An Uncertain Future

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 60   An Uncertain Future
Quest
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Alphinaud wishes to share the latest developments in the search for the missing Scions.
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Issuing NPC: Alphinaud
Fortemps Manor  (6-6)
Type: Main Scenario
Unlocks: Mainquest1 Icon.pngBreaking the Cycle
Requirements
Quest: Mainquest1 Icon.pngHeavensward (Quest)
Lore & Dialogue
Loremonger:An Uncertain Future
NPCs Involved: Temple Knight GuardLuciaTataru
Journal
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  • Although there has been progress in the search for F'lhaminn, Yda, and Papalymo, the hunt for Minfilia and Thancred remains at a standstill. Fortunately, it would seem that one of the surviving Students of Baldesion is coming to aid you in your efforts. As much as he would like to stay and greet the Sharlayan scholar, Alphinaud─and you─have been summoned for a private audience with Ser Aymeric to discuss an undisclosed matter. Attend the lord commander at the Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly forthwith.
  • Despite Ser Aymeric's decision to disclose the circumstances surrounding his father's disappearance, there is growing unrest in the city of Ishgard. Some dispute the lord commander's version of events, while many who do accept the truth question the measures taken to stop the archbishop. Still others have turned their ire on the clergy whom they claim were complicit in Thordan's deception. Desperate to secure a lasting peace, Ser Aymeric bids you escort Lucia to Anyx Trine, that she might treat with Vidofnir and thereby reestablish diplomatic relations with Hraesvelgr's brood.
  • Lucia admits to knowing little of Anyx Trine or its surrounding lands, and thanks you for agreeing to serve as her escort. As it may be some time before you return to the capital, Alphinaud thinks it best to notify Tataru of your plans prior to departing.
  • Tataru is heartened to learn of your diplomatic mission, and readily concedes that it should take precedence over receiving the Sharlayan scholar. Even so, she encourages you to join the welcoming party in Idyllshire should time permit, as the Sharlayan scholar in question is not just anyone... Before she can elaborate, however, Alphinaud loudly declares that you must return to the Congregation at once. Apparently, the first commander has been kept waiting long enough.
  • Lucia has finished her preparations and is eager to depart. With luck, this will be a momentous journey...
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Fortuitous timing as always, Forename. Tataru was about to brief me on the search for our missing comrades.
If you would be so kind, then?
Absolutely! You'll be pleased to hear that Riol and his men have been making excellent progress!

You remember how F'lhaminn helped me to escape the Crystal Braves in Limsa Lominsa, only to then disappear? Well, according to Riol, she crept aboard a ship bound for Radz-at-Han, where she's been hiding ever since. He assures me that it won't be long before we're reunited.


As for Yda and Papalymo, the remains of their linkpearls have been found─and in Pearl Lane of all places. Riol thinks they must have disposed of them after escaping from the Royal Promenade.
Yes, that would make sense... They could not risk being eavesdropped upon by our betrayers.
We're all but certain they fled the city shortly after...though we still don't have a clue where they went.
I see. And what of Thancred and Minfilia?
...I'm afraid I have nothing new to share about those two. But it's not all doom and gloom! The good news is, we've enlisted the services of a Sharlayan scholar─one of the Students of Baldesion─to aid in the search, who should be arriving any day now!
One of the Students, you say? I should very much like to meet this scholar─if time permits.

But first we must attend to a more pressing matter. Ser Aymeric has summoned the two of us for a private audience. The messenger did not specify what he wished to discuss─only that it was urgent.


Assuming you have no objections, Forename, I suggest we proceed to the Congregation forthwith.


And mayhap we can meet with the scholar afterwards. Agreed?
In that case, I think I'll return to the Forgotten Knight for now. Things are liable to fall apart if I'm gone too long, you know!
Don't worry about our visitor. Y'shtola and I will treat her to a warm welcome!
Good invariably triumphs over evil in faerie tales, yet they are conspicuously reticent about what follows...
The lord commander is within. Pray proceed, sir.
Thank you for coming. I wished to speak with you both in a place where privacy was assured.
We quite understand. What was it that you wished to discuss?
With my father's passing, the seat of the archbishop lies vacant. And so, in accordance with canon law, I have assumed his responsibilities.

I should stress that this is a temporary measure. It was never intended that the lord commander of the Temple Knights serve in this capacity indefinitely.


Quite the opposite. The statutes specify that I should surrender my powers as soon as a conclave of the senior clergy and the High Houses have named a new archbishop.


