In Node We Trust

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Azys Lla

Alpha Quadrant

Helix

The Warring Triad... I somehow doubt they are amenable to negotiation.
The Warring Triad puts me in mind of a tale from my childhood. It told of three gods locked in perpetual conflict.
Well, this node turned out to be rather more useful than I expected!
A few years back, Wedge decided he wanted a dog. And when we said no, he sulked for a bleedin' month.
Gilly's a good girl! Isn't she a good girl?
What in the Fury's name is that thing?
<blip> Greetings, Master Forename. Is there something you wish to know?
"Tell me how to reach the Aetherochemical Research Facility."[1]

Determining a recommended location for routine inspection…
Location determined.
<blip> Requesting access to the Aetherochemical Research Facility..
Access granted. Generating route...
<blip> Route generated. Commencing guidance to chosen destination.

Please be aware that the designated route may take you through restricted sectors, and that the isle's defense systems may attempt to terminate you.
Be kindly reminded that, in accordance with the terms and conditions of use, you and your party assume all risk of damage or injury, including death, that may occur en route to your destination.
First Maggie, and now Gilly... Maybe we should have let him have that dog...
Promise me you'll take good care of Gilly! Don't let any harm come to her!
Should you need to return to Ishgard for supplies, you can use that standard to signal for an Ironworks airship, just as before. When your business below is done, let our man at the airship landing know, and he'll ferry you back here to resume the mission.
So we are to follow that...thing? ...I shall leave it to you to deal with it.
Though we know little of the node, we know still less of the facility at large. Let us see where it leads us.
Can the guidance node be trusted? I know not, but we have few other options. Let us see where it leads us. Forename, Y'shtola, Estinien─we four shall proceed to the research facility. Cid, the Excelsior is our sole means of escape. Pray remain here and have her ready to depart at a moment's notice.
Understood. We'll see that she's repaired and ready to fly. If anything happens, just let me know via linkpearl.
Be on your guard, my friends─the enemy could be anywhere.


Alpha Quadrant

Matter Conduit II-III

If I am not mistaken, this is some manner of teleportation device.
We have scarce begun, and already it leads us to a dead end.
Mayhap the node has further instructions for us.
<blip> You are currently within the Alpha Quadrant. First, you must use the nearby matter conduit to travel to the Beta Quadrant. Please wait a moment while I activate it. Conduit activated. You may travel to the Beta Quadrant at your leisure.


Beta Quadrant

Matter Conduit III-II

Are you certain it is wise to trust this orb with our lives?
That node is not what it seems. From amidst the metal, I sense the gaze of a living being. Have care around it.
The matter conduit appears to operate on the same principle as the aetherytes. How remarkable that it should still function after all this time...
According to my records, this conduit was last serviced approximately five thousand and fourteen years, six months, eleven days, seven hours and thirteen minutes ago. That it should function without mishap may be described as a miracle.


  1. Other options are, "Tell me how to reach the Flagship." and "Nothing in particular, Gilly." However, choosing either of these options will result in the command defaulting still to the Aetherochemical Research Facility.