| Ex Somniis Fabula
Other name: Remthalas
Location: Falconreach (Book 3) -> Up -> Left -> Uaanta -> The Maleurous -> Remthalas
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Sinnocence
Release Date: September 13th, 2019
Objective: Before the Friday the 13th dawns, you and Uaanta sit down and share stories.
Objective completed: The Avatars should really learn some manners!
Scaled Yes/No: Yes
(1) Uaanta - Boss
Abyssal Elf Scepter (I-VII)
Access to ESF Loot for DCs.
*You and Uaanta are sitting at a table in the Falconreach Inn, at evening, sharing stories.*
<Character>: ...and then I'm not really sure I even want to go to the Gala, but...
<Character>: I guess I have to...
*Uaanta processes your story, as Spruce is happily scrubbing the floor nearby.*
Uaanta: W—when I asked how you were doing, I... I didn't expect you to tell me your entire life story...
<Character>: Ah, sorry. There's just a lot going on in my life right now and it was good to have someone to talk to who doesn't just keep asking for dragon snacks.
<Character>: What about you?.
<Character>: Yeah. Tell me about yourself. I'm sure you've had many adventures and stories of your own to tell!
Uaanta: Are you calling me old?
<Character>: N—no, not at all, I just thought that—
Uaanta: I'm joking. I'm well aware of my age. And my experience.
Uaanta: We still have some time before the "13th day" you people dread so much begins, so I suppose I could share some of my story.
Uaanta: I come from Lhe'Shyiac, the Land of Adventures. I was raised by wolves in the Bhigtri Forest.
Uaanta: Yes. I never knew my real parents.
<Character>: But how did that work? Were they big wolves? Did they teach you how to read and do maths?
Uaanta: They were my family, <Character>. And they were all killed by bandits when I was still young.
<Character>: I'm sorry— I didn't know...
Uaanta: Of course you didn't.
Uaanta: I swore revenge and left Bhigtri.
Uaanta: In my travels, I met a hermit living in the deepest glades of the Endless Marsh, who taught me the ways of humans...
Uaanta: ...introduced me to the glory of the Makers, and bestowed upon me the sword I now carry.
*You and Uaanta exchange critical glances as you conclude how Uaanta was "bestowed" her sword...*
Uaanta: With the tracking skills I learned in my youth, I eventually found the very same bandit group that slew my family, and I had my revenge.
Uaanta: After I had cut down the last of the bandits, when going through their belongings, I found that they had been hired by a woman named Ly'Vhil.
Uaanta: High Priestess Ly'Vhil, the advisor to the Holy Throne. It was her who was responsible for my family's deaths!
Uaanta: And so, I travelled the breadth of Lhe'Shyiac, gathering allies and training...
Uaanta: ...in order to ultimately infiltrate the Dhark Palace in the city of Rheax'Makene, the seat of the Holy Watch of Lhe'Shyiac.
<Character>: The... Dhark Palace?
Uaanta: The use of the element of Darkness is very prominent in Lhy'Shyiac.
Uaanta: I believe the Dhark Palace was named thus by our ancestors in a rather less creative time.
<Character>: But don't you worship the Av— uh, Makers?
Uaanta: The Makers are not the same as magic, <Character>.
Uaanta: Just because we have an affinity for a specific element, does not mean we do not worship the Makers equally.
<Character>: Huh. I see.
Uaanta: Anyway, eventually, our party of I, Uaanta Dens the swordcerer...
Uaanta: ...Don Fayt the healer, Ehyes Emhaar the bard, and Pulin Stryngs the archer, infiltrated the Dhark Palace under the guise of pilgrims.
Uaanta: We confronted the High Priestess with her heresy, and as I prepared to behead her before the Holy Throne...
Uaanta: My sword burst with the vibrance of the Makers, and all in attendance watched as it, guided by the Makers, eradicated that Evil from our lands.
Uaanta: Afterward, we were hailed as heroes, saviours of the Holy Watch of Lhe'Shysiac.
Uaanta: With a period of peace, Don Fayt and I married and settled down in the outskirts of Rheax'Makene.
Uaanta: But the peace could not last forever.
Uaanta: After many years of harmony, word came that Ehyes and Pulin had gone missing during a routine pilgrimage to the shrines of the Makers.
Uaanta: Turns out a Priest of the Light had somehow come into unimaginable power.
Uaanta: The Holy Throne requested the Fayt family to once more come to its aid.
Uaanta: Thus began my quest to stop Braytes San, the priest, spanning many, many years...
Uaanta: ...ultimately concluding with his destruction and the salvation of Lore!
*You stare at Uaanta, in shock at her epic tale of triumph.*
<Character>: That's a lot to take in.
*You take a little while longer to process Uaanta's story.*
<Character>: My story was longer!
Uaanta: It wasn't a competition.
