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Down on His Luck[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello there.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Oh, 'ello again. Thanks for that roast rabbit, filled me up a treat, that did.
  • Player: So, can you keep your mind on the job now?
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Well, that's just it, mate. I don't think I'll have a job for much longer if General Hining has his way.
  • Player: The General wants to throw you out? Why?
  • Tyras guard (catapult): He asked me to treat the catapult wood. Stops it going rotten, see? Only trouble is, I forgot, and now the catapult frame is damp and rotted away. Yup, I'm in for it this time, the General's already cut me pay in half.
  • (Quest Overview interface opens.)
    • Not Right Now
      • (Dialogue ends.)
    • Accept Quest
      • (Continues below.)
  • Player: Isn't there some way to repair the catapult?
  • Tyras guard (catapult): I dunno, it looks a bit complicated to me. General Hining has had a catapult engineer sent to us, but, between you and me, it doesn't look like he knows what he's doing.
  • Select an option
    • I guess you're going to get fired, then.
      • Player: I guess you're going to get fired, then.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): I reckon.
      • Player: ...
      • Tyras guard (catapult): ...
      • (Continues below.)
    • What will you do if you lose your job?
      • Tyras guard (catapult): I dunno, lassie, being a guard is all I know. I ain't got no trade, no home, no money. I can't make armour, or chop wood, or fish... Perhaps I can be a tin miner, I tried that once before. It's hard work, though, and the pay is lousy.
      • Player: It can't be much worse than standing around out here all the time.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): I've gotten used to this way of life, see? Standing around doing nothing for hours just seems to suit me.
        • Player: I guess you're going to get fired, then.
        • Player: Well, good luck in your future career.
          • Tyras guard (catapult): ...
          • Player: ...
      • (Continues below.)
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Look, are ya sure there's nothing ya can do to help?
  • Select an option
    • What do you suggest?
      • Player: What do you suggest?
      • Tyras guard (catapult): If ya can repair the catapult, that'd get the General off my back. The way I figure it, I can't fix the catapult, I ain't got the skills. The engineer can't fix it, he ain't got the brains. So that only leaves you. If ya speak to General Hining, I'm sure he'd let ya work on the catapult.
      • Select an option
        • Alright, I'll go and speak to General Hining.
          • Player: Alright, I'll go and speak to General Hining.
          • Tyras guard (catapult): Cheers, mate! He's inside the camp, towards the back.
        • Sorry, I really don't have time for this.
          • (Same as below.)
    • Sorry, I really don't have time for this.
      • Player: Sorry, I don't really have time for this.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): Oh. Well, it was nice knowing you, mate. Come back if ya have a change of heart.

Talking to the Tyras guard again[edit | edit source]

Before agreeing to talk to General Hining[edit | edit source]

  • Player: It's a shame about the broken catapult, and you losing your job and all.
  • (Continues above.)

After agreeing to talk to General Hining[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello again.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Are ya ready to fix the catapult yet?
  • Player: Not yet, no.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): General Hining should have a plan to fix it. Please hurry, I feel a bit silly guarding a load of rotten wood.
  • Select an option
    • What will you do if you lose your job?
      • Player: What will you do if you lose your job?
      • Tyras guard (catapult): I dunno, mate, being a guard is all I know. I ain't got no trade, no home, no money. I can't make armour, or chop wood, or fish... Perhaps I can be a tin miner, I tried that once before. It's hard work, though, and the pay is lousy.
      • Player: It can't be much worse than standing around out here all the time.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): I've gotten used to this way of life, see? Standing around doing nothing for hours just seems to suit me.
      • Player: I'll do what I can to help.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): Thanks, mate, yer a star, that's for sure!
    • See you later.
      • Player: See you later.

The General's Permission[edit | edit source]

