Transcript of Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (miniquest)

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This transcript involves dialogue with The Keeper, Laniakea, Zaros, Raksha, and the player.

Before starting[edit | edit source]

Siphoning shadow anima pools

  • Player: What's going on here? Maybe Laniakea knows something?

Attempting to unlock the door

  • Player: Laniakea has always been interested in these ruins.

Start[edit | edit source]

  • Select an option
    • Can we talk about assignments?
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • The doorway at the top of the ruins.
      • Player: What do you know about these ruins?
      • Laniakea: Something strange is happening here Player. The time for caution and patience is over.
      • (Quest Overview interface opens.)
        • Not right now
          • Player: I think I'll pass for now.
        • Accept quest
          • Player: What? What do you mean?
          • Laniakea: This morning something changed in the ruins. Listen.
          • You can both hear and feel a faint thrumming thoughout the ruins.
          • Laniakea: You hear it? And not just that. A new form of toxin has been seen leaking from inside. One even I can't tolerate. Worse, soon after it started, one of the archaeologists saw a floating, masked, purple figure seemingly investigating.
          • Select an option
            • Zaros?
              • Laniakea: I think so.
              • (Continues below)
            • Sliske?
              • Laniakea: No, I think it must be Zaros.
              • (Continues below)
            • The Purple People Eater?
              • Laniakea: No, I think it must be Zaros.
              • (Continues below)
          • Laniakea: I haven't witnessed him personally, but there've been reports of his presence around Anachronia over the last few months.
          • Player: What does he want?
          • Laniakea: I don't know, but if something's going on in there I want to know what it is.
          • Select an option
            • Can't we just get in through the grating on the roof?
              • Player: Can't we just get in through the grating on the roof?
              • Laniakea: A group of adventurers tried exactly that recently. We never heard from them again.
              • (Shows previous options)
            • Can we destroy the door with explosives?
              • Player: Can we destroy the door with explosives?
              • Laniakea: That would be my preference, but Mr Mordaut has strictly forbidden it and he is still the expedition leader.
              • (Shows previous options)
            • Can we open the door somehow?
              • Player: Can we open the door somehow?
              • Laniakea: Yes, and quickly. We can't do anything that will damage the ruins, but this matter has the highest priority right now. I've been studying this door in my off time for months now, and I've nearly solved its riddle. It's locked magically, and I asked Charos to help me understand it.
              • Laniakea: He told me that it requires an infusion of the same energy that Kerapac's device was generating to unlock. But you destroyed that device!
              • Player: Well, actually I may have a way. You said there's poison leaking from the ruins?
              • Laniakea: Yes, a blackish-purple liquid. Toxic to all life.
              • Player: Give me a moment.
              • Siphon shadow anima from the pools around the ruins.
    • Let's talk about you.
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • Er...nothing...
      • (Non-quest dialogue)

Asking Laniakea about the doorway again[edit | edit source]

Siphoning shadow anima pools[edit | edit source]

Before reaching 100%[edit | edit source]

  • Shadow anima siphoned: [20/40/60/80/100]%

Attempting to siphon the same pool consecutively[edit | edit source]

  • You have just recently siphoned from this pool.

After reaching 100%[edit | edit source]

  • Player: I don't think I can take anymore, but I imagine I've got enough to get that door open.

After unlocking the door[edit | edit source]

  • You have no reason to siphon any more shadow anima at this time.

Talking to Laniakea after siphoning the shadow anima[edit | edit source]

  • Select an option
    • Can we talk about assignments?
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • The doorway at the top of the ruins.
      • Laniakea: What were you doing?
      • Player: Perks of being the World Guardian. I can open that door now.
      • Laniakea: Go ahead, I'm right behind you.
    • Let's talk about you.
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • Er...nothing...
      • (Non-quest dialogue)

Attempting to unlock the door[edit | edit source]

Before siphoning all the shadow anima[edit | edit source]

  • Player: I'll need to siphon more shadow anima if I want to get this door open.

After siphoning all the shadow anima[edit | edit source]

  • The siphoned shadow anima causes the door to unlock.
  • Screen fade out/in. Laniakea and the player appear inside the dungeon.
  • Laniakea: This place... I can't...
  • Player: It's shadow anima. A massive concentration of it. You can't survive here. Get to safety, I'll handle this.
  • Laniakea walks towards the exit.
  • Laniakea: I'm... sorry...
  • Laniakea exits the dungeon.
  • You have unlocked a new music track: Orthen Oubliette.

Raksha[edit | edit source]

  • (One of the following is occasionally shown:)
    • Raksha:...
    • Raksha:Grmbr...
    • Raksha:Rmr...

