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The Way Forward

Location: Dragesvard's Shore -> Quests! -> The Way Forward
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Roots of Change, Self-Containment Unit v15 (All Versions) shown or equipped
Release Date: March 18th, 2022

Objective: All across Greenguard, it's time to take the next step forward.
Objective completed: As you get closer to the center of Dragesvard, what will you uncover?

Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled

(3) Hollow Dragonslayer
(6) Hollow Human (1)
(4) Hollow Human (2)
(1) Hollow Ice Elf
(1) Fungal Behemoth - Boss

G. M. Hansa
Kara SuLema

Frostbreaker's Ring (I-V)

Access to TWF Loot for DCs.


*In Dragesvard, Odgne and two Ice Dragons are burning the fungal growth covering the city, which they succeed on making an opening.*

Odgne: At last! Mritha, I'm on my way! | *Victorious roar!*

*Odgne enters the city; back on the ground, you and the Alliance respond to Odgne's help as Mritha calls to her.*

Mritha: I just got word from Odgne! The dragons made it through the cap!
<Character>: Have there been any more attacks on the DragonLord camp?
Mritha: Odgne didn't mention anything about that. Seems like they're safe, for now.
Vseslava: This Odgne is your dragon, Mritha?
Mritha: As much as I'm her DragonLord. It's a partnership. Why do you ask?
Vseslava: I am curious why the only small dragon we have seen contributing to the fight is <Dragon>.
Vseslava: Are other dragons of that age not fit for combat?
Mritha: If your only experience with young dragons is <Dragon>, I can see where that confusion comes from!
Mritha: While Dragon Amulets can be used to grow a dragon, without a strong bond or enough energy, the dragon will quickly revert.
Mritha: <Dragon> is also... special. Most young dragons aren't nearly as powerful as they are.
<Dragon>: You know it! | *Prideful roar!*
Mritha: Indeed!
Mritha: Most DragonLords who come across their amulets either find their partners in the wilds, already significantly grown...
Mritha: ...or are found by DragonLord scouting flights.
Mritha: Although in recent times, Captain Lestrad put a stop to those, as well.
Mritha: I get that he's trying to keep the DragonLords safe, but it's such a selfish existence.
Mritha: There are also a number of scattered temples and groves across Greenguard...
Mritha: ... where young dragons and new DragonLords can train, but most of them have been lost.
Mritha: I think you've been to Sunbreeze Grove, <Character>? | The only one I'm familiar with at all is Sunbreeze Grove.
Vseslava: Thank you for the explanation, Mritha.
Vseslava: Despite the Magesterium's knowledge in combating dragons, we know surprisingly little about their growth.
<Dragon>: Maybe I can introduce you to Elysia when this is all over! | I'd like to learn more about <Dragon>, too!
Ostromir: We managed to get our hands on an egg recently, did we not?
Vseslava: Ah, you must have been on a mission when the news came, Ostomir.
Vseslava: Apparently the convoy was ambushed, and the egg went missing.
Ostromir: Is that so? Such a shame.
Ostromir: ...I suppose it matters little now, anyway...

*Ostromir contemplates about the missing egg.*

Kara SuLema: Ostromir, if you need to talk—
Ostromir: I am fine, thank you.
G. M. Hansa: We should keep moving. I'm getting a bad feeling about the fungus.
<Character>: Do you sense something, Hansa?
G. M. Hansa: It's still all a blur. Like searching for a beetle in a pile of seeds. I see movement, then I lose it.
<Character>: Let us know if you need a break, or if there's anything we can do to help, okay?
G. M. Hansa: R-right. Kara, do you mind keeping an eye on me?
G. M. Hansa: If this trend continues, the further into the city we go, the more my vision will be obscured.
Kara SuLema: Of course, Hansa.

*You fight your way through the streets of Dragesvard, battling various Hollow creatures before reaching a Fungal Behemoth; after defeating it, the Alliance look down on an opening from the main stalk of fungal growth.*

<Character>: What do you see, Vseslava? Is there a way down?
Vseslava: I... I think so. As far as I can tell. But it quickly falls off into darkness.
<Character>: Mritha, do you think you can let Odgne know what we found? Captain Lestrad should be happy with the news.
Mritha: Of course.
<Character>: Hansa, how are you doing?
G. M. Hansa: I'm blind.

