Day 121, Runestone Investigation – Spoiler Alert

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Speak to Alex and the other Soul Riders outside the stable at Silverglade Winery.

Be Vigilant: Watch and Wait

alex

Nothing beats a little rest…

I’ve spoken to the druids and they have a new set of directives for us.

Ready to get stuck in again?

Hope you’re as excited as I am…

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Alex will explain her plan to continue to watch Dark Core.

alex

Right then, my friends.

What we need to do is be vigilant: watch and wait.

Of course we’re missing our friend Anne, but Fripp and the druids are currently working out a safe way of traveling to Pandoria to look for her.

Until then, there’s nothing we can do for her.

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lisa

It feels terrible to just sit and wait. It’s unbearable to know that our friend is there and we’re here doing nothing.

I know how horrendous it is there.

Believe me when I say that every second you’re there feels like a nightmare a hundred times worse than death.

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linda

I know, Lisa. I know.

But it’s just like Alex and the druids say. We can’t do anything now.

We wait and see if the druids come up with a safe way…

They must be able to!

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lisa

But if it takes too long…?

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linda

…Then we take matters into our own hands.

Count on it.

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alex

Agreed. Anyway, now it’s time to plan and prepare while the enemy forges their dark plans.

When they strike, we need to be prepared. Strike faster, strike harder.

We want to know if Dark Core and the Dark Riders are up to something awfully suspect.

The very worst thing that could happen would be if they started the Dark Ceremony to open the cracks between Pandoria’s unreality and our reality.

That would mean that the flow between the two worlds would run completely out of control and both worlds would collapse.

Or worse…

We’ve got no idea when or where they’re going to strike. We’re not ever sure exactly how either, but Fripp and the druids are trying to work it all out.

If we get more information from the druids, we might have some new tasks to complete, but until then, we need to stay vigilant, keep watching and waiting.

Raise the alarm and take action if something unexpected occurs.

I did a little surveillance last night and found a number of suitable locations for observation.

I’ve informed the Spymaster of the newly developing situation. He and his agents, the chipmunks, and whatever else he’s got working for him are all on high alert and will let us know if they notice anything of interest.

Linda, I thought you could perhaps be our liaison and base yourself out of the library where you provide the druids with your analysis of the scriptures.

We’ll report to you Linda, and the best place for you right now is studying those texts and helping the druids to interpret them.

Okay?

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linda

Yes, Alex.

I’ll keep my head in the books and be ready to receive your reports as well as keeping an eye on your observation schedules. You’ll always know where I am.

See you in the Winery’s library whenever you need me.

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lisa

Me, Rita, and you Alex… We’re out in the field, right?

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alex

Correct, Lisa.

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lisa

Brilliant.

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alex

Good. Then it looks like we’re ready to get started.

I’ve got the map right here with all the observation spots marked out. I think Observation Station #42 will be perfect for you Rita.

It’s a great lookout spot towards the sea, and you can get a closer look at Dark Core HQ.

You’ll definitely see if someone’s on their way towards us from Dark Core…

Quest completed

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Binoculars Fit for Purpose

alex

Aha. You don’t have any binoculars?

You’ll definitely need a pair if you’re going to be able to keep watch properly. You can borrow mine if you like? I’ve got plenty in stocky, haha.

Objectives: Do you need some binoculars?

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Alex’s Binoculars

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Tell Alex, you are in fact, needing binoculars.

alex

Here, you can borrow these for as long as you need them.

You can use them more than once.

Quest completed

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Observation Station #42

alex

You can see on the map where you should be going. It’s a nice place at the southwestern corner of Paddock Island. You know, south of Jarlaheim in the Harvest Counties.

Objectives: Ride out to Observation Station #42 and take a look through the binoculars.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

The observation spot is located near a bush behind the upper paddock on Paddock Island, facing towards the ocean.

Use the binoculars and take a peek at what’s going on at Dark Core.

self

Uneventful day… I’ll come back tomorrow.

But, wait…

Who’s howling like that?!

Sounds like somebody’s screaming for help…?

Quest completed

Return to Observation Station tomorrow.

In the meantime, let’s go down the hill and see who needs help.

Help! Help! Help!

sonja

Help! Oh gosh, there you are Rita! My friend!

It’s me, Sonja!

Objectives: Ask Sonja what happened.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

What are you doing down here crying, silly girl?

sonja

How lovely to see you!

Sniffle…

You’ve got no idea…

Ow, ow, ow! I’ve got such a headache! Well, it aches all over actually! Sniffle.

Let me tell you about it.

Quest completed

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Sonja’s Unhappy Hardship

sonja

Sniffle…

My head hurts so much… Sniffle…

I was out on a long ride with my horse around all the beautiful countryside and galloped past one of the runestones… You know, the ones that are all over the place around here.

You know the ones…

This particular runestone just suddenly making weird noises and lighting up pink… My poor horse went crazy and just ran away! I wasn’t ready for it and ended up landing on my head.

Sniffle…

Objectives: Talk to Sonja.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

That’s what you get for not wearing a helmeeeeeet!

sonja

Where my horse and my helmet are? Where my horse is right now, I’ve got no idea. I guess I was just too lazy to put my helmet on before I came out. I learned my lesson now though… I’ll never ride without a helmet again.

Sniffle…

Now I’m feeling really dizzy and everything hurts!

Typical.

Quest completed

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The Call of the Runestone

sonja

Which runestone was the one that scared us? Sniffle…

That one. That one over there. By the seashore. The one that looks exactly like the other stupid runestones.

Take a look at it, why don’t you? Be sure to come back and help me afterwards though, if that’s okay?

Objectives: Examine the runestone then return to Sonja.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

The runestone is glowing with energy and runes circling in the air around it. What could this mean…?

sonja

I agree with you, that runestone is definitely… Strange.

And it’s ugly. Stupid ugly runestone.

Quest completed

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Ambulance!

sonja

Please could you do me a huge favor and take me to the clinic in Jarlaheim? I don’t think I could get there on my own. Sniffle.

I don’t think I’m very seriously injured but you never know, better to get the vet to take a look at me and see if I should head to the hospital.

Could you take me on the back of your horse to the veterinarian in Jarlaheim?

Sniffle…

Objectives: Take Sonja to the vet in Jarlaheim for a check-up.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Ugh, it hurts me just watching you ride, you pitiful girl, what is that?!

dino_valley_vet

Hello there! What’s happened here?

Oh…

No helmet?

Hmph. You see, kids these days!

Now then Sonja, you might have been lucky and only scored yourself a mild concussion, but let’s have a look at you…

Quest completed

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Tell Linda About the Runestone

sonja

Thanks for taking me to the vet, Rita. You’re a true friend. That whole runestone thing was really bizarre. What did you say you were doing now? You’re going to meet Linda and tell her your findings? Say hey to her from me! Thanks so much again for your help.

Objectives: Report to Linda in the library at the Winery.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Return to the library and tell Linda everything that’s happened.

linda

Hey Rita! How’s it going? I’m just sitting here studying a bunch of ancient texts…

Mm-hmm…?

Quest completed

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Locate Alex

linda

Yup, I get you.

I reckon that’s something you should talk to Alex about. She usually tells us about how she goes out and “talks to the runestones” sometimes… Some kind of errand for the druids, apparently. Some kind of measurement she takes. She’ll probably know more about why the runestones have been behaving strangely.

I’m not sure what it could all mean. You should tell Alex all about it.

I’ve no idea where Alex is right now though. She’s not out in the field on errands. Not according to my notes, anyway.

Check the stables? Talk to a few of the people out there in the yard maybe? Perhaps someone’s seen her…

Objectives: Check with the people around the Winery and see were Alex is.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

The person you need is Tyra. You can talk to others and they will tell you either they haven’t seen Alex, or to ask if Tyra has seen her. You can skip talking to others and go directly to Tyra.

tyra

Hi Rita!

Are you looking for Alex?

Yeah, she said something earlier before she and Tin-Can galloped away east over…

Hm.

What was it?

Let me think…

Quest completed

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Brother James

tyra

Yes, now I remember!

Alex said something or other about family issues before she left. That nuisance James is her little brother, right?

Must be some scrape he’s gotten into that she’ll have to fix up as usual! Typical James. If I were you, I’d go to Fort Pinta and talk to him.

Objectives: Talk to James in Fort Pinta.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Ride or transport to Fort Pinta and seek James for information about Alex.

james

Ah.

Yeah, of course…

Alex. Yep.

Quest completed

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Alex At the Mall

james

Alex is going to meet our mother at the mall in Jorvik City. She took the bus out there a little while ago. You’ll be sure to find her there in the cafe, I’m sure.

It’s not so often we get to see mama these days, just so you know. She’s just difficult. Always wants to borrow money from me, and that’s just not happening.

Objectives: Take the bus to Jorvik City Plaza and look for Alex there.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Make sure you have your bus ticket with you. Once at the mall, you can find Alex at a table with her mother in the back of the cafe.

alex

Rita! Welcome!

Mama, this is Rita.

Rita, this is my lovely old mother.

Quest completed

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Mother & Daughter

alex

Wait a second, Rita.

Me and my mother are just gonna finish up here. We’re almost done, I’ll be right there.

Objectives: Wait until Alex and her mother are done talking.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

What do you mean, wait? Don’t you mean eavesdrop… Since you pretty much stand there staring while they converse.

alex

Where were we…

Yes, mama! I’ve told you, you can stop thinking like that!

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mrs_cloudmill

There’s nobody who cares about me anymore…

I’m not only abandoned, I’m a bad mother as well.

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alex

Mama!

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mrs_cloudmill

I’ve been abandoned by everyone…

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alex

No, you know that’s not true. We love you mama!

All of your children love you. Stop saying those things, we all know they’re not true.

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mrs_cloudmill

No, no, no…

I’m such a terrible mother… I’ve failed you all.

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alex

Now you really can stop this. You’re our beloved mother and you haven’t had it easy, we all know that. That dad more or less disappeared isn’t your fault, and it’s not our fault either. It was his choice.

You had to take care of us single handedly, which was no small feat, we all know that now.

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mrs_cloudmill

No, it was no small feat, and I didn’t succeed. Y’know…

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alex

No! You can’t say that! It’s not easy to take care of five kids on your own…

Look at us now! If I must say so myself, you did a great job! It’s all thanks to you that we’re here! We love life and we love you. Without you, we’d never be what we are now, and we owe you everything.

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mrs_cloudmill

You really mean that?

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alex

Of course! You’re our beloved mama, and you mean the world to us so stop blaming yourself for things you had no control over that never really had such a bad effect on us anyway. You made our upbringing something special. Without you, the Cloudmill family would just be dust in a storm. We have a lot to thank you for. 

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mrs_cloudmill

But I didn’t have any money. I didn’t have time to give you all the attention you needed…

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alex

Listen mama, I’ve told you that you shouldn’t blame yourself… You’re the only person who thinks you’ve done something awful. Don’t take our happy childhood memories away from us now by saying such terrible things. 

It’s only you who suffers from carrying all this terrible weight, and none of it is even true, so it’s wrong!

So stop this. Now. Just take a look at all the good things instead.

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mrs_cloudmill

If you say so.

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alex

Come on, shake it off! Just show me a smile and I’ll come and celebrate Christmas with you.

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mrs_cloudmill

Smile!

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alex

There you go! I knew it! There was a little smile right there! Christmas is saved!

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mrs_cloudmill

Alex…

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alex

Yes, mother?

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mrs_cloudmill

I love you too. Thank you for being here, you’re certainly the wisest of us Cloudmills. Thanks for taking time to cheer up your hopeless old mother…

Everything feels much better now.

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alex

Thanks…

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mrs_cloudmill

Look Alex, I think you have a visitor. Looks like that lovely horse girl over there wants something…

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alex

Thanks for waiting a while… Mothers, huh?! They can be so down on themselves. They never seem to understand that you just love your parents whatever they do. They only ever want the best for us, we know that. Even if it’s not always right every time.

Ah well, I guess you didn’t come here to talk about mothers and families, right?

Quest completed

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Runestone News

alex

Oooh, the runestones, yeah. I usually measure their activity, but I’ve not had time recently.

I suppose it’s time I got out and took a look at them though…

I check the runestones so that I can calculate how active Pandoria is and whether there’s a strong flow between our reality and Pandoria’s unreality. This is crucial information for Fripp and the Keepers of Aideen.

Hmm… You’re pretty advanced and you’ve come a long way with the Lightning Circle. Maybe you could help me take the readings from the runestones? Talk to Elizabeth about it, just to make sure she’s okay with it. You’ll really be needing your own rune wand by now as well. Get permission from Elizabeth and fix up a rune wand and I’ll meet you tomorrow by that runestone there.

Objectives: Talk to Elizabeth in Valedale.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Leave the mall and find your way to Valedale to speak to Elizabeth outside her house.

elizabeth_sunbeam

I see that you’re traveling in the light of Aideen, Rita. Welcome back to my humble little village. What’s on your mind this time, my friend?

Quest completed

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Permission and a Wand

elizabeth_sunbeam

I can assure you that you have full permission from the Keepers of Aideen to support Alex and the others in their collection of runestone readings.

Come to think of it, we should have done this before now!

Rune wands are incredibly rare artifacts. You’ve been able to loan mine before now, but I can’t give it away. It’s time for you to have your own, but I think this is the kind of thing only Fripp can help you with. I know he’s incredibly busy right now with working out what we’re going to do next, as well as working out a safe way in and out of Pandoria.

He’ll have to find a little time to help you though.

Objectives: Ride to Fripp in the secret stone ring by riding in a spiral by the runestones above Elizabeth’s house.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Meet Fripp in the Secret Stonering.

fripp

Greetings Rita! Time is against us. The time before us was long and the time we have left is minimal. Don’t despair though! It’s right now in the moment that everything happens! You’re here now, are you not?

Quest completed

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A Trip to Fripp

fripp

And who really are you? Really? Who are you?

And what IS reality? Here and now? What is it?

My winding and weaving star alignments are spinning and splicing a pattern that I soon will be unable to deny… Do you know who you are…? No. Who could even answer such a question anyway…?

Fripp must weave and knit and stitch more patterns together… Sew and braid and think and fold and count and think and think and Fripp, Fripp, Fripp!

Rune wand, you say?

Objectives: Convince Fripp you need a rune wand. Now.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Don’t go getting all deeply philosophical and weird on me now, my little fuzzy friend…

fripp

Okay. If you say so. I suppose it’ll be quicker for me to just give you a wand rather than spend time telling you all the reasons why you shouldn’t have one.

I’ve seen in my timelines that you’ll have one later anyway. Later, in that which we most often call the future.

Quest completed

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A Rune Wand of Your Very Own

fripp

I’m going to open a very tiny fracture right now between Pandoria’s unreality and our reality. That’s where your rune wand should materialize. When you see it, hurry and grab it before the fracture needs to be closed again. Ready?

Objectives: Keep an eye on what’s happening. Be prepared to take the rune wand.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, Rune Wand

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Watch as a rift is opened and a rune wand rises out of it. Ride forward and click to take the wand. Once you have it, speak to Fripp and he will close the rift.

fripp

So there we are, Rita. Your very own rune wand. Take care of it now.

Off you go to the runestone where you’re supposed to meet Alex and learn about how to measure Pandoric activity.

Or was it tomorrow you were supposed to meet her?

Tomorrow… Yesterday, it’s all the same.

