Last City: Eliksni Quarter, Pre-Sabotage

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Name: Last City: Eliksni Quarter, Pre-Sabotage
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Playlist URL: Last City: Eliksni Quarters | Mithrax meets Osiris and Lakshmi-2 | Season of the Splicer - YouTube
Recorded: 2021.05.11

Transcript:

++ Botza Ruins, Botza District, The Last City

** After evacuating Eliksni refugees from Europa, the Guardian rendezvouses with Osiris and Lakshmi-2 to welcome Mithrax and the House of Light into the Last City.

Mithrax: My people shelter beneath the Great Machine… This is beyond simple generosity. I must thank Ikora for her gift.

Lakshmi-2: This sanctuary is not granted by Ikora alone, but by all who live in the Last City.

Osiris: Yes, and on their behalf, let me extend a welcome. I am Osiris, and this is Lakshmi-2, Future War Cult leader and City representative.

Mithrax: My greatest appreciations to you both. The House of Light thanks you.

** Mithrax bows towards Osiris and Lakshmi-2.

Lakshmi-2: You House can best show gratitude by keeping to itself. I know your assistance with the Vex will benefit us all, but not everyone in the City is so open-minded. You appear to be settling in. I will leave you to it.

Osiris: If you require further help from us, you must only ask.

Mithrax: I shall. There are several modifications we will need for stable Ether production.

Lakshmi-2: Submit a proposal to Ikora. She seems willing to get you anything you need. I must return to the people in the City.

** Lakshmi-2 turns away from Mithrax and Osiris.

Lakshmi-2: Future War Cult has foreseen great misery for them in the days ahead, and they will need an advocate.

** Lakshmi-2 looks at Osiris.

Lakshmi-2: I often forget how highly those in the Tower have placed themselves. The air is thin there. Best not to breathe too much of it.

** Lakshmi-2 transmats out of the area. Mithrax turns toward Osiris.

Osiris: You must understand, this situation is tense for us all. This encampment perches on the edge of decree and democracy. I hope your stay with us will be… uneventful.

Mithrax: As do I.