*Scene shifts to your dragon, who is exhausted.*

G. M. Hansa: More so than usual, I mean.
G. M. Hansa: With the density of the spores, and the sheer amount of fungus everywhere, it's all a mess of spots and shapes.
<Character>: Is there anything we can do to help?
G. M. Hansa: Quiet. If I can just focus... on the main stalk... follow it down...
G. M. Hansa: There's so much movement for just fungus... Ugh.
G. M. Hansa: It's too far. Too obscured. Maybe if we descended further I could get a clearer view.
Kara SuLema: Hansa, you needn't push yourself so hard.
G. M. Hansa: I must try.
G. M. Hansa: If we can get some dragons here to help clear the air, or somehow shock the fungal system to pause for a moment... I'm sorry.
<Character>: Let's go back to the DragonLords then. How are things, Mritha?
Mritha: Odgne got the message. Everything should be all set for us to—

*Mritha is very alarmed as she received Odgne's message.*

Kara SuLema: Mritha? What's wrong?
Mritha: Oh no. No! It's worse than last time. Much worse!
<Character>: Mritha, talk to us!
Mritha: The DragonLord camp is under attack again! Odgne was injured in the initial eruption.
Mritha: We have to get back to the camp. Now!

*Meanwhile, in the Rose airship, Akanthus, Z, and Pozu have installed the dangerous artifact as a power source for the airship.*

Z: So, Akanthus, as you can see, we've managed to get the airship powered with the uh, power source you procured.
Pozu: "We", he says!
Z: My insight was invaluable!
Pozu: Sure.
Akanthus: Well done.
Pozu: If I may, I do have one concern about this uh... power cell.
Akanthus: Yes?
Pozu: The amount of power it contains is beyond what this airship requires.
Pozu: In fact, without proper regulators, we could run into some major issues if the trithril shielding fails.
Pozu: The ship has no armaments, and the engines aren't built for this sort of output...
Pozu: What do you need this much potential for?

*Akanthus carries Pozu.*

Akanthus: In case of emergencies, of course.
Pozu: Ah, yes, haha, fair enough! Always good to be prepared!
Z: You're satisfied with the work then, um, Akanthus?
Akanthus: I am, indeed. How long until we're able to set out?
Pozu: That's more of something I should be speaking to the Lady about, isn't it?
Akanthus: You have a habit of talking back, gnome.
Pozu: My name is Pozu Funfoot, human.
Akanthus: I am Lady Jaania's general, in charge of all matters that she cannot be bothered to deal with, with her... occupied schedule.
Akanthus: So please, give me the details, Pozu Funfoot.

*Akanthus puts Pozu back on the ground.*

Pozu: Eh. Fair enough. With the new power cell, we'll have to run a few more tests, make sure everything's configured properly.
Pozu: The engines need a bit more work, too. Had a couple of misfires on the way over to Swordhaven. Gotta get to the bottom of that.
Pozu: So... soon. We'll be ready to sail... soon.
Akanthus: ...
Akanthus: Z, make sure the gnomes have everything they require to finish their work.
Z: Y-yes sir!

*After Akanthus leaves, Z and Pozu give their lasting impressions about him.*

Pozu: ...He's an intimidating one, eh?
Z: General Akanthus is second only to Jaania in The Rose! I'm... relieved he was happy with our progress.
Pozu: Huh. Probably a good thing I didn't invite him to card game night then.
Pozu: From what I can tell, he'd easily sweep the floor with us and the other engineers!

*Pozu pauses before Z gives a worrying look to him.*

Z: Er... Y-yes. Probably.

*Scene fades to black.*

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

    Other information
  • If the player doesn't have Self-Containment Unit v15 (All Versions) shown or equipped, they will lose 5% of their maximum HP each time they enter a new screen or beat a monster encounter.
  • One section of the streets contains a potion crate, which grants 5 HP and MP potions to players.
  • The suspiciously fresh cup of hot cocoa acts as a one-time healing source during the quest. (Message: Do you want to drink this suspiciously fresh cup of hot cocoa?)
  • Pop-up headlines during the quest:

  • Vseslava: "The spores are getting denser here. Let me know if your Containment Unit needs adjustment."
  • Kara: 'Are you okay? Don't forget your Containment Unit!'
  • Breathing in the spore-dense air irritates your lungs! -5% HP
  • Ostromir: "This city is such a maze. How inefficient! Where do we go from here?"
  • Hansa: "Are you sure this the right way?"
  • You found a crate full of potions! Better take some!
  • You found a crate full of potions! But you can't carry any more.
  • Kara: "Even with so much life around from the fungus and the Hollow... the city feels so dead..."
  • Ostromir: "Do you hear... water? I thought any would be frozen this far north."
  • Vseslava: "What is that Hollow doing? It doesn't seem to be paying us much mind."
  • You can't quite reach this tantalizing cup of hot cocoa with the Hollow Dragonslayer in the way.
  • The hot cocoa is warm and comforting... but who made it? Surely not the Hollow? Unless...
  • Mritha: "I wonder what happened to everyone who lived here. There are a lot of refugees in Dragonsgrasp, but still..."
  • Kara: "So much growth... I can only assume... No, it's not worth thinking about."
  • Hansa: "Hmm. That Hollow up ahead seems different somehow. Besides its size, of course."

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