Talking to General Hining[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello, General.
  • General Hining: I'm too busy to talk now. Vile forces are afoot and I have many problems to resolve before the coming darkness.
  • Player: Is one of your problems catapult-shaped?
  • General Hining: That blabbermouth guard! Even left outside the camp he causes botheration.
  • Select an option
    • So, the Tyras Camp catapult is broken?
      • Player: So, the Tyras Camp catapult is broken?
      • General Hining: It is, but I don't see how that is any concern of yours.
      • Player: I'm just wondering how I can help, there's no need to get annoyed.
      • General Hining: My apologies...that catapult is an essential part of our defences. Our future was uncertain even when it was working, but now, without the catapult, we are certainly doomed.
      • Select an option
        • Perhaps I can help to repair it?
          • Player: Perhaps I can help to repair it?
          • General Hining: I doubt it: catapults can only be worked on by an experienced carpenter. You would need good Construction and Fletching skills to make the repair parts, as they must be strong as well as accurate. I've drafted in a catapult engineer to come and take a look, but he seems rather lacking in the brains department.
          • Select an option
            • What makes you say that?
              • Player: What makes you say that?
              • General Hining: He arrived without tools or materials. Even now, he's fumbling his way around the forest looking for suitable timber. I doubt he'll find any wood strong enough in this region, though.
              • Select an option
                • Well, good luck fixing the catapult.
                  • Player: Well, good luck fixing the catapult.
                  • General Hining: It will take much more than luck to fend off the depraved foes that are to come.
                  • Player: Sure. Well, good luck with that.
                • General, I believe I can be of service to you.
                  • (Same as below.)
            • General, I believe I can be of service to you.
              • Player: General, I believe I can be of service to you.
              • General Hining: Well, if you think you are up to the task, you may assist in repairing the Tyras Camp catapult.
              • Player: I can handle it. What should I do first?
              • General Hining: Start by finding that idiotic catapult engineer. He'll have the schematics and information needed to make repair parts for the catapult.
              • Player: Okay, I'll go and find him.
              • General Hining: Not so fast! A letter has arrived for the engineer. My guess is it's from his commanding officer, I can only assume it's a dressing-down. A good tongue-lashing will hopefully have some impact on that scatterbrain.
              • (If the player doesn't have free backpack space:)
                • General Hining: You don't have room for the letter now, come and get it from me again when you're ready.
              • (If the player has free backpack space:)
                • Player receives engineer's letter.
                • Player: Alright, I'll take him the letter.
                • General Hining: And be sure to move with urgency, our ballistic weapon is essential to our line of defence.
        • Are you going to fire the catapult guard?
          • (Same as below.)
    • Are you going to fire the Catapult Guard?
      • Player: Are you going to fire the catapult guard?
      • General Hining: We have few enough resources as it is, I won't waste my rations on men who cannot be relied upon. One more mistake and that guard is out on his ear.
      • Select an option
        • So, the Tyras Camp catapult is broken?
          • (Same as above.)
        • I guess that's fair.
          • Player: I guess that's fair.
          • General Hining: Fair has nothing to do with it! We're talking about survival. The battlefield is no place for sympathy. As seasoned soldiers say, 'Do or die'.
          • Select an option
            • So, the Tyras Camp catapult is broken?
              • (Same as above.)
            • Goodbye.
              • Player: Goodbye.

Talking to General Hining after offering to help[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello, I'm meant to take a letter to the catapult engineer, aren't I?
  • General Hining: Yes, you'll find him somewhere in the forest.
  • (If the player doesn't have the engineer's letter:)
    • Player receives engineer's letter.
    • General Hining: Here's the letter you need to deliver.
    • (Continues below.)
  • Select an option
    • Why did you send the catapult guard outside the camp?
      • Player: Why did you send the catapult guard outside the camp?
      • General Hining: Catapult guard? Pah! He's not fit to guard a dog's dinner. Such a clumsy, lazy man!
      • Player: He isn't the sharpest scimitar in the smithy, is he?
      • General Hining: He's downright dangerous to the other men. I sent him out to guard the catapult just to keep him out of trouble. I should just have sent him on his way.
      • (Shows the other options.)
    • What exactly is the problem with the catapult engineer?
      • Player: What exactly is the problem with the catapult engineer?
      • General Hining: The man is well-meaning, but incompetent. I'm sure he passed his engineer's training with flying colours but there are some things you can only learn by being out in the field.
      • Player: Surely, catapults are the same wherever you build them?
      • General Hining: Yes, but the resources available are different everywhere you go. Our young engineer hasn't grasped that. No doubt that's why he arrived so ill-equipped.
    • I'd better carry on trying to fix the catapult.
      • Player: I'd better carry on trying to fix the catapult.

