In Search of Alphinaud

«Travelers of Norvrandt
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You will visit Alphinaud in Kholusia, then? Excellent.

As I mentioned, your destination is an island off the west coast, so you will need a mount capable of making the journey.


Here is a letter of introduction. Present it to Szem Djenmai, the Master of Beasts at Temenos Rookery, and he will take care of you.


When you see Alphinaud, be sure to pass on my warmest regards.


Your face is unknown to me. What business have you at my rookery?

...Hmph. Signed by the Exarch, no less.


Yes, I can provide you with an amaro for passage to Kholusia. I will pick you out a friendly whelp.
What will you say?
An “amaro,” you say...? Not a chocobo, then...?
That's right. Mounts like my grey friend over there are a common sight in these parts.
But I gather you hail from further afield. More accustomed to chocobos, perchance? I hear there are a few places where they ride little else.
A chocobo? Do you hail from one of Norvrandt's more isolated settlements, perchance? I hear there are a few places where they ride little else.
But here in the Crystarium, mounts like that grey fellow there are far more commonly used.
What will you say?
Amaro are often used for travel, then? And there I was expecting a chocobo...
That's right. Mounts like my grey friend over there are a common sight in these parts.
But I gather you hail from further afield. More accustomed to chocobos, perchance? I hear there are a few places where they ride little else.
A chocobo? Do you hail from one of Norvrandt's more isolated settlements, perchance? I hear there are a few places where they ride little else.
But here in the Crystarium, mounts like that grey fellow there are far more commonly used.


...Hm. Seeing as you are plainly unaccustomed to riding amaro, I think it best I accompany you on this flight myself.

Any Zun worthy of the name could do it, of course, but the Exarch sent you to me. Ensuring you arrive safely is my responsibility.


Gather your things and meet me at the Amaro Launch. One of the junior tamers will attend to you while I ready the mounts.


Wait for me at the Amaro Launch. Just mention my name to the tamer on duty, and he will see you are taken care of.
You want to fly an amaro to Kholusia? Well, I suppose if Master Djenmai is going with you...
Wait here, please. The master should be along with the mounts shortly.


We are arrived. This is Cracked Shell Beach, on the eastern coast of Kholusia. You should be safe here for the present.

Compared to the mainland, sin eater attacks are far less prevalent. And the native beasts are not any more dangerous than elsewhere.


It is the people you should be wary of...


Spy you that city in the distance? That is Eulmore, the island's main settlement.


It rivals the Crystarium in scale, and was once an ally in our battle against the abominations.


For years, the Eulmoran elite have fancied themselves the masters of what remains of our broken world. They have gone as far as to offer the leaders of other settlements their protection─if we bend the knee.


But to say their ideals are questionable would be putting it mildly. The Crystarium is one among many who resist their heavy-handed authority, and while we are not at war, our relationship with Eulmore is strained at best.


It may be wise to conceal your ties with the Exarch during your stay here, especially in the vicinity of the city.


I am glad we understand each other.

Now, the Exarch has instructed me to divulge a secret that should make finding your friend a good deal easier. Listen closely...