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Portal Space Time Travel
Level: Any
Rec. Level: 50
Type: Solo
Starts At: Mar'uun
Time to Complete: 4 days
Repeat: Non Repeatable

Overview

  • This quest is broken up into 4 days. You must wait 20 hours after completing one part before you may move on to the next.
  • While on this quest, you will have the option to complete the older Portal Space Research quests.
  • Upon completing this quest, you will have access to a restored Mar'uun, and the Portal Space Rifts quest within.
  • There is some degree of divergence based on your choices, which can net you additional dialog and an extra title.

Walkthrough & Notes

Flagging

  1. Go to Mar'uun, which will be in a destroyed state. Merely entering the portal is all that is required for the use of the randomly spawning Resonant portals.
  2. Optional: While in the destroyed Mar'uun, collect the Scrap of Paper. It is located where Kaywin was, in the area behind the researchers next to the Stabilizing Machines. To reach it, go to the portal research area, climb the stairs to the west and find a hole on the wooden floor. Jump down and pick up the Scrap of Paper. This will be worth experience in day 3 or 4, so hang on to it.

Day 1

This portion takes place during Coldeve, 20 PY (February 2009, Unfinished Business) when Mar'uun was first introduced. Marcus and Wren are conducting the original experiments. The Virindi Jean and Luc are not present, neither is Kaywin the machinist.

  1. Locate a Resonant Portal (no level restrict, no summon/tie/recall).
    • Known locations include the western Direlands (i.e. Ayan, Lethe areas).
  2. Use the portal to travel to Mar'uun in the past.
  3. Proceed to the portal space research area north of the main loop and across the bridge. Speak with Wren the Curious and Marcus Manfried. During your interactions with Marcus, you are presented with the option to reveal to him about the arrival of Jean and Luc via a Yes/No Dialog Box.
  4. After making your choice, you will be told to come back in a day's time.
  5. Optional: The Test Portal can be used for 1 million experience if you didn't do so prior to Mar'uun's destruction. The Test Portal sends you to the wooden platform above it, but in the present day destroyed Mar'uun. Make sure you do everything you want in this version of Mar'uun before you do this.
  6. Once you've talked to the NPCs once and have left, you cannot return for 20 hours.

Day 2

This portion takes place during Wintersebb, 20 PY (March 2009, Who Watches the Virindi?). Marcus is next to the Enhanced Test Portal, which is unstable, and Wren has moved to the back room. The Virindi Jean and Luc are now present, but Kaywin is not.

  1. Optional: Return to the destroyed Mar'uun and collect another Scrap of Paper, as described in the Flagging section. This is for additional experience on day 3 or 4.
    • Tip: For a free trip to the Resonant Portal, do this step after Marcus gives you the Research Notes - then just go out the Mar'uun exit portal and it's right there)
  2. Locate a Resonant Portal.
  3. Optional: Talk to Jean and Luc at the portal drop. A dialog box will appear asking "Would you like to confront the Virindi about their presence in Mar'uun?". You can answer Yes or No. Answering Yes gives additional dialog.
    • Warning: This appears to interfere with earning the Virindi Informer title! This step is not necessary and should probably be avoided.
  4. Proceed to the portal space research area. You'll notice Wren isn't in her usual spot but rather inside the nearby room staring at the wall. She doesn't say much when you talk to her. Also, the Test Portal is now the Enhanced Test Portal.
  5. Talk to Marcus to receive the Research Notes (First Notes), which he asks you to take to an Arcanum Researcher.
    • If you told him about the Virindi yesterday, he will award you 1,000,000 xp.
    • If you didn't tell him about the Virindi yesterday, he will award you 750,000 xp.
  6. Optional: Hand the Research Notes to Jean or Luc. They will just examine them and give you some dialog.
    • Note: This step appears necessary to earn the Virindi Informer title.
  7. Take the Research Notes (First Notes) to any Arcanum Researcher in any one of the capital heritage libraries. The Arcanum Researcher will examine them and direct you to give them to Ned the Clever in Zaikhal.
  8. Give the Research Notes to Ned and he will give you Aetherium Research Notes. He directs you to give these to Marcus. Hold on to these notes for tomorrow, when you may enter Mar'uun again.

Day 3

This portion takes place during Morningthaw, 20 PY (April 2009, What Once was Lost). Marcus and Wren are next to the Enhanced Test Portal. Kaywin is now in town.

