A Final Temptation

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 50   A Final Temptation
Quest
Rewardsicon.png Rewards
XP Gil
Expicon.png4,800 Gil Icon.png939
Informationicon.png Description
Thancred wishes to discuss how to proceed with the investigation.
Objectivesicon.png Objectives
Issuing NPC: Thancred
Western Thanalan -Horizon's Edge -Horizon (22-17)
Type: Main Scenario
Unlocks: Mainquest1 Icon.pngThe Mother of Exiles
Requirements
Quest: Mainquest1 Icon.pngStill Waters
NPCs Involved: FufulupaY'shtola
Mobs Involved: Unknown Ravager
Journal
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For want of a better idea, Thancred suggests consulting Fufulupa once more. Speak with the Brass Blade and find out if he has aught to offer.

Upon learning that someone within the Brass Blades' ranks may be involved in the crystal thefts, Thancred and Y'shtola devise a plan to lure the thieves into the open. Posing as a courier in possession of crystals, Y'shtola will act as bait, while you and Thancred observe from a distance. Should the thieves appear, you are to subdue them by any means necessary.

Y'shtola's ruse succeeds in drawing the thieves out into the open, but when the trap is sprung, it quickly becomes clear that they will not be taken alive. Left with no other choice, you fight till each lies dead. Report all that has occurred to Y'shtola.

Although the thieves had naught in their possession to indicate their allegiance, Thancred notes that all were Sea Wolves, and that each of them sported distinctive blue facial tattoos. This observation appears to prompt a revelation in Y'shtola, who immediately takes her leave to make inquiries. Having been placed in charge of matters in Thanalan, Thancred invites you to return with him to Horizon and report to Fufulupa.

Fufulupa informs you that the traitorous Brass Blade was identified while you were away, but that the Lominsan-born Sea Wolf subdued the unit sent to detain him and took flight. Though he assures you that his comrades will soon hunt down the fugitive, you wonder if the task might better be entrusted to one more capable. Before you can volunteer, however, Thancred is informed via linkpearl that your services are needed elsewhere.

Dialogue
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  1. Thancred Any bright ideas? A solitary flash of insight? ...No? Well then, for want of a better suggestion, I say we try picking Fufulupa's brain again.
  2. Thancred Who knows, if we work together, we may yet find something of use nestled away within it.
  3. Yshtola Mayhap a more subtle approach is in order...
  4. Thancred I'm flattered that you enjoy my company so much, , but talking to me isn't going to get us anywhere. Come, let's have a word with Fufulupa.
  5. Yshtola And what of the Brass Blades of the Rose? Can you say for certain that none were involved?
  6. Fufulupa To be honest...I cannot. I have done my utmost to purge the corruption from our ranks since Captain Baldewyn was brought to justicebut of those who remain... Well, let's just say that there are many whose wants exceed their wealth.
  7. Fufulupa I fear the presence of a traitor would go some way to explain how the thieves' activities escaped our notice for so long.
  8. Thancred ...It would be most unfortunate if your fears proved well founded, Fufulupa.
  9. Yshtola Indeed. If, for reasons of security, the Concern decided to transfer the remaining crystals stored in Horizon to another location, their plans would be discovered the moment the Brass Blades were informed.
  10. Thancred Ah, but such a shipment would surely be well guarded. Would thieves as wily as ours risk open confrontation?
  11. Yshtola Mayhap not. But neither would the Concern be eager to present them with such an obvious target. Nay, they might instead elect to carry out the transfer in secret─to entrust the goods to, let us say, a lone Miqo'te miner, traveling without escort so as not to attract undue attention.
  12. Fufulupa But who─ Ahhh, I see! Yes, the Concern may well elect to do that. But to travel with so much cargo would be a strenuous task indeed, and this miner would certainly need to rest upon the way. Mayhap...north of the bridge to Hammerlea?
  13. Thancred A fine spot for a rest─would you not agree, ? ...Alas, the role of the Miqo'te miner is taken, so you will lie in wait to the north, and I will do the same to the south.
  14. Fufulupa Ahem! Forgive me, my friends, but I have received new orders! I must inform my men at once!
  15. Thancred Call me a cynic, but I would be surprised if these thieves lay down their arms and surrender. See that you come prepared to offer them some encouragement.
  16. Thancred What are you doing, !? If the thieves approach from the north, there will be no one there to stop them!
  17. Balloon Guards!? No matter. Kill 'em all!
  18. Balloon I ain't dyin' in this godsforsaken 'ell'ole!
  19. Yshtola Meanin' no offense, miss─I'd sooner be left in peace.
  20. Thancred Bumped into the thieves, did you? I don't suppose any of them are still breathing, are they? Hm. I though not. Well, no sense keeping our miner friend waiting, then.
  21. Yshtola Stubborn to the last, as expected. You are unharmed?
  22. Thancred A gang of Sea Wolf thieves, and in Thanalan, no less. I suppose there's a first time for everything...
  23. Yshtola Sea Wolves? All of them?
  24. Thancred Aye, and all with the same taste in facial tattoos. Blue, in case you were wondering.
  25. Yshtola ...Our thieves are a long way from home.
  26. Yshtola Thancred─if you would be so good as to attend to the outstanding matters in Horizon... I have inquiries to make.
  27. Thancred To Horizon, then. Fufulupa will want to hear about your meeting with the thieves.
  28. Thancred This tale does not require a bard's embellishment. Simply tell Fufulupa what transpired.
  29. Fufulupa On behalf of the Brass Blades of the Rose, I thank you for your service to Horizon!
  30. Fufulupa Ah, but we have not been idle! While you were afield, we succeeded in identifying the traitor within our ranks!
  31. Thancred Is that so? Then, by your leave, I should very much like to have a word with the fellow in private.
  32. Fufulupa Ah...no. I am afraid that will not be possible. Regrettably, he, um...managed to subdue the unit of Blades dispatched to detain him, and made good his escape.
  33. Thancred Oh, for the love of─ And how did he manage that, exactly? Your men haven't been sampling that somnus we confiscated, have they? Or was he a giant in disguise?
  34. Fufulupa N-No...but he was quite strong! A Sea Wolf─Lominsan born and raised, I believe. But do not worry─we will find him, you have my word on that!
  35. Thancred I see... Pray keep me apprised of any developments.
  36. Thancred Yes? ...She's standing next to me. ...Understood.
  37. Thancred I fear our time together is at an end, my friend. Your services are required elsewhere. Awfully disappointing, I know, but one must follow where duty leads.
  38. Thancred ...You might try to look a little disappointed! Or do you mean to give me another one of your stoic nods? You do, don't you?
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