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Shaman Glen, October 4, 2021
Helma, the Shaman Outcast says ancestors talk to us through the sounds of nature. You’re out of sync with nature but once you let it into your heart, the world will open for you. These lands used to thrive when shamans from all over lived here. To prevent this place from perishing, Helma remained while everyone else left for more peaceful lands. The nature spirits once revealed a prophecy about a threat coming from this mountain. The shamans heard the prophecy and did their best to suppress the mountain’s power. But they had no way of knowing the true source of the threat. On the day the prophecy came true, the shamans used all their power to subdue the mountain...and that’s when the miners came.
The miners exploited the opportunity to search for precious ores and treasure. Legend says that the ancient spirits who created this world put treasure under the mountain and left a powerful guardian to protect it. The miners’ greed was limitless and the shamans were powerless to stop them. That’s why they decided to seek refuge elsewhere.
The miners’ digging almost awakened the guardian of the treasure but a miracle happened when the mountain erupted with lava, taking those who disturbed its peace. Helma was chosen to be the mountain’s caretaker and she can’t leave it under any circumstances.
According to the prophecy, the land can be saved from the guardian of the mountain, but it’s too dangerous to go into the mountain. Helma says “your aura shines like a thousand suns on a cloudless day. You must be the savior from the prophecy!” A minor eruption sealed off the entrance to that part of the mountain and Helma calls on the powers of nature; air, water, earth and fire, to heed her call. “Let the savior enter the mountain.”
The path opens and Helma says nature will protect you.
LEVEL 110 cont.
Helma, the Shaman Outcast knows the Fire Elemental suffered because of human interference. Even though the harpies knew the prophecy, they couldn’t protect him. Trying to remember where the shamans kept the artifact needed to pacify the mountain, Helma says when she was little, she saw an old shaman use a peace pipe to communicate with the ancestors’ spirits. After recreating that ritual, Helma’s powers grow and she knows the artifact should be in the old shaman settlement. But she must go alone since only shamans can enter that sacred ground. Helma found the artifact, but it’s sealed in a case made by the royal artisans. Succeeding in opening the case, Helma presents you with the next artifact part, the Polar Bear.
(Ludwig Milton – Level 111 - His body is now healed, but Ludwig can’t say the same for his heart and mind. Once the curse was lifted and his memory restored, Ludwig was stung by the pain of lost love. He confides a secret...long ago while exploring the mountain, Ludwig met a stunningly beautiful Shamaness. But she rebuffed Ludwig, leaving him alone with his hopelessness. So much time has passed, Ludwig wonders if the Shamaness’ taste has changed, maybe even soured further. He’s pessimistic because he was handsome then, yet still repelled her. Now he’s just a bag of bones and stuck in the Ancient Cemetery while the Shamaness will never leave Shaman Glen. Perhaps a gift, maybe a bouquet...not the greatest idea, but Ludwig treated her poorly back then and a bouquet is at least a start. Believing there’s no other way to discover the Shamaness’ feelings, Ludwig rewards with the Enticing Vriesia for the Charming Bouquet.)
Helma, the Shaman Outcast is very intrigued by this latest adventure. A Magic Kit should help with the next flower, but once the Kit is ready, Helma has trouble remembering the order of the spell. “Measure thrice and cut once, as my teacher would say.” Helma remembers “I turned my teacher into a pumpkin once -- got turned into a broom for a week as punishment.” She measures out the elements but “I must have miscalculated -- the flower looks a bit carnivorous. Not exactly what you were looking for, huh?”
The first try is always an adventure and “take two usually spells success, at least for me. Second time is the charm, right?” As she presents the Alluring Hibiscus, Helma says “Here it is! Beautiful, right? Skeleton Knight’s paramour will love it. My teacher would be proud. He wasn’t one to heap praise, but a lack of criticism can feel just as good.”
