Pardon the odd question, but something has been
bothering me for a while now. Your hair...was it
always that color?
That is an odd question. But yes, if you must know,
it was a different color when I was a child.
How could you know that? Is it possible that we met
before the academy?
It's...a long story. Now is not the time or place.
Yes, of course. My apologies.
Well, well. The Imperial princess, the crown prince,
and the next sovereign duke. Must be exhausting
trying to suss out each other's intentions, huh?
Nah, we get along great. I mean, we kind of have no
choice. A petty squabble could start an all-out war.
And it doesn't take a fancy title to have a hidden
agenda. Isn't that right, Yuri?
Cheeky...and off base. What do you think, friend?
Do you think I'm off plotting nefarious deeds?
Ha ha ha! Brutally honest... I love it.
Ha ha! Not very perceptive, are we?
Even so, that's a bit much, wouldn't you say? I do
what I need to get by—nothing more than that.
As for the others, they've all got their own struggles,
but they're nothing if not trustworthy.
Humbling yourself while promoting your friends...
Gotta say, I don't hate this side of you.
Seems we're in mutual neutrality of one another.
I like that you keep your cards close. We'll get
along just fine, you and I.
The Four Apostles... Gah, this is killing me!
I'm on the verge of remembering something.
I can't shake the feeling that one of their names is...
also a food or something.
I've only had the chance to speak with Aelfric briefly,
but he seems like a respectable man.
It's obvious the whole town has a lot of affection
Kind of reminds me of Lonato in that way...
Had a chance to poke your head in here, Professor?
It's a fortune-teller's room!
Judging by all her mystical-looking doodads, I think
she's the real deal too.
I wonder if she does matchmaking. Maybe she can
help me sort through my countless suitors.
I've got a lot of time on my hands down here, so I've
been venturing even deeper underground.
This place is loaded with winding paths and
blocked-off tunnels. It's a real maze.
Only a few folks even know how to operate the gate
mechanisms and hidden passages.
That's what I said. Activate the mechanism, and the
gate slams shut. Bang!
That's what I said. Things will shift without notice
here, revealing hidden passages. Walls. Floors.
Everything. Gotta stay sharp.
Actually, I'll level with you. Yuri and Constance are
much better at scoping out that kind of thing, heh.
The records should be here some— Oh!
Hello, Professor. It's good that you've come.
I realized that I missed an opportunity to
congratulate myself on my military achievements.
But now that you're here, I have an audience for it.
Indulge me, won't you?
Ahaha! Behold the proof that the utmost honor in
combat belongs to none other than I, Constance
What a relief to get that off my chest! Now, where
did Aelfric get to? I must have words with him.
You've only been on the job a few moons, huh?
No wonder you don't come off as a mindless church
Plus, you don't flap your trap all the time.
I appreciate that.
I hope you never change, no matter how many years
you spend with the annoying people up there.
The Ashen Wolves got their name from the beasts
who guard the Blue Sea Star.
The archbishop named the house herself, in fact.
In spite of that, it seems she looks unfavorably upon
our house of late. This saddens me greatly.
Hey, you. Listen up. I've got something to report.
The bandit sightings have stopped. For now.
I still won't let my guard down, though!
What else... Notice how everyone's in high spirits?
Know why? I do. It's because Master Aelfric is here.
He's real special, that one. He saved my life and lots
of others here too. He's earned some hero worship.
Don't suppose you're here for a drink, huh.
They aren't any better, I'll tell ya right now.
Maybe folks down here wouldn't be so awful if they
could get their hands on something worth tasting.
Who am I kidding... Nobles are just as bad.
I heard Aelfric came to Yuri's rescue in the attack
that happened recently.
That's just what you'd expect from someone as kind
and strong as he is.
I can't believe he's single...
For folks who've lost their homes on the surface,
Abyss is all they've got.
Place used to be nothing more than a den of
criminals who did whatever they pleased.
Now, we've got Aelfric to keep an eye on things.
He understands that keeping people fed's the way
to keep 'em calm.
There was a time when I did much fighting.
Then I was captured. Then...I escaped.
My home is far away now. My mother is waiting
for me, but returning is... It is far away.
I worry that I will be here until I am very old.
Sometimes Aelfric gives out candy!
Stick close by him, and you might get some too.
But save a little for me, OK?
Don't annoy Hapi or make her feel disappointed.
You mustn't. Not ever! OK?
Abyss is a sprawling place. Some houses, like mine,
are actually quite far from the center of town.
What brings me all the way here then, you ask?
I came to see Aelfric. Even a glimpse of him is said
to bring good luck.