<Character>: Thank you, Uaanta. I feel like I know you a little bit better now.
<Character>: I'm sure with our combined abilities we'll be able to put a stop to whatever threatens Lore next.
Uaanta: It's very late, <Character>. While this was educational, I really must head to bed. You should too.
<Character>: Right, tomorrow is a big day! Goodnight, Uaanta!
*Scene fades to black and a lullaby plays, indicating you've gone to sleep. However, daybreak isn't far away...*
Ash: I'll need about 10-20 people on the eastern barricades, stat. It can be whoever!
Ash: Archers without assignments, please head over to the western walls! Guardians, please report to Adam.
Ash: Come on people, this is not a drill!
*You smile to yourself as you watch Ash assign tasks to the defenders of Falconreach.*
<Character> (thinking): Would you look at that!
Ash: <Character>! I need <Character>! Has anyone seen her/him?
<Character>: Right behind you.
Ash: Oh! I didn't see you there. Good. Sorry.
Ash: I believe you'd want to take it from here.
<Character>: It's alright! You're doing a great—
*You trail off and frown, recognising that this is all too familiar...*
<Character>: Hold on...
<Character>: I feel like—
Ash: Thank you...
<Character>: Ash, wait, something is wrong.
Ash: After last time... I need to be stronger.
<Character>: This has already happened.
Ash: Haha... ha...
<Character>: Okay, this is—
*Suddenly the backdrop of Falconreach vanishes, giving way to a simple room with white walls.*
<Character>: —getting creepy.
*You blink and look around, realising you are no longer in Falconreach.*
<Character>: This is different.
???: Who's there!? Show yourself, fiend! I hear your cries!
*You turn around to see Uaanta standing before you.*
Uaanta: I'm the one asking questions! Why have you brought me here, to this... place?
Uaanta: And so suddenly! Do you want to give me a heart attack!? Is this what you want?!
Uaanta: I'm Uaanta. Also a hero. And an adventurer. And I come in confusion!
Uaanta: Where are we?
<Character>: Right... and now you're gonna mention your grandson...
Uaanta (briefly): I was on my wa—
??? (inverted): Let's try a little bit of this...
Uaanta: How do you know about him?!
<Character>: This is different too!
Uaanta: What do you know about my grandkids?!
<Character>: Uaanta, it's me!
<Character>: I don't know what's happening, but—
Uaanta (briefly): Just... not this side?
??? (inverted): And... action!
Uaanta: You will rue the day you kidnapped me, fiend!
<Character>: Uaanta, STOP!
Battle! - begins battle with Uaanta.
Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
Run Away! - returns to Falconreach (Book 3).
*After defeating Uaanta, she fades away...*
<Character>: She wasn't real...
*You look up, as if expecting whoever is responsible for these strange events to be watching over you.*
<Character>: Are you doing this, Avatars?
<Character>: Is this some kind of a lesson? Because I'm not getting it...
*You turn around to find the source of the unknown voice.*
???: So you, from the chosen two, are the more capable one!
???: I'm pleased to know!
<Character>: Who are you?
<Character>: Well... I guess you're one of the Maleurous, yes?
???: How about that! You're a clever one.
Remthalas: It is a pleasure to meet you!
Remthalas: I am Remthalas.
<Character>: I'm glad you've showed up so quickly, I was instructed to "dispose" of you and your group.
Remthalas: Tsk tsk tsk. Will you do it, though?
<Character>: I'm not sure. The Avatars have clearly stated that you are evil and you have to be dealt with, so there is this pressure of abiding by their rules.
<Character>: But I want to know what exactly you, the Maleurous, have done to anger the Avatars so much.
Remthalas (inverted): What evils have you committed, so that I can feel good about myself when I defeat you. I need to know that my actions are justifie—
<Character>: What evils have you committed, so that I can feel good about myself when I defeat you. I need to know that my actions are justifie—
*You cut yourself off, alarmed and confused that these words are coming out of your mouth.*
<Character>: I didn't say that!
Remthalas: Dreams reveal your true thoughts.
<Character>: I don't... I don't really think that! You—
Remthalas: Dreams have no filter. Anything can happen within a dream. Dreams can change you.
<Character>: You put that in my head!
Remthalas: Maybe, maybe not.
Remthalas: Dreams are so fascinating, are they not?
Remthalas: You're in a dream right now! My dream.
<Character> (inverted): Or... is it your dream?
<Character>: Or... is it your dream?
*You—now with the appearance of Remthalas—appear shocked by Remthalas—who now has the appearance of you—and his mind games.*
Remthalas: Imagine what would happen if you woke up... and you were still in someone else's dream.
Remthalas: What would happen if they woke up?
Remthalas: Would the world stop existing?
Remthalas: You wouldn't believe me if I told you about the dreams that I've seen! The dreams that I've experienced! I have been in so many of them...
