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David's Messenger: "Sir Rush, Lord David has an important matter to discuss with you. Will you make your way to Athlum Castle?"
Rush: "Nah, maybe later."
David's Messenger: "It seemed to be a pressing matter..."
Rush: "I'm on my way."
David's Messenger: "Thank you, sir."
Over in Athlum Castle...
David: "Rush, thanks for coming. I wanted to ask something of you before the others get back. I know this is short notice, but would you accompany me to Fornstrand? We have a bit of free time, and there is someone I am quite overdue to meet."
David: "Thank you, Rush. Ferocious monsters spawn in Fornstrand this time of year. We must be careful."
Once in Fornstrand...
David: "We'll find her here. Let's go."
Proceeding further in...
David: "This is exactly the way I remember it... Five years ago, this was my place to hide from the world. I was angry for being born a Nassau. A marquis is responsible for everything. The title was nothing but a burden. Childish, I know. That's when I met a little girl. She was my age and lived on the outskirts of town. Apparently, this was her hideout, too. We became friends and spent a lot of time together here. I was always surrounded by adults and it was refreshing to be able to speak to someone my age. Even after she found out who I was, she never treated me differently."
Entering the Realm of the Sea Monster..
David: ""Nothing bad can happen to Athlum if you're in charge." That's what she said to me one day. I think I nodded in reply with a wry smile. As long as Athlum was ruled by Celapaleis, there was always a chance we would go to war. A small country like Athlum would never gain independence. Ever. At least, that's how I used to think. But I was glad she had faith in me. I felt reassured. That day, we made our usual promise to meet up again and went our separate ways. But then she stopped coming. I haven't seen her in a long, long time. Let's go. It's up ahead."
After fighting the monsters...
David: "The night of our last meeting, a slew of monsters attacked Athlum. I quickly gathered our troops, but I was too late. The monsters had gotten into town. If only I hadn't needed permission to use the Gae Bolg, I might have been able to prevent the invasion. But I had to prioritize the treaty with Celapaleis over the townspeoples' lives. As a result, there were several casualties. She was one of them. I've never felt so helpless. A ruler who couldn't even save the life of one girl... I know it's been a while since I've come back. I'm sorry for the wait. I couldn't bring myself to come, even though I knew you were here. I promised myself I would come back when I was worthy--when Athlum became the country you hoped it would be. Athlum's gained its independence. I know it's a small step forward, but it's a step nonetheless. It's all because of your words that I was able to come this far. I've been meaning to tell you something--something I promised myself I would tell you the next time we met. Thank you. And..."
Back at Athlum Castle...
David: "Thank you for accompanying me. This isn't much, but please take this." (receive Pyramid formation upgrade and Vermilion Cameo (PC).
David: "Athlum has just barely begun to hold her own. With the help of everyone, I want to turn her into a city that will be looked up to and admired."