History of Wraeclast
An attempt to piece together the history of Wraeclast from clues from NPC dialog, item flavour text, and other canonical sources in Path of Exile. Where possible, information is presented from an in-universe point of view, at the time the game begins.
Note: Because information from sources like Insider Newsletters is very likely to change before it makes it into the game, while in-game lore is relatively fixed (or at least, changes can be fairly easily tracked), only in-game lore has been consulted. If you have interesting lore from other places, though, stick it on the Discussion page!
The Vaal are the oldest known race in Wraeclast, almost completely forgotten in modern times. They built the Vaal Ruins that entombed a weird darkness, they built the Ancient Pyramid, and presumably they also built the Vaal Oversoul, or at least its mechanical frame. A number of the monsters in the Vaal-created areas are called "constructs" (Ancient Construct, Vaal Construct, Serpentine Construct) so presumably they had some biological or thaumaturgical technology. Although the Vaal civilisation was peaceful, they practiced human sacrifice.
The Vaal were also the first to use virtue gems. Icius Perandus claims that "The Vaal were even more steeped in gem culture than our Emperor and his 'Gemlings'. It's an obsession as old as civilization itself." in one of the Golden Pages. Siosa's translation of the first Golden Page also mentions that the Vaal gathered their virtue gems at "Doryani's Cradle" to ensure the Vaal civilization's future. The nature and purpose of this cradle is uncertain. Given the fact that Eramir claims it was the Vaal that began the use of virtue gems and the fact that Siosa claims that "gem culture" is as old "as civilization itself", one may assume that the Vaal were the very first civilization.
The Vaal pyramid below the mantle of Sarn is rumoured to be two thousand years old. That number approximately matches how long ago we think the Vaal civilisation ended, although the figure "2000" might refer to other things like the age of the Vaal civilisation when it ended, or how long the Vaal expected their Pyramid to shelter and protect its contents.
Atziri and Doryani
The last queen of the Vaal was named Atziri, who owned fabulous treasure. She allegedly sacrificed all those who opposed her, as Siosa's translation of the second Golden Page mentions that she "drenches her altars with the blood of those deranged enough to question her vision". She appears to have been the patron of Doryani - a thaumaturgist - similar to Chitus's patronage of Malachai. It is said that she "wished to see her likeness reflected in the still waters of history." indicating a vain personality. Siosa mentions that Doryani was a man of "divine talent and demented ambition", comparing him to Malachai. He presumably was a Vaal thaumaturgist of sorts, given the comparison to Malachai.
The End of Vaal Civilization
The Vaal civilisation seems to have ended as the result of some internal event rather than external conquest. This event may be the mysterious "communion" the Vaal were seeking before their demise according to Icius Perandus as is written in one of the Golden Pages: "A communion... but with what? By all accounts, it wasn't God that the Vaal were trying to reach.". Said communion took place during the harvest moon, and Doryani was at the heart of this event. Both Atziri and Doryani died in the cataclysm, as did many others. Some people also "changed" (possibly a reference to the Vaal Fallen found in the Pyramid?). On the Golden Page (Siosa's translation, not the flavour text) that mentions this, the words "sleep", "nightmare" and "the Beast" are also mentioned, and that the Vaal have "failed" themselves. This may be a reference to the Vaal Oversoul, which is also called "nightmare" in game by some of the classes.
Siosa believes the end of Vaal civilization must have been very similar to the fall of Sarn.
Patching this information together, it may be that the Vaal were expecting to save their civilization at a so-called "communion", which was possibly related to Doryani's "cradle" of virtue gems, and that this communion caused the cataclysm (waking the Oversoul which is defeated at the end of Act 2, and turning many Vaal people into the Vaal Fallen which are also found in the Ancient Pyramid in Act 2).