The lines cross all the time, lines, liney-winey, linery binary binary… Time is always wobbling and bending…

Quest completed

You can now leave the Secret Stonering and return to your business for the day.

Meet Alex by the glowing runestone on Paddock Island tomorrow.

The Secret Soul Rider- Part 3

I have just got back from a meeting with Alex and Linda. Its crazy how after almost a year we haven’t found Justin yet! We’ve searched all over Jorvik: From Epona to Fort Pinta and From GHV to Dino Valley. And still no sign of Justin…

But we have a plan…

To instantly bring Justin back and brainwash him, we need another soul rider. Linda’s found 2 girls who could be a match. I have met them, spoken to them and even done the fake test that Elizabeth and Mrs Smith did o me a year ago. But they failed miserably. There is this other mysterious girl named Ivy Camphood who lives on the outskirts of Jorvik Stables. I am on my way to meet her. Legend has it, her family are a certain kind of creepy druids. Everyone knows not to talk to them. They don’t talk to you either. Soul rider or not. And something tells me that they won’t make and exception for anyone…

Linda, Alex and I have recently arrived at Jorvik Stables, dropped our horses off and made our way to Ivy’s cobbled old Victorian house. Alex knocks on the front door, her fingers trembling with fear. No reply. We decided to go around to the back of the house instead. I push the open, wincing as it squeaks with terror. I have got to be brave. Remember, this is for Justin. Linda tiptoes into the house, with me and Alex following her. She calls out” Ivy. Are you home? We just want to talk to you.,” No reply…. again.

I decide to take charge by marching into the living room, demanding to speak to Ivy. Ivy looks up from her book on horses and walks over to me, with a hint of a magical soul rider look to her. I ask her to answer the following questions:

Name: Ivy Camphood

Are you nitrated in horses?: No

Then why are you reading that horse book?: Ok, maybe I do have a tiny passion for horses…

Do you believe in magic and miracles?: Not normally. But I do believe in horse magic.

Does that include soul riders?: Yes, definitely

“Anyway why do you want to know?,” Questioned Ivy.

Linda told her that we ere just interested. Well now your done with your little investigation , its time for you to leave. NOW!

We leave quickly. Once we’re out of the house, Alex, Linda and I screech, I think we’ve found our soul rider! “She’s just like one!,” I exclaim. She’s Feisty, Strong and believes in magic!

Now we have just got to tell her…
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Day 120, Not Very Scientific Science – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Return to Professor Hayden’s tent in the Mirror Marshes to find another note from him.

Don’t Come Back If You’re Not You

self

Not at home. If it’s Rita, then you’re late. Wait at the same spot where we met for the first time instead.

Objectives: Ride to Professor Hayden and talk to him.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Oh, please don’t be stuck in a hole again, you crazy old man…

professor_hayden

There you are! Hmph. Youths...

Quest completed

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Mirror Marshes and the Moon Spring

professor_hayden

Alberta got home safely yesterday. She’s a cheeky little rascal, so I expect she was only just a bit bored. She promised me she’d stay home today though, and not go picking fights with Pamela’s bees.

You can meet Alberta later, she’s just a bit shy around new people. She’s fuzzy and cuddly, a big ball of snuggles if you ask me. Hmph.

I was just thinking… Umm… Hmph. Not that you’d be interested. If you had nothing better to do, then perhaps you’d like to see how I work?

Oh? You think it sounds exciting? Hmph. Youths.

So the insects yesterday weren’t really ‘work,’ that’s more to do with my hobbies. As I’m sure you remember, I said I was working for AAE and I’m here to investigate and study the Mirror Marshes.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the temperature around here is a little different than in other places. This is down to the warm water that runs from the Moon Spring.

Why is the water warm? Hmph. It’s obvious. The old volcano that was here is providing the heat. That’s my theory anyway. There are some blockheads around who think they’ve got other explanations, but if you ask me, it’s the volcano. Hmph.

Now you know why I’m here and today I need to focus on collecting samples of the earth and water.

Enough about the Mirror Marshes, and the Moon Spring, and the volcano. We’ve got more important things to concentrate on.

Objectives: Talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Okie dokie, let’s get to it.

professor_hayden

Now you know why I’m here. Today I’ve got to focus on gathering samples from the earth and water.

Quest completed

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I Had Fun Once… It Was Awful

professor_hayden

Rita! Time to focus on the soil.

If I’m going to be able to test the soil in the Mirror Marshes and perform the necessary measurements, I need to gather samples from the ground.

What? You want to do it? This isn’t fun?! It shouldn’t be fun!! I had fun once and it was AWFUL!

Hmph. Well, by all means go and collect the samples, but don’t have fun.

Blithering bugs, these youths…

Objectives: Collect dirt samples then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Dismount your horse and use the glass vial to collect samples from the area around the river, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph. You got them? And they’re from different places?

Quest completed

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Easier to Frown Than Smile

professor_hayden

Hmm? You think I should smile more? Hmph, let me tell you something Rita. You use more muscles in your face when you frown than you do when you smile, so what can I say? I like to work out. Hmph.

But enough of that, we need to gather water samples for my tests. 

Mm-hmm? You want to collect them. Hmph. Of course you do. Well, by all means, go ahead, but it’s important that you pick them up from three different locations around the marshes.

Good, you get it. So, three different water samples is what I want.

Objectives: Gather water samples then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Collect water samples in the same manner you did with the soil samples, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph. I must admit that went rather quickly. Hmm. Enough with the compliments for today.

Quest completed

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Live in a Barrel and Smell Awful

professor_hayden

Hmph. Now we’ve got the soil and water samples we need. Time we walk back to the tent.

Blithering bugs, I do not enjoy going on walks.

Oh no, no, no, I don’t think so. I shan’t sit up on your horse and get a ride back. This should be all about trudging all the the way back until my feet are covered in blisters. Ideally, I’d like to live like Diogenes, the Greek philosopher. He lived in a barrel and smelled awful.

It’s not fantastic, it’s awful. But what a dream it would be to live like that. Thoroughly wonderful.

I’ll get to work on these blisters and see you back at the tent.

Objectives: Ride to Hayden’s camping spot and talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

What a weirdo…

professor_hayden

Hmph. You’ve had enough compliments for today, so I shan’t be saying anything else.

Quest completed

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Look on the Bright Side… Or Don’t

professor_hayden

Are you talking about smiling more again Rita?! Smiling is overrated. Almost as overrated as always looking on the bright side of life. I tried that once but brightness of the bright side blinded me so much that my eyes hurt and I had to spend 38 days in a cellar studying centipedes. Horrible experience, and I loved every minute.

But yes! The earth samples! If we’re to get any results at all before they’re too old, we’ll have to get a move on.

Umm… Yes, would you, erm, like to carry on helping? Hmph. Youths…

I’ll tell you what to do to be able to test the soil samples. Just follow my instructions.

Objectives: Follow Hayden’s instructions to be able to test the soil.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Pick up the vials and mix out the liquids in the order that Hayden tells you.

professor_hayden

Hmm… Interesting.

Quest completed

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An Interesting Result

professor_hayden

Hurry Rita! We need to write down the results! Here, take my notepad and pen and help me not down the numbers I say to you.

Objectives: Write down the results from the soil tests then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the pen and paper to take notes of the results of you testing.

professor_hayden

Hmph. So this is the result. Interesting.

Quest completed

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A Better Assistant Than Alberta

professor_hayden

Hmm… The results from the soil tests are most interesting. I don’t know whether that’s something to be especially excited about, but it’s certainly of interest.

I must admit you’re a better assistant than Alberta. She just runs around and wants to play and cuddle all the time, so I can’t ever have her with me out in the field.

Ah well, we should run the tests on the water samples and see what they come up with.

Oh, you want to help me with those as well? Then I suppose we’ll get going.

Objectives: Follow Hayden’s instructions for testing the water samples.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Test the water samples in the same way you did with the soil samples.

professor_hayden

This was… Unexpected…

Quest completed

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You Write, I Shout

professor_hayden

Quick, Rita! We need to write down the results. I’ll shout them out, you write them down.

Objectives: Write down the results from the water tests then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the pen and paper again to write down the new results.

professor_hayden

Hmm… I need to write up this report.

Quest completed

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Half a Thank You

professor_hayden

There we go! Now I’ve got a good report together that shows the different values to be found in the water and the soil. I’ll have to retake the samples though so that we can see if the values differ from day to day. Now, since it seems as though you’ve sort of become my assistant, you’ll need to come back and help me. Hmph… I don’t really think I’m about to be all emotional and shower you with thank yous, so…

We need to mail this report. Could you ride out and post it?

Objectives: Post the report in the mailbox then talk to Professor Hayden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Black Suede Helmet

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride into Crescent Moon Village and put the report into the red mail box, then return to Professor Hayden.

professor_hayden

This isn’t any kind of thank you. Hmph. It’s just something I had laying around. That I bought. To say… Ugh. Just take it, there you go.

Quest completed

So there is a little glimmer of kindness inside your angry heart, old man.

You are now able to visit Professor Hayden to complete daily quests to collect and test soil and water samples.

Day 119, Rascal on the Loose – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Before a Race

ricky_winterwell

Welcome back Rita!

Now I’ve set up a really great cross country track for you and the Bulldogz to use. Would you like to give it a test run?

If you ride down to the stable, you should see Ginny. She’s one of the Bulldogz and she’ll be responsible for the track.

Talk to her and say hello from me. Then she’ll get you started and help you keep track of time. 

Objectives: Talk to Ginny.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Ride down the hill towards the stable, and you’ll find Ginny on the side of the road before you get to the stable.

ginny

Hi! You’re Rita, right? Ricky said you’d be popping by.

Quest completed

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The New Racecourse!

ginny

Hey, I’m Ginny! I’m part of Bulldogz, Jorvik’s best riding club.

I heard you wanted to try the new track Ricky built for us? Of course you can try it out, it’ll be exciting to see how quickly you can complete the course.

Good luck now!

Objectives: Ride the race as fast as you can.

Rewards: 55 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP, 200 Horse XP

Reputation: 75 with New Hillcrest

This course can be challenging because the obstacles are quite large, and you only get ten seconds between checkpoints, instead of the normal twenty.

When you have finished the race, speak to Ginny.

ginny

Wow! That was FAST! You must’ve been riding forever!

Quest completed

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Curious About the Result…

ginny

Nice to meet you Rita!

Just come back and ask if you ever wanna try the course again, but now you should probably be getting back to Ricky. I think he’s curious about the result of your race, and he’ll want to know what you think of the course he set up!

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Return to Ricky and tell him what you think of the racecourse.

ricky_winterwell

How’d it go?

Quest completed

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Sore Muscles Everywhere!

ricky_winterwell

How was the gluten-free bread?

Umm… It was… Burnt. I’m not sure gluten-free is the right diet for me. I think I’m gonna go for the fruit and nut diet. Just loads of fruit. And nuts.

You still think a balanced, varied diet is best? Hmph. Nah, I’ll stick to my diet, thanks, haha!

Anyway, more important things to talk about: the competition! To be able to compete and qualify for districts, I need to send in my application.

Apparently this application form has to be filled in but I did so many bicep curls yesterday that I can hardly move my arms to hold a pen — my whole arm is shaking from having sore muscles!

Might you be able to fill it in for me?

Objectives: Fill in the application form.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and use the pen to complete the application.

ricky_winterwell

Great! Now it’s filled in! I just need a picture now before we can send it off.

Quest completed

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New Picture, New Try

ricky_winterwell

The only picture I have of myself is a few years old, so I think I need a new picture for the application. Could you take one for me?

I’ll just stand here. Should I smile or not?

You think I should smile? Okay, I’ll get ready. Just take one when you’re ready.

Objectives: Take a picture of Ricky.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Use the camera to keep taking pictures until Ricky is happy with one.

ricky_winterwell

That picture feels like a good one! We’ll use it!

Quest completed

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Applied for Districts!

ricky_winterwell

Great! Rita, this feels like it’s gonna go really well. I’m just gonna do a few sit ups now, but maybe you could take the application form and the photo and post them in the mailbox for me?

Thanks!!

Objectives: Put the application in the mail, then talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Go to the red mailbox in the old part of New Hillcrest to send the letter, then return to Ricky.

ricky_winterwell

25! Whew! I managed 25 sit ups… Feels like I’m making progress!

Quest completed

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The Road to Districts

ricky_winterwell

The weeks ahead are gonna be filled with training and working out before the qualifiers for districts. If you want, you could come by and help me!

To start with, it’s mostly just jogging to get my overall fitness back up, but if you want to help, that’d be awesome!

I do a few extra bits and pieces of work around town; I deliver newspapers and collect trash. If you’ve got time, you could even help me with that so I’ve got more time to focus on my training…

Hey listen, thanks so much for all your help! If you hadn’t shown up and got me motivated, then there’d have been no hope left for the stable and its horses. Now we’ve got a shot at survival.

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, White Knitted Cotton Sweater

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

So glad to be of help!

ricky_winterwell

Oh yeah, I was supposed to say hey from Nathalie as well. She says thanks for helping us save the stable, and that we’ve got you a little present.

Here you go!

Quest completed

You can now help Ricky with daily quests of jogging, delivering newspapers, and collecting trash.

Pamela Moonriver in Crescent Moon Village seems pretty upset about something. Let’s go see what she needs help with.

Alberta, the Little Nuisance

pamela_moonriver

Grrr!

Get back here you little nuisance!

 Hello Rita!

See the mess Professor Hayden’s little darling has made?! Just wait ’til I get hold of her, I bet she’s still around here somewhere.

Alberta!! Come here!!

Could you ride over to Professor Hayden’s house and tell him that he needs to come and pick up his little cutie-pie? He’s my neighbor, so he lives in the house behind mine.

Objectives: Ride to Professor Hayden’s house and talk to him.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Make sure to go around the outside of Pam’s garden, because her bees are very upset and if they get near you, they will chase you away.

Look’s like there’s a note tacked to Hayden’s door, let’s see what it says.

self

Not at home, so you don’t need to come back. If you must know, I’m camping.

Quest completed

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Nobody Home

self

Seem’s like nobody’s home. Best ride back to Pamela and let her know Hayden’s gone camping.

Objectives: Talk to Pamela.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Return to Pamela, again skirting around her garden.

pamela_moonriver

He’s out camping again?!

Quest completed

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Soothing Sugary Water

pamela_moonriver

Sigh.

Just look at what Hayden’s Alberta has done here! She’s flipped over all my beehives, so now the bees are going crazy, and to top it off, Hayden’s not even home! Who leaves their pets home alone when they’re out camping?! If he can’t keep Alberta under control, then he’ll have to keep her on a leash or something.

But I suppose we’ll get to Hayden and Alberta later. Now we need to calm down these angry bees before they fly off and attack the whole village. 

Would you mind helping?

I can always count on you!

The best way to get them to calm down is by giving them some sugary water, they love it!

Take these bowls and set them out next to the beehives. Be careful though, they’re pretty angry and could attack you if you get too close. 

Objectives: Set out the bowls of sugary water and be careful of the angry bees!

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Dismount your horse and walk into the garden. The bee swarms move in repetitive patterns, so watch their movements to be able to time yours. Place the bowls down by each of the toppled beehives to calm the bees. Once a bowl is placed, you can safely walk past that swarm. When all the bowls are placed, return to Pamela.

pamela_moonriver

Whew! Lovely, now they seem to be calming down.

