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|This quest begins with Jalil Talih in Shar Vahl.
This quest begins with Jalil Talih in Shar Vahl. Find Soulbinder Ghula, Jalil is in the second room in the hallway to the right of her.
You say, 'Hail, Jalil Talih'
Jalil Talih says 'Oh, hello there. Thank you for stopping by, but this is just not a very good time for visitors. My daughter is very upset over what has happened.
You say, 'What has happened?'
Jalil Talih looks up and says, 'Oh my, I thought everyone had heard by now. Behari has gone missing. Been quite some time now, in fact. Even the king had gotten involved in the search for him, but...' Jalil lowers his voice to a whisper so as not to upset his daughter, 'everyone has about given up hope. Soroush was the last we know of that had seen him, but he had very little helpful information.'
You say, 'Who is Soroush?'
Jalil Talih says 'Soroush has taken over Behari's duties... temporarily, at least. He can usually be found right in the throne room in case he is needed.
You say, 'Is Kalila your daughter?'
Jalil Talih looks proudly towards his daughter, 'She has Aisha's eyes, that girl does. Having grown up in the palace, I feared she would never find love but this is far worse. She has now found and lost one so dear to her. At her age, I was just training to be a guard and had not a care in the world.'
You say, 'Who is Aisha?'
Jalil Talih stares longingly into space at the sound of Aisha's name, 'Ahh, she was my treasure, rest her spirit. From the moment I laid eyes upon her I wanted nothing more than to care for her, shower her with everything her heart desired. I was a very modest man at the time and she wed me all the same. Who would have guessed back then that someday we would live in the palace together. Do you know how i came to live in the palace?'
Kalila Talih chuckles in spite of herself between sobs, 'You do love to tell that story, father, don't you?' she says with a smile. Jalil, though relieved that his daughter can still find something to smile about, has the look of a man that might prefer that she found something else to smile about. He says nothing, but grins sheepishly.
You say, 'How did you come to live in the palace?'
Jalil Talih's chest swells with pride though his eyes reveal a hint of modest embarrassment at the attention, 'Well, I was just barely out of training, still on honor guard duty near the King's chair at the arena. There was a frenzied battle going on between two most skilled combatants. A deft parry sent a warrior's trident sailing through the air. Now I am no hero, instinct just took over- I did what any honorable Vah Shir would do. There was no time to get the King out of harm's way, I just threw myself between he and the weapon. A spot of poor luck had the blade pointing my way and I was fairly well wounded. I spent a few months recovering before returning to duty, but the king has never forgotten and insisted that I and my family reside here in the palace ever since.'
Upon hailing Kalila, who is laying in a deathly stance on a bed to the right of Jalil:
You say, 'Hail, Kalila'
Kalila looks up from her teary handkerchief, the deepest sadness visible in her eyes, 'I am very sorry, but I am not very good company at the moment. I fear my love will never return.'
You say, 'Who is your love?'
Kalila Talih , recalling joyful memories that bring sadness to her eyes, chokes on her words, 'It is not easy for me to talk about, perhaps someday... I began writing of us, thinking that it would help lift my sinking heart, but I could not finish even that.' As she speaks, she lazily flips through her diary where a story of true love has been recorded.
You say, 'Can I read your story?'
If your faction is not high enough you get responce below and are not able to obtain her diary.
Kalila Talih says 'You need to prove your dedication to our cause before I can discuss such matters with you.'
With proper faction:
Kalila Talih considers you for a moment, 'I do not suppose I could ever bear to finish it. It is a story I wish had a happy ending, but I do not have it in my heart to create such a thing. If you would like to read it, I suppose you may. It is probably best that I try to distance myself from this experience,' she says half-heartedly.
She gives you Kalila'a (misspelled in game)
Speak with Soroush, in the back right corner of the throne room:
You say, 'Hail, Soroush'
Soroush says 'Greetings to you. I have just returned from another trip to Katta Castellum and am trying to organize my notes, I apologize that I've little time to talk. Everything happened so suddenly what with the odd circumstances surrounding the last diplomat, I have not quite had time to get used to my new post.
You say, 'What odd circumstances?' or you can ask about Behari
Soroush pauses to find the right words, 'Behari, the last to hold this post, disappeared on his last trip to Katta. He was a friend of mine for some time, I never dreamed that I would have to undertake his duties in this way. I believe that I was the last to see him alive. His behavior at the time seemed peculiar, but I shrugged it off as simply a man blissfully in love,' he says with a heavy sigh, and adds somberly, 'I was very happy for him.'
You say, 'What behavior?'
If your faction is not high enough, you get the responce below.
