Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Up, Smoke in the Trees, The Border Prison, Chains of Command, Haven on the Horizon, Caught in a Vise, A Decisive Blow, One Step Forward, Supply and Demand, Trust, Melissa, Lost and Found, Severed Hope, Changing Winds, Mission Possible, InspecZion, On Broken Wings, An Uncertain Future, Escape from Espina Rosa, My Spot, The Gala, Queen of Swordhaven, Jungle's Fury, Culture Shock, Heroes, A Petal Falls, Arrival of the Vind, Song in Our Hearts, Out of Control, The Golden Hand, The Greenguard Alliance - Choose a Faction, The Greenguard Alliance - Vind Faction -> Down Left, Daybreak (Vind), The Spells We Weave, Sunfall: Part 1, Sunfall: Part 2, The Royal Resistance - Vind Faction, A Storm in the Night, A Shocking Discovery, Ambition's Crossroads, Grinding Gears, Direct Current, AdventureFriends! (Part 1), The Spark of the Soul, Broken Circuit (Part 1), Broken Circuit (Part 2), Of Duty and Dragons, The Awakened Depths - Vind Faction, Speaker and Slayer, The Descent, The Great One, Reasons to Fight, Into the Unknown, In Search of Slayers, Roots of Change, The Way Forward, Through the Tangle, The Deep Dark
The Siege of Haven
Song of the Ateala
Smoke in the Trees
The Border Prison
Chains of Command
Haven on the Horizon
Caught in a Vise
One Step Forward
Supply and Demand
A Hero of the People
Lost and Found
Fight, Flight, & Fire
The Infiltration of Espina Rosa
On Broken Wings
Are Rocks Evil?
Queen of Swordhaven
Tea For Three
A Petal Falls
Out of Control
The Golden Hand
When approaching Kara SuLema for the first time:
Kara SuLema: Welcome, <Character>. I am Kara SuLema, leader of the Vind.
Kara SuLema: I am sure you have many questions of me, but first, I must ask of yourself—
Kara SuLema: Why have you sought us out? What are you looking for with the Vind?
Kara SuLema: Informing oneself is a wise first step. Thank you for humoring my request.
Kara SuLema: Now, what would you ask of me, <Character>?
Kara SuLema: We are a collection of those who have been wronged, or know those who have been wronged by the actions of The Rose.
Kara SuLema: We are refugees, fighters, volunteers, and family. We even have a contingent of DragonLords!
Kara SuLema: We rescue whoever we can from The Rose...
Kara SuLema: ...but maybe it's time we took more active measures in stopping their tyranny.
Kara SuLema: If you're willing to join us, to help our cause, we may be able to start pushing The Rose back.
Kara SuLema: The Rose is... complicated.
Kara SuLema: There may be those with good intentions, but they all run unchecked. It all comes down to Jaania.
Kara SuLema: She is the leader of The Rose. After she saved Lore, she rose to prominence as a hero and savior, but she's since withdrawn.
Kara SuLema: And so, her organization has grown and spread beyond her vision.
Kara SuLema: Many now take advantage of the name of The Rose to pursue their own agenda.
Kara SuLema: But the responsibility still lies with Jaania. The Rose is her organization and their actions are therefore hers.
Kara SuLema: Even so... I do not believe... I cannot believe that Jaania would approve of the methods being used by her subordinates.
Kara SuLema: The rumors you've heard are all true. The Rose captures and imprisons magical creatures and peoples.
Kara SuLema: All in the name of protecting Greenguard and Lore from 'the dangers of magic'.
Kara SuLema: I hope you will be willing to help us stop The Rose and save those who can be saved.
When approaching Kara SuLema thereafter:
Kara SuLema: With your arrival, <Character>, the fight against The Rose can begin in earnest. We must act with haste.
Kara SuLema: The Rose continues to oppress and imprison the innocent. With your help, <Character>, I believe we can strike back and turn the storm.
- Smoke in the Trees
Kara SuLema: One of my watchers has brought disturbing news to me regarding a nearby village. It's time to see the actions of The Rose for yourself.
- The Border Prison
Kara SuLema: I sent some of my watchers to look into the location that the Rose soldier, Carat, directed us toward.
Kara SuLema: It's a prison on the border of the swamp- and it's where the clawkin and other prisoners have been taken as well. Are you with us?
- Chains of Command
Kara SuLema: Once Elanee is safe, find me and we'll face the monster that's been making the shackles!
- Haven on the Horizon
Kara SuLema: Ah, good timing, <Character>. One of the Clawkin leaders has just arrived. I imagine she'd want to thank you personally!
- Caught in a Vise
Kara SuLema: The threat to the Haven is imminent. We have to convince the dravir to accept our assistance before it's too late.
- The Siege of Haven
Kara SuLema: The Haven is under attack from both dragons and The Rose! It's up to us to push them back.
- One Step Forward
Kara SuLema: With the Rose repelled once more, word is spreading of the Vind. The resistance grows by the day, thanks to your effort.
- Supply and Demand
Kara SuLema: Lest you wonder, Princess Melissa has agreed to join our cause. And she's not the only one. Unfortunately...
Kara SuLema: With so many refugees and now soldiers joining the resistance, we're running low on resources.
Kara SuLema: I've called a meeting to hopefully address the situation, and I'd like you to attend, <Character>.
- A Hero of The People
Kara SuLema: So, how did your visit to Falconreach go? Was Ash able to help with our supply issue?
