Another Time, Another Place
...Beg pardon? My favorite food? Well...I am fond of omelettes. Dodo egg omelettes.
So...it would seem we have time to greet this scholar after all. How delightful. I shall be interested to hear how she means to go about finding Minfilia and Thancred. I can only assume she is privy to some new investigative technique.
In any event, our first order of business is to rendezvous with Y'shtola in Idyllshire.
We received word from the first commander not long ago. Though I would have preferred a swifter resolution, I am relieved to hear that our invitation is receiving due consideration.
Another conspicuously uneventful journey... It would seem we are destined not to be late.
Ah, Forename─'tis good to see you. I confess, I had assumed your business in Anyx Trine would detain you longer. Did your meeting with Vidofnir go well?
As well as can be expected. She must discuss Ser Aymeric's proposal with Hraesvelgr, of course, but she seemed amenable to the suggestion. What of our Sharlayan guest?
Has she arrived yet?
She has, but when I explained that you would be joining us, she asked if she might use the intervening time to explore. I agreed to meet her outside on the Frontbridge. We should be on our way.
Wait, back in Ishgard...what was she trying to tell me...?
It would seem we are early. Shall we wait?
I am terribly, terribly sorry to have kept you all waiting!
You need not apologize. We arrived but a moment ago ourselves.
Pray allow me to introduce Krile, who is recently come from the Sharlayan motherland. She has generously offered to assist us.
Oh please, think nothing of it! A trip to Eorzea was long overdue.
You must be the Warrior of Light. Yes...you certainly do look the part. A pleasure to meet you at last, sir.
And who is that I spy but young Alphinaud Leveilleur himself! I daresay someone's grown an ilm or two in my absence─or are those lifts in your boots?
We, uh... Ahem. Miss Krile and I met at the Studium, years ago. I shall forever be indebted to her for her sage guidance.
It was no small task keeping him out of trouble, believe you me! The youngest ever to enter the Studium─him and his sister, eleven-year-old prodigies.
Suffice it to say, social graces were not among his list of talents! Striding up to his seniors on his first day, head held high─what was it he said again...?
Thank you, Krile!
For what? I haven't finished yet. Would you care to attempt a more dextrous deflection?
Ahem... Mayhap we should save this delightful conversation for a more fitting occasion, when pressing matters do not demand our undivided attention.
A bit much, but better. I can tell you have been putting your skills to use here in Eorzea. Henceforth, I trust you will dazzle me with your eloquence at the first time of asking.
Right. On to more pressing matters─finding Minfilia and the other missing Scions!
I gather you have new information to share with us?
A new approach, actually. Tataru recounted the tale of your escape, and it gave me an idea.
Simply put, assuming Thancred left some manner of trail when you whisked him away─as is almost always the case with teleportation magicks─I am confident I can find and follow it.
Then what are you waiting for!?
The wherewithal to do it. The fact is, my abilities aren't quite up to the task. Not in themselves, anyway. If I had Master Matoya's Crystal Eye, on the other hand...
Then let us all call on her forthwith. I think it best that you explain your plan to her in person.
She was less than flattering about my technique when last we met, but this time I have come prepared. Let her belittle my Obsidian Carbuncle if she dares!
...Do not tell her I said that.
The Crystal Eye is one of Master Matoya's most cherished relics. I doubt very much that she will grant us leave to lay hands upon it unless we can convince her that it is vital to our cause.
You did say we were headed for a cave, did you not? Because I certainly don't see a cave nearby. Is Master Matoya meeting us on the way or something?