|Coordinates||(-1808, 0, -5234)|
|Introduced by||Andrea Mitchell|
|Enemy groups|| Banished Pantheon|
Laura Brunetti is a City of Heroes contact located in the Crey Cove neighborhood of Independence Port at coordinates (-1808, 0, -5234). Laura Brunetti is a Magic origin contact. Her level range is 25-29.
Contact Introduced By
There's a woman named Laurie Pennington over at the Freedom Corps who'd like to meet you. Apparently, she's heard good things. She can provide excellent information about the Council and the Warriors. She has access to Training Enhancements.
The work that Laurie and the Freedom Corps are doing is exemplary.
Allison King is psychic; She's quite adept at gathering information from people's minds. She has a great deal of knowledge about the Circle of Thorns and the Council. She works primarily with magic heroes, and has access to relic and focus enhancements.
Allison is kind, and caring. Take good care of her.
Laura Brunetti is a historian who specializes in rare books and ancient tomes. She's fluent in over a dozen languages and has been the curator of the Brunetti Archives since she took them over from her father twenty years ago. The archive contain the world's largest collection of books related to the supernatural world. Laura herself is a practicing magician, and most of her spells are used to preserve her books and unearth the lost secrets within them. When she discoveres something useful in her studies, she passes it along to one of the many heroes she knows. Laura's the first to admit that she wouldn't want to find herself face to face with the villain groups she studies. But she enjoys fighting evil in her own way, especially since the Rikti War, when her archives narrowly escaped destruction.
I look forward to getting to the bottom of many a mystical mystery together.
Track down the Pantheon and rescue the mystics
Several mystical and occult researchers have recently disappeared while attending a conference on early human religions. The surviving security guard's description points to the culprits being the Banished Pantheon. Fortunately, I have a lead on where they may be holding the kidnap victims. Someone has to track down the Pantheon and rescue those mystics. There won't be much time, maybe 75 minutes at most before the Pantheon completes their sacrifices. Can you do it?
You'll need to find all of the occult researchers and rescue all of them from the Banished Pantheon. I fear the only way to preserve their safety in the long term will be to defeat all of the Pantheon's creatures who took part in the researcher's abductions. Move fast. No one survives in the Pantheon's clutches for long.
Here's something to help you out. This Undead Slaying Axe has served the city's defenders before. Use it to save those mystics.
You will gain the Undead Slaying Axe temporary power upon mission acceptance.
|Undead Slaying Axe Melee, Moderate damage (Lethal), Bonus vs True Undead|
This massive weapon was specifically crafted by MAGI to slay the undead. The Undead Slaying Axe can be used 75 times before MAGI will recall it magically.
You feel like you're being watched, and not by a human being. It feels like an otherworldly presence, one that watches with an unspeakable hunger.
- Defeat all Pantheon cultists - 1:15 timed
You have defeated the Banished Pantheon and rescued the mystics.
- Irene Isabo (Hostage)
- Cassandra Anderson (Hostage)
- Sol Goldstein (Hostage)
- Professor Anna Harker (Hostage)
If you hadn't been there, I doubt any of those people would have been seen again. One of the occult researchers you saved, Professor Harker, thinks they were abducted because of their knowledge. The Pantheon may have been trying to feed its masters more magical skill and learning. If that's the case, then the whole city owes you for this one.
Translation of the Scroll of Tielekku
You've kept Dr. Cheng's scribbled translation of:
The Scroll of Tielekku
The adventure began when your contact told you about some unusual activity in a warehouse. Investigating, you found Warriors fighting Banished Pantheon cultists as both groups searched the warehouse for something called the Scroll of Tielekku.
Your contact found that the warehouse held the disputed estate of the deceased hero Ross 'Darkvine' Coldwell, a former member of the Midnight Squad. When you went to speak with the executor of the estate, you found the Banished Pantheon already on the premises, searching for the scroll. After defeating them, you found out that the Warriors had already absconded with the scroll.
