| The Descent
Location: The Awakened Depths - Rose Faction / Golden Hand Faction / Vind Faction -> Quests! -> The Descent
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Speaker and Slayer
Release Date: September 10th, 2021
Objective: The DragonSlayer Galanoth would lead you into the depths of the mountain...
Objective completed: Dragon and human, entering The Great One's Gauntlet.
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(2) Earth Elemental
(1) Vizalain Protector
(1) Mountain's Blood, (2) Vizalain Protector - Boss
G. M. Hansa
Mosscrystal Pendant (I-VI)
Access to Descent Loot for DCs.
*Outside the mouth of a cave leading deep into the mountain, you, Galanoth, and the Alliance take a rest before continuing the journey to find The Great One.*
Ostromir: Such a... primitive way of living. Surely the DragonLords would have offered one such as you a place in their keep?
Mritha: Especially if you're a Speaker... That's an honorable position. Unless you're choosing to live out here on your own?
Galanoth: They offered. I refused. Especially after learning that they apparently locked up the last Speaker they found in a cage above a lava pit.
Mritha: The Vilmor incident. She broke her bond with the Great Ice Dragon, Cryozen, forcedľ
Galanoth: Didn't sit right with me, regardless.
Galanoth: Out here, I can hear the ocean. Feel the wind.
Galanoth: I travel into the mountain in order to uh, speak, for the Great One, of course, but I don't mind the hike.
Galanoth: Also keeps me closer to the rest of the Order.
Kara SuLema: Speaking of which, where are the other DragonSlayers? I don't recall seeing them inside Dragonsgrasp...
<Character>: That's right, there's a whole DragonSlayer Order now, isn't there?
Galanoth: You're correct, <Character>.
Galanoth: The rest of the DragonSlayers have a few base camps scattered around the mountain and the Northlands.
Galanoth: We had our headquarters in Dragesvard, and... well...
Galanoth: I believe most of the DragonSlayers are out in the wreckage of Dragesvard, searching for survivors and remains.
Galanoth: We usually communicate by carrier hawk now, when needed.
*Scene pans away from the cliff supporting the cave to a cloudy expanse of open air; Dragesvard can be observed in the far distance, covered by an expanse of colorful, swirling fungi.*
Galanoth: Some time after you were frozen, <Character>, the ice Dragesvard was on melted, and detached from the Northlands.
Galanoth: The Rose offered to help, after they got established. They tried and failed.
Galanoth: And after we allied with the DragonLords, a couple of them- Baumbard and Doyle, tried using dragons to secure the city.
Galanoth: They were able to slow the flow with ice dragon breath, but the sea's current is relentless.
Galanoth: And now... its drifting has finally ceased.
Galanoth: It turns out it just needed to be anchored by an unfortunately large mass of mycelium bursting out of the sea.
Vseslava: That does not look inviting.
Galanoth: I have yet to find out. My duties as Speaker keep me here, but from what I've heard, it can only be described as... a mess.
<Character>: With any luck, we'll be able to help, with the aid of the DragonLords.
Galanoth: Right! That's why you're all here- to go and see The Great One.
Galanoth: Enough idling then.
Galanoth: Hopefully you've all rested. It will not be an easy journey.
*You fight your way through various stone monsters as you descend through the depths until you locate what appears to be the sealed entrance of The Great One's lair.*
Ostromir: Are we there yet?
<Character>: Is something wrong?
Galanoth: I don't remember this stone blocking the way before...
Ostromir: We are lost. Lost!
Mritha: Stop being overdramatic.
G. M. Hansa: The magic here is stifling. You'd think I wouldn't need the light of the torch, but it provides a beacon for me, at least.
Kara SuLema: You're sure this is the right way, Galanoth?
Galanoth: Absolutely. I've made the journey many times.
<Character>: Maybe The Great One doesn't want to speak to us.
Galanoth: That's... a possibility.
