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The party excitedly ventures to the Tokyo Game Show venue to meet Sorey, protagonist of Tales of Zestiria, the new mothership title in the Tales series. On their way, they meet Cress also eager to meet Sorey. After navigating through the crowd, the party meets Ludger working as security for the venue only to find out that Sorey is missing! Work together with the others to find Sorey and save him from his captor!
|To the TGS 2014!|
|1||To the Meeting Hall!||3||5|
|3||Before the Stage||3||5|
|Search Party Assemble!|
|4||Search the West Side||3||5|
|5||Escape the Throng||3||5|
|6||They're Not Here?||3||5|
|The Underground Evil|
|7||Beneath the Hall||3||5|
|8||The Darkened Passage||3||5|
|9||The Inner Storeroom||3||5|
|The Man Named Avei|
|11||Kick, Punch, Nothing||3||5|
|12||The Coup de Grace?!||3||5|
|Come at Me, Bro!|
|14||I Want to be Gone||3||5|
| Sorcerer's Garb |
Sorcerer's Garb +
Sorcerer's Garb ++
| Forged Spear |
Forged Spear +
Forged Spear ++
| Ancient Sword |
Ancient Sword +
Ancient Sword ++
|── 9/21 10:00 ── Shrine, TGS anteroom|
|???|| Bwa ha ha ha! Is that really all it takes to bring you down? Two sleep herbs? How pathetically second-tier! |
Ha ha ha ha! I, on the other hand, remain truly world-class.
More than worthy to make this world my own!
|──11:00 am, at Irahukam Temple──|
|Sara||Whoa, look at all these people!|
|Lippy||This crowd must have come to hear the new Zestiria information that is scheduled to be announced today.|
|Sara||I was wondering what (user) was so excited about when he said he had a special destination in mind!|
|Lippy||The Great Savior isn't one to emote much, but I could sense how much this meant to him.|
|Sara|| Then I'm so glad we came! Come on, let's find the main stage! |
I gotta admit, I'm pretty excited about this myself! I can't wait to see what this Sorey fellow is all about.
|Lippy||I've seen illustrations of him in periodicals, but I've not had the pleasure of meeting him in person.|
|Sara||Yeah, this should be a lot of fun!|
|Cress||Oh, hey! I didn't know you guys would be here.|
|Cress||How've you been, Sara?|
|Sara||Good! It's great to see you. I didn't know you came to these sorts of things.|
|Cress|| Well, today's the day Sorey and his companions are making their debut. |
As they'll be companions of ours soon, I'm quite eager to meet them. I rode a Techbird here so I wouldn't be late!
|Sara||Yeah, we're all pretty hyped. You want to sit with us?|
|Sara||All right, we were just about to head towards the stage. Uh... Hey, where'd (user) go?|
|Lippy||Dear me! It looks like he's gone ahead of us! I can only barely make him out.|
|Cress||Wow, he must be really into this!|
|Sara||Hey, (user)! Wait up!|
|──11:35, at the main stage──|
|Sara||This must be the main stage. Gosh, it's packed!|
|Lippy||I hadn't anticipated such a crowd. Hmmm...?|
|Cress||We've got some time before the presentation begins.|
|Sara|| You want to look around a little bit? |
Huh? What is it, Lippy?
|Lippy||I'm hearing a familiar voice amidst all the commotion...|
|Can't find... anywhere... Starting soon... What should we...|
|Lippy||It's hard to make out, but this seems to suggest that there's been some sort of incident.|
|???||Understood. I'll head to the west hall.|
|Sara||Is that the voice you mean?|
|Ludger||How odd... Where could he have gone?|
|──11:40, at the main stage──|
|Ludger||(user)! And Cress! And Sara, and Lippy too? You've all come to the show?|
|Sara||You bet! You came to see it too?|
|Ludger|| Actually, I was hired to do event security through the guild. |
I just got lucky that I was put in charge of the stage area.
