The Truth Hurts
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I thought I told you to leave!
I'm sorry, but I think it'd be for the best if you just forgot about the Talos.
What could be so terrible he'd want to keep it from us?
I hope Jeryk doesn't get in trouble for telling us what happened.
Though the Talos yet wants for a beating heart, it would appear thine efforts were not for naught.
Right, then. The Talos...their hearts cannot be made of just any stone. You need a special sort with sufficient aetherial conductivity. Both it and the other materials used in the construction of Talos bodies are mined in the same place...
That place, of course, being here. The Hills of Amber...
And it was three years ago when...when she...
No, no I can't. I'm sorry, but you'll have to hear it from Thaffe or someone else.
<sigh> Back to the tavern, then.
- start of voiced CS
Thaffe: Still here, eh? You can ask again, but the answer's the same. Our trolleys are─ [14:23]Thaffe: What!? Godsdammit Jeryk. You could've at least finished so I wouldn't have to clean up your mess. [14:23]Thaffe: Seeing how you made such quick progress in fixing that Talos and all, he was probably thinking you could help change things around here. [14:23]Thaffe: And I think he may be right... Gather your friends, and I'll tell you what you want to know. [14:24]Thaffe: Magnus's wife was a miner, you know. Greatest prospector there ever was. [14:24]Thaffe: When the golem hearts started failing, she was the first to head out in search of more. [14:24]Thaffe: Problem was, most of the veins ran dry ages ago, and finding fresh ones to tap's only gotten harder. [14:24]Thaffe: But she wasn't one to be deterred. She just kept digging deeper and deeper. And then the mine collapsed. [14:24]Thaffe: We labored day and night to clear away the rubble, but it took us two months to find her... [14:25]Thaffe: ...To find her body. [14:25]Thaffe: Magnus has never been the same since. [14:25]Thancred: Where is he, if you don't mind my asking? [14:25]Thaffe: Ah, yes, well...if he's not here, there's only one other place he'd be.
[14:26]Magnus: What? Oh... You again. [14:26]Magnus: How many times must I tell you─the trolley won't run! We'd be better off dismantling the damn thing and selling the parts for scrap. [14:26]Magnus: Now piss off back to wherever you came from, and don't let me catch you around here again. [14:26]Thancred: ...What were their names? [14:27]Magnus: My son was named Skuli. My wife, Agna. [14:27]Magnus: Being here with them...it beats going home. Home stopped being home when I lost them. [14:27]Magnus: I thought to try and drown my sorrows...but somehow...the bottle's never deep enough. [14:27]Thancred: No bottle is. Believe me─I know. [14:27]Magnus: You've lost someone too? [14:28]Thancred: Not like you. Not my own flesh and blood. [14:28]Thancred: I grew up an orphan, so I never really knew what family meant. [14:28]Thancred: Not until I met a man who offered to take me in and make me his pupil. He was a kindly soul. Always looking out for me, like a father. Not that I appreciated that at the time, or anything else for that matter... [14:28]Thancred: But I finally had a family. And then...and then I robbed a young girl of hers. [14:29]Thancred: I did my best to make amends, to offer her comfort. But the more I look back on it, the more I realize just how inadequate my efforts were. I let her down. [14:29]Thancred: That is why I refuse to let her legacy die. [14:29]Thancred: In the end, all we can do is press on. For those we have lost. For those we can yet save. [14:29]Thancred: And that requires your Talos. Please, Magnus. You are our only hope of reaching Nabaath Areng. [14:29]Magnus: ...What rubbish. [14:30]Minfilia: She's not gone. No matter what you say or believe, she's not. [14:30]Minfilia: We can still bring her back.
- End of voiced CS
You don't suppose Thaffe is going to run off too, do you?
This is all my fault. I never should have pressured him.
What terrible tragedy befell him years ago, I wonder...
Still here, eh? You can ask again, but the answer's the same. Our trolleys are─
What!? Godsdammit Jeryk. You could've at least finished so I wouldn't have to clean up your mess.
Seeing how you made such quick progress in fixing that Talos and all, he was probably thinking you could help change things around here.
And I think he may be right... Gather your friends, and I'll tell you what you want to know.
Why must he always treat me like this...
If not for those damned Talos, she'd...she'd...
I wish there was more we could do for you, I truly do. But after Agna's accident, no one is allowed near those mines.
Full well do I know the pain of loss and how heavily it can weigh on one's heart. Nevertheless, there is but one way forward.
We must needs procure a new heart for the Talos.
Thaffe. Knowest thou any location wherein we might find the stone we require? No matter how scant the possibility, we would seize it.
I told you near all of the veins were tapped dry years ago. ...Though I suppose, if you really wanted to try, you may find something at Nuvy's Leavings.
It was opened well before Talos became commonplace, which is why the mining there was never quite as deep.
When you get there, look for Guthjon and tell him I sent you. But don't be surprised if he tells you the same thing.
Thine assistance is most appreciated.
Forename. I think it best Thancred join thee in this search.
Though he wouldst be quick to deny it, his heart is in turmoil, and his thoughts clouded.
'Twould be unwise to ignore his distress.
I prithee attend Thancred and keep him occupied with the task at hand.
Guthjon has worked in these mines longer than near anyone I know. You'd do well to heed his advice in there.
Off to somewhere, are you?
At last, a lead on the stone we need to power the Talos.
I can't very well have you go on your own. Lead the way.