| Smoke in the Trees
Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Up -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> Smoke in the Trees -> Quest!,
Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Mritha -> Past Quests -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> Smoke in the Trees -> Quest!
Requirements: Turn in 2 Rose Emblem to Lojaali Vero
Release Date: May 29th, 2020
Objective: It seems like The Rose is making their move against the Vind. How bad could they be?
Objective completed: Looks like not everyone in The Rose is happy about their methods. More importantly, the Vind now has a target. The Rose won't know what hit them!
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(4) ManaHunter (1)
(10) ManaHunter (2)
Carat / Rose Soldier
Red Crystal Blade (I-VI)
Blue Crystal Blade (I-VI)
Green Crystal Blade (I-VI)
Access to Smoke DC Drop Shop.
*A man with a blue Rose armor and helmet is standing in a building with roses engraved on its walls.*
Akanthus: All we have are rumors and whispers. How have they not been found by now?
*An unshaved mage with pink hair appears and is standing behind Akanthus.*
???: I apologize, General Akanthus. But since we have orders not to interfere with Falconreach... it's hard to track their scouts...
Akanthus: Excuses, Z! That's all you ever have for me.
Z: I... I can send more patrols into the swamps, but we can't just keep sending troops in.
Z: Few, if any, make it out, and any maps we make are inaccurate the next time we try.
Akanthus: It is not enough. Ever since we crushed the Sanctuary, the Vind has been an annoyance.
Akanthus: The buzzing mosquito that threatens to breed.
Akanthus: I don't care if you have to burn the swamp and all in it to the ground.
Akanthus: They must be eliminated now, before word of their cause spreads further.
Akanthus: Get out from behind your desk, and do not fail me, Z.
*Z bows to Akanthus.*
Z: I will not, General.
Akanthus: Such filth must be swept away. The reach of The Rose cannot be stopped by mere insects.
*The scene fades to black as Akanthus's eyes glow blue. A while afterwards, Z is standing in front of a group of Rose Soldiers in one of Swordhaven's streets.*
Z: We have our... our orders.
Z: Our scouts have been monitoring the location of a Clawkin settlement on the edge of Betrubung Swamp.
Z: According to some of our... guests... from the town, they occasionally make contact with the rebellion.
Z: Our orders are to capture as many Clawkin as possible, and destroy the settlement.
Z: When the rebellion shows up to save the day, we will capture them as well.
Rose Soldier: We're... destroying the settlement, sir?
Z: Y-yes, soldier. Some of you are new recruits who haven't been on the receiving end of rebellion attacks.
Z: These settlements of magical creatures are fronts for training grounds for Vind forces.
Z: They fill the heads of these animals with lies and deceit to gain their trust.
Z: We must detain them and... rehabilitate them all.
*The group of Rose Soldiers are silent after hearing Z's reasoning.*
Z: Any other questions?
Rose Soldier(s) (in unison): No, sir!
Z: Very well. Move out.
*The Rose Soldiers depart, except the purple-haired soldier, who appears unsure if he wants to follow them, but after a few moments does; meanwhile, in Sulen'Eska, Kara SuLema has news.*
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.
<Character>: So... she's a spy? What was in her reports?
*A Clawkin is running, and only its legs can be seen; the scene returns to Kara.*
Kara SuLema: The Rose has apparently been targeting a Clawkin village in the swamp, observing and occasionally taking captives.
*The Clawkin keeps running, now showing its full appearance.*
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.
*The Clawkin enters the scene and falls to its knees in front of Kara.*
???: Lady Kara...
Kara SuLema: Is everything alright, Bote? What's the matter?
*Bote briefly glances at you offscreen, knowing that you have a history with them.*
Bote Andedan: Niki... Niki has returned! She is injured but the news from my village– my family–
*Kara is shocked to hear this news.*
Kara SuLema: Niki's back? But she was supposed to be keeping watch–
Bote Andedan: She says The Rose attacked and she couldn't just stay hidden... when I heard, I ran as fast as I could...
Bote Andedan: I left my family behind to come to your Vind. Please, you must save them!
*Kara is saddened by Bote's plea, accepting it.*
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.
*Once Bote exits the scene, you talk to Kara privately about the Clawkins before leaving to save Bote's village.*
<Character>: In the past, before I was frozen, I had to deal with Clawkin ambushes and annoyances on my adventures.
<Character>: I... didn't know they could talk. Not that they gave me much of a chance to try.
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.
<Character>: I see.
*You take a moment to process this enlightening event.*
<Character>: Well, let's get going and save the ones we can. Maybe I can learn more about them in the future.
Kara SuLema joins you as Guest A.
*You and Kara head towards Bote's village, fighting various Rose Soldiers and Energizers along the way; once at the village, you realise you've arrived too late, as the village has been burnt to the ground.*
Kara SuLema: We... we're too late...
<Character>: We got here as fast as we could.
Kara SuLema: But we weren't fast enough...
Kara SuLema: The poor Clawkin...
Rose Soldier (1): Over here! Found some rebels!
Rose Soldier (2): Alright you two, you're under arrest, by authority of The Rose of Swordhaven, under suspicion of banditry and unauthorized magic use.
Rose Soldier (3): Come along quietly for questioning, or things will have to get rough.
*You and Kara stand back-to-back, prepared to battle; you and Kara fight through the Rose Soldiers, when you are approached by one more.*
<Character>: Kara, I think we're done here. Let's go, before–
???: No, no, no no no...
*The purple-haired Rose Soldier from Z's briefing arrives; Kara readies a spell, prepared to stop the Rose Soldier.*
Kara SuLema: Not one step closer.
???: This isn't what I signed up for...
Kara SuLema: Who are you?
Carat: My... my name is Carat.
Carat: When I signed up to join The Rose, I didn't realize this is what I'd be doing...
Carat: I thought... I thought I'd be protecting Greenguard. Like the Guardians! Not burning down villages...
<Character>: And yet, here you are. You didn't try to stop them?
Carat: I know I can't make this right. I just...
Carat: Please let me go. I'll give you anything you want!
Carat: Here, I have the location of where we took the Clawkin. And other prisoners too!
*Kara opens and reads the scroll which Carat has just handed her.*
Carat: It's a small facility in the forests outside Swordhaven. I swear, I didn't know The Rose was like this...
<Character>: Then why not leave? Why not take action?
Carat: I... I have a family in Swordhaven. I... I can't just leave them behind. Even if you don't believe me...
Carat: This... this isn't what I wanted!
*Carat runs off.*
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>?
<Character>: After what we've seen here today?
*Scene fades to black.*
Loot for DCs - opens Smoke DC Drop Shop.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
quote:This quest was reimagined with new dialogue, animations, audio, level 90 rewards, and general fixes on May 29th, 2020; more information can be found in the May 29th, 2020 Design Notes.
What a rare sight, a minx fairy circle!
Thanks to DemonicDarkwraith for updated entry dialogue, objectives, and other information.
< Message edited by DemonicDarkwraith -- 5/23/2023 20:24:00 >