***Level 111 - Professor Pinfeathers – Natural Help- Says Talk to Nala for 5 tasks but shows a picture of Helma, the Shaman Outcast and actually sends you to Helma for the 5 tasks.
Based on the dialog in this section, I believe the true character for those 5 tasks is Nala and being sent to Helma is an error. When Nala was first introduced, she mentioned her teacher who she tried to impress with a powerful spell. In this section, ‘Helma’s' teacher always said ‘measure thrice and cut once’ and remembers when she turned her teacher into a pumpkin. Unique to Nala is miscalculating spells or casting the wrong spells. And Nala, not Helma, would use words like ‘Hmmm’ and ‘right up my alley.’ Helma is a Shaman who was chosen to be the mountain’s caretaker and can’t leave it under any circumstances. She can call on the powers of air, water, earth and fire and believes ancestors talk to us through the sounds of nature. Her limited dialog is along the lines “your aura shines like a thousand suns on a cloudless day.” And finally, the final sentence after awarding the Alluring Hibiscus has ‘Helma’ saying “Skeleton Knight’s paramour will love it.” BUT Helma IS the Skeleton Knight’s paramour. So that sentence makes no sense attributable to Helma.I believe it is quite obvious the dialog attributed to Helma is actually Nala’s. So, even though Pinfeathers’ quest shows a pic of Helma and the player is sent to Helma, his quest line reads “Talk to Nala” and this is correct. Nala should be the character for this dialog and being sent to Helma is an error. For those reasons, I decided to put the dia
Lava Cave, October 4, 2021
The Fire Elemental warns this is a dangerous place. He’s guarded the treasures of the ancient spirits since the mountain was created. Only someone with a pure soul and brave heart can hope to get even a glimpse of it. Once satisfied you didn’t come for the treasure, the Fire Elemental confides his fire essence is tearing him apart from inside. His inner flame was meant to protect the mountain, but because of human greed, he could end up destroying everyone.
He remembers one day was particularly fine until he heard the overwhelming anguish of the mountain caused by the miners. When the miners found out about the limitless treasure, greed took over. They decided to take everything for themselves. The ancient spirits tied the Fire Elemental’s spirit with the mountain, so when the miners reached its core, the Fire Elemental was filled with pain. His wounds are so deep that he’s barely able to hold off his fire.
The shamans weakened the mountain, but they had good intentions. He’s afraid his molten fire could cause the mountain to erupt at any moment, destroying everyone and everything in the castle. Only the Chilling Belt can stop it, but there must be some temporary way to calm it.
The Fire Elemental says the ancient spirits foresaw this possibility, so they created a unique stone flute covered in gems. This stone flute from the mountain depths can buy some time, but the Fire Elemental is having a difficult time remembering where it is. Finally, the spirits’ powers helped him remember; the calming instrument is in the mountain’s treasury hall. Rendered weak from his wound, the Fire Elemental says the hall is vast and full of unusual artifacts. He finally locates it, but there is still one obstacle protecting it.
The completed Chilling Belt that goes to the Fire Elemental in the Lava Cave. His inner flame was meant to protect the mountain, but because of human greed, his molten fire could erupt, destroying everyone and everything in the castle. The Chilling Belt tames the Fire Elemental’s raging fire and Pinfeathers declares ‘We’re saved!’ (Get Charming Bouquet)
The Fire Elemental offers a warm welcome but no hug for fear of reducing a good friend to ashes. While the Fire Elemental has never been in love, he’s no stranger to fiery emotions. Assuming love burns in the same way, the Fire Elemental offers to help because no one deserves a heart burnt to ashes, least of all Ludwig Milton. There is a rare flower that is solid stone, beautiful and beloved by all. Finding it, however, is no simple feat. The flower lies in secret under the heart of the mountain.
Only elementals can brave the depths of the mountain and the Fire Elemental is happy to make the trek. He had to tear it from the mountain’s heart, but the Fire Elemental returns in a flash with the flower, as promised. The Strelizia of Attraction is added to the Charming Bouquet.