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A Test of Courage

Featurequest1 Icon.png Lv. 60   Uses Quest Sync. Quest difficulty and EXP rewards will be adjusted to match your current level.  A Test of Courage

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
This quest requires you to fight enemies in a level 60 instance with a 30 minute time limit.
Kabuto: The Ruby Sea - Rasen Kaikyo - Tamamizu (x:29.5, y:16.5)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Tamamizu

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071341.png60MisdeliveredFeaturequest1 Icon.png Misdelivered (Level 60)

Spacer2.png Disciples of War or Magic (Level 60)

Kojin Relations Icon.png Honored Reputation (Tier 6) (1320/1320) with the Kojin
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Experience Points

Miscellaneous Reward
Unlocks ability to purchase Kabuto of the BlueOyoroi of the BlueKote of the BlueTsutsu-hakama of the BlueSune-ate of the Blue
Achieve Sworn reputation with the Kojin.
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Kabuto is making ready to storm the Isle of Zekki.
※The difficulty of this quest will be synced to your current level.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Kabuto.
  • Defeat Shaugi.
  • Speak with Kabuto at the Dive.
  • Speak with Kabuto at the Dive.
  • Speak with Kabuto at Tamamizu.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071341.png60True-blueFeaturequest1 Icon.png True-blue (Level 60)

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KabutoCandid KojinBunchinZukinMakuraShikitahe
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  • Kabuto is making ready to storm the Isle of Zekki.
※The difficulty of this quest will be synced to your current level.
  • Kabuto has every intention of rescuing Tsukumo, but he cannot do it alone. First, he must enlist the aid of his fellow Kojin. As he musters the courage to do so, he asks you to accompany him in case he should falter.
※Please note that the difficulty of this quest has been synced to your current level. Furthermore, you may not proceed with a class or job that is different from when you accepted this quest.
  • One of Kabuto's brothers agrees to help much to his surprise. Though only a small success, it gives him courage. So much so, he asks you to wait with Bunchin while he takes on the monumental task of speaking with all the Kojin of Tamamizu.
  • Kabuto has done his due diligence and spoken with all his brothers. All that remains is to wait. Then wait. Then wait a while longer. Just as he was beginning to lose hope, the other members of the Divine Circle arrive. They each have taken steps to prepare for the upcoming battle, and their remaining brothers are all at the ready outside of Tamamizu. It is time for battle, and so Kabuto bids you follow him to the Dive.
  • The plan to distract the Red Kojin about the island was a success. The entrance is unguarded, and Kabuto is prepared to rush inside.
  • Together you and Kabuto fight your way through to the Air of the Opulent and at last find Tsukumo held captive by Hirumaki. A duel ensues, and the ringing of steel against steel is deafening. Alas, Kabuto appears to be no match for Hirumaki. The red-shelled swordsman prepares to deliver the finishing blow when Tsukumo struggles to speak. He offers a few words of encouragement before growing still, and Kabuto realizes at once what has happened. He then finds the strength to strike one last time. Hirumaki collapses to the ground, but Kabuto follows shortly after. With the general defeated, the other Blue Kojin carry the unmoving Tsukumo and Kabuto back to Tamamizu.
  • Tsukumo is no more. The doll sits silently on an altar in the treasure vault when Shihoumi arrives to examine it. Kabuto's hopes of saving Tsukumo are dashed, however, when she tells him there is nothing she can do. Feeling defeated, Kabuto casts a sullen look at the altar and notices a peculiar gem on the ground. Shihoumi is quick to identify it as materia, and wastes no time affixing it to Kabuto's helmet. Taking the materia as a parting gift, he vows to honor Tsukumo's memory by redoubling his efforts to serve the Divine Circle.

I'm afraid you've arrived early, Forename. There is still much to do before preparations are complete.

Yet I cannot stop thinking about Tsukumo's capture. Why strike in Kugane rather than here in Tamamizu? There is little we could have done to stop them had they tried.

Unless... What if this was not the work of the Red as a whole, but a plot by Hirumaki to satisfy his own greed?

Defeating him would be the key to rescuing Tsukumo.

The problem, however, is he is always so heavily guarded.

Our plans and preparation will all be for nothing unless they can be drawn away.

As ever your aid is greatly appreciated.

Nevertheless, we cannot deny their numbers. Sheer strength alone will not grant us victory.

The other members of the Divine Circle intend to create a distraction to draw them away, but even then we are still outmatched.

<sigh> How am I to sway my brothers to join us? Even the mere mention of the Isle of Zekki is enough to turn them away.
Manual : Insert the correct Q & A's below into a table
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What will you say?

You must convince them with your actions.

You must convince them with a thorough explanation of your plan.

My actions...? Ah, like the Qestir of the Azim Steppe.

Hmmm. That sounds like what Tsukumo would do. He always had a way with words.

If that is what you believe, then I suppose it is worth a try.

Erm... Would you be willing to accompany me? Not to speak with everyone, of course. Only until I've gained my nerve.
Quest Accepted
Ah, Forename. Your presence is greatly appreciated. Ahem. Now then.
Are you well, Kabuto? It's rather unlike you to call on anyone for help. I suppose next Makura will tell us the striped rays are drowning.
Tsukumo has been taken by the Red, and I mean to rescue him.
So it is true! I had hoped it was only a rumor. But what are we to do? We are not fighters, Kabuto. You would be leading turtles to slaughter.

I realize that, which is why I will not ask you to fight. But I do have a plan that requires your help.

You are perhaps the greatest swimmer the Ruby Sea has ever known, and your knowledge of its currents is unmatched. That is why I would ask you to lead their soldiers on a chase—distract them that I might do battle with their leader alone.