Fortunately, you were able to track the Warriors down and recover the Scroll of Tielekku. Unfortunately, you still had no idea of the scroll's significance.
That changed when your contact was approached by Dr. Cheng, a renowned mystic scholar, who said that he might be able to translate the scroll. In order to do so, he would need reference materials that were currently in the hands of the Circle of Thorns, somewhere in the depths of their ancient city. Braving all dangers, you recovered the books and returned them to Dr. Cheng.
While you had been busy, your enemies had kidnapped Debbie Coldwell and Dr. Duncan Silver, the heirs to the Coldwell estate. You were able to free their heirs, but something wasn't right.
Too late you learned that the Pantheon cultists had stolen the Scroll of Tielekku back from Dr. Cheng. Fortunately, he had already completed his translation. After reading through it, you learned the story of how the ancient goddess Tielekku was the first to discover magic, taught magic to gods and mortals, and used her skills to banish a pantheon of cannibal gods to the darkness. Alarmed by this information, you hastened to the Pantheon's hideout and retrieved the scroll.
Unfortunately, the Pantheon had already gleaned enough information to lay a trap for the goddess Tielekku. You attacked the Pantheon in Dark Astoria, and were able to alter the ritual. Instead of trapping the goddess, you sent a message to her, a warning that the dark gods she had banished so long ago were back. You don't know if Tielekku heard it, or even if she still exists. But perhaps one day soon she'll return to help rid the world of the Banished Pantheon and its cult.
Find out what's so interesting to the Banished Pantheon and the Warriors
Banished Pantheon cultists have been seen searching a warehouse in Independence Port. Whatever they're looking for must be very interesting, because there have been reports of Warriors on the scene as well. I need someone to go to the warehouse and ind out what's so interesting to the Banished Pantheon and the Warriors.
The Pantheon typically has no respect for local gangs, but I wonder what would make the Warriors risk going into the Family's territory? It must be important to them.
Massive crates house a mishmash of valuable items, furniture, jewelry and a gorgeous Oriental rug
- Stop all villains in warehouse
On one of the defeated Warriors, you found some written orders.
|These written orders indicate that the Warriors were here to find one item and one item only: something called the Scroll of Tielekku.|
So the Warriors were there searching for this Scroll of Tielekku? My guess is that the Banished Pantheon may have been searching for the same thing.
Talk to the executor of the estate about the Scroll of Tielekku
I did a bit of digging about the warehouse where you stopped the Banished Pantheon and the Warriors. Apparently it's used to hold items for estates that are under dispute by the inheritors. Among other things, it held the private library of Ross Coldwell, who used to adventure with the Midnight Squad under the name Darkvine. It might be a good idea to check with the executor of the estate and see what he knows about this Scroll of Tielekku.
Darkvine was one of the many Midnight Squad members killed in the Rikti War. Like all of them, he was well versed in the mystic arts. Perhaps the Banished Pantheon and the Warriors have good reason for being interested in his belongings.
This staid office is in an uproar as the walking dead and their mad masters stalk its halls!
- Find the estate manager
- 7 office workers to rescue
You defeated the Banished Pantheon and rescued the estate manager.
- Hostage x4 (Hostage)
- Estate Manager x3 (Hostage)
|The estate manager's tale|
|When you rescued Coldwell's estate manager, he told you:
'They kept asking me for the Scroll of Tielekku, but I didn't have it! The Warriors already stole it! I wish I could tell you what they want with it, but no one ever mentioned it had any sort of mystic powers. To tell you the truth, I doubt even Coldwell knew.
The Warriors already made off with the Scroll of Tielekku, huh? At least the Banished Pantheon don't have it, though I don't really want to see it in the Warriors' hands either. We're going to have to recover that scroll.
Recover the scroll from the Warriors
Just because the Warriors got to the Scroll of Tielekku before you did doesn't mean it's all over. We'll just have to go after it. According to one of my contacts, the Warriors are near Talos Island waiting for reinforcements. If you're up to it, you could recover that scroll from the Warriors before it disappears forever. I'll call for an emergency force field to give you time to get there.
