Faith and Vigor Restored

('snorts' 'wakes' Huh... Oh hey there folks! Welcome back to another chapter Shadows Over Spira. If you recall the last chapter Link, with the help of Yuna and the crew, obtained all three symbols of the Triforce, and restored the Power of Evils Bane to the Master Sword. Join them now as they speak to Maester Mika in the courtroom at Bevelle, as our hero's try to figure out a plan to stop Sin for good!)

Mika: Why are you here? You must go and defeat Sin, quickly! You have obtained the Final Aeon from Yunalesca, have you not?

Link: Not exactly.

Yuna: We fought and defeated her.

Mika: What!

Auron: Summoners and guardians will be sacrificed for the Final Summoning no more!

Mika: You have profaned and subverted a thousand-year-old tradition? Fools! Infants! Do you realize what you've done? You've taken away the only means of calming Sin!

Link: Says you. We found another way!

Mika: Why... Preposterous! There is no other way!

Auron: The grand maester, running away?

Mika: Spira has lost its only hope. Destruction is inevitable. Yu Yevon's spiral of death will consume us all. I have no desire to watch Spira die.

Yuna: It won't die!

Link: Who is this Yu Yevon guy?

Lulu: Lady Yunalesca also mentioned him.

Rikku: Wait, gramps! Who's Yu Yevon?

Mika: He who crafts the souls of the dead into unholy armor. An armor called Sin. Clad in it, Yu Yevon is invincible. And the only thing that could have pierced that armor, you have destroyed! Nothing can stop it now.

Mika raises his hands and fades away into pyreflies.

Wakka: Disappear on us, will ya? Rotton son of a shoopuf.

Shelinda: runs into the courtroomWhere...where is the grand maester?

Yuna: He, um...

Auron: He's not here yet. How long must we wait?

Shelinda: That's odd... I'll go look for His Grace.

[And with that, Shelinda leaves, As she does the Fayth appears before Link]

Link: It's you.

Fayth: Come, to my room.

Yuna: Okay.

[It disappears.]

Wakka: Who you talking to?

Link: Oh. Uh, no one.

Yuna: I must go see the fayth.

Auron: I see.

[In the Chamber of the Fayth, the boy fayth reappears.]

Fayth: Hello.

Yuna: I must thank you for the aeon.

Link: So, what's up?

Fayth: So, have you found a way to truly defeat Sin?

Link: I think so.

Fayth: Well?

Link: We believe using Zelda's Lulliby might slow Sin down.

Fayth: Hmm... Perhaps.

Yuna: You mean, it won't work?

Fayth: A very long time has passed since your Jecht became Sin. He may not be able to hear the hymn anymore.

Link: I know it's a long shot... But we gotta try anyway if there's a chance.

Fayth: Yes, you must. I'm glad you're doing this. You have a good spirit, truly.

Link: I'm not just a dream, right?

Yuna: A dream?

Link: Uh... It's a long story.

Fayth: If it works, what'll you do then? You need more than the hymn.

Link: Well... We fight Yu Yevon.

Fayth: Yes... If you defeat Yu Yevon, it will end. Tell me, what do you know about Yu Yevon?

Link: He's what makes Sin come back!

Yuna: Sin is his armor. It protects him.

Fayth: Yu Yevon was once a summoner, long ago. He was peerless. Yet now he lives for one purpose: only to summon. He is neither good, nor evil. He is awake, yet he dreams. But.. maybe not forever.

Link: Yeah, that's right. Because we're ending it.

Fayth: Yes. Even if you defeat Sin with the Final Summoning, Yu Yevon will live. Yu Yevon will join with the Final Aeon. He will transform it into a new Sin. Yu Yevon merges with the aeon... Then, protected by this new Sin he has created, Yu Yevon continues the summoning.

Link: For eternity...huh?

Fayth: But you know, there is no such thing as eternity if you end it, is there?

Link: Uh-huh.

Fayth: Yu Yevon lives inside Sin. Yuna, listen. When you fight Yu Yevon, we will help you. Promise me you'll summon us. I'm afraid your swords and magic won't be enough. Please, call us. Promise?

