The Scenic Route
The Scenic Route
- 1335 AE / 1845 CC
- End of Dragons
- The Scenic Route
- Daigo Ward
(New Kaineng City)
- Preceded by
- Can't Trust a Pirate
- Followed by
- The Future in Jade
Loading screen called "The Scenic Route: Kaineng Docks"
The Scenic Route is the fifth chapter of the End of Dragons story.
- Make preparations to get to New Kaineng City.
- Head back out into Seitung Province.
- Meet up with Kasmeer in Daigo Ward.
- Speak with Kasmeer.
- Speak with Navan.
- Secure official travel papers.
- Take a number from the jar by the door.
- Wait for number 153 to be called.
- Secure official travel papers.
- Figure out what to do with yourself.
- (Help out throughout Seitung Province.)
- Help Rama by completing events around the island or killing various hostile forces.
- Check back in with Kasmeer.
- (If you haven't got a skiff yet)
- Head to Shinota Shore and earn your boat.
- Purchase a skiff from Hall Director Soohee.
- Hop in your boat and prepare to sail to Kaineng.
- Pick up Navan.
- Sail to New Kaineng.
- Get back in the boat before you get banned from Cantha. (Only if you disembark from your skiff while giving Navan a ride)
- Meet with Marjory and Mai Trin in New Kaineng City.
- Sail into Kaineng Harbor.
- Anchor your boat in the slip so Navan can disembark.
- Meet Marjory and Mai Trin on the docks.
- Accompany Marjory and Mai Trin to the noodle stand.
- Get some noodles for Mai Trin.
- Investigate the commotion.
- (Defeat the haywire jade loader.)
- Jade Tech Loader
- Speak with the stranger.
- Help Yao deal with the malfunctioning jade mechs.
- Regroup with Yao.
- Tale of Adventure
- Bag of Loot (3)
- Deluxe Gear Box
- Jade Bots Mastery
- Jade Bot Core: Tier 1
- Mount Energy Booster 1
- Replaying the story chapter
- Tale of Adventure (5) (once per day)
The Chapter begins with a comms call from Kasmeer, requiring the commander's presence in Daigo Ward, where the Ministry of Transit is located as well. Once there she and Navan can be found discussing Mai Trin and Joon's trustworthiness. Talk to both of them. Navan also offers additional insights into Shing Jea's history with Naga, Purists and the presence of spirits when talked to again before talking to Kasmeer.
- Securing a transit permit
Next, enter the Ministry of Transit up the stairs. After drawing a number and waiting for it to be called, you'll be asked to provide the necessary information on the commander in a dialogue. Providing all truthfully will award All to Code down the line. Giving wrong information on the other hand leads to Take That, Bureaucrats!. These two achievements are mutually exclusive and therefore can't both be completed in the same playthrough of the chapter.
While the documents are being worked on the commander offers Detective Rama to help out in the region via communicator. To fill up the bar, you can complete events, renown hearts or kill enemies. An efficient way is killing Aetherblades in Shinota Shore, which awards double progress due to simultaneously contributing to Assist the temple in its defense (80). Completion of this heart is required when playing the story for the first time to acquire a Skiff from Hall Director Soohee. Once done, Rama will call back over comms to signal the paperwork having been approved. Return to Kasmeer in Daigo Ward after. Getting to New Kaineng City takes a Skiff, if you already have one, set it down into any body of water (not only the marked location will progress the story). Once the Skiff has been summoned the Dragon's Watch party will call and Kasmeer will ask the commander to take Navan with them. She waits for pickup on the small docks west of Fish Hatchery. Your skill in keeping the Skiff afloat and the passenger out of the water will be remembered later in the story. Sail towards the map transition portal connecting Seitung Province and New Kaineng City to enter the instance The Scenic Route: Kaineng Docks.
