EDIT: Well, I guess it's up to me
Here are the rest of backgrounds. I also wrote down final speeches by everyone.
I'm begging you. Don't put me at the front. I hate getting thumped.
You know, I'm interested in fortune telling. I can tell your fortune in many ways. Let's try a few things and see what the future holds for you. First... Let's look at your Colour Fortune. Well... Your coat is blue.
Blue is the colour of hope, and the colour of growth. It can also signal failure. That is, in the future... you'll fail a lot, but you'll succeed too. S'pose it means "don't lose hope". Something like that.
This time we'll try your... Card Fortune. Here are 5 cards. Choose your favorite one. You've chosen, yeah? Okay... So you've picked *... Many bits sticking out, but also many indented bits... In other words... You've got many enemies, but plenty of allies too. You can't let your guard down, but no need to despair either, I guess.
This time let's tell your... Dream Fortune. Have any dreams last night? What? You haven't dreamed for ages? Hmm... That means... Well, it signals a fear of what the future holds. Don't be scared of the future. When you have choices to make, you should be bold!
This time, we'll try your... Face Fortune. Let's see. Hmm... Still a bit rounded like a kid's face, but with an adult chin. I see, I see. It shows the past and the future. Some kind of great destiny awaits. A great destiny. But don't let it overwhelm you. It's important to stay cool.
This time I'll tell your... Name Fortune. Er... Your name is...
...Max, is it? Give me a moment. I'm starting to sense something...
Wow, this is unusual! You will walk an exceptional path through life. It certainly won't be boring, but many hardships await. That's the sort of name it is.
This time, let's try your... Career Fortune. Would you let me take a look at the sword you use? Hmm... Yes, I see. You are a forward-thinking person. If you're going to change career, do it soon.
This time, let's see your... Jewel Fortune. Put your hand into this leather pouch for me. Then pull out a jewel. What have you got? Huh? A pink diamond? A speciality of Bustoke. That stone suggests that... you're "charitable but dispassionate". You're everyone's friend, but there's also a cold streak in you. Am I right?
Right, this time let's try the good old Colour Fortune. The colour of your eyes is a bluish green... No, a greenish blue? Oh, never mind! Let's call it green, shall we? Green is the colour of life, and the colour of well-being. But it also shows vulnerability. Hm, this is tricky. Don't let your guard down... That's probably what it means.
Now let's try your... Hair Fortune. Let me have a strand. Hey! Come on! It won't hurt that much! Now, which one shall I take? Your hair's very fine... Hair like yours is prone to... You're in danger of going bald! You should start doing something about it right now!
This time I'll tell your... Love Fortune. Let's find your perfect match. Close your eyes, and hold my hand. Yes, yes, that's the way. Okay then. I'm feeling everything in your heart now... Got it! Your ideal match is...
...a little selfish,
That's your perfect match! Remember what I've told you!
This time let's tell your... Money Fortune. Show me your palm. Hmm... Okay, got it! Put simply, you'll have money troubles. A lot coming in, but a fortune going out! Before you buy something, try to decide whether you really need it or not.
This fortune is the... Rust Fortune. Show me your sword.
...Hmm... There's no rust on this. That means... You look after weapons well. I guess that isn't really fortune-telling, though!
This time, let's try your... Monster Fortune. Imagine your favorite monster and picture it in your mind.
....Right, okay... I'm getting it now! What? You like Dire Clowns? Pretty cool! People who like Dire Clowns... are a bit shy, but love to show off! Well, am I right?
Phew, I'm exhausted! I've gone through my entire fortune-telling repertoire. Would you like me to tell your fortune again? It'll be the same though...
I'm here so that you can concentrate on fighting! Don't you be forgetting that!
Aw! I'm starvin'! I could murder a Giant Bat steak right now. If that's not on the menu, deep-fried Giant Bat'll do. I'm right starvin', I am!
Aw! I'm starvin'! I wanna sink my teeth into an Alterone gourmet steak! If that's not on offer, some Manarina gruel instead. I'm starvin', I am!
Wow! I'm a-hungry! I could gobble down some Quick Chicken curry right now! If that's not on the menu, a Turbo Pepper fry-up! Oh yeah! I'm starvin'!
My belly's a-rumblin'! I could gulp down some of that Shellfish stew! If there's none of that, then some Conch marinade! I'm starvin' indeed!
Hungry with a capital H! I could polish off a Bustoke beef bowl right now. If that ain't doin', I'll settle for a Bustoke chop. Wow, I'm starvin'!
Phew! I'm starwin'! I wanna get some Waral watermelon parfait down me! If that's off, a Waral strawberry sundae'll do. Yup! I'm starvin'!
Wow! I'm a-hungry! I wanna get some Paopig pork down me! If there's none o' that, then some Paopig bacon'll do. I'm real hungry!
I'm famished, I am! I wanna munch on some Bustoke mountain vegetable salad! If that's not on the menu, I'll take some Bustoke nut salad. Wow, I'm starvin'!
I'm huuuungry! I could murder some Shade Abbey crackers! If there's none o' them, how about some Shade wafers. Oh yes! I'm hungry!
Wow! I'm starvin'! I wanna munch on some giant squid-ink pasta! If that's not on the menu, a giant squid seafood pizza. I'm real hungry!
My belly's rumblin'! I could polish off a Cerberus stamina bowl right now! If that's not on the menu, how about a Cerberus stir-fry? I'm ready to eat!
