Worth Fighting For
Ah, if it isn't Forename. How fare you, my friend? Still keeping up your training, I trust?
The Sultansworn have not been idle either. Seeking ways to better serve our nation, we have joined hands with the Gladiators' Guild.
We train with one another, helping to hone each other's sword arms. The guild even dispatches its members to assist us in guarding the palace.
None of this would have been possible without First Sword Mylla's cooperation. She is a dedicated woman─dedicated to her art and to her own─and I have the utmost respect and admiration for her.
...So it was with deep concern that I noticed that something troubles her of late. Whereas before she was amiable, she has become given to brooding silences.
I considered offering to lend an ear, but as a relatively new acquaintance, I did not wish to appear overly familiar.
But you, Forename─you are her close friend. Will you not seek her out and inquire after the source of her consternation?
As I mentioned, something seems to be troubling First Sword Mylla of late. If you have a moment, pray seek her out and inquire after the source of her consternation.
...Oh, it's you, Forename. It's been a while. What brings you here today?
|Jenlyns is worried about you.||Is everything all right?|
You see, it's Aldis... He's returned to Ul'dah. He's been pardoned, so he has every right to be here.
But it's just...I just don't understand what's going through his mind.
Oho, if it isn't the very man I've been longing to see!
Greetings, Forename! You look well─for someone who's been raising hells the world over!
...Hm? I see my attire intrigues you.
When I took my leave after the Ul Cup, I believe I said something to the effect of still having much to learn. That's what I've been doing─learning.
I remembered hearing tell of the fearsome swordsmen of the Far East. And so I decided to journey there and train in their style.
I remembered the elderly samurai who was making short work of our gladiators. And so I decided to journey to the Far East and train in his style.
You never cared for convention or tradition. Is it any wonder we're confused to see you actually look the part?
Hah, I suppose you're right. But you have to admit, Mylla─I look pretty good in this.
So, Forename. How about you and I have a bout? For old times' sake?
Now, as much as I fancy a rematch in the Coliseum, we'll have to settle for a humbler venue this time. Hmmm, let's see...
How about Scorpion Crossing, outside of the Gate of the Sultana? There's space there, if not a lot of people to watch our glorious match.
Oh, don't you even think about fighting in the city!
If you must feed your vanity, I'll attend as witness. At the very least, I can explain the situation to the Brass Blades should they appear.
Thanks, I appreciate it.
And there you have it, Forename. I'll see you at Scorpion Crossing.
<sigh> I can't believe this... Go on ahead, Forename. I'll follow in a moment.
I hope he's satisfied.
Heh heh, I've been looking forward to this. Come, my friend, let's begin!
How? How did you become so strong?
|I found something worth protecting...||I found something I couldn't bear to lose...|
Aldis? What's the meaning of this?
There's no point. As I am, I don't stand a chance against Forename.
You would admit defeat before you've even fought?
It's unseemly, aye. But because of my training, I've come to know, Mylla─come to know the power of resolve and the difference it makes.
Forgive me, I need a moment alone.
This isn't the Aldis I know. He's never once backed down from a fight.
I don't doubt that you've grown stronger since last we met.
But so has Aldis. That's why he challenged you─to put his training to the proof.
Yet, by that selfsame training, he could see that he was no match for you. I...I don't know what to say.
Well, there's no use pondering things here. Let's return to the guild.
Aldis hasn't returned.
I wouldn't be surprised if he's left Ul'dah again. It wouldn't be the first time he's disappeared as quickly as he's arrived...
Don't blame yourself. The problem is Aldis's and Aldis's alone. It's up to him to resolve it, however long that may take.
At any rate, don't feel compelled to linger on his account. I'm sure you have much demands on your time. Come and visit again when you have the chance.
Sorry for taking off like that.
Truth be told, I'm ashamed to show my face, but there's something I needed to tell you.
After I left, I thought long and hard on your words. On that which you said made you strong.
It led me to ask myself, what is it that I wish to protect?
And you found your answer?
Aye, I did. Fool that I am, it took me a long time, but I finally realized that it was always close by.
Mylla. This is embarrassing for me to say, but that which is dearest to me, that I cannot bear to lose...
...Is the Gladiators' Guild.
The old guildmaster, he was as a father to me. And this place is as a home.
No matter where my path may lead, the guild will always welcome me with open arms. I realize that now.
So, if I'm to protect the guild, it means...well, you know...
It means...I have to be at the guild. So from today, I'm giving up the itinerant life.
After all these years coming and going as you please, sending nary a word, you think you can just stay here!? You've got a lot of nerve!
Why, Mylla, if I didn't know better, I'd say you were worried about me.
Sh-Shut your mouth! If you wish to stay, then do as you like! That's what you're good at!
Ah, there's the grimace I know and love. There truly is no place like home.
But jests aside... Forename─because of you, I've finally realized what's important to me.
For that, I give you my thanks.
From hereon, I'll watch over the guild while I continue honing my skills.
Who knows? If I work hard, I might even become the First Sword one day.
Not on your life! No one would entrust the guild to a selfish bastard such as you! And skills or no, you're starting from the bottom like the rest!
Aye, aye, whatever you say...
It was good seeing you, my friend. Do come and visit again. From now on, you know where to find me.