I still don't know what this is about, but that Scroll of Tielekku is clearly important to both the Warriors and the Banished Pantheon. Be careful.
You wonder what secrets the Scroll of Tielekku contains. Whatever they are, you can't let the Warriors unlock them.
- Recover the Scroll of Tielekku
- Find the Scroll of Tielekku
You have recovered the Scroll of Tielekku.
|Scroll of Tielekku|
|This ancient papyrus scroll is simply breathtaking. The central picture, which shows a powerful woman seated on a throne of gold, seems hardly to have faded at all. Surrounding this figure are some faded pictograms. It will take an expert in lost languages to decipher these markings.|
You got the Scroll of Tielekku! Good work. The scroll itself is still a mystery though. I still have no idea why everyone wants the thing. I talked to the executor of Coldwell's will, as well as both of his heirs. None of them remember Coldwell even mentioning the Scroll of Tielekku. Maybe the Pantheon and the Warriors know something he didn't?
Deliver the Scroll of Tielekku to Dr. Cheng
I found someone who may be able to tell us why the Pantheon and the Warriors are so interested in this scroll. You may already know of Dr. Cheng; he's an old man who's very learned about all kinds of mystical matters. He says that he may be able to translate the scroll. Will you deliver the Scroll of Tielekku to Dr. Cheng?
If Dr. Cheng can translate that scroll, he could finally tell us why the Banished Pantheon and the Warriors are so interested in it.
- Take the scroll to Dr. Cheng
It is good to see you. Is this the Scroll of Tielekku? Ah, yes. I would like to provide you the answers you seek, but I will first need some reference materials. Fortunately, I know exactly where to find them. Unfortunately, the information I need is held by the Circle of Thorns in one of their underground libraries. If we are to uncover the secrets of this scroll, you will have to recover several tomes from the Circle of Thorns.
- Recover tomes from Circle
- 16 books to find
You have recovered all of the books Dr. Cheng wanted.
- Tomefinder Arhazen (Circle of Thorns Soul Mage)
|The Translation Stone|
|The face of this quartz slab bears a worn inscription. It is a translation between the Sumerian language and an unknown tongue thought to be Enochian, the celestial language of divine beings.|
|Spells Of The First Order|
|This tattered vellum folio from 1602 is rumored to be an original translation of the first spells ever taught to mankind by the gods.|
|Lost Tongues of the Tower Makers|
|Compiled by Greek scholars, this book is a guide to the ancient languages of a lost civilization that built a tower to the stars.|
|Of the First Ones|
|These ancient myths and legends tell of the first beings in the world, the gods who existed before mankind.|
|The Red Dust Tome|
|These swirling crimson sands are enchanted to form themselves into a book at their owner's will. The Red Dust Tome contains such bizarre knowledge that it can unhinge the thoughts of anyone without extraordinary willpower.|
|The Obsidian Libram|
|Long whispered of in magical circles, the Obsidian Libram is connected with many wild rumors. Some say it is the written soul of a demon. Others insist it is a testament engraved by intelligent saurians during the age of reptiles. Some even whisper that it is a gateway to another plane of being. No one knows the truth, for this book of black stone plates seems to present different faces to different readers.|
- Take the books to Dr. Cheng
Ah, I knew you would come through. Let me take those from you. I have already made a little headway, and have found some very interesting things. This scroll is a chronicle of the life of the goddess Tielekku, who was said to be the first to discover magic. I will be able to tell you more shortly. In the meantime, I believe Laura Brunetti is looking for you. It seems there has been another development.
Thanks for getting those reference materials to Dr. Cheng. As soon as he translates the Scroll of Tielekku, we'll know a lot more about the Banished Pantheon's intentions. You say even the Circle mystics were eager to stop the Pantheon's plot? Interesting. And not a little scary.
