※Akadaemia Anyder can be accessed via the Duty Finder.
Oh, land-dweller! You were one of the ancients' messengers, yes? How fortunate I have found you!
We need your help. Ever sssince the abyss was lit with the city's lanterns, a great beast the likes of which we have never ssseen has begun hunting near the Cups.
It thrashes and gnashes with its cavernous maw, leaving nothing but tattered flesh in its wake. The eldest of the aath fear it is an omen─a harbinger of our people's destruction.
Have we angered the ancients? We cannot know. We dare not enter their sssacred abode without first receiving their blessings.
That is why I came to this town of land-dwellers, to ssseek those who had helped us before. And here you are!
Please, enter the ancients' city once more. Ssspeak with them, and learn what we have done to earn their ire...
The ancients welcomed you once before, yes? Please, ssspeak with them on our behalf, and learn what we can do to placate their wrath.
How may I help you?
...And this beast was like no other, you say? Judging by the description, it may very well be one of the new types of fauna being created by the researchers of Akadaemia Anyder.
As such, this matter is out of my purview. I suggest you take your claims to the Bureau of the Architect, or better yet, speak with an Akadaemia scholar directly.
You will find Akadaemia Anyder and its public offices to the south of this building. If this mystery beast is one of their experiments, then they will surely have more information to offer you.
Take your claim to the Akadaemia Anyder public offices─the attendant at the front desk should be able to offer you more information on this mystery creation.
Welcome to the public offices of Akadaemia Anyder. The hallowed halls of the Akadaemia itself are restricted to accredited scholars.
...Ah, my apologies. If I am not mistaken, your residency was arranged directly by Emet-Selch himself.
As such, you have been granted special dispensation to enter our prestigious institution. Might I ask what has prompted your visit with us today...?
...I see. Yes, that particular creation is under our supervision.
If you would like to confirm the beast's containment yourself, then might I suggest a tour of the grounds? Our head researcher is in residence, and may be available to answer questions about the experiment you described.
Your zeal for knowledge is impressive in one so young. I do implore you, however, to be careful inside the Akadaemia. Mind what you touch, and try not to distract the other researchers from their work.
Finally, I must insist that you report to me on your return─it wouldn't do to lose track of our little visitor. This way, if you please.
Yes, little one? Were you not ready to enter the Akadaemia?
Ah, our studious visitor returns. What did you think of our experiments? Were your questions answered in a satisfactory manner?
What you witnessed would not have been transformation magicks. 'Tis more likely you observed the results of our research into advanced creation.
Shapechanging is a temporary effect at best. Creation, on the other hand, converts one's life energies into aether, which is then expended to bring a well-constructed concept into solid reality.
By combining the aether of many individuals, we can theoretically create entities of ever greater complexity and grandeur─the methodology of which is the focus of our current experiments.
Was there aught else which piqued your curiosity? I shall endeavor to provide you with answers to the best of my ability.
|The experiments had escaped.||I never thought of Lahabrea as an academic...||I have nothing more to ask.|
As for the creature you suspect has broken free, rest assured that our officials will be taking up the thread of your investigation. You...are certain it was not within the Akadaemia grounds?
Hm. If by some miracle Archaeotania has gained its freedom...then what has become of the researchers tasked to contain it?
Hm? Oh, idle musings, nothing more! Was there not an acquaintance awaiting news of your progress? Best not keep them in the dark!
The Akadaemia shall handle the remainder of this investigation, little one. You should return to your acquaintance and share what wisdom you have learned this day.
You have returned! What of the ancients? How do we sssoothe their rancor!?
You mean the beast...essscaped? It was not released to torment us? A terrible creation indeed, if it can ssslip the bonds of the ancients...
And yet, it is a relief to know that we did not ssslight the old ones─that it was not our deeds which sssummoned forth this fiend.
I will ssswim back to the Cups and consult my comrades. We must think on a ssstrategy.
Though huge in sssize, the beast is ssswift. Elusive. My kin would be glad to have your aid in ssseeking its tracks.
Finless ones do best where there is no water...and the sea has yet to reclaim our home. Come to the ocean floor, land-dweller. Come and hunt the beast!