- Arrival in New Kaineng
Anchor the boat where Marjory and Mai wait at the docks. Next up, a trip to the closest noodle stand is in order to cure the pirate captain's hangover. Before the investigation into Ankka's whereabouts can finally begin a nearby Jade Tech Loader starts malfunctioning and attacking the dockworkers. When fighting the mech, steer clear of any shipping crates it will throw your way. Their impact sites are signalled by small, round, orange AoE (the bigger jade green AoE will not remove Qualify for Tracking Number). Upon the bot's defeat Yao, a mechanist, arrives to clear the commotion. But as they get started on fixing the malfunction two of their own mechs, Echo-One and Vald-One, start malfunctioning too after getting hit by sparks from the malfunctioning loader mech. Defeat them and the Jade Tech Loader while being assisted by a Jade Bot. Continue to avoid getting hit by shipping crates to get the achievement Tracking Number. As thanks for the assistance Yao will gift the commander their own Jade Bot, unlocking the mastery line Jade Bots and the use of various jade tech throughout Cantha after installing the rewarded Jade Bot Core: Tier 1 in the Jade Bot section of the Hero Panel.
Before leaving the instance you can talk to Captain Trin and Marjory for additional dialogue and complete The Premium Tour by interacting with the objects and NPCs shown in the achievement section below.
|The Scenic Route||End of Dragons: Act II||11|
|Navigate the perilous waters of bureaucracy.Journal: The Scenic Route Completed
||Completed The Scenic Route||1|
- Complete the story mission.
|All to Code||End of Dragons: Act II||1|
|Follow the rules.||Very Cleanly and Very Carefully Filled Out Information||1|
- Fill in the code properly during Secure official travel papers.
- The name should be your character name or "Commander".
- Your race should be your character's race.
- The purpose of travel is "Business", "Saving the world", or "Sightseeing".
|Take That, Bureaucrats!||End of Dragons: Act II||1|
|Get creative in your Ministry of Transportation paperwork.||Lied on Your Ministry of Transportation Forms||1|
- Fill in the code completely incorrectly.
|Tracking Number||End of Dragons: Act II||1|
|Don't get hit by any shipping crates thrown by the haywire loading mech.Knew where the packages were at all times.||Didn't Get Hit by Shipping Crates||1|
- During the battle with Jade Tech Loader, don't get hit by a shipping crate.
- Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Qualify for Tracking Number effect.
|The Premium Tour||End of Dragons: Act II||3|
|Experience all the sights and sounds of the New Kaineng City docks.A whole new world awaits...
||Experienced Something New||3|
- You can complete this achievement after the story, but before leaving the instance.
- Some NPCs require you to interact with them while others only need you to walk nearby for progress.
- The commoner at the end of the dock does not accept Mystic Clovers even if you have them in your inventory.
- Achievement qualification may be tracked via the Qualify for The Premium Tour effect.
|1||A pair of anglers debate proper licensure for their trade.||Villager and Villager||Listen to the conversation between two villagers at the end of the middle docks.|
|2||A tengu is asked about traveling to central Tyria.||Veteran Tengu Assassin and Villager||They are on the southern docks near where it turns to the west. There's no item to pick up, you must listen to the beginning of their conversation.|
|3||Two Canthan citizens discuss the border reopening.||Villager and Villager||Near some jade just to the north of the entrance to the middle docks.|
|4||A tengu attempts an...unconventional mercantile exchange.||Veteran Tengu Warrior and Villager||Next to the exit of the instance. There's no item to pick up, you must listen to the beginning of their conversation.|
|5||An aristocrat is impressed by the commander's fashion choices.||Aristocrat||Talk with the aristocrat at the end of the southern docks.|
|6||An aristocrat welcomes the commander to New Kaineng.||Aristocrat||Talk with the aristocrat near the entrance to Kaineng City.|
|7||A common fisherman makes an unusual bait choice.||Commoner||Talk to the commoner fishing at the end of the middle dock behind the Ministry of Archives Research Log.|
|8||A worker describes their excitement about jade tech.||Worker||Talk with the worker standing by themselves near the Diary.|
|9||A commoner gives some reading recommendations.||Commoner||Talk with the commoner in the corridor just to the south of the entrance to Kaineng City.|
|10||A peasant approaches the commander with a dubious proposal.||Peasant||Talk with a peasant in the northeast part of the instance|
|11||A newspaper clipping found atop a stack of crates.||Newspaper Clipping||Near the docks where the Jade Tech Loader spawns.|
|12||A research log sitting on a box.||Ministry of Archives Research Log 102||On crates at the end of the middle docks (near the two villagers).|
|13||A cargo manifest detailing a shipment of supplies.||Cargo Manifest||On crates in the middle docks.|
|14||A soiled pamphlet hidden behind vendor stalls.||Soiled Pamphlet||On crates in the bazaar area.|
|15||A poster hanging by a noodle stand.||Poster||On the pillar next to the noodle stand.|
|16||A diary left on a lonely boat.||Diary||On a small boat to the south of the noodle stand.|
- Gorrik (Voice only)
- Newspaper Clipping
- Soiled Pamphlet
- Cargo Manifest
- Ministry of Archives Research Log 102
In Seitung Province
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Hey, Commander. You'll find the Ministry of Transit office at Daigo Ward.
