New Discussion Forum

Hey all!

I really love the discussion going on in the comments and I thought that opening a forum might be easier for friendly conversations. All of the regular info will still be posted on the blog, but I feel this will be better to allow discussion and a creation of more of a community around the game.

The board is hosted on ProBoards and it functions as a regular message board. To be able to post, you must be a registered user. To ask questions without registering, please continue using the blog pages comments. Contests and other reader participation events will now be posted on the forum. It will make entries easier to track (instead of having them spread out through my email, blog comments, and Facebook). I am still in the process of working up the forum, but registration is now open so come and check it out!

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Blurb It!

Hey all!

I did an interview with Sofia Deerbell on her Youtube series, Blurb It! She makes great videos interviewing fellow SSO players.

To watch more interviews check out her Youtube page and be sure to see the Blurb It! Facebook page for updates about the show.

Enjoy!

No Easter Eggs Here

Hey all!

Just a friendly reminder that I have not/will not be posting the locations of the Easter eggs, nor will I link to them anywhere else. This blog is only for quests required for progression through the game. I have a firm belief that some things should still be left for the player to figure out on their own, as that is what keeps the game fun and interesting.

Please respect my blog and do not ask for the locations, you will be told no; and please do not post the locations, your comment will be deleted. If you are desperate to find the locations, you will have to go elsewhere. Sorry!

Hope you all have a fun Easter season and happy riding!

Have Not Fallen Prey to the Turakk… Yet

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know I am still alive and I haven’t abandoned my story yet. I want to thank everyone for reading and I’m glad you like it.

I have been really busy in real life and have not had much time to write, between caring for new animals (we recently took in a pet raven and an orphaned baby goat) and work-related projects (I am currently writing a proposal to do a research trip on Alaskan grey wolves). My husband and I are also working to become certified foster parents. So there’s lots of exciting things going on!

To be honest, I have not really done much planning or forethought on the story, as each time I sat to write, I would really just pull it all out of my ass on the spot. Which is not to say it is a good or bad thing, but I cannot say with any certainty that I know how the story will end. So, I thought I would maybe leave it up to you readers to decide, or at least propose suggestions of where you would like to see the story headed. Give all your ideas, nothing is too preposterous, be it new plot events or character cameos, it’s up to you!

Hope you all are doing well and thanks for reading!

PS. If you haven’t started reading my story, Eater of Death, you can begin here: Part 1

Fishing with Jorvik Fishing Club

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Become Friendly with the Jorvik Fishing Club to start hunting the Legendary Fish around Jorvik. Speak with Mr Trout in Cape West Fishing Village to take daily fishing quests to gain reputation with the club.

Legendary Fish:The Golden Roach

mr_trout

Rita, as a fisherman, it is an honor for me to congratulate you on your progress in our fishing club. I think you are ready to take on a real challenge, to catch the Golden Roachfish…

The Golden Roach is the biggest roachfish I have ever seen. Quick as lightening and clever as a sea eagle, nobody has ever managed to catch him. I think you are ready to try, Rita.

The Golden Roach has been seen around the docks on Goldenleaf Stable’s island. Fish there and don’t give up easy… The Golden Roach is going to be harder to catch than any fish you have ever caught before.

Objectives: Catch the Golden Roach. It can be found around the docks on Goldenleaf Stables island.

Rewards: 250 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Fishing Medal of the Fifth Grade

Reputation: 25 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Ride out to the dock on the southwest side of the island and catch the Golden Roach. Just like normal fishing, click when the bobber goes underwater for a chance to catch the fish.

When you have finally caught it, return to Mr Trout.

mr_trout

Wow! You caught the Golden Roachfish, Rita! Congratulations!

I hereby award you the Jorvik Fishing Club Medal of the Fifth Degree. Wear it with pride and may good luck always be on your side.

Quest completed

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To New Fishing Areas

mr_trout

You know what Rita? Nope… You don’t know it yet. I haven’t told you yet!

I thought it would be a good idea to broaden your fishing horizons so I contacted the Silverglade chapter of our fishing club and told them about you. So, it gives me great honor to present you with a personal invitation from Mr Cod, that is his name, to fish in Silverglade.

Mr Cod is on the beach in Moorland below the lighthouse. Ride over and don’t forget to say hello for me!

Objectives: Speak with Mr Cod below the lighthouse on Moorland beach.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Return to Moorland and find Mr Cod on the beach, between the lighthouse and the Dark Core landing.

mr_pike

Aha! Here is the next big fisherman! Welcome to the Silverglade chapter of the Jorvik Fishing Club.

Quest completed

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World’s Best Worms

mr_pike

Yes, here in Silverglade we have some especially beautiful fish! I thought I would teach you some of my best fishing tricks, I hope you are ready.

The most important thing when you are fishing is the bait. Without good bait, you might as well be fishing without a hook! The best of all bait is the earthworms here in Silverglade… They are like dill potato chips to the fish… And of course dill potato chips are the best!

So, collect some earthworms for me and I will tell you more of my special fishing tips. The best place to get the earthworms is right by me here on the beach… Unfortunately those awful Dark Core thugs have set up their base there. But if you watch out for the guards you can still manage to get some good worms there. Here is the shovel, good luck!

Objectives: Evade the guards at the Dark Core landing area and dig up some earthworms. Bring the worms back to Mr Cod.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

You do not have to beware the guards as you have in previous quests. Here, they pose no real threat, except being ugly…

Dismount your horse and use the shovel in the three places on the beach to collect the worms. Bring them back to Mr Cod when you are done.

mr_pike

Let’s see. Nice worms Rita!

Quest completed

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Net Inspection

mr_pike

There, now we have bait. Before I tell you where to catch the best fish in Silverglade, I’d like you to help me inspect my fishing nets that are hanging up to dry around Moorland. I suspect those Dark Core thugs have cut some holes in them… So ride around and check that they are okay. They are out along the beach here in Moorland.

See you soon!

Objectives: Inspect Mr Cod’s nets that are hanging up along the beach in Moorland.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Go out down the beach and inspect each of the nets set out. Return to Mr Cod when you are done.

mr_pike

No holes? Good!

Quest completed

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No Hook, No Fish

mr_pike

Back to the fishing! This is my next tip…

Now that we have good bait, we need a really good hook. It isn’t good enough to just use any old hook you can find… It needs to be of good quality. Lucky for us there is a great blacksmith in the area that makes the very best hooks in Jorvik. Ride over to him and ask him for a really good hook. We’ll continue when it is ready.

Objectives: Ride over and speak with the blacksmith in Moorland.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Ride to Conrad’s forge and ask him for a good fishing hook that you can use.

conrad_marsdeen

Nice to see you Rita. Hook you say?

Quest completed

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The Best of Hooks

conrad_marsdeen

I only have one hook left. This is the best hook I have ever made and Jorvik will never see one this good ever again.

I’d like you to have it Rita. Fish with reverence and enjoy my little masterwork every time you cast your line.

Farewell Rita.

Objectives: Ride back to Mr Cod with the hook.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Take this fine little hook back to show Mr Cod.

mr_pike

Ah. That is a great hook, Rita. Very nice.

Quest completed

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Are They Biting in Silverglade?

mr_pike

Hello Rita! Beautiful day for fishing, isn’t it?