Kara SuLema: You're right on time, <Character>! I was just about to call a meeting to discuss what you accomplished in Falconreach.
- Quest! - begins Trust quest.
- The Shears
Kara SuLema: So this... Sir Leon invited you to The Shears to help with his plans? Hmm... I know I don't need to worry about you, but please, stay safe!
You can now access The Shears from the Greenguard Region of the Travel Map.
- To The Shears! - teleports player to The Shears.
Kara SuLema: Perfect timing, <Character>. I... need to speak with Melissa. I would like you to be present when I do, if you do not mind.
- Lost and Found
Kara SuLema: Welcome back, <Character>. How did your um, talk, with Melissa go?
- Severed Hope
Kara SuLema: We recieved a message from Swordhaven, <Character>! The Rose has agreed to parley! They'll see reason, I know they will.
- Changing Winds
Kara SuLema: ...I have to do something. Everyone's counting on me. But I can't protect them from that monster. What to do...?
- Fight, Flight, & Fire
Kara SuLema: <Character>... You're... You're back. What happened? What of The Rose and General Akanthus?
The Infiltration of Espina Rosa
- Mission Possible
Kara SuLema: I dare say, <Character>, you have had a tumultuous adventure learning about Lore and all the secrets it holds.
Kara SuLema: You have risked much to aid those you have once called enemy, creatures who are deeper than you anticipated.
Kara SuLema: Ogerek, Mritha, Niki, Bacaju' and Melissa are all so grateful for your selflessness. But this is only the beginning.
Kara SuLema: Though you have seen one of their prison camps, the Rose has a place that is more dangerous and fearsome where more of our allies and friends are locked up.
Kara SuLema: Within the depths of this despicable place are people who inspire me.
Kara SuLema: If it weren't for them, I may never have decided to do what I am doing. One in particular means a great deal to me. It is time to repay them for their sacrifices.
Kara SuLema: If you're willing to help me, <Character>, I have a special mission for you.
Kara SuLema: I think we are ready.
Kara SuLema: We don't *laughs* have much *laughs* choice.
Kara SuLema: Svera! We must make sure *laughs* that this is a very formal and serious affair.
Kara SuLema: *tries to calm herself* We must. Oh, Svera, I haven't laughed in so long.
Kara SuLema: There is something I must I do, <Character>.
- Broken Wings
Kara SuLema: I can only hope. Ready or not, it's time to go.
Kara SuLema: Is there anything you'd like to discuss?
Heal & potions - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
<Character>: Can you tell me more about Sulen'Eska? With so many people here, how has it been kept safe?
Kara SuLema: Sulen'Eska is a home for many who have nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: It is also our base of operations, and our training grounds.
Kara SuLema: We keep ourselves safe through magic and vigilance.
Kara SuLema: We use the winds, the swamp, and our senses to prevent The Rose from finding us... but they are ever tenacious.
Kara SuLema: It is not an easy life, but we are united and have each other.
- Wind Elves
<Character>: I don't remember seeing any Wind Elves in Greenguard before I was frozen. Where did you come from?
Kara SuLema: I- Ah. You really have been frozen for quite a while, haven't you?
Kara SuLema: The Wind Elves came here from the Dreamwood some... time ago.
Kara SuLema: The Dreamwood was and forever will be our home, but certain circumstances led to our group leaving and settling here.
Kara SuLema: I apologize. It is an uncomfortable topic. Perhaps we could discuss this at a later time.
<Character>: I understand. Another time then.
- Replay Intro - see initial dialogue when approaching Kara SuLema for the first time.
Add Kara as Guest - invites Kara SuLema as Guest A.
Smoke in the Trees
Kara SuLema: Recently, there have been some disturbing reports from our ally, Niki.
Kara SuLema: She is a very secretive mage who joined our cause some time ago.
Kara SuLema: Her specialties of stealth and scouting have proven useful.
Kara SuLema: I fear that the effects of her actions may have been indirectly detected by The Rose, however.
Kara SuLema: The Rose has apparently been targeting a Clawkin village in the swamp, observing and occasionally taking captives.
Kara SuLema: Niki has been evacuating the few she can while trying to remain undetected, but it seems that a larger Rose force is now on the way.
Kara SuLema: Is everything alright, Bote? What's the matter?
Kara SuLema: Niki's back? But she was supposed to be keeping watch–
Kara SuLema: I see. It seems The Rose has acted much quicker than we expected. We must put a stop to this at once.
Kara SuLema: You wanted to see evidence of the evils of The Rose, <Character>? You're welcome to join me.
Kara SuLema: Please, Bote, do not worry. We will do everything in our power to save what we can.
Kara SuLema: Just as there are humans who commit great evils, there are Clawkin who eschew their tribes and are full of hatred.
Kara SuLema: As the Clawkin are normally so secluded, it makes sense that you've only had poor encounters with the ones you've met in the past.
Kara SuLema: We... we're too late...
Kara SuLema: But we weren't fast enough...
Kara SuLema: The poor Clawkin...
Kara SuLema: Not one step closer.
Kara SuLema: Who are you?
Kara SuLema: Let him run. He poses no threat to us.
Kara SuLema: But this...
Kara SuLema: It appears as though we still have a chance to save these poor souls, and possibly others.
Kara SuLema: Will you join us, <Character>?
The Border Prison
Kara SuLema: Thank you for agreeing to join us on this mission, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: Now that we know where the clawkin were taken, thanks to that Rose soldier, Carat, it's time for us to strike.
Kara SuLema: Only as back up. We sent some scouts ahead, and the facility seems to be much more than simply a prison.
