Part 18: A New Dawn
Chapter 11 A New Dawn
To Broken Valley west
Excerpt from The Last of the Dragon Knights, by Zixzax the Almost-Wise:
Talana was the last of the Dragon Knights who trained before the doors of Maxos Temple were shut long centuries ago. She knew the threat Damian posed to all of Rivellon. As she lay dying at the feet of the last of the Dragon Slayers, she made a fateful decision which would have repercussions for the entire world.
The Slayers mind was still raw and open from the Dragon Memory ritual. Talana gave onto this Slayer the essence of her being, the power of the Dragons, and showed a vision of what lay in store for Rivellon. The Slayer was a Slayer no longer, instead becoming the last of the Dragon Knights. This is their story.
(Damian) Time to wake up, my sleeping beauty.
Vivid dreams you have. I quite enjoyed that little scene. A Dragon Slayer turned Dragon Knight. Hahaha!
Such delicious irony, rich and thick, like clotted blood.
But I warn you, little hatchling:
Should you attempt to make Talanas dream come true, our next encounter wont end with the spilling of so little blood, clotted or otherwise.
Music: Here be Zandalor
(???) Halt! Please stand still a while and let me have a look at you. Yes yes yes.. good! Everything still seems to be where it should. Most are not so lucky after a tête-à-tête with the Damned One himself!
Ah, Zandalor. You old fool
1. And am I to be that lucky again after a tête-à-tête with you?
3. The fool should have killed me when he had the chance!
(Dragon INITIATE Yara) It was more of a heel to head confrontation, actually. I wont forget that kick to the head in a hurry.
(Zandalor) That headache will quickly pass, unlike the one Damian gave Rivellon when his dark armies ravaged her. But first things first. I am Zandalor: wizard, scholar and this worlds most famous eminence grise, until I fell from grace for protecting Dragons from Slayer blades after the Great War.
(300 XP) I cannot believe it! Here is hope. Hope to destroy Damian. I shall guide you well, Dragon!
1. And what does the famous Zandalor want from me?
2. Then as a Dragon Slayer, it is my duty to end your life.
Before we continue, please tell me what happened here exactly. A lot happened and I dont fully understand.
It would seem Talana noticed your weakness, and in her desperate state used it to perform an unprecedented act. She gave her worst enemy all that made her a Dragon Knight, the raw magic of the Dragon. That is how strongly she felt about her sole purpose, which she tried to show you in her final moments. Like Damian, I saw your dream. And so I have come to aid you. For Talanas words could not ring more true: Damian must be defeated. In order to do so, though, you will have to brave many dangers first as you strive to unlock the powers that were given onto you.
While you may not realize it yet, we have come to a turning point in Rivellons history. And what you decide to do with Talanas bequest will give shape to the fate of everything that lives on this globe. It is with those prophetic words I must leave you, but not before guiding you in the right direction. Seek the help of Lord Lovis in his citadel tower, here, in the valley. His ghost will shed light on the mystery that has befallen you. And now I must go. Many things have to be done, many things indeed. Rest assured, however, we will meet again.
Before you go, I should like to know why you of all people would aid those who killed the Divine.
There is truth, and there is the perception of it. You will find out later which of the two has been the helmsman of the course you steer.
Tell me, am I really a Dragon Knight now?
You are, yes, but that does not mean you can take the form of the Dragon yet. It is a complicated matter, which Lovis will tell you more about when asked.
I have heard enough. For Lord Lovis tower I am bound.
Well spoken! Be safe and journey carefully. The land needs you!
Excerpt from The Last of the Dragon Knights, by Zixzax the Almost-Wise:
But such a momentous occasion does not pass unnoticed. Both the Damned One and the noble Zandalor were observing the scene. Damian delivered a warning to the reborn Dragon Knight not to follow Talanas quest. Zandalor offered some direction, but the Dragon Knight knew the struggle would be difficult, as Damian knew the Dragon Knight was coming for him.
Looking for Lovis
We need to ascend Loviss tower and penetrate its interior. Its not in good shape, but its locked up pretty well. Getting in wont be easy. But the music makes it very enjoyable.
Music: A New Dawn
(Talana) Now you know your enemy and the shadow-strewn path that awaits you. But Ill be there to guide you, should you stray too far and wide.
Whos there? Talana?
Slayer, can you hear me? Respond if you can hear me, Slayer?
Yes, it is I. But Zandalor was right: you must find Lord Lovis. Tell him it was I who sent you and he will most certainly help you.
Alright. This is all very strange, but it is some comfort to know I wont be undertaking this journey alone.
SLAYER! HEAR MY VOICE!
Indeed, young Dragon Initiate. I will guide you to the destruction of Damian.
Theres the tower. I suppose I should be off in a moment.
I cant make her hear me. Not a surprise, I suppose.
It feels a bit strange saying this to someone I had sworn and oath to destroy, but goodbye, Talana. .. Well, I guess not, since youre still here, except not exactly, but you know what I mean.
Let us hope your feet are quicker than your tongue.
Alright, a lot of things to talk about. First of all, Broken Valley is now completely open to us. We can go anywhere. We can even venture into Orobas Fjords (although the enemies there are high level).
