Bolt, Chain, and Island
Sea of Clouds
The Blue Window
The boys and I can handle most of the preparations, but we'll need you to secure us a suitable island. Let me know when it's done!
Well, you heard Cid. We need an island to bait the hook. By way of a first step, I propose we speak with Chief Sonu. If the Zundu are as concerned by Bismarck's behavior as they have given us to believe, they may well be supportive of our efforts to slay Him.
We can but ask...
The tramontane is upon us. The White feasts, and the Vundu rejoice in His carnage...
Hear me, Chief Sonu. This creature which torments you now is not the deity who raised up the floating isles and made a gift of them to you. He is a perversion of your beliefs given form by the Vundu─a false savior who consumes that which He should rightly safeguard. Yet it need not be this way, Chief Sonu. We have the power to strike down this impostor...but we must beg of you an island to see it done.
Motes against the tempest. In vain do they struggle...
...Yet who is Sonu to speak of what may be? Perhaps even the tramontane can turn to the ponente. Very well, netherlings. When you are ready, tell Zundu scouts what manner of island you require and they guide you to it.
We shall not fail, Chief Sonu. On that you have my word. Come, Forename─let us see how Cid's preparations are progressing.
May soft rains come to cleanse us of these sins...
The Blue Window
My, that took hardly any time at all. The Ironworks engineers do not disappoint.
Our Ishgardian friends have furnished us with dragonkillers and ammunition, and I've taken the liberty of procuring a magitek field generator as well. Rest assured, we've chains to spare, every link forged by the Manufactory's master craftsmen. If you've any lingering doubts as to their strength, know that they were originally intended to bind dragons─and were not found wanting.
It pleases me to inform you that the Vanu Vanu have agreed to furnish us with an island of our choosing.
Then all that remains is to confirm the readiness of the poor buggers who'll actually be doing the fighting. Forename, let Wedge know when your party is assembled.
A-Are we really going to go skyfishing for a primal!?
We'll depart for the island once you've assembled your party. Let Wedge known when you're ready.
I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but I don't like this plan. I don't like it one little bit! ...But I can't help being excited all the same! So tell me, Forename: are you ready to hunt the white whale?
After you, then, Forename! All aboard!
Would that I could fight alongside you, Forename, but primal influence being what it is, I think it best that I assist Wedge with the machinery on this occasion.
Since we still don't know the extent of Bismarck's influence, I'd prefer to keep those not actively participating in the battle inside the ship. It would be a shame if one of us started chanting “The White! The White!” and stabbed you in the back, after all.
Don't worry, Forename─the Enterprise is more than capable of staying ahead of Bismarck! Alphinaud and I will be keeping an eye on things in the engine room just to be sure!
The Limitless Blue
...Hydaelyn. All made…
So falls the Lord of Mists, as did all others before him. How many times does this make, Warrior of Light? Ahhh, how much you have grown─far beyond the limits of mere mortals.
He has what we seek?
That he does. The key to Azys Lla and the secrets of Allag. I see you have regained the blessing of Light─albeit at a fraction of its former strength.
My thanks to you, Ascian─and to you as well, Warrior of Light, for saving us the effort of slaying Bismarck. Now that the key is within our grasp, the path to the heavens shall at last be laid bare! Hahaha... Ahahahahaha! By our deeds shall the wrongs of antiquity be righted, and man reclaim the reins of history!
Sea of Clouds
The Blue Window
Forgive me, Forename. Had I known what was happening, mayhap I could have done something to stop them… Alas, Wedge and I were still sealed within the engine room and heard naught of the struggle until it was over. And now, for all our efforts, the archbishop holds the very thing we sought to keep from him... But all is not lost, for we yet live, and we know their destination! Let us give chase and bring an end to their machinations!
In retrospect, we should probably have seen that coming. Still, you fought well, Forename─better than that, in fact. Chin up, eh?
I didn't know Alphinaud had been studying magitek technology. He was a godssend during the fight, the way he helped me tend to the engines.
I'm just glad we're all still here to tell the tale.