Sparking the Flame (Prologue)
Sparking the Flame (Prologue)
- 1330 AE
- Path of Fire
- Sparking the Flame (Prologue)
- Captain Kiel's Office
- Read the mail from Captain Ellen Kiel.
- Read the letter "Crisis in the Desert" from Captain Ellen Kiel.
- Head to Lion's Arch to speak with Captain Ellen Kiel.
- Head to Kiel's office.
- Speak to Captain Ellen Kiel.
- Walk with Captain Ellen Kiel.
Simply listen to Captain Ellen Kiel's introduction, all other dialogues are optional.
Upon activating the story:
- Speaking with Captain Ellen Kiel
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Oh, good. You made it.
- <Character Name>: Happy to lend a hand to fight the blaze.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: I think I speak for all of the Captain's Council when I say we're beyond grateful to have a group of folks like you on our side.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: We can ship out once the rest of Dragon's Watch gets here.
- <Character Name>: Uh... It's... It'll just be me.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Oh. One person. Against a god of war...
- Captain Ellen Kiel: I'm sure it'll...be fine.
- <Character Name>: Taimi and I faced Balthazar before, but he slipped through our fingers. It won't happen again.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Taimi... She the short one? I hear she has quite the superiority complex.
- If any race other than asura:
- Captain Ellen Kiel: (laugh) Funny to have a teeny-tiny body with such a massive ego, huh?
- Captain Ellen Kiel: What is it? Why do you have that look on your face?
- Taimi: I'm sure the commander is silently trying to warn you that the little narcissist might be listening.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Uh...
- <Character Name>: It's technology; a remote communicator.
- Taimi: Yep! I'm always with the commander. Although...the Crystal Desert is farther away than we've ever tested this thing.
- Taimi: I might not be able to stay in constant contact with you.
- <Character Name>: What a disappointment!
- Taimi: Look at that—you broke Scruffy's sarcasm meters. Anyway, I'll get to work on solving that problem so we'll never be apart again! 'Bye!
- Captain Ellen Kiel: That's...
- <Character Name>: Pretty typical.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Well...a battalion of my best is ready to go. Talk to First Mate Fidus, and he'll get you situated.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: I'm lending you my personal airship to get to Amnoon. (sigh) Keep it in one piece. Heard you don't have the best track record with 'em.
- <Character Name>: Hm. No promises.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Might be smarter to get it insured...
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Best of luck, Commander. It's a powder keg over there, and that maniac has already lit the fuse.
- Captain Ellen Kiel speaking with her assistant
- Kiel's Assistant: Aye, cap'n!
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Now, let's talk shipping details.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: I need a status report on those supplies.
- Kiel's Assistant: They're on the way. I had to reroute a few shipments, though. The original recipients are already complaining.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: That's council business—leave it to me. The refugees need food and medicine now. Sorting out who gets paid can wait.
- Kiel's Assistant: There's something else: most of the refugees don't have appropriate clothing for this colder climate.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Check the armory for surplus uniforms, and repurpose as much as you can.
- Kiel's Assistant: Will do. I've also informed the merchants that donations are strongly encouraged.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Remind them the council will consider their generosity, or lack thereof, when negotiating future contracts.
- Kiel's Assistant: Are the reports true?
- Captain Ellen Kiel: We have to go by the accounts given by the refugees... So, yes.
- Kiel's Assistant: But how could one of the Six—I mean, why...
- Captain Ellen Kiel: Hard to say. It's something I'm hoping the commander can sort out along with our desert aid mission.
- Captain Ellen Kiel: But until then, all we can do is help those who need it and trust in the gods.
- Speaking with Captain Magnus the Bloody-Handed
- Captain Magnus the Bloody-Handed: Commander! On behalf of the Captain's Council, thanks for pitching in to support our relief efforts.
- <Character Name>: Though you and Kiel are the only councilors I see. This operation is a bit unusual for Lion's Arch, isn't it?
- Captain Magnus the Bloody-Handed: Don't worry: Kiel and I will handle the full council. Now get out there and kick Balthazar's divine teeth in!
- <Character Name>: Consider it done. The next time we speak, we'll have one less mad god to contend with.
- Speaking with Ogden Stonehealer
- <Character Name>: Magister Stonehealer? Thank you for the Priory's contribution. I feel I should warn you—
- Ogden Stonehealer: That you can't guarantee the safety of my scholars and explorers. Don't worry: our people can handle themselves.
- Ogden Stonehealer: Just remember to share any important discoveries you make. Elona's been isolated for a long time.
- Ogden Stonehealer: There must be a treasure trove of data about the Forgotten, Ascension, and the dragons just waiting to be discovered.
- Ogden Stonehealer: I'm also eager to see how their societies have diverged from ours. And if dwarven culture had any lasting impacts.
- <Character Name>: I'll support your people as best I can, but I've got a mission of my own. Good luck, Ogden. Until we meet again.
- Speaking with Lord Faren
- Lord Faren: Heading for the desert, Commander? Swordmaster Faren, Lord of Beetletun, is ready! Let chaos-bringers and quaggan-kickers alike beware!
- <Character Name>: Ah...thanks, but I need you here. Someone tough and shrewd has to guard the supplies until they're loaded.
- Lord Faren: Good thinking! This is Lion's Arch—these donations could go "missing in transit" before they ever leave the docks.
- <Character Name>: Not with you on the case. Thanks. I'll feel a lot better with someone I can count on to keep an eye on things.
- Lord Faren: Happy to contribute. Bon voyage, old chum!
- <Character Name>: Faren, my friend, never call someone who's about to cross the ocean "chum."
- Lord Faren: Whoops! I should know better...especially after that fiasco with Merula at the apiary. I kept calling her "honey."
- Lord Faren: She still blames me for all those bee stings. (sigh) Who knew the buzzy little beggars had such good hearing?
- Speaking with Sheriff Turma
- <Character Name>: Sheriff? Just wanted to say how glad I am Kiel brought you in. This job requires skill and know-how like yours.
- Sheriff Turma: I know even more than Kiel thinks. She and Magnus aren't working with the full council. That's why they called me in.
- Sheriff Turma: Either they're sick of debating...or it's a power grab...or they just plain don't trust the council to do the right thing.
- Sheriff Turma: That's why I love this town: even our leaders live by the rule "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
- <Character Name>: You may be right. But even if they are being tricky, the desert region needs help. And Balthazar has to be stopped.
- Sheriff Turma: Oh, I support the cause. But I'm not taking the heat when the council finds out. Good hunting, Commander.
- This story step does not have its own chapter; it is instead listed under Sparking the Flame in the Story Journal. However, it has a separate API entry.