|Greeting upon returning
||Ah, Wielder, you've returned. Let me have a look at the Dream Nail...
|Returning with less than 100 Essence
||Hm. You are still unpracticed in the way of dreams. Collect 100 Essence with the Dream Nail; visit me again and I will share what little wisdom I have.
|Returning with 100 Essence
||Hmm, already you've collected 100 Essence. Quick work! Things come naturally to you, don't they?|
No wonder the Dreamers tried to bury you in that old dream. Perhaps you frighten them? Or perhaps, being prisoners themselves, they desired your company?
In any case, you still have a long way to go. Take this old trinket as encouragement from me, and return when you have collected 200 Essence.
|Returning with less than 200 Essence
||You and the Dream Nail both seem a little sharper, but you still have a long way to go. Return to me once you have collected 200 Essence.
|Returning with 200 Essence
||Ahh... Your Dream Nail holds over 200 Essence. You're proving your talent in its collection.|
Have you seen that great door just outside? My tribe closed it long ago and forbade its opening.
Ah, but as far as I can tell I'm the only member of my tribe still breathing. That means I needn't feel bad about breaking a taboo. As proof of my belief in you, I'll open the door.
There, the door is open and you can enter the glade beyond it. Listen closely in there and you may hear the utterings of bugs long gone.
|Returning with less than 300 Essence
||You and the Dream Nail both seem a little sharper, but you still have a long way to go. Return to me once you have collected 300 Essence.
|Returning with 300 Essence
||So you've collected 300 Essence... Yes, I can see the dreams of this old Kingdom are starting to cling to you. Very encouraging.|
You've certainly made my dreary work here more exciting. Being the caretaker of this place hasn't been very stimulating.
I shouldn't complain though. Tending these graves and guiding the Wielder... all penitence for old crimes. Certain things have to be kept in balance.
Take this trinket for your efforts, and return with 500 Essence. Keep up your tireless work!
|Returning with less than 500 Essence
||Ah, you have learnt a lot about wielding the Dream Nail, haven't you? Return to me once you have collected 500 Essence and I will teach you more.
|Returning with 500 Essence
||Ahhhhh. 500 Essence. You're a master in the making. Well done! Well done! I've a small reward for you.|
Plucked from one of my most precious memories, this Charm will bring you and the Dream Nail closer together still. The secrets of this kingdom won't be able to hide from you any longer!
Take it, and return once you have collected 700 Essence. More gifts await you...
|Returning with less than 700 Essence
||Ah, you have learnt a lot about wielding the Dream Nail, haven't you? Return to me once you have collected 700 Essence and I will teach you more.
|Returning with 700 Essence
||So, you already have 700 Essence. I wonder whether the Dreamers are watching you as you work. Or even that old King.|
That lock of theirs. Desperate, but very clever. I wonder how long they thought it could hold?
I hold no disdain for them though. As history goes on I grow numb to its repetitions.
Take your gift and continue collecting Essence. Once you have 900, come back and visit me.
| Returning with less than 900 Essence
||My my, you're almost starting to become a dream yourself! Once you have collected 900 Essence I'll teach you a trick that I've kept hidden for a long time...
| Returning with 900 Essence
||The Dream Nail now holds 900 Essence within its core! Are you surprised that this old kingdom has so many hidden dreams?|
Yes, you're starting to see them. The connections between us and the dreams we leave behind, like prints in the dust. The time has come for you to learn how to revisit the places connected to you!
Hold the Dream Nail tight, wielder, and imagine a great gate opening before you!
|Returning with less than 1200 Essence
||Ahhh, the Dream Nail is glowing so brightly! Keep it up, return to me once you have collected 1200 Essence.
|Returning with 1200 Essence
||The Dream Nail glows bright... It holds over 1200 Essence. Looking into it I can see so many memories peering back at me. So many asking to be remembered.|
None of us can live forever, and so we ask those who survive to remember us.
Hold something in your mind and it lives on with you, but forget it and you seal it away forever. That is the only death that matters.
Huh, so they say! Enough of that though. Take this relic and come back to me with 1500 Essence! Go!
|Returning with less than 1500 Essence
||Ahhh, the Dream Nail is glowing so brightly! Keep it up, return to me once you have collected 1500 Essence.
|Returning with 1500 Essence
||Yes, I thought so. More than 1500 Essence. The Dream Nail is close... so close to fully awakening!|
Continue on your path, Wielder. I know not what guides you, nor what will it is that drives your forward. Once you have collected 1800 Essence though, I will be here waiting.
Take this gift, may it grant you strength and help you to collect the Essence of this world!
|Returning with less than 1800 Essence
||Incredible... the Dream Nail, it is so close to fully awakening! Collect more Essence! Once you have 1800 Essence, something truly marvellous will happen!
|Returning with 1800 Essence
||Yes. The time has come. The Dream Nail... And you as well, Wielder. It is time for you both to awaken.|
The Essence you have collected...The hope that still remains in this old Kingdom. Pure potential! Let it course through you and into the Dream Nail.
Hold it aloft, Wielder! Awaken!
Ahhhh, ah ha, yes...
No dream can hide itself from you now. You can peer into the darkest places... You just need to find the right crack.
What will you do with such a power, Wielder? Whose memories will you hunt down?
Hah. Do as you wish, my promise is fulfilled. May the crimes of my tribe be washed away in time, like the rest of this Kingdom's...
|Returning with less than 2400 Essence
||The Dream Nail has fully awoken, yet still you collect Essence. Perhaps I've instilled an obsession in you?|
Keep at it, then! I'm happy to wait and watch your progress.
Once you have collected 2400 Essence, return to me. I've no more gifts to give... but you'd prove yourself the Wielder my tribe awaited.
|Returning with 2400 Essence
||So much Essence... So bright.... You truly are the Wielder my tribe so long has dreamed of.|
The folk of my tribe were born from a light. Light similar to Essence, similar to that powerful blade, though much brighter still.
They were content to bask in that light and honoured it... for a time.
But another light appeared in our world... A wyrm that took the form of a king.
How fickle my ancestors must have been. They forsook the light that spawned them. Turned their backs to it... Forgot it even.
And so this kingdom was born from that betrayal. But the memories of that ancient light still lingered, hush whispers of faith... Until all of Hallownest began to dream of that forgotten light.
Ah, but what's done is done. And so am I. The Wielder has at last appeared and I've held the memories of my tribe for long enough. It is time for us to be forgotten too.
Don't remember us, Wielder. Don't honour us. We do not deserve it...
Aahh... I'm sorry...
I... remember you.