Lore & Dialog
Town Crier tells you, "We've heard there are some interesting reports about the Apostates mucking around with those rumored clockwork soldiers that no one's seen before. Speak with the Arcanum scholar Hei Shou at the scribe's shop in Eastham to learn more."
Ulgrim the Unpleasant tells you, "I was just in Eastham the other day, talking to Hei Shou, and she had an interesting theory about what the Apostate Virindi are really up to. As soon as I realized that her theory had nothing to do with applesauce, though, I dismissed it as the unfocused ravings of a crank."
Hei Shou tells you, "Hail, friend! Are you as concerned about the Apostate Virindi threat to Dereth as I am? If you are, I would ask you to investigate a site in northwestern Osteth that seems to be the source of some very interesting energy emanations."
Hei Shou tells you, "Seek the site at 40.1 N, 50.9 W, investigate it to its deepest levels, and bring me back anything interesting that you find. You will be well rewarded."
Hei Shou tells you, "I've asked you to investigate the Apostate Virindi facility in northwestern Osteth. Did you forget the location? It is at 40.1 N, 50.9 W."
You allow Hei Shou to examine your Aetherium Core Fragment.
Hei Shou tells you, "A most interesting find! From what you tell me, the Apostates were ambushing these clockwork soldiers, Gear Knights as you call them, and harvesting their Aetherium for their own purposes. And to use Simulacra to do it, so the Gear Knights blamed us Isparians for it..."
Hei Shou tells you, "Whatever else they are, these Apostates are very clever."
You hand over all of your Aetherium Core Fragments.
Hei Shou gives you Mana Forge Key.
Hei Shou tells you, "I must send news to the Arcanum and to Lord Asheron, and all the royal council... What a discovery!"
Hei Shou gives you 8 Trade Notes (250,000).