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Torrum the Weapon Maker appears in Town of Shadows and knew someone needed his help from the rumbling thunder. Torrum's life goal is to create a perfectly unique weapon, so he studies ancient magic and crafting techniques. His research brought him to this world, but he can't leave. He's aware of your troubles, but has problems of his own. While he came to this grim world for research, he doesn't have a way back. He needs your help to create a mechanical portal that will take him back home.
He tells you the Sealing Staff was originally a Dwarven design. His portal is to be made of iron, gears and pipes. He's learned a lot of secrets about this land, and in exchange for help with his portal, he'll reveal information about a certain stone. The Polar Star is no simple stone and Torrum will be sorry to give it away, but he knows you need it more than he does.
While Torrum works on the portal, he asks you to look for anything unusual and worthy of his attention. First, his most important tool got broken then, just as his luck was turning, a shadow bat flew by the portal and knocked an important part off. It was a minor setback but seems each hour brings a new challenge. Torrum will have to double his efforts to make up for lost time.
The Polar Star is in his secret stash and no one but Torrum has access to it.
"Bless my bolts! The portal is almost ready. I'll be able to leave this forsaken place soon and return to my own projects", says Torrum. Places the final components on the Portal and is ready to make the journey home. Wishes you good luck and hopes to meet you again. You are rewarded with the Polar Star.
Torrum the Weapon Maker disappears from Town of Shadows and reappears in Valley of Fallen Giants Northern Islands.
Torrum, ready for another challenge, says the Unicorn Brush was believed lost a long time ago. Legends place it in the ruins of an ancient town of craftspeople and Torrum knows where those ruins lie. This gives him a chance to fire up the mechanical portal once again.
It needs a couple of parts, but a bit of tinkering here and there and it's good as new. Torrum says half the job of being a good mechanic is knowing how to get missing parts quickly.
Torrum receives a concerned message from his brother, Magrum of Diamond Mountain. Magrum's note claims the gems mined from his mountain are turning black and he wants mages sent to protect against whatever is happening. Generally, mages are afraid of Diamond Mountain and dwarves don't like strangers in their lands, but Magrum needs help. Torrum knows the one thing mages can't refuse and he offers them gems from the very heart of his mountain in exchange for their help. He imagines the shock on their bearded faces and hopes they accept his offer.
It's said dwarven fortitude could forge steel, but Torrum isn't so sure about his. An all-consuming darkness is forming inside the gems, but the mages are still silent. Finally, the wise old men are on their way and Torrum prepares a generous gift for them as thanks for fighting the growing darkness.
The mages are late, and Torrum senses something is wrong. The mountains are still and quieter than usual with tension.
A fiery redhead - a girl! Torrum never thought anything he could experience would cause the mix of vivid emotions he's feeling now. Torrum has no words to express his anger; they requested a squad of seasoned battlemages and got some brash child instead. She claims to be a powerful artifact mage, so she's arrogant as well!
Begrudging acceptance replaced anger once the red-haired girl made her case. Torrum barely talked his brother into allowing the girl into the heart of the mountain and could almost hear his brother's teeth grinding.
But the girl turned out to be quite a good mage, after all. Thalia found a dark fissure deep in the caverns and it seems the dwarves awakened something grim deep in Diamond Mountain. Torrum suspects whatever escaped from the mountain is now troubling his old friend Lucas and his people.
Torrum is concerned his friend Lucas the Minotaur is standing alone against the Shadow Serpent, but notes his people were always a bit reckless. He trusts Lucas knows what he's doing, but in the meantime, his people are preparing for a new threat. As you are rewarded with the Unicorn Brush, Torrum says he hopes to see you again.
Torrum the Weapon Maker (Valley of Fallen Giants) hasn’t heard from his friend, the minotaur, since Lucas left to deal with the shadow serpent. Since his old friend didn’t even leave a note behind, Torrum’s been in a constant state of worry. Waiting feels endless and sometimes no news is worse than bad news. Torrum decides helping to restore Shadow’s memory will be a good distraction from worrying about Lucas.
He can use one of his portals to teleport to the artifact part, but Torrum’s portals are known for being unpredictable. But once set and ready to go, Torrum steps into the unknown. He could turn up leagues away from the intended destination and, unsurprisingly, Torrum’s first trip through the portal was a fiasco. He ends up in the dream world where only the lucky escape and you could search for all eternity and never find the exit. Dreams actually corroded the portal, almost like rust, but Torrum manages to fix it.
