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|Talk to Vaifan Cogswin
Vaifan Cogswin may be found near Fezbin Fizzles at -35, +60, with whom you must have already completed the preflagging to accomplish this step of the quest.
You say, 'Hail, Vaifan Cogswin'
Vaifan Cogswin says 'Well, hello traveler. You here to help with the scout problem we've been having?'
You say, 'Yes.'
Vaifan Cogswin says 'Good to hear. I have been going out of my skull trying to tinker another one to find the first. Now that you are here, I can stop that and focus on compiling the information I already have. Let me tell you, being in charge of something like this is very taxing on the nerves. I remember being a young gnome and whenever I tinkered something it worked the first time. Ah, how good it felt to put the Cogswin family emblem on my wonderful creations. Nowadays it seems like everything I make has some intermittent flaw or defect. I might have to accept that I am getting old and a little slow, but I still have the wits to invent. I should stop rambling and get to the point. I am in charge of scouting the mountain areas known as [Tipt], [Vxed], and the [sewers] under the city. Which would you like to know about?'
You say, 'What is Tipt?'
Vaifan Cogswin says 'The mountainous areas of this continent hold many dangers within them. Tipt in particular is thick with members of the invading army, dangerous creatures, and the angry spirits of nihil refugees. Looking at the information I have, the clockwork scout tried to take a direct path to the other side of Tipt and had some serious problems. Apparently, it had a run in with some cragbeasts, a pack of ghosts, numerous Muramites, and a native riddlemaster. While he made it pretty far, he took significant damage each step of the way. My last report received for this area stated that it was returning to the Vxed area to recover, but had lost multiple power cells in the process. I need you to retrieve these power cells. They are vital to rebuilding the scout and getting that report. There are five different types of cells, each one is called Vaifan's Power Cell -- named after the most ingenious gnome there is, of course. The cells are named from A to E. When you have collected all of them, place them in this power pack, activate it, and return it to me.'
You receive a Depleted Clockwork Power Pack, a 6-slot SMALL container.
Retrieve the Power Cells
The five cells, named Vaifan's Temporary Power Cell A-E, are rare drops from the mobs mentioned in Tipt: A drops from an enraged maternal cragbeast, B drops from undead nihils, C drops from key-dropping mobs, D is handed to you by Rikabi the Riddler if you solve his riddle, E drops from Kyv Heartstriker Jhiru.
You say, 'Hail, Rikabi the Riddler'
Rikabi the Riddler says 'So, another band of treasure-seekers desire to plunder the abomination that our fair temple has become. There was a time when those that wandered sought to do good in the fields they trampled, repair the trails they followed, and to help those in need they met along their way. Alas, these times are distant, dusty memories, and so now here I sit and judge. This [mountain] pass was once fertile and virtuous, can the same be said of you? Bah, true nobility is hidden in the heart. Today, your cunning and valor of mind shall be tested! Step forth, and hear my riddles. Plan to go no further than the grave if your mind and heart are weak!'
You say, 'What mountain pass?'
Rikabi the Riddler says 'This mountain pass was once a holy place. It was a passage to a higher place as well as frame of mind. Everything here inspired the utmost respect of our people. Unfortunately, those days are gone and all that remains is broken or corrupted. I [test] all of those who wish to pass now.'
You say, 'Test me!'
Rikabi the Riddler says 'The test is . . . riddles! I have many of those. Take time to gather your wits about you and let me know when you are ready. Bear in mind that a wrong answer could lead to dire consequences. Tell me when you are [ready], and you shall have your riddle. The answer to any of my riddles can be found in the road behind you. Bring me an example of what you believe the answer to be, and you may pass freely.'
You say, 'I am ready.'
The riddles and their answers are as follows:
Riddle: Lovely and round, I shine with pale light, grown in darkness, a lady's delight.
Riddle: I scribble forms of the finest letter, and repel elements of the harshest weather. I am an arrow-aimer and a dust-breaker.
Riddle: When young, I am sweet in the sun. When middle-aged, I make you happy. When old, I am valued more than ever.
Riddle: My mouth bears whiskers but no teeth. I have scales but I do not weigh. You can bait me with delicious food but please, no drink today.
Riddle: My life is measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick, Fat I am slow. Wind is my foe.
Riddle: It floats on water, light as can be. A thousand men can't lift it free.
