The Origins of the Snakes
Get away with an op under Arachnos' nose
I'm sure you kno wthat Arachnos like to think they own everything on this grubby little island. Well, they're wrong. for starters, the don't own me. And if you're smart, you won't let them own you either. So here, in the shadow of Fort Darwin, i'm asking you to help me get away with an operation right under Arachnos' nose. Think you can handle that?
I've been hired by an interested party to investigate the origins of the Snakes. Now, Arachnos doesn't want anybody but themselves knowing what goes on with those slimy little worms, but I happen to think that knowledge belongs to the person strong enough to grab it. So, I've picked out a snake hole for you to investigate. Bring me back a Snake skin, and we'll get to work.
Cavern @ Mercy Island (Snakes)
You hear the scraping of scales on stone in the distance. Get a Snake skin and bring it back to Burke!
Objective: You defeated Sithius and his guards!
Almighty Stheno? I don't know who or what that is, but I'd be willing to bet money it's important to the Snakes. Which means it's important to my client. Which means, Dread Tomax, it's important to you and me.
Learn more about Stheno
All right, Dread Tomax, I've tracked down a few rumours about this Stheno character. Apparently, she's the Snakes' leader. More than that, I've got a lead on a place where you may be able to learn more. It's another Snake den, so you'll want your heavy boots.
Whatever you learn, let me know as soon as possible. My client is getting angry.
The air smells of Snake breath: damp and disgusting.
Objective: You found a book
Mission Complete: You found a clue to Stheno's nature, and learned of one of her haunts!
Nice work, Dread Tomax. Looks like we'll have to check otu this Snake hatchery. Could be we'll find something worth selling.
Check out the Snake hatchery
I can't say for certain whether we'll find Stheno at that hatchery, but I'd say it's worth looking. Be careful, Dread Tomax. If the reports about Medusa are to be believed, her sister won't be any pushover.
My client will want to know about everything you find.
You hear a swift and sudden crack.
No signs of Stheno, eh? Well, them's the breaks, I guess. I guess my client will have to be content with these Snake shells. I just hope the information we've gathered on the Snakes doesn't get back to Arachnos. I'd hate to think we'd done all this work for their benefit.
Souvenir: Snake Shell Fragment
You kept this Snake shell fragment from the Snake hatchery you violated in search of Stheno. It's a reminder of your investigation into:
The Origins of the Snakes
It began with a new client for Matthew Burke. The client wanted information on the nature of the strange Snake creatures that plague Mercy Island, and Burke had agreed to get it. you went to recover a Snake skin, and came away with some interesting information. The Snakes you fought had referred to a creature called 'almighty Stheno', and you and Burke resolved to seek it out.
Burke tracked down some rumours, so he sent you to another Snake den. There, you recovered the Book of Stheno, which helped clearup the mystery. Stheno was a Gorgon, the sister of the legendary Medusa.
Burke was determined to track down Stheno himself, if he could. He learned of a Snake hatchery in the area and sent you there. Although you failed to find Stheno herself, you did destroy every egg in the hatchery. So it's a safe bet that Stheno might now be looking for you.