Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall the kesh bottle found in the ruffian encampment being much heavier than all the others in the game?
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RE: Out of Reflection, Into Reality
Day 11 to 18
When the heroes left Cademia behind to thwart the evil alternate Selax's designs for regicide at the Land King Hall they had left behind a city in ruins. The fire and rampaging golem had rendered a sizable portion of the ghetto to rubble and ash, and the castle had been further damaged by the altercation with the alternate Wizard and his explosive treachery. More than two thirds of the city guard were dead, their captain among them; the mages, the Judge Berossus especially, were missing; and the house elders had not yet returned from the Land King Hall. The city was in a state of near-panic as rumors spread like wildfire, and Shanadar, the last living of the ten Enforcers of Cademia, was left in the unenviable situation of holding the senior-most position of legal authority.
He had little choice, really, but to declare a state of martial law. The alternative was total chaos. The destructive events of the past few days had alarmed the populace well enough, but word had already begun to leak out about the doppelgangers. The civilians suspected the Undine, a rumor exacerbated by Shanadar had enacting in force the contingency plans to thwart shapechangers drafted after the conclusion of that awful Opheltius affair, but the Enforcer knew better. There was an entire alternate Cythera out there, full of alternate Cytherians who could impersonate them more perfectly than any shapeshifting infiltrator, and all present indications suggested that they were hostile.
Shanadar was determined to assume, and prepare for, the worst.
Under normal circumstances, the castle would have been used as a base of operations in such a crisis, but in its present state it was in no condition to serve such a function. Instead he seized the manor house of the fallen House Comana, as well as the building immediately opposite. Once, during the reign of the Tyrants, they had served as barracks; now they did so again.
Of the city guard, there was little left, and the prospect of further subversion among the ranks as-yet undiscovered remained a lingering concern. Faced with an acute shortage of manpower at a time when the city could least afford it, Shanadar began drafting civilians, however temporarily, into the ranks. At first he'd begun with the obvious choices, like Oeneus and Laomedon, but he'd been forced to turn to the dregs of society as he fast ran out of suitable reputable candidates. Tavern regulars, ratcatchers, ruffian thugs; he'd even found a place for that damned fool Deiphobus in the ranks (scoundrel though he was, at least he took his duties seriously). And as one of the few well-equipped and seasoned warriors left in the city, the adventurer Talos defaulted to a de facto position as the Enforcer's second in command.
The inventories of the local artisans were requisitioned to arm, armor, and otherwise provision the newly-expanded city guard; even Eteocles found himself suddenly short on boots, shovels, and explosvies. Even as Shanadar ran the city's coffers dry, he ordered the coiner Autonous to cease minting oboli and lend his skills at the forge to aid the blacksmith Thoas in the production of military equipment. Likewise he requested that his companion Silverfish lend his esoteric natural talents to do the same.
The Enforcer mandated regular patrols, but for all their searching they found no sign of Andru, Katerei, or Yomu. He ordered sentries to once again be posted at the western and southern city gates as had been done in days long past, and put the city's unemployed population of beggars to work repairing the crumbling walls. It was a token effort, but it kept them preoccupied and everyone feeling–however undeservedly–just a little safer. And that had, at least, succeeding in repairing the portcullis of the western gate.
He ordered that during the day, no one was to travel unarmed, without escort, nor beyond the city limits. In his broadest and most unprecedented exercise of his authority, he enacted a strict curfew and evacuated the entire city into his makeshift barracks during the night. For the first time in memory, Cademia was quiet after nightfall. The city was in total lockdown.
These measures were, of course, extremely unpopular, and such melodramatic appellations as 'the reign of the Fourth Tyrant' were bandied about behind the Enforcer's back. At times he questioned his own decision to put the entire population in one location, but in the face of the current crisis it seemed the best way to undermine the efforts of any would-be infiltrators. He had to keep the city safe. He had to keep the people safe. Until relieved, it was his responsibility.
