Within the depths of the palace just beyond the sakura forest, whose tall roof stands decorated with a tremendous pair of antlers, the captured citizens of Aether sit uncomfortably behind a heavy cage of iron bars. Outside of the mass jail cell, the guards who brought everyone here file out as their samurai leaders address an elegant looking Sawsbuck.
The soldier leaves, and the Sawsbuck warlord waits for him to leave the prison hallway before turning back to glare into the jail cells with a vicious sneer.
: I am unsure why all of you are in my homeland, but I will not tolerate any interference from outsiders in matters that are purely Sazanamese. We need no assistance, especially not from spineless fools like yourselves.
: … but Katsumi-sama will not allow executions without her say-so. Therefore you will remain prisoners in my palace until your release can be bartered. If your king is worth his salt, then he will do whatever it takes to get you back.
She shifts to show her profile, revealing a Wormadam covered in sakura blossoms hanging from her lowest antler.
The Sawsbuck walks away with steady clip-clops, sure of herself, disappearing out of view of the jailed Aetherians. As she goes, the Wormadam - Fujita, apparently - detaches from Masuyo’s horn and floats gracefully to the floor. She twirls, beckoning to someone out of view, and the Diggersby from the harbor approaches, leaning down to scoop up Fujita before heading back down the hall… and beginning to speak.
Their voices leave, plunging the dungeon into silence… but the quiet does not last long. Suddenly, hoofbeats sound outside the dungeon hallway - Masuyo, back to gloat? - and Reilly abruptly appears outside the cells!
: Phew, that’s a weight off the shoulders! Listen, I’ve passed a message on to Alaric and Gawain, and they want you all to try to escape and meet them at Yagami’s house, the guild headquarters that I’m a part of.
The Keldeo breathes a fine mist of ice onto the bars - Icy Wind - freezing them until they began to crack. Then, quickly charging up an Aqua Jet, Reilly jumps leg-first into the frozen bars, snapping them and landing with a triumphant smile in the jail cell.
: There’s a secret passage out of this complex, just behind a statue of the first Shōgun of Sazanami in one of the courtyards of the palace… heh, don’t quite remember which one, exactly, but you’ll know it when you see it… and the first Shōgun was a Wartortle, by the way. So yeah, find that, and you’ll find the passage. Once you’re outside, I’ll be by the lotus garden and I’ll lead ya towards Yagami’s house.
Guards march loudly outside the dungeon hallway, and Reilly interrupts himself with a hoof-slap over his mouth, waiting for the sounds to subside before sighing.
Escape the dungeon by finding Reilly’s secret passage and following him to Yagami’s house. The Togekiss’ house doubles as the guild headquarters, and Alaric and (should all go well) the other Aetherians will be waiting for you there.
Reilly may have gotten you out of the cell, but he cannot get you out of the entire palace undetected; that’s your job. Sneak around the dungeon and the rest of the palace to get to one of the courtyards where a statue of the first Shōgun, a Wartortle, stands; there will be lots of courtyards to go through, each with their own decorations, but only one will have the Wartortle tucked away in a corner. A secret passage leading out of the palace can be found behind the statue, taking you to a lotus garden outside where Reilly will meet up with you.
However, getting there is only half the battle: you will need to get past many guards, all Masuyo’s personal guards, trained by her to be deadly precise in their attacks. (Note: the guards are mostly Grass, Ground, Normal, Bug, and Flying types). You will not stand a chance in a direct confrontation - and in fact, should you take too many of them out (non-lethally, of course, remember, no killing!), the other guards will quickly notice that their peers have been KO-ed, resulting in your capture. Your best shot is to stay out of sight and do not interact with anyone.
As you sneak through, listen in to the guards’ conversations to see if you can learn anything more about the “traitor” within the warlords. From what we can tell so far, it seems Masuyo has something to hide about her views on some of the other warlords, and unrest is high amongst her guards, especially when it comes to the strained relationship between their warlord and the Shōgun. (See the references on Masuyo and Fujita below for more information. Your character can hear and/or discover the gossip described in any fashion you choose.)
Once you’re out of the palace, meet Reilly by the lotus garden. You can have him lead you to Yagami’s house but go no further, as Part 3 will pick up outside his home.
Reilly has updated his map to show a safe route to Yagami's place once you make your way out of the warlord's palace. You can find it here!
Don’t forget, this mission is only available if you chose Yori’s or Reilly’s path for Part 1! Happy sneaking, everyone!