Chapter Two – Clairvoyance

BANG

“Hello!? Anyone alive in there!?”

Antonia started her day with a rather fun awakening. After looking around wildly and trying to hide under her covers, she finally realised no one was trying to break down her door, it was just someone obnoxiously knocking on her door. Toni groaned at her stupidity and laid back down, trying to rub the sleep out of her eyes. “Who is it!?” she yelled at the person irritably. It was too early for this!

“Who do you think it is?”

It took Toni a few seconds to figure it out, but when she realised  who she grumbled a few words under her breath. Julie. It was Julie. 

“Get up, get dressed, get moving! Justin wants to see you, now!” Julie barked at her.

“Alright, alright! Keep it down, I’ll be out in a minute!” Toni snapped back at her bitterly. With a small huff, Julie went back to her duties as a stable-hand. Once she had dispersed, Toni collapsed back on her pillow, her hair fanning everywhere. She hated mornings. Julie just made it worse, too.

About five minutes passed of her just laying there, so she finally decided it was a good idea to haul herself out of bed. After that ordeal with Julie, it was clear to her that staying here for the summer was an awful idea. Sighing, she absentmindedly threw on whatever clothes were closest to her, jeans and a plain old tank top apparently. She looked down at herself and shrugged, good enough!

Looking in the mirror and seeing the same old girl staring back was the worst part of the morning. She was tall and slender and her eyes have always been that same shade of deep blue-green, but what really struck Toni was her hair. It was very long, flowing well past her hips in gentle waves (her reasoning is she just doesn’t feel like ever cutting it), however the bizarre thing about it was how it was so light it looked pure white.

It really made her stand out from the rest of her family. Well, what used to be her family anyway. She blinked at her reflection. If only… 

BANG 

“GAH!” she shrieked as she leaped backwards, startled. Toni’s thoughts were interrupted once again by that same obnoxious knocking by that same girl who dropped by a little earlier.

“Antonia! It’s been ten minutes! Ten. Minutes!

“Sorry, sorry! I’m coming!”

“Well hurry up!”

After taking one last glance at the mirror, she dashed outside to meet Julie, who was tapping her foot impatiently on the wooden porch. The way she was glaring down at her actually almost scared Toni, and she followed Julie with no questions asked.

Together, they walked down to the same place Toni had met Justin for the first time. In better light she could now truly see what the place looked like, but quite honestly she couldn’t care less about it. The only thing she could keep her eyes on was the dark bay horse tied peacefully to one of the many hitching posts of the stable, all saddled up and ready to go.

Toni leaned over and whispered in Julie’s ear, “is that my horse? The one I’ll be riding this summer?”

Julie shrugged back, “I don’t know. Probably.” she answered.

She clearly got over that anger this morning… Toni thought as the two stopped in the middle, where Justin turned to greet them. “Antonia! Glad you could make it.”

Julie huffed at both of them and then trekked her way back to the stables, where she resumed duty. At this Toni cracked the slightest smile. I guess she didn’t!  Toni let out a small chuckle, man, that girl was sure annoying!

Justin smiled politely at her and beckoned her over with his hand. “Come over here and meet your horse!” he said.

Toni’s smile immediately fell back into a frown and her face paled a bit, her good mood dripping away. “U-uh…” she stuttered, “are you sure I should be riding a horse, I mean I could just-”

“Antonia,” he cut her off, “I’m certain you’ll be fine. Sienna is a very trustworthy horse, she’d never hurt anyone on purpose. Besides, your father mentioned something about you having past riding skills?”

“Well, I guess…” she responded, but bit her lip in worry. Why would her father tell him that? The past was supposed to be past…

“Perfect. Now get over here!” he laughed. Toni sighed and trudged over to reluctantly join him. Rubbing her arm shyly, she scanned over all the little details of the horse. She felt her eyes suddenly widen.

Justin grinned and gently patted the horse. “I’d like you to meet Siennasecret, your horse for the summer. I think you’ll really like her…”

But Toni didn’t hear a word he said, instead she stared at the horse with her wide eyes, and suddenly her horse was staring right back at her. Her heart dropped. Sienna’s large eyes were dark amber, and staring into them told Antonia that something was horribly wrong. It suddenly felt as though she could see into future, because this twisted island’s fate was about to come crashing down.

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Day 130, Adventure with the Wild Horses – South Hoof Spoiler Alert

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The Missing Girl…

sigrid

Hello there Rita!

Wonderful to see you again. You would’t happen to have seen Madison, would you?

No? Hmm. Wonder where she’s got to? See, there aren’t any schools here on South Hoof, so I’ve actually taken on the responsibility of home-schooling her. My son Erik seems to think we should be sending her to a proper school.

Bah! As though my teaching isn’t good enough!

Would you be an angel and have a quick look to see where Madison is? She should be down at the farm…

Thanks Rita!

Objectives: Ask around to see if anyone’s seen Madison.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Ride down to the farm and ask the family members if they have seen Madison. Erik seems least of all concerned.

erik

Are you looking for Madison?

Quest completed

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Something Jonas Should Have Done!

erik

Sorry Rita, but I can’t talk right now. I need to stack up these boxes properly. It’s something Jonas should have done already, but…

Sigh. Sorry if I sound short, Rita. You should’t have to be dragged into the middle of everything.

Maybe you could come back a little later…

(If you help Erik stake up the boxes, then maybe he’ll be able to help you with Madison?)

Objectives: Help Erik to stack up the boxes again.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Pick up the boxes near Erik and stack them next to the house, then speak to Erik when you are done.

erik

Thanks, Rita.

Quest completed

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Fish Don’t Scale Themselves

erik

Thanks for helping with the boxes Rita. You didn’t have to, you know. It was very nice of you, so thanks.

You’re wondering where Madison has got to?!

I think she’s up in her room. I’ll check for you as soon as I’ve scaled and cleaned the fish. See, the fish we’re going to have for dinner this evening aren’t going to scale themselves. Unless the whole family just wants scaly fish.

Rita, how lovely of you to offer, but it’s really not your job to scale our fish.

Oh, you don’t mind at all? Okay then, well thanks! If you do that, I can go and get Madison for you.

Here, borrow my knife to scale the fish with. The fish are over there in a yellow bucket.

Objectives: Help Erik to scale fish.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse and use the knife from your inventory to remove the scales from the fish in the bucket. Speak to Erik when you are done.

erik

That was quick! You must have done that before… Thanks for helping!

Quest completed

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The Animal Loving Kid

erik

Ah, well now the fish are ready to be cooked at least. Are you sure don’t want to stay and eat with us?

Okay, I know you’ve got lots of other stuff to do, but the invite stands if you change your mind!

By the way, I went up to look for Madison, but she wasn’t in her room. I’d guess she was pretty nearby though since she’s probably off playing with the animals. We’ve got cows, pigs, and chickens, and if shes not with one of them, she’s with the other! She’s truly the animal-loving kid!

Sorry to ask this of your Rita, I know it’s not your responsibility, but if you’re going to look in on the animals while you’re looking for Madison, you could maybe take these sacks of animal feed with you? I’m sure they’re all pretty hungry by now, and perhaps you and Madison can feed them together once you’ve found her?

Objectives: Help Erick feed the animals on the farm.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Place food out for the cows inside the barn, the chickens out near the well, and the pigs in the paddock behind the cow barn. Return to Erik when you are done.

erik

You’re back already? Didn’t you find Madison?

Quest completed

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Does the Hermit Have the Answer?

erik

Hmm… Then I’ve no idea where Madison might be. Why do you ask?

WHAT?! Ha, it’s boarding school all the way for that little madam unless she starts taking her responsibilities seriously here at home. She’s no doubt forgotten her homework as well. 

Sigh. Sorry, this isn’t anything to do with you. I need to look for Madison now and send her to Sigrid the second I find her.

Hmm, I wonder where she could be? Have you got any ideas? If you do, I’d like you to tell her to get herself home right away otherwise I’ll confiscate her games for a week.

(You think it might be a good idea to ride to the Hermit to see if he knows where Madison is.)

Objectives: Ride to the Hermit and look for Madison.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Poor girl has no other friends to play with. No kid wants to go to school, don’t expect her to be miserable because you are, Erik sir.

hermit

Eh!

What do you want?

Quest completed

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Take This Tool and Don’t Be a Fool!

hermit

Can you see Madison anywhere here?

Exactly, so presumably she’s not here then. Bye.

Eh…

If I know where she is? Eh…

My fishing net…

It’s a mess, and…

You want to help me fix it, you say?

Eh…

Okay, well you can fix it with this.

Okay… Umm… Take this tool and don’t be a fool!

Objectives: Help the Hermit with his broken net.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse and use the tool to repair the Hermit’s fishing nets. Speak to him when you are done.

hermit

Umm…

All the nets are fixed now?

Quest completed

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Near the Big Tree

hermit

Eh…

You’re looking for Madison, you say?

I don’t know…

Umm…

She might be over by the big tree…

Eh…

Next to the stones outside, there are two stones with another stone sitting on top of them.

Eh…

I’m just off to… Eh… Dig up worms now.

I can’t do that with you here watching. Goodbye.

Objectives: Look for Madison near to the big old tree.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Find Madison standing outside of the stone circle near the Hermit’s house.

madison

Heeeeyyy!!

Oh, it’s so cool that you’re here! What are you up to?

Quest completed

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The Wild Race

madison

Dad wants me to go home and do my homework?

Booooorrrrriiiinnnnggggg!!

WHAT? Games banned for a week if I don’t go home?

Sigh…

Yeah, yeah, I promise I’ll come with you but hey… Before we go, can’t we just stay a little while longer? You know I’m watching the wild horses right? Yeah! There are wild horses living here on the island, do you want to come see them with me?

Yay!

I’m Conservationist Madison! The greatest conservationist the world has ever seen and right now I’m studying the worlds rarest horse, the magical wild horse. You could be… Horse Whisperer Rita! How does that sound?

Would could say that you’ve lived here on the island together with Summerblaze for… A long time, and you saved me from my shipwreck. Together we hope to find the Horse King!

Nightdust! King of Horses Nightdust who can make wishes come true if we catch him! If we don’t catch him, I’ll never be able to make it home again…

Haha! Come on Rita! Let me sit behind you on Summerblaze and we’ll catch up and ride alongside the wild horses.

Yay! Now we’re gonna catch up with Nightdust!

Objectives: Race the wild horses.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP, 40 Horse XP

Reputation: 20 with South Hoof

Giddyup Summerblaze, gallop like the wind!

madison

Haha! We won Rita!!

Hahaha, that was so much fun! I just wanna do it over and over again! Haha!

Quest completed

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How to Greet a Horse 

madison

Oh look Rita! What a beautiful horse! I wish I had a horse.

But hey! We caught Nightdust! This can be Nightdust! That means we get all our wishes to come true!

Can’t we pretend that this is my horse? Please?

Do you think I can pet him?

You think so? If  do it very carefully?

Meh! Rita, it doesn’t seem at all like he wants me to pet him…

REALLY?! You’ll show me how to approach and pet a horse?! Oh wow, you’re a real horse whisperer! You’re the best! Can you see me smiling right now? I’m so happy I could scream!

If you show me how to approach and pet a horse then I promise I’ll just stand and watch quietly. 

Objectives: Show Madison how carefully you should approach a horse.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse and approach Nightdust to pet him.

madison

Look! He seems so relaxed! He likes you. Haha! You’re so cool Rita!

Quest completed

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My Very Own Horse!

madison

Heehee! Hello Nightdust! I think Nightdust likes me. Heehee! His mane is so smooth and snuggly! From now on, your name is Nightdust! You’re the king of the horses and you belong to me, and only me, you beautiful lovely little horse!

Haha! Rita, I just had the best idea ever! I swear it’s better than the best idea anyone’s ever had!

How about you and I have a little race? Yeah! You on Summerblaze and me on Nightdust? Pleeeeeeease?

I promise, one little race and then I’ll go home and do my homework, okay?

Why do you seem so unsure? Come on, help me up onto Nightdust’s back. He likes me, he won’t mind!

Objectives: Help Madison up onto the back of the wild horse.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

I don’t know about this… Ahhh….

madison

Haha! I told you it’d be fine! Nightdust is super relaxed and friendly.

