The Envoy arrived on Candetonn where Anya was in charge there as Commander of the investigation. The Envoy then reports that Envoy is ready to support her mission. She was told that they will send someone but she never thought that it was Envoy and looking at Envoy a bit different, much more seasoned than when she met Envoy at Crescent Hill. Envoy doesn't know how to reply to her appraisal.
She tell Envoy with honest that she got mixed feeling now since Envoy got incredible power yet she hope that Envoy always fight for the right ones. She then explain what is going on on Candetonn.
She is quite frustrated that murders already happened several times and based on the bodies templars found, it seems it was made by Corpser Bandits. She also wonder that Corpser Bandits was supposed to be already eliminated by Templars several times but it looks like they are regrouped since then and they have to find something about it. She suspect that Shadow Knight could be behind this and if they join forces, she won't need to tell further since Envoy know what it means.
The Envoy then ask what to do to assist her and she will introduce Envoy to Alex. He is in charge to raid Corpser Bandits previously and since he know most about them, he's commanding the templars to prepare for the assault again. She then want Envoy to defeat some Water Snails since they can contaminate the crime scene and destroy the evidence. After Envoy eliminate them, she want Envoy to report to Alex but she note Envoy that he might seem a bit strange but he is an exemplary knight.
Envoy then defeats Fluorescent Snail and Cycloptic Snail until they are driven away far enough from Crims Scene and then Envoy report to Alex and ask if there something else that Envoy can help. He smiles faintly to Envoy that they always get their job done. At his first impression to Envoy, he see them as an average youth but there is more than that he assume. He even heard that their famously ingracious leader has come to depend on Envoy. The Envoy hastily wave their hand, claiming that they barely know Templar Commander Andre and he seems dislike Envoy. Alex describe him as tough, stubborn, narrow-minded, harsh, overly-serious and before he continue, Eidolon's Envoy stops him from talking further which makes him laugh that he didn't mean to ramble, looking at them.
Envoy then ask Alex to know what he know about the murders. His expression turns sour as he can tell his version since earlier ones are different. The corpser are led by the Wolfmen and only they are capable of training bats and whenever they got victims they took everything. Blood, belongings, even money which he describe them plainly as monsters. Envoy admit it that Corpser Bandits seems worse than Envoy thought and labelled as Monsters suited them well. There we're other murders like that in the marsh as well and people believe that they are connected but he wasn't sure about it as he need more investigation. The recent victim are not quite the same as before and he want Envoy to investigate the situation and the last victim was Lucas, a foreign researcher.
They still need a lot of clue to solve this case and his widow has just arrived at Candetoon. He then want Envoy to bring the notebooks and ask the villagers about current situation. The Envoy then first went to Jeffery, the Village Chief to ask about murders while introducing themself. He rattled while relieved that the warriors has been dispatched as the situation was terrifying which makes Envoy not expect his reaction and continue ask what makes him think it was just one monster. He continue to rattle that Church is hiding the truth as the victims blood are completely drained out and it's because of those outsiders as they've angered the blood-sucking beasts of marsh. Will claim to have seen the monsters himself. They can drain a man's blood in seconds and he was freaked out everytime he thinks about it.
The Envoy then ask Susanna which her husband is also a victim so Envoy ask her in a gentle matters. She start to cry, telling that her husband went to set out to sell his wares but then he was found dead with his blood drained out by that monster. Will then gestures at Envoy, apparently annoyed since they should ask him instead of Susanna and he will tell about vampire. The Envoy sighs since what he made could be off-course from the investigation right now. She then looks at Will which was her grandpa then looks at Envoy apologetically and she tell that he saw vampire with his own eyes once and it was terrifying. He bet that it was the outsiders that resides at Fernscall Cottage and he believe they prolly went and angered the marsh vampires which he suggest that they have to get rid all the outsiders and that should fix the problem.
The Envoy then went to Yolanda, a girl that Envoy met at Helonia Coast during problem caused by Bluto, first mate of Catseye Pirates that demand tributes. She still able to express her thanks for what Envoy did that if Envoy have not assisted Helonia, the pirates would be ruling it right now despite she is mourning for the death of her husband. Envoy then ask her to sit down since she seems tired from what happened to her recently. She refuse as she also want to learn about what happened to her husband, Lucas. He was an ecologist who traveled all over the world and she doesn't know why he want to come here though. She know everyone thinks a monster is responsible for that but she doubt that much since Lucas can take care of himself and know how to deal with it which she believe someone else must be responsible for it. Envoy note it and promise her that Envoy will find out what happened to Lucas. She then put her faith in Envoy to find out what happened to her husband.
The Envoy then report what Envoy find to Alex while also pass the notebooks to him. He take a look at it and it seems detailed and hopefully they can learn something from the residents and Yolanda. He then summarizes the situation that the villagers think some sort of blood-sucking monsters is the murderer and they even have eyewitnesses saying they've seen them which the villagers believe that some visitors have angered the local swamp monsters. It does seem that there are some travelers at the Fernscall Cottage. That's something that they didn't know yet while it could be critical. He then set a plan to investigate Fernscall Cottage immediately. Envoy looks at him with surprise where he is a bit goofy and now he is dead serious. He grin widely that Envoy forget that he is a professional.
He only came out to investigate Corpser Bandits but he never think that Shadow Knight is here already and Envoy notice his serious expression and he note that aside of murders, the entire marsh is changing and lot of animals are completely new to this area. He set example of Thousandwater Marsh where it was used to be quaint little marsh east of here but now that area is infested with Carnivorous Crocodiles and they need to figure out what is happening. Envoy then ask if they can help with something and he already dispatch some of best scholars to the marsh and he want Envoy to identify the Carnivorous Crocodile range and he want Envoy to hand it to Penny when done which he hope that will provide some insight into matters.
The Envoy then sets out and make reports about it. At the first area near the bridge northward, the population was quite crowded. Next is the middle area where Envoy discover that they are very tense and not well-suited for this kind of environment. Finally, Envoy went to southern area near the southeastern bridge and found that the Crocodile are vicious and attack anyone that come near it. The Envoy the hands the information to Penny and told her that Alex asked Envoy to come. She then take a look of what Envoy find at eastern marsh and she study it intently. She then explain that normally the crocodiles have small territory and they defend it ruthlessly and this case is something different which she conclude that they must have been forced out of their homes somehow.
