Location: The Locker, Pirate Attack, Aboard Alone, As You Lie Dreaming..., Rescue!, Deserted, The Bottom, Risen, Defending Against the Darkness, Recreation!, The Dreamers' Abyss, Ancient Abyss: Epilogue
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2 Leagues Under the Sea
As You Lie Dreaming...
Aquella: Another surface dweller? Can't you stay on land? Why do you have to keep invading my home?
Aquella: You litter the sea floor with your broken ships... barrels, ropes, bones thrown overboard.
Aquella: Turning my beautiful sea floor into this!
Aquella: And now, through some no doubt insidious magic... you can breathe underwater!
Aquella: More and more of you humans keep coming down here... and now you gather your broken ships together and make a town!
Aquella: "The Locker" is not a welcome sight and if I ever get my staff back I'll sweep it back to where it came from!
What happened to your staff?
Aquella: It's lost.
Aquella: One day I'll find it though...
Aquella: ... and I'll sweep the sea clean of all the surface pollution.
Aquella: So, if I were you I'd leave before I find my staff.
Aquella: Do you really think I would trust someone from the surface?
2 Leagues Under the Sea
Aquella: How did you get down here anyways?
Aquella: Undead Pirates are attacking!
Aquella: You know what happened to the elves?!
Aquella: Great One...?
Aquella: When Davey had me prisoner some of my other friends tried to help me escape too.
Aquella: Ok, I'm coming out but don't hurt me... I'm just a kid.
As You Lie Dreaming...
Aquella: I had a terrible dream while trapped in that bubble!
Aquella: What happened to them? Tell me!
Aquella: *sniff* ... *sniff*
Aquella: Thank you so much for coming to save me!
Aquella: *sniff* I...thank you, <Character>. I don't deserve to be saved though. It's all...*sniff* It's all my fault.
Aquella: No, there's only me left. I'm the only one left who can protect the water and...and...I don't know how! It's all my fault the water elves are gone.
Aquella: I made them disappear!
Aquella: I can tell you where Tethys is...
Aquella: They told me not to touch it, but it was so pretty and blue. I... I... just wanted to see it!
Aquella: They were all so proud of it, they said it was what protected the waters... what protected us.
Aquella: So I didn’t listen... I snuck in and...
Aquella: I'm just gonna play with it for a little while, that's all...
Aquella: Hee hee!
Aquella: The other elves caught me...
Aquella: I can still see their faces, how angry they were.
Aquella: I ran away!
Aquella: I didn’t mean to do anything bad! I... I just didn't want to see them looking so disappointed at me.
Aquella: I found a place to sleep and... I had a terrible nightmare...
Aquella: When I woke up, I went right back home... and everyone was gone! The whole city was deserted!
Aquella: I've tried to protect the water since then and now look at it. It's all my fault!
Aquella: No! I don’t want to go there... I don't want to see it empty again.
Aquella: Were you brave enough to go inside the tower?
Aquella: What happened when you got knocked out?
Aquella: Some...Something is wrong... the voices... they're everywhere...
Aquella: You want to take me somewhere? Where?
Aquella: Are... are you ok, <Character>? You look like you haven't slept well...
Aquella: Where.... where are we going?
Aquella: ... <Character>?
Aquella: <Character> why won't you answer me?
Aquella: <Character> I don't know what you're talking about!
Aquella: Just tell me! Where are we going?
Aquella: You're so weird, <Character>. Why are we here?
Aquella: Bu...but why into the trench?
Aquella: What? Who does?
Aquella: <Character>... please, I'm scared. I don't want to go.
Aquella: Have to what? What are you saying, <Character>?
Aquella: Told me what?
Aquella: <Character> is my friend, he/she saved me from you!
Aquella: I... I...
Aquella: Tell me what?
Aquella: You... you know what happened?
Aquella: Tell me what happened!
Aquella: *(sniff)* No, please...
Aquella: Kathool has risen!
Aquella: Me? But... but, I can't do it alone.
Aquella: I... I don't know how though.
Aquella: But... but... it's all my fault.... all the elves are gone.
Aquella: Lilithe! But how?
Aquella: But if I hadn't played with the Orb...
Aquella: It's gone...
Defending Against the Darkness
Aquella: <Character>, it's been a long time.
Aquella: I thought I warned you before about you humans leaving broken things in my waters.
Aquella: There's something even worse in the water, <Character>.
Aquella: It looked... it looked like it was once human but now... now Darkness has seeped through it.
Aquella: Whatever it's called... it's trying to find out more about you, I think. It visited The Locker... Tethys... it almost woke the Ancient One.
Aquella: I don't think it was prepared for... whatever it was shown.
Aquella: Even in sleep, the Ancient One plays games if you get too close.
Aquella: No, but it emerged close to here. Be careful, <Character>...
Aquella: ...you humans need to survive to eventually start cleaning up your messes. Good luck...
Aquella: Oh, hello, <Character>. Looks like we're getting all sorts of visitors today.
Aquella: Oh, do you know these people, <Character>?
Aquella: None at all. While there is always danger down here, I welcome the change of pace.
Aquella: Greetings, friends of <Character>.
Aquella: I am Aquella, a water elf, and protector of the seas.
Aquella: While you are welcome as guests here, please be sure not to leave anything behind when it comes time for you to leave.
Aquella: Our ecosystem is a precious one. If it falls out of—
Aquella: Er. Yes? I am a water elf.
Aquella: Thanks to the efforts of <Character>, my people have been restored from the clutches of the Ancient One.