Look Rita! I’m riding the king of the horses! Haha!

Quest completed

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Easy, Nightdust, Easy!

madison

Look Rita! I can sit up on Nightdust without having to hold on! Haha!

Come on Nightdust! Away to the moon and beyond!

Why isn’t he riding away Rita? He’s just standing still…

Ah, I think I’ve got it! Thanks for clearing that up for me Rita. Haha, yeah I’ll try that. Come on, boy!

Aaaaahh!! Why’d he do that Rita?! Easy, Nightdust, easy!

Rita! Nightdust won’t calm down!! What should I do?!

Objectives: Try to calm down the wild horse.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Approach the rearing horse and click to calm him down.

madison

Wow! How did you do that? You calmed him right down!

Quest completed

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I Did It! Well… Maybe Not

madison

Thanks for helping, Rita, but I think I can manage this on my own.

Or perhapsssss noooooottt!!

Rita!! How do I get him to stop?! Please Nightdust! We don’t actually want to go to the moon!! Stop!!

(Nightdust rushes away suddenly with Madison on his back. You need to ride after them, and fast! Track them down before Madison is injured for real.)

Objectives: Capture the wild horse before Madison is thrown off.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Nightdust is fast!

You can chase after him directly, if you can manage to catch up. Otherwise he runs a specific circular path on the field and you can stop in his path and wait for him to come to you.

madison

Haha that was incredible Rita! It’s almost like we should do it all over again!

You just came from nowhere on Summerblaze! Thanks.

Sorry for scaring you, Nightdust! Run away now little friend! We’ll see each other soon! Byeee!

Quest completed

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Agent & Commander: Back on the Case!

madison

I promise Rita, I’ll stay away from wild horses for a while…

Haha, but you have to admit that it was fun anyway. I mean, we caught a wild horse! I got my wish granted and got my very own wild horse! I’m gonna try to find him and meet him more times. Maybe I can bring carrots or something next time!

Haha, I promise I’ll be more careful next time. I’ve tried to ride wild horses before, but this was absolutely the best! Haha! It was just so cool!

You’re right, Rita, we should start heading back home…

But hey! Can’t I sit behind you on Summerblaze? We could pretend that you and me, Agent and Commander, going to Fort… Hightower! Good name, right?

Because I’m a princess who’s under a curse, hmm… And the curse can only be held in check by me doing my homework… Or… Well… That sounded boring. Let’s say… Hmm… Yes! A test of wisdom!

The wisdom test appears by magic everyday, and if I don’t pass the test, I’ll be forever lost.

Agent Rita, we must hurry to Hightower. You need to help me get there in time before it’s too late.

To the moon and beyond! Haha!

Wait…

Rita? Do you hear that?

There was a weird noise coming from over there.

I swear I heard something over there. Come on, we need to check what it is.

Objectives: Follow Madison towards the strange noise.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Speak with Madison as she tries to identify the sound.

madison

Wait Rita! Listen! Sounds like the noise is getting closer…

Quest completed

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Sound of Hooves

madison

Rita, do you hear that too?

Why do you look so worried?

Horses?! You’re right! It’s the sound of lots of hooves, coming this way! It must be the wild horses.

There! Look, I can see them! They’re really in a hurry! Something must have scared them…

Agent Rita, you’re totally right, we need to take cover. But where?

Where do you think we should hide?

Objectives: Take cover behind the rock with Madison.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

STAMPEDE!

Hide with Madison if you don’t want to get trampled to death!

madison

Whew! That was close.

Wonder why they were running.

Quest completed

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Pirates or Ghosts or What?

madison

I’ve never seen horses run like that if they haven’t been spooked by something. There’s nothing on this island that they could be afraid of though… We don’t have any scary predators or anything.

What if they saw a ghost?!

Wait! Listen!

There was that sound I heard earlier! Come on Rita! Something spooked the horses and I want to know what it was. It might be pirates, or…

Come on Rita! Hurry!

Objectives: Follow Madison towards the strange noise.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Ride towards the cliffs and watch as a barge — strangely similar to the ones that Dark Core uses — sail off away from the beach.

madison

A ferry?!

How strange! Ferries don’t go from here, the only ferries here are the ones that go from the harbor…

Quest completed

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Detective Work

madison

I’ve heard grandma say about a million times how dangerous the waters are around the island, and how many ships and vessels have run aground. Why would a ferry go from here and not the harbor?

Hmm… Something fishy is going on here. I think this could be a case for the two detectives Rita and Madison.

You wanna help?

You do?! Yaay! Together we can solve this mystery. I’m almost certain that it’s the boat which spooked the horses. You think so too?

The question is, what was it doing here..?

Detective Rita! Imagine if they were pirates?! And now they’ve hidden their treasure somewhere…

Haha, come on! It won’t hurt to look a little! Now let’s find Captain Goldtooth’s treasure!

If you look over there, I’ll start looking here.

Objectives: Investigate the beach, then talk to Madison.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Ride down to the beach and investigate the area.

Locate the hoofprints, human foot prints, and a piece of rope in the sand, then return to Madison.

madison

Hmm…

That was weird…

Quest completed

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Ace Detective!

madison

The horses have been down here on the beach, you can tell by the hoof prints, but why are there human boot prints here? And this rope? What do you think this could mean Rita?

I agree with you that something is very strange. Do you think it’s smugglers? Pirates?!

What a good idea Rita! You’re totally right, grandma or mum and dad might know something about the ferry. You should be called Ace Detective, Rita. I dunno what it means but the name ‘Ace’ sounds pretty cool!

Come on Rita, let’s ride to grandma. If there’s anyone who might know anything, it’ll be her. She’s usually over by the lighthouse. 

Objectives: Ride to the lighthouse and find Sigrid.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 20 with South Hoof

Fly like the wind, Summerblaze!

sigrid

There you are, Madison!

Quest completed

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An Important Question

sigrid

Hello again Rita!

Nice to see you again, thanks for finding Madison.

Madison, you’re very, very late! We should’ve started your lessons ages ago. So, go fetch your books and we’ll get started.

Madison? What is it?

Objectives: Listen to Madison.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

It’s important!

madison

Grandma! Wait! Me and Rita need to talk to you about something first. It’s really, really important!

Quest completed

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An Unlikely Story

sigrid

Rita, thanks for finding Madison and bringing her home. But now she has to get on with her lessons. She has a test coming up and there’s a lot to get through before that.

I don’t think you’re lying, but it’s highly unlikely that a ferry could have stopped at that beach. Maybe it had steered off course, or perhaps it’s just that sometimes the mist and fog and low light can play tricks. People claim to have seen stranger things than a ferry out at sea there, everything from sea monsters to sea people. 

So, Madison, off you go to get your books and we’ll get started with your lessons.

Objectives: Listen to Madison.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Shame Sigrid doesn’t believe us…

madison

Grandma! I swear! I know what I saw. It was a ferry and there was something fishy about it.

Quest completed

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Farmyard Meeting

madison

Okay, okay, I’ll go and get my books…

Psst… Rita, meet me down at the farmyard!

Objectives: Talk to Madison.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP, Blue Fishing Polo

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Ride off and meet Madison near the well in the farmyard.

madison

Great! I need to get back to grandma now but I promise you and me are gonna work out what’s up with this ferry. See you later Rita! Now I really have to run, I’m already super late for everything!

Oh, wait, of course! Dad asked me to give you this when I was in getting my books. Apparently it’s to say thanks for helping out on the farm.

Seeya!

Quest completed

Day 129, Save the GEMO! – South Hoof Spoiler Alert

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GEMO Machine

madison

Hi Rita!

Of course I know who you are!! Don’t you remember me? You helped my family get away from Cape Sorrow.

Haha, it was lucky you came, Dad was about to go crazy. Sadly we never got to make a raft like grandma would’ve wanted us to.

Thanks anyway, though.

Hey listen, I’ve got this awesome game on my GEMO. Have you played on a GEMO before?

You haven’t?! It’s the latest thing in gaming. Gaming Emulator Music Optimizer is what it means, could you get a cooler name?! You can listen to music, be online, and play games. You can do loads of stuff.

Hmm, I had it in my pocket a moment ago… Oh, of course! I left it here on the farm when grandpa wanted us to leave on the boat.

I just need to find it first and then I can show you, okay?

Hmm? You wanna help? Cool! Do you see my smile right now? Thanks so much!

Objectives: Help Madison look for her GEMO.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Search around the farm for the GEMO. When you can’t find it, return to Madison.

madison

You couldn’t find it either?

Sigh.

I really wanted to show you my awesome game!

Quest completed

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Agent & Commander

madison

Haha, look at that! One of the hens has got my GEMO machine by its headphones and is dragging it around after itself. Haha, that looks pretty funny.

Hey, we need to catch it though!

Mission: HenCatch starts… NOW!

Agent Rita, oh, do you wanna be called Agent Rita? Is that okay? You can be Agent Rita and I’ll be Commander! That sounds cool.

Haha, okay. Our goal is to capture the hen… Samara! She’s working for a secret evil organization.

Our aim here is to recapture the valuable object that Samara has stolen which has the power to destroy the entire planet!

Agent Rita, your mission is to sneak up to Samara and attempt to take back the magic GEMO. I’ll make sure she doesn’t escape, because if she does, hope could be gone for all mankind. 

Okay Agent Rita, are you ready to save the world?

Let’s do this!

Objectives: Catch the hen, then give the GEMO back to Madison.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with South Hoof

This quest may be difficult!

It works exactly like catching chickens on the Sunfield farm.

Dismount your horse and chase after the hen on foot. It is best if you hold the cursor slightly above your character’s head, and click continuously as you get to the chicken. If you do not catch her, she will run away and disappear to another location on the farm.

Return to Madison when you have caught the hen and recovered the GEMO machine.

madison

Haha!!

You caught it! Oh wow, my stomach hurts after all the laughing! Haha! We need to do this again sometime hahahaha!!

Quest completed

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GEMO Surgery

madison

Oh! Seems that Samara the hen’s little runaround with my GEMO has broken it a bit… I can’t get it to switch on! Stupid chicken!

You want to try fixing it, you say? Wow! Are you like Queen of All Knowledge or something?! Haha!

I know you can’t promise you’ll fix it, but it’s super nice of you to offer to take a look at it. Let’s imagine the whole thing is surgery and you’re gonna operate on the GEMO!

You’re master surgeon Rita! And I’m your doctor’s assistant! We’ve just received GEMO into the emergency unit, a being that’s ended up with some terrible injuries.

Come on Doctor Rita! We can do this!

Objectives: Try to help Madison fix her GEMO.

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse and use the screwdriver on the GEMO. This will begin a minigame to fix the GEMO machine. There will be a long bar with an arrow moving back and forth above it. Click when the arrow is over the highlighted green section of the bar. Complete all of the levels to finish your attempt at repairing the machine.

madison

It didn’t work?

Oh no. A moment’s silence for GEMO. You fought right up to the end, little guy. Farewell.

Don’t be sad, Rita!

I have another idea on how we could fix GEMO.

Quest completed

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The Wizard in the Invisible Valley

madison

Like I said, I think I have an idea of how we can save my GEMO.

There’s a wizard who lives in an invisible valley! There’s only one person who’s ever been there, and that’s me!

Okay, well he’s not exactly a wizard. Haha. It’s one of my best friends who lives there. He’s a hermit, he hides away from everyone and keeps to himself, but he’s great at building and repairing things. He’s even great with horses!

He’ll definitely be able to fix my GEMO.

I’d love to have come with you to see him, but I’ve promised my grandma I’d help out at the lighthouse now.

Sigh.

But I’ll tell you how to get there.

You see far off over there, there’s a really big tree… Ride towards that.

When you’re almost there, head left towards the edge of the cliffs. Keeps your eye out for a path that leads down towards the beach, which is where he lives.

I think you’ll find it pretty easily. Say hello to him from me.

Seeya later Rita! Today was fun! Thanks!

Objectives: Follow Madison’s description and find the Hermit.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with South Hoof

Off to see the hermit tech wizard!

hermit

Huh?! Who’s there?! What do you want?!

