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Ghast's Pass

Author: 
Xan

GHAST'S PASS

She climbs steadily since leaving Azra's Crossing. Ghast's Pass muffles her footsteps as she follows the trail. The quiet calm belies a sense of danger she feels in her soul.

The Ghast's Pass area is infested with some spiders and wolves. In one corner of the area, she finds a Redguard warrior who has been eaten clean by the wolves. Pretty gruesome. Some of his armor are still in the good condition. She takes his Iron Bracer and Ra'Gada Light Helm.

She stumbles to a giant tree with some stuff hanging from its branches. The giant tree seems perfect as a place to rest. To think, to prepare herself for the trials ahead. Then she realizes that this must be the Witch Tree that Skelos Undriel talked about. The leaves on the Witch Tree rustle gently, although there is no breeze. Suddenly, it speaks.

Witch Tree

"Adventurer, do you know struggle with shadow?"

Lonnasa

"So it seems."

Witch Tree

"These shadows form when great forces oppose one another. They are ephemeral, seeking permanence, power... To ultimately conquer them you must unbind them to the light. But only the fires of the heavens have light strong enough to bind them. I shall give one such light if you complete all the tasks for me."

Lonnasa

"What is first?"

Witch Tree

"There is an Orc, perhaps less than he once was yet more than he seems. To the east he struggles with unlife. Aid him, then return to me."

Lonnasa

"Aid him I shall."

She goes east, and witness a magnificent temple, the TwilightTemple. And... two rotting figures are attacking an Orc, who is tiring quickly. The Orc looks at her.

Olpac Trailslag

"Could I get a little help here?"

She disposes those two undead easily with combination of Blaze and Dusk Dagger. The well-travelled Orc merchant appraises and likes what he sees.

Olpac Trailslag

"I was examining that Witch Tree back there, when some goblins beset me in camp. They made off with my pack of goods. I tracked some of the blighters to this foul place. But Twilight Temple is no place for a honest merchant, or even me. You get my pack back and I will give you the best reward I've got to offer."

Lonnasa

"I will find it."

She enters the temple.

TWILIGHT TEMPLE

TwilightTemple is still, but infested with zombies. Despite the decor of the dawning sun, the first room that she entered is particularly oppressive. Some power is restraining her in a way she cannot quite fathom, making the zombies in this room incredibly resistant to her attacks. They are the Dawn Zombies. She has no choice than escapes to the next room. The other rooms are infested with zombies, but not that invincible like the Dawn Zombies.

Later on, she finds a room that felt free of the oppressive force and the undead avoid this room. She notices a goblin in the far corner of the room. The goblin is terrified.

Scared Goblin

"Dead crawlers... too many. Help for potion and pay?"

Lonnasa

"I'm looking for a pack."

Scared Goblin

(the goblin shakes his head) "Ivgrizt sent pack... somewhere. He would know, not me. If you help, I will direct you to Ivgrizt. Help me get out of Twilight Temple?"

Lonnasa

"Why do you need to leave?"

Scared Goblin

"Need to find... Scroll of Dawn. Use that, hold that, and the dead crawlers by entrance can be killed. The Scroll Room is near entrance. Had too many dead crawlers. Had to flee." (the goblin shivers)

She retraces her way and evades again the Dawn Zombies, and enters the Scroll Room. The room holds lots of scroll, she realizes this probably some sort of library. She finds a scroll with a wax seal, which reads "Scroll of Dawn". Upon reading the scroll she learns the necessary technique needed to destroy the Dawn Zombies. Satisfied, she continues perusing the scrolls. She finds another interesting scrolls. She reads...

"...chosen to explore this relation of world to shadow, Azra was the first to realize that shadows were not a mere absence of light, but a reflection of possible worlds created by forces in conflict. A light strikes a rock, and the shadow is a record of their clash, past, present and future. Other conflicting forces produced less obvious shadows, fire and water, wind and rock, or nations at war. With skill and patience the shadows of all could be read, and patterns teased out, emphasized or eradicated. Manipulating a shadow could, through contagion, manipulate the object or force which cast it. Azra was eminent master of this nearly imperceptible magic."

Another...

