAYS, BUT THE EASIEST IS TO HEAD NORTH FROM NALBINA. 

FRAN: THERE IS A HUNTER'S CAMP JUST BEYOND THE SALIKAWOOD. THE CAMP SITS 
WITHIN ARCHADIA'S BORDERS, SO IMPERIAL PATROLS THERE SHOULD BE SPARSE. 

BALTHIER: GETTING THAT FAR SHOULD BE HALF THE FUN. LET'S BE SURE WE GO 
PREPARED.

[The part prepares and off they go pass the Highwaste to the Salikawood. 
There, they fought the King Bomb and defeated it. If the players try to 
enter the Necrohol of Nabudis, a cut-scene plays]

*BASCH: THIS IS ALL THAT REMAINS OF NABUDIS. 2 YEARS AGO IT WAS DESTROYED BY 
A MYSTERIOUS FORCE. THE WORK OF THE MIDLIGHT SHARD. 

VAAN: THIS? IN JUST 2 YEARS? HOW?

*BASCH: AS THE DAWN SHARD BROUGHT DOWN THE LEVIATHAN, A FELL MIST SPILLED 
FORTH. IT IS LIKE THE SAME THING HAPPENED HERE. THE NETHICITE'S MIST HAS 
CORRUPTED THE LIFE OF THIS PLACE. IT IS A NECROHOL OVERRUN WITH BEASTS. WE 
TREAD HERE ON A FOOL'S ERRAND. WE HAD BEST TURN BACK.

FRAN: IS IT REVENGE THAT YOU DESIRE? YES OR NO, NOT THIS WAY LIES THE 
CAPITAL. THE ROAD TO ARCHADES LEADS EAST OF THE SALIKAWOOD, BEYOND THE PHON 
COAST AND TCHITA UPLANDS.

[The party continues towards the Phon Coast, which will lead them to 
Archades. The door that leads to the coast appears to be broken, and is 
under renovation. The party gathers all nine missing Moogles who are 
apprentices for the Moogle Boss. They are safely returned eventually]

MOOGLE BOSS: NOW THAT MY APPRENTICES ARE ALL BACK, THE REPAIRS TOOK NO TIME 
AT ALL, KUPO! WITNESS THE POWER OF MOOGLES!

[The door unravels itself, gear by gear to open a path. The party continues 
forth to the Phon Coast]

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P h o n  C o a s t                         [title_phon_coast]
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[A cut-scene follows as airships fly above the party members. The gather 
around]

BALTHIER: IT WOULD SEEM WE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. IF WE'D TAKEN THE EASY WAY 
AND COME BY AIRSHIP... ONE OF THOSE PATROLS WOULD NO DOUBT HAVE BEEN QUICK 
TO ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET. WE'RE ON THE EMPIRE'S DOORSTEP NOW, SO WE 
SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY QUITE SO MUCH... BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE TO GET SLOPPY. 
IT IS STILL A LONG ROAD TO THE CAPITAL.

[The party travels further to the Hunter's Camp. Vaan and Penelo start 
running]

*VAAN: I'LL RACE YOU TO THE WATER!

[Penelo and Vaan starts running together. Ashe walks slowly and trips, but 
Balthier caught her hand fittingly]

BALTHIER: WHY THE CAPITAL?

ASHE: THE NETHICITE. I MUST DESTROY IT.

BALTHIER: ARE YOU SURE? YOU DON'T WANT IT FOR YOURSELF? USE ITS POWER TO 
RESTORE DALMASCA- SOMETHING LIKE THAT? THE BEST INTENTIONS INVITE THE WORST 
KIND OF TROUBLE.

ASHE: LUSTING FOR EVER GREATER POWER, BLINDED BY THE NETHICITE. IS THAT HOW 
YOU SEE ME?

BALTHIER: THAT DOES SOUND LIKE SOMEONE I KNOW.

[Vaan starts mingling with Penelo. Their voices are faint in the background 
but are still unimpaired]

         - HE WAS OBSESSED WITH NETHICITE. IT WAS ALL HE CARED ABOUT. WE'D 
BABBLE NONSENSE TO AUGHT BUT THE STONE'S POWER.

*VAAN: COME OVER HERE.

*PENELO: HEY! WATCHED IT! LIKE I SAID...

*VAAN: THANK YOU.

BALTHIER: HE'D TALK ABOUT THE SAME "EYNAH", OR WAS IT "VENAT"? NO MATTER. 
EVERYTHING HE DID, HE DID TO GET CLOSER TO THE NETHICITE, TO UNDERSTAND IT. 
HE MADE AIRSHIPS, WEAPONS... HE EVEN MADE ME A JUDGE.

ASHE: YOU WERE A... A JUDGE!?

[Balthier starts to walk alone, slowly away from Ashe]

BALTHIER: PART OF A PAST I'D RATHER FORGET. IT DIDN'T LAST LONG. I RAN. I 
LEFT THE JUDGES... AND HIM. CIDOLFUS DEMEN BUNANSA. DRAKLOR LABORATORY'S 
VERY OWN DOCTOR CID. THAT'S WHEN HE LOST HIS HEART TO NETHICITE, LOST 
HIMSELF. AND I SUPPOSE THAT'S WHEN I LOST MY FATHER. 

[Ashe is silent as she inhales deeply. Balthier turns around to face her]

         - DON'T FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. I RAN AWAY. I COULDN'T STAND 
SEEING HIM LIKE THAT, A SLAVE TO THE STONE. SO I RAN. FREE AT LAST. FUNNY I 
WENT FOR THE DUSK SHARD. HOW COULD I HAVE KNOWN THAT IT WAS NETHICITE? AND 
THEN, OF COURSE I MET YOU. ALL THAT RUNNING, AND I GOT NOWHERE. IT'S TIME TO 
END THIS- CUT MY TIES TO THE PAST.

ASHE: IT'S HARD TO LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND. I KNOW.

[Ashe looks at her ring on her finger. She reminisce of her lovely times 
with Rasler, her late husband]

RASLER: A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE. SYMBOL OF THE ALLIANCE BETWEEN NABRADIA 
AND DALMASCA. THIS IS HOW THEY SEE OUR MATCH.

ASHE: THEY DO, DO THEY?

RASLER: THESE ROLES WE PLAY. I MUST ADMIT I FIND IT... WEARY. 

ASHE: I WILL PLAY MINE.

RASLER: I WOULD HAVE NO OTHER.

[The flashback fades back to the present time]

BALTHIER: THE CHOICE IS YOURS TO MAKE. BUT DON'T GIVE YOUR HEART TO A STONE. 
YOU'RE STRONGER THAN THAT, PRINCESS.

ASHE: I... I PRAY YOU'RE RIGHT, BALTHIER.

[From here, the party continues towards the Tchita Uplands]

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T c h i t a  U p l a n d s                         [title_tchita]
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[The party runs into a boy and he set them to hunt an unofficial mark for 
him. He hands them over a key, and off they go until they reach a cavern]

VAAN: HEY, YOU SURE THIS RABBIT HOLE'S REALLY THE WAY INTO ARCHADES?

BALTHIER: BETTER A HARE UNSEEN THAN A RAT IN A TRAP. THEN AGAIN, IF YOU'D 
PREFER TO GO KNOCKING ON THE FRONT GATES OF THE CITY, BE MY GUESS.

PENELO: BUT WHAT ABOUT ONCE WE'RE INSIDE? WON'T THE CITY WATCH FIND US?

ASHE: WE'LL DO WHAT WE CAN TO BLEND INTO THE CROWD. OUR NAMES MAY BE 
NOTORIOUS, BUT OUR FACES ARE NOT FAR-KNOWN.

VAAN: TRUE, TRUE. YOU'RE OUT PRINCESS, AND WE DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE YOU.

ASHE: I NOTICED.

[Ashe walks away from the others. Soon, the party continues through the 
Sochen Cave Palace to the gate of the Soul Ward. There they used the key, 
where on the inside several Mandragoras await them in battle. They are 
defeated and the party continues through until they reach a town]

VAAN: SMELLS LESS LIKE A CAPITAL... AND MORE LIKE A SEWER.

BALTHIER: EVEN EMPIRES HAVE NEED OF SEWERS. THE RUNOFF FROM ARCHADES PROPER 
POOLS HERE: THOSE WHO LACK PAPERS TO LIVE IN THE CITY ITSELF. THE MIGHTY WHO 
HAVE FALLEN, AND THE FALLEN WHO WOULD BE MIGHTY. THEIR EYES NEVER LEAVE 
ARCHADES.

VAAN: I GUESS IT MUST BE A LOT NICER THAN THIS PLACE.

BALTHIER: OH, TO BE SURE. ARCHADES REEKS OF A DIFFERENT FILTH. LET'S BE OFF! 
WE CAN FOLLOW OUR NOSES TO DRAKLOR.

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O l d  A r c h a d e s                              [title_old_archades]
- - -  - - - - - - - - 

[The party is questioned by the imperials by the exit to the city, but they 
are rejected for they lack the credentials. The following are dialogues, and 
not spoken. In fact, most of these areas consist of important dialogues 
altogether]

???: WELL, WELL, WELL... THERE'S A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES. DIDN'T THINK I'D BE 
SEEING YOU AGAIN. NOT HERE.

BALTHIER: OH WONDERFUL. ENTER THE STREETEAR.

VAAN: YOU KNOW THIS GUY?

BALTHIER: AN OLD... FRIEND. HE'S A STREETEAR- A PEDDLER OF RUMOR AND HEARSAY, 
BY THE NAME OF JULES. HE'D BITE A GIL GIVEN HIM BY HIS MOTHER, AND SHARE IT 
BY HALF TO PAY FOR HER FUNERAL.

JULES: SOMETIMES ON EAR WITH TIGHT PURSE STRING'S THE ORDER OF THE DAY. LIKE 
WHEN A PIRATE DECIDES HE FANCIES GOING UP IN THE WORLD. 

VAAN: TO THE CITY? YOU KNOW A WAY?

JULES: IN ARCHADES, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. AND POWER HAS A WAY OF OPENING DOORS, 
BOY. A FOOL WILL BUY A SACK OF PILLOW, BUT A WISE MAN... HE'LL BUY THE WHOLE 
STINKING COCKATRICE AND GET HIS FILL OF MEAT INTO THE BARGAIN. SO, WISE MEN, 
HOW DOES 1500 GIL SOUND? 

[The player chooses Pay up to continue]

      - BRIGHT BOY. YOU LEARN FAST. I CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER. TELL ME, 
BOY, HEARD ANY RUMORS IN TOWN?

VAAN: ACTUALLY, I DID HEAR ABOUT A MAN WHO PICKED A BAG OF COINS OUT OF A 
BARREL. 

JULES: BAGS IN BARRELS, EH...? A BOY WOULD DO WELL TO BRING THAT MORSEL TO A 
MAN NAMES BEASLEY NEAR HERE. TELL HIM WHAT YOU'VE HEARD.

[The party goes to talk to Beasley, and returns back to Jules]

      - YOU TOLD HIM JUST A S AI TOLD YOU? GOOD BOY!

VAAN: I'M NOT SURE WHAT ANY OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH GOING UP IN THE WORLD.

JULES: OH? WITNESS THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE, M'BOY. SEE? IT BEGINS.

COMMONER: 'EY, 'TIS A FIGHT! BEASLEY'S GONE WILD!

VAAN: NOW'S OUR CHANCE! THANKS, JULES.

[Vaan runs off alone, leaving Balthier with Jules]

BALTHIER: NEVER THOUGHT YOU'D GO FOR SUCH A MEAGER PRICE.

JULES: A PIRATE SHOULD KNOW THAT WORDS ARE WORTH GIL UNCOUNTABLE. HERE'S 
SOME WORDS FOR YOU: THE PRODIGAL BUNANSA SON'S COME BACK TO THE IMPERIAL 
ROAST. SEE? WORDS OF MUCH VALUE, THOSE.

BALTHIER: BAH.

[Balthier leaves the screen]

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T h e  I m p e r i a l  C i t y  o f  A r c h a d e s  [title_city_archades]
- - -  - - - - - - - -  - - - -  - -  - - - - - - - -
  
[The party reaches the city; a cut-scene follows as Vaan runs forth 
excitedly alone]

PENELO: YOU'RE GAPING LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER.

VAAN: I'M JUST CHECKING OUT THE CITY. EVEN IF IT IS THE EMPIRE.

*PENELO: YOU'VE CHANGED, VAAN. YOU WERE ALWAYS MARCHING TO YOUR OWN BEAT... 
ALMOST LIKE YOU WERE IMPATIENT, EVEN. IN A GOOD WAY.

VAAN: MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'VE SEEN MORE NOW. NEVER IMAGINED I'D EVER COME 
THIS FAR AWAY FROM HOME.

[Penelo stands alone, silently overlooking the city from a corner]

     - HEY, LARSA'S HERE IN THE CITY, ISN'T HE? HE'S A TOUGH ONE, I WONDER 
HOW HE'S DOING.

*PENELO: YOU WERE ALWAYS A SOFT TOUCH, VAAN.

[Penelo turns to look at Vaan]

        - YOU KNOW WHAT'S AMAZING? I ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D GO MY WHOLE LIFE 
WITHOUT MEETING PEOPLE LIKE THE PRINCESS, OR LORD LARSA. AND HERE WE ARE IN 
THE CAPITAL!

VAAN: I KNOW! IT'S A LITTLE OVER MY HEAD SOMETIMES.

[Basch snakes from behind Vaan and pats him on his shoulder]

BASCH: GOOD, VAAN. YOU'VE COME TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTIES OF SERVING 
ROYALTY.

VAAN: HEY, I'M JUST ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

PENELO: THAT WASN'T A COMPLAINT, WAS IT, BASCH?

BASCH: RIGHT. LET'S GET MOVING.

PENELO: HEY, DON'T CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

BASCH: RIGHT.

[In a distant, Ashe, together with Balthier and his partner in the back 
watches silently with smiles on their faces]

[Vaan and co. walk a little further and Balthier interrupts]

BALTHIER: WE GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS HERE, VAAN. I'VE SOME BUSINESS TO ATTEND 
TO. WE'LL MEET AGAIN LATER.

VAAN; HUH? HEY-

[Balthier ignores Vaan and walks away, although he still appears in the 
party menu of the game. Sometime later, Vaan speaks to the Cab Attendant]

VAAN: A CHOP? WHAT'S THAT? 

CAB ATTENDANT: IF YOU LACK A CHOP, YOU PAY COIN. THAT'S... 1000000 GIL, 
THANK YOU.

PENELO: WHAT? THAT'S CRAZY!

