Call from the Clouds
The Black Shroud
Good evening to you, Forename. It does my spirit well to see you again. Inspired by your words, I have been reflecting upon the relationship between man and forest. I should like to hear your opinion on─
Fufucha, I'm baaack! Have you given any thought to my request? Oh, I beg your pardon! I didn't know you had a guest! Judging by your attire, I take it you're a botanist as well?
I am sorry, but our situation is unchanged. I am afraid there are no botanists at present who can assist with your story.
I won't make a burden of myself, I promise! I just need them to answer a few questions in their spare time. What about this adventurer here? he looks like a capable sort.
Forename? Well, he is certainly one of our best. Hmmm... But first things first. Allow me to introduce you to Mujih Mewrilah, a reporter for The Raven. She is planning a series of articles, for which she requests our guild's cooperation. Specifically, she would like to follow the doings of a first-rate botanist for an indefinite period of time. Alas, none among us who meets her stringent requirements can afford to engage her at present─none save for perhaps you, Forename...
Ooh! My salvation is come, and <if:her/his> name is Forename! What exciting adventures into botany will he take me on, I wonder...
As to that, we have received a petition for aid from faraway Ishgard. You will recall our dear friend and colleague Roiteloin, who resides in the central highlands of Coerthas. Well, a friend of his is struggling to raise crops in the Ishgardian frontier, and he begs us send a botanist to aid him.
The Ishgardian frontier? That sounds positively wild! I can already picture the title: “Foreign Botanist at the Forefrontier”! Heh, I've got a good feeling about this! I'll go on ahead to Roiteloin's place, and ask him a few questions!
...She certainly wastes no time. Assuming you are willing to take on this task and bear with Mujih, please pay Roiteloin a visit yourself and have the particulars from him. I have no doubt that you will gain much from the experience. For good measure, here is a letter of introduction. And in case you have forgotten, Roiteloin can be found at Skyfire Locks. Good luck to you, Forename.
In case you have forgotten, Roiteloin can be found at Skyfire Locks. Show him the letter of introduction when you arrive.
Coerthas Central Highlands
What kept you? I've long finished interviewing Roiteloin.
I have been expecting you, Forename. Aye, Mistress Mujih has told me everything, and rather more besides. A letter of introduction? Ever proper is our Fufucha. She scarcely needs one of these to vouch for your skill, my friend. As you will have been informed, the petition comes not from me, but a friend. Basyle is his name, and he is a botanist engaged in settling the Sea of Clouds. That is where your task will take you, and for an extended period of time. Some years ago, House Haillenarte established an outpost there, and they seek to make the place self-sufficient. To this end, my friend has been attempting to cultivate various crops. Alas, results have been mixed at best. And that is where you come into the picture. Now, I should like to send you along to Basyle at once, except Ishgard isn't accommodating of foreigners. We must find a way to circumvent the bureaucracy.
Hm, you have some skill at arms, have you not? Then you should be able to enter our nation in the capacity of a mercenary. However, I have doubts whether Mistress Mujih will be permitted to accompany you...
You are a guest of House Fortemps, you say? Well then, your entry was not an issue from the first. However, I have doubts whether Mistress Mujih will be permitted to accompany you...
You needn't worry! I have ways of getting into places, and I will get into Ishgard. See if I don't!
That is well...I think. Now then, Basyle has returned to the Holy See to meet with you. If it suits, I shall let him know to look for you at the Aetheryte Plaza.
At the Aetheryte Plaza─got it! I'll see you there, Forename!
Basyle has returned to the Holy See to meet with you. I shall let him know to look for you at the Aetheryte Plaza.
Ishgard Aetheryte Plaza
Ah, you must be the botanist Roiteloin sent. I must say, your retainer is quite a character.
What took you so long? Your client's been waiting for the better part of a bell! Curious how I got into Ishgard, I shouldn't doubt? For now, let it suffice to say: if anyone asks, I'm your retainer!
'Tis a pleasure to meet you, Forename, and your lively retainer as well. I'm Basyle. Thank you for making the long journey to Ishgard. Though we still have some ways to go, to be sure. As I'm sure you've been told, I'm a botanist at Camp Cloudtop. We're heavily reliant on supplies being brought in by airship, but I'm trying to change that. Unfortunately, my ventures into farming haven't yielded the results I had hoped for. And so I reached out to Roiteloin, who then reached out to your guild. I'll be turning to your abundant knowledge and skilled hands both. In case you're wondering, I haven't any work for you just yet─today's a meet and greet, as it were. When I've got a specific request, I'll send word by way of your trusty retainer.
And a trustier retainer there has never been! I shall convey all your messages without delay!
I'd be much obliged, miss. Now then, I'd best be getting back to my work. I look forward to seeing you again, most certainly at Camp Cloudtop.
I'll remain here in Ishgard and await word from Basyle. Please come by whenever you can spare a moment from your busy schedule!