Kara SuLema: It's a fortress. Assaulting it with the few resistance members we have now would likely cause undue attention.
Kara SuLema: However, if a pair of renegades were to slip in on the breeze..
Kara SuLema: Well, I trust your capabilities and mine. And I'd rather not risk my people unnecessarily.
Kara SuLema: I'm glad to hear it.
Kara SuLema: After we've gathered the attention of The Rose inside the fort, we'll have a group of scouts waiting outside to escort any liberated prisoners.
Kara SuLema: With any luck, they'll be able to make it back here before The Rose can call in reinforcements.
Kara SuLema: So, shall we–
Kara SuLema: Ogorek, you must calm yourself. Take a breath.
Kara SuLema: I cannot say for certain if she is in this fortress, Ogorek. But you have my word that if she is there, we will find her.
Kara SuLema: Oh, Ogorek...
Kara SuLema: Word of your return is spreading, <Character>, and bringing with it a beacon of hope.
Kara SuLema: The whispers of the return of the hero follow the wind wherever it goes.
Kara SuLema: And the hope you inspire draws others to join the Vind.
Kara SuLema: But such talk can wait until after.
Kara SuLema: Are you prepared, <Character>?
Kara SuLema: Something's not right. The creatures we fought on the way here...
Kara SuLema: Yes. I can't imagine they were fighting of their own will.
Kara SuLema: And if the path of such atrocity leads here... then we may be stepping into something even more heinous than we expected.
Kara SuLema: It's horrible. I... I cannot see Jaania approving such methods.
Kara SuLema: But if not her... then who?
Kara SuLema: Regardless of The Rose's internal politics, we cannot stand for this.
Kara SuLema: When we head in, we'll split up. I'll tackle the upper floors if you'll get the ground floor and any dungeons.
Kara SuLema: We shall leave a pathway of safety for the prisoners in our wake.
Kara SuLema: When you're done, meet me back out here with the scouts and the prisoners.
Chains of Command
Kara SuLema: Please, Magus, can't you see the pain you're causing them?
Kara SuLema: Taking their families, their freedom...
Kara SuLema: This is beyond cruel!
Kara SuLema: You'll not capture any more innocents!
Kara SuLema: It's awful!
Kara SuLema: You... you put the Clawkin and others through so much pain...
Kara SuLema: Just to reach me?
Kara SuLema: I... I can't let you continue this. This has to stop!
Kara SuLema: Don't let him escape! I'll protect the prisoners!
Kara SuLema: The golemancer fled back through the fort.
Kara SuLema: I... These Clawkin must be my priority. Go!
Kara SuLema: There you are! As you can see, the Clawkin and I have made it out safely.
Kara SuLema: What of Z?
Kara SuLema: I'm sure we'll meet him again. Such worms will always find a way to wriggle to the surface.
Kara SuLema: Most importantly, we've saved all the Clawkin and prisoners we could.
Kara SuLema: A tempting idea, but we weren't prepared to do so. We don't have the forces necessary to hold it.
Kara SuLema: The Rose will be back with reinforcements before long.
Kara SuLema: And should we try to hold the fort, it will just give them another reason to ply Swordhaven for resources.
Kara SuLema: Come, <Character>. Let us return to Sulen'Eska before we must fight our way back!
Haven on the Horizon
Kara SuLema: Yes, Bajacu'. Thanks to the brave efforts of <Character> and others of the Vind.
Kara SuLema: Ah yes, <Character>, this is Bajacu'. She is a Cuyo of the Gua'Kia.
Kara SuLema: For many of The Rose, magic has been the source of pain, of suffering, and heartbreak.
Kara SuLema: For their leader, most of all.
Kara SuLema: By suppressing magic, in their minds, they desire to make everything right. Safe, and balanced.
Kara SuLema: Wise words, Cuyo Bajacu'. We of the Vind agree.
Kara SuLema: Indeed. As we have seen recently, The Rose will not be content to leave you be.
Kara SuLema: Do you think you could convince the other Clawkin leaders and villages to join ranks with us?
Kara SuLema: Ah, Niki, there is no need to apologize.
Kara SuLema: Report.
Kara SuLema: I... see.
Kara SuLema: This is grave news. We must warn them and begin preparations.
Kara SuLema: Right. I apologize, but we must be brief.
Kara SuLema: <Character>, this is Niki. She is the spy I mentioned to you before, who warned us of the Rose attack on the Gua'Kia.
Kara SuLema: Niki, you've seen <Character>, have you not?
Kara SuLema: Good. Now, the Haven is a hidden fort where a local group of Dravir have lived for quite some time in peace.
Kara SuLema: We've tried making inroads into an alliance with them, but so far most of our efforts have been rebuffed.
Kara SuLema: They do trust our ally, Mritha, however, so she may be our way in.
Kara SuLema: For reasons that would take too long to explain in full at the moment, if dragons were to find them, it would spell disaster for their people.
Kara SuLema: The Buo'Kia Clawkin seem to be in the path of The Rose as well. We cannot- we must not let what happened to the Gua'Kia happen again.
Kara SuLema: We will head for the Buo'Kia Clawkin first.
Kara SuLema: But... we don't have the forces to escort them all back to Sulen'Eska and defend the Haven as well.
Kara SuLema: We'll somehow have to convince the Dravir to provide sanctuary. There's no other option.
Kara SuLema: We've no time to lose. I shall notify Taivas of our plans to begin mobilization of Vind forces toward the Haven.