|Cress||Security, huh? Has there been anything unusual going on, besides the usual hustle and bustle?|
|Ludger||Actually... we haven't been able to get in touch with Sorey, who was supposed to make his debut today.|
|Sara||What? You can't even reach him now? That's... That's a disaster, right?|
|Ludger||It is. It's my job to find him, but I haven't seen a trace of him anywhere!|
|Sara||Could he be in some sort of trouble?|
|Ludger|| It's a possibility. All I know is that if we can't find him, we're gonna have to cancel the event. |
With this many people, we might have a whole other incident on our hands!
I mean, I couldn't bear to disappoint all these people. Some of them have come from far away, and everyone seems so excited to be here...
|Cress|| But if we can find him in time, the event can begin as scheduled, right? |
I mean, he might just have gotten lost nearby. It's a big venue!
|Sara||We better start looking for clues!|
|Ludger||You're all going to help me out?|
|Ludger||Thanks! That makes me feel a whole lot more confident about this.|
|Lippy||But where to start?|
|Ludger|| There are a lot of different security teams working here. |
We should start in the west hall, which is my team's responsibility.
|Sara||Sounds good to me. Let's get started!|
|──Time remaining until the show── begins: 2 hours and 20 minutes|
|──12:00, in the west hall──|
|Ludger|| Well, no sign of him in the west hall. |
Rather than searching the whole temple, maybe we can use what we know about Sorey to deduce where he's gone?
|Sara||Well, I understand he loves ruins, and the mysteries of antiquity. I hear he's always wanted to travel the world, exploring ancient sites.|
|Lippy||I've heard he was raised in the so-called "Home of the Seraphim," with little knowledge of the outside world.|
|Sara||So it's possible that some stranger told him, like, "hey, there are some ruins down here," and he bought it.|
|Ludger||And being overly trusting, he followed the stranger into a trap, where he used sleep herbs to incapacitate and abduct him? Is that what you're getting at?|
|Cress||I don't know. I find it hard to believe that he's that gullible.|
|Sara|| Yeah... You're probably right. We need to find some clues... |
|Customer||Huh? Did you feel that, just now? Was that an earthquake?|
|Ludger||That was no earthquake. That was an explosion!|
|Cress||From the reverberations, it felt like it was coming from under this temple!|
|──12:10, in the Irahukam── Temple Underground Warehouse|
|Cress||What the heck...!|
|Anise|| Soaring Blast! |
Well, that should take care of the guard-looking chumps.
Colonel! If you're going to use fonic artes, please warn me first. You almost singed Tokunaga's fur!
|Jade||Why, I was so confident in your ability to evade them, that I figured it would be an insult to even mention it.|
|Anise||Huh? Sara? (user)! What are you doing here?!|
|──Meanwhile, deeper within the underground storage area──|
|???|| Bwa ha ha ha! So you've awakened! |
No need to speak. The look on your face says it all! "What am I doing here?"
You're here because I wanted to see if you were truly a world-class hero. But the fact that I've captured you so easily has answered that already!
All I needed was to mention some unexplored ruins, and you followed me like an eager puppy. The sleep herbs did the rest!
You're sloppy, boy! Sloppy and gullible! No world-class hero would fall into such an obvious trap!
The amount of sleep herbs it took to bring you down was particularly pathetic.
You were out after just two herbs!
I, who truly am world-class, require 47 herbs to lose consciousness. Observe.
Number one! *chomp*
Number two! *chomp* Still alert as ever, mind you!
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!
Ha ha ha ha! *yawn* Ha ha ha! Do you see? Do you see what it means to be world-class?
*yawn* What's that? I can barely make out the second-tier nonsense spilling from your lips.