The Eternal Empire
At some point in the Empire's history, there was a thaumaturgist named Maligaro (his equipment and laboratory is found in the Chamber of Sins, whose architecture resembles Lunaris Temple in Sarn). Maligaro's research centred on virtue gems and how their qualities might be transferred to humans. His main technique was to inject the "essence" of a gem via a device called Maligaro's Spike although it never seemed to work terribly well. Apart from the Spike, Maligaro created elementals and a mysterious darkness that covered the land At the end of his life he created the Baleful Gem—either a synthetic virtue gem, or a corrupted one—for an unknown purpose.
We don't know how much land the Empire covered before its sudden demise, but we do know it was divided at least into the Outer Empire (the southern coast from The Prisoner's Gate down past Lioneye's Watch) and the Inner Empire (everything north and inland of Prisoner's Gate). The Empire's capital at that time was Sarn, and despite the centuries of neglect, the remaining architecture suggests the Empire was fairly prosperous. The emperor at the time was Chitus, although we don't know much about him beyond his ignorance of the forces that would destroy him. While the Empire's citizens were Azmeri, the slaves were of other races, including Ezomytes, Maraketh and Karui. It seems these other races were not native to Wraeclast, or at least not the part of Wraeclast covered by the Empire, but were separate contemporary civilisations.
At the time, the leading thaumaturgist was Malachai. Like Maligaro he experimented with virtue gems, but unlike Maligaro he just surgically implanted them into his test subjects, and his efforts met with far more success than Maligaro's. Malachai had slaves mining virtue gems and Thaumetic Sulphiteand a supply of test subjects from the emperor. The results of this surgical process were known as Gemlings. Emperor Chitus said "These glorious gems have brought us within spitting distance of godhood", and the Empire's defences included at least one Gemling legion.
Malachai's most famous creation, however, was known as the Gemling Queen. She was originally a "favourite" of Emperor Chitus named Dialla, but annoyed him and was given to Malachai to experiment on. She fell in love with him and he reshaped her into a most impressive Gemling.
Meanwhile, outside the Imperial Court and thaumaturgists' laboratories, discontent grew. A movement named the Purity Rebellion, led by the unlikely combination of High Templar Voll of Thebrus and Victario "the People's Poet", aimed to overthrow Emperor Chitus and destroy the thaumaturgists and their Gemlings. While Voll and Victario raised support among the common citizens of the Empire they also sought support from outside it: Voll enlisted the support of King Kaom of the Karui and Victario sought the aid of the Ezomytes. Although we don't know exactly how, it seems very likely that some Maraketh were also involved.
When the time of the Purity Rebellion arrived, the conspirators took action. Voll's forces worked outside the city (possibly fending off potential reinforcements), while inside Sarn Victario incited the populace to riot, but it seems Chitus was assassinated by somebody named Ondar who fled while the Rebellion was still in progress. Meanwhile, in the Outer Empire, King Kaom and a Karui war host landed on the Terraces and attacked the first line of the Empire's defence, the Eternal Legion stationed at Lioneye's Watch. Marceus Lioneye's troops were Gemlings and Lioneye may well have been a Gemling himself, but Kaom defeated him and began advancing up the coast.
The Empire's second line of defence was a thaumaturgist named Shavronne, from a group of people or a location known as Umbra. When she realised Lioneye would fall to Kaom, Shavronne raced to the next defensible structure up the coast, Axiom Prison. She tricked or convinced the warden, Brutus, into allowing her to make him into a super-human monster capable of defeating the Karui. Brutus was never defeated by the Karui, although we don't know if they ever bothered attacking Axiom Prison. Although Karui carvings are found beyond Axiom Prison in the Coves, they might not have travelled there via Axiom; since the Karui possessed canoe technology they may have just travelled by sea up the coast.
Shavronne erected a thaumaturgical barrier as a third line of defence against the Karui, in the pass between Prisoner's Gate and the Western Forest. Whether they tried to break through it and failed, or whether they never bothered trying, the Karui ceased their advance when they reached Siren's Song Cove.