She find that the situation is terrible and even if they are forced to migrate, they still need to be eliminated and can't waste time trying to find out why they have moved. She then want Envoy to eliminate them since Penny herself was just a scholar while Envoy is a soldier. She then tell Envoy to be careful since they are dangerous in their native habitat and being forced out from homeland makes them more aggressive and if Envoy don't do something, they may attack the village soon enough. The Envoy then sets out to eliminate the Crocodile and after eliminating them, Penny was relieved to hear that and once they finish investigating, they will start to repopulate their home and now back to Lucas case but Alex interrupts her. He then reports that their patrols have found number of bats southeast of the village which makes Penny lost in thought what the bats was suspected to be under control of Corpser Bandits which all of them think the same thing as well which is why Alex need Envoy to talk about this matter. She also want to utilize it for Envoy to collect some molds later when Envoy ready to set out.
She then explain that she have taken molds of the bites on Lucas body and she just need to see if the bite marks belong to the bats. She want Envoy to bring some bath teeth to run a test since she suspect that it won't match molds that she found on Lucas. Envoy then went to Alex to talk about the crime scene and he want Envoy to collect some soil samples since it hasn't rained recently so Envoy should be able to see the traces of bats in the soil. While collecting samples, he also want Envoy to take care of the bats as well since they are the threat to Envoy and the others.
The Envoy then sets out to take care of Fanged and Spiney Bats while also collecting the samples for Penny and Alex. After eliminating them while also collecting what Penny and Alex need, Envoy return to Candetonn and report it to them. Penny was surprised that Envoy collect so much teeth sample for her since she doesn't need many of it. The Envoy then report to Alex and hand the samples while also tell that Envoy take some of the bats down. He smiles and offer Envoy to join investigation team one day since Envoy is good at this but he wish he can do that since it was a bad idea and they will deny Envoy on the spot. Eidolon then ask Alex about it with curiousity and he is not getting along well with bureaucracy and have little problems in the past which make them assume that they want to hire someone like him and he laughs when he said that. He then want Envoy to talk to Penny since it seems she find something interesting about Carnivorous Crocodile.
The Envoy then asked about Crocodile that Envoy worked before which Envoy reply in nod and she found where they came from, north of Candetonn. They never crossed the river before this let alone attack the villagers and Envoy ask her what makes them to migrate which she return to the main point about high possible is the cause of environmental change that Envoy must investigate it. She then want Envoy to be careful when investigating their old habitat and if it isn't something environmental, it is probably really dangerous and Envoy have to bring it down if possible.
Envoy then take a scout around the old habibat that once belong to Crocodile and it turns out it was already infested by group of Venomous and Hooked Arachnid which Envoy quickly obliterate them. Envoy then return to Penny to report what Envoy find and she frantically flips through her paperwork while hearing Envoy's finding was not possible according to her and she was right since there are no records about Arachnid near here which she expect that something is wrong. She then continue on her research and got progress on the bat itself and she have spare time right now. She then hands Envoy an insect trap box and Envoy know what it means is since she want to study Arachnids and find out why they are at Crocodile's old habitat. Envoy feel dread weighing since Envoy know that they have to capture one of it alive and Eidolon suggest Envoy to weaken them first before capturing it since the spiders are fierce but Penny reminds Envoy not too hard since she want to study a whole thing about Arachnid.
Envoy then capture one of it alive and deal as minimum damage as Envoy can and bring it back to Penny. The Arachnid move a little when Envoy put it to the ground and she saw it as a scary creature. She never knew there would be bug like this on Candeo Marsh and she believe that the Arachnid isn't native to the marsh. She then start working to identify it immediately and she work intently at Arachnid as Envoy can see her passion and self-evident. Eidolon expect that the Arachnid is done for and she quickly change topic about the test result has been completed and Envoy ask about the soil that may have to do with Lucas.
She shake head when asked about soil since it has nothing to do with Lucas and she don't think that right now they're dealing with murder case as she found traces of turtle blood on the bat's teeth and Envoy want to talk it out to Alex. He seems interested in it and he already dispatched a squad of knight to investigate around Femscall Woods. He certain that bats aren't wild and turtle are not normal prey for them which he suspect that someone probably train those bats to kill using the turtles which things start to make sense. He saw Envoy was smart after he notice that Envoy also notice it, he expect that whoever train bats on turtles is probably stationed nearby.
He then dispatch Envoy to meet up with Mark, Recon Captain and tell him that Envoy was being dispatched by Alex to meet him.
To avoid surprising the turtles or soldiers, Envoy slow down the running pace so soldiers can identify Envoy from distance and it was true as a soldier tell Envoy to hold but Envoy startled by his abrupt shout. Other soldier, Henry tell Mark to calm down since his yell scare the turtles and look at Envoy, telling Envoy to identify themself. Envoy then told them that Envoy has been dispatched by Alex to meet up with them much to Mark's reief that Alex send reinforcements. He looks like want to say more but right now he is on the edge of situation and Envoy told him to relax and ask what happened.
He then tell that Alex is right that normally bats would ignore the turtles but when they got here, there were turtle husks everywhere and couldn't find a drop of blood between them which makes their investigation stalled since they thought that turtles were docile creatures since they immdiately gets attacked the moment they set foot in the marsh and it's already wrong while he shake his head in annoyance. Envoy then offer themself to distract them away so Mark and the others can return to work and he nodded since he and the others want to get out of here if they have finished since this place is dangerous.
Without Envo's help, the turtle is still a problem and with that out of way. Henry have been trying to find out why the turtle are so aggressive and he haven't worked on it yet but with some help it can be done. He then want Envoy to collect some Flourescent River Grass and Envoy curious why they want it. He want to try testing out if turtle's behavior changes if it eats it since the grass is turtle's favorite food. Worst case scenario is, they will use to lure them out and defeat them.
