Ivy: Ruler, can I speak with you about something?
Ruler: Is everything all right, Ivy?
Ivy: Well... yes? I think? Maybe not... something *feels* wrong, if that makes sense.
Ruler: What do you mean, Ivy?
Ivy: Things just feel... heavy. And dark. There's something amiss.
Ruler: Are you feeling unwell?
Ivy: No, not me... I think the Glimmerwoods might be feeling unwell. I've been looking around to see if I could find anything wrong, but nothing yet. Can you help me look?
Ruler: Of course, Ivy!
Ivy: Oh my! That's a spirit unlike any I've ever seen. It came from the bushes... It's darkened everything around it!
Ruler: It seems to be leaving a trail of toxic sludge behind it as well... It's going to muck up all of the flowers! We're going to have to fight this spirit off and then clean up things afterwards...
Ivy: Well, you were definitely right, Ivy. Something is greatly amiss in the realm. It might be time to gather up our knights.
Ivy: That toxic wisp spirit left this map behind... and there's a wee spirit attached! It may be some sort of toxicity but... it's rather adorable, actually!
Ruler: I'm not sure I would describe this mess as cute, Ivy! it seems like might be evil. The way it clings to the map and hides the destination... That can't be good!
Ivy: Well, no one ever said evil things can't be cute! You're right, though. I can't make anything of this map in its current state.
Ruler: Let's take this to Old Thomas. Maybe he can help us find the way!
Old Thomas: Hmmm... this is very interesting. And you said it was dropped by a dark spirit?
Ruler: We fought a monster that came from some bushes, and it left this map behind.
Old Thomas: It is certainly something toxic... but there is dark magic here at work as well. A mess like this cannot be cleared away with just anything... It is similar to the monster you found... a persistent dark force is at work here. If we are not careful, this darkness could spread to more of the realm. It is best to get to the bottom of this now... and this map is the key!
Ruler: The sludge on the map won't let us see which way to go... what do we do?
Old Thomas: We will need to try something a bit unusual to chase away this dark sprite. Not water, not soap... no, this spirit will need to be chased away by sound!
Ruler: A sound? What do you mean, Thomas?
Old Thomas: I have something in mind... come with me to the Magic Forge!
Old Thomas: With that darkness gone, I can see where this map is directing you! It is best to keep a chime with you on your journey... it may keep you safe!
Ruler: My journey? What do you mean, Thomas?
Old Thomas: This map! I can tell exactly where it is leading. The distance may be great, but it is imperative that you travel to this site. With how the darkness tried to prevent us from seeing it, I think it is the key to all of this.
Ruler: The darkness has continued to appear from our plants...
Old Thomas: Indeed, Young Ruler, and I fear it will continue to spread unless we stop it.
Ruler: Then I suppose you are right, Thomas. It's time for a journey!
Old Thomas: It's time to gather supplies and journey, Young Ruler. This is a new foe, unlike any we have ever seen before. While the best way to combat it is as of yet unknown, we have many tools in our arsenal to win the day. Ivy and I are here to help you, should you need any resources! The way is clear now on this map, though the destination is not... It is marked with only this strange symbol, a whirly swirl of some sort. With how the darkness has fought to obscure the way, however, it is best that you do not travel alone.
Ruler: Don't worry about me, Thomas... I know just who I want by my side.
Thurston: Look at that temple, my liege! It floats in the sky with some sort of magic!
Ruler: This has to be the location that was marked on the map... The symbol certainly makes sense now!
Thurston: And look, my liege! The toxic plants surround this temple as well. Did this horrible toxin follow us on our journey, my liege?
Ruler: I don't think so, Thurston... this growth looks like it has been here for some time.
Thurston: What should we do now, my liege? How do we get up there? Shall I gather the knights? We can make the highest human ladder this realm has ever seen!
Ruler: As fun as that sounds, I think perhaps we could just use those stairs...
Thurston: Ah, so wise al always, my liege!
Wind Spirit: Who are you? Why have you approached my temple?
Ruler: I am the ruler of the realm... We found a map that led us to your temple.
Wind Spirit: A map? The location of this temple is an ancient secret and is to remain that way. How did you come to be in possession of this map?
Ruler: A dark spirit, who has infected some of the plants in our realm... They leave behind a toxic sludge, and it seems to infect the growth around the realm. Once we defeated the spirit, we found this map covered in a dark substance. We were able to rid the darkness with the sound of the wind through chimes. But we found more of the toxins surrounding your temple as well. Look around you! The darkness is spreading.
Wind Spirit: So I see. This evil has spread, even to my own home. Am I to trust a strange child? How do I know you do not bear the darkness? There is a test you must face before I will allow you into my temple. I must know you are not one with the darkness itself.
Wind Spirit: My name is Monsoona. Welcome to the Prevailian Temple. You have earned access to this special place and I will help you as much as I can. But first... Tell me more about the darkness.
Ruler: It appeared by our bushes and took the form of a dark spirit. It spread a toxicity through the realm, a darkness we had never seen before. It was not easy to clean, either... We fear it will be hard to fully remove. When we saw the map and it sent us here, we thought maybe there would be help here. We found more of the toxic plants around this temple as well.
Monsoona: I hope to do what I can to assist you in choking the darkness. There seems to be great evil at work here. The map you found that lead you to my home... The darkness was likely using it to find its next target... It spread through your realm and would have overcome my temple... How did it come to be? We must investigate further. Come inside the temple. Let's have tea before we decide our next moves.