- 1325 AE
- Personal story
- The Teachings of Ventari
- Venlin Vale
- "Act with wisdom, but act"
- Preceded by
- Mirror, Mirror
- Followed by
- A Splinter in the Flesh
Loading screen in Venlin Vale
Help Larra rescue Tegwen from the cursed Orrian mirror.
- Meet Larra in Venlin Vale.
- Destroy the Orrian undead
- Find the dimensional anchor
- Place the dimensional anchor on the mirror
Speak to Trahearne and the Pale Tree about Tegwen's rescue.
- Return to Trahearne at the Pale Tree.
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- Arborist Coat, Duty-Bound Duffers
- Evergreen Coat, Ragamuffin Toeshoes
- Snapdragon Coat, Homespun Espadrilles
Go to Larra's lab in Venlin Vale. Larra will be at her console. She will say that she will open a portal to Orr to get Tegwen back. However, she warns that once the portal is open, she will have no control over what comes through the portal.
She will operate her console, and bright blue beams will shoot out in an area in front of the console, and at the top of the stairs at the end of the lab entrance path. Then a portal will open, and a bunch of Risen will pop out. You have to fight the Risen. They appear in the area in front of Larra's console. If you want to be right in the middle of a bunch of Risen, stand there. Otherwise, don't stand there.
Then Larra will say some jibber jabber about what went wrong, and try again. This will cause another group of Risen to appear in the same place, this time including Risen Grubs. The lab's golems will fight the zombies, so if the fight is too tough, running around in circles while the golems beat up the Risen should work. Oh and don't worry about Larra, she will be completely safe inside a shield bubble for the whole fights.
Next you have to leave the lab and go to the marked location southwest of the lab to find the dimensional anchor. Carys will go with you, bringing her big hammer. Once you get outside the lab and turn left, you will notice Risen on the path. Beat them up. Unfortunately, Carys won't help you fight these Risen. When you get to where the Risen were, there is a dead golem. This is where you turn left and go up the stairs. You may as well revive the golem, because at the top of the stairs, there are more Risen. If you run back down the stairs, some Risen will probably follow you, and the golem will help you fight them. There are also more golems at the area on top of the stairs, who will fight the Risen.
Head up another set of stairs, to fight an Abomination who is fighting somebody in a Hazmat Suit. Talk to the Hazmat Suit to ask to borrow a dimensional anchor. Hazmat Suit will give you the anchor. Then you must return to Larra's lab.
When you start down the stairs, you will notice that the area at the bottom of the stairs is full of Risen again. You could either fight them with the anchor, drop the anchor and fight them normally, (remembering to pick up the anchor after), or run past them without fighting. The path outside is also full of Risen again, so you can either fight them or run past.
Larra's lab is also full of Risen, and you will have to fight them before you can place the dimensional anchor on the mirror. You could either fight them with the anchor, or drop it, and use your normal weapons. After the fight, revive any dead golems.
Go to the glowing green blob while holding the anchor and press "F" to "Anchor" it. Then Larra will turn on her portal machine again, and yet another wave of Risen will pop out of the portal and attack. The golems will help you in the fight, but Larra and Carys won't. After the fight, Tegwen pops out of the mirror and talks about how scary it was in there.
Return to the Pale Tree and talk to Trahearne.
The Omphalos Chamber
Speaking with Carys:
- Carys: We must save Tegwen. Even if it takes working with a cranky, musty, fussbudget of an asura.
- Don't worry. We'll save her.
Speaking with Larra (cinematic):
- Larra: Finally! What took you so long? Were you busy getting your hair pruned or something?
- Larra: I've had some time to study the mirror, and I've got good news and bad news.
- Larra: The good news is that I'm sure we can open the portal again.
- <Character name>: And the bad news?
- Larra: Once it's open, I have absolutely no way to control what comes through. But don't worry.
- Larra: I didn't graduate from some Statics clown college. I've got a plan! You want something done right, go with Dynamics.
