Made it through the black mage manufacturing village and defeated the second Black Waltz boss.
I actually forgot that this plot point came up so early in the game, but then again I’ve forgotten a lot about this game. One thing I’m finding myself conflicted with is the fact that I’d really like to stop and grind both EXP and AP, but the mechanics in this game kind of dissuade you from doing that, and the difficulty isn’t so high that you actually ever have the need to. I’m still in the opening hours of the game, but I know Lindblum is right around the corner, at which point more things (like synthesis!) become available.