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1 In the name of Nasrudin I welcome you, my friend. How can I help you today?
1 In the name of Nasrudin I welcome you, my friend. How can I help you today?
2 Hello. Might I ask who you are?
3 Hello, Alexander. Do you have time for a few questions...?
4 Hello, Alexander. Do you have time for a few questions...?
5 Hello, Alexander. Do you have time for a few questions...?
6 Hi! I not too smart...who you?
7 Hello, 'Zander. Got questions!
10 Of course. I am Alexander, High Acolyte here in the First Panarii Temple. [The man before is tall and broad, with chiseled, planar features, a heavy brow and kind eyes. His hands are huge, and heavily callused--beneath his robes, scarred forearms like those of a warrior.]
10 Of course. I am Alexander, High Acolyte here in the First Panarii Temple. [The man before is tall and broad, with chiseled, planar features, a heavy brow and kind eyes. His hands are huge, and heavily callused--beneath his robes, scarred forearms like those of a warrior.]
11 Greetings, Alexander. Might I ask you a few questions?
20 Of course...
20 Of course...
21 What can you tell me of the Panarii Church?
22 Where might I see a copy of the Archaeon?
23 Who else could I speak to concerning Panarii history?
24 I've been uncovering some strange things, Alexander...
25 I have something very important to tell you, Alexander.
26 I have something very important to tell you, Alexander.
27 I've been uncovering some strange things, Alexander...
28 I've found the proof you wanted, Alexander...
30 Of course, honored one...I live to serve...
30 Of course, honored one...I live to serve...
31 What can you tell me of the Panarii Church?
32 Where might I see a copy of the Archaeon?
33 Who else could I speak to concerning Panarii history?
34 I've been uncovering some strange things, Alexander...
35 I have something very important to tell you, Alexander.
36 I have something very important to tell you, Alexander.
37 I've been uncovering some strange things, Alexander...
38 I've found the proof you wanted, Alexander...
40 There are many scholars here in the First Temple of the Panarii. The two most learned are Hadrian, the church archaeologist, and Gunther Willhelm, the church historian. Both are well versed in Panarii history, and have detailed information concerning their specific disciplines...
40 There are many scholars here in the First Temple of the Panarii. The two most learned are Hadrian, the church archaeologist, and Gunther Willhelm, the church historian. Both are well versed in Panarii history, and have detailed information concerning their specific disciplines...
41 Where might I find them, Alexander?
43 Each of them have offices just through the doors behind me. When we're finished speaking, I will open the doors for you.
43 Each of them have offices just through the doors behind me. When we're finished speaking, I will open the doors for you.
44 I'll look into it. A few more questions...?
45 I'll look into it. A few more questions...?
48 What would you like to know?
48 What would you like to know?
49 What do the Panarii believe in?
50 What can you tell me of Nasrudin?
51 I have some questions about Arronax?
52 A few more general questions...
56 That's a statue of Saint Mannox, one of the early founders of the church.
56 That's a statue of Saint Mannox, one of the early founders of the church.
57 Of what importance is Saint Mannox?
59 Saint Mannox was a very, very holy man. There are many miracles attributed to him, and most of them are well-documented. There's a talisman associated with him at the offices of archaeology, if you're interested in that sort of thing...
59 Saint Mannox was a very, very holy man. There are many miracles attributed to him, and most of them are well-documented. There's a talisman associated with him at the offices of archaeology, if you're interested in that sort of thing...
60 Wait...what do you mean, his 'ascension'.
61 I'll do that. A few more questions about the church...
64 Legend tells that Saint Mannox was visited by the spirit of Nasrudin himself, and that Nasrudin found him so holy that he took his body directly from this plane of existence to the next. This has only ever happened once in all of our history, and so we remember him. [Alexander gets a strange, far-off look in his eyes. Pride? And a little sadness, it seems...]
64 Legend tells that Saint Mannox was visited by the spirit of Nasrudin himself, and that Nasrudin found him so holy that he took his body directly from this plane of existence to the next. This has only ever happened once in all of our history, and so we remember him. [Alexander gets a strange, far-off look in his eyes. Pride? And a little sadness, it seems...]
65 Did anyone actually see it happen?
66 That's interesting. A few more questions about the church...
69 There are signed confessions from two of the high-ranking church elves at the time. They both described the ascension of Saint Mannox in beautiful detail. You can speak with Gunther Willhelm further about this if you'd like. He's the church historian, as well as the most learned of us in the teachings and prophecies of the Archaeon...