Now, watch with awe as I consume the remaining 37 herbs!
|──Time remaining until the show begins: 1 hour and 50 minutes──|
|──12:15, in the Temple's Underground Warehouse──|
|Jade||Now, I believe you were about to explain what your business is here?|
|Ludger||After you, Jade! I thought the military had been assigned to guard the north entrance?|
|Cress||It appears you were fighting someone... Could this have something to do with Sorey's disappearance?|
|Anise||So I guess word about that has made its way to the stage security team?|
|Jade|| So it appears! Then there is no need for secrecy. You're conjecture is correct, Cress. |
The truth is, our intelligence network had reliable intel that a known threat would be making his move here today.
|Ludger||A known threat...?|
|Anise||A first-class wanted criminal by the name of Avei. He leads an organization that's been causing trouble throughout the continent.|
|Jade||He's... a criminal, basically, with a modus operandi that involves, well... crimes along the lines of abductions and assaults against famous people.|
|Ludger||"Basically"? "Along the lines of"? Why are you being so vague, Jade?|
|Jade|| I apologize for not being more clear. Interviews with past victims have left us with more questions than answers. |
We suspected he would come here, targeting a highly visible presenter, and assigned a heavy guard presence, but... he still found his way in.
When we heard that Sorey had gone missing, we knew it was his doing, and sent our team to investigate.
We found witnesses who had seen a man with a large sack head beneath the temple. We're pursuing that lead now.
|Anise||The witnesses said the man looked so "dangerous" that they didn't even want to remember it.|
|Jade|| That's why Anise and I came to assess the situation personally. |
We didn't want to risk our soldiers getting hurt and slowing us down.
|Cress||Then we're all here for the same thing. If he's as dangerous as all that, you're gonna want our help, Jade.|
|Jade||You're not wrong. I'd feel much more confident in victory with you all watching our backs. Welcome aboard.|
|Ludger||All right, but... You're not in the military, Anise, so what are you doing here?|
|Anise|| Like the colonel said, if this is really Avei we're dealing with, his normal soldiers weren't gonna cut it. |
As soon as he offered to let me keep the million gald reward on Avei's head, I was happy to volunteer.
|Ludger||A million gald reward...!|
|Cress||What's up Ludger? You're practically drooling.|
|Ludger|| Huh? N-Nothing! |
I... certainly wasn't fantasizing about paying off my entire debt with that million-gald reward.
No, I was focusing on how best to save Sorey! Let's go, team!
|──Time remaining until the show begins: 1 hour and 45 minutes──|
|──12:45, in the Temple's Underground Warehouse──|
|Sara||There's a door here!|
|Jade||From the positions of the guards, I would expect to find Sorey within.|
|Cress||And his captor as well!|
|Anise||Then let's burst in there and take him out! On my count──|
|Ludger||Anise, wait! Securing Sorey has to be our priority!|
|???||Have you beaten all my men already? Huh. Nicely done.|
|???||I couldn't help but hear the commotion. Now, what do you want with me?|
|Jade||Master Avei, I presume?|
|Avei||You know my name. Then I can only imagine you've been hunting me. You've found your mark!|
|Cress||Was it you who took Sorey?|
|Avei|| Ha ha ha. Was that the boy's name? He's right inside, lamenting his second-tier frailty. |
He's just witnessed my ability to endure the effects of 53 sleep herbs. A new record!
|Ludger||What do you want with him?|
|Avei||I had heard he was a first-class hero, so I sought to put him to the test. That is all.|
|Anise||What are you talking about?|
|Avei|| Have I not made myself clear? To be born a man is to inherit a duty to strive for perfection! |
I seek out those who are said to be exceptional, in order to prove my own superiority.
And with each, the legend of my unsurpassed exceptionality spreads! Such is the life I lead!
|Lippy||A classical perfectionist! In this day and age...|
|Avei|| Our sleep herb competition is over. The next torment I will inflict upon him is a culinary battle to see who can make the best Croquette Parfait. |
If you would seek to spare him the inevitable humiliation of defeat, you will need to fight through me!
