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Rallying Call

The Waypoint Conundrum

Plan of Attack

Uprooting the Iron Marshes

Summit Invitations

Rallying Call

Kasmeer would like me to meet up with her, Rox and Braham in the Grove for an audience with the Pale Tree.
I discussed the growing threat of Mordremoth with the Pale Tree. She knew it had reached full awareness and has been increasing security around the Grove. I called for a world summit to rally forces against the Elder Dragon, and the Pale Tree graciously agreed to host.
Braham, Kasmeer and Rox agreed to appeal to the leaders of their home cities, though each expressed personal hesitation. Kasmeer’s family was stripped of its titles after her father was incarcerated, leaving her with a mark of shame and limited clout. Braham has had an uneasy relationship with his mother, Eir, since she left him in his father’s care when he was young. Rox disobeyed orders to kill Scarlet and chose to tend to Braham and the others during out battle aboard the Breachmaker. Her actions could be viewed as treasonous, so she’s not looking forward to seeing Rytlock.
 
Avatar of the Tree: I know you. You were here with Trahearne, and you accompanied him on his vision of the Pact’s future. Takano Kaitou. It is good to see you looking so well.
Takano Kaitou: And you, lovely as always.
Avatar of the Tree: Caithe has spoken your name to me in her tales of Zhaitan’s demise. You run with Destiny’s Edge.
Takano Kaitou: I did for a while. Now I lead a new group.
Avatar of the Tree: Yes, so it is said. I suspect you will do even greater deeds with them. But tell me, what brings you here seeking my counsel?
Takano Kaitou: Two things. First, I had a vision. You figured prominently in it.
Avatar of the Tree: I’m intrigued. Tell me more. What was it about? Where did you have this vision?
Takano Kaitou: In an asuran device Scarlet used to see the Eternal Alchemy. I saw it too.
Avatar of the Tree: What dangers have you been toying with? Such things were not meant to be seen. They will crack your mind.
Takano Kaitou: I didn’t understand much of the vision, but you were at the center.
The Pale Tree: If this was the device that Ceara used, then it must have maintained some of her touch upon it. But, I do not know what it could mean. Only you can know that.
Takano Kaitou: Maybe in time… What about Mordremoth? You know it’s been active?
Avatar of the Tree: It is true. The Elder Dragon Mordremoth has reached full awareness.
Warden Lochin: (gasp) No!
Avatar of the Tree: I’ve known since the moment we heard the roar.
Avatar of the Tree: Lochin, would you kindly find Niamh and ask her to come speak with me?
Warden Lochin: Of course. I’ll return with her as quickly as I can.
Avatar of the Tree: I had to send him away. What we have to discuss is too serious.
 
Kasmeer Meade: I won’t get an audience with the queen, but I can speak with Countess Anise.
Braham Eirsson: Nervous? I know you’ve had, um, issues with your people.
Kasmeer Meade: No, I’m fine. I just haven’t had to speak with Countess Anise or the queen for a while, not since…my father…
Rox: I suppose I’ll have to toughen up and talk to Tribune Brimstone. I won’t get anywhere near Smodur.
Braham Eirsson: Yeah, and I’ll have to return to Hoelbrak. Last time I saw Whitebearmy mother was there.
Rox: We can do this. It’s important. And afterward, we’ll meet up again.
Braham Eirsson: Not every battle is fun, I suppose.
Braham Eirsson: Before I head to Hoelbrak, I should find Taimi. She’s in Rata Sum. Maybe she can talk to Zojja about getting an asuran leader at the summit.
Kasmeer Meade: But in their minds, she’s just a student. No one there pays much attention to her.
Braham Eirsson: I know, but she’s got Zojja’s ear. It’s worth a shot. If she fails, we’ll send in the boss to convince Zojja. They’re friends.
Kasmeer Meade: Well, we have everything covered. Send word to each other when things are squared away, yes?
Rox: Deal. Guess all we have to hope for is that everyone agrees to show up.
Kasmeer Meade: Once we get them in one place, we can worry about convincing them to join forces.
Braham Eirsson: The world coming together in support of a single cause? Yeah, that’ll happen.
Rox: (spit) For luck.
Kasmeer Meade: Oh, Rox. Please.
 

Uprooting the Iron Marches

Based off information Taimi sent me, I headed to the Iron Marches to investigate reports of Mordrem activity. Vines and other plant creatures have been sighted as far east as Ascalon, choking everything in their path.

I assisted the charr and defended the area around Monger’s Sink, killing Mordrem and helping soldiers where I could. I acquired samples of dragon minion tissue that may help us understand our enemy. Brutus Rendflesh sent me a Mordrem seed to keep. I may be able to cultivate it into something useful, but I’ll probably need a variety of materials.

 

The Waypoint Conundrum

The Arcane Council refused to attend the summit without proof that Taimi’s waypoint recalibration device would work. I agreed to help her acquire the components and resources necessary to complete the machine. After some scraps with elementals (who may have been attracted to the ley line’s magical energy), I collected all the necessary items. Taimi got the device running and scanned the waypoint network, but was unable to immediately recalibrate the waypoints themselves since the network is so vast. She needs more time.
 
Arcane Council Guard: Such questionable fraternization should be closely monitored.
Arcane Council Guard: Agreed. The council has been too lenient with Zojja since Snaff’s passing. Her recent activities are especially concerning.
Arcane Council Guard: Entrusting a progeny with critical projects, allowing her to run around with those reckless door busters.
Arcane Council Guard: At least they keep her and her golem out of sight.
Arcane Council Guard: How true. (chuckle)
 

Summit Invitations

I met Braham in Hoelbrak, and together we talked to Eir about the summit. She didn’t believe Knut Whitebear would leave Hoelbrak so long as the Sons of Svanir were terrorizing the Shiverpeaks. We vowed to win Whitebear’s good will by disrupting the Svanir presence in Frostgorge Sound.
In the Highpeaks of Frostgorge Sound, I joined the local Vigil to raid the Barrowstead and disrupt a Sons of Svanir shamanic ritual. Eir and Braham will know if what I’ve done is enough to turn Knut Whitebear’s attention from Jormag’s followers to the threat posed by Mordremoth.
Eir and Braham fought their way to meet me at the dragon totem. Eir was confident that Knut Whitebear would agree to attend the summit at the Grove with the Sons of Svanir shamans now beaten back. I could tell that things were still awkward between the two of them, but that fighting alongside one another gave them some common ground to stand on.
 
Braham Eirsson: Woo, yeah! I’d almost forgotten what it was like to fight in the cold. It’s invigorating!
Eir Stegalkin: Well done, Braham. That was impressive.
Braham Eirsson: Uh. Thanks. That was the first time I’ve ever seen you fight. I guess the legends are true.
Eir Stegalkin: Oh. Thank you. Um.
Braham Eirsson: Yeah. Umm. So.
Eir Stegalkin: So who else is starving?
Braham Eirsson: (laugh) I could eat a whole dolyak…and its harness.
Eir Stegalkin: (laugh) Let’s head back to Hoelbrak, and we can celebrate with a feast. What do you say?
Braham Eirsson: You’ve known Eir a long time, right? Is she always like that?
Clove Zolan:You mean strong and confident?
Braham Eirsson:Yeah, I guess. I mean, I’ve heard the stories, but I never connected the Eir in the legends to the Eir who is my mother. Until today. She’s…an avalanche.
Clove Zolan:She has to be. She’s had to move mountains.
Braham Eirsson:I see that now. I’m starting to understand why she left.
Clove Zolan:You can’t move mountains with a child on your back.
Braham Eirsson:If anyone can convince Knut Whitebear to attend the summit, it’s her. We norn have been loners for too many winters. I don’t see how we can continue to hunt alone. Not with the Elder Dragons awake.
Clove Zolan:Getting Whitebear to the summit will be the first step.
 

Plan of Attack

Rox and I met Rytlock outside Duke Barradin’s crypt in an effort to get Smodur to the summit. Smodur wasn’t going anywhere so long as Ascalonian ghosts were haunting the area. Rytlock had discovered a ritual that might sent the ghosts back to the Mists, but it required his sword, Sohothin, a mass of souls to fuel it with magic, and the pieces of Adelbern’s crown. I agreed to obtain the crown fragments, which were scattered across the countryside.
The first crown fragment revealed itself after Rhell Crankmane’s machines activated.
The second crown fragment revealed itself in Blazeridge Steppes’s Serenity Temple after Cerin finished his research.
After Bria was defeated, the final crown fragment revealed itself near her house.
We attempted the Foefire cleansing ritual, which didn’t go entirely as planned. Some spirits were drawn into the Mists portal, but so was Sohothin, Rytlock’s sword. Knowing that a full cleansing of the Foefire was impossible without his enchanted blade, he leapt in after it.
Smodur agreed to attend the summit since the ghost problem, while not solved, was lessened by our efforts. He seemed confident that Rytlock would hold his own while trapped in the Mists, though Rox expressed worry.
 
Rytlock Brimstone: I hope this works.
Rox: (spit) For luck.
Rytlock Brimstone: (chuckle) You used to do that when you were a cub. C’mon, let’s get this over with.
Rox: Something’s happening. These ghosts don’t seem to like your sword very much.
Rytlock Brimstone: They’re going to like it even less in a few minutes.
Rytlock Brimstone: Damn! They’re possessing what’s left of Barradin’s statue.
Rox: Someone once told me nothing worth fighting for is ever easy.
Rytlock Brimstone: Ha! You do listen.
Rox: Only when I feel like it.