Dragon Quest XI S Script: Act 1 Cutscenes

 

This child...

 

He is the one?

 

He bears the Mark.

 

There's no mistaking it...

 

Waaah!

 

Oh, my!

 

What in heavens are you doing here?

 

And after that awful storm too!

 

However did you survive?

 

Gaga! Goo!

 

Heh heh! You're a jolly one!

 

What's this?

 

Oh, you poor thing!

 

Come here, come here.

 

There's no need to be frightened any more.

 

You're safe now, little fellow!

 

Several years later...

 

*: Thanks so much, you're a lifesaver!

 

*: Trust me to lose my headscarf just before the big ceremony!

 

*: So it's finally here—the big day! I can't believe we're going to be climbing all the way up there!

 

*: Hee hee! Looks like Sandy's keen to lead the way!

 

*: Come on! Best not keep her waiting!

 

*: ‘Humble folk of Cobblestone,

 

Great Land Spirit's hearth and home...’

 

That's how it goes, isn't it?

Gemma

My grandad's been teaching me the prayer ever since I was little. He reckons the Spirit of the Land really does live on Cobblestone Tor, you see.

Gemma

As long as I can remember, he's been preparing me for this day... The day it would finally be my turn to climb all the way up there and offer my thanks...

Gemma

I just wonder whose idea it was in the first place, sending the village's young folk on such a dangerous errand. What if I take a tumble and do myself a mischief?

Gemma

Well, not to worry—since you and me were born on the same day, I'm lucky enough to have a bodyguard along for the journey!

Gemma

Come on, then! That craggy old thing won't climb its—

Gemma

Eeek! Monsters!

Gemma

They're coming this way!

Gemma

Crikey, I wasn't expecting that! I know they were only little, but I'd've been done for if you and Sandy hadn't been here to help me!

Gemma

And now we've got to go through that horrible, dingy cave. Just our luck!

Gemma

I'll bet you anything that's where those awful things came from. Well, as long as you're with me, I've got nothing to worry about. Come on, let's get going!

Gemma

Cor, look at all this fog! Umm... Is this normal, d'you think?

 

*: Help! Help meee!

Gemma

Wh—!? Cole!?

Gemma

Quick! You have to help him!

Gemma

It's not fog at all—it's more monsters!

Cole

I, I'm sorry, Gemma! I only came up here 'cos I thought it'd be funny to jump out and surprise you...

Cole

But then those monsters appeared!

Gemma

What in the world is going on? I never heard anything about monsters appearing on the Tor before...

Gemma

But never mind that now—whatever were you thinking!? You could've been killed! You take Sandy and get back to the village this instant!

Cole

Y-Yes, Gemma... Sorry, Gemma...

Gemma

You saved my bacon again! I knew you were tough, but crikey! You really have grown into quite the hero!

Gemma

Not far to the top now!

Gemma

Typical! It would have to go and start raining, wouldn't it! Come on, let's get a move on!

Gemma

Here we are at last!

Gemma

It's such a shame about the weather. I was really looking forward to that view...

Gemma

Well, we'd better say the prayer and get this ceremony over with, eh?

Gemma

Wh-What was that!?

Gemma

Help! Help meee! Help! Heeelp!

Gemma

W-We're alive...

Gemma

But how? Th-That great big flash of lightning... It was almost like you made it happen...

Gemma

Look! The mark on your hand!

Gemma

...Oh. It's stopped. Well, we can worry about that later.

Gemma

All I know is that you saved me yet again! I don't know what I'd do without you!

Gemma

Now, we really had better be finishing up this ceremony.

Gemma

Humble folk of Cobblestone,

 

Great Land Spirit's hearth and home,

Gemma

Lift your voices up in prayer,

 

Sing it across all Erdrea,

Gemma

Blessed are we, since days of yore,

 

Let it be so forever more.

Gemma

Wooow! Look!

Gemma

It just goes on and on and on!

Gemma

Whoever dreamed up this ceremony must have had this in mind—they wanted to show us how huge our world really is...

Gemma

Well, that's it! It's all over, and now we're grown-ups! Shall we head down and tell Grandad and everyone?

