- On Sortied
- I'm to take on a new mission? Understood.
- On Entering a Room
- A joint operation? Very well.
- When Quest Begins
- Move out!
- Are your preparations complete?
- Response to Beginning of a Quest
- Understood. Commencing operation.
- I await your signal.
- When Controlling Character in Quest
- Assuming command.
- When Receiving a Heal
- I shall continue the fight!
- You have my gratitude.
- When Entering a Boss' Room
- There's the enemy leader! Finish them here!
- All forces, engage! We claim victory here!
- Response to Entering a Boss' Room
- Yes! Let's make our bid for victory!
- We will triumph this day!
- Upon Getting to Low Health
- I'm not dead yet...!
- I'll show you my mettle!
- Upon Opening a Chest
- Those may be useful.
- Spoils of war...
- Boss on Low Health
- Don't get careless!
- Show them no mercy!
- Boss Enters Break State
- The decisive moment!
- Rare Enemy Spawns
- That foe is strange. Keep your guard up.
- Don't let it escape!
- Upon Death
- I-I must withdraw...
- Forgive me...everyone...
- Upon Revival
- Resuming command.
- When Using Weapon/Shared Skills
- Damage: You'll go no further!
- Buff Self: I will turn the tide.
- Buff Ally: I have your back!
- Debuff Enemy: Behold my strategy.
- Heal Ally: Stand tall.
- Heal Self: This isn't over yet.
- Player Uses Damaging Skill
- A laudable display.
- Leading by example, are we?
- When Shape Shifting is Ready
- I feel the dragon's power!
- The dragon is ready to engage!
- Shape Shifting into Dragon
- Destroy them, dragon.
- Idle During Quest
- I shall take stock of our provisions.
- You may rest, but stay alert.
- Quest Clear
- Mission complete.
- Quest Failure
- We're out of options. All troops, retreat!
- Home Screen Walking
- I'll be running combat exercises later.
- I must go over our tactics.
- Still time for some night drills...
- This is a land of plenty.
- I wonder how the motherland fares...
- I must be ever vigilant...
- Home Screen Inside
- I will never forget my comrades who died before achieving their goals.
- My family has borne soldiers for generations. I was read tales of strategy before bed.
- I hope to learn much from you and your allies while here.
- By capitalizing on an enemy's weakness, you shatter their morale. That is the key to victory.
- Long ago, I was part of a march through the snow. We lost the road in the flurry, and nearly died.
- Raised in the north as I was, I find these southern climes to be almost too hot.
- Home Screen Portrait
- There is no place for mercy on the battlefield.
- A commander must never waver, for doing so can only bring unease in their subordinates.
- I will never grow used to seeing my comrades fall.
- I once believed that a soldier should obey orders without question, but now...
- I know not if the justice I believe in is true. But I do not intend to make choices I will come to regret.
- Collection Portrait
- I typically don't abide wool-gathering in my soldiers, bot Joachim has proven himself a potent asset to our forces.
- Noelle may lack confidence in speaking, but she is dedicated to her duty and there is nothing I value more.
- Victor was... He was my commanding officer once upon a time. Beyond that? Nothing.
- Soldiers only make it home by keeping their minds focused on victory. As commander, it is my goal to see them all survive.
- Orders can only carry you so far. In the end, you must follow your own judgement.
- Limited Lines
- Halloween: Halloween. I suppose it doesn't sound too bad to trade my uniform for a spot of costume merriment.
- New Year: Today marks the beginning of a new year. All troops, focus your energies and work tirelessly toward your objectives.
- Anniversary Lines
- 2nd Anniversary: Two years of battle. Permit me to praise your efforts of this milestone.
- 3rd Anniversary: Three years of fighting at each other's side. The bonds you forged will one day form the foundation of the peaceful world you strive to create. Of that, I have no doubt.
- At The Halidom
- No part of the motherland enjoys the abundance you have here.
