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Shifting Earth and Lost Threads Come to Light

Shifting Earth and Lost Threads Come to Light
Typechar
Requires AR40
Is Part ofHistoria Antiqua Chapter: Act II
DescriptionThe evidence at the mining site suggests that the miners followed the road north. You follow the trail, gradually closing in on them.
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Truth in the Stones
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RequiresTruth in the Stones
UnlocksAmidst Chaos, the Rock Is Unmoved
Rewards
Adventure EXP x 625
Mora x 38100
Hero's Wit x 4
Mystic Enhancement Ore x 8
Objectives & Dialogues (are clickable)
• Head to Lingju Pass to investigate
Paimon: Wait, there are tracks here!
Paimon: These must have been left by the miners!
Zhongli: Let us make our way to the end of Lingju Pass. If there are no footprints there, it would suggest that the miners are still within the pass itself. However, if we find new tracks, we can follow them wherever they may lead.
Observe StoneObserve Stone: (It looks like... some sort of Cor Lapis?)Observe Stone: (It was able to record the information we needed. A curious stone, indeed.)
• Look for more clues in the area
Paimon: Hey! Footprints!
Zhongli: It would appear that they made their way through Lingju Pass and kept moving.
Paimon: If we follow their footprints we should be able to find where they went!
• Follow the footprints
• Ask people nearby for information
Ling
Paimon: Hey there, seen any miners?
Ling: ...It must have been about four or five days ago. There were a few men who came through here carrying baskets and picks... I guess that could have been them?
Paimon: Yeah! That's them!
Zhongli: Four or five days ago? It appears that they were moving slower than we'd anticipated. Traversing the geography of Lingju Pass must have held them up.
Ling: It was so strange! Four big guys with lifeless expressions... It was like they were in some sort of trance! And there was a child staggering in front of them...
Zhongli: Huh, this child... did you see what they look like?
Ling: I caught a glimpse... blue hair, short. I think... I think it was a girl! She wasn't smiling, in fact she looked very serious.
Zhongli: And they took this road?
Ling: Yes, they followed it straight from here.
Paimon: Let's go after them!
Yonggui
Yonggui: *sigh* My legs don't work like they used to... Guess my age is catching up with me...
Wei
Wei: You again... I'm busy!
• Follow the road and keep up the pursuit
Ling
Ling: I've never seen anything like it... Were they sleepwalking? So bizarre...
• Save the ambushed scholar
• Talk to the scholar
Wanyu
Wanyu: Those monsters were so aggressive — they must have noticed me walking through! Before I knew it they were all over me... Thank you all for saving me.
Wanyu: My name is Wanyu, I belong to Liyue's Shenglu Hall. I head up our human culture and civilization research.
Paimon: Huh? You sure you're not... a miner?
Wanyu: A miner?
Paimon: Yeah. We're looking for a group of four strong fellas carrying mining equipment.
Wanyu: I... I think I saw those people.
Paimon: Really!?
Wanyu: Yes. I set off from Nantianmen the day before yesterday heading for Lingju Pass. About halfway there I came across some people — a few men and a child.
Wanyu: I was in a hurry, I didn't get a good look. I'm afraid I'm not even sure what they looked like... apologies.
Zhongli: I think that's all we needed to hear. Thank you.
Wanyu: I hope it's useful to you!
Wanyu: I'd better get going, there's a conference I need to attend. Again, thank you all for your help.
Paimon: According to this scholar, the miners were heading for Nantianmen.
Kun Jun: Can we be absolutely sure that it was the men that we're looking for?
Paimon: A child with a group of adults! Sounds pretty close to Paimon!
Paimon: Uh... but...
Kun Jun: Hey, perhaps that rock over there can tell us more!
Paimon: Aha! Paimon nearly forgot about our secret weapon!
Kun Jun: It looks promising, I'll do my best.
Kun Jun: Hmm...
Kun Jun: ...
Kun Jun: It's the same group alright. They followed this road.
Zhongli: Haha, Mr. Kun Jun, your stone-seeing is something I won't forget in a hurry.
Kun Jun: I suppose it is an asset, though I rarely find a use for it. But praise from Mr. Zhongli is high praise indeed.
Paimon: It's a good thing we brought our "Kun Jun compass" along! We would've lost all sense of direction a long time ago.
Kun Jun: Hahaha, you think so? I guess it's been a worthwhile trip then.