Well, I'm starvin'! I could gobble down a Waral seafood bowl. But if that's off, I'll go for a Waral crab sandwich instead. Gimme food!
I'm right starvin'! Gimme a Bustoke strawberry cake to get me teeth into! If that's off, I'll have a Bustoke strawberry dumpling! I'm starvin', I am!
Wow, I'm famished! ...Okay to talk more about food?!
Leave everything to me. I can fight and treat your wounds. I'll do all I can.
You could do worse than listen to what I've got to say. Although... Actually, I don't really have much to say... What's that? What's up? Oh, I see. You are wondering what I've got in my backpack... Very well. In that case, I'll tell you about that. I am a travelling monk. I have everything I could possibly need in here.
First of all, this bedroll attachment. It's specially made you know, with lining of Paopig skin. It's cool in summer, and warm in winter. With this, I can sleep in comfort anywhere.
I've got all kind of things in my backpack. Let's see... These little pills. They contain Medical Herb extract, so they're full of goodness. Just one of these, and you'll feel fine all day.
What else have I got in this backpack? Let's see... Some rope. It's thin, but made with the toughest of Paopig braid. One length of this, and I can climb any mountain, bind up my things, even make fire!
There are plenty of things in my backpack. Let's see... A change of underclothes. Keeping clean is the key to a smart appearance. Come to think of it, what do you do about a change of clothes?
I've got all kinds of things in this here backpack. Let's see... This little tin cup. Of course I use it to drink water, but... I also use it when I make soup, or to boil up Medical Herbs. When you're travelling, it's best to have things you can use for many purposes.
What other things have I got here... Let's see... Yes, this pot. In here I've got a panacea. This ointment is effective for bites and stings, cuts, burns, frostbite and other ailments. The only problem is... Ah?! Can you smell it? I'm used to it now, but... Some people pass out... It's too late now. The smell is on you already! There's no need to worry. After about ten days, you'll smell normal again! Ha ha ha!
...Sorry about that. I should have told you before...
I've got all kinds of things in my backpack here. Let's take a look... This white towel, for instance. Naturally, I use it to dry myself, but I also use it to keep the sun off my head. There's not much else up there to keep the sun off!
I've got all manner of things in my backpack. What else... Ah, this little notebook. I make sketches in here of the scenery I pass on my travels. And also... I like poetry, so I jot down poems I think up in here too. While you're here, why don't I read you one. It's called "Sun, Stars and Mother Earth".
"Oh sun, oh sun, your brilliance hides the stars and lights up the Earth"
"Oh sun, oh sun
When you go down..."
You're looking a little bored. So maybe I'll read the rest to you some other time...
I've got all kinds of things in my backpack here. Let's see... This is a map I made myself. It's indispensable on a trip. I made it bit by bit from places I've been and things I've seen. It's not just a map, it's a collection of memories from my travels.
There are many things here in my backpack. Let's have a look... This little mirror. Of course I use it to keep myself tidy, but... Look! By reflecting light, you can use it to signal to people far away.
That's all I've got in my backpack, but... If you want, I'll show you it all again...
Max, you're doing a great job. Take care of yourself, ok?
You're our leader and I think we should try to understand each other a little better...
...Where shall we start? I thought I could start by telling you more about myself... But I'm not really accustomed to talking in this way...
......Forgive me. Let's talk later.
......Do you know...
...what I really like?
Oh silly me! Of course you wouldn't know! When I was younger, I loved drawing more than anything. I couldn't seem to do it very well, but still...
I already told you about how I liked to draw pictures, didn't I?
...Yes, that's right. I did. Now why don't I tell you about the kind of pictures they were. At first, I would only draw scenery. Mountains, rivers, the sea. Any kind of landscape. But...... I got into a lot of trouble when they found out I was sneaking out of the castle.
I was forbidden from leaving the castle. So I had to draw people instead. My father, the King. Ministers. Maids. Knights. I drew them all... At first people were glad to be drawn by me. But I pestered them too much... And after a while they would all run away when they saw me coming. After that... I would just paint cats.
I am sorry, Max. When I start talking about my beloved pictures, I just can't stop... A subject other than pictures... Hmm, now let me see... When I was a child, I admired the knights so much that I tried to train like they do... It was a waste of time. I'm totally useless when it comes to anything physical.
......Max May I ask you something? Do you enjoy listening to me?
...... It's okay. There's no need to answer that.
......Surely I have something interesting to tell you... I'll give it some thought.
......Max I've done a lot of thinking, and I've realised this... My original idea wasn't to regale you with funny stories, but for you to get to know me. So in that case... In that case, what should I tell you...? Ummm...... My favorite colour is white.
My favorite food is...... I don't really have one. I'm the sort who'll receive any food gracefully. It's the way I was brought up.
......Oh, yes, I know! It's not that I dislike them as such, but... I'm not so keen on sweet things. The maids' children in the castle like to eat sweets and cakes, but I'm not such a fan. I don't mind sweets if they're not too sugary, though...
When I have some free time I often like to read books about magic. I started doing this back in Guardiana, but... in Manarina, I had more time than ever to read. It was wonderful because there were more books than I could possibly get through.
My dream... I know exactly what that is. Let me tell you... With the king now passed away, I must lead Guardiana, but... What if... If I hadn't been born into the royal family of Guardiana... I don't know. I've never considered it.
