The Origins of Madness (living world)

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Strange activity has been reported in Bloodtide Coast and Lornar's Pass.

  • Special event (map icon).png Escort the Vigil crusaders investigating energy probes in Bloodtide Coast. (→ Triple Trouble)



Marjory Delaqua, Delaqua Investigations

New Threats Are Upon Us

<Character name>,

I'm asking friends to meet me in Lornar's Pass, where Scarlet's dropped some new type of twisted monstrosity from one of her portals. Local Priory observers are convinces that she's planning to set off a doomsday weapon in their remote end of the Shiverpeaks. They say she's recalling her twisted watchwork troops from all over Tyria to power her weapon test, and I say that we need to shut it down before a lot of innocents get killed.

One more thing. You know those mysterious probe devices that have been found all over Tyria? I've heard that the Vigil are looking into three of those discovered only recently in Bloodtide Coast. These are dangerous times, and I'm sure those Vigil crusaders would appreciate your help reaching the investigation sites.

—Marjory Delaqua

Stop Scarlet from carrying out her weapon test at False River Valley in Lornar's Pass

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Ambient dialogue[edit]

(Jelako Cliffrise, Bloodtide Coast)[edit]

(At the site of the Cobalt Wurm probe):
Rytlock Brimstone: Twistgear! What do you make of this one?
Junia Twistgear: Sir, it’s similar in design to the others we’ve seen set up all over Tyria.
Rytlock Brimstone: (sigh) Yes. I can see that, soldier. What I want to know is what it’s for.
Junia Twistgear: And why there are more of them here, suddenly.
Junia Twistgear: Of course, Tribune.
Rytlock Brimstone: These belong to that Scarlet character, don’t they? The one that spoiled the Queen’s Jubilee not long ago?
Junia Twistgear: It does remind me of the portals she’s been using to launch her random invasions all over Tyria.
Rytlock Brimstone: Scarlet stole the queen’s toy soldiers and holed up in the new pavilion for weeks. Logan’s Seraph were helpless to stop her.
Rytlock Brimstone: She was behind that Flame-mole business, that sky pirate attack on Dragon Bash, and that nightmare tower in Kessex.
Rytlock Brimstone: Seems like every intelligence report that crosses my desk lately has something to do with that lunatic sylvari.
Rytlock Brimstone: What if it’s not random? Each time she turns up, she’s less of a nuisance and more of a threat.
(Little scene break while the workers get shocked by one of the probes and Twistgear reprimands them)
Junia Twistgear: Tribune, its defenses are still active, and still very formidable.
Rytlock Brimstone: So I see. (grumble) Just learn what you can at a safe distance.
Rytlock Brimstone: Maybe we’ll have better luck with another one.
(Another scene break while Twistgear and crew investigate further. After a while Twistgear pulls everyone back together and returns to Rytlock)
Rytlock Brimstone: Anything for me yet?
Junia Twistgear: I have some ideas, Tribune, but I need to see the others and compare what we’re seeing here.
Rytlock Brimstone: Fine, but in the meantime, I didn’t drag you here to keep your thoughts to yourself.
Junia Twistgear: It reminds me of a seismic probe, for finding underground resources with vibrations.
Junia Twistgear: These probes weren’t designed to find something physical, though.
Junia Twistgear: If these are Scarlet’s, she’s using them all over Tyria to look for something magical. Something big.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) Well done, Twistgear. Let’s have a look at those other new…probes.
(Rytlock Brimstone and the crew move to the next site)

(Challdar Gorges, Bloodtide Coast)[edit]

(At the site of the Crimson Wurm probe):
Rytlock Brimstone: All right, Twistgear, what can you tell me about this device?
Junia Twistgear: It looks to be nearly identical to the others we’ve investigated, Tribune.
Rytlock Brimstone: What does it mean, that there are more of them turning up here?
Junia Twistgear: Hard to be certain yet, sir.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) Yes, well, get to it.
(Scene break while Twistgear once again orders her workers to investigate the device. After a bit, Rytlock speaks):
Rytlock Brimstone: Would you guess this device is Scarlet’s handiwork?
Junia Twistgear: I...wouldn’t want to guess one way or the other before we’re finished here, Tribune.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) Scorch it, I’m just asking you to confirm the obvious, Twistgear.
Junia Twistgear: Yes, sir. It does seem similar to the machinery Scarlet Briar’s been using to launch invasions all over Tyria.
Junia Twistgear: On the other hand, if this device is hers, it seems to have another purpose.
(Scene break again – one of the workers decides again that it’d be a great idea to touch one of the devices)
Rytlock Brimstone: Twistgear, can you please remind your people to quit touching this thing?
Junia Twistgear: Yes, sir. Of course.
Junia Twistgear: You lot heard the tribune! Let’s examine the device at a respectable distance.
(Another break before Twistgear goes around to gather up her workers and then report to Rytlock)
Rytlock Brimstone: All right. You’ve been at this awhile now. What have you learned here?
Junia Twistgear: Sir, the more of these devices I see in action, the more sure I am that they are a kind of probe, designed to locate…something.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) What sort of something is that insane sylvari probing for?
Junia Twistgear: Whatever she’s after is big, sir. And magical.
Rytlock Brimstone: I’m not sure I like where this is leading. Let’s go look at the other new probes she’s set up around the area.
(The whole crew once again moves on, but this time to the Amber probe location)

(Whisperwill Bogs, Bloodtide Coast)[edit]

(At the site of the Amber Wurm probe):
Rytlock Brimstone: Here we are—yet another of these new devices.
Rytlock Brimstone: Have a look and tell me as soon as you have any ideas.
Junia Twistgear: Of course, Tribune. We’re on it.
(Scene break while Twistgear orders her workers to disperse and investigate the probe and the area. Unfortunately another worker decides to get a little too close to the probe.)
Junia Twistgear: Tribune, it looks as if all of these devices can defend themselves.
Rytlock Brimstone: It does at that. Back your people away from it and learn at a safe distance.
(Another break while Twistgear also walks around and investigates before returning to Rytlock)
Rytlock Brimstone: So, you agree by now that these were built by Scarlet?
Junia Twistgear: That’s right, sir. The devices have all her signature touches.
Junia Twistgear: We could learn a lot from these probes if we could get close enough to take one apart.
Rytlock Brimstone: (growl) You almost sound as if you admire her handiwork, Twistgear.
Junia Twistgear: Scarlet Briar may be insane, but her designs are high quality.
Rytlock Brimstone: Your candor is refreshing, even if I don’t like the implications of your findings much.
(One final break while the crew does some further investigations. Then Twistgear gathers them all up and reports one last time to Rytlock)
Rytlock Brimstone: Report, Twistgear. Let’s hear what you’ve learned.
Junia Twistgear: These are magical probes of some kind, Tribune. I’m sure of it.
Junia Twistgear: There are three new probes in this area, which tells me that Scarlet may have found something important here.
Junia Twistgear: I believe she’s triangulating, trying to zero in on the location of something magical. Something huge.
Rytlock Brimstone: Whatever that something is, I have a feeling we don’t want her to find it. Tell your people we’re moving out again.

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