For the Fallen
Location: Outpost Yeden -> 2 Right -> Up -> Quests! -> For the Fallen
Requirements: Completion of The Only Path
Release Date: September 16th, 2023
Objective: It appears a certain golemancer is poking around the Hawkscry ruins...
Objective completed: Another piece off the board as you close in on Jaania, Akanthus, and The Rose...
Experience rewarded: Scaled
Gold rewarded: Scaled
(6) Rose Golem
(6) Rose Steamtank
(1) Golemancer Zadd, (2) Rose Golem - Boss
Silver Golem Shards
*Vseslava and Ostromir are respectively sitting on a sofa and a beanbag chair in your Lodging on Outpost Yeden.*
Vseslava: It is always the wait that gets to me. The wait before a mission.
Ostromir: You worry too much, Vseslava!
Vseslava: And you worry too little. Always so ready to jump into the unknown with no thought for yourself or others!
Ostromir: Whatever happens, happens. Better me on the front line than others.
Vseslava: Listen to yourself! As though no one cares about you!
Ostromir: My family, if they still live, probably assume I am gone.
Ostromir: We are Magesters.
Ostromir: It is our duty to go into the unknown, to protect our people! Even if we pass unrecognized.
*You and your dragon enter your Lodging, not expecting to see Ostromir and Vseslava in the room; a Magesterium Drone can be seen watching nearby.*
<Character>: Should I be here for this?
Vseslava: No, no, we intruded into your space; I apologize.
Ostromir: How do you feel before a mission? A quest?
<Character>: I don't really think about it. It's not like I have a choice, most of the time.
Ostromir: You see, Vseslava? Why think about what we cannot change?
<Character>: But, I also understand Vseslava's anxiety. The unknown is unknown. It can be terrifying.
<Character>: That's where <Dragon> comes in. With the two of us together, we can handle anything!
<Character>: Isn't that right?
<Dragon>: Huh? Um, yesh! We can do anything! | *Mouth full mumbles*
<Character>: Exactly! We're a pair, and we take care of each other.
<Character>: Vseslava, you have Ostromir to—
*Zvezdana rushes to enter your Lodging with a new mission for you.*
Zvezdana: Hero <Character>, we have a new... a new mission for you.
<Character>: Are you okay, Zvezdana? Do you need to rest for a moment?
Zvezdana: I am... fine. Yes.
Zvezdana: Your mission.
Zvezdana: It has come to our attention that a Rose mage has been... scavenging our fallen golems.
Zvezdana: He must be stopped.
<Character>: Is it that big of a deal? There were golems left behind after you attacked Swordhaven during the Gala...
Zvezdana: While securing Magesterium property is, of course, important...
Zvezdana: This... golemancer... appears to be experimenting for the sake of experimentation.
Zvezdana: As Magesters, we have a healthy respect for research and discovery.
Zvezdana: However... He creates, releases his experiments, and moves on once he's lost interest. It is irresponsible, and dangerous.
Zvezdana: Most importantly, if he should discover a way to widely affect our golems, we would be rather defenseless.
<Character>: Golemancer, you say? I think I might know who we're dealing with.
Zvezdana: Good. Then it should be all the easier for you.
Zvezdana: Now, if you will excuse me, I must... find an ignominious. And rest.
Vseslava: Zvezdana, do not push yourself so hard. Surely there are others who can deliver simple orders.
Zvezdana: Perhaps you are right. But I find that sitting around waiting...
Zvezdana: It does not suit me.
*After Zvezdana leaves, from her description of the golemancer, you deduce that Z is in the Hawkscry ruins.*
<Character>: Well. There you have it. Looks like Zadd's been set loose into the ruins.
Ostromir: I am coming with you.
<Character>: Um. No offense, but it's going to be dangerous. You're not a fighter. And with Alteon and Amadeus still recovering...
Ostromir: This Zadd... Creator of golems. I have business with him.
<Character>: I'm pretty sure you've never met.
Ostromir: We have not met. But we will.
Vseslava: Then I am coming too.
