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  DemonicDarkwraith

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Broken Circuit (Part 1)


Location: The Royal Resistance - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction -> Doomwood Camp -> Quests -> Broken Circuit (Part 1)
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of The Spark of the Soul
Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Objective: With the main Lagohm force subdued, it's time for Ostromir and Vseslava to get to work...
Objective completed: We're not out of the Doomwood yet.

Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled

Monsters
(1) King Thorin Verriton - Boss

NPCs
Akanthus
Alexander
Eulin Verriton IV
G. M. Hansa
Jaania
Kara SuLema
Lupin Verriton
Lynn
Mritha
Ostromir
Raven
Sepulchure
Thorin Verriton
Thursday
Vseslava
Warlic

Rewards
If you joined the Rose Faction:
Doomwood Badge (The Rose)

If you joined the Golden Hand Faction:
Doomwood Badge (TGH)

If you joined the Vind Faction:
Doomwood Badge (The Vind)

Dialogue
  • <Dragon> joins you as a pet.

    *In Swordhaven, Jaania and Akanthus meet in the chamber where Princess Brittany continues to lie unconscious; Jaania heals her, while Akanthus stands watching.*

    Jaania: Brittany...
    Jaania: I thought... I really thought I had it that time.
    Akanthus: What of the last tincture you had me make?
    Jaania: It worked. For a week.
    Akanthus: I see.
    Jaania: At this point, I can only imagine it must be some kind of poison. Or multiple.

    Jaania: The only way...

    *Jaania looks at Akanthus.*

    Jaania: I hate to ask, General Akanthus, but are you poisoning Princess Brittany?
    Akanthus: No, Lady Jaania.

    Akanthus: I wouldn't dream of it.
    Jaania: ...
    Jaania: Then perhaps... perhaps it is a malady of the soul.

    *Jaania continues to heal Brittany.*

    Akanthus: Such afflictions are not unheard of.
    Akanthus: Your research is progressing well, then?
    Jaania: Indeed. The books you procured from the Shapeless Empire have been most enlightening.
    Akanthus: I am ever at your service.
    Jaania: *Sigh*
    Jaania: We must do what we can to keep the princess stable.
    Jaania: If- no, when my plans are finished- when I have control, I’ll be able to solve it myself.
    Akanthus: Do you require my assistance? With Amadeus still missing, if you need anything, you need only ask.
    Jaania: Thank you, Akanthus.

    *Outside the chamber, Circe, who is standing behind a pillar, eavesdrops Jaania and Akanthus's conversation; meanwhile, in the Doomwood Ruins, you and the Resistance arrived at the focus point of the rift; Ostromir and Vseslava prepares to close the rift.*

    Kara SuLema: Prince Lupin, your forces have all been recalled from the surface?
    Lupin Verriton: Indeed! Although, we should delay sending them home until the very last moment.
    Lupin Verriton: A retreating army through the rift would be spark intrigue.
    G. M. Hansa: But your father is likely already aware of your defeat, is he not?
    Lupin Verriton: ...Probably.
    Mritha: We don't have much time then, regardless. How's the progress on the focus?
    Ostromir: We are working as fast as we can, although all the talking is quite distracting.
    Vseslava: Ostromir, stop your whining. We have worked under more stressful conditions before!
    Ostromir: As you say, Vseslava. The Golden Hand division Osiem shall not be stopped by mere annoyances!
    Raven: Hmph.
    Thursday: Raven, I'm sure they’re doing their best...

    *Raven glances at Thursday.*

    G. M. Hansa: What are your plans then, Prince Eulin? Assuming we can gain control of the rift, there won't exactly be room for diplomacy once the way is blocked.
    Eulin Verriton IV: I've... given it some thought.
    Eulin Verriton IV: It greatly saddens me to declare that you will be bereft of my glorious presence.
    Ostromir: Oh no, whatever shall we do...
    Eulin Verriton IV: Indeed, it's true. But this has been such a valuable experience!
    Eulin Verriton IV: I've seen the Beyond with my own eyes! I've been proven right that war and conquest isn't the only way for the Manufactory!
    Eulin Verriton IV: I've done more than I dreamed, and I've met all of you!
    Eulin Verriton IV: But my Manufactory needs my leadership. And so, as much as it may pain you, I must go. My people need me.
    Raven: We'll all miss you greatly, Prince Eulin.

    *Everyone is silent after Raven's words of farewell to Eulin.*

    Raven: Right, everyone?
    Mritha: Huh? Yeah, sure.
    Thursday: Of course.
    <Character>: I hate to interrupt, but is it just me or is something... big approaching the rift?

    *Lupin, now alarmed, recognizes who is approaching from the rift.*

    Lupin Verriton: I-It's... father! I thought we had more time!
    Eulin Verriton IV: Don't worry, just let me do the talking!
    <Character>: With all due respect, Prince Eulin, but we all saw how that worked out with Prince Lupin.
    Eulin Verriton IV: I... just... I don't want to see my family fight. It's not right!
    G. M. Hansa: Hold on to that idealism, Prince. It may not always be the answer, but we should always strive to be better.

