Life Finds a Way
※To unlock the next quest, you must complete the main scenario quest "Echoes of a Fallen Star."
All this greenery... It's far more than I had dared to hope. I can't help but worry that it's too good to be true.
The rapid propagation of flora appeareth to be limited to the intersections of aetherial channels, as per our earlier findings. Nonetheless, 'tis cause to rejoice that the seeds of aether have quickened in the barren garden that is the Empty.
It feels like I'm witnessing the miracle performed by Minfilia a hundred years ago all over again...
I can feel all of the revitalized elements working in harmony!
I've always believed Eden had the power to restore the Empty, but I never expected it to happen so quickly.
|You're the one who made all of this possible.||I think we owe it all to Gaia's skills with the hammer.||I never did get the hang of summoning primals correctly...|
Hmm... I wonder if the effects from the rebalanced aether will spread to the rest of the Empty?
Perhaps we'll just have to wait and see. Besides, I'm sure we could all do with a rest.
I must say, Ryne, it's refreshing to see you take a more measured approach for a change.
Well, if my experience here has taught me anything, it's that I shouldn't rush into things unprepared. And...I've also learned that there are some problems that can't be solved alone.
Is that so...?
Since you freed me from Eulmore, I've met all sorts of kind people who've gone out of their way to help me. I thought that I should do everything in my power to repay their kindness and make the world a better place.
But now more than ever, I realize that there's a limit to what I can achieve by myself.
Even though I was able to summon Shiva, I couldn't control such vast amounts of aether. If Gaia hadn't been there for me, I might never have returned to normal.
I could say the same about you. I was trapped in a nightmare, but you freed me.
It seems we're more alike than I thought.
We might not be able to do everything by ourselves, but if we look out for each other, then we can face our problems together.
That's if...you don't mind?
No, it's fine. Really.
If things don't work out, we can always go our separate ways.
But on the other hand, if I can resist the urge to punch you whenever you annoy me- which I must say, is quite often- I have no objections to staying around.
You mean it? Oh, thank you, Gaia!
May I suggest we continue the conversation in Amh Araeng? Though the Empty may now supporteth foliage, the land's normalization hath but begun, and to linger overlong still entaileth risks.
Is aught the matter, Thancred?
Nothing you need worry about. Let's go.
To think that Ryne is the same girl I rescued from Eulmore... Compared to the way she was back then, the difference is like night and day.
Our encampment remaineth in its present state for our anticipated return. I cannot help but wonder how the land may change in our absence.
Off to Mord Souq, are we? I can't say I care for the place. The marketplace reminds me of Eulmore, but instead of fine delicacies, they peddle... Well, I don't know what they are exactly. What I do know is they're far too wriggly for my liking.
Before we do anything else, we should report to Yalfort. He'll want to know how we've been getting on in the Empty.
Speaking of Mord Souq, there was a snack of some sort that caught my eye last time. I can't quite describe it, but it looked...squidgy. Despite a strong suspicion that I may live to regret it, I'd like to try one.
Oh! I think I know the one you mean! They might not be much to look at, but I bet they taste amazing!
Perhaps we could also try a pot of those jellied wrigglers or whatever they're called. I'll even let you take the first bite.
Ew! No thank you!
First coffee biscuits, now worms in jelly... Heavens forbid the two of you might actually eat some proper food.
Forename, may I ask a favor of thee?
Whilst Thancred and I return unto the Crystarium to inform our comrades of our recent exploits, I would have thee accompany Ryne and Gaia to Mord Souq.
I'm looking forward to showing Gaia around the Crystarium, but we'd better finish our work here first.
I'm prepared to give this Mord fare a try, although I should probably shut my eyes when I do. And my nose, come to think of it...
I trust all is well, Miss Gaia?
It will be once we get out of this desert town. If I have to spend another night in that dingy little room, I shall scream.
I'm terribly sorry to hear that the accommodation was less than satisfactory. I'll investigate the availability of more comfortable lodgings posthaste.
Yes, I think we'll be staying in Mord Souq, at least for the time being. It might take a while for me to write the report, as our expedition was...rather eventful.
Forename, I really appreciate everything you've done, and I'm sorry for all the trouble I've put you through.
Still fretting about that, are you? What's done is done. Besides, it all worked out in the end, didn't it?
You're right. Now, how about that treat we promised ourselves? They might not have coffee biscuits here, but I've heard the wriggler cakes are to die for. Or was that, "you'll die from eating them"? Only one way to find out, I guess!
I'm sure trying the local delicacies will keep us occupied between writing reports and thinking about the next plan of action. Hopefully, we'll have another chance to visit the Empty to see how things are coming along!
And don't even think about leaving me behind.