JULES: HAVING A SPOT OF TROUBLE, ARE WE? I'VE A MESSAGE FROM MASTER BALTHIER. 
HE'S WAITING IN CENTRAL. HE SAYS TO COME QUICKLY. 

VAAN: OH THIS? BUT WE NEED A... A CHOP. WHAT IS A CHOP, ANYWAY?

JULES: WHEN A BOY WANTS INFORMATION... THAT'S RIGHT... A BOY PAYS. 2500 GIL 
SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. 

[The player chooses Pay up to continue]

      - WHY, ANY UPSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE EMPIRE CARRIES A CHOP. IT'S A 
MARK OF STATUS SOMETIMES, A WRIT OF TRANSIT OTHERS. IF YOU WERE AIMING TO GO 
TO CENTRAL, WHERE THE GENTRY LIVE, I'D THINK YOU'D NEED 9 CHOPS.

VAAN: HOW DO YOU GET THEM?

JULES: LIKE I'VE SAID, THE KEY IS KNOWLEDGE, BOY. YOU DO YOUR PART HERE ON 
THE STREET, TALK TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE, YOU'LL EARN YOUR CHOPS IN NO TIME.

VAAN: THAT DOESN'T SOUND SO BAD.

JULES: OH, PEOPLE IN ARCHADES LOVE DOING GOOD DEEDS. WHY, IF THEY'RE HELPING 
YOU OUT, IT MUST MEAN THEY'RE SUPERIOR. UNDERSTAND, BOY?

VAAN: UH... NOT SURE I DO, BUT I'LL GIVE IT A TRY. THANKS, JULES!

JULES: A FRIEND OF MASTER BALTHIER'S A FRIEND OF MINE.

[Vaan runs off, as Jules coughs. Vaan goes around obtaining nine chops, and 
then he returns to the cab for a ride to the central. There, Balthier greets 
Vaan]

BALTHIER: AH, SO PLEASED YOU COULD JOIN ME. JULES HAD A MORSEL FOR US: A 
LIGHT AIRSHIP USED BY DRAKLOR RESEARCH IS JUST UP AHEAD. WE'LL TAKE THAT AND 
GO THROUGH THE SERVICE ENTRANCE. LET'S MAKE HASTE, SHALL WE?

[Vaan makes it further through the area. A cut-scene plays showing a couple 
of soldiers running toward a judge]

IMPERIAL SOLIDER: THE COMPLICES OF THE SENATE HAVE BEEN QUELLED, YOUR HONOR. 
OUR FORCES SUSTAINED BUT LIGHT CASUALTIES. 

JUDGE: YOU HAVE LEAVE TO WITHDRAW. ONE DETACHMENT WILL REMAIN HERE TO GUARD 
DRAKLOR.

*IMPERIALS: MY LORD!

[From a corner, the party discusses]

VAAN: DO YOU THINK THEY'RE ON TO US?

BASCH: IT WOULD SEEM NOT, THOUGH THIS WILL MAKE OUR TASK MORE DIFFICULT 
STILL.

[The party walks further and Balthier initiates a dialogued conversation]

BALTHIER: CERTAINLY TOOK YOUR TIME GETTING HERE, DIDN'T YOU. OFF SEEING THE 
SIGHTS, PERHAPS?

VAAN: NOT LIKELY. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET THE CHOPS TO GET UP 
HERE?

BALTHIER: WHAT'S THAT? BUT I GAVE JULES SOME CHOPS...

VAAN: JULES!

JULES: TSK, TSK. A SQUAD OF JUDGES HAS BEEN SENT TO DRAKLOR. YOU'LL FIND THE 
SERVICE ENTRANCE RATHER A DIFFICULT PREPOSITION, I'M AFRAID.

BALTHIER: YOUR DOING, NO DOUBT. YOU KNEW HOW THE MINISTRY OF LAW WOULD MOVE, 
SO YOU HAD VAAN OUR COLLECTING CHOPS UNTIL THE JUDGES COULD REINFORCE 
DRAKLOR. OF COURSE... TELL ME, HOW MUCH DID THE MINISTRY PAY FOR WORD OF THE 
PRODIGAL SON?

JULES: THE MINISTRY? OH, JUDGES MAKE POOR CUSTOMERS, MY FRIEND. TOO MANY 
RULES, TOO MANY LAWS. PERHAPS YOU DIDN'T KNOW, MASTER BALTHIER, THAT DRAKLOR 
IS A TOY BOX THESE DAYS, FILLED WITH YOUR LORD FATHER'S CONCEITS... ALL 
DEVELOPED WITHOUT THE SENATE'S KNOWLEDGE, OF COURSE. WHY, NOT EVEN THE 
EMPEROR KNEW THE FULL EXTENT OF DR. CID'S OPERATIONS. NOW, HERE'S THE CATCH! 
SINCE VAYNE HAD HIMSELF DECLARED DICTATOR, NARY A PEEP HAS COME OUT OF THAT 
LABORATORY. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO WOULD SELL THEIR OWN MUM FOR THE MEREST CRAP 
OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE GOINGS- ON INSIDE DRAKLOR.

BALTHIER: PEOPLE LIKE... ROZARRIAN SYMPATHIZERS WORRIED ABOUT THE EMPIRE'S 
WEAPONS PROGRAMS, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO MIGHT BE OPPOSED TO HOUSE SOLIDOR 
HEGEMONY. SO, WE CREATE A DISTURBANCE, AND YOU GET YOUR WINDFALL OF DIRT ON 
DRAKLOR.

JULES: AND IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR SERVICE, I'VE SPOKEN TO A CABBIE. WHEN HE 
ASKS WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, TELL HIM: "YOU KNOW WHERE TO GO." SIMPLE, NO?

BALTHIER: AH, A DEAL, BROKERED IN TRUE ARCHADES FASHION. WHY, IT'S JUST LIKE 
OLD TIMES, JULES. BRINGS A TEAR TO MY EYE.

[Balthier walks away from the screen]

JULES: GOOD TO BE BACK, EH? MY REGARDS TO YOUR LORD FATHER, MASTER FFAMRAN... 
ER, RATHER, MASTER "BALTHIER". ANAN, ANAN. 

[The ride the cab to go "there". A dialogued conversation takes place 
inside]

VAAN: SO, THIS JULES... IS HE SOME OLD FRIEND OF YOURS, BALTHIER? YOU TWO 
SEEMED... CLOSE.

BALTHIER: CLOSE ENOUGH FOR FISTICUFFS... DRIVER! FASTER, IF YOU PLEASE. I 
WOULD BE LOATHE TO EXPEND ANY OF THE VIOLENCE OF MY PRESENCE. MOOD ON MY 
COMPANIONS. 

CABBIE: S-SIR? YES, SIR!

[A CG plays showing a red big building, where the party is being brought to. 
They leave their transport]

VAAN: WHERE TO?

BALTHIER: COME. THIS WAY.

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D r a k l o r  L a b o r a t o r y                    [title_draklor_lab]
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[The party walks into the area]

BASCH: IT'S TOO QUIET. 

BALTHIER: PASSING STRANGE. THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GUARDS HERE.

VAAN: MAYBE WE'RE JUST LUCKY?

BALTHIER: MAYBE YOU'RE JUST OPTIMISTIC.

BASCH: SOMETHING MAY BE AFOOT. WE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

BALTHIER: NO TIME FOR CAUTION. STEP TO IT! CID'S CHAMBERS ARE ON THE TOP 
LEVEL.

[The party continues through the laboratory's hallways and come across 
fallen imperial soldiers on the ground]

BALTHIER: OH, LOVELY...

[The party then head upstairs to the 67th Floor, and pass through a door 
into a room. The place is a mess]

FRAN: HE'S HAD VISITORS. ONES LACKING MANNERS, BY THE LOOK OF IT.

VAAN: SOMEONE AFTER THE NETHICITE?

[Balthier looks at a table with a few papers]

BALTHIER: THE JAGD DIFOHR WAS IT? SIX YEARS, AND EVER SINCE YOU GOT BACK, 
THIS... WHAT MADNESS FOUND YOU THERE?

ENEMY SOLDIERS: UP! ABOVE US! DROP BULKHEADS FIVE AND EIGHT! BE TO IT!

VAAN: THEY FOUND US!

FRAN: HIS EARLIER VISITOR, MORE LIKE. WE SHOULD LIE LOW FOR NOW.

BALTHIER: NO, WE'LL USE THEIR CONFUSION. WE NEED TO FIND CID. NOW.

- YOU OBTAIN A LAB ACCESS CARD!
- YOU OBTAIN A MAP OF DRAKLOR LABORATORY!
  YOUR LOCATION MAP FOR THIS AREA IS COMPLETE!
  
[The party travels floor by floor until they reach the 70th Floor. Basch is 
attacked from his left side by a mysterious man]

MAN: AH. MY APOLOGIES. YOU BEAR NOT THE STENCH OF CID'S LACKIES.

BASCH: AND YOU ARE... OUR EARLIER VISITOR.

[A mysterious voice echoes]

VOICE: YES, A VALUABLE MAN ONE I'D SOONER NOT LOSE. YET HE KNOWS TOO MUCH.

[The man goes after the voice. The party chases after the man, and once they 
arrive at the top of a staircase, they see the man with Cid standing in 
front of him]

MAN: CID! YOU KNOW DEIFACTED NETHICITE BROUGHT DOWN THE LEVIATHAN! HOW CAN 
YOU PERSIST IN THIS FOLLY?

DOCTOR CID: AND YOU'VE COME HERE TO STOP ME? I'D FAIN SEE YOU TRY.

BALTHIER: CONSIDER YOUR BONES, OLD MAN. YOU'RE OUTMATCHED. 

DOCTOR CID: PIRATE SCUM OF THE SKIES. WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?

BALTHIER: TREASURE. WHAT ELSE WOULD A PIRATE WANT? WE'LL TAKE THE DUSK SHARD.

DOCTOR CID: YOU'VE COME ALL THIS WAY FOR THAT TRINKET? I THOUGHT YOU ABOVE 
THIS. HM? WHAT'S THAT? THE PRINCESS OF DALMASCA COME TO VISIT? SHE'S NOT 
ENTIRELY WITHOUT MERIT. A TEST OF SORTS FOR OUR PRINCESS?

ASHE: YOU'RE A BABBLING FOOL.

DOCTOR CID: A TRIAL FOR ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA! YOU LUST FOR THE STONE'S 
POWER, DO YOU NOT?

MAN: LEND HIM NOT YOUR EARS, M'LADY. HE MEANS TO USE YOU.

[Cid is engulfed in a flame-like force. He jumps from where he was standing 
and two objects surround him as he laughs, wielding two weapons on both 
hands]

FRAN: MANUFACTED NETHICITE! LIKE BERGAN.

BALTHIER: HOW COULD YOU DO THIS? HOW COULD YOU FALL THIS FAR?

[The party injures Cid and his "weapons" around him]

         - ALWAYS HIDING BEHIND YOUR TOYS. PITY IF ANYTHING WERE TO HAPPEN 
TO THEM.

[The party injures Cid well enough to trigger a cut-scene. Cid languishes to 
his knees, and drops his weapons. The unknown almost bald man jumps 
heroically towards Cid and strikes him, but he is repelled by a powerful 
force that throws him across the other side of the room]

DOCTOR CID: VENAT, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE.

[A familiar ghostly figure appears above Cid]

BALTHIER: THIS CREATURE... SO THIS IS YOUR VENAT?

[The figure disappears before them all]

DOCTOR CID: ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA! JUST HOW FAR WILL YOU GO FOR POWER? 
DOES YOUR LUST FOR NETHICITE CONSUME YOU? AM I RIGHT? I AM, AREN'T I. A 
WORTHY DAUGHTER OF THE DYNAST-KING! YOU WOULD DO WELL TO GO TO GIRUVEGAN. 
WHO KNOWS? YOU MAY RECEIVE A NEW STONE FOR YOUR TROUBLE.

[An imperial airship approaches Cid. Cid walks towards it]

ASHE: YOUR WORDS MEAN NOTHING TO ME!

[Cid places his hand to touch the ship]

DOCTOR CID: THE REINS OF HISTORY BACK IN THE HANDS OF MAN. I TOO MAKE FOR 
GIRUVEGAN. GIVE CHASE, IF YOU DARE IT!

[He escapes with the airship]

BALTHIER: I HATE IT WHEN HE DOES THAT.

MAN: MAYHAPS YOU THINK ME REMISS! THE LADY ASHE OF DALMASCA? THE SKY PIRATE 
REDDAS, AT YOUR EMPLOY.

NARRATIVE (The Marquis):

THE IMPERIAL SENATE, POWERLESS TO RESIST HOUSE SOLIDOR'S BRUTAL PURGE, WAS 
DISSOLVED.

VAYNE SOLIDOR REIGNED SUPREME OVER THE EMPIRE.

THOUGH THIS UPHEAVAL SHOOK THE IMPERIAL BASTION TO ITS FOUNDATION, THESE 
DEVELOPMENTS WERE, TO SAY THE LEAST, WELCOMED BY THE MILITARY.

THE AUTHORITARIAN RULE OF THE JUDGES, IN TANDEM WITH THE IMPENDING THREAT OF 
ROZARRIAN INVASION, SERVED TO FOSTER CAMARADERIE AMONG ITS RANKS.

FOR OUR PART, THE RESISTANCE MASTERED STRENGTH IN THE BORDER-SKIES, MAKING 
READY FOR THE TASK AHEAD.

A WAR TO DECIDE THE DOOM OF IVALICE WOULD SOON BE UPON US.

                                       ~ MEMOIRS OF MQS HALIM ONDORE IV
                                       CHAPTER 17: THROUGH MIDLIGHT TO DAWN

[The scene switches to an inside of the Resistance airship]

SQUAD PILOT: SQUAD FLAMETONGUE AND OGRENIX ARE AWAY! ALL SHIPS REPORTING IN. 
THEY'RE BREAKING TO BEGIN SHIP-TO-SHIP MANEUVERS AGAINST US. ALL HANDS, FULL 
AHEAD FLANKS!

ONDORE'S ATTENDANT: WE SHALL MAKE READY TO REPEL THEIR ATTACKS. COUNTER-AIR, 
TRACK THEM AS THOUGH THEY WERE THE ENEMY. 

SQUAD PILOT: COUNTER-AIR, TO YOUR STATIONS!

SQUAD PILOT: A DISPATCH FROM NALDOA COMMAND, EXCELLENCY. THE SKY PIRATE HAS 
LEFT ARCHADIAN AIRSPACE. HE MAKES FOR BALFONHEIM WITH THE LADY ASHE AND HER 
PARTY. 

MARQUIS: IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THE LADY STILL LIVES, BUT WHAT OF OUR BID FOR 
THE STONE?

