Dialogue for Vicendithas

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This transcript involves dialogue with Vicendithas and the player.

At Effigy Incubator[edit | edit source]

  • Vicendithas: What do you want?
  • Choose an option:
    • Who are you?
      • Vicendithas: Have you forgotten already? Is the human memory so quick to delete itself? I am Vicendithas, a dragonkin of the Dactyl and the person assisting you with this effigy incubator.
      • Player: Aren't you Kerapac's son?
      • Vicendithas: Yes. Let us reduce the entirety of my existence down to who my parents were. After all my own achievements are clearly worthless.
    • About your research...
      • Choose an option:
        • What have you learned?
          • Chapter 1
            • Vicendithas: So far the effigies have been able to piece together relatively little information of value. Mostly at the moment the stronger emotions and obsessions have all I've been able to pick up. You can likely guess the subject. His unrelenting hatred for the Elder Gods. His eternal fury at Jas and her cruelty. I don't think he sees the parallels between the two of them and I think he would hate me for implying it. But just as Jas sees only the interests of she and her sisters, so too did my father only ever consider the kin. Both of them regard other species with dismissive contempt and won't consider the impact of their actions on others. Still, whilst I do relish pointing out my father's flaws, I am here with a purpose. Sadly I have uncovered little at the moment. We will need to continue creating effigies so I might leech further insight from this laboratory. If my father had any answers, they would be here.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 2
            • Vicendithas: Well this is good, it turns out that my father didn't completely abandon his research on the ilujanka. It seems that he had some samples of Hannibus's blood, whether taken knowingly or unknowingly is a question I'll leave to you. He spent some time analysing it in his old lab. I shall see if he had any notes, I will return shortly.
            • Screen fades out and back in
            • Vicendithas: It took some searching, but I was able to discover fragments of notes my father left. Naturally he kept most of his research inside that mental library of his. Never one to share knowledge, my father. But this is... fascinating. I am sure you've heard about the subject already, but let us speak a little of anima. Anima is the living energy of the planet, indeed of the universe. It is the source of magic and it is what the Elder Gods feed upon. Think of it a bit like the air all around us. Invisible, yet vital. Like air, all life absorbs anima throughout their life. It keeps the body active and vital. We absorb it through food, through breathing and to a lesser extent simple ambient absorption. It appears that the ilujanka are incredibly inefficient at absorbing anima. From what my father could determine they only take in a tiny fraction of anima from what they consume and barely any ambient anima is absorbed. This goes a long way to explain why they would be suffering fertility issues. As a species they are just... inefficient. Fascinating. I will have to see what more knowledge I can glean.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 3
            • Vicendithas: The knowledge I have gleaned from my father's research has raised a very interesting point about the ilujanka. Specifically regarding different examples of them we have seen from different worlds. I point your attention to the family unit of father and daughter. Namely Hannibus and Vindicta. When you consider the two of them what jumps out first?
            • Player: Mindless aggression and a desire to burn me alive for the glory of Zaros?
            • Vicendithas: Well actually, in part, yes, I suppose. But let's go even simpler. Look at the difference in size. Vindicta, you'll notice, is larger than her father. At first I thought this was dimorphism of the species, but that was proved incorrect when I discovered the knowledge of Sharigan[sic]. So what's the main difference between the two? It's not training, Hannibus is a legendary dragon rider who was able to wipe out entire platoons. So it must be environmental and the main difference is the world on which they grew up. And this, Player, is where it starts to get really interesting. My father's studies into the anima deficiency involved a few trips to Iaia. There he discovered that the anima of Iaia is, for lack of a better word, more pure. Filtered even. The world is vibrant and full of life, but the ilujanka, as a sapient species, do not get the resonances...the nutrients if you will, that creatures here might get. In short, their world is unsuited for sapient life. This raises so many questions. I will need to investigate further.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 4
            • Vincendithas: Understanding the ilujanka's poor anima absorption capabilities is much trickier than I had hoped. I have been studying countless effigies forged from remnants of my father's knowledge and despite having his voice perpetually stuck in my head, I am none the wiser. I could believe that my father just stopped investigating this. It's fascinating and the possible applications of this knowledge could be far reaching. If we found a way to improve anima absorption for all beings, what would that impact have? Could it reduce the need for food? Could it improve fertility? Could we unlock the magical potential seen in other species, such as the icyene, in creatures that aren't inherently magical? All conjecture of course. I have no idea how the icyene magic capabilities work. But I was right. My father didn't just abandon this knowledge although he did seem to focus less and less on the implication for the ilujanka. Naturally, he turned his research where it always goes. Focused back onto the dragonkin and how to make us more powerful. I have discovered hints towards something called 'project phoenix', but I will need more time to investigate further.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 5