Save the Coldwell heirs from the Banished Pantheon
While you were helping Dr. Cheng, I got a call from the Coldwell estate manager. He hasn't been able to contact either of the Coldwell heirs for several hours, and he's getting worried about them. If the Banished Pantheon is interested in the Scroll of Tielekku that was part of the Coldwell's estate, they may be interested in the heirs as well! Can you rescue the Coldwell heirs from the Banished Pantheon?
You're looking for Coldwell's daughter, Debbie Coldwell, and Dr. Duncan Silver, Coldwell's illegitimate son.
The distant beat of drums makes the presence of the Banished Pantheon all too clear
- Rescue Coldwell heirs
- 2 heirs to rescue
- Lead Duncan out!
- Lead Debbie out!
You rescued the Coldwell heirs from the Banished Pantheon.
- Debbie Coldwell (Hostage)
- Duncan Silver (Hostage)
|Debbie Coldwell's side|
|After you rescued Debbie Coldwell, she told you:
'Those Pantheon cultists kept asking about the Scroll of Tielekku. They wanted to know if we'd translated it yet. Father had hundreds of scrolls and books. We didn't know that this one was special.
We wouldn't even be in this mess if it wasn't for my stupid half-brother. I wanted to give that scroll and all of Dad's things to the Midnight Squad, so they could use it to help the city. But he wants it all for himself so he can get powers like Dad's.'
|Duncan Silver's side|
|After you rescued Duncan Silver, he told you:
'The Pantheon cultists kept asking if we'd already used the scroll to call Tielekku. They wouldn't listen when I tried to tell them I didn't know what they were talking about.
We wouldn't be in this mess if it wasn't for my stupid half-sister, anyway. She just wants to give all of Dad's stuff to the Midnight Squad where it'll stay in some vault forever, so she'll get a massive tax write-off and good press for her company. But there's information in there that could help the city right now.
Both of the Coldwell heirs are safe, thanks to you. At least the experience seems to have mellowed them out some. The executor tells me they started speaking civilly to one another on the way to the hospital. Which is good for them, but I'm a little worried. The Pantheon didn't do anything to the heirs. No ritual, no sacrifice, nothing. Could it be that this kidnapping was merely a stunt to distract us from the Pantheon's real goal: the Scroll of Tielekku?
Recover the scroll
I just got word from Dr. Cheng. He finished the translation, but while you were rescuing the Coldwell heirs, the Pantheon jumped him and got the scroll! Cheng himself is okay, but he says it's imperative that we recover the Scroll of Tielekku at once. He's used a little of his magic and a lot of his contacts to uncover its location. Now we just need you to recover the scroll.
Based on Cheng's translation, this scroll looks pretty powerful. I wonder if the Banished Pantheon really knows what they're getting into?
|According to Dr. Cheng, the Scroll of Tielekku tells the story of a prehistoric war between two pantheons of gods: a great alliance of man's first gods and a coalition of twisted gods who fed on death. It goes on to tell of how the goddess Tielekku first harnessed the power of magic, taught it to other gods and mortals, and used her power to trick and defeat the evil pantheon, banishing them to the spirit world. The scroll gives instructions for contacting Tielekku herself, should the pantheon she banished ever return to trouble the living world. Finally, it warns that this knowledge must never fall into the Banished Pantheon's hands, for they could use it to trap Tielekku and devour her.|
The air is filled with a tangible burning anger. This place is consecrated to hate
- Recover the Scroll of Tielekku
You have recovered the Scroll of Tielekku from the Banished Pantheon.
- Totem of M'Teru (Banished Pantheon Totem)
You got the Scroll of Tielekku back from the Banished Pantheon? Good. We may have a chance now, but something tells me this isn't over yet.
Stop the ritual before the Banished Pantheon can finish it
Azuria's just alerted me to a massive buildup of mystical power in a building in Dark Astoria. It's got to be the Banished Pantheon. I know you got the Scroll of Tielekku back, but what if the Pantheon had it long enough to translate it? With that info, they may still be able to perform the calling ritual and trap the goddess Tielekku. If that happens, the gods of the Banished Pantheon will gain astronomical power. You've got to stop that ceremony before the Banished Pantheon can finish it.
