| The Burning Village
Location: Falconreach (Book 3) -> Ash -> Quests -> Six Heroes -> The Burning Village
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Return to Lymcrest
Release Date: September 30th, 2017
Objective: Investigate the strange activity in the town of Entwhistle.
Objective completed: A dark heart tells no tales.
Scaled Yes/No: Yes
(3) Hooded Knight - Boss
(2) Burning Zombie
(4) Fire Elemental
(4) Smoke Elemental
(1) Gareth, (1) Wendall, (1) Ursula - Boss
*You play as Faust at the beginning of the quest.*
???: That's the last of the guards.
???: Surround the village.
???: No one gets in or out of here alive.
???: At once.
*Inside the inn of the village.*
Innkeeper: ...another bombing? How many times has that been this month?
Traveller: This'll be the fourth.
Traveller: But of course, you won't be hearing a word out of the Rose.
Innkeeper: I'm sure they'll find another way to blame those rebels for it. The..."Shanks" or whatever.
Traveller: Well, it'll be hard to sweep this one under the rug. I heard it happened right outside of Swordhaven.
Innkeeper: Ah, speak of the Infernals.
*A soldier covered in a hood enters the inn.*
Innkeeper: What brings you here, soldier? More tidings from Swordhaven?
Soldier: Just a package to deliver.
*The soldier places the package on the table.*
Innkeeper: Ah, must be part of our monthly supplies. Thanks.
*While the soldier exits the inn, a villager who is on her way to deliver a crate of supplies to the innkeeper accidentally bumps into him, feeling embarrassed by the mishap.*
???: Oh-pardon me!
Soldier: It's quite all right.
Innkeeper: Lydia? Don't you have the rest of the night off?
Lydia: Yes, but I found this at the parcel office on the way home-so I thought I'd might as well deliver it.
Lydia: It looks like they're this month's supplies!
Innkeeper: O...kay? Well...thank you.
Lydia: Of course!
Lydia: I'll be taking my leave now.
Innkeeper: You have a good night. Take care.
Traveller: Huh. Haven't seen a royal soldier in ages.
Traveller: Was she an acquaintance of yours?
Innkeeper: Our baker. And the best one in the village.
Innkeeper: The inn couldn't run without her.
Innkeeper: What could be in here...?
*Lydia and her child are standing outside the inn.*
Lydia: Okay, that should do it. Let's go home, Declan.
Declan: Mom, what's with all the soldiers around here? Aren't they working for the Rose now?
Lydia: I'm not sure, honey.
Lydia: They said they were helping with our town's irrigation problem, but...
Lydia: Well, we should start heading out.
*Lydia takes Declan for a stroll, heading towards their house.*
Declan: I wish we didn't live so far away from town...
Lydia: I know, sweetie.
Lydia: But it's the house your father built for us, and I wouldn't part with it for the world.
Declan: Do you ever...miss...Dad?
Lydia: All the time.
Lydia: It's thanks to him...that I still have you today.
Lydia: Now come on, let's...
*A group of hooded soldiers stand awaiting.*
*Lydia is knocked unconscious from the back. After a period of time...*
*Lydia opens her eyes and realized that she is being tied up onto a tree. Declan lies on the ground, unconscious.*
???: That's the last of them. What should we do now?
???: Destroy the inn.
???: If those adventurers get wind of this, it'll be trouble for all of us.
*Lydia appears anxious. A soldier stands behind Declan, readying for his next move.*
Lydia: Declan! Declan!
*The soldier raises his long axe.*
*Lydia screams. All of a sudden, when the soldier was about to chop his axe down, a hand quickly grabs his arm from behind and stops him.*
Faust (thinking): So... the tournament was a bust.
Faust (thinking): I thought that musclebound oaf would know where to find it, but...
Faust (thinking): Where could it be...?
??? (thinking): What's...with this guy...?!
??? (thinking): His grip...it's like iron!
*Three soldiers arrive to aid.*
???: I don't care who he is-GET HIM!
*Faust battles the three hooded knights and defeats them. Lydia stands hugging her son, relieved that he is in good condition.*
Faust: Are you alright?
Declan: Y... Yeah.
Lydia: You saved us. I can't thank you enough...
*A sudden explosion can be felt from the nearby village that caught the attention of Faust, Lydia, and Declan.*
Lydia: The inn!
*The three of them arrived outside the inn, only to know that it has been destroyed and engulfed in fire.*
Faust: You need to get out of here.
Declan: But we can't just-!
Faust: There are more of those soldiers, right?
Faust: I'll worry about them. Go.
Faust: Find help.
Lydia: You have our thanks.
Lydia: Declan, come!
*Faust fights several monsters on the way into the woods.*
???: DON'T MOVE!
*A trio of mage, rogue and warrior stand at their battle formation to confront Faust.*
Wendell: We came running as soon as we saw the smoke.
Ursula: An entire village, gone...
Gareth: Well? Was this your work?
Ursula: Look at those eyes! It has to be him!
Gareth: Don't even try to move. We've caught you red-handed.
*FIGHT the trio.*
*After defeating the trio, Faust holds Gareth on his neck. The rest of Gareth's comrades lie unconscious on the ground.*
Gareth: You think you're tough...but you won't escape!
*Several guardians are standing behind Gareth as he speaks.*
Gareth: GET HIM!
*Faust throws Gareth onto the ground.*
*Faust runs away into the woods.*
Servant: Welcome back, my Lord.
Servant: How was the Gala?
???: Give me a status report.
Servant: At once.
Servant: The trials are proceeding as requested.
Servant: Six villages have been destroyed, including Marillion and Entwhistle.
???: Is that right?
Servant: Yes. Although, it appears <Character> is now aware of our activities.
???: Anything else?
Servant: We've also received reports of a red-eyed man inquiring about our troops.
???: Does anyone else suspect?
Servant: No, sire. They are none the wiser.
Servant: Not the Rose...nor the Shears.
Lysander: Continue as planned.
*Fades to black. Only the light from the lantern is briefly seen before it, too, disappears into the shadows.*
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
None alive left inside.
No one home.
Thanks to Occavatra for dialogue updates, pop-up headlines, and additions.
< Message edited by Jay -- 3/3/2020 5:00:03 >