Twilight Arbor (explorable)

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Faolain has fled the Twilight Arbor, but the evil that infects this region remains. In her wake, other forces have now flooded in to take advantage of her foul magics to their own ends.

— In-game description

While Faolain has been defeated and driven out of Twilight Arbor, others of the Nightmare Court seek to move into her domain and take over. Her former allies and lieutenants conspire and compete to seize her old domain, and control the secrets she left behind.

Level requirements: Nightmare Court paths: 55, Aetherblade path: 80

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Your Herald

An ongoing nightmare


I've heard that Faolain has been driven from the Twilight Arbor, but that in her absence three Nightmare Court supporters have stormed the forest, seeking to gain control of a secret lying somewhere among the trees.

I have no idea what this secret might be, but it appears to be worth killing over. I'm getting reports that terrified sylvari are streaming out of the arbor with stories of bloodshed and horror. There's a handful of sylvari who are caring for the refugees dislodged by the Nightmare Court invasion, but someting more must be done.

I've already volunteered your assistance, so go and be a hero and end this brutality.

—Safe travels,
Your Herald


Objectives[edit]

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    Explore Twilight Arbor and find out what is transpiring.
    • Speak with Caithe.

Nightmare Court[edit]

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    Explore Twilight Arbor and find out what is transpiring.
    • Talk to Morrigu about the Nightmare Court.
    • Speak with Morrigu.
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    Explore Twilight Arbor and stop the Nightmare Court.
    • Find the missing valiants.
    • Defeat the Nightmare vines.
    • Nightmare Vines killed: x/6
    • Greater Nightmare Vine
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Leurent's Path (up)
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    Explore Twilight Arbor and stop the Nightmare Court.
    • Kill Malrona
    • Malrona
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    • Kill the Countess of Spiders
    • Fyonna
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    Locate the Nightmare Tree.
    • Find the Nightmare Tree.
    • Destroy the Nightmare Tree and Leurent.
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    Congratulations! The arbor is safe.
Vevina's Path (forward)
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    Explore Twilight Arbor and stop the Nightmare Court.
    • Defeat the ambushers.
    • Nightmare Ambushers killed: x/6
    • Find the missing valiants.
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    Explore Twilight Arbor and stop the Nightmare Court.
    • Defeat Luerent's elite guard.
    • Elite Guards killed: x/4
    • Slay the Count of Blood.
    • Leurent
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    Locate the Nightmare Tree.
    • Destroy the Nightmare Tree and Vevina.
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    Congratulations! The arbor is safe.

Aetherblades[edit]

Aetherpath
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    Explore Twilight Arbor and find out what is transpiring.
    • Press on further into the arbor.
    • Press through the razed forest.
    • Defeat Slick and Sparki.
    • Proceed through Scarlet's factory.
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    • Proceed through Scarlet's factory.
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      • Holopirate Generator
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    • Proceed through Scarlet's factory.
      • Defeat Aetherblade Foreman Spur
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    • Proceed through Scarlet's factory.
    • Rendezvous with Caithe in the security room.
    • Shut down Scarlet's security system.
    • Reach the power generator.
    • Shut down Scarlet's security system.
      • Generators Remaining: x/8
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    Optional: Complete the additional Lionguard objectives.
    • Accompany Caithe to Scarlet's inner sanctum.
    • Stop the Aetherblade officer from escaping the facility.
    • Use EMP grenades on the Aetherblade airships.
    • Locate and open the five hidden Aether Chests.
    • Time limit: x/10:00

Rewards[edit]

Lionguard objectives

Unique Loot[edit]

Walkthrough[edit]

Twilight Arbor's explorable mode works differently than those of other dungeons. Players are given the choice of stopping either the Aetherblades, which leads to the level 80 Aetherpath, or the Nightmare Court, which splits into two different level 55 paths; Leurent's Path, or Vevina's Path. If you selected the Nightmare Court option, you'll be given another choice later on, this time between whether you should continue 'up' or 'forward'. If your party chose 'up', you'll take Leurent's Path; if your party chose 'forward', you'll take Vevina's.