The Know-How[edit | edit source]

Talking to the catapult engineer[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello, are you the catapult engineer?
  • Catapult engineer: Oh, yes, I am.
  • Player: I've brought you a letter which was delivered to the Tyras Camp.
  • Player has engineer's letter removed from them.
  • Catapult engineer: Thank you, it's probably from the chief catapult engineer. Hopefully it contains my replacement orders. I'll read it in a moment.
  • Select an option
    • What are you doing out here?
      • Player: What are you doing out here?
      • Catapult engineer: I need to find good, strong timber to repair the Tyras Camp catapult. It's proving difficult, though - this forest doesn't have a very good selection of wood. It's really most inconvenient.
      • Choose an option:
        • Why do you need replacement orders?
          • (Same as below.)
        • General Hining asked me to find you.
          • (Same as below.)
        • See you later.
          • Player: See you later.
          • Catapult engineer: Bye, mate.
    • Why do you need replacement orders?
      • Player: Why do you need replacement orders?
      • Catapult engineer: Oh...well...it's a little embarrassing... I left the orders in my pocket...
      • Player: ...and?
      • Catapult engineer: I forgot they were there and washed my clothes. I wrote to the chief engineer to ask for another set of orders.
      • Choose an option:
        • What are you doing out here?
          • (Same as above.)
        • General Hining asked me to find you.
          • (Same as below.)
        • See you later.
          • (Same as above.)
    • General Hining asked me to find you.
      • Player: General Hining asked me to find you.
      • Catapult engineer: Oh dear, I imagine the General isn't very happy with me.
      • Player: I think he just wants a working catapult.
      • Catapult engineer: It all looked so straight-forward during training, but this job is harder than it seems. I've had some rotten luck, too. I managed to leave my toolbox on the ship that brought me to the Tyras Camp.
      • Player: I've heard that catapults are complicated. That's why General Hining asked me to help you out.
      • Catapult engineer: Oh dear, I don't think that would work. It takes lots of training before you are skilled enough to work on a catapult.
      • Select an option
        • How can you work without a toolbox?
          • Player: How can you work without a toolbox?
          • Catapult engineer: I'm not sure. The tools are basic, and usually easy to get hold of: a saw, a hammer and a knife. But, out here, I'm not sure where I can get replacements. I went back to the ship to get my tools, but it had already set sail.
          • (Shows the previous options.)
        • I'm quite an experienced carpenter.
          • Player: I'm quite an experienced carpenter.
          • Catapult engineer: I don't know...I should really be able to repair it on my own.
          • Player: Still, you've had some bad luck, it would be a shame if you were judged on that.
          • Catapult engineer: I suppose it would. And two heads are better than one. Alright, you've convinced me.
          • Player: Great! Thank you.
          • Catapult engineer: Oh...and...you won't tell the chief engineer, will you? I'll be in deep trouble if he finds out I had help.
          • Player: Don't worry, he won't hear about this from me.
          • Player receives catapult schematics.
          • Catapult engineer: Here's a copy of the catapult schematics. I hope you have better luck than me.
        • Never mind, it sounds too difficult.
          • Player: Never mind, it sounds too difficult.

Talking to the catapult engineer again[edit | edit source]

  • Catapult engineer: I read the letter you delivered: it's a telling-off from the chief engineer.
  • Choose an option:
    • Can I read the letter?
      • Player: Can I read the letter?
      • Catapult engineer: Sorry, no. Some of the information enclosed is secret: only catapult engineers are allowed to know.
      • (Shows the other options.)
    • What are you doing out here?
      • (Same as above.)
    • How can you work without a toolbox?
      • (Same as above.)
    • General Hining asked me to find you.
      • (Same as above.)

Talking to the catapult engineer after telling him General Hining sent to find him[edit | edit source]

Talking to the catapult engineer after receiving the catapult schematics[edit | edit source]

With the catapult schematics[edit | edit source]

  • Catapult engineer: I read the letter you delivered: it's a telling-off from the chief engineer.
  • Choose an option:
    • Can I read the letter?
      • Player: Can I read the letter?
      • Catapult engineer: It isn't very flattering about me, but you can read it if you think it will help.
      • (Opens the letter.)
    • (After reading the letter:)
      • Where can I find Rolad the dwarf?
        • Player: Where can I find Rolad the dwarf?
        • Catapult engineer: If I remember my training correctly, Rolad's workshop is on Ice Mountain.
        • Player: That's quite some distance to travel.
        • Catapult engineer: Yes, but well worth it. The dwarves make the finest metal parts, you know.
        • Player: I see.
    • What are you doing out here?
      • (Same as above.)
    • How can you work without a toolbox?
      • (Same as above.)