- Marjory Delaqua: The bougie part of Shing Jea. Like Manor Hill.
- If human noble:
- <Character name>: I resent that.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: I'm heading to the area for some administrative errands. Could you stop by when you're around? For a quick chat?
- <Character name>: Of course.
- On approaching Kasmeer and Navan
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: As of right now, no one knows where they are. Not even Mai Trin.
- Navan: Can we trust her? It's my understanding that she led these pirates.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: That's a good question. We'll be keeping a close eye on her. What I wanted to ask you is...can we trust Joon?
- Navan: Her relationship with the Aetherblades is a concerning matter. One she'll have to answer for.
- Navan: But Madam Joon is not a traitor. Empress Ihn is certain of this.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Understood. Well, I have to get a trade deal in front of Minister Ishikawa soon.
- Navan: Please apprise us of any Aetherblade developments.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Of course.
- Speaking to Kasmeer
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: So...I guess we're working with Mai Trin now.
- <Character name>: Never thought I'd see the day. Do you suppose we can trust her?
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: What choice do we have? She knows Ankka. And for what it's worth, I felt she was sincere back there.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: She's committed terrible acts; the people of Lion's Arch deserve justice.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: But it has been eight years. There's got to be space for people to change. To grow.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: We're all learning to be better people, right?
- <Character name>: Maybe.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Well, I just want to say... Thank you, Commander. I can tell you're trying to be more...diplomatic lately.
- <Character name>: Whatever I can do to make your job easier.
- Speaking to Navan
- Navan: The ambassador was just updating me on your encounter—or lack thereof—with the Aetherblades.
- <Character name>: The one called Ankka staged a mutiny. We just missed them.
- Navan: You have an intriguing air about you, Commander. You fail continuously, yet it does not seem to impact your morale.
- Navan: Your efforts have been remarked upon. The empress appreciates all you've tried to do.
- <Character name>: I'm not finished yet. Once we get to New Kaineng, we'll deal with the Aetherblades.
- Navan: We have every faith in you. Now, please excuse my brevity, but there are matters here that demand my attention.
- <Character name>: Anything I can help with?
- Navan: I'd focus on getting your transit documents first.
- Navan: Though should you later have a spare moment, perhaps I'll avail myself of your generosity.
- Navan: Shing Jea's the model of serenity, but it has its issues. Naga raids, Purists, and spiritual hauntings, to name a few.
- Speaking to Navan again
- Do you need something, Commander?
- (whichever option you pick first)
- Navan: I thought I told you to focus on your permit, Commander.
What's up with the naga?
- Navan: The naga were once so peaceful. Wonderful storytellers.
- Navan: But Shiro's Jade Wind nearly drove them to extinction. Those who survived swore vengeance against humanity.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: It's been 500 years since the Jade Wind, hasn't it.
- Navan: As I said. Wonderful storytellers. Not quick to forget, and we didn't exactly make a great case for forgiveness.
- Navan: If you cross them, they will not show mercy, Commander.
- (if not human)
- <Character name>: But...I'm not human.
- Navan: You've made peace with humans. For many naga, that's worse.
What exactly are "Purists"?
- Navan: The Ministry of Purity was xenophobic, genocidal, and tyrannical. Fascism hiding behind promises of prosperity.
- Navan: Their views are widely disdained in modern Cantha, but there are some who cling to them anyway. The "Purists."
- Navan: These cowards wear masks, meet in secrecy...all in the dream of somehow restoring Cantha to lost "glory days."
