Location: The Golden Hand, The Greenguard Alliance - Choose a Faction, The Greenguard Alliance - Golden Hand Faction -> Up Right, Daybreak (Golden Hand), Into the Light, The Spells We Weave, Sunfall: Part 1, Sunfall: Part 2, The Royal Resistance - Golden Hand Faction, A Storm in the Night, A Shocking Discovery, Grinding Gears, Direct Current, The Spark of the Soul, Broken Circuit (Part 1), Of Duty and Dragons, The Awakened Depths - Golden Hand Faction, Speaker and Slayer, The Descent
The Golden Hand
Ostromir: Oh, good.
Ostromir: Hello there, primitives!
Ostromir: I'm Ostromir!
Ostromir: Most unfortunate incident.
Ostromir: But we're not allowed to contain you. Because if we do that, it makes our jobs so much more difficult. Politics and such.
Ostromir: Sincerest apologies.
Ostromir: Not entirely our doing.
Ostromir: Something or someone has interfered!
Ostromir: At great cost and personal risk!
Ostromir: If you don't, then we're all idiots.
Ostromir: And you'd probably imprison or execute us.
Ostromir: I wouldn't like that.
Ostromir: About that closure... I don't suppose you'd be willing to divulge how that was managed?
Ostromir: So you probably can't do it again. Probably.
Ostromir: Preposterous, wouldn't you agree?
Ostromir: Are you satisfied with that answer?
Ostromir: Ah, uh, yes, certainly.
Ostromir: We have to get close to make our adjustments.
Ostromir: When we have completed our task, we will send word back to the Empire, and the process of closing will begin.
Ostromir: Very risky and expensive.
Ostromir: It wouldn't do us any good if we arrived at a rift and our mangled remains were re-mangled by elementals.
Ostromir: That depends on Jaania.
Ostromir: The current rifts force the resources of the Rose away from the Fissure. The Kingdom being caught in the crossfire is regrettable, but—
Ostromir: Rest assured, the Shapeless does not wish to conquer your lands, only to do what it takes to stop the Rose's interference.
Ostromir: Does that answer your question?
Ostromir: You don't know?
Ostromir: What kind of backwards theo—
Ostromir: As long as it keeps your precious nose out of the Fissure.
Ostromir: So dramatic.
Ostromir: Of course.
The Greenguard Alliance - Choose a Faction
Ostromir: <Character>! Come to join us? The Queen lent us some of her knights, but we could use all the help we can get!
Ostromir: Our mission is to head deep into invasion territory.
Ostromir: Luckily, we should only have to reach one of them. They're connected, you see.
Ostromir: The Queen Victoria has lent us a number of her knights to escort us, but...
Ostromir: Well. You've seen the glory of Nieboheim and her people. These knights are certainly no heroes, am I right?
Ostromir: And I'm sure with your assistance, it will be as simple as a walk to the Forums!
The Greenguard Alliance - Golden Hand Faction
Ostromir: And here is <Character>! Didn't get lost on the way out here, I see! A true hero!
Ostromir: War? Ha! We've seen war, <Character>.
Ostromir: Maybe that's what the Vind and Rose are doing, but what we are doing...
Ostromir: This is maintenance.
Ostromir: A very important mission! We had these new golems, you see, and there were some adjustments that—
Ostromir: It's like... The Shapeless can tell us where to go and what to do, right? And we have to do it.
Ostromir: But we also get the opportunity to see so much more of the world.
Ostromir: And so the Shapeless affords us certain liberties that other Magesters do not have.
Ostromir: Our votes in the Magesterium count the same in the eyes of the Shapeless, but perhaps we aren't always around to vote.
Ostromir: Later, perhaps, hero <Character>. We must prepare!
Daybreak (Golden Hand)
Ostromir: This is stupid... We need more time!
Ostromir: ...Waste of breath...
Ostromir: A Tytan.
Ostromir: We couldn't control them if we wanted!
Ostromir: Regardless, we've been seeing the effects of this creature and or the location of this creature's origin passing through the rift.
Ostromir: Stupid machine!
Ostromir: That's probably the best decision for now.
Ostromir: Look, this is an intricate magical process, the details of which would tie your shriveled excuse for a brain in knots and—
Into the Light
Ostromir: It's... how do you say it? Locked?
Ostromir: Something like that.
Ostromir: Nothing we can't overcome!
Ostromir: The ambient temperature is increasing to alarming levels!
The Spells We Weave
Ostromir: It is a natural being, and so, it makes sense that it is bound by natural laws.
Ostromir: We should be ready when you are.
Sunfall: Part 1
Ostromir: I... can hold this for now... but please hurry!