I've done a lot of thinking since we last spoke. If I hadn't been born daughter of a king... I could have been a mage...
...That's what I thought at first. But more likely an artist. I think that is the path I would have chosen. Whether I would have succeeded or not is another matter though... He he he
......Max I can only tell this to you... I find the idea of fighting truly abhorrent... I can't understand this idea of crossing swords and using magic against an enemy... How can anyone delight in it? But as Queen of Guardiana, I cannot voice this opinion. All I want is Dark Dragon to be sealed away soon so that the fighting can end.
......Max In the fight to seal away Dark Dragon... the final battle draws near. We must do our best, Max. As Queen of Guardiana, I too will risk my life and fight...
I have no more to say. Sorry for boring you with all my stories, Max. Although... If you'd like to hear them again, I really don't mind...
I'm really grateful for the chance to join in this battle! I won't let you down!
...So, without further ado, Arthur's Trivia Corner! Now that you're here, why don't I tell you some unimportant, useless trivia?! First, Guardiana's speciality. It's the sweet, fruity-smelling Guardiana Carrot! On Guardiana farms, many tasty veggies are grown, but the carrot is number one.
Guardiana carrot juice
Guardiana carrot cake
Guardiana carrot puree
Guardiana carrot soup
Guardiana carrot noodles
Guardiana carrot saute
All of them have the finest, most mouth-watering taste!
...Here it is... Arthur's Trivia Corner! The name of the filthy rich Alterone King. It's not all that usefull, but-
It's Charles Granard Culprang Don the 4th! Isn't that a great name? A grand name doesn't guarantee a great personality. Just one more bit of trivia.
...So without further ado, here's Arthur's Trivia Corner! The name of the leader of the industrial town, Rindo... It's Mocha Doccha. He's very popular, and now he's in his tenth term as leader.
...Are you ready for Arthur's Trivia Corner?! Do you know the full name of the leader of the magical land of Manarina? It's Otrant Eismann, a.k.a. the All-seing Guardian.
...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! The head monk of Shade Abbey is called... Dong. He's called that after the noise of the huge church bell.
...Actually, I made that up!
...So here we go with Arthur's Trivia Corner! Do you know the full name given to the King of mountainous Bustoke? It's Zylo Duun Munster. In the dialect of the Bustoke region, "Zylo, King of the Mountains". Straight from the horse's mouth!
...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! The wagons which travel the Pao Plains are called the Pao Caravan. Know what pulls them? It's an old engine from about 150 years ago. It can be fueled by anything, but nowadays it runs mostly on Paopig dung. Well, I guess it's cheap, and good for the enviroment.
...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! Want to know the origins of the sea world, Waral? Long ago, a Rindo fishing boat was washed up. Those were the people who settled the island. It's warm there, and the fish are tasty. The perfect place to set up home! They really got washed up in a great place!
...Time for another Arthur's Trivia Corner! Let me tell you about the biannual Fighting Tournament held in Guardiana. It's for normal townsfolk, not just knights and warriors. The biggest event in Guardiana!
And as well as the tournament, there are stalls and a circus. It's a really lively event.
...but of course, you're from Guardiana yourself, so you must know this already...
Yup! Even someone who knows as much as me can run out of material! If you didn't catch it all last time, I can go over it again...
I'll keep fighting until these wings break! On the king if the sky's honour!
There is a story passed down among us Birdmen about a hero. The hero's name was... Vern, the Soaring One
Now is a good time. I will tell you about him. We are Birdmen of course, but we live on the ground. We only fly when we are hunting or going places. In other words... Flying is nothing more than a skill we use. But the man called Vern, he was different.
Vern was alive many hundreds of years ago now. From the moment he was born, he had unusually large wings. It's said that from the moment he hatched from his egg, he could fly freely. From when he was a young boy, Vern only ever thought of one thing.
Higher! Faster! He though only about flying.
Vern built up the strength of his wings, hoping to fly higher than anyone. But that was a difficult challenge. High in the sky the air is thin. There is a limit to how far wings can take you. Vern had many setbacks. He fell out of the sky, nearly losing his life many times.
Still... Eventually, he managed to reach a place higher in the sky than anyone had ever been. It was a strange world that no one else knew anything about. Where the sky changes from blue to black, Vern saw more and more bizarre things...
The first thing Vern saw were soft, transparent things like bubbles. He thought it was a gathering of spirits, like those that go up in the sky when people die. Led by the spirits, Vern went even higher. As it was getting harder to beat his wings, and difficult to breathe in the thin air... a huge thing appeared in front of Vern.
An enormous castle had appeared in front of Vern. A castle the size of which he had never seen anywhere on earth was floating in the sky. The group of bubbles went inside the castle, but Vern hesitated. The place where spirits go to heaven... Or it could be hell... Either way, it was a place for the departed. That was how Vern was thinking.
But Vern was exhausted and he could beat his wings no more. There was nothing he could do but just fall back to earth... So Vern made up his mind to venture inside the castle in the sky, for better or worse.
The castle was surreal. Without beating his wings, Vern floated in space. The rooms looked the same on all sides. He had never seen such a strange place.
Vern decided to explore the huge floating castle. It was so unfeasibly big that looking in all the rooms took days. Eventually Vern made it to a room deep in the very heart of the castle. It's said that a solitary old man was there...
