| An Elegy of Ice and Fire
Location: First Halo -> Quests! -> An Elegy of Ice and Fire
Requirements: Completion of The Queen of Roses
Release Date: September 15th, 2018
Objective: No rest for a hero... nor for those in Swordhaven.
Objective completed: Tabula Rasa.
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(1) Dola - Boss
Worn Pepper Shaker
*Inside the chamber, Jaania sits beside Princess Brittany who lies unconscious; Jaania uses her healing magic on Princess Brittany, while Akanthus stands watching.*
Jaania: This is so bizarre.
Jaania: With each day, she looks better after the treatment, but when we check in later, she appears worse.
Jaania: I can't figure out what's causing it.
Akanthus: Have you considered that she's being poisoned?
Jaania: It crossed my mind, yes, but that would be impossible. Only you, me and the king have access to this chamber.
Jaania: I'm worried she's not going to make it...
Jaania: I can't have that, not with how little Victoria trusts me.
Jaania: Do you know where the king is?
Akanthus: Lady Jaania, you know where he is.
Akanthus: Say the word and—
Jaania: I will not be raiding Kara's little... resistance.
Jaania: If we return the king against his wishes, the people of Swordhaven may turn against us.
Jaania: Besides, assisting the knights in their search has garnered much goodwill that we should not hasten to squander.
Jaania: I still don't understand why you said Alteon was kidnapped.
*Akanthus pauses to think of a suitable answer.*
Akanthus: I was mistaken, my Lady. I apologize sincerely for my inaccurate report.
*Jaania silently accepts this reasoning.*
Jaania: With Victoria as acting queen, things may get a little... complicated. We've bought some time and favor, but I don't know if it will be enough...
Jaania: But with the successful establishment of our research base, and all of the new Fissure research, I do feel quite reinvigorated.
Jaania: Have you read my notes yet? What do you think of my plan?
Akanthus: A spell that can envelop the entire mana core, cutting out its influence...
Akanthus: It sounds... like a temporary solution.
Akanthus: We can't afford temporary—
Jaania: Thank you for your input.
*Akanthus understands Jaania will not reconsider her plans.*
Jaania: It will work.
Jaania: Every new generation on Lore will be cut from the devastating effects of magic indoctrination...
Jaania: ... and every existing generation, until they die out, will be unable to tap into mana... but still be able to enjoy life.
Jaania: A life free of all the torment of magic. A life where they will never experience what I, and countless of others, did.
Jaania: The perfect, elegant solution.
Jaania: A brand new world...
*Akanthus does not indulge Jaania with his agreement.*
Jaania: Have the gnomes been cooperating?
Akanthus: They are... problematic.
Jaania: No doubt. And it's up to me to rebuild the trust that you have so foolishly ruined.
Jaania: You and your division went out of line, and now I'm paying for it.
Jaania: Always me... paying for everything.
Jaania: It's exhausting...
Jaania: And now I need the gnomes! I need an airship! And they are the only ones who have the knowledge to construct it.
Akanthus: My apologizes. I tried my best to follow in your footsteps—
Jaania: You tried, but you took the wrong path. I expect better of you, Akanthus.
Jaania: Stay here and monitor Brittany.
Jaania: I have to continue my research AND deal with your fallout.
Jaania: *mumble* It's like the entire world is against me...
*Jaania leaves the chamber.*
Akanthus: It's not against you... it just doesn't care about you. Or anyone.
*Meanwhile, you are still in Nieboheim, at the Heroes' Guild.*
<Character>: The "Guild of Heroes", eh?
<Character>: Not too shabby!
<Character>: Excuse me, could you tell me everything you know about the Magesterium?
Zvezdan: Who are you?
<Character>: <Character>. I'm a hero!
*Zvezdan looks down on the registry paper.*
Zvezdan: You're not in the registry.
<Character>: Oh, I'm... not from here.
Zvezdan: No work, no talk.
Zvezdan: Register as a hero, do a job, and then we can chat.
<Character>: That's fair!
<Character>: Hmm, let's see.
*Pinned on the quest board are various notes of quests which you can choose to embark on.*
<Character>: Oh! I'll take the escort mission!
<Character>: Those are my favorite!
Zvezdan: ...Right. For that particular mission... You must meet with the pepper merchant at the gates and escort her to Sul.
Pepper Merchant joins you as Guest A.
*You defeat several monsters along the path before reaching Sul. Back in Swordhaven, Jaania stands in front of her table, deeply focused on studying the mana core at the Fissure.*
Jaania: ... if it's enveloped in a barrier, then what would be the effect on the connection between...
Jaania: ... however, if the core's influence is cut out, wouldn't it mean the same for everything else... ?
*Jaania ponders this theory.*
Jaania: I don't know.
Jaania: There aren't even any books on the subject. If scholars have been considering this from the wrong angle...