So, now you have your bait and your new hook. What do you think? Are you ready for a little Silverglade fishing?

Good!

Here on the dock there is a great place for fishing. Catch three fish from there and come back to me.

Objectives: Catch three fish from the dock where Mr Cod is standing.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Dismount your horse to begin fishing from the dock.

Speak with Mr Cod when you have caught three fish.

mr_pike

Look! Three nice fish!

Every day I will have new tasks for you Rita. Complete them and you will raise your reputation with our fishing club and maybe our esteemed leader, Mr K Trout, will tell you where one of Jorvik’s legendary fish can be found.

Quest completed

Return to Mr Trout when you are Liked with the Jorvik Fishing Club

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Mr Trout is ready to tell you about the next Legendary Fish.

Legendary Fish: Valedale Pike

mr_trout

I think you are ready for a tough assignment, Rita. Have you heard about the Valedale Pike? No?

It is more than one hundred years old and could be bigger than a horse if the stories are true. I have never seen it… But it is there… I’m sue of it!

If you think you have it in you to try, ride over to Valedale Lake and look for a good place to try and catch it. Don’t give up easily… This is going to be a very hard fish to catch.

Objectives: Catch the Valedale Pike. It can be found somewhere in Valedale Lake.

Rewards: 500 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP, Fishing Medal of the Fourth Grade

Reputation: 25 with Jorvik Fishing Club

The spot to catch the fish is near the Valedale oak tree, along the race track.

When you have caught the fish, return to Mr Trout.

mr_trout

Fantastic! I never thought I would see this day. The Valedale Pike is real! Wow, wow, wow!

It is a great honor for me to award you with the Jorvik Fishing Club Medal of the Fourth Degree. Wear it with pride and may fishing luck always be with you.

Quest completed

Return to Mr Trout when you are Popular with the Jorvik Fishing Club.

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Legendary Fish: Moorland Monster

mr_trout

The Moorland Monster. Have you heard of it? Listen up and I’ll tell you all about it.

The legend of the Moorland Monster has been kept alive for over a hundred years. An absolute monster, as big as a whale, that every now and then appears off the coast of Moorland. But it isn’t a whale Rita, believe me, it sparkles like silver and never blows out air. I have seen it myself and I nearly fell out of my boat with fright! Go and catch the Moorland Monster, Rita… You are ready for the ancient monster now. Good luck and don’t give up… This won’t be easy.

Objectives: The Moorland Monster lives in deep water. You need to go out on one of Dark Core’s boats by the Moorland coast to try and catch it.

Rewards: 750 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP, Fishing Medal of the Third Grade

Reputation: 25 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Ride out on the beach behind Mrs Holdsworth’s house and go to the barge with the dock extending out to it. To get onto the barge, jump from the end of the dock. Then dismount your horse and use your fishing pole as normal.

Return to Mr Trout when you have caught the fish.

mr_trout

Is it true? You caught the Moorland Monster?! Wow, wow, wow, WOW, Rita!

It is a great honor for me to present you with the Jorvik Fishing Club medal of the third grade. Wear it with pride and may fishing luck always be with you!

Quest completed

Return to Mr Trout when you are Admired with the Jorvik Fishing Club.

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Legendary Fish: Mr Evil

mr_trout

There is one fish that I have tried to catch my entire life, but I have never succeeded. It is a true sea monster that has, time and time again, escaped from my nets. This isn’t just a big roachfish either… This is pure swimming evil! We call him Mr Evil. Where he swims, all other fish disappear… He empties the sea with his voracious appetite. It was Mr Evil that cost Bob his leg! It was Mr Evil that sank the previous ship of Captain Brus! Now I think you might understand why I am asking you, Rita, Jorvik’s best fisherman, to once and for all stop Mr Evil’s rampage. Are you ready to catch Jorvik’s ugliest fish?

Good! This is going to be the hardest fish you ever tried to catch, Rita, so don’t give up!

A good place to try and catch the monster is by my old fishing shack that lies at the outflow of the Silversong River by Firgrove. Right across from Fort Pinta.

Good luck Rita, good luck!

Objectives: Ty to catch Mr Evil beside Mr K Trout’s fishing shack that is at the outflow of the Silversong River on the Firgrove side. Directly opposite from Fort Pinta.

Rewards: 1000 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP, Fishing Medal of the Second Degree

Reputation: 50 with Jorvik Fishing Club

Ride out to the beach around the ghostie grave. There is a small shack on a tiny island just off the beach. Walk out onto the plank to try to catch Mr Evil. He’s a tough one!

If you live to tell the tale, return to Mr Trout.

mr_trout

…You did it. Mr Evil’s reign of terror is over. Fantastic! Unbelievable!!! Wonderful!!!

It is a gigantic honor for me to present you with the Jorvik Fishing Club medal of the second grade. Wear it with great pride Rita and may fishing luck always be with you!

Quest completed

So completes the story quests with the Jorvik Fishing Club. You can continue to do daily fishing quests at your leisure and enjoy some time out at the water.

SSO Cause and Awareness

Hey all!

To everyone on Facebook, I wanted to share a page I found, in the interest of promoting awareness of the bullying issue in game.

Click to check it out!

As always, remember that the better we all behave, there would be no need to have moderators. If you see bullying, be sure to report it by using the contact box on the game webpage. Take a screenshot, if you can, or note the time and chat channel for the staff to view the chat logs. Do not provoke the bullies, as yelling back only makes you as bad as they are. Let’s make this the community we all want it to be!

Love you all and happy riding!

Day 70, Crime Scene Investigation: Harvest Counties

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Barbara at Jorvik Stables would like you to try a new track around the stables.

Check Out the Jorvik Stables Elite Competition

barbara

Hey, Rita! You’re really starting to make a name for yourself at Jorvik Stables as an accomplished rider! Are you interested in a challenge? You are? Good!

You see, I’ve created a new contest which I think you’ll like. It’s not so simple, but that’s the intention. For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a contest for our most premium riders, something to really give them a challenge. 

What do you say? Are you ready to test the Jorvik Stables Elite Competition?

Objectives: Ride over the finish line.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Jorvik Stables

Complete the race and speak with Barbara afterwards.

barbara

Wow! Very well ridden! Let me know if you want to compete again.

Quest completed

You can now run the Elite Competition as a daily race.

Ms Drake has noticed your hard work with G.E.D. Time to speak with her by the Jarlaheim office.

A Step Up in Your Career?

ms_drake

Rita, get over here.

I’ve observed you and you’ve done very well. I hereby promote you to my personal assistant. You won’t get any pay of course, you’re still too inexperienced, but as my assistant, I’ll have more assignments for you in the future. I expect that you’ll handle the work you already to, in addition to any new chores I might have for you.

Don’t think you can get away, don’t even dare to resign! If you betray me, you’ll regret it forever.

Alright. Well done.

Your first assignment is to mail this report to G.E.D.’s management. It contains classified information about our work here, so don’t you dare leave it out of your sight for even a second!

(You believe this is exactly what Herman has been waiting for. A report describing G.E.D.’s activities in Jarlaheim. You decide to ride to Herman instead of mailing the report.)

Objectives: Bring the report to Herman. He’ll definitely want to see this!

