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Helping Hands

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 84   Helping Hands

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
The Watcher: Mare Lamentorum - Sinus Lacrimarum - The Watcher's Palace (x:13.8, y:32.5)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Sinus Lacrimarum

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png84In Shadow's WakeMainquest1 Icon.png In Shadow's Wake (Level 84)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 84)

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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
At long last, the watcher is ready to fulfill his final duty.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
  • Speak with the watcher.
  • Speak with the watcher again.
  • Suffuse the lunar spongoi with aether.
  • Speak with the watcher.
  • Speak with Y'shtola.
  • Speak with Thancred.
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
000001.png85The Culture of CarrotsSidequest1 Icon.png The Culture of Carrots (Level 85)
071201.png84A Harey SituationMainquest1 Icon.png A Harey Situation (Level 84)

Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved
The WatcherY'shtolaUriangerThancredArgosLivingway
Journal detail hr1 08.png Objects Involved
Lunar Spongoi

  • At long last, the watcher is ready to fulfill his final duty.
  • The watcher would guide you to the facility housing the moon's crew, but the terrain is not easily traversed. To that end, he suggests seeking the aid of Argos to ferry you there. The moon's aetherial guardian is nowhere to be seen, however, and so the watcher suggests calling for him near the Crushing Brand.
  • You arrive at the Crushing Brand, but you have further yet to go. Your true destination is a nearby cavern, the Chlorophosgrot. The watcher believes the ambient aether there should allow Argos to take form.
  • The cavern is covered in lunar spongoi, which draw aether from the ground and disperse it into the air. There is not yet enough ambient aether in the area, however, and so the watcher asks you to spare a small portion of your own, to speed the process and help Argos to manifest.
  • After a few moments, a swirling mass of aether takes shape, and Argos appears in a flash of light. The aetherial guardian is as friendly as before and, perhaps sensing what is to come, creates reflections of himself, one for each of your companions. With that, your party is ready to cross the chasm and meet the moon's crew.
  • The watcher will accompany you no further, but he bids you heed the counsel of the moon's pilots, and prays for your success. And so you turn to your companions and the guardians which will deliver you to the other side of the chasm.
  • Erring on the side of caution, Y'shtola suggests the two of you cross first, with Thancred and Urianger following soon after. The plan decided, you soar over the chasm and arrive at last at the facility where the caretakers await. Wherever could they be?
  • As you enter into the facility, devices on the lower floor whir to life. They soon open, and from within diminutive rabbit-like creatures emerge in droves, a sight in violent defiance of all expectation. These are Hydaelyn's chosen pilots, however, so perhaps there is more to them than meets the eye.

The time is come for you to be on your way.

The crater at the heart of Mare Lamentorum, where Zodiark was imprisoned, is not so easily traversed, however.

Let us call upon Argos, the familiar whom you met earlier. He should have no trouble bearing you across.

As Hydaelyn created me as the gaoler, so too did She create Argos as the guard...

It is his nature to appear when needed, and yet he is nowhere to be found. Strange... Mayhap the imbalancing of aether has affected him.

Let us make for the Crushing Brand, and attempt to call upon him there.

You need but recall the path you walked with Argos before, and you will find your way.
If he labors in service to Hydaelyn's plan, I see no reason not to do as he suggests. Shall we make for this Crushing Brand, then?
Quest Accepted

Naught could prepare me for the boundless beauty of Etheirys. Shining, shimmering, amidst a sea of stars.
A blue sapphire, and but one of countless other jewels brimming with life, no doubt...
So close and yet so far. Does not the harsh terrain remind you of somewhere we've been before? The Dravanian forelands, aye.
A place that rejects the intrusion of outsiders. Where solitude reigns supreme... At the very least, it sounds suitable for Zodiark's prison.
With a little preparation, it might be possible to traverse the gap on foot.
Then again, it would be a long, long way down if one should slip... Perhaps another time.
The place we seek is just ahead at the Chlorophosgrot.

You see, Argos cannot manifest without sufficient concentrations of ambient aether.

You would be hard-pressed to find a greater confluence than inside this cavern.