According to the old man, the castle was a vessel for crossing the sea of stars. He said the spirits of our world were of great worth on his faraway planet. It was his job to collect the spirits and take them back to that faraway world. And then the old man asked Vern...
"Wouldn't you like to go and see such a distant star?"
After much thought, Vern decided to accept the old man's offer. After all, it was Vern's wish to go higher and further than anyone else. So he set off with the old man for the world of the distant star.
What happened to Vern in that faraway world...? Nobody really knows. We do know one thing. Vern did return to this world again. But he didn't show himself to us Birdmen. So where did Vern go? Well...
They say that when Vern came back to this world... Well, this is probably just a myth, but... They say Vern got some steel wings from that faraway world. And if you have those wings, you never get tired, and you can fly forever. They say Vern became immortal. And he flies with his steel wings alone in the sky where no one else can go. Even now. For all eternity...
What? Steel wings? Yes, I know... If there really was such a thing, I'd be lying if I said I didn't want some... But... I like things the way they are. I like the skies, but I like the earth too. I know the earth's always there for when I get tired and want to rest my wings.
That's the end of the Birdman legend.
...Still... Legends are meant to be told time and again. ...Don't you think so?
Leave airborne battles to me! With these wings, no enemy will defeat us!
I'm sure my husband has told you about the Birdman legend of Vern, hasn't he? In that case I could... Of course! Let me teach you some old Birdman spells. They work really well. First of all... the Battle Victory Spell. It's quite simple. Always make sure you're wearing pink clothes. Those clothes you're wearing, they're...
all you've got, right?
Some more old Birdman spells... The Don't Buy Things You Don't Need Spell. Here's what you say...
"Abracadabra! Withhold the gold!"
Chant this at night before you go to sleep.
Another old Birdman spell... The Love Comes True Spell. Ah! Was that a twinkle in your eye? Well, I suppose you're at that age, aren't you...?! So here's the spell... Take 16 bits of paper. Write the names of people you like. Every night, take one piece of paper and feed it to a Paopig at exactly midnight. When you've finished all 16 bits of paper, the spell is complete. Only, you must feed them to a different Paopig each night, okay? If you feed them to the same one, the spell won't work.
Here's another ancient Birdman spell... The Don't Catch a Cold Spell. When you get out of the bath, dry yourself well with a nice clean towel. And try not to stay up late. Get to bed early.
Oh... No, I suppose that's not really a spell, is it?!
The next ancient Birdman spell... The Get on Well Spell. This spell is really useful if you're in charge of a group. Cut a Bustoke Fern and put it in a bag. Before you go to sleep, put it under your pillow. If you dream of a red Paopig, it means the spell has worked.
Another old Birdman spell... The Don't Get Lost Spell. We Birdmen don't have a lot of landmarks when we have to travel long distances. This spell is indispensable at times like that. Pluck out one feather, and let it fall to the ground. Then beat your wings hard until the feather flips over.
...Ah!... Sorry! I guess that's a bit of a tricky spell if you're not a Birdman!
Here is another ancient Birdman spell... The Get Clever Spell. Find something of value. Even a small thing will do. Wrap it in a hankie and when there's full moon, make a wish and throw it in a river. If your treasured item reaches the sea safely, what you wished for will come true... It's not a spell for people who value their possessions!
Time for another ancient Birdman spell... The Fair Weather Spell. You must perform this spell the day before you need it. Make a doll from white cloth. This is called a Telling Witch, something descended from people of the east. If you hang it in the window, good weather is sure to come. But... The name Telling Witch is so sinister-sounding, I'm sure it's a dangerous spell. I've never tried it myself. I'm too scared.
Let me tell you another ancient Birdman spell... The Find Lost Things Spell. Go out of the house, and yank on the right ear of the first person you meet. If they get angry and ask what on earth you're doing, then it's failed. But if they smile and say "Feel free to pull on my left ear too," then it's worked. You'll definitely find what you're looking for!
Here's another ancient Birdman spell... The Know Your Beloved's Feelings Spell!
...Ah! That twinkle in your eye again! So you like someone! You don't have to hide it! You're young! It's only natural! Right then. This spell... Write the name of the person you like in white on some black paper. Put the black paper somewhere on the ground. If the writing fades away in the sunlight, the spell has worked. Then, in a dream, you'll find out what that person is feeling. But if the paper blows away before the writing fades, the spell has failed... That's how it works.
I'll tell you another ancient Birdman spell... The Don't Get Injured Spell. Great for people who fight! However many enemies you take out, injuries are inevitable. They can lead to your death... This spell will make sure that doesn't happen. You'll need some Dragon Ragweed from Dragonia. Mash it up and apply it to the place you want to protect from injury. Dragon Ragweed from Dragonia is pretty hard to come by, so if you can't get that... you could try using Kapeca Seaweed from Waral instead. But... it'll make you really itchy all over, so you should be careful.
Another old Birdman spell... The World Peace Spell. Wake up every morning and pray. Give thanks for the sky, earth and sea, family and friends. Pray for peace every day. If everyone does that, one day we'll have world peace. That's what I believe.
I've told you all of the spells I know. Do you want me to refresh your memory?
Taking out the enemy is what I do best. I'll show you the power of a real knight.
As a hired Knight, I've travelled all over Rune... Max, you're quite something, but I've seen warriors stronger still... Yeah, this is a good time. Why don't I tell you about them?
