Bridging the Rift
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Bridging the Rift
The veteran Radiant wishes to share his gratitude.
— In-game description
- Speak with Y'shtola at the High Crucible of Al-Kimiya.
- Speak with Y'shtola at Sharlayan's aetheryte plaza and have her accompany you.
- Speak with Montichaigne while Y'shtola is accompanying you.
- Speak with the House Leveilleur butler while Y'shtola is accompanying you.
- Accompany Y'shtola to the Baldesion Annex and speak with her.
- Speak with Y'shtola.
- The veteran Radiant wishes to share his gratitude.
Estinien: Vrtra is warming to his role as satrap. Clearly all those years behind the curtain were not spent napping.
Veteran Radiant: Thank you for putting forth Khalzahl's name. Those whose lives he enriched will take comfort in seeing his legacy honored. Veteran Radiant: You will forgive me for not speaking sooner, but I bear a message from Archon Y'shtola. She asks that you meet her at the High Crucible at your earliest convenience.
Estinien: Understood. Thank you. Estinien: Y'shtola must have finished her study of the voidgate. Shall we hear what she has to say, then?
Varshahn: I will go with you.
Estinien: I thought the satrap would be too busy setting up the foundation...?
Varshahn: My clerks have been the well-oiled cogs of this administration since before Ahewann assumed the office. They understand what needs to be done. Varshahn: And I am curious to learn what conclusions your Archon has reached concerning the gate's unique construction.
Estinien: As you wish. Allow me to lead the way, Your Excellency.
Veteran Radiant: You can find your way to the High Crucible, I trust? I must rejoin my unit and assist with bringing the city's orphans under our care.
Estinien: For one who claims it is “too late” to save his sister, Vrtra seems awfully interested in whatever revelations Y'shtola might have to share.
Varshahn: Shall we hear what your scholarly comrade has to say? Varshahn: ...
Y'shtola: If we're to enter Noumenon's restricted archives with a minimum of fuss, then we must secure the permission of the Forum. Y'shtola: First, however, we shall need to enlist the cooperation of a member to broach the matter on our behalf. Who do you think might be inclined to assist us? Y'shtola: No one springs to mind? Y'shtola: Hm... What of Scholarch Montichaigne? Y'shtola: He did come to G'raha's defense during the inquiry, after all. Y'shtola: 'Tis settled. Let us head to Phenomenon and see if he's willing to help us once more.
System: Y'shtola is now accompanying you. Keep her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives. System: You can leave Y'shtola behind by entering a different area, or by speaking with her and selecting the option to part ways. System: If you wish to have Y'shtola accompany you again, return and speak with her at the original location.
Y'shtola: I apprenticed to Master Matoya at the age of seven, and labored under her tutelage for a full decade. I never had the chance to attend the Studium... Y'shtola: Neither did Thancred, as I recall. Soon after Master Louisoix took him in off the streets, he was put in the care of another Archon. His was a rigorous and practical education in the arts of espionage and survival. Y'shtola: I sometimes wonder what my life might have been like had I pursued studies here instead...
Q2: What will you say?
A2: Tea at the Last Stand after a day of lectures? Y'shtola: Oh, that does sound lovely. Afternoons with friends spent sipping tea and debating theories. Y'shtola: ...Still, I wouldn't give up my time with Master Matoya for the world. Y'shtola: The dank cave I studied in was about as far from the bright, airy halls of academia as one could get. But it was a wondrous, magical childhood nonetheless.
A2: Should...should I wonder as well? Y'shtola: Oh, never mind me. 'Twas just an idle thought.
Q3: What will you do?
A3: Talk. Y'shtola: If I was pressed to name our allies in the Forum, Scholarch Montichaigne would certainly be at the top of the list. Hopefully he agrees to aid us with our request.
A3: Part ways. System: Are you sure you wish to part ways with Y'shtola?
Y'shtola: Need to be somewhere? Very well, I will wait for you by the aetheryte. Y'shtola: Oh, not to worry─I had plenty of reading to keep me occupied while you were busy. Shall we continue?
A3: Discuss the Studium.
Montichaigne: Archon Y'shtola wishes a word with me? Then I shall eagerly await her arrival!
System: You must be accompanied by Y'shtola and have her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives. System: Y'shtola has yet to arrive. Be sure she is at your side before attempting to continue.
Montichaigne: Ah, visitors! And quite esteemed ones at that. What may I do for you?
Y'shtola: Pray forgive the intrusion, Scholarch, but we were hoping you might help us secure permission to enter Noumenon's restricted archives.
Montichaigne: Oho! No furtive forays into the stacks this time, eh? Montichaigne: I applaud this newfound sense of propriety. Yet in all this wide world of comparative serenity, what so compels you to disturb a vault of forbidden wisdom? Montichaigne: Fascinating. I had no idea such a technique existed.
Y'shtola: I would've been surprised if you had. If my assumption is correct, the research left behind by House Daemir has lain dormant in Sharlayan's archives for many centuries.
Montichaigne: And if you unearth this research, what then? Surely you don't intend to cross over into the void?
Y'shtola: That is, in fact, precisely what we intend.
Montichaigne: ...To what end, pray tell?
