The next quest I started was called “Stolen Hearts” and to begin I had to find Ozan, one fo the fellows I helped defeat the troll general with in the tutorial. So the deal here is his friend was acting super sketchy and he fears he may have joined one of the Daynor gangs.
After I posed as a gang member to infiltrate the gang’s hideout, I found that Ozan friend, Khnum, was actually the leader/founder. Hmm, fancy that. Oh and I learned he had three of his kronies out kidnapping someone, but that is for later. Before Khnum would fully accept me in his gang I had to prove I was a true “Skull” by finding the “Skull” headquarters. Fair enough, old man.
I went top-side and told Ozan everything like the snitch I am. Then we stalked Khnum to HQ and ambushed him there to question him about the shenanigans going down with that whole kidnapping schpeal. At first, we thought we wouldn’t be able to break him but once we threatened to take away his food. HA! Men. So easily swayed when food is involved.
Anyway, moving on.
There we were interrogating hm when out of nowhere this Amazonian-looking woman brandishes a cross-bow at us. Well. I don’t know who invited her but NOT COOL, BRO. We were obviously in the middle of in interrogation, here!
Turns out she was there on business of her own and just so happened to spot Ozan, and knowing he was a bandit/thief/bad guy followed him. It took Ozan a minute but he soon saw through her disguise. She was Leela, daughter of Osman the spymaster of Al Kharid; they had known one another before Ozan was exiled. Once we figured that whole thing out, our focus was back on Khnum. Well, the kidnapping thing we were discussing earlier ended up being Prince Ali (Another Aladdin reference?), the prince of Al Kharid and probably the reason why the Al Kharid palace was on lockdown last time I ventured that far east. Yeah. to get back at his former empolyers (Khnum as once a palace guard), Khnum had kidnapped the prince but only after the promised pay through this mysterious Lady Keli.
We only have so much time before Lady Keli sails away with the prince, so after locking Khnum up in his HQ we book it south to the shore just in time for Lady keli to deliver a lovely little monologue while threatening to kill prince Ali if we don’t deliver the Emir’s heart. Jeez, I really hope this isn’t a Snow White reference.
When we refused, she possessed the henchmen helping her with her crazy lady-demon-magic and made them attack Ozan, Leela, and me. This is the part I felt was a bit comical. For some reason, these “great” warriors could not even make a dent in these guys’ health bars. I had to kill the one that was attacking me and then go save the others. Really? The only reason I got these two was for chit-chatting purposes?! So I killed off the bad guys and saved the day but, alas, the prince was still missing so Ozan and I headed down to Al Kharid to try and talk to the emir and the spymaster.
Once we got there, the guard wouldn’t let us into the palace even when we fully explained the threat. Dude. Seriously. Your prince is missing and there is business to be done! So we had to go the Ozan-route, meaning we had to Assassin’s Creed our way into the building by leading from house to house, shimmying across roofs and down awnings.
When passing one of the castle windows we overheard a conversation between the emir, Osman, Hassan, and a Menaphos emissary: Jabari. They are trying to solidify peace between the two nations; however, the emir is dying and the prince is missing. If there is no one to hold the throne, Menaphos will take over. You can imagine our frustration when we hear this due to the fact that a couple of Lady Keli’s cronies were wearing the colors of Menaphos.
Eventually Jabari and Hassan leave. When the Emir and Osman are alone they discuss how the emir is dying and how the threat of menaphos is very real and very terrifying if they do now find the prince. The ransom is for the Emir’s heart, when in reality, the emir’s heart stands for a diamond kept in the Emir’s vault. Forunately for us, Ozan knows a way into this vault. There he was been caught once before by Osman and exiled as a boy, at this time, Khnum was also exiled and blamed for the boy’s insolence thus Khnum’s hatred for Ozan.
Once in the vault I looked around in a chest and found a piece of parchment with a sotry on it describing the heart of Het and how I could possibly obtain it. It was all about balance and truth and something about someone being the heaviest in guilt because all the others weighed the same.
Eventually I found the heaviest weight and used it to obtain the diamond. Well, right then we were caught. Osman barged into the vault because by taking the diamond we had set off an alarm. Once Osman hears we had been working with his daughter, his guards are ordered to stand down. We are then forced to give up the diamond and are taken to the Emir who, after we explain the diamond is the only way he can get his son back, exclaims how he will give anything else but the diamond and promptly dies of a “heart attack.” Well.
We aren’t blamed for the death of the Emir, thank god, Ozan is released from exile, and I reap the benefits of completing yet another quest.
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