Rewards: 100 Jorvik Shillings, 100 XP

Reputation: 25 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Enter Herman’s house at Jorvik Stables to give him the report.

herman

A report from Ms Drake to the management of G.E.D?

Amazing! How did you manage that? Incredibly well done, Rita!

Let’s see what it says.

Let’s see now…

This confirms my worst suspicions, Rita… G.E.D.’s plans will destroy everything we hold dear here in the Harvest Counties. I’ll have to think, Rita. Something needs to be done, but I’m not sure what…

There’s no point in you waiting here. Ride out and continue your adventures, and I’ll call on you when I’ve come up with a plan.

See ya! And once again, amazingly well done, Rita!

Quest completed

Jill in Jarlaheim has another task for you to help more Harvest Counties residents.

Missing Poultry

jill_goldspur

Hello Rita.

If you have time, I’d be grateful for your assistance. I’ve received a request for aid from Filip Sunfield on behalf of the city. As always I’m terribly busy. Jack has managed to infuriate the entire merchant quarter by saying he’ll tear down the whole area to build a disco there instead. He didn’t mean anything, he’d just been to Fort Pinta and danced and the reporter who spoke to him happened to catch him precisely as he returned, at five in the morning!

So, I need to sort out this blunder before it gets any worse…

You have time to help me? Thank you Rita, it’s much appreciated. I don’t know much, but apparently, his chickens have gone missing. I think it best if you ride over there at first opportunity and let him do the explaining. 

You might have been to the Sunfield farm already? If not, it’s quite simple to locate it. Ride eastwards, through the city gates, towards Jorvik Stables, but make a turn to the north once you get to the horse pastures. It’s the farm northeast of Jorvik Stables. 

Good luck, Rita.

Objectives: Ride to the Sunfield farm and speak to Filip.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Sunfield Family

Speak with Filip about the newest crisis.

filip_sunfield

Hello there! Nice to meet you.

I do not have time to talk to you right now. You see, our chickens are gone, and I’ve been busy trying to find them.

Aha. Jill sent you to help find them? Great! I can always rely on Jill.

It was a good idea of her to send for you. This is a mystery and it needs your shrewd kind to solve it.

Quest completed

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Not a Feather Left

filip_sunfield

It was like this. In the morning I was peacefully sleeping when Saga all of a sudden came screaming that the chickens were all gone! All of them! I’m usually quite sleepy in the morning, but you can understand I was wide awake in an instant and ran to the chicken coop as quickly as my feet would take me. All the chickens were indeed gone. Not even a feather was left!

First I thought it must have been a fox, but all the shutters were closed and there were no holes a fox could get in, or a chicken out, for that matter. My family and I have searched the entire estate for hours without so much as stumbling on a clue. I don’t have time to search any more, there is simply too much that needs doing on the farm which cannot wait. 

Hmm. You know what? Go inspect the chicken coop yourself and try to figure out what has happened. You can find it in the courtyard in front of the silo. It’s hard to miss. 

Thank you for your help, Rita. Let me know if you find anything. 

Objectives: Inspect the chicken coop and see if you can find a clue to what has happened to the chickens.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 25 with Sunfield Family

Search around the chicken coop, then return to Filip with your findings.

filip_sunfield

Hello again, Rita. Have you figured out what happened to my chickens?

No?

Oh. That was it then. Poor chickens…

What? You found something on the ground? Let me see.

Hmm… What is this now?

A button. Well, it’s not mine, but that’s about all I can tell you about it. Listen. There isn’t anything special about it. Anyone might have lost it there. It’s the only clue we have? Well, alright then. Who might know something? Well, my family are the only ones who could have lost it I suppose.

Quest completed

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Is it Saga’s Button?

filip_sunfield

Saga’s my daughter. She was the one who first discovered that the chickens were missing. She’s over at the farm, working. Maybe it’s her button?

Objectives: Speak to Saga Sunfield.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Sunfield Family

Maybe Saga knows something…

saga_sunfield

Hi there! My name is Saga.

What’s your name? Nice to meet you, Rita.

How can I help you? You’re here about the chickens?

Quest completed

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A Bag to Carry

saga_sunfield

Wow! I was so shocked when I discovered all the chickens were missing, I’ve not been able to do anything sensible all day. I’ve just been pondering what happened. What if someone has bird-napped them?!

A button? Oh, I’d like to have a look but I have to all the chores I promised mom and dad before it gets too late. I have to carry awfully heavy bags from the silo to a spot behind the wall for transporting. Whew! I can only carry them for a yard or so before I need to take a breather, otherwise I couldn’t possibly manage. When I’m done, we can speak, Rita, but right now I need to focus on my task at hand.

You can carry the bags on your horse? What a great idea! Surely that will be very fast. Okay, the bags are over there by the silo. Place them behind the wall on the back side of the farm.

Thank you for your help!

Objectives: Carry bags from the silo and place them by the wall on the back side of the farm. Return to Saga Sunfield afterwards.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Sunfield Family

You can only carry one bag at a time, and the weight slows your horse down, so move carefully with the bags. When you are finished moving all of them, speak with Saga again.

saga_sunfield

Thank you for your help!

Now, let me think. I got up earlier than anyone this morning, and when I got out, all the chickens were gone! I’ve been all over, but they’re just gone. I don’t know what happened.

A button? Let me see. So, you found this on the ground next to the chicken coop?

Hmm… It’s not very dirty. It can’t have been on the ground for long.

Unfortunately I don’t recognize it. Hope someone else is able to help you.

Good luck! See you around!

Quest completed

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Is It Martina’s Button?

filip_sunfield

My wife Martina might have lost the button. That’s a possibility, I think. She always has a lot to do, but you could always ask her if the button belongs to her, if she has the time to see you.

Objectives: Ask Martina if she knows anything about the button.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Sunfield Family

Saga wasn’t helpful, maybe Martina can be…

martina_sunfield

If I’ve lost a button? Maybe I have, but I don’t have time for a whole lot of chatting right now. 

Quest completed

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The Cows Need Milking

martina_sunfield

Listen, I don’t have time for you right now. The chickens are gone and you’ve found a button, I know, I know. It’s not breaking news. But do you know what? There is nothing I can do, and if everyone was to run around and search for some runaway chickens, nothing would be done around here. 

You really want me to take a look at that button? Okay, here’s what we’ll do If you help me milk the cows, I’ll save some time. Then I’ll have a look at your button.

Here’s a bucket. Use it to milk the cows in the cowshed and return to me afterwards.

Objectives: Milk the cows in the cowshed and return to Martina Sunfield.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Sunfield Family

Dismount your horse to use the empty buckets to milk the cows, then return to Martina.

martina_sunfield

Thank you. So, let me have a look at that button.

Hmm… Nah, I don’t recognize it. Move it along now, I need to continue working. What do you mean, “unpleasant?” Listen, I actually don’t know anything about it! Do I have to spell it out for you?

Quest completed

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Might Loke Have Lost a Button?

filip_sunfield

You could ask my son Loke if the button is his… Listen, I’ve always tried to raise my children in the best possible way, but Loke is special. Sigh. His behavior worsens whatever I do. What I mean is, if you speak to him, don’t let his demeanor color your impression of this family. 

