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A Meeting with Mrs X

sunshine_joytree

La dee da…

Hello Rita, it’s so lovely when it’s windy like this, it feels so nice blowing through my hair…

Dum dee dum…

Meet Mrs X? La la la…

Of course, I was going to ask Mrs X about a meeting… Doobie doo…

La la…

If I arranged a meeting? La la la…

Doopy doop…

I have… Arranged a meeting I mean…

La dee da…

Dum dee dum…

Where and when?

Didn’t I say?

La dee dum…

Ride to the old observatory north of town… Doop dee doop… Maybe you’ll find Mrs X there…

La dee doo…

Objectives: Ride to Observatory #12, north of New Hillcrest. If something happens along the way, investigate what it might be…

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Take the road north out of town down into Mirror Marshes, and about halfway through, you’ll find a road that heads up to the observatory.

As you ride along, you notice one of the trees start to move toward you…

silencia_tranquila

Were you followed?

Quest completed

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Straight to the Top

silencia_tranquila

No, I shan’t be telling you who I am…

Shh…

Stop talking…

Carry on up the hillside.

Objectives: Carry on up the mountain and talk to one of CHILL’s members.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Well, that was… Interesting.

Off we go up the rest of the way to observatory.

jupiter_peacebloom

Hello there Rita!

So, we meet again! I’m still angry at myself for failing down at the compound with Herman. The more I think about it though, the less I think we could’ve done any differently…

Sometimes it’s just not your day.

Quest completed

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Key to the Observatory

jupiter_peacebloom

My job here was to make sure it was you and not someone else who came here. Nobody followed you, did they?

Don’t worry, one of our lookouts would’ve noticed if you were followed. The whole way here is under surveillance. Here’s the key to the observatory. Mrs X is waiting for you in there.

Objectives: Unlock the door to Observatory #12 and find Mrs X.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Dismount your horse and use the key on the door. Once inside go up to the top level and you will find Mrs X on the central platform.

mrs_x

Rita. Finally we meet.

I understand you’ve been wanting to meet me which is a fine coincidence, since I’ve been looking forward to meeting you too. I have important things to tell you…

Quest completed

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Mrs X

mrs_x

CHILL.

You’ve heard the name, but do you know who we are and what we do?

Exactly, we’re the Harvest Counties’ last hope in the fight against GED, the corporate monsters who want to destroy everything we hold dear.

What’s that? Herman told you to tell me something important?

Tell me everything Rita, spare no detail!

Objectives: Talk to Mrs X again.

Rewards: 20 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 10 with Epona

Tell Mrs X everything that has happened since coming to Epona.

mrs_x

I see…

Quest completed

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A Battle in the Shadows

mrs_x

I need to think about this, Rita, we’ll discuss this more, I promise. Perhaps you’ve got some questions for me?

Who I am?

I wish I could tell you, but our enemies are constantly on the hunt for me, and my identity has to remain secret, even for my closet friends.

What I know about GED’s plans in the Harvest Counties?

We know they’re looking for something underneath Hillcrest, and that they’re prepared to do anything to get to it. Now I understand that this must be the Drakonium Herman was telling you about. 

The only thing stopping them from using all their terrible power to reach it is that they’re keeping it quiet so as not to attract the attention of the outside world. If anyone else found out what they’re up to, the whole of Jorvik would be invaded by GED’s competitors. For that same reason, we don’t want any information getting out, so the battle between CHILL and GED has to carry on here in the shadows of the Harvest Counties.

Now it seems as though GED are thinking about ending their undercover work and putting all they’ve got into taking back Harvest Counties and starting to mine Drakonium. This changes everything.

We’re against the clock now Rita. We need to set my master plan into action. Earlier than I’d hoped, but we can’t afford to wait if we want to save the Harvest Counties. 

Objectives: Talk to Mrs X again.

Rewards: 5 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Epona

Shit is getting real now…

mrs_x

CHILL can’t ever hope to stand up to GED in terms of power, but we can be sharper and smarter than them. The first thing we need to do is try to get hold of more information about what exactly they’ve got planned.

I’d thought Herman could’ve helped us with that, but now we need someone else. Someone clever, brave, and who’s got the right stuff! You maybe understand who I might be talking about here, Rita?

