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Knight of Light

Speak to Craig in Emain Macha.

Craig
You're looking for the path of the Knight of Light?
You're interested in becoming a Paladin, then?

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(Craig studies you carefully)

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Not everyone is cut out to be a Paladin.

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You must first swear your allegiance
to our lord and pledge your life to the causes of
justice and righteousness.

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The lord will decide whether you qualify or not.
You'll have to receive a letter of recommendation from him.
The captain of the guard will let you in if you tell him
you seek to become a Paladin.

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Obtain Lord Rian's recommendation in Emain Macha.

Rian
....

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(Esras interrupts you.)

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Esras
The lord seems tired
because you made him wait so long.
Let me speak with you instead.

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In order to become a Paladin,
you must go through training in Emain Macha.
However, people of low standing in society
cannot serve as representatives of the gods.

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One must receive a letter of recommendation from his lordship
to show that he is worthy to sacrifice his life for the cause of justice.

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I would normally give you a task to prove your worth,
but you are well known. I'm sure my lord will give you your letter.

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Be sure to thank him properly.

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Deliver the recommendation to Craig.

Craig
Hmm... Paladin training won't be as easy as you think.
(Craig takes a step towards you, his armor clanking softly.)

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I suppose a Milletian like you can make the cut, though.
Very well, here is your task.

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The Miner Kobolds of Barri Dungeon have been harassing the townsfolk.
You are to rid the dungeon of their corruption.

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Eliminate all the Miner Kobolds and any other Fomors
you encounter in Barri Dungeon.
Should you fail, return to me and ask
about a new Miner Kobold Dungeon pass.

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That is all. You're dismissed.

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Paladin Training Courses

Defeat Miner Kobolds and clear Barri Dungeon.

[In the depths of Math Dungeon, Ruairi awakes from a long sleep.]

Ruairi
Gasp... Gasp...

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Triona
Morgant! Morgant!
Ruairi is awake! Morgant!

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Ruairi
Ahh... What happened...?
I dreamt so many things...

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...!

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...Mari! Tarlach! Where are they?
Tell me! Where am I?!?

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Triona
......I... I don't know...!
Morgant rescued you
while you were unconscious.

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Ruairi
Mor...gant...?
Ahh!

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Triona
......You can't overwork yourself right now, Ruairi!
You had been unconscious for several years!

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If Morgant hadn't
preserved your consciousness through magic
you would not have survived...

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Morgant should be here soon...
... He just went out somewhere real quick.
Just wait... just wait a little bit.
I'll bring you something to eat.

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Ruairi
Am I... in a dungeon...?
What's your name...?

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Triona
...Triona. My name is Triona.

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Ruairi
...Are you a Fomor...?
You don't seem like one...

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Triona
...

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[Back at the Paladin training grounds...]

Tyron
Phew, barely done again.

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Gilroy
Seriously.

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Tyron
Seriously, why do we keep hunting these lame Kobolds?
Isn't there some other method of training? Something more exciting?
I'm getting pretty tired of doing
the same thing over and over again... Aren't you?

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We didn't pay all that tuition for the Paladin training
so we could do this.
We could have just trained by ourselves!

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Gilroy
Shh...! The master might hear you.
But anyway, Tyron, <player>, do you guys want to know something?

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Tyron
What?

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Gilroy
There's a rumor that the Lord of this town is looking for Gold in the mines...
That's why all we're doing is hunting Kobolds in Barri dungeon...

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Tyron
What? Are you serious?

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Craig
Hey, you guys over there! What are you guys chattering about!

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Tyron, Gilroy
Ah, uh, nothing, sir!

Craig
.....

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If you have time to yap about unfounded rumors like that,
go train some more instead!

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Our goal is to carry out justice and exterminate all Fomors!
If you want to give ear to senseless rumors like that,
it's better that you quit now!

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Tyron, Gilroy
S...sorry, sir!

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[Tyron, Gilroy, and the player run off.]

Craig
Rumors are spreading even amongst the students...
Why does Esras want us to keep doing this...

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...Forget it. Esras is not someone who would make us do her dirty work.
Before I rebuke the students, I need to gather myself together.

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[Deeper into Barri dungeon, another cutscene plays, taking place in Math again.]

Triona
Ruairi?
Here, I brought you something to eat.
...I made it.

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Ruairi
...I don't want any.
How can you expect me to eat the food of the Fomor's?

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Triona
... No, it's okay...
... I made it so you could eat it.
You should at least eat something.

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Ruairi
Why don't you just mind your own business?!
...Leave me alone!

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Triona
Pl ... please don't get mad...

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I, I was just...
worried about you...
...I thought you should eat something...

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Ruairi
......

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... I'm human and you're a Fomor!
Don't try to get too close to me.

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Triona
......I... I see...

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...

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I'm sorry... to bother you...

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Ruairi
...

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... A friend told me this once.

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Humans and Fomors...
Although they can show kindness to one another,
it is impossible for them to see eye to eye.

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Triona
...Do... do you...
believe that...
story as well...?

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I just... wanted to help you...
that's all...

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Ruairi
...

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... Don't try to get too close to me.
As soon as I thank Morgant,
I have no other business here.

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Triona
...
Do you hate me... because I'm a Fomor...?

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...

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But... Fomors hate me too...
Humans hate me as well...
I don't know where I belong...

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I just thought you would
understand and appreciate this...
I didn't think you would hate me like others would...
I... really put a lot of effort into taking care of you...

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But... But...

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Ruairi
...

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...Whatever.

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[Back to Barri. When you have cleared the dungeon, the cutscene continues.]

Triona
Ruairi... Morgant is here.

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Morgant Triona, you stay outside.

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Ruairi
You... You...!
Ahh! I'm going to kill you!!!!

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Morgant
... Enough! Ruairi!!!!
Don't give me the ultimate disgrace of
fighting a human who can't even take care of himself right now.

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If you really want, we can fight later!
But now is not the time!

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Ruairi
... You! Morrighan's puppet!
... What do you want from me!
Why did you keep me alive!!!

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Morgant
... I like your attitude.
I like how you get straight to the point.

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Ruairi
......Then stop beating around the bush!
Why did you save me!!

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Morgant
......Let's just say there was something different about you from other humans,
and that interested me.

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...How you tried to
forfeit your life at the last moment to save the young girl.

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...Though you could have been the Lord of the area if you wanted to,
you gave it to your younger brother
and chose the life of a warrior instead...

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Ruairi
...!!!

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What, you've been doing
background checks on me...?

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...I don't know what to make of that.

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Morgant
Since you seem to be so considerate of me, why don't we change the subject...?
How about...the people around you?

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...Did you know your brother became the Lord...?

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Ruairi
...!!!

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...I see... Is that right...?
It's been a long time... That doesn't surprise me.

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...Wait, my father...!!
Did...my father pass away...?

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Morgant
...Humans can't live forever...

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...Humans can't help but destroy each other and bring themselves down...

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Ruairi
...!!!
...What do you mean by that?

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Morgant
... Ruairi...
... Your father was murdered.
That's how Rian was chosen to become the new Lord.

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Ruairi
What? Who did it...!!

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Morgant
It was Esras.
The prime minister of Emain Macha, Esras the Druid.

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Ruairi
Wh...what?
There's no way...
...That can't be!
Esras is not like that!

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Morgant
You misjudged her... It happens all the time.

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Even if you were right about her before,
humans... always seem to change.
You should know.

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...Esras currently holds all of Emain Macha in her hand.
Rian is simply a puppet
to control as she pleases.

