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Shining Force III Scenario 1: God Warrior of the Kingdom
Chapter 1: Nightmare in the Floating City of Saraband
Saraband Republican HQ
Script typed up by: Lineage
Tybalt:
Are you listening, Dantares!?
Brutus:
You seem in a terrible mood, Tybalt.

Just because the peace conference with the Empire is not going well is no reason to act like an ogre.
Edmund:
You can't blame just Tybalt for that. It sure doesn't seem like the Empire is truly interested in cooperating.
Brutus:
Remember, Tybalt, they wouldn't have invaded Barrand if YOU had quashed the revolt of your people, instead of begging the Empire for aid.
Tybalt:
Do you think I don't know that?! The guilt for inviting them into the holy land... will stay with me forever...
Dantares:
Be that as it may... as the entrance to the holy land of Elbesem, Barrand is an important strategic point... Even without your troubles, how long would it have been before the Emperor turned his greedy eyes towards you?
Edmund:
That is a hard truth, Dantares. With the people in revolt, you had no other choice. There was no way to stop the invasion by the Empire.
Brutus:
As our Republic has but recently separated from the Empire, our own people do not yet understand the benefits of standing on our own. The Empire has taken advantage of that fact.
Tybalt:
We have poured our lifeblood into this... while others tear down everything we accomplish... It is unbearable.
Edmund:
'Others tear down everything...'? Who are you talking about?
Tybalt:
What do you mean who? Have you forgotten? The rabble General Varlant mentioned.
Brutus:
I have not... forgotten, but... there's no need to bring that subject up now.
Benetram:
I haven't heard about this. Please continue.
Benetram:
How are things with you... Synbios? Are you getting used to filling in for your father, Conrad?

I see... You don't look as if you are.
Tybalt:
Ah, Lord Conrad... It is a shame his health would not permit him to come. It is at times like this we need him the most.
Benetram:
Are you unsatisfied with Synbios? You would prefer General Varlant, perhaps? Is that what you were implying, Tybalt?
Brutus:
We know Varlant wanted to be here, Tybalt, but you know as well as any of us what a bad idea that would be.
Benetram:
We all know Varlant is a good man, but... you know his temper. He is not suited for such... delicate negotiations.
Tybalt:
Uhh...
Benetram:
You enlisted Dantares... he wouldn't be here unless he thought Synbios could make a difference.
Dantares:
Lord Synbios may still be young, but I see him carrying the future of the Republic on his back, someday.
Synbios:
.......
Benetram:
I believe you were telling an interesting story, weren't you, Brutus...?
Brutus:
Um... oh... you mean about... It's really... not that big of a deal.
Tybalt:
Our soldiers stationed in Balsamo, have reported some... strange people... in the area.
Benetram:
I see... strange people... Could you be perhaps a bit more specific?
Edmund:
He refers to the ones General Varlant mentioned... the monks of that bizarre religious sect, the ones with the masks...
Synbios:
.......
Dantares:
General Varlant reported a group of pagan monks taking up residence in Balsamo prior to the start of the peace conference.
Benetram:
Masked... pagan monks...
Dantares:
I don't understand how a pagan cult can proliferate on this continent in the face of the holy word of Elbesem.
Edmund:
The people have enough to worry about. They shouldn't have their minds filled with that pagan nonsense.
Tybalt:
With the recent unrest, they're gaining quite a following preaching about the coming "new order".
Dantares:
These monks sound like a bunch of cranks. Is there something else about them that alarms you?
Benetram:
These pagans... They claim they pray for peace, but what if... what if their true aim is more sinister...?
Synbios:
.......
Tybalt:
This sort of doomsday preaching can be heard everywhere in Barrand. People are eating up these fantasies.
Brutus:
Benetram, you're a pessimist. There are nuts everywhere. Worry about all of them, and you'll become one.
Benetram:
If those monks are the ones I've heard about, well, I have reason to be pessimistic...
Tybalt:
Let's talk about this some other time, shall we? We came all this way to talk peace with the Empire.
Edmund:
Anyway, we should discuss our strategies in today's conference with the Empire while we still have time.
A knock is heard at the door
Brutus:
What is it?
Masqurin:
Pardon the intrusion, my Lords... A messenger from Saraband is here to see you.
Brutus:
I thought we still had plenty of time before the conference...
Benetram:
That's all right... Bring him in.
Messenger:
I am here to escort you to today's peace conference.
Brutus:
You're here a bit ahead of schedule, aren't you?
Messenger:
Lord Garvin suggests that given the current... difficulties in the peace negotiations, a new approach may help. Before the official conference begins, he invites both yourself and the Emperor to an informal council.
Brutus:
We weren't informed of this...
Tybalt:
This "informal council" is obviously an excuse to get all the advisors out of the room.
Benetram:
Perhaps that's not such a bad idea... Without the confusion of many voices, the two of us might make progress. All right... I shall go.
Brutus:
Are you planning on going without a bodyguard?
Benetram:
I shall ask Edmund to accompany me.
Tybalt:
But I am the aggrieved party in this conference!
Benetram:
Your emotions... may hinder our discussion. In light of this, I believe you should remain here. I would also like to ask Synbios to do something for me. Unlike us, you are not well known here. Go speak with the people of Saraband, and learn what you can.
Synbios:
.......
Benetram:
Even though the Emperor Domaric and I meet today, I would not expect to resolve everything just like that. Besides, you are too serious, like your father. You could use some time relaxing among the people. I also need to tell Dantares something. I think an Imperial knight, Campbell, is here in Saraband accompanying the youngest prince, Medion.
Dantares:
Campbell sounds familiar... I've heard tales of a brave knight...
Benetram:
A while ago, during a border skirmish, he fought brilliantly against us. You may find him somewhere in town. I am ready... Thank you for waiting, messenger.
Brutus:
So he is gone...
Tybalt:
So, now what do we do?
Brutus:
Nothing to do but wait. But you have a job to do, Synbios. You'd better go.
Dantares the Knight joined the force
Tybalt:
The fact your father, Conrad, did not come is a liability for the Republic. You must fill the void thus created.
Brutus:
There is an Imperial camp west of Saraband. You might be able to discover something there.
Leaving the hall
Grace:
Please don't leave me behind.
Dantares:
Ah, it is you, Grace. So... where is Masqurin?
Grace:
That little minx... she thinks she will be scolded. She is curled up hiding somewhere.
Dantares:
She got me in trouble. In the middle of the conference, she peeked through the window.
Grace:
Oh please... I beg you to forgive her... She regrets what she did.
Synbios:
.......
Dantares:
Please don't ask that of me my Lord... If we let Masqurin off so easily, it would not be good for her.

