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Sara and co. have just finished up business for the guild on their way to town. They decide to settle in for a while when Sara reveals that her ankle has been injured. Concerned for her safety, Lippy and the Savior both offer to take care of her while she recuperates. Not too long after, they are surprised to meet Malik who is also staying at the inn. He says he has an invitation to the prestigious Genkotsu Iron Fighters Tournament, a venue that Lippy has been eyeing for quite some time. Although greatly excited for the opportunity, Lippy is reluctant to join due to Sara's injury. The Savior takes over and urges Lippy to fulfill his dreams. Along the way, Malik and Lippy persuade Presea, Milla (F), and Dezel to form an unlikely group of 5 to tackle the tournament's best opponents!
|Let's go to the tournament!!|
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|Sara||We've made it to the inn at last! Man, that was a pretty rough job, I didn't think those monsters would be so tough.|
|Lippy||They exceeded my expectations as well, but you and the Great Savior were more than up to the challenge. I think we've earned a day of rest and relaxation!|
|Sara|| Sounds good to me, Lippy! |
|Lippy||Lady Sara! Is everything okay?|
|Sara|| Yeah... I twisted my ankle when we were fighting those monsters. |
It didn't hurt much at the time, so I figured it wouldn't be a problem, but suddenly it's really killing me!
|Lippy||Dear me! I'll see if I can find you some ice.|
|Sara||What's that, (user)? You're sorry for not noticing sooner? No, don't be! I was trying to hide it. I didn't want to worry you guys!|
|Lippy||Fortunately, the job is done, so we can afford to spend the next few days recuperating here. Worry not, Lady Sara—I will nurse you back to health!|
|Sara||It's no big deal, Lippy! I just need to stay off of it for a little bit.|
|???||I thought I heard familiar voices. So it's (user) and Co., eh?|
|Lippy||Dear me! This is a surprise!|
|Sara||Malik?! I haven't seen you in forever! How've you been? Are you staying here?|
|Malik||Yeah. I was invited to some shindig overseas, and my ship leaves from this town tomorrow. So I got a room here.|
|Lippy||You're departing overseas from this town? Are you headed to Genkotsu?|
|Malik|| Well, you certainly know your shipping routes. That's exactly where I'm going! |
You know, maybe it's a little bit of serendipity that I ran into you here. Do you folk have any interest in martial arts tournaments?
|Lippy||Might this "shindig" of yours be the Genkotsu Iron Fighters Tournament?|
|Sara||Is that some famous thing?|
|Lippy|| It is indeed. The southern island of Genkotsu is best known as a resort town, but it is also famous for its rich legacy of martial arts. |
The royal family there are such fans of the combat arts that they've held tournaments there since antiquity.
Competitive fighters from the world over are drawn to the tournament for its lavish prizes and the prestige that comes with them.
It's said that viewing their battles is an excellent way to assess one's own strength. I've long wanted to attend the tournament myself.
|Malik||Well, clearly shipping routes aren't your only interest. Here, take a look. This is my invitation.|
|Sara||An invitation... to compete?|
|Lippy||That seal on the back of the envelope... That's the official state seal of Genkotsu!|
|Malik|| They've requested that I participate in this year's tournament. That's why I'm on my way there. |
But I've run into a little problem.
|Lippy||A problem, you say?|
|Malik|| The tournament has both team and TAG battles. So I need another four good fighters. But Asbel, Sophie, and the others are all busy with other matters. |
So I'm back to square one. Might you three be interested?
It'd really help me out if you were willing to participate. And the prize purse ain't nothing to sneeze at.
|Lippy|| D-Dear me! The three of us, actually entering the Genkotsu Iron Fighters Tournament?! How terribly exciting! |
And yet, I'm afraid we must decline. Lady Sara is recovering from an ankle injury and will need to stay off of it for several days.
|Sara||Argh! Could my timing be any worse?|
|Malik|| Well, I certainly wouldn't want to put you through that when you're injured. Thanks anyway. |
Take care of yourself, okay Sara? I'll scrounge up a team somehow.
|Sara|| Malik, wait! Lippy, just cause I have to sit this one out, it doesn't mean that you can't participate! |
I mean, this is like a dream of yours, right?