Quest completed

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pamela_moonriver

Whew! Now the bees have calmed down in any case. Why did she come and cause all the fuss? Alberta’s nothing but trouble if you ask me.

Can you help me pick up the beehives again? The ones that Alberta flipped over anyway, the little terror.

Thanks, how lovely of you to help me.

Objectives: Set the beehives straight then talk to Pamela.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

With the bees calmed down, go into the garden and right all of the beehives, then return to Pamela.

pamela_moonriver

Thanks for all your help Rita.

Quest completed

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Tent Outside Town

pamela_moonriver

Hmm, now Hayden needs to get himself back home and deal with his little pet before she causes much more trouble for us here in the village.

If he’s not home, he’ll be out camping. He usually pitches his tent just outside the village. I’ve got an awful lot to do here at home so I haven’t got time to go looking for Hayden. Could you ride out to him and tell him to come back and pick up Alberta?

Thanks a lot! See you later!

Objectives: Look for Professor Hayden’s tent.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Leave the village to the east, but do not cross the bridges towards Stormgarden. Instead take the road to the Mirror Marshes. You’ll find Hayden’s tent off to the road a short way into the marshes.

Finding his tent, there’s another note for you to read.

self

Not at home. Out on field work by the river.

Enter at your own risk.

Quest completed

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Field Work by the River

self

Professor Hayden doesn’t seem to be here either, but he can’t be too far away…

On the ground you see a trail of footprints. If you follow them, perhaps they’ll lead you to Professor Hayden.

Objectives: Look for Hayden.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Follow the footprints across the road farther into the marsh until you find Hayden stuck in a rather deep predicament.

stuck_hayden

Two days in a row now, I’ve had to rescue someone stuck…

professor_hayden

Hmph. 

Who would I be if I’m not Hayden? Do I look like the Tooth Fairy or something? Hmph. Youths…

Who are you then?

Quest completed

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Busy Being Stuck

professor_hayden

Rita? Mm-hmm, and what do you want then? Can’t you see I’m quite busy being stuck in this hole? If I want help?

Hmph. What do you think?

Youths…

Objectives: Help Hayden up from the hole.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

I think you do need help. Hmph. Seniors…

professor_hayden

Hmph…

Quest completed

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Blithering Bugs!

professor_hayden

Mm-hmm, and what could you possibly want then, Rita? I shouldn’t think you’re just out for a walk? If that’s the case, then you can just go for a walk somewhere I’m not. Okay?

What am I doing here?

Hmph. I’m studying the habitat of the Mirror Marshes. What are the Mirror Marshes? Hmph. Are you trying to make me laugh? I laughed once, and as I seem to remember it almost killed me. Hmph.

You’re standing in the Mirror Marshes. These ARE the Mirror Marshes.

I should probably add that it’s PROFESSOR Hayden, not just Hayden. I’ve been sent here to the Mirror Marshes by AAE to study the habitat. As you’ve probably already noticed, the area is completely unique. Thanks to the warm waters, the right conditions for quite unusual plant and animal life exist for them to live and thrive here. It’s said the crested beetle was found here for the first time in 1748. 

Oh, blithering bugs? Where’s my bag?

Without my bag, I won’t be able to get a moment’s work done! Grrr!

(If you help Professor Hayden find his bag, perhaps it’ll be easier to talk to him a little more afterwards?)

Objectives: Find Professor Hayden’s bag.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Search around the area for Hayden’s bag and return to him when you find it.

professor_hayden

Well what use was that? Now I have to look after the wretched bag! Everything was easier when I didn’t have the bag. Ugh. Youths…

Quest completed

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Crumbled Cookies as Bait

professor_hayden

Hmph. Since you’ve inconvenienced me enough to have found my bag, you could probably try doing something useful instead…

What? Pamela? Bees? Hmm, I haven’t got time for some ludicrous bee-frightener. Focus now instead, Rita, how about that? FOCUS!!

Take these cookies. No, we’re not going to eat them. Or at least I’m not. Sugar is the most disgusting thing in existence. Sweet and sickly. Ugh. Nope, down with sugar and sweeties, thank you very much.

Listen now instead. Insects like all that sweet rubbish, and I’m here to study them. This is why we need to attract them and the best way of doing that is using bait.

Take these cookies and crumble them up over there. I’m sure it’ll be quite enough to attract a few specimens.

Chop chop!

Objectives: Crumble the cookies then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Spread cookie crumbs in three different places near the river, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

You can eat whatever’s left of the cookies if you like, but I shan’t partake. Ugh. Disgusting. 

Quest completed

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You’re Not a Frog, Are You?

professor_hayden

Hmm, so you like eating cookies, do you? What do you think of insects?

Not to eat, of course! You’re not a frog, are you?

Hmph, anyway. Take this blanket and throw it out onto the ground so that we’ve got something to sit on while we wait for the insects to arrive.

Or maybe you’d prefer to stand?

Objectives: Lay out the blanket then talk to Hayden.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Place the blanket on the ground near where you placed the cookies, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Hmph…

Quest completed

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10 Hours to Wait!

professor_hayden

Are you just going to stand there like some kind of crane? Sit down before your legs fall asleep. This kind of think isn’t for the delicate. Once upon a time I had to wait for THREE hours, it was simply ghastly! TEN hours is what it should take! At least! Otherwise it doesn’t feel as though one has waited properly.

Sit yourself down so we can wait for these little critters to appear.

Objectives: Sit down and wait for the insects with Hayden.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Sit down next to Hayden and start your dreadful wait.

professor_hayden

You’ll just have to say if you can’t cope with the wait. It takes serious patience for this kind of research.

Quest completed

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Centipedes, Beetles, and Ants, Oh My!

professor_hayden

Look Rita! Have you seen? Centipedes, beetles, and ants! All of them have been lured in by the sweet smell of cookies. Here are three glass jars!

Place one of each type of insect in a jar so I can get a better look at them.

Chop chop!

Objectives: Trap three different kinds of insects in the glass jars.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Well technically, centipedes aren’t insects, but now’s not the time to split hairs…

Use the glass jars from your inventory to capture each of the bugs, then return to Hayden.

professor_hayden

Fascinating, beautiful little beings! Don’t you agree?

Quest completed

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Fabulous Little Critters!

professor_hayden

Oh, how I love ants! Wonderful animals, wouldn’t you say? Did you know that certain types of ants can carry objects that weigh fifty times their own body weight? That’s like you being able to carry a car. Or more accurately, an adult giraffe. Ants are wonderful little animals. Sorry, you said something about Pamela and bees?

Hmm, yes, let’s talk about it later instead.

We need to gather a little bit of the insects’ surroundings and place it in the jars so that my little friends can feel at home while I study them.

Objectives: Gather some moss, twigs, and leaves for the insects.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Use the bug jars to gather habitat stuff, then return to Hayden when the bugs are made to feel at home.

professor_hayden

Look! Just look how delighted they are now they’ve got twigs and moss!

Quest completed

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She Just Wants to Play

professor_hayden

Right, what have you been trying to tell me about Pamela and the bees?

WHAT?! Pamela chased Alberta away from her bees? Grrr! How dare she? Alberta is so kind, and wouldn’t hurt a fly! Well, she certainly won’t have wanted to destroy any beehives. She probably just wanted to play. 

I need to find Alberta at once! If Pamela scared her off with a broom, then she must be terrified. Don’t worry Alberta, I’m coming!

We’ll need to take the insects to my tent, would you help me carry them there?

Gosh, how helpful you are. Be careful so that you don’t drop my insects as you ride. See you over at the tent.

Objectives: Take the jars of insects to Hayden’s camping spot.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride carefully and slowly to Hayden’s tent. If the meter fills up, the jars will break and you will have to start again.

Meet Hayden by his tent.

professor_hayden

I need to hurry away and look for Alberta now. Not a good idea you come. Alberta is rather skittish around new people. 

Quest completed

Return to Professor Hayden tomorrow.

Goldenleaves Part 3 – New York!

“Hi Sweetie!” I looked up. It was my Mom… “Well, as its your 15th birthday next week, I decided to get you something really special.” She said, not noticing I had rolled my eyes  when she wasn’t looking. Oh, so that’s it. Every 5 years she gets me something really special that she thinks I’ll ‘really like’- when I was 5 and got me a fairy dress (I really hated it) and when I was 10 she took me for a 5 day trip to Australia. In SUMMER! Gosh, it was SO  hot and there were disgusting bugs literally EVERYWHERE! “So, this year I got us tickets to……” my Mom dramatically whispered while doing a drum roll,” TAYLOR SWIFT’S WASHINGTON CONCERT!!!! And as a plus, we’ll stay there an extra week to go sightseeing!” What?!! Was she serious??!!! I jumped up and down screaming. I had loved Taylor Swift since I was 10 years old. But suddenly, something bad occurred to me. “But Mom, who will care for Cashmere? And don’t I have Horse Riding State Championships in a week?” Cashmere was my 5 year old Icelandic mare. “Don’t worry! Dad’s staying behind to look after the farm and one of the judges from the Championship had to pull out due to a bad case of Chickenpox. The doctors are sure she’ll be ready to judge in a month though, so the championship will be held next month.” I gave a big smile. “So when are we leaving? And what should I pack?” My Mom thought for a moment before saying, ” We’re leaving tomorrow. And you should pack enough clothes for a week and a half.” Straight away I started packing my suitcase and finished in record time. I called my friend, Zoë, on my iPhone 6s. “ZOË ZOË ZOË GUESS WHATTTTT???? ME AND MY MOM ARE GOING TO NEW YORK FOR A WEEK TO WATCH TAYLOR SWIFT’S CONCERT!!! WE’RE LEAVING TOMORROW AND ITS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME!!” I cried into my phone. “Wow, you’re really gonna have an epic week! Anyway, I have to go, my parents are forcing me to clean my bedroom. See you next week!” I ended the call and walked downstairs. “How many concerts is Taylor Swift performing?” I asked my Mom. “She’s performing 4 concerts, and with the one we’re going to, Selena Gomez and Lorde are going to be the special guests. Oh, and I forgot to mention, we’ll be staying in the same hotel as Taylor! We’ll even be 3 rooms away from her room!” She exclaimed. Omg! How could this trip get better? I went upstairs to sleep, dreaming about actually meeting my biggest idol, Taylor Alison Swift!

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Haha, sorry for my extremely long break xD You may notice there are not many horse mentions in this chapter. Rest assured, there will be a lot of horse/ Star Stable mentions in future chapters :)

Willow xox

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Day 118, Building Up a Champion – Epona Spoiler Alert

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A Neighborly Race

pamela_moonriver

I don’t think I’ve told you about the race our village arranges, have I?

Seems as though I forgot to tell you! Well, with all that’s going on, I hope you can forgive me, Rita! You know what, ride out and talk to Ilona Skywolf, she’s the race organizer. You’ll find her on the other side of the river, on the way to Shipwreck Shores.

Good luck in the race Rita, and say hello to Ilona from me!

Objectives: Talk to Ilona Skywolf.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride out of the village to the west and Ilona can be found on the side of the road after a short distance.

ilona_skywolf

Good day to you! What a handsome runner you have there! What could such a fine specimen be called?

Summerblaze. A fine name if I may say so.

Quest completed

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Try the Race in Crescent Moon Village

ilona_skywolf

So my noble friend. Are you ready to test your limits in our village race?

Terrific. If you stand over by the starting line, I’ll count you down. Best of luck!

Objectives: Ride to the finish line.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

This race may be quite difficult. Make sure you have good jumping skill as many of the obstacles are fairly large. Agility skill is also recommended.

Complete the race, then speak to Ilona.

ilona_skywolf

Ha! You did a marvelous job!

Quest completed

With that done, you can now compete in this race as a daily task.

Let’s go wander around New Hillcrest and see if anyone needs our help there….

stuck_ricky

Excuse me sir, do you need some help…?

Heavier Than It Looks

ricky_winterwell

Urgh… Hmph… Ow, ow, ow!!

Hello? Is somebody there?

You, hey! Girlie! Could you help me please? Urgh… OWWW!!

I’m stuck, could you help me lift up this barbell so I can get up? Ugh… Ouch, ouch, ouch!! Could you hurry please? It’s really heavy! Ugh… Hmph.

Objectives: Lift the barbell from on top of the man on the ground.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

You should know better than to lift without a spotter.

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Gasp! Gulp! I can finally breathe!

Quest completed

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The Laughing Barbell

ricky_winterwell

Thanks for helping…

Sigh.

I’m really terrible at this now, I can’t even lift a barbell anymore. Now it’s just sitting here laughing at me. I sear if it could talk it would definitely be laughing.

Sigh.

I wish I could just pick it up and clear it away, but how’s that gonna happen if I can’t even lift it up? If I can’t lift it, how am I going to dismantle it? I’m really bad at this…

Sorry, what? You’ll dismantle it for me?

Umm… Okay?

Objectives: Dismantle the barbell, then talk to the upset man.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Barbell, schmarbell. I got this. Watch and learn.

ricky_winterwell

Umm, thanks. You must be pretty strong to have been able to do that!

Quest completed

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Sad, Sad Ricky

ricky_winterwell

Sorry, I totally forgot to introduce myself. I’m Ricky Winterwell, and you are?

Rita? Cool name. How come you’re so strong? I wish I was that strong. Have you also practiced Jor Jitsu?

You haven’t?

Hmm. Thanks for helping me with the weighs, I won’t keep you any longer.

Sigh.

I’d never have been able to do that myself. I’m the worst. I don’t even know why I tried to pump that much iron… Can’t even believe I used to be able to lift it…

Doesn’t matter though. Even if I could lift it, I’m nowhere near strong enough to win.

Yeah, I used to train at Jor Jitsu. You could say I got a little bit over-confident and thought I was the best. Sigh. Probably best I crashed back to reality and realized that I can’t do anything at all.

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Poor, poor, sad Ricky.

ricky_winterwell

Ugh. Sigh.

I don’t want to talk about Jor Jitsu and training and all that stuff now. Leave me be.

Quest completed

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Take Your Mind Off It…

ricky_winterwell

Please… Leave me be, I don’t feel so great right now.

What? You think I should take my mind off it with something else? Like what?

If there’s anything I need to get done? Hmm… Now you mention it, I have actually promised to build some horse riding obstacles for the Bulldogz. Sigh.

Who are the Bulldogz? They’re New Hillcrest’s very own riding club. 

I just want to watch a film or something. I dunno if I can bring myself to build a racetrack right now… Hey! I know! I can maybe chill in front of the TV and watch Larry Porter. I’ve got all the films at home. I could watch Larry Porter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz or Larry Porter and the Border of the Peanuts…

Hmm… Sigh. You’re probably right Rita. If I’ve promised, I suppose I better see it through.

I just don’t know if I have the energy right now though. Sigh.

You’d like to help me? Really? Wow, that’s really nice of you!

Oh, wait a second! I just remembered that Nathalie borrowed my axe, so it’s down by the stable. Without my axe, I can’t build any obstacles since I need to chop wood to make them. I’ll probably just go and grab the axe some other tie, I really can’t be bothered now…

What? You’ll ride down and get it?

Umm… Okay, if you’re sure? Talk to my girlfriend Nathalie Moonriver, she’ll definitely help you. She’s the manager of the stables, so if you ride down there, you’ll see her for sure.

