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Act 3

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Anonymous

Chapter 5

Collapsing Tunnel

Kellen

The hero tumbled through the darkness. When they awoke, they were alone in the depths of the city — in a chamber that was fast collapsing.

Player

As they run through the city avoiding boulders, they encounter and must defeat a Verminous Fabricant.

Kellen

The hero had reached stable ground — for now. But from all around they could hear the rumbling of the city being reshaped by Mecinar. And they feared for their friends…

Player

To save their companions, the player has a choice of going to the Piston Cavum or the Submerged Aqueduct.

Submerged Aqueduct

Swims-at-Night

Hmm. Trapped in a cavern filling with water. Only one tunnel out. Time to live up to my name.

Player

Taking on the role of Swims-at-Night, the player defeats a Slaughterfish and frees himself.

If you have not completed the Piston Cavum

Swims-at-Night

Fancy meeting you here. No I'm fine. Only a tiny bit drowned. Come on, let's find Laaneth.

If you have completed the Piston Cavum

Swims-at-Night

Fancy meeting you two here. Tell me you've found a way out.

Laaneth

Not yet. But I think I saw the pulse of a memory star this way.

Piston Cavum

Laaneth

I'm trapped. Only way out is through that hall full of pistons — but they're not moving. Maybe I can pry them open with bursts of magical energy.

Player

In the shoes of Laaneth, the player fights and kills a Nix-Hound Fabricant.

If you have not completed the Submerged Aquaduct

Laaneth

You're a sight for sore eyes. We should find Swims-at-Night — hopefully he's having an easier time than we did.

If you have completed the Submerged Aquaduct

Laaneth

You two are a sight for sore eyes. Have you found a way out of here?

Swims-at-Night

No. But I did spot a memory star over that way.

The Tools

Sotha Sil

The Heart has become unstable — left unchecked, it threatens to destroy the entire city. No matter the danger, I must venture into the chamber, and devise a way to contain its power.

Player

As Sotha Sil, the player battles and defeats the Heart.

Sotha Sil

Success! With these tools, modeled after Kagrenac's own, I can control, shape, and even dismantle the Heart if necessary.

Laaneth

That's it! If we can find those three tools, we can destroy the Heart and stop Mecinar!

The Caminus Pit

Galyn

AAAAAAAGH! Mercy!

Fabricant

...

Laaneth

It's the people of the city. The machines are… remaking them. We have to stop this.

Player

They fight and defeat a series of machines, lead by a Kagouti Fabricant.

Galyn

Thank you. Mecinar is rebuilding the city in his image. More of our people were taken as well. We must stop him.

Mecinar

You outlanders cannot be allowed to interfere with my experiments. Fabricants, deactivate the intruders.

Shaft of Sohleh

Swims-at-Night

We can't outrun that army of fabricants forever.

Galyn

Up these stairs you'll find Sotha Sil's most sacred library.

Laaneth

You go. I'll hold off the fabricants.

Swims-at-Night

No, we need you at the library. I'll fight them.

Laaneth

You'll be killed!

Swims-at-Night

And you won't?

Galyn

We have no time to argue. Who stays?

Player

The player must take on the role of either Swims or Laaneth and hold off the fabricants so that the rest of the party can escape. Whoever they choose to play as, dies.

Swims-at-Night stays

Swims-at-Night

Never expected to die a hero. You lot better make this count!

Kellen

Swims-at-Night had come to the Clockwork City seeking its riches. But in the end he gave his life in the hopes of saving it - or at least, of protecting his friends.

To avenge him, the Hero would have to find Sotha Sil's tools, and use them to defeat Mecinar.

Laaneth stays

Laaneth

As deaths go, this is a good one. Good luck, my friends.

Kellen

A lifetime of study had made Laaneth one of the wisest people in Tamriel - wise enough to know that this would be her final battle.

Still she fought with bravery to the last, giver her life so that her friends could find Sotha Sil's lost tools - and use them to defeat Mecinar.

Chapter 6

The Throne Aligned

Galyn

Sotha Sil stored much of his thoughts and notes in this machine. But it is deadly for a mortal to access it.

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

We owe it to Swims-at-Night to try.

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

We've got to try. Or Laaneth sacrificed herself for nothing.

Player

To progress, the player must defeat the Helctic Ipsograph.

Galyn

Excellent work! It seems that when he foresaw his coming death, Sotha Sil hid his tools around the world. But using the Doors of Egress, we can transport you to each of them.