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
|Sara||Man, this guy...|
|Lippy||Don't underestimate him! Every inch of his body radiates danger...!|
|──Time remaining until the show begins: 1 hour and 15 minutes──|
|──12:50, deep in the Temple's Underground Warehouse──|
|Avei||What's wrong? Has the aura of power that emanates from me left you trembling in fear?|
|Cress||I don't get it! He doesn't really seem that powerful...|
|Ludger||And his henchmen were a joke. How the heck did this guy manage to get through the military's defenses?|
|Avei|| Ha! "Military defenses?" I saw nothing of the sort. |
My informant told me that security would be lax at the north entrance in the morning.
And he could not have been more right. There was nobody there at all!
I simply waltzed right through it. You should expect a first-class warrior to have access to first-class intel!
|Ludger||Security was that light? And this informant knew the whole schedule...?|
|Anise|| Let me guess, Colonel... |
You set up Sorey as bait so you could catch this guy, didn't you?
|Sara||Wait... You're saying Jade fed the informant this information?|
|Jade|| Why, I am shocked at this baseless speculation! It's all nonsense, of course. Sheer coincidence! |
It sounds like an issue of inadequate training. I'll see to it the soldiers are drilled on proper procedure.
|Ludger||A likely story.|
|Avei|| If you're done chattering amongst yourselves, I await your assault! |
You won't be able to save that boy unless you come through me!
|Cress|| All right. I'll take you on. |
We haven't much time before Sorey is supposed to be on stage. So I'm gonna have to do this in one shot.
|Avei||Use whatever arte you like. It won't matter. That's what it means to be first-class.|
|Cress|| Haaaaaahhh! |
|[The sound of slashing steel]|
|Sara||Wow, nice hit, Cress! You got him with the full force of it!|
|Avei||Heh heh heh. Was that it?|
|Avei||You won't get anywhere using artes like that against me.|
|Ludger||It looked like he took a ton of damage from that, but...|
|Avei|| Any first-class warrior should be able to brush off that little arcane arte of yours after the briefest glimpse of it. |
And a first-class warrior as first-class as myself should be able to assimilate and execute it in an even better form!
|Avei|| Observe that wine barrel over there. Let's see the first-class version! |
|[Sound of reeds rustling in the wind]|
|Avei||How about that? First-class enough for you?|
|Ludger||Wait a minute. That was just... strange.|
|Lippy||That arte had an oddly pastoral feel to it.|
|Avei|| Yes, hence the name Bucolic Blade. I have enhanced its power by incorporating the majesty of nature. |
It now evokes an image of vast natural beauty.
|Sara||It sure sounded weird.|
|Avei||I have enhanced it with wind artes to capture the calming beauty of a vast expanse of grassland. That's reflected in its aural expression.|
|Lippy||Your wine barrel bleated like a sheep...|
|Avei||Such is the degree to which I've enhanced it.|
|Lippy||This defies logic at every turn!|
|Sara||What are we gonna do, (user)? This guy is really scary! In more ways that one!|
|Jade||At last I understand what his past victims were struggling to articulate when they spoke of his strangeness.|
|Avei||Now you understand! This is what it means for an arte to truly be arcane! Come at me with more!|
|Cress||He... He assimilated my arte and turned it into that...? I can't even... comprehend...|
|Anise||Are you in shock or something, Cress? Don't try to process his weirdness! Just accept it and move on!|
|Avei|| Bwa ha ha ha ha! And now you see the depths of my ability! |
What hope have you of victory now?
|Ludger||Come at me and find out!|
|──1:40, deep in the Temple's Underground Warehouse──|
|Avei||Bwa ha ha ha! When will you realize that you cannot defeat me with such middling attacks?|
|Sara||I don't get it. You look so beat up! How are you still standing?|
|Avei||I have possessed superhuman healing powers since birth. My body functions differently from yours.|
|Cress||Superhuman healing powers...?!|
|Avei|| Average fighters like yourselves chew on Apple Gels. |
But a first-class warrior like myself can drink them down! I can heal my body at a rate of 10 gels per second!
