Party Politics

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Objectives[edit]

Check your mail for "Ministry Treachery."

  • Check your mail.

Exonerate Queen Jennah so she can attend the summit.

  • Meet with Kasmeer.
  • Get introduced at the party.
  • Find the lying minister without arousing suspicion.
  • Talk to Kasmeer.
  • Speak with Minister Arton.
  • Gather incriminating evidence against the lying minister.
  • Talk to Kasmeer.
  • Confront the lying minister.
  • Reject the minister's revised statement.
  • Disprove the minister's final statement.
  • Discuss Anise with Kasmeer.
  • Speak with Anise.
  • Use Anise's evidence to silence the lying minister.
  • Witness Anise and Kasmeer's wrap-up conversation.
  • Speak with Anise.

Rewards[edit]

Event[edit]

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    Avoid suspicious activity among the party guests
    (80)
    • Suspicion
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Walkthrough[edit]

Note, this is to complete the instance with no suspicion, but it is not required to do it this way to complete it.

After reading your mail, head to Balthazar Low Road in Divinity's Reach to start the instance. Listen to Kasmeer then head towards the green star and speak to the Herald to be introduced to the party and meet Countess Anise.

You then need to find the person who has been spreading rumors about Queen Jennah without raising suspicion too much. Accusing the wrong person, or accusing them without enough proof will raise suspicion.

There are three party guests you need to talk to, each marked on the map with a green circle which will change to a green star overhead once you have come close enough to trigger their first line of dialogue. If you pick the wrong questions, you will raise suspicion and get no information; on the other hand, if you pick the right one, Kasmeer will comment on it, and the quest will advance. Note that it is possible to pick the wrong options several times, raising the suspicion level each time (see achievements below).

Moving from west to east the three guests are:

  • Near Minister Estelle, a male noble will say "What? Minister Estelle is being pressured by Minister Merula to retire? She would never! She's far too ambitious." Speak to him and choose "Wait. I wanted to ask you something" and then "Is that why Minister Estelle wants to retire? A lack of excitement?" before the timer runs out.
  • A nobleman with a feathered hat on the path to the food tables says "But I thought for certain it was Minister Wi who attended court the day Scarlet was there. Are you sure?". Speak to him and choose "I was expecting to see Minister Wi's wife here today." then the second option "(laugh) If you've seen one minister, you've seen them all."
  • A noblewoman to the right of Minister Wi says "I wish Anise hadn't invited the ministers. They make me so uncomfortable! Especially Minister- excuse me! Are you eavesdropping?" as you approach. You'll have to talk to her until Kasmeer asks you to try again (at first you need to ask if she's enjoying the party, after that there is only 1 option at a time), then pick "I wouldn't think anyone could ignore such a beautiful night as this" then "I hear one minister is spreading rumours about the queen".

Once you have gathered all the information talk to Kasmeer, then to Minister Arton, who is standing near Countess Anise at the center of the party and is marked with a green star once this step starts. After that conversation, you'll need to find evidence against the culprit: Minister Estelle. Again, you'll need to talk to three people, each of whom is marked by a green circle on the map which changes to a star once you get close to them:

  • Lady Claire is standing beside Minister Arton. Choose "That's just a bad rumor, a lie", then "This doesn't add up."
  • A noble standing near Countess Anise. Choose "That may be complicated" and then "You don't think she met with Scarlet?"
  • A servant standing near Minister Estelle. You need to choose "I've had some experience with ministers. Not all are bad" (second option), then "Do you like your jobs?".

Once you've spoken to all three talk to Kasmeer (who will remind you of the information you've obtained), then speak to Minister Estelle.

  • First pick "I know all about you." then "I have a question. Is it true that you work closely with Minister Caudecus?" and then pick "Tell me more." several times until the option to say "Kasmeer, what do you think?" appears. Choose "Tell me more." (second option) twice more, until the option "Shy, huh?" (first option) appears.
  • Speak to Minister Estrelle again. Be aware that this conversation has a time limit, you need to pick the correct option before the timer runs out. Start with "Did you hear what the queen discussed with Scarlet?". As before choose "Tell me more." until "Kasmeer, what do you think?" appears. Then choose "Tell me more" until you can say "I heard the queen was escorted out for her safety."
  • Speak to Minister Estrelle again. Start with "You're sticking by the claim that they arranged this in the throne room?" then click "Tell me more" until the option "Minister Estrelle can you repeat that?" appears. Do not ask Kasmeer for her opinion. Continue clicking "Tell me more." until the option "You told your accomplice to say it was a black cape." appears, then choose that option.

Follow Kasmeer, speak to her and then head towards the green star on the map to speak to Countess Anise. As you get close the star will disappear and a green circle will appear. Walk into it to reveal the REAL Countess Anise. Listen to the dialogue between her and Kasmeer then return to Minister Estrelle. This time there will be only one dialogue option at a time. Listen to Kasmeer and Anise then speak to Anise to complete the instance.

Achievements[edit]

These achievements are mutually exclusive.

Sneaky Sleuth

To get this achievement, you must never raise suspicion. Since the steps that don't raise suspicions are the ones necessary to progress the story, you can just use the guide above to look at the correct answers in every conversation.

Sneaky Sleuth The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 10 Arenanet Points.png
Complete the party investigation without arousing any suspicion.Story Instance: Party Politics
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Completed!
Reward: Story Journal chest.png Store of Edible Cactus Fruit
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Super Sleuth
This achievement requires you to only select a dialogue option with the icon
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a total of twelve times. This involves the same process as Sneaky Sleuth, with one exception: you have to skip the interrogation of the first three nobles, by directly accusing Lady Estelle instead. Since this raises suspicion, you'll have to do the instance twice to get both this and the Sneaky Sleuth achievement. Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Achievement effect.png Super Sleuth effect.
Super Sleuth The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 15 Arenanet Points.png
Complete the party investigation using only the twelve necessary conversation steps.Story Instance: Party Politics
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Completed!
Reward: Story Journal chest.png Ambrite Cache
Completed Party Investigation Quickly and Efficiently 15 Arenanet Points.png
Shoddy Sleuth

Raising the suspicion to full is not necessary, since a full gauge will get you thrown out. Instead, you must be right under that threshold. For instance, you may go talk to the nobleman in the feathered hat and pick option 3 ("If he was, then he's probably involved in these nasty lies about the queen") four times, then option 1 ("Were You attending Court that day?") once. Once the suspicion level is raised high enough, complete the instance as you did for Sneaky Sleuth and you'll get the achievement. Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Achievement effect.png Shoddy Sleuth effect.

