| Caught in a Vise
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Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Haven on the Horizon
Release Date: February 26th, 2021
Objective: Tensions are high in the Haven. There has to be something you can do to help!
Objective completed: You've gained the trust of the dravir. With both The Rose and dragons on the warpath, the Haven must be defended!
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(2) Clawkin Wanderer
(4) ManaHunter (1)
(4) ManaHunter (2)
(1) Young Blue Dragon
(1) Young Light Dragon
(1) Young Red Dragon
(1) Cujo Lehacu', (1) ManaHunter (1), (1) Energizer - Boss
Dravir Warhelm (I-VIII)
Radiant Dravir Warhelm
Access to CiaV Loot for DCs.
*At the Haven, you and Kara SuLema are greeted by Mritha and Srazhenie.*
Mritha: Welcome to the Haven, Kara. And... you, I don't believe I've met?
Kara SuLema: It's good to see you safe, Mritha. This is <Character>, the hero of Falconreach!
<Character>: It's nice to meet you, Mritha.
Mritha: Likewise. I've heard many stories of your exploits before you were frozen. I look forward to working with you.
Kara SuLema: Mritha is a DragonLord, and together with her partner, Odgne, she has been helping us protect the Haven and the dravir who live here.
Mritha: And it seems we've finally been able to open the doors. Although I do wish it were under less dire circumstances.
Srazhenie: Hmph. Lady Mritha and Odgne have shown themselves worthy of our respect...
Srazhenie: ...but your Vind have done nothing but bring us a rabble of clawkin.
Kara SuLema: I apologize, Srazhenie, but the clawkin had nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: Should you have us, though, we will help to defend the Haven as though it were our own.
Srazhenie: And in doing so brought the enemy closer to our walls!
Srazhenie: I... As guests of Lady Mritha, I will refrain from... being disrespectful.
Srazhenie: I will take my leave. Lady Mritha, the guests are in your care.
*Mritha glances back towards Srazhenie with apprehension.*
Mritha: Kara, <Character>, please forgive Srazhenie. As Kara is well aware, most of the dravir are slow to trust, and for good reason.
Kara SuLema: Their history is tragic and full of conflict. I understand their fear of betrayal all too well.
<Character>: I'm afraid I don't know much, if anything about dravir history. What happened to them?
Mritha: For most of their recorded existence, the dravir were enslaved by dragons.
Mritha: Their recorded existence, that is. The dragons erased whatever culture had come before, and the dravir only knew slavery and subservience.
Mritha: It wasn't until the elemental wars over a thousand years ago that some dravir managed to escape.
Mritha: And even then...
Mritha: They were directionless. All they knew was slavery.
Mritha: Even now, there are dravir who believe the dragons to be their creators...
Mritha: ...although some of the old artifacts we have discovered suggest otherwise.
Mritha: And while the rule of dragons is no longer as widespread as it once was...
Mritha: ...many dravir still dread their return, and are thus exceptionally wary of any potential threats.
Mritha: It took quite some time for them to trust me and especially my dragon partner Odgne...
Mritha: ...but that they could, gives me hope that they may become great allies to the Vind in times to come.
<Character>: Wow. That really does explain a lot.
Mritha: I hope so. If what is said about you is true, I can only imagine you've come across enslaved or "lost" dravir in your adventures.
<Character>: I certainly have clashed with them in the past, multiple times.
Mritha: They were given no choice but to fight, just as you were given no choice but to defend yourself.
Mritha: The dravir here understand that, and will not hold it against you.
*A brief pause allows you to process what Mritha has just revealed to you about the Dravir.*
Kara SuLema: This history lesson has been wonderful, Mritha, but the Rose offensive is surely imminent. Do you have any word of the dragons?
Mritha: Yes, and it is not looking good. I don't know how, but they are definitely on the scent of Haven.
Mritha: I suspect the involvement of The Rose. While they do not have the means to communicate with the dragons...
Mritha: ...it's possible they're attempting to make use of them to entrap the dravir into an alliance or worse.
Kara SuLema: We can't let that happen! If the dravir attempt to ally with The Rose, they'll end up like the clawkin!
Mritha: Then on that front it is fortunate that you arrived before The Rose did.
Mritha: The fear of the dragons drives the dravir to desperation, and we would rather have them turn to us than The Rose for aid.
*Kara does not appear to share Mritha's views.*
Kara SuLema: You make us sound so... manipulative. I don't know if I'm comfortable forcing–
Mritha: I am stating the facts of the situation.
Mritha: Manipulative or not, you are the leader of the Vind, Kara, and I suggest you take the opportunities that present themselves.
Mritha: Speaking of which, <Character>, I have a task for you. The stories say that you are bonded with a dragon. Is that true?
<Character>: That's correct. Their name is <Dragon>!
Mritha: And where is <Dragon> at this moment?
<Character>: Probably taking a nap in Falconreach. Why?
Mritha: The dravir were impressed with the bond I have with Odgne- not of master and servant, but as partners and friends.
