| Direct Current
Location: The Royal Resistance - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction -> Doomwood Camp -> Quests! -> Direct Current
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Grinding Gears
Release Date: January 22nd, 2021
Objective: And so, everything draws nearer to the inevitable...
Objective completed: What paths lie ahead?
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(1) Lagohm Gigas
(4) Lagohm Seeker
(1) Lagohm Sparkbearer
(2) Lagohm Stomper
(1) Lagohm Gigas, (2) Lagohm Sparkbearer - Boss
Eulin Verriton IV
G. M. Hansa
Static Sphere (I-VII)
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*At Warlic's Tower, Alexander has fallen asleep on Warlic's sofa.*
Warlic: Alex! We have guests.
Warlic: Do you mind putting on a kettle for tea?
*Alexander awakens and stands up.*
Alexander: Not at all.
Alexander: Who do we have the pleasure of entertai–
*Alexander's expression changes when he sees who one of the guests is.*
Alexander: It's you.
*Silent tension follows as Alexander stands opposite Warlic and their guests, Sepulchure and Lynn.*
Sepulchure: So this is where you've been hiding all this time.
*Another awkward moment of silence follows.*
Alexander: What is he doing here, Warlic?
Alexander: Don't tell me you're turning this tower into a rehabilitation center for former villains?
Alexander: Who are you inviting next? The necromancers?
Sepulchure: Yes, blue mage, what is he doing here?
Warlic: Calm down, both of you.
Warlic: You are under my roof, and I will not tolerate any ridiculousness.
Warlic: Let this be a new beginning.
*Neither Alexander nor Sepulchure appear thrilled by Warlic's proposal, but they don't object; Lynn's eyes dart between the two.*
Warlic: Alex, this is Amadeus.
Alexander: I believe we've met before.
Warlic: Amadeus, Alex.
Sepulchure: You're looking... well.
Warlic: Good, good. Now that the introductions are out of the way, Alex, the kettle, if you would be so kind?
Warlic: Come with me, Amadeus. You too, Lynn.
*At the apex of Warlic's Tower, Warlic studies Sepulchure more closely, while Lynn looks out of one of the windows in awe; Sepulchure uses this moment away from Alexander to question Warlic about his motives.*
Sepulchure: Was it guilt?
Sepulchure: What is your intent behind helping that... madman?
Sepulchure: And what is your intent behind helping me?
Warlic: You saw him as a tool, Amadeus. A useful pawn to be played wherever you chose.
Warlic: But I see him as a long lost friend, who I wronged with my arrogance and mistakes.
Sepulchure: Guilt, then.
Warlic: Certainly. But you needn't fear. From helping Alex, I've learned even more of the limitations of my abilities.
Warlic: As much as I can change the world around me, as much good as I intend...
Warlic: I can try to help, I can make things better. But ultimately, it's up to people to change themselves.
Sepulchure: So why am I here?
Warlic: That is something you must ask yourself. Surely you must have recognized Jimmy.
Warlic: Yet you still followed.
*Sepulchure appears taken aback by this observation; Lynn continues to be awe-struck by the scenery.*
Sepulchure: Lynn wouldn't have it any other way. And I had nowhere else to turn.
Sepulchure: But the convenience of the situation does not escape me.
Sepulchure: You want something.
Warlic: You're not wrong.
Warlic: I do.
*Sepulchure glares at Warlic.*
Warlic: Let's get you taken care of first. I can stop the injury from getting worse, but I'll need Nythera's help, when she returns, to begin the recovery.
Sepulchure: Very well.
Lynn: Thank you, Mr. Warlic!
*Back in the Doomwood Ruins, you and the Resistance are all heading toward the rift.*
Ostromir: Hold up.
Ostromir: Something's not right.
Ostromir: Vseslava, some calculations, if you could?
Vseslava: On it.
Kara SuLema: Grand Magus Hansa, do you sense anything?
*Hansa pauses, presumably to understand whatever she can feel.*
G. M. Hansa: The amount of energy elemental power is overwhelming. It's all so blurry...
Kara SuLema: Hmm...
Vseslava: With this scale of power... Hansa, you said it was... blurry? So there must be movement...
Vseslava: It's an ambush. Stay calm. Defensive positions, please.
Ostromir: Keep an eye on Eulin.