Gemma

They'll all be waiting for us at the bottom!

Gemma

We're back safe and sound, Grandad!

Dunstan

Indeed you are, my dear! Thank the Spirits for that!

Dunstan

When we saw lightning striking up there, we got a little worried, I have to tell you. Hyeh heh!

 

<pc> explains what happened on top of the Tor...

Dunstan

Well I never! Sounds like it's nothing short of a miracle that you made it back in one piece!

Dunstan

Well, there's no doubt about it—the Spirit of the Land was watching over you!

Dunstan

Now tell me, my dear—how was the view from the top?

Gemma

It was wonderful! I saw the sea stretching to the horizon, and the sunlight playing on the water, and... Oh, I've never seen anything like it in my life!

Dunstan

You're true Cobblestonians now—only we have the pleasure of looking out over the world of Erdrea in such breathtaking fashion, you know.

Dunstan

You're still young, and the day may yet come when you decide to leave Cobblestone behind.

Dunstan

I hope our little ceremony has opened your eyes to a little of what may await you out there.

Dunstan

Now, it's high time we were heading back. I'm sure your mother is eager to hear how things went, young man. Don't keep poor Amber in suspense!

Gemma

Come on, you! Home time!

Amber

Here's my little soldier! Well, not so little any more—I've heard all about your big adventure! Look at you, all grown-up!

Amber

I hope he wasn't too much of a bother, Gemma dear.

Gemma

Hm hm! Of course not!

Gemma

Quite the opposite, in fact! You would have been proud of him!

Gemma

We got attacked by a monster at the top of the Tor, and I ended up hanging on to the edge of the cliff by my fingertips! I thought I was done for!

Gemma

But you'll never guess what happened next—that mark on his hand suddenly lit up, and a bolt of lightning hit the monster!

Amber

What did you say!?

Amber

That funny little mark? Lightning flying about the place? Goodness me...

Amber

Here I was hoping he'd turn out nice and ordinary, but it seems his grandfather was right all along...

Amber

Well, I've been putting this off for long enough now. You and me need to have a little talk.

Amber

Here. This belongs to you.

Amber

Your grandfather asked me to give you it once you'd come of age and climbed the Tor.

Amber

The truth is...there's something I've been keeping a secret all these years—something I've never told another soul in the village...

Amber

It's... How can I put this now, umm... Well, he said you're...

Amber

...You're the reincarnation of the Luminary!

Gemma

...What?

Amber

Oh, don't ask me what the old fool meant, dear! I haven't got the foggiest! All I know is that your grandfather said you had a special destiny, and that there was something you had to do.

Amber

He said that when you came of age, you were to head north to the capital, up there in Heliodor, and show that necklace thingy to the King.

Amber

He seemed to think that if you did that, all would become clear. Clear as mud, I shouldn't wonder...

Amber

Anyway, the long and short of it is that if you want to find out what this is all about, you'll have to leave Cobblestone and head over to Heliodor.

Gemma

Crikey...

Amber

Well, I can't stop you leaving, I'm sure, but you won't be marching on an empty stomach! Come on—dinner!

 

The reincarnation of the Luminary...

 

<pc> tries his hardest to sleep, but he's too confused by everything he's learned, and excited about his coming trip.

 

Eventually...

Gemma

Can't sleep either, eh?

Gemma

You remember this tree, don't you?

Gemma

I got my scarf stuck in it all those years ago... There I was, crying like mad, and there you were running round trying to help me get it down...

Gemma

Heh... Some things never change, eh...

Gemma

You know, I always imagined we'd spend our whole lives right here in Cobblestone.

Gemma

That's why I was so surprised by what your mum said today. All that stuff about you being the Luminary, that reincarnation thing...

Gemma

I remember this story my grandad told me...

Gemma

‘Once upon a time, long, long ago, the world was terrorised by a horrible monster. But then the Luminary appeared and saved the day.

Gemma

‘When it was all over, the Luminary turned into a star, and he's been watching over us from up in the heavens ever since.’

Gemma

That's his star, right there...

Gemma

How can you be the Luminary too? I... I just don't get it...

Gemma

I know—that's what you're going to Heliodor to find out. I understand, really I do...