Shoddy Sleuth The Dragon's Reach, Part 2.png The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Arenanet Points.png
Complete the party investigation at the maximum amount of suspicion without being thrown out.Story Instance: Party Politics
Prerequisite: The Dragon's Reach, Part 2 Completed!
Reward: Story Journal chest.png Geode Hoard
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NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

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Dialogue[edit]

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Kasmeer

Ministry Treachery Dear <character name>,

I hope this finds you well.

I'm afraid my efforts to get the queen to the summit haven't gone as smoothly as expected. The queen has had a situation arise that may prevent her from attending. I'll give you the full details when you arrive, but the short version is that someone is spreading rumors that Queen Jennah not only met with evil Scarlet prior to the Queen's Jubilee celebration, but also conspired to give Scarlet the mechanical watchknights. This is, of course, ridiculous. But the queen can't leave Divinity's Reach until those rumors are squelched.

Countess Anise has suggested that I use my intuitive ability to find the cad spreading the rumors and discredit them. But, I don't want to do this alone. Will you come help me?

Your friend,


Unspecified mail content.

—Kasmeer

When entering the instance.
Kasmeer Meade: Let me catch you up on what's happening.
Kasmeer Meade: Queen Jennah can't attend the summit because someone has accused her of conspiring with Scarlet. The hearing is the same day.
Kasmeer Meade: Someone's lying, and we have to figure out who.
Kasmeer Meade: Soon as we know, we can confront that person and get them to recant their statement.
Kasmeer Meade: We need to talk to everyone, find clues to the truth, and build evidence to defend the queen. Once we discover who among them is the mastermind, we'll take action.
Kasmeer Meade: But be careful. The people are suspicious and sensitive. Say something too blunt or off-putting, and they'll clam up.
Kasmeer Meade: If we're obviously undermining their plans, they'll have us escorted out of the party, and it will all have been for nothing.
Talking to Kasmeer
They'll introduce us at the steps.
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All right. Let's go.
When approaching the Herald.
Herald: Ahem. Introducing a hero who needs no introduction, the Commander of the Pact.
Herald: And accompanying, the La—ah, ahem, yes, Kasmeer Meade.
Kasmeer Meade: (exhale) Keep it together, Kas. You can get through this. Be confident, like Jory.
Countess Anise: Kasmeer! Come over here. Don't look so glum.
Countess Anise: Hello, dear Kasmeer. Don't worry your little face over what the herald's papers say. You'll always be noble in my eyes.
Kasmeer Meade: Countess Anise. That's direct...and kind of you to say. I'm afraid I don't feel particularly noble.
Countess Anise: Then we must do something about that! Nobility isn't in the blood, as so many believe. It's in your choices.
Countess Anise: Your return to grace is only a pardon away. If your talent for detecting lies is all you say it is...
Countess Anise: Well, let's just say I'm confident we can convince the queen your value overrides your father's misfortune.
Kasmeer Meade: I only hope to be of some small service, Countess.
Kasmeer Meade: Oh dear. Okay. Let's start picking apart everything they say. One of these ministers is spreading lies about the queen.
Canach: Don't misunderstand, Countess—I'm certainly grateful to you for purchasing my billet and putting me to work.
Canach: I'm just not sure I understand the reasoning behind dragging me to this soiree of yours.
Countess Anise: Mm?
Canach: (sigh)
Talking to Kasmeer.
I think you should take the lead, and I'll shadow you. People will be far more likely to talk to you than me. We can touch base occasionally, and I'll tell you what I've observed.
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Remind me what we're doing here, please.
Welcome to the politics of Divinity's Reach. I'm sorry to drag you into this, but I will be more successful with you at my side. I'm still something of a pariah in noble society here.
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You said something about a rumor?
Yes, it's ridiculous. Someone's saying they witnessed the queen meet privately with Scarlet late at night. Under a bridge of all things.
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Do they have proof?
They don't need it. They say they overheard Queen Jennah offer support for Scarlet's research and the blueprints to the Watchknights.
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All they have to do is hurt her reputation and sow doubt.
Yes. It undermines her leadership. She can't leave until this is settled.
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Why not?
The ministers behind it will take advantage of her absence to turn people against her. They're always trying to take power from her. She has to be constantly vigilant.
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So, if we find the person spreading the rumors, we defuse the situation?
We have to do more than find the person. We have to discredit them.
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How do we do that?
The old-fashioned-way: eavesdropping and rumor-mongering. We'll gather information at the party then sort through it for the bits that lead to the culprit. You mingle, and I'll watch for liars.
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You'll watch for liars?
My ability seems to be getting stronger. I don't know what it is, but I can sometimes tell if a person is lying. Especially if they're not very good at lying or if the lie is especially flagrant.
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Stay close then. Let's go.
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Count on me.
Talking to Countess Anise.
Enjoy the party. Please feel free to mingle and introduce yourself. Excuse me, I...
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I see you're busy. We'll talk later.
Talking to Canach.
Careful there. You don't want to be seen getting too friendly with the staff.
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Why are you here?
I'm on the job. Bodyguard for a countess. A somewhat more glamorous position than my last, I must say.
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You mean your position as...prisoner?
Yes, and thanks for stating the obvious, painful truth. Technically, I'm still a prisoner. It's just now my bars are lined with velvet. Don't let that fool you though. I'm definitely not free.
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The countess owns you now?
That's harsh. I wouldn't say that. More like I'm on loan to her from the prison. So long as I'm a good grunt, she'll keep me with her and I don't have to go back in the cell.
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You planning on behaving yourself?
Absolutely. I'm no fool. I could be in a much worse situation than this. I guess you could say I learned my lesson. I know I have a reputation for acting rashly, but those days are behind me.
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Pardon me if I don't entirely believe you.
No pardon necessary. You're in a crowd of many watching me like hawks. So far, Countess Anise has treated me with respect. I have no reason to betray her trust. Besides, she amuses me mightily.
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I'll be at the front of the hunting party if you mess this up.
I would expect no less, though I do believe you might have a hard time catching me again. No offense intended.
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Just watch yourself.
Talking to Minister Arton.
As I was telling my old friend Caudecus the other day, we really must do something about these bandits. They are a hazard. I have reason to believe they're connected to the White Mantle.
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You can't distract me from seeing you're the one lying about the queen.
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But the White Mantle have been gone for ages.
They're certainly no longer the force they were a couple hundred years ago, but I've seen their symbol in unexpected places. I believe they run the black market around here.
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That's an interesting theory.
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Excuse me, I must mingle.
Approaching Lord Faren
Noble: Oh, no. Avoid anything remotely equestrian. You don't want your guests to enter your foyer and think the balusters are centaurs.
Talking to Lord Faren
Well, you fancy up nicely when you knock the dirt off your boots. Although, the tough-adventurer look suits you. Mind, beware the ministers. They're on the prowl.
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Why can't the ministers and the nobles get along?
Humans. What can I say? We're an inscrutable race. Turn half the world against us, and we still find ways to argue among ourselves. Frankly, I think it's boredom that makes us do it.