Eulin Verriton IV: I resent that!
Eulin Verriton IV: I'll have you know that I, Euli–
Eulin Verriton IV: Mmmph!
Mritha: You're sure? Maybe we're just getting close to the rift.
G. M. Hansa: The Golden Hand aren't wrong. Now that I know what I'm looking for...
Kara SuLema: The wind agrees. There's a lot coming in from all sides.
Vseslava: Here... it... comes...
*Lagohm approach the Resistance from all sides; it is indeed an ambush.*
Battle! - begins gauntlet.
Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
Run Away! - returns to The Royal Resistance - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction.
*After defeating a gauntlet of Lagohm, you and the rest of the Resistance regroup.*
G. M. Hansa: I believe we're safe for now.
Vseslava: Yes. For now. We should keep moving.
Eulin Verriton IV: ...
Raven: Everything okay, Prince Eulin?
Eulin Verriton IV: Yeah...
<Character>: Eulin, if you know something that could help us, you need to share it. We're all working together here, right?
Eulin Verriton IV: I'm just... thinking about what might happen when we reach the rift.
Eulin Verriton IV: To me, I mean. I'm sure you all can handle yourselves.
Eulin Verriton IV: Powerful as you are.
Eulin Verriton IV: Don't worry, I'll be okay!
<Character>: As long as you're not plotting to kidnap anyone again.
*Your dragon glares at Prince Eulin angrily.*
Eulin Verriton IV: I... I wouldn't dream of it!
Ostromir: Alright, enough chatter. This way, everyone. Quickly.
*Back in Swordhaven, Jaania is speaking with Akanthus and Z in her chambers.*
Jaania: General Akanthus. It's good to see your recovery proceeds well.
Akanthus: Thank you, my lady.
Jaania: Do you have any word on Amadeus' whereabouts or who took him?
Akanthus: Regrettably not, my lady. We did find some burned remains of a small abode in the woods.
Akanthus: It may have been a waystop for his captors.
Jaania: So it couldn't have been the Vind... Perhaps the Magesterium, then.
Akanthus: It would not surprise me that they might take interest in a man of his talents.
Jaania: A regrettable situation.
Jaania: I could use his experimental expertise at a time like this...
Jaania: Recall your forces. We'll just have to do without him.
Jaania: We can't risk drawing the attention of the Magesterium back to us.
Akanthus: As you say, my lady.
Jaania: Magus Z, what of the progress on the airship?
Z: Ah, well, on that topic I have some wonderful news, Archmagus!
Z: It is, for the most part, complete!
Jaania: For the most part?
Z: It turns out that trithril is a bit more... complicated to work with than we predicted.
Z: The airship is serviceable, but more time would mean more safety for–
Jaania: Good. Have the gnomes on standby for deployment.
Jaania: I assume the projects you've been tinkering on with the gnomes have also gone well?
Z: Er, most certainly!
Jaania: General Akanthus, begin consolidating any spare troops we have.
Akanthus: Does this mean that you've found the breakthrough you required?
Jaania: I've decided on a different path. Cutting off Lore from the mana core had too many unknowns.
Jaania: Too many risks.
Jaania: But there's another way to protect Lore.
Jaania: I shall become its protector.
Jaania: I will weave a spell to allow me to control the flow of mana across the world!
Z: But- the leylines are a flow, a series of rivers to be dammed, not something to push and pull at your whim!
Jaania: A simple example from a child's textbook.
Jaania: That belief is why none of our models worked when applied.
Jaania: Do you remember Theano, Akanthus?
Jaania: He was under your command, was he not?
Akanthus: One of my greatest failures.
Jaania: He was thwarted by a brave Rose scout named Belle who apparently exhibited an interesting phenomenon over mana.
Jaania: And that got me thinking.
Jaania: It wasn't until my dear friend Kara SuLema reminded me that this world is so devoid of control that it finally... all became clear.
Jaania: If not leylines, then what? I was told Belle's control over mana took the form of "unraveling".
Jaania: Precisely, General Akanthus.
Jaania: My theory- my new discovery- is that magic is not, as has been posited by mages for so many centuries, transferred across Lore by leylines.
Jaania: Rather, these threads of mana are what connect people, us, to the mana core!
Jaania: And these threads should be able to be pulled, tugged, or even cut.
