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Caging the Messenger

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 87   Caging the Messenger

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Hythlodaeus: Elpis - Misopses Euros - Lethe (x:31.7, y:15.4)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Anagnorisis

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png87Follow, Wander, Stumble, ListenMainquest1 Icon.png Follow, Wander, Stumble, Listen (Level 87)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 87)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

Experience Points

Aether Current
Miscellaneous Reward

Dungeon Icon.png Ktisis Hyperboreia (Duty) (Level 87)

Unlocks ability to purchase Hythlodaeus Card
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Hythlodaeus is pondering what to do next.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with Venat.
  • Use the Duty Finder or Trust to enter Ktisis Hyperboreia.
  • Speak with Venat.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png87Thou Must Live, Die, and KnowMainquest1 Icon.png Thou Must Live, Die, and Know (Level 87)

Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved
HythlodaeusEmet-SelchVenatKtisis ScholarMeteionHermes
Trust System Icon.png Trust NPCs Available

  • Hythlodaeus is pondering what to do next.
  • Hermes has taken refuge within the observational facility of Ktisis Hyperboreia. Although the reasons to do so are as diverse as the company you keep, it is decided that you will chase down and confront the chief overseer and his creation.
  • You arrive at the front door to find the facility in a state of alert. The scholars milling outside seem oblivious as to who sounded the alarum or why, but for you and your companions, the circumstances of this emergency are crystal clear. Wary of what other obstacles Hermes may have placed in your path, you assign roles, square your shoulders, and prepare to march into the magically expanded environs of Ktisis Hyperboreia.
※Speak with your companion NPCs outside the instance entrance if you wish to enlist them for this duty.
※Use the Duty Finder if you wish to complete the instance alongside fellow players.
  • You fight your way through the many fields and floors of the facility until at last you reach the highest platform in Ktisis Hyperboreia. There awaits an unrepentant and transformed Hermes, who refuses to surrender Meteion into the Convocation's custody. A tempestuous battle ensues, but in the end, your efforts to subdue the chief overseer prove successful...
  • Silent until now, Hermes's question about happiness amongst the stars prompts Meteion to step forward and describe the anguished desperation of the races she encountered. She declares her intention to relieve all life of the burden of existence, and Hermes, after binding your company in chains of aether, accepts this ultimatum as a challenge to the worthiness of mankind. In order to ensure the “fairness” of this determination, the chief summons Kairos to alter the memories of everyone present, such that all that occurred since your arrival in Elpis would be wiped clean. Before the process begins, however, he bids Meteion escape to the edge of the universe, knowing that he will soon believe her and her sisters to have perished in an accident. It is then that Venat breaks her shackles and chases the entelechy into the sky. Likewise freed of your bonds, you and Hythlodaeus distract Hermes, while Emet-Selch tears a hole in the spatial confluence to afford you an escape route. Venat returns from her failed pursuit just in time to have Argos bear you both through the portal and evade the Kairos-induced amnesia. Hythlodaeus and Emet-Selch are not so fortunate, and now it falls to you and Venat to remember─and safeguard─your respective realities.
  • Rested somewhat from the encounter, you listen in sadness as Venat explains what will likely become of Hermes now that Meteion is gone. In an instant, it seems that so much was lost, but there is much that remains for you to do...

Hermes has headed to Ktisis.

Considering the expansive dimensions of the place, even we may have a difficult time locating his aether. All I can say is that he entered from the rooftop, and likely arrived at the uppermost point in the facility. we pursue him?
Of course we pursue him. No matter what Hermes might be thinking, Meteion is a potential threat that needs to be brought under our control.
The Convocation's duty to safeguard this star takes precedence over any personal stake in the matter.
Venat? Forename?
'Tis clear we stand on a precipice, but we have yet to determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that Meteion's is the hand which tips us over the edge.
Nevertheless, if we are to learn the truth of the Final Days, we must give chase. And even if neither Hermes nor Meteion is ultimately responsible, we cannot leave them to suffer this torment alone.
Agreed on all counts. To Ktisis Hyperboreia we go!
Quest Accepted

Judging from the crowd, something is afoot.
I mislike the look of this...
I saw naught out of the ordinary. Does anyone know what caused it?
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What have we here...?
Excuse me, has something happened inside Ktisis?
Mistress Venat! I'm so glad you're here!