Since Lord Synbios is insisting, I'll let her get away with just a warning this time...
Grace:
You can come out now, Masqurin! Sir Dantares says he will forgive you
Masqurin:
-giggle-
I didn't mean to upset anyone
Dantares:
Masqurin, what am I to do with you... What is it... is it a flower? What's this for...?
Masqurin:
The messenger gave in to me earlier. I'm presenting it to you as my way of saying sorry for what happened.
Dantares:
You think this qualifies as an apology?
Masqurin:
Would you like one too, Lord Synbios?
Dantares:
AHEM! Masqurin! I am not finished with you...
Synbios received a cut flower
Masqurin:
Yes, what were you saying?
Dantares:
Oh, never mind...
Masqurin:
-giggle-
Dantares:
Due to King Benetram's generosity, we get to see the sights of Saraband. Let's not waste any more time.
Masqurin the Magician and Grace the Priest have joined the force.
Republic Hall
Brutus:
There is an Imperial camp to the west of Saraband. You might find new info there. I suggest talking to everyone.
Tybalt:
By not coming, your father, the Lord Conrad, has weakened the position of the Republic. You must work hard to rectify this.
Bookshelf:
Remember! First, you want to use soldiers with long range attacks, then finish them off with direct attacks.
Headquarters
Dantares:
My first impression of the city of Saraband... it's more beautiful and extravagant than I was told. However, even so... I still like Aspia and Flagard much better.
Masqurin:
As a city floating on the sea, Saraband is a technological wonder! As a country, it's quite paltry... Even so, it's making a lot of money from both Aspia and Destonia... It's as if it was built out of money!
Grace:
The Republic and the Empire gathered here dislike each other... I wonder if the conference will end quietly...

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