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ARTICLE
INDEX




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Your Class

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Hunting Grounds

The Qur'Xa Temple

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Yothkai Dreg

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Lesson
3 : Qur'Xa Temple

This is where you should start to consider which path you will
walk. You can add Diplomacy to your list of skills here, or
take
the portal to Lomshir to begin crafting. Likewise, there are
enough Adventuring quests here to keep you occupied with quests sending
you to Yothkai Dreg, Rachis, and even Lomshir. Be forewarned
that
it can be confusing, but there's much to see! Just
don't
expect to see hostile NPCs, because there aren't any on the temple
grounds.


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colspan="3" rowspan="1">Noteable NPCs Dursani Arutin Arrival Chamber 2 quests Ati Baramtu Arrival Chamber Light Fighter Instructor Barira Cankhi Arrival Chamber Heavy Fighter Instructor Sakras Bhatra Arrival Chamber Healer Instructor Ekaram Bhiuli Arrival Chamber Spellcaster Instructor Uzien Arrival Chamber Diplomacy Quests Vraal Arrival Chamber Diplomacy Quests Faengh Arrival Chamber Diplomacy Quests Lash Arrival Chamber Diplomacy Quests Aresha Al'Nafir Main Chamber Diplomacy Instructor, Quests Magnate Nargol Main Chamber Diplomacy Quests Magnate Gurz Main Chamber Diplomacy Quests Drahan Ghaiva Main Chamber Medium Armor Vendor Baetu Dagghasa Main Chamber Ranged Weapon Vendor Asaja Gajakari Main Chamber Weapon Vendor Prasya Siksa Main Chamber General Goods Vendor/Repairs Ekaprai Druilla Main Chamber Light Armor Vendor Grasatin Dhuaka Main Chamber Heavy Armor Vendor Xethamir the Despoiler Main Chamber Diplomacy quests Durzhal Main Chamber Diplomacy quests Asipra Devkhi Main Chamber 2 quests, Diplomacy quests Psion Sakari Runehall Diplomacy Quests Magnate Uzek Runehall Diplomacy Quests Magnate Rikzik Runehall Diplomacy Quests Prince Hrod East Runehall Diplomacy Quests


Quests (5 plus Diplomacy)

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colspan="3" rowspan="1">Psion Sakari Objective: Take the jar of Achromic brains to Psion Sakari Reward: 2cp, 95xp Notes: Up the stairs, through the archway, and take a
left.  He's on your left as you enter Runehall.




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colspan="3" rowspan="1">Training Objective: Speak with your class trainer Reward: 10cp, 286xp




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Objective: Speak with Ghran'ful'une in Yothkai
Dreg   Reward:  15cp, 789 xp Notes: Passage right next to him leads to Yothkai Dreg.




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Objective: Speak to Hunter Gajmi in Rachis Reward: 4cp, 680 xp




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colspan="3" rowspan="1">Telon Awaits Objective: Speak to Raj Cariva in Lomshir Reward: 5cp, 1003 xp


Diplomacy Quests

See href="http://vanguard.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=490">Ralsu's
Guide for a great intro to the art of Diplomacy.



The
Art Of Words (Convince 5)




 Speak to Aresha Al'Nafir in the Qur'Xa temple. 
She'll give you these two comment cards:

  • Snippet of Wisdom
  • Forceful Demand

Since this is a Convince, neither of you can gain Inspire
Expression. She's a very easy opponent, and will only
use this card once : Patient Words



Open with Snippet of Wisdom and just keep listening after that to win
this:

       

+2 standing with Qur'Xa Citizens(2).



