Todd Riordan's Academic Research: Continued

Credit x 30000, Traveler's Guide x 4, Shredded Notes of Scholar Bernini x 1

Head to the designated location to meet Todd

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

Todd sends you a message, eagerly inviting you to share in his joy. But when you arrive, you find out that he actually...
???
???
Oh it's you, {NICKNAME}.
Options
...Todd?
Who are you?
Todd
Todd
Same old me. The one and only.
Todd
Todd
Although I probably shouldn't say "old," because this body doesn't grow old anymore.
Todd
Todd
It's me, Todd. The one and only.
Todd
Todd
This is what I want to share with you. As a researcher of Xianzhou culture, my teacher and I have combed through all the literature. And I've gotten a good grasp of all the main precious parts.
Options
Have you gotten younger!?
Did you get plastic surgery?
Todd
Todd
Hey β€” Shhh! The Xianzhou people are extremely sensitive to that kind of talk.
Todd
Todd
...Now that's letting your imagination run wild.
Todd
Todd
Immortality... The Xianzhou Alliance possesses a secret which all short-life species crave, but they keep it to themselves.
Todd
Todd
The Guild is always keen to obtain stable and safe longevity therapies from the Xianzhou Alliance β€” In fact, it forms the basis for all research into Xianzhou culture.
Todd
Todd
But generation after generation of scholars came here, grew old, and returned without success. Until finally, the Guild almost gave up this field completely.
Todd
Todd
My teacher, Scholar Bernini, was one of them. He should have gone home empty-handed just like everyone else. But somehow what he found was adventure.
Options
So you want to enter Scalegorge Waterscape...
Those patterns left in Scalegorge Waterscape...
Todd
Todd
Yes. A Vidyadhara brought my teacher to this sacred place once, which switched his focus on longevity over to the Vidyadhara.
Todd
Todd
But that violated the Xianzhou's "Ten Unpardonable Sins." Knowing he couldn't leave behind any traces, he used the Guild's markings and left behind a series of patterns that seemed to merely illustrate history.
Todd
Todd
And now that I've deciphered the code to these patterns, I now understand their hidden meaning β€” the Vidyadhara pursue longevity in the correct manner.
Options
What did you do...
That's a crime on the Xianzhou.
System
System
A look of pain falls across Todd's young face.
Todd
Todd
I never thought I'd ever have anything to do with "crime" in my life, but... {NICKNAME}, by the time I'd realized it, things had already happened.
Todd
Todd
I took a few samples from inside a Vidyadhara egg. Nobody was harmed in the slightest.
Todd
Todd
That egg also remained intact, but it just lost... a little bit of "egg white." That's all. But its benefit to society is obvious, isn't it?
System
System
Todd raised his once dry and skinny hand to show that his wrinkles had disappeared, revealing fair, smooth skin instead.
Todd
Todd
I could have just walked away. I could've just kept quiet β€” talking to anyone would mean risking jail time. But... It's you, and I wanted to tell you about all of this.
Todd
Todd
My whole life I've always been sticking to the rule of reciprocity, and nothing's changed now. Without your help, I would never be where I am today.
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}, you are an outstanding young {F#woman}{M#man}, and this old timer... Well, you've inspired me to reconsider taking on an apprentice.
Todd
Todd
I've got a proposal for you: Join our Guild! We'll split all the glory, the riches, and the extended youth granted by this secret. You'll be free to do whatever you want. Just keep this a secret until we leave the Luofu.
Todd
Todd
How about you think it over? And then give me your answer, okay?

