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Meet with the Dark Core guard at the Moorland beach.

Towards the Enemy’s Port

shady_guy

There you are! So that’s the horse we’re transporting? Good. Put it in the container on the barge and tell me when it’s done so the barge can cast off.

Hurry up! Get the steed on board!

Objectives: Leave your horse in or in front of the Dark Core container on the barge.

Rewards: 12 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Go up the ramp at the end of the dock, and board the barge, then walk your horse into the indicated area near the container.

quest-bye_bye

shady_guy

Okay, the horse is in the container. Now we just need to load the rest of the stuff here… Goodbye, little girl!

Quest completed

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The Stowaway

shady_guy

You’ve  done your part. Get going now. Don’t stand around for nothing, girl. Away, away with you. 

Objectives: Get on board the barge somehow.

Rewards: 12 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Go around behind the containers on the beach and get inside the refrigerator that is left there.

Very strange place to hide, but go with it…

self

“The container transporting your horse is empty. Summerblaze has already been transferred elsewhere on this Dark Core oil rig…”

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Adventure in the Heart of Darkness

self

“You need to find your horse Summerblaze and you have to try to locate Justin. Don’t be seen and caught!”

Objectives: Avoid detection and locate your horse and Justin. Moe towards the main building on the upper level.

Rewards: 40 Jorvik Shillings, 100 XP

Reputation: 75 with Keepers of Aideen

The guards follow a predictable pattern. Take your time and watch their movements to synchronize your movements so that you won’t be seen. Utilize the hiding places to remain unseen when you have to cross paths with the guards.

Find a way into the Dark Core building.

self

“You found both your horse and Justin. Justin is in a conversation and no one has discovered you, yet. Maybe you can hear parts of the conversation…”

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mr_sands

… I don’t understand. Justin, what do you mean this is not your horse?

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dark_justin

I don’t understand either. There must have been some sort of mixup. The only thing I know for sure is that that isn’t my horse.

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jessica

Nope. We noticed… And it doesn’t have the lovely, dark abilities either. Those that the witch Pi was supposed to give it. That’s just an ordinary nag. Hm… Even a little weaker than a regular horse, I would add. Is it sick?

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dark_rider

Hm… Jessica. It feels like that horse has some sort of hidden power. It’s not sick, but there’s something fishy about it. I can feel its power, but it’s not the kind we expected.

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jessica

This is unheard of! We put so much effort and money on that witch Pi, and then she tricks us like this and sends us… That!

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mr_sands

Wait! I don’t think Pi tricked us. She’s been a faithful servant and delivered Dark Horses several times before. You don’t let down Dark Core, you just don’t. There’s been some sort of mistake and we have to find out what it is, and fast! This doesn’t feel right.

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dark_justin

This hose feels familiar somehow. I just can’t place it. My memory is a bit hazy… I must have seen it before, but when?

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mr_sands

After you joined us and saw things from the right side – that is, the dark side – you may have forgotten… Some of your past. But it’ll be okay grandson. It’s all right. There’s probably no important memories anyway. Ahem… (cough, cough)

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jessica

Not only do we lack a Dark Horse for Justin, we still don’t have a perfect candidate for the fourth and final Dark Rider. We have to be four! And it has to be before those darn druids have time to gather their four silly Soul Riders…

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dark_rider

Calm down, Jessica, just calm down. When I scouted Silverglade, I couldn’t find a shred of evidence that they’re on the track for either Lisa or Anne.

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jessica

But they got to Linda, didn’t they?

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dark_rider

I couldn’t arrange her disappearance as elegantly as with Lisa and Anne. He he! One more or less. And if it wasn’t for that newcomer, Linda would still be gone. What was her name again? That horse girl who came to Moorland?

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dark_justin

Rita! Now I remember! And that horse is hers… It’s Summerblaze!

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mr_sands

Shh…

I feel a disturbance in the dark force…

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dark_rider

It smells like… Druid? Look! Who’s that lurking behind the curtains?!

I thought I felt someone’s presence anyway! That’s Rita! Get her!

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dark_justin

What do you want?! Rescue me? I don’t want to be rescued!

Get out! Just get out of here, Rita!

I have joined my grandfather and embraced the dark side! Just leave this place. Now! Now!

-.-.-.-.-.-.-

Quest completed

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The Wild Escape From Dark Core

self

“Just sneak out of here! You have to be fast as greased lightning! It’s without Justin this time… Keep the distress flare ready! When you get outside, you have to use it in a good spot, so that Captain Brus can sail his ship in and pick you up.”

Objectives: Ride to the platform where you boarded the rig and meet Captain Brus. Use the distress in the specified location on the way.

