Transcript of A Bird in the Hand (voyage)
- Player: Hello, Sojobo, Shanao.
- The Tengu: It's just me today, Portmaster - Shanao is...resting.
- Player: Is he okay?
- The Tengu: I'm afraid Shanao will soon sing his last song. He's no spring chicken anymore, and the fight with Benkei hurt him more than I thought.
- Player: I didn't realise.
- The Tengu: He doesn't like to talk about it, or rather he doesn't like ME to talk about it.
- Player: What will happen to you if he dies?
- The Tengu: Unless I can find another to wear me, I will be a mask again. He may be an ornery old crow - and a tiny bit cuckoo - but we've achieved so much together. Things just wouldn't be the same without him.
- Player: Are you planning to go after Kakashi? My sources tell me he's bad news.
- The Tengu: The Way of Gu dictates we must see this through to the end, whatever the outcome. Besides, we have a secret weapon in Benkei! We sent Benkei back to Kakashi as a spy. We'll wait for an opportune time and then strike. Shanao should be up for that much, at least!
- Player: What do you need?
- The Tengu: A ship to Yamada Island - that is from where Kakashi will launch his assault on Paradise and its many seasingers. By the time we arrive, Shanao should be well nested.
- Player: You have it, but on one condition. Lay off the bird puns!
- The Tengu: Are you sure you want me to 'lay' off them? Haha!
- Player: ...
- The Tengu: Okay, I'll stop.
- Player: Were you successful? How's Shanao?
- Shanao: (mumble)
- Player: Glad to hear it. Wait, how did I understand that?
- The Tengu: You get used to his mumbling. We stopped Kakashi's assault on Paradise, but it wasn't pretty. Before we got there, he'd been killing sea creatures - so many dead. At least Benkei proved he intends to honour his new allegiance to us - he managed to steal back the remaining Fenghuang Feathers. The sky orphan spirits abandoned Kakashi at the final moment!
- Player: And what of Kakashi?
- The Tengu: He escaped - Shanao was too tired to chase after him...but we'll get another chance. Benkei is still with Kakashi, though I fear his position has become more perilous. For now, at least, the skies are clear.