Without the catapult schematics[edit | edit source]

  • Catapult engineer: You need another copy of the schematics, yes? Here's a copy of the catapult schematics. I hope you have better luck than me.
  • (Continues above.)

Reading the catapult schematics[edit | edit source]

  • What would you like to do?
    • Study the required planks.
      • It looks like you will need 10 planks to make the parts. It's unclear what type of wood these should be made from.
    • Study the required nails.
      • It looks like you will need 90 nails to make the parts. It's unclear what type of metal these should be made from.
    • Make the repair parts.
      • Player has mahogany planks removed from them. Player receives mahogany catapult parts.
      • You carefully make the wooden parts to repair the catapult.

Tracking Down the Parts[edit | edit source]

Talking to Rolad[edit | edit source]

  • Rolad: Oh, hello...can I help you?
  • Player: I'm looking for some metal catapult parts that were meant to be sent to the Tyras Camp.
  • Rolad: Ah, yes, I remember that order; oversaw the production myself.
  • Select an option
    • I see. So, are you an engineer?
      • Player: I see. So, are you an engineer?
      • Rolad: Why, no, I'm a scholar. catapults are quite advanced devices, so I often get orders for siege weapons. stronger parts because I dedicate time to researching new designs.
      • Player: Catapults do seem pretty complicated.
      • Rolad: I imagine they do, but compared to, say, a cannon, catapults are quite simple, really.
      • Player: Can I have the metal parts for the Tyras Camp catapult, please?
      • Rolad: They've already been dispatched I'm afraid. a delivery dwarf, down to Port Sarim with them to put them on a ship heading to the Tyras dock.
      • Player: But the pieces haven't arrived.
      • Rolad: Thaki hasn't returned yet, perhaps something is holding him up.
      • Player: In that case, I'll go and have a look for him at Port Sarim.
    • Can I have the metal parts for the Tyras Camp catapult please?

Talking to Rolad again[edit | edit source]

  • Rolad: Oh, hello... did you find Thaki the delivery dwarf?
  • Player: Where did you say he would be?
  • Rolad: He was sent to Port Sarim to put the metal catapult parts on a ship.
  • Player: In that case, I'll go and have a look for him.

Talking to Thaki the delivery dwarf[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hi there, are you a delivery dwarf?
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Wassat? Yer, that's me alright, Thaki the delivery dwarf. What yer want?
  • Player: I'm looking for some metal parts to be delivered to the Tyras Camp.
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Ah, yer, the special delivery, I gots to keep it safe, Rolad said. Make sure yer puts it on a ship, he said.
  • Player: That's wonderful. Can I have the parts, please?
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: You ain't no sailor! Comin' in here trying to trick me!
  • Select an option
    • I am a sailor, honest.
      • Player: I am a sailor, honest.
      • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Tha's a laugh, you ain't even got the right hat on!
      • Player: I don't think I'm getting through to this guy.
    • You're right, I'm not a sailor.
      • Player: You're right, I'm not a sailor.
      • Thaki the delivery dwarf: 'S what I thought, yer can't fool me!
      • Player: I don't think I'm getting through to this guy.

Talking to the drunken sailor[edit | edit source]

  • You shake the snoring sailor by the shoulder. It doesn't look like he's going to wake up any time soon.

Searching the drunken sailor[edit | edit source]

Without backpack space[edit | edit source]

  • You find the sailor's hat in one of his pockets. You don't have room in your inventory for it.

With backpack space[edit | edit source]

  • Player receives sailor's hat.
  • You find the sailor's hat in one of his pockets. You put it in your inventory.

With the sailor's hat[edit | edit source]

  • You search the sailor's pockets but find nothing.