"...Azra attempted what had never been done before, manipulating his own shadow to such and extent that he instantiated and melded all possible Azras at the same time, crossing over from this singular existences in shadow. Ignorant Redguard soldier, fearing the power of Azra should he succeed, trapped and confronted Azra. The battle did not go well for the wizard. The hole blasted when he lost control of his magics can still be seen at the village that bears his name, Azra's Crossing. The science of shadow lost a great man that day, although others, such as Pergan Asuul, strive to take his place."

And she finds another scroll with a wax seal, which reads "Scroll of Dusk". Upon reading this scroll, she learns the necessary technique needed to destroy the Dusk Zombies. She finds also Dead to Dust spell, a powerful spell to incinerate those undead, along with another spell, Drain spell. She goes back to the entrance and eliminates the Dawn Zombies, and goes back to the scared goblin. Upon seeing her, the goblin jumps for joy, scarcely believing his luck.

Scared Goblin

"Ivgrizt last... in room that way." (the goblin points east) "The room has many jars."

The goblin taps his chest in salute to her, and then leaves the TwilightTemple.

Following the scared goblin's direction, eventually Lonnasa meets a thin goblin. He looks excited to see her and shouts...

Ivgrizt

"You stink!" (seeing that Lonnasa takes the offense, the goblin corrects his word) "Ah... I mean you stink because you live, not rot. Pardon's, I am Ivgrizt."

Lonnasa

"How do you do?"

Ivgrizt

"Not well, but better than most of my band. The shadow master of this temple took our headdress."

Lonnasa

"Headdress?"

Ivgrizt

"He came with vermin, but we and our wolves drove him off. But he took our shaman's ritual headdress. Now we have no shaman."

Lonnasa

"I'm looking for a pack."

Ivgrizt

"Pack? Oh we took supplies from a merchant to help us in here. The last to flee took it with them, back to caverns."

Lonnasa

"I see."

Ivgrizt

"If you need pack, we make deal. You get headdress from hidden rooms in the temple, I will give you pack if you come to caverns."

Lonnasa

"That's a lot of 'ifs'."

Ivgrizt

(he shrugs) "There is other treasure. That would be yours."

Lonnasa

"Tell me more."

Ivgrizt

"We know the headdress is in the shadow rooms, near the Room of Midnight. But the room is locked. To open that door you must first open the doors in the Twilight Chamber, which lead to the Rooms of Dusk and Dawn. You need the scroll of Dusk and Dawn to open those doors."

Lonnasa

"Where are the scrolls?"

Ivgrizt

"There are scrolls rooms near the entrance, but we could not defeat the dead crawlers. Get the scrolls, open the doors. Then open the Midnight Door and find the headdress. Deal?"

Lonnasa

(realizes that she has already acquired the needed scrolls) "Sure, I'd like a challenge."

She darts out of Ivgrizt's room and heads to Rooms of Dusk and Dawn.

She reaches a strange room. This room has not seen the rough use of some of the others. It looks like a place of mediation and prayer. Most of the current denizens, the undead, seem to avoid this room. An obvious exception shuffles aimlessly in the south. It falls to its knees, raises it arms and emits a gargling cry. After a time, it regains its feet, staring at her.

Volstok Violet

(the zombie gargles) "Help... sha... key... save me."

Lonnasa

"What?"

Volstok Violet

"Shadow... twis... unlock... key... in temple. Save me?"

Lonnasa

"A Shadowkey? Here?"

(the zombie nods with a sound like too-tight leather)

Lonnasa

"I'll bring you that key."

She continues to the next room. Undead mill about this room dedicated to the time of Dusk. As in the Room of Dawn, a twisted power thwarts her here. Luckily she has equipped herself with Scroll of Dusk, and the Dusk Zombies are not a major threat anymore. Eventually she reaches Room of Midnight.

Inside she notices a single person stands in the middle, and he sees her and Lonnasa knows that this person is Pergan Asuul himself. Pergan Asuul glides slowly as he takes stock of her, his adversary. His reaction suggests that he does not think much of her.

Pergan Asuul

"Have we met? Did I taste your shadow in Earthtear Caverns? No matter. Your shadow is practically marinated in courage, a taste I acquired some time ago."

Lonnasa

"Taste this, monster."

