| Changing Winds
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Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Mritha -> Past Quests -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> Changing Winds -> Quest!
Requirements: Completion of Severed Hope
Release Date: March 25th, 2022
Objective: With the imminent threat of a Rose invasion in retaliation for the failed peace parley, Kara is distraught over the next steps to take for Sulen'Eska and her people.
Objective completed: Now that you and your companions have found the Rose forward camp, it's time to hold out for as long as you can while Kara recovers and makes her decision.
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(1) Nature Elemental
(1) Tommy, Eater of Lilies - Boss
(1) Energizer, (1) ManaHunter (1), (1) ManaHunter (2) - Boss
Sanctuary's Promise (I-VII)
Access to CW Loot for DCs.
*In Sulen'Eska meeting room, a distraught Kara thinks on the failed peace parley as you, Melissa and Mritha try to help her.*
Kara SuLema: It's happening again. It's all crashing down again. It's...
Mritha: Kara, you need to rest...
Kara SuLema: What I need is to make sure everyone's safe.
Kara SuLema: Maybe we can head east. No, no, The Rose is sure to be blocking the roads.
Kara SuLema: South? Doomwood would claim many, and Amityvale is long occupied by The Rose...
<Character>: Kara, please, we're trying to help! Share your thoughts with us.
Mritha: We're all in this together.
Kara SuLema: I can't. Not again. Not like the Sanctuary.
Kara SuLema: I can't lose you too.
Melissa: If you insist on shutting us out, you're going to lose us whether you want to or not.
Melissa: The peace talks were important to you, but even if they failed, we can still move forward, right?
Kara SuLema: There is no moving forward. Not anymore. It's only a matter of time.
Mritha: A matter of time until what?
Kara SuLema: Until General Akanthus enters Betrubung at the head of an army and eliminates Sulen'eska and all who dwell here.
*The Vind does not want the Rose to destroy Sulen'Eska.*
Melissa: We won't let that happen!
Kara SuLema: Don't be foolish. Even <Character> couldn't do anything against Akanthus.
<Character>: So what are the options? You want to flee?
Kara SuLema: I... I don't know.
Kara SuLema: We still have refugees who call Sulen'eska home. We have folk who would rather fight and die than be uprooted once again.
Kara SuLema: And even then, we have nowhere else to go.
Kara SuLema: I had hoped that Jaania would have been at the parley, that I could reason with her. But Akanthus...
<Character>: We had no resistance to him at the peace talks. He could have pressed his advantage.
<Character>: But he didn't. He just... left. What makes you think he'd attack Sulen'eska?
Kara SuLema: He... he wants the people of Greenguard on his side.
Kara SuLema: By provoking us into throwing the first blow, he gains legitimacy for his actions in the eyes of the people.
Kara SuLema: As much as we may have grievances with The Rose, the fact remains that they are and have been a popular movement.
Kara SuLema: But a movement based on fear and hate needs targets, or people will lose faith.
Melissa: He's manipulating them!
Kara SuLema: The destruction of Sulen'eska would be another target, another victory. And more power consolidated under Akanthus' leadership.
Kara SuLema: It happened with Popsprocket, it happened with the Sanctuary. It will happen again.
Kara SuLema: And through all of this, not a single word from Jaania...
<Character>: What makes you so sure she wouldn't approve of Akanthus' actions?
Kara SuLema: I know her! She wouldn't.
Kara SuLema: I just... I know.
*Kara somnly continues to process the events.*
Mritha: What if Akanthus has her locked up somewhere and took over the organization in secret?
Kara SuLema: It's... a possibility.
Kara SuLema: But true or not, that sort of speculation won't help us now.
*Bajacu' enters the meeting room.*
Bajacu': Excuse me, I hope I'm not interrupting.
Bajacu': The um... guests are ready for you.
Melissa: <Character> and I can handle it. Mritha, can you make sure Kara gets some sleep?
<Character>: Of course. Come on, Kara. We can go over our options after you've rested.
Kara SuLema: ...
*On the ground, you and the Vind interrogate the captured Rose soldiers; among one of the captured soldiers is Carat.*
Niki: Some of the Clawkin will be by shortly if you need anything else.
Rose Soldier: Um... Thank you.
Melissa: So the prisoners are ready to talk, are they?
Bajacu': Took some time to convince them we weren't going to eat them.
Bajacu': I wish.
Carat: Wait... I know you!
Carat: I remember you!
Melissa: Do you recognize this one, <Character>?
Carat: It's me! Carat! You and that scary elf lady let me go...
<Character>: You were in the group that burned down the Clawkin settlement.
Bajacu': Is that so?
Carat: Er. I tried not to do any actual burning... I was horrified! I gave you that scroll, remember?