Talking to Thaki with a sailor's hat on[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hi there, are you a delivery dwarf?
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Wassat? Yer, that's me alright, Thaki the delivery dwarf. What yer want?
  • Player: I'm looking for some metal parts to be delivered to the Tyras Camp.
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Ah, yer, the special delivery, I gots to keep it safe, Rolad said. Make sure yer puts it on a ship, he said.
  • Player: (I'd better convince the dwarf that I'm a sailor if I want to get those catapult parts...) Yarr! I be seaman Player, an' I come for the special delivery.
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Took yer time, didn't yer?
  • Player: Uh... yes, sorry about that, it took a while to find you.
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Eh...? That don't sound like sailor talk to me.
  • Player: Oh...I mean, Yarr! I hads to weigh anchor...And splice the mainbrace... and...uh...shiver the timbers?
  • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Well, yer has a sailor hat, and that's good enough for me.
  • Player: Great! I mean, Yarr!
  • (Without backpack space:)
    • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Ha ha! You haven't even got any space to carry the parts, come back when you have a free inventory slot.
    • Player: Oh, yes, silly me. I'll come back later.
  • (With backpack space:)
    • Player receives metal catapult parts.
    • Thaki the delivery dwarf: Here's the special delivery, take good care of it, Rolad says.
    • Player: Don't worry, I'll have these catapult parts delivered in no time at all.

Catapult Construction[edit | edit source]

Talking to the Tyras guard with the required items[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello again.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Are ya ready to fix the catapult yet?
  • Player: Yes, I've collected everything I need to repair it.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Great! Now, there's two sides for ya to repair, remember that, so yer gonna need to use all of the parts ya have. Well, go ahead...
  • (Catapult interface opens.)

Talking to the Tyras guard after failing an attempt[edit | edit source]

  • Tyras Guard: You ready to have another go at fixing the catapult, mate?
  • Select an option
    • Yes, I'll have another go.
      • Player: Yes, I'll have another go.
      • (Continues above.)
      • Player: Not right now, I'm a bit busy.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): Please hurry, I feel a bit silly guarding a load of rotten wood.

Talking to the Tyras guard after fixing the catapult[edit | edit source]

  • Tyras guard (catapult): Wow, you've made a good job of the catapult. It looks good as new! Better than new, actually. It's pretty useless, of course, but it looks nice.
  • Player: Useless? Give me a break, I just fixed it!
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Take it easy, mate! I mean, we need to check the aim is on target. When yer launching boulders through the air, ya want to be sure where they're gonna land.
  • Player: Shouldn't the catapult engineer be doing that?
  • Tyras guard (catapult): That'd be difficult, General Hining sent him away. The General says there's enough idiots out in the forest without one more wandering round. I'm not sure what he meant by that, though.
  • Player: Okay, so, if we test the catapult the General will be happy again?
  • Tyras guard (catapult): Yeah, you aim the catapult and fire it, and I'll load and wind it. Are ya ready to test the catapult?
  • Select an option
    • Yes, I'll have a go.
      • Player: Yes, I'll have a go.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): Cheers, this will stop the General complaining. Okay, yer aiming for the three boulders, the ones with a large red cross on. Ya can aim the catapult left and right, and use the counterweight to change how far the shot goes. Remember, yer trying to destroy the three boulders.
      • Screen fade out/in. Begins catapult testing part.
    • Not right now, I'm a bit busy.
      • Player: Not right now, I'm a bit busy.
      • Tyras guard (catapult): Let me know as soon as yer ready, then I can get the General off my back.

Talking to the Tyras guard again before testing the catapult[edit | edit source]

Calibration[edit | edit source]

Upon hitting a rock[edit | edit source]

  • Target hit! The rock shatters as your shot smashes down.

Upon hitting all rocks[edit | edit source]

  • Right on target!
    The catapult is fully tested.
  • Tyras guard (catapult): That's right on target, mate. Come and have a word when yer not busy.
  • Screen fade out/in.

Talking to the Tyras guard after hitting all rocks[edit | edit source]

  • Tyras guard (catapult): Wow, ya done a splendid job, there. The General will be happy when he hears the catapult is working again. Ya done me a real favour. I don't have much to give as a reward, but here's some stuff I found around the camp.
  • Player receives 2,000 coins, 30 noted teak planks and an adamant halberd.
  • Congratulations! You have completed: 'Catapult Construction' - Complete this Master quest.

Post-quest dialogue[edit | edit source]

Tyras guard (catapult)[edit | edit source]

  • Tyras guard (catapult): Thanks for yer help with the catapult. Ya got me out of some hot water there, I can tell you!
  • Player: No problem.

General Hining[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Hello.
  • General Hining: Ah, adventurer, good job repairing the catapult. You've done the Tyras Camp a great service. You'll probably find you're more skilled at using them as a result, eh? However... This is not a good place to be, go and prepare for the coming darkness.
  • Player: What do you mean?
  • General Hining: There is no great hero left to fight back the forces that face us now... Go, leave, prepare for the darkness. While you still have time!