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Journey with Nikola in search of a fabled relic...
- This is Sara's first meeting with Nikola, despite the order of events in-game.
Sara and co. visit Sumina, large ruins rumored to have belonged to the legendary Rezo, after being tipped off to its location, for Folgana. Folgana mentions that a piece of armor that they acquired in a previous job could be used in Sumina to unlock its full potential. As the party ventures through the ruins, they meet Nikola, a mysterious young girl who too is searching for the true form of one of Rezo's fabled creations. What is Nikola's intentions? What is the true strength of the armor you acquired?
|The White Armor's Secret|
|1||For Smithing's Sake||7||5|
|5||Don't Give Up!||7||7|
|Encounter with a Girl|
|6||Her True Power||8||5|
|7||The Trio and Their Pet||8||5|
|10||Hitting the Mark||9||5|
|11||A Silvery Mane||9||5|
|12||Standing in the Way||9||7|
|Falling and Fleeing|
|13||Escaping the Trap||10||5|
|14||So Far to the Surface||10||5|
|15||Walking and Climbing||10||5|
|16||Helping One Another||10||5|
|17||From Out the Dark||11||5|
|18||Light in the Darkness||11||5|
|19||Light at Last||11||7|
|Passing the Trial|
|20||The Talking Monster||12||5|
|21||Tooth and Claw||12||5|
|22||A Violent Battle||12||5|
|23||Back to Back||12||5|
|24||Guns and Swords||13||5|
|25||Blades and Bullets||13||5|
|The Final Trial|
|27||For the Burden||14||5|
|28||Sword of Damocles||14||5|
|30||Spirit of Battle||15||5|
|33||Obtaining the Power||30||7|
|Base Gear||Evolution Material|
|Sara||So this must be Sumina. Right where Folgana said it would be.|
|Lippy||It's quite dense with magical energy. But my smartphon isn't showing the sorts of ominous readings seen at blightlands.|
|Sara||The home of Rezo the Alchemist...|
|Folgana||Howdy there, (user). Hello Sara, Lippy.|
|Lippy||Well, this is unexpected. We haven't seen you in quite some time.|
|Folgana||Indeed! That's why I wanted to come say hi when I saw you walking by.|
|Sara||So this is just a chance encounter?|
|Folgana|| A complete coincidence! But incidentally, I saw you helped with a guild job the other day... |
When you were exploring those ruins, did you happen to find a set of white armor from a treasure chest?
|Sara||What? How would you know about that?|
|Folgana||Well, I'm a big fan of your work! And I just happened to notice that.|
|Sara||So just another coincidence, then...|
|Folgana||Come now, don't look so suspicious! Coincidences do happen, you know. Besides, I totally saved your butts back there!|
|Folgana|| But never mind that. I wanted to tell you about that armor. |
You see, that's actually not the armor's true form.
To learn more, you should visit the workshop of Rezo the Alchemist. He's a master craftsman of magical gear!
I expect that you'll be able to unlock the armor's true form there. I'm sure it would aid you on your travels!
But of course, it's up to you whether you choose to believe me or not.
|Sara||Folgana said we could upgrade the armor with the materials we find here...|
|Lippy||The manner in which he approached us was characteristically suspicious, but if what he said was true, then this could prove to be a worthwhile detour.|
|Sara||Imagine having armor made by a legendary craftsman! How could we not follow up on that? Come on, (user)!|
|Sara||So this White Stone is what we need for the upgrade?|
|Lippy|| Yes, but it is not the only material we will require. |
From my analysis, we need two more magical crystals to unlock the armor's true form.
|Sara|| Then let's go find them! |
Where do you think we should search, (user)?
This place is huge. I think we need to work out a system so we don't get confused.
