| A Day for Farewells
Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Up -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> A Day for Farewells -> Quest!,
Location: Sulen'Eska -> Up -> Up Vortex -> Mritha -> Past Quests -> Kara SuLema -> Quests -> A Day for Farewells -> Quest!
Requirements: Completion of Fight, Flight, & Fire
Release Date: July 29th, 2022
Objective: Kara is back on her feet, but where to next?
Objective completed: To Swordhaven! Time to meet Jaania... if you can find a way into the Ivory Tower.
Experience rewarded: 0
Gold rewarded: 0
Wind Elf Crown
*Kara and Jaania are sitting down in a garden, drinking tea.*
Kara SuLema: See? Isn't it good to be out of that stuffy tower?
Jaania: It... is nice.
*Jaania pauses before continuing to talk about the reconstruction of the Dreamwood.*
Jaania: How fares the reconstruction of the Dreamwood?
Kara SuLema: Last I heard, it was proceeding according to schedule.
Kara SuLema: But they were... quick to close off general communications after receiving The Rose's supplies and aid.
Jaania: ...I see.
Jaania: After my mistake, I cannot blame them.
Jaania: And how are your fellow wind elves doing here on the mainland?
Kara SuLema: Many humans are still distrustful of us. We struggle to find our place.
Kara SuLema: The memories of war remain fresh in all our peoples' minds.
Jaania: The tragedies never truly end, do they?
*After talking about the reconstruction of the Dreadwood, Kara changes subjects.*
Kara SuLema: But it is such a beautiful day!
Kara SuLema: Why don't we talk of gentler subjects?
Jaania: R-right... Sorry, Kara.
Kara SuLema: Relax. Breathe easy, Jaania.
Kara SuLema: Peace will come. It will take time, but I have hope.
*Jaania drinks some tea.*
Jaania: Yes. Yes, you're right, of course.
Jaania: There will be peace.
*Back in present day, Kara wakes up in a tent on Sulen'Eska.*
Taivas Hyle: Kara? Is everything okay?
Kara SuLema: Taivas? Y-yes.
Kara SuLema: Sorry. I... I must have dozed off.
Taivas Hyle: The advance force has returned victorious, and with new allies in the form of... dragons.
Kara SuLema: Dragons? How... unexpected.
Kara SuLema: I shall prepare to meet them shortly. Thank you, Taivas.
*In the Sulen'Eska's meeting area, the Vind meet with the DragonLords.*
Kara SuLema: Welcome to Sulen'Eska, DragonLords.
Kara SuLema: I apologize. You must find our hospitality lacking for those of your station.
DragonLord: Worry not! We came here to help, not to be pampered!
Mritha: I should hope so.
Kara SuLema: The Rose has been driven back, then?
Kara SuLema: You've returned with new friends, but I can smell the smoke and ash from you all.
Kara SuLema: What has happened?
<Character>: We succeeded. We forced The Rose to retreat, but...
<Character>: ...Many Rose soldiers lost their lives, and the swamp nearly went up in flames from all the dragon fire.
Melissa: You and Mritha getting worked up about some Rose soldiers. I don't understand it.
Mritha: You've seen Carat and the other prisoners. <Character> has worked with some members of The Rose before, too.
Mritha: They're people, with lives, and families, and hopes and dreams.
Melissa: They signed up for war.
Melissa: Don't you remember what they did to the Clawkin? To all the other refugees who have passed through?
Melissa: To my people. To my family!
*Mritha glares at Melissa.*
Mritha: I didn't mean- There has to be a way to find peace, a common ground—
Melissa: Do you truly expect us all to, what, just sit down for tea and forget everything?
Melissa: No. I'm not interested in that. Nor, do I think, are The Rose.
Kara SuLema: ...
<Character>: We can't keep fighting like this, though.
<Character>: With the DragonLords on our side, we've bought a reprieve, but it's only a matter of time before The Rose returns.
Melissa: Let them come. They'll be taken by fire and swamp until they learn better.
Mritha: And what about the rest of Greenguard? Of Lore?
Mritha: There has to be another way.
Kara SuLema: Another way...
Kara SuLema: This... couldn't be what she wanted. It can't be.
*Kara realizes what Jaania wanted to do.*
Kara SuLema: <Character>. I have a favor to ask of you.
Kara SuLema: I want you to travel to Swordhaven and seek an audience with Jaania.
*A brief pause as the Vind think about Kara's command.*
Mritha: You can't be serious.
Melissa: Good thinking. Take out the top and the rest crumbles.
<Character>: ...What exactly would be the purpose of this audience?
Kara SuLema: I refuse to believe Jaania would approve of what The Rose has been doing.
Kara SuLema: I want you to find out what's happening.