*ONDORE'S ATTENDANT: WITH OR WITHOUT, OUR RESISTANCE SHOULD PROVE AN EVEN 
MATCH FOR THE IMPERIAL ARMY. THESE WEEKS OF TRAINING HAVE HONED OUR EDGE.

MARQUIS: I PRAY 'TIS SHARP ENOUGH.

[The scene switches to Ashe and her party]

ASHE: THEY CHOOSE TO SUPPLY THE RESISTANCE, YET RAISE NOT A SWORD IN AID. 
WHAT CITY COULD DO THIS?

REDDAS: A CITY OF MEN WITHOUT COUNTRIES. PIRATES OF THE SEA AND OF THE SKY. 
FEW ARE THEY WHO WOULD FAIN LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR A FRIEND, LET ALONE A 
KING.

ASHE: THE MARQUIS- HE IS SET ON WAR?

REDDAS: THE TIME APPROACHES WHEN HE MUST MAKE HIS POSITION VIS-A-VIS THE 
EMPIRE CLEAR.

- SOUTHEASTERN ARCHADES
- BALFONHEIM PORT - THE REDDAS MANSE

       - WHEN HE HELPED YOU OFF THE LEVIATHAN, HE SPITED THE JUDGES FULL SAP. 
HE CANNOT SIT IN IDLENESS AND EXPECT TO AVOID A RECKONING. THE MARQUIS 
SHARES MY DISTASTE FOR WAR... YET IF IT COMES TO IT, HE WILL SHOW NO QUARTER.

[A flashback scene triggers some time in the past between the Marquis and 
Reddas]

MARQUIS: FOR THE TIME BEING, WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRAIN THE RESISTANCE ARMY. 
ENOUGH POWER ON OUR SIDE... AND EVEN VAYNE MAY SEE THE APPEAL OF THE TREATY 
TABLE.

REDDAS: YET VAYNE HOLDS THE NETHICITE. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK HE WOULD TREAT 
WHEN HE HOLDS SUCH POWER? POWER ENOUGH TO SINK THE LEVIATHAN.

MARQUIS: ALL THE MORE REASON FOR ME TO SUPPORT YOUR INFILTRATION OF THE 
CAPITAL. YOU SAID IT YOURSELF: THE NETHICITE IS A POWERFUL WEAPON. I WOULD 
HAVE YOU ACQUIRE IT FOR ME.

[Reddas forcefully slams his bottle of drink onto the table]

REDDAS: I HAVE NOT SAID I WOULD GIVE YOU... THE MIDLIGHT SHARD.

MARQUIS: IF THERE IS NO STONE, I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR AID.

REDDAS: THEN YOU WOULD ALLY WITH ROZARRIA.

MARQUIS: AS I MUST. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. 

[The scene switches to present time]

*BASCH: IT'S JUST WHAT VAYNE WANTS. HE LURES THE ROZARRIANS AND THE 
RESISTANCE TO THE FIELD, THEN CRUSHES THEM BOTH WITH THE NETHICITE!

*BALTHIER: I THINK NOT. CID HAS THE STONE. WE SMASH IT TO PIECES WITH THE 
SWORD OF KINGS. VAYNE WILL BE LEFT HOLDING NARY A THING. TIME IS SHORT. WE 
FOLLOW CID. HE'S HEADING TOWARDS GIRUVEGAN. 

ASHE: GIRUVEGAN.

FRAN: IT IS TOLD OF IN A SONG OF MY PEOPLE. "ON THE FARTHEST SHORES OF THE 
RIVER OF TIME... SHROUDED DEEP IN THE ROILING MIST... THE HOLY LAND SLEEPS: 
GIRUVEGAN. WHO KNOWS THE PATHS? THE WAY TO ITS DOORS?"

*REDDAS: THEN YOU SEEK THE JAGD DIFOHR. DEEP WITHIN THE JUNGLE OF GOLMORE, 
IN A CORNER OF THE FEYWOOD, A MIST-STORM SURGES AND SEETHES.

VAAN: THEN THAT'S IT. LET'S GO!

PENELO: RIGHT.

[Vaan pulls Penelo out of the room. Basch and Fran follow them outside]

BALTHIER: NOT COMING, REDDAS? FORGET YOUR PRECIOUS NETHICITE ALREADY?

REDDAS: CID'S WORDS RANG HOLLOW TO ME. I WILL FOLLOW ANOTHER COURSE.

BALTHIER: AH, ANOTHER LEAD THEN, IS IT? YOU'RE WELL INFORMED.

REDDAS: I COULD WELL SAY THE SAME TO YOU, PIRATE.

[Vaan appears through the door and calls after Balthier]

VAAN: HURRY IT UP, OR WE'LL LEAVE WITHOUT YOU.

REDDAS: AH, VAAN! I'VE HAD SOME OF MY MEN CHECK ON THIS FEYWOOD. BEST ASK 
WHAT THEY'VE FOUND. 

VAAN: OK! THANKS FOR THE HELP, REDDAS.

[Vaan leaves]

REDDAS: FLY FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER. YOUR APPRENTICE IS MORE PIRATE THAN 
YOU. 
  
BALTHIER: I DON'T HAVE AN APPRENTICE.

[Balthier leaves. Ashe is about to follow him outside]

REDDAS: PRINCESS ASHE! I WOULD HEAR YOUR HEART. IF DOCTOR CID HAS SPOKEN THE 
TRUTH, YOU MAY WELL BE REWARDED WITH MORE NETHICITE IN GIRUVEGAN. TELL ME: 
DO YOU STILL DESIRE THE STONE?

ASHE: I DESIRE ITS POWER. I WANT... YET I ALSO FEAR. I MUST PROTECT DALMASCA. 
I CAN'T AFFORD TO FEAR ANYTHING.

REDDAS: DO NOT FORGET NABUDIS. THAT IS MY ONLY COUNSEL FOR YOU.

[Ashe leaves; screen fades]

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T h e  P o r t  a t  B a l f o n h e i m                 [title_balfonheim]
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[Vaan talks to Reddas' men at the port. This is a dialogued scene]

RIKKEN: AH, OUR GUEST. IF YOU'VE FINISHED TALKING WITH LORD REDDAS, I 
SUPPOSE YOU'LL BE WANTING TO HEAR ABOUT THE FEYWOOD.

ELZA: RIKKEN! WHY MUST WE AID THESE PEOPLE? THEY SEEK ONLY TO FURTHER THEIR 
OWN ENDS, AND CARE LITTLE FOR OUR LORD'S WANTS, IF AT ALL!

RIKKEN: THESE PEOPLE? I SEE ONLY A BOY. AND IT'S BY LORD REDDAS'S COMMAND. 
IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS...

RAZ: I'VE GOT ME A NOSE FOR ILL INTENT. I'LL TAKE THE MEASURE OF 'IM.

[Raz approaches Vaan, and starts to "measure" him]

    - ARRR... AYE... NOT BAD AT ALL! HE MEASURES UP QUITE NICELY. THIS ONE 
MEANS NO HARM TO LORD REDDAS.

ELZA: MEASURE!? YOU BARELY MEASURE UP TO HIS WAIST, AND THAT'S COUNTING THE 
PARROT.

RIKKEN: YOUR CONCERN'S DULY NOTED. I, FOR ONE, PLAN ON FOLLOWING LORD 
REDDAS'S ORDERS.

ELZA: DO AS YOU PLEASE! BUT KNOW THAT NO GOOD WILL COME OF THIS.

[She turns around]

RIKKEN: I APOLOGIZE. PAY HER NO MING. NOW, WHERE WAS I? AH, YES. SOUTH OF 
THE VAST GOLMORE JUNGLE IN KERWON THERE LIES A PLACE KNOWN AS THE "FEYWOOD". 
THE MIST THERE IS FAR DENSER THAN MOST, AND EVEN SHOULD YOU MAKE IT THROUGH 
THAT, THERE'S NO GUARANTEE YOU'LL MAKE IT PAST WHAT LIES BEYOND.

RAZ: AYE, HE SPEAKS OF THE HIDDEN TRIAL OF THE FEYWOOD, WHICH MUST BE PASSED 
TO OPEN THE GATE TO THE HOLY LAND OF GIRUVEGAN.

[From the port, the party travels back to Golmore Jungle, and then they make 
it to the Feywood. There, they notice a dense mist blocking their path. 
Rasler appears before Ashe's view, as he opens the path and let loose the 
mist inhabiting it. Rasler reappears and then disappears again. Sometime 
later, the party engages Rafflesia in battle, and claims victory. They 
travel south through the Feywood and find several similar glyphs which reads, 
"In this sanctum shall the pilgrim find truth and illusion. Illusion 
betokens the true way". Later they find a Gate Gigas, which is a large door. 
It reads, "Gigas Summoner, gate's power is yours to claim. Beyond the one 
gate lies sacred Giruvegan. Over the one gate the Gigas holds sway." The 
party summons the Esper Belias, which opens the gate for their entry]

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T h e  A n c i e n t  C i t y  o f  G i r u v e g a n  [title_giruvegan]
- - -  - - - - - - -  - - - -  - -  - - - - - - - - -

ASHE: ON THE FARTHEST SHORES OF THE RIVER OF TIME, SHROUDED DEEP IN THE 
ROILING MIST.

PENELO: WHAT IS IT, FRAN?

FRAN: THE MIST RUNS THICK HERE.

VAAN: LIKE ON THE LEVIATHAN?

FRAN: DO NOT WORRY. I WILL BEHAVE MYSELF. THE MIST HERE IS COOLED. I SENSE 
SOMETHING LIKE THE SHADOW HERE.

BALTHIER: VENAT. IT APPEARS CID HAS YET TO ARRIVE. WE'LL LIE IN WAIT FOR HIM 
HERE. 

PENELO: SO WE'RE NOT GOING INSIDE?

BALTHIER: NOT UNLESS YOU WANT TO END UP TWISTED. LIKE THE OLD MAN.

[Balthier looks at Ashe, as she stares forth alone]

         - SOMETHING THERE?

[From her view, Rasler appears in front of her, walking forth and then 
disappearing]

PENELO: WHAT IS IT?

VAAN: SHE CAN SEE HIM. LET'S FOLLOW HER.

[The rest of the party follows Ashe and uses a way stone to be teleported 
into a different area, where they fight the Daedalus. The claimed victory 
and a way stone emerges. They used it and travel through a sort of "maze". 
Go further a cut-scene follows]

PENELO: I CAN'T SHAKE THE FEELING WE'RE SOMEWHERE WE'RE NOT MEANT TO BE,

VAAN: YEAH, IT'S EXCITING.

PENELO: EXCITING?

BASCH: YOU ARE NOT TROUBLED BY THE UNKNOWN? WHO CAN SAY WHAT LIES AHEAD? WE 
MAY ENCOUNTER THE VERY CREATORS OF NETHICITE.

VAAN: YEAH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'LL FIND. I LIKE IT BETTER THAT WAY.

BASCH: YOU'RE SOUNDING MORE THE SKY PIRATE EVERY DAY.

[The party continues through the area. They unlocked a hidden path towards a 
huge object, where a devastating beast engages them in battle by the name of 
Tyrant. It is defeated and a way stone appears. There, they go through 
another puzzling maze area. They used a way stone and a cut-scene occurs]

PENELO: I'VE NEVER SEEN THIS MUCH MIST. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

FRAN: I AM FINE. THANK YOU.

PENELO: IS THAT NETHICITE?

FRAN: I WONDER.

[They look at a "mist-like" force in front of them]

ASHE: WITH THAT MUCH NETHICITE IS ONE'S GRASP-

FRAN: YOU COULD DESTROY ALL OF IVALICE. IF YOU WISHED IT.

[The party continues forth and engages the Esper Shemhazai, the Whisperer in 
battle. They defeated it and continue forward. They used a way stone and a 
CG plays from afar, showing a beam of light lowering onto a platform from a 
structure. Ashe is then shown in the next scene]

ASHE: WHERE IS EVERY-ONE?

OCCURIA: FEAR NOT, PRINCESS OF DALMASCA. WE OCCURIA HAVE CHOSEN YOU, AND YOU 
ALONE. ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA. WE SEE YOUR HEART DESIRES POWER, AND POWER 
MOST HOLY SHALL WE GRANT. SEEK YOU THE SUN-CRYST, SLUMB'RING STAR. IN TOWER 
ON DISTANT SHORE IT DREAMS. THE MOTHER OF ALL NETHICITE, THE SOURCE OF ITS 
UNENDING POWER. THE DYNAST-KING, HIS FALLOW SHARDS, COARSE TRINKETS CUT FROM 
SUN-CRYST LIGHT. 

ASHE: SUCH POWER EXISTS?

OCCURIA: IN TIMES THAT ARE LONG PASSED AWAY, WE THOUGHT TO SAVE THIS 
IVALICE... AND CHOSE RAITHWALL THE DYNAST-KING. HE TOOK THE SWORD AND CUT 
THE CRYST. THREE SHARDS HE TOOK FROM ITS GILT GRASP. HIS WORDS AND DEEDS RUN 
THROUGH YOUR VEINS.

ASHE: THAT'S WHY I WAS GIVEN IT- THE SWORD OF KINGS.

OCCURIA: THE TREATY HELD WITH KINGS OF OLD IS BUT A MEM'RY, COLD AND STILL. 
WITH YOU WE NOW SHALL TREAT ANEW, TO CUT A RUN FOR HIST'RY'S FLOW. NOW TAKE 
THIS SWORD, THIS TREATY-BLADE. OCCURIAN SEAL, MARK OF YOUR WORTH. CUT DEEP 
THE CRYST AND SEIZE YOUR SHARDS. WIELD DYNAST-KING'S POWER! DESTROY VENAT!

[A sword floats over to Ashe]

ASHE: BUT VENAT- VENAT IS AN OCCURIAN. A BEING LIKE YOU.

OCCURIAN: VENAT IS A HERETIC! THE NETHICITE IS OURS TO GIVE, TO CHOSEN 
BEARER OR TO NONE. THE HERETIC TRESPASSED ABD SET THE ROSE OF KNOWLEDGE IN 
MAN'S HAND. WITH IMITATIONS THEY PROFANE, IT IS ANATHEMA TO US. WE GIVE YOU 
NOW THE STONE AND TASK. ADMINISTER JUDGMENT: DESTROY THEM ALL!

ASHE: JUDGMENT? 

[Rasler appears close to Ashe yet again]

     - DESTROY THEM ALL? THE EMPIRE?