Where is he? He usually avoids all sorts of work, but you’ll probably find him close to home if you search for him. If you find him, tell him to much the pigsty right away. I told him to do it hours ago!

Sigh.

Objectives: Ask Loke Sunfield if he knows something about the button.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Sunfield Family

Loke can be found bumming around the outside wall, near where you dropped the grain for Saga.

loke_sunfield

Yawn. Who are you? Don’t you see I’m busy?

Quest completed

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Grimy in the Pigsty

loke_sunfield

If I’ve lost a button? I never lose buttons or anything. I’m not a half-wit like you! Hehe.

What? You want to know what happened to the chickens last night?

Hmm… Yes, I know what happened. It was awful! But… Why should I tell you?

You really want to know, don’t you?

Hehe… Let’s see. Okay. I’ll tell you if you do me a favor. Take this shovel next to me and muck out the pigsty and I’ll tell you what I know. And don’t go lazy on me, that sludge should behave like a mirror when you’re done, otherwise I won’t tell you jack!

Now move it!

Objectives: Take the shovel next to Loke. Then muck out the pigsty and return to him when you’re done.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 5 with Sunfield Family

Pick up the shovel and you can either jump the fence with your horse or click the blue sparkles to open the gate. Dismount your horse to use the shovel. When you have shoveled all the manure, return to Loke.

loke_sunfield

You done mucking?

Good. I’ll tell you all I know.

Hehe…

You understand?

I said nothing, cause I know nothing! HA! You’re so gullible. Get lost!

Quest completed

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Doesn’t Anyone Know Anything About the Button?

filip_sunfield

Nobody knew anything… I knew it. This is useless. I think I’ll just have to accept that the chickens are gone.

You don’t want to quit?

That’s the spirit!

However… I don’t know who else you could ask…

Actually, I guess you could talk to Freja, my youngest. She’s so young she barely knows what a chicken is, but if you want to give it a shot, go ahead.

She’s over there by the hammock. 

Objectives: Speak to Freja Sunfield.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Sunfield Family

Small children are much more honest than most people believe…

freja_sunfield

CAAASSPPEEEERRR!!

Quest completed

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More Than Missing Poultry

freja_sunfield

CAAAASSSPEEEER!!!

Have you seen Casper? Please, help me find him. He’s run off and I can’t find him. Please, please, please!

Chicken? No, he’s a cat. How stupid are you? I can’t do anything until I find him, I can’t!

CAAASSPEEEER!!!

Objectives: Locate Freja’s cat and bring it to her.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Sunfield Family

Search the highlighted areas around the farm to find the cat. When you have found him, return to Freja.

freja_sunfield

CASPER!!! You’re back! Don’t run away again!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

What is that button you’re holding? I know that button!

Quest completed

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An Owner for the Button

freja_sunfield

This button is so beautiful! Every time I see the coat it sits on I think: I want those buttons.

Whose coat?

Isolde. It’s Isolde’s coat!

I don’t have time for you anymore, I need to take care of my little Casper. Bye!! Speak to my dad if you need anything.

Objectives: Speak to Filip Sunfield.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 30 with Sunfield Family

Finally, we have found the culprit. Tell Filip the news.

filip_sunfield

Hey there, how’s it going?

You know whose button it is?!

It belongs to Isolde? What?!

Quest completed

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An Unlikely Thief

filip_sunfield

What are you saying? It’s Isolde’s button? Isolde?! Oh no. She would never steal any chickens.

No Rita, you’re on the wrong track. Isolde would never do such a thing, she’s a conscientious girl.

If I know her? Well, she used to be here all the time before, but then she started to hang out with my son, Loke. Idun, her mother, put a stop to her visits here. She believed my son to be of “bad influence,” as she put it. Loke was devastated. Since then he’s become this bitter slacker who talks back and refuses to help around the farm.

I always liked Idun. She seemed like a good person, but in that case she went overboard if you ask me. Couldn’t she have spoken to Martina and myself first?

Now you know. But as I said, Isolde would never steal anything. Why don’t you ride over there and speak to her yourself? She lives on the Goldspur’s ground, on the other side of Jarlaheim. But trust me, she would never do such a thing.

Objectives: Ride to the Goldspur grounds and speak to Isolde Goldspur.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Goldspur Family

Isolde can be found on the lower mill, near the horse stables and Jakob.

isolde_goldspur

Hello and welcome to the Goldspur family!

Uuh… What now? Stealing chickens?! What?! No, not me… If I’ve been to the Sunfield farm? Er… No… Never! Or, not in a long time at least…

I’m innocent. I would never steal chickens. Or anything else for that matter! How dare you make such a claim!

No, I don’t want to speak to you anymore.

Quest completed

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Me? A Birdnapper?

isolde_goldspur

Wait a second! What is that?

Oh! My button!

Thank you! I’ve been looking for that all day! Such luck, I though I’d lost it forever. That was kind of you. Where did you find it?

Objectives: Speak to Isolde again.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Goldspur Family

The evidence doesn’t lie…

isolde_goldspur

Uh… WHAT?! You found the button on the Sunfield farm?! How is that possible?! I didn’t wear that particular coat yesterday… Or… Ever…

You don’t believe me?! How dare you!

If you think I’ve been on the Sunfield farm, then prove it!

Grrr…

Quest completed

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Tristan’s Tale

tristan_goldspur

Chickens stolen from the Sunfield farm? How dare you accuse my sister Isolde of that! It was Loke! Why are you snooping around here? Loke did it! How did I know that?

Loke always does that sort of thing.

You found Isolde’s button by the chicken coop? Don’t you get it? Loke stole it and placed it by the chicken coop to blame Isolde. He’s both sneaky and nasty, that creep.

What?!

How I knew the button was found by the chicken coop?

Objectives: Speak to Tristan again.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Goldspur Family

Well… I never said where the button was found. You seem to have incriminated yourself, sir.

tristan_goldspur

Of course the button must have been by the chicken coop! That’s where Loke stole the chickens, you said so!

If the button belongs to Isolde as you’re claiming, it’s obvious he stole it to blame her. That boy’s so rotten, blaming my sister who’s the best and kindest. If I see him, then… Grrr.

Listen, if you still think Isolde did it, speak to my grandfather Jakob. He’ll vouch for her.

Quest completed

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Jakob’s Tale

jakob_goldspur

If Isolde would have stolen chickens on the Sunfield farm? Ho ho ho. No, that can’t be right. Isolde is always diligent and always follows the rules. She wouldn’t even steal a feather from a chicken.

When I saw her last? Early this morning, which is a little unusual, she’s never up that early. Isolde has many good qualities, but being an early bird is not one of them.

What she was doing at the time? She came riding on a horse she’d borrowed from the stable.

Where she’d been?

You’re all questions, aren’t you? I apologize, but I don’t have time to speak to you all day. You need to come back later.

It’s important? Well, so is this. I need to carry bags from the silo to one of our mills, otherwise they won’t have any seeds to grind.

You’ll help me if I tell you more? Hmm… My back isn’t what it used to be so that’d be lovely, actually. Okay, carry a bag to every mill on our grounds and I’ll answer your questions. That’s how it’s gonna be. Come back once you’re done. 