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Where do you fit in?
Me? Oh, I'm just here for the delicious desserts and ladies. I'm eyeing a few of both, but I can't quite decide which I'm hungry for.
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Choose wisely. Too much of either can give you a bellyache.
Truer words were never spoken. Have a good time at the party.
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I will. Thank you.
Talking to Minister Merula
Do you think Faren would date a minister? Just saying it sounds scandalous, but I love a good scandal. How romantic it would be!
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Aha! You're the one spreading lies about Queen Jennah!
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You're a fan of Faren, huh?
Oh, yes! I know all his favorite restaurants, venues, and shops. I even have the coveted Faren wall calendar of 1324 AE!
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Scandalous, indeed.
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I don't understand you people.
Talking to Minister Nitalie
I hate parties. Sadly, public appearances are part of a minister's job.
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I bet you would rather be at home plotting against the queen!
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They have their merits—the food, for example.
And the punch. Have you tried it? Hmm, you're the first decent person I've met here. Say, if you're not busy later...
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Nope! I'm, uh, busy mingling. With others. All night. 'Bye.
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Just smile and nod. Works wonders.
Approaching the group of three nobles near Minister Merula.
Noble: Stop right there. I don't care about your dog's new haircut.
Talking to that nobleman.
(gasp) Six above! Such style, such class! I simply must know who does your hair.
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I self-groom. (if charr)
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I just get a lot of sun. (otherwise)
Really? I must look into this right away. Come fall, I wouldn't be surprised if Divinity's Reach citizens were all flaunting your style!
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That would be...interesting.
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Myself.
Really? I must look into this right away. Come fall, I wouldn't be surprised if Divinity's Reach citizens were all flaunting your style!
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That would be...interesting.
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I was born this way.
Approaching a couple of nobles.
Noble: This shrimp bisque is fantastic! I need another bowl.
Talking to Minister Estelle
You're a busy bee. Does that make you charming, or does it make you nosy?
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Definitely nosy. They say you were in court the same day Scarlet was.
It's a matter of public record who receives an audience with the queen and when. There were several people there that day.
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What did Scarlet want?
She was soft spoken. I doubt anyone heard her but the queen and Countess Anise. It was as if they were conspiring.
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Did you see Minister Arton there?
I believe so. I spent most of the time behind my handkerchief. The goat—or maybe it was the farmer—smelled so badly it made my eyes water.
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I see.
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Charming, I hope. Did you know I dealt the killing blow to Scarlet?
No! That was you? I saw her once, in the throne room. She was having a quiet talk with the queen.
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Lucky you.
But why is someone of your caliber walking around the party with Kasmeer Meade? Her family is a bunch of criminals and gamblers!
Charisma
You should perhaps keep your thoughts to yourself.
I believe you should mingle so others can bask in your glory.
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Great idea.
Ferocity
She's my friend. Show her respect, or I'll teach you some.
I believe you should mingle so others can bask in your glory.
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Great idea.
Dignity
You're an idiot.
I believe you should mingle so others can bask in your glory.
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Great idea.
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That's for me to know and you to find out.
Approaching the nobles to the right of Minister Estelle
Noble: I see Minister Estelle has political ambitions. She's been having a lot of private meetings with Minister Caudecus.
Approaching the nobles to the left of Minister Estelle
Noble: What? Minister Estelle is being pressured by Minister Merula to retire? She would never! She's far too ambitious.
Talking to the latter nobleman.
I'm going to get more punch. It's so fruity!
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Wait. I wanted to ask you something.
Only if you make it quick! I'm so excited!
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I'd think that spreading rumors about the queen would prove very exciting.
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Two-faced liar... I doubt you truly appreciate the hospitality.
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Is that why Minister Estelle wants to retire? A lack of excitement?
Undoubtedly. She likes to be in the thick of things, but Caudecus has had her doing clerical work lately. She meets with him regularly, from what I've heard. He'll talk her out of retiring, I'm sure.
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Undoubtedly. Enjoy the party.
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The queen throws a good party.
Oh, this isn't the queen's work. This is all Countess Anise. She is amazing. She can charm cream straight out of a cow. She's a mesmer, after all.
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Excellent point.
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Just passing by. You should also try the shrimp.
After selecting the third question.
Kasmeer Meade: I've never met Minister Estelle. If she's been meeting with Caudecus, she may know something.
When walking near Canach and Anise.
Canach: Am I to intimidate these ministers and aristocrats, to put them off guard?
Canach: Surely you can't imagine that these dandies pose some kind of threat to you.
Countess Anise: Hm?
Canach: Are you even paying attention or do you simply not care? Either way, you are a maddening woman.
Approaching the nobleman with a feathered hat at the bottom of the stairs near Minister Wi.
Noble: But I thought for certain it was Minister Wi who attended the court the day Scarlet was there. Are you sure?
Talking to him.
I have a vague recollection of that crazy sylvari walking in to her audience with the queen. This was well before the attack on the city, by the way. I still don't know why I noticed her.
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I was expecting to see Minister Wi's wife here today.
Lady Wi? She gets the vapors. Fragile constitution. Poor dear can't keep up with her husband. Apparently neither can I. I thought he was in court the day Scarlet had an audience with the queen.
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Were YOU attending the court that day?
No. I was in the foyer. I saw them enter. They weren't many in attendance that day. I remember seeing a farmer with a complaint against his neighbor. He'd brought his goat along.
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Interesting. What about...
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Good day to you.
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(laugh) If you've seen one minister, you've seen them all.
(laugh) It's the dour look on their face. But seriously, it is rather difficult to confuse Minister Wi with Minister Estelle or even Minister Arton. My memory just isn't what it used to be.
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Which one did you confuse with Minister Wi? (laugh)
I saw Estelle enter the throne room, along with the goat farmer, Minister Arton, and a sylvari. That wretch turned out to be Scarlet, she did.
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Nice talking to you.
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If he was, then he's probably involved in these nasty lies about the queen.
I happen to like Minister Wi. I don't think you should disparage his reputation like that.
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Interesting. What about...
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I meant no offense.
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Yeah. Sooo. Do you like gardening?
Gardening! What a lovely pastime. The wife and I indulge ourselves with a little gardening from time to time, especially in our rose garden—
