|ZanaMissionIntro||I need your help checking and securing a map. I apologise for the intrusion, but it's somewhat urgent.|
|MissionStrDexInt0GiveQuest2||There is plenty of work to be done, and who knows how long before we all vanish into the void. Let's get to work.|
|ZanaMissionComplete||Every one of our forays into the Atlas makes our homes just a little bit safer. It may not mean much to you, but it means the world to me.|
|ZanaMissionFailed||Mistakes happen. I just hope the consequences aren't too dire.|
|MissionStrDexInt1Failed1||Mistakes happen. I just hope the consequences aren't too dire.|
|MissionStrDexInt1Rewarded||I'm busy. Let's talk later.|
|MissionStrDexInt1GiveQuest||Back for more? I could use a hand turning back the tides of madness.|
|MissionStrDexInt1GiveReward||Again, you prove yourself more than capable out in the atlas. I feel hopeful about this admittedly desperate alliance. I've got to take a closer look at a few of the strange corpses you left behind. I think they hold the key to what is happening.|
Come find me later in the Eternal Laboratory. I've collected some maps that could be useful for you.
|MissionStrDexInt2GiveQuest1||Whatever is out in the Atlas changing and augmenting the land is extraordinarily dangerous, and it's got the potential to spill out into our home. We need to put a stop to it. Head out there and see what you can find.|
|MissionStrDexInt2GiveQuest2||Every moment we spend talking is time better spent finding a way to protect our homes. Let's get to work.|
|MissionStrDexInt2GiveQuest3||Darkness looms on the horizon and we need to stop it. Let's get ready to work.|
|MissionStrDexInt2GiveQuest4||Back for more? I could use a hand turning back the tides of madness.|
|MissionStrDexInt2GiveReward||Every successful expedition buys us a little more time. I just hope it's enough.|
|MissionStrDexInt2Rewarded1||What you saw out there is... not a good sign. I need some time to think it over.|
|MissionStrDexInt2Rewarded2||I'm glad you're so eager to help, but I need more time to work out the next step.|
|MissionStrDexInt2Rewarded3||It's unwise to rush into places unknown so quickly. Let me formulate a plan, then we'll talk.|
|MissionStrDexInt2Rewarded4||Your job for now is done. Go get some rest, and I'll figure out what's next.|
|MissionStrDexInt3GiveReward1||I was wrong to ever doubt you when we met, exile.|
|MissionStrDexInt3GiveReward2||Fantastic! Let's just hope it makes a difference.|
|MissionStrDexInt3GiveReward3||Wraeclast's survival is a race against time. A race I think we can win.|
|MissionStrDexInt3GiveReward4||I think we're on the brink of a breakthrough.|
|ZanaLabIntro||My name's Zana, but I already know who you are. I also know what you did, exile. If it weren't for you, none of us would be standing here. There mightn't have been a "here" to even stand on.|
|ZanaUseMapDevice||This map device is a miracle of both engineering and thaumaturgy. It's truly astounding.|
Given the right coordinates from a map, this device can take you to places that... well, honestly I think it's easier for you to see for yourself just what it is capable of.
What lies beyond is dangerous, but so are you. Yet even the godslayer may not be dangerous enough.
Take a Map and use it in this device. I'll wait for you on the other side.
|ZanaGiveAtlas||How fares your mind? Everything still intact? Good. Then there's something I need to show you. I've spent some time out there, exploring the maps, and despite their apparent randomness, there are threads that connect them. Threads we should follow. |
The more we understand these connections, the more each of these maps can offer us, and the closer we'll be to finding out the secrets that twist them.
This is the Atlas of Worlds, and we can use it to track these connections; we can use it to chart a path.
|ZanaOnVorici||I know out here a quick kill solves a lot of problems, but Vorici's eagerness is... unsettling. Plus, he looks at me like I'm another one of his marks.|
|ZanaOnTora||When I utilise my map device, I usually have a pretty good idea of what's on the other side. But I will never know any place the way Tora knows Wraeclast.|
|ZanaOnCatarina||What can I say? I admire Catarina's... resourcefulness. I think it's all a bit unnecessary, and how she can bear the smell is beyond me, but I admire it all the same.|
|ZanaOnVagan||He's handsome, charming, and a good dancer. And he knows it. Vagan is a piece of work, alright.|
|ZanaOnElreon||What Elreon says and what I've seen... Well, they just don't add up, do they? Don't bother trying to convince him though. Debating with him is about as pleasant as a stroll through Sarn's sewers.|
|ZanaOnHaku||Well, let me put it this way. Haku once asked me if I could make the map device's portals wide enough for an army to march through. That's not a road I want to go down.|
|ZanaOnExile||My mother died not long after I was born, and my father, too, was gone only a handful of years later. Orphaned, my family's assets were seized and I was handed off to a series of well-off foster homes as an indentured servant.|
But children are curious creatures, and even by those standards I was extremely curious indeed. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on, and questioning everything they tried to teach me. I was too smart for my own good, I suppose, because eventually, I started drawing the attention of the Templar.
Luckily for me, Dominus was much less subtle than the previous High Templars, so I managed to leave Oriath on my own terms, mostly, before my impending exile.
|ZanaOnKitava||Good riddance. In all honesty, I thought the gods were just fairy tales the Templars would tell children to keep them in line. I'd have much preferred that.|
No one is happy about what occurred here, but if a silver lining can be found, we all have the opportunity to start again. All our past deeds, good or bad, now lie beneath the rubble.
|ZanaOnRebuilding||Good quality stone is scarce on this island. It's plentiful on Wraeclast, but shipping it back is slow, and those ships are put to better use bringing back survivors.|
I know of a way that we might be able to source vast quantities of not just stone, but any resource you could possibly imagine. I just need to make sure it's safe.
|ZanaWildAttention||Still sane, exile?|
|ZanaWildUpTo2||I really appreciate the help. There's a lot out there I don't understand, but two minds may be able to make sense of it all. |
Meet me in the Eternal Laboratory. We have much to discuss.
|ZanaWildUpTo3||Bizarre. The more we uncover, the more questions are raised. I think we need to consider establishing some sort of base of operations. Look for me once you're back on familiar soil. I've got a proposal for you.|
|ZanaWildLevelUp1||The more we learn, the more we question.|
|ZanaWildLevelUp2||We have only just begun to pull back the curtain that obscures the nature of existence.|
|ZanaWildLevelUp3||Bizarre. The more we uncover, the more questions are raised. I think we need to consider establishing some sort of base of operations. Look for me once you're back on familiar soil. I've got a proposal for you.|
|ZanaWildLevelUp4||I don't presume to know your motivations for helping me. Honestly, it doesn't even matter, since if you didn't, there's a good chance we'd be wiped off the face of the continent. But I'm glad you're here anyway!|
|ZanaUpTo2Hideout||I understand you've created a little hideout for yourself. If you have the room, cohabitation could allow us to strengthen our alliance. What do you think?|
|ZanaUpTo3||I've been thinking. We've been seeing a lot of strange things out there, and without a safe place to call home, it can all start to affect one's sanity. Fortunately, I have a nice little place that's out of the way, with enough room for the both of us... maybe more. Interested?|
|ZanaUpTo3Hideout||I've been thinking. We've been seeing a lot of strange things out there, and without a safe place to call home, it can all start to affect one's sanity. Your home here is... well, it's fine, but it never hurts to have options. |
I have a nice little place that's out of the way, with enough room for the both of us... maybe more. Interested?
|ZanaUpTo4||I don't presume to know your motivations for helping me. Honestly, it doesn't even matter, since if you didn't, there's a good chance we'd be wiped off the face of the continent. But I'm glad you're here anyway!|
|ZanaUpTo5||You know, even if our very existence weren't at risk, I think I'd still enjoy this work.|
|ZanaUpTo6||My father once told me: You cannot examine a shadow by shining a light on it. I'm finally beginning to understand what he meant.|
|ZanaUpTo7||I've been thinking lately: You can't truly find yourself if you are never lost. The deeper we get, the less I think I understand myself or where I come from...|
|ZanaUpTo8||Do you remember when we first met? The godslayer, so full of confidence... But I wasn't sure you'd make it out there.|
I thought I knew everything I would ever need to know. I thought I was ready to go out and make the world my playground, but living amongst my father's books and papers prepared me no more than someone who spent years gazing out a window. Knowledge can only be tested when it is put to use.
