Sold for a Song
- Story Arc
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- Issue 6
- Hardcase (St. Martial)
- Johnny Sonata Tickets
- 30 - 35
Collect demonic essence
I'm here with the demons around Str. Martial, but I can't solve the problem until I have a better understanding of what makes these demons tick. Take this pendant - it was created to capture the essence of Wailer Demons you defeat. There's an old warehouse nearby which has been overrun with Wailers. Steal the essence of all the Wailers there and return the crystal pendant to me. Once the crystal pendant is full, I'll be able to get a better idea of what we're dealing with.
A warning: the demons can sense the nature of the pendant, so they may come after you!
You see small shapes scuttling in the shadows.
Interrogate Circle of Thorns
I may be an expert demon hunter, but there are others who know more about demons. That'd be the Circle of Thorns - their whole shtick is about souls and demons. I want to know what they know about the demons running about St. Martial. Interrogate the Circle of Thorns about the Wailers.
There are some powerful Circle mystics here on St. Martial and on the Nerva Archipelago.
The Circle makes deals with demons constantly. They're our best source on the Wailers.
This ancient Circle of Thorns temple smells of mold and incense.
Objective: You found the Tolshak Mysteries!
Mission Complete: You stole the Tolshak Mysteries!
Ah, the Tolshak Mysteries! It'll take me a little bit ot time to decipher the occult siphers, but it should be able to provide me more info on the Wailers.
Rescue Daniel Hawthorn
You've been getting some good info on these Wailers. You got more information on the nature of the demons through the resonance crystal, and tracking down and stealing the Tolshak Mysteries from the Circle of Thorns was very valuable. But we need to know more.
I got some idiot who came to me screaming about making a deal with the devil, and how he wants out. He was all paranoid, and took off on me when he thought he saw something on a rooftop looking down at him. If we rescue his sorry self, we might be able to get some detail on the contract he made with the demons. Rescue Daniel Hawthorn from the Wailers.
Last time I saw him he was heading off towards the slums of St. Martial. You can take this truck there.
The screams of Wailer demons echo down the streets.
Mission Complete: You rescued Daniel Hawthorn!
So, they want to break one of the seals on the Golden Gize, eh? Demons are sometimes bound by seals - perhaps someone wants to keep them bound to the Giza? I need more info.
Get info from Tarixus
We got some good info on these Wailers: they have a resonance having to do with sound and music, and they're trying to break the seals on the Golden Giza. We got what the Circle of Thorns know about them from the Tolshak Mysteries, though it's going to take a while to unlock those secrets.
There's another source we ain't tapped yet. You heard of the Archmage Tarixus? He's a ghostly dude with some major mojo back on Sharkhead. He might be able to provide us with some insight - for a price. There's always a price. Get whatever information Tarixus can provide.
Do whatever that old ghost might tell ya. It might be dangerous, but it shouldn't be anything you can't handle, right?
I am aware of Hardcase's wishes. Yes, I can provide you with assistance by performing a divination on the seals of the Golden Giza. However, I wish you to do something for me first.
The Circle of Thorns have been trying to gain control over my spirit form. Even now they perform rituals in the hopes of destroying my magical wards. I wish to punish them for their insolence! Go to Primeva and cull the Circle of Thorns! Once you have done this, I will perform the divinition and tell Hardcase the results.
Mission Complete: You have punished the Circle of Thorns!
I have received the results of the divination from Tarixus! The seals aren't meant to bind the Wailers to the GOlden Giza - they're there to keep the demons out of Babylon! Something the demons want is inside the Golden Giza, and it's only the seals that are keeping them out. If the seals break, it means that St. Martial is going to be overrun with demons, and we're ALL dead.
Steal Babylon property records
So someone wants to keep the Wailer demons out of Babylon, eh? I'd like to find out who. I found out where the property records for Babylon are being kept - this may provide us a link to whoever financed the building of the Golden Giza. Raid the office where the property records are being kept.
You might have to deal with some private security there. A lot of money flows around St. Martial, so you can be sure these guys are top-notch.
The office smells of polish and carpet cleaner.
Objective: You found nothing.
Objective: You found something!
The property files indicate Babylon had received considerable funding from none other than the Golden Giza's star singer, Johnny Sonata! A conditional clause was included requesting specific architectural modifications and additions which includes the obelisks and seals on the pyramid itself.
Mission Complete: You found the Babylon property files!
So Johnny Sonata is the guy who financed the building of the wards? Huh. It sounds like the demons are after him, likely because of some deal he made which came due.
Normally I'd just deal with this problem by killing Johnny. Johnny is a demon-caller, and I got no respect for them. Johnny is dead, his soul is released, and the demons have nothing to go after. But you can bet johnny has got some sort of supernatural backup. Also, if the wailers have been after Johnny this long, they may just tear St. Martial apart in frenzy after losing Johnny's soul!
I guess until we find some way to kill this pact between Johnny and the Wailers, we'll stick to hunting demons.
Souvenir: Johnny Sonata Tickets
These are a couple of Johnny Sonata tickets. You got these as a reminder of a table you like to call:
Sold for a Song
It all started when Hardcase the demon hunter got you to beat down some Wailers on St. Martial and collect their essence in a crystal pendant. You got the job done, and Hardcase related the Wailers had a 'resonance' having to do with wound and music, possibly something on St. Martial itself.
Hardcase wanted to know more, and sent you to interrogate some Circle of Thorns mystics, known demon summoners. You found that one of the Circle mystics known as Karvost had made some deals with the Wailers. Heading to Karvost's lair you interrogated the mystic to discover that he had learned to contol them through a book known as the Tolshak Mysteries, hidden in a Circle temple beneath Sharkhead Isle.
Raiding the Circle of Thorns temple on Sharkhead Isle, you ransacked their libraries to find the Tolshak Mysteries. You took the book back to Hardcase who began to unlock its secrets.
Hardcase was recently visited by Daniel Hawthorn, a man who made a pact with the Wailers. He reneged on the deal however, and was being hunted by the demons. Hardcase wanted to know the details of the pact, so sent you to get to the man before the demons did. After you rescued Daniel Hawthorn, he told you the deal: they'd provide hum luck in the casino, and he'd destroy one of the seals on the Golden Giza. HArdcase theorized that the demons were bound to the seals in some way.
Hardcase decided to ask an expert in magical matters, and requested a divination on the seals from the Archmage Tarixus on Sharkhead Isle. Tarixus required a boon first, asked you to eliminate some of his Circle enemies on Primeva. Once you succeeded, he sent the results of the divination to Hardcase. Hardcase revealed the seals were not there to bind the Wailers to the Golden Giza, but to keep them out of Babylon!
Hardcase still had the question of who was beihnd the building of the seals. He sent you to the local property office to find out more info on Babylon and the Golden Giza. There you found that major architectural reconstruction was done by none other than the star singer of the Golden Giza, Johnny Sonata! Hardcase speculated Johnny had sold his soul to the demons for a song, but then found the menas to prevent them from getting at him. Hardcase was frustrated: killing Johnny to solve the Wailer problem would be difficult, and was not the guaranteed solution. Hardcase was consigned to hunt demons until a clear path was apparent.