Objectives: Ride down to the stables and fetch the axe from Nathalie Moonriver.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Ride south out of New Hillcrest and down a big hill to the coastline you’ll find the stable. Nathalie is standing out front.

nathalie_moonriver

Ricky’s axe? Where’s Ricky, and who are you?

Quest completed

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The Loss That Never Left

nathalie_moonriver

Nice to meet you Rita! What a beautiful horse you have! You must’ve been riding a very long time, no? Well anyway, my name’s Nathalie Moonriver, and I’m the manager here at the stables. Well, for as long as they’re still here anyway.

Sorry, that’s got nothing to do with your problem! How’s Ricky? How come he didn’t come get the axe himself?

Hmm…

Ricky’s not normally this down in the mouth. See, my Ricky used to be a really top martial arts expert in Jor Jitsu. Everything was looking great for him and everyone thought he was going to win the All-Jorvik Championships, but that’s when he lost the most important match of his life. Before that match, he always wanted to compete, he was always on go and always wanted to train and work out. After that loss, it’s like all the energy just drained out of him.

I wish I could do something for him.

Hmm… I dunno if there’s much you could do either, Rita.

Sorry, hey, now I’m keeping you here with loads of unnecessary information. You were here to get Ricky’s axe? It should be sitting round the back of the stable.

Or actually, wait… Grab two axes. I just had an idea. Both axes are behind the stable.

Objectives: Fetch two axes from the back of the stable, then talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Go around behind the stable building and pick up the two axes on the ground there, then return to Nathalie.

nathalie_moonriver

Did you find them? Great! Let me tell you about this idea I had.

Quest completed

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The Beginnings of a Plan

nathalie_moonriver

Do you still want to help me and Ricky, Rita?

Great! Then you can hear my plan…

Ricky used to be incredibly competitive. It was a bit awkward sometimes, but it was mostly pretty charming, the way he’d compete at every single thing he did was kinda cute sometimes. Who could brush their teeth the fastest, who could fit the most popcorn in their mouth or which one of us could stay awake longest during a movie marathon.

Since he lost that match though, he’s just not like that anymore. This is why I’m thinking it would be a good idea for you to challenge him to a load of competitive stuff — doesn’t matter how silly or simple it seems — just challenge him at everything. Wanna give it a go?

Haha great! This makes me happy, thanks so much!

Now you get why I wanted you to get two axes, right?

Haha, exactly. You’re gonna have an axe each so you can compete against each other!

If this doesn’t work, then… Then… Nope, I can’t even think about it. This just has to work. We need to get Ricky back to his old competitive self again, because I can’t stand seeing him so unhappy.

Thanks Rita, you’re right! Together we can do this! You’ll ride back to Ricky with the axes now?

Awesome! Don’t forget what we’ve talked about. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Objectives: Ride back to Ricky with the axes.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

Let’s hope this plan works to get Ricky back to his old competitive self again.

ricky_winterwell

Sigh. Did you get the axe? Was Nathalie there?

Quest completed

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Timber!

ricky_winterwell

Sigh. 

Thanks for bringing the axe Rita, but I really don’t think I have the energy to go chopping trees down today.

Sigh.

What’s that? Nathalie said I’ve competed in Jor Jitsu? Yeah, she’s right, but it doesn’t matter anymore. I’ll never compete again, even if it could save the stables…

The winner of the Jorvegian Jor Jitsu Championships gets a whole heap of money, money I’d have given to Nathalie and the stable, but you saw how it went with the barbell earlier…

Why does the stable need money? Oh, it’s not anything you and Summerblaze need to worry about, we’ve got enough worrying going on here as it is.

Sigh. Instead of cutting down trees, I think I’ll just go and sit down to watch Larry Porter and the Half-Mud Prints.

Excuse me? What did you say, Rita? That you don’t think I could chop down a tree? Hmph. Of course I can, I just don’t feel like it right now.

What do you mean race? You wanna race me to see who can cut down the most trees? Hahaha, oh little Rita, I’ll soon show you! I’m not scared, of course I’ll race you in tree chopping! Grrr, you’ll see! Of course I can chop down a tree!

See you back here in a while and we’ll see who can chop down three trees the fastest. Oh! If we’re going to be chopping down trees, then we may as well chop fir trees. Nothing’s as good as fir logs when it comes to building obstacles!

Objectives: Chop down three trees then return to the back of Ricky’s house.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Ride behind the cafe and stable area of the village to find the trees. Use the axe to chop down three trees, then race back to Ricky’s house and find him in the backyard.

ricky_winterwell

What the…?! How can you be that fast?!

Quest completed

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Ditch Those Twigs!

ricky_winterwell

Huh? You reckon I should be trying to level the score? We’ve already cut down all the trees we need though…

Another race? In what?

Hmm… The next step in building the obstacles? Well I guess we need to tidy up these trees and get rid of all the twigs and branches.

You think we should race at that as well? Who can chop all the twigs and branches from the trunks the quickest?

Okay then! Haha! Grrr, I’ll show you fast this time. You wanna go? Ready, set, chop!

Objectives: Clear the tree trunks of all their branches and twigs, then talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and race Ricky to clean up the trees. Use your axe on the trees to clear off the branches.

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Gasp! Bit sweaty now! How can you be that fast, though?

Quest completed

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You Can Work, I Can Rest

ricky_winterwell

Whew! I’m done now! My fitness levels aren’t what they used to be. You should’ve seen me at my best! Even that wasn’t enough to win though… Sigh.

I lost my final match from lack of stamina. I thought I was well-trained enough, but my competitor… Was quite simply better. Stronger, more stamina, he was everything I wasn’t.

Sigh. I don’t have any more work in me right now, I’ve gotta take a rest. Whew!

Here, you can borrow my hammer in the meantime if you like. Follow my instructions, I’ll tell you what you need to do!

Objectives: Follow Ricky’s instructions for how to build the race obstacles.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and follow Ricky’s instructions to construct the obstacles. Complete each step before the timer runs out or you will have to begin again.

ricky_winterwell

Nicely built Rita! I really needed to take a little break.

Quest completed

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Those Flags Are Good, Jorvegian Wood

ricky_winterwell

There we go! You’re doing well here Rita, so we might as well get on with the next step right away! We need to paint race flags for the course.

Yeah, you’ve never thought of that? We only use wooden flags here on Jorvik. I mean, in some bigger races there are fabric flags, but in most cases, they’re wooden. Easier to take care of and they can withstand rain and rough weather so much better than fabric out in the forests.

What? Why are you even bothering me to a painting race, we both know you’ll win…

Umm, WHAT? Of course I can paint! Hmph!

Right, nah, you’ll see this time, I’ll show you painting! Ready? Start painting on three?

One… Two… Three!!

(You think it’s probably a good idea to let Ricky win this one so that he gets a little of his confidence back…)

Objectives: Paint the wooden racing flags, then talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Place the flag from your inventory, use the paint (slowly), then pick up the finished flag. Paint the three flags, then speak to Ricky.

ricky_winterwell

I… I won… I won. Rita!! I WON!!

Quest completed

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I Won! I’ll Run!

ricky_winterwell

I can’t believe I won! Rita! I’m starting to feel something bubbling up inside of me… It feels like I just want to… Run!

I wanna go running right now Rita! Come on, let’s go for a jog down to the stable so we can surprise Nathalie!

I’m just gonna grab my jogging shoes, then we can get going! Hmm… Come to think of it, where are my jogging shoes?

I remembered never wanting to see them again so I threw them away, but I can’t remember where I chucked them.

Could you help me have a look for them?

Objectives: Find Ricky’s jogging shoes, then talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Search around the back porch of Ricky’s neighbor to find his shoes. Return to him when you have found them.

ricky_winterwell

There they are! Of course! I threw them out here before when I was angry, but I’m not feeling angry anymore!

Quest completed

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First Jog in Ages 

ricky_winterwell

Come on Rita! Let’s get out and run!

When I used to run regularly, Nathalie or one of the Bulldogz would come with me and blow into a horn to make sure I kept up my pace. I want to do it again now since I won!

It’s not hard, as soon as you notice I’m slowing down, blow the horn! Don’t let me stop for a second because then my pulse slows.

Just think, Rita! I won! Things are finally gonna go my way! Now let’s run down to the stable and see Nathalie!

Objectives: Join Ricky on his run.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and follow Ricky on foot as he runs down to the stable. Use the horn to encourage him to keep his pace. If you let him stop, you will have to begin again. Also, don’t worry about leaving your horse, it will meet you down at the stable and in a following quest you will run back up to Ricky’s house.

Meet Ricky by Nathalie and the thug Ivan Drake, out talking in front of the stable.

ivan_drake

Ha! Ricky, are you out… Running? Well, if you can call it running. Give me a second to have a little chuckle…

Quest completed

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New Hillcrest Stables on the Line

ivan_drake

I won’t be staying long. Just here to check out my new gym premises, or, well, your dirty stinking stable as it is for now. Hehe. 

Who do you have here with you, Ricky? Who’s Little Miss Nobody?

Rita? I’ve heard that name before. My sister probably mentioned it…

Who am I? HA! I’m Ivan Drake, make sure you store that name away in your silly little pea-brain.

Oh, I’m sorry, did little chicky Ricky have something to say? You dumb little pipsqueak, YOU think YOU have a chance against me? Wow, you’re even more tragic than I remember. You’ll never beat me in the Jorvegian Jor Jitsu Championships. Hehe.

Let’s imagine for a moment that you did — against all odds — get a place at districts… All that means is that I’d get to look forward to smashing you at nationals. Haha.

In any case, I’m perfectly excited to take over this rancid mess of a stable and turn it into the gym and training HQ for Total Destruction, the elite Jor Jitsu club where only the best and strongest can train. Hehe

Oh now the stable girl has something to say. What’s that, Nathalie? Your precious little horsies won’t have anywhere to go if the stable disappears? 

Nawwww, poor little fluffy horsies. Hahaha, what makes you think I even care about your dumb horses? I don’t care if they’re homeless, I don’t care if you don’t get to keep them. Get it? Nobody cares.

Have a nice day anyway, losers. Oh, and Nathalie! I look forward to the loan interest being paid on tie this month, otherwise next month there’ll be a 78% extra charge! Maybe I could take this opportunity to take your house as payment? Would be nice to live so close to the training center…

Objectives: Talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with New Hillcrest

Oh dear, how did you get wrapped up with a jerk like this?

nathalie_moonriver

Ivan! Please! Don’t take our stable! We’ll get the money, all of it, I promise! Just give us another couple of months! Please!

Quest completed

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The End for New Hillcrest Stables

nathalie_moonriver

Grrr… I hate that little worm! Gosh, I’m so ANGRY!!

Sniffle… Ricky? What are we going to do? We can’t let Ivan Drake and GED take over our stable. Where would all the horses go? Sniff. I just dreamed of having a stable where all kinds of horses are welcome and could have a home if they needed one. Sniff! We can’t let them take our stable! We need help from somewhere…

Sniffle… Rita, I know you don’t know much about what’s going on here.

A few years ago there were lots and lots of money troubles all over New Hillcrest. Everyone was struggling for money, and it even started to go wrong for the stable. It got so bad that at one point, we came close to having to close the stable for good if we didn’t get enough money together. If the stable had to close, then lots of the horses wouldn’t have anywhere to live, and some of them might even have needed to be… Sniffle…

So Ricky and I talked to this new bank that had just opened that was offering really attractive loans, even if you didn’t have too much of an income. The loans were almost too good to be true, and in the end it turned out that GED and the Drake family were the owners of the bank.

When we signed the loan agreement, everything seemed above board, but now the stable and all my private property is going to be taken away from me if the whole loan isn’t paid back soon. Where will the horses go then?

Sniff.

Please Ricky, please Rita, can I just be alone for a little while now? I need to talk to the Bulldogz, because I think time’s pretty much up for our stable and our horses…

Objectives: Talk to Ricky.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with New Hillcrest

Yikes, not good, not good at all.

ricky_winterwell

GRRRR!! That snake!! He won’t be coming close to either Nathalie or the horses again!

Quest completed

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Don’t Let Me Stop

ricky_winterwell

We need to stop him, Rita! We have to stop Ivan Drake! And I know exactly how to do it…!

If I win the Jorvegian Championships in Jor Jitsu, I’ll get enough prize money to be able to pay off the whole loan.

I simply have to win! Ivan’s the reigning champion in Jor Jitsu, and it was against him that I lost last time… If I could just win this time, then I can fix everything!

You’re sure, Rita? You’ll help us? You don’t know how much that means, thank you! Together we can do this!

Come on, let’s run back to my place. This time I’m gonna give it 120%! Don’t let me stop! Whatever you do Rita, do NOT let me stop!! It’s now or never!

Objectives: Jog back with Ricky.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 35 with New Hillcrest

Blow the horn as you did before and meet Ricky back up at his house.

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Gasp! Gulp! My fitness levels are really not what they used to be…

Quest completed

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Drinking Water Like a Horse!

ricky_winterwell

Whew! Gasp! Water! I need water!

You and Summerblaze should also get a drink!

Haha! Shall we see who can drink the fastest?

What? Haha! Nooo, you’re no match for me, I was talking about racing Summerblaze! 

Come on Summerblaze! Let’s see who can drink the fastest!

Objectives: Give your horse some water so that race against Ricky can start.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Use your water bucket to give your horse water, just as you would during care.

ricky_winterwell

HAHA! Check me out! Who’s the best? Me, of course! I drink faster than a horse! RICKY! RICKY! RICKY!!

Quest completed

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Gluten-Free Is the Way to Go!

ricky_winterwell

That feels better! It’s gonna be tough times now though. So much training to do, tons of working out to make sure I’m ready for the qualifies for districts.

First I need to qualify for a place in the district championships, and then when I’ve done that I need to win it. Once I’ve done that, it’s only the national final to go, and the only thing between me and first place is Ivan.

If I’m going to be able to do this, I need to eat right. Last time I was working out, I only ate protein, but I hear that the latest thing to eat gluten-free food.

What do you mean by eat a little of everything in moderation? What’s that? Nah, Rita, gluten-free is the way to go! I need to stretch out after my jog, it’s really important to warm down.

Could you ride over to Jamie Olivetree’s bakery and get some gluten-free bread for me please?

Great! Seeya soon!

Objectives: Get some gluten-free bread from Jamie Olivetree.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Ride over to the old part of New Hillcrest and find Jamie near the cafe.

jamie_olivetree

Welcome to New Hillcrest’s loveliest bakery! Gluten-free? Of course we’ve got that, sweetie!

Quest completed

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It’s Just a Little Burned

jamie_olivetree

Just a second, I’ll grab some for you now.

Are you new here, by the way? I don’t recognize you.

Rita, you say? Lovely name! My mum’s uncle’s sister’s niece is called that as well!

My name’s Jamie Olivetree, but you can call me Jamie.

If you’ve got time, it’d be lovely to get to know you more! Always great to see a fresh face around here.

Here’s your bread in any case, it’s a tiny bit burned, but you’ll just have to scrape it off, scrape it off!

(Scrape it off? The entire loaf looks like a piece of coal. Best return to Ricky with it.)

Objectives: Give the gluten-free bread coal lump to Ricky.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

And this children, is what you get in your stocking from Santa if you’re naughty.

ricky_winterwell

Great! My bread!

Umm… Is gluten-free bread supposed to look like this? It looks a bit… Burned.