O??ro?i?: Y-u'll -ave to find an-th– *pop*
Sunfall: Part 2
Ostromir: Nobody back home is going to believe this!
Ostromir: It would be advisable to post some guards near it, though. You never know, right?
The Royal Resistance - Golden Hand Faction
Ostromir: Systems secure for some ruins diving. It's been a while, hasn't it, Vseslava? Glad you're here, <Character>.
Ostromir: Shapeless knows. The border village incident must have been quite severe for them to spread the investigation so thin, though.
Ostromir: Nothing to worry about. Just the usual bureaucracy and inter-departmental politics.
Ostromir: Of course, traveling so much, our exposure to...
Ostromir: ...The Shapeless's gift is much more limited.
Ostromir: Regardless, we also have a number of focus crystals to use as backup to power our suits and tools...
Ostromir: ...should we find ourselves unable to use our own mana for whatever reason.
Ostromir: From the Shapeless.
Ostromir: Oh, I hate it when you look at me like that.
Ostromir: What, s/he's a hero, isn't s/he? I'm sure it's fine.
Ostromir: It is a source of magic that only the Shapeless' chosen may draw from.
Ostromir: It allows the Magesters to perform extraordinary feats of magic as the Shapeless wills.
Ostromir: However, prolonged exposure to it may have some... adverse effects on one's natural ability to use magic.
Ostromir: My personal theory is that by using it, one's soul is gradu–
Ostromir: That's right. Hmm. I bet some of the research teams back home would give much to be able to examine these ruins in person.
Ostromir: We must be sure to borrow some samples. Vseslava, I'm almost certain these could be connected to... you know...
Ostromir: Now where did I put that wrench?
After completing A Shocking Discovery:
Ostromir: Let it go, Vseslava. With the Proclamation rifts as they are, they'll learn sooner or later.
A Storm in the Night
Ostromir: The plan is acceptable. I look forward to exploring what sorts of ruins you have on this continent!
Ostromir: Of course, of course.
Ostromir: Job first.
If you joined the Golden Hand Faction:
Ostromir: Looks like you'll be giving us a tour of the region, <Character>!
Ostromir: Such a dreary place. And you people voluntarily chose to settle here?
A Shocking Discovery
Ostromir: Who designed these structures to be so... maze-like?
Ostromir: The projection of the rift indicates that a focus lies deep within...
Ostromir: Bah, I don't understand your culture and your reverence for such old and forgotten things.
Ostromir: If we could only just–
Ostromir: I'm just saying, whoever made or created these dusty old halls are long gone. Why let old things stand in the way of progress?
Ostromir: The nomad tribes? Your alliance has the superior numbers and capabilities. Surely the nomad tribes stand no challenge?
Ostromir: Yes, all the peace and dingy ruins you could ever want, after a brief one–sided campaign.
Ostromir: What do you think, <Character>? Surely you agree with me? We're pressed for time, after all.
If you select the 'I agree. We're in a rush.' option:
Ostromir: At least we have our priorities straight, right, <Character>? We'll respect the wishes of your Queen but–If you select the 'No, we must be careful.' option:
Ostromir: Yes, yes, and we mustn't anger your most gracious Queen. I'm sure she won't mind if we do a little bit of–Ostromir: Wait.
Ostromir: Hold up.
Ostromir: It's none of our business. Let them pass and we'll be on our way.
Ostromir: My combat abilities are rather limited. Excuse me if I don't want to run out and die for something that I have no familiarity with.
Ostromir: Everyone wants to be a Hero. Go on, save the day.
Ostromir: Hmm. I think I can open this. But are you sure you want to?
Ostromir: Oh, I could think of any number of threats that such an unknown thing could pose...
Ostromir: Okay, but if it fries us all to a crisp, I told you so.
Ostromir: I think I understand why it was caged now. Permission to re-cage it?
Ostromir: Energy? I don't think we've ever sent any expeditions to–
Ostromir: Er, no.
Ostromir: I have no idea what this Prince is talking about.
Ostromir: I am curious, however. How is it that we understand each other?
Ostromir: I would assume there would have been a language barrier...
Ostromir: If you came through, then, do you remember where that happened?
Ostromir: Fantastic. It's of no help at all. Shall we get a move on, then?
Ostromir: I don't think I'll ever grow accustomed to your... culture's penchant for the irrelevant.
Ostromir: Very well. Follow me, everyone.
Ostromir: I have no idea what this Prince is talking about.
Ostromir: Or maybe we could make a deal with the other Lagohm and exchange the Prince for–
Ostromir: Very well. I still don't trust it though.
If you joined the Golden Hand Faction:
Ostromir: I'll make sure it doesn't get up to anything untoward.
Ostromir: I told you so.