She casts Blaze as many as she can and directs all of the flaming balls to Pergan Asuul. Eventually the mage goes down, it is somewhat too easy. Pergan Asuul melts and bubbles into a dark pool, hissing. She hears his voice, "Once is done, but thrice has been foretold. But I have taken measure of your power, while you do not even suspect the measure of mine." The pool seeps through the floor and vanishes. She takes the Shadowkey that Pergan Asuul left.

Lonnasa notices a Shadowgate. She uses the Shadowkey on the gate, and it opens. Inside she finds some more zombies, and two Hungers, a lesser daedra. Apparently these two were summoned by Pergan Asuul to guard the room. She notices a great statue in the corner. She inspects the statue.

She realizes that the statue is not stone, but shaped darkness. As Lonnasa looks at it, she senses that it looking back, calmly, waiting. She lefts the statue and checks some chests. She finds the shaman headdress. She notices that this headdress is not just a mundane item; it's magical. It increases the wearer armor rating as well as fortify intelligent and endurance. A great artifact, indeed. Another chest produces smooth, gray gloves and a dark, supple shirt of armor; Twilight Gloves and Night Leather.

She retraces her way and goes back to Ivgrizt, before reaching his room; she stops on the room where she met the strange zombie. She approaches the zombie and she touches the Shadowkey to its body. The fetid flesh peels from the creature revealing colored light which soon coalesces into a man. The man stares at his hand, then his arms, then at her.

Volstok Violet

"I am Volstok Violet, merchant captain of Dragonstar. You have undone Asuul's handiwork. I am grateful. If you come to Dragonstar, seek me out in the western half of the city. I will then pay you handsomely in gold." (then, the merchant leaves)

Lonnasa continues to Ivgrizt's room.

Ivgrizt

"Most brave, most brilliant, you are a feared hero!" (Ivgrizt takes the shaman headdress from her and does a clumsy bow) "The merchant pack is in our caverns north west in Snowline. If you come to retrieve it, I will have it for you."

Then, he slowly saunters toward the outside world.

All the jobs are done in the temple, so she left. Outside, she talks with Olpac Trailslag.

Olpac Trailslag

"Blast those goblins to the Allfire. Still I am grateful. Anyway, if you could get that pack for me I'll make it worth your while. Here's 200 gold upfront, I'll wait here until you return and will reward you with the rest."

Lonnasa

"I'll get that pack."

Lonnasa goes back to the Witch Tree.

Witch Tree

"You have done well helping the Orc. I will give you a choice between two gifts. You may take a Steel Crossbow or a Dead to Dust spell."

Lonnasa chooses Dead to Dust spell. Then the tree speaks again.

Witch Tree

"Will you help a life as it battles sorrow?"

Lonnasa

"Yes, Witch Tree."

Witch Tree

"Help her, to the southwest, near the citadel of Broken Wing."

She goes southwest. She finds a woman standing near a cliff.

Rene Violet

"I am in need of a fleet and brave adventurer."

Lonnasa

"What sort of need?"

Rene Violet

"My mother's cameo is missing some bits of semiprecious stone around the setting. I was scouring the base of the mountains near Broken Wing, looking for matching stones. The Spire Thieves spotted me. I fled, dropping the cameo. I would greatly appreciate its return."

Lonnasa

"I will go look for it."

Rene Violet

"Please be careful, young adventurer, these thieves are not to be taken lightly."

Lonnasa

"I will."

She goes to the Broken Wing citadel, sneaking. But two thieves spot her, and give chase; she has to dispose them clean and quickly. Eventually, the cameo is found laying in one of the corner outside of the citadel. She goes back to Rene.

Rene's face lights up when she sees the cameo.

Rene Violet

"Thank you so much. If you ever visit the store in Snowline, tell them I know you."

Lonnasa

"My pleasure."

Rene departs, and Lonnasa goes back to the Witch Tree.

Witch Tree

"Twice you have accepted and twice you have fulfilled. Take this reward and return when ready for your final task. You may take one of these items."

The tree shows Ebony Leather Boots and Steel Boots. Lonnasa chooses Ebony Leather Boots.

Witch Tree

"One last task remains. Are you ready?"

Lonnasa

"Yes."

Witch Tree

"Deep in the Twilight Temple lies a worshipper of shadow, Pergan Asuul. He has a key which unlocks the boundary between world and its shadow. Retrieve that key and show it to me."