But in light of recent events, that would not seem appropriate.
I confess, I did not expect you to divulge quite so much quite so soon. The details of the archbishop's plans, perhaps...but the true origin of the war and all it entails...?
I too had concerns. But when the Warrior of Light is witnessed returning to the capital upon the back of a dragon, one's options are rather limited.

Mayhap I could have concealed certain details...but for how long? And at what risk? Should the truth have come to light in the meantime, how would the people have viewed my silence?


After a thousand years of lies and secrecy, I could not well abuse their trust and hope to be believed. The time for deception has passed.


...I only wish the people agreed. That some would deny the truth, I had anticipated─but not this many. And among the few who acknowledge that my father had to be stopped, no small number question our methods.
If they suspect a coup, it will not be long before some turn to violence.
It has already begun─and that on both sides. Men and women of the cloth are being harassed in the streets. Some have even been assaulted in the Brume.
Hilda and her people have formed a watch to help us maintain order, but such measures will not prevent the unrest from spreading.
For all our talk of peace, the people remain frightened and confused. For their sake, we must bring the Dragonsong War to a definitive end.
And we should be glad to help you, Ser Aymeric. But what precisely would you have us do?
We wish to treat with the dragons of Anyx Trine. To that end, I would trouble you for an escort and an introduction.
Anyx Trine? ...You would speak with Vidofnir, then?
We must needs open a dialogue between our peoples. Acting as my representative, Lucia will extend an invitation to their leader, that she might visit us here in Ishgard.

Were she still with us, I would of course have beseeched Ysayle's assistance in this matter. But as she is not, I must ask that you aid us in her stead. Will you do us this favor?


Thank you, my friends.


Lucia─I leave the rest to you.


In the wake of the archbishop's fall, the nation of Ishgard trembled, the faith of her people shaken to its very core.
For a thousand years had they fought and died, certain of the justice of their cause,
only to be told that their holy war was born of the sins of their forefathers.
What then, for those brave men and women, thus stripped of their righteousness, but to despair?
To deny the truth and decry its speakers?
And what then for those whom they defamed but to hope on? To have faith in a brighter tomorrow?
A tomorrow in which man and dragon might live together in harmony─
then as distant as the very stars in the heavens...
Yet while we dared to hope, deep within his lair, the enemy lay gathering his strength.
Nidhogg, now possessed of his two eyes and the body of the Azure dragoon─
prizes to which he had laid claim at the very hour of the heroes' triumph.
As desperately as we sought the solace of peace, the great wyrm craved the misery of war.
Nor was he alone in this misbegotten desire...
— From the memoirs of
Count Edmont de Fortemps


Be with you in a moment, Forename!
The journey, at least, should pose little difficulty this time.
The first commander─and you─have been entrusted with a mission of grave import. For Ishgard's sake, it must not fail.
I know little of the lands these dragons call home─this Anyx Trine. Had you not agreed to escort me, the coming journey would seem a far more daunting prospect.
I confess, I myself once shuddered at the thought of it. Yet even the longest journey begins with the first step, does it not?
Ah, but ere we set forth, I must needs inform my comrade of our plans.
Very well. I shall see to my preparations.
Then let us go and bid farewell to Tataru, Forename.
Traversing the western highlands calls for warmer clothing. Yet there are only so many layers one can fit under plate armor...
Heard about the watch from the lord commander, did you? Aye, it's true. Feels queer to be operatin' so openly, but I couldn't say no after he batted them eyelashes of his.
Hah, would you look at us! Honest-to-gods watchmen! Hey, how's this sound? “You there─move along!” Not bad, eh?
You can hardly call us a proper watch when we ain't got no uniforms or trainin'. That'll all come with time, though, I hope.
Hm? I thought you might want to tell her. Or would you rather I did all the talking...?
So? What was your secret meeting all about? I'm all ears!

A diplomatic mission to Anyx Trine, you say? Well, I suppose that does take precedence...


But should your meeting with Vidofnir happen to end early, you might consider rendezvousing with Y'shtola in Idyllshire. She'll be there to receive our guest.


Don't get me wrong, your meeting with the dragons is terribly important and everything, but this scholar just happens to be─
Time permitting, as I said. We shall endeavor to join Y'shtola, but if we cannot, pray pass on our regards.
Let us be off, Forename. We have kept the first commander waiting long enough.
<sigh> Well, let no one say I didn't try!
One task at a time, Forename. Besides, I have no doubt that Y'shtola can look after the scholar by herself.
You are ready, then? Good─so am I.
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