Part 8: Rumours and Roots
Chapter 5 Rumours and Roots
01 - The Mill
02 - The Black Boar Inn
03 - Captain Rodney and Bounty Hunting
Music: Broken Valley Wakes
Video: The Mill
(Yara) Im feeling much better good as new, in fact. I guess that fighting a ghost thing really does work.
(Sue) Have you heard what they say about the Slayers?
She says to the woman with glowing silver eyes and a Slayer tattoo.
What do they say?
They say theyre as tall as trolls and just as strong!
Some people recognize Slayers on sight. Others dont, apparently unconcerned with the glowing eyes.
1. Actually, I am a Slayer!
2. And on top of that, these Slayers can shoot lightning from the eyes!
3. Have you nothing better to do than gossip?
I could correct her, but I think itll be more fun just to fuck with her head.
And on top of that, these Slayers can shoot lightning from the eyes!
No way! I have to tell everybody!
(-33 XP) Peggy acts like shes a natural blonde! Who does she think shes fooling?
(Sue) You know what I discovered?
(Peggy) Whats that?
Derk is having an affair!
No! You sure?
He sneaks away almost every night! What else could it be?
You have to hear this!
Ollie is telling everyone he saw a Dragon!
That old tattler! There have been no Dragons here in more than twenty years!
At least Stan tries to hush him a bit!
Did you see? Theres a Champion here! From Aleroth!
Yes, I saw him arrive!
Handsome isnt he! Bit brusque, though.
He can be a bit brusque with me anytime!
Oh, you naughty lass you!
(Peggy) Slayer, have you heard?
Upton told me he caught Lieutenant Louis in the woods this morning with no pants on! Ha ha ha ha!
1. I know for a fact the Lieutenant was in the barracks at that time.
2. No! Really? How embarrassing!
3. I dont have time for mindless gossip!
No! Really? How embarrassing!
Isnt it just? Frightful! Ha ha ha ha ha!
(-33 XP) Sue flirts with every man in town! Shes so slutty.
Yara was next to the mills upper entrance, and the smell of freshly baked bread enticed her inside.
(Linda) Welcome to our town, Slayer! Im Linda, the millers daughter.
So do you work here with your father?
I do, yes. Though he does the actual milling. I usually fetch the grain from Jacksons farm with an escort of guards, of course. That can get a bit tedious, but Peavey and Quincy dont seem to mind.
I bet they let her walk in front of them, too.
Is there something of interest about the town you can tell me?
Not really. I mean, its such a quiet little place. It was different a long time ago when the people used to call these lands the Valley of Shrines and warlords were as numerous as the rabbits. The most exciting thing to happen now is a wild creature coming too close to the walls or having visitors such as yourself. Its not that I mind this uneventful life, but I do hope to see the cities one day and maybe even meet an interesting man. I just hope theyre not all like that Champion Ricky or something. I said hello and he pinched my Well, a lady shouldnt tell.
If someone were to greet me like that, theyd need to find a damn good healer quickly if they hoped to ever eat solid food again.
(-40 XP) Oh, why did I have to lose my coin purse in the chapel? I just hope I can sneak back in before Father Dominic collects it.
I should get going, Linda.
Enjoy your stay!
Mmmm I cant resist freshly baked bread. So soft, and still warm from the oven!
(Miller Upton) Yes? Anything this old miller can do for you?
I wonder if you have seen the Dragon we are searching for?
Cant say I have. I rarely leave my mill, you see.
Quite an operation you have going here. And for such a little town, too.
Thats how things work in Broken Valley, Slayer. We are completely self-sufficient with a mill, smithy, farm, and barracks. The tavern is the only real place of commerce, and is popular with traveling merchants and the odd traveler.
(-40 XP) I shouldnt hide the key in the kettle anymore. Nearly choked on it the last time Linda made soup.
I must leave.
Then, Ill get back to work.
Yara searched inside the pot and came up with a key.
I wonder what this is for.
This key is always here, whether you read Uptons mind or not. Thats in part because someone else knows where its hidden. This is another skippable mind-read on second playthroughs.
Yara went down to the actual mill itself. She noticed a locked door, and a trap door beyond it. The key from the kettle fit.