Then speak to her again to finish the quest





The
Art Of Flattery (Convince 5)




Why does such a war-like race use flattery instead of demand as their
main diplomacy expression?  Ask the devs, 'cause I
have no
idea. In any event, you receive these cards next:
  • Grand Boast
  • Common Ground
  • Enticing Whisper
  • Catch Phrase

Just proceed as before (she doesn't add any new cards to her strategy)
to get another +2 standing with
Qur'Xa Citizens. Speak to her
again and finish the quest to receive:

  • Aggressive Statement
  • Loud Criticism
  • Itemized Comparison



Report
to Asipra Davkhi




Objective: Talk to Asipra Devkhi



Forging
Alliances




Objective: Talk to Asipra Devkhi again

Notes: Kind of silly, but you have to do it to advance





Prince
Hrod of Sybaris (Interview 5)




Now we can go after our first real opponent! Note that this is
an
interview, so all Expressions are in play. Check out Prince
Hrod's
repertoire:
  • Agreeable Lie
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Good Point
  • Simple Comparison

Rewards: +2
Diplomacy Skill, +2 standing with Qur'xa Citizens





What
a Prince Wants (Interview 5)




It's another parley with the Prince!



Rewards : +1
Diplomacy Skill, +2 Standing with Qur'Xa Citizens

 



Gurz's
Arc (Convince 10)




Parley with Sybarrite Gurz, who employs these cards:
  • Flattering Remark
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Common Ground

Rewards: +2
standing with Qur'xa(10) and +2 Diplomacy skill





A
Test Of Flesh (Convince 10)




Parley with Shaper Durzhal, who employs these cards:
  • Good Point
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Agreeable Lie
  • Simple Comparison



Rewards
+2 with Qur'Xa, and +2 Diplomacy Skill.  Return to Gurz.





Proof
Is In The Pain




Go back to Durzhal and witness the fight!  Eventually
anyway. As of open beta, they still don't actually fight like
they're supposed to.





Replacement
Model (Convince 10)




Get Durzhal to give you an Effigy of Rage.



Rewards: +2
standing with Qur'Xa and +2 Diplomacy skill





Nargol's
Arc (Interview 10)




Parley with Nargol, who has these cards:
  • Flattering Remark
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Common Ground
  • Catch Phrase



Rewards
+2 Diplomacy and +2 Qur'Xa standing




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A
Contract In Blood (Interview 10)




Draft a contract with Nargol, then bring it to Vraal.



Rewards: +2
Diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa.





One
Job At A Time (Convince 10)




Parley with Vraal, who will try to beat you with these:
  • Good Point
  • Exchange of View
  • War of Words
  • Infallible Proof



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 with Qur'Xa





Give
and Take (Interview 10)




Find Uzien and parley against him while he employs these cards:
  • Flattering Remark
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Common Ground
  • Catch Phrase



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa





Gate
Check (Convince 10/Entertain 10)




Get approval from Asipra Devkhi to go through the gate with the sword
(Uzien).  This is what you're up against:
  • Forceful Demand
  • Frank Discussion
  • Deliberate Escalation



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 



Now you have to parley with him again, for yet another +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





Finding
Rin




Time to go get Rin--his head, at least! This is included here
(even though it takes place entirely in Lomshir) for completeness.



Go to the fighting pit in Lomshir, kill Rin, and bring his head back to
Vraal. This quest is necessary to advance, but gains
you
nothing.





An
Umbral's Word (Convince 10)




Return to Nargol and another parley!



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 



Talk to him again to complete the quest and get
40cp.  Cash is good!





Rikzik's
Arc (Entertain 15)




Time to entertain Magnate Rikzick, who will counter with these cards:
  • Flattering Remark
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Common Ground
  • Catch Phrase

Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





A
wealth Of Power (Convince 15)




Head to your parley with Xethamir the Destroyer, who will try to
destroy you with these cards:
  • Piercing Words
  • Badgering Overture
  • Fan The Flames
  • Deliberate Escalation

STOP. Do not start the parley yet, or you are likely to
lose. This character will give you lots of Demand,
but little
else. Make sure your strategy includes cards that have Demand
as a
cost before you start.  I'd remove Catch Phrase, if
you have
it loaded, for Aggressive Statement.



