An Old Friend
So long as we Viis live, we shall preserve the truth of your deeds.
In the short time we've known you, it feels as though we've experienced a lifetime of adventures. Adventures we are not like to forget.
Perhaps we should create a new mural in your honor, and as a record for future generations. What do you think?
Although we learned naught of the Ascians, the insight we gained into the Echo made our trip worthwhile.
Before we return to the Crystarium, however, there is a small matter I would attend to in Slitherbough. Might I trouble you to come with me?
Thank you. After we arrive, we should have a brief word with Runar.
Runar appears to be in characteristically high spirits.
Forename! It is so good to see you!
You've arrived at a most opportune time. I was preparing a pot of my famous stew. Come, I will ready a place for you.
I'm sorry, Runar, but we haven't the-
Please, I insist! It will take only a minute.
<sigh> My apologies, Forename. It seems our return to the Crystarium will be delayed.
But perhaps only for a bit-if you assist me with my work.
I say work, but it is rather more a chore. I must clean my chambers here in Slitherbough from top to bottom. If you would be so kind as to go and fetch a broom from Asgeir, we might finish before Runar is done cooking.
I require a broom if I'm to make any meaningful progress here. I'm sure you can find one if you speak with Asgeir.
A broom for...Master Matoya...?
I cannot imagine why she would have need of such a thing, but here you are. It is old but sturdy and sure to suffice.
You don't suppose she might be cleaning, do you? ...Should we be concerned?
I trust Asgeir was able to find a broom for us?
Well worn. Good. This would prove difficult otherwise.
Though I must say, I think I did rather well for not having a broom thus far.
...Yes, well, you weren't buried beneath a veritable avalanche of books when you entered, were you? Right. Anyway, it is time I finished cleaning with the help of that broom.
You didn't honestly think I'd do it the old-fashioned way? That broom is more than capable of sweeping by itself. Or rather, it will be... Ahem.
Time to rise, to swish and sweep, A tidy chamber you must keep. To this task you shall be bound, Until no dust is to be found.
In this one particular respect, I've no objections to following in Master Matoya's footsteps.
In future, I may need you to remind me the pursuit of knowledge does not preclude other equally important duties... Such as maintaining clean quarters for said pursuit.
<sigh> I will dearly miss this place. These people...
M-Master Matoya! Pardon the interruption, but the stew is ready.
Is something troubling you? You've been rather quiet.
N-No! Everything is fine, I assure you. It has been a long day, is all.
Y'shtola! Thank goodness you're still here.
Alphinaud? I thought you were following Ardbert.
I was, though I'm sad to say I lost track of him shortly after entering these woods.
He seems determined to traverse every ilm of Norvrandt in his quest to spread the truth of the Warriors of Light and the Flood.
And it seems news of your address at the Crystarium precedes him at every destination, making his task all the more simple.
It remains to be seen to what end he encourages the people to become Warriors of Light themselves...
...But there is no denying that his words have struck a chord with many.
Well, we're all agreed that this is just another Ascian ploy, yes?
They've commandeered corpses before, and to no good end. I see no reason to think this time is any different-especially when it's that of a fallen Warrior of Light.
I doubt we'll learn more if we remain a step behind.
His next destination is, in all likelihood, Slitherbough...
Alisaie, are you certain you should be here?
If you're concerned about Halric and the others, you needn't be. Their treatment is going well, but progress is slow and exhausting-for all of us. The best thing I can do now is let them rest. So-I believe we were about to discuss how to arrange a meeting with our would-be Warrior of Light?
Before visiting any towns or villages, Ardbert would hunt down and slay a nearby sin eater to earn the locals' trust.
Our best chance of getting ahead of him is to find one before he does.
Thankfully, Thancred and Ryne are returned from the Empty and have taken up the search.
Ryne believeth one may lurk beneath the boughs of Woven Oath.
Then that is where we will start our search.
I...er... A warm bowl of stew will be awaiting your return.
I look forward to it.
Please, Forename, I beg of you... Keep her safe...
I can sense no other sin eaters in the area. I hope this means Ardbert will be coming this way soon.