Saint Starfall is a merchant of
miracles, believed to make his
rounds on Dragonyule Eve. Good
little children wait eagerly for the
presents he might soon bring...
Mikoto: All right. I am now fully prepared to make my wish to Saint Starfall.
Seeker of a Beloved Feline
Mikoto: Now comes that dreaded time of waiting. Come the morrow, I shall meet the Saint himself and see Mineuchi returned to my side.
Irfan: He's meeting with Saint Starfall?
Has Known the Truth Since Age 5
Irfan: One of the kids must've told him about the whole deal—but why'd he believe it?
Irfan: The guy's an adult, for cryin' out loud... But I guess he DOES kinda live in his own little world.
Mikoto: Soon, Mineuchi. Our reunion is nigh. Just one more night...
Irfan: I better let the guy know what's up before he gets his heart broken.
Irfan: Dragonyule's just an excuse for merchants and the like to make themselves a little extra—
Irfan: Ow! Hey, who did that?! Who wants it?!
Xander: Still your tongue, fool!
Realist Who Prizes Purity
Irfan: Xander? What's the deal? I was just about to go tell Mikoto that Saint Starfall's not real.
Xander: Oh, I am well aware. But what right do you have to dash another man's dreams, hm? Answer me, knave!
Irfan: Um, I guess none? But you can't tell me he's better off believing in lies at his age!
Xander: That is for him alone to decide. He seems to find salvation in Saint Starfall.
Mikoto: Did I hear mention of Saint Starfall?
Xander: Ack! Where did you come from?!
Mikoto: Just over there. Now tell me: Do you know Saint Starfall?
Irfan: I mean, who DOESN'T know him, am I right?
Mikoto: I see. Then please, tell me where he is.
Irfan: Er... Well, he's not really ANYWHERE...
Xander: *ahem* Legend claims that Saint Starfall lives high atop Mount Kolba.
Mikoto: Kolba... The frozen mountain of death. It is said those who visit never return.
Xander: Indeed. Which means that even knowing the saint's location, it is impossible to meet him. I think it best you simply wait patiently for your pres—
Mikoto: Very well. I shall leave now to summit the mountain. ...Wait for me, Mineuchi!
Irfan: What the—was he even listening?!
Irfan: Nice going, fancypants. At this rate he's definitely gonna find out the truth!
Xander: Not if we leave at once. We shall beat him to the summit and set a trap to block his path. Come, vassal!
Irfan: Ugh. Fine, but I'm billing you for this!
Frozen Mountain of Death
Irfan: *pant* That oughta do it for the trap. Hey, don't think I didn't notice you left all the hard stuff to me!
Xander: Silence! He has arrived.
Mikoto: Prepare yourself, Saint Starfall. I have come to see my dearest wish granted!
Irfan: Cripes, you see his eyes? The guy's not kidding around...
Xander: Which is precisely why we mustn't allow him to reach the summit. Activate the trap!
Mikoto: Hmph! I see this mountain has earned its reputation. But it is no match for my Ravenous Fire!
Irfan: Nooooo! I spent AGES on that!
Xander: Fear not, for I prepared a trap of my own!
Irfan: What was the point in MY trap then?!
Xander: It pays to be prepared, vassal. Now, behold!
Unleashed Fiends: Graaaaagh!
Irfan: Wait a sec—weren't Kleimann and Sinoa messing with a magic circle like that?
Irfan: And it summons FIENDS?! Just what are you trying to do here?!
Xander: Your king does not play when facing down a trial! Especially when a vassal's dreams are involved.
Mikoto: Rrragh! None will stop me from seeing my dream made manifest!
Xander: ...Marvelous. The purity of his desire has become the blade by which he forges ahead!
Irfan: Stop gawking and move! He's gonna reach the summit at this rate!
Xander: Yes, and we can't have that. Leave the rest to me!
Irfan: Wh-what the heck? He changed his outfit in a flash, and now he's drawing his weapon—what's the plan here?!
Xander: Mikoto! You have done well to make it this far.
Mikoto: Xander? What are you doing here?
Dragonyule Xander: I am Saint Starfall's chosen agent! And as such, I cannot allow you to venture past this point.
Mikoto: I see... Then you are my final trial.
Mikoto: I shall cut you down, and open a path to my dream! Ravenous Fire!
Dragonyule Xander: Haaaaah!
Irfan: Jeez, talk about a slugfest! The fury of it's even melting the dang snow.
Irfan: Hold on... What's that sound? ...Oh, hell.
Irfan: AVALAAAAANCHE! Xander, Mikoto, GET DOWN!
Dragonyule Xander: Just shut up and hit the deck!
Mikoto: You were having quite the nightmare.
Irfan: Huh? Wait, was it all a dream then...?
Xander: Oh, it was no dream.
Irfan: So we DID get swallowed by an avalanche!
Dragonyule Xander: Indeed we did, though I can't fathom how we survived—or even how we returned here.
Mikoto: Do you not recall Saint Starfall?
Dragonyule Xander: What?
Mikoto: We were ferried back to the Halidom on Saint Starfall's sleigh.
Irfan: That... That can't be true...
Mikoto: It is no lie. He gave me this flower as proof.
Mikoto: It's the same kind Mineuchi adores. I may not have been blessed by reunion, but I was at least given the precious gift of memory.
Mikoto: I will keep it close to my heart as my search continues. Farewell.
...Is Saint Starfall in fact real?
No, certainly not. Unless...
How's this: we'll call it a Dragonyule
miracle, inspired by a wish made
Yes, that's precisely what occurred.