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Caught in a Vise

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Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Mritha -> Past Quests -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> Caught in a Vise -> Quest!
Requirements: Completion of Haven on the Horizon
Release Date: February 26th, 2021

Objective: Tensions are high in the Haven. There has to be something you can do to help!
Objective completed: You've gained the trust of the dravir. With both The Rose and dragons on the warpath, the Haven must be defended!

Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled

(2) Clawkin Wanderer
(3) Energizer
(4) ManaHunter (1)
(4) ManaHunter (2)
(2) Manahuntress
(1) Young Blue Dragon
(1) Young Light Dragon
(1) Young Red Dragon
(1) Cujo Lehacu', (1) ManaHunter (1), (1) Energizer - Boss

Kara SuLema
Rose Agent

Dravir Warhelm (I-VIII)
Radiant Dravir Warhelm

Access to CiaV Loot for DCs.


*At the Haven, you and Kara SuLema are greeted by Mritha and Srazhenie.*

Mritha: Welcome to the Haven, Kara. And... you, I don't believe I've met?
Kara SuLema: It's good to see you safe, Mritha. This is <Character>, the hero of Falconreach!
<Character>: It's nice to meet you, Mritha.
Mritha: Likewise. I've heard many stories of your exploits before you were frozen. I look forward to working with you.
Kara SuLema: Mritha is a DragonLord, and together with her partner, Odgne, she has been helping us protect the Haven and the dravir who live here.
Mritha: And it seems we've finally been able to open the doors. Although I do wish it were under less dire circumstances.
Srazhenie: Hmph. Lady Mritha and Odgne have shown themselves worthy of our respect...
Srazhenie: ...but your Vind have done nothing but bring us a rabble of clawkin.

Srazhenie: Liabilities.
Kara SuLema: I apologize, Srazhenie, but the clawkin had nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: Should you have us, though, we will help to defend the Haven as though it were our own.
Srazhenie: And in doing so brought the enemy closer to our walls!

Srazhenie: I...
Srazhenie: I... As guests of Lady Mritha, I will refrain from... being disrespectful.
Srazhenie: I will take my leave. Lady Mritha, the guests are in your care.

*Mritha glances back towards Srazhenie with apprehension.*

Mritha: Kara, <Character>, please forgive Srazhenie. As Kara is well aware, most of the dravir are slow to trust, and for good reason.
Kara SuLema: Their history is tragic and full of conflict. I understand their fear of betrayal all too well.
<Character>: I'm afraid I don't know much, if anything about dravir history. What happened to them?
Mritha: For most of their recorded existence, the dravir were enslaved by dragons.
Mritha: Their recorded existence, that is. The dragons erased whatever culture had come before, and the dravir only knew slavery and subservience.
Mritha: It wasn't until the elemental wars over a thousand years ago that some dravir managed to escape.
Mritha: And even then...
Mritha: They were directionless. All they knew was slavery.
Mritha: Even now, there are dravir who believe the dragons to be their creators...
Mritha: ...although some of the old artifacts we have discovered suggest otherwise.
Mritha: And while the rule of dragons is no longer as widespread as it once was...
Mritha: ...many dravir still dread their return, and are thus exceptionally wary of any potential threats.
Mritha: It took quite some time for them to trust me and especially my dragon partner Odgne...
Mritha: ...but that they could, gives me hope that they may become great allies to the Vind in times to come.
<Character>: Wow. That really does explain a lot.
Mritha: I hope so. If what is said about you is true, I can only imagine you've come across enslaved or "lost" dravir in your adventures.
<Character>: I certainly have clashed with them in the past, multiple times.
Mritha: They were given no choice but to fight, just as you were given no choice but to defend yourself.
Mritha: The dravir here understand that, and will not hold it against you.

*A brief pause allows you to process what Mritha has just revealed to you about the Dravir.*

Kara SuLema: This history lesson has been wonderful, Mritha, but the Rose offensive is surely imminent. Do you have any word of the dragons?
Mritha: Yes, and it is not looking good. I don't know how, but they are definitely on the scent of Haven.
Mritha: I suspect the involvement of The Rose. While they do not have the means to communicate with the dragons...
Mritha:'s possible they're attempting to make use of them to entrap the dravir into an alliance or worse.
Kara SuLema: We can't let that happen! If the dravir attempt to ally with The Rose, they'll end up like the clawkin!
Mritha: Then on that front it is fortunate that you arrived before The Rose did.
Mritha: The fear of the dragons drives the dravir to desperation, and we would rather have them turn to us than The Rose for aid.

*Kara does not appear to share Mritha's views.*

Kara SuLema: You make us sound so... manipulative. I don't know if I'm comfortable forcing–
Mritha: I am stating the facts of the situation.
Mritha: Manipulative or not, you are the leader of the Vind, Kara, and I suggest you take the opportunities that present themselves.
Mritha: Speaking of which, <Character>, I have a task for you. The stories say that you are bonded with a dragon. Is that true?
<Character>: That's correct. Their name is <Dragon>!
Mritha: And where is <Dragon> at this moment?
<Character>: Probably taking a nap in Falconreach. Why?
Mritha: The dravir were impressed with the bond I have with Odgne- not of master and servant, but as partners and friends.
Mritha: Perhaps seeing you and <Dragon> would earn you and the Vind more of their respect.
Mritha: But do hurry. I'm sure The Rose and the dragons will not wait for you to return.
<Character>: I'll do my best!
Mritha: In the meantime, we'll try to explain the situation to the dravir. Maybe with some careful words, we can come to some agreement...

