| The Royal Resistance - Vind Faction
Access Point: Swordhaven Castle -> Queen Victoria -> Quests! -> The Royal Resistance
Level/Quest/Items required: Join the Vind Faction in The Greenguard Alliance - Choose a Faction, Completion of Sunfall: Part 2
Release Date: September 11th, 2020
A Storm in the Night
The Doomwood Ruins: The Vind
A Shocking Discovery
The Spark of the Soul
Eulin Verriton IV
Kara SuLema: You needn't worry about me, <Character>. My mind is at ease. Let's save Doomwood!
Doomwood Camp - continues to Doomwood Camp.
A Storm in the Night - begins A Storm in the Night quest.
Leave - returns to Swordhaven Castle.
Quests! - opens the scroll.
Mritha: Hey, <Character>.
<Character>: Hi Mritha! How's Odgne?
Mritha: She's as well as a dragon can be. Currently on perimeter duty to make sure we're not disturbed in our expedition into the ruins.
<Character>: I'm sure we can rely on her!
<Character>: Weren't you leading the Vind forces in Amityvale? I'm surprised you're out here.
Mritha: Well, there are plenty of other DragonLords to help out.
Mritha: And the Amityvale front isn't nearly as exciting as this!
Mritha: These ruins are older than old...
Mritha: Odgne thinks they may have been rebuilt and repurposed multiple times over the ages by different settlers.
Mritha: With the nomad tribes having left this one, who knows what sort of new discoveries we could make about history here?
<Character>: It's definitely something to keep an eye out for, but our first priority is to find the rift focus.
Mritha: Of course! And I'm here to help with that too.
<Character>: Hello, Kara. How are you doing?
Kara SuLema: I'm well, thank you for asking, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: Jaania is doing better now too, from what I can tell.
Kara SuLema: I only hope that she takes our conversations to heart.
<Character>: It seems like you've been awfully concerned about her. Is there any particular reason why?
Kara SuLema: She is, no, was a dear friend in the past.
Kara SuLema: At least, that's how I thought of her.
Kara SuLema: It pains me to see her so conflicted and lost now.
<Character>: Does this have anything to do with what happened when I was frozen?
Kara SuLema: Yes. It has everything to do with that time.
Kara SuLema: I'm sure you've heard whispers of the one known as Yalla?
Kara SuLema: She was an ancient Arch-Druid who awoke some time after you were frozen.
Kara SuLema: And she was a wind elf. An ancient, powerful, and furious elf, who had woken to find her groves and people scattered to the winds of time.
Kara SuLema: As such a legendary ancestor, she had a... connection to those of us who had hid away from the rest of Lore.
Kara SuLema: And in her fury, she called upon the wind elves, summoning us and the creatures of the land to her aid, to enact her vengeance.
<Character>: Did you have a choice? Were you forced to answer the summons?
Kara SuLema: We were not forced, no. We always had a choice. But when such a revered being returned and called out...
Kara SuLema: Many answered who yearned for power, or glory, or favor in the new world to come.
Kara SuLema: Families were torn, as those of us who remained could only wait as our brethren left, never to return.
<Character>: I assume things didn't end well for Yalla and her followers then?
Kara SuLema: Jaania and her budding Rose wiped out the invasion.
Kara SuLema: With Jaania's power unleashed, none could stand in her path.
<Character>: Did you not hold a grudge against her? Many of you must have lost family and friends...
Kara SuLema: Many did and still do. But I know she was acting in defense of her own.
Kara SuLema: It was justified.
Kara SuLema: But swift.
Kara SuLema: And then, in their zeal, Jaania and her army followed the remnants of the elves back to the Dreamwood, our homeland.
Kara SuLema: Where those of us who had no interest in war remained.
Kara SuLema: She began weaving terrible magic, to enact vengeance against us in retribution for those who had fallen under Yalla's influence.
Kara SuLema: We pleaded with her, sent gifts and goods, anything to delay our demise.
Kara SuLema: In our final attempt, I volunteered as envoy, and took with me a special gift.
Kara SuLema: A certain mirror that we hoped could show her the consequences of her actions.
<Character>: You were the one who gave her the mirror!
<Character>: That same mirror that she's been obsessed with!
Kara SuLema: Yes. And it saved us. And at the time, I could never have foreseen...
Kara SuLema: It was an old artifact, languishing in our vaults. From where it originated, we did not know.
Kara SuLema: But it was said that those who stared into it would see the outcomes of their desires.
Kara SuLema: Jaania accepted the gift, looked into the mirror, and ceased her attack on the Dreamwood.
Kara SuLema: Her transformation was miraculous.
Kara SuLema: She immediately began to send us aid to help rebuild, along with emissaries and messengers of her new organization, The Rose.