** Osiris transmats out of the area.

** The Guardian listens to recordings offered by the House of Light.

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a transmitter
{
Eido: Hello! My name is Eido. My father is Misraaks, Kell of our House. I took my name from his first Awoken friend, Sjur Eido. As Scribe for the House of Light, it’s my job to preserve our House’s history, so that hatchlings may one day learn our stories. Misraakskel requested that I leave some records for the Humans of the Last City so they might learn about Eliksni culture in their own time. As he says, "Inside a Ketch, everyone breathes the same air. Though I have doubts that the Humans will care to hear our stories, the snipers who look down on us don’t look like the curious types. But the Great Machine has chosen them, so I must give them the benefit of my faith. Hopefully this effort does not go wasted.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches the chassis of Insurrection Prime
{
Eido: Here lies the remnants of Kell’s Scourge — a dark period in Eliksni history. After the Whirlwind, many Eliksni were overcome by feelings of hopelessness. They were homeless, hungry, and hunted by Guardians and Hive alike. So when Siviks founded Kell’s Scourge, promising to return Eliksni to power with ancient weaponry, many were drawn to his call. Though the Scourge claimed to fight for Eliksni empowerment, in reality, they represented the final degradation of our culture. A once-great interstellar civilization was reduced to an anarchist mob, led by a power-hungry coward. Let ours be a cautionary tale: no matter how enlightened a culture, there are always those who prey on our worst impulses for their own gain.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a House of Light Skiff
{
Eido: Many Eliksni spend their whole lives on ships. They become more than a home —they’re like a member of the family. Misraaks found me in the vent of a wrecked ship, you know. We joke that my father is a Splicer and my mother is a Ketch. [laughs] After the fall of our homeworld, Riis, Eliksni scattered across the stars. Having lost our grounding, Ketches evolved from modes of transportation into permanent homes. Even after Eliksni began to resettle in places like the Reef, we never lost our reverence for the machines that kept us alive. Now, after so much wandering, it’s hard to believe that there’s real ground beneath us, and a real sky above.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches Ether tanks
{
Eido: Humans think of Ether as food for Eliksni. A form of sustenance. That’s only partially true. Ether also catalyzes physical maturation and promotes molting. In that sense, it’s like hormones in Human adolescents. In a world of unlimited Ether, like Riis before the Whirlwind, all Eliksni look like Captains. That’s our final form. Most Eliksni you see now are underdeveloped. They’re forever stunted by Ether rationing, which began as a necessity, and gradually evolved into a mechanism of social control. Now, ruthless leaders like Spider use the distribution of Ether to keep their followers dependent. If Eliksni are ever to live in peace, we must make Ether available to all, regardless of rank.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a House of Light banner
{
Eido: Eliksni Houses are more than tribes for sharing work and resources. They also represent living philosophies. In many ways, the House of Light is traditional: we worship the Great Machine, and we embrace ancestral roles like Splicers and Scribes. But in other ways, we’re different. My father, Misraaks, is Kell of our House. But he does not act as past Kells. He does not take more than his share of Ether, and he does not punish by docking limbs. These are radical, but popular, ideas in our House. However, Misraakskel also believes in peace and cooperation with humanity. This is less popular. Everyone in our House has seen Eliksni killed by Guardians. Not just warriors, but innocents and hatchlings. I lived for many years among the Awoken, and understand that Humans do good things as well. Sometimes. But the others in the House of Light have not been so lucky in their allies as I have. It will take time to earn their trust.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches an Eliksni ward.
{
Eido: Some Eliksni tell hatchlings that these wards keep Guardians from attacking us in our sleep. We know this is not true, of course, but it helps hatchlings to rest peacefully. Soon enough, they must learn that the Guardians cannot be stopped by such things. That they cannot be stopped at all. Even by death. After that, the ward changes meanings. For grown Eliksni, it’s a reminder that the Great Machine blesses life-givers and killers alike. But now that we have seen the Guardians among their own people, taking orders and making awkward small talk… I don’t think this tradition will continue in the House of Light. We no longer see Guardians as monsters. Just people: frightened and misguided.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a shrine of the Traveler
{
Eido: During our Golden Age, the Eliksni civilization spanned many star systems. Farther than humanity could imagine. And in all of our exploration, we never found anything more wonderous than the Great Machine. It’s one of the few things all Eliksni Houses can agree on. That’s why shrines like these are made of many small pieces. Each bit was added by a different House. It’s a tradition that lasted generations. Most of those Houses are now extinct, and their members are scattered. It’s funny. I revered the Great Machine all my life, without ever having seen it. And now that it’s right overhead, I still look to this shrine for comfort.
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a House of Light Shank
{
Eido: This Shank has been with us for many years. She’s temperamental, but loyal. She’s in need of constant repair, but we’re used to it. Our House has fixed every part of her, from sensors to exhaust. So when I look at her, I don’t see an object. I see the members of my House. I see myself. To us, machines are vessels, not just tools. This is why scrap-working is so important to Eliksni culture. It’s a way of sharing our spirit with the world, even when we have nothing. I’m sure that Guardians feel the same way about their Tower. It’s more than a hollow form. More than the rubble it was built from. The Tower is the keeper of the Vanguard spirit, and you would defend it more fiercely than any other building. Is it not so?
}

// OPTIONAL
// NOTE The Guardian approaches a Ghost Shell
{
Eido: I discovered this Shell among Spider’s supplies. Many Eliksni fear Guardians but delight at your Ghosts. We think of them as extensions of the Great Machine’s will. Deserving of reverence. When we arrived here, we were surprised to discover that many Guardians treat their Ghosts like equals, or worse, like servants. Guardians throw their lives away for sport, in games like Crucible or Gambit, taking the miracle of resurrection for granted. As if Ghosts needed the Humans, and not the other way around. Eliksni have had their blessings from the Great Machine, it’s true, but we’ve never known the power that Ghosts grant humanity. I think that if Eliksni became Guardians, we would use the Light to serve the Great Machine, not our own amusement.
}

will definitely just use the generic “Eliksni Quarter” terminology for the ghost scan pages (since they are chronologically imprecise, just pre-sabotage), but for this meeting/dialogue i think more context might be useful.

you’re uncontrollably dropped off here as the “the lost splicer” mission completes, right? basically you witness this welcoming party, then proceed into path of the splicer, there’s no specific quest step associated with this. i think for clarity we could call this either
“The Lost Splicer: Eliksni Quarter” or
“Path of the Splicer I: Eliksni Quarter” ?