  1. Optional: Return to the destroyed Mar'uun and collect another Scrap of Paper, as described in the Flagging section. This is for additional experience on day 3 or 4.
  2. Locate a Resonant Portal.
  3. You now have two different ;divergent; set of steps you can follow.
  4. Optional: Give your Scraps of Paper to Kaywin who is at the Stabilizing Machine behind the portal space research area, near where you found them in the destroyed Mar'uun.
  5. Optional: Allow Jean or Luc to examine the Research Notes. They will not keep the Notes.
  6. Take the Research Notes to Ned the Clever in Zaikhal. He will hand you Aetherium Research Notes to deliver to Marcus tomorrow.

Day 4

This portion takes place during Solclaim, 20 PY (May 2009, Secrets of the Apostates), before the town is destroyed.

  1. Optional: Return to the destroyed Mar'uun and collect another Scrap of Paper, as described in the Flagging section. This is for additional experience on day 3 or 4. Note that this is the last time you can do this.
  2. Locate a Resonant Portal.
  3. You now have two different ;divergent; set of steps you can follow.
    • Hand your Aetherium Research Notes to Jean or Luc. They will keep the notes so you will be unable to turn them into to Marcus. They will award you 250,000 xp. If you handed ;all; of the previous Notes (Research Notes and Aetherium Research Notes) to the Virindi then they will give you the title Virindi Informer.
    • Talk to Marcus and he will award you 750,000 xp and the title Timeless Adventurer.
      ;Or you can;
    • Hand the Aetherium Research Notes to Marcus for 1 million xp and the title Timeless Aventurer.
  4. Optional: Give your Scraps of Paper to Kaywin who is at the Stabilizing Machine behind the portal space research area, near where you found them in the destroyed Mar'uun. This is your final chance to turn these in.

Beyond Day Four

  • Using the Resonant Portal at 10.6S, 17.1E will send you to a Mar'uun that has avoided destruction. You will now have access to the Portal Space Rifts quest.
  • Kaywin in this version doesn't know what to do with the Scrap of Paper but she gives the Machinist's Gloves Quest as usual.
  • You will be unable to enter the random Resonant Portals in the Direlands.

Rewards

Day 1 (Optional): Complete stage one of Portal Space Research (use Test Portal).
Experience: 1,000,000 (Fixed)
Day 2 Speaking with Marcus, if you informed him of the Virindi in Day 1
Experience: 1,000,000 (Fixed)
Day 2 Speaking with Marcus, if you did not inform him of the Virindi in Day 1
Experience: 750,000 (Fixed)
Day 3 Give the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 2
Experience: 250,000 (Fixed)
Day 3 Speaking with Marcus, if you gave the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 2
Experience: 750,000 (Fixed)
Day 3 Speaking with Marcus, if you still have the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 2
Experience: 1,000,000 (Fixed)
Day 3 or 4 (Optional): Giving Kaywin the Scrap of Paper
Experience: 1,000,000 (Fixed)
Day 4 Give the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 3
Experience: 250,000 (Fixed)
Day 4 Speaking with Marcus, if you gave the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 3
Experience: 750,000 (Fixed)
Day 4 Speaking with Marcus, if you still have the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 3
Experience: 1,000,000 (Fixed)
Completing all 4 days of the Quest
Titles: Timeless Adventurer
Handing all Notes you get from Marcus and Ned to the Jean or Luc
Titles: Virindi Informer

Images

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Dialog

Attempting to use a Resonant Portal without flagging

There is no response from the portal.

The portal seems to be out of phase.
Attempting to use the Unstable Test Portal in destroyed Mar'uun

You try to enter the portal but there is no effect.

The portal seems to have been intentionally taken off line.

Day 1

Opening dialog with Marcus, if you had not done the Portal Space Research quests

Marcus Manfried says, "Starting next iteration..."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Sorry about that, I needed to finish initializing the current iteration of our portal experiments."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Our current experimentation is intended to further understand and possibly bypass the restrictions of certain portals."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "This is only our current round of experiments. We're hoping to unlock all the secrets of portal space and time."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "You can talk to me again if you would like to assist us."

Marcus Manfried says, "Process complete. Observe the results and make the proper notations."
Second dialog with Marcus, if you had not done the Portal Space Research quests

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Talk to my assistant if you would like to help further our understanding of portals."