Hmm… I guess I’ll eat it as soon as I’m done building the racetrack.

Quest completed

Return to Ricky tomorrow.

Sorry.

Hi guys!

I am so sorry i haven’t posted on here for quite a long time!

The reasons are that my laptop got broken, I couldn’t afford a new one, my parents wouldn’t buy me one and when I did manage to buy one, some personal family issues started and I was just too sad to do anything…

Maggie, if you will still have me, I would like to start up writing for you, perhaps sometime in January?

Thanks anyway.

Hazel Mistgirl

Inner Lightning Circle Runestone Locations

The quests to begin reputation quests with The Inner Lightning Circle unlock once you have completed the following:

  • Be Admired with the Lightning Circle and have completed all of the daily quests to close the Pandoric cracks
  • Have helped heal the Sleeping Widow’s roots

The Pandoric crack quests begin on Day 65, and all of the daily rift locations are listed here. The daily rifts will be completed once you have closed enough to reach Admired level reputation with the Lightning Circle. Alex will speak to you and tell you that the rifts have stopped opening.

Healing the Sleeping Widow quests begin on Day 84.


 

The quests to begin measuring the runestones begin on [post not published yet].

Here are all the locations of the stones I have found. If you find any others please comment with a description of the location as well as map coordinates!

runemap2

 

Fort Pinta

  • Beach near Fort Pinta pony race

Silverglade

  • Hill north of Windmill
  • Side of the wall near Ydris’ Circus
  • South of Steve’s Farm

Valedale

  • Valedale Druid training arena (two at the entrance, one near the back)
  • Stone circle to enter the Secret Stonering
  • Off road, south of Valedale
  • South of Firgrove mine

Goldenhills Valley

  • Two on road between Scarecrow Hill and Cape West Fishing Village (one outside Scarecrow Hill, one in corner above Goldenleaves Forest)

Forgotten Fields

  • Beach near Sleeping Widow
  • Four on hills across fields
  • South side of bridge entering Forgotten Fields

Jarlaheim

  • Paddock Island, first stone you measured during story quests
  • Paddock Island, near upper stable
  • Behind stone wall outside Jorvik Stables arena

Epona

  • Southernmost islands of Sunset Islands (cut off map, mark is farther north that stone actually is), straight south of New Hillcrest Stables
  • Eastern Slopes, in stand of trees south of Dew’s Farm
  • Off road, west of Old Stormgarden
  • Northern point of Shipwreck Shores
  • Off road near bridge between Old Stormgarden and Shipwreck Shores

Day 117, The Buttergoods Are Butter Bad – Epona Spoiler Alert

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Jorvik’s Leaders in the Resistance

pamela_moonriver

Hello there Rita. I’ve spoken to a few of my contacts, and you seem as though you’re pretty trustworthy, so I’ll help you as much as I can. You want to actually MEET Mrs X if I understood you correctly?

Do you even know who Mrs X is?

Not many people do, but Mrs X is the leader of CHILL. CHILL are Jorvik’s leaders in the resistance against G.E.D. I support them in as many ways as I can, but they’re incredibly secretive, so my contributions to their fight are only ever rather small. Whenever they need my help, I always step up.

I’ve only ever met Mrs X once before, and we only exchanged a few words. She knocked on my door in the middle of the night one time… She was being chased by G.E.D.’s guards and she needed somewhere to lay low. I offered her a bed and didn’t ask questions. When I woke up the next morning, she was on her way out of my front door. She told me that if I ever I needed CHILL’s help anytime that I should go to New Hillcrest and ask for…

Wait. What was that? Did you hear that? Someone’s coming…

Ugh, dash it! It’s Junior Buttergood. Not a single word to him about Mrs X or CHILL, Rita. Not a peep!

Hrmm.

Morning Junior! How lovely you’ve dropped by! This is my friend Rita, have you two met before?

Objectives: Talk to Junior Buttergood.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

In stomps Mr Grumpypants, hello to you too.

junior_buttergood

Rita?! What kind of name is that?!

Listen Rita, we don’t much like outsiders here in Epona, so I reckon you’d better buzz off back to wherever you came from. And be quick about it!

Snort!

Pamela, where’s my honey? If I don’t get it today, then I’m not going to make your life easy.

Quest completed

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The Best Honey in Epona

junior_buttergood

Now, Pamela. The honey. Where is it?!

You know fine well that the only thing that makes my daddy happy is to drink tea with your honey stirred in. Your honey is the best in all Epona, and that’s the only reason I buy it from you.

That said, if you can’t deliver the honey, then I just won’t buy it from you anymore, I’ll take my money elsewhere. It doesn’t matter what daddy says, I say you’ve got to shape up and get me my honey.

I’ll expect a delivery of honey to Butter Hill today.

Snort.

Objectives: Talk to Pamela Moonriver.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Well then, entitled bastard much, are we?

pamela_moonriver

Sigh.

That was Junior Buttergood, the head of the Buttergood family. An absolute cretin, but he’s the most powerful man in the region and he knows how to throw his weight around.

Everyone around here is scared of him, even me. He’s best buddies with all those G.E.D. types as well.

Ah well, I make my honey to make people happy, and if it can give someone a tiny bit of extra joy, then I guess I’ve done a good thing. Even if that person is Valdemar Buttergood. 

Who’s Valdemar? He’s the eldest of the Buttergoods, he must be over a hundred now… A more evil soul you couldn’t hope to find, but since he suffered a stroke ten years ago, Junior’s been running the family. It might be hard to believe, but compared to Valdemar, Junior’s a real little ray of sunshine. 

Quest completed

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Good People in a Bad Family

pamela_moonriver

Rita, might you be able to help me get some honey to Junior Buttergood? I think we can use this delivery as an opportunity to get closer to Mrs X.

Let me explain.

A lot of the Buttergood family are absolutely wretched, I mean you’ve met Junior, but honestly… In comparison to the rest of his family, he’s an absolute angel. Luckily there are some good people in that bad family. Robert Buttergood is one of the best people I’ve ever met. Decent and respectable, friendly, brave, and a member of CHILL.

Exactly! Junior’s little brother is on our side. Just think if Junior found out, Rita, he’d be pretty surprised to say the least! Haha!

But of course it’s a secret. You mustn’t tell a soul, you understand that, right? Good!

You need to talk to Robert Buttergood. It was him that Mrs X told me to get in touch with if I ever needed CHILL’s help, so it’ll be perfect if you deliver the honey to Butter Hill.

Get the honey from the beehives and I’ll get some jars together in the meantime.

Objectives: Collect honey from the beehives next to Pamela Moonriver’s house.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Dismount your horse to use the jar. Return to Pamela when you have collected honey from each of the beehives.

pamela_moonriver

You got some honey, Rita? 

Ah, perfect! The bees didn’t sting you, did they?

Quest completed

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A Meeting on Butter Hill

pamela_moonriver

There we are, here are some honey jars. Now you have a good reason to visit Butter Hill, where the whole Buttergood family lives. Do you know Butter Hill, by the way?

You don’t? It’s probably best I tell you a little bit about it before you go.

Here’s how it is: Butter Hill is the actual estate on which the Buttergood family lives. It’s built around the ruins of an ancient fort known as Old Ridgecaster. Nobody knows who built the old fort but from what I’ve heard, the latest theory is that the Romans settled there around two thousand years ago.

The big fort behind Old Ridgecaster? You certainly seem to be interested in history, Rita! I’m not the right person to talk to, really, but you can certainly find someone who knows more about Epona’s history in New Hillcrest. Anyway, I can tell you what little I do know about the fort.

It’s called Fort Maria. It’s quite a lot like Fort Pinta, did you think about that? They were both built at the same time, but Fort Maria’s been closed off to the public for as long as anyone can remember. It’s probably just an old wive’s tale, but apparently nobody who ever made it over the wall has ever come back… Haha! Standard stories that parents tell their children to stop them doing stupid stuff.

Anyway, while I’m telling you about Epona, I might as well tell you about The Great Thunder. It’s a huge ravine right in between Old Ridgecaster and New Hillcrest, that splits Epona in two. The Great Thunder was created when a gunpowder factory in that spot exploded a couple of hundred years ago.

Now I think we’ve had enough history chat, because you’ve got an important task to get done!

Take these jars of honey and give them to Junior up on Butter Hill. He knows where Robert will be, but you have to come up with a crafty reason as to why you’d need to meet him.

Hmm… I have an idea, actually. Tell Junior that I need help to repair one of the beehives. Let him know that there’ll be no more honey until it’s fixed, and he’ll definitely need Robert’s help to do it.

Good luck, and say hello to Robert from me.

Objectives: Take the jars of honey to Junior Buttergood on Butter Hill.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Junior can be found angrily pacing in front of the Buttergood mansion, located at the top of Butter Hill.

junior_buttergood

You again? Didn’t I tell you to get lost?

You’ve got daddy’s honey with you? Pamela too afraid to face me, or could she just not be bothered coming up here? Haha, oh well at least I don’t have to look at her which is always something.

Quest completed

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Report from The Great Thunder

junior_buttergood

Why are you still here? If you want a tip, you can forget it!

You need to meet my brother Robert? One of Pamela’s beehives is broken and she needs Robert’s help to fix it, you say?

Snort.

Yeah, well, it’s not a big job and daddy certainly needs a steady supply of his honey. You can do me a favor first though, otherwise I shan’t tell you where you’ll find Robert. Ha.

Hehe, you think that the honey is more important than running around on errands for me? Well, yes, you’d be right but I can see that you’re in a hurry and I’ve got time to wait but you don’t, am I right?

So there we go. It’s just a small favor, and it’ll be done in no time on that horse of yours. Hehe.

Ride over to The Great Thunder and see how it’s going with the bridge repairs. My brother Scott is taking care of it, and he should have a report to give me about how it’s progressing. I should’ve had the report this morning, but he hasn’t been here yet. Scott didn’t exactly inherit daddy’s intelligence, so you can ride over there and fetch the report for me. If he hasn’t written it, you can tell him from me that he’ll be sleeping in the tool shed tonight.

Hahaha!

Snort.

Now get going. Now.

Objectives: Ride to The Great Thunder and ask Scott Buttergood for a report for Junior.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride along the road on the hill below the mansion and you will get to a broken bridge (which you can easily jump over to get across to New Hillcrest). Scott can be found supervising work on the bridge, while he walks around like he thinks he’s a badass cowboy but just looks like he might have a wedgie….

scott_buttergood

Uh?

Who are you? This is a forbidden area, don’t you get that?

Quest completed

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Bridge-Building Has Its Problems

scott_buttergood

You’d like a report to take to Junior?

Grr… He knows exactly how much trouble I’m having with the bridge. Of course I haven’t had time to write a report for him. Bah!

Do you have any idea how hard it is to build a bridge over The Great Thunder? People have been trying to build something here for generations, but it always collapses…

Why it always collapses? Don’t ask me, it’s probably some kind of werewolf or vampire or other ghoulish goblin that makes all the trouble. 

If there are vampires and werewolves here? Well yeah, of course!

If I’ve ever seen any? Of course not, nobody has. Do you think you’d have read about it in the papers if somebody had? Think about it. Everyone knows there are monsters here in Epona, though. At least the people with half a brain know they exist, but you don’t seem to be one of those kinds of people… Hehe.

Anyway, enough joking, time for you to get started on writing a report for Junior, because I’ve got to get one with building this bridge.

Why should you write the report? Easy. If you want a report to take to Junior then you can write it yourself. I haven’t got time to waste and I’d rather sleep in the tool shed than let Junior boss me around like he does.

Sigh. Right, I’ll help you. You’ll have to excuse me if I sound a bit mean, this is stressful work and it seems Junior’s bad mood is contagious. 

Don’t worry though, this kind of report is easy. Here’s a form you can fill out, it’s already printed out what you should do. Just ride round to the places on the form, and check off whether they look like they’re in good shape or bad shape. Not so advanced.

Come back when you’re done so I can take a look at it before you ride back to Junior.

Objectives: Ride round to the spots around the bridge and fill in the form to say whether it looks good or bad, then return to Scott Buttergood when you’re done.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Inspect the three areas on the bridge to complete your report, then speak to Scott.

scott_buttergood

You’ve written the report? Let me see.

Looks okay. Junior will probably be satisfied.

Quest completed

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The Short Straw

scott_buttergood

I suppose I should thank you. What’s your name, by the way?

My name’s Scott Buttergood, it’s nice to meet you Rita. I suppose I can take a little break to chat to you, especially since this job is going to go on forever anyway!

So you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Junior. What do you think of him?

Haha! No need to answer Rita, he’s not very nice, I know.

It runs in the family, sadly. Our dad Valdemar is the least pleasant man you could ever hope to meet. Luckily, we didn’t have to see him much as kids since it was our mother who raised us for the most part. When she died, I thought our family was going to fall apart, but the brothers have kept it all together in spite of everything.

Didn’t our father take over our upbringing, you ask? Haha, no chance. He just expected us to take care of ourselves, he’s only ever been interested in Junior and never had time for me and Robert. Haha, don’t look so sad, it was Junior who drew the short straw; if you want to feel sorry for someone, it should be him.

Meh, enough now with the mushy family stuff, I need to get on with this thankless task. It’s not finished and I can’t guarantee it won’t collapse. But yeah, you get up to whatever you want now. 

Seeya!

Objectives: Ride back to Junior Buttergood with the report from Scott Buttergood.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Crescent Moon Village

Now Junior can know how the bridge is coming along.

junior_buttergood

You’ve got the report?

Good. I need to be able to light the fire this evening, I’m fresh out of paper.

You think I should read it?

Haha! I’d never read it, I just like bossing Scott around. He needs reminding every now and then that it’s me who’s in charge around here.

Quest completed

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A Brother You Can Never Rely On

junior_buttergood

You shouldn’t be hanging around someone like Pamela, she’s bad news, don’t you know. She hasn’t got a clue about the three most important things in life: money, money, and MONEY!

It’s only G.E.D. who’ve got half an idea on this island, but everyone else is gonna see! I’ve got BIG plans!

You’re looking for Robert? My brother Robert? Why would you be looking for that moron? Pamela needs help to repair a beehive? Nah, forget it, listen I don’t like uninvited guests on my land, so GET LOST.

Hmm? I promised to help you if you brought me the report? I promised, did I?

Snort.

I don’t think I promised at all, I’m sure I’d remember. But I feel rather friendly today so I suppose I’ll help. Robert’s down working in the cotton fields.

NOW DISAPPEAR!!

Objectives: Talk to Bobby Buttergood.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

How rude?! He is the one that demanded the honey and wanted the report, how dare he say I was uninvited. Let alone not help me after. Jerk…

Robert can be found by following the road to the bottom of the hill.

robert_buttergood

Hi there, I’m Bobby Buttergood! Who might you be?

Rita, nice to meet you. How can I help?

Pamela said I could help you meet Mrs X?

Umm… That’s not a very small favor! I suppose if you want to meet Mrs X, then you must also want to stop G.E.D. here in the Harvest Counties…

Maybe you could help me with something first if you wouldn’t mind?

Quest completed

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A Little Bit of Sabotage in Old Ridgecaster

robert_buttergood

If I’m a member of CHILL? Well yeah, but I’m not in their inner circle. I don’t know anything more than is absolutely necessary about the organization — safety first as Mrs X usually says! I know almost nothing about who else is a member or what plans they might have on the go.

How come I joined CHILL?

