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Crucible of Eternity (story)

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The Inquest is seeking to use the power of the Elder Dragons themselves in their desire to dominate the other races. Unless they are stopped, they endanger all of Tyria with their maniacal greed.

— In-game description

Zojja's pursuit of Kudu and his misuse of her master's research has led her to the Steamspur Mountains, where a huge complex has been created by the Inquest. They intend to siphon the power of the dragon minions to create their own draconic servants. The heroes and Zojja are aided by the reunited Logan and Rytlock.

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[edit] Dungeon information

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Your Herald

Inquest Activity at the Crucible of Eternity


Hail, Mighty Hero,
Word has reached me that Rytlock and Logan have been spotted together, and not threatening each other. Whatever you did at the Citadel of Flame, it seems to have taken.
Zojja has been in pursuit of her master's other apprentice, Kudu, since she drove him out of Sorrow's Embrace. Kudu has set up a great laboratory in the heart of the expansive Inquest base at the Crucible of Eternity, in the eastern part of the Steamspur Mountains.
Kudu has been continuing his experiments in draconic energy, and I have no doubt that Zojja intends to confront him, alone if she has to. I have sent word to Rytlock and Logan, but don't know if they will arrive in time. Can you help?

—As always,
Your Herald


[edit] Objectives

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    Explore the Crucible of Eternity.
    • Gather your party.
    • Speak with Zojja.
    • Find the way down into the heart of the Crucible.
    • Gain access to the upper levels.
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    Interrupt the Inquest's experiments.
    • Shut down Inquest's experiments.
    • Defeat the Inquest Head Scientist and his golems.
    • Explore the Research Sector.
    • Shut down the subversion process
    • Defeat the subversion specialists and free the captives
    • Uncover Kudu's plans for the captives.
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    Find out what Kudu is up to.
    • Investigate the preparation vaults.
    • Speak with the fearful Inquest clerk.
    • Discover Kudu's plans for his subverted captives.
    • Shut down the transmutation room.
    • Destroy the consoles to stop the transmutations
    • Destroy the transformed abominations.
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    Descend deeper into the Crucible of Eternity.
    • Descend into the Crucible to find Kudu.
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    Help Zojja disable Kudu's golems.
    • Shut down Kudu's golem facility.
    • Destroy Kudu's golems
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    • Locate the Golem Control Nexus.
    • Protect Zojja as she shuts down the Golem Control Nexus
    • Zojja's health
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    • Hack Completion: xx percent
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    Explore the lowest tier of the Crucible of Eternity.
    • Find Kudu in Eternity's Focus.
    • Find Kudu and his ultimate creation.
    • Cross the Arcanic Reactor Room
    • Talk to Zojja to begin.
    • Confront Kudu at Eternity's Focus
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    Defeat Kudu
    • Defeat Kudu
    • Disable Kudu's power suit.
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    • Horrible corrupted Kudu.
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    • Defeat Kudu's Monster.
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    Congratulations! You have defeated Kudu and the Inquest!

[edit] Rewards

  • 26 Silver coin + additional rewards from bosses
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  • Rare dungeon reward helm

[edit] Enemies of Note

This dungeon contains several enemies that apply dangerous conditions or are otherwise annoying.

  • Inquest Magnetizer - Apply confusion.
  • Inquest Gunner - High burst DPS.
  • Inquest Mega-Blaster - Fire hard-hitting homing projectiles with a tight turn radius. Evading directly into the path of the projectiles can be more effective than evading to the side. Skills that evade directly back are least effective.
  • Support Golems - Buff nearby allies with flame shield. Consider these high-priority targets in golem fights.

[edit] Walkthrough

This walkthrough starts after the initial dialog where Zojja asks Rytlock, Logan and you for help.

[edit] Proximity Alarm Device (Room #1)

In this room there will be 4 Inquest mobs waiting for you with an alarm device in the middle of them. Inquest will respawn until the device is destroyed. This phase can quickly wipe a party that does not quickly focus fire on the alarm.

[edit] Crazy Scientist (Room #2)

You will find 2 Golems and a champion Inquest Head Scientist here. The golems have a variety of annoying control attacks (stun, knockdown, and vulnerability) and should be destroyed first. This is a fairly easy fight if the party focuses on the same target.

[edit] Subversion Experiment (Room #3)

You will find a charr prisoner here surrounded by 3 Subversion Specialists. If players rush in before the charr is dead, enemies will divide their attention between the NPC and the party.

A chest and a waypoint will spawn after the enemies are dead.

[edit] Experimentation Room 1 (Room #4)

Cutscene.

