Lines of Communication

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Lines of Communication

1325 AE
Personal story
Rescue Researcher
Rata Sum
(Maguuma Jungle)
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura
Order of Whispers (order icon).png Order of Whispers
Preceded by
Test Subject
Field Test
Followed by
Setting the Stage

Lines of Communication is part of the personal story of asura characters. It is selected by becoming a member of the Order of Whispers in the previous mission.


Broadcast Professor Gorr's theory across Rata Sum.

  • Meet Agent Batanga and Professor Gorr in the Interdisciplinary Accessium.
  • Knock out one of the Peacemakers guarding the golem console.
  • Speak to Agent Batanga to get another dose of amnesia gas.
  • Knock out the remaining Peacemaker guard
  • Protect Batanga while she reprograms the golems.
  • Defeat Rakt.
  • Talk to Councillor Flax in the upper chambers.


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Enter the instance, and join Agent Batanga and Professor Gorr at the Inquest Recruiting Station on the lower level of Rata Sum. After a cinematic, Agent Batanga will provide you with some Amnesia Gas that can be used to disable the two Peacekeeper guards protecting the outer console.

Once the guards have been disabled, Professor Gorr will use the console to bypass the defense systems and re-program the golems to broadcast the famous message. During this process, unfortunately, two of the Veteran PM-700z Golems will be activated and will attack the player - kill or stall them until the hacking is complete. After defeating them, another cutscene will ensue, with Rakt spouting his nonsense, and incriminating the Arcane Council in the conspiracy to suppress Professor Gorr's data (to their own profit). Following this scene, Rakt attempts to follow through on his threat to kill everyone who knows.

After defeating Rakt, you need to proceed to the base of the Council chambers and confront Councillor Flax and his allies, (Councillor Ludo and Councillor Zudo) who confirm your conspiracy fears, and dismiss you as "inconsequential". This ends this story chapter.





Asura (Arcane Eye)




Speaking with Gorr:

Professor Gorr: I never imagined combining my theory with Peacemaker machinery and pure chicanery. I can't even begin to calculate the outcome!
Talk end option tango.png Just stick close and watch. You'll see exactly how it turns out.


Agent Batanga: Ready to enter the world of epic espionage? Ready to outintrigue a master spy like Rakt? It all starts here at the Peacemaker headquarters.
Professor Gorr: I'm ready. I may not be a covert operative like you, but if you can get me inside, I can reprogram Rata Sum's golems to transmit my message.
Agent Batanga: That's the spirit. First we need to neutralize the guards and secure the area. And for Professor Gorr's sake, let's do so swiftly and suavely.
<Character name>: I can do suave. Just go easy on the clever jokes, all right? Groaning in disgust tends to impede my natural grace.
Agent Batanga: You wound me! I'll have you know, wordplay of that caliber takes an enormous amount of work.
<Character name>: Then you should take a sabbatical. Right now, I'm only interested in repurposing those golems.
Zojja: The Savant's right. Rakt will be here as soon as he figures out what's going on. We need to move, and move quickly.

Speaking with Batanga:

Agent Batanga: Remember: Our objective is the golem master control panel. We aren't mass murderers, though, so use this amnesia gas to knock out the guards.
Talk quest option tango.png I need more amnesia gas.
Sorry, I'm only authorized to give out one dose per agent. Come back once you've used it. (if already with amnesia gas)
Talk quest option tango.png Ok.
Talk more option tango.png Amnesia gas?
Yes, it was derived from some stolen Inquest chemical weapons. It's been rendered harmless, but it will knock out the target, and wipe their short term memory.
Talk more option tango.png Sounds very useful, why haven't I heard of it?
It's very expensive, and difficult to make. That's why I'm only authorized to provide you with a single does[sic] at a time.
Talk end option tango.png I'll be careful with it.
Talk end option tango.png Interesting. Thanks.
Talk end option tango.png Count on me.

On the way to the console:

Krewe Researcher: Don't usually see so many Arcane Eye agents around. It's making me nervous.
Krewe Researcher: Shhh! They'll hear you. Better nervous than in a cell with electrodes wired to your ears.

While Professor Gorr reprograms the golems:

Agent Batanga: These tools should help avoid unneeded casualties.
Agent Batanga: Look sharp. No telling what defenses these golems have. Gorr, you're with me.
Agent Batanga: Their defenses are more robust than I expected. Watch my back while I work.
Agent Batanga: Nice work. We're nearly there.
Agent Batanga: Watch it! Here comes another one.
Agent Batanga: We're on the air. Nothing can stop the signal now!
PM-700z: Professor—Gorr—would—like—to—inform—you—that—dragons—consume—magic. Thank—you.
Rakt: Halt! Nobody move.

Speaking with Batanga:

Agent Batanga: Keep the security forces at bay so I can concentrate on this control panel.
Talk end option tango.png You got it.

Speaking with Gorr:

Professor Gorr: This is decidedly more violent than I anticipated. In fact, I've never conducted an experiment with so much...hitting.
Talk end option tango.png Consider it a new type of research and development.