<Character>: I appreciate your confidence in my abilities, but I don't know if <Dragon> and I can keep you both safe in the ruins.
<Character>: Especially if Zadd's creations are out there.
Ostromir: <Character> is right. Remain behind, Vseslava.
<Character>: Hold on, I didn't say you could come along, Ostromir!
Ostromir: I am inviting myself. And if you do not take me, then I will go regardless.
Vseslava: Have you lost your mind, Ostromir?!
Vseslava: You cannot be entertaining the thought of facing this... mad golem mage on your own!
Ostromir: My mind will not be changed!
<Character>: What's this all about, Ostromir?
Ostromir: I made a promise that I intend to keep.
<Character>: ...And what was that promise?
Ostromir: I do not wish to say. But it is very important to me. To the Shapeless.
<Character>: I... I can tell you care very much about this promise.
<Character>: <Dragon> and I should be able to keep you safe as long as you stay close and do not wander.
Ostromir: Thank you, Hero. And do not worry. If things take a turn for the worse...
*You and Vseslava look at Ostromir's artifacts—a hilt, a cube, and a trio of gold pearls—from his hand.*
Vseslava: ...And where did you come across these?
Ostromir: I requisitioned them. In case of emergency.
Vseslava: Did you now? That cube in particular is quite rare. I have seen only two in my time, certainly not freely distributed "in case of emergency".
Ostromir: The Shapeless willed it.
Vseslava: ...Very well.
<Character>: And these will keep you safe?
<Character>: Okay, then. Let's go. Come on, <Dragon>!
*You fight various Rose monsters through the Hawkscry ruins, while Ostromir trails behind; eventually, you, your dragon, and Ostromir find Z experimenting with a dead Magesterium golem.*
Z: Of course it was you tearing through my creations.
Z: Who else could it have been?
<Character>: This ends here, Zadd. Your creations won't hurt anyone else!
Z: <Character>. And in the company of the Magesterium, no less. The reports were true, then.
Z: You'd rather side with those monsters than admit that Lady Jaania could protect us all.
Ostromir: <Character> is not the monster here.
Z: Now, now. There's no need to be uncivil. I'm sure we could have a wonderful discussion about the intricacies of these fascinating golems.
Z: Jaania has graciously allowed me to continue my research, you see.
Z: And it has borne much fruit.
<Character>: Surely even you can see that she's using you to buy time.
Z: And so what if she is?
Z: Lady Jaania has given me everything I could have wished for.
Z: If I can buy time for her to complete her mission, then I will be happy to oblige.
<Character>: Then let's stop wasting time. Stand back, Ostromir.
Z: On this, we agree. I have so much more to do, after all.
*Z magically forms an exoskeleton suit made of golems' remains from the Rose and the Magesterium.*
Z: Behold, my research! And perish!
Battle! - begins battle with Golemancer Zadd and 2 Rose Golem.
Heal - fully replenishes HP, MP, and potions.
Run Away! - returns to Outpost Yeden.
*Z falls after being defeated.*
Z: Not again, not again not again not again!
Z: You haven't seen the last of me! No. This won't be the end.
Z: Golems, to me!
*Z summons two Rose Golems to cover his escape.*
Z: Have fun, <Character>. Until next time!
*Z runs away as the Rose Golems approaches you, your dragon, and Ostromir.*
<Character>: Come on <Dragon>, we have to stop—
Ostromir: I have him.
*Ostromir channels his cube with energy to teleport behind Z, stopping him from running.*
Ostromir: This is for the Hladach, Raven.
*Ostromir uses his hilt to form a red soul dagger, using it to stab Z; Ostromir drops his cube after stabbing Z.*
Z: There's... still so much... to discover...
*Z falls to the ground, now dead; you and your dragon run to regroup with Ostromir.*
<Character>: Ostromir! Are you okay? What— What happened? Is Zadd—?
Ostromir: I... I did it. I did it.
Ostromir: The deed is done.
<Character>: I... see. And what about you? Are you okay? Are you hurt?
