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Festering Desire

Festering Desire
Typeevent
Requires AR0
Is Part ofThe Chalk Prince and the Dragon: Act I
DescriptionAfter your journey up Dragonspine, you and Paimon prepare to head back to the adventurer camp in the foothills to have a look.
Prev Quest(s)Next Quest(s)
Requires
UnlocksArchon's Rival
Rewards
Primogem x 60
Hero's Wit x 3
Mora x 30000
Objectives & Dialogues (are clickable)
• Head to the adventurer camp
• Speak to Sucrose
Sucrose
Paimon: Hey, it's Sucrose!
Paimon: Are you here to explore the Snowy Mountain too?
Sucrose: Aah! Y—You scared me... Please, don't scare me like that! I was giving my research report some much-needed consideration.
Paimon: But you were just standing over there, staring into space...
Sucrose: N—Not at all! I was just thinking of a name for a new subspecies of Sweet Flower I propagated. It has seeds that are four times as large as normal.
Sucrose: Oh, are you interested? Wonderful! Next time, please allow me to show you the fruits of my work!
Sucrose: It's a shame. If I wasn't coming to this mountain, I would've brought some samples with me...
Paimon: Yeah, weren't you doing research in the city? How come you're here?
Sucrose: Timaeus and I were helping Albedo organize research data. Timaeus just left, in fact. You didn't run into him?
Paimon: Sure didn't.
Sucrose: He said that he wasn't as sharp as Albedo when it came to data — by quite a long shot, in fact.
Sucrose: The significance of some things Albedo is able to grasp almost immediately, but we on the other hand take considerable time. I fear that this must be the difference in our knowledge and experience showing...
Sucrose: Timaeus seemed rather depressed about the matter. He said he was going to take a walk, so I'm currently settling the leftover affairs myself.
Sucrose: I was originally going to take a look around myself after finishing up here, but unexpectedly, I gleaned some interesting data from these reports!
Sucrose: But, well... *sigh* Guess my search for secrets will have to wait...
Paimon: Secrets? Ooh, what secrets?
Sucrose: Hmm... Actually, do you two have time right now?
Paimon: Don't have anything on us but that!
Sucrose: Then could I ask you for a favor? In truth, I feel like Albedo is... concealing something from myself and Timaeus.
Paimon: But isn't he your teacher? What would a teacher have to hide from his students?
Sucrose: That's true, but I feel like he's always hiding something... It is my personal guess that it is some great secret of alchemy!
Paimon: Wait. How're you so sure?
Sucrose: Timaeus and I are both passionate researchers of alchemy. If it was anything else, Albedo wouldn't have any reason to hide it from us.
Paimon: Hmm... You do have a point.
Sucrose: Could you help me investigate what it is that Albedo's hiding? Please! I'm... I'm just too curious!
Paimon: Hmm... What do you think?
Sucrose: Yes! Thank you, thank you!
Paimon: Alright, alright. Let's take a little trip, shall we?
Sucrose: Yes! Thank you, thank you!
Paimon: Alright, alright. Let's take a little trip, shall we?
Sucrose: Oh, are you interested? Wonderful! Next time, please allow me to show you the fruits of my work!
Sucrose: It's a shame. If I wasn't coming to this mountain, I would've brought some samples with me...
Paimon: Yeah, weren't you doing research in the city? How come you're here?
Sucrose: Timaeus and I were helping Albedo organize research data. Timaeus just left, in fact. You didn't run into him?
Paimon: Sure didn't.
Sucrose: He said that he wasn't as sharp as Albedo when it came to data — by quite a long shot, in fact.
Sucrose: The significance of some things Albedo is able to grasp almost immediately, but we on the other hand take considerable time. I fear that this must be the difference in our knowledge and experience showing...
Sucrose: Timaeus seemed rather depressed about the matter. He said he was going to take a walk, so I'm currently settling the leftover affairs myself.
Sucrose: I was originally going to take a look around myself after finishing up here, but unexpectedly, I gleaned some interesting data from these reports!
Sucrose: But, well... *sigh* Guess my search for secrets will have to wait...
Paimon: Secrets? Ooh, what secrets?
Sucrose: Hmm... Actually, do you two have time right now?
Paimon: Don't have anything on us but that!