OCCURIA: THE HUMES EVER SKEW HIST'RY'S WEAVE. WITH HATE THEY MOVE THROUGH 
TOO-SHORT LOVES. DRIVEN TO ERR BY BASE DESIRES, T'WARD WASTE AND WASTING ON 
THEY RUN. UNDYING, WE OCCURIA LIGHT THE PATH FOR WAYWARD SONS OF MAN. OFT 
DID WE PASS JUDGMENT ON THEM SO THAT IVALICE MIGHT ENDURE. ETERNAL, WE ARE 
HIST'RY'S STEWARDS, TO SET THE COURSE AND KEEP IT TRUE. THE CHOSEN IS OUR 
HAND, OUR FIST, TO LET LIKE SOME AND CRUSH THE REST. PRINCESS, YOU HAVE BEEN 
CHOSEN. TAKE REVENGE AGAINST THOSE WHO STOLE YOUR KINGDOM. FULFIL YOUR ROLE 
AS SAVIOUR. 

[Rasler's shadows grabs the sword, and Ashe hesitantly places hers on the 
sword as well.   

        - ATTAIN TO YOUR BIRTHRIGHT!

VAAN: ASHE!

[The party emerges from her back and starts approaching her]

     - WHAT'S WITH THESE OCCURIA? WHAT GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT 
TO DO?

FRAN: WILL YOU TAKE REVENGE, AS THEY ASK?

*ASHE: HUH?

BASCH: WE COULD NOT SEE THEM, BUT WE HEARD THE OCCURIA SPEAK. THEY MAY BE 
GODS, BUT WE ARE THE ARBITERS OF OUR DESTINY. YOUR HIGHNESS, I AM AGAINST 
THIS. THE EMPIRE MUST PAY, BUT DESTRUCTION?

PENELO: UM... DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO DOCTOR CID? WASN'T HE SAYING 
HE'D BE HERE?

BASCH: HE SHOULD'VE ARRIVED BY NOW.

BALTHIER: AND I SHOULD'VE REALIZED BY NOW. HE'S NOT COMING. HE LAID OUT THE 
BAIT, AND WE BIT. REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID? HE WANTED ASHE TO GET THE STONE. HE 
WANTED THAT ALL ALONG. THAT' WHY HE FLAUNTED HIS NETHICITE, AND REELED US IN 
WITH STORIES ABOUT GIRUVEGAN. ALL TO BRING ASHE TO THE OCCURIA. 

PENELO: BUT WAIT- IF WE GOT A HOLD OF THE NETHICITE, WOULDN'T THAT BE BAD 
FOR THE EMPIRE?

BALTHIER: MAYBE HE WANTS TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FOES WITH NETHICITE 
COLLIDE? THAT'D BE JUST LIKE DOCTOR CID. 

ASHE: I WILL SEARCH OUT THE SUN-CRYST.

[Everyone starts to walk away off the screen, leaving Balthier with Ashe 
behind. Ashe starts to leave but she stops as Balthier speaks]

BALTHIER: "HISTORY IS BUILT BY OUR HANDS." THAT'S HIS FAVORITE LINE. HE'D 
NEVER STAND BY AND WATCH THE OCCURIA STONES SHAPE THINGS. SO... HE WAS 
TALKING TO VENAT ALL ALONG. HE WASN'T MAD AT ALL THEN, WAS HE.

[Balthier and Ashe leave together]

- YOU OBTAIN THE TREATY-BLADE!

[The scene switches to Larsa and Vayne]

LARSA: RESTORE DALMASCA SOVEREIGNTY, AND MAKE OUR AMENDS WITH LADY ASHE. IT 
IS THE ONLY WAY TO AVERY WAR.

[Doctor Cid can be seen standing with a book in his hand]

VAYNE: IT IS A WAR OF NECESSITY. YOUR LADY ASHE HERSELF IS BENT ON IT. SHE 
DESIRES IT ABOVE ALL ELSE. SHE WILL NOT REST UNTIL HER REVENGE IS FULL-
WROUGHT.

LARSA: I FEAR YOU MISREAD HER INTENT. SHE WOULD SOONER SHUN WAR THAN EMBRACE 
IT.

VAYNE: YOU ARE YOUNG, LARSA.

LARSA: AND YOU PRESUME BEYOND YOUR KEN!

VAYNE: THEN LET US LOOK CLOSER. JUDGE GABRANTH! I WOULD HAVE YOU SEEK AFTER 
THE LADY ASHE... AND ADJUDGE WHETHER SHE MAKES OVERTURES OF PEACE, OR WAR. 
YOURS SHALL BE THE EYES OF THE EMPIRE.

JUDGE GABRANTH: AND SHOULD I ESPY WAR, I AM TO PUT HER TO THE SWORD. IS THAT 
YOUR WISH, EXCELLENCY?

LARSA: IT WILL NOT COME TO THAT, I AM SURE. I HAVE FAITH IN HER- FAITH IN 
YOU BOTH. ON YOU, GABRANTH, SHALL I WAGER ALL OUR FORTUNES.

JUDGE GABRANTH: AS YOU WILL.

[Gabranth leaves, and Larsa tags along with him. Cid approaches Vayne]

DOCTOR CID: THAT SO SWEET A CHILD COULD BE YOUR BROTHER IS HARD TO BELIEVE. 

VAYNE: LARSA IS AS HE SHOULD BE.

DOCTOR CID: WHAT'S THAT, VENAT?

[Cid looks to his left and walks a few steps forward]

           - AH, TAKEN THE BAIT ALREADY, HAVE THEY? SPLENDID. THE OCCURIA 
HAVE GIVEN THE PRINCESS HER TREATY-BLADE.

[Vayne stands up from his chair and walks a little]

VAYNE: THE GODS HAVE CHOSEN THEIR SCRIBE, TO WRITE HISTORY AS THEY DEEM FIT. 
YES, AND SHE WITH FRESH NETHICITE TO AID HER.

*DOCTOR CID: BAH, TO HELL WITH OCCURIA AND HER STONES! WHAT GOOD A POWER 
THAT CANNOT BE HARNESSED? BAUBLES BEST-SUITED FOR STUDY, NO MORE.

VAYNE: WE CONQUERED TWO KINGDOMS, THAT YOU MIGHT STUDY THESE "BAUBLES". 

*DOCTOR CID: OH, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE SACRIFICE. WITHOUT IT, MANUFACTED 
NETHICITE WOULD HAVE ELUDED US- AN UNRIVALED WEAPON, I WARRANT YOU. TELL ME, 
VENAT. HAVE I NOT BEEN AN APT PUPIL?

[Venat appears before Cid]

VENAT: MY COUNCIL DID BUT GUIDE YOUR ABLE HAND. THROUGH POWER OF MAN, THE 
STONES DID YOU PERFECT. YES. SO MUCH ACCOMPLISHED IN SIX FLEETING YEARS. 
MAN'S FERVOR O'ER ALL OBSTACLES PREVAILING.

DOCTOR CID: OUR LIVES ARE MUCH TOO SHORT. YOU UNDYING MIGHT WASTE LONG 
CENTURIES AWAY, BUT WE, I FEAR, CANNOT.

*VAYNE: JUST SO. HAD WE MORE TIME, WE MIGHT HAVE USED MORE "PRUDENT" 
MEASURES.

*DOCTOR CID: YOUR GREATEST WORK STILL LIES BEFORE YOU. NOT LIGHTLY WILL THE 
OCCURIA ALLOW YOU TO WREST THE REINS OF HISTORY FROM THEIR GRASP BACK INTO 
THE HANDS OF MAN.

VENAT: INDEED. WHAT CLAIM DOES GERUN HAVE ON HISTORY'S REINS... SEATED ON 
THRONE IMMORTAL, RENT FROM TIME? FOR YOUR ASCENDANCE, VAYNE, I OFFER PRAYER. 
MAY YOU ATTAIN ALL THAT WHICH IS YOUR DUE.

VAYNE: ATTAIN IT I SHALL.

[The screen fades, but Vayne continues to speak]

      - FOR TOO LONG HAVE MY DEEDS GONE UNREWARDED.
    
[Scene switches back to the party at Giruvegan]

BASCH: IN TOWER ON DISTANT SHORE DREAMS THE SUN-CRYST. DO THESE WORDS MEAN 
AUGHT TO YOU?

[Fran shakes her head]

VAAN: DIDN'T REDDAS SAY HE WAS GOING TO FOLLOW SOME "OTHER COURSE"? MAYBE HE 
FOUND OUT SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP.

BALTHIER: I'D RATHER STAY OUT OF THAT SKY PIRATE'S DEBT, THANK YOU.

*VAAN: WHAT'S WRONG WITH REDDAS? I MEAN IF YOU CAN'T TRUST YOUR OWN KIND, 
WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

BALTHIER: YOU'RE AN EXPERT ON PIRATING NOW, ARE YOU?

[The party track back to the port and revisits Reddas's Manse]

REDDAS: SHIPS IN THE WATER! SEND FISHING DORIES IF NEED BE, I CARE NOT. 
CLASSIER ENGINE ARE AS GOOD TO US AS SKY TO A FISH. LEAVE WHAT BOATS HAVE 
FOUNDERED. I WANT SOULS SAVED, NOT DRIFTWOOD! 

[The party walks in]

       - OUR ARMADA RUN AFOUL OF BAD WATER NEAR THE RIDORANA CATARACT. ALL 
ENGINES STOPPED ASUDDEN, BECALMED. TROUBLE WITH A MIST THICK AS DEATH, IT 
SEEMS. THOSE SEAS ARE JAGD, I EXPECTED AIRSHIP TROUBLE. NOT A FLEET 
FOUNDERING MIDST THE WAVES. TELL ME OF WHAT HAPPENED IN GIRUVEGAN. FROM THE 
LAY OF YOUR EYES, I MEASURE ALL DID NOT GO WELL. CID- AS HE FALSE AS I 
FEARED?

ASHE: YES. BUT WE MAY HAVE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF HIS TRUE INTENT. WE MAY NOW 
KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT CID SEARCHES FOR.

[The scene cuts off after all the explanation is done]

REDDAS: SO THE DEIFACTED NETHICITE WAS ONLY A FRAGMENT? AND THESE OCCURIA- I 
KNOW NOT, AND CARE TO KNOW EVEN LESS.

FRAN: IF WE STRIKE THIS SUN-CRYST WITH THE SWORD OF KINGS, NO NEW STONE MAY 
BE BORN. WE SAY THE SUN-CRYST IS THE SOURCE OF ALL NETHICITE'S POWER. IF WE 
MIGHT BREAK IT, THE DUSK SHARD WOULD BE AS A THING LIFELESS. AS FOR THE 
MANUFACTED NETHICITE, WHO CAN SAY?

*BALTHIER: THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. WE USE THE TREATY-BLADE TO CUT A NEW STONE 
TO FIGHT THE DUSK SHARD AND THE MANUFACTED STONES.

REDDAS: WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE BEST USE OF NETHICITE? WILL OR NILL, I'LL 
TELL YOU. YOU PICK IT UP, AND THROW IT AWAY.

VAAN: EITHER WAY, WE GOTTA FIND THIS SUN-CRYST FIRST, RIGHT? DON'T WE? 
ACROSS THE SEA... IN A TOWER ON A DISTANT SHORE... REDDAS?

*REDDAS: FAMILIAR WORDS, VAAN. I SAW SOMETHING OF THE SORT WRITTEN IN SOME 
DOCUMENTS I CHANCED UPON DURING MY VISIT TO DRAKLOR. THE NALDOAN SEA, THE 
RIDORANA CATARACT, AND THE PHAROS LIGHTHOUSE. I SENT MY FLEET TO FISH OUT 
THE TRUTH BEHIND THESE WORDS... AND CAUGHT TROUBLE.

*BASCH: THEN PROOF IS OURS. THIS LIGHTHOUSE ON THE NALDOAN SEA IS THE TOWER 
ON THE DISTANT SHORE. THE STRONG MIST THAT BECALMED YOUR SHIPS IN A GRIM, 
YET CLEAR, SIGN. THE SUN-CRYST IS THERE.

BALTHIER: ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT HOW DO WE GET THERE? THOSE SEAS ARE IN THE 
JAGD, AS I RECALL.

REDDAS: TRY PUTTING THIS ONE IN YOUR SHIP. 'TIS A SKYSTONE MADE TO RESIST 
JAGD.

[Reddas tosses a skystone to Balthier. He catches it firmly] 

BALTHIER: MORE SPOILS FROM THE DRAKLOR LABS, IS IT? WHY NOT USE IT YOURSELF?

REDDAS: THAT'S JUST THE THING. MY SHIP'S A BHUJERBAN MODEL- IT WILL NOT WORK. 
BUT SHOULD IT FIT THE STRAHL, SHE'LL FLY IN JAGD. LADY ASHE. I WOULD 
ACCOMPANY YOUR HIGHNESS... IF YOU DO NOT OBJECT.

ASHE: I AM IN YOUR CARE. BUT, TELL ME ONE THING: WHY DO SO MUCH FOR US?

REDDAS: THE NABUDIS DEADLANDS.

ASHE: NABUDIS... WAS YOUR HOME?

REDDAS: NAY, BUT A MEMORY FOREVER BURNED IN MY HEART. 

- REDDAS JOINS THE PARTY AS A GUEST!

[A dialogued scene occurs outside between Vaan and Reddas's men]

RIKKEN: AH, IT IS YOU. HAVE YOU HEARD? OUR SHIPS SENT OT THE PHAROS HAVE 
FOUNDERED!

RAZ: THANKFULLY ENOUGH, IT WERE JUST AS THE FISHING SCULLS CAME HOME. WE 
SENT 'EM OUT STRAIGHTAWAY!

ELZA: RIDORANA... THE GREAT PHAROS AND THE BOTTOMLESS CATARACT. NO MAN OF 
BALFONHEIM WOULD WILLINGLY GO THERE, SO OFT ARE WE WARNED AS CHILDREN. BUT 
REDDAS IS NO MAN OF BALFONHEIM. THERE WERE MANY AGAINST THIS EXPEDITION, BUT 
HE... HE KNEW NO FEAR. 

RIKKEN: YOU MAKE FOR THE GREAT PHAROS? THAT PLACE IS IN JAGD, YOU KNOW. YOU 
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FLY THERE.

[A familiar moogle comes running towards Vaan]

NONO: THERE YOU ARE! THE REPAIRS OF THE STRAHL ARE COMPLETE, KUPO! YOU CAN 
LEAVE WHENEVER YOU WANT FROM THE AERODROME! KUPO! YOU'VE A SKYSTONE THAT CAN 
FLY IN JAGD? I'LL PUT IT RIGHT IN THE STRAHL, THEN, KUPO! 