Well, Rita, it’s a long story. I can try and give you the short version though, we’ve got time for that…

Behind me is the bridge to Bear Point. The gate on the bridge has been locked up so that you can’t get past it, and as you can see, it’s a wasteland with nothing growing there. The land was destroyed when Junior started drilling for oil there, and then G.E.D. really finished it off when they started looking for… Whatever it is they’re looking for here in the Harvest Counties.

That G.E.D. left Bear Point behind is CHILL’s doing. It’s a really exciting story, but we can go over it another time when we’re not in such a hurry. It was at that time that I realized what G.E.D. and my brother had done to Bear Point and I decided to join CHILL.

Now we’ve got to get to work, Rita. We’re going to start off a little bit of sabotage in Old Ridgecaster. Nothing dangerous, but every little helps when it comes to stopping G.E.D.

They keep a bunch of their materials here on our estate. There’s barrels with dangerous chemicals and a whole range of machinery. Machinery that we’re going to sabotage! Sand in the gas tank — a classic! Haha!

I’ve messed up G.E.D.’s machines before, but JR started suspecting that it was me behind all the broken equipment. He’s had his eye on me for ages now so I never get the chance to sabotage anything. The plan is for me to go up to see Junior so that he sees it can’t be me that breaking the machines while you fill up the gas tanks of every machine you can find with sand. A perfect alibi for me which is definitely going to be a bit of a head-scratcher for Junior. Haha!

If you do this, I’ll tell you how you can get hold of Mrs X.

Objectives: Pour sand into the petrol tanks of G.E.D.’s machines around Old Ridgecaster.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 40 with Crescent Moon Village

You can find several machines scattered up and down the hill. Dismount your horse and use the sand from your inventory to wreck the machines. When you are finished with your sabotage, return to Robert.

robert_buttergood

Haha! Nice work Rita!

This’ll give G.E.D. something to think about, and Junior’s going to go crazy over how this could’ve happened. It’s probably not the worst thing that’s happened to G.E.D., but every little bit helps.

Quest completed

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Epona’s Getting Colder

robert_buttergood

I promised I’d help you find Mrs X, and that’s exactly what I’ll do.

I don’t know who she is, but maybe you already guessed that…? Even if I did know who she is, I probably wouldn’t say anything because — even though you seem trustworthy — Mrs X herself would always say ‘safety first!’…

I can tell you how to get hold of my contact in New Hillcrest, a person who’s very much in the inner circle of CHILL. If anyone can arrange a meeting with Mrs X, it’s this person.

I’m not going to say a word about who it is, you never know who might be listening, but I’ll teach you a secret phrase that I use to be able to find my contact. Talk to the residents of New Hillcrest and say the phrase “Epona’s getting colder.” If someone responds by saying “but it’ll soon be warm again,” you’ll know you’re talking to the right person.

To be able to get to New Hillcrest, you’ll have to ride round The Great Thunder, the ravine that splits Epona in two. You’ll maybe find a spot where you could get over the ravine, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope…

Ride back to Crescent Moon Village, then head east through the Mirror Marshes. Stay on the roads and you’ll eventually find a road that takes you south. Once you’re on that road, it won’t be long until you’re at New Hillcrest.

I’m sure I’ll see you again soon Rita. Good luck!

Objectives: Find Robert Buttergood’s contact in CHILL at New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 80 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

You can return to Crescent Moon Village and ride through Mirror Marshes. The quicker route is back up Butter Hill and jump over the gap in the broken bridge, the road will take you directly to New Hillcrest.

Enter the old looking town square part of the town, and speak your secret phrase to the citizens until you find someone who replies with the correct response.

sunshine_joytree

La la la…

What?

You said Epona’s getting colder?

La la la, but it’ll soon be warm again…

La dee da dee da…

Quest completed

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Beautiful Flowers in New Hillcrest

sunshine_joytree

Hmm… You seem to know our secret phrase, but I don’t recognize you. Odd. I thought it was Robert that was coming… Very odd indeed.

La dee la dee da… Who are you?

La dee daa, la la la… Did you say your name was Rita?

Heehee! What do you want anyway?

La la…

Meet Mrs X? Heehee!

Hmm…

Dum dee dum dee dah…

If you’ve never been to New Hillcrest before, you won’t have seen the beautiful flowers we grow here!

What do you mean you’re not interested in flowers? Heehee! Come one, don’t be a bore. Follow me and I’ll show you some really lovely flowers! I love flowers…

Objectives: Follow Sunshine Joytree.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Sunshine’s Dress

Reputation: 15 with New Hillcrest

An interesting character, for sure. Humor her for a minute and follow her around the corner of the building.

sunshine_joytree

La la la…

Aren’t these flowers just wonderful?

Dum dee dum…

It’s so lovely here… Peaceful… Nobody listening… Heehee!

Quest completed

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Seems It’ll Be a Damp Summer

sunshine_joytree

La la la… What was your name again?

Rita… Sounds like the name of a lovely flower! Heehee!

You’d like to meet Mrs X? Well that’s hard. La la la… She doesn’t like new people… Why do you want to meet her?

La dee da…

Herman’s been kidnapped by G.E.D.? You want to save him and talk to Mrs X about how G.E.D. can be stopped?

La… Dee… Da…

CHILL can help you save Herman if it’s at all possible, but we need to give it a try. And fast. Before they’ve got time to move him from the area near Old Hillcrest.

La la…

One of my friends — Jupiter Peacebloom — is near Old Hillcrest and keeps an eye on G.E.D. He watches them from a cliff over Stormgarden… Ride to Jupiter and tell him you need his help to free Herman from G.E.D.’s clutches. Dum dee dum…

Greet him with the phrase “seems it’ll be a damp summer” and then tell him that the situation is Code Snowdrop. Hum dee dum…

La la la…

Come back to me when you’ve seen him, since I probably don’t have time to show you the flowers right this minute… Heehee!

Objectives: Ride to the cliff over Stormgarden and talk to Jupiter Peacebloom.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with Epona

Ride back to Stormgarden, and at the gate between Stormgarden and Crescent Moon Village, turn right and ride up the hill towards the G.E.D. site. Jupiter can be found behind some trees, surveying the site.

jupiter_peacebloom

Seems it’ll be a damp summer…

That means you’re a friend, even if I’ve never seen you before.

What? Code Snowdrop? That means I’ve got to drop whatever I’m doing and help you immediately in every way that I can.

This must be important. What’s happened?

Quest completed

To be continued…

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Text Message from an Old Friend

phone

Hi Rita! Come to Jorvik Stables as fast as you can! Exciting stuff has happened! I can’t say more than that right now, you never know who might be reading this! See you soon! Herman :) 

Objectives: Ride to Jorvik Stables and talk to Herman.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 50 with Jorvik Stables

Meet Herman inside his house at Jorvik Stables.

herman

It worked! You got my text!

Quest completed

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The Road to Epona

herman

Hi Rita! Great you could make it here so quickly.

I’ve got wonderful news!

Remember the report Ms Drake gave me before? Exactly, the one she asked you to put in the mail but you gave it to me instead. I’ve read it all, more times than I can count! And… Well…

Hang on, let me just gather myself a moment. One shouldn’t stress when there are important things to talk about. I put some water on to boil for tea earlier. A cup of tea is just the thing for discussing things as important as this!

I think the water’s boiling, could you take it off the heat Rita?

I’ll get my thoughts together while you do that.

Objectives: Take the pot of boiling water off the heat, then talk to Herman again.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Jorvik Stables

Let’s make some tea!

herman

Thanks Rita! Now the water can just rest a little and cool down, then we can make a nice cup of tea for us both.

Right, yes, as I was saying. I’ve read Ms Drake’s report, the one you gave me before, and if I’m completely honest I don’t actually understand very much of it.

You see, nothing’s written in plain language. Codes here, references to other documents there, and vague concepts everywhere.

But what’s completely clear is that something big and unbelievable dangerous is on the go. There are references to something called “Operation Grim Harvest.” There are spreadsheets with entries like “industrial harvest equipment,” “aggressive damage claims,” and “demolition estimates for a city the size of Jarlaheim.” There are forms that mention hiring “heavily equipped external security consultants…” It just goes on and on.

You can hear for yourself Rita, it sounds like G.E.D. are planning something truly terrible. Thing is, there’s nothing that even comes close to evidence in the report, certainly nothing that G.E.D.’s army of lawyers can’t explain away or interpret as something that’s completely within the law.

I’m sorry Rita, but G.E.D. are good. Too good. There’s nothing in this report I could use to stop them.

Don’t look so sad though Rita! Haha!

Just because I don’t understand the report, doesn’t mean that it can’t be used by someone else!

I’ve sent copies to friends around Jorvik, and I’ve had an answer back from some of them. More particularly, from just the person I was hoping to hear from. This is why I’m so happy! Jorvik’s leading warrior in the fight against G.E.D. as been in touch.

The person I’m talking about is the leader of CHILL, a secret organization who are doing all they can to throw nails in the road for G.E.D.

I’ve never met her before, I don’t know what she looks like, and I don’t know where she lives. I only know her name.

Of course I’m talking about Mrs X. Have you heard of her?

Quest completed

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On the Other Side of the Gates

herman

Let me explain.

A few days ago, a letter arrived from Mrs X. She wrote that G.E.D.’s report confirmed her suspicions of what G.E.D. are up to in the Harvest Counties. She didn’t want to say anything more in the letter — “safety first!” as she wrote — but if I meet her, she’s promised to tell me more face to face. After that, she’s certain we’ll be able to stop G.E.D. once and for all.

This could be exactly the kind of good news we needed Rita! I must meet her as soon as possible.

She did however have two demands. I need to go to the meeting place alone, and I’m absolutely not allowed to tell anyone about where we’re meeting, not even you Rita. The problem is getting there, because the meeting place is in Epona. Do you know where that is?

Exactly, it’s the area on the other side of the gates near Greendale. Unfortunately, there’s only one way there and it goes through Harald Stormheart’s land. The gates there have been locked for years, and I’ve got no idea how I’d get past. Harald is a very old friend of mine, he’d help us as much as he could, I’m sure of it. Thing is, I can’t talk to him if I can’t get through those gates.

Or, well, of course I mean “we.” I can’t do this by myself, I need help. It’ll be a dangerous journey, certainly not something an old fella like me can handle alone.

So I suppose my question is, will you come with me to Epona, Rita?

Great! Great news! I knew I could count on you. I’ve promised Mrs X that I wouldn’t say  word to anyone about the meeting place, but right up until we get close, we travel together, okay?

Super! I’ve been working on an idea and I’ll tell you about it…

But surely the tea is ready by now. Could you fetch us both a cup?

Objectives: Bring two teacups to Herman.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Cup of Tea

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Stables

Pick up the two cups on the counter next to Herman to bring him the tea.

herman

Ahh, thanks for the tea, Rita. It’s a lovely cuppa. 

Yes, of course! My idea. Now, listen up.

There’s a secret pathway that goes over the Greydew Mountains. Not a lot of people know that, but it’s been used by soldiers, refugees, and smugglers all throughout history. If I just knew where it was, we’d be able to use it to get ourselves over to Epona. What do you think to that plan Rita?

You wonder how we’ll find out where it is? I don’t suppose it’ll be very easy, but with a little help from our friends, I’m sure it’ll work out. You see, two of the families around here know the secrets of this hidden pathway. We need their help, and if there’s anyone who can get them to help us out, it’s you Rita.

I’ll start making preparations for our trip and try to get hold of all the information I can find about Epona. In the meantime, you get going on finding out where exactly this secret pathway over the Greydew Mountains is. Does that sound like a plan?

Quest completed

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Guardians of the Secret Path

herman

The Goldspur family are one of the two families who guard the secrets of the hidden path over the Greydew Mountains. They know where it starts, and without knowing that, we’re not really going to get very far.

Talk to Jakob Goldspur and explain the situation to him. He might be a little suspicious, but if he feels as though he can trust you, I’m sure he’ll give you some info.

Objectives: Talk to Jakob Goldspur.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 15 with Goldspur Family

Ride out to the Goldspur Mill and speak to old man Jakob.

jakob_goldspur

Hello there! How can I help you?

You want to find a secret pathway over the Greydew Mountains? What makes you think an old man like me would know anything about something like that?

Quest completed

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A Double Obstacle Ahead…

jakob_goldspur

So, you want me to tell you where the secret pathway over the Greydew Mountains begins?

Hmm… Okay. I’ll tell you, but I don’t think you’re going to like what I have to say.

It all began when my dad had an idea. The location of the start of the path was written down on a piece of paper, but he thought that was far too unsafe. He knew a druid in Valedale and with his help he created what he thought was a much better solution: a magic compass.

The compass shows the way to where the path begins, but only if the person using it knows the secret phrases which activate the magic in the old stones guarding the way. Incredibly clever, and a bit more robust than just a little slip of paper. The secret phrases are taught to everyone in our family when we’re kids, but the compass is always looked after by the oldest member of the family. This means that at the moment, the compass is held by me.

Unfortunately though, the compass is gone. Well. Not gone exactly, but it’s a little out of reach right now…

Why is it out of reach?

Umm… That’s not really something I want to talk about. Don’t look so angry, Rita!

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you but you have to promise not to laugh.

Hannibal and Alexander were allowed to borrow it from me a few weeks ago. I thought they’d think it was nice to look at, but they obviously had other ideas. I should’ve known it was a bad idea. Sigh.

They hid it, and then thought it was funny that I should have to look for it. Lots of fun. Hmm. But, before they got to tell me their plan, Idun shouted that it was time for dinner, and you don’t want to keep Idun waiting. They of course ran inside and promptly forgot where they’d hidden it.

I’ve looked and looked and it’s nowhere to be found… They must’ve hidden the compass in quite excellent hiding place, or well at least it’s far too tricky for me anyway. Plus, it’s been decades since anybody’s needed to know anything about the secret path, so I assumed I wasn’t against the clock when it came to finding the compass.

You might have a little more luck than me, Rita. Ask the twins if they can remember where they hid the compass, and perhaps they’ll recall if it’s you who’s asking…

Objectives: Talk to Hannibal Goldspur.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

Wait to go Gramps… Now I have to deal with the creepy babies…

Speak to Hannibal up by the Goldspur Farm.

hannibel_goldspur

Do you want to play, Rita?! Pleeeeeease?!

Compass? Grandpa’s old compass?

Haha, we hid that so well! You’ll never find it, hahaha!

Quest completed

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Super Crafty Blackmail

hannibel_goldspur

Haha! The compass is hidden in a super crafty place! We’ll never tell you where it is!

But… We do really like candy… Heehee!

We might tell you if we had something sweet… But, you know, don’t say anything to our mother. She’d be super angry!

Where would you find candy? Well our daddy Angus has usually got some, so maybe you can ask him? Heehee, hurry though, otherwise we might forget where the compass is! Heeheehee!!

Objectives: Talk to Angus Goldspur.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Goldspur Family

Listen here, you little shit. Nobody blackmails me and gets away with it, especially not a creepy baby like you…

Tell Angus about this blackmail scheme you’ve become caught in.

angus_goldspur

Hi Rita! What’s up?

Candy for the twins? No, no, no, they eat far too many sweeties already, the last thing they need is more sugar.

Quest completed

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Pick Gunpowder Pepper

angus_goldspur

Why do you want to give the twins more sweets Rita? You know it’s not good for them.

