|Side Story Quests
8Medium Weapon Resonance Cache
1000Reward Tower XP
Seeker Avala is trying to understand why some plants in the Highlands are taking on properties of the Gloom. Collect samples of any Gloom-Touched plants you find, and treat them with care.
Seeker Avala, a field researcher posted in the Highlands, is attempting to understand the reason some plant life in the region are taking on properties of the Gloom. The Beacon in Skylight should prevent the Gloom from manifesting in the area, yet the flora nearby has clearly been corrupted. Avala would like you to scour the area and collect samples of any Gloom-Touched plants you find.
You gathered the Gloom-Touched plants for Avala but were rerouted to the Crossroads Foundry to check on a rumor about falling stars. After finding and fighting off the Gloom-Touched creatures surrounding one of these stars, you were able to bring back some data for Avala. Though, it seems she has more plans for you.
Clear The Bloodworks.
- Phase 1
- Collect Gloom-Touched Plants (3)
- Phase 2
- Ask Magan about Falling Stars
- Phase 3
- Eavesdrop on the Salvagers Near the Stables
- Phase 4
- Ask Lookout Fuller About the Falling Stars
- Phase 5
- Find a "Fallen Star" in the Highlands
- Phase 6
- Complete the Sphere of Influence Event
- Phase 7
- Return to Seeker Avala
It's you again! Oh, I knew you would come back to me. We'll make a field researcher of you yet! Now, how do you feel about drinking a somewhat caustic alchemical solution I'm testing?
It's supposed to stimulate tissue repair for Wayfinders in the field, and at worst, the excruciating pain that it will cause to your throat will only last a month or so!
I'll help with something related to the Gloom.
Oh, fine. There is something. The Beacon in Skylight prevents the Gloom from consuming the Highlands, but it's not a perfect defense. You've seen the Tears and Breaches.
Those are obvious threats. Even a lunk like you can spot them! But I think the Gloom is affecting the Highlands in slower and more subtle ways. When it can't consume our world... it changes it.
I believe that some of the plants in the Highlands are being transformed by the Gloom. They may be becoming toxic. Or sentient. I'm not sure which would be worse.
I can't leave my work to collect the samples I need. Also, I can't fight duskhunters. Or bears. I'm just not as, hmm, sturdy as you Wayfinders.
Which is a shame, as I have an idea for an experiment which involves pushing a large shadow-imbued boulder up a hill that I've had trouble finding volunteers for...
Some other time.
Yes, fine. But if you can find some of these mutated plants and collect samples of them, I may be able to determine both the extent and the cause of the changes.
Oh, and while you're at it, keep an eye on the skies for me. I've heard some rumors about falling stars. Which is ludicrous, of course. Stars don't fall!
But you might be able to find the truth behind these rumors. As long as you don't get crushed by a falling star. I'll stay in contact through that dagger of yours!
Wonderful! If you get tired of being on the front lines, you'd make an excellent gardener. While you're out there, could you ask Brother Magan about the falling stars? I'm certain they're important.
Sure. Falling stars. Of course.
Well met, Wayfinder. Progress is slow, but we've restored power to the most crucial parts of the Crossroads. What brings you here?
Have you seen any... falling stars?
Falling stars... Not exactly. A shooting star, it's a streak of light in the sky. But last night I saw... It was a streak of darkness, blacker than the night sky. And I've seen them before.
Where? Did it strike nearby?
Perhaps, but I haven't left this place in a week. If anyone knows, it would be my salvagers. You'll find them around the stables.
I don't think this bunch actually knows anything, but you should look for this lookout! And maybe Magan will lend me a few of these lunks for my experiments...
A Wayfinder? Did they send you to help me? Perhaps there's still time. Perhaps. Can you hear them? The shadows? The plants? Whispering?
Tell me about the falling star.
Not a star, no. Dark, it was. Darker than the night. And where it struck the ground... that darkness spread, like oil spilling out over the ground. But it wasn't oil, no. Oil doesn't move like that.
And it wasn't the only one, no. This week, I've seen at least half a dozen of them. All sizes. A little one, struck right here. It's been whispering to me. Yes, it has.
Avala, what do you make of this?
The poor fellow's clearly delusional. Sleep deprivation, isolation, malnutrition. But some of what he says could be true. These 'stars' could be some new vector for the Gloom.
You have to investigate further. This could explain how the Gloom is manifesting in the Highlands in spite of the Beacon's light. It could be the source of the mutations.
See if you can find one of these fallen stars he mentioned.
What about your plants?
Oh, yes, the plants. Don't lose them! I will likely need them later. Until then… Onward to a likely lethal crash site!
Oh, spendid! Poor Fuller is definitely delirious, but it seems he did see something important. See what you can do about this, Wayfinder.
How the heart races! A source of the Gloom to study, finally. And you've found so many new data points for me to review! Return to me and we'll discuss next steps.
Oh, hello! You've brought the Gloom-Touched plants, yes? What a lovely day!
You seem chipper.
Do I? Oh, I do! It is likely due to the extraordinarily strong anesthetics I took just moments ago!
You remember that alchemical solution I mentioned earlier, yes? Well, I tested it, and it was a success! Minor side effect… I'm also experiencing an acute onset of searing pain. Isn't that wonderful!
Anywho! Your success in finding those fallen stars has begun to solve the puzzle of the Gloom's appearance the Highlands. So. Question. How do you feel about diving into a Gloom Tear, hmm?