Aquella: Hmm. I see. So this Remthalas was one of the Abyssal Elves...
Aquella: Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there has been no change from the depths.
Aquella: The Ancient One's hold over that long-abandoned place is as strong as ever.
Aquella: There is no easy answer.
Aquella: In ages past, the Abyssal Elves were charged by Neso with securing the depths of the seas— maintaining order, and defending from threats.
Aquella: But when the Ancient One woke, chaos spread.
Aquella: Spread throughout the entire ocean, until all were lost.
Aquella: I did. But for the Abyssal Tribe, it has been far, far too long.
Aquella: Even if I were to try, there is likely nothing left of them to bring back.
Aquella: There is... one thing.
Aquella: But it will be a dangerous and perilous journey.
Aquella: While purifying the entire ocean of the Ancient One's corruption is outside of my current ability...
Aquella: I can lead you into the depths. To a sacred site of the Abyssal Elves.
Aquella: The Abyssal Elf civilization spanned the seas. There were many, many of them.
Aquella: What I mean is...
Aquella: The ancient adepts will seek us out in great numbers. They will try to stop our descent.
Aquella: And once we reach the bottom, I will need to be defended as I purify the area.
Aquella: It's a possibility. But I will be there to protect you.
The Dreamers' Abyss
Aquella: ...This looks like the place.
Aquella: Yes. The Ancient One's presence here is not as strong as the surrounding depths.
Aquella: This will do.
Aquella: You've done so much already, clearing the way here. But...
Aquella: It will take me some time to draw upon my magic and purify the area.
Aquella: And while The Ancient One's grasp over this place is weaker, it is still powerful.
Aquella: He will not relinquish his hold so easily.
Aquella: Hopefully it won't come to that. The Ancient One still slumbers, and I'll do my best not to disturb that rest.
Aquella: Thank you. Now, I'll begin preparations—
Aquella: Oh. Oh!
Aquella: Oh no. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry! I completely forgot about the water pressure!
Aquella: My people, the Water Elves, we're adapted to the underwater depths.
Aquella: We don't have to worry about such things and it completely slipped my mind!
Aquella: Maybe we should turn back. This was a bad idea. Oh no.
Aquella: If I got you hurt, or worse, <Character>, after everything you've done for me and my people—
Aquella: Yes. Yes, you're right. Just... Oh, be careful on our way up. Don't surface too fast, um...
Aquella: Right. I apologize! I shall begin.
Aquella: Okay! I've got a connection!
Aquella: Hold on...!
Aquella: Yes, it's definitely fighting back. The corruption won't let go so easily!
Aquella: Begone! Begone from this place!
Aquella: Disperse the shade!
Aquella: It... It is done.
Aquella: The Ancient One no longer holds sway over this place.
Aquella: He can try. But my people will defend it. I didn't choose this location at random.
Aquella: This is the entrance to an ancient temple. From among the oldest of our stories, it's said a... creature of massive size once made this its home.
Aquella: The Abyssal Tribe received its blessings, and together, they kept the depths in balance.
Aquella: We'll make sure it's secure, and we'll see if there's anything we can uncover that can aid us in our battle against the Ancient One.
Aquella: What a curious question.
Aquella: I would. I will, and I do.
Aquella: If not me and my kind, then who else?
Aquella: I have the power to fight back against The Ancient One.
Aquella: I will not squander it.
Aquella: We should get you back to the surface safely before Notha tires out.
Aquella: I can't say I'm all too familiar with the exact methods of the Abyssal Tribe's funerary customs, but I can try.
Aquella: Um. Would we have to go back to get the body?
Aquella: Inside. Yes. Of course.
Aquella: How about this? If you bring the remains out, I'll examine them.
Aquella: If there is any risk of him becoming a conduit for The Ancient One, I'll return him to your care.
Aquella: If, on the other hand, I sense nothing amiss, then I'll see what I can do about a proper Water Elf send off.
Ancient Abyss: Epilogue
Aquella: Please, do not rush me. I must be certain.
Aquella: Just about finished!
Aquella: I must say, this is the first time I've seen an Abyssal Elf in person that has not been... twisted.
Aquella: I've seen ancient paintings, carvings... what little we've recovered.
Aquella: Hm. Curious.
Aquella: Ah. No, nothing relevant.
Aquella: I can safely say, though, that his remains do not have any residual corruption from The Ancient One.
Aquella: Besides his biology, which is quite similar to that of Water Elves, I doubt there's anything for you to uncover, Notha.
Aquella: I'm sure.
Aquella: You know, some legends say that certain members of the Abyssal Tribe would carve up their remains...
Aquella: ...And scatter them to the sea, for the myriad of scavengers and tiny creatures to feed on.
Aquella: Returning to the depths from the very height of existence.
Aquella: Not quite what you had in mind?
Aquella: There are other rites too, of course. Many less grisly. Mostly.
Aquella: ...How would you describe Remthalas in life?
Aquella: You explained his story to me earlier, but what kind of person was he?
Aquella: I think I understand. His dream for his people must have been his driving force. That dream, then, became twisted by Kathool's influence.
Aquella: ...Then I shall release him into the water whence he came.
Aquella: There, he may watch over this temple, the start of the reclamation of the Abyssal depths.
Aquella: Then I shall begin. It will be quick.
Aquella: May you watch over our endeavors, Remthalas.
Aquella: I'm glad I could help! Now, shall we return to the Locker? I can prepare some seaweed sandwiches if you'd like!
Aquella: Do not worry. I sent his water along a current to the outer boundaries of the temple. There was never any risk of... um...
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