It had been more than a week now, and neither the wayward adventurers nor the absent mages nor the house elders had yet returned. Tensions were high, and Shanadar could only pray that the situation changed soon.
This post has been edited by ~vIsitor~ : 30 August 2011 - 04:18 PM
RE: Dialogical scheming
Sorry to dig this up, but I was doing a quick refresher play-through and I noticed a few keywords that you seem to have missed:
Some of the Seldane in the Ayrit (specifically, Seqedher and Uset) give some unique responses if you misspell Jhiaxus as Jh ai xus. Also, they all respond to the word 'Mortal'
Ignae responds to the words 'Price' and 'Hunchback'. Also, 'Nothing' has same response as '0' (which is already listed).
Glaucus responds to the word 'Breeze'.
Naxos responds to the word 'Wine'.
Thetis responds to the word 'Friends'.
Stenor also responds to the word 'Drunk' in the same way as the word 'Drink' (already listed).
RE: Mage Machaon
@breadworldmercy453_bot, on 14 June 2011 - 06:47 PM, said in Mage Machaon:
I did not think the shield-ring had anything to do with Undine. But now that I think about it, there's only three magical rings in the game, and the other two are definitely associated with Undine. That's suspicious. If Machaon was involved with the Undine, that may explain his lack of obvious death.
I'm pretty sure that it's just a coincidence. I mean, Thersites' Ring shares the same graphic as Omen's Ring, but it is obviously not related in any way. I don't see why Machaon's ring automatically has to be of Undine origin just because it's magic or it shares a graphic with Atreus' Ring. For all we know, it was a heirloom brought along on the journey from Thera or he enchanted it himself in the course of his research.
@buzzzzy_bot, on 19 June 2011 - 12:40 AM, said in Mage Machaon:
It also might be worth mentioning that the only other magical staff in the game (albeit with different effects) is used to make kesh out of harpy eggs, which further suggests a connection between Machaon and the Undine.
@breadworldmercy453_bot, on 19 June 2011 - 08:10 AM, said in Mage Machaon:
There is also a second purple staff found on Idomeneus' corpse... You know, the freemage who was studying Sea-based magic.
@buzzzzy_bot, on 20 June 2011 - 08:32 AM, said in Mage Machaon:
I forgot about that dude, though that would further suggest a correlation between the staffs and the undine, considering he was studying sea-based magic and timeflux and is surrounded by hydra.
I don't think that the magic staves are necessarily Undine relics either. They seem to have more in common with the glowing purple crystal lights the Mages use to illuminate Pnyx and their private studies. Besides which, the color purple would seem to be associated with the earthen-based magics which both the mages and the Seldane use, further placing the theory that the staves are Undine artifacts in doubt. Yes, there was the other staff in the Kosha Grotto, which obviously was an Undine artifact, but it was rather different, no?
Personally, I think that the mages made them. They're obviously somewhat rare, but not unique and not so rare that a Freemage like Idomeneus couldn't get ahold of one.
RE: An Account of Semius the Golem Hunter
Herakles is an archaic spelling of Heracles, who is better known by his romanized name of Hercules ; the garment is purportedly his famous lion skin cloak.
Anyway, if Semius was modeling himself after Hercules, he might've been using a wooden club, which was the mythological hero's favored weapon. If so, its absence could perhaps be attributed to decomposition. But even a metal weapon could just as easily have been claimed by rust.
As for the circumstances of the golem hunter's death, I'm wondering if it had anything to do with the conspicuous trap in the entryway downstairs? Mayhap he carelessly triggered the tripwire, expecting his magic cloak to protect him, and was hit with a dart envenomed with a potent, fast-acting poison?
RE: Spell Damage
@buzzzzy_bot, on 06 March 2011 - 01:09 AM, said in Spell Damage:
Is there actually a key to that place? Or are you referring to bashing the door in?
Indeed there is, although I can never remember exactly which one it is; I collect a lot of keys, so I just use the 'try all' function. However, I suspect it's the one Pelagon carries (have to cast Shake Down on him before he goes AWOL).