[Nono leaves]

RAZ: AH, THAT'S A SPOT OF GOOD FORTUNE. THAT NEW SKYSTONE EASE YOUR JOURNEY 
CONSIDERABLY. NOW, YOU KNOW THE WAY? THAT PHAROS, THAT "TOWER ON A DISTANT 
SHORE," STANDS ON AN ISLAND AT THE RIDORANA CATARACT, IN THE JAGD NALDOA 
SOUTHEAST OF HERE. TAKE CARE...

[The party boards the Strahl and set a course to the Ridorana Cataract]

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T h e  R i d o r a n a  C a t a r a c t         [title_ridorana_cataract]
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[A CG shows the Strahl coming to a stop at a huge temple-like structure]

FRAN: A TOWER ON DISTANT SHORE. AND ABOUT ITS PEAK, A PIERCING MIST.

ASHE: AND IN THAT MIST, THE SUN-CRYST WAITS.

REDDAS: MY LADY. YOUR WORDS STILL SOUND OF DOUBT. PRAY YOU REACH YOUR ANSWER, 
ERE WE THE SUN-CRYST. 

ASHE: AND? SHOULD I CHOOSE REVENGE, WHAT THEN?

REDDAS: THEN YOUR WOE SHALL BE YOUR OWN.
 
BALTHIER: VAAN. A WORD. IF SOMETHING UNTOWARD SHOULD HAPPEN TO ME, YOU'RE 
TAKING THE STRAHL.

VAAN: UNTOWARD? WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?

BALTHIER: I AM THE LEADING MAN. MIGHT NEED TO DO SOMETHING HEROIC. DON'T 
WORRY. I'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO FLY HER.

[The party continues on foot to the next area, The Pharos at Ridorana. There, 
the party walks through the entrance of an area and a dragon-like beast, 
Hydro, awakens and engages them in battle. They slain the beast and 
continued forth. They come to a door and Ashe gazed at it. Vaan noticed a 
written text on the wall near the door]

VAAN: HEY, FRAN. SOMETHING'S WRITTEN ON THE WALL.

FRAN: ENGRAVED BY SOMEONE, IT SEEMS. IT'S QUITE OLD. "LO, SEEKER IN DAYS 
UNBORN. GOD-BLADE BEARER. KNOW YOU: THIS TOWER CHALLENGES THE SKY. WARE THE 
WATCHER; THE WARD OF THE THREE WAITS. SOUL-HUNGRY, UNSATED. HE WITHOUT POWER, 
WANT IT NOT. HE WITH POWER, TRUST IT NOT. HE WITH SIGHT, HEED IT NOT. REND 
ILLUSION, CUT THE TRUE PATH. IN BLOOD, RAITHWALL."

ASHE: THE DYNAST-KING?

*FRAN: DOES IT STARTLE YOU? THE DYNAST-KING TOOK THE SWORD FROM THE OCCURIA. 
IT WAS HERE HE CLAIMED THE NETHICITE. HE MUST HAVE KNOWN HE WAS NOT THE LAST 
THE OCCURIA WOULD CHOOSE. HE LEFT THIS FOR YOU. REND ILLUSION, CUT THE TRUE 
PATH. WORDS OF MUCH MYSTERY. YET HIS BLOOD RUNS IN YOUR VEINS. PERHAPS IT 
WHISPERS TO YOU THE TRUTH?

[Ashe approaches the large door. Its middle portion shines, the symbols glow, 
and they turn; eventually creating a path beyond the door. They now enter 
the First Ascent: Horizon of First Light. Here they solved a puzzle and 
faced the Pandaemonium. They continued and fought Slyt. They climbed higher 
and higher and reached the Second Ascent: Reach of Diamond Law. Here, they 
fought the last enemy of the three, Fenrir. They then ascend further up to 
the Third Ascent: Mete of Dynasty. They party continues and climbed up to 
the 90th Floor. Here, they faced another Esper in battle, Hashmal, Bringer 
of Order. They party quickly continues up to the 92nd Floor. There, a cut-
scene ensues]

FRAN: THE DIN OF THE MIST GROWS GREATER.

BASCH: THE SUN-CRYST MUST BE NEAR.

PENELO: I WONDER IF SHE'LL REALLY DO IT, TAKE REVENGE AGAINST THE EMPIRE. I 
MEAN, I KNOW HOW SHE MUST FEEL. IT'S HARD LOSING SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT.

VAAN: SOMETHING WE ALL GOT IN COMMON.

PENELO: BUT, YOU KNOW, NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY, WE CAN'T CHANGE THE PAST. 
THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN BRING THEM BACK. STILL, SOMETIMES, WHEN I CLOSE MY 
EYES... I CAN SEE THEM SO CLEARLY.

*REDDAS: THE ILLUSIONS OF THE PAST. YOU THINK TO HAVE CAST THEM OFF, ONLY TO 
FIND THEM YEARS LATER, UNWEARYING, UNRELENTING. THE PAST CAN BIND A MAN AS 
SURELY AS IRONS. CUT THE TRUE PATH. BUT WILL SHE?

[The party continues up and uses a way stone. Inside a room, a cut-scene 
plays. They see the sun-cryst, cloaked with mist]

REDDAS: SO THIS IS THE SUN-CRYST.

[Ashe slowly walks alone towards the sun-cryst while others watch from 
behind. She holds the sword in her hand]

ASHE: KING RAITHWALL STOOD HERE. WITH THIS SWORD HE CUT THE SUN-CRYST... AND 
TOOK ITS POWER IN HIS HAND.

[Vaan approaches her from behind]

VAAN: BUT YOU'RE GOING TO USE THE SWORD TO DESTROY THE SUN-CRYST. AREN'T YOU, 
ASHE.

ASHE: DON'T INTERRUPT ME, VAAN. 

[Ashe inhales deeply, as she wields both the Sword of Kings and the Treaty-
Blade. A CG shows a blaze of fury fire spread around the Cataract. The mist 
surrounding the sun-cryst is now gone. She walks closer to the mother of all 
nethicite, as Rasler appears before her, again. This time however, everyone 
is able to see him]

BASCH: LORD RASLER!?

ASHE: YOU WANT REVENGE. YOU WOULD HAVE ME USE THE STONE? 

[Rasler offers his hand to Ashe, without a word]

     - YOU WOULD HAVE ME DESTROY THE EMPIRE? IS THIS MY DUTY? IS THIS WHAT 
YOU WANT? I CANNOT.

[A voice answers and interrupts, and later be revealed as...]

JUDGE GABRANTH: WHY DO YOU HESITATE? TAKE WHAT IS YOURS. THE CRYST IS A 
BLADE. IT WAS MEANT FOR YOU. WIELD IT! AVENGE YOUR FATHER! YES. IT WAS I WHO 
WORE BASCH'S FACE- WHO CUT DOWN THE LIFE OF DALMASCA. LADY ASHE! YOUR 
FATHER'S MURDERER IS HERE!

ASHE: YOU!?

VAAN: AND REKS!

JUDGE GABRANTH: I SLEW YOUR KING. I SLEW YOUR COUNTRY. DO THESE DEEDS NOT 
DEMAND VENGEANCE? 

[Ashe drops the Sword of Kings on her left hand, and grips the Treaty-Blade 
tightly with both arms]

               - YES. GOOD! FIND YOUR WRATH! TAKE UP YOUR SWORD! FIGHT, AND 
SERVE THOSE WHO DIED BEFORE YOU!

[Gabranth walks slowly towards Vaan and tries to bypass him to strike Ashe. 
Vaan looked defenseless, but just in time Reddas blocks his attack]

*REDDAS: A JUDGE MAGISTER THERE WAS... 2 YEARS PAST, HE TOOK THE MIDLIGHT 
SHARD AND USED IT NOT KNOWING WHAT HE DID... AND NABUDIS WAS BLOWN AWAY. CID 
ORDERED THIS OF HIM TO LEARN THE NETHICITE'S TRUE POWER. THAT MAN SWORE 
NEVER TO LET SUCH TERRIBLE POWER BE USED AGAIN. HE FORSOOK HIS JUDICER'S 
PLATE, AND HIS NAME.

[Gabranth forces Reddas aside]

JUDGE GABRANTH: JUDGE ZECHT!

*REDDAS: IT'S BEEN TOO LONG, GABRANTH. REACH OUT YOUR HAND, LADY ASHE. BUT 
REMEMBER THAT WHICH YOU MUST GRASP IS SOMETHING BEYOND REVENGE, SOMETHING 
GREATER THAN DESPAIR. SOMETHING BEYOND OUR REACH. TRY AS WE MIGHT, GABRANTH, 
HISTORY'S CHAINS BIND US TOO TIGHTLY.

[Gabranth attacks Reddas a few times, then pushes him aside]

JUDGE GABRANTH: NO, WE CANNOT ESCAPE THE PAST. THIS MAN IS LIVING PROOF. 
WHAT IS YOUR PAST, DAUGHTER OF DALMASCA? DID YOU NOT SWEAR REVENGE? DO THE 
DEAD NOT DEMAND IT?

[Ashe looks at Rasler; he could only blink in return. Meanwhile, Vaan picks 
up a blade and confronts Gabranth. Rasler opens his arms wide open for Ashe]

ASHE: RASLER. MY PRINCE. OUR TIME WAR SHORT. YET I KNOW THIS: YOU WERE NOT 
THE KIND TO TAKE BASE REVENGE!

[Ashe raises her sword and strikes Rasler's figure]

     - THE RASLER I KNEW IS GONE.

[Rasler begins to speak. The Occuria's voice comes out of him]

RASLER: YOU ARE OUR SAINT, ASHELIA B'NARGIN. YOU MUST BE THE ONE TO 
STRAIGHTEN HISTORY'S WEAVE!

[His figure disappears]

ASHE: I AM NO FALSE SAINT FOR YOU TO USE!

VAAN: ASHE...

ASHE: IN ALL DALMASCA'S HISTORY, NOT ONCE DID WE RELY ON THE DUSK SHARD. OUT 
PEOPLE RESOLVED NEVER TO USE IT, THOUGH THEIR NEED MIGHT BE DIRE. THAT WAS 
THE DALMASCA I WANTED BACK.

[She drops the Treaty-Blade]

     - TO USE THE STONE NOW WOULD BE TO BETRAY THAT.

[Ashe looks sharp straight to the screen]

     - I WILL DESTROY THE SUN-CRYST! I WILL DISCARD THE STONE!

JUDGE GABRANTH: YOU CLAIM NO NEED OF POWER? WHAT OF YOUR BROKEN KINGDOM'S 
SHAME? THE DEAD DEMAND JUSTICE!

VAAN: YOU'RE WRONG. WHAT WOULD CHANGE? I CAN'T HELP MY BROTHER NOW. MY 
BROTHER'S GONE. HE'S DEAD!

[Ashe begins to speak again as she holds the nethicite in her hand]

ASHE: EVEN WITH POWER, WE CANNOT CHANGE WHAT HAS PASSED. WHAT IS DONE, IS 
DONE.

JUDGE GABRANTH: YET WITHOUT POWER, WHAT FUTURE CAN YOU CLAIM? WHAT GOOD A 
KINGDOM YOU CANNOT DEFEND?

BASCH: THEN I WILL DEFEND QUEEN AND KINGDOM BOTH!

JUDGE GABRANTH: HAH! DEFEND? YOU? YOU WHO FAILED LANDIS AND DALMASCA? WHAT 
CAN SHAME HOPE TO KEEP SAFE? YOUR SHIELD IS SHATTERED! YOUR OATHS POISON 
THOSE YOU WOULD PROTECT!

[The battle begins. The party injures Gabranth enough to trigger a cut-
scene]

               - HEAR ME, BASCH. DO NOT THINK KILLING THE KINGSLAYER WILL 
WIN YOU BACK YOUR HONOR! WHEN YOU ABANDONED HOME AND KIN, YOUR NAME WAS 
FOREVER STAINED WITH BLOOD!

*BASCH: AYE, THIS STAIN IS MINE TO BEAR. BUT I WILL BEAR IT WILLINGLY, 
KNOWING THAT I DID ALL THAT I COULD... FOR HOPE.

JUDGE GABRANTH: PREEN AND STRUT AS YOU LIKE! IN THE END, WE ARE THE SAME. 
BLOOD-THIRSTING CARRION BIRDS, HELL-BENT ON REVENGE!

[The battle continues. The party injures Gabranth enough. A cut-scene 
occurs]

               - SO YOU, TOO, WOULD LEAVE YOUR DEBTS UNPAID?

DOCTOR CID: ENOUGH OF THIS! I CAN BEAR NO MORE! YOU DISAPPOINT ME, GABRANTH. 
HE TRUSTED YOU. WHEN YOU BARED STEEL AGAINST THE PRINCESS, YOU FORESWORE 
YOUR OBLIGATIONS TO YOUR EMPEROR!

[Cid is holding back Gabranth from enduring the fight. He holds a nethicite 
in his left hand]

           - YOU SHAME YOURSELF AND MAKE MOCKERY OF LORD LARSA'S TRUST. YOU 
ARE UNFIT TO SERVE HIM AS SWORD OR SHIELD. AND SO I RELEASE YOU FROM THAT 
SERVICE. YOUR PRESENCE IS NEITHER REQUIRED NOR WELCOME.

[Cid walks away from the screen. Enraged, Gabranth forces himself to strike 
Doctor Cid]

BASCH: GABRANTH!

[Venat appears and hurls Basch across the room. He looked severely injured, 
although the scene was too short to tell any further of his condition]
 
BALTHIER: YOU WERE ONLY A TOOL OF THIS VENAT.

DOCTOR CID: HOW QUAINT. WE ARE ALLIES! THE OCCURIA GIVE MEN POWER AS A 
MASTER FEEDS HIS DOG: IT IS MEANT TO TAME US. HOW WELL HAVE YOU RESISTED 
THEIR WILE. 
BY TURNING YOUR BACK ON THEIR STONES, YOU GIVE US FREE HAND TO WRITE OUT OWN 
HISTORY.

ASHE: AND AT WHAT PRICE? DALMASCA'S FREEDOM FOR YOUR NETHICITE? I SHALL NOT 
SUFFER YOU TO HAVE IT. THE SUN-CRYST BE DAMNED!

*DOCTOR CID: OH, BE SURE THAT IT IS! FOR WHAT OTHER PURPOSE DO YOU THINK 
YOU'VE BROUGHT US HERE? BUT M'LADY, I WOULD HAVE YOU STAY YOUR OCCURIAN 
SWORD! THE SUN-CRYST IS GLUTTED WITH MIST, TOO PRECIOUS A THING TO WASTE! 
LET US USE THE STONE! FINISH THIS, VENAT!

