Time for a Promotion

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Blood Legion

Time for a Promotion

Year
1325 AE
Storyline
Personal story
Chapter
Getting the Band Back Together
Location
The Bane
(Black Citadel)
Level
10
Race
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr
Choice
Blood Legion
Preceded by
Biography Blood Legion.png Chain of Command
Followed by
Biography Blood Legion.png Magic Users
Biography Blood Legion.png The End of the Line

Thanks to the Flame Legion, you've lost the supplies Steelbane sent you to collect. If you can't come to an understanding with your superior officer, the two of you are headed for a violent confrontation…it's the charr way.

— In-game description

Time for a Promotion is part of the personal story for charr characters of the Blood Legion who have completed Chain of Command.

Objectives[edit]

Report the destroyed supplies to Steelbane.

  • Report to Steelbane.
  • Defeat the gladiators.
  • Defeat the arena champion.
  • Giant Devourer
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  • Defeat Legionnaire Steelbane.
  • Report to Tribune Brimstone.

Rewards[edit]

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All professions
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Walkthrough[edit]

Use one of the elevators in the Black Citadel to descend into The Bane, the fight pits of the Black Citadel. Report to Steelbane, who you soon challenge for leadership of the warband via a fight in the arena below. After the cinematic you will be transported into the arena to fight a wave of gladiators, followed by the arena champion, then a giant devourer, and finally, Steelbane himself. Either kill (be warned; you will fight him a second time in this case) or spare Steelbane to finish the mission.

Notes on arena foes
  • Gladiators: The wave of gladiators may prove troublesome, as at least one of the group will be capable of launching nets to Immobilize. Classes that are adept at engaging multiple targets at once (especially using crowd control effects) should have no trouble.
  • Arena Champion: A simple one-on-one match, and likely the easiest of the three. Though the Arena Champion is a veteran, they are not particularly strong in terms of damage output - just tough as nails. Evade their attacks if they close in, and hammer them.
  • Giant Devourer: Whilst this is a one-on-one like the Champion round, the Devourer throws boulders that cause knockdown and inflict serious damage, so be sure to dodge or move out of the AoE circles when it winds up for a throw.
  • Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Like the Arena Champion, but with a little more damage output. Once you wear him down to 25%, he'll stop to beg for his life; Rytlock leaves the decision in your hands.

NPCs[edit]

Allies[edit]

Foes[edit]

Objects[edit]

Bundles

Dialogue[edit]

On entering the instance:

Clawspur: Give Steelbane the bad news. I'll watch your back.
Dinky: Can't fool me twice. This time, I'm ready for Steelbane's attitude!
Euryale: Why is that idiot meeting us here? We've got work to do.
Maverick: The Bane? No problem. Everyone loves me here!
Reeva: I love the arena! After we're done with Steelbane, let's take in a bout.

Speaking to your sparring partner:

Clawspur: My advice? Take Steelbane out—quick, before his recruits know what you're doing.
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Good idea. I don't trust those guys.
Dinky: What's Steelbane going to do? You think he'll be mad enough to chew hornets? I got mad like that once, and I had to eat applesauce for weeks.
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I'm not backing down. Steelbane's wrong, and I have to protect my friends.
Euryale: That mongrel Steelbane got our warband killed, and now he's letting these lowlifes join? I think I died and went to Krypta. That's how bad this stinks.
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He'll get his, Euryale. I promise you that.
Maverick: Don't let Steelbane boss you around. Remember—Maverick's right beside you. Well, more like behind you. But in the metaphor, I'm beside you. Remember that.
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Keep your eyes open, buddy. Steelbane's goons might try to crash this party.
Reeva: Oh gosh, are you really going to challenge Steelbane? He's tough. But you're tougher. But what if you're not tough enough?
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Calm down! I promise not to die. It'll be OK.

Talking to NPCs before speaking to Steelbane:

Rytlock Brimstone: I recognize you. <Character name> from the Barradin scuffle, right? Heh, that was a hell of a fight you gave out there. Shame about your warband's losses.
Dignity
Thank you, sir. Legionnaire Steelbane seems to think the losses are my fault.
So I heard. I'm not one to interfere in unit politics, but if you need assistance, soldier, let me know. You're one of our best. I'd like to keep it that way.
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That's a kind offer, sir, but if I took you up on it, I wouldn't be the best. I'll handle the problem.
Ferocity
My soldiers didn't die from lack of fight, sir. They died from lack of command.
Watch it, soldier. I appreciate honesty, but not insubordination. At least, not in half-measures. If you're going to do something, take it all the way. This is the Bane, after all.
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The Bane, sir? What do you mean?
The Bane is an arena. We use it for entertainment, training—and to settle disputes. A good fight can turn two soldiers from enemies to friends.
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Good to know, sir. Thank you for explaining.
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What is this place, sir, why are they fighting?
The Bane is an arena. We use it for entertainment, training-and to settle disputes. A good fight can turn two soldiers from enemies to friends.
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Good to know, sir. Thank you for explaining.
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Thank you, Tribune, sir.
Rage Steeltongue: Don't you know protocol? You report to Steelbane, your legionnaire, not to me. He'll deal with you right and proper.
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Fine. Steelbane it is.
Cerosi Breaksteel: You got lucky out there, punk. Hurry up and report to Steelbane.
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Lucky? If I was really lucky, I wouldn't be here talking to you.