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If you like gardens, you should see the Beetlestone gardens.
Oh, I have. My wife—she's a minister—and I were just out there last week for a small garden party. An intimate affair, it was only us, Estelle, Arton, and Lord Caudecus. Lovely evening.
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What did you discuss?
The usual political gossip. Casual, you know. Estelle had a moment of private discussion with Lord Caudecus, though he did most of the talking, and she did quite a lot of nodding.
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That's nice.
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Good day.
After selecting the second question.
Kasmeer Meade: I remember hearing, afterward, that Scarlet approached the queen. No one paid any attention back then. Scarlet was a nobody until the Queen's Jubilee.
Approaching a group of nobles at the bottom of the stairs near Minister Wi.
Noble: Ooh, wherever did you get that charming brooch, dear?
Approaching Minister Wi.
Noble: And then he asked me which pair I wanted! To suggest I couldn't afford both—why, I should have slapped him on the spot!
Talking to her.
How Lady Anise persuaded Chauncey to grace her party, I'll never know! She's more resourceful than I thought. This is truly the classiest occasion I've attended since Lady Wi's clambake.
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Um, clambake?
Oh, mercy me, how confusing that must sound? Lady Wi had a little rebel in her, don't you know. She insisted we call her seafood banquet a clambake. (giggle) So edgy!
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Weird.
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Yep. Classy.
Approaching Minister Wi.
Minister Wi: How I wish my lovely wife were here.
Talking to Minister Wi.
It really is a pity my wife had to miss the party. She just loves these sorts of things. But work is work.
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I understand. You keep up appearances while Lady Wi undermines the queen!
Pff, don't be ridiculous. Have you been at the punch? Take a moment to cool down, or you may offend someone less tolerant of your outrageous allegations.
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Okay, that was a stretch. I just want to help the queen.
(sigh) Yes, yes, help the queen, help the world, help the everything. That's what you do, right? Just watch where you run that tongue. There are people here who wouldn't hesitate to cut it off.
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All right.
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You're avoiding the subject!
I'll have you know my wife is at home with a nasty case of skritt itch. If it'll stop your badgering, I'll take you to see her. But I warn you, she's very contagious.
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I'll stick with the punch.
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Wait, there's punch? Excuse me.
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Have you heard that the queen is increasing taxes for land owners?
What? I thought only workers paid taxes. Why ever would you tax land owners? That's ridiculous!
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It's just a rumor. Probably bad information.
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Take her a mini quiche, and she'll forgive you.
Approaching the couple of nobles to the right of Minister Wi.
Noble: I wish Anise hadn't invited the ministers. They make me so uncomfortable! Especially Minister—excuse me! Are you eavesdropping?
Talking to her.
You do realize, I'm sure, that it's rude to eavesdrop. Were you?
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No, my lady. I merely wanted to introduce myself. I'm <Character name>.
Oh, I do beg your pardon. It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Lady Allisin and my companion here is Lady Brinda.
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Are you enjoying the party?
Some of the guests seem rather tense.
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A particular minister makes you uncomfortable? * (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
Minister Caudecus, of course. He surrounds himself with intrigue, cloaks, daggers, shadows—all that is nasty business. Don't let him look upon you, my dear. Once he has you in his sights, you're doomed.
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As you said, ministers can be dangerous.
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Thank you.
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I wouldn't think anyone could ignore such a beautiful night as this.
Oh, I'm quite sure some ministers prefer dark nights like this as sunny days. (laugh)
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I hear one minister is spreading rumors about the queen. (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
Yes. Minister Caudecus is behind it, but he never involves himself directly. He has others do his dirty work. Like Estelle and Arton. They were awfully talkative with him at the last party.
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I understand.
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(laugh) That's true in my culture as well.
I don't get out much, but I would like to visit where you're from. Tell me, how do you find our fair city?
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It's glorious. A real accomplishment. (before Kasmeer tells the player to ask for more information)
Kasmeer: She's not lying, but she's being evasive here. Try again, and press her for more information whenever she talks about the ministers::
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So, what were you saying about the party?
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How do the ministers get away with it? I'm curious. (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
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I'm sorry. What were you saying? My mind drifted for a moment. (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
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Kasmeer, did you spot anything out of order? (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
Kasmeer: She's not lying, but she's being evasive here. Try again, and press her for more information whenever she talks about the ministers::
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So, what were you saying about the party?
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Ministers, ministers, ministers. (if Kasmeer has told the player to ask for more information)
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The pleasure is all mine. And what a fine evening it is.
We were just saying that we won't let anything spoil our fun. The countess throws wonderful parties, but these days, they're few and far between. Won't you regale us with tales of your adventures?
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Some other time, ladies.
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I'm happy to meet you both. Enjoy the party.
After picking the second branch ("I hear one minister is spreading rumors about the queen.")
Kasmeer Meade: Of course. Caudecus would be involved in anything that undermines the queen. But he's not the one accusing her. We have to find that person.
Walking by Canach and Anise after gathering more information.
Canach: You seem distracted, Countess. What are you looking for in this crowd?
Canach: I could lend my eyes and ears to your search.
Canach: If there's nothing in particular you need me to do, would you mind if I helped myself to some of your refreshments?
Countess Anise: Hmph.
Canach: Am I really so dull? Where, here's something interesting. Would you like to know how long a severed head remains conscious?
Canach: I suppose not. Do let me know if you need me for more than make debutantes and fops uncomfortable.
Talking to Kasmeer after talking to all three nobles.
My mind is spinning. So much information! Can you make heads or tails of it?
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We've learned a few things. First, we know who was in court that day.
Yes! A farmer with a goat, two ministers—Estelle and Arton—and Scarlet.
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And, we know that Caudecus lets others do his dirty work for him.
We've also heard that both Estelle and Arton have seen Caudecus lately.
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It must be one of them. Let's talk to Minister Arton first.
Talking to Minister Arton after talking to Kasmeer.
As I was telling my old friend Caudecus the other day, we really must do something about these bandits. They are a hazard. I have reason to believe they're connected to the White Mantle.
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Did you see Scarlet the day she had an audience with the queen?
I did. There were four of us in the throne room with the queen and Countess Anise—and the guards, of course. It was Scarlet, me, Minister Estelle, and some dirty farmer with a goat.
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And the queen spoke to Scarlet?
