Location: Reawakening -> To the War! -> Rebirth
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Notha's Dream,
100% War Meter
Release Date: June 3rd, 2022
Objective: The final dream.
Objective completed: What to do now?
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(1) Remthalas - Boss
Uaanta Fayt joins you as Guest A.
*You, Uaanta, Myalos, and Notha are approaching from the twisted version of Falconreach Inn until Uaanta steps in a puddle of water, signifying that they have arrived at Remthalas' dream.*
Myalos: We have arrived.
*You, Uaanta, Myalos, and Notha stand before Remthalas' dream, signified by a dark, watery cave on the other side.*
Uaanta: So this is Remthalas' dream, huh?
Notha: It's so... soggy.
<Character>: He's an abyssal elf, right? So water... makes sense.
<Character>: Do we just... proceed?
Uaanta: I don't know about you, but I can't breathe underwater.
Notha: It's a dream. I'm sure we'll be fine.
<Character>: Is there something wrong, Myalos?
Myalos: I cannot sense Lock and Key anymore.
Myalos: Their guidance was growing more distant the deeper we went, but now...
Myalos: As we stand on the edge, I no longer sense their presence.
Uaanta: Did they abandon us?
<Character>: I don't think so. We must be so far in that they can't reach us.
Notha: How exciting!
Myalos: I believe we will find Remthalas ahead. I will continue to guide us to the best of my ability.
<Character>: Thank you, Myalos. Ready, everyone?
*Uaanta pauses before she prays to the Makers.*
Uaanta: ...May the Dark shadow of the Makers shroud us from peril.
Notha: A prayer. Really. After everything you've seen and learned?
Uaanta: It is reassuring before the unknown.
Notha: I don't understand how—
Notha: We have more important things to focus on.
Myalos: Onward, heroes!
*You, Uaanta, Myalos, and Notha push forward to Remthalas' dream, however, as they approach it, you and the cohort are clouded by black smoke.*
<Character>: Well, this is going to be a problem.
<Character>: I can't see anything!
Uaanta: Ow! Stop pushing!
Myalos: Sorry. Somebody gave me an unwieldy body.
<Character>: Notha, can't you imagine up some light or something?
*Notha does not respond.*
Uaanta: We lost the mad scientist.
<Character>: Uaanta, now's not the time for that. What if something happened to—
*Everyone remains silent as Notha scares them.*
Notha: Okay, so, there was supposed to be an Exalted light box that came into existence as I said that.
Notha: That clearly didn't work.
<Character>, Uaanta (in unison): ..., Myalos: ...
Notha: ...This isn't as fun as I thought it would be.
Myalos: We are not here for "fun".
<Character>: ...So it appears Notha can't create anything here, either.
Uaanta: If Remthalas finds us like this we'll be in trouble.
Uaanta: Reveal yourself!
Remthalas: Ah, but I'm right here.
Notha: Now, now, Remthalas... there's really no need for this nonsense.
Myalos: Be on your guard.
<Character>: Way ahead of you there, Myalos.
<Character>: Why don't you light things up a little, Remthalas?
<Character>: Maybe we can talk face to—
*Remthalas appears to you.*
*Remthalas returns to the smoke.*
Notha: Huh. I was wrong.
Notha: Even with the light, it's not that exciting after all.
<Character>: Remthalas. We can still talk things through.
<Character>: Let us out of this dream. We'll listen to you.
<Character>: We can't promise to help, but we can hear you out without being restrained.
Remthalas: You say you will listen but your ears aren't open.
Remthalas (inverted): Your soul will not open.
Remthalas: Your soul will not bend.
Uaanta: ...You have far greater patience than I ever will, <Character>. But...
Uaanta: This can't be what you want, right, Remthalas?
*Remthalas appears above Uaanta.*
Remthalas: This... dream!
Remthalas: This... nightmare!
Remthalas (inverted): This... hunger.
Remthalas: This... experience.
Remthalas (inverted): Isn't it... terrifying?
Remthalas: Isn't it... interesting?
Notha: Yeeeeah. Something like that.
