Without any doubt Path of Exile's world is filled with intriguing stories. Whether you take a deeper look at some of the NPC characters, Wraeclast and its many locations, or even the daunting foes and bosses of the game are all very well-written. In this article series about the game's lore, we will explore many aspects of the game's story, so if you are an aspiring loremaster or just wish to learn about PoE's world some more this is a great place for you to start.
First off let's introduce the two most basic elements of the game: Wraeclast, the continent where the vast majority of the game takes place and you, The Exile.
Wraeclast has a very deep lore and history, which you can all uncover in the game. Since it would take up a whole other article to explore the history of the continent we will only focus on the present times. The continent has no civilization whatsoever and is mostly inhabited by a few descendants of the former empire, undead, and unfortunate shipwrecked sailors. Also, it serves as a penal colony for Oriath. They exile their criminals here for varying types of misdeeds.
You, the player, are an exile from Oriath sentenced by High Templar Dominus. Depending on your class, your crime may vary from theft to murder or from witchcraft to blasphemy. Either way, your punishment will be exilement to Wraeclast where certain death awaits most, but you seem to thrive in or be content with the idea of being shipped off for varying reasons depending on your character.
Act 1 begins with you washing up on the shores after surviving a shipwreck. You seem to be the only survivor and after talking to a dying exile he points you toward the ruins of the lighthouse where you may seek sanctuary. After fighting off the undead you finally reach the safety of Lioneye's watch where you meet Nessa, Tarkleigh, and Bestel. The former two are the defacto Mother and Father for the people of Lioneye's watch. Here you will mostly complete tasks to aid the people of this safe heaven. The main boss of this area will be Merveil, the Siren.
Merveil used to be human at some point but was changed by a strange necklace, the Star of Wraeclast into the monstrous form she has now. This necklace was gifted to her by her former husband Daresso, a famed swordsman. She was a graceful lady with unparalleled beauty but the necklace began to affect her in sinister ways. First making her obsessed with the item, then becoming aggressive towards anyone who tried to get close to it. Not only her personality, but her body began to change as well. She was pregnant with a child when his husband couldn't bear to be with her anymore and one night he ran off. After this event, Merveil's sanity truly broke. She ran to the shore and screamed relentlessly. Any effort to bring her back to the city was fruitless since she would attack anyone who tried to get close to her. After some time, she gave birth to a female child with scales and tentacles. She then retreated to the tidal tunnels beneath Wraeclast's cliffs where she grew even more twisted. The Star of Wraeclast is still with her.
Through the years, she had more and more children, but it cannot be logically explained how. Her countless spawns roam the shoreline, luring sailors to their demise with their sweet singing. The jewel now fully possessed her, imbuing her with powerful magic.
You have to take her down once and for all to stop her reign of terror against unbeknownst sailors and unfortunate wanderers who happen upon her lair.
This wraps up the first part of the deep lore article series. Stay tuned for more!
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