- Navan: I want to believe they represent the death throes of that ideology.
- Navan: But...they've been more active lately. Recent incidents have given their recruiters plenty ammunition.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Right. Sorry about that.
- Navan: It's better they are moving in the open. Makes them easier to catch.
- Navan: Tragedy leaves a mark. And despite its beauty, Shing Jea has seen no shortage of tragedy.
- Navan: Those killed by the affliction or the Ministry of Purity are bound here. They're rarely seen during the day. At night, however...
- Navan: No matter what, they seem to come back. So the harbor locks down at sunset, for everyone's safety.
- Navan: In Cantha, we revere our ancestors. But when spirits pose a threat, we must prioritize the living.
- Nothing for now.
- Securing official travel papers
- Automated Greeting: Please take a number from the jar, and we will call on you shortly.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Number nine. Serving number nine.
- Commoner: About time! I've been waiting all morning! I oughtta complain to your manager!
- Ministry of Transit Agent: So sorry! Let me help you process your paperwork, and then I'll help you file a customer complaint!
- Commoner: Hmph.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Okay! Number fourty-three. Step right up!
- Citizen: I just moved and was told to file a change-of-address with the Ministry of Transit.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Oh, so sorry! This appears to be the olive-green form. The change-of-address form is more of a line-green, or chartreuse.
- Citizen: Please, I've been here for hours!
- (Bored by the waiting, the Commander falls asleep and the scene cuts to black.)
- (The Commander slowly wakes up.)
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Number one-fifty-three! It's your turn. Please step forward.
- <Character name>: One-fifty-three! I'm here! I'm here!
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Transit permit to New Kaineng? Sure thing! Just fill out this form for me, please.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Pay special attention to fields 3X-12 and 53C, those always trip people up.
- (The travel documents have a number of fields that require filling out. The first of these fields asks for you to enter your name.)
- Fill in your name as "<Character name>."
- Fill in your name as "Commander."
- Logan Thackery.[sic]" Sign as "
Write in "Grand Pooh-Bah" for your name.
- (The next field on the travel papers asks you to fill out your race.)
- Enter "<Character race>."
- Tyrian." Just enter "
- Skritt." Write in "
Put down "
- The last field on the travel papers asks you to declare your purpose for travelling.
- Enter "Sightseeing."
- Enter "Business trip."
- Enter "Just the experience."
- world from catastrophic entropy and chaos." Enter "Saving the
- (If filled out properly)
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Ah, thank you. What a beautifully filled-out form.
- (If filled incorrectly)
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Ah, thank you. Hm, well, okay. I'm sure you wouldn't lie on a government document.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: It'll take an indeterminate amount of time to process your transit permit! Then you're good to go.
- Ministry of Transit Agent: Please enjoy the local sights while you wait. Seriously, it might take a while.
- After completing your travel documents
- <Character name>: Rama? Are you still listening in on our calls?
- Detective Rama: Not willingly. You really need to use a more secure frequency.
- <Character name>: While I wait for these transit permits to clear, is there anything I can do to repay my debt to Cantha?
- <Character name>: Navan mentioned she was swamped. Thought I could help.
- Detective Rama: That's actually...Hm. I'll be honest—at this point, we need all the help we can get.
- Detective Rama: I appreciate it. Thanks.
- After completing enough events around the island
- Detective Rama: Hey, Commander. Pulled a few strings with a buddy of mine at the MOT. Your transit paperwork is approved.
- If you picked truthful options on the form:
- Detective Rama: You're a truthful, upstanding visitor of Cantha. Some people lie because they think it's funny.
- <Character name>: Oh, uh. Wow, thank you, Detective.
- Detective Rama: Don't mention it. Least I could do.
- If you picked "creative" options on the form:
- Detective Rama: Good thing I did. You realize it's illegal to lie on government paperwork. And you'd have to start over.
- One of the following, depending on your selections on the forms:
- Detective Rama: Quaggan? Really? Pretty sure you made that word up.
- Detective Rama: I've seen pictures of skritt before. Nice try.
- Detective Rama: I don't know who "Grand Pooh-Bah" is. I don't want to know.
- Detective Rama: You think I can't tell foreigners apart? You're not "Logan Thackeray."
