Location: The Greenguard Alliance - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction -> Swordhaven Camp -> Quests! -> Collapse
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Into the Light
Release Date: April 17th, 2020
Objective: Time to move.
Objective completed: Back to the battlefront. Hopefully the plan can be finalized before the barrier breaks...
Scaled Yes/No: Yes
(1) Fire Elemental
(1) Fire Ray
(1) Flare Raptor
(1) Light Elemental
(1) Solar Scout
(1) Wastes Sentinel (1)
(1) Wastes Sentinel (2)
Refraction Pendant (I-VII)
Access to Collapse Loot for DCs.
*Beams of light from the sky continue to rain down onto the city as the assault shows no signs of slowing.*
Jaania: This will take some moments.
Jaania: Defend me.
*A beam of light strikes down upon the room in Swordhaven Castle where you, Melissa, Queen Victoria, and Jaania are standing. The light fades quickly, showing Jaania holding a magical shield that has protected everyone.*
Jaania: I told you to protect me!
<Character>: What was I supposed to–
Queen Victoria: Not now, you two!
Queen Victoria: Lady Jaania, can you walk while preparing the spell? We can't stay up here!
Jaania: Of course.
Jaania: It will take slightly longer, and I must maintain concentration.
Queen Victoria: Good. We'll head deeper into the castle as you prepare.
Jaania: Understood, My Queen.
Queen Victoria: Melissa, watch our backs, and <Character>, take the front.
Melissa: As you command., <Character>: Got it.
Queen Victoria: I'll stay by Lady Jaania.
Queen Victoria: Swordhaven will not fall under my watch!
*You fight your way through the corridors of the castle, defeating invading elementals, and eventually emerge into a courtyard outside.*
Queen Victoria: We should be able to stop here for a moment without worrying about the ceiling falling in on us. Is the spell prepared?
Queen Victoria: Lady Jaania?
*Jaania's eyes are closed as she prepares herself.*
Jaania: I'm ready.
*Jaania's eyes glow blue as she rises into the air, and a bright burst of magic encompasses the besieged city. When the light clears, the entirety of Swordhaven is surrounded by a dome-shaped shield of icy magic. More beams of light strike down, but fail to penetrate the newly created shield.*
*Jaania rests on her hands and knees on the ground, gasping for breath. Her skin is colored greyish-white from the exertion. Everyone else stares up into the sky.*
Queen Victoria: It's done then?
Jaania: I... *pant* I...
Melissa: How long will this hold?
Jaania: I... don't know.
Jaania: I did all I could.
Jaania: I made sure the city gates were excluded...
Jaania: Did I calculate that correctly?
Jaania: No no no...
Queen Victoria: Lady Jaania, are you alright?
Jaania: What if I...
Jaania: What have I done?
<Character>: You... you saved Swordhaven. You saved us.
Jaania: But I didn't...
Jaania: The consequences...
Melissa: We can deal with them as they come! But at least now, we have the time to–
Jaania: I didn't, I couldn't–
*Jaania stands up.*
Jaania: The magnitude of such magic is beyond your scope of view.
Jaania: Beyond mine.
Jaania: I must know what the long-term effects are.
Jaania: I have to know what... what I have done.
Jaania: I need to consult my mir–
*Her eyes widen as she cuts herself off, glancing behind her.*
<Character>: There will be time for that later! There's a massive Tytan in the sky we have to deal with–
Jaania: You may be fine with diving headlong into changing the world and uprooting the order of Lore.
Jaania: But I am not. I am responsible for my actions, and their consequences, whatever they may be.
Queen Victoria: Lady Jaania, you did your duty as commanded by the Queen of Swordhaven.
Queen Victoria: You saved the city!
Queen Victoria: If there are to be any consequences–
Jaania: It was by my hand.
Jaania: My own hand...
*Queen Victoria stares at her with a frown.*
Queen Victoria: I see.
Queen Victoria: Lady Melissa, can you do me a favor, please?
Melissa: Of course.
Queen Victoria: Please escort Lady Jaania safely to her tower, and notify her bodyguards of what has transpired.
Queen Victoria: I believe they will be better equipped to take care of her in her current state than we are.
*Melissa pauses hesitantly before accepting.*
Melissa: ...If I must.
*Jaania and Melissa exit, leaving you and Queen Victoria alone. Queen Victoria is sitting down, leaning against a tree. You turn around to find that she has taken off her crown and wig, the former of which she is gazing at with an air of melancholy.*
Queen Victoria: Look at all this, <Character>.
Queen Victoria: What a mess.
<Character>: How are you holding up?
Queen Victoria: I'm not.
Queen Victoria: I'm running on the feeling in the back of my head that says I am responsible for everyone here.
Queen Victoria: Everyone is under my care. And all I can do is what I think best.
<Character>: It's a lot of pressure.
Queen Victoria: Nobody questions me. Nobody says, "Hey, Queen lady, that's a bad idea!".
Queen Victoria: Not for the big stuff, at least.
Queen Victoria: Sometimes...
Queen Victoria: No, a lot of the time, I wish I could be back in the forest, helping out the animals. But...
<Character>: But duty calls.
Queen Victoria: Those days could never last, could they?
*Queen Victoria smiles at you sadly.*
Queen Victoria: Thanks for listening, <Character>.
*You smile back at her as she stands up and puts her crown and wig back on.*
Queen Victoria: I must check on Brittany. Make sure she's safe.
Queen Victoria: I'll send word to Tara... Let her know that Swordhaven is unsafe to return to.
Queen Victoria: Oh, and follow up with Lady Jaania.
Queen Victoria: Then I have to re-organize the assault on the Tytan, see what resources we've lost...
Queen Victoria: <Character>, please do your best to continue helping the people of Swordhaven. I will send a summons for you when we are ready.
<Character>: I understand, My Queen. I'll do what I can!
*You run off to continue the fight. Queen Victoria watches you leave.*
Queen Victoria: How does s/he keep going, I wonder?
Loot for DCs - opens Collapse Loot for DCs shop.
Completing this quest unlocks a new faction-dependent rare wave in The Rose Defense: Swordhaven, Golden Hand Escort: Swordhaven, and The Vind Defense: Swordhaven; also slightly increases the drop rate for Defender's Medals from the aforementioned Proclamation War waves.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
They said installing a healing pad in the hallway was a waste of funds. Well, who's laughing now?
Thanks to ProbablyCallum for dialogue.
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