69 There are signed confessions from two of the high-ranking church elves at the time. They both described the ascension of Saint Mannox in beautiful detail. You can speak with Gunther Willhelm further about this if you'd like. He's the church historian, as well as the most learned of us in the teachings and prophecies of the Archaeon...
70 I might do that. A few more questions about the church...
73 The church was started right after the death of Nasrudin. You see, Nasrudin is seen as our savior...he defended Arcanum against the madness of Arronax, and through his courage and wisdom brought a new and enlightened age. Had he been unsuccessful, all those races not elven would now be slaves...
73 The church was started right after the death of Nasrudin. You see, Nasrudin is seen as our savior...he defended Arcanum against the madness of Arronax, and through his courage and wisdom brought a new and enlightened age. Had he been unsuccessful, all those races not elven would now be slaves...
74 And who began the church?
76 Many of the early church records were destroyed, but those that still survive indicate that the Panarii church was started by the elves, and they were later joined by the humans. We are an open congregation...we welcome all into our membership. After all, Nasrudin defended us ALL in his battle with Arronax--we will be no different than he...
76 Many of the early church records were destroyed, but those that still survive indicate that the Panarii church was started by the elves, and they were later joined by the humans. We are an open congregation...we welcome all into our membership. After all, Nasrudin defended us ALL in his battle with Arronax--we will be no different than he...
77 I see. A few more questions about the church...
78 You mentioned Nasrudin?
82 The Panarii and their beliefs are centered around the life and the teachings of Nasrudin. Throughout his life, and in the years since his passing, there has been much written about him by those who knew him, as well as by learned men who have studied his life.
82 The Panarii and their beliefs are centered around the life and the teachings of Nasrudin. Throughout his life, and in the years since his passing, there has been much written about him by those who knew him, as well as by learned men who have studied his life.
83 What can you tell me about Nasrudin?
84 There's a statue in the courtyard...what can you tell me of it?
85 How was the Church started?
86 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
89 What would you like to know about him?
89 What would you like to know about him?
90 Who was he?
91 Where is he now?
92 How did he die?
93 Where are his remains?
94 What of the teachings of Nasrudin...?
95 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
97 What would you like to know about them?
97 What would you like to know about them?
98 Are there scriptures that you study?
99 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
100 What is the essence of Nasrudin's teachings?
101 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
104 Nasrudin was an ardent believer in elven philosophy. Elves feel that everyone and everything have their rightful place in the world...that this reality is formed through the combined experience of all forms of life. Good and evil rarely play a part in how elves view the world...
104 Nasrudin was an ardent believer in elven philosophy. Elves feel that everyone and everything have their rightful place in the world...that this reality is formed through the combined experience of all forms of life. Good and evil rarely play a part in how elves view the world...
105 What might be considered evil?
106 Are there scriptures that you study?
107 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
108 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
111 Evil, in the most basic terms, might be described as something which disallows the progression of the natural order. I suppose it's a gray area, but you might say evil is anything diametrically opposed to elven philosophy...
111 Evil, in the most basic terms, might be described as something which disallows the progression of the natural order. I suppose it's a gray area, but you might say evil is anything diametrically opposed to elven philosophy...
112 To which, I might say...even THOSE things have their place...
114 [Alexander smiles.] It's said that single elven philosophical debates have spanned literal decades. You can see why...
114 [Alexander smiles.] It's said that single elven philosophical debates have spanned literal decades. You can see why...
115 Elven and Dwarven philosophy are very different...
116 Are there scriptures that you study?
117 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
118 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
121 Oh, do you know of dwarven philosophy?
121 Oh, do you know of dwarven philosophy?
122 I've discussed at length the Stone and the Shape...
124 [He gives you an appraising look, obviously impressed.] Not many outlanders can speak of these things...tell me, my friend, what do you see as the major difference between the two...?
124 [He gives you an appraising look, obviously impressed.] Not many outlanders can speak of these things...tell me, my friend, what do you see as the major difference between the two...?
125 Solidity versus immateriality...
126 It's merely a matter of magick and technology...
127 The Dwarven world is internal; Elves live outside of themselves.
128 I find the discussion pointless. Both camps are misguided.
131 An interesting point of view, but, in my opinion of course, rather a shallow one. Perhaps you should come with us and study for a time...
131 An interesting point of view, but, in my opinion of course, rather a shallow one. Perhaps you should come with us and study for a time...
