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The future doesn't belong to you!

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Eternal Scars is a Heart-to-Heart in Xenoblade Chronicles. It is located at the Black Wreckage on the Fallen Arm, between Dunban and Melia at pink affinity.

Introduction

Melia: Dunban... I don't know how to ask this...
Dunban: What is it, Melia?
Melia: The man in the metal-faced Mechon... Mumkhar I think? Were you and he acquainted before he became that... thing?

Gain (+8)

Dunban: [We were comrades-in-arms.] One year ago, he and I risked our lives fighting the Mechon. But when the battle turned, he chose to make a run for it.
Melia: So he was a cowardly man?
Dunban: He was always fairly unreliable. Deep down I knew that one day he'd fail us in a time of need. But in the battle a year ago, he still seemed to be on our side.
Melia: What do you mean, Dunban? Are you saying he wasn't always the monster he became?
Dunban: Whatever his reasons... That day, he was fighting off those machines as hard as we were.
Melia: That is... difficult to believe.
Dunban: [I know the truth.] That's why I'm so full of regret. Maybe I could have stopped him.
Melia: You mustn't blame yourself. You could not have stopped this.
Dunban: Perhaps. But it's complicated. I can't deny that he was a bit of an... unreliable fellow. But he saved my life countless times. After I took up the Monado there was a definite change in him.
Melia: He was taken by its power. I pity him.
Dunban: I just wish he'd realised. I wasn't the true heir to the Monado, Shulk was! He never should have had a reason to hate either of us.
Melia: Dunban...
Dunban: Mumkhar, I doubt I’ll ever forgive you for what you did... But I’ll never forget you and I hope you can find peace...

Net 0 (+4, -4)

Dunban: [We were comrades-in-arms.] One year ago, he and I risked our lives fighting the Mechon. But when the battle turned, he chose to make a run for it.
Melia: So he was a cowardly man?
Dunban: He was always fairly unreliable. Deep down I knew that one day he'd fail us in a time of need. But in the battle a year ago, he still seemed to be on our side.
Melia: What do you mean, Dunban? Are you saying he wasn't always the monster he became?
Dunban: Whatever his reasons... That day, he was fighting off those machines as hard as we were.
Melia: That is... difficult to believe.
Dunban: [You would not understand.]
Melia: Hmph. That may well be what you think, Dunban.
Dunban: I apologise, Melia. My words are not meant to hurt. But I knew him, and I can only tell you what I saw.
Melia: Do you think he had a reason for fighting? Someone to protect?
Dunban: I've often thought about that. He is originally from another colony. One destroyed long ago. So in theory, he had nothing to lose. Maybe that's all it was...
Melia: Perhaps you are right. Whatever the reasons, his atrocities can never be justified.
Dunban: Of course. I suppose it would be futile to think too hard about it.
Melia: Dunban... Does it hurt to remember?
Dunban: Hmph. I didn't mean for you to worry over this. This is one of many tales of battle. A neverending circle of betrayal.
Melia: If you say so. But I look forward to the day that our world is free of war.

Net 0 (-4, +4)

Dunban: [What difference does it make?]
Melia: W-well...
Dunban: I apologise. I didn't mean to sound so defensive. I just don't quite understand the relevance of your question.
Melia: It's difficult to explain. But I need to know. I must know, Dunban. He murdered my father, yet I know nothing about him.
Dunban: I understand, Melia. I'm sorry. I should have spoken to you about this sooner.
Melia: Thank you. I know it's not easy for you to talk about him.
Dunban: [I'm fine. Ask away.] I am partly responsible, after all.
Melia: You? What do you mean?
Dunban: He changed right around the time I started using the Monado. He coveted it so much that his jealousy consumed him. If I'm honest, I wasn't completely oblivious to this. But I didn't act. And then it was too late.
Melia: You should not blame yourself. The darkness that haunted his heart was to blame. He was lost long ago, it seems.
Dunban: I just wish that fool had realised. I wasn't the true heir to the Monado, Shulk was! He never should have had a reason to hate either of us...
Melia: Dunban...
Dunban: I shouldn't get emotional. You probably didn't want me to go on about the old days like this.
Melia: Actually I found great value in it. Thank you, Dunban.

Loss (-8)

Dunban: [What difference does it make?]
Melia: W-well...
Dunban: I apologise. I didn’t mean to sound so defensive. I just don't quite understand the relevance of your question.
Melia: It's difficult to explain. But I need to know. I must know, Dunban. He murdered my father, yet I know nothing about him.
Dunban: I understand, Melia. I'm sorry. I should have spoken to you about this sooner.
Melia: Thank you. I know it’s not easy for you to talk about him.
Dunban: [It will never be easy!] Not after what he did to our home! And to Fiora!
Melia: Believe me, I know. He stole my father from me as well.
Dunban: I doubt the day when I forgive him will ever come, Melia.
Melia: Just as long as you understand the danger of living in the past.
Dunban: I do. I know if I live with hate in my heart, I'm no better than him. He became consumed by his hatred for me. And he died for it...
Melia: I see...
Dunban: It was Shulk who showed me the light. I'd have gone down a dark path otherwise. I'd have taken Mumkhar's life. I'm very grateful to Shulk. I hope I can repay the favour one day.
Melia: I feel much the same way. Let us work together to live by Shulk's example.