Soroush Koroun says 'I am not sure that I should discuss this matter any further, I hope that you understand.'
With proper faction:
Soroush Koroun says 'I never mentioned this to Kalila, I thought it would hurt her more than it would help, but when I bumped into Behari just before he disappeared, he was going on and on about a love potion of some sort. He was very excited, said he thought it would be the perfect gift for Kalila on their wedding night, so you see why I never mentioned it. Anyway, he said that he had just gathered all of the ingredients and was heading back out of Katta.
You say, 'What love potion?'
Soroush Koroun says 'I have no idea what he meant by a 'love potion.' I have never even heard of such a thing, it just isn't my field, I am afraid. Maybe one of the spiritists knows something about it. I doubt that it will do anything to help you track down Behari, but I wish you luck my friend.
The closest spiritists are Grawleh and Fehril.
You say, 'Have you heard of a love potion?'
Spiritist Fehril says 'Hmmm, while I dabble in the art of potions mixing myself, I am no scholar in the field. Perhaps Spiritist Ragnar would be of more assistance to you.'
Elder Spiritist Grawleh says 'Love potion? Sounds intriguing but not familiar, I am afraid I cannot help you. However, if I were looking for information about potions and the alchemical arts, I would see Spiritist Ragnar. He has a shop just outside of the palace.'
Find Spiritist Ragnar and ask him about the potion:
You say, 'Have you heard of a love potion?'
Spiritist Ragnar says 'Love potion? Never been done and not worth the risk to try after what happened to Kanaad.
You say, 'What happened to Kanaad?'
Spiritist Ragnar says 'Old Kanaad taught me a lot of what I know- he was about the greatest potions expert in the city back then. He started gathering legends and lore about some infamous love potion. Not some silly thing to make the girl of your dreams fall in love mind you- this fabled tonic was intended to be shared only between two who had found true love. If their feelings were strong enough it would... well, that was part of the problem, no one knew what it was supposed to do. Kanaad learned of some crazy human in the mountains that had supposedly figured out the secret to the potion. The results were not what anyone had hoped for.
You say, 'What were the results?'
If your faction is not high enough you get responce below and are not able to obtain Kanaad's Supplies.
Spiritist Ragnar says 'I am sorry, but I am right in the middle or something.'
With proper faction:
Spiritist Ragnar shuffles a bit uncomfortably, considering whether or not he should be telling you this, 'This is not something that I would normally talk about, but Soroush came by and told me that you are on the trail of Behari- if this will help you find him, then I will tell you all that I know... Kanaad had a time getting the ingredients and was only to make just a very little bit. He sat down with his love, alone in a room and intended to share the elixir. Well, that was the last anyone saw of her, and he was manic, out of his mind... The mixture had driven him from his senses and he snapped. It took quite a bit to restrain him and figure out what to do next.'
You say, 'What did you do next?'
Spiritist Ragnar considers you for a moment and, as though reminding himself that you are trustworthy, continues, 'Well what we learned was that not only did the mixture drive the drinker mad, but it was incredibly addictive as well- a horrible combination. All that we could do was give him a controlled intake of the potion for his addiction and try to treat his dementia. With his returning sanity came the realization of what he had done to his love. It was the most harrowing thing I have ever seen someone go through in all of my life... He is better now, but has never quite been the same and rarely speaks to strangers. Give him this and you should at least get a chance to explain.'
Spiritist Ragnar hands you Kanaad's Supplies.
Speak with Kanaad: He is on the FIND list
You say, 'Hail, Kanaad'
Kanaad looks at you wearily and fails to respond as though he simply lacks the energy.
You say, 'Have you heard of a love potion?'
Kanaad tenses, looking at you somewhat nervously, eyes darting, and says nothing at all.
If you try to ask about Hoober without giving Kanaad the supplies:
Kanaad says 'You need to prove your dedication to our cause before i can discuss such matters with you.'
Hand him Kanaad's Supplies.
Your faction standing with Kanaad has been adjusted by 900.
Kanaad rummages through the box, 'let's see, some lucerne, the leaves I had needed and... What is this? A note form Ragnar...' He mumbles a bit to himself, 'I see, you are looking for this boy and Ragnar thinks I can help. Good lad that Ragnar. I am not much for story telling these days, but I suppose you want to know about Hoober.'
You say, 'I want to know about Hoober'
Kanaad says, 'I will try not to repeat what Ragnar has already told you.' After taking a deep breath, clearly taxed by the memories, he continues, 'My research had brought me to Katta Castellum. After a long day's work I took a seat at the end of the bar in a local pub. Trying to get my mind off of potions for a while, I overheard a story about a crazy man roaming Tenebrous Mountains. Everyone seemed to know him as Hoober the Delirious. Seems he had become something of a local legend for his very odd habit of asking people to gather some rather obscure ingredients in exchange for a very rare reward.'