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Ruairi
...What, how can this be...?

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Morgant
The more power the humans get a hold of, the more they want.
Face it. That's why there's a term called human nature.

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Esras is no exception.

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Ruairi
No... It... can't be...

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Morgant
You're in denial...
That's the reason I think highly of you, but...

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I think I told you too much for one day.
...If you've already given up the Lordship, then don't dwell on it.
Esras wouldn't want that either.

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Ruairi
Shut up!

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I can't believe you just said that!

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Morgant
I applaud your courage,
but I can tell that your body has grown very weak.

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... Rest for now. I'll be back later.

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If you try to
... leave this place...

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... I can't guarantee your safety.

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Triona
Ruairi! Where are you going?

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Ruairi
... I appreciate everything you did for me...

Triona
I... I want to go with you!
You can't go alone...
Plus... You don't even know the way back...

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Ruairi
No, you can't! I can barely take care of myself right now!
... Didn't you hear what Morgant said?
The same goes true for you! I can't guarantee I'll be able to save your life!

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Triona
Ruairi...

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Ruairi!!!

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Report to Craig at Emain Macha.

Craig
You did better than I expected.
Very well. I'll give you a new task.

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(Craig looks nervous as he pushes his chin out.)

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I've heard that Hellhounds are disguising themselves as humans in Math Dungeon.
Your job is to defeat the Hellhounds.

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It's a difficult mission, but it should pose
no problem for Milletian like you. But, if
you do fail, return to me and ask about the Dungeon Pass to Defeat the Hellhounds.

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That is all.

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[As you enter Math Dungeon, Ruairi and Triona are trying to find their way out.]

Ruairi
... I think we're almost there. Go back now.

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Triona
...

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Ruairi...
... Will I ever see you again...?

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Ruairi
...
I don't understand why you want to be so close to me...
... I'm not the kind of person... who you think I am.

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...Go back to Morgant.

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...Thank you for everything.

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Triona
...Ruairi...

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...

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...Then...

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Ruairi
... I'm sorry.

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[A few rooms later, Paladin trainees, the player included, catch up to Triona and chase her down.]

Paladin Trainee
It's a Fomor! Kill her!!

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Ahh!!!

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Ruairi
Triona...

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[The Paladin trainees incapacitate Triona.]

Paladin Trainee
So... it is really a Fomor...
Let's take her alive to the castle.

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Ruairi
Triona!

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... Hey!! What are you guys trying to do?

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Paladin Trainee
Gasp!! Oh my gosh... it's... it's...
It's the Lord's Doppleganger!

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Paladin Trainee
... I can't tell the difference...

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Ruairi
... What...?
I'm a Doppleganger...?

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Paladin Trainee
But we are the proud Knights of Light!
Fomors do not scare us!!

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[The trainees attack Ruairi, but his fists of steel lay them flat.]

Ruairi
...I will show you mercy
and spare your lives.

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... Go home now.

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[Esras, Rian, Craig, and two more trainees appear.]

Ruairi
Rian!!!

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Rian
...

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Ruairi
Rian! It's me! Your brother Ruairi!
... You don't recognize me...?

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Rian
...Esras...

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Esras
... What is going on here! Why are you leaving this Fomor alone?!

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Ruairi
Esras!!
What are you doing!

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Esras
...!

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... Just as I assumed, a Doppleganger...

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Ruairi
... W... What...?
Esras!!!
How could you not recognize me!
It's me! Ruairi!

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Esras
... A Fomor trying to act as if he's human.
Kill him!

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Ruairi
Esras!
This is one big misunderstanding.
Please have your guard retreat!

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Esras
I don't want to hear
your cunning lies Fomor!

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[Ruairi knocks out two of the trainees, then then player.]

Esras
Doppleganger...
If you take another step, this child is dead.

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Ruairi
I do not wish to fight anymore either.
You can investigate me if you want.
Please let her go. This girl has nothing to do with this.

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Esras
Doppleganger...
... Is that right...? Then get on your knees and surrender!
If not...!!

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Ruairi
...Triona!!

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I'll do as you say!! ... Please let Triona go!

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Triona
Ru... Ruairi!

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Esras
Wise decision for a Fomor, I say. I'm impressed.
Now, hurry up and kill this Doppleganger!

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Ruairi
...!!!

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[Esras hits Triona with a Lightning Bolt and knocks her out.]

Ruairi
Triona!!!

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...Ahh... You... You are...

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Esras
Kill this Fomor!

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[Eight more trainees run in and surround Ruairi.]

Ruairi
How... how could you...!!!
Esras!!!
How dare you!!!

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Esras
Kill this Fomor!

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[Morgant appears and defeats all the trainees with Windmill.]

Ruairi
Morgant!

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Morgant
I will ask you later...
... why you didn't listen to me.

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Ruairi... This is what human justice is all about.
I'm sure you saw Esras' true nature by now.
... Do you need to see anything else?

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Alright, now let's go back with Triona.
You will have your chance to fight them later.
I will give you more than enough strength when the time is right.

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... The choice is yours.

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Esras
What are you doing, hurry up and catch them! Hurry!
The Lord will give a handsome reward to the one who catches them first!

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[Ruairi, Morgant, and Triona vanish.] [The scene changes to the player talking to Craig at the Paladin training grounds.]

Craig
Are you really...quitting the training...?

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Is it because of what happened...?
...I'm sure you carefully thought through it...

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... Then I won't ask you any further.
It's understandable that you could be traumatized by an experience like that. I understand.

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Lugh, the Knight of Light

Ask Nele, the Bard of Emain Macha, about the Knight of Light.

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Nele
The Knight of Light, Lugh Lavada...
He is truely a hero among heroes.
Under his leadership and bravery,
humanity was saved.

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With his legendary spear, Brionac, he was invincible.
He succeeded King Nuadha and put all of his efforts
into the reconstruction of Erinn,
then he vanished without a trace...

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Although he is no longer with us,
his presence is still felt in the knightly orders of Erinn.

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(Nele drops his lute and continues in a somewhat bitter voice.)

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And then there was that Paladin, Redire,
who was the greatest knight in Emain Macha.

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He died heroically in battle during the
tragedy of Emain Macha.
I hear he was very strong, and brave, and loved by the people.
I only heard all of this after I arrived here...

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Come to think of it, that traveling merchant Price
said he was close friends with Redire.
Maybe you should speak with him...
He stops by in Emain Macha every few days.
He's strange, but he's not a bad guy.

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You should speak to Price if you want to know more about Lugh Lavada or Redire.

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Ask Price about Redire, the Knight of Light.

Price
So... You were the one looking for Redire, like myself?
I heard about you and I was curious to see who it was...
So, <player>... I think I heard about your story once before...

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...Are you interested in why I'm looking for Redire?
I am...actually Redire's old friend.
If he just heard the name "Price," I know he would be ecstatic.

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Wow... Then I hear his name Redire, Redire, everywhere, it's amazing!
As a friend, of course I'm happy for him.

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(Price speaks as if he is excited
but he shows a bitter smile.)

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I've heard a rumor that you were looking for Lugh, the Knight of Light.
You were probably looking for Redire
because you probably heard that Redire is a Knight of Light that can match up with Lugh...
...I can't believe you believed such nonsense!
You are naive for a Milletian, hahaha!

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(Price tears up with laughter
and pats your shoulder.)

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...You've come to the wrong place.
The Redire I know is a great guy.
I know he gets respected as a Paladin...
...But he is no Knight of Light. I'm sure of that.

