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

Be Vigilant: Watch and Wait

alex

Nothing beats a little rest…

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

Ready to get stuck in again?

Hope you’re as excited as I am…

Objectives: Listen to Alex.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

alex

Right then, my friends.

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

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

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

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lisa

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

I know how horrendous it is there.

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

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linda

I know, Lisa. I know.

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

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

They must be able to!

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lisa

But if it takes too long…?

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linda

…Then we take matters into our own hands.

Count on it.

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alex

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

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

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

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

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

Or worse…

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

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

Raise the alarm and take action if something unexpected occurs.

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

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

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

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

Okay?

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linda

Yes, Alex.

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

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

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lisa

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

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alex

Correct, Lisa.

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lisa

Brilliant.

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alex

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

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

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

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

Quest completed

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Binoculars Fit for Purpose

alex

Aha. You don’t have any binoculars?

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

Objectives: Do you need some binoculars?

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

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Tell Alex, you are in fact, needing binoculars.

alex

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

You can use them more than once.

Quest completed

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Observation Station #42

alex

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

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

self

Uneventful day… I’ll come back tomorrow.

But, wait…

Who’s howling like that?!

Sounds like somebody’s screaming for help…?

Quest completed

Return to Observation Station tomorrow.

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

Help! Help! Help!

sonja

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

It’s me, Sonja!

Objectives: Ask Sonja what happened.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

What are you doing down here crying, silly girl?

sonja

How lovely to see you!

Sniffle…

You’ve got no idea…

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

Let me tell you about it.

Quest completed

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Sonja’s Unhappy Hardship

sonja

Sniffle…

My head hurts so much… Sniffle…

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

You know the ones…

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

Sniffle…

Objectives: Talk to Sonja.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

sonja

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

Sniffle…

Now I’m feeling really dizzy and everything hurts!

Typical.

Quest completed

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The Call of the Runestone

sonja

Which runestone was the one that scared us? Sniffle…

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

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

Objectives: Examine the runestone then return to Sonja.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

sonja

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

And it’s ugly. Stupid ugly runestone.

Quest completed

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Ambulance!

sonja

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

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

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

Sniffle…

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

Rewards: 35 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

dino_valley_vet

Hello there! What’s happened here?

Oh…

No helmet?

Hmph. You see, kids these days!

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

Quest completed

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Tell Linda About the Runestone

sonja

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

linda

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

Mm-hmm…?

Quest completed

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Locate Alex

linda

Yup, I get you.

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

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

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

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

tyra

Hi Rita!

Are you looking for Alex?

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

Hm.

What was it?

Let me think…

Quest completed

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Brother James

tyra

Yes, now I remember!

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

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

Objectives: Talk to James in Fort Pinta.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

james

Ah.

Yeah, of course…

Alex. Yep.

Quest completed

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Alex At the Mall

james

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

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

alex

Rita! Welcome!

Mama, this is Rita.

Rita, this is my lovely old mother.

Quest completed

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Mother & Daughter

alex

Wait a second, Rita.

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

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

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

alex

Where were we…

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

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mrs_cloudmill

There’s nobody who cares about me anymore…

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

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alex

Mama!

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mrs_cloudmill

I’ve been abandoned by everyone…

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alex

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

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

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mrs_cloudmill

No, no, no…

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

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alex

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

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

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mrs_cloudmill

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

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alex

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

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

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mrs_cloudmill

You really mean that?

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alex

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

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mrs_cloudmill

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

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alex

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

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

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

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mrs_cloudmill

If you say so.

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alex

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

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mrs_cloudmill

Smile!

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alex

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

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mrs_cloudmill

Alex…

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alex

Yes, mother?

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mrs_cloudmill

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

Everything feels much better now.

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alex

Thanks…

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mrs_cloudmill

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

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alex

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

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

Quest completed

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Runestone News

alex

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

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

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

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

Objectives: Talk to Elizabeth in Valedale.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 25 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

elizabeth_sunbeam

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

Quest completed

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Permission and a Wand

elizabeth_sunbeam

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

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

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

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

Meet Fripp in the Secret Stonering.

fripp

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

Quest completed

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A Trip to Fripp

fripp

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

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

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

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

Rune wand, you say?

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

fripp

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

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

Quest completed

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A Rune Wand of Your Very Own

fripp

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

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

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 35 XP, Rune Wand

Reputation: 10 with Keepers of Aideen

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

fripp

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

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

Or was it tomorrow you were supposed to meet her?

Tomorrow… Yesterday, it’s all the same.

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

Quest completed

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

Meet Alex by the glowing runestone on Paddock Island tomorrow.