A Difference of Opinion

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 57   A Difference of Opinion
Quest
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XP Gil
Expicon.png76,800 Gil Icon.png658
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Informationicon.png Description
Alphinaud seems determined to put all thoughts of failure aside, and turn his mind to the struggles ahead.
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Issuing NPC: Alphinaud
The Sea of Clouds -The Blue Window  (19-11)
Type: Main Scenario
Unlocks: Mainquest1 Icon.pngOne Good Turn,
Sidequest1 Icon.pngThree Beaks to the Wind
Requirements
Quest: Mainquest1 Icon.pngBolt, Chain, and Island
Lore & Dialogue
Loremonger:A Difference of Opinion
NPCs Involved: Cid
Journal
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  • You return with Alphinaud to the Zundu village, only to find it overrun with imperial troops. Their commanding officer, whom you quickly deduce to be Regula van Hydrus, hears your approach and demands you reveal yourselves. Seeing no other way to ensure the survival of the captured Vanu, you obey, and soon find yourself face-to-face with Varis zos Galvus, the newly crowned Emperor of Garlemald.

    Recognizing you and Alphinaud on sight, the Emperor surmises that the Scions of the Seventh Dawn seek Azys Lla in order to learn how the Allagans bound primals to their will. Pricked by Varis's presumption, Alphinaud musters the courage to decry the Empire's actions, only to be brushed aside by the Emperor, who orders his men to execute the captive Vanu Vanu regardless. Yet before they can carry out his command, the soldiers are sent reeling by a sudden barrage of cannon fire, and Lucia, piloting a suit of magitek armor, rushes to your side. Alert to the danger, Regula orders an immediate withdrawal, covered by the guns of the imperial battleship overhead, and though the resulting smoke obscures their retreat, the Emperor's voice─and its promise of a reunion─is unmistakable.
  • Concerned that imperial troops may have attacked the Enterprise as well, Alphinaud bids you return to Cid while he and Lucia inform the Zundu of Bismarck's demise. Return to the airship and confirm that all is well.
  • After learning that the engineers did not run afoul of the Garleans, you recount the tale of your meeting with the Emperor to Cid, who reacts more or less as you expected he would. Alphinaud and Lucia return shortly thereafter and inform you that, miraculously, no Zundu died in the imperial raid. Reasoning that Varis would have leveled the Vanu settlement by now if that were his intention, Alphinaud concludes that the Emperor has already fixed his sights on Azys Lla. Happily, repairs to the Enterprise are complete, and the hunt for the archbishop can continue in earnest.
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Though we failed to secure the key, we must not forget that we succeeded in ridding the realm of another primal─and prevented the Vanu Vanu's lands from being consumed in so doing. The Zundu, at least, shall be glad of our deeds this day. Let us go and inform Chief Sonu of our victory. Cid and the others will need a moment to tend to the Enterprise, besides.
I know you're eager to get after the Heavens' Ward, but considering what we just put the old girl through, I'd say she's due a little tender loving care.
...Now, where did I put my hammer?
As you'd expect, they flew off in the direction that beam was pointing. Bastards...
The force generated by the beam was enough to displace the ship, and after comparing the data recorded by our fore and aft gyroscopes, I... Ahem. To cut a long story short, I think I've almost determined its heading.


Wait. Something is amiss... Imperial troops─and they have already secured the area.
Reveal yourselves at once! And there I was expecting more beastmen. Who are you!?
I thought Ishgardians responsible for the disappearance of our scouts, but I see now that I was mistaken. Just as Roaille observed. The Warrior of Light is wont to appear at the most inopportune times.
The Warrior of Light? He who bested van Baelsar!?
It would seem that the famous hero of Eorzea seeks Azys Lla as well. Hardly unexpected. The secrets of the Allagans' power to bind eikons to their will could scarcely fail to interest the Scions of the Seventh Dawn... You know as well as we what will ensue should these insatiable creatures be allowed to roam free─that their very existence threatens the life of this star. We but disagree on the solution to the problem.
Genocide has ever been the Empire's favored recourse─and that is why we will continue to oppose your every attempt to claim Eorzea!
You do not hesitate to speak your mind...even when your every word could be your last. Alas, your sentiments betray the narrowness of your view. The fate of Eorzea and its inhabitants is of little concern next to the fate of the world. 'Tis my solemn charge as emperor to bring the eikons to heel. If this requires the extermination of certain elements, then so be it.
No, don't! They are not His thralls!
Where did that come from!?
Take cover!
Your Radiance, we must withdraw!
We shall meet again, Warrior of Light. On that you have my word.
So Garlemald, too, has designs on Azys Lla... But why would the Emperor himself elect to lead the expedition?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would stand less than twenty paces from the Emperor of Garlemald... Varis zos Galvus in the flesh... I assume the commander that accompanied him must be the legatus of whom the centurion spoke... Ah, forgive me. This is neither the time nor place for such idle speculation. Pray return to the Enterprise at once. It occurs to me that our friends may have run afoul of imperial forces as well. I have yet to apprise Chief Sonu of all that has occurred, but once I have, we will rejoin you at the airship.
If you fear for our safety, may I direct your attention to the suit of the magitek armor nearby and its exceedingly capable pilot.
Ah, the armor? I had it sent here as a precautionary measure...
So they too are seekers of the forbidden secrets, these netherlings of black steel...


Bugger me, did you see the size of that imperial battleship!?
We saw it fire on the village! Are you all right, Forename!?
What the─!? Was that what I thought it was? Thank the Twelve you're alive, Forename! When that battleship appeared and fired on the village, we feared the game was up for you and Alphinaud. What in the seven hells happened out there? First the archbishop turns up with an Ascian in tow, and now the godsdamned Emperor pays us a visit!? What is this, a procession of notable bastards? Who's next? The Keeper of the Seventh bloody Gate!?
No one so “notable,” Master Garlond.
I am happy to report that the Zundu were overjoyed to learn of Bismarck's demise. Chief Sonu sends his warmest regards, Forename. There was much talk of westerly winds.
Miraculously, none suffered lasting harm during the raid. It would seem the Zundu were taken entirely unawares, and wisely chose to offer no resistance.
I sense they have no more to fear from the Empire, for the present, at least. Had the Emperor truly been intent on their extermination, Ok' Zundu would already have been leveled. Plainly, Varis is only interested in reaching Azys Lla.
Speaking of which, if you're all ready to continue the chase, the Enterprise is as well. Shall we?
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