A Safe Place to Hide
|«The Vanishing Act|
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Ah, Forename. What brings you this way?
Oh? It seems, then, Alka Zolka's last missive somehow failed to reach you.
He has uncovered information regarding Setoto's possible whereabouts and is currently waiting for you to join him at the Marauders' Guild in Limsa Lominsa. You best hurry.
Well come, my friend. My contacts have but recently caught wind of a rumor that the Brass Blades are once again on the move. It seems they have spotted a creature matching the description of the Vesper Bay stowaway.
Luckily for us, their quarry has fled into the Black Shroud─an area that is out of their jurisdiction.
While there is still much we do not know, at least we now have an idea of where to begin. Let us immediately depart for Camp Tranquil!
Setoto, I pray that you are safe...
As you may well already know, the only way to reach the Black Shroud from Thanalan is to pass through this area. That means whoever─or whatever─the Brass Blades were pursuing entered the forests from here.
If our hunch is correct and Setoto is in there, we best hurry. A tonberry who has seen little of the outside world would likely not last more than a few days on their own.
To cover more ground in less time, I suggest we split up: I shall take the north, while you scour the south. Once we're done, let us meet back here.
It looks like we've struck gold! Haha! If we skin and sell this thing, we're guaranteed a fortune!
Seven hells! Don't go celebrating just yet. We've got to kill it first. The hide's so thick, it broke my bloody knife!
You are under attack!
Oh, no you don't!
Piss off! This thing's ours!
<pant> <pant> Thank you, sir. You saved my life.
That spell... You wield Nymian magicks? Are you perchance Forename─the adventurer in possession of a soul crystal? Surito Carito often speaks of you.
<pant> Thank the gods... <pant>...you're safe.
After my search of the northern reaches turned up nothing, I returned to Camp Tranquil to wait for you. When you didn't appear I began to grow worried and came looking for you. Good thing I did, too. Bloody poachers!
Oh, but how rude of me. I nearly forgot to introduce myself. Hello, Setoto. I am Alka Zolka, Royal Marine and marauder. My friend, Forename Surname and I have been searching for you.
My lady, if I may be so bold as to say so, your radiance─it is blinding. Forename, isn't she beautiful?
What will you say?
“She”? How did you know?
I'm pretty sure she is a he.
It's obvious isn't it? Her glowing skin, her comely face─she is clearly a lovely young woman.
Very amusing, Forename. I suggest you temper your jokes, however, lest the young lady before us take offense!
Now, Setoto, what prompted you to leave Bronze Lake so abruptly?
As you are likely already aware, Surito Carito saved us. While on the outside we remain as tonberries, he has purged our hearts of the rancor.
And that is why I left. There is something I must take care of now that my mind is once again my own.
And what, pray tell, is that?
Over fifteen hundred years ago, back when Nym was still at its peak, my father was a scholar and a Royal Marine. He was dispatched upon a secret and incredibly dangerous mission to infiltrate Amdapor.
The day he left was the last time I ever saw him. I suspect the reason he never returned was because he was discovered and apprehended by the Amdapori.
...And so you came here─to the place the ancient nation once stood.
You do realize that regardless of whether he survived or not, your father, he...
I know. I am under no illusions that he might still be alive. Even if he somehow escaped Amdapor, unlike those of us sealed away in the tower, the passage of time would have eventually robbed him of his life.
I'm only looking to find something that reminds me of him─a keepsake, if you will.
...It sounds as though you loved your father a great deal.
Very well, if this means that much to you, we─the Royal Marines─shall volunteer to aid you in your search! Ahem. Right, Forename?
The two of you would really do that for me? Oh, thank you! Thank you so very much.
Now let us return to Camp Tranquil. There, we can discuss how to proceed.
Ungh... Father... Is this where it all ends?
Before we begin searching for a memento of Setoto's father in earnest, I must go to Bronze Lake to inform Surito Carito we have found his dear comrade and that she is safe. Speaking of which...
Setoto, you must promise me you will never again do anything so reckless as wandering a foreign land alone. The realm is a dangerous place─doubly so for someone with your affliction.
Very well. If it really means that much to you, I shall make that promise.
Ahem. ...G-Good. That is all that I ask.
Forename, I ask that you look after Setoto and see that she gets some rest that she might recuperate from her ordeal. We shall make for the lost city upon her full recovery!
With the two of you by my side, I am absolutely certain nothing can go wrong!