Rewards: 125 Jorvik Shillings, 250 XP

Reputation: 120 with Keepers of Aideen

Follow the arrows to escape the Dark Core headquarters. When you reach the open platform, use the distress signal, then continue down to where you boarded, and ride up onto the ship.

Speak to Alex when you get back to Moorland.

alex

You’re back! Tell me about your adventure!

Quest completed

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Get Alex Up to Speed

alex

What an adventure you’ve had! I am so impressed by your heroics and your and Summerblaze’s bravery. So Mr Sands and two of his Dark Riders live out there on the oil rig, which is the secret headquarters of Dark Core, and Justin made it clear that he didn’t want to come back. But maybe he had no choice… What else of value did we learn from this?

Objectives: Talk to Alex.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 100 XP

Reputation: 50 with Keepers of Aideen

Tell Alex everything you have learned.

alex

That’s true! We have confirmed that Dark Core is behind Lisa’s and Anne’s disappearances. We know that they want to prevent us from gathering four Soul Riders. We also know that they are trying to get four Dark Riders and they’re in a hurry. And Justin is one of their four now!

This is worth thinking about. The next step must be planned well…

Quest completed

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Called to a New Meeting

alex

We need to discuss this with Fripp and the other druids. I’ll get Linda. You can inform Elizabeth in Valedale so the meeting can get started as soon as possible.

Objectives: Inform Elizabeth in Valedale.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 20 with Keepers of Aideen

Ride to Valedale and speak with Elizabeth.

elizabeth_sunbeam

I understand Rita. What horrible hardships you have experienced! What important information you have managed to find!

Quest completed

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Meeting in Dark Times

elizabeth_sunbeam

The druid meeting needs to happen immediately. Ride up the spiral shaped path, following the sun and get the to druid meeting through the portal. Exactly the same way as last time you went there.

Objectives: Ride along the spiral path up beyond the rune stones to get to the meeting…

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 50 XP

Reputation: 50 with Keepers of Aideen

Go up behind Elizabeth’s house, and stay on the spiral path until you get to the center of the pattern. The portal will open up and you will be transported to the Secret Stonering.

fripp

Together again, the Druids and Soul Riders. In troubled times urgent meetings are required. We have just been informed of the news Rita has brought forwards from her breakneck adventures and we have a lot to carefully consider…

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faceless_druid

I think it was quite reckless to bring such a strong Light of Aideen to Scarecrow Hill. Anything could have happened! The Shadow Witches could have easily captured Rita and devoured her spirit in the shadow realm…

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elizabeth_sunbeam

You can be so dense! That Rita happens to have powers as strong as she does can only be seen as a blessing.

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fripp

Your bickering makes my ears hurt. She had no choice but to acquire the apple. We knew this and she succeeded. As desirable as the powers Rita has, they still need to be trained and controlled. We must prioritize her training. 

Right now we have important matters to discuss. Let’s review the facts one more time. Alex, please summarize the details.

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alex

Of course, Fripp. We know that Justin is in Dark Core’s secret headquarters that has been built on some kind of oil drilling platform southwest of Jorvik. Rita overheard a discussion between Mr Sands, two Dark Riders, and Justin. The conversation was about, among other things, that they had been fooled by Justin’s horse, that had been intended to become a Dark Rider horse, specifically for Justin.

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faceless_druid

So Justin is a Dark Rider now?

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alex

Yes, we think so. Maybe not a full-fledged member yet, but he is not there against his will. He did not want to be rescued by Rita but we don’t know if he felt pressured to say that only so Rita would not get caught… Rita heard rumors that Mr Sands has manipulated Justin’s memory, so we are really not sure that Justin has chosen freely to be a Dark Rider.

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faceless_druid

Okay. So all hope for Justin is not yet lost…

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alex

Maybe not…

I’ll continue. Before Rita was forced to escape, head over heels, she heard them say that there must be four Dark Riders and that they are missing one to be able to “do what they need to do.” And what they need to do they need to do before the Soul Riders do it first…

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faceless_druid

But? What is it that Dark Core wants to do before we do it? We don’t know what it is.

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linda

Rita has already figured it out.

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alex

Yes, Rita has come to the terrible conclusion that Dark Core is going to try and speed up Garnok somehow with their Dark Riders.

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faceless_druid

That can’t be possible!

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elizabeth_sunbeam

Unfortunately it may well be possible. Our Soul Riders’ primary duty is to fight against Garnok. You can be sure that Dark Riders, being the opposite in every way to our Soul Riders, must have some connection to Garnok. 

Dark Core’s secret agenda has always been to strengthen Garnok and control the power to rule the world. We’ve known this for quite some time. There is nothing to indicate that this is no longer true.