- I almost can't fathom how many elite warriors have gathered here.
- Shall I assist you in devising a strategy?
- New Mana Circle Unlocked
- This is nothing.
- On Mana Circle Fully Unbound
- My growth won't end here. I have someone to prove wrong.
The Nature of a Soldier
Please note that this story contains spoilers
for Victor's adventurer story.
North Grastaea - Misha Snowfield
Svenitlan Soldier 1The enemy mages aren't letting up! We can only hold them off for so long!
Svenitlan Soldier 2GAAAAAH! I-I NEED A MEDIC!
KirstyPULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER!
KirstyThose mages' mana will run dry before long, and they will be forced to make way for the forces coming up behind them.
KirstyOur spies are already at work slowing that rear unit's arrival. So as soon as the mages are out of mana, we strike.
Svenitlan Soldier 1B-but what if we can't hold out that long?
KirstyYou can either die here, soldier, or live to see your fiancée again.
Svenitlan Soldier 1I... I swore I would give her this ring! I have to survive!
KirstyThen believe in my plan. We WILL win this battle.
Svenitlan Soldier 1Yes, Commander!
Svenitlan Soldier 3Their attacks are letting up!
KirstyAll right—ALL UNITS, ADVANCE!
Mage CommanderRrgh... We've lost the advantage. RETREAAAT! Join up with the rear unit!
KirstyNot so fast!
KirstyYou can't beat us at close range. This battle is ours!
Mage CommanderNo... They've completely stolen the momentum!
KirstyYou could never match the might of Svenitla.
KirstyAnd we will make you rue the folly that made you try!
The military nation of Svenitla sits in one of
the coldest regions of North Grastaea, clashing
constantly with its neighbors over the continent's
limited natural resources.
Svenitla Royal Palace
Government OfficialHis Majesty is most pleased with your performance, Commander. It will no doubt bring prosperity to the nation.
Government OfficialThe losses we suffered are negligible when one considers what was gained.
Government OfficialYou have proven yourself most capable indeed—unlike your peers.
KirstyI am merely performing my duty, sir.
Government OfficialHeh. And modest as well. We trust you greatly, Commander. Few could achieve what you have with such sparse resources.
Government OfficialWar exists to bolster the economy. A soldier's job is to maximize profits with the minimum investment.
Kirsty...Forgive me, sir, but if that will be all, I have other business to attend to.
Government OfficialA feast is soon to begin in honor of your victory. Surely your business can wait until later?
KirstyI am afraid it's a most pressing engagement.
Government OfficialDo you mean to suggest you have somewhere more important to be than at a feast with HIS MAJESTY?
KirstyYes, sir. Very much so.
Government Official...She takes after him, all right.
KirstyHe wanted very badly to give you this himself.
WomanNo... H-he promised we'd be married when he returned! He... He promised... *sob*
KirstyAs his commanding officer, I accept full responsibility. I am truly sorry.
WomanTell me... What did he die for?
WomanWhat did he give his life for?! Tell me!
JoachimYour fiancé brought salvation to this country.
WomanWh-who are you?
JoachimI'm the commander's adjutant. Allow me to speak on her behalf.
JoachimThe war we just fought secured our nation new land and natural resources. These will in turn make our home all the more prosperous.
JoachimMany of our people are still mired in poverty, but your beloved's sacrifice will help lift them out.
WomanIs that...really true?
KirstyYes. Please believe us.
KirstyYour tongue is as silver as ever, Joachim.
JoachimWhen it needs to be, yes. And when the alternative is a truth as ugly as the one we face, a little silver goes a long way.
JoachimOur sacrifices mean nothing, in the end. The rich simply get richer.
JoachimWe risk our lives time after time, fighting against all odds for a farcical cause. It's getting tiring.
KirstyEnough, Joachim. As soldiers, our place is on the battlefield. Anything that follows is not our concern. Now, why are you here?
JoachimAh, right. We've got new orders in from HQ.