Talk to Todd and make your choice

Todd tries his best to invite you to be his student and reveals to you that he used you to obtain the secret of the Vidyadhara's long life. His youthful body confirms this, and he reveals a secret plan to you... But after thinking through the choices, you ultimately make your own decision...
Todd
Todd
Thought things through yet, {NICKNAME}?
Todd
Todd
As someone who's shown me kindness before, I will not treat you poorly.
Options
(Decline Todd's proposal)
(Promise to keep it secret)
Todd
Todd
No? Why not?
Options
I'm not interested in immortality.
I have no intention of becoming a criminal accomplice.
Todd
Todd
Ha... Hahaha...
Todd
Todd
You don't get it. You don't understand the true value of this secret at all. I was just a know-it-all just like you at your age, thinking I'd have countless possibilities before me and that youth would never fade.
Todd
Todd
No, you don't understand! You could never believe or even imagine what kind of hell aging actually is!
Todd
Todd
You don't know what it's like to be soaked in the humiliation of your own incontinence. The never-ending torture of arthritis. Memory loss and dementia have yet to gnaw into your quick-witted mind just yet...
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}... One day, we'll all be old.
Todd
Todd
You're scared? Are you scared of being hunted by the Xianzhou Alliance?
Todd
Todd
Don't panic. You'll find you have plenty of protection when the super-rich and powerful can profit from something. The Xianzhou will be helpless.
Todd
Todd
Do you have some sense of innate justice? Or do you believe that rhetoric about how the Xianzhou people forbid Abundance? *sigh* None of that matters now, anyway.
System
System
Todd sighs deeply.
Todd
Todd
You've made your choice, I guess for the sake of my own safety, it's time for me to go.
System
System
Todd bows and shoots you a smooth salute, before turning to quickly leave.
System
System
You're not sure about Todd's future plans, but you somehow feel that your destinies will still intertwine somewhere.
Todd
Todd
I knew I was right about you.
Options
I don't plan on becoming an apprentice...
I'm not interested in immortality...
Todd
Todd
Is the path of the Nameless more popular with the kids these days? I won't force things.
Todd
Todd
Ha... Hahaha...
Todd
Todd
You don't get it. You don't understand the true value of this secret at all. I was just a know-it-all just like you at your age, thinking I'd have countless possibilities before me and that youth would never fade.
Todd
Todd
If you ever change your mind, come find me any time. My proposal stands in perpetuity.
System
System
Todd bows and shoots you a smooth salute, before turning to quickly leave.
System
System
You're not sure about Todd's future plans, but you somehow feel that your destinies will still intertwine somewhere.
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Surprisingly, Todd's research was successful. He's got some guts...
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Where is this guy planning to hide, and how does he intend to leave the Xianzhou? Let's wait and see β€” he might come asking for my help again in less than a day.

Head to Starskiff Haven and meet with Todd

Following the location Todd mentioned in the message, you decide to go to Starskiff Haven to see what he is up to.
System
System
A child stands alone in the place where Todd was always waiting. For some reason, his young face looks rather familiar.
Todd
Todd
There you are.
Options
How did you turn into... this?
What in the world happened?
Todd
Todd
...
Todd
Todd
Hehe, I just was a little sloppy with my experiment. An inevitable result.
Todd
Todd
I thought I'd gained immortality, but unfortunately things were not that simple.
Todd
Todd
My body, it keeps shrinking. My skin, muscles, organs... Indeed, I'm getting younger, you see, but this "youth" doesn't seem to have an off switch.
Options
You're de-aging?
Kind of like the Vidyadhara tradition of hatching rebirth...
Todd
Todd
Yes. But so far as I know, their "rebirths" have a limit.
Todd
Todd
Test results indicate that this de-aging process seems to have no endpoint. It won't be long before I'm illiterate and won't be able to understand my own reports β€” which would seem no difference from regular dementia.
Todd
Todd
In the end, I might even become an egg again, just like the Vidyadhara. Perhaps I could become a human embryo once again β€” I mean, I'm not Vidyadhara, am I?
Todd
Todd
Ahh... Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
Todd
Todd
My wish came true β€” just not in the form I thought it would take. The oldest stories in human civilization are fables that take this line. Seems like they aren't just a cliche, after all.
Options
What can I help you with?
Do you want me to fetch a healer from the Alchemy Commission?
Todd
Todd
You've already done so much for me. More than my teachers and apprentices combined. And I don't want to bother anyone else anymore.
Todd
Todd
Please, {NICKNAME}. There really is no need for anything. Just coming to chat with me is cause enough for celebration.
System
System
The boy cups his chin in thought for a brief moment in a pose that is beyond his age.
Todd
Todd
If you really are sincere about helping me with something...
Todd
Todd
Just take me for a spin around the market, buy me some snacks, and have some fun with me! Don't doctors always say that when a terminal case is hopeless to "Take them out to eat whatever they want, and go around and have fun"?
Todd
Todd
I want to have one last good time before I turn into a mindless baby.

Follow Todd to the food stall

Something unexpected happened to Todd's "long life." He has now turned into a cute little child. No wonder the people from the Ten-Lords Commission couldn't find him. At Todd's request, you decide to go for a walk with him.
Todd
Todd
Let's go!
Todd
Todd
I want something sweet!