Cinematic with Steelbane:

Rytlock Brimstone: Well, well. If it isn't the brave soldier that aided me in Barradin's crypt.
<Character name>: Good to see you again, Tribue Brimstone. If you'll excuse me, I need to speak to Steelbane.
<Character name>: Reporting in, Legionnaire. Tela Range was compromised, crawling with Flame Legion. The supplies were destroyed.
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: In other words, you failed. Again. By the claw of the Khan-Ur, give me one reason why I shouldn't just kill you now!
<Character name>: Go ahead and try it. You don't have the spine. You're done, Steelbane. Either you step down as legionnaire, or I'll knock you into the dirt myself…
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: You want my job, you miserable little puke? Earn it. Get down there and fight. Show me what you've got, and maybe I'll show you how a real legionnaire fights!
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Gather 'round, troops! Watch me crush this little mutiny and teach you all a lesson in respect!

Cinematic entering the arena:

Rytlock Brimstone: Gladiators, to the arena!

After first wave:

Rytlock Brimstone: Not bad, soldier. But it's not over yet. Let's see how you fare against the arena champion.

After second wave:

Rytlock Brimstone: This is it, soldier. Last round. Victory or death. Let's see what you've got.

After final wave:

Clawspur: I don't like this. It's too public.
Dinky: Remember when Maverick told me the Bane was having "Dinky Days"? Good times.
Euryale: Hmph. I only usually come here to kill something.
Maverick: They took down my picture again! I'll send them another one.
Reeva: My best dates were always at the Bane.

Cinematic after defeating the Giant Devourer:

Rytlock Brimstone: Outstanding. I'd say this soldier exceeded expectations. What do you say, Steelbane?
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Uh...
Rytlock Brimstone: He's so impressed he's speechless! Haha. Now, get in that ring and fight, Steelbane, or I'll split you open myself.
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Uh...yes, sir...Tribune.
Rytlock Brimstone: I can't hear you, Legionnaire!
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Yes, sir!

After the cinematic:

Rytlock Brimstone: A formal challenge, Steelbane. This soldier's willing to fight to the death. How about you?
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Prepare to be impressed, Tribune. I am going to make an example out of this whimpering cub.

Cinematic after defeating Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane:

Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Stop! I surrender! Don't kill me. I can still be of use to the Blood Legion.
Rytlock Brimstone: He's done, soldier. Either he lives to continue serving the corps as best he can, or he dies in the name of legion discipline.
Rytlock Brimstone: Either way, the decision's yours. Kill him, or cast him out of your warband.

Talking to NPCs before deciding how to deal with Steelbane:

Rage Steeltongue: It doesn't matter how this turns out, I'm not following a worthless chew toy like you.
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Fine, go be a gladium. Steelbane's going down, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Cerosi Breaksteel: I knew this gig was too good to be true. Still, I'd rather be a gladium than a loser. Loser.
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What's a gladium?
Were you born in a skritt pit? A gladium's a charr without a warband. Usually because the rest of their warband died, and they didn't get permission to become a legionnaire and rebuild.
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Can't you just join another warband?
I could, but it's got to live up to my standards. And I've got high standards.
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Yeah, so high that you chose Steelbane. Ha.
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Steelbane got what he deserved.
Rytlock Brimstone: Looks like the tide has turned, <character name>. What's your plan of action?
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I'll let you know as soon as I know, sir.
Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane: Don't do it. I beg you. Let me live. I may have been harsh, but I was trying to do what was best for the warband!
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What was best for Steelbane, you mean. You started this; I'm finishing it. Die.
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You make me sick, you nauseating little whiner. Crawl away and take your shame with you.
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I like watching you squirm. I think I'll ponder this a little longer. Stay right here.

Cinematic after choosing:

(If spared Steelbane)
Rytlock Brimstone: Steelbane wasn't fit to command. Congratulations on your promotion, Legionnaire.
<Character name>: I'll rebuild this warband and live up to your trust, Tribune. I promise you that.
Rytlock Brimstone: Your first duty is to replenish your warband with honorable gladium. Earn their trust.
<Character name>: Understood. Any recommendations?
Rytlock Brimstone: Fyon the Wraith and Soure Doomsday. Both are good soldiers who've fallen on hard times.
Rytlock Brimstone: I'll give you a full briefing when you're ready.
(If killed Steelbane)
Rytlock Brimstone: Even the most glorious revolution is just a successful mutiny, hm? Congratulations on your promotion, Legionnaire.
<Character name>: Thank you, Tribune. I'll rebuild this warband and live up to your trust. I promise you that.
Rytlock Brimstone: Good. Now for your first orders. Replenish your warband with honorable gladium. Earn their trust.
<Character name>: Yes, sir. Any recommendations?
Rytlock Brimstone: Fyon the Wraith and Soure Doomsday. Both are good soldiers who've fallen on hard times.
Rytlock Brimstone: I'll give you a full briefing when you're ready.

