Renelle is regaling Vida with tales of past adventures.
Renelle: ...And then the stone gate shut, and I was trapped in the ruins!
Renelle: Cursing my luck, I frantically surveyed my surroundings—and on the other side of the room, I saw this mysterious figure.
Vida: *gulp* And then?!
Renelle: It crept toward me, and—
Vida: Dangit, Nefaria! Don't scare me like that!
Nefaria: Apologies. You appeared rapt, and I yenned to know the cause.
Nefaria: I fear I have disturbed your gaiety. I shall take my leave.
Vida: Hold on! Now that you're here, we might as well listen to Renelle's story together.
Vida: She was just telling me about one of her most harrowing adventures.
Nefaria: Aye, treasure hunting?
Vida: That's right! She travels all over the world to explore ruins and discover legendary treasures. Along the way, there's always traps, thrills, chills, and spills!
Renelle: And on this particular adventure, I brought in probably the second-biggest haul of my career. Heh!
Renelle: It was an ancient ruin, long-buried in the sandseas to the south. The traps were ingenious—and deadly—but the treasures inside were worth every bead of sweat.
Renelle: I don't want to brag, but this is probably the greatest story ever told. Ha ha!
Nefaria: I would fain enjoy listening to you rousing tales of derring-do.
Vida: Er...right then! C'mon, grab a seat!
Renelle: So where was I... Ah! Right...
Renelle: I was trapped within the ruin, and a mysterious figure was closing in.
Renelle: Was it a person? An animal? A GHOST? No, it was actually...
Renelle: A towering stone statue equipped with a razor-sharp spear!
Vida: What?! How was a statue moving?!
Nefaria: Hmm... Could it be...?
Vida: Anyways, I'm sure you took care of it lickety-split, right?
Renelle: You bet! See, I figured out its secret the moment I saw it. It turns out...
Renelle: ...that the statue...
Nefaria: Moved through mana.
Nefaria: It sensed a foreign source of mana and sought to see it slain, yes?
Renelle: How did you know that...?
Renelle: I-I mean, yeah, you got it! Pretty sharp.
Renelle: So, I channeled mana into the tools I'd brought with me and scattered them all around—and that TOTALLY confused the statue.
Renelle: It stopped dead in its tracks, leaving me free to explore even deeper.
Vida: Woooow... You're amazing! I can't believe you figured out how that statue worked so quickly—and even thought up such a perfect solution!
Renelle: Heh, it was nothing, really. Just another day in the life!
Vida: And Nefaria, you figured out the trick just as fast—and you didn't even SEE the statue!
Renelle: (Yeah... She totally stole my thunder...)
Nefaria: Your extolment is misguided. Those ruins were—
Renelle: AAANYWAY, I continued on, deeper into the depths.
Renelle: There were more traps, a big long hallway, and a hidden door. And beyond that door was—
Nefaria: A mask of jade?
Renelle: What the?!
Renelle: According to an antiquities dealer, the snow crystal was—
Nefaria: A diplomatic gift given to commemorate trade relations with the north.
Renelle: As I drew closer to the treasure chest, I felt something eerie and dangerous in the air and—
Nefaria: You had only to avoid stepping on the crest secluded in the floor, and then you wouldn't have been shot by the arrows.
Renelle: I had made it to the deepest depths of the ruin, and I took the final treasure in hand. It was—
Nefaria: A golden crozier.
Renelle: Okay, what is your DEAL?!
Renelle: How do you know all these things?!
Renelle: You know the traps, the treasures, and even the appraisal I got from the dang antiquities expert!
Nefaria: As it happens, I am intimately familiar with the ruins you speak of.
Renelle: But HOW?! Nobody had ever been that deep before!
Vida: You know what I heard?
Vida: I heard Nefaria was the queen of an ancient land.
Vida: If that's really true, then the ruins you were in could have actually been...
Nefaria: Indeed, I ordered their construction.
Vida: Score one for Vida! So the rumors are true then? You're the queen of legend?
Renelle: But then... Oh jeez.
Renelle: I think I owe you an apology, Nefaria.
Nefaria: Whyever for?
Renelle: I hunt treasure because whoever owned it bit the dust a long time ago; it's not doing them any good. But stealing from the living? That just makes me a thief.
Renelle: And I've got way too much pride for that. So here's a promise...
Renelle: I'll buy back every last piece of treasure I stole from you and return them all.
Nefaria: Fie, but that is unnecessary!
Renelle: What, why?
Nefaria: As you explained, those trinkets served no purpose imprisoned in the sands. They are for the better, returned to the world.
Nefaria: Save your intervention, they would be mouldering in the darkness still—so I adjudge your actions good.
Nefaria: Should you swell your purse with them, or delight Vida with tales of their procurement, then all the better.
Vida: Wow—not just a queen, but a GENEROUS queen.
Renelle: Y-you're really giving me the okay to keep looting your old home?
Renelle: Well, I hope you know I don't do any job halfway!
Renelle: Word on the street is there are plenty of buried ruins left to find.
Renelle: So you better believe I'm gonna dig up each one, find all the treasures, and sell 'em to the highest bidder!
Renelle: If you don't want me dredging up your grandpa's favorite chamberpot or whatever, this is your last chance to back out!
Nefaria: Such things are long swept from my memory.
Nefaria: So in truth, you would do me a great kindness by unearthing them.
Renelle: Say what?
Nefaria: My subjects who built those ruins would surely be pleased for them to see the light of day once more, and it will honor their memory besides.
Nefaria: I await your expedition with alacrity, Renelle.
Renelle: Sure, keep up the calm act while you can. The next time we meet, I'm gonna surprise you so hard you'll—
Vida: Say, Nefaria? Are there any knives in your ruins?
Nefaria: Aye, they are legion.
Vida: Well then I'm comin' too. Ancient ruins plus knives equals LEGENDARY KNIVES!
Nefaria: I recall not their annals, but I pray you find joy.
Vida: We totally will! All right, all that's left now is to let Renelle find those ruins for us!
Nefaria: Indeed. I leave this in your hands, Renelle.
Vida: Thanks, Renelle!
Renelle: DON'T I GET A SAY IN THIS?!