The Envoy then distract the turtles away by defeating them and also collecting Aquatic Grass. Once distracted enough and getting the grass quite enough, Envoy report back to Henry and Mark. Henry hope the grass is enough and told Envoy that based on their observations, the turtles are used to train the bats and based on footprints and all the guano around here, this is most likely a popular place for them to train. Eidolon lost in thought but also bet that the bats are released freely now since the bat's hunting skill need to keep sharp after all. Henry surprised to see Envoy's Eidolon was able to think such intuitively which he expect that Envoy is more skilled than he thought and Envoy move their hands in modest gesture, telling that Envoy is still learning. Still, Envoy's Eidolon is probably right and it looks like the bats are released here at night so it's better to get out of here as soon as possible since he doesn't want to become a bat snack.
Henry discover something when Envoy is away that someone was attempting to clean up the mess that they made but they leave the footprints here. He have to admit that even with the turtles are being pushed back, he's still feel worried as someone is watching him and the templars. Henry in the other hand was glad the investigation was about to end and he can feel the turtles are watching us. Envoy ask if turtles can attack Candetonn while Henry and Mark also think the same thing as well. They will need to use the Flourescent River Grass that Envoy collected to deal with turtles. Since he know that the turtles is social creature, it's best for Envoy to eliminate the Alpha turtle that leads them. If Envoy can defeat it, the rest will scatter. He then hands the bait to the Envoy and must set it up at where turtles at the thickest. The leader will be the first one to approach and after defeating it, the turtles are no longer a problem.
Envoy then set it up and Turtle King approaches, the Envoy then defeat it and found some armor fragment that interest Envoy. The Envoy then takes it to Henry while also telling that the turtles are scattered after Envoy defeat it while he hope that it will keep turtles under control and Envoy hands the armor fragment that Envoy found from Turtle King to him. His agitated cry draws attention of other soldiers as he wonder if Envoy got any idea what is that. Mark then examines it and find that the armor was cast by wolfmen and the insginia itself shows it belongs to Corpser Bandits. Since the armor fragment is a proof and he believe that the lair must be close by as well. He then want to bring every evidence back to the village soon enough
Even they can bring all the evidence back to the village, they can't just start the assault immediately since Alex doesn't know enough much about the marsh. Envoy then ask Mark if he got better ideas and he could divide the group in two which is to recon the terrain, marsh,making a map then deliver it to Alex since he doesn't want to bring Alex to a trap. Envoy is still worried about plan but agree about it since it was a good plan. Henry and Mark will recon the north while Envoy will recon the south and the other templars must set up defensive perimeter and wait until they return.
The Envoy then recon around the southern region and found the bats wondering around, it seems they are the locals or domestical ones. Further inside, Envoy found many tents on the other side of the bridge and it must be Corpser Bandits camp. The Envoy was about to tell Mark about the bats but noticed that all of them are seems to be on the edge, prompting Envoy to ask him what's going on. He then tell that they have found them at the southeastern part of the marsh and they are closer than they expected so they have to concealing themself. They need to withdraw immediately to report it to Alex. They will set out to Candetonn to report their findings to Alex but Mark is worried about bats in the south. He concern that they may attack him and the group when dealing with Bandits. Henry also tell that they are not as skilled as Envoy and taking them head on is a suicide mission. He then suggest to retreat to Candetonn and join forces with Alex so it can give them upper hand and he can lead them again to victory once more.
Envoy convince Mark that Envoy will deal with the bats first in order to clear the path for Alex's troops. Mark agreed with it and Henry advise that Envoy should withdraw quickly after defeating the bats. The Envoy then defeat the bats and ater that Envoy can heard a voice, telling that Envoy should not make more commotion as the wolfman is watching Envoy.
Envoy feel the sensation of being watch and keep on guard and Eidolon also warned Envoy that there is another Envoy of Gaia while taking defensive position. A woman dressed in white appears in front of Envoy as she didn't expect to meet another Envoy out here. Startled, Envoy demand that she identifies herself and also ask if she has anything to do with Corpser Bandits. She assure Envoy that she is also fighting them as well and she also want Envoy to quiet down. Even both Envoy and the white maiden girl work together, she don't think that they can handle all of the corpsers.
She then introuce herself as Mia and she saw how Envoy eliminate bats with skill. She then offer herself with friendly smile to team up with Envoy. Envoy hesitate, wondering if she can be trusted and she laughs, telling that she need something from Wolfman. She know that Envoy want to defeat the bandits but doesn't know half of it. Their group is massive these days and taking care of the bandits single-handedly won't be easy. If Envoy can help her, she also will help Envoy and it was a good deal that she reccomends Envoy to think about it. Envoy then discuss it with Eidolon and Eidolon seems to agree since it sense that Mia is strong and with her it believe they will win. Envoy then agree to work with Mia and she was grateful for it but before started, they need to handle some problem. She had casted a spell to conceal herself and Envoy's action forces her to undo it and now the Wolfmen know that she's here. She then want Envoy to eliminate Corpser Watcher so they can't risk them reporting their presence.
Envoy then defeats them and after make sure that they won't come back to the camp, Envoy return to Mia and now they can start to work. She then brief Envoy about Corpser Bandits Camp itself, and they need to start taking out their defenses layer by layer until they can strike at their heart. The first step is to defeat the bats and she know that Envoy already take care some of them already but the problem is there is still a lot more of it at the camp and even Envoy slaughter all of it, it will be nothing to train the new ones so Envoy ask what she want to do with it. Smiling, Mia want Envoy to take out Corpser Beast Trainers while also taking the whistles from them because if they can't seize it, they will just train more trainers. Envoy then proceed to defeat the trainers while also seizing their whistle and after getting several of it Envoy return to Mia and hand the whistle over to her.