Sucrose: Then could I ask you for a favor? In truth, I feel like Albedo is... concealing something from myself and Timaeus.
Paimon: But isn't he your teacher? What would a teacher have to hide from his students?
Sucrose: That's true, but I feel like he's always hiding something... It is my personal guess that it is some great secret of alchemy!
Paimon: Wait. How're you so sure?
Sucrose: Timaeus and I are both passionate researchers of alchemy. If it was anything else, Albedo wouldn't have any reason to hide it from us.
Paimon: Hmm... You do have a point.
Sucrose: Could you help me investigate what it is that Albedo's hiding? Please! I'm... I'm just too curious!
Paimon: Hmm... What do you think?
Sucrose: Yes! Thank you, thank you!
Paimon: Alright, alright. Let's take a little trip, shall we?
Sucrose: Yes! Thank you, thank you!
Paimon: Alright, alright. Let's take a little trip, shall we?
• Find Albedo and learn his secret
Sucrose
Sucrose: Albedo's secret must be something truly extraordinary. But if that's the case, why the secrecy in the first place?
• Speak to Albedo
Albedo
Paimon: Albedo!
Albedo: Hmm? Why are you here?
Albedo: Are you lost?
Paimon: No we're not!
Albedo: A secret?
Paimon: Hey! What are you doing!?
Paimon: Our mission calls for a delicate approach!
Paimon: Uh... Sure, but still...
Albedo: Actually, you've arrived at just the right moment. I have business with you too, in fact.
Albedo: Here you go.
Paimon: Huh? What's this?
Albedo: As you can see, it is a sword.
Albedo: I did not make this sword. However, I did add some alchemical touches to it.
Albedo: Would you like to try it out?
Albedo: My research indicates that this sword has some... unique properties. Only you can use it.
Albedo: But I need to gather data from it quite urgently — so, could I bother you to use it in battle?
Paimon: Waaait a second. How can there be a sword that only one person can use?
Albedo: Very astute of you. This sword has indeed had a curse laid upon it.
Albedo: An ordinary person would be unable to wield it at all. However, you are an exception.
Paimon: Huh...?
Albedo: Or perhaps I should say that only you are immune to the curse. As such, who could I find to help me, if not you?
Albedo: We gain little from saying more. Go find some monsters nearby — after all, some things are best discovered through practice.
Albedo: I did not make this sword. However, I did add some alchemical touches to it.
Albedo: Would you like to try it out?
Albedo: My research indicates that this sword has some... unique properties. Only you can use it.
Albedo: But I need to gather data from it quite urgently — so, could I bother you to use it in battle?
Paimon: Waaait a second. How can there be a sword that only one person can use?
Albedo: Very astute of you. This sword has indeed had a curse laid upon it.
Albedo: An ordinary person would be unable to wield it at all. However, you are an exception.
Paimon: Huh...?
Albedo: Or perhaps I should say that only you are immune to the curse. As such, who could I find to help me, if not you?
Albedo: We gain little from saying more. Go find some monsters nearby — after all, some things are best discovered through practice.
Albedo: A secret?
Paimon: Hey! What are you doing!?
Paimon: Our mission calls for a delicate approach!
Paimon: Uh... Sure, but still...
Albedo: Actually, you've arrived at just the right moment. I have business with you too, in fact.
Albedo: Here you go.
Paimon: Huh? What's this?
Albedo: As you can see, it is a sword.
Albedo: I did not make this sword. However, I did add some alchemical touches to it.
Albedo: Would you like to try it out?
Albedo: My research indicates that this sword has some... unique properties. Only you can use it.
Albedo: But I need to gather data from it quite urgently — so, could I bother you to use it in battle?
Paimon: Waaait a second. How can there be a sword that only one person can use?
Albedo: Very astute of you. This sword has indeed had a curse laid upon it.
Albedo: An ordinary person would be unable to wield it at all. However, you are an exception.
Paimon: Huh...?
Albedo: Or perhaps I should say that only you are immune to the curse. As such, who could I find to help me, if not you?
Albedo: We gain little from saying more. Go find some monsters nearby — after all, some things are best discovered through practice.
Albedo: I did not make this sword. However, I did add some alchemical touches to it.
Albedo: Would you like to try it out?