132 I find your response offensive. An apology is in order...
133 I'm sorry you think so. Some general questions about Nasrudin...
134 Are there scriptures that you study?
135 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
136 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
139 [Alexander's eyes widen.] You've shown a wisdom here which belies your age, my friend. You've taught me something today I didn't know. For that, I am in your debt. [He inclines his head.]
139 [Alexander's eyes widen.] You've shown a wisdom here which belies your age, my friend. You've taught me something today I didn't know. For that, I am in your debt. [He inclines his head.]
140 I'm glad to have been of service. About Nasrudin...
141 Are there scriptures that you study?
142 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
143 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
146 Of course...I meant no offense. My apologies. [He bows slightly.] I merely thought we were having a discussion among equals...
146 Of course...I meant no offense. My apologies. [He bows slightly.] I merely thought we were having a discussion among equals...
147 Apology accepted. Some general questions about Nasrudin...
148 Are there scriptures that you study?
149 Tell me again of the Archaeon...
150 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
153 There are many writings we study, but the most important book in the Panarii religion is the Archaeon. It is a collection of what are considered the most representative teachings of Nasrudin, as well as some prophecies that were made in the early years following his death...
153 There are many writings we study, but the most important book in the Panarii religion is the Archaeon. It is a collection of what are considered the most representative teachings of Nasrudin, as well as some prophecies that were made in the early years following his death...
154 Where might I see a copy of the Archaeon?
155 What are some of its prophecies?
156 A few more questions about Nasrudin...
157 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
160 The Archaeon? It's just over there...the large book on the pedestal. Feel free to peruse its pages, and gain what wisdom there is to be found. If you'd like to discuss anything you find confusing or unclear, I'd be happy to oblige you...
160 The Archaeon? It's just over there...the large book on the pedestal. Feel free to peruse its pages, and gain what wisdom there is to be found. If you'd like to discuss anything you find confusing or unclear, I'd be happy to oblige you...
161 Thank you, Alexander. A few more questions about Nasrudin...
162 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
165 Nasrudin was a very powerful and wise elf who lived during the Age of Legends. As the leader of the Elven Council, Nasrudin was both the physical and spiritual leader of all the lands of Arcanum. For 1000 years he ruled over the council, and the land prospered, and all was well...
165 Nasrudin was a very powerful and wise elf who lived during the Age of Legends. As the leader of the Elven Council, Nasrudin was both the physical and spiritual leader of all the lands of Arcanum. For 1000 years he ruled over the council, and the land prospered, and all was well...
166 What happened?
167 What was the Elven Council?
168 You said before that he passed...is he dead?
169 What was the Age of Legends?
172 The coming of Arronax heralded the end of an age for Arcanum--from the disbanding of the Elven Council to the death of our beloved Nasrudin...
172 The coming of Arronax heralded the end of an age for Arcanum--from the disbanding of the Elven Council to the death of our beloved Nasrudin...
173 Who was this Arronax fellow?
174 How did Nasrudin die?
175 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
178 Nasrudin has been dead for more than 2000 years...
178 Nasrudin has been dead for more than 2000 years...
179 How did he die?
182 Nasrudin died after he and the council banished Arronax at the Ring of Brodgar. Nasrudin was wounded mortally in the battle which preceded the banishment, and died not long after...
182 Nasrudin died after he and the council banished Arronax at the Ring of Brodgar. Nasrudin was wounded mortally in the battle which preceded the banishment, and died not long after...
183 Where did he die?
184 Who was this Arronax fellow?
185 You say that Arronax was banished. What does that mean?
186 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
189 According to the Archaeon, "...Nasrudin traveled to the southernmost tip of the land, and there laid himself to rest." That is why we are here...this temple is built over his remains...
189 According to the Archaeon, "...Nasrudin traveled to the southernmost tip of the land, and there laid himself to rest." That is why we are here...this temple is built over his remains...
190 Oh, really? And where might I find these remains?
191 What is the Archaeon...?
192 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
195 The remains of Nasrudin are just below us, in the lower catacombs. There is a stairway, through the doors behind me. It leads down to the burial chamber and the sarcophagus in which he is encased. Unfortunately, only church elders and pilgrims are allowed to see the remains...
195 The remains of Nasrudin are just below us, in the lower catacombs. There is a stairway, through the doors behind me. It leads down to the burial chamber and the sarcophagus in which he is encased. Unfortunately, only church elders and pilgrims are allowed to see the remains...