She keep it since have a plan for it and she seems know a lot about Corpser Bandits and Envoy ask her if she know anything about the Shadow Knight. She already scouted physically and magically but she doesn't found the Shadow Knight that Envoy looking for. She then look at the camp and realize that the defense has been fortified, it seems that the Bandits smell something's wrong and decide to tighten the security by placing defense totems. The totems fortify their skills and protect them from magic and if the Totem is still up, she won't be able to help much. The Envoy then decide to handle it but she refuse Envoy to go since there are Corpser Warriors around the gate and it's impossible for Envoy to reach it if the defenses around the gate are not weakened yet. While Envoy raid their camp, she need a set of equipment such as weapon, armor and bit of hair which she will supply Envoy the plan.
The Envoy then seize some of Corpser Warriors Hair, Armor and Weapons and after getting enough of it Envoy hand it over to Mia while also wondering why she need that stuff. She giggle that it will be used as disguise as she thought that Envoy was expecting curse or something. With a disguise itself, it would be possible to sneak into the camp. Her spell will transform Envoy into Wolfman and The weapons and Armor that Envoy seized before will do the rest. She then casts a spell and the air crackles as she speaks and Envoy surprised that their feet leave the ground, not frightening or uncomfortable. She complete the spell and Envoy drop gently to the ground. Envoy doesn't feel any different and express their doubts to Mia but when Envoy start to speak Envoy notice something. Envoy's voice deepened, a hoarse edge to the sound and this unnerves Envoy. Mia looks away, trying to stifle her laughter since Envoy is really look like Wolfman now. Envoy can sneak the camp with that but Mia want the totem as well when Envoy bring it down.
With everything is set Envoy, disguised as Wolfman sneak into the camp and the Wolfman around the camp doesn't notice that the Wolfman they saw was an Envoy as they think the Wolfman that Envoy disguise as is one of them. The Envoy then destroy the Totem when the wolfman are not looking and saw the magic barrier disappears while also taking the totem with Envoy. The camp then was in chaos and Envoy use this chance to sneak out from the camp and again, unnoticed by them. Envoy then returns to Mia and she scrutinizes the totem and she realize it was not Corpser Totem but she believe that they have it somewhere and as long as she help Envoy, the totem will be ended up with her sooner or later. She then cast a spell again to transform Envoy back to human.
Next is to handle the bats itself as they need to learn about the bloodsuckers. Stir the bats up by attacking them and their weakness will eventually exposed when they are stirred up and she also want to use this chance to capture some bats as well. Envoy curious and ask how she expect it when Envoy capture them. She then mentioned about the whistles that Envoy has seized before and the bandits are using it to control the bats and she plan to defeat them at their own game. She then hands Envoy some Cloth Bag as she want Envoy to capture some of it, with some preparation she will be able to have them assault the camp.
The Envoy then capture some of the bats with Cloth Bag while eliminate the rest in order to make them feel uncomfortable at the camp. After completing it, Envoy returns to her and tell what Envoy find. Since the bats are scared and making mess now, she can control them easier with her magic. She also mourn for the bats that they can't release it to the wild no longer. She then play some notes with the whistle and the bag quiets down almost instantly. The whistle works well but for extra security she put a sleep spell on them to prevent them from turning against Envoy and Mia. Envoy know Templars won't agree much to this despite its a good plan. She then hands the bag of bats to Envoy so Envoy can release them in front of their camp. Envoy then releases it in front of their camp and the bat flew off there.
The bats will trigger soon and they can watch what happens next since it will going great. Envoy then ask Mia what she is planning to do with those bats and she tell that she asked the bats to recruit their fellows to have some fun and soon they will have an army of bats. Envoy worried that the bats can still be a threat after they destroy the camp. She know Envoy think clearly about it which is why she already issue order to them to kill themself once they done the errands at the camp. Envoy wonder if that plan will work and in order for Envoy to believe on her plan, she will let Envoy hitch a ride to the party.
If Envoy accept the quest, Envoy will be hypnotized by Mia in order to get a visual on the bats
The Envoy then takes a ride to what the bat see with her spell and the assault started. First, the bat takes the left flank and eradicate the defenders at the Northwest Tunnel and then heading to the Northern Camp. The Corpser Warriors put up a real fight on the bats and even so the bat are calling for reinforcements and eventually the Corpser Warriors are being overwhelmed at Northwest Tunnel and Northern Camp. After that the bat groups move to the central camp and then again, the Corpser Warrior will not go down without a fight.
Calling more reinforcements, Mia also instruct the bats to defeat any Corpser Warrior that the bat can find and after reaching middle camp, the Elites appeared and because of superior numbers, the Corpser Elite are soon being overwhelmed as well. After everything was cleared, she order the bats to enter the fireplace to kill themself. They kill themself one after another and the bat that Envoy have the eyes on enters it but what Envoy see is their own body and Mia appears, commanding Envoy to enter it. Envoy didn't want to do it but can't object her, slowly moving towards the fire and the vision suddenly blackened.
Envoy then awake at where Envoy and Mia are and she looks worried to Envoy that Envoy dazed off for a while but also confirms that her spell works perfectly. Looking from far, they can see the camp is a real mess and what was left of it is to eliminate any stragglers on the camp. With that, her work to cripple their defenses is complete and the bats won the assault. She then want Envoy and their Eidolon to mop up the rest. Envoy then charge into the camp and look at the camp that was really messy and in chaos due to previous assault made by Mia's bat.
Envoy then defeat the stragglers around the camp and after defeating them, Envoy returns to Mia and she also haven't found the totem yet which she believe the leader possess it. Envoy wonder why Mia needs the totem and she tell that her sister and herself have a mission to complete and her mission is to steal Corpser Totem from Corpser Bandits but she can't reveal it more. The last step is to defeat the leader and with that, the bandits will fall completely apart. Envoy hide their disappointment with best effort since Envoy had hoped that she can give information about Shadow Knight but Envoy also want to see this to the end. She then remind Envoy again about the agreement and after defeating Corpser Leader, search the totem thoroughly and bring her back any Totems that Envoy can find.
The Envoy then sets out and defeat the last line of defense by defeating the Corpser Elite Guard and Corpser Bandit Chief. After defeating them, Envoy found the totem and takes it from Bandit Chief's possession. The Envoy then hands it over to Mia and she was excited that it was a correct totem. The Envoy then plan to set out back to Candetonn to report that the Corpser Bandits has been neutralized while also happy that Envoy and Mia are able to help each other out. She then offers Envoy a small bag and it contains some evidence that the templars will love it but Envoy curious since the bag only contains papers and something like that.