*Remthalas appears behind Notha.*
Remthalas: Ah! Notha. You will understand. You understood before!
Remthalas: I've done thinking.
Remthalas: A lot of thinking.
Notha: ...You got lost in your own dream, didn't you?
Remthalas: Dreams have no filter.
Remthalas: Anything can happen within a dream.
Remthalas: Dreams can change you.
Remthalas: An eternity is a long, long, time.
Notha: And... what have you discovered?
Remthalas: You see?!
Remthalas: Even Myalos!
Remthalas (inverted): You just have to be more... pliable!
Remthalas: You just have to be more... open-minded!
*Remthalas appears to you once again.*
Remthalas: Listen to the whispers in the dark.
Uaanta: How did you end up like... this...?
Myalos: We are here and listening.
Remthalas: Yes. Yes, of course. You're here. You are.
Remthalas: You see, I saw it. We saw them! Before the rest. Or was it at the same time?
Remthalas: But they were there!
Remthalas: Everything else was, too, but they were there first. But they weren't the first, no.
Remthalas: Disoriented. Lost. Pliable.
Remthalas: Molded and shaped, became eight, became one. Twisted embodiment.
Remthalas: But they were not alone.
Remthalas: I watched.
Remthalas: Yes! Yes. You were right, but also wrong!
Remthalas: I was wrong but also right!
Remthalas: There was another. A sneaky, devious thing that slipped through. That... followed.
Remthalas: Was pulled through, along with everything else.
Remthalas: Don't you see? Everything is the same! The same yet so, so different!
Remthalas: Always the same!
Remthalas: The same... the same... always changing... so slow... so fast...
Remthalas: So very different but so much the same...
<Character>: I... I don't understand.
Myalos: I... No... I feel like I am... missing something...
<Character>: Notha? Can you make sense of what Remthalas is saying?
Remthalas: Yes. Notha. The smart one.
Remthalas: The helpful one.
Notha: Some of it...Eight as one sounds like Aequilibria to me. The Elements.
Notha: So if Aequilibria embodies order, Destiny...
Notha: I've never come across such a specific name as "Aequilibria" for an embodiment of an opposing force.
Notha: I always assumed Doom, Evil, the influence that lets us be free was something more... natural.
Notha: Something innate to our existence.
Notha: To me, Exalted references to "whispers" seemed to be on the more metaphorical side.
Remthalas: So many whispers.
Remthalas: So many voices.
Remthalas: It's the same as before! As it always has been and always will be!
Uaanta: Hmph. So with your talk of freedom and such: Do you serve this embodiment of Doom?
Remthalas (inverted): There is a third. There is a fourth. There is so much more.
Remthalas: I. Serve. No one!
Remthalas: I am... free!
<Character>: So why go after Aequilibria then?
Remthalas: Because after so long, there is no purpose, no meaning but that which has been destined.
Remthalas: Because we can claim to be free, but we cannot know for certain.
Remthalas: We cannot see the purpose behind our actions.
Remthalas: We cannot understand the meaninglessness of our struggles.
Remthalas: Because... After so... so very long... we are tired of observing this... story.
Remthalas (inverted): Help me.
Remthalas: Eternity is a long time.
Remthalas: To be disturbed. Awoken.
Remthalas: Again and again and again and again and again!
Remthalas: Everything different. Everything the same.
*Remthalas appears to you for the third time.*
Remthalas: You... <Character>... You came before.
*Remthalas returns to the smoke.*
Notha: What madness is this, Remthalas?
<Character>: Uaanta. Do you remember how the Avatars told us that Remthalas "used to be" a follower of Kathool Atchoo?
Remthalas (inverted): Do not speak that name!
Uaanta: I do.
<Character>: Remember when I told you about my quest for the Water Orb?
Uaanta: ...If you've dealt with something like this before, <Character>...
Uaanta: Maybe we can help you.
Uaanta: Release us from this dream.
Uaanta: We can find a way to save you. To free you.
*Remthalas smiles as he places his Maleurous mask to his lure.*
Remthalas (inverted): I can't control it.