The name of the first warrior was... Dracon, the Devil Double! Well? Pretty scary name, huh? His talent was phenomenal... Get this! He had this amazing trick of dividing himself into 7 people when in battle.
He wasn't a mage, so I wondered how he could do something like that... Maybe he just looked like 7 people because he was so fast. That's what I thought, but...
Dracon, the Devil Double... who could divide himself into 7... One day, I worked out how he did it... The man Dracon... He was actually 7 brothers... Hearing "Divide and conquer!", the other 6 brothers would appear. That's how he did it.
...It was so ridiculous, I had to chuckle!
The second warrior was called... King De Vower, the Guzzler! He was a king who had an appetite second to none. In one day he'd get through 1000 eggs, 500 chickens, 800 loaves of bread, 200 pieces of chocolate, and 99 bottles of wine. If this guy went into a town, he'd eat up everything and the place would be ruined. When all the food had gone, he'd gulp down water from the sea. The water level in the eastern ocean dropped because of him... So much that some new land appeared. It's pretty unbelievable... Maybe slightly exaggerated.
The next and third warrior was called... Bob, the Portrait Assassin! He had the smooth face of a child, and was quite sweet-looking... But he was a master artist. He sketched portraits of enemies he encountered. And because he was such a master, his portraits captured even the soul of his subject. Once drawn... the enemy would have their soul destroyed... And that was the end of them!
Next is the fourth warrior, who was known as... Miss Atoan, Singer of Ruin! As her name suggests, she was a singer. But... she was the worst singer in all history... Anyone who heard her sing would pass out straight away. Plants would wither... Water would go bad... Air would turn grey... Buildings would collapse... Some might say Wtshe's more dangerous than Dark Dragon!
Next is the fifth warrior, known as... Fastbil, the Master Carpenter! He was a genius carpenter. In the hands of such a man, any building would be finished in no time at all. It was a long time ago, but once Fastbil was summoned by a kingdom to build a fortress. And in just one evening, Fastbil finished making an enormous fortress. While the neighbouring country was still in shock, they used the fortress to invade. And then...
Er... What were we talking about before? Oh, I know! It was Fastbil, the Master Carpenter, right? The army would invade their neighbours, using the fortress as refuge if things got ugly. Those were their tactics. Taking territory bit by bit. But one time they tried to take refuge back in the fortress... and no trace of it remained. Fastbil hadn't liked the job he'd done... so after the troops had left, he'd taken it to pieces.
Fastbil... He can be useful, but he's fickle too. Don't forget that in a hurry!
Next is the sixth warrior, known as... Missaki, the Wild Pianist! Have you ever heard of a "piano"? It's an ancient instrument. Really big. A "pianist" is someone who plays the piano. So anyway, Misaki was a master pianist. The music he performed transported people to a land of dreams. You would feel as if you were walking on air, in a trance. But that's not all... Missaki's forte was not just playing the piano.
...He was also as strong as an ox. Having lulled his enemies with his performance... He'd throw the piano at them. Now, a piano is very big and very heavy. It would crush anyone. He was a really scary guy, that Missaki...
So next is the seventh warrior, called... Ovarakt, the Master Actor! Well, his name says it really. A genius of an actor. He could perform any role perfectly. I mean any role, whatsoever. So, for example... If he was to act the part of a master swordsman... he would actually become a master swordsman. He'd be able to wield a sword perfectly. If he was to act the part of a zombie, he would become one... If he was playing a goblin, he'd become of them, too. He was invincible. Fearsome. But he's no longer alive... An enemy of Ovarakt put on a play for him. It was about the world's greatest hero. The hero slew many dragons, but in the end he fell into a volcano and burned to death. ...And, just like in the play, one day they found Ovarakt's dead body. They say he really did throw himself into a volcano and his body was like charcoal...
That's the end of my tales about the 7 Warriors of Rune. Some of them are dead now, but some are still going strong. If you come across any of them on your travels... run for it! All in all, they're a scary bunch!
...Huh? I've told you all I know about the 7 Warriors of Rune. I told you about all 7, right? Do you want to hear it one more time?
Ha! I just love to fight! Those Runefaust beasts? I'll make easy work of them!
My love of the sky... That takes me back to my younger years. When I was a lad, a travelling salesman would sometimes stop at our home. Old friend of my father's he was. And one day, he showed me something really strange. He folded a sheet of paper many times and made an odd triangle shape.
"Watch closely!" he said, as he threw the paper triangle. It flew dead straight, and disappeared down the valley. He he! It was a paper plane, of course! That was how I was first acquainted with... the sky!
After I discovered paper planes, I was hooked! I just wanted to fly. That's all I thought about every day.
Then one day it struck me. If I made an enormous paper plane, big enough for a human to ride on, I could fly! But that amount of paper isn't so easy to get hold of. Then I had an idea... I made a plane from animal skins I'd glued together. Took it to the top of a mountain, and with a running leap, I took off off in it!
I was a kid riding in an enormous paper plane!
But then... I suddenly plummeted down. I may well have been a child, but any human is too heavy for a paper plane! Anyway, I was really lucky, as the plane snagged on a tree. Probably saved my life. Then, I had another idea...
The plane made of skins was too flimsy. I'd learned that much. So I made a bamboo frame. And I gave up trying to ride on top, and decided to suspend myself beneath the wings. Then there'd be no danger of crushing the wings under me. And that worked a treat! From the top of a mountain I safely flew down
to the village.