196 I have some more questions about Nasrudin...
197 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
208 Arronax was an elf on the original Elven Council, during the Age of Legends. According to the histories, Arronax was a very evil elf...he had personal interests in gaining control of the council and using it for his own, dark ends. Arronax thought that not only should elves rule, but that they should subjugate the other races. Nasrudin came to our defense...
208 Arronax was an elf on the original Elven Council, during the Age of Legends. According to the histories, Arronax was a very evil elf...he had personal interests in gaining control of the council and using it for his own, dark ends. Arronax thought that not only should elves rule, but that they should subjugate the other races. Nasrudin came to our defense...
209 Where is he now?
210 What was the Elven Council?
211 What do you mean by the 'Age of Legends'?
212 What does it mean that Arronax was banished?
213 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
216 Arronax was banished by Nasrudin and the Council after a large battle near the Ring of Brodgar. Arronax had waged war against the council...it is speculated that he had tried to wrest control of the council from Nasrudin for his own purposes. Nasrudin died from wounds he received in that battle...
216 Arronax was banished by Nasrudin and the Council after a large battle near the Ring of Brodgar. Arronax had waged war against the council...it is speculated that he had tried to wrest control of the council from Nasrudin for his own purposes. Nasrudin died from wounds he received in that battle...
217 You say he was 'banished'--what does that mean?
218 A few more questions about Arronax...
219 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
221 When someone is banished, they are sent to what is known as the Void...
221 When someone is banished, they are sent to what is known as the Void...
222 And the Void? What is it?
224 Well, my friend, that is an area of some debate. Many say that the Void is an actual place...a plane of existence where the evil pay for their transgressions for all of eternity. Others say that the Void is merely a state of unbeing...not a physical place. What is known is that when someone is banished they are no longer here...and they cannot come back...
224 Well, my friend, that is an area of some debate. Many say that the Void is an actual place...a plane of existence where the evil pay for their transgressions for all of eternity. Others say that the Void is merely a state of unbeing...not an actual place. What is known is that when someone is banished they are no longer here...and they cannot come back...
225 How is that any different from death?
226 I happen to know that some DO come back from the Void...
227 What of the prophecy that Arronax will return?
228 Has anyone else ever been banished?
229 A few more questions about Arronax...
230 Death, as proven through magick, is sometimes a temporary state--entities can be resurrected. There is no "resurrection" from the Void. Banishment was a permanent solution, a punishment of the highest degree. It's never done anymore. There are those who believe the knowledge of how to do so has been lost forever...
230 Death, as proven through magick, is sometimes a temporary state--entities can be resurrected. There is no "resurrection" from the Void. Banishment was a permanent solution, a punishment of the highest degree. It's never done anymore. There are those who believe the knowledge of how to do so has been lost forever...
231 I happen to know that some DO come back from the Void...
232 What of the prophecy that Arronax will return?
233 A few more questions about Arronax...
236 [He arches an eyebrow.] Oh really? And just how would you know that?
236 [He arches an eyebrow.] Oh really? And just how would you know that?
237 Because I've spoken with someone who's done so...
239 And who, exactly, has done so?
239 And who, exactly, has done so?
240 It's a long story...[Tell it to him.]
241 Forget I said anything. A few more questions about Arronax...
242 I'd like to speak of Nasrudin.
243 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
246 That is a subject of debate. Some believe that the 'return' of Arronax (and Nasrudin, for that matter...) will be accomplished through reincarnation...the rebirth of their spirits, not their physical forms. Others believe that the whole affair is merely symbolic, and representative of the conflict we are seeing today between magick and technology...
246 That is a subject of debate. Some believe that the 'return' of Arronax (and Nasrudin, for that matter...) will be accomplished through reincarnation...the rebirth of their spirits, not their physical forms. Others believe that the whole affair is merely symbolic, and representative of the conflict we are seeing today between magick and technology...
247 And what do YOU believe, Alexander...?
249 [He smiles.] Call me archaic, but I'm a firm believer in a literal translation of the scriptures. I believe that both of them will be embodied, and that a war will be waged here, in this existence. I, for one, will be ready for that conflict...
249 [He smiles.] Call me archaic, but I'm a firm believer in a literal translation of the scriptures. I believe that both of them will be embodied, and that a war will be waged here, in this existence. I, for one, will be ready for that conflict...
