Six days after being healed, Ryoka has a problem: The Runner's Guild wants her to do deliveries for Magnolia Reinhart; which Ryoka doesn't want to after her last run-ins with the wealthy noblewoman where she first attempted to interrogate Ryoka in form of a game (Chapter 1.03 R), then by extortion (Chapter 1.05 R). Ryoka won't do those requests as she fears for her integrity; while the guild and their spokesperson Fals want her to only do these requests to curry favor with Magnolia.
Ryoka, uncooperative, frustrated and angry about being completely broke, attempts to escape the situation by taking the only request that no other runner would possibly do: the open request for the High Passes (first mentioned in Chapter 1.01 R, where even a level 19 runner just died as the third casuality in that quest.
Ryoka knows that the other runners will interfere, so she has no time to prepare: She can just pass all her possessions to the Horns of Hammerad for safekeeping from Persua, and borrow rations and potions from the Horns. As luck would have it, the Horn's mage Sostrom knows a spell to [Repair] her iPhone - thereby making Ryoka perfectly motivated for her run.
However, Persua has switched some of Ceria's healing potions with mana potions...
- Ryoka Griffin
- Garia Strongheart
- Pestrom (Runner, mentioned as just deceased)
- Teressa (Celum's Runner's Guild's Receptionist, Name Revealed)
- Sostrom Reidez (Name Revealed)
- Ceria Springwalker
- Runner's Guild
- The Rat's Tail (inn)