According to Dr. Cheng, the Pantheon needs an alter and nine mystical gates to complete the ritual. You should be able to modify the gates and altar so they'll call to Tielekku instead of forcing her into a trap.
This is it. You will now face the fury of the mad cult's dread gods, to save a goddess long lostto time and history.
- Stop the Pantheon ceremony
- 9 portals to change, Change altar!
It is done. You've changed the Banished Pantheon's trap into a warning to the ancient goddess Tielekku.
- Blade King Caesar (Warriors Smasher Elite)
- Spell Breaker Hanuzeth (Circle of Thorns Agony Mage)
- Guardian Totem (Banished Pantheon Totem)
- Guardian Spirit of Pain (Banished Pantheon Spirit of Pain)
- Guardian Spirit of Sorrow (Banished Pantheon Spirit of Sorrow)
- Guardian Spirit of Death (Banished Pantheon Spirit of Death)
- Guardian Spirit of Desire (Banished Pantheon Spirit of Desire)
You did it! The Banished Pantheon's trap is broken. People may not know it, but the city owes you a big today. Maybe even the world. If the Pantheon had managed to trap the goddess Tielekku, who knows what kind of powers they might have gained?
I wonder if Tielekku got the message you sent her? Maybe, if she still exists, she'll return one day to join the fight against the Pantheon she banished to the spirit world all those eons ago.
Anyway, the Coldwell heirs seem to have made up. Coldwell's old library will be donated to the Midnight Squad, and they've given Duncan permission to research his father's old books to his heart's content. And Dr. Cheng wanted me to thank you for recovering his books from the Circle of Thorns; he says that they're giving him a lot of insight into the beliefs of the Tsoo. You really came through on this. You were incredible.
Investigate the lost city of Oranbega
I have a mission for you, but there's a bit of history you should know first. I'm sure that you've tangled with the society of mystics called the Circle of Thorns before, but they have been a plague on this for many, many years. The Circle's origins, as far as we know, date back to it's founding by the nefarious Baron Zoria in the 1920's. One of their goals back then was to find the fabled lost city of Oranbega, the 'El Dorado of the east coast'. There were rumors that they found it years ago beneath Paragon City, and have been using it as a base. I need you to investigate the rumors about Oranbega. The Circle are certain to sense you coming, you'll have 1 hour at most before they find a way to stop you.
I've been investigating a possible entrance to Oranbega's outer reaches. The location seems to be a magical laboratory of sorts. It's inner reaches are guarded by wards of protection, so you'll need to distrupt the Circle's enhantments to complete your mission. Once you're there you'll need to recover any artifacts you find and defeat Karn, the head researcher.
You have made your way through twisting tunnels and past magical wards. You have entered Oranbega, lost city of the Circle of Thorns.
- Defeat Domi and his coven - 60 minutes
- 4 artifacts left, 2 wards to break
The lab is destroyed, and the artifacts recovered.
Circle of Thorns
|The first broken ward|
|By destroying the Circle's altar, you have eliminated the first of their magical wards.|
|The last broken ward|
|By destroying the Circle's alter, you have eliminated the last of their magical wards.|
|You copied these mystic runes from an obelisk in the depths of Oranbega. Even these etchings hold a strange power.|
|Cracked Thorn Blades|
|You gathered these weapons in the depths of Oranbega. They appear to be Thorn blades, the demonic swords wielded by several ranks of the Circle of Thorns. These blades are dull and cracked, as if they've been left untended for a long time.|
|Testament of Ermeeth|
|Words in an unknown language describe the strange tale told by the pictures on this scroll. It shows a radiant being teaching people, fighting with other radiant beings, and finally leading a great exodus of people as they walk along the bottom of the sea.|
|These notes detail arcane research in a language that you've never seen before. Copious hand drawn diagrams accompany the text, and the dark things they indicate bode ill for the text's actual meaning.|
|The bottle of what seems like black volcanic sand has an eerie dark glow around it when held in the light. It's handwritten label is written in English with the words:
'Sands of Mu
- The name of the enemy boss varies, and can vary within the same mission. Possibilities include Domi, Karn, Darsis, and Laramis.