Gemma

Listen, we should both be getting back. Everyone will be wondering where we've got to.

Gemma

Goodbye...old friend...

 

Exhausted after his long day, <pc> finally falls into a restless slumber.

 

Then, morning comes...

Amber

Well, just look at you! You don't scrub up too bad, you know. I only wish your grandfather were here to see you...

Amber

You won't forget him, will you? He was a fine, upstanding man—the pride of the village. You could do worse than try to be like him.

Amber

Well, however you turn out, I'm sure you'll find a way to overcome whatever lies ahead. A mother knows these things.

Amber

Oh, by the way, I've popped a little money I'd saved for a rainy day in your pack. Don't spend it all at once!

Amber

Why don't you visit the village shop before you head off to Heliodor? You'll need some supplies for your big adventure.

Amber

But don't take too long—the whole village is turning out to wave you off!

Dunstan

One day you're just a little boy, the next you're getting ready to leave us. I only wish your grandfather could see what a fine young man you've become.

Dunstan

To think it's been so many years already since old Chalky found you flo—Ahem!—I mean, since he brought you to Cobblestone.

Dunstan

We never thought there was anything out of the ordinary about you, and now suddenly there's all this talk of Luminaries, of all things!

Dunstan

You know who the Luminary was, of course? The legendary hero who saved the world from a terrible darkness.

Dunstan

And we're supposed to believe that you're him reincarnated? Ha! I don't doubt old Chalky, of course, but it is a little hard to swallow, I must say.

Dunstan

Oh, when you meet the King of Heliodor, put in a good word for old Cobblestone, won't you, eh? Heh heh!

Dunstan

If he finds out this is the village where the Luminary was raised, there might be something in it for us, if you catch my drift.

 

*: Ooh, you are terrible! Trust you to be thinking about what you can get out of it!

Dunstan

Ho ho ho! I'm only joking, of course! The very thought! Ha ha ha! ...Ahem. Anyway, where was I...?

Dunstan

Ah, yes. Now, the fate that awaits you may well be one beyond anything we simple country folk can imagine.

Dunstan

But you must allow us to offer what little assistance we can. Take this map of Erdrea with you. May it prove useful in finding your way.

 

<pc> receives the map of Erdrea!

Dunstan

And may this magnificent steed, the pride of Cobblestone, lighten your burden and speed you on your way!

Dunstan

You'll find Heliodor easily enough—just head north out of the village and follow your nose.

Amber

You travel safely now! Ooh, you're such a good boy! Such a good boy! You make us proud out there, won't you? And come back safe!

 

*: Goodbye! See you soon! All the best, now! Safe journey! Bye-bye!

 

*: Wait!

Gemma

Here, take this with you! I... I made it for you...

 

<pc> receives Gemma's charm!

Gemma

It'll keep you safe! I heard there are lots of monsters where you're going—be sure to keep it close, won't you!

Gemma

I... I don't know what's in store for you out there, but wherever you go, and...whoever you meet, don't... Don't forget us, will you?

Gemma

Take care! And remember—we'll be waiting for you!

 

*: Oh-ho! What have we here? I know a budding adventurer when I see one!

 

*: It can be risky heading into the great outdoors if you aren't familiar with the basics of survival, you know. Well, fear not, because that's where I come in!

 

*: See the remains of that fire over there? Well, when you spy one of those, it means you can set up camp and rest your weary bones!

 

*: To settle down for the night, just go up to the fire and examine it. You'll soon be enjoying a well-earned break.

 

*: ...What's that? You're worried about being attacked by monsters while you sleep? Oh, ye of little faith!

 

*: That statue over there is chock-full of holy powers that'll keep the beasties at bay for as long as you need!

 

*: And that's not all—you can pray to it to be cured of poison, and all kinds of other things. Think of it as a mini church!

 

*: Anyway, enough of my yammering—why don't you take a closer look at all this camping kit for yourself?

 

*: You'll need to get used to what campsites look like and how to find them. After all, you'll be relying on them whenever you're out in the wilderness.

 

*: It's like my old dad always said: keen campers can continue on where others can't! Be prepared!