...But that's not the end...
Sure enough I was flying... But I wasn't flying free like a bird does. To be honest, I wasn't flying, I was just falling slowly.
"Free! Like a bird!"
Free... like a bird? It suddenly hit me! I should be beating my wings just like a bird does!
Just like a bird, I'd beat my wings and fly freely! As soon as I'd had the idea, I started drawing plans. I should have a wing attached to each arm, and they should be able to move! I made the wings, and went out for a test flight.
...I was flying! Or so I thought, when I suddenly fell from the sky. I had to rethink...
Why did these wings not work for me? Well, because compared to humans, birds are so light! Humans are just too heavy! So the solution was simple! I had to lose weight. Realizing that, from the very next day I stopped eating and just lived on water. Once I'd lost a fair bit of weight, I tried another test flight. But...
I had lost enough weight, but with no food, I had no energy left. I didn't even have the strentgh to lift the wings on my arms. In other words... Humans just aren't strong enough. I thought of some other ways. I stuck fireworks all over my body and used their power. Well I certainly flew! But I couldn't control my direction, so I wasn't really "free". After thinking and thinking, I tried suspending myself under 100 Bustoke crows. I was sure 100 of them would be enough to lift one human... Or so I thought...
But all they did was fight amongst themselves, and they didn't fly anywhere.
With all these problems, I gave up on my dream of flying... But then, out of nowhere came someone to help. He was an inventor from Rindo called Dr. Crock. Dr. Crock showed me the steam engine he was working on, as a way to power my wings. I thought to myself... This is it! I asked Dr. Crock to show me how to make an engine. I was able to make one by myself, but... It was still quite heavy. I needed a light engine if it was to help me fly. From then on, I went back into a long period of research.
With Dr. Crock's help, I managed to make a small-scale steam engine. And... Well, you know what happened after that. I didn't make the wings for battle purposes, but if it'll help get rid of Dark Dragon... Anyway... Quite a bit of time's passed since then, eh...
I was just a kid when I first dreamed of flying. And now I find myself an old man... Even so... You're the only one I'll tell this to, so keep it secret... I still have a dream. I'm going to continue my research, and one day I'll fly away from this place... And vanish into the sea of stars. I don't know if that's possible in the time I have left... But I won't be giving up. As long as I'm alive and kicking, I'll continue my research. Ha ha ha. If I succeed, I'll take you to the stars too if you like. Just be patient, okay!
Phew! That about sums up my extraordinary life. I'd be happy to tell you again from the beginning if you like.
Placing me on the front line? You have an expert eye. What a great leader!
Ah! If it isn't Max! Shining Force, right? Ah, it's great here! Fantastic! Beautiful women and unlimited supplies of Paopig milk. You keep up the good work, eh?
Well, you know... Life is a funny thing... Like a blossoming flower! People take notice of you for a while... then you fall to the ground and get trampled on.
...That's right, eh?
...Burp! Wooo... P'raps I've had enough Paopig milk... My stomach hurts...
...Hiccup! You know, life is... well, life... isn't it... Because it's life. Sorry, too full to think.
Max, I didn't really want to be, you know, a knight. Not at first. But my old man was a knight, you see.. The old dog's not around any more though... That's my ancestry, so that's why I'm a knight... But really I just run the business now.
...War! It's a waste of time! All that really matters...
...is love... ... and peace.
to be a knight. I wanted to do other work... Something to make people happy... What? What would make 'em happy...? You mean, what kind of job? Ah, yeah... Something like the circus. That's the sort of
thing. Entertainment. ...Yeah, the circus. What could I do? The flying trapeze? ...Nah... I don't like heights.
I know, Max! Forget about the circus. Some other kind of work... What would be good...? That guy who looks after Paopigs! He has an easy life. As much milk as you want! Imagine that! But I'd drink it all myself, have nothing left to sell! Not much money in that.
You're that... aren't you?
"That old guy's been going on for ages. It's so boring. I'd much rather be talking to Khris..." That's what you're thinking, right? That's what I'd be thinking if I were you.
...Lately I've been drinking a bit too much of that milk. Now the war's going to heat up, I'd better slow it down a bit, eh? Can't get too fat!
...Maybe just one more glass. Then I might call it a night.
...Last night I got out of bed to take a leak,
... came back, still half asleep, and mistook Anri for my pillow. Crikey!... She was really angry...! Phew!... Just thinking about it makes me tremble...
...Hiccup! I dunno... lately our enemies seem to be getting stronger. Ha ha ha ha... Pretty scary, isn't it? After fighting a tough enemy, hot milk really calms ya down.
You know, don't you... Soon it'll be the showdown! I reckon, anyhow. Better fill up now! Drink as much milk as I can...
... Won't be long now. The showdown with the Dragon. That's what I reckon. That's why I'm fillin' up on this full cream, gold-top Caravan Brand.
...Oh... don't leave me on my own! Let's talk some more!
Try not to get hurt. I'm getting on a bit; too much spell-casting wears me out.
So then, shall I tell you something of the history of Prompt? Prompt was founded about 1000 years ago, according to my history book. Those left after the fall of the previous civilization set established a new state.
At first, the people of Prompt lived in obscurity, isolated from everyone. They were hiding from the demi-humans, who hated humans.
To avoid attacks from outside, they chose a location very carefully. In the depths of the jungle, by a volcano called Mt. Siglas, they built a town. They chose to be next to the volcano so they could use the earth's natural energy.