No one knows what prompted it, but the alarum was sounded and Ktisis put into a state of alert.

Procedure dictated that we evacuate immediately, and we have yet to investigate further...
...This is Hermes's doing. Obviously.
And what does this “state of alert” entail exactly?
A field of dampening magick is draped over the entire facility, usually in response to escaped entities and the like.
Ktisis scholars and observers are unaffected, but everything─and everyone─else is weakened to a fraction of their usual capabilities.
Then consider us forewarned. We do, however, have urgent business with Chief Hermes, and must enter the premises regardless.

...That said, if Hermes is willing to enact such measures, I wonder what other obstacles he has seen fit to drop in our path.

With that enfeebling spell in place, we're not like to be at our fighting best.

And I was hardly an effective combatant to begin with! I've little to offer beyond my aetherial vision.
Then you will put that talent of yours to good use. You were fairly skilled at spotting weaknesses, if I recall.
“Fairly skilled”? Now you've gone and raised everyone's expectations...
You all need only make the most of your strengths, and I will fill in the gaps as required.
I was once Azem, after all. 'Twas my job to rise to the occasion─be that as defender, aggressor, or healer.
I feel better about my lack of prowess already!
And you, Emet-Selch, can impress us with your arcane majesty. You lob potent spells as easily as breathing, but can also channel that power in a protective manner if you so choose, yes?
Eh!? Well, yes, should the situation call for it...
Excellent! That should cover us on all fronts.
Your tale led us here, Forename, so 'tis only right that you lead us now. No matter what lies ahead, we will win through to Hermes and Meteion.
And then we will face the future together!
Player7 Icon.png Cutscene end.
I said that Hermes was likely perched somewhere at the highest point of the facility, but reaching him will be no mean feat.

To put it simply, Ktisis Hyperboreia contains a multitude of vast spaces linked together at the seams, meaning the interior is far more massive than even this grand structure might otherwise suggest.

But even a colossal facility filled top to bottom with savage creations will not stop you─not with Venat and Emet-Selch at your side. And I will be there too, of course, cheering you on!
From the moment we met you, our visit has devolved into a never-ending series of complications and irritations. In spite of this, I have gained one useful thing:

An awareness of dynamis. To think that a power with the potential to corrupt aether had largely escaped our notice...

Whether or not I believe your tale, the facts underpinning your narrative will be the source of much debate.

So understand that I act not for the sake of you or your fantastical quest. My duty demands that I apprehend Meteion─and if that now means Hermes as well, then so be it.
Bleak as the contents of Meteion's report might be, many could hear it and remain content with their lives.

But not Hermes. For him, the veneer of perfection has long been cracked, and it was to the distant heavens he looked for the means to repair it.

I understand his anguish after a fashion─my own refusal to return is in opposition to the world's established order.

Yet for me, the imperfections only enhance the fragile beauty of our star. I will fight to see it delivered from destruction, warts and all.
I will not seek to impede such an august company from going about its business. But please, do be aware that many of the specimens within are far from docile.

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It's over, Hermes. In the name of the Convocation, I hereby take Meteion into custody.
And setting aside the matter of your nomination, you will come with us, too. We require your knowledge to assess and resolve the situation.
Meteion.... I'm so sorry... Would that I could have listened to your report in full...

Reflected upon its meaning and conveyed it to others—that they might reconsider their chosen course...

But I have failed, and that wish will never be realized. However...

Ere our fates become the province of others, I bid you tell me...just one thing.

Was there happiness in those distant stars?

Was there a reason for living?
We conducted our search as per your instructions.

We scoured historical records. Communed with the spirits of the deceased.

Heard the final testaments of the dying. Welcomed their shadowed hearts into our own.

One race had striven to create a world bereft of animosityé

They renounced relationships to avoid interpersonal strife, and in so doing brought about societal collapse.

One race had renounced war and devoted itself to the enrichment of its people.

They were conquered. Though they destroyed the enemy in reprisal, they could not regain their former glory.

One race had concluded that finite time was the root of all woes. Aspiring to shatter its shackles, they went in search of infinity.