Thank you for helping me test my knowledge. I have learnt just how much there is left to learn.
|ZanaDismissHideout||Stay sane, exile.|
|ZanaCreateHideout||Let me give you the grand tour...|
|ZanaHideoutDemo||With a handful of torches, a bookshelf, perhaps a nice little reading nook, this place could be very homey indeed.|
|ZanaHideoutDemoSelected||I think this will work out nicely for us. There's even room for a few friends.|
|ZanaInviteHideout||I think this will work out nicely for us. There's even room for a few friends.|
|ZanaHideoutGiveCraft||I'd like to keep my map device here, if you'll allow me. I found designs for it in my father's belongings and I spent much of my youth working on it. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if I let it be damaged somehow. Of course, you are welcome to use it as much as you like. And, I think it would look rather fetching sitting here.|
|ZanaOnMaps||Not too long ago I'd have told you that maps were a beautiful mix of science, thaumaturgy, and imagination, that I need only picture a place to conjure a path to it.|
I thought them a paradise waiting to happen, but they're more like a tempting morsel sitting below a massive cage. The hunter may be no more, but all the traps are still set.
|ZanaHideoutDaily||While you're here, I've got a favour to ask of you. Follow me, and I'll fill you in on the details.|
|ZanaMissionUniqueMap||I've discovered a location in the Atlas with some... unique properties. Even by Atlas standards, this place is strange. I want you to check it out. It could be nothing, but I'd feel better knowing either way.|
|ZanaMissionTag||Thaumaturgically-charged Lodestones placed throughout this map were providing a stable footing for me and my former allies. They've since been knocked out of alignment. I don't think we need much guesswork to figure out who is behind it, but that's a matter for later. Right now, I need those Lodestones realigned.|
|ZanaMissionKillBoss||There's a powerful presence in this map, and I think we'd be fools to leave it unchecked. Head on through and put it out of its misery before it can overcomplicate things.|
|ZanaMissionFindMap||In my attempts to evade capture by my former allies, I lost track of some maps I'd been working on. I believe at least one is in the area I'm sending you to. I don't need it back, but I do need it kept out of dangerous hands.|
|ZanaMissionFindUnique||From time to time I'd come across items of curious origin. The Elderslayers were particularly interested in such finds, often adding them to their growing arsenal. There's one such item where I'm sending you, and I need you to get to it before they do.|
|ZanaMissionAnotherMission||I'm trying to enlist the help of one of our friends, but it seems one favour demands another. If you can go and help me help them, then I can in turn help you.|
|ZanaMissionKillExiles||The group of exiles that slew the Elder was, unfortunately, not the first group I'd enlisted. The rest went mad or were slain much more quickly, and yet even the dead ones are still rattling around out there. I don't think they will cause much of a problem for you, unless one of my former allies gets to them first.|
|ZanaMissionKillMonsters||The map I'm sending you to is infested with one of the Atlas' many strange manifestations -- this time, groups of corrupted monsters. It's not integral to our defense of Oriath, but ridding the Atlas of these fiends will make our efforts at least somewhat safer.|
|ZanaMissionCompleteLabTrial||Strange anomalies spring up throughout the Atlas from time to time, tempting fools to their deaths. One such anomaly has appeared in the map I'm sending you to -- it's a gauntlet of deadly traps. I'm not sure what's at the end of it, but I don't want any of the Elderslayers getting there before you do.|
|ZanaMissionKillWarband||The Atlas contains many strange manifestations, the least of which are mirror-cultures of Wraeclast. I've come across a few groups of mercenaries that, if left alone, may become a real thorn in our sides. Exile, I need you to find and eliminate them.|
|ZanaMissionFindDivCard||Something on the other side of my map device has gotten ahold of a divination card, one that radiates with enough energy that I can detect it even from here. Find that card before any of our rivals do. I know they'll be hunting for it.|
|ZanaMissionFindVaalFragment||There's a strange object of Wraeclast origin in this map, and as far as I can tell, it didn't come from myself or any of my previous companions. Can you track it down? I just need to ensure we don't have yet another eager explorer like yourself making a mess.|
|ZanaMissionOpenMonolith||Something in this next map is exhibiting some extremely strange energies, but... It's immobilised. I'm worried about what could happen if someone else gets to it before we do. And if it poses a danger, well, you know what to do.|
|ZanaMissionDarkshrine||I've discovered the presence of a strange shrine in this map. Normally such things wouldn't concern me, but if one of my former allies were to discover it, it could pose a problem for us later. Get there before they do, and make sure they can't use it.|
|ZanaMissionKillInvasionBoss||Even among the erratic swarms of fiends, I've accidentally stumbled across an oddity. It's strong and dangerous, and doesn't belong in this map, so please make sure it doesn't stay there either.|
|ZanaMissionBeyond||A group of fiends is putting out a strange energy -- the sort usually associated with monsters from beyond the Atlas. I'm worried they are trying to bring something into the map. Make sure whatever it is doesn't cause us trouble.|
|ZanaMissionOpenUniqueStrongbox||I've managed to track down a potent cache of goods that might help us. That was the easy part. Now I need you to do the hard part: securing it before someone else with more nefarious intentions does. Whatever is in there is yours, so long as you get there first.|
|ZanaMissionExtraNoDyingLeaving||By the way, I've limited the access into and out of this map. You'll only get one shot at this, I'm afraid. We simply can't risk anything or anyone coming out of that portal besides you! So, watch yourself.|
|ZanaMissionExtraTimeLimit||Another thing: Someone or something is tampering with my map device's ability to provide a stable connection between here and there. We've only got a small time window to do this before we'll need to call it off, so once inside, you'll need to be quick.|
|ZanaMissionExtraTimeLimitIncreases||There's a caveat. The connection between here and there is tenuous. I believe the creatures that lie on the other side are the source of the instability. Each one you slay should allow you to stay there a little longer. But if the connection becomes too weak, we'll have to call it off.|
|ZanaMissionExtraTimeLimitFind||Also, this connection appears to be inherently unstable, so I'm not sure how long I can keep it open. That said, if you can activate any standing stones on the other side, then I should be able to buy you a little more time.|
|ZanaShaperFightHalf||Father, it's me! Let me help you!|
|ZanaShaperFightQuarter||They lie to you, Father. I'm your true memory!|
|ZanaGoToLab||Before Kitava tore this city apart, the Templar kept many artefacts hidden deep beneath the city streets. The only surviving remnants of the Templar theocracy are what they hoped to hide forever.|
I think it's time to pull back the veil. There's an entrance to the Templar Laboratory not far from here. My father used to sneak me inside as a child. He never could stand the long work days apart...