Siglas is an extinct volcano now, but back then it was alive with fire. Many of the old civilization’s records were destroyed by eruptions and earthquakes. Prompt Castle is underground now too, because it was buried in an earthquake.
There are quite a few traces of the old civilization in Prompt - especially machines. Although we know it would be useful to use them... We make sure that we do not. Because it was these that led to the destruction of the old civilization, long ago... After 1000 years, that is the best lesson we people of Prompt have learned... The truth that happiness comes from man living together with nature.
It was a rather long explanation, but that is the end of my history lesson. A man of my age likes to talk... Shall I recount it to you from the beginning?
I always wanted to be just like Max... So when I found out I could go with him to the Gate of the Ancients, I was thrilled. Since then, I've tried my best to make Max proud of me... And now we've finally sealed Dark Dragon... Why did this have to happen?!
I fought for Lady Anri because she accepted me as a mage. I was so proud... I didn't know it at first... but... It was you that I always looked to on the battlefield. And then I realised... I wanted to use my power for you as well as Lady Anri. And now it's too late...
I'm sorry. All I ever did was complain about how I was no good at fighting... But still, you gave me the chance to prove myself. I... I didn't really hate fighting. I was just afraid. But I'm OK now. You taught me what courage was all about.
You were our leader... You always thought of us, and you always fought bravely... You had enough guts to put even us dwarves to shame. You were a warrior among warriors, and I'll never forget you...
Why'd you have to go and disappear on me like that? I'm the one who found you washed up on the shore! I saved your life, pal! You owe me! So why'd you... Why'd you have to go and disappear on me...
One day... the cards revealed to me... That I must guide the heroes who would save the world. One was the princess of Runefaust, Narsha Ramladu. And the other... was you. You travelled 1000 years, only to be separated from Kane and forced to fight alone... This was the man upon whom the fate of the world depended. But you fought splendidly... better than I ever imagined... It was your power that allowed Dark Dragon to be sealed. And that's why... I believe... That you are still alive... Somewhere...
I was led by a star to a faraway land to meet you. I was lost... What I was supposed to do? What was I supposed to seek? Your courage and determination showed me the way. Your leadership allowed us to accomplish our great mission. For it to end like this...
...When I close my eyes I can see it like it was yesterday. You reached out to me as a friend in that bar. Even with all the rage in me toward Runefaust, I couldn't have done anything by myself. But you gave an old man one last chance in life. I was so happy for it... And so I fought and fought as hard as I could...
And now we've finally got victory in our grasp... Why, Max, Why aren't you here with the rest of us?!
Why'd you do this? Our long fight was finally over, and you had so much ahead of you. Everyone would have welcomed you with open arms when we got back to Guardiana... You would have been the hero of Guardiana... no, of all of Rune... But now... With their hero gone, there'll be nothing but sorrow...
And I... I wanted to...
From the very first day I met you in Alterone, my destiny was changed forever. I had always drifted along from day to day, never thinking about tomorrow... But in that day, I was entrusted with a great and noble mission... To use the power Heaven gave me to protect people's lives. I finally discovered why I was put on this earth... And it made me so happy. But in the end... I couldn't even protect the one who mattered most...
I can still remember... When I heard about my father's death, I didn't know where to turn. Were it not for your kindness, I might never have been able to face up to reality. It was all because you were there for me... I am princess of Guardiana, one entrusted with guarding the Gate of the Ancients... But it was your strength that enabled me to honour my father's memory in battle.
...Thank you. Thank you so much.
If I... If I'd never met you, I'll bet I'd still be an errand boy in Manarina. I would have kept on doubting my worth as a knight and running away from battle... It's all because I met you that I was able to reclaim my honour as a knight. I was gonna thank you properly after the battle was over... But now it's too late... What happened? You never gave me the chance to thank you...
When we were attacked at Shade Abbey, I thought I was going to die. I thought I was never going to be able to avenge the massacre of my brethren... I lost all hope. But then you showed up and saved me and Amon. You gave me a chance to fight again as the champion of the skies. I made a vow that day... That I would continue to fight until these wings were broken. I kept that promise. But you're not here. And there are no words to express the sadness I feel...
When my husband was turned to stone, I fell into despair. I thought all was lost. But your arrival changed everything... So I made a vow that day. I would offer my life... and these wings... to help seal Dark Dragon. Everything went so well thanks to your strength, but now...
...I have reached a decision. As long as we live, my people will always revere your name. Your beautiful name.
Ever since I was born, I've been raised as a warrior. Bustoke is surrounded by petty, squabbling nations. It has never known peace. I fought alongside Lord Zylo to protect my country. I thought that was the mission that I was fated to carry out. But when I met you, I knew I had an even greater mission. To protect not just a tiny kingdom, but the world... The land and the air... And the sea... And everything that lives... That's the true mission of all who have the power to fight. I pledge to continue to fight to uphold that mission when I return to Bustoke. And I'll never forget... The name of the great warrior who taught me the most important lesson of my life...
When I fell into Balbazak's trap, I lost control of the beast within me. I still remember how lonely it was... and how cold... I thought the only way to keep my honour as the Beast King...
...was to take my own life with these claws. I was deep in the abyss of despair... but then you came and saved my soul. I can't describe to you the joy I felt at that moment... I promised myself that I would fight for you until my fangs and claws were shattered!