Yuna: Yes

Fayth: But, you know... When it is all over...we will wake, and our dream will end. Our dream will vanish.

Link: Yeah. You've been dreaming a long time, haven't you?

Fayth: I'm sorry.vanishes

Link: I'm grateful.

Yuna: About what?

Link: Oh, nothing. Hey, don't make that face! Come on! We're gonna beat Sin! Let's see some cheer, okay?

Yuna: You're hiding something.

Link: I'm not!

Yuna: Really? ~

Link walks away.

~ You're a bad liar, you know?

[Yuna and Link leave the Chamber of the Fayth and return to the rest of the group who's gathered near the Highbridge. Shelinda runs out.]

Shelinda: I'm afraid the grand maester is nowhere to be found!

Link: It's fine, we were just leaving.

Shelinda: Oh...I see.

Rikku: Hey! Maybe you could help us with the hymn.

Link: Hey, good idea!

Rikku: It's like, we need you to tell as many people as you can.

Shelinda: What should I tell them?

Rikku: A ship in the sky will sing the Hymn of the Fayth. When they hear it, we need everyone to sing along!

Wakka: Everyone in Spira!

Shelinda: I'm not sure I understand.

Rikku: You don't have to! Just tell everyone!

Shelinda: A ship in the sky will sing the Hymn of the Fayth? So when they hear it, everyone should sing along, correct?

Link: If they do, we can take Sin down!

Shelinda: Truly?

Yuna: Yes!

Shelinda: That's wonderful! You can count on me! I shall tell all of Spira!

After speaking to Shelinda our heroes return to the airship to come up with a solid plan of attack.

Cid: Well, this is it, eh?

Link: Yu Yevon's hiding somewhere inside Sin, and we need to take him out.

Cid: Well, that sounds pretty simple.

Link: I thought you liked simple.

Cid: You got that right.

Rikku: Pops! I'm countin' on you!

Cid: Right, got you covered! fiddles with a panelHow's that?

Rikku: Right on!

Lulu: A singing ship in the sky.

Wakka: I hope everyone got the message.

Brother: Sin!

Link: All right, we're going in!

Wakka: How we gonna get inside?

Link: knocks a bomb arrow onto the Hero's BowThe easy way! How else?

Rikku: Figures.

Lulu: Well? Let's go!

Cid: Hey, how you plan on getting inside?

Link: If the overgrown Dodongo don't wanna swallow, we make a new hole!

Cid: Now that's what I call a plan!

Brother: "Vydran! E ghuf fryd du ica!" ["Father! I know what to use!"]

Cid: Aha! Of course!

Link: smirks Right!

Cid: All right! We'll give that thing a new blowhole. All you gotta do is jump!

Link: Roger!

Cid: I won't tell ya to be careful. Do your worst, kiddo!

Link: You don't have to tell me twice.

Brother: "Fyed! Rikku, you...guard." ["Wait! Rikku, you...guard."]

Link: I will!

Later, everyone gathers on the upper deck.

Rikku: I can hear the song!

Lulu: Yes, I can hear the Hymn, too.

Rikku: They listened to us!

Link: We won't let them down! Yuna? You don't need this anymore, right? holding the sphere she dropped on Mt. Gagazet, much to her surprise, and throws it overboard

Wakka: Hey, guys? Guys? That's not good, ya?

Sin forms a giant ball of energy out at sea, encasing it. It shoots them in eight directions. They cut a path through the earth and sea, and a large backlash of debris and dirt kicks up towards the ship. The eight paths carved by Sin are set ablaze and can be seen from outer space. As Link looks up after diving for cover, he stares right into Sin's multi-eyed face.

Link: Damn Son of a Deku Scrub!

(Well, i think we'll leave this chapter here folks. It looks to me like Sin is a little anxious to get the fighting underway. So there's no rest for the weary! Tune in next time to find out how our heroes are going to fell Sin and get inside. Next Time on Shadows ... Over ... Spira!)