Afterwards, High Templar Voll became Emperor of the Empire his Rebellion had shattered. We don't know whether the Rebellion itself fatally wounded the Empire or just injured it, but under Voll's leadership it declined rapidly. Despite the decline of the Empire after the Rebellion, it was finally killed by a separate event called the "cataclysm". This cataclysm could not have been the Rebellion, for several reasons:
- Eramir says the Azmeri's "history" and "identity" was destroyed by the cataclysm, but the Empire was still standing (shaky and infirm but standing, Emperor and all) after the Rebellion, and it seems unlikely the Azmeri could have forgotten their identity while the Empire was still nominally alive.
- The Karui participated in the Rebellion, and after they took control of the southern coast, they settled there it quite happily. It wasn't until later that the Karui recorded "Black storms descend on us from the north" (that is, from the Inner Empire and Sarn) and later still "The earth of Wraeclast rejects the dead." The Karui settlement must have occurred between the Rebellion and the event that cursed Wraeclast.
Very little is known about exactly what happened; as Clarissa points out, no news of the Empire reached Oriath until after the cataclysm was over and its effects drove the Karui out of Wraeclast. So what was this cataclysm that finally put an end to the Empire, and presumably cursed the Gemlings and raised the dead?
Hargan says: "Voll's was the shortest reign of any Eternal Emperor, about five years. The Twist saw to that." The only other mention of the Twist is when Lady Dialla says "The cockroaches will come again. They want the Twist." Apparently, the Twist is a device or artifact, and it exists (or the Ebony Legion believe it exists) somewhere in Solaris Temple under the protection of Lady Dialla.
It's possible that Lady Dialla picked the Twist out of the wreckage of Sarn years after the cataclysm occurred, and moved it to her sanctuary in Solaris Temple for safe-keeping, but there are reasons to suspect she was directly involved in the cataclysm itself:
- The Gemling Queen is the only Gemling known to have escaped becoming Undying.
- At one point, Grigor says: "Then they'll have the Gemling Queen, a living embodiment of the cataclysm."
- Lady Dialla herself implies that at one point she had to choose between the Empire's survival and her own: "Malachai begged: for him, for the Empire. I chose me... selfish me. The Empire died, and I live. I live, and live, and live, and live."
This raises further questions: Lady Dialla says of Malachai "He gave me gems, divine jewels for his Gemling Queen." and describes her spine as a "Pretty spine, bejeweled and bountiful." Since this is Malachai we're talking about, these are presumably Virtue Gems rather than mere jewellery. Most Gemlings seem to have received only a single Gem, and yet from context Lady Dialla received many, so Malachai must have intended her for some purpose greater than the average Gemling. If this did indeed occur after the Purity Rebellion with the Empire in disarray, perhaps he intended to use her to restore the Empire much as Shavronne intended Brutus to defend it.
In the Sarn Library, beyond the Imperial Garden it is stated that once Voll was in power, he wanted to begin his rule with burning Malachai right in front of Solaris Temple as an example of the new world he wanted to shape. Malachai quickly came up with the idea that if Voll was to let him live, he would build a machine that would undo everything he did. Voll agreed and Malachai did indeed build this machine. On the machines inauguration day,the veil that covered was lifted and the device was brought up north for testing apparently. One can also speculate the Twist could be this machine, that of course did nothing of what Malachai said, and would probably be some sort of time-bomb with catastrophical consequences.
Oriath is a small island off the south-east coast of Wraeclast. We don't know when Oriath was first colonised, but it seems to have been well-established and prosperous at the time of the Empire's fall so it must have been at least settled and under construction during the Empire's peak. In the Phrecian Forest in the Inner Empire is the Fellshrine, the ruins of an old Templar cathedral, so the Templars have a long-standing link to Wraeclast, and obviously High Templar Voll had an interest in the Empire. Presumably people from the Empire colonised Oriath and brought their religion along, and were stranded when the Empire crumbled.