- <Character name>: Oh, uh. Wow, thank you, Detective.
- Detective Rama: Don't mention it. Seriously. I want zero association with these documents.
- Checking back in with Kasmeer
- <Character name>: I'm approved to travel. When's the next transport to New Kaineng?
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Transports are booked months in advance, Commander.
- Navan: Best bet is to sail yourself. Or maybe you could ride your Elder Dragon?
- <Character name>: I'll stick to the boat, thanks.
- Departing in your skiff
- <Character name>: Gorrik, I have a boat and travel permits. Ready to head to New Kaineng?
- Gorrik: We're waiting on you, Commander. I hitched a ride in Jory's fishing boat.
- <Character name>: How'd you get your permit so quickly?
- Gorrik: I was in and out at the Ministry of Transit in five minutes. Very friendly clerk.
- Marjory Delaqua: MOT wait times are pretty much a crapshoot. Commander, I'll meet you on the docks.
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: Oh, Commander? Navan would like to...hitch a ride with you.
- <Character name>: She doesn't have her own transportation?
- Lady Kasmeer Meade: I don't have all the details, but it'd be a REALLY big help. For diplomacy.
- <Character name>: Okay, Ambassador Meade. For diplomacy.
- Picking up Navan
- Navan: Ah, Commander. Last-minute business in Kaineng, and as we said...transports are booked months in advance.
- Navan: Thank you for being so accomodating.
- <Character name>: Happy to help. I don't mind the company.
- <Character name>: Are you comfortable, Navan?
- Navan: Very comfortable. I like to be close to the water. It's...inspiring.
- Navan: You friend, the Elder Dragon...what is she like?
- Navan: Wise and timeless? Filled with sage advice and deep thoughts?
- <Character name>: Aurene? Hmm. She's more like us than you might expect.
- <Character name>: She feels happiness, and sadness. She feels loneliness, and kinship.
- <Character name>: Though it's true that she's always trying to bear the weight of the whole world.
- Navan: Sounds a lot like you, Commander.
- Navan: Ah. This is nice. Wish I could stay on the sea forever.
- <Character name>: Me too. Should I change course and take us to the Unending Ocean?
- Navan: Maybe another time. But...feel free to take the scenic route.
- If you disembark from your skiff while giving Navan a ride
- One of the following:
- Navan: You're lucky I'm a good swimmer, Commander.
- Navan: When I said I liked to be close to the water, I didn't mean this close.
- Navan: Cantha will treat this as an act of aggression.
- Navan: I'm beginning to regret asking you for a ride.
New Kaineng Harbor
- After reaching Kaineng Harbor.
- <Character name>: Oh, wow.
- Navan: Beautiful, isn't it?
- Navan: In the wake of the Zhaitan disaster, New Kaineng... blossomed.
- Marjory Delaqua: Hey! Commander! You can dock over here!
- Captain Mai Trin: Nnng could you not—with the yelling? Or the talking? Or the breathing?
- Marjory Delaqua: Welcome to New Kaineng, Commander.
- <Character name>: This is...incredible.
- Marjory Delaqua: Well, you'll get plenty of opportunities to explore, but right now we're on the clock.
- Marjory Delaqua: Joon has a jade processing site nearby. Gorrik's there now, checking for any sign of the Aetherblades.
- Navan: I'll leave you all to your business. Good luck with the sky pirates.
- If you disembarked from your skiff while giving Navan a ride:
- Navan: It was an...interesting ride, Commander. Thank you.
- Navan: Thank you for the ride, Commander.
- Captain Mai Trin: (groans)
- <Character name>: Still trying to tune out those voices from the Mists?
- Captain Mai Trin: It's not the voices, it's the grog.
- <Character name>: We should probably get you something to eat before we have to put you in front of people.
- Marjory Delaqua: Really? Should I prepare a filet mignon for the prisoner?
- Captain Mai Trin: That sounds swell.
- <Character name>: I'm sure we can find something.
- Marjory Delaqua: (sigh) Well, I saw a noodle stand on the docks.
- Marjory Delaqua: Let's move, Mai. And if you try anthing funny, you'll be fiend food.
- Captain Mai Trin: Aye, aye.
