Titania: How are you feeling, Rhys?
Rhys: Good. No fevers or shaking today! Thanks for asking.
Titania: You know, I was just thinking about the first time we met. It was almost a year ago to this very day.
Rhys: Was it really…? Oh, you’re right! My, time does fly.
Titania: Of course, I don’t remember much of the initial encounter, since I was unconscious and bleeding! Ha! Remember that? I don’t know why we didn’t bring a healer with us that day… Fighting bandits without a staff? Not smart!
Rhys: It was lucky that I found you. I didn’t usually venture that deep into the forest, but I was short on medicinal herbs.
Titania: Yeah, those bandits were a rough lot… Their stomping ground was right near your village, actually. It’s all coming back to me now… They were tougher than I’d thought. We took most of them out with ease, but one fled into the woods and I gave chase. Big mistake. My horse got hung up in the undergrowth, and that bandit got the drop on me… At least Shinon hit him before I was killed.
Rhys: Gatrie and Shinon were both really worried when they brought you back to my parents’ house.
Titania: Really? I didn’t know that. Hmm… I didn’t think Shinon ever worried about anyone… But they stayed with me until my wounds were healed, I remember that. You know, if it wasn’t for your good work, I wouldn’t have been able to use an axe anymore! I really appreciate it.
Rhys: No, I should thank you. You convinced Greil to hire me! And now I can send money back to my parents. They’re both so old, and I’m their only source of income.
Titania: Your parents were very kind. Especially your mother… And she made that great wildberry pie! To repay their kindness, I will protect their only son no matter what.
Rhys: Oh, I appreciate that, Titania!
Rhys: Training again?
Titania: Yep. I get antsy if I don’t train every day… Kiyaaaa! Haaaaaa! Whew!
Rhys: Would you mind if I joined you for a while?
Titania: What? You want to train? Really? Well, no, of course I wouldn’t mind. Um…why?
Rhys: I was hoping to find some way to… defend myself I hate being a burden on everyone.
Titania: Rhys! You’re a healer, not a fighter. That’s not your fault. I don’t even think you know which end of a sword to stick in someone! Maybe…
Rhys: Yes, Titania?
Titania: I just wonder if you’d be happier had you not rescued me. Perhaps living in peace with your parents is more your style.
Rhys: Oh, I don’t know. That life wasn’t easy. I have a small, frail body, and there were few jobs for me in our village. My parents were always worried about me. I was sick all the time, and constantly getting bumps and scrapes… They only agreed to let me follow you because you were a strong mercenary group! They figured I would be safe.
Titania: …There must be safer jobs out there! You could be a fisherman. Or a botanist! Do you like plants?
Rhys: Oh, that would bore me to tears! …Titania…I love this job. I don’t want to quit. I was a sickly child, and I didn’t get out much. I used to sit inside and listen to the other children play… In those years, my uncle took me under his wing. He was a mercenary, too. He used to spin unbelievable yarns about his exotic travels and fantastic battles… It inspired me.
Titania: I had no idea!
Rhys: Kinda funny, isn’t it? You know, I shouldn’t say this, but… Sometimes, when we fight one long battle after another… It makes me happy. I feel like I belong.
Titania: You’re a big part of our company, Rhys. I’m glad to hear you say so.
Rhys: Hello, Titania. Could I join your training again today?
Titania: Sure, go ahead! Looks like you’re getting your strength back. You look healthy.
Rhys: Yes. Thanks to you.
Titania: Oh, I didn’t do much… Say, Rhys? What do you think of Ike?
Rhys: Ike? Well, I’m not the person to be judging another’s battle skills, so I guess you want to know my take of the man… Ike… Well, despite his appearance… and the occasional angry outburst… he can be very thoughtful. Most importantly, he has doggedness, determination, and grit. He possesses the strength to turn ideal into reality. I think he is the right choice to lead the Greil Mercenaries.
Titania: I agree with you. But he is still young. He still has much to learn, and I wonder how those experiences will shape him. …Frankly, I’m a little concerned.
Rhys: Why is that?
Titania: Our company is only going to grow, and he will soon face many hard choices… and also some temptations. Oh, we’ll make money… But we’re going to get job offers that will result in people getting hurt. Or worse. And to feed and equip a group of this size, we’ll need jobs with a certain amount of risk.
Rhys: Commander Greil faced those same problems, didn’t he?
Titania: He did, but Greil… He was different. The original Greil Mercenaries were famous for not being typical mercenaries. Sometimes we took on jobs for free… and we helped countless people at the expense of our own coffers.
Rhys: I believe that Ike holds the same ideals as Commander Greil.
Titania: I’m sure he does. …Yes, I’m sure of it. Ike will definitely find reasons for us to fight and live. He’ll pick the right path. I won’t have to tell him anything. All we have to do is believe in Ike and follow him…to the end.