Fulfill Todd's wish and buy him a berrypheasant skewer

Todd tells you about his wish. He just wants to experience the happiness that children deserve. You agree to his childish request to buy a snack.
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
Tuskpir wrap! Songlotus cake! Berrypheasant skewers! Come and get 'em!
Todd
Todd
It's silly, but when I was researching Xianzhou culture, I never paid attention to these street snacks. The Guild never had much time for ordinary knowledge unless they were profitable.
Options
What'll it be?
Todd
Todd
Can you please ask for me...
Todd
Todd
Oh, no it should be...
Todd
Todd
I want berrypheasant skewers! I just want berrypheasant skewers! Can you please get me some?
Todd
Todd
Is that okay?
Options
Quit being so childish!
Buy whatever you want yourself!
Todd
Todd
Hehe, I can't help putting on this tone. I haven't been a child for so long that I'm not really used to speaking. Forgive me.
Todd
Todd
What? I thought you were sincere about wanting to help me do something? But now you're asking me to fork out for it?
Todd
Todd
...I, I won't! I won't do it! I want you to buy it for me! I want to eat a berrypheasant skewer!
Food Stall Owner
Food Stall Owner
Young {F#woman}{M#man}, is this your little brother? He's so cute. You can't be so harsh like that to a kid, or you'll scare him.
Todd
Todd
Hear that?


Give the berrypheasant skewer you bought to Todd

Activation Conditions:F202020321
Options
Success
Fail
Todd
Todd
Did you buy it?
Options
Here, take it.
Options
Deliver item
Cancel
Todd
Todd
Alright... Let me have a taste...
System
System
The boy places the bright red candies into his mouth, one at a time.
Todd
Todd
Ha, it's so sweet.
Todd
Todd
Most people rarely get to enjoy such a carefree feeling, except in childhood. Growing up, studying, working... Always chasing this or that thing.
Todd
Todd
Thinking about it like this, doesn't living like a long-life species seem hopeless... How can they put up with the endless repetition of life for hundreds of years?
Todd
Todd
For them, life should be like this candy here in my mouth. Sweet at first, but then soon disappearing without a trace just to leave behind nothing but empty desire.
Todd
Todd
Teehee, and in spite of everything I always dreamed of becoming one of them.
System
System
The boy smacked his lips, craving more.
Todd
Todd
All finished. Where should we go next? I wanna... go to the Exalting Sanctum!
System
System
The boy vanished without a trace.
- Todd's Snack x 1
Todd
Todd
Did you buy it?
Options
I haven't... bought that... yet...
Todd
Todd
Quit dilly-dallying, this old timer can't wait around for you all day! Quickly, c'mon! Berrypheasant skewers! Berrypheasant skewers!

Accompany Todd to wander and stroll around the Exalting Sanctum

Before further physical changes occur, Todd just wants to experience the happiness that children deserve. You agree to his request and accompany him around the Exalting Sanctum, but unexpectedly meet some people...
πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ
Exalting Sanctum