Having already defeated Pergan Asuul and acquired the Shadowkey, easily she shows the Shadowkey to the Witch Tree.

Witch Tree

"You have served me well. You are strong compassionate... Difficult traits for shadow to twist. You are a powerful adversary and ultimate triumph may be yours. This shall aid you."

The branches of the Witch Tree flail as if caught in an invisible hurricane. Crack in the bark glow with a fierce inner light. The bark peels away, revealing a glowing crystal. The Star Tooth!

Lonnasa takes the crystal, gives her thanks and thinks for visiting Snowline, but there is one thing that seems not correct: The Broken Wing citadel. She makes her mind to visit the citadel first before going to Snowline, but she needs talk with Skelos first. So she goes to Earthtear Caverns.

EARTHTEAR CAVERNS

Skelos Undriel

(Skelos' eyes brighten as he catches sight of Lonnasa) "Do you have one for me?"

Lonnasa

"I do."

Skelos Undriel

(Skelos takes a Star Tooth from her, examining it with cool efficiency and a building excitement) "Yes, yes a magnificent start."

Skelos Undriel begins his research, and Lonnasa goes back to Ghast's Pass and heads for Broken Wing.

BROKEN WING, AREA I

The citadel looks empty, but she knows that The Spire Thieves run this building. She sneaks in, but immediately some arrows pour on her. She sees some archers on the parapets and they are shooting at her. She uses the Blaze spell to eliminate them, a job that is not easy at all.

The citadel has many cells; some of them filled with prisoners. She opens the cell one by one. In one of the cells, she releases Branson.

Branson

"I can scarcely believe my good fortune with your rescue, but I came here trying to find my family."

Lonnasa

"Your family? Here?"

Branson

"Not here, but the thieves who took them are here. I am hoping to find some clue as to their whereabouts."

Lonnasa

"Ah..."

Branson

"If you could find such a thing and bring it back to me, it would make the miracle complete."

Lonnasa

"I accept."

In the other cell, she finds Helena.

Helena

"I have been imprisoned for so long I had nearly given up hope. However, I cannot leave yet."

Lonnasa

"Leaving would be good."

Helena

(she smiles slightly) "I came here to find the identity of the assassin who murdered my family."

Lonnasa

"Ah..."

Helena

"If you could find that name and bring it back to me, I would happily leave to hunt down the beast."

Lonnasa

"You will have the name."

In the next cell, Lonnasa uncovers a small effigy resembling a Spire Thief. The next cell holds another female prisoner.

Meya Violet

"They brought me here to pressure my family into helping Skyrim take Dragonstar. I haven't seen any other prominent families here. I listened to idle chatter from the guards who mentioned that some are taking bribes and colluding with Skyrim. There is a list."

Lonnasa

"And you need it."

Meya Violet

"Yes. With it, I could return to Dragonstar and unmask the traitors, perhaps turn the tide."

Lonnasa

"I will find the evidence."

She goes deeper into the citadel. Some Orcish warriors, Nordic archers and thieves tried to prevent her doing exploration in the citadel, eventually they all lay dead. She then meets another Orc, but this one is not hostile. Then she recognizes that this one is Makor, the one that she helped in Delfran's Hideout.

Makor

(the orc starts to draw his weapon, then laughs) "I thought from what I saw you in Delfran's Hideout you would be dead by now."

Lonnasa

"That's gratitude for you."

Makor

"Oh, I am grateful. Delfran's chef was to be death of me. Our leader has been working with sorts unsavory by even our standards. Pergan Asuul for one."

Lonnasa

"Pergan Asuul?"

Makor

"Yeah, well... it is time for me to make a career change, but I need insurance before I leave."

Lonnasa

"Ah..."

Makor

"There is effigy in the locked and trapped cells south of here. I was on my way to get it, but you might have more luck... locks and I... (he shrugs)

Lonnasa

"I will get that effigy."

Makor

"Thank you. Here are two Persa Flowers to help you with the locks. Sell ‘em if you don't need ‘em."

Lonnasa

"Okay."

Lonnasa then remembers that she has actually acquired the effigy. She gives that to Makor.

Makor

(he laughs) "So this thing has some power over Spire Thieves... once I can figure out how to work it."