A chase, you say? Hmmm. It should be simple enough to drag those sea slugs through the waves. It might even prove fun.

Very well. Give me time to prepare and you will have your diversion.

He listened. He listened and agreed to help! No doubt your presence helped to convince him.

But I cannot ask you to be present for everyone. Wait with the elder while I speak with the others.
Aren't you the one aiding the Divine Circle in their search for treasure? You've done fine work for the Blue. Yes, fine work indeed.
I never realized talking could be so tiresome.

I take it you have spoken with everyone, then. Fear not. Your cause is just, and from what Forename has told me, your plan is sound.

We need only wait for the others to assemble.
It would seem my words have fallen on deaf ears. Come, Forename. We must save Tsukumo on our own.
You are too quick to judge your brothers, Kabuto. Take another look.
Sorry to keep you waiting. I thought it prudent we have proper weapons should we be forced to confront the Red, so I made a short trip to visit the Qestir.
You traveled all the way to Reunion for weapons!?
I paid a visit to the forge in Kugane, and the young smith—Shihoumi, I believe is her name—insisted she be brought here to prepare for Tsukumo's return. She seemed quite adamant about seeing to his repairs.
Shihoumi! I had nearly forgotten. I know not how to repay you.
When a brother is in need, we help. It's as simple as that.
Just so. In fact, you'll find more of our brothers are waiting for you outside. Everyone is prepared to do their part to see Tsukumo returned safely.

Which is why I scouted ahead, lest we have any unwanted surprises. I overheard the soldiers on watch speaking of Hirumaki.

They say he's been gloating over his latest plunder, keeping it on display at the Air of the Opulent. It has to be Tsukumo.

Then I know where I must go.

As I mentioned before, your task will be to circle about the island and draw the attention of as many soldiers as you can.

While they're distracted, Forename and I will sneak onto the island through the Dive.
Today we shall prove the Blue are not to be trifled with.
To the Isle of Zekki!
Kabuto has taken to recruiting our brothers for his attack on the Isle of Zekki? It seems he has learned much from his time away from Tamamizu.

You're here. Good. Everyone is in position.

When we reach the Air of the Opulent, I will see to Hirumaki while you retrieve Tsukumo.

Are you ready?
You needn't worry about me. I may be old, but with age comes great wisdom. I know enough of battle to handle myself in the field.
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I apologize if I've worried you. I am fine, but there is still no change in Tsukumo.
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Quest Completed
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You have achieved Sworn reputation with the Kojin.

Furthermore, you will receive an experience point bonus upon the completion of the Kojin tribal daily quests.

New Kojin tribal daily quests are now available from Zukin at Tamamizu.
Edit A Test of Courage's Dialogue

You'll begin synced to level 60, with the Brilliant Conviction buff. Kabuto Ironshell will join you for this fight. Run forward to Bunchin, Oldest of the Older, and pick up the Blessed Namazu Chime next to him to grant both of you Damage Up and unlock the way onwards.
You'll enter a battlefield. A Red Bukan and Red Hyoe are fighting a Head-headed Blue, a Red Bukan and Striped Ray are on Makura Raykeep, a Striped Ray is on Shikitahe Shellspinner, and a Red Hyoe is on Zukin Shellbreaker. Save them all, and Makura Raykeep will lead you to a Blessed Qestiri Morin Khuur that will grant Rehabilitation (Strong regen) and open the way onwards.
At the crest of the hill you'll encounter two Red Bukan, two Red Hyoe, and a Striped Ray. Simply group them up together and Kabuto Ironshell will ready his limit break, Blue Cut, to take them out. One more of each foe will appear, but repeat the process of grouping them up for his limit again. A final wave of two of each mob will appear, just group them all up in Kabuto's AoE indicator and help AoE them down.
In the next room, you'll approach a pair of Red Bukan, but a hidden pair of Red Honkan will strike from behind, with one of them tethering Kabuto Ironshell to inflict Fetters and Vulnerability Up. Attack the one tethering him ASAP to save him, then mop them up.
After the fight, Makura Raykeep will approach to lead you to one last treasure. The Blessed Hingan Armor will grant you both Vulnerability Down and open the onward. Fully buffed, march onward to your fight with Shaugi Greatshell. He uses the following moves and mechanics:
Ruby Spray: This will summon several AoEs under you, chasing you as you move out of each one. Inflicts moderate damage and Magic Vulnerability Up
Curse of the Tides: Several Tidal Ball adds will appear and ready Splinter, a powerful AoE. You do not need to kill all of them, simply kill the one Kabuto runs towards to create a safe spot to stand in. Getting hit deals heavy damage and Magic Vulnerability Up.
Ruby Rip: A stack mechanic that will be centered on Kabuto. This usually happens after other attacks on you, requiring you to not run too far while dodging the AoEs.
Stench of Death: This will tether you and do more damage the closer you are to Shaugi Greatshell.
Curse of the Tides (25%): At 25% HP he'll cast a special version of Curse of the Tides that creates two Tidal Walls that grant him Invincibility and must be defeated. During this time he'll also spam a heavy AoE called High Tide. Defeat both walls ASAP to stop him.
Seventy-seventh Wave: Used immediately after the Tidal Walls are defeated, this deals heavy damage and knockback.
The most important part of the fight is to avoid letting you or Kabuto get hit by avoidable AoEs. These inflict Magic Vulnerability Up, and as all of Shaugi Greatshell's attacks are magic-based this will make them hurt harder. On the plus side, his reliance on magic means role actions such as Addle or Apocatastasis can help reduce damage, as well as Wanderer's Troubadour if playing BRD.
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