Jaania: There has to be somethin—
*All of a sudden, a spark of magic appears behind Jaania which catches her by surprise.*
*The magic intensifies.*
*It appears to be Warlic and Xan, who have arrived in Jaania's chamber using teleportation magic.*
Xan: Hello... Jaania!
*Jaania looks infuriated by their arrival.*
Xan: No need to be so cold, hahaha!
*Jaania gives Xan a disapproving look, then turns around, attempting to ignore them while continuing her studies.*
Warlic: Hello, Jaania...
Xan: Did you like the flowers I sent? Hahaha, good memories!
Xan: And look!
Xan: We're best buds now!
Xan: And I'm normal again, hahaha!
*Jaania continues to ignore Xan.*
Xan: Everything is back to normal!
*Jaania continues to ignore Xan.*
*Warlic appears worried about how Xan will react to Jaania's apparent disinterest.*
Xan: Hah... ha...
Xan: W-why are you ignoring me?
*Jaania continues to ignore Xan as she is deeply focused in her research.*
Jaania: ... the spell will take a while to cast, but if there's no way to secure the aftermath...
Warlic: Spell? What are—
Xan: SHUT UP, WARLIC!!!
Xan: Please, look at me!
Xan: Don't you see me? I have a face now! And everything is like it was before, in school!
Xan: Everything... is like before...
Xan: We're good now...
Xan: And Warlic's good!
Xan: Like old times!
Jaania: ... there cannot be any unforeseen complications...
Jaania: ... it would be risky...
*Xan is trying to keep it together.*
Warlic: Xan... I told you—
Xan: LOOK AT ME!!!
*Jaania continues to ignore Xan.*
Xan: Look... look... don't ignore me.
Xan: I did this for you!
Xan: I changed... for you.
Xan: Can't you see?!
Xan: I put aside everything. I even worked with Warlic. No more revenge, really really!
Xan: For you.
Xan: I'm sorry?
Xan: I'll be good now!
*Jaania finally acknowledges Xan's presence by uttering three simple words...*
Jaania: I'm busy.
*Warlic understands his plan has not worked, and they are not welcome in Jaania's presence.*
Warlic: Xan, we should leave.
Xan: I DID THIS FOR YOU!
Xan: DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TOOK!?
Xan: DO YOU THINK I WANTED TO FORGIVE WARLIC?!
Xan: I DIDN'T!
Xan: I DESPISE HIM!!!
*Jaania glances back in Xan's direction without turning around.*
Xan: I LOVE YOU!
Jaania: My Alexander died in that basement.
*Xan now has tears streaming down his face.*
Jaania: I do not care for love. Or for you, Alexander. Or you, Warlic.
Jaania: Not anymore.
Jaania: I am on the verge of something great. And you are inconveniencing me.
Jaania: Leave... please.
*Xan appears to have lost his composure. Warlic's eyes dart from Xan to Jaania and back.*
*Xan is triggered by Jaania's words and starts burning incessantly, letting the fire envelop him once more.*
Jaania: My research!
*Xan's inferno stills for a moment, only to explode and grow even stronger as blue flames engulf his body, turning what was once his human appearance into his skeletal look.*
Warlic: IT'S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!
Warlic: ALEX, STOP!
*Xan continues to burn.*
*Xan disintegrates the last of the flesh off his body, unleashing a massive explosion; the impact of which is so large that it destroys the top portion of Swordhaven's Ivory Tower; back in Azaveyr, you seemingly felt the impact of the event.*
<Character>: I have a sinking feeling that something terrible just happened.
*You pause for a moment to process this unsettling feeling.*
<Character>: Well, job's done, time to get back and become an official hero!
*You get back to Nieboheim; back in Swordhaven, Warlic and Jaania saved themselves with their protective magic shields; Xan kneels, now just a skeleton engulfed in burning white flames, with his heart still beating; Xan is about to fall backwards as a result of his weakened state, but Warlic manages to catch him.*
Warlic: W-what... what have I done.
Jaania: He did it to himself.
Warlic: He was in pain!
Warlic: I had to help him...
Jaania: Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
Warlic: Alex, talk to me!
*All Xan can muster is a maniacal laugh.*
Warlic: He hoped... I...
*Warlic teleports away with his deformed companionl; Jaania seems relieved that they're gone.*
Jaania: Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
*Scene fades to black.*
The glowing borowik mushrooms acts as a healing source during the quest (Do you want to eat this oddly colored and recover your HP/MP?).
This quest's dialogue was re-written on September 27th, 2019; any retired content has been archived here; from Verlyrus in the September 27th, 2019 Design Notes:
quote:Guests and pet dragon are removed upon beginning this quest and prevented from being summoned as of January 29th, 2021.
The Book 3 Main Story quest, An Elegy of Ice and Fire, has had its script reworked and typos fixed. Jaania and Akanthus have had their tones and content shifted to be more consistent with future quests.
Peachii for original entry.
Jay for updated dialogue.
< Message edited by DemonicDarkwraith -- 8/1/2023 21:49:35 >