Yeah, that sounds like a plan. We'll start close and gradually work our way outward.
|？？？||Well, I'd not expected to find others here. Lost travelers taking refuge from the elements? Somehow... I think not.|
|Sara||Who are you?|
|Nikola||A pleasure to meet you. So I take it you're here for the same reason I am...?|
|Lippy||So you've acquired one of Rezo the Alchemist's lost works, and are hoping to unleash its true power?|
|Nikola||Yes. I was given a strange red gun and told of this place. So here I am.|
|Sara||Well, would you like to join us, then? I don't know what to expect here, but the more people the better!|
|Nikola|| I suppose I wouldn't mind that, but... |
Are you so sure that you can trust me?
|Nikola||I could be a bad person, you know.|
|Sara||No... I'm pretty sure that you're not.|
|Nikola||What makes you think that?|
|Sara||It's just... intuition, I guess. And there's no explaining intuition. Is that reason enough?|
|Nikola|| It's reason enough for me. You seem like a very good person, Sara. Thank you. |
And since you're such a good person, I won't do anything bad myself. Now, let us begin exploring!
|Sara||Psst, (user)... There's something kinda weird about Nikola, don't you think?|
|Lippy||You're a very strong fighter, Lady Nikola.|
|Nikola||That's kind of you to say, but I don't hold a candle to (user) and Sara. I'm a little envious of their skills.|
|Sara||You're envious of us?|
|Nikola||Yes. I want to become stronger. Much stronger. Until I'm stronger than all of them.|
|Sara||All of them? All of... who?|
|Nikola|| Do you really want to know? |
I don't mind talking about it, but... I'm not entirely sure if I should be telling someone like you.
|Sara|| Nikola? |
Do you... feel shaking?
|Nikola||The ground! It's──|
|？？？||All ye who seek power. Your intentions shall be tested.|
|Sara|| Mmmrph... Owwwww... |
Is everybody okay? (user)?! Are you hurt?
Oh, thank heavens!
|Lippy|| I remain unharmed as well! I recalled at the last possible moment that I have a limited ability to float, and was able to slow my descent. |
You can imagine my embarrassment. We've been on foot for so very long that it had completely slipped my mind.
|Sara||Does anyone see Nikola?|
|Nikola|| I'm over here. I'm not hurt. |
It appears we've fallen from a considerable height.
|Sara||Seriously? We fell from way up there?!|
|Lippy||Let us be grateful to have survived.|
|Sara||I am, but... I don't see much hope of climbing back up.|
|Nikola|| And perhaps worse yet, that trembling did not feel like a natural phenomenon. |
I fear we may have fallen into a trap. Some... deterrent against intruders. There may not even be a way out.
|Sara|| A deterrent against intruders... Huh... |
What's that, (user)? Yeah... yeah, you're right! There has to be some way out!
|Lippy||Indeed. Let us explore the perimeter of the area. If I get a reading, I will inform you immediately.|
|Sara||Don't worry, Nikola. As long as we work together, I know we'll find a way out of this.|
|Nikola||You and your friends are such optimists. I think I kind of admire that.|
|Sara||All right! Let's find that way out!|
|Sara||We've finally found our way back!|
|Lippy||I hadn't anticipated the monster attack at the exit... Thankfully you were much more perceptive than I, Lady Nikola.|
|Nikola|| We should consider the possibility that there could be more traps. |
Let us take a moment to get our heads together before we proceed.
|Sara||Okay. Time for a break?|
|Lippy||Then I shall prepare a simple meal.|
|Sara|| Thanks, Lippy! I am a little hungry. |
How about Nikola?
|Nikola||That sounds wonderful, thank you.|
|Lippy||I should have that ready shortly.|
|Sara||What's that book you're holding, Nikola? Are you keeping a journal?|
|Nikola||Something like that, yes. It was a birthday gift from my father. It's very important to me.|
|Sara||You're keeping a journal of your travels?|
|Nikola|| It isn't a journal, exactly... I guess you could call it a list. |
A list of things I don't want to forget. Names, places, that sort of thing.
