Digging Deeper

«The Same Vein The Hole Truth»
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Ishgard

Foundation

The Forgotten Knight

We've got new marchin' orders, Professor. This time, we're to explore some uncharted land, an' see if there's anythin' o' mineral value beneath it. Problem is, this land's in the Dravanian hinterlands─jus' beyond the Horde. An' they're not overly fond of us, in case you forgot. Now, you may be wonderin' how we landed this job. Some don't take kindly to House Fortemps's successes, our successes. These people're demandin' ridiculous things now, an' the count has called on us to deliver. But it's not all bleak news─word is that there's a little settlement o' 'venturers sprung up in the hinterlands. The lads an' I will go on ahead, an' see if they'll let us set up camp there. We'll meet in the Makers' Quarter─ought to be safe enough there. Jus' come when you're ready. That one knight talked o' goin' by airship, but I told him none of us need the coddlin'. But be careful o' the dragons, all the same.
Once you've gotten your tools together, come to the Makers' Quarter.

The Dravanian Hinterlands

The Makers' Quarter

Yes?
What the hells're the nobles thinkin', sendin' us into danger like this!? There's only so many of us Raiders!
Ah, well met, my dear sir. Haimirich practically sung your praises all the way here!
Professor, I'm right glad to see you made it here safe. Now, to work. The Holy See's got no idea what's here. Could be dirt, or it could be gold. So, we're to find out what minerals're 'neath the ground. My friend here is a proper naturalist. We've got a professor already, so I've taken to callin' him Rocky. Heh, two academics─we're movin' up in the world, lads! Now, Rocky'll need somethin' to examine. Diggin' it up's your job, Professor. Get a few samples─three should do it─an' bring 'em back here to me. Godsspeed! Hm? Why three places? Rocky told me three'd be best. Jus' don't be tardy, eh?
This job's bound to be dangerous, Professor. Watch yer back, eh?
My life's work has been the study of minerals. Why, you might even say I “mine” them for secrets, heh heheh...heh... Forgive me, sir, I'm a bit nervous. It's my first time out in the field.


Have you found somethin'? That's my Professor! Now, Rocky, earn your keep. What are these samples?
Dear me! These all contain hardsilver─pure hardsilver! It's a metal worth twice its weight in gold! Why, if you but dig a little deeper, you might well find a mountain of the stuff!
Hah! That's music to my ears! Professor, let's see if we can't prove there is a mountain 'neath our feet. You know what to do─find me ten quality chunks o' ore!
Bless my soul, my dear sir, hardsilver!
If there's no choice hardsilver to be had, that's fine, Professor. Jus' don't dally. A Dravanian patrol might swing through here any moment... You're a wonder, Professor! Well, Raiders, let's pack up an' get the hells out o' he─
Captain! We were attacked by mechanical men, and Hatchling gave chase!
What? He didn't go by himself, did he!?
He did.
That stupid, stupid boy! If he comes back alive, I'll beat him bloody!
Sorry fer keepin' ye waitin', Cap'n! We don't need to fear them monsters no more─though it weren't easy puttin' 'em down!
You arrogant little arse! I told you not to run off on your own! Didn't that penetrate your thick skull!?
Wh-What choice'd I have, Cap'n!? They were makin' fer the camp─'twas us or them!
Then why not warn us!? Was your linkpearl broke? Don't tell me you didn't have the time!
B-But, Cap'n, I...I... Fine. I'm sorry! No bloody good deed goes unpunished in this swivin' company...
...We're done here. Get yourself home to Ishgard, Professor. I'll see you there.

Ishgard

Foundation

The Forgotten Knight

Professor, thank you for today. You always do what I ask o' you─keep a level head, an' get your job done. Sorry about that business with Hatchlin'. Shouldn't have been so hard on the boy. I jus'...I jus' want him to grow up proper. Like my little brother should've. He was a Raider, too. Looked a fair bit like Hatchlin', as it happens. But he's long gone. I'll bet everyone an' their mother's got a sad story, eh? There's sure to be a new job comin' before long. I'll jus' drown me troubles till then.