|Approaching the gates of Ashos, flanked by stone statues of Yatholen's serpent people...|
|The picturesque city of Ashos is not as hopelessly doomed as it might appear after the orc invasion takes place...|
In order to complete the main storyline of Two Worlds, you'll eventually have to sneak into the Temple of Yatholen near the far western oceanside wall of Ashos in order to reclaim the Relic Water Stone. (You may remember Yatholen as the same irascible sea deity who was sending the scapulari squid people to menace the villagers of Clovelly, if you visited that village earlier.)
|Approaching the fateful temple of Yatholen...|
|The Eye of Yatholen, also known as the "Relic Water Stone", in the heart of the Temple...|
|Uh-oh... Orc invaders have breached the Gates and slain everyone in Ashos. But don't worry: it's reversible.|
|The hero (wearing orc Camouflage) finishes resurrecting four Ashos soldiers whose corpses were lying in the street...|
|Resurrecting the mage Kano Mizoguchi, who was slain by the orc invaders in his home...|
|Resurrected Ashos citizens and soldiers, allied with resurrected orcs, brawl with orc invaders in the streets...|
The only "non-interventionist" choice we know of at this point would have been to just let the orc invaders slay all (and then flee the city), but we decided this wasn't palatable for various reasons, including that our mandatory quest to remove the Eye of Yatholen had already facilitated the orcs' successful breach of the city's supernatural defenses...
|The hero observes several Chaos-Raged orc invaders battling each other...|
|The gold-armored Ashos soldiers are the best match against orcs, but mettlesome citizens like these are also keen to do their part...|
|Resurrected orcs dispatched by Ashos soldiers and citizens are added to the defending side's ranks...|
|Resurrecting some of the more vulnerable citizens, after the majority of orcs are resurrected and fighting on our side...|
Players who aren't shy about combat could theoretically dispatch all the orcs in the city first, then go on an even more extensive resurrection spree and bring every single dead orc and Ashos citizen back to life, without a single being on either side of the conflict remaining permanently dead...
|Chaos-raged orcs express their cultural passion for martial conquest against each other rather than the people of Ashos...|
|The hero contemplates the moon over Ashos, while patiently waiting for some chaos-raged orcs to finish their brawl...|
|Resurrected orcs dutifully sweep the streets of Ashos after the battle ends...|
|A guard resurrected by the hero several moments earlier makes accusations and demands bribes...|
Now that you've been warned about the Doom of Ashos—and how to solve it if you've gotten the lv15 Air Spell Resurrection—it's finally time to go enjoy the many profitable sub-quests found all over Ashos, described in the next post...