Yara glanced at the desks and picked up some simple alchemical formulas.
An alchemy garden? Why would the miller need to hide this?
There was a tunnel through the door.
Check the tables on either side for something really useful, but easy to miss:
The desks have the scrolls for the Quality Rank 1 Healing and Mana potions. They blend in pretty well, but this is the only time youll find scrolls outside of a container, thankfully.
(???) What are you doing in this cellar? You went behind Buads back didnt you?
Er Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Not every day you meet a talking tree, right?
Oh, no. Where I come from I cant walk down a street without a tree trying to chat me up. Its mostly a lot of bitching about squirrels, really Of course its strange!
(Abanayabar) I am Abanyabar, oldest alchemist in Rivellon. I stay here rooted underground, protected by Buad who came here some seventy years ago. He pretends to be a baker, but in secret, he and I explore the powers of the plants and the elements.
How did you come to grow in this little cave?
I actually stand far from here in what was called the Dark Forest, which may not even be there anymore since the Great War. Before travelling here, Buad took one of my branches and magically cultivated it to grow a new tree. So here I stand, as I also perhaps still do in that forgotten forest, twice alive, or once dead. There is something a little different about this second me, though. I remember being a lot grumpier. Probably because it was raining ALL the time in that wicked wood.
Why does Buad call himself Upton?
Oh, something about a contract on his head. Youll have to ask him about that.
(-200 XP) Buads such a weird man sometimes. Who chooses the word Illuminatus as a storage password? Humans Stupid bipeds!
Id like to benefit from your alchemical knowledge.
A Talking tree was in Divine Divinity, and Buad was also mentioned, but at that time he was already missing. More on this in the Behind the Scenes.
Im also not going to talk to Upton AKA Buad about the price on his head until I want to start that quest. Im level 1 and I want to be at least level 5.
Alchemists take raw ingredients and give you potions. Oddly enough, even though you need to go to them, they can only make things from formulas that YOU know. When you visit an Alchemist, any formulas you have in your inventory vanish and are added to the Alchemists list of known formulas. (So if you still have Formulas after visiting, theyre duplicates to sell.)
There are 10 Quality levels to potions. The lowest level is Limited. The number on the left shows the number of potions which I have in my inventory, and the number on the right is number of potions I can make with the amount of ingredients I have.
So I have 14 Limited Healing potions, and I can make 5 more with the amount of Ginseng I have. I have 12 Limited Revitalizing (Mana) potions, but I have no Earth Roots, so I cant make any more.
Ill have a separate post explaining Alchemy in greater detail later.
(Sue) Slayer! A word in your ear!
Just make sure theyre words, not venom.
You know Romon, the priest? He might just be in league with a dragon!
In fact, hes the chief reason the Slayers are here! But keep that to yourself!
No! Thats unbelievable! Your secret is safe with me, Slayer!
(Peggy) Slayer, listen to this!
Im all ears.
That doctor in the inn has screws in his head and if he takes them out he can lift off the top of his skull!
They say he did it because he swapped brains with a Demon!
Oh no! What if he spies for Damian!
Been to the Black Boar recently?
The food was awful! Tasted like there was troll in the stew!
No! You dont think .?
Yeah, Id say you dont.
Im not sure. But you didnt hear it from me!
Lets see if I can find Lindas purse.
(Sue) Slayer, its incredible!
Here we go again.
They say miller Upton, when he is tired of someone, grinds people in his mill and throws them in the river!
So thats what I saw floating through the grate and out of town!
You you saw? By the Divine something must be done!
(Peggy) Slayer, you wont believe it!
No, I dont think I will.
Richard says Folo is, you know, intimate with his pigs!
Really? Well lets hope the children look like their mother, then!
Oh, youre awful! Ha ha ha!
I found this purse in the chapel. It says Linda on it.
(Linda) My purse! Oh youre a wonder, Slayer! Thank you so much for returning it, we dont have much gold to spare.
I should get going, Linda.
The tavern awaits!
100 XP gained. - It cost 40 XP to mind-read her, so it was actually only a gain of 60. If you use the purse you get 100 gold.
Now, including the mind-reading I did of people I havent apparently met in this version, I now have an XP debt of over 1100, which will let me complete the next quest without gaining a level.