We now have a permanent companion of sorts, in the form of Talanas spirit. Shell give us advice and make comments on various encounters, and shell also badger us to hurry up and do the main plot. Now that we have her, Ill have additional fake dialogue between her and Yara.
But most importantly is a permanent ability, a change to our mobility!
Legs of the Dragon
The power of the ancient Dragons infuses your muscles with superhuman might and endurance. For you, the phrase Its not the fall which will kill you, is quite accurate. Your new Draconic agility lets you cross large gaps in a single tremendous bound. Best of all, now you can reach things from even the highest shelf with ease.
Our jumps now take us about three times as high (or more) as they could before. The old wimpy jump is gone for good, we can now do huge flips forward AND backward. This makes evasion in combat much easier.
Video: Broken Valley west
As Yara crossed a bridge, someone ran up from behind her.
(Willy) Good day, Dragon Slayer! Willys the name, sellings the game!
2. Great opening line, my money is halfway out of my pocket already.
3. Not interested.
And what is it you sell?
Houses, my dear friend: property!
I run the Broken Valley Real Estate corporation, and I have a few things on the market just for you!
First theres Folos house in the village: he needs to sell it because of gambling debts. Or you can buy a piece of land and build a new house will be built according to your instructions! So, which of the two will it be?
Is he serious? Dismiss the little weasel quickly, Dragon Knight, so we can be on our way to see Lord Lovis.
Spoiler alert: This guy is a con man. You run into him in three places (each time theres an unskippable cutscene), and you cant just speed through the conversations, because the option to say no moves around.
1. I take it Folos price is reasonably priced?
2. Will a new house be expensive?
Nonsense! Come on now, what house would you like?
I said neither!
Youll change your mind! Next time we meet, youll buy, Im sure of it!
That tower looks pretty beaten up.
I doubt that your house would look as good after being dead for hundreds of years.
Whats that thing?
(Mystery Object) Speak the word so that you may pass.
Not another password!
Oh, yes indeed!
This must be your weapon.
Yes. Could you do me a favour
Im not going to kill Rhode.
You may not have a choice in the matter, Dragon Knight.
Theres always a choice.
The stats on this are unimpressive, but the real benefit are the three enchantment slots.
Skeletons. More and more skeletons.
Fear in action. Notice the skeletons fleeing.
Where are you going? The tower is the other way.
Weve got better things to do than to have a pleasant stroll in the countryside. You need to fulfill your new destiny as a Dragon Knight, and to do that you need to meet Lord Lovis in his tower.
Ill get there. I just want to think about this for a minute. Youre asking me to abandon my duties, my friends, my life. Its not easy.
Youre a soldier. Dont you know that orders can change at the drop of a hat? Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
Ssh I think I heard something.
Goblins! Since I fear Ill soon be out of work as a Dragon Slayer, Ill need something else to supplement my income, like selling these hearts to Richard.
Huh, whats this?
(Drevan) My: a visitor! I dont frequently see other people in this corner of the valley. Im Drevan.
What draws you to this spot?
Solitude, Slayer. The opportunity to work with my enchantment machine without being disturbed. Weapons, armour, ring: you name it, I can fashion it. I could probably make a fortune in the city, but wealth does not interest me: only the art of enchanting.
Could I make use of your skills?
Youd have to pay for the raw materials used. But further than that, yes, certainly. Only, the machine operates on red ore: which is bounteous in Broken Valley, but its been hard to get supplies lately. The miners from a relatively new quarry a bit to the south of here normally bring me ore every week, but they havent shown up. Bring me some and Ill fire this old engine up again. Youd really be helping me out here!
(-750 XP) Im going to change my storage password to something a little less easy to guess than Drevan.
See you later.
The Hunt for Red Ore
All we need to do is bring him a single chunk, and the machines will be up for good. I havent found any in loot yet, but theres a mine nearby.
To Broken Valley west
Here be Zandalor
A New Dawn
a) Lord Lovis Tower, looking for Loot. (Reward: Festival of Immortals)
b) Lord Lovis Tower, looking for Lovis. (Reward: Festival of Immortals)
c) Go to the Mine and get some Red Ore for Drevan (Reward: Enchanting System becomes available, Necromancy System becomes available. ) = 10 votes
d) Lets head to the Bandit Camp = 1 vote (plus 2 votes as the second destination)
e) Instead of a story update, do an OOC Dungeon Update (Reward: +1 Wisdom Amulet, Bounty collected. )
f) Instead of a story update, do the Evil version of the quests from Broken Valley next.
(If you vote for a "next choice" option, it'll save time in recording.)
2. Characterization: So, while were Dragon Slayer in appearance, we are on the path to being a Dragon Knight now. How does Yara feel about this? (None of these options will get us into trouble or start fights that could have been otherwise avoided.)
a) She will embrace this new power fully, and will not try to hide it at all. = 4 votes
b) She will deny this change and try to cling to her old status as a Slayer. = 1 (or 2 votes)
c) She will accept the new power, but wont advertise it unless someone already knows. = 5 (or 6 votes)