JoachimThey want us to visit the Dyrenell Empire as emissaries, with the hope of forming a military alliance.
JoachimAnd here's the kicker: to keep costs to a minimum, they're sending just the two of us. Alone.
KirstyThat's the empire to the south with designs to expand, yes?
JoachimRight. And I don't know if you've heard, but they're pretty much the most evil force around these days.
KirstyBe that as it may, we have our orders. Begin departure preparations at once. I will be along shortly.
JoachimWhat will you be doing in the meantime?
KirstyI want to linger here awhile. Alone.
KirstyIf we can secure an alliance with Dyrenell, it should reduce the burden on our own military. That should mean fewer deaths.
KirstyIt's an enticing proposition, but I can't help feeling some trepidation about journeying south.
KirstyI had hoped to never see his face again...
An Unexpected Reunion
Deep in the Lodyzhka Mountains that
separate North and South Grastaea...
JoachimWhoa! Never seen a bird like that up north.
KirstyWe are not here for birdwatching, Joachim.
JoachimWhat's the harm in taking in the sights? Call it "recon." This place is full of things we'd never see back home.
KirstyTrue. The land grows greener the further south we travel.
KirstyIf our homeland enjoyed this same bounty of nature, we would have no need for war.
JoachimWhoa there, Commander, no need to wax philosophical. Just kick back and enjoy the birds' song, all right?
Joachim...Hold on. That's no bird.
KirstyJoachim! Get down!
JoachimWhere did that log come from?!
KirstyWe just walked into a trap—and a familiar one at that. It couldn't be...
???I must admit, I did not expect to see you here.
VictorIt has been some time, Kirsty. Or should I address you as Commander now?
KirstyI would prefer you didn't address me at all, FORMER Commander.
VictorI see. I take it you're irritated I chose to ignore my return orders?
KirstyNo, that came as no surprise. You were never one for rules.
KirstyBut disobeying a direct order is a violation of military law. I should have your head for that alone.
JoachimEasy, Commander. No need for that.
KirstyHe tried to kill us just moments ago, Joachim!
JoachimCome on, I bet he was just trying to scare us. Right, Victor?
VictorI'm afraid I had every intention to kill. I caught word that envoys to the empire would be passing through here, so I set a trap.
VictorIf our war hawk of a homeland and the barbaric Dyrenell Empire were to join forces, the continent would be riddled with death and destruction.
KirstyDon't let personal vendettas cloud your judgment, Victor. I know about your history with them.
VictorI expected no less. But do you truly believe an alliance would be in anyone's best interests?
KirstyOur nation is still weak. With the support of the Empire, expanding our reach would be much simpler.
KirstyIt would mean longer lives for our comrades.
VictorYour words are naught but petty idealism.
KirstyDon't speak like you know what's best for our country. While you idled here, our comrades were dying for our nation!
Victor"For our nation"? You know as well as I that those wars are in the interest of the wealthy minority.
VictorOur homeland has been rotten since our former king's passing.
KirstySo that's why abandoned Svenitla, is it? And now you impede this alliance to spite the king who demoted you.
VictorNo. I simply found something I cared about here.
VictorAnd any who threaten that will face the whole of my wrath—even my former comrades.
KirstyA soldier's duty is to their nation, not their emotions.
KirstyThat's why I...
JoachimDon't let him get to you, Commander.
Kirsty...Victor. As a former comrade, let me give you a warning.
KirstyIf you impede us again, we will show no mercy.
VictorWhy wait? Show me how your training has progressed.
JoachimEasy, you two! Put away your weapons!
KirstyStay out of this, Joachim. He won't back down. He's been that way since he was my instructor.
VictorI may be unchanged, but the same cannot be said of you. You follow orders without pause, despite knowing how corrupt our nation's leaders are.
VictorI had thought ten years enough for you to see clearly again, but it appears I was mistaken.
VictorAnd I taught you better than to leave yourself open! HAH!