[edit] Experimentation Room 2 (Room #5)

After some dialogue, you will be attacked by "experiments" held in the room. The enemy consists of Branded, Risen and Destroyers.

[edit] All Out Golem Brawl (Room #6)

After the dialogue, you will face 4 waves of enemies. Prepare for a difficulty spike in the third wave. The next wave spawns when the current wave is completely eliminated.

  • Wave 1: 1 Inquest + 2 Golems - Straightforward with focused fire.
  • Wave 2: 2 Inquest + 2 Golems - Straightforward with focused fire.
  • Wave 3: 2 Inquest + 2 Golems - The golems fall quickly, but beware the 2 Inquest Mega-Blasters that spawn in this wave. Be prepared to evade their attacks and focus fire. By dodging straight into these projectile attacks, the projectile will deflect in a random direction and become harmless.
  • Wave 4: 3 Golems - After a short cutscene, a door will open and reveal this wave. Easier than the third wave. Focus fire and eliminate targets one by one.

[edit] Golem Control Nexus Hack (Room #7)

This is quite possibly the most difficult phase of the dungeon. Players must defend Zojja from multiple waves of enemies while she hacks a computer terminal. The event seems similar to defending Magg in Path 2 of Citadel of Flame. This room is typically referred to as the "kiting room" as players must continue to draw aggro away from Zojja while dodging attacks.

Starting positions: The event takes place in a square room with inactive golems arranged around the perimeter, behind a row of columns. Four players should stand along the four walls of the room, behind the inactive golems. The fifth player speaks with Zojja to begin the event. This player should ideally place a defensive buff near Zojja (i.e. Banner of Defense) beforehand.

Skill selection: To draw and maintain aggro, equip AoE skills and weapons with "bouncing" attacks (i.e. ranger axe and thief shortbow). Any skills which increase your survivability are highly recommended. Rangers should equip a pet with high HP, or a pet that summons allies to serve as additional targets.

Overview: Once the event begins, the golems activate in waves. Additional golems and Inquest spawn around perimeter of the room. The 4 perimeter characters must hold aggro and survive for as long as possible. The first wave spawns at the 9-o'clock position on the minimap. After a few seconds, the second wave spawns at 12-o'clock, the third at 3-o'clock, and so on. Zojja must survive for ~2 minutes to complete the event.

Tactics: The character activating the event must draw aggro from any enemies that make it into the center of the room. Standing near Zojja is not advised, however. Perimeter characters must draw aggro from as many enemies as possible while surviving. Try targeting a single enemy with bouncing attacks and AoE skills. You will draw aggro from multiple enemies, and you may be able to rally by killing your initial target.

After the event is finished, a waypoint and a chest will spawn.

[edit] Lazy Inquests (Room #8)

Defeat 4 Inquest enemies. Focus fire for an easy fight, but beware confusion. Again the Mega Blasters may appear; dodging straight into their projectiles will cause it to deflect and become harmless.

[edit] Inquest Apple Zone (Room #9)

Similar to the previous room, but with 2 mobs and 1 champion. Attack the mobs first and finish the champion with standard focus fire techniques. The champion can be identified as the 'Technologist'. Enemies will inflict confusion on players, so be cautious if you are using any rapid attacks.

[edit] Toxic Waste (Room #10)

This event can be very easy, but it is not always straightforward. You will enter a room full of irradiated Inquest scientists and trigger a short cutscene. After the cutscene, grab a gun from the floor and speak to Zojja to begin.

A friendly golem will escort your party across a region filled with deadly "radiation". If you stray too far from the golem, you will take massive poison damage and die almost instantly. The party must defend the golem as you move through the irradiated area. A green circle centered on the golem marks a zone of safety.

The irradiated area is filled with floating orbs that damage the golem on contact. The gun to destroys orbs instantly, but it only fires in a short-range arc in front of the player and has a 3s cooldown. Players that touch an orb are interrupted and knocked down.

[edit] Final Boss (Room #11)

This part consists of 3 phases. Ranged weapons are especially useful in the first two.

Phase 1: Kudu's Power Suit - This is the longest phase of the final battle. The power suit has high HP, powerful melee attacks, and a ranged AoE stun. Equip a ranged weapon and stun-breaking skills if possible.

  • Kudu casts "electric fields" that inflict considerable damage and a long-duration stun. Once a player is stunned, Kudu will immediately close distance and finish the target with strong melee attacks. Avoid the AoE circles and use stun break before the boss closes to melee range.

Phase 2: Kudu - Kudu is a glass cannon that relies on teleportation and powerful attacks. This should be the shortest phase of the final battle.

