Posted byon September 28, 2019.
Last updated byon September 28, 2019.
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TRANSMIT - initiate the Mertvaya voda signal - RECEIVE - initiate the Zhivaya voda frequency - KILLS VERMIN DEAD - initiate the sentinel syntax - MAY CAUSE IRRITATION - initiate the Tepes Proclamation - WITNESS - The Drăculeşti.
The universe is a dark cave. Time is a bat obscenity bouncing off the walls. Initiate temporal echo location. SHRIEK!
Initiate the sanguine spectrum.
The blood is the life. It sealed a promise, and a vagabond people became forever bound to the Drăculeşti, of the House of Basarab, and its line of Wallachian voivodes. They drank deep of the Living Water and of the Dead Water and swore that all monsters would know terror.
You little ones have spilt much ink, and more breath, on tales of the Romany, the wanderers, the gypsies, the people who came out of India and spread through Asia Minor and Europe a millennium ago. It's mostly lies, and it's not the point.
This is the point.
A family of the people camps near Harbabureşti, in Romania. They claim to be the heirs of the Order of the Dragon. They say they are descended from those who swore an oath to Vlad III Dracula, who some call the Impaler. They joined him in the hunt for the night breed - the strigoi, the moroi, the muroni, the zmeu, and the nosferatu. They fought against Dracula's estranged wife-turned-vampire, Mara.
Designation Drăculeşti is a living, hereditary story, passed on in meat-body iterations. They transmit via the oral tradition, passing on the true history of Dracula and his fall. Each generation trains for a great war. They hone their hatred for all supernatural predators.
Vampire, lycanthrope, or faerie - it matters little to these Romany. The time for such preternatural creatures ended the moment Dracula decreed it so. Perhaps the beasts that stalk the night tell their own bedtime horror stories of the Drăculeşti. Eh, sweetling?
This vicious zeal fills the villagers of Harbabureşti with a deep mistrust of these strange Romany. The simple folk lived peacefully, side by side with the supernatural as far back as their myopic memory stretches. They mutter that the influx of bloodthirsty monsters came only after the gypsies arrived and broke the truce.
The Drăculeşti do little to ease the worries of the villagers. They see such niceties as a waste of time. Their cause is high. Their empathy is limited.
Listen now, sweetling. Prophecies shiver on the wind - the war between light and dark in Transylvania, the return of Dracula, the Romany joining him to finish where their Prince failed before.
Do the prophecies speak true? The pieces tumble into place. The vampires return to Bacaş County. She has returned, secret worlder. Mara has returned!
The worries of the villagers are of little importance to the Romany. They know their purpose is far beyond the comprehension of simple farmers, and they don't care to explain their motives. They are there to fight dark forces, but they are also compelled by a prophecy that speaks of their role in the war.
Travelling with them is a seer called Anastasia. She has spoken a prophecy of a final war between the forces of good and evil in Transylvania, the return of Dracula and of the Romany as his champions - all to finish what the Prince failed at before.
Now, with Mara and the vampires returned to Bacaş County, all the pieces of the prophecy seem to be in place. War is at hand, and victory, they claim, awaits their side on the horizon.
The Besieged Farmlands 440,615
Floating in the air beside a pillar near Sacred Heart Lake in the Dark Woods. The pillar can be reached by activating a nearby Romany Rune (474,610) and then jumping successfully to the top. Once there, use the Romany Rune facing the Legend to activate the runes beneath it so that it can be jumped to. You do not have to be on The Cost of Magic in order to activate the Romany Runes.
The Besieged Farmlands 320,725
Behind a crate atop the scaffolding used by the vampires above Mara's Field.
The Shadowy Forest 825,850
On a rocky ledge overlooking the southern face of the Romany Camp.
The Shadowy Forest 785,550
On the rise behind the Chapel of the Prince within the Drăculeşti Graveyard. Some climbing from the front may be required.
The Shadowy Forest 665,590
Atop the western wall of the Drăculeşti Graveyard. Jump from the nearby mausoleum.
The Shadowy Forest 830,850
In the bed of a truck within the Romany Camp.
The Carpathian Fangs 385,975
In the cave of The Grey beneath Dracula's Castle and surrounded by Young Turk vampires.
The Carpathian Fangs Instanced
In the entry to the southern hallway leading the throne room (380,1005,110) on the main floor of Dracula's Castle. It is accessible after getting the Gold Keycard. Requires Mission: The Castle
The Carpathian Fangs Instanced
In a small room (380,1005,105) on the second floor of Dracula's Castle accessible using the Blue Keycard. Requires Mission: The Castle