Before the girls could get to the entrance of the Calm Lands three New Yevon members stopped them, and asked if they would escort them back to Bevelle.
"We're sphere hunters, not escorts." Buffy said shaking her head.
"We will make it worth your time." An older man said pulling out a thousand Gil.
Willow eyed the man with distrust, as Buffy nodded. "Okay, but we want the money now."
"You will get half now, and the rest when we are safely in Bevelle." The man said and handed Tara five hundred Gil.
"O'aka go ahead and get on the ship, we'll meet you there." Willow said as they began to walk toward Bevelle.
"Dawn, we have another rider, his name is O'aka, so let him on the ship." Buffy said through the receiver.
"Okay." Dawn said before Mizu interrupted her. "Hey, William jumped ship, and ran off screaming something about this being the place."
Sighing Buffy shook her head. "Okay, just let him do what he wants."
"Sure, he's been catching the wild chocobos, and I'm not gonna help him!"
Escorting the men had been no problem, as it was a quiet walk and no fiends attacked. As the man handed Tara the other five hundred Gil, a priest noticed her and hurried over.
"Lady Tara? Please, this way!" The priest said as she glanced from Buffy to Willow, sighing she followed the priest.
"I may have been born here, but I have no fond memories of this place." Tara whispered so only Willow and Buffy could hear.
The priest led them to the temple entrance and hurried inside as another man bowed. "High Summoner Tara! I see you've finally decided to join New Yevon! You do us much honor, my lady. Lady Mythe-may she rest in peace-would be proud. I will summoner the praetor immediately." He said and hurried inside.
"Damn he was pushy!" Buffy said and watched Tara glancing around uncomfortably as Willow glared at the door gripping her sword.
"We should leave! Now!" Tara said when she heard Willow growl
"Why? What's the matter?"
Tara watched Willow's face turn redder and her knuckles turn white from her grip on her sword. "Well... I don't think Will should be around this guy."
"Me! It's YOU that shouldn't be around him!"
"Whoa! What's that mean?"
"About eight months ago the praetor made a pass at me... and Will...she, umm...threatened him with her sword."
"Yikes! Yeah maybe we should leave!" Buffy said just as the temple door opened and a young white haired man, with a green robe walked out, and bowed.
"Lady Tara it is a pleasure. I am Baralai, Praetor of New Yevon."
"So, you're the one that made a pass at Tara." Buffy said stepping beside Tara.
"Ah, no, that wasn't me. The previous praetor was the one who did that, and I must apologize. He also tried that with a few young women, so we asked him to leave."
"I'm sorry to hear that." Tara said hiding her smile
"I knew he was a creep!" Willow shouted.
"My Lady, we would appreciate your support, but I understand if you have mixed feelings toward Yevon. If at all possible try and put those feeling aside and join our cause. New Yevon wishes to help everyone, and not to hide anything again. Please excuse me, there are some matters that I must take care of." He turned toward the door, and stopped when it opened. "If you happen to come across any spheres of Spira's past, please let us know." He said and stepped through the door.
"He seems... okay, I guess." Buffy said as the door closed.
Willow took Tara's hand and shook her head. "I don't know, something is...off, about him. Anyway come on we need to get going."
Now that Sin was finally gone the Calm Lands had turned into a gambling place. You could place bets on dog races, bird flights, fiend fighting, and test your aim at shooting moving balloons.
The girls dodged the game booths, not wanting to get pulled into any fights that might erupt, and headed toward the airship near the Gagazet entrance. William caught up to them smiling happily as he held a rope with two wild chocobos.
"Thank you, Lady Tara, I have found my calling. I'm going to raise, train and sell the chocobos. Come by anytime if you need one, and you can take one free of charge." He said before running off.
Before reaching the airship a Malboro attacked at hit Buffy with one of its tentacles, as Willow cast a Flare spell. The tentacle fell off releasing Buffy as the fiend turned toward Willow. Grabbing her sword Buffy flipped over the fiend, slicing off three of its eyes.
