Mechanist Ninn

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Mechanist Ninn is an asura who is working to build a device that can track the portals that Palawa Joko's Awakened forces are using to invade Tyria. He is seen defending various locations in Metrica Province from Awakened attackers alongside deployed Veteran Classic Golems in 1330 AE.

Locations[edit]

Ninn will only appear in the home instance of characters who have completed their first Awakened invasion and received a mail from him.

Ascalon
Kryta
Maguuma Jungle
Shiverpeak Mountains

Story involvement[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Event involvement[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

See also: Defeat the invading Awakened#Dialogue
In home instance
<Character specialization/profession> <Character name>, it's an honor to meet you. Let me be brief: I have a design to detect and forecast the portal attacks, but I need more raw material to construct it. (first conversation)
To complete a working prototype, I'll need 50 mithril ingots, 3 charged quartz crystals, a resonance tuner, an etheric tank, and a gate alchemeter.
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I have everything you need. (with all the materials)
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I've got everything—here you go. (with all the materials, alternative)
Excellent, I knew you'd be able to handle it quickly. Now it's my turn—I'll have this assembled and calibrated within a day.
Dignity
I know my way around machinery. Let me help. (If character is an Engineer, asura, or charr with an Iron Legion background)[verification requested]
Oh? Oh! Of course, let me show you the design. The premise is to use the resonance tuner to...
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(Listen carefully to Ninn's plan.)
I'll start the alchemeter sequencing go ahead and start slotting the other components into the chassis...
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(Continue working on Ninn's design.)
Connect the dampening wires, check for ether routing... Are you seeing a reaction on the tuner?
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Just a finishing touch here, and...
Work's complete! I've sent the plans to the Peacemakers for mass production. The original is all yours.
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Good job. This is going to save lives.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as below)
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I'll get out of your way and check back later.
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Start work immediately, then. I'll get you what you need.
To complete a working prototype, I'll need 50 mithril ingots, 3 charged quartz crystals, a resonance tuner, an etheric tank, and a gate alchemeter.
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Where can I find those?
What are you looking for information on?
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Mithril ingots.
Mithril is an abundant metal, though most common outside of civilized areas. Many crafters can refine it into bars.
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Noted. I had another item I was wondering about... (returns to "What are you looking for information on?")
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Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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Charged quartz crystals.
Quartz crystal itself is an uncommon material once only available from the Zephyrites. Now it's traded in many markets. Once you have a lot of it, it can be charged at any magically dense location.
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Noted. I had another item I was wondering about... (returns to "What are you looking for information on?")
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Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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A resonance tuner.
Ulta Metamagicals in Brisban Wildlands was running a series of portal experiments. They should have several backups. Talk to Coordinator Glaxx.
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Noted. I had another item I was wondering about... (returns to "What are you looking for information on?")
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Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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An etheric tank.
Portalist Danka at Valance Tutory in Timberline Falls runs a shop selling excess experimental devices. It'll probably come at a cost, but she should have one.
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Noted. I had another item I was wondering about... (returns to "What are you looking for information on?")
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Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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A gate alchemeter.
It's an older part. Visit Gate Operator Stebben in Ebonhawke. They use similar devices there. Just don't tell him I sent you.
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Noted. I had another item I was wondering about... (returns to "What are you looking for information on?")
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Thanks. I'll see what I can do.
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I should be ready now.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as below)
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I'm on it.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you.
Umm, sure. What did you need to know?
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I destroyed the Inquest's portal hub. How are the Awakened still attacking? (if completed Daybreak story)
The Inquest's devices are like a series-3 thermal sink: you need a backup for when the first one detonates. The attacks did cease for a while though. You must have hampered them significantly.
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Interesting. I had another question. (returns to "Umm, sure. What did you need to know?")
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I'm going to break as many of their toys as it takes.
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These portals seem new. How do they work?
Well, long-range variable-exit portals aren't entirely new. The tech has existed for a few hundred years, but there were documented issues keeping it out of common use.
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What sorts of issues?
Transporting anything organic has a high rate of grisly accidents without at least an endpoint beacon. The higher the distance, the worse those issues become.
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I haven't seen beacons or "accidents" with these portals.
Yes, they seem to have made a breakthrough. Maybe Awakened physiology plays a role, but that's challenged by reports of living beings traversing the portals.
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Interesting. I had another question. (returns to "Umm, sure. What did you need to know?")
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Let's worry about that later and deal with the attacks for now.
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That sounds unpleasant. Let's not talk about that now.
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This is sounding academic. Let's move on.
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How do you know so much about the portals?
My domain of expertise is post-surface_era
[sic]
technology. Did you know that variable-exit portals were developed to deploy golems in the fight against the destroyers?
