Kilusha glares at you. "Ah, finally someone who may be of use. Might you be one of those self-proclaimed adventurers?
Excellent... Now lend me your ears for a moment, and I shall let you in on a proposition that is sure to benefit the both of us. To the west of this dreary village lies the infamous Hazhalm Testing Grounds, currently off-limits to all but the Empire's highest-ranking officials.
And why has the research facility been shut down you ask? Once, long ago, a tiny "portal" was accidentally opened during one of our experiments. Oh, nothing drastic occurred, just a few "mice" slipped through the gate before the scientists closed it back up. However, instead of attempting to solve the insignificant problem that arose, the witless Imperial officials simply sealed off the facilities rather than admit they had done anything wrong.
A travesty to science, if you ask me.
I personally, was on the verge of deciphering the paradigm of Life, when they forced me from my research. They did not even allow me to gather my notes! Just one more step... One more step and I would have reached the realm of the gods! But thanks to the blundering of the Empire's pawns, the realization of Paradise has been thrust back centuries! And that is why I require your assistance in regaining access to the grounds.
Your job is simple. You need merely travel to the sealed facilities and rid it of its pest problem.
Now let me explain how you are to go about doing so... The seal upon Hazhalm is of a powerful magic. However, through my studies of "mice" retina, I have discovered a type of light that can temporarily reduce the potency of the seal, allowing one to pass beyond it. Using this special smouldering lamp at the gates to the testing grounds will grant you entrance into the facilities. And the lamp is yours for just a mere 180000 gil.
You question my motives for this request of remuneration when it is you who will be doing the work? To question is to learn... You may have the potential to become a fine alchemist. But that is not what you wish to know, is it? Well, then let me put it simply--what if you were to take this expensive lamp down to the local market and peddle it off to the highest bidder? Just as you question my motives, I am inclined to question yours.
And so the fee I require for the lamp can be thought of as insurance: a piece of good mind, you might say. Ah yes, but unlike us scientists, striving to help a fellow neighbor out of the goodness of one's heart is not the way of the adventurer, now, is it? But you need worry not. Do recall I said this endeavor would benefit both of us.
Each of the vermin that scampers about the testing grounds' chambers can be identified by a unique code contained within its blood cells. Bringing the blood of your victims back here will prove to me that you have eradicated them. Based on the number of ampoules you bring, i can reward you accordingly. And no, the compensation I offer in return for your services does not consist of worthless pennies of bronze, silver, or mythril.
I know you adventurers, and I know the treasures you desire. I have collected a fine assortment of items that are most certain to whet the appetite of any seeking something unique. So, have I piqued your interest in my proposal?
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