You say, 'What ingredients?'
Kanaad says 'The promise of true love and everlasting happiness can make even the most scarce ingredients seem trivial. People laughed him off as a lunatic and after finally meeting Hoober I could easily tell why, but his story piqued my interest given my current... project. I asked the fellows to repeat the ingredients this man requested, but they were drinking rather heavily and had paid little attention in the first place. They were very vague, but what they could remember sounded very similar to a partial recipe I had found a record of earlier that very day. Against my better judgement I sought out this wanderer and we had a most interesting conversation.
You say, 'What conversation?'
Kanaad gently closes his eyes and paints a picture in his mind, 'There was no denying the man's state of mind, he was utterly delirious. That was why I was so convinced...' he drifts off, 'so convinced...'
You say, 'Convinced of what?'
Kanaad says 'At this notion, he takes a deep breath and opens his eyes to look at you once more, 'you see when he finally did tell me of the things he was looking for, he was eloquent, impassioned, unmistakably controlled. He knew what he was talking about, it seemed like this had to be it, the answer to what I was seeking. So I gathered up the components and combined them myself, and then it all went so horribly wrong...' It takes him a moment to regain his train of thought, 'You wouldn't even be able to have an intelligible conversation with this man due to the cripling nature of the addiction unless someone made you up a batch.'
You say, 'Can you make a batch?'
Kanaad glances nervously about, 'I am not sure that I should, the temptation would... perhaps Ragnar could... no he hasn't experience with this mixture.' Kanaad seems to wrack his brain for alternatives, silent for a long moment. His inner conflict evident, he steadies himself for what he is about to do, 'I suppose that I am the only one who can mix this potion for you properly. I can... yes, I have no doubt that I will be fine.' His inner demons put somewhat out of his mind, Kanaad looks you straight in the eyes and says, 'I will need a Luclin clover, a drop of moonlight and some essence of sonnet.'
You say, 'Luclin clover?'
Kanaad says 'The Luclin clover is in many ways just like any other ordinary clover, but the ones that grow out in the Thicket seem to posses an extra sensitivity to magic and enchantment.
You say, 'Drop of moonlight?'
Kanaad says 'A drop of moonlight is exactly that- not solid, not liquid but a captured drop of light itself. Any astrologer worth their salt will be able to harness one for you. Dont know much about astrology myself, but I'd guess that the platforms above the palace would be an ideal place from which to see the stars.
You say, 'Tell me about the Essence of Sonnet'
Kanaad says 'This will be the biggest hurdle between you and the potion. The essence of sonnet is a rare and wonderful thing, only the most gifted bards will ever produce one in their lifetime. No amount of effort or studying will help them either- it is an unexpected thing. You see, bards dedicate their life to the telling and retelling of stories, it is their job to inspire others with tales of triumph and tragedy. When a bard of the highest order sees or hears something that so genuinely and so overwhelmingly inspires them, something magical happens.
It was the Elder Spiritist who knew about the love potion, so you can assume it is an Elder Bard who may be able to help you with the essence of sonnet. You can locate Elder Hymnist Hortitosh on the top of the palace with the Find feature.
You say, 'Hail, Elder Hymnist Hortitosh'
Elder Hymnist Hortitosh says 'Hail. Are you here to assist with something specific or just looking for work?'
You say, 'Can you create an essence of sonnet?'
Elder Hymnist Hortitosh stops what he is doing and looks at you, most surprised, 'An essence of sonnet? I have never produced such a thing my friend, though the fact that you would even request one from me is very flattering.' His eyes leave your face and settle off in the distance somewhere as he continues, 'I was present once when one was created... it was beautiful. I was only a child, but there was no mistaking the significance. Oh how I would love to produce such a thing myself- an accomplishment without peer for one of my art. They say that the inspiration must be genuine, should you know of something that could inspire me so then by all means, I will see if I have an essence of sonnet within me.'
Give Hortitish Kalila'a Diary which was refered to as 'a story of true love'.
Elder Hymnist Hortitosh opens the diary and reads. Before long he is utterly engrossed in the story of purest love that you have given him, and it begins. You are something less than fully aware of what happens next, the wind whistles and you could swear that the room fills with light though you could not prove it. A moment later, a sense of completeness has filled you. All you know for sure is that Hortitosh stands before you, fully spent, and you hold in your hand what could only be an essence of sonnet.
You receive Essence of Sonnet.