She then make one final request and it's to conceal her involvement since her mission is a very classified ones and she doesn't want to get into trouble. The Envoy then deliver it to Anya and she was surprised to see Envoy was be able to return safely while she heard from soldier's report that Envoy sets out to deal with Vampire bats near Corpser Camp and never heard of Envoy since that. Looking at Envoy with nervousness and quiet angry, she want Envoy's immediate explanation since Envoy made her and the others worried that they have lost Envoy.
The Envoy then tell that the majority of the Corpser Bandits have been scattered and as for the remnants itself, a squad would be needed to handle them. She looks surprised that Envoy manage to do it single-handedly and want to know what Envoy do. The Envoy then tell that Envoy manage to manipulate the bats and making them work for the Envoy while Envoy also keep the agreement with Mia and Envoy do not disclose her involvement and keep it concealed from the story.
She was impressed that Envoy use bats to the defeat them and she will let Alex working on capturing the Bandits right away. She also ask if there is any trace of clues about Shadow Knight when Envoy was there. Envoy feel flattered about her commendation despite Envoy must take all the credits due to agreement with Mia earlier and Envoy got an idea from Envoy's friend. Changing the subject itself, Envoy didn't find any clue but found bag contains some papers inside it and handed it over to Anya so she can study it.
She feel relieved that Shadow Knight was not involved with this and Alex could be also relieved to not deal with him. She then opens the bag and start reading the one of the letters. Her expression turns to fury when she read the contents of the letter. She then want the soldiers to arrest Will immediately and want him detained on Navea for interrogation after she found out through letter that Will is a traitor. The Envoy then take a peek of the letters in the bag and it seems Will and the Corpser Bandits are collaborating together which makes sense. His hatred of outsiders and plot to close Candetonn from outsiders prompted Will to cooperate with the Corpser Bandits to carry out the plan.
She owe Envoy for handling the Corpser Bandits and impressed that Envoy's skills improved quickly and Envoy tell that Envoy's skill won't be able to go fast without any help. While Envoy was gone, Alex send her some news and the strangers at Fernscall cottage is turned out to be researchers and the most recent victim, Lucas is one of them. They found out that some of companions have been trapped inside Alwstone Forest and she already sent some of her soldiers to help but she also want Envoy to help them as well. She then wants Envoy to defeat Woodland and Hardhsell Snails that Envoy can find in order to secure withdraw path for the soldiers to lead researchers out.
The Envoy defeats them and to the entrance of the forest, Envoy found Brennan and Archie and telling Brennan that Anya dispatched Envoy to clear the path for them from the snails. He was relieved that reinforcements is here but he can't left since a researcher insist to stay behind. Brennan tried to help researcher but it doesn't go easy and he never expect that they refuse to leave as he glance towards the researchers. He want Envoy to convince the researchers since the situation become more dangerous as time passed by. His word remind Envoy of Lucas and wondering if he die because of this kind of research as well while also what makes it so important.
Envoy approach Archie and he become tense when Envoy approach him but Envoy tell him that it's dangerous to remain here but he still doesn't want to leave. The Eidolon then tell that his actions can kill people as the soldiers and Envoy are risking their lives to protect him which the words takes right out of Envoy's mouth. Archie stares at Eidolon and flips some textbook while keeping his surprise as he never saw Eidolon before. The Envoy then tell that they are Envoy of Gaia and the Eidolon is Envoy's Eidolon. Hearing that, Archie turns solemn as he remember about Lucas also mentioned Envoy of Gaia as well. Hearing that, Envoy also want to know about Shadow Knight and hoping Archie can give more information. He then explain that they are investigating the creatures around forest and something is corrupting them which makes them more aggresive, even unicorms was also affected by it.
The last time he saw Lucas, he went to study on unicorns and he start to act bit weird but suddenly disappeared. They have to keep working and they believe they can reverse the effect on the unicorns and he also believe that Lucas want them to finish the job that he has started. The Envoy then told Brennan that Envoy also can't convince him to leave which leave him no option but to help him finish their job first before withdrawing. He feel quite paranoid about the unicorns since he heard that unicorns are spiritual beings and even after they die, their spirits will remain here but he can't go since he need to keep an eye on Archie and he doesn't want to report to Alex that he lost Archie. Hearing that, Envoy will take his place to collect soul energy and he want Envoy to collect soul Energy that was not contaminated.
The Envoy then makes agreement with Archie that once the job is done, they have to leave the forest without question. He agree with it and he start to talk about unicorns and wondering why they become violent and they even attack their own foal and have to do something before they went extinct. He hate to do it but he want Envoy to defeat the unicorns to save them. Envoy defeat the unicorn while also taking their souls but Envoy found difficulty since most of it are contaminated Energy but eventually Envoy manage to get some Pure Energy. The Envoy then reports back to Brennan and Archie and Brennan hope it will satisfy the researchers. Archie in the other hand mourn about it but he put his hopes to the Unicorn foal now but he concern that they may not to survive in this forest so he want Envoy to capture some of them unharmed.
The Envoy captures them and they put some quite struggle and due to the weight, Envoy can only bring four to Archie. When he look at the foals, they are bruised in scars which he immediately blame Envoy for this but Envoy shake their head and he apologize since he notice that it was made by contaminated unicorns. He then want Envoy to collect Fog Grass but he note that untreated, it's very poisonous and if treated correctly, the sap has powerful healing effects. The Envoy want to know how to make it properly but he also doesn't know how but the Flower Butterfly Fairies use it for food and the only option is to take it from the fairies.
The Envoy takes the herb from the fairies and after collecting enough, Envoy returns to Archie and he rant that if only he can heal those foal unicorns, the trip will not be a waste and he have to hold on a little longer. He thanks Envoy for bringing it and he immediately treat the Unicorn Foals. He can guess that they can figure out what is contaminating Unicorn if they find Lucas note while Envoy also wonder what he have discovered. He remember that he was talking about clues he found after his trip into the woods and he wasn't ready to make full report though. When he heard Lucas body was found, he didn't have anything in his possession include his notebook as well. After Lucas went missing, they tried to explore the depths of the Awlstone Forest but their advance was halted by Stone Forest Turtles. The Envoy then offer themself to defeat those turtles so Archie can explore freely.