Kara SuLema: I was assigned to be an ambassador, to meet with Jaania and discuss how best to bring our people together.
<Character>: And that's how you came to know her so well.
Kara SuLema: Yes. We spent much time together, discussing plans for a peaceful Lore.
Kara SuLema: All seemed well.
Kara SuLema: But such joy was not to last. The conflict could not be forgotten so easily, and as The Rose expanded, Jaania grew more distant...
Kara SuLema: My apologies, <Character>, but we must continue the tale another time. These are painful recollections.
<Character>: I understand.
Kara SuLema: Thank you. Let's focus on stopping this rift, then.
Eulin Verriton IV: Greetings, <Character>!
<Character>: Hello, Prince Eulin. I hope your accomodations have been satisfactory?
Eulin Verriton IV: I'm certainly quite used to better, but as a stranger to The Beyond, I suppose I must temper my expectations somewhat. Kara has been most kind, at least.
<Character>: Do you mind if I ask you some questions about you and your home?
Eulin Verriton IV: I'd prefer asking you more about The Beyond! But I understand. The allure and majesty of the Manufactory calls to all. What would you ask of me?
<Character>: You don't seem too surprised to see humans. Are there humans in the Manufactory?
Eulin Verriton IV: Humans are quite rare, but do exist. They are the premier scholars of Beyondspeech, although I don't think many, if any, have been to The Beyond themselves.
Eulin Verriton IV: Of course, others like myself study Beyondspeech for its similarities and roots in Ancientspeech. Drahrspeech as well!
Eulin Verriton IV: Although, from what I understand, humans have trouble with Drahrspeech. Tis a pity. It is a beautiful language.
<Character>: You seemed even less surprised to see <Dragon> than us humans. I take it dragons are a common sight in the Manufactory?
Eulin Verriton IV: Not in the Manufactory itself, no. We would not deign to compete with such savage creatures! But they are certainly not uncommon elsewhere.
Eulin Verriton IV: I've not seen one for myself before, though. From the stories, I'd have expected them to be bigger. Maybe the dragons of The Beyond aren't as scary.
Mritha: I could introduce you to Odgne, a full-grown dragon, if you'd like.
Eulin Verriton IV: Er, no, that's quite alright! Thank you!
<Character>: You call our world "The Beyond". What do you call the world you came from?
Eulin Verriton IV: We call it The Plains. The more uncivilized parts are sometimes referred to as The Wastes, but there are those of us with power who wish to see the lands united. As The Plains.
<Character>: I've heard about the Elemental Planes. I wonder if they're related, or possibly the same places.
Eulin Verriton IV: Maybe. Beyondspeech can be an imprecise language at times.
<Character>: Can you tell me more about the Manufactory?
Eulin Verriton IV: The Manufactory is the crown jewel of the Energy Plains! A massive city and factory, the center of innovation. And also my almost birthright.
<Character>: You're a Prince, aren't you? But seeing as you were pursued by assassins, I assume the political situation is tricky.
Eulin Verriton IV: Yes. I am the second prince. Unfortunately, that means my older brother is in line to take over before I am. And it also means there are quite a few siblings behind me!
Eulin Verriton IV: My older brother is content to allow the Manufactory to continue its current course of isolation- but I disagree.
Eulin Verriton IV: I believe that only through trade and exploration can we gain knowledge and innovate as we did in the early days of the Manufactory.
Eulin Verriton IV: But of course, not everyone agrees. I doubt my brother was directly behind the assassins, but perhaps another sibling among his allies.
Eulin Verriton IV: Hmm. While I don't miss the politics of home, I hope everything is okay while I'm here in The Beyond.
See You Later!
Eulin Verriton IV: I was happy to speak with you! I myself must continue my investigation of The Beyond! There's so much to see and learn.
<Character>: Take care, Prince Eulin. And try not to wander off on your own!
Eulin Verriton IV: Worry not. I have no intent on betraying the trust of my subjects. Especially when they've been so useful!
<Character>: Hey Mritha, any word from Odgne?
Mritha: Sorry, <Character>. Nothing substantial.
Mritha: Well, nothing really. Whatever happened to them, it's like they disappeared without a trace.
Mritha: And the search of the ruins is going slower due to it's own unique threats.
If you have a Dragon Amulet: Mritha: We will find them. Even if we have to go to the ends of Lore. Or beyond.
Mritha: Have you tried... reaching out to <Dragon>? Even though <Dragon> is still young, you're a powerful DragonLord... perhaps...
<Character>: Of course I have! I... I haven't heard anything.
Mritha: I'm sorry, <Character>. I should have assumed you already tried.
<Character>: Thanks, Mritha. And please, tell Odgne thanks from me too.