Riddle: I'm offered to the loved, and also to the dead. I come in many varied hues, most notably red. My pricks are known to pierce the skin, often resulting in wounds that bled.
Riddle: What can be held in the left hand, but not in the right hand.
Answer: Right hand
Riddle: I'm always hungry, I must always be fed, The finger I lick will soon turn red.
Riddle: Who makes has no need of it, who buys has no use of it, who uses it can neither see nor feel it
Riddle: I help to mature your spirits. When moistened I fulfill my purpose. Should I dry out, my task will fail and my quarry (is this really the word?) may be worthless.
Riddle: I build up castles. I tear down mountains. I make some men blind, I help others to see. What am I?
Riddle: When I am filled I can point the way, When I am empty Nothing moves me, I have two skins One without and one within.
Riddle: I drive men mad for love of me, Easily beaten, Never free.
Riddle: Searing 'cross the pitch-black skies, I scream in celebration, yet moments later, my outburst through, I am naught but imagination.
The above are transcriptions. If anyone has the exact in-game wording, we'd appreciate it.
After he asks the riddle, 15 bags pop all around him on the ground. You have to loot them one by one until you find the item for your riddle.
You hear the grinding of stone as the door unlocks before you.
Rikabi the Riddler says 'I sense you have come here seeking something besides passage. Please take this it was left here by one of your people's constructs.'
You receive Vaifan's Temporary Power Cell D and may now open the door.
Combine the five cells in the power pack.
Each battery slides neatly into place as the power pack emits a low whine indicating it is powered up and fully operational.
You have crafted a Fully Charged Power Pack. Give this to Vaifan.
Vaifan Cogswin says 'Wonderful. While the power cells were slightly damaged I was still able to increase the strength of the power pack for a short amount of time. This should give the scout just enough power to produce a legible copy the report. Thank you for the assistance, take this I scraped it off the side of the power cells. Looks like it might be able to add some power to the stone you recieived from Fezbin. There are still some areas left to explore, so when you are ready ask me about the next area you want to look into.'
You were successful in helping Vaifan complete her report of the Tipt Mountain pass.
You receive A Dirt Covered Gem Shard, which you may combine with A Dusty Green Gemstone and Vaifan's Clockwork Gemcutter Tools in Vaifan's Experimental Sealer to craft one of four versions of A Dirty Green Gemstone (melee, hybrid, caster, priest). You also receive an Extended Life Power Pack, a Power Pack Adapter, and Clockwork Scout Assembly Instructions.
The above is what you see if you have completed some but not all of steps 5-7. If you have completed all three steps, you see the following:
Vaifan Cogswin says 'Now that we have all the functioning pieces, we can reassemble the scout. Take these instructions and this power pack adapter and return to either mountain area to assemble the scout. I would have you do it here, but I fear he may be unstable and . . . well, let's just say I don't want to put the ship in danger. Please return to me with the report once you have it. I am going to prepare my final report so when you return I can take it straight to Fezbin. Good luck to you.'
Now you must reassemble the Extended Life Power Pack, the Power Pack Adapter, and the Repaired Clockwork Output Gearbox in the Inactive Clockwork Scout Module. This combine only works in Vxed or Tipt, as indicated in the Clockwork Scout Assembly Instructions.
With the final piece in place, the clockwork scout's eyes light up as it comes to life.
Clockwork Scout Model XIII /cons indifferent. As instructed:
You say, 'Access code 040703'
Clockwork Scout Model XIII says 'Verifying password and user identity . . .'
Clockwork Scout Model XIII says 'Identity verified as ______. Processing scout report. Please return report to Vaifan.'
You receive an Outer Regions Scouting Report. Only the person who spawned the scout can get the report. The scout despawns after one minute.
Clockwork Scout Model XIII says 'Power cells low. Shutting down to reserve power.'
Give the report to Vaifan.
Vaifan Cogswin says 'Excellent. It is always wonderful when something you invent works out. This was all I needed to finish up my report to Fezbin. Thank you once again. You have been very helpful. Once again I must reward you with this. When you brought the clockwork frame to me this fell out of it. I think it will go with your mask quite well. Try combining the two together and see what happens. I must say goodbye now.'
Yellow text: Your assistance has helped Vaifan and Taminoa greatly, but L'diava is still in need of assistance.
You get as a reward whatever reward you were supposed to get at the final step of parts 5-7 that you completed.
|Submitted by: Fleven, KyrosKrane, numerous folks at The Safehouse|
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