Cornered

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Cornered

Year
1327 AE
Storyline
Living World Season 2
Chapter
Gates of Maguuma
Location
Prospect Valley
(Dry Top)
Level
80
Preceded by
Tracking the Master of Peace
Followed by
Prosperity's Mystery

Objectives[edit]

Follow the trail of the Master of Peace and his saboteur pursuer.

  • Head to the area in Dry Top where the clue end.
  • Meet your friends where the investigation has led you.
  • Speak with Taimi.
  • Investigate the last known sighting of the Master of Peace.
  • Defeat the saboteur Aerin.
  • Kill the waves of tendrils blocking Taimi from the vine gate.
  • Chase the saboteur while killing tendrils and minions while he flees.
  • Catch the saboteur Aerin before he finds Master of Peace.
  • Defeat the saboteur Aerin.
  • Use a shattered Sun crystal to break the saboteur's shield
  • Saboteur Aerin
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  • Speak with Marjory.
  • Search the saboteur's body for clues.

Rewards[edit]

Walkthough[edit]

Start to Taimi to open up the path. After the encounter with Aerin, kill the tendrils, so that Taimi can clear the path and the group can follow the fleeing Aerin. As Kasmeer opens up portals, pass through them to continue the pursuit. Attack Aerin until he starts protecting himself with in a bubble. Pick up sun aspects and dash into him to break the protection. Aerin will then escape, and a cutscene with the Master of Peace will start.

In the final battle, ignore the tendrils at the bottom and just go up on one of the platforms to attack. As you approach him, he will randomly jump away to other platforms. You can follow him by using the various aspects spread throughout the area. However, with Aerin constantly throwing out explosives, it is easier to just stay at longer distance to avoid the explosives and kill him using ranged attacks. Note that you will be in combat all the time, so you would have to equip your ranged weapon in advance. Once he is dead, talk to Marjory and inspect Aerin's body to complete the instance.

  • Note: When Aerin activates his shield and becomes invulnerable, you have to pick up an orange crystal. Then be sure to face Aerin and target him so that he is your target enemy. Then use the number 2 skill without interrupting it, just let it execute normally and when you finish the dash Aerin will become vulnerable again. If you just use the number 2 skill at his location or interrupt it mid-dash, you will simply be pushed back and he will remain invulnerable.

Achievements[edit]

Opportune Moment
Opportune Moment Gates of Maguuma.png Gates of Maguuma Arenanet Points.png
Find a way to sneak up on your enemy during the chase.Story Instance: Cornered
Prerequisite: Gates of Maguuma Completed!
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Store of Edible Cactus
Found Back Route to Aerin Arenanet Points.png

This achievement can be completed between the first and the second fight against Aerin. When Taimi clears up the path so you can continue following Aerin, you first have to fight against a group of foes. Right as you finish, a lightning aspect will spawn behind a rock on the right. Now, before Marjory creates the bone bridge to get Kasmeer cross the gap, grab the aspect, lighting pull yourself over it and land a hit on Aerin. Achievement qualification is shown by the Achievement effect.png Achievement: Opportune Moment effect on the player's bar.

Dashed Advantage
Dashed Advantage Gates of Maguuma.png Gates of Maguuma Arenanet Points.png
Find the secret passage and secure some extra crystals for the fight.Story Instance: Cornered
Prerequisite: Gates of Maguuma Completed!
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Ambrite Stash
Found Secret Passage and Secured Extra Crystals Arenanet Points.png

For this achievement, you need to access a hidden area during the final fight. Since you need sun aspects for it, you have to bring Aerin down to 50% of health so he activates his protection and sun aspects appear. Then, pick up an air aspect and jump up in the north-eastern area, where the sand is coming down. Follow-up the path, pick up the sun aspect and dash through the wall. There, a golem and a few more inquest are waiting. You have to kill the golem quickly before it reaches the safe area behind the protective wall, and then kill the rest of the inquest (not the Veteran Inquest Assassin though) to get the achievement. Achievement qualification is shown by the Achievement effect.png Achievement: Dashed Advantage effect on the player's bar.