Albedo: My research indicates that this sword has some... unique properties. Only you can use it.
Albedo: But I need to gather data from it quite urgently — so, could I bother you to use it in battle?
Paimon: Waaait a second. How can there be a sword that only one person can use?
Albedo: Very astute of you. This sword has indeed had a curse laid upon it.
Albedo: An ordinary person would be unable to wield it at all. However, you are an exception.
Paimon: Huh...?
Albedo: Or perhaps I should say that only you are immune to the curse. As such, who could I find to help me, if not you?
Albedo: We gain little from saying more. Go find some monsters nearby — after all, some things are best discovered through practice.
• Take up the mysterious sword and do battle
• Defeat the slimes
Ferocious Man
Ferocious Man: Over here! It's with this brat!
Ferocious Man: Give it back, you thief!
Paimon: Treasure Hoarders? There are Treasure Hoarders in a place this cold?
Ferocious Man: Enough talk! Hand it over!
Albedo: Watch out!
• Defeat the Treasure Hoarders
• Speak to Albedo
Albedo
Paimon: Now that's rich — Treasure Hoarders calling us thieves!
Albedo: They certainly arrived quickly.
Albedo: Goodness, no.
Paimon: They seem to have been talking about this sword. What's going on?
Albedo: Why are you looking at me like that? Of course I didn't steal this sword.
Albedo: Not long ago, the Knights caught a band of Treasure Hoarders outside the city. The goods they were smuggling were also impounded.
Albedo: This sword was one of those items. We believed it to be stolen plunder, but no-one came to claim it, nor could we find out where it came from, so it languished in our stores.
Albedo: I noticed it quite by chance while in our storehouse. To tell you the truth, such an old sword would see little use outside of alchemy.
Paimon: Eh? You claimed it for yourself, just like that?
Paimon: So... then what happened? You just took it with you?
Albedo: Indeed, and I initially intended to perform some experiments on it, but I unexpectedly discovered its true origins in the process.
Albedo: This ancient-looking weapon once passed through the hands of a now-deceased blacksmith. It is a legendary magical sword.
Paimon: A magical sword!?
Albedo: It is said that the smith vanished not long after creating the weapon, with the weapon subsequently becoming lost to time.
Albedo: Working backwards from its eventual fate as plunder, one can guess that it was then stolen by the Treasure Hoarders, where it remained in obscurity till recently.
Paimon: The blacksmith who made this weapon... disappeared!? That's kinda spooky.
Paimon: No wonder it's cursed!
Albedo: Exactly.
Albedo: Do you know the story of Durin and this mountain?
Albedo: Durin was the black dragon who menaced Mondstadt, before finally being defeated by the combined efforts of Dvalin and the Anemo Archon Barbatos.
Albedo: After a fierce battle, the vanquished Durin crashed to ruin here, falling into the thick snow.
Albedo: Snow gathers atop this mountain and never melts, which is a most curious phenomenon. Which leads one to wonder — was Durin's fall here purely by chance, or was it intent?
Paimon: Could it really have been intent?
Albedo: Perhaps this place was chosen as a gravesite precisely so that the snow's power could seal the corrosive toxin coming from Durin's body.
Albedo: It seems plausible that Barbatos would think of such a method.
Paimon: Huh... Was Barbatos such a capable god?
Albedo: Well, these are just my postulations. I don't have any evidence. But what's for certain is that this mountain and Durin are deeply intertwined.
Albedo: In fact, I believe that the very sword in your hand has Durin's remains in it.
Paimon: A dragon's remains!?
Albedo: Indeed. The dragon's eyes, claws, and scales, ground into dust before being used to coat the blade.
Albedo: In this way, Durin's corruption and venom entered into the sword, and became the source of its power.
Albedo: This is very advanced craftsmanship. I presume that having successfully forged the weapon, the smith must have tried it out themselves in their joy.
Albedo: But using this sword in battle would have allowed the corruption to seep through the blade's handle, and into their bodies.
Albedo: Ordinary mortals cannot withstand such power. The blacksmith must then have fled, driven mad by the curse, before meeting their end in some unknown place.
Paimon: Eek...
Albedo: You've purified Dvalin's Tears before, which is a very rare ability indeed.
Albedo: This ability has protected you from being corrupted or poisoned, and you can completely eliminate their effects.