Come, there's something there I think you need to see.
|ZanaArchitectQuest||These worlds, they've changed since last I remember. They've become darker, more... twisted in a way that betrays their true origin.|
I no longer believe these are realms of chance, rather, they must have been formulated by a sentient mind... a designer or architect. Every shadow in this place creeps about with an unforeseen purpose.
Whatever is out there forming these worlds concerns me. We should find the source of the darkness and put an end to it before something leaks out into our reality.
|ZanaArchitectComplete||I've not been entirely honest... I'd suspected my father was involved in all this, now this memory fragment proves his engagement in ways I hadn't anticipated... I'm sorry for keeping the truth from you. I was worried that, had you known the truth, you would not have followed me into this nightmare... |
Let's start over. I need your help. My memory is cloudy, but I'll tell you all I can recall. When I was a child, my father and I, we were... separated. I was told he was lost to that unearthly realm when the Atlas closed, and the men who feared it took it apart. I spent my whole life trying to track down its pieces and repair his machine. A few years ago, I did just that. But now that we've found him, something is not right... My father was a kind, temperate man. A good person and a loving human being. Nothing like that... thing you just saw!
Please, take this. I found it while exploring. Hopefully it will help smooth things over... and if you continue to help me, I promise I'll find a way to make it all worth your while.
|ZanaShaperClue||That creature you encountered out in the maps, he was... shaping things. Perhaps he's the architect we seek.|
There was something off about him exile, something I can't place... Perhaps... no. This "Shaper" may have the answers.
Continue in your explorations, track this mystery man down once more and question him, so that we might be able to learn what exactly these worlds are for.
|ZanaOnWatchersOfDecay||I'm sure you've noticed as much as I have, exile, that you, me, and my father... we are not the first people to have set foot in this world. There are signs of the Elder's victims everywhere, as well as memories and references to those who first stood against it.|
The Watchers of Decay. A sect we could perhaps learn a great deal from. While you've busied yourself cutting through the swarms of abominations, I took some time to explore my Father's Laboratory once more in search of any references he might have collected regarding these "Watchers." Though I couldn't ascertain anything relating to them in our modern age, there were some remaining scrolls hidden beneath the floorboards that detailed this group as having existed far back in the smoke of history.
The Watchers claim to have gotten their start when a nameless god of Wraeclast endowed an Azmeri mother with knowledge of the Elder's existence. She had lost her boy to it months before, you see, and sought revenge. Somehow the god saw it fit to help the woman in her quest. Perhaps he took pity on her? Or did he consider the knowledge a curse?
|ZanaMemoryEaterQuest||This... thing, it appears to have been feeding on my father's memories. Should it eat its fill, he will be merely a hollowed out husk... A wraith and nothing more. Unless... If we were to locate more of these memory fragments, then perhaps we could restore his mind to him and free him from this nightmare. |
This other creature complicates things however... It is alien, yet to me, it seems somehow familiar, like a bad dream once forgotten. All I remember is a sense of malevolent dread...
It must be stopped, whatever it is. It seems to bleed Decay into the surrounding areas. If that voracious... mould that grows from its very shadow were to ever find its way into Oriath or Wraeclast... We cannot let that happen.
|ZanaMemoryEaterComplete||This... this should be enough. If he is to remember anything that might help, the story of how he got here is what we require. Thank you for finding these, exile. I can't imagine it was an easy task.|
We must now try restore them to my father's mind. In the meantime, here - take this. I found it while doing my own investigations into this world. See it as a reward for your labour.
|ZanaOnElder||It appears my Father encountered this "Elder" sometime before his entrapment in its lair. Many of his most recent diaries make reference to the creature and his learnings around it. There wasn't much, just second-hand myths from the research journals of the Watchers of Decay. |
One concept however, came up time and time again. This Elder is not a lord unto itself. It serves a greater master, or... a greater purpose... I'm unsure. It's confusing; both my father and the Watchers refer to the Elder as "coming from the nothing" while also being "a carrier for the nothing." There are also mentions of an unholy desire to spoil and decay... perhaps it all relates somehow to those fungal growths we've seen in the maps...
|ZanaOnVictims||I've been doing more research into the Elder and its battle with the Watchers of Decay. It's truly mortifying the things they've endured at the creature's hands. |
These Watchers, they were all... parents. It seems the Elder prefers its prey young. These men and women fought tooth and nail to avenge their children, perhaps even succeeding for a time... But the Elder has been free for the better part of two decades. Its taste in food could explain the steady disappearance of children in the upper class of Oriath.
What if those children are still here, in this place? Twisted, tormented creatures, clinging to whatever fragments of happy memories they've left... We must alleviate their sufferings.
|ZanaRequiemQuest||Exile, it is time to make our move. We must save my father. These memories were sundered from his mind in a moment of great violence. I fear only great violence will provide us the opportunity to return them.|
I've scouted these worlds and I'm certain my father lies deep within the centre of the Atlas, but as suspected, he does not reside there unguarded. Four great brutes surround him, unpassable by me. If you were to go on ahead and remove those threats, then we will have a clear path to my father, and our little "operation" can begin.
|ZanaRequiemQuestUpdate||The way is clear. Though our agenda won't be without difficulty, exile. My father was a kind but stubborn man. If any of that stubbornness has survived, then restoring his memories will be no easy task. |
We must enter this new realm of shadows at the centre of the Atlas and beat his madness into submission. Only then will his mind be pliable enough to remember these fragments as they are returned to his flesh.
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment2||A fragment of my Father's memory! Even then, the Atlas called to him. Please, take this for your help...|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment3||Another fragment! So, like a temptress, the dreamlands seduced him... Oh, yes - forgive me. For you, Exile.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment4||More memories! What is this Shade? Such things can't exist in the real world, can they? Thank you Exile - here's a little something for you.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment5||This fragment, I remember! I saw how his work consumed him... Please, take this, and don't be overwhelmed by this place.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment6||Another memory! Could this Shade be the creature we saw? Here's your bounty, now let's continue our search!|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment7||A fragment I hold in memorial. I thought my bones would break, he held me so tight, whimpering into the night... Oh yes, here, for your efforts.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment8||Ah yes, another memory. Uncle Eramir. I wonder, what ever happened to him? Perhaps with you in my pocket, we'll soon find out?|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment9||A memory I'm sure he would've preferred to forget. Ugh, a cold fear creeps through my very veins... Please, take this and let us be done with our quest!|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment10||A hopeful memory perhaps? I wonder what this invention of my fathers could be? Oh yes, here's your reward.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment11||Another sad fragment. Venarius was a cruel and petty master. Here's a gift for a job well done.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment12||More memories! I remember these things, as if they were half-painted images on canvas... Here, take your reward, now let's get back to work.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment13||Another fragment... That bastard... Here is what you are owed Exile, now let's end this already. I am sick of remembering.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment14||An important memory. It's as if my mind has blacked out the horrific truth of these events... Your reward. Hopefully you'll get some use out of this.|
|ZanaOnDeliveredMemoryFragment15||This... this should be enough. If he is to remember anything that might help, the story of how he got here is what we require. Thank you for finding these, exile. I can't imagine it was an easy task.|
We must now try restore them to my father's mind. In the meantime, here - take this. I found it while doing my own investigations into this world. See it as a reward for your labour.