- Carys: I don't care about stabbics or die-on-niffics or anything else. Tegwen's in trouble! Bring her back, or I'll shove you through that mirror after her!
- Larra: Less talk, more think, houseplant. Here's what we're going to do. I'll use a multiflux cluster to tap the mirror's matrix.
- Larra: The cluster'll lock on Tegwen's location, and then I'll use bio-block transmats to yank her back through.
- <Character name>: Yank? Is this safe? Have you ever done anything like this before?
- Larra: Aw, don't be so paranoid! Tegwen'll come back in one piece. Maybe a mushy sort of piece, but definitely whole. Let's get started and see what happens.
After the cutscene:
- Larra: Everybody ready? This'll be a breeze.
- Larra: Ready the multiflux cluster!
- Larra: Targeting the mirror. Here we go!
- Larra: Engage the aural magnetics! Let's bend the laws of physics!
- Carys: The portal's open, and it's spewing undead! We have to keep them contained!
Speaking with Larra before defeating the undead:
- Larra: Give me space! I need my full concentration for this experiment.
- Experiment? You said you've done this before. Larra? Larra!
After the first wave of undead is defeated:
- Larra: The problem there was in the power flow, not the wavelength.
- Larra: Okay, the calibrators are all on nominal. We should be good.
- Larra: Just to be sure, I'm overclocking the multiflux. Cover your ears. The fabric of reality might scream a little.
- Larra: Engage the aural magnetics! It's showtime!
After defeating the second wave of undead:
- Carys: I've never seen so many undead, not even on the beach at Annwen!
- Larra: This is a slightly...larger result than I expected.
- Larra: We need to anchor the mirror here, so it remains stable. Otherwise it'll suck us all into Orr.
- Larra: Get a dimensional anchor from the Aethervolt gate scientists, weed, and get it fast!
On the way to the Aethervolt gate scientists:
- Carys: Undead! Just like on the beach. This I can handle!
Heading up the steps:
- Hazmat Suit: Look at all the undead. Someone do something about it!
- Hazmat Suit: I'll hold the ground here. Hurry up, so I can get back to work!
Talking to the Hazmat Suit wearing asura:
- There I was, testing dimensional inconsistencies in my hazmat suit when that nonsense kicked up! Gadd's ears, can't Larra keep a stable environment?
Excuse me. May I borrow your dimensional anchor for Larra?
- Now look here, <Character name>. This is complex magic. My dimensional anchor is tuned to a specific aetheric frequency. It's not a bathtub toy!
That anchor can save my friend. I'm taking it, one way or another.
- Agh...my ears are wilting! Fine, fine, you can have it. I hope it shunts your steam!
An actual anchor? I expected something more...weird.
- I'll take that as a compliment, thank-you-very-much.
- You do that. Thanks.
I need it to stabilize an Orrian artifact. Lend it to me and I'll credit you with the results.
- Credit? Ah, you speak right into my heart. I can't say no to that! Here's the dimensional anchor.
- An actual anchor? I expected something more...weird. (same as above)
Larra was right. Your anchor simply isn't ready for a serious test...
- Larra said that, did she? Well, I'll show her! Here, take it. Prove that my work's incomparable!
- An actual anchor? I expected something more...weird. (same as above)
- Sorry to bother you.
After placing the anchor
- Larra: Maybe the overclocking wasn't such a great idea.
- Larra: Aha! There's the problem.
- Larra: I didn't set the bio-block filter for houseplant. I mean, sylvari. Uh, yeah.
- Larra: Okay, now she's humming. We'll get Tegwen. Or something. Here we go!
- Carys: She's got to be in there! Even if we have to pull every last bit of Orr thorugh, I'm not giving up!
Cinematic after the battle:
- Carys: Tegwen, are you all right? Did the dragon hurt you? I'm so glad it didn't eat you! Is anything missing? You do have all your pieces?
- Tegwen: Zhaitan didn't eat me, but that crazy magical whatchamajig almost ripped me in half! What was that?
- Larra: That vast sucking noise was the delightful sound of you owing me your life.