One quick trip to Falconreach later...

<Character>: So... that's what's happening. And we could all use your help!

If you have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: I don't care if they're dragons or flowers! I'll stop the bad guys!
<Character>: The Rose aren't actually flowers. You met Magus Hansa, remember?
<Dragon>: She smelled like flowers, though.
<Character>: Did she? Wait, no, we can't get distracted. Come on, <Dragon>, we've got a Haven to defend!
<Dragon>: Let's do this!

If you don't have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: *Protective dragon noises*
<Character>: That's what I thought! Come on, <Dragon>, we've got a Haven to defend!
<Dragon>: *Determined growl*

Ash: Oh, hey, <Character>! Hey, <Dragon>–

*Ash appears shocked as you and your dragon race by him hurriedly.*

Ash: Huh.

Ash: I feel like I'm missing out on something big.

  • <Dragon> joins you as a pet.

    *You fight your way through the Betrubung Swamp back to the Haven with your dragon.*

    Srazhenie: That is the reality of the situation, then.
    Kara SuLema: Yes. I apologize that the epicenter must fall on the Haven, but if The Rose is leading the dragons here...
    Srazhenie: Then we are caught in a vise. And it seems our wings are forced.
    Bajacu': The clawkin who are able will lend their aid.
    Bajacu': We have already pledged to The Vind, and as the dravir have given us shelter, no matter how reluctantly, we must repay that debt.
    Niki: We will defend the Haven whether you want us here or not. We'd prefer to be here with your blessing, though.

    *Srazhenie pauses to contemplate the Vind's words.*

    Srazhenie: Hmph. It seems as though we have no choice. The Rose would threaten us with dragons, while you would take responsibility for your actions. The choice is clear.
    Srazhenie: We of the Haven will accept your support.
    Srazhenie: However, with such paltry numbers, I have little confidence in our success in fighting this battle on two fronts.
    Srazhenie: No, even with your aid, this may still be hopeless...
    <Character>: Am I late to the meeting?
    Kara SuLema: No, you're just in time, <Character>! And this must be...

    If you have a Dragon Amulet:
    <Dragon>: I'm <Dragon>! Hello!
    Mritha: This... This is <Dragon>?
    <Dragon>: Surprised, purple lady?
    Mritha: I mean no offense, but you sounded a lot... larger in the stories.
    <Character>: Oh no–
    <Dragon>: Excuse me!? I'll have you know that I'm still a growing young dragon! And I'm plenty ferocious!
    <Dragon>: <Character>, can I breathe fire on this one, please?
    Mritha: Please excuse my disrespect, mighty <Dragon>!

    If you don't have a Dragon Amulet:
    <Dragon>: *Greetings chirp*
    Mritha: It's nice to meet you too, <Dragon>!
    <Dragon>: *Diminutive yet impressive roar*
    Mritha: Yes, those enemies won't know what hit them, indeed!

    Srazhenie: <Character>. This young dragon is your... friend?
    <Character>: Yes. We've been through so much together. Even saved the world a few times!
    Srazhenie: The need for dragons to control and rule runs deep within them.
    Srazhenie: That we have now seen another instance of dragon and person as friends is...
    Srazhenie: Haha. Hahaha! I am ever amazed by the wonders that Lore brings.
    Srazhenie: It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, <Dragon>.
    <Dragon>: Hello, lizard person! | *Greetings grumble*
    Srazhenie: With such allies at our side, I think we might actually stand a chance! A small one, but let us prepare.
    Mritha: Don't worry. We'll push back The Rose. They won't breach the Haven!

    *Meanwhile, in Swordhaven, Akanthus is having a conversation with a Rose Agent.*

    Rose Agent: It seems The Vind got to the dravir settlement earlier than expected, General.
    Akanthus: And what of the dragons?
    Rose Agent: Still hot on the trail we laid out for them, sir.
    Akanthus: A shame that the political option has been removed.
    Rose Agent: Sir?
    Akanthus: Prepare the forces to attack the Haven. And when the dragons get there, see if you can put some of Z's new tools to work.
    Rose Agent: Understood, sir.
    Akanthus: The Sanctuary... The Haven... Wherever they flee, whatever they name it...
    Akanthus: They are dangers to Lore. Unpredictable pockets just waiting to explode.
    Rose Agent: ...
    Akanthus: But of course you understand that.

    Akanthus: Do not fail me.
    Rose Agent: I will not, General Akanthus! Sir!

  • Complete Quest
  • Loot for DCs - opens CiaV Loot for DCs shop.

    Other information
  • A potions chest and a healing pad provide healing sources during the quest; a bag of gold provides a +150 Gold bonus.
  • Pop-up headlines during the quest:

  • You found a bag of gold! Awesome!
  • Looks like that dragon found this box of potions. Now it's yours!
  • Healed!
  • This new quest was inserted into the main Sulen'Eska story timeline on February 26th, 2021.

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