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fripp

It is too likely for us to take a chance that it is no longer their plan. It definitely explains why Mr Sands is back again, as he is somewhat of an expert in the area… Hrmmm… He must have come up with something new to have come back to Jorvik again… Especially after what happened last time. -giggles-

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linda

The lost Light Ceremony Book!

Mr Sands has found the lost Light Ceremony Book! The book that describes how the Soul Riders perform the Light Ceremony to prevent Garnok.

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alex

Oh no! You must be right, Linda! Can it be that Mr Sands has located the book? Now they will run the ceremony backwards to make Garnok stronger!

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fripp

If this is the case then he has all he needs to be able to tear down the fragile walls that hold Garnok out of the edge of our reality. Watch over us! The Light of Aideen needs to be with us. Everything can be lost if Mr Sands succeeds…

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faceless_druid

We don’t know that it is that bad yet…

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fripp

No, we have to hope that we are in some way wrong.

But my friends, be aware we cannot afford to do anything but prepare and act as though we are right.

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elizabeth_sunbeam

We must begin to act! We need to succeed in gathering our Soul Riders. We still don’t have any good leads on to locating Lisa and Anne. Information collected by Rita confirms that Dark Core really is behind their disappearances. Can we find more information?

We also really need to get started on training for Rita so she can be a real Soul Rider. Who knows when we are going to find Lisa and Anne… We need an alternative!

What more should we be doing right now? Is there anything else we can do to slow down Dark Core’s plans?

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alex

I think that maybe we can plan another visit to Dark Core. They are a little slower as they are missing a Dark Rider and at least one horse short. Just think if we could manage to grab Justin? Or get a hold of the lost Light Ceremony Book that Mr Sands now has in his possession…

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elizabeth_sunbeam

It goes without saying that going back there is a huge risk to take. But it might be worth it to be able to get some more important information…

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fripp

We’ll finish the meeting now so we can get back to some further planning. We know for now that they are delayed until they can get a new horse for Justin. Elizabeth, you are responsible for making sure that Rita gets as much training as possible before we decide on our next course of action.

We’ll see you again soon. Go in peace, druids and Soul Riders. 

Quest completed

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When We Are Ready…

elizabeth_sunbeam

There was a lot to discuss. All of it important. We know a lot more now than we did before… Thanks to you. And we know we need to hurry… Time is short and the darkness threatens us all in the form of Garnok. But our next move needs to be planned well. 

We will take the next step when we are ready for it. Now we need to plan and prepare so our next step produces the result we want. One wrong move and Dark Core might well succeed with their evil plan, if things are going as we expect.

You need to increase your reputation with Aideen’s Sun Circle to at least Liked. If you haven’t already achieved the level of Liked with Aideen’s Sun Circle, it might take weeks to gain their trust and attain that level… But believe me, it is worth it! Do you understand?

Objectives: Listen to Elizabeth.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Elizabeth will tell you what to do next.

elizabeth_sunbeam

If you are not already initiated in the Sun Circle, I think that is high time that you started to take lessons from me and continue with your training every day until you are ready…

If you are already read then we’ll just have to wait for further instructions from the council.

Quest completed

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Druid Training

elizabeth_sunbeam

Now we are going to take this opportunity to give you more druid training. I’m pretty sure by now you are past the beginner stage. You’ve proved that to us by now. So, I think it might be time to give you some more difficult assignments. 

I am going to initiate you into the secrets of the druids. Are you certain you want to join us and become a Soul Rider for the Keepers of Aideen? 

Are you absolutely certain that you want to follow the path of the Keepers of Aideen?

Objectives: Accept if you want to follow the secret path of the Keepers of Aideen.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with The Sun Circle

Your mission, should you choose to accept….

elizabeth_sunbeam

Excellent. Everything I’m going to tell you now is a secret that you need to keep to yourself and not speak about it in front of anyone. As you know, there are unfriendly ears out there who do not wish us well…

In the Keepers of Aideen there are several specialties you can learn about. 

We call these “circles.” I am responsible for the Sun Circle. I’ll teach you all I can, but believe it or not, it will take some time. That being said, you are going to learn amazing new things and I’ll help you with your exciting future. 

Quest completed

Return to Elizabeth tomorrow.

Let’s go work on another day of blacksmithing with Conrad.

The Fifth Day of Blacksmithing

conrad_marsdeen

Rita, this is our fifth day of working on these shoes. Listen closely to my instructions. Let’s get started!

Objectives: Use the tongs and the hammer to carry out the tasks Conrad gives you. Be careful and listen closely!