Video: The Black Boar Inn
(Fanny) Never have I met such disgusting such perverts! Fanny is a perfectly nice name whatever the connotations! Id kick them in the family jewels if I werent a lady! You can get rid of them, cant you Slayer? I implore you!
In North America, fanny is slang for buttocks. But everyone in the game has a European accent of some kind, and in Britain and Ireland, fanny is a colloquialism for female genitalia. So the men up there could have been really quite colourful. The More You Know!
(Barmaid Elsa) Here are your beers again, sirs!
(Nigel) Tell me pretty: you in charge of the bedding too?
No, no Im just a waitress!
Then why dont you wiggle back for some more ale, eh?
(Tim) Hello, Slayer. Youre the first one to dare show their face here since them seekers walked in.
Loud bunch, arent they?
Horrible Seekers! I never saw such boorish behaviour in my life!
Loudmouths are a nuisance, but these characters dont stop there! They have scared away all my customers and the way they harass poor Elsa is just plain sacriligeous!
I suppose a quiet drink is out of the question.
An impolite bunch to be sure. But hey, nothing much to be done about it.
The New Order is not to be trifled with! Though perhaps a Slayer might
Yes, I get your drift! And Im a Slayer, after all.
You mean youll do something about them? Thats fantastic!
Ill have a word with the gentlemen.
Band of Brutes
A lot of the quest names are clever, cute, or puns. This one is Band of Brothers. Either Elsa or Tim can give you this quest.
Because were a Slayer, and Slayers are known for being badasses, a lot of people will try and get us to help them. Its only a slight change from the normal adventurer schtick, but I like it because everyone is impressed with us, even if were just some level 1 weakling. And honestly, Yara is a badass.
(Nigel) Whats the pink animal on the ceiling? Watch out for elephants on the wing.
(Merill) Some more bleer here! Or beer, something!
Suffering from a mild form of inebriation are we?
(-33 XP) (Merill) I think Ive had just one mug too many!
Never you mind. See you around!
(Merill) Shee you! Why are my pants wet?
I cant believe these jackasses call themselves soldiers. Or drinkers, for that matter.
(Buck) An identical twin! Dont see lots of those!
(Anthony) Uh? Whot? Who are you?
Im Merlin the happy pig.
(Anthony) Ha! You Pffhehe Youre sooo funny.
(-33 XP) (Anthony) One more for the road, perhaps!
Didnt your mother ever tell you to treat women nicely?
(Anthony) Oh, but Elsa of the inn, I dont know where to begin. You bring the finest beer. I want to unhinge your brassiere. He he he ho ho!
You Seekers are in desperate need of an etiquette lesson!
(Anthony) This here Slayer wants some bruises, guys!
Were overmatched, but the fight only lasts for literally two seconds anyway.
The brawl had barely started before it was interrupted by a shout from a familiar voice.
(Lieutenant Louis) Seekers! What in the name of the Divine is going on in here?
(Merill) Sir! Well sir, we HIC!
Youre blind drunk! This is an outrage! Slayer, tell me what transpired here!
Commander Rhode wont be happy if I get locked up for a tavern brawl. No, she wont be happy at all.
Your dialogue choices here can attempt to minimize the Seekers behaviour, or to tell the truth and get them punished. While they do deserve punishment, what would happen to them if I went that way is a bit too harsh. Plus, if we turn them in now, it locks us out of a dungeon, and all the loot and XP that entails.
From the smell of it; Id say a mixture of sweat, beer, and pickled onions.
I find your use of jest somewhat ill-timed!
This is all but a storm in a teacup, Lieutenant. Well in a tankard of ale, actually.
I see. Perhaps I should turn a blind eye to this blind drunkenness for once. Seekers, report to the barracks at once so the innkeeper can clean up the mess youve made! Off with you!
They dashed off as if an angry troll was at their heels.
If youre not busy, there might be something you can assist me with, Slayer.
We can talk further in the barracks. Im heading there now.
You did it! Theyre gone!
It was my pleasure, Elsa!
(-33 XP) I serve gallons of beer to mindless guards all day! I really should go to Aleroth and make a new career.
I really feel I should reward you!
Im sure Tim will give me a little something!
Yes, of course, hell be happy about it too!