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...If you want to find the true path of the Knight of Light... You need to look for Lugh!
Redire being compared to Lugh? That's a bunch of nonsense.
If you've ever met Lugh, you wouldn't say things like that
so easily.

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The story of Redire is famous around here,
but if you ask people from other places about Lugh,
every one of them will have heard about him without a doubt!

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Lugh is not just an ordinary guy.
You heard about his feats during the Battle of Mag Tuireadh, right?

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He's someone who wielded the Brionac, the weapon that can annihilate even the gods,
and he stormed across the battlefield,
saving as many lives as there are stars in the skies!

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(Spit comes out of Price's mouth
as he praises Lugh's deeds.)

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Well, we were somewhat of acquaintances before...
...Redire is far from being close to him.
Only people who don't know anything
would dare to compare Redire to Lugh.

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But you know what? I was asking around in the meantime...
I heard Redire lost to the Dark Lord during a battle and was killed by him.
Well...in the end, he was just an ordinary human being. What do you expect?

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Great, what a headache...
I have to explain all this to my customer... But I don't want to go through it all again...

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I wonder if there's anyone out there
that knows more about how Redire died...

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...Since I wasted so much time dealing with you
why don't you go find out for me, huh?
Do you know how many people I asked around because of you about Redire?
Now I'm all tired.

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[Cut to Math Dungeon again.]

Morgant
Do you remember... Ruairi?
How you wanted to become a Paladin in the past...?

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Ruairi
...

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Morgant
Even back then you said there was something
about the group Paladin Knights that you could not be convined of...

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Ruairi
... You even know about that...?

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Morgant
...I can't say I know everything...
But I know most of your past.

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...In the end, the terms humans constantly refer to, righteousness and justice,
are created solely by human standards...

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What humans consider truth or goodness are
simply standards that were set by those who first explained them.

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...That's not only selfish,
but irresponsible, don't you think?

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Ruairi
...What are you trying to say...?

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Morgant
You should already know this.
It is dangerous for a human being
to have more power than one can handle.

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...It not only brings tragedy upon that person,
but to the people around that person as well.

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Even so, things like that happen, and are considered to be the norm.

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Ruairi
...You are even aware of the internal struggle I went through...?

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Morgant
......It means that
Triona is not the only victim of such a thing.

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Ruairi
..Bu, but, I thought the Fomors want to exterminate humans?
Aren't you... the same?!

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Morgant
...That's a myth humans believe in without hesitation.

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What I'm interested in is
connecting Erinn and the world outside of Erinn...
That way, I can show the humans how idiotic it is for them to believe the universe revolves around them.

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Ruairi
...Even if you say in that way,
there is no difference between your definition of justice and justice for humans!
Justice for humans and justice for Fomors are one and the same!!!

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Then who will be responsible for the aftermath after the inevitable collision between the two?
Don't try to pursuade me with you Fomor's ideology.
Did you forget that I'm human?

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Morgant
We do not fulfil our greed by manipulating the standards of justice.
The duty of a Dark Knight is that
we train ourselves by using the wisdom that the creator gave us,
and stop humans' arrogance and tyranny. That is the duty of Dark Knights.
...Ruairi. Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you?

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It is a sin to confuse your stupidity as a voice of reason.

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Ruairi
...

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Morgant
And one more thing.
...I'm not a Fomor... I'm human.
Just like you.

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Ruairi
A human? ... Like me?

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Morgant
Yes...
I'm a human who desires to destroy every irrational idea...

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...and wants everything to reset and start from scratch, fair and square.

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Ask Craig about Redire's final moments.

Craig
<player>... I thought you had given up.
You aren't still trying to become a Paladin, are you?

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(You tell him about Redire's death at the hands of the Dark Lord.)

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Where did you hear that...?

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It sounds like you're trying to come up with excuses
for failing to complete your Paladin training.
It is not my fault if you weren't an able student...

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...Redire was the leader of the Paladins,
and I was his right-hand man.
I swear on my honor as a Paladin that he did not
die such a pitiful death.
Redire died for different reasons...

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During the tragedy of Emain Macha,
he was sacrificed to the vileness and cowardice of the Fomors,
but his skills far surpassed the Dark Lord's.

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In fact, I learned the sword from Redire.
And his skills were far beyond my own.

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If you claim that Redire fell to the Dark Lord,
then you're claiming that I'm no match for him either.
How can such a man train someone to defeat the Dark Lord?
Do you see how your claims are an insult to the Paladin order?

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Let me make one thing clear...
After the tragedy of Emain Macha, I have trained
and adapted and prepared to face the Dark Knights.

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It is our duty, as agents of the light,
to stand against the Dark Knights and protect Emain Macha.
This is the charge of the Paladins.

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...And here you are, quitting the training
course and slandering the Paladins to
challenge our power.

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...You make me sick.
Think before you speak, or we will have a problem.

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Ask Price about Dark Knights.

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Price
Hmm...Redire was superior to the Dark Lord...?
The Paladins were formed to fight against the Dark Knights?
That's what this Paladin leader told you as he was getting riled up?

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(Price smirks.)

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Well...if he got that upset, I guess it must be true.
It's not like I really researched what I told you the last time either
so don't take it too seriously... Heheh.
I wasn't trying to belittle the Paladin's capabilites and power.

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Anyway... His name was Craig, you said? I should remember that.
My customer will be disappointed that he can't repay Redire...
but I'll just tell him what this Craig guy said, and it should all be good.
...Hmm, I guess everything is basically settled.

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Anyway, you seem to be way too obsessed with Redire
regardless of what the Paladin leader had told you...

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...Can I give you some advice?
If you truely want to be a Knight of Light as you say...
it seems more preferable that you would find your own path
rather than trying to follow someone else's path.

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Either way, thanks for researching Redire as I'd requested of you.
Since it was helpful, let me give you a gift.
Yes, if you take this memo to the Dunbarton bookstore
Aeira will give you a book.
...Books aren't really my friend...

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...I think it's a book about good deeds.
It will help you if you want to become a Knight of Light.

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...And...I've been observing you, and you seem to be too easily swayed by what others say,
so don't try to adhere to
everything that's written in the book...

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Instead make it an opportunity for you to analyze and observe
the difference between what others think is good and what you think is good.
I don't know when I'll see you again
but I'll hear about your thoughts the next time I see you. I'll be looking forward to it, haha.

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...Don't get too stuck on Redire...
I hope you'll be able to find that path of Knight of Light
you're looking for.

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Deliver the letter to Aeira.

Deliver the letter to Aeira.

Aeira
Good Deeds: Food for the Soul?
Gosh... I don't have a copy here. Don't worry, I can order
one and have it delivered to you by owl.

[After you've read the book, and talk to Aeira again:]

Aeira
Oh, that book! I guess you're done reading it, and don't need it anymore? If that's the case, can you give it back to me? Yay, thank you!

Good Deeds

Talk to Delen at Emain Macha Town Square.

Delen
You're trying to do good deeds?
By playing matchmaker...?

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<player>, you're good with people. And
I think I can trust you...
I'm actually very lonely.

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Everybody assumes that I have lots of boyfriends because I'm pretty...
So nobody tries to actually approach me romantically.
Well, that's not true. Sometimes creeps approach me...

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And it's not like a girl like me can
ask a guy out. I don't know what to do,
<player>. Do you know a good match for me?

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Talk to Galvin at the Emain Macha Observatory.

Galvin
Helping two lonely souls find love!
That is an act of kindness, indeed!
<player>, I applaud you!