JoachimHeh... Just made it. Are you hurt?
KirstyNo... I'm all right.
VictorSaved by your subordinate, eh? You may lack in moral fortitude, but you seem to at least be worthy of admiration.
JoachimGive the insults a rest, Victor.
JoachimIf you don't, I might have to kill you myself.
VictorHah! Stow your fears, boy. I have no interest in pursuing this further. You are free to journey on.
VictorIf my words alone can unsettle her, she is no threat to me.
VictorI have told you time and time again that an army represents power, not justice. One can only find justice within their own heart.
VictorSo long as you ignore your own emotions, you will never achieve anything.
KirstyEven after you were demoted, you still obeyed any orders you were given.
KirstyWhat did you find in the south to change you like this? What happened?
Victor...I just met some interesting people. That's all.
Nightmare from 10 Years Ago
JoachimLook, Commander. The owner of this village gave us some fresh fruit.
KirstyI see. Place it there, then.
JoachimSomething on your mind? Victor, perhaps?
KirstyWhat a preposterous idea. Why should I give any thought to a traitor?
JoachimI know you've always looked up to him.
KirstyWhen, exactly, did I say that?
JoachimYou didn't, but it's not hard to tell.
JoachimThe two of you are polar opposites. If he believes something is right, he'll see it done—even it means punching a government official and getting demoted.
Kirsty*sigh* He needs to learn to act like he's in the military. A soldier...
Joachim...Must always execute orders without question. I've heard that from you a thousand times.
JoachimBut I don't think you believe it as strongly as you used to.
JoachimYou should be more honest with yourself.
KirstyA soldier acting for themselves can only lead to tragedy.
KirstyThe incident ten years ago is proof enough of that.
Ten Years Earlier
A Town in Svenitlan Territory
MikhailWe've been ordered to retreat?! But that makes no sense!
KirstyHQ has decided to give up on suppressing the insurgents for now.
VadimBut there are still civilians in the town! What will become of them?!
KirstyUntil HQ officially declares their intent to abandon this land, they will have value as hostages. Our foes will keep them alive for the time being.
MikhailHow can you talk about them like...like pieces on a BOARD?! Are you really okay with this?!
KirstyNO! I'm not! But we are not equipped to fight a war of attrition.
KirstyWe should retreat before we come under attack, and reorganize from a distance before striking again. That is the most logical course.
MikhailIt might be logical, but do you think it's RIGHT?
GirlMister Soldier, you have to help us!
VadimWhat is it? Are you all right?
GirlS-some scary people took my mommy and daddy... You gotta help them! Please!
GirlPlease! Don't let those people hurt them!
Vadim...Sorry, Kirsty. I'm gonna have to disregard those orders.
MikhailSo am I. I'd never forgive myself if I turned my back on a crying kid.
KirstyPlease, don't do this! You'll be branded criminals!
MikhailIf that's the cost of doing what's right, then so be it.
Vadim"One can only find justice within their own heart." That's what Victor always says, and he's right!
KirstyI agree with you, I do. But now is not the time for this!
VadimGo ahead and lead the other soldiers out of here to regroup.
MikhailThen, when we wander along after, you can give us a proper scolding.
MikhailShow us the way, kiddo!
VadimSee you on the other side, Kirsty!
In the end, both soldiers were captured during
the rescue effort. The girl was then used as
a hostage to extract information from them
about their unit.
In the resulting attack, Kirsty's unit was forced
to abandon the town. Its residents were
slaughtered without exception.
Government OfficialYour comrades were fools. Their inability to follow orders cost this nation greatly, never mind their own lives.
Government OfficialEntertaining individual whims can only lead to ruin. Remember that well.
From that point on, Kirsty resolved
to obey her orders without question.
For if her comrades had only done the same,
the tragedy that ensued could have been avoided...
Kirsty...I must have dozed off. It's been some time since I had that dream.
KirstyJoachim? Where are you?
