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Nessa

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Nessa
a shipwreck survivor

Nessa is an NPC that lives in Lioneye's Watch in Act 1.

Function

Nessa is the first important character the player comes across and, along with Bestel and Tarkleigh, she provides the initial quests for the player. She is also a medicines and trinkets vendor who will purchase items from the player and sell a small stock of goods.

Lore

Unlike the other exiles Nessa is a shipwreck survivor, not a branded criminal - she lost her family in a wreck offshore and found herself stranded on the shores of Wraeclast.

The de facto "mother" to the sickly brood of the shore encampment, Nessa uses her medical skills to tend to the wounded and dying who pass through the encampment.

Tarkleigh seems to harbour some feeling toward her but if he feels anything more than benign kinship, she, apparently, does not.

Dialogue

Nessa is voiced by British-born New Zealand actress, Scarlet Hemingway.

Introduction (Witch)

I saw what you did to Hillock out there, Witch. Your black art is the reason you’re here, exile. It may also be the only thing that allows you to see another dawn.

I’m Nessa. And I suppose I should thank you for ridding us of that putrid giant.

Back in Oriath, I Judged your kind without hesitation, in Wraeclast, I don’t have that kind of luxury.

Introduction (Shadow)

I saw what you did to Hillock out there, Shadow. Your murderous art is the reason you’re here, exile… and it’ll be the one thing that sees you through another dawn.

I’m Nessa. And I suppose I should thank you for ridding us of that putrid giant.

Back in Oriath, I feared your kind… condemned you from afar. In Wraeclast, I don’t have that luxury.

Introduction (Duelist)

Now there’s a face I never expected to see exiled. The maidens of Oriath must lie wailing in their beds now that their mighty Duelist has left them. Or is that why you’re here? Did you disappoint your adoring fans somehow?

I’m Nessa, and I suppose I should thank you for ridding us of Hillock, that putrid giant you felled out there.

Back in Oriath I disdained your kind. In Wraeclast I don’t have that luxury.

Introduction (Marauder)

Tala moana, Marauder of Ngamakanui. No need to be surprised, Karui. My father and I were amongst those who tried to save your people from ignorance and damnation. My father paid for his arrogance with his life. I’m still paying for mine.

I’m Nessa. And I Suppose I should thank you ridding us of Hillock, that putrid giant you felled out there.

Be careful in the days to come. Karui savagery is nothing compared to the ferocity that is Wraeclast.

Introduction (Templar)

I know you. The blasphemer. That’s what my father called you. God saw fit to drown my father, and everyone else I ever loved. I wonder what fate He has in store for you.

I’m Nessa, and I suppose I should thank you for ridding us of Hillock, that putrid giant you felled out there.

You know, back in Oriath, I was taught that God loved me. He has a funny way of showing His love, doesn’t He, Templar.

Introduction (Ranger)

I’ve seen you before, back in Oriath. Running like a frightened rabbit from my father and his gamekeepers. Fleet as a fox you were, even with that leg of prize venison over your shoulder. And from what I saw you do to Hillock, you’ve grown even faster since then.

I’m Nessa. And I suppose I should thank you for ridding us of that putrid giant.

I hope your speed never fails you, Ranger. It’s all that stands between you and death, here in Wraeclast.

Introduction (Scion)

Welcome to our home away from home... for what it's worth.

I'm Nessa. That putrid giant you just laid to rest? That was Hillock. You're lucky; he's eaten stronger exiles than you.

Don't count on that luck lasting. It's in short supply here in Wraeclast. Still you've rid us of a curse, and we owe you our thanks.

Lioneye’s Watch

Lioneye’s Watch isn’t much, but it’s ours. We could use you here, while you live.

But should you wish to venture out, do just one thing for me: Out on the coast, amongst the wrecks, there must be a ship’s medicine chest. I have many to care for and there’s only so much I can do with herbs and seawater.

Bestel

Bestel’s ship tore it’s belly open on the rocks out there, trying to escape from corsairs. The pirates took what they wanted. The scavengers took the rest. Tarkleigh pulled Bestel from some hideaway in the wreckage. The only one onboard to survive.

Whether the ordeal turned his mind, or whether it’s just his nature, Bestel sails…a different course to the rest of us.

Tarkleigh

Tarkleigh’s as good a man as you can find on this God-forsaken coast. He has some wrongs to right, no doubt. What they are, I don’t really care. If not for him, We’d be all dead.

Delivering the Medicine Chest

A medicine chest! This means more to us than you can know! There are some who wouldn’t have lasted the night without it. Take this, in return for the knowledge that one can do more than suffer in Wraeclast. You and Tarkleigh, you give us something better than serums and salves. You give us hope.

Rhoas

Don’t tell Tarkleigh, but they’re the foulest fowl I ever tasted. Still, exiles can’t be choosers.

Surviving

Surviving in Wraeclast is a simple matter: don’t be curious. Most exiles test fate, braving the coast in hopes of taking Prisoner’s gate to greener pastures. None have returned. Perhaps they were right, or perhaps their lives were dashed as quickly as their hopes.

Brutus

It’s told that Brutus was a man of stature, the warden of Axiom Prison. A man cursed by a twisted enchantment of his own commission. If there’s a grain of truth to the tale then Brutus has my pity. Some of us pay too dearly for our mistakes.

Brutus’ Death

For some, death is welcomed with open arms. Did you end Brutus’ suffering out of avarice, or mercy? Only you know the answer to that one.

The Ship Graveyard

That graveyard of broken ships? It’s Merveil’s welcome mat. And those poor, haunting souls among the wrecks? There’s “no happily ever after” when you court one of Merveil’s brood.

Merveil

Merveil dwells in the caves beyond the wrecks, at the head of Siren’s Cove. Leave her be and we can only hope that she continues to return the favour.

The fight with Merveil

If you must take your chances with the Siren, then have this. It may be of some help. But please, know that you don’t have to do this. Tarkleigh and I are getting used to having you around.

Merveil’s dead

First, I thought you brave, then a fool for seeking out Merveil. A fool in love with death. Now… I don’t know. The coast is ours, thanks to you. But please, keep one thing in mind for me. What have you become when even nightmares fear you?

Reopened passage

I’m not one to hope without possibility, but at least you’ve given us the chance to find out for ourselves. There’s a Karui saying. “The first light of the dawn is called Freedom.”