Yes. She was polite as always, but the countess kept whispering in the queen's ear. It was making us all nervous. Scarlet wanted permission to study with the engineer that designed the watchknights.
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What did the queen say?
She respectfully declined. Scarlet was the last in line, and the queen left before there could be any more discussion. Scarlet tried to say more, but the queen apologized and hurried out.
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Anything else?
The sylvari—Scarlet—looked livid. She stormed out, shoving guards out of her way. She was rather frightening, actually? I imagine that's what Countess Anise saw that made her hustle the queen away.
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Kas, does his testimony line up?
Kasmeer: His description of events perfectly matches what Anise told me. Minister Arton is telling the truth. He must not be the one.
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Interesting. Thank you.
After talking to Arton.
Kasmeer Meade: You've convinced me. It looks like Minister Estelle is the one spreading this horrible rumor.
Kasmeer Meade: Let's keep at it. If we're going to confront her, we'll need serious evidence to back us up.
Talking to Kasmeer
I don't much care for Minister Estelle. She has a brassiness to her. I'm not surprised she'd turn on the queen. Now, we have to find evidence to discredit her.
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Like before? Eavesdropping and rumormongering.
You're quite good at it. A natural, one might say. We still have to be careful because if they suspect we're working against the Ministry, they might stop talking to us.
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I'm read. Let's go.
Walking near Lady Claire.
Lady Claire: I know for a fact that the queen had a private talk with Scarlet. How? Everyone is saying it, so it must be true!
Talking to Lady Claire.
Hello. We were just discussing how horrible it is that the queen betrayed us all.
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That's just a bad rumor, a lie.
No, it's not. I saw her in the Salma district shortly after nightfall. She wore a black woolen cloak with the hood up. The only reason I knew it was her was because I bumped into her and saw her face.
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Hmm. If you say so.
Kasmeer: Hold on, <Character name>. Did you see her eye twitch? I don't think you should trust her.
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Kasmeer's right. I think you're lying.
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This doesn't add up.
Listen, just between you and me, I may not be telling the...exact...truth. But, they offered me a lot of gold if I'd say I was there. Please, you can't tell anyone.
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You're going to have to testify.
Oh, all right. I'll testify that I was paid to lie, but I'll never say who paid me. I don't betray old friends. Still, I wasn't comfortable lying, but my son is ill. I hope the queen will forgive me.
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You're doing the right thing.
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Kasmeer, what do you think?
Kasmeer: Her eye twitched when she said that. I don't think it's the truth.
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I believe you.
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You're lying. (same as "This doesn't add up.")
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It's a travesty.
You just never know who you can trust, do you? I feel bad for the queen, really. Looks like she got duped right along with the rest of us. That Scarlet was no good.
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Scarlet was evil.
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I'll leave you to it.
After talking to Claire and calling her out.
Kasmeer Meade: Good observation. I had a feeling she was lying. The queen wouldn't hold a private meeting with just anyone, much less a sylvari with no political connections. This woman will testify.
Walking near the nobles close to Anise.
Noble: You must be mistaken. My niece knows from a guard who heard from a doorman that the queen—oh! I've said too much.
Talking to her
Of! You're...you! <Character name>. You're well known in these parts. The queen recently mentioned you were hosting a summit. She'd like very much to attend.
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That may be complicated.
Oh, I know. Those lies Estelle are spreading. Can you imagine our barefoot queen skulking through the streets at night, in disguise? It's laughable.
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You don't think she met with Scarlet?
In the throne room, yes. But not in the streets. A charr emissary visited the queen that night. While the emissary's since left, the guard who was present will testify.
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Good to know. Thanks.
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I can imagine it, actually. She's a mesmer. *
You're as silly as the liar. That night, Her Majesty didn't retire until late. She had a visitor, but it wasn't Scarlet. It was a charr emissary. They were working on the terms of the treaty.
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That's helpful. Thank you.
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Kasmeer, what do you think?
Look at her breathing. It's even and calm. I believe she's telling the truth.
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So she didn't meet with Scarlet? (same as "You don't think she met with Scarlet?")
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But, mesmers use illusions to sneak around. * (same as "I can imagine it, actually. She's a mesmer.")
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It's my hope that she will.
It's about the Elder Dragons, isn't it. We all heard it roar. We live in fear that one of them will attack the city.
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I'll do my best to make sure that never happens.
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It's a pleasure to meet you.
After realizing she's telling the truth.
Kasmeer Meade: Countess Anise hardly ever lets the queen out of her sight. She and the guard will corroborate the queen's alibi.
Walking near a servant close to Minister Estelle.
Servant: Is lying a prerequisite for being in the ministry?
Talking to the servant.
It makes me so sad to think that the people who run our city, our kingdom, can't get along with each other. Now one of the ministers is spreading lies about the queen.
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I'll pay for any information you have on the lying minister.
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I've had some experience with ministers. Not all are bad.
Both my wife and I work for ministers. They can be like night and day. My wife works for Minister Estelle. I work for Minister Arton.
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Do you like your job?
Most days. My wife has a harder time. Her minister has a gambling problem. If she's winning, she's fine. If not, she's dangerous.
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Would she know where Estelle was the night of the alleged meeting?
Maybe. Estelle often visits her old friend Lady Claire in the evening. Ask my wife if she knows what happened. She's a good woman and won't lie to protect a minister.
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Thank you for the information. You're a good Krytan.
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Congratulations. If you will excuse me, I'll continue my meandering.
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Who do you work for?
I beg you pardon? I don't believe that's any of your business.
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I only ask because I see you there, ready to serve. *
If there's something you require, I recommend you speak with one of the party servers. I am preoccupied with other duties.
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All right. I'll do that.
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You're right. Excuse me.
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It's a sad day in Kryta.
After picking the second option.
Kasmeer Meade: That's another witness who can help us prove the queen's innocence. Nicely done.
Talking to Kasmeer (after gather all evidence).
What do you think? Do we have enough evidence to discredit her accusations?
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Plenty. The servant's wife can testify that Estelle met with Lady Claire.
Maybe the threat of her testifying will be enough to shut this down. What else?
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We have multiple witnesses who say the queen turned down Scarlet's request.
I still can't believe Scarlet wanted to study with the watchknight engineer. Thank the gods the queen turned her down. Though, that might explain Scarlet's anger when she attacked our city. What else?