Objectives: Take a bag from the silo and carry it to the lower mill. Then fetch another back and carry it to the upper mill on the Goldspur grounds. Return to Jakob.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with Goldspur Family

Pick up a bag next to the stable and take it to the first mill. You can only carry one bag at a time and because they are heavy, your horse cannot go faster than a canter. When you have moved both bags, return to Jakob.

jakob_goldspur

Thank you. It was kind of you to help me. What was it that you wanted to know? Where Isolde has been when I saw her this morning?

She said she’d woken early and ridden to Greendale. I thought it to be a bit odd, since she came from the other direction, but today’s youth do all sorts of odd things so I didn’t give it any more thought.

Anything else I noticed? Hmm… Well, I wondered why she had taken the horse with that broken shoe. I haven’t had the time to replace it, but I’ve put up a notice by the horse’s stable booth saying not to ride it. I asked her how she could have missed it, but she just mumbled back and left hurriedly. I don’t always understand the ways of today’s youth, but that note was impossible to miss unless she’d been there during the night and there had been a power outage killing the lights. If that had been the case, I might have understood.

Oh well, I need to keep going. I hope my answers were of some help. Goodbye. 

Quest completed

Now it’s time to find some clues to back up Jakob’s story. Search in front of the horse stables for the first clue.

A Clue on the Ground

self

What is this? Fresh horse tracks on the ground. Hmm… It seems a horse with a broken horseshoe has walked here recently. 

What if it was the horse Isolde rode on last night? It must be! If I can locate the horse, maybe I can prove it’s been on the Sunfield farm?

Objectives: Look for a horse with a busted shoe on the Goldspur grounds.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Goldspur Family

Check each of the sale horses in the stable for the one with the broken shoe.

self

Hmm… That horse’s shoe looks broken.

Quest completed

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A Clue on the Horse

self

Hmm… Let me have a closer look at the broken horse shoe.

A leaf seems to be stuck to it. Hmm… Hold on…

Aha! On the Sunfield farm there is a large tree. This leaf could come from there. It must have been this horse Isolde rode last night.

If I can find tracks belonging to the broken shoe of this horse on the Sunfield farm, it will be conclusive evidence that someone from the Goldspur family was there.

I’ll ride out there at once! What if I’m right!

Objectives: Locate a track mark from a hoof with a broken shoe somewhere on the Sunfield Farm.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Goldspur Family

Ride to the Sunfield Farm and search all of the indicated areas for a track.

self

Look! This horseshoe print looks exactly like the one on Goldspur’s farm. It looks pretty recent as well.

Someone from Goldspur farm has been here, and not too long ago.

Quest completed

Ride up to the Goldspur house and speak to Isolde’s father, Angus, about what you have found.

Angus’s Tale

angus_goldspur

If Isolde was out last night and stole chickens at the Sunfield farm?

WHAT?!

Objectives: Speak to Angus again.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Goldspur Family

Can no one take an accusation with dignity?

angus_goldspur

What are you saying?! Outside in the dead of night despite her other and I strictly forbidding it?! And she’s stolen chickens! Have a nurtured a thief by my bosom?!

She’s grounded until she’s a hundred years old, just she wait!

What? You were just wondering? She’s not a thief?

What are you doing?! You come to my estate and accuse my daughter of being a chicken thief? Get lost!

I haven’t noticed anything. I sleep like a log during the night. Don’t ever come claiming my daughter is a thief, ever again. Do that and you’ll never be welcome here again.

Quest completed

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Idun’s Night

idun_goldspur

Was it you who made my husband so agitated just now? Don’t mind him, he’s known for his short fuse.

What did you ask him?

What? You said Isolde is a chicken thief?

Are you out of your mind?!

You were lucky. You probably caught him so off-guard that he didn’t really get whAt you said. If he’d been more alert, both you and your horse would have left faster than you can spell “bottle cap!” 

If you have to ask stupid questions, you should have come to me first. Remember that, don’t speak to Angus about anything that will agitate him. 

Of course Isolde hasn’t stolen any chickens! She always does what we tell her, and we have strictly forbidden her to be out at night and ever visiting that Sunfield farm ever again! That boy Loke and her are not to fraternize, and that’s that!

Why she can’t see Loke? That boy is bad news, a horrible influence. How I know? My son Tristan has told me about him. He always skips work, steals stuff, lies, and is unpleasant towards his parents. A person like that is not to socialize with my daughter. If I’m sure? Shouldn’t I trust my own son?

Tristan, tell lies?!

You…

How dare you…

Beware, little girl! Beware the wrath of Goldspur!

Grr…

Okay… I’ll calm down. You don’t know us, so you don’t quite understand what your claiming about us… I believe we’ve reached a point where words alone are insufficient for building confidence between us. If you want our help, you’ll have to help us. Weed out one of our fields and we’ll talk later. Do it so that I know you’re not only here to spread discontent. I need a couple of minutes to calm down as well…

Do not return until you’ve removed all the weeds on the field.

Objectives: Remove all weeds growing on Goldspur’s field. Return to Idun afterwards.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

Ride down to the hay field between the house and the mill. Remove all of the weeds in the field and return to Idun when you are finished. The weeds may be hard to see through the hay plants, so take it slow, rotate your camera, and use the mini map to help guide you.


idun_goldspur

So all the weeds are gone now? Good.

If I understand you correctly, some chickens have been stolen from the Sunfield farm last night. Why do you think Isolde is the one who did it? Her button was found on the ground next to the chicken coop?

That was odd…

She would never do such a thing, but I guess we’ll have to get to the bottom of this. Just don’t agitate Angus again…

I don’t think Isolde is the culprit, but…

Hmm…

Maybe the twins know something about this button? They start to giggle every time I get near and tell me they have a secret about Isolde they don’t want to share. I’ve asked them, but they just run away, choking with giggles.

If you can get the secret out of them, you might learn something that can explain all of this.

Quest completed

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First, Hide and Seek

hannibel_goldspur

Hi!

Who are you?

Rita

Rita, Rita, nah nah nah nah nah nah!

Ha ha ha.

Rita, do you want to play hide and seek? It’s the best game ever!

Huh?You want to know our secret? What secret?

Our secret about Isolde? Ha ha!

We know something you don’t! But we won’t tell you, nah nah nah!

We’ve promised not telling mom and dad.

You’re not mom and dad? Oh… That’s true…

Okay! If you want to know, you’ll have to find us first. Count to one hundred before you start looking. No cheating!

Ha ha! You’ll never find us!

Objectives: Find the twins hiding on the Goldspur grounds.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

The twins can be found in several places from the mill near the house, to the stone fence by the horse pasture, middle of the sunflower field, near the G.E.D. base, as well as in or behind the cow barn, and up in the attic of the building next to the cow barn.

When you start to near one of their hiding places, the screen will tell you are getting warm, then hot, when you get very near him. Find both twins, then return to the place where you started the game.

hannibel_goldspur

You found us so quickly. We never thought you’d make it! Want to play more?

No? Tell you what we saw last night?

Hush… It’s a secret…

We saw her!

Who?

Isolde, of course! She climbed out her bedroom window last nigh, she does it a lot! We’ve promised not to tell mom and dad. But you’re not mom or dad, so that makes it alright! Ha ha!

Where her bedroom is? Over there, by the other house! Come back if you want to play more, you were such fun. Bye bye lemon pie!