- Whilst following Marjory further into the docks
- Captain Mai Trin: So...
- Captain Mai Trin: New Kaineng is really something. I remember when I first saw—
- Marjory Delaqua: Don't make small talk, Mai. That demented mass murderer in your head almost killed me once.
- Captain Mai Trin: Um. Yeah. Fair point. But you survived, right? and I wasn't even there for that.
- Marjory Delaqua: You worked for her! And there's plenty of blood on your hands, too. Captain Ashford comes to mind.
- Captain Mai Trin: ...Who?
- Marjory Delaqua: Captain Theo Ashford! He had a husband and kid! You assassinated him for his seat on the Captain's Council.
- Captain Mai Trin: Oh, right. Dragon Bash. Captain's Council.
- Marjory Delaqua: So it's coming back to you.
- Captain Mai Trin: Look. I'm sorry about Theo Ashland, okay?
- Marjory Delaqua: Ashford.
- Captain Mai Trin: Ashford. And I'm sorry about what happened to you. And everyone in Lion's Arch.
- Captain Mai Trin: I'm not the same person. Scarlet made me feel like a part of something bigger. I was...
- Marjory Delaqua: ...Just following orders? Contrition won't bring back the dead, Mai.
- Captain Mai Trin: What should I do then? Should I self-flagellate until I die? What do you want from me, Delaqua?
- Marjory Delaqua: I want you to get out of my face.
- Bone Fiend: (growl)
- Getting noodles for Mai Trin
- Noodle Merchant: Greetings! Love to see a fresh face! What might I do for you?
My friend here could use some noodles.
- Your friend? Which...oh. OH! Balthazar's flaming beard, I can smell the grog even over the sea air. Listen, noodles are good, but if you want to fix 'er fast, you should order the Kaineng Spicy bowl.
Just the regular noodles.
- Understood. Since it's clear your friend's in deep, these are on the house. Tell her to go a little easier next time.
- That's very generous of you.
The "Kaineng Spicy" bowl, please.
- Wise choice. Nothing clears a bad hangover faster...if the stomach can handle it, that is. This one's on the house. Good luck!
- That's very generous of you.
- If you picked the regular noodles:
- Captain Mai Trin: Mm. Mm! (slurps) (gulps) Oh! Oh yeah.
- Marjory Delaqua: What is wrong with you?
- Captain Mai Trin: Mm. Thanks. Little bland.
- If you picked the 'Kaineng Spicy' bowl:
- Captain Mai Trin: Mm. Mm! Ah. AH! It's HOT! Pirate-level spice! AAH! So good.
- Marjory Delaqua: Mai, there are people looking at us.
- Captain Mai Trin: That was exactly what I needed. Thanks.
- Marjory Delaqua: Gods. If you're done embarrassing us, maybe we can—
- Commoner: Watch out!
- Veteran Tengu Scout: Run! Everybody, run!
- Marjory Delaqua: Sounds like trouble.
- Investigating the commotion
- Marjory Delaqua: That machine's going haywire.
- <Character name>: Let's shut it down before it hurts someone.
- Captain Mai Trin: Hey, want to hand me my weapons?
- Marjory Delaqua: Not a chance!
- Once the Jade Tech Loader is defeated
- Marjory Delaqua: Phew. Joon sure knows how to make 'em.
- Captain Mai Trin: I could've been more useful if I'd had my gun.
- Marjory Delaqua: Why didn't you unleash Miss Briar?
- Captain Mai Trin: I didn't want to hurt anyone. I won't call her until I have her under control.
- Marjory Delaqua: I see.
- Yao: Excuse me. Excuse me! Trying to get through here. I just—hi, excuse me, out of the way please.
- Yao: Oh. Hello, Mai.
- Yao: Nice...blindfold. Really accentuates your look.
- Captain Mai Trin: Yao. Nice to, uh...nice to see you. You get a distress signal from the loader bot?
- Yao: I heard people yelling. That generally indicates distress.
- Yao: You all took down a jade mech—by yourselves? That's actually pretty impressive.
- Marjory Delaqua: Sorry, we haven't introduced ourselves—
- Yao: Joon filled me in. I was helping out a friend of yours before—Gorrik? Nice guy. Really likes his bug analogies.