Kara SuLema: Well done, Bajacu', Niki. Without your presence, I doubt we could have convinced them otherwise.
Kara SuLema: Yes.
Kara SuLema: Niki, go on ahead, we will catch up to you when the Buo'Kia are ready to go.
Kara SuLema: Here we are. Niki should be waiting for us just inside.
Kara SuLema: Observe.
Kara SuLema: Well, come on, all of you. Hurry on through!
Caught in a Vise
Kara SuLema: It's good to see you safe, Mritha. This is <Character>, the hero of Falconreach!
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.
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.
Kara SuLema: Their history is tragic and full of conflict. I understand their fear of betrayal all too well.
Kara SuLema: This history lesson has been wonderful, Mritha, but the Rose offensive is surely imminent. Do you have any word of the dragons?
Kara SuLema: We can't let that happen! If the dravir attempt to ally with The Rose, they'll end up like the clawkin!
Kara SuLema: You make us sound so... manipulative. I don't know if I'm comfortable forcing–
Kara SuLema: Yes. I apologize that the epicenter must fall on the Haven, but if The Rose is leading the dragons here...
Kara SuLema: No, you're just in time, <Character>! And this must be...
A Decisive Blow
Kara SuLema: I take it from your return that your mission went well, Niki?
Kara SuLema: Well done!
Kara SuLema: We're still holding strong, but we can't sustain the defense forever.
Kara SuLema: Without fresh supplies from the outside, it's a matter of time before we're worn down.
Kara SuLema: While the dragons are ferocious, without The Rose corralling them, they'll eventually disperse with enough counterforce.
Kara SuLema: So we must strike at The Rose.
Kara SuLema: <Character>, that job falls to you. The rest of us will hold off The Rose soldiers to buy you time.
Kara SuLema: I trust you to do what must be done. Are you ready?
Kara SuLema: Mritha, calm yourself, we have a job to do.
Kara SuLema: Akanthus...
Kara SuLema: <Character>, this one is yours. We'll buy you all the time you need!
Kara SuLema: So... Akanthus is behind these attacks...
Kara SuLema: I don't understand.
Kara SuLema: How could Jaania support such atrocities?
Kara SuLema: We could not stand idle and let you and your homes be destroyed. We only did what was right.
Kara SuLema: I hope this isn't too forward of me, but should you want, Sulen'Eska and The Vind are ever open to the dravir.
Kara SuLema: I see. While I am disappointed, I understand that choice.
One Step Forward
Kara SuLema: Thank you all for gathering at my behest.
Kara SuLema: I wanted to... I wanted to thank you all for your help. For believing in me. In this cause.
Kara SuLema: In the Vind.
Kara SuLema: It's thanks to your hard work that we were able to save the clawkin, and defend the Dravir against the odds.
Kara SuLema: Since we repelled the attack on Haven, more and more join us in Sulen'Eska by the day.
Kara SuLema: Tales of the heroics of the Vind, all of us, all of the resistance, are spreading like seeds on the wind.
Kara SuLema: But as our numbers grow, I can't help but worry.
Kara SuLema: I... I didn't ask to lead the Vind.
Kara SuLema: No matter what happens, I just hope what we're doing is right. That we're making Lore a better place.
Kara SuLema: Thank you, Niki, Bajacu'.
Kara SuLema: When I started the Vind from the lost scraps of the Sanctuary, I did it because there was no one else who would.
Kara SuLema: Who could.
Kara SuLema: I truly appreciate–
Kara SuLema: Svera? What is the matter? Is there another disagreement between the refugees?
Kara SuLema: Let our guest in, Svera.
Kara SuLema: I have confidence I will be safe.
Kara SuLema: And who might you be?
Kara SuLema: A pleasure to meet you, Melissa. I am Kara, leader of the Vind.
Kara SuLema: ...And I got the impression there was something you urgently wanted to discuss with me?
Kara SuLema: Your mother is Queen Maeve... of the Fairies?
Kara SuLema: Mritha!
Kara SuLema: Please, excuse Mritha. She–
Kara SuLema: I'd be glad to provide any aid possible, but–
Kara SuLema: But we need to be careful now more than ever before.
Kara SuLema: We have more refugees to care for, more fighters to train, just... more everything.
Kara SuLema: We will reconvene with you in a moment, Melissa. But please, allow us some time for private counsel.
Kara SuLema: Private. Counsel.
Kara SuLema: Svera can show you the way out, if you'd like.
Kara SuLema: Melissa, princess of the fairies...
Kara SuLema: I haven't had any dealings with the fairies personally, but I see that the rumors of them being... capricious are not unfounded.
Kara SuLema: Thank you, everyone. I'm glad we are all in agreement.
Kara SuLema: Prepare yourselves, we're off to visit the Fairy Court!
Kara SuLema: The fairies must have gone already.
Kara SuLema: Melissa... I'm sorry... If only we were quicker...
Supply and Demand
Kara SuLema: I... I think I could arrange that.
Kara SuLema: Um...
Kara SuLema: ...
Kara SuLema: Ah, Melissa! You got the message then?
Kara SuLema: As you can see, Sulen'Eska is facing a number of... logistical problems.
Kara SuLema: The surrounding swamp is dangerous, and expanding our territory too quickly may draw unwanted attention.
Kara SuLema: We're also struggling to keep everyone fed and safe.
Kara SuLema: We have many refugees and soldiers, but we don't have the systems in place to support them.
Kara SuLema: Well, I thought since you're a princess... you might have some insight in how best to proceed...