Quest completed

Let’s go and investigate by Isolde’s room by the house.

self

Hmm… What is this? It looks like fresh boot marks in the flower bed. It leads both to and from the window, as if someone jumped out of it, was gone for a while, then returned.

The tracks are deep. Whoever made them might still have soil underneath their boots…

That should be enough investigating to interrogate the suspect. Speak to Isolde down at the Goldspur Mill.

Prove It!

isolde_goldspur

So, let’s see if you are any smart. Prove it was me who stole those chickens!

Objectives: Prove Isolde was on the Sunfield farm last night.

Rewards: 100 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 75 with Goldspur Family

Present the facts that you have discovered from your investigation. We know for sure:

  • The twins saw Isolde sneak out last night.
  • The boot prints below the window prove so.
  • Jakob saw her riding in on a horse with a broken shoe.
  • The broken shoe print was found on the Sunfield farm.

isolde_goldspur

Okay! OKAY! I admit it.

It’s true. 

I was on the Sunfield farm last night. But I didn’t steal any chickens! It was to see Loke. My mother has forbidden me to see him, but we can’t bear to be apart. That’s why I sneak away at nights to see him in secret. 

So… Now you know.

Quest completed

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If It Wasn’t Isolde…

isolde_goldspur

But who could have stolen the chickens? And why was my button by the chicken coop? I was never near it last night…

Objectives: Speak to Tristan.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP, Emerald Green Arena Boots

Reputation: 10 with Goldspur Family

Maybe Tristan knows something… He sure seems suspicious…

tristan_goldspur

Isolde. What happened is clear as day. Loke stole the chickens. He took your button without you noticing and placed it by the chicken to let everybody believe you’re the thief.

I’ve told you, that boy is no good. He’s a misfortune and he’s used you to get away with theft.

Sigh. You know I’m telling the truth. It’s no use talking about it, just you stay here with your family, and let’s forget he ever existed. That’s the smart thing to do.

Quest completed

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Loke Would Never Do Such a Thing

isolde_goldspur

No! I don’t believe you! Loke would never do that to me!

 We love each other! He’s not a bad person at all! Everybody just blames him once something bad happens, but he’s super nice, really! I know he’s unpleasant towards everyone, but he’s not a thief! He’s just acting that way because everyone’s been so rotten. Why won’t anyone understand!

I need to speak to him! I need to hear it from his own lips. I must ride there!

Objectives: Speak to Tristan.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 40 with Goldspur Family

Away she goes…

tristan_goldspur

Isolde! Wait up!

Quest completed

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Keeping Isolde From Speaking to the Thief

tristan_goldspur

You. You need to stop Isolde!

Catch up with her and stop her before she can reach the Sunfield farm. If she speaks to Loke, he might trick her into doing something stupid to get away with his crime. You must keep her from speaking to him. She is not to speak to that boy!

Hurry!

Objectives: Speak to Isolde before she speaks to Loke.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Goldspur Family

Catch up with Isolde outside the front of the Sunfield farm.

isolde_goldspur

Hello Rita.

I just spoke to Saga.

She told me Loke just admitted to Filip that he stole the chickens. How could he do that to me?! I love him so! How can I continue living on after this?

Quest completed

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Isolde Rides Home

isolde_goldspur

How could he have done this to me! He’s been playing me all along!!!

Tristan is right! Loke’s a wretched, good-for-nothing who just cheats and tricks people all the time. I feel so stupid. 

I’m going back Rita, there is nothing left for me at the Sunfield farm.

Tell Loke we’re over, and that I’ll never want to see him again!

Objectives: Tell Loke that Isolde is breaking up.

Rewards: 150 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 40 with Sunfield Family

Yet again, we get to be the bringer of bad news…

loke_sunfield

Yes! It was me who stole the chickens! Isolde had nothing to do with it! It was just me!

I don’t want to speak any more. Go away!!

What? Why I placed her button on the ground? What was it about the button? It belonged to Isolde? What? It was her button?!

I don’t understand… What do you really want?

Isolde is breaking up with me? But… I did it for her… Oh no…

Why are you still here?! GO! Let me pine in peace!! Everything is your fault!

Quest completed

Return to Filip Sunfield tomorrow.

Day 69, Fraternizing with the Enemy – SA

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Jill in Jarlaheim has some more work for you to do around town.

The Guardian of Jarlaheim

jill_goldspur

Rita. One of the city residents have requested assistance from the Town Hall. We’re unable to help him, but if you have the time, I’d be very grateful for your help. You do have time? Excellent! Ride and to the city guard. He won’t disclose what’s happened over the phone, so I’m assuming it’s something sensitive. A certain amount of discretion may be advisable. So long, and good luck. Objectives: Ride and speak to the city watch. Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP Reputation: 5 with Jarlaheim

Speak to the city guard, named Gavin, who is located at the house around the corner from Town Hall.

gavin

Who are you? You’re here to help me? Oh, that was kind of you! Quest completed

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Who Guards the Guard?

gavin

Uhm… What was your name again? Rita! That’s a nice name! Well, you see Rita, a terrible crime has been committed! Someone has stolen my keys! Anyone in possession of those keys can open every nook and cranny in the city. Help me find the thief! We have to find him and punish him! Myself, I suspect that Ms Drake, she seems like scum… Or maybe Jack, he seems like scum too… Or maybe Jill, or the vet, or Herman? It could be anyone! It’s terrible! Uh… If maybe I lost them? Well, I guess there is a microscopic chance… Where have I been today? First I went for breakfast at the cafe, then I was in the park by the beach house, later back at the cafe for lunch, then I spoke a bit with the store staff in the square, later it was afternoon tea, and then I noticed that the keys were missing! You’ll look for them? Thanks. I’ll search here and you can see if you can find them someplace else. Objectives: Find the guard’s keys somewhere in Jarlaheim. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP Reputation: 25 with Jarlaheim

Search the areas indicated on your map to find the keys. When you discover them, return to Gavin to give the keys back to him.

gavin

Keys? There’s my keys! Why do you have my keys? I’d lost them? Oh. It was nice of you to return them to me. Who are you by the way? Rita! What a lovely name! I should get back to work, I’ve spent my entire day looking for my keys. How do I make time for everything? (You’re thinking the city guard needs all the help he can get Being this confused, it’s a wonder he remembers how to breathe without anyone reminding him.) Quest completed

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Inspect the Wall

gavin

You want to help me? How nice of you! Well. One thing I need help doing is to inspect the old ring wall going around the city. Have you seen it? You have? Well, it’s not so hard to spot, that’s true. In any case, it’s old and it’s not uncommon for stones to come lose or parts of the wall crumbling down. Take these warning signs and see if you find any lose stones on top of the wall. Place a sign if you do and I’ll come after and repair the wall. You have to ride along the top of the wall, got it? Objectives: Mark the places on top of the wall which are broken with the signs the guard gave you. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 15 with Jarlaheim

There is a ramp behind you, next to Town Hall. There are other ramps around town as well. Go up the ramp and ride along the wall and place all of the signs. When you are done, return to Gavin.

gavin

Placed out signs? What signs? Oh. You’ve marked where the wall is broken, very good! Then I know where to fix it! How clever of you to come up with that. Quest completed