[The stone Cid held rises high, together with Venat. Powerful mist forms 
above, creating a blazing fire atmosphere which burns. Cid laughs at his own 
malice]

            - SHARD OF NETHICITE! COCOON OF THE SUN-CRYST! SPILL FORTH YOUR 
MIST UPON THIS IVALICE! LET SEA AND SKY BE AWASH BY IT, THAT BAHAMUT MAY 
COME AND DRINK HIS FILL! AND LO! HOW BRIGHTLY BURNED THEIR LANTHORN. CASTS 
IT BACK THE SHADOW OF OCCURIAN DESIGN! TESTAMENT THAT MAN'S HISTORY SHALL BE 
HIS ALONE!

BALTHIER: YOU MADE YOUR NETHICITE FOR THIS. YOU MIMIC YOUR OCCURIA'S STONE 
FOR WHAT? TO BECOME A GOD YOURSELF?

DOCTOR CID: ON WHOSE SHOULDERS BETTER TO STAND THAN THOSE OF THE WOULD-BE 
GODS! 

[Cid floats on mid-air]

           - SUCH HIGH HOPES I ONCE HAD...BUT YOU RAN, AND THEY WITH YOU! 
ALAS, YOUR RETURN IS TOO LATE. COME, FFAMRAN! REVEL IN THE GLORY OF MY 
TRIUMPH!

[The battle with Cid ensues. Halfway through the fight Cid pulls out a 
machinegun. Injure him enough to trigger a cut-scene]

           - BEHOLD THE MANUFACTED NETHICITE... THE FRUIT OF OUR POWER AND 
KNOWLEDGE!

[Cid holds a red stone]

           - SEE WHAT THE STONE OF MAN IS CAPABLE OF! WITNESS ITS POWER WITH 
YOUR OWN EYES! FAMFRIT! TO ME!

[Cid throws the stone far away. Cid summoned Famfrit. The party continues 
their match, this time Cid is assisted by an Esper. Nevertheless, he is 
defeated]

- YOU OBTAINED THE ESPER FAMFRIT, THE DARKENING CLOUD.

[Cid is shown lying on the ground. Balthier tries to approach him, but Venat 
holds him back]

DOCTOR CID: LET HIM BY, VENAT. IT IS DONE. AH, HOW I HAVE ENJOYED THESE SIX 
YEARS.

[Cid stands on his feet]

VENAT: THE PLEASURE WAS ALL MINE.

[VENAT GOES AWAY SLOWLY. BALTHIER APPROACHES AS CID'S BODY BEGINS TO FADE 
AWAY]

BALTHIER: WAS THERE NO OTHER WAY?

DOCTOR CID: SPEND YOUR PITY ELSEWHERE. IF YOU ARE TO SET ON RUNNING, HADN'T 
YOU BEST BE OFF? FOOL OF A PIRATE.

[Cid "dissolves" into small orbs and merges with the sun-cryst, covered in 
mist now it seems]

*PENELO: FRAN? FRAN!

[Fran is lying on the floor]

FRAN: THE MIST BURNS. TO BURSTING IT BEATS. THE COCOON!

[Balthier comes over to Fran's side]

     - THE SUN-CRYST BURSTS. YOU MUST RUN. AS FAR AS YOU CAN.

BALTHIER: EASY, FRAN.

[Fran places her hand on Balthier's left cheek]

FRAN: HADN'T YOU BEST BE OFF? THAT'S WHAT A SKY PIRATE DOES. YOU FLY, DON'T 
YOU?

[Balthier holds Fran's hand]

BALTHIER: I SUPPOSE YOU'D BETTER HANG ON THEN.

[The cocoon exudes more and more mist]

VAAN: ASHE! THE SWORD! WE HAVE TO STOP IT!

[Ashe and Vaan both hold each sword and goes after the sun-cryst. 
Unfortunately, the strong mist's current prevents them from approaching any 
closer and pushes them back. Reddas appears out of the blue and stops Ashe]

REDDAS: YOU MUST QUIT THIS PLACE. IT'S REACTING. I HAVE NOT SEEN IT LIKE 
THIS BEFORE! NAY, NEVER THIS LARGE. NEVER SUCH THREAT IMPENDENT. FOR NABUDIS.

VAAN: REDDAS?

[Reddas jumps against the mist's current towards the sun-cryst]

VAAN: REDDAS, NO!

REDDAS: I, JUDGE MAGISTER, CONDEMN YOU TO OBLIVIOUS!

[He successfully strikes the sun-cryst. It stopped for a short second, and 
explodes greatly as it seethes its mist. A cut-scene shows the Eruyt Village, 
the Garif Land Jahara, and the Balfonheim Port. On the Strahl, a CG 
plays...]

VAAN: REDDAS...

[The next scene is a dialogued scene between Reddas' men]

RIKKEN: BLAST THE SEA! BLAST THE WATER! BLAST IT ALL! I DON'T BELIEVE HE'S 
GONE... HE'S REDDAS... HOW COULD HE DIE?

ELZA: HADN'T YOU NOTICED? HE'D BEEN SEARCHING FOR A PLACE TO DIE ALL ALONG.

RAZ: LORD REDDAS WEREN'T THE SORT OF MAN TO RUN AWAY FROM HIS PROBLEMS BY 
DYIN'! HE WEREN'T! HOW COULD HE ABANDON THIS TOWN!? 

ELZA: YOU'D HAVE HIM REGRET PASSING? YOU'D HAVE HIM SUFFER AND WAIL FOR 
ETERNITY? 

RAZ: THAT- THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT... NO, IF HE'S GONE, THEN HE SHOULD REST 
IN PEACE. GODS KNOW, HE DESERVES IT.

ELZA: THEN LET HIM. IF YOU'VE TIME TO MOURN AND CURSE HIM, THEN YOU'VE 
CERTAINLY THE TIME TO CARRY ON WHAT HE STARTED. IF YOU DON'T WISH AN 
ETERNITY OF REGRET ON HIM, THEN LET'S DO OUR PART HERE, AND KNOW HE'S 
WATCHING OVER US... SATISFIED.

RIKKEN: SATISFIED? REDDAS? WE'D BE LUCKY IF WE EARNED A "NOT DISAPPOINTED" 
FROM HIM! BUT I SUPPOSE EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON US NOW.

ELZA: US... AND VAAN'S CREW.

RAZ: ARR? SINCE WHEN HAVE YOU TRUSTED THAT LOT WITH MORE THAN SWABBING THE 
DECK?

ELZA: I WASN'T BLIND! I SAW THE FAITH THAT REDDAS HAD IN THEM. I'M SURE 
THEY'LL DISCOVER WHAT IT IS THEY NEED TO DO IN SHORT TIME. SPEAKING OF WHICH, 
DID YOU TELL HIM ABOUT OUR GUEST?

RAZ: THEY SHOULD BE MEETIN' UP AT THE MANSE AS WE SPEAK... WHO WAS THAT ODD 
FELLOW ANYWAY...? (Squawk)

[The scene switches to the party inside the manse]

VAAN: AL-CID?

AL-CID: WE LET OURSELVES INSIDE. THE SITUATION IS ONE DEMANDING SOME HASTE, 
YOU UNDERSTAND.

VAAN: HOW DID YOU KNOW WHERE WE WERE?

[Al-Cid gets off his chair]

AL-CID: MY LITTLE BIRDS, THEY TELL ME MANY, MANY THINGS. MY LADY, THE WAR 
BEGINS NOW. 

ASHE: THEN YOU WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN STOPPING THE ROZARRIAN FLEET?

*AL-CID: I USED A VARIETY OF METHODS. ALL WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN UNTIL IT 
CAME TIME TO REQUEST WITHDRAWAL OF OUR MOST DEVOTED GENERALS. IN THEIR 
ENTHUSIASM FOR WAR, OUR GREAT MILITARY LEADERS WENT BEHIND MY BACK... 
STRAIGHT TO MARQUIS ONDORE'S RESISTANCE.

ASHE: THE RESISTANCE?

AL-CID: DURING TRAINING, A DIVISION OF THE RESISTANCE IGNORED THEIR ORDERS 
AND DISAPPEARED. THEY WERE NEXT FOUND EXCHANGING BROADSIDES WITH THE 
IMPERIALS OVER OLD NABRADIA.

BASCH: WHY WOULD THEY GO THERE? THEY WERE ASKING TO BE FOUND!

AL-CID: YOU MISUNDERSTAND. THOSE SHIPS MOST SURELY BELONGED TO A ROZARRIAN 
DIVISION. THEY MAY HAVE JOINED ONDORE'S RESISTANCE FORCES AS PATRIOTS, OR 
EVEN MERCENARIES... BUT IN REALITY THEY ARE REGULARS OF THE ROZARRIAN ARMY 
UNDER DIRECT COMMAND OF OUR WAR-PAVILION. THIS FIFTH COLUMN HAS INVADED 
IMPERIAL AIRSPACE AND PROVOKED A RESPONSE. UNABLE TO ABANDON THEM, HIS 
EXCELLENCY THE MARQUIS WAS OBLIGED TO GIVE HIS MAIN FLEET THE ORDER TO 
ATTACK. AND THE BATTLEGROUND... IS DALMASCA.

**BALTHIER: SHOULD THIS FIGHT DRAG ON, ROZARRIA WILL ENTER THE FRAY, THE 
DEFENSE OF DALMASCA AS THEIR EXCUSE... AND WE WILL HAVE A WAR BETWEEN 
EMPIRES.

*AL-CID: CORRECT. THEY WILL BIDE THEIR TIME- WAIT UNTIL THE EMPIRE HAS SPENT 
ITSELF AGAINST THE MARQUIS. BUT VAYNE- HE WILL CRUSH THEM AND THE MARQUIS 
BOTH BETWEEN HIS HANDS.

BASCH: VAYNE HOLDS THE DUSK SHARD NO LONGER. HIS ADVANTAGE IS LOST.

AL-CID: VAYNE HAS ADVANTAGES ENOUGH. HE STANDS IN HIGHER GROUND, AND MY 
BIRDS TELL ME HE HAS AWOKEN SOMETHING QUITE LARGE. BAHAMUT, LORD OF THE SKY. 
THERE WAS A STIRRING IN THE MIST NEAR RIDORANA, I'M TOLD. BAHAMUT AWOKE SOON 
AFTER THIS.

FRAN: IT WAS THE MIST THAT CAME BEFORE THE CRYST WAS UNDONE. IT BREATHED 
LIFE INTO THIS BAHAMUT. IF REDDAS HAD NOT STOPPED IT WHEN HE DID, HOW MUCH 
MORE MIST MIGHT IT HAVE DRUNK? ALL WENT ACCORDING TO DOCTOR CID'S DESIGNS.

BALTHIER: YES, THE MAN'S LAST GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT, I FEAR. AND SO IT FALLS 
TO ME TO PUT AN END TO THE THING.

ASHE: VAYNE COMMANDS BAHAMUT HIMSELF?

AL-CID: HE COMES TO RABANASTRE.

ASHE: THEN I WILL DEFEND DALMASCA AND STOP THIS BAHAMUT. THIS IS MY CHARGE-

VAAN: THAT'S OUR CHARGE, ACTUALLY.

PENELO: IT'S OUR HOME. IT BELONGS TO US ALL.

AL-CID: AND MY CHARGE IS TO HINDER AND DELAY THIS ROZARRIAN INVASION FOR AS 
LONG AS IS POSSIBLE. I WILL DO WHAT I CAN. AH, YES...

[Al-Cid turns and holds Ashe's hand before he leaves]

       - WHEN THIS UNPLEASANTNESS IS DONE, YOU MUST COME TO ROZARRIA. I WILL 
TAKE YOU TO THE AMBERVALE OF CLAN MARGRACE. SUCH THINGS I WILL SHOW YOU! 
UNTIL THEN, I WILL BE WAITING.

[He puts on his sunglasses and leaves. Outside, Vaan speaks to Reddas' men 
again]

RIKKEN: LO, VAAN! WORD FROM THE RESISTANCE! THE IMPERIAL SKY FORTRESS 
BAHAMUT IS ON THE ATTACK! THIS... THIS COULD BE BAD... WE HAVE NO CHANCE OF 
FIGHTING IT FROM THE GROUND. NO, THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT THE BAHAMUT IS TO GO 
TO IT... BY AIRSHIP!

- THE STRAHL CAN NOW TRAVEL TO BAHAMUT!

[The party boards the Strahl and prepares to leave for Bahamut. Meanwhile, a 
CG plays showing the fear of the citizens of Rabanastre]

WOMAN: THIS WIND... WHAT COULD IT BE?

MAN #1: A TORNADO? IT CAN'T BE!

MAN #2: IT'S HEADED RIGHT FOR US!

[The people flee as the clouds and winds grow wild. The next scene cuts to 
Vayne in his ship. Larsa is present too]

IMPERIAL: MAKE YOUR TARGET THE RESISTANCE HEAVY CRUISER.  

VAYNE: OUR DEAR CID? SLAIN BY HIS SON. A COMMON TALE OF LATE.

IMPERIAL: FIRING SOLUTION COMPLETE. SIGHTING IS GOOD! RELEASE VALVES OPEN! 
THE NETHICITE IS AT CRITICAL! MAIN AND AUXILIARY SHOW CLEAR!

LARSA: PUT AN END TO THIS! THEY HAVE ALREADY SURRENDERED! 

VAYNE: LET US MAKE OF THIS AN OFFERING. ONE HE MIGHT SEE EVEN NOW. VENAT, 
WHAT SAY YOU?

IMPERIAL: THE MAIN BATTERY STANDS READY!

LARSA: I BEG YOU!

VAYNE: FIRE.

[Bahamut fires a large cannonball to a ship across, obliterating it 
completely]

LARSA: WHY THIS...

VAYNE: ONCE THEY SEE THAT THERE CAN BE NO SURRENDER, THE RESISTANCE MUST 
COME AT US WITH ALL THEY HAVE. WE WILL ANSWER THEIR ATTACK HEAD-ON AND 
DESTROY THEM. BEFORE THE EYES OF ALL RABANASTRE.

LARSA: IF YOU DO THIS, THE PEOPLE WILL ONLY GROW TO HATE YOU THE MORE.

VAYNE: AND SHOULD I PARDON THEM, THEY WILL ONLY RISE UP YET AGAIN.

LARSA: I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY WOULD. IN CO-OPERATION LIES OUR HOPE. YOU ARE 
MISTAKEN. YOU ARE WRONG, BROTHER.

VAYNE: AND IF I AM? YOU HAD BEST FIND THE STRENGTH YOU NEED TO CORRECT ME 
THEN. 

IMPERIAL: SHIPS SIGHTED AHEAD! A SCORE OR MORE! THE RESISTANCE FLEET, MY 
LORD!

VAYNE: HEAR THIS! 