Albedo: Which is why you, and only you, can properly wield this sword.
Paimon: Still, this sword really is huge... Yikes!
Paimon: I—It's glowing!
Albedo: As far as I'm concerned, this is where the real experiment begins.
Albedo: This sword is still very weak at present. However, it is able to absorb energy, and through that, it is able to constantly become stronger.
Albedo: In some sense, you could even say that it is a living thing.
Albedo: Well then, Traveler, adventure with it to your heart's content. I need you to help it grow.
Albedo: I believe that we will soon have all the proof that we need.
Albedo: Goodness, no.
Paimon: They seem to have been talking about this sword. What's going on?
Albedo: Why are you looking at me like that? Of course I didn't steal this sword.
Albedo: Not long ago, the Knights caught a band of Treasure Hoarders outside the city. The goods they were smuggling were also impounded.
Albedo: This sword was one of those items. We believed it to be stolen plunder, but no-one came to claim it, nor could we find out where it came from, so it languished in our stores.
Albedo: I noticed it quite by chance while in our storehouse. To tell you the truth, such an old sword would see little use outside of alchemy.
Paimon: Eh? You claimed it for yourself, just like that?
Paimon: So... then what happened? You just took it with you?
Albedo: Indeed, and I initially intended to perform some experiments on it, but I unexpectedly discovered its true origins in the process.
Albedo: This ancient-looking weapon once passed through the hands of a now-deceased blacksmith. It is a legendary magical sword.
Paimon: A magical sword!?
Albedo: It is said that the smith vanished not long after creating the weapon, with the weapon subsequently becoming lost to time.
Albedo: Working backwards from its eventual fate as plunder, one can guess that it was then stolen by the Treasure Hoarders, where it remained in obscurity till recently.
Paimon: The blacksmith who made this weapon... disappeared!? That's kinda spooky.
Paimon: No wonder it's cursed!
Albedo: Exactly.
Albedo: Do you know the story of Durin and this mountain?
Albedo: Durin was the black dragon who menaced Mondstadt, before finally being defeated by the combined efforts of Dvalin and the Anemo Archon Barbatos.
Albedo: After a fierce battle, the vanquished Durin crashed to ruin here, falling into the thick snow.
Albedo: Snow gathers atop this mountain and never melts, which is a most curious phenomenon. Which leads one to wonder — was Durin's fall here purely by chance, or was it intent?
Paimon: Could it really have been intent?
Albedo: Perhaps this place was chosen as a gravesite precisely so that the snow's power could seal the corrosive toxin coming from Durin's body.
Albedo: It seems plausible that Barbatos would think of such a method.
Paimon: Huh... Was Barbatos such a capable god?
Albedo: Well, these are just my postulations. I don't have any evidence. But what's for certain is that this mountain and Durin are deeply intertwined.
Albedo: In fact, I believe that the very sword in your hand has Durin's remains in it.
Paimon: A dragon's remains!?
Albedo: Indeed. The dragon's eyes, claws, and scales, ground into dust before being used to coat the blade.
Albedo: In this way, Durin's corruption and venom entered into the sword, and became the source of its power.
Albedo: This is very advanced craftsmanship. I presume that having successfully forged the weapon, the smith must have tried it out themselves in their joy.
Albedo: But using this sword in battle would have allowed the corruption to seep through the blade's handle, and into their bodies.
Albedo: Ordinary mortals cannot withstand such power. The blacksmith must then have fled, driven mad by the curse, before meeting their end in some unknown place.
Paimon: Eek...
Albedo: You've purified Dvalin's Tears before, which is a very rare ability indeed.
Albedo: This ability has protected you from being corrupted or poisoned, and you can completely eliminate their effects.
Albedo: Which is why you, and only you, can properly wield this sword.
Paimon: Still, this sword really is huge... Yikes!
Paimon: I—It's glowing!
Albedo: As far as I'm concerned, this is where the real experiment begins.
Albedo: This sword is still very weak at present. However, it is able to absorb energy, and through that, it is able to constantly become stronger.
Albedo: In some sense, you could even say that it is a living thing.
Albedo: Well then, Traveler, adventure with it to your heart's content. I need you to help it grow.
Albedo: I believe that we will soon have all the proof that we need.

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