Aether to Aether

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 86   Aether to Aether

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Hermes: Elpis - Philomythes Notos - Anagnorisis (x:24.2, y:23.3)

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Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 86)

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Ironwood Foot Gear Coffer (IL 539)
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Something seems to be weighing on Hermes's mind.
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  • Something seems to be weighing on Hermes's mind.

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Tell me, Forename. In the course of watching me, have you learned aught of value?
What will you say?
Nothing so far, but I'm hopeful that will change. Dynamis─dynamis seemed promising. I'm not sure what I'm looking for, but I don't think I've found it yet...
I see... If you told me what it is you seek, I would be able to better accommodate you.
Dynamis, you say? Curious that such an obscure phenomenon should be of interest to you.
If only my work were more interesting... Nevertheless, I'm still indebted to you for keeping Meteion company. If there is aught I might do, you need but ask.
Chief Hermes, what good fortune to find you here.
Is something the matter?
The lykaon─I'm afraid it's done it again.
No sooner did we release one for observation than it set upon the nearby okyupetes, slaughtering them.
Was the creature hungry? Or somehow provoked?
I had just fed them myself, and the okyupetes were keeping a wide berth. It is the nature of the lykaon that is to blame. Their innate viciousness.

Temperament aside, it is an outstanding creation, perfect in form and function.

Though it may not be suited for release, I've no doubt that the bureau will accept its concept for preservation.

In any case, there's no point in postponing the inevitable. Doros will revert them all once the paperwork is in order.
Where is the scene of the incident?
Just off the path to the Twelve Wonders. As you make your way, you should see it on the left. I don't know if Doros is still there, however.
H-Hermes! Wait!
If this is part of his work, then I would observe. We follow.
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Quest Accepted

It's heavy... Hermes's pain...
The okyupete is no easy prey. With its hooves and horns, it was designed to be formidable even on land.
Yet they didn't stand a chance against the lykaon...
A fearsome beast, this lykaon... But where is it now?
The lacerations and burns are unmistakable. A lykaon was indeed responsible.

But the creature is nowhere to be seen. Doros must have taken it away.

The man makes his base at the Twelve Wonders. I shall go and seek him out there.
Emet-Selch and I will search the area for good measure. Just to make sure the lykaon did not escape.
My thanks. Let us meet at the Twelve Wonders when you have finished.
I will go on ahead. Please follow with Forename.
Come, come. It's down this path and over the bridge.

Local Dialogue
What an enchanting familiar! I would be delighted to assist in your little journey of discovery and personal growth.
I have so enjoyed the time I've spend with the ailouroi... If only all of our creations were so sweet.
Perhaps I shall petition for “incorrigible” to be added to the list of this concept's innate traits...
...Hm. Have you seen me eat anything today? Between my observational work and my writing, I've been so busy that I cannot quite recall if I did.
So many fascinating creations frolicking about, yet here I am trapped with these climate records. If I don't receive a more stimulating assignment soon, my mind is like to crumble to dust.
Surrounded by such wonders, one cannot help but envision new concepts... Not all of them good, mind you.
Given its body weight and the effort it requires to remain aloft, I would say this creature can fly for...
I am observing concepts that specialize in illusions, of course. Can't you tell?
You did marvelously in your flight training today. Very well done indeed!

There it is─the Twelve Wonders. Hermes is looking for Doros. Let's look for Doros too!
He's a man with long, blond hair...I think. I'll know him when I see him!
Meteion is now accompanying you. Keep her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives.

You can leave Meteion behind by entering a different area, putting too much distance between you, or by speaking with her and selecting the option to part ways.

If you wish to have Meteion accompany you again, return and speak with her at the original location.
Come on, let's find Doros. He's a man with long, blond hair...I think!
All right! I'll wait in front of the Twelve Wonders.
Ready to look for Doros again? Let's go, let's go!

...Hm? May I help you?
You recall that you do not actually know what Doros looks like. You should have Meteion accompanying you before initiating conversation.
Meteion has yet to arrive. Be sure she is at your side before attempting to continue.
...Hm? If you're with Meteion, then I assume you're on an errand for Hermes. What can I do for you?
S-Sorry, wrong person! We're looking for Doros...
Ah, I see. We do have similar hair, so people often mistake us from afar. I hope you find him soon.
Don't worry, you're hardly the first ones to mistake me for Doros, and you certainly won't be the last.
Once I get back and record today's results, I should finally be able to put that report to bed...
You recall that you do not actually know what Doros looks like. You should have Meteion accompanying you before initiating conversation.
Meteion has yet to arrive. Be sure she is at your side before attempting to continue.
Once I get back and record today's results, I should finally be able to put that report to bed...
Not Doros! His hair is long, but the color is wrong.
...Doros? I think he returned a short while ago.
You recall that you do not actually know what Doros looks like. You should have Meteion accompanying you before initiating conversation.
Meteion has yet to arrive. Be sure she is at your side before attempting to continue.
Doros! That's Doros!
Well now, if it isn't Meteion. What brings you here?
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Ah, I thought I heard familiar voices!

I didn't realize you two had decided to help me search for Doros. Thank you.

You're in charge of the lykaones, I believe. Where are they now?
Out in the fields in restraints. Frenzied as they were, I couldn't well return them to Ktisis.
Once I've submitted my report, I'll see them reverted without delay.
It's as he says. The beasts are indeed quite ferocious.
Y-You're one of the Fourteen! Wh-What brings you here!?
Nothing you need concern yourself with. As you were.
We've heard the news─that a lykaon slaughtered okyupetes. As the observer in charge, you are of the opinion that they are not fit to be released?
Aye, I am. Their abnormal aggression and exceptional strength makes for a highly problematic combination.
It matters not where they are released. Lykaones would threaten other species and upset the natural order.
Could it be that the specimens observed are an outlier?
Highly unlikely. We've created a good many of them; all exhibited the same tendencies.
Even when we used Kairos to begin with a fresh slate, their behavior was unchanged.
A memory reconfiguration system. The chief himself created it.
It allows us to erase or alter memories, that we may observe creations in different environmental conditions without needing to remake them from scratch.
Quite impressive...and potentially dangerous. Depending on the intensity of the aetheric emissions, Pashtarot may wish to have words with you.
Rest assured I've kept all values within prescribed limits. And to prevent misuse, its applications are limited to those authorized by the chief overseer.
Do not misunderstand. To manipulate a subject's memories is an intrusive act I deeply abhor. But it is still preferable to execution.
Come now, Chief, let's not be so melodramatic! What was born of aether is simply being reduced to its original state.

I know the distinctions concern you, but we mustn't lose sight of the bigger picture─making rational choices for the sake of a more prosperous star.

If a creation cannot be properly studied even with the aid of Kairos, we remake it. If a creation is deemed a detrimental existence, we unmake it. 'Tis all for the greater good, and none question the necessity of such routine processes.
I understand these things, I do. I would never think to unleash a clear and undeniable threat unto the world.

Yet insignificant though their individual lives may be next to all creation, it is all the lykaones have.

Before we seal their fates, we owe it to these beings to exhaust all options. To ensure that nothing has been overlooked.
If you insist. Let me provide you with a full report, and we may take it from there.
Would it be possible for us to attend the discussion? That Emet-Selch may better carry out his duties.
By all means.
Pray show them to the meeting room.
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We have a duty to the star, this I know. But it doesn't mean we don't also have a responsibility to the lives we bring into existence here.
To man, other beings are just things. To be used and controlled. Like magic.
That's what Hermes told me once...
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