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We know Estelle's friend was lying for her.
For a pouch of gold, you mean. Estelle must have coached Lady Claire. I don't imagine it will be too hard to get her to testify for the lie. I guess they weren't such good friends after all.
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We're ready to confront Estelle with the evidence.
After talking to Kasmeer.
Kasmeer Meade: Looks like we've got everything we need. Time to expose Minister Estelle for the liar she is.
Approaching Minister Estelle.
Minister Estelle: Gentlemen, please leave.
Minister Estelle: I see you've been busy socializing with the guests.
Talking to Kasmeer.
Don't forget that we know she's seen and talked with Caudecus as recently as the garden party. If you catch her in a lie, call her on it!
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Got it.
Talking to Minister Estelle.
Hello, busy bee. I must admit, I'm a bit charmed by how you flit from flower to flower.
(before collecting all evidence)
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I've learned a few things about you.
Kasmeer: Wait. Are you sure it's the right time? I don't think we have all the information we need.
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Never mind. We'll be back.
(after collecting all evidence)
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I know all about you.
Kasmeer: Listen closely to what Estelle says. Once she's finished, don't be afraid to ask her to repeat what she said. Press her only when you're certain she's lying.
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I have a question. Is it true that you work closely with Lord Caudecus?
I used to work with Lord Caudecus, but now I'm considering retirement, I've started spending most of my time in the Ministry library. I hardly ever see him.
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That's not what I heard. * (after you've listened to her once)
Why would I lie about something like that? He's my boss's boss's boss. I don't work directly for him.
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I met someone who says you see Caudecus often. (proceeds to the next step)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Tell me more.
Admittedly, I occasionally do small tasks for him, but he's still recovering from that awful scandal. He keeps to himself most of the time.
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You attended his garden party not long ago. * (after you've listened to her once)
Oh, yes. I'd nearly forgotten about that. There was a large crowd there. I only saw the legate minister from across the roses.
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I heard there was only a handful of people there. (proceeds to the next step)
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Tell me more.
Even at parties, Lord Caudecus is off doing his own thing and I'm left to my own devices. I'm just a wallflower, really.
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Shy, huh? (after you've listened to her once)
Oh yes. I barely spoke with anyone during that entire party. Beautiful garden, though.
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A witness said you had an aside with Caudecus. He talked. You nodded.
Fine. He and I talked, but you'll never learn the topic of that discussion, and you can't prove it had anything to do with the queen.
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I don't have to prove it. I just have to discredit you.
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Kasmeer, what do you think?
Kasmeer: Hm. She keeps back-paddling. Press her when she lies, and then present your evidence to counter her arguments.
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that?
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after you've listened to her once)
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after you've listened to her once)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Farewell.
After taking the third branch ("Shy, huh?")
Minister Estelle: Hm. So perhaps I misspoke. Apologies, I shall revise my statement.
Talking to Kasmeer
She's a slug, if you pardon my crudeness. You can pin her down. Remenber Arton's version of events. He said Queen Jennah was short with Scarlet and that the countess even ushered her out quickly.
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Got it.
Minister Estelle's revised statement.
So what if I work with Lord Caudecus. It means nothing. It doesn't change the fact that I was there when Scarlet had her audience with the queen.
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Did you hear what the queen discussed with Scarlet?
No, they spoke too quietly, like schoolgirl friends whispering so no one else would hear.
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That's a lie. You heard everything. * (after hearing her statement once)
I heard hushed words, but I couldn't make out any of them. The queen seemed pleased though.
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Minister Arton heard everything. His ears must be better than yours. (proceeds to the next step)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Tell me more.
I must have been lost in my own thoughts while the queen and Scarlet conspired deviously.
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I heard the queen was escorted out for safety.
You weren't there. You can't possibly know how they behaved. Unless you questioned the goat?
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I spoke with Arton. His version agrees with the countess's...and the goat's.
Yes, well, one person's politeness is another's friendliness.
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That means nothing.
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Tell me more.
I heard the word "watchknights".
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Tell me more.
Isn't that bad enough? Do you know how many people died because the queen gave Scarlet access to the watchknights? Why are you still interrogating me? She's the criminal!
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that?
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Kasmeer, what do you think?
She's clever and slippery, but you can nail down those lies. Catch her off guard when she slips up.
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that?
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after hearing her statement once)
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after hearing her statement once)
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We'll do this later.
After disproving this statement (second option, "I heard the queen was escorted out for safety.")
Minister Estelle: Aren't you the nosy one. If you must know, I'll tell you what really happened.
Minister Estelle's final statement.
It doesn't matter what happened in the throne room. The queen arranged to meet with Scarlet later that evening. She didn't want any of us to hear them, so she sneaked out.
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You're sticking by the claim that they arranged this in the throne room?
Absolutely. Their foreheads were practically touching, they were so chummy. They agreed to something, and what else could it be?
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You're crazy. Anise would never let Scarlet get that close to the queen. * (after hearing her statement once)
Oh yes. She was on it too. All smiles and "pet this" and pet that."
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Minister Arton describes a very different atmosphere. (proceeds to the next step)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Tell me more.
So, it was brief. A look. A smile. Maybe they'd already arranged to meet later. I don't know. All I know is that I saw them under that bridge. It was the queen and Scarlet.
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Impossible! What TIME did you see them? * (after hearing her statement once)
Later, about an hour after dark. They were in the Salma District. I caught sight of the queen's profile and nearly fainted. Why would she endanger herself like that?
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The queen was in her office with a charr emissary at that time. (proceeds to the next step)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Tell me more.
I'm not the only one who saw her. There was another witness who came forward, a noblewoman.
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How many other witnesses do you have in your pocket? * (after hearing her statement once)
Everyone knows we were in school together. That's no secret, but she and I haven't spoken in years.
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Someone paid her to lie, and I suspect it was you. (proceeds to the next step)
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Tell me more.
Why are you working so hard to protect Queen Jennah? She sold us all out, and now she's just trying to cover her tracks. It was definitely Jennah, in a red cape.