Explosive Avoidance
Explosive Avoidance Gates of Maguuma.png Gates of Maguuma Arenanet Points.png
Don't get hit by your enemy's timed blasts.Story Instance: Cornered
Prerequisite: Gates of Maguuma Completed!
Reward:Story Journal chest.png Geode Cache
Avoided Timed Blasts Arenanet Points.png

To get this achievement, you have to avoid the large explosives during any of the encounters against Aerin. Simply avoid the orange danger circles to make sure you don't get hit. During the final fight, note that you have to keep attacking Aerin or the "Achievement: Sabotage Aerin" effect will disappear, making the achievement fail. So you likely cannot do both "Dashed Advantage" and this achievement in the same playthrough. Achievement qualification is shown by the Achievement effect.png Achievement: Explosive Avoidance and Achievement effect.png Achievement: Player Hit Saboteur Aerin effects on the player's bar. If either are lost, then the achievement cannot be earned.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Until meeting the group, Frostbite is chirping and chittering playfully (the chat notes this as Devourer plays.).

Approaching the group:

Rox waves at Character name

Speaking with Taimi:

Taimi: Nice timing. I was about to have Scruffy punch us a way through this vine gate.
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I won't stand in your way.
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Hold that thought for a moment.

When going through the vine gate:

(cutscene in which Aerin appears)
Aerin: (mumble) Is it here? It must be here. Somewhere. No...
Braham Eirsson: There he is! Stop!
Marjory Delaqua: Where's the Master of Peace?
Aerin: Go away! Go away, go away, go away! He's mine!

After the battle (at 50% health of Aerin):

Aerin: Enough, enough!
Aerin: Unhappy times. Unhappy. Must find the master. Yes, you're right. Must not let them stop me.
Taimi: Hm. Is he talking to himself?
Rox: He definitely sounds delusional. Point is that we're stuck here until we can break down those vines.
Taimi: I have an idea. If you can keep those vines from snagging Scruffy, I can probably bash through them.
Braham Eirsson: Let's go! This fella is starting to put chills up my spine.

While killing the tendrils:

Taimi: Watch my back while I smash these vines.

After clearing the area after the vines:

Kasmeer Meade: Oh! There he is!
Aerin: You said it would be here!
Aerin: Somewhere, somewhere... Yes, you're right—getting close!
Kasmeer Meade: That gap is too large. I can't get us across from here.
Taimi: Have no fear. The option to have Scruffy toss us over is still—
Rox: No.
Kasmeer Meade: Thank you for the offer, Taimi, but I'm inclined to agree with Rox.
Marjory Delaqua: I could conjure up a bone bridge, but it wouldn't cross the whole distance. It won't last forever, but it might last long enough for one of you to get across.
Kasmeer Meade: I'll go. Once I'm on the other side, I can weave a portal between here and there. I'll just need you to watch my back.
Kasmeer Meade waves at <Character name>.
(repeating until you enter the portal)
Marjory Delaqua beckons to <Character name>.
Marjory Delaqua: We'll follow your lead.

Upon reaching Aerin on the intermediary platform:

Aerin: No no no. Not right. Perhaps...

Once Kasmeer opened the next portal:

Kasmeer Meade waves at <Character name>
(repeating until you enter the portal)
Marjory Delaqua beckons to <Character name>.
Marjory Delaqua: We can't let him get away again.

Reaching Aerin:

Braham Eirsson: Hey! Stop what you're doing—right this minute!
Aerin: Not on your life, though perhaps on your death. I will continue, and I will be victorious.

Aerin enters the protective bubble (at 20% health):

Aerin: Enough, enough!
(whenever Kasmeer throws out Sun aspects)
Kasmeer Meade: Hey! Perhaps this will help!
Kasmeer Meade: Try one of these!

After hitting Aerin with the Sun aspect:

Kasmeer Meade: Don't let him escape!
(cutscene with the Master of Peace)
Master of Peace: Aerin!
Aerin: What? Huh? You're here!
Master of Peace: Aerin, you have broken your Zephyrite vows.
Aerin: Trivial vows. Trivial people. I've seen the bigger picture. You are in my way.
Master of Peace: You've lost your mind and your true heart. I'm sorry. You will not prevail.

