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sir eos lee

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Please note that the following all will take place in the 5th Age.
MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Following the events of Lord of Vampyrium, King Roald makes plans to form an army, and at minimum retake Paterdomus. Thus in River of Blood, the first order of business would seem to be to retake the Temple.
This makes sense in both a tactical and strategic sense. The Temple itself sits on the high ground on the west bank of the river, thus giving defenders facing the East an advantage. Defenders facing an enemy to their west/rear however would be left with little room to run or maneuver.
Retaking the Temple would also be the first step to repelling any future invasion from Morytania, as had always been the plan since the Temple was built.

From the start of the series, The Zamorakian Monks currently hold the Temple.

Current Order of Battle

Defenders:
- Several Zamorakian Monks
- Possibly the imprisoned vampyre
- Potential reinforcements from across the river or elsewhere

Attackers:
- Adventurer
- Soldiers from Army of Misthalin
- Temple Guardian Lycurgus (Lycurgus is unlikely to directly take part in the battle, but he does currently block one avenue of escape for the monks)


As typical with quests, it is highly likely that the Adventurer will be asked to take part in retaking the Temple, either directly or indirectly.
In Priest in Peril, the Adventurer was already more than capable of dealing with a few monks, since you had to kill at least 1 to gain a key for Drezel.
By the time of Lord of Vampyrium, you've taken down Vyrewatch, Vyrelords, and even
Lord Drakan
. So a temple filled with low level monks wouldn't be the highest concern for you, especially with a small army behind you.

10-Dec-2015 14:44:49 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 15:27:22 by sir eos lee

sir eos lee

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So what are some of the outcomes of this battle?

Since this is a 5th Age quest, there won't be any factional alignments coming into play. So even if you do support Zamorak in the 6th Age, and even wore full sets of Zamorak equipment during the invasion, you probably won't get an option to openly be Zamorakian.

That said, that wouldn't prevent us from having an option to simply disperse the monks through intimidation.
As mentioned, at this point the Adventurer is no longer the low level combat noob, barely on par with a monk. You are a hardened combat veteran who has stared down far scarier than things than a group of monks.
And since you're not alone, with anything from a squad to a battalion behind you, getting the monks to scatter or surrender wouldn't be too difficult.

Alternatively, the Adventurer 'could' have Zamorakian leanings and mention this to the monks (especially if you have helped in cases like the Abyssal mini-quest, or aided in the return of Hazeel). The Adventurer could get a head start on the rest of the force, sneak into the temple first under the guise of recon, and warn the monks ahead of time of the approaching force. The Adventurer, while sympathetic to the monks, would still inform them that he/she would still have to kill them while on the side of the army.
The monks would then have a few extra minutes to head to the hills of Silvarea, and the Temple retaken with minimal casualties.

10-Dec-2015 14:44:54 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 14:53:15 by sir eos lee

sir eos lee

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In terms of combat, if only the monks are present, the battle might be quick.
The Misthalin Army we have seen, has not generally produced many elite combatants. They may have the skill to wield certain tiers of equipment, but in all likelihood, a group of soldiers (without aid of the Adventurer) vs the monks, would turn into a bloodbath, with both sides taking even casualties before the Misthalin Army came out victorious.


As noted, this assumes only the monks are present, and none of them have done any sort of level grinding since the start of the series.
It is possible that there are monks present who are more powerful, or could use summoning to bring in familiars.
But these would at best delay the inevitable and only cause more casualties on the Misthalin Army.

What should be considered is the possibility of Zamorakian reinforcements.
- elements sneaking across the river such as werewolves and vampires
We are already aware that there exists ways for beings to get across (As seen in Legacy of Seergaze), so a handful could get across.
- elements of other Zamorakian forces teleporting in
It is unknown if there any anti-telportation features near the Temple, or if the Misthalin Army would do anything to prevent any reinforcements from coming in that way.