Remthalas: So many... yet they slumber, but never dream.
Remthalas: Oh, but if only they dreamed!
Remthalas: Perhaps I would be able to change reality itself...
Remthalas: Anyway, I got what I came for.
Remthalas: You! I like you!
Remthalas: I choose you!
Remthalas: And, because I'm feeling well rested today, here's some advice.
Remthalas: Two of my... colleagues... are preparing something. Don't get your festive hopes up.
Remthalas: We'll meet again, soon. For now, enjoy this peaceful day.
Remthalas: It's on me.
Remthalas: Time to wake up.
Remthalas (briefly): Or are you going to sleep?
*Scene cuts to black.*
Equips Sleepy Hero.
*You awaken abruptly, blink several times, and then sit up in bed, scratching your head.*
*You take a moment longer to reflect on the dream you just had.*
<Character>: I'm never—
<Character>: —sleeping again.
*With that last statement you are instantly teleported to the Firmament once again; crashing to the ground from the position you were raised to in bed.*
Celeritas: Welcome, Champions.
<Character>: Oh come on— What if I was on the toilet!?
<Character>: Give us a little heads up before doing this!
Uaanta: A little respect, <Character>!
<Character>: *Angry mumbles*
<Character>: Uaanta... you still have your armor on.
Uaanta: Is this a problem?
<Character>: You sleep in your armor?
Uaanta: Of course. From the moment I wake up, I'm ready for an adventure.
*You, still half asleep, can't refute the logic of Uaanta's decision.*
<Character>: Fair point.
Neso: We have summoned you here again, because another of the Maleurous has revealed itself.
<Character>: I know... I just met him.
<Character>: He appeared in my dreams.
Neso: A Water Elf from the Abyssal Tribe. The former devout of Kathool Atchoo.
Khazri: The Dreamfarer.
Kyanos: The Spreader of Lies.
<Character>: He... he said that today will be peaceful, and something about... festivals?
<Character>: Ugh, I hate it when you forget what the dream was about moments after you wake up.
<Character>: Does that mean there won't be an invasion today?
<Character>: Was I...
<Character> (thinking): Was I looking forward to it?
Fiamme: You spoke to it!?
<Character>: Well, he did most of the talking...
Avatars: Have you been compromised?
<Character>: W—wait, what?!
Kyanos: We have explicitly told you to dispose of the Maleurous members, not to fraternize with them!
<Character>: I wasn't fraternizing!
Haeos: Calm yourself, Kyanos.
Celeritas: You must be wary of discourse with the Maleurous. They will plant the seeds of doubt in your mind.
Temblor: These seeds are disruptive.
Temblor: When they are allowed to take root and grow, they reach the sky and cloud your judgement, and your judgement must be unwavering.
<Character>: S—so what you're saying is that I have to be obedient to you?! I can't make my own judgement!?
<Character>: *Deep breath*
<Character>: Apologies for my outburst. Please, Avatars, tell me... what exactly have the Maleurous done that's so horrible?
<Character>: All I remember from what you said before is that "they are bad bad" and "have to be dead dead".
<Character>: I did not get that feeling from Sinnocence, it was more confused than evil, and neither did I get tha—
Khazri: They are Evil, <Character>.
Fiamme: They are bringers of cha—
Celeritas: Of war. Of destruction.
Voidstar: Pity them if you wish, but be assured that should they be left to their devices, Lore would become uninhabitable.
Kyanos: They must be destroyed.
Neso: If you ask them why they do their deeds— you will receive a different answer from each.
Temblor: Yet the seed of their Evil is the same.
Uaanta: You must have faith, <Character>. The Makers know their enemies.
*You consider the Avatars' statements, and Uaanta's advice.*
<Character>: There's no way to... save them from this "seed of Evil"?
Voidstar: We will not interfere as long as you do your duty as our Champion.
Haeos: One way or another, these threats must be neutralized.
Kyanos: But you must not let doubt shadow your actions.
Fiamme: For in that doubt, the seed flourishes.
Temblor: If the Maleurous were to escape your grasp, through might or deception, the consequences will be dire.
Voidstar: As to the matter of today.
Khazri: It seems that the impending Maleurous influence we detected has retreated.
Celeritas: Most curious.
Fiamme: You may return for now, our Champions.
Neso: But we shall be watching.
*You are returned to your bedroom instantaneously.*
<Character>: Well, that's one way to start the day...
*Scene cuts to black.*
Quest Loot - opens ESF Loot for DCs shop.
Ex Somniis Fabula translates to 'The Story of Dreams' in English from Latin.
Some dialogues in this quest appear very briefly, some dialogues appear in grey, and some dialogue boxes are intentionally swapped between the conversing characters.
< Message edited by Jay -- 3/3/2020 4:48:42 >