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Since it's you, I'll let you in on a little secret.
it's been a long time since I left my hometown...
And on days like this, I get a little homesick...

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I swore I wouldn';t go back until I was a success,
but who know when that will be?
Perhaps if I had the company of a lovely lady,
I would have some hope to get me through the day.

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I-if you know anyone who would be a good match for me,
could you please introduce me to her?

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(You tell Galvin that Delen might be feeling a little lonely.)

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Reeeeally? The Goddess must be looking out for me!
In that case, I want to tell Delen...
I want to tell her how I feel, but...
Do you think you could help me out?

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I'd like you to give this present to Miss Delen.
I think that'll make it clear how I feel to her.
I'd do it myself, but I'm much too shy.

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Talk to Delen.

Delen
(You tell Delen about Galvin and you give her the Teddy Bear.)

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Th-this teddy bear is from Galvin...?

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(Delen's cheeks turn red and she gulps.)

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G-Galvin really feels that way?
Well, um, I... You see...
Helping people get together isn't much of a good deed, is it...?!

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You should do a real good deed instead!
Why don't you help the soldiers of Emain Macha?

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Aodhan!
Aodhan will know what the soldiers need!
That's it, I think you should help the hardworking soldiers.
That's MUCH more important than me and...eheh...Galvin!

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O-oh, a-and I'm not really THAT lonely, anyway!

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(Delen's ears are bright red.)

Talk to Aodhan in front of Emain Macha Castle.

You want to lend me a hand?
Well... If you really want to help me...
I could use a dependable knight.
Emain Macha can use all the help it can get against the Fomors.

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You're not bad in a fight yourself, <player>
But there's someone in particular I have in mind...

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Her name is Aranwen, of Dunbarton.
I hear she teaches fighting these days.
She used to be a Paladin of Emain Macha...
I hate to see her skills go to waste.

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The power of the Fomors grows day by day.
We could use someone like her on our side.

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(Aodhan crosses his arms and contemplates in silence.)

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Yes, I think I should meet with her in person.
<player>, as a future Paladin yourself, I'd like you to come with me.
I will prepare to leave for Dunbarton immediately.

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Please meet me at Aranwen's school in Dunbarton.

Talk to Aranwen at Dunbarton School.

Aranwen
Leave me be, already!
I will never return to the Paladins.

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(Aranwen shoves Aodhan's hand aside as she shouts.)

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Aodhan
Aranwen, please. Just listen to what I have to say.

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The night of the tragedy...It wasn't your fault.
But if you turn your back on the Paladins now,
how are you any different from Redire?

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Many Paladins lost their lives at Emain Macha
Even the townspeople have lost their faith in us.
We need great knights like you in the order
if we are to ever recover.

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Aranwen
(Aodhan seizes Aranwen's hand and gazes into her eyes.)

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Aodhan
Aranwen, I beg you...
Come back to us.(Aranwen gazes right back at Aodhan, then lets go of his hand.)

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Aranwen
I'm sorry. I don't think I can.
I have no right to return to Emain Macha.

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Redire...
Aodhan, perhaps you don't remember, but...

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I loved him...

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The night of the tragedy, I secretly
traded my shift and spent the night with him at Gairech Hills.

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As the sun rose over Emain Macha the next
morning, everything was already over.
The knight who took my shift was dead...

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And Redire was help responsible for allowing the attack to happen...

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(Aranwen's voice wavers.)

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With the help of a subordinate, Redire escaped.
He abandoned his responsibilities and Emain Macha
in its time of need.

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What does it mean to be a Paladin? What is it worth?
Since that day, it all feels so empty.

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He chose his own happiness over the wellbeing of others,
and he knew no shame. He had no right to be
a Paladin.

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The fact that I abandoned my post and fell
for a coward like him is my shame to bear...

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(Aranwen chokes back a tear.)

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Aodhan, please just go.
Don't say anything else... Just leave.

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(Aodhan reaches for Aranwen, but stops himself and turns away.)

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Aodhan
All right...
I'm sure no words will change
your mind right now.
Just remember one thing.

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If you ever return,
I will... I mean, the Paladin Knights will always welcome you.

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(Aodhan drops his shoulders and walks away.)

Cutscene: To Tarlach

Blessing of the Spirit

Talk to Tarlach at Sidhe Sneachta.

(You ask Tarlach about the relationship between the Knight of Light and the spirits.)

Tarlach
The spirits? The Knight of Light and the spirits...hmm...

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You're one of those who believe that you can
actually become a Knight of Light like Lugh through training, aren't you?
I don't know if what I know will help you but,

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I read somewhere that you have to learn
how to use three different types of power in harmony
and maintain balance in order to become a Knight of Light.
Those three types of power are divine, spirit, and the power of humans.

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The power of the gods represents the blessing of the gods which maintain the order of this world.
The power of the spirits represents the power of nature that becomes embedded in the weapons of the Knight.
And the power of humans represents the willpower of humans
who pursue justice and face its consequences on their own.

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If this is true...
and you chose the path of the Knight of Light on your own,
you have the blessing of Morrighan in this place,
so it seems you have the power of humans and the gods already.

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So the only thing you have left is the power of the spirits...
...You can view spirits as the soul that is within all non-living and living things.
Among those, the ones that materialize and take on the form of a semi-organism are referred to as spirits.
Since it's the awakening of the power of nature... you can say that spirits themselves are part of nature.

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Yes... to become a Knight of Light you must use a tool that is enchanted with the power of the spirits.
The most important item for a Knight of Light is the Paladin armor...
They say this armor helps to concentrate the enormous power of the gods constrained within the knight,
ensuring the power disperses and does not destroy its user.

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They say the Paladin armor was made with the all of the wisdom of the ancients.
I heard only the owner of the armor can wear it.
Although it is only a legend.

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If you're interested in this armor... You should go see...
Aer...
Aer is the Spirit of water...you can find her on Ceo Island.

Talk to Aer at Ceo Island.

Aer
You're here about Paladin armor?
Then you must also be looking for the power of the Spirits...
Speaking to me won't do any good if you're not ready yet.

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You remind me of Lugh, but you're not like him.
You'll have to prove to me that you're ready to wear this armor.
Paladins use their power to protect the happiness of others...
A true Paladin would never turn down a request from a Spirit.

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Do this favor for me, and I'll tell you about Paladin armor.
I wish to be more attractive...
Everyone who looks at me throws stones at me because I am ugly.
I can't even go out in public I just hide here.

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And don't tell me that it's the inside that count!
I can change my apperance however I please.
But no matter what look I try, people
still throw stones at me.

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How must I change my appearance so they wont throw stones?
Since they throw stones at me on sight, I can't even start a conversation.
If you can find out for me, I'll be able to lead a happy life.
And people won't throw stones at me anymore, either.

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Please, I ask of you. Find out what
people consider their ideal look.

Finding Ideal Types

Find a perfect match for a Tir Chonaill resident.

Find a perfect match for a Dunbarton resident.

Find a perfect match for a Bangor resident.

Find a perfect match for an Emain Macha resident.

Ideal Types shows how to complete the above objectives.

Talk to Aer.

So this is what people think is attractive...
I should be safe from thrown rocks now, right...?

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Oh, by the way... I haven't heard Nele's answer.
I'd love to find out what his ideal type is.

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Nele
Were you looking for me?

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(Nele approaches Aer as if he's walking through a dream.)

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I was right!
When I heard you were looking for the ideal look,
I knew Aer of Ceo Island sent you.

