| Face of Death
Location: Surewould Forest (Book 3) -> 2 Right -> Cinquefoil -> Quests -> Face of Death
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Life Finds A Way
Release Date: April 5th, 2013
Objective: Sek Duat has sent you on a quest to destroy powerful relics before the Rose can get them!
Objective completed: You've released the magic contained in the sacrificial crystal! That's good... right?
Scaled Yes/No: Yes
(7) Sand Elf Mummy
Access to Sandsea Trinkets.
Cinquefoil: Whatever the Rose is looking for... I have a feeling it's dangerous.
*The character is still where we left him, standing before Sek Duat in an underground room*
<Character>: You've been missed Sek Duat.
Sek-Duat XV: Yes, it's so hard being me.
Sek-Duat XV: You certainly took your time before coming to visit.
<Character>: I had a cold.
Sek-Duat XV: So glad you're feeling better.
<Character>: ...Are we really doing the small talk thing? After so many years, darkness engulfing the planet, getting frozen...
Sek-Duat XV: I don't care.
Sek-Duat XV: It's because of you that I'm in this state.
Sek-Duat XV: Unlocking the power of the Light Orb provided me with eternal life as a Lich, and your destruction of the Orbs sped up my decay.
Sek-Duat XV: Then, because of you, this "Rose" has come into power.
Sek-Duat XV: With the advent of this little anti-magic movement, I've had to make compromises... too many compromises.
<Character>: You were going to sacrifice the people of the Sandsea to make yourself live again!
<Character>: Even without the advent of the Rose, the rebellion would have overthrown you! Zhoom would have seen to that!
*Sek Duat leans back on his chair*
Sek-Duat XV: Yes, and have you even wondered what happened to your magical, half-elvish ranger?
<Character>: Zhoom... Zhoom wasn't a mage.
*Sek Duat has a flashback in which he, when he was still alive, is working on building the Guardian Tower of Light with the assistance of the Sand Elves. Later on he plays with a little Sand Elf girl, presumably his daughter*
Sek-Duat XV: Sand Elves were nomadic caretakers roaming over the Sandsea long before I arrived.
Sek-Duat XV: When building this Guardian Tower of Light, they drew water from the sand. Found the blocks. Killed the vermin.
Sek-Duat XV: Such simple things but done with such... ease, such grace. They became such wonderful allies. Loyal soldiers.
Sek-Duat XV: They were... beautiful people. Even a half-elf child carried their natural magic.
<Character>: Wait... are you saying that Zhoom is...
Sek-Duat XV: One of my descendants.
Sek-Duat XV: Even when I sacrificed most of my elven palace guards to first extend my life as a Lich, I spared my children...
Sek-Duat XV: ... and watched over the years as the remains of my human line continued... and forgot their link to me.
Sek-Duat XV: Watched as the last of the elves died out... ... to bandits, to guards, or to the ravages of a desert with its caretakers gone.
Sek-Duat XV: It was so amusing to see the last of my line, after you turned him into a rebel, come with you to attempt to destroy me.
<Character>: Turned him into a rebel? Are you forgetting the Sphinxter you sent to kill BOTH of us?
Sek-Duat XV: To kill the winner of your little showdown. In my desire for life, I couldn't even risk letting the last of my own line take away my chance to live again.
<Character>: What did you do to Zhoom?
Sek-Duat XV: I did nothing. The magic that was your friend, that was my last descendant, was smothered by the thorns of the Rose.
Sek-Duat XV: What's left of my humanity weeps.
<Character>: No... I can't believe it. Zhoom has to be out there!
Sek-Duat XV: If he was still alive, do you really think I would be alive in my present state?
<Character>: You shouldn't be.
Sek-Duat XV: I won't be very much longer.
<Character>: That's still longer then you deserve.
Sek-Duat XV: As I get closer and closer to the event that I, in all my glory and power, tried to hold off, I'm... remembering.
Sek-Duat XV: Deposed as Emperor, hiding like vermin in ruins, I can do nothing but remember.
Sek-Duat XV: My error was much greater than turning myself into a Lich and denying myself the pleasure of the living.
Sek-Duat XV: It was being seduced by the power Orb and promise of a longer life when I didn't truly appreciate the one i was living.
<Character>: You don't really think I'm going to fall for that, do you?
Sek-Duat XV: There is nothing to "fall" for. I have no need of your sympathy, only your help.
<Character>: Why would I help you? The last time I was here you tried to kill me.
Sek-Duat XV: I want revenge for my last descendant. I want to deal a blow to the Rose and deny them the power they're seeking in my pyramid.
Sek-Duat XV: The last of the items required for the sacrifice you stopped lie at the apex of my Palace in the Sandsea.
Sek-Duat XV: Even without the 100 rebels, they're still items of great power with only a few traps keeping them out of the hands of our mutual enemy.
<Character>: I won't bring anything back here to you.
Sek-Duat XV: I don't want you to bring my anything. I want you to go into my Palace and destroy them.
You are in Sek Duat's Palace. Find the item, but be warned, there are many traps in there, and some monsters as well...
*Finally, the character finds the item, It's a large golden crystal. S/he hits it once, it starts shaking, and after a few moment shatters. Some sort of magical energy is released from it*
*The magical energy travels all the way back to Sek Duat and enters his body. He stands up and opens a door to a secret, dark room in which someone is held captive*
Sek-Duat XV: It's only a matter of time, my child. Only a matter of time.
Opens the Sandsea Trinkets shop.
< Message edited by Jay -- 11/15/2018 18:59:50 >