Kara SuLema: Why does Jaania allow General Akanthus to enact his brutal campaign against all things magical?
Mritha: And you expect The Rose to just let <Character> stroll up to the Ivory Tower?
Kara SuLema: I don't know how you'll find a way, but I believe in you, <Character>.
<Character>: You seem to know a lot about Jaania, Kara. Why don't you come with me?
Kara SuLema: With tensions so high at the moment, and so much uncertainty, I can't say what might happen if I were to be discovered inside Swordhaven.
Kara SuLema: But with your reputation, even if you were recognized, I imagine you should be safe.
<Character>: I'll see what I can do.
Kara SuLema: Thank you, <Character>. This means more to me than you can imagine.
Mritha: I'll show the DragonLords and the dragons to their lodgings then.
Melissa: And I'll organize the patrols to find any remaining Rose stragglers or scouts.
Kara SuLema: Thank you.
Kara SuLema: And thank you, DragonLords.
Kara SuLema: As prepared as I was to flee, I am glad we can still call Sulen'Eska home.
*In Sulen'Eska's middle level, Bajacu' and the Clawkins prepare to bid farewell to the Vind.*
Bajacu': Thank you, Kara, for the shelter you provided us.
Kara SuLema: Of course. You and your people are always welcome in Sulen'Eska.
<Character>: You're leaving, Bajacu'?
Bajacu': We are, <Character>. We Clawkin rarely stay in one place for long, and my people grow restless.
Bajacu': But more than that, we tire of conflict. We fought to save the Dravir, and we fought again to secure your home.
Bajacu': Our debt has been repaid, I think.
<Character>: Where will you go? Is anywhere safe from The Rose?
Bajacu': I do not know. Perhaps we will travel east, across the great seas, or south, beyond the windy plains.
Bajacu': It will not be an easy journey.
Niki: You could always stay in Betrubung, if you wish.
Bajacu': And some of us have decided to do so and join your cause. Others still have gone to Falconreach and beyond, left the tribe.
Bajacu': But I can feel the land stir. The time has come for our tribe to migrate once more.
Bajacu': <Character>. Kara. Thank you for saving my people.
Bajacu': I hope we may one day meet again.
Kara SuLema: Farewell, Bajacu'. May the wind carry you to safety.
*Bajacu' and the Clawkins leave Sulen'Eska.*
Kara SuLema: Niki.
Niki: Understood. I will make sure they do not come to harm in the swamp.
*Niki leave Sulen'Eska in order to protect the Clawkins; now with only you and your dragon, Kara turns around and gives them directions to Swordhaven.*
Kara SuLema: I suppose you two are off to Swordhaven then.
Kara SuLema: Just follow the road west out of the swamp, past the checkpoint. I suggest not antagonizing any Rose soldiers along the way, if you can help it.
<Character>: I wouldn't be much of an emissary of peace if I got into a bunch of fights along the way.
Kara SuLema: Indeed not.
*A brief pause as you ask Kara that she will be okay.*
<Character>: Are you going to be okay, Kara?
<Character>: The breakdown of the peace talks seemed to hit you quite hard.
Kara SuLema: I appreciate your concern, but I will be fine.
Kara SuLema: I have faith that peace will one day soon return to Greenguard.
<Character>: And if Jaania isn't willing to listen to reason?
Kara SuLema: Then I implore you to speak to King Alteon. The royal family and the nobles support The Rose.
Kara SuLema: But if that connection can be squeezed or even severed, their influence will diminish greatly.
Kara SuLema: Better to fight with words than lives.
<Character>: I see.
Kara SuLema: Take care, <Character>, <Dragon>.
Kara SuLema: And feel free to return and stop by whenever you want.
<Character>: Thank you, Kara. Be well.
*You and your dragon look at Kara as she leaves; now alone with your dragon, you ask your dragon about their mission of seeking audience with Jaania.*
<Character>: What do you think, <Dragon>?
*Your dragon pauses before turning around as they dislike Jaania, but seeking audience with her is important for the greater good.*
<Dragon>: I don't like Jaania. She froze you in an ice cube! | *Suspicious grumble*
<Dragon>: But... It's worth a try! | *Hopeful chirp!*
<Character>: ...You don't suppose she'll try to freeze me again, do you?
<Dragon>: You know I won't let her. | *Protective growl!*
<Dragon>: You're my human! | *Possessive yet endearing roar*
<Character>: Yeah. I have nothing to fear with you around!
<Character>: Have everything packed? Swordhaven awaits!
<Dragon>: Don't forget the Dragon Snax! | *Hungry rumble!*
*Scene fades to black.*
< Message edited by DemonicDarkwraith -- 6/24/2023 10:14:20 >