  • Kudu has two attacks that can instantly down a player: a direct attack and arcing ranged attacks. The ranged attacks can be evaded fairly easily; however, the direct attack can instantly down a player at short range with little or no warning.

Phase 3: Kudu's Monster - The final phase has powerful AoE attacks, summons Risen grubs/tendrils, and hits players with a long-duration immobilize in the form of an "imprisonment crystal". This form has less HP than the power suit, but more HP than Kudu. This fight may seem long, but quick release of imprisoned allies and well-timed evasion will make it relatively smooth.

  • AoE attacks hit on a short delay. Dodge about a half-second after the red AoE circle appears.
  • Players trapped in an "imprisonment crystal" are freed most quickly by AoE direct damage spells.
  • This boss is vaguely similar to Subject Alpha from Crucible of Eternity explore mode.

Note; If you are in the middle of the animation that occurs after aborting a resurrect and get hit by a stun-projectile in phase 1, the stunned animation will start on your character even though you are able to still move around at a slow pace. This allows you to move out of reach of the deadly melee attack that will come your way.

[edit] NPCs

[edit] Allies

[edit] Foes

[edit] Dialogue

Dialog when talking to Zojja:

Zojja: We're wasting time! Is your entire team here?
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We're all accounted for and ready to go!
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Keep your skirt on. We'll be ready in a moment!

After speaking to Zojja:

Zojja: Welcome to the Crucible of Eternity.
Zojja: This is the heart of the Inquest, and here is where we will find Kudu.

Introduction (cinematic):

Zojja: If I'm going to stop the Inquest, I'm going to need help. That's where you come in.
Logan Thackeray: Don't leave yet, Zojja!
Rytlock Brimstone: Not without us.
Zojja: Rytlock? Logan? Together?
Logan Thackeray: Eh, we've been talking. We're good again.
Rytlock Brimstone: Actually it's a work in progress.
Zojja: Who are you two and what have you done with Logan and Rytlock?
Zojja: Never mind. You're here. We've a job to do. No sass. No backtalk.
Zojja: I've been tracking down a nasty piece of work named Kudu. He's using dragon energies in his work.
Logan Thackeray: Isn't Kudu a girl's name?
Zojja: Focus, here. He's been using Snaff's research, and I intend to stop him.
Zojja: We're literally going to get to the bottom of this.
Zojja: There is a security station up ahead. We're going to hit it hard, then work our way down into the heart of the Crucible.
Rytlock Brimstone: Enough talk, then. Let's go.

Talking to Logan:

Logan Thackeray: It's good to be working with Zojja and Rytlock again.
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Have you and Rytlock made up?
We're getting comfortable with each other. I have to admit, I feel bad about the break-up.
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How so?
I made what I thought was the right choice. I take responsibility for it, but I still feel I let the others down. I owe them.
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Perhaps. Let me ask you something else.
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I don't think you are wrong in feeling that way.
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I would feel bad as well. Let's move on.
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How did you find out about this?
Rytlock got a note from Caithe. He says she mentioned you as well.
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Really? What did she say?
Only that she has been following your career.
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Interesting. Let me ask something else.
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Cool. That's good to know.
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Caithe still wants to reunite Destiny's Edge. Thanks for telling me.
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Why is Zojja here?
As I understand it, Kudu was one of Snaff's other apprentices. Zojja doesn't like him using her mentor's discoveries for evil.
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I don't blame her. Let me ask something else.
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She seems bound and determined to stop Kudu.
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The three of you make a good team. Let's press on.

Talking to Rytlock:

Rytlock: Plunging into the unknown alongside Logan, without sufficient information. I think I've missed this.
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Are you and Logan friends now?
Pretty much. I think he still has to work some things out.
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How's that?
He blames himself for what happened. That's as bad as Eir, I worry he'll do something foolish to make up for it.
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Perhaps. Let me ask you something else.
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I don't think you are wrong in feel that way.
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I would not be surprised.
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How did you find out about this?
Caithe sent me word. That vegetable keeps tabs on everyone. She mentioned you, for example.
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Really? What did she say?
She's been keeping an eye on you. You apparently impress her. I'm not surprised.
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Interesting. Let me ask something else
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Cool. That's good to know.
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Caithe still wants to reunite Destiny's Edge. Thanks for telling me.
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Why is Zojja here?
That little genius has a burr in her backside about her late mentor, Snaff. Apparently Kudu is one of Snaff's other apprentices. There's bad blood between Zojja and Kudu.
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Bad blood is putting it mildly. Let me ask something else
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I'd hate to be on Zojja's bad side.
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Well, then let's get going.