 

*: Well, that's all from me. If you have any camping-related queries, feel free to ask. I'm here all the time—I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

 

*: Halt! Not so fast!

 

*: State your business!

 

<pc> explains that he's the Luminary, and that he's come to speak to the King.

 

*: Here, shake my hand, mate! That's the funniest one I've heard all week!

 

*: Clear off, will you? We haven't got time for this kind of nonsense.

 

*: ...What's that? You want to show that pendant to the King, you say?

 

*: .........D'you mind waiting here a minute?

 

*: Ever so sorry for that little misunderstanding. Please, go right on through. His Majesty's waiting for you.

 

*: That will be quite close enough. Welcome to Heliodor Castle, friend.

 

*: The Jewel of Dundrasil...

 

*: You are bold indeed to have made your way here alone, wanderer. I am Carnelian, ruler of Heliodor.

King Carnelian

How long have I waited for this day? And now finally we meet. Truly, it is an honour.

King Carnelian

The fact that you come here proffering the Jewel and asking to speak with me personally would suggest that you know something of your...true nature.

King Carnelian

I take it that you also bear the Mark?

King Carnelian

Yes, the Mark of Light! Then there is no doubt. You are...he.

King Carnelian

Rejoice, dear subjects! The day is upon us at last! The Luminary walks among us once more!

King Carnelian

Tell me, O Luminary...

King Carnelian

Where exactly is it that you hail from? I would so very much like to pay tribute to those who took you in and raised you.

 

<pc> tells King Carnelian that he was raised in the village of Cobblestone.

King Carnelian

I see... Cobblestone, you say? Jasper, you know of this place?

Jasper

I do, my liege. A village of provincial nobodies deep in the rocky South.

King Carnelian

Then I take it you know what to do. Do not disappoint me.

Jasper

Yes, my liege!

 

*: Accursed Luminary! I know not what your intent was in coming here alone, but whatever your wicked scheme, know that it shall not succeed!

King Carnelian

Hendrik! Take this cur, this harbinger of calamity, and cast him into the furthest corner of the dungeon!

King Carnelian

Know this! The Luminary is the root of all evil, and will bring naught but misery to our realm!

King Carnelian

And why is this? The reason is simple! Just as light is intertwined with darkness, so too is the Luminary intertwined with the dread Lord of Shadows. His coming heralds the resurrection of the Dark One!

Hendrik

Did you really think you could fool one as wise as His Majesty? It was your great misfortune to confront one who knows your true nature!

Hendrik

Men! Seize this wretch!

Hendrik

You claim to hail from Cobblestone? Well, before the sun has set three times, we shall know the truth.

Hendrik

By then, Jasper will have returned from his...investigation.

Hendrik

If I were you, Darkspawn, I would not expect to live beyond that day...

 

*: Will you keep it down in there? Most folks they throw in here have the decency to wait a while before going stir-crazy.

 

*: What are you in for, anyhow? You don't get free bed and board down here without having done something pretty bad.

 

*: Wait—did you say ‘the Luminary’? You're serious?

 

*: You're telling me the Luminary has just shown up in the cell next to mine? This is crazy...

 

*: One plate of delicious gruel for the gentleman in the dungeon suite! Come and get it!

 

*: Urgh...

 

*: The Luminary? You're serious?

 

*: So it's all happening just like the Seer said it would...

 

*: We'd better get out of here.

 

*: Wait here!

 

*: You!? But—! Arrrgh!

 

*: Don't worry, I didn't kill him. But he won't be waking up any time soon...

 

*: Things could get pretty hairy up ahead. You'd better take this.

 

<pc> takes the sword!

 

*: Oh, and I found this in a corner over there. I guess it's your stuff, right?

 

<pc> receives his lost belongings!

 

*: Me, I got this little beauty back, so now I'm pretty much unstoppable.

 

*: We'd better get out of here before any more of our tin-headed friends come knocking. Holler when you're ready to move out, okay?

 

*: I spend ages digging this hole, and you just happen to show up the day I finish it? Heck of a coincidence...

 

*: Guess I really was meant to help you out, just like the Seer said.

 

*: Anyway, there'll be time to talk about all that later. In you go!