|Lippy||His stomach is the difference!|
|Jade|| This man has the tenacity of a cockroach. We're gaining nothing by conversing with him. |
I abhor having to deal with his type. It dredges up too many memories of a certain someone I'd rather forget.
|Ludger||Jade, it looks like it's gonna take more time to subdue him. Shouldn't we focus on getting Sorey out of here?|
|Jade|| That's hardly a priority of mine, but fair enough. It appears we'll just have to slip around him. |
Anise, (user) and I will engage him. Cress and Ludger──use the opening we give you to rescue Sorey.
|Cress||You got it!|
|Jade||En garde! Thunder Blade!|
|Anise||On it! Shadow Tempest!|
|Sara, Lippy||Brightflash Flurry! Tilt Ray!|
|Avei||Bwa ha ha ha ha! Impressive artes, but not impressive enough to beat me!|
|Jade||This man's powers of endurance are utterly unbelievable. His powers of observation, on the other hand...|
|Cress||Thanks guys, that's enough! We got Sorey!|
|Avei||That... That was a smokescreen to conceal your rescue attempt...?!|
|Ludger||All right, let's get Sorey back to the temple stage!|
|Avei||They're ignoring me... It's like they only care about helping their friend escape...!|
|Anise||Now we can take our time and do this right. That million's gonna be mine!|
|Avei|| You will pay... |
No one escapes me...
You're the same as them...
"You look weird and act strangely" "Your style is odd and unsettling" You're the same as the others who ran from me for inexplicable reasons...
|Jade||Yes, quite like just about everyone else on the planet. It's about time you realized that you're alone in──|
|Avei||But what I hate most is being ignored!!!|
|Lippy||We seem to have touched a first-class nerve...|
|Avei||You must be punished! Acolytes! Do not allow a man among them to live!|
|Sara||What the...?! It's Avei times a million!|
|Avei||In their zeal to emulate me, each has purchased clothing identical to my own. These are my true disciples, more skilled by far than the guards.|
|Lippy||It's like some bizarre cult!|
|#Avei's Elite No.65||To ignore our first-class master── this insult can never be forgiven!|
|#Avei's Elite No.1027||You will not leave this room alive!|
|Cress||We can't handle them all while we've got our hands full with Sorey!|
|Jade||Well that won't do. We'll need to fall back to reinforce Ludger's group, Anise.|
|Anise||Damn it! Fine!|
|Avei||Bwa ha ha ha! But are your second-tier talents enough to endure my deadly artes as you fend off my acolytes?|
|[Pew-whee! Pew-whee! Pew-whee!]|
|Ludger||Is he firing artes at us? Why does it sound like that?! I'm seriously losing it here!|
|Jade||Stay focused, Ludger. He may have tinkered with their presentation, but his artes are clearly potent. Do not allow yourself to get hit!|
|Lippy||Is there no end to this absurdity...?!|
|Sara||We're not gonna make it in time... Huh? What's that, (user)?|
|Sara, Lippy||Okay, I got it. You okay with that, Lippy?|
|Cress||(user)?! What── What are you doing?! You can't stop! They're nearly upon you!|
|Sara||You go on ahead!|
|Cress||Sara?! Lippy, you too?! Don't tell me you're planning to...|
|Avei||Ah. At least some of your second-tier band has the courage to stand and fight me. Interesting.|
|Anise||What what WHAT?! (user)! Are you trying to steal my bounty?! No way, pal!|
|Ludger||Anise! We need you to help fight off our pursuers! Otherwise we're not gonna make it to the stage in time!|
|Jade||He's right, Anise.|
|Anise||What?! What do you care about their little show, Colonel?|
|Jade||I care as little about that as I do the bounty. All that matters to me is that someone manages to capture Avei.|
|Anise||Damn it! All right (user)── we'll split the bounty fifty-fifty!|
|Avei|| I'll let my acolytes chase down the cowards... |
While I focus my full attention on accepting your challenge!
|──Time remaining until the show begins: 20 minutes──|
|Avei|| It's so quiet. As if time has ceased to flow... |
The calm before the storm, perhaps.