Mritha: Perhaps seeing you and <Dragon> would earn you and the Vind more of their respect.
Mritha: But do hurry. I'm sure The Rose and the dragons will not wait for you to return.
<Character>: I'll do my best!
Mritha: In the meantime, we'll try to explain the situation to the dravir. Maybe with some careful words, we can come to some agreement...
One quick trip to Falconreach later...
<Character>: So... that's what's happening. And we could all use your help!
If you have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: I don't care if they're dragons or flowers! I'll stop the bad guys!
<Character>: The Rose aren't actually flowers. You met Magus Hansa, remember?
<Dragon>: She smelled like flowers, though.
<Character>: Did she? Wait, no, we can't get distracted. Come on, <Dragon>, we've got a Haven to defend!
<Dragon>: Let's do this!
If you don't have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: *Protective dragon noises*
<Character>: That's what I thought! Come on, <Dragon>, we've got a Haven to defend!
<Dragon>: *Determined growl*
Ash: Oh, hey, <Character>! Hey, <Dragon>–
*Ash appears shocked as you and your dragon race by him hurriedly.*
Ash: I feel like I'm missing out on something big.
<Dragon> joins you as a pet.
*You fight your way through the Betrubung Swamp back to the Haven with your dragon.*
Srazhenie: That is the reality of the situation, then.
Kara SuLema: Yes. I apologize that the epicenter must fall on the Haven, but if The Rose is leading the dragons here...
Srazhenie: Then we are caught in a vise. And it seems our wings are forced.
Bajacu': The clawkin who are able will lend their aid.
Bajacu': We have already pledged to The Vind, and as the dravir have given us shelter, no matter how reluctantly, we must repay that debt.
Niki: We will defend the Haven whether you want us here or not. We'd prefer to be here with your blessing, though.
*Srazhenie pauses to contemplate the Vind's words.*
Srazhenie: Hmph. It seems as though we have no choice. The Rose would threaten us with dragons, while you would take responsibility for your actions. The choice is clear.
Srazhenie: We of the Haven will accept your support.
Srazhenie: However, with such paltry numbers, I have little confidence in our success in fighting this battle on two fronts.
Srazhenie: No, even with your aid, this may still be hopeless...
<Character>: Am I late to the meeting?
Kara SuLema: No, you're just in time, <Character>! And this must be...
If you have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: I'm <Dragon>! Hello!
Mritha: This... This is <Dragon>?
<Dragon>: Surprised, purple lady?
Mritha: I mean no offense, but you sounded a lot... larger in the stories.
<Character>: Oh no–
<Dragon>: Excuse me!? I'll have you know that I'm still a growing young dragon! And I'm plenty ferocious!
<Dragon>: <Character>, can I breathe fire on this one, please?
Mritha: Please excuse my disrespect, mighty <Dragon>!
If you don't have a Dragon Amulet:
<Dragon>: *Greetings chirp*
Mritha: It's nice to meet you too, <Dragon>!
<Dragon>: *Diminutive yet impressive roar*
Mritha: Yes, those enemies won't know what hit them, indeed!
Srazhenie: <Character>. This young dragon is your... friend?
<Character>: Yes. We've been through so much together. Even saved the world a few times!
Srazhenie: The need for dragons to control and rule runs deep within them.
Srazhenie: That we have now seen another instance of dragon and person as friends is...
Srazhenie: Haha. Hahaha! I am ever amazed by the wonders that Lore brings.
Srazhenie: It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, <Dragon>.
<Dragon>: Hello, lizard person! | *Greetings grumble*
Srazhenie: With such allies at our side, I think we might actually stand a chance! A small one, but let us prepare.
Mritha: Don't worry. We'll push back The Rose. They won't breach the Haven!
*Meanwhile, in Swordhaven, Akanthus is having a conversation with a Rose Agent.*
Rose Agent: It seems The Vind got to the dravir settlement earlier than expected, General.
Akanthus: And what of the dragons?
Rose Agent: Still hot on the trail we laid out for them, sir.
Akanthus: A shame that the political option has been removed.
Rose Agent: Sir?
Akanthus: Prepare the forces to attack the Haven. And when the dragons get there, see if you can put some of Z's new tools to work.
Rose Agent: Understood, sir.
Akanthus: The Sanctuary... The Haven... Wherever they flee, whatever they name it...
Akanthus: They are dangers to Lore. Unpredictable pockets just waiting to explode.
Rose Agent: ...
Akanthus: But of course you understand that.
Akanthus: Do not fail me.
Rose Agent: I will not, General Akanthus! Sir!
Loot for DCs - opens CiaV Loot for DCs shop.
A potions chest and a healing pad provide healing sources during the quest; a bag of gold provides a +150 Gold bonus.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
quote:This new quest was inserted into the main Sulen'Eska story timeline on February 26th, 2021.
You found a bag of gold! Awesome!
Looks like that dragon found this box of potions. Now it's yours!
< Message edited by Jay -- 10/19/2021 17:23:35 >