Saturday, November 8, 2008
Dorothy and Fern in Rune Factory 2
Dorothy appears to be one of the most popular characters in Rune Factory 2 with players of both genders. Her relationship with her doll 'Fern' is the subject of many amusing dialogues.
In fact, one of Dorothy's first Requests involves Fern.
Dorothy: I think Fern… has got a fever… So… I need a WOOLY FURBALL from a Wooly…
Me: Fern? That doll of yours, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Y-Yes… She’s got… a fever… So…
Me: Ah! Maybe… the cotton inside the doll is rubbing together, creating friction and heat…?
Me: (with many tears) I’m sorry, you didn’t want to hear that sort of analysis, did you? So I just have to defeat a Wooly and get the WOOLY FURBALL it drops?
Dorothy: Th-That’s right… Thank you. Ah, the Wooly Monsters appear in Trieste Forest at night, so I hear… I… do hate to ask, but… Please, get me a Wooly FURBALL… Thank you….
When you give her the Wooly Furball:
Dorothy: Thank you. Now Fern can get better. I-Isn’t that good news, Fern? Th-Thank Freyr too, okay?
Fern says… thank you too. This is… j-just a little something. You got: GREENIFIER!
Dorothy: I hope it helps you out in the fields… I’ve … I’ve got some wood here, too… Please, i-if you can use it…
You got 100 pieces of wood!
In another Request, Dorothy declares she wishes to talk to you but when you speak to her, she will ask you to discuss matters with Fern instead.
Dorothy: Fern… wants to… talk to you, Freyr…
Freyr: T-Talk to me…? Um, okay. Uhh… how exactly do I talk to her?
Dorothy: Ah… I’ll tell you what she says… So please… talk to her… Fern is saying… h-hello…
Me: Hello, Fern. Hello to you too, Dorothy.
Dorothy: Ah… Fern wants to talk to you… Or rather, ask a question… Would you … answer her…?
Me: Yeah, no problem.
Dorothy: … Tell me, Freyr, what do you think is the principle that guides your actions? That’s her question.
Me: So, uhh… what’s the principle I live by…? (Is she testing my values…?)
My choices now:
To help every one as much as I can.
To take care of myself first.
I chose the first of course.
Dorothy: (…) I see… That’s a good way to live! Please stay friends with Dorothy! That’s her reply.
She gave me another reward of TOYHERB SEEDS.
As her affection increases, she will request that you take a walk with her.
Dorothy: Would you please… T-T-Tackle a w-weak with me…?
Me: Tackle a … what…?
Dorothy: Ah…! That came out… all wrong…! Oh… oh…oh…
Dorhty: Okay… okay… Fern… Please… tell him.
Dorothy (…) Dorothy wants to take a walk with you.
Me: Take… a walk?
Dorothy: That’s right. She’ll be waiting in front of the church tomorrow.
Me: Okay… I understand.
Dorothy: Good. Make sure you show up tomorrow. I’ll give you back to Dorothy now.
Dorothy: (…) That’s… what I wanted to say… so, can we take a walk?
Me: Okay. I’ll look forward to it, Dorothy.
Dorothy: Okay… thanks…
In fact, when some one makes a date to meet you at a specific time on the following day, you usually will be able to find them hours earlier at the designated rendezvous and experience the event immediately.
Me: Hi, Dorothy!
Dorothy: !!! H-Hello, Freyr… Just wait a moment, please…
Dorothy: (…) Hello, Freyr. It’s me, Fern.
Me: Hello, Fern…
Dorothy: I need to talk to you about Dorothy. Please, will you listen?
Me: Yes, of course. (What’s going on…? I thought I was here to spend time with Dorothy…)
Dorothy: Dorothy trains hard every day to be a nurse, but, as I’m sure you’re aware, she’s also very shy.
Me: Well, I think it’s great that she’s trying.
Dorothy: it’s not easy for her. She studies very hard, and she’s very passionate about medicine. But, no matter what she does, she can’t seem to communicate effectively with other people. But that’s a vital part of being a nurse. I believe that the key to solving this, the one thing keeping her form being a great nurse… Lies with you.
Me: With… me?
Dorothy: That’s right. Could you help her to finally open her heart?
Me: If it will help Dorothy, then I’ll do whatever I can.
Dorothy: Thank you. I knew you were the right person to ask. So please… take care of Dorothy.
Dorothy: (…) Ah… so…
Me: Don’t over-think this. Just relax and take your time to decide.
Dorothy: Okay. .. Thank you… I’m sorry about today… for taking up your time. Well… goodbye.
She races away.
Me: So… the only way Dorothy can express her true feelings is through her doll… From what the doll just told me, though…
… it sounds like Dorothy really wants to get better at talking to people. To help her, I’ll need to get her to start talking without that doll. Well, it looks like I’ll have to take that walk with her sometime in the future.
At 6 Hearts, Dorothy will confess that Fern is a very jealous creature.
Dorothy: If Fern sees me with other dolls, she gets really jealous…
Me: I’ve never seen you carrying any doll other than Fern, Dorothy.
Dorothy: Fern would get angry… But, it’s okay because I love Fern, too.
In another dialogue relating to this personality trait:
Dorothy: Ah, Freyr, g-good… morning. If Fern sees me with another doll, she gets really jealous…
Me: Fern really loves you, doesn’t she, Dorothy.
Dorothy: So, I really can’t talk to other dolls…
Me: You have a lot to worry about…