Kara SuLema: I... I apologize if I presume too much! This has all been swept up in the wind much quicker than I had anticipated.
Kara SuLema: ...I... I see...
Kara SuLema: While they're currently provisioning us with resources, they're... not supposed to be.
Kara SuLema: King Alteon's protection of Falconreach from Rose interference came under the stipulation that they do not outright oppose the Rose.
Kara SuLema: The Rose can't interfere with Falconreach, and Falconreach can't interfere with The Rose.
Kara SuLema: Asking them to take a larger, more obvious role in, well, the resistance, could bring that delicate balance crashing down.
Kara SuLema: Bajacu', what do you think? Would your people be comfortable moving to Falconreach?
Kara SuLema: I understand, Bajacu'. We will not force the clawkin to leave.
Kara SuLema: But for those that can or are willing, this could be a promising option.
Kara SuLema: Yes... You're right, Melissa.
Kara SuLema: Well, being the Hero of Falconreach, I think we can trust your judgement on that.
Kara SuLema: What a wonderful idea! If you could establish a more formal dialogue with Falconreach, I'm sure they'll listen to you!
Kara SuLema: It wouldn't have the same impact as you and <Dragon>, the heroes, in person. Or dragon.
Kara SuLema: Here, let me draft a letter for you to deliver to Ash...
Kara SuLema: And of course, since we're trying not to draw attention to ourselves, I suggest you and <Dragon> avoid the main roads, if possible.
Kara SuLema: Thank you for making the journey to Falconreach, <Character> and <Dragon>.
Kara SuLema: I am glad to hear Ash was able to negotiate so successfully on our behalf!
Kara SuLema: Where to begin... Ah!
Kara SuLema: I'll send Taivas and a few scouts to establish the route to Falconreach.
Kara SuLema: With luck, we'll be able to begin transferring refugees within a few days.
Kara SuLema: Bajacu', would you mind organizing the emigration?
Kara SuLema: As for the other information you have provided, <Character>, regarding The Rose...
Kara SuLema: It is both comforting, and troubling, to hear that the extent of The Rose's misdeeds are not widely known.
Kara SuLema: Comforting, in that we may still hold faith in those who are unaware—that they may be swayed were the truth to come to light.
Kara SuLema: But also troubling, in that our struggles go largely unnoticed...
Kara SuLema: ...Yet even without the explicit knowledge of The Rose's actions, there are those in Swordhaven willing to pledge their support...
Kara SuLema: How very generous!
Kara SuLema: Er, yes, you're quite right, of course.
Kara SuLema: I will see what information we can learn about these benefactors before freely accepting their aid.
Kara SuLema: *Sigh*
Kara SuLema: As for parley with The Rose...
Kara SuLema: Hmm...
Kara SuLema: For reconciliation, there must be some measure of trust... but...
Kara SuLema: ...I'm worried about making the wrong decision.
Kara SuLema: You're right, <Character>, thank you.
Kara SuLema: Oh, yes, I almost forgot, I wanted to speak to you about that.
Kara SuLema: Melissa was feeling... restless, and wanted to "find something to fight".
Kara SuLema: With the constant Rose patrols in the swamp, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have her do some rounds.
Kara SuLema: Niki accompanied her to keep an eye out and make sure she stays safe. And doesn't get too carried away.
Kara SuLema: But... they should have returned by now.
Kara SuLema: I know you've just returned from a trip, <Character>, but could you please do me a favor and go with Mritha to search for them?
Kara SuLema: They went pretty far south, so I worry that they may have inadvertently gone into Rose territory.
Kara SuLema: You know the place, Mritha. Within sight of The Rose tower.
Kara SuLema: And so I send our best out into the wilds...
Kara SuLema: Please, stay safe, and return soon.
Kara SuLema: Melissa... We need to talk about your behavior.
Kara SuLema: We truly appreciate your aid in the Vind, but...
Kara SuLema: You must control your aggression.
Kara SuLema: Er... well, I asked <Character> to be here.
Kara SuLema: <Character> is a hero, after all. A defender of the people!
Kara SuLema: Which is um... which is what the Vind is striving to achieve.
Kara SuLema: To come to the aid and defense of those who need it.
Kara SuLema: What I mean is, we aren't here to seek glory, or... or bring revolution to Swordhaven.
Kara SuLema: We're here to defend those that cannot defend themselves, to free those who are unjustly imprisoned.
Kara SuLema: To shelter those with nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: You don't understand...
Kara SuLema: The Sanctuary.
Kara SuLema: I... I can't let that happen again...
Kara SuLema: It was.
Kara SuLema: ...Was.
Kara SuLema: They tried to reach too far. They became too much of a threat to The Rose.
Kara SuLema: Always.
Kara SuLema: Melissa...
Kara SuLema: ...
Kara SuLema: She's right. I know she's right.
Kara SuLema: The Rose probably isn't going to just leave us be.
Kara SuLema: They're not going to give up, and if we're always just defending- just... reacting to their actions...
Kara SuLema: Then we're always going to be on the back foot.
Kara SuLema: But...
Kara SuLema: Yes... you're right, of course. There's still hope.
Kara SuLema: I suppose... If The Rose is not willing to meet, or the negotiations fail...
Kara SuLema: Well... at a certain point, we'll have to bring the fight to them.
Kara SuLema: Thank you for listening, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: You're right, of course. You're right.
Kara SuLema: Please, excuse me, <Character>. I have a lot to consider and plan.