Talking to Laniakea after unlocking the door[edit | edit source]

  • Select an option
    • Can we talk about assignments?
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • The doorway at the top of the ruins.
      • Laniakea: I cannot enter that place. It hurts. You must go alone Player.
    • Let's talk about you.
      • (Non-quest dialogue)
    • Er...nothing...
      • (Non-quest dialogue)

Talking to Zaros or The Keeper[edit | edit source]

  • Zaros: World Guardian.
  • Player: What is this place?
  • Zaros: This is a prison.
  • Player: A prison for what?
  • Zaros: Let me show you.
  • (Continues below)

Raksha, the Shadow Colossus[edit | edit source]

  • A cutscene ensues, showing a motion comic with Zaros's voiceover.
  • Zaros: Millennia ago, Gielinor was an untouched, unspoiled wilderness.
  • Zaros: Only plants and animals lived there, untroubled by language or industry.
  • Zaros: A handful of elder artefacts had been discarded by the Elder Gods.
  • Zaros: One of these was the Codex, a repository of both knowledge and power.
  • Zaros: When a great beast came across the strange monolith, it couldn't know what awaited.
  • Zaros: It emerged from the Codex fundamentally changed.
  • Zaros: It was a colossus - an animal demigod. The ultimate apex predator. Unchallenged.
  • Zaros: When the dragonkin arrived, they were fascinated by the creature.
  • Zaros: They found it, captured it, and imprisoned it in their city.
  • Zaros: They called it Raksha. Nothing quite like it has been seen before, or since.
  • Zaros: It was not just a colossus, but a shadow colossus.
  • Zaros: Its power came not from the elder gods but from somewhere... else.
  • Zaros: To the priest Kranon, it was a religious inspiration, the source of his heresy.
  • Zaros: The scientist Kerapac took a very different line of inquiry.
  • Zaros: He experimented until the beast was of no more use to him.
  • Zaros: I recommend that you do not allow it to leave the complex.
  • Zaros: The damage it could inflict is considerable.
  • The cutscene ends.
  • (Continues below)

Raksha awakens[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Wait! Why would it leave? Isn't it imprisoned?
  • Zaros: I have confidence that you can handle the situation.
  • Zaros teleports to the eastern chamber, in front of Raksha and a shadow anima container. The camera moves there.
  • Zaros: Exactly what I need.
  • Zaros teleports himself and the shadow anima container away. The camera returns to the player and the camera shakes for a few seconds.
  • The Keeper: He has damaged the seals! Please, whoever you are, help me contain Raksha. Enter the chamber and subdue it, and I will rebind it.
  • Congratulations! You have completed: 'Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (miniquest)' - Complete this Novice miniquest.
  • Miniquest complete!

Post-miniquest dialogue[edit | edit source]

Talking to the Keeper[edit | edit source]

