|Alamenain: Nooo! Failure...again! <sob>
Alamenain: Wh-What? You've never seen a grown man cry? For gloating over my ill luck, I demand immediate satisfaction of you! Aye, if you possess a shred of decency, you will submit your ears to the tales of my many woes from now until the aurochs come home!
Alamenain: Wait...you're still here. Do you actually mean to listen? So be it! As an adventurer, I trust you can appreciate the burning desire to possess ever more powerful equipment. Well, it was to sate this desire that I took up materia melding.
Alamenain: But now I rue the day I ever gazed upon those accursed “stonyshines”! “Just one more,” I'd say to myself, “third time's the charm!”...Twelve strike me down for a fool! In my lust for power, I fell deep into debt and ended up losing everything─my home, a respectable job...even my loved ones.
Alamenain: All I have now is the goodwill of Master Mutamix, who pays me to assist his research. Gods know I want to despise the goblin for having brought materia to Eorzea...but who can I blame but myself for my downfall? <sigh>
Alamenain: Well, I had best get back to collecting data. That's my assigned task, you see─interviewing adventurers on their experiences with materia. If you yourself have anything noteworthy to share, I would like to hear of it. You'll be compensated for your time, courtesy of Master Mutamix.