I suspect, over the ensuing weeks, we'll come across more dialogue from the Peacekeepers and, potentially, the Shining Blade in their camp. With this in mind, I would like to request that all posts relevant to that matter be posted here, so we have an easily accessible compilation of them present. If the discussion surrounding them increases, I'll make sure to copy and paste the dialogue (or links to screenshots of the dialogue) here for further ease of access. Many thanks to any and all contributors!
Transcript of the provided dialogue:
SpoilerThe Black Curtain
Brother Mizar: You cannot pass! This land is protected by Krytan law, even from the White Mantle!
Greves the Overbearing: I AM THE KRYTAN LAW!
Greves the Overbearing: Let us pass at once! We know you are hiding spies within your heathen temple!
Brother Mizar: Our priests and priestesses are hardly spies. As for heathens-they are the very people I'm trying to keep out!
Greves the Overbearing: Blasphemy! Your gods are flase, your friends are traitors, and your words are poisonous lies! Men, kill this worthless priest.
Brother Mizar: You can't do this! We are protected by special edict from Saul D'Alessio himself!
Greves the Overbearing: Your temple may be protected, but you are just a man-and you look pretty squishy to me!
Greves the Overbearing:For simple priests and priestesses you certainly know how to put up a fight...
Brother Mizar:Our gods give us strength!
Greves the Overbearing: This isn't over, priest! I'll return and next time, it won't be so easy.
Peacekeeper Enforcer: According to my records, you've been observed consorting with the enemies of Kryta. Unless you can prove your innocence, you're ging to need to come with us.
Farmer Fanella: What!? That's impossible! Who reported this to you?
Peacekeeper Enforcer: That's uhh...confidential information.
Farmer Fanella: Was it Tenlach? Elder Hezron? I thought they were my friends...
Peacekeeper Goon: Maybe the Unseen Ones have been watching you.
Peacekeeper Enforcer: Yeah...that must have been it!
Peacekeeper Enforcer: Look, you seem like a devoted, hard-working citizen, I would hate to have to feed your soul to our glorious gods.
Peacekeeper Enforcer: How 'bout you just hand over the profits from your last crop to us and we'll say that your ample donation to the White Mantle proves your innocence?
Farmer Fanella: Wait...the Unseen Ones are here? Watching...? Fine, take it! Take it all! Just keep them away from me! I've heard what they do to people!
Peacekeeper Enforcer: Ah, such a generous display of faith! You have a nice day now, and may the Unseen Ones watch over you.
Peacekeeper Goon: Oh, they're watching alright...and don't you forget it! We'll be back in time for your next crop.
White Mantle Zealot: You have been reported to your local Committee for the Elimination of Anti-Krytan Behavior as a possible spy against the nation.
White Mantle Zealot: In the name of the White Mantle, we hereby order you to relinquish ownership of all your land and property to Layman Josef and submit to arrest.
Farmer Milton: What!? This is preposterous! Who accused me of such things!?
White Mantle Zealot: Let's see here...Looks like Layman Josef filed the complaint. Huh, that's quite the coincidence!
Farmer Milton: Coincidence!? That no-good backstabber has been after my land for years! Surely even an armor-clad idiot such as you can see through this charade!
Peacekeeper Marksman: Mind your tongue or I'll cut it from your mouth, peasant!
White Mantle Zealot:Layman Josef is a trusted member of the Committee for the Elimination of Anti-Krytan Behavior. He has exposed the guilt many farmers recently, which proves the Shining Blade is corrupting the good citizens of this area.
Farmer Milton: Look...who does the land go to when these farmers are found guilty?
White Mantle Zealot: Well...Layman Josef...
Farmer Milton: And who is providing the evidence against these so-called traitors?
Peacekeeper Marksman: Careful boss! I think he's trying to trick you...
White Mantle Zealot: Shut up! I'm in charge here!
Farmer Milton: I'm not going anywhere with you! You tell Josef that if he wants my land he can take it over my dead body!
White Mantle Zealot: Make a note tha tthe suspect resisted arrest.
Peacekeeper Marksman: Noted.
White Mantle Zealot: In accordance with the revised Krytan Penal Code Section 7, Subsection C regarding suspects who resist arrest, we are hereby permitted to strike you with blunt objects until such time as you comply with our orders or lose the ability to resist them.
White Mantle Zealot: Men, commence beating!
Talmark Wilderness Camp
Salma and Scout dialogue|
Shining Blade Scout: Your Highness! Your Highness!
Shining Blade Scout: Forgive me, but I have urgent news.
Princess Salma: Someone get this man some water! Please, catch your breath and tell me this urgent news.
Shining Blade Scout: Brigands hit Nebo Terrace again last night.
Princess Salma: Casualties?
Shining Blade Scout: Sadly yes, just one: the artistan's wife.
Princess Salma: Oh no, not Nora. Poor Etham must be devastated. They had just had their second child. A girl, i believe.
Princess Salma: Thank you, Scout. And would you mind delivering a letter to the Elder of Nebo Terrace? Once you've rested and had a hot meal, of course.
Shining Blade Scout: It would be a pleasure, my lady.
Many thanks to Thalador and Free Runner for the dialogue above.
Just an interesting observation on my part, but it may be that the Nebo Terrace dialogue shows us that the Mantle isn't entirely corrupt, that it is instead the hired Peacekeepers that are slowly corrupting them. Although, the difficult part is that we also have Greves, who fulfills the general stereotype of the corrupt Mantle. Keeping that in mind I think this is typical Prophecies storytelling, in that if we try to pin them as one or the other, we're simply being rather foolish. Similar to if we were to say the Mursaat are purely evil.