|ZanaOnTheShaper||It's all a blur... My father was the chief Arkhon for High Templar Venarius - a cruel and pernicious ruler. Venarius wished to hold the world ransom with his occult relics from the rubble of Wraeclast, he believed they could venerate him even higher in his status. |
My father was forced to experiment on the map device for him, in hopes that he would uncover some kind of weapon. I don't need to tell you that my father found something worthy of attention. And instead of handing it over, he made sure its power could not be misused, a surety that cost him his freedom and me... my childhood.
|ZanaOnBookOfMemories||My father's memories litter this place, like the first leaves of autumn. They may very well be the last precious things I have from him. I've stored them for safe keeping in a Book Of Memories back in the Laboratory. That way, even if we fail in our quest, I shall always have a record of his last acts. Feel free to have a look through them, should you find yourself there.|
|ZanaInTheShapersRealm||I think I understand it now... This Atlas, these maps... they aren't so much worlds as they are like the performance stage in the Theopolis Amphitheatre. These worlds are merely disguises for what truly lies behind the curtain. |
This place... this is the nexus of the Elder's worlds, the place from which all its hunting grounds are formed... We are close to the void from which it was birthed, yet my Father has chosen this as his home. Curious indeed. Hiding in plain sight perhaps? Though, what captain regularly frequents the bowels of his ship? Maybe the Elder rarely visits this place. It is busy, I suppose, hunting and feasting elsewhere in the maps...
Exile, I will ready my Father's memories. You go on ahead, scout this place, find my Father, but be wary of what horrors might lurk down here in the belly of this evil machine.
|ZanaInTheShapersRealmWithoutAllMemories||I think I understand now. This Atlas, these maps... they aren't so much worlds as they are like the performance stage in the Theopolis Amphitheatre. These worlds are merely disguises for what truly lies behind the curtain. And here we are, brave explorers, peeking backstage. What treasures might we find here? What horrors?|
|ZanaKillingShaperWithoutMemories||He's been forced back for now, but without all the fragments of my father's memories, he'll never free him from his mental prison. Exile, please, let's continue on this path. My father doesn't deserve this. He should be at peace. |
|ZanaOnFathersMemories||His memories... of me... gone. Devoured by that abomination! Curse it! My Father will... he'll never know me again. |
At least... At least I got to speak with him one last time. He recognized me. Did you see that, Exile? He knew my face! ...and now he's in torment once again.
If we cannot restore his memories, then we must free him from this prison. I can't believe I am to ask this of you, but we must defeat this Elder. Perhaps with it gone, my Father will give up his ghost and be finally laid to rest.
|ZanaShaperKeyQuest||What did you discover, exile? Ah! The key to his private study back in Oriath! If what he said is true, then there must be some kind of weapon inside that can stop this "Elder". And stop it, we must. |
I know I ask more than you've signed on for, but this creature - we've both seen the effects it has had on the maps. The Decay it spreads... that it births from its victims. If that Decay were to reach out of the maps, as I'm certain is its intention, all the world would be lost to those malignant spores!
Let us depart now, back to Theopolis and investigate this lead. Please, if there's decency in you exile, meet me there when you're ready and we shall begin to plot our attack.
|ZanaShaperKeyQuestReward||You're fast on your feet exile. I'm glad you have decided to stick through this with me. Look, it seems my concerns were... justified. The Decay we've seen throughout the Atlas, it's here. Perhaps our activities in the Atlas might have weakened the barriers between this world and the maps. Without my Father's full strength to keep it at bay, the Elder's true master - Decay - is seeping through.|
I promised you a reward for helping me find my father, well here it is - an item from my Father's secret study. Please, take it and stay on this journey with me - there is yet more we can accomplish together.
|ZanaCosmicArcanaQuest||This is it. The device that can save us. "The Cosmic Arcana." With it, we can force the Elder from the maps and into the abstract of non-reality. The only catch? We must use it at the Atlas center. The nexus of worlds where the veil is the thinnest. |
That's where you come in, Exile. I need you to lure the Elder into that place. I will use the weapon to remove it from our world. Keep your wits about you though, my father is still at large. He was weakened in that last battle, but knowing his current lunacy, I doubt he's stopped fighting against the Elder. We must conduct this final effort with considerable care...
|ZanaOnCosmicArcana||I remember almost everything now about my Father's studies into the map device. I remember how he locked himself away to work on this weapon. I've managed to read his notes on the weapon while I was waiting for you to arrive. The science is... incomprehensible at best. Nearest I can tell, the Arcana exhibits a blast of wrath once it has been fully charged, and when directed at the Elder will force it to take on the form it held before it entered our dimension. |
We know that form to be, as my father puts it, non-corporeal. In short - that which is not physical cannot exist in a dimension of physics. It will be forced out and back to where it belongs, hopefully unable to return. As I said, it is tenuous, but I trust my father, and this is the only hope we have.
|ZanaBeforeFinalFight||It's happening, isn't it? The Elder is on its way. We are at the end of the road, Exile. Does it look off into success? Or does the horizon hold nothing but death and decay? I hope you're ready, my friend.|
We need to weaken the creature before the Cosmic Arcana can do its job. I wish you luck, and should we not meet again... it's been an honour to fight by your side.
|ZanaAfterBanishingElder||We did it... It's over... it's finally over. My father, wherever he is, I can sense him. He's at peace... Thank you, exile.|
The Arcana! It worked! And I wasn't worried for a second! Though... The Elder and the Decay... Although we have banished them both, the encounter has... changed me somehow. I feel the creature, scratching at the skin between our dimensions. It's desperate. It's hungry. It's... trying to find a way back in.
I don't think I'll sleep again for a long while. I need to make sure we are prepared in case it returns. Perhaps I'll restore the Watchers of Decay to guard our world... This place - the Atlas, is of the Elder. With more research it could give us further clues to the exact nature of the Decay. If you wish to, you're free to study and explore these worlds alongside me. Perhaps you could still do some good in this place - the Elder's victims - all those children... there must be thousands of them, wandering these lands, twisted and corrupted, alone - perhaps even afraid. Like my Father, they beg to be set free from their torment. Killing them would be an act of mercy. You could be an agent of that mercy, my friend.
For now, I must leave you. I need to prepare for my next expedition.
|ZanaOnResearch||I first started exploring the Atlas as a way to grow closer to my estranged father. I had no idea just how close I would get to him, though there was not much left of his mind by then...|
Looking back, I think I was overly optimistic about what the Atlas could mean for... well, for everyone. Imagine limitless worlds, limitless resources, limitless open space in which to live.
But now I understand that it all comes at an insurmountable price. To dwell there is to leave yourself vulnerable to unspeakable madness. It's inescapable and insidious. It taps into your greatest desires, offering you a glimpse of what might be, and that temptation... it's all I could do to stop myself from falling into the same patterns as my friends...
The work we're doing is important, but it's also risky. Please, if you start to feel your sanity slip away, you need to tell me.
|ZanaOnReturnToOriath||I returned to Oriath with one of the early survivor fleets, excited to finally have the opportunity to put my knowledge to good use. During the rebuilding effort, we stumbled across the golden device -- a device I later learned once belonged to my father. |
I'd hoped that it might be useful in the resettlement effort at first, but when we discovered the Elder, it became clear that what lay beyond the device's portals was more likely to harm than help. I assembled a team in absolute secrecy, comprised of exiles who had proved their combat know-how in Wraeclast, and set to work sealing the Elder away. We were successful. The relief I felt... it was indescribable. But...
