Transcript of The Dour of Bable

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This transcript involves dialogue with Vanescula Drakan and the player.

Archon's journal pages[edit | edit source]

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Lord Saradomin has done well to raise such a force of light in this dark world. The icyene alone is a massive force, its ranks picked from every level of our culture, yet we are just the backbone of his armies. For he has also brought other beings to aid him in his conquest of this world, in order to bring order where once chaos ruled.

The centaurs on Renmark are an impressive sight - part man, part beast, but with the best parts of both. They are elegant beings in times of peace, yet brutally savage in a fight. He also brought in the regal lion-kind. I know not how he managed to tame such creatures, but they have proven loyal and fierce allies.

If only he could have kept up such standards when bringing in his human forces. They are strange creatures. At a glance, one might mistake them for an icyene, albeit a short one, yet they lack our grace and our wings. They are cumbersome and banal - they lack the centaur's accuracy, the unicorn's speed and the lion's ferocity.

Indeed, the only positive in their favour - if one could call it a positive - is their abundance. If nothing else, they will provide us with a wall of flesh to guard us from our enemies.

-Archon Bable
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Why? Why would she do such a thing? Efaritay was set to be my wife! It is tradition. It has been a long-standing arrangement that the head of the icyene military is to wed the leading royal of their age, in order to cement the allegiance of all icyene city states.

She is the heart of our people, and we its fist. It is a marriage of convenience, yes, but a necessary one. And yet she has not only chosen to buck with this tradition...but with a human too! Disgusting! What would lead her to such a travesty? Does she not realise we are at war? That we need to ensure continual martial reinforcement from Hallow? What must our people at home think of us?

She says she is in love, as if that were reason enough to not stick with our traditions. I shall take this issue to our Lord Saradomin - surely his wisdom will see the damage this will inflict on his cause and the dissent this might encourage back on Hallow.

This will not stand.

-Archon Bable
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My scouts tell me he is coming. The vampyre lord Drakan is on a mission to take our lands for himself. Before Saradomin led us here, we had heard nothing of the vampyre menace beyond what myths he had told us. We were, of course, disgusted by the mere description of them, but upon meeting them in battle for the first time, they have become our immortal enemies. It appears the vyres feel the same, and that Lord Drakan has made this rivalry personal.

I warned Saradomin about this but he chose to ignore my wisdom and chastised me! A marriage between myself and Efaritay would have guaranteed a greater amount of reinforcement from Hallow. Yet she and our Lord thought it more fitting to secure the alliance of humans, for all the good that will do us. They seem to have failed to notice that humans are naught but food to the vyres - what hope do they have in holding back the march of Drakan's forces?

-Archon Bable
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My forces have done all they can to hold back the vyres, but they have us surrounded and we have fallen back to our strongholds. At least the shine of Everlight is keeping them at bay for now and, for whatever reason, they are afraid of open water. With supplies from some of our allies to the east - most notably the sirens of Wushanko - we should be able to withstand this siege near indefinitely. Unfortunately, we may have to, for word has reached me that Lord Saradomin is currently engaged on multiple fronts to the west, halting his own assault on Senntisten, and will not be able to intervene. The usurper, Zamorak, has launched multiple demonic assaults from his seat in the old imperial capital, and a force of green-skinned mercenaries is raiding his southern flank.

Nevertheless, I have instructed my generals to slowly start manoeuvring their soldiers over water, around the vyre siege. For one, they will be well placed to pincer the vyres when the fight comes, and for two, should things end poorly here, they at least will be on the other side of things and should survive, able to reform with Saradomin's host over the river.

-Archon Bable

Vanescula Drakan[edit | edit source]

Talking to Vanescula Drakan about the mystery[edit | edit source]

Before solving the mystery[edit | edit source]

Without all pages found[edit | edit source]
  • Vanescula Drakan: We've made some good progress, but we need to find more clues.
With all pages found[edit | edit source]
  • Vanescula Drakan: Great job, we've found everything and I've made notes in the site report.
  • Congratulations! You have completed: 'The Dour of Bable' - Solve this mystery.
  • You gain 10,000 Archaeology XP for completing a mystery!

After solving the mystery[edit | edit source]

  • Vanescula Drakan: We've found everything and I've made notes in the site report.