Quest completed

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How Do I Know You Are What You Say You Are?

hermit

Eh…

Yeah yeah, I heard what your name was, I just don’t want to talk to you.

Eh…?

So Madison sent you, you say? Suuuure, okay, whatever you say.

Eh… Leave me alone.

Sigh.

Okay, well let’s see. What kind of evidence do you have that it’s really Madison who sent you?

GEMO? Well how do I know you haven’t stolen it?

…I’m not getting rid of you, am I?

Let’s look at it this way: I can see you’ve got a horse there. If you can answer my questions about horses, then I might be able to believe you.

Objectives: Answer the Hermit’s questions.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

His questions are easy to answer if you remember that a dalmatian is not a breed of horse, horses have hooves for feet, and a foal is a baby horse.

hermit

Hmm, so you know a fair bit about horses.

Quest completed

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I’ll Only Talk to Your Horse

hermit

I still don’t want to talk to you.

But you knew the answers to my questions.

Eh…

What’s the name of that horse of yours?

Summerblaze, eh? Well, that’s a nice name.

Umm…

I’ll look at that GEMO machine that you say is Madison’s if you can prove to me that you’re a true rider. You might have just got lucky with those questions.

If you can complete my racetrack before the time runs out, then I’ll be convinced you’re telling the truth. Otherwise I shan’t speak any further with you. In that case, I’ll only talk to your horse. Okay?

Eh… So you’re accepting the challenge? Huhmmm… Brave.

Objectives: Ride the Hermit’s race as fast as you can.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, 75 Horse XP

Reputation: 10 with Hermit on the Heath

Complete the hermit’s beach race to prove yourself worthy to him. Though will it be enough?

hermit

Well knock me down with a feather! What a display! What an outstanding riding technique!

Quest completed

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GEMO in Repair

hermit

That, Rita, was incredible! Truly unbelievable! Where did you learn to ride like that? I must say I’m impressed! Very impressed indeed.

Eh…

GEMO, yes.

Umm… It could take a while, so you can leave now.

Why? Why are you asking if you can help me?

If I’m not going to be rid of you, then you can try fixing that trough over there.

Objectives: Help the hermit repair his trough, then talk to him afterwards.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

Dismount your horse to use the repair tools on the water trough next to the house, then tell the hermit when you are finished.

hermit

You repaired the trough?! Well knock me down with a feather!

Quest completed

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The Handy Rider

hermit

That was a quick repair. A good rider as well as handy!

Eh…

Are you sure you fixed it?

Can you pour water into it without the water running out of it?

Eh… Where is there some water?

Umm…

You can get water from the pump. Here, you can fill this bucket up with water.

Objectives: Fill the trough with water, then talk to the Hermit.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

Dismount your horse and place the bucket under the pump. Fill the bucket with water, then take it to the trough. When you have filled the trough, return to the hermit.

hermit

Hmm. Seems as though you’ve done a good job with the trough.

Quest completed

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If I Don’t Help, Who Will?

hermit

Hmm, well if there was nothing else, then you can leave. I’ll look at the GEMO for Madison.

Why are you still here?

… 

Yes, well I heard your question about why I own a trough but I didn’t really didn’t really know why I should answer you.

Hmm. Well you’ve no doubt seen that there are wild horses here.

The climate here on South Hoof isn’t what you would call ideal for my four-legged friends. The horses here live a life full of hardship which is why I do all I can to help them. If I don’t help, who will?

You want to help? You’re also fond of the wild horses here? Hmm, well yes, you can help I suppose.

Eh…

I need to… I have to… Oh, you can just go and tidy up the carrot patch if you have to help. I need to be alone now.

Objectives: Tidy up the Hermit’s carrot patch, then talk to him.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Hermit on the Heath

Dismount your horse and use the clippers to remove the weeds from the carrot patch. Return to the hermit when you are finished.

hermit

Well knock me down with a feather! That was fast! You’re faster than a horse who’s…

…Thanks.

Quest completed

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Lunch Boxes for Horses

hermit

Umm…

If you can help me help the wild horses some more?

You want to help?

Eh…

You see, I usually leave food out for the horses so that it’s easier for them to get by here. Like I told you, life isn’t easy for wild horses in these parts. The strong winds make it very hard for anything to grow here, everything just blows away.

Eh…

My question to you is… Um… Will you go and place out boxes of food for the horses?

You will?

Eh… Thanks.

Objectives: Place out food for the wild horses.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

Ride up on the cliff and place out all the food boxes, then return to the hermit.

hermit

Did it go well? Did everything look okay? Nothing strange took place?

Quest completed

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The True Bond

hermit

I thought I could hear the horses neighing worriedly through the wind. But as long as you didn’t see anything strange…

Eh…

I’ve just completed a new racetrack that I’d like to challenge you on. It went well for you on that last track, but I’d like to see if you can manage this one as well. You can’t cheat this time in any case… If you managed to cheat with the last one, you certainly won’t be able to with this one, since I’ve just made it. 

Um… Let me see the true bond between you and Summerblaze.

Eh!

So are you ready to take on the challenge? Ready beyond doubt? You’re a brave one, I must say.

Objectives: Ride the Hermit’s race as fast as you can.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP, 125 Horse XP

Reputation: 15 with Hermit on the Heath

This race is a bit trickier and runs up and around the primeval tree in the middle of the stone circle. Speak to the hermit when you have completed the race.

hermit

Knock me down with a feather! You’re a fine rider. It’s impossible to ride as well as you do if you don’t speak the horse’s language.

Quest completed

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Until Next Time

hermit

We must speak further about your riding technique, Rita! I loved it, it was like you were flying in the saddle with Summerblaze.

Eh…

I’ll fix Madison’s machine, I’m really quite technical even if you wouldn’t think it to look at me.

Eh…

She can get it back next time she’s here. If you want to compete more on the racetrack, you’re welcome to come back. I can keep time while you ride the tracks. But now I have to do other things…

Objectives: Talk to the hermit.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP, Brown Fishing Hat

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

Looks like we’ve won him over, if just a tiny bit.

hermit

I can’t be bothered with you anymore, so you’ll have to leave. I need to… Umm… I have to count all the carrots…

Goodbye.

Quest completed

Return to the Hermit when you are Friendly with Hermit on the Heath

 

A Quest of Trust

hermit

Eh…

You’ve made a good impression with me, I have to say. You’ve worked well with horses, even Summerblaze on the racetrack.

If you’re interested, you’re welcome to adopt one of these lovely wild horses. They’ve chosen to live here on the my farm because they feel like life out on South Hoof is too hard. Unfortunately, I simply don’t have room for them all though.

Eh…

So if you’d like to make a home for one of these Welsh ponies, then I’m sure they’d be very happy. The price I take for the adoption is all money that goes to a good cause.

Objectives: Talk to the Hermit.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Hermit on the Heath

Finally have won his full trust!

hermit

The money I earn from selling the Welsh ponies goes towards me helping more horses.

Quest completed

Midsummer Daily Treasure Hunt Locations

So… I was dumb and didn’t save the clues from last year, so I will be updating this post every day as I get each new clue. Sorry ’bout that y’all.

Speak to Felix to begin the daily treasure hunt. There is a general area to search and the treasure will be found in a different exact location for each player. Once you have found the treasure, return to Felix and he will give you a prize from a lottery of prizes. Just like with the Christmas treasure, it is possible to get the same prize more than once.

Thursday

“Felix can be a big prize-giver
Just find the treasure to deliver
You’ll hear the sound with an excited shiver
Of a song so silver from the river.”

-Silversong river, east side, between the mill and Valedale.

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Friday

“By the coast and beach and gentle waves
The road towards Fort Pinta paves
A path to the treasure Felix craves
At the ruined church with its peaceful graves.”

-Doyle’s chapel, in and around the graveyard.

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Saturday

“A hunt for treasure with thrills and scrapes
With fun and laughs and close escapes
Go search for the box of golden shapes
Among the stables, terraces, and grapes.”

-Winery vineyards

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Sunday

“Through tree trunks and rocks, the path you wove
Could lead you to the treasure trove
Search between an apple grove
and the southern tunnel where bulldozers drove.”

-Applegrove, south of Firgrove, directly across the water from Fort Pinta

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Monday

“The treasure hunt is under way
So find the loot without delay!
The clue I have for you today:
The giant building with stone so grey.”

-Silverglade castle

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Tuesday

“To gain your prize for treasure found
You need to hear the whooshing sound
Of a mill in the wind going round and round
So ride on up to a hillside mound!”

-Mill Hill of Will

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Wedsnesdy

“The blowing of an eternal breeze
A gentle wind that doesn’t freeze
And rustles sweetly in the trees
Where balloons fly high with the birds and the bees.”

-Everwind Field, under the hot air balloons

Day 128, Setting Up Shop – South Hoof Spoiler Alert

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Let’s check and see how Jonas is feeling today after his adventure yesterday.

A New Career for Jonas

jonas

Hello again Rita! Lovely day, isn’t it?

Yesterday was a little more dramatic, wouldn’t you say? I lost my fishing boat, almost drowned, and then very nearly froze to death. Got plenty done, I’d say! Haha!

Ah well, mustn’t grumble, we’re all here feeling fine and with a new friend to boot! I mean you, of course Rita. Many thanks for all you’ve done!

Now I think about it, it was rather a good day in the end.

Objectives: Talk to Jonas.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Any day you don’t die is a good day.

jonas

My fishing boat?

Ah, no. It’s on the seabed now, rotting away amongst the crabs and seaweed. I’d started to get a little bit fed up of all that fishing though, and it feels like this might be a bit of a sign to try something new… Can’t do the same thing every day of your life, now can you Rita?

Perhaps a few more visitors might start coming to South Hoof soon, wouldn’t you think? I was thinking about maybe opening some kind of shop to give the visitors somewhere to buy the essentials… That would work, wouldn’t it Rita?

Quest completed

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South Hoof Shopping

jonas

You think a store sounds like a good idea?

Excellent news Rita! Then I suppose it’s time to put fishing behind me and set course for a career as a businessman. Feels good!

Do you think you could help me get started, Rita? Sigrid says I still need to rest… If she sees me doing anything other than taking it easy, she’ll go crazy. You’ll help? Oh Rita, you’re a lifesaver!

I know there are some boxes of clothes, horse equipment, and other odds and ends hanging around on the farm someplace. No one here is interested in them, but there’s actually some pretty nice stuff, and I think I could probably have them for sale! If you could find the boxes and bring them here, I think we might have something to work with.

Objectives: Look around the garden for boxes for Jonas’ shop.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

The boxes can be found inside the two barns. When you have picked all of them up, return to Jonas.

jonas

They look like just the boxes I was thinking of. Great work Rita!

Quest completed

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Set Up Shop!

jonas

Would you mind helping me a little more, Rita? If I start working now, Sigrid will make my life a misery, you can count on that!

You’ll help? That’s the spirit Rita, thanks!

If you could open up the boxes and set them over there? There should be a few posts and some material in there as well. If you set it all up it could well start to look like some kind of shop! It’s gonna be really nice!

Objectives: Set the boxes out in the places Jonas pointed out.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 30 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse to use the box from your inventory. Once all the boxes are set up, return to Jonas.

jonas

Hey, that’s looking great Rita!

Quest completed

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Payment Solutions…

jonas

Hmm… I just thought of something Rita… I don’t think I’ll be standing at the store selling things the whole time. It doesn’t seem particularly rewarding to just stand there and wait for people to turn up… Nope, we’ll have to think of something else.

Hmm…

I think I’ve got it! People round here are decent types, no thieves in this neck of the woods! I think it’ll be enough to just set out a little box where people can leave their money when they want to buy something? I reckon that’ll do the trick, don’t you Rita?

Hey, set these boxes out next to each of the shops. Then we’re all done!

Objectives: Set up the boxes for Jonas’ shop.

Rewards: 60 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP, Beautiful Seafaring Saddle

Reputation: 35 with South Hoof

Remain on foot and place a lockbox at each shop, then return to Jonas.

jonas

Well just look at that, Rita! What lovely shops we have! Really lovely! Now we just need to hope someone wants to come and buy things from them!

