Sharpened Thorns

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Sharpened Thorns

Year
1325 AE
Location
Overlake Haven
(Giant's Passage)
Race
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari
Level
30
Storyline
Choosing an Order
Preceded by
A Splinter in the Flesh
Followed by
The Blossom of Youth
Secrets in the Earth


Sharpened Thorns is part of the Sylvari personal story for characters who choose Branthyn's plan during A Splinter in the Flesh. As a member of the Vigil, Branthyn prefers to defend the Haven with force and an army of soldiers.

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Objectives[edit]

Sharpened Thorns (Level 30)

Defend Overlake Haven from the Risen.

  • Meet Branthyn near Overlake Haven.
  • Defeat the undead attacking Branthyn.
  • Assault the undead at Overlake Haven.
  • Protect the Haven.
  • Order the Lionguard squads to defend key positions.
  • Hold the keep until Vigil reinforcements arrive. / Time remaining: 3:00
  • Rendezvous with the Vigil.
  • Defeat the remaining Risen.
  • Destroy the Veteran Abomination.

Report back to the order representatives.

  • Speak with the Pale Tree.
  • Decide your next course of action.

Rewards[edit]

All professions
Profession-specific


Walkthrough[edit]

When you start the mission you will see some zombies attacking Branthyn. Kill them and talk to her.

Go to the fort, and kill the zombies outside. Then clear the courtyard of zombies. Talk to the guards there, and they will tell you that their commander is a zombie.

Arrange the defences by talking to the three people with green stars over their heads. After this, the first zombie attack waves will come from the east.

I went out the gate to see what was happening outside. They locked the gate behind me so i was trapped outside. If you don't want to be outside with the zombies, make sure you stay inside the fort after ordering the defences.

Outside the fort white circles will appear where the cannons are firing. The cannons will easily slaughter many zombies. Just stay alive and you are sure to win this part of the mission.

After a few waves the Vigil troops arrive. Then the final wave of zombies arrives. In this wave, you have to beat a veteran abomination. If it lies down on the ground and starts zooming towards you, dodge. If it gets all sparkly yellow lines around its weapon get ready to dodge. Once the abomination is dead, you win.

Teleport back to the Grove and talk to Pale Tree, Trahearne, etc, to decide what to do next.

At the end of the mission you have to decide how to find out what happened to Riannoc and the sword Caladbolg.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Dialogues[edit]

Closing Cinematic

<Character name>: I have good news, Mother Tree. Overlake Haven is safe, and the undead have been driven away.
Trahearne: Valiant, I was told about the strange undead you saw on the battlefield. I think I can help you.
Trahearne: The creature sounds like a lich. From the description I was given, I think I can identify it as Mazdak the Accursed.
Avatar of the Tree: Mazdak the Accursed? I know that name. One of my firstborn, Riannoc, went to destroy Mazdak many years ago.
Avatar of the Tree: I armed him with a thorn from my own bough, a mighty sword named Caladbolg. Both were lost, never to return to the Grove.
Avatar of the Tree: Herald, it seems you have a chance to discover the fate of my lost son and perhaps even avenge Riannoc's death.
Cai: Legend says that Riannoc chose a human to be his squire. If that squire survived, the Order of Whispers could find him.
Cai: The Order is very good at tracking people down - even when they don't want to be found.
Iowerth: Untrustworthy, as always. I have an alternate suggestion. As you may know, the Durmand Priory specializes in researching and recovering lost knowledge.
Iowerth: This sounds like an exciting opportunity to experiment with a ritual we've uncovered. If cast, it lets you witness the last moments of a person's life.
Trahearne The mystery of Riannoc's death has pained the sylvari since the days of the firstborn. Knowing his fate would help to heal that wound.
<Character name>: Branthyn? Does the Vigil have any suggestions?
Branthyn Information-gathering isn't our strong suit. Instead, I'll go ask my superiors how to kill a lich. I'll meet you back here when you're done.
Avatar of the Tree: Very well. Herald, the choice is yours.