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Aer... You've always been the one for me.
Ever since I first laid eyes on you on Ceo Island,
I've played my music only for you.

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(Aer blushes in suprise.)

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Aer
But...you threw a rock at me!
How can you tell me this now? You liar...

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Do you know what that rock did to me?
You humans... Is it fun, mocking other beings?
Ignoring the Spirits?

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(Crystal clear teardrops roll down Aer's cheeks.)

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Nele
You have it all wrong!
I...I was just too shy...

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(Nele drops his head, deep in throught for a few seconds.
He looks into Aer's eyes and tightens his grip on his lute.)Some stories cannot be expressed in words...
They lose their meanings as soon as their spoken aloud...
Aer, come listen. This song is for you.;

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Cutscene: The Song of Nele

With hair that seems as pale as water,
she is an elf whose body is so slender that she actually seems as if she could slip through the cracks of my hand.
She is looking my way with her endlessly deep dark blue eyes.
Her pale skin and lips show fear and wariness, as if at the slightest movement, she might run away.

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Thank you, Aer. I'll see you later!

Talk to Aer.

Aer
I understand... That's why all those people
were throwing rocks at me...

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Thank you for telling me this.
And Nele, I think I'll have more confidence after this...

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(Aer blushes at Nele.)

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I'm sorry, Nele, but could you give <player>
and me a moment in private? I need to say something
only a Milletian will understand.

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Nele
Of course.
When I see you next, I'll play you a song
more fitting of your beauty.

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(Nele leaves the temple as he nibbles a young willow leaf.
Once he's out of sight, Aer speaks.)

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[For a human character:]

Aer
...As promised, I'll tell you what I know of Paladin armor.
I'd say you've earned it.

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Paladin armor combines the blessing of god and man.
First, you'll need armor made from a special ore that carries divine blessing,
crafted with humanity's blessings.
Then I'll imbue the armor with my sprit's blessing.

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In order to make the armor, however...
You'll first have to find Goibne's Manual in Barri Dungeon.

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(Aer reaches into the pool of light and retrieves a small letter.)

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Here's a letter for Edern in Bangor...
Take this to him, and
he'll help you get the Mythril armor.

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If you come back to me after getting Mythril armor
from Edern, I will grant you the spirits' blessings.
May the blessings of spirits
be with you...

[For an elf character:]

Aer
...As promised, I'll tell you what I know of Paladin armor.
I'd say you've earned it.

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Paladin armor is usually crafted from the spirits of the divine and the blessing of humanity.
However, you are an Elf...
You wouldn't be able to wear a human's Paladin armor.

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As an Elf, you will have to receive the blessing of the Elves.
Then you will be able to summon the lost power of the Ancient Elves.

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Please deliver this to
Atrata in Filia.

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She should know about a special artifact
that can bring back the wisdom of the Ancient Elves.

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If you could bring me the artifact,
I will give you mythril armor imbued with the spirits' blessings.
<player>, may the blessing of spirits
be with you...

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Mythril Armor (Humans Only)

Talk to Edern.

Edern
You really brought it! So, you want me to make you some armor with this? Hmmm...

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It's hard to say how much Mythril Ore I'll need.
And Mythril Ore alone won't be enough to make a suit of armor, of course.
Well, if you really need Mythril Armor, we can work something out.
I'll just need Goibne's Blacksmith Manual.

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I'm sure you've heard of Goibne before, haven't you?
He's the patron saint of blacksmiths, more or less.
I hear the manual is in the mythril mine of Barri Dungeon.
Go on, then! The manual won't fetch itself!

Obtain Goibne's Manual.

Deliver Goibne's Manual for Mythril Armor to Edern

Edern
I guess you really want that armor, huh? Haha!

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(Edern narrows his eyes in concentration
as he flips through the manual.)

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Hmm... I see. That's it.
Mm-hmm, mm-hmm...

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Got it. Hang tight, and I'll have your armor ready
in two swings of a blacksmith's hammer.

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(Veins bulge from his powerful arms as Edern hammer on the mythril.
The rhythmic pounding of the hammer fills the room.)

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There. It's ready. Take this to Aer.
If you truly are a future Paladin, as Aer suspects...
Then I suppose I'm honored I got to craft your armor.

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Whatever happens, you're always welcome here.
Come by whenever you have a weapon that needs repairing!

Talk to Aer.

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Aer
It can't have been easy to get this...
I can feel the blessings of the divine and the sweat
of humanity in this armor.

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Very well. I shall imbue this armor with my blessing.
Now this armor will be yours forever...

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Here is your Paladin armor, blessed by the spirits...
Unfortunately, I don't think you can wear this yet.
Only a true Paladin can wear armor like this.
You must still prove to the other spirits that you are worthy.

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I have faith that you'll receive their blessing.

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Place the armor on the altar of Ciar Dungeon.
And pass the test.

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Oh, if you do fail the test, return to me
and ask me about the Power of the Spirits' Blessings.

Pass the Spirit's test at Ciar Dungeon.

Cutscene: The Test of Nature
Cutscene: The Final Test
Cutscene: The Blessing of Nature

Power of the Ancient Elves (Elves Only)

Talk to Atrata.

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(Atrata receives Aer's Letter from you and reads it.)

Atrata
Aer, the water spirit...
That name sounds very familiar...
but I can't figure out where I've heard that name before.

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Did you choose the Paladin's path?
Even though you are a Milletian?
As long as you're in the body of an Elf,
you can't become a Paladin.

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However, if you borrow the knowledge of the ancient Irinid,
you might be able to gain similar power.
I mean...that's what Aer, the water spirit, says here...

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(Atrata looks out into the endless desert of Connous
with dreamy eyes.)

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Please take this Glowing Stone Gargoyle Statue
to Aer. To be honest, I've been researching the power of the ancient elves for some time.
And I learned that I can bring back that power with this statue... But I couldn't do it myself.
I was hoping that someone could do it for me...
<player>, I think I can trust you with it.

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Maybe our future depends on you, <player>.

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Talk to Aer.

Aer
This is the Ancient Elves' artifact...

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Very well. I shall imbue this armor with the blessings
of the Spirits and the Ancient Elves.
Now this armor will be yours forever...

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This is the Falcon's armor, blessed by the spirits...
Unfortunately, I don't think you can wear this yet.
Only a true Paladin can wear armor like this.
You must still prove to the other spirits that you are worthy.

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I have faith that you'll receive their blessing.

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Place the armor on the altar of Ciar Dungeon.
And pass the test.

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Oh, if you do fail the test, return to me
and ask me about the Power of the Spirits' Blessings.

Pass the Spirit's test at Ciar Dungeon.

Cutscene: The Test of Nature
Cutscene: The Final Test
Cutscene: The Blessing of Nature


The Secret Letter Box

Talk to Price.

His clothes and face are definitely Price, but something is different about him.
With anger and remorse written all over his face, he almost looks like a different person.
It's his eyes that have completely changed.
Though everything else about him looks gloomy, his eyes are brightly shining like a blazing flame.

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(You tell Price about Ciar Dungeon.)

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Hmmm... The Paladin Skill? Are you telling me it's the one skill that makes you become a true Paladin?
That's very interesting. I've never heard of that before...
I know it'll make me look foolish for commenting on something I don't know, but...
I don't think you'll lose sleep for not being able to use it right this minute.

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Even Lugh the Knight of Light
wasn't always like what you saw at Fiodh Dungeon...