Thanks for everything Rita. I looked through the boxes and found this… I think it’ll suit you perfectly!

Thanks again, and I hope we’ll see each other again soon Rita!

Quest completed

Holly wants to speak to us now. Let’s go find her behind the house.

One Last Thank You from Holly

holly

Hey again Rita! I hoped to be able to catch you before you rode off!

Thanks so much for all your help. I don’t know what we’d have done if you didn’t turn up and save everyone!

Have you met my husband Erik, by the way? You only saw each other very briefly out at Cape Sorrow…

Objectives: Talk to Erik.

Rewards: 100 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 45 with South Hoof

Pleased to meet you sir, even though you be grumpy.

erik

Hi Rita!

Like Holly just said, I’m Erik.

Thanks for saving us. I was really frightened out there on Cape Sorrow, but I tried to put on a brave face for Madison. Now though, I’m mostly angry. This would never have happened if it wasn’t for my stupid father!

As long as nobody other than him gets into trouble on his little adventures, then I don’t care so much, but this time he put my daughter Madison in harm’s way. He’s taken it too far now. I don’t know what I’m gonna do but things can’t carry on like this…

I’m sorry, Rita.

I won’t drag you into our family conflicts. Thanks again, I hope to see you again when all this has calmed down.

Quest completed

Sigrid also has some words for us. Let’s go see her by the lighthouse.

The Ferry to South Hoof

sigrid

Good day to you Rita. If I understand correctly, you’ve already been inside the lighthouse, otherwise I would have gladly given you a tour.

Might you have time to help me out with one more thing?

It’s to do with the ferry that used to go between South Hoof and Fort Pinta. I’d love to see it get going again. What if an accident happens at some point? We’d need to be able to connect with the mainland in a hurry in that case…

I don’t know who to talk to on the mainland, but perhaps James in Fort Pinta can help you? I don’t know him, but apparently he’s the one who calls the shots over there…

You’re not sure James is the right person to talk to, but you’re happy to help anyway, you say? Thanks Rita!

I hope to see you again sometime.

Objectives: Talk to James about the ferry between Fort Pinta and South Hoof. Seems like he’s already here at South Hoof, by the ferry landing.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

I thought you were… Allergic to water??

james

Hey Rita! 

Check me out, just arriving by ferry! Cool, right? Hmm? Why is the ferry running?

 

Well, when I told everyone about the dark lighthouse at South Hoof, the few tourists who were left went crazy and wanted to visit South Hoof to see for themselves. So I called the Councilman at Silverglade and told him what had happened. When he heard you’d gone to South Hoof on your own, he suddenly became very serious and said he’d fix the ferry situation immediately. Only a couple of hours went by before there was a new ferry turning up at the dock at Fort Pinta. I got to come across on the maiden voyage, and here I am! The ferry will travel regularly between South Hoof and Fort Pinta from now on!

Quest completed

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A Little Souvenir from South Hoof

james

There’s gonna be some big bucks to be made here Rita! Now you and all the tourists can come here as often as you like!

I’ll take my boat back that you borrowed. You know it was only to borrow, right? Of course you can borrow it again if you pay the rental fee. 

Objectives: Talk to James again.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP, South Hoof Cap

Reputation: 50 with Fort Pinta

Wow, you should be paying me for fixing it so that you have a boat to rent out!

james

If that’s all the thanks you get for helping? Haha, of course not Rita!

Here’s a little token of my appreciation. A little souvenir to remind you of your adventures at South Hoof. I was thinking about selling them to the tourists. They’ll go like hot cakes, don’t you think?

Seeya around Rita!

Quest completed

You have now discovered the South Hoof ferry station. The first time you discover it, you may have to call for pick up and discover the other end in Fort Pinta. I had to do that on my main account, but not on my blog account. So I do not know if it was initially a glitch that has been fixed or if it just does not work right away for some people.

The pink ferry to South Hoof does not have a map icon, but it runs on the same rotation as the green ferry to Fort Pinta. Make sure you are waiting long enough for it if it seems it is not appearing to you.

Chapter One- Gateway

It was a matter of seconds before the car disappeared. The girl that had just been dropped off was now standing silently in front of a tall gate. Normally, she would have been freaking out, because honestly, who wouldn’t? This place seemed awfully sketchy, and she didn’t like that feeling. In fact, she didn’t like the feeling this whole island gave her.

So here she was. Alone on an island, not knowing what to expect. It didn’t matter anyway, if she was as far away from her family as possible, she was happy. Simple as that.

She sucked in a deep breath. Here goes nothing… She raised a hand to bang gently on the iron bars. “Anyone in there?” she called softly.

No answer. She tried to press up against the gate to see what was inside. To her right, stable stood. It seemed to be vacant however, since it was the dead of night. She sighed bitterly. Horses were never her thing, and likely never will be.

“Are you the new girl?” she jumped back, noticing a blonde girl peering curiously through the rusty bars.

“I guess?”

“You know, it’s awfully strange that you’re arriving at night. No one ever does that, besides, thanks to you they forced me to stay past my working hours.” The blonde sighed and began to unlocked the gates before continuing. “My name is Julie. Go through that passage on your left and Justin will be somewhere around.”

“Thanks.” Julie sent a sharp nod in return and proceeded to relock the gates.

The new girl immediately decided she didn’t like the place. New sounds, new sights, new smells, it wasn’t her thing. At all. She didn’t bother to stay and look around, all she wanted to do was find this Justin guy and go straight to bed, wherever she was staying. She wasn’t entirely pleased to be spending her summer here, but at least she could avoid her haunting memories from back home.

She could feel herself freezing up, there was no breeze, but shivers were creeping up her spine. Memories… My sweet memories…

No, no, no… Not the time or place Toni, not the time or place. Shaking her head she walked down the passage, it wasn’t time to think about the past, right now she had to talk to Justin and start something fresh on this new island, Jorvik.

Another gate blocking her path, just great. “Hello? Justin?”

“Over here, are you Antonia?”

“Silentfall, yeah, that’s me.”

“Hmm. You don’t seem that excited to be here.”

Toni raised her head, and glared at Justin dead in the eye. “I’m not!” she spat.

“Alright, alright. I’d love to come meet you but there’s some things I need to finish up.”

Toni lifted a brow skeptically . “This late?”

He chuckled back, “unfortunately.”

“Hmm,” she murmured back. This particular area of Jorvik gave her a sick feeling. Something was off about this, Toni knew it in her gut.

“Well, Julie already took your bags as I can see,” Justin said grinning. He was right, Toni’s bags were gone! While Toni was chatting, she must have taken them and slipped away unnoticed. Who knew someone like her could be so sly? “The rooms are at the end of the building. It’s the door labelled with your name. I’ll see you tomorrow”

“Okay, I guess.”

“Oh, and Antonia?”

“It’s Toni.”

“And Toni,” he smiled. “Welcome to Jorvik, I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time here.”

She narrowed her eyes. “I doubt it,” she replied. Without another word, Justin basically disappeared, and she began to trudge her way to the rooms.

Toni knew she should try to relax, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that a pair of eyes were trying hunting her down. And indeed there were.

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Day 127, Save the Family – South Hoof Spoiler Alert

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Oh, look, a text from James.

Come Quickly! EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!

phone

DISASTER! GET HERE QUICK!!

WHY ARE YOU STILL READING?! EMERGENCY! HURRY!!!!!

Objectives: Ride to Fort Pinta and talk to James.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Fort Pinta

Has the fort come crashing down??

james

Why did it take you so long to get here? It’s all falling apart here — or at least it’s the beginning of the end for my business — and you just waltz in slower than a sloth!

No tips for you Rita.

Quest completed

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The South Hoof Lighthouse Goes Dark…

james

Nightmare, Rita You’ve gotta help me!

What’s happened, you ask?

The lighthouse on the South Hoof Peninsula has gone out! It’s a complete disaster! No tourist ships dare come close to Fort Pinta if the lighthouse isn’t there to guide them, and if there are no tourists then I don’t make money! This is so dreadful for me…

If I shouldn’t just call the lighthouse keeper and ask what’s going on? Do you think I’m stupid? Of course I’ve done that already. I’ve called loads of times but there’s no answer. Something must’ve happened.

You’ll help me though, right Rita? You will?! Sweet!

I’ve had an idea. A while back, I bought a pair of really nice, cozy little boats that I thought about hiring out to the tourists. For some reason though, nobody’s ever hired them out which I think is weird because going out on a boat is super fun! So I’ve been told. But anyway, you can borrow one so you can sail over to South Hoof. What do you think Rita?

Why I don’t just go myself?

 Umm, I’m… Umm… Allergic to water. Exactly, yeah. That’s it. So unfortunately I can’t go. The boat is down there between the pier and the beach. Good luck!

Objectives: Ride down to James’ boat which is moored to a jetty between the pier and the beach.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Fort Pinta

Well, this boat isn’t exactly sea-worthy… Return to James to report the boat’s condition.

james

Have you already been to South Hoof? You haven’t?!

The boat was broken, you say? That’s ridiculous! I paid TEN Jorvik Shillings each for those boats. Maybe there’s a hole or two in the bottom, but they’re just there to keep you cool while you’re out on the water. Like air conditioning in a car.

Why do you look so suspicious, Rita?

Quest completed

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Another Boat to Borrow

james

Okay, okay. The boat might not be in top condition, but I have another. I rented it out to the Guard at the disco, so he could practice landing maneuvers at the beach or something. You can go and ask him if you can borrow that one instead?

Objectives: Ask the Guard at the disco if you can borrow his boat.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Fort Pinta

Let’s hope this boat is in better shape…

security

ATTENTION!

Rita, how can I be of assistance to you on this day?

Quest completed

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Operation Iron Cockroach

security

WHAT ON EARTH?! You want to borrow a boat from me?

Aha! You mean the landing craft I borrowed in order to rehearse crucial beach storming maneuvers? Operation Iron Cockroach as I call it…

Grrr… There’s not much boat to borrow unfortunately. My beach landing rehearsals became a little too realistic, even for me.

No time to waste though, I realize you’re on an important mission Rita! So I hereby submit my report of Operation Iron Cockroach: The time was 04:07 yesterday morning as I was out at sea off Fort Pinta carefully and silently approaching the beach. Just next to the diving board I saw a guard post! The element of surprise was lost and my position uncovered, so I went full speed ahead to get to the shore before the enemy had a chance to react!

Suddenly, I heard a huge explosion. A mine, I thought, so I threw myself straight into the water! I then realized that the fuel tank on the landing craft had exploded, so I swam to land and retreated to the fort. The enemy guard revealed himself in better light to actually be a particularly suspicious-looking bush, so no actual danger was present and I gave myself the order to stop the exercise.

How it went with the boat? Oh, I’ve got no idea. I haven’t had a chance to run recon over the terrain yet, since I’ve got light bulbs to change and the disco ball to polish first.

Hmm… During my retreat, I saw Elin running towards me. She’s the lifeguard down on the beach below Fort Pinta. 

Suppose you could ask her if she saw what happened to the boat…?

Objectives: Ask lifeguard Elin about the Guard’s boating accident by the beach.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Fort Pinta

Elin can be found standing in the middle of the diving board circling the beach swimming area.

elin

Lovely day today, wouldn’t you say? Hi, my name’s Elin and I’m the lifeguard here at the beach. What’s your name?

Quest completed

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Whatever Ends Up in the Water…

elin

The Guard’s accident? I knew it was him sneaking away through the bushes! He looked pretty baffled…

If I saw what happened to his boat? Yeah, I ran here when I heard the explosion so I didn’t see the actual accident but whatever ends up in the water here usually drifts ashore along the foreland which crops out over past the bathing area. If his boat didn’t sink, it’s pretty sure to have ended up there.

If you find the boat, you could come and let me know since I need to be sure it won’t be dangerous for the people who come swimming here.

Objectives: Look for the missing boat along the outcrop of land past the bathing spot.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with Fort Pinta

Inspect the wrecked boat washed up on the beach and return to Elin.

elin

Did you find the boat? Bits of it, you say… Hmm. Why are you so interested in a wonky old boat like that anyway?