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The City Gates

gavin

Well… What was I thinking… …Uhm… What are you doing here, by the way? You want to help me again? Very good! One matter I need help with is checking if the city gates work as they should. Not that it’s needed much, but we should be able to lock the city gates when needed. So, what I need you to do is… Eh… What was it again?  Check locks? You should check the locks on the gates, what a great idea! That would be of great help. Here, take my keys and see if the lock works.  Objectives: Use the keys to control if the city gate locks works. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 15 with Jarlaheim

Ride around to each of the gates, and use the key in your inventory to test the locks. When you have checked all of the locks, return to Gavin.

gavin

Hello there! Why do you have my keys? Have you stolen them? You’ve been checking the locks on the gates? I’ve no recollection of that.. Are you sure? It was kind of you. Did they work? However, next time you want to help me with the gates you should ask to borrow the keys first. I get super nervous when you just snitch them like that. Quest completed

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City in Light

gavin

Listen, Lisa, could you help me with something? Rita? Who is that? Oh! That’s you! I’m sorry, I thought you were Lisa. You look so similar to her, you see. I wonder where she went? Anyway! As you might have seen, the entire city is illuminated by nice lights. Unfortunately, they’re of horrendous quality. Not that anyone notices, but I’m replacing broken lights every day.  Here’s a bag with some new bulbs. Replace all broken light bulbs you can find in the city. Objectives: Change all the broken light bulbs in the city. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 15 with Jarlaheim

Ride around and find the flickering lights and use the new bulbs in your inventory. When you have replaced all of the broken lights, return to Gavin.

gavin

Hi. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to talk right now. I’m just about to change all the broken lights in the city. You see, they break all the time. What? You’ve just replaced all the broken lights? Gosh golly, how nice of you! Quest completed

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The Road to Devil’s Gap

gavin

Now, there isn’t much left to do today. That’s too bad. Why is it bad? Well, you see Linda… What? Your name isn’t Linda? Oh, that’s right. You don’t have the same glasses… Rita! Yes, that was it.  Anyway, if everything is done for the day, the only remaining task is the scary one, to inspect the gate to Devil’s Gap. That gate must always stay closed. Why? Oh, believe me, Rita, you don’t want to know… You don’t want to know…  Unlock the city gate leading to Devil’s Gap and inspect the iron gate in the wall behind it. Make sure it’s locked and barred. If anything seems off, come right back at once! Objectives: Open the city gate that leads to the road towards Devil’s Gap and inspect the giant iron gate leading into Devil’s Gap. Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP, Guard Saddle Reputation: 40 with Jarlaheim

Ride to the north end of town and open the gate at the top of the steps. Go through the doorway and inspect the parts of the gate to Devil’s Gap. Don’t get distracted by the creepiness. When you are done, return to Gavin.

gavin

The Devil’s Gap Gate? Never open it! You’ve inspected it? Did everything look alright? How wonderful! Thank you! Know what, here’s a saddle I’ve saved. Come back whenever you want, I often have errands I need help with. Quest completed

You can now do daily tasks for Gavin to raise your reputation with Jarlaheim.

Return to Jill tomorrow.

Stein, at Jorvik Stables, has decided that you are trustworthy. Go speak to him about seeing Herman.

Herman on Vacation

stein

Listen, Rita. It feels like we’ve become fast friends since you started working here. I promised Herman not to say anything… But I trust you and if you really want to meet him, I’ll tell you where he is. He’s not far off on vacation, only a few meters away actually. He never went on vacation, he’s been hiding in his house to get away from Jack and be alone with some new project of his. I know, pretty clever, or what!? He’ll open the door if you do a secret knock on the door. Do like this. Knock like this, three times. Correct, you got it. Do as I’ve told you and Herman will surely open the door. Objectives: Knock on the door of Herman’s house. Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 100 XP Reputation: 25 with Jorvik Stables

Dismount your horse in front of Herman’s house and approach the door to perform the secret knock.

herman

Stein, what is it? Hmm… Who are you? How come you know the secret knock? Quest completed

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Can You Be Trusted?

herman

So Stein eventually told you where to find me. Oh well, I guess it was unavoidable. What do you want? Sigh… Take over Jack’s job as mayor? I neither want or have the time to be mayor. The three major families in the county should be able to handle this themselves. I’m doing much too important work myself, you see. Everything isn’t what it appears to be. The G.E.D. has something big and sinister going on… Wait… We cannot speak here. You never know who might be listening… Come inside and I’ll tell you more.  Objectives: Go inside the house and speak to Herman again. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 10 with Jorvik Shillings

Click on the blue sparkles in front of the door to go inside.

herman

Can I trust you? I think so… It feels like you possess a special force. A force that I recognize. Alright, I’ll go with my gut feeling and trust you. You see, I need help moving forward with a mystery I’m trying to solve. Where did Mayor Evelyn go? There are many sinister things going on in the Harvest Counties these days, Rita. G.E.D. is in the middle of some big secret project, you might have seen them collecting samples around here? And they’re involved in Mayor Evelyn’s disappearance, I’m certain. Everything is connected, but I have no proof. Here is where you come in. Quest completed

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A Dour Employment

herman

This is how it is, Rita. G.E.D. has somehow been allowed to search for minerals all around Jarlaheim. How they got permission, I don’t know, but there is no way they’ve obtained it legitimately. There’s some funny business going on, most definitely. And they’re behind the disappearance of Mayor Evelyn as well, though I’m not yet sure how. G.E.D’s head in Jarlaheim, a certain Ms Drake, is extremely suspicious of me and avoids me like the plague. But she doesn’t know you. Get my drift? If you, whom she doesn’t know, could win her confidence, you would certainly be able to find out what they’re doing around here. Would you help me find out what G.E.D. is doing here in the Harvest Counties? What are they really up to, and are they behind Evelyn’s disappearance? You’ll do it? Good! Ride off and speak to Ms Drake and see if you can get employment with her. Good luck! Objectives: Ride and speak to Ms Drake in Jarlaheim. Reward: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP Reputation: 10 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Ms Drake is near the front door on the back side of the building, located by the north entrance of the city.

ms_drake

Employment here? You? HA HA HA! Quest completed

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Do You Have What It Takes?

ms_drake

Heh, wait. Let me just wipe off the tears. You would like to work for us? Please, we don’t hire wimps. At our company you need to be fierce and merciless to get a job. What? You are fierce and merciless? Would you be willing to betray your friends for a raise? Fraud senior citizens of their last dime for a higher bonus? Level a nature reserve to the ground for a free lunch? You would?! Hmm… I did all that when I was about your age… Maybe you’re just the one I’m looking for. Okay, you’ll be undertaking the G.E.D’s standardized employment test. If you succeed, you’ll get a probationary position here. We’re starting now, are you ready? Objectives: Answer the questions. Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, G.E.D. Top, G.E.D. Skirt Reputation: 50 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

To pass the test, select the most awful answer that is given to you, even if it hurts a little to say you would do it. The objective is to appeal for this devil of a woman. Show no mercy…

ms_drake

Wow! You got a perfect score. I’ve never met a more sinister and ruthless person than you, Rita… Can it really be true? Congrats! That was really perfect! I’ll teach you all I know. But if you betray me, I will hunt you to the ends of the world. Do not forget… No one fools Ms Drake and gets away with it. Put on these clothes. You need to look professional working for the G.E.D. And since you’re in your probation period, we won’t be giving you any pay. But that goes without saying. Quest completed