[All the guards and crews of the imperial army in their stance]

      - TODAY WE WRITE THE FIRST PAGE OF A NEW HISTORY: OUR HISTORY. EACH OF 
YOU MUST PLAY HIS PART. PUT DOWN THIS REBELLION. FOR ARCHADIA! WE FIGHT!

IMPERIAL: FOR ARCHADIA!

[A CG plays showing the battle on air between Marquis Ondore's Resistance 
and Vayne Solidor's Imperial Army]

RESISTANCE PILOT: ALL SHIPS, PREPARE TO FIRE ON MY COMMAND.  

RESISTANCE PILOT: WE'VE GOT A DESTROYER STRETCHING OUR LINE.

MARQUIS: MAY FORTUNE FAVOR US ALL.

*RESISTANCE PILOT: THIS IS ORTHROS LEADER: KEEP YOUR FORMATIONS TIGHT. GIVE 
THEM A WARM WELCOME.

RESISTANCE PILOT: MANY AND MORE TO CHOOSE FROM, RIPE FOR THE TAKING!

RESISTANCE PILOT: REMEMBER YOUR TRAINING AND WE'LL MAKE IT.

RESISTANCE PILOT: ICEBRAND, WITH ME!

RESISTANCE PILOT: ALL SHIPS CLEAR!

MARQUIS: FIVE WORD TO THE CANNONS. MAKE READY AND FIRE!

RESISTANCE PILOT: WE HAVE A CLEAN LINE!

MARQUIS: PREPARE THE SECOND VOLLEY! BE QUICK!

[The Marquis notices a similar attack prepared by the Bahamut]

        - BY THE GODS...

[The cannon from Bahamut fires and hits the side of the Resistance Cruiser, 
and destroys the ships behind it]

RESISTANCE PILOT: THE CARRIER GALUF-VAL... SHE'S LOST.

[The Strahl is moving pass the cruiser]

RESISTANCE PILOT: UNKNOWN SHIP FROM ABAFT!

MARQUIS: COULD IT BE?

[The Marquis and the party speaks through the radio]

ASHE: UNCLE, IT IS I! I'M CROSSING TO THE BAHAMUT TO STOP VAYNE!

MARQUIS: WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? YOU ARE TOO RASH! YOUR DUTIES COME AFTER THE 
BATTLE IS OVER!

ASHE: IF WE ALLOW THEM TO DESTROY US HERE, THERE WILL BE NO AFTER. YOU MUST 
ASSIST OUR CHARGE.

MARQUIS: STOP. YOU MUST PULL BACK! STOP THE STRAHL! 

LARSA: HOLD IT! I MEAN, W-WAIT! THIS IS LARSA SOLIDOR! I'M GOING IN WITH 
HER! SO... WE'RE FINE! I GOT THE PRINCESS COVERED!

MARQUIS: LARSA SOLIDOR? SO YOU HOLD HIM AS A HOSTAGE?

ASHE: NO, UNCLE. HE WILL FIGHT WITH US AGAINST VAYNE!

LARSA: LEAVE IT TO US!

[The scene switches to the Strahl]

MARQUIS: UNDERSTOOD. OUR FATE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

*VAAN: YES!

PENELO: "I GOT THE PRINCESS COVERED"?

VAAN: LARSA'D SAY THAT.

BALTHIER: WE'RE RELYING ON YOU FOR FIRE SUPPORT. GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO 
THINK ABOUT! WE'LL PICK OUR MOMENT AND MAKE OUT MOVE!

[A CG plays showing the Strahl's struggle to approach Bahamut] 

         - QUITE THE WELCOME! CAREFUL!

FRAN: ONE FOLLOWS!

BALTHIER: AH, YOU WANT TO DANCE! THEN LET'S DANCE!

FRAN: A NEW PARTNER.

BALTHIER: IT'S NOT EASY BEING THIS POPULAR, YOU KNOW. THERE IT IS.

VAAN: COME ON! COME ON!

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S k y  F o r t r e s s  B a h a m u t              [title_fortress_bahamut]
- - -  - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - -

[The party made it to the last stage. A cut-scene follows]

BALTHIER: VAYNE WILL BE IN THE FORTRESS'S COMMAND TOWER. I SAW SOMETHING OF 
THE LIKE ON OUR WAY IN HERE. RIGHT ABOVE OUR HEADS.

ASHE: WE NEED NOT FIGHT ALL THE EMPIRE TO WIN. IF WE CAN GET TO VAYNE, WE 
CAN PUT AN END TO THIS WAR.

VAAN: LET'S GET GOING THEN. FIND VAYNE, WHEREVER HE'S PERCHED, AND KNOCK HIM 
OFF. 

[The pick up speed through the area and reach the steps. They see the tall 
tower in front of them. Suddenly, the ground shakes. A CG plays showing the 
fight outside]

SOLDIER: THEY HIDE IN THE SUN!

SOLDIER: COUNTER-AIR BATTERY DESTROYED!

SOLDIER: ENEMY SQUADRONS STILL INCOMING!

SOLDIER: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? FIRE! FIRE!

ZARGABAATH: IS THIS THEIR WORST?

SOLDIER: EVASIVE HARD APORT!

MARQUIS: THE LINE IS DRAWN.

[The scene switches back to the party in Bahamut]

FRAN: THE RESISTANCE FIGHTS THEIR BATTLE WELL. WE DARE NOT FAIL THEM. WE 
DARE NOT FALTER.

VAAN: STOP WORRYING. WE JUST HAVE TO CLEAN UP HERE, AND THEN ASHE'LL BE THE 
QUEEN.

PENELO: IT'S KIND OF HARD TO BELIEVE. I CAN'T IMAGINE TRYING TO RULE A WHOLE 
KINGDOM.

*BASCH: A QUEEN MIGHT ALWAYS "RUN AWAY" WITH THE HELP OF A SKY PIRATE 
LOOKING TO RAISE HIS BOUNTY.

*BALTHIER: HMPH. I DOUBT OUR QUEEN WOULD NEED THE HELP OF ANY SKY PIRATES. 

ASHE: DO YOU REALLY THINK ME AS STRONG AS ALL THAT?

VAAN: WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT STRONG? YOU'LL MAKE IT. YOU GOT GOOD FRIENDS.

[The party heads for the tower, and notices a lift that will take them all 
the way to the top, and possibly to Vayne himself. Just as though they were 
operating it, a familiar face emerges from the shadows]

BASCH: SO YOU HAVE LIVED.

JUDGE GABRANTH: I AM JUDGE MAGISTER. EVEN IN DISGRACE. MY JUST REWARD FOR 
AIDING THE EMPIRE THAT DESTROYED MY HOMELAND.

BASCH: GABRANTH. DO NOT BLAME YOURSELF ANYMORE.

GABRANTH: YOU CONFOUND ME, BROTHER! YOU FAILED LANDIS, YOU FAILED DALMASCA... 
ALL YOU WERE TO PROTECT. YET YOU STILL HOLD ON TO YOUR HONOR. HOW?

BASCH: I HAD SOMEONE MORE IMPORTANT TO DEFEND. AND DEFEND HER I HAVE. HOW IS 
IT THAT YOU HAVE SURVIVED? IS IT NOT BECAUSE YOU DEFEND LORD LARSA?

JUDGE GABRANTH: SILENCE! ALL WAS STRIPPED FROM ME! ONLY HATRED FOR THE 
BROTHER WHO FLED OUR HOMELAND REMAINS MINE.

[He wields his sword]

         - TELL ME: WHY DO YOU FORSAKE THAT WHICH YOU MUST HOLD MOST 
PRECIOUS?

BASCH: I DO AS I MUST, BROTHER. OR IS THAT NOT ANSWER ENOUGH?

[The battle with Gabranth a second time begins. Injure him as much as you 
did in the previous fight to trigger a scene]

JUDGE GABRANTH: FUTILE, BASCH. LONG HAVE I WALKED IN HATRED'S COMPANY. AS 
LONG AS I CAN CURSE YOUR NAME I SHALL NOT BE DEFEATED.

BASCH: THEN COME! WIELD YOUR HATRED AND CRUSH ME. I WELCOME IT!

[Gabranth is defeated and he languishes. He drops his right-hand sword and 
raises high the left one to Basch's head]

JUDGE GABRANTH: HAVE YOU YOUR FILL OF THIS?

BASCH: I WOULD ASK YOU THE SAME. LET THIS END, NOAH.

[Gabranth falls to his knees]

JUDGE GABRANTH: I'VE NO RIGHT TO BE CALLED BY THAT NAME.

BASCH: THEN LIVE. AND RECLAIM IT.

[Gabranth is left alone on his knees as the party rides the lift to the top 
floor. Vaan and the others run up the staircase to find both brothers 
together]

VAYNE: I BID YOU WELCOME TO MY SKY FORTRESS, THE BAHAMUT. I MUST APOLOGIZE 
FOR MY DELAY IN WELCOMING YOU ABOARD MY SHIP. PERMIT ME TO ASK: WHO ARE YOU? 
AN ANGEL OF VENGEANCE? OR PERCHANCE, A SAINT OF SALVATION?

ASHE: I AM SIMPLY MYSELF. NO MORE AND NO LESS. AND I WANT ONLY TO BE FREE.

VAYNE: SUCH A WOMAN IS NOT FIT TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF RULE. WEEP FOR DALMASCA, 
FOR SHE IS LOST. OBSERVE WELL, LARSA. WATCH AND MARK YOU THE SUFFERING OF  
ONE WHO MUST RULE, YET LACKS THE POWER.

LARSA: NO. NO, BROTHER. 

[Larsa raises his sword to Vayne]

      - I WILL NOT. THOUGH I LACK YOUR POWER, I WILL STILL PERSIST.

VAYNE: BOLD WORDS, CHILD.

[From afar, Gabranth gets on his knees...]

JUDGE GABRANTH: LORD LARSA...

[The battle against Vayne ensues. Injure him halfway and a cut-scene 
follows]

VAYNE: YOUR LIVES ARE FORFEIT, AND YOUR INSURGENCE WITH THEM. FOR GOOD AND 
ALL, I SHALL BRING YOUR FUTILE ATTEMPTS AT REBELLION TO AN END.

[The party eventually defeats Vayne Solidor. He falls down on the floor]

LARSA: LORD BROTHER!

*VAAN: LARSA!

[Larsa runs to Vayne and he is struck down by a force. Both Vayne and Larsa 
are engulfed in a red mist. Vayne awakens and viciously changes his physical 
form]

ASHE: MANUFACTED NETHICITE!

[He floats on air unconsciously win his new form, as several swords surround 
him and spin around the battle arena. He gains consciousness]

VAYNE: BEHOLD THE POWER LEFT ME BY OUR FALLEN FRIEND. 

[Gabranth is shown walking up the steps to the battle arena. He looks at 
Vayne as the imperial lord himself speaks to him]

      - GABRANTH, YOU WILL DEFEND MY BROTHER. HE WILL HAVE MUCH NEED IN THE 
HELL TO FOLLOW. 

[Gabranth raises his sword and points it towards Vayne]

GABRANTH: YES, I WILL DEFEND LORD LARSA!

VAYNE: THE HOUND STRAYS. TREASON BEARS A PRICE.

GABRANTH: ONE I GLADLY PAY!

[The battle against Vayne Novus and 5 of his Sephira begins. Just like the 
last time, injure him halfway and a cut-scene ensues]

VAYNE NOVUS: IVALICE WILL KNOW A NEW DYNAST-KING, AND MAN WILL KEEP HIS OWN 
HISTORY! THE TYRANNY OF THE GODS IS ENDED! WE ARE THEIR PUPPETS NO MORE! THE 
FREEDOM FOR WHICH WE HAVE LONGED IS AT HAND!

[The party defeats Vayne Novus. Gabranth runs towards Vayne and strikes him 
with his sword, penetrating through his body. Vayne screams in pain as 
Gabranth turns and looks at him. Vayne tries to summon a sword to strike 
Gabranth, but missed and instead hit his helm. It broke a little and 
revealed part of Gabranth's face. He looks straight at Vayne] 

GABRANTH: EVEN A STRAY HAS PRIDE!

[Enraged, Vayne unleashes a devastating punch to Gabranth, sending him 
flying all across the room. Basch checks on his brother]

GABRANTH: HERE I PAY MY DEBT.

VAYNE: BURN IN HELL, GABRANTH!

[Vayne summons all his swords (Sephira) at once to strike down Gabranth. The 
screen flashes white and Larsa is shown absorbing those swords with a stone. 
Vayne is completely wordless. At this minute, Vaan grabs hold of Gabranth's 
fallen sword and strikes Vayne straight at his body. He is pushed all 
outside the battle arena. Vaan jumps across the edging and goes after Vayne 
who is injured severely. However, Venat appears before him, putting Vaan in 
place. In fact, he retreats; aware of Venat's capabilities. This very moment, 
Vayne makes his escape outside, and Venat disappears afterwards. Vaan 
continues to chase after him, followed by Balthier, Fran and Ashe. The scene 
switches to Basch whose comforting Gabranth, and Larsa whose accompanied 
shortly afterwards by Penelo]

GABRANTH: BASCH, TELL ME. HE IS A GOOD MASTER?

BASCH: AYE. 

[Basch puts Gabranth down and leaves the area with Penelo to catch up with 
the rest. Scene switches outside, showing Vayne, as injured as he is, 
treading a walkway to flee himself. Vaan watches from afar]

VAYNE: VENAT!

[Venat appears before Vayne as he continues to walk slowly forward]

      - I HAVE FAILED US BOTH. I AM NO DYNAST-KING. YOU MUST FIND ANOTHER. 
ONE WHO MIGHT REALIZE YOUR AMBITIONS. 

VENAT: THEY ARE FULFILLED BEYOND YOUR KNOWING. THE CRYST IS SUNDERED, AGE OF 
STONES COMPLETE. FROM THE UNDYING ONES THE WORLD IS FREED. YOU SHALL NOT 
TREAD THIS PATH ALONE. TOGETHER WE GO. COME.

[The party chases after Vayne from behind]

VAYNE: WON'T CID BE EAGER TO LEARN WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE. HISTORY BEGINS 
ANEW.  

[Venat diffuses into Vayne's body. A CG plays showing Vayne absorbing 
infinite power; a power to destroy an airship large enough to crush homes, 
with a snap of his finger. The mist he carries starts to obliterate anything 
he wishes to. He seems out of control, as he is under the influence of Venat. 
He destroys the metals around him, creating armor for himself and new 
weapons. Some attachments gave him wings and he flies while more join 
himself. He is Vayne no longer. The final battle begins, with our heroes 
against The Undying. Unfortunate for Vayne, he lost. One by one his body 
detaches from the host, as he screams in agony and more and more mist flows 
out of him. Eventually, he bursts powerfully in the sky, spreading mist 
around him. The party looked relieved. Larsa is seen comforting Gabranth. 
Penelo stands beside Vaan as they look upon the skies. Just then, a damaged 
ship crosses in front of them. They party goes back to the Strahl, to begin 
the epilogue of the game]

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T h e  E p i l o g u e                                    [title_epilogue]
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BALTHIER: WELL? CAN WE FLY?