You tell Marcus about what you've seen in Mar'uun.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We're here to do serious research, I'm really not interested in your ghost stories."

You think you need to find some way to make him believe you.

Dialog Box asks you if you want to tell him about the Virindi, you can click Yes or No

Opening dialog with Marcus, if you had previously done the Portal Space Research quests

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Thank you for all your assistance. We have gathered what we can from our understanding of your personal properties, the sum of the things you've done and how that interacted with our experimental portals."

You tell Marcus about what you've seen in Mar'uun.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We're here to do serious research, I'm really not interested in your ghost stories."

You think you need to find some way to make him believe you.

Dialog Box asks you if you want to tell him about the Virindi, you can click Yes or No

If you click Yes and tell him about the Virindi

You tell Marcus about the Virindi, Jean and Luc who will soon be moving into town.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "You expect me to believe that Virindi are going to materialize here out of the blue?"

Marcus Manfried tells you, "I'm not certain which of your stories is the least likely..."
If you click No and don't tell him about the Virindi

You elect not to tell Marcus about the Virindi, it may be best not to upset him any further.

It seems like it would be a good idea to talk to the assistant as well.
After making a decision on whether or not to tell Marcus about the Virindi

You think you have already done everything you can here for now.

It seems like a good idea to check back in a week's time.

If time progresses in this lost place the people here will soon learn more.
Attempting to Speak to Marcus again

You think you have done everything you can here for now.
Opening dialog with Wren, if you had not done the Portal Space Research quests

Wren the Curious tells you, "Please talk to Marcus about our work and then return to me if you would like to help."
Second dialog with Wren, if you had not done the Portal Space Research quests

Wren the Curious tells you, "The process has been prepared. When you are ready use the test portal."

You tell Wren about the things you've seen in Mar'uun and her coming demise.

She seems disturbed by your story.

Wren the Curious tells you, "I'm really not certain who you are, but we're trying to work here. Please leave me alone!"
Opening dialog with Wren, if you had previously done the Portal Space Research quests

Wren the Curious tells you, "Thank you for your assistance as a test subject. We could use more good subjects like you."

You tell Wren about the things you've seen in Mar'uun and her coming demise.

She seems disturbed by your story.

Wren the Curious tells you, "I'm really not certain who you are, but we're trying to work here. Please leave me alone!"
Dialog after to speaking to Wren

There does not seem to be more you can do to convince Wren.

You think you have done everything you can here for now.
Attempting to use the Test Portal after completing the first test

The portal restrictions do not allow your access.
Attempting to use a Resonant Portal before 20 hours have passed

There is no response from the portal.

The portal seems to be out of phase.

It seems that you may be in phase with this portal within a week.

Day 2

Opening dialog with Jean or Loc

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Fellow normal human, how is it being human today? My flesh is healthy and I am well."

or

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "I have come here in order to exchange metals and promissory notes for goods from the locals. I also look to imbibe liquid substances in order to forget my pains and bond with my fellow humans over eccentric tales."

Dialog Box asks you "Would you like to confront the Virindi about their presence in Mar'uun?"
If you click 'Yes' and confront them

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Fellow human, I am not aware of these Virindi you speak of."

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "You should let us, your fellow humans, know if you discover anything."
If click 'No' and do not confront them

Nothing happens, talk to them again and you will be prompted to confront them again.
Dialog from Jean and Luc after confronting them

Jean tells you, "As humans Luc and I are very similar. There is no reason for suspicion. Our humanity makes our stories very similar."

Luc says, "Yes, Jean and I come from the same human pod. We are indeed very similar."

Jean tells you, "Fellow normal human, how is it being human today? My flesh is healthy and I am well."

Luc says, "Yes, our flesh is good."

Jean tells you, "Hello fellow Human Adventurer. We also are adventurers who have come to this town. We have had many human adventures just like you."

Jean tells you, "I have come here in order to exchange metals and promissory notes for goods from the locals. I also look to imbibe liquid substances in order to forget my pains and bond with my fellow humans over eccentric tales."

Luc tells you, "As humans Jean and I are very similar. There is no reason for suspicion. Our humanity makes our stories very similar."

Jean says, "Luc and I come from the same human pod. We often tell the same stories. We have been togeather as long as we have been flesh."

Luc tells you, "Fellow normal human, how is it being human today? My flesh is healthy and I am well."

Luc tells you, "Hello fellow Human Adventurer. We also are adventurers who have come to this town. We have had many human adventures just like you."