After eliminating the turtles, he then prepare his team to get inside immediately. Brennan however feels annoyed that Archie is agreed to leave after finish dealing with unicorns. He want Envoy to stop the researchers and he doesn't care if Envoy already handle the turtles as the primary mission is to bring the researchers out from the forest. He understand Brennan's concern but they also need to learn what Lucas has found so they can end the contamination. He was desperate even he know Envoy put their life on the line only for this. Brennan ask Archie what happened to the injured Unicorn foals and wondering if Archie want to abandon them at the camp. Archie pleads him and since its getting nowhere Envoy and Eidolon decide to go
When Envoy get there, Envoy found lots of Arachnids and quickly eliminate them that attacked Envoy. After eliminating them, Envoy returns to Archie to report what Envoy find. He was curious since the forest is not at Arachnid's normal range. Based on Envoy's discoveries, he assume that the Arachnids may carry the contamination and figure out where they came from. Archie ask if there are still people on the cottage with some equipments and Envoy nodded so he hand Envoy a glass bottle to collect Arachnid bodily fluids. He want to run a test of them once he get back and he will withdraw with Brennan first but Envoy have to meet up with Oswald at Fernscall Cottage to give the sample.
The Envoy then hands the sample to Oswald and he thank the Envoy for the assistance while also heard about Envoy from Oswald and the unicorn foal will be here soon. He take a look at it and it seems similar to the Arachnids that also taken Crocodile's homeland at north of Candetonn and he ask Jalen, a middle-aged man for his opinion. He was certain about it but still needs to be tested out. Envoy then expect that Jalen must be one of Church's researchers. He glad that he met Envoy and he will tell Envoy once the analyze on the samples is completed.
Jalen then need Envoy's assistance and since the researchers have a lot of important work. They can't handle errands beyond what they have researched at so Envoy decide to help them. He then want Envoy to takedown some contaminated unicorns since the cries of the foals attracted them. He doesn't want to rely much on soldiers and if the foals is damages, it can set the research back several weeks and he want Envoy to defeat them to prevent unicorn from attacking the foals. The Envoy then secure the path before the foals arrives and once done, Envoy return to the Cottage.
Jalen then tell that the test results indicates that both Arachnids at the Forest and North of Candetonn are identical. Envoy also want to know where they are originally came from. He then explain that the arachnids are blind and used to live in total darkness. Based on proteins in their body, they largely subsist on aquatic flare which he and the researchers then came to conclusion that the arachnids originally live in Candeo Core, the northwest region of Candeo Marsh. He also wonder what happened to them since there are no records of them leaving instead he knew that they were driven out. The Candeo Core is at the southwest of Sarpa Abyss which could be connected and Oswald told him that when they are searching for Lucas, the investigation was hindered by turtles outside Sarpa Abyss.
He then hands Envoy the device and he want Envoy to install the scanner at the entrance of Sarpa Abyss in order to acquire data about recent changes on the environment while keep it safe, Envoy have to drive the turtles away. The Envoy then sets up the scanner and drive off turtles that come to approach Envoy. After defeating them and getting readings, Envoy return to him. He then analyze it and find that if the data is right then the Sarpa's activity has been increased around Sarpa Abyss lately. The Sarpa are used to live inside Candeo Core and now they are coming out with massive numbers. Without a doubt, something is changing in that marsh.
It looks like they need to investigate Candeo Core directly and according to the reports about what Shadow Knight did at Demarech Mines that causes the creatures to mutate, he fear the same situation also happens here. He then want Envoy to report back to Anya and Village Chief so Envoy can get more information about Candeo Core since the researcher need that intel to conduct investigation.
The Envoy then reports to Anya and report what Envoy find and it seems Shadow Knight was also responsible for altering Candeo Core environment. She then also want to get her troop ready to investigate Candeo Core. When the templars are ready, she want Envoy to ask Jeffery, the village Chief to see if there is anything he knew about the terrain on Candeo Core itself. When Envoy asked about it, he was surprised with Envoy's question and he tell what he know about Candeo Core. Candeo Core is the Candeo Marsh's primary water resources and Envoy can see the dam north of Candetonn and Candeo Core is a reason for it.
They knew that Sarpa lived in Candeo Core and they always stayed inside it but even so, the information was quite useful so Envoy went to Anya. According to her, Sarpa can't speak and they have to get the information directly so they need to find out how long they are out from the cave and Waterweed can give clues for it. The Envoy then take down Sarpa that fights Envoy and seize their waterweed while also attempting to talk to Sarpa Leader.
The Envoy then surprises to hear that Sarpa can talk when Envoy approaches Sarpa Leader which Envoy thought that they couldn't speak. She then demand Envoy to leave the Candeo Core since now it belongs to Sarpa. Envoy then remembers Lucas when she mention not even one humans enters it and ask what happened to him. She reply in quite a high pitch, telling that she killed him and Candeo Core is their territory and she warn Envoy again to tell that humans must stay away or suffer the same fate as Lucas. Eidolon like always steps protectively, tauntng her if she can defeat Envoy.
Envoy holds Eidolon back and it's better to retreat for now since Anya needs to know about this. The Envoy then returns to Anya and give the waterweed to her while also report what Envoy find. The Sarpa are quite hostile and also responsible for Lucas's death. She frowns then lasping to silence. She realize that this is trouble since she was reminded about what happened at Demarech Mines and even Envoy also have the same thinking, Envoy ask if Anya has some thought of it which she also expect that Shadow Knight also use Cube of Gaia here as well and the only way one who knows for sure was killed and they need to find whatever Lucas discovered which is first that they need to suppress Sarpas. She then inform Yolanda what happened to Lucas while she want Envoy to talk to Alex to let him know what's happened. She then want Envoy to pass her orders to him that he is not allowed to leave the village until she get there. Shadow Knight and Sarpa, this is going to be a mess, big mess.