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Keepers of Aideen

Follow Conrad’s instructions as usual. Speak with him when you are done.

conrad_marsdeen

There we go… We are getting close to being done. Only two more days and the horseshoes will be done! Tomorrow we can continue to work with them. Tomorrow we’ll add even more power to the horseshoes… And for that we need more lapis lazuli. 

Quest completed

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The Blue Metal

conrad_marsdeen

Listen up Rita. To strengthen the power and focus the energy of the horseshoes, we need lapis lazuli. There is lapis lazuli to collect at Nilmer’s Highlands where you have already been. Collect four more chucks of lapis lazuli and bring them back here. Here is the pickaxe you need here. 

Objectives: Chip off four good pieces of lazpis lazuli from Nilmer’s Highlands and bring the to Conrad.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 5 XP

Reputation: 5 with Keepers of Aideen

I’m pretty sure lapis lazuli is a gemstone and not a metal, but let’s just go with it…

Ride up to Nilmer’s Highlands, and where the race track goes off from the road, the lapis is along the hill on that trail. The fourth piece, is farther along the trail, down by the pine trees. When you have the four pieces, return to Conrad.

conrad_marsdeen

Those are some great pieces of lapis lazuli! They are going to work perfectly for our work with your horseshoes.

Quest completed

Return to Conrad tomorrow.

Ride to Firgrove and show Mrs Hill the wedding rings you found.

A Special Place

mrs_hill

You found our rings. It feels like waking up from a dream.

Look at me… I am no longer flesh and blood… I am transparent! I’m ready to accept that I am dead… I have to be. I am a ghost.

What was that? You know where my husband is? He doesn’t  know the fate he met a long time ago on that horrible day? I need to go see him. It is the only thing that will give me peace and I’m sure it is the same for him.

I know what we should do. Take our rings and place them on my husband’s grave… Or as I should really say OUR grave… Which I remember now. You should be able to find it. The grave lies a little south of an apple grove, by a little cape where you can see Fort Pinta on the other side of the water. The grave is in the shade of a big old tree. 

Objectives: Put the rings on the grave. Our grave lies to the south of the apple grove, by a little hill where you can see Fort Pinta and the official castle on the other side of the castle.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 5 with Firgrove

Ride along the Fire Trail, past Applegrove. There will be a large hill between the road and the water. The graves are hidden in some foliage on the back side of the hill.

quest-ghost_grave

mrs_hill

With the rings placed on our graves I could find my way here, and so will my husband. I know it must sound weird, but the rings acted like a compass out of the mist for me.

Quest completed

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As Stubborn as a Ghost

mrs_hill

You think it might be a problem to get my husband here? That sounds just like him… He has always been very stubborn.

Tell him to meet me at our special place. He will understand what I mean. It was where he proposed to me and it was where we always went for special occasions. When my husband died in that tragic accident, I had him buried here. We always said we wanted to be buried together here when the time came.

Go and give it your best try now. I hope we see you again soon.

Objectives: Tell Mr Hill to go to the couple’s secret meeting place; the hill south of Applegrove.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 5 with Moorland Stable

Ride back to Nilmer’s Highland and speak with Mr Hill.

mr_hill

She said she wants to meet at our special place? I never thought of that. I’m sure she is there. All this waiting is finally over. I’m coming my love! I just need to put on something nice to meet her in…

Quest completed

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In the Shade of a Tree

mr_hill

Everything else can wait, I’m on my way to my darling!

Please ride on ahead and let her know that I am on my way. I’ll get there as fast as I can!

Objectives: Ride to the grave and tell Mrs Hill that her husband is on his way.

Rewards: 25 Jorvik Shillings, 40 XP

Reputation: 25 with Moorland Stable

Return to Mrs Hill at their special place near Applegrove.

mrs_hill

My darling! Finally!

Quest completed

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Rest in Peace

mr_hill

A gravestone, in the place where I once proposed to my wife. What does it say?

“Here lies Mr and Mrs Hill in the shade of the tree where they first met.”

This is our gravestone. My darling wife… Now I understand. Rita, you have done us a huge kindness. I am sorry I resisted but I’m sure you can understand now. Now we can be together forever, precisely how it should be. 

I could never thank you enough for what you have done. My wife says that in the attic of our house, among her old things, there is something she would like you to have. 

Farewell!

Objectives: Look in the attic of Mr Hill’s house in Nilmer’s Highland for something Mrs Hill wanted you to have.

Rewards: 50 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP, Mrs Hill’s Competition Saddle

Reputation: 50 with Moorland Stable

Ride back to Nilmer’s Highland and check out the attic of the house.

self

“A dressage saddle! This must be Mrs Hill’s old dressage saddle that she used in competitions all over the world. How kind of her! I’m glad Mr and Mrs Hill can finally rest in peace together.”

Quest completed

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