Pernos is a hermit who lives at the entrance to the Agaric Spore Road in Poeta, along with some of his animal friends. He is one of the key NPC's for the player's journey towards Ascension, but also remains involved with a number of special quests afterwards.
In the official comic it is revealed that he is the Uncle (and mentor) of Viola, as well as one of the two survivors of the Storm Legion.
Pernos' past is only briefly touched upon in the game. At some point he tells the player that he came from the future Poeta, Dark Poeta, and was the sole survivor of the Balaur onslaught that took place there. He supposedly traveled to the past for reasons unknown, but does say that he feels that meeting the player and helping him/her with their Ascension was both his destiny and purpose.
In the Comic Edit
Pernos' real identity and past is revealed in the La Veroca comic commissioned by NCSoft. Pernos (real name Akarios) was a Daeva and local militia leader of an Atreian village named Nodel before the Cataclysm, as well as the uncle of Viola. One day the village comes under attack from the Balaur while Akarios is away, and onslaught ensues. Although he returns with his men shortly after, he is unable to turn the situation around until the Archdaeva appears and drives the Balaur off, saving Viola in the process.
Now re-assigned to one of the Archdaeva's own legions, Akarios' next appearance is during the peace talks. Here he tells a distraught Viola that the peace talks were merely a ruse meant to lure the Dragon Lords in and destroy them. Seconds after this a blinding light emerges from the tower: the Cataclysm was now happening.
Akarios is presumed to have perished during the catastrophe until he suddenly appears before Viola again 50 years later. He explains that he joined Deltras' Storm Legion in an attempt to find the missing Archdaeva. Viola however notices that he lost his eternal youth, one of the key characteristics of a Daeva, and had begun to age again after he came too close to the shattered Tower. Viola takes this as a bad omen and pleads her uncle to quit the Storm Legion, but Akarios refuses as he feels that must fulfill his duty of finding the missing One.
One month later Akarios, now an old man, returns as one of the two sole survivors of the Storm Legion following its fatal expedition. Wrought with horrors from having seen the rest of his comrades being brutally massacred by Shedim Lord Zikel, Viola confronts her uncle one more time. She asks him to quit the path of a Guardian and move to a small village with her, to which he agrees.
While Viola eventually leaves Poeta to continue her own search for the Archdaeva, Akarios has a feeling that he should stay behind in Poeta for some reason. He takes on a new name and identity (Pernos) and lives as a hermit until the player encounters him during the Poeta campaign.
- Starts quests
- Involved in quests
- "How do you find Poeta thus far, child? Does anything feel familiar?"
- "No...not exactly."
- With quests
- "What is this I sense?"
- He supposedly saved Poeta from peril at some point in the past, which resulted in one of the island's areas being named after him in his honor. His true name (Akarios) also appears in several tales and legends about the island.
- Pernos was supposed to have different dialogue for players after they have ascended, but this ultimately was never implemented. The intended dialogue was:
- "It was you that I felt approaching...
- Greetings, [Player Name]. It is good to see you again.
- "And you, Pernos."
External Links Edit
La Veroca Comic - A Millennium`s Wait - official Ncsoft comic