- Despite the fact that the mission suppossedly takes place in the lost city of Oranbega, the place is actually a regular blue cave. This is probably due to a bug, or is perhaps a customized map still to be done.
|Sands of Mu Melee (Cone), High Damage over time (50% Smashing/50% Negative), Foe -Accuracy|
You recovered this strange black sand from the Circle of Thorns hideout. While carrying it, you have the ability to deal a flurry of punches charged with the Negative Energy of the Netherworld. The sands must be returned to the MAGI vault within 24 hours
I will make certain that all of the objects you found go to the proper people for study. Your efforts have proven that the Circle now inhabits the lost city of Oranbega. Who would have imagined it? A lost city beneath our feet. Perhaps Baron Zoria himself still rules that forgotten ruin.
Go to Dark Astoria and defeat Banished Pantheon
Mystically connected contacts of mine are getting disturbing images of a great change overcoming all of Dark Astoria. They think it must have something to do with the Banished Pantheon. I hesitate to ask you, but can you go to Dark Astoria and battle the Banished Pantheon there?
Dark Astoria is awash in the forces of the Banished Pantheon, so finding them should not be difficult. Toffet Terrace and Barca Plaza are especially overrun.
- Defeat Pantheon in Dark Astoria
- Defeat 30 Banished Pantheon
You have cleared out enough Banished Pantheon in Dark Astoria
None of my contacts can say what it was they feared happening in Dark Astoria, but all are certain that your actions helped to prevent something awful from occurring. Often, such things are subtle, but we can still take our victories from them.
Defeat Warriors to find location of Dr. Archos
A prominent archaeologist, Dr. Maximillian Archos has been kidnapped by the Warriors. He seemed to be onto something involving Oranbega, the lost city of the Circle of Thorns that's buried underneath Paragon City. I don't have a lead on where Archos is being held, but you should 'interview' some Warriors and see if any of them know where he is being held.
When I say 'interview', I mean engage in combat and defeat, in case you didn't catch my meaning.
There may be a Circle of Thorns ambush after the mission is accepted.
- Interrogate Warriors
- Defeat 30 Warriors
One of the defeated Warriors reveals the location of Dr. Archos.
|Captured Warrior's Story|
|A captured Warrior told you:
'We heard about that Archos guy. Hey, if he knows how to get the layout on this Oranburger place, fine! Them Circle a' Thorns jerks have been messing with us too long. We figure we can pay 'em back in person and get some stuff to sell while we're at it, all the better. I'll tell you where Archos is. You don't have to get rough.'
The information you've gathered tells you that the Warriors are keeping Dr. Archos here while they try to get all the information they can from him.
- Rescue Dr. Archos
You have rescued Dr. Archos.
- Seneschal (Warriors Slasher Elite)
- Dr. Archos (Hostage)
|Location of Oranbega Map Room|
|After you freed him from the Warriors, Dr. Archos told you:
Yes, I know a great deal of Oranbega. I'm grateful that you could protect me, those Warrior fools were trying to pry out what I've learned. I have discovered not just an entrance to Oranbega that the Circle knows nothing about, but down on those lost streets I've discovered something else. A map room that details the layout of the entire city! I can tell you how to get there.
As you enter the Map Room, you found no trace of Dr. Archos, but many signs of the Circle's minions. You can only assume he's trapped deeper inside.
- Defeat lead mystic, his coven
- Find the map
You realize the map you found is a fake. Dr. Archos had lead you into a trap.
- Dr. Archos (Circle of Thorns Agony Mage)
|False Map of Oranbega|
|This map of the Lost city of Oranbega seems quite accurate at first, but as you look at it the map begins to fade away.