Speaking to your sparring partner:

Clawspur: Legionnaire? Good.
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And Rage? What about him?
Rage and Cerosi won't follow you. The others are even less reasonable. That's okay by me. We don't need 'em.
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Sounds good to me.
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We'll rebuild this warband—together.
Dinky: You fought like a—like a mouth full of hornets! And that's mean!
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What now? Think Rage and Cerosi are going to be a problem?
I know Rage and Cerosi won't follow you. They're dumb like that.
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Sounds good to me. Let's go!
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It's true, but don't worry. We'll rebuild this warband without them. Together.
Euryale: That should show the legions. This isn't a warband to be trifled with!
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What about Rage and Cerosi? Do we get to kill them?
Nah. They'll run off with their tails between their legs. We're going to rebuild this warband. Together.
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Sounds good to me. Let's go!
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You've got the right attitude, my friend. Let's do it.
Maverick: Everything you know, you learned from me. That makes you pretty darn awesome.
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What do you think will happen to the others? Rage? Cerosi?
They wouldn't follow you if their toes were on fire and you were carrying a bucket of whiskey. If they come back, I'll teach 'em the error of their ways!.
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Sounds good to me. Let's go!
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I'm glad you're on my side, Mav.
Reeva: You did it! You redeemed our warband, and Steelbane's finally out of our fur. Hooray!
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So, Reeva, do we bother trying to invite any of the others into the warband? Rage and Cerosi for example?
Ew! No, thank you. They were horrible...oh! You're teasing me! You're terrible.
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Don't worry, I only want the best charr for this warband. And that means you.
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Thanks. What would I do without you?

Talking to the former Steelbane warband members:

Rage Steeltongue: Legionnaire Steelbane was a visionary! You're not fit to lick his boots. I'll have my revenge—you'll see!
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Get out of here before I change my mind and gut you.
Cerosi Breaksteel: Damn you. You and your whole spit-tooth warband. You'll never get anywhere with that bunch of dredge-heads.
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We're going to be the most famous warband in the legion some day. Watch and see, tail-sniffer.

Talking to Rytlock to decide which gladium to recruit:

Rytlock Brimstone: Very well, Legionnaire. You've got two solid choices: Soure Doomsday, or Fyon the Wraith. Thoughts?
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Tell me more about Fyon the Wraith, sir?
Fyon's warband spent decades in Ascalon hunting ghosts, until they were caught in an ambush. Only Fyon survived. He's a hardened veteran, good with blades, more stealthy than you'd expect from Blood Legion. A little old, perhaps, but still kicking.
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I'm ready to choose.
Which gladium will you recruit: Fyon the Wraith or Soure Doomsday?
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Fyon the Wraith. (Leads to The End of the Line)
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Soure Doomsday. (Leads to Magic Users)
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Tell me about Fyon one more time.
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Can I hear your thoughts on Soure again?
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I'll let you know soon.
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Sounds like what our warband needs. Where is he?
Near the Decimus Stones. He says he wants revenge on the ghosts that killed his warband, but I suspect he's looking to join them in death. You'll have to give him something worth living for.
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Okay. I'm ready to choose.
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Can you tell me more about Soure Doomsday?
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I'll let you know soon.
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What about Soure?
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I'll have to give it some thought.
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What's the report on Soure Doomsday? What did he do?
Soure's a talented necromancer. He was training for covert ops until his warband found him meeting with Flame Shamans. They accused him of treason. I suspect he was just over-eager.
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I'm ready to choose.
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So a mistrusted gladium needs a home, and my warband needs talent.
Not just mistrusted, but mistreated. And he's fed up. The Flame Legion's been using that anger to try to turn him to their side. You'll find him by the Victory Cenotaph.
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Okay. I'm ready to choose.
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What about Fyon the Wraith?
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I'll let you know soon.
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And what about Fyon the Wraith?
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I don't want to rush such an important decision. I'll be back.
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Let me think about this for a minute.

After choosing a gladium:

Clawspur: Steelbane? Worst officer ever. Won't miss him. I say rename the warband and move on.
Dinky: Bye-bye, Steelbane. Hey, let's pick a new name for our warband so we remember to forget him.
Maverick: Steelbane's gone, right? So we can rename ourselves. I like "Maverick's Warband."
Euryale: Steelbane's not dead enough for me. Let's change our warband's name and bury his memory.
Reeva: Hey, I just realized: with Steelbane gone, we can rename our warband!

Talking to Rytlock again:

Rytlock Brimstone: You've got a long way to go, Legionnaire, and you can start by whipping this warband into shape. I need this unit ready to deploy, ASAP.
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It'll be ready, sir. I promise.

My story[edit]

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Steelbane was furious when I didn't bring him his supplies, so he sent me to the Bane to fight for my life. I defeated all comers, but then Steelbane himself challenged me — and I defeated him, as well. Now I'm legionnaire of this warband! Cerosi and Rage didn't like it, and returned to being gladium. Good riddance.

My story

Trivia[edit]

  • This was initially named "It's Time for a Promotion."
  • Rytlock says that Soure is a necromancer when he is actually a mesmer.