So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Sidequest1 Icon.png Lv. 50   So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Quest
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Rewardsicon.png Rewards
XP
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Guaranteed Rewards Optional Rewards
Halcyon Rod Icon.png Northern Krill Icon.png x99  Hamlet Puller's Hat Icon.png Fisher's Gaskins Icon.png Fisher's Gloves Icon.png Fisher's Wading Boots Icon.png Allagan Gold Piece Icon.png x3 
Informationicon.png Description
An emergent situation has arisen at the Fishermen's Guild.
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Issuing NPC: Sisipu
Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks -Fisherman's Bottom  (7-14)
Type: Class Quest
Unlocks: Plenty More Fish in the SeaSidequest1 Icon.png
Requirements
Class: Fisher
Quest: Sidequest1 Icon.pngI Believe Fish Can Fly
Required Items
Mazlaya Marlin Icon.png
Lore & Dialogue
Loremonger:So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
NPCs Involved: SybellChuchuroonWawalagoEynzahr Slafyrsyn
Items Involved: Mazlaya Marlin
NPC Locations
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Sisipu in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks at (7.9-14.5)
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Sybell in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks at (7.8-14.8)
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Chuchuroon in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks at (7.5-14.6)
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Wawalago in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks at (8.1-15.3)
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Sidequest4 Icon.png Sisipu in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks at (7.9-14.5)
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Journal
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  • The recent sighting of a gigantic sea serpent off the coast of La Noscea has prompted the Maelstrom to ban all fishing until further notice. Sisipu has bid you speak with Sybell, who may possess more information, as the Brugaire Consortium has close ties to the Maelstrom.
  • Sybell relates to you the legend of Swallowtail Roam, in which Llymlaen imprisoned a fearsome sea serpent that threatened to flood the whole of creation, thus giving rise to the Lominsan motto “till sea swallows all.” Though it is unlikely that the serpent spotted was the beast of eld, it has nevertheless sparked a panic to which the Maelstrom has been forced to respond. To discern the true nature of the beast, Sybell suggests seeking out the source of the sea serpent rumors, Chuchuroon.
  • Chuchuroon mentions having shared his story with Wawalago, who has a demonstrated knack for deciphering the Qiqirn's observations. Speak with the netmaster and see what he has to say.
  • Wawalago believes a Mazlaya marlin can clear up the misunderstanding. However, the act of catching one will require double mooching, one of the most difficult techniques a fisherwoman can employ. Use a goby ball to catch a quality harbor herring along north Bloodshore, recast the herring to catch an ogre barracuda, then recast the barracuda to at last catch a Mazlaya marlin. Once accomplished, deliver your prize to Sisipu at the Fishermen's Guild.
  • You and your associates meet with Grand Storm Marshal Eynzahr Slafyrsyn aboard one of the Brugaire Consortium's vessels, where you present to him the Mazlaya marlin. The grand storm marshal subsequently reveals that while he never believed the rumors to be true, he required evidence before he could lift the ban—evidence which you so skillfully acquired. Having put an end to the sea serpent panic, speak with Sisipu to hear her thoughts on what has transpired.
  • Sisipu is uncharacteristically grateful and complimentary, noting that you have saved the Lominsan fishing industry from financial ruin at the hands of an imaginary sea serpent. She is especially pleased by what she believes might be your single greatest contribution to the Fishermen's Guild: luring Wawalago back to work.
Dialogue
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Accept Dialogue:

Sisipu:

According to the age-old adage, "when the going gets tough, the tough go fishing." Unfortunately, the adage is of little use when the "tough going" happens to be a fishing ban. Eynzahr Slafyrsyn has closed all docks and ports to the Fishermen's Guild on the authority of Admiral Merlwyb. Some sorry sailor supposedly spotted a serpent at sea, and Slafyrsyn specifically started all our services must cease. Well, we may be a group of sedentary fishers, but we're not about to take this sitting down. First, we'll need to know what we're up against. The Brugaire Consortium maintains ties to the Maelstrom, so Sybell may know something we do not. It is time to go fishing...for information.


You go speak to Sybell.


Sybell:

It's certainly a pleasure to see you again, though I wish it were under happier circumstances. The news came as a shock to us as well. Any Lominsan who's ever boarded a boat has heard the tale. Back when the world was naught but a dry, lifeless rock, Llymlaen created a giant serpent. From its massive maw the creature spat forth water until the land was filled. To prevent the world from being completely submerged, the Navigator trapped the serpent in a floating island with the warning that if it were ever to be freed, the seas would rise until the world ended. This is where the thalassocratic motto "till sea swallows all" comes. You can imagine the Admiral's surprise upon learning a sailor claims to actually have seen the serpent in question. While you and I may recognize it as a fairy tale aimed to scare children asleep, the panic in the streets is real, and so Slafyrsyn hasn't had any choice but to take drastic measures in order to maintain the peace. Regrettably, those drastic measures have dire consequences for both your guild and my consortium. And the Maelstrom is too occupied with ship inaugurations to conduct a proper inquiry, meaning our only hope is to take matters into our own form, yet supple hands. Ahem. It may be impossible to prove the sea serpent does not exist, but perhaps the testimony of the eyewitness could be impugned. I believe you have met the sailor responsible for the sighting--the one known as Chuchuroon.


You go speak to Chuchuroon.


Chuchuroon:

Chuchuroon see big fish at sea, some say see sea serpent! Chuchuroon just want fish to fish, sea fisherman Wawalago about fishing fish in sea.


You go speak to Wawalago.