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Well, it's hard to believe the armor actually talked to you about some thing,
but it'll be wise to follow it's advice for now.

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That is that, and...I kind of need your help right now.
I have gathered some information about Esras from here and there...

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(Price hands you a book.)

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This is an item from a helper within the church.
It was snuck out of Esras's own filing cabinet.

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It may look like a regular book, but it's actually a Letter Box.
It's a collection of letter that Esras has received over the years.
I think it's organized by the names of the correspondents.

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While it's nice to see a group of letter tied up in one place...
they really didn't make any sense...
and some didn't even have the recipient's name on them...
I can't prematurely consider this a bunch of junk, although they do look quite aged...

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Based on the letter's envelopes along with the records that were kept for every letter that was sent...
it looks as though the letter were mainly exchanges between someone named Colbha and herself...
Even after an extensive search, however, we couldn't find anyone in Emain Macha with that particular name.

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It seemed a bit suspicious, so I'm just holding onto the letters for now.
After looking closely, though... we realized... that it may have been overwritten in magic,
which would mean that the real subject might be completely different than what we see right now.

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Yes, if this was affected by a magic spell, then
there's got to be a kind of reversible magic that
cancels out the spell.

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Having said that, I don't think requesting reverse magic form anyone in this town would be dangerous...
I heard Lassar of Tir Chonaill is an experienced in magic spell.
Could you please have her decipher this letter?

Ask Lassar for a reversing spell.

Lassar
Umm... Are you <player>, by any chance?

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Hahaha! You look exactly the way Bebhinn described.
I'm sorry, I apologize for laughing.
Nice to meet you. I am Lassar.

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Is there something you want to ask me?

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(You show Price's letterbox to Lassar.)

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Hmm... Someone's put a spell on this letter box.
It's a spell that hides the letters from the paper and replaces it with other, random letters...

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...Of course, you're here
to ask me if I can neutralize this spell, right?

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...

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Since you're the one asking, I'll do it.

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(Lassar draws a figure on top of the letter box and beings reciting a magic spell.)

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Okay, this should do.
You'll now be able to read the letter as it's meant to be.

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By the way...whose letter box is this?
Is this someone else's collection of love letters...? Hahaha...

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<player>, I know you're a responsible person,
but please respect other people's privacy.

Deliver the book to Price.

Price
Hmmm? You already took care of my request...? <player>, that's incredible...

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So... did I guess this right?
Please hand me the letters.

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(Once you hand Price the letter box, he starts carefully observing the letters inside.)

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...

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...So... this is how it was... AAAhhhhh!!!
I can't believe this.
I can't believe I fell for their antics!

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...

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Hey, by the way... This... Something's not right.
This letter box contains both the letters received AND letters sent...
It's supposed to be that Esras only has the letters from Colbha, not the letters that she WROTE to Colbha...?

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And also, after the tragedy of Emain Macha took place, the letters stop.

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...

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If that's so, then...that means Esras got a hold of
all the letters she'd written to others...

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I have no idea who she's writing this to, but...
judging from Esras,
I have a feeling that this Colbha isn't really in this world anymore...

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...I guess it won't be easy to use Colbha as a witness...

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Anyway, I'm beginning to wonder why she'd put all these in the letter box...
If I were her, I'd have just thrown them away... I just can't figure it out.
Just dismissing this as Esras's obsessively organized nature doesn't answer all my questions...

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Anyway, thank you for all the work, <player>.

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Oh, come to think of it, there was one other thing.

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(Price shows you a small potion bottle.)

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This is something I stole from Esras's basement. I was really suspicious about this bottle since long ago...
and now, along with these letters it's pretty obvious.
I am going to ask Dilys of Tir Chonaill about this potion.
Why don't you come with me?

Talk to Dilys about the suspicious potion.

Dilys
I've never seen you here before, have I?

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(Price gives Dilys a bottle of liquid.)

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Price

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Can you tell me what kind of a potion this is?
I heard that you're an expert on magic and medicine.

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Dilys
Whoa... This is...
How did you get a hold of this...?
...You really don't know what this potion is...
and that's why you're asking right?

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...

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This is called Marionette Potion...
It's made from the particles of a Fomor Scroll
that were extracted, refined, and then concentrated into a potion.
...It's actually a sedative...

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Once taken, the drinker's willpower is suppressed,
and the person who brewed it gains some control over him.
Yes... Whoever drinks this potion will lose his desires and self-control...

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That doesn't mean this can be used on just anyone.
It only works when the person is knocked unconscious,
using a number of herbs to cast the spell. Then, and only then, will this work...

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Once a person is controlled by this potion,
their behavior will change so much that it's easy to tell who's being controlled.

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... The thing is... A while back, I was in Emain Macha, and...
this guy almost convinced me to drink this potion. How terrible is that?
Even now, whenever I think about it... I can never forgive him for what he tried to do to me...
...If it wasn't for Lassar... then...

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...Anyway, this is a very rare potion,
one that is really difficult to make...
how did you get a hold of this?

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Price
(Price hesitates at Dilys's question,
and looks as if he is thinking about something. After a moment, he beings to speak in a careful voice.)
Since you've experienced this first-hand, I'll trust that that's what this is.

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Esras, the Prime Minister of Emain Macha, made this.
I was able to obtain a sample through a cooperator who was willing to risk his life.I was expecting it to be a dangerous item, but...
I can't believe it's Marionette's Potion...

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Does that mean Esras
can control the minds of those that drink this potion?
Now that I think about it, my friend Laoch was also...
He was out of his mind.If it's Esras, then...
Emain Macha's...

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Dilys
(Dilys's face goes pale.)
I didn't mean to worry you
For the sake of your safety,
please pretend you heard nothing.

Price
And I will leave this potion in your hands, Dilys.
I am sure you can get rid of it safely...

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(Price puts the potion bottle into Dilys's hand
and walks away.)

Get the letter translation from Kristell.

Kristell
I am Priestess Kristell. Nice to meet you.

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Price... You must be here for another translation.
Let me see it.

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(Price hands Kristell the Book of Fomors.)

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This book is... Tabhartas?
This won't be difficult to translate, but...
Does this mean you're after the wisdom of the ancients?

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...

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Fine. <player>, since you believe in Morrighan,
I will do my best to help you on your journey.
Could you give me a few minutes?

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(Kristel bows her head as she translates the book.
After several minutes, she looks up, beads of sweat on her forehead.)

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Here is the book.
It's mainly about Tabartas, the gatekeeper of ancient wisdom.
I fear something terrible is about to happen...

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Price
(Price takes the book and flips through the pages.)I knew it would turn out like this...
I think I finally have a grasp of
Esras's sinister plan.

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Esras is trying to obtain ancient wisdom
to fulfill a larger plan.
And the Fomors seem to be aware of it, too...

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In that case, the recent activies of the Golems on Ceo Island
may be connected to this.

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Are you aware of the events surrounding the ancient ruins?<br/ Or do you know someone who's knowledgeable of those ruins?
I'd like to hear that person's opinion on the recent activities of the Golems on Ceo Island.
Please, see what you can find out about this matter.

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Oh, and one more thing. This is bad news...
My sources in the castle have been disappearing one by one.
Either that, or they've lose themselves like Laoch...(Kristell stares at you an Price in surprise.)

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Kristell
<player>, Price...
Please, stay safe.
I pray that Lymilark and Morrighan watch over you...

Esras's Plot

Ask Seumas at the Dragon Ruins about the golems.