Kara SuLema: Actually... Do you mind checking in on Melissa? Just to... make sure she's not getting into trouble?
Kara SuLema: I... thank you, <Character>.
Lost and Found
Kara SuLema: Thank you for... speaking to Melissa, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: I'm glad to hear that she understands the necessity of restraint in these tenuous times.
Kara SuLema: Not yet, no, but neither has The Rose been out in force, either.
Kara SuLema: At the very least, it seems like they're not trying to provoke us.
Kara SuLema: Which reminds me, Mritha has sent word to the DragonLords of Dragonsgrasp.
Kara SuLema: It's her hope that if we can get some of them to join our cause—
Kara SuLema: Take a deep breath, Svera. What has happened?
Kara SuLema: Did anyone follow her?
Kara SuLema: Thank you, Svera.
Kara SuLema: <Character>, I hate to impose, but...
Kara SuLema: If you and <Dragon> are willing, please.
Kara SuLema: I'm going to help calm everyone down and see if I can't figure out what happened here.
Kara SuLema: ...
Kara SuLema: Thank you, everyone, for being here.
Kara SuLema: Today, we may finally see the fruits of our labor.
Kara SuLema: Today, we have a chance at peace. At freedom!
Kara SuLema: Today, we begin negotiations with The Rose for a cease to the senseless conflict between our peoples.
Kara SuLema: ...
Kara SuLema: But it is not guaranteed.
Kara SuLema: And yet, even as I dare hope...
Kara SuLema: Peace will not bring back those we've lost, nor repair the suffering inflicted by the actions of The Rose.
Kara SuLema: We must do our best to let this be the start of the process of healing.
Kara SuLema: Whatever may happen, I want to keep you all safe. Everyone in Sulen'Eska.
Kara SuLema: ...Then it cannot be said that we haven't done all in our power to strive for a peaceful resolution.
Kara SuLema: But I'm not so naive as to rule out any potential treachery.
Kara SuLema: Melissa, Mritha, Niki, I'd like you to attend as security.
Kara SuLema: And of course, <Character> and <Dragon>, if you would be so kind.
Kara SuLema: If things were to take a turn for the worse, I would feel much safer with you at my side.
Kara SuLema: As for everyone else... Bajacu', your insight into the conditions of your people and others of the swamps and forests would be most valuable.
Kara SuLema: Taivas, I would like to request your presence as well.
Kara SuLema: I think it would be fair to say that we would not fare well without your well-honed skills of negotiation.
Kara SuLema: Thank you.
Kara SuLema: Lojaali, Halda, I leave Sulen'Eska in your care.
Kara SuLema: Always.
Kara SuLema: The meeting is supposed to take place on the road to Falconreach, in neutral territory.
Kara SuLema: Let's get going, everyone. For a brighter future for all!
Kara SuLema: General Akanthus? Where is Jaania?
Kara SuLema: More important than an end to the conflict between The Rose and the Vind!?
Kara SuLema: Your tone gives me the impression that you are disinclined to offer peace.
Kara SuLema: That was not the people of Sulen'Eska!
Kara SuLema: We take in those with the spirit to live on no matter what hardships The Rose has borne against them.
Kara SuLema: We take in the innocent and weak, and those who cannot defend themselves!
Kara SuLema: You don't have to answer him, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: Taivas, step back. We're leaving.
Kara SuLema: I see now that I expected too much to hope for The Rose to be civil.
Kara SuLema: You—
Kara SuLema: Melissa, let him go.
Kara SuLema: <Character>- don't! Please. We need to hurry back to Sulen'Eska! We don't know what they've done in our absence...
Kara SuLema: No, Melissa, you mustn't blame yourself. I fell for his words as well.
Kara SuLema: He was looking to provoke an incident, and he succeeded.
Kara SuLema: This is all my fault... I was... too hopeful.
Kara SuLema: I... I expected Jaania...
Kara SuLema: No. No. The stories about Akanthus... if you weren't able to even to put a scratch on him...
Kara SuLema: This... this isn't right. None of this is right. Jaania wouldn't stand for any of this...
Kara SuLema: Not the Jaania I know...
Kara SuLema: It's happening again. It's all crashing down again. It's...
Kara SuLema: What I need is to make sure everyone's safe.
Kara SuLema: Maybe we can head east. No, no, The Rose is sure to be blocking the roads.
Kara SuLema: South? Doomwood would claim many, and Amityvale is long occupied by The Rose...
Kara SuLema: I can't. Not again. Not like the Sanctuary.
Kara SuLema: I can't lose you too.
Kara SuLema: There is no moving forward. Not anymore. It's only a matter of time.
Kara SuLema: Until General Akanthus enters Betrubung at the head of an army and eliminates Sulen'eska and all who dwell here.
Kara SuLema: Don't be foolish. Even <Character> couldn't do anything against Akanthus.
Kara SuLema: I... I don't know.
Kara SuLema: We still have refugees who call Sulen'eska home. We have folk who would rather fight and die than be uprooted once again.
Kara SuLema: And even then, we have nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: I had hoped that Jaania would have been at the parley, that I could reason with her. But Akanthus...
Kara SuLema: He... he wants the people of Greenguard on his side.
Kara SuLema: By provoking us into throwing the first blow, he gains legitimacy for his actions in the eyes of the people.
Kara SuLema: As much as we may have grievances with The Rose, the fact remains that they are and have been a popular movement.
Kara SuLema: But a movement based on fear and hate needs targets, or people will lose faith.