*Remthalas is transformed to an otherworldly creature, where his Maleurous mask became his lure and his blue ears have became longer.*
Remthalas: I am already free.
*Scene shifts to Remthalas' true form, where his full form is revealed: a mutated amalgamation of himself and Kathool Atchoo.*
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<Character>: Fight it, Remthalas! Don't give in!
Remthalas (inverted): It's too late for me.
Remthalas: There is no escape.
Myalos: I suggest we prepare for combat. This... is likely going to become a hostile situation.
Remthalas (inverted): I'm scared.
Remthalas: From dormant seed, a new limb sprouts.
Uaanta: <Character>? What's our plan?
Notha: We're not really left with much choice, are we?
Myalos: ...Heroes do what must be done.
<Character>: I'm sorry, Remthalas. But we have to put an end to your madness.
Remthalas, Remthalas (inverted) (in unison): Madness!
Battle! - begins battle with Remthalas.
Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions; will also re-invite Uaanta Fayt if defeated in a previous attempt.
Run Away! - returns to Reawakening.
*After defeating Remthalas, he lies on the ground, slowly dying.*
Remthalas: My people...
*Remthalas reaches his arm above.*
Remthalas: Are you... finally...
Remthalas (briefly): ... free?
*Remthalas is unraveled as you, Uaanta, Notha and the inactive Myalos return to reality with your dragon and Lock and Key in Book 3 Falconreach Inn.*
Lock: They have returned.
Key: They have awakened.
Notha: Oh. We're back.
Uaanta: Remthalas! Is Remthalas okay?
*Scene shifts to Remthalas, who does not respond.*
Notha: We... are awake, yes?
Lock: You are.
<Character>: What... what are we doing up here?
Key: We thought it would be proper to move your bodies somewhere safer.
Lock: Out of sight as to not cause panic.
<Dragon>: I helped too! I also wanted to bite the fish, but the gold people said it might hurt you. | *Helpful chirp*
Uaanta: He isn't responding.
*A brief pause as everyone is distraught about Remthalas' death.*
Uaanta: We... could have saved him.
Uaanta: ...We failed.
Key: Immediately before you all awoke, his vitals ceased.
<Character>: Was there... Anything we could have done differently?
<Character>: Was there some way to save him?
Lock: That is beyond our scope of view.
Key: We are... sorry.
Uaanta: No! There had to have been something!
Notha: And so what if there was?!
Notha: I certainly couldn't find it. Nor Myalos. Or Lock and Key! Or either of you "heroes" for that matter.
*Notha pauses, before back being distraught about Remthalas' death.*
Notha: Being... balanced. Being free. We must accept that sometimes... things fall out of our control.
Notha: We don't have all the answers.
Uaanta: ...So it was all for nothing? All the effort, all the words...
Notha: There is a prayer for the dead that I remember from when I was young.
*Notha pauses before reciting the Lhe'Shyian's prayer for the dead.*
Notha: A journey into Darkness.
Notha: The Makers' final gift.
Uaanta: ...May They provide him shade.
Notha: May They provide him rest.
Uaanta: And when his soul's adventure ends...
Notha, Uaanta (in unison): May he be shown Their mercy.
Uaanta: ...The short version they taught children.
Notha: I can't say I made an effort to remember all eight of the Makers' verses.
Uaanta: Ha. And we didn't set up the right candles or wear the right attire either.
Uaanta: ...Thank you, Notha.
Notha: We balance ourselves. And we balance each other.
Uaanta: And thank you, <Character>.
<Character>: Um. For what?
Uaanta: Do you remember how I was when we first met?
Uaanta: So... zealous.
Uaanta: Look at me now, offering a prayer for my defeated foe.
Uaanta: Wondering if there was anything we could have done to prevent this outcome.
Uaanta: You helped me open my mind.
Uaanta: Well, you freed me. So thank you.
<Character>: You're welcome.
*A brief pause before Notha plans to return on fixing Myalos and what to do with Remthalas' body.*
Notha: Anyway, I should get back to fixing Myalos.
Notha: What are we going to do about Remthalas'... remains?
Some of Remthalas' dialogues in this quest appear corrupted.
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