A Difference of Opinion
Though we failed to secure the key, we must not forget that we succeeded in ridding the realm of another primal─and prevented the Vanu Vanu's lands from being consumed in so doing. The Zundu, at least, shall be glad of our deeds this day. Let us go and inform Chief Sonu of our victory. Cid and the others will need a moment to tend to the Enterprise, besides.
I know you're eager to get after the Heavens' Ward, but considering what we just put the old girl through, I'd say she's due a little tender loving care.
...Now, where did I put my hammer?
As you'd expect, they flew off in the direction that beam was pointing. Bastards...
The force generated by the beam was enough to displace the ship, and after comparing the data recorded by our fore and aft gyroscopes, I... Ahem. To cut a long story short, I think I've almost determined its heading.
Wait. Something is amiss... Imperial troops─and they have already secured the area.
Reveal yourselves at once! And there I was expecting more beastmen. Who are you!?
I thought Ishgardians responsible for the disappearance of our scouts, but I see now that I was mistaken. Just as Roaille observed. The Warrior of Light is wont to appear at the most inopportune times.
The Warrior of Light? He who bested van Baelsar!?
It would seem that the famous hero of Eorzea seeks Azys Lla as well. Hardly unexpected. The secrets of the Allagans' power to bind eikons to their will could scarcely fail to interest the Scions of the Seventh Dawn... You know as well as we what will ensue should these insatiable creatures be allowed to roam free─that their very existence threatens the life of this star. We but disagree on the solution to the problem.
Genocide has ever been the Empire's favored recourse─and that is why we will continue to oppose your every attempt to claim Eorzea!
You do not hesitate to speak your mind...even when your every word could be your last. Alas, your sentiments betray the narrowness of your view. The fate of Eorzea and its inhabitants is of little concern next to the fate of the world. 'Tis my solemn charge as emperor to bring the eikons to heel. If this requires the extermination of certain elements, then so be it.
No, don't! They are not His thralls!
Where did that come from!?
Your Radiance, we must withdraw!
We shall meet again, Warrior of Light. On that you have my word.
So Garlemald, too, has designs on Azys Lla... But why would the Emperor himself elect to lead the expedition?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would stand less than twenty paces from the Emperor of Garlemald... Varis zos Galvus in the flesh... I assume the commander that accompanied him must be the legatus of whom the centurion spoke... Ah, forgive me. This is neither the time nor place for such idle speculation. Pray return to the Enterprise at once. It occurs to me that our friends may have run afoul of imperial forces as well. I have yet to apprise Chief Sonu of all that has occurred, but once I have, we will rejoin you at the airship.
If you fear for our safety, may I direct your attention to the suit of the magitek armor nearby and its exceedingly capable pilot.
Ah, the armor? I had it sent here as a precautionary measure...
So they too are seekers of the forbidden secrets, these netherlings of black steel...
Bugger me, did you see the size of that imperial battleship!?
We saw it fire on the village! Are you all right, Forename!?
What the─!? Was that what I thought it was? Thank the Twelve you're alive, Forename! When that battleship appeared and fired on the village, we feared the game was up for you and Alphinaud. What in the seven hells happened out there? First the archbishop turns up with an Ascian in tow, and now the godsdamned Emperor pays us a visit!? What is this, a procession of notable bastards? Who's next? The Keeper of the Seventh bloody Gate!?
No one so “notable,” Master Garlond.
I am happy to report that the Zundu were overjoyed to learn of Bismarck's demise. Chief Sonu sends his warmest regards, Forename. There was much talk of westerly winds.
Miraculously, none suffered lasting harm during the raid. It would seem the Zundu were taken entirely unawares, and wisely chose to offer no resistance.
I sense they have no more to fear from the Empire, for the present, at least. Had the Emperor truly been intent on their extermination, Ok' Zundu would already have been leveled. Plainly, Varis is only interested in reaching Azys Lla.
Speaking of which, if you're all ready to continue the chase, the Enterprise is as well. Shall we?