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The Praetorium

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With the magitek field now out of commission, the path to the Ultima Weapon lies open. While the Immortal Flames sweep Castrum Meridianum and suppress the remnants of the enemy garrison, you and your comrades must fight your way to the innermost sector of the Praetorium, there to locate and destroy the Ultima Weapon. Cid's airship, the Enterprise, will bear you to the stage of the final confrontation.

Requirements: Must be on, or have completed, The Ultimate Weapon.
Restrictions: 120 minutes

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So here we are...

The Ultima Weapon will almost certainly be housed in the depths of the complex.

You know, the sort of place a Warrior of Light would boldly go with no thought for personal safety. Oh, if only one were with us!

This is it, my friend!
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We need to make our way down. There ought to be a terminal for the lift up ahead.
Here it is. If you'd care to take the van, I'll follow after I've had a look around.
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Ah, Cid, my boy... You are late.
There is something I always meant to tell you, yet the time never seemed right. It concerns your father.
...What of him?
In the winter of his years, Midas came to abhor his part in Meteor. He told me that he wanted nothing more than to wash his hands of the whole sordid business.
But he did not wash his hands of it. He helmed the project until the day it killed him!
Come now, must know that he did not have the luxury of choice. By the time he realized his error, it was too late. Meteor had him completely in its thrall.

Shortly before his...transformation, mayhap sensing that something was amiss, your father confided to me all the regrets of his life. Most of them concerned you.

Early on in your career, he realized that while you had a talent for devising armaments, it would never fulfill you. Long before you knew your own mind, he saw that you would be far happier using your knowledge for peaceful purposes, and the thought touched him. He was a changed man for it, though he could not let it show.
You ripped open walls in this place just so you could say this to me!? What is it you want, Gaius!?
I want you at my side, Cid. Take up your father's mantle, and become the Empire's lead engineer. It is your destiny.
My father had a change of heart─you said so yourself! Besides, I have long known my destiny, and I assure you, it lies not with the Empire!
A pity.

And what of you, adventurer? Will you not consider making common cause with me?

With your powers joined to mine, we might do much for this realm. Together, we could bring order to Eorzea, and usher in a lasting peace.

No? And I can expect no better answer than this? So be it. It was your strength that made me proffer my hand in friendship, and it is your strength that makes me proffer now my blade. Save as an ally, you are too dangerous to be let to remain.

Run, Cid. Or stay. It makes no matter. You cannot escape the past.
Gaius, wait! ...Damn it!
Right, I'll examine the equipment for intelligence. Press on─I'll let you know if I learn anything.
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Well, well, would you look at this! It's the armor we borrowed for our mission at Castrum Centri!
If this isn't fate, I don't know what is! Go on, strap yourself in and raise hells!
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That bulkhead is composed of a special alloy. Extremely tough. Ordinary fire won't leave a mark, I'm afraid.

You'll need to divert all power to the magitek cannon, as I did at Castrum Meridianum.

The armor's core is like to expire from the strain, but there's no help for it if we want to press on.

Now, listen well. Press...<buzzzzzz>...the control...<fizzzzzz>...engage ancillary...then fire away. Don't mind the warning lights.

You're a natural at this! All right, the way's clear, but it's just you and your own two feet now, so be careful.
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You have been leaving a fine mess in your wake, adventurer.
Is someone there!?
Garlond, old friend. How it warms the heart to hear your voice again after all these years.
...Nero? Is that you!?
You sound well. It would seem this savage land agrees with you.
The highest ranking tribunus of the XIVth... It was you all this time?
Tell me, Garlond. How long do you intend to keep all the glory for yourself?
Uh...what? You've lost me.
Don't play the fool with me. Ever since the Academy, I have been condemned to live in your shadow.

By all objective measure, I was the more talented of the two of us, yet that fact counted for naught beside your privileged birth. You were admired as the young prodigy simply because your father was the great Midas nan Garlond!

When you defected, I felt sure my star would finally rise...

But by disappearing, you acquired the status of a legend─your reputed genius gaining credence merely by dint of your absence! Instead of cursing you for a traitor, the people actually came to think of you more fondly! To this day, you are still the young prodigy of magitek!

I, meanwhile, have ever been made to feel second-rate─I who have continued to serve our nation faithfully. Whenever I fail to excel─why, it is only to be expected! Yet when I exceed all reasonable expectations, people proclaim that I walk in the footsteps of the great Cid nan bloody Garlond!
Nero, I...I don't know what to say.
It matters not a whit what I achieve. Your existence has rendered mine worthless. Even Lord van Baelsar saw fit to offer you a place at his side─and this in spite of your betrayal! Did he extend any such offer to me─the man who has remained loyal to him for all these years? Why, no. He did not.

Long have I endured this injustice...but no more.

Lord van Baelsar is in the midst of activating the fully powered Ultima Weapon.

It is my magnum opus─the creation that will win me the recognition I am due. I will not let anyone interfere.
Nero! What are you─!?
Ever since I first set foot in this benighted land, I have watched you─every move you have made, every step you have taken.

You have felled eikons, a feat made possible by the Echo, a peculiar power which shields you from their corrupting influence.

It is of little wonder that my lord has taken an interest in you.

As have I, if truth be told. It is my desire to harness your power for use in the Ultima Weapon.

Should I succeed, Lord van Baelsar will surely take notice! Beside this, Garlond's achievements will be as child's play!

Come, adventurer, and yield to me the secrets of your power!
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I have taken the liberty of preparing an electrifying stage for you.

I will lay Garlond low, but first I must break you!

Meet one of my creations. You might find it a handful.

<pant> I will not be in another's shadow!
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This changes...nothing...
Ahahahaha! The Ultima Weapon is activated, and it brims with the power of eikons! Nothing can withstand its might!
Are you all right!?