Ostromir: ...I think... I... am feeling slightly nauseous.
Ostromir: Yes. Perhaps we should get moving before the weight of my actions catches up to me.
<Character>: Come on, let's get you back to the Outpost.
Ostromir: Right. Back to the Outpost.
*Back in your Lodging on Outpost Yeden, Ostromir sits on a couch as Zvezdana debriefs your mission's success; your dragon can be seen sleeping on a beanbag chair while you, Vseslava, and a Magesterium Drone are watching nearby.*
Zvezdana: Golems have been dispatched to... clean up.
Zvezdana: But it can be assumed that The Rose will discover Z's disappearance sooner than later.
*Zvezdana pauses before focusing on Ostromir's intentions to kill Z.*
Zvezdana: You stole from the Magesterium, Ostromir.
Vseslava: It wasn't him. I was the one who—
Zvezdana: I appreciate your concern for your partner, but he was caught by a drone.
Zvezdana: We did not act, because we wished to see what your intent was, Ostromir.
Zvezdana: And now that we have seen the results, it appears the Shapeless did indeed will those artifacts into your possession.
Zvezdana: I would ask that you do not repeat that feat, however. Our resources are quite limited.
Zvezdana: Do not be a fool. Do you understand, Ostromir?
Ostromir: ...I understand.
Zvezdana: And good work, <Character>, <Dragon>.
*After Zvezdana leaves, Vseslava angrily asks Ostromir why he stole the Magesterium's artifacts to kill Z.*
Vseslava: I suspected— You stole those?!
Ostromir: So it would seem.
Vseslava: For... for what? To avenge a foreign, unofficial, Hladach?
Vseslava: Out of guilt?
Vseslava: ...How long have you planned this?
Ostromir: Ever since I heard from the drone trackers of the appearance of large silver golems. I knew. It was only a matter of time.
<Character>: You did this all... for Raven?
Ostromir: ...It has... been a while since I have taken a life so... personally.
Ostromir: I do not wish to repeat it again. Some memories are best forgotten.
Vseslava: Those days are behind you, Ostromir. How could you be so foolish?
Ostromir: Look at me. I am miserable. Useless.
Ostromir: I am a world away from home. From my family, if they even still live.
Ostromir: I... I wanted to do my part. And... yes, there was guilt, for the girl.
Ostromir: I trust the Shapeless. The Magesterium is my heart, my home.
Ostromir: But we were responsible for her suffering.
<Character>: Did you really promise her you'd kill Zadd?
Ostromir: ...Not in so many words. It was a promise to myself.
Ostromir: The Magesterium takes care of their own. Even those displaced by fate.
Vseslava: Ostromir... You do not need to prove yourself to anyone.
Vseslava: Not to yourself, to Raven, or the Magesterium, or even the Shapeless.
Ostromir: ...Yes. You are right, of course, Vseslava. Thank you.
Ostromir: I... I will go for a walk. To think. Do not worry, I am sure the drones will be watching me and keeping me out of trouble.
<Character>: Hey, Ostromir.
Ostromir: Yes, Hero <Character>?
<Character>: Today, because of you, a villain has been stopped before he could hurt anyone else.
*Ostromir considers your words before thanking you.*
Ostromir: ...Thank you.
*Scene fades to black.*
The residual mana acts as an healing source for HP/MP during the quest.
Pop-up headlines during the quest:
Ostromir: "That steamtank... Seems like this will be a complicated mission."
Ostromir: "So many golems lost. This cannot be allowed to continue."
Ostromir: "What is— I see. This is the work of Zadd."
Ostromir: "There is talent, but it is unrefined. Unworthy."
Ostromir: "The one behind these... Zadd. Zadd..."
Ostromir: 'There is still some residual mana here. Take it. The golem is already gone.'
Ostromir: "Zadd will be stopped. He must be stopped. The Shapeless wills it."
Ostromir: "He will pay for his crimes against the people of Azaveyr!"
Ostromir: "We must be prepared for what must be done."
Ostromir: "There, in the clearing just ahead!"
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