The Red Thread
Investigation Mission: Carpathian Fangs
Content Update 1.4, Big Trouble in the Big Apple
The Red Thread is given out by Callisto in the Carpathian Fangs, the pre-requisite for this quest is a History of Violins. The quest deals with Callisto’s turning at Mara’s hands and her prior turning by some unidentified woman (Lillith?). Callisto makes reference to having his name changed by Mara based on her (poor) understanding of Greek mythology.
The Red Thread, Step 1: Find the place where Mara studied
During a History of Violins, Callisto had you visit a library at a nearby monastary, that’s probably a good starting point. The quest updates to “Search the library for a book about Callisto,” when you enter 1038, 335. The book can be found at 1046, 316
The Red Thread, Step 2: Search the Library
The book (with caption Metamorphosen Liber Secundus) reads:
We always did dance around each other. Of course I knew you were in love with me, you vile dilettante. Why else would you have stayed in the castle when he went away. Why else would you be seeking my secrets even now? I’m sure the centuries have done nothing to sharpen your verse, but what about your wit?
My past has been hidden in the long shadows of gods,
My soul is a song you must play in the dark,
These the weights of my burdens,
At this point, the candles become action items.
There are four candles left to right along one wall and two candles on the far wall. Each of the far wall candles corresponds to the pair on its side of the room:
1 2 3 4
- 1 toggle 1 and 2
- 2 toggles 2 and 4
- 3 toggles 2, 3, 6
- 4 toggles 3 and 4
- 5 toggles 2, 4 and 5
- 6 toggles 1, 2 4 and 6
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The quest updates to “Take the spectral lyre.” The lyre is sitting near a Lingering one, but you can pick it up without interacting with him.
The Red Thread, Step 3: Play the spectral lyre
The lyre is in your inventory, pluck it. Follow the musical trail.
Need Help staying in tune?
The quest updates to “Remove the protective wards.” There are four items in the room
- The symbol of Juno
- The symbol of Callisto
- The symbol of Diana
- The symbol of Jupitor
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The Red Thread, Step 4: Solve the third line of the verse
These, the weights of my burdens
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The Red Thread, Step 5: Find Mara’s hidden vault
Poor poet, how far will you go without going all the way? You’re so thirsty, but you don’t drink. Must we play this game forever? The truth is I find your poems boring and you’ll get nothing from me. At least, no more than the endless years you have gotten already. The water babbles, Callisto, but not for you. Because you were never among her favored.
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