Cinematic confronting Rakt:

Rakt: Stop right there. How did you dissidents bypass my security measures?
Agent Batanga: That's a trade secret, flatfoot. Though if you must know, we walked in. Then we walked all over your scheme to suppress Gorr's theory.
Rakt: No matter. When I'm done, your "revelation" will be dismissed as just more gossip. Oh, and by the way: you'll all be dead.
Agent Batanga: Now you're just being obvious. I used to respect the Arcane Eye as a worthy adversary in intrigue, but this is downright vulgar.
<Character name>: You lost, Rakt. Even if you could kill us, what's the point? Oh, and by the way: you can't.
Rakt: The point is I have clear orders and a job to do. Oh, and I'm very, very good at my job. One way or another, this ends now.

Cinematic after defeating Rakt:

Professor Gorr: Victory! My theory is broadcasting to everyone in the vicinity, and the villainous Rakt received his comeuppance. Once again, you have my thanks.
<Character name>: We haven't won yet, Professor. The Arcane Council needs to know what Rakt was doing in their name.
Agent Batanga: Agreed. Although, I have the sneaking suspicion some of them already know. We'll see if I'm right.
Zojja: The Councillors are in their chambers on the top floor of the city. Let's go inform them of what their favorite secret policeman was up to.

Speaking with Batanga:

Agent Batanga: So much for Agent Rakt. I guess that proves who Tyria's premiere spymasters are. Now then, let's see what the council says about their rogue agent.
Talk end option tango.png Agreed.

Speaking with Gorr:

Professor Gorr: I'm not a vengeful person, but I must admit that I'll sleep a lot better without that reprobate Rakt around. He got exactly what he deserved. I just wish he'd gotten it sooner.
Talk end option tango.png We dealt with Rakt. Now we deal with his handlers.

Repeated over and over by the golems:

PM-700z: Professor—Gorr—would—like—to—inform—you—that—dragons—consume—magic. Thank—you.
PM-700z: Professor—Gorr—says, "Elder—Dragons—eat—magic—until—there's—none—left." Tell—your—friends.
PM-700z: Your—attention—please: The—dragons—are—drawn—to—and—consume—powerful—magic. Plan—accordingly.
PM-700z: The—Arcane—Eye—is—suppressing—the—truth. The—dragons—consume—magic—until—all—available—magic—is—gone.

Cinematic with the Arcane Council:

Professor Gorr: Here. You see, Councillor Flax? Everything I said is true! The Arcane Eye have been trying to suppress my theory that the dragons are eating magic.
Professor Gorr: My correct theory, I might add. We now have proof that the dragons do consume magic.
Councillor Flax: We know, Professor. We've always known. Preparations are being made to exploit your "discovery" for Rata Sum's benefit even as we speak.
<Character name>: Then Rakt was working for you all along. You used the Arcane Eye to get Gorr out of the way so you could stifle the truth.
Zojja: You won't get away with this. We'll tell the world. We'll distribute Gorr's research. We'll—
Councillor Flax: You'll make a lot of shrill noise, as always. And as always, no one will listen or care. You're wasting the Council's time. This audience is over.

Speaking with Flax:

Councillor Flax: Your alacrity is inspiring, but you really must leave governing to those equipped to handle it. The council will decide what's best for Rata Sum.
Dignity What about the rest of Tyria?
Don't be absurd. The world's best and only hope is for us to start running it. When Rata Sum defeats the dragons, Tyria will fall to its knees and beg us to rule it.
Talk end option tango.png You have no idea how wrong you are.
Ferocity Spoken like a truly corrupt, out-of-touch has-been.
I am entirely unaccustomed to being spoken to in such a manner. Mind your manners, or I'll have you sent to the dredge mines to dig out ore with a rusty spoon.
Talk end option tango.png Sorry, old man. I reserve the right to call a fool a fool.
Talk end option tango.png Decide all you like. The Order of Whispers has other plans.

Speaking with Batanga:

Agent Batanga: Our short but very sweet partnership has come to an end. I'll make sure Gorr remains safe. Good luck in Lion's Arch, and again, welcome to the only order that matters.
Talk more option tango.png What can I expect in Lion's Arch?
Well, I haven't been fully briefed on what they have planned for you, but you know the basics: mercantile city, survived the rising of Orr, melting pot for all races. You'll be fine.
Talk end option tango.png With detailed advice like that, how can I go wrong?
Talk end option tango.png Thanks.

Speaking with Gorr:

Professor Gorr: I can't say I'm surprised by the council's position, but I am extremely disappointed. Can't they see how much we all stand to lose by suppressing the truth? How can they be so short-sighted?
Talk end option tango.png It's called "blind ambition" for a reason.

My story[edit]

Lines of Communication.jpg

For my first duty as an Order of Whispers initiate, I helped Agent Batanga reprogram Rata Sum's Peacemaker golems to broadcast Gorr's theory far and wide. Rakt tried to kill us, but we dealt with him...only to have Councillor Flax of the Arcane Council admit that the council knew Gorr's theory was true all along and had been stifling the information until they figured out a way to exploit it. Zojja told me she was heading for Lion's Arch to meet up with an old friend, and since my new Order of Whispers mentor is also waiting in Lion's Arch, I told her I'd look for her there.

My story


If you are doing this story in a party and a party member knocks out one or both Peacemaker guards, the story will not advance to the next objective and you'll have to exit and restart the instance. The same thing will happen if you kill one or both Peacemaker guards; the two krewe members at the start of the instance however can be killed with no impact on the mission.