Kun Jun: It feels like... like we're cracking a criminal case. It's a lot of fun.
Zhongli: Be that as it may, we would do well to keep our guards high.
Zhongli: Four fully-grown men in a trance-like state... walking ceaselessly day and night... over hills and mountains... led by a child... This is no ordinary incident.
Kun Jun: Oh! You're quite right, Mr. Zhongli. We should have our wits about us.
Zhongli: That's not all. Our scholar was attacked by Geovishap Hatchlings, but the level of aggression they exhibited was... unusual.
Zhongli: We have encountered many clues along the way. So far they've pointed us in the right direction.
Zhongli: Hmm, the miners headed in the direction of Nantianmen the day before yesterday. From here they would have had to navigate a perilous mountain road. If their destination is indeed Nantianmen, we should be able to catch up with them.
Paimon: Great! No time to lose!
Zhongli: I left a mark in the vicinity just now. If Uncle Dai does pass through here, it should guide him to us.
Paimon: Clever thinking! A classic Zhongli move.
• Head to Nantianmen and look for clues
Miner
Kun Jun: There's a basket lying here too... This must be one of the miners.
Paimon: Hey! Hello? Can you hear us?
Zhongli: Judging by his appearance, he must have collapsed from exhaustion.
Paimon: Should we wake him up?
Miner: I can... I can still dig...
Paimon: *gasp* Sounds like he's whispering something...
Zhongli: It seems that he thinks he still has work to do. Something's not right.
Zhongli: There's a camp nearby. We should take him there and monitor his condition before deciding our next move.
Zhongli: It seems that he thinks he still has work to do. Something's not right.
Zhongli: There's a camp nearby. We should take him there and monitor his condition before deciding our next move.
Observe StoneObserve Stone: (This rock is no different from ordinary Cor Lapis.. and yet, Kun Jun was able see a memory through it.)Observe Stone: (It was thanks to this sort of rock that we were able to find some clues.)
• Take the miner to a nearby camp to rest
Zhongli: ...
Paimon: How is he? H—He won't die, right?
Zhongli: He's worked himself into a stupor. Thankfully, he's not in serious danger.
Paimon: Paimon heard him talking about digging for something. Did he dig himself into this state?
Zhongli: It's certainly a possibility.
Kun Jun: Hm? It looks like there's something in his pocket...
Kun Jun: Are these... ore fragments?
Kun Jun: ...
Kun Jun: I just witnessed the memories within these ore fragments. This person brought these fragments out of the mine. He's one of the four that we're searching for.
Zhongli: How he came to be here is what we need to understand.
Paimon: So he was kidnapped, and then... abandoned here...
Paimon: But if they didn't need him, why bring him all the way out here?
Zhongli: Unless something happened... something that led him to fall behind.
Paimon: Ugh...
Paimon: Paimon's had enough! This is too mysterious!
Kun Jun: Oh! Wait a moment! Seeing these fragments has jogged my memory — I have something for you.
Paimon: What is it? Ooh! Is it a present?
Zhongli: Something... for us?
Kun Jun: As I mentioned, before I met Uncle Dai I was in a daze. After setting out with you on this case, it feels like a fog is lifting.
Kun Jun: I was so happy when Uncle Dai enlisted you to help. I would never have managed to track down these clues by myself.
Kun Jun: These are some crystals that I bought from the market. Not any old crystals mind you — this purity is extraordinarily rare! One for each of you. A memory, if you will.
Paimon: It's beautiful... Oh — and the colors change as you turn it! It's like a different crystal from each angle.
Kun Jun: But of course, take it.
Kun Jun: And this one is for Mr. Zhongli.
Zhongli: ...
Kun Jun: Huh? I—Is something wrong? Not to your liking?
Zhongli: On the contrary... I just hadn't anticipated receiving a gift during the current circumstances.
Zhongli: But, thank you. I will take good care of it.
Kun Jun: I'm pleased you like them. It's nice to be able to give a gift that others can appreciate.
Kun Jun: Oh! I see more rocks over there. You should all get some rest, I'm going to walk awhile — perhaps there are more memories to uncover.
Paimon: You sure like rocks, huh Kun Jun...
Kun Jun: Ores are the crystals of the earth, the sediment of time itself. I feel at peace among them.
Kun Jun: Get some rest, and call me when you're ready to set off. I won't be far.