Kara SuLema: The destruction of Sulen'eska would be another target, another victory. And more power consolidated under Akanthus' leadership.
Kara SuLema: It happened with Popsprocket, it happened with the Sanctuary. It will happen again.
Kara SuLema: And through all of this, not a single word from Jaania...
Kara SuLema: I know her! She wouldn't.
Kara SuLema: I just... I know.
Kara SuLema: It's... a possibility.
Kara SuLema: But true or not, that sort of speculation won't help us now.
Kara SuLema: ...
Kara SuLema: These are the floor plans to Espina Rosa, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: Acquiring them was a particularly lengthy task, but I was able to get in to get them and get out undetected.
Kara SuLema: They outline the quarters of the Ruined Fortress.
Kara SuLema: Precisely.
Kara SuLema: A mage and ally of ours was captured by the Rose years ago and imprisoned there.
Kara SuLema: A potentially valuable asset to the Vind and another thorn in the side of the Rose if freed.
Kara SuLema: Melissa's contingents have done much for us in terms of learning about the prison.
Kara SuLema: After her last foray, with you, I know now more then ever, we must strike soon.
Kara SuLema: Unfortunately, as much fun as that could be, it is not a feasible option.
Kara SuLema: Espina Rosa also doubles up as a Rose garrison; a horde of Rose Soldiers is stationed there.
Kara SuLema: There are no ferries to the island the prison is on.
Kara SuLema: They have portals outside the fortress that lead to the Rose's main headquarters in the capital city.
Kara SuLema: It is how they get their supplies and it is the only way to get there, at least, the only way to get there without arousing suspicion.
Kara SuLema: If Espina Rosa is attacked and word gets out, reinforcements will arrive in no time at all.
Kara SuLema: Remember these?
Kara SuLema: So they are.
Kara SuLema: When Espina Rosa was built, it was with the same principle as these in mind: to bind and control those close to magic.
Kara SuLema: As a consequence, it is made entirely out of this material.
Kara SuLema: The fortress itself is covered with the sigils you see here, both inside and outside. Hence its name: the "Runed Fortress".
Kara SuLema: Magic cannot be done, nor can it penetrate, within its quarters.
Kara SuLema: They also scan everyone that enters for magic and facial recognition at the portal.
Kara SuLema: Simple: You will infiltrate.
Kara SuLema: Normally, you would be correct.
Kara SuLema: Svera?
Kara SuLema: Please bring Edd in.
Kara SuLema: <Character>, this is Edd. A Rose Soldier of Espina Rosa.
Kara SuLema: Edd recently transferred to Espina Rosa and within his first days there, he was put on temporary leave for food poisoning causing amnesia.
Kara SuLema: No one at Espina Rosa really knows Edd due to his leave so soon after his deployment. He's not expected to remember anything.
Kara SuLema: And, to be honest, I don't think they expect him to be himself after all this.
Kara SuLema: Correct. As for your face, here.
Kara SuLema: It is a species of carnivorous plant unique to Betrubung Swamp. The Face Nommer.
Kara SuLema: In order to attract unsuspecting creatures, a special membrane inside its mouth imprints a copy of the face of its last victim...
Kara SuLema: ... and a second, bulbous head reproduces a flexible, but authentic clone.
Kara SuLema: The Vind has found that the face can be place on the head...
Kara SuLema: ... and act as an effective, non-magical mask as the plant makes it through its own natural secretions.
Kara SuLema: <Character>, I would like you to find this plant in the Swamp, bring it here so we can make a mask of Edd's face for you to use...
Kara SuLema: ... and infiltrate Espina Rosa. I would trust no one else for this mission and this is not a chance I intend to let slide.
Kara SuLema: Good. If you can take care of the plant, I will take care of the rest of the preparations.
Kara SuLema: Hmm....
Kara SuLema: As I thought.
Kara SuLema: I believe, <Character>, that you are good to go. Althouh the mask's skin texture is a bit pale, its every feature looks like a perfect mimic of Edd's.
Kara SuLema: Positive. It will work.
Kara SuLema: We don't have time to find another Face Nommer and make another face either way. We have to take the chance.
Kara SuLema: Are you ready for your final briefing?
Kara SuLema: Follow me then.
Kara SuLema: Since the portal to Espina Rosa is near the Rose's Headquarters, you will first need to journey to Swordhaven.
Kara SuLema: Journey alone; we cannot risk you being seen with anyone else.
Kara SuLema (thinking): Their laughter will give you away.
Kara SuLema: It will be easier for you to move around than I when I journeyed alone.
Kara SuLema: In Swordhaven, your task is simple: Find the portal area and pass inspection.
Kara SuLema: Getting into Espina Rosa will be simpler after that. Just go through the portal to the island and the guards should open the doors for you there.
Kara SuLema: Once inside Espina Rosa, move quickly. Svera?
Kara SuLema: And below the latter is the Third Level. This last level is where our friend remains and where you need to go.
Kara SuLema: Unfortunately, we do not.
Kara SuLema: The Third Level is where Espina Rosa keeps its prisoners that it considers to be its most dangerous. Despite all our information gathering...
Kara SuLema: ... We know nothing else of the Third Level. You will have to take care of that on your own.
Kara SuLema: Here are Edd's papers, and some more information on your target.
Kara SuLema: Even with these plans, we could not find one. So we made one ourselves.
Kara SuLema: Here. Just next to the entry to the Third Level is the Cooks' Kitchen. Inside the kitchen, there is a hole in the floor for kitchen waste.