Talking to Zojja:

Zojja: Kudu is at the heart of this. He must pay for his crimes.
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Who is Kudu, really?
Kudu was Snaff’s apprentice before me. He is a loathsome poseur who corrupts the knowledge of others.
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Snaff?
My mentor! The genius who taught me what I know!
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Which is a great deal. Can I ask something else?
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Then we should find Kudu, in Snaff's memory.
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If you say so. May I ask you something else?
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What are these crimes?
My master, Snaff, made major discoveries involving dragon energies. Kudu has used those discoveries to help the inquest! He must pay!
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Indeed. May I ask another question?
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Sounds good. Let's do this, then.
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Is Kudu really a girl's name?
Most female asura names end in a vowel. I think his parents hated him.
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Of course. Can I ask you another question?
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I never noticed.
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Then let's go collect.

Encountering first foes:

Kudu: Power! I need more power! Bypass the safety interrupts! Prepare the subjects!
Intercom Voice: Intruder alert!

After defeating all foes:

Intercom Voice: Security threat no longer detected. Lifting lockdown.

Approaching the first lab:

Zojja: The Inquest laboratories spiral down along the central pit. Kudu should be at the bottom.
Rytlock Brimstone: Pity we can't just jump down.
Zojja: Unless you have wings, I wouldn't recommend it. It's a long way down in the dark.
Head Scientist: Intruders in the lab! Keep them from the experiments.

After defeating the Head Scientist:

Logan Thackeray: Not a bad little battle, there. You did well, Rytlock.
Rytlock Brimstone: Just following your lead.
Zojja: I think I liked it better when you hated each other. Let's go.

In the next lab:

Subversion Specialist: Your free will will soon be gone. Do you have any last words?
Captive: Do your worst, freak. I survived the Flame Legion - you will fare no better.
Subversion Specialist: I DO so love a challenge.

After defeating the Subversion Specialists:

Captive: Thank you for saving me.
Logan Thackeray: This is monstrous. What is Kudu doing here?
Zojja: He's experimenting with dragon energies. I didn't know how far he had gotten!
Rytlock Brimstone: Then let's shake a leg and take him down.

The next room:

Storage Room Clerk: Oh, this is wrong. So wrong...

Approaching the clerk (cinematic):

Logan Thackeray: You there, halt!
Storage Room Clerk: Thank the alchemy! Kudu has gone mad! You must stop him!
Rytlock Brimstone: What is Kudu doing here? Why are you torturing these people?
Storage Room Clerk: The Crucible of Eternity removes and concentrates dragon energies at the bottom of the complex.
Storage Room Clerk: Kudu is corrupting his captives with this energy. He's turning them into dragon minions that only he can control.
Storage Room Clerk: Go see for yourself. I'll release the door locks. Just don't hurt me!
Zojja: We won't. But Kudu will pay for what he's done.

After the cinematic:

Storage Room Clerk: Come! Let me lead you to the surface.

At the transmutation room:

Kudu: You're too late! Execute transmutation protocol!
Kudu: Our intruders will make perfect test subjects! Get me the power I need! Bypass the safety dampers!
Kudu: Excellent! Attack them! Tear them limb from limb!

After defeating the transformed abominations:

Zojja: He is turning our own kind into abominations!
Zojja: How dare he use Snaff's research like that!
Rytlock Brimstone: Are you okay, Zojja?
Zojja: I will be once I get my hands around Kudu's skinny neck!

Further down:

Kudu: What have you done, fools? Contain that energy leak!
Logan Thackeray: Well, that didn't sound good.
Zojja: I see you are still a master of the obvious.
Inquest Extinguisher: Let's get out of here! This place is gonna blow!
Rytlock Brimstone: This place may go up any time. We should leave.
Zojja: We go forward! We're going to find Kudu and stop him once and for all!

Approaching the golem facility:

Zojja: Kudu! Open up and face a superior intellect!

The golem facility (cinematic):

Kudu: Report in! What is the arcanic reactor status? Oh. Hello, Zojja. I see you brought friends.
Kudu: You realize I have a small army of golems on my side.
Zojja: Do you expect your pathetic golems to deter us?
Kudu: Brick-headed as always, Zojja. I expect my golems to kill you.
Zojja: Kudu is nothing but a poseur. There should be a Golem Control Nexus further in. If I can reach it, I'll shut every one of these things down!

After defeating the first batch of golems:

Kudu: You've been successful against my prototypes. Heh. Let's see how you fare against my new upgraded units!

At the Golem Control Nexus:

Zojja: This is the Golem Control Nexus. Cover me while I reconfigure it.
Intercom Voice: Warning: Mainframe security compromise detected.