The Atlas is a dangerous place. It assaults both body and mind. It makes Wraeclast seem positively tame. My team, my friends, they were deeply affected by the journey. The allure of power finally caused them to lose their grip on reality.
And it was only a matter of time until I joined them.
|ZanaOnCorruption||I long thought corruption a phenomenon unique to Wraeclast, but you need only a passing glance at any one of the lands in the Atlas to see that something frighteningly similar, if not identical, has taken hold there. |
Is it the corruption that is unique to Wraeclast, or is it the apparent lack of corruption elsewhere that's truly the rarity? Instead of lamenting the cursed continent, perhaps we should be counting our uncorrupted blessings.
|ZanaMissionFindTheBreach||As if we didn't have enough problems already, there's something trying to tear a literal hole in the fabric of reality in this map. You need to stop it, or else I think our problems will continue to multiply.|
|ZanaMissionKillHarbingers||This map contains certain inexplicable entities that we Elderslayers faced a few times. They appear to be the advance scouts of an invasion from some unknown realm. I strongly suggest you do not give them time to gain a foothold in the Atlas.|
|ZanaMissionCompleteAbyss||The area I'm sending you to was displaying some curious seismic activity. At first I thought it was a quirk of the location, but I could hear... movement... below my feet. Exile, please stabilise this location by destroying whatever it is that's causing those tremors.|
|ZanaMissionExtraShaperInfluence||Alas, though my father is no more, some of the maps continue to resonate with echoes of his presence. I know not what shape it may take, so be ready for anything.|
|ZanaMissionExtraElderInfluence||We may have defeated the Elder, but there are still traces of whatever cosmic force it served. Be careful of the Decay. It lingers in this map, germinating unknown dangers, so stay on high alert.|
|ZanaElderBossComplete||So that was the Elder... what terrible, monstrous power! We must find a way to defeat it, exile. We seem to have driven it from this world. There must be a way to defeat it for good...|
|ZanaSynthOnNiko||I've seen men and women turn mad, but I've never seen a case like Niko... I think the ores and compounds he's been handling have been affecting his mind. He seems to be aware of it, too.|
Can it really be called madness when it is of your own doing?
It's a shame. I'm sure we will encounter many subterranean environments where his expertise would be invaluable, but I simply can't risk our safety. The Atlas presents its own potential threats to sanity... putting additional pressure on Niko might send him right over the brink.
|ZanaSynthOnEinhar||When I was a young girl I used to play with the neighbourhood stray cat, and one day it started bringing me mice. Einhar is that stray cat. Has he been trying to feed you raw meat too? I just don't have the heart to tell him how inedible it is. |
The first time he handed me a big raw steak, I began to cook it over the fire, and he told me I was 'ruining all the good red.' Since then, I've just hidden it when he isn't looking. Sometimes I open up a map and hurl it in there. I know how irresponsible it is, but... Einhar's a sweetheart. I don't need to see under the mask to know how deeply he feels emotions, and I can't bear to hurt him.
Watch your step out there. You may land on some of my rotten scraps.
|ZanaSynthOnAlva||As a fellow explorer, I must admit admiration for Alva. Her motivations may not be as philanthropic as mine, but you can't deny that her methods get results. Do I wonder what kind of repercussions all her time travel is having on us? Of course! But we don't really know what the consequences of our travel through the Atlas are either, and I'm not interested in throwing stones while living in my own little glass house. |
I do wish she'd look past profits, but we've all benefited from her finds in one way or another.
|ZanaSynthOnNavali||Navali's powers are impressive, yes, but they are not without their limits. It seems her knowledge of things to come is restricted to our realm, however broad that may be. When it comes to the Atlas, her predictions don't seem as reliable. |
I wonder how much of this is due to the source of her powers... she claims to have been given the gift of second sight by the Karui goddess Hinekora, but since the gods returned I've heard nothing of Hinekora. Is Navali being misled by a deceptive entity? Or is Hinekora keeping a low profile? Perhaps the goddess simply has no interest in us, as she has her own flock to tend.
Regardless, it may be worth remembering that although Navali is a good friend to have, she has her own agenda like anyone else; an agenda she may have been given by her benefactor.
|ZanaSynthOnJun||I've tried getting to know Jun, and maybe I'm reading into things a little bit here, but I don't think she likes me. Whenever I try to talk to her, she gets quiet and averts her eyes. I've seen her fight, so I don't think she's exactly shy... and I catch her staring at me every so often. Long stares. The kind you do when you're lost in thought. |
I wonder what I did to offend her...
No matter! I'll just stay the course. I'm sure with a little more alone time we'll become fast friends.
|ZanaSynthOnHelena||I wish I could say I trust Helena, but I've seen one too many of Dominus's blackguards suddenly snap. The training and indoctrination they go through does not leave much room for one's own judgement. |
I'm not trying to sound ungracious. She's done a lot for us, but I'd be telling a fib if I claimed I didn't sleep with a blade beneath my pillow when she's around.
|ZanaSynthOnCavas||What a strange entity you found, Exile. Completely devoid of memory, yet cognisant, and even driven... I hope to find the time to really get to know him, but I've been so caught up with the happenings out in the Atlas.|
Perhaps I'll join you on one of your memory ventures soon.
|ZanaSynthAfterCavasEvent||I can't... I don't...|
Exile, did you know? No, of course not. I don't think Venarius even knew who he was, how could you? But he knows now, and it seems he may remember many other things as well.
If Venarius is capable of rewriting memories, he could plant very dangerous ideas into the minds of the vulnerable. We need to find those memories before he does. Don't worry, you're not alone in this. We are a team.
|ZanaQuestMapReward1||Fantastic work, Exile. Here, take one of these. It will help us continue to pursue that entity.|
|ZanaQuestMapReward2||We have to keep laying the pressure on him. Here, this should help.|
|ZanaQuestMapReward3||As long as he keeps running, we'll keep chasing. Here, take this, and be careful out there.|
|ZanaQuestMapReward4||He's retreating deeper into the Atlas. We must keep up the chase! Use this wisely.|
|ZanaQuestMapReward5||We're cornering him now, Exile. He must be running out of tricks. Keep pushing onwards!|
|ZanaSynthIncompleteMemoryRandom||Interesting... It seems as though there may be more to that memory. We'll have to keep looking!|
|ZanaSynthIncompleteMemory2||I think perhaps that isn't the whole story... Let's keep looking.|
|ZanaSynthIncompleteMemory3||There's more to that memory, I just know it. Perhaps we'll find the rest somewhere else.|
|ZanaSynthFailedMemoryRandom||I'm sorry Exile, that memory is gone. We were just not quick enough.|
|ZanaSynthFailedMemory2||Oh... We were just too slow to save that memory... At least Venarius won't get his hands on it.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryFull||We've collected a lot of memories, Exile. Now might be a good time to visit the Memory Nexus. Perhaps we can lure that vicious little snake Venarius out of wherever he is hiding...|
|ZanaSynthVenariusDefeated||I don't know that we will ever be able to truly destroy Venarius, Exile, but we can prevent him from taking away people's autonomy. We didn't ask for this duty, but it is our duty all the same, for if we don't stop him, who will?|
|ZanaSynthVenariusDefeatedAlt||It's funny... I thought once we finally defeated Venarius I would feel happy... Instead I feel frustrated. Frustrated that a man like that was able to lead the Templar. Frustrated that he took my father from me. Frustrated that he released that entity into the Atlas... Frustrated that after all we've done, dangers still lurk out there. When will it stop, Exile? When will we finally be safe?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryAcidCaveC||Monsters... To use a child like that... The Eternal Empire was truly cruel.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryAshenWoodC||What devious maliciousness. War truly brings out the worst in people, doesn't it. It's clear to me this belongs to some unfortunate Karui.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryBazaarC||That was exhilarating, Exile! Like truly seeing the mind and heart of another person, living and breathing right here with me. Why was his memory so intense? I can still feel Victario, as if he has just left the room only now.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryBeachC||Ugh, my neck feels stiff. Was that you, Exile? You were in that memory, though looking a little worse for wear!|
|ZanaSynthMemoryBellyC||Ugh, I am left sickened and dirtied by the vile thoughts of someone intensely self-absorbed. Was that... Malachai? The monster who brought about the Cataclysm? Did I just relive that moment?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCaveC||Was that Merveil? That poor woman. Somewhere within her monstrous form lived the woman she once was. What a terrible curse.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryChambersC||Exile! That was the moment Venarius decided to seize life and vie for power. That was the moment doom for men like my father was assured.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryFissureC||A memory from someone close to the Inquisitor. How exciting! I bet there are many historians who would be interested in such a find.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryForestC||Could it be...? Exile, this sounds just like the entity hunting my father. But... the memory is so old. How is this possible?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryGardenC||I think... I think this is a memory from Venarius. How horrible. Why would he want to join an organisation like this?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryMushCaveC||Well, I'm not sure whose memory that was, but it's safe to say you shouldn't eat mushrooms you don't know.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCoastC||Hmm, this memory seems too ancient to have belonged to Venarius.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryDungeonC||I felt so... so strong! Yet I couldn't shake the feeling I was at my breaking point. What a terrible sensation! Was that the Warden of Axiom?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryParkC||Was that Venarius as a child? I think perhaps it was... society has not changed much since he was young.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryPierC||This was almost certainly one of the High Templar's memories. In fact, I think this was not long before he spoke to my father!|
|ZanaSynthMemoryPier2C||A young Venarius, innocent and helpless. If only he'd stayed that way. It never ceases to amaze me how much a person can change over their lifetime.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryPrisonC||The most upsetting thing about this memory is how unsurprising it is. It's hard to tell whose memory this was. Certainly not Venarius, but I wouldn't be shocked to hear he was the judge.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryQuarryC||This must have been one of the Eternal slaves... an Ezomyte, maybe. But sinew beneath stone? What could that be?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryAntiquaryC||A single decision made out of fear had such grave consequences. I wonder, if that researcher had spoken up, could the cult of Kitava have been stopped before ravaging Oriath?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryArchivesC||I've never met him directly, but I think I know whose memory this was. It's someone Helena talks about: Eramir. I believe he lives with the Azmeri now.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryBathsC||You know what I find most disturbing about this memory, Exile? None of the bystanders so much as lifted a finger to help poor Drusus.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCaveMineC||Human beings seem to believe the world has an inherent decency. It cost those men their lives.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryChambers2C||You know all too well how little true justice the Templar meted out. I hope you at least got to argue your case.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCryptC||I wish I could tell you what he remembered, Exile. It seems these memories have their limits.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryDarkForestC||So that's what faith feels like... I'm no stranger to religion, but I never truly believed what the Templars taught us. I just had a brief glimpse into a life without doubt. I must say, I understand the allure.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryFieldsC||It's hard to believe, but the Eternals of Sarn back then were even more rotten than the people of Oriath today. Sometimes I wonder if the Empire was doomed with or without the Cataclysm.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryGlacierC||That was quite a brutal memory. You know, I'd never dare ask her, but is Jun Mutewind?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryGraveYardC||Gods, the terror that gripped him in those final moments. I hope I never feel that again!|
|ZanaSynthMemoryHauntC||Exile, how does a ghost form memories without a brain? It seems there's much more left to discover in this world.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryIcebergC||I never knew barren mountains could be so beautiful.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryLibraryC||So many books have been destroyed by Wraeclast's troubles through the years. I hope one day I can help rebuild Oriath's libraries with new knowledge.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryLunarisC||Just following orders... spineless little--! How many lives were lost because someone wouldn't stand up for what's right? Wouldn't think for themselves? |
|ZanaSynthMemoryMineshaftC||It seems the mines of Highgate were sealed before everyone could be evacuated... what a terrible fate...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryMoonTempleC||Somewhere in history, the old religions lost their way. Or perhaps this is the journey every religion takes eventually...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryOasisC||At long last, a memory that didn't make me want to curl up into a ball and weep!|
|ZanaSynthMemoryRooftopC||That was Dominus' ascension to power. I remember seeing the smoke from the orphanage... it was so soon after my father's disappearance.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySanctuaryC||Exile, who was that? How did he come to have pieces of the map device? Were they then delivered to my father?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryScepterC||Ugh, I feel disgusting after that. Even within that memory I could feel Malachai's presence wrapping around my mind like grasping little fingers.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySewersC||There are times, Exile, when I wish those memories weren't so vivid. Sometimes I don't need to know what a memory smells like.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySolarisC||I felt my body split into two. Agony! That's the last thing I remember. This memory must have belonged to Ondar, the Betrayer. For some reason, I always thought that was a myth... but apparently not.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySpiderForestC||Exile, if you ever find me trapped in webbing like that... put me out of my misery.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySwampBogC||How horrible... the founders of Sarn! Not such a promising start.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryThicketC||Huh... I've never felt lost like that before... I didn't care for it. I think I prefer knowing exactly where I stand.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCausewayC||I saw her, Exile... I saw the Queen of the Vaal! She had such a terrible presence...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryDriedLakeC||They ate-- Gods, Exile...! I feel sick to my stomach. |
|ZanaSynthMemoryCellsC||After everything that has happened, this one hits too close to home.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryLushBeachCliffC||She leapt, Exile. I felt her fall. What terrible anguish she felt...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryRidgeC||It's hard to feel pity for a man like that, desperate as he was.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryPoolsAndStreamsC||It's not all doom and gloom, Exile. It's worth remembering that.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryReefC||Just goes to show, even as the world around us lays in ruins, things could always be worse.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryForestCaveC||How horrible... I wonder what ever happened to those children. Perhaps it's better not to know.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryForestCanalsC||The most horrible thing is, I'm certain that parent was doing their child a mercy.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryRuinedTempleC||Knowing what we now know about the gods, I think we can safely say benevolence was not the cause.|
|ZanaSynthMemorySpiderThicketC||Ugh, what a horrid way to die. Exile, if you ever find me in that state, you know what to do, right?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCitySlumsC||With Oriath in the state it's in, I worry we're not far from tumbling down this same road. At least we can rule Venarius out of that memory.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryDaressoC||Ha! We know how that ended, don't we?|
|ZanaSynthMemoryPlateauC||Ah, what I would give for a boring life...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryControlBlocksC||Bastard... that bastard! Do you think he knew what he was about to loose upon us? No... I can't believe anyone would knowingly do that.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryOssuaryC||Confronting one's mortality is always troubling, isn't it? I believe Venarius would not be so humble as the owner of this memory.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryCanalsC||That was... deeply uncomfortable to witness.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryReef2C||Roth? Could it be-- no, that is simply too much of a coincidence. Still, I can't help but wonder...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryArachnidTombC||Exile, if you ever find me trapped in webbing like that... put me out of my misery.|
|ZanaSynthMemoryColosseumC||Ha! We know how that ended, don't we? |
|ZanaSynthMemoryLushCraterC||She leapt, Exile. I felt her fall... What terrible anguish she felt...|
|ZanaSynthMemoryMesaC||Ah, what I would give for a boring life...|
|ZanaInitialAttention||You... idiot! What are you doing!?|
|ZanaIntroduction||Do you have any idea what you've done!? No one was meant to ever come back here. No one was ever meant to even know this place existed! Your brash stupidity may have just doomed everyone back home!|
We need to talk, but it isn't safe here. Follow me through this portal.
|ZanaQuest||I suppose I was a fool for thinking I could just lock us all away -- it was always only a matter of time before someone's curiosity got the better of them.|
Exile, I know who you are and what you've done. I know you are strong. Capable of slaying gods! But the other exiles in the Atlas... they are beyond compare.
Yet, they must be stopped. We have a small window while they do not understand that there is a way back to Wraeclast. They are trying to find other ways out.
I've begun finding altars like this one hidden in the spaces between maps. I'm worried the others are building them as a means of escape. We need to find a way to stop them.
I'm sorry. I know you've done so much... but who else can possibly do what I ask?
These Exiles have found hidden pathways like this one. I'm not sure where they hide, but if you can find out, I can get us there. I'll be waiting in your hideout.
|ZanaGoCorner||I don't know for sure where the exiles are hiding, but it's probably safe to assume they are going to move deeper into the Atlas to evade us. I'd suggest moving farther out in your search for them.|
|ZanaSirusDiscovered||No... Sirus is still alive? Gods, I thought he was dead! He took the brunt of the energy released when we sealed the Elder. How did he survive? |
Sirus was the leader of the group of Exiles I recruited. Brilliant and determined, and a force to be reckoned with even before we travelled the Atlas together. We... grew close. I was distraught when he vanished with the Elder. At first I thought the other Exiles were looking for him as I was, but perhaps they knew he was still alive...
I have a terrible feeling that Sirus may be tied to the madness of the others. Or perhaps he is just as mad as they are. We need to find and stop him -- if the others are looking for a way out, I'm certain he is too.
|ZanaSirusLocation||I'd never have thought the others were masking Sirus's location... He'd been using them as a barrier the whole time! Listen, be sure you are ready for this. Sirus will not leave without a fight. He has spent all this time in the heart of the Atlas, growing more and more powerful. I've drawn up a map to get you to his location.|
Exile, please, be careful. I really can't bear to lose any more friends.
|ZanaGuardianMaps||Exile, I think it's important you understand what you're up against. Words don't adequately convey just how dangerous the Elderslayers are. So to that end, I've managed to recover a memory of one of the trials they had to endure, so you can see for yourself just what they're made of. This map is identical to one they conquered on their journey to face my father, the Shaper.|
|ZanaElderGuardianMaps||You must think me a fool for taking so long to understand just how mad the Elderslayers have become, but... you don't know what we were up against. Look, I'm going to show you a memory of a battle against one of the Elder's guardians. Perhaps then you'll see why it wasn't so clear.|
|ZanaSynthesisMaps||My father was dragged into the Atlas by the High Templar Venarius. Surely you remember just how cruel and conniving he was before he "disappeared". Well, I discovered he didn't simply disappear... He was trapped and slain in the Atlas, and now his soul haunts the fragmented memories that are scattered across the Atlas. See for yourself, but... be careful.|
|ZanaLegionMonolith||This will no doubt sound strange, but there's a map with an odd stone monolith in it, and everything seems to indicate it's actually of Wraeclast origin. To make things even stranger, it appears to be surrounded by people from Wraeclast, except... not. I know, it sounds like nonsense. That's why I need you to see what's really going on.|
|ZanaOnNiko||I'm no stranger to madness, as you know, and Niko's definitely heading down that path. The madness of the Atlas creeps up slowly and almost imperceptibly until you're too far gone to be rescued. Niko seems to be aware, to some degree, of what's happening to him, and even what the cause is, yet he continues to expose himself to it, and even craves it. |
Exile, I urge you to keep an eye on him. I know I will.
|ZanaOnEinhar||I've spent far more time with far worse people than Einhar. He's eccentric, sure, but his actions come from a place of love. Well, not for his game, but for us. Yes, he keeps bringing me slabs of completely inedible animal flesh, and yes, he is loud enough to draw every fiend in a ten mile radius towards us, but you can be damned sure he'll stand and fight each and every fiend that comes running.|
The meat I could do without.
|ZanaOnAlva||I worry about that girl... I don't think she fully understands what she is getting herself into. I used to be like her -- headstrong, impulsive and results-focused, and all it got me was more trouble. Alva has completely glossed over what a miracle she has access to.|
|ZanaOnNavali||If it weren't for the surprising accuracy of Navali's predictions in Wraeclast, I'd have thought she was as mad as the exiles in the Atlas. In my experience, anyone who claims to know the future is a few cogs short of a timepiece, or they're trying to trick you. |
I have to question her motives though... She claims to be an agent of Hinekora, and so far even the most benevolent of gods tend to cause utter chaos. Let alone a god of death...
|ZanaOnJun||I don't think Jun trusts me yet. When we speak, she always averts her eyes and keeps her sentences short, like she wants to leave. I've caught her staring at me too. I understand why she might be suspicious, especially given what she has been through, but... We need all the close friends we can get. We need to be able to trust each other!|
What can I do to win her over?
|ZanaOnHelena||Not long ago I would have had a tough time trusting someone like Helena. The training the Blackguards underwent borders on brainwashing, and it's tough to undo something like that. But I've learned that trust isn't about someone's past -- it's about someone's actions.|
Helena's actions have gone a long way to prove just how trustworthy she is.
|ZanaOnBaran||Like many of those once loyal to the Templar regime, Baran held particular contempt for his former brethren. Our mutual disdain for Dominus helped us bond. We stayed up far too late on many nights, discussing where science and spirituality overlapped... and where they clashed. |
While I tended to agree with Veritania's secular view that people must be responsible for their own actions, Baran was still a firm believer that trust in God was necessary for good moral judgement. Despite everything the Templar put him through, his faith was unshaken.
We didn't always see eye-to-eye, but we respected each other's positions. Of course, once the madness set in, that respect vanished, replaced by fevered argument and name-calling. As the group dwindled, he found reasons to cast doubt on each of the departed. In our last fight before the two of us went our separate ways, he accused me of being sent by a shadowy demon to draw him away from the righteous path...
And then I was alone.
|ZanaOnVeritania||When I met her, Veritania was a paradox. She was quiet and reserved to the point of reclusiveness, yet she seemed to feel compelled to help others by a humanistic moral code she'd profess by the campfire. Before, she took care of the hungry, the down-on-their-luck, the homeless, the addicted, and the enslaved alike. She was, in fact, exiled for her charity work... helping one too many mistreated Maraketh or Karui made powerful people in Oriath very angry.|
As we explored the Atlas, Veritania's mind became an invaluable resource. Thanks to her, we were able to stretch our limited resources farther than I could've possibly hoped, avoiding fruitless confrontations and conserving our strength for moments that mattered most. She'd see a bad situation coming sooner than anyone, and help steer us away from it.
But her mind, like the others, soon broke beneath the weight of the Atlas, and the once-merciful Veritania became contemptuous of all we encountered. It was impossible for anyone but Drox to meet her increasingly high standards. She broke away from the group not long after we left him. The last time I saw her, she accused me of using the mysteries of Atlas as a drug to distract myself from the loss of my father. After that barb, you can imagine I'm not too eager to see her again.
|ZanaOnDrox||I've seen my fair share of combat, Exile, but never have I seen someone more comfortable on the battlefield than Drox. Though he was not our leader, he was our commander. When an impossible decision had to be made in the midst of battle, somehow, Drox always found the right path forward. He led us through numerous situations we thought fatal with an unflagging warm grin that let us know he believed in us.|
But at some point, almost imperceptibly, Drox stopped making decisions for the group, and started focusing only on his new dream. His smiles turned to scowls. He remained fixated on this mad idea of building a kingdom in the Atlas. He became cold to Veritania and distant to the rest of us. All his efforts went towards securing the Atlas and establishing law. His obsession was putting us in danger, and that is something I could not tolerate.
When I led the group away from him, he either didn't notice, or didn't care.
|ZanaOnAl-Hezmin||When you spend as much time in the Atlas as we did, basic survival skills no longer suffice, and it becomes necessary to master the lay of the land. That's a tall ask in a place where the land changes from day to day, and yet Al-Hezmin took to it like a rhoa to mud. I could not count the number of times he saved us from getting lost in endless twisting caverns, or spotted the tracks of a dangerous beast far sooner than the rest of us would have. |
Our praise must have gone to his head, because he began to strive to be the best at all times. If Drox brought back two boars from a hunt, he needed to bring back three. In battle, he had to deal the flashiest and most devastating blows, and he had to make sure we all saw him do it.
His fixation on honing his skills was actually quite useful during our campaign against the Elder, so at the time we thought nothing of it, but... It hollowed him out in some fundamental way. He was full of bravado, yet at the same time desperately afraid of being exposed as merely second or third best. He was never unkind to me, even as the madness crept upon him, but for capable warriors like Drox that threatened his self-image... A clash was inevitable. We slipped away in the dead of night, but I doubt we've escaped a man of his talents. He's out there, lurking and watching, waiting for the best time to strike...
|ZanaOnKirac||Baran did mention he had a brother who served on a distant deployment, a career military man. I'd like to think that Kirac could bring Baran back to reality, but I think he may be too far gone. I think they all might be.|
|ZanaHideoutOnExperience2||During my first forays into the Atlas, I felt like every bit of progress unlocked deeper understanding about the nature of existence. Now I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't the reverse. |
There are times when I feel like the Atlas is watching me, observing me, and offering me a glimpse of my desires to keep me coming back. It's as though the deeper into it I explore, the more it wraps itself around my mind.
|ZanaPostSirus||My home... Our home... It's... it's just... gone. After everything it has been through, I still thought Oriath could recover, could become the place I always hoped it would be... |
Now...? Now it's just ash. There's not even enough rubble left for us to scavenge through.
Sirus, why did you have to--...?
I'm sorry, Exile. I should be happy. I should be thanking you for your help. I should be focused on the future. But I don't even know where to begin. Oriath, and the people who were in it, are scattered to the wind. We'll just... keep going, I suppose. What else can we do? Perhaps we can settle here... Stay in one place for a change.
But at least you're done now, right, Exile? You'll leave the Atlas alone... right?
|ZanaCitadelFound||Kirac says he's pinpointed the location of an Exile Citadel. It seems they must anchor their Citadel to an existing location, which should make getting there straightforward. |
I've drawn up a map that should land you there. Be careful, though. You have no idea just how strong these Exiles are.
|ZanaCitadelFound2||Kirac has located another Citadel, so I've taken the liberty of drawing up another map. Good luck out there. We're counting on you.|
|ZanaCitadelMoved||Unfortunately, we've lost track of one of the Exile citadels. You'll have to hunt it down again. I'm sure Kirac could be of help there.|
|ZanaEncounterSirus||Sirus, please, we want to help you. Don't do anything hasty.|
|ZanaEncounterSirusTwo||No, don't -|
|ZanaEncounterSirusFour||Exile, go. I'll stay with Kirac. Get Sirus out of Oriath. Go!|
|ZanaEncounterSirusSeven||I'm sorry... Sirus... This was all my fault. I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.|
|ZanaCraftUnlocked||While you've been pursuing the exiles, I've been tinkering with the map device. I've added some new functionality. I've set it up so you can try it out immediately, but after that you'll need to provide some reagents.|
|ZanaMissionGeneric||I'm not sure if it's my former allies or simply manifestations of the Atlas itself, but there are foul creatures plaguing this map, and I need them gone.|
|ZanaBackInHideout||I'm sorry if I came across as harsh, but by entering the Atlas, you may have jeopardised all of humanity. |
My name is Zana, and some time ago I took a group of exiles like yourself into the Atlas. Our task, to ensure a creature named the Elder never reached our world, was of immeasurable importance. Even though the exiles I recruited were adept combatants, the journey was difficult. Yet we succeeded. We defeated the Elder. Though we couldn't save--... we still succeeded.
I thought we were done, but... but my companions just kept... returning. Over and over again, they would enter the Atlas, wiping clean entire worlds. It wasn't about saving Oriath, or discovery, it was just... killing.
The Atlas does strange things to one's thought processes. I thought at first the madness was a symptom of the Elder, but now... it's the Atlas itself. I'm sure of it.
But these exiles are now so strong... I saw no other choice but to destroy our only way out. I sealed us all in and waited for death to find us.
Instead, I found you.
|ZanaWatchstoneFound||When Baran fled, he left a stone behind. Superficially, it resembles a virtue gem, but I don't think that's quite what it is. |
When we defeated the Elder, we didn't kill it. I don't think something like that can be killed. Instead, we sealed the Elder using a device designed by my father -- a design we salvaged from physical memories of his we found. When we sealed the demon, some of my father's memories were expelled, along with those of the Elder's countless other victims. They were muddled together, completely unparsable.
These stones are what's left of the Elder's victims from across aeons. Crystallised and concentrated, and drawing the latent energies of the Atlas towards them. To hold one is to hold countless lives in your hand, to fill your mind with a maddening mix of sounds and images and emotions.
I don't know if Baran knew what he had, but I think he knew what it did. They are intoxicatingly powerful. It took all my willpower to lift my hand from the stone and step away. I can't in good conscience let you take them, but that doesn't mean we can't use them in our fight against the Elderslayers.
|ZanaWatchstoneExplanation||Each Watchstone contains an immense amount of information from the earliest explorers of the Atlas. As the Exiles seek to hide from us, they will undoubtedly move into deeper territories, masking their paths. But these paths are known to the souls in these stones. |
I know of places in the Atlas where these stones might be used to reveal those paths. Show me on the Atlas where you want to explore more deeply, and I can use the stones to reveal locations long-hidden. Be careful, though, for these Watchstones will empower everything near them, and are certain to draw our foes out of hiding.
|ZanaWatchstonesCaptured||I have some good news and some bad news. The Watchstones we placed in the Atlas have been captured by one of the Elderslayers. The good news is Kirac can now track the location of this Elderslayer. The bad news, they are not going to give up the stones without a fight.|
|ZanaOnMapDevice||The map device Kirac assembled is very similar to the one Venarius had my father put together. My clever father managed to find a few optimisations he could make. I've taken the liberty of enhancing yours in the same way. It's nothing major, but it will help you scavenge a little more out of each map.|