Zhongli: Rest easy, I surveyed the area. There's no danger here.
Zhongli: Oh, however, there is something I wanted to discuss with you.
Paimon: Huh? What's with the seriousness all of a sudden?
Zhongli: Traveler... Does Dragonfall mean anything to you?
Paimon: You mean the ore that Kun Jun's looking for? What's so special about it?
Zhongli: Dragonfall is an incredibly rare ore used in forging. The majority of regular crystals are formed in high-temperature environments. Dragonfall, on the other hand, is formed as a product of elemental reactions.
Paimon: Elemental reactions can produce material objects?
Zhongli: Indeed they can. However, only a minority can survive for long periods of time.
Zhongli: Dragonfall first emerged in the midst of a great battle, thousands of years ago. Powerful clashes of elemental energy gave birth to elemental crystals. When the fighting ceased, these geological remnants were miraculously preserved.
Paimon: Cooool...
Zhongli: And yet they are crystal creations all the same, few and far between, relatively unknown. A few hundred years ago, they were virtually mined into obscurity.
Zhongli: Why is it then, that a citizen of Liyue now wishes to strike upon ore that has long since vanished from the earth?
Paimon: Yeah! If he knows of its existence, surely he knows all of it's already been mined?
Paimon: Weird... Paimon doesn't get it...
Zhongli: There are those in the mining trade who retain a keen interest in Dragonfall. But for someone like Mr. Kun Jun... whose motivations for seeking it are unclear even unto himself... it's practically unheard-of.
Paimon: Ulterior motives... *gasp* Is he a villain!?
Zhongli: A conclusion that is presently impossible to reach. We must watch... and wait.
Zhongli: Don't forget, rescuing those miners is the primary objective. As for anything else... Sooner or later the tide will reveal the lie of the land.
Zhongli: We're drawing closer to our goal. I believe we should continue to follow this road through. Now that we've found one, the others won't be far away.
Zhongli: When you're well-rested, call Mr. Kun Jun over to us. We still have more investigation ahead.
Zhongli: We should ensure this miner is settled here at the camp. Once we've brought this matter to a close, we can return and attend to him. I suggest we leave a note for Uncle Dai. If he does find the camp he'll know what to do.
Kun Jun: But of course, take it.
Kun Jun: And this one is for Mr. Zhongli.
Zhongli: ...
Kun Jun: Huh? I—Is something wrong? Not to your liking?
Zhongli: On the contrary... I just hadn't anticipated receiving a gift during the current circumstances.
Zhongli: But, thank you. I will take good care of it.
Kun Jun: I'm pleased you like them. It's nice to be able to give a gift that others can appreciate.
Kun Jun: Oh! I see more rocks over there. You should all get some rest, I'm going to walk awhile — perhaps there are more memories to uncover.
Paimon: You sure like rocks, huh Kun Jun...
Kun Jun: Ores are the crystals of the earth, the sediment of time itself. I feel at peace among them.
Kun Jun: Get some rest, and call me when you're ready to set off. I won't be far.
Zhongli: Rest easy, I surveyed the area. There's no danger here.
Zhongli: Oh, however, there is something I wanted to discuss with you.
Paimon: Huh? What's with the seriousness all of a sudden?
Zhongli: Traveler... Does Dragonfall mean anything to you?
Paimon: You mean the ore that Kun Jun's looking for? What's so special about it?
Zhongli: Dragonfall is an incredibly rare ore used in forging. The majority of regular crystals are formed in high-temperature environments. Dragonfall, on the other hand, is formed as a product of elemental reactions.
Paimon: Elemental reactions can produce material objects?
Zhongli: Indeed they can. However, only a minority can survive for long periods of time.
Zhongli: Dragonfall first emerged in the midst of a great battle, thousands of years ago. Powerful clashes of elemental energy gave birth to elemental crystals. When the fighting ceased, these geological remnants were miraculously preserved.
Paimon: Cooool...
Zhongli: And yet they are crystal creations all the same, few and far between, relatively unknown. A few hundred years ago, they were virtually mined into obscurity.
Zhongli: Why is it then, that a citizen of Liyue now wishes to strike upon ore that has long since vanished from the earth?
Paimon: Yeah! If he knows of its existence, surely he knows all of it's already been mined?
Paimon: Weird... Paimon doesn't get it...
