Black Night, White Stag

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Dreams of the White Stag

Black Night, White Stag

Year
1325 AE
Chapter
Following the Dream
Location
Dreamer's Terrace
(The Grove)
Omphalos Chamber
(The Grove)
Level
10
Race
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari
Choice
Dreams of the White Stag
Preceded by
Biography White Stag.png Hidden in Darkness
Biography White Stag.png Saving the Stag
Followed by
Biography Act With Wisdom.png After the Storm
Biography Right to Grow.png Wild Growth
Biography Where Life Goes.png Where Life Goes

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Black Night, White Stag is a part of the Sylvari personal story for characters who have finished Hidden in Darkness or Saving the Stag.

Objectives[edit]

Protect the white stag.

  • Return to Dreamer's Terrace and speak with Caithe.
  • Defend against the Nightmare Court.
  • Find and confront the enemy leader.
  • Defeat Gavin in an honorable duel.
  • Speak with Caithe.

Speak with the Pale Tree.

  • Visit the Omphalos Chamber.
  • Speak with the Pale Tree.

Rewards[edit]

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All professions
Profession-specific

Walkthrough[edit]

Speak with Caithe and let her know when you are ready to defend the stag against the Nightmare Court. The attack will begin very shortly afterwards. The first wave consists of spiders and jaguars; they will enter the room from two directions. The second wave contains a kennelmaster who has brought a pack of thorn wolves. The remaining wave consists of courtiers. When prompted to do so, approach Sariel, who is standing on the staircase in the room to the north (Caithe needs to speak with her, so be sure to walk far enough up the ramp to tow Caithe to Sariel).

Sariel begins talking to Caithe, but suddenly encourages Gavin to strike you whilst your backs are turned. Gavin however is a more honourable member of the court and wishes to fight the player fairly in a duel, with the winner taking the stag. Duel Gavin - he wields a mace and uses the associated Guardian skills, so avoid standing in the Symbol of Faith, and damage him through his blocks and regeneration. Speak with Caithe for the closing cinematic for this instance.

Travel to the Omphalos Chamber to receive the final cinematic for the mission from the Pale Tree - she tells you that you will fight Zhaitan, the dragon of Orr.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Dreamer's Terrace[edit]

At the beginning:

Caithe: Valiant! Quickly, to me!

Speaking with the Luminary of your cycle:

<Luminary name>: Excellent work. Even in the short time the white stag has been in the Grove, many ailing sylvari have recovered.
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Fantastic! And are you helping with the defense? (if Aife)
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Great news! Are you here to help with the defense? (if Niamh) [verification requested]
Yes. While you fight off the Nightmare Court, I'll stay here and guard the stag. Fair fortune, Valiant <character name>.
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Thank you, Firstborn.
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I'm glad to hear that. Farewell.

Speaking with Mender Aine:

Mender Aine: Are the Nightmare Court really going to attack us here?
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We'll keep you safe.

Speaking with Mender Glyndowr:

Mender Glyndowr: Thank the Mother Tree, you found the white stag!
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We did, but the danger isn't over. Stay here and we'll defend you.

Speaking with Wounded Sylvari:

Wounded Sylvari: Valiant! They say you're the one who rescued the white stag. I just know his presence will help me to heal.
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Stay here with the mender. You need your rest.

Speaking with Caithe:

Caithe: Well met, Valiant. The wardens are on edge—the court gathers just outside the Grove. We have little time.
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What should we expect?
Hm. Do you feel those tremors? I think the Nightmare Court's getting...creative. Be on guard.
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I'm ready to protect the white stag. For the Dream!
Dignity
Is there any way the court could get a force this far into the city? [verification requested]
Never underestimate nightmare.
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What should we expect? (leads to above)
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Who's more likely to lead the attack, Sariel or Gavin?
It could be either—or both. Sariel would come in chaos. Gavin can be more dangerous—he'll actually make a plan.
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I'll be on the lookout. Can I ask another question?