The capital of Oriath is Theopolis, and contains at least historical archives, duelling arenas, and the headquarters of the Ebony Legion. It also contains the Court of Divine Temperance, presided over by "the High Templar", and many of the crimes that Court prosecutes are things like "Theosophical Pride", "Public Heresy" and "resisting Templar authority", so it seems fairly likely that Oriath is some kind of theocracy run by the Templars. Even the name "Theopolis" suggests religious devotion.
In the modern age, Wraeclast bears no civilisation, just a few disorganised descendants of the Empire and undead. It also bears a number of people from Oriath. Some were shipwrecked, but many were exiled for crimes minor or major.
The current High Templar is a man named Dominus, who controls the Ebony Legion as well as the Templars. He recently acquired an interest in the history of the Empire. Dominus works in a laboratory at the top of the tower known as the Sceptre of God, but his assistants General Gravicius and Piety gather information and resources.
Gravicius set up a temporary barracks in Sarn, near Lunaris Temple, and seems to be responsible for seeking out the artifact known as the Twist and perhaps the Ribbon Spool. Piety was originally named Vinia, and worked as a thaumaturgist and prostitute in Theopolis. Currently she is more of an archaeologist, roaming Wraeclast investigating the works and techinques of the Empire's most famous thaumaturgists including Shavronne and Maligaro, as well as trying to reproduce their experimental results for herself. Like Malachai, she implants Virtue Gems surgically, although judging by the detritus in the lowest floor of Lunaris Temple, she has not yet reached Malachai's level of skill.
A note on dates
Hargan says "I know that Emperor Chitus was overthrown by Voll of Thebrus, roughly two-and-a-half centuries ago", so that's a fairly firm period between 'modern times' and the fall of the Eternal Empire. The dates on Letters of Exile range fram "1597 IC" to "1599 IC", so if we assume they're fairly recent, that puts the Empire's demise at approximately 1350 IC.
It's not clear what "IC" stands for, but if Oriath was settled by Templars from the Eternal Empire at some point, it's plausible that "IC" stands for "Imperial Calendar", and that it counts the years since the founding of the Empire, giving it a lifetime of ~1350 years and perhaps putting the end of the Vaal civilisation near 1 IC. Waterfall Cave's description mentions "Two thousand years of regret"; if that refers to the Vaal's regretting the end of their civilisation, that would fit very well into this timeline. Of course, "IC" could just as easily stand for something else, or count from some other event (something from the Templar religion, perhaps) or there may have been other Azmeri civilisations between the time they descended from the Azmerian Mountains and met the Vaal, and the time they founded the Eternal Empire.
- Eramir: "a culture I've seen mentioned here and there in some of the most antique of texts"
- Eramir: "These artifacts, and that ancient gateway to the northwest... crafted by the same hands, I'd venture. Vaal hands."
- Helena: "A man-crafted mountain of four sheer sides? Sounds like a pyramid. That's Vaal architecture."
- Rebuke of the Vaal: "Though the Vaal revered peace, it would have been suicide for any culture to rouse them to war." - Icius Perandus, Scholar to the Empire
- Rathpith Globe: "The Vaal emptied their slaves of beating hearts, and left a mountain of twitching dead."
- Bloodseeker: ""For the life of the flesh will always be in the blood." - Atalui, Vaal Priestess
- Eramir: "It is the Vaal who began the use of virtue gems, well before our imperial ancestors."
- One of the Golden Page flavour texts reads: '"The Vaal were even more steeped in gem culture than our Emperor and his 'Gemlings'. It's an obsession as old as civilization itself." - Icius Perandus'
- Siosa: "They carried their virtue gems to... "Doryani's bed"... no, that's not quite right. Ah yes, Doryani's cradle. The historian finishes that it was a price they needed to pay to ensure a Vaalish future."