Seumas
The man with dark-brown shoulder straps and a worn down shirt has a nice tan.
He digs the ground with a Pickaxe in his callused hands, occasionally wiping off sweat.
His strong chin is covered with a short dark beard, while his hair and clothes are covered in white dust.
As you approach him, he turns his face and greets you with his smiling eyes.

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The Golems at Ceo Island?

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Ahh... Ah... You mean, those Fire Golems...
That have been roaming around lately...
Yes... I heard that too... (He gasps for breath.)

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From what I know...
Ceo Island was initially created by humans...to seal up...
the Golems of the ancient times...

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Yes, the Golems are
just lifeless bodies...that move by the power of magic...

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They are...a human tool to...
combat the devastating power of the Fomors... (He gasps.)
Normally, after using those Golems...
the magic on those Golems would be dispelled, but...

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This was a long time ago, and those Partholons
used the Fire Golems at Sen Mag
to beat the Fomors...

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The problem started from there...
As you know...about those Fire Golems... (He gasps.) ...the mana that was etched into their bodies
was very difficult to remove.
They wreaked so much havoc...

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It's not as if we could destroy them ourselves...
And that's when they came up with...Ceo Island... (He gasps again.)
Summoning each and every one of those Golems...to a remote island...
and creating that area with elements that are opposed to the Golems...effectively sealed them away from society.

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Yes, that means the Golems at Ceo Island are...
the very Golems that fought the Fomors in Sen Mag.
But for them to resume their activities now...
this is definitely...an unnatural occurrence...

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This was caused by someone...
I don't know who's responsible for this, but...

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I can come up with two theories behind...the reawakening of these Golems...
Either there's something out there so dangerous...that those Golems at Ceo Island needed to reawaken...

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Or, reawakening the sealed Golems...was practice...
for reawakening something even bigger...
That's my theory...

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All magic that has to do with enabling a being to move...
are based on the same theory...

Talk to Price.

Price
<player>, did you happen to find more information? If so, then please let me know right now!

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(Price listens carefully to your explanation and nods.)

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Hmmm...
This may not be enough evidence to
pinpoint Esras's plans, but
this helps me understand the chain of events that are taking place right now.

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So this is what I'm getting right now...
Esras is very much interested in getting her hands on ancient knowledge...
and to do that, she plans on awakening Tabhartas, the key to that knowledge...
and to do so, she has awakened the Golems at Ceo Island...

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Great work there.
There's more that needs to be discovered, but
I feel like Esras's plans are revealing themselves to us a little at a time.

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All right... well...
Since you are here and all, can you help me one more time?
Do you know James from the Church of Emain Macha?
Yes, the priest.

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He's actually an investigator sent by the Royal Court.

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I recently received a document from him.
It was about Esras collecting enormous amounts of gold recently.
I have a feeling that whatever Esras is planning
might be far more horrible than what we think it is.

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Go deliver the information we collected to James.
Last time I saw James,
he was trying really hard to win Craig over...

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I think this amount of evidence will probably be enough to do it.

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Go tell James what you know,
and help him persuade Craig.

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(Redire squeezes your hand hard
and gives you a thick black file.)

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The destiny of Emain Macha, no, maybe the future of Erinn
is now in your hands.

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This record is from James.
Read this. It will help you to understand the current situation.

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Okay...
May the blessing of Morrighan be with you...

Talk to James at Emain Macha Cathedral.

James
I've been waiting for you. Price filled me in.
And here you are, investigating allegations of Esras's tyranny...
Can you tell me what you and Price have learned?

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(James listens quietly as he watches you with piercing blue eyes.)

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Tabhartas, hm? I see...
That would explain Esras's strange behavior.

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Let me be frank. Esras's service as regent has been impressive.
No blemish can be found--on the surface, at least--and
Emain Macha has prospered under her watch.
She even pays her own taxes properly...

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However, one cannot easily deceive the Pontiff's Court.
The suspicious potions brewed in the basements of Emain Macha...
The Paladin trainees who rushed to the mines in search of gold...
Esras's suspicious activities during the Emain Macha tragedy...

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And Lord Rian has not been himself since Esras
took him into her care.

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We have been keeping on eye on her, biding our time.
Since you have all the evidence we need, there's no reason to wait any longer.

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When Craig arrives, let us tell him the truth.
Despite what you may think, Craig has Emain Macha's best
interests at heart. If he learns the truth,
he will do the right thing.

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Oh, and there he is.

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(With a clinking of armor, Craig arrives,
his cape fluttering behind him.)

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Craig
You called for me, James?

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Hm? What are you doing here, trainee?

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(Craig looks at you and James suspiciously.)

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James
Don't worry, Craig. This person is my friend.
Trust me. You'll want to hear what we have to say.

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I want you to arrest Esras.
She is using Marionette's Potion to control Lord Rian and the Paladins,
and she is using Paladin trainees to gather gold
and resurrect the golem Tabhartas.

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(Craig's eyes widens for a moment, then he clears his throat.)

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Craig
I wasn't expecting you to be so...direct.
I knew the Pontiff's Court sent you,
but I wasn't sure if I could trust the Court...

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A rumor has spread amongst the soldiers and Paladins
that Esras poisoned the lord of Emain Macha.

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The lord has been in poor health lately, and it's getting worse...
Esras won't let the healers near him,
claiming that she will cure him personally.

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<player>, I have a difficult request.
Go into the castle and keep Esras distracted.

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James
I will sneak past her and
bring a healer to check on the lord.

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Craig
We cannot move against Esras until
we know that the lord is safe.

Defeat Esras.

Esras
<player>...?
Yes, I have been waiting for you.
... Did you have a chance to talk to the leader of Paladin?

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Yes. I ordered my men to bring you here so I could talk to you in private.
... I heard that you had been digging up dirt on me these days.
... I cannot just sit and watch you spread false rumors about me all over Emain Macha,
and that is the reason why you are here with me.

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I myself have also found quite a few things about you.
I am also aware of the individual that asked you to dig up the dirt on me.

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... However, I'm not sure of his whereabouts... ... so I need your help locating that individual.

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You can either tell me right now...
... or I will have to take matters into my own hands... hahaha...

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Redire
There's no need for that, Esras!

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Esras
Well... well...
So it was you, Redire.
Long time no see.

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I knew something was fishy when I heard about your "death"...
Now that you are back, you are trying to stand in my way...
you know, you are just as idiotic as before.

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...However, it is too late.

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Redire
Silence, you traitor!
I have gathered more than enough evidence of your treacherous deeds.
I also know of your true intentions!

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Esras
... Sure you do.
However, what exactly did I do wrong here...?
I never cooked up schemes that I could not do,
and I never lied to anybody.

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I am only guilty of...
trying to ensure that everyone here lives a happy life...

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Have you forgotten that it was you
who proudly abducted a Fomor's daughter?
It is I who worked overtime to cover up your stupid deeds.
Don't forget that it is I who made you a legend in this town as an honorable Paladin. Don't you ever forget!

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Redire
...Hmmm...
Silence! No more from the serpent's tongue!
Where is Lord Rian!!
What have you done to my Lord!!!

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Esras
Nothing... Absolutely nothing...
By the way... If you are in search of "the Lord"...you won't find one here...
if that's the answer you were looking for.

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That should answer your question about... Rian...

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... This was much earlier than I expected, but...
It's for the best, I suppose?

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[Esras casts a spell and disappears.]

Redire
Hurry! Follow her!
That treacherous thing is trying to do something despicable using our Lord Rian!

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[Enter Barri Dungeon.]

