Location: Haven on the Horizon, Caught in a Vise, The Siege of Haven, A Decisive Blow, One Step Forward, Supply and Demand, Trust, Lost and Found, Severed Hope, Changing Winds, Fight, Flight, & Fire, A Day for Farewells, Queen of Swordhaven, A Petal Falls, Of Duty and Dragons
Haven on the Horizon
???: Apologies for the interruption. I bring urgent word of Rose troop movements.
Niki: Rose units have started making their way in the direction of the Buo'Kia villages.
Niki: One moment, Bajacu', there is more.
Niki: Kara, their target may be the Buo'Kia, or they may have found... the Haven.
Niki: Mritha has reported an unusual gathering of dragons nearby as well. She is keeping a watchful eye on them for now.
Niki: But if The Rose and the dragons have allied, then...
Niki: Indeed. Your actions live up to the stories.
Niki: Lehacu' did what? She really went to parley with The Rose? I warned her–
Niki: No... no, no... The Rose will not stop with the Haven. Your village is still in danger!
Niki: You must let us in. The Rose pursues them even now–
Niki: As I've said, that's the least of your worries! The dragons–
Caught in a Vise
Niki: We will defend the Haven whether you want us here or not. We'd prefer to be here with your blessing, though.
The Siege of Haven
Niki: It's chaos out on the frontlines.
Niki: And we're caught in the middle.
Niki: I have hope. I have confidence. We'll hold them off!
A Decisive Blow
Niki: Indeed. I've located the leader of The Rose forces.
Niki: If we can take out the leader of their forces here, we can drive The Rose to retreat.
Niki: He was the one who masterminded the Sanctuary assault, wasn't he?
One Step Forward
Niki: I've had my own doubts. There are... There are those we are unable to save. That is a fact.
Niki: After the siege of Haven, I asked myself if it was worth it. All this loss, even among the victories.
Niki: But I've seen what has happened to the clawkin first-hand. I've visited the refugees living in the boughs of Sulen'Eska.
Niki: Rest assured, it's better that we are here to defend who we can, than not at all.
Niki: We have to try to help them, don't we? We can't just leave them for The Rose to attack!
Niki: There's no sign of struggle that I can see.
Supply and Demand
Niki: The resistance forces grow by the day as well.
Niki: Foraging in the swamp may work for some, but keeping an army supplied will take more than that. Much more.
Niki: But they're already accepting refugees, aren't they? Even if we can solve that issue, that would be a step forward.
Niki: He approached us and demanded to know where he could find "the resistance".
Niki: Should we... help?
Lost and Found
Niki: This... creature was from my village.
Niki: Oh, but how could you forget?
Niki: How could you not remember the green monster—the child—you and your fellow creatures tossed out into the forest?
Niki: Well, I found beasts. I found the Clawkin, and others!
Niki: I found people of all shapes and sizes who were more tolerable than you sorry excuses for humanity.
Niki: And I survived!
Niki: And now you've come begging, with your tail between your legs, begging for safety?
Niki: I know you. I know you're no mage. You had no fear of persecution from The Rose.
Niki: So why try to sneak in amongst those who truly need our aid?
Niki: So like a rodent who ate all the grain, you're just moving on? What of the others? I saw no one else I recognized.
Niki: Despicable. Cowardly. I should... I...
Niki: I'm sorry you had to see that, <Character>, Mritha.
Niki: What, now? Or...
Niki: You're friends. I do not mind.
Niki: When I was young, I was a normal... human girl.
Niki: I lived in a small town, with other normal humans.
Niki: And then, as I grew older, I started to manifest control over magic.
Niki: I had an affinity for Nature magic, and it seems as though it had an affinity for me, as my skin turned the shade of green you see today.
Niki: Of course, the rather unpleasantly superstitious members of the community took offense at my change.
Niki: They decried me as an ill omen from the Avatars. A monster who would turn into a witch and eat children.
Niki: ...I was just a girl. A girl with magic and green skin.
Niki: And so they threw me out into the forest. Threatened to kill me if they saw me in town again.
Niki: Treated that gesture as though it were some sort of... mercy.
Niki: Ha. Just as bad as the rest of them. Might have been one of the first to disown me.
Niki: My family is the Vind now. The Vind, the Clawkin, and the people of the forests and swamps.
Niki: I don't know. Maybe. Maybe not. When he arrived with the refugees, I couldn't hold myself back.
Niki: I'm sorry. I owe you both an apology. Thank you for coming after me.
Niki: I owe Svera, Kara, and the guards apologies too. I must have made them worry so much.
Niki: ...Thank you for the offer, but I think a stroll alone in the swamp is something I desperately need right now.
Niki: You as well, <Character>, Mritha.
Niki: He's clearly trying to goad us into rash action. What for, I do not—
Niki: Bajacu', I need your help. Those cowards left their wounded without a second thought.
Niki: Indeed. Let's find a likely candidate and bring them back with us.
Niki: Some of the Clawkin will be by shortly if you need anything else.
Niki: Let's start with the questions then.
Niki: What is Akanthus planning?
Niki: Perhaps she's being used as a figurehead for whatever reason? That seems odd considering her actions in the conflict against Yalla.
Niki: Do people in Swordhaven really not hear about the enslavement and oppression?
Niki: Putting all the blame on a single name helps their cause.
Niki: We'll take that into consideration.
Niki: Do we have enough resources to mount such an offense? I'm all for saving lives where we can, but we have to consider our own first.
Fight, Flight, & Fire
A Day for Farewells
Niki: You could always stay in Betrubung, if you wish.
Niki: Understood. I will make sure they do not come to harm in the swamp.
Queen of Swordhaven
Niki: As much as they can be. I've been helping Bajacu' with relocating, as the forests around are no longer safe.
Niki: Most of them have been moved to the new Freedom Camp.
Niki: As for the rest... we had to travel southwest from here...
Niki: I'm... sorry, Kara. We had no choice. Bajacu' agreed with this decision.
Niki: Wouldn't... people think that the King was kidnapped?
A Petal Falls
Of Duty and Dragons
???: Kara? Kara! Oh, thank goodness you're here!
Niki: It's Dragesvard... Just... overnight! There was nothing we could do but run...
Niki: We'd been monitoring the growth and spread of the fungus, and it seemed to be quite containable with some regular pruning.
Niki: But it never occurred to us that it was still spreading under the ice!
Niki: At first we thought it was an earthquake of some kind, then, by the time the streets and buildings were cracking, it was almost too late.
Niki: Dragesvard is... well, gone!
Niki: What's left is a twisted mess of mushrooms, bricks, spores, and snow.
Niki: We were able to evacuate many. Most of the town. They left with the Dragonslayers to find Dragonsgrasp.
Niki: I came here as fast I could to relay what happened.
Niki: The Dragonslayers hoped their treaty with the DragonLords would allow them to find safety for the refugees.
Niki: But I don't know if they were successful.
Niki: No. I appreciate it, Kara, but I've worked too hard keeping the people of Dragesvard safe.
Niki: I will do what I can to protect them, no matter what.
Niki: You're right, of course. I will rest. Thank you, and may the wind guide you.
Niki previously appeared in the retired quests/zones Freedom Fighters, Rose War Intro, War of the Dragon Rose - Dragon Front -> Dragon Camp!, After the War, The Fairy Court, The War Room, and Choose; any retired content has been archived on its respective entry.
Niki previously offered the retired quests Dragon Bombs, Dravir Trackers, and Help Niki; any retired content has been archived on its respective entry.
Also See: Niki (forum user)
Thanks to Jay for image, additional dialogue, and corrections.
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