The Envoy then pass the information to Alex about Lucas' death, Shadow Knight and Sarpas. His expression changed immediately hearing that. He want to get there and figure out what's going on and since Sarpa can speak, they could spill out about Shadow Knight but Envoy also pass her orders that he is ordered to stay put until she is ready. He definitely unhappy hearing that. He then assign Envoy to command some Templar soldiers to deal with Sarpas and since Anya's order is only for Alex and not his squad so Envoy have to accept it.
Reaching Sarpa Abyss, the soldiers are standby to engage Sarpas. Sarpa Leader then approaches them, telling they make another fool attempt to invade their territory and never learn and she also remind them about Lucas death beforehand. The Squad Leader want Sarpas to pay for Lucas death. She then continues that she have long been oppressed by human and can only live in gloomy cave but a human with the cube suddenly appears and granting them new strength, The templars then launch the assault and just Envoy is about to join, the Eidolon stops Envoy from advancing and a toxic mist appears, knocking all of the templars down.
She then grinned to see how the templars are unprepared and make a stupid move by attacking bluntly like that while the Arachnids appeared surrounding them. She then leave the templars to Arachnids so they can make the Templar their meal and when Sarpas leaves, Envoy finish the Arachnids off and escorting them back to the village for treatment. It was a complete defeat for Envoy and report back to Alex what happened. He feel seems distressed hearing that while he thought that Sarpa was smarter than what he can expect. Anya then reprimands Alex because of being impulsive since she already told him to wait and she need him to calm down otherwise the soldiers will take the toll
He regret that his decision endangers his soldiers and Envoy but he also want to find Shadow Knight as soon as possible. Envoy notice his expression and it seems the Shadow Knight really affecting his judgement much. He then want Envoy to destory Arachnid eggs since he doesn't want to fell on the same tricks again and he won't let other soldiers gets hurt just because he lose his cool. The Envoy then also pick tasks from her and judging by the result of the tests, there have been signifance changes to Arachnids and Sarpa. Since she know Cube of Gaia has done this and Shadow Knight must be behind his. They have to eliminate them to prevent further spreaidng. Envoy was about to ask Alex about shadow knight but since it's not the right time. She then assign Envoy to the Special Operations Mission by defeating Arachnids around Sarpa Abyss while she get her soldiers prepared.
The Envoy then destroy the eggs and defeat the Arachnids and after that, Envoy report to Alex first and he thank Envoy while also not to worry about him as he got his head back straight and will be more careful this time. Returning to Anya, she then can lead her troops to Sarpa Abyss safely. Before entering Candeo Core, they need to know everything about it since she doesn't want any other accidents. She then want Envoy to get the map that contains old map of Candeo Core from Jeffery while she prepare the troops.
The Envoy then tell Village Chief Jeffery to get the map that Anya wanted. He nodded and appreciate it as he will lend the map to the Envoy while he can't believe that he is almost fooled into believing that vampires was responsible for what was happening in the marsh like what Will said beforehand but since Will is now apprehended for causing multiple murders. He guess that he haven't got more wiser throughout years. Envoy carefully remind him that Envoy is in a hurry and he apologize then he hands the map to the Envoy. Even it was a little old but at least it will give them the details on cave and the dam's systems. It's honesly an ingenious system and they have been obviously gotten little lazy on checking it. Before Envoy leave, he advice Envoy that they should take the western entrance since it was the best bet to reach dam.
The Envoy then pass the map to her and she opens it, examining it while nodding to herself. The main entrance is at the north but it's also the entrance that Sarpa used as well and she show Envoy the pool in front of it since they don't want to encounter any Sarpa there and Jeffery is right to use western entrance but before entering it, they need to eliminate Sarpas from it. She also want Envoy to talk Penny when had a chance since she need some help She then want Envoy to have a duel with Sarpa Leader but since they are crafty and the scours reported that she's holed up in Candeo Core while Anya also expecting trap there. She then want Envoy to takedown their minions instead of straight at the Leader. Envoy wasn't sure how is it going to help and with Envoy's power, it can be used to pierce Leader's defenses. Anya then tell that sapience is a two-sided sword and since the Sarpa Leader is smart enough to establish ambush and hide herself she then want to see what is her reaction if her troops are eliminated and she believe the Sarpa Leader will come out by herself if they heard that which makes sense to the Envoy.
Envoy then told Penny what she need from Envoy and she explain about Arachnids and based on evidence, they are resided on Candeo Core. Envoy nodded, remembering the evidence pointing them originating from a dark cave. The candeo core is the only place that makes sense. She manage to find an ecology survey from five or more years ago that detailed creatures living in and around Candeo Core. The bugs seems familiar and giving it hundreds to maybe thousand years worth of evolution but Envoy doesn't know what she means. She then explain that the creatures around Candeo are evolve in a very fast pace and it explains about everything that's has been going on here. She want Envoy to get some Sarpa scales so she can conduct some tests to see what physical changes that they have made.
Envoy then wreak havoc on Sarpas while also taking the scales for samples that Penny needs it. After wreaking havoc and collecting Sarpa scales, Envoy make their way back and when they are withdrawing, the Sarpa Leader are coming out to seek revenge. Returning to Anya and Penny, handing the samples to Penny first and quickly she measure it, apply chemicals, looking with magnifying glass and even smelling which astonish Envoy that she is really swift comparing to the notes she has on the table. The results just as she was expected that Sarpa and Arachnids are similar which is the are evolving at highly accelerated rate. To make things worse, the changes also makes them aggressive and also want to expand their territory. Envoy know this already but ask what causes this and Eidolon answers by controlling Cube of Gaia which makes them silent at the moment. She then want Envoy to deliver the report to Anya and she will be anxious about this.
The Envoy pass the information to Anya about Penny but also furious since Envoy wreak havoc on them earlier. She then want to utilize this chance to finish her off and Anya hope that Sarpa Leader can't control her temper and Envoy also told Anya that the Sarpas has gained power from spring water.. She then finally understand what is going on at Candeo Marsh. Envoy then told what they found with Penny and once she heard it, she plan to contain the contaminated water to prevent it from spreading further and she want Envoy to finish Sarpa Leader off since she was enraged now and the templars won't be able to get in without beating her first.