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Personnel Inspection

ms_drake

We must always ensure that our workers are doing their job. Anyone who doesn’t, is fired directly. So, ride off to Exploration Station Alpha and make sure everyone is working as they should and report back to me afterwards. If you find someone lounging, relaxing, eating lunch, or using the restroom, I’ll teach you the best firing techniques! Hah! It’s the best thing I know. No one can make people cry like me. Objectives: Inspect the workers at the Exploration Station. Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP Reputation: 25 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Ride to the site marked on your map, south of the Jorvik Stables. To inspect the workers, simply ride close to them. When you have inspected all of the workers, return to Ms Drake.

ms_drake

You’re back. Report. Everyone was working as they should. That was too bad, I was really looking forward to firing someone today. Quest completed

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Message to the Supervisor

ms_drake

As you understand, our operation here in Jarlaheim isn’t entirely successful. We must do everything we can to get results. Take this extremely threatening letter I’ve composed to our supervisor at Exploration Station Alpha. After he’s read it, I guarantee he’ll work harder so he won’t get fired. Ha ha, he’ll push his staff even harder than himself, too. I love starting this kind of chain reaction. It’s fortunate that the G.E.D. doesn’t have a health plan for their employees, then we’d have to pay millions for damages, as we’re pushing them harder than anyone else.  Sob. It’s so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. Objectives: Give the letter to the supervisor at the Exploration Station. Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 25 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Find the supervisor standing near the small office hut on the site.

ged_worker

What do you want?! A letter from Ms Drake? Gulp. Report to her that we’ll work even harder! She doesn’t need to worry, she can trust me! And listen… If I should get fired, can you try to get her to change her mind? She doesn’t need to make use of her contacts to expel my kids from school as well! Quest completed

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Mineral Collection

ms_drake

Our exploration hasn’t yielded any results yet, Rita. We need to find some valuable minerals or metals soon, or I’ll get fired by management. And remember, if I’m fired, you’re fired as well! The management is merciless. If they fire me, mine and every other G.E.D. worker’s lives are destroyed forever. There isn’t a more heartless bunch than the G.E.D’s management.  I respect them tremendously. Ride off to Exploration Station Alpha and prospect some mineral samples from the stones that the workers have exposed. (You think it best that Herman gets the mineral samples once you find them instead of Ms Drake.) Objectives: Prospect minerals at the Exploration Station. Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP Reputation: 25 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Dismount your horse near the exposed stones and use the pickaxe from your inventory to harvest mineral samples. When you have excavated the three stones in the area, take the samples to Herman, inside his house.

herman

Rita, have you discovered anything? They’re looking for valuable minerals but haven’t found any yet. Hmm… Ha! I have an idea. Quest completed

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Counterfeit Mineral Results

herman

Now we’ll deceive Ms Drake properly! We do it like this. Let me swap these samples with the gravel from the stable’s gravel path. I guarantee these pebbles are worthless. Bring these to Ms Drake instead and see what she says, he he. Objectives: Bring the counterfeit mineral samples to Ms Drake. Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP Reputation: 25 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

Take the pebbles to Ms Drake and pass them off as the samples from the Exploration Station. That will show her!

ms_drake

Do you have the mineral samples? Good. I’ll send them for analyzing at our lab. Let’s hope we’ve found something, the management is starting to lose their patience… Quest completed

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An Evil Seed is Sown

ms_drake

So, Rita. How do you like it here at the G.E.D? Is your dark heart’s hunger satisfied by the misery that you’re spreading? It’s wonderful! You really have potential. I’d like to make you my personal assistant, but you’re too inexperienced. If you continue to work and make the errands I’m asking you to, I can probably give you a promotion soon. Work hard! I like you, but I’ll gladly ruin your life if you betray me. You can start by fetching me a cup of coffee from Stablebucks Cafe. Objectives: Fetch a cup of coffee for Ms Drake at the Stablebucks Cafe. Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP Reputation: 5 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

The cafe is located outside the city, on the southeast side. Ride out either the east or the south gates and follow the road outside of the city.

catherine

Coffee for Ms Drake?! Gulp! Wait, I’ll get it at once! Ooooohhhh, concentrate! I must make it precisely as she wants it, get it? Otherwise, she’s promised to tear the cafe to the ground and construct a landfill here instead. Do not disturb me! Quest complete

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Black Coffee for a Black Heart

catherine

Here’s Ms Drake’s coffee! It’s completely black, without sugar or milk, precisely like she wants it. Hurry back to her! Objectives: Ride back to Ms Drake with the coffee. Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP Reputation: 20 with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office

I’m pretty sure city zoning laws would prevent construction of a landfill so close to the water, but she has plenty other reasons to fear Ms Drake…

ms_drake

Let me taste the coffee. Quite bitter with a burned aftertaste. Perfect. Rita. I’m going to give you errands to run every day from now on. Make them and show some diligence, and I might promote you to be my personal assistant. I really need a new one, my old one forgot I’m not using milk in my coffee so I was forced to fire him and banish his entire family from their family farm. Ha ha, good times! Remember that, Rita. I want my coffee as my heart. Black. Quest completed

From now on you can complete daily quests of inspecting the personnel, delivering a letter, and prospecting minerals from Ms Drake to raise your reputation with her.

Return to Ms Drake when you are Friendly with G.E.D. Jarlaheim Office.

Bye Y’all

Edit: April Fools!

Thanks everyone for being a good sport. I am still working at the stable, not taking over, and I will be still working on the blog.

Love you all!

Hey all.

I’ve been busy with working at the stable full time. Ted has liked me so much he has given me control of the whole stable, so I have a lot of new responsibilities to take on. I wanted to announce that I will be leaving the blog and I want to find someone else to take control.

Please comment on this post if you fit the following criteria.

  • Know nothing about Star Stable Online
  • Have never run a large viewer-base blog
  • Has no passion for horses or helping other players
  • Wants to run my blog and do what they want

I will choose the person to take over by the end of today, as I have many real horses to go take care of. Please make sure to list your qualifications and reasons for wanting to take over the blog. During the day, while I am out working with all my horses, Hazel Raindawn will be moderating the comments. So please be nice. Fighting over the blog will only lower your chances of me choosing you.

I will always love you all. Have a good day and happy riding!

Real Life Star Stable!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while or been keeping up with comments. Usually when I make these kinds of posts it’s because I have been sick or having other real life problems, but not this time!

I have been busy helping out at a stable near my house. It started as a part-time thing mucking stalls but two weeks ago the owner and I had an amazing bonding moment and he has been graciously giving me lessons for free after the chores are done. There are no words to say how absolutely amazing I have been feeling. This is my biggest dream and I have been practically floating on a cloud these last couple weeks.

As far as the blog is concerned, I am not leaving it or going on hiatus. I am almost done writing up the next day of story quests and should have it posted by the end of the week. I will also go through all of the outfit suggestions and choose one to get. I will keep the post open for suggestions though, since I love seeing all of your pretty outfit ideas.

I still love you all and wanted to let you know how I have been doing.

Hope you all have a great day, and happy riding! :D

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