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Exalting Sanctum

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ
Move
Todd
Todd
Speaking of which, I've been around the block, y'know...
Todd
Todd
Pier Point, Vonwacq, Taikiyan...
Todd
Todd
And Banquet Star, where you never stop eating!
Bailu
Bailu
Uh-huh!
Todd
Todd
...Once you grow older, you simply have to step off the Xianzhou to take a look at the cosmos outside!
Bailu
Bailu
Uh-huh!
Todd
Todd
I've been to Pier Point, Vonwacq, Taikiyan, and even Punklorde... By the way, if it's a foodie paradise you're after, then you simply have to check out Banquet Star!
Bailu
Bailu
Uh-huh!
Bailu
Bailu
By the way, kid, I haven't seen you around here before.
Todd
Todd
I've seen you before though, Lady Bailu.
Bailu
Bailu
Please, no need for formalities. I came out here just to be another diner among the people. You don't happen to have any snacks in your bag, do you? Why don't you share with us what you've got?
Todd
Todd
I'm sorry. I had a berrypheasant skewer but I already ate it all up.
Bailu
Bailu
Oh, that's a pity. No matter, I'll be playing nearby here tomorrow, so you can bring me something to eat and come here.
Options
How's it going, O miracle doctor?
Mr. Todd, we should get going...
Just stop talking to yourself and running off, okay?
Bailu
Bailu
Oh it's you, {F#Miss}{M#Sir}.
Todd
Todd
Oops, here comes my guardian. That's enough of our secret conversation for today, then.
Bailu
Bailu
Alright, remember to bring some snacks with you tomorrow.
System
System
You take Todd to bid farewell to Bailu.
Todd
Todd
Now you're starting to get the hang of this parenting business. Running over to other kids and snatching away your own child.
Todd
Todd
Speaking of which, this kind of thing used to happen all the time when I was a kid. Whenever I wanted to play together with the pig-tailed girl next door, my parents would show up like an alarm clock and march me back to my desk.
Todd
Todd
I always wondered, what if they weren't always bothering me like that? Perhaps I'd have sired several grandchildren by now...
Options
Don't think about what could have been...
Where else do you want to go?
Bailu
Bailu
Mister... Todd?
Todd
Todd
Can't you just treat me like a kid? If other people hear it, they'll be traumatized.
Todd
Todd
Oops, here comes my guardian. That's enough of our secret conversation for today, then.
Bailu
Bailu
Alright, remember to bring some snacks with you tomorrow.
System
System
You take Todd to bid farewell to Bailu.
Todd
Todd
Now you're starting to get the hang of this parenting business. Running over to other kids and snatching away your own child.
Todd
Todd
Speaking of which, this kind of thing used to happen all the time when I was a kid. Whenever I wanted to play together with the pig-tailed girl next door, my parents would show up like an alarm clock and march me back to my desk.
Todd
Todd
I always wondered, what if they weren't always bothering me like that? Perhaps I'd have sired several grandchildren by now...
Options
Don't think about what could have been...
Where else do you want to go?
Todd
Todd
Oops, here comes my guardian. That's enough of our secret conversation for today, then.
Bailu
Bailu
Alright, remember to bring some snacks with you tomorrow.
System
System
You take Todd to bid farewell to Bailu.
Todd
Todd
Now you're starting to get the hang of this parenting business. Running over to other kids and snatching away your own child.
Todd
Todd
Speaking of which, this kind of thing used to happen all the time when I was a kid. Whenever I wanted to play together with the pig-tailed girl next door, my parents would show up like an alarm clock and march me back to my desk.
Todd
Todd
I always wondered, what if they weren't always bothering me like that? Perhaps I'd have sired several grandchildren by now...
Options
Don't think about what could have been...
Where else do you want to go?
Todd
Todd
It's a real nightmare. Man did it seriously kill my mood for playtime.
Todd
Todd
Next up, let's go to Lunarescent Depths when it's windy.

Head to the Scalegorge Waterscape coast and talk with Todd

Good times are always fleeting. Todd is with you at the coast, facing the waves of the Lunarescent Depths. He tells you his story. Or rather, it isn't his story, but instead the story of you and him, and of others...
πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ
Scalegorge Waterscape

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Scalegorge Waterscape

System
System
The little boy sits alone beside the sea.
Todd
Todd
...
Options
Are you all good?
Todd
Todd
I'm fine, just listening to the waves and watching the ocean. I've never felt so wide awake.
Todd
Todd
{NICKNAME}, I feel happy.
Todd
Todd
In this life I've been far better off than most people, who don't even know what they want, let alone how to get it. I became a published author, and I've taken on countless apprentices. I may have no children, but there are several of my students of whom I'm rather proud.
Todd
Todd
Best of all, I lived to see the results of my research and got the answers to what all the scholars were vying for β€” despite it all turning into a nasty joke.
Todd
Todd
So finally it's time for me to say thanks to you, {NICKNAME}, for being there for me right from the start.
Todd
Todd
By the way, I've recorded all the data from my experiments here β€” whether you want to pass it on to my apprentices, destroy it, or even hand it over to the Xianzhou authorities... The choice is yours.
Todd
Todd
It suddenly occurred to me that my teacher's final moments were spent swimming here with the fish in these ancient waters... And what of I? Will I also face such an ending?
System
System
The question went unanswered, and the child spoke no further.

Go to the Realm-Keeping Commission and report on Todd's doings

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Realm-Keeping Commission Chancery

Activation Conditions
What Todd had done really disappoints you, not to mention it also breaks Xianzhou's laws. After thinking about it at length, you finally make a difficult decision β€” you decide to report Todd to the Realm-Keeping Commission.
(Report Todd)
System
System
Dahao patiently listens to you recount the story, expressionless the whole time.
Dahao
Dahao
Tsk, there's always a Guild scout who reckons that the Alliance's taboos are just hypocritical lies and not for them...
Dahao
Dahao
"Immortality Theft" is one of the most grievous of felonies and is absolutely unpardonable. I'll report this to the Ten-Lords Commission. Thanks, {NICKNAME}.
Dahao
Dahao
Mr. Todd's customs clearance docket and check-in details from the inn have been saved to the document office at the Realm-Keeping Commission. No matter how many more years his newfound youth affords him, he'll be spending the majority of it behind bars at The Shackling Prison.