After speaking with Caithe:

Caithe: Wardens, prepare for an attack.
Sylvari Warden: Here they come!
Sylvari Warden: Hold fast against the foe!

Defending against the Nightmare Court:

Nightmare Kennelmaster: Surrender the white stag! The Nightmare Court demands it!
Nightmare Courtier: The white stag will be ours!
Sylvari Warden: Turn back, or suffer the consequences!
Nightmare Kennelmaster: Nightmare cannot be denied! Give us the stag, and we might spare you.
Nightmare Kennelmaster: Nightmare will devour you!
Nightmare Courtier: Destroy them! Take the stag and destroy them!

After defeating the first waves of the Nightmare Court:

Caithe: We must find Sariel. Once she's defeated, their courage will fail, and the courtiers will flee.

Approaching Sariel:

Caithe: Poor Sariel. Did you really think you could just walk into the Grove and take the stag?
Sariel: No, Caithe. I also planned on leaving you in a pool of your own blood. And, well, here you are.
Caithe: Even Faolain couldn't tame that temper of yours. Let's see if my blades can do better.
Sariel: Strike now while their backs are turned!
Gavin: Where's your honor? We aren't cutthroats or animals. We kill when needed, when we can use that bloodshed to grow a garden.
Gavin: Now, leave. Meditate on this, and should you fail to learn, I'll kill you myself!
Sariel: This isn't over, Caithe! One day I'll kill you, no matter what the Grand Duchess says!

Cinematic with Gavin:

Gavin: My friend, I apologize for Sariel's behavior. She's young. She hasn't learned to temper power with wisdom.
<Character name>: What is there to understand? The Nightmare Court is evil. It's destructive. You and Sariel are two of a kind.
Gavin: You wound me. I am nothing like Sariel. She is an honorless craven, and I have been your friend.
Gavin: The court doesn't seek to destroy either the sylvari or the Pale Tree. We're trying to free you from the influence of Ventari's Tablet.
<Character name>: You want to use the white stag to corrupt the Dream. You would turn this beautiful creature into a weapon!
Gavin: Yes. For the greater good. Let me prove that the Nightmare Court has honor. Duel me. For the winner, the white stag. For the defeated, death.
<Character name>: Very well, Gavin. I accept your challenge and your terms. Let's begin.

Approaching Gavin after the cinematic

Gavin: I will fight you with honor, Valiant. Let all assembled bear witness.

During the duel:

Gavin: Excellent, Valiant—but I am not yet overthrown.
Gavin: Well struck! Now, it's my turn!
Gavin: Your skills are as keen as your honor, Valiant. Let us end this.
Gavin: Well done, Valiant. I am beaten. I will be remembered...in the Dream.

After the duel:

Caithe: Thank the Tree that's over.

Cinematic after the duel:

Caithe: Victory! The Nightmare Court will not try this particular tactic again.
<Character name>: Now the white stag will be safe.
Caithe: For now, but soon enough, the court will find another way to draw the Dream into darkness. Faolain loves to cultivate misery.
<Character name>: It sounds like you have history with the court and this Grand Duchess Faolain. Will you tell me the tale?
Caithe: I knew her once...but I don't know her anymore. What matters is that you've done well, Valiant. Enjoy this moment.
Caithe: Come. One image in your Dream has been resolved, but the other—the dragon—remains to be deciphered.
Caithe: Our Mother wishes to see the white stag, and I intend for you to be there as well. It is time you met the Pale Tree.
<Character name>: I'd be honored, Caithe. I'll see you there.

Speaking with Caithe:

Caithe: Well fought, Valiant. The Court won't try that again. The stag is truly safe.
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Caithe...who is Duchess Faolain?
She was once dear to me, but I lost her. Anyway, no use dwelling on memories. We are needed now.
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As you say.
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Is there anything I should know before I meet the Pale Tree?
She is the mother of our race. Treat her with respect, and know that she loves all her children.
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I'll remember that.

