Lowen: Ah! Lord Eliwood! How are you today? Have you properly broken your fast?
Eliwood: ...Yes, quite.
Lowen: Indeed! That is good to hear!
Eliwood: Lowen, I’ve been meaning to ask you...
Lowen: How was it—the taste, I mean? I was rather proud of my work today, I must admit.
Eliwood: Er... Wait a moment—The food I’m eating... You’ve been preparing it?
Lowen: Why, yes!
Eliwood: You... an esquire... Why?
Lowen: My father was the chef to the previous marquess of Pherae... In other words, Lord Eliwood, he cooked for your grandfather. Until he threw out his back, that is... Your father, too, acquired a taste for his cooking, you see. So whenever I had the pleasure of joining him on his tours of the domain, I always took it upon myself to prepare his every meal!
Eliwood: Oh, I get it now...
Lowen: I am afraid I do not know your tastes, Lord Eliwood. Everything I have made on this trip, has been things your lord father, Elbert, favored. I do hope you find them suitable to your palate?
Eliwood: For an esquire such as yourself to cook... With your patrol and watch duties, where do you find the time? I mean, you really don’t have to...
Lowen: Ever since Lord Elbert went missing... Lord Eliwood’s meals have grown smaller. You don’t eat! The Lady Eleanora and General Marcus have been quite concerned. Yet when you left on your journey, and I began to cook for you, we found you would eat more... I’ve been cooking ever since.
Eliwood: Lowen... I had no idea!
Lowen: Please, don’t think of it. Seeing Lord Eliwood healthy brings us much joy.
Eliwood: Thank you. I will do my best to clean my plate henceforth, hungry or not! I mean to tell you, the food has been quite delicious.
Isadora: Sir Lowen! I am glad you are safe. And recent battles have honed your skill, I see. I heard that the road back from Pherae was a gauntlet of enemy units...
Lowen: Y-Yes it was! It was a long, hard road...but I had much help from my friends... I certainly could not have done it without them... Now that you are with us, I am sure we are even stronger...
Isadora: We will fight side by side, Lowen.
Lowen: Yes! And...Isadora, are you hungry?
Isadora: Hm? Well... Yes a, little.
Lowen: Then...just wait a moment. I shall prepare us a feast!
Isadora: Ho-Hold on, Lowen! We are in the field! What are you doing with that blanket?
Lowen: Every meal must be taken with the greatest respect for one’s food. While I prepare the setting for our picnic, why don’t you peruse my emergency rations and see if there isn’t something you might like to snack on...
Isadora: Lowen... Would you mind explaining exactly how you managed to fight your way back from Pherae while stopping to have a picnic during every battle?
Isadora: I don’t need any food! I’m perfectly full, all right?
Lowen: I see...
Isadora: Lowen... Thank you. You are kind to worry about me, but I am fine.
Lowen: D-Dame Isadora!
Isadora: What is it?
Lowen: I am still inexperienced... But I will be strong enough to become a knight of Pherae soon! I will become a knight that you and General Marcus...and even Lord Harken would be proud of! So, all you need to do is wait!
Isadora: Yes...I know you can do it, Lowen. You are dedicated enough.
Lowen: Th-Thank you! That is all I wanted to say! A-And so, I take my leave!
Isadora: Wait, Lowen.
Isadora: I’ll go with you. We are all in this together... as knights of Pherae.
Lowen: Please, let me fight by your side! I would learn from the best swordsman in the Pherae knights!
Harken: ...You have nothing to learn from the likes of me.
Lowen: W-What are you saying!? You are a fine knight, Lord Harken. Nay, the finest!
Harken: There you are wrong. Lowen... I can hardly be called a knight now.
Lowen: T-That can’t be right!
Harken: I was unable to defend Lord Elbert... I am not worthy of my title. You are still young... No regrets, am I right? If you are to become a knight, do not follow my example.
Lowen: Lord Harken... I... You are wrong. You are a knight. I know this to be true.
Lowen: I was born to peasants. My home was a small village, far outside Pherae... A village with little value, far from the sight of the castle. We were so poor, there was hardly any value to be gained by protecting us from bandits. All knew this, for certain. Still, he came. He came to protect us, his subjects.
Lowen: I will never forget that day, not as long as I live. He...was a true knight. I wanted to become a knight to become like him.
Lowen: L-Lord Harken! Thank you! To spend so much time training one as lowly as myself... You do me too great an honor!
Harken: No... It is I who should thank you. It is as you said, Lowen. I am a knight. I must be. Yet, in only a month after losing Lord Elbert... I had turned my eyes from duty.
Harken: I spend my time blaming myself, lost in grief for my lord. I could do nothing to help Pherae, now, when she needs me most. My heart hadn’t taken one step since then... Lord Elbert would certainly chastise me.
Lowen: Lord Harken...
Harken: What I must do now is protect Lord Eliwood. I must do what I am able to do. You taught me that, Lowen. I thank you.
Lowen: M-My Lord!
Harken: Let us be off. We must do that which we are able, that which is our duty.
Harken: Ah... I almost forgot, there’s one last thing... Lowen!
Harken: You’ve progressed well on your way to become a knight. Your posture, physique—all are top notch.
Lowen: T-Thank you, sir!
Harken: Therefore... I’d like you to give those ration bags over to Merlinus.
Lowen: Wha--! But what am I to do when I hunger?
Harken: A knight can do without food for a while.
Harken: That’s an order, Lowen. Now, go!
Lowen: Y-Yes, sir.
Harken: Hmm...Maybe he’s got farther to go than I thought. Aaa...