Speaking to the others before making your choice

Avatar of the Tree: Choose carefully. Both orders have the potential to discover the truth. I have faith in your decision.
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Can you tell me about Caladbolg?
It was the only weapon I have ever made, and doing so took a great deal of spirit. It was meant to be the blade of heroes.
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What happened to the sword?
I created it for Riannoc, one of the Firstborn. When he died, the blade was in his possession. It has not been seen since.
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That's a tragedy. May I ask you another question?
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Thank you. I will find out the truth.
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Will you tell me a little about Riannoc, Mother?
My initial twelve children are called the Firstborn. Riannoc was brother to Caithe, Trahearne, and the rest. He was as valiant as the shining sun.
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What happened to him?
He traveled far to the north, to face an evil. When he died--the sun dimmed, and the Dream wept.
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I'm so sorry, Mother. What should I do to help you?
Discover the truth, my Herald. Return the sword. That will bring me peace.
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I understand, Mother Tree. May I ask you something else?
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I will, Mother. I swear it.
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Thank you for your trust, Mother.
Branthyn: Good luck, Valiant. I'm sorry the Vigil can't lend assistance on this one.
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Why not? What's going on with the Vigil??
Some of the undead rousted from the haven are causing trouble on the coast. The settlements have requested Vigil reinforcements.
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I'm glad the Vigil is helping the settlers. Fair fortune to you!
Cai: This sounds like it could bear investigation, hm, Herald?
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I agree. How do we find out what happened?
I know a human settlement north of the Caledon. Waine has friends there. He may have told them what really happened.
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How will we get the information?
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Sounds like my kind of fun. I'll meet you there.
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I'm not sure. Let me think about it.
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What do you think of the Priory's idea?
Iowerth's order has a lot of toys, but they're useless if you can't rely on them. His ritual is a dice-toss. We need information, not hypotheses.
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That does seem reasonable. Tell me about your plan.
I know a human settlement north of the Caledon. Waine has friends there. He may have told them what really happened.
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How will we get the information?
Infiltration, espionage and good old-fashioned arm twisting. Are you in?
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Sounds like my kind of fun. I'll meet you there.
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I'm not sure. Let me think about it.
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All right. I'm convinced. We'll do things your way.
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Let me think about this decision a bit longer.
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Can you tell me more about the Order of Whispers?
The Order of Whispers is the oldest older in Tyria. We knew about the dragons long before anyone else.
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So, what have you done to fight them?
You've got the wrong idea. The dragons can't be destroyed. We must do what the heroes of old did: put them to sleep.
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Very interesting. How do you plan to do that?
We have plans within plans, my friend. Just wait and see.
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Interesting. Can I ask you another question?
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I'll remember you said that. Thanks, Cai.
Caithe: These are dark tidings, <Character Name>. Riannoc was the first sylvari to meet death. We never knew what happened...
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How well did you know Riannoc?
He was one of the Firstborn, alive when there were only twelve sylvari in the world. I knew him well. We all did.
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What happened to him? The Pale Tree says he vanished?
Precisely. We all felt it when he died. It was like a part of the Dream was torn away--but we never knew why. Or how.
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How tragic. Caithe, may I ask you something else?
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That must have been awful. I'm sorry.
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Who is this "Mazdak," and what does he want?
Mazdak the Accursed is a lich, a powerful one, in the service of Orr. I do not know his true history.
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We'll have to find out more. Can I ask you another question?
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I'll look into it.
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Which order's plan should I choose?
Strength lies not in the plan, but within you. Choose whichever you feel called to enact.
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I'll do that. Can I ask another question?
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Wise words. Thank you.
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I'll find out what happened to Riannoc. I promise you that.
Iowerth: I'm glad to see you examining the more inventive route! I assure you, you won't regret it!
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You said you had some kind of magical ritual to see the dead?
Not death, Herald--we can see the last minutes of life. Be witness to the events immediately before Riannoc's death. Think of it!
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I'm thinking. How easy is it to do?
Well, it's a bit dangerous. A lot dangerous, actually. But you can experience the events as they unfold. Isn't that exciting?
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Very. I'm in, Iowerth. Let's do the ritual.
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Exciting...but dangerous. I'll have to think about it.
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What do you think of the Order of Whisper's plan?
Asking a bunch of miscreants and bandits? Feh! You'll find yourself shivved, mark my words!
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So, you think we'll learn more about Riannoc's death with the ritual?
Not death, Herald--we can see the last minutes of life. Be witness to the events immediately before Riannoc's death. Think of it!
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I'm thinking. How easy is it to do?
Well, it's a bit dangerous. A lot dangerous, actually. But you can experience the events as they unfold. Isn't that exciting?
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Very. I'm in, Iowerth. Let's do the ritual.
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Exciting...but dangerous. I'll have to think about it.
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That's a fair point. All right, let's try your ritual.
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Let me consider my options.
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Eh...I'm not convinced. Let me think about it.
Trahearne: Ah, Riannoc. I warned you--told you not to go alone. But you did not listen. We were all so confident. So unafraid of death...
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You told him not to go?
I did. But he would not listen. He said that Mazdak was too great an evil to leave unchallanged.
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In that, I suppose he was right. How sad, that it ended up this way.

When choosing the Priory over the Order of Whispers:

Cai: Rituals and magical hooey? Well, I can't fault your sense of adventure. Good luck!
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Thanks, Cai.
Iowerth: Fabulous! I've been eager to try this ritual for two whole years, but no one was brave enou--I mean, I'll meet you near Lychcroft Mere!
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I appreciate the enthusiasm. See you there.

When choosing the Order of Whispers over the Priory:

The subtitles for Branthyn's last line say "Information-gathering", but the voiceover says "Gathering information".

Notes[edit]

The decision here is NOT the final decision for any order. It will introduce the orders in the follow up quests.

The subtitles for Branthyn's last line say "Information-gathering", but the voiceover says "Gathering information".

My story[edit]

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Overlake Haven was saved, but I saw a strange and terrible creature among the undead. No one there had ever seen anything like it. I wonder what that portends?

I returned and told the Pale Tree about the creature I saw. Trahearne believes it is a lich called Mazdak the Accursed. Mazdak was involved in the death of Firstborn Riannoc, the first sylvari to die. The Pale Tree had given Riannoc a magic sword formed from her own thorns, but with Riannoc's disappearance, the sword has never been found. The Pale Tree has asked me to recover the sword, Caladbolg, and find out what happened to Riannoc.

My story