Carat: I heard about the um, attack on the border prison.
<Character>: Even after all that you still stuck with The Rose?
Carat: You don't get it! Once you're caught up in it... everyone treats you different! You're somebody!
Carat: And The Rose pays well, too! I had to take care of my family!
Melissa: Money and fame over morals, was it?
Rose Soldier: Stop making them mad, Carat!
Carat: I swear, after the... incident... I requested a desk job! Paperwork for border passage!
Carat: But when I heard about the peace parley, I just had to volunteer!
<Character>: And now you're here.
Carat: ...What are you going to do with me? With us?
Melissa: We just have a few questions for you.
Melissa: Answer truthfully, or... um... hm...
<Dragon>: Or I'll fry you up and eat you for dinner! | *Menacing growl!*
Melissa: Yeah! What the dragon said!
Carat: I- I wasn't planning on hiding anything...
Rose Soldier: We're supposed to be afraid of that tiny lizard?!
*Your dragon breathes fire at the Rose Soldier.*
<Dragon>: Say that again, I dare you! | *Incredulous grumble*
<Dragon>: No, don't, I'm angry enough already! | *Furious growl*
<Dragon>: Ooh, you better hold me back, <Character>! | *Violent, yet adorable outburst*
*You carry your dragon as it continues to breath fire at the Rose Soldier.*
<Character>: How about you don't antagonize the fire-breathing world destroyer of prophecy.
Rose Soldier: Sorry! I'm sorry! Yes! Yep! Understood!
<Dragon>: I'm watching you! | *Menacing purr*
Niki: Let's start with the questions then.
Niki: What is Akanthus planning?
Carat: We... we don't know. Up until the fighting broke out, we thought it was just going to be peace talks.
Rose Soldier: I don't think they'll be happy back in Swordhaven to hear that you attacked us.
Melissa: Kara's impression of the situation seems more and more like reality.
<Character>: What about Jaania? What are her plans?
Rose Soldier: Lady Jaania leads The Rose to prevent the misuse of magic.
Carat: It's rare that we get to see her in person, though.
Niki: Perhaps she's being used as a figurehead for whatever reason? That seems odd considering her actions in the conflict against Yalla.
Rose Soldier: We would never doubt a hero like her. She saved the world twice already, after all.
Carat: It's true she hasn't made as many public appearances as before the war ended, but she just wants to keep everyone safe.
<Character>: Safe?! Carat, you saw for yourself what The Rose did to the Clawkin!
Niki: Do people in Swordhaven really not hear about the enslavement and oppression?
Rose Soldier: I... We're told a different perspective.
Carat: It's all justified. Many genuinely believe in what they're doing, others make themselves believe, for the greater cause.
Melissa: So what if we brought it all to light? Showed the people of Greenguard what The Rose has been doing?
Carat: No one would believe you. No one would want to believe you. Not with the successes of the Sandsea and Doomwood and beyond.
Rose Soldier: Greenguard as a whole is at peace. You magic-users are stirring up trouble.
<Character>: I've seen many threats pop up as if from nowhere. Do you really think the Vind are the root of all magical problems?
Rose Soldier: I don't see why not. It's all magic, after all.
Niki: Putting all the blame on a single name helps their cause.
Melissa: As much as I hate to admit it, Kara's option of going into hiding seems more and more like the safest choice, for now.
Bajacu': For the safety of all, perhaps. But the Clawkin will be hesitant to move from our lands once again.
*As the Vind processes the information, Carat wonder what will happen to him and the captured Rose soldiers.*
Carat: What's... what's going to happen to us now?
Melissa: We can't just let them go.
Carat: Can I... join you? I'll get my family, leave Swordhaven, live here with the Vind!
Rose Soldier: Carat! Are you out of your mind?
Rose Soldier: Although, I guess it's better than being eaten...
Bajacu': We're not going to eat you!
Carat: Knowing what I know... I can't go back to The Rose. It would be insufferable, being surrounded by the beliefs that I know are wrong.
Carat: I'm... I'm scared. But I want to learn more about The Vind. About magic.
Niki: We'll take that into consideration.
*Odgne enters, scaring the Rose soldier.*
Rose Soldier: I knew it! They're feeding us to the dragons! I'm sorry! I'm sorry I'm sorry!
Odgne: I... What? | *Confused growl*
*Mritha enters with urgent news.*
Mritha: Good you're all here.
Mritha: Make sure the prisoners are secure, but we have to prepare, quickly.
Mritha: Odgne spotted The Rose forces mustering on the western border of the swamp. More than any previous assaults.
Bajacu': Are they insane? They will lose many in Betrubung before they even manage to reach Sulen'eska!