Speaking with the Luminary of your cycle:

<Luminary name>: Congratulations on your victory. Your bravery will save many lives, Valiant.
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Caithe said I'm to meet with the Pale Tree. Why can't we do it here?
It's rare, but the Pale Tree can manifest an avatar within the Omphalos Chamber. You should be honored to speak with her!
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I will, Firstborn. Thank you.
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Thank you, Firstborn.

Speaking with Mender Aine:

Mender Aine: Are you all right? Is anyone hurt? What happened?
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We won the day. The Nightmare Court won't return—you'll be safe now.

Speaking with Mender Glyndowr:

Mender Glyndowr: Magnificent! I've never seen someone so brave.
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That's kind of you to say.

Speaking with Wounded Sylvari:

Wounded Sylvari: I heard the fighting! What happened?
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It's over. The Nightmare Court has retreated. Are you feeling better?
Much better, thank you. The white stag's presence in the Grove soothes my mind. The horrors plaguing me are receding into the Mists...
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I'm glad to hear that. Rest, and know peace.
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You'll be safe, now.

Omphalos Chamber[edit]

Final cinematic upon approaching the Avatar of the Tree:

Avatar of the Tree: Greetings, my valorous child. The white stag spoke to me of your deeds. I'm so proud of you.
<Character name>: I'm honored to meet you, Mother Tree. I knew I had to protect the stag—I saw it in my dream. Is that because of you?
Avatar of the Tree: No, dear heart. I do not control the Dream. I am simply its caretaker.
(Luminary present depends on cycle)
Aife: If you will it, Mother, the stag can stay in our garden. There, he could run free.
Niamh: If you will it, Mother, the white stag can stay in our garden. We would be glad to defend it from any who dare wish it harm.
Kahedins: If you will it, Mother, the stag can stay in our garden. There, it can see the sky and enjoy both music and song.
Malomedies: If you will it, Mother, the stag can stay in our garden. There, it can take its ease in the shadows, free from the dangers it has braved.
Avatar of the Tree: An excellent suggestion. He will be very happy there and often reunited with his defender.
<Character name>: If I may ask, Mother-in my dream, I also saw a fierce, horrible dragon. I've been told it is my Wyld Hunt to face this monster. Is that true?
Avatar of the Tree: I fear that it is. A Wyld Hunt is a sacred thing, a burden placed by the Dream upon the strongest and bravest of my children.
Avatar of the Tree: In your Dream, you fought an Elder Dragon face-to-face. Only two of my children have had such a dream. You, and Caithe.
Avatar of the Tree: All sylvari fight the dragon's servants, the undead, but I believe you will face Zhaitan itself. I also believe you will prevail.
<Character name>: I understand, Mother. Thank you.
Aife: Be proud of your victory, Valiant. For now, rest. The new dawn will bring new adventures.
Niamh: Be proud of your victory, Valiant. Until battle comes once more to challenge you, may you be at peace.
Kahedins: Be proud of your victory, Valiant. Spend your leisure in learning, and in well-deserved joy.
Malomedies: Be proud of your victory this day, Valiant. But remember, peace is short-lived. You will be needed again—likely, very soon.

After the cinematic:

Avatar of the Tree: Caithe, I wish for the Valiant to meet my eldest child.
Caithe: Trahearne has returned from Orr? Mother, is that wise?
Avatar of the Tree: Do not question the Dream. We must all play our parts.
Caithe: Yes, Mother Tree. I will see that it's done.