- Larra: I am a genius! I will now accept your thanks and deafening applause.
- <Character name>: Thank you, Larra. Tegwen's safe, and we know better than to use the mirror again.
- Tegwen: Safe...in a manner of speaking. That cursed land will haunt me the rest of my days. It held so much dispair.
- <Character name>: Try not to think about it. Stay near the Pale Tree for a while, and rest in the Grove. In time, your spirit will heal again.
- Tegwen: Thank you, Valiant. Good luck.
After the cinematic:
- Tegwen: I...I need a moment. Orr was farther gone than I ever imagined.
- Carys: You're safe now. You never have to go back to that horrible place.
- Tegwen: I'm in charge of training you, and yet you've saved me twice. I feel like I've been letting you down.
- Carys: You've never let me down, Tegwen. What you taught me saved us both. I'll stay with you until you are strong again.
Speaking with your reunited allies:
- Carys: Those undead were far worse than the ones on our beach! I'm so glad you were here, <Character name>.
- I'm glad I could help, too.
- Tegwen: Thank you. The horrors of that place are seared into my mind, but it has given me a new perspective. I must rest and consider my purpose.
- Be at ease, Tegwen.
- Larra: Some doubted me. Some ridiculed me. My mother told me to take up baking instead of dimensional naviphysics. Now...behold my genius!
Your plan worked and the experiment succeeded. What will you study next?
- Working with you frond-faces has been fun. I may take up horticulture. Perhaps we'll meet again someday.
- Under better circumstances, I hope. Take care.
- Ah...yes...you are very, very intelligent.
Approaching your allies (cinematic):
- <Character name>: Firstborn Trahearne, I have the artifact that Tegwen saw on the beach. It's a mirror that can open a portal to Orr.
- <Character name>: Tegwen was pulled through, but Carys and I brought her home again—with a little help from an asura.
- <Character name>: Orr is a horrible place. Is it truly my Wyld Hunt to fight Zhaitan? I don't know that I'll ever be strong enough.
- Trahearne: Few have the courage to look into the heart of Orr. You've already proven yourself braver than most.
- Avatar of the Tree: The dragon's corruption is a blight that sickens the heart. If we do not stop Zhaitan, the entire world will wither and die.
- <Character name>: I understand what you mean now, Mother. We cannot allow the dragons to exist, even if it costs us our lives.
- Avatar of the Tree: Know that you will not face these dangers alone, my children. For now, be proud of the things you have accomplished.
- Avatar of the Tree: Valiant, I am proud of you. Though you have seen horrors, you now understand our greatest weapon against them. Hope.
- <Character name>: Thank you, Mother Tree. I will think on this. When you need me again, I will be ready.
Speaking with your allies after the cinematic:
- Avatar of the Tree: My beloved child, <Character name>. You have done well. I am so proud of you.
You don't mind that I let the asura help?
- If we are to save this world from the dragons, then all races must learn to work together. It is a brave thing you did, and I am pleased.
- May I ask another question?
- I'm very glad, Mother Tree.
Can you tell me more about Orr and the mirror?
- It's a foul place, and the mirror is a dangerous artifact...but still, we may need it someday.
What will happen to the mirror now?
- It'll be kept safely away until the time comes when, perhaps, we'll find a way to use it against Zhaitan.
- That is good to hear. Thank you, Mother Tree.
- What will happen to the mirror now?
- Thank you, Mother. I am grateful.
- Caithe: It's good to hear that Tegwen is back, no matter how it was done. I don't trust the asura, but in this case, your gamble paid off.
- Larra was a great help, actually, despite the fact that she was annoying.
- Trahearne: The horrors of Orr, so close to the Grove... I shudder to think what might've happened without you there.
You think that was Zhaitan's plan all along?
- The Elder Dragons are too chaotic to "plan." More likely, this was done by one of its champions, who retained basic sentience.
- Horrifying. Orr is truly terrible.
- I'm very glad to have Tegwen back safely.