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You told your accomplice to say it was a black cape.
No, it was a red cape. I think.
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Have you forgotten?
You're trying to confuse me. It was a red cape. I'm sure of it. Dark red.
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If you and your old friend can't agree on the color of the queen's cape...
Wait. I remember now. The queen was in a black cape, yes. Countess Anise was in a red one. Did I forget to mention they were both there? You know the countess wouldn't let the queen go anywhere alone.
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You're saying Countess Anise was there too? What?
Kasmeer: Clearly we need to discuss this further, <Character name>.
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Good idea.
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that?
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Kasmeer, what do you think? *
Minister Estelle: You've been whispering this whole time. I won't have it. It's rude.
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Seriously? All right, if you would please repeat your statement then?
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Let me think for a moment. I'll be back.
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after hearing her statement once)
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Minister Estelle, can you repeat that? (after hearing her statement once)
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Farewell.
After Minister Estelle has accused Anise.
Kasmeer Meade: This way.
Minister Estelle: I think we're done here.
Talking to Kasmeer
We need to eliminate any doubt about it. If there's even the smallest chance Estelle is telling the truth...
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She's not. But we need to hear Anise say she wasn't under that bridge.
I'm sure I'd have sensed if this were some kind of mesmer cover-up, don't you think? It doesn't matter. I'll know if the countess is lying when we ask her.
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Let's go.
Talking to Kasmeer again
Anise is in the center of the party. Let's go talk to her.
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Interesting. Okay.
Approaching Anise and Canach
Canach: In absence of your orders, I've been occupying myself by planning the extermination of this entire gaggle of preening fools.
Countess Anise: Stop. Don't approach her. It's an illusion. I am elsewhere. Find me, and we shall talk.
Canach: I'd thought maybe some well-placed bombs here and there among the topiary, hm?
Canach: Or perhaps I'll pick them off one by one with my blade. And hide the bodies in the pantry.
Canach: I wonder, would that reflect poorly on your office? I imagine I'd become a hero to the Krytan people.
Canach: And still no reaction. I wonder, Countess, are you even at all with me?
Countess Anise: Mmm?
Finding Anise.
Countess Anise: My apologies for the deception, but I must go to unconventional lengths to protect Kryta.
Kasmeer Meade: Countess, Minister Estelle is claiming that you were there, at the secret meeting. She's implicating you.
Countess Anise: Nonsense. I was at no such meeting. I did, however, receive a mysterious message signed only with the initial E.
Countess Anise: The note said that Estelle was in a bandit gambling parlor when she was supposedly spying on our queen.
Countess Anise: Reminding her of this will be enough to make her drop her lie faster than Faren's dignity.
Talking to Kasmeer
That's it. The final piece of the puzzle. Now we have everything we need. We have the testimonies of Minister Arton, the servant's wife, the lying noble, the guards, and the countess herself.
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But we don't have proof that Estelle was gambling that night.
She won't know that. If we present it to her with all the other evidence, as if we know her little secret, then maybe she'll confess.
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All right. Let's go get a confession.
Walking by Canach.
Canach: It may have taken me a while, Countess, but I've finally realized my part in your misdirection.
Canach: If you can hear me through your illusion, don't worry. I will continue to draw the attention of your guests.
Countess Anise: Hmm?
Coming back to Estelle.
Minister Estelle: You again? I hope you're not planning another interrogation. This is a party if you haven't noticed.
Talking to Estelle.
I imagine Countess Anise had a lie to cover up her presence at the bridge. It's her word against mine.
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Actually, Minister, it's several people's words against yours.
What are you talking about? Has someone said they'd testify against me?
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We have witnesses who will support Countess Anise's story.
Traitors to the Ministry. Traitors! They'll find themselves in the streets soon.
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I doubt it. The queen has positions for those who are honest and honorable.
Kasmeer: There are those of us who see through the Ministry's lies. And our numbers are growing.
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Jory would approve, eh, Kas? Good-bye, Minister.
Final conversation
Minister Estelle: I'll have you know I'm very well-connected, and I—
Kasmeer Meade: Your connections can't help you with this. We know what you've been up to.
Minister Estelle: What? What do you mean?
Kasmeer Meade: We know you couldn't have witnessed this supposed meeting with Scarlet. We hear you were busy meeting some "lobbyists" that day.
Minister Estelle: Lobbyists? What are you talking about.
Kasmeer Meade: So much for subtlety. You were busy gambling with some ruffians.
Minister Estelle: Keep your voice down! That's a baseless accusation!
Countess Anise: Is that so, Minister Estelle? Perhaps you and I should speak privately and sort this little mess out. Please follow my guards. I'll be with you shortly.
Kasmeer Meade: Countess Anise, thank you for inviting us to your party. It's been an entertaining—and productive—evening.
Countess Anise: No one is more delighted by your presence than I. With all that socializing and skulduggery, you must be craving the longest of naps.
Countess Anise: Now that this messy affair is out of the way, I feel fairly certain that the Queen will attend your summit.
Countess Anise: I think Minister Estelle will soon see the value in cooperating with me rather than rotting in prison for treason. I may have use for her. On a separate note, I do hope you will stay and join the queen's entourage, Kasmeer.
Kasmeer Meade: You mean travel with the queen to the summit? I'd be honored!
Countess Anise: Yes, I think that's the right play. You will, of course, have time to relay the full details of your father's story at that time.
Kasmeer Meade: Oh, I don't think the queen would be interested in—
Countess Anise: Nonsense. Now go. Say pretty things to my guests, and enjoy yourselves for the rest of the evening.
Talking to Kasmeer
I can't wait to tell Jory how you solved this mystery. She's going to be so proud of you.
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And of you. That lie-detecting thing you do...wow.
It certainly comes in handy. Though it's still a bit unreliable. It works best on total strangers. I keep practicing though.
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Will you be going with Marjory to the summit?
The countess asked if I'd travel with the queen to the summit. It's an honor to be asked. I'll see you there, though. Who knows? This may be my chance to get my title back.
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That would be wonderful. Be safe, and I'll see you in the Grove.
Talking to Anise.
You must visit more often. The party wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without you. The queen sends her gratitude as well. She can now attend your summit. I'll be here as well, though...incognito.
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That's wonderful news. I appreciate your support, Countess.
If you have no objection, I believe I will keep dear Kasmeer with me for a while. We have much to talk about, don't we, pet?
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One last question. If you knew Estelle was guilty, why not just out her?
Put simply, I'm too close to the queen for my claims to be believable without support. I'd lose much if our dear Jennah was incarcerated, and the ministers know it. That's where you come in.
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I understand. Well, I won't keep you any longer. Good-bye for now.
After the quest has ended.
Canach: Ah, there you are, Countess. I trust I played my part in your charade this evening?
Countess Anise: (laugh) There, there, blossom. You did very well as the sore green thumb at my affair.
Countess Anise: I'm sure everyone was far too intimidated by your glowering menace to notice it was an illusion standing beside you the whole time.
Canach: Yes. I thought you seemed rather vapid.