Akanthus: An interesting theory. I believe the Magesterium has some research on the topic–
Jaania: I don't need the Magesterium. And they must not suspect anything.
Jaania: This will work. I will weave my spell into the mana core itself by way of the Fissure.
Z: Ah, but, Archmagus, wouldn't that mean you would have to get... close enough to the mana core?
Jaania: My body will be sacrificed. But if I can complete the spell, my body will have little use to me, anyway.
Jaania: I will watch over Lore. Protect it.
Jaania: Nurture it.
Jaania: There will be no pain, no suffering.
Jaania: Magic will remain beautiful and untarnished.
Akanthus: A worthy dream, my lady.
Z: I- er, yes, a wondrous dream, Archmagus.
Jaania: And soon, it will become reality. With Amadeus' help perhaps it would have come even sooner.
Jaania: But we must make do with what we have. Carefully, as to not draw undue attention from the Queen or the Alliance.
Jaania: The last thing we need is the Magesterium getting wind of our movements.
Jaania: You have your orders. You are dismissed.
*Akanthus pauses to process Jaania's new orders.*
Akanthus: Understood, my lady.
Z: We'll save the world, together!
*Back in Warlic's Tower, Warlic and Nythera are both performing a healing spell on Sepulchure; his latest wounds caused by Akanthus are healed, however his long-standing condition remains.*
Warlic: What do you think, Nythera?
Nythera: Well, we were able to mend the flesh, but...
Nythera: Whatever happened between you and that armor...
Nythera: Warlic... I think any more than the recent wound is beyond us.
Sepulchure: It's fine.
Warlic: I can't imagine the constant pain you must be in. I have some ideas I could try–
Sepulchure: I said, it's fine.
Sepulchure: I'm used to it.
Lynn: Does this mean papa's fixed now?
Sepulchure: Yes. I'm okay, Lynn.
Lynn: Yay! Thanks, Mr. Warlic, Ms. Nythera!
Warlic: Of course. And, I should mention, the two of you can stay as long as you like.
Warlic: My tower is safe. A sanctuary, should you require it.
Warlic: Take some time to rest. We can talk when you're ready.
*Back in Swordhaven, Akanthus has taken Z to the laboratory where Amadeus was working on restoring the dangerous artifact Akanthus had recovered earlier.*
Akanthus: So you see, Magus Z, this device will be able to act as an... efficient power source for the entire airship.
Z: Most intriguing! And you say you just... found it in some ruins?
Akanthus: A most lucky find, I will admit.
Z: Fascinating! But what of its safety? Such a powerful source of elemental energy must be quite volatile.
Akanthus: I assure you, from my research, it is perfectly safe. Otherwise, why would I keep it in my lab, under the city of Swordhaven?
Z: Haha, indeed, indeed!
Akanthus: Well? Can it be done?
Z: Oh yes. Yes. I don't see why not.
Akanthus: Good. I will see it to its destination personally, then. It would not do to let such a precious artifact go attended by lesser minds.
Z: Absolutely not. I shall inform the gnomes of your pending arrival. I'm sure Jaania will be most pleased to hear about this as well!
Akanthus: About that.
Akanthus: I don't suppose I can trust you to keep this between us?
Akanthus: As friends?
Z: Er- f-friends? I, um... well, General, I...
Akanthus: I may have been unduly harsh on you in the past. And for that I apologize.
Akanthus: Jaania clearly sees you as a Magus of formidable skill and ability, and it's about time I've opened my eyes to the same, wouldn't you say?
Z: F-formidable? That is, I- Yes! Yes.
Z: It is about time I got recognition for my efforts!
Akanthus: And we know Jaania doesn't want to be bothered by all the... minutiae of the preparations, right?
Z: Haha, certainly not.
Akanthus: She wants things done, and she wants them done well. And that's what we're doing.
Z: Yes. After all, once her plan comes to fruition, she'll find out for herself all the work we've put in for her.
Z: There's no need for us to inconvenience her with our paltry distractions.
Akanthus: Precisely, my friend.
Akanthus: Now, let us run along and do what must be done, yes?
Z: I will send word to the gnomes immediately. Until next time, Akanthus!
*Z exits the laboratory.*
Akanthus: And if Jaania will not do what must be done...
*Scene fades to black.*
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