DemonicDarkwraith -> Fallen Facade (2/21/2023 11:01:44)
Location: Swordhaven Castle -> Queen Victoria -> Quests! -> Convergence -> Fallen Facade
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of The Point of No Return (Part 2)
Release Date: February 20th, 2023
Objective: Circe and Eirn have infiltrated the Rose airship, but can they find a way to sabotage it before it's too late?
Objective completed: Jaania's going to have even more to answer for.
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(3) Spellseeker - Boss
G. M. Hansa
Seeker's Lash (I-V)
Access to Facade Loot for DCs.
*In the Rose airship docked at the apex of the Ivory Tower, Circe and Eirn—accompanied by Yix—arrive at the storage hold.*
*Eirn questions Circe on how they will sabotage the airship from leaving Swordhaven.*
Eirn: What do we do now?
Circe: I got us aboard. I assume this is where you figure out a way to disable this gnomish airship.
Eirn: We're in the storage hold! The worst I can do here is maybe upturn a barrel, or mix up their food supplies.
Eirn: No, no. Deep breaths, Eirn. You've been through worse than this.
*Yix look at one of the power cables.*
Yix: What about that power cable? Some sort of feedback loop could disable the source.
Eirn: ...Or a power drain could slow down the ship.
Eirn: Yes! Hold your spuds, Yix, I have an idea!
Circe: Shh! Keep it down!
*Sometime later, Yix—with the help of Circe and Eirn—is connected with the power cable.*
Eirn: There. How does that feel?
Yix: Ah. Quite refreshing, actually.
Circe: And what exactly does this accomplish?
Eirn: Yix here can trace the flow of energy along the entire ship. Gives us a map of where things are, at the very least.
Yix: Oh my. This is... Hm.
Eirn: What is it?
Yix: Well, I have good news, and bad news.
Yix: The good news is that I've located the main power source.
Yix: The bad news... It's extremely powerful. Probably that Doom device what's-his-face was talking about.
Circe: How do you feel? Any thoughts of murderous intent or destructive ideations?
Yix: No more than usual. For now. However, this does pose an issue. In my limited capacity, I doubt I'd be able to make a dent in the power flow.
Yix: And I don't relish being connected to it for terribly long.
Eirn: Understandable. Just say the word and I'll un-link you.
Manahunter: We're setting off now? I'm on break!
Rose Captain: I just need you to check the stores and make sure we have enough for an extended voyage out of the city.
Rose Captain: Lady Jaania's orders. It'll only take a moment.
Circe: We don't have much time. What's the plan?
Yix: ...Feedback loop would be disastrous like this...
Yix: ...And I don't think there are any sub-nodes... Such rough-shod work wouldn't be acceptable in any of my workshops!
Manahunter: Okay, okay, I'm going!
Yix: Did you know this ship has armaments? Some sort of magic-based artillery system.
Eirn: Can you see if there's a way to slow the ship down? Buy some time. Nothing else matters.
Yix: Nothing else, you say? Perhaps if I can wrest control of the clockwork subsystem...
*Suddenly, a Manahunter—oblivious to Circe, Eirn, and Yix's presence—opens the door to enter the storage hold to check the food there as Circe sneak behind the door.*
Manahunter: I just counted all the potatoes and onions yesterday, but nooooo... Lady Jaania's orders!
*Circe punches the Manahunter from behind, knocking him out.*
Circe: Hurry it up. The others will be wondering what's taking him so long.
Yix: I can redirect the power from the thrusters to the cannons. Can't reroute it all or they might, you know, explode.
Circe: You're going to make the ship stronger. Wonderful.
Yix: Logically, it's the best option. Overpowering the steering or controls could send the airship crashing to the ground...
Yix: With the corresponding destruction. No, this is the only way.
Eirn: Right. Let's get it done, and get off this ship. Being here is starting to give me shivers.
Yix: Already working on it.
Circe: Good. For the escape... Cover might be blown if they're expecting a Manahunter to exit the hold.
Circe: I'll need you to—
*Suddenly, as Circe assess their plans of escape, Akanthus, who have returned from Queen Victoria and her allies' assault on him, forcibly opens the door to enter the storage hold, forcing a confrontation against him.*
Akanthus: I thought I heard mice scurrying about. And what should I find, but stowaways.
Akanthus: The Queen's spy.
Akanthus: Or perhaps saboteur, now?
Eirn: The potatoes are quality!
Circe: A little busy here.
Akanthus: What is it that you're trying to do here, I wonder?
Eirn: The potatoes are good to go! We're done!
Akanthus: No words for me? No matter, then.
