Ekhidna: Trust me, you don't want to be a mercenary. You never know when you're going to die. And besides, you're weak.
Wade: Erg... You'll regret saying that... You don't want to piss me off.
Wade: What are you looking at me like that for! I once killed monsters stronger than any human, you know!
Ekhidna: Wow, now that's something. What kind of beast was it?
Wade: ...Near my village...there's this weird cave. When I was a kid, there were rumors that the cave was filled with strange creatures. So one day I took Lot and went to defeat them.
Wade: The inside of the cave was damp... I could tell something wasn't right. Lot was scared, but I was fine. I led the way...and suddenly, there they were. The monsters were crawling all over the cave floor. Long, skinny bodies writhing around, and they were all scaly and spotted...
Wade: ...... ...Well, I guess they did sorta look like snakes. But these were no ordinary snakes. They were real monsters, with poison and strange dances and all sorts of moves...
Ekhidna: Yeah...I guess. Where is this cave?
Ekhidna: I'll go check it out on the way to the village site. I'm kind of curious about it now.
Wade: B-But I already killed all the monsters, so...
Ekhidna: You said they were all over the cave floor. One might have escaped. They're no ordinary snakes, right? I really want to see them.
Ekhidna: Don't you die. I'm counting on you to survive.
Lot: I don't plan on dying. I have a sister back home. And also...
Ekhidna: Also what?
Lot: No, nothing.
Ekhidna: Oh, I get it. You've got a special somebody waiting for you, eh? Well, well, aren't you the lucky man.
Lot: ...... Anyway, I'm planning on going home soon, granted I stay alive...
Ekhidna: Are you worrying about that again?
Lot: The enemy is getting stronger all the time. I don't know how much longer I can hold out...
Lot: I know that we'll win in the end... But I don't know whether I'll be able to go home.
Ekhidna: Come on, don't be so stupid.
Lot: ...I'm stupid?
Ekhidna: Someone of your age should be enjoying life! I know you're probably worrying about your sister and all sorts of things. But you have to go running around more freely. You'll probably run into walls and hit your head from time to time, but that's life.
Lot: ...I don't think I want to be hitting my head.
Ekhidna: Don't worry, even if you die, I'll take care of things for you. So you can go out and get killed without any worries! ...You know?
Lot: ...... She seemed to be saying something different than what she was originally talking about... But...was she trying to cheer me up?
Ekhidna: Right. It has to be you. You see, there's gonna be a new village built on the Western Isles.
Ekhidna: There are lots of people who lost their homes because of the war. Some of them from the rebel group that I was with.
Gonzalez: Lost home...
Ekhidna: So, we've decided to build a village for those people. And we need help, you see. It'd be really great if we get some strong men like you. What do you say? If you sign up now, you'll get breakfast, lunch and dinner, five days a week.
Gonzalez: But... I ugly... I can't stay with people. They not like me...
Ekhidna: Haha, don't be ridiculous. Just try carrying in a couple of huge logs with that strength of yours. Everyone'll love you.
Ekhidna: You can drive a ship, right? I want to ask a favor.
Geese: From me?
Ekhidna: Yeah. We're planning on building a new village on the Western Isles. What I want you to do is to use your ship to carry the people there. I'll pay you well.
Geese: ...A ship, huh?
Ekhidna: What's the matter? You can drive one, right?
Geese: ...Yeah, I sure can. I was once the captain of a trading vessel. There's no ocean I haven't seen yet.
Ekhidna: ...Then why did you become a pirate?
Geese: I couldn't continue my business in this war. We had no choice, so I persuaded the boys, saying that we were going to become pirates.
Geese: But we were originally just ordinary seafarers. We didn't like fighting or robbing, or any of that stuff. Anyway, when we were prepared and finally set off as pirates, everyone started complaining of stomach aches, and seasickness, and everything.
Ekhidna: Well, well. It's amazing you got this far.
Geese: Yeah, well, I wasn't doing it because I liked it...
Geese: Even if I say we were pirates, we were just amateurs. ...We figured we'd go for easy targets first, so we picked a small trading ship as our first one. We were able to take over the ship without much of a fight, but...