    *Eulin and Lupin's father, signified by a silhouette of his mechanical suit, is coming closer from the rift.*

    <Character>: Ostromir, Vseslava, how are things looking? If you can’t shrink the rift right this instant, you’ll probably want to step back!
    Ostromir: We are nowhere close! Shapeless take these foolish Lagohm!
    Vseslava: Ostromir, we need to retreat!
    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–
    Vseslava: Ostromir. We are retreating. Now.
    Ostromir: Fine.
    <Character>: Here we go...

    *Eulin and Lupin's father enters from the rift; meanwhile, in Warlic's Tower, Alexander and Lynn make a tea party while Warlic and Sepulchure discuss Akanthus and the Rose, with both of them also having tea in their table.*

    Sepulchure: So. Blue wizard. What did you want to know?
    Warlic: I appreciate your trust in me, Amadeus. How goes your recovery? I hope your accommodations have been comfortable?
    Sepulchure: I am well.

    Sepulchure: Lynn is enjoying your hospitality.
    Warlic: I am glad to hear it. You're welcome to stay as long as you need.
    Warlic: But back to my questions. I want to know what happened to you. Tell me about General Akanthus.
    Sepulchure: Very well.
    Sepulchure: General Akanthus joined The Rose during Jaania's defense against Yalla.
    Sepulchure: Where he comes from is a mystery. From the information I've been able to gather, he's told many different stories to the right people.
    Sepulchure: Whatever he needs to say to gain trust and stop further inquiry.
    Warlic: Do you have any personal suspicions in particular on his origins?
    Sepulchure: He seems to have an easier time obtaining information and goods from the Shapeless Empire.
    Sepulchure: I would presume that he may have at least spent considerable time there.
    Sepulchure: He also claims knowledge of the south, past the Fissure. But I cannot verify his claims to such.
    Sepulchure: I cannot say with certainty from where he hails, besides most assuredly not from Greenguard.
    Warlic: I see. And what of his goals?
    Sepulchure: As enigmatic as his origin.
    Sepulchure: Despite the trust and responsibility Jaania places in him...
    Sepulchure: ...he has made considerable overaggressions and he also funds various... extreme subsects of The Rose.
    Sepulchure: It would be easy to view him as an incredibly passionate yet somewhat inexperienced general.
    Sepulchure: Yet his actions all appear to align with The Rose.
    Sepulchure: Except for the device.
    Warlic: The device! Yes! The one he pulled from the ruins!
    Sepulchure: That device is a thing of Doom. I believe it was some sort of power source, full of Darkness magic, and worse.
    Warlic: Was?
    Sepulchure: He had me work on it. Threatened to oust my true form to Jaania.
    Sepulchure: And so I converted it into a weapon, an explosive to be detonated.
    Alexander: You were used. Ha!
    Sepulchure: But I never finished it. Knowing the destructive power of what I had been ordered to create, I refused to continue.
    Sepulchure: And so, he attacked me.
    Alexander: Tastes bad, doesn't it.
    Lynn: Do you need more sugar in your tea, Mr. Alex?
    Alexander: Yes, please, Lynn.
    Sepulchure: He didn't recognize me. But he created that wound which you and the half-dragon tended to.
    Sepulchure: And so we fled.
    Sepulchure: I don't know what he intends with the device. He doesn't aim for Swordhaven, so Falconreach may be a possibility.
    Sepulchure: Given his past aggression, I could see him using it against the settlement to reignite the waning hatred of magic.
    Sepulchure: Or perhaps he has grander goals.

    Sepulchure: Jaania looks toward the fissure.
    Sepulchure: I do not know what would happen if the device were dropped into it, but I know it would not be good.

    *Warlic contemplates Sepulchure's words about Akanthus's plan.*

    Warlic: I... see. We must inform Queen Victoria.

    Warlic: And Jaania...
    Warlic: Why does Jaania trust him so much? If he has made so many mistakes as you've mentioned, and seems to be going behind her back…
    Sepulchure: She trusts him with her life.
    Sepulchure: I believe the story goes that during the campaign against Yalla, Jaania and a group of guards were ambushed by elves.
    Sepulchure: Akanthus threw himself in front of Jaania as magic rained down, and somehow emerged unscathed.
    Sepulchure: Jaania was able to retaliate with a spell, but they were the only two survivors.
    Sepulchure: And before you ask, I do not know how Akanthus survived. He is powerful. Incredibly so. But I do not know from where that power is drawn.
    Warlic: So she trusts him because he saved her life.
    Sepulchure: So it would appear. Jaania is no leader. She is naive. She tries, but her own interests keep her attention.
    Warlic: Jaania... We should...
    Sepulchure: I doubt she'll listen to you after your stunt with... Alexander.
    Warlic: ...
    Alexander: ...
    Sepulchure: I will stay here, for now. But if you decide to go after Akanthus, I will join you.
    Sepulchure: He threatened me, and therefore threatened Lynn.