(Tim) Ha! The Lieutenant sure gave them an earful.
I told you theyd soon be history!
And you kept your word. Ill make sure my prices drop each time you happen to fancy some of my wares!
Tim now offers a 25% Discount!
(-40 XP, 25% Discount) Nobody will look for a sack of gold in a bush by the chapel.
Elsa and I are right grateful. Youre always welcome in the Black Boar!
"Band of Brutes" Complete! Quest Reward: 600 XP, 150 Gold. Bonus Chosen: 300 XP
Now that the rowdy New Order soldiers are out, the bar fills up again with people. You can watch them coming in, although its you may need to leave the bar and re-enter for everyone to show up.
There are several of worthwhile mind-reads here, including two merchants. Once we lockpick their brains, well have finished most of the mind-reading well want to do and we can finally go kill things.
(Fanny) Youre a miracle worker Slayer. Not many would stand up to the New Order!
Some tired-looking men in shabby clothes warming themselves around the fire caught Yaras eye.
(Jack) A Slayer! Never thought Id meet one!
Seen any unusually large lizards lately?
Cant say I have and cant say Im sorry for it!
Anything of interest you can tell me?
You should visit the mine. An interesting discovery was recently made there! We found an ancient shrine in the mountain.
(Jake) Good to be in the Black Boar, Slayer.
Better to be here than in the mines?
I dont feel at ease near that quarry just now. We found a hidden shrine and it scares me to tell you the truth.
You havent run across any Dragons?
I did! As I came back from the mines! Flew around the dark tower it did!
The dark tower?
Yes, the big citadel tower near the temple.
(-33 XP) I wonder if the Dragon is attracted to something in that eerie tower
(Jack) Boy, is it good to be out of that damp mine and in front of a nice fire!
(Jake) Couldnt agree more, old chap! They should move this bar to the encampment!
Theres a thought! Having Elsa serve you a nice meal each day would be heaven!
She sure is more pleasant to look at than Guildmaster Williams!
Whats your take on that discovery they made?
That shrine deep in the mountain, you mean?
What else; the abandoned troll latrine?
Ha! Well I dont really know what to make of it. But it creeps me out somehow.
Ill bet you a months wages theres foul magic to be found in that shrine.
I wont take that bet cause Im inclined to agree with you!
I for one am glad to have got a few days off just now.
Same here! I hope theyll have buried the place again by the time we head back.
Have you noticed that suspicious-looking fellow in black near the mine?
Cant say I have. Tell me.
Nothing more to tell, really. But I first saw him not long after we found the shrine.
Now thats what I call an ominous development!
(-33 XP) Those men at the mine If I didnt know any better Id swear they were Black Ring.
The Ring? What would they want there? Damn it I havent even have a drink yet and Im already sobering up.
Somewhat unsettled, Yara wandered upstairs.
Good day, young Slayer! What can this man of medicine do for you?
Tell me, why are you wearing that strange copper hat?
Afraid the pixies will steal your brain?
Contrary to what you seem to think, it wards off something quite real. The insidious art of mind reading!
And how many people have this insidious gift?
Not many. Only Slayers and Dragons, in fact.
And still you made this special device Hiding something?
Oh no, no no no! Someone could, uh, steal valuable medicinal recipes! Yes, thats the reason!
You receive a nasty little shock!
Yes! The device works! Nice try, Slayer!
Good day to you!
(David) What? Oh, its not Is there something I can do for you?
No. But maybe I can do something for you! You seem rather nervous.
D.. Do I? No. Surely not. Im a bit tired is all. Ill say goodbye to you now.
(-120 XP) I desert and flee to this little village, only to find a Champion here! And not any Champion, but Richard! Hell kill me if he should find out!
A coward. How shameful.
The Fugitive We can decide what to do about this Deserter, whether to let him go, extort him for his gauntlets, or tell Richard about him, or the last two at the same time!
(Mara) Psst, over here!
Say, have you seen a Dragon Knight bouncing about the valley recently?
No, Lord Laiken never I mean, no, no not at all! Silly Slayer!
Erm, my cat! He frolics about the valley all the time!
You have a noble cat?
Well, his father was a stray, and his mother a Broken Alley cat. But hey: two negatives make a positive, they say!