While you are on the top of the palace head outside. The platform with the golden dome on the right side is the only outpost in the palace with a Vah Shir that is not a guard.
You say, 'Hail, Nayantara Tarana'
Nayantara Tarana didn't notice you until you spoke, 'Hrmm? Oh, hello there, ______. I have to say, Norrath getting closer lately has been pretty to watch, but now that thrill has worn off, it really gets in the way of seeing the stars behind it. Trying to divine the will of spirits from astral patterns and nebular activity is a lot easier without a planet in your face,' she chuckles.
You say, 'Can you harness a drop of moonlight?'
Nayantara Tarana says, 'Under normal circumstances I am happy to sell a drop of moonlight- it is one of the few ways for an Astrologer to make any money,' she chuckles. 'Problem right now is that my telescope is out of commission and trying to harness a drop of moonlight without a telescope is rather akin to trying to catch a fish with your bare hands, know what I mean?' Laughing heartily at her own joke, she continues, 'Anyway, if you want, I would be happy to trade you a fresh drop of moonlight for a new reflective shard. You may need to head to the Geerloks in Katta for one though, I do not believe anyone sells them locally.
Geerlok is a gnome down in the Tinker Area in the bottom level of Katta. Go down the stairs then through the left opening guarded by the short people. Follow the big (as opposed to small) doors back to the tinkers. You can also get a reflective shard from tinkering merchants in other places. It costs about 13 platinum so be prepared.
Nayantara Tarana inspects the shard, 'This is perfect, _____, thank you. I will fit this into my telescope as soon as I get home, here is the drop of moonlight that I promised you. Good luck, my friend' she says with a bow.
You receive a Drop of Moonlight.
Get someone who can forage to help you get the clover. It is NO TRADE so have them hand it in first before you give the other 2 ingredients. They will need to raise their faction with the Vah Shir to amiable in order to get Kanaad's Supplies from Spiritist Ragnar and then give the supplies to Kanaad so they can raise their faction with him. Not raising faction with Kanaad will result in the clover being handed back to your forager.
Kanaad looks through your ingredients, inspecting them closely, 'Well done, that was fast. I must say that I am surprised that you managed to get them at all. I have my part prepared so... here goes.' He places the ingredients in a medicine bag, brow furrowed in concentration and slowly extracts a foul gray liquid into a vial. 'Yes, that's the stuff. Now take it please and go,' he says with a shudder and turns to leave.
You receive Elixir of Obsession
Hoober is just to the left of the Grimling Forest zone in the Tenebrous Mountains, standing near a large round rock in a valley. If you stand nearby you will overhear a few conversations between him and his pet giving clues to his involvement in the quest and also his crazy state of mind.
Hoober appears to be playing a game with invisible pieces. He stares intently at the air in front of him, deep in strategic planning before reaching out, grabbing an unseen token and moving it silently to another space in midair. A moment later, his head jerks up and he stares directly at his pet, 'what? I did not and I resent your implication that I did. Like I would need to! If this is the way you are going to be then I don't even want to play!' he states and spins around indignantly. The elemental pet has no response.
Hoober blurts out 'you can keep the whole lot of 'em I tell you!' He stares at his elemental companion a moment, who does not seem to respond in any way, to which Hoober retorts, 'Well that may be what you think, but what do you know? You aren't even a day old for pity's sake! And who have you ever been in love with anyway?' After giving his silent, summoned companion ample time to respond, Hoober continues, 'Sure she does and how come you've never mentioned her before now? Cause you're full of crackers I say. You really get under my skin with that high and mighty attitude you know?'
Hoober is fuming angry. It takes you a moment to be sure, but it looks as if he is upset with his elemental pet. 'Well you broke it, that's why, you idiot! I always tell you that you play to rough, but not you don't want to hear it, no,' he hollers as he waves a locket in the face ofthe summoned creature. The chain on the locket is broken and the elemental has no response whatsoever to the continued berating, 'I'll need you to fetch me a pitcher of water and a bunch of vegetables for a salad otherwise we may never hear from her again and then all hope for peace among the tribes will be lost. Now go.' Hoober looks satified as his pet stands at his side, resolute and unmoving.
Hoober assumes a very serious and conspiratorial air as he whispers so that he thinks only his elemental pet may hear, 'The wombats will come, for they have a new leader, and he brings them frightening power, he does. It will he be he who is foolish indeed that does not fear the wombat.' The summoned creature sits in silence, no response forthcoming.