What of Nero!? ...Fled!? Damn it!

In the instant prior to the blackout, the instruments detected a massive power surge from the deepest chamber.

Gaius is certain to be there! We have no time to waste!

Word arrived from the Alliance a short while ago. It seems the Order of the Twin Adder has completed its blockade of Castrum Centri.

What hands they can spare are hastening this way even as we speak, and likewise for the Maelstrom. All that's left is to destroy the Ultima Weapon!

...I should warn you: the chamber which houses the target appears to be saturated with aetheric energies. There's bound to be heavy interference.

But even if we lose contact, you must go on. Just don't do anything I wouldn't do, all right?
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Look for the lift's control panel─it'll be somewhere nearby.

Take the lift down, and you should find yourself in the chamber of the Ultima Weapon.

Keep your eyes peeled─Gaius could be waiting for you down there.

Oh, and don't even think about dying. You're too bloody useful!

The interference is getting worse. I don't think the connection will last much─
Tell me...for whom do you fight?

Hmph! Do you believe in Eorzea?

Eorzea's unity is forged of falsehoods. Its city-states are built on deceit. And its faith is an instrument of deception.

It is naught but a cobweb of lies. To believe in Eorzea is to believe in nothing.

In Eorzea, the beast tribes often summon gods to fight in their stead─though your comrades only rarely respond in kind. Which is strange, is it not?

Are the “Twelve” otherwise engaged? I was given to understand they were your protectors. If you truly believe them your guardians, why do you not repeat the trick that served you so well at Carteneau, and call them down?

They will answer─so long as you lavish them with crystals and gorge them on aether.

Your gods are no different from those of the beasts─eikons every one. Accept but this, and you will see how Eorzea's faith is bleeding the land dry.

Nor is this unknown to your masters. Which prompts the question: why do they cling to these false deities? What drives even men of learning─even the great Louisoix─to grovel at their feet?

The answer? Your masters lack the strength to do otherwise!

For the world of man to mean anything, man must own the world.

To this end, he hath fought ever to raise himself through conflict─to grow rich through conquest.

And when the dust of battle settles, it is ever the strong who dictate the fate of the weak.

Knowing this, but a single path is open to the impotent ruler─that of false worship. A path which leads to enervation and death.

Only a man of power can rightly steer the course of civilization. And in this land of creeping mendacity, that one truth will prove its salvation.

Come, champion of Eorzea, face me! Your defeat shall serve as proof of my readiness to rule!

It is only right that I should take your realm. For none among you has the power to stop me!
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Let us dance, champion of Eorzea.

Know your place!

Impressive! Now it is my turn!

Come, we shall see if you can finish what you have started.

If you will not yield, then you will be destroyed!

Eorzea is mine by right!

That you should still stand... Very well, then!
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I had not thought to be so hard-pressed.

Your strength is...most impressive. Such power befits a ruler!

Yet you lack the resolve to put it to proper use. A waste.
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Type: Dungeon
Zone: The Praetorium (Zone)
Region: Thanalan
Minimum Level: 50
Synced Level: 50
Min iLvl: 42
Unlock Quest: The Ultimate Weapon
Duty Finder: Dungeons: A Realm Reborn
Duty Roulette: Main Scenario
Duty Support: Available
Expansion: Original
Patch: Patch 2.0
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  1. Secure the command chamber: 0/1
  2. Make for the Laboratorium Primum: 0/1
  3. Power and board magitek armor: 0/1
  4. Defeat Nero tol Scaeva: 0/1
  5. Defeat Gaius van Baelsar: 0/1
Mark II Magitek Colossus
Attack Name Description
Grand Sword Frontal attack dealing moderate damage.
Exhaust Frontal attack dealing limited damage and knockback.
Magitek Ray AoE on a random player dealing moderate damage and Burn DoT.
Overheat Buff that increases the boss' damage.

Advice and Tips

  • Should be tanked faced away from the group because of all of its frontal cleave abilities.
Nero tol Scaeva
Attack Name Description
Electrical Field Area around the central arena. Deals continuous damage to players standing in it.
Magitek Death Claw Spawn in the Electrical Field and tether to a random player. If they reach the player, they will knock them across the entire arena to the wall across from them, into the Electrical Field. Tethered players should kite the Death Claw around until the group can kill it.
Spine Shatter Melee attack dealing limited damage.
Sideswing Frontal cleave dealing damage.
Wheel of Suffering AoE centered on Nero dealing damage.
Iron Uprising Frontal cleave dealing moderate damage and knockback.
Augmented Shatter Deals moderate damage to a random player.
Augmented Uprising Frontal cleave dealing moderate damage, inflicting Heavy and knockback.
Augmented Circular Suffering AoE centered on Nero dealing moderate damage, inflicting Heavy and knockback.

Advice and Tips

  • Burn down any Magitek Death Claws that spawn to speed up the killing of the boss.
Gaius van Baelsar
Attack Name Description
Innocence Frontal cleave dealing moderate damage.
Sentence Knockbacks a random player.
Heirsbane Deals moderate damage to a random player.
Hand of the Empire AoE dealing minimal damage and utilizing a flaming blue ball targeted at a random player.
Terminus Est Line AoE originating from flaming "X" and dealing heavy damage.
Judgment AoE dealing moderate damage on a random player and stunning them.

Advice and Tips

  • The fight is straightforward, with non-tank players dodging a variety of AoE attacks by Gaius van Baelsar.
(Fixed Rate Drop)
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Drop Table (1)
Item Type iLvl Requirements Stats
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Gaius van Baelsar Card
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 Triple Triad Card  &00000000000000010000001&00000000000000010000001
Req. Level 1
A legendary (★★★★★) card used in the game Triple Triad.

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