            • Vincendithas: Of all my father's secrets this one appears to be the most guarded. Project Phoenix. He seems to have kept this project away from his books and even closely guarded in his own mind. What I do know is that this isn't a recent project. It seems like this is something he's been working on long ago. Perhaps even before my people became cursed. He does, however, consider it a failure. He was looking for some way to transcend the curse and the limitations of the dragonkin. Apparently to overcome our own fertility issues. Yes, the kin are also not prolific breeders. We are a very long-lived species, particularly when the curse afflicted us. So our rates of reproduction have always been low. Evidently my father was unhappy with that. Funny that, considering the complete disregard he has for his own child. Was I such a disappointment that he sought science to find a replacement? Never matter, I am not here for my father's approval, but to find the answer to the Ilujanka condition and I believe this project might hold the key.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 6
            • Vincendithas: ... I...I have discovered the truth of this Project Phoenix. I understand now why my father considered it a failure. I am Project Phoenix. In a desperate attempt to escape the curse, my father attempted something forbidden, something monstrous. He sought to recreate...himself. In the memories my effigies stole for me, I saw them. Row upon row of...me...no...of him. He copied himself. Using the techniques he had developed from creating dragons. He created clones, his goal was to litter the world with Kerapacs. Most died, of course. In his memories I see myself burning again and again, as he lowers malformed corpses of myself into magma. Some survived, only to die later. So father continued his experiment. Do you know what it's like to realise that you aren't the first you? That even then, you are some foul creation? They say we are all like our parents. But to learn that I am little more but an attempt to recreate himself, through science? Is my lack of albinism disgusting to him? Or did he try to correct that? Is that why I am a failure or is it because my mind is not his? Do I even have a soul? I have been copied so many times and each time my father is too indifferent to even give me a different name. Always I am Vicendithas. Always I am nothing more than a failed lab experiment. Leave me be. I need to think on this.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 7
            • Vicendithas: I have come to a conclusion. I am more than my creation. It's obvious, I know, but it's an important conclusion to make. We are each of us the products of our parents, but that does not make us them. Nor does it make us beholden to their expectations. My father wanted to create himself, but instead I created myself and I am a superior version of the template. My father is a failure in many ways. He failed to destroy the elder gods, despite everyone pointing out what a stupid plan it was. He failed to create dragons without the flaws of the kin. I have been more successful there than him. And I will be more successful again. I will save the ilujanka and I have come to a realisation. I realise that I may be the key. Understand this isn't the arrogance of my father oozing its way through my blood. Indeed my blood, flesh and bone might be the solution. I am a clone. I am a creation of science and a modification of my father's own biological template. Which aside from the existential crisis such a thing evokes, it also means that biological templates can be modified. Perhaps, in my blood, is the key to modifying the ilujanka condition. To help them to better absorb anima. I have decided to visit Iaia that I might speak to their leaders to see what we can do.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 8
            • Vicendithas: I have spoken with the ilujanka of Iaia and the pioneers that have visited Gielinor. They are a remarkable people. Strangely hopeful and at peace with their terrible lot in life. There was some initial hesitation to speak with me. Some strange superstition from the elder storytellers about ancient demons and the like. Perhaps my father had visited them after all. However, despite their initial reticence, I was able to convince some of the younger ones to embrace my research. I have three young subjects willing to be studied. It will be a long process, but I am hopeful. I shall investigate whether the techniques that created me, can be used to modify their own biological template. There are risks and I have made them very clear. I cannot promise a solution and I cannot promise their safety as test subjects. Still, they bravely submit themselves for the good of their people. I admire them.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 9
            • Vicendithas: One of the test subjects didn't make it. Her name was Etuya, she was a weaver. The serum batch I gave her had an unintended consequence and rather than improve her ability to absorb anima, it poisoned her blood. She must have been in such pain, but she never showed it. She didn't want the others to get frightened, didn't want us to stop. Such bravery. The ilujanka are small and gentle looking, but they have the stoic souls of the dragonkin I swear. You would think her death would make it harder to get subjects? But no. Her sacrifice has caused others to take up her cause and her place. For a race of farmers and superstitious mystics, these people have a strong sense of will. It explains perhaps why dragons bend to them. Still, her death was not for nought. Whilst tragic, she has highlighted the elements that will cause more harm than good and the deadly variables reduce as a result. Indeed more and more of her people travel to this world, leaving the world that starved them behind. This might do their young some good, but it will sadly do little for the species as a whole and scant little to improve their infertility. Yet, as they leave the world with anima too pure to nourish them, it will make it easier for me to find the cure for their condition. We should never forget Etuya, her sacrifice gives them all hope.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 10