- Waterfall Cave: "Two thousand years of regret"
- The Vaults of Atziri map
- Siosa: "Now here's a portentous line: 'She drenches her altars with the blood of those deranged enough to question her vision'
- Siosa: "Malachai would never have risen so far without the patronage of an emperor like Chitus. It would appear that Doryani and Queen Atziri shared a similar relationship."
- Siosa: "It was said of the beautiful Atziri that she "wished to see her likeness reflected in the still waters of history.". Chitus was no less self-impressed. Of all the Sins, Vanity is the most hideous."
- Siosa: "I suppose every civilization has its Doryani... its Malachai. Men of divine talent and demented ambition. Without them, history would be a far less 'interesting' place."
- Atziri's Mirror: "As long as I see death in my mirror, so will Wraeclast." - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
- One of the Golden Page flavour texts reads: '"A communion... but with what? By all accounts, it wasn't God that the Vaal were trying to reach." - Icius Perandus'
- Siosa: "The next piece is a real eye-crosser, but I believe it refers to a 'communion', something to do with the harvest moon? Again, Doryani seems at the heart of it."
- Siosa: "Our queen is dead. Doryani is dead. So many have fallen. So many have changed."
- Siosa: "I can make out the words "sleep", "nightmare", and... "the Beast", whatever that may be. Our historian finishes with: We have succeeded where our forebears have not. We have failed ourselves"
- Siosa: "I need not imagine the fall of the Vaal. I saw the nightmare with my own eyes."
- Eramir: "The Azmeri. The culture that descended from the Azmerian Mountains and founded the Eternal Empire, so long ago."
- Helena: "A people who, to the stone age Azmeri, appeared godlike."
- Helena: "The thaumaturgist Maligaro used the Spike to inject the essence of the virtue gems into living subjects."
- Helena: "Maligaro injected Raulo with both immortality and deformity in equal measure."
- Helena: "Maligaro and his kind warped the very earth and water with thaumaturgy. The masters are long gone, but those poor golems must continue to obey their instructions."
- Helena: "This twisting of our surroundings, it's happened before. Maligaro conjured up a creature of the purest, darkest thaumaturgy."
- Helena: "Maligaro was mortally ill, degenerating in body and mind. It was in this state that he created the Baleful Gem. His final words are burned into my mind. 'This gem is my salvation. Today I join Fidelitas.'"
- Piety's letter to Arteri at the pass from Prisoner's Gate to the Western Forest: "This is the only pass between the Inner and Outer Empire."
- http://www.pathofexile.com/areas — The text under "Act III - The City of Sarn" describes it as "the fallen capital of the Eternal Empire"
- Chitus' Apex: "It takes true strength to hold power, and my grip grows tighter by the day." - Emperor Chitus
- Lady Dialla: "Malachai had his slaves mine it, carry it from northern mountains to the refinery by the docks. Ezomytes, Maraketh, Karui... it killed them all."
- Grigor says "Only the Isles of Skothe were spared. Once, a backwater of my proud civilisation, now... all that remains of the Ezomytes." so apparently the Ezomytes had a separate civilisation to the Empire.
- The Act 1 map shows the "Karui Archipelago" in the south-west, off the coast of Wraeclast.
- Grigor: "...that's what [Piety] told me when she opened me up and buried a Virtue Gem in my entrails. Malachai did the same in the name of the Emperor, centuries ago."
- Lady Dialla describes "beautiful and arrogant Gemlings", a very different result to Maligaro's injections of "immortality and deformity".
- Lady Dialla: "Thaumetic Sulphite. [...] Malachai had his slaves mine it..."
- Lady Dialla: "Those who did not... were given to his thaumaturgists."
- As quoted by Clarissa
- Karui stone: "Lioneye's Gemlings met us with shining metal and bold words. Hyrri's arrows withered their pride. Kaom's axes silenced their despair."
- Lady Dialla: "I was the emperor's favourite, for a time."
- Lady Dialla: "I talked too much, asked too many difficult questions."
