| Speaker and Slayer
Location: The Awakened Depths - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction -> Quests! -> Speaker and Slayer
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Of Duty and Dragons
Release Date: July 23rd, 2021
Objective: It's time to petition the DragonLords for aid in reclaiming Dragesvard and controlling the rift!
Objective completed: The Great One awaits.
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(3) Vizalain Protector
G. M. Hansa
*In Dragonsgrasp's Soldier Barracks, Captain Lestrad and Inspector Doyle question Mritha's earlier actions as you and the rest of the Alliance stand and watch.*
Captain Lestrad: What is the meaning of this, Mritha?
Captain Lestrad: You strong-arm your way into my fortress at the head of an army of elves and Rose, and for what?
Captain Lestrad: When you put on such a show of leaving, I was under the impression that it was to be a more permanent arrangement.
Mritha: Oh believe me, this is the last place on Lore I want to be at the moment.
Mritha: I'm not sure if the stream of refugees from Dragesvard got through that helmet of yours to what little brain there is...
Mritha: ...but the Proclamation Rift threatens all of Lore.
Mritha: Including Dragonsgrasp.
Mritha: The Vind, The Rose, even the Magesterium are working together to stop the impending catastrophe of the Proclamation rifts.
Mritha: Lore needs the DragonLords.
Captain Lestrad: And yet, the DragonLords do not need the rest of Lore.
Captain Lestrad: So long as we reside in the protective embrace of The Great One, we have nothing to fear.
Kara SuLema: We've only brought a token force as to not impose terribly much on your hospitality.
Kara SuLema: Both The Rose and the Vind are spread thin as Swordhaven and Doomwood recover.
Kara SuLema: However, if we are to reclaim Dragesvard, as well as reach and contain the Proclamation rift, we'll need more help.
Captain Lestrad: That sounds like a logistical problem from Greenguard, not a matter for Dragonsgrasp.
Inspector Doyle: Unfortunately, Dragonsgrasp cannot offer our backing of your goals.
Inspector Doyle: To do so would leave Dragonsgrasp and The Great One undefended.
Inspector Doyle: However, you are our guests, companions to the honorable <Dragon> and <Character>.
Inspector Doyle: You are welcome to stage your attempts on the reclamation of Dragesvard, and the securing of the rift from here.
Captain Lestrad: Indeed. Dragonsgrasp is... open to you.
Inspector Doyle: Whether or not the DragonLords will help ultimately falls upon the individual DragonLord.
Inspector Doyle: But realistically, most follow Captain Lestrad's command, and he follows the decree of The Great One.
Kara SuLema: I'm sorry, if I may interrupt... who or what exactly is "The Great One"?
Captain Lestrad: The mountain. Nothing more.
G. M. Hansa: So it isn't the massive dragon that resides below, then?
G. M. Hansa: Odd.
Captain Lestrad: How did- That is confidential information of the highest–
G. M. Hansa: I see the world through magic. It was obvious to me the moment we arrived.
G. M. Hansa: An ancient, powerful, and gargantuan being, curled beneath the mountain.
G. M. Hansa: That is the true nature of your "Great One", is it not?
*After revealing her magical insight regarding the true nature of The Great One, Inspector Doyle glares at Hansa, confirming her observations.*
Inspector Doyle: It is. May I ask that you keep this sensitive information amongst ourselves?
Inspector Doyle: The existence of a grown and active Great Dragon could cause panic and... rash actions from those who remember Akriloth's scourge.
Captain Lestrad: Inspector, you cannot simply reveal all of our secrets to these... these... guests.
Inspector Doyle: It is clear that our guests are people of great talent and ability. Trying to lie our way out of the truth would be a waste of all of our time.
G. M. Hansa: I appreciate your forthrightness, Inspector Doyle. I shall try to keep that promise. However, I must inform Lady Jaania of this information.
G. M. Hansa: I shall pass on your counsel and warning as well.
Inspector Doyle: I understand. Perhaps meeting The Great One in person would help alleviate any potential concerns?
<Character>: I think that would be for the best, since we don't seem to be getting anywhere here.
Kara SuLema: I would very much like to meet this Great One.
G. M. Hansa: Indeed. I would assess for myself what threat it may pose.
Ostromir: A... dragon...
Vseslava: You have already met <Dragon>, Ostromir.
Ostromir: Yes, but, <Dragon> is... small. The Great One sounds rather... great.
<Dragon>: What's so great about it anyway? I demand your respect too! | *Haughty roar!*
Inspector Doyle: We mean no offense, <Dragon>. Nor do we take your own efforts for granted.
<Dragon>: Hmph! | *Dismissive grumble*
Inspector Doyle: Wonderful. Be warned, for The Great One is not easily reached, nor does it allow just anyone to reach it.
Inspector Doyle: If you were to seek out the current Speaker–
Captain Lestrad: That is quite enough, Doyle!
Inspector Doyle: It isn't your place to say who may or may not seek an audience with The Great One, Captain Lestrad.
Inspector Doyle: Lest you forget, our current Speaker isn't even a DragonLord.