- Yao: Jade tech all over the city's going haywire. That used to be rare, but the rate of failure's gone up this past year.
- Yao: The jade spiders'll suss out any abnormal energy signatures from that mech.
- Yao: Just give 'em a second...
- Yao: Any moment now...
- When the jade spiders begin malfunctioning
- Marjory Delaqua: Uh...is that supposed to happen?
- Yao: Echo-One! Vald-One! Fall in line! Deactivation protocol, now!
- <Character name>: And they're not deactivating.
- Yao: All right, backup plan: we smash 'em to bits.
- Captain Mai Trin: Delaqua! I need my weapons!
- Marjory Delaqua: Melandru's mother. Fine! For now!
- <Character name>: Why is that thing scanning me?
- Yao: It's a jade bot! Just let it do it's thing, trust me.
- Marjory Delaqua: We're having a hard time trusting any of these jade contraptions right now.
- After the malfunctioning jade tech has been defeated
- Yao: Heh. Thanks for the help.
- <Character name>: That—what was it called? Jade bot? Really helped us out there.
- Yao: Yeah? Well, here you go: you can use mine.
- Yao: In the meantime, I should probably scrap these guys. Catch you later. Mai.
- Captain Mai Trin: Yeah. Uh... See ya.
- Speaking to your allies
- Marjory Delaqua: Commander? Something on your mind?
How are you holding up?
- Marjory Delaqua: Who, me? I'm trying to do some serious investigative work here, Commander.
- Marjory Delaqua: Instead, I've spent the better part of today playing babysitter to a shambolic pirate with a debilitating hangover.
- Marjory Delaqua: I'm fine. Thanks for asking.
What's your take on Mai Trin?
- Marjory Delaqua: If I had a copper for every time she's apologized to me today... Ugh.
- Marjory Delaqua: I don't care if she says she's turned over a new leaf, or if she's ready to make amends. I need to see it.
- Marjory Delaqua: And so far, I haven't seen much of anything.
Any word from Gorrik yet?
- Marjory Delaqua: Nothing. I think he's being lax on the comms because he knows Rama can tune in.
- Marjory Delaqua: Or he could just be distracted by a neat bug or something. That's equally plausible.
- Nah, I'm good, Jory.
- Captain Mai Trin: I think I'm, um, just about back to my senses... Those noodles hit the spot... Is there something you needed to ask...?
Are you feeling any better?
- Captain Mai Trin: After a bowl of Kaineng noodles and winning a robot-punching contest? Hard not to feel good.
- Captain Mai Trin: Also getting used to this blindfold. I guess, uh...thanks for that.
I'm still not sure we can trust you, Mai.
- Captain Mai Trin: Yeah. Well, I get it. Done some things I'd rather take back. But hey, you can't.
- Captain Mai Trin: Not in the Mists anymore. Cause and effect actually mean something.
- Captain Mai Trin: I tried to hide who I was from Joon. But I think in a lot of ways, I was hiding from myself, too.
- Captain Mai Trin: I don't know. I'm just saying, I get it. I wouldn't trust me either.
Tell me about Ankka.
- Captain Mai Trin: Oh, this is going to be fun.
- Captain Mai Trin: She wasn't always like this, y'know. We picked her up after Thaumanova.
- Captain Mai Trin: I saw how smart she was, would do anything to get the job done. But there were lines she wouldn't cross.
- Captain Mai Trin: By the time we got to the Mists, she'd seen a lot of her friends die. That can change you.
- Captain Mai Trin: But she changed a lot more. Years in there, you know? When we got back, she was like this.
- That's all I wanted to know.
The Premium Tour
- A worker describes their excitement about jade tech.
- Worker: You're one of the <Character race>[sic] who came with the Tyrian delegation! Tell me, our jade tech...it's unique isn't it?
Everyone has their own innovations.
- Mmm, I see. Well, I'm happy with ours... My cousin Lin works at one of their substations and she's always bringing home little things... The other day, it was a machine to suck up leaves!
- Oh, how...nice.
- A tengu is asked about traveling to central Tyria.
- Villager: With borders opening, have you thought about heading north? See where the other tengu settled?
