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Ludwig Milton in Ancient Cemetery wonders what brought you to such a grim place at such a grim hour. He apologizes for his unusual appearance and hopes you learn to look past it once you get to know him better.
Ludwig Milton calls himself a true knight and begins to relate a little about his life. When he was alive, a long time ago, he was brave but foolish, and it's his fault he ended up here. He used to live in a castle, was a threat to foes, a protector of friends and a magnet for ladies. Those were happy times.
One day, Ludwig caught a glimpse of what he thought was a simple village girl in the forest. She stole his heart, both figuratively and literally. But she turned out to be a witch. Nevertheless, Ludwig became obsessed with her and every day plunged deeper and deeper into blind love. He saw her eyes at night and heart her voice call to him from the darkness.
One night, Ludwig succumbed to her song and went to her as a meek lamb. She greeted him happily and asked for a favor. She asked Ludwig to help her defeat the Lord of Darkness himself. He'd barely heard her request before he found himself agreeing. The witch led Ludwig to an old portal and began whispering spells and waving her staff. As though hypnotized, Ludwig approached the portal and saw the reflection of a terrible world. He stepped inside and heard the wretched witch call the Lord of Darkness 'master'.
That's when the veil of love fell from Ludwig's eyes and he found himself on the Dark Side. He could barely move, but used the last bit of his strength to stab the portal's base with his dagger, destroying it. But the Lord of Darkness' revenge was elegant. Ludwig is neither alive nor dead and unable to leave the Dark Side.
After hundreds of years in solitude, Ludwig is happy to have someone to talk to. He knows about the artifact and will help get the Sky Stones.
While Ludwig can't leave the Dark Side, the descendants of those who once swore their allegiance to him now exist in the land of the living. His faithful raven, a reliable means of communication, will deliver a message to the one who swore allegiance; he might be dead, but sometimes the sons must pay for the debts of the father.
The story behind the sworn allegiance isn't exciting; Ludwig saved a noble knight from a terrible death in harpy's claws during a hunt. Exciting or not, if it weren't for Ludwig, that knight's descendants wouldn't even exist.
That descendant is an honorable person who understands the mission's importance. Ludwig finds it good to know that even after his death, rebirth and years of silence, he still has allies.
Ludwig says "It's hard to see from your perspective, but many people are working together to help our mission. Isn't that a reason to be proud?" (Sounds like a message from the devs)
Even though the only thing holding his bones together is magic, Ludwig hasn't felt so alive in a long time. He's still able to put a plan into action and can't believe the Lord of Darkness' reign is coming to an end. But it's odd the Lord of Darkness isn't interfering at all; it's as though he doesn't believe he can be stopped. Centuries of doing as he pleased made the Lord less vigilant and the time is right to take advantage, or defeating him will only be a dream. Now is the time to take action as you are rewarded with the Sky Stones.
Ludwig Milton, Skeleton Knight is cursed and slowly fading away and the curse can only be undone by the one who cast it. When Ludwig disappears, everyone else will turn into shadows. Ludwig describes Shadow as a “madman” who says he wants eternal life for all but Ludwig’s endless suffering means nothing to him. The only way to redeem a madman’s mind is restore his memories, so Ludwig agrees to help find another artifact part. He remembers an artifact part was hidden by a serenity seeker up on the mountain and Ludwig asks his faithful raven to fetch it. Patience is a virtue...first the raven is delayed returning from his travels, then a blizzard causes delays. Finally, the raven soars high in the mountains and returns with the artifact part.
But Ludwig won’t last much longer and if his strength subsides, all work will be in vain. Ludwig knows someone who can help...Nala.
(Since shadow curses can only be lifted by those who cast them, the most Nala can do is slow the effect. She successfully performs an Impediment Ritual to buy enough time to find the artifact to restore Shadow’s memory.) While thankful for Nala’s help, Ludwig knows it’s only temporary and yearns for a permanent solution. He rewards with the Wing of Serenity.
Twisted Mountain (August 3, 2021)
Han the Sage, a seeker of truth, appears at Mountain Foot. He looks for answers in this life and aids those who seek to find themselves. Han is aware of the curse and the artifact part sought, but he can’t remember what it looked like. Patience and humility will help reach the goal. One needs calm when attempting to remember the past because it takes a clear mind to reveal the artifact part. Introspective meditation is the last stage of mental preparation to help achieve inner peace. Han the Sage’s words may sound like cryptic doublespeak but, like a guiding star, they help him recall the memories he needs. He readies to astral project into his mind palace to remember the artifact part which will take his mind and spirit far away from this place.
Nearly lost in the infinite world of memories, Han returns with good and bad news. The good news is he remembers what the artifact part looks like; the bad news is he remembered the item was lost and only the harpies can find it. While the harpies have a bad reputation, one of them is a true friend, Olympe the Harpy.
Han, the Sage never doubted his friend’s generosity and appreciates the information. Armed with a direction to follow, Han knows seeing your goal clearly is paramount to any task. He begins searching as he visualizes the goal and hopes his gaze will soon fall upon the needed item. Initially eluding him, Han sees the item within his grasp. He’s glad he kept his mind sharp all these years.
Patience is rewarded when Han hands over the next artifact part, the Wing of Distinction.
Twisted Mountain (August 3, 2021)
Olympe, the Harpy appears at Mountain Ledge. She blocks the way and demands proof you’re not an enemy. Caution is wisdom; these are dangerous times and harpies don’t trust outsiders. Olympe has known Han the Sage for a long time and he’s always been kind to the harpies. Olympe’s heard everyone’s in mortal peril but the harpies have survived by being cautious of outsiders. She doesn’t know your mind and is wary if your intentions are good. She asks not to judge their cautious ways too harshly and begins putting trust to the test. Once past the trust exercises, Olympe shares more information about her people.
The harpies are ancient and wise but many believe they’re birds of prey that should be exterminated. They’re never safe despite the fact they’ve never been cruel and, in fact, value kindness and justice above all else. The harpies are slowly vanishing at their enemies’ hands only because of the way they look! People don’t accept them so they live solitary lives to prevent extinction, but it has closed off their society.
Mistrust has become ingrained, almost instinctive, over many generations. But they still trust those that offer help. Trust takes time, but once Olympe’s trust is earned, she agrees to help find the artifact part. While flying is taxing, Olympe is positive the part can be found just over the mountain. It’s not a small mountain though and it’s filled with many dangerous twists and crags. The search could take some time. Luckily, the gift of flight isn’t all that aids the search; Olympe shares the harpies also possess an eagle eye. With it, Olympe can spot the item from high above. When Olympe begins searching the right area, the artifact part emits strong magical energy. Olympe approaches the sacred cave of the enlightened and confirms the artifact part lies inside but she is not allowed to enter the cave. Han, however, can enter the cave so you must return to him and give him this new info.