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The Color of Joy

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 81   The Color of Joy
Quest

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Alphinaud: Radz-at-Han - Dharma (x:3.7, y:10.7)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Radz-at-Han Aetheryte Plaza → Meghaduta

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png81The Jewel of ThavnairMainquest1 Icon.png The Jewel of Thavnair (Level 81)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 81)

Journal detail hr1 03.png Rewards

455,400
Experience Points



2,972
Gil
Guaranteed
Archon Loaf
Archon Loaf
Achievement
026002.png On Wings of Hope
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Alphinaud has a mind to join the others at the High Crucible.
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Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png82Sound the Bell, School's InMainquest1 Icon.png Sound the Bell, School's In (Level 82)

  • Alphinaud has a mind to join the others at the High Crucible.

Like his sister Tiamat, Vrtra is possessed of a gentle soul. I'm glad they're on our side.
The attendant was kind enough to give me directions to the High Crucible. First, let us return to the mulberry orchard.
Quest Accepted
I understand the mulberries are for the silkworms. Grown a stone's throw away from the satrap's residence... It gives it the quintessential Thavnairian flair, don't you think?
From here, we're supposed to follow the path left and past the mulberries...
The word Yuj apparently means “bind” in the local tongue, and this district is so named because it connects all others in the city.
If we manage to come this far, we shouldn't have trouble finding the High Crucible─or so I was told.
Where the street turns, enter the door straight ahead then descend the steps...

I thought the Crystarium was confusing, but it doesn't compare to Radz–at–Han. The architecture and decorations make it even harder to get your bearings.


Anyway, let's see where this door takes us.


Whew, it seems we're on the right track.
And here is the aetheryte plaza. So far so good, and there isn't much further to go.

From here, we just need to cross to the other side of the hall, then pass through the larger of two doorways. The High Crucible lies beyond.


I suspect the others have already collected the warding scales. Come, let us join them.


You took your time. Got turned around, I take it?
Though this land hath been afforded a respite, in turmoil do many others languish still. Our work is far from finished.
What an immense laboratory... How many such places were enlisted to help forge the warding scales, I wonder.
Excellent. You're in time to hear the latest good news.
I'm quite well now, I assure you. As they say, the stronger the taste─and stranger the color─the more effective the remedy.

With my body trying to replenish the aether I spent, however, I'm feeling rather famished...


I think a sampling of the local delicacies is in order. Hamsa cuisine would be a good place to start, perhaps?
As I heard it, after you defeated Nidhogg, his scales found their way into the hands of the Firmament's artisans.
Steeped in power as they are, it's no surprise that they were coveted. Still, it is a strange legacy for the vengeful wyrm.
The Students have previously turned to Radz–at–Han's alchemists for help with the analysis of various artifacts.
That is how I became acquainted with Nidhana. I'm glad we could rescue her, and pray she makes a full recovery...
We're last, of course, but at least we found the place.
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The last thing I remember before being absorbed into the tower was you rushing towards me...

I can only imagine the hardships you and yours must have had to overcome to rescue us.


No amount of words will suffice to express my gratitude, but I hope the flower's radiant glow says everything I cannot.


Ah, you are returned!
It's good to be back, and with the fruit of our labors safely in storage!

For now, we have but to wait for the others to return from their respective meetings with the Alliance leaders.


As Thancred suggested, you should get some rest in the meantime!
Your chamber is comfortable, I hope? If it's cold in there, just let me know─we have plenty of blankets to spare.
Welcome back, Forename! Krile has apprised me of your recent accomplishments. What an amazing feat to eliminate a tower, and pave the way to deal with the rest.

While it isn't much, I've changed your sheets and plumped up your pillow. After all, there's nothing like collapsing in a nice clean bed after completing a major malmstone, be it penning a thesis or defeating deiform entities!


So, would you like to take a look at your new and improved lodgings now?
Retire to your chamber?
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Quest Completed
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(- Vrtra -)
Take heart and protect them well.
Good, you're here! You haven't eaten yet, have you?
We've brought quite a spread if you're interested. Only the finest dining from the Last Stand!