You need to give them candy so they’ll help you with something important, you say?

Blackmail…

Haha, if they want sweeties, then they’ll get them. Specially prepared Angus-candy.

Rita, in the fields around here on our land there’s loads of gunpowder pepper growing. It’s a flower that’s very, very spicy. Completely harmless and great for giving a little kick to some of the simpler meals, but it’s not something you’d exactly call candy. Hehehe…

Grab a few handfuls of gunpowder pepper and the twins can get a taste of candy they’ll not soon forget!

Objectives: Pick some gunpowder pepper flowers in the Goldspurs’ fields, then return to Angus Goldspur.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

-evil laughter-

The pepper flowers can be found in the horse paddock next to the road, and also in the wheat field.

angus_goldspur

Great, now let’s make some gunpowder candy! Haha!

Quest completed

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Gunpowder Lollipops

angus_goldspur

So there we go, two lollipops dipped in gunpowder pepper.

This should give those cheeky twins something to think about! Haha!

Tell them from me that if they don’t help you, then all the sweeties they get from me in the future will be seriously spicy!

Objectives: Give the lollipops to Hannibal Goldspur.

Reward: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 25 with Goldspur Family

Revenge is a dish best served spicy hot!

hannibel_goldspur

Haha yay! Lollies! Gimme!

Omnomnom!

Slurp, slurp!

Umm… This is hot.

It burns!!

IT’S BURNING!

Quest completed

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Water for the Twins

hannibel_goldspur

IT BURNS! Water! I need water!

Please Rita, give me some water!

I promise I’ll tell you where the compass is if you just give me some water!

AAAAAHHHH! THRISTY!!

Take this bucket! Fill it up from the pump over there! Please hurry, my mouth is on fire! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!

Objectives: Fetch water for Hannibal Goldspur.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Goldspur Family

Use the bucket on the well next to the house and return to Hannibal.

hannibel_goldspur

Glug, glug, glug…

Guzzle, guzzle, guzzle…

Whew!

Better.

Quest completed

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A New Prank to Play on Grandpa

hannibel_goldspur

That wasn’t very nice, Rita, but you win. This time.

It was pretty funny though, I didn’t think you could have so much fun with just a bit of pepper…

Haha! Now we’ll get Grandpa good next dinnertime.

Haha!

The compass?

Oh, nah. No idea where it is… We hid it really well somewhere around here in the farmyard. So well hidden that we can’t even find it now. Haha!

If I can remember anything?

Umm… I think it was somewhere high up. Now I remember! It was in one of the silos!

You’ll have to go look for it yourself though, we’ve got to go and pick gunpowder pepper of our own! Thank dad for the tip! Haha!

Objectives: Find the compass, then take it to Jakob Goldspur.

Rewards: 45 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 30 with Goldspur Family

The compass can be found in the upper level of the silo by the mill. Once you have found it, speak to Jakob.

jakob_goldspur

Did you find the compass Rita?

Great, where had those little rascals hidden it? Up at the top of the silo? They know very well they’re not allowed to play there. I’ll be having a word with those two scoundrels!

First though, I’ll show you how the compass works.

Quest completed

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With the Help of the Compass, We’ll Find the Way

jakob_goldspur

So, here’s how the compass works, Rita.

Take out the compass and say the magic words, “O, Golden Compass, hear our plea, Goldspur’s guardians beg of thee: tell where the secret path may be.”

It’s a bit over the top if you ask me, but my dad liked a little bit of the theatrical and he’s the one who came up with the wording, so I guess that’s how it’s got to be.

Oh well, when you’ve said the magic words, the needle on the compass will point to the direction in which you’ve got to ride to get to a magic milestone. When you reach the stone, place the compass on it and say the next magic phrase, “O, Golden Compass, the way you’ve shown, led Goldspur’s guardians to this magic stone.”

The compass will then show you the way to the next magic milestone, and then you do the same thing again. Continue doing it until you get to the beginning of the secret path.

I don’t know quite why the compass can’t just show you where the path is in the first place, but dad was pretty special like that.

Do you understand how the magic compass works now?

Good!

Best of luck to you!

Objectives: The compass is shown on the map, down to the right of your screen. Follow the direction it’s showing until you get to your target, then use the compass there.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 40 with Goldspur Family

The compass will actively adjust direction as you ride, leading you to the first stone on Dew Mountain Road, just past the windmill at Goldspur’s Farm.

quest-secret_path1

When you reach the stone, use the compass from your inventory.

self

Something’s happening to the compass, it’s starting to spin pretty fast, round and round…

Quest completed

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Goldspur’s Compass Guides Goldspur’s Guardians

self

“O, Golden Compass, hear our plea, Goldspur’s guardians beg of thee: tell where the secret path may be.”

The compass needle calms down and is now pointing in a new direction…

Objectives: The compass is shown on the map, down to the right of your screen. Follow the direction it’s showing until you get to your target, then use the compass there.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

Follow the compass again to each new stone (I’m only listing this quest once, as the dialog is all the same), until you reach the end of the trail and activate the last stone.

Stone 2:

quest-secret_path2

Just off the Dew Mountain Road, toward the Forbidden Fields.

Stone 3:

quest-secret_path3

Under the bridge off the Easter Trail, toward the Forbidden Fields. The easiest way to get down is from behind the Unfortunate Dews’ Farm, but you can also reach it from up the east end of the Eastern Trail, toward Wolf Hall Inn.

Stone 4:

quest-secret_path4

Up the hill off the Eastern Trail, toward Wolf Hall Inn.

Stone 5:

quest-secret_path5

South Grey Gate Pass, Wolf Hall Inn side of the road.

self

The compass needle stops moving. You must be at the end of the trail.

Behind the bushes and thickets, you see the beginning of an old pathway. It’s almost completely overgrown with weeds, but you’re sure this must be the place where the secret path over the Greydew Mountains begins.

Quest completed

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Tell Herman About the Secret Path

self

You’ve found the secret pathway. You give yourself a pat on the back for a job well down. Time to ride back to Herman and tell him the good news.

Objectives: Ride back to Herman and tell him where the secret path begins.

Rewards: 65 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 60 with Jorvik Stables

The first part of the preparations are complete!

herman

 Hello there Rita! How’s it all going? You’ve found the secret path? This is magnificent news!

Very well done. We’re almost ready to head off to Epona.

Quest completed

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Chock Full of Tricksy Traps!

herman

 The pathway over the Greydew Mountains isn’t just hard to find, it’s also full of traps. If you don’t know how to get past the traps, then it’s impossible to get to the end of the path. Well, impossible to get to the end of the path alive.

The Jarlassons have been guarding the secrets of the path’s traps for generations. If you can get Dorith Jarlasson to understand why it’s so important for you to use the path, then I’m sure she’ll tell you about the traps. Talk to Dorith Jarlasson and explain the situation to her.

Good luck!

Objectives: Talk to Dorith Jarlasson on Paddock Island.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 15 with the Jarlasson Family

Now to begin the second part of preparation.

dorith_jarlasson

Hello, dear Rita! How can I help you on this beautiful day?

You want to know how to avoid the traps along the secret pathway over the Greydew Mountains?

That’s one of our family’s oldest and most closely guarded secrets. Are you sure I can trust you not to tell anyone?

Quest completed

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An Extremely Valuable Document

dorith_jarlasson

So, you’d like to know how to get across the Greydew Mountains. As you’ve probably already gathered, there’s a secret pathway over the mountains, which is, just as it sounds, secret.

The Goldspur family knows where the path is, and my family knows how to get past the lethal traps that are designed to stop the path being used by the enemies of the Harvest Counties.

I understand it’s important for you to get to Epona, so I’ll help you as much as I can. The information you’re after is written in the Jarlasson Code, an old document that’s been handed down through generations, but unfortunately it’s no longer in our possession. Don’t look so horrified! It’s in good hands, which is probably just as well. It does  mean though, that I can’t just give it to you, you’ll have to ask Jill Goldspur for permission to borrow it. 

You see, we donated the code – along with a collections of other old items – to Jarlaheim. We didn’t have the money to look after all our old antiquities properly, and we were worried that they would eventually be destroyed, so we donated them to the city so that they would be looked after properly by trained experts and studied by Jorvegian researchers. I know that the Jarlasson Code is in the cellar of the courthouse and it’s kept in a special room with the perfect temperature and humidity. It’s incredibly highly valued, but I’m sure that Jill Goldspur would lend it to you considering everything you’ve done for Jarlaheim. 

Say hello to Jill from me and come back once you’ve got the Jarlasson Code.

Objectives: Talk to Jill Goldspur.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 20 with The Jarlasson Family

Ride to Jarlaheim and speak to Jill near the city courthouse.

jill_goldspur

You’re wondering if you could borrow a document from the courthouse’s library? It’s not something we’d usually allow, but since it’s you, we might be able to make an exception… Which document are you thinking about?

The Jarlasson Code? The unsolved code that used to belong to the Jarlasson Family? Are you aware that this is one of the most priceless documents we own? It’s out of the question!

Quest completed

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Handled by Experts

jill_goldspur

I’m sorry Rita, but historical documents need to be handled by trained antiques experts. It’s entirely out of the question that you’d get to handle it yourself.

Perhaps my dumbo brother would let you into the library, but as luck would have it, he’s disappeared.

Typical…

I asked him to sign off on a whole bunch of important paperwork that needs to be sent away by tomorrow morning at the latest. If you see him anywhere, you could tell him to hurry up.

Objectives: Look for Jack Goldspur.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 15 with Jarlaheim

He can be found on the ramp up to the wall behind the courthouse building.

jack_goldspur

Yo yo yo, Rita! How’s it hangin’? You’ve seen Jill? I’m trying to stay out of her way since she’s trying to get me to work. Ever heard anything so awful? Haha!

She wants me to fill in all these boring forms. Look, check out how lame they are!

Oops!

Quest completed

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You Scratch My Back…

jack_goldspur

Oopsie, there go all those important papers off into the wind.

How terrible… Hehe.

Nothing we can do about it now! Wanna play some video games, Rita?

You want to get into the old library? Why? There’s nothing cool in there, just yawnsome old books and papers.

You wanna go in there and Jill wouldn’t let you?

Okay, of course I’ll let you in there buddy! Maybe you could help me with something first though, yeah? You will? Sweeeeet!

All these dullsville papers, yeah? Jill’s gonna be crazy angry if I don’t sign them. Could you fix that up for me? Pleeeeease?! I promise I’ll let you into the library if you help me avoid her coming in her with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp… You’ll help me?! Radical!!

Here, take this sweet new pen I just got, it rules! Haha!

Objectives: Sign all the documents for Jack Goldspur.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Jarlaheim

Fart pen!

Dismount your horse to use the pen on the papers dropped on the ground. You only have to sign the first four pages. Make sure to have your sound on as the pen makes some…. interesting… noises. I did this quest over several times just to hear it, because that’s the kind of dumb sense of humor that I have.

jack_goldspur

What? You’re done already?

Cool pen, right? Haha!

Quest completed

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The Views of the Citizens Always Count!

jack_goldspur

Actually, there was something else you could do for me…

Please?

Sweet! You see, everyone who lives here in this town has a ton of opinions about what I should be doing. I try to listen as little as possible, but now I’ve promised Jill that I’ll meet the voting public face to face.

It’s apparently important for my image to get out there and meet the people, and I agree! Who wouldn’t want to meet a legend like me?!

But I haven’t got time. I’ve got tons of important stuff to be doing, like, y’know, mayor stuff. Maybe you’d do it for me?

You can?

Oh, pleeeeeeease?!

Sweeeeeet!!

Come back once you’re done and I’ll let you into the library, I swear.

Objectives: Listen to the opinions of the residents.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 25 with Jarlaheim

Ride around the city and listen to the citizen’s grievances, then return to Jack.

…Except, where did he go? Maybe Jill has seen him.

jill_goldspur

If I know where Jack is? Has he disappeared again?

Quest completed

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The Unreliable Mayor Has Reliable Sisters

jill_goldspur

Meh, Jack’s pretty unreliable as you know. I don’t think he meant to trick you, he probably just got bored. In any case, I was thinking about what you said about the library, and even though I can’t let you in, I’d still like to help you. 

Here’s a scanned copy of the Jarlasson Code you were looking for. Take it with you back to Dorith.

Objectives: Talk to Dorith Jarlasson on Paddock Island

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 40 with The Jarlasson Family

Away with the code we go!

dorith_jarlasson

You found the Jarlasson Code? Great!

Quest completed

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Decoding Assistance

dorith_jarlasson

Great work Rita, but now’s when the hard yards begin. We need to crack the Jarlasson Code.

Unfortunately the instructions of how to crack it have been lost, but I think I can remember enough to get us there.

Hmm, it doesn’t look too complex, but even though I’m good at mathematics, I’ll need your help. It’s a lot of numbers to keep in my head at one time. 

If you help me with a little bit of simple arithmetic, then I reckon we can solve this. You ready?

Objectives: Help Dorith Jarlasson solve the Jarlasson Code.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 25 with The Jarlasson Family

Pay close attention as you complete the simple equations to solve the first part of the code.

dorith_jarlasson

Hmm, I think I’m beginning to understand how this first code is constructed. A little bit more to go though…

Quest completed

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Strange Questions to Crack a Code

dorith_jarlasson

We’ve still got a bit left to solve before we understand the Jarlasson Code. I hope you don’t think the questions are too strange, but I promise they’ll help me understand all of this!

Objectives: Help Dorith Jarlasson solve the Jarlasson Code.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 25 with The Jarlasson Family

Answer the matching questions to help Dorith fill in the next part of the code.

dorith_jarlasson

Good, almost there. I just need to work out how this last bit of the puzzle fits in.

Quest completed

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An Unconventional Decipher

dorith_jarlasson

So, are you ready? This is pretty much the most complicated part. Now, you’ll probably think my questions are completely insane, but don’t worry. It might be a bit of an unconventional decipher, but it’s actually a great way of doing it.

Objectives: Help Dorith Jarlasson crack the Jarlasson Code.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 50 with The Jarlasson Family

Complete the matching groups to fill in the final part of the code.

dorith_jarlasson

Haha! We cracked it! I’ll write down the deciphered message for you.

There we go!

With these instructions, you’ll be able to get yourself from one end of the secret path over the Greydew Mountains to the other in one piece, avoiding all those traps!

You know where it begins, don’t you? Otherwise I’d recommend vising the Goldspurs, as they know all about that. 

Quest completed

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Tell Herman About the Traps

dorith_jarlasson

A good job well done there Rita! Here’s the deciphered Jarlasson Code, everything’s there clear as crystal. If you read through it carefully enough, you’ll be able to ride safely along the secret path over the Greydew Mountains.

Give Herman the good news and say hello to him from me and my family. We’re on his side in the fight against G.E.D., but then he knows that already. Bye Rita!

Objectives: Ride back to Herman and tell him how to get past the traps on the secret path over the Greydew Mountains.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 60 with Jorvik Stables

Last part of the preparations is done! Tell Herman the good news.

herman

Hello Rita! Everything going well? What’s that? You’ve solved the Jarlasson Code?

Fantastic! And it’s all there? All the information about how to avoid the traps on the secret path? Unbelievable. I’d love to read through it so I can memorize everything that it says.

We’re very nearly ready to go to Epona!

Quest completed

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Help Herman Pack

herman

We need to get going as soon as possible Rita. I just need to get a few final things together before we leave. Gosh, it’s a lot to take care of, would you mind helping?