Oh, you need a boat to get to South Hoof? And James’ other boats are in pretty much the same shape? Hmm, maybe there’s a chance you can repair the boat with the parts you find here? Worth a try, right? It’s pretty quiet here right now so I can help you if you’d like?

Quest completed

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One Man’s Wreck is Another Man’s Boat!

elin

If the other boat is also broken, you’ll probably need to fix that as well. Maybe there’s some stuff from the wreck you can use for that?

I’ll go and take a look at your boat while you look for parts here on the beach that you can use. What do you say?

Nice. Have a look along the little peninsula where you found the wreck. Everything that sunk has probably washed ashore there… See you in a while by the pier where your boat is!

Objectives: Look for and collect parts of the wrecked boat along the outcrop of land past the bathing spot. When you’re done, talk to Elin. She’s waiting on the pier where James’ boat is.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

Clean the beach of boat parts and return to Elin.

elin

Hi again! Looks like you found loads of useful stuff, we’ll definitely be able to make use of this.

Quest completed

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Fishing for an Engine

elin

Well Rita, I don’t see there being any problems with sealing the hull of your boat with the parts we have here. We just need to get hold of some kind of glue or sealant to hold it all together.

The engine, on the other hand, is a different story. You’ll need to find the wreck’s engine if you’re going to have any chance of fixing it.

You didn’t see an engine on the shore, you say?

I guess it sank when the fuel tank exploded on the Guard’s boat. It’s probably on the seabed out by the diving board at the bathing spot. Have a look there and see if you can’t salvage it. Here’s the anchor from the boat, perhaps you could use it as a kind of fishing hook to fish up the engine? Hehe!

Use the rope to fish out the engine. Come back once you’ve found it, and I’ll see if I can find a way to use these parts you found in the meantime. 

Objectives: Salvage the engine from the water outside Fort Pinta Beach.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 30 with Fort Pinta

Leave your horse on the beach and go on foot up onto the diving board to be able to fish for the engine. Once you have hauled it up, return to Elin.

elin

Nice work! Now we’ll have enough spare parts and then some!

Quest completed

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A Thin Sealant

elin

I reckon I should be able to get the engine going for you Rita. I was a mechanic at the Jorvik City scrapyard before I became a lifeguard here. I hardly ever saw the sunshine at that scrapyard, so changing career was pretty much the best decision I ever made!

Anyway, I saw a barrel of sealant further down the pier, that should do the trick for sealing up the hull. It should’ve been delivered to my friend Donald the Builder in Jarlaheim but it’s been sitting there for weeks now so I guess the ferry captain must’ve forgotten about it. Would you ride over and get it? I’ll text Donald and ask him if it’s okay if we use it. He’ll say yes, so ride over and grab it now!

Objectives: Fetch the barrel of sealant on the pier and ride back to Elin.

Rewards: 45 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

The barrel is tiny and set on the pier by the blue/green ferry station. Return to Elin with the barrel.

elin

Exactly, that’s the barrel I was talking about.

Oh, speak of the devil, a text from Donald… He writes that we should just take as much sealant as we need and that if there’s something there’s never a shortage of, it’s sealant. Sounds good Rita, Donald usually knows what he’s talking about.

Quest completed

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Seal the Boat!

elin

Now you just need to use the sealant to seal the hull of the boat. With the parts from the wreck you found earlier, you shouldn’t have any problems making it watertight. 

I’ll wait here, just ask if you need anything!

Objectives: Seal the hull of the boat and then talk to Elin.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP

Reputation: 15 with Fort Pinta

Dismount your horse and use the sealant to fix up the boat into tip-top shape!

elin

Great! That hull isn’t gonna let a drop of water into it now!

Quest completed

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Dip Interrupted 

elin

Well well, I’m sure we’ll get some speed out of this engine eventually! I’ve got some tools you can borrow, but maybe could you do me a favor in return?

Yesterday night, I took a quick little dip down by the pier on the other side of Fort Pinta. It was pretty late, around the same time the Guard was out on his little adventure in the boat. When I heard the explosion, I ran outta there, I didn’t grab shoes or anything and got to the beach as quick as I could. I ended up leaving more than just my shoes! All my clothes are still over there… Do you think you could go grab for me?

Thanks Rita!

Objectives: Find the clothes that Elin left behind on the other side of the Fort Pinta.

Reputation: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Fort Pinta

Out skinny dippin’ huh? I got ya fam.

Ride over to the small huts on the other side of the stone bridge and find Elin’s clothes. Return to her when you have found them all.

elin

Oh, thanks Rita! They’re my favorite clothes so I was a bit worried they might have gone missing!

Quest completed

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Boat Engine Repairs

elin

Here are my tools Rita. I haven’t really used them in the time since I left the scrapyard in Jorvik City, but they’re still in good condition as I’m sure you’ll notice!

You know how to repair an engine, right? Haha, of course, sorry I even asked!

Good luck and let me know if you need anything.

Objectives: Repair the engine, then talk to Elin.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 15 with Fort Pinta

Dismount your horse to repair the engine with Elin’s tools. Speak to her when you are finished.

elin

You’re not a bad mechanic! You could get a job at the scrapyard if you wanted… The engine looks like it was delivered straight from the factory!

Quest completed

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No Boat Without Fuel!

elin

There we go Rita! Now your boat is as good as new! All you need now is to fill the tank with fuel so you can sail away.

Fuel?

You didn’t get any fuel from James? Haha, well without fuel you won’t be getting very far. Probably best you ride to him ask him for some.

I need to get back to lifeguarding the beach now, but it was really nice to meet you! Nice to be able to use my old skills again as well, that doesn’t happen much anymore haha!

Good luck over at South Hoof, see you around!

Objectives: Ask James for some fuel for the boat.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 40 with Fort Pinta

James is not known for having well-thought out plans…

james

Hey Rita. Have you already been over to South Hoof?

You need fuel for the boat, you say.

Hmm. Fuel is so expensive… You sure it’s necessary? Can’t you row?

Quest completed

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Free Fuel is the Best Fuel!

james

Okay, okay, I get it… If the lighthouse doesn’t light back up again it’ll be a disaster for my businesses… I don’t have much in the way of cash flow right now Rita, so maybe you’ve got a good idea of where you could get hold of some cheap fuel…

Steve? He’s got a huge fuel tank you say? Do you think you could get some from him? Great idea Rita! That way, it’ll be free!

Quick! Ride over to Steve and get some fuel, no time to waste!

Objectives: Ask Steve if he can give you some fuel.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

Steve is always too happy to help!

steve

Hello to you Rita!

Fuel?

Well of course, I’m sure we can arrange something!

Quest completed

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Two Cans for the Price of One!

steve

You need some fuel, you say? Well, I’m sure I can spare some for you, after all, what wouldn’t you do for a good friend, huh?

I actually need to fuel up some of my machines too, so do you know what…?

Take these two empty fuel cans Rita. Fill them both up and you can keep one of them. Does that sound okay?

Good! See you soon.

Objectives: Fill the two empty fuel cans and talk to Steve again.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

Fill the cans from the tank next to the stable, then return to Steve.

steve

Two cans of fuel. One for me, one for you!

Quest completed

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Top-Notch Fuel for James

steve

It was a delight to see you again, young Rita! Here’s your can of fuel, filled to the brim with top-notch propellant! Good luck, and say hello to James from me!

Objectives: Ride back to James with the fuel.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 35 with Fort Pinta

Now we can make our boat go a-go-go!

james

Hey Rita, did you get some fuel from Steve? A whole can?! For free?!

Haha, that Steve’s got no idea how to do business, but you don’t hear me complaining!

Quest completed

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Fueled Up!

james

What are you waiting for Rita? Ride down to the boat, fill her up with fuel and set sail to South Hoof!

Hurry, because without tourists, Fort Pinta is gonna go under. Or, well, at least my businesses will…

Seeya!

Objectives: Fill the engine with fuel.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 25 with Fort Pinta

Let’s feed the hungry boat engine.

self

The fuel tank on the boat’s engine is now full to the brim with fuel.

Quest completed

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A Journey to South Hoof

self

It’s finally time to cast off and set sail for South Hoof!

Objectives: Sail to South Hoof.

Rewards: 60 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 55 with Fort Pinta

Click on the boat and select South Hoof Ferry Landing as the destination to sail to.

quest-sea_horse

self

Welcome to South Hoof!

Quest completed

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A Route Along the Cliffs

self

A path heads upwards. Maybe there’ll be someone further along it?

Objectives: Follow the path and see if you find anybody to talk to.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Fort Pinta

Follow the path until you come to a seemingly abandoned farmstead.

self

There’s not a single person around. You listen, but all you can hear is the wind whistling through the grass.

Quest completed

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Nobody Home

self

There must be someone around here you can ask about what might have happened to the lighthouse. You decide to look around the garden. 

Objectives: Look for people in the garden.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Search around behind the house until you find a woman in surfer gear.

holly

Oh wow, you scared the life out of me!

Quest completed

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South Hoof’s Missing Residents

holly

Hello there, by the way! Who are you?

Rita. Nice to meet you, my name’s Holly. Just got back from a surf session on the other side of South Hoof. This time of year I don’t think you’d be able to find better waves anywhere in the world!

Hey by the way, have you seen Erik, my husband? You haven’t?

Madison? She’s my daughter…

You haven’t seen her either? You haven’t seen another living soul at all?!

Very strange… They must be around here somewhere. Let’s take a look around the garden together and I’m sure we’ll find someone.

Objectives: Look around the garden and try to find some more people.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

There’s no one here…

Return to Holly when you have searched everywhere.

holly

You couldn’t find anyone either?

Weird… Now I’m starting to worry.

Quest completed

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A Darkened Lighthouse

holly

Everyone’s disappeared… This is pretty weird…

What are you doing here, by the way Rita?

The lighthouse isn’t working?!

What?!

Something must have happened while I was away. I’ve never seen the lighthouse go dark and my whole family have just vanished… Something must have happened!

Quick, we’re gonna have to get to the lighthouse fast! Maybe they’re there… Follow me, Rita!

Objectives: Follow Holly to the South Hoof Lighthouse.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Follow Holly up the path out the other side of the farm. You can ride along side her as she runs or race ahead and meet her at the lighthouse.

holly

The door is locked and nobody is answering when I knock. Where can they be?

Quest completed

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A Spare Key to the Lighthouse

holly

We’ve gotta find the key to the lighthouse door Rita.

Hmm… Sigrid, the lighthouse keeper, has a spare key hidden around here somewhere. I just can’t be sure where it is… Where on earth is it?!

You think we should split up so that we can look faster? Great idea!

Quick, we need to find it!

Objectives: Find the spare key to the lighthouse then talk to Holly.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Search around for the key. When you have found it, return to Holly.

holly

You found the key!

Quest completed

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The Search Continues Inside the Lighthouse

holly

Quick Rita, unlock the door! If they’re not in here then perhaps we’ll see something from the top of the lighthouse.

Objectives: Unlock the door to the lighthouse.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 70 with South Hoof

Dismount your horse and enter the lighthouse. You look around until you see some people standing on the beach of the island across from the lighthouse. Once you leave the lighthouse, tell Holly what you saw.

holly

They’re alive! Thank goodness.

Did you see them Rita? Yeah, me too!

That’s the whole family. Sigrid, Jonas, Erik, and Madison.

But… How did they manage to get stranded at Cape Sorrow?

Quest completed

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Shipwrecked at Cape Sorrow

holly

I don’t know how they’ve managed to get themselves stuck at Cape Sorrow, Rita, but we need to rescue them. They must’ve been there at least a day, and I couldn’t see any food, camping gear, or anything… They must be freezing and hungry! And poor little Madison, I hope she’s okay…

You’ve got a horse Rita, can I sit behind you while you ride?

Great! Ride down to the beach below the lighthouse Rita, it’s opposite Cape Sorrow. You’ll need to take the path going past the ferry landing since there’s no way to get down the cliffs from here.

Come on Rita, let’s save my family!

Objectives: Ride to the beach beneath the lighthouse.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Ride back along the path to the farm and down to the ferry landing. Then turn and ride onto the beach below the cliffs, and all the way back down to Cape Sorrow via the beach.

holly

HELLLOOOOO!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME??!!