In either scenario, this would increase the potential number of defenders during the battle.

10-Dec-2015 14:45:00 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 15:01:33 by sir eos lee

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The Vampire

One possible wildcard in the battle, would be the possibility of the Vampire on the top floor getting loose. This vampire is ancient, having been kept sealed in the temple for a very long time. While weakened, and starved, such a creature would still be a threat; more from its starved and feral state than anything else.
In Priest in Peril, Drezel was convinced that the Adventurer would not be able to fight such a creature, and perhaps he was right, especially if the Vampire is a full blooded Vyrelord originally from Vampyrium. While at that time, the Adventurer would have still been raw ... now the Adventurer would be far more capable AND have the necessary weapons to deal with it. So Drezel's concerns would be unwarranted.
- The Zamorakians could willingly set it free.
Here, either before the start of the battle, or in some last bit of desperation, the Monks let it loose.
The Adventurer would probably be the only 1 in the party with the skillset and equipment to take down the Vampire forcing them to engage it while the rest of the Army focuses on mopping up. Such an engagement would canonically allow the Army to take on the monks, avoid the potential 1 sided slaughter of the defenders.
- The Vampire could break free itself
Here, the Vampire would arrive during the battle when neither side was expecting it.
Without any sort of oaths/pledges from the creature, you could have a starved monster tearing into both sides looking for blood.
The Adventurer again would be forced to deal with the new threat. The only positive from this outcome would be to make any surviving Monks realize the potential folly of siding with the Vampires, and thus surrender.

10-Dec-2015 15:11:28 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 15:15:55 by sir eos lee

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The Vampires Arrive First

Here, there are actually 2 scenarios.
1) The Vampire at the top of the temple was not only set free, but also had enough time to convert many of the monks into early vampires.
2) Vyres from across the Salve not only infiltrated the Temple, but now control it.

This would fundamentally change the outcome, as only the Adventurer would likely be equipped for such a scenario.
The rest of the Misthalin army could wield silver equipment and keep various Vampyres/Vyres busy, but at best, it would be a holding action. They would try to survive long enough for the Adventurer to dispatch each threat 1 at a time.

The only way to prevent a wholesale slaughter of the Misthalin Army would be if King Roald or one of the other commanders was prudent enough to ask the Adventurer to supply them with Blisterwood Weapons or Invandis Rods/Flails beforehand.

10-Dec-2015 15:11:39 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 15:18:41 by sir eos lee

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Outcome
In the end, it is highly likely that the Misthalin Army would retake Paterdomus , and regain control of the west bank of the River Salve.

The only question would be at how much of a cost?

10-Dec-2015 15:16:05 - Last edited on 10-Dec-2015 15:17:24 by sir eos lee

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Being this quest a finale to the whole vyre quest series, I'd doubt that this event wouldn't develop into a crisis that involves the whole of Morytania and its main leaders, instead of just focusing on retaking Paterdomus itself..

10-Dec-2015 22:16:11

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Considering we warded the vampyre off with simple holy water (which isn't used in the vampyre questline again, unless it's in LoV), I doubt it's the most powerful being. Plus, its starving. I doubt taking the temple will be an integral part of the quest. Maybe the beginning, but probably not much more. Newest Disciple of Xau-Tak

11-Dec-2015 02:30:25 - Last edited on 11-Dec-2015 02:30:43 by Nolhiir

sir eos lee

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Pupppy said:
Being this quest a finale to the whole vyre quest series, I'd doubt that this event wouldn't develop into a crisis that involves the whole of Morytania and its main leaders, instead of just focusing on retaking Paterdomus itself..


Actually, for River of Blood, I considered the retaking of the Temple to be 1 of the opening acts of the quest, and that it would be smaller than what we do against Vanescula's forces.

The goal is to simply expel the Zamorakian forces BEFORE Vanescula arrives.

This would be a skirmish compared to what is to come.

11-Dec-2015 18:39:41

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