Zhongli: There are those in the mining trade who retain a keen interest in Dragonfall. But for someone like Mr. Kun Jun... whose motivations for seeking it are unclear even unto himself... it's practically unheard-of.
Paimon: Ulterior motives... *gasp* Is he a villain!?
Zhongli: A conclusion that is presently impossible to reach. We must watch... and wait.
Zhongli: Don't forget, rescuing those miners is the primary objective. As for anything else... Sooner or later the tide will reveal the lie of the land.
Zhongli: We're drawing closer to our goal. I believe we should continue to follow this road through. Now that we've found one, the others won't be far away.
Zhongli: When you're well-rested, call Mr. Kun Jun over to us. We still have more investigation ahead.
Zhongli: We should ensure this miner is settled here at the camp. Once we've brought this matter to a close, we can return and attend to him. I suggest we leave a note for Uncle Dai. If he does find the camp he'll know what to do.
Kun Jun: Hm? It looks like there's something in his pocket...
Kun Jun: Are these... ore fragments?
Kun Jun: ...
Kun Jun: I just witnessed the memories within these ore fragments. This person brought these fragments out of the mine. He's one of the four that we're searching for.
Zhongli: How he came to be here is what we need to understand.
Paimon: So he was kidnapped, and then... abandoned here...
Paimon: But if they didn't need him, why bring him all the way out here?
Zhongli: Unless something happened... something that led him to fall behind.
Paimon: Ugh...
Paimon: Paimon's had enough! This is too mysterious!
Kun Jun: Oh! Wait a moment! Seeing these fragments has jogged my memory — I have something for you.
Paimon: What is it? Ooh! Is it a present?
Zhongli: Something... for us?
Kun Jun: As I mentioned, before I met Uncle Dai I was in a daze. After setting out with you on this case, it feels like a fog is lifting.
Kun Jun: I was so happy when Uncle Dai enlisted you to help. I would never have managed to track down these clues by myself.
Kun Jun: These are some crystals that I bought from the market. Not any old crystals mind you — this purity is extraordinarily rare! One for each of you. A memory, if you will.
Paimon: It's beautiful... Oh — and the colors change as you turn it! It's like a different crystal from each angle.
Kun Jun: But of course, take it.
Kun Jun: And this one is for Mr. Zhongli.
Zhongli: ...
Kun Jun: Huh? I—Is something wrong? Not to your liking?
Zhongli: On the contrary... I just hadn't anticipated receiving a gift during the current circumstances.
Zhongli: But, thank you. I will take good care of it.
Kun Jun: I'm pleased you like them. It's nice to be able to give a gift that others can appreciate.
Kun Jun: Oh! I see more rocks over there. You should all get some rest, I'm going to walk awhile — perhaps there are more memories to uncover.
Paimon: You sure like rocks, huh Kun Jun...
Kun Jun: Ores are the crystals of the earth, the sediment of time itself. I feel at peace among them.
Kun Jun: Get some rest, and call me when you're ready to set off. I won't be far.
Zhongli: Rest easy, I surveyed the area. There's no danger here.
Zhongli: Oh, however, there is something I wanted to discuss with you.
Paimon: Huh? What's with the seriousness all of a sudden?
Zhongli: Traveler... Does Dragonfall mean anything to you?
Paimon: You mean the ore that Kun Jun's looking for? What's so special about it?
Zhongli: Dragonfall is an incredibly rare ore used in forging. The majority of regular crystals are formed in high-temperature environments. Dragonfall, on the other hand, is formed as a product of elemental reactions.
Paimon: Elemental reactions can produce material objects?
Zhongli: Indeed they can. However, only a minority can survive for long periods of time.
Zhongli: Dragonfall first emerged in the midst of a great battle, thousands of years ago. Powerful clashes of elemental energy gave birth to elemental crystals. When the fighting ceased, these geological remnants were miraculously preserved.
Paimon: Cooool...
Zhongli: And yet they are crystal creations all the same, few and far between, relatively unknown. A few hundred years ago, they were virtually mined into obscurity.
Zhongli: Why is it then, that a citizen of Liyue now wishes to strike upon ore that has long since vanished from the earth?
Paimon: Yeah! If he knows of its existence, surely he knows all of it's already been mined?
Paimon: Weird... Paimon doesn't get it...