KirstyThat came from outside!
KirstyJoachim, report! What's going on?!
JoachimSome imperial soldiers came to town, and, well...
Female VillagerOh, honey! Are you all right?!
Patrol CommanderHmph. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you! We won't tolerate any lip. Now pay up!
KirstyAre they collecting taxes...?
JoachimIn a way. The people claim they've paid their dues already, but the soldiers aren't satisfied.
KirstyThey're no better than bandits... Is this really how the Empire operates?
Patrol CommanderHo there! Haven't seen you two around these parts before.
InnkeeperThey're just passing travelers. They've been here one night, and they'll be on their way soon.
Patrol CommanderA one-night residency makes them liable for taxes! Now, hurry up and hand over your valuables!
JoachimYou must be joking—
KirstyDo as he asks, Joachim.
JoachimWhat? Shouldn't we at least try to explain why we're here?
KirstyThese soldiers are just grunts. They wouldn't understand our mission even if we explained it.
KirstyAnd starting trouble here will not aid our negotiations.
Joachim...As you wish. Here, sir. It's not much, but it's what we have.
Patrol CommanderBah. Useless. How did you fare?
Imperial SoldierNot much better. I think we've squeezed all we can from this town.
Patrol CommanderI see. In that case...you there! You're coming with us.
Village YouthWh-what? Why?
Patrol CommanderOur unit is short on manpower. You'll make an excellent pack mule!
Elderly VillagerBut sir, w-we need him to work the fields here.
Patrol CommanderWell, isn't that a pity?
JoachimWhoa there pal, take it easy!
Patrol CommanderYou'd best hold your tongue before I cut it from your mouth.
KirstyPlease forgive my subordinate.
Patrol CommanderHmph. Keep your dog in line.
Kirsty(These soldiers are disgusting and completely unchecked. But for the sake of our mission, I have to let them go...)
VictorI have told you time and time again that an army represents power, not justice. One can only find justice within their own heart.
Kirsty(Get out of my head! I know the choice I'm making is just!)
Village YouthLet go of me! LET GO!
Patrol CommanderGet a move on! I said—ow!
Village BoyLET MY BROTHER GO, YOU MONSTERS!
Patrol CommanderMonsters, eh? You dare insult the proud soldiers of the Dyrenell Empire?!
Patrol CommanderIf you apologize right now, we might forgive you. ...Or we might not.
Village BoyN-never! You ARE monsters! Big stinky dumb meanie MONSTERS!
Village BoyYou lie to yourselves and say bad things are okay!
Patrol CommanderAll righty then. If you won't apologize, I guess there's only one thing for it! HAH!
Patrol CommanderWhat do you think you're doing?!
KirstyI'm not sure, honestly.
KirstyBut I can't let this continue. I am no coward.
Patrol CommanderYou'll see the noose for this, mark my words!
JoachimAhhh... That's better. I was just about ready to burst.
KirstyHeh. I know the feeling.
Patrol CommanderKill them! KILL THEM WHERE THEY STAND!
JoachimI think we've upset him. What shall we do?
KirstyI fear we're left with only one choice.
KirstyWe fight back! With me, Joachim!
JoachimYes, ma'am! Stay back, everyone! Leave these jokers to us!
JoachimWe'll make you wish death had come sooner!
The Forest Near Hertz Village
Imperial CommanderThey must be here somewhere! Find them, and show them the might of the Empire!
KirstyThey're almost in position... Now!
Imperial CommanderAre those... Logs?!
KirstyThey're disoriented! Now's our chance!
JoachimWhew... We managed to drive them back.
JoachimBut we've been hiding in this forest for five days now. I'm starting to get sick of eating fruits and berries.
KirstyStop complaining. Evading them would be trivial, but if we do that...
JoachimThey'll turn their anger on the people of Hertz for defying them in the first place.
KirstyYes. Eventually, they will realize their continued pursuit here is only wasting resources.