- Veteran Tengu Assassin: I...I don't know. That was never an option before. Do you think we'd have anything in common?
- An aristocrat is impressed by the commander's fashion choices.
- Aristocrat: Stand still! Please! Let me get a look at you... Where's my assistant? She simply MUST get a look at you and this ensemble you're wearing. This...is...FASHION! Where did to[sic] buy it? I must know!
Uh, not from anywhere around here...
- I don't suppose you'd be willing to tell me who your designer is? I must pick their brain. Everything my designers keep bringing me is so tired! So done! This is a revolution!
- I don't think I can help, sorry...
- A tengu attempts an...unconventional mercantile exchange.
- Veteran Tengu Warrior: New Kaineng law clearly states that merchants must provide a reasonable return policy when the customer is dissatisfied.
- Villager: But...such laws don't apply to purchases of consumables. That's why they included the term "reasonable."
- Veteran Tengu Warrior: That is because you cannot easily...one second...
- Veteran Tengu Warrior: (regurgitating noise)
- Veteran Tengu Warrior: Cannot easily return such consumables, the way we can. What...why has your face turned that shade?
- Villager: Excuse me...
- A pair of anglers debate proper licensure for their trade.
- Villager (1): Did you renew the fishing permits like I asked you to?
- Villager (2): We'll be fine. No one ever asks to see them. It's just a rubbish hoop they make everyone jump through.
- Villager (1): Well, let's hope that doesn't come up at my dinner with the Minister of Trade tomorrow.
- Two Canthan citizens discuss the border reopening.
- Villager (3): Did you ever think we'd live to see Cantha reopen to the world?
- Villager (4): Only in my dreams. I've always pictured boarding a massive ship, sailing the world...
- A common fisherman makes an unusual bait choice.
- Commoner: Oh, I haven't seen you around here before. Say, you wouldn't happen to have any mystic clovers, would you, friend?
Uhh, what are the mystic clovers for?
- They make excellent bait! My uncle swears that he caught a leviathan using a dozen mystic clovers. If you've any to spare, I sure would appreciate it.
- Sorry, I don't.
- A peasant approaches the commander with a dubious proposal.
- Peasant: I wasn't—oh, you're not with MinSec. Good. Good. Yeah, that probably looks... Uh, you know what, maybe you can help with me something?[sic]
Is it...less than lawful?
- Nonsense. It's perfectly legal, though maybe in a gray area that MinSec might frown on, but can't really enforce...
- And that's where I'm gonna stop you.
- An aristocrat welcomes the commander to New Kaineng.
- (If asura)
- Aristocrat: Oh, forgive me, master... asura? We haven't seen your people in Cantha in quite a long time. My husband was just telling me about newcomers. Welcome to Kaineng!
- (If charr)
- Aristocrat: (gasps) You startled me! It's been so long since we Canthans have seen charr... Please, forgive my reaction. My husband would tease me for being so rude...
- (If human)
- Aristocrat: Outlander. My husband told me that a group from northern Tyria was visiting our country. I hope you're finding a warm welcome in Cantha.
- (Otherwise)[verification requested]
- Aristocrat: Yes? I-oh, my, are you...a <non-human character race>? My husband was hoping to meet one of the delegation members, and yet here I am, speaking with you. I hope you're finding Kaineng enjoyable.
We're happy to be here.
- We're not putting on our best face at the moment... We're being plagued with random outages and brownouts. But if Cantha were a brain, Kaineng would be its "pleasure center."
- You have an interest in current events?
- I might have skills that can help with that.
You have an interest in current events?
- Mostly my husband, truthfully. He loves staying in the know, and I love seeing his excitement for it, so I try to spark his interest in it as much as I can.
- We're happy to be here.
- Thank you for speaking with me.
- Sorry, I should be going.
- A commoner gives some reading recommendations.
- Commoner: Have you read "The History of the Ministries" by Dahn-Ji? I think it should be required reading for anyone new to Kaineng, or Cantha for that matter.
I haven't had much time to read since I got here.
- Well, I guess I can't blame you. Shing Jea, New Kaineng...there's plenty to see and do for someone new to our shores. But I highly recommend it, when things slow down.
- I'll keep your recommendation in mind.