Ekhidna: But what?
Geese: We couldn't find any treasure at all. The captain of the ship told me that he was in the same situation that I was. He said that he wasn't doing well, either, so he might have to resort to piracy, just like us...
Geese: We let them go. I couldn't steal from them after hearing that.
Ekhidna: A nice pirate, eh? How ever would you survive?
Geese: ...Yeah, that's what I thought, too. So anyway, we decided to go after a bigger ship next. We figured we could steal a little from the rich and no one would be hurt. A few days later, we were lucky enough to come across a large trading vessel.
Geese: We didn't have to hold back this time. We charged the ship... But when got close, suddenly the enemy ship's deck started swarming with ballistas and archers. It was one of Bern's battleships.
Ekhidna: My, my.
Geese: We were shot at mercilessly, and they chased us for three days and nights. We somehow got away, but the ship was wrecked. We weren't making any money, either. Some of the boys started crying. Hell, even I felt like crying that time.
Ekhidna: Poor thing.
Geese: Well, like I said, I wasn't doing it because I liked it...
Geese: This is the one prize that I've gotten so far as a pirate. I found it when we were battling another band.
Ekhidna: I see.
Geese: See the skull mark here? It means that there's treasure buried there.
Ekhidna: And did you find it?
Geese: I haven't gone looking for it yet. Once this war ends, I'll be a merchant again. If what this map says is true, I can go get the treasure and travel the seas once more.
Geese: I don't have any money left. I even went into debt to feed the guys. If this map's a fake, then I'll have to let go of my ship forever. ...I can't help but hesitate when I think of that possibility.
Ekhidna: Uh-huh. But you know that no amount of praying or worrying is gonna get you that treasure, right? You have to take action.
Geese: ...Yeah. You're right.
Ekhidna: Even if that map's a fake, there'll be other treasures out there. Anyway, you're helping us out by carrying the residents to our new village, right? I'm counting on you. Show me your ship some time.
Lalum: Yeah, the plan about building that village.
Ekhidna: Oh. Yeah, I've been going around recruiting help. Are you going to help out, too?
Lalum: Of course! What do you want me to do?
Ekhidna: Dance, of course. Your dancing cheers everyone up. It makes them feel like getting up and working some more.
Lalum: You think so? Hmm... Well, I can cook, too. You know my Special Stamina...
Ekhidna: No way.
Ekhidna: Ever since I started the rebellion, I've been eating your... I can't even bear to say it in words. Anyway, I wouldn't call it food.
Lalum: I never! I've always been trying...
Ekhidna: Look, Lalum. You usually don't end up burning the house down when you cook a proper meal.
Lalum: That's not a big loss, considering how wonderful my food tastes.
Ekhidna: The wails and moans of the rebel members... I can still hear them echoing in my ears. Has Elphin eaten ever eaten the stuff?
Lalum: Yeah. But he didn't say anything.
Lalum: You see? There's something wrong with everyone else's taste buds. My food was probably too high-class for them. Maybe...Roy might appreciate my fine taste. Yes! I'm sorry, Ekhidna. I have to have Roy try my cooking!
Ekhidna: Lalum. Hey... You were talking about feeding that stuff to Roy, but... Did you really do it?
Lalum: What's that supposed to mean!? He praised me! He said that it was really...uh...that it looked really good.
Ekhidna: So he ate it, huh? When's the funeral?
Lalum: Hmph! I just wasn't doing too well that day! My stepfather always said that he loved my cooking.
Ekhidna: Now, now, even if you can't cook, your dancing is still the best in the world. I should be working hard, too, to let the people live in peace...
Lalum: ...You know, you're really noble.
Lalum: You're always thinking about others. Even this, you're building a village so that other people can live peacefully.
Lalum: You're like those heroes that appear in the sagas that bards sing! You appear, help the needy, and leave as suddenly as you had come... You're also mysterious since you never tell anybody about yourself.
Ekhidna: Right...I don't.
Lalum: But I won't ask. I'm really curious, but there must be an important reason why you won't tell us.