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





My
Army For A Trinket (Convince 15)




Return to Rikzik with the trinket and parley once more. 



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 



Talk to him again to complete the quest and get 40cp for the
plate.





Rikzik's
Counter Offer (Convince 15)




Back to Xethamir for another parley.



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





The
Price is Right (Convince 15)




You guessed it!  Back to Rikzik you go. Your win nets
you
another +2 diplomacy/faction increase combo for a total
of 34/38.
You also receive a surprise--3 Sybaris Black Pearls! (Weight
1.00)  Although I haven't found a use for them, they are worth
12cp each.


Back to Training

By now, you've probably noticed the trainer
that started this whole affair has that familiar, yellow shield over
his head.  This is a good point to head over and see what he
has to
say, because your bag of basic tricks isn't done yet!  It's
time for
you to learn about Evaluations, and the incredibly powerful Repeal
cards.



Learn
Evaluation (Interview 30)



The
first thing she'll do is hand you Greasing The Wheels.  Be
ready,
because this time she'll make you earn
the completion!  No, not
really...I lied. She's still as simple as ever. Oddly enough,
even
though you'd have to try to lose to do so, you still get the
familiar
+2 combo (36/40).  You will also get Extol Virtues





Learn
Repeals (Interview 25)




She'll
start by giving you Shifting Arguments, a card which costs 2 demand,
and gives you 4 flattery!  Just don't  expect to
pound her mercilessly
into the ground with it!  After her opener, she just listens.
Complete
the quest and she'll hand you your choice of Flat Dismissal, Truth Be
Told, or Read My

Lips. All of them convert 2 of one type of expression into 4
of another, so pick the one that fits with your strategy.



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





I'm finally done?



 Sorry, but no--there's far more intrigue left to
go!  Return to Prince Hrod to find yet another of his
followers has concerns.



Persuade
Magnate Uzek (Interview 15)




Time to address his concerns and convince him to sign on. 
He'll try to stop you with these cards:
  • Keen Remark
  • Sage's Charisma
  • Extol Virtues
  • Catch Phrase
  • Laugh At Nothing

Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





Spy
Games (Convince 15)




Convince the Nyth, Lash, to aid Uzek.  Lash will be countering
you with these:
  • Keen Remark
  • Sage's Charisma
  • Laugh At Nothing
  • Extol Virtues



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





The
Price For Betrayal (Interview 15)


Don't move!  Yes, you parley with Lash yet again, this time
over the price.  Your reward...do I really have to say it?



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





Hunting
License (Convince 15)




Off
to good 'ol Asipra Devkhi again! Time to talk him into letting
an
Umbral "collect" Uzien.  Once you're done, you get the no
doubt
familiar +2 Combo again, bringing you to 46 diplomacy/50 faction.



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





The
Side Job (Convince 20)




Back
to Vraal!  You need to hire him to go get Uzien.  How
thick is the
intrigue now? The other thing that's thick is these +2
Combos...



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 





Spies
Like Us (Convince 20)




Back
to Lash we go...hi-ho, hi-ho, hi-ho!  Want to guess what you
get when
you convince him? Now, go report your success to Uzek for a reward.



Rewards: +2
diplomacy and +2 standing with Qur'Xa 



Choose between:
  • Sybarite Perfume (.10 weight, confounds the mind and
    inhibits basic reasoning abilities in any who smell it)
  • 10 Sybarite Sapphires (.01 weight)



Report
Back To Prince Hrod




Just run back to Hrod, who will offer you your choice of:
  • Forceful Demand
  • Blanket Accusation
  • Good Point



And
there you have it.  The end of the quests? 
Ummmm...nope. You just
unlocked 4 more from Prince Hrod. However, your skills are no match for
them yet.  My first try against Faengh, he played 7 different
cards to
the field, several of which were more powerful than any I
had. (Book of
Learning for one). This allowed him to play more cards faster,
and
completely dominate the table after the first few turns. So, I'll bring
this section of this guide to a close.




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