Name: Archbishop Dryden
- To Find a Witness: Return to the Sanctuary
- The Old Archives
- The Crypt of Gerard Dryden
- Setting the Wards: The Lower Cathedral
- Endgame: Marguerite
Affiliation(s): The Silver Flame
Before To Find a Witness is bestowed:
- Archbishop Dryden: My time is not yours to waste, child.
- Archbishop Dryden: If you have no business with me, be so kind as to remove yourself from these chambers.
To Find a Witness
- Archbishop Dryden: We do not grant audiences lightly, child.
- Archbishop Dryden: Every moment is precious. We trust that the reason you are here is urgent?
- You: The Sanctuary has been invaded by undead -- all the inmates are dead. Your daughter left a note saying that she has "gone below."
- Archbishop Dryden: Gone below? Undead?! How could this happen!?
- Archbishop Dryden: You must search for survivors, for a witness to what occurred!
- Archbishop Dryden: Return to the Sanctuary and search the Halls of Miron, where the most irredeemable inmates were kept. If anyone survived, you will find them there.
- Archbishop Dryden: The Halls are locked, but the warden kept a spare key in a secret room in the Sanctuary's north wing.
- You: Very well. I'll find someone who can tell us what happened. (Advance quest)
- You: Why not send one of your guards?
- Archbishop Dryden: Nonsense.
- Archbishop Dryden: You are clearly strong and capable. Have you not seen the quarter-wit recruits who call themselves Silver Flame guards here?
- Archbishop Dryden: I would sooner trust my daughter's safety to you. I promise you ample reward, both monetary and political, if you go to the Sanctuary and locate a witness to what occurred.
- You: Perhaps the undead broke in from the lower crypts.
Return to the Sanctuary
- Archbishop Dryden: Have you not found a witness to what occurred in the Sanctuary yet?
- Archbishop Dryden: We would remind you that dallying could cost my daughter her life.
After completion of To Find a Witness: Return to the Sanctuary:
- Archbishop Dryden: You have found a witness?
- Archbishop Dryden: What did this Fitzwood have to say? He mentioned the Duality? This is disturbing news.
- Archbishop Dryden: Here, take a reward for your service, and then we shall discuss the Duality.
The Old Archives
After taking the reward for To Find a Witness:
- Archbishop Dryden: The Duality may very well be responsible for the undead you encountered. The Duality is... a corruption of everything the Silver Flame stands for.
- Archbishop Dryden: It obsessed Gerard Dryden, my uncle. He chronicled his ravings in a book -- if only his heresy had died with him. But no, perhaps some good can come of it.
- Archbishop Dryden: Guillaume, the Head Librarian, consigned the book to the Library Archives. If the undead are to be stopped... if my daughter is to be found... then you must retrieve the book at once.
- You: I shall go find the book right now. (Bestow quest)
- Archbishop Dryden: It is imperative that you hurry.
- Archbishop Dryden: Retrieve my uncle's book from the Library Archives, before we are overrun with undead and my daughter is lost forever.
The Crypt of Gerard Dryden
After completion of The Old Archives:
- Archbishop Dryden: The book... you have it! Now, let us see what my dearly departed uncle had to say.... Rambling nonsense! Heresy!
- Archbishop Dryden: Ah ... what is this? A rubbing from my uncle's sarcophagus! Or rather, the charred remains of a rubbing. That fool Guillaume must have fancied himself a censor and destroyed it.
- Archbishop Dryden: Gerard Dryden's sarcophagus must be the key! The answer to what happened to my daughter is in the Dryden Family Tomb -- the inscription on his sarcophagus!
- You: Then I shall return with the inscription. (Advance quest)
- Archbishop Dryden: The entrance to Dryden Family Tomb can be accessed from the main hall.
- Archbishop Dryden: Quickly, with each moment you waste the Duality brings forth more undead, and the chances of finding my daughter grow slimmer and slimmer!
After completion of The Crypt of Gerard Dryden:
- Archbishop Dryden: You have seen the inscription?
- Archbishop Dryden: Such valuable information deserves payment. Take something from my hoard, and then we will discuss what you learned.
- You: Very well.
The Patriarchs' Crypt
After taking the reward for Duality:
- Archbishop Dryden: Now, what did the inscription say?
- Archbishop Dryden: "Over living and dead ...." - Could it be? Could Marguerite have raised the dead... and it is now she who controls them?
- Archbishop Dryden: "Let the bones of the Faithful be my bread." - Years ago, my uncle was caught at the grave of Bishop Emello, grinding the bones and eating them. If Marguerite is following his example, then she'll be at the Patriarchs' Crypt, accessible only by going through the Lower Cathedral.
- Archbishop Dryden: If she's already there, then you will need to purify the altars in the cathedral, or the way to the Crypt will not open.
- You: I'll find a way in and stop her.
- Archbishop Dryden: You must go through the Lower Cathedral to reach the Patriarchs' Crypt, where Marguerite intends to feast on the bones of our ancestors!
- Archbishop Dryden: The longer you delay, the stronger Marguerite will become!
After completion of Setting the Wards: The Patriarchs' Crypt:
- Archbishop Dryden: You are alive!
- Archbishop Dryden: Our situation grows ever more dire. Choose something from my vaults that will help you survive the next battle. Then, we shall speak again.
- You: Very well.
After taking the reward for The Patriarchs' Crypt:
- Archbishop Dryden: You have weakened Marguerite, but she still has power. She has thrown open the crypts -- her undead army is swarming up through the Catacombs!
- Archbishop Dryden: I had hoped it would not come to this... Marguerite is currently in the Eastern Catacombs. Our only chance is to destroy her, before her undead can reach the surface!
- You: I shall see to it.
- Archbishop Dryden: We will hold out against the undead army as long as we can.
- Archbishop Dryden: Our only chance is for you to find Marguerite in the Eastern Catacombs. Kill her quickly and mercifully, but do not fail!
Endgame: The Archbishop's Fate
After completion of Endgame: Marguerite if you enter an old "Seek Dryden's Counsel" instance:
- Archbishop Dryden: This is not the right time to discuss our private... endgame. You must return at another time.
- Archbishop Dryden: Marguerite is not yet destroyed. I still... sense her.
- You: She told me it was you who sought the Duality, not her.
- Archbishop Dryden: Did the gullible <race> finally figure it out? Yes, all this time, you've been helping me gain the power of the Duality.
- Archbishop Dryden: But I am done with you now. First, I shall dispose of you, then the fool Renau, and last of all the Archbishop's precious daughter... no, not Marguerite... you cannot....
- Archbishop Dryden: <name>, I am not myself! Arkasic Dryden is the one who seeks the Duality! He's in me -- he's the one who forced me to do all those terrible things!
- Archbishop Dryden: But no more... Arkasic, I purge you... argh!
- Archbishop Dryden: You have freed me of Arkasic's vile influence.
- Archbishop Dryden: Now you must inform Friar Renau outside in the Stormreach Market. My shameful part in this story is done -- but you have a reward yet to claim.
After taking the chain reward for The Catacombs story arc:
- Archbishop Dryden: Ah, it's you. I hoped you would come back.
- Archbishop Dryden: When I think of what I almost did ... what might have become of my sweet Marguerite ... it is too much. Do not fret over me -- I shall recover in time.
- Archbishop Dryden: Still, the Dryden name shall never regain its lost glory. I accept that now. I will strive only to do good, in the name of the Silver Flame. My thanks to you, friend. You have saved my daughter's soul, and mine.