    Sepulchure: And so he must die.
    Warlic: Thank you, Amadeus. I appreciate your assistance.
    Warlic: I'll need some time to prepare. And think.
    Warlic: If I need anything else, may I ask you?
    Sepulchure: So be it.

    *Back in the Doomwood Ruins, Eulin and Lupin's father stands before you and the Resistance.*

    ???: Ahh. The Beyond. New land.
    ???: And a royal welcoming party! Greetings.
    Thorin Verriton: I am King Thorin Verriton, ruler of the Manufactory.
    Thorin Verriton: I see you've met two of my sons. And brought them low.
    <Character>: King Thorin, I am <Character>, hero of this land. And this is <Dragon>.
    <Character>: I must ask that you allow us to close the rift, in order to protect the people who live here.
    Thorin Verriton: Hmph. A human and an undersized dragon is still the Beyond could muster?
    Thorin Verriton: Prince Lupin, I am disappointed.

    Thorin Verriton: And Prince Eulin...
    Eulin Verriton IV: I warned Prince Lupin, and I'm warning you now, father. The hero should not be underestimated!
    Thorin Verriton: Your judgment is as questionable as ever, Eulin.
    Thorin Verriton: I have crushed many so-called heroes of the Wastes in my time.
    Eulin Verriton IV: I just... I don't want to see anyone hurt, when we could just work together.
    Thorin Verriton: These humans mean that much to you, Eulin?
    Eulin Verriton IV: They do, father.

    *Thorin contemplates Eulin's warning.*

    Thorin Verriton: I spoil you too much, princeling.
    Thorin Verriton: Hear me, beyondlings!

    Thorin Verriton: I will challenge this hero and dragon in honorable combat!
    Thorin Verriton: When I emerge victorious, your lives will be spared, and you will enter into servitude under Prince Eulin's command.
    <Character>: And when <Dragon> and I win?
    Thorin Verriton: Ha! In that unlikely case, we will acquiesce, and leave your lands. Are these terms acceptable?
    G. M. Hansa: Knock yourself out. <Character> and <Dragon> have this.
    Kara SuLema: We'll be cheering you on, <Character>!
    Vseslava: Make it quick. Ostromir is getting impatient.

    *Ostromir appears to be unamused.*

    <Character>: Bring it on!

  • Battle! - begins battle with King Thorin Verriton.
  • Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
  • Run Away! - returns to The Royal Resistance - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction.

    *You and your dragon stand victorious after the battle with Thorin.*

    If you have a Dragon Amulet:
    <Dragon>: This "undersized dragon" just beat you up!

    If you don't have a Dragon Amulet:
    <Dragon>: *Victorious roar!*

    <Character>: Good work, <Dragon>!
    Thorin Verriton: ...So...

    Thorin Verriton: ...little Eulin was right.

    *Thorin sinks in as he has no choice, but to honor his word after his defeat.*

    Thorin Verriton: I am a Lagohm of my word. The Beyond shall remain beyond us.
    <Character>: It doesn't have to be forever. I'm sure Prince Eulin would love to return some day, under a more diplomatic banner.
    <Character>: But as long as the rift is uncontrolled, the hazards of your lands will leak into ours. And that puts our world at risk.
    Eulin Verriton IV: If we can find some way to maintain a secure passage, I'm sure we'll be able to get some sort of agreement!
    Eulin Verriton IV: But before then, there's much to do back home, right, father?
    Thorin Verriton: Perhaps you're wiser than I thought, Eulin.
    Lupin Verriton: Hmph.
    Ostromir: Touching. So, shall we get to work?
    Eulin Verriton IV: Yes. Go ahead.
    Lupin Verriton: We'll start sending our forces as well. You won't need to worry about anyone being left behind.

    Some time later...

    *Ostromir and Vseslava are now preparing to close the rift.*

    Ostromir: Almost...

    *Just as the Golden Hand are about to close the rift, something stops them.*

    Vseslava: Ow! My head...
    Ostromir: Vseslava? What is the–

    *The unseen problem that the Golden Hand are facing continues to persist.*

    Ostromir: Aagh!

    *You are now noticing what is going on to Ostromir and Vseslava.*

    <Character>: Vseslava? Ostromir?
    <Character>: What's going on?
    Ostromir: Sudden... pain... headache...
    Vseslava: I am going... to vomit...
    <Character>: Prince Eulin, this isn't something the Lagohm have done, is it?
    Eulin Verriton IV: No, I swear! I don't know what's happening either!
    G. M. Hansa: Their magic, it's as if part of it was just... no... no, this doesn't make any sense!
    Ostromir: Okay...

    Ostromir: Okay... I think...
    Vseslava: I think I am still going to be sick.
    Ostromir: Vseslava, status?
    Vseslava: Nausea. Head and chest pain. Numbness in extremities. Still functional.
    Ostromir: Same. We need to finish our job. We need to secure the...

    *Ostromir passes out from exhaustion.*

    Vseslava: Ostromir?!

    Vseslava: Ostromir, speak to me!
    Vseslava: Ostro–
    Vseslava: Os... Oh... Shapeless take me.

    *Just like Ostromir, Vseslava too passes out; scene fades to black.*

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