 

*: The sewers, huh? Well, there must be a way out somewhere. Lead the way—I got your back.

 

*: There they are! You lot—over here!

 

*: Dammit! We better make ourselves scarce.

 

*: These guys don't give up, do they?

 

*: Seriously!?

 

*: Waaaaaagh!

 

*: You okay? Looks like we shook the guards at least...

 

*: And that looks like a way out. Maybe our luck's about to change.

 

*: Wait. There's something there...

 

*: If we stand and fight, we're dead! Let's get the heck out of here!

 

*: Well, here goes nothing!

 

*: Phew! Think we gave it the slip...

 

*: Gah! Spoke too soon!

 

*: Has it gone?

 

*: Phew! That was way too close for comfort!

 

*: What's that thing doing under the castle, anyway? Well, whatever. We should get going.

 

*: Uh-oh...

 

*: RUUUUUUUUUN!

 

*: W-We made it...just. I don't know how much more of this I can take...

 

*: There he is! The Darkspawn!

 

*: Ach, me and my big mouth. Move—now!

 

*: That's the last of him...I hope.

 

*: By the way, you can actually fight. I'm impressed. Maybe you really are the Luminary...

 

*: What was that thing doing under the castle, anyway? Well, whatever. We should get going.

 

*: There he is! The Darkspawn!

 

*: Aww, come on! Guess we're not done running yet...

 

*: Looks like our luck finally ran out...

 

*: There they are! We've got 'em now!

 

*: Hm. No way back, huh?

 

*: If they catch us, we're dead meat.

 

*: Let's do this. I believe in you. I believe in the Luminary...I don't have much choice.

 

*: Come on—let's not do anything stupid now...

 

*: The name's Erik, by the way.

 

*: ...ke up, lazybones!

 

*: Come on! Up you get!

Erik

Finally! I was worried we'd lost you for a minute there. You've been out cold ever since we jumped. Had to drag you all the way here on my own.

Erik

But what a jump it was! I closed my eyes, put my faith in the Luminary, and somehow didn't get smashed into a thousand pieces!

Erik

In fact, I woke up on the forest floor at the bottom of the cliff without a scratch on me. Amazing what a little faith can do.

Erik

Anyway, I guess you and me must be at the top of the King of Heliodor's Most Wanted list by now.

Erik

Which means we can't hang around here too long. Let's go say thanks to the nun who looked after us and be on our way.

 

*: Ah, there you are, my children. I trust that your friend here is fully recovered?

Erik

Oh, don't worry about him, he's just fine! Thanks for looking out for us—we owe you one!

 

*: Not at all, dear. I am just happy to see you both well again. But if you are leaving, you must be careful on the road.

 

*: It seems some dangerous criminals have escaped from the capital, and are at large somewhere in the area. Oh, I shudder to think what wicked deeds they might be capable of...

Erik

Criminals, you say? Dear me! That doesn't sound good! And you heard this when you were in Heliodor?

 

*: I did indeed, my child. There were guards everywhere! They are searching high and low for the villains.

 

*: And I heard that the mighty knight Sir Hendrik himself has headed to the mountains in the south with his troops. They say he means to block the road to Cobblestone, the village the fugitives came from.

 

*: ...Oh, but you must forgive me, poor lambs. I did not mean to alarm you.

 

*: They will soon be caught, I am sure. Justice will be done. And until then, you are free to remain with us for as long as you please.

Erik

Thanks, we appreciate that.

Erik

Um, we're going to get a little fresh air. We have...a few things to discuss. Right?

Erik

Cobblestone, eh? Never heard of the place. I never even knew anyone actually lived in those mountains down south. Is that really where you're from?

Erik

I'm guessing you want to go see what's happening down there, but you need to be smart—you won't get past Hendrik unnoticed.

Erik

If you're going to make it there without getting caught, you'll need to avoid the main road.

Erik

And if you want to do that, you'll need my help. I know every backroad there is to know in these parts.

Erik

But I've got things to take care of in Heliodor first. I left a little something in one of my old haunts downtown, and I need to get it back.