They discovered nothing is infinite, and that neither time or death can be cheated. Disillusioned, they gave up on the future—and themselves.

One race had discarded all things that gave rise to sorrow, hoping to have only joy.

They found joy lost its savor in the absence of sorrow, and lost their will to live.

Though worlds apart, these people shared a belief. The belief that they had tried their best.

That they had tried to fulfill their potential, with every step and success.

In the course of which they learned the truth.

That they would never be free of fear and sorrow, anger and despair—of loneliness—so long as they yet lived.

Even now, their souls cry out for oblivion. And to this song of anguish, I lend my voice. We lend our voice.

O beloved mankind, shimmering jewels of beautiful Etheirys... Rejoice, for we will free you from the cruel yoke of existence.

There is no need to struggle in vain, for in nihility awaits salvation. You will know peace and serenity...and it will be beautiful.

We will make our nest at the edge of the universe, and there in the dark of dead worlds hoard sorrow and suffering.

There we will sing, our chorus ever louder and ever clearer, that our song may reach even this aether-shrouded star.

Such is the answer we have found in the stars. Such is the gift we now offer to Etheirys.
Who are you to decide our fate? To decree we live or die?
Have you lost your mind!? You heard what she said! She means to destroy us all, yet you'd still take her side!?
In the name of the star, we have discarded those creations that we deemed flawed.
If we ourselves are flawed, does it not stand to reason that we too should be discarded?
That is sophistry and you know it!
Perhaps it is. Perhaps I am wrong. But who is to say that you are right?

Let us settle this with a determination.

In my authority as chief overseer of Elpis, I will make a judgment on man's fitness to exist.

If he can learn to value all life and retain his will to live, even should his end be justified, he will surely find a way to avert his demise.

If not, he will perish from the star.

As with all determinations, provisions must be made to ensure fairness.

Kairos! Awaken!
Memory reconfiguration system Kairos activated. Awaiting instruction.
Command: universal memory alteration. Target area: Ktisis Hyperboreia.

Starting point: arrival of Emet-Selch of the Convocation at Propylaion. End point: the present.

Erase the memories of all events, and replace with a vague recollection of the following:

I was here, preparing to demonstrate the functionality of Kairos to Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus.

Meteion's shared consciousness became unstable. She and her sisters could not sustain their existence, and all dissipated with a burst.

The resultant shockwave accidentally triggered Kairos, which erased several days of memories from all present. Execute.
Command acknowledged. Initializing... Three processes remaining to execution.
Bravo. I daresay one would be hard-pressed to make it fairer...
Everything that you told us, everything that has happened—the fact we've even met... It will all be gone.
Go, Meteion. To the edge of the universe, where none can reach you.
Hermes. Won't you come with me? If you were to shed your flesh, I should be able to carry you.
I will remain. As a man, I will oppose the oblivion you bring.
Silly fool... Had you said yes, I would've granted you the gentlest end.
This ends here!
Fly, Meteion!
That is far enough, Hermes!
Argos, to me!
First process complete. Two remaining to execution of memory reconfiguration.
As if we needed more pressure...

No matter what, you cannot forget what happened today. For it is the key to saving your future—your world.

This fight is our fight; what comes after, our problem to contend with. Not yours.

No, your own struggle awaits. And no one else can take your place.

You must flee this place with your memories intact—and I will see that you do!

Now then, where is it...?

There you are, my little confluence.

Very well, then.

You may elude us this day, but not forever!
Meteion's gotten away...
Second process complete. One remaining to execution.
No time for brooding.

Listen well. Beyond lies a spatial confluence that connects the interior sections of this building.

I will destroy the confluence and force open a way outside. When I do, you must jump through.
I cannot tell you how sorry I am...
...But neither can I let you escape!
Too brave by half...
Exemplary work as always, Emet-Selch!
What? But how? I thought the confluence was over...
Over there? Yes, we were rather hoping you would.
It was never anywhere but where it is now.
The instant those two began making their way towards nothing, 'twas clear the plan was a diversion.
I'm quite incapable of destroying a confluence, I must confess.
A gambit brazen beyond words. Though we've grown accustomed to reckless improvision due to the antics of an incorrigible associate.