  • Player: Where did Zaros go?
  • The Keeper: Your predecessor has damaged the oubliette and released Raksha.
  • Player: My predecessor?
  • The Keeper: The purple deity. He told me of your coming. He told me of your strange new species. He told me you can survive in this environment. You must enter the inner chamber and stop Raksha.
  • Select an option
    • I'll get right on that.
    • Wait, who are you?
      • Player: Wait, who are you?
      • The Keeper: I am the Keeper, the caretaker of the oubliette. I maintain the apparatus that sustains and imprisons Raksha, the prisoner of this place. I have maintained this vigil for many centuries, and the seals have never been broken until now. Do you need anything else?
      • (Continues below)
  • Select an option
    • Ask about the creature.
      • The Keeper: What about the creature?
      • Select an option
        • What is it?
          • Player: What is it?
          • The Keeper: We call it Raksha. The One That Speaks.
          • Player: But what is it? Zaros called it a 'shadow colossus'.
          • The Keeper: I do not know this term. Raksha is a unique being. There were other dinosaurs, some truly titanic beings, but nothing like this. Kerapac experimented on it. It had strange powers, which he cut from its strange flesh, but he could not remove its fundamental aspect. Magic of a kind we had never seen before courses throughout its body. It must be fed with that energy to remain alive - it does not generate it.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • How was it captured?
          • Player: How was it captured?
          • The Keeper: We hunted it for weeks across the mainland. When we cornered it, it poisoned me. Transporting it here was a complex matter but the Kindra demanded it. I am proud to say that there were no other fatalities.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • Why did it stir now?
          • Player: Why did it stir now?
          • The Keeper: Kerapac somehow created a source of the energy it needs to survive. After the curse, the supply of energy ceased. We remained awake, the beast and I, for many more years, but eventually Raksha slipped into a coma, and I slumbered with it. I do not know how long it has been since then. Recently the supply resumed once more, drawing both of us into wakefulness, until it once more ceased. Raksha would have slept once more if not for the purple deity's interference.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • [Previous options]
    • Ask about this place.
      • The Keeper: What about this place?
      • Select an option
        • What is this place?
          • Player: What is this place?
          • The Keeper: We are in the antechamber of the oubliette. The oubliette was designed and built solely to contain Raksha. Apparatus channels energy here to sustain the creature. I was embedded here as its keeper, overseeing it.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • What experiments were done here?
          • Player: What experiments were done here?
          • The Keeper: It is not my place to understand the details. Syrtes, Aughra and Dactyl alike visited this place for their work. When agitated, Raksha broadcasts hateful visions. I remember one priest, Kranon, was quite touched by the experience. He claimed that it had religious significance to him, though I cannot imagine what. I wonder what became of him.
          • (If the player has completed Curse of the Black Stone:)
            • Player: He met a bad end.
            • The Keeper: Unsurprising.
            • (Shows previous options)
          • (If the player has not completed Curse of the Black Stone:)
            • (Shows previous options)
        • [Previous options]
    • Ask about ancient history.
      • The Keeper: Ask what you must.
      • Select an option
        • Do you know anything about the 'Codex' Zaros mentioned?
          • Player: Do you know anything about the 'Codex' Zaros mentioned?
          • The Keeper: I do not. He showed me the same visions he showed you. We never learned the source of Raksha's powers. Perhaps this Codex is linked to the same powers.
          • Player: I know where it is.
          • The Keeper: Really?
          • Player: We built the Archaeology Guild around it.
          • The Keeper: That seems unwise.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • Can you tell me anything about your people?
          • Player: Can you tell me anything about your people?
          • The Keeper: My people ruled this world, until the curse befell us. I was interred here long beforehand, but I still felt it. After that moment there was no interest in the oubliette or its prisoner. I have had no visitors. Now the curse is gone, but my own vigil remains. The purple deity told me that my civilisation is long gone.
          • Player: Does that trouble you?
          • The Keeper: ...
          • The Keeper: It makes no difference to me as long as Raksha remains contained.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • Can you tell me anything about the city of Orthen?
          • Player: Can you tell me anything about the city of Orthen?
          • The Keeper: This is our first city on this world. There were other colonies but this was the capital.
          • Player: There are archaeologists outside studying the ruins. They would be fascinated to talk to you.
          • The Keeper: Are they like you? Are they able to survive in here?
          • Player: No. Only I can do that. I'm kind of a special case.
          • The Keeper: Unfortunate.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • What was your world like?
          • Player: What was your world like?
          • The Keeper: You have seen it yourself, have you not?
          • Player: Well, this island is experiencing a... um... let's say time, uh, issue. It's covered in jungle, but the rest of the world isn't. What did the mainland look like in your time?
          • The Keeper: It was much like this island. Volcanoes, ferns, dinosaurs. A young and vibrant world, the air sweet and clean.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • [Previous options]
    • Ask about someone.
      • The Keeper: Who do you want to know about?
      • Select an option
        • What did Zaros tell you?
          • Player: What did Zaros tell you?
          • The Keeper: Who?
          • Player: The, uh, purple deity.
          • The Keeper: He told me that I have been ripped from time. He told me many thousands of years have passed, but I have stood still. He told me the world is now under the control of lesser beings.
          • Player: Do you know what he wanted?
          • The Keeper: He has removed part of the apparatus of the oubliette. I instructed him not to but I could do nothing against a being of such potency. He seemed confident that you specifically would deal with the aftereffects.
          • (Shows previous options)
        • What can you tell me about yourself?
          • Player: What can you tell me about yourself?
          • The Keeper: Once I was a hunter. It was I who captured Raksha and brought him here. I was poisoned, but by Kerapac's machinations I was interred here. The same apparatus that sustains Raksha sustains me. We are linked, forever.
          • (If the player has recovered Varanus's journals:)
            • Player: You're Varanus! I recovered your journals from the Orthen ruins.
            • The Keeper: Yes. That was my name.
            • Player: But that's impossible. There's a huge sarcophagus with your name on it not far from here. How are you alive?
            • The Keeper: Someone needed to contain Raksha. It had to be me. Kerapac's methods can be extreme, but they were necessary. I would not let the creature I died to capture go free, and I would not let another languish in this prison. But the others would not have understood. They would have objected, maybe even damaged the oubliette. An empty tomb was my final camouflage.
            • (Shows previous options)
          • (If the player has not recovered Varanus's journals:)
            • (Shows previous options)
        • [Previous options]
    • Replay cutscene.

Post-kill dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • Player: We did it!
  • The Keeper: Thank you.
  • The Keeper: Is the supply of energy likely to be restored?
  • Player: Kerapac's device was destroyed.
  • The Keeper: How?
  • Player: Dramatically.
  • The Keeper: Then Raksha will likely not stir again.
  • The Keeper: He and I will sink once more into slumber.
  • The Keeper: Do you need anything else?
  • Above options