The Vanishing Act
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Forename, that you should arrive at this very instant─it is as though the gods themselves have sent you.
Not a quarter bell ago I received a missive from Surito Carito. An emergency has arisen at the Wanderer's Palace, and he has requested our immediate presence.
While the exact nature of this trouble remains unclear, we can scarce ignore his call.
He awaits us at his usual place. Come, my friend, we haven't a moment to waste!
Alka Zolka, Forename. Thank you both for responding so swiftly to my summons.
Forgive my brusqueness, but I believe it best if we cut straight to business. I presume the both of you remember the invisible voidsent we defeated not too long ago?
We could scarce forget such a vile creature.
Well, you'll be pleased to hear that I have finished studying its remains and believe a cure may be within my grasp.
Ah, but mayhap “cure” is a slight exaggeration. What I speak of will only halt the spread of the sickness, not reverse all of the effects it has had on our bodies.
Surito Carito, you are far too modest a man! Truly, what you speak of is incredible─a miracle, even.
Alas, it is not to be praised for the progress I've made that I asked you here today. You see, Setoto, one of my comrades who has been assisting me in my experiments, has mysteriously vanished.
I am terribly worried. While the rancor has subsided from most of our hearts, we still retain our tonberry forms. Were we to wander too far from our home here, any number of organizations would be more than happy to have us hunted down.
That is why I would ask that you─my two most trusted associates─locate and escort Setoto back to the Wanderer's Palace before it's too late.
Of course we'll do it. We can hardly ignore the pleas of one of Nym's foremost scholars!
Forename, I have an idea of where we can start. Let us check with the Grand Companies to see if a bounty has been placed on Setoto's head.
Bounty? <sigh> Let us hope it has not yet come to that...
The Maelstrom Command is in Limsa Lominsa. There, we should be able to ask the Hunt billmaster if any tonberries have recently been registered.
We've done this a million times, and yet something about today has me feeling incredibly restless. Please, let us hurry and see what Surito Carito has to say.
Good evening to you, sir. How might I be of service to you today?
We're looking to save─er─slay a tonberry.
A tonberry, eh? We currently have only one tonberry marked for the Hunt by the name of Marberry.
Marberry? If I recall correctly, he was marked for the Hunt from even before Setoto disappeared. The possibility of there being a mix-up between the two is slim. It seems we must continue our search elsewhere.
<If(GreaterThan(PlayerParameter(52),0))><Clickable(<If(GreaterThan(PlayerParameter(52),0))><Player's Grand Company Rank>)/> Surname<Else/><If(GreaterThan(PlayerParameter(53),0))>Forename of the Scions<Else/>Forename of the Scions</If></If>, Alka. I wasn't aware the two of you knew each other.
R'ashaht! Good to see you again. I think I may have forgotten to say so the other day, but I greatly appreciated your help with my training.
You know I'm always happy to help. I don't suppose you've come all this way to thank me, however. What brings the two of you here?
We're searching for an escaped tonberry and thought it might have been marked for the Hunt.
A tonberry, you say?
While I can't promise this is in any way related, a few days back a disturbance broke out in Vesper Bay. They discovered a stowaway hiding in one of the ferries.
Witnesses say that a small green blur leapt from between the crates and dashed out of sight as soon as the ship pulled into port.
While of a similar size and build to a Lalafell or Qiqirn, they claim it looked far too alien to be either.
Hm... Thank you, R'ashaht. It sounds like you may have just given us our first lead!
Forename, after me! We make for Vesper Bay with all haste.
I fear for our friend's safety. Please, Forename, do whatever it takes find and escort Setoto back to the Wanderer's Palace before it's too late.
Oh, good. For a moment I thought I had lost you. Let us begin by questioning this man here─he appears to be one of the men from the ferry R'ashaht told us about.
Yer askin' if I saw the stowaway? Aye. Ye bet I did.
Now it wasn't just any stowaway what boarded our ship. Nay. I suspect it was a one o' 'em fellas─a gob─without his mask. Either that, or it's a rare beastie ye can't find around these here parts. Not that it matter, mind ye.
Whatever it was, the Brass Blades are after it, and ye best be sure they'll catch it.
Indeed. Thank you for all your help, sir.
If an organization that large has yet to find the stowaway, we've little chance of succeeding in such an endeavor ourselves.
Rather than blindly rushing about, our time would be better spent gathering what information we can regarding this incident. I shall go and speak with my acquaintances in Ul'dah. In the meantime, I ask that you return to Surito Carito and inform him of all that we learned.
What in the gods' name was that thing? I ain't never seen anythin' like it.
Forename, I can only hope your swift return means you come bearing good news.
...Has crossed the sea and is likely now in Thanalan, you say!? What could possibly have spurred our friend to do such a thing?
Surito Carito, forgive my tardiness.
I made a small detour to Ul'dah to speak with my associates. Unfortunately, they could tell me nothing aside from the fact that the Brass Blades are looking into who the stowaway might be. I've, nevertheless, asked that they keep an ear to the ground and report to me should they learn more.
Thank you, Alka Zolka. <sigh> If, as you suspect, our friend has fled to the vast continent of Aldenard, there is little sense in us conducting any more searches.
Judging by the Brass Blades' inability to find their quarry, we should have no need to worry about the Hunt or any other institution capturing Setoto for now. Our best option is to wait until we know more.
I am inclined to agree. Should I come across any new information, I will send word to you right away.
There's a good chance this search will turn into something of a long-term effort. Forename, I suggest you rest while you still can.