| The Awakened Depths - Vind Faction
Access Point: Dragonsgrasp (Book 3) -> Right
Level/Quest/Items required: Join the Vind Faction in The Greenguard Alliance - Choose a Faction, Completion of Of Duty and Dragons
Release Date: July 23rd, 2021
Speaker and Slayer
The Great One
Reasons to Fight
Into the Unknown
Quests! - opens the scroll.
Mritha: Never thought I'd be back here... Ugh.
<Character>: Hey there, Mritha.
Mritha: Hi, <Character>. I suppose it's been fine for you, considering your status. And <Dragon>'s status.
<Character>: What's it like being back?
Mritha: I'm glad to be back because I can finally make these... these cowards get off their tails and start doing something.
<Character>: I keep hearing about how you left in spectacular fashion. What exactly happened?
Mritha: Oh... it was glorious!
<Character>: Do share.
Mritha: Odgne and I may have burnt a few buildings.
Mritha: While shouting Moglinberry juice fueled profanities.
Mritha: And singlehandedly fought off the DragonLords who tried to restrain us.
<Character>: Well, that you should be proud of!
Mritha: Haha, you know it! But yes, it was not a most... graceful departure. It certainly left a lasting impression on everyone.
<Character>: That really wasn't as bad as I was expecting.
Mritha: DragonLords put a lot by appearances and tradition and honor. Believe me, it shook a lot of those sleepy, content fools, wide awake.
Mritha: And now we're back. The DragonLords won't know what hit them.
<Character>: I think they'll recognize you and Odgne.
Mritha: You know what I mean, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: I was just looking for you, <Character>!
<Character>: Is something wrong? Did <Dragon> eat another strange mushroom?
Kara SuLema: Nothing of the sort, thankfully. I was hoping I could share more of The Rose and the Vind's history.
<Character>: We've got a city to de-fungus, and a giant rift to close, so sure, now's as good a time as any.
Kara SuLema: Wonderful!
Kara SuLema: I believe I left off with my appointment as ambassador to Greenguard, and my time spent with Jaania.
<Character>: Yes. You mentioned that over time she started to grow distant.
Kara SuLema: ...Yes. Unfortunately- ironically, maybe- we couldn't foresee how giving Jaania the Mirror would end up.
Kara SuLema: Even during that time, there was a resistance against her. Word had spread of Jaania's planned actions, and many were opposed.
Kara SuLema: And Jaania... She withdrew. Looked to the Mirror for guidance. Lost herself in it, and became obsessed.
Kara SuLema: She began making excuses to cut our time together short, or avoid meetings entirely.
Kara SuLema: I asked, of course, if she needed anything. Any help. But she always refused.
Kara SuLema: And then one day... she cut me off. No responses.
<Character>: That... must have been painful.
Kara SuLema: It was. But I knew that she was suffering too. Or at least, I thought so.
Kara SuLema: Shortly after my position as "Ambassador" was forgotten, so to speak, King Alteon announced Swordhaven's support of The Rose.
Kara SuLema: Jaania made fewer and fewer public appearances, while her generals and underlings took control.
Kara SuLema: It was around this time, as The Rose grew with Swordhaven's support, that the Sanctuary was formed.
<Character>: I've heard of that! That was the precursor to the Vind, wasn't it?
Kara SuLema: Indeed. The Sanctuary formed in response to The Rose's anti-magic decree.
Kara SuLema: You've seen for yourself how mages and magical creatures have been treated under The Rose.
Kara SuLema: Many practitioners of magic joined together to oppose The Rose.
Kara SuLema: It would be a lie to say they had peaceful intentions.
Kara SuLema: Their very beings, their existences, were becoming outlawed. So they fought back.
<Character>: I take it they didn't succeed.
Kara SuLema: They had a few successes. I paid them some visits, offered what support I could.
Kara SuLema: But then General Akanthus came knocking.
<Character>: Him again...
Kara SuLema: The Sanctuary wasn't exactly secret, as Sulen'Eska is. The Rose knew where to look.
Kara SuLema: And they brought their full power down upon it.
Kara SuLema: Many were lost or captured, and many fled.
Kara SuLema: But that was the end of that. I tried to seek an audience with Jaania...
Kara SuLema: ...but by then, were I to show up in Swordhaven, I'd be chained and thrown into Espina Rosa.
Kara SuLema: Falconreach remained, by blessing of King Alteon, but for how long, we couldn't say.
Kara SuLema: So I gathered what few survivors I could find...
<Character>: And that's how the Vind was formed!
Kara SuLema: Indeed, <Character>! We founded Sulen'Eska deep in Betrubung Swamp, and there we hid, trying to recollect ourselves... until one day...
Kara SuLema: A hero from the past showed up, dragon in tow, to change the course of history.
<Character>: And we will. Just as we've done before.
Kara SuLema: That we will, <Character>. That we will.
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