Jean says, "Yes we are also great human adventurers like you."

Luc tells you, "I have come here in order to exchange metals and promissory notes for goods from the locals. I also look to imbibe liquid substances in order to forget my pains and bond with my fellow humans over eccentric tales."
Opening dialog with Marcus, if you informed Marcus of the Virindi yesterday

Marcus Manfried tells you, "I'm uncertain as to how you knew there would be Virindi named Luc and Jean coming to our town..."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "This certainly does lend credence to your stories."

Marcus Manfried gives you Research Notes.

You've earned 1,000,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Take this note to an Arcanum Researcher. I think they can help."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "If we're displaced in time you may find it difficult to reach us again."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "From what you've told me it seems like it may take about a week before you can reach us again if time shifts."
Opening dialog with Marcus, if you did not inform Marcus of the Virindi yesterday

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Many adventurers have come through here telling stories much like the stories you told me..."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "It would be reckless of me not to think that these things may be true."

Marcus Manfried gives you Research Notes.

You've earned 750,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Take this note to an Arcanum Researcher. I think they can help."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "If we're displaced in time you may find it difficult to reach us again."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "From what you've told me it seems like it may take about a week before you can reach us again if time shifts."
Dialog from Marcus after he gives you the notes

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Make sure that the note is delivered and returned to me."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "If you're correct this is a matter of life and death."
Dialog from Wren

Wren seems preoccupied.

Wren the Curious tells you, "Uh, I can't talk right now."

Wren the Curious tells you, "Please leave me be."
Attempting to use the Enhanced Test Portal

You try to enter the portal but there is no effect.

The portal seems unstable.
Handing Jean or Luc the Research Notes for the first time

You allow [Jean/Luc] to examine your Research Notes.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Fellow human, we appreciate that you've informed us."

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Our human lives very well could be in danger."
Handing Jean or Luc the Research Notes after already handing it to them once

You allow [Jean/Luc] to examine your Research Notes.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Fellow human, I must thank you for your assistance."
Showing Research Notes to an Arcanum Researcher

You allow Arcanum Researcher to examine your Research Notes.

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "You've made contact with the lost town of Mar'uun?"

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "This is very shocking indeed."

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "I've read through the research note."

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "I'm going to send you to talk to one of our researchers, Ned the Clever."

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "He's been looking into a substance that may tie into this research."

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "Ned the Clever has been residing in Zaikhal."
Showing Research Notes to Ned

You give Ned the Clever Research Notes.

Ned the Clever tells you, "This is very interesting indeed."

Ned the Clever tells you, "I've been working with a substance called Aetherium, we actually sent a shipment to Mar'uun to assist in their experiments before it vanished."

Ned the Clever gives you Aetherium Research Notes.

Ned the Clever tells you, "I put togeather several diagrams and several notes for the researchers based off their notes."

Ned the Clever tells you, "Take my note to Marcus, it'll help him determine the cause of the accident."

Ned the Clever tells you, "My personal theory is that they used the Aetherium in a way that destabilized portal space..."

Ned the Clever tells you, "Sundering a barrier between the planes of existance and time..."

Ned the Clever tells you, "Truely shocking."
Attempting to use a Resonant Portal before 20 hours have passed

There is no response from the portal.

The portal seems to be out of phase.

It seems that you may be in phase with this portal within a week.

Day 3

If you give Jean or Luc the Aetherium Research Notes from day 2

You give Jean Aetherium Research Notes.

Jean tells you, "We are glad you have decided to share this information with us."

Jean tells you, "Aetherium, very interesting."

You've earned 250,000 experience.

Jean tells you, "We are going to keep this note, it could prove useful."
Taking to Marcus after giving the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes

You describe to Marcus the contents of the note from the Aetherium.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "It would have been much more helpful if you could have brought us the note..."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "But the information you brought me and the information I've received from others should be enough."

You've earned 750,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried gives you Research Notes.
Taking to Marcus when you still have the Aetherium Research Notes

You hand over 1 of your Aetherium Research Notes.

You've earned 1,000,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "This note is going to assist us greatly."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Give me a few seconds to read this over and write a reply."

Marcus Manfried gives you Research Notes.
Taking to Marcus again

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Please deliver that note to the Arcanum for me."
Giving Kaywin the Scrap of Paper

You give Kaywin Scrap of Paper.