            • Vicendithas: My father came to visit me today. I do not believe it was his choice. His eyes were wild and frightened, mixed with a terrible fury. He hates what has become of him and he dreads it. I do not think he was happy to see that I too was not afflicted. After all, was I not his own flesh and blood? I laughed in his face. I am not proud of myself. Kerapac may have created me from blood and sorcery, but he is still the closest thing I will ever have to a father. And it is the curse of all children to realise that their parents are imperfect. Though I had that lesson at a much younger age. Still what little vindictive pleasure his suffering brought me was short lived. Hate him as I do, none deserve his fate. Be wary of the Elder Gods [Player], it is not their power that makes them frightening, but their utter disregard for sapient life. They are not like us, they do not think like us and they do not consider us in their machinations. You are never working with them, you are only ever working for them. I told my father that I knew what Project Phoenix was. That I had learned his secret. He simply shrugged. He did not deny it, nor seemingly consider it as consequential. I wanted to rage at him, to enter into a shouting match that would make these walls tremble. But he simply did not care enough to do so. As I said before, he and the roakin are more alike than he would like to admit.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 11
            • Vicendithas: I had reached a dead end in my research. My serum shows some limited benefit, but it is insufficient to be a solution. So it was then when I decided I needed to study Iaia again, to learn what secrets the environment held. And I was wrong. The anima of the planet isn't pure, it's pristine. Or more accurately, it's been sterilised. It was still picking up the resonance of the planet, the non-sapient flora and fauna still flavoured it. But it was as though all other impurities were somehow filtered out. That just doesn't happen. I have no idea what could make a world like that. But it goes a long way to explaining the ilujanka condition. A world of pristine anima, what a remarkable thing.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
          • Chapter 12
            • Vicendithas: The first ilujankan eggs have been laid on Gielinor in decades and they are laid by my test subjects. It will be years before we can determine if my experiments were a true success. We may simply be suffering the whimsical vagaries of fate. But this clutch contained one more egg than normal, or so I am told. Perhaps, just perhaps, we're onto something. It is not a cure of course. There is much more to be done, years and years of study and investigation before we can be sure. But it's a start. They have promised that should the eggs hatch, they will name a child after me. I have told them not to. My name was chosen by my father, he carried it through all the other versions of me. It is petty, but I want this victory to carry nothing of his. Nothing. Instead, I asked that they name them Etuya, in honour of the ilujanka who sacrificed herself for her people. Much more fitting I think. My friend, and I don't think myself at fault for thinking of you as such, we have potentially changed the destiny of an entire species. But my work here is done. I shall remain to assist you with this device. I sense there is still more you can gain from it. But now I must turn my research away from the ashes of my father's knowledge. I shall reclaim my own destiny and step out from my father's shadow. Who knows, perhaps in time it shall be he who stands trapped in mine.
            • (Shows the previous options.)
        • After completing the effigy incubator for at least the second month
          • [See a previous chapter]
            • Opens a dialogue to select one of the chapters to review
        • [Talk about something else]
    • Set up the incubator?
      • Before the incubator has been set up for the month:
        • Vicendithas: The incubator hasn't been calibrated. Do you want to calibrate the machine?.
        • Select an option
          • Yes.
            • Vicendithas: Turn the <color> valve.
            • Player turns the valves that Vicendithas indicates. Three total valves are turned
            • Vicendithas: Excellent, the machine is now correctly callibrated[sic].
            • (Dialogue ends.)
          • No.
            • Vicendithas: Okay, let me know when you want to.
            • (Dialogue ends.)
      • After the incubator has been set up for the month:
        • Vicendithas: The incubator has been calibrated. If you want to start collecting enriched materials from the nodes, pull the lever. Remember, you will only get 5 minutes a month to collect the enriched materials. The incubator can only generate so much power.
        • (Dialogue ends.)
      • After the D&D has been completed for the month:
        • Vicendithas: The incubator has already been calibrated this month. You will be able to recalibrate in [days] days.
        • (Dialogue ends.)
    • Can I do the tutorial?
    • Can I hand in my spare materials?
    • If the player doesn't have spare materials
      • Vicendithas: You don't have any materials to hand in.
      • (Dialogue ends.)
    • If the player has spare materials
      • Vicendithas: I see you have some materials. Do you want to hand them in?
      • Select an option
        • Yes.
          • You receive X incubator points.
        • No.
          • (Dialogue ends.)