Envoy then went head to head with her and she was still furious about what Envoy has done to her minions, wreaking havoc on her soldiers and she want to make sure Envoy will pay for this. The duel then starts and even her guard cheer for her leader, Envoy eventualy defeat Sarpa Leader and the guards are fleeing. Checking the corpses, Envoy found Lucas notebook and quickly delivering it to Anya so she can examine it. Anya then start reading it when Envoy hand it to her and it says that there's a spring in Candeo Core and it is the source of contamination based on what Lucas found. The Arachnids are first infected by it and they spread it to the rest of the marsh. He tied it all together and sourced it for himself. The contamination, changes, intelligence and even increased aggresiveness, she wonder how he did it by himself but it's a shame that he was killed.
She then hands the book back to Envoy since the book now belongs to Yolanda while also tell her that his death won't be in vain. When Envoy hand Lucas book to her, her eyes start to tear up and she clasps the notebook to her chest while hiding her tears. Envoy then told her that Lucas died in attempt to prevent the disaster. while she also relieved that he died by doing the right thing. She then want Envoy to finish what her husband has started on Candeo Marsh and Envoy will keep their word that they will not fail.
Anya then tell Envoy that the Sarpa that Envoy defeat is not the Leader and the real leader is inside Candeo Core, guarding the spring with her Elite Sarpas. Lucas notes also says that the water must be contained inside the cave in order to isolate it completely from other water. Envoy then nod to her statement and she and her squad will handle the Sarpas while Envoy and Alex will deal with the water. Lucas also mentioned that there are floodgates inside and Envoy can see it on the map which she want to close it permanently for good. The Envoy then set out and went to Candeo Core to finish the job what Lucas had started.
Battle of Candeo Core and Shadow Knight attempt to recruit Alex[edit | edit source]
Inside, Envoy feel something strange inside the cave and also encounters some Marsh Dryad and Damp Mud and deep inside, Envoy encounter Lesaro, the Candeo Marsh Plaguebearer. Envoy quickly defeats it while also Envoy notice that creatures inside it also mutated so what Envoy can think now is how to close the floodgate and rendezvous with Alex quickly. Deep inside, Envoy encounters Deep Marsh Snail and Waterway Guardian. Travel further inside, Sarpa Queen know that Envoy were coming and Envoy quickly make haste and Envoy heard another voice that it sense something annoying it and it turns out The Abyss Patroller, Toto appeared.
Except for one human that Queen Sarpa ordered, he will eliminate the rest and Envoy quickly defeats it before it can cause any more trouble. After defeating it, Envoy saw some tracks and following it and turns out Alex was already here and Envoy meet up with him. Envoy then ask Alex about current situation while Anya and the others battling Sarpas at the other side of the Candeo Core and he got bad news that the floodgate has been destroyed and cannot be used again. He grin as he have a plan for it while he saw some vulnerable place and he decide to set dynamite up to create a dam. Eidolon was curious about it as well but he said that he has already prepared it beforehand. He know that there are problem that can't be solved with an explosion and he would like to test that theory out.
Envoy then ask Alex since it takes more than explosion to fix the problem. He shrugs that he cannot detonate it since it was very tricky and when he was about to do it, the Sarpa Queen intercept him and he quickly escapes before she get him. The Envoy was surprised about it and it seems the Sarpa Queen understand the importance of water itself. He want Envoy to keep the Sarpa Queen occupied while he set the charges. Soon both of them went off and defeating Sarpa Guard and Priests along the way until they encounter Sarpa Queen.
Envoy then start the fight while Alex set up the bomb, Asheara The Sarpa Queen was about to interrupt Alex again but then again, Envoy intercept her which makes her focus on Envoy again. After defeating her, he detonate the bomb and a new dam was created from the rocks that closes the water itself but a portal opens and Shadow Knight appears. He admire his resolve and he want Alex to join him and stand at his side as they wipe clean the state ot history. Alex first hesitate but he turned it down eventually which makes him pity Alex that should he join Shadow Knight's side, he can be a fine commander and the next time they meet, it will be as foe. Shadow Knight then looks at Envoy but Envoy was not be able to read his eyes before went to the portal and closes again.
Looking at Alex who talk to himself, Envoy pat his shoulder and ask what to do next but he didn't respond immediately. He then change the subject quickly, offering Envoy a tight smile that they manage to block the contaminated water. even it was different that he had planned but he also never expect Envoy defeats Sarpa Queen. With everything is done here such as contaminated water has been blocked and Sarpa Queen is defeated, Envoy suggest together they return and report to Anya. He then refuse to leave first as he want to be alone for a while since he doesn't want to drag his soldier's morale. He assure Envoy that he will be fine and if they are not coming back, she may freaked out especially after those explosions. Envoy nodded and went to Anya right away.
Envoy then meet up with Anya who has just finished dealing with Sarpas as well and she's worried. Envoy then told her that the mission was completed and she ask about the explosion and what happened to Alex. Envoy then tell that Envoy and Alex improvise themself to block the spring since the floodgate has been destroyed while Alex want to spend his time along for a while and Envoy also mention that Envoy defeats Sarpa Queen. Anya looks surprised about it as Envoy and Alex manage to defeat Sarpa Queen and Envoy also tell about meeting with Shadow Knight include changes on Alex's mood. She then leave it like that since he deserves a break.
She commend Envoy for their effort after founding the source contamination, blocking it while also defeating Sarpa's Queen include the core of the trouble itself was made by Cube of Gaia and now they realize it can accelerate the evolution of the creatures. She then want Envoy to report it to Grand Bishop while she will stay behind to handle some follow up work. Envoy ask about his response as Envoy was not completely relieved. She then explain that Shadow Knight and Alex are once old friends and Alex respect him the most and she understand why he reacted that way. She can't divulge more information and she believe that he will be fine even he just need time to be alone right now.