General Tips
  • Volatile Blossoms are the most annoying mechanism in this dungeon. It's important for players to know how to deal with blossoms and remain alert in areas that contain them.
    • Guardians using a staff can clear out blossoms easier than most other classes by just continuously spamming Wave of Wrath, which is capable of instantly destroying up to 5 blossoms at a time in a wide radius with no cooldown.
    • If you're having trouble spotting blossoms, holding down the 'Show Enemy Names' key (Left Ctrl by default) will reveal their health bars.
    • Killing a blossom will rally a downed player, so if you're about to go down try to quickly find a blossom that you'll be able to kill.
    • Blossoms respawn rather quickly after they've been killed, but always spawn in the same locations.
    • Generally try to avoid fighting enemies in areas with a high concentration of blossoms, especially if they can knockdown, knockback, or fear. If you can't avoid a situation like this, keep in mind where blossoms spawn and attempt to find a safe zone for your party.
    • Parties should generally avoid running through fields of blossoms without destroying them first. While the player who activates the blossoms may be able to out-run their poisonous clouds, those following suit will be forced to take the brunt of the blossoms' damage. Luckily, most of these passages are free of difficult enemies, so spamming the 'Next Enemy' key (Tab by default) and a ranged auto-attack is enough to clear a path.
    • If you accidentally trigger a blossom during a fight, don't panic; blindly dodging will usually just make you run into more blossoms.
All Paths
  • The beginning of the dungeon is common to all paths. Start by talking to Caithe and choosing which enemies you want to deal with; the Aetherblades or the Nightmare Court.

Nightmare Court[edit]

  • If players chose to deal with Nightmare Court, start by talking to Morrigu and continue into Reception Hall.
  • Skills that help deal with melee enemies are very helpful as they deal quite a lot of damage. Many foes also have knockdowns that can be combo'd to quickly down a player or disable an entire group that's standing too close together. Stun breaks, blind, immobilized, control effects, invulnerability, blocks, and evades are highly recommended.
  • Leurent's Path and Vevina's Path converge at the end where players must defeat the Nightmare Tree, though the encounter differs slightly. The boss is immobile, immune to condition damage (from bleeding, poison, and burning), and has a large health pool. Its attacks are mostly auxiliary, but the strategy differs for each of the two paths. In general, direct (non-condition) damage and 1200+ range attacks are preferred.
Prelude
  • Your first fight will be against four nightmare hounds. Don't be fooled by the fact that this is the opening of the dungeon; these hounds can easily wipe an unprepared party with their liberal use of knockdowns, snares, and their rather high damage potential.
  • Past the hounds is a single nightmare husk, behind which are three more husks. You may choose to fight them or simply run past them. Either way, be wary of their ability to knockdown/knockback.
Boss
Champion Nightmare Vine
  • Past the husks will be a large room filled with blossoms. Once you enter nightmare vines will begin to spawn. Each kill you make spawns the next vine(s), and killing the 5th vine spawns the champion. At 75% and 50% health the champion vine spawns smaller vines, choose whether to focus down the boss or eliminate adds.
  • Currently there is a bug with the vines' AI that causes them to idle if ranged attackers stand on certain spots on the hill in the northwest portion of the room. It is especially useful dealing the champion vine after it has spawned smaller vines.
  • After killing the champion vine the smaller vines will disappear and a chest will spawn. At this point the party gets to choose the branch.

Leurent's Path (up)[edit]

See: Leurent's Path (Twilight Arbor)

Vevina's Path (forward)[edit]

See: Vevina's Path (Twilight Arbor)


Aetherblades[edit]

  • If your party decides to go after the Aetherblades, you'll continue directly to the Aetherpath rather than pass through the Reception Hall.
  • Aetherblade pirates are not encountered until after parties have made it through the Ooze Font. Players must first fight their way through volatile blossoms, hounds, spiders, husks, and wurms.

Aetherpath[edit]

See: Aetherpath (Twilight Arbor)

NPCs[edit]

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Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Objects[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Talking to Lionguard Turma[edit]

Good, you got my message. The Aetherblades are up to something in there, and I need to stop it.
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Why are you after the Aetherblades?
They killed Councillor Ashford and terrorized everyone in Lion's Arch during Dragon Bash. I will not let these poltroons have another free shot at my city.
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I'm with you. What can I do?
My troops are exellent face to face, but they aren't the Order of Whispers. I need a team to sneak inside and disable the security so my people can enter.
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I'm your team. What's next?
Talk to Caithe. She wants to access the base too, but for her own reasons. Maybe you two can help each other out, while opening the doors for the Lionguard.
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Why are you after the Aetherblades? (same as above)
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Got it.
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I'll pass.
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Good luck.
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What's my part? (same as "I'm with you. What can I do?")
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Another time.