250 How is banishment any different than death?
251 A few more questions about Arronax...
252 Let's get back to Nasrudin...
255 The Age of Legends refers to a time between 1500 and 1000 years ago. The Elven Council, of which Nasrudin was the leader, was the central authority for all of the lands of Arcanum. It is referred to as the Age of Legends because much of what happened during that time is steeped in mythology and speculation...but we do know that magick was VERY prevalent at the time...
255 The Age of Legends refers to a time between 1500 and 1000 years ago. The Elven Council, of which Nasrudin was the leader, was the central authority for all of the lands of Arcanum. It is referred to as the Age of Legends because much of what happened during that time is steeped in mythology and speculation...but we do know that magick was VERY prevalent at the time...
256 What was the Elven Council?
257 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
261 The Elven Council was a group of elves who ruled Arcanum during the Age of Legends. It was made up of powerful elven mages...and their leader was Nasrudin. Together they oversaw the well-being of all of the races. The council was disbanded soon after the death of Nasrudin. They felt that their time had passed---it was not for ANYONE to rule over all of the races.
261 The Elven Council was a group of elves who ruled Arcanum during the Age of Legends. It was made up of powerful elven mages...and their leader was Nasrudin. Together they oversaw the well-being of all of the races. The council was disbanded soon after the death of Nasrudin. They felt that their time had passed---it was not for ANYONE to rule over all of the races.
262 What do you mean by the 'Age of Legends'?
263 Who was Nasrudin?
264 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
267 There are many prophecies--the most heavily debated are those concerning the return of both Arronax and Nasrudin...
267 There are many prophecies--the most heavily debated are those concerning the return of both Arronax and Nasrudin...
268 And what do your prophecies say of this?
272 This is what we call the 'Return of the Living One'. And I quote..."Nasrudin's pure spirit will be reborn on wings of fire in hills shrouded in fog, and fight the final battle with the evil one." You see...the return of Nasrudin, who we will call 'The Living One', will be a time of rejoicing, but also a time of darkness, as it heralds also the return of Arronax, 'the evil one.'
272 This is what we call the 'Return of the Living One'. And I quote..."Nasrudin's pure spirit will be reborn on wings of fire in hills shrouded in fog, and fight the final battle with the evil one." You see...the return of Nasrudin, who we will call 'The Living One', will be a time of rejoicing, but also a time of darkness, as it heralds also the return of Arronax, 'the evil one.'
273 Wait...Arronax was banished. I thought that was permanent...
274 I see. A few more questions about Nasrudin...?
275 A few more general questions about the Panarii...?
278 The Archaeon? It's just over there...the large book on the pedestal. Feel free to peruse its pages, and gain what wisdom there is to be found. If you'd like to discuss anything you find confusing or unclear, I'd be happy to oblige you...
278 The Archaeon? It's just over there...the large book on the pedestal. Feel free to peruse its pages, and gain what wisdom there is to be found. If you'd like to discuss anything you find confusing or unclear, I'd be happy to oblige you...
279 I'll do that. A few more questions?
282 So you're telling me you were the sole survivor in the crash of the IFS Zephyr?
282 So you're telling me you were the sole survivor in the crash of the IFS Zephyr?
283 Yes.
284 Uh, no...
287 [Alexander looks at you strangely.] I see. Well, is there anything else I can help you with?
287 [Alexander looks at you strangely.] I see. Well, is there anything else I can help you with?
288 A few more questions about Arronax...
289 I'd like to speak of Nasrudin.
290 A few more general questions about the Panarii...
292 Do you have any idea what that means? It's you! You're the Living One! It's a miracle...!
292 Do you have any idea what that means? It's you! You're the Living One! It's a miracle...!
293 Let's not blow this out of proportion...
295 Out of proportion? This is an astronomical event! The return of Nasrudin! The final battle! The end of all we know, and a new beginning! The most amazing...!
295 Out of proportion? This is an astronomical event! The return of Nasrudin! The final battle! The end of all we know, and a new beginning! The most amazing...!
296 Fine! I'm the Living One! Do as I say, and shut up...!
298 Of course, of course...[He composes himself, but just barely.] Forgive my excitement, exalted one. We have waited for you for a long time...
298 Of course, of course...[He composes himself, but just barely.] Forgive my excitement, exalted one. We have waited for you for a long time...
299 Let's keep this between us..
301 Of course! But you must listen to me...we were warned by the high priest to expect your arrival. And he told us to scorn you as an imposter. For some reason, he refuses to believe...




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