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Scarlet’s Secret Room

The Concordia Incident

The Machine

Discovering Scarlet’s Breakthrough

Trouble at Fort Salma

Scarlet’s Secret Room

After Braham notified me of an attack on the Dry Top town of Prosperity, I headed out there to check on Taimi.
We found that Taimi was okay, despite the horrible destruction of Prosperity. The upheaval caused by the vines, however, revealed a secret passage behind Scarlet’s bookcase. In the tunnels under her room, I found a map tracing her route to some unknown destination to the southwest.
 
Marjory Delaqua: So were you able to figure out what Scarlet was doing here?
Taimi: She was studying ley lines. But I don’t—
(earthquake)
Braham Eirsson: Hold on!
Kasmeer Meade: Oh! Oh! Oh my!
Kasmeer Meade: What’s happening?
Rox: Hey. Come look at this. There’s a passage behind this bookshelf.
Taimi: What? Get out of my way! Let me see!
Braham Eirsson: Settle down. Let the boss go in first.
Taimi: All right, but hurry up.
Rox: C’mon, Frostbite Let’s go.
Frostbite: (chirp)
 

Discovering Scarlet’s Breakthrough

Finding the secret passage out of Scarlet’s former home in Prosperity was only the beginning of a new search to discover the truth of what Scarlet was after in Dry Top. I retraced her route across the Uplands to a place that the Maguuma centaurs called the Cavern of Shinning Lights, and along the way I found components of her arcane machinery and a few of her broken-down steam minions.
 
Marjory Delaqua: You’re absolutely sure this won’t kill us?
Taimi: Absolutely. I’d give it a solid fifty-three percent chance.
Marjory Delaqua: I beg your pardon? Maybe you shouldn’t—
Kasmeer Meade: It’s…beautiful.
Marjory Delaqua: And we’re still alive. That’s a plus.
Taimi: Of course we’re still alive. I was joking about the the fifty-three percent. It was more like seventy-eight.
Rox: Wonderful. Looks like we’re going to be the only ones walking around in here for some time.
Braham Eirsson: You did great, Taimi.
Taimi: I know.
Kasmeer Meade: What is this place?
Taimi: It’s a cave.
Kasmeer Meade: You know what I mean.
Taimi: Well, everything points to it being a ley line hub. And, before you ask, it’s where multiple ley lines intersect. Scarlet thought it important enough to set up a lab here.
Marjory Delaqua: The plant dragon’s corruption has found its way in.
Taimi: Yes, it’s troubling, but it makes sense given how the dragons consume magic. They’re undoubtedly attracted to ley lines like spiders are attracted to flies caught in their webs.
Marjory Delaqua: That doesn’t bode well for waypoints.
 

The Concordia Incident

While Taimi continued her research at the ley line hub, Rox, Braham, and I investigated the waypoint disruption at Concordia. We found the fort ravaged by jungle tendrils and other creatures. I led the search party that rescued Lindsay and some of her colleagues before fending off the remaining attackers at Golden Hallow lab. Tactician Art mentioned that the vines started sprouting from the ground shortly after a shipment of magical artifacts arrived. I’m not sure of the connection there.
Rox made an offhand comment about Taimi. I think the kid is getting on her nerves.
 
Braham Eirsson: What in Wolf’s name is happening? These vines… The kid was right again.
Rox: (grumble) She’s wrong sometimes too.
Braham Eirsson: What’d you say?
Rox: I said we should get moving, now that we’re all here. From the look of it, they could use a hand.
Braham Eirsson: I’ll take the lead.
Rox: Oh no, you don’t! Not with that leg. You’re still recuperating. Stay behind Frostbite. He’s got a mean tail whip.
Frostbite: (chitter)
Braham Eirsson: Ganging up on me isn’t fair. I’m fine. C’mon. Let’s get this over with.
 

Trouble at Fort Salma

I fought my way into Fort Salma to fend off a monstrous Mordrem thrasher alongside Marjory and Kasmeer, only to discover that we were too late to save Belinda. Marjory will return home to bury her fallen sister, while Kasmeer and I will head back to Dry Top to rejoin our friends.
I could tell Kasmeer was upset that Marjory is leaving her behind while she takes care of funeral arrangements for her sister. The relentless fighting and sudden loss is taking a toll on their relationship.
 
Marjory Delaqua: Right. I have to get her ready—take her home. I have to tell…tell Momma.
Kasmeer Meade: We’ll do it all together.
Marjory Delaqua: I…I don’t know if that’s…the best way. I think we need to talk.
Marjory Delaqua: Kas. Honey. I want you to go with them.
Kasmeer Meade: What? No, I can’t. My place is with you. What if you need me?
Marjory Delaqua: I’ll be okay. Our friends need you more. You have to keep them safe. I’ll be with family. I’ll catch up when I can.
Kasmeer Meade: No, Jory. It doesn’t feel right. This terrible… Your sister… I should be with you.
Marjory Delaqua: I love you for that. But no. You should be with them. We’re talking about a dragon—the dragon that killed…Belinda.
 

The Machine

In Scarlet’s one-time lab at the ley line hub beneath Dry Top, Taimi started developing a device to recalibrate the waypoints so as not to attract Mordrem. She’d also discovered Omadd’s machine, the device that Scarlet used to see the Eternal Alchemy. I unwittingly entered the device and experienced my own cosmic vision—one that included the Pale Tree and a handful of mysterious orbs representing Elder Dragons. I need to speak with the Pale Tree to learn more.
 
Kasmeer Meade: Oh no! We have to— (gasp)
Rox: Don’t touch anything. We don’t know what— Taimi!
Taimi: (scream)
(A massive energy burst emits, knocking everyone back)
Braham Eirsson: Can’t get close. That thing is shooting off too much lightning.
(A bubble appears around the player)
Kasmeer Meade: I’ll shield you. Get her out of there!