Wawalago:

I've seen enough at sea to know when sailors are seeing things, and what Chuchuroon saw was no sea serpent, for sure. Missing your marks will make mountains out of molehills, distances deceive and delude the minds of men at sea. My money saysa your serpent is a Mazlaya marlin--a fairly big fish, but by no means a monster. You can brose them bobbing north beyond the Bloodshore. But shown from the shore, people will just shrug their shoulders. You need to make them meet that marlin up close and personal. I'll admit it's easier expressed than executed, and I've never nabbed one. If you don't loose them on the line, they'll rip your rod right out from your wrist! But first, you need a bite! They won't waste their breath on worms from other waters--Mazlaya marlins demand "mooching," familiar to you as "fishwheeling." You'll need to fish up the food chain. Get a goby ball, and hazard to haul in a harbor herring. Once you've hitched your harbor herring, offer it up to an ogre barracuda, then bait that beast to make the mazlaya marlin bite. Makes me want to sail out myself, but Slafyrsyn would slay any guildmaster who slights him. Besides, I'm sure Sisipu would sooner see you succeed at it.


Go Fishing!


Turn-in Dialogue:

Sisipu:

Wawalago's never been right for running a guild, but he's never been wrong about a fish, either. If he says our serpent is a Mazlaya marlin, that's what it is.


You turn in a Mazlaya Marlin.


Sisipu:

The Mazlaya marlin. I can see how some might mistake it for a monster. Hopefully Slafyrsyn will see it the same--Sybell arranged for us to speak with the grand storm marshal.


Cutscene! You're on a boat in the middle of the ocean.


Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

So many moons has it been, I can scarcely remember the last time I boarded a merchant ship for anything other than an inspection. Quite comfortable indeed aboard the luxurious fleet of the Brugaire Consortium. No doubt to put crooked mongers and traffickers at ease while making illicit deals at sea?

Sybell:

Perish the thought! We would never dream of calling the grand storm marshal to a vessel where such roguery took place.

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

A shame--I'd imagine those sort of vessels were the most fun. I suppose we'd then best tend to business.

Sybell:

Of course, sir.

Sisipu:

Allow me to introduce to you the Mazlaya marlin.

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

Great Llmlaen's Ghost! The blary thing is massive! However did you catch it? At any rate, it is your contention that this marlin is the source of the sea serpent scandal?

Wawalago:

You can sing yourself to sleep with that silly sea serpent story, but it still won't hold water!

Sisipu:

I knew things were proceeding along too smoothly. You always know just the wrong time to act the guildmaster, don't you?

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

Never you mind--I've known Wawalago long enough not to mind his manners. Unlike his fish, I know when I'm being bated.

Wawalago:

Boy, you've been baiting and bullying us with your ban--will you let up and lift it?

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

A fine question. To life the fishing ban? Or to not lift the fishing ban...? What to do, what to do, what to do...? On one hand, I could lift the ban...But on the other...

Sisipu:

Oh, now who's the one baiting?

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

Why not? Of course, there are formalities we must observe, so I'm afraid the declaration will have to wait until the morrow.

Sybell:

And the ban will be lifted?

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

Unless you'd prefer it weren't...

Sybell:

By no means, It's just...I feared that simply bringing you a large fish might fail to serve as adequate evidence in overturning a formal military promulgation.

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

Well, I never really believed all this sea serpent silliness in the first place. It was more about putting Lominsans' minds at east than anything else, and the marlin you've brought me should accomplish just that. A few of our more paranoid conspiracy theorists in the Maelstrom alleged the serpent to be part of an elaborate Sahagin plot, so this should make for a nice laugh at their expense as well. And to think, this all started because one of your guildmates spotted a "large fish." And because fish tales are wont to grow in size, the "large fish" became "serpent-sized," and then ceased to be a fish altogether! It makes you wonder about what other sorts of overblown fantasies we've all been led to believe.

Sisipu:

It sounds like you were ready to lift the ban whether we brought you the marlin or not.

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

If only it were that simple! A fine grand storm marshal I would be if I went lifting bans willy-nilly without any evidence the problem had been solved! This marlin is essential to assuaging the irrational fears of the public.

Sisipu:

Well, then I suppose PLAYERNAME's efforts weren't all for naught after all. I only wonder how the fish tale grew out of proportion in the first place.

Wawalago:

I don't delight in delving into details, but that deed might have been my doing.

Sisipu:

Why am I not surprised?

Wawalago:

When I mentioned to Chuchuroon that the Mazlaya marlin was a monster, I meant it metaphorically, but mayhap he misunderstood...

Eynzahr Slafyrsyn:

I think it would be in the best interests of all involved if I don't hear any more of this story. The Maelstrom expresses its gratitude for your efforts in bringing this evidence to light. Your guild will be notified when the fishing ban is formally lifted. I bid you good day.


End of cutscene! You report to Sisipu.


Sisipu:

Terrifying to think a little exaggeration can get out of hand, particularly when you consider how often fishermen exaggerate. But it sounds like Slafyrsyn knew something was fishy all along. Nevertheless, you saved our guild from destruction at the hands of an imaginary sea serpent! Funny how N'nmulika delivered you to our doorstep just when we needed you most. And I certainly can't call you "guppy," anymore, now that you've caught a marlin the guildmaster himself never quite reeled in. I'd say we name you the guildmaster, but then Wawalago would have nothing to dodge, and I'm not ready to let that fish of the hook that easily. But I suppose we could at least let him know that he has a rival. And that might be your finest fishing accomplishment of all--luring Wawalago back to work!

Notes
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The title of this quest shares the same name as Douglas Adam's book.
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