Sigh. The wind is too strong Rita, they can’t hear me when I yell. I think they’ve seen us though, and they seem to be alright, don’t they? Madison looks like she’s in good shape…

Wait. Can you see Jonas? He looks rather weak… I hope he’s not injured…

Quest completed

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Boat Rescue!

holly

How are we gonna get to Cape Sorrow, Rita?! I can’t see Jonas’ fishing boat or our little motorboat anywhere…

I’d try to get there on my surfboard, but that’d just get swept out to sea or smash up against the cliffs. Could be worth a try anyway, right? What do you think Rita? I suppose we don’t have any other choice?

You’ve got a boat, you say? Of course you have, how else would you have got here? 

Hurry and bring it here. I’ll wait here and try to come up with a plan in the meantime.

Objectives: Ride back to your boat by South Hoof Ferry Landing.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Your boat is waiting for you down at the ferry landing.

self

You’re back at the boat. Still in great condition!

Quest completed

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Sailing to Holly!

self

You cast off and set sail towards Holly.

Objectives: Sail the boat to the beach where Holly is.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Select Dead Man Sands as your destination. Speak to Holly when you land.

holly

Nice boat Rita, but are you sure it’s seaworthy? It looks to be in pretty lousy shape…

Quest completed

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Set Sail for Sorrow

holly

Rita, I think it’s best if you take the boat to Cape Sorrow yourself. The more space you have in the boat, the fewer trips you’ll need to make to pick everyone up.

Just take it easy, okay? The waters around Cape Sorrow are full of really strong currents and dangerous ground. Plenty of ships and boats have met their end at the Cape, and I really don’t want you to join them.

Good luck!

Objectives: Sail your boat to Cape Sorrow.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

Set Cape Sorrow as your destination and speak to Sigrid when you land.

sigrid

Hello there. I’m Sigrid, South Hoof’s lighthouse keeper. Might I ask who you are?

Rita. Delightful.

You’re here to save us, you say? I saw you on your way here and you’re a decent navigator but is your boat really seaworthy?

Quest completed

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Unlucky Twice at Sea

sigrid

How we’re feeling, you ask?

Considering the circumstances, everyone is doing rather well. Except for my husband, Jonas. He says he’s fine, but I know he’s just trying not to worry me.

He was in the water long after the boat went down, and he gave all the dry clothes he managed to save to Madison so that she wouldn’t freeze. His temperature was right down, and even though he’s stronger than a walrus, he might…

…What happened, you ask? Well, Jonas had taken Madison out on a fishing trip, but when they were on their way home Jonas steered a little too close to Cape Sorrow. He knows how dangerous the water is here, but he wanted to show Madison one of his favorite cliffs out this way. It was pretty stupid of him, but he meant well, as he always does. The fishing boat ran aground and sank almost immediately, but Jonas managed to swim ashore with Madison. I saw what happened from up in the lighthouse, so I ran down to the farm and got Erik.

Together we took our boat and got to Cape Sorrow as quickly as we could, but sadly, Erik also managed to run aground. Jonas had to throw himself into the water again to save us. He got us up onto the shore, but I think it was too much, even for my lovely, brave husband.

I don’t think there’s any danger to my Jonas, but maybe could you take a look at him?

Objectives: Talk to Jonas and see how he is.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Poor stupid, valiant Jonas.

jonas

Brrr… Hello…

Quest completed

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Almost… Back… On My… Feet… Again…

jonas

Ah, I’m almost… B-b-back… On m-m-my… F-f-feet… A-a-again…

No worries… Brr…

Tell Sigrid… Sigrid that she… Sh-sh-she doesn’t h-h-have t-to w-worry…

Brr…

Objectives: Talk to Sigrid again.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with South Hoof

He’s pretty badly chilled…

sigrid

How does Jonas seem to you Rita, how’s he feeling? He says everything is fine?

He said so to me as well… Do you believe him?

No? Hmm, I don’t either, he doesn’t want to worry me so he’s just saying he feels okay.

You think he’s quite seriously sick? Oh, no…

Quest completed

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Get Jonas to South Hoof!

sigrid

Rita, take Jonas back to Holly right away. The rest of us can cope here for a little while longer, don’t worry.

Ask Holly to take Jonas up to the farm, she needs to make sure he’s warm and gets plenty of rest.

Hurry now!

Objectives: Take Jonas back to South Hoof.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 20 with South Hoof

Sail back to Dead Man Sands and speak to Holly about Jonas’ condition.

holly

Hey Rita! Everyone’s fine, you say?

That’s a relief to hear!

But, umm, how’s Jonas?

Jonas? Are you alright?

Quest completed

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Back to the Distressed!

holly

Sigrid asked me to take him straight back to the farm, you say? Absolutely, we’ll get up there as fast as we can.

Will you be alright to get the others on your own Rita? Great.

Jonas, can you hear me? Put your weight on me and we’ll get back to the farm so you can rest…

See you up at the farm soon enough Rita! Good luck!

Objectives: Sail your boat back to Cape Sorrow.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Return to Cape Sorrow to retrieve the remaining family members.

sigrid

How did it go with Jonas? Holly took him straight up to the farm you say?

Good. Everything should turn out fine then. As long as my Jonas gets to warm up and have a little rest, he should be fine in no time.

Quest completed

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Saving the Rest of the Family…

sigrid

Erik! Madison! Listen now… This is Rita and she’s here to rescue us.

Go over and sit in her boat so that she can take us back to South Hoof. Everything will be fine, the boat is safe, and you don’t need to worry, okay? Hurry along now!

There we go then Rita, we’re ready to head back to South Hoof. Sail carefully, you promise?

Objectives: Sail your boat back to Dead Man Sands.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 25 with South Hoof

Hang on everybody, here we go!

sigrid

Erik! Madison! Hurry home now, go at once! You need to get warm and have some food. Hurry along now!

Rita, I give you my thanks. If it wasn’t for you, I’m not sure we would have made it, if I’m honest. 

Quest completed

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Home and Dry

sigrid

I’m so worried about my husband, Rita.. Imagine if he’s seriously ill? I need to hurry back to the farm.

I can sit behind you on your horse, you say? I haven’t ridden so much Rita, are you sure it’ll be okay? Oh, thank you!

To the farm!

Objectives: Ride to South Hoof Farm.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 40 with South Hoof

Ride back along the beach to the ferry station and up the path to the farm.

sigrid

Home at last… It’s never been nicer to get back home as it is now. Thanks for the ride Rita. Now I need to check on my Jonas.

Quest completed

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Enough Adventure for One Day…

sigrid

Jonas seems to be feeling better already Rita. Some food and heat seem to have done the trick, but now we’ll just have to keep an eye on him in the future… No more adventures at sea!

Rita, my Jonas tells me he would love to thank you in person. Go talk to him, but not for too long.. He needs his rest.

Objectives: Talk to Jonas.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with South Hoof

Feeling better there, sir?

jonas

Hello there Rita. That was your name, wasn’t it? It’s a lovely name if you don’t mind me saying so. 

Yaawwwwnnnnn!

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m incredibly tired. Quite enough adventure for one day, wouldn’t you say? Maybe we can talk a little more tomorrow. Does that sound good Rita?

See you in the morning. Yaaawwwwn!

Quest completed

Return to Jonas tomorrow.

Amnesia-Prologue

Prologue

‘You have to run Justin. They’re going to come for you’ I whisper

‘I know Ad but I have to let it happen. It’s my destiny’ 

A tall dark haired boy, around 16, stands in front of me.

‘Well,’ I say reluctantly. ‘Stay safe’

‘You too’

He surprises me by pressing his lips against mine. I smile and look up at him.

‘What was that for?’ I say

‘Just because’ he grins.

‘Well thank you’

I hug Justin and he holds me tight. In that moment I feel safe and protected. I never want that moment to end. Then I let go and the moment passes. I look at him, etching his dark brown eyes and his black hair into my memory just incase this is the last time I’ll see him.

Then, with a wave I mount Mystery, my pure blood friesian. I cluck gently and he breaks into a smooth gallop, up the path. I turn back and see Justin standing, slowly growing smaller and smaller. When I can’t see him anymore I turn my attention back to my riding.

‘Good boy’ I praise as Mystery crosses the bridge that always used to make him spook. I ride as one with Mystery, part human, part horse. 

‘Hey Edd’ I call to the stoutly built man who manages the Inn by the Bridge.

I pull up Mystery and he snorts, impatient to get running again. Edd waves and walks over to me.

‘Hello Adele’

He discreetly hands me a slip of paper. I smile gratefully at him, knowing how dangerous his job is.

‘Catch you around’ he says, before walking away.

I gently squeeze Mystery and he canters down the path. Once I’m sure that nobody is around I unfold the paper.

Secret Lookout. Observe E.

Four words. I toss the paper to the wind. Careless. I would pay for that mistake later. 

As soon as I reach the Secret Lookout, I stare at the mass of land before me. I get out my binoculars and focus on the building. Just as I’d thought. They were up to something for sure. But what?

Suddenly the wind shifts and I tense. Something is wrong. Very wrong. 

I turn Mystery around, ready to flee. But he rears up, terrified and scared. With a piercing scream I fall from the saddle. Quickly scrambling to my feet I gasp at what lies before me. A figure dressed completely in red with swirling eyes that made me feel dizzy just thinking about them, is holding onto Mystery’s reins. Mystery is terrified and his cries touch my heart. As I run towards my horse, something heavy and grey slams into me. I cry out desperately, seeking help when there is none. I manage to get back to my feet only to stagger backwards. But I have forgotten about the cliff behind me. My foot slips and my heart lurches. My pounding heart sounds like a drum, loud and relentless. Desperately trying to keep my balance, I whirl my arms like a windmill. Then, I fall with the sound of Mystery’s desperate cries and an evil laugh echoing through my head. Then everything turns black.

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Day 126, Bad Deeds for Good Causes

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As you ride through New Hillcrest, a young woman stops and asks for your help.

Robbed and Abandoned in Mirror Marshes!

frida_greenhill

Please! Wait!

Please could you help me find my friend Isabel? She was in Crescent Moon Village to pick up a delivery of Jorvikroot and she should’ve been back yesterday.

I’ve been looking for her like crazy but she could be anywhere along the way and the area is so big that I just cannot cover it all by myself.

Please, please would you consider helping me find her?

That’s so kind of you, thank you so much! I really do need all the help I can get!

Ever since the bridge to Old Ridgecaster broke, we’ve always taken the route through the Mirror Marshes to get to Crescent Moon Village. If you look down in the Mirror Marshes, I’ll carry on looking up here around New Hillcrest.

Objectives: Look for Isabel in the Mirror Marshes down below New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Follow the road through the marsh until you find a toppled over wagon with a woman stuck underneath.

isabel_stonefield

HELP!

Quest completed

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Push the Cart! Nowwww!

isabel_stonefield

Help me! Push the cart off me! It hurts so bad!

Objectives: Push the horse cart from on top of Isabel.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and right the cart to free Isabel. Remember, lift with your knees!

isabel_stonefield

OWW! My whole body hurts.

What luck that you found me. I don’t know how much longer I could’ve coped with the pain under there.

Thanks for helping…

Quest completed

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Bring Isabel to New Hillcrest

isabel_stonefield

Ouch, ouch, ouch! Owww!

You really did just save my life. How can I ever thank you?

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Isabel and I live up in New Hillcrest.

Hmm…

How I got here?

Where’s Atlas?! My poor horse!

And where’s all my Jorvikroot that was in the cart?!

Wait a second! Now my memory is coming back a little…

We came from Crescent Moon Village which is where I usually sell the clothes I make by hand. While we’re there, I usually shop around for food and other bits and pieces that you can’t get up in New Hillcrest. This time I got hold of loads of Jorvikroot which is usually unbelievably hard to find. I bought all they had, then we rode through the Mirror Marshes on the way home…

The mist was so thick that morning that we couldn’t even see that a woman suddenly jumped out in front of us. Atlas was scared and he broke off from the cart, causing me to go flying but somehow getting stuck by my sweater to the side. Then the cart tipped over me and I saw the woman getting away with my valuable Jorvikroot.