Erik

So are you coming along for the ride? I did help you break out of that dungeon, remember.<yesno>

Erik

Come on, don't be like that! I just need to pop back to town and grab it real quick. After that, I'll show you the scenic route to Cobblestone.

Erik

That's the spirit! But we can't have you bringing us any unwanted attention... Ah, I've got just the thing!

Erik

Here, put this on and keep your face hidden, otherwise you're going to get nabbed as soon as you set foot in Heliodor.

Erik

Heh! That's more like it! If you're going to be a wanted man, you might as well look the part! Right, let's head north and hit town!

Erik

Glad you're coming along. The Seer told me to stick with the Luminary when I found him, and that's just what I'm going to do!

 

Erik and <pc> join forces!

Erik

Look at that—a campsite, and just when we needed one. It's still a fair way to Cobblestone. Let's rest up for the night.

Erik

I still can't get over old Derk. He didn't just go straight... Married, shop in the best part of town... He went straighter than straight. Just like that...

Erik

We used to be thick as thieves—literally. We'd travel the world, always on the hunt for loot. Ahh, those were the days...

Erik

Oh, speaking of which—I just thought of something we...acquired back then that might come in handy.

Erik

...Yep, I've decided—I'm giving it to you! You'll love it—we sure did when we got our hands on it!

Erik

Behold...the Fun-Size Forge! Pop a few raw materials on top, bash 'em with the Portapounder and Bob's your uncle—new equipment!

Erik

And I'm not just talking steel swords and the like—wooden boomerangs, a natty new jerkin—you name it, this thing can make it!

Erik

Sweating over a hot forge was never exactly my style, but I have a feeling you'll get more use out of it than I ever did.

Erik

You can't just go smashing stuff together willy-nilly, though—you'll need the recipe for the piece of equipment you want to make.

Erik

Here's a little something to get you started. You should strike while the iron's hot!

 

<pc> receives a tome entitled ‘Forging Ahead with the Fun-Size Forge: A Beginner's Guide’.

 

<pc> learns how to make bronze swords!

 

<pc> learns how to make divine daggers!

Erik

There are recipes hidden all over the place—treasure chests and bookshelves are always a good bet. Keep an eye out, and you're sure to find some beauties!

 

*: Chop, chop, chop! Chop around the clock!

 

One, two, three, look out trees!

 

Oh, a woodcutter's life is the life for me!

 

*: What in the world!?

 

*: I repaired the bridge only yesterday, and now some blighter's gone and destroyed it again! If I ever find out who did this, I swear I'll—

 

*: Ta-daaa! You called? Tricky Devil, at your service! Kya... Kya ha ha ha hoo!

Tricky Devil

I went to a lot of trouble to smash up this stupid bridge! I'm not about to let you fix it again! Here! Get a load of my devilishly tricky shape-shift beam! Kya hahahahahaaa!

 

*: Yaaaaaah!!!

 

*: Ruff!

Tricky Devil

Koo hoo! Now that's what I call tricky! One minute you're a silly old woodcutter, the next minute you're a smelly old dog! I'm a devilish genius!

Tricky Devil

Now, what mischief shall I get up to next? So much trouble to cause, so little time! Kya ha ha! Kya haaa ha!

Tricky Devil

An empty treasure chest! I think I've just hit upon my most devilish trick yet!

Erik

What the heck just happened!? You...touched that plant, and then...I saw all this crazy stuff...

 

*: (whine)

Erik

You really expect me to believe that this mutt here is actually the woodcutter?

Erik

Heh. There's never a dull moment with you around. I'm gladder every day I broke you out of jail.

Erik

Well, all I know for sure is that we're never going to get out of this forest until we get that bridge fixed.

Erik

And if what we just saw was true, Rover here is the only one who can fix it. Why don't we find that chest and have a word with our mischievous friend?

Erik

Let's head back the way we came and see if we missed it somewhere.

 

*: Kya ha haaa! Here come my next victims!

Tricky Devil

Ta-daaa! Introducing the one, the only...Tricky Devil!

Erik

Erm... Hi.

Tricky Devil

Hey! You're supposed to be shocked by my devilish trickiness! No? Time for Plan B, then. Take this!

Erik

Ha! Seriously? The only thing I'm shocked by is how lame you are!