Are you prepared to help CHILL save the Harvest Counties, Rita?

You’ll do it?

Thanks Rita! With your help I think we’ve got a shot at success, but it’s going to take both hard work and a huge amount of luck.

Quest completed

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A Plan for Finding Out the Enemy’s Plan

mrs_x

That the plan is kept secret for as long as possible is of huge importance, so I can’t tell you any details right now, but I’ve prepared an operation to be carried out by CHILL’s leading agents.

Let’s go downstairs so I can tell you more about the plan. I’ll meet you one floor down.

Objectives: Go downstairs one floor in the observatory and talk to Mrs X again.

Rewards: 15 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

So, what’s the plan, ma’am?

mrs_x

So Rita, I want you to meet the other members of the group: Jupiter Peacebloom, Silencia Tranquila, and Syntax. 

Together you’ll take part in CHILL’s most dangerous operation yet: Operation Summer Rain.

Talk to the others and get to know them a little. You’ll need to be able to trust each other one hundred percent if you’re going to succeed.

Quest completed

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Silencia Tranquila: A Flash of a Shadow…

silencia_tranquila

If Mrs X trusts you, I trust you. End of story.

Like I said…

Objectives: Talk to Mrs X again.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

You don’t talk much. I like that.

mrs_x

Silencia Tranquila: master of disguise, unbeaten Jorvegian champion of hide ‘n’ seek, smoother than Smoothie McSmootherson from the Planet Smooth celebrating International Smooth Day by drinking a smoothie. She’s pretty smooth.

Not much of a talker, but with her in the group you can be sure that no GED guards will spot you in a hurry.

Quest competed

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Syntax Silverstream: Jorvik’s Best Hacker

syntax

Umm… Hello. We haven’t met before but I’m Syntax. You seem very brave, which is pretty cool because bravery isn’t really my thing to be honest.

Heh.

You don’t need to worry though! As long as nothing especially dangerous is happening you can trust me one hundred percent!

Umm… Okay, err, that might have sounded weird… I’d never betray CHILL, not even if Ms Drake was right here in front of me threatening to pinch me really hard…

Objectives: Talk to Mrs X.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 10 with Epona

No team is complete without a token weak hipster computer nerd!

mrs_x

Syntax Silverstream: CHILL’s computer expert. There’s no system he can’t hack, and no lock he can’t pick. He might give the impression of being a little cowardly, but he’s got a lion heart. He just hasn’t figured it out yet.

Quest completed

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Jupiter Peacebloom CHILL’s Tough Guy

jupiter_peacebloom

Hey again. Seems as though Mrs X really trusts you Rita. I’ve never seen anyone get into CHILL’s inner circle this fast. Not that I’m against it, I mean, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather go in against GED with! Haha!

Objectives: Talk to Mrs X again.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Yes, we are already acquainted.

mrs_x

Jupiter Peacebloom: loyal, brave and incredibly strong. Lived half his life in the wilderness, a spy of unbeatable excellence, and one of Jorvik’s leading wrestlers.

With him in the group, you can be sure that no GED guards will get hold of you in a hurry.

Quest completed

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Preparations Before the Plan Begins

mrs_x

So now you’ve got to meet your companions. You’re an incredibly effective group where all of you complement each other very well. But there’s no time to waste. We need to get to work immediately.

I’ve had intelligence that an old friend of mine has found blueprints to GED’s HQ in Jarlaheim. As it happens, this old friend of mine has vouched for your good character, otherwise I’d never have agreed to meet you. Can you guess who I mean?

Exactly, Gunther. One of the world’s leading secret agents.

I want you to go to him and get the blueprints for me. You know the terrain well and can ride faster than anyone else I know. Hurry there and hurry back. You need to travel alone, since your colleagues here have got other preparations to be getting on with. Good luck. 

Objectives: Talk to Gunther in his cabin outside Firgrove.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

It all makes sense now!

Ride or transport how you wish to visit the German tourists in the house you helped them get from Mr Kembell.

gunther

Ah, wunderschon! How lovely to see you again. What good news to hear that you’ve grouped together with Mrs X, a splendid colleague to have. Ahh, those were the days, Mrs X and I breaking into Fort Knox to put a stop to that villain Silverthumb…

But she wants the blueprints of GED’s head office in Jarlaheim, you say?