Though in the case of certain present company, "incorrigible" is an understatement.

Honestly, I'm beginning to suspect it's a requirement for every Azem.

There's no time! Quickly!

Even now, I do not believe your tale. I would not suffer us to walk such a wretched path.

Still, if it must be said...

Do not squander it. The legacy I leave you.
Final process complete. Executing universal memory alteration.
Go, Argos!
Player7 Icon.png Voiced cutscene end.
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I'm fine. Just a little tired.

Can it be true?

Are we the only ones left who see beauty in the world—in life?

Are the stars above no more than husks of fallen civilizations?

And yet...

...I feel her. Though she is unimaginably distant, I feel Meteion's presence—and the place whereto we must go.

Ere she made good her escape, I placed an enchantment upon her. One which allows us to follow her trail.

She has already left the outermost bounds of Etheirys, and continues on her way. Given the vastness of the universe, it will still be no easy feat to track her down.

But thanks to Emet-Selch and Hythlodaeus, all is not lost. We remember.

So long as we remember, our fates remain ours to shape.
What will you say?
What became of the others, I wonder... So...what now?
I'd like to know too. Let us ascertain the situation at Ktisis Hyperboreia, where they should still be.
What indeed. Let us begin by ascertaining the situation at Ktisis Hyperboreia, where the others should still be.
Given the likely state of their memories, however, 'twould be imprudent for us to approach them directly. In which case...

I am sorry, my friend. I've asked much of you this day, but may I trouble you one last time?

Argos will investigate in our stead. We will share in his consciousness, and see and hear as if we were with him.

Now, close your eyes and open your mind...

Thank goodness you are unharmed.
Unharmed? There is a gaping hole in my memories. I can scarcely remember arriving here in Elpis...
Forgive me...

I was preparing to demonstrate the functionality of Kairos to our guests.

But Meteion...her shared consciousness became unstable. And she...she...
So that's what prompted the state of alert.
And when you went to investigate, you were caught in Kairos's accidental operation.
So it would seem... It's all a blur to me.
Such an unfortunate accident... Oh, and what of Venat and your other companion? You went inside together, as I recall.
We did?
If Venat was with us, I have no recollection of it.

But that there is her familiar, is it not? The fellow seems happy enough, so I think it safe to assume his mistress is well.

I haven't the slightest notion who this other companion might be, however...
Ah, well, that individual struck me as a bit...different, for want of a better word.
Perhaps it wasn't actually a person, but some manner of creation.
Curious... I must ask Venat about it when next we meet.
Yes, yes, you do that. Now, if we may tend to Hermes? Whatever this Meteion did, it seems he bore the brunt of it.

Once you are fit to travel, you will return with us to Amaurot. We need to make certain there are no other ill effects.

Also—I am here on business of the Fourteen. We've already had the conversation, like as not, but since your toy wiped my memory, we'll have to have it again.
Yes, of course. As you see fit.
This Kairos—it manipulates memories through the emission of aetheric waves, correct?

There is a theory which holds that memories scoured by blasts of aether are restored when the soul is cleansed in the Underworld.

If true, then perhaps when our time comes to return to the star, we shall remember these few days we have lost.
I doubt aught of interest occurred. Look forward to the revelation if you like, but I should prefer to reminisce on more meaningful moments.

Let us rest. If only for a while.
After all, you and I... We still have a long, long way to go.
Player7 Icon.png Voiced cutscene end.

Are you feeling at all recovered? I understand that your exertions were more than purely physical, but resting one's body, if only for a moment, is never without merit.

As for Hermes... I think it unlikely he will create more entelechies.

He poured much of himself into Meteion, and now that she and her sisters are gone─dissipated, in his mind─the grief must be unbearable.

He will blame himself. He will believe that, had he never acknowledged his dissatisfaction with the world, then the Meteia would have never been born to suffer and die.

The offer to join the Fourteen will be a welcome distraction, and one day hence, he will face the advent of the Final Days in the role of Fandaniel...
Quest Completed
You may now enter Ktisis Hyperboreia with a party of NPC avatars. To make use of this feature, open the Trust interface located under Duty in the main menu.
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