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Why isn't it more widespread if it's that old? (same as "What sorts of issues?")
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Thanks for the history lesson.
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I saw portals a lot like the Awakeneds' being used for a festival. Explain. (during Super Adventure Festival 2018)
I heard the Arcane Council has a renewed interest in quick-setup portals. The ones you've seen require an on-site beacon and specialist during setup, and are safe to use.
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Interesting. I had another question. (returns to "Umm, sure. What did you need to know?")
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Thanks, that's comforting to hear.
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Tell me about yourself.
Well, I'm with the Peacemakers who guard Rata Sum and the surrounding regions. I work on golem deployment, mostly.
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Right, I saw you in the field with older type golems.
Don't underestimate the early-series golems. When our forebears moved to the surface, it was those golems that held off the destroyers and built our cities.
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Interesting. I had another question.
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I'm surprised golems that old are still in service.
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What college did you attend? (asura only)
College of Statics, of course. I'd rather work with the golems than try to find loopholes in the laws of physics.
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Always good to meet a fellow Statics member. Your work's appreciated. (If a member of the College of Statics)
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Hmm, I suspected that. (if a member of the College of Dynamics or the College of Synergetics)
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Interesting. I had another question.
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Good to know, thanks.
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Never mind.
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I don't have time to run your errands.
After turning in materials, before the following reset
Excellent. I knew you'd be able to handle it quickly. Now it's my turn—I'll have this assembled and calibrated within a day.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as above)
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I'll get out of your way and check back later.
After obtaining the Phasic Distortion Reader
Thank you for your aid again, <character profession> <Character name>. The Peacemakers will keep holding the line until this crisis is over.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as above)
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I'll help where I can. And soon, I'm going to cut this off at the source.
After completing Reawakening Threat
<Character profession> <Character name>, have you noticed any unusual reading on the detection device? The Arcane Council has documented the destruction of the Awakened's portal system.
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Then the portal attacks have stopped, right?
Frequency of incursions has decreased dramatically, but some regions sill register activity and there are scattered reports of abnormal Awakened.
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How can they still be using the portals?
For a variable-point exit, the destruction of the entrance could cause any number of...malfunctions. A substantially deviated exit point would be likely—have you seen Awakened in new locations?
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Somewhere they didn't attack before? I could keep an eye on the detector.
If you find such a location, search it for any signs of useful debris—a collapsing portal would invert surrounding matter through to its exit.
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Got it. I'll investigate and get back to you.
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If they're not attacking cities, let them fight the wildlife all they want.
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I can live with "problem mostly solved."
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Not really.
Subsequent dialogue after completing Reawakening Threat
Well met, <Character profession> <Character name>. Were you able to locate any items of interest?
(if Salvaged Device Wreckage is in character's inventory)
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I found Inquest wreckage in Southsun Cove. Here's a piece of it. (continues with "This came from Southsun Cove?..." from below)
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Remind me what I'm looking for.
In its violent collapse, the portal system used by the Awakened must have left debris in a new location. That may be the key to understanding the rarely reoccurring attacks.
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Got it. I'll look for a new invasion area and ask around.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as above)
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Not yet, I'll keep searching.
After returning the Salvaged Device Wreckage
This came from Southsun Cove? I will begin a scan immediately to compare against the data gathered by the portal detector—I should have an initial analysis ready by tomorrow.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as above)
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Good, I'll check back then.
After unlocking the Datapad
Oh, <Character profession> <Character name>. My report's on the table over there. Thanks to you, the Peacemakers can relegate this particular crisis to the documentation holos.
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Can you give me the simplified version?
Of course. Essentially, the Awakened forces caught in the portal destruction were destroyed but "finish" their arrival repeatedly, similar to fractal copies of themselves.
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So they'll show up forever?
Eventually the anomaly will stop and they'll be gone for good. The thread is effectively over already though. These remnants can't coordinate or surprise us.
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That's good to hear. Thanks for the explanation.
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That's still over my head.
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I have some questions I'd like to ask you. (same as above)
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Let's hope it stays historical.

Quotes[edit]

Greetings
Do you require my assistance?
Always be loyal to your krewe.

Mail[edit]

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Peacemaker Ninn

Awakened Invasions


I'm sure you're aware of the recent Awakened attacks near large cities in Tyria. I have a plan to track their portal aperture positions to allow Peacemakers to intercept them more easily, but I need assistance. Please meet me at your home at your earliest convenience.

—Peacemaker Ninn

Related achievements[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Although the character receives mail from "Peacemaker Ninn," he's otherwise referred to as Mechanist Ninn.
  • The progress of the story and the related dialogs are character bound. Even if you have finished everything with one character, Ninn wants to start creating a Phasic Distortion Reader, when you talk to him with another character.