Follow me.

Curious... This place doth call to mind Pla Enni, home of the Nu Mou.
This entire cave is thrumming with ambient aether...
Alas, any further analysis will have to wait.
The guard of Zodiark's prison, eh? Blood red eyes, slavering maw, and built like a behemoth, I'd imagine. Let's hope he's friendly.
Yes, here will do nicely.

The lunar spongoi draw aether from the ground, which is then dispersed in the air. At present, however, the ambient energies are not quite sufficient for Argos to manifest.

Might you be willing to spare some of your own to help the spongoi along?
Given time, the lunar spongoi would suffuse this space with sufficient aether, but we need not wait if you are willing to provide a helping hand.
Player7 Icon.png Cutscene start.
Argos manifests in a flash. He seems glad to see you again.
A most fascinating creation of Hydaelyn's, would you not agree? Should the need arise, he is even able to create reflections of himself on a whim.

Though I assure you it was no reflection which accompanied you earlier to the brand.

No, Argos was quite eager to be at your side then, as he is now, it seems.

I cannot recall when last he showed such an affinity for anyone. Indeed, I thought him more likely to shy away from you and your companions.

Perhaps it was more than a sense of duty that compelled him to aid you before.

As for your companions...
Unexpected, but greatly appreciated.
I believe we are all ready.
Then let us return outside that you may cross the chasm.
Player7 Icon.png Cutscene end.

Argos favors you with what could almost be described as a conspiratorial grin.
To whom wouldst Hydaelyn entrust the command of so grand a vessel, I wonder?
Dalamud has long been described as the "loyal hound" of Menphina due to its relation to the greater moon...
It seems highly improbable─if not impossible─for ancient peoples to have known of Argos, but now I wonder whether there is some connection...
I was expecting something a little more intimidating and less..."man's best friend."
Your destination is the structure there across the Cradle of Darkness.

But climb onto Argos's back, and he will take care of the rest.

Once you arrive, it should not take long to find the ship's crew. The facility is designed to rouse them from their slumber in the event of Zodiark's destruction.

Heed their counsel. Together, you may guide the star and its people to a kinder fate.

This is where we part ways. But know that I shall ever be watching and praying for your success.

Worry not for me. Real though I may appear as you and yours, I am but a part of this moon. A creation of Hydaelyn, entrusted with the memories of an acquaintance long dead, but not forgotten.

My charge of Zodiark has ended, but so long as the moon exists, I shall not want for purpose.

I shall remain, ever watching, ever praying for your success.
Our ally's assurances notwithstanding, we cannot be certain what awaits us on the other side, so perhaps it would be best if we did not all go at once. I propose the two of us cross first while Thancred and Urianger wait here.
Ride Argos across the chasm?
Yes No
Player7 Icon.png Cutscene start.

A malefic aether yet permeates from the crater. Remnants of Zodiark, most like.

Just a little further...

This structure is enormous...though that is hardly surprising given the size of the average Amaurotine.
Apologies for the wait.
Right, then. Let us head inside and...oh?
Most intriguing. A means by which he conserveth energy, mayhap?
Well, I certainly wouldn't want him to blink out of existence on our account, helpful as he's been.
What will you say?
Thank you, Argos. We'll take things from here. Stay here where it's safe, all right?
If Argos is to remain without, let us not keep him waiting overlong.
Player7 Icon.png Cutscene end.

Ride Argos and return across the chasm?

Yes No

Ride Argos across the chasm?

Yes No

Truly a marvel beyond description.
Its scale is reminiscent of Amaurot, or rather, the replica we visited on the First.
Player7 Icon.png Voiced cutscene start.
Our "moonship" pilots should be around here somewhere, is that right?
Look lively, everyone!

I know, I know─this one thousand and two hundred and forty-third inspection is a mite ahead of schedule, but it is of the utmost importance! For Zodiark, alas, is no more.

As of now, our mighty moon has a new purpose! To bear the people of Aetheirys to safety!

Our time is come, my friends!

We must be swifter than swift! There is much to do before our guests arrive.