Quest completed

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USB Drive on the Loose

gunther

Oh, I found the blueprints in our cabin when we were clearing out after the previous owners. The drawings were on a USB drive, hidden under a floorboard. It’s encrypted and I haven’t really kept up to date with how to crack encryption in the last few years, so I’m afraid I’m unable to help you. I’m on vacation, after all. 

How would we be able to access the files? I don’t know Rita, do you know someone who might be able to help?

Syntax? I’ve heard of that kid.

He’s good. Very good. Apparently the best in Jorvik!

He’d probably be able to get into the drive in about three months…

You need the blueprints right now? Oh dear. That’s not great, I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help Rita…

Wait a second! I’ve got an idea!

Gretchen is distance-schooled and I seem to remember she’s in need of a project right now. She’s a little behind in Spy Mathematics B, but her teacher says that if she can show a little extra initiative, she might get a better grade. She loves encryption and codes, it sounds like it could be perfect for her!

The USB drive, hmm… It must be up in the old box amongst all the other junk we cleared up. Take a look and see if you can find it then come back and talk to me.

Objectives: Find the USB drive in the old box, then return to Gretchen.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 15 XP

Reputation: 20 with Epona

Ride up the hill to the old barn and go inside to retrieve the USB drive. Then return to Gunther.

gunther

Ah, nice work. This is the USB drive we were looking for.

Quest completed

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Supercrypto, a Perfect School Project!

gunther

Bit dusty, but it should still work. Take the USB drive to Gretchen, it’ll be a perfect school project for her.

Objectives: Give Gretchen the USB drive.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Gretchen is standing up on the front porch, next to the computer. Who keeps their computer on the front porch, anyway??

gretchen

Hey there Rita! I’m just doing some homework here. Pretty boring… Right now I’m studying advanced arctic survival without equipment.

It’s for kids, after all…

Quest completed

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A Challenge Fit for a Spy Student

gretchen

You’ve got an encrypted USB drive? Dad said it’d be a good school project for me?

Sigh… Encryption is so boring, never a challenge, but yeah, why not. We’re friends after all, so I’ll help you out. Lemme see the drive. Thanks, I’ll shove it in the computer and we’ll see what we’re dealing with.

WOAH! This is encrypted with the latest methods! RSA-2049!! Coooool!!

This might take a while, but I’ll crack it. This’ll be fun!

Need more energy to be doing this though. Grab me a JorCola, I’m gonna crack this!!

Objectives: Fetch some JorCola to Gretchen so she’ll have the energy to crack the encryption on the USB drive.

Rewards: 10 Jorvik Shillings, 20 XP

Reputation: 15 with Epona

Go behind the house and open the fridge. Pick up a couple cans of cola, then return to Gretchen. Repeat this a few more times until you have brought her all of the cans from the fridge. This is some serious code…

gretchen

That was way too easy… Still kinda fun though.

Quest completed

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School Project: Done!

gretchen

Okay, I’ll write a report about this and hand it in to school. Here’s your USB drive, all unencrypted and ready to go. Seeya soon!

Say hey to dad before you leave, otherwise there’s a chance he’ll forget to turn off the sensors on the minefield. 

Bye!

Objectives: Talk to Gunther.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 10 XP

Reputation: 30 with Epona

Tell Gunther that Gretchen cracked the USB drive.

gunther

Did Gretchen managed to get the USB unencryptyed for you? Good, now I just need to make sure she writes her school report instead of watching Jorvik’s Got Talent.

Quest completed

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Back to Mrs X with the USB

gunther

Here’s the USB drive Rita, unencrypted and ready to go. Hope the blueprints are able to help you and Mrs X in the fight against GED! Say hello to her from me and Helga when you see her!

Auf Widershen Rita!

Objectives: Give the USB drive to Mrs X.

Rewards: 30 Jorvik Shillings, 30 XP

Reputation: 25 with Epona

Return to Observatory #12 in Epona, and bring the USB to Mrs X.

mrs_x

How did it go in Firgrove, Rita? You got the drawings? Great. That’s one thing at least that’s gone according to plan so far. What do I mean by that?

Sigh. There’s been a hiccup in the others’ preparations, I just don’t know why everything had to start going wrong just when we’re about to complete our most important plan ever.

Quest completed