FRAN: NO FUEL GOES TO THE GLOSSAIR ENGINES.

BALTHIER: DAMN! VAAN, YOU'RE IN CHARGE. I'M CHECKING THE ENGINE ROOM.

[He gets off the pilot chair. Vaan takes over]

*VAAN: RIGHT.

BALTHIER: FRAN, WITH ME!

[Fran tags along]

ASHE: LOOK! BAHAMUT'S GLOSSAIR RINGS ARE STOPPING!

[Bahamut loses its power in the sky]

BALTHIER: VAAN! AS SOON AS THE STRAHL'S RINGS MOVE, YOU TAKE OFF. 
UNDERSTOOD? 

[Vaan sits on the pilot seat]

         - YOU CAN FLY HER, VAAN. JUST DO IT LIKE I TOLD YOU.

VAAN: DON'T WORRY. 

FRAN: PENELO, WATCH FOR INTERFERENCE FROM BAHAMUT'S SKYSTONE. THE STRAHL'S A 
PICKLE GIRL. YOU KEEP HER WORKING FOR US. 

PENELO: I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

[The scene follows Fran and stops at Basch, Gabranth and Larsa. Gabranth is 
resting]

GABRANTH: BASCH. LOOK AFTER LARSA, WILL YOU? IF HOUSE SOLIDOR SHOULD CRUMBLE, 
THE EMPIRE WOULD FAIL, AND CIVIL WAR WOULD TAKE US ALL. 

BASCH: I UNDERSTAND.

GABRANTH: LORD LARSA IS OUR LAST HOPE.

PENELO: VAAN, THE POWER'S BACK! WE CAN GO!

VAAN: RIGHT! LET'S GO! GRAB ONTO SOMETHING!

[The Strahl jerks a little and takes off. Inside the resistance cruiser...]

RESISTANCE PILOT: SIR! IT'S THE STRAHL! SHE'S LEFT BAHAMUT! SHE'S MOVING 
AWAY! 

MARQUIS: THE STRAHL! THEY MADE IT!

[The Marquis stands on his feet]

        - AT LAST. THE BAHAMUT HAS FALLEN! THE FINAL TEST IS UPON US. THE 
JUDGES SHALL RULE US NO MORE! MAIN CANON ON THE ALEXANDER!

GABRANTH: THIS IS JUDGE MAGISTER GABRANTH! ALL QUARTERS CEASE FIRE! I 
REPEAT: ALL UNITS OF THE ARCHADIAN ARMY, HOLD YOUR FIRE! 

[Basch is seen in the Strahl using the mimic device]

BASCH: THE BATTLE IS OVER! AS OF THIS MOMENT, WE HAVE SIGNED A CEASE-FIRE 
WITH ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA... HER ROYAL MAJESTY.

[He passes the device to Larsa]

LARSA: ATTENTION. THIS IS LARSA FERRINAS SOLIDOR. MY BROTHER VAYNE HAS DIED 
WITH HONOR IN BATTLE. THE IMPERIAL FLEET IS NOW UNDER MY COMMAND! 

RESISTANCE PILOT: SIR! YOUR ORDERS, SIR?

ASHE: THIS IS ASHELIA DALMASCA.

MARQUIS: THE LADY ASHE! THANK THE ODS YOU LIVE!

ASHE: I CONFIRM WHAT JUDGE MAGISTER GABRANTH AND LARSA SOLIDOR HAVE SAID 
HERE. PLEASE. STAND DOWN YOUR ATTACK. THE WAR IS OVER. IVALICE LOOKS TO THE 
HORIZON. A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED. WE ARE FREE!

[Ashe sobs as Basch pats her on the shoulder]

PENELO: LOOK VAAN, THE BAHAMUT!

[The Bahamut is starting to drop]

RESISTANCE PILOT: A MESSAGE FROM THE ALEXANDER!

MARQUIS: TAKE IT.

*RESISTANCE PILOT: SIR.

*JUDGE ZARGABAATH: THIS IS JUDGE ZARGABAATH, CAPTAIN OF THE ALEXANDER, 
FLAGSHIP OF THE 12TH DALMASCAN FLEET OF THE ARCHADIAN ARMY. I ADDRESS ALL 
SHIPS IN RABANASTRE'S AIRSPACE. THE BAHAMUT MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO FALL ON 
THE CITY OF RABANASTRE! WE ARE PREPARING TO RAM HER! DO NOT INTERFERE! 

MARQUIS: MADNESS!

JUDGE ZARGABAATH: SHOULD SHE FALL, THE PALING WILL NOT HOLD, AND ALL  
RABANASTRE WILL BE OBLITERATED! ALL SHIPS, CONCENTRATE YOUR FIRE ON THE 
ALEXANDER'S REMAINS ONCE BAHAMUT IS CLEAR OF THE CITY.

[Balthier comes through the radio]

BALTHIER: HASTY, AREN'T THEY. I THINK IT'S A LITTLE EARLY TO BE THROWING 
AWAY OUR LIVES JUST YET. 

VAAN: BALTHIER?

[Ashe is alerted]

     - WAIT, BALTHIER. WHERE ARE YOU!?

[The scene switches to Balthier and Fran inside Bahamut]

BALTHIER: AH, VAAN! SOUNDS LIKE YOU MADE IT OUT OKAY! THE STRAHL'S A FINE 
AIRSHIP, EH? 

MARQUIS: WHAT DOES HE THINK HE'S DOING? BALTHIER!

BALTHIER: MARQUIS! STOP THAT FOOL JUDGE ON THE ALEXANDER FOR ME, WOULD YOU? 
JUST GETTING SOMEWHERE WITH THESE GLOSSAIR RINGS. ALMOST DONE! DON'T WANT 
HIM RAMMING ME BEFORE I FIX THEM, DO WE?

ASHE: BALTHIER! DO YOU UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IT IS YOU'RE DOING? 

BALTHIER: PRINCESS! NO NEED TO WORRY. I HOPE YOU HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN MY ROLE 
IN THIS LITTLE STORY. I'M THE LEADING MAN. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE 
LEADING MAN? HE NEVER DIES.

[Balthier slots in a power battery of some sort to power up the Bahamut. 
Outside, it flies away from the city]

         - LET'S FLY! FRAN! POWER TO THE GLOSSAIR RINGS. FRAN?

[He looks behind and sees Fran has pinned down under some metal structures]

         - DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING AROUND HERE?

[He walks to Fran]

ASHE: LISTEN TO ME, BALTHIER! GET OUT OF BAHAMUT IMMEDIATELY! PLEASE, 
BALTHIER! YOU MUSTN'T DIE! PLEASE, BALTHIER. COME BACK. 

[Balthier starts to carry Fran on his shoulders]

FRAN: I'D SAY YOU'RE IN MORE OF A SUPPORTING ROLE. 

[She passes out]

BALTHIER: FRAN, PLEASE. 

[Outside, the Bahamut flies away from Rabanastre. Scene switches back to the 
"dashing" sky pirate]

         - VAAN, THE STRAHL'S IN YOUR HANDS! YOU'D BETTER TAKE CARE OF HER, 
YOU HEAR? IF THERE'S ONE SCRATCH ON HER WHEN I GET BACK- 
 
VAAN: ROGER THAT. WE'LL BE WAITING FOR YOU.

ASHE: BALTHIER...

[The Lord of Sky falls and terminates itself. From afar, it falls and 
explodes from the city of Rabanastre. The screen pulls away from all the 
upheaval and commotion and fades. The next scene switches to a sky view with 
"Kiss Me Goodbye" playing in the background. Penelo is shown holding some 
groceries with new clothes on her back]

PENELO: IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE A YEAR HAS PASSED SO QUICKLY. RABANASTRE IS 
FINALLY BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS. LIKE WHEN MY PARENTS WERE STILL ALIVE. WE'VE 
LOST SO MUCH. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT THE PAST BEHIND US AND KEEP 
OUR EYES ON THE ROAD AHEAD. 

[As Penelo narrates, Ashe is shown]

       - ASHE'S CORONATION IS NEXT MONTH. SHE GROWS FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY 
FROM US... BUT I GUESS THAT'S HOW IT HAS TO BE. SHE IS QUEEN NOW, AFTER ALL. 

[Scene shows a judge walking towards Lord Larsa]

       - I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE CEREMONY. 

JUDGE: YOU CALLED, MY LORD?

[He removes his helmet]

[Larsa hands the judge the letter, revealed to be none other than Basch. 
Penelo continues the narration as Basch reads it]

PENELO: HOW IS BASCH? I KNOW HE WENT WITH YOU TO ARCHADES "TO FURTHER THE 
CAUSE OF PEACE IN IVALICE"... BUT STILL, I HOPE HE COMES BACK TO RABANASTRE, 
AND ASHE, SOON. SHE HAS TO KEEP UP APPEARANCES NOW, SO SHE WOULD NEVER SAY 
IT... 

[Ashe is holding a ring in her palm]

       - BUT I THINK SHE MISSES HIM.

[Basch finishes reading the letter, and looks at the helmet as he reminisces 
of the final moments with his brother]

GABRANTH: LOSE LARSA AND WE LOSE THE EMPIRE. PROTECT HIM. I WOULD ENTRUST 
HIM TO NO OTHER'S CARE. 

BASCH: I WILL KEEP HIM FROM HARM. I PROMISE YOU. FOR THE EMPIRE, AND FOR 
DALMASCA. 

GABRANTH: YOUR WORDS PUT ME AT EASE, BROTHER. SORRY TO LEAVE YOU.

[Time switches back to present time. Basch puts down his helmet on the table 
and stand by Larsa's side. Penelo continues her narration]

*PENELO: OH, I HAVEN'T TOLD YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!

[Scene shows Vaan and Penelo running inside the ship's cargo]

       - VAAN AND I HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF THE STRAHL, BUT IT WAS STOLEN! 
WE HAD JUST FINISHED HAVING HER TUNED UP, TOO.

[They see a floating object with a note on it. Vaan grabs the note. Penelo 
grabs it from him and she reads it. It's from Balthier. It reads: "Something 
more valuable: the Cache of Glabados. I await in Bervenia". Vaan opens a 
small contained provided by Balthier and it has a ring inside. He smiles, 
and Penelo dashes right to him to take it away. She narrates further]

       - ACTUALLY, STOLEN MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT WORD. IF HER OWNER WANTS 
HER BACK, THERE'S NOT MUCH WE CAN DO ABOUT IT IS THERE. 

[The scene shows Ashe holding the ring, and checking Balthier's note. Behind 
it reads: "P.S. Give this to our queen for me, would you?"]

        - THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF TIME BEFORE THE CORONATION, SO VAAN'S 
GOING TO PAY THE TWO OF THEM A VISIT.  

[Vaan is seen piloting an airship of his own]

        - YOU SHOULD SEE HIM! HE CAN HARDLY WAIT. I'LL BE GOING TOO, OF 
COURSE. EVERY GOOD SKY PIRATE NEEDS A PARTNER, RIGHT? 

[Vaan looks at Penelo from his airship, as she gazes high up to him. He goes 
full-speed ahead as the camera takes the player from a sky high view of the 
most cherished Dalmasca] 






                       = =  T   h   e      E   n   d  = = 






C a s t  o f  C h a r a c t e r s
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These are the voice actors for the main characters of Final Fantasy XII 
English version of the game. This is real simple to search for, even 
GameFAQs hosts these. I have to confess that this time, Square did a good 
job translating and dubbing the game. Two thumbs up! I love it!

[Note: listed in order of appearance]
                   

                      Ashe: Voiced by Kari Wahlgren

                      Rasler: Voiced by Andrew Philpot

                      Basch: Voiced by Keith Ferguson

                      King Raminas: Voiced by Nick Jameson

                      Reks: Voiced by Yuri Lowenthal

                      Vossler: Voiced by Nolan North

                      Vayne: Voiced by Elijah Alexander
 
                      Vaan: Voiced by Bobby Edner

                      Kytes: Voiced by Conner Demita

                      Penelo: Voiced by Cat Taber

                      Migelo: Voiced by John Dimaggio

                      Old Dalan: Voiced by Dwight Schultz 
                      
                      Balthier: Voiced by Gideon Emery

                      Fran: Voiced by Nicole Fantl                     

                      Ba'Gamnan: Voiced by Steven Jay Blum

                      Gabranth: Voiced by Michael Rodgers
              
                      Larsa: Voiced by Johnny McKeown

                      Judge Ghis: Voiced by Mark-Wing Davey
 
                      Marquis: Voiced by Tom Kane

                      Doctor Cid: Voiced by John Lee

                      Emperor Gramis: Voiced by Roger L. Jackson

                      Great-Chief: Voiced by Michael Chinyamurindi

                      Jote: Voiced by Michelle Arthur

                      Mjrn: Voiced by April Stewart

                      Anastasis: Voiced by Dwight Schultz

                      Al-Cid: Voiced by David Rasner
                      
                      Judge Drace: Voiced by Julia Fletcher  

                      Judge Bergan: Voiced by Gary Martin

                      Judge Zargabaath: Voiced by Simon Templeman

                      Reddas: Voiced by Phil LaMarr

                      Venat: Voiced by Anita Carey 

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That's it. That's the end of the script. Although I admit this is far from 
finish, since most of the dialogues aren't included and there are mistakes 
from time to time and they need to be corrected. So you have to play your 
part and help make this FAQ the best it could be. I also apologize for not 
including the whole Credits section from the game here since, well I could 
but I thought it'd serve little purpose. Anyway I hope you enjoyed the 
ending. There still is a sequel so don't weep yet for those who felt 
unsatisfied... That's it! 



             F  I  N  A  L      F  A  N  T  A  S  Y      X  I  I     



   


                               |   CREDITS   |


Not many to thank for the time being, just myself and GameFAQs for now. I'm 
already receiving emails correcting the guide. If you spot any mistakes 
within the FAQ, send your feedback to piece_meal_cranky@yahoo.com 

Correction Update: 

Kevin Hall (berserker_kev@yahoo.com) for a correction on "The Dreadnought 
Leviathan".

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I don't accept IM invitations, please. No longer. As for the FAQ, if an 
update is necessary, I will update the file. In the future, I may add extra 
sections. That is all.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/34552.html

A Final Fantasy XII Script by piecemealcranky.

Copyright (c) 2006 by the author piecemealcranky. All rights reserved.

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