Ouch, my back is killing me…

I suppose I can fix up the cart and everything another time, because now I just want to get home. How am I going to do that without Atlas?

You’ll take me home?

That’s so kind! I live in a row of houses up in New Hillcrest.

Objectives: Take Isabel home to New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Get back on your horse and ride to Isabel’s house in New Hillcrest.

isabel_stonefield

Thanks for all your help. It sure feels nice to be home again.

Quest completed

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Isabel’s Missing Horse

isabel_stonefield

I wonder where Atlas has got to now…

My lovely horse…

He ran away when that woman frightened him. She came from absolutely nowhere and Atlas is easily spooked when something unexpected happens. I should go out looking for him but I can’t when I’m in this amount of pain…

Would you maybe consider going to look for Atlas? You’re so very thoughtful, thank you!

I really hope you find him. He’s the apple of my eye! There’s a chance he ran home to his stable just outside New Hillcrest. Maybe you could ask Nathalie if she’s seen Atlas?

Objectives: Ask Nathalie Moonriver at the New Hillcrest stables if she happens to know where Atlas is.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Maybe she has seen the poor horse?

nathalie_moonriver

Hey Rita!

Yeah, I’ve seen Atlas!

Quest completed

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Searching for Atlas

nathalie_moonriver

I was up in the main square in New Hillcrest to buy some breakfast when Atlas came racing past, quick as a flash. I tried to ride after him to catch up but he was too fast. 

He looked completely terrified. He ran towards the bridge to Old Ridgecaster. If you ride out that way, you might find him.

Objectives: Look for Isabel’s horse in Old Ridgecaster.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

Ride up to Old Ridgecaster bridge and you’ll find that Scott Buttergood has gotten hold of Atlas.

scott_buttergood

Hey Rita.

I haven’t got time right now.

I’m busy.

Quest completed

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Scott Buttergood and Isabel’s Horse

scott_buttergood

What? You’ve got something to do with that idiot horse?

That maniac horse came racing like a mad thing towards the bridge and of course I tried to stop it. I couldn’t get any contact with it until it was too late. He took a huge leap over the gap in the bridge but missed the landing and crashed straight through the planks he landed on. The only thing stopping him from falling down into the abyss was his saddle and his head which both got stuck in the bridge.

It took four men to get that dumb beast back up on the road again.

Now I’m a good few days behind on my work because of that darned horse.

What? You seriously mean I should just hand the horse over without a word?

No chance!

I hear what you’re saying, of course I understand that it’s somebody else’s horse, but if she wants it back, she can compensate me for the damage it’s caused. Until then, I’ll be keeping him here.

You’re wondering if there’s anything you can do to get the horse back?

Maybe. I’ll think about it for a while, but in the meantime you can fetch my tools. I need them to put all this mess right again. They’re in front of the house down there, the one on the left on the other side of the bridge. 

Objectives: Find Scott’s tools that he needs to repairing the bridge. They’re outside the house a short trot away from where Scott is standing.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

The house is on the lower terrace from the bridge. Go down towards Crescent Moon Village, then turn left to find the house at the end of the short trail. Return to Scott with his tool box.

scott_buttergood

Good job on finding them.

Quest completed

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Beat Scott in the Race!

scott_buttergood

Great that you came with the tools. Now I can repair the damage that horse did.

I’ve thought a little about what you could do to get that horse back for when you leave here, and there’s only one way to resolve this…

The same way all us Buttergoods solve our issues when we argue…

We compete for it.

You need to beat me in a race to get the horse back. If you lose, I keep him.

Challenge accepted?

Right then. Let’s go!

Objectives: Get Scott to give back Isabel’s horse by beating him in a race.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP, 80 Horse XP

Reputation: 15 with Crescent Moon Village

This race may be difficult to complete on the first try. Scott is pretty fast but he doesn’t jump, so get ahead of him by jumping over the hay bale obstacles.

scott_buttergood

You won but don’t think it’s because you’re better than I am!

I’m a man of my word, so here’s your friend’s horse back. Now get out of here!

Quest completed

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Reunite Isabel with Her Horse

atlas

It’s probably best I get you back to Isabel.

(You start to lead Atlas back to Isabel in New Hillcrest.)

Objectives: Return to New Hillcrest with Isabel’s horse.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP, Pink Cowgirl Dress

Reputation: 25 with New Hillcrest

Ride alongside Atlas until he finds his way home.

isabel_stonefield

Thank you Rita! You found Atlas! I started to wonder whether I’d ever see him again. I’m so eternally grateful! Thank you!

Take this dress as a thank you for helping. It’s one of the very finest dresses in my collection. It’s the least I can do since you came back with the apple of my eye!

Quest completed

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Who Stole Isabel’s Jorvikroot

isabel_stonefield

Ouch! My back is so sore!

Who was that woman who stole all my expensive Jorvikroot?

I remember how she stared me right in the eyes while I was laying helpless under the cart.

She had a real sadness in her eyes…

It felt like I knew her…

Now I know who it is!

It’s the baker’s daughter from here in New Hillcrest! I know her name is Lisa and we don’t know each other well, but why would she do something so horrible to me?

Oh I don’t know, I can’t deal with this. I can’t confront her right now in any case. There’s too much going on all at once.

You say you’ll confront her about it, Rita?

Thanks ever so much! She lives in a pretty big house out towards the edge of town, next to the square.

Good luck! Come back and let me know how it went…

Objectives: Try to discover who’s responsible for stealing the Jorvikroot in New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Lisa’s house is the last on the right before you go down the hill to the stable. She can be found near the back door behind the house.

lisa_rockwell

Who are you?

Quest completed

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Why Steal Jorvikroot?

lisa_rockwell

Yes, I’m the baker’s daughter. Lisa is my name.

How can I help you?

What?

How can you be sure it was me who scared Isabel in the Mirror Marshes?

She recognized me?

Oh no, what have I done?!

It really wasn’t my intention to hurt her. Is she okay?

No, I really can’t give back the Jorvikroot… It’s to do with my husband Thomas and his life. I’ll explain.

A few weeks ago, Thomas was off on a business trip somewhere past Cauldron Swamp through the Iron Gate, to deliver exotic herbs to Pi the witch. On his way out of there, he fell into the swamp, which is where Pi the witch dumps all her poisonous, toxic waste without a second thought for the environment or the swamp’s animal life. Now Thomas has all that poison in his body!

Objectives: Find out why Lisa stole the Jorvikroot from Isabel.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Interesting, interesting…

lisa_rockwell

I really need to help my husband, otherwise I’ll lose him forever.

Quest completed

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Thomas’ Destiny

lisa_rockwell

No, please! Listen!

I need to keep the Jorvikroot because it’s the only cure for the poison that’s making Thomas so sick. His life is in the balance here, you have to believe me…

If he doesn’t eat the Jorvikroot, the poisons will take over his entire body. It’ll turn him into a man with no soul, an empty being that you can’t get close to. Not even me or our son Edward.

I’ve tried giving him the Jorvikroot but the poison has already started to take over and stop him from eating the cure. I don’t know what I’m going to do…

Sniffle…

Thomas won’t dare to even be around anyone other than me anymore. He’s afraid that he’ll hurt someone or injure them because he doesn’t recognize his own feelings anymore. He’s even told me to keep Edward away.

Sniffle… Sniff…

He comes here every night, so I can see how the poison is slowly changing his appearance. His cheeks have become hollow and his skin is so pale.

One night, I was brave enough to kiss him goodbye. He kissed me back and since then we’ve always parted with a goodbye kiss. For that one moment at least, we’re happy.

Objectives: Listen to Lisa as she tells you the awful story of her husband.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

That’s a sad story, but did you really have to steal?

lisa_rockwell

What am I going to do?

Quest completed

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A Horse in Need of Care

lisa_rockwell

I know I’ve done wrong but how can I make everything right again?

All of this has made me so unbelievably tired that I don’t have the energy to take care of anything else right now. Least of all the things Thomas used to do at home when he was healthy.

But, Rocky…

How can I have been so stupid as to forget Rocky?!

Rocky is Thomas’ horse and best friend. Rocky’s more like a member of the family than a horse for Thomas. He needs to be taken care of right away.

How could I forget?

What? You’d take care of Rocky for me Rita? Really?

That’s the nicest thing anybody’s done for me in a long time, thank you so much.

My best friend Nathalie is down at the New Hillcrest stables and she’ll show you where Rocky is.

It’s fine if you want to tell Nathalie what’s happened to Thomas.

Objectives: Ride down to the stable in New Hillcrest and talk to Nathalie. She can tell you which horse belongs to Thomas.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Away we go to the stable!

nathalie_moonriver

Hey Rita, you want to take care of Thomas’ horse, you say?

Quest completed

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Taking Care of Rocky

nathalie_moonriver

What is it you’re even saying?

Thomas has been poisoned? How serious is it?

Oh no! Now I understand why Lisa hasn’t been answering my messages.

Poor Lisa…

Where Rocky is?

I’ve given him food so that he doesn’t go hungry, but I’m more worried about how he’s feeling in his mind. He’s a horse who really loves company and loves being made a fuss of, but I just haven’t had time to give him that kind of attention. I have too many other horses to look after.

Maybe that’s why he’s been so worried and restless at night. He’s been whinnying a lot at night but most of the time it calms down after a little while so I haven’t been worried until now.

It’s really nice of you to come down and give him a little love. Here’s Thomas’ brush that you can groom Rocky with.

Rocky’s in the pasture behind the stable.

Objectives: Groom Rocky, who you’ll find in the pasture behind the stables.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse and groom Rocky.

rocky

Neiggghhh!

Rocky looks happier now.

Quest completed

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Only the Best for Rocky!

rocky

Neiggghh!

I know it’s not easy to understand what’ll happy while Thomas is away. I’ll look after you though, Rocky!

You pet Rocky’s mane in sympathy.

Objectives: Go back to Nathalie in the stable.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Nathalie will be happy to know that Rocky is feeling better.

nathalie_moonriver

Thanks for grooming him!

Quest completed

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Spoiling Rocky

nathalie_moonriver

Rocky loves being groomed.

You could always really see how much he enjoyed it when Thomas was brushing him.

Oh, if only we could find a way to help Thomas…

I’m sure Rocky would like to have his hooves cleaned out, since you’re already here looking after him, I mean… Here’s Thomas’ hoof pick.

Objectives: Go to the pasture behind the stable and clean Rocky’s hooves.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Return to Rocky and pamper him some good hoof cleaning.

rocky

Neiggghhh!

Rocky seems to be feeling better now, he looks much happier!

Quest completed

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Rocky’s Feeling Better!

rocky

Neiggghhh!

Rocky really liked having his hooves cleaned. “I’ll go back to Nathalie now,” you say quietly to yourself.

Objectives: Rocky feels much better now, go back to the stable and talk to Nathalie.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Nathalie will be quite grateful for your help.

nathalie_moonriver

How nice of you to be taking care of Rocky!

Quest completed

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Rocky’s Okay

nathalie_moonriver

You’ve really got a good way with horses. I saw how much he was enjoying all your attention.

Lisa will probably want to know that Rocky’s okay. Go to her house up in New Hillcrest and let her know.

Objectives: Tell Lisa that Rocky’s doing just fine.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Find Lisa behind her house and tell not to worry about Rocky.

lisa_rockwell

Is Rocky alright?

Quest completed

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Why Did Thomas Drink the Water?

lisa_rockwell

Thank you Rita for taking care of Rocky.

I can’t actually believe I forgot about him like that.

Sometimes I get the feeling that Thomas has been to see Rocky before he comes home in the evenings because I can smell the stables on him…

I miss the old Thomas so much, we had so much fun together…

Sniffle…

If only we wasn’t tricked into that swamp!

Yeah, it’s not his fault he is how he is. It was one of those evil little Will-o-the-wisps that cast a spell on him and dragged him down into the swamp.

Your parents must’ve read you the tales of Will-o-the-wisp’s spells and curses when you were little?

They didn’t?

My parents did but I never believed the stories were true. Until now.