I expect your work stations to be immaculate. And don't forget to relay our signal to Etheirys!

Questions? Yes? No? Maybe so? No? Then hop to it!
'Tis a rather curious crew She hath chosen. Their endearing forms intended to ease the passengers' hearts, perhaps.
Player7 Icon.png Voiced cutscene end.
Quest Completed
Given the present crisis, Hydaelyn doubtless sought to facilitate cooperation betwixt pilot and passenger...
Indeed, 'twould require a heart as hard as diamond to raise one's voice in anger to beings possessed of such profound...saccharinity.
I find Urianger's reasoning somewhat flimsy, but the crew seems amicable enough.

Local Dialogue
Your presence has been most welcome, but it is not your place to remain here.
Hydaelyn bid you walk free, and so you must, that the light of hope may never fade.

Local Dialogue
Hurry now! Time is of the essence!
Pick up the pace, everyone!
Do slow down, won't you? I-I can't keep up!
To the next job, quickly now!
We're certainly on the move now!
W-Wait for me, I beg you!
I'm thinking of spending a night outside Bestways Burrow, but I'm not sure what I'll need to take with me─aside from a tent, I suppose.
Nothing for it. Only one thing to be done—scrap it all and start over!
It's a pleasure to finally meet one of you, sir! I'm just preparing this and that for when more of your kind arrive, so you can all feel at home.
Oh my, but isn't this exciting! I've never seen one of your kind up close before. Would you mind if I take some measurements of your body? Just for reference, of course.
We're all going to die someday—so what if it happens a little sooner?
Sir, yes, sir!
Why are you lazing about!? We'll never be ready for our guests' arrival if you keep working at that pace!
I can hardly believe that we'll finally have people here... I just hope we'll be ready for the influx of guests!
If I had a carrot for every time I've woken up to find that the monsters outside have multiplied, I'd be able to crush them under the weight of my carrot empire! The moon'll never be safe at this rate...
High time we got serious—put our backs into it!
You'll let me know if you find any unusual trinkets or contraptions, won't you? I've always had a fondness for such things, you see!
What do you think of our clothing? I'll have you know I'm the mastermind behind its design!
Do you need help with something? I'm busy assigning duties at the moment.
Oh goodness me, what was I told to do again?
How goes the system change?
Oh, about as well as can be expected.
Honestly, if it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.
I've decided to form a fellowship of protectors to escort people as they arrive. So relax, you and yours are in safe paws! Very, very safe paws!
I heard that your kind hop about when they hear music! Is that true? Can you turn it off?
Me? You're speaking to me? Oh, but of course! I'll answer any questions you may have.
Oh, d-d-dear! I hadn't expected to meet a people person here... Wh-What ever shall I do!?

Local Dialogue
I'm delighted to see you─but I'm very, very busy! Perhaps we can chat another time!
Listen, everyone, or you'll miss your next assignments!
<yawn> ...Oh, I must have dozed off. What was it that I was supposed to be doing, again?
What foods do you think mankind likes?
Oh, excellent question...
Well, carrots, surely.

Local Dialogue
We finish this today, understand? So hop to it!
There must be something to be done about this. Come now, think, think, think...
Are there truly more of your kind coming? I'd rather not be doing all this work for nothing, you know...
Oh, what a pleasure it is to actually meet you! I've read so much about you...
Do these floors look clean to you? I don't know... I feel like they could use a little more polishing.
Suppose this needs an overhaul, now they've changed specifications on us.
Don't you just love books? I absolutely adore them, they've taught me so much. (...Don't tell anyone, but they also taste delicious!)
This slide is for children! Children of man, that is. You are considerably larger than I imagine a Loporrit child would be, if one existed...
The children of Etheirys are said to enjoy slides, but I cannot for the life of me see why. Building it was fun, I suppose...
I wish so dearly to build good relationships with people... It's all I can think about!
Can your kind swim? I would love to try my paw at it, but I'm scared I'd drown...or otherwise become unpleasantly damp.
All right, this water quality won't check itself! Let's get to it.
Work harder, I say! No, no—harder! Don't make me come down there!
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