After defeating Aerin:

Master of Peace: Thank you for your service. I'm sorry you got involved in my troubles.
Taimi: Why was he after you?
Master of Peace: He started losing his mind on the ship. He's the one who sabotaged it, you know.
Rox: Yes, we know. Did he want revenge on you for something?
Master of Peace: No. He wanted me to give him power. Great power that he couldn't handle. I refused. He could not let it go.
Kasmeer Meade: Will you come back now? We can escort you.
Master of Peace: No. My journey has only just begun. You will tell my people that I am well and that I continue onward?
Braham Eirsson: Yeah, sure. We'll tell them. Won't they ask where you're going?
Master of Peace: No. Those who don't know my destination know enough not to ask. Be well. I'm glad our paths crossed today.

Speaking with Marjory:

Marjory Delaqua: We should check his body. I want to know everything there is to know about him. We came through Prosperity. Maybe some of us should go back there, see who else saw him.
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Great idea. Maybe he said something to someone there.
You never know. We still don't know why he was so intent on killing the Master of Peace. I have to confess, his insane ramblings reminded me uncomfortably of Scarlet.
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Me too. Do you think he was an ally of hers?
It's possible, but he didn't mention her specifically.
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I've got a bad feeling.
I was deeply unnerved by him. All I could think about was Scarlet and Lion's Arch. What if...
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What if...Scarlet was the tip of the iceberg?
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Don't think about that now.
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I'll go back.
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Just a moment.

Examining the body:

Llama hair and a few bits of straw are stuck to Aerin's clothes, as if he slept in a barn or animal pen recently.
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Prosperity has some farm animals. I should talk to someone there.
A slip of paper is sticking out of a pocket.
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Pull it out and look at it.
This piece of paper is torn. The lettering is frantic and only partially legible.
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Read on.
The left half of the paper is missing, but the remaining piece says, "...leader will die. The rest will fall in line. We will not fail." The rest is unreadable.
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Leave.

Talking to your allies:

Braham Eirsson: Look, why don't Rox and I head back to Prosperity. You can meet us there. I'm starving.
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I'm heading that way myself.
Rox: Hey, do you guys remember seeing this sylvari when you last visited the Zephyrites? I wonder when he got on board.
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I'll have to think about that.
In any case, Frostbite and I are going with Braham back to Prosperity. See you there.
Talk end option tango.png
Okay.
Kasmeer Meade: Don't you find it strange that the Zephyrite leader would walk off into the wilderness when his people are lying...in ruins? What could possibly be so important?
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We may never know.
It's just that they never struck me as such caring people. Do you suppose he's in shock?
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It didn't seem like it. It seemed like he was on a mission.
I've heard some of the Zephyrites talking about certain treasures they were carrying on the ship. Perhaps...I don't know. Perhaps he's looking for them.
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Or perhaps he's safeguarding them.
(gasp) You don't suppose that's why the saboteur was after him? Trying to get his hands on the Zephyrite treasure?
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If so, it answers some of our questions.
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I have no idea.
Taimi: I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong. This criminal was nothing like Scarlet. She has—had—vision. This guy was just...pitiful. Explosives? Really? Those went out of style in the 1200s.
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Nevertheless they both killed a lot of people.
I know. And that's very sad and evil. But still, comparing him to her is like comparing a farm bull to a steam minotaur.
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I think you may be biased.
Not at all. I'm quite logical in my methodology. On a point by point basis, the nodes simply do not add up to a significant degree, and—
Talk end option tango.png
Okay, okay. I get your drift.

My Story[edit]

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I rejoined Marjory, Kasmeer, Braham, Rox, and Taimi to search for the Master of Peace before the saboteur, Aerin, could catch him. We found Aerin and pursued him deep into the canyon. Aerin's behavior was manic, almost like Scarlet's during her final days. He fought fiercely, but ultimately lost. The Master of Peace said that Aerin wanted great power but was refused. He didn't explain what that meant, nor did he say where he was headed next. His backpack was loaded with something—probably supplies. He may be embarking on a long journey.

I searched Aerin's corpse. He was carrying a note with frantic scrawlings that said a "leader will die" and that "the rest will fall in line." Did he mean the Master of Peace or someone else? I also found some animal hairs on Aerin's corpse that probably came from livestock back in Prosperity. We should return there and continue our investigation.

My story