There you are, <name>! Where've you been? Someday tell you about the big fish? No, no, I don't mean him. Wawalago may be the guildmaster, but he's more the big lugworm than the big fish. In fact, he calls you the best fisher in the guild. That's why he wants to see you. Some scholar's raising a hue and cry about a giant fish that needs catching. Refreshing, isn't it? It's actually serious business for a change! What will the morrow bring? Sharks spilling from the sky in a spectacular shower of scales? Oh, don't look at me like that - I am the acting guildmaster, after all.
Ah, Ascelyn, the adventurer arrives with alacrity! <name>, this fellow you must follow. He is learned in lore and wise in the ways of wyrms.
Er, um. Yes, I am called Ascelyn. And I am indeed learned in lore. That is to say, I study legends throughout Eorzea - legends of what the common man might call "giant fishy things." I recently came across an ancient document which made reference to something called the Nepto Dragon. I should explain that by "dragon," the ancients probably meant a giant fish. Or possibly a shrubbery of unusual coloring. It's usually one or the other. But my Nepto Dragon was no plant, for this Book of Three notes it was twice man-size - that is to say, twice as long as a Hyur is tall - and tore through hulls of trading ships with its mighty teeth. Did it ever live? does it still? One thing is certain: if I ever find its home waters, it will not be / who hauls the mighty monster out from its depths. I haven't the fortitude. To clarify, I fear water. Greatly. Even standing on this pier tests my will to its limits... But that is why I am here, that I might petition the aid of one such as yourself who harbors no such fear.
Terrifically told, and totally true. He came to Wawalago, this learner of lore. But fie, he found this fisher had faults. Too old am I to make after this monster of myth! Though I do think that I'm not completely diminished by my dotage. Or do you doubt it? Hm? Hmmm? I thought to myself, "<name's> a game one - one game guppy!" The best of the bunch - barring myself, by the bream! Now then, on to the Old Ones! Hah, I saw that flinch - and the furtive flitting of fingers to some folksy charm! Suffice it to say I speak of fish grown great in gloomy green depths. You've heard chatters about these wily wizards of the water, I am sure! But chatting is not catching. More fishers have heard the history than have hooked the hidden heavyweights, ho! Now, if what this learner of lore tells is true, this Nepto Dragon will need a fisher who can fish an Old One to order! So, it falls to you to prove your prowess, pretty please!
Ahem, ah. Master Wawalago, you've caught your share of these Elder - that is to say, Old - Ones, have you?
Was that a quip of a question? A quick query to yourself, if you please: why even ask when the answer is clear? Of course I have caught an Old One! Notice I stress the singular, hmmm? Even the master fisher of all Eorzea finds the Old Ones a heaving handful of hell! Where to begin, where to begin... Aha! The titanic sawfish, an enigma to entertain even an eclectic expert! It enjoys a certain infamy in its immediate environment, shall I say? Other fish of its fraternity flip their fins and flee from it. You can find the titanic sawfish in Cape Westwind. You must mooch the monster if you're primed to pull it, aand our cultured companion will couch his corrections. Now, ready the reel, coddle the creel! Use a lugworm and catch a Merlthor goby. Merlthor gobies are only the first bait to bag the best! Mooch with it to net a wahoo. Now, you must maintain the mooch to manacle a titanic sawfish! A pissy piscis is this titanic sawfish, not a drop of doubt about it. Only appears when all aligns - the hour, the weather, the welkin's color... Should you net the titanic sawfish, no nugget of knowledge will I deny! I had much opportunity to observe Old Ones from an oomiak, and you shall learn every detail. No easy feat, I know, I know. But mine eyes have seen you master that mendacious marlin of Mazlaya, and that makes you a fisher second only to Wawalago!