Kaywin tells you, "What's this?"

Kaywin tells you, "... but, this is my hand writing."

Kaywin tells you, "I never wrote this."

Kaywin tells you, "Marcus talked to me about this, but I didn't really believe him."

Kaywin tells you, "So, we really all do die?"

Rips up the scrap of paper.

Kaywin tells you, "Hell with this. I'm gonna live!"

You've earned 1,000,000 experience.
Talking to Wren

Wren the Curious tells you, "I can't tell you how happy I am to know that you're going to help us."

Wren the Curious tells you, "I was so afraid I would die..."

Wren the Curious tells you, "Now I know it's going to be okay with all these people helping up."

Wren the Curious tells you, "... You are helping us right?"
Handing Jean or Luc the Research Notes for the first time

You allow [Jean/Luc] to examine your Research Notes.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Marcus seems to think this new aetherium will react with his portal experiments."
Handing Jean or Luc the Research Notes after already handing it to them once

You allow [Jean/Luc] to examine your Research Notes.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Fellow human, I must thank you for your assistance."
Attempting to use the Enhanced Test Portal

You try to enter the portal but there is no effect.

The portal seems unstable.
Showing Research Notes to an Arcanum Researcher

You allow Arcanum Researcher to examine your Research Notes.

Arcanum Researcher tells you, "You need to see Ned the Clever about this. He's the one familiar with this research."
Showing Research Notes to Ned

You give Ned the Clever Research Notes.

Ned the Clever tells you, "As I suspected, it seems their calculations about the resonant properties and volatility of aetherium were off."

Ned the Clever gives you Aetherium Research Notes.

Ned the Clever tells you, "I've corrected their calculations in this note. Please deliver it to Marcus."

Ned the Clever tells you, "I am also suggesting that they hold their experiments for the time being, at least until we know more."
Attempting to use a Resonant Portal before 20 hours have passed

There is no response from the portal.

The portal seems to be out of phase.

It seems that you may be in phase with this portal within a week.

Day 4

If you give Jean or Luc the Aetherium Research Notes from Day 3

You give [Jean/Luc] Aetherium Research Notes.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "It seems the Arcanum has a shipment of aetherium intended for Mar'uun."

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "My human podmate and I think this could cause a problem."

You've earned 250,000 experience.

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "We are going to keep this note, it could prove useful."
If you handed all the Notes from the previous days to the Virindi then you also get this

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "Our human pod has found you very useful."

[Jean/Luc] tells you, "We have learned much more about this Aetherium and Marcus's research."

You are an informer of the Virindi in Mar'uun. You have been given the Virindi Informer title.
Taking to Marcus after giving the Virindi the Aetherium Research Notes

You explain to Marcus the contents of the note you received from the Arcanum.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "It would have been great if you could have delivered the actual notes."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "I'm going to have to take your word on this. But it seems that aetherium has a possibly volatile reaction with our research."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We'll have to look through our experiments again... possibly we can make this work."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Please come back and see me again later... if everything I suspect is correct you've saved us all."

You've earned 750,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Return to Mar'uun in its original location. You'll have to compensate for the variance in time again."

You are truely an adventurer of space and time. You have been granted the title of Timeless Adventurer.
Giving the Aetherium Research Notes to Marcus

You hand over 1 of your Aetherium Research Notes.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "This note describes how the Arcanum thinks aetherium will effect our experiments."

You've earned 1,000,000 experience.

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We'd previously scheduled the addition of the aetherium substance in our tests."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We're going to have to back over our calculations... I still think this can work."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Please come back and see me again later... if everything I suspect is correct you've saved us all."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "Return to Mar'uun in its original location. You'll have to compensate for the variance in time again."

You are truely an adventurer of space and time. You have been granted the title of Timeless Adventurer.
Dialog from Marcus

Wren the Curious tells you, "I've been helping Marcus revise our experimental protocols."

Wren the Curious tells you, "We're certain that we're going to make this work. We've temporarily aborted our plans to experiment with aetherium until we've learned more."
Dialog from Wren

Marcus Manfried tells you, "We received a shipment of aetherium."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "I had intended to use it in our experiments, it would have been ground breaking..."

Marcus Manfried tells you, "But thanks to this information from the Arcanum we'll have to adjust our experiments."
Using the Resonant Portal at Mar'uun's old location

Resonant Portal teleports you with Mar'uun.

Update History

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