...But what can I do now...
I... never even knew exactly where I was born... I took the road when I was a kid, and I've been in more battles than I can count. But no matter where I went, I always got the feeling... that I didn't belong there. So that's how I finally ended up joining the army of Runefaust. I'd sunk as low as I could get... I thought I'd be felled in battle, soon enough. That's when I saw you guys taking Runefaust on like you weren't afraid of anything. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning - this is my place! And I guess my hunch was right - we did something great back there. But now that fight's over, and I'm...
...Where am I supposed to go now, huh? Tell me that!
You know, I had a dream. I wanted to keep studying flight until one day...I could sail off into a sea of stars. I wanted to build a spaceship and get off this blasted rock. I'd set course for a far-off star... And I'd take you along with me.
That settles it! I'm gonna make that spaceship! No matter how long it takes! So you better come back and see it, you hear? Or else I'm gonna go alone and leave you behind! You hear me?!
I was a mercenary... No, not even that... I was nothing but a hired thug. I'd fight for any rat as long as they gave me the green... That's how I lived. The only reason I joined you in the first place is because the queen of Pao told me to. But the more I fought with you, the more I realised... It's not just about money... there's something bigger to fight for. And I got to thinking, hey, this isn't so bad, either. And all those changes, well, I guess I owe them to you. So... As soon as the battle was over, I was planning on thanking you... But now it's too late! You disappeared on us...
Mawlock and Zuika helped me escape from Runefaust so that I could come and meet you. Before I met all of you, I was so frightened... Me, the princess of Runefaust, daughter of Ramladu... But instead of hating me, you welcomed me as a friend and comrade. After Darksol arrived at the castle, my days were filled with loneliness and despair. You don't know how grateful I was to meet you at the end of my journey... Even with such a heavy burden, you were always cheerful. It was your smiling face that inspired me to keep going...
...And now it's gone...
You came from the past...
...to save the future...
Life is full of irony. All your courage in battle will one day be forgotten. That's the way of the world. But... Even if everybody else forgets... I won't... The name of that brave hero...
Superconducting motor: off.
Steam engine: off.
...Switching from Battle Mode to Normal Mode.
What's this feeling? It's like my heart's getting shut down along with the engine. Fighting alongside you made my heart burn hotter than the hottest steam engine.
...Now it's so cold...
I wanna tear up the battlefield with you again...
Ever since the day Balbazak destroyed my beloved hometown, I was obsessed with revenge. Finally, at the end of a long journey, I had him cornered. With your help, I was able to beat Balbazak. But when I did, I felt a huge hole open in my heart. Sure. I was happy that I'd beaten Balbazak... But... I felt sort of empty, too. Then I realized... Nothing good comes out of vengeance.
...And then... I found a new purpose - to help seal away the Dark Dragon... And that new purpose gave me hope... Up until then, I was fighting for people who were dead... But the battle to seal Dark Dragon was for the future... for living, breathing people. I'll never forget you... The brave warrior who gave me what I needed... A fight with meaning.
...The shinobi's creed...
...is to approach every battle devoid of feelings... Even if he loses his friends, his parents, his brothers...
...he must not shed tears.
But now I... I will violate that creed. For once in my life... I will weep for someone... I will weep for you.
I really only joined you because Dr. Crock told me to. Sounds stupid, huh? But he said "go", so I went... That's all there was to it. I got lost along the way and joined up a little late... and now I regret it. I wish I could have met and fought with you earlier. Unlike our kin, the Centaurs, us Demi-Centaurs aren't really that good at fighting. That always held me back... But thanks to you, I feel like I could do anything. So I wish I could have fought sooner... and helped you out more than I did...
Once, I dedicated my entire life to mastering the sword. I revelled in testing my skills against ever stronger foes. And so I walked my own path, gaining power and prowess. Then, by a strange twist of fate, I met you, and fought against Dark Dragon... But there, too, I was only fighting in order to increase my own power.
...My wish was fulfilled!
I have but one regret... During my journey, I found one who was stronger than myself. That was you. I wanted to face you in battle... if only just once.
This can't be happening... I'm not a wimp anymore. I'm a real warrior now, right? I'm stronger now, right? It's all because you and Karin and everybody else encouraged me. But now what do I do...?
I'll be all right. I promised Karin and Krin that I'd never cry again. And I know somehow... that you're not dead. I know I'll see you again. So I won't say goodbye.
I lost many friends in the battle against Runefaust... but I was saved by Prompt. I was so exhausted that all I could do was wait for a hero to seal Dark Dragon... you.
I should have rushed to your side and helped you any way I could, no matter the cost. Thank you. Even though you'd just met me, you trusted me and put me in the front line. Now, there's only one question on my mind:
Was I of any use to you?
Even though Dark Dragon has been sealed, Rune has not yet seen the last of its battles. I have reached a decision. I will use the power that the gods have given me to end the pain and suffering of war. So I ask you... to give me strength...
I cannot thank you enough... You trusted this old man and always put me at the front. In prompt, I was revered as an elder and a sage... But the truth is, my power was never much to speak of. I was simply older than those around me, and perhaps a bit more learned. I spent all my days reading books, and never once found myself in a fight. So when I first went to battle with you, in my heart of hearts, I was petrified... Was I of some service to you?
I suppose I shall never know...
[Adam is absent from the final cutscene]