After finishing the hack:

Zojja: You call those protection codes? I've seen children do better.
Rytlock Brimstone: Can you have them send more golems? We're just warming up!
Zojja: Play later. Work now.
Zojja: There. I turned off the forcefield activators as well, so we should have a much easier time from here on in.
Intercom Voice: Golem control server offline. Directory not found.
Kudu: Suit up and get the arcanic reactor under control before it melts down!

Encountering the Inquest Technologist:

Inquest Technologist: Did the transplanic server flatline again? These golems won't activate.

Approaching the Arcanic Reactor Room:

Intercom Voice: Arcanic reactor leak at critical level. Meltdown probability: 73 percent.
Medic: Don't go through there! The arcane energy is toxic!

At the Arcanic Reactor Room (cinematic):

Rytlock Brimstone: Look at this mess. I'm not going in there.
Zojja: That reactor isn't going to last much longer.
Rytlock Brimstone: Then that's our cue to pull back.
Zojja: No! I will not let Kudu escape again! This ends now!
Logan Thackeray: Rytlock's right. I'm not a fan of growing extra limbs. So how do you plan on getting us through there?
Zojja: You're speaking to a genius, remember? Stay close to Mr. Sparkles and you'll be safe.

Beyond the Arcanic Reactor Room:

Zojja: There! That's the Central Data Repository!
Zojja: Hold on. This is where they've got all their data stored.
Rytlock Brimstone: Good. We could use a break. Logan's getting tired.
Logan Thackeray: In your dreams, brother.
Zojja: Can the chatter, you two. I need to concentrate.

Retrieving the data (cinematic):

Zojja: Kudu has perverted Snaff's research. He wants to make his own dragon champions.
Logan Thackeray: Can you stop him, Zojja?
Zojja: We can shut this place down. And I can steal all of their research and shatter their data crystals beyond repair.
Zojja: Sending a copy of this to the Arcane Council will kick off a firestorm for the Inquest.
Rytlock Brimstone: Now there's a plan I can get behind.

Encountering Kudu (cinematic):

Kudu: You're lucky to have made it this far, Zojja.
Logan Thackeray: Look at his face! He's been corrupted by the dragon energies.
Zojja: It's an improvement.
Kudu: Enlightenment always comes at a price. Now you must pay for what you've learned.

After defeating Kudu:

Kudu: I may perish, but my creation will destroy you all!
Kudu: Behold my greatest work - the power of the dragons, invested in a creature under my control!

After defeating Kudu's Monster (cinematic):

Zojja: Kudu is dead. This won't destroy the Inquest, but it will cripple them for a while.
Zojja: No one uses Snaff's discoveries but me!
Logan Thackeray: Zojja, we all miss your mentor, but I think it's time to let things heal. Come back to the group.
Zojja: Come back? You mean work with Eir Stegalkin? Never. I can't forgive her.
Rytlock: I forgave Logan.
Zojja: Then you're a fool, Rytlock Brimstone.
Logan Thackeray: Snaff would want you to come back. We should put Destiny's Edge back together.
Zojja: You lot can fight dragons alone for all I care.
<Character name>: Your friends need your help. What would happen to them without you? You would deny them Snaff's wisdom?
Zojja: No, of course not! I mean, I'm sure they can...That is, Eir isn't a complete fool...
Zojja: Very well. Fine. I will think about it. No promises!
Rytlock: Sounds good. If you show up, you're in. No pressure.

Talking to Zojja after the final fight:

Zojja: Kudu came to a bad end. And you know what? he deserves it.
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What happens to the Inquest now?
Zojja: The Inquest? They will totter along like they always do, messing with things no asura should know. And I'll be there to stop them.
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It's good to have a hobby. May I ask you something else?
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It's a modest goal. We should move on.
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What do you think about rejoining Destiny's Edge?
Zojja: I ... don't know. I will admit, they're a group that needs adult supervision.
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I understand. Can I ask you another question?
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Agreed. You should think about it.
Other dialogues

Talking to a Hologram of Kudu:

Hologram of Kudu: You have reached the mystic hologram of the mighty, powerful and handsome Kudu! Leave your message!
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What is this place?
Hologram of Kudu: The Crucible of Eternity is the apex of Inquest design! Here we will match the powers of the Elder Dragons and make our own future!
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Uh-huh. Let me ask you something else.
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If you say so.
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What are you doing here, Kudu?
Hologram of Kudu: I'm sorry, that information is not available for your security clearance!
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Let me ask you something else.
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I've got your security clearance right here, Kudu!
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We're coming to get you, Kudu!
 ?
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No message. We'll get touch with you in person.



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