Cant argue with that! So what did you want to ask of me?
Fancy some good stuff?
I didnt know the Black Boar offered that kind of service!
No deal, sweet stuff. Im talking about a different kind of booty.
(-133 XP, 25% Discount) Best make sure the Seekers dont spot me!
Pity, but show me your contraband wares anyway.
Excellent! Here you go.
Not a cat.
(Brave Sir Robin) Hmmm? Who are you to disturb my musings?
Im a Dragon Slayer.
A Slayer? The title is impressive. But from the looks of you, youve never seen a Dragon other than in books or on tapestries.
Damn it, hes right. And Im not going to, either. Rhode and the others are off and Im in this stuffy old tavern.
That shall soon change: we werent called out here for nothing.
Well, until then, the description Slayer doesnt fit you. But you may address me as Hunter.
Why, you bagged a bunny once?
Do you see that giant boars head mounted over the hearth?
That beast terrorized the valley and claimed the lives of many a huntsman before I killed it some years back. That is what makes me Rivellons best Hunter. Off with you now. I dont enjoy conversations with amateurs.
(-400 XP) Better check my storage for rats. So many of them in there, I use them as a password.
The Greater Hunter
To best this boaster, we need to bring back a better trophy than a boar.
Rhode and the others are off hunting the last Dragon Knight and Im in this stuffy old tavern. I might not be able to slay a Dragon, but I am still a Slayer, and Im not just going to sit around here waiting for Rhode and Marius to come back with their story of triumph! I will prove my worth!
Everything in this book, save the Black Boar, will come up later
Excerpt from The Last of the Dragon Knights, by Zixzax the Almost-Wise:
The Slayer had dreams of glory, and of a heroic destiny, and rushed off to the Barracks to try and see them realized. It was the first step on the road of destiny, but the Slayer did not realize then that the road of destiny does not always lead you to the destination you had in mind.
Video: Bounties and Goblins
(Captain Rodney) A warm welcome to you, Slayer! I am Rodney, Captain of the guard.
Is there anything I can assist you with, Captain?
The village itself has been quiet lately, but there are always the much feared outlaws. Check the wanted bulletins to see which criminals we want brought to justice. But beware! There is a reason this scum is still at large. Even veterans shy away from hunting them.
(-33 XP) Join the guards, they said! See the world, they said! Meanwhile I see nothing but these barracks walls and the administrative papers they keep throwing my way!
Sounds dangerous. But I know I can do it. Better than sitting in that pub all day.
I have to be going, Captain.
All the best, Slayer!
Wanted! The following menaces: Claim your rewards from Captain Rodney if you manage to kill one of them.
- Hjalmar: The burned chapel terror and dangerous beholder. Bring his mask as proof of his death.
- Hallorn: cave dweller, scourge of the tower roads. Bring his ring as proof of his death.
- Yupik: goblin shaman, the mine guilds arch-enemy. Bring his staff as proof of his death.
- Viper: the one-blow-butcher, at large in the valley. Bring his sword as proof of his death.
- Jagon: the elusive bandit leader. Location unknown. Bring his necklace as proof of his death.
A Hunting we Will Go
Five bounties, each is its own quest. There are no alternate solutions here, its just a matter of finding and killing them. Theres a bonus quest reward for killing all five.
Time for a walk in the woods.
My XP debt is even larger after the tavern, but thats okay, because Ive gotten all the mindreads out of the way, so all my progress will be actual progress. Plus, a simple quest is coming up that will clear most of this debt.
01 - The Mill
02 - The Black Boar Inn
03 - Captain Rodney and Bounty Hunting
Getting the drunk soldiers in trouble.
Youre blind drunk! This is an outrage! Slayer, tell me what transpired here!
Your esteemed Seekers got drunk and nasty. When I confronted them, they became violent!
Inebriation, disrespectful conduct and use of force! You men are a disgrace to our order! Get back to the barracks on the double! Ill send you lot on a punitive mission before the sun has set!
And hes serious. They wont be at the barracks, but you can find them later on in the valley briefly.