Talking to Caithe[edit]

So many weeds for such small dirt patch. Scarlet's Aetherblades are massing beyond here, and the Nightmare Court is chasing a dark legacy nearby. Which do you want to stop?
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Tell me about the Aetherblade situation.
Scarlet's sky pirates carved out a space in this arbor for some nefarious purpose. The Lionguard is here to stop them, but they need help.
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I have more questions.
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Who's Scarlet?
She is chaos walking, bent on disrupting the world for her twisted enjoyment. She made a point of provoking me with my own secrets, so I'm here to find out how she knows what she knows.
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I have another question.
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What are the Aetherblades doing here? (same as "Tell me about the Aetherblade situation.")
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Good-bye.
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What are the Aetherblades doing here? (same as above)
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Good-bye.
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What's the Nightmare Court up to?
When we drove Faolain out of the arbor, she left behind a new horror: a Nightmare Tree. Some of her followers now seek it. Fortunately, a noble sylvari named Morrigu is standing by to stop them.
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Wait, I need to know something else.
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Who is Faolain?
She's a sylvari firstborn, like me. We were very close...until she fell into Nightmare. Now she seeks to corrupt the Dream as the Grand Duchess of the Nightmare Court.
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I have more questions.
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What's a Nightmare Tree?
A twisted mockery of our Pale Mother. It promises anyone who possesses it a way to manifest their darkest desires. It's waiting in the forest for it's new master to come claim the prize.
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I have more questions.
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Who's Faolain? (same as above)
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Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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What's a Nightmare Tree? (same as above)
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That's enough for now.
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I know who I'm going to stop.
Will you aid the Lionguard in their assault against the Aetherblades, or help Morrigu stop the Nightmare Court?
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I'll take down the Aetherblades. (Level 80)
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The Nightmare Court must be stopped. (Level 55)
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I'm still deciding.
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I need to think about this.

Talking to Morrigu[edit]

Initial dialogue
Strange. You don't appear to be a refugee. Have you come to assist me in my fight against the Nightmare Court?
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Your fight is my fight. Let's go. (if "The Nightmare Court must be stopped. (Level 55)" was chosen)
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Morrigu, don't you recognize me? I aided your forces at Caer Verdant. (if done Shield of the Moon storyline)
<player name>! Forgive me. That nasty business with Renvari seems so long ago. I'm grateful to see you again. I only wish it was under better circumstances.
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What happened?
It started with Leurent, the man I used to love. I followed his trail of blood and bodies here only to learn he was part of a Nightmare Court race to locate a dark, powerful tree.
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Tell me about all the Nightmare Court members here.
There are three: the mad Fyonna, the vain Vevina, and the blood-crazed Leurent. Each of them seek the Nightmare Tree. They cannot be allowed to find it.
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Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.
Before Faolain was driven out, she was growing a dark tree, one that will amplify the darkest desires of the tree's owner. Now, three Nightmare courtiers vie to control it.
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Tell me more about the courtiers. (same as "Tell me about all the Nightmare Court members here.")
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Wait. I want to know about something else.
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Good-bye.
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Tell me more about Fyonna.
She..she's madness. I heard about her when she stole human children, waiting to claim them as her own. I joined a search party to find them. We only found bodies.
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What about Fyonna?
One survivor told us she started adopting spiders, swallowing eggs and letting them hatch inside her. She...she called them her children. And she had an army of them at her side.
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How did she end up here?
There were rumors she had come seeking sanctuary from Duchess Faolain after Fyonna stole those children. She must have heard about the Nightmare Tree from Faolain herself.
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What will happen if she gets the tree?
If I had to enter that mad chamber that's her head, I'd say she'd summon every spider in the world and control them as they entangle and devour Tyria.
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Wait. I want to know about something else.
There's little time to spare, but if you are going to fight the Nightmare Court, you have right to know everything.
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Tell me about the Nightmare Court members here. (same as "Tell me about all the Nightmare Court members here.")
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Tell me about the Nightmare Tree. (same as "Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.")
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Tell me about the refugees here. (same as "You mentioned refugees earlier." below)
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Good-bye.
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Tell me more about Vevina.
I remember her, that vain weed. She once lived in the Grove, where she delighted in twisting people to her will. In time, she demanded obedience from the Blessed Mother herself.
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What happened?
The Blessed Mother humiliated Vevina in front of her followers. They drifted away from Vevina, which must have been a fate worse than death.
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How did she end up here?
She left the Grove, cursing us. I heard she joined the Nightmare Court, seeking new charms to enslave followers. No matter how many she had, she'd crave more.
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What will happen if Vevina gets the tree?
She'd use the tree to make everyone bend to her will, praising her until we die. We will all end up as her slaves.
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I need to know about something else.
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Good-bye.
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Tell me more about Leurent.
He was a good man once. A lover, an adventurer, even a hero. Now he craves only bloodshed and war.
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What happened?
It was his Wyld Hunt. He was called to save a village from Zhaitan's undead horde. When I heard that the village fell, I mourned Leurent.
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But he didn't die.
He returned, darker and different. He blamed me for his failure, saying his love for me weakened him. He left, pledging to bend the world to his order by use of force.
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What will happen if he gets the tree?
With the tree's power, he'll march his armies across Tyria, murdering all of his enemies. And we are all his enemy.
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I want to ask about something else.
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Sounds dangerous. Good-bye.
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That's all I need to know.
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Tell me about this tree. (same as "Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.")
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I want to know more about Leurent. (same as "I want to know more about Leurent.")
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You mentioned refugees earlier.
These poor souls used to live in the arbor, but Nightmare Court members invaded and drove them out. A pair of valiants and I are trying to undo their violence.
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Tell me more about the valiants.
They were called here for a Wyld hunt, Seeking to stop the Nightmare Court. i joined them when I heard rumors of Leurent seeking a powerful weapon for his arsenal.
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What's the weapon? (same as "Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.")
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I take it you know this Leurent. (same as "I want to know more about Leurent.")
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Wait. I want to know about something else.
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Another time.
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What's this about the Nightmare Court? (same as "Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.")
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Good-bye.
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Good-bye.
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Another time, then.
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What's the Nightmare Court doing here? (same as "Tell me more about the Nightmare Tree.")
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Refugees? What happened here? (same as "You mentioned refugees earlier.")
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Just passing through.