The tales tell of how people become hypnotized by little lights on the water and then are tricked into heading down into the swamps and bogs. There, they’re kept prisoner against their will for all eternity so that the evil little Will-o-the-wisps can feed off their good-heartedness. Thomas described the hypnosis as though he was sleeping but somehow still aware of everything around him.

Imagine what that must have been like for my poor Thomas to have gone through that for real!

How did he break the spell?

It broke when he was on his way down into the swamp. He slipped on a wet stone that was sticking up through the water and hit his head. In the very same moment, the hypnosis broke so that he gasped and swallowed the toxic water.

What have we done to deserve this?

Objectives: Lisa explains how Thomas came to drink the swamp water.

Rewards: 10 with Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

What a sad tale indeed.

lisa_rockwell

If I only knew where he was during the day so that we could try to fix this together…

Quest completed

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Where Did the Family Photo Go?

lisa_rockwell

Bad luck has been after us ever since Thomas was poisoned.

Just a couple of days ago, I noticed that our family portrait has disappeared. I’ve looked all over the whole house, but it’s gone.

Thomas swore that it wasn’t him who took it, so did Edward, and I believe them both.

You can absolutely have a look for it if you want. That photo means everything to me.

Have a look around the house to begin with. Perhaps it’s managed to find it’s way outside somehow?

Objectives: Find the family photo.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Search around the house and ask Edward if he knows anything about the photo’s whereabouts.

edward_rockwell

My name is Edward and I live here. You are not allowed here in my garden.

I don’t care who you are.

Go now please.

Quest completed

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Edward Took It After All!

edward_rockwell

Can’t you just get lost?

I can speak to you however I like, you’re not my dad.

Pff.

Why are you looking for our family photo?

Okay, okay, I didn’t know my mother cared so much about that picture.

Why did I take it?

I took it because me and dad always went camping at the place on the picture. We always had so much fun together when we went there.

The bunker on the picture was our secret hideout, and we were the only ones who knew about it. Now he’s gone so I’ll never get to go there with him again.

That’s why I took the stupid photo!

If my mom really wants it back, then I suppose you can give it back to her yourself. I don’t want her to be mad at me.

The photo is in a box in the middle of the sunflower patch on the other side of the house.

Objectives: Look for the family photo and give it back to Lisa who’s waiting at the rear side of her house in New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Your mom might not be mad at you, but I sure am, you brat.

lisa_rockwell

You found the photo after all.

Quest completed

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A Meaningful Place

lisa_rockwell

Was it Edward who took the picture?

Then that means he lied to me. We taught him better than that!

I understand why he took it though. He doesn’t need to worry that I’ll be angry with him, it’s fine.

What’s happening to his dad is really hitting Edward hard. He seems to have changed…

My little Edward…

The bunker on the picture was a very special place for them both. They’ve had so much fun there. Hey, perhaps you’re right! Maybe Thomas is at the bunker during the day so that he gets to avoid bothering people…

Hmm? You’ll ride to the bunker, Rita? Fantastic! Go as fast as you can and see if he’s there. We need to get him to eat the Jorvikroot.

Take the photo with you and show Thomas what he stands to lose if he doesn’t come back and eat the Jorvikroot.

The bunker is on the Shipwreck Shores, a little bit outside Crescent Moon Village.

Be careful!

And, please hurry…

Objectives: Look for Thomas in the bunker on the Shipwreck Shores, just outside Crescent Moon Village.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

The bunker is facing the shore. Dismount your horse and inspect the door to the bunker.

self

The door looks old and worn out. The bunker doesn’t seem to be in use anymore.

Quest completed

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Go Into the Bunker, But Be Careful!

self

Wonder if Thomas is here in the bunker…?

You take a deep breath before you decide to go into the bunker.

The door is heavy, screaming and squeaking on its hinges as you force it open.

You move carefully into the bunker…

Objectives: Look for Thomas inside the bunker.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Dismount your horse to enter the bunker. Once inside, go down the stairs to the second door. Go straight down the hall and around the first intersection. Thomas can be found in the bunk room on the right at the second intersection.

poison_zombie_thomas

Yeah, I’m Thomas. You shouldn’t be here and you should be really careful around me.

Stay away!

Quest completed

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A Shadow of My Former Self

poison_zombie_thomas

Stay where you are!

I don’t want to hurt you!

(You show the family photo to Thomas.)

Has Lisa sent you here to get me to eat Jorvikroot?

I wish I could but the poison is controlling what I do. I just can’t do it, it won’t let me…

I miss my family.. Not a second goes by when I don’t think of them.

If only I had the courage to see my son again, but I don’t want to let him see me like this.

Objectives: Give Thomas the family pictures.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Maybe this will help?

poison_zombie_thomas

How much longer can I handle this?

Quest completed

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Grant a Wish for Thomas

poison_zombie_thomas

I can feel the poison making me weaker and weaker every day. Soon enough I won’t even be able to visit Lisa in the evenings.

If only I hadn’t been tricked by that darned Will-o-the-wisp. 

(Thomas’ stomach is growling from hunger.)

If I could maybe just find something to eat. I haven’t had a proper meal in days. 

When Edward and I used to come camping here, we always stopped by my friend Pamela’s place in Crescent Moon Village. She always used to make us the best meatballs in the whole world. It was Edward’s favorite thing to eat.

Hmm? You’d ride over and get some for me? Oh wow, Rita, that’s so nice! Ride to Crescent Moon Village and ask Pamela if she’d make her old friend a portion of meatballs…

Go now! I don’t think I can control my temper for much longer…

Objectives: Ride to Crescent Moon Village and ask Pamela to make some meatballs for Thomas.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Mmmm, meatballs…

pamela_moonriver

Hello Rita!

How’s it going?

Quest completed

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No Onions, No Meatballs!

pamela_moonriver

Well how about that, you also know the Rockwells?

Edward and Thomas always stop by and say hello when they’re camping in this neck of the woods!

Of course I can make some meatballs for Thomas, but I’m all out of onions.

I’ve ordered some from the village greengrocer but I haven’t had time to pick them up yet.

Oh! How lovely of you to offer to pick them up for me, Rita! Ride to the greengrocer which is just a little bit before the water mill you can see from here. They always leave the orders on a bench just outside, so you can easily pick it up whenever you want.

Objectives: Go to the greengrocers and pick up the crate of onions, then return to Pamela.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Crescent Moon Village

All aboard the onion express!

pamela_moonriver

Perfect! Thanks so much!

Quest completed

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Pamela’s Delicious Meatballs!

pamela_moonriver

Great work!

Now I’ll get to work making the best meatballs in the village.

Well, I’m allowed to brag a little bit, right?

Objectives: Talk to Pamela to get the meatballs for Thomas.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with Crescent Moon Village

Pamela has it down to an art form, and good art takes time.

pamela_moonriver

Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a portion of meatballs ready for Thomas.

Quest completed

Return to Pamela tomorrow.

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Thomas Needs Food! Now!

pamela_moonriver

There you go! Here’s a portion of meatballs.

Hope Thomas likes them as much as he usually does!

Objectives: Return to the bunker and give Thomas the meatballs.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Ride back to the bunker and feed the beast.

poison_zombie_thomas

Did you bring the meatballs with you? I’m starving!

Quest completed

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Food to Bring Back Memories

poison_zombie_thomas

FINALLY!

Stay away until I’ve had my food. I need the energy to be able to even try fighting the poison. 

Chompchompchomp…

Wow, this is delicious!

Omnomnomnom…

That hit the spot! Now I feel a little better at least.

Edward wouldn’t have wanted to miss this. He always thought it was so exciting to explore all the corridors and rooms of the bunker. We always had a picnic right here and it was always Pamela’s delicious meatballs.

It feels really nice to think about the things Edward and I used to do together. I wonder if I’ll ever get to do any of this with Edward again?

Usually, we’d come camping at this time of year. I promised him we’d do it every year, but it feels like this is the first time I’ll be breaking a promise to him. This has to be really hard for him…

Ouch! Ow ow ow!

The poison is trying to tear away my good memories.

Thanks so much for the food, but it’s probably best you go now. Don’t come back.

Aaaaaarrrrggghhhhh…!!

Take care of my family, they’ll need all the help they can get…

GO NOW!!

Objectives: Talk to Thomas, but be careful. He seems easily irritated.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Easy there, now…

poison_zombie_thomas

Why are you still here?

Quest completed

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RUUUNNNN!

poison_zombie_thomas

Get out while you still can.

I can’t control myself any longer…

Objectives: Run out of the bunker before Thomas attacks you.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with New Hillcrest

Escaping the bunker shouldn’t be too difficult as Thomas is pretty slow. Reach safety up by the bunker door.

self

You open the door and avoid Thomas’ attack.

Quest completed

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Lisa Needs to Know…

self

It’s best to tell Lisa how it’s going for her husband.

Objectives: Ride back to Lisa in New Hillcrest.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

Well, it’s worse than we thought.

lisa_rockwell

Rita! You’re back!

Did you see Thomas?

Quest completed

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Where’s Edward?

lisa_rockwell

He’s in the bunker?

He’s feeling so bad that he attacked you?

He’s clearly not told me the whole truth about how bad his condition is. I need to help him get better, but I’ve been looking for Edward. He’s been gone since yesterday. He didn’t say where he was going but his sleeping bag and fishing rod are gone too.

Where could he have gone?

Objectives: Talk to Lisa about how you plan to find Edward.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

You’re not going to like this, lady…

lisa_rockwell

You think he’s gone to the bunker?

Quest completed

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Father and Child Reunion

lisa_rockwell

Edward!

Oh no, he’s on his way to the bunker!

He can’t see his father in this state! Thomas is going to hurt Edward!

Objectives: Edward has run away from home and can’t be found.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 10 with New Hillcrest

We’ll find him! Eventually…

lisa_rockwell

We need to find him before it’s too late!

Quest completed

To Be Continued

Secrets In The Sand – Prolouge

Secrets in the Sand

Prolouge

There was only one possible obstacle left that could detour her otherwise flawless arrival to the island. The four hour flight had been smooth and uneventful, the cab had arrived safely at the docks from the airport and now Olivia awaited the ferry to return so she could board. As long as it didn’t sink on the way back with her aboard, then she would be left with no choice but to complete her unwanted move to the island.

Only two small duffels sat at her feet as she waited impatiently alone on a bench outside the tiny station. The air was salty from the mass of ocean water around her, and she could already feel her dark hair begin to friz. She was aware that her cell phone had vibrated in her jeans pocket several times since she sat down, but made no effort to look. For now, she wanted no reminder of who or what she was leaving behind.

Too soon, the small ferry returned and minutes later, Olivia was on her way to the island. The same island she and her family had spent every summer on until she was thirteen. It was the same island where she had learned all of her favorites things, from riding a bike to swimming in the ocean and even riding horseback on the beach. They were all happy memories. Until a fateful day in August changed everything and marked the abrupt and brutal end of her carefree, happy childhood.

A shiver rocked through her, snapping her focus back to the smooth boat beneath her. She didn’t want to think about the past anymore. She wanted to be able to look ahead and see a future with moments like those again, but it didn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon.

Distracting herself with trivial thoughts and watching the static water ripple from the ferry, time still passed slowly, yet she arrived at the small harbor much too soon. She ignored the other three people around her as they carried their luggage from the station, officially on the island.

The moment her piercing green eyes caught the large, carved sign over the entrance from the ferry that was much too familiar, Olivia felt her stomach twist.

Welcome to Skasrik Cove. Pop. 387.’

I see this place is just as popular as ever, Olivia thought to herself. From the second she had seen the sign that she had seen hundreds of times before, she felt numb. A thousand sweeping memories, both good and haunting, threatened to flood her, but she kept them at bay.

It had been four years since she had stepped foot on island sand. She took a moment to gaze across the land spread out before her. The sand, the dunes, the beaches, the forests. It was exactly the way she always remembered it.

There was a time when she never wanted to leave. Now all she wanted to do was turn and run as far away as she could get. She used to think that she could outrun her memories, but it didn’t take long before they caught up to her and dragged her right back to where it all began.

Standing on the pier of Skasrik Cove. The only thing that’s visibly changed is the welcome sign.

Because the last time she was here it read:

‘Welcome to Skasrik Cove. Pop. 389.’

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