KirstyWe need to hold out until then, and keep drawing them into this forest in the meantime. Now, prepare the next round of traps.
JoachimYes, ma'am! Right away, ma'am!
KirstyWhat's got you so cheery? You didn't eat anything strange, did you?
JoachimHeh. I just still can't believe you cast our mission aside to help those villagers.
KirstyYes... That may prove shortsighted. However...
JoachimWait, do you smell something burning?
KirstyThey couldn't have...!
KirstyThey're going to burn this whole forest down with us in it!
JoachimThis is bad... We're surrounded by flames!
KirstyWe have to be able to break through somewhere!
JoachimNo dice—the flames are too strong! *cough* *cough*
KirstyBlast... Is this really the end?
JoachimWater magic?! Who did that?!
ThanielKirsty and Joachim, right? We've been searching high and low for you.
KirstyWho are you? You don't look like imperial soldiers...
ThanielWe can make introductions later. For now, just know that we're here to help!
AlainWe've secured an escape route. Follow us!
JoachimWhat should we do, Commander?
KirstyWe don't have time to press them on their identity.
KirstyWe'll just have to trust them. With me, Joachim!
AlainYou'll be safe here. There don't seem to be any imperials around.
KirstyThank you both. We owe you our lives.
ThanielIf anything, you owe those brothers back in Hertz. They asked us to help the travelers who saved them.
JoachimThat was kind of them indeed—but if the imperial army thinks we got away, that whole village will be in danger.
AlainFret not! They have all retreated to the Halidom's lands.
ThanielWith the soldiers caught up searching for you, we were able to lead the villagers to safety with ease.
KirstyThe Halidom? Then you must be with the prince Noelle mentioned in her report.
AlainIndeed we are. Now, we should make a hasty retreat to the Halidom ourselves; this is still imperial territory.
KirstyA party of this size would no doubt draw unwelcome attention. We're all wanted by the Empire at this point.
KirstyWe should part ways here.
ThanielWell... If you insist.
KirstyWait! Before you leave, I have one question.
KirstyYou are enemies of the Empire, yes? Why did you take the risk of entering their territory?
ThanielOh, that's quite simple.
AlainThe Halidom doesn't turn its back on people in danger. That's just how we are!
Kirsty...I see. That is admirable indeed.
JoachimWhat should we do now, Commander?
KirstyI think it's clear that an alliance with the Empire would not be in our country's best interests.
KirstyIf their army's leaders are as wretched as their soldiers, they would no doubt betray us in time. We should return home to report as much at once.
JoachimAgreed. A "breakdown in negotiations" sounds about right.
KirstyYes. And when we're inevitably sent back to open talks again, I intend to visit the Halidom on the way.
JoachimOh? Why is that?
KirstyThe king may insist on allying with such an openly evil power, but I won't stand by and watch our home march itself to ruin.
KirstyHowever, this journey has taught me that I still lack the knowledge necessary to fight for what is just.
KirstyAnd if Victor is to be believed, the best place to gain it may be at the Halidom.
JoachimI see. ...Hm?
KirstyAh, hello Noelle. Are you here with new orders from HQ?
NoelleN-no... Actually, I...
KirstyIt's all right. Just give me the message.
JoachimWhat does it say?
KirstyIt's...an invitation. The sender claims to be recruiting rebels to help cleanse our nation of the corruption that has taken root there.
JoachimYou can't mean...
KirstyA revolution, yes. Whoever wrote this says they only sent these invitations to those who "truly love our nation."
Noelle*nod* I-I gave one to Victor, too.
JoachimMm, and how did he respond?
NoelleHe... He pretended not to care. But I think deep down, he really cares a lot!
JoachimHmm. Well, either way, the timing is suspicious.
KirstyAgreed. It's impossible to tell from this letter alone whether the sender is a well-intentioned patriot or simply hungry for the king's power.
Kirsty...But I have every intention of finding out.