Lest you wonder, we invited Estinien as well.
But he refused with a rather grim-faced "No, thank you." I suspect Sharlayan cuisine is not to his liking...
Oh, I don't know about that. Perhaps our lone wolf just needed some time apart.
What, to perfect his brooding stare!?
Next time, I'll drag him out by the ear, sit him down in front of a Sharlayan feast, and see that he eats every last bite.
An excellent idea. Of all people, warriors must take proper meals and rest if they are to maintain a healthy constitution.
Poor Estinien, beset on all sides.
Speaking of one's physical condition, Mistress Krile, I hear you recently played literal host to Hydaelyn Herself...
And what an experience that was. Tiring, yes, but no lasting harm done.
If anything, I should have liked to speak with Her longer... I've not felt a hint of Her presence since.
Hydaelyn instructed you to carry that flower, yes?

'Twill be your guide─"test and proof of your conviction." And then something about seeking joy in darkness, was it?


Come to think of it... Isn't that what happened with Nidhana, back in Radz-at-Han?
The flower did seem to radiate a joyful glow. As if reflecting the elation we all felt. The relief of a people with renewed hope.
Indeed. And in turn, I felt buoyed by that radiance. 'Twas akin to spotting a beacon, and knowing we were on the right path.

I know we've not yet triumphed over the Telophoroi, or learned the full breadth of the Forum's plans...


But even within the midst of our struggles, we find small moments of joy to sustain us.


Rare and hard-won, perhaps. But it is this pursuit of happiness that gives us the strength to carry on, day after day...


Hey! That's mine!

{{Loremquote|Alisaie|link=y|To the swift, the spoils! Though I recall that levitation spell of yours was quick enough.

Only barely. And even at my best, I'm still too slow to wield it effectively in battle.
Mayhap I simply require more practice with this new magick...
You unearthed it from the depths of Noumenon, I presume?
Aye, and from a veritable mountain of arcane tomes, at that. 'Twas...necessary to facilitate my solitary explorations.
Or, to put it simply, you used it to sneak around the forbidden archives.
Ah, yes, well...after a fashion...

They're tall, you see...


The shelves─they're too tall for me! And I could hardly move the library's platforms without attracting attention now, could I!?


What will you say?
Are we pushing on until dawn? Shall we call it a night? You do know these are "my" quarters...?
I'm not that ambitious. But 'tis pleasant to idle away the hours every once in a while.
One last cup of tea, then. Dickon said this brew helps relax the mind before bed...and gave us some leaves for free!
Why else did you think we were here? Surrender to thy fate, O champion!
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Ah, enjoying the bracing cold, I see. Do you not own a warm coat or a cloak? Something in fur or fashioned from the skins of your enemies, or...? Well, never mind that.

I come to you once more as the bearer of bad news.


Our tower in Thavnair has been toppled, and I need not tell you by whom.


Given how many we have at our disposal, the loss of a single spire is hardly fatal to our plans. It does, however, slow the rate at which we siphon aether.


If they continue to preoccupy themselves with the towers, then all will be well. But should our foe prove bold enough to strike at us here, then the timing becomes...questionable.
Our foe is bold enough. Of that, I can assure you.
Yes, very well, then... I suppose I must prepare a proper welcome.
Honestly, talk of your nemesis is the only thing you seem to enjoy. Does nothing else spark your interest?
Hmm... No. All else is...equal.

Equally tedious. Equally disappointing. The world is a tepid bog into which we sink, too weak to thrash as the mud clings to our eyes and fills our throats till we blissfully choke.


But then came the light. Blinding and pure and hot─so very hot. Enough to set my soul aflame.


I basked in the afterglow...until the void yawned once more. And then I knew the muck would never claim me again. There was naught for me ahead, so I drew the curtain on all that had come before.


Burn, burn. Let the whole star burn. I will have my contest. I will reclaim my moment.
How wonderful that the emptiness of death has not dissuaded you from committing your life to its pursuit once more.
I don't know whether to envy you or pity you...
You question my disinterest, but what of yours? Despite your noisome antics, I sense you take little pleasure in this endeavor.
Mercy, my lord... Such pointed barbs from one who barely acknowledges my existence.

Nevertheless, you are mistaken, for I do find this part somewhat enjoyable.


You see, when I was mortal, I would always have the same dream.


It was a fragmented thing. Disjointed. All the faces incomplete. The setting, too, was unknown to me, so I thought it simply a fantasy of my sleeping mind.


Until one day, I realized it was showing me the truth─much as your dream of the Final Days enlightened you.


And soon, very soon, the rest of the world will see the truth of my dream too.


Yes, I think that is something we can both enjoy.
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I hope you didn't mind us barging into your room for our late-night feast. For what it's worth, it did me a world of good to put our troubles to one side, if only for a moment.
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