I flip through it at times like these, to make sure I don't forget them.
|Sara||That's a great idea! I should do something like that too! Aw, but who am I kidding, I wouldn't stick with it.|
|Nikola||Ah, yes. It is certainly... not for everyone.|
|Lippy||My friends! Tea is served. Please, refresh yourselves.|
|Nikola||Come, Sara. Let us enjoy it before it gets cold!|
|Nikola||The only area we've yet to explore is through here. Let's take a look.|
|Sara|| What the... |
What's a cage doing inside a cave?! And these monsters...
|Lippy||From the noise they're making, I expect there will be quite a number of them.|
|Nikola||I do believe you're right.|
|Monsters||ALL YE WHO SEEK POWER...|
|Sara||Is that monster... talking?!|
|Lippy||There's no trace of any seed of ruin... But this is clearly no normal monster!|
|Monsters||SHOW US YOUR WORTH!|
|Nikola||If that's your wish. I accept the challenge.|
|Sara||They're coming right for us! Watch out, (user)!|
|Sara||The monsters... What's that light...?!|
|Lippy||They're being absorbed into the white armor!|
|Nikola|| "Prove your worth..." I suppose the reason is obvious. Let us continue on. |
I expect that the person testing us awaits just ahead.
|Sara||You got it! But let's tread carefully. Right, (user)?|
|？？？||And now for the final trial...|
|？？？|| Ye have done well to make it this far. |
To ye who seek power, I offer a final challenge.
|Nikola||You are the craftsman, Rezo, who made these artifacts?|
|Rezo||At the moment, I am merely a ghost.|
|Lippy||Might I ask why you you're doing this?|
|Rezo|| Not all men can handle great power. It destroys them, and it destroys everything around them. |
Those who desire mine arms and armor must prove their worth through this trial.
Now show me thy strength, and show me thy soul!
|Nikola||I intend to. It is why I am here.|
|Sara||We're ready for this! Let's do it, (user)!|
|Rezo|| I am satisfied that ye possess the strength to wield mine arms and armor. |
But what of your souls? Why do ye seek such power?
|Nikola||Do we truly need to answer that?|
|Rezo|| Yes. Having brought this power into the world, it is my duty to inquire. |
What is thy answer, (user)?
To protect the world, and those important to thee. I judge thee worthy.
Do not lose sight of thine intentions!
|Lippy||This is the final key!|
|Nikola||You truly are... such wonderful people. Your light is nearly blinding.|
|Rezo||And what is thy answer, Nikola? Why do thou seek such power?|
|Nikola|| You wish to know my intentions... |
Yes, well... The answer is a simple one.
|Nikola|| Revenge on the senators who deceived and murdered my father and mother. Revenge on those who incited civil war and sold out our nation. |
Revenge on those who sent me from a palace to a prison, who committed atrocities against my people, and who got rich off our stolen futures.
Even now they feast and cavort while my country has fallen, and my people starve. So I want the power to fill their gluttonous bellies with lead.
I want the power to erase every name written on my list. I want it for that reason and that reason alone.
|Rezo|| The power of hatred... |
To thee I cannot give──
|Nikola||I'm not interested in debating morality. This is the key to unlocking its power? I'll help myself.|
|Rezo|| Thou... Thou art corrupted by power. |
The corrupted shall find only misfortune. May the curse of power blight thy path.
|Nikola||Misfortune and curses? I possess little else. But now it's my turn to return the favor, and I shall do it with your gun.|
|Nikola|| Lippy. Your tea was delightful. Thank you. |
Sara, (user)... I thank you for your assistance. I'm in your debt.
From the bottom of my heart, I pray for your safety on your journeys to come.
|Sara|| Nikola... I'm... I'm so so sorry... I didn't know your situation. I've said such foolish things! |
But does it really have to be this way? I don't want to lose you!
|Nikola|| My dear Sara. You truly are a kind person. I thank you. |
It's occurred to me that our having met was likely the result of a certain someone's meddling...
|Nikola|| And it was thanks to him that I was able to enjoy this time with you. |
I am truly glad to have met you. And I wish you all the best.
|Sara|| Nikola... |
(user)... I'm sorry... No, I... I'll be okay.
Thanks for asking.
If we ever run into Nikola somewhere, I want to try to talk to her again.
|Lippy||Should such an occasion occur, I shall have to have an appropriately exceptional meal at the ready!|
|Sara|| Thank you Lippy. It's a good idea. We'll talk over a good meal. |
And maybe, just maybe... we can get through to her.
|Rezo's Lost Equipment ──fin──|
- Duration: 5/21 (Sat) 8:00 - 6/2 (Thu) 7:59 PST (2016)