*Lestrad pauses momentarily before bowing his head, seemingly disgruntled by the fact the current Speaker is not a DragonLord such as himself.*
Captain Lestrad: ...How could I?
Inspector Doyle: Why not let our guests petition The Great One for aid, then? Or is your faith in The Great One shaken so easily?
Captain Lestrad: ...
Captain Lestrad: You have made your point.
Captain Lestrad: Very well. If you wish to seek out the Speaker- that is, the human liaison to The Great One, I believe you will find him on patrol on the crater's rim.
Captain Lestrad: He is a Dragonslayer by the name of Galanoth.
<Character>: Galanoth? I know him!
Inspector Doyle: Then that saves us the trouble of trying to describe a man who never removes his helm.
Captain Lestrad: This is... acceptable then? No loud objections, Mritha?
Mritha: And when we convince The Great One to help our cause?
Captain Lestrad: Then we will follow, as The Great One commands.
Mritha: Are you DragonLords or sheep?
Inspector Doyle: Mritha, please. Some civility goes a long way.
Inspector Doyle: We can provide dragons to carry you to the upper rim when you are ready.
Ostromir: More... Dragons....
<Character>: Everything okay, Ostromir?
Vseslava: One too many old Empire stories. Ostromir is deathly afraid of dragons.
Vseslava: But he will manage. Is that not correct, Ostromir?
Ostromir: ...Mmh? Yes. Yes! I will manage. Yes.
<Character>: Then let's do this.
*After taking a ride with an Ice Dragon, you land on a mountain's upper rim somewhere in the Braughlmurk region; you fight through various creatures until you find Galanoth.*
*Galanoth turns around, seeing you and the Alliance; this is Galanoth's first interaction with the other members of the Alliance.*
Galanoth: <Character>! It's good to see you. And who are all your friends?
<Character>: This is Kara, and Mritha, of the Vind—
<Character>: —Grand Magus Hansa, of The Rose—
<Character>: —and Vseslava and Ostromir, Magesters of the Golden Hand of the Shapeless Empire.
Galanoth: A pleasure to meet you all. Although... Hmm.
Galanoth: So the rumors about you working with The Rose are true. I can't say I'm happy about it, but I trust you, <Character>.
<Character>: The Rose is only here to help contain the Proclamation Rift, and nothing more.
Galanoth: Is that what brings you all the way up here? I assume you've met the pleasant folks who live below?
<Character>: You're aware of what happened to Dragesvard, right?
Galanoth: I am. I was away when it happened, but from what I heard... it was terrible. Are you here to help reclaim the city?
<Character>: We want to, but it'll probably be too much of a challenge even for us without the help of the DragonLords. And well...
Galanoth: Yes, I can imagine. They're a pretty tough lot to get moving to action.
Galanoth: Well, if you're all looking for me, I can only assume you're looking for The Great One.
G. M. Hansa: Indeed we are.
Kara SuLema: If you don't mind me asking, how does one go from being a slayer of dragons to... well, a Speaker for a Great Dragon?
Galanoth: It's... complicated.
Galanoth: I didn't want to ally with the DragonLords at first. After my dealings with DragonMaster Frostscythe and... Akriloth...
Galanoth: ...I was more than happy to let the dragons be captured or killed by The Rose.
Galanoth: I was even considering joining them at one point.
Galanoth: But The Great One spoke to me.
Galanoth: I don't know how to describe it. One moment, I'm in bed in Dragesvard, sharpening my blade, the next...
Galanoth: A voice.
Galanoth: Two voices.
Galanoth: Beckoning me.
Galanoth: And I followed it. I followed it across the sea, across the shore, down into a hidden tunnel in the mountain.
G. M. Hansa: Did you know it was a dragon?
Galanoth: I had my suspicions, and I had my blade and fury.
Galanoth: I even tried to attack it when I first saw it.
Galanoth: Obviously, I failed.
Galanoth: But instead of seeking retribution or punishing me, The Great One only wanted to talk.
Galanoth: And so we did. We spoke of hate, of pain, of agony, and loss.
Galanoth: For what seemed like weeks we talked. It provided food and shelter, and I laid down my blade.
Galanoth: We... came to understand one another. I spoke on behalf of it as Speaker to the DragonLords who sought its blessings.
<Character>: What does it mean to be its Speaker?
Galanoth: Honorary title the DragonLords have or something.
Galanoth: The Great One isn't always direct in its communications. Due to my... closeness to it, my interpretation is final.
Galanoth: And so, the Dragonslayer order joined the DragonLords in defense of the dragons.
Kara SuLema: This is the same Great One that Captain Lestrad says is ordering the DragonLords to not interfere elsewhere?
Galanoth: Yes. Although, if you're looking for reasonings or excuses, I have none. You'll have to speak to it yourself.
Galanoth: Come with me, then. And keep your weapons and magic ready. The path to The Great One is by no means safe.
*Scene cuts to black.*
Pop-up headline during the quest:
Galanoth is RIGHT THERE! Why am I going this way?
< Message edited by Jay -- 10/9/2021 22:16:33 >