Kara SuLema: This hole opens up onto an underground water way that eventually end up into the sea surrounding the island.
Kara SuLema: Although normally too small to be of any use, the tireless and risky effort of our gnomish allies has expanded it enough...
Kara SuLema: ... to let a Gnomish submersible through.
Kara SuLema: That is all I have, <Character>, the rest is up to you. Good luck.
Kara SuLema: Oh and <Character>?
Kara SuLema: Whatever happens, see to it that you return safe and sound.
Kara SuLema: Of course I do. I just... that mask, Svera...
On Broken Wings
Kara SuLema: I know. I am sorry. Svera knew where I was, but I also knew she wouldn't say anything definite.
Kara SuLema: It was out of my concern for you that I didn't tell you all where I was going.
Kara SuLema: Mritha, I know. But, as leader, I must be willing to do whatever it takes to get us to the next step.
Kara SuLema: And if something were to ever happen to me, Svera knows how things run; my expectations, my goals.
Kara SuLema: And both of you are fully capable of helping out.
Kara SuLema: As much as I can, Mritha.
Kara SuLema: Now, Svera, what do you have?
Kara SuLema: Then that is where I need to be.
Kara SuLema: No, I am sorry Mritha, Melissa, but this is what I have to do. I need to know what their next move is.
Kara SuLema: *sigh* Being a leader making sacrifices that sometimes aren't... well, ideal.
Kara SuLema: It's a lesson that I've learned many times in my lifetime - both as a student and as a leader.
Kara SuLema: I've failed in the past because I wasn't willing to make such a sacrifice. I will not let history repeat itself.
Kara SuLema: Mritha, please request that Odgne tell the other dragons that there is a potential raid or move against them coming.
Kara SuLema: Your group needs to have their eyes open and watching for anything at all strange.
Kara SuLema: I expected nothing less.
Kara SuLema: Melissa? Please make sure that you are ready to guide any and all races that are interested in moving once we have the opportunity.
Kara SuLema: It's what a leader must do. Now, I must go. Please, please, my friends, just do as I ask and do not worry.
Kara SuLema: So, it is as the reports say. Dragons and riders everywhere. I need to find Senthris, for where she is, Saellah is.
Kara SuLema: Ah, there is the beautiful Senthris. Shame she is on the wrong side. Where Senthris is, Saellah is.
Kara SuLema: Time to go...
Kara SuLema: Ugh...
An Uncertain Future
Kara SuLema: H-has Leon been thanked? I have not seen him, though I was told he.. he is responsible for getting me home.
Kara SuLema: Good. If we are not constantly learning, then our q.. quest is not perfect.
Kara SuLema: I have learned much as well. M-my heart is divided.
Kara SuLema: Yes. I learned that humans can be unbelievable cruel, heartless and empty.
Kara SuLema: I learned that... that the Rose isn't what we think it is.
Kara SuLema: And, I spoke to Jaania the one day Akanthus was absent.
Kara SuLema: How did you know, Bacaju'?
Kara SuLema: I think... I think something is wrong, even in the Rose camp. Jaania is not what I thought she was.
Kara SuLema: We spent all day talking. What she had to say is not what we have been led to believe.
Kara SuLema: No. I know there is good out there. Good people with magic. Good people who use it for good.
Kara SuLema: Yes, there are bad, but Jaania, the good always outweighs the bad.
Kara SuLema: You've seen it destroy your best friends. You've seen it freeze you. You've seen it terrorise. I know.
Kara SuLema: But, can't you think of anything good? Anything... wonderful?
Kara SuLema: When you studied in Swordhaven, did you not have teachers who showed you wonder, grace, and beauty of magic?
Kara SuLema: You were once the hope of all teachers. I know the stories. They are told in the quiet places when people wish to remember better times.
Kara SuLema: you were so natural, so graceful, so perfect. You were the shining example.
Kara SuLema: I am taking this seriously. You want to take from me something I treasure, love and enjoy.
Kara SuLema: You want to take from me my power to help and hold. I don't want to lose this.
Kara SuLema: What do you mean?
Kara SuLema: Is it really your place to make that decision though? You, alone, are making a decision that affects everyone on Lore.
Kara SuLema: Not just you and me, but Dragons, Dravir, Clawkin, Fairies, Pixies... Have you asked what they thought?
Kara SuLema: Oh, I see.
Kara SuLema: So, the magical, thinking, sentient, emotional beings like Clawkin or Dravir or Dragon, in shackles, is that what is good for them?
Kara SuLema: They are slaves to the Rose, sent out to do their bidding, and being SLAUGHTERED the whole time!
Kara SuLema: They are shells of who they are and slaves. Was slavery a part of your magical cleansing?
Kara SuLema: Jaania?
Kara SuLema: Ridding a world built on magic of magic is not the way to go. I will not give up my magic. You will have to kill me, Jaania.
Kara SuLema: No, and neither will my kin, and all other magic wielders who only want the best for the world around them.
Kara SuLema: Jaania, please don't do this. Don't... leave me here. Let me go. Let me prove to you that magic is good, kind, wonderful, beautiful.
Kara SuLema: You can always visit me, even if I was free.
Kara SuLema: I've been taken from Akanthus. If Jaania gave the order, he did not follow it.
Kara SuLema: If she asks, I will go. I need her to know she can trust me, magic and all.
Kara SuLema: Yes, if she asks for me one day, I will go to her. No matter what.
Escape from Espina Rosa
Kara SuLema: Here are Edd's papers, and some more information on your target.
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