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Dessa

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Oh, I've always been fascinated by the Mists. We know so little about them, yet they contain the history of the world.

— Dessa

Dessa is the enthusiastic young asura in charge of the Fractals Project. As a progeny she studied at Rata Sum, but it "didn't work out". Her friends Greeza and Chibb were Inquest technicians at the Thaumanova Reactor, but it is not known if she herself is affiliated with the Inquest. At some point, she "lost" her boyfriend to the Consortium. Dessa does not like to leave her lab, out of a fear that she will not be able to return to the Mistlock Observatory.[1]

Although Dessa seems genuine, much of her story is fraught with contradiction. The fractals were marketed as a Consortium tourist attraction, but Dessa denies any connection to the Consortium and becomes angered when they are mentioned. She does not appear to be aware that the fractals are accessible from Lion's Arch, and as an additional complication she has no awareness of the sylvari, suggesting that she has not left her lab in over a quarter of a century. Indeed, she does not seem aware that any disaster has taken place at the Thaumanova Reactor at all.

In 1326 AE, Captain Kiel entered the Fractals of the Mists in order to commandeer the equipment therein, to aid in the investigation of Scarlet Briar's connection to the Thaumanova Reactor disaster. Dessa was able to stabilize an instance of the disaster, but when the events there raised more questions than answers, Kiel attempted to place her under arrest. When Dessa entered the asura gate back to Lion's Arch, she immediately reappeared in the Mistlock Observatory with no memory of the previous events, revealing that the observatory is subject to the same rules as all the other fractals, and that Dessa is just as locked in the same loop as all the other creatures in the fractals.

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[edit] Locations

[edit] Living World involvement

The Lost Shores
Fractals of the Mists
Fractured
Thaumanova Reactor Fractal (story)

[edit] Dialogue

"I...oh, what an interesting specimen. I don't mean to fix my oculars on you for so long, but what are you?"
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Enough about me. You need help here. What is it?
"I hate to ask, but I need combat specialists to dispose of the hostile elements we acquired in the fractals during Mistlock. Can you do this?"
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You can count on me. What do I do now?
"Outstanding! Use the portal to enter a fractal. Once it's stable, I'll transport you to the next one. Eventually, you'll loop back here."
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What's waiting for me inside?
"The Mistlock gathered a motley menagerie of everything cruel and lethal. I urge you to tread carefully."
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Why don't you do it?
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Sounds dangerous. What will you give me in return?
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Thanks for the warning.
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Why don't you go in and do this?
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That sounds dangerous. What will you give me in return?
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And if I refuse to go in?
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Got it.
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Why don't you go in and perform this task?
"I'm a scientist, not a fighter. I can teleport you between fractals, but I need experienced combatants to ensure stabilization."
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What's waiting for me inside?
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And I'm doing this for free?
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I'll think about it.
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That sounds rather dangerous. What will you give me in return?
"Oops. I thought you knew. I can't pay you, but you may keep any treasure you find."
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Why don't you go in and do it?
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What's waiting for me inside?
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Let me think about this.
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And if I refuse to perform this task?
"That would be a disaster! The fractals need to be pacified. Please, reconsider. I require your assistance."
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What's waiting for me inside?
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And in return?
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I'll think about it.
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I shall think about it.
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I am sylvari. Surely you've seen one of my kind before.
"No, but then I don't leave the lab much. Why leave when I've performed the greatest feat in all of science?"
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But who are you?
Ferocity
Feat? Try being dropped fully formed from a tree.
"But...oh yes, the fractals. My krewe and I solidified pieces of the Mists. Not as amazing as a tree sprouting talking plants, I admit..."
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Why are you studying the Mists?
"Oh, I've always been fascinated by the Mists. We know so little about them, yet they contain the history of the world."
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Tell me more about this place.
"It's my first full lab...with a krewe! From here, we'll study the fractals."
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Tell me more about you.
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Are the fractals safe now?
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Why are you studying the Mists?
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A lab you got from the Consortium?
"What? Those small-time hooligans and thugs? Never! This is my lab, and I'd sooner die than give them one sliver of my hard-earned data!"
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Okay, another subject. Are the fractals safe now?
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Tell me more about this place.
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Tell me more about you.
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Heard loud and clear. Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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Are the fractals safe now?
"For now. Fractals operate like a loop. They reset and hostile elements return. I haven't yet cracked how to permanently pacify them."
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So, you do this over and over again? Sounds pointless.
"It certainly isn't! Every iota of data we gather is one step closer to understanding the Mists. If we stop, that'll be the true waste."
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Tell me more about this place.
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Tell me more about you.
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Good-bye.
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Tell me more about this place.
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Tell me more about you.
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So, this is a Consortium operation?
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Good luck.
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Tell me more about you.
"Flattering, but there's not much to tell. I studied at Rata Sum, but it didn't work out. Then came this opportunity."
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Tell me more about this place.
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Are the fractals safe now?
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Why are you studying the Mists?
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With a lab from the Consortium, I'm guessing?
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Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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Who are you?
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Good-bye.
Charisma
You have my full attention. Tell me all about your feat.
"Oh...public speaking. (ahem) My krewe...well, me and my krewe...all of us, we made explorable chunks of reality from the Mists."
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Who are you?
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Why are you studying the Mists?
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Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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I'd rather inquire about this place. Where am I?
"My laboratory, but it's dangerous until the fractals are stable. Thank the Alchemy you volunteered."
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Wait, volunteered? For what?
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Who are you?
"I'm Dessa, krewe chief of the fractals project. We have chunks of the Mists for study, and that's where you come in."
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What do you need me to do?
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How did you get connected to that gate in Lion's Arch?
"Lion's Arch? No, there must be a misunderstanding. We'd never launch this lab from that pirate haven."
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But...never mind. What do you need me to do?
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Good-bye.
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Why don't you get some Consortium help? Aren't you with them?
"Those money-grabbing connivers? It's bad enough I lost my boyfriend to those shady "businessmen." Take my advice: reject their advances. Nothing good will come from their machinations."
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What do you need me to do?
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How did you get connected to that gate in Lion's Arch?
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Thanks for the advice.
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Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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Goodbye.

[edit] Quotes

So much research to pursue. So much data to acquire.
Are you prepared to traverse the fractals?
Ah, have you been waiting for a prolonged period?
Please peruse my supply golems. They should have anything you require.

[edit] Trivia

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ TowerTalk LoreSpecial: Closeup Flame&Frost and Fractals, TowerTalk
  2. ^ Forum post by Bobby Stein.
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