*Your dragon glares at the Alliance with disapproval.*
<Dragon>: You all aren't even trying! | *Impatient grumble*
*Your dragon flies head first toward the stone blocking the entrance to The Great One's lair, only to be knocked back by the entrance's magic.*
<Character>: <Dragon>! Are you okay?
???: The Slayer brings guests, uninvited.
???: Yet this presence... We know this one.
*Your dragon lies on its back, dazed after rebounding off of the stone; the Alliance is silent, visibly shaken by the weight of The Great One's voice.*
<Character>: ...You all heard that, right?
G. M. Hansa: Yep.
Mritha: Such... weight.
Galanoth: The Great One speaks.
<Dragon>: Let us in, gramps! We want to talk to you about beating up some mushrooms! | *Not quite polite request for entry*
???: What... is this?
???: Our old... friend?
<Character>: Do they mean you, Galanoth?
Galanoth: I would think not. They've never referred to me as "friend" before.
Kara SuLema: You don't suppose they mean... <Dragon>?
<Character>: <Dragon>? Do you know The Great One?
<Dragon>: *Noises of intense Draconic concentration*
<Dragon>: Nope. I can tell they're old... Really, really old! Definitely way older than me. | *Solemn denial*
<Dragon>: I think you would remember if we ever met The Great One, right, <Character>? | *Affectionate grumble*
???: No... You... you are not them.
???: And yet... you are.
<Dragon>: I don't think I'm... I don't know if I'm the dragon you remember. | *Musing growls.*
<Dragon>: But my human and I are on a quest to save all of Lore! | *Heroic roar!*
<Dragon>: And we would appreciate it if you would open the door and let us meet you. | *Stoic rumbling.*
???: Most curious... Very well.
???: To you and your bonded human, we shall allow entry.
???: The rest will not follow, or the cave shall crumble down upon you all.
Galanoth: I think they mean just <Dragon> and you, <Character>.
Kara SuLema: And the rest of us just... wait?
Galanoth: I would assume so.
Ostromir: Fine by me. What about you, Vseslava? Feel like jumping into a dragon's den?
Vseslava: I will pass, thank you for the offer.
Mritha: Good luck, you two.
<Character>: Uh, The Great One? We accept your invitation!
???: Welcome to the Gauntlet.
???: We await your arrival.
<Character>: The Gauntlet, huh? Sounds dangerous, but we're ready for anything, right, <Dragon>?
<Dragon>: You know it! Let's do this! | *Confident roar!*
*Scene cuts to black.*
Loot for DCs - opens Descent Loot for DCs shop.
The campfire acts as a healing source at the start of the quest.
The big, pretty, sparkling mushroom acts as a one-time healing source during the quest. (Message: Do you want to eat this big, pretty, sparkling mushroom?)
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
Aaaah, a campfire! I feel better already!
Ostromir: "So... Galanoth. You have slain many dragons?"
Galanoth: "I have. Many a dragon has fallen before me."
Ostromir: "Very impressive! Back in the Shapeless Empire we have a particular spell that we..."
Vseslava: "Please excuse Ostromir, Galanoth. The fate of our homeland is currently unknown."
You can't reach this giant mushroom!
If the fungus erupting across the Northlands is anywhere near as tasty, closing the rift will be an easy task!
Galanoth: "...I have lost many homes. And many people whom I held dear. You have my condolences."
Ostromir: "How do you deal with it? The... uncertainty? The pain and fear?"
Galanoth: "I was... I... am still learning that, myself."
Galanoth: "I have lost much. And each loss is a scar across my soul."
Galanoth: "I thought I found purpose in slaying dragons. I reveled in it."
Galanoth: "But now... perhaps I had found true purpose in protecting those who could not protect themselves."
Galanoth: "To prevent such tragedies as I have seen. To provide aid in the aftermath."
< Message edited by Jay -- 10/14/2021 21:42:35 >