*As Akanthus reaches for his sword, Circe clicks her artifact to explode, destroying a part of the rear side of the Rose airship in order to escape from Akanthus; now falling mid-air, Eirn—carrying the presumably unconscious Circe in one arm—prepares to use his gauntlet to land them both safely.*
Eirn: By Haeos's gears, this better work...
*Eirn's gauntlet successfully fires up, landing both him and Circe safely at Swordhaven's streets.*
Kara joins you as Guest A.
Hansa joins you as Guest B.
*Meanwhile, in the Greenguard forest, the Alliance—still en route back to Swordhaven—make a stop as Vseslava make contact with Outpost Yeden in hopes of gaining an Ignominious for her and Ostromir.*
Kara SuLema: Ah... How wonderful it is to be back in the forests of Greenguard!
Kara SuLema: No more spores, no more cold...
Ostromir: Still a lot of sand everywhere.
G. M. Hansa: And whose fault is that?
Ostromir: Surely The Rose has enough people in their employ to sweep the place up?
G. M. Hansa: Wouldn't have to if a certain Magesterium never opened a rift in the first place.
Ostromir: Only because—
<Character>: I agree with Kara. It's nice to be on solid ground again.
<Dragon>: ...I don't ever want to eat another ship's biscuit for as long as I live. | *Hungry grumbles*
<Character>: How's the progress coming along, Vseslava?
Vseslava: Just about done. Need to attune to the right frequency... and...
*Vseslava activates her transmitter to Outpost Yeden.*
???: *crackle* —dition are underway. The shortage of fresh Ignominious will need to be— *crackle*
Vseslava: Golden Hand Division Osiem reporting. This is Vseslava of Golden Hand Division Osiem. Can you hear me, Outpost Yeden?
Outpost Yeden: Yes, we have your signal, Division Osiem. Good to see the Shapeless has kept you well since your last correspondence.
Vseslava: And you as well, Outpost Yeden. Has there been an update on our request for Ignominious?
Outpost Yeden: The request is denied. All resources are currently being routed to Project Casca.
Ostromir: Casca... Surely they do not mean to—
Vseslava: I see. And as for our mission? What does the Shapeless will?
Outpost Yeden: You are to join us as soon as is convenient. Make whatever excuses you must.
Outpost Yeden: Diplomacy can be repaired later. The survival of the Magesterium—
*Suddenly, an unknown force shoots an arrow to disrupt Vseslava's transmitter to Outpost Yeden; the Alliance is shocked as they prepare to fight off the ambush.*
G. M. Hansa: ...
G. M. Hansa: Halt! This is Grand Magus Hansa of The Rose! You are firing upon allies!
*Despite Hansa's warning, the hostile force from the Rose shoots a fire arrow at the back side of Hansa's face, only to be saved at the nick of time by Kara's wind magic.*
Kara SuLema: Hansa, what's going on?
G. M. Hansa: They are... They're Jaania's elite huntresses.
*Jaania's elite huntresses shoots two arrows—one water arrow and one energy arrow—at Hansa, to no avail as it is bounced back by Hansa's magic.*
G. M. Hansa: Though why they are attacking us without warning, I cannot say.
<Character>: Well, whatever their reason, we can't just let them kill us. We have to fight back.
G. M. Hansa: ...Final chance! If you will not speak, then we must assume you are foes.
*Jaania's elite huntresses ignore Hansa's final warning as they continue to shoot another arrow at her, only for your dragon to catch it.*
Kara SuLema: There's your answer. A fight it is! Keep the Golden Hand safe!
Battle! - begins gauntlet.
Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
Run Away! - returns to Swordhaven Castle.
*After repelling the ambush, the Alliance processes this revelation.*
Kara SuLema: That was The Rose. They shouldn't have been attacking us!
G. M. Hansa: Obviously not. Something must have happened while we were away.
Kara SuLema: But... Jaania wouldn't...
G. M. Hansa: She commands them.
Kara SuLema: Maybe... Maybe it was General Akanthus again?
G. M. Hansa: I— no, we will find out.
<Character>: Whoever is behind this, they'll have to answer to us when we get back to Swordhaven.
Ostromir: The betrayal! The subterfuge! Reminds me of Volkenraand.
<Character>: Let's get going before they return or send reinforcements.
Kara SuLema: R-right.
*Back on the Rose airship's storage hold, Yix is stored inside one of boxes of potatoes due to Eirn's quick thinking; scene fades to black.*
Loot for DCs - opens Facade Loot for DCs shop.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
Kara: 'I have your back! We can do this!' Full heal!
Hansa: 'I don't know what comes next but... We're in this together.' Full heal!