Zhongli: There are those in the mining trade who retain a keen interest in Dragonfall. But for someone like Mr. Kun Jun... whose motivations for seeking it are unclear even unto himself... it's practically unheard-of.
Paimon: Ulterior motives... *gasp* Is he a villain!?
Zhongli: A conclusion that is presently impossible to reach. We must watch... and wait.
Zhongli: Don't forget, rescuing those miners is the primary objective. As for anything else... Sooner or later the tide will reveal the lie of the land.
Zhongli: We're drawing closer to our goal. I believe we should continue to follow this road through. Now that we've found one, the others won't be far away.
Zhongli: When you're well-rested, call Mr. Kun Jun over to us. We still have more investigation ahead.
Zhongli: We should ensure this miner is settled here at the camp. Once we've brought this matter to a close, we can return and attend to him. I suggest we leave a note for Uncle Dai. If he does find the camp he'll know what to do.
Kun Jun: But of course, take it.
Kun Jun: And this one is for Mr. Zhongli.
Zhongli: ...
Kun Jun: Huh? I—Is something wrong? Not to your liking?
Zhongli: On the contrary... I just hadn't anticipated receiving a gift during the current circumstances.
Zhongli: But, thank you. I will take good care of it.
Kun Jun: I'm pleased you like them. It's nice to be able to give a gift that others can appreciate.
Kun Jun: Oh! I see more rocks over there. You should all get some rest, I'm going to walk awhile — perhaps there are more memories to uncover.
Paimon: You sure like rocks, huh Kun Jun...
Kun Jun: Ores are the crystals of the earth, the sediment of time itself. I feel at peace among them.
Kun Jun: Get some rest, and call me when you're ready to set off. I won't be far.
Zhongli: Rest easy, I surveyed the area. There's no danger here.
Zhongli: Oh, however, there is something I wanted to discuss with you.
Paimon: Huh? What's with the seriousness all of a sudden?
Zhongli: Traveler... Does Dragonfall mean anything to you?
Paimon: You mean the ore that Kun Jun's looking for? What's so special about it?
Zhongli: Dragonfall is an incredibly rare ore used in forging. The majority of regular crystals are formed in high-temperature environments. Dragonfall, on the other hand, is formed as a product of elemental reactions.
Paimon: Elemental reactions can produce material objects?
Zhongli: Indeed they can. However, only a minority can survive for long periods of time.
Zhongli: Dragonfall first emerged in the midst of a great battle, thousands of years ago. Powerful clashes of elemental energy gave birth to elemental crystals. When the fighting ceased, these geological remnants were miraculously preserved.
Paimon: Cooool...
Zhongli: And yet they are crystal creations all the same, few and far between, relatively unknown. A few hundred years ago, they were virtually mined into obscurity.
Zhongli: Why is it then, that a citizen of Liyue now wishes to strike upon ore that has long since vanished from the earth?
Paimon: Yeah! If he knows of its existence, surely he knows all of it's already been mined?
Paimon: Weird... Paimon doesn't get it...
Zhongli: There are those in the mining trade who retain a keen interest in Dragonfall. But for someone like Mr. Kun Jun... whose motivations for seeking it are unclear even unto himself... it's practically unheard-of.
Paimon: Ulterior motives... *gasp* Is he a villain!?
Zhongli: A conclusion that is presently impossible to reach. We must watch... and wait.
Zhongli: Don't forget, rescuing those miners is the primary objective. As for anything else... Sooner or later the tide will reveal the lie of the land.
Zhongli: We're drawing closer to our goal. I believe we should continue to follow this road through. Now that we've found one, the others won't be far away.
Zhongli: When you're well-rested, call Mr. Kun Jun over to us. We still have more investigation ahead.
Zhongli: We should ensure this miner is settled here at the camp. Once we've brought this matter to a close, we can return and attend to him. I suggest we leave a note for Uncle Dai. If he does find the camp he'll know what to do.
• Ask people nearby for information
Yonggui
Paimon: Hi there, have you seen anyone dressed like a miner around here?
Yonggui: A miner? I'm afraid not.
Paimon: *sigh* Let's try someone else.
• Ask people nearby for information
Wei
Paimon: Hello! Have you seen any miners nearby? About this tall — four of them?
Wei: Stop bothering me! Can't you see I'm cloud-watching?
Paimon: Geez! A little grumpy, aren't we?
Paimon: Whatever, let's go ask someone else.

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