Ostromir: "Open the cage, Ostromir, it will be fine, Ostromir."
Ostromir: "Look at how cute the invading enemy is, Ostromir."
Ostromir: Nobody ever listens to Ostromir.
Ostromir: I would not expect so.
Ostromir: And if I could?
Ostromir: Out? Do you even know where we are?
Ostromir: Which means we don't know where the rift is on this side either.
Ostromir: Save your energy.
Ostromir: You too, <Dragon>?
Ostromir: What is it that you have against me? I am being reasonable, logical–
Ostromir: And seeing as you channel magic...
Ostromir: As the Shapeless wills.
Ostromir: An Enchanter scholar and an Assassin...
Ostromir: I remember that case. Caused some concern among the Magesterium when they vanished.
Ostromir: So, they thought they would lose a child.
Ostromir: That explains much.
Ostromir: Enough. Such painful memories are not for–
Ostromir: I understand why you blame the Magesterium
Ostromir: I am afraid your parents had nothing to fear.
Ostromir: Oh, you most certainly would have been conscripted.
Ostromir: And with your natural ability... yes, I imagine you would have succeeded.
Ostromir: No. Your parents would have never knowingly seen you again, that much is true.
Ostromir: But you, you would have seen them. Protected them. Watched them grow old.
Ostromir: ...as a Magester.
Ostromir: Surely, in their positions, they could have known, could have learned, even if they were not supposed to.
Ostromir: They could have been silently proud. It has been known to happen, though rarely.
Ostromir: My parents are lumberers out in the countryside. As far as I know, they're well, and happy.
Ostromir: I have a younger sister now too, who owns a stall in the Forums. Sometimes I visit.
Ostromir: She has no idea who I am, of course. Nor should she.
Ostromir: The Magesterium is a second family to me, united by the will of the Shapeless.
Ostromir: And I do my duty. For the sake of the Shapeless, the Empire, and all who reside within it.
Ostromir: You asked.
Ostromir: I answered.
Ostromir: For what little it may be worth to you, I am sorry for what happened to your family.
Ostromir: Such tragedies are never our intentions.
Ostromir: After you, then, Hladach Raven.
Ostromir: Your mother's title. From what I've seen of your skills and ferocity, you have more than earned it.
Ostromir: I cannot undo the past, but allow my actions in the present to prove my intent.
Ostromir: That's definitely the rift.
Ostromir: It seems Eulin was leading us to it.
Ostromir: So you did.
Ostromir: Well done, Hladach Raven, <Dragon>.
Ostromir: We should pass with haste. Before more lagohm show up.
Ostromir: Remember the-?
Ostromir: Ah. Yes. I see. It will be done.
Ostromir: I did not cower!
Ostromir: I would not call it caring so much as unwavering suspicion.
Ostromir: So, thanks to Eulin's help, we now know the way to the rift.
Ostromir: If it is any consolation...
Ostromir: I think your fellow lagohm were too preoccupied with Hladach Raven and <Dragon>'s rampage to notice your role in our escape.
Ostromir: A long story. Not very interesting.
Ostromir: As you say.
Ostromir: Yes. It is a relief. No matter how many times I have-
Ostromir: What? Er- right. Do not worry, <Character>. We are back to working hard.
Ostromir: The city was a-
Ostromir: Come on, Vseslava. It would be more suspicious if I didn't share this very new and unknown information with our allies, would it not?
Ostromir: Exactly! <Character>, the city, the Manufactory, is a mechanical metal mess of gears and Energy.
Ostromir: There is an order to the chaos though. Prince Eulin does not overstate the complications of ruling such a place.
Ostromir: But the city itself sits on a barren lightning scarred plain. Someone attuned with Energy may find it beautiful in its own way...
Ostromir: But it just made my hair stand on end. Not an unusual occurence in the-
Ostromir: Yes, I know. I hope I answered your curiosity, <Character>.
Ostromir: You tease, <Character>. But I will be watching myself closer from now on too. There are many secrets that are not mine to reveal.
Ostromir: Hold up.
Ostromir: Something's not right.
Ostromir: Vseslava, some calculations, if you could?
Ostromir: Keep an eye on Eulin.
Ostromir: Alright, enough chatter. This way, everyone. Quickly.
The Spark of the Soul
Ostromir: And then, if my memory serves, there should be a large room a ways up ahead. Some sort of cathedral, I think.
Ostromir: And that is where we will find our focus point.
Ostromir: They were not expecting an attack from the rift, most likely.
Ostromir: I will be counting on you to keep Vseslava and I safe!
Broken Circuit (Part 1)
Ostromir: We are working as fast as we can, although all the talking is quite distracting.
