In Closing

Here we are, at the end of my manuscript 'Beasts of Gaia'. I have always had an academic bent in me, and when I realized that no one on Gaia, alive or dead, had ever tried to write a reference guide for all the various creatures that share our world with us, I saw my chance to write something of scholastic significance. So after over half a century of research and innumerable experiences, as well as just over a decade of actual writing, I present to you my very own field reference guide to all of Gaia's more interesting fauna (which is why you wont find dogs, cats, and pigs here - they're all boring things).

Before I end this book, I would like to leave some words for those who aided me in some ways for the writing of this manuscript...

To Colin - thanks for being the best friend I have ever had, and for being one of the finest men of science to ever walk this world's soil. You truly are a credit to your race. I hope that someday in the future, we shall meet again in Memoria, and be together as friends once again...

To my tribe - thanks for exiling me from my hometown marsh. If you all hadn't condemned me into exile for my inability to appreciate your gourmand ways, I wouldn't have taken up the work as Master Chef at Lindblum Grand Castle, and I would have never been able to get into the wonderful world of science. Even if those two years weren't the best years of my life, they were nonetheless an enriching experience for me...

To Quan, my adopted son - thanks for being patient with me, your adoptive father. I know it wasn't easy for you to grow up without any guidance from a proper gourmand, let alone your biological parents. But believe me, you have the ability to be an outstanding gourmand, because you can think beyond the walls that trap so many others' minds in stereotypical lives. Your fertile imagination shall take you places, Quan, and you must never let it die, no matter what anyone else tells you or does to you. You must realize that with a cultivated imagination, entire worlds shall lay open their thresholds at your mind's eye...

To the Lindblum Grand Castle Library - thanks for swearing an oath to keep this bound manuscript safe within your hallowed halls. It shall remain there until you see fit to replace it with a more comprehensive guide, or until it is damaged beyond repair (in which case I hope your scribes will make a new copy of it). Thanks for keeping the legacy of Colin and I safe...

Now, it should be obvious that I neglected to tell you something earlier - I am a Qu. I grew up in the marshes near Gizamaluke's Grotto, and was exiled at the age of eighteen. From then on, I worked as a kitchen boy in the Lindblum Grand Castle, eventually making it to the esteemed position of Master Chef at the age of twenty. Then, I met Colin, a young scientist apprenticed to the great chemist, Ansem the Wise. We befriended each other, and soon enough, we were off on our journey to document the properties of Gaia's more fascinating fauna, and I learned everything I knew about science from him (Colin).

I was exiled from my tribe due to my on-and-off love for food, and greater love for traveling and studying. It was not easy, learning to read and write in fluent English, but I think that I have made it. Now, I am old, even for a Qu (I'm just over ninety-one years old, and am feeling the effects of age very clearly), and soon, I think I shall be making my one-way journey back into Memoria...

So I bid you farewell, dear reader, and maybe someday, we'll meet. Believe in your dreams, and never lose hold of them - that was how Colin and I lived our lives, and we have never regretted it.

If you so choose to seek out Colin and I, whatever your reasons may be, pray that you'll find the path to Memoria, and that we'll be there when you arrive.

Yours in Science,

Ipsen Ornitier

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