- Lady Dialla: "I was gifted to Malachai."
- Grigor: "The Gemling Queen gave her heart / And body / To the King of Shades"
- Lady Dialla: "He gave me gems, divine jewels for his Gemling Queen."
- Lady Dialla: "Malachai liked spines. Liked my spine. Pretty spine, bejeweled and bountiful. Enough to make an empire weep."
- Grigor: "...helping High Templar Voll depose Emperor Chitus."
- Hargan: "Emperor Chitus was overthrown by Voll of Thebrus"
- The description of Victario's Acuity is attributed to "Victario, the People's Poet".
- Hargan: "The poet, Victario, led himself a piece of the Purity Rebellion"
- Clarissa: 'The High Templar at the time, Voll of Thebrus, thought [Gemlings] were a perversion. He wanted the Empire made pure, “cleansed of the stain of thaumaturgy”.'
- See the "Purity Rebellion" symbol (a yellow V on a ragged red shape) scrawled in the Sarn Slums, but not the more aristocratic areas like the Marketplace, Battlefront or Barracks.
- Maramoa: "Voll of Thebrus bent his knee to my ancestor, King Kaom, and promised freedom in return for war."
- Grigor: "He wrote many entreaties to the Ezomytes, begging our assistance in helping High Templar Voll..."
- Brightbeak: "I know how to say 'faster' and 'attack' in Karui, Marak and Ezo." - Voll of Thebrus"
- Voll's Devotion: “We are the soldiers of Faith, armoured in devotion. Let the sinners come, for we—the Pure—shall endure!” —Voll of Thebrus, at the Battle of the Bridge (possibly the Broken Bridge seen in Act 2)
- Thousand Ribbons: "The night of a thousand ribbons / To remember the day of a thousand flames / When Sarn burned / And was born again"
- Ondar's Clasp: "A single lightning strike fells a man. A single knife stroke fells an empire."
- Ondar's Flight: "Successful but not unscathed, Ondar fled the capital as chaos blossomed in the night."
- Karui stone: "At his back, the greatest war host in Karui history..."
- Karui stone at the Terraces: "Kaom's canoe struck this sand with the force of destiny."
- Bestel: "Marceus commanded the southernmost of the Eternal Legions, here at Lioneye's Watch."
- Bestel: "Crazy fool had his left eye taken out and a golden-hued gem put in its place."
- Shavronne's diary: "Lioneye is dead, his legion slaughtered."
- Eramir: "I've read about Shavronne of Umbra...", Helena: "God help us if [Piety's] able to replicate the Umbra's work." and the description of Shavronne's Revelation is attributed to "Kadavrus, Surgeon to the Umbra"
- Shavronne's Pace: "Shavronne raced to Brutus' side, her last hope against the Karui tide."
- Shavronne's Revelation: "Shavronne held Sanity in her right hand and Revelation in her left. Brutus chose the left hand."
- Shavronne's Diary: "The Warden will serve as our saviour. May he crush the Karui into the sand with the mighty fists I shall gift to..."
- Maramoa: "You strike the waikoama, the canoe, spilling a feast of men into the water."
- Shavronne's Diary: "Should the need arise we shall retreat through Prisoner's Gate, raising my barricade behind us."
- Maramoa: "Kaom took Lord Lioneye's head and the southern coast all the way to the Siren's Cove." The Act 1 map does not mention "Siren's Cove" but it does label the waypoint in Cavern of Wrath as "Siren's Song Cove", which is probably what Maramoa meant.
- Voll's Protector: "Although a great leader during the war, Voll proved disastrous in times of peace."
- Eramir: "The culture that [...] founded the Eternal Empire, so long ago. [...] Their history, identity... all but destroyed in the cataclysm."
- Karui stone: "Our families till the earth, fish the waters, fill the air with song."
- Clarissa: "After the Purity Rebellion, the Kingdom of Kaom blockaded Oriath, preventing any trade or correspondence with the mainland."