Thanks! It’s been a while since I’ve made a journey like this one, and the Greydew Mountains are known for their ‘unwelcoming’ weather. Once we get down from the mountains though, we’ll be in between the two rivers that run through Epona, Full Moon Water, and the Epona River. It’s always warm there, since the water in the rivers comes from a hot spring deep inside the mountain. It’s this heat that makes the air and water much warmer than usual.

So yes, a trip where you have to change out of your winter coat and into your swim shorts every five minutes isn’t the easiest journey to pack for. Haha!

Rita, would you mind getting my winter clothes and swim shorts for me? I did the laundry yesterday, and it’s still all hanging out to dry, since I forgot to take it down and put it away.

Lovely! Grab the clothes, and then we can be off!

Objectives: Fetch Herman’s clothes that are hanging out to dry.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Jorvik Stables

Go outside and over to the stable’s inn and pluck Herman’s laundry off the line. Return to his house when you have all his clothes.

herman

Lovely! Here are my swimming trunks and my winter coat.

Quest completed

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Ride With Herman to the Beginning of the Secret Pathway

herman

So there we go, Rita! I think we’re just about ready to get going to Epona. I’m all packed and ready, so it’s just a case of riding to the beginning of the secret pathway whenever you’re ready. What do you say? Shall we go right now?

Great! I’ll sit behind you on Summerblaze. Come on then, Rita! No time to waste!

Objectives: Ride with Herman to the beginning of the secret path over the Greydew Mountains.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 40 with Jorvik Stables

Join Herman and his fat ass on the back of your poor horse, and ride together to the last stone you had found with the compass, just past Grey Gate Pass.

herman

Ah, so this is where the secret path begins. Pretty-well hidden, I’d say.

Ha! Soon we’ll be over the Greydew Mountains and then it’s not long until I meet Mrs X! Rita, I’m certain that once she and I work together, we’ll get rid of G.E.D. from the Harvest Counties quick as a flash!

Now it’s adventure time! Haha!

Quest completed

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A Journey on the Secret Path

herman

I feel twenty years younger, Rita! This is going to be tremendous fun. First, we need to get past all those traps on the secret path. I’ll check the map while you ride, and I’ll warn you if you’re getting too close to a trap. 

Take it easy, Rita, but not too easy. Mrs X is waiting for us in Epona, and we have to meet her as soon as possible. Soon enough G.E.D. will get what they justly deserve!

Come on Rita! Let’s go!

Objectives: Ride along the secret path over the Greydew Mountains, and look out for the traps!

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 50 with Jorvik Stables

Click on the sparkles to enter the beginning of the path. It is not a race so you can take your time. This quest is difficult! If you get hit with a trap, you will have to begin the quest again.

The first two traps are falling trees and rocks off the cliff above you. Stop to let the danger fall and settle, then ride on.

The next trap is a gigantic rolling boulder. You have two options to avoid this one. Herman tells you to run out onto the cliff and stop. If you choose to do that, run as soon as he tells you, out onto the grassy outcrop and the boulder will roll behind you. You can also stop as soon as he tells you to run, stay on the hill, and the boulder will roll past in front of you. Once the boulder is gone, you can continue on.

There are several breaks in the cliff edge you will have to jump over.

The last traps is two sets of geysers that explode in order down the line. These traps repeat, so you will have to time your run past each geyser, then wait for the next to blow before continuing on.

Herman will announce when you have made it past all of the traps on the path. Ride down into the G.E.D. site until a guard stops you and a bulldozer parks behind you, blocking your retreat back onto the path.

herman

Look out! A G.E.D. guard!

Oh shoot, he’s seen us!

Quest completed

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Better to Flee Than Fight and Fail

herman

DARN! The G.E.D. guard has sounded the alarm!

This isn’t good, Rita. If they catch us, we’ll never get to know the information Mrs X holds, and we’ll never be able to stop G.E.D.!

Rita, listen carefully now. We’ll never get out of here together.

Do you understand? Ride, Rita. I’ll stay behind.

I know it’s not perfect, but it’s the only way. They’d catch up with me before I’d had a chance to take ten steps, but I’ve seen you ride. You’re the finest rider I’ve ever seen.

You’re the only one who can do this.

I’ll stop the guard so you can escape. You’ve got to do what we came to do now. You’ve GOT to find Mrs X.

Go now Rita, it’s time. Ride to Stormgarden and tell Harald Stormheart what’s happening. 

There’s no more time, the guard’s coming! Go Rita, go! Find Mrs X!

FIND MRS X!

Objectives: Escape the G.E.D. area and get to safety in Stormgarden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 40 with Epona

THIS RACE IS DIFFICULT!!

It took me several  tries to complete it, so have patience and pay attention to the route and obstacles in the way.

Race through the G.E.D. site without getting stopped by the guards. Once you jump the stone fence out of the site, you are in the clear and can ride into Stormgarden safely.

tatiana_stormheart

Hey there! Slow down!

Wow, I’ve never seen anybody ride so fast!!

You can relax now, G.E.D.’s guards would never dare step onto my land, you’re safe now my sweet child.

Why do you look so worried?

Quest completed

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Meeting the Owner of Stormgarden

tatiana_stormheart

Quick, you’ll have to tell everything to my dad, Harald Stormheart.

Hurry now, he’s Herman’s oldest friend. My name’s Tatiana, by the way, I hope we can talk more later, but now you’ve really got to run. 

Quick! Go!

Objectives: Tell Harald Stormheart what happened to Herman.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputations: 20 with Epona

Ride into Stormgarden and find Harald near the main house.

harald_stormheart

Who are you? Are you from G.E.D.?

Herman’s been captured in G.E.D.’s area?

Oh good gracious, no. This is bad.

Quest completed

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The Gates on the Road to Jarlaheim

harald_stormheart

Herman is in G.E.D.’s custody… This is terrible. If we’re lucky, they’ll have reported him to the police for trespassing, but I’m not so sure… They know Herman wants them out of the Harvest Counties, and I think they might take this opportunity to make sure he won’t be able to work against them anymore.

Sigh.

I don’t know what I can do to get him free… But wait, what were you doing on G.E.D.’s land anyway?

Herman was on his way to meet Mrs X?

Hmm… I’ve heard a fair amount about her, but I’ve stayed out of the fight between her and G.E.D.

But if there’s anyone who can save Herman from the clutches of G.E.D., it’s Mrs X. I’m going to do everything I can to help you find her.

First though, I’ve kept myself locked in here on this land for long enough.

I locked my gates so that G.E.D. wouldn’t be able to get onto my land but they just went right ahead and built up their enterprise up on the mountain instead. It doesn’t matter how much I try to hide, G.E.D. just does whatever they want anyway. Now they’ve crossed the line. Kidnapping Herman?! They’ve crossed the line…

G.E.D. has to be stopped.

I’m going to need all the help I can get. There’s no point staying hidden away in here anymore, and if someone from Jarlaheim wants to come and help, then they’re welcome.

Rita, go at once and unlock the gate on the road between my land and Jarlaheim. The code is 1234.

Come back to me once it’s done and we can think about how I can help you out.

Objectives: Use the code you got from Harald to unlock the gate on the road between Stormgarden and Jarlaheim. The code is 1234.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Epona

Ride to the gate and click on the code box to open the number pad. Type the correct code and the gate will automatically open.

self

Click!

Quest completed

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The Road to Jarlaheim is Open!

self

Now the road between Stormgarden and Jarlaheim is open. Ride back to Harald Stormheart and give him the good news.

Objectives: Return to Harald Stormheart.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 35 with Epona

You can now travel freely between Epona and the rest of Harvest Counties.

harald_stormheart

You’ve unlocked the gate? Good, now people can travel from here to Jarlaheim whenever they want.

Quest completed

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A Village by the River

harald_stormheart

I wish I had some wonderful idea about how you could save Herman from G.E.D., but I can’t think of anything right now. I’ll think and think until my head aches, but I can’t make any promises. Mrs X has the best chance of saving Herman.

Unfortunately, I’ve got new idea of how you’d get hold of her… I don’t know much of anything about her to be honest. Only that she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, and the leader of CHILL. 

CHILL is incredibly secretive, so getting in touch with their leader is no small task.

There’s one person who might now… Pamela Moonriver. She lives in Crescent Moon Village down by the Full Moon River, the river running to the south. She’s openly associated with CHILL, which makes her a brave woman if I ever knew one. If you let her know what’s going on, then maybe she can help you.

My daughter Tatiana is good friends with Pamela, so she’ll be able to help you get in touch with her. Talk to Tatiana.

Objectives: Talk to Tatiana Stormheart.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Return to Tatiana and explain the situation further.

tatiana_stormheart

Hi again Rita, was my dad able to help save Herman?

No? Oh, that’s no good. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.

Quest completed

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The Gate to Crescent Moon Village

tatiana_stormheart

You need to get in touch with Pamela Moonriver? I know her, so I can help you!

But if you want to get to Crescent Moon Village, you’ll need to unlock the gate here by me first. There’s a combination lock on the gate, and I can’t remember the code for the life of me. The gate is exactly the same as the one on the road to Jarlaheim, but the code. Nope. It’s been so long since anyone wanted to open it. 

Hmm, I’m sure I had a really good system for remembering the code, hang on… How did it go?

Yes! There are four numbers in the code, and the numbers in the code are the same as the number of legs on different animals…

The animals were a bear, a horse, a human, and an ant.

Do you understand? You look unsure, but you’ll get it Rita! Come back if you need more help.

Good luck in Crescent Moon Village!

Objectives: Unlock the gate on the road to Crescent Moon Village. The numbers in the code match the number of legs on the following: bear, horse, human, ant.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 45 with Epona

Enter the code 4426 and the gate will open.

self

Click!

The gate opens and the road to Crescent Moon Village is open.

Quest completed

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On the Road to Crescent Moon Village

self

The road ahead of you leads to Crescent Moon Village. That’s where Pamela Moonriver lives, and she can help you find Mrs X.

Objectives: Talk to Pamela Moonriver in Crescent Moon Village.

Rewards: 60 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride down the hill and cross the river. Pamela’s house is the first one across from the bridges.

pamela_moonriver

Hello there, welcome to Crescent Moon Village! I’m Pamela Moonriver.

It’s not often we get to see a new face around here, who are you?

Quest completed

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Sacks to the Crescent Moon Mill

pamela_moonriver

So, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but who are you?

Rita, lovely to meet you! Harald and Tatiana Stormheart said I could help you find Mrs X?

Why are you so interested in her, might I ask?

Your friend Herman was captured by G.E.D., you say? Hmm… I’ve heard of Herman. Seems like a good chap.

Do you know what, I promised to take these sacks up to the mill. If you could help me with the last of them, I’ll have a think about how I might be able to help.

Objectives: Help Pamela Moonriver carry the sacks up to the mill.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Carry the sacks one at a time from in front of Pamela’s house, to the mill around behind her house. Speak to her again when you have carried both sacks.

pamela_moonriver

Thanks for helping. 

You seem like a decent person, and if Harald and Tatiana trust you, then I’m sure I’ll be able to as well.

First, some advice. Be very careful talking about Mrs X and CHILL around these parts. You never know who might be listening…

I’ll ask around, perhaps I know someone who knows where to find Mrs X. I hope you don’t mind me saying, but I’ll also ask around a little bit about you Rita, just to see if I can’t find out a little more about you. Safety first, you know.

That said, it’s going to take me a little while to get in touch with my contacts. Come back tomorrow and I’ll let you know how I’m getting on.

Quest completed

Return to Pamela tomorrow.

In the meantime, let’s go unlock the rest of the gates around Epona.

The Gate at Ingun’s Cliffs

tatiana_stormheart

If you want, you can unlock the gate down towards the sea, the one right by Ingun’s Cliffs. The code was… Umm… What on earth was it again?

Of course, it was the same system as the code for the gate for Crescent Moon Village, just with different animals.

For this gate, you’ll have to think of how many legs these animals have: spider, snake, lion, dog.

Objectives: The code is made up of four numbers. The numbers match the number of legs on these animals: spider, snake, lion, dog.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 45 with Epona

Ride to the gate and enter the code 8044.

self

Click!

The gate opens.

Quest completed

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The Gate to Shipwreck Shores

tatiana_stormheart

There’s a locked gate down the road that leads towards Shipwreck Shores. You can unlock that one too if you’ve got time. The code works in the same way as the others, so there are some more animals for you to figure out. You ready?

Beetle, ostrich, fly, cheetah.

Objectives: The code is made up of four numbers. Each number matches the number of legs on the following animals: beetle, ostrich, fly, cheetah.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 45 with Epona

Ride to the gate and enter the code 6264.

self

Click!

The gate opens.

Quest completed

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The Gate by Wolf Hall Inn

ed_field

Hey there Rita! What brings you to my fabulous hostelry?

No, no! Don’t answer! I already know! You’re here to try my latest creation: a Buttered Henderson! Mud-marinated gravel with oven-baked slate!

No? You’re sure? It’s an innovative dish, a timeless tribute to Jorvik’s most undervalued stones…

Ah well, maybe another time. What can I help you with then? You want to unlock the gate on the road between Wolf Hall Inn and the Eastern Slopes?

Well of course I can help you! It’s fiendishly simple of course, just put the code into the lock!

Now let me see, the code… Code, code, code… Nope. Totally forgot the code Rita. I’ve written it down somewhere though, but I’ve no idea where, truth be told. Haha! My intellect is astonishing, I just sort all the unimportant stuff automatically into little forgotten pockets so that I’ve got space in my brain for all this awesome innovative cookery I get up to. Totally amazing, right?

Rita, have a look around the Inn and you’ll probably stumble across the code lying around here somewhere.

Objectives: Find the code to the lock on the gate that blocks the road between Wolf Hall Inn and the Eastern Slopes. It’s written somewhere around Wolf Hall Inn.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Wolf Hall Inn

The code is written on the side of the barn at the top of the hill, behind the inn. Return to Ed when you have found the code.

ed_field

You found the code? It was written on a wall? Haha! I’m just too awesome sometimes, you’ve gotta agree Rita, right? Yeah? Haha!

Quest completed

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Unlock the Gate by Wolf Hall Inn

ed_field

Yeah Rita, I wish you good luck! Have a great time out there on the Eastern Slopes!

Or, hang on… Wait! Maybe they’ve got some amazing incredible ingredients out there! Y’know what? If you get the gate open, come back and let me know so that this can be a new culinary adventure for Ed Field!

Unlock the gate and come back to me when you’re done! Good luck!

Objectives: Unlock the gate on the road between Wolf Hall Inn and the Eastern Slopes. If you don’t remember the code, it’s written on a wall of one of the buildings at Wolf Hall Inn.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Wolf Hall Inn

Ride up to the gate and enter the code 1218.

self

You unlock the gate.

Quest completed

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Open Gates = Happy Landlord!

self

The gate is unlocked so you can now ride freely between Wolf Hall Inn and the Eastern Slopes. Ride back to Ed Field and give him the good news!

Objectives: Ride back to Ed Field and give him the good news.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 50 with Wolf Hall Inn

Last gate opened! You can now access every area of Epona!

ed_field

Yo Rita! How’d it go?

You unlocked the gate? AMAZEROONIE!

You’ll have to excuse me, I need to start planning an expedition immediately. Woah, I’ve not been this excited in ages!

Quest completed

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