The Dark Blight Writhes
Terrible news, Forename! The manifestation of the taint you purged here has reappeared!
The fiends nearby were driven into a frenzy all over again, and they reportedly attacked a knight on patrol.
Though the man managed to flee to the Convictory, his wounds are grievous. And to compound matters, the camp's chirurgeons are all afield and cannot readily return.
You are his only chance, Forename. You must go to the Convictory and save him.
He is in a bad way. Please hurry and tend to his hurts.
I can't die... <gasp> What will become...of my family?
Th-The pain fades... I...I owe you a debt of gratitude...
Thanks to you, the danger is past. However, he will still require constant care for a time.
I shall remain on hand to help provide it. Meanwhile, you must go and purify the taint that has reappeared west of Banepool.
Only you have the power to do so, Forename. Please hurry before it can cause any more harm!
You must go and purify the taint that has reappeared west of Banepool. Please hurry before it can cause any more harm!
You saved my life... Thank you...
I'm pleased to say that the knight will make a full recovery. Had you not come to his aid, his comrades believe he would have died.
I see you have already purified the taint. Good work, Forename.
I must say, though, that its reappearance baffles me. It should have taken far longer for befouled aether to accumulate.
I am disinclined to believe that this came about by itself. Nay, I sense that someone had a hand in this.
I spoke with the knight after he had sufficiently recovered. Shortly before he was attacked, he caught sight of the foreign woman who reeks of death─Alaqa.
Wherever she appears, so too does the taint... I wasn't certain before, but now I'm convinced that it is no mere coincidence.
Could it be that she is creating the taint? If so, to what end? Why would she do such a thing?
I know not her designs, but her actions cannot be borne.
Should the taint continue to manifest, both Coerthas and the Twelveswood would suffer unimaginable damage.
Stillglade Fane must know of this threat. I shall send word to them.
Though I shan't raise my hopes that the Seedseers will bestir themselves. Best to assume that we are on our own.
Now then, our priority now is to track down Alaqa. The knight said that she was headed west to the Dravanian forelands.
Let us take our search to the main settlement there─Tailfeather, I believe it's called.
I have spoken with a handful of locals. A strange woman has been witnessed coming and going, and with some regularity.
I'm reasonably confident that it is Alaqa, but I shall try to gather more information for good measure.
Something occurs to me, Forename. If Alaqa is indeed responsible for creating the taint, she'll not take kindly to our purifying it. It may well come to a confrontation.
Pray use this time to further hone your powers, for we shall have need of them ere long.