It's some sort of fake!
|You realize now that Dr. Archos had set a trap for you. A member of the Circle of Thorns, he had allowed himself to be kidnapped so that he could give false information about a map room of Oranbega to you upon his rescue. He obviously planned to defeat and capture you once they had you deep within Oranbega.|
I can't believe it. Dr. Archos was a Circle agent all along. The entire thing was a set up to catch you in Oranbega on the promise of a map that probably never existed. The Circle has played us all for fools, but I'm just glad you were able to win through.
Cull the numbers of the Banished Pantheon
I've become very concerned of late about the activities of the Banished Pantheon. I know that it's a dangerous thing, but I feel I must ask you to cull the numbers of the Banished Pantheon. They are becoming a real threat to this city.
The Banished Pantheon are a plague on the city, and Dark Astoria is one of the places they've hit hardest. Be careful, and take the fight back to them.
- Combat Banished Pantheon
- Defeat 30 Banished Pantheon
You have defeated enough of the Banished Pantheon
The Pantheon's depredations grow more heinous by the day. If it wasn't for the efforts of heroes like you, they would spread through the city like a plague.
Go to the preserve and find the missing group
I've got a whole pack of missing people for you to find. It seems some New Age meditation group disappeared in a local nature preserve. According to the one member who escaped, they had been drawn to that place by their meditations. Before he ran for it, he saw some strange shambling forms and a witch doctor. Now, here's the strange part: this group's been under investigation for possible connections to the Circle of Thorns. Could you go to the preserve and find the missing group? You only have 90 minutes to find the victims.
This might get complex if the Circle of Thorns really does have a connection to this group. Just remember that your primary objective is to find these people before something happens to them. Fighting witch doctors or anything else is secondary.
A crystal pendant lies on the ground. Beside it, a trail of footprints leads deeper into the glade.
- Find the missing New Age group - 90 minutes timed
- 4 missing people left
You have freed the missing new age group from the hands of the Banished Pantheon and the Circle of Thorns.
- New Age captive x4 (Hostages)
I've talked with the members of the group you saved, and they all spoke of feeling drawn to a place beneath the city. I also checked out the book they were using to identify the properties of crystals. It seems the Library of Congress has no record of the book, the authors, or the printer. I wonder if this group's disappearance was part of a larger plan. Of course, the important thing is that you got them back safely.
Defeat Circle in Dark Astoria
Members of the Circle of Thorns have been spotted with some regularity within Dark Astoria. No one knows what they're up to, but it can't be good. I need a hero who can fight the Circle's presence in the mists of Dark Astoria. I will warn you that it will likely be a very dangerous battle.
Reports filtering out of Astoria indicate that the Circle, while not common in the zone, are present in some number. Often they've been seen on rooftops performing rituals, or even fighting the Banished Pantheon's creatures.
- Defeat Circle in Dark Astoria
- Defeat 30 Circle of Thorns
You have defeated enough members of the Circle of Thorns.
No one knows what the Circle of Thorns are working toward in Dark Astoria. They seem to be opposed to the Banished Pantheon, but no one knows their true intentions. Their presence canot help the situation, though.
Rescue abductees from the Circle of Thorns
There have been some disturbing disappearances of late. Citizens with some minor mystical connections have been disappearing from their homes, sometimes even from locked rooms with no sign of forced entry. My investigation found some spectral residue, leading me to suspect that the Circle of Thorns is behind these abductions. You've got to rescue those abductees from the Circle. You only have 90 minutes to rescue the victims.
There have been rumors lately about the Circle planning a ritual in the old Shady Pines Graveyard. That could be where you'll find these missing people.
The air here is strangely warm, and tastes of sulfurous flame.
- Stop Polentes & his coven - 90 minutes timed
- Disrupt portal, 6 people to save
You have disrupted the portal and saved all the potential sacrifices.
- Polentes/Tarsis/Utares (Circle of Thorns Agony Mage)
- Sacrificial Victim x6 (Hostages)
The boss can have different names, including Polentes, Tarsis and Utares.
You've foiled the plans of the Circle of Thorns yet again. You saved a lot of innocents today, and kept the circle from completing whatever strange pact they were trying to make. I am still puzzled why they chose their targets for the sacrifice, but the important thing now is that all are safe thanks to your valiant efforts.