Tara drew her pistols and fired a Holy infused bullet into its head. The spell exploded leaving behind small pieces of its body, and a slime drenched Buffy. Wiping her face off she spit out the slime in her mouth, and glared at Willow, who was laughing.
"I hope she does that again! Just so you know what it feels...and tastes like!" Buffy said rising, and racing toward the ship screaming about a shower.
Willow was still giggling when she walked into the ship, the giggles stopped when the saw the look on Mizu's face, and Buffy standing beside her. Walking over with Tara at her side she saw Dawn come running toward them
"We got a report from the Bikanel Desert just a few minutes ago. Something is attacking the diggers, and killing them. One of the diggers said it was ten-foot tall, and nine-foot wide, with a body in the middle, and a body on each side...he died right after telling what'd happened. Whatever it is, it can poison, blind confuse, and berserk anyone it comes into contact with." Mizu said looking at the report paper.
"Nhadala said she's working on it. She has Benzo checking with the Cactuar Nation for any clues." Shinra said walking out of the control room. "And if I was you, I'd atleast get Faith if you think about fighting this thing!"
"Fighting it! What're you nuts?" Buffy slung slime everywhere as she threw her hands into the air.
"Think about it! If it's attacking the diggers, what's going to stop it from destroying Home?"
"Shinra! We have the machina to do most of our fighting, and that's what protects Home!"
"And what if the machina fails? What then? All our work would be for nothing! Two years ago we lost our home because of the Guado, and I don't want to lose it again because of some fiend!"
"That won't happen!"
"I hope you're right, I really do."
"Stop fighting, both of you!" Tara said getting their attention. "Both of you are right. Shinra is right about the fiend attacking Home. Buffy you're right about the machina. If the machina fails then we'll try to deal with it, so until then just wait and see, okay?"
"I think it's time for us to go to Zanarkand." Willow said before leading Tara up to their bedroom. "Come on, let's get some rest."
Dawn went back to the bridge and headed toward Zanarkand. Mizu was reading over the fiend reports from the Bikanel Desert. Shinra began a search on fiends using his computer consol. Buffy had run up to her room to take a shower. Willow and Tara had lay down to rest and began to dream.
Willow opened her eyes and looked around, she found herself back on the Farplane standing beside Tara. They watched as three forms took shape and appeared, Ira laughed at the look on Willow's face. Giles hit him on the back of his head, as Mythe stepped forward.
"Hello Tara." She said as she wrapped her arms around Tara. "I have missed you my baby girl."
"I've missed you, too, mother." Tara said with her voice cracking.
"Hey dad, ‘G'." Willow said getting a glare from Giles, and a smile from Ira.
"Hey girl, how ya been?"
"Please, don't call me that, I get enough of that from him."
"We must talk, it is very important." Mythe said as she sat down in the grass with Tara at her side. "Something is happening to the Farplane, and we cannot tell what it is."
"Yes, it is starting to become unstable. If the problem is not found, and fixed, the Farplane with explode and take half of Spira with it." Giles said worriedly.
"Unstable? How?" Tara asked wide-eyed.
"The souls of the newly deceased cannot cross into the Farplane, and are becoming fiends."
"Ira is correct, it is almost like someone, or something is blocking the flow in."
"But who or what has that sort of power?" Tara asked looking to her mother.
"I don't know, sweetie. But the Fayth are beginning to worry." Mythe said lowering her head
"That's bad. If the Fayth are worried it has to be... but can't they...I don't know, fix it?" Willow asked as another form appeared. "Bahamut?"
"We are working on it. But we can't find who or what is causing this problem. If it is not fixed and soon, Spira will die." Bahamut said as he and the others vanished.
Willow bolted up with sweat running down her face, as she looked over at Tara, as she sat up. Tara knew that the worried look on Willow's face was mirrored on her own, as she began thinking about what they'd just learned.
"What the hell is going on?" Willow asked as she slid out of bed and began to pace the room.
"I don't know, but whatever or whoever is blocking the Farplane needs to be stopped."
"Now we know why there's been more fiends showing up."
"We need to tell the others." Tara said and headed for the door, with Willow right behind her.