Lonnasa

"Yes."

Makor

(he grins broadly) "Of course... they don't know I don't know how to use it, so possession alone may keep them off my back. Take this incase you have to go against the spire leader." (he hands her a spell web thread) "It is only usable once, but it makes his magic attacks for less likely to hit you. I was keeping it in case I... well... doesn't matter now." (he taps his Lonnasa's fist with his) "Good luck, friend."

Later on, in her exploration, she finds a guarded chest. Inside the chest is a map to a spot east of Dragonstar, where hostages are being help. She knows that this is the stuff that Branson needs. In another guarded chest, she finds a slim journal of a man named Perosius, who recorded ‘aesthetic details' of assassinations he performed. It is obvious, the stuff needed by Helena. In other room, which is guarded as well, she finds Ra'Gada War Mace and Spire Thief Longbow. She admires the high quality longbow that these thieves using.

She goes back to Branson and Helena.

Branson

(he stares at the map for a few moments then mutters) "That is a long way." (his shoulders square, he purses his lips and says) "I am off then. Your help was vital!"

Branson leaves the cell to go look for his family. Lonnasa goes to meet Helena.

Helena

(her thumbs through the journal, tears welling up) "So the monster's name... is Perosius."

Lonnasa

"Yes."

Helena

"Someday I will find him. My family... I... can then rest in peace."

She hugs Lonnasa, then exits the cell to leave Broken Wing. Lonnasa goes back to resume her exploration on the citadel.

In a room that somehow is quite hidden, she finds an Orc officer that without a word starts to attack her. Her new longbow helps her to finish this Orc. Later, she knows that the name of the Orc is Sergeant Bled. His blade, Bled's Ebony Longsword is indeed powerful. The weapon is known to help the wielder deflect blows. Then she searches his room.

Parchment after parchment is filled with records of bribes and payouts. It seems Jagar Tharn's purse is buying him a lot of influence in the region. This is the evidence that Meya Violet needs. She goes back to meet her.

Meya Violet

(she looks sadly over the long records) "So many willing to work with the enemy."

Lonnasa

"Quite a few."

Meya Violet

"Perhaps Dragonstar is destined to slip from the grasp of Hammerfell. I suppose we could go to High Rock or Morrowind... or somewhere and start over."

Lonnasa

"You seem resourceful."

Meya Violet

(she smiles) "That we are. So are you. Best of luck to you." (she leaves the citadel)

In the middle of the citadel, there is a huge gaping pit. She notices that one of the Spire Thief steps into the great pit ahead. Rather than fall, he levitates upward and out of view. This is worth checking out. As Lonnasa steps into the pit, she finds herself caught by a gust of wind. Slowly she begins levitating upwards.

BROKEN WING, AREA II

She arrives in a wide open space, an arena. Some clawrunners are waiting for her and immediately attack. Their special attack of paralyzing makes Lonnasa busy for a while. She notices that there are some teleporter platforms. She checks them one by one. Some of them has destination to an area with a pit and towered platforms. She has to do some precision jumping if she wants to resume her quests. Some of the teleporters need Shadowkey.

One of the teleporter in the northern area, teleports her to a big room. There is a single person standing, and quite surprised by her suddenly appearance. From the description in Perosius' journal, she recognizes the man before her is a man who murdered Helena's family. She spits on the floor, at Perosius' feet.

Lonnasa

"That's for Helena."

Perosius

(he glances at her, almost through her) "I don't remember Helena. In fact, I plan on forgetting you as well."

Battle begins. Again her new acquired bow, and Blaze spell are capable to eliminate the assassin. In his body, she finds a Star Tooth and a Shadowkey. With this Shadowkey, she can use the teleporter to enter some area that were not accessible previously.

In one of the room, she finds a chest. Upon touching the chest, her shadow recedes into her body; her hands grow cold for a moment. Then her shadow returns, and within her shadow lies a pair of Shadow Gloves. In another room, there is a guarded chest. Touching this chest produces a distortion to her shadow just like the previous one. This time her shadow extends and falls over the corpses of the fallen, she hears popping, grinding, and then a Skeleton Key appears.

Satisfied with the vengeance and has nothing more to do, she departs from the Broken Wing citadel and heads for Snowline.