Go to Petrichor Inn to ask the Ten-Lords Commission judge for information

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Central Starskiff Haven

The Realm-Keeping Commission clerk relayed the information you reported to the Ten-Lords Commission. Now the Ten-Lords Commission has sent a judge to Petrichor Inn to arrest Todd. You try to find out about Todd's whereabouts from this beautiful judge.
Xueyi
Xueyi
The Ten Lords are responsible for trying criminals, and bystanders cannot interfere.
Xueyi
Xueyi
You, I recognize you. Aren't you General Jing Yuan's esteemed guest?
Options
(Bring up Todd)
(Turn and leave)
Xueyi
Xueyi
He obviously won't be heading back to his residence. My team is on his tail.
Xueyi
Xueyi
You can't run from the long arm of the law. He won't get far.
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Surprisingly, Todd's research was successful. He's got some guts...
{NICKNAME}
{NICKNAME}
Where is this guy planning to hide, and how does he intend to leave the Xianzhou? Let's wait and see β€” he might come asking for my help again in less than a day.

Head to the coast and meet with Todd

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Scalegorge Waterscape

Following the location Todd mentioned in the message, you decide to go to the coast to see what he is up to.
System
System
A child stands alone by the sea and, for some reason, his young face looks rather familiar.
Todd
Todd
There you are.
Todd
Todd
I was just hanging out over at the high elder statue and there was this guy, completely silent, who couldn't take his eyes off me. I thought he could be from the Ten-Lords Commission, so I snuck over here.
Options
How did you turn into... this?
What in the world happened?
Todd
Todd
...
Todd
Todd
Hehe, I just was a little sloppy with my experiment. An inevitable result.
Todd
Todd
I thought I'd gained immortality, but unfortunately things were not that simple.
Todd
Todd
My body, it keeps shrinking. My skin, muscles, organs... Indeed, I'm getting younger, you see, but this "youth" doesn't seem to have an off switch.
Options
You're de-aging?
Kind of like the Vidyadhara tradition of hatching rebirth...
Todd
Todd
Yes. But so far as I know, their "rebirths" have a limit.
Todd
Todd
Test results indicate that this de-aging process seems to have no endpoint. It won't be long before I'm illiterate and won't be able to understand my own reports β€” which would seem no difference from regular dementia.
Todd
Todd
In the end, I might even become an egg again, just like the Vidyadhara. Perhaps I could become a human embryo once again β€” I mean, I'm not Vidyadhara, am I?
Todd
Todd
Ahh... Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
Todd
Todd
My wish came true β€” just not in the form I thought it would take. The oldest stories in human civilization are fables that take this line. Seems like they aren't just a cliche, after all.
Options
What can I help you with?
Do you want me to fetch a healer from the Alchemy Commission?
Todd
Todd
...
Todd
Todd
No no, no need this time. You've already done so much for me. More than my teachers and apprentices combined. And I don't want to bother anyone else anymore.
System
System
Todd's little eyes lit up with a flash of arrogance that was beyond his years.
Todd
Todd
That look in your eyes... Are you pitying me?
Todd
Todd
Please, {NICKNAME}. There really is no need for anything. Just coming to chat with me is cause enough for celebration.
Todd
Todd
In this life I've been far better off than most people, who don't even know what they want, let alone how to get it. I became a published author, and I've taken on countless apprentices. I may have no children, but there are several of my students of whom I'm rather proud.
Todd
Todd
Best of all, I lived to see the results of my research β€” despite it all turning into a nasty joke. But... Enough, that's enough for now. I'm satisfied.
System
System
The child's cherub face seemed to be smaller yet again.
Todd
Todd
...Sorry. That was a lot to just dump on you.
Todd
Todd
I just wanted to... say thanks to you, {NICKNAME}, for being there for me right from the start.
Todd
Todd
By the way, I've recorded all the data from my experiments here β€” whether you want to pass it on to my apprentices, destroy it, or even hand it over to the Xianzhou authorities... The choice is yours.
Todd
Todd
...
Todd
Todd
Goodbye, my friend.

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