Torrum’s second trip through the portal deposits him in the tower of mages! Apparently, dreams did more damage than first appeared. It seems an intricate part of the portal was completely corroded and that’s how he ended up in the tower of mages. But forging is nothing for a dwarf and Torrum gets underway again.
Finally, the portal takes Torrum where he’s been trying to reach, the parallel world. It’s similar to this world...with some differences. Torrum found two copies of the part, but he must choose carefully. It’s a critical choice because only the right part will work in its respective world. Torrum encountered the strangest thing he’s ever seen...he met himself in the parallel world. The other Torrum was quite helpful...and handsome too. He told Torrum which artifact part to take and he hands over the Pendant of Remembrance, hoping not to be a shadow the next time you meet.
Lucas the Minotaur, in Grim Mansion, says not to judge a book by its cover. He's a good person who means you no harm and would like to believe the same about you. He finds your face trustworthy and wonders if you ever considered having a minotaur for a friend.
He introduces himself as Lucas Rampant Stare of the Thunder Axe settlement. He's an educated minotaur, having always had more interest in books and knowledge than combat. Lucas realizes the stereotype is that minotaurs are warlike, but make no mistake, he can still handle an axe!
On the Dark Side, there's a sacred town of minotaurs called Ariadne's Labyrinth, but the way there is hidden to outsiders. The town is beautiful and few ever had the honor of visiting it.
Something dark and horrible appeared in the labyrinth; something Lucas believes is a shadow serpent. Having long slumbered in the deep darkness, the shadow serpent is one of the Dark World's most ancient and horrible restless shadows. But something woke it and now it's hunting. The shadow serpent is small, but it grows each night as it hunts the minotaurs. And the town is in danger as the shadow serpent grows bigger and bolder.
Lucas remembers old tales from his youth that mention a Hidden Sword, a legendary weapon capable of destroying dark creatures. While swords aren't common weapons for minotaurs, Lucas is sure his hand won't shake while wielding the Hidden Sword. He admits the tale of the sword seemed clearer and more logical when he was a kid, but vows to deal with the shadow serpent himself.
The legend contains a riddle, "The red stone near the rocks is hidden by the shadow of the forgotten tale", and Lucas realizes his youth wasn't wasted in those dusty old libraries after all when he knows where to find the sword.
Lucas prepares for his journey with jerky, clean water and his faithful axe. He offers up a minotaur tradition while casting aside thoughts of what could happen if he fails to defeat the shadow serpent. In his culture, minotaurs bump horns with those close to them before setting off on a journey, but decides it would be safer for you to just shake hands as humans do.
Lucas the Minotaur disappears from Grim Mansion.
Lucas the Minotaur, back from his adventure with the shadow serpent, re-appears at Grim Mansion. Lucas can’t believe everyone had so little faith they thought they’d never see him again. While his journey wasn’t easy, it was fun and he needs just a moment to catch his breath. Lucas is strong, resilient and somewhat educated, so what’s the worst that could’ve happened? Torrum’s worries were baseless, but Lucas promises to send him a message. Lucas did manage to locate and subdue the shadow serpent, whose elder brother, the fire elemental, swore to avenge him! Lucas wasn’t aware shadow serpents could have fiery brothers.
Shadow’s curse is the most immediate threat and Lucas promises to research the artifact part, but there are no guarantees. He’ll sort through the books, manuscripts and scrolls to speed up the search but there’s only one of him and many books. Lucas swears it’s easier to swing an axe all day than to rummage through so many generations of wisdom, but he continues the search for any mention of the artifact part. He could get a Master’s degree searching through all that, but why would a minotaur need one?
While the scrolls are so old they’re crumbling, Lucas manages to find mention of the artifact. The ancient text looks like gibberish and proves difficult to translate. After deciphering the text, Lucas says it’s an ancient prophecy containing a grave threat. The shadow serpent’s fiery elemental brother guards the artifact part in the mine at the heart of the mountain. The elementals sleep deeply, as long as they’re not disturbed, and Lucas would rather not wake the brother of someone he just defeated.
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.