After defeating Nightmare Vines
"Another set of doors. This brave valiant left us one explosive. Which door should I open?"
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Let's keep moving forward.
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Let's go up.

Ambient Scenes[edit]

Repeating at Reception Hall:

Refugee: "I can still feel it. I never knew so much pain could be inflicted."
Refugee: "I can still hear the voices in my head. All that whispering, like tiny teeth eating me from the inside out."
Refugee: "You are safe now. You'll never be in one of those conversion pods again."
Sylvari Warden: "I caution you against departing again too soon."
Refugee: "Why? Will my nightmares hurt the Pale Tree?"
Sylvari Warden: "Not as such. Those experiences are already a part of the dream, but you've been through a terrible ordeal."
Sylvari Warden: "Take some time to recuperate, and regain your strength before facing the outside world again."
Refugee: "Have you seen Salonna? She was behind me, but we were separated."
Refugee: "The scouts found...some of her. They believe the hounds got to her."

Event Scenes[edit]

Before selecting the path:

Lionguard Turma: "I'm sorry, but my orders are clear: the Lionguard is here to crush Scarlet's minions and derail their plans."
Lionguard Turma: "The Nighmare Court holds part of this facility, but they're not our problem. Our objective is the Aetherblades."
Lionguard Turma: "We've got a large strike force standing by, but this security system is damn near impenetrable."
Lionguard Turma: "I need volunteers to go in and shut down the power so the full Lionguard continent can storm the facility. Interested?"
Caithe: "Possibly. I have personal business here that takes precedence, but if I can help you achieve your goals, I will."

Nightmare Court[edit]

Caithe: "Good luck against the Nightmare Court. They have it in for me specifically, so it's best that you go without me."

Upon meeting Morrigu (cinematic):

Morrigu: "Before she was driven away, Duchess Faolain of the Nightmare Court nurtured a terrible tree into existence."
Morrigu: "Whomever possesses it will have their darkest desires granted. As I speak, three Nightmare Courtiers are seeking it out."
Morrigu: "Leurent, the Count of Blood, will use the Nightmare Tree to wage war on all of Tyria."
Morrigu: "Vevina, the Countess of Obedience, will use the tree to force us all to worship her without choice or question."
Morrigu: "And Fyonna, the Countess of Spiders...it's too horrible of to even speak of her schemes. She must be stopped."
Morrigu: "Two valiants are already battling those courtiers, but we need more to defeat them."

Upon approaching the first Volatile Blossoms:

Morrigu: "Be careful. Those volatile blossoms are dangerous."

Upon engaging Nightmare Vines:

Morrigu: "Foul and hungry vines! Prune them back!"

When Greater Nightmare Vine spawns:

Morrigu: "Look out!"

Upon defeating Nightmare Vines:

Morrigu: "Oh, the horror. They've butchered him."
Morrigu: "I promise you: your death will not be in vain."
Morrigu: "There are two paths. Which one shall I open?" (opens dialogue window)

Note[edit]

The two versions of Darkened Vine can be found in this dungeon.

Trivia[edit]