Melissa: Something tells me the well-being of the soldiers isn't a priority in Akanthus' mind.
Mritha: They're still people. We can't let Akanthus use them as he sees fit!
<Character>: So what's the plan? How's Kara doing?
Mritha: Kara is still recovering. I'm taking command, with her blessing.
Mritha: The only thing I can think of is... If we can head them off at the border.
Mritha: If we can provide a big enough show of resistance, we might be able to push them back to regroup.
Niki: Do we have enough resources to mount such an offense? I'm all for saving lives where we can, but we have to consider our own first.
Mritha: ...I don't know. I don't. If only we had a few more dragonriders, I'm sure we'd succeed.
Mritha: But at the very least, we'll be able to buy time for Kara to lead the remaining refugees out of the swamp.
<Character>: What about Akanthus? If he's leading the charge, I don't know if we'd be able to stop him.
Mritha: Odgne didn't see any sign of him yet. But if he does take the field, there's nothing we can do. We'd have to retreat.
Bajacu': ...The Clawkin will fight. But our people grow weary of conflict. Even for their own lives.
Bajacu': We are a carefree people. Being forced into causes takes its toll.
Melissa: Then we'll have to give The Rose a show to remember!
<Character>: What do you think, <Dragon>? Ready to fight against the odds, once again?
<Dragon>: It's what we do best! | *Confident roar!*
*You fight your way to the Rose camp, fighting various monsters along the way; as you leave Sulen'Eska, you listen to various conversations from other members of the Vind.*
Elf Scout: The road to Falconreach is long and dangerous, especially without the company of your fellow Clawkin.
Elf Scout: Take this. Some traditional elven sweets to keep your energy up.
Lone Clawkin: Thank you. I understand most of my people want to stay, but my mind wanders and my legs grow restless.
Lone Clawkin: Your gift is most appreciated.
Elf Scout: Come on, you don't need to be so formal! I'll have to visit you when this is all over, wherever you end up!
Sturdy Elf: Careful, careful!
Helpful Mage: Nature magic is the essence of care, wind elf. Just hold the rope steady!
Sturdy Elf: I'm sorry! I can't help but worry. These are our homes, after all.
Helpful Mage: If The Rose makes it to Sulen'Eska, the extra reinforcement will do much to help.
Sturdy Elf: You're right. Apologies for my impatience.
Elf Guard: Oh, it's you! Heading out to the border to face The Rose, are you?
Elf Guard: We'll send backup once Mritha sends word to Odgne. None of us can understand the dragon, but a roar's a roar.
Elf Guard: Oh, and watch out for Tommy the Watchtog. He's guarding the other side of the bridge.
Elf Guard: He can sometimes be a bit over-enthusiastic about his job. Just stun him and he'll be no trouble at all.
Elf Guard: I'd help you of course, but I'm busy keeping guard. Good luck out there!
Wounded Scout: Backup's here, huh? Took you long enough.
Wounded Scout: The Rose have their camp just past the old border fence.
Wounded Scout: With how much logging and digging they're doing, I'd guess they're planning on staying a while.
Wounded Scout: I know you're the best, but be careful. There's a lot of soldiers and chained creatures.
Wounded Scout: I'll be fine! Once I finish this potion, I'll head back to Sulen'Eska. If we want to keep this conflict out of the swamp, we'll have a lot of work on our hands.
*Meanwhile, in Swordhaven, Jaania is transfixed by her magic mirror, attempting to view all of the possibile futures.*
Jaania: There are too many possibilities.
Jaania: Too many threads to follow.
Jaania: But the path the mirror doesn't show...
Jaania: A world without magic...
Jaania: No word yet from the Magi. But they're doing their best. They're doing their best.
Jaania: They'll find something, I know it.
Jaania: The answer is out there.
*Jaania continues to be transfixed by her mirror; scene fades to black.*
Loot for DCs - opens CW Loot for DCs shop.
A fairy circle acts as a healing source during the quest.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
Niki: "Mritha, how was Kara when you left her? I'm worried about her state of mind."
Mritha: "She was doing better, I think. Her wings are carrying so many burdens, but she's strong."
Melissa: "Well, it's up to us to buy time for her to recover. But I don't know how long we'll last against an army."
Mritha: "Whatever happens, the safety of the people of Sulen'Eska comes first."
Melissa: "Easy there, Tommy. We don't want to hurt you..."
Niki: "Doesn't look like there's any way past other than through them. Sorry."
Melissa: "The swamp border's just up ahead, right? Past that elemental."
A fairy circle, far from home, but just as effective!
Mritha: "Hold on. We can probably sneak past that one."
Melissa: "That's their camp over there! Alright. Time to make some noise!"
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