These are parts 1 and 2 of a book on healing techniques in the wake of the loss of the Aleroth Source. So, uh, it looks like goblin hearts are used to make advanced healing potions. I don't think it's quite the same as the ones we drink, which are made of plants. Goblins are sentient beings with their own language and culture. But they're usually assholes, so fuck 'em, take their hearts.
A book by an anonymous guard, which can be found in the barracks.
Captain Rodneys notes.
Father Ronons books on Supernatural phenomena (parts 1 and 2), found in the Chapel and Arbens Tomb.
History of the Dragon Slayers, Part I
This can be found on the Barracks roof.
Found in the mill.
- In Divinity 1, there was a very grumpy tree in the Dark Forest. It attacks people on sight, and not even the normally tree-hugging Elves liked the wicked thing. It only rains in two places in Divine Divinity, and around that tree is one of those places. It is NOT keep to part with its branches, and I cant blame it because the thing looked to be dead already. It is normally impossible to kill it
but if you do some research, and find the right book, you can hear about a substance called Buads Tea.
- Buad was an alchemist who lived in Verdistis. He stayed at the home of the Verdistis healer before vanishing. No one knows what happened to him. If you were careful and checked the healers house, you could find a forgotten cellar, which contained a barrel of Buads tea. Apply that to the tree and you get a nice stump. No doubt its what Buad used to persuade the tree to give up a branch.
- There was a bar in Divine Divinity called the Blue Boar, Im sure the Black Boar is a reference to that.
1. Just Desserts for a Deserter?
a) Tell him that we wont turn him in. (Reward: ***** Nothing ***** ) = 1 Vote
b) Tell him we wont turn him in if he bribes us. (Default 1 vote) (Reward: Unique Ranger Gloves ) = 1 Vote
c) Tell him we wont turn him in if he bribes us. Then turn him in anyway. (Reward: Unique Ranger Gloves, and possibly something which randomly drops from his corpse ) = 2 Votes
d) Tell him were going to turn him in. (Reward: I havent done this myself, but a FAQ says: +1 Attribute point, acquired at a later date ) = 2 Votes
Voting is still open on number 1. Also a note: If theres a tie at the end of a voting period between the default and another choice, the default wins. If theres a tie between two other options, a coin flip decides.
2. Band of Brutes:
a) We enjoy a few drinks ourselves. (Default 1 vote) = 4 Votes
b) Demand a bribe. = 0 votes
c) Demand a bribe, then rat them out. = 1 vote
3. Merchant or Soldier.
a) Threaten the soldier = 1 vote
b) Accuse the merchant of lying. = 0 votes
c) Investigate both claims before deciding. (Default 1 vote) = 5 votes
(Default) = 1 vote for this option to start, and in the case it is tied with another option, it wins.
SQR = Standard Quest Reward
1. Dana asks us to deliver a sealed letter to Derk, but dont let anyone see it especially not her husband, Carl. This quest is tied into another quest in a complicated way which is impossible to really explain without spoilers. What should we do?
a) Deliver the letter unsealed to Derk. (Reward: 25% Price discount from Derk ) (Default)
b) Open the letter, and then deliver it to Derk. (Reward: 10% Price Increase from Derk )
c) Deliver the letter direct to the husband, unopened. (Reward: 25% Price increase from Derk )
d) Open it and see if theres an opportunity for blackmail. (Reward: Derk will refuse to trade with us at all anymore. )
e) Ive played this game before and I suggest that you _______________ ( Put your answer in spoiler tags. If youre clearly just guessing, I will ignore your vote.)
2. Weve discovered evidence of a murder (a crime of passion, not premeditated).
a) Turn it over to the authorities. (Reward: SQR*2 ) (Default)
b) Demand a payoff from the criminal to keep the secret. Whatever the criminal can pay is fine. (Reward: SQR*2, plus 50 gold )
c) Demand a payoff from the criminal to keep the secret. The criminal better pay us a lot. (Reward: SQR, unique amulet )
d) Tell the criminal we're turning him over to the authorities. (Reward: Unique amulet, SQR reward )
e) Tell the criminal you sympathize and won't turn them in. (Reward: SQR )
3. Were about to kill some goblins. After that, we could do a couple of things.
a) Kill MORE goblins! Ha ha ha! Blood!
b) See Folo, Richard, Derk, and visit Jacksons farm.