Go to Dark Astoria and combat the undead
I hate to ask this of you, but the more I hear about Dark Astoria, the more worried I become. The entire zone is overrun with the walking dead creations of the Banished Pantheon. Recently, the reports from the few brave souls who dared to enter have spoken of unspeakable hordes of the Pantheon's creatures. If the city is ever to reclaim Astoria, it will only be through the concerted efforts of it's heroes. Will you enter Dark Astoria and combat the hordes of the undead?
You might want to concentrate your efforts on Moth Cemetery or Dido's View. Those neigborhoods are simply overrun.
- Combat Pantheon in Dark Astoria
- Defeat 30 Banished Pantheon
You have defeated enough of the Banished Pantheon in Dark Astoria.
Thousands were buried in Moth Cemetery, including many of the city's veterans. It's a tragedy that the Banished Pantheon now uses their bodies to wreak havoc on the city they once fought to protect.
Recover the antiques from the Banished Pantheon
Some Banished Pantheon worshippers stole a number of Civil War Antiques from the Paragon City Museum. According to the curator, those antiques belonged to a group of soldiers assigned to battle a strange outbreak of witchcraft during the 1860's. The items were all rumored to be magical wards or talismans of some kind. After reading some accounts, that outbreak sounds a lot like the work of the Pantheon's cultists. I need you to recover those antiques from the Banished Pantheon. Whatever they're planning, I want it stopped before it begins. In order to do so, you'll have to act quickly. I doubt you'll have more than an hour to recover everything.
Any power those antiques may have had is probably long gone by now, but studying them could help the Pantheon's cultists to overcome such protections in the future. You must recover all four of them before the Pantheon can learn too much
As you ready yourself to face the forces of the Banished Pantheon, you think of how brave those Civil War soldiers must have been to battle the Banished Pantheon's cult with no super powers.
- Recover antiques from Pantheon - 60 minutes timed
- 4 antiques remaining
You have recovered the antiques and foiled the plans of the Banished Pantheon.
|The back of this medal is etched with tiny runes. If you look at it in dim light, you can see that the runes possess a faint glow.|
|This small pouch is meant to be worn around the neck. Its power is gone, but you still feel a bit stronger while holding it.|
|Union army cap|
|The name 'Jack Sterling' is embroidered on the lining of this worn cap. Faint traces of mystical sigils decorate the interior.|
|This metal case is just large enough to hold a small book. Its surface is dented from dozens of impacts, and the inside is etched with faded wards.|
Well, I did some research, and I think I know what the Pantheon was up to. They needed those items to perform a ritual of vengeance against the descendants of those soldiers. Thanks to you, those people will never have to know they were in danger.
Show the Circle of Thorns that the City's heroes are still watching them
The Circle of Thorns have been very active lately, they seem to think that recent activity from other groups has distracted the city's heroes, allowing them to work undisturbed. I would like to see a hero demonstrate to the Circle of Thorns that they have not been forgotten by confronting their mystics anywhere they appear.
Hit them anywhere and anytime you can manage to strike them, Hero. They need to know that their actions won't be ignored.
- Combat Circle of Thorns menace
- Defeat 30 Circle of Thorns
You have defeated out enough Circle of Thorns mystics
You really showed the Circle of Thorns that we're paying attention to their actions, Hero.
Defeat Circle in Talos Island
There have been reports of Circle of Thorns activity all over Talos Island. The presence of those mad mystics and their summoned creatures is striking fear into the hearts of all of the people of the city. I need a hero who is willing to help curtail the Circle's presence in the zone.
I've heard several reports of Circle activity around New Troy and Cyclops Island, though I'm sure any neighborhood in the zone would welcome your assistance.
- Defeat Circle in Talos Island
- Defeat 30 Circle of Thorns
You have defeated enough members of the Circle of Thorns
The Circle are a bold group, who prey on the citizens of Paragon City for numerous dark reasons. The whole city is glad to see heroes fighting their menace.