Kara SuLema: Hello, <Character>. I want you to know we're doing all we can to find <Dragon> and the others.
Kara SuLema: If there's anything more I or the Vind can do to help, please, let me know.
Kara SuLema: But in the meantime, make sure you get your rest, okay?
<Character>: Thanks, Kara. It's just... I feel like every moment we spend here not out searching, is another minute lost.
Kara SuLema: The Vind, Swordhaven's knights that accompanied the Golden Hand, even The Rose- everyone is helping. Trust them to do their best.
<Character>: I know, I know, but that's the thing. They're not me. I could do more. Should do more.
Kara SuLema: Oh, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: I know you're struggling, but you're no use to them worn out and run ragged.
Kara SuLema: I'll call you over when your shift comes up. And if we get any information- any at all- you'll be the first to know.
<Character>: I... Thanks, I guess.
Kara SuLema: We'll find <Dragon> and the others. I promise.
Mritha: Hey there, <Character>. You must be relieved that <Dragon> is back!
<Character>: I am. But how are you? Are you ready to tackle the rift?
Mritha: I am. Odgne will keep watch from outside, so we shouldn't be interrupted by anything too unexpected.
Mritha: Provided the Prince doesn't betray us again.
<Character>: You don't trust him after what he did?
Mritha: I certainly trust him less. Kara says we should forgive him for his mistakes, but he'll have to earn that forgiveness from me, at least.
<Character>: I can understand that. Thanks for your perspective, Mritha.
Mritha: Happy to provide it. Take care, <Character>.
<Character>: Hello, Kara. I was wondering what your take on all of this would be.
Kara SuLema: Hello, <Character>. I assume you are referring to Prince Eulin's misjudged actions?
<Character>: He kidnapped <Dragon>, Raven, and Ostromir. Misjudged actions might be putting it lightly.
Kara SuLema: Perhaps. But to him, it was the only logical path to take. Such was his upbringing.
Kara SuLema: I can see that he strives to open his mind and learn, and so I am perhaps quicker to forgive his mistakes.
Kara SuLema: His actions do have their consequences, even internally, in his anxiety.
Kara SuLema: And of course, there must be limits to what can be tolerated. But he is trying to change not just himself, but his entire culture.
Kara SuLema: I can forgive some generous missteps for such a noble cause.
<Character>: Some might interpret what you're saying as the ends justifying the means.
Kara SuLema: The ends justify some means, <Character>. And while mistakes are made and forgiven, they are not forgotten or dismissed.
Kara SuLema: They are still mistakes, to be revisited and learned from. Prince Eulin seems like a quick study, too.
<Character>: Kidnapping <Dragon> put me through a lot. I don't know if I will be so quick to forgive him.
Kara SuLema: And I don't demand you do so, either. Just... please consider this a moment to teach, rather than shun.
<Character>: I'll see if I can, Kara. It won't be the easiest thing I've done.
Kara SuLema: But the both of you will be better for it. Trust me.
As original dialogue, with one additional option:
How are you doing?
<Character>: Is everything okay, Prince Eulin? Seems like you're going through a lot right now.
Eulin Verriton IV: I'm um... stressed.
Eulin Verriton IV: I don't want to disobey my father, but I also don't want to see the Beyond colonized.
<Character>: What exactly does colonization from the Lagohm entail?
Eulin Verriton IV: Well, first we induct the populace into Lagohm society. Sometimes that needs violence. I think here, that would be a necessity.
Eulin Verriton IV: Next, we gather resources. All of them. The Manufactory demands a constant influx of fuel, after all.
Eulin Verriton IV: And finally, terraforming. Using Energy magic and elementals, we change the climate and area to better fit the Lagohm, and it joins the Manufactory.
<Character>: I don't think anyone on Lore would appreciate that.
Eulin Verriton IV: And I don't think it's worth trying to convince you all that it is. Instead, something more sustainable may be in order. But my father refuses to listen.
<Character>: Which is why you kidnapped <Dragon>, Raven, and Ostromir?
Eulin Verriton IV: I was already on the run, since my first expedition here wasn't exactly authorized. I had to bring something back to show for it.
Eulin Verriton IV: But my father was unimpressed. And well, I couldn't leave my friends locked up! So when I saw my opportunity, I led them to the portal to The Beyond.
Eulin Verriton IV: I wouldn't have let anything bad happen to them! My father may be strict, but he isn't cruel. Your friends would not have been harmed.
<Character>: Please don't do it again, Prince Eulin. You claim to want to open diplomatic dialogue between your people and ours.
<Character>: Arbitrary kidnappings are never a good idea for that.
Eulin Verriton IV: Consider your advice heeded! I have big ideas, but I clearly have much to learn.
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