Three new locations are unlocked, and each must be completed before returning to the Clockwork City. They are Dragonclaw Rock, Eastmarch Camp, and Sanguine Barrows.

Eastmarch Camp

Kellen

As the hero crossed through the portal, they found they had walked into the middle of a deadly clash between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloak rebellion.

Player

The player must defeat the Imperials at Stony Creek.

Kellen

Once the hero had escaped the melee, they found a cleverly hidden cavern. Deep within lay Sotha Sil's rendition of the mighty hammer Sunder.

Dragonclaw Rock

Kellen

The hero's next step took them high into the Jerall mountains. But they found the tool had an unwitting guardian: A dragon who had in ages past learned to master the Thu'um from Paarthurnax himself.

Player

The player fights and kills the Stoneclaw Dragon.

Kellen

With the dragon slain, the hero found the hiding place of Sotha Sil's replica of Keening, the sword so sharp it could slice through and shape the Heart's power.

Sanguine Barrows

Kellen

One of the tools had been hidden deep in a forgotten crypt, where few living creatures dared to walk.

Player

Here, the player fought and killed a Barrows Lord vampire and their minions.

Kellen

Deep in the crypt, the hero found Sotha Sil's version of Wraithguard, a mighty gauntlet designed to wield the other two tools.

Divine Implements Found

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

That's the last of the tools. Now let's go find Mecinar and destroy the Heart.

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

That's the last of the tools. Now let's go find Mecinar and destroy the Heart.

Galyn

What? You can't destroy it. I believe its power is what has allowed our crops to grow, our machinery to run. There must be another way. Perhaps you can use the Heart instead.

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

I don't like it. Laaneth believed the heart was dangerous, and I trusted her more than most.

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

I doubt it. But come, Mecinar must be in the Chamber of Lorkhan.

Return to The Inner Curiosity

Mecinar

I thought you might come. I've prepared a surprise for you. For years I have modified the living. But with my newfound power, I've found the dead just as malleable.

Your fallen ally from the Shaft of Sohleh appears as an undead abomination, revived using "Mecinar's foul magickal technology."

Swims-at-Night/Laaneth

Mecinar's will must be obeyed. Prepare to be destroyed.

Player

Reluctantly, the player battles and defeats their former friend.

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

MECINAR! You'll pay for what you've done to her!

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

Mecinar must answer for this… this abomination! It's time to finish this!

Mecinar

Come then, and meet your doom.

Chamber of Lorkhan

Galyn

Now, use the tools to harness the Heart's power! Fight Mecinar as a fellow god!

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

Look around you! That thing is unstable! If you use it, it might just kill you.

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

No — I can feel the Heart's energy. It's too unstable. There's every chance you'll be overwhelmed. And if you fall, Mecinar will still have his power.

Galyn

Those are the risks we have to take. Without the Heart, my people will die!

If Swims-at-Night is alive

Swims-at-Night

Laaneth wouldn't have wanted this. But it's your call.

If Laaneth is alive

Laaneth

Swims-at-Night would have left it up to you. So what's it to be?

Player

The player must make their choice: Use the Heart or Destroy it.

Use

Mecinar

You think yourself my equal now? Pathetic. You cannot hope to match my genius!

Galyn

You can barely contain the Heart's energy. Be careful, or it will destroy you — and this entire chamber!

Kellen

Mecinar was defeated. But the hero paid a heavy price. The energy of the heart proved too much to hold within their physical form.

The hero's body disintegrated.

But the Clockwork City lived on, powered by the heart, and Galyn believed that the hero's consciousness lived on there, a whisper in the still-churning machinery.

Nagh

So... you are saying you're lost and we're going to die?

Kellen

I'm saying sometimes our greatest deeds come when we least expect them.

Nagh

Nagh thinks you are lost and we're going to die.

Kellen

(Sigh)

Destroy

Mecinar

No! Do you know what you've done?! Centuries of patience and planning — all lost! You will burn for this!

Kellen

Mecinar was defeated, and the mechanical Heart shattered beyond repair. Neither would again threaten Tamriel.

But Galyn was right. The Heart had been what kept the city's vegetation alive, and its gears turning.

Sotha Sil's last worshipers were forced to leave the city behind, and start a new life elsewhere.

Nagh

This is not the sort of unexpected journey Nagh wishes to go on.

Kellen

Sometimes, our journeys choose us, my friend.

And we must only hope we are wise and brave enough to meet them.

Nagh

Nagh thinks Kellen is just lost.

Kellen

Oh, you weren't listening at all...