Hoober looks utterly exasperated and yells at his elemental pet, 'No, no, no!! First the rabbit goes around the bend and then the child can enter so that the flowers will bloom giving new life to the faceless jar of wisdom. If I have told you that once I have told you that one thousand times, please do not make me repeat myself.' He pauses for a moment, collecting himself, before addressing his animated companion once more, 'now, we were discussing the affairs of state?' Hoober says 'Well my mother lived underground with the rest of them, don't you know. Where would you expect a royal envoy to live, in the middle of a raging storm? Of course she would, but enough about me, tell me about your mother...' He looks at his elemental pet for a moment as though awaiting a reply, and responds to the absolute silence, 'really, is it as drafty up there as one would assume?'
You say, 'Hail, Hoober'
Hoober snaps his eyes in your direction. He gestures wildly with his hands and face, his voice crackling with insanity as he speaks, 'Are you talking to me? I don't see anyone else around so you must be talking to me. Did you come to discuss matters of high importance like the struggle between the Violet Tri-tubes and their oppression under the iron fist of the Barrel Trees? Or perhaps you wish to speak directly with the animals for I can show you how. If you came in search of the power of flight, you would not be the first.'
You say, 'Where is Behari?'
Hoober says 'He was a man. He was a good man. Born on a rock in a lake in world from a reality far from this coil you and I call our homes. He was the hero of his existence, fighting for those that sought to destroy you as part of the endless struggle to remove the giant rat from power. Did you know that with the proper care and education, elemental pets can make wonderful conversationalists?'
You say, 'Have you heard of a love potion?'
Hoober sort of calms as he speaks very clearly, very deliberately, 'Do not trifle with me on this. A luclin clover, a drop of moonlight and the essence of sonnet- bring me these things and you will shar eternity with whomever you treasure most.'
You say, 'Luclin clover?'
Hoober says 'These are abundant throughout the thicket, now go.'
You say, 'Drop of moonlight?'
Hoober says, 'Any skilled astrologer can get you this thing. Bring it to me now.'
You say, 'Essence of sonnet?'
Hoober says 'A difficult thing to acquire, find a bard and get it done, waste no more of time, bring me the ingredients!'
He does not accept the ingredients if you try to hand them to him so give him the Elixir of Obsession Kanaad made. Hoober then attacks in resistance.
Hoober struggles as you try to force-feed him the elixir, making you think twice about the wisdom of force-feeding something to a madman. 'I DON'T WANT TO DRINK MY JUICE, MOTHER! NOW GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF ME!' he shouts.
Hoober will fall to the ground in a sedated state. Give him the elixir. (I don't know what a "bit o a start" means but it is spelled like that in game. Seems like there are a lot of spelling mistakes in this quest, or perhaps it is some sort of code?)
Hoober coughs a bit as you feed him the elixir. With a bit o a start he comes around to full consciousness with a calm in his eyes. 'Do I know you?' he asks.
You say, 'What happened to Behari?'
Hoober sobs into his hands, 'horrible tings... such horrible things... I remember this man named Behari, take this, it belonged to him before... before I... 'suddenly, Hoober begins to shake uncontrollably. He starts to look at you, something between fear and dementia behind his eyes, 'Go! GO NOW! It's starting again, I shouldn't be around decent people! LEAVE ME ALONE! Stop treating me like a fool, I will leave the money in a sack under the seventy-third pillar from the giant froglok just as I agreed with your master NOW GET AWAY FROM ME!' His shouts echo throughout the mountains as he tears off at a full sprint.
You receive Aisha'a Locket (misspelled in game)
Return to Shar Vahl and hand Jalil Talih the locket
Jalil Talih looks at you stunned, 'This is... it was Aisha's, my wedding gift to her. Kalila had given it to Behari and I thought I would never see it again. Where did you find...' Jalil trails off as the truth becomes clear to him. With a sorrowful look at his daughter, he continues, 'at least now we know. You have gone to such lengths, please take this, it was my gift from the city upon obtaining full Khala Dun honors. You have earned it my friend.'
You may also choose to give it to Kalila
Kalila Talih gasps at the sight of what you have handed her, 'mother's locket! Have you found...' She looks into your eyes and sees the answer to her unspoken question. 'I... I thank you,' is all that she can manage.
Jalil Talih says 'At least now we know. You have gone to such lengths, please take this, it was my gift from the city upon obtaining full Khala Dun honors. You have earned it my friend.'
Belt of the Khala Dun
MAGIC ITEM LORE ITEM
STR: +3 WIS: +4
SV DISEASE: +2 SV POISON: +2
WT: 3.0 Size: SMALL
Class: ALL except SHD MNK NEC WIZ MAG ENC
Race: ALL except DEF
Slot 1, Type 7 (General: Group)
Updated dialogue by SCindyee
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