Ostromir: As you say, Vseslava. The Golden Hand division Osiem shall not be stopped by mere annoyances!
Ostromir: Oh no, whatever shall we do...
Ostromir: We are nowhere close! Shapeless take these foolish Lagohm!
Ostromir: "We are buying you plenty of time" they said! "Do not worry about the ruler of the Manufactory" they said!
Ostromir: Do you have any idea how much concentration it takes to–
Ostromir: Touching. So, shall we get to work?
Ostromir: Vseslava? What is the–
Ostromir: Sudden... pain... headache...
Ostromir: Okay... I think...
Ostromir: Vseslava, status?
Ostromir: Same. We need to finish our job. We need to secure the...
Of Duty and Dragons
Ostromir: By the Shapeless! What manner of foul–
Ostromir: What is that... smell?
Ostromir: ...What happened to your face?
Ostromir: Oh... my head...
Ostromir: Oh! Much better.
Ostromir: But... What happened? I... saw a vision...
Ostromir: Then the Magesterium... the Gift...
Ostromir: And the city? What of Nieboheim? And our people?
Ostromir: I... I see.
Ostromir: Then we... must... continue our duty here.
Ostromir: Traveling back to the Empire would take too long for us to be of any use.
Ostromir: We must protect this land as best we can. As is our job as Magesters of the Golden Hand.
Ostromir: No. Let us... Let us get back to work.
Ostromir: It will be fine. I will be fine.
Ostromir: And... ready! Where is that annoying electric puffball? I am not shrinking the rift with him on this side!
Ostromir: Well, they better hurry! I am still recovering, and maintaining control of this is a strenuous task!
Ostromir: Hurry up!
Ostromir: It is not fully closed, so to say, but it will indeed no longer exert its influence.
Ostromir: Assuming, of course, that it is not further tampered with.
Ostromir: Yes, yes. I wish to apologize for my rudeness earlier, mage. Thank you for your assistance.
Ostromir: And I still do.
Ostromir: It is not merely a belief.
Ostromir: We... I...
Ostromir: Our duty as Golden Hand must come first. It must.
Ostromir: One nation is nothing compared to all who live on Lore.
Ostromir: Hmm... More dragons... This land truly isn't short of insanity.
The Awakened Depths - Golden Hand Faction
Ostromir: There was an insect in my bedding last night! An insect!
Ostromir: It is the principle of the matter.
Ostromir: But there is nothing we can reasonably do about the situation.
Ostromir: It eats away at me inside. The grief burns like nothing I have ever felt.
Ostromir: Shapeless preserve me, if I only had the combat ability you and <Dragon> possess...
Ostromir: Yes. Please. You know, Vseslava, now that the Magesterium is, as far as we know, no more...
Ostromir: It would help me feel better!
Ostromir: Vseslava has graciously allowed me to provide some explanation regarding the Proclamation Rifts!
Ostromir: As you may have surmised, the rifts do indeed lead to the Elemental Wastes.
Ostromir: I have! Although, I imagine the current gate in the Magesterium has closed.
Ostromir: Yes! Top secret, of course, and powered by the Shapeless' gift.
Ostromir: The Magesterium has had quite a number of expeditions into the Wastes, in fact. Even since far before my time.
Ostromir: It does!
Ostromir: What the heathens here call the "Elemental Planes", are such an outdated model of the system.
Ostromir: The Planes are indeed sections of the Wastes. Sections stabilized by the Elemental Lords, or Avatars, I believe you call them.
Ostromir: With how relatively stable they are compared to the rest of the Wastes...
Ostromir: ...they could very well be interpreted as such to those with limited information.
Ostromir: Our theory is that the Elemental Lords struggle to maintain balance between themselves.
Ostromir: The Planes therefore act as... external wells of power from which to draw from.
Ostromir: It is certainly better than using Lore as a battleground!
Ostromir: Now, if you are interested, we ran the most interesting experiments in the Wastes outpost designated–
Ostromir: Ah, yes, I suppose I did get carried away.
Ostromir: I am sure there will be time for it later. And I can maybe discuss with Vseslava more about what may be... appropriate to share.
Ostromir: Thank you, <Character>.
Speaker and Slayer
Ostromir: A... dragon...
Ostromir: Yes, but, <Dragon> is... small. The Great One sounds rather... great.
Ostromir: More... Dragons....
Ostromir: ...Mmh? Yes. Yes! I will manage. Yes.
Ostromir: Such a... primitive way of living. Surely the DragonLords would have offered one such as you a place in their keep?
Ostromir: Are we there yet?
Ostromir: We are lost. Lost!
Ostromir: Fine by me. What about you, Vseslava? Feel like jumping into a dragon's den?
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