Speaking with the Avatar of the Tree:

Avatar of the Tree: I am so very proud of you, my child. This is only the beginning.
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Are you really the tree I see all around me?
Indeed, but I have manifested in this form so that you and I may speak.
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I am glad to meet you, Mother.
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What can you tell me about Zhaitan?
It's a powerful force of evil. You have already fought its undead minions on our shores.
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Caithe and I both dreamt of fighting this horror. Will that come to pass?
You are destined to fight for Tyria's future. Zhaitan will be the largest of many obstacles.
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May I ask another question?
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I will do my best, Mother Tree.
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Did you know that I would rescue the white stag?
Not exactly. But I knew that you could. That is the inspiration of the Dream.
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May I ask another question?
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What an interesting perspective. Thank you.
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I heard you talking about Trahearne. What else do you know about him?
He is another of my firstborn. His Wyld Hunt, like yours, concerns the land of Orr.
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How very interesting. May I ask you something else?
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I look forward to meeting him. Thank you.
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Thank you, Pale Tree. I am at your service.

Speaking with Caithe:

Caithe: You have done well, Valiant. We will make a formidable alliance against Zhaitan someday.
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Can you tell me more about Zhaitan?
The undead dragon at the heart of the cursed land of Orr. Only two living creatures have ever seen him: myself and my brother Trahearne.
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Can you tell me more about Trahearne?
Another of the firstborn. His Wyld Hunt also draws him to Orr, though he did not dream of fighting the dragon.
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What did he dream about, if not battle?
In his dream, he saw Orr as a beautiful land, once more green and fresh...an impossible task. Dragon corruption cannot be cleansed.
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Is there such a thing as an impossible Hunt?
Yes. A hunt you do not survive.
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I...see. May I ask you another question?
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Chilling. Thank you for the wisdom.
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I'll have to think about that. Thank you.
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You've seen Zhaitan? What...what is the monster like?
Larger than you can imagine, and ceaselessly hungry. It is death beyond compare. Ask me no more.
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I understand. Can I ask about something else?
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Thank you for telling me.
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Can I meet Trahearne?
Yes. I sent him word of your Dream. He's already on his way to the Grove.
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That's wonderful. I look forward to meeting him. Thank you.
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Thank you. That's all I need for now.
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Thank you for your confidence in me, Firstborn.

Conversing with the Luminary of your cycle:

(if Cycle of Dawn)
Aife: I am proud of you, Valiant <Character name>. This was a difficult task, but you have proven yourself stalwart.
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Can you tell me more about the Pale Tree, please?
The Pale Tree is mother to all sylvari. That golden form is a manifestation of the tree itself.
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If she's not sylvari, what is she?
To our knowledge, she is unique in all of Tyria. A truly wondrous creature. She guides us and shepherds the Dream.
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We are fortunate to have her. May I ask something else?
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Thank you for the information, Firstborn.
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What can you tell me about the dragon?
They appeared before sylvari came into the world. The dragons are evil, and wish only destruction.
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There's more than one dragon?
Yes. Primordus, Zhaitan, Jormag, Kralkatorrik
[sic]
...each has awakened, bringing terrible destruction across the world.
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May I ask another question?
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We have a lot to do to make Tyria safe. Thank you, Firstborn.
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What do we know about Zhaitan, in particular?
He is a rotting shell, an undead dragon, and he sits at the heart of Orr—a dark, cursed land across the sea.
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May I ask another question?
[sic]
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Sounds chilling. Thank you, Firstborn.
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What's it like to be firstborn, like you and Caithe?
We constantly grow. I awakened as the sun rose on the first dawn of our race. I am an archer and a traveler, but now I stay here and help others.
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Have you traveled to many places?
Oh, yes—Lion's Arch, the Maguuma Wastes, the great desert...the world is wider than you can dream, Valiant.
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How wonderful. May I ask another question?
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Fascinating. Thank you, Firstborn.
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Thank you for answering my questions.
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Can you tell me more about the Cycle of Dawn?
We awakened during the early morning hours. We are diplomats, wanderers, and seekers. You are of our cycle, Valiant.
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I'm happy to be a member of the Dawn. May I ask another question?
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That explains why I have the urge to travel! Thank you.
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What about the other cycles?
Noon, Night and Dusk. They each have their own strengths and interests.
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How curious. May I ask another question?
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Thank you, Firstborn.
(if Cycle of Noon)
Niamh: An excellent beginning, Valiant <Character name>. You will do well in Tyria.
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Can you tell me more about the Pale Tree, please? (Same as above)
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What can you tell me about the dragon? (Same as above)
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What's it like to be firstborn, like you and Caithe?
We are visionaries. I awakened at the zenith of the first day of our race. I am a warrior and a defender, and I founded the Wardens.
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I've seen wardens in the Grove. Can you tell me more?
They are honorable friends, protecting the Grove from any who would harm the sylvari or the Pale Tree.
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How wonderful. May I ask another question?
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Fascinating. Thank you, Firstborn.
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Thank you for answering my questions.
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Can you tell me more about the Cycle of Noon?
We awakened during the heat of the day. We are adventurers, daredevils and soldiers. You are of our cycle, Valiant.
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I'm happy to be a member of the Cycle of Noon. May I ask another question?
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That must be why I love exploring! Thank you, Niamh.
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What about the other cycles?
Dawn, Night, and Dusk. They each have their own strengths and interests.
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How curious. May I ask another question?
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Thank you, Firstborn.
(if Cycle of Dusk)
Kahedins: Excellently done, Valiant <Character name>. I'll be watching your career carefully. I expect great things out of you!
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Can you tell me more about the Pale Tree, please? (Same as above)
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What can you tell me about the dragon? (Same as above)
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What's it like to be firstborn, like you and Caithe?
We are visionaries. I awakened as the sun first set on our race. I am a scholar and an architect, and I shaped the Grove in the shadow of the Pale Tree.
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What do you mean, you shaped the Grove?
I am a shaper, someone who grows our houses and roads. I began by shaping the Grove, and have overseen its growth since.
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How wonderful. May I ask another question?
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Fascinating. Thank you, Firstborn.
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Thank you for answering my questions.
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Can you tell me more about the Cycle of Dusk?
We awakened during the evening hours. We are artists, crafters, and entertainers. You are of our cycle, Valiant.
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I'm happy to be a member of the Dusk. May I ask another question?
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I am here to see the beauty in the world. Thank you.
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What about the other cycles?
Noon, Night, and Dawn. They each have their own strengths and interests.
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How curious. May I ask another question?
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Thank you, Firstborn.
(if Cycle of Night)
Malomedies: You were the fulcrum of great change, <Character name>. You have questions?
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Can you tell me more about the Pale Tree, please? (Same as above)
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What can you tell me about the dragon? (Same as above)
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What's it like to be firstborn, like you and Caithe?
We are always learning. I awakened on the first night of the sylvari race. I am a philosopher, a mathematician, and a watcher of the world.
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What do you mean by watcher of the world?
I predict the evolution of events. For example, I see that you will be a force of change in Tyria.
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Well, I can't wait for that! May I ask another question?
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Fascinating. Thank you, Firstborn.
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Thank you for answering my questions.
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Can you tell me more about the Cycle of Night?
We awakened during the dark of night. We are mathematicians, scoundrels, and sentinels. You are of our cycle, Valiant.
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I'm happy to be a member of the Night. May I ask another question?
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That explains why I'm so interested in seeing the world.
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What about the other cycles?
Noon, Dawn, and Dusk. They each have their own strengths and interests.
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How curious. May I ask another question?
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Thank you, Firstborn.

My story[edit]

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I fought off Sariel's cronies and faced Gavin in an honorable duel. Whatever else these Nightmare Court members may be, not all of them are dishonorable.

I spoke with the Pale Tree and told her about the white stag. I asked her about the Dream, and she told me that only two sylvari have ever dreamed of facing the dragons head-on—me, and Caithe. I wonder what that means? Nevertheless, the Mother was proud of me, and I look forward to my next adventure.

My story