- The Act 1 map shows the island of Oriath directly south of The Coves
- Clarissa: "On the fall of the Empire, the historians are deathly silent. After the Purity Rebellion, the Kingdom of Kaom blockaded Oriath, preventing any trade or correspondence with the mainland." Apparently at the time of the Purity Rebellion, Oriath was developed enough to be reliably recording history and to want to trade with the Eternal Empire.
- Eramir: "The Fellshrine is a shadow of what was once good in Wraeclast. That sigil etched into its stones? It's a Descry, from when the Templar truly stood for something."
- The Act 1 map shows a crown above the word 'Theopolis' on the island of Oriath
- Eramir: "Stumbled across sketches in the Theopolis archives, a piece of Vaal engineering, pyramidal in architecture."
- Hargan to the Duellist: "Now you're a familiar face! A face that cost me a good deal of coin at arenas in Theopolis."
- Hargan: "Had to smuggle a fellow out of Theopolis once. Got a bit too friendly with the Gravicius' wife, he did." Gravicius seems to be the head of the Ebony Legion, and it seems likely that his wife would be near him.
- Every Letter of Exile begins "Missive of Sentence, Court of Divine Temperance, Theopolis"
- Every Letter of Exile ends "By the Divine Authority of the High Templar"
- From the Greek "theo" meaning God, and "polis" meaning city
- Nessa: "Karui savagery is nothing when compared to the ferocity that is Wraeclast."
- Tarkleigh: "The scavengers? Orphans of the Eternal Empire who've forgotten what it's like to be civilised."
- Tarkleigh: "...sooner or later corpses wake up and go looking for breakfast."
- Nessa: "Tarkleigh pulled Bestel from some hideaway in the wreckage."
- Letters of Exile: "God has charged me with your redemption. You are hereby Exiled to Wraeclast where, it is hoped, you shall come to repent your Sins, and make your peace with your beloved Father."
- Letter of Exile for Carling of Mirfield: "Civil Envy: One count of defaming a Church Official"
- The Letter of Exile for Kraityn of Theopolis lists 142 offences, including "One count of Matricide for Pecuniary Gain"
- Every Letter of Exile ends "the High Templar, Dominus"
- Tarkleigh: "We exiles have no history. Dominus took it from us the moment his Blackguards dumped us in the water out there."
- Maramoa: "Dominus' Ebony Legion arrived from Oriath a couple of full moons ago."
- Grigor: "It's the one key to the Sceptre of God [...] Dominus accessed his laboratory at the summit of the tower via a pulley system rigged to the outside wall."
- Maramoa: "General Gravicius demands absolute obedience from his Blackguards..."
- Hargan: "Gravicius is the mailed and bloodied right hand of Dominus."
- Grigor: "Unfortunately, Piety was simply a puppet of a greater force. You've cut the strings but the master remains: Dominus."
- Lady Dialla: "The cockroaches will come again. They want the Twist. That cockroach emperor... the other bugs shout his name. Gravicius."
- Lady Dialla says "The Ribbons' Spool is taken. Stolen. The black ones want them, my Ribbons. Want to wrap the city in black Ribbons." However, it's possible that she's mistaken and the Ebony Legion don't care about the Spool itself, so much as they just want to stop Lady Dialla from creating new Ribbons to replace the ones they've destroyed.
- Clarissa: "...the tie between Vinia and I endures. That was Piety's real name back in Theopolis..."
- Clarissa: "Vinia sold her thaumaturgy in the day, her body at night."
- Piety: "An exile, here? A shame the Warden won't leave anything for me to examine."
- Piety: "Find your own way inland, exile!"
- Helena: "To damnation with Piety! She was after one of Maligaro's creations, the Baleful Gem."
- Grigor: "Piety's a genius sculpting mere human clay into “divine” Gemlings. At least, that's what she told me when she opened me up and buried a Virtue Gem in my entrails."