* These choices raise the suspicion level.

When suspicion reaches maximum
Noble: Oh, the audacity! Where are your manners?
Noble: Guards. Please escort these...scandalmongers to the gates.
Kasmeer Meade: Oh no. This...isn't what was supposed to happen.
Talking to Kasmeer
Ooh, that's disorienting. My goodness.
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What just happened?
It felt like a mesmer spell. I think Anise created a diversion for us. Let's get back into the party.
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Let's go.

Ambient Quotes[edit]

Caterer: May I fill your glass for you?
Caterer: I can take that. Thank you.
Caterer: Care for an hors d'oeuvre?
Caterer: Here, I can get you some more.
Caterer: Hors d'oeuvre?
Caterer: May I take your glass, if you're finished?
Caterer: How is everything?
(Chauncey von Snuffles III runs towards the catering table.)
Caterer: (giggle) Is that cat wearing spectacles?
Caterer: Isn't that the cat from the Eastern Commons? The fancy one, Jaunty Snuffles or something?
Caterer: Aw, who put that hat on him? Adorable.
Head Caterer: Oh gods. How did that cat get in here? It's helped itself to the truffle steak.
Head Caterer: Someone get rid of that filthy cat before the guests see it, or—or the countess herself.
Caterer: I'll deal with it.
(Caterer threatens Chauncey and he runs away.)
Head Caterer: Why aren't they eating the tarts? Oh, I knew those omnomberries were out of season.
Head Caterer: (moan) No one's touched the souffle.
Head Caterer: I want whoever put those pies out this early thrown off the city walls immediately!
Head Caterer: How long have we been out of the stuffed artichokes?
Head Caterer: How are we doing on the lotus fries? Please tell me we still have more.
Head Caterer: Who is that brute who's been looming over the countess all evening? I need to ask her preference on dessert wine, but...
Head Caterer: How is everything? Oh, I do hope you're enjoying our offerings.
Head Caterer: I'm very sorry to hear our clams weren't up to your high standards. We imported them direct this morning.
Head Caterer: Tell me, have you tried our piccata? It's as if Melandru herself kissed it with just a hint of dill. (smack)
Head Caterer: I assure you that the chef responsible for this will be dealt with at once.

My story[edit]

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I received a mail from Kasmeer, who informed me that Queen Jennah's attendance at the summit is in jeopardy. Minister Estelle claimed that the queen had secretly met with Scarlet and essentially gave her access to her watchknights. Had I not found multiple witnesses who could back up Countess Anise's accounts of the queen's activities that day (and Minister Estelle's little gambling outing), Queen Jennah would have been unable to attend the summit. With her lies exposed, Estelle will recant her story—and possibly cooperate with Countess Anise in future matters. She really has no choice.

After the party, Kasmeer was given the honor of escorting Queen Jennah to the Grove. Perhaps the queen will be sympathetic to Kasmeer's past family troubles.

Canach was also present, acting as Anise's escort and bodyguard since she bought his billet. He's not technically a free man, having been previously incarcerated for his crimes on Southsun, but is serving out the rest of his term in a sort of work-release program for the countess. It's not entirely clear how Anise intends to employ him, though I overheard them talking about him being her "eyes and ears" in the field. I'm not sure I trust him fully. He has a violent streak and is a bit unpredictable despite his claims of reform.

My story

Trivia[edit]

  • This mission is a homage to the Ace Attorney video game series.