Your eyes tell me everything I need to know. It's a look I know well.
You don't need to speak, for I already understand. Those are the eyes of a warrior who yearns to be first-class.
That is why you've challenged me. Oh, it is all too clear.
|Lippy||Is this man utterly incapable of perceiving the world outside of his own mind...?|
|Avei|| But this will be no mere fight. No, it will be a proper duel. |
And before we duel, there is a matter that must be settled.
It is the custom of my people to stake one's most prized possession when one duels.
What is it you value most?
Ah. That glance of yours is all the answer I need. It's them.
|Avei||Then it's settled. Should I defeat you, they will be mine.|
|Lippy||I see no need to agree to such terms, but... it may provide motivation in a battle we dare not lose.|
|Avei|| Then I must offer my own stakes. |
My most prized possession of all...
|Avei|| So dear are they to me that I conceal them beneath this mask. |
But they are spectacular, I promise you that. And should you triumph, they will be yours.
Then you will fight for your friends. And I, for my lips.
Will your friends be mine? Or will my lips be yours?
Worthy stakes for a first-class battle!
|Lippy||now I can't say that I'd be happy with either outcome.|
|Sara||Seriously! I am so sick of this freak!|
|Avei||Brace yourselves, for I am upon you!|
|Avei|| Your strength is... considerable. I had no idea... |
It's settled, then... I deem you worthy to become my rival!
Why do you shake your head so? There is no need for modesty.
Let us call today's battle a draw.
I would prefer to fight you at my full strength, not after having been weakened by others. Let us resume this later.
|Sara||Or, we could not ever do this again.|
|Avei|| We will fight, and at full strength! I will protect these lips for you until then. You have my word on that. |
I'll not insult you with some trite parting words, like "farewell" or "we'll meet again." I"ll simply say...
Bye-bye! Enjoy the rest of your day!
|Lippy||And... he's gone.|
|Sara|| Wow, he really seems to have taken a liking to you, (user)... |
Yeah, I'm with you on that. Let's hope we never see him again!
|Lippy||I shall devote myself to creating wards and charms to keep him away... Every waking hour till it's done!|
|──As the curtain falls on their battle, it rises on the Irahukam Temple stage.──|
|Ludger||Thank heavens we were able to get here in time for the presentation!|
|Cress||Yeah, it looks like it went over great. Thanks, everyone, for all your help.|
|Sara||We never could have done it without you, Cress!|
|Jade||I'm pleased we were able to avert an incident, but it galls me Avei escaped. And after all the work I put into setting this trap...|
|Sara||Trap...? So you were using Sorey as bait!|
|Anise||Colonel... Is nothing sacred to you?|
|Jade||As if you cared about anything other than your million-gald bounty, Anise!|
|Ludger||A million gald... How free I'd be...|
|Cress||What's wrong, Ludger? You're looking a little pale.|
|Ludger|| Nothing! Nothing at all! |
I'm just... relieved Sorey's safe. Oh! That reminds me! He gave me something to give to you.
|Sara||To give to us?!|
|Lippy||Dear me! This seems to be an item of considerable power!|
|Cress||He said it was a gift for you, for preserving all the smiling faces in the crowd today.|
|Sara||Well, we'll put it to good use!|
|Jade|| Then we shall be on our way, but... If you ever encounter this Avei again, I'd be most grateful if you would capture him and bring him to me. |
For better or for worse, I can sense that your destinies are now linked with his. So... it's a matter of time.
|All||[Dread spreads across their faces.]|