Y'shtola: To develop a method of traversing the rift, for one, that I might keep my word to a distant friend. Y'shtola: Sentiment aside, I have journeyed to the end of existence. I have heard, felt, and thought endlessly about the truth of our world and the echo of its future. And yet I want to understand everything─to unravel it all down to its very last secret. Y'shtola: What scholar worthy of the name wouldn't force open a voidgate or two if a grand revelation was the promised reward?
Montichaigne: Hahaha! Marvelous! Montichaigne: An audacious proposal worthy of Master Matoya herself! Montichaigne: And after hearing the whys and the wherefores, I for one do not believe you would use the knowledge for ill. Montichaigne: I see no reason not to present your request for the Forum's consideration. Montichaigne: Although... Your petition would be better received if you also had the support of another well-placed acquaintance. Montichaigne: Why, Master Fourchenault, of course! He can hardly ignore an earnest request from his dear children's most treasured comrades.
Y'shtola: I was hesitant to approach him directly, but there is no denying that having Master Fourchenault on our side would tip the balance in our favor. Very well. We will pay a visit to the Leveilleur estate and plead our case.
Montichaigne: Ah, one last thing before you go. I would consider it a personal favor if you might share with me the discoveries you make in the void. Montichaigne: My appetite for knowledge is every bit as insatiable as yours, I'd wager, so if you could see your way to indulging an old man's curiosity...?
Y'shtola: Of course, Scholarch. We will be sure to pass on any revelations.
Montichaigne: The Forum can be a cantankerous beast─one needs a persuasive voice to get it moving in the desired direction.
Y'shtola: Montichaigne seemed optimistic, but I doubt convincing Fourchenault to champion our cause will be as simple as showing up on his doorstep.
House Leveilleur Butler: Welcome to the Leveilleur residence. Have you come alone, or should we expect a larger party...?
System: You must be accompanied by Y'shtola and have her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives.
House Leveilleur Butler: Ah, Master/Mistress [Forename], Mistress Y'shtola, how may I be of service?
Y'shtola: We've come to speak with Master Fourchenault. Is he home, by any chance?
House Leveilleur Butler: Yes, the master is in residence. I shall inform him that he has guests.
Fourchenault: Well, well. Ameliance would invite you inside for tea, but I assume this is not a social visit. You have some matter of import to discuss? Fourchenault: Then pray proceed─you have my full attention. Fourchenault: Well, I suppose I should praise you for following the proper protocols this time around...
Y'shtola: Scholarch Montichaigne expressed much the same sentiment. I assure you, we'll not attempt to circumvent the Forum's authority again...unless it is absolutely necessary, of course.
Fourchenault: ...Of course. Fourchenault: You do understand that the restricted archives are restricted for good reason, yes? If no pressing need exists, then why risk the consequences of employing this forbidden knowledge?
Y'shtola: For a brother who misses his sister. She was his guardian and his friend─a selfless hero who crossed the rift between worlds to save her homeland from horror and suffering. Y'shtola: But the brother has given up on thoughts of reunion. He spends his efforts elsewhere, watching over a people yet healing from the flames of the Final Days, loyal to his duty while betraying the longing in his heart. Y'shtola: 'Tis no vital mission, perhaps, reuniting these siblings. But it feels a worthy cause to pursue, all the same. Y'shtola: As one who feared losing his own loved ones, and spent years in research to prevent it, surely you appreciate how painful such a separation must be.
Fourchenault: Reflections are still very much a mystery to us. Offering to share your experiences in the First should constitute a fair exchange for our cooperation. Fourchenault: Do not celebrate just yet. The Forum must still be convinced. Fourchenault: I will add your request to the list of today's deliberations, and deliver the decision to you at the Baldesion Annex.
House Leveilleur Butler: Please do come again. We are always glad to receive such close companions of the twins.
Y'shtola: The matter is out of our hands. All that remains is to return to the annex and await word of the Forum's decision. Y'shtola: So. What did the Forum decide?
Montichaigne: To put it bluntly, Master Matoya has burned some bridges here in Sharlayan─and salted the earth for good measure. When it became clear that her student was the petitioner in question, well, no few members voiced their discontent... Montichaigne: Then the chamber was reminded─in no uncertain terms, I might add─of the incredible debt we owe to you and your companions. Montichaigne: That served to silence the grumbles and stiffen a few spines, and it was agreed that allowing you entry to the archives was the least we could do in return.
Y'shtola: That is wonderful news. Thank you both for speaking on our behalf.
Fourchenault: Yes, well... As I am sure you are aware, this permission was not extended lightly. Forbidden knowledge is to be treated with the utmost caution, and there will be repercussions if it is not. Fourchenault: I wish you well in your endeavor, and bid you good day.
Montichaigne: Ever the same, that one...
Y'shtola: Uncompromising? Aye, but that very stoicism is exactly what Sharlayan needed to guide it through not one, but two exoduses.
Montichaigne: If I were but five years younger, I'd cast aside my lectern and join you on your adventures in a heartbeat...
Y'shtola: That went rather well, I think. Y'shtola: As a child, I dreamed up any number of schemes for getting my hands on those forbidden tomes... And now I can simply walk in through the door. Y'shtola: Our focus will be on finding House Daemir's research notes, of course, but the thought of so much knowledge at my disposal has me feeling a little giddy.