I could see how your eyes lit up when you were telling us about it earlier. Go have some fun! You don't need to take care of us all the time.
|Lippy|| Wh-Why...that is preposterous! I have a duty to attend to your recovery, Lady Sara! |
Great Savior...? You say that you'd be willing to help her? You think that I should go?
|Sara||See? Forget about us for a day or two and go have some fun!|
|Malik||I don't want to put anyone out here, but I'd be happy to have you. It's your call, Lippy.|
|Lippy|| W-Well... Dear me... |
I guess it's settled then! I hope I can be of some assistance to you, Master Malik!
|Malik|| I don't doubt that you will, kid. Sorry, Sara, but I'm gonna borrow Lippy for a bit. I'll have him back to you in a week or so. |
Take good care of Sara for us, (user), all right?
|Sara|| We'll be rooting you on from here, Malik! |
You too, Lippy. Give 'em heck for me!
|Malik|| All right Lippy. I'll take your bags. We'll meet the others back here in a week. |
Now that I've got you on the team, let's see if we can't rustle up a few more fighters in town.
|Malik|| I was hoping to recruit a team of men and women I could count on, and whose strength I could vouch for. After all, if I'm doing this, I intend to win. |
But it's trouble enough finding anyone who wants to participate. So let's focus on folk who might be interested.
|Lippy||Are you sure it's wise to cast so wide a net? We'll be facing the world's finest warriors! Surely we need a team that can match their mettle!|
|Malik||Oh, you leave that part to me, Lippy. Come on. Let's go.|
|Lippy||Y-Yes, of course! Master Malik? Do slow down, please!|
|Malik||Okay. We should start our search where we're likely to encounter the most people.|
|??||Huh? Is that you, Malik? And with Lippy at your side?|
|????||Good day, Malik. Hello Lippy.|
|Malik||Hey, I haven't seen the two of you in a dog's age.|
|Lippy||Why it's Lady Milla! And Lady Presea! What a delight to see you both again. Are you doing some shopping?|
|Milla||Yeah, something like that. I ran out of ingredients for my soup, so I went to the market and ran into Presea there.|
|Presea|| I came here to try and sell some of my woodcraft pieces. I met Milla as I was setting up shop... |
Lippy, where are Sara and (user)? I don't see them anywhere.
|Lippy||Lady Sara and the Great Savior are resting at the inn. Circumstances have transpired such that I will be traveling with Master Malik for the next few days.|
|Lippy||And while we're on that topic, what about these two, Master Malik?|
|Malik||Yeah. We're certainly not gonna do any better than this.|
|Milla||What are you talking about?|
|Malik||Let me extend a proper invitation. Would you be interested in entering a martial arts tournament with us?|
|Presea||A martial arts tournament?|
|Malik|| The southern nation of Genkotsu is about to hold its Iron Fighters Tournament. We were just out looking for companions to accompany us. |
I have an invitation to participate, but I need three more fighters to fill out my team. If you're interested—
|Milla||Sorry, but that's not my thing at all. Pass.|
|Presea||I'm not interested either. I'm sorry, Malik.|
|Malik||Let's not be too hasty here! You're gonna want to hear what's in it for you, first.|
|Milla||What exactly do you mean by that...?|
|Malik||There's a boatload of local delicacies in the prize package for the winner. I bet Elle would love to see what you could cook up with those!|
|Malik||As for you, Presea... Ah, I know. If we win, I'll let you touch Lippy's paw pads to your heart's content.|
|Presea||Is that true? Can I touch your paw pads, Lippy?|
|Lippy||This is certainly the first I've heard of the matter! My paw pads are quite ticklish, so I would likely produce some very strange noises...|
|Malik||Come on, Lippy. I know you've dreamed about this tournament! Are you really gonna let that dream die over a little tickling?|
|Lippy||Indeed, I... I suppose if my paw pads are what it takes to secure your participation, Lady Presea, so be it.|
|Presea||I've always wanted to touch your paw pads Lippy. I'll participate.|
|Milla||As for me... If it will make Elle smile, then... I'll give it some thought.|
|Malik||All right. Sounds like we've got ourselves a deal.|
|Lippy||(I suppose enduring a small amount of paw-tickling is a small price to pay to gain entry into so prestigious a tournament...)|
|Milla||Yeah, you got a deal. But we're still a man short, right?|
|Malik||True. But if it was this easy to find you two, I imagine we'll have our fifth before you know it.|
|Milla||(I wonder if it'll be that easy...)|
|Lippy||Is something the matter, Lady Milla?|
|Milla||Over there. Is that—|
|Presea||That's Dezel, isn't it?|
|Milla|| Well there's a good fighter for you. Dezel would be a great addition to the team. |
But I do remember him being pretty obstinate... I dunno if he'll even be willing to hear us out.
|Malik||Leave that part to me. All men want the same thing—I'll win him over using the ol' tried-and-true.|
|Milla||Sure, Malik. Knock yourself out. (What the heck is the "ol' tried-and-true"...?)|
|Lippy||("The ol' tried-and-true"...?)|
|Malik||I can't believe he was able to resist the ol' tried-and-true! That Dezel is one tough customer.|
|Milla||So what is the ol' tried-and-true? Spill it already!|
|Lippy||I'm afraid I haven't the faintest clue myself. But I would like a chance to convince Master Dezel, if there are no objections?|
|Malik||No objections here. Best of luck to you, kid.|
|Lippy|| Thank you, Master Malik. I will do my best! |
Excuse me, Master Dezel?
|Dezel||And now it's the pup's turn.|
|Lippy||It is indeed! I hope you've been well? Now, if you don't mind my asking, what are you doing in these parts?|
|Dezel||Can't a man take a little walk in peace while he's doing some shopping?|
|Lippy||Y-Yes, certainly... But would it be inaccurate for me to observe that you are not currently engaged in any pressing business?|
|Dezel||And so what if I'm not?|
|Lippy|| Well, Master Malik, Lady Presea, Lady Milla, and myself are considering entering the Iron Fighters Tournament in Genkotsu... |
But we remain one man short of the complete team we would need to enter.
Should you be interested, we would be most grateful for—
|Dezel||I already told Malik no. I don't give a damn about any tournament.|
|Lippy|| Is there no chance you might reconsider? |
It has long been a dream of mine to attend the Genkotsu Iron Fighters tournament. Yet I rarely have the opportunity to visit this region.
I had dismissed the dream as folly until Master Malik suddenly provided a chance to make it come true!
Should this opportunity slip through my fingers, I doubt I will have another. Master Dezel, please, I beg of you— won't you grant me this dream?
|Lippy|| Might I also add that Genkotsu is a southern island that is said to host numerous rare species! |
Perhaps you might discover a new type of beetle! How delightful would that be? Naturally, I am well-supplied with nets and cages!
|Dezel||The odds of there being a new species of beetle on Genkotsu are miniscule.|
|Dezel|| It's a small island far removed from the mainland. You don't find many types of life in ecosystems like that. |
I doubt there are any beetles at all. That said, it may well host some unique non-beetle endemic species.
|Lippy||Dear me... I had no idea.|
|Malik|| Impressive! You really know your stuff, Professor Dezel. |
Clearly I've got a lot to learn. Maybe I could tag along when you go exploring for rare bugs on Genkotsu? That way I could learn from the best.
|Dezel||If you think you can flatter me into helping you, think again.|
|Malik||Ha ha ha! Don't get so angry. Everyone loves a little flattery.|
|Milla||Come on, Dezel. You're not gonna leave poor Lippy in the lurch, are you?|
|Dezel||*Sigh* Fine. I'll help this once.|
|Malik||It's settled, then!|
|Presea||I'll help you look for bugs too, Dezel. I'll work really hard at it. For Lippy.|
|Lippy||Thank you so much for your support, my friends! I will not let you down during the tournament!|
|Dezel||Let's just get this over with.|
|Malik|| Well, I think it's safe to say that this team is stone unbeatable. Now I'm finally getting excited about this! |
So here's the plan. We ship out tomorrow morning, so everyone get their things in order and we'll meet at the harbor then. Don't be late.
|Milla||As if we needed you to tell us that.|
|Malik||Between the voyage and the tournament, you're gonna wanna get a good night's sleep tonight. All right—dismissed!|
|Lippy|| How I've dreamed of this day. And now it's nearly upon me! |
Why, I'm positively trembling with anticipation! I wonder if I'll be able to get any sleep at all tonight...!
| And so, Malik's party boarded their ship to Genkotsu. |
After an uneventful voyage, they arrived at the southern island nation.
|Malik||Well, we managed to get a team together and make it to the venue with a day to spare. Let's all take a breather.|
|Dezel||You don't sweat the details, do you?|
|Milla||I see how this place got to be such a famous resort destination. Clean air, warm sunlight—I'm sweating already.|
|Presea||There are so many people here. Are they all entering the tournament?|
|Malik||From the looks of them, I'd say about 20% are here to fight, and the rest are just spectators.|
|Dezel||A few of 'em look like they know how to handle themselves. Not many, though.|
|Lippy||I'm certainly not intimidated. I have every confidence that our team will emerge victorious!|
|Milla||Thanks, Lippy. I'll do what I can to make sure you're not disappointed— and to get my hands on that prize.|
|Malik|| Starting tomorrow, we'll have our hands full in the ring. |
So, if you don't mind, I'd like you to join me on a little errand today.
|Dezel||Where are you planning to take us?|
|Malik||I'd like to introduce you to the man who sent me the invitation.|
|Presea||Okay. That's fine.|
|Milla||Hey... this is a castle!|
|Dezel||Huh. So the man who sent you the invitation...|
|Plump||I appreciate you coming all this way, Malik!|
|Malik||It's a pleasure to see you again, Your Majesty.|
|Lippy||Dear me! You're the king?|
|King||I am indeed the king of Genkotsu. Is that a problem for you?|
|Lippy||N-No! Of course not, Your Majesty!|
|King||Hm. I'd expected Malik to arrive with a talented team of fighters, and from your expressions and the way you carry yourselves, it appears I was right.|
|Malik||Thank you, Your Majesty. I was confident that this line-up wouldn't let you down.|
|Presea||You and the king know each other, Malik?|
|King|| We do. My friendship with Malik is one that transcends rank and position. |
And with all of you, I believe he has a real shot at the title. However, you must put your health and safety first.
Recently, there's been a spate of mysterious accidents that have left competitors ill with mysterious stomach pains, or too wounded to compete.
|Milla||I don't like the sound of that.|
|Malik||Surely you have a lead as to the source of these "accidents"?|
|King||We've been able to ascertain nothing, and it's not for a lack of trying.|
|Malik||Well, I appreciate the heads up. If I'm able to figure out anything, I'll let you know right away.|
|King|| That would certainly be— |
Hmm? Who's there?
Oh. It's you.
|Cool||Are you meeting with peasants again? My, someone certainly has a great deal of free time on his hands.|
|King||How many times must I tell you that this attitude is unbecoming of a prince? You need to shape up!|
|Prince||What a surprise, you've free time enough for lectures too. Farewell, father.|
|King||Come back here and give our guests a respectful greeting! I'll not tolerate discourtesy in this castle!|
|Milla||Huh. What's his deal?|
|King||My friends, I cannot apologize enough for his behavior. My son has become quite difficult over the last year.|
|Milla||It's a parent's duty to teach their kids respect.|
|King||I agree completely. Unfortunately, he is going through a rebellious phase, and will not listen to a word I say. It's been quite a trial.|
|Malik||You have our sympathies.|
|King||Forgive me... I didn't mean to bring everyone down. Let us speak of happier things. With the tournament tomorrow, do enjoy your time in the city today!|
|Malik||Yes, Your Majesty...|
|Malik||I know that voice... Burner! How've you been? I'm guessing you're here for the tournament.|
|Burner||You know it! I enter every year. And I'm guessing that's the reason you're here too?|
|Milla||Another friends of yours? You certainly get around.|
|Presea||Malik, how do you know this man?|
|Malik|| Ah, where are my manners? This is Burner. A long time ago, when I entered some other town's fighting tournament, he was my toughest opponent. |
He's as sharp as he is strong. There's a good chance he'll be our toughest rival this time around, too.
|Burner||Ha! You flatter me, Malik. The way I remember it, I was stumbling home from that tournament covered in bruises.|
|Malik||You and me both. Burner, these are my friends—Milla, Presea, Dezel... and that's Lippy down there.|
|Burner||Is that right? Like Malik said, the name's Burner. Pleased to meet you.|
|Lippy||The pleasure is all mine!|
|Burner||All right, Malik. Make sure you find your way to the finals tomorrow. This time I expect to have my revenge!|
|Malik||I'll be looking forward to it.|
|Burner||See y'all in the ring tomorrow!|
|Dezel||That man certainly cuts an impressive figure.|
|Presea||That he does. He's gotta be nearly the size of Regal.|
|Milla||If that's what we're up against, this may be tougher than I thought.|
|Lippy||Ah... Is anyone having second thoughts about this? If so—|
|Milla||Ha! No, don't worry about me. I didn't come here to fight weaklings! How else are we supposed to look good in the ring?|
|Malik|| Now that's what I like to hear. Burner's hardly the only great fighter we'll be facing in there. |
But I know you guys are gonna fight tooth and nail, and I'll be coming home holding that trophy!