Redire
Right here! There's no time! We must find Lord Rian!

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You take care of the monsters.
I'll look for the Lord.
... Trust me on this one.

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[In the depths of Barri:]

Esras
You both are much slower than I thought.

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Redire
Esras! Where's the Lord!
What did you do to him!!!

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Esras
The Lord...? Oh...
Are you talking about Rian...?
I don't know if you are qualified to
ask me about the well-being of "the Lord."

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Redire
Answer my question!!! Where's my Lord!!!

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Esras
Hahahaha... Since you seem desperate to find out, here, I'll give you an answer.
... You are looking at the new Lord of Emain Macha.
I've been the Lord of Emain Macha for quite some time now.

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.. And soon... the Lord of Erinn...

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Redire
...What?
You must be out of your mind...

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Esras
You sound confident as usual, Redire...
However... that only holds true if you have power to back it up.
Let me show you an example of what that means.

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[Tabhartas arises.]

Redire
... This Golem...
No... no way... Is it Tabhartas...?

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Esras
No wonder you were the leader of Paladins.
You instantly recognized this Golem...

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... Yes. This is Tabhartas.
The gatekeeper of the Ancient Wisdom...
and now, a loyal servant of mine who will carry my order of
getting rid of you once and for all...

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Redire
Oh my gosh... the whole body is covered in Gold...
I didn't know you'd resort to this...

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Esras
Well... this is all thanks to the Paladin trainees.
As you might know, Tabhartas is the prototype for all Golems...
It took me a while to control him myself.

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So please... have some respect for him.
He's not just another ordinary Golem.

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Redire
...<player>!! Do NOT leave my side!

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Esras
Tabhartas... I will now give you an order.
Show your loyalty by crushing these invaders!

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[Redire fights Tabhartas and is easily stomped.]

Redire
Ahhhhh... my leg...
it's broken...
I can't believe this...

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Esras
Even a so-called Paladin like you is rendered useless
in front of a monster like Tabhartas.
Hahaha...

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Redire
Ahhh...
...do not say the name Paladin with your serpent tongue!!!
The real Paladin... The Knight of Light... shall be invincible!

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Esras
So ... this proves you are not the true Paladin.
Then where is this true Paladin that should come riiight about now...
... to save you?

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Tabhartas, finish him!!!!

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[The player stops Tabhartas from crushing Redire underfoot, barely holding it off with all their might.]

Redire
<player>!!!!

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Esras
Oh... that was either very brave... or very very unnecessary.
Most humans don't even stand a chance against a regular Golem...

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Redire
<player>!!!
... Move over!!
Save yourself! We do not need to create more casualties!

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Esras
I take it you can take some more pounding.
That's a lot longer than I expected.

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However, you are only human, which means the end is near.
...Your destiny has been decided...
Death by Tabhartas. It was your call, not mine.

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Redire
<player>... No...
Forget about me...just run!

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[The player transforms!]

Esras
What is that!!!!

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Redire
... This... cannot be...
... the Knight of Light...

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... The true power of the Knight of Light...?

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Esras
This is not happening!! A kid like you cannot and should not be the true Paladin!!

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...Ahhh...
... Tabhartas, I am giving you an order.
Annihilate the kid so the kid will never see the light again!

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[Fight Tabhartas!]

Esras
I can't believe this... T... Tabhartas...
gone... just like that...

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... You... must... be... the...
... Knight of Light...??
...No... It's just an urban legend. No...

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Morgant
Paladin...?
...and Tabhartas?

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... So it is you...
who caused all that chaos in the dungeon...

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[Morgant appears, massive sword in hand.]

Morgant
It looks like one of those ancient Golems...

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... Wait a minute... then this must be controlled by the kind of magic
that isn't proper by any means...

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[Morgant slices open the fallen Tabhartas and the dead body of Rian falls out.]

Morgant
I knew it. So it would use a human sacrifice to control this Golem...

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Of course... this can only be thought of by a human...

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Ruairi
Rian...? Rian?

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Rian!!!!! Rian!!!!

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Who is it... Tell me!!!!
Who did this to Rian!!!

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Esras
... It's... that... Paladin!
That Paladin was responsible for Lord Rian...!!!

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Ruairi
You... It's you again!!!
You are the one who harmed Triona...!!!

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Morgant
...!!!

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Morrighan... you succeeded...
You awakened the kid as a true Paladin
much faster than I expected...

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Ruairi
...Why... why...
Triona, Rian...
... Why... what did they do to you...?

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...!!!
Save... him...
... Save him!!!!

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...!!!

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[Tabhartas explodes and vanishes, along with Rian.]

Ruairi
...!!!

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Rian!!! Rian!!! No... NO!!!

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... Why... Why...
Why do you not respond to my tears and pleas for help, Morrighan??

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... What else do I have to lose for you to answer my pleas...??

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Morgant
... Let's go back, Ruairi.
I'll help you to channel that anger into the kind of power nobody has ever seen.

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... I will give you the kind of power to punish this world
without having to rely on the power of the gods.
... The power will be yours.

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Ruairi
<player>... I'll never forget your name...
... Never, ever...

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[Morgant and Ruairi vanish.]

Esras
...!!!

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Redire <player>... It is not your fault.
The Lord was probably long gone
when he became a sacrificial offering for that Golem...

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Esras
You are trying to put the blame on others, Redire...
You should take responsibility for Rian's death, as well.

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Don't you remember?
That night... The Lord was injured by your sword...
... and lost his life after all the Fomors retreated...

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Redire
...What...?
The Lord passed away...
during the great tragedy of Emain Macha...?!!!

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Esras
Yes. I did not announce his death at the time.
But I could not just sit there and watch you cause
all that chaos and tragedy...

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Redire
Are you saying... you used the corpse of the Lord...
to control that Golem...?

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... Wait, even worse...
The Lord has ruled Emain Macha all this time
... as a dead man...??
Impossible!!

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Esras
That is not true.
Even in death, he followed my order to the fullest.

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I mean, to tell you the truth... I've been the Lord of Emain Macha all this time.

Redire
...!!!
N... Necromancy!!!
I thought it was forbidden for Druids...

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...!!!
You are not a Druid, afterall.
You were a necromancer all this time...
How dare a necromancer try to govern Emain Macha!!!

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Esras
Hahaha... that took you a long time to figure it out.
Think about this, though... Emain Macha thrived like never before under my watch...
It proves that a necromancer is better equipped than a druid to lead, no?

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Redire
!!!!

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Esras
... I still have enough corpses and Gold to follow my orders...
All I need to do is find another Golem at Ceo Island and make another Tabhartas,
and if I can find the ancient wisdom...
I won't be stopped. Ever!

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Before all that, though... you two will have to pay for
slightly delaying my grand scheme of things...

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[Fight Esras.]

Esras
No... It is not happening...
You are not even in Paladin form...

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...My dream... my... future...
cannot... be...stopped... now... No...

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[Esras dies and fades away, then Morrighan appears.]

Morrighan
You fought well, <player>...
You didn't let me down.
You have become the Knight of Light, as I expected...

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The power you have acquired...
and the path you took in order to do so...
definitely tells a story.
Please use your power wisely...

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... I can sense the power of Cichol expanding. However, what worried me most is his minions, the Dark Knights...

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<player>...